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June 26, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Donna. Dolts. Don’ts.

Ready to dosey doe with delight? (Ignore those dolts and dont’s. Their deal shortly)

Oh, Donna. Oh. Donna. No, not the one in the song or in the Donna Reed show.

1960 Donna Reed Show cast publicity shot.:US PD. no cr:pb.date:Commons.wikimedia.org)

1960.Donna Reed was quite a homebody. (Do you think she chose that picture in back herself? Odd foreshadowing.)(Donna Reed Show/US PD:pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

This Donna’s far more liberated.

Working in a man’s world.

Doing the worst assignments, but not one word of complaint.

Always smiling unconditional affection and encouragement for all.

Donna, the yellow Labrador military bomb sniffing dog, is now forever home.

She arrived in Houston over the weekend – a little confused by all the celebrations.

Reassured by her escort, she dared to believe it was true. There was PERSON-who-she-had-bonded-with-but-oddly-left-her. Now holding out arms in welcome.

Here’s the video of the reunion.

Donna will stay with Marine Cpl. Joaquin Aranda’s parents while he finishes up his latest tour of duty. (His mom said they got more pictures of Donna than of their son while he was in Afghanistan. So they feel like they know Donna already.)

Well earned homecoming. Retired military dog Donna greeted by friends at Hobby Airport (Screenshot image: Click2houston.com)

Well earned homecoming.(Screenshot: Click2houston.com)

While the military is doing a better job returning trained military dogs to the US and placing them in homes after retirement, there are many dogs provided by contractors that aren’t so lucky. Those retired dogs are still consider “excess equipment” and are often put down or left behind.

Mission K9 Rescue is a group that raises the $800-$900 transport cost per dog, contacts former handlers, screens possible homes, and makes sure dogs that more than earned their keep on the job are given a safe happy retirement.

Check out their website. Spread the word. Adopt a dog? Help anyway you can. Thanks.

Moving on.

The Dolt-o-meter has been zapping like crazy this week. Only a few:

    • World Cup nasty. Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bit an Italian opponent during the game Tuesday. Dude. No accident. His shoulder didn’t jump into your mouth. And this the third incident? Even toddlers would be told not to return to play group with this record. Rumor is Suarez may face suspension. Coaches of kid soccer teams are worried – if the super stars do it, will it be imitated by younger wanna-be’s? They are already concerned about NFL stars’ behavior influencing children. Football or futboll. More in common than thought? (Wait. No thought required for either? Worrisome trend.)
    • “…dead broke when we left the White House.” “Not truly well off?” Hillary, please. Guess it all depends on your definition of “dead broke” and “well off”. $200,000-per-speech speaking fees (and Bill probably makes more)? Million-dollar book advances?(ghost writer and real authors wincing) Supposedly made more than $100 million since 2001? Their trusts and taxes. Sigh. Despite the “debts”, hush now, Hillary/Bill, you’re just making things worse.
    • And someone please grab their daughter Chelsea of the Christian Louboutin red soled peeptoe high heels: “I tried to care about money, but couldn’t” (And how much did your apartment cost? 10.5 million? A $3 million wedding. A $600,000 annual “salary” from NBC? Always awarded top salary at every career jump) Dolt-ism may be an inherited trait.
    • Or quite possibly a virus spread by close contact? President Obama speaking about moms supporting kids said he was raised by a single mom who worked hard to provide…” Uh, Sir, no disrespect, but it appears you were conveniently handed off to grandparents and attended private schools in Hawaii. Don’t even know where to start with this one. Hawaii.
    • Need some meditation? You may be asking for medication instead. Cheaper. The D.C. Council has approved a plan to add a city sales tax for gym memberships, dance classes, yoga classes, and personal trainers. It’s on the mayor’s desk waiting signature. In a town where there’s so much “concern” for healthy diets and lifestyles for the nation, in a town where there is an acknowledged “serious problem with obesity” (mayor’s office) this seems counter productive. They tax running shoes and sporting equipment. Still seems doltish to tax people who are trying to exercise and stay heathy.
Well heeled Chelsea Clinton in  Christian Louboutin heels. (Image: Anthony Behar.Spipa USA/Screenshot eonlin.com)

Well-heeled Chelsea Clinton stylin’ in Christian Louboutin. Do you remember the fairy tale of the Red Shoes? She probably doesn’t either. (Image: Anthony Behar.Spipa.USA/Screenshot eonlin.com)

Moving on.

