Global Awareness- A Growing Problem by Scott Hall

In the last few months, our nation and the global citizenry have seen several infractions of human rights, questionable behaviors and serious law and political goof ups; Image Credit: www.classwarfareexists.com

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5.21.2016

Let's Talk, America

Article by: Scott Hall scotthall.cnj@gmail.com        
            I suppose that the first order of business would be to congratulate Mr. Trump on his successful campaign to become the front runner of the Republican Party for the office of the President of the United States.  The Democratic Rivals, both Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sander’s continue to campaign on for their chance to oppose the GOP’s choice and the whole Presidential Election is shaping up to be what is being considered “The most important election in history”.  I must concur, it is indeed an historic election and is ALWAYS important, the people of the USA deserve a leader, who has the people’s interests at heart, such as: keeping our citizens safe from the predators of the globe who seek to kill us, an economy that produces and keeps its citizens employed, making sure that the sick or less fortunate have affordable options that promote productivity and not dependence, a lasting and more economical energy source that will keep our planet here for decades to come or at least insure what we use now will not fade away and cost thousands of jobs and families opportunities, social security guarantees for our aging leaders and senior citizens everywhere and in general the items that help to shape Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness and all of this, takes citizens casting votes based on what they know or more perfectly, perceive and think based on perception.
***This article contains information from each of the candidate’s web sites or other known resources that are accepted by each candidate to be somewhat accurate.  Links to the researched information will be provided at the end of this article, for all readers to have available so they can draw their own conclusions for themselves. ***
            With all of this in mind, one person is touting they will make America great again, the other two, clearly acknowledge this, by pointing out what they will work to correct or improve about the USA in its current status, a status that includes police violence, racial divides, women rights in the work force, jobs, healthcare - the list is quite large.  This implies a lot of the stuff we have now isn’t so great and that the potential POTUS must rectify the errors that are perceived as bringing us down, keep in mind the office to potentially hold, represents the nation as a whole in their views, wants and goals for a global environment as well as domestic one, here at C&J, we owe it to our audience to make sure there is some clarity among the muddy waters surrounding the potential candidates that want to make it better.  To help narrow down some of this, in this article we will focus our eyes on History, Education, Healthcare and Jobs and try our best to apply each to each potential representative for POTUS, with, of course some very important notable items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
            It happens every 4 years guaranteed and sometimes becomes like one long campaign ad that when it’s over, we exhale and either gripe and moan or celebrate the victor - this is known as an election cycle.  How it came to be this way goes back a bit in history, in fact all the way back to our founding fathers.  George Washington stunned the nation when he said he would not seek a third term in office.  Right now, I bet you are saying “BS, a president can only run twice”, you are correct, however, aside from a president having the ability to carry over to a third term in times of war or national security crisis’, in those times, the presidential candidates were directly chosen by the congress from their own parties, right out of the very chairs they held in representation of the people, thus, this lead to persons being selected to be viable candidates; NOTE: when George Washington first held office, the people placed him in his first term without opposition or majority vote due to his leadership and role in the revolutionary war, in some history books it was the newly formed continental congress that begged him to take the new office,  the “first” election wasn’t held until the next election cycle came around, after Washington’s 2nd term; you know the candidates by these names: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two candidates, two different parties with their running mates being chosen for them as well, nothing like what we see today in the primary nomination and election process.
            Fast forward to 1832 and this is when the first national convention was used to nominate party candidates because social pressures were rising on changing from traditional caucus selections - the thoughts of party caucus’s were dying out - along with the chance for improvement on actual multiple candidates being allowed to campaign for the office, that is, qualified persons not necessarily from Congress. Interestingly enough, in 1840 the thinking when the conventions took foothold was that this new platform, would allow party unification to stand behind their chosen single candidate for office, an office elected by the people - by popular vote.
            The selection process has indeed evolved over a long period of time, including several “commission” studies and reforms that have shaped us, into the primary election cycle we have now.  The commissions were started around 1900 and continued on with different titles all the way past the 1970’s, that is how important this process is, and those reforms included things like preventing states powers from selecting their own through power, corruption and other issues that were the forefront of concern for both parties, helping to get people registered to vote and overseeing a fair voting system, indeed, history has taught us much in the way we should properly and fairly conduct our selection process for candidates who wish to hold, POTUS; but that was then, this is now and with now, comes some definitive examples of what those who oversee elections are faced with, in choosing the best qualified person to run a great country - one that is a shining example to the free world and its shared values of peace and productivity. 
CANDIDATES - TRUTH AND PERCEPTION
            Our first look is at Senator Bernie Sanders, one of two choices for the Democratic nomination for POTUS in this upcoming election cycle.  A self proclaimed Democratic Socialist but is listed as an Independent Senator, Senator Sanders continues to campaign on, against seemingly insurmountable odds, in the hopes of swaying the DNC to look his way as a viable choice.  In 1981, the Senator was elected to the first of 4 terms as mayor of the city of Burlington. Then later on in his career to the Senator seat he holds now, in fact The Almanac of American politics states that Senator Sanders is a “practical and successful legislator”; Senator Sanders is well known for his work in reducing income gaps between wealth classes with hard work and fairness, he has worked directly with Veterans groups and even helped to write and oversee the ACA currently in effect.  Within his campaign, he has touted education, healthcare and economy reform, which, to many seems like his stance is to give away as much stuff for free as possible while the hard working class get little, the MEME’s on social media platforms such as Twitter and Face Book reflect that this is indeed the heart of the issue and many take offense to this charitable perception, no one wants this country to be the land of the handouts, we all know the American dream, right?  What makes a practical and successful legislator, so unpopular with so many yet others adhere to so well?
