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As a reminder: Nothing will change in the aftermath of this week’s mass shooting in Florida   Leave a comment

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There have been dozens of high-profile mass shootings since Bill Clinton was in office starting with Columbine. 3 presidents later–Bush 43, Obama and now Trump–nothing has been done. CNN’s wasting their time getting victims and victims’ families to scream at 45 on the air. We know and they know that unless the policy makers are directly effected, nothing will be done. As I have said many times before on this blog in just the last two years, the Gun Debate was settled after Sandy Hook 6 years ago. When two classrooms full of first and second graders being slaughtered became bearable as far as Congress was concerned, that ended the debate for good. We also lost our moral credability as far as the rest of the world is concerned as well.

As someone who worked in three public schools in Boston over a 10-year period, I vehemently oppose any proposals or measures to put guns, armed personnel and metal detectors in public schools. “They will be an effective deterrent” people will say. No, it won’t: One thing all the school shootings had in common is the shooter was a member of the school community. Given that, they would find a way to either get a firearm past the security checkpoints or still inflict damage through other means such as the Florida Shooter. He pulled a fire alarm to force people outside so metal detectors wouldn’t have stopped him.

“Then let’s arm school staff or put armed security guards in schools”, you might say to that? Hell no absolutely not. That’s why the rest of the world laughs at us. For some reason, too many people in this country feel that violence and the threat of violence is always the only logical answer to violence. All we’re gonna do is create an arms race with whoever is serious about doing harm. That and we’re talking about SCHOOLS, which are supposed to be institutions of learning for students and educators. When armed personnel and metal detectors are introduced, that prettymuch defeats the purpose of going to school. You don’t go to school to be searched and looked at as a possible threat. Those kinds of security measures send the message schools are not safe. Acts of violence like this don’t happen anywhere near enough to warrant a nationwide policy of armed personnel and/or metal detectors.

I’ll resist the urge to digress this time but I do want to add my voice to those who have cautioned against linking, profiling and stereotyping persons with psychological conditions or mental disorders and acts of violence. The media plays a large part to blame for that when they reveal a mass shooter’s background. The simple truth is those with mental disorders and psychological conditions are more likely to want to harm themselves than others. In fact, even those with a history of violence have too many things around them to prevent them from carring out mass murder, let alone a murder on that note. I just wanted to make sure to say this.

Before I forget: The picture at the top is the routine in the U.S. after every mass shooting. The only people who don’t forget are of course, those directly impacted by a mass shooting. The cycle needs to be broken. 100% of these mass shootings were 100% preventable. That’s a fact.

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50 years after MLK’s assassination, America needs a new MLK   Leave a comment

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…These are some dangerous times in which we now live. Every third January, America takes a moment to acknowledge just some of the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. As noted in FAIR’s 1995 article on him, King’s unpopular stances on the Vietnam War, Poverty and other social justice issues after 1965 were why he was killed just like JFK preparing to expose some conspirators are why he was killed.

Three questions are often asked each year in regards to MLK every year:

  1. What would he think of America today?
  2. What would he think of race relations today?
  3. What would he think of the current president?

My thoughts on those three questions are as follows and I will keep it short:

 

  1. He would consider America to be on the wrong side of history both Domestically and Internationally but at the same time happy to see it is being refreshingly honest compared to his own time.
  2. He would consider things to be better in some areas but much worse in others, more so given racism is no longer hidden like it was in the 3 decades after he died.
  3. He would point to #45 as having reminded or educated the rest of the world that America still has a race problem and more so than #44 did because of the things he says on a daily basis.

I don’t want to say anything further than that on all three points. I will say all the efforts by both Democrats and Republicans to claim him as one of them is laughable given he would have a problem with both parties. That’s some serious irony. Let’s not forget who King REALLY was to the establishment. He was an “agitator”. He was a “problem”. He was a “Communist”. He was a “Soviet Symapthizer”. And he was monitored bt the FBI up until the day he was killed.

Let’s not get it twisted.

The Establishment likes to focus on his work up to 1965, skip the next 3 years and then go to his death in Memphis in 1968 BECAUSE of his “extremist” views between 1965 and 1968. That’s how it works. The national day of honor has some conditions attached to it. Specifically, “Let’s just not talk about all the other stuff he said after Selma”. And it shows in history books that talk about him. Some teachers of color as well as those who met him in person have noted illustrations of him in textbooks and elsewhere have portrayed Dr. King as lighter than he really was. The point is the powers that be are distorting the truth and facts about him because the reality is inconvenient.

