What do you think of my analysis and the accompanying report?
What do you think of my analysis and the accompanying report?
The current bus systems do not cover all four counties and remain inadequate as they are now. The recent example of the Detroit resident who had to walk a lot of miles to/from work because the Suburban Mobility Authority for Rapid Transit (SMART) and the Detroit Department of Transporation (DDOT) do not travel to Livonia where he works. This guy is one of many Detroiters, for example, going through similar hurdles for going from point A to point B like home and to/from work. The solution of "buying a car," as one mayor suggested over participating in SMART, for residents who use the bus is not practical due to not just making car payments, but the expenses for gasoline, car insurance, repairs, etc. would be far more expensive than having a bus pass that covers the City of Detroit, the suburbs in Metro Detroit, and Washtenaw County to/from work, stores, events, etc.
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The Bank of Japan, like the Federal Reserve will stop in the near future, is lowering interest rates and buying the country's bonds to encourage Japanese consumers and companies to spend to purchase goods and services like food and manufacturing equipment to replace worn down ones and paying off loans and other debts. A consequence of the action is a lower value currency making their products like cars, televisions, etc. from Japanese companies cheaper to purchase worldwide and less expensive in business costs and higher profits. Once again, the Federal Reserve during their government bond buying and lower interest rates delivered the same outcome for American companies and made it cheaper to invest and hire workers in the United States versus Canada.
The European Central Bank is also participating in the identical actions the Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve are doing. The consequences would make both the Euro's value go down AND also make companies whose home country uses the Euro (e.g. Germany, France) at a better advantage to sell their products (e.g. cologne/perfumes, designer bags) because the Euro value is more closer to the U.S. Dollar. That leaves American goods at a much weaker advantage overseas and in the United States over European products. However, almost no backlash exists for the European Central Bank executing EXACTLY the same actions as the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan.
Japan relies a lot on temporary and part-time workers like France and other European Union countries for their economy but has a far lower unemployment rate than European Union countries. Japanese persons, like many in the United States, prefer to buy and use goods and services from their own companies and have great dislike for "foreign" products. Also, they prefer to have "one of their own" to train for and labour positions in workplaces including healthcare over "foreigners" much like the sentiment is among several in the United States........from progressives to conservatives. The dislike of people immigrating to their respective countries because they "take the jobs away from people in this country" is another thing Japan and the United States share in common.
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The unfavorable outcomes are not unique to Canada, many Middle Eastern and North African countries (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya), etc. but includes U.S. states where shale oil is drilled onshore (e.g. Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota). Companies operating oil fields throughout Alberta Province in Canada, Texas, North Dakota, etc. will cut production to adopt to the low oil prices per barrel since the current oil prices per barrel are lower than the breakeven (the amount of money earned and spent for drilling, extracting, and shipping oil are the same amounts) US$60+/barrel minimum. Workers currently laboring at numerous oil fields to capture oil later to be used for electricity, fueling car and airplane motors, etc. will be laid off to adopt the need for oil in markets worldwide.
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I support the initiative for healthcare places to provide forms asking patients about their annual incomes, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I think those facilities will have greater knowledge to the types of people they serve while requesting and/or getting additional services (e.g. translators), training (e.g. cultural and/or queer sensitivity), and resources to fully deliver the care needed while not wasting resources for patients their do not or rarely treat. The paperwork must always remain up to the patient or person writing the form to complete and not required by the hospital or patient care centres/centers. I remain concerned about if there are or not places regarding gender AND sex separately as well as allowing individuals to have an 'other' plus separate lines for gender, sex, and sexual orientation if their option(s) are not listed. Because those three demographics remain ever changing with labels and numbers of people don't follow the gay/straight/bisexual and/or male/female labels (especially in places with a significant queer population like Toronto), I think healthcare isn't sufficient to help those who do not identify as any of those five groups. Also, transgender healthcare needs remain insufficient to help the illnesses and medical problems of this very diverse community.
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I think the changes in mindset and actions among Detroiters, particularly residents of color, must start from within themselves. In other words, the different groups in the city's population (e.g. socioeconomic, race/ethnicity, religion) require persuasion and actions among members of their respective groups to change and better themselves and the rest of Detroit and its metropolitan area.
I detest the ongoing gentrification of Detroit and similar cities like my native Saginaw. The exclusion of poor individuals and persons of color from contributing to an area's positive economic and overall strength will only lead to communities' demises as time goes on. Segregating economic success and opportunities, by economic status and race among others, mainly breeds violence and social contempt because of racism and other prejudices. Detroit, like cities throughout the United States, are not new to reinforcing racial segregation.
