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WHEN IS IT TIME TO GO?

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 11, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– An ode to knowing when to depart this world.

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You know it is time to go…
When the Earth has lost its charm, and no longer offers us joy or inspiration.
When we no longer find enjoyment in holidays, anniversaries or birthdays due to repetition.
When we can no longer find happiness in the simple pleasures of life.
When we can no longer contribute and have nothing more to offer.
When we recognize the party is over and cannot dance any longer.
When we are no longer the center of attention and our words fall on deaf ears.
When we can no longer socialize with others due to bitterness, anger or intolerance.
When we have lost too many times, forcing a decline in a will to win.
When we feel mankind has let us down one too many times.
When we have seen it all and done it all.
When there is an absence of love and understanding in the world.
When our bodies fail us once too often, be it mentally or physically.
However, if we spent our lives honorably and productively,
we will meet with God’s good graces who will be pleased with our efforts,
and reunite us with our loved ones in the great beyond.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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“CAN I GET SOME HELP HERE?”

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 9, 2021

BRYCE ON HOSPITALS

– Why I’m not a fan of Mease Countryside Hospital.

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I have discussed the changing medical culture in the past; see (1), (2), (3), (4), (5). Herein I want to describe an actual experience I was involved with recently. Let me preface my remarks by saying I am no stranger to hospital Emergency Rooms having been to several over the years involving loved ones. I have discovered they are not all equal in terms of service and care. Recently, we had a horrible experience with a local hospital. Perhaps you can learn from this.

My elderly mother, who suffers from COPD, recently had been complaining of not being able to breath properly. This is someone who has been on oxygen 24/7 for at least five years, and taken an array of medications, so she is used to hospitals and their procedures. This time, our family doctor recommended I take her to Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, FL where she should undergo a battery of tests, e.g.; blood test, chest X-ray, Cat-Scan, etc. From this, we hoped to be able to determine a course of action for her to take. We went to Mease Countryside because her primary medical physician is affiliated with it. Prior to this, we had no exposure to the hospital other than to visit friends convalescing.

The hospital was approximately twenty minutes from my Mom’s house. So, on a Thursday afternoon, I loaded her into the car where she used her portable oxygen machine to breath. In measuring breathing, the mid-90’s is normally a good score, but in the car she was in the low 80’s and was having trouble breathing (“wheeze-wheeze”). Nonetheless, I got her to the hospital promptly and brought her to the Emergency Room (ER) entrance, where I placed her in a wheelchair. We then went through the hassle of being checked for COVID-19 and security. After which we waited anxiously in line at the front desk where one woman was alone and tending to another check-in. I thought it strange only one person was there to admit people as this was a fair sized hospital with many people in the waiting area.

When we finally got to the admitting woman, I presented my Mom’s ID and insurance cards which she photocopied. I told her my Mom was having trouble breathing and asked if she could please expedite the process (“wheeze-wheeze”). It appeared it didn’t matter to her as she processed the admission bureaucratically. My Mom’s breathing seemed to be the least of her concerns. After this, she sequestered us in a waiting room where my Mom continued to wheeze. This was scaring me now as nothing seemed to be happening to help her. Finally, a nurse came out and whisked her away behind closed doors which I was not permitted to access. I tried to give the nurse a copy of my Mom’s meds and names/numbers of her physicians, but she dismissed me out of hand and refused to take the paper.

I was then left outside the door where I patiently waited for some information as to what was going on. While there, I thought about what had happened. From the time we arrived at the ER to the time she had someone look at her was approximately 25 minutes, an eternity for someone who is having trouble breathing.

I compared this to an incident a month earlier where a friend and I went out to dinner. Before we could order, she sensed something was wrong and thought she was having a stroke. The closest hospital was AdventHealth North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs (aka, “Helen Ellis Memorial”), a part of the AdventHealth system. Knowing it was nearby, I had the hostess help me get her into my car where I rushed her to the hospital at about 6:30pm, taking no more than ten minutes to get there. I got her in a wheelchair and into admissions. I handed the people there (two ladies as I recall) her ID and medical cards, which they scanned and updated their records automatically. Total time to get through admissions, two minutes, tops. She was then immediately treated by physicians.

The differences between the two hospitals was like night and day. One was interested in bureaucracy, the other was interested in patient care. Being an old systems man, I was amazed by the inefficiencies of the Mease Countryside system and seeming indifference to customer service.

After waiting about five minutes for word about my mother, three hospital security guards from Allied Universal Security Systems confronted me. I didn’t know what they wanted so I tried chatting with one where I commented on the incompetence in the ER, that I had never seen anything like it before. He told me that my Mom had not passed her COVID-19 test yet, and since I had contact with her I would have to wait. I said fine, and started to return to the waiting room where we were before. “Where are you going?” he said gruffly. This is when I began to notice he was irritated.

“I’m just going into the waiting room like you said,” I replied.

“No! You must wait outside, and if you make a scene I will have you banned from the hospital.”

I looked bewildered at him and said, “You’re kidding?”

No he wasn’t, so I turned to leave and began laughing as I had never seen such incompetence in an ER like this before.

After a few minutes, a nurse came outside to ask me questions about my Mom and apologized for the conduct of administration. I told him about the list of meds and doctors I had tried to give the other nurse and he said, “Great, this is exactly what we needed.”

I replied, “Hey, I tried.” He shook his head in disbelief and returned to the hospital.

After waiting outside for over a half-hour, a doctor called me and asked me to come back inside to see my Mom. When I re-entered, I had to go through the COVID-19 check and security again. This time, the security and staff eyed me suspiciously. I got the impression they were surprised I was being let back in.