The irony, of course is most of his family is still alive today. The sad reality is since his wife’s death 10 years ago, the family has been divided. There were problems before she died but she held the family together. The causes Dr. King championed were left without a clear successor or successors after his death. Exactly as The Establishment intended.

It’s been too long.

The new spirit of dissent and protest in recent years was borne out of necessity. Black Lives Matter as an organization will eventually split into different groups. Same thing happened in King’s time. There is an important lesson from years’ past that needs to be applied yoday: In order to make change happen, you need to force it. You need to be willing to put yourself on the line. You need to be willing to sacrifice all including your life for the cause. There are many among the current generation who are both ready and willing. One was killed by a Nazi last summer after all.

That is exactly what The Establishment fears the most: The people self-organizing and protesting en masse. A people who have no problem going to jail to protest unjust laws, policies and norms. A people who will move as one and will keep pushing until change happens.

Any time is a good time for that. That’s why I blog, after all.

One thing that is missing the Corporate Media and Politicians have been working together to discredit as they become known are charismatic figures to champion and lead the cause. Everyone knows Colin Kaepernick and most know Shaun King (No relation to MLK). Not many people know who Khury Peterson-Smith is but you should.

I’ve been thinking about my future alot lately   Leave a comment

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…Until recently, I never seriously considered leaving the U.S. Then, I made that list of countries I wouldn’t mind moving to if I did. For those who didn’t read that blog post, my top choice was The Philippines. Then I decided to do some research on The Philippines in recent months. I know 10 people who live in The Philippines as well and they provided additional information I couldn’t easily find online.

The more I learned about The Philippines, the more drawn to it I became. Then…I realized something: I could make a fresh start over there.

From an economical point of view, it makes sense: Rent starts at 3500 Philippine Pesos (PHP), which is about $67 USD (rounding to the nearest USD). You can also buy a house starting at 1,516,050 PHP, which is about $30,000 USD. There is a BIG catch, however: Foreigners can’t buy property or land in The Philippines BUT they can own land signed over to them. What this means is you would have to have a local you trust buy property on your behalf and then transfer ownership over to you.

Moving on, my tradeskills in education and Writing abilities should ensure I don’t have too much trouble finding a job very quickly either as a tutor, a consultant or an advisor with a decient salary. I am already seeing several jobs I can do remotely so…yeah. Ensuring I can jump into a job now given I am still currently Unemployed is big.

The climate in The Philippines is fairly easy to predict: There is no snow. So, I would need to plan for heavy rain and hot weather instead. The region does have Typhoons (Hurricanes in the Atlantic) and but the areas I am looking at are high enough for me to not have to worry about flooding.

The Philippines is a former U.S. Territory so almost everyone knows English  as well a Tagalong (Filipino) as a result. So, unless you’re looking to be a translator you shouldn’t have too much difficulty talking to folks. In fact students from other Asian countries in the region including Korea, Japan and China move to The Philippines to learn English while taking advantage of the country’s low cost of living.

Speaking of the cost of living: $1.00 USD = 50.27 PHP. $100 USD = 5027.40 PHP. $500 = 25,137 PHP. $1,000 = 50, 274.

So, yeah.

It makes a whole lot of sense why Western Retirees–mostly from the U.S.–choose to live out their retirement in The Philippines. The most you will likely pay to buy a house in The Philippines is just $20,000 USD (19,891 PHP) or rent to own starting at rent pricing over 20 to 30 years. Probably shorter if you work something out with a local.

It’s a good investment longterm, especially if you know someone living in The Philippines already: You can arrange to buy a house and have someone you know in the Philippines maintain the property for you when you’re not there. That way, you don’t have to worry about the property falling into disrepair when you’re not there. It’s become an opportunity for some Filipino natives living in poverty over the years and also a way to stay off the streets and out of trouble. In exchange for taking care of the house, they can be paid to maintain the property while the owner is abroad.

As it happens, I know at least 10 people who live in The Philippines and have for some time now. I recently talked to one about the idea and they are open to helping me maintain a house over there. I’m now helping them plan a trip to Boston hopefully sometime early next year where we will talk in more detail on the matter, among other things.

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…All that said, The Philippines does have its share of problems. It IS considered a third-world country after all.