Don’ts. No one likes those. But here they are.

Many good-hearted people were loudly proclaiming “compassion” are now yelling “Not in my backyard”.

It’s the largest human migration into the US in a long time.

By end of the year over 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected this year trudging in from Central America. (Over half way to that number now) That’s in addition to families also arriving.

Rumors in Spanish language media encourage the trek saying those who get here, will be allowed to stay.

“‘They almost never go home,’said Gary Mead, who until last year was director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office responsible for finding and removing immigrants living in the country.”

Bigger population relocation than after Hurricane Katrina. On steroids.

About 65% are male and between the ages of 15-17 yrs.

These are tough kids who have witness violence, trauma, lived in poor health conditions, often malnourished, with little or no formal schooling.

Want some background info? (No hope for answers without knowing the story)

Currently the new arrivals are being held in old warehouses and military barracks in the border states. But Health and Human Services must process and move unaccompanied children quickly, by law.

That’s the problem: where?

1919. May Allison. "Fair and Warmer"Shadowland.ScreenClassics/US PD. pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org

Don’t. The headaches are just beginning.(1919/US PD. pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

There aren’t enough foster homes for kids already in the CPS systems.

(Orphanages were abandoned in many states long ago. Children don’t warehouse well.)

Besides, older foster kids are “difficult”. These don’t speak English.

Seriously, think these kids will listen to foster parents who try to provide structure, discipline, and some guidance? (“No you can’t go out. Finish your homework. Wait where are you going?”) Potential foster parents may rethink.

Just think, at 18 kids “age out” of the Foster Care System (which provides food, clothing, housing, healthcare, safety)

Homeless, limited English, little education, few marketable skills – except how to survive. What are their chances? And soon they will be old enough to vote.

But these kids have to go somewhere. (currently here and hereBut not here:

    • Washington Times. Residents force feds to scrap plans for housing immigrants at old VA college.
    • New York. Buffalo News ““The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and General Services Administration will be conducting an initial assessment of Lexington Commerce Center in Rochester, NY (located at 1600 Lexington Ave.) and the Byblos Niagara Resort in Grand Island, NY (located at 100 Whitehaven Road) to determine whether it may be used as a facility for temporarily housing children who have come into the United States from other countries without an adult guardian,” wrote Cuevas.” Uh, no. Don’t come.
    • New York City. NY Times. “Surge in child migrants reaches NY, overwhelming advocates”
    • Greece, NY “Opposition builds” (former Kodak International Distribution Center)
    • Chicago area/Illinois: “HHS reversed decision to house illegal alien children at Olympic Fields”
    • Lawrenceville, VA. Immigrant Center Plan halted. Strong opposition by residents
    • Bristol, VA. Virginia Intermont College considered.
    • San Diego. (USA Today). “Fed shelve plans to fly migrants to California.” Or some of them….
    • Escondido, CA. U-T San Diego. “Congressman blast plans to house immigrant children”
    • Murrieta, CA. Village News. “City rescinds offer to shelter immigrants”
    • Could go on… Plane loads have already gone to Boston area. Some may be headed to Lansing, MI, and other places…

They have to go somewhere.  So many unexpected don’ts.  

Hansel and Gretel.1909. Grimm/Rackham, illust./US PD. pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org

Honestly, some do look like this and will be easy to place. But a whole bunch are headstrong, resourceful, streetwise almost adults who are far older in experience than in  years.(1909. Rackham/US PD. pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Suddenly, despite all the showy outpouring of compassion, it’s “Not in my backyard.”

There’s going to be culture shock.

For them.

And for the residents and children in the neighborhoods where they resettle.

Some already know. There will be costs.

Money will have to be pulled from other areas to address the unique needs of these new arrivals.

It is what it is. (And they are not going away. So get ready to deal.)

A crisis that will affect you sooner or later.

Might want to stay informed.

The newcomers need some assist to mesh into society…or else.

Enka Square Dance Team. Mountain Music Festival, 1938-1950./LOC/US PD: by Fed. employee/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Gotta learn the steps. A little help makes getting into the swing of things easier. (between 1938-1950.LOC/US PD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

End of the long and rambling road to here.

Know you’re just de-lighted about that.

Probably dog tired, too

Tales done until the Dolt-o-meter jolts to life again.