My Mom had passed the COVID-19 test (she was negative) and they had completed their battery of tests on her lungs. The attending physician wanted her to spend the night in the hospital. Now, you have to remember why we came here; to get a battery of tests to calculate a strategy. She had undergone the tests and was anxious to go home, but the attending physician insisted she was in bad shape and should spend the night for observation. After discussing the matter with our family physician, we reluctantly agreed and they moved Mom upstairs to a regular room.

The one night turned into five as the medical personnel convinced my mother she was in bad shape. So much so, by the end of her stay the Hosptalist Doctor said she had two options: one, go home, which he didn’t recommend, and; two, enter her into a rehabilitation unit (aka, “Nursing Home”). Our fear was that she would go in but never come out. So, over the objections of the medical staff, we elected to take her home. To do so, I had to sign a waiver releasing the medical staff of any liabilities as we were going against their recommendations.

A few of the medical staff became nasty over our decision, “Oh, once you get her home, you’ll just have to bring her back here.”

Another said adamantly, “This is crazy, you belong in a rehab center.”

In other words, it became just as difficult to get Mom out of the hospital as it was to get her in. Maybe they should re-name the hospital to “Fort Knox.”

On Mom’s first day back at home, she woke up with an oxygen level of 97% which is excellent. She is now regaining her strength after sitting in bed for five days, and she was more relaxed as she wasn’t being harassed by the medical staff.

LESSONS LEARNED

If we were to do this over again, I think I would have called 911 and have an ambulance take her to Mease Countryside as it appeared patients arriving in this manner were admitted immediately. I naively believed taking Mom to a hospital myself was better. Then again, maybe there is an incestuous relationship with ambulance companies that I am not aware of.

There are essentially two parts to any hospital, the administrative side, and the medical care side. Again, as an old systems man, I was appalled by how slow it seemed for patients to be admitted, just the antithesis of AdventHealth North Pinellas. Beyond this, there appeared to be an insensitivity in terms of caring for the incoming patients. In my judgement, they were only concerned with bureaucracy and cash-flow, meaning to keep patients in longer to make money.

The medical side was a bit better, but it seemed clear to us some medical people were much better than others. The best doctor there was the pulmonologist (treats lungs) who appeared to be very knowledgeable, gave straight answers, and had a good bed-side manner about him, but he was the exception as opposed to the rule.

Like the administrative side of the hospital, the medical side seemed obsessed with feeding the computer as opposed to providing patient care. Some were good and helpful people, while others had a rather poor bed-side manner. Feeding the computer was of paramount importance and, I believe, is a deterrent to effective patient care. True, AdventHealth North also is consumed by computers as well, but they seem to make a better effort to work with patients.

Interestingly, while waiting to pass “Check Point Charlie” at the main entrance at the start of visiting hours, I heard many other stories of hospital snafus by relatives of other patients. This obviously did not instill a sense of confidence in me. I also found the main switchboard to be impenetrable, thereby blocking me from talking to my mother or medical personnel. I learned quickly to take down telephone numbers of important personnel so I could dial them directly. If you didn’t have the number, forget it. It was an eerie blackout that didn’t sit well with me.

It was an odd feeling as we finally left Mease Countryside. Both my mother and myself felt like we had escaped, much like the prisoners who tunneled out of the high-security POW camp in the movie, “The Great Escape.” As I said, Mom’s health and sense of well-being immediately improved and continues to do so. Sorry Colleen, she is doing just fine, but won’t be back to have you taunt her.

So, people have asked me would I recommend Mease Countryside. Let me put it this way, if it is between bleeding in the street or going to Mease Countryside, I’ll take my chances in the street. That is how turned off I was with their service.

I am not trying to provoke a fight with Mease Countryside, but if nobody speaks up, nothing will change.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY TRUMP IS STILL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 4, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The fight is not over.

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When Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush lost their re-election bids, they quietly faded away and became nothing but footnotes in history. They primarily occupied their time by building their presidential libraries. None considered a second run for the presidency. They had had enough. However, the same cannot be said about former President Trump. Building a library is the last thing on his mind. Retaking the White House and cleaning up the Washington Swamp is of paramount importance to him.

Trump came into office as an outsider, and was pushed out of the nation’s capitol through trickery and treachery. He is still a force to be reckoned with and is ready for another fight with the Congressional establishment. Frankly, he is willing to go the distance, even beyond a second term in office. Thank God too, as there is nobody else with the stamina and nerve to take on the Swamp.

Why is Trump still a viable candidate? Simple. Millions of Americans still believe the election was stolen, the Democrats couldn’t pin anything on him in the Mueller Investigation and two fake impeachments, and Trump is a fighter. He has learned a lot from his first administration and will likely do things differently, most notably taking out the Congressional garbage who tried to demonize him, and RINOs who didn’t cooperate with his agenda. Enough is enough.

A recent Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll indicates Trump voters are also prepared to turn on those politicians who crossed him. According to the poll, 8 in 10 Trump supporters would be less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supported Trump’s impeachment, as ten did in the House. By a wide 2-1 margin, Trump voters say they want him to run for president again. If he did, 76% would support him for the nomination and 85% would vote for him in a general election. So Trump has the comfort of knowing he has a rather loyal base of followers supporting him. Carter and Bush did not.

There will likely be a backlash to the Democrats running the country. Even though President Biden ran on a platform of “Unity,” in two months he has already alienated a lot of people. So much so, there is a good chance the Republicans will take back the House in 2022. In other words, Iranians shouldn’t get too comfortable with the United States again, Canadians will get the Keystone XL pipeline back, the southern border wall will be completed, illegal immigrants will be stopped at the border, Obama Care will finally be put out of its misery, jobs will return, and the economy will blossom again.