Of note:

  • The Philippines became a U.S. Territory at the close of World War II (liberated from Japan) and remained one until it regained its independence in 1987. In the 30 years since becoming independent The Philippine government has had one corrupt, authoritorian government after the next even today. There is widespread poverty and a lack of opportunities for many Filipinos as a result.
  • The Philippines has two official languages: Tagalong (Filipino) and English. There is open discrimination among Filipinos against those who do not know English and those who have dark or tan skin. Knowing English is viewed as a sign you are an educated person. Having lighter skin means you will be able to blend in should you go to China, Japan or South Korea for work or school. Otherwise you’re likely to go to Hawaii, California, Samoa or The Middle East if they’re Muslim.
  • In an effort to promote national pride, anyone born to a Filipino parent is now considered a citizen of The Philippines. This policy was recently done to help encourage those who left for better opportunities to return and those who were born to a Filipino parent to visit the county of their family’s birth. Most but not all who leave for work or school overseas never return and eventually go on to become citizens of the country they move to. Rather than invest in their homeland, many choose to remain overseas where they will have a much higher quality of life.
  • Until about 10 years ago, The Philippines was the #1 destination for retirees from the U.S. That changed after the Recession. Some were even forced to move back to the U.S. to help their families. The timing was bad as The Philippines has undergone an explosion of construction for new housing opportunities since then. Housing set aside for foreigners to rent that the government is now trying to repurpose.
  • Due to the strong influences of the Roman Catholic Church which until recently prettymuch ran the country,  Sex Education is lacking and contraceptives are a taboo. The teen pregnancy rate in The Philippines is one of the highest in the world and in fact, some girls have had sex starting as young as 11 in some cases and will have had their third child by the time they’re 18. The situation is so bad, non-profits and relief organizations that come in to teach Sex Ed hand out condoms in an effort to curb the out of control birthrate. The Philippines is a textbook example of why an Abstinence-Only Policy (No Sex before marriage for those who don’t know) does not work.
  • Going with the above: Once a woman gets pregnant, she is not allowed to work most jobs for safety reasons. If she is single and pregnant–and this is also a widespread issue–she is often disowned by her family. Some women are driven to undergo an abortion at one of the many underground abortion clinics in a country where abortion is illegal. Some turn to prostitution or the rapidly growing Live Cam industry to make money off foreigners.
  • For those who don’t know, there are no government assistence programs in The Philippines like Food Stamps and Social Seecurity in the U.S. for those in need: Becoming pregnant at a young age or having several children in a few years when you’re not financially stable is exasperated by the fact good paying jobs are hard to come by without a good education. Getting pregnant young means dropping out of school.
  • Although Cambodia is more known for this, The Philippines is the #1 destination for sex tourism in the South Asia Region. I mentioned earlier dark-skinned Filipinos are often discriminated against by lighter-skinned Filipinos. Filipinas with darker skin out of work and knowing little to no English often find themselves the victims of Sex Tourism and Sex Trafficking. Even worse, some end up pregnant and never even know the identity of their child’s father. Some even contract STDs from their clients from overseas and unknowingly spread it to others. It’s at the point foreigners are offered condoms at the airport.
  • The Philippines is the #2 destination behind Cambodia in the world for Pedophiles from the U.S. and Europe looking to openly prey on children since it’s far easier to find victims to prey on without anyone knowing. Really, this is a thing and has been for a some time. Pedos going overseas “to get their fix” is nothing new but over the last 10 years, they’ve been going in much larger numbers (credit to MSNBC Journalist Chris Hansen and his To Catch a Predator show). They go there because they can molest or worse and be completely invisible. Only in recent years has the practice become more known to the public and the UN is offering assistence in identifying and arresting those who travel to The Philippines for Pedophilia. Local authorities in The Philippines are also warning the public about the problem as well.

…I’m sure that last one jumped out on you.

In short, The Philippines has many of the problems one would expect from a country with rampant poverty, lack of education and a lack of opportunities for most of the population. I’m sure this is a surprise to many given it’s a former U.S. territory but shouldn’t given it was prettymuch cut loose by the Reagan Administration “to save money” though it was presented to the world as giving Filipinos control of their homeland. The economy is almost non-existent and most of the revenue is funneled directly into the coffers of the government. Little is actually invested into the country. Non-profits, missionaries and relief organizations are a lifeline to those who would die otherwise.

Despite all the challenges, I maintain what I said earlier about the country having much potential. After all, there are many foreign companies who have set up shop over there. To say The Philippines relies on those jobs would be an understatement. Much more needs to be done on the ground over there to put a dent in the widespread poverty.

