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May 06, 2021

Donald Trump's YouTube Ban: Live with It

Today, on the Wall Street Journal, Tripp Mickle wrote Trump Is Still Banned on YouTube. Now the Clock Is Ticking. But Mickle wrote, “With Donald Trump’s return to Facebook in limbo, YouTube has emerged as the former president’s best chance to return to social media in the near future” (link). Mickle believes former United States president Donald Trump has a clear path back to the spotlight. But why?

Trump Incited the January 6, 2021 Insurrection

Even though millions of Americans believe otherwise, approximately 100 million (link), I shall contend with this: because of Donald Trump, the insurrection. On January 6, 2021, I watched it transpire from my hotel room in Brentwood, Tennessee: it was an atrocity. President Trump goaded his crowd of supporters over and again, but he was not alone. He repeatedly told his audience to fight. In America, the English word, fight, means the same thing it does in other parts of the world where English is spoken: it is a serious word that is related to battle. And so Trump’s supporters fought. But it was not a battle: 5 people were killed. Dozens of Capitol Police officers and dozens of Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured, and over a dozen police officers were hospitalized. Who knows how many rioters were injured? But the US Capitol has required $30+ million for repairs and securities. More than 400 entities were charged with related crimes. But if not Trump, then who is responsible? 

The fault is not with YouTube, but with Trump.

As legend states, the Christ is the head of each man, and the man is the head of the woman, and the head of Jesus Christ is God, each body has its head (KJV, 1 Corinthians 11:3). At 1st, I had cautious doubt: a president committing sedition is as treasonous as United States civilian mistreatment of another person can get. But then I reviewed 1 part, and that confirmed my caution: when President Trump’s aggressive supporters chanted-- TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP--his sternness became visible, and he nodded in angry agreement. When a leader has great control over a crowd, that leader’s small body movements can send a great message to the crowd. Think about a popular musician controlling a crowd singing along with him or her, pausing to let that crowd fill in the lyrics and guide the stadium experience: it is the same thing.

Consider serious fiction.

In serious fiction, consider the story of Cronos and Rhea: So paranoid of prophecy against him, Cronos swallowed his own children while they are born, and is so convinced his plan is working, he swallows a rock Rhea is representing as her child. Cronos made the same mistake Sisyphus later makes: while the rock is rolling down the hill, or in this case, sliding down Cronos’ esophagus, he is content with an eternally damning event. Eventually, something is coming out: but in the case of the insurrection, it was the Confederate flag Trump’s supporters flew over the US Capitol. 

I shall say it plain. President Trump generated interest in the insurrection, and then he let it happen under his supervision. Do not blame YouTube: in the strangely named Information Age (civilization has historically operated on information from ancient times), they are effectively protecting the United States from further disintegration into chaos. 

Do not curse your neighbor, but bless your neighbor.

For all of you with friends who believe in Trump and are disinterested in Big Media, let me tell you this: Donald Trump had potential to actually be the greatest American president in history. But he failed to live up to the expectations of the common man who by hard work has distinguished himself as a man of decent rank and decent stature. And as today progresses, he has left distinguished and common men apart fail against the Law and the Prophets. President Trump was raised Christian, but he did not bless his enemies, but rather cursed them even when his enemies bared fruit. That is unacceptable. While I do not expect Alphabet Inc. to love their enemies, I do expect the forensic evidence gathered shall prevent President Trump’s return to Big Media on any of Alphabet’s major platforms.

May 05, 2021

Changing Pace: Pursuing a 2nd Bachelor's Degree

In higher education, nothing sets the standard for entry level jobs like a Bachelor's degree. Learners often seek an Associate's degree, according to the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), 49 percent of the United States population (link). But they also often progress to a Bachelor's level degree, us being 39 percent of the United States population according to NCES. Thus, there is a 10 percent difference in population regarding who has an Associate's degree versus who has a Bachelor's degree. Even greater, the NCES reported 9 percent of the United States population has a Master's or Doctorate degree: I am working toward a Master's degree. But I recently decided to try for something I wanted, years ago: a 2nd Bachelor's degree. Let me explain.

