Greed

Mon County Commissioners ask Gov. Justice to order face mask use during WVU student  move-out | WTRF

Only one word, greed sums up why colleges and universities allowed students to come back to campus this fall. Colleges & universities have students coming from other cities, states, and countries. No college was/is prepared to test or monitor these students’ activities before they came back to school or once they were at school.

As a result, colleges and universities have become hot-spots this fall. This silly experiment only lasted approximately a few weeks as colleges had to return to online classes. Dorm life has no way to social distance as it shares bathrooms, bedroom, and study halls. Ask yourself, what’s the real purpose of opening when the whole college experience on campus is partying, having sex, drugs/alcohol, and socializing?  Moreover, the colleges and their staff knew or should have known that college students would not easily follow the rules regarding social distancing.

To be fair, colleges need the money to survive. A lot of college revenue is derived from housing (dorms) and the meal plans. By itself, money is not necessarily a bad thing. But all knew eventually college students would test positive for covid-19 due to the nature of dormitory life.  Similarly, soon as most States reopened, their covid positive rates went up. Did not college presidents give that data any consideration? Or, do they believe in money over students’ & employees’ health?

Conservative estimates are 100,000 college students, staff, and employees have tested positive. That is pretty high considering most colleges just started their fall semester. (Late August or early September.) Most colleges closed and went to online classes one or two weeks after school started. Clearly, due to this re-opening, some colleges have increased their states’ covid positivity rate. This greed of reopening dorms has had multiple consequences. 

Sidebar:

  1. All colleges and their presidents knew increase in covid positive would occur sooner rather than later as there are no realist ways to monitor nor enforce.
  2. Since these students have tested positive for covid, the student has to take this positive result home to their parents, siblings, grandparents, & neighbors.

Now that some colleges have re-opened just to close, parents and students have to make some kind of decision. Some colleges told their student, they must leave and will get a certain percentage of a refund. While other colleges allowed the students to decide by a particular date that they will remain in the dorm while taking all online classes. Once that date has passed, even if the student eventually goes back home, they have forfeited the room and board money.

Now Trutalk:

  • Those colleges that have allowed or suggested that students can remain in the dorms while doing online classes, do not seem to care for the staff/workers that clean those dorms.
  • We really have no data to tell us exactly why children and young adults don’t get the virus as easily or as severe as older adults. Therefore, we should not intentionally expose them.
  • Although colleges need students’ money to have a successful financial outlook, money cannot nor should not supersede health.
  • Before colleges send students home, they should have tested them so they do not pass on the virus.
  • At a bare minimum, colleges should have mandated those students in dorms to stay for the 14 day quarantine.

Sources; https://abcnews.go.com/Health/1200-students-test-positive-covid-19-major-university/story?id=72699871

Vigilante Gone Wrong

There is no real reason why two people, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36 & Anthony Huber, 26 lives were taken; while Gaige Grosskreutz, 25 had a big chunk of his right arm removed. Kyle Rittenhouse is now charged as an adult with two counts of first degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide.

Whether you believe Kyle was the agitator or the victim, this is not how America has been protesting over the many years. All people in this country have a right to assemble and/or protest without having to deal with armed citizens.

We all understand that guns are legal and will always be legal as they are in our constitution. However, it’s time to think about when guns are appropriate to have/carry and when they are not appropriate. No one is trying to remove guns but nor is anyone trying to remove the rights of people to protest peacefully. Therefore, there must be a delicate balance of the two. Given, what has happened over the past 3-4 to four months with civil unrest, it is now necessary for our politicians (Federal & State) to prohibit the possession of firearms in or around protests!

There are at least two federal laws regulating the possession of firearms in or near K-12 school.  Violating this law can be quite severeif you are convicted of violating gun-free school zone, you face up to five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. It should be noted, all states have similar laws regarding firearms in and around K-12 schools.  Additionally, some states have restrictions on guns in or near their state’s capital building.

Since lawmakers have come to the conclusion that gun possession is a bad idea around school, states’ and federal buildings – so must they restrict guns in and around protests.

When unarmed protesters – who are already angry, frustrated or heated – are met with armed counter protesters only bad things can happen. Ed Davis, a former Boston police commissioner, said it best “the violence in Kenosha is the inevitable outcome when private citizens – armed with military-grade weapons and driven by visceral reactions – take to the streets to assume the role of law enforcement.”

