Diversity and the Rooney Rule (Purpose Rule)

This writing came about due to a link Danny Brier sent my way – which references the Rooney Rule and their own company Purpose Rule (LinkedIn posting)

That is spot on – the Rooney Rule (via the National Football League [NFL]) or any forked version of it.

Diversity, Collaboration, Successful growth for all and not just specific categories of people on earth. This is a no-brainer for anyone with an open and progressive mind.

Why have discrimination against race, gender, age or any of the other big ones? You never know what that ‘other’ person knows until you talk ‘to’ and with that person and not ‘at’ that person.

These discriminated individuals may know something that is key or can spark a synergistic change which is successful for all (sorry for the ‘buzzwords’ but they convey certain aspects very, VERY well). And another key driver is that you have to listen to that other person, not just give lip service to it, such as paying only superficial attention while sub-consciously dismissing them. So what if the other is older or younger or a different gender – what have you got to lose by listening to them (and yep, of course you need to know when it is actually a waste of time).

This is why I’ve written papers highlighting this area, to highlight specifically COGNITIVE DIVERSITY. Encourage it, because it can only grow and pay huge dividends.

The make up of an individual is the sum of their lives – the richer, the better:

  • where they live / lived,
  • what kind of school they went to
    • (note: just because a person went to a top level Ivy school does not necessarily make for a better person than one who went to a public college in Oklahoma).
  • what kind of social, economic, etc. environments they grew up in
  • did they learn to play any kind of instrument or
    • learn another language
  • are they ambidextrous (allows for GREAT brain hemispheric activity)
  • etc., etc., etc. (I had to stop here…)

So what that other person talks slower than you – it does not mean they are mentally slower.

So what that other person has a droopy/sleepy look – it does not mean they are sleepy and slow – it is just a misfortune of their physical characteristics.

Diversity is a great thing. You never know what you can learn from another, no matter who that other person is… Why be afraid of change and growth…

Another Day of Infamy, A Day of National Shame during the Electoral Certification at the Capitol

This is a long post – it did not start out to be one but, anger and embarrassment of how the world sees American kicked in, and, well, it now TL;DR (if you are one of the ones who only want short writings)…. (original paper written Jan 6th that night)

Yes, FDR had the Day of Infamy on Dec 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was sneak attacked – along with the massive number of resultant American deaths, in this country and abroad.

Well, we (Americans) have another president who now has a Day of Infamy, one that the F’ing individual does not deserve to be associated with. Yes, the F word is protected speech (First Amendment – just have to be careful how you use it) but I chose not to use it due to Twitter or Facebook WILL flag it as vulgar speech and ban the posting (on my web site it will be used).

Today, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will go down in history as the ultimate capstone on American President 45’s term in office – one of lunacy and mental instability, incompetency, ignorance and lack of education – did we neglect to add lack of integrity, diversity, collaboration, corruption and greed…?

This day has brought National shame to America and what was / is supposed to be a bastion of global democracy that other countries and millions of people looked up to and admired.

We cannot say that now.  

At least not while this F’ing individual continues to sit at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

We have a MASSIVE swab of embarrassment spread over us. We have the eyes of the world looking at us as ignorant, conspiracy minded and probably uneducated individuals breaching the American Capitol – believing it is the right thing to do.

My heart instantly shattered when my wife came to get me to see what was happening (I was teleworking and just signing off) at the Capitol. I was heart-broken to see the scenes unfold across the tv (on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, and yes, even Fox).

The thing is, many of these individuals are being led by other craftier individuals ever so gently guiding these tunnel-visioned sheep down illogical and well, crazy paths according to their own byzantine plans of “glory”. And the sheep (sorry for the term but living beings acting in herd mentality, doing things they know they should not be doing are like sheep – not doing their own thinking, sooo, it appears very apt to use that term) seem to have no inclination

We now have so many individuals in filter bubbles and silos believing that their worlds are the only right world and everyone else is wrong. These individuals incredulously and deeply believe in conspiracy (and if you do not know this – go check out the Pizza-gate situation that put Hilary Clinton in the spotlight – then come back). These folks believe in:

  • non-facts, or rather – as Kellyanne Conway so elegantly put it, “alternative facts”.
  • non-science – look at the anti-vaxxers who followed the ill-minded doctor who put out untrue content about vaccines and autism (go read up on Andrew Wakefield and the bogus writings he created that many people desperately latched onto – the UK basically disowned this person as a medical professional)
    • you could also check out old clips of people like Alex Jones and others of that ilk – then tell us what you think…

We have a day of national shame where a mob, a mob of terrorists (yes, the word ‘terrorists’ was used, don’t blink too hard…) illegally breached the American Capitol. Now, if that were a group of Blacks or Muslims – there would have been multiple fatalities, of Black and Brown people, lying all over the Capitol grounds…. This is very hypocritical of the law enforcement arena and points out quite clearly whose lives matter most – does it not?

The problem is not just with the people, it is with the government leaders who are supposed to be doing a better job in helping the people of the land – not just certain groups of people.

Look at the following 13 individuals, I would call them Pigs but I cannot really do that – I do not want to spend my time disparaging them. Many of us “really, really” do wish to call them a derisive term. All they seem to want, is to line their own pockets at all costs. Add more pork here and add a little there please.

What does Hawley believe he is gaining by challenging something ‘super-legal’, which really cannot be overturned or ignored? What does any of these people believe they are gaining…? Fame? Notoriety? Future glory to stand upon for future endeavors…?  And, boy, look at the 140 republican congress-people – what the heck are they going for?  Gohmert believes he can un-do democracy….

Look at them – and yeah, their names are all in lowercase because they do not deserve anything better:

  • josh Hawley, ted cruz, ron johnson, mike braun, Cynthia lummis, roger marshall, bill Hagerty, tommy Tuberville, Kelly Loeffler, marsha blackburn, john kennedy, steve daines, james lankford

bad followers or pigsIf these are individuals who went to Washington DC to make a difference in the world, to make the world a better place – they are all missing the mark. They have shown their true colors – we now know where they stand – they are all willing to follow the lead of a dunce (as Mary Trump can attest, as far as we know but it is good enough) who is cheerfully leading them off the cliff… All in fear of a bad tweet. And we can successfully write them off in the future for anything they say or do.

What does it take for people to see democracy work and when it does not work?

