My thoughts on Trump supporters

I’ve now unfollowed all the major news outlets on Facebook like CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Economist, TIME, BBC etc because 90% of the news now is reporting about things that Donald Trump did, and because of the nature of his politics, they tend to be very divisive and a lot of arguing and bickering ensues. I’m tired of it, but I would like to say something about my time feuding with all these people, in particular Trump supporters. And by no means am I saying every Trump voter is like this or that some Hillary supporters aren’t like this, but I have seen a sizeable portion of them with the following traits:

1) They don’t believe in the mainstream media, but they like to make up their own facts and believe fake stories from the right wing media.

They call all the news that are negative to Trump “fake news”. Now, I’m not saying that the mainstream media isn’t biased. They are, but by no means are they fake. Their stories, even though they have a liberal spin on them, are certainly derived from actual events that happened. On the other hand, Trump supporters actually believe fake news and spread this misinformation to people online.

Some examples are, they like to believe that Obama is a Muslim or born in another country (disproven), that Obama ruined the economy (false, he improved it by alot), that Obamacare raised healthcare premiums (false, its been increasing long before Obamacare), that Obama caused race relations to worsen (false, thats not under Obama’s control), that socialism = communism (that would mean that North Korea == Canada), they like to believe millions of illegals and dead people voted in the election (no evidence), they like to believe Bill Clinton was a rapist (untrue), and in response to the refugee ban, say that Obama and Jimmy Carter did the same thing (they didn’t and numerous videos have explained why Trump’s ban is different). And often, they say these things without giving a shred of evidence or proof at all. At least a liberal biased outlet like Vox, backs up their statements with hard sources and statistics. So does The Young Turks, who is liberal leaning, but criticize the Democrats often, they also back up their statements with stats and hard facts. Trump supporters never back up their statements, and cite that mainstream media doesn’t cover these allegations.
You know the reason why mainstream media didn’t cover them? because they’re not true. They are fake stories.
So its ironic that they call the mainstream media “fake”, yet believe their own fake stories.

Another thing is the polls. They don’t believe in any mainstream media polling after the election because the election polls were off. Well, first off, the election polls were actually correct in the national vote count where Clinton won by 2%. Secondly, I know they are uneducated, but there’s a difference between predictive polls and current polling. Predictive polls like election pols try to predict the future, and anytime you try to guess the future there’s a chance you could be wrong. Current polling and stats on the other hand, like the unemployment numbers, and approval rating of the President, are polling people RIGHT NOW, so they are entirely different than predictive polls. They aren’t predicting the future; this is what the data is like right now. They can’t seem to understand that difference.

2) They think its an us vs them mentality. Everyone who is against Trump and for Obama must be a liberal. And they make up names like “libtard” and “snowflake” to make themselves feel better. They are massive hypocrites and literally if Trump does the exact same thing that they hated Obama for doing, they would praise Trump for it. Its insane.

Seriously, whats with all the name calling? Are they in grade school or something? Oh you’re a “libtard” hahaha. Seriously grow up. “Snowflake” is especially annoying because people from both sides get triggered, not just liberals. They like to say stuff like ‘haha we won you lost go to your little safe space and cry your liberal tears’ like what is this? A civil war between blue states and red states? between left wing America and right wing America? all these people are doing is dividing the country more and more. And secondly, the world is not black and white. Its not you either support Trump or you support Obama / Hillary. There’s lots of people like me who are independents or libertarians that support neither. For example, I am against government spending, I am for state’s rights, I am for lowering the debt, I am for capital punishment, but at the same time, I support raising taxes on the rich, I’m against war, and I’m against guns. This stance would make Trump supporters spin their head because they are so used to this idea that everyone must be either a Democrat or Republican, either extreme left wing or extreme right wing.