            According to his own campaign website (berniesanders.com), his free education stance comes from following the models of other countries such as Germany, Chile, Finland and Norway and according to Senator Sanders, this proposed lowered or free tuition isn’t a new idea, in fact up until the 1980’s, states like California offered free or lowered cost tuition to its citizens, during the previous era, the average cost of college per semester tuition was just 250 bucks in 1965.  Senator Sanders says that by imposing a small tax on the wealthiest of persons of Wall Street (as well as all citizens) and making overseas companies pay their share, this income will allow for lowered tuition while at the same time repealing the current interest rate from 4.5 percent down to 2.7 percent, thus saving college students thousands of dollars in education costs, in essence, the Government will take over controlling the rates and loan standards, a move that Lending Institutions and Corporate America detest at its core.  What about Healthcare, many Americans see this as another “free” opportunity to make others pay for those who cannot or are not willing to go out and earn it themselves, most of the focus being illegal or undocumented immigrants getting access to “free” money for just entering into our country. 
            According to the Senator, since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt (focusing on Democratic Presidents), America has longed for a one for all healthcare system, where health care is a right not a privilege and America should include themselves in the list of countries with similar coverage’s such as: the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Rwanda, Thailand, South Korea, Moldova, Kuwait and China.  According to the Senator, the USA spends more on healthcare than any other nation, these expenditures come from co pays, rates, deductibles and medication costs and still don’t include the nearly 30 million people who don’t go get regular checkups or believe it or not, still do not have any insurance at all, by personal choice.  Senator Sanders proposes a single payer system and to eliminate employers having to provide a plan for their employees, thus, freeing up important business money that could be used for re-investment rather than paying premiums that are co-paid by the employees, costing hundreds of hours in labor, just on that math alone.  Paying for this initiative will come from several sources, including a progressive income based tax that at most will cost someone with 50,000 a year income only 466 dollars in healthcare premiums and costs, this along with other sources (listed on the web site) will offset these costs and because of improved health overall, will reduce any and all Government spending and private sector citizen spending.   According to the website and proposed platforms, the Senator is touting that those who can pay should pay their fair share and those who cannot, can be empowered to do so by improving their overall conditions, which sounds nothing like what the main stream media and their mass followers are pointing out, those persons make it sound like arm chair politics, much like an arm chair quarter back, sounds good but until you get out of your chair you won’t know just how much it takes to get it done.
            Our next focus is Hillary Clinton, a former first lady, Secretary of State (under the Obama administration), Lawyer, and elected to the Senate in 2001, becoming the first lady to win such a seat.  Her background from Yale University along with her political experience, poised her to run for President in 2012, to which at that time, she conceded to President, Barak Obama and now, hoping to defeat Senator Sanders for the DNC nomination to run against Donald Trump, her campaign has been a grueling one and for both the DNC nominees.  In Hillary’s case, there is much controversy surrounding her, including an email scandal and an attack that resulted in the death of an ambassador as well as the investigation that followed it, an event that Mrs. Clinton took full responsibility for and testified, vowing to “make it right” before leaving office.  A champion for Women’s rights, Mrs. Clinton tossed her hat into the ring for the 2016 election and one must ask with all this negativity surrounding her campaign, what does she really stand for, whose side is she on?
            When it comes to healthcare, according to the campaign website (hillaryclinton.com), Mrs. Clinton will improve on the already in place health care law, by insuring that all families purchasing insurance on the exchanges will not spend more than 8.5 percent of their incomes on premiums, expand access to healthcare to immigrants (Medicaid) and set up a rewards style program for those who live and actively pursue a healthier lifestyle as well as defend and uphold the current ACA status, including a move to get more people signed up than are now, and vows to fight to lower prescription costs, while focusing on improving healthcare for women. Some math, if your medication costs 100 bucks a pill, your cost is 8.50 a pill, times 30 days, 255 for a prescription that isn’t “generic”, food for thought. What our truth glasses found interesting in this scenario, nothing in Hillary’s approach to fixing the current status of Healthcare, includes Government spending, instead it vaguely avoids it or doesn’t state directly how much the feds will pick up in Medicaid costs; it places the cost directly on the backs of Americans, makes no provisions for low income families and includes tax adjustments for everyone including immigrants.  She touts improved items for Women’s healthcare issues, including pregnancy and contraceptive practices as well as preventative issues facing women everywhere, her website is actually vague on these issues on how she will get it done, where the money will come from and how much will the Federal Government contribute (she does mention giving the power to the Governors as it is now to come up with a public option, but doesn’t explain how other than saying it is already in their hands now).  What about education, in order for persons to receive the quality care she wants, that will take some skilled workers, skills that come from higher education and saturate our airwaves with how many jobs will require a college degree in the coming years.
            According to her platform, students won’t have to pay for books, fees or tuition to attend a four year college, she intends to help offset these costs by having each student work 10 hours a week and contributing their part (so…the ‘free’ stuff actually comes from making students get a job and giving her administration their income to pay for college that will be free). Note: ask any student how high some of the books are for their courses, you won’t find any 20 dollar books that are for PSY 101, guaranteed; Families will also do their part by contributing to their kids’ educational needs in this system known as the College Compact.  It will use the Pell Grants to pay for living expenses as well as educational ones and that colleges will be responsible for controlling costs of attaining the higher education, at current, credit hours can cost as much as 450 dollars per credit hour (keep in mind most university systems receive state funding, not necessarily just federal funding).  Everyone will be able to refinance their existing loans to gain lower payments and borrowers will never pay more than 10 percent of what they make.  Let’s do a quick math gambit, yes?  A doctor’s average salary is 185,000 a year, so 18,500 dollars of this income will be dedicated to repaying debt, broken down and divided by 12 month calendar year, you are paying over 1000 a month maximum, granted not everyone is a doctor, but you get the idea, a literal house payment in loan repayments, isn’t this what we are griping about now?  Note:  None of her Education and Healthcare reform plans are a focus on social media, instead, it’s imprison Hillary for her crimes in the email scandal and the tragic event in Libya, nice distraction indeed.
