My wife Julie called Alaska Airlines lost baggage people to find out if they had found our luggage yet. Very helpful woman, but said she couldn't access all her records since she is "working in the office today."
Many of the lost baggage people, she said, work a lot from home. Once she gets home to her computer, she can access all the records she has on our case.
NineShift #1 shift, people working from home, coming more true every day!
Breaking news for the founding fathers and authors of the Constitution. Or not.
A confused NineShift reader alleges that the United States "is a republic, not a democracy."
I believe this might be a fad-of-the-day, certainly not a fact of the day, for those who support destroying our democracy. Clearly we are at the crossroads of once again either reconfirming our nation's democratic ideals, or abandoning them.
The standard definitions appear to indicate that the United States is both a republic and a democracy. Republic being a type of democracy.
And it was beyond my capability to find a respected statesman or President who said we are not a democracy. From the authors of the Constitution through Ronald Reagan, I found much advocacy and dedication to our country as a democracy. Even Vladimir Putin, much admired by our our current president, appears to have said as much.
To follow up on yesterday's blog entry, here's some statistics to back up the hoped-for claim that Millennials are voting more this year.
"Pennsylvania is leading the groundswell, with registered voters 34 and younger now outnumbering those 65 and older, according to the latest statisticsfrom the Pennsylvania State Department issued Aug 13. States like Arizona, New York, Florida and Virginia have also seen sharp increases." Here's the NYT story.
You and I have not yet won the Net Neutrality war, but we won a big battle last week.
The State of California legislature passed a very tough pro-Net Neutrality bill and sent it to Gov. Brown.
California has led the nation in many areas because it has 10% of the nation's population and other states often follow California's lead. Corporations know this, and thus often redesign their products or business practice based on California law.
Keep rooting for Europe and California to design the infrastructure of the 21st century when it comes to government regulation and creating that government-business balance we need for each and every century. Photo: Morning on the flowage.
Millennials, especially the downtown college oriented knowledge worker Gen Yers, may be impacting change by also stepping up to vote. After being quiet at the 2014 polls, and disheartened by the rigged 2016 nomination, they might just turn out big this fall.
The election this month of Ayanna Pressley to Congress carried all the indications, with an urban area "new Boston" being cited, and this very-Gen Y style quote from one young high tech worker,
“It felt like a good time to give someone who’s not a white male a shot."
To be clear, there is no research of which I know that says young people today vote any less than young people in previous generations. Nicely symbolic of the change is the fact that Pressley will represent the congressional district that John F. Kennedy once represented. I think he would approve.
After a week in which a few stories sided with young men abused by their female teachers, the NY Times is back to their sexist war against boys.
This week a columnist joined the trendy faddy crowd to question testing as a means to get into college, or get into anything apparently. Testing is objective, no teacher subjective bias. Tests are carefully construed to be gender neutral. Because males and females are equally intelligent, even the third wave feminists admit. And tests can be analyzed and improved.
Tests are not perfect. There's a question here or there that doesn't make sense. Although the single only question the NY Times guy got wrong and was upset about: I got it right. And tests are too often run by big for-profit companies like Pearson, out to make a buck with little sense of morality or mission.
The alternative for entrance to college is just grades, so advocated the NY Times writer. And grades are universally biased against boys. Every school system and college in the country gives boys worse grades than girls, keeping out 2.4 million smart boys from college every year. So yeah, the NY Times is back to their sexist war against boys. Photo: water grasses
Last week most of the dozen young people Julie is watching out for called in panic.
All at once, it seemed to her. Depression, panic attacks, anxiety, worries and stress. They are smart, young, not given a chance in college, and mostly (but not all) male. One or more is gay, one or more is black, one is transgender, one or more unemployed. Almost all of them live from week to week for food and rent.
Three theories why last week: 1) Astrological. Mercury retrograde was ending, someone said. There might have been a full moon. 2) Mathematical chance. Or 3)My theory, which is that everyone the week before Labor Day experiences the stress of going back to school, even decades after graduating. The summer is over. The "work" and life's worries resume top spot in our minds.
School is so stressful. Photo: Julie giving the deer a lick of her ice cream cone last week.
Two great Americans, Aretha Franklin and Sen. John McCain, showed the country how we can be.
The virtually simultaneous funerals expressed the kindness, the values, the integrity, the moral compass that America has had, and will have again. To use the phrase so many others said, they were "inspiring."
To me, that inspiration of values and goodness also was refreshing. It was a relief from the struggle for democracy, and re-freshing of the American dream and how it can be restored for the next decade.
Yesterday's news about the Manafort and Cohen convictions, tied to a couple of other positive news for democracy, makes today seem like a holiday to celebrate renewed hope for our democracy.
This (2018-2019) is the time period when Americans decide whether to renew and revitalize our democracy, or wander downward into a less democratic society.
Yesterday's news was also tinged with some hints of bi-partisan, or at least Above Partisan, stories:
-Melania Trump, with her trip to Africa, praise for and siding with LeBron James, her bow, all seem to be First Lady-like in terms of leadership, countering her husband's opposite views, and also being Above Partisanship, embracing things that a good Republican (and the Party used to embrace) can advocate.
-Facebook, Google, an 11 year old in Florida, and even some politicians are discovering Kremlin interference in our media and elections, another Above Partisanship effort.
We are not near out of trouble yet for our democracy, something some great statesman said has to be continually renewed and fought for. But yesterday was a hopeful sign.