BANG, BANG, WE’RE STUPID

I told you this would happen!

I cannot hold back when I see “intelligent” humans doing the same stupid things over and over leading to the same result, yet there are those who think I’m crazy.

Here’s the news that came across early this morning: “Travel doors slam shut as new Covid variant triggers alarm.” All of my research, yes, real research, made it clear to me that we would have an ongoing pandemic. Too many of us have been consumed with conspiracy theories that have nothing to do with solving problems. Now we have word of blocked flights following the discovery of an aggressive mutation of the Covid-19 virus, echoing previous emergency responses that triggered a global freeze on travel. This new variant is spreading quickly in South Africa and has the potential to break through the existing vaccines. Travel restrictions are already in place for the European Union and other major travel hubs. You were told, you were warned, but you disrupted school board meetings and fought against local mandates because that is what you thought would help your political future. You are nothing other than slimy, partisan bastards! You would rather look good to your party members, QAnon followers and big mouth idiots instead of protecting your constituents. Why?

The World Health Organization is meeting today to determine the degree of fear we will face this winter, but I want to know if the shots I received for Covid-19, all three of them, will protect me from this new variant. I no longer care about the mindless disbelievers; I now care only about my family and the specialists we need to beat this scourge. Stop selling anti-Fauci T-Shirts to raise money for your maniacal bid for more power. Step back and find out what this Covid variant means and whether you should, once again, close the cruise ships and curtail indoor gatherings.

The stock market is already speaking. I found it ironic when the announcers on the financial cable networks were greeting each other with “Good Black Friday.” Of course, they were acknowledging the day after Thanksgiving, but we all know that when markets collapse, the day of the week on which it happens gets that name — Black [Name of Day].

Europe is reacting now. CNN is saying Germany plans to declare South Africa a “virus variant area” as of Friday night, which will mean that German airlines may enter from the country only to repatriate German citizens. French Health Minister Olivier Véran said the “rapid” circulation of the variant in South Africa “means that it’s probably contagious or very contagious,” justifying France’s precautionary stance.

So, when do we act? President Joe Biden lives in an avalanche of problems, and now he has another dire situation on his plate. This could kill the Build Back Better bill because moderates will want to “keep our powder dry” in case we need to push out more money to our workers. If that South Africa variant, yet to be named, comes to our shore we could be right back to where we were one year ago. Cases are already rising in America due to vaccine avoidance and colder weather bringing people into closed spaces that help spread germs. THIS JUST IN, they named it, the new variant from South Africa: Omicron. Isn’t that a space man?

Black Friday Stocks

According to CNBC, “The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 900 points, or 2.5%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite slid 1.8% and 1.5%, respectively.” Friday is a shortened trading day because of the Thanksgiving holiday, with U.S. markets closing at 1 PM. That’s the only good news on a day that might bring major losses in the leisure and tourist sectors. Meanwhile, pharmaceuticals soared, especially for those companies producing vaccines and medicines for Covid-19.

It’s time to admit we have been collectively stupid. Experts told us this could happen, but there are still half-wits who believe the coronavirus is a hoax. While these unaware citizens wave their anti-Biden, anti-Fauci, anti-mandate banners, they will be threatened the most by the next wave. They’ve already exhausted their karma on foolishness, and there’s limited luck during a global pandemic.

The errant politicians and spokespeople might not care about their money, but they surely want to keep the jobs they finally got back to. It’s time for all of them to cease all the bullshit and think about their children. The next variant could wipe them out. Is that what you want? While you piss and moan about your Second Amendment rights, what about our Fourteen Amendment? You know it? “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

American citizens deserve “equal protection,” even against a virus. I say to all you off-base politicians, shut up, use better sources and start following the guidance of experts. You may be idiots but I don’t want you to die. Why do you take such illogical risks?

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License to Kill (In America)

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Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  Get it here.


V IS FOR VIGILANTE

A Test for America

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is only the beginning of an era of misaligned values producing too much fear and misinformation. Most have a short memory, but I don’t.

O.J. & Casey

Some of us wanted OJ to get off, but his legacy now is that of a felon and murderer. Some believed Casey Anthony’s ridiculous story, and then looked the other way after learning that she partied while her baby was missing. We thought those cops in Los Angeles would surely be punished for almost beating Rodney King to death, I mean, we saw the video. But they were aquitted and the city burned.

We saw the video of Kyle Rittenhouse shooting an AR-15-type rifle, so no one disputes that he killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. We might have forgotten about the protests on August 25, 2020, after Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven or eight times in the back. That incident was also captured on video. No charges were brought against the officer because he claimed fear for his life. Defense lawyers said Rittenhouse, then 17, was acting in self-defense and described to the jury that baby Kyle was afraid he might get shot and was justified in taking lethal action.

I believe that Rittenhouse is a troubled, brainwashed kid who was playing out a video game scene called Kenosha. Now, he’s officially and legally relieved of any punishment for killing people.

The American legal system derives its power from a sense of justice for all. I’m sure that had Kyle Rittenhouse been shot and killed that night, police would have arrested the perpetrator who would have been tried, found guilty of murder and sent away for life. So, why didn’t that happen to Kyle? What is the difference? If the standard of self-defense can free Kyle, why wouldn’t it be applied to the protesters as well?

Just to make things interesting, let me ask this. What if Kyle was Black? Would he be a free man today? Okay, use your imagination but why do I feel like Kyle got off Scott free? Shouldn’t using a firearm to kill other citizens bring with it a penalty of some kind? Has this stark fact been lost in the mélange of legal arguments? After the verdict was read, Kyle’s supporters outside the courtroom repeatedly said that he shot in self-defense, but the perception of “self-defense” is in the mind of the shooter so how can we ever know what he truly felt?

I can hear it now. Well, my neighbor Larry had a spider crawling on his head so I had to shoot. It’s all so numbing in an extremely dangerous way. The same people who were fighting for Kyle’s dismissal are the very same people who believe ending a pregnancy is a sin –– strange world, odd values.

George Zimmerman

Very few, if any, African Americans have used the Stand Your Ground law to explain why they took the life of a white person. Could it be they don’t have high priced lawyers to explain this to the judges and juries?

The damn excuse pops up again in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood and then shot dead by one of his pursuers. “He grabbed my gun and I had to shot him in self-defense.” Really? The white guy had a gun, the African American jogger was unarmed, what did you expect him to do? Arbery was in a LIFE-THREATENING situation. This idea that he would overpower the aggressor, take his gun and shoot him is highly unlikely. How do we know? Because he didn’t overpower and now, he’s DEAD!