Vocational Schools will go a long way in training people of different age groups with the skills they’ll need to help lift the economy in The Philippines, which is virtually non-existent: In fact, the country is most known for exporting Filippinos to other countries to work. Those working overseas in turn send money back home to support their families.

  • Unfortunately, some end up becoming victims of Debt Human Trafficking: They’re tricked into accepting a pile of money and legally becoming slaves until they can pay off a debt their debtors know they can never pay off on their own. Most don’t even realize they signed themselves over to become slaves until it’s too late.
  • Some end up being caught up in Sex Trafficking rings, mostly in South Asia: They’re recruited by a Filippino ring member they befriend not knowing what they’re getting themselves into. Not until after their passport, visa and cellphone are all taken from them. Most are immediately forced into prostitution but some are forced to pose in front of a camera for live cam shows, usually under the threat of violence, calling the police or deportation.

The above points aside, those with the means to leave tend not to return home though they will visit. They will either just finance their family’s immigration or send money to keep their family going back home. Hong Kong is now the #1 destination for Filippinos looking to work overseas. The demand for overseas workers exploded after Hong Kong officially came under the juristiction of the Chinese government a few years ago.

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Due to America’s anti-immigration policies since 9/11, it’s now much harder for overseas workers to apply for a visa to work in the U.S. Overseas workers are now looking elsewhere to more immigration-friendly countries to work. Most Filippinos who immigrate to the U.S. now do it for one of two reasons: They either have family already here or they are in a relationship with a U.S. Citizen, usually the second reason. 9 out of 10 times it’s a Filippino woman and a Male American Citizen so…yeah.

For those who may be wondering yes, the U.S. Citizen will be on the hook to sponor their new wife’s Marriage Visa. Costs to file the paperwork while she’s home is $850 excluding the required Medical Exam which starts around $300. If she’s already here when you file, it will cost an extra $985 to change her Tourist Visa into a green card. This is in addition to the $850 for the other paperwork plus the Medical Exam, which are both also required get the her status legally changed. Oh and you also need to get a Marriage License in the U.S., which proves you and her are legally married. Reverse the gender if it’s a Female U.S. Citizen and Male Filippino but everything else is the same.

…Mind you, this is separate from retirees moving to The Philippines. Sometimes the Filippino woman will have a child (one or two on average) from a previous relationship and the child’s father is either dead or out of the picture completely. Of course, any guy who decides to be with her knows they’re getting a package deal. So, when you marry her and she becomes a U.S. Citizen via a Marriage Visa, her kids under 18 become one also. As it happens, both The Philippines and The U.S. allow dual citizenship between them. Anyone born to a Filippino parent overseas is also automatically eligable for dual citizenship. Want to become a Filippino Citizen? It will take 10 years but that time is cut in half if you marry a Filippino citizen.

Goes without saying the reason I know all this stuff is because I have been doing alot of research in recent years. I meant to post this last month but I’m glad I waited since I kept updating this post over time. I will revisit this topic throughout 2018 as well ^_^

“What country is like America?”   Leave a comment

None, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing ^_^

This message is to those who don’t live in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and want to move here: America is not the Utopia you think it is. I will admit I decided to actually write this after talking to a few new friends I made via Facebook but I meant to write this back in 2012. I also want to make it clear in all of these there is no sarcasm or humor. AT ALL.

Ok let’s get started with the Politics first:

 

  • You are expected to be fluent in English AND know the American culture when you arrive. The problem with the latter is the American culture depends on what part of America you are in.
  • Coming from the African continent and have brown skin? Avoid Milwaukee, St. Louis and the states of Florida, Missouri, Mississippi and possibly Tennessee. If you don’t want to get killed by Law Enforcement, that is. Avoid Chicago as well since it is the Homicide Capital of America. Yes, the same Chicago former President Barack Obama is from.
  • If you are a Muslim woman, don’t travel in public places alone if you don’t have to. You may be harassed by a biggot.
  • Going with the above: Just like 100 years ago with European immigrants, if you are Muslim you’ll need to hide it if you want to get by. And don’t even think about speaking anything other than English in public. Not if you don’t want to be harassed.
  • America is big on Hypocrisy: Say one thing and do another. Do what I say, not what I do. Pot calling the kettle black. And so on. Yet most Americans still have no idea this is exactly why there are people who hate America: They hate the hypocrisy and the majority who bought into it and even defend it with force.
  • You have rights but they can be violated at the drop of a hat when it’s convenient. Not just because you’re not White.
  • During elections, most people go by what they see and hear on TV. They don’t research candidates on their own before they vote. That’s how Donald Trump was elected prettymuch. Now we’re dealing with the consequences.
  • Protesting injustice in America is considered controversial. Why? Good question. The short answer: The truth hurts.
  • Most Americans actually ARE NOT racist. Many ARE igorant of other cultures though.
  • Just like everywhere else, there ARE people who will do you and yours harm without a second thought.
  • Contrary to how its (S)elected “Officials” like to present the country as a whole to the rest of the world, America does not speak with one voice but many. This is not a disclaimer. It is a fact and that it is. The good and bad thing is it ALWAYS has to be like this. It’s good when the government decides to do the right thing and bad when it doesn’t.
  • On that last note: Yes, there are alot of Americans who don’t want “everyone” to have free healthcare out of spite but could care less about their taxpayer dollars being spent to kill people who hold no ill will toward them or the U.S. elsewhere.