As a result, Kyle Rittenhouse – a 17-year-old from Illinois – came into Kenosha armed with semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. Rittenhouse told reporters prior to the deadly confrontation that he was armed with a rifle to protect a local parking lot. Groups supporting Kyle said, “Kyle Rittenhouse is not a vigilante but a citizen who attempted to help the city.”

Sidebar:

  1. Police are available to help protect the city; we don’t need citizens armed or unarmed to assist.
  2. Protesting or the right to assemble has been used for hundreds of years for the people to express their frustrations and/ or objections against the government.
  3. Protesting is freedom of speech & assemble. (First Amendment)

Now Trutalk:

  • Time for police in states with friendly carry laws to come up with a plan to handle such conflicts from armed protesters.
  • Since states and local officials have police, state troopers, and access to the National Guard – if needed, they do not need any armed-citizen to assist with protecting property or intimidating others.
  • Having armed-untrained people on the opposite side of the protesters can only lead to bad things. 

Political Thuggery

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President Trump and his Post Master General, Louis DeJoy – a Republican mega-donor and ally of the President – are trying to suppress and/or void mail-in votes by defunding  the postal service and changing the post office rules. Mr. DeJoy has instructed the post office to deactivate high-speed sorting machines and cut overtime. It should be noted, for years overtime is/was a major way for mail to get delivered in a timely manner. Since we are in this Covid pandemic and so close to a major election, more overtime would be needed – not less.

Recently and mysteriously, the blue mailboxes have been removed from some neighborhoods even though we are less than 90 days away from a presidential election. Who would’ve given such an order? Who would like to have mailboxes removed now as plenty of people would prefer to vote via mail-in ballot given this pandemic. The removal of mailboxes comes after the US Postal Service (USPS) warned that millions of mail-in votes may not arrive in time to be counted in November’s election.

Understandably so, some people don’t want to stand in long lines or be inside their polling place where social distancing maybe hard. As a result, millions of people have asked for mail-in ballots. But some of our politicians are trying to hinder our ability to vote via mail-in.

Sidebar:

  1. This is America; and voting is sacred whether some exercise it or not.
  2. Mailboxes are removed from time to time but why remove the mailboxes this close to a presidential election?
  3. Who benefits from mail being slowed down or never received/delivered?

This political thuggery is not even being hidden. This is what President Trump recently said.

  • “MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history – unless this stupidity is ended. Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
  • In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump explicitly noted two funding provisions that Democrats are seeking in a relief package that has stalled on Capitol Hill. Without the additional money, he said, the Postal Service won’t have the resources to handle a flood of ballots from voters who are seeking to avoid polling places during the coronavirus pandemic. “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.

President Trump has said countless times that mail-in ballots will be “catastrophic” without showing evidence of how. However, he and his wife recently requested main-in ballots in Florida. So, the President and his wife can vote via mail-in ballots but the rest of us cannot.

Now Trutalk:

  • This is an obvious attempt to have the presidential election either delayed or rendered invalid if Trump looses.
  • Ask yourself this question, why does Trump have a problem with mail-in voting but he requested a mail-in ballot to vote?
  • No matter what the circumstances are, everyone needs to exercise their rights to vote.
  • None of the major republicans said a word. As a result, let them know how you feel with your vote.
  • If you need to stand in long line to exercise your voting rights, do so. Just make sure you bring your mask and social distance.
  • Vote; please vote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/14/people-are-freaking-out-about-mailbox-removals-postal-service-says-its-routine/

https://apnews.com/14a2ceda724623604cc8d8e5ab9890ed

The Umbrella man

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We were duped again. Surprise surprise!!!

We were told by the media and police that black individuals protesting started the fire and looting in the first building in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death. Auto Zone was the first building; however, it turned out not to be the black protesters but rather a white supremacist man dressed in all black, wearing a black gas mask, and wielding a sledge hammer. He is now infamously called “the umbrella man.” There is video footage of him smashing the windows of the Auto Zone store with a sledgehammer. It was so methodically done; some thought he was a police officer. Later that day, the Auto Zone store was burned down as the police abandoned it.

