Bartenders listen to conversation all day, every day. Here’s an average day for me.
I live and work in a small farming community in Ohio. 70% of the county voted for Donald Trump. I work as a part-time bartender and listen to the majority of our patrons discuss politics and current issues regularly, as the news is always on at least one TV. The one thing I keep hearing is how he’s ‘shaking things up, tearing down the establishment!’ from people. Maybe that’s true, and while we do need reform in Washington I don’t think that Donald Trump is the way to go. As referenced in the Mother Jones article linked at the end of this post- Politico obtained a transcript of his interview with WSJ, here is unedited Donald, giving non answers and stringing vague, nonsensical words into sentences:
BAKER: What have you been doing, Mr. President, sort of behind the scenes?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: A lot. A lot.
“You know, a lot of people say – they say, well, but the United States is large. And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have.”
What boggles my mind is the fact that these people listen to him talk but don’t seem to hear, process, or absorb-there is no substance or depth to his words. Trump is and always been just a salesman, talking in doublespeak and trying to make a quick sale. It’s such a whirlwind of an experience that a person is nodding along agreeing to what he says without realizing none of it made any sense- but there sure were a lot of words and assurances that they like to hear.
I struggle everyday listening to the conversations, but keeping my own very different opinion of politics to myself behind a frozen smile. Something I heard the other day after the news about Transgender people in the military was “Good! I don’t like those people they ain’t right!” or “Well I don’t agree with those people anyways, those are sick people!” “He’s gonna build a wall and get rid of the all the illegals, who are just feeding off the system anyways!” Again, this is a farming community with a robust migrant community in the summer picking months…. If they met a Transgender person and didn’t know they were Transgender, thanked them for their service, shook their hand, would they then recoil when finding out the military personnel they just showered with accolades was a transgender person?
I guess I should mention I live in a extremely religious town, with 10 churches for a population of just over 7,000 in town in a county with a population of 22,000. I hear over and over again how people love what he’s doing but don’t give specifics, like they just enjoy the chaos and doom on TV everyday, as though politics were or are a reality show. Are they right though? So many people want things to change in Washington. Is Trump the catalyst? Will he be our turning point? Will America finally look at it’s ugly reflection in the mirror and see the deep lines of shame, the wrinkles of stagnation and archaic views, her cruel superficial eyes staring back? Will we resolve to do better? How much longer will our elected officials hold out, putting party and personal interests before country? I hope this is the catalyst, the ending to what 9/11 kicked off in this country. I worry everyday about our future, the world we are giving to our own children, their children and down the line.
I realize that older generations have seen chaos and craziness at times in this country, but it always brought about change in one way or another. Which way will we swing this time? How far will fall behind or will we leap ahead into a new era focused on knowledge, prosperity for all, conservation and a clean environment, probing into new sciences and medical breakthroughs? Will I finally get a darn flying car?
Linguist This happens to be a fall of Crawford and how pronunciation can be deceiving. We researched this past week about the history of language. Profanity is a problem because you are offended by it. When it comes down to the reality of it, these issues are another portion of societal divide. Germanic language is where a majority of our favorite words come from, as is most of our language.
Where did the divide come besides nobles and the poor? Really, no where. We divided ourselves many a moon ago by class by language. If you could not decipher which class some one was a part of you simply had to listen to them and you could tell by their ‘absurd’ and ‘vulgar’ language. We feel that not much has changed, except this time people are more offended by less offensive words and not offended by the most offensive words. Offensive these days has more to do with using words to bully people and how they use their words with such negative connotation towards one specific human being, where beforehand offensive words were just curse words. Curse words are really not that offensive are they? Are they more offensive than racist language? I mean, really, are they?
What we can do is be less offended by curse words and offer positive reinforcement for being such fouled mouth human beings. I don’t think that you are ignorant because you say Fuck, Shit, Ass, Bitch, and all the other words that are considered hurtful to ear drums, but I do think you are less of a person if you won’t open the door for the old person behind you. Having respect for your elders and others around you does go a long way, so do not use foul language to purposefully hurt someone; especially your mama; but understand how saying FUCK and saying FUCK YOU has two different meanings.
Within the realm of offensiveness and others we do dive in to how other countries take on offensive language. Each country has their own rules and regulations as to what you can prosecuted for when using curse words in the public and Wiki gave some good information about profanity . You can, in certain countries be arrested for your language. However, in America, profanity is protected by freedom of speech. Know your constitutional rights in the First Amendment while we still have it.
