Sunday, June 10, 2018

Random thoughts


Trump’s first pardon

I believe the punishment on the lady is too harsh, which was based on the frustration of the failure in stopping drugs. Now, Trump has to pardon similar cases and many potential offenders may believe it would not be in jail forever in pushing drugs.

Next Congress

From the mid-term elections, I bet the Congress will be controlled by the Democrat and Trump will have a hard time to pass his bills.

G7 summit

It will be G6 without Trump or G1 with Trump alone or G8 with Russia in. Trump will be sitting in the kids’ table all alone (a joke). EU depends on us on our trade and our contribution to their NATO. We have to find out why we’re not as competitive as before and ask them to take out unfair barriers to our products.

Cheats

For every disabled here, how many pretend to be disabled? Even a famous politician with blonde hair and blue eyes pretended to be a native Indian to get the goodies for her college education and career.

Nice to be poor?

With the food stamps / free food from soup kitchens and other subsidies, how can you starve? Last week I paid $2 for a pizza for two for lunch. The super market and BJ offer cooked chicken for $5 that can feed four.

In Mass. health care is free for low-income folks. If the disease is addiction to alcohol or drugs, the state should help them but they have to help themselves first.

Kill one and warn millions

Singapore’s punishment on any crime is tough; you will be punished for not flushing in public places. The result is reduction in crimes including drugs.

China has a death punishment for having sex with minors. You do not hear this crime committed since. On the opposite end, India with less punishment has been experiencing the same crime quite often. The worst is having sex with babies and it has happened many time.

Teach the poor how to fish

It is better to teach the poor how to fish instead of giving them fish for the rest of their lives.

There are teenage mothers of 5 generations under the same roof. They set up poor example for the next generation. They need to break the cycle. Generous welfare is not of them but teaching them to work skills.

My x-coworker did his share for teaching the low-income kids. The result is deplorable. Sometimes the kids did not show up. He told me some kids' parents were prostitutes or disability cheaters or in jail. These kids need good examples from their parents.

My part

I have done my part in my own practical way. My taxes last year are many times the averages. I do mind spending my money on wars and helping the poor the wrong way. I hope to train them skills so they will not depend on it forever. Welfare should be a temporary safety net to able recipients.

Africa

A lot of donations to Africa will be as harmful as no charities. The local farms cannot compete with freebies. The major problem is too many births per woman. How can Africa feed her explosive population? Need education, public messages... They have to know no one will bail them out and charities are not forever. The corrupt officials benefit most by stealing money from the donations, so they encourage more births.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Vacation checklist



It is more for my own purposes. Add/change items that are related to you. Ensure you have the updated passport / visas, your credit card (compare fees in foreign countries) and any prescription drugs.

No.

Status
I
Months before trip

1
Check visa and passport.

2
Need for shots including flu shots?

3
Prescription drugs enough for the trip.

4
Book cruise. Some cruise lines offer tickets with competitive prices.

5
Buy air tickets. Wednesday the best day of the week?

6
Book hotels. Prefer city center area as long as price is reasonable.

7
Check out transportation from airport to hotel (and/or hotel to cruise ship port).

8
Make hard copy of reservations.

9
Take photos of the above documents including passport and visa numbers/IDs.

10
Need currencies of the countries you travel?

11
Estimate and get the foreign currency or currencies you need. Bring enough USD.

12
Check out any appointments during your trip.

13
Check out weather, crimes/protests for your destinations.

14
May need electric adapters for some countries such as China.

15
Write down the credit card and travel check issuer info just in case.

16
Need to buy travel insurance?




II
Week before




1
Pay all bills.

2
Notify credit cards for countries you want to travel.

3
Stop mail.

4
Check airline requirements for luggage.

5
Check you have enough prescription drugs for the trip.

6
Some small items such as ear plugs, selfie stick, hair shampoo, chargers…

7
Cut and dye hair – you’re lucky if you’re bald. LOL.




III
Week

1
Pack your luggage according to the number of days and where you go.

2
Check light to turn on/off automatically.

3
Pack enough (one more if possible) prescription drugs for the trip. It is safer to carry half in carry-on.

4
Check any financial transactions such as expiring CDs and/or stock orders.

5
Stop any recording of TV shows.

6
Empty pictures from your mobile phone and cameras if needed.

7
Load e-books to your mobile phone or buy a book(s).

8
Check mails and pay all bills.

9
Ensure enough fibers such as bananas.

10
For some cheap air tickets, you are not allowed to assign seats before 48 hours of departure (as disallowed in the web site). However, try to call them and I had one time be assigned good seats.

11
Let your credit card companies know which foreign countries you’re travelling.

12
Ensure enough first aids and drugs.

13
Save and then empty camera storage chips.

14
Charge everything for the trip including camera, selfie stick and mobile phone.

15
Buy phone card for countries you want to travel depending on your needs.

16
Check out local transportation, attractions, restaurants…







IV
Day

1
Pack last items such as toiletries, pajamas and slippers.

2
Turn off water to washer.

3
Arrange transportation to airport. Arrive early.

4
If your plane leaves 1 a.m. or after, ensure the day of the week is correct.

5
Store your important and/or expensive items in a safe place (earlier if it is outside your house).