I could go on but I have other categories to go through. Again, this is reality in the U.S. right now and HAS BEEN FOR DECADES.

Let’s go on to the American Lifestyle next:

  • First and foremost, America in general is obsessed with materialism and wasteful spending. Not everyone but as a country, this is the reality. It’s obvious as soon as you leave the plane. You will immediately see posters and advertisements everywhere telling you things like “You need this” and “You want this”.
  • The “typical” American diet presented on TV and the Internet should be ignored unless you want to die early or eventually from heart disease and/or cancer. The Fast Food industry–McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC, Popeyes, Subway and Burger King to name a few–spends millions each year in advertisements to lure people in to eat their high-sodium and high-sugar foods. A burger, fries and a soda is NOT a balanced meal. Three tacos and a soda is NOT a balanced meal. A footlong sub, a bag of Doritos and a soda is NOT a balanced meal.
  • Going with the above: For some reason, Organic Foods cost more than processed foodstuffs in a grocery store or supermarket. No, really: If you walk into a Supermarket, you will notice foods that are actually good for you actually cost more than unhealthhy options. A frozen Macaroni & Cheese dinner will cost you $1 in most chain supermarkets. A Macaroni and Cheese dinner with liquid cheese (just boil the pasta then add the cheese) costs $4 on average. If you want to make Macaroni and Cheese from scratch, be prepared to spend at least $7. Yes, it actually costs more to eat healthy in the U.S.
  • The introduction of the internet 20 years ago changed how people interact with each other. Even though it has made it far easier for people to connect with each other, it has also made it far easier for people to isolate themselves. Get on a bus or train and more often than not, most of the people are looking at their phones.
  • For some reason, it makes sense for someone to have to work two or three jobs just to keep a roof over their head. No, really.
  • The general expectation for high school graduates is for them to go to college. That’s assuming they can afford it. Most college students end up in debt weather they finish or not. Those who don’t are either very well off or have a full scholarship. To add injury to insult, there are many college graduates who end up working retail because no one wants to hire someone fresh out of college without any experience.
  • The introduction of Social Media can make dating more confusing than it has to be. Yet, for some reason this is what many people want even though they don’t like it personally.
  • It far easier for relationships to fall apart due to the threat of affairs, internet porn, domestic abuse, distrust and insecurity. This is also why over half of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce: Relationships are not usually built over time as was the norm years ago and as a result, marriages are rushed into. Most couples do not seek marriage counseling in advance and as a result, they do not realize they actually have little reason on their own to make the relationship work long-term. Not until after it’s collapsed beyond repair.
  • Americans like to complain and voice grievences against government officials and policies but are often slow to either hold them accountable or or vote them out of office.
  • People will complain about how absurd it is to pay $1000 for a cellphone but many of those same folks will be lining up to but one or in the days leading up to its release.

 

While most Americans DO agree Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty ARE problems that need to be solved AND easily can be, there is a catch: Not everyone agrees on HOW it should be solved. Think about this. Americans want all these problems to be solved but the overwhelming majority don’t want to have to lift a finger or pay a cent to make it happen. Rather, most feel “someone else” should pay for it as long as it isn’t them either directly or via taxes. No, really.