So many people are like:

  • Pigs – that only want to root around in the mud and grub up whatever they can stick their snouts into… As long ‘they’ got it (it is anything they are going after), no matter how they got it or at what cost. And because of that, it is of no consequence how much or what damage is done to others around them – that made them satisfied (hey, I’m going to sell some stock on the White House grounds to make a profit — sound familiar, it should be, it happened in June 2017 – Chris Collins). It works when they come out on top, ahead of everyone else – it does not matter if it is illegal or unethical…
  • Little babies. Primarily this is about many in the Senate and Congress but it also applies to the people who follow these ‘leaders’… These babies are like the generation of children who were spoiled at every chance and because of that and to make these children (at the time they were children) feel ever so much better, they were all given trophies to feel good. To know that they were the best because they had a trophy, no matter that all of them in the race or they group they were in – they all received trophies. Or, in current times – these individuals seem to somehow magically become multi-millionaires while in Congress or the Senate – on a government salary… normally only corrupt, authoritarian and dictatorial leaders like Putin, Erdogan, and others become millionaires and billionaires…

We, Americans, most of us, are hugely embarrassed and shameful of what has happened this day, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – a day that should have shown the world what a peaceful transition of power should look like. But because of a mob of terrorists, and mainly due to this current president and political party followers – we are another notch lower (among the many we have dropped over the past four years) in the eyes of the world.

This is something that will take years to recover from… But the blemish will remain, forever on America.

Trump Must Be Removed – VP Pence and McConnell

 along with other Cabinet members left (the ones who did not bail before they were party to the invocation of the 25th Amendment).

Why is this so difficult to see and understand…?

If you, members with power to remove Trump, do not remove him – you “ALL” will be tainted forever with the taint of Trump, Trumpism and this “Another Day of Infamy – January 6, 2021” – where Democracy was attacked and was met “WITH NO RESISTANCE” by individuals who had the power to stop it.

It had to take the Secretary of the Army (McCarthy) to step up (and make at least ‘one’ good stand before he is outed of his position) assist Maryland Governor Hogan send in some National Guard troops – unclear if Pence granted the permission to McCarthy or not…

Pence and McConnell and other GOP members on the side of Trump prior to this calamity and all those who did not grow up to stand against Trump after the January 6th Day of Infamy and remove Trump from office will forever be tainted as rotten garbage.

But then again, many Americans will forget about all of this by March 2021 – along with the double standard of how the rioting mob was treated compared to Black Lives Matter ‘peaceful’ protestors were manhandled…

 

Implement the 25th Amendment and REMOVE Trump now

for the sanity of all Americans who use their brains to do logical thinking and for the sake of our allies around the globe…

I really did not want to write this particular piece but, many of us were heartbroken and distraught over the downfall of democracy and breach of the Capitol. We cannot use violence to change things (unlike Trump bringing in the military and agents from other agencies to stop peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors – and no, we are not talking about about those instigators who wormed their way in to cause chaos).

It does not matter that he has until January 20th – remove him before he causes any more loss of life, harm and loss of American dignity…

This is completely unconscionable – where many in the world already knew it and now, NOW some of the Republican party are waking up to disown and disenfranchise themselves from Trump.

Where were these people when everyone needed them the most, to speak up and help end the fatalistic path Trump was on – TWO or THREE years ago…??? Are they waking up now due to humiliation, embarrassment, guilt – what?

What is it going to take to invoke the 25th Amendment – Trump starting a war in his last days…?

This request is not to make me or my friends feel good, this is a request to prevent any further damage – WHICH COULD BE WORSE than the day of Infamy in this century, Wednesday, January 7th, 2021…

ALL LIVES MATTER and all voices deserve to be heard but they do not deserve to be heard through violence or illogical thoughts or conspiracy themed attacks. Democracy, ethics, honor and integrity is what many of us want – not good ole boys smokin’ their stogies in some backroom making corrupt deals – patting each other on the back…

Another Day of Infamy, A Day of National Shame during the Electoral Certification at the Capitol

This is a long post – it did not start out to be one but, anger and embarrassment of how the world sees American kicked in, and, well, it now TL;DR (if you are one of the ones who only want short writings)….

Yes, FDR had the Day of Infamy on Dec 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was sneak attacked – along with the massive number of resultant American deaths, in this country and abroad.

Well, we (Americans) have another president who now has a Day of Infamy, one that the F’ing individual does not deserve to be associated with. Yes, the F word is protected speech (First Amendment – just have to be careful how you use it) but I chose not to use it due to Twitter or Facebook WILL flag it as vulgar speech and ban the posting (on my web site it will be used).

Today, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will go down in history as the ultimate capstone on American President 45’s term in office – one of lunacy and mental instability, incompetency, ignorance and lack of education – did we neglect to add lack of integrity, diversity, collaboration, corruption and greed…?

This day has brought National shame to America and what was / is supposed to be a bastion of global democracy that other countries and millions of people looked up to and admired.

We cannot say that now.  

At least not while this F’ing individual continues to sit at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

We have a MASSIVE swab of embarrassment spread over us. We have the eyes of the world looking at us as ignorant, conspiracy minded and probably uneducated individuals breaching the American Capitol – believing it is the right thing to do.

My heart instantly shattered when my wife came to get me to see what was happening (I was teleworking and just signing off) at the Capitol. I was heart-broken to see the scenes unfold across the tv (on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, and yes, even Fox).

The thing is, many of these individuals are being led by other craftier individuals ever so gently guiding these tunnel-visioned sheep down illogical and well, crazy paths according to their own byzantine plans of “glory”. And the sheep (sorry for the term but living beings acting in herd mentality, doing things they know they should not be doing are like sheep – not doing their own thinking, sooo, it appears very apt to use that term) seem to have no inclination

We now have so many individuals in filter bubbles and silos believing that their worlds are the only right world and everyone else is wrong. These individuals incredulously and deeply believe in conspiracy (and if you do not know this – go check out the Pizza-gate situation that put Hilary Clinton in the spotlight – then come back). These folks believe in:

  • non-facts, or rather – as Kellyanne Conway so elegantly put it, “alternative facts”.
  • non-science – look at the anti-vaxxers who followed the ill-minded doctor who put out untrue content about vaccines and autism (go read up on Andrew Wakefield and the bogus writings he created that many people desperately latched onto – the UK basically disowned this person as a medical professional)
    • you could also check out old clips of people like Alex Jones and others of that ilk – then tell us what you think…

We have a day of national shame where a mob, a mob of terrorists (yes, the word ‘terrorists’ was used, don’t blink too hard…) illegally breached the American Capitol. Now, if that were a group of Blacks or Muslims – there would have been multiple fatalities, of Black and Brown people, lying all over the Capitol grounds…. This is very hypocritical of the law enforcement arena and points out quite clearly whose lives matter most – does it not?