Trump recently unveiled his intentions at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando on February 28th where he gave the keynote address. Prior to the event, there was considerable speculation about what he would say, such as the future of the GOP, the conservative movement, and President Biden’s policy on amnesty and our borders.

Trump came out swinging by making it clear he has no intention of creating a third party which he insisted was fake news. The GOP is his party and he made it clear he would remain in charge.

He went on to challenge President Biden’s first month in office, which Trump claimed was the most disastrous in history. In particular, he challenged Biden’s record on immigration whereby he cancelled immigration rules and triggered a migration of illegals to the United States, thereby making this a “sanctuary nation.”

Trump also warned the CPAC attendees of several other Biden initiatives, such as; challenges to the 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms); re-involvement with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris Climate Accord; closure of the Keystone XL pipeline; reversal on energy independence which he predicted would rise the price of gasoline to $5-$7 per gallon, and; the damaging effect of transgender sports. He also called on Biden to re-open the schools for the sake of our children.

As to the direction of the Republican Party, Trump noted the GOP was still growing, but he insists, “America comes first.” He outlined three areas to be addressed in order to win in 2024:

1. ELECTION REFORM – he made it clear, “This election was rigged,” which should be a litmus test for the loyalty of all Republicans, particularly those in Congress. He also openly criticized the Supreme Court for not looking into voting irregularities, “The Supreme Court didn’t have the guts or courage to address this.”

As to his recommendations, he suggested we have only one election day (no extensions), only legitimate absentee ballots (no mail-in voting), Voter ID, Signature matching, and having citizenship verified. Had these steps been implemented, Trump would have likely won the election handily.

2. ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT CENSORSHIP – In particular, this means disbanding “Big Tech” companies who control social media and ban conservative talk.

3. WEED OUT THE RHINOs – No doubt, the GOP needs strong new leadership. To this end, he openly called out RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), such as Senators Romney, Sass, Collins, Murkowski, Toomey, and certain members of the House, particularly Rep. Liz Cheney. Trump plans on campaigning heavily for conservative Republicans, particularly in primaries, in order to eradicate RINOs from the party. To support this, he touted his endorsement record and how many candidates he helped elect to office.

Trump teased the crowd by saying, “I may decide to beat them (the Democrats) a third time,” and, “You haven’t seen anything yet,” both meaning it is likely he will run again, much to the chagrin of the Democrats and the RINOs who want to lead the party on a different path. In the end, the chances of Trump running for office again is likely as the CPAC attendees gave him an overwhelming 97% approval rating, making it clear he was their man. This was reinforced a couple of times during his speech by the attendees chanting, “We love you!,” a positive sign of the attendees’ support for the former president.

Trump’s numbers at CPAC mirrored the Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll, mentioned earlier, where 55% of CPAC picked him in a straw poll to be their candidate for president.

By his presentation at CPAC, Trump made it clear he is still firmly in control of the GOP, but this time he is redefining the Republican culture to make sure everyone is pulling on the same oar, both on the campaign trail and, if elected, during his administration. This would be substantially different than his first term where he had to fight not only the Democrats, but the RHINO Congressional leadership, e.g., Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Trump’s message is clear, “Get on board the Trump train or get out of the GOP.”

So, will Trump be the candidate in 2024? Certainly. After all, who else has the strength and courage to confront the Washington Swamp? And if he is successful, he will cultivate a new generation of strong Republican leaders to succeed him.

Yes, he is most definitely a force to be reckoned with, as he strikes fear into the hearts of Democrats as well as RINOs. Needless to say, his clean-up America mantra has been wildly embraced by the Trump faithful and will likely play well with the American populace. Now it will be interesting to see how the RINOs and Democrats react.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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FACE-MASKS ARE HERE TO STAY

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 2, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– You can thank the government for this.

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As a child of the 1950s, I have seen a lot of changes in terms of safety over the years:

* Back then, nobody wore seat belts in automobiles. Most cars didn’t even have them. Today, they are standard equipment, along with air bags. In most states, you can be issued a ticket for not wearing them, but as a kid from a different era, I still resist using them as it doesn’t feel natural to me.

* I loved riding my bicycle just about everywhere. I took it to school every day, rode it to my Little League games, to go fishing or visit a neighbor, etc. At that time nobody wore a helmet, and yet I didn’t know of anyone falling off their bike and hurting themselves. Today it is a requirement with some states issuing fines for not wearing them. As for me, I refuse to wear a helmet as I never wore one as a child. I still think they look stupid, but people have embraced them as the government enforces their use.

* We rode on skate boards and went down steep driveways, all without helmets and leg or arm pads, none of which existed at the time. If you were going to crash, you simply learned to slow down and fall on grass. It was no big deal. Now it is.

* In Little League, we wore canvass “ear muffs” to protect our heads at the plate. When we would have a pick-up game though, we just wore baseball hats, just like the major leagues. Today, Little League includes full helmets with face guards.

We also played hockey without face masks, including myself as a goalie; we went down winter hills on sleds without any protection; we shot BB guns and slingshots in the fields (and No, we didn’t “shoot our eyes out”); we learned to shoot bow and arrows; we lit firecrackers; went fishing and used knives to clean our catch, and; we even played lawn darts (aka, “Jarts”). Remarkably, we all survived unscathed and enjoyed ourselves immensely. In truth, it was a glorious time to be a kid. When I describe this to parents today, they look at me like I have three eyes, that I am some kind of glutton for punishment.

