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Just a few videos that are worth the time to watch... some by me, some are by others. From motivational speakers, to life experiences, toastmasters speeches, and a little politics and comedy to break things up. I think each of these is worth the time invested.


Simon Sinek: Millennials in the workplace

It starts sounding like a cliche, broad brushing swipe against millennials, but gets much deeper into problems in society today, that are certainly not unique to that generation. Best 15 minute analysis of human nature and interactions you’ll watch all week. More from Simon:

Phil Hansen: Embrace the Shake - http://www.ted.com/talks/phil_hansen_embrace_the_shake (10 minutes)

It’s a fantastic speech/story about how limitations can expand us as we work around them, or adapt to them. Human willpower and creativity can find a way to conquer obstacles.

The Darker side of reality

While I don't like these kinds of stories, they are necessary to understanding life.

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson tells a story about a victim of Social Justice Warriors -- all noble crybullies, net-raping someone for the unforgivable crime of telling a joke that some could choose to take wrong.

Long before I watched this must-watch video, I learned when something sounded horrible and atrocious, I would first question the victim of my assumptions, and ask them what did they mean by that. (Were they sure, was I sure?) Sometimes, my worst assumptions were dead on-target. But often, they were not. And thus any reaction I might have done (but didn't), would have be based on my ignorance and not theirs.

I avoid becoming that which I hate.... or at least I take enough responsibility for my own actions, that I try. So it was part of my, "lead by example".

I had many people read in their own biases on what I had written so often, that I decided I didn't want to be "one of them". And it's still one of my hot-buttons: people telling me what they think I think instead of just asking, (especially when it's embarrassingly wrong. I blocked a few people after they argued with me, about what I meant when I said X. If they prefer their strawman of me, to me, then go play with your strawman -- communicating further is a waste of time:

Toastmasters speeches

I enjoy taking controversial issues, and then looking at parts of them in ways that others might not have thought of. While I don't take myself to seriously, I've stepped on others toes — hence, that these were under a pseudonym (Sue Denim).

Abortion – Roe v Wade - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ifdXQIRpwE

Understanding that you can both agree with a ruling and oppose it: both agreeing with the decision, and recognizing that there was no authority to make it. Liking the ends, and hating the means — and knowing the means will result in decades of friction.

Understanding the Economic Crisis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6AWLqX3_q8

2009 Presentation on the basics of economics (schools of thought), a high level overview of why we had the 2007-2008 financial crisis, and why I predicted Obama-nomics wasn’t going to help the economy much.

The other side - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEIUK6oURQY

Speech on thinking about the “other side” of Gandhi, MLK and Tankman. Who are the real heroes?

Unintended Consequences - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoojg380ZeE

Eliminating onshore drilling increased risks, as happened with offshore drilling. 55 MPH speed limits and light rail increased pollution (and accidents) and hurts poor people. Causes have effects, and here’s a few of them that progressive voters don’t often think about.

Understanding the Global Warming Debate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1JCWLfT0TM

Trying to educate folks on just the basics needed to have an intelligent discussion on global warming. What is it, where are the disagreements and questions, and why do so many top scientists and informed people think it’s become political and that the “scare” is overblown?


Bob Nelson’s Football is my life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BerJdS2VJhA

This guy is hysterical, at least he was back when comedy could make fun of things that weren’t politically correct. I saw this when it was first created, and couldn’t forget it as something that just cracked me up. Probably because I was in WaterPolo and we made fun of football players.

Brazen Shamelessness - https://youtu.be/iGP9KKvmd84

How I earned my superpower, with the help of poison oak and public humiliation in Junior High School



Understanding Benghazi - https://youtu.be/ZGk5yRDTc-4

How can you tell Hillary was lying? A: Her lips were moving. This was just a few of the lies told about Benghazi. As her husband said about Richard Nixon, “There is no question that making false statements to government officials and interfering with the FBI and the CIA is an impeachable offense."