            Finally, we turn our attention to the GOP front runner, Mr. Donald Trump; hands down the GOP choice across the board, Mr. Trump defeated a long list of other bidders, including Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and others while seemingly speaking his mind and blasting the establishment on everything from immigration to healthcare, sans jobs or income inequality but focusing as well on any potential opponents motives to stop him from becoming POTUS.  Described as enthusiastic and energetic, Mr. Trump attended a military school where his parents were hoping to help him focus his talents, eventually Mr. Trump a scholar athlete, would attend both Fordham and the University of Pennsylvania accomplishing a degree in economics and business.  In 1971, Mr. Trump was given control over his parent’s companies (middle income apartments in New York) and real estate investments and eventually go on to own parts of Atlantic City, Florida, New York and several other spots in the nation’s property gambits.  Trump, like many other business moguls, felt the sting of the real estate decline, reportedly going as high as 900 million in debt, the financial and real estate mogul would have to work hard over a decade to recover these losses and before announcing his presidential bid, would tout being worth over a billion dollars (in reality, according to Forbes, that number is actually under 500 million dollars). In 2000, Mr. Trump first toyed with the idea of making a run for office, low voter turnout in California stagnated that dream and he subsequently withdrew his bid, reserving it for his now very active run. Mr. Trump in his life has been registered in nearly every political party, most recently, Republican. It is no secret that Mr. Trump is a highly controversial candidate, including scathing remarks toward immigrants, women, building a wall, discrimination, trade and even his opponents, these controversies caused many companies that had joint ventures with Mr. Trump to withdraw their relationships. Mr. Trump responded with law suits (many say this is his staple, suing others into his way of thinking), but still has the influence to sway millions of voters to consider him a viable candidate, so on the two subjects of education and healthcare reforms, where does he stand and just how do we make America great again?
            According to Mr. Trump’s website, when it comes to Healthcare, we have been under a decade long disaster that needs a full repeal and on day one as POTUS, Mr. Trump will call for a full repeal of the ACA and start to implement a free market stance on health care choices in insurance; rates will become more competitive by breaking down the cross state barriers on costs, someone in California sees their same insurance a few hundred less in Maine, they should be able to buy it at Maine’s prices, provided they reflect the free market values.  Note: The problem with Free Market thinking, what the free market deems as fair to all, determines the price for all, so if the FM’s want an increase, everyone pays for it, regardless of income levels, this is true on all things in the Free Market.  Then, Mr. Trump looks at allowing all persons to deduct health care costs from their taxes and work with states who have persons on Medicaid and expand it to all persons at an “affordable” rate (Note: the 1040 Long form already includes this as an option); my question, what is affordable to a family of four making less than 25,000 a year in total income, sadly, the website nor Mr. Trump’s campaign could answer this other than listing that the best way to reduce Medicaid costs is to get people to work, it only gets a mention with no viable jobs plan to back it up, according to Mr. Trump’s campaign, “this will take some time”. 
            An interesting stance that current and future persons interested in office all say, “these things take time”, American’s have a sense of urgency thanks in part to Mr. Trump, will this sense of urgency be met with disappointment if Mr. Trump fails to accomplish this task, yes - as has been the case with every president before our next one and will be even after.  Our truth glasses searched over and over again for some comprehensive overview or insight as to how this candidate will help those who are paying high tuition and loan rates now, sorry to report, there isn’t one, only Mr. Trump saying, “Free College is a disastrous idea”.  The issues listed on Mr. Trump’s campaign website include: Immigration Reform, Tax Reform, Healthcare repeal and reform, US-China Trade reforms (what about the other 186 countries?), Veteran’s Administration Reform and that is it.  No talk of helping out Seniors who deal with Social Security issues, no mention of those fighting a 2 year or longer battle for disability benefits, no speaking about JOBS and how to stimulate an economy that must not be so great if we are to make it great again here in the US, no mention of how to improve our foreign relations or prepare our citizens against attacks from terror cells.  Mr. Trump said, “We are too soft on terrorists, we must go after their families as well”, Note: This kind of stance is a war crime if carried out, see Geneva Convention and History for details as to why.
            In this article, we have covered platforms, stances, touched a bit on some of the controversy surrounding the candidates and included a taste of how the selection process started over 200 years ago.  With each candidate, we have the ability to see the differences in what they want, what they see as America in the coming years, each with their own thoughts as to what it will take to get there or what is needed to obtain that status quo.  What we don’t see is Vice Presidential persons with them, nor do we see any unity behind each candidate as of yet from either party, including the GOP who seemingly has a clear choice of candidate.  There once was a time when the candidates were selected on their reputations, their experiences, their nobility, humanity and there was a time when too much power in those systems allowed for the worst of the worst to be in offices or run for them.  Investigation and thought lead to finance reforms, selection reforms and now apparently include, mudslinging, name calling, inciting violence during speechless with “go ahead beat the crap out of them” and more. 
            To allow the “fairness” of news to be heard, here are some examples of the controversy surrounding each presidential candidate, search terms used were (Candidate’s name) and Controversy in quotation marks to help refine searches:
“Sanders dismisses controversy over rapper’s comments”
“Bernie Sanders suspends Jewish outreach coordinator over Israel Criticism”
“Bernie Sanders 1972 ‘Rape’ Essay”
“Fact checking the Hillary Clinton email controversy”
“The Benghazi Controversy, explained by 7 numbers”
“5 Hillary scandals the media is missing”
“Donald Trump’s history of controversy with Women”
“How Trump turned controversy into a winning strategy”
“Here’s roughly every controversial thing Donald Trump has ever said” (it goes back 3 decades)
            While this article comes to a close, with lots of information to play with, I ask this of the candidates themselves, to be answered in ANY platform they see fit: 1) When will the US Government pay back the money it has borrowed from Social Security? 2) What is your biggest concern facing America right now and how will you influence Congress and the people to fix it? 3) Will you ask for and pursue term limits on everyone in office, no more than 2 terms for anyone to serve in a public office? 4) Looking back at history and how the selection process started, if it were up to the Congress to select your Vice President, who do you think they would place next to you? 5) Would you change the initial selection process to have a nationwide vote all at once, instead of trying to win state by state? (In other words, Primaries get ONE Election Day for the whole country same as the general election) seems millions of dollars in campaigning and travel costs could be eliminated if it were a one day process, but I digress. I invite each of you to sit down, write a response in consideration to each question poised.  I am sure the people of this great nation want to know these questions and more (by the way readers, feel free to use the comments section to add your own questions about what you want from the Candidates, since they all are “for the people” let’s find out just how much.
** Author’s Note**:  I truly hope in your overviews of this article and the links contained within, that each potential, current and future POTUS candidate, as well as the many readers of this article and followers of this platform, will gain the answers they seek and who knows, maybe change the election process one more time for the betterment of all.
“The Election Process”