The same is true with surgical face-masks. In the depths of the many influenza outbreaks we have had, very few people wore face-masks. Today, thanks to COVID-19, we are told by our government to wear them everywhere. President Biden wants to send a face-mask to each American and have us wear them until at least 2022. There are also new requirements to wear face-masks on government property, including our national parks.

The question though becomes, “When can we stop wearing them?” There are some medical institutions now questioning the effectiveness of face-masks on COVID-19; others suggest we need to wear multiple layers of face-masks.

My feeling is, face-masks are here to stay. It is now the “new normal,” just like seat belts, helmets, and other safety equipment. Even if 100% of the American public was properly vaccinated, we would still be asked to wear face-masks. Why? Because government officials will claim there is a new “strain” of some kind which will likely come and go in perpetuity. So, in all likelihood, the government will never tell us to put the masks away. It is not in their best interest to do so as it represents a form of control and is deemed to be politically correct to wear, particularly among Democrats.

Even if the government declared “the coast is clear,” people will likely continue to wear face-masks in supermarkets, social gatherings, at work and school, and wherever. The government has created a new habit, which people will be reluctant to give up. Years from now, you will tell your grandchildren, “I remember when I was a kid, we never wore face-masks, not until the government mandated their use.” They will look at you and say, “Wow, you are really old, aren’t you?”

You will know face-masks are a permanent fixture of our society when you start seeing television commercials featuring designer masks. They will likely be embraced by the fashion industry who will use it as an excuse for changing our wardrobe. Over time, we’ll look like a nation of holdup artists ready to stickup gas stations and convenience stores.

As for me, like I said, I’m a child of the 1950s. I will continue to resist seat belts and helmets. Heck, I’ll even play a game of lawn darts if anyone has them. And I have no intention of wearing face-masks 24/7. I guess I like to live on the edge.

(I would like to give a tip of the hat to A.R. in Dunedin for the inspiration for this piece).

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY OLDSTERS ARE MEAN

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 25, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– And, No, we’re not like this all the time.

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There is a general stereotype of senior citizens in this country whereby they are commonly described as either mean, cantankerous, grumpy, crotchety, irritable, impatient, sour, aloof or acerbic. There are reasons for this, most of which are caused by changing physical conditions. Allow me to explain.

As youngsters, it wasn’t uncommon for us to run around and bump into things, thereby causing a cut or scrape, but as we get older we seem to develop a magnetic attraction for bumping into things or stubbing our toes, resulting in a massive bruise the size of Peru. This is probably due to the blood thinners doctors prescribe to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

We also tend to suffer from a litany of body aches in our muscles and skeleton. It is not uncommon for lower back pain to develop or arthritis to take its toll on us, causing us to make an Advil milkshake after working in the yard. Want to really scare a senior? Just sneak up behind them and shout, “Shingles!” Weight also plays a role in our pains as we find it difficult to shed the pounds like we could in our youth. As a standard rule, if you cannot fit into a seat on an airplane, maybe its time to cut out the country fried steak and gravy.

While we’re on it, isn’t it amazing the plethora of pills doctors prescribe for seniors? Some people are required to take handfuls of pills just to make it through the day. After a while you start to think of yourself as a walking chemistry experiment. No, seniors do not want to do as the drug commercial’s suggest and, “Ask your doctor.” I am particularly fascinated how elders have embraced “sexual enhancement” drugs like Viagra and Cialis. Prior to their introduction, I never realized there was even a problem. I guess you would be mean too if you couldn’t “perform,” not to mention the feelings of your female partner.

It is not uncommon to develop hearing problems, due in large part to the head-banging loud music we listened to in our youth (thanks Led Zeppelin). We then start to wear hearing aids which we try to cleverly hide behind our hair or under a hat. Without them, we smile a lot, nod our heads, and pretend to know what people are saying around us.

In terms of eyesight, we may have had Lasik surgery to overcome cataracts and astigmatism, but we still find it difficult to read small fonts, particularly when working crossword puzzles. Cheater eyeglasses are helpful to avoid squinting, but you always keep a magnifying glass within reach.

Hair is important to both sexes. For men, as we start to lose it on our heads, it starts growing where it is not supposed to, such as ears, eyebrows, noses, and, Yes, elsewhere. Women become very concerned with the color of their hair. Some have noticed people treat them differently based on their color. A gray or silver haired woman is treated differently by the public than if they were a blonde, brunette, or redhead. Not surprising, they develop strong attachments to their beauticians.

Then there is the matter of peeing. In our younger days, we could sleep through the night regardless of the amount of beer or wine we drank. Not anymore. Now it is common to get up once, twice, even three times at night to relieve ourselves. Of course, it doesn’t help when we continue to get a drink of water or juice in the middle of the night. Some people are gluttons for punishment. Sleep deprivation obviously affects our mood.

These physical nuances play on the nerves of older people, but there are other elements which affect their temperament; for example:

We begin to notice we are becoming forgetful. Suddenly the names of old friends are hard to remember, as is remembering the titles of books, movies and music. House and car keys seem to mysteriously disappear and are found in unlikely places, such as the bathroom, a sock drawer, refrigerator, between the cracks in a sofa, or even worse, the ignition of a car. It is not uncommon for people to become unglued when they cannot find their keys, their wallet, or their purse.

As you get older you sense you are being taken for granted and, even worse, being targeted for various scams by robo-callers from Asia and Africa. “No, my computer is just fine,” I tell them, “and, No, I do not want to give you my social security number or bank account number so you can deposit a bazillion dollars into it. Get lost!”

These scams are very disturbing as smooth talking con artists find a way to prey on the innocent. Even when you demand they take you off of their calling list, they do not.

