Saturday, December 21, 2013

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Three Days After Christmas, 1.3 Million Americans Will Lose Their Unemployment Benefits, and More

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Three Days After Christmas, 1.3 Million Americans Will Lose Their Unemployment Benefits, and More
That so many lost food assistance and now will lose unemployment, their only lifeline until the economy is better and there are jobs available, is disgusting and a huge squeeze meant to push people into desperation and sweatshop labor wages and conditions. Do taxpayers pay taxes for a GOP Congress, to use tax payer money to fights the people, and against fair wages and descent working conditions? A GOP Congress that shutdown the government and cost tax payers over 50billion in closures and sequestrations. That has refused to implement job bills except for those that advance their special interests. Is this what tax payers pay taxes for?

With the Affordable Health Care Act, will we see an increasing reluctance for small business owners to hire full-time employees? - View topic - Manta Connect

With the Affordable Health Care Act, will we see an increasing reluctance for small business owners to hire full-time employees? - View topic - Manta Connect
Small businesses will have a hard time finding workers once the ACA gets going because of the large demand for workers in the medical industry ACA will create. Hopefully there will be training available so that businesses don't just import workers.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

My take on the slavery and Blacks in America article.

That Blacks in the US were seen as non-human and therefore could be enslaved, not allowed equal rights, not even to vote or worship is still weighing on Blacks today. 
The right to vote for Blacks is still a matter of contention in some states, and event though there are republican Blacks and republicans in government, that President Obama is constantly hassled about not having been born in the US is proof, a fact also reflected on the disrespect from Congress and media even for the Office of the President. 
Slave owners resolved the atrocities they did to slaves by believing that it was their God given right as they were created in the white image of a white God and His white Savior son. So, religion was denied to slaves and the religious and spiritual traditions Blacks brought from Africa were demeaned, mocked and demonized. That changed when slave owners saw that gospel singing and belief on a white redeeming God made slaves  more compliant, easier to dominate, control and keep happy in slavery, by allowing them to believe that a Christian God would someday set then free of bondage, if not in this life in the hereafter. It was then that slaves were allowed to worship and eventually in churches, but in their own place to keep slaves in their less than human nature.
That in a few generations Blacks are supposed to just walk away from how it was and to now call their right to education, pursuit of happiness, safety, respect, etc., handouts is not restitution but it is additional humiliation and deprivation. It is to condone the oppression in 'black' neighborhoods, school districts and society. It is to propagate stereotypes of dangerous and less than human by the law, educators, government and society.
It is common for the oppressed to seek assimilation by the oppressors, same is for other oppressed minorities, i.e., Latins and women unknowingly adopt labels such as Republicans, marry whites and seek to live in white neighborhoods. 
Black people are Genocide survivors and if they were as respected as whites they would be getting restitution.
Slavery's Legacies of Racism and Dehumanization of Labor Still Poison the US

Friday, December 06, 2013

When in darkness...

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Lao-Tseu.  
http://ethnicindo.blogspot.com/2008/03/lao-tseu.html

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Soft skills and success

The Hard Facts Behind Soft Skills | Heckman
Research indicates that it is not the know-it all-child that succeeds, it is the child that learns soft skills. This short video gives a clue what soft skills are.
No wonder that early childhood education, in particular Headstart, is so very important. Yet, education is getting minimized in the US and creating the need for 'importing' workers.
Why aren't corporations in the US involved in education and training instead of importing workers and exporting jobs?
Why is it that dumbing down America is the solution?
Would it incentivize corporations if tax deductions and funding is based on their involvement in education?
http://heckmanequation.org/content/resource/hard-facts-behind-soft-skills

Monday, December 02, 2013

Books bought by President Obama

Books that President Obama bought when shopping at small business bookstores yesterday! 

Half Brother - by Kenneth Oppel
Heart of a Samurai - by Margi Preus
Flora and Ulysses - by Kate DiCamillo
Jinx - by Sage Blackwood
Lulu and the Brontosaurus - by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat - by Chris Riddell
Moonday - by Adam Rex
Journey - by Aaron Becker
The Lowland - by Jhumpa Lahiri
Red Sparrow - by Jason Matthews
Harold and the Purple Crayon - by Crockett Johnson
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - by Anthony Marra
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance - by David Epstein
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football - by Nicholas Dawidoff
Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories - by Carson McCullers
My Antonia - by Willa Cather
Ragtime - By E.L. Doctorow
The Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseini
Buddha in the Attic - by Julie Otsuka
All That Is - by James Salter
Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail - by Cheryl Strayed

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/dc-bookstores_n_4316578.html




Will NaNoWriMo Help You Publish A Novel? Why This Self-Published Author Thinks It Will

Will NaNoWriMo Help You Publish A Novel? Why This Self-Published Author Thinks It Will
I did NaNo about seven years ago, NaNo did propel me to write a story about a girl with polio that I am turning into a screenplay.