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April 24, 2014

A message from Vicky. being in prison is the 3rd leading cause of PTSD.

Filed under: Health, Native American's, News, opinion, People I like — Scottie @ 15:31

OK, I admit I am worn out today and ready for bed.  I just don’t have the energy I once did.   However this is important enough for me to post before I lay down for a nap.   This is from Vicky, I hope every one will read it.  Hugs.

 

Oh thank you Scottie for posting this… I only wish everyone could see the sad results of our system.. I know that offenders are often treated badly and put in lock up.. my understanding is there is more funding for lock up.. I know of a man who was teased ( by CO’s ) to the bring of being livid, he blew up and spent years in lock up.. I can only image what horrors gay or any person that is not ” normal ‘ goes through.. So far I have not worked with anyone who was created this way or that way… I don’t see anything but a human who has struggled and continues to do so.. under great pressure in the prisons … A little know fact… being in prison is the 3rd leading cause of PTSD.. Yet it is not treated on release… not even addressed in the prison or release programs… Over the years I have written, called and emailed every law maker I could to make them aware of issues that must be changed … put into law… to protect not only the offenders but our communities. Most answer back with polite words.. some pretend to care… and some do care… Until most of them stop the politics and self serving ..nothing will change.. only get worse… We must see how blessed we are.. in our homes… jobs… social circles.. our daily lives… and do our best to insure that even those who have done great wrongs deserve dignity and at least a safe place to sleep… treatment for mental illness , regard for their recovering what they lost in the storm of their life… making the best of what life they have now… to support them to reach higher and attain education, respect , and the feeling of worth…A very high percent of offenders will , some day , return to the community.. I would want a person that is balanced and has self worth living next door to me..You would too… Just something to think about….

April 23, 2014

Sean Hannity guest: Liberals inspired Kansas shooter, Obama causing ‘modern Holocaust’ | The Raw Story

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 19:19

I know we have freedom of speech here in the USA, however I think this crosses a line.  It is wild lies and pandering , having no basis in fact, in the hopes of getting some people to not only believe this crap, but to act on it.   Hugs

Sean Hannity guest: Liberals inspired Kansas shooter, Obama causing ‘modern Holocaust’ | The Raw Story.

April 22, 2014

Conservative business school. – Liberals Are Cool

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 13:17

Gods I can’t believe how much good stuff I am finding here today, I can spend all day reading these post.  Hugs

Conservative business school. – Liberals Are Cool.

Conservative business school.

Conservative business school.

Robert Reich (Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs)

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 12:55

Robert Reich (Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs).

Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs


MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid. Since then, CEO pay has skyrocketed to 280 times the pay of a typical worker; in big companies, to 354 times.

Meanwhile, over the same thirty-year time span the median American worker has seen no pay increase at all, adjusted for inflation. Even though the pay of male workers continues to outpace that of females, the typical male worker between the ages of 25 and 44 peaked in 1973 and has been dropping ever since. Since 2000, wages of the median male worker across all age brackets has dropped 10 percent, after inflation.

This growing divergence between CEO pay and that of the typical American worker isn’t just wildly unfair. It’s also bad for the economy. It means most workers these days lack the purchasing power to buy what the economy is capable of producing — contributing to the slowest recovery on record. Meanwhile, CEOs and other top executives use their fortunes to fuel speculative booms followed by busts.

Anyone who believes CEOs deserve this astronomical pay hasn’t been paying attention. The entire stock market has risen to record highs. Most CEOs have done little more than ride the wave.

There’s no easy answer for reversing this trend, but this week I’ll be testifying in favor of a bill introduced in the California legislature that at least creates the right incentives. Other states would do well to take a close look.

The proposed legislation, SB 1372, sets corporate taxes according to the ratio of CEO pay to the pay of the company’s typical worker. Corporations with low pay ratios get a tax break.Those with high ratios get a tax increase.

