Bunch of Ideas
The beauty of spitballing ideas is that it doesn't matter who says it as long as it's a good idea. I've listed a few of my ideas here with the intention to get the ball rolling on people brainstorming solutions to big problems. Come on, brainstorm with me. Let's fix stuff.
A few of the things I can think of off the top of my head
- After this lousy couple years I have come to the conclusion that worldwide free education of the highest quality possible from preschool to Ph.D. levels is absolutely, completely necessary. We can do it, we have the tech, let's get it done. We start by ensuring high speed broadband gets to every corner of the globe. You can bootstrap a whole lot of stuff for yourself, but you cannot teach yourself things you don't know. It is impossible.
- Also, we need universal free healthcare and contraception (birth control pills and condoms, not medically unnecessary abortions, don't get your panties in a wad) paid by taxes worldwide. Why? Well, sick people can't work or contribute as much to the welfare of the human race, often being a current drain on the system instead of a net plus which would happen if they were properly treated (story of my life, ugh). And super poor people often wind up having kids for reasons of either a. no contraception available or b. their future children are the only future health insurance and retirement option they can afford. And guess what happens when the population explodes? The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. War, famine, death, and plague. With certain Socialist policies that are well considered like this one, the world is less of a shithole, and everyone, including the rich (who usually "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" living in a first-world country with opportunities galore and plenty of Socialism and inherited and nepotistic benefits), lives better.
- By the way, many disabled people can still work, especially remotely. If you own a business and need remote employees for any reason, advertise those jobs, because if they don't suck, disabled people will jump in there and do some good work.
- Along with this, worldwide we've got to keep the environment healthy. For all of our posturing and arrogant bravado, the one keeping us alive on this planet is nature, not human beings. WE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO TERRAFORM. WE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SURVIVE IN A SPACESHIP LONG TERM. We do not have that knowledge yet, not even close, and until then, this planet is our only lifeline. Even then, we would be incredibly foolish to get rid of this planet as a backup plan for our species' survival. At our current rate of technological, social, ethical, spiritual, and scientific progress, I estimate we might achieve that goal of space colonization five hundred years from now - if and only if we don't regress as a civilization, which is entirely possible at this point thanks to MAGAts. Do you eat food? Do you drink water? Do you enjoy living in this nearly completely self-sustaining biosphere that provides for all of our survival needs? Yes? Exactly.
- We also need worldwide infrastructure. Sewage systems, running clean water, roads, high speed internet, reliable cell phone service, trains, planes. This would change everything. Everything. Human rights violations and disasters would decrease dramatically. Economic growth would boom. New advances in technology and innovation would be everywhere and cause enormous positive change. We wouldn't be able to recognize the world of today as even being realistic.
- How about we expand the International Space Station or create another one with even more international collaboration? We seem to suck at nation-to-nation work but this works out well.
- Deadbeat parents should not be allowed to vote. If you've made such a shitty and harmful decision that ruined a child's life, that's proof enough you're an unethical little shit and would only harm the country by voting.
- Business owners, corporations, and franchises should give all their employees the day off to vote for local, state, and national elections, and also give discounts and freebies to people who come around with "I Voted!" stickers. The biggest problem in the US is not hyperpartisanship, it's lack of education (with which to do proper research of candidates and to understand the issues at stake), but the second worst one is the fact that too many of us don't fucking vote.
- END THE GOD DAMNED COMMENT SECTION. We don't need a comment section for news articles, entertainment websites, or articles posted anywhere. The people who write the articles have to put some effort into it, in most cases, and also had to be selected for the weighty responsibility of informing the public via hiring, and in many cases had to go to college and earn their credentials. The commenters do not, and have absolutely no verifiable credentials, then go on to misinform the public as loudly and stupidly as they possibly can because they "believe in themselves," getting views based on another person's hard work. If people want to create crap content that's what blogging is for, amen.
- I refuse to pay for the retirement benefits of Baby Boomers. They're richer than most of the rest of us put together thanks to a slew of Socialist benefits they did not earn or even need, crashed the economy, made housing unaffordable, polluted the hell out of everything, voted in idiots who got rid of every protection for the middle class so there's essentially no middle class anymore, got rid of every social safety net so that being poor or unlucky in America is now essentially a death sentence, and they voted in a madman who almost brought about a pandemic armageddon. End Social Security. End it now. Elderly people who are physically unable to work can get on disability benefits. Guess what? I've actually been disabled and unable to get on disability benefits so this is actually quite fair, relative to what I've been through. And relative to what people in other countries go through. Get a grip. Pull yourself up by your boostraps, Boomers.
