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Loving America At Forty Cents On The Dollar
I know who you are. You work for about sixty cents on the dollar, once federal, state, and local taxes are taken out of your paycheck. You pay rent or a mortgage with what you have left, buy groceries, make car payments, and get insurance on your home, car, and health. You might put some away in savings, but not enough for retirement. If you have children, you might have a college fund, but not enough for a full university education. If you have pets, you try not to think about how much their food costs or what’s in it. You hope that you don’t get sick.
Boris Johnson Announces Four Week Delay To Removal Of All Covid 19 Restrictions
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hosted the latest Downing Street press conference in which he explained to the country what stage they were at in managing the Covid 19 pandemic and whether or not they'd be able to remove all restrictions put in place by the twenty first. The main announcement was that there would have to be a four week delay to step four of the country's road map to releasing the lock down This was mainly due to increasing number of cases of the Delta variant of Covid 19 first discovered in India and also to give more people the chance to become fully vaccinated by having two doses of a recommended Covid vaccine.
The 50 Year War That We Lost
Reading, writing, arithmetic, science, and oh, yeah, physical education. These are the things that we raise our kids telling them to focus on in between bouts of video games, movies, television, and our inability to figure out a way to have the energy to spend any real time with them. We depend on luck to raise our kids, luck that they'll do good in school, luck that they'll end up with a great teacher, and luck that we can help provide them with a good education as long as they had the goals in front of them. From the 1950s to today, raising children has become a much more complicated and I dare say, painstaking task, for those that want to keep their kids on a straight and narrow path. Enter in the years of the D.A.R.E. Program, and the colossal failure in the efforts to curb drug use in America.
Defund The Police and Its Conversation Non-Starter Problem
I have seen enough of Facebook from my friends and family, people I care about and respect, to know that the term, “defund the police” is a really poor term for the actual argument being made. It allows a knee jerk dismissive reaction from a lot of people. It allows the counter-argument to found itself on, "You hate all police officers and want lawlessness and anarchy." It invites reaction to the argument without understanding the argument and it ends the conversation.
Let me be clear about something, I have opinions. Let's break that down a little bit because I feel like that word is lost on a lot of people these days. If you believe something, for instance that abortion is wrong or right, those are opinions. Now I know I'm going to get attacked by the Christian community here, but if someone doesn't believe in the Christian religion then how are they supposed to feel when you use that as an argument against abortion. Imagine moving to the middle east for example and their religion says you have to cover yourself if you're a woman. So if that's the primary religion of their country would you be ok with that? Honestly women in the middle east are treated much worse than that. I used this mild example just as a point of reference to show how religion does play a part in society. Here's the thing though, America has freedom of religion, for now at least, so we are a huge mix of different religions and agnostics. If we make a law that bans abortions it would open the door for religions like Islam to cover and subjugate women. If you don't believe me look up Sharia Law. Now I'm not saying I advocate for or condone abortion. I think it's quite barbaric and honestly I've met very few women, even that believe in abortion although the number is rising. Here's the thing though, it's my opinion. We've created a culture now that allows opinions to define realities. I know people who argue against my opinion and I listen and they do have valid points. One such point is the total failure that is America's foster care system. I can't lie I've legitimately never had much of a positive experience with kids in foster care or adults who grew up in foster care. This is not to say there aren't any, but it's just been my experience that these people are troubled and foster care doesn't really do much to help. Especially if you're fostering 12 kids or 10 kids theres no way you're giving 10 troubled children the individual care they deserve. Again though this is my opinion. Almost everything we want to hold on to as facts are opinions. Opinions drive politics, politicians know that publicly displaying contrasting opinions will, ultimately prevent any organized or unified opposition to government. We like to believe we are a free people in the United States but the definition of government is control. Govern means to rule. Theres a line that always makes me think in the 2000 film The Patriot Mel Gibsons character Benjamin Martin at a meeting in Charleston says to them "Why should I trade one tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants one mile away?" This is literally what has happened. We are more heavily taxed and regulated now than under King George. Okay maybe that's a stretch, but it is my opinion. Think about this for a second, what if politicians on both sides have never cared about climate change? Or healthcare? Or immigration? Or the rights of