For example, if the CEO makes 100 times the median worker in the company, the company’s tax rate drops from the current 8.8 percent down to 8 percent. If the CEO makes 25 times the pay of the typical worker, the tax rate goes down to 7 percent.

On the other hand, corporations with big disparities face higher taxes. If the CEO makes 200 times the typical employee, the tax rate goes to 9.5 percent; 400 times, to 13 percent.

The California Chamber of Commerce has dubbed this bill a “job killer,” but the reality is the opposite. CEOs don’t create jobs.Their customers create jobs by buying more of what their companies have to sell — giving the companies cause to expand and hire.

So pushing companies to put less money into the hands of their CEOs and more into the hands of average employees creates more buying power among people who will buy, and therefore more jobs.

The other argument against the bill is it’s too complicated. Wrong again. The Dodd-Frank Act already requires companies to publish the ratios of CEO pay to the pay of the company’s median worker (the Securities and Exchange Commission is now weighing a proposal to implement this). So the California bill doesn’t require companies to do anything more than they’ll have to do under federal law. And the tax brackets in the bill are wide enough to make the computation easy.

What about CEO’s gaming the system? Can’t they simply eliminate low-paying jobs by subcontracting them to another company – thereby avoiding large pay disparities while keeping their own compensation in the stratosphere?

No. The proposed law controls for that. Corporations that begin subcontracting more of their low-paying jobs will have to pay a higher tax.

For the last thirty years, almost all the incentives operating on companies have been to lower the pay of their workers while increasing the pay of their CEOs and other top executives. It’s about time some incentives were applied in the other direction.

The law isn’t perfect, but it’s a start. That the largest state in America is seriously considering it tells you something about how top heavy American business has become, and why it’s time to do something serious about it.

April 15, 2014

The Naked Truth Honestly, I could spend an almost…

Filed under: Health, opinion — Scottie @ 13:34

I so agree with this.   The human form is a wonderful thing.    Hugs

The Naked Truth Honestly, I could spend an almost….

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<p>The Naked TruthHonestly, I could spend an almost infinite amount of time listing the ways our species in it’s society, laws and beliefs is utterly crazy, often harmfully so, but nudity ? WTF ? What possible harm can there be in a naked human body ? It’s got to be one of the least threatening or offensive things I know.We all enter this world naked.There’s nothing shameful about any part of the human body and only somebody truly, deeply, weird would ever think there was. I mean, I really struggle to see what is so uniquely wicked or sinful about a woman’s breasts compared to her knees, or more shockingly offensive about a guys willy than his chin or ears. Where does irrational tripe like that come from ? What on earth is the matter with our society (and most others too for that matter) ?It baffles me. People accept without thinking the most absurd twaddle as if its some immutable law of nature. Why ? There is no logic or rationality here whatsoever. I’m not suggesting compulsory nudity or anything like that. I enjoy my dresses (and dislike feeling cold) too much. In any case, who am I to make anything compulsory ? Who are you ? Who is anyone ? And that is precisely the point. If someone chooses to expose any part of their body, or all of it, whenever they want, that’s no business of anyone else. What utter nonsense to suggest it is.There’s no reason why anyone shouldn’t choose to wear some covering because it keeps them warm or pleases them in some way but what kind of insane society would actually make laws to control which bits of body people must cover up and what idiot lawmaker, policeman, or busybody, thinks he has any right to dictate those things to another human being and punish them, even imprison them, if they don’t wear the right bits of cloth in the right places ? Seriously. Doesn’t it make the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland seem positively sane by comparison ?You know, if I believed in supernatural forces shaping our lives (as many do)  I think I’d see them as an immortal, mischievous Monty Python crew in a heavenly bar, drunk as skunks, high as kites, trying to crack each other up by inventing ever more bizarre things for humanity to believe in. If that is the case I don’t deny them their fun but there’s no reason we have to go along with it, is there ?As far as I’m concerned anyone is free to wear (or not wear) whatever they want, whenever they want, but nobody .. no person or society or religion or law   .. ever has the right to dictate that to another human being.  And that’s the naked truth. Ellie</p>
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Honestly, I could spend an almost infinite amount of time listing the ways our species in it’s society, laws and beliefs is utterly crazy, often harmfully so, but nudity ? WTF ? What possible harm can there be in a naked human body ? It’s got to be one of the least threatening or offensive things I know.

