You Black TikTok Creators Need To Learn Copyright Law

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Hello fellow zobopians! Are you a TikTok fan or a K-Pop fan? If you appreciate dance and/or create it, then you should be aware that dance can be copyright protected.

There’s money in copyright protection. [But you knew that, right?]

You Black creative folks need to slow the Hell down before getting on Tik(f**king)Tok and giving away your creations for FREE! Damn! Hasn’t anyone learned anything since the turn of the Millennium and the Century? 💃🏽🕺🏽

Mo’ money you’re throwing away!

Come on people! Wake up and Wise Up! Super spread the word. (👇🏽 Where I got this from. 👇🏽)

Spread the word. Not Covid.

Until neXt time…

So, You Moved to Texas. Enjoying Your Blackouts and Water Shortage?

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Hello fellow zobopians! If you’re reading this from the American state of Texas, howdy LOSER! Are you enjoying your blackouts and water shortages? If you recently moved from another American state to take advantage of Texas’ low taxes, then don’t worry your utility bills for gas, water and electricity will suck away those Texas tax breaks! Hee-Haw!

You might have low taxes in Texas but you will pay utility bills through the nose.

If Texas was a country, it would be a failed state.

Until neXt time…

The GOP wants you slaves to get back to work! No more money for you.

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Hello fellow zobopians! I sure the COVID-19 pandemic plus unemployment must really stink. The Republican Confederate party could care less about you. The Republicans want you Red & Blue slaves to get back to work at those low paying jobs.

Now hiring slaves. [JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES]

GET BACK TO WORK YOU SLAVES! But let’s be serious, nobody can’t compete with slave labor. 🤷🏽‍♂️ Isn’t that why slavery ended with the Civil War?

Did your ancestors work in a Work House?

So, does anyone think the GOP will care about Americans or will the Republicans continue to use time, tax money and effort to continue protecting Republican politicians who are accused of Florida sex trafficking? Talking about you Matt Gaetz!

WAKE UP DEMOCRATS!

Until neXt time…

Republicans Don’t Care About You

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Hello fellow zobopians! I hope you’re NOT an American Republican voter. Either way, the Republican Party doesn’t care about you. Do you want to know why? I hope you’re NOT an anti-intellectual.

Not a single Republican in either chamber of Congress voted for Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package”

The modern day Confederate Republican party only cares about progressing the regressive ideology of the so-called Southern Strategy. (The “Southern Strategy” refers primarily to “top down” narratives of the political realignment of the [American] South which suggest that Republican leaders consciously appealed to many white Southerners’ racial grievances in order to gain their support.)

The greatest trick is how the GOP / Republican party gets poor and middle class white citizens to vote against their own economic interests.

Dumb as Republicans. [Photo may be subject to somebody’s copyright.]

If white American citizens wouldn’t spend so much of their time, effort and what little money they have to hurt, (vote against), Black and brown people, maybe they could begin to have nice things… like, healthcare, affordable housing, and etc., etc. But NOPE! Dumb as Republicans still being the party of “NO”.

Until neXt time… STOP VOTING REPUBLICAN!

Happy New Year 2021! Good-bye Crapshow of a Year 2020!

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Hello fellow zobopians! I really need to get back to blogging. Maybe I should get locked out of Twitter more often. 😏 The inglorious year 2020 was a dumpster fire of a sh*tshow. Us Democracy loving folks have crap on our soles. 💩 As of this writing President Trump is still trying to overturn *steal* the election from November. The Southern Strategy Confederate Republicans don’t care about Democracy or Americans in general. (At least not the non-white ones anyway). 🤫 [Photo below is not mine.]

Neither political party cares about you.

