Pareto Principle

My son and I attended a presentation from a company representing Amazon a business with a net worth of over a trillion dollars. That fact alone got me interested in getting more knowledge about The Amazon mission statement. I could see that they make a lot of money. But I was looking for more. I found it when the speaker spoke about the 80/20 rule or simply stated the Pareto Principle.

This is how it goes: Everything around us follows an interesting pattern. For example, if you have five pairs of shoes you only wear one pair most of the time. 20% of the people in the world control 80% of the wealth. Of ten things you do today will only two will generate most of your desired results. In school, 20% of the content of the class teachings are the core principles. Those principles will make up 80% of the test. The teacher spends 80% of his or her time explaining the 20% core principles.

20% of the people you hang out with take up 80% of your energy, and 20% can make you more confident and motivated. You can solve 80% of your problems by fixing the most important 20%. Once this principle is understood all you need to ask yourself is how can I apply in my life right now. Knowledge is power is a statement I heard repeated often yesterday at that event,

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The Department of Homeland Security admitted this week that they have no idea where up to 1500 minors who were separated from their parents at the border between Mexico and the United States. Some of the parents have already been deported back to their home countries with no way to be contacted about their children. To make matters worse the government admitted that in most cases the sponsors that were given the children cannot be found either because they are in the country illegally themselves. The Trump administration continues to show nothing but contempt for those of color who are seeking a better life for themselves and most importantly for their kids.

The main concern of the government on this subject is to round-up and deport as many illegals as humanly possible. 200,000 million dollars was recently transferred from FEMA to Homeland Security to investigate naturalized citizens suspected of using false statements and documents to obtain citizenship status. Denaturalization has rarely been used in the past except for those accused of crimes in their home countries. 1500 missing kids is most likely a lower number than the official records show. We as a country have a system of civil rights but we have a long way to go when it comes to the rights we all deserve as human beings.

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When Serena Williams had what one would call a meltdown during her match with Naomi Osaka for the grand slam title of 2018 in relation to the game of tennis. Serena felt that she was being disrespected not because of her race but her sex. She stated over and over that a male in the same situation would not be penalized. Most of the talking heads who spoke on her behavior agreed with her argument although they kept it to a minimal level of support. The power of this woman of color was phenomenal, to say the least, her body language was over the top the anger and rage and contempt she showed for the referee was not held in check and caused her to lose control and focus of the situation that she found herself in.

When a champion is dethroned it is devastating but the way life is lived the glory is always fleeting. One can only be on top of the world for a short period of time especially in the world of sports. The William sisters will have the ability to inspire and teach many generations of young people of both sexes who want to succeed in the goals that they want to accomplish in life. This story is not about race but sexuality and how women are treated differently than men in the real world. This is the paradigm that will not change any time soon in a male-dominated society we all are brainwashed to accept. Serena may have lost the match but she made a statement about equality of the sexes that cannot be ignored. Equality of the sexes is as old as human history. The story of Serena and the tennis referee and their interactions will be a lesson for future historians to understand and explain. The life lesson here will be interpreted as needed in the future for both sexes.


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9-11 Again

Seventeen years ago today the world as we knew it was changed forever because of a terrorist attack on our country by suicidal followers of Osama Bin Ladin. To this day we are reminded of how freedoms we once took for granted continue to be restricted because of government policies that are sometimes seen as over cautious. Metal detectors, bulletproof glass in financial institutions, a restriction of face to face contact  in the business world, an unseen distrust of those who are of the same ethnic groups of the hijackers of those four planes and the innocent souls aboard. Whenever I see a pre 911 movie or television show with the twin towers in the background I am immediately reminded of that “day of infamy” of our modern times. The pain of loss will never go away as this is what Bin Ladin wanted to accomplish that day.

This is a day to remember and reflect on how things have changed including our personal lives, especially our attitudes towards others. The “New World Order” that president George HW Bush spoke of not that long ago. Out of respect for those who lost their lives that fateful day we all need to try to improve our society one person at a time. RIP.



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Thirty-day Journey

I spent five years in the U.S. Army from 72-76 My job classification was 91-B20. Medical specialist. Because of the time, I spent in uniform I had to travel to places I only read about in school. I have not given much thought about what I experienced until now. The Internet has given me the ability to revisit especially through YouTube those places in Europe and remember the experiences of that part of my life.

I requested a 30-day leave of absence to travel to Morocco. I wanted to visit the ancient city of Marrakech. My friend and fellow soldier Kevin joined me. We traveled by train from Bayreuth to Frankfort, Germany where we caught a ride on a military transport plane to Aviano, Italy. We then took the train south to Rome where we toured the Coliseum where Gladiators fought to the death for the crowds, and Christians were thrown to the lions. Went to the gates of the Vatican the seat of power for the Catholic Church. The city of Naples which is where Pompei, the ancient city that was destroyed by ash from Mount Vesuvius over a thousand years ago. The plane made a brief stop at the Island nation of Malta before flying on to Spain. Which reminded me of California.

The last part of the journey was to cross the Straits of Gibraltar to the continent of Africa. I had a thought that the view that I saw coming into focus was probably the last one some of those who were sold into slavery ever saw of their homeland. We spent the day in Ceuta, in Spanish Morocco. I saw for the first time statues of people who looked like me. We were denied permission to cross the border without passports. I was disappointed at the time but I came to realize that a thought brought me this far and gave me the opportunity that most people will never get a chance to experience. I was also able to travel to Istanbul, Turkey a city that has been inhabited for over 5000 years, and you know it looked like it. for the first time, I understood the term culture-shock. This was a different culture from where I came from, to say the least.

I cannot explain why I had to write about some of the past events of my life but looking at my written words brings those memories back to life in a positive way. If we live long enough our memories will be all we have left. Whether they be good bad or indifferent. That is a fact of life we all need to remember the times of our lives as we age and complete the cycle of life that has existed from the beginning of mankind.


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Trump Time

America is changing in some not so subtle ways because of Donald Trump’s presence on the world stage. He has turned the world on its collective ears on a daily basis because no one can define his persona to the masses around the world who want to understand what our role will be in the future of world events that will change life as we now know it. America is now in the life and times of the Trump era whether we like it or not. I do not believe that our president wants to bring harm to our nation. To aspire to attain the highest elected level in the land shows a love for country that cannot be disputed.

Despite the human part of the president’s behavior in past relationships, and questionable business dealings. Only those who are without sin should cast the first stone of anger and punishment against the president. There will be no takers that can be “holier than thou” in attitude and behavior. how this human drama will play out in the coming months and years is anybody’s guess. The greatness of America has never wavered in the past and never will moving forward. Trump’s time is now, he is the leader of our nation, and deserves our support as American citizens. That is how we play the game.

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Life Resume

The memorial services for Aretha Franklin and Senator John McCain on the same day once again reminded us all of our own mortality. People die every day but we don’t like to hear about it. The demise of the rich and famous always draws our attention every time. Life is where we learn new things every day and that is the job given to each individual from the moment of birth. When we work at a job we acquire skills over time that we can put on a resume to be seen by a potential employer. The more experience presented will always be a positive factor in the job market.

When someone who has passed on has an obituary written about the accomplishments of that person’s life it is really a resume that they take with them into eternity. Very few of us will have something written about our live’s unless we actually get out there and make a difference in the world we live in. Living life to the fullest is the most important job we will ever have. Our life resume will determine if anything is ever written about us post-mortem.

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