What U.S. State Has 4 Eyes and Still Can’t See?

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Hello fellow zobopians! I hope you’re not from the blind American state of Mississippi. I see the Southern Strategy state of Old Miss still can’t stand the fact that Black American citizens can actually achieve anything of value.

White segregationist folks just hate Black citizens winning anything. Damn!

Damn…Until neXt time…

Black Hebrew Israelites Vs Covington High = No winners

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Hello and Happy New Year fellow zobopians!  I hope you’re staying warm and haven’t been living under a rock since January 1st.  If you’re a social media junkie and haven’t seen or heard about the Covington Catholic High school kerfuffle, then you are a rock hermit.

*Sigh*  Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  Now that we see the bigger picture, allow me to try to put this in perspective.  The Black Hebrew Israelites were taunting and disrespecting the Native Americans AND the young boys of Covington Catholic High school.  Then a Native American Elder decided to intervene by walking up to the Covington High school boys.  That action prompted the Covington boys to begin taunting and disrespecting the Elder Nathan Phillips with mocking gestures.  [This is starting to look like a Mexican stand-off with this three-way conflict.]

Permit me to diagram this : #BlackHebrewIsraelites -> #CovingtonCatholicHigh -> #NathanPhillips.

Therefore the only HERO here is Elder Phillips.  Unfortunately Elder Phillip’s action made the situation worst.  But as far as I’m concerned, he gets an “A” for trying.  With that said, everybody else are nothing but kooks and bigoted FOOLS!  That goes for Hebrews and Catholics!

…until neXt time…

Trigger Warning: There are no Safe Spaces

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“…one day after snuggling in your security blanket and sucking your thumb in your Safe Space, you’ll wake up and realize…you have no more freedom!  Time to wake people!”

Trigger Warning

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Hello fellow zobopians!  It’s me again.  Today’s rant is all about “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces“.  Do we as a society need trigger warning labels like the recording industry?  Here’s a trigger warning for you…”Buyer Beware”.  I think that saying is from ancient Roman times.  So that makes it a 2000 year old warning.  So there…you’ve been warned!

Today’s coddled young people want to up-end the status quo with their street-based agitation.  But in order to do that they must make society uncomfortable to bring about change but yet these coddled street-based agitators, (a.k.a. whiny crybabies), don’t like being made uncomfortable on college campuses and other real world places, so they demand “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces”.  Does anyone besides me see the irony and/or hypocrisy here?

To bring this into perspective from the school of Chicago boy economics…recently the University of Chicago issued a statement telling incoming freshmen it won’t support “Trigger Warnings” or “Safe Spaces”.

Geoffrey Stone, law professor and past provost at the U. of C. said, “The right thing to do is empower the students, help them understand how to fight, combat and respond, not to insulate them from things they will have to face later.”

I totally agree with this statement.  You can’t change the world by being a over-sensitive, coddled crybaby.

Until neXt time…

Black Lives Don’t Matter, I Think?

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Well hello fellow zobopians!  Yep, I’m still blogging!  It’s still 2016 in the 21st century and I’m still waiting for my 2001 space odyssey.  We’re 15 years overdue for it!  Oh well, on to pressing matters on Earth.

BlackLivesMatter

Black lives haven’t mattered since…the mid-1990’s.  I blame the Zero-Tolerance policies of those 1990’s.  Instead of sending Black students to the principal’s office, and calling the parent(s), they’re sent to the police station.  Instead of suspending Black students, with a crap-load of homework to be completed upon returning, they’re expelled from the school never to return.  [Good luck you charter schools.]

Yeah…I don’t think Black Lives Matter.  In this world Freedom without Security is useless.  You can say #BlackLivesMatter all you want.  We will always be looking over our shoulders for the rest of our lives.

Black lives, obviously, don’t matter when lives are being lost everyday.  When someone gets killed by police who intentionally sought to deprive someone of their constitutional rights — you can’t get justice!  When someone gets killed by police due to incompetence, bad training or mistakes — you can’t get justice!

You can’t win for losing your lives!

P.S. : In 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney declared that, black men “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”  Like I said above, Freedom without Security is useless.

Until neXt time…

Dear Black College Students

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Hello world zobopians!  And you too college students.  Do I need to issue a disclaimer for sensitive Black readers?  I mean come on…have more ego strength will you…you whiny, crybabies!  Sticks and stones may break my bones but white micro-aggression can never hurt me.

Wake up people!  The social activist Bayard Rustin said the statement, below, February 13, 1969 for the New York Amsterdam News:

“For if we are to face the truth, however painful this may be, we must recognize that Black people have been brutalized in the past by inferior segregated education and economic deprivation to the point where they have been put at a disadvantage with whites.  Consequently, when they are placed in a difficult competitive situation, such as obtains at predominantly white universities, their immediate impulse is to retreat into themselves and establish a Black [studies] curriculum with separate – and lower- standards by which their performance shall be judged.”

