Thursday, May 27, 2021

Human Inequity Exists Through Our Need for Greed

 


I find these subjects interesting in themselves, especially since many of us believe we are different from all other animals on the planet. The truth as many others know is different. We have the ability to use tools and create objects. On most other planes of comparison we are equal to other animals.

I decided there is way too much information to be encapsulated into a few hundred meaningful words. Instead, you will find selected comments and their links concerning Infanticide, Bullying, Abortion and Prison. We made choices for these people before they were even born.

You may form their own opinions, ranging from complete disagreement to intuitively seeing the links between these subjects, which are in themselves not obvious but will take some pondering and conjecture.

Some few readers will fall back on their traditional stanchions of simply choosing to ignore the truth. Choosing instead to hide in the Bible, selected biased history or, "because I don't think so".

"for most of human history infanticide was a common and accepted method of family planning,"

"...but most societies actively desire children and put them to death (or allow them to die) only under exceptional circumstances."

"Currently, an astonishing 45 percent of the 6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. Every year, millions of women, married and unmarried, young and not so young, are getting an outcome — pregnancy — that they didn’t plan on or desire."

"Mothers may also kill entire litters when they are stressed, perhaps because the mother perceives the environment as too hostile for pup survival, or she perceives herself as unable to rear the litter successfully, so she recuperates some her energetic investment by consuming the young."

"Why women have abortions

"In a 2004 survey of 957 women having an abortion, one in four said their most important reason for having the procedure was that they weren't ready for a child or the timing was wrong.
    Not ready for a(nother) child/Timing is wrong    25%

    Can’t afford a baby now        23%

Women Obtaining Abortions

 25 to 29    26.5%

Race/ethnicity

White        38.7%"

"Development

In early childhood classrooms, aggression and bullying-related behaviors emerge and develop in relatively well-defined ways. Young children (ages 2–4) may begin using aggressive or early bullying behaviors to defend their possessions, territory, and friendships. Older children (ages 4–6) begin to use aggressive and bullying-related behaviors to threaten or intimidate other children."
 

"Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance." 

"Proposing to substitute the name of Trump to all the site’s references to perpetrators of bullying, he shows how Trump fits the definition to a tee (with his use of threats, rumors, verbal attacks, exclusion and especially name calling, as in “stupid,” “fool,” “loser,” “clown”), and also how all his GOP-presidential-hopeful opponents, as well as the media and the public, have failed so far to respond appropriately.

- Dana Milbank, Washington Post"

"20 - 70 % of young inmates are bullies; 0 - 62 % of adult inmates are bullies. Therefore, more than half the prison inmates"

"Almost 80% of inmates incarcerated in our prisons have spent time in foster care.

40-50% of former foster youth become homeless within 18 months after leaving care.

60% of youth earn incomes below the poverty line.

65% of children in foster care experience seven or more school changes from elementary to high school."

Agree or disagree, the truth in my humble opinion is how we allow other people to be treated or not treated depends more on family and personal economics than imprinted beliefs or social pressures. The more economically and educationally disadvantaged a family unit is, the less real choices they have.

Sex is natural, birth control is economic. Wanting children verses having children is economic. Living well, on the street or living in prison starts with Economic and Educational Inequity. When there is little choice, you can change little.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Welcome to the Post Covid Bitching Club

The State is in the process of opening up Businesses. What change isolation has taken place in the people I know! What were friendly fun loving people has really been changed by Covid-19 isolation.

A little groundwork first. We have been isolated for a year or better. About all we were able to do was go to the grocery store, stand in line to get in and walk or run.

Needless to say at first going to the grocery store was stressful. We did not know a lot about Covid-19 and how easily we could be infected. I avoided people as I could and kept a six foot distance. I asked people to move back, and allow me my space. I waited for people in front of me to make the most inane decisions about what brand of cereal they thought they could eat.

