Big Problems and Easy Solutions

Big Problems and Easy Solutions

The Nightcap

Nightcap for April 19th, 2018

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“Fans don’t boo nobodies.” – Reggie Jackson



Conflict Resolution in Energy Development

This week, two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for loitering.

I know absolutely nothing more about the details surrounding this story other than what I just disclosed.

What I DO know is that sides will be taken. Rational discord over what events ACTUALLY transpired will be absent from the narrative. The hashtag #BaristaLivesMatter will emerge from the rubble, spurring a subsequent barrage of emotional debate that offers little to no solutions.

The reason I know this is because America has stopped practicing conflict resolution. Seeing two sides of an issue and compromising for the sake of progression and peace is no longer in our repertoire. The drama changes from week to week but the rhetoric remains the same, bleeding into every conflict we face as a country. From economics to social injustice to environmental preservation, we are only solidified in our disdain for one another. Hell, we can’t agree on whether to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” – as if religious persecution came in the form of a passive formality offered by the lady bagging your groceries.

My point is that we’re a society hyper-focused on the symptom but not the problem. Why? Because problems employ solutions and coming up with solutions would require bipartisanship.

Enter Tim Kaelin – an ex-CIA operative and engineer. He is a brilliant mind with an invested interest in solar energy and a comprehensive plan to curb the use of fossil fuels. Uninterested in appealing to one party, Kaelin’s solution benefits both the liberal and conservative agenda and (more importantly) helps the environment.

He is set to speak at Berkeley University at the 10th International Conference on Climate Change, and his vision is both logical and ground-breaking.

Click here for more information regarding Kaelin and his vision.



Trolling The Senate

If you use Facebook, then you’re probably suspicious about what is happening with your private information “behind the scenes.”

One night, you’re perusing Amazon for bed sheets and somehow stumble upon a set of nail clippers in the shape of an Otter, thinking to yourself, “Huh. So THAT’S a thing.” Then continue moving right along, because, who the hell needs Otter toenail clippers?

The next day, you log into Facebook and suddenly advertisements for otter clippers are flooding your feed. It’s unnerving if you don’t understand how ad targeting, SEO, and algorithms work. What people don’t know is that you can actually change your settings on Facebook, so that information you see isn’t catered to your interests.

Simply go to SETTINGS AND PRIVACY – ACCOUNT SETTINGS – ADS. Then delete anything you don’t want to be used for advertisement targeting. It’s actually quite easy – it’s just that nobody knows about it.

Here’s the thing: I have absolutely no idea if Mark Zuckerberg purposely sold information to Russian spies. I wouldn’t put it past him. But, he certainly didn’t use information that you didn’t voluntarily give him; ethical or not.

While selling information to Russia is A HUGE F’IN DEAL, I couldn’t help but find his ten-hour interrogation in front of the Congress last week nothing short of THOROUGHLY entertaining.

Watch these video clips of Zuckerberg trying to explain how the internet works to older senate members. It’s nothing short of comedic gold.


True Colors

Most were shocked to learn about the REAL Bill Cosby, particularly those who watched the Cosby Show growing up. And yet, the signs were already there… warning: you may be going to hell if you laugh at this.