America is going to overdose on guns in the next decade because white people, African Americans and Asians now see if they are not armed, they could be the next victim of a senseless killing. When more and more private citizens think they need to get their vigilante on and shoot to kill, this country will become more dangerous, not less.

Then there’s that old maxim from the NRA, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” That’s total bullshit! It holds no value because each day we learn about people we believed to be good guys who actually are sick fucks like Rittenhouse. We don’t know who the good guys are anymore. A bad cop can get away with a lot of injustice before being nailed by a whistle blower or a bodycam that catches their true personality. The “thin blue line” people blindly get behind cops because they are afraid of the truth. In today’s world, bad guys have bigger guns than the good guys so the good guys sometime shoot before thinking. That’s not good.

Wayne LaPierre, NRA Head

The reality is we’ve got too many guns and too few common-sense laws to protect us from lunatics who own fearsome military assault weapons. FACT: it was against the law for Kyle Rittenhouse to purchase that rifle in Illinois, so a friend bought it for him. I am sure Rittenhouse didn’t know, but it was not against the law for a minor like him to carry that gun into Wisconsin and discharge it. So, let me see if I understand. It’s okay for the kid to shoot a gun he’s not legally allowed to own? Where’s the logic in that?

Rittenhouse has become a tool of the white supremacist and vigilante groups in this country. I believe his mother should be charged with reckless conduct for driving her minor son across state lines to a location she knew could turn violent, but no one is judging her parenting.

The judge ruled that the gun was a hunting weapon. Too bad the deer in Wisconsin don’t have a lobbyist. We’re supposed to respect the judicial system, although the judge bent over backwards to give Rittenhouse every advantage. I don’t respect Judge Schroeder at all. He should retire and go away, but this certainly cannot be the final word on Rittenhouse’s night of fun.

Young Kyle is currently making the tour of all the conservative talk shows and he will be paraded as a hero by those right-wing people who believe the election was stolen and it’s okay to kill someone you disagree with. I am not sure how I will react when someone says that it was a righteous kill.

Rittenhouse needs to know that karma is a bitch and payback will come. Do we want to live in a country where cops stand down while vigilantes kill people? It’s a short path between the reasoning that it’s okay to open fire to stop a riot and it’s justified to shoot up a school board meeting. The equation is simple: more guns + more hate + lawless vigilantes = more death. What about my self-defense? If I have no defense, then why would I even want to live here? What is the deterrent? Surely, not more acquittals.

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

License to Kill (In America)

www.thedreamwindow.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness,

 

 


THE CALAMITY OF KYLE RITTENHOUSE

American Justice on Display

It repulses me that a mother would permit, aid and abet her son to travel from his home state to another with a scheme of “protecting” storefronts with an AR-15 automatic rifle. I would never put my child in such danger but promoting the use of force and murder because of a disagreement with protesters, regardless of their cause, has to be the lowest point of parenthood.

Wendy Rittenhouse

I don’t know Mrs. Rittenhouse but I am wondering if she would like to go back in time to stop her son Kyle from going to Kenosha for a fun night of target practice on real live humans. Now we have a theory from his defense lawyers that 17-year-old Kyle was shooting in self-defense. I suppose it could be seen that way, but he did kill two protestors and wounded another.

The problem here is that Kyle carried a “legally obtained” and fully loaded automatic weapon to a site of known unrest. Why? We can debate whether the laws governing firearms in Illinois and Wisconsin protect citizens from misguided teenagers out for a night of protester poaching, but it’s tragic there are no federal guidelines on firearm registration for “hunting” or “sport” and which weapons may be used. Had Rittenhouse thrown hand grenades at the protesters we would have a different discussion, but the same tragic results.

We will know shortly what the jury decides in this case but judging by the conduct and comments of Judge Bruce Schroeder, the longest-serving circuit court judge in Wisconsin, it’s easy to see how he can place his hand on the scale of justice and force the jurors to consider his viewpoint just as much as the facts. Perhaps you find this disturbing, but it’s something judges have always done. Some even proclaim it’s their job to make sure the jury doesn’t get “fooled” by a wily prosecutor or slick defense attorney. That aside, it sure does seem like Schroeder would like to see young Kyle, the defender of all that is right, be acquitted.

This kind of stand-your-ground defense cannot explain to a loved one why their spouse, sibling or child is dead and will never come back. It’s based on a fear of the assailant. If one who kills was sufficiently afraid of another, then this self-defense excuse can be applied. But may I ask how scared can a person possibly be when holding an AR-15 in combat stance? Could it be that Kyle was targeted BECAUSE he was carrying a gun?

Why latex gloves?

Kyle’s lawyers can talk about self-defense until the cows come home, but it’s nearly impossible for the prosecution to prove the killings weren’t self-defense. If Rittenhouse beats the charge, what does that say about guns and extrajudicial killings in American streets? Have we returned to the lawless wild west days of gunslinger vigilantes deciding who lives and who dies?

If the state loses the case, I urge them to appeal. This kid needs to understand that what he did was wrong. We should not coddle Rittenhouse like a “snowflake.” He’s a soldier of the “cancel culture” who used an automatic weapon to stop protestors. He’s not a victim, he’s the culprit –– the very opposite of law and order and certainly not a good role model for any kid who might be tempted to play the role of a cop. Might I also add that Kyle is a terrible actor? Did you notice there were no tears when he was “crying?” That was a B-actor desperately trying look like he was oh so bothered by it all. I hope he gets at least a couple of years in jail.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them. Kindle and Paperback Click Here

New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

Yeah, well, it’s offense to me!

www.thedreamwindow.com

Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 


THE MYTHOLOGY OF SPORTS

Necessary Diversion or Image Perversion?

My local newspaper ran an editorial the other day about Atlanta Braves’ fans using an old native American chant while making a motion of chopping. They said it was time to stop this offensive form of cheering.

I lived in Atlanta for more than twenty years and raised four kids as Braves fans. The article mentioned recent team name changes, like the Cleveland Indians baseball team becoming the Guardians and the Washington Redskins transforming into the Washington Football Team. The new Cleveland team name is derived from statues on a bridge and the D.C. NFL franchise revamp is the result of a total lack of creative thought.

American sports have continuously progressed and changed over the years for many reasons. In the early days of collegiate football, for example, helmets were not required and 19 players died from head injuries in 1905. The Chicago Tribune referred to that statistic as a “death harvest.” In that same year, the ranks of college players included 137 serious injuries, so, the National Collegiate Athletic Association was created to lay down some rules and policies intended to kill fewer players.