This 32-year-old man is a Hell Angel member, and he belongs to a prison biker gang. Apparently, he was trying to make the sensationalized media believe he was an angry or disgruntle black protesters. It worked like a charm too. This AutoZone destruction & looting was one of the first widely shared images of the protest from the George Floyd killing. Erika Christensen, an arson investigator with the Minneapolis police, wrote in the affidavit that the vandalism “created an atmosphere of hostility and tension” two days after Mr. Floyd’s death. This action was, to some. the start of looting and destruction that happened days and weeks after the George Floyd’s death. Furthermore, Ms. Christensen said, “In a short time after the front windows are broken out in the AutoZone, looting started; this was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city.”

Sidebar:

  1. Why do some white people feel the need to commit a crime and blame it on black people? Remember, Susan Smith; a white women that falsely claimed a black man carjacked her and kidnapped her 2 sons (3-years & 14 months) after she murdered them?
  2. Now that the media all know the true about this mysterious “umbrella man,” why is the name still withheld.

Why & what was the “umbrella man’s” purpose? What did he want to accomplish by having people believe it was the black protesters who started the path of destruction? This kind of behavior dates back decades in which some white individuals pretend to be black individuals when they have committed criminal acts. As always, the media swallows it whole until or unless additional evidence surfaces. And even if evidence to the contrary comes out, like this, the media is nowhere to be found. This should have been a much bigger story but it was not. Since the media are well aware of these lies and penchant for some whites to blames blacks, they need to investigate more thoroughly. The media also need to retract and/or apologize when they get a story wrong.

Now Trutalk:

  • Those who say racism is dead or no longer happening are wearing blinders.
  • The media have to do a better job of vetting stories even when they are happening in real time.
  • The media knows he is white, 32-years-old, a member of Hells Angel, and belongs to a prison biker gang but did not release his name. Ask yourself two questions; why his name has not been released; and why hasn’t this story been on the news or in many front pages’ of news outlets?
  • What this “umbrella man” did in no way excuses the destruction that some black people engaged in after the first building fire. Wrong is wrong.
  • Here is the complete video: (just copy & paste)

Sources: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/minneapolis-police-link-umbrella-man-to-white-supremacy-group/ar-BB17iypz?li=BBnb7Kz

Gambling with the kids

Politicians are gambling with our kids and grandkids lives. Some are more interested in the economy returning to “normal” than the health of the children in our country. They want schools to reopen ASAP so parents can get back to full-time work. It should be noted, one of the keys to full employment is kids being in school/daycare all day. As a result, education will dominate this upcoming election.

We all agree that kids have to go back to school at some point. The real question is how exactly does that look. It’s worth saying; education doesn’t have to be in a building. It can clearly be online. So instead of trying to find a good and safe space for children other than the actual brick and mortal school building, some politicians want kids to return without much consideration for the consequences. However, Most surveys by school districts show that teachers are more fearful for their own health if or when schools reopening. before pandemic is under control.

Here are a few quotes from politicians not caring about kids.

  • Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, said “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.” ( What a cavalier attitude
  • Education Secretary, Betsy Devos said, “kids are virus stoppers.”
  • The White House Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany said, “Science should not stand in the way’ of schools reopening.
  • President Donald Trump told Fox News host Chris Wallace in an interview, “Young people have to go to school, and there’s problems when you don’t go to school, too. And there’s going to be a funding problem because we’re not going to fund — when they don’t open their schools. We’re not going to fund them. We’re not going to give them money if they’re not going to school, if they don’t open.”
  • The republicans are trying to manipulate school to reopen by attaching new funding incentives via a the next coronavirus relief bill

Sidebar:

  1. Even if we assume that children are just carriers of covid-19 and are not easily affected the same way adults are, would it not be prudent for children not to be around their parents, grandparents, teachers, janitors, food staff, and bus drivers? Or do these people even matter. 
  2. Do these politicians worry about the people that children will affect?
  3. Can you really imagine the President stop funding education/schools if they don’t open? If he does, how sad is that.

The CDC reports that as of Friday, 175,374 cases have been confirmed in kids ages 17 and under. This account for approximately 6% of the confirmed cases. Moreover, the CDC says 228 children and teens 17 years-old and under have died from the disease in the U.S only.  Certainly, this is a small percentage when compared of the total of 141,000 deaths.

Most experts have expressed concerns about returning to classrooms because of the risk students could carry the virus home to older relatives. Education professionals have also expressed worry they may be in harm’s way. 

Ironically, these politicians that act like they care about teachers are not asking what teachers and school officials think is best.