black people? You get the idea. The reason I believe this is because my dad and grandma always had the news on growing up and the issues we arguing over today are the same ones we were arguing about when I was 5 years old. Nobody's solved any of it they've talked alot, they've made tons of empty promises but little to no action. Or even worse taking action that does more harm than good. We are actively being lied to every election and every day in between. I'm honestly having trouble differentiating between our news and communist propaganda. Now we are looking into whether or not the Covid 19 virus was natural or laboratory made. It may be my imagination but it seems like news media are all too quick to suggest that the lab theory is a "Conspiracy Theory". Now just based off of the fact that it's a virus optimized for human transmission traced back to within 1 mile of the of The Wuhan Institute of Virology is enough proof for me. Here's the thing though, it has not yet been proven, so for now it's just my opinion. Now let's talk climate change. This is a big one I remember first hearing about early in childhood. Now here is my perspective, or opinion, if you will. I believe the earth cycles, and we are in a super warming phase. If climate activists would say "Save us humans" it would be more accurate. I always hear "Save the planet!" but I believe the planet will be here long after mankind is erased. Or perhaps we will evolve? Nobody actually knows for sure. Humans are much more likely to die from something man made than from global warming. Now I know what you're thinking "But global warming is man made" that's partially true. The planet would be warming by some degree without humans. The argument in science is how much more do humans contribute? In all for reducing emissions but I don't think we should gamble the whole country's prosperity on it. Just a reminder these are my personal opinions, not attacks on others who disagree. These are opinions not facts. We must stop demonizing opposing opinions and debate them in a healthy manner instead. Thank you for listening to my opinion on opinions.
China Opens to Three-Child Policy. Is It Too Late?
We all knew it would come. Still, it came as a surprise on the last day of May 2021. It’s really fast. The first one, “One Child Policy” stayed for 34 years (1980-2014). The second, “Two-child Policy”, 5 years (2015 -2020).
Peaceful protest gone wrong!
A lot of times i have always thought that democracy was meant to be or may be termed as a government for the people, by the people, and of the people. Or maybe should i say it refers to a form of government in which the people either have the authority to choose their governing legislators, or the authority to decide on legislation. But in Nigeria, the reverse is always being the case. On the 12th of June is the nation's democracy day celebration.
50 Reasons We Are Still Slaves
American 2021 Declaration of Dependence: Renewing the Vows To all “black” citizen slaves, in order to maintain your life and citizenship on the “U.S. Plantation”, you are forced to submit to “whites” in every way, especially those whites in positions of authority and the white money establishment, and you are forced to adopt “white” culture, lifestyles and attitudes. Some ways this indoctrination is accomplished include:
Can Writers Be Political
I was scrolling down the sidebar and the title "Can Writers Be Political" came up somewhere in the stories. Instead of going through it, I wished to put my words on the given topic, as I believed it is one of the most significant topics that need to be discussed. Had I read it, it would have affected my opinion and that is why instead of reading it I am writing on it.
Globalization And Third World Countries
Globalization is an extended and complex phenomenon of the twenty-first century. It is a word that encompasses the entire world into an integrated and interdependent body of different units. The very thesis of the theory is that due to the rapid communication and the pace of economic transformation the world has dramatically changed into a global village. Where in one part of the world an event in society has abrupt and far cry consequences on the other part of the world. In hindsight, a cosmopolitan culture, free-market economy, trade and business, easy transformation of goods and people, global polity, common threats and concerns of humanity, rapid transportation has changed human society. It also has enormous impacts on the culture, economy, and politics of those societies which are politically dependent, educationally deprived, technically less skilled, and economically crippled. They don’t have easy access to modern and advanced technologies. And that’s why despite all the efforts of the developing countries they are maltreated and exploited by the developed states.
All is Fair in Love and Markets
"Fundamentally, there are only two ways of co-ordinating the economic activities of millions. One is central direction involving the use of coercion - the technique of the army and of the modern totalitarian state. The other is voluntary co-operation of individuals - the technique of the market place."
Muckrakers the super heroes of journalism
Muckrakers were investigative reporters and writers during what is known as the Progressive Era which lasted from 1890–1920. These individuals wrote about injustice and corruption in order to bring much needed changes in society. You could call them whistleblowers who published articles in magazines like Cosmopolitan and McClure's and also in books. The January 1903 issue of McClure's is considered to be the official debut for muckraking journalism.