Let’s go on to Primary and Secondary Education now:

 

  • First and foremost, if you want your child to have a proper education be prepared to pay for it and I mean BEFORE college. America is not in the top 10 in Education for obvious reasons. The biggest one: Education is not considered a right in America.
  • In most large school districts, students are not taught to learn but are instead taught memorization geared around testing from an early age, usually on material they never learned or weren’t given enough time to learn well. Frequent cuts to federal, state and local funding has led to Art, Music, Social Studies, History, Geography and more recently P.E. being eliminated from most school curriculums. This has also led to an overcrowding problem in some schools and half-empty classrooms in others as parents move their kids to or from schools.
  • Thinking of college? Do you have a 5 or 6-figure income? No? Then, you’re better off enrolling in either a Community College or a Vocational School. Most who go to a major college or university leave with debt they will spend up to 20 to 30 years trying to pay off.
  • For those whose first language is not English, it is advised that you take a year just learning how to read, write and speak American English: In most school districts, ESL (English as a Seconf Language) students are only given a year even though for most that is far from sufficient time to become proficient in English.
  • Going with the above: If you have a heavy or thick accent, it is also reccommended you take English Language Arts courses to reduce your accent.
  • Also: English is the official language of the United States BUT just like everywhere else, it is NOT against the law to speak another language. Anyone who angrily tells you “Speak English!” or “We only speak English here!” is probably a racist and a biggot. As long as you know enough to get by, that’s fine. For years some lawmakers have been trying to get Spanish and Mandarin (Chinese) added as secondary languages due to the large numbers of Immigrants who come to the U.S. from China and Latin America every year respectively.

 

I could go on but in short, there is a heavy emphasis on knowledge you’re expected to know even though you clearly haven’t learned it yet. Again, there is a reson the U.S. is ranked 47th in Education: The system wants you smart enough to pay taxes and keep them in office but dumb enough not to threaten the system. You want a quality education for you and yours? Look to Community Colleges and Vocational Schools.

 

Finally, let’s talk about Religion and Morality:

  • Contrary to popular belief by most Americans, the United States does NOT have a state religion and never has. Not officially, that is. Calls by (S)elected “Officials” for reccommending prayer or suggesting people pray at certain times is in itself controversial BECAUSE it promotes and endorses a particular belief held by both the speaker and many in the country and THAT can easily be seen as violating someone else’s Freedom of Religion.
  • Going with the above: It would not be accurate to call the United States a “Christian Nation” because there are many different Christian denominations. I’m a Seventh Day Adventist for example.
  • As noted, America wrestles with the fact although there is no official state religion, conservatives and The Vatican have been pressuring government “officials” to establish one “because of tradition and patriotism”. The obvious problem is this would nullify Freedom of Religion. I mean both ways. As a reminder, there are dozens of Christian denominations.
  • The interesting and ironic hypocrisy of Christian Missionary work based out of the U.S.: There is much work to be done but the problem is a lack of funding. Many missionary projects and sites have been either abandoned or shut down due to lack of funds to keep running. Why? Because not enough money is going out from the U.S. to properly fund and maintain them. This is for ALL Christian denominations across the board.
  • To some American Christians, the ACLU and the government suing or stopping them from using their beliefs to violate the civil rights of others is “Persecution”. I’m specifically referring to the significant number of American Christians who feel it is their job, calling and right to infringe upon the Civil Liberties of the LGBT Community*.
  • Going with the above: Some American Christians feel it is far more productive to picket and shut down Abortion Clinics than to protest the NEED for them to exist. In a country where unprotected sex, infidelity, sexual assault and teen pregnancy are both encouraged and glorified via mass media and the internet, unwanted pregnancies** should come as no surprise. On top of it, it has already been proven beyond reasonable doubt in several countries that an abstinence-only policy (No sex before marriage) without Sex Ed (including education about condoms to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STDs) on top of it ensures unwanted pregnancies will continue to happen.

    * The Bible DOES speak against the practice of Homesexuality–almost 80 separate times, in fact–but it DOES NOT encourage violence or discrimination against those who are. Those who do either and/or both are taking matters into their own hands, which is ironic given the Bible also clearly states “Judge not lest ye be judged”.

    ** Rather than bully a woman for going to get an abortion clinic, a far more effective alternative would be to offer to adopt her unborn child and cover all medical appointments as well. What’s that? That would mean actually valuing the life of an unborn child? Well, it’s better than an unwanted pregnancy being secretly carried to term, the baby dellivered in a bathroom and then being put in a dumpster or toilet like trash.