Beyond language that we speak, we should also remember the culture we come from. The story Crawford puts out about the Chief and not knowing his culture is beyond shocking to me and I will never understand some human beings in this planet. I also have a hard time understanding the English language, pronunciation, and well, sometimes just writing what we just talked about.
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Net Neutrality is the devil and you better fucking believe this is contained knowledge and keeping us from one another. DO NOT ALLOW NET NEUTRALITY to happen! I can not tell you how much you need to take your 45 minutes of Facebook time off the table and read about Net Neutrality, so actually there, i told you. Here is the truth:
When you go online you have certain expectations. You expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.
When you use the internet you expect Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.
In 2015, millions of activists pressured the Federal Communications Commission to adopt historic Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open — allowing you to share and access information of your choosing without interference.
But right now this win is in jeopardy: Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to destroy Net Neutrality. And on May 18, the FCC voted to let Pai’s internet-killing plan move forward.
What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online.
Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online.
Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open internet.
What would happen if we lost Net Neutrality?
The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.
This would have an enormous impact. Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.
Without Net Neutrality, how would activists be able to fight against oppression? What would happen to social movements like the Movement for Black Lives? How would the next disruptive technology, business or company emerge if internet service providers only let incumbents succeed?
Didn’t we already win strong Net Neutrality rules?
Yes. After a decade-long battle over the future of the internet, the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act, giving internet users the strongest protections possible.
But ever since then opponents have done everything they can to destroy Net Neutrality. And Chairman Pai — a former Verizon lawyer — is moving fast to destroy the open internet. He must be stopped.
Why is Title II so important?
Courts rejected two earlier FCC attempts to craft Net Neutrality rules and told the agency that if it wanted to adopt such protections it needed to use the proper legal foundation: Title II. In February 2015, the FCC did just that, giving internet users the strongest possible Net Neutrality rules when it reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II. Title II gives the FCC the authority it needs to ensure that companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic. Title II preserves the internet’s level playing field, allowing people to share and access information of their choosing. These rules have ushered in a historic era of online innovation and investment — and have withstood two court challenges from industry.
But Chairman Pai wants to ditch Title II and return the FCC to a “light touch” Title I approach. Translation: Pai wants to give control of the internet to the very companies that violated Net Neutrality for years before the FCC adopted its current rules in 2015. Title I would do nothing to protect internet users like you.
The 4 million people who spoke out in support of Net Neutrality in 2015 are fired up and ready to fight back — and you can join them here.
Why is Net Neutrality crucial for communities of color?
The open internet allows people of color to tell their own stories and organize for racial and social justice. When activists are able to turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice, it’s because ISPs aren’t allowed to block their messages or websites.
The mainstream media have long misrepresented, ignored and harmed people of color. And thanks to systemic racism, economic inequality and runaway media consolidation, people of color own just a handful of broadcast stations. The lack of diverse ownership is a primary reason why the media have gotten away with criminalizing and otherwise stereotyping communities of color.
The open internet allows people of color and other vulnerable communities to bypass traditional media gatekeepers. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs could block speech and prevent dissident voices from speaking freely online. Without Net Neutrality, people of color would lose a vital platform.
And without Net Neutrality, millions of small businesses owned by people of color wouldn’t be able to compete against larger corporations online, which would deepen economic disparities.
Why is Net Neutrality important for businesses?
Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open internet to launch their businesses, create markets, advertise their products and services, and reach customers. We need the open internet to foster job growth, competition and innovation.
Net Neutrality lowers the barriers of entry by preserving the internet’s fair and level playing field. It’s because of Net Neutrality that small businesses and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive online,.
No company should be allowed to interfere with this open marketplace. ISPs are the internet’s gatekeepers, and without Net Neutrality, they would seize every possible opportunity to profit from that gatekeeper position.
Without Net Neutrality, the next Google or Facebook would never get off the ground.
What can we do now?
Chairman Pai wants to replace the agency’s strong rules with “voluntary” conditions that no ISP would ever comply with. Pai unveiled his plan in a closed-door meeting with industry lobbyists in April 2017 and and officially kicked off a proceeding on May 18, 2017, when the FCC voted along party lines to move this proposal forward.
The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent. If we lose Net Neutrality, it will have succeeded.
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