- Open-source free online blueprints for engineers are the key to saving the world. Instructables is the closest thing we have to that, but the Creative Commons is also an option. In particular we need blueprints for these: solar ovens, passive solar technology in general, rain collection and storage systems, rainwater treatment systems including solar heliostats to boil the water followed by drip purification/filtration chambers, directions for safely storing and then treating stored water, water purification apparatus for grid-tie systems contaminated with chemicals/lead, window-sized wind turbines, backyard wind turbines, off-grid wind turbines for those with lots of land, riverside electricity generators, and recipes that cook in solar ovens.
- Another thing that will save the world: eco-friendly logistics that just get faster and faster and go everywhere, plus the same for lightning-fast internet. When shipping costs go down for everything, and information sharing increases at an exponential rate, living conditions improve for everybody. Make this happen and in 2031 we won't even recognize the crap conditions of 2021 as being realistic anymore because things will have changed that much, and for the better.
- People in supposedly resource-poor areas of the world often have plenty of natural resources. People in supposedly resource-rich areas of the world often have few natural resources. In all cases, there are plenty of resources. It's all about how we use them that matters. Therefore, the best policy is to go full speed ahead on educating everyone as much and as well as possible.
- Can't tell you the number of times I've seen a person absolutely fail in school but pwn at video games, having learned the lore and mechanics and strategy of everything in the game. Video game industries are missing out on the educational component of video games big time and app producers are filling the void. The day a video game company comes out with an educational video game people actually want to play repeatedly and want to buy, the rest will follow suit and the world will be a lot better educated. Really the sky's the limit here for how video games can improve people's lives.
- Bribe people to get the covid vaccine with candy and stickers by making it known that candy and stickers will be given free to anyone who gets fully vaccinated
- Serious incentives such as tax breaks for modifying existing roofs to be green roofs and for mandating that new ones also be green roofs, to reduce the heat island problem in cities
- Four-day workweek. Apparently, it works better for everyone, employers and employees alike. Icelandic study
- Roundabouts instead of traffic ilghts, because they reduce traffic accidents and traffic jams
- Iridebike on Reddit link suggested we put solar panels over every parking lot, in a thread where it's noted India put solar panels over their water canals. Yes! We can put those over drainage ditches too, of which there are many here in the States
- Miyawaki forests and hedgerows every place where they are reasonable
- Commuter bike paths everywhere as a necessary part of sustainable infrastructure, and not just in towns. Wherever roads go, bike paths and sidewalks must also go, but not parallel to roads until asthma-inducing pollution-causing vehicles are totally obsolete.
- Ditto sidewalks
- Drip irrigation widely used to irrigate landscapes and crops on earth that doesn't get plowed more than once every ten years, such as tree crops, perennial shrubs, and herbs
- Mandate laws that all new construction especially in cities, large-scale construction projects, and infrastructure adhere to principles of Rainwater Harvesting (see: books by Brad Lancaster). This will be helpful for dealing with the massive problems caused by global warming.
- Online superior competitors to Youtube, the Internet Archive/open library, Reddit, and Facebook
- Actual playgrounds for people from the age of 16 on up that are designed for adults so that you can still play at the playground despite having grown up
- Replace all statues of Confederate people with Underground Railroad heroes like Harriett Tubman, mothman and cryptid statues, American heroes like Dolly Parton and Elijah McCoy, comic book superheroes, and bad triceratops statues
- Businesses we could really use: more bookstores, hemp product makers (no, hemp is not psychoactive), bamboo product makers, farmer's markets esp. year-round, upcycled everything, eco-friendly everything
- Play video game music inside elevators and the Pointer Sisters as the music when you're waiting on hold
- If you live in Israel, you should probably do everything you can in politics to ensure this kind of bullshit Theme park over demolished Palestinian homes stops. My eyes bugged out when I read this headline, WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. Then again if it's a theme park dedicated to looking like King David's gardens, it's not much worse than what King David did when he made this huge harem, and sent a woman's husband to the front lines of a war so he could have her for herself. Woo. Good job.
