A Few Random Tidbits …

My mind is bouncing today … I tried to settle it to write a single-topic post, but no, it was not having any of that!  It kept hopping from one topic to another so fast that my eyes were twirling about in their sockets trying to keep up.  So … once again I have just a few bits ‘n pieces today … and a hope that my mind stops bouncing soon, for I am getting a headache!


Mike Pence doesn’t say a whole lot, and after yesterday, I think that may be for the best.  The saying that is often attributed to either Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt,” seems to be one that Pence should heed.  Yesterday, he made the mistake of speaking …

“One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.’ You think of how he changed America. He inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union.  That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do. Come to the table in the spirit of good faith. We’ll secure our border. We’ll reopen the government and we’ll move our nation forward as the president said yesterday to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead.”  🤢

Sorry, Mikey, but Dr. Martin Luther King and Donald Trump have not got a single thing in common … one was a compassionate, concerned, caring, dedicated man who risked and ultimately gave his life for the people of this nation, and the other is a bloody fool.  Care to guess which is which?

Humanitarianism is apparently illegal in some places in the U.S., such as Arizona.  Four women, volunteers for the Arizona-based aid group No More Deaths, were convicted after a three-day bench trial at a federal court in Tucson. They could face up to six months in federal prison.  Their crime?  Leaving food and water for dehydrated migrants crossing the desert into the United States.  Watch what these border patrol agents did to that water …

Ever walked through the desert with no water?  The criminals here, in my book, are not the women who left the water for the migrants, but the border patrol agents who not only destroyed and wasted the water but appeared to take great pleasure in doing so.  Sadists.

The women, Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick were charged in December 2017. They said their work for No More Deaths was motivated by their religious convictions and a belief that everyone should have access to basic survival needs.  And for their efforts, they might go to jail.  What the Sam Heck is wrong with this country???

The worldwide charity Oxfam released a new report today.  According to the report, just 26 individuals have more wealth than the bottom 3.8 billion of the world’s population!  Think about that one for a minute.  Twenty-six people, probably fewer than at your last family reunion, own more than 3.8 billion other people.  Wow.  The combined net wealth of those 26 totals $1.4 trillion.  Now, people say that if a person works hard, he should be able to enjoy the fruits of his labour, and I don’t disagree with that.  Certainly there must be an incentive to go the extra mile, work harder, create and innovate.  But … mustn’t there also be a conscience?  Should not responsibility accompany privilege?

Rather than sharing their wealth, these 26 billionaires are actually hoarding and increasing their wealth, to the detriment of the rest of us.  In 2016, 61 billionaires controlled half of the world’s wealth, then in 2017 that number was 43, before becoming 26 in 2018.  At this rate, in another 2-3 decades, there will be a single person who will control half of the world’s wealth.

Meanwhile, back at the salt mines, the average worker’s wage has increased by only 0.2% in the past year.  Now, I have never been a billionaire, nor even a millionaire.  In my entire career of long hours and hard work, I did not earn a million dollars total … not even close. But if I had … I would not have six figures sitting in my bank account or investment portfolio, for I would have shared it with those who were hungry, cold or sick long before now.  Apparently, one of the criteria for being wealthy … disgustingly wealthy … is that you sell your conscience.

And, on that note, I shall go feed my bouncy mind in hopes that it can find a spot to settle for a bit.  I think the cold weather and mounds of snow have made it restless.  Have a great week, friends!

27 thoughts on “A Few Random Tidbits …

  1. You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “The rich get richer …” And that is their goal. They care not one iota about the “poor getting poorer.” It’s all about bank accounts, stocks, prestige, property … oh, and P.O.W.E.R.

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    • Oh yes … I think of that saying quite often these days! 😉 It’s funny, though … for if the rich continue to not care about the other 99% of us, then we will perish and who will build their fine homes, their luxury automobiles and other toys, who will grow their food and package it just so for them?


  2. These tidbits actually brought a lump to my throat. There is something very wrong with the world.

    Those women who left the water were kind, thoughtful and humanitarian. The people who destroyed it and arrested them are not.

    Have you ever noticed that those people who put on a show of giving something to those in need (Trump and his Puerto Rico kitchen towels toss, comes to mind), are the meanest people of all?

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    • There is, indeed, something very wrong with the world. When people find greater value in hoarding billions of dollars than in helping people in need, there is something wrong. When people would rather waste nature’s precious resource (water) than see it save lives, there is something wrong. I often feel as if I don’t really belong in this world anymore, but in truth, I think it is those greedy bigots who don’t belong. Trouble is, they seem to believe they own the world and the rest of us are only here for their convenience, to build their fine homes, grow their food, and manufacture all their toys. Sigh.

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    • Colette, we should not forget that the Trump Foundation was ordered to close last month and a Judge set up another Trustee to distribute the remaining funds as he did not trust any of the Trumps. Keith

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  3. Billionaires may give to charities, but how much do those charities give to actual people in need? We know that there is a poverty line drawn in the sand, but with all those billions being sent somewhere, the line in the sand continues to creep in the wrong direction. The poor in the world increase while the number of billionaires owning half the wealth in the world continues to decrease. If all those billions are going to the poor, surely the number of poor should be decreasing dramatically. It is not. So where is that money going? To swim clubs and universities? How many poor people can benefit from such things? They cannot eat university degrees, nor can they drink heavily chlorinated water!
    Meanwhile, the disdain with which those border guards treated the food and water should be a crime against humanity, while the accused women should be given the top citizenship awards. (These are the kinds of things that the billionaires should be providing!)
    Mike Pence, he is beneath mention, as is the orange turkey he calls his boss.

