with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
conception control-ramblings in the wee hours
as i watch the Republican Party seeming to implode this past year i am often of the mind that a new party should come in. my new party would be called the Rationalist Party. i believe, i hope, i delusional feel that most of us average American citizens are actually rational people. we see the world as grey, i think this part would also probably cater and draw in a middle class constituency.
as i ponder the values of my newly formed make believe party one issue came up...my mind is always on, unless i'm sleeping and even then i'll wake up with crap smoldering through my brain.
i'm thinking we should rename Birth Control to Conception control. seems silly on the onset i guess, but it has always seemed better to prevent the conception of children than to prevent the birth of said children.
i think most rational folks agree that abortion is a nasty business that we should avoid. i am not for removing the option, just feel we should do everything we can to help folks not get to the point of having to consider the option.
had another idea for our overcrowded prisons. non-violent criminals could be offered an out by joining a prison detachment to the military. always seems wrong that those who break the law get a pass on dying in a war zone while those who have clear records risk their lives. perhaps, we could give these folks a chance to redeem themselves and have a new start in life. any illegal activities while in this prison detachment would come with removal from the detachment, being put back in prison and having a 50% addition added to your original time. so if you were given 3 years and chose the prison military route you would then have to return and serve a total of 4.5 years.
more violent leaning criminals that have a hope of rehabilitation could possible be put in a service detachment...sent to parts around the globe that need volunteer service. again, if any criminal activities they would be returned to prison to an additional 50% added time to original.
Rational Party members would be for term limits, perhaps a flat tax across the board with none of these loop holes that allow the wealthiest to get out of paying taxes while the middle class gets stuck with the bill. my sister and i were actually discussing this. we have very different views on many things but we both seem to see that there are some areas of compromise or some areas where we do agree...now we didn't discuss my conception control plan.
no idea how new political parties form in our government...just have a loose feeling that one needs to form.
the Rationalists would be for protecting the environment but also be willing to negotiate as we do understand that our natural resources are useful. some balance between utilizing those resources and protecting them is in order.
it seems that folks use to trust their employers to care for them overall. i fear that these big companies have too many selfish, greedy folks running them. they need to be reigned in. it seemed i was raised with a dislike of unions, but i have come to understand that they were formed due to the fact that these big companies were not taking care of their employees fairly. i have found this in my own career
when i lived in Ketchikan it became known to me that a newly hired new grad was hired on a newer pay scale. so someone with much less experience than me was hired almost at my wage. armed with this new knowledge i called around to various hospitals in Alaska. i spoke to the HR at these places, explained my experience, years and such and asked what my starting wage would be....i then called my own hospitals HR under a different name of course, and asked what my starting wage would be with my experience.
it was a full $2/hr more than what i was making. i'd only been there about 3 years, imagine those that had been there 10-20 years. you were hired at a much lower wage, got raises but that percent slowly rose and didn't keep up at all with the current wages. these were never adjusted.
being the outspoken person i am, i went right to the director of nursing. i'm sure i could have battled for more money since as it turns out, within 24 hours i was cut a check and had a raise and a promise that the company would look into this injustice. they never did and a few years later, the nurses unionized. this was in large part due to this wage descrepancy. i recall sitting with several nurses of varied experience at a restaurant. each wrote down their years of experience and their hourly wage...it wasn't good.
the long hikes i think i'll take each day have not happened. the trek to Homer..a no go. have gotten my steps in and the dogs are happy.
yesterday i started room one major clean up. great to go through all the stuff in the kitchen and get rid of outdated stuff and re-organize. doing my spring cleaning a bit late, but that is okay.
Rationalists wouldn't have total set rules since we would be open to discussion. things change in our world better to not be trapped with this belief of that belief when science or society may alter how we view those beliefs.
i just often have felt that our two major parties tend to work for those who are more extreme on either side and the average person doesn't feel they have a place.
these are from this years first Monday walk.
as you can see, Blossom found some mud.
thankfully,the puppies have not taken to laying down in every puddle.
Ivy has early class today. i should probably get off this dang computer and rest another 30 minutes.
woke with aches. i got my flu shot and i always feel tired and sore after i get the thing. my arm is super sore and it didn't help that right after i started walking yesterday i toppled over after i tripped on a rock that was sticking out prominently.
i landed squarely on the site of my shot. ouch!!
so far the puppies have not directly tripped me up. i suspect though that minding 3 dogs on the trail makes me less aware of my own footing and i've taken a fall a bit more than normal. i am a shuffler...need to remember to pick up my feet when i walk.
these are on the airstrip the other day. we crossed over to avoid this moose
puppies with moose across the airstrip. no barking this day...we are working on that. they feel the need to bark. we had a meeting with a horse on last weeks monday walk. they are still working on greetings but we are improving on our puppy skills bit by bit.
anyway...those are some ramblings on the new party, The Rationalist Party. any ideas, thoughts are welcome. :-) of course, this is just an imaginary party at this point. clearly, this election will not be impacted by our new party and we will just have to suffer the next 4 years no matter what happens in this election i fear.
grateful for: A. ibuprofen B. snuggling puppies C. chocolate
have lived in alaska since 1995, lived in ketchikan for 6 years and here in anchorage since 2001. it's a wonderful place and i enjoy getting out nearly daily for a walk/hike/stroll or ramble. enjoy the pics