Look What I Found Out There

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Hello fellow zobopians!  Long time, no see.  I spend most of my blogging time on the micro-blogging site of Twitter.  I’ve been “Twitter-fied”!  (Is that a word?)  Well, anyway I’ve got something to show you.  I’m “sort of” like a modern day urban scavenger.  I’m always tempted to pick up something off the ground — look :

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You lost your Gold AA member card, Beemer!

…and here’s another I found in a public library book:

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United Airlines baggage receipt

Disclaimer : Like I stated; I found these items out in the world.  Stop losing stuff people!

…until next time folks!

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I’m not tapping for anybody!

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Hello fellow zobopians!  For those of you who live in the financially broke Windy City of Chicago…listen up!  How many of you have been asked to tap your C.T.A. Ventra bus card to let somebody on the bus or train?  Or maybe you’re the one doing the asking!  The ones who do the asking, most times, seem to want to offer at least a dollar to let them on the transport.  In Chicago the fare is $2.25 (USD).  I’m not spending two dollars to get one dollar.  How stupid do people think I am?  Either these people don’t have the full fare or they don’t want to pay the full fare.  To let let someone else, plus yourself, to get on the bus or train, you going to have to tap your Ventra card twice.  That’s money your spending…for $1 (USD)!  Nope!

So…listen up Chicagoans!  If you don’t have the full transit fare or don’t want to pay up, then you’re not getting anywhere.  At least not on my two dollars and a quarter!

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P.S.  Double tapping the Ventra transit card is considered fraud and your card could get suspended.

Fx Krystal as…Deadpan?

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Hello fellow zobopians and F(x) fans!  Many social media trolls tend to say that Krystal, member of the Kpop group F(x), has what is called a “Resting B*tch Face”.  O.K….so, let’s put her in a movie that will do her face justice then!

I bring you the face that will stop crime…:

DVD Wrap with UPC Position

This is my first foray into F(x) Fan Fiction!  Thank you.

Until neXt time…

Dear Land Of Lincoln, As if

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Cover your as if, part 2.  Hello again zobopians!  I just gotta cover my as if.  I simply don’t trust the Healthcare Marketplace.  Buyer Beware as the Romans once said.  Am I heading for trouble ahead?

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Until neXt time…for now!

Cover Your As If

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Hello fellow zobopians!  Let’s see how well social media and blogging can play an important role in teaching the Healthcare Marketplace a lesson.  Always cover your as if!

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Until neXt time… Cover your as if part 2.

Buyer Beware

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Hello fellow world zobopians! I was reading the current issue of Esquire magazine for October 2015, the 1000th issue. This is just something that inspired the following post. [If you’re wondering, the article I was reading was about Ernest Hemingway.]

[My mind works in mysterious ways!]

Blackness in America is just something that grows big enough to be taken apart and sold for pieces. Cultural appropriation is just another industry to feed and feed off of. Blackness is a ‘brand’ with a shelf life. This is why I never worship Blackness. Neither should you. After you buy, you just end up throwing away. BUYER BEWARE!

Until neXt time…

How Many People Can I Reach?

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I hope a lot!

Greetings world zobopians! Summer is definitely over. Cool winds blowing in Chi-town. Next thing you know it’ll be Halloween with kids and, (other people), begging for candy. But Halloween doesn’t compare to a young persons birthday. Imagine if you were 6 years old today. It’s your birthday. But no gifts. Should have to go out the world and beg for gifts?

Visit CheerfulGivers to find out how you can make a difference.

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Birthday gifts for kids!

The Jane Addams I didn’t know

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Hello fellow world zobopians!  Do you even like being called a zobopian?  If you follow this blog, you’re one!

Well anyway, it’s the start of yet another school year for Public Schools…what’s left of them.  Public schools are being closed and replaced by charter schools so fast it makes me wonder how long until the death of public institutions in America.  Public Housing is pretty much gone and buried…I mean privatized.  Remember New Orleans?  O.K. I’m getting off target here.  I just recently learned the community organizer Jane Addams was the head of a teachers pension fund way back in 1905.  You can read about the history of her and the fund below.  It’s sad after more than a hundred years America is still having a problem of giving teachers their due.

The Chicago Tribune featured a Perspective piece written by CTPF Executive Director Charles A. Burbridge in the September 17, 2015, edition. The text of the article appears below:
In 1905, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund faced a crisis. There wasn’t enough money coming in to pay for retirement benefits.