 

As I mentioned in another category, America is morally bankrupt and has been for DECADES:

  • As I mentioned in a separate blog post, the gun debate in the U.S. was decided after the Sandy Hook mass shooting: When we decided as a society that two classrooms full of 6 and 7 year olds being gunned down was bearable, that ended the debate right there.
  • As I mentioned in a video blog, Murders and Homicides are glorified in American TV Shows and Movies: It comes as no surprise given although the U.S. is only 241 years old, it has been at war in all but 8 of them. Just look at the national anthem, which glorifies and promotes war. Before the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor video games were even thought of, movies and documentaries glorifying World War II were mega popular in the U.S.
  • The biggest highlight of American Hypocrisy is how much it glorifies sex: Movies, TV Shows, Billboards. Yet, you have many people wondering why the Teen Pregnancy rate in the U.S. spiked 10 years ago. The movie Juno and TV shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom had alot to do with that.
  • The American society reveres celebrities, athletes, TV Personalities, politicians and even fictional characters as if they were gods or royalty. In no other country can a person become famous just for being famous.
  • Going with the above: America has an obsession with being entertained at the expense of others. In games of sport, it’s not enough for someone to “lose”. No, the one who doesn’t win or is eliminated from competition deserves to be teased and bullied into submission by both the winner and spectators. The term that comes to mind is “Sore Winner” and it is reminicient of Roman coliseums.
  • Overall, America’s motto really should be “Do as I say, not as I do”: Politicians like to tell the rest of the world what they should or shouldn’t be doing as if they are in ANY position to do so with the blatant human and civil rights violations that take place daily within the country.

 

I think that’s enough to make my point. I’d keep going but then this would go really, really long. My point is America should not be looked to as model for good morals. It’s morally bankrupt and has been for DECADES. No country is perfect but at least they don’t go as far as America feels is it’s right to pretend it’s “The greatest country in the world”.

…Yes, I am a U.S. Citizen and no, I am not an Anarchist. This post took me a month to write because of how difficult it was for me to write this about the country I was born and raised in. All that said…it should be faitly obvious by now that the United States as it is currently known is about to come to an end. This country has gone to a very dark place and things are going to get worse, not better.  I am sure many of my fellow Americans don’t like hearing that but it’s the truth and an unescapable reality. Just look how the Ancient Roman Empire ended. It didn’t happen overnight. It took years to reach that point but it eventually fell.

 

Getting back to the American Christian experience. Something an American Adventist Missionary in Cambodia said in a program I recently watched sums it up rather well: American Christians are complacent and lack a purpose. There is not enough incentive or motivation to Evangelize and spread The Gospel. Most are content to go to church, talk to friends, family, calssmates or colleagues and stop there. It’s too…comfortable.

Speaking of too comfortable, Harriet Tubman said it best: More could be saved if they only knew they were slaves. To say many Americans are slaves in some way, shape or form would be accurate. Slaves to Debt. Slaves to Addiction. Slaves to Paaions. Slaves to Material  Things. Slaves to Lust. Slaves to Money. And so on.

I some other thoughts on the state of the U.S, but I will save it for a separate post. This has gone on long enough.

 

Gordon Hayward’s devastating leg injury shocks the Sports World   Leave a comment

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Dwayne Wade’s expression perfectly describes the shock and horror everyone unfortunate enough to see it felt and probably still feels almost 24 hours later. It was NASTY.  For that reason, I won’t embed the footage. If you want see it, here is the link. The injury happens at the very beginning of the video. That sound you hear when Hayward lands is his left Tibia breaking. In the next moment, everyone is shocked into silence at what they are looking at.

I’ve seen footage of basketball injuries. I always look at the reactions to it by those witnessed it. Paul George’s was pretty shocking even though it technically happened during the offseason. Kevin Ware’s was GRAPHIC and even caused some of the opposing players to vomit or cry in horror at the sight of the injury. Hayward, on the other hand…you could tell everyone FELT it and that’s what made it so devastating. I am pretty sure that if the game was cancelled right there, most would have been relieved. That’s how bad it was.

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This brings me to the obvious question I have seen get asked on ESPN all day: Does the injury deny them a return to the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland?

Not necessarily.

Make no mistake Hayward WILL be missed. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Celtics have no chance of making it back to the ECF this year. It will just be more of a challenge. We all saw what happened when Isaiah Thomas got hurt last year: Next Man Up. Marcus Smart will start for Hayward from now on as well.

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…As the Celtics have their home opener tonight, there is talk Gordon Hayward could recover in time to play as soon as after the All Star Game. It obviously wasn’t a life-threatening or career-ending injury. Just a horrible freak accident. Even so, you can’t help but feel for him and his family.

He will be back. Of that you can be certain.

