The Nation in Double Jeopardy

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s proposed budget takes a cleaver to domestic programs, with many agencies taking percentage spending cuts in the double digits.

But for dozens of smaller agencies and programs, the cut is 100%.

Community development block grants. The Weatherization Assistance Program. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. All would be axed if Congress adopts Trump’s budget.

Also proposed for elimination are lesser-known bureaucracies like the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and the Inter-American Foundation. Source, Gregory Korte, USA TODAy…

 

I counted over fifty-five agencies that would be eliminated or severely cut back in funding too numerous to list individually here, some are what can be called sub-agencies whose good works are equally as vital to a virtuous quality of life both in health and sprint of mind. If you could view the list, there will be many that you have never heard of, will not miss, until you wonder what is missing in your life, by then it may be too late to do anything about its elimination it would have been done. The Whispers, a California based singing group, sang a song written by Don Cornelius, with the opening lyrics, featuring an American idiom, ‘You never miss your water ’til your well runs dry’ and so it will be with so many of the agencies on the threated cutting block. Still not convinced, imagine yourself standing on a city street while a vehicles engine was idling spewing tons of exhaust into the air emitting as much pollution to affect your respiratory health later in life, only then would you be wishing for some sort of governmental agency to regulate such a societal ill, the good news is there is, and it is on the cutting block to be curtailed. Think of community development grants at the Housing Development and Education Department programs that count on federal money for their very existences. Here is where I stop and urge you to do the research the programs that you deem as important to your quality of life, it may be some form of the arts, clean air and water, land and water cleanup, industrial waste disposal, garbage pickup, food and pharmaceutical safety, law enforcement, legal matters, electoral reform, device safety, I think by now you realize just how much governmental regulations protect the populace, admittedly at some expense to the business community but that is just the price that they must pay for being allowed to do business, make a profit, just not so much as to place the populace in danger…

 

One last thought, I like everyone with financial investments have experienced recently an uptick in profits, but I am not willing to curtail my environmental safety and security for a fist full of dollars, are you?

 

 

 

 

 

Conniving Financial Offender?

What’s in Donald Trump’s tax returns?

The simple question has simmered under many of the president’s controversies, ranging from his personal wealth (Is he actually as rich as he claims? Does he pay taxes on it?) to his Russia policies (Does he owe money to Kremlin-linked banks?). Source, Matt Ford, The Atlantic’s Politics and Policy Daily…

 

If the President is sick and tired of all the controversy surrounding his tax return (s) and personal wealth, it seems to me he has the power in his tiny hands to end it all once and for all time by simply holding to the tradition of past Presidents and presidential candidates by releasing his personal tax returns. Everyone seem to think that the President must have something deep rooted to hide by not releasing his personal tax returns, as it apparently grows more in importance at every press conference by his press secretary or interview with a spokesperson, as the reason for not doing so is stated again and again, because it is under audit, which is growing unpalatable with each utterance. At the minimum he could degrade some of the controversy a little by releasing the notice letter of being audit by the Internal Revenue Service, but he won’t even to that, is it because he just loves the attention as some have claimed? maybe. Whatever the reason, his presidency is sort of on hold until this question is either answered, leaked or his presidency is dismissed for this or other currently unforeseen pending reasons.

 

What follows is my posting yesterday on the subject…

 

After watching MSNBC’s Rachael Maddow Show’s examination of the Presidents two pager of his 2005 tax return, a soup bone with a little meat, I conclude that just another luminesces object has been released by the President to be chased…in short, may be just too much to do about nothing…however, the background reporting was fun and is revealing…the germ of which may prove to be of his divided loyalties exposed…The people are entitled to know if their President is a conniving financial offender…too soon?  

European Union = Tranquillity

Some historians may be asking; what has Donald Trump brought? The end of the European Union? followed by Brexit, then after tomorrow’s election in the Netherlands, the final blow, but wait, what’s next, elections in France, then bring on Germany, then and only then will we know for sure, if the end of the European Union as it is now configured is at an end. If anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, anti-globalization sentiment can be fostered in the land of immigrants then there is inordinate expectation for a nation with so few immigrants making it an easy scratch test to bring about the fear of the unknown, the recent immigrant. The vote in the Netherlands is the first of three in Europe to test the anti-establishment sentiment brought about by what same have called the over reach policies of the European Union, crying out for the sovereignty the nation-state once again. Unlike in the U.S. no one is proposing the building of a wall, but the closing of its borders, and a return to strict immigration rules, craving for the good old days of passports and visas, that I may add may have stamped on it Moslem, in short stay away and keep out. Underlining all the above is Turkish resentment after its ministers were not allowed to hold rallies to address its resident Turks whose votes are urgently needed to sway elections back home, but that is a story for another post, perhaps next week after the Netherlands vote has been fully digested…in chapter two of the end of the European Union, or the not so fast and may yet live on to influence the whole of Europe for another few years or more…by its very nature, keeping the peace among nations that was more than once before at each other’s throats…if it were not for the union, the European Union…