Going to the store for me was high stress. At first I came home angry and frustrated over the lines, lack of distancing, and lack of food choices. Eventually, as I learned if I wore a mask, kept my distance, and had patience, life was not that bad. I was only going home from the grocery store and time really did not matter.

Over the rest of the year, I tried to apply this thought to everything. It doesn't matter, I am only going home again to sit in the house until the next time I go out. I was at peace with the world and I still am.

Getting together with friends has been a different story. Restaurants and other businesses have been open only a short time. Every business is short handed, and every business has crowd sizing limitations. 

 



For myself, I am so grateful for the people willing to work. For most of them, if they contract Covid-19, there is no insurance plan, no paycheck replacement program. They are working on the edge. I understand that, and I appreciate them.

Family and friends however, have been a different story. We went to a Casino which by the way was a little surreal in itself, and had a late dinner from the snack bar. It was obvious, the snack bar was understaffed. One of the cashiers was doing double duty bagging and calling out names of customers to pick up their meal. The second cashier may have been cooking and combining, as she was gone more than she was cashiering.

We order our food, and longer than what would be normal it was called out. First Bitch happened then. There were three orders by our group, and the second person to order got their food last.

Then the inexcusable happened. Whoever put the meal together placed a container of sauce with the meal, they said they specifically did not ask for! More bitching. The third order was incorrect, but the eater was not concerned, "thank God for small favors, I thought".

The sauce complainer was on a roll, and I asked if its inclusion made any difference, other than the need to set it aside. I was told, "I specifically said no sauce!" ...And? I ended the complaining by asking for it. removing it from their sight seemed to put out that fire.

Next evening we went to a dinner house. Same situation only on a larger scale. Our Server had five tables before we sat down. There was not much conversation other than ordering and saying thank you when our food arrived.

Our server stopped (practically) running long enough to see if we wanted refills. One of the people asked her a question, and there was no reply. I thought she had not heard. When it came time to pay the check, the dam holding in the Bitching let loose. "I'm not tipping her because she did not talk to me!" Someone else suggested the server was beyond busy. "That's no excuse, she ignored me, yet had time to talk to the people next to us."

Now, I was starting to boil inside. Bitching with anger about such petty things, when a month ago we were talking on the telephone and trading mundane texts to keep in touch.

The point of my story, is it seems the year of being shut in has effected us all differently. I am calmer and more relaxed, understanding what I can and can not control, and other are smoldering with anger looking for an outlet.

And we occasionally pause to wonder, why we can not just get along...

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Lies and Damn Lies, Conservative "News" Media and the Gossip Channel

 It is difficult to talk about anything other than family with people who listen to White Conservative "news" radio. They ingest "news" that sounds really vital about how the White Race is under represented, or the Black race is getting too much "fake" attention by Liberal News and Liberal Government. They become and remain angry, and anyone not in the inner circle of Cracker Radio, is left to wonder why these people are so angry they are almost drooling.

The problem is with the half lies these radio stations put out as real "News". As soon as the story is exposed as a half lie, the story is dropped as if it was never aired. White Conservative "News Radio" simply moves on the the next mix of outright lies and half truths. It gets really old hearing this stuff second hand by the people who take it as pure fact and refuse to listen to facts.

White Conservative "news" radio's specialty aims for people who rarely or do not use the internet or other news sources. The listening audience does not fact check or compare stories or information for themselves. The audience also never learns much of what they are told is half truth or twisted truth, with only a foot in truth and the rest in lies. Then the lie is dropped, and another lie begins before people spend too much time analyzing what they heard.

The first time I listened to what I think of as White Power radio was Rush Limbaugh as he was just starting out. A friend told me Limbaugh had a lively show. I had listened to three shows, and thought it was alright.

On the fourth show, a man called in identifying himself as black. He proceeded to tear down a few lies Limbaugh had just spouted out minutes before. Limbaugh being a fine proper Cracker, hung up on the man and proceeded into a miniature tirade about the Man's character, upbringing and education.