Want a fun way to get rid of such parasites? Use a foreign accent; the stranger the better. I like to use a heavy Swedish accent when I talk to such huckleberries. When I get such a call, I put down the phone and start speaking loudly, “Ya Ma, de man on de phone here says ve have a problem with our computer; that it has a bug and is infected, Ya. Jumpin Jiminy what are ve going to do? Ya Ma, you’re a right. Here, you hold the computer and I’ll spray it with de bug juice. Wow, dat was a close one.” By the time I return to the phone, the caller is long gone.

Finally, seniors suffer with the anxiety of change. Even the slightest thing seems to set them off, particularly if you alter the time they eat dinner. They believe they have a sense of humor, but do not comprehend the humor, music, fashion or movies of the day, considering all of it vulgar. Technology often pushes them over the edge. It’s a bit disconcerting for them to rely on their three year old grandson to program the television set or show them how to use a smart phone. Keep in mind, as we grow older we become more set in our ways; we know what works and what doesn’t, and any departure from this, large or small, throws us for a loop.

The next time you find a senior is a little mean or cantankerous, you now know what is causing them to act as such. Their only solace is knowing the next generation will have to follow in their footsteps and face the same problems. Misery loves company.

Originally published: September 18, 2015

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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HOLDING A JOB HOSTAGE

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 23, 2021

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

– How programmers do it, but why does management accept it?

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For as long as I can remember, people in the Information Technology business have enjoyed relative immunity from being fired from their job. This is primarily because when they write source code (text which is compiled into electronic format) it is difficult to read and understand the logic behind it. In most cases, if a programmer has written a program featuring a special calculation or feature, employers are afraid to release the person as they fear the logic will walk out the door with the person, making maintenance or modification of the source code almost impossible. This can be easily overcome by developing documentation, both within the program using comments, and externally where the purpose, description, and logic of the program is explained, as well as its interfaces to other programs and file structures. Unfortunately this rarely occurs as programmers stubbornly resist writing documentation in fear someone might read it and criticize their work. By doing so, they have safeguarded their job and now hold it hostage.

Think of it this way, it is like an architect being the only person who knows how a building is designed. Who would fire him? After all, there are no blueprints and the design is filed away in the person’s head.

Frankly, I do not understand why managers accept this behavior, but they do. Consequently, it becomes difficult to reprimand an employee. Further, it becomes rather expensive to dissect a program and modify it without disrupting the interfaces to everything else linked to it.

Another problem is when programmers leave a company they often take code not belonging to them. Regardless if it was written by the programmer or another, most programmers feel entitled to the code so they may use it with their next employer. This is incredibly illegal and could do serious harm to the company, as it is their intellectual property, but it is a common occurrence in business today.

What I have described herein is common knowledge inside the Information Technology field. The outside world is generally unaware of this problem. There are other technical positions doing this as well, but it is in programming where it becomes a flagrant problem. Outside consultants also like to play this game and deliver software, but no documentation, thereby creating a dependency on their services. Again, the best way to overcome this problem is to insist on verifiable documentation, but managers either do not understand the problem or naively believe programming is an art form which can only be performed by people who cannot be inhibited by structure or discipline. This is just plain nuts. Under this scenario, the real culprit is the manager for allowing this to happen, not the programmer.

I have always believed the best way to make yourself indispensable to a company is by demonstrating a positive attitude and a professional work ethic (e.g., craftsmanship), not to mention delivering on time and within budget. Alas, this appears to be an attitude from a bygone era.

Originally published: September 16, 2015

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WHAT DO THE DEMOCRATS WANT?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 18, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What are their qualifications?

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I happened to watch the opening statements by the Democrat House members prosecuting former President Trump in Impeachment 2.0. Their arguments were laughable as they deliberately took the president’s comments out of context. They often quoted him in piecemeal, without describing his comments in its entirety. It was always my assumption the prosecutor’s job was to seek the truth in order to apply equal justice under the law. This is obviously not the case here as I believe the House prosecutors have deliberately distorted the truth and spread falsehoods.

This charade of a trial is designed at discrediting President Trump, in an attempt to prevent him from running for president again, but it is also aimed at suppressing his supporters whom the Democrats characterize as “domestic terrorists.” This demonstrates the lengths the Democrats will go to get their way.

Over and over again, I have heard the Democrats claim this or that was a “threat to Democracy.” Interestingly, they simply refuse to admit we live in a “Republic” and not a “Democracy.” Nonetheless, I see them as a true threat to the continuation of the USA as we know it.

I also do not consider Joe Biden a legitimate president for two reasons; first I have seen nothing to suggest the presidential election wasn’t stolen; years from now, historians will tout this as the biggest fraud ever enacted in the nation’s history. Second, I look upon Mr. Biden as an old man in his dotage, lacking the mental acuity to fulfill the job. It seems rather obvious to me someone is pulling his strings as he is certainly not capable of ramrodding the many executive orders he signed in the early days of his administration. I seriously doubt he understands everything he has thus far signed and the damages he has caused, particularly in the area of unemployment.

What we are witnessing is a genuine threat to our freedoms, particularly our cherished first and second amendments. The Democrats are attacking freedom of speech as they want to eliminate dissent. They will do this by enacting “domestic terrorism” legislation to suppress those who do not accept Democrat policy. Such legislation will also be used to shut down talk radio/TV. The “Fake News” will also do their part to spread propaganda and coerce political correctness, and social media will continue to discourage independent thought, and endorse Democrat positions.