We all enter this world naked.There’s nothing shameful about any part of the human body and only somebody truly, deeply, weird would ever think there was. I mean, I really struggle to see what is so uniquely wicked or sinful about a woman’s breasts compared to her knees, or more shockingly offensive about a guys willy than his chin or ears. Where does irrational tripe like that come from ? What on earth is the matter with our society (and most others too for that matter) ?

It baffles me. People accept without thinking the most absurd twaddle as if its some immutable law of nature. Why ? There is no logic or rationality here whatsoever. I’m not suggesting compulsory nudity or anything like that. I enjoy my dresses (and dislike feeling cold) too much. In any case, who am I to make anything compulsory ? Who are you ? Who is anyone ? And that is precisely the point. If someone chooses to expose any part of their body, or all of it, whenever they want, that’s no business of anyone else. What utter nonsense to suggest it is.

There’s no reason why anyone shouldn’t choose to wear some covering because it keeps them warm or pleases them in some way but what kind of insane society would actually make laws to control which bits of body people must cover up and what idiot lawmaker, policeman, or busybody, thinks he has any right to dictate those things to another human being and punish them, even imprison them, if they don’t wear the right bits of cloth in the right places ? Seriously. Doesn’t it make the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland seem positively sane by comparison ?

You know, if I believed in supernatural forces shaping our lives (as many do)  I think I’d see them as an immortal, mischievous Monty Python crew in a heavenly bar, drunk as skunks, high as kites, trying to crack each other up by inventing ever more bizarre things for humanity to believe in. If that is the case I don’t deny them their fun but there’s no reason we have to go along with it, is there ?

As far as I’m concerned anyone is free to wear (or not wear) whatever they want, whenever they want, but nobody .. no person or society or religion or law   .. ever has the right to dictate that to another human being.  And that’s the naked truth.

Ellie

(Source: e-writing)

April 13, 2014

snopes.com: 4th Grade Science Quiz

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 17:34

This is so disturbing that we are failing our children this way.  That we leave them unable to compete on an international level, filled with errors and silliness, while the rest of the world moves forward with science and learning.    We seem afraid of the very knowledge that would raise us to new levels, instead a bunch of people in this country hides behind myth and fables, calling them history and science.    Sad.  Hugs

snopes.com: 4th Grade Science Quiz.

April 10, 2014

No Moral Ground

Filed under: Health, News, opinion — Scottie @ 13:44

Editorial: If Gov. Rick Scott only had a heart | Tampa Bay Times

Filed under: News, opinion, Political — Scottie @ 13:15

Editorial: If Gov. Rick Scott only had a heart | Tampa Bay Times.

Editorial: If Gov. Rick Scott only had a heart

This is the tin man as governor, a chief executive who shows no heartfelt connection to the state, appreciation for its values or compassion for its residents. Duke Energy is charging its electric customers billions for nuclear plants that were botched or never built. Homeowners are being pushed out of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and into private insurers with higher premiums and no track records. Federal flood insurance rates are soaring so high that many property owners cannot afford the premiums but also cannot sell their homes. The governor sides with the electric utilities and property insurers. He criticizes the president rather than fellow Republicans in Congress for failing to fix the flood insurance fiasco they helped create.

In Scott’s Florida, it is harder for citizens to vote and for the jobless to collect unemployment. It is easier for renters to be evicted and for borrowers to be charged high interest rates on short-term loans. It is harder for patients to win claims against doctors who hurt them and for consumers to get fair treatment from car dealers who deceive them. It is easier for businesses to avoid paying taxes, building roads and repairing environmental damage.

