The Climate Situation is Dire, so Don’t Ignore it

Please click the links below to read about the effects of current freezing temperatures in Siberia and the United States. Global Warming is real, but the name can be misleading (there really have been increases in the temperature of the planet itself, though).  The process affects weather in different ways, and can result in extremes we don’t expect if we’re focused on the name alone.  It’s likely the nightmare freezes, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, etc. we hear about are caused by the abuse humans have inflicted on the environment.  The problem isn’t limited to heat waves, which are threatening enough. Face … Continue reading The Climate Situation is Dire, so Don’t Ignore it

The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening

Last February, Bethany Shipsey died of an apparent overdose of diet pills in the Accident and Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester, England, U.K.  The Coroner has not yet released a full conclusion to the investigation, but an announcement is expected next month. For years, we’ve heard about the tax burden on the wealthy in the U.K. being eased during the Nineteen-Eighties, as well as the consequences for the general population.  Today, Steve Morris, a journalist with The Guardian, posted a report on the death of a patient last year in an N.H.S. Trust hospital.  It seems likely Bethany Shipsey’s death … Continue reading The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening

Listen to Pat Kiernan, and Then Make up Your Mind

I promise this will be the last thing I post today — unless I think of something else.  Whatever. NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan has presented a strong argument in favor of not repeating the derogatory term used this past week by Donald Trump in referring to the African Continent and Haiti — as well as immigrants from those regions. By now, we’ve already heard the term.  At first, there was a good reason for news outlets to set aside the prohibition on the word shit, to make it clear how blatant the President (sic) had been in denigrating other countries and cultures.  … Continue reading Listen to Pat Kiernan, and Then Make up Your Mind

Controversial New York Prison Security Policy on Hold

Governor Mario Cuomo has ordered the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in New York State to halt — at least temporarily — a policy which went into effect ten days earlier.  The policy restricted the sources for items delivered to inmates. I’ve never been in a prison, either as an inmate or as a visitor.  I have no personal experience with the frustrating and humiliating roadblocks people must navigate in those places.  However, adults should have enough experience in life (and some basic book smarts) to see when concrete policy isn’t the answer to a complicated human problem. A New … Continue reading Controversial New York Prison Security Policy on Hold

Courage Vs. Following Orders

When I was in school, I didn’t have courageous teachers.  They went whichever way the political wind blew, and to hell with their students. The above statement is a generalization, and now I’m thinking there may have been two or more who would have confronted their superiors if the circumstances were right.  They might have actually done it, too, even if I didn’t hear about it. Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, said apparently reasonable things that caused offense to powerful people at a School Board meeting on Monday night, and she was ordered to leave.  A … Continue reading Courage Vs. Following Orders

Some Women Just Don’t Get It

We’ve heard the ill-informed things some men say about sexual harassment and sexual assault.  Personally, I can’t get used to any of it, but it doesn’t surprise me now. There’s more of a jolt when women say those things.  Theoretically, women see it from the vantage point of someone who is harassed or assaulted.  They understand that boundaries protect them.  Well, most women understand. I should disclose a whole bunch of stuff before continuing: A close friend of mine — who will be referred to as “D” — was falsely accused of indecent assault on a teenaged boy during the 1990s.  … Continue reading Some Women Just Don’t Get It