4.25.2016

Codes of Conduct – A Truth Glasses look into our society

            I am betting that when you hear or think about a code of conduct, you may tend to think about schools, employers, maybe even going out to eat or sitting in a theater, in short, how one should conduct themselves in a given setting or environment.  Perhaps, some of these things come from standard practices we all expect from one another, using manners, morals maybe, but in our recent days here on our planet, codes of conduct, morals or societal behaviors are changing, some say for the worse, others say it provides opportunities to see what people really think, keep in mind those who say that particular item come from social media outlets or online facilities that make masking a true identity easy.  This author has been speaking on some levels with friends and family about the woes facing our society today and yep, the truth glasses have been put on, so let’s take a look into Codes of Conduct.
CAUTION: THINKING AREA
            Since the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, we shall approach our subject matter with the results of typing into Google, “What is a Code of Conduct?” The query resulted in an immediate eye opener, aside from Wikipedia having an say in the matter as hit number one, the second entry a business dictionary link, that would help me define “What is a code of ethics?”, then of course several entries pertinent to my query, the eye opener is the net result was 33,900,000 results found.  As an research journalist, I fully realize the words code, conduct, and combinations of those are indeed going to be a part of my results, but just for a moment, reflect on the fact that the code of conduct, in whole or in part, is a part of that many options, this clearly states how important this subject matter is to many.  According to business dictionary (businessdictionary.com), our second listing, a code of ethics is: A written set of guidelines issued by an organization to its workers and management to help them conduct their actions in accordance with its primary values and ethical standards.
            Okay, but what does it imply? The primary values of one organization may or may not be the same as others and aside from the standards set forth by government institutions on race, creed and etc, ethical standards could imply not stealing your co-workers lunch, still a very broad definition, no doubt to allow businesses to hire lawyers to write their by-laws and ethics codes, smart move indeed.  Turning our attention now to our third entry, the free dictionary (thefreedictionary.com) Code of Conduct is defined as: Noun.  A set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group.  Alright, expanding as we did once before, we see that expectations and principles become binding when belonging to a group, so, that means, if we are part of a group chat on an social media outlet, we are expected to keep each other in check by adhering to “Netiquette”, or if we are in a group of thieves, we are expected to honor some sort of unspoken code of ethics. I should note that I did not choose to list Wikipedia in these results; anyone can edit it, untrustworthy at best, moving forward.
            It would be redundant and unpurposeful of this article to define this inquiry and overview it into some business or organization that has caught my attention (cough, Presidential Election), however, it is the purpose of this article to examine the unspoken side of the codes of conduct, the ones in our society.  For example, a news story from Delaware recently revealed the death of a 16 year old student who was assaulted in a bathroom at her high school and died as a result of the events, this was done by several students; several against one, a literal mob killing that took place with teenagers involved and a teenagers death.  The school has a code of conduct for its staff, students, families, persons visiting but did not prevent this travesty, and as stated in our earlier look these principles are binding to ALL involved, that means family, friends, staff, everyone, yet no one was around to uphold those things and she herself did not whip out a copy of the manual and say, “no no, it says right here that’s unethical”.  Pretty serious stuff, we hear about things like this all the time, from police brutality, kids killing kids, mass shootings, execution style killings, who is in charge of the code of conduct here, the answer, society, yep, YOU.
            There has to be something out there for us to reach a better understanding, somewhere surely there is something that states, you the citizen must adhere to this set of ethics or code of conduct in society, other than the laws that are supposed to punish or deter criminals.  My next inquiry into Google, “How should a society conduct itself?” the results, 11 million strong, the fourth entry, from Stanford (Stanford.edu) listed, help in the theories of criminal law, that isn’t going to help us, neither will the first entry, Business in society, the third, the theory of natural evolution from Darwin to Hitler, but the second entry, very resounding.  It hails from one John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) and his thoughts on society (liberties) in 1869, just 4 years before his death, Mr. Mill stated this:
            Though society is not founded on a contract, and though no good purpose is answered by inventing a contract in order to deduce social obligations from it, everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit, and the fact of living in society renders it indispensable that each should be bound to observe a certain line of conduct towards the rest. This conduct consists first, in not injuring the interests of one another; or rather certain interests, which, either by express legal provision or by tacit understanding, ought to be considered as rights; and secondly, in each person's bearing his share (to be fixed on some equitable principle) of the labors and sacrifices incurred for defending the society or its members from injury and molestation. These conditions society is justified in enforcing at all costs to those who Endeavour to withhold fulfillment. Nor is this all that society may do. The acts of an individual may be hurtful to others, or wanting in due consideration for their welfare, without going the length of violating any of their constituted rights. The offender may then be justly punished by opinion, though not by law. As soon as any part of a person's conduct affects prejudicially the interests of others, society has jurisdiction over it, and the question whether the general welfare will or will not be promoted by interfering with it, becomes open to discussion. But there is no room for entertaining any such question when a person's conduct affects the interests of no persons besides himself, or needs not affect them unless they like (all the persons concerned being of full age, and the ordinary amount of understanding). In all such cases there should be perfect freedom, legal and social, to do the action and stand the consequences.
            This perfectly states, that we, as a society are as responsible for our own codes of ethical and kind social treatment as well as enforcing those same standards upon others who are not, by voicing an opinion, legally or morally, we are obligated to upholding the standards created by society.  One could easily argue, “that is why we have laws”, I debate that point with this, “bullying laws, gun laws haven’t helped a single victim, especially those whose attackers kill themselves before ‘justice’ can be done”, but you know what would have saved lives in a theater, someone who by chance saw a duffle bag full of weapons or bothered to stop someone dressed in tactical gear going to a movie, or perhaps the better example of stopping things goes back to 9-11 when the “last” plane never made it to its predetermined destination because of one man’s words, “Let’s roll.”  Society has to adhere to some sort of invisible don’t do that code or else more of what we are encountering will happen and we have already seen the bad side, imagine it worse.
            My queries aren’t so fixed as is demonstrated in this article thus far; I did searches for, “Does society have an invisible ethics Code?”, “Unspoken codes of conduct” and too many to list, each referring to business or law or criminal codes, few, pointing to historical or profound events where anyone stood up and spoke out with “This is the way we need to keep our own selves in check, here are some simple guidelines”, instead, Mom, Dad, Grandpa Joe, Family and people who dared to care involve themselves to prevent criminal behavior and instill manners, but lack in the area of showing and adapting to respectfully treating everyone as was explained by Mr. Mills, simply, there isn’t one, but there is you.  You the person reading this piece of literature, the person whose eyes opened up and went, no way, surely there is one somewhere that applies without referencing known laws or ordinances.  Perhaps, or perhaps those conspiracy theorists may be right to some secret ethics police force, that’s some pretty good camouflage they wear. 
            In closing, during all these searches for something that we could wrap our minds around or ease the fog in our truth glasses, what was very clear, nearly every business, every group, every organization, every gathering of people even into gangs all have codes of conduct that reflect the group or organizations thoughts about how anyone within their company, organization or gathering should conduct themselves toward one another, it is even defined as such in general terms in business and English dictionaries.  Whenever there is a travesty, tragedy or something inhumane, these same persons in these reaches react and come together to solve the woes of that particular problem, and it really doesn’t matter where.  If we have no problems enforcing these things when we sit at a desk, wire up a neighborhood for power or drive your package across this great nation, we should also have no problems with doing what was suggested by Mr. Mills, working together, to live freely and be safe by unifying to protect what is our world, truth glasses down.