The problem is not just with the people, it is with the government leaders who are supposed to be doing a better job in helping the people of the land – not just certain groups of people.

Look at the following 13 individuals, I would call them Pigs but I cannot really do that – I do not want to spend my time disparaging them. Many of us “really, really” do wish to call them a derisive term. All they seem to want, is to line their own pockets at all costs. Add more pork here and add a little there please.

What does Hawley believe he is gaining by challenging something ‘super-legal’, which really cannot be overturned or ignored? What does any of these people believe they are gaining…? Fame? Notoriety? Future glory to stand upon for future endeavors…?  And, boy, look at the 140 republican congress-people – what the heck are they going for?  Gohmert believes he can un-do democracy….

Look at them – and yeah, their names are all in lowercase because they do not deserve anything better:

  • josh Hawley, ted cruz, ron johnson, mike braun, Cynthia lummis, roger marshall, bill Hagerty, tommy Tuberville, Kelly Loeffler, marsha blackburn, john kennedy, steve daines, james lankford

bad followers or pigsIf these are individuals who went to Washington DC to make a difference in the world, to make the world a better place – they are all missing the mark. They have shown their true colors – we now know where they stand – they are all willing to follow the lead of a dunce (as Mary Trump can attest, as far as we know but it is good enough) who is cheerfully leading them off the cliff… All in fear of a bad tweet. And we can successfully write them off in the future for anything they say or do.

What does it take for people to see democracy work and when it does not work?

So many people are like:

  • Pigs – that only want to root around in the mud and grub up whatever they can stick their snouts into… As long ‘they’ got it (it is anything they are going after), no matter how they got it or at what cost. And because of that, it is of no consequence how much or what damage is done to others around them – that made them satisfied (hey, I’m going to sell some stock on the White House grounds to make a profit — sound familiar, it should be, it happened in June 2017 – Chris Collins). It works when they come out on top, ahead of everyone else – it does not matter if it is illegal or unethical…
  • Little babies. Primarily this is about many in the Senate and Congress but it also applies to the people who follow these ‘leaders’… These babies are like the generation of children who were spoiled at every chance and because of that and to make these children (at the time they were children) feel ever so much better, they were all given trophies to feel good. To know that they were the best because they had a trophy, no matter that all of them in the race or they group they were in – they all received trophies. Or, in current times – these individuals seem to somehow magically become multi-millionaires while in Congress or the Senate – on a government salary… normally only corrupt, authoritarian and dictatorial leaders like Putin, Erdogan, and others become millionaires and billionaires…

We, Americans, most of us, are hugely embarrassed and shameful of what has happened this day, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – a day that should have shown the world what a peaceful transition of power should look like. But because of a mob of terrorists, and mainly due to this current president and political party followers – we are another notch lower (among the many we have dropped over the past four years) in the eyes of the world.

This is something that will take years to recover from… But the blemish will remain, forever on America.

China, A Dictatorial Country – Worried about National Security Threats – REALLY?

Okay, okay, maybe China is not officially a Dictatorial country – but they are very bloody close to it! Ask the democratic citizens of Hong Kong….

NOTE: For those who desire quick/fast reading – this paper will take more than a few minutes...

China threatens everyone it can to instill fear of talking about China in any non-harmonious, non-democratic or non-progressive (negative) manner.

China captures, obtains, hell fire – they arrest ANYONE who says anything negative about the country or its leaders. When the country’s leaders are the ones who should arrested and removed from society.

For example, recently (Mon. Dec 7th), China’s authorities ‘detained’ a Beijing based Bloomberg journalist. If you are unable to do your own research to verify the results, here is a snippet from the Guardian (Dec 11, 2020) – “Haze Fan was escorted from her apartment by officials on suspicion of endangering national security”. You can also check out the Wall Street Journal if you need more information (I would mention CNN but then some of the readers might start commenting on Fake News and the other garbage/waste talk they like to use).

Here is another clip from the Guardian: “China now ranks near the[y] very bottom in the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), above only North Korea, Turkmenistan and Eritrea.

However, here is a bit of news I was not aware of – “Chinese nationals are prohibited from working as credentialed reporters for foreign news organizations in China but are allowed to aid foreign correspondents as producers and research assistants.”

Another thing, pay no heed to Daniel Ratcliffe (current U.S. Dir. National Intelligence) or Nikki Haley (former US Ambassador to the UN) – neither one of them are credible enough.  Ratcliffe is unqualified to even be put in that position of authority and Haley, well, make your own determination about her. You, the reader, should be making your own thoughtful conclusions after reading multiple sources of information and determining what makes sense, logical sense – not conspiratorial filter bubble garbage.  Are you afraid to expand your own mind and areas of knowledge? Or do you want to stay within your own claustrophobic silos of fellow conspirators, where you ‘believe’ you are safe and everyone in that silo is right?  While the rest of the world around you moves on…

China’s governmental leadership wants the world to believe all the talk coming out of that government’s mouth pieces about being an open society and that negative talk from other countries and individuals endangers China’s national security.

What the damnation are they talking about? China has no freedom of speech! Ask anyone who spoke negatively in public or online about China and its leaders – that is, if you can find those who have not already been arrested.

There is no freedom of religion in China! Ask the Uighurs (Uyghurs) who have been collected and placed in detainment prisons – sorry, my bad, I meant re-education centers. That is where the incarcerated Uighurs are detained, damn, sorry again – are enjoying re-education to learn the Chinese Communist Party ways. Where the Uighurs are forced to:

  • have their beards shaved off
  • have all of their workshop / home implements that are considered as dangerous weapons
    • be engraved with that Uighur’s identification information (image, address & id #)
    • turned in at the end of the business day to the neighborhood police station and next day have it checked out again
  • learn the life style and culture the Chinese government requires – damn, sorry again – what the Chinese government desires.

In the meantime, once the Uighurs, the domestic terrorists that China has labeled them, are apprehended (corralled) – the Uighurs’ neighborhood/towns are demolished!!!!  Those areas are razed to the ground, removing ALL Uighur landmarks, dwellings so that there are no more reminders of Uighurs ever being there, as well as no longer being an area for Uighurs to return to. That is, once they are released from the detainment, blast it – re-education camps with a new mindset and ALL Muslim teachings / learning’s cleansed from the Uighur soul.