Aside from the sh*tshow politics of Red & Blue politicos, there was a viral pandemic that reached way beyond the Asian diaspora. The novel Coronavirus (a.k.a. Covid-19) showed us humans who’s the boss. The virus killed the economy (almost) and people with equal deftness. There were idiot anti-vaxxers who don’t believe in vaccinations. (I wonder if they’re dead now). There were White Supremacist who publicly stated that Covid-19 was a hoax and yet publicly stated that their followers should spread the virus to non-white citizens of America. (I wonder if the supremacists are dead now).

Coronavirus don’t care about you. You’re dead!

And once again, and again, and again, the American police forces still don’t care about Black citizens! I think it’s because “they”, (the cops), don’t see Black folk as people. So “they” continue to kill Blacks in the streets, in the back of police vehicles and if one lives long enough, at the police station. (I won’t name names. You should by now know who they are). Google their names!

The police don’t care about you. You’re dead!

Politics, Coronavirus and police brutality! The unholy trinity of 21st America. I truly hope 2021 will be a better year. That’s all for now. You can go back to your doom scrolling on social media. Until neXt time…

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“And they are lucky that what black people are looking for is equality and not revenge”

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Hello fellow zobopians!  I showed a few days ago a John Oliver clip about this woman, Kimberly Jones, explaining why she thinks vadalising is valid.  She took the words out of my mouth!  The whole world is watching.  I hope you’re listening too!

The late author James Baldwin wrote a book titled “The Fire Next Time”.  If we the people don’t change the white supremacist status quo “this time”, there may not be a next time.

Black Is Beautiful.

White Lies.

Enjoy the video…until neXt time…

Best Explanation of Anger On Police Murder/Brutality

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Hello fellow zobopians!  Have you ever known more than what you could say?  You would have feelings but couldn’t find the right words for your anger or confusion?  I think this unidentified woman in the John Oliver video perfectly expresses what I’ve been feeling since the George Floyd public execution by the murderous Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin. [The video should start at 31:54]

She took the words right out of my mouth!  …until neXt time…

Looking For America? Corporate America Isn’t Looking For You.

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Hello fellow zobopians! Long time no see, you know how I be. After the election of *President* Trump, I’ve been at a loss of words. Now that we all know what a “white backlash” looks and feels like, I guess I have some thoughts on the subject now.

Most white working class Americans voted for Donald “art of the deal” Trump because well, they think he’s actually good at the art of the deal. Just look at how *President* Trump has been acting. Corporate-minded fools like Trump think they can just treat government like a business.  You can’t!  In government there’s going to be push-back when you fire someone because of a lack of loyalty. But here’s the thing. You can’t expect cult of personality loyalty in government! That would be authoritarianism! But that’s what the white working class-less Americans got. And now all these white working class Americans are yelling and crying for their Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare plans. They just didn’t like that it was called “Obamacare”. Obamacare was just a nickname for the ACA. Same thing! Duh?

 

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Looking for America – [art saves lives]

I’m sure most citizens also voted for Trump because they think he’s “going to bring jobs back”.  Right.  I guess these foolish Americans also think segregation is going to come back too.  [Don’t we already have that, again?]  Let me just state this loud and clear, “jobs are not coming back to America!”  Corporate America isn’t looking for you Americans!  This is why they want (cheap labor) immigrants.  Of course the U.S. companies claim they can’t find employees.  You can read their excuse.  [They ain’t looking for you fool!]  The corporate bosses don’t want you.  They don’t want to pay to train/re-train you.  Building a wall or stopping people from certain countries won’t stop corporate America from getting the cheap labor it wants.

Corp. USA

Get back to work training your replacement!

I guess it’s obvious now that the Almighty Globalization didn’t raise everyone’s boats.  It only lowered everyone’s wages.  U.S. business gets at least half the blame for all of this.  That means the other half of the blame falls on the rest of us for not adapting to the Almighty Third-Wave Economy.  Read that report here.

As you can see I’ve been thinking about this a long now.  It took me this long to finally get it out on blog.  I hope enough people read this because corporate America is looking.  Until neXt time…

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Map of corporate America

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.

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

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