Furthermore, they keep saying stuff like “liberalism is a mental disease”, “liberals are retarded haha” etc. Now I am not a liberal, but I would like to point out the fact that some of the smartest people in the country are liberals. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, scientists, engineers, economists, academics, scholars, Nobel laureates, Hollywood, etc those guys are mostly liberal. Yet a majority of Trump’s voters are uneducated. Hmm. The irony here is stunning. Calling people that have traveled the world, associated with many people globally and have got masters and PhD degrees, learning about the history of the country and calling what they have a ‘mental disorder’ when you yourself probably have never traveled outside America, didn’t go to college or university, and believe in right wing conspiracy theories. I wonder, who is the one who has the ‘mental disorder’ in this case?

3) They have little understanding of how the world works and that’s part of the reason why they dislike the ‘elites’ and immigrants

I reckon that most Trump supporters have not bothered to travel outside of America, or made a real effort to understand the global economy or how it works. The world does not function the same way it did back in the 1950s. The global economy is now interdependent on each other, which makes it unfeasible to isolate the US from everyone else. The world has evolved a lot since the 1950s. Japan and Europe have rebuilt themselves. China has become a developed country. Its just impossible to go back to that time when America was at the top of the world. For example, manufacturing used to be mostly based in the US. Now its been outsourced mostly to China and Mexico and other countries. Its easy to blame the global elites or immigrants for taking away your jobs and enriching themselves but the real truth is that Americans have to keep up. I mean aren’t Republicans the ones who keep saying to do things on your own, make yourself rich and prosperous without government welfare or intervention?

That’s what immigrants do. They try to find the American dream just like so many other people. Then once they make it big and make lots of money, now ironically the same party which supported getting rich on your own is now against them. Hollywood and Silicon Valley are full of “rich elites” but the thing is they were once the same people as them, they just worked hard to get there. Ronald Reagan and John Wayne, too huge conservative icons, were from Hollywood. Lots of immigrants came on H1B visas which are now being hated on by Trump supporters, those same people founded Google, Yahoo, Intel, eBay, among others.

The point is you shouldn’t blame immigrants or Muslims for all your problems, when the truth is that there has been a technological shift in the industry. And as we moved on from agriculture into a service economy into an IT based economy, you gotta change with the times or risk being left behind. Those jobs from China and India aren’t coming back unless we depress wages by a lot and re-create a lot of the infrastructure that we had back in the 1950s. If we don’t, and we try to make things in America again, guess what? The price of all your goods will go up by at least double. You can’t keep blaming immigrants and global elites for your troubles when you are the one that should be re-educating yourself and getting a new skill set.
Lots of Trump supporters believe in global conspiracy theories, like the NWO, Bilderberg group, Bohemian Grove, Trilateral commission etc who they see as a group of elites trying to take over the world. Do you know where conspiracy theories come from? They come from people who don’t know what’s going on so they assume the worst. So the global elites, the people who have money and power, have the ability to influence things going on in the world, and so they meet and try to decide what is best for society.

Notice that most of these conspiracy theories popped up after WWII. After WWII, people in higher up positions decided that we shouldn’t have another war like this and we need to have a way for peace and understanding. The thing is – those groups that people like to point out that is taking over the world are probably more responsible for keeping us from having another world war. But because its a closed meeting, people just like to assume the worst from them. I don’t think it’s like that. Trump’s victory probably upset that group, which Trump supporters want to believe is a good thing, but I don’t think it is. I think it causes a lot of instability and uncertainty with the world. And if people bothered to study history, they would know that before WWII happened and the United Nations was created, there was constant instability in the world. Much more than today. So its not really a good idea to go back to that time.


Trump wins the election! against all odds…

I’m still reeling from shock of Trump winning the election. Up until Election night, I was 99% sure Hillary would win, because I believed all the polls, all the forecasts, all the betting websites and prediction websites, and boy were they all wrong.

Let me assure you that 2016 is the year that taught me that underdogs always have a chance. First with Cleveland Cavaliers beating the Golden State Warriors (a 73 win team, the most in NBA history), and losing $2500 on the bet there. Then with Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton (with all the backing of the mainstream media), and losing $5500 on the bet there. In total, I lost $8k this year from betting on the favorites. Had I bet on the underdog, well I would have been a lot richer now. Instead I’m quite poorer than before… but I learned my lesson this year.

