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Change Versus Improvement

Processes

For the last 25 years I have been involved one way or another in process improvement. This means I have been tasked to look at an existing way something is done and figure out how to do it "better". But what does it mean to make something better? By what standard or measure is it better than before? In this regard, I get a bit annoyed when I hear people, especially politicians talking about "change and how it's needed or desirable. Who says? We rarely ask if the change is making things better and what better means. So, drawing on my years of process improvement experience I have come to a realization how we should answer this question. First, change is not necessarily improvement. An exploded bomb certainly can change a landscape but does it improve it?


Another realization I came to a few years ago was that the concepts of "good" and "bad" are too subjective. Instead, something is either positive or negative; binary. This fits perfectly with the fact I have been programming in various programming languages for 30 years. But further, how do we determine if something is positive or negative? I have reasoned that whatever is most positive for the most people for the most time is positive and what is most negative for the most people for the most time is negative. READ Change Versus Improvement about Change Versus Improvement

Eternal Conscious Life; What will we remember in Heaven?

Spark of memory

So many articles are written about hell and whether a person will be conscious or aware of any potential torment. This is often defined as eternal conscious torment or ECT. Other people make the case for annihilationism; where the soul or spirit (depending who you ask) is destroyed in an instant and the person will have no memory or awareness of what occurred. But what happens to a "saved" person after death? Will they remember their earthly life when in Heaven? If they can remember their earthly life, doesn't that mean they will remember sinning and how to sin? How could this be if there isn't supposed to be sin in Heaven? (Rev 21:27)


Does the Bible speak to what happens in Heaven to our earthly awareness? READ Eternal Conscious Life; What will we remember in Heaven? about Eternal Conscious Life; What will we remember in Heaven?

Why A Conservative Constitutionalist Can't Get Elected

America

People like Mark Levin, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have been urging for a "conservative" and a "constitutionalist" candidate to become president. What they mean by these terms is that they want someone who conserves, or preserves the traditional American principles and upholds the U.S. Constitution. Many, many Americans agree with these goals but there is a major problem; there aren't enough people in America that understand what traditional American principles are. There aren't enough people in America that understand that the Constitution isn't merely a bunch of outdated rules written by dead white guys that need fundamentally transformed. Perhaps, Levin and his colleagues would say this is more the reason we need to elect a conservative, constitutional president; so that he or she can begin to teach Americans what it means to be American. But that's not how it works. These things happen in phases. READ Why A Conservative Constitutionalist Can't Get Elected about Why A Conservative Constitutionalist Can't Get Elected

Why Democrats Should Vote for Trump

Democrats For Trump

There has been speculation that Bernie Sanders voters might vote for Donald Trump. But why would very far left, even socialists consider voting for Trump? After all we are told the Republican Party is the party of bigots and racists that only want to keep white rich people in power and advancing. Historically we know that is not true, since the GOP was started specifically to oppose slavery. We know that the first black politicians were ALL Republicans; all the way until the 1930s before some leftist professor tries to claim there was a party role reversal after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Democrats should vote for Trump because Trump in some ways is the 3rd party candidate that usurped an existing party. Sanders attempted it within the Democrat Party but he was unwilling to take down Hillary, which he could have easily done. Trump may have changed the dynamic for both party's, especially if he wins in November. This is the reason even Democrats should support him. His election will validate the grass-roots movement of both parties.

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Lock Her Up: Hillary Clinton for Prison

Hillary Clinton for Prison

She lied, people died
Benghazi guys...bleed..ed
Deleted emails classified
‪#‎lockherup‬ #lockherup
Wrinkly old white liar
Fleeing from fake sniper fire
Sycophants serve her
FBI? hide secret server
‪#‎lockherup‬ #lockherup
Vincent Foster didn't cost her
An election nor oval office erection
Yes she can, hate Americans
Yet they vote, rote automatons
‪#‎lockherup‬ #lockherup
Cat scratch voice is
The Democrat choice
Pantsuit orange fake
"What difference does it make?"
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RNC vs DNC Conventions 2016

Convention Review

How do you judge between the Republican and Democratic Presidential Conventions? By what standards? Is it how many times the crowd breaks out in chants of "USA! USA! USA!" Is it based on how many zingers are brought against the opposing party's candidate? I will watch both conventions minute by minute and give a review and comparison of each. While it may be difficult to use crowd response as a measure, since we expect the supporters to hoop and cheer for their choice; if the crowd is clearly subdued compared to the opposite party convention, we can use it. But I suspect aspects that will be obvious are things like; pro-American statements, citation of actual experience that will assist the next president, citation of actual policies that will be put forward in the next administration, and general classiness.

