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The News… or Not? (Rant ;) )

A few months ago, I started to do a series that was a little more political.  At the time, I put out a proposed agenda of other topics I would take on.  Well, it obviously didn’t happen.

My first big topic was supposed to be “media”, ie, “The News”.  Wow, the more I dug, the deeper down the rabbit hole I got!  And I did not dig far enough for my liking.  Sigh.  Oh well, I will do just a quick overview, but no footnotes or anything that I had originally planned.  And no stories showing how far out a lot of “news” really is! This will be a very small, light, scratching of the surface.

As I talk to people, read things and watch “The News”, I have some interesting observations.  OK, none of this is original and many have talked about it before, but seeing it first hand and hearing someone tell me, well, it is two different things.

Right now, in the US, people live in completely, diametrically opposite worlds.  These worlds are created by the news people pay attention to, or the news that the people they talk to watch/listen to/read.

First, I have several news sources that I rely on.  I will not take the word of just one.  These sources do fact check and actually fire people for not following the proper fact-checking procedures.  Contrary to what some may say, this does not “prove they are misleading us”, quite the contrary, it proves that they take getting it right serious.

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A Pandemic is not Political!

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While breezing through Facebook a couple of days ago I saw the meme again.  The top picture showed soldier storming Omaha Beach and was labeled “Americans, 1944”.  The bottom picture was mask-wearing man, cowering behind a couch.  His eyes are round with fright.  This one was labeled, “Americans, 2020”.  I didn’t spend much time on the comments, but the general idea was how much they hated the “snowflakes” for their fear-mongering over the “Communist Cold” in their transparent hopes to defeat Trump in the presidential election.

This is actually one of the milder ones I’ve seen, but for some reason it touched a nerve.

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Political Digressions?

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If you are a long time reader of Trent’s World, you might know that I rarely go into politics or try to tackle thorny social issues.  Yes, I have talked about social issues in the past, particularly with some of my “Compassion” posts.  I also make no bones about my feelings, I just don’t do political posts.

You may have also noticed that this unofficial policy has shifted…

This is a strange year, and I feel that I have to express some of my opinions a stronger fashion.  Looking at the world out there, today we must all put what we have out there.

There are a few things I have been thinking about lately and will most likely post about them.  OK, I have posted about some of them already.  Here they are in no particular order. Continue reading

Racism – Admitting That There is a Problem

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Painting by Norman Rockwell

One of the big problems with racism in America is that a lot of people, white people, only think of it in extremes.  They will admit that there are still some racist people around, but not a lot, except, possibly, in places like Mississippi.  That is, except for people in Mississippi, who say Mississippi is not racist, maybe it exists elsewhere, not here.  Not in America.   I mean, sure, there are some Klansmen running around, but everyone hates them, right?  I mean, I hate the KKK, so I can’t be racist.   That is how people see it – if there are no extremes, there is no racism.

Uhm, no.

It is easy to find many types of racism at many levels.

At work there are those people who think they are well meaning but might say some insensitive things here and there, not realizing that it makes some of their team members feel unwanted.  And then there is that hiring person who doesn’t realize that for some reason they call a person named James much quicker than Jamel, that they hire someone, who coincidentally is white, because they will fit in with the group better than the other candidate, who just happens to be black.  Study after study shows this happens all of the time.  It is the rule, not the exception. Continue reading

Vote #etheree #doubleetheree

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Me
And You
Our duty
For liberty
An obligation
Paid with our fathers’ blood
Yet no cost to perform it
To express our inner believes
To put our philosophy on line
To choose the direction of our country
I don’t understand why it is so hard
So many ignore this basic right
Some try to stop others from it
People feel bound by their chains
Stopped by constraints of time
Break those nasty chains
Open the door
And join me
Go out
Vote!

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week we were given free reign to chose our own words.  Mine were “Free” (including “freedom”) and  “Act” (including “take action”).  This week I chose a Double Etheree.