Over the years, teams on the college and professional levels have had some terrible names. The Baltimore NBA team was once named the Baltimore Bullets, which didn’t mesh well with inner city crime statistics. They became the Wizards when they moved to Washington. The first MLB team in Houston was the Colt 45s, named after the gun, not the beer. They are now the Astros, named after… a dome, I guess.

I still laugh when cheerleaders for South Carolina scream “GO COCKS!” on the sideline of their team, the Gamecocks. The Cincinnati Reds were once the Red Stockings because they wore red socks but wanting to avoid confusion with the Boston Red Sox they took on a new name, the Reds. In 1953, when the term “Reds” became associated with communism, the ownership changed the team’s name to the “Redlegs.” In 1959, the team returned to the name Reds once people realized that RED was a color and not a diabolical anti-American force.

Hank Aaron’s Milwaukee Braves uniform

For those not familiar with baseball history, the Braves started out in Boston under many names including the Beaneaters, Doves, Red Caps and even Red Stockings, but the team eventually settled on the Braves, first used in 1912 and then revived in 1941. It originates from the term for a Native American warrior. Over time, from Boston to their 12 years in Milwaukee, the team used a Native American theme in their logos and marketing.

During the 1991 season, the Atlanta Braves rose from being the worst team in baseball and ended the season playing the Minnesota Twins in the World Series. Although they didn’t win, something happened that year that electrified their fans. A woman who was a big fan of the Florida State University football team, the Seminoles (another Native reference) brought a foam tomahawk to the Braves game in Atlanta and began air-chopping and chanting to rooting for her team. Her actions were caught on TV and within days fans were mimicking her. The Atlanta Braves quickly exploited the opportunity by handing out hundreds of thousands of foam tomahawks at their games. The eerie chant and the chopping incited Native American protest groups, who were kept “safe” in a corral outside the old Fulton County stadium. I am not kidding.

Current Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he talked with the Cherokee tribes in that area this year and claimed they said they didn’t mind the gestures and singing, but where’s the research? I doubt the whole tribe likes the chant.

Foam Tomahawks

Deep-seated racial guilt may be at play when this kind of team spirit annoys white people. If hardcore fans were to admit these appropriations are wrong, they would be echoing and validating the BLM movement and Critical Race Theory. Scratching that itch might be too far a reach for those with a “we don’t care” conservative political bent.

Braves fans believe the chop and chant helps their team win, just like shortstop Dansby Swanson proclaimed on live TV that his savior helped him through the rough times of the season. Just about everyone has a talisman or superstition. The cheers of a baseball tribe are just another example of a belief system, whose actions might be “wrong” at times but can unify the flock. In the Braves’ case, the gathering of believers pay hundreds of dollars to watch, chant, cheer and chop. They don’t comprehend the offense.

There are religious beliefs and customs that offend me, but I’m not about to curtail someone else’s creed. It’s a different story when actions hurt people. Maybe Florida State, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Braves need to sign a peace treaty with their fans. Wow, I cannot believe that just flew out of my mouth. Things change when an institution signs a treaty and what was once agreed upon can disappear. Some get miffed saying they didn’t agree to the change and they never owned slaves so why should they pay.

Here’s another revelation of baseball history. The original minor league baseball team that played for decades in Atlanta was named the Atlanta Crackers, and the Atlanta Negro League team was the Black Crackers. Yes, those were the names! The color barrier in professional baseball and other American sports took more than 70 years to end. A bizarre racist aspect of American life was Freemen could not play the sport they loved. It was something every Black parent had to explain to their kids.

Many professional sports players were of Native American origin, from Jim Thorpe to Johnny Bench, who played for the aforementioned Cincinnati Reds. You can learn about them here. They had to fight to get into pro sports, as did African Americans. That is why we began calling them baseball “clubs,” but that doesn’t fix those with offensive imagery.

Times have changed. The ”N-word” was often used by players in the beginning of baseball before 1947. Major star Ty Cobb known as the “Georgia Peach” once said he’d quit if N****** were allowed to play. This is the same player who used to sharpen his spikes to hurt players he slid into, the white ones.

Racism was rampant in America in those days and so it was in baseball. We do progress each year and have fewer and fewer things to shame us, but I might remind you that the USA Women’s Soccer team had to sue to get equal pay. Has that happened yet?

The word “cracker” referred to poor whites, particularly those inhabiting the frontier regions, and it is suspected the term it was a shortened version of “whip-cracker!” Does that mean that a Black Cracker would be holding a whip? I am sure no one in Atlanta dwelled on this from 1884 to 1965, when the Black Crackers field was torn down and replaced by a Sears & Roebuck. Maybe back then, it was a joke, about poor white guys playing baseball. But today, the joke’s on them now because they are taking major heat on the chop and the chant. It may take fans a long time to stop that, but at some time we must ask why we can’t find inoffensive ways of cheering.

Why am I offended when someone yells, “LET’S GO BRANDON?” Oh, yeah, because it really means “Fuck Joe Biden.” Time for some whip crackin’!

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them. Kindle and Paperback Click Here

New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

Yeah, well, it’s offense to me!

www.thedreamwindow.com

Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 


NO ONE WANTS IT!

Why is it still a thing?

 America puts up with a ton of meaningless crap we don’t want or need. My job is to complain about stupid things that don’t make sense to me. Let me share just one aspect of life here in the good old USA that drives me crazy: Daylight Saving Time (DST).

I’ve written about this before, but let’s review. Daylight Saving Time was first enacted by the US Government during World War I to conserve coal. Let me add that this happened during a pandemic when hundreds of thousands of people were dying. Maybe they wanted something else to talk about.

Daylight Saving Time persisted in various forms at local and state levels until the federal government passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966. Two states, Arizona and Hawaii, don’t change their clocks twice a year. The territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Island, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands also do not mess with their clocks.

We are far away from the agricultural lifestyles of the early 20th century. Most farmers will tell you they never saw any benefit when changing their clocks back and forth. They got up at the same time to do their chores no matter what the clock said. It’s now unnecessary to save coal by adding morning light from November to March. Some say it’s safer for the little ones going to school, but in the days before the fall-back clock change the kids are already catching buses in the dark. If DST is all about the kids, shouldn’t we have clock changes to keep them in light during December and January?

Time is not a perfect science. Some large landmass countries cheat the clock into a time zone they think is right for them. India is 9 hours and 30 minutes ahead of New York, and Japan. India and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of DST because they claim daylight hours are similar during every season. For them, there is no advantage to changing clocks. For example, the difference between Boston and Detroit on the scientific clock is great. At times they could be a 48-minute gap between each other. Clearly, most of Michigan should be in the Central Time Zone. So, one might ask, are the time zones we constructed in America accurate? Why do state lines determine time zones? Perhaps before we debate the DST question, we should make five time zones for the 48 connected states.