As if the Chinese government can force anyone to renounce the religion the individual wants to follow.

China continues to talk about becoming a world power place of harmony. This is after China has built man-made islands in the South China Seas (SCS) to expand the Chinese hemisphere of power. This, even though the UN and the Maritime Authorities have repeatedly stated that the area China has proclaimed sovereign powers over was NOT China’s property to control. Ask Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and others how they feel about China taking over the SCS by force (kinda like Russia taking over Crimea from Ukraine, right, right – tell me you see the similarities).

How can China be a place of harmony when their citizens cannot be honest and open in a democratic manner? When the people are forced to never talk negatively about China or else face arrests! When the Chinese government continues doing massive purges and collecting all negative newspapers (forcing the papers to close down if they do not toe the party line and become a prisoner)! When the Chinese government forces all semblances of religion to go underground in order to practice the religion in question! (I am not religious and never will be but I always say that people have a right to whatever religion they choose – as long as they do not try to force it on others.)

Do you remember when Daryl Morey (Houston Rockets basketball General Manager) was jumped on and denounced by China in Oct. 2019 for Morey’s tweet for standing with the Hong Kong protestors. China wants to control what other countries say and what the citizens of other countries say.  How can a country try to force censorship on another country? Is that democratic? Is that fair that another country can censor a citizen of another country if that citizen made an honest statement from their own individual personal belief. This is FREE SPEECH!

China wanted to cut out all American basketball activities in China (games, goods, shows) as a result of the NBA commissioner (Adam Silver) ‘not’ firing Morey. So what does China do, cancel broadcasting of American basketball games and other events.

Then, look at Hong Kong. China wants to absolutely control a formerly democratic country where the citizens were happy in going about their business of being an open, social, democratic and progressive country. Hong Kong would have worked with China if China would have allowed them to continue to be open. But now, now, China just wants to put an iron clamp over Hong Kong so that the citizens there are forced to toe the party line – where Hong Kong citizens are forced to no longer think on their own but to think like the Beijing government wants them to think. To eventually be forced to: ‘not’ have religion; ‘not’ be able to spit on the streets (I don’t do it but I am also not going to force someone not to); ‘not’ jaywalk; ‘not’ talk negatively about the government or its leaders; on and on and on……

— Now, tell me that is not scary about any kind of freedom in China.

The Chinese government is a load of bull pucky, they want to be capitalistic society while remaining a Communist Party – how do you reconcile that? How can you be both? There are a lot of good people in China – it is just the Chinese government that is the problem (just like the outgoing American president – the one with the orange skin – is a problem for progressive Americans).

People are evolving as time marches on, yet China wants to retain an iron grip on ALL of its people and all the territory it can get its hands on. And yes, the U.S. stole land nearly 200 hundred years ago and MANY of us regret that happened as we, America and other western, developed countries continue to evolve in the 21st century and going forward.

What is the harm of allowing citizens speak up and gaining equality, better diversity and progress moving forward?

The harm is, well, against leaders who want to retain power at whatever cost! America is seeing that right now, where leaders of the wrong mindset want to de-legitimize American votes – to invalidate legal votes. Fortunately, America has a better legal system with better checks and balances than China has (for those who do not remember or did not know – China’s legal system was a bullet to the back of the head of the offender, WITH the offenders’ families paying for the bullet – and this MAY be happening still but there is no way to verify/confirm that).

America’s legal system of checks and balances, democracy for all is finally starting to show its power, when some leaders and the ill-formed followers want to do things illegally.

Who is threatening China’s national security anyway?

Where are the forces preparing to breach the shores of China? Who are the countries that want to take over Chinese territories? The U.K.? America? No one wants to march on China and take over its lands.

What people of the free world, the developed and developing countries want is harmony. We want freedom of:

  • Movement
  • Speech
  • Religion
  • Press

We want to be able to legally and democratically remove bad leaders from power before those bad leaders continue on the path of corruption, to gain more power, to force honest citizens to become disenfranchised (look at what some of the nonsensical people in America are trying to do in various states and groups). People want to be free, not to be forced to look over their shoulders all the time as to whether they crossed the line or not (ask the Blacks of America about that one – we {Americans} are still working making this something better).

China is a land of FORCED AUTHORITARIANISM! China is a land of AUTOCRATIC AUTHORITARIANISM! However, in the eyes of a great many people around the world, China is a Dictatorial country. What else do you call a country where you are required to have facial recognition and register for every single thing you do. You cannot enjoy the internet as much as you want for fear of typing in the wrong thing and the CHINESE CENSORSHIP Authorities start tracking everything you (YOU specifically) do online – because for those not aware, the Chinese Firewall (a figurative term on how China controls the Chinese internet and its citizens usage of it) was built and designed (and continues to be) to try to block/stop negative speech, non-Chinese attitudes towards the country and its leaders. The people of China do not even see the same TV shows or documentaries or books or newspapers from other open, democratic countries because China states that the shows are corrupting or ‘threatens China’s national security’.  What the restrictive Chinese government is saying is that these are items that might put bad thoughts into the heads of its citizens.  Such as freedom, honesty & truth yeah, yeah, I know, even open countries do not always state truths but we try, do we not}. Chinese leadership wants China to retain the culture of Chinese citizens being extremely compliant to everything that comes out of the Chinese Politburo…

Do you want to go to a country like China for tourism? Why? When a country like China wants to control EVERY SINGLE THING said about the country and its leaders, no matter who says it or where it is said… Is that realistic? Is that fair?  Is that a progressive country?

Do you want to go to Hong Kong with what China is forcing on Hong Kong as China continues on with its 5-year and 10-year plans for how the government wants China and its territories to be in the present and in the future?

Do you want to do business with a country like China when you can do business with countries who are better than China (Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, S. Korea, Spain, Italy, etc., etc., etc.)?

It is just too bad that we cannot just bypass China for everything we do in the world socially and economically and let the Chinese government wall off all of its citizens from the rest of us. The ‘good‘, ‘free-thinking‘ and ‘progressive‘ people of China would suffer from not having a dynamic interaction with others who are very open-minded. But, the Chinese leadership wants to force its people to retain specific Chinese culture at all costs (i.e. blowing the Uighur culture out of the water and erasing as much of that society/culture as possible) as well as attempting to force other global citizens to “not” try to influence Chinese citizens with any Western or democratic values. 

