Rollin Wildhorse

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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Can small towns learn how to be more efficient from larger cities?
I live in a small town & I love it! Everything is here and it is all within walking distance! Everything! I can walk to the grocery store, the dollar store, the pharmacy, get a pizza, McDonald's or Taco Bell, everything is close by. We have a movie theater and a thrift store and a car dealership. I lived in Texas for a lot of years and they don't have towns like this there. This is a college town with about 3000 people (8000 when the college students are here). It's great for the college kids w/o cars and also the old people (who also don't have cars). Everyone walks when the weather is good! The college has a couple of windmills (3) that provide maybe 12% of the electricity the college uses (on a windy day). Some houses have solar and there are energy efficient changes being made to the city infrastructure. Most larger communities (like Denton, TX -- been there!) prefer mass automobile traffic to foot traffic. Here in the midwest, it's like shopping mall foot-traffic all over town. Many of the old folks have 3 wheel bicycles w/baskets for shopping bags. The movies are kind of lame sometimes, but there are two Redbox vendors in town.
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Corporations abusing my name when I call them or they call me. Making fun of my name in a demeaning manner.
"Here, pay my bill for taking my time!" When they call you and take your valuable time, why shouldn't they be the ones to pay! But there are always legalities to consider. It depends upon the law in your jurisdiction. If the legal issues disturb you at all -- and you still want to give the plan I suggest a try, there is a simple solution. Go see a lawyer for legal help first. First, make up a short, 2 or 3 sentence speech to read on the telephone. Your lawyer needs to approve this before you use in on the telephone. Write the statement you will read and ask the lawyer about the legality of the language first . . . Something like, "I am legally obligated to inform you that your misuse of language (and mispronunciation of my name) is completely appalling. But for a fee I am willing to assist you at this time. Please give me your billing address and we will bill you soon. Also understand that continuing this call at this time constitutes consent to a fee-for-my-services arrangement. Please make sure that your supervisor is aware as you will be receiving my bill for these services!" If they don't get it, say calmly and directly: "Sir/Ma'am, you are grossly mispronouncing my name." And then re-read the above statement. Second, make up a billing invoice for 1/2 hour of your time. Make the bill for something specific like: "telephone linguistic, pronunciation, and annunciation services; and supervision services." Note the exact time, date, and a detailed description of everything that was said. Use as much detail as you possibly can. If legal, record the conversation and reference the recording in the text of the invoice. Bill for something like $600 U.S. for your services. 1/2 hour minimum charge. Show your speech and your invoice to a lawyer you trust and make sure you demonstrate what you plan to do for the benefit of the lawyer. I doubt they will ever pay your bill. But your lawyer might have something to say about that to the other party.
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Should California and Texas be allowed to secede or split?
I understand that Texas was permitted to divide into five states in the text of the Federal Proclamation that made Texas a State. So Texas has a legal right to divide into five states and has had that right since it became a state. Texas is the only state that entered the Union with that right guaranteed. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) would probably revoke that right if Texas tried to exercise it, though. SCOTUS wouldn't let Texas do it. Probably on the basis of past Texas secession to join the Confederate States of America in open rebellion against the United States of America. That is part of what led to the Civil War over Slavery etc. Once Texas seceded and then was permitted to rejoin, that earlier right was probably lost legally. It would probably take a U.S. Constitutional Amendment for California to subdivide into 3 or more states. And if that's just a 'debt dodge' then we are in trouble. Everybody will move to Idaho. No, California is definitely over taxed. But imagine what would happen w/the water emergency! The sub-divided California state w/the most water would tax and sell the water to the other 3 or 4 states. That's the same water that once belonged to all of California. Once that happened, at least one of the sub-divided California states would go bankrupt. Look at Detroit! That bankruptcy is messing up the entire state of Michigan! But then again, I know some OSU (Columbus, Ohio) grads at work who are willing to tell me that "Michigan" has always been a pretty messed up place. I did ask if they meant the University of Michigan or Michigan State University. They didn't have much to say about the Spartans, but the Wolverines were another matter entirely!
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
What is behind competition? Does competition influence the behavior of people in a negative way?
I like teams. Team members collaborate with one another, and yet they also compete as a team against other teams. That seems to be the most productive way to do things. But then again, Adolph Hitler had his own team (of Nazi thugs). And, as we all know, they did no good for anyone at all! In fact, they cause the rest of the world a great deal of difficulty and consternation. Teamwork is good. But getting purposes and goals right has to come first. Your goals must be beneficial and altruistic for everyone. Teamwork really can build a better world for all of us. On the other hand, teamwork for evil purposes can destroy us all.
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Is intelligence an inevitable step in evolution?