Until then, enjoy the paws.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

 Tail waggin exit. Donna headed home. (click2houston.com)

Tail waggin’ exit. Donna heads home. Forever. (click2houston.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 Comments

  1. Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) / Jun 26 2014 2:14 am

    That’s my kinda Donna!

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  2. bulldog / Jun 26 2014 2:44 am

    “…dead broke when we left the White House.”… that has to be the joke of the year… or that was one very expensive jaunt in the oval office…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 8:24 pm

      You know, say something with enough confidence and people will…no, not gonna work.Just stop. Laughing? Is that “laughing with us” or “at us”? Afraid to ask. Thanks for chuckling along

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  3. EllaDee / Jun 26 2014 6:52 am

    My head hurts… and no I didn’t trip over anything/nothing… Very savvy, starting off with Donna the lab good news and enticing me into the vortex… What can I say, similar stuff of concern worldwide – locally – road rage, people’s noses being bitten off, boat people yada yada, a suggestion to extend the Good & Services tax so it includes fresh food…
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results… so, the world is globally insane.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 8:30 pm

      You know that old poem about the “Center cannot hold?” Hitting country roads may not be such a bad idea. It’s backwards world to civilization for sure. Thanks for a vote for sanity

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  4. Paul / Jun 26 2014 8:12 am

    Whew – a lot of info to process. Very happy for the repatriated pups – sad that some are left behind or destroyed by contractors as “surplus”. I hope thye all find good homes.

    The immigration thingy is eye-opening – that’s a huge increase year over year. And what’s with $252 perday perchild – that’s $80k peryear perchild? Surely to God there’s a more efficient way to do it? And even yet the grand total of over $800MM divided by 60,000 suggests about $140,000 per child. That’s a mighty high overhead – bet there’s a whole fleet of well paid gov’t employees administering that department.

    And what’s with Colorado being a big immigrant destination? Sheesh – I could pick a warmer spot than that. It would be a shock to those from equatorial countries. I wonder why so many choose to locate there?

    The whole problem seems unsolvable. The wee ones (who presumably are travelling with older siblings) are not a real big issue – they’ll easily adapt and learn a new language if given a chance. But the 14-17 year olds with a very violent background – including gangs – seem to present an insurmountable issue. It’s going to need some very out of the box thinking to find novel solutions. The pictures of the warehoused kids and the minimalist surroundings , suggests that the $80k -$140k peryear per child is not being spent on amenities. Sounds like the money is going into the pockets of those who are already well off.

    Perhaps Chelsea could buy them some Louboutains? Oh, that’s right she comes from an almost broke family with only millions instead of billions.

    Great post Phil. Thanks for the head’s up on the developing crisis ( I’m ashamed to say my Louboutins are last year’s – I am so embarrassed).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 2:50 pm

      Happy tales are always welcomed. Hopefully the kids will live happy stories, too. Unescorted children by law must be processed immediately (It’s like 72 hrs?) and moved out of the mob into Health and Human Services/Child Protected Services umbrella.So they don’t stay there long. These facilities are not long term housing – never designed for it, certainly not large enough. Supposedly these are temporary processing areas until paper work done, and then they are handed a court date for residency review (takes several years to get in court) and then adults/families are free to go wherever they like. Some of the kids have family or relatives already here and are released immediately to them (Even if the family/family friend isn’t here legally. Everyone get an assigned time to return to court…but most disappear and are never seen again)
      No one is stealing money meant for these kids – there are just so many of them. Border states have dipped into emergency funds meant for natural disaster relief – hurricanes, wild fires…In some places locals have tried to bring clothing and stuff, but the authorities stay they don’t have time to sort through it and hand it out (but the kids could do that themselves – or maybe when the check the kid into the place give them clothing.) They are washing clothing trying to keep them clean. But numbers overwhelm.
      You are right, all those weeping compassionate like the Clintons, Gates…could hand out some assistance (authorities say need underwear badly!) But often they prefer to tell others what they should do rather than do themselves – or prefer to help those in other countries…who deserve it more…and besides others will take care of the ones here…but they don’t. More don’ts.
      Colorado has a huge Spanish language population, too – has for a long time. It’s as SW state. Their school have been struggling to cope with immigrant populations for well over 20 years. (actually there are big Spanish speaking populations in places you wouldn’t expect…New arrivals generally live in groups and work hard – anywhere there’s lots of new building/construction, lawns, restaurants…) Easier to move into society if there’s a group to help. So the problems finally ballooned big enough no one can ignore…it’s a game changer for sure. Hope I answered most of your questions. Thanks for running along

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  5. Ally Bean / Jun 26 2014 12:00 pm

    I like Donna. Who wouldn’t?

