Sunday, August 30, 2015

COST - The Failure To Recognize It, In Its Multitude Of Manifestations, Means That You Will Always Be A "Consumer And A Slave"

I am accessing the knowledge of some brilliant, insightful people who I find have a more finished model of the world of human thought and behavior and history than I have previously considered.

One such person introduced the concept of COST as a critical factor in human choices.

If the COST of a particular choice or set of choices are removed from consideration then such a body of choices, lacking a more complete set of information to the consumer, can produce BAD "PURCHASES".  

A "Bad Purchase" is one that does not align with the long term interests of the person whose POV we are considering.   Had that person had a more complete set of information, he would have likely made a different set of choices.


The above picture from "Wikipedia" whittles the concept of "Cost" down to "Money".   I disagree with this.

Though money is a shorthand for VALUE, it is more accurate to look at the array of RESOURCES that this consumer in our POV has at their own discretion and the choices that they make surrounding their trades and/or attention to it as an asset.  This asset can appreciate or depreciate - mostly based upon the VALUATION that a human being places upon it.  Value (as in a house) is determined by what someone is willing to pay for the asset if it is traded.

What if "THE STATE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT" was seen as a POTENTIAL ASSET and all of the choices of how we spend our time or prioritize the resources that we have at our disposal as the INVESTMENT - akin to the "Upgrade Of A Home", to increase the FUNCTIONALITY (Benefit) of that reference - again - with reference to the VALUES OF THE CONSUMER who is in our POV scope?

Could we then agree that education of that human resource, which would in turn give that resource more competencies is a CHOICE and thus has a COST assigned to it?    Surely the COST of failing to educate this person has some measurable costs (the cost that it will take to supplement their living up to the prescribed 'standard of living') and the OPPORTUNITY COSTS - in that, with the proper guidance they could have been a physician.   The opportunity cost in this case is not the salary as a physician but the competency to FULFILL THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY - in this case health care.


Friday, July 03, 2015

Teaching Your Children Through Transitive Governance - If You Don't Get Your Friends To Respect MY HOUSE Then YOU Are Going To Suffer The Consequences

  • "Nigger"
  • "Bitch"
  • "Mother Fucker"

A house full of neighborhood kids.

I am sitting in my kitchen reading the newspaper.

I hear them upstairs on the computer.
All of a sudden some music starts playing in the background.

I THINK I hear the words above.   I let it pass because I am not sure.
Then the "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" rapper - repeats the chorus.  


Visitor: "What did he say?"

Daughter: "HE SAID Turn Your iPhone Off"

When the visitors left I asked my daughter who that was playing the music.

She told me and said that she was not paying attention to what (the boy) was playing with his phone connected to her Bluetooth speaker.  She was on the computer with the (girl) who was also there.

"How is it that you were sitting right there and not hearing when I was one floor away and heard it all?"

"The last time your friends came over they broke the brick that I had outside and you didn't stop them!!"   (The paving stone that I use to keep the newspapers in the recycling bin from blowing away).   
"Do YOU go over his house and break things up?   So why do you all let your friends come over here and do things that YOU are not allowed to do at home?"

The offending teenager is a good kids.   In fact I was impressed by the fact that he came over to me and spoke to me and had a conversation about how I was doing.

I like his parents and they are fun to be around.   I can only guess that they don't have a problem with him playing this IGNORANT music aloud in their house, or else he wouldn't have done it in mine.

The next time I see him I am going to ask him about this music, tell him MY STANDARDS and then tell him about the other set of "Young Black Males" who were playing this type of music at the subdivision club house as the pool was filled with parents and their young children, enjoying a summer night in a suburban subdivision.

Unfortunately they were also SMOKING WEED in public.  Their actions drew someone to call the police.   

The failure for them to take my advice to LOOK AT YOUR SURROUNDINGS caused them to spend some time in jail, as their mother frantically watched as they were being taken away.  (She blaming the "Racist Neighborhood")

HOWEVER if she would have laid the groundwork for her sons to better appreciate the STANDARDS THAT ARE ENFORCED and to STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDS, only allowing any attention to be drawn their way due to POSITIVE EXCEPTIONALISM then my subsequent conversation with them would have been unnecessary.