The Detroit Free Press, for instance, has archived photos of the influx of African-Americans from the South to Detroit being met with mass opposition and violence from White Detroiters. The layout of the freeways in Detroit were purposely intended to segregate by race and economic status, and they allowed middle to upper class Detroiters to leave Detroit starving of tax revenues to pay for services to counter crime, unemployment, and so on. I think the exclusion of eradicating poverty in the City of Detroit requires more than one solution and not as simple as hiring willing and able adult poor Detroit residents. The increased technicality and skills required beyond a high school diploma are what leaves the workforce more impoverished portions of Detroit at a disadvantage. An ethnically diverse collaboration of public and public entities must be involved to raise the literacy, education, and skill sets of adult Detroiters to secure not only jobs but careers that will bring them and dependents out of poverty. However, the sources of funding for the material and resources to make achieve those objectives will not be easily agreed on and executed.
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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) involves 11 countries from both Americas, Australia, and Asia with Japan being the top reason of opposition among Michigan Democrats and those with loyalties to the United Auto Workers (UAW). Japan's market is pretty closed to competition among goods and services, and Japanese consumer trends dislike foreign products as "shameful" like what Americans and American businesses (un)intentionally push in the United States for our goods and services and "foreign" ones with the "Buy American," "Support American Workers" (ironically), like-minded slogans and propaganda. Technically, you can support American workers by buying "foreign" brands and "foreign" workers through purchasing "American" brands based on where the materials and final goods are made. The profits, however, are not guaranteed to remain in the company's main headquarters and also go to executives and stockholders throughout the world. For your information, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has their headquarters in London, England NOT in the United States for those complaining about ASIAN car company profits going back to Japan or South Korea.
My main oppositions to the Trans Pacific Partnership are the negative effects of job losses in the United States from less tax revenues for local and state governments to businesses losing customers and/or shutting down due to manufacturing workers laid off without an income to spend there due to cheaper labour in Mexico, Vietnam, and Malaysia based on current foreign exchange rates and the substandard working conditions reported in lower paying countries.
I suspect the currency manipulation bill would mainly be considered because of Japan's "unfair process" to weaken their yen. In reality, the Bank of Japan is buying government bonds to lower interest rates to ease lending for business capital and consumer spending in the country. The process also improves profit margins for companies based in the country. Business capital, for example, includes repairing or replacing existing machinery for assembling automobiles or aircraft parts and computers to monitor supply chains of products to customers worldwide. The United States equivalent, the Federal Reserve, has been doing the exact type of program, also known as quantitative easing, for the past 7-8 years. The European Central Bank, or the European Union counterpart to both the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan for Eurozone countries like Germany, are in the process or right now doing the same thing for the same reasons. I do not believe Senate Democrats and/or free-trade opponents would push so fiercely for a currency manipulation bill for a European Union trade agreement. That would be why I think opposition to the TPP is also rooted in xenophobia and racism.
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Also, the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution was intended to separate religion and faith from governments and policies as Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists. Clergy are already guaranteed to allow or deny performing marriage ceremonies without being punished under laws by the same amendment. Any existing laws going against the last sentence violate the U.S. Constitution.
Here is a link reporting attempts in Texas to put such "freedoms" under their state constitution: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article12402038.html
Here is the article where my commentary is sparked from: http://www.nytimes.com/…/us/ap-us-xgr-religious-freedom.html
I'm interested in the opinions especially of LGBT conservatives/homocons (Yes, I've seen that label used by a gay conservative/libertarian), classical liberal (capitalist) libertarians, and the like. I want to make clear I call out and condemn politicians and political figures, analysts, and opinions against LGBT+ regardless of party affiliation, ideology, and the like such as former Michigan State Senator Tupac Hunter attempted a religious freedom bill to exempt medical and mental health professionals from treating people based on "a sincerely held religious belief" against the individual. That conflicts with medical and mental health licensing boards and associations who provide the accreditation to allow individual to practice medicine, counseling, psychology, etc.
What do you think of the "religious freedom" bills?
Make the cake a business has the right to refuse customers on whatever reason but when the baker said that it was BC of they were gay was where the baker messed up all they had to say I reserve the right to serve you . they don't have to have a reason why keeping they're mouth shut and not explaining this wouldn't even be heard by a court
Flight attendants remain quite underpaid in my opinion and perform their jobs under stressful conditions (e.g. rude passengers, cramped aisles, preparing for aircraft emergencies from gate to gate every flight) while missing holidays and significant time with families and friends. However, there are a minority of flight/cabin attendants who are bitchy for whatever reason which is inexcusable. The glamour days of this occupation have mostly fizzled but safety (e.g. treating nosebleeds, delivering babies inflight, self-defense techniques to protect themselves and others on board from terrorists or other threats) remains a bigger priority more than ever as well as providing courteous and professional service. Cabin/flight attendants have to accumulate more time off based on tenure with their air carrier.