Florida’s modern political era began in 1954 with the election of Gov. LeRoy Collins, who skillfully steered the state through the early years of desegregation and is widely regarded as the state’s greatest governor. Other governors from both political parties had an instinctive feel for Florida and a passion to help its people. In the 1970s, there was Reubin Askew. In the 1980s, Bob Graham. In the 1990s, Lawton Chiles. In the 2000s, Jeb Bush. There were some mediocre and average governors along the way, but even the least of them demonstrated a deep affection for this state and its residents.

Scott, who moved to Naples just seven years before running for governor, treats Florida like another faceless corporate acquisition to be dismantled and repackaged. Collins created the community college system; Scott ordered the colleges to create a gimmick, a handful of bachelor’s degrees that can be purchased for $10,000. Askew established the water management districts and reformed the appointment process for judges; Scott gutted the former and injected more politics into the latter. Gov. Bob Martinez pushed ambitious efforts to manage growth and preserve environmentally sensitive land; Scott decimated both.

The state’s refusal to accept billions in federal money illustrates how this governor ignores the needs of everyday residents. He fought the federal Affordable Care Act all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost. He stood by as the Legislature turned down $51 billion in federal money to help cover 1 million uninsured residents, and now he refuses to reaffirm even his tepid support for taking the money. Tens of thousands of Floridians are signing up for health coverage in the federal marketplace in spite of a governor who refuses to help them.

Scott’s decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal money for high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando was just as callous. At a time when the region was desperate for more jobs, Scott dismissed federal guarantees and let the money go to other states. He called high-speed rail financially risky but then approved far riskier projects to please powerful state legislators. He embraced the expensive SunRail project in Central Florida and the creation of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, a boondoggle that diminished the University of South Florida and will cost taxpayers dearly for generations.

This governor shows little respect for individual rights. He advocated drug testing for state employees and welfare recipients; the courts ruled against him. He pursued a purge of voter rolls that threatened to disenfranchise minority voters; the county elections supervisors revolted. He signed into law restrictions on early voting; the public outcry forced changes.

Scott sides with developers seeking an easier time building their projects, utilities winning routine approval of higher electric rates and health insurers that now need no state approval to raise rates. For homeowners, there is less protection from leaking septic tanks. For motorists stuck in traffic, the governor’s solution is more toll roads.

The state spends less per public school student than when Scott took office. Parents and teachers have lost faith in a school accountability system in chaos. College students hear the governor’s disdain for a liberal arts education as he demands results on the cheap. Meanwhile, Scott eagerly promises hundreds of millions in tax breaks to businesses pledging to create jobs in future years. His administration approved nearly 350 job creation deals in his first three years in office, but only four jobs have been created for every 100 promised.

The son of a truck driver and a store clerk, Scott grew up poor, lived in public housing for a time and worked his way through law school. He moved to Florida as the former head of a hospital company that paid a record fine for Medicare fraud, and he got himself elected to the state’s highest office. Yet the governor who overcame so much adversity himself shows remarkably little empathy for Floridians and their everyday challenges as they seek a brighter future for themselves and their children. Scott’s soulless approach to governing is turning the Sunshine State into a cold-hearted place, where the warm promise of a fresh start and a fair shake are fading fast.

Within a Generation, America Is on Track to Become a Second-Rate Nation – PolicyMic

Filed under: News, opinion, Questions — Scottie @ 12:54

Within a Generation, America Is on Track to Become a Second-Rate Nation – PolicyMic.

This article raises some very interesting facts, and some interesting conclusions.  Hugs

Not Everything Needs To Be Run For Profit America…

Filed under: News, opinion, Web sites I like — Scottie @ 11:06

Not Everything Needs To Be Run For Profit America….