Now Trutalk:

  • It is clear the reopening of schools have become a re-election debate for some politicians.
  • The economy is far more important than the health of our children and who they will come in contact with.
  • It will certainly be easier for high school kids to return to school with mask; but it will be awfully hard for elementary kids to come to school with masks and have to leave them on all day.
  • It is true that parents want children to return to school so they can ultimately return to work. But the parents want some safe options for their children.

Black Community 4th report card

The definition of a report card. “An evaluation of performance” 

Over the 4th of July weekend, an estimated 150 people were shot and over 50 killed. Chicago alone had 79 shooting – 15 fatally. At least 5 of those killed were children under 15 and one elderly person 74. A six-year-old in Philly; a seven-year-old & 14-year-old in Chicago; an eight-year-old in Atlanta; and an eleven-year-old in DC.

What is going on in the black communities? We can’t blame police for these shootings. We also don’t need to try to figure out why this is happening now. Due to the Covid pandemic coupled with the recent protest because of police brutality, we in the black community should be making peace and trying to make sure our loved ones are protected from the virus. Instead, it’s business as usual – gun violence. Due to video footage, the world was able to see the brutal mistreatment by police officers of black men like George Floyd. Less than one month later, the same world sees black on black violence and can only shake their heads in total amazement. Shame on us. The same way, we can no longer sweep police brutality under the rug; we cannot pretend black on black violence is out of control.

If we are to demand accountability from police and police departments, we too must have accountability in some black communities. It was be disingenuous for us not to demand more from ourselves and our communities. We MUST protect ourselves – especially the elder & children.

Sidebar:

  1. Can you imagine your 7-year-old your son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew shot & killed playing outside of her/his grandmother’s house?  It happened to Natalia Wallace in Chicago.
  2. Can you imagine living through multiple wars and decades violence just to be shot and killed at 74 – weeks before your 75th birthday? It happened to Paulette Thorpe in Durham, NC while celebrating the 4th.
  3. We can no longer look outwardly for answers to the violence in black communities. We MUST look within.  This is solely on us.

In the black community, we can talk about all the things that are against us like the criminal justice system, the education system, unemployment/under-employment, and police mistreatment. But we must also talk about the things we are doing wrong in our own communities. We are the ones terrorizing our own communities. We can’t blame police on the burglaries; we can’t blame police on the robberies; nor can we blame police on the killing we see and hear about every day. If we going to expect and perhaps demand better police officers when policing our communities, then we must participate in our own construction or it will be our own destruction. We can no longer expect people to do things for us that we are not willing to do for ourselves.

Now Trutalk:

  • If America truly wants to decrease crime in the inner cities, then its time – perhaps overdue – in making drugs legal.
  • Locking up more & more minorities is clearly not the answer to reducing crime.
  • Police have no role in us killing us. (Black on black crime.)
  • If the black community wants to be seem differently, then we have to act differently.
  • Crime in our neighborhoods is on us not others. We need to make sure children, the elder, & innocent victims are not caught in the crossfire.
  • Since some black people are afraid of each other in some of their own communities, you should expect outside groups to be frightening too.
  • Unfortunately, black men are viewed the same inside & outside the inner cities. It is on America to try to distinguish the two as not all are equal.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/07/gun-violence-shootings-fourth-of-july-weekend-racism-segregation

https://abc11.com/paulette-thorpe-durham-woman-killed-by-celebratory-gunfire-burlington-ave-shooting-on-july-4/6298848/

Time for a Police Report Card

The definition of a report card. “An evaluation of performance” 

Why do most police departments frown upon some kind of accountability of their staff and the department as a whole?  What don’t they want us to know?

Well, as tax payers, always remember that police work for the government (local, county. or state). Therefore, they are responsible for protecting & serving all people while allowing  the public to see how well they are doing their jobs or not – as it were. Having said such, a report card for the police is overdue for all US states, cities, counties, or towns to clearly show their performance.

Think of the report card in another way. We have evaluations on hospitals, nursing homes, schools, but very little on police. Once a year, an addition to the normal data like arrest, burglaries, homicides – police departments should have to give data on things like how many wrongful arrests, how many wrongful search warrants, number complaints for department, number of complaints on each officers.

This information should be reviewed by a panel of individuals. This panel should consist of someone from police department, an elected official, and a community member or leader. With such a diverse group, the results are not easily skewed or glossed over. Armed with this information, communities can demand changes to their local officials. If these officials do not get the necessary change, the citizens can and should have them voted out.

