This edition of Grumpy Dad is a little bit late, and that is my fault. I'm sick. Yes. I said it, I'm not impervious to earthly obstacles.
That being said, We did begin #VingleElections this week.
I'd like to introduce you to my Chief of Staff, #GrumpyDad
He's got a unique way of looking at the world, and this week we follow him as he philosophizes about everything from Apple corporation to healthcare. It's all politics and some cynicism this week. I wonder where I get it from.
I bought a flash drive the other day on sale for $59. It isn’t just any flash drive. It’s an Ixpand flash drive by SanDisk—arguably the most logical, useful computer-related hardware invention of the past five years. It has both “Lightning” and “USB” connectors. The functionality of this device is what Apple users have been begging for since they became Apple users: It can easily transfer photos, videos and documents between all Apple devices—and from Apple devices to PC’s and vice versa. Finally!
So, my first question was: What the heck took them so long? When I asked a few people who are more computer industry savvy than me, their guesses were fairly uniform. They all suggested that SanDisk paid an enormous price for the rights to create and sell Ixpand. They also suggested that Apple was likely adamant in the past (for some reason) about preventing its existence.
Why in the world, I wondered, would a company go out of its way to keep people from having something that would make their lives so much easier? It has to be all about money. [Tess' Note: Everything is about money.] Right?
So, then I wondered about other things that might be possible now, but that don’t exist for all the wrong reasons.
How about affordable electric cars and free re-charging stations all over the world? My son’s friend’s grandfather has a Tesla. It’s all electric. It probably goes from zero to sixty miles per hour faster than anything on the planet. It looks great and makes virtually no noise. It also costs more than $100,000. Why? Can’t someone figure out how to build an affordable, but luxurious electric car? After that, couldn’t governments build thousands of charging stations that people could use for free? Couldn’t governments create jobs by paying people to run those stations?
[Tess' Note: It seems that our dependence on oil has something to do with this.]
Let’s see… We could save the Ozone, reduce the world’s dependency upon oil for ground transportation and create thousands, maybe millions of jobs. Sounds like a win-win-win. One problem. Nobody has the guts or the power to force the automakers and the parts suppliers and the oil companies and the gas station owners--and every other entity that exists and/or benefits because of gasoline-powered engines—to change with the times.
[Tess' Note: My theory on why everything stays inefficient, is that people are afraid of change. They don't want to put the work in to change the conversation, so they keep saying the same things. It's a shame.]
Forget the politicians. They won’t help—because politicians care about only three things: Getting elected; getting re-elected; and making money. Anyone who watched the recent presidential candidate debates in America knows by now that reducing the world’s dependency upon oil isn’t even part of the conversation.
[Tess' Note: Man, I didn't even think about this. It's true. Not one issue debated had anything to do with the environment. It had to do with Clinton's E-mails, Webb's war stories and Bernies...well...Bernie-isms]
How many other inventions or cures already exist or could easily exist that would make our world better? Are the pharmaceutical companies blocking a simple cure for erectile dysfunction so they can continue to make billions from their little pills?
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to learn that millions of people have suffered and died for no reason from cancer or Alzheimer’s or heart disease because some greedy suits decided that eliminating them would be bad for business.
[Tess' Note: Dad's taking a page out of my old fear and loathing mentality here...or have I taken a page out of his...anyway.]
As the years go by, I’m increasingly suspicious about why the world’s most brilliant minds, funded to the gills, can’t seem to cure anything except their funding problems. The U.S. government is efficient at extracting our tax dollars and handing them over for research. Out of guilt and false hope we donate to some of these “non-profit” organizations that talk a good game, but never seem to reach their goals. Is it too cynical to believe that reaching their goals isn’t a goal at all? After all, if they reach their goals, they would have to shut down. They’d all be out of work! That would be dumb. Right?
Now, I’m going to use my new flash drive to move this card from my PC to my IPhone, so I can email it to my daughter. Wait. No. I can just copy and paste it into an email and send it to her from the PC. Well, I’ll figure out some reasons that I had to have it. I paid $59 for goodness sake.