Vote

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A lot of Americans talk about how great we are.  Sure, I get it.  If you push you may come up with a few answers as to why people think this is so.  “Freedom” always come up to the top.  Another one is our Constitution and our Democracy.  Well, if you are talking national level and state level, we are technically a Republic, but we all do get to vote for those who represent us in our Government.

The problem is, we don’t.

Truth is, Americans don’t vote.  There may be relatively big numbers (lower than many countries) for the presidential elections, but the numbers shrink going to midterm elections, shrink again for off year and shrink even farther for non-presidential primaries. Because of gerrymandering and the makeup of most primary voters, something like 5% of our country dictates what our Congress and most state legislators look like.  5%.  Not just 5%, but often the most extreme 5%.  That extreme 5% is who is in our Congress.  No wonder the divide is so huge!

Our biggest Freedom is the right to chose our leaders.  This is huge.  This is what we brag about, fairly or unfairly.  This is it.  Nothing is bigger.  Nothing.  When you say “I love America”, this is what you really mean.  Not one other thing matters without a vote. Not one.  Nothing.

And so few people take advantage of it, particularly where it counts, the primaries, elections where your vote counts much, much more than the presidential elections.

I know, it isn’t primary season.  But it is election season.  An important election.  Yes, the “midterm”.  But it is important for everyone to get involved.

OK, off of my soap box.  But as I am stepping down, I will repeat one more time:

Vote

(Another week to go.  I will post again ;) )

Still Some Warmth – #Tanka

The world grows colder
Kin and foe are all kept out
Doors are tightly shut
The warm hearth can still be felt
Grateful ones open their hearts

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Thanks” and “Family”, yet for this special while she is away, we are to only use synonyms.

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Is anyone else having issues with WP?  I had to jump through hoops to get the template to work (I went to the Admin page, then to “All Posts” and then “Add new”.  This brought up the old template from two years ago.).  Looks like they are “improving” WP once again!

 

Hidden Figures – Almost a Review

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A few weeks ago, I read the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  I really liked the book and can’t imagine the movie covering one tenth the ground it did.  There is so much context and background in the book, and yet I know the author was still only scratching the surface.

This is not a review of the book (review = excellent.  Read it).  I just want to say something about the book, something that I thought about as I read it but that is even more relevant after the recent events in Charlottesville.

A lot of this book is about racism at its ugliest, but also how some people were able to rise above it, or perhaps “rise in spite of it” would be a better phrase.  A little background about how hard it was for people of color, and blacks in particular, to get ahead in the pre-World War II era was needed to place the events of the book in context.  There were black professionals back then, but for the most part they were segregated, dealing with the black community at much lower pay than their white counterparts.  The idea brought out in the book that they had to accomplish twice as much to achieve half of the recognition, unfortunately, is still with us to some degree to this day. Continue reading

Created Equal

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Here is something that is interesting.  In many ways the country The United States of America was created by it’s Constitution and yet we consider our “birthday” the day that we publicly declared our independence, over a decade before the Constitution was created and many years before that independence was won militarily.   (Regarding my wording – Independence was declared on the 2nd of July, but they spent two day nitpicking the wording of the document and such.  On the 2nd, John Adams wrote Abigail that the 2nd of July, the day independence was declared, would be a huge national holiday.)

A lot has been said about this document, but these days we often focus on this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Continue reading

Science – A Rant

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I was out for a run the other day.  I am very consciences and traffic conscious when I run.  I obey all laws and run facing the traffic.  Even though the road was wide and there was clearly nobody coming the other way, a big pickup truck slowed down as it approached.  It kept one tire right at the edge of the road, but luckily there was driveway a little ahead and I sprinted into it.  Someone screamed obscenities at me as the truck passed.  They hit the accelerator, leaving a huge black cloud of diesel fumes.  It wasn’t until later that I realized that I was wearing my “Science is not a Liberal Conspiracy” t-shirt.  I’ve had it happen before. Continue reading