Where Racial Hatred Leads

The Lvov pogroms in Ukraine were targeted at Poles and Jews and antifascist Ukrainians.

I find it interesting to try to understand how both sides of the political divides between populists (I share some leanings here) and the left (I also share some leanings here).

This is an interesting article by a black woman about white privilege that at first I thought I would feel attacked by and disagree with but ended up making me reconsider this topic a bit. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/magazine/white-men-privilege.html

And on the other side of the political spectrum is an article showing how ridiculous making assumptions about someone’s privilege based on skin color is. https://time.com/85933/why-ill-never-apologize-for-my-white-male-privilege/

Ultimately, there is truth to the fact that I am treated better in America because I am white and because I am a man than those who aren’t. There is also truth to the studies showing economic background actually has more impact these days than skin color. And both of these factors are less important than your work ethic and integrity.

Humans have a terrifying history of villifying out groups… Even when those outgroups are the same color as you. We need to find ways to make sure disagreements and divides between groups are resolved with peaceful discussion rather than anger and hate that leads to the horrific violence in the pictures above.

Thinking About Trump

All of the media I read seems to take Trump at face value. I don’t really understand this. He has shown that he has told thousands of lies. They’re strong evidence from the Mueller report that he is a traitor. He said himself that he would welcome for an interference in our democracy. You don’t need any special reports when the man himself declares himself to be a traitor.

Why does everyone try to take the things he says that are attempting to ignite a race war at face value? Why does everyone call his lies mis statements?

I think we should just envision a future in 10 years where Donald Trump has fled to Russia and he has made billions of dollars and payouts after his tenure. A future where Donald Trump achieved all of Putin’s aims and our country is a smoldering husk of what it wants was and we are ruled by dictators.

NICU

The reception desk people here at the hospital NICU have to print name tags for every visitor. To do so they need your first and last name and the date of birth. I now have three separate reception people to have my full name and date of birth memorized because I’ve been here so often. Every single day for something like 6 weeks now.

Babies are doing well

Kate has been home a few days now and is eating a lot and soaking up attention and sleeping a lot.

Griffin is still in the NICU but is doing a ton better. I have been fighting with the doctors to get him better treatment. Both Laurel and I have been visiting him every single day. She goes in the morning and I go at night. Took me five hours till past 1 am last night to get him what he needed. He wasn’t getting fed enough so I got them to increase his feeds last night from 60 ml to 70 and tonight from 70 to 80. Doctors don’t get questioned very often I think but they came around. I knew he was hungry because he kept queueing and nippling and wiggling even after his feeds.

Laurel hasn’t been getting much sleep and it hasn’t been easy to both be spending so much time at the NICU while we have another baby at home, but we love these babies so much! 🙂

Immigration

President Reagan’s thoughts on immigration.

https://www.inc.com/magazine/201502/adam-bluestein/the-most-entrepreneurial-group-in-america-wasnt-born-in-america.html  “Driven by the politics of short election cycles, the U.S. is missing the larger economic cycle of immigration. Meanwhile, Canada has been advertising its new startup visa with a billboard on California’s Highway 101, where every foreign-born engineer in Silicon Valley can see it: “H-1B Problems? Pivot to Canada.””
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/08/31/undocumented-workers-who-built-silicon-valley/?utm_term=.29d87cbc7c71  “The catch: the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) believed that as much as 25 percent of the Silicon Valley workforce (~200,000 people) was undocumented — which meant this thriving industry was routinely breaking the law. “
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/illegal-immigrants-us-jobs-economy-farm-workers-taxes/ Almost all of our farm and construction workers are illegal immigrants. Shutting these out would severely damage our economy.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2017/12/04/almost-half-of-fortune-500-companies-were-founded-by-american-immigrants-or-their-children/   The Center for American Entrepreneurship, a non-partisan policy and advocacy organization, published a study today on the founders of America’s most valuable companies—those in the Fortune 500. The results are striking—43 percent of companies in the 2017 Fortune 500 were founded or co-founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, and among the Top 35, that share is 57 percent.

Parenthood is the Meaning of Life

Being a father is literally the meaning of life. All life on our planet from single-celled organisms to multi-ton whales primary drive is to reproduce. Every species’ goal is to expand and thrive. Holding your baby skin to skin awakens some deep primal emotions inside of you. Your life takes on a much bigger purpose outside of your own selfish desires. Having children gives your life meaning and purpose, I highly recommend it.

Frauds and Scams

Be suspicious… This is a good list of scams. I’ve run across a number of these, recently including recruiters pretending to be working for a company than asking for financial information, the IRS fake scammers, homeless asking for money for a job interview so they can buy booze or drugs, people with pyramid / multilevel marketing schemes, wealthy people pushing crappy investments, etc. https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/canjua/have_you_ever_got_scammed_what_happened/

“A fool and his dollar are soon parted.” I have been parted from enough dollars that I hope I am less foolish than I once was!