Tell me I am wrong on that count, I dare you.

SHAME! Working Mothers DESERVE BETTER Support from Employers

I am a working male.

I am not a parent but I have been a step-parent for new-borne twins to teenagers.

I have multiple degrees – and there are many, MANY women out there with NO degrees or more degrees who are smarter than me (I’m also a former Marine so I am not afraid of making that kind of statement.)

But yet, even I do not understand why is it SO DIFFICULT for employers to support their employees better – specifically working mothers.

YES. We get it that customers are number one.

But, companies, businesses, agencies, organizations, whatever they call themselves – companies HAVE TO treat working mothers BETTER in this time of a pandemic. There is just no better recourse. It is the RIGHT THING TO DO!

And jiminy crickets here – I do not mean to get on a high horse or anything but how many times are any of us going to live through a pandemic…??

This pandemic might take a year or two and businesses will have to support their employees working from home (or even maybe bringing a child in to work).

Working mothers already suffer from ignorant, or non-diverse, or sexist male employees – why would any business want to tack on another enormous burden that a woman cannot work from home taking care of children…????

Why would any:

  • employer want to punish or fire a working mom who is/was doing a GREAT job?
  • forward-thinking company want to remove a working mom, causing her and her family to lose that income and rely on the city/state
    • which in turn causes more budgetary problems for that city/state
    • which in turn causes more businesses to fail because there are more individuals out of work, specifically WORKING MOMS
      • You can extrapolate and work out the direction this is going
  • employer choose to be unempathetic and tell a working mom, she cannot take work now, at this time, because she is taking care of a child?

We have had working mothers do FANTASTIC jobs for decades (and much more) in other pandemics and Great War and World Wars!!!

So, employers, what are you going to do?  Are you going to:

  • hire another woman without children (which is discrimination) to take over the job the working mom was doing…? 
    • And then cross your fingers and hope that the “new” employee will not get pregnant and have children….
  • NOT hire women (which is also discrimination) during the pandemic and only hire men…? (I would hope other ‘men’ out there would also stand up and against this kind of practice.)

Employers, why can’t you support your already hard working successful working moms and tell customers AND business partners that YOU CARE for your working moms…?

Or better yet, be positive and make your customers and partners allies in this time of CoViD and urge them to support YOUR support of working moms?

  • This could be a magic bullet in growing more business when customers see that you ACTUALLY do care about topics like supporting working moms.

How hard is this?

HOW HARD IS IT? Wake up, please…

This pandemic is likely to take another year for the world to get into any kind of semblance of control.

What happened to diversity, equality and successful collaboration between all individuals of a business?

What happened to the strategy and strategic outlook for any business at this time – especially if you cause attrition and turnover (which is expensive) by belittling, humiliating and firing working mothers…?

We, as members of humanity, were supposed to be on a better path of greatness and growth at the start of this century, or better yet, at the start of this decade…

Respect of and for Others and Equality (from me, the Radical Left…?)

It is unfortunate but it seems we STILL have a VERY long uphill battle, in getting people to open their minds, their hearts AND their brains. We have far too many people who are tunnel-visioned or seem to wear horse blinders or worse still – have a dominant wish to stay within their safety cone (filter bubble).

I guess I am part of the radical left, seeing as how I want – equality, diversity and progress for all men and women… I do not not want to see it happening “only” during times of disasters, emergencies or mass killings – I want to see it take place every day, EVERYWHERE.

respect - equality

Respect & Equality

As a posted image I saw stated, we need people to show respect.

Disagreements are part of life – not rioting or bringing AR-15s to a protest rally.

 

Now, take a look at inter-racial marriages, that area alone has grown SIGNIFICANTLY in America (the rest of the world has been light years ahead of us) over the past couple of decades because people refused to be cowed by those who desire for all people to remain in another era (another lifetime), where suppression and repression were the rule of law.

In those decades of repression/suppression:

  • where women (especially those who were ‘uppity’ and wanted equality),
  • people of color (again, especially those who were ‘uppity’ and wanted equality) and
  • those with a different sexual preference

were MOST of the time put in their place and NOT allowed to speak up. And in many parts of the world, we STILL have leaders and citizens trying to repress/suppress others and unfortunately succeeding in many places.

We NEED respect. We NEED conversations. We NEED everyone to recognize that life is evolving and WE ALL need to evolve as well.

We NEED people to talk to and with each other – not AT each other.  We NEED equality between the sexes and the races – in ALL walks of life; at work and out and about in general.

We NEED people to LISTEN to each other – even if it makes you feel uncomfortable or ill at ease. You cannot grow unless you listen to AND think on other aspects that are different… You “have” to get out of your filter bubble zone and do your own research to follow up on content you have heard or read. And then you have to think about it logically. You must stretch yourself and go to reputable news / research / think tank sites to capture material from factual sources rather than solely paying attention to conspiracy theorists.  That is the only way you will learn and grow – “get out of your bubble“! Please.

This long soliloquy was due to reading someone’s post (which was the image itself) and it hit a sensitive subject matter. One where I have been waiting to see something better, for many decades – to see change and improvement. Yet, because of one individual’s poor leadership, low moral standards and lack of empathy (the current president), we have SO MUCH more of these cans of worms showing the ugly sides of many around the world. And no, he is not the causation. But he, as the leader of the free world, did allow the ugliness to grow without really saying anything against it.

And yes, I do attempt to be the role model that others might want to follow, it is the only way I can get others to be better – by my being better. I will never stop on this quest; I hope others continue on this ‘Radical Left’ path as well. 

You cannot force change; you have to persuade others to want to emulate and embrace change……

EHT BIZARRO World of Trump in America (& a bit on China & Russia too)

Heads up, this is not short… TL;DR   and is meant to be read in chunks (for those wish to read some throttled and seriously restrained comments on the, alleged, deranged and imbecilic president of America)…

(Yes, the title – ‘THE‘ is reversed…)

Part I  A Strange America

So. What is happening to America and to democracy around the world? What happened to leadership that is democratic (not talking about the democratic party here)?  What happened to civility between individuals of American? What happened to respect and equality?

It should be pretty darn clear there is one clearly obvious nexus point for a great deal of this. All you need to do is look at who is sitting, undeservedly, in the White House… And many of us can guarantee that if the Electoral College had to do it again, they would not vote this person into the White House again (especially when the American people decidedly voted for someone else other than Trump – I believe it was Hillary Clinton, right…).