The USA cannot even “brag” about this DST B.S. In 1895, George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, came up with the concept of daylight-saving time. He proposed a two-hour time shift, so he’d have more hours of summer sunshine to go bug hunting. Really? It was because he wanted to catch bugs?

Benjamin Franklin gets some credit for the idea of DST, though his recommendation was made in jest. In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, Franklin jokingly recommended the people get out of bed earlier in the morning to minimize the use of candles and lamp oil.

In trying to keep an open mind, I turned to Britannica ProCon.org. to see if they could explain why DST is good for us in 2021. Here are the advantages, according to them.

Daylight Saving Time’s longer daylight hours promote safety.

“Longer daylight hours make driving safer, lowers car accident rates, and lowers the risk of pedestrians being hit by a car. Economists Jennifer Doleac, PhD, and Nicholas Sanders, PhD, found that robberies drop about 7% overall, and 27% in the evening hours after the springtime change. They stated, ’Most street crime occurs in the evening around common commuting hours of 5 to 8 PM.’” Comment: Well, in my neighborhood the bad guys usually come in the middle of the night.

DST is good for the economy.

“Later daylight means more people shopping after work, increasing retail sales, and more people driving, increasing gas and snacks sales for eight months of the year (the time we spend in DST). The golf industry reported that one month of DST was worth $200 to $400 million because of the extended evening hours golfers can play.” Comment: Yeah, fine, but why not golf in the morning, and don’t forget that most Americans shop online.

DST promotes active lifestyles.

“When the day is lighter later, people tend to participate in more outdoor activities after work. Hendrik Wolff, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, stated, because of DST ’people engaged in more outdoor recreation and less indoor-TV watching… An additional 3 percent of people engaged in outdoor behaviors who otherwise would have stayed indoors.’” Comment: Okay, I see this. People do walk after dinner when it is light, but please, it gets darker sooner in winter with the clock change so this is simply a glass half full. In winter, we hit the couch right after dinner.

But wait, since the website is Pros and Cons, let’s get to the Cons!

Daylight Saving Time is bad for your health.

“Changing sleep patterns, even by one hour, goes against a person’s natural circadian rhythms and has negative consequences for health. One study found that the risk of a heart attack increases 10% the Monday and Tuesday following the springtime change and researchers found an increase in cluster headaches (sudden and debilitating headaches) after the fall time change.” Comment: That’s bad.

DST drops productivity.

“The Monday after the springtime change is called ’Sleepy Monday,’ because it is one of the most sleep-deprived days of the year. The week after the spring DST time change sees an increase in “cyber-loafing” (employees wasting time on the internet) because they’re tired.” Comment: This is true. Why can’t we face the music and simply end this stupid chore?

DST is expensive.

“William F. Shughart II, PhD, Economist at Utah State University, states that the simple act of changing clocks costs Americans $1.7 billion in lost opportunity cost based on average hourly wages, meaning that the ten or so minutes spent moving clocks, watches, and devices forward and backward could be spent on something more productive. The Air Transport Association estimated that DST cost the airline industry $147 million dollars in 2007 thanks to confused time schedules with countries who do not participate in the time change.” Comment: Sure, ten minutes is not a lot of time but think of the millions of Americans climbing ladders to change clocks or having to use YouTube to find a video to help change the oven clock.

This might be a good time to thank the computer nerds who figured out how to calibrate all the tech so that the time changes pass without us having to do anything. This year, I woke up at 2 AM to see how my Amazon Echo would change its clock. I stood there and watched it tick from 1:59 AM to 2 AM, and then I realized, it had already changed to DST! Did it cheat and change right at midnight? I’ll never know and, come to think of it, I don’t care.

Most people will tell you they hate clock changing. If President Joe Biden wanted to get his poll numbers back up right now, he would sign an executive order getting rid of all this fall back – spring forward stuff. People would have parades for him, ask him to kiss their babies… ah wait, they wouldn’t, because if Biden did end DST there would an uprising from the Cult of Trump protesting the removal of something they don’t care about. They would probably invent a Critical Time Theory.

So, I’ll get back to reality now and not waste any more of your precious time. DST is just another stupid tradition that has been baked into our country and because we are so influential and powerful countries all around the world have adopted our mistake. It’s like the claim the cryptocurrency uses too much electrical current. But wait, is that even true?

According to the New York Times, estimated electricity consumption (terawatt-hours, annualized) the Bitcoin network uses about the same amount of electricity as Washington State does yearly, or more than a third of what residential cooling consumes in the United States and more than seven times as much electricity as all of Google’s global operations.

On the other hand, global wealth is estimated at just over $1 quadrillion but Bitcoin’s market cap is just over $825 billion. Bitcoin thus represents 0.0825% of global wealth but uses more energy than a state. If Bitcoin functionality requires that much computer power, then why is it a good thing for the world? If we end Daylight Saving Time, shouldn’t we also stop Bitcoin from burning through so many terawatt-hours? Those bitches!

With all the problems we must solve, I am sure no one will challenge our useless clock changes, but maybe someone should concoct a better idea. Even in the fall when I get an extra hour of sleep, I feel out of sorts. And in the spring, I feel tired and out of sorts. I am going to have to drive to the store to pick up some more “sorts.” I hope they aren’t sold out.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them. Kindle and Paperback Click Here

New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

www.thedreamwindow.com

Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 


A GOOD DOSE OF DUMB

Aaron Rodgers’ “Woke” Joke

If you’re not part of the sports realm, then please bear with me. Aaron Rodgers is an incredible professional footballer for the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin. If you are a cheese head, then you probably don’t need me to tell you that. Here is what happened.

Back in August when the NFL season was beginning, several reporters asked Aaron if he was vaccinated against Covid. He cautiously said that he had been “immunized.” During one of those interviews, Aaron used his hands to make air-quotes around the word, and then added, “There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted Covid. It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.” No one could have predicted that Rodgers would be pulled from the field for one of the team’s biggest games against the Kansas City Chiefs when he tested positive for Covid-19.

Aaron Rodgers

The 37-year-old athlete continued, “And at the time, my plan was to say that I have been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie. It was the truth. But had there been a follow-up to my statement that I’ve been immunized, I would have responded with this: I would have said, ‘Look, I’m not some sort of anti-vax, flat-Earther. I am somebody who’s a critical thinker.’”

