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peace + purpose.

know thyself.

try new things.

get better.

work hard.

care.

fight for what’s right.

listen.

feel.

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11302017

Why would you sexually harass someone? Clearly this is a cultural issue for those in positions in power. The sad and terrible truth is that this will continue to come out about many additional humans and come as a huge shock with each additional revelation.

I think it’s long overdue that this is becoming public, and that some of the individuals involved are being held accountable for their actions. Sadly this seems to exclude those in the political realm, with those either stepping down or being fired being in the celebrity and corporate world.

This is so much more prevalent than politics, corporate America, or celebrity. This is not just the US – this is every country around the world, and many are far worse than ours. This is sadly a cultural norm that needs to shift.

I do have one fear. I don’t want the pendulum to swing in the other direction, where all anyone has to do is make a claim and the individual is automatically ostracized, guilty until proven innocent.

That being said, we need all of this on the table – we need a cultural shift that tells men (and women) everywhere, that this is not acceptable behavior, that it’s socially normal and encouraged to speak out, and that there are consequences for being a piece of shit.

I put both men and women into the same category, because while the vast majority of these situations will be men harassing women, the opposite does occur – and has to me.

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11292017

I want a garden. I want a home with a yard and a small barn. I want animals. I want a woodshop. I want to own my property. I want trees and a year round stream I can fish from. I want a porch. I want a kitchen and extra bedrooms for friends to stay over and visit often. I want to live modestly but comfortable. I want to help those who cannot do so.

I want to make the world around me better. I want future generations to look back and see us as the pivotal generation that made the world better. I want everyone to have enough. I want no one to suffer. I want justice and peace. I want exploration of space and oceans. I want technological advances.

I want healthcare for all. I want creative and artistic and beauty supported. I want opportunity for those that will work hard. I want free & clean air, water and soil for everyone. I want everyone to have access to education. I want everyone to feel safe in their homes and communities. I want our world to collaborate on getting better, instead of accusing each other of making it worse. I want cultural, ethnic and religious divides to be respectful and understanding. I want us to look at the world as ‘us’, not ‘us vs. them’ or ‘have vs. have not’. We should all have. It’s all us.

I want the world to learn to love again.

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11252017

Healthcare.

I believe healthcare is a fundamental human right.

I believe the ACA was a start, however, was a flawed one. This was a necessary evil, as there is no perfect system, nor will there be, and we need a baseline to improve from and evolve.

I believe our current system is built for the industries surrounding the healthcare system that stand to profit from it – specifically insurance and pharmaceutical companies. We have an industry that has evolved to take advantage of humans at their lowest, in order to charge 2-4 times that of any other comparable developed countries around the world.

I believe we need to use the resources around us, and look to countries with effective systems in order to better adapt our system to work for everyone.

I believe that until we have both the ability of choice and the understanding of the repercussions of our actions, we should never have to worry about our medical expenses. I believe that after a certain age, the same rules apply – once you achieve retirement age, you also do not have to worry about coverage. I believe those incapable of making decisions for themselves should never have to worry about coverage.

I believe that a workable system exists, where until you are an adult, you are automatically enrolled and covered for all expenses. Once you turn 18, you have options and the ability to choose which plan you want – from basic coverage that does not have charge, to premium plans and choice of providers that carries an additional monthly expense and deductible. Once you are at retirement age, you revert to full coverage and do not have to worry about cost. I believe all workers should pay into the funds to cover these basic medical rights, and that all employers should as well. I believe that we need to establish fair pricing for basic services, and allow the free market to adjust for premium services as well as healthcare options. I believe a network of federal and state clinics should exist to provide basic care.

I believe a federal plan should exist for a baseline plan, but state-specific plans should be available as premium options or in place of federal coverage when applicable.

I believe Tort reform is an option to mitigate legal fees and caps associated with malpractice laws currently in place.

I believe the current medicare/medicaid system needs revision, to become the baseline medical plan that all have accessible at no cost.

I believe insurance companies have the right to profit, however, I believe this profit should never come at the expense of human suffering or life. I believe a third party company should manage the decisions made around service, that exists as an advocate for patients and their care.

I believe that the healthcare industries should have no right to political lobbies.

I believe that we are all human, and all deserve the right to live healthy lives free of unnecessary suffering.

“The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” ~ Mark 12:28-31

“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” ~ Udanavarga 5:18

“Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ Leviticus 19:18

A Bedouin came to the prophet, grabbed the stirrup of his camel and said: O the messenger of God! Teach me something to go to heaven with it. Prophet said: “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don’t do to them. Now let the stirrup go! [This maxim is enough for you; go and act in accordance with it!]” ~  Kitab al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 146

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11222017

Listening to Ajit Pai this morning discuss why net neutrality deregulation is necessary and that Clinton’s light touch approach to regulating the internet was correct, was captivating.

The issue itself is an interesting one – saying the Clinton-era regulation is as applicable today as it was 20 years ago (when the internet size, scale and impact on commerce were smaller by a factor of thousands) is like saying we should go back to sanitary standards before we knew what bacteria was. It’s a different both industry and world from 20 years past, and implying that we knew best then when we have a more vast scale and economy associated with the internet does not make any sense to me. While the deregulation seems to benefit an industry specifically and the politicians that have received donations from that industry, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of value in the deregulation outside of this – the industry growth experienced, ongoing investment in spite of regulation, and unbelievable growth trajectory experienced. The legislation to regulate was preemptive, and needed to be – as we’ve seen with other telecommunications industries, if large companies can slow speeds to increase profits, they will.

What interests me more than the content of the discussion, was the polish on the talking points that Ajit Pai had – he was armed with really good points to counter anything that would be said in opposition to his points. And whats more, the points were crafted in a manner to polarize the audience – immediately supporters would agree and those against the deregulation would be outraged that he would be so short-sighted and was clearly in the pockets of the industry this benefited. Ajit himself worked for Verizon as General Counsel for a time – a company that stands to benefit tremendously by deregulation.

The larger concern is this – how is our approach to business, politics and the free market so twisted, that those supporting ills such as this are doing so in the spirit of democracy and a free market economy, despite it not being in their best interest? In a culture where we worship those that have made vast fortunes, we have been convinced that our best interest is to ensure that oligarchical profit supersedes humanity. I own small businesses, and have worked my entire life to make money. I absolutely want to continue to make more. However, I also understand that vast majority of the decisions made at a political and regulatory level are not in my best interest, they are in the best interest of the dollars spent to get those decisions made.

I equate this to an HR department. Many employees believe that an HR department exists to defend their rights. This is absolutely false. The HR department exists to ensure the company minimizes liability and prevents lawsuits as well as issues that would cost the company money. Our currently political system, and the vitriol that it has become designed to exude, are the HR department for oligarchical business and multi-national corporations.

The genius part is, we’ve somehow all been duped into fighting within the system, as opposed to changing the system.

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