 

We live in Bizarro land. Yes, that is correct, we live in a world where the opposite of everything is taking place. If you have been choking on your own bile, every morning, ever since the 2016 Presidential election, there is a good reason for it – the ‘MOST’ wrong person is sitting in the White House.

As a result of who is sitting in the White House, here is a short list of what has been making you choke and gag, every day (likely all day):

  • Illegal insider trading taking place on the White House grounds (corruption, right?) – and no concern from the president…
  • We have an American ambassador Pete Hoekstra (Trump’s choice), to the Netherlands disputing his own words (this bullet is about a lack of integrity and honor). Hoekstra had stated in a 2015 conference on terrorism hosted by the right-wing David Horowitz Freedom Center – “The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt … and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.” But in a later interview (Dec 2017) with the Dutch current affairs programme Nieuwsuur, Hoekstra stated that content was fake news – even though Nieuwsuur happily rolled the clip from the 2015 interview on air for Hoekstra. And no concern from the president as to how this looks for America, its people and its leaders…
  • Firing of Inspector Generals for no valid reason, other than they were doing their jobs to stop/prevent illegalities, fraud and other behind the scenes shenanigans – it seems, allegedly, this president has no regard for law and order and the watchdogs looking to remove current and potential corruption and illegalities…
  • Members of Congress and the Senate who, before this current president was voted in by the Electoral College, called the president to be by various monikers and endlessly mocked the large bodied and clownish person. But ever since this person got into the White House, these same Congressmen and Senators are kowtowing to this president, licking his boots (not literally BUT BLOODY WELL CLOSE) and allowing corruption of the law to take place (such as the emoluments clause where many believe this president is guilty of)
  • This current inhabitant of the White House relentlessly lambasted Obama for going golfing but look at what is taking place. This occupant of 1600 is going golfing at something like 22% of his time in office (he has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf elsewhere 266 times since becoming President, and that’s as of May 24, 2020), at tax payer expense and at his own country clubs (NOTE: there was no legal divestiture for his business investments/control) – remember how he famously stated in 2016 “I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
  • Installing a new State Department secretary gutting the State Dept of most of the seasoned, experience, knowledgeable and respected bureaucrats – then not filling many of those positions. Do you remember that individual, that new secretary was Rex Tillerson… the oil CEO? Tillerson’s focus was not on diplomacy…
  • The current White House occupant plays down, disregards or ignores calamities that have struck America – remember him throwing toilet paper to people who needed it (in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria) and he believed it to be some sort of game.
  • What about ensconcing his unqualified children into very senior White House roles – what did they bring to the White House – or rather, what have they achieved that is worthy of talking about (no, not getting licenses in China to sell products) – many labeled these moves as nepotism but were unable to gain any traction on the violation of nepotism laws (we will need a future unbiased federal court to rule on this but that will be a long time out)
  • Can we talk about the 2018 elimination of the NSC directorate for global health and security and bio-defense that would have handled the CoViD-19 problem in 2020 with speed and efficiency (it was eliminated, allegedly, because it was an Obama creation)
  • Sheesh, this could continue on for page after page but you get the idea – we really hope so.

 

We, America, have someone who is supposed to be a world leader, sitting in the White House. Yet, instead of being that leader this individual has instead usurped: leadership, decency, democracy, a global role model status for anyone who wants to grow and be respected and become a leader themselves. (Note: the United States is not used in this paper because we are not a united country – we are more divided than ever before.)

We have people who want to flaunt the old 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms. The 2nd amendment was completely relevant for the militia at the time when the British were prevented from taking over the American colonies in the 1700’s.

Yet today, we have many contemporary individuals today who have gun stashes of upwards of 20, 30 and 50 different weapons (with thousands of rounds) and these folks are not weapons’ collectors. As a former Marine, I actually like weapons as well but I have no need to collect weapons for fear of an invasion. Although, in case our government ever turns dictatorial, arms collection here will become a different endeavor…

But. Who is going to invade America?

  • Has Russian been building up a secret army just off the coast of our country, but are so well camouflaged that we cannot locate or detect them?
  • Maybe it is the Chinese with their Communistic world view?
  • Or even worse, is it the poor hungry desperate immigrants without legal documentation invading America with their unseen deadly weapons?

Today, in 2020, we have a military, along with the National Guard. Neither of these entities were present back in the days of yore.

Do not get me wrong, as a former Marine, if this region I live in allowed weapons, I would buy a few as well – just not 20 – 50 of them or go storming some local state capital flaunting the weapons…

 

Part II             Logic, Strategy and Diplomacy

If decent, logical, serious individuals “STILL” have to continue to convince the American public of the wrong doings or ill-conceived ideas and just bad thought processes of the current president and it is not sinking in – something is wrong with a large percentage of Americans.

We have a president who is, allegedly, illiterate, indecent, corrupt, discriminatory (okay – racist) and who’s IQ, also allegedly, is not in a very decent range of intelligence. Besides lacking leadership skills, this individual also severely lacks any real degree of communication and diplomacy skill sets. If he did, America would not be seen in the light it is across the globe.

This individual cannot string together a sentence that makes any sense.  Well, hang on a moment. It may make sense if ‘you’ went to the same high school and college with this person and ‘you’ had the same classes with this person. We have no idea how well this individual did in school at any point.

So, you did not do so great in high school or college or grad school (wait, this person did not go beyond undergrad status) – so what? Grades reflect what one learns up to that point, with or without good teachers or a good educational system. What matters is if you continue to grow and do better after not doing so well at any level. What matters is if you continue to be better in your life.

Forbes magazine put out a story, as well as others, in Feb 28, 2019 where:

  • Michael Cohen testified to Congress that, under directions from Trump, he sent letters to Trump’s high schools, colleges and the College Board (creator of the SAT),threatening them with legal action and jail time if they ever released Trump’s academic records. Cohen provided a record of one such letter sent to the president of Fordham University, which Trump attended for two years before transferring to complete his undergraduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump’s high school has confirmed receiving an identical letter, while the University of Pennsylvania and the College Board declined to comment.

What is wrong is wrong…  That is not hard to see or to fathom.  If someone who is supposed to be a role model states: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” – that is not someone you are supposed to look up to or follow.  That is, unless you yourself are amongst the callous, gross, indecent minded imbecilic Cretin of the gutters. There is supposed to be something called, respect for others, no matter who they are. Wait a moment – there’s more. There is also:

  • decency,
  • equality,
  • honesty,
  • compassion,
  • empathy,
  • integrity,
  • ethics and
  • non-discrimination and
  • diversity

Where has all of the above disappeared to from this current administration. It is as if the mass majority of individuals the current president selects and installs into a senior office turns out to be a dishonest, greedy, corrupt individual.