That was enough for me. When a talk radio host hangs up on a caller and then proceeds to assassinate the caller after 35 seconds of conversation, it is time to evaluate the quality of the program. I flushed Limbough into the trash can where his show belonged, and usually contested what people claimed he said was truth with facts. Of course it is hard to separate the person from what they choose to believe, so I was not popular in some circles.

Last week I was having coffee with someone who was all riled up because 'White Men are imprisoned at over twice the rate of any other race in the country'. Other than the "News" they followed, no one else reported on this fact. My conversationalist claimed it is a "Nation Wide Cover-up by the (Liberal) Media". "Black Lives Matter is getting all the attention and no one is paying attention to the numbers of White Men in the prison system", I was told.

From far away, this looks like a possibility. After all, National News seems to be living for stories of yet another "unarmed Black Man murdered by Police". There is no mention of incarcerated White Men and their plight, possibly because, "Nobody cares and it is covered up" by Liberal media.

A quick look at U.S Census Bureau Quick Facts reveals these seemingly irrelevant to White Conservative's, factoids about population in America:

Race and Origin:

"White alone, percent 76.3%

Black or African American alone, percent(a) 13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a) 1.3%

Asian alone, percent(a) 5.9%"

 

Race issues were not invented this year

Jumping over to the "Federal Bureau of Prisons" web page shows this smidgen of Inmate Population by Race information:

Inmate Population by Race

"Statistics based on prior month's data -- -- Last Updated: Saturday, 1 May 2021

Asian        2,276    1.5%
Black        58,536    38.5%
Native American    3,610    2.4%
White        87,480    57.6%"

Indeed it is obvious to anyone that White men are the majority of the Prison population in America. It is also obvious that Black Americans are the second largest group of Men in Prison.

There is a neglected fact gleamed from comparing population by prison population, is Black people represent only 13.9% of the population in America, yet account for 38.5% of the prison population.

Put another way, White Men in prison are under represented by 18.7%, Black Men on the other hand are over represented in the prison population by over 25%! Conservative Radio just ignored this minor detail when they did their story.

Looking at other federal statistics, the same disparity is identified for almost any statistic. Of course none of this in mentioned on White Conservative Radio because the audience would find it boring - and not news worthy.

There is also Gossip Television which presents lies as fact. As a matter of note, Pope Francis in September 2020 stated, Gossip is 'a plague worse than Covid'. How much worse are lies passed off as Gossip?

The most recent gossip to assault my ears second hand is about the Gates divorce. According to the person who related the story to me, Mrs. Gates is out to destroy the character of Mr. Gates. Money is irrelevant in this divorce. Mrs. Gates wants to smear the Gates name for eternity by tying Mr. Gates to the now infamous Jeffery Epstein.

What is true about this slanted story is Mrs. Gates was furious after she and Mr, Gates met with Epstein in 2013. Speculation claims the divorce was prompted by Mr. Gates connections with Epstein and Mrs. Gates has been in contact with divorce lawyers since at least 2019. This is not what the Gate's couple shared with the media on their divorcing. Truth once again does not matter.

The true version of the Gates divorce story is about as exciting as a damp towel, so the Gossip Channel has to put imaginary spins on the story to keep it fresh. In other words, the Gossip Channel chooses to lie for viewer count.

Here are a few facts about divorce in America per Hampton Road Legal Services:

"There is 1 divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That's nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.

The divorce rate for couples over 65 years old has doubled since 1980."

It appears for White Conservative "News" media and the Gossip Channel(s), facts are boring and are rarely news worthy, but lies and false data get gullible people excited and grow viewership. I do not know how these types of Media People can look at themselves in the mirror and be proud of what they see.  Maybe they can't.



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Government Tracking Through Covid-19 Vaccines

 I was in a conversation about Covid-19 the other day. Nothing new there, I am sure everyone spends time in conversation about Covid-19 these days. What was interesting about the conversation was about being tracked by the Government.