The “right to bear arms” as defined by the second amendment will come under attack as well, not for safety or mass shooting reasons, but to disarm the populace. The one thing the Democrats fear is an armed public which could stop them from implementing their agenda. Hence the need for gun control legislation. Biden has made this a priority of his administration, which explains why he will attack the NRA and gun manufacturers. Although he wants legislation, look for executive orders to get the ball rolling. In response, the American public is on a record buying spree of weapons before Biden can issue his first order.

The Biden administration has already re-instituted more regulations aimed at expanding the federal bureaucracy primarily in the areas of environment, energy, housing, even the pandemic. Like the Obama administration, the government will become larger and more repressive thereby inhibiting business.

Punishment is the order of the day though as the Democrats attempt to shut down anyone opposing their programs, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has been successful in containing the COVID-19 virus while allowing schools and businesses to flourish. This is in sharp contrast to Democrat governors in other states who have much worse records. In response, the Biden administration is threatening domestic travel restrictions to/from Florida, thereby attacking its economy. DeSantis will not back down and take legal action to refute such initiatives. The point is clear though; the Democrats will try to punish anyone opposing them. This conflict with Florida is just the first of many under the Biden administration.

This is obviously not the first time we’ve seen the Democrats try to bully their opponents, most notably their spying on the Trump campaign, siccing the “Fake News” to hound him, implementing two “fake” impeachments against the president, and stealing the election.

Biden claims he wants unity. The reality is the Democrats want submission to their view of the world and morality, which is a form of slavery. Some people are willing to acquiesce to this new culture, people who we label as “sheeple.” However, the 74 million people who voted for Trump will not. This is why the Democrats are working overtime to suppress Trump voters and why they want to prevent Trump from running again as he is the only person willing to stand up to them.

In a strange way, it is good that Biden became president so the American people can readily see how dangerous the Democrats have become. It will be interesting to see how this affects the 2022 election. In theory, there should be a major push-back. Then again, elections have been altered before.

If I have learned anything about the Democrats over the years, they will go to any length, and say and do anything to get their way, legal or not. They are not interested in freedom or even Democracy. It is about pushing their agenda to reshape the United States. It is all about control. So much so, they will make “Big Brother” seem rather small.

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WHO IS FILLING BIDEN’S CABINET?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 16, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What are their qualifications?

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I was recently talking to old friend Rick Trader of the Conservative Commandos Radio show regarding President Biden’s cabinet picks. This caused me to dig in deeper and look into their background. Naturally, they are all filled in by Democrats, just as President Trump’s was filled in with Republicans, but there is something else going on.

In theory, the cabinet Secretaries should be the most qualified people for their jobs, just as in the business world. The idea of appointing someone for political favoritism reeks of nepotism and, quite often, is an impediment to progress. We typically see ambassadorships rewarded to political donors but cabinet positions are used to run the country, and political rewards would be a serious mistake.

In looking over the appointments, some make sense, others are just plain off the wall. It appears Biden has been selecting people based on their race, gender, their far-left ideology, or their work in the Obama administration (6 in all). It was certainly not for their management skills. As one example, Pete Buttigieg is a young man who only served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana (home of the University of Notre Dame), with a population of 102K, which is rather small in comparison to most major American cities. Nonetheless, he was appointed Secretary of Transportation, a field in which he has no experience whatsoever. I suspect he was rewarded this for his position on climate control which he spoke on during his failed campaign for president.

Let’s look over the list of cabinet appointments, and consider their qualifications; let us also look at the immediate predecessor from the Trump administration.

CABINET – APPOINTMENT

AGRICULTURE – TOM VILSACK

An Obama appointee, he held this position from 2009-2017. He is also a former governor of Iowa.

Trump: Ed Schafer – served twice as Agriculture Secretary and is a former governor of North Dakota.

ATTORNEY GENERAL – MERRICK GARLAND

Garland is best remembered as the Obama pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, which was not acted on by the Senate. He has been serving as a federal judge, on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Believed to be moderate in most decisions, but leaning slightly left.

Trump: William Barr – twice served as Attorney General.

COMMERCE – GINA RAIMONDO

Currently, she is the governor of Rhode Island. Her background includes being a venture capitalist. As governor, she cut taxes every year, removed thousands of pages of regulations, raised the state minimum wage to $11.50, and made community colleges tuition-free (a favorite with the far-left). However, her approval ratings routinely ranked in the bottom of all governors in the United States.

Trump: Wilbur Ross – successful businessman. Named by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance.

DEFENSE – LLOYD AUSTIN

Austin is a West Point graduate and served over 40 years in the military. If confirmed, he will be the first black defense secretary. Previously, he was picked as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army by Barrack Obama.

Trump: Mark Esper – Also a West Point graduate, Esper joined the U.S. Army and served as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division. He saw action in the Gulf War. Afterwards, he served in the 82nd Airborne and the Army National Guard.

EDUCATION – MIGUEL CARDONA

Cardona serves as the Connecticut commissioner of education. He has an extensive background in Connecticut education. The hard issues he faces include opening schools closed due to COVID-19, and transgender sports.

Trump: (acting) Phil Rosenfelt – been with the Department of Education since 2005.

ENERGY – JEFFIFER GRANHOLM

Former governor of Michigan. Was a member of the Obama transition team. Granholm is a distinguished adjunct professor of law and public policy at UC Berkeley. No energy experience.

Trump: Dan Brouillette – previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Energy from August 2017 to December 2019.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – XAVIER BECERRA

He is currently attorney general of California. He was previously a Congressman representing downtown Los Angeles. While in the House, he served as the chair of the House Democrat Caucus from 2013 to 2017. Becerra is perhaps best known as the AG, along with 15 other Democrat-led states, to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the president’s declaration of a national emergency to fund and build the southern U.S. border, as well as many more lawsuits against the administration. He is far-left.

