Profile

Cover photo
Mark Finch
Works at Initiative Assets
Attended Shanghai International Studies University
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
136 followers|131,557 views
AboutPosts

Stream

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
I comment and expand on a post from KQED. Basic income and the future of labor is something I have thought about and researched for years. It is a bit of a read but something worth taking time to look at and thinking about yourself. We are at the point the public needs to consider the world we will create for future generations.
KQED story on Basic Income. This day has been on the way for some time. I know many including myself that have talked about it and tried to raise awareness about it within our circles. Technology is about to replace you. Years ago it was in the immediate future. That day is here!
1
Franz Critchlow's profile photoMark Finch's profile photo
2 comments
 
+Franz Critchlow  I see your point, but there really are plenty of workers Japan aside. You have to pay people a living wage though. Your example of $8.25 won't cover that. Here in the Phoenix area and I suspect most of America considering how affordable Phoenix is in general to other places I've lived and visited it barely pays rent even in room mate arrangements.

It certainly won't cover the full spectrum of life expenses, and Phoenix is an inexpensive place to live. Inflation has adjusted what basic wage requirements are, but the government and corporations haven't. If adjusted for even the governments official (but totally inaccurately low) inflation numbers minimum wage should be $18 or so. I will add that the original minimum wage law required these inflation adjustments and they simply didn't do it. So labor costs should have risen for the last 50 years. People only got a bump every 10-20 years when things became so bad that there was impending revolt. Also that certain places such as NY, CA and others would need to be much higher to provide the basics.

People have asked why the middle class disappeared and the simple answer is because the minimum wage didn't track inflation. If it had then all salaries including those that used to provide a middle class life would have tracked and the middle class would still exist by and large. As I mentioned I understand the dynamics of the situation e.g. the example of full service gas stations.

This digression while profitable to share isn't really the issue. Corporations would be automating even if wages were still $3.30 like a few decades ago and as they did a few decades ago. The issue is the coming tsunami of automation is not going to be a gradual push like all the previous stuff. It will be figuratively like it happened over night and it will catch so many people off guard that are unprepared and they will be hungry, and thirsty, and angry. That equals social unrest at an order of magnitude we haven't seen. More so than other revolts in history.

Justifying the automation isn't going to change the outcome of it. Society will have to deal with the results of the choices we collectively are making. The large population of currently unemployed which is also much larger than the government official numbers (that only track unemployment insurance claims), who are living with family, friends, receiving government aid and such will be joined by many more. Since this change isn't literally overnight just figuratively it will increase in tempo for jobs and for aid and for making the world right. Except the other side will yell they are lazy, they didn't work, they didn't try, they just want a hand out. As our political parties have become so polarized so will this be.

We need to raise awareness and get the debate going on what that world is going to look like. If our society prepares for it we will prosper by it. We can find ways for people to be productive while providing for basic needs.
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'm welcoming in the first day of Fall with a memory of Spring. What do you think those drakes had on their mind?
Image September 22, 2016 Mark Finch Leave a comment · Image of hen being chased by two drake ducks. I'm welcoming in the first day of Fall with a memory of Spring. What do you think those drakes had on their mind? Comment, like and share! 201655200mmVRIID3300DuckGod's GloryGood MorningNikon ...
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
Morning started around 6 AM today. The sun will only sleep so long and I had to go rouse the morning out of it's slumber. Not really but it makes me feel better about getting up so early.

The sunrise was beautiful, in the middle of the sun rise I noticed the moon was still overhead and took a hand held shot of it at 600mm with the Tamron 150-600 at 1/800th of a second. Handheld it was a bit of camera shake but at this resolution it doesn't show.

Red Beard, Ruby and a friend was zipping across the sky like great fighter jets battling for the freedom of mankind. I think I was only able to catch Ruby at the feeder. He landed on the Oleander and posed but is was so dark I had to go to monochrome.

The Doves rushed to get the rice I put out for them, but then left after they realized I was snapping pictures. As soon as I was inside I went to the window that looks out over where I put the food and they were fighting over who gets to be king, while the peasants didn't care and were scarfing it down hoping to finish before a king was announced.

Sat down with some coffee and spent another hour at bible study. Now I am off to fry some bacon, make a quiche and start a pot of vegetable beef soup.
22 new photos · Album by Mark Finch
1
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
A few pictures from Hangzhou back in April of this year. The white doves were so peaceful even a rat came out of it's hole. I bet it stayed hid during G20 afraid. The place was so busy with building. I would have love to have made it there for G20 to see how everything turned out.

It's cloudy here today, and I have had to let the hummingbird feeder go dry because of the bees. So poor Red Beard and Ruby zipped up to ask me to make them some more, so I will get them some out this afternoon. I wish there was a way to give the bees something they prefer instead of hummingbird food. I doubt the bee keepers want their hives full of sugar water. The hummingbirds keep my yard nearly mosquito free as long as mom doesn't stop by. When she is here those mosquitoes are like rockets. In fact I bet they all followed her out to OK. Back to Bible Study then on to hummingbird food.
3 new photos · Album by Mark Finch
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Photography  - 
 
 
A prayer for all those who are lost to find peace through the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Psalm 32 (KJV)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart."

Take a moment to enjoy the beauty God provides all around us. An Image I titled Bee in Bokeh. Taken on Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens at 500mm.
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Photography  - 
 
 
Heloise and I took some pictures of the Harvest Moon. It was beautiful, we wished we could have made it out of town to some better scenery to grab a few shots. Enjoy your day now that Fall should bring in cooler temps. Speaking of temps it is going to be 106F (41C) here today! Ugh… The heat is so brutal, but at least the mornings are cooling down enough to enjoy a bit of outdoors time with the Lord. Heloise doesn’t wake up early enough to get out before that brutal heat hits. First image a bit after the Moon Rise, second image is right before the Moon Set this morning.
2 new photos · Album by Mark Finch
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is a comment to a post that I wanted to share publicly since some of you might find comfort from it. Out of respect to the OP I have taken precautions to obscure their post that was shared privately. The person was struggling with how to explain a religious concept to their child in private school. My response went totally off topic unintentionally. For those who never watched Babylon 5 Brother Theo was a character who was a Catholic missionary to the space station.