The president of the pension fund, Jane Addams – yes, the famous community organizer – turned to the Illinois General Assembly for help. A landmark law passed in 1907 required employees and employers to contribute to the fund and set up an elected pension board to oversee investments.

The retirement security that Addams protected for teachers is at risk again.

Pension holidays taken by Chicago Public Schools and approved by lawmakers have capsized the system and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars to correct. It’s just the kind of action Addams sought to guard against more than 100 years ago.

We must protect our teachers and the taxpayers from these shortsighted decisions.

The first step: Stop talking about CPS declaring bankruptcy. That’s a diversion from the real issues of education policy and funding. CPS bankruptcy – essentially allowing the state to insulate itself from the problem that it helped create – would be morally reprehensible. There are many parties responsible for this crisis. No one should be allowed to simply walk away.

The second step: Take three legislative actions to fix the system and prevent future funding failures. Those three actions are:
  • Make payments to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund mandatory by law. Pension funds across the country have something in common: Payments are mandated and the funds have strong tools to use if a payment is missed. Pension payments are not optional; they are promised to Chicago’s schoolteachers as part of their contract. We have to stop pitting today’s teachers against yesterday’s teachers. Lawmakers, city and school leaders must recognize that teacher compensation and retirement funding are one in the same.
  • Commit to an actuarial-based funding plan that covers annual contributions and unfunded liability. Fully funded pension plans let experts (actuaries) determine the annual contribution needed to keep the plans stable. The Chicago teachers’ fund is in a hole. We must stop digging. The problem was created by pension holidays. It can’t be solved by more pension holidays.
  • Make monthly payments to the pension fund, not a once-a-year payment. Pension plans work when today’s benefits are paid by yesterday’s contributions and investment earnings, and today’s contributions are invested to pay for tomorrow’s benefits. Prudent investment practices demand that payments to the fund provide a constant stream of revenue that can be invested throughout the year. Monthly payments would save Chicago taxpayers tens of millions annually.
A century ago, Addams knew that for Chicago to thrive, teachers’ pensions needed to be protected. If we are to thrive for the next century, that fundamental principle must never again be forgotten.
Source : Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2015

One Minute Of Volunteering – May 2015

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OneMillionKids

1 Million Kids – CheerfulGivers

Hello fellow world zobopians!  It’s been almost a year and a half since I became a virtual volunteer for the charitable organization Cheerful Givers.  [I haven’t forgotten.]  It only takes but a minute to think about giving a minute of your time.

So, will you join in helping Cheerful Givers to give a Happy Birthday to One Million less fortunate kids?  Every $10 brings us one child closer to reaching this goal by the end of May. www.cheerfulgivers.org/give

Need your help to reach Cheerful Givers  goal of giving birthday gifts to One Million less fortunate kids since the organization began.  Any donation helps at www.cheerfulgivers.org/give

More at : https://www.facebook.com/cheerfulgivers or https://twitter.com/cheerfulgivers – @cheerfulgivers

Until neXt time…

Free Range Parenting?

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Hello there world zobopians! I was watching World News Tonight on the ABC TV network and they had a report on ‘free range parenting’. Why are we as a society equating parenting to the raising of chickens? Maybe it’s because we destroy our young, perhaps? Anyway…I had to compose a rant about it…here goes:

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Free Range Society

The state of Maryland, USA has a law that states a child cannot be left unattended outside the home and/or school areas. [That means the kids need to have their parents hold their hands or become extreme helicopter parents…GOOD GRIEF!]

[Race Card Spoiler ALERT!]

I commend white Maryland parents that allow their kids ‘free range’ in this country. At least white parents, in Maryland at least, don’t have to worry about gang-land drive-by shootings. But the other social monsters are out there: child abductions, child molesters, bullies. It’s a dangerous world out here!  When white kids go missing, they get media publicity; they get cash rewards offered when reported missing; they get their computer enhanced face on milk cartons.  [Do Black kids get that?]

I’m glad to see white people are so concerned about their kids walking around free as a bird.  Even the Maryland police pull over these kids, then (safely) detain them until their parents come to claim them.  [Do Black kids get that?]

I’m sure Black parents wish they had it this good.  Black people in general are not allowed “free range” of anything.  That’s why they keep getting shot by cops!  [END RANT]

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Until next time…

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