Trump: (acting) Norris Cochran – part of DHHS since 2006.

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) – MARCIA FUDGE

Fudge is currently a Democrat member of the House from Ohio. Her background is substantially different than her predecessor.

Trump: Dr. Ben Carson – a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery. He was also a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also known for his run for the presidency in 2016. If anything, Dr. Carson was over qualified for his job as HUD Secretary.

INTERIOR – DEB HAALAND

If confirmed, she will be the first Native American cabinet secretary. She has been very active in Democrat politics, such as speaking against the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. She also actively supports the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. She is far-left.

Haaland’s appointment is controversial as a group of 15 Republican House members sent a letter to President Biden urging him to withdraw her name claiming, her nomination is “a direct threat to working men and women and a rejection of responsible development of America’s natural resources.”

Trump: David Bernhardt – also worked for the Department of the Interior during George W. Bush’s presidency.

LABOR – MARTY WALSH

Walsh is the current mayor of Boston. He is one of the few cabinet appointments cruising through his confirmation hearing. Walsh has an extensive background in unions, both as a member and as a mayor working with them.

Trump: Eugene Scalia – served one year as Solicitor of the Department of Labor during the George W. Bush administration. He is a son of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

STATE – ANTONY BLINKEN

An Obama appointment serving as deputy secretary. Also served in Clinton’s state department and on the National Security Council for then VP Biden.

Trump: Mike Pompeo – former CIA Director, graduated first in his class as a West Point graduate, also served in the House of Representatives (KS).

TRANSPORTATION – PETE BUTTIGIEG

Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Ran for president in 2020. He worked on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign as an advisor, policy and research specialist. No transportation experience. He is far-left.

Trump: Elaine Chao – Naturalized citizen. Married to Sen. Mitch McConnell. She has served the Department of Transportation since 1986, particularly in the Maritime Administration. Served as Deputy Transportation Secretary from 1989-1991. She was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor.

TREASURY – JANET YELLEN

Recently confirmed, she is the first female Treasury Secretary. She has prior experience as the chair of the council of economic advisors and chair of the Federal Reserve under Obama. She comes from academia, where she has taught economics for many years at Harvard and the London School of Economics.

Trump: Steven Mnuchin – American investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

CONCLUSION

As with any job, people should be eminently qualified to successfully fulfill a job, but this isn’t always the case in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, the best people are not always available. After all, they would have to sacrifice their business careers in order to serve. So, you have to ask the question, are the people selected doing this for love of country or are there other ulterior motives, such as political recognition and power?

As we can see, not all of the candidates herein are qualified for their positions. This is like hiring ditch-diggers to work in Silicon Valley. Undoubtedly, all will tow the line when it comes to Democrat values and priorities, but will that make for a well-oiled machine to run the country? In all likelihood, when the Biden administration is done, we will have another costly mess to clean up and not a clean and productive hand-off. Unfortunately, this is how the American public elects to operate.

In the business world, there are two tried and proven tactics to rationalize failure; first, blame your predecessor, and; second, reorganize everything, making it difficult to straighten out later on. What we are now witnessing in the Biden administration is both excuses being implemented at warp speed. God help us!

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY BRAKE CHECKING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 11, 2021

BRYCE ON TRANSPORTATION

– Some “must see TV” for young people.

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I have recently developed a fascination with Youtube videos regarding vehicles on the road. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, available over this video service. The ones I particularly like are instances of Road Rage, accidents, police chases, and just plain sloppy driving. I usually watch these segments early in the morning and am aghast as to what I see. I inevitably stare at the screen with my jaw dropped and saying, “What in the hell are they thinking?”

At first you are amazed at the comedy of errors performed on the roadways, but then you realize the severity of the problem and wonder why people drive the way they do. It’s as if they had virtually no training whatsoever before obtaining a driver’s license, and maybe this is so. For example, you see people changing lanes without looking (or using turn signals), merging traffic thereby forcing people into guard rails, and “brake checking” whereby drivers rush to get in front of you, then suddenly apply the brakes. From what I can see, this is done for two reasons; either to cause an accident as part of an insurance scam, or as a form of road rage. Either way, it is incredibly dangerous and the people trying this must have a bolt loose.

All of this is recorded for posterity on “dash cams” which are small audio/video cameras mounted either on the front or back of the vehicle (or both). Although cars will have them, you see many more trucks using them. Such cameras are a God-send as they usually show who is at fault, thereby helping law enforcement and insurance companies determine who the guilty party is in an accident. After watching these videos for awhile, it is hard to imagine not having one of these cameras on your own car. It should be standard equipment on cars today.

After watching these videos for awhile, I’ve noticed two things:

First, it appears truckers, in general, are better drivers, even though there are several videos to indicate otherwise. However, most truck drivers appear to be patient and spend most of their time avoiding automobiles like waving gnats away from their face.

When I learned to drive back in the late 1960’s, I was told to avoid the large semis; I was instructed to either quickly pass them, follow them, but under no circumstance run alongside them where you might find yourself in a truck driver’s blind spot. After all, they were much bigger than my car and I didn’t want to become an accident victim. This instruction has served me well over the years. Yet, in the videos, it appears motorists are no longer afraid to run along side the big rigs and even go so far as harassing them, either by tailgating them, or “brake checking” them. Again, this is a dangerous maneuver and I have to wonder what the drivers are smoking or drinking for them to try this on a semi. As for me, I’ll continue to give the big-rigs a wide berth.

