Minimum wage :(

Dad was listening to a podcast about minimum wage in the car. Here’s the gist:

Everyone thinks minimum wage is great. Why wouldn’t it be? The higher the minimum wage, the more money everyone gets paid and everyone is happy. Rigggghhhhhhtttt?

The very presence of minimum wage directly impacts employers. If you need to hire 3 employees to keep your business going but can only afford to pay each an amount under the minimum wage, your business will fail. Not only does this effect the business owner, but the employees as well. Now where 3 employees might have been hired, no spaces are available for anyone to work. It’s as simple as that.

Now for any objections…? “Those employees need minimum wage to get enough money to survive.” Minimum wage jobs such as fast food are not meant for any employee to spend their entire life working at.  Maybe while attending college, but the entire goal of college is to transfer to a much more financially stable job.

There’s more to the argument but I’m tired and I can’t think. Besides, no one is going to ever read this.

US History Lecture #21


  • American Revolution: slavery attacked
  • In northern states, slavery eliminated very quickly
  • Southern states decided to adopt gradual emancipation laws
  • Prime example 1799 “beginning next year on 4th of July anyone born into slavery in New York will be free when 18 if female and 21 if male”
  • Took a long time but it did end as a direct consequence of these acts
  • Idea that if blacks were freed there would be a race war where one race would be exterminated
  • 1831: what to do after the emancipation?
  • “Colonization” send away all free black people
  • American Colonization Society (James Madison, Henry Clay, John Tyler, Abraham Lincoln, and others)
  • How to transport the people? Where to send them?
  • Liberia was an ideal place apparently
  • Compensating masters, transporting people, and obtaining land would all be too expensive so colonization was not going to happen
  • (1832) After this was given up on, people decided to not free the slaves and just not talk about it so as to not encourage anyone
  • Fear that slaves would come back to wreak vengeance upon former masters



Geography of Religion Wk 5

The Birth of Jainism and Buddhism

  • 600 BC Vardhamana born in a small town north of the Ganges
  • Reached spiritual enlightenment, became a holy man, and walked barefoot through Northeast and Central India teaching his beleifs
  • Given the name Mahavira “great hero”
  • Taught: self-discipline, meditation, vegetarianism, renunciation of worldly goods, and nonviolence
  • Became a religion called Jainism. Practiced by Jains who believe that Mahavira was the 24th in a line of tirthankaras who form the bridge between our world and spiritual enlightenment
  • No supreme deity but many tirthankaras and spiritual deities and the mother goddess Ambika
  •  A hundred years after Mahavira, Siddhartha Gautama left his home as well to seek spiritual enlightenment
  • After years of meditation, he achieved spiritual enlightenment and basically did the same thing as Mahavira
  • His teachings gave rise to the new religion of Buddhism (discussed in the next chapter)

US History Lecture #18

The Age of Jackson, II: Tyler, Polk, and the War with Mexico, Part I

  • Harrison 1843 elected decided to give longest inaugural address in history
  • Raining, very cold, no coat. Caught cold–pneumonia
  • First time in history a sitting president has died
  • Tyler took over and served his entire term without a vice president
  • He’s a true American Wig
  • Wig party: oppositional party. Anti-monarch centralist party.
  • Tyler starts vetoing all the Wig party legislation and they can’t believe their own guy would do that
  • Everything that burdens all and benefits a few he just vetoes
  • Tyler’s entire cabinet resigns when he won’t do whatever they want
  • Daniel Webster hung out for a bit but then left
  • So now Tyler can put his own buddies in
  • And that’s it for now folks

US History 18

CWP Wk 6

  • 1900s Everyone believed Opium was a huge problem
  • 1980 Dec 28. Washington Post  ran “Jimmy’s World” by Janet Cooke
  • Really incited a lot of people to hate and fear opium more than ever
  • 8 year old kid in the ghetto addicted to opium since 4 years old
  • Mother’s live-in-lover selled opium as a business
  • Mayor of WA D.C. ordered search of city to find and save this kid
  • 6 reporters ordered to go find other kids like him because he certainly couldn’t be the only child opium addict out there
  • She won Pulitzer prize for the story but Jimmy was never found and Janet couldn’t remember where he was so Pulitzer prize was taken away
  • Actually were child opium addicts though
  • Opium-based soothing-syrups for children
  • Women employed to take care of dozen+ children and kept them quiet by feeding them opium syrup
  • Not uncommon for mothers to also feed them opium syrup to get a good nights sleep
  • Only at end of 19th century when people really realized how addictive it was
  • Infanticide through opium overdoses by poor women was also not uncommon
  • “Baby Farms” where women were paid to adopt a child but then they killed the kid so they didn’t have to deal with them
  • Infanticide also with a bastard child because another baby was another mouth to feed