We also need to have a panel of people to review body cameras from police. It should not be just reviewed by the police department. One way to show transparency is for someone other than the department to also review the footage captured. Without these kinds of changes or something similar, we cannot have real changed. We would have just thrown all the dirt from the front yard to the back.  

Sidebar:

  1. Does it make sense for the tax payers to fund police salary, health insurance, and pensions but not be able to clearly see how well the police departments are doing?
  2. Other than the police, who thought/thinks the police are entitled to police themselves?    

For well over 50 years, minorities’ communities (black & brown) have been complaining about police brutality.  Clearly, these complaints have never truly been addressed as most police department and the officials that hire them did nothing but appease. Well, due to cell phone recording, police can no longer just pretend someone unarmed was the problem. Clearly, some police departments, and by extension, some police officers have shown they are not capable of policing themselves without being bias. As a result, police have loss the right to police themselves.

Now Trutalk:

  • We need to have an honest dialogue about police work and their tactics.
  • No one is pretending that police do not sometimes have a difficult job because they do. However, they signed up for it and knew the risk.
  • When dealing with some minorities’ males, if a police officer feels that their life is in such danger that he/she needs to shoot first and ask questions later – perhaps they are in the wrong field or need to police another neighborhood where they feel comfortable.
  • When police are called, they do not have to approach all black inner city problems with a hammer. Sometimes a screwdriver will suffice.
  • We need police that will work with community leaders to find common ground.
  • Police have to show more compassion to the people & the neighborhoods in which they are policing.
  • The citizens too have to be more respectful to the police. This must be a two way street.
  • If things do not truly change, we should not easily dismiss the possibility of more black man dying at the hands of police officers.

Next Week: The Black Community’s report card

A letter to the Floyd family in 846 words.

Dear Floyd Family,

We are all sorry for your loss and a good man, George Floyd. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. George’s demise set off the nation and the world down a path of significance change. For that, we all owe you a debt of gratitude.

I am truly sorry you had to see your son, grandson, brother, uncle, father, nephew, and friend killed with such malice and inconsideration for human life. Sooner or later, we must face the question of what is the price of black lives, especially black men.

Unfortunately, America has always had very powerful image of black men being dangerous and needed to be handled appropriately. Historically speaking, black men are born guilty to anything a white person said he did. This silly notion that black men are inherently dangerous perpetuates white America’s view – which is racial inequality is cause by the action black people themselves rather than by an unjustified social contract.  Along with the disparaging images of black men, the media increasing portray blacks men as incapable of being on the right side of the law with it comes to dealing with police. Far too many police operate under the pretense that black men are criminals; therefore, some police do not take the time to truly assess situations when they encounter black men. This trend is epitomized by the police verbiage of “I thought he had a gun,” I thought he was reaching for something,” or “he moved too suddenly.”   As a result of this thinking by police, both District Attorneys and grand juries take the side of the police by not bring forth charges for killing unarmed black men.

Clearly, there are some racist people in our society and hence on the police force throughout this nation. Therefore, when the opportunity arises, some police will shoot first and ask questions later. These kinds of police are racist, evil, condescending, rude, forceful, and disrespectful to many in the black community; if racist were not the problem, black people could escape it. But such is not the case. No matter what the black man status is – he must be guilty of something that would make some police skeptical.

Sidebar:

  1. Why do policemen continue to treat black men as three fifth (3/5) of a person? This treatment is not dissimilar to how slaves were counted & treated; 3 out of every 5 slaves were counted as a person for tax purposes in 1787. The congress at that time thought black slaves were not a whole person. This question and answer does not solely come from the police, but rather our elected politicians who constantly overlook the obvious ill treatment of black people for the sake of their jobs and/or constituents.
  2. Why did we have a recent presidential candidate – Hillary Clinton say, “they are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators – no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.” This similar thinking is why and how some police see and treat black men. Apparently, all black men must heel.

The world sees the Floyd family as very religious and we all feel your pain. There is a master plan and George Floyd is a part of it.

All because of George Floyd:

  • Minneapolis dismantling its police force.
  • Some states have banned the chokehold.
  • Some southern states have removed confederate statues and racist symbols.
  • The Confederate flag has been removed from events.
  • Professional sports have recognized the error of their ways and are making changes.
  • College mascots are changing.
  • Some states are banning the use of tear gas on protesters.
  • Sweeping police reform in states.

