Archive for August 2017

HURRICANE HARVEY- A GOOD THING?

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The systematic and purposeful dumbing down of American public education over the last 40 years at places like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and their non-functioning equivalents throughout this country is having a profoundly negative effect on the elimination of people's ability to understand and act in an educated and intelligent manner consistent with their ability to survive in what is now rapidly becoming a series of endless- and now in the short term- ecological disasters. Case in point, Hurricane Harvey.

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08 2017

TRUTH AND OBJECTIVITY CONTINUE TO TAKE BACK SEAT TO MODERN DAY TRIBES

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In only the most recent examples of our longstanding and what appears to be endemic confrontation over race, ethnicity, and equal rights our most ancient and primitive roots of these continuing problems- that causes the human specie to continue underachieving its potential- remains unaddressed and intact. This social malade in one form or another is merely tribalism, which resides in all species based on the notion that We is better than You, no matter what any objective assessment of reality might tell us to the contrary. And even if not strictly better, a tribal mentality's gut feeling is that it is still not possible for We and You to do well at the same time, even if the scarcity that originally defined this pattern of behavior eons ago is no longer our shared modern reality.

IS NEWS WITHOUT HISTORIC CONTEXT NEWS?

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Recently there was a story on local NPR affiliate KPCC about how the homeless population, which disproportionately suffers from untreated mentally illness, has exploded in recent years. This story was presented without ever mentioning the fact that the State of California consciously emptied out most of the mental institutions in the state during the 1960s and 1970s of anybody who knew their name and what day of the week it was, irrespective of whether they were profoundly mentally ill and in dire need of treatment.

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08 2017

CORPORATE GREED- I'M BLACKING YOU OUT!

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What has regrettably become the sole motivation for the use of technology, when it comes to communicating with customers, is not giving them better service, but rather increasing profit by lessening cost, while further degrading service. Corporations like other forms of what could be analogized to biological cancer have as their sole raison d'etre the yearly increasing of profit (growth), no matter what effect this monomaniacal goal has on fairly, morally, and reasonably supplying of goods and services to the customer.

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08 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE

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(Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol) In trying some way to positively address the latest act of senseless racist violence now in Charlottesville, Virginia, people of good will all across the country came together on Sunday, August 13th in different venues to show solidarity, while trying to posit positive actions they could work on to stop these senseless acts in the future. In Los Angeles, one such event was at the Holman Methodist Church on West Adams where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other believers and non-believers had an "interfaith prayer vigil." This ad hoc interfaith and interracial congregation had "come to celebrate...what America is really about," which all those religious leaders present of different faith traditions expressed in one way or another as the "transcendent nature of active love" in combating mindless violence.

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08 2017

CAL STATE'S ANSWER TO SEGREGATED AND INFERIOR K-12 EDUCATION- IGNORE IT

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The Cal State system's recent decision to get rid of the requirement that as many as 25,000 incoming freshman take non-credited remedial courses in Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT) before taking college level coursework requiring this prior Math and English mastery is literally irrational. What has become the not so common sense logic that should have rationally informed anyone that if students had not mastered prerequisite prior grade-level standards in Math and English, they are logically not able to understand college level coursework that relies on such prior basic foundational knowledge to understand the college level course they are now allowed to take.

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08 2017

I'D REALLY LOVE TO BE AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION- JUST TELL ME HOW

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Since the founding of this country there has been what we might accurately call an affirmative action program that has favored and given exclusive advantages to Whites, while at the same time denying them to minorities. Be it initially de jure or now only de facto, what still remains well ensconced in this country is our yet segregated political, economic, and social system that as of this writing still functions as a White affirmative action and entitlement program. But when it comes to finally redressing this age-old discriminatory system by using a different albeit more limited form of affirmative action program to finally give past discriminated against minorities at least a future possibility of a level playing field for the first time, some Whites balk at finally having to pay their fair share of the deferred costs of racism with an affirmative action program that will finally cost them.

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08 2017