Okay, this man, this “critical thinker,” surely knows better than medical professionals, just as I know more about football than any quarterback or coach in the league because I watch games on TV. When Rodgers said he was taking medical advice from Joe Rogan, the talk show host who said coronavirus is a hoax, I almost fell out of my chair.

Aaron Rodgers claimed he was immunized by an alternative, homeopathic treatment he believed would qualify him as “fully vaccinated.” The National Football League denied his claim because real doctors said his protocol would NOT immunize any human being against Covid-19. Much like drinking a good cup of coffee in the morning, Rodgers’ treatments might have made him feel good but they offered no health benefit.

But let’s get to a headline from NBC Sports. Aaron Rodgers claims he’s a victim of “the woke mob” and “cancel culture.” Okay, now he’s pressed my button. According to one of my favorite sources, the UrbanDictionary.com, “woke” means deluded or fake awareness but more traditional sources claim it means “an alert to injustice in society, especially racism.” If you are asleep, you are now awake. If you are woke, you are aware. So, who is this “woke mob” Mr. Rodgers speaks of?

The media is wickedly persistent and should you lie during a recorded interview on TV your words will come back to bite you. Aaron betrayed his team members because he led them to believe he was protecting them as well as himself. But he wasn’t. What if a trainer with a compromised immune system contracted Covid and died? What would Aaron Rodgers say to his family? In today’s world, such a possibility is more than hypothetical.

When an official makes a bad call on the field, a veteran like Aaron Rodgers might challenge that the rule was not followed or was ill-applied to the play. Aaron wants a “level-playing-field.” Well, all Americans also want a level playing field as we take our best shot at protecting ourselves and surviving this pandemic. When someone takes away that chance for survival, they don’t need to be “canceled.” They need to be ostracized and charged a penalty. Missing one game is not a great sacrifice for Rodgers, but if the Packers lose to the Chiefs he will be shunned by his own fans. The Packers are currently #1 in their conference with 7 wins and only 1 loss. On the other hand, Kansas City is having a terrible year with a 4 and 4 record. A loss to the Chiefs would be amazingly embarrassing to the Packers.

NFL Commissioner Goodell

I have my own disagreements with the way the NFL is run, especially the way some of their rules will bend for certain players. There have been too many domestic violence cases that have marred past seasons. Concussion conventions are a necessary evil in such a violent sport, but players contracting Covid when we have a vaccine is nothing short of dumb. The league will lose money if its top players are sidelined because they believed a well-paid but misinformed personal medicine man. It’s not a joke and woke has nothing to do with it, it’s on-the-job safety. Rodgers is misinformed.

Let’s get real here. Rodgers’ four-year, $134 million deal will pay him a base salary of $14.7 million in 2022. That number goes up to $25 million each of the next two seasons, and an objective analysis leads to a definite conclusion that Aaron is worth it. Green Bay is one of the rare franchises that is wholly owned by that small city in Wisconsin. Sure, they attract fans from Milwaukee, their TV market, but this team is Green Bay’s main industry. When it snows, the citizens of Green Bay, without pay, will come to the stadium and shovel the snow off their beloved Lambeau Field, known at the “frozen tundra.”

I am hopeful that Aaron Rodgers won’t die of Covid, but all involved deserve better, they deserve the truth. Had Rodgers said back in August that he was not vaccinated but was undergoing an alternative treatment, then he would have some credibility now, but he didn’t. His fans, team members and the NFL could have questioned Aaron about his treatment so they could decide if works for them, but that didn’t happen.

I’ve heard the line, “Well, I think I had it back in March, so I am probably immunized.” Really? Without an adequate antibody test, a person simply cannot know. In a profession where players breathe directly into the facemasks of their co-workers, Covid testing should be strict and reliable. The NFL survived very well last season with the protocols they put in place, why would they walk away from them now? Aaron Rodgers is just another anti-vaxxer who claims the vaccine will hurt him, or take away his mojo, or perhaps make him less effective in bed. But let’s focus on the real story here. This is not about a “woke mob” or “cancel culture.” It’s just another stupid diversion by giving a sports-playing millionaire too much of a platform for their non-sports “wisdom.”

Fatal Car Crash in Las Vegas

Curt Schilling was one of the greatest baseball pitchers ever, but he came under fire and was ejected from the 2021 Hall of Fame for defending participants in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6th. So, listen up all you professional egos out there. To be a role model, you can’t disrupt our democracy, you can’t put people at risk and you can’t drive a car at 156 mph while intoxicated. What you say and do matters. You can cause people to be killed.

 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them. Kindle and Paperback Click Here

New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

www.thedreamwindow.com

Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

 


AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE

The ‘isms have torn us apart

There are so many. Racism, sexism, socialism and, yes, capitalism. Combined, they have separated our little brains and made us more beholden to a dogma instead of bonding us in a united front against the real evils in the world.

The insanely divisive campaign to tighten voting procedures in many states is solely based on the “big lie” that Donald Trump has perpetrated on the sycophants who want him to return to power. This Trumpism can do nothing other than harm democracy and America herself.

The wildly toxic campaign against schoolboards and teachers is the little brother of the fight against science and facts, which the undereducated and unaware have decided is better than truth. Critical Race Theory is not taught in any grade, middle or high school in this country — so any fight against such a paper tiger is not only unproductive, it’s downright embarrassing.

Derrick Bell

If one took the time to read works by legal scholars like Derrick Bell, who grew up in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, they would have a better idea of what the COLLEGE COURSE named Critical Race Theory is all about. They would see the foolishness of their actions as they became aware that it’s an examination of how racial injustice has been codified in the laws of the United States. CRT is a collection of critical stances against the existing legal order based on the points of view of minorities across all races and creeds. Every time the governor of any state signs into a law a ban on teaching Critical Race Theory, they are proving it’s more than a theory. By banning the teachings of these legal scholars, they are underscoring the way US law is controlled by white men and women who, unknowingly or knowingly, bend the laws to favor white citizens. The concept that they are “protecting” their white offspring from discomfort is ironic.

Denialism. Uncle Bob didn’t trust the government and was adamant that he was not going to get the virus. Well, Covid-19 killed him. The responses were sad. His wife said, “People who got the shot also caught the thing. Bob was right.” Wow, did she miss the truth that those who have been vaccinated hardly ever die, even if they are a breakthrough case? I guess she was too busy with the funeral. The far-right politicians keep up their denial about the effectiveness of the vaccine and do little promote injections because they want to be seen as “freedom fighters.”