- Apparently once upon a time Israel offered citizenship to all Palestinians who both wanted citizenship and who passed a security background check. They refused en masse, but that is no reason to give the civilians in Palestine the cold shoulder. In every population there are people who are super gung ho to fight for the state etc., and people who just want to live in peace. Therefore, Israel could leave the door open and extend an open invitation to all Palestinians who meet the above criteria. They once tried but the United States objected. If this sounds good to you and you're involved: Citizens in the US and Israel can pressure our governments to just do it. Citizens in Palestine and their relatives can also ask the Israeli and American governments for this, since their own government is a little... strange. I would like to take this opportunity to shake my fist at 1940's Great Britain that decided to promise Israel's land to both the Jews and the Arabs then give it to the Jews, creating the humongous Hatfields and McCoys bullshittery that has lasted to this day.
- I'm the kid of Israeli immigrants who survived pogroms and the Holocaust. I've been seriously disturbed by the rise of far-right conservatism in Israel. I can still remember when the place had this attitude of "holy shit, we're still alive, what a miracle!" and few took anything for granted, and the majority of people I interacted with mixed humility with a serious approach to being as good of a person as possible. I mean, I come from Israeli rednecks (farming village, long story haha), they're not out to kill you just because you look at them wrong unlike some OTHER rednecks I know. And yes, they are all just as rude as me, actually worse. Few in Israel I spoke to thought that Arabs were a monolithic 'bad guy' enemy or were against peace in the region; quite frankly they just weren't that stupid. They actually focused on politics and on hatred as little as possible, being weary of that bullshit. It's changed, and I'm concerned because I don't know how much it's changed into "Israel first, Jews first" like Trump and his little cocksucking Fascist bugmen. Personally with my background I view those guys as even more traitorous than the January 6 terrorists. It goes against everything Israel was founded in order to provide. Glorified refugee camp becoming the bully of the region? Please, WTF. Here's my recommendations. End the damn settlements, give the Palestinians all the vaxxes they need, give them infrastructure, hunt down the terrorists in Palestine but give the civilians everything they'll accept including full citizenship in Israel if they want, don't discriminate against Arabs inside Israel or in other countries and severely punish the Israelis who do, and give refuge to other refugees from the whole damn world. Land mass is small, but Israel can build up with skyscrapers. In fact, Israel can approach other countries and ask for land for Israelis to expand into that is NOT in the middle of the giant clusterfuck that is the Middle East, places like the Alaskan tundra; then fill 'em up with the world's refugees. It's not like Israel's desert is easy to survive in either; land is land. Be the humanitarian of the world. America's slacking on that front. Make an Israeli Peace Corps that works with ours. Vote in leaders that don't absolutely suck with diplomacy and PR. Clean up the spectacular amounts of government and business corruption and nepotism. Get involved with activism and charity galore worldwide. I know there's a tendency for Israelis and expats to ignore all bad news about the region because of the decades of literal fake news about Israel and the Blood Libel against all Jewish people but start paying serious attention to that stuff and figuring out which is not bullshit, because if any of the bloodcurdling stuff, even 1% of it, written about Israel happens to be correct, it is anti-Israeli to allow it to continue and allow injustice and human rights violations. Crack down hard on that and have absolutely zero tolerance for it, like, how dare they make the rumors be true? How dare they. If I'm right about my suspicions and Israel has like a 33% Fascist population, wrest control from them like how we are trying to in the US, and be even nastier to them than we are to our QAnon idiots; crush their morale and make their lives hard at every opportunity because fuck them; ultimately ruin their lives, again because fuck them, and also to show the world that you do not tolerate that. Try to right what injustices you can with the resources available to you. Get rid of the mandate that allows the ultra-religious to avoid the draft into the IDF; if they want to enjoy their freedoms without putting their lives on the line like everyone else, and thus exploit everyone in Israel so they can get some R&R and vote in their favorite Fascist politicians that make arrogant and shitty decisions, they can instead rot in jail. For those of you in the IDF, just do your best to do right. Yeet the motherfuckers from your country too or throw 'em in jail; Fascists were what Israel was literally founded as a refuge from.