9.26.2015

Tangent Theory of Human Emotions – Part I

            Humans and emotions, one has the other continuously linked all throughout life.  As a baby, we cry as an expression of what we need, sometimes it’s a clean diaper, others, it’s just to be held or cuddled as part of a strong bonding.  Each day as we live, we experience a vast array of them, from joy to being bummed out, for some it’s from being bummed out to very sad, but in each of us, a daily feeling we cannot explain happens, yet we know it when we experience it.  One day, while you are eating breakfast, something happens to “intercept” you, it triggers a response, if it’s a reminder call, we give extra thought to it, if it’s bad news, we sit down and go into all sorts of modes, if it’s good news, we grab someone and give em a high five or elate by a joyous cheer and from those points, goes the majority of our day, even if we are “tough skinned”, it still affects what we do for the rest of the day and can affect us with an instantaneous blow as well as one that stews and builds over time until the event has ran its course, then of course it’s business as usual.  Emotions can be troublesome, we see someone’s outward grief, we feel some sorrow or apathy for them, and they can also be fun to watch, your favorite athlete winning a game that was close, the rush of the excitement, good stuff.  Psychologists across the globe deal with persons everyday with emotional problems, this article hopes to explore and bring a graph representation that I hope will serve as a tool to understanding and healing or maybe even predictability and be used as a base line theory, in any scenario, may it serve to better us all.
            Tangent theory of Human Emotion, was developed by me, the author of this series of articles, Scott Hall, over several years of just interacting with people, watching how they react, seeing what makes them smile, or when they elate a sound that shows they are upset, basically listening to them rant or doing my best to give them sound advice if I am able. I have used social media platforms, blogs, day to day activities and my own family as my data base, gathering notes and noting reactions along the way; I am in no way a doctor of psychology, my background is both collegiate and hands on experience with and in: Engineering, Public Safety and Justice Administration, Business, Safety Standards and EPA as well as several classes similar to “PSYCH 101” in those same fields, my own insights and philosophies applied, once I put this together, I took a step back and went, well, now that is interesting to say the least. In this part of this series, I will start by showing the basics of the theory and in each series, will expand on the base so we can all easily understand how this theory applies to us all and maybe open the eyes of those in the professional fields to food for thought.
THE BASICS
            In electronics and computing, the term “BASIC” symbolizes the acronym, “Beginners All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code” and this also applies to the human population in general, among the first things we learn to do is walk, talk, eat and interact with our environments, while learning from our parents and environments, right from wrong and in the earliest stages of life we show it with emotions, we could reassign the acronym to mean Babbling, Acquiring, Sleeping, Interacting and Crying as babies.  Parents in this situation would be the Hard Drive where all the data for success happens to be stored and new born babies are the fresh CPU that just got installed in your computer, it’s going to work, it’s just going to need some data to program it correctly.  Science knows about energy all too well, we manipulate it in various ways to gain an outcome conducive to our lives which helps along in our “day to day”; In electronics, the voltage in your home, the wireless signals in your house and even the sounds you hear coming from the ear buds you might wear, all have an associated frequency, that when mathematically calculated (which I will spare you the 10 page explanation) or looked at by a device known as an Oscilloscope, would look much like a sine wave, by the way, the inverse of frequency is time, frequency is usually expressed in Hertz, (See Figure 1) and those who have divulged their mathematical insights into Trigonometry, know that sine has an opposite wave of equal value known as “cosine” and that also by math, we can gain knowledge of “Tangent” which helps us with certain graph plots and such (also shown in Figure 1).  While the Tangent line isn’t exact as to mathematical expression by this display (it’s actually a bit more elongated), the position is critical in application to our theory as it will serve as our incoming interaction data and will serve to show our human capabilities.