  • Who in their right mind, in the top role position of the EPA builds a SCIF (a secure office) in their own office, when there is already an existing one, one floor away? Or has him/her chauffeured around in an armored vehicle when the position does not rate such a vehicle. Scott Pruitt wanted a ‘secure’ ‘sound-proof’ phone booth… That position does not require that kind of security.
  • What about taking private jet rides around the country, at tax payer expense…
  • What about going shopping on a federal jet, at tax payer expense (this was, allegedly, Mnuchin and his wife back in 2017 – recall Louise Linton’s extravagant and glorious exit and pose from the plane with the bags of purchased goods).
  • There is so much more that could go here as well and if you did not live and breathe solely in a filter bubble, then you will know that there is more. But if you isolated yourself to a safe zone of like-minded individuals, none of whom dared to grow and venture forth to look at other possibilities, at other avenues – then it is likely you only know one silo or one tunnel vision cone of information. What you believe may be completely wrong. But due to being in that filter bubble, it is difficult to convince you to expand and do better.

 

Part III           The World

What happened to America’s global role of leadership and statesmanship? Again, a certain specific individual is what happened. America has become a laughing stock of and to the world. Our allies are alienated because of this individual. Our leadership on the world stage has eroded horridly to lower levels. It is only through the guts and leadership of certain state governors and mayors and some business leaders and numerous American citizens doing all they can to keep our head and chin up in the world.

As we can see, there are numerous leaders in other countries who want to emulate Trump and the fake news hoopla. And they have been as well as gaining incredible autocratic and dictatorial powers where the citizens of those countries (Philippines, China, Russia, Hungary, Brazil, etc.) are simply screwed and cannot seem to get out of the rut they find themselves in because those leaders have the military to back up any areas that the dictators/autocrats desire.

 

Look at China

There is no freedom of speech, no freedom of choice there. China forcibly removes freedom at every avenue it can, in order to “preserve the safety of people within its borders and preventing threats to a stable society” in their country from other sources.  This is a complete sham and the Chinese citizens are not all aware of it – because of the Chinese leadership’s control of all media and avenues of travel.

You also have to take into consideration that the Chinese leader made himself, ahh, sorry, the Chinese National People’s Congress voted that there be no term limits on the current leader of China. How nice is that – Dictator for Life, sorry – what was meant was, President for life of a country with 1.3+ billion people. This outcome was determined as follows: Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, out of 2,964 votes. Nice, eh…? Almost a clean sweep.

Remember the Hong Kong citizenry acting to retain its freedom in late 2019 and the Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” (By the by – EVERYONE should stand with Hong Kong as they lose their right to total freedom; loss of a free press, free speech, free movement, facial recognition surveillance {even more than what we have in America} and become a more communistic country – for those that choose to stay in Hong Kong – many will find some way out of that island country over the next several years – an exodus.) Before he deleted due to comments and stress from various avenues of contention. But – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finally came around and supports Morey’s right to free speech. Of course, in return, China was appalled and had the gall to come back with:

  • The Chinese-run television network said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with Silver’s remarks.
  • “We oppose Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right of free expression. We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech,” CCTV said in its statement in Chinese, which was translated by CNBC.

In reality, how in the heck can China, a Communistic society (but they really want to be Capitalistic, don’t they…) DARE to say that free expression that challenges ‘anything’ is not within the scope of freedom of speech???!!!!  Not when the Chinese government does not allow its own citizenry to any of it. China controls the media. China controls the countries internet access and continues to tweak their ‘Chinese Firewall’ in order to censor everything that travels over the air or via cables.

  • People are not allowed to talk about leaders in a bad light, as other countries do.
  • Any word that the Chinese government deems to worthy of censorship is blocked from the internet and not allowed on any media. Here is a fairly good article on “68 Things You Cannot Say on China’s Internethttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/world/asia/china-internet-censorship.html or this other article “In China, you can’t say these wordshttps://share.america.gov/in-china-you-cant-say-these-words/
  • Take the Uighur (or Uyghur) situation in the XinJiang region. The Chinese government deems them to be dangerous and has razed many of the Uighur towns to the ground and put the people who once lived there, into camps (imagine something, kind of like a concentration camp – just not as horrific). Yet the Chinese calls them re-education camps where the Uighurs are required to shave their beards, removing that identity aspect. All movement is controlled by surveillance cameras (everywhere in Uighur inhabited areas, not just the camps) and identities. Uighurs are not even allowed to have certain tools because they could be construed as weapons. The Chinese have even gone so far as to engrave certain cutting tools with the owner’s identities on the tool AND then are required to check it out and return it like a library book (complete control of those tools) – controlled by the police.
  • People of China face public shaming for spitting in the streets (it can be caught on camera and put up on a large billboard – live video) – but wait, it does not end there. The citizens can be assessed points in the Chinese “Social Point System”, which started in 2014. It is about regulating individual and group behavior for activities such as: bad driving, smoking in non-smoking areas, not paying bills on time, spending too much on video games. Now, if you acquire too many points, you can be: banned from flying or catching a train; banned from luxury options (like 1st class seats); throttling internet speeds; being banned from the best schools (including your children). Think about that kind of restriction in the western world.
  • China wants to own the SCS (South China Seas) instead of sharing, stating that territorial waters belongs to China and not shared amongst, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, and says, basically that
    • there is no ‘freedom of navigation’ in that area to foreign military/navies
    • and going as far as building man-made islands and militarizing them to support the Chinese claim, even though the Hague is on the side of the Philippines as to the waterways is not owned by China

So, for a leader of one country to put their Big Brother restrictions on citizens of another country and expect other nations to kowtow “their own” draconian methods of “lack of freedom of speech” or “lack of freedom of action” – what does that does mean, hmmm…? 

How can the leader of a country with all these restrictions say they have a stable society when the society is controlled by the government and military?

The people:

  • do not have any true freedom
  • cannot congregate
  • cannot vote bad leaders out either (so it seems)

What do you believe, does China have a ‘stable society’ or that free speech threatens another country’s national sovereignty?

            Chinese citizens will never see this paper within the borders of China because of the content of this paper.

