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February 17, 2011

Away time Mk 2

So yeah, been away. Work is like that.

I intend to make my comments about the atheist community uproar with the fscking fairy queen slandering and determination that the adjective "female" is now a sexist term, but that is going to be a good long rant. I don't have time for it right now.

Instead, on old news: Survey sites: Don't work. All the ones I signed up for? 5 surveys across all of them. Not even enough to cash out really. My linked site? A poem or two, definitely one about the aforementioned event, need to be published.

Lastly, I feel like writing a book. Don't know if I should do it with this blog, though, or if I should just make a dedicated one. We will see. Feel free to offer advice in the comments.

-Zietlos out.

October 22, 2010

Giving up

Lost Scholar is too much effort to maintain, I have noticed, with my scholastics at stake. Basically, my midterms and projects are killing me. :) I will still do poetry over at my sister site Godlesspoetry.blogspot.com, but probably only one a week.

I may begin this again when I'm in the workforce and, ironically, have more free time. I'll post at that time.

September 16, 2010

The Time Value of Money

This is just a little thing I was discussing with a few other students, and thought it may be interesting enough to put up here. There is a saying, "Time is Money", I'm pretty sure its a widespread saying, of course, meaning that time is a valuable resource. Well, not everyone's time. I have had people insult me saying I take too long, time is money, and when I ask what profit-making job were they slacking off from to talk to me, they say they're off work, or unemployed, or whatnot. So not everyone's Time is as valuable as others, and even then, Time has peak hours of value.

So Time is a function of money, though not a straight-line equation. Of course, if reduced mathematically, anything that is related is also inversely, and reversely, related as well. Thus, "Money is Time". I looked a bit up, and for the most part, this is pretty true. Richer countries tend to have longer life expectancies, even if they retire at the same age. People can spend money at hospitals to get better, or at therapists to avoid psychoses, and eat healthier if they've the money to afford good food. Therefore, a funny catch-22 is created: To be able to live longer so you can do more things with your life, you need to work and lose out on your time in order to get money.

Yeah, this is kind of random, but I guess all life is here to make dollars, not cents. (Sorry for the pun)

September 14, 2010

International Affairs

Just this weekend, I was... Well, what is a nicer word than accosted? Oh, let's say fell into a discussion with an anti-choice ("Pro-life") petitioning group. This will get on topic quickly, I promise.

Backstory, you know, abortion has been completely and unrestrictedly legal in Canada for two decades, and we're still above certain more restricted countries on quality of life. While there was some scuffles over this, it went largely uncontested across the late 1990s and early 2000's. However, a surge of concern over it has arisen in recent years, with the USA's continuing debates giving a stepping stone for Canadian concern trolling. Coincidentally, a raising of globalization and internet occurs at the same time.

I do not wish to sound isolationist, after all, I too am a citizen of the internet, but I must wonder upon the reliance of American influence to spur Canadian action. We are inherently a reactionary country, economics-wise, since so much of our economy relies on American imports and exports. If people had a problem with it, why would they wait until America made a guffaw to do anything? Our reliance has also spurred us, with jolly old Harper, into a very Pro-American seeming stance on the international stage. I've recently been out of country, we don't get as warm a reception as we used to, and this is one of the primary causes.

I really think that this trend should be reversed, and Canadian culture saved a bit, the most ideal way to do so would be to establish stronger bonds with the European Union, economically, as well as increase our news sources. Increase our globalization into these areas, get their news, their viewpoints, their products. Asia as well, can't be ignored. We are a huge country with overseas access to pretty much the entire world. We should use it, and perhaps be able to maintain a semblance of our culture of peace, mediation, and open invitation to the world as the place where everyone is welcome and anyone can be successful, and not merely another Melting Pot America Clone.

As always, please, tell me your thoughts, I'll gladly chat in the comments on your views on this.

September 13, 2010

Money and Education

You've got to spend money to make money. It is a simple fact of life. Even beggers pay in opportunity costs of performing other possible work in order to get their money. Nothing comes without cost.

You do need to ask yourself, however, how much cost is the right cost?

I look over my tuition bills, and notice something comforting: I can afford to pay them. Half of my tuition, approximately, is covered by the government. Again, tax dollars. The LCBO doesn't make nearly enough to cover all this. :) But there are a number of people who would like the American system: Everyone pays their own way. Libertarians, mostly, but even some of the more FAR-right (if you catch my drift) leaning conservatives wish this as well. I disagree: People who go through tertiary education tend to get better employment than the average, the longer they take advantage of that benefit, the higher their wages later in life, again, on average.Of course, our highest tax brackets have an almost 50% tax rate, so those higher wages are really going straight back to the government, with interest as time goes on.

The Canadian Government, then, is much like a loan shark, paying off the hardest part of your student debt, so that when its investment, (you), matures, it gets a decent rate of return.

It is in the best interests, then, of governments to pay for their citizen's educations, as it both helps someone go towards their most suited career (choice of education with difficulty of courses weeds out the wimps for the harder stuff but allows all dedicated people through), without them worrying about money, but they will eventually pay it back with interest in their tax dollars.

It's a very left idea, nigh socialism left really, which is why I thought it was odd that such an approach, if used thoroughly for Long Term, would significantly aid in reducing the overall debt of a country. Just a thought experiment, but these little things can be fun too.

And your fun fact of the day: Coca Cola is the number one soft drink producer in Germany, because it built plants for soldiers during WW2 that still run today. It was also exempt from the sugar rationing unlike its competitors. Without WW2, Coca Cola would not exist as it does today. Very random, but small and weird factoids like this just accumulate.

September 10, 2010

My Away Time

Two apology posts in a row. Yikes.

Well, I mentioned I was a university student. That first week back always takes me by surprise, no matter how many times it happens. I'm set...ish now. I should have a regular update for you tomorrow.

September 2, 2010

My apologies about the long post

See the topic, I realize upon re-reading that I am incredibly, stupidly verbose. In the interest of saving space and bandwidth, does anyone here know how to set up that "click to read more" function? It should help in the long run. :)