Not Everything Needs To Be Run For ProfitAmerica is a society made crazy and dysfunctional by dogma ..In Education .. the average tuition for a 4-year college education has increased an astounding 827% since 1980. Since 1999, average student loan debt has increased by a shameful 511%’. In 2013, total outstanding student loan debt exceeded $1 Trillion. This is just absurd.Education is not a commodity. It is a way that a country can invest in the future and help its people achieve their potential. There is no earthly reason why the education system should be driven by the profit motive. It really does not have to be like this. There are better ways.In Healthcare .. very many Americans are only one serious illness away from financial ruin. Over 60% of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by health costs and the majority of them were solid, middle class citizens with insurance. 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of adequate healthcare.Healthcare is not a commodity. America has the most costly, worst-value-for-money, and most unfair healthcare system in the developed western world. The reason is that it is run for the benefit of big corporations whose only duty is to the bottom line and profit is sucked out at ever stage of the process. It really does not have to be like this. There are better ways.The drive to inappropriate privatization is relentless. Many duties of the American military overseas have been farmed out to unaccountable for-profit mercenary companies. The running of public libraries is being offered to big business for profit. America locks up more of its people than any other country in the world, which suits the operators of private prisons who pour money into lobbying congress to boost their profits. Often, as is the case with healthcare and education, there are clear examples in other countries that there are far better ways to solve the same problems but that doesn’t seem to matter. It’s irrational. It owes little to logic and much to faith. A blindly perverse faith that, however much reality disproves it, the best way to run absolutely everything is as a business and for profit. It’s a convenient faith too, justifying greed as it does.The truth is that some things are far too important to society to be left to the market. Some things matter too much to the welfare of all of us to have their outcomes dictated by a profit motive.  The market is amoral. It has no social conscience or sense of service to the community. That is simply the nature of the beast. That’s why we can only ever allow it to be our servant and never our master. Of course some things can be left to a well-regulated market but not everything. To think otherwise is just crazy, one-size-fits-all political dogma.One more time .. not everything needs to be run for profit.Ellie

Not Everything Needs To Be Run For Profit

America is a society made crazy and dysfunctional by dogma ..

In Education .. the average tuition for a 4-year college education has increased an astounding 827% since 1980. Since 1999, average student loan debt has increased by a shameful 511%’. In 2013, total outstanding student loan debt exceeded $1 Trillion. This is just absurd.

Education is not a commodity. It is a way that a country can invest in the future and help its people achieve their potential. There is no earthly reason why the education system should be driven by the profit motive. It really does not have to be like this. There are better ways.

In Healthcare .. very many Americans are only one serious illness away from financial ruin. Over 60% of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by health costs and the majority of them were solid, middle class citizens with insurance. 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of adequate healthcare.

Healthcare is not a commodity. America has the most costly, worst-value-for-money, and most unfair healthcare system in the developed western world. The reason is that it is run for the benefit of big corporations whose only duty is to the bottom line and profit is sucked out at ever stage of the process. It really does not have to be like this. There are better ways.

The drive to inappropriate privatization is relentless. Many duties of the American military overseas have been farmed out to unaccountable for-profit mercenary companies. The running of public libraries is being offered to big business for profit. America locks up more of its people than any other country in the world, which suits the operators of private prisons who pour money into lobbying congress to boost their profits.

Often, as is the case with healthcare and education, there are clear examples in other countries that there are far better ways to solve the same problems but that doesn’t seem to matter. It’s irrational. It owes little to logic and much to faith. A blindly perverse faith that, however much reality disproves it, the best way to run absolutely everything is as a business and for profit. It’s a convenient faith too, justifying greed as it does.

The truth is that some things are far too important to society to be left to the market. Some things matter too much to the welfare of all of us to have their outcomes dictated by a profit motive.  The market is amoral. It has no social conscience or sense of service to the community. That is simply the nature of the beast. That’s why we can only ever allow it to be our servant and never our master. Of course some things can be left to a well-regulated market but not everything. To think otherwise is just crazy, one-size-fits-all political dogma.

One more time .. not everything needs to be run for profit.

Ellie

(Source: e-writing)

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