 

Russian president – Putin. What can you make of this other president for life? He basically owns Russia and the people are somewhat locked into a state of hopelessness and are unable to do anything. It is somewhat hard to figure out how the people just do not create a national up-rising force Putin out, so we will not see that happen.

But how does a country’s President become a billionaire? It has been reported by several sources, one of which is the CIA that Putin has anywhere from $70 – $200 billion stashed away – yes, BILLION. Reportedly, he is at the $22 Billion mark. How does that happen, legally?

And do not get your hopes up to run against Putin because competition against him appear to have bad josh, bad luck. They die. They get poisoned. They gain criminal charges and if you have criminal charges in Russia, you cannot run for top offices, so they say. And let’s not forget the military and the underworld henchmen who just might, out of their love for Putin (yeah, right) take out the competition and it then becomes complete deniability for Putin and his party.

 

There is just so much more to be said about Putin, Xi, Maduro (Venezuela), János Áder (Hungary), Duterte (Philippines) and even more about Trump.

But where do we go from here? How do we do it? Well, education is one of the first steps – educating everyone and allowing everyone to vote is a second step. Ensuring EQUALITY is flat out the foundation and cornerstone of EVERYTHING from henceforth!  We all have to do better, not just in America but around the globe.

At the same time, we have to prevent other countries from interfering our countries elections. We have to prevent fake news from gaining ground (yes, the real fake news where there is no basis in reality and notalternate facts’ as Kellyanne Conway stated it), while at the same time barring harmful and dangerous conspiracy individuals/groups.

 

All we can do is – TRY.

Be better than others and lift them up in turn. Stop stepping on the backs of others just so you can put your face in the spotlight. Just do the right thing. Most of all, it takes courage – courage to stand up and be counted and help make everyone accountable. Take U, she is a child and look at what she has accomplished and it was not out of wanting to be in the spotlight, it was due to making people aware that the world has to change regarding climate change.

But, individuals like the one in the White House, he has no courage whatsoever. He does not stand up for inequality. He does not stand up with empathy for those going through disastrous changes in their lives. He for sure does not have the courage to stand up and face America’s lack of true justice.

The American president does even have the backbone and courage to stand up and fight, internationally and collaboratively on CoViD-19 instead of finger-pointing. What individual in their right mind cuts out the World Health Organization and throttles the CDC…?

And not least, where is the courage to stand up against Police injustice in America, specifically against Brown, Yellow and Black people of this country…

But he does have an affinity, allegedly, for reneging on promises, greed and alleged corruption (*Ask the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York back back in 1979-1980 about Trump’s promise to give them the Bonwit Teller’s sculpture.)

We have to ensure respect, diversity, non-discrimination and equality are the bedrock of this country – maybe then we will actually be a United States.

 

*Bonwit Teller and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bonwit Teller closed its flagship store in 1979 and sold the property for $15 million to a Long Island real estate developer. Despite his plans to demolish the old Bonwit Teller building, the buyer promised to preserve the Deco grillwork and bas reliefs at the request of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The buyer was none other than Donald Trump. In 1980, Trump demolished Warren & Westmore’s elegant Art Deco emporium to make way for his $100 million Trump Tower. In what became a sadly typical turn of events, Trump cut corners everywhere he could and bullied those who stood in his way. To pour the foundations, Trump enlisted S&A Concrete, a known mob front for Paul Castellano and “Fat Tony” Salerno. He paid 200 illegal Polish immigrants as little as $4 an hour to work 12-hour days, 7 days a week. The so-called “Polish Brigade” worked without benefits, hard hats, and sometimes even homes – during the 1980 transit strike, many were forced to sleep at the construction site. Then there were the lawsuits. He sued the city for a tax abatement on the property. He sued one contractor for “total incompetence” and threatened to sue a labor lawyer for $100 million.

The reasoning:

John Baron, a spokesman for the Trump Organization—who, the New York Daily News discovered, turned out to be Donald Trump himself in disguisetold the Times that “the merit of these stones was not great enough to justify the effort to save them.” He said it would have cost $32,000 to remove the sculptures and cited appraisals by three independent appraisers that found them to be “without artistic merit” and worth less than $9,000. Their removal, he said, would also have delayed demolition work by at least a week and a half. (Trump, as himself, later estimated the cost of preserving the panels at $500,000.)

 

CoViD-19 Hospital Xenon Disinfection for Reuse – Masks, PPE Suits & Gloves

UPDATE: Someone brought up the viewpoint of mask density this past week in regards to Xenon UV light pulsing. “The mask thickness may prevent that UV light from penetrating deep enough into the mask.” This is a very valid aspect that I have not found addressed in any medical literature.  Hopefully, an expert on this specific aspect can chime in and address whether Xenon machines are or are not a viable solution to disinfecting masks and other medical gear noted below.

Hmmm, hospital staff & EMS reusing surgical masks/outfits….

Is it not possible to put the masks & gear on racks, put them in a room with a Xenon disinfectant machine and sterilize the gear for reuse…???

This is not a new area for many in the medical field. Xenon UV pulse disinfection study and actual work has been going on since 2014 (from my layman’s knowledge). It has been proven to clean up Ebola (once it is dry and not in liquid form).

These are portable Xenon generating machines that uses high intensity flashes of ‘germicidal’ UV light to zap bacteria, germs, contamination and viruses. Some hospitals have them – so why not use them for sterilizing masks, PPE’s and other necessary and reusable hospital gear?

  • And what about sharing the machines in this period of dire need you ask, see note at end.

This should be possible as this is what is done to sterilize a hospital room/surgical suite for c. diff (Clostridium difficile), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other coronaviruses as well as performing contamination control in pharmaceutical cleanrooms.

I became aware of pulsed Xenon disinfection from 1 of several medical articles read years ago. This UV light is used for disinfection of high touch surfaces to prevent infection in contaminated environments. Wouldn’t it be feasible…

These Xenon generating machines will take ~5 minutes to disinfect a room and maybe 10 minutes to flash it twice to ensure all germs/viruses are dead. Disclaimer here – you will also have to tack on more time due to having someone go into the room to flip items over or turn racks around to get the bottom / other side. But even with this additional added time – it will allow hospitals to reuse critical equipment that is in extraordinary demand!!!

Here are a few Xenon disinfecting – virus/germ zapping links:

Alas, the machines do cost $100,000 and up…

BUT!!! If hospitals in the region did have one AND were willing to share the Xenon disinfection process with other hospitals that did not have one or could not afford one – what could be better…????