February 24, 2017

HALF PRICE! - Circumcision and Coffee in Uganda



KINDLE PRICE REDUCED! To celebrate the upcoming official launch in East Africa of my new book Circumcision and Coffee in Uganda my publisher has reduced the Amazon Kindle eBook price for everyone to US$9.99. That's 50% off the original Kindle price beginning now and throughout the month of March 2017. Thank you for your support of this book, a tribute to a great people. All book sale proceeds go to assist needy youth in Uganda.

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February 13, 2017

White, Christian Trump Supporters - Let's Talk



"You say you are aggrieved because you have not achieved what you think you deserve or you think some less deserving other has taken it. Despite having moved into the middle class, I have spent my career teaching about and advocating for labor unions, a living wage, affordable childcare, social security, affordable healthcare, accessible higher education. Progressives are actually the ones who support the economic programs and policies that could make a difference for the working class.


"You have a right to be aggrieved, but I fear you are targeting the wrong people. Low paying jobs, job insecurity, companies moving work overseas, low benefits, little vacation ― these are the results of decades of policies that benefit the truly wealthy ― those whose wealth depends not on the labor of their hands but on their ability to exploit the production of poorly paid laborers. The problem is not that immigrants have taken your jobs or drained money from the safety net. The problem is that the system of wealth sets workers against one another so they do not target the real economic power that limits their work and financial security."

Trump won mainly due to the margin Rust Belt Whites gave him because they were angry. Angry because there are fewer employment opportunities where they live; because they felt like second class citizens; because they believe they deserve the lion's share of the wealth and opportunity the country has to offer; because they believe it is they and the politicians they elect who should say if non-Whites should get any of the pie and, if so, how much. Shut up! Now you know how Blacks, Latinos, and other non-whites have lived and felt for decades - marginalized, underemployed, living in the shadows of wealth all around them. Don't like it, huh? Too bad! It is the American corporations that sent your jobs overseas, not because the Liberals in the White House and Congress forced them to but because it meant more profits for those corporations and their stock holders.

African Americans and Latinos who voted for Trump: Do you really believe Trump is going to give you more equality and access to wealth and power than have the Democrats? Read below my post entitled "Doomed?" on Trump and Bannon's vision for our country and a world dominated by White, Western civilization. In this new world they are working toward you will not be sitting as equals among the wealthy and powerful on the bus. You will return to the rear and be forced to take the crumbs they may or may not brush your way.

All of us in the US want a better, fairer chance at achieving the American Dream. Resist the Trump regime to the best of your ability and vote the Republicans out in 2018!


US Secretary of Public Education Destruction

Betsy DeVos
US Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos is Secretary of Education. What!? I believe and accept it. But I don't like it and will do what I can to resist her actions to dismantle and drain the swamp at the US Department of Education. Here's what DOE (ED) does, from its official website:

Overview and Mission Statement

ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to:

  • Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
  • Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research.
  • Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
  • Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

"Ignoramus" - "A totally ignorant person—unknowledgeable, uneducated, or uninformed; a fool." In terms of her qualifications to lead this department, the one that oversees education across our nation, she is "totally ignorant", "uneducated", and "uninformed". As for being a "fool" that applies to more than her. Being utterly unqualified she nevertheless accepted the post. Only a fool would do that. The bigger fools are the person who nominated her and those in the Senate who voted to approve her. Utter fools!

How is she going to lead this department's effort to "promote preparation for global competitiveness" by dismantling it and sending all authority over education to the states and local communities, where home schooling, creationism as equivalent evolutionary biology, and charter school segregation can expand?

Do you think US students are weak now compared to other countries in their knowledge of science, math, history, geography, and critical thinking? Wait until our children's education goes totally local and our kids graduate and lay some "creation science" and "alternative facts" on them at international professional conferences. Boy, that sure will demonstrate we are globally competitive, won't it!? That is, if our locally-schooled attendees know enough about international geography to find their way to the meeting in the first place.

Me? Just a whiny, snowflake liberal elitist who is intolerant of alternative facts and other points of view - attended public schools throughout, BA, MS, PHD; Peace Corps Volunteer science teacher 1980-83; school board chairman, Lincoln Community School, Accra, Ghana 1988-89.

No, don't even start. Every time I stop at a yard sale here in Fayette County, Georgia and go through the home school science books being sold, every one of them is creation science published at Bob Jones University. And no, charter schools are not better for most families, especially not for poor families who can't afford them; improving public schools is.

Yes, I'm very unhappy about what the president is doing. His picks for Justice, State, Health, and Housing and Urban Development were bad enough. But to me, a lover of knowledge and education, the choice and confirmation of DeVos was the absolute worst.
Join this patriot and many others who love our already great country and who don't support what is being done to it and its institutions, including the Department of Education. Resist and prepare for the November 6, 2018 election!

February 8, 2017

Doomed?


The US electoral system has given control of the US and Humankind's future to delusional and destructive forces. The future no longer belongs to those seeking a gradual, peaceful progression toward realizing Enlightenment ideals. Instead we are being led toward the destruction of the global system. This will clear the way for Trump to establish Western Christian supremacy throughout the world with the US in charge. For details about this vision and plan, read anything you can find (including the links below) about top Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon's view of history and plan for the world's future

No, what you're reading now is not the ranting of a hare-brained, politically correct, snowflake; a quiche-eating, progressive liberal whiner, a pinhead urban intellectual who doesn't know what he's talking about.

