What’s So Different about Trump?

What’s So Different about Trump?

As we move into Week three of the new presidency, the number of faux pas has exceeded all other presidencies. Supporters of Trump will say that he is just settling in to his new role and everything will be fine. They support his inconsistent, impromptu decisions because there are few choices other than to admit they screwed up and elected him or actually agree with those whom they have disdained for the past 8 years: the Democrats. Wow! The latter…

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A More Dangerous World… Some Thoughts

A More Dangerous World… Some Thoughts

While we have always lived in a society that favors a normalized, white model, one that reserves power and privilege to those who fit that norm, acts reinforcing -isms have been covertly perpetuated. There have always been open acts but limited in scope. The majority continued to hide their true natures…until now. A major shift in the political structure is now occurring. A person who has proclaimed himself to be racist, sexist, classist, exhibiting other disparaging behavior toward those different from him…

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Filling a Void

Filling a Void

Before WW2, people in Germany with any sense at all left the country for safer places, concerned Adolf Hitler would lead them into ruin. He led Germany into what many would call, Hell on Earth, as the German people, in their fear of losing whatever being German meant, put their hopes in a psychopath. A tear had formed in the fabric of Germany, facing the consequences of starting a war that destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, economically stressed to…

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Education or Profit?

Education or Profit?

Introduction The free market economy has redefined education. Once upon a time, in a world far, far away, one without neoliberal capitalism and a market economy, a person could get a real education. Whether it was an undergraduate degree or a doctoral degree, it reflected a person’s ability to contribute to a field of study with significant research and to develop programs that could improve the state of affairs. Education was considered a state of mind, a lifelong learning process….

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Finally!! It’s Out in the Open for All to See!!

Finally!! It’s Out in the Open for All to See!!

Finally, we have some honesty in business. The real “way it is” is now public! “I’m working for you now — I’m not working for Trump,” he told supporters at a rally in this key Western swing state Monday. – via CNN This is not about Trump; this is about the way that this country operates, about a system that is designed to keep most of its population’s nose to the grindstone, serving the 1% of the country so that…

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School choice and vouchers: Who are the winners?

School choice and vouchers: Who are the winners?

With recent attempts to eliminate public schools in lieu of charter schools, this article gives a different, often unseen agenda surrounding school voucher programs. Introduction This is the official mission of the United States Department of Education: “. . . to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the Nation” (2002). Approximately $650 billion dollars were spent this past year, most of it at the State level, to fulfill this mission. Having an educated citizenry is essential…

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Some Things Never Change

Some Things Never Change

As I begin this post, I recall reading an excerpt from Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle, about the Chicago meat packing plants. It was a vivid description of the horrible immigrant working conditions, cases where disease and sickness were the price paid by workers for the sake of profit. One particular line comes to mind. After reading about the way that pork was pickled and then packaged, the final act was to take the leavings from the drain and use…

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Hey, “Toy” Manufacturers!!!

Hey, “Toy” Manufacturers!!!

A Violent World We live in a world where we see violence every day, in the news, on television, and sometimes, in the streets. Video games provide children with an opportunity to act out violence through their characters and life seems to become less valuable. Manufacturers using “business ethics” as an excuse, manufacture all kinds of weapons look-alikes and sell them to kids who, as all kids do, play out their imaginations. When I was a kid, we played with…

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Perpetuating the Norm

Perpetuating the Norm

In the last few weeks, several professional athletes have followed the lead of Colin Kapernick to protest the disproportionately high number of Black folks who have been brutalized by police. They have knelt during the national anthem as a means of showing their concern and urgency to address the problem. Even President Obama supports their right to express disagreement. However, there is another aspect of these rightful displays that is rearing its ugly head: the power of capitalism to suppress…

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Who’s The Stupid One Here?

Who’s The Stupid One Here?

The Setting I cannot count the number of times that I have shopped in a store and noticed something that would really improve customer satisfaction. Often, I find myself going to opposite ends of a store for things that naturally go together. I was landscaping the yard a while ago and needed some pieces of rebar to hold the landscaping timbers in place. The timbers were on one end of the store and the rebar on the far opposite end…

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