COMMENT
God's Irony... This post appears juxtaposed to David Wall's screen grab of Brother Theo from Babylon 5 on my wall.

Faith is one of the hardest truths to keep. It is easy for us to get angry with God. All we have to do is look around and see a world so full of hate that police conspire to bring charges on an innocent man. That others shoot an unarmed man in the back. That governments lie to their people about weapons of mass destruction and so many other things. We hear friends or family spewing filth of every perversion, and don't even think about the broader society and individuals we meet in public. Even religious leaders are caught in rank sin.

Our sense of justice screams why can a benevolent and just God allow such things. Before long we convince ourselves it's God's fault. Then we progress that since he hasn't responded to our outrage he must not exist. So we comfort ourselves with labels such as atheism.

Some of us completely wall off our heart to the spirit. Others like myself never completely get it walled off so you feel the tug of the spirit calling you. We fight hard against it in our anger of being placed in such an unjust world. We see our own sin and push that tug away. For some of us that tug eventually brings light back into our lives. Others it only causes greater rebellion as we flee into darkness.

Everyone that reads this finds themselves somewhere in between total faith and absolute lack of it. I have never met anyone including Asians who were never exposed to Christianity, and grew up in communism that didn't recognize God in at least the abstract concept.

You individually might find yourself more towards walled heart and rebellion if so you are under no obligation. God gave you free will to choose so.

Although if you are one of the people finding themselves tugged towards light may I provide a few scriptures.

The most important to me was Romans 3:23 and by extension all of Romans 3. Which leads you to salvation by believing 1st Corinthians 15 verses 1-4.

Then put aside some time to really study your bible. I suggest watching Les Feldick's Through the Bible. He might be off on a few things, and the early programs struggle with cultural bias more than later ones,. But the teaching is really focused on the bible if you don't mind a little digression, and simple mid-american rancher style. You can find his program on Ion TV, and YouTube on the EternalLifeNews channel.

Wow and to think I was only going to comment about the Irony of the post being juxtaposed to the Babylon 5 screen grab.

COMMENT

And the screen grab

1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Photography  - 
 
 
Morning started around 6 AM today. The sun will only sleep so long and I had to go rouse the morning out of it's slumber. Not really but it makes me feel better about getting up so early.

The sunrise was beautiful, in the middle of the sun rise I noticed the moon was still overhead and took a hand held shot of it at 600mm with the Tamron 150-600 at 1/800th of a second. Handheld it was a bit of camera shake but at this resolution it doesn't show.

Red Beard, Ruby and a friend was zipping across the sky like great fighter jets battling for the freedom of mankind. I think I was only able to catch Ruby at the feeder. He landed on the Oleander and posed but is was so dark I had to go to monochrome.

The Doves rushed to get the rice I put out for them, but then left after they realized I was snapping pictures. As soon as I was inside I went to the window that looks out over where I put the food and they were fighting over who gets to be king, while the peasants didn't care and were scarfing it down hoping to finish before a king was announced.

Sat down with some coffee and spent another hour at bible study. Now I am off to fry some bacon, make a quiche and start a pot of vegetable beef soup.
22 new photos · Album by Mark Finch
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
A short video of my doves. See if you notice any metaphors or allusions! I sure did.
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
Good Morning September 19th, 2016

The Lord rose me out of bed before the sun rise took some flash pics of the doves. Caught Tom hanging out in the Mesquite Tree. He took off afraid I was going to flashy thing him too. The moon was still hanging in the sky so while waiting for the sunrise snapped a shot of it. The sunrise was glorious. Snapped the last shot of my 35mm Film with it and then took the camera inside and gave it a through cleaning.

Remember God Loves You!
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
A prayer for all those who are lost to find peace through the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Psalm 32 (KJV)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart."

Take a moment to enjoy the beauty God provides all around us. An Image I titled Bee in Bokeh. Taken on Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens at 500mm.
2
1
Add a comment...

Mark Finch

Shared publicly  - 
 
Heloise and I took some pictures of the Harvest Moon. It was beautiful, we wished we could have made it out of town to some better scenery to grab a few shots. Enjoy your day now that Fall should bring in cooler temps. Speaking of temps it is going to be 106F (41C) here today! Ugh… The heat is so brutal, but at least the mornings are cooling down enough to enjoy a bit of outdoors time with the Lord. Heloise doesn’t wake up early enough to get out before that brutal heat hits. First image a bit after the Moon Rise, second image is right before the Moon Set this morning.
2 new photos · Album by Mark Finch
2
1
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Romans 3:23
Bragging rights
Just spent a month in Shanghai China.
Education
  • Shanghai International Studies University
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Relationship
Married
Work
Occupation
Yes, need one!
Employment
  • Initiative Assets
    Owner, 2009 - present
  • myGlobalExports
    Owner, 2004 - present
  • Ciphergen Bio Systems
    Project Manager, 2001 - 2002
  • Actuate
    Product Manager, 1999 - 2001
  • Reliable Computer Networks
    Owner, 1996 - 1999
  • Typetronics
    1995 - 1996
  • Trident Data Systems
    1995 - 1995
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Phoenix, AZ
Previously
Shanghai, China - Dallas, TX - San Francisco Bay Area, CA - Cape Girardeau, MO - Hong Kong, SAR - Chicago, IL