    I don’t like all the “dead broke” talk. It’s so tone deaf that it makes me squirm in my seat. Not harmonious, at all.

    I have no idea about what to do about the child immigrant problem, but it’s not going to rectify itself, of that I’m sure. And somehow I’m going to pay for the solution. Another certainty.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 8:46 pm

      Donna’s a doll. She’s happily chasing squirrels in a backyard a little north of here.
      Too bad she can’t chase some human squirrels to some place where they won’t annoy anyone.
      The migration of kids creates unique problems. This event was forecast by the feds in reports 2 years ago: conditions in those countries continue to deteriorate into brutal existence and violence. Nothing is changing or will change quickly. More than just an immigration issue that can be easily solved. These kids need safe secure places to live. The flood of kids is up 800+% this year. There’s a backlog of over 360,000 cases – more than 90% disappear into the country and never show up for their assigned court date. Feds want to ship all this children to places like an abandoned Walmart with a leaky roof in NY.(news leaked today – residents/elected officials are protesting). The Catholic and several other church groups are taking kids to Fort Worth and North Texas. And swine flu has broken out in a big shelter in San Antonio. (Parents here need to be sure their kids’ vaccinations are updated – the new ones aren’t and will be no doubt given vaccines soon which will cause shortages) I don’t know the answer either, but these are kids – and they’re ours now. How about redirecting some foreign aid to our own country? Time to put up or shut up. Sigh. Thanks for clearly stating the worry

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  6. Carrie Rubin / Jun 26 2014 12:48 pm

    Taxing people to get healthy? Seems counterproductive indeed.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 2:12 pm

      Proof that Backwards World does exist. (Not that we doubted) Thanks for running down a comment

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  7. gingerfightback / Jun 26 2014 1:18 pm

    Strangely enough i was researching Donna Reed yesterday. Heartbreaking to read about all those poor kids.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 2:31 pm

      There are some great pix of the Donna Reed Show. (No one should be saying anything about funny kids’ clothes and hair today) It’s going to be quite a challenge. The tragedy is that we should have been prepared. Government reports 2 years ago predicted this, the border states have seen it gradually growing – but decision makers chose to ignore the reality and facts. Guess focusing on this issue wouldn’t get enough votes – then. Once again private groups/charities/Catholic Church are attempting to step up to help as much as they can – but even they have limits. Donna would be proud of the effort? Thanks for running a comment over

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  8. katecrimmins / Jun 26 2014 1:45 pm

    It’s easier to rehome the dogs than house the children. BTW I just love the shoes but of course I would. If only I had the feet to wear them and of course the $$ to buy them.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 8:53 pm

      Sometime the odd topics do weave together despite my effort. Your first line pretty well summed it up. (Oh, to be able to wear such shoes again. My favorite pair came from a lucky Neiman Marcus sale find (a looong time ago) that were black high heels ankle straps with red linings and red soles – long before a certain designer grabbed that trademark. Loved those shoes.) Thanks for stomping around over here

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  9. Jay E. / Jun 26 2014 5:08 pm

    I love your work: it’s like reading the news without the inherent bias.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2014 8:58 pm

      Getting more and more difficult to find real news instead of magazine news, rants, or managed “news” stories. Appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Thank for tossing a comment into the bin

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  10. PiedType / Jun 27 2014 6:32 pm

    I’m a crabby old woman, I guess. Send all those kids back where they came from. They are their parents’ responsibility, not ours. I’m especially concerned about those older teenage boys — gang age and streetwise. They don’t need their families and we certainly don’t need them. This sort of thing will continue to happen until we decide to strictly enforce our border and insist that all immigrants enter the country legally.

    Hillary Clinton? I almost choked when I heard her say they were “dead broke” when they left the White House. She’ll rue the day she said that, because elephants never forget!

    Chelsea’s shoes? Ugly and ostentatious. I hate Louboutins for that reason. Even the pretty ones scream “look at me! My owner is rich!” (Yes, I hate peep toe shoes and worse, Chelsea is pigeon-toed.)