Last week I watched the HBO TV show, Real Time with Bill Maher. His guest was Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan, who presented her thoughts on what I might suggest is her very own Critical Masculinity Theory. Ms. Flanagan believes “it’s critical to teach boys the virtues of men who do heroic things, and she says it’s important to distinguish men from women.” Keep reading, I need time to reload.

Caitlin Flanagan

Caitlin railed on what she says is misdirected and dangerous wokeness, somehow turning “heroic masculinity” into a dirty phrase. She believes men are simply stronger and better suited to save the day when physical strength is the operative factor. Okay, so we need strong men to save the lady in distress, rather than the lady in a dress who uses her brain to figure out how to save the world, which includes men. Why are dangers often painted as physical contests?

You may remember that now infamous photo of Missouri Senator Josh Hawley walking from the capitol building on January 6th with his fist raised in support of the insurrectionists and protestors.

Mr. Hawley, spoke at the National Conservatism Conference and addressed the issue of “manhood,” which he said was under attack. He called upon men to return to traditional masculine roles. He claimed that the effort to combat toxic masculinity in the US has led men to consume more pornography and play more video games. REALLY?

Hitler & Hawley

Normally, this is where I would insert a joke about Josh’s fear that his male organ wasn’t as big as his bank account, which some say is one million dollars. Compensation jokes aside, Hawley, like many right-winged messengers of the past, paints a “men as heroes and women as whores” landscape. Is that the “traditional masculinity” he speaks of, or could it be something darker? The Weimar Republic of Germany preached to its soldiers the ideals of manliness and maternity, concepts central to the German patriotic view of World War I. One of those broken soldiers was a guy named Adolf Hitler. Despite all his education, Josh Hawley doesn’t see a connection. Perhaps we should ask his wife and three kids if girls and boys are equal under the eyes of God?

One of my neighbors has an “anti-Socialism” sign hanging in his garage. Now here’s a guy who accepts his monthly social security check without realizing if he was alive in the 1930s he would have been protesting the very program that FDR introduced to save the country.

Joe Machin, that opinionated Senator from West Virginia, sees government as a “partner” not a “provider.” Well, sorry to say, Joe, you are wrong! We pay taxes and then the government PROVIDES us with services and protections that we earned. Lawmaker rhetoric like this gets in the way of progress. They think they are making a point when some like Kyrsten Sinema don’t even take the time to state a point.

Americans are restless because they work hard and want to get to the next level, but people in power are so into their own personal ‘isms they don’t move as fast as the garbage man or the Door-Dasher. How can we get anywhere if people won’t put aside their stupid dogmas, false beliefs and party loyalties and focus on the mythical, united Americanism? Can’t they at least try?

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them. Kindle and Paperback Click Here

New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

www.thedreamwindow.com

Another book you have to read:

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 


WHY AM I SO IRRITATED?

The Cost of Caring

I like to think that I am a reasonable person. Of course, my enthusiasm sparks up at times and I can be a snapping turtle in an argument, but I’ll admit something to you. I have lived in five different states, but since moving to Florida I have a profound problem — everything Governor Ron DeSantis says makes me angry. When I lived in New York, George E. Pataki was the governor for a time, and I found him to be a sensible person. Both George and Ron went to Yale, but they are totally different people.

George Pataki

The only time DeSantis seemed to be evenhanded, and non-partisan happened when he dealt with the condo collapse in Dade County. As soon as that tragedy left the front page, however, Ronnie got back to his unreasonably vindictive and harshly negative approach to governing.

As I see it, the man killed people with his dishonesty about the pandemic and his virus directives to communities across the state. DeSantis was against masks, vaccination requirements at businesses and resorts, pushing his head in the sand regarding medical and scientific realities.

I was flabbergasted when I saw this front-page headline, “Fla surgeon general backs DeSantis with megaphone.” In a state where almost 60,000 people have died from Covid-19, and even given our affection for all the Disney characters, should we be turning to Goofy for medical advice? DeSantis brought Dr. Joseph Ladapo onboard to bash mask mandates, throw doubt on the vaccines and construct an uncaring health policy for the state. If you want to see how this was rolled out, here’s the video.

DeSantis & Ladapo

I’m sure that Ladapo has a paper diploma, so why does he spread more “scientific dishonesty” than truth? Here are the facts. Ladapo is against masks, he doubts the efficacy of the virus vaccines and he pushed hydroxychloroquine as a remedy. If that “miracle cure” was so good, why did so many people die? Dr. Ladapo signed the Great Barrington Declaration that said “herd immunity” was the only way to cure the global pandemic, while most experts say that would entail unnecessary deaths. Now, Ladapo and DeSantis are promoting a Covid-19 antibody treatment in which a top donor’s company has invested millions of dollars. Why? We already have vaccines. Dr. Ladapo insists the rights of parents are more important than the health of their children. Well, that’s a deal breaker for this parent. With all the challenges we face in America, why would Ladapo be attacking the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture? Florida’s Surgeon General should not be involved in politics.

When Dr. Ladapo went to visit a Democratic lawmaker, he refused to wear a mask saying it hinders his ability to communicate. I would hate to encounter a doctor in the emergency room about to operate on me when he’s not wearing a mask. Ladapo claims he didn’t know the lawmaker was suffering from breast cancer at the time of their meeting, but I can’t help wondering if he was mask-less just because he doesn’t like the look.

It could be his stance is based on the knowledge that a person doesn’t get hired or stay long on the job when they publicly disagree with their boss. It’s laughable when a doctor says he’s not anti-vaccine, but then blurts out that vaccines just aren’t that good and anyone who disagrees with him is not qualified. All of this leads me to question whether Dr. Joseph Ladapo has gotten a Covid-19 vaccine and, if he did, which one? Full disclosure, Doc.

When people talk about the great divide that exists in America, here’s my reaction, “If you keep repeating it we will never be able to cure it.” I wonder if we truly do have an unchangeable divide. Why would the governor of a major state not implement simple plans to help defeat Covid? Why does he take such an anti-science position when that’s not what he actually believes? He sends his kids to a private school believing that will keep them safer, but safer from what?

I was saddened by the news that Casey DeSantis, Ron’s wife, has breast cancer. Would Ron feel comfortable if his wife was seeing a doctor who hasn’t been vaccinated and who refused to wear a mask in the exam room? When it gets personal, you see, all the narrow-minded rhetoric goes out the window. Could it be that everything DeSantis says or does is guided by his desire to never piss off Donald Trump? You might ask why DeSantis would care. Well, he wants to be President of the USA, not some whiny governor in the Sunshine State. The character he plays is a shrill, far-right lunatic and his totally outward ambition repulses Democrats. He cares only about the Trump base of the Republican party and that’s fine for Florida, but beyond the sugarcane farmers and thin-blue-line cop coalition he’s just another grifter politician.

