The Most Powerful Weapon On Earth

What is the most powerful weapon on Earth? Nuclear bombs have to be near the top of the list, no?!

Perhaps. But no bombs of any kind are a match for the most powerful weapon on Earth: Education.

Nelson Mandela said it in a speech and many other wise humans have echoed his thoughts: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (-Mandela, 16 July 2003)

We know that the goal of true education is to create intelligent, benevolent individuals. These like minded people, free from the biases of todays fake-news culture and way it’s been mentality, will work together toward a goal of a better world for all.

Educate yourself. Learn to think critically and for yourself. Learn to acquire skills and knowledge and to apply them in a way that makes the world a better place without negatively affecting another.  Be a world changer!

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The Goal Of True Education

Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted as having written:

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Intelligence, which is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills, simply is not enough by itself. We must learn to use intelligence in a way that defines us a person of sound moral character.

Below is the text and here is the link to more by one of the greatest forward thinking individuals to have ever lived (emphases added by yours truly). King’s explanation is far better than anything I could ever write. But I can understand it and hopefully you can too!

As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.

It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the ligitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers! -Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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Doug Polk Is Not A Gambler

Doug Polk is one of the best poker players in the world. Luckily for poker players and fans of the game, he also hosts one of the most widely viewed YouTube Channels around. I’m a big fan of this channel and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in poker, gambling or investing.

However, I must humbly disagree with Doug as he and many others like him consider themselves to be “professional gamblers.” I consider them to be professional investors, not gamblers.

A professional, by definition, earns enough money at their profession to support their lifestyle.

A gambler, by definition, wagers on uncertain outcomes that often consist of a negative expectation.

An investor, on the contrary, invests (or wagers) on uncertain, nearly certain, and sometimes exactly certain outcomes, that mainly consist of positive expectation.

It seems to me that the term “professional gambler” is an oxymoron. Or just describing someone on a lifelong heater!

Doug and his peers take calculated risks that may not always return a profit but over time their risks are rewarded with enough income to maintain their lifestyle. Whether they realize it or not they are not very different from a real estate investor or a stock trader.

Check out Doug’s channel, you won’t be disappointed!

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Can Altruism Solve Healthcare?

Healthcare and health insurance are widely debated topics in America today. I can barely get a few minutes in to a good NPR podcast before hearing some debate over ‘repeal or replace?‘ Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is the best way to provide healthcare for all Americans. Some of these plans include spending your money for you while some simply eliminate Obamacare and let Americans fend for themselves.

I wonder if the answer is not somewhere in between? Can Americans decide if they want insurance or not and then pick and choose insurance in a free market environment while those who cannot afford insurance are not forgotten about? At the same time those who are wealthy enough may choose not to buy insurance and instead to pay cash for their family medical care as needed.

Simply put, the choice gets put on the individual. Chose to be insured or not. After all, insurance is not the desired end result. The desired end result is for everyone to remain healthy. For those who want to be alive to remain alive. Everyone has a right to live. Everyone does not have a right to insurance. There is a big difference.

Instantly critics will state the obvious, that everyone can not afford insurance and most can not afford to pay for services as needed. This is where the Altruism Fund comes in.

Altruism is defined as “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.”

Thanks to the TV show, ‘Friends‘, we know that there is no such thing as a selfless good deed. However altruistic efforts are about as close as it comes.

I believe that if an Altruism Fund existed where donations are 100% tax-deductible, most healthcare issues would instantly be solved. The super wealthy and super liberal and anyone else are free to donate to the fund as they choose. People who are below a certain benchmark in yearly earnings qualify to use the fund for medical treatment as needed. Use of the fund could be on a sliding scale so higher earners could still utilize the fund to pay for a smaller % of their medical bills.

Insurance companies can still play their part, offering insurance in a free market environment. I believe that once the insurance companies stop paying for the uninsured, they will be able to offer a much lower rate for much better coverage. The improvements in the system would trickle down as costs decline across the board. As suggested by Senator Susan Collins, if insurance companies publish their prices the market will do the rest. I do not believe insurance companies should be forced to publish prices, after all that would be unnecessary government interference. I believe that an existing company or a new player will emerge, integrating a fair and open pricing structure and blowing up the market as we know it. This will force other insurance companies to change their business models in order to survive.

The end result? Affordable insurance for those who want it. Freedom to choose for all. Subsidized medical payments for those in need funded without theft via taxation. Most importantly, everyone who wants to be healthy is now healthy.

 

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History Of The World In 20 Minutes

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Cannabis > Opioids

Just do the research. Start at http://www.NORML.org or similar. Or do web search and keep an open mind.

From NORML.org:

“Recent scientific research has informed us that medical marijuana access is associated with reduced levels of opioid-related abuse, hospitalization, and mortality. It’s time for our federal policy to follow science, evidence, and common sense

For too long, federal marijuana policy has rejected the reality presented by basic scientific facts. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine reports that “states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”

The opioid crisis demands real solutions, not empty rhetoric. If the Trump administration is serious about addressing this epidemic, then it is time for them to acknowledge what works: medical marijuana.”

I couldn’t have said it better.

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Never Take Another Shower

Never take another shower…without doing 20 push-ups before your shower! In addition, each night before bed, do 20 push-ups. Each morning right when you wake up, do 20 push-ups.

With an average of 1 shower per day, this routine forces you to do at least 60 push-ups each day. So what, says the haters?! You can’t make changes to your body by doing just 60 push-ups!

False!

60 push-ups per day is roughly 1800 push-ups per month. That’s 18,000 push-ups in just 10 months. Anyone who thinks that EIGHTEEN-THOUSAND PUSH-UPS will not have a positive impact on one’s body is kidding themselves. Haters gonna hate.

Don’t let the haters get you down. Set yourself a simple reminder and get into a routine. It’s easy, takes virtually no time, and WILL HAVE a POSITIVE IMPACT on your core in addition to adding a layer of structure and routine to your life.

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NPR Up First Is A Great Way To Easily Stay Informed

Music is a great way to start off your day (it’s a great way to finish it, too!) Hell, music is good all day!

You know what else is a good habit to pick up in the morning? A quick :10-:15 minute podcast from very smart people talking about very smart things going on in present times. NPR offers just that with their podcast, Up First. Along with my WAKE UP! playlist, I try to listen to Up First early each day to keep caught up on some of the most important affairs of the day. Give Up First a try – you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

 

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Wake Up! Songs To Start Your Day!

Need a boost to start your day? Perhaps you want something to look forward to with your morning coffee, or your want to jam out on your morning commute?! Check out my Spotify & YouTube Playlist:WAKE UP! I have (non) scientifically chosen the songs for this playlist to play in a specific order. [YouTube link here]

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Start with #1 and listen in order. Enjoy during your morning routine. I enjoy while going on a run, watering my plants, making breakfast and more. You may as well!

I may add or remove songs from time to time and update the order to achieve the desired flow. Do you have a suggestion for an addition or deletion? Let me know @donniccolo. Enjoy!

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President Trump’s Tax Returns

It seems that Trump’s leaked 2005 tax return might be legit and may be the only glimpse we get into the private affairs of a “free” human being.

Tax day has come and gone and what a surprise, the president didn’t release his tax returns. Good for him. After all, he won a presidential election without releasing his tax returns and clearly he dngaf about tradition. I can respect that because a lot of the time people just do things the way it’s been without giving any consideration to why.

I do not understand why people continue to complain about the president’s tax returns. It’s as if people do not realize that every single politician who has ever lived in the history of all civilization has done everything in their power to legally pay the least amount in tax as humanly possible. We all should be doing the same.

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