Coping: Process Engineering the Future

So here we are on a quiet Monday.

Next couple of days will be hectic as hell, though, so relax and sleep in today – or take a nap if you can – because the second half of the week should rock.

Let’s first look at national issues.  The biggie is immigration.  And you will recall that last week we mapped out a bunch of ways president Trump could react…including re-writing Executive Order 12789. 

I suggested that because I don’t think there’s a limit on how many E.O.’s a president can write.

Here’s what our process map looks like this morning – with the light yellow still in the future.


The main reason for bringing this up is to point out something:  Since the issue is virtually unchanged from what it was prior to the signing of the first E.O., we can  now make out a certain ‘event-flow’’ that is likely.

To be sure, the MSM has done what it can to whip us all into hy6steria about the Arizona woman who was deported, but whether that will be enough to  drum up more anti-Trump demonstrators remains to be seen.

One reason to question whether the pending second E.O. will be any more controversial is that the Trump administration is likely to take a very much no-nonsense approach to additional disruptive efforts.

Why, toss in the fact that George Soros money has been  tied to a number of the past presidential wannabe’s (including Paul Ryan) and Trump could be seen as having a good bit of leverage.

For example, take the Disney Company.  There was a suit filed in December alleging Disney laid off domestic US IT workers in favor of foreign workers.  An earlier lawsuit claiming collusion to replace U.S. workers was dismissed.  Those kinds of claims can be damaging.

When you think about how much revenue Disney has, the savings over U.S. workers versus foreign could be swamped by a change in the public’s buying habits.  Stories from last year about Disney workers having to train their H1b-holding replacements may not play well and could drive future consumer spending..

At the same time, there is growing public awareness of how news organization ownership is arranged around immigration.  Disney – which had its flap with foreign workers – owns the ABC network.  Similarly, Jeff Bezos of Amazon (2,600 H1b’s)  owns the Washington Post.

For now, whether Trump does E.O. #2 should be known this week.

But in the meantime, using a process map makes it possible to see how a story like this one can get into a “looped” configuration.

The second E.O. will likely garner the same protests and hand-wringing as the first E.O.  And Trump – with no limits on E.O.’s) could issue one per week and simply swamp the legal system.

While we don’t have any particular attachment to the E.O. process, we are very much in favor of solid, well-patrolled, impervious borders.  With adequately staffed border crossings, we’re not at all anti-immigration.

But preference has to be given to those who are citizens now and newcomers should be thoroughly vetted.

But that’s not why I brought this up in the Coping section.  It’s to point out this is exactly the kind of real-world “news” situation that understanding of the recipe, process, and flow concepts from our “Millennial’s Missing Manual” project  helps to clarify.

Changes to Peoplenomics

Next time you visit our site, it should automatically flip over to the SSL connection.

The inside content is still served “open” but you can’t get to it unless you go through the secure logon.

Several people had asked for that since Google Chrome (v.56 and later) flagged the site as “not secure” even though the previous logons were.

Ours is not to wonder why…

Adios Airplane?

Tomorrow afternoon, a young man will be coming down from North Dakota to possibly buy our reliable old Beechcraft. 

Tough decision, though.  If my eyes were still in great shape (20/15) which they were a year ago, it would be a different story.  But at 20/30 and the risk of contact dropping out, I figure we’ll sign up for the Trusted Traveler program of whatever it is.

Turns out there are four documents to this: A bill of sale, a Purchase/Sales Agreement,  Aircraft Registration form and Application for Airworthiness Certificate.

Elaine gets teary-eyed at the thought of no more airplane.  But after nearly six years of traveling around on whims, we’re doing the adult/safe thing with our new visual limits.

The new buyer is less than half my age…\he’ll have a long flying career ahead.

OK, tons of work ahead, this being Monday and all…

Write when you get rich,

13 thoughts on “Coping: Process Engineering the Future”

  1. I am sorry your airplane time is over and that your boat time is over. I wonder what you will discover next? Perhaps a tiny house on wheels or a 5th wheel. Good luck with the sale.

  2. I’m sorry to hear the plane is going but knew it would someday. Sold my Cherokee in 1993 and haven’t flown since. I miss flying but am glad I knew when it was time to give it up

  3. Sorry to hear George about your plane days are gone, the wife and I are in the process of starting the time of change ourselves, we have lived for the last 17 years in a setting of living off the land and it is VERY labor intensive, where we live is remote and that poses issues as well. we will sell our place and move to a more easy living area. ( NO TOWNS) and that is killing us to do this. BUT we have to take care of ourselves and it appears this will help us in our “golden years” LOL!! we feel your pain!!

  4. Anti-Trump Fallout for Old White People

    I experienced my first racial reverse discrimination episode last week. Due to the new Secure ID program I had to produce multiple items for a drivers license renewal.

    I’m 65. The birth certificate that has served me my entire life was rejected as a “presentation copy” from the hospital. A slip with info from the state vital statistics bureau was attached. All original and all obviously old.

    The young black woman tried to trip me up on the vision test. My vision is still 20/20, without glasses, with great peripheral vision. I realized she was messing with me. (Not activating the flickering side lights on the test machine. We eventually went to another machine since hers was ‘not working’. I passed.)

    She was passive-aggressive coldly rude the entire time.

    I walked away with a 4-month temporary permit so I could obtain a “valid birth certificate”.

    It looks like that will take 3-4 weeks.

    When I get it I will go to the drivers services office in the “whitest” part of the city (large metro area).

    When I got home I thought, “Well, better she do this to me than to someone who would start a war over this.” You see, I have long realized that the only reason for white people is VITAMIN D! Less sunlight at higher latitudes means less melanin for best Vit D production in the skin. Also, several of my friends are black. In other words — I don’t hate blacks (or Asians, Latinos, Indians etc).

    There is not much I can do to repair the hellish legacy of slavery but to show compassion.

    What frightens me about this episode of discrimination is the developing climate of the times, the social divisions, the narrow-minded my way or the hiway judgments, the rapid amplification of highly emotional situations via social media — mobs on demand by people who know how to pull the strings.

    • I love vitamin D, which is actually a hormone. (Retired healthcare professional). People should have their vitamin D level check once year. It’s usually lowest in the mid to late winter. MD’s are going to vary on what acceptable levels should be and how much to take. and should provide you will more info on the subject than one could ever want. Just be aware that as we get older we may need more as our skin isn’t as efficient in converting sunshine into D. People with more melanin require more D than those that don’t have melanin. People diagnosed with cancer will prob have zip to very low D levels. Don’t forget the children. There are studies out there that suggest vitamin D can help prevent type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Helps improve lung function for asthmatics…it’s endless.

  5. As Betty Davis once said, “Old age is not for sissies”. Now you know why elders have to be wrestled to get car keys away from them. Some folks are fortunate and function well until shortly before their passing, but that is rare in our unhealthy society. I am glad to know that your wisdom is stronger than your desires. Besides, we get recycled and have new opportunities to do better.

  6. George I flew F-4 Fighters (2000 hrs), and KC-135’s, and the Air Force had to drag me away from the flight line. So I to know the empty feeling in your heart when you know your flying days are over. I still dream about, “Turning and Burning, the sky spinning, and the force of 6.5 G’s on the body!” I live 220 for 20 off of NAS Fort Worth. When ever I hear an F-16 / 18 /22 / 35 flying over head to and from Brownwood, I always stop, look up at the sky, and dream of the “Glory Days”.

  7. George; good luck on the sale or the plane. Happens to most of us but there are other challenges to take the place.

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