Now Trutalk:

  • Black people have never fought & died for anything but to be treated equally.
  • Black people fought in every war the United States ever participated in; and yet they are still treated less than human.
  • Thank GOD we had video recording via cell phones & surveillance cameras because the officers would have likely made up a story about how George died.
  • Many black males are a few minutes from ending up like George Floyd.
  • If we are not honest about whom we were, who we are, and how we continue to be, nothing changes without more violence.
  • Time for black people to vote out Mayors of cities in which they populate as Mayor’s hire police commissioners. It doesn’t matter if the Mayor is black; if things remain the same regarding the ill-treatment of black citizens, they all must go.
  • We must thank the youth of all colors around the world as they are largely responsible for the protests. Great work. Thank you!!
  • This race burden belongs to the world in general, and the USA in particular, because many of these dirty hands will remain unclean unless we lean on the side of the minorities everywhere.
  • We will never forget your sacrifice George Floyd. RIP

Sources: https://www.vox.com/2020/6/10/21283966/protests-george-floyd-police-reform-policy

Riots are good unless you are black

Rioting is not only good; it’s necessary – UNLESS THE RIOTERS ARE BLACK. Those of us that love America and its values should always know that this country has used riots to shape and re-shape the landscape we see today.

What exactly is a riot – “riot is a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authorityproperty or people. Riots typically involve destruction of property, public or private.”

Difference countries around the world have had riots from time to time throughout their history. When people have felt neglected, marginalized, over taxed, and many other frustrations – rioting was/is a wonderful forum to show the people are fed up. One of the first recorded riots was in 44 BC (Before Christ) due to the assassination of Julius Caesar.  An angry mob fire bombed and attacked the houses of Brutus and Cassius, as well as killing Helvius Cinna.

The USA has had well over 100 riots throughout its short history. Hell, it was a riot that started America down the path of seeking independence. In 1773, The Boston Tea Party was a political protest riot because the British government allowed a British East India company to sell tea from China in the America Colonies without paying taxes. (“Taxation without representation”) The American rioters just board the ships and destroy the entire shipment of tea; they also burned down the ships. Oddly, today the “American protesters” would be called looters. Wait, no they will not; they are not black. Interesting indeed.

Here are a few riots that played a vital role in America’s history and ALL of these riots were by whites. Too many people think or believe that rioting/looting/burning started with black people. Wrong. We follow what we see.

  1. The Whiskey Rebellion/Riot of 1774 – Protesters used violence and intimidation because the Fed government taxed spirits – namely whiskey. (Wait, white people can be angry and use violence about a new tax but people cannot when a person of color is killed while in custody of the police on the ground?)
  2. The Baltimore Bank Riot of 1835 – Protesters used violence and destruction because of the failure of a Bank in Maryland in which some loss millions. The rioters destroyed many of the homes of the city’s wealthiest and most prominent citizens, and much valuable property was smashed or burned. (Wait, white people can use violence and burn things down when they lose money but black people cannot when person of color is killed while in the custody of police on the ground?)
  3. Chinese Massacre Riot of 1871 – A race riot in which a mob 500 whites attacked, robbed, & murdered Chinese residences simple because they were Chinese. Many Chinese were shot to death or lynched. (Wait, white people can murder & use violence simply because they dislike a minority group; but black people cannot when a person of color is killed while in the custody of police on the ground?)
  4. Roosevelt Raceway Riot Of 1963 – Due to a mid-race collision of horses, the horse race only had two horses remaining. Because the race was declared official with only two horses, protesters began to riot by throwing debris, attacking the judges, and then set fires. (Wait, people can display violence and frustration due to a horse race but black people cannot when person of color is killed while in the custody of police on the ground?)

There are plenty more of rioting accounts in the US. It should be noted that there are well over 20 race riots where whites attacked blacks for any number of false accusations.

Sidebar

  1. It’s clear that when white people are angry, frustrated, and/or feel wronged, they will protest and riot to get the message across.
  2. It’s clear that rioting will involve similar actions like violence, destruction, & burning regardless what groups are rioting.

We all need to know our history as we were never all together in this fight. Most people, no matter the color, know the treatment of minorities is holy unfair. It’s time to be brutally honest with the fact that police in white communities are there to protect; but the police in minority communities are there to intimidate and make sure “blacks/browns stay in their place.”