Actions speak louder than words. The choices both governments and private citizens do to cut down carbon dioxide emissions are more complex than one thinks. Any chances of taking action to reduce climate change as agreed upon by U.S. President Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are unlikely because of the multiple factors reducing their carbon dioxide and likely other greenhouse gas released in our atmosphere from oil and coal corporate executives, workers involved both industries (e.g. coal miners, oil rig operators), groups supporting both energy sectors, and governments and economies dependent on both industries for their well-beings. Oil prices, depending on your positions about oil from investment to prices to fill your gas tank, can be a bittersweet thing……even in the United States. Coal remains a prevalent source of energy in both countries from electricity to heating……..barbeques for example.
The sun’s radiation is responsible for a lot of the warmth for our planet. The radiation from that star scatters all over our atmosphere, reflects back into space, and absorbed by our planet. Our planet in return warms up and releases radiation into our atmosphere because of greenhouse gases and in space. While greenhouse gases are important and part of nature to make sure our planet is livable, since Earth would be frozen without the heat secured by greenhouse gases, excessive amounts warm our planet to the extent changes in climate, water levels, and livelihoods (e.g. agriculture). Climate change is predominantly caused by human actions primarily to satisfy demands for human goods and services such as burning of forests in Indonesia for palm oil used for cooking and cutting down of trees in the Amazon for grazing cows to be slaughtered for meat. Trees and other plants take in carbon dioxide which is needed for them to live, in addition to water and sunlight, and release oxygen for humans and other land animals to live. I applied these examples to highlight other instances of human activity causing higher amounts of greenhouse gases not only from energy production.
Certain locations where oil is extracted and eventually sold to markets worldwide have a pretty high breakeven total based on the value of oil per barrel such as $80/barrel like those in Mississippi and Louisiana. Breakeven total is where the cost to operate a business and the money coming in are the same. While gas prices are down and favoring those who spend money to fill our tanks to drive like us, the oil reserves in the U.S. may have difficulty turning in a profit. The amount of oil available for use & demand for that natural resource also play significant roles to determine the value of it as much as (supposedly) government regulations and policies do (if any).
Reasons for the Chinese government to step in and announce a climate change plan are not so much [if at all] about the polar bears and melting ice caps but to cut pollution in the country particularly major cities in the United States. The air pollution in major Chinese cities is ridiculous. The Chinese government regularly advises when children cannot play outside and athletes cannot train outdoors because of the high amounts of particles in the air that can damage a human’s respiratory system and body overall. Oil, natural gas, and coal companies in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)/China/Mainland China remain almost if not completely in control by the country’s government. This leads to fighting and any chance to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air from factories, car exhaust, etc. in the country being slim to none. The PRC government will experience greater backlash from Chinese citizens if no actions to reduce greenhouse gases are taken. The environmental damage like factory emissions, cutting down of forests, waste disposed in waterways where fishing happens are consequences for the output of goods and services like energy and metal components for machines. That ignites many protests by Chinese citizens and clashes between the Chinese government and them.
Any hopes of taking important steps to cut carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gasses) released into our atmosphere from power plants, automobiles, and so on are zero from all levels of the U.S. and Chinese governments from groups whose careers, economic fates, and ways of living are directly and indirectly dependent on oil and coal for energy.
What do you all think?
Human rights activists are correct many anti-sodomy laws in Africa, North America, and Asia were created and became law during colonial ruling of present-day countries in both continents (e.g. India, Singapore, Zimbabwe). However, even those laws vary by country with some criminalizing only male-male adult sexual relations or both male-male and female-female adult sex. The new bill increases penalties for "recruiting" and "promoting" other sexual orientations besides heterosexuality or "straight" Ugandan youth and the country respectively.
I think Ugandan youth and young adults who are queer/lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. (LGBT+)/Gender and sexual minority or GSM/Gender and sexual diversity or GSD will experience a major disadvantage. Little to no resources for them, like support to accept their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or access to needed healthcare without fear of persecution based on their innate (or something(s) you are born with and cannot change), will be available in the country.
Currently, Uganda already penalizes sex between two (or more) individuals of the same-sex even before the "Kill the Gays" bill was considered.
What do you think?
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