CWP Wk 5


Recently, I’v started listening to a series of lectures on that discusses drugs throughout history. From the two or three lectures that I’ve heard so far, one thing is blatantly clear: social media and public impressions have done far more to affect the way drugs are treated in our society than the medical facts of these drugs have. When we look at marijuana for instance, we can see that there is a huge benefit to using this drug in medicine, but the general hatred of the drug was enough to make it illegal in the U.S. without any real consideration of the drug’s uses and effects on the populace. Since marijuana’s legalization, the only noticeable difference in society are several marijuana shops opening up downtown. No huge increase of drug-related deaths or hospitalizations reported in the news. If the legalization of marijuana has proved that it never should have been made illegal in the first place, what can we say about other drugs? The general opinion of the public should not be enough to decide whether a doctor wants to use a certain drug to treat his patients or if a person wants to ruin their own life. The main deciding factor whether to leave these people alone or intervene in their lives and businesses is if the social media can rile up enough people with biased reports and untrue facts about something the general population is ignorant about.

US History Lecture #15


  • 3 consecutive VA republican presidents: jefferson, madison, and monroe
  • other primanant VA: Cheif justice marshall, justice blair, majority learder randolph, majority leader guiles
  • Jefferson’s first inaugural “we are all republicans, we are all federalists.” we can rely on the militia in the first instance. we must cut spending and taxes. “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nation entangling alliances with none.
  • Lousiana purchase (1803)
  • Yazoo Scandal–Quid Schism
  • Embargo
  • War of 1812–conquer canada-foiled in east, americans take York (Toronto) -end impressment -army feeble: navy successful (on small scale)
  • British take DC–monroe on horseback, alone. Bladensburg races. burn capitol, white house, executive buildings, library of congress. Dolley Madison and the Stuart washington portrait
  • Treaty of Ghent, 1814 Battle of New Orleans–British defeat. Jackson America’s hero
  • Results: debt. jackson. “independence”
  • spelling independence correctly for once
  • 2nd bank of US
  • Jefferson, Madison, and the Court–Jefferson v. the Midnight Judges -repeal of the judiciary act of 1801 -marbury v. Madison (1803) – – correct – – but
  • Chase Impeachment–grounds. randolph out on a limb, makes mistakes (?) Senate aquittal, Jefferson denigrates impeachment mechanism
  • Burr’s treason Trial–hazy conspiracy. Gen. Wilkinson. Jefferson’s refusal to be subpoenaed. Marshall’s instructions to the jury. Aquittal.
  • Other landmarks–Fletcher v. Peck (1810) Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee (1816) McColloch v. Maryland (1819) But Barron v. Baltimore (1833)
  • Bonus Bill Veto Message (1817)

US History Wk 4

Philadelphia Convention: Virginia’s Proposition (Pt. 2/2)

  • Congressional veto of state laws
  • voted down repeatedly
  • Madison kept bring it up
  • Madison thought new gov would fail in a few years since they didn’t adopt his possibilities
  • commerce and slavery were also issues:
  • federalists called for empowering central gov to tax people through tariff
  • import tax would be easiest tax to administer
  • people from New England were fond of the notion
  • George Mason of Virginia objected
  • Continue reading

Geography of Religion Wk 4

The Hindu Way of Life

According to the Vedas, life began as a great cosmic sacrifice. The sacrifice of the creator god Purusha created the world as we know it. His eye: the sun. His mind: the moon. And so forth. According to Holy Scripture, humans are born into one of four classes, each represented by some part of Purusha. The highest class (varna) is the Brahmans or priests and came from the creator god’s mouth. The next highest is the Kshatriyas, those men born to be warriors or nobility, and were created from his arms. The third class is the most populated and made up of farmers, merchants, and craftsmen and were crafted from his thighs. The last came from his feet; the Sudra, slaves and serfs. Women’s role in this group tended to assume the status of their husbands or fathers. Continue reading

CWP Wk 4

Can the Government Keep Us Safe?

The second amendment states that, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This means that all US citizens have the right to own guns. This is one of the rights that we possess as humans, whether or not a government exists. Some people (those who vote to increase gun restrictions) are under the impression that the government will be able to keep us completely safe and it completely justified in removing our rights in order to do so.

Are they right? Continue reading