Rioting in minority neighborhoods will never stop as long as only some people benefit from police protection and others don’t.

Now Trutalk:

  • No one should be shocked that minorities are rioting after clearly seeing their communities ravaged by police brutality.
  • It’s time for the people to vote out mayors that do not hold the police commissioners or the police department responsible for their actions.
  • It time to put police officers under the microscope. Those that have a list of complaints against them, either need to be fired or desk duty only. Take them off the streets.
  • Police officers that are afraid or feel a need to be overly caution with minority men should not be police in those communities.
  • Police departments need a complete overhaul.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_riots

The real cost of Covid-19

A Covid-19 fee/surcharges coming to a town near you very soon – if not already.

Plain & simple, the cost of doing business has and will continue to go up in the Coronavirus era.  Businesses are forced to face new challenges to their profit/loss model of continuing to re-open or remain close. No doubt, some business will not make it. Those that do re-open have some big decisions to make.

  • How to recoup the cost of having less than 100% occupancy? Maybe just 50% due to 6 feet social distancing?
  • How to pass on the cost of new items like gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, bleach or other disinfectant products?
  • How to operate with less staff? What staff and how many to keep?

This real cost will rear it head now as more & more businesses are starting to re-open. Things and places will likely be cleaner and sanitized unlike before. Cleaner is certainly a good thing, but it will come with a cost to all. Businesses will find many ways to try to offset some of their losses of the past 2-3 month; and ways to pass on the cost to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Different businesses have different challenges.

You can expect doctors’ and dentists’ offices, massage therapist, physical therapist and other health professionals to buy more gloves, masks, facial shields, gowns, & exam paper table. These products were already used as a cost of doing business. However, because of the Coronavirus pandemic – and how easily it can spread – a lot more of these products are needed. As a result, the patients will bear the lion share of the cost – likely through higher co-pays. Health insurance companies are not going to absorb this cost. We will.

Businesses like barber shops, hair, nails, tattoos salons will be expected to have cleaner and sanitized chairs and stations to help protect themselves and their clients. This means, these establishments will have to buy sanitizing products from disinfectant & bleach to gloves and masks. Therefore, each customer should expect to see a surcharge/fee on their bill.

Restaurants/bars re-opening will have one of the biggest challenges as the goal for profit maximization is a large robust crowd inside while some are willing to wait 30-45 minutes outside for tables. They too must deal with hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and extra disinfectant products. However, restaurants also have menu issues as many touch and re-touch the same menus. Some have suggested throw away menus but this too has a cost. The establishment must print hundreds if not thousands of menus weekly.

This was on a Sushi restaurant’s Facebook page:

Kiko Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge

“Please read & pay attention to all the signage we posted in front of our restaurant, today we added more signage so you guys can read them & be aware😊☺️. We are not trying to hide this surcharge, we choose this option rather than changing our prices on our menu, this way we can adjust the surcharge weekly. We’ve been putting flyers in front of our restaurant & put the surcharge on your receipt, today we put more signage. Please understand we can’t control the rising cost of meat, seafood, poultry & produce prices. We are at the 2nd bottom of supply chains before you! We only doing this for temporary only, we plan to take this surcharge off once all the prices back to normal.”

Sidebar:

  1. These fees or surcharges are not illegal.
  2. Expect these surcharges/fees to be inconsistent as there is no set of rules regarding new expenses.
  3. Expect these fees/surcharges to increase your bills somewhere between 5% – 20%.

Some customers and patients may think this new surcharge/fee is unfair and arbitrary as businesses will not follow a particular formula or standard. Businesses will certainly say – it will be the cost for their businesses to remain open.

Now Trutalk:

  • It is only fair for businesses to pass the fees/surcharges to the customers/patients.
  • Businesses need to be upfront & honest with their customers about the fee/surcharges. If so, most will appreciate the honesty and understand it.
  • Once these fees/surcharges are in place, expect them forever as businesses will use this as a new revenue stream.
  • Pay attention to your bills and ask for a reason if you see unexplainable fees/surcharges.
  • We are truly in this together as the cost of Covid-19 will affect us all.
  • All fees/surcharges aside, we need to always remember those we loss due to Covid-19.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a32494719/coronavirus-surcharge-restaurants-small-businesses/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-covid-surcharge-companies-confront-unforgiving-economics-of-coronavirus-11590139802