You must be a really smart person. I've always felt that way about people from Texas. But then again, what happened with Ted Cruz? LBJ was smart. George W. was smart. Lotsa' people from Texas have made really smart politicians. Lotsa' people have made really strong leaders. But Ted Cruz? I worry about that one! Intelligence is a natural step in evolution. And really smart people (and animals) are more successful than not-so-smart ones! Same story with hands. Humans (as primates) are the first to have both an opposable thumb and a brain big enough to make it work. They say that raccoons are evolving along the same lines and they are likely to replace us (if we ever, either abandon planet earth, or destroy ourselves totally). But Ted Cruz? He doesn't engender much optimism for me in the future!
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Only informed people should be allowed to vote
There was a really rich guy (a Billionaire) on television not long ago who said that "No one should vote who does not pay at least one dollar in taxes!" [He was a U.S. American so he paid tax in dollars!] So in his view, both freeloaders and the impoverished do not have the fundamental right to vote! He went on to say: "In a perfect world, for every dollar paid in taxes, you would earn one-vote to cast in each and every election for every political office!" In other words: "Pay a million dollars in taxes and buy the right to cast one million votes in each election!" So much for the idea I grew up with: "One man! One Vote!" At least this guy is making no secret as to where he wants to take our society. He want the best government that (his) money can buy! And the government he buys will, no doubt, be a government that he, himself, controls. Money seems to be able to do that for you these days. Yes, everyone who votes is responsible for being informed sufficiently so as to vote wisely. No one should sell their vote or cast a vote in an election without some foreknowledge of the importance of the choice they are privileged to make. And if nothing else, you can vote for all the candidates of the political party you most agree with. You can vote by party affiliation. Many people do. In fact, few people have the time to look up and read up on all six candidates who want to be elected as "County Dog Catcher" or "City Park Ranger." In this latter case, a party vote works.
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
global unity project.
I appreciate your mission statement. No matter what happens here on TED or anywhere else on the internet, that is a good mission statement. Keep it. Use it. Let your mission make you strong. You have something there that maybe only one person in one-thousand can clearly claim to have: a mission! Life can be hard. And life can be cruel. But your mission is your purpose for your life. And that has meaning. It lends meaning to your every action. It gives credence to your every choice. Your mission is a significant statement of exactly who you are in this world. This is the thing that makes you unique. This is an important part of your identity. Keep your mission. Live your mission. And, most of all, enjoy your life. Each passing hour is another opportunity for mission fulfillment. Go for it! And thank you for sharing your courage here on TED.
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Would you rather be lucky or educated?
I am very highly educated. I also am very unlucky! Of all the guys who ever tried to tinker with electronics in their garage, why is it that Steve Jobs invents the desk top computer (the Apple I/II & all that followed)? Of all the amateurs who tried their hand at computer code in the late 70's and 80's, why did a guy named Bill Gates get so far ahead of the game and found Microsoft? Luck plays a big part in all of that. Neither of these guys were lazy. Both were somewhat driven from time to time. But both needed some luck to get where they eventually wound up. Lots of people work hard in this world. Many people are driven to succeed and have worked every bit as hard as these two guys to achieve success in this world. These two just got fabulously lucky. So if anyone asks: "Did either of those guys have anything 'special' going for them that facilitated their fabulous success?" The answer is YES! They were lucky! Me? I'm way overdue for some luck like that!
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Rollin Wildhorse
Posted 5 months ago
Corporations abusing my name when I call them or they call me. Making fun of my name in a demeaning manner.
I would get their billing address. Then I would send them a bill (from a P.O. Box) for "editorial corrections" and "representative supervision services." Or better yet, "Linguistic training services in transnational linguistic and diplomatic courtesy!" This is your Name we are talking about here! We are all quite attached to our names. So we need to be willing to ensure that we get names correct! That is, if and when we use names at all! If they call and they can't get your name correct, then make them pay for it. At least someone will have to think before they speak your name next time they call (if they call at all). Send them a bill for half an hour (minimum) of your services for every time they call. Do an invoice in a good word processor and/or page layout program. Good Lawyers generally charge $600 or €600 per hour for their services, so your services in this regard should be worth at least that. And a half-hour charge is reasonable. After all, they called you. So they must have required your services (however you may define them or provide them) when they called you in the first place. Send them a bill! After all, don't telephone solicitors send us all bills all the time? It isn't illegal to charge for your time on the telephone. And you can always charge/invoice for your time! Just don't pretend to be something you are not (like a physician or lawyer or other licensed individual whose profession is regulated by law in your jurisdiction). Also, do not assert that you did anything other than offer "corrective services." Since this is your name we are talking about, no one can say that this is not within your area of expertise. If you have to correct them, then those to whom you so kindly offer correction should be grateful for your time and/also they should pay you for it! At least that's what I think!