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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If I don’t understand it, kill it!

If I don’t understand it, kill it!

We live in a wonderfully diverse world, full of things we don’t know about or understand. Everything in this wonderful system has a purpose that we, in our infinite stupidity, will most likely never comprehend because we don’t take the time or make the effort to do so. We are so engrossed in ourselves that we are oblivious to all else; it’s about “me” and “my” interests, concerns, and problems. As kids develop, they are egocentric as they form their…

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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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