    Wow, cat claws fully extended. Hiss! Spit! Sorry about that. 😦

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 27 2014 8:42 pm

      Instead of paying all that money for the First Lady of Honduras to “visit” the shelter in TX, better to use that money for her to herd their children back to their home country?
      NIghtmare. Total nightmare – and one that was predicted by the feds themselves (2 years ago) and slowly grew, and grew into this flood.
      Not enough money or capacity to take care of our veterans? MX helicopter in AZ airspace shooting at our border patrol today? This week shots being fired from MX into TX directed at border patrol to give fire cover to those rafting across the river?
      (But a US marine vet sits in MX jail for making a wrong turn, getting stuck on a one way street directly into MX.)
      And all those people who said “Oh, let them come, poor things – we’ll share” now won’t have them in THEIR backyards? Bah
      PS anyone with small kids, get those vaccinations up to date quickly – all available vaccine doses are needed for the new arrivals….(Border Guards now coming down with diseases from those they are responsible for in the shelters.)
      Maybe Chelsea and her buddies could donate some spare shoes for an auction so the border patrol can buy some underwear for the new kids…and maybe tickets for their return home?
      Maybe her Dad could show the way? He made $104.0 million for 524 speeches between Jan 2001 and Jan 2013.(Washington Post)…oh, poor little things. Yeah, they are just like folks.
      It’s not about immigration. It’s about being swarmed at a time when so many here are already in desperate need ( seen the numbers of kids qualifying for free lunches in schools recently? How many homeless? And those older vet – not to mention the young ones maimed and injured who/the families will need support for years because they chose to serve this country honorably.)
      It’s about people dying in the summer extreme heat. It’s about predators/human traffickers luring new arrivals who don’t speak the language, have nothing and no place to go once they are given a court date and told they are free to leave.
      Borders. Defined entry points with health screenings, background checks (snort), and orderly entrance. Processing shelters there.
      Some are following the rules and waiting in line to gain legal entrance – how does this gallop to the US make them feel?
      Thanks for snarling along and the stern hissing

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      • PiedType / Jun 27 2014 11:22 pm

        I’m hissing as hard as I can. It’s not helping.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2014 12:09 am

          But all that hissing makes the neighbors worry? (Ditto, though)

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          • PiedType / Jun 28 2014 1:09 am

            LOL. Yes, I suppose it does seem a bit strange …

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      • Paul / Jun 28 2014 8:29 am

        You know Phil what this is all about? it’s about the haves and the have nots. It’s about more and more wealth being held by fewer and fewer people. Both within a country and between countries. Quite honestly this was predicted by Socrates 2,500 years ago – what eventually happens in a capitalist democracy. It will eventually result in a revolution and/or war. Not likely in our time but the strains are showing already. The middle class is slowly disappearing in this country and has gone in many poorer countries. We are just at the beginning. Stopgap programs will only go so far – the problem (of the actions of the poor affecting the better off) will continue to grow. We need to address the wealth imbalance. I’m a business school grad, and I can clearly see the positive aspects pf capitalism and free market – but it has it’s boudaries and they need to be addressed. Much like a large vehicle – it does much good, but if operated outside it’s boudaries of control or if allowed to do what it pleases, the results will always be disastrous. And we are in for a huge crash if we don’t sit up and pay attention. My guess is that we will continue to ignore the elephant in the room until it is too late and turns violent – which it is starting to already. Much like the proverbial frog in the pot as the heat is slowly turned up – we most likely will not recognize our coming fate until it is too late. But what can I say? There isn’t much choice but to turn back the poor and the sick – unless we choose to change, which I seriously doubt we will.

        Cheerful, eh?

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2014 4:10 pm

          Astute observations. Those who do not know/learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. It seems to be a world wide and human condition. Quite complicated.
          Some people are act with consideration and thoughtfulness – seek positive living, encourage others, and assist without enabling. Those people/groups/countries donate and support charities a great deal, also. Then there are others seem to be driven by self above all others, greed, and who prefer disorder, lawlessness, glorify violence, and manipulation to further their own desires/priorities no matter how it harms others.Power, money, control corrupts?
          So maybe it’s simply human nature that must be struggled against.
          In any case, it seems wise to assist family, then those who live near you before going through great efforts to assist those far away. Important to recognize one’s limitations.If the boat is sinking, should one invite all aboard and thus sink everyone? Good fences make good neighbors? One never appreciates what is given – only what is gained through hard effort and struggle by the individual?
          It’s complicated – even before adding drug cartels and their lifestyle of terror, murder,and oppression. Or governments/ “elected” officials/law enforcement authorities that take bribes or extort those who they are supposed to protect.
          The US has been running on autopilot. Life is very easy – unlike most of the rest of the world. It is a country that gives a great deal to charities and attempts to help those suffering in national disasters (Maybe one time when people show who they really are).
          Cold logic with reflection of responsibilities as well as an eye on consequences is needed – not emotion and generalities aimed at those who don’t think by people who wish to exploit situations for their own plans. Humans are such difficult creatures.Elephants, now….They don’t forget