DeSantis isn’t at all sophisticated and fighting the federal government’s Covid-19 policies and regulations cannot make 60,000 deaths go away. If Ronnie was smarter, he would realize that his copycat Covid routine is what led to Trump losing the 2020 election. There are good people running against DeSantis in the upcoming midterm governor election, and should he lose he will probably start right in on a 2024 presidential campaign, if Donald Trump lets him. This brings me to the greatest reason why I dislike the guy. He’s not working for all Floridians because his focus is on just one part-time state resident, Donald Trump.

When Ron DeSantis goes on TV to brag about the magnificent way he managed the global pandemic, he’s just a fool trying to suck his constituents into his historical rewrite. He’s just another large blotch of mold, an unsightly stain of mildew on the good ship USS Face Makeup. The worst part of this story is that it’s not even original. DeSantis is merely a small version of the hideous orange algae we exterminated last year and hopefully will never see again.

It’s not me, it’s him. Ron DeSantis has become my most unliked governor of all time. Instead of putting up with him I could move, but many of the Republican governors in the country are idiots. I would not recommend Ron DeSantis for higher office, ever. Perhaps he’ll sue me for telling the truth. Napoleon syndrome.


THE ZEITGEIST OF ZUCKERBERG

It’s not one guy, social media is the problem

The era that Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard knuckleheads grew up in was not unlike the various cliques and clubs many of us joined in college. We were having our first taste of freedom, but we were all so immature and drawn to the fantastical.

In college we learn a trade, develop a skill or find a dream of doing something that we not only like but that will provide a moneymaking job or career. Zuck went to an Ivy League school, and while that does not confer an official title or status it impresses many. Ivy League schools are not permitted to award athletic scholarships, but other than that they are just old schools with billions of endowments.

Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard because he had a money-making scheme based on a college website named The Facebook, which students used to vote on coed’s faces — a narcissistic dating game. It then spread to other campuses but, in the beginning, only kids with an .edu email address could participate. There were always rules, but they were rarely updated, refined or improved. Zuckerberg and his nerd patrol spent every waking hour working on engagement and popularity, and they quickly saw that Facebook was more than a college campus app for immature and emotionally needy kids of their own zeitgeist. The word “The” was dropped at the advice of an investor.

Most Facebook users will tell you it’s exciting seeing their words, pictures or videos, but true gratification comes when someone else acknowledges their post. The FB crew eventually reasoned that they needed more than a “Like” button. Zuckerberg, who appears to be empathetically deficient, came up with other buttons like “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad,” because people kept dying, and also “Angry,” because people kept posting terrible things. Had I been at that meeting, I would have suggested a ”Fuck You” button. Then, out of nowhere came a “Care” button. Really? What the hell is that for?

Other wannabe-Facebook social media companies scooped up and massaged this unpatentable idea and some of them, like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and, most recently, Tik-Tok, worked well and became successful. All of these companies market themselves as social networks, but they struggle to build infrastructures that are safe from skullduggery and hackers.

This might be a fun time to admit some happenings from my college days, I and a cohort committed an offense by drawing money from two different budgets to build a campus radio station. We had already purchased all the state-of-the-art broadcast hardware when we got caught and our funds were cut off. Problem was, we had great gear but no desks or chairs. So, we ran around campus taking furniture from the offices of deans we didn’t like to make our radio station a true showcase. We got our hands slapped in those carefree days, but there was no trial or jailtime. Incidentally, I left college before I graduated. Just like Zuckerberg, I wanted to get on with my career, but that is where the comparison between us ends.

Mark built an amazing communication application that has touched a wide audience. 2.8 million monthly users check in to use the system. Its only protections come from Congress, under an old set of rules that were intended to promote ideas and innovation on the internet. The First Amendment protects those social media services, perhaps more than its users. You might want to say online exactly what you feel but remember these are free platforms with “terms of service,” meaning you might have to kowtow to them. Both the former US President and yours truly have been thrown off Twitter “for life,” although the former is suing Twitter in California to get his account back. I have no intention of spending money to rejoin Twitter world.

This brings us back to Mark Zuckerberg, who has become a rich man to the tune of more than $100 billion. He’s not about to let the government break up his software development factory and network of social media companies, yet he is aware of the lack of goodwill some of the leaks have caused him personally. It seems to me that either he is not in the loop of his companies’ research or he’s a bold-faced liar. As many “pure” souls before you have already learned, after climbing far up the corporate ladder there are times when a lie is the easiest way to solve a nagging problem. It’s so unlike college where you can get away with a lot of shenanigans. When you do incredibly well in business or government and amass vast power, you may start to believe your own lies and turn your darker aspirations into real things. We saw this in our last president and now we see it in Mark.

Twitter is just as bad as Facebook. Instagram hurts people’s feelings and makes young girls think they are inferior. By the way, Facebook owns Instagram, and their own research is the source of the facts about users’ self-esteem. It’s not the work of some investigative journalist. Top-level Facebook employees have obviously turned against Zuckerberg and are now making sure Congress and the public know about the smokescreen they are hoping will protect them.

The complaint against all social media platforms is they collect your data then sell your information, political viewpoints and content of your posts. Companies pay money to the social platforms so they can learn your desires to sell you something or, most recently, convince you to vote for a person or proposition.

In the beginning, the data buyers were content with generic information about a person or group, but they eventually demanded specifics. This allowed them to see, for example, that you like or searched on golf clubs so they could then place ads for the sport on your timeline. It was a small step for the social media companies to begin selling databases of users political affiliations. This data then gets leaked to foreign entities who try to convince you that Hillary Clinton is a baby-eating Satanist. Make no mistake, data selling is not solely a Zuckerberg thing. Google does it, Microsoft does it and so do many others. Hey, you don’t have to pay for posting privileges so let the non-buyer beware.

Mark Zuckerberg is a horrible communicator. Bill Gates is extremely good at that game. Jack Dorsey, the guy who runs Twitter, gets a grade B for messaging but he looks more believable. Rich people aren’t trained to be public speakers but that doesn’t matter. When Zuckerberg goes before Congress, he knows damn well the people asking the questions have no idea what they are talking about. He can simply say we’ll make it better then thank them for inviting him. The stock value goes up, everyone feels good, but nothing of substance happens. “We would welcome regulation” is their biggest lie. Remember, when you are under oath in a hearing a lie is a lie. They would hate regulation because it would cost them tons of money to alter their algorithms and procedures at the whims of Capitol Hill.

