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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Run, Bernie, Run. Quilter and Sanders.

Next Tuesday (February 9, 2016), I will be attending a fundraiser in Lucas County, Ohio for Bernie.

Yes, I wrote Bernie. And yes, I wrote fundraiser in Lucas County.

Oh, and I wish the best to Bernie in New Hampshire next Tuesday.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Google+ Versus Other Internet Social Networking Sites.

There is a whole big list of social networking websites, most of which many people are unaware. In addition to the list embedded in the preceding sentence, I found a website that provides the top 15 most popular social networking sites ranked by a combination of continually updated traffic statistics.

Why is Facebook so popular? Or Twitter? Or any of those sites for that matter?

I have used LinkedIn specifically for professional purposes, not for trivia conversations. I have used Twitter to post on a wide variety of interests and for some dialogue exchange to a limited extent. I gave up on MySpace years ago and rarely use my Flickr account.

I have made extensive use of Facebook for myriad purposes. I have even created numerous lists of specific people based on commonality of specific interests to target the audience of who may see what. It doesn't stop there, though. I have also created and/or administer several special interest Facebook groups that include only those people I authorize to join; and I belong to several other groups that someone else administers.

None-the-less, I have found that many people on Facebook are what I call gawkers, using that term very loosely. These folks just kind of lurk in the shadows reading what others write but do not write anything themselves. Gawkers may do nothing at all other than read OR they may click on a like button OR share by re-posting what someone else has written or posted OR they may post internet meme after internet meme after internet meme. These gawkers, as I label them, do not really use Facebook as a means of social interaction.

Additionally, there is way too much drama and bickering on Facebook. People write mean, nasty, rude comments to others. It is unbelievable that there are so many people who write things to others on Facebook that they would never say to them in a personal face-to-face conversation. Those folks disgust me.

Because of my experiences with Facebook, I go through phases of using it and then not using for periods of times and then using it again and not using it. The primary reason I started a Facebook account is the same reason I continue to have a Facebook account. Simply put, I have used Facebook to reconnect with long lost friends and family; to that end, Facebook has been very helpful for me.

I much prefer Google+. However, even after several years of concerted effort, I have still been unable to interest most of the people I know to use Google+ rather than those other social networking sites. I do not understand why people do not switch over to Google+ from Facebook and/or other social networking websites, OR, at least start up a Google+ account in addition to their Facebook and/or other social networking websites. IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), Google+ is a much more useful and friendlier place.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Is Donald Trump the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler?

It seems some folks got irritated with me when over on Facebook I compared the style of political speech used by Donald Trump with the style of political speech used by Adolf Hitler. The message thread over there got to be very controversial. As a result of that, I composed and posted a Roland Hansen Commentary on Friday, October 2, 2015  entitled Donald Trump. Adolf Hitler. Similar Style of Political Speech.

Well, since that time, it appears that there have been other comparisons of Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler. Take a look at the embedded Google search results for Trump and Hitler compared.

(I hope you took the time to explore and read some of those search results. It saves me a whole bunch of writing if you have done so. And consequently, I may bring this specific blog entry to an end.)

Is it any wonder that I have entitled this blog entry Is Donald Trump the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler?

Postscript: You may now add this blog entry with all other Roland Hansen Commentary entries in which I have mentioned Donald Trump.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Adult Protective Services (APS). Senior Citizens. Unscrupulous Business Practices.

At one point in my career, I was the administrative manager that oversaw the Adult Protective Services Unit of Lucas County in Ohio, as well as several other social programs and services.

In the State of Ohio, Adult Protective Services (APS) are social services provided to abused, neglected, or exploited older adults age 60 and older. There are many areas of concern when it comes to the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults. As an example, there is a story reported in The Blade that may be read in the article Lucas County unit focuses on protection of elderly by Erica Blake.

Okay, so I would venture to guess that not many people would disagree that older adults (60+) should be helped in situations such as reported in that article.  I imagine most people would agree that our senior citizens should be kept safe from physical or emotional abuse, that neglect of older adults should be prevented, and that seniors should be protected from financial exploitation.