Standards Are High

In my current university, the Johns Hopkins University, the standard is raised high: basically, I need a B- or better for every class (I can earn a degree with 1 C-range grade, but who wants that?). I need consistent and earned understanding for my entire program. Every course builds on another, and I study Enterprise and Web Development. Thus, I shall understand the latest front and back-end technologies. But this has caused moderate stress. I need a significant change of pace. I am still working, but I need more learning. I do not need another 4-year program, and I need my finances managed. And I want more Computer Networks and Cybersecurity skills; I studied a couple undergraduate courses on this subject. Therefore, I have decided this: to enroll in a 2nd Bachelor's degree program. 

A Learning Branch to Master

The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) offers this subject, Computer Networks and Cybersecurity. In global Cybersecurity competitions, UMGC has consistently ranked high, internationally. Furthermore, I can study online, and it does not cost beyond my budget. Also, I am undergoing a few job screenings: I can probably pay a portion out of pocket. In addition, I can earn some industry certifications: Regent University partially prepared me for certifications including CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+, but I graduated in December 2018, and I have not tried those exams, since then. 

Consider an old proverb.

In ancient times, an old proverb was probably given by Solomon, King of Israel. Solomon (KJV) wrote, "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding" (Pro 23:23). In the New Testament church, Jesus the Christ came to save many people alive, he is the Truth, the Way, and the Life, and he freely gave himself (Luke 19:10, John 14:6, Romans 6:23). Even though I cannot buy the truth, saving calling another man instructor or Master, I can buy wisdom and understanding. And this seems like a good idea to beef up my resume: I shall try it, but I shall remain enrolled in my JHU Master's program for safekeeping.



May 04, 2021

On Tech Industry Divorces: How They Should Not Have Happened and What Could Have Been

On the Wall Street Journal, today, Paul Ziobro, updated an article, Bill and Melinda Gates to Divorce After 27 Years. Ziobro headlined his article this way: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bills Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, who is co-chair of their philanthropic foundation, are ending their 27-year marriage, according to a statement posted on both their verified Twitter accounts (link)

Divorce is Often Happening in the Tech Industry’s Leadership

Furthermore, Ziobro mentioned the official divorce petition was filed by this couple on May 3, 2021 in King County Superior Court within Washington state (Ziobro, 2021). They have some asset separation agreement with their division in mind. Next, Bill and Melinda Gates are parents to 3 children. Also, this couple formed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together: it is a billion-dollar charity Bill and Melinda Gates have invested their fortune for needy communities. 


Other billionaire technology couples including Google’s Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, (link) and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott, have divorced. But in American society, there is a well known connection between marriage and responsibility. Take a brief look at this Prager University lesson:


The Legendary Light Bearing Savior

According to legend, Jesus of Nazareth, called the Christ, claimed the Law and the Prophets were totally against divorce. Against a man giving his wife a writing of divorcement, probably Matthew wrote Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery” (KJV, Matthew 5:32). Thus, divorce must not be a matter of convenience or expedience, but a last resort against poverty, something loving pleasure (fornication’s purpose, Peter Singer and John Piper) brings on a household. 

This is about a sense of decency.

In contrast to contemporary senses of decency, I believe this: as Jesus Christ said, unless the reason for a marriage dispute is a wife’s fornication, or by a husband’s own measurement, his own fornication, the marriage dispute ought to end with the marriage intact. This is for social reasons, 1st of all: marriage often protects family members from emotional and intellectual development going wrong. But unfortunately, with fornication so rampant in society, today, going wrong is seen as a niche. There is also the financial defense: poverty and many of its challenges are directly strategized against during marriage by the husband and wife, and this is passed to the next generation. But technology leaders have added incentives for continuing their marriages due to good pay and low unemployment: philanthropic legacies and generational employment. In philanthropy, entire communities make efforts to improve social conditions like raising a child. And in a company where leaders have their children work their ways up the ranks, fairly, we can look forward to families staying safe and flourishing even in tough times due to middle class and higher wealth securities. 

Image is everything.

In almost every case, divorce is the opposite of financial wisdom: it brings uncertainty, confusion, and unnecessary stress on a family. Readers, if you ever want to marry, do not do it because of convenience or expedience, nor end it for these reasons. For each reader, your significant other shall thank you.

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