There is probably some logic in separating social media companies so no single entity controls all those posts, pictures and political opinions, but how do you do that without screams of government intervention in capitalism? The government could claim “monopoly” to force firewalls or dissolve assets, but that could fume donors who have large stakes in the companies.

I hate to break the news to those fat mouthed losers in Congress, but social media platforms provide many remarkable things. They help solve murders, find lost kids, and create power groups of influencers who force local governments to do better. Unfortunately, there are a lot of lunatics out there who exploit the reach and power of Facebook and the other platforms to do terrible things. When someone posts that the 2020 election was rigged we know it’s a lie, but it might be an honest opinion of the author. Yet because it’s such a harmful untruth you might think someone controls how often it’s repeated, but you would be wrong.

Remember, conservatives often complain about their ilk being put in “social media jail” for something they posted, but equal numbers of far-left people have been thrown off platforms for things they said. If the conservatives get their way of a completely open platform with no oversight of content and context, they might not like what they see. How many January 6th photoshop pictures of US Senator Josh Hawley as a Nazi with a black leather glove on his raised fist will be posted before they attempt more censorship?

Freedom of speech and the press were cornerstones of America’s creation, but our founding fathers didn’t know about radio, TV or the internet. Those things hadn’t been invented yet. It’s clear to me it’s the application of the law and not the letter of the law that’s in play here. I am sure that if Congress tries to regulate social media, lawsuits will fall from the sky and no meaningful reform will take place. I understand why I was banned from Twitter for life, but Donald Trump cannot comprehend where he went wrong because he does not understand rules of any kind. He feels his opinion is infallible.

I hope that things get better and our social media pages contain only cute kids, fluffy cats, funny dogs, colorful butterflies and wonderful pictures of places to visit after we get rid of this awful coronavirus. Sadly, the likelihood of that happening is next to zero. You could replace Mark Zuckerberg with some investment banker, but nothing would be improved and things might get worse. Facebook is not a monopoly; no one needs them. When the service went down for six hours a few weeks ago, nothing collapsed and no one died. Oh, some people had trouble getting information they needed, but why are they using Facebook to gather facts? Use Google or other search engines to mine vital information.

As I was just finishing up this post, the word came out that the parent company of Facebook has changed its name to Meta. Zuckerberg is now positioning his collection of companies and apps as a “metaverse.” I guess the reputation of Facebook has become so damaged that even the mothership is distancing itself from the main product.

Mark Zuckerberg is no longer a nerdy kid in college but he’s not grown into a thinking person. He’s like a young kid who confuses sex with love. Mark’s power is extensive, almost unbelievable, but engagement is not empathy. Stats, numbers and math cannot comfort a family whose daughter committed suicide because she gave too much power to those Instagram “friends” who bullied her. I’m not sure if Mark comprehends this.

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HE COULD HAVE BEEN A HERO

Instead, Ron DeSantis is a whiny little bitch

When Florida’s history with Covid-19 is written, we will remember those who had strong, firm and reasoned approaches and policies that helped. We will also remember the present leadership group in Tallahassee who didn’t fight the virus but attacked those who asked questions and offered up ideas.

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Here are five things Governor Ron DeSantis should have corrected from the start:

  1. Attitude and Presentation: Beginning with the press conference DeSantis gave with former Vice President Mike Pence on May 20, 2020 and continuing through all of our rough patches last year, DeSantis attacked the press and continuously touted Florida as being better than other states. Many of us moved here from those states and we didn’t appreciate him telling us how bad it was up there. Eventually, it became very much worse here. Son, don’t start bragging until you’ve actually won the game. Heroes never crow.
  2. Policies as Ultimatums Instead of Strategies: There were times DeSantis acted as if the entire world was against him instead of convincing us that the full power of the state was fighting the virus. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That “seasonal spike” line was embarrassingly tone deaf. DeSantis rarely told us about the state’s plan and how it was going to keep us safe. No, it was all about freedom, money and how everyone else was wrong. If Ron was so right, why are there so many dead Floridians? And why did I have to drive 300 miles to get each of my Covid shots? Heroes help people.
  3. Misunderstanding the Pandemic: I don’t know who advises Mr. DeSantis, but how can they be so wrong and contrary to the thousands of virus experts? Selling those anti-Fauci t-shirts might have seemed funny in Ron’s former dormitory at Yale, but many Floridians were rightfully indignant that the governor wasn’t listening to the CDC. I wonder if DeSantis would have reacted differently had he been told his anti-mask mandate stunt was going to kill so many teachers. I have heard extraordinarily little from the governor that shows true comprehension of the pandemic. Why would he hawk a bogus treatment when we have a free vaccine to keep us safe from the virus? Heroes act before things get bad.
  4. Vaccine Passports: By deemphasizing the need for everyone to get vaccinated and creating policies that flew in the face of mask wearing, Mr. DeSantis missed a chance to make Florida great again. Our governor should have used his political capital to get more people inoculated, which would have been good healthcare policy. By pushing back against companies and institutions demanding proof of vaccination, DeSantis missed a gigantic opportunity. The state could have printed glossy vaccination passports, emblazoned with the Ron’s picture. Think of the possible impact during his re-election campaign. Every time a Floridian proudly showed their vaccination passport, everyone nearby would be looking at the hero.
  5. Combative Relationships with Other Leaders: The concept of one-man rule has never played well in America, especially when that one person is wrong. It’s unbelievable that our governor doesn’t want the federal government telling him what to do, yet in the same speech he denies schoolboard members, mayors and county commissioners a voice about how health measures are instituted in their own communities. Sure, judges are there to sort out disputes, but after 13 educators and staff died in one community how would you expect a judge to rule? Heroes are never vindictive.

We need Ron DeSantis to respect self-governing bodies, human life, and our frail healthcare system. Does our leader honestly believe it’s wise to garnish the wages of the educational professionals who are doing their best to protect our children? Why is he investigating business that demand their customers be vaccination? When those kids weren’t able to get a shot, he put them in harm’s way.  DeSantis has alienated 62% of the state’s population by putting politics above health and safety. He placed corporate profits above pollution and the environment, and he created a hate-state of vindictive actions against anyone who thinks differently than he does. He’s just a short demigod who wants to control the citizens. Why are people not protesting his overreach? I guess they can’t spot a con artist with purely political intentions. Why not save your own voters, first?

Maybe Governor Ron DeSantis should learn to think before speaking. Thoughtful heroes have a knack for saying the right things.