Black Lives Matter

Racism is in decline but still a problem in the USA. The relationship between African Americans and some police departments truly is toxic.

Here’s an excellent 2015 wrap-up.

President Barack Obama walk across Edmund Pettus Bridge, March 7, 2015, in Selma, Alabama, alongside civil rights leaders, members of Congress and former President George W. Bush.

GERALD HERBERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS

blacklivesmatter

It started with 3 words. Then it became a movement.

How Black Lives Matter forced America to confront racism once more

by Colin Daileda

B.S. = “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”

Most “good guys with a gun” are a danger to themselves, their friends and family. And YOU. :(

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

That said, I respect the rights of those who own guns where legal. And hope they store and handle them safely.

on American poverty

In his book on the American South, Theroux is very critical of the Clinton foundation. Bill Clinton is from Arkansas. Yet seems to have done very little as a philanthropist to help his home State. Some people in the American south live in worse poverty than some in Africa.

PAUL THEROUX:

… China has been enriched by American-supplied jobs, making most of the destined-for-the-dump merchandise you find on store shelves all over America, every piece of plastic you can name, as well as Apple products, Barbie dolls or Nike LeBron basketball shoes retailed in the United States for up to $320 a pair. …

… if there was one experience of the Deep South that stayed with me it was the sight of shutdown factories and towns with their hearts torn out of them, and few jobs. There are outsourcing stories all over America, but the effects are stark in the Deep South. …

When Mr. Cook of Apple said he was going to hand over his entire fortune to charity, he was greatly praised by most people, but not by me. It so happened that at that time I was traveling up and down Tim Cook’s home state of Alabama, and all I saw were desolate towns and hollowed-out economies, where jobs had been lost to outsourcing, and education had been defunded by shortsighted politicians. …

Some companies have brought manufacturing jobs back to the United States, a move called “reshoring,” but so far this is little more than a gesture. It seems obvious that executives of American companies should invest in the Deep South as they did in China. …

The Hypocrisy of ‘Helping’ the Poor

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California has a poverty rate of 23.8%, the highest of any state in the country …

The US Census declared that in 2010 15.1% of the general population lived in poverty:

9.9% of all white persons
12.1% of all Asian persons
26.6% of all Hispanic persons (of any race)
28.4% of all black persons.

wikipedia

If you are in the poverty demographic, you should certainly campaign against the Republican Party. Those people (in general) try to move as many dollars from the poor to the rich. :-(

American companies will eventually reshore factories. When it’s financially advantageous. That could be soon.

Apple – the most profitable company in the world – has made some attempts. Those have been problematic, so far.

Udemy – online learning platform

Udemy … a website that enables anyone to teach and learn online. Launched in 2010, Udemy tries to democratize online education by making it fast, easy and free to create online courses. You keep 70% of the revenue from your courses (or 85% if you directly refer the customer to the course).

Unlike academic MOOC programs driven by traditional collegiate coursework, Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a tuition fee.

Learn more on YouTube.

Thanks Mike.