A few of the people in the conversation are concerned about being tracked by the Government. One in particular is concerned about a tracking chip being injected with the vaccine.

I listened to their thoughts about how they insist on their privacy, and do not want the Government tracking them in any way, shape or form. The Government is too intrusive already I was told. Letting the Government track them is out of the question. They would rather risk a Covid-19 infection, than get a shot(s) and be protected.

There are very few people who want more Government intrusion their lives, myself included. The less the Government is watching me, the happier I am. I do not want the Government tracking me on my daily rounds, boring as they may be. I do not want the Government in my life any more than is absolutely necessary. I think this is one thought everyone can agree on. We all want as little Government in our lives as possible.

The good news is if you are an average American, the Government could really care less about tracking you. Why bother with tracking, nothing to see here. The Government if they want to and have legal authority can do at least anything an average citizen can do to find information about you.

In fact the Government can collect personal information easily. On the simplest level, there is plenty of information stored everywhere about you called, get ready, sitting down?  In that mysterious place named: Public Records! Even free information from general web searches reveals a multitude of information about you.

At the very least, you have a home address and phone number. You probably have a Facebook account, perhaps Linked-In or other accounts which you had to register for. Odds are most of you, gave real information when you registered on at least one of these accounts, except for the password of course, because you certainly do not want anyone hacking your account and getting your personal information.

Some years ago, I wanted information on someone living in the Eastern part of the United States. The public information where they lived was so available, I even learned the square footage and floor plan of their house and home phone number. I learned where they worked, who they did business with, their personal income, mortgage payments, utility companies  and estimated net worth. And I did not have to dig for this information.

To make it worse (or better), I did not pay a single cent for the information I collected, it was all available via public records. Try it yourself. Do a web search for any valid street address or person. You will come up with a list of homes for sale at the very least. At best one of these sites will provide more information than you imagined possible. Free information is out there about all of us. For a few dollars you can have more personal information. Even more information is out there on you if you do Social Media. Get on one of your accounts and search for a real or imaginary person, see what you find.

Back to Government tracking. You have filed a W2 wage and tax form for personal purposes? You also pay into Social Security? In just a few months, the Government can know what your annual income is, how many days you work a week, how often you call in sick, take vacation, and finally change your job.




Because of tax forms, the Government has records of where you live, perhaps your phone number. Let's not stop there. Your local Utility Companies also have your personal information. Plus they know your credit score, and how promptly you pay your bills. From there they can guess what you own by your bills each month. Let’s not think about what your phone company may be doing with your contact list, text messages and phone calls!

But wait, there is more. Do business with a bank or have a credit card? They have information on you down to minute detail. They know what foods you prefer, your likely grocery list, general spending habits, your general work habits, your days off, and how well you keep up on your bills. Get your paycheck garnished and watch how quickly your credit limit is capped at a very low number, usually less than one-thousand dollars, more likely less than five-hundred dollars.

If you have a Facebook account, Google account, or other account of this type it gets even better. These companies know more about you than you know about yourself. They know your public interests, private interests, and your secret interests.

Thanks to the wonders of big data, it can be determined that if other people do the same five, ten, twenty, or fifty things you do, it is quite likely you do them too even of you do not mention them. If you are close friends with George Sawyer, who hates LGBTQ people, spouts off with left or right leaning comments, is an impulse buyer, frugal or simply average, it is likely you and George Sawyer are two peas in a pod.

At any rate, your social media accounts know all about you, more than the Government ever will, unless you become a serious person of interest. I won't even mention tracking cookies across the web, individual web site cookies, or the personal information your web browser and email program freely shares about you.

There is no need to worry about the Government tracking you. They have no need to track you. If they need any information about you they do not already have, they can get your records from Social media.

If you are using Government tracking by Covid-19 vaccine a reason why you are not getting a Covid-19 vaccine, you live in a very warped world. The Government already has all the information on you they need. Only Social Media needs to collect more every post, read article, or your online friends. The Government is the very least of your privacy concerns.

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