Friday, November 29, 2013

Anybody Remember Black Friday Specials On Groceries?

Black Friday. The day conjures up thoughts of (not) spending time with family in order to purchase goods marked down at unbelievably low prices for a short period of time. Of course, this is part of society in the United States which is driven by greed and profit. Let's take a look at this while considering the FACT that the rich continue to get richer while the poor....

Let's think about this for a second. Our enlightened society is driven by greed, profit and money. Some people are going get rich. Very rich. To feed their greed and maintain their lifestyle they will manipulate the system so they can continue this cycle where the rich get richer. No matter the cost. No pun intended.

One way to make sure that happens is for large businesses and inhuman corporations to pay some workers low wages. Yes this is oversimplifying the situation but pay low wages (i.e. keep expenses low) and voila.. more money to line the pockets of certain people. So low, that some have to choose between feeding themselves, feeding their families or paying their bills. I'm talking about people who cannot afford essential goods and services, not luxury items. People who have to choose between $1 crapburgers and much more expensive healthy options. I will not describe them because in some cases I would perpetuate disturbing stereotypes. Yes, some sensational people make very inexplicable choices but the fact remains: for some, low wages take choices away keeping them from buying food, clothing, health care, and a place to live.

Black Friday: the day that prices for some goods get driven unbelievably low. Goods manufactured outside of the United States, because if they were manufactured here they would most certainly be more expensive. I will not elaborate because I don't have all the facts and I do not understand the economics of the situation. But I will say this: does anyone remember any Black Friday specials on fruits, vegetables, and other groceries?

Which brings me to the reason I decided to blog. Let's consider the shootings, tazings, and other goings on during a time of year where we are supposed to be wishing each other "Happy Holidays." Let's ignore some of the people who are doing the shopping here. I'm talking about the crazy nutbags who trample others over things they really don't need. We all know the type.

Black Friday 2013: Brawls, Tramplings, Shootings on Kotaku

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By drawing attention to them, we're not looking at the whole picture.

I'm talking about people who are not sensationalized and are unable to get the goods and services they need. People who are forced -- not by choice -- to have to eat that $1 crapburger because that is the only food they can afford to sustain themselves. Black Friday is probably one of the only days that they can say, "today I will finally buy 'x' because I will actually be able to afford it." I wonder when we'll look back at this day and say, "remember when we only had one shopping day like Black Friday" given that is now spreading into Thursday evening. Shopping after Thanksgiving Dinner, anyone? Assuming you were even able to afford Thanksgiving Dinner of course.

What if we could go shopping and buy the things we both need and want at low prices on any day, not just just after Thanksgiving Dinner?

What if businesses and corporations kept their products marked down all year for everyone to afford, and not just on Black Friday?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Music is amazing. La música es algo increíble.

Music is such an amazing thing:
That melody that transports you to a favorite movie scene or reminds you of a favorite character.
That elusive lyric you cannot understand until learning a life lesson.
That mesmerizing song you can suddenly skip after chuckling at a memory and realizing certain closure when thinking of what was.

La música es algo increíble:
Esa melodía que te transporta a la escena de una película favorita o te recuerda a un personaje de una película favorita.
Esa lírica evasivo que no entiendes hasta que aprendes una lección importante de la vida.
Esa canción hipnótica que de repente puedes ignorar y estas resignado a cómo eran las cosas, dándote cuenta que tienes cierre definitivo con recuerdos divertidos.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

How silly have Obama, Romney, and United States politics become with the 2012 election?

Unbelievable.  With all this Big Bird talk and mudslinging United States politics have become downright silly.  We seem to have a fascination with headlines and soundbites, and we're letting them do the thinking for us.  And we seem to be forgetting basic high school civics lessons.

It is so easy to take headlines, soundbites, and one-liners and run with them.  To focus on them, to ignore the bigger picture.  Take the PBS funding comment which has provided for a rather large amount of comic relief since the first presidential debate.  This has distracted from the bigger issue at hand: what should really be cut when balancing the federal budget?  I'd like to think that I summed it up nicely with this picture..



This piece from the International Business Times seems to sum things up pretty nicely as well.
"What some may overlook about Romney vs. Big Bird is that the $445 million the government would save is peanuts when it comes to the national debt. The $445 million is a start, but it’s less than 1/100th of a percent of the $3.5 trillion federal budget. PBS funding pales in comparison to the $1 trillion-plus deficit, according to Business Insider."

Remember what I started to say about high school civics?  Here's what I mean.  It is so annoying to constantly hear people blame any given President for budget woes, economic failure, bad policy, status quo, you name it.  Yes, the President of the United States is probably the most powerful person in the world, but even this individual has limits.  There's this thing called Congress which consists of over 500 individuals and -- wait for it folks -- tax laws, budgets, government spending all goes through this body.  Congressional elections are far more important than Presidential elections, but not as glamorous, and mathematically speaking in order to create change you really need to so something about the runamok Congress.

So the next time that you hear "we need to cut programs such as PBS from the federal budget," "how's that hope and change working for you," and silly one-liners from all sides think about it folks.  Really, really, think about it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Comparing government spending and earnings to typical households. Or am I being obtuse?

A friend over at Facebook posted the following, after listening to Dave Ramsey on Thursday, July 14.

If our government was a household that makes 56,000 dollars per year, it's spends 92,000 dollars per year and owes just over 300,000 dollars in credit cards. Now I don't care what side of the aisle you are on, that is one f'd up household! The worst part is instead of reducing our spending we want to raise our credit limits. seriously???

I couldn't help but add the following:

It has a single source of income, even with two wage earners in the household. The single income is for a middle-manager at a small company. The other could make over $100K with their masters degree but chooses to stay home and schemes how to get more money out of the small understaffed company.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sarah Palin encouraging to flaunt Osama bin Laden's photo does nothing to convince me she should run for office

I just had to repost this comment from a gentleman named Mark regarding Sarah Palin's (not so) brilliant tweet demanding to show Bin Laden's photo.

Mark says:

I am so impressed by Sarah Palin. Failed as a VP candidate. Never completed her term as Governor. Never been in the House or the Senate. Her international resume includes the ability to see Russia from her front porch. And she can't remember any national publication she has read on a regular basis because she got rattled during an interview. And SHE has decided that not publishing graphic photos is pussy-footing? She knows what constitutes "part of the mission?" She hasn't completed a mission, so how would she know. Ms. Palin, instead of shooting animals, take that shotgun and go defend our country and then you will know what constitutes "part of the mission."

May 4, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09pm


(reprinted with minor corrections)

Considering Palin's "experience" I cannot wrap my mind around the notion that people are interested in seeing this individual take office!?! WTF??

 
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