I’m at 7 Blogs. Might be time to make some more   Leave a comment

Right now, I have a blog post for every day of the week ^_^

Even so, I’m thinking of making at least 3 more before my next birthday:

  1. MBTA Points of Interest: As a personal pet project I will write reviews for Bus, Train and Commuter Rail stations and stops in the Greater Boston Area. I will also provide news and updates related to the MBTA.
  2. Helping Those Who Need It: Unfortunately, this will likely be a controversial blog given the political climate in the U.S. I plan to bring attention causes and persons who are in need of support of some kind, usually Financially or Housing. When I say Financially that can be anything from funds (obviously) to Employment. I view it as giving s helping hand, not a handout. This is why I want to make a dedicated blog for this topic.
  3.  Confidence in the Kitchen: Another personal pet project. I am going to share my cooking skills through the blog, mostly using pictures since I move around too much to record video. I will also post reviews for different foods and restaurants where I have eaten. Should be fun!

 

Those are the three I’m thinking of. I made sure I went with topics not already covered in one of my other blogs. For example movie reviews. I do that in this blog already. Same with sports news.

I will roll out all 3 new blogs before my next birthday, which is March 30. I will of course announce here when the new blogs go live. This will be the first time since I made my Fictionpress and Fan Fiction blogs that I will be rollinng out more than one blog at once. I make it look easy but it’s definitely not. LOL.

If you’re in the U.S. and don’t have a passport, you should get one and here’s why   Leave a comment

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…Fair warning: This does have to do with politics.

A recent straw poll done revealed less than half of Americans have a Passport. I myself am one of those who don’t have an active Passport but I plan to change that as soon as I can. For the first time, the United Nations issued a travel advisory earlier this year for people to avoid certain parts of the U.S. due to politics mostly.

I won’t mince words: The political climate in Boston is volatile. It is simply because to many, “things aren’t that bad” or ” things don’t have to be” as far as they care. By “doesn’t have to be” they mean “Just shut up, stop whining, keep your head down and follow the rules. You have no idea how lucky you are to live in The greatest country in the world”.

I say this because ever since last year’s election, the biggots and racists who hid in the shadows have come out in force. They’re not just saying “Go back to Africa/Mexico!” to Blacks and Hispanics. They’re now saying “If you don’t like it here, go somewhere else!” to other Whites. Madness, I know.

Which brings me to this video I recorded yesterday:

…It really is something else.

The funny thing about the whole “Go back to Africa!” thing: They keep saying it to blacks WHO WERE BORN IN THE U.S. LOL. So, yeah. Of course, the comment is racially intended. There are many Black Americans who don’t even know most of Africa isn’t as “backwater” as they might think it is and definitely not with all the American money being poured into it over the last 30 years alone.

Anywho my point is it might not be such a bad idea to at least open yourself to the idea of living abroad. You can live outside the U.S. and retain your citizenship. There are lots of countries in which you can have a fairly smooth transition. Obviously some planning would still be necessary. This is something I have been thinking about since 2009 personally believe it or not.

If I were to pick a country to live in either short-term or long-term–or even permanently–here’s my Top 5:

 

  1. The Philippines: A former U.S. Territory, English is one of the official languages. The country has alot of untapped potential for anyone willing to invest in it. This is my top choice simply because I would be able to make a new life for myself here and not think about what I leave behind in the U.S. I would also have a fairly easy time getting settled and national politics can be safely ignored the further away from the capital you are.
  2. Kenya: Based on what I am hearing, there is ALOT of promise and of reasons to invest in this country’s future. It has fast become a powerhouse in the region and another light on The Dark Continent. I considered South Africa but the comparisons to the U.S. are a bit too strong.
  3. Canada: Goes without saying I technically don’t need a passport to go here. Toronto is 500 miles from Boston. There is already a mass migration of Americans crossing into Canada, after all. The political climate is certainly more stable than the U.S.
  4. Japan: Ah, the Anime Capital of the World. Probably not live permanently but I definitely would love to spend some time here. If not mainland Japan then one of islands far to the south.
  5. American Samoa: It has the same status as Puerto Rico but is in the Pacific Ocean. There wouldn’t be a language barrier either.

…Those are it. All of them are democratic countries or territories as well.

The way I see it, there are too many Americans who are ignorant of what is going on outside the U.S. They simply go by what they see on the evening news and assume that’s it. My point is there’s no harm in traveling. I certainly plan to once I am able to afford it. LOL.

On a more serious note, if you wait until things are dangerous for  you to try to travel then you waited too long.

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