Hair today Hair tomorrow

Ironically, after the posting below, later that same day the two women that sparked the observation appeared together anchoring a local news telecast, the one persuaded to lighten her hair that did not but eventually succumbed to the pressure, along with the other in a new longer hair extension, what is deafening is the lack of outrage voiced by the many women’s groups that monitor diversity best practices…

 

In the New York area broadcast market place, progressive processes are often measured in half steps, two new on camera hires, females, have come under gentle persuasive pressure, one will not be dyeing her hair a lighter shade, (blond) the other will still be required to wear a straight hair wig, gentle and persuasive, not against the law on any level in this market place…as this blogger has repeatedly stated in some form or another, in broadcast news, worth is based on hair and hair alone…

 

About Diversity Best Practices

April 28, 2016

Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, is the preeminent organization for mid to large size organizational diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events, Diversity Best Practices offers organizational members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs. Source, Diversity Best Practices…

Dear NBC News…

SiriusXM channel 118 MSNBC simulcast, news and analysist focusing on politics, an audio mirror of their cable programing, those that engage in this effort may turn out to be the better informed in absorbing pure information than the television viewers, since 99% of their brain power can be focused on the program data without having to read a news crawl, be distracted by a large corporate logo or deciphering facial expressions on numerous clips. I submit that it’s a case of either or, meaning either have one’s news appetite satisfied by reading the news crawl or listening or watching the program, to expect one to do all three at the same time, is by its very nature invites conflicts of confusion and information overload. To put a bible spin of the sustentation:  Matthew 6:24; No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Want another spin, ask anyone a very complicated question, then watch as they turn away looking up toward the sky or ceiling as they contemplate the answer avoiding all visual distractions deep in thought seeking out the answer, enough said, I think…

 

Oh, just like Columbo, one more thing, ‘the book will always be better than the movie’, discuss among yourselves…

Residence Time

Most of the migrants who recently made the difficult journey across the border into Canada were in the United States legally, making the trend hard to explain, says U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Source, Jim Bronskill and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press…

 

An asylum seeker from Africa or the Middle East whom may have traveled through great hostilities to reach the United States, the mint destination of any immigrant would just walk right through to settle in Canada is a mystery to anyone knowing of their action. What do they know or think they know about what the U.S. is becoming these days that no one else seem to realize? I think I do, it’s as plain as the nose on your face, it’s the sense of budding racial and religious intolerance that they have seen in their home countries before embarking on their long trek into the unknown, they have developed high sensitivity to move on before things can get even worse. It has been memorialized in history books of a people to unbelievable to their fate before it became too late, were trapped, and could not escape. Emergency responders and Royal Canadian Mounted Police are greeting the new comers with respect who have just traveled and endured severe wintry conditions to the cross providing them with hot food and warm quarters as the new Canadians of tomorrow.

The News Sliced and Diced

No Labels is a movement that includes citizens, current and former members of Congress, state and local officials, and business, union, nonprofit and student leaders from across the political spectrum who advocate a new politics of problem solving.

The group’s core mission is to organize leaders and citizens across America who want elected officials in Washington to give up their all-or-nothing partisan approach to politics and focus on solving the nation’s most pressing challenges. Source, Wikipedia…

 

Sound promising and hopeful for the future of understanding of all current political issues across the board. However, who among you have watched a favorite news program witnessed the on-air anchors with an open lap top in front of them, guessing that just off camera there are producers and staff with their open lap tops too searching news sites feeding story updates and to them through text or audio ear pieces. When suddenly seemingly out of nowhere one the anchors start ranting and raving about fake news, with you wondering where did that come from. Admittedly there are news sites catering to the right, left and center of political thinking, but even they must sometime have to report the news accurately with some germ of truth to make it seem believable. Back to those anchors, one of them comes upon a story on the web site of the ‘grey lady’, referring to one lead story as fake news, a few minutes later, same site, another story is deemed true and correct, what just happened here, is a sign of partisan reporting fueled by partisan thinking, it happens all the time, the trick is for you the viewer to know when it’s happening, no easy task. Here is what one must realize that the anchors and yourself included are consumers of news, with hard wired opinions in your head practically from birth gleaned from parents and friends, which has influenced your choice of news program, news print, that govern everyday life. What can be fake news one day and not the next, fake news as reported by the ‘grey lady’ and Fox News the next, is not, go figure, you can’t, it’s just the way the world of news and information is sliced and diced up to be consumed. By the way the ‘grey lady’ is often referred to as the New York Times…

 

Here’s the opening paragraph of a 1951 Life article entitled “The Gray Lady Reaches 100”:

The Old Gray Lady will celebrate her 100th birthday this Sept. 18. The “lady” is a newspaper — the New York Times — regarded by many in the world at large (and all within its own world) as the world’s greatest. And newsmen generally hail it as “old” and “gray” by way of acknowledging its traditional special marks: starch conservatism and circumspection.

So, at least in 1951, the nickname needed explicit explanation to a lay (i.e.: non-journalist) audience.

posted by mhum at 11:21 PM on February 2, 2012, Source, Ask MetaFilter…