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    • I quite agree with you! I am always puzzled when the wealthy give to things like the Arts, Opera, theater, etc. Poor people need food, and they can’t afford the opera, would have no interest in it anyway. Mind you, I think the Arts are a great thing, but I don’t consider donations to them anything that helps people in need. Many of the ‘Foundations’ that the wealthy establish are naught more than a tax dodge and provide no food to the hungry nor shelter to the homeless. Universities, I might argue with you, for if contributions to universities are used to give young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity a chance at an education, then I’m all for that. It may ensure that those beneficiaries don’t need to be homeless or hungry or below the poverty line in the future. But overall, I think that anybody who has a billion dollars ought to be searching their conscience, for they cannot possibly need that much, or even use it in their lifetime!

      Yes, those border guards ought to be the ones in jail! People die in that desert … perhaps that water might have saved a life. Oh, but they’re only migrants, so in the eyes of Trump & Co, not worth saving. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


      • The reason I pooh-poohed the university donations, aside from the fact they probably at least in part go to pay the upper managements senselessly huge wages, is that to get to university, a poor child first needs to survive through school years, and they need food and shelter and safety to get that far. Many studies have shown that without healthy food, safe homes, and good shelter, children will not do good enough in school to be rated as diversity material.
        First things first.

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        • A good and valid point. I just paid an installment on daughter Chris’ student loan debt of $130,000 and thought to myself … how could anyone raised in poverty possibly afford this??? When I was in college, I was fortunate to get quite a good bit of financial aid, and the small loans I did take out were easily enough repaid, but today … it is ridiculous. But you are right … a hungry child isn’t likely to even be worrying about college, but only about survival. LuL


  4. Jill, Warren Buffett did recruit a few dozen multiple millionaires and above to donate 1/2 their fortune. But, he was also scoffed at by others. I like what Bill Gates mother encouraged him to do with the rest of his life. Now, use your money and skills for good.

    The Trump announcement on Saturday preceding the staged Pence appearances is all to a charade to shift the blame, not reopen the government. Trump could have made that offer two weeks ago. Pence would be a saner President than his boss, but he is no day at the beach. Keith

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    • Yes, and I admire Buffett, Gates, and the rest who have signed the Giving Pledge. But … I still cannot see what pleasure it gives them to keep billions for themselves when there is still so much more good that could be done with that money. If they all gave away all their money except $750,000 — more than enough to live quite comfortably for the rest of their lives — they could likely feed every hungry person around the globe! Wouldn’t that be so much nicer than spending time worrying about how their investments are doing? I am more socialist these days than I once was, for I see too much pure greed in the world.


  5. Mike Pence’s appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” yesterday can be best summarized by Plato’s words : “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” Is there any doubt which category Pence falls into? There can also be no doubt that Martin Luther King,Jr. would vehemently oppose Donald Trump’s wall. Dr. King believed in tearing down the walls of racism and would most certainly be at odds with everything that Trump promotes. These four women are volunteers, not criminals! The No More Deaths newsletter recently had a statement concerning the verdict from another of their volunteers, Catherine Gaffney, who said in part : “If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?” Quite so Catherine! Concerning wealth…the Greek Stoic Philosopher, Epictetus (c.55-135 AD) said : “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Perhaps, these billionaires should give it a try! Thank-you!

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    • You’re right … MLK believed in building bridges, not walls. Pence is an idiot, we’ve known that for some time, and a homophobe, a bigot as well. He and MLK would never have gotten along, but then, if MLK were still here, I don’t think the Trump/Pence team would be in the White House.

      Yes, the billionaires ought to try living in the ghetto for about a week, then let’s see how they feel about hoarding billions of dollars while others go hungry! Sigh.


  6. Don’t let that headache develop. A donation of a billion pounds from one or more of these multi billionaires might not identify the donors but it would clear up much of the problems the world currently has so we’d know someone was feeling generous.

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    • Agreed! I just cannot understand why anybody thinks they need to keep billions of dollars sitting in the bank, or in an investment portfolio, and how their conscience allows them to sleep at night, knowing that children are homeless & hungry, and that they could feed and house those children. It is one of the things I will never understand about the human race … greed — pure, selfish greed. Even though some of those on the list, as I told Scott, do contribute to worthy causes, obviously they could do a lot more! Sigh.

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  7. how do you know for sure that those 26 people don’t contribute to charities, help people and so on? Not everyone who gives or helps is interested in having it publicized so I wonder just how accurate your assertion that they don’t contribute to others or act in charitable ways really is? Think about that for a moment.

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      • Yes, I was aware that they do, but my point is that if they still have billions sitting around in banks and investment portfolios, they aren’t contributing enough. Just think … if all 26 of those people reduced their net worth to, say, $750,000, which is still a heck of a lot of money, by donating to world hunger organizations and charities that provide homes to the homeless … why, it’s quite possible that nobody would have to live on the streets or go to bed hungry! But instead, they watch their billions grow, giving some, but still keeping billions for themselves. Why? What pleasure can it possibly give them???

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          • That is so true! Most of us ‘poor people’ give a much larger portion of our income than do the uber-wealthy, and we don’t brag about it, either! Trump’s charity ‘foundation’ has been shuttered for corruption, for not contributing nearly what they claimed, and even what they did contribute was not to help the needy. Surprise, huh?

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    • I know for sure that at least some, such as Bill Gates, actually DO contribute to worthy causes. BUT … my opinion is that they aren’t giving enough if they still have billions of dollars. How, in good conscience, can one sit on billions — more money than they can possibly need — while people are going hungry, both here in the U.S. and in third world countries? No, I wasn’t making the statement that they aren’t doing anything good, just that they are being greedy, and for what?

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