The second thing I observed is the skill and patience of law enforcement. Most of the videos I’ve seen, be it in criminal chases or simple moving violations, show the officers as professionals trying to keep the wackos off the streets. They may not be uniformly perfect, but they should be afforded the respect they do. Their patience is truly admirable and I don’t know if I would have the fortitude to deal with knuckle-heads like the police do.

There is also a series of “Instant Karma” videos showing police apprehending motorists almost immediately after they commit a violation. It’s really funny to watch people commit a moving violation even when the police car is either behind them or next to them. They are simply not too bright.

Interestingly, I find myself rooting for law enforcement after watching a motorist making even the simplest of bad decisions. I truly appreciate what the police do for us to safeguard our roads and highways. Yes, I have picked up a couple of speeding tickets myself over the years, but in hindsight, they were right to issue them to me.

The lessons taught by these videos are simply too numerous to list here. As such, I think young people should be forced to watch a certain number of these videos in order to qualify for a driver’s license. If they watch them, they will learn how dangerous it is out there, and maybe they will learn to drive more defensively.

As a country, we used to be taught to drive defensively; anyone remember the expression, “Watch out for the other guy”? Today though, people tend to be more aggressive behind the wheel. I blame this on our technology addiction which has conditioned people to be less tolerant of others and focusing on only their own selfish desires. This explains why we are less courteous and cooperative on the road.

I would much rather see our young people get a “brake check” in the classroom as opposed to on the roads.

Be sure to check out the Youtube videos. You’ll be amazed with what you see.

Also, you might enjoy this other essay I wrote a few years ago, The Driving Top Ten.

Keep the Faith!

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WHO ARE THE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 9, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Depends on your interpretation and political party.

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The term “terrorist” came into vogue during the 1970’s as we experienced a spike in airline skyjackings. This, of course, led to the tightening of security measures at airports. I’m old enough to remember life before this, back when you just showed up at the airport, walked on the plane and handed your ticket to the stewardess. Yes, it was that easy, and flying was fun. Not anymore, TSA has seen to that.

Since then, use of the word “terrorist” became associated with atrocities in the Middle East, such as kidnappings, murders, bombings, extortion, and executions, such as cutting off heads. In this sense, terrorism has been around for hundreds of years, but more recently it came to the forefront in the latter part of the 20th century and is considered barbarous.

Please understand the purpose of terrorism, to wit; to use unlawful force or violence to intimidate people for political or social gain. It is a technique used to get one’s way, particularly if the opposition is too large to fight one-on-one. Consequently, the terrorist turns to clandestine tactics to intimidate others.

Today, we are hearing a lot about “domestic terrorists,” meaning a group of people in this country who are trying to use savage methods to get their way. Even President Biden, in his inaugural address, alluded to such a phenomenon, “And now, a rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”

Other prominent Democrats have been repeating this mantra as well, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Much of this is designed to convict President Donald Trump after impeachment, but it goes after his supporters as well. Recently, a group of Senate Democrats introduced a resolution to review “domestic terrorist” threats by extremist groups. It has even been suggested that the Republican Party be placed on such a domestic terrorist watch list. Again, this is designed more to intimidate Trump supporters than anything else. Make no mistake though, their constant references to “White Supremacist” groups is a swipe at Republicans and not the KKK.

These same Democrats have remained stone silent on the violent actions of groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) who actively participated in the 2020 “Summer of Hate” where buildings were invaded, burned, looted, and local citizens viciously attacked. They were certainly not “peaceful protesters.” This means “domestic terrorism” has two different interpretations depending on the political party you embrace.

The use of the expression “white supremacy” is a clever attempt to label all Republicans as racists and should be punished accordingly, including the termination of their free-speech rights. The Democrats’ lothsome characterization of Trump supporters is reminiscent of Hitler’s persecution of the Jews, as evil parasites feeding on the Aryan master race. Yet, the Democrats seem to have no problem threatening Republicans:

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them” – Rep. Maxine Waters – June 25, 2018.

This is much more threatening than anything spoken by President Trump at the “Stop the Steal” protest of January 6th, yet while the Democrats claim Waters was only kidding, they are Hell-bent on impeaching the former president.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has even gone so far as to brand Congressional Republicans as white supremacists, “This term (2021) there are legitimate white supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives” (as told to MSNBC, Jan 28, 2021).

By doing so, AOC is declaring them racists and, as such, unfit to serve in Congress. This, of course, is fallacious. I just wish AOC was aware of her own party’s role in the preservation of slavery, the Civil War, the KKK, and Jim Crowe laws. She obviously doesn’t remember the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” incident in the 1960’s by Alabama Governor George Wallace (a prominent Southern Democrat). All of this is in sharp contrast to the Republicans who promoted freedom and reconstruction, which is all conveniently forgotten. AOC’s sense of history is embarrassing.

Let us also understand this recent push to declare groups of people as “domestic terrorists”; by doing so, this means they can be treated like any other terrorist group and subject to prosecution under the Patriot Act, which is certainly not a misdemeanor. It also means the federal government can spy on you, as well as search and seize your belongings without a subpoena.

So, the question remains, who are the domestic terrorists? That depends on your political persuasion and the violence committed. If you are a Democrat, you point at your political opponents, the Republicans, for whom you brand as “white supremacists” a la Identity Politics. If you are a Republican, you point at those vandalizing and creating mayhem in our cities, such as Antifa, BLM, and those sponsoring these groups.

So, to be correctly labeled a terrorist, you have to ask which side commits true violence and for what purpose, specifically intimidation. If it doesn’t pass this simple acid-test, they are not terrorists, but political pawns instead. All of this is aimed at changing our perspective and a part of a larger picture of de-programming the citizens of this country.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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