No Justice

Lawyers in America have pushed through a number of changes to laws that now prevent justice or fair outcomes from being reached.

Consider this example: a company that guides people on rock climbing trips (a clearly dangerous activity that people sign waivers of liability for) brings Bob climbing. On the trip, Bob slips off a lead climb hold and breaks his arm. Bob finds a personal injury attorney to sue the company. Neither Bob nor the attorney have any financial stake – the attorney works for a 33% commission, Bob for 67% of winnings.

The company on the other hand needs to hire a litigation attorney since there are no potential winnings for the company’s attorney. The average cost here is $500 per hour. The company will need to pay this attorney for 2-3 weeks of work pre-trial, and 2 weeks of work during the trial if they are lucky and it is fast. 5 weeks * 5 days a week * 8 hours a day * $500 per hour = $100,000. The company further has the cost of its employees time to defend this case.

The company is forced to accept a settlement less than $100,000 because even if they win they will have to pay more than that in legal fees.

Our legal system has been stacked so we no longer can get justice through it, which is why many people seek justice outside of it. Or like Google, they fight every lawsuit to the maximum extent possible regardless of cost.

I am going to take Google’s approach in the future of fighting every lawsuit to the maximum extent possible since its either that or seek justice outside of the legal system.

Unemployment Discrimination

I just saw an article that mentioned President Obama is trying to ban discrimination based on unemployment. Basically, if a person has big holes in their resume, you won’t be allowed to say no to them for that.

Sounds pretty bizarre… The government wants to ban judging employment candidates on their work experience?!? How in the world could you legally discern between candidates then? Just flip a coin to decide whether or not to hire someone?

All of these silly rules are going to lead to one simple conclusion for most US employers: either replace workers with machines or send the jobs overseas.

Our government needs to allow companies to flourish instead of constantly adding more red tape. I would be able to hire far more people if we didn’t have these big masses of regulations and laws.

Total War

The only major victories in war seem to come from armies that exercise total war. The Russians defeated the Germans in WW2, Sherman won the Civil War, the Vietnamese defeated America with total war. In the age of the press, is any people willing to fully unleash total war? ISIS has been willing to…

World Changes

I’ve been visiting the museums in DC and it is amazing how fast the world has changed and continues to change in such a short period of time. In three human lifetimes, we’ve invented cars, planes, trains, space vehicles, computers, smartphone, nuclear weapons, two world wars, and so much else.