Its kind of a lesson we all should learn, really. When someone becomes too arrogant, and predicts an early victory, there’s always a chance they will be humbled. Certainly an $8000 dent in my wallet has been humbling to me. In the future, I will be more cautious of picking the favorite, because you never know anymore. In retrospect though, it makes sense.

Lebron James is a transcendent player, and Golden State relied too much on 3 pointers. Live by the 3, die by the 3 is a common saying. In the playoffs, anything can happen, and it came down to literally the last 2 minutes of the series, when Kyrie Irving hit a clutch 3 and sealed away Golden State’s chances. It was really a 50/50 kind of outcome. Golden State should not have been favored. Just because they won 73 games in the regular season doesn’t predict how they will play in the playoffs. Past results don’t indicate future performance

Similarly, in retrospect, it was easy to see why Trump won (even though Hillary won the popular vote). The polls only polled likely voters, and missed a lot voters who chose not to answer. This so called silent majority went and prevailed for Trump. Hillary was more hated than people thought. And they underestimated just how much people wanted change in America, myself included. People were so anti-establishment this year, especially in the Midwest where many people disliked Hillary ALOT. Pollsters falsely assumed that the same demographics that came out for Obama in 2012 would come out for Hillary but thats just not the case. Hillary doesn’t have the same charisma, and she has too much baggage/scandals/controversy to be the same as Obama. And Republicans have historically had more enthusiasm to vote than Democrats have. Obama was an exceptional candidate who mobilized people to vote, and Hillary just isn’t the same.

So, it was deeply humbling for me to lose both these bets and be down $8000 in the hole (exactly the same amount I won betting on Obama in 2012, what goes around comes around I guess). As for the new President Trump, I do have a few worries about his inclination to repeal or replace NAFTA (thats the agreement that gives Canadians like me a special visa to work in the USA). Because of his anti-immigrant stance, and I am a US immigrant on a US work visa, it does affect me. I hope nothing too drastic will happen, but who knows? Trump is so far the only US president without any prior political or military experience, so no one really knows what will happen. I really do hope that he becomes a great president. I really don’t believe that he wants to start wars or be a dictator like people think. But at the end of the day, life will go on, and the sun will come up again, so we will see. Hey, At least weed in California is legal now!

Edit: I just want to make clear that politically, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. Since 2009, I have been a registered Canadian Conservative voter, but in the US, Republicans are sometimes too crazy for me, though I believe in conservative policies. I have always believed in fiscal conservatism and reduced spending, with more individual liberties. Since I have lived in South Korea (a very conservative Asian country) for the past 2 years, I have become more socially conservative as well. I don’t specifically oppose gay marriage or abortion or illegal immigration, but I’m not in favor of those things either. In truth, I don’t really care about any of those things since it doesn’t really affect me. Korea has definitely made me believe in traditional gender roles a lot more than before though, and that has really caused to me oppose feminism these past 2 years. In that sense – Trump winning the election doesn’t really affect me that much – and I don’t really oppose any of his policies, which is why you won’t see me rioting in the streets like some other Californians.

I made a video ranking US presidents out of sheer boredom..


Financial blunders – I never learn, do I?

I put up a post earlier this year showing how much money I wasted last year, and this year is no different! Since then! I have made just as many financial blunders…

