Monday, July 10, 2017

Minimum Wages in The U.S

I have learned recently that minimum wages are different in EVERY State !

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is now $11 per hour .

It used to be a few dollars less , But still !

I have looked at minimum wages all over The U.S and noticed that least in Massachusetts you cannot live on $11 per hour  !

And then I noticed a correlation even though a coincidence,  But still a correlation with employers and their requirements saying that you will be paid more if you show your Highschool Diploma.

This is interesting!  You get payed more if you have a high school diploma.

But if that isThe case , Then people who work at fast restaurants like McDonald's and other have a high school diploma !

But then why do they earn minimum wage ?!

I know that there are many high school students during summer break work at fast foid restaurants.

But PLEASE ! Not every employee is a high school student  !

Many of them are between 20-40 years old .

This does not make sense  ! ( Maybe I am missing something ) .

How can employers keep nagging in that job field about GED or high school diplomas and say that they do not want to pay you less than legally allowed and at The same time pay minimum wage ?!

If anybody has an explanation,  I will give you an opportunity :)

Thank you

Dusya

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Donald Trump

The United States is divided among people who are excited about Trump being President and those who want him impeached .

When you read The facts in trust worthy news outlets and watch him on TV , There is not much doubt that he is making a LOT of mistakes  ( To put it politely ) !

Besides that plenty of citizens are now more vocal with their hatred towards marginalized people and other,  Trump has not achieved anything possitive yet during his presidency.

And still plenty of people ADORE him !

I am honestly stunned by this !

I am meeting retires ( People who retired from serving in The Army et.al ) and Veterans and even these former military staff find Trump to be a disgrace !

You will not agree with your neighbor maybe because you do not like your neighbor for personal reasons or you may not want to listen to a former President due past scandals or just not wanting to listen because he is a Republican and you are an old fashioned person with Republican values,  But ignoring other Republicans who %100 disagree with Trump and Veterans or Retirees who have served is insane !

There are actually Republicans who find Trump disgust !

Also I have listened to Veterans and a few retirees ( Who completed their service ) and I even heard one of them say that Trump is a disgrace  !

There are plenty of military personnel who disagree with Trumps politics and I still hear citizens saying how great Trump is ?!

I am honestly shocked!

Thank you for reading

Dusya

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Witch Hunt

I will confess here that I have a fascination for witches !

I have no explanation for said fascination.  It is just there !

I have watched since my early childhood all shows that involved witches .

Bewitched , Then The Dorothy And The Wizzard Of Oz ( Although it is not a show but a,movie but still !) , Later on Sabrina The teenage witch and basically any other movie or show that involved witches including Charmed !

I went recently to The witch museum in Salem , Ma .

I learned about The famous witch trial and also I learned about all The famous people in history who were shamed , Sent to jail or hanged simply for being different  !

Galilee Galilee and a couple of other scientists and also Jesus was included  !

Everybody with whom I was at The museum learned about all The people who were hunted because of their unique way of thinking.

Although we learn in The bible and by going to Church that Jesus is and was admired , It was not always this way !

Many famous people about who we learn from history books and other originally were shunned !

They were hunted and arrested and eventually hung or otherwise executed simply for being different  !

Being different seems to mean that you are not a follower , You think out of The box , Do not agree with everything The local government says or does .

Joan D'Ark who is now in every history book possible in The western world was burned basically for being different  !

I was wondering for a couple of years what or where came The notion from that witches are horrible.

Nevermind that many people consider witches just a product of fantasy,  But even if they are a product of fantasy,

Why make a product of fantasy something evil ?

But after going to The witch museum I realized it is not about witches really,  It is more The idea of being different.

I know Rosa Parks was hated in her time because she was black and had The nerve to not give up her seat to a white person .

Nowadays she is considered a hero  !

She stood up for justice while being black and a woman ( Which was a crime in The 60's ) .

I guess The present society decides what is acceptable and what is not acceptable or what should be considered a crime and what should not .

Thank you

Dusya

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Medicine in The Past And Present

In The 70's and many years and decades earlier doctor's would make house visits and prescribe and ir even bring The needed medicine with them.

When I was a child in The early 90's , House visits were not that common anymore,  But at some or many hospitals you could go to The ER even if you just had a cold and they would give you a prescription and you felt better within a week !

Nowadays you cannot go to The ER unless they consider you qualify for intensive care .

A trip with an ambulance,  Visiting your doctor and getting your prescription,  All of this costs now money  !

Even if doctors are on call , They are only available to greet you and talk to you , But otherwise The nurses are trained to rake care of you.

Even if you are vomiting or have pain , You can get an ambulance to The ER , But if it is not something that they consider needs immediate attention in intensive care , Then believe it or not , But they will send you back home and simply suggest to make an appointment with your doctor and if you are not feeling well on THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT,  Then The doctor is not going to visit you at home ! No ! You will excused and offered to reschedule!

This sounds absurd , But that is today's reality .

They say that these changes are happening because they want The patients to feel taken care of and that includes calling patients CONSUMERS instead of patients  .

But The actual result if this new system is that medicine has gone to wallstreet!

It is not about The patients anymore !

It is about economic efficiency of hospitals  ( Sadly ) .

Although I am still young,  I miss The time when you could get quality healthcare because you had doctor's who really cared !