- For those of you who are like "ugh, Israel, why that country there?! also they're evil!" firstly, know that I empathize with the first part. It was the worst place to plunk down a Jewish country and I wish they chose somewhere else. Again, blame Great Britain, my family didn't have much choice, til my parents decided to leave. But secondly, have some family knowledge from my family to you. My folks grew up reading all kinds of accusations against Israel made by international newspapers and the news from other countries. None of it was true. My folks saw what was happening in reality and compared it to what was in the papers and - bullshit factory. It was all just blind hatred. (And this isn't a real argument, but how could a nation that produced a band like Kaveret be 100% evil?) These days? Given the far-right conservative leanings of some Israelis and some of the more disturbing videos I've seen, I am increasingly worried that some of that stuff might actually be true, and if it is, I'll be more disappointed than I could ever say. So I level this challenge at you: go visit Israel. They speak English [badly]. It's pretty safe because there's you know, a fucking draft, young adult male and female enlisteds everywhere, metal detectors, and a really difficult training process for their soldiers. Also as a result of the draft nearly everyone in the country is a veteran. Culture? Closest analog in the United States is the Marine Corps, but in recent days they've been becoming more like the Chair Force, which displeases me. They are rude, but in Israel, being rude is actually a signal that you're being honest, which is seen as polite. Probably a legacy of the origins of the place which go something like "We are Jews, can we exist?" "No." For real. I once told a guy that Israelis insult their friends as a compliment and he didn't seem to buy it. It's like that tho so prepare yourself before culture shock sets in. Take videos yourself, see how the conditions are, and don't believe anything you read or anything anyone says more than your own experiences. And while you're there have some truck stop hummus.
- For those of you who are Israeli, break with tradition. For some reason there's a belief that no one will care what an Israeli says or believe it, so Israelis might as well not bother to try to prove or disprove foul rumors about the place, and that may have been true when Israel was made, but it is not anymore. Stop ignoring the blood libel, bad press, and bad reputation of the country; it is dangerous not just for Israel but destabilizing to the whole region. Take videos of what's going on inside the country. Blog about it. Spend a lot of time on social media documenting your personal life experiences if you can. Directly refute bad-faith claims when you find them. Take pictures. Grow a big mouth, get on social media, and use it. Tell the truth about Israel in as nonbiased a way as possible. If you find evidence that news from another country is true or false, tell the world about it. Fact-check the news and rumors and accusations from every international and foreign national paper you can, and prove to the world what's really going on for good or ill. Really prove it, don't just say "they're wrong, boo hoo!" It's a humongous risk to not report what's really going on; to not have transparency; it's arrogant and furthermore, it's stupid.
- Here's an example of something that matches up with stories from people I know in Israel about serving in the IDF. The Wonderful IDF Experience
- Everyone worldwide can take the pressure off the Middle East by supporting increased immigration quotas in their country from both Israel and the countries that surround it, and by sponsoring immigrants from these countries by employing them or housing them in their homes. Some countries, like the US, have policies like that. Also, student exchange programs, and supporting college students from those specific countries so that they can get educated abroad more easily will do a lot to help. The hatred there is perpetuated from parent to child, often with extreme amounts of bias and bullshit, and by getting the kids away from that toxic environment so they can see it from the outside will mean the world.
- For you guys in the Middle East reading this, here is what peace means. Essentially another Islamic Golden Age. Why? Because idiots abound in every country that want to kill each other over stupid shit, but there are also nerds. And nerds are more interested in science. And scientists don't argue about the effectiveness of science! They can have fistfights over personal disputes but at the end of the day the science is more important, so they go back to the lab and work together again. Collaboration between Israel and its surrounding countries, or better yet allyship between them, means a technological boom, a Renaissance, innovation in every field especially technical ones, scientific breakthroughs, cultural creations of astounding beauty and meaning, an end to poverty and lack in the entire region, and a major powerhouse on the world stage. This isn't implying that Israel has the monopoly on the geekiness over there; each culture has a long history of scientific achievement. Culturally speaking, Israel's culture actually isn't that different from the places that surround it. Yes. I've been there. I've met those from the places around it. At the very least each country can agree that family is everything and not harming the innocent is important. They also all take pride in their scientific discoveries. The whole region is wasting its potential. The main problem is that no one is fucking talking to one another or really listening and everyone is making stupid assumptions, or worse, playing the victim and blaming literally all of their problems on the other side in order to fuel their hate much like how intersectionality (I'm not to blame for any of my life's problems, They are keeping me down!) is taking hold of the United States. It's honestly a wash and the best thing you could do to promote peace is probably to move out or well, play some video games with people from the nearby countries. However, for the poor sods that are staying there, a shit ton of free education up to the Ph.D. level, especially in science and critical thinking, is the best policy for the entire region. Israel can certainly provide options for said education to the places around it, and the places around it can do the same for Israel. It starts with free huge libraries, and it continues to free college within those countries, as well as collaboration between colleges in Israel and its surrounding countries. If the librarians are daring, they can do inter-library loan between countries. If they're good with computers, they can make a Middle-East library in collaboration with the whole region that is entirely online and ahem, easily printable, but you didn't hear me say that. The enemy is not the countries that surround Israel or Israel itself. The enemy is stupidity. Fix that, and the Gordian knot of problems over there can be dealt with thanks to super smart, super educated people tackling it in a way that doesn't just make things worse.