This was written back then in 1969 and look at what’s happening on college campuses recently.  Has anything changed?  Can micro-aggression kill anybody?  This is why nobody comes to the Black community for help…we can’t seem to handle the psychological stress!  It’s really disappointing!

Until neXt time…

The Talented 10th Law Of Averages

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Hello fellow zobopians!  Wow!  It’s been a while since I wrote anything original.  At least I re-blogged.  Reading is fundamental, right?  Alright, time to get to the nitty gritty.

I’ve been thinking about Black America’s so-called “Talented 10th”.  If you know anything about William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois, then you see where that term comes from.  It’s been over 100 years since Mr. Du Bois wrote about the Talented 10th or as it should be called nowadays is the “Black Talented”.  I would like to think after 100+ years we would have more than 10 percent of the Black population that’s considered ‘talented’.

If Du Bois called one part of Black America the ‘Talented 10th’, what was the other 90% called?  Would it be the “Least Talented”?  When I thought about this scenario, you realize that Affirmative Action is “only” for the Black Talented.  How does Affirmative Action help the Least Talented?  How the hell can 10% of the Black Talented up-lift the other 90% of a population?  This is where I started thinking about the Law of Averages.  [The law of averages is a layman’s term for a belief that the statistical distribution of outcomes among members of a small sample must reflect the distribution of outcomes across the population as a whole.]  I don’t see how a small part of Black America can help a greater portion beyond their own small talented numbers.

Consider this;  when Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 he lost about 10% of his Grand Army.  And with that he lost that war!  I read some ago the reason he lost was because his Grande Army became demoralized after the loss of soldiers.  They probably had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) too.

Now, fast forward to now, the 21st century, and I keep hearing about how Black college students, the Black Talented (10th), having PTSD and other traumas due to white micro-aggression.  I think when it comes to the war on micro-aggression on Black students, I don’t see Black America winning a war against anything or anybody!

P.S.  Will the Talented 10th “pick at” dead people OR “pick up” where other people leave off?

P.S.S.  The Black Talented should never let anybody see them cry.  A.K.A. whiny crybabies.

O.K. that’s it for now…until neXt time…

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

IRE: Institute for Regional Education

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“…intensive information gathering on every American.  Human experiments with drugs and psycho-surgery, electronic surveillance.  The era of the computer, invasion of privacy.  Growing government and corporate power over our lives, a people plagued of by de-humanizing, loneliness and violence.  Dramatic?  Perhaps.  But we are losing control of our technology and out lives…”

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**Note: Did you find that interesting?  I got this snippet from a DVD I don’t even have anymore.  It could be from a film called “Koyaanisqatsi“.  Maybe you could look up the IRE and discover for yourself.  Come on, it’ll be a nice search project for you!  Your always on the internet anyway.  Just don’t allow yourself to get brainwashed.

Chicago Schools Wishbone

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Hold the students by the legs and pull.  That’s what every Chicago school student should feel like, a wishbone.  But they don’t always get what they wish for.

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are offering job opportunities for city youth while at the same time CPS is going ahead with 100 job cuts at the Central Office, mostly staff positions.  This is in order to save $52.3 million.  The staff cuts are permanent and the youth jobs are temporary.  All this economic back-and-forth with nothing to show for it!  [I guess that’s just my opinion.]

Chicago Teachers Union @ http://www.ctunet.com/

Chicago Public Schools @ http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx

U.S. Tax Dollars At Work:School Vouchers

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*This post was originally on my old Blogspot, zobop republic, blog. I wonder if this thought is still relevant.
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Rich or so-called wealthy parents send their kids to private schools; they can afford it. [Or they live in wealthier school districts]. If not that, they provide advantages for their kids, like S.A.T. prep courses (which are not cheap), private tutors, etc. And once again they pay for it themselves. [Disposable income comes in handy]. Some people may say that is unfair and of a privileged mindset.

Poor people on the other hand also want to send their kids to private or charter schools. But since they’re economically deprived, they want or expect the taxpayer to pay for this “school choice” through so-called vouchers. Poor parents of school aged students have to realize the government controls this taxpayer money and will dole it out as they see fit. These vouchers are also just free money for some charter school administrators. By overcounting how many students they actually have, they just pocket the difference. This activity leads to corruption and taints the educational process.

Wealthy people don’t have to worry about these kinds of things, because they control the money for their private institutions.

Poor people are at the mercy of government controllers and other [unelected] public officers.

It must be good to be wealthy. It means CONTROL!
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Food 4 Thought. More information on school choice : http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-chicago-reader-tif-archive/Content?oid=1180567

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