In my years of observation - the retirement of strict rules of behavior might temporarily benefit those who push the edge.  IN THE LONG RUN when the community STOPS ENFORCING THESE STANDARDS and the standard LIVES DOWN TO the "Do What The Hell You Want To Do" - then the entire community implodes as those who "kept it under their breath" for "one last time" start to move and the property values plummet as it is no longer a desirable place to live.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Good Times" - "The Baby" Episode Is An Excellent Reference Of How Much America (And Black Americans) Have Changed In The Area Of "Black Child Birth" And Have Not Changed About "Welfare"

I originally said I was going to keep this post in draft mode until I purchase the "Good Times" episode and embedded the video.

The narrative of the episode "The Baby" was like experiencing a time warp.

Picture this:

  • A Black female character pops up out of nowhere for this episode
  • She is a married, mother of 4 existing children and she gets pregnant by her husband again
  • They are too poor to keep this additional child so the woman plots on DOING THE "UNTHINKABLE"
  • What is the UNTHINKABLE?......................................
    • NO NO NO, not ABORTION - as would be the message today
    • Back in the mid 1970's when "Good Times" was running the writers chose to GIVE THE BABY UP FOR ADOPTION

In watching the two matriarchal females - Florida and Wilona, expressing concern for what this woman might do with her baby - I can think OF NO PRESENT DAY SHOWS that would have presented these nuances.  ("It is your baby.  Girl you MUST do the right thing and carry it to term' We'll help your through it.")

Of course the writers created an artificial mini drama, teasing the audience that the choice was "Abortion".  We know that abortion was legal during that time in America.


I say both.

Not My POLITICAL Blog: Notice How Progressive Advocates Present Their Efforts As Fighting "Right-Wing Extremists" But Are Never Forced To Document The (Organic) SUBSTANCE Of Their Efforts (Beyond Fighting)

I have given up trying to embed C-SPAN Book TV videos.  Here is the link for you to view for yourself.


Few sane people would disagree that the "Middle East IS IN NEED OF A MAJOR REFORMATION" - and that "Political Islam" must be realigned to a set of more productive goals.
They are nothing more than Totalitarian Oppressors of a different mold.

When I hear the various voices of reform in the Middle East and then attempt to categorize them with regard to well known assignments - the Progressive Feminist rears her head - in this particular video.

When Mona Eltahawy gives a "Shot Out" to - and I'll use her words: "The three Black Queer Feminists in America who started the BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT" the true agenda of her rants were uncovered.

I am trouble to see "People Of Color" (Black Americans) who are so cocooned inside of their own "Racial Political Religion" inside of America that they become IGNORANT to the plight of other Black people in the diaspora whose plight has absolute legitimacy.

The main resource that this other group of Black people - with far greater numbers - lack , is the American media propagation.

The worst thing that could ever happy to the continuing integration and colonization inside of America is to have the "Black subject" splitting their loyalties between their American interests and a true commitment to the plight of others outside of the realm that they are most comfortable with.

If you notice, Ms Eltahawy focus on the RIGHT-WING (fundamentalist) elements of Islam.  
I have no particular problem with the label if used inside of the container of her nation of Egypt.

It is when Ms Eltahawy used her own PROGRESSIVISM to take a trip around the world and unite disparate FEMINIST MOVEMENTS - that everything fell apart.

If her logic holds - the "American Right-Wing" who is gunning for war with the "Islamic Right-Wing" should be seen as equal fundamentalists and that they lack of willingness to become "Progressive" is the source of the violence.

But we see (both) a Progressive US President who is continuing the war against these "Right-Wing Islamic force" AND a former "US Secretary Of State" (Hillary Clinton) who also supported war in the neighboring Libya - who are carrying out what our entrenched labels would call "Right-Wing American Policies" against the Middle East.

Of course this does not mesh with reality.

Ms Eltahawy speaks of "Women Wanting To Control Their Own Bodies".  Indeed this is a universal Feminist / Progressive mandate.

The reason why I put this post upon my "Cultural Strategist blog" is because the mandate that Ms Eltahawy is pushing IS BASED ON NOTHING other than "Feminist/Progressive" notions of FREE WILL.

If the CONSERVATIVES are battling with "Women's Bodies" to entrench their political interests...............What might the PROGRESSIVE FEMINISTS be doing?

OK - you say "Your Body.  You get to make the decisions".
Fair enough.

This level of comfort that you pontificate is a FUNCTION of the system whereby everyone submits to rule of law and order - so your human rights as a female can be respected.

It is clear that in a state of chaos women and children are the primary victims.
Yet Ms Eltahawy is so bathed in Progressive theory that she can't see that her dual mistake of demanding reforms based upon a destination with little substance AND (ironically) speaking of the Male/Female interrelationship near exclusively from the Woman's Feminist agenda makes it impossible for any of these societies to reach a desired state of reform.