            Now that all of this has been said and shown, and before we go any further, it is important to note that a gentleman named Marconi helped to form the communications of the world and that AM radio still exists and if one were to look at that radio signal on the same Oscilloscope (Figure 2), we would see both sine wave and cosine wave filled in with noise and information riding along it’s crests and a “invisible” zero reference line that goes along each side of the carrier wave of information (this is what is transmitted through the air) on the zero line in our first example a bit later on in this article, literally in our theory it is considered a normal day with little or no impacts.  In Tangent theory, we look at our everyday lives (Figure 3) and the Tangent line from Figure 1, to show how disruptions affect our day depending on what crest it “lands” on.  Sounds a bit complex, but this is the human emotion we are talking about and it deserves some deep, critical, complex thought.   Note: Figure 2 shows only the basics in an AM broadcast signal and what it will look close to when displayed on an Oscilloscope, this signal, when it gets to your receiver (stereo or even television) goes through an Antenna, then a “tuner” (cleans up all the noise and unused information), then an amplifier and finally to your speakers / TV for you to enjoy, again, I will spare you the pages and pages of electronic theory that accompany it, but we should now have a pretty good idea of what sine, cosine, tangent and an poorly drawn AM radio broadcast signal look like and that Tangent Theory of Human Emotion will use these graphics to demonstrate how interruptions in our day to day trigger specific responses, this should be only considered a base line theory, of course no two people will be the same, but in this, each person should be able to draw their own and compare notes easily
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            In our example (Figure 3) our Tangent line is literally between the two “humps”, in this example, our day has no impact upon it, we got up, we ate breakfast, got ready, had an average day at work or play and then came home did our thing and went back to bed.  This kind of day happens more often than not, we may not notice it much, that’s because the majority of us have things to do, for kids, its play time, for young adults it’s all about socializing and good times, for adults its work and make a life out of one’s living and so on.  Inside the example of Figure 3, we see a line where a day starts out positive, one for negative, an area for day to day activities, an information segment and a disruption line, which I will explain further as these items will help us grasp the scope of how they may fit in our own lives.

            Breaking the information down into simpler terms, let’s look at the grey area (scribble line in the envelope) in Figure 3, everyday activities; A long list of items isn’t necessary to describe this section, in fact, if we give some thought to it, we will find there are more to everyday things than just getting dressed, bathing or prepping oneself for the day ahead, it could include your usually coffee stop along the way to work or even possibly being able to just take a moment to sit on your porch while you look over the horizon at a beautiful sunset, as we can see, the everyday stuff peaks and narrows within the envelope, we can examine this as when we are at our busiest and don’t notice time passing to when we are bored, tired or otherwise slowing down while our day either starts off or ends.  The black and orange lines (that make up the envelope) in our example, are real scenarios where we have those days we wake up and are in a good mood, happy and ready to go or not looking forward to having to go to work or a particular destination cause you don’t want to all the way to being overwhelmed by the thought of it (reference to the peaks of the day).  The red segment (little scribble line on the envelope), is information, such as the first phone call of the day or how do you do, or maybe it could be you finding out the report you sent didn’t get sent cause the server crashed about the time you pushed send, maybe it’s a interaction with someone you know or hearing a good joke or seeing a news story, in any case, it is the things that our senses use, sight, hearing, sound but not touch or taste to a degree.  Finally, the Blue tangent line, good old disruptor, which represents in part, more information from someone or an event or item that changes our day or outlook or mood. For example, your son in law and daughter are getting married, sometimes news like this gets us all excited and giggly making us elate joy or happiness, sometimes, depending on who the person is or how the parents feel, this could become serious or discerning, note the variances here as our tangent line, being elongated somewhat also have a positive side and a negative side, which is crucial in our disruption line’s interaction with the envelope itself, as our series develops along, more examples will be shown as to what happens to the envelope as a result of the disruptor line and later on how the everyday activity and information will play a role in understanding more about human emotions.

            To recap this first part, we know that our body’s have loads of emotional energy as well as the concepts of energy in our worlds.  We have learned about how those same energies may look on a graph or a device and how they come together to help us in our everyday lives as well as the comparisons to emotions using these same graphics.  We have learned about disruptions, information and interaction and basically, we humans carry on daily sometimes without a second thought, sometimes even time is irrelevant.  We know as humans upon this planet, many things happen that can potentially change our lives and sometimes we even question, “Why” or “How could I have handled that better”, I am hoping in this part, a basic understanding of how we may operate has been established and if I can help answer any questions, feel free to email me at the address listed at the top of this article, who knows, maybe your own input into this equation may help change how we deal with emotional responses, see you in part II, Scott.  