I'm a sergeant's son and Vietnam era veteran; former Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Africa; former Peace Corps country director in two African countries; former assistant immigration attaché and diplomat; retired Department of Homeland Security refugee resettlement manager; and an ethnographer who has studied people's beliefs, values and behavior for over forty years.

I have learned, lived through, and know something about the strengths and shortcomings of the US Left and Right, Democrats and Republicans, Marxists (African socialists) and capitalists, communists and libertarians, believers and atheists. I'm no self-righteous, egghead elitist who refuses to consider and give a fair hearing to other points of view.

In writing this I'm not trying to tell you how to think or act. I'm asking you to read and understand the ideas of the people now in power in the US, and the great and unnecessary risks Trump's ideas and actions pose for US society and Humankind. I hope doing so will convince you that the risks they are taking are too high. The return to greatness Trump promises is a falsehood for a society that is already great, and a cover for a broader global movement he sees himself leading.

No, blame for the shortcomings and unfinished business in the US and around the world are not equally or more blamable on the Democrats and progressive liberals than the Republicans and conservatives, as Trump and others have convinced many to believe. Granted the liberal progressive Democrats have made mistakes. But their positive results in making the Western Enlightenment a reality, overall, far outweigh their shortcomings and failures. Th e US humanistic society and world they have worked for is far from the carnage and hopelessness Trump has proclaimed in order to increase white fear and get himself elected.

On that note, talk about whining snowflakes, consider that many white Americans, whose votes made all the difference in November 2016, were and remain unhappy they are no longer getting what they think is their fair share - the lion's share - of US wealth, power and privilege. Trump's approach places Humankind at its greatest risk ever in history. For what, because many mostly white working class members in the US are now experiencing a bit of the hardships that blacks and other minorities have suffered in far greater proportion since our nation's beginning? But, you say, it was the white Christian working class who made this country great, and they therefore have a right to the privileges and prosperity they feel entitled to, and the right to share or not that wealth with non-whites!

No, America's success is not first and foremost the result of white working class effort. The success of the US was initiated primarily with the money of a wealthy, land-owning aristocracy and thereafter built using the wealth of industrial tycoons - in both instances on the land, resources and graves of Native Americans; and from the blood, sweat and tears of African slaves. Without these resources and efforts, white American workers would not have succeeded. Without the efforts of progressives such as Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and labor unionists, white US workers would still be laboring under late 19th, early 20th Century sweatshop conditions.

The division we now see between working whites and black and white liberals began during the earliest years of the American colonial period. The landed aristocracy, realizing that poor whites and black slaves were establishing a close economic and moral affinity, succeeded in convincing indentured and free working whites that they, primarily because of their race, were better and more deserving than the less-than-human slaves they toiled along side and were establishing a sense of unity with. Through racist propaganda and small economic incentives the wealthy made racial separation more attractive to working whites than economic solidarity with enslaved blacks.

Trump's campaign strategy and presidency are the latest effort to sow fear and divide the working class against itself, in order to retain wealthy, white-dominated power and privilege. Yes, liberals also helped create this working class division beginning in the late 1960s by discrediting patriotism during their anti-war efforts and thereby cutting themselves off from the patriotic labor unions. Their ignoring the Rust Belt during the 2016 presidential campaign was also an important factor.

The main point here is that the power Trump has been given, according to Bannon's vision and plan, will be used to: dismantle the federal government; reestablish white Christian supremacy in the US; stun the global financial system; and start foreign wars to try and win a global victory for Western Christian civilization with the US at the top, of course. Again, read Bannon's views and plans.

The Trump administration, inspired by Bannon, has a vision and strategy for achieving national and global grandeur using governance and military power. However, they have no plan for the high probability that their destructive actions and outcomes will not be fully within their control. What China, Iran, North Korea, Israel, Russia, and other nation-states and groups might do in response to Trump's provocations, encouragement and unpredictability are completely beyond his control.

Given the magnitude and time frame of power Trump has been given, there is little to nothing the people of the US and the world can do to stop the destructive, uncontrollable forces he and his leadership plan to unleash. Again, see the links below for the visions that guide them and the severe means they plan to use.

We must fight them to save the liberal Enlightenment project from destruction. But we will likely fail despite such an effort being just and noble. Do what you can but also prepare for severe damage to and violence in our society, and the bilateral and global wars that are coming.

You don't believe me or think I'm exaggerating? If you haven't read the following please do so and kindly come back and tell me how you think I am wrong. At the end of this list is a book and documentary that describe the Trump (Bannon) vision and plan in detail.

"What Steve Bannon Really Wants" by Gwynn Guilford

"Donald Trump and Steve Bannon's Coup in the Making" by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

"What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read" by Eliana Johnson and Eli Stokols

"The Flight 93 Election" by Publius Decius Mus

"Steve Bannon's Obsession with a Dark Theory of History Should be Worrisome"

"Is Steve Bannon the Second Mist Powerful Man in the World?" by David Von Drehle
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"Is Steve Bannon the Second Mist Powerful Man in the World?" by David Von Drehle

"The LifeCourse Method: Introduction" by LifeCourse Associates

The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny by William Strauss and Neil Howe

Generation Zero, Full Documentary by Citizens United