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Excel as a Database

Excel as database

So you want to use Excel to act like a database, after all a database is mainly a list of lists right? Well, most databases such as SQL databases are very complex and almost convoluted in how they relate to data via primary keys and such. Did I lose you? Okay, then back to Excel, something you and I both can understand right? I've been using Excel for over 20 years and have now designed an easy to use process to make Excel behave like a simple database. Granted, this wasn't really feasible in the past as not until Excel version 2007 could you store more than 65,536 rows of data on each tab. Now you can store 1,048,576 rows. Now we're talking!!! READ Excel as a Database about Excel as a Database

Are You Next? Police Shootings

All lives matter

The idea that police officers all across America are targeting black people (African-Americans if you prefer) is a false narrative. Although Barack Obama said on July 7, 2016 that "The data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents" He went on to cite figures of how black Americans are more likely to be arrested for this or that crime. What he didn't point out is that for whatever reason, black Americans commit a higher ratio of crimes. For instance, the recent instance of black man Alton Sterling apparently being shot point blank while two officers were trying to detain him. The narrative that is put forth by the media is that Sterling was an innocent man, minding his own business as he was targeted by police simply because he was black. But the reality is that just like in the cases of Michael Brown and others, these men are not innocent. Sterling was a registered sex offender. "He was previously arrested for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery, records show. In 2009, he was sentenced to five years in prison for marijuana possession and for carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance." -- source While this isn't justification for his killing, it demonstrates that "innocent" black men AREN'T being gunned down by police. Many of these case are inevitable either by police or other criminals. The lives of these people are on a path of destruction despite the color of their skin.


So, when someone acts like they could easily be "next" to be shot by police; we must ask them why? Are you a criminal with a long criminal past? Did you just recently rob a store like Mike Brown? Will you fight back and resist arrest if the police are called out because of reports that you (a career criminal) have a gun? Yeah, you WILL BE NEXT if you do these kind of things. READ Are You Next? Police Shootings about Are You Next? Police Shootings

Trump Game

America Great Again

It's January 20th 2017, Donald J. Trump overcame odds and vicious opposition from outside and inside the Republican Party and is being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. But what would a Trump presidency be like? Now you can play this fun little Excel based game as Trump himself. Make the hard choices that are needed to "Make America Great Again!" or fail as miserably as your critics think you will. This game is based in an Excel spreadsheet because I program in VBA; Excel's programming language and because it makes it more accessible to average Americans...not just elites in Washington :-). You are free to redistribute it to anyone. I suggest you ALWAYS download copies from rodericke.com/trumpgame just in case some vile Hillary supporter tries to make a fake that deletes 30,000 emails from your computer.

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Download the small Excel file. It is in the .xls format so even people with older versions of Excel can play
  2. Open the file and enable content/macros if prompted
  3. Simply read the situation box and click on the options links to act on the situation.

THE GOAL

Besides "Making America Great Again" is to see how many turns your Trump Administration can last. Each click of the options links is a turn.
Enjoy and share the game with friends...and Democrats too. Someone send a copy to Hillary and Obama!!!
P.S. As this Excel spreadsheet works on macros, it most likely will NOT work on a mobile device but you can try.

RODERICK EDWARDS

I am available for contract Excel work OR...interviews and media appearances hahahaha -- roderick.com/contact READ Trump Game about Trump Game

American Stereotype

Americanism

Whether it is accurate or not, most countries have stereotypes of its culture. Mexico may be of sombreros and tacos. France may be of berets and wine. Russia may be of ushankas and vodka. Most of these stereotypes were solidified before the 20th century. So, what is the American stereotype? It cannot be merely of the cowboy hat and beer since that Western culture was only one later societal tradition. In Eastern America, men would often be known to wear top hats or powdered wigs and drink cider, beer, and whiskey. At some point, Americans were associated with "mom and apple pie" as a symbol of wholesomeness. In more recent times, perhaps Americans are stereotyped as fat, lazy, hamburger and pizza eating gun fanatics.


Maybe this is part of the problem Americans face. We have no real cultural identity. What does it mean to dress like an American? While Europe is made up of many distinct little countries, America is a large melting pot or salad bowl of cultures until there is no distinct stereotypical fashion, food, or drink associated with Americans. People from other cultures therefore often look down on Americans for not understanding their own identity-culture; such as how Hispanics may feel a camaraderie that non-Hispanics don't have. But is this really a flaw in Americanism? Culture identities based on race or region are often archaic and limiting, if not actually insulting. Why should someone of Spanish or Portuguese descent automatically be saddled with all the concerns and actions of every other person of the same descent? Further, it is ironic when many of the people advocating Hispanic this or that are actually descendants of aboriginal cultures that were victimized and raped by the Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors. So, in effect, these "Hispanics" are lauding and championing the very Spanish and Portuguese cultures that destroyed and enslaved their ancestors. READ American Stereotype about American Stereotype

Why I Call Some People Leftist And Why It Matters

Left wing or Right wing

Labels and classifications are used in life as shorthand. Are they 100% accurate? Not always but they do capture the basic concept. For example, sometimes a group of people are classified as "people with disabilities". What is a disability? How limiting must it be to be classified as a disability? What if the person doesn't think they are disabled? Further, the word Christian. Who does that encompass? The Roman Catholic Church once considered all non-Roman Catholics to be non-Christians. READ Why I Call Some People Leftist And Why It Matters about Why I Call Some People Leftist And Why It Matters

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