9.11.2015

Bad Medicine


            This is not an article in relation to Bon Jovi’s song, nor will it be about how bitter tasting or yucky some medicines can be, it will however be an overview of many items that when ingested, will leave us empty and hungry for more answers to the many questions that will arise.  Bad Medicine is about the things we all have to swallow, real life examples of struggles and poor decisions that affect millions of persons and give several opportunities to think, instead the outcomes are stagnant without improvement and should be considered for voting, however because of unrest and injustice, it just won’t die and has become drug resistant, moral resistant, religiously resistant and money saturated.  The article will cover reality in our homeland, some direct opinions and scolding’s and will ring a familiar bell within all of us, that is, we will be reminded that things change by choice not by chants or chance, Truth Glasses optional though recommended for this one.
            In August of 2014, my daughter while attending school started complaining of headaches, strong ones.  The initial regime was to treat it based on symptoms - that is the tough part - the only one present, big pain and because of her youthful age, few options.  We first turned to Tylenol, which her headache laughed about and intensified in number.  While treating with the next step, Advil, we made the first of many doctor’s appointments.  The “Team” of doctors represented by the first subject, diagnosed it as stress and to treat it with 1-2 Advil tablets as needed and to call back if they did not improve.  A couple of weeks later with no improvement, a second appointment made, the next in the team said, stress related, increase meds to 2 every six hours.  Another visit and another and another and yes, another that lead to an increase of tablets to 3-4 per dose to dosing occurring every 4 hours and all the same, stress related headaches, finally a referral to a Neurologist in December. 
            December, the Neurologist admitted my daughter to the hospital, to “break the headaches” and to detoxify her from over prescribed ibuprofen, 3 days later, a prescription for Topimax and a discharge and the headaches, still present.  Two follow up appointments to the Neurologist and 2 increases of the prescribed medicines, both the pediatrician and the neurologist are part of the same university hospital, 1 floor and 1 building apart from each other and along the course of diagnostics, a full sight test ordered, blood workup ordered and other than an increase in meds, no other testing or explanations given and at one point, she was offered birth control pills, because the side effects of the migraine medicine is if she has a child, the child will be born with cleft lip and / or cleft pallet.  She at the time of this whole mess was 13 and over a year later, no solutions and costly to insure, by the way, along with her required wellness visits and orthodontic appointments, she missed a total of 25 days in school, was classified as “truant” even with Doctor’s statements and a Hospital statement.  How costly?  Each repeat visit was charged: Hospital fee, doctor’s fee, and medication costs.  This is what the insurance company paid, each time the visit was repeated in a University hospital, take a moment to examine that logic, they get paid a salary after years of study, which, is funded in part by insurance and the rest, co payments and parking fees. I am certain my child is not alone, thousands of patients, costing millions of dollars for an extended care path because the now health industry is remediated to finding the easiest and most cost effective solution, versus what once was options set before the patient with open discussions of what would be best and following that path, doesn’t sound much different until you look at the money invested, hence, bad healthcare that is littered with not only this example, but thousands of them affecting lives every day coupled with sickest and youngest first, feels a bit colonial and expensive.
BAD RELATIONSHIPS AND MARRIAGES
            Recently, millions of lives were turned upside down, by a group known as the Impact team, who hacked and released the information of those millions of people, enrolled in a website known as Ashley Madison, and within a day the world knew who they were, what emails they used, who paid for it, who is famous and enrolled in its grasp, and yes, many “public” apologies were made, especially those persons most embarrassed by it.  The site’s slogan, “Life’s short, have an affair” and while the exact numbers will be hard to pin point, some 80% of the subscribers were men and among those were men who live in regions in this world that could be put to death because of it.  Shall we think on this just for a moment, men committing an act so heinous in the eyes of their country, beliefs and laws that death is the end result, time to start thanking the Lord above that you live in America or some other country that doesn’t condone that, even still, the desire or allure of this magic was strong enough to make persons compromise morals, those same morals that saturate our news every day, those same morals many are now saying have gotten so far out of hand, it may never recover. 
            It mostly goes unspoken because of the taboo factor, but the bare fact is that humans desire what they don’t have, especially if the grass looks greener on the other side or they may gain some self satisfaction from it.  Sadly, women are the focus of said attention and men are the apes that will say they can hang the moon if it means getting to the desired goal, sometimes it includes a little pooh slinging.  Fingers pointed with the apologies out of the way and the Ashley Madison fiasco gets replaced with Kim Davis, a KY clerk who refuses to issue marriage licensing to the LGBT community and why, she says it is an infraction upon her own religious views that do not allow for marriage to be between anyone other than a man or a woman.  Here’s the problem: The Supreme Court of the US declared that the issuance of said licenses is acceptable because it does not violate Constitutional Law, this is critical, because many interpret that ruling to mean that it is a law that must be followed, when in fact, it is not a law, but a ruling on the Constitutionality of this issue, they voted and so it became, that is what they do.
            The backlash from this fiasco, other than saturating our minds daily, is that this county clerk was warned by a judge to do her job as elected and assigned to uphold the Constitution of this country, which she refuses, based on her religious views and was held in contempt of court for it.  That is not all, the backlash went even further when other persons cited that you cannot arrest and detain someone for just their religious beliefs, Mike Huckabee coming to visit her and the two of them raising their hands as though they just won the WWE King of the Ring contest and mix in some “oath keepers” who threaten intervention and we got us a good old fashioned mudslinging religious themed politically incorrect battleground for who is more right, her or the Supreme Court.  Pause, re-read why she was incarcerated, then rejoin here.  This might be or could be Historic, if religion wins over constitutionality, if it does, Roe vs. Wade is in deep jeopardy and so are any death penalty rulings when the inmate confesses to Christ being his savior, so much to think upon and thirst for, our Truth Glasses may need some cleaning if we continue to see the muck being spread, Bad Marriages, Bad Relationships indeed.
BAD PROSECUTIONS
            Every day I pass by an officer of the law, I wonder how much inward stress are they hiding, how much discomfort outside of the central offices do they feel when they patrol the streets of the USA and abroad.  Only because of my own educational background and curiosity do I know what barrage of testing it takes to become an officer, let alone the history of why now they must resort to shooting as a line of self defense because they fear for their own safety or the safety of those persons around them, that being an eminent danger, history will show that their baton (bludgeon) was also the heart of said controversy and only the curious or criminologist knows it.  Yes, it sucks to get a speeding ticket or having them disrupt our day for a few moments, but you know what is worse, hitting someone head on at a high rate of speed on a highway and killing two kids, two adults and landing the rest in critical condition fighting for their lives.  Then comes the silence, the pain of loss, much like the same pain of loss of the officers who were maliciously hunted in Texas and every other state in our country simply because they represent our only line of sanity from chaos, the law.  This country, since before Abraham Lincoln has fought for the rights of those persons of minority race, including statements that all men are created equal and not even women, unless they are in that minority, can say that the struggles to be free and equal are near what they have endured just to get to the point where we are now.  Where we are now is stuck in a battle for whose lives matter most, in direct terms, “Black Lives Matter” “Police Lives Matter” “All Lives Matter”. 
