Friday, August 10, 2007

What to do about the horror at Dunbar Village

I don’t know if you have heard of the news story about a woman that was gang raped by a bunch of teenagers and then made to perform oral sex on her own son. It wasn’t a story that really made a splash in the national news, because there where other stories that the media thought where more important such as Paris Hilton going to jail, Nichol Richie being with child, Mick Vick cruelty to animals, etc.

But the story has been talked about on the web and has sparked much outrage. And rightfully so. The horror of this story doesn’t end with the fact that this woman and her son where raped, but continues with the fact that none of her neighbors cared enough to lift a hand to help her. They did nothing, no one came to her rescue will she was being raped, no called the police or called an ambulance for her. She and her son had to walk to the nearest hospital, even with the fact that they had bleach poured into their eyes.

One would think this is the type of event that would spark outrage in it community but as stated the people in Dunbar Village couldn’t seem to careless. The people of that community have been dealing with such a high crime rate that many have seemed to have lost their humanity.

Reading the articles that quoted people saying things like “so what a woman got raped, crime happens here all the time” shocked me nearly as much as the crime itself.

Luckily as I stated earlier even if the people living the Dunbar Village projects are outrage enough to do anything to either help this woman or to make sure things like this doesn’t happen again there are people on the net that have decided to try and do something about this.

Well at least one person the net is. The woman running blog has started a campaign to try and get people that are either seen as or call themselves leaders of the black community to pick up the cause on this event.

I commented on her blog that I think that there are better ways to try and do something about this besides trying to get these guys on board to do something. In fact she has a list of leaders and ways to contact them or their orgs. Maybe it’s just me but I think that to many people think that only these people are in a position to help the black community, and over look are on power.

I didn’t know at the time I made the comment what else should be done but after sometime thinking about it have thought of a few more things to do beside trying to get the leaders to take action (and try to get other people to do something)

First of after I thought about it is a good ideal to contact the Black leaders, but that is only a start.

Second I think we should also contact our local congress person and asked them to reinstate funding for the security of are nations housing projects.

3rd contact the media about this story. The media covers stories that they think will get them ratings (it’s why we get so many stories about celebrities) if they know we want to hear about this story they will cover it more. If the story is in the news a lot people (including the black leaders) might be more likely to take action

Thursday, August 09, 2007

double nerdy skull and crossbone with the blues

I just added another nerdy skull and crossbone tie. this one is blue and instead of just having a little nerdy skull & crossbone at the bottom, it has a little skull and cross bone at the bottom and one closer to the top of the tie.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Why are small business over looked in plans to rebound economies?

Nearly half of American jobs in the private sector are with small companies. Yet it seems when states to small towns are trying to are trying to find something to save their economy they don’t look to build or help small business they look to bring an outside source either giving deals to big companies or building a prison.

In fact when certain types of big business come are many local business end up going out of business. For example Wall-Mart causes a lot of mom and pop stores to close, Starbucks takes out local coffee shops even McDonald’s shut down local eateries.

And with the cause of Wallmart the jobs don’t really pay that well. And by not paying well I not talking about it pays enough to get by but I wish I had a little more so I can get some cool stuff. I’m talking about people working but still need welfare to help them make it.

It doesn’t really make sense since one would think that the smartest thing to do is pass laws that will help the little guy thrive.

Of course it doesn’t have to be an either/or. If a town/city/state is looking to boost it’s economy by trying to woo big companies in prisons they should make sure that they have it in place that they will only allow the company or prison to operate if they have to help local small business in someway. For example a prison should be made to get 50% of their supplies from local companies, etc.

Along with more and more people spending more of their money at local small business this could really be something that could be a real catalyst to bring economies to big heights. Because the economy wont just increase because local business have a good deal with what ever the out side source is (nor the fact that that source will should also hire local people.) But the fact that those business and the people working in them (and the people working at the big companies/prison complex/whatever) will have more income (or more people will have income) to spend. If spent local that just means an increase of revenue for small business.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The economy how does it still stand

The other day I saw reports saying that customer confidence has been on the raise. Which puzzles me, giving that last week the stock market had such a huge drop, the prices of goods have gone up and let’s not talk about gas and milk. And there is also the job market which (at least where I am at) is horrible.

Ok the stock market dive is a recent event and wouldn’t effect the people in that study. In fact the stock market has been doing really well even though much of the gains where whipped out last week. But the other factors would still be in play.

Maybe someone out in the wonderful world of the internet can’t tell me what everyone else sees that makes them think the economy is good that I don’t.

Giving that that value of the dollar and hence are economy is based so much on what people think I wonder what the future well hold. Well the economy have a big down turn because people look at the stock market, all the new homeless people that lost their homes because they couldn’t pay their sub-prime mortgage, sky rocketing prices on consumer goods and staples like food, milk and gas. Or well we be able to keep the economy going by people doing what they have been doing for some time…say the economy is doing great so people feel like everything is good and spend, spend, spend.

Of course I think the by the time the next report on consumer confidence comes out I think the raise in the minimum wage should be in effect and maybe people well fell good about the economy for a reason I can understand…they’ll have a little more money in their pockets then they did during the last study.