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      • Paul / Jun 28 2014 4:36 pm

        You’re thinking in the same box, Phil. And you’re right there is a hierarchy of giving and a limit. For sure. I’m talking about a major rework. For instance, what if companies had profit sharing? So each employee received a part of the profits of that company? It would mean less for the shareholders to start, but I’ve worked for such a company before and when every employee cares and thinks, the growth is incredible. it then becomes a bigger pie instead of a bigger share in the same sized pie. Same thing with world relations. Think about the potential value in all those silent hands, how much we as humans could accomplish if we entered each relationship with the purpose of sharing – not so that we have less but so that everyone has more. Competition is an imporanat characteristic to motivate humans, and it too should be controlled by more thoughtful minds – so when we compete, we get better products, better and more efficient processes, more environmentally friendly solutions – but we should not compete to see how much we can take from others or how little we can get people to work for. You know I’ve seen this done and it works incredibly. . We are not productive enough to give every person a fish everyday for the rest of our lives – and we shouldn’t try, it is demeaning, But we do have the power to teach others how to fish and imagine how much that would benefit this world? That could be done if profits were shared and people were recruited ot be active “partners” in adding value – not just to a company but to a world.

        You’re right Phil – with the current world economic system, we have no choice but to reject those who are poor and sick and starving, because we have concentrated too much wealth in one area and we have failed to motivate people to create more wealth. We will eventually be forced to do this Phil – and guarenteed it will be bloody. Not likely in ours lifetimes or maybe even our kids, but it will come.

        Wow, I sound lke a downer, don’t I? Sorry, I’m not normally negative.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2014 4:55 pm

          Profit sharing used to exist here. So did taking care of your employees and hiring/moving to management from within. People took pride in their work – no matter what it was. Hard work and dedication was rewarded. People used to work for one company all their lives then happily retire. People tried to be polite and shunned those who broke laws. Peace corps, charities, religious groups, and just people works around the world to share our knowledge. Future looked bright.WE did pretty well for ourselves and shared with others.
          Then came multi-national companies and big international mergers. Employees were only numbers and tossed aside when possible to hire less experienced one with lower pay – ones who feared losing jobs so did whatever. Consolidation. Large international companies made it impossible for local ones to compete – their prices were abnormally low purposely until the competition went out of business. Big international companies often buy competing products, then just shelve/discontinue them. Consumers have fewer and fewer choices. Hostage to big business/utilities, and victims of a government that wants to support itself in style more than serve the people. Millionaire sports entertainers distract and keep the public happy so no one notices?
          One world thing is a lie that will enslave. Buy local. Support small business. Teach “Do unto others as you would have done to you. Along with killing, assault, and stealing is wrong.” Live life. It’s the Great Adventure every day – let no one take that from you.

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  11. Paul / Jun 29 2014 2:12 am

    Hey Phil! I was giving more thought to the revolution side and dd you know that the right to revolt is actually written into The Declaration of Independence? That the people have the power to revolt and remove gov’t?

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    Just food for thought, on the upcoming Independence Day. 😀

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  12. roughseasinthemed / Jun 30 2014 6:55 pm

    I loved Moira Shearer. fantastic film.

    Those other shoes are silly. Could lead to broken limbs … Although only one of mine was achieved with a heel, everything else was flat and sporty. Perhaps therein lies a message.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2014 2:11 pm

      High heels are great for establishing authority when height challenged…although those studies about the lower the heel the smarter the woman… In any case lower heels are logical choice for keeping a low profile and being the fastest to the finish line.
      Maybe. being pregnant, she’s wanting an excuse to sit down and have people wait on her. Nothing like a bobo leg/foot for that, I hear.
      Thanks for stepping in

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