BUT, what about private business people and enterprises that prey on everyone but who especially exploit the vulnerabilities of senior citizens???
Let me give you just a few examples that come to my mind:
Think about it.
Senior citizens do not need
  • to be confused and frustrated with all those mumbo-jumbo medical insurance plans 
  • or be sold a bill of goods about some miraculous knee brace in place of needed knee surgery 
  • or sold some cure-all arthritic pain relief 
  • or sold a repaved asphalt driveway that is really just cheap oil coating
  • or put their life savings into an investment with a ROI that they will never live long enough to collect 
  • or have their hard earned money stolen by a con man 
  • or be sold a damn timeshare that has a grossly overly inflated initial purchase price and ridiculously high annual maintenance fees to the point that the person will die long before he and/or she could ever receive a decent return on the money expended.
I really think that persons involved in unscrupulous business practices should not only be brought to justice in the criminal arenas of our jurisprudence system when conducting business illegally, but, when senior citizens are the victims, the offending parties should also be charged with exploitation under APS laws and prosecuted accordingly.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Unlike Conservatives With Caveats, Political Liberals Unconditionally Live A Caring, Compassionate, Sharing, Loving Life.

The Gregorian calendar year of 2016 is almost upon us. For some interesting reading, I suggest you go over to read The Curious History of the Gregorian Calendar.

As 2016 is about to make its appearance, I would like to share my message of Happy New Year Wishes.

Very simply put, I wish that every American, and indeed every living person worldwide, would make and keep the resolution to lead, practice, and live a life without any preconditions, caveats, prejudice, discrimination, or xenophobia - a life that is kind, sharing, caring, compassionate, and loving to each and every other person.

Over at my Roland's Ramblings blog, I posted an entry on December 30, 2015 entitled Share The Corn. Share The Good. Live In Peace. Live Well. For The Welfare Of All.

It relays a story that in reading caused me to think that it presents a good antecdote for the goodness that lies in being a political liberal as opposed to being a political conservative, as the title of this Roland Hansen Commentary proclaims, "Unlike Conservatives With Caveats, Political Liberals Unconditionally Live A Caring, Compassionate, Sharing, Loving Life. "
[Side note on a personal basis: I do not include my politically conservative friends such as CW Martin, Timothy W Higgins, David McKay, and Dennis Wilburn in this comment that I recognize is a generalized statement. Indeed, these friends of mine are independent thinkers for whom I have a great deal of respect; they do not fit in the stereotype normally assigned to political conservatives. Furthermore, I also sadly realize and recognize that there are some politically liberal people who are unkind, prejudiced, discriminatory, and xenophobic.)

While I have embedded a link to the Roland's Ramblings entry in its title here in Roland Hansen Commentary, I am also reproducing that Roland's Ramblings entry below:
Growing Good Corn
Author Unknown
There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.
"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.
So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.
It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself. - From the Bible, Proverbs 11:24-25
ref: Growing Good CornInspiration Peak.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Patrick Hickey. Toledo, Ohio: Washington Local School District. Superintendent. Saga, Legacy, Scandal, Shame?

There has been lots and lots going on in the Ohio school district of Washington Local Schools whose jurisdiction is in both Washington Township and a large chunk of the City of Toledo.

Rather than me writing all about it and placing all kinds of embedded links, I am placing embedded links to a variety of message threads from the website of SwampBubbles that also contain other embedded links for even more information that will fill you with awe if you open those links and read all the materiel that is presented there.

Here goes:
As an aside, I am placing a couple of the links that are contained within the referenced SwampBubbles message threads because I found them to be especially interesting:
The situation with Patrick Hickey in his capacity as the Superintendent of Washington Local Schools is indeed a sad commentary in and of itself.  Saga, Legacy, Scandal, Shame?

Friday, December 25, 2015

What is the difference between a Canadian and an American from the United States?

Canadians and Americans from the United States of America are both from the continent of North America, as are Mexicans from Estados Unidos Mexicanos

I will let Donald Trump address the topic of Mexicans.

I want to address the differences between Canadians and Americans.

For some good, objective, comparative factual information regarding Canada and the United States, I suggest you head on over to FindTheData United States vs Canada.

More good reading may be found at Canada vs. United States from Diffen.

I would also like to suggest you go on over to a web page of Quora to read:
What are some cultural differences between Canadians and Americans?

And to add a bit of eyebrow-raising, I suggest you read Maclean's 99 reasons why it’s better to be Canadian.

I think I will leave it at that and let you wonder what I think of it all. (snicker-snicker, hee-hee, elfish grin)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Never take for granted the people you love.

Back on December 5, 2013, I posted the Roland Hansen Commentary blog entry, Life Goes By. Say, "I Love You."

On May 18, 2014, I posted the Roland Hansen Commentary blog entry, Do you really matter? What about your family? Who are your real friends?

Today, December 17, 2015, I am putting forth, "This year has almost gone. Not all our friends and family made it. Never take for granted the people you love."