            Where have we gone to have come so far, to have fallen so far behind that now, as well as youth, officers and families are losing their lives because they choose to defend your right to a safe environment and then along comes our spectacular media, to “shed new light” on the controversy, where no one wins and the uproar of violence ensues, riots that cost innocent by standers millions in damage, jails to overflow with those whom are caught looting or attacking officers, guns being a focus of attention with bans needed and stricter laws while we forget the mental health of a community who also is just as violent, but ignored, disturbed and agitated enough to enter a movie theater and kill anyone they see or are near, causing patrons to now be searched upon entry, much like our schools now have officers or armed persons and a lock down sequence in case of threat, our society is building an interior prison system that will soon include walls around the continent we live on, I ask, is this what we want, is this the American Dream?  History has taught us nothing other than to respond to injustice with violence in numbers, instead of protesting and fighting to change the laws, change the training, change the influence of it all, yet we claim to say the black man is free because of the civil war, when we banned a battle flag over a hundred years later after its unfurling, and dare to call it a racist symbol.  The Duke boys bow their heads while William Cosby sits free to roam after giving a deposition of drugs and sexual sodomies close to rape, we are in an uproar all over, we want justice but we want Donald Trump for President and screw Hillary Clinton and her email scam, right? Do you not see the distractions? Bad, bad prosecutions, because the public crucified them long before the justice system either upheld or acquitted them, yet no one is satisfied, no one is talking of what to do to move forward, we would rather point fingers, shame them, crucify them as lesser than anyone else, the public court, worst at what they do unless it’s obvious, right O.J.?
BAD FOOD BAD CURES
            Who among us can say it is easy to feed nearly seven billion people, though the numbers vary daily depending upon disaster or region of doom.  Monsanto scientists worked to make a product that is more resilient to the common items that can kill yields, it includes pesticides for certain insects, disease resistance, drought resistance and a host of other unknowns.  Along with those same set of thoughts, we have growth hormones to speed up size and availability of portions so that we can continue to enjoy our fried chicken, steaks and breakfasts.  We freak out when products are recalled, but pay no attention to the rise in Autism that is linked to some of the foods we eat that in particular are “modified”.  Fundamentally, there is so much we need to rethink, what are we doing to ourselves when we are willing to risk our health just to eat, and this doesn’t include the things we don’t think about, such as soy, which is found in soy milk, or the millions of uses for corn in medicine, medicine that comes with side effects, for example: Will cure your headache, but you will likely pee bright orange or have constipation, possibly even a bleeding ulcer, but hey, your head won’t hurt any longer. This line of thinking has spilled over into our dietary areas as well.
            Cut out the sugars, but here, have a max dose of vitamin B something while we kick in some concentrated caffeine and other ingredients to kick start your day.  When you go to the doctor for blood pressure problems and they look at you and say, let’s try the Dash diet and cut out caffeine, salts, fats and eat more fish, you can look forward to the DT’s as well from the withdrawal of your addiction that eventually caused your artery and vein walls to become like a lead pipe, while a handful of your friends get hospitalized for heart palpitations that are out of control, hard facts to face but they are real.  My own father was told to eat more Beta Carotene and to take a multivitamin with a Beta booster, the end result he earned Cancer, cancer we later discovered that could have been caused by ingesting too much Beta Carotene, too much causes it, he died at 67 years old.    
            Now the move is on for organic foods and homeopathic medicine paths, interesting to me, when medicine was first practiced, herbs and potions including marijuana were the go to items and including opiates for certain pains, as well as the old standby, amputation, and then along comes science and chemistry and bang, an industry who fights over who can make a Viagra better, the best part, we get to see the advertisements on television while we argue about keeping our public health, private, sharing jokes of the potential side effects with your co-workers around the water cooler at work.  So you fish more, you eat less salts, you eat less fats and find out that diet is affecting you, you over did it, much like our example in the opening section of Bad Healthcare, except this time, you caused it, not a doctor, not a medical industry, you.  In essence, we want the benefits without the work, we want the good without the bad and want someone else to hand it to us, guarantee us that it won’t kill us so we can continue to live rich full lives, this isn’t the American way of life is it, of course not, it’s just Bad Medicine.
BAD INFORMATION
            Finally, in this article, we will touch on a very sensitive subject, Planned Parenthood.  This organization has been accused of being an abortion factory, due to some “undercover” video that was taken.  The subject has sparked numerous debates throughout the globe with both sides shouting their views and of course, the media there to keep the spin going as long as they can, and viola, millions of persons faced with a terrible decision are now the spectacle of everyone’s eyes.  The bible thumpers step up and shout ungodly items, the Christian followers shout faith and tolerance while being persecuted for their views, the vigilante’s who long to see the “murders” brought to justice still throwing their spears of hate and fear mongering, the peaceful who pray for the lost lives daily, silently weeping for all.  My own eyes reading about this organization with Truth Glasses in hand, ready to pounce on the unholy entity, discovers that not only are the women in question 25 and older who have these done, the pap smears, disease prevention, early pregnancy programs and sexual education processes are top in the nation and serve a much higher purpose other than to cause human life to be lost.  We judge this because the unspoken voice never got their say, no one takes into consideration how the host feels because she doesn’t feel the way the majority does, she is a whore or some degenerate who doesn’t deserve bread, when in fact she too is human and just like all of us when we feel we have little choice, the extreme condition persists and becomes the only option. 
            We speak of our right to privacy, yet no one questions when a camera goes into a clinic and films, we speak of our right to be heard, but would rather be violent than diligent, we want peace but don’t want gun control, we don’t want war but are willing to give a green light to nuclear use, we hate hunger but we make fun of anyone on food stamps not to mention the jokes of welfare which doesn’t’ apply to struggling families everywhere AND veterans who put their lives on the line for this great nation, we want a strong leader but are willing to put the spotlighted choice on the lesser of all the bad choices we are given and that doesn’t include succubus’s like Donald Trump, who boast about deporting dirty Mexicans or marrying their daughter if he wasn’t her father, brags on eminent wealth yet is massively in debt and has filed bankruptcy multiple times and has no problem insulting anyone he dislikes and is leading in the polls for the GOP.  The GOP, the same party who for the last 12 years has done everything they can to shut down the government because of a black President who declared healthcare to be mandatory for everyone and the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional.  Shame on us all, we should all be so lucky to have a place to call our home, one where we can shout, protest, kill, burn, and riot, sensationalize on national television and still go home at the end of the day to bitch about it all.  Seriously, Bad Medicine for our troubled world.




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