- Nothing is going to work in the Middle East, or heck, in the US, until people there realize that hatred makes you stupid. Also possibly evil. Just look at the MAGAts; do you see a small bit of yourself reflected there? Scary thought, yeah? Don't get me wrong, I understand the desire for revenge more than you could ever know, but it's not fucking healthy, and there is a difference between justice and beating on a dead horse. Justice is good, but revenge has a nasty tendency of hurting the innocent. The difference between the two is that justice cannot happen without critical, logical, nonbiased, impartial, scientific, non-emotional thinking and essentially, revenge requires the opposite kind of stuff. That obsessive hatred (again, I get it) also seems to be a precursor to mental illness as well. It blinds you to the truth because your mind snaps shut like a steel trap, you wind up delusional and confused thanks to too much stress, and then everything starts going wrong in your life but you can't see that the common denominator in all that failure is... you. The way out? Serious work on one's own mental health and again, education. I am speaking as someone with PTSD and a history of literal insanity here and a history of uh, let's just say extremely bad luck. You wouldn't know it to look at me, so trust me when I say I understand gaslighting as well. And the real clincher here is that it's impossible to get justice (or even revenge) at all if you aren't thinking clearly. Because the obsessive desire for revenge makes you stupid! Yes, I am speaking from experience! God, I've done some stupid shit! You don't know you're mentally ill while you're mentally ill; that's one hallmark of mental illness. So as insurance to make sure you're as sane as possible, even if you think you're mentally "perfect," get some mental health care going for yourself and keep it up for life. With each mental health milestone passed, your mind clears up, and you gain more freedom. More importantly stuff that confused you back in the day and made you have knee-jerk reactions that were not good for you (i.e. addictions) stops having power over you and you get freedom of choice instead of being triggered. You don't want to live like I did for a while. It was bad and that's the understatement of the century, like, I almost died. I learned all this stuff the hard way, so use it, my pain is your gain.
- Booksellers worldwide: you have an untapped market in the Middle East. Go there! They need textbooks more than anything but all books are important. CDs, movies, media, that too. Sell coffee and tea too, because the whole region loves the stuff
- Therapists worldwide: you are needed in the Middle East. Intergenerational trauma is real. Consider providing free therapy for an hour a week, online is ok, to those living in that area because holy shit. That would be another major thing that could make peace in the area even possible.
- People in Israel and its government who had family affected by the Holocaust can seriously help with the justice effort regarding Native American boarding schools and the related genocide (see: article). Israel, for the most part, got its justice on the Nazis that tried to kill most of its population. But it is not clear how it was done anymore after the dust of history settled over those events. Who better to make it happen than the people who helped get it done in the first place?
- For those of us in the United States, look over there at the Middle East. You see that? We could become like that. We do not want to become like that. Don't eat hatred for breakfast.
- Someone has to create a reality TV show called The Dumbest Conflict in the World, get a bunch of Arabs skilled in improv and a bunch of Israelis skilled in improv that don't actually care about the conflict at all but pay them to pretend they do as dramatically as possible and in the dumbest ways possible, stick them in some kind of Jerry Springer-like atmosphere with a host "doing their best," an audience of people from other countries shouting unhelpful suggestions, and let it all play out with all the hilarity and trashiness that would ensue. I bet half the Middle East would willingly pay to see it. I would. Yeah, you're damn right I have a dark sense of humor, but it worked in the Life of Brian with Monty Python, so...
- Open up the US borders to every population afflicted with genocide. I doubt any other country would do it, and we do not want to create another Israel. Plus, we have the space. We can do it.
- Don't be a dick. That'll solve like 90% of the problems in the world.
- Get a cat
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