So just to recap these were my biggest financial blunders last year (2015):
-BitTorrent stock options: $4200 – while not a terrible blunder, I still don’t think BitTorrent will ever amount to anything, so this money is basically wasted. I got a stock certificate that probably won’t be worth anything. So $4k down the drain
-Paid $215 for Kickstarter projects that never came to fruition. (iWinks Aurora + Home free)
-Paid $3000 for cleaning up bed bugs in my apartment.
-I missed or changed 4 different flights last year. One from San Francisco back to Korea because I forgot my apartment key and couldn’t wake my friend up to let me in. One from Vienna to Croatia because the Austrian Airlines’s convoluted process where they botched my seat up, forced me to waste 1.5hrs going back and forth to clear up my seating arrangement. This caused me to miss my flight. One from Istanbul back to San Francisco, where my iPad showed the wrong local time, being one hour late in Istanbul time for some reason (it was connected to Wifi, but this convinced me to ALWAYS use my iPhone, not my iPad). I was stuck an entire day in Istanbul airport because my iPad messed up. And lastly, when I changed my flight from Toronto back to Seoul to meet my then-girlfriend earlier, not knowing that it would indirectly lead to my break up with her (see my Jan post for detailed info there). The total cost of missing and changing all these flights is about $1500.
-I shipped a TV to an ebay customer where it arrived broken, and I refunded the guy $500 the full cost out of my own pocket, when really I should have gotten UPS to refund it instead, since it was damaged by shipping, not by me.
-paid $500 for impounded scooter that was leftover from 2014, and that one really wasn’t my fault, because I think that was legal parking, but anyways I tried to argue with the SFMTA for 5 months and couldn’t convince them to give my money back so I gave up.
-paid $300 for useless SATA docking stations i never needed
-paid $100 extra for special New Nintendo 3DS copy
-paid $400 extra for my Asus gaming laptop because I made some extra customizations by Xotic PC, and needed it to be built and shipped express to my place in San Francisco so I could pick it up on time. Now you can find the same model on eBay for 40% of what I paid for it.
-repeatedly buying and selling things on ebay and shipping them via UPS probably cost me thousands. I can’t even calculate how much.
-paid $150 to ship some speakers to my parents. the shipping price alone was the price I paid for the speakers..
-When I was in Budapest, got scammed $700

This year so far (2016):
-Lost $2500 on sports bets on Bovada. This is because I really expected the Golden State Warriors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, and didn’t hedge my bet. Of course, I ended up losing the bet, and lost a lot of money on it.
-Paid $150 extra to ship 2 video games (Dead or Alive Xtreme 3) to my friends place earlier from Japan so that I could get it on time to play it with him. Thats the extra money just for express shipping.
-Missed 1 flight from San Francisco to Tokyo because I thought the ticket time showed PM but was actually AM. This one was a doozy – I had to pay $1100 for a new flight since it was last minute – and this was a one way flight too! I sold my scooter for about $1300 so basically I sold my scooter to pay for my flight to Japan. Yup… that was dumb.
-Lost $5000 from betting on Hillary in the election. Honestly, I’m not that upset about this one, because every predictor on the internet thought Hillary would win. Just goes to show anything is possible I guess. Its a lot of money for sure, but I’m not the only one who lost a lot of money on this bet. Congrats to Trump supporters though, they must’ve made a lot.
-Lost $500 from bitcoin transaction fees
-lost $200 paying for a website I was supposed to develop for but never went anywhere
-Paid $500 for a wireless phone bill because I was too lazy to get a new Korea sim card after my old phone broke, and I decided to use an international plan instead. Bad idea, for ONE month I was charged $500 for using up a lot of data and I immediately stopped the plan and got a Korea sim card instead. Lesson learned. NEVER use international phone/data plans, they are always way more costly than a local prepaid sim.
-I shipped a laptop to an ebay customer where it arrived broken, and I refunded the guy $400 the full cost out of my own pocket, yet again because I didn’t purchase insurance. Another case of bad luck selling items. I originally bought the laptop for $900 last year, so it was a $1000 loss in total because I also gave him the $100 Kindle Fire free of charge as well.
-Had to throw away the Creative T4W ($400) and Synology DS415play ($400) as they were not working anymore. Should have returned them with warranty.
-still waiting on $800 of kickstarter projects (Dragonbox Pyra + Smach Z)
-$300 on currency conversion fees because US dollar is so high. Not much I could do about this one though.

So yeah, I never learn.. I wasted at least $8500 last year, and this year $12000 in lost money. That is ALOT of money I wasted or lost… Even going back to 2013 and 2014, $3000 wasted on stock option bets, $2000 wasted on parking tickets and impound fees from my scooter, etc Sometimes even though I try really hard to make the right financial decisions, sometimes these things always end up happening to me.

Anyways, I hope Hillary wins next Tuesday, I might be able to make back some of my losses (albeit a small amount).

Edit: She didn’t win. of course.