Nowadays doctor's mostly only care about their paycheck.

I am devastated and furious  !

Thank you for reading

Dusya

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Past , Present And Society

Racism has exsisted and still exsists !

Anti-Semiticism has exsisted and still exsists  !

Those two issue never vanished .

They have always been there !

The only difference is that throughout The years The above mentioned issues get louder or go silent depending on how people treat each other during various episodes of life .

Right now people are so full of hatred and bitterness again  !

It is sometimes hard to be yourself  !

If you do not watch something related to any of The above mentioned issues then you are considered racist or anti-Semitic.

If you choose to watch a movie based upon said subject then you are eventually judges by some people for pretending support minority groups !

It breaks my heart to see all this hate in The world !

People were supposed to learn from The past and not repeat or be even more hateful and spiteful  :( !

Please  ! Instead of focusing on hatred,  Focus on your friends and or family who are supportive !

Thank you

Dusya

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Israel , Palestine And children with various disabilities

I went yesterday to a talk by Alice Rothchild at The Harvard Coop .

She is a physician,  Author,  American Jew , Feminist and human rights activist.

Before I continue,  I want to emphasize that I am neither pro Israel nor pro Palestine !

I have Jewish friends and I think I know some people from Palestine,  But too sure.

Besides their language,  Religious beliefs and culture,  If I can reason with said people,  That is all I care about.

So back to my experience from said talk  ;

Alice Rothchild was talking about her annual trips to Palestinian refugee camps .

I admit that I am barely informed about what is going on over there !

I remember as a child hearing about a lot of shooting and other in Gaza and that there has been a war between Palestinians and Jews for decades  !

My late grandfather talked all The time about what was happening in various countries in Europe,  Australia and various places like Kuwait and neighborhood in Africa  .

My mother visited some places in Israel when she was young and tokd me that there was an ongoing war , But she and The others were too far away from border lines ( Or whatever it is called ) to see any shootings and what not .

By The way , I am aware that I am not always using The right terms and you may correct me , But it takes me a while to get it , Meaning I am a bit slow in catching up .

Anyways,  I have heard about Israel and everything involved in their history for years  !

I studied at some point The history of Isrsel and Palestine in my own and came to The conclusion that said war is,based upon miss interpretations of The Bible and Koran .

But after listening to Alice Rothchild,  I am completely baffled and cannot really find The words to explain my shock  !

The war is disgusting and it has worsened over The years !

I do not know really what is happening on The Jewish side , But on The side of The refugee camps , It is horrifying  !

Besides that there are a couple of refugee camps and depending on what border you live , You receive in school The education that is permitted by The school district  , But hearing that boys are targeted on a daily basis and The military does not give a damn about The age is beyond shocking  !

A boy who is maybe only 7 or younger can actually get arrested for suspicions of throwing rocks at a Military vehicle  !

Some boys do not even know if they will live The next day because you never know when you either will get physically injured or even killed by an officer  !

Girls appearantly have it easier and can go to The University when they are old enough but many of these people live every single day in danger , Because because a male family member can get arrested in The middle of The night due to suspension I have already mentioned  !

Literature and history is forbidden to study because it supposedly brings ideas to young people and even when a boy gets arrested,  There are no real judges  !

Military staff is trained in law and barely pay attention to The suspect amd it is pyre luck if a boy gets only 5 months of prison as opposed to 5 years or more !

Not sure which refugee camps exactly or maybe at all of them , The I.D of little boys are taken away by The military  ( Not sure what reason ) and said boys are barely able to defend themselves  !

Girls are not able to be properly educated in terms of health care and other  !

While listening to this and other shocking stories,  I had to think of all The disabled children in those areas,  Autistic and other!

There are barely recources for said children out there !

There were a couple of Jewish women in The audience who knew The personally and I heard that some of these women actually are traveling to visit these refugee camps to educate and families about Human Rights and other

Alice Rothchild mentioned that The United Nations is in The loop about what is happening and that obviously all The arrests are illegal!  But not much can be done because there is not enough countries reaching out to The Palestine Government AND The Israel Government especially The Right wing part of both Governments that are at fault for The ongoing war !

Thank you

Dusya

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hollywood And Politics

There is a lot of controversy around Hollywood actor's and politics right now because some people do not like or are offended by comments made by emmy award winners.

Although some comments by actors are open for misinterpretation,  Many people who are insulted are proposing that actors stay out of politics  .

What The majority of people are maybe not aware of is that actor's have always contributed to politics and have been actually considered better diplomars than actual diplomats and politicians !

Especially in trying times like The end 40's , Many countries did not reach out because due to Hitler a lot of damage was done in The political climate .

Also even way before The world knew about Hitler  , Even in The time Napoleon Bonaparte,  Actors were The best diplomats in history  !

When there was an issue between Napoleon and a foreign country and please keep in mind that Napoleon was almost as hated more or less than Hitler or other dictators  , When an actor was invited to perform,  Napoleon was so impressed by said actor that a trade that was originally considered out of question was suddenly much considered and foreign affairs were taken on .

Or even during other political debates between countries,  Even sports was used to recover a political dispute between countries  !

By The way,  I am not saying that people should not be offended by comments that some actors make , I am just saying to kerp in mind that actors generally contribute to The wellbeing of a country .

Thank you for reading

Dusya