Bernie’s Bird

You can’t really complain unless you are doing something to bring about the change.

I submit that Bernie Sanders is a key first step to facilitate this change.

As a health educator with emphasis on the environment, prevention and wellness, I can see that a fresh perspective and approach is needed. Like it or not, making change for human health and the environment is going to involve voting and government. I know what you’re thinking “Yuck” and I don’t blame you. But to turn a yacht 180 degrees is going to take someone who knows the ins and outs of turning yachts.

While you and I can volunteer, donate, consciously eat, breathe, drive and live, which does help, it is not enough by itself.
The current problems are a big, wiry, entangled, complicated mess and it’s going to take legislation, regulation and leaders with vision to at least start things in the right direction.

I couldn’t believe it when I found out the #1 cause for bankruptcy in America is medical debt(Sultz&Young,2018, 9th ed.). What about single parents with no insurance? This is why something like their child’s ear infection can and does equate to bankruptcy.

Not only do the birds choose him, (see this video): Bernie’s bird but his policies are spot on also. Bernie can see clearly and is not in denial.

Why… Do. Birds?? (Bernie Sanders Remix) from Nick Dunn on Vimeo.

Bernie’s policies would shape and change a few key areas:
1) Healthcare for all, using a single payer system, similar (or rolled in with) Medicare.
2) Fair living wage. Sanders would place the minimum wage at $15 per hour.
3) Getting special interests and big money (lobbyists) out of government.
4) Big corporations will be forced to pay fair taxes instead of hiding off-shore, moving to other countries, and other ways of dodging taxes.
5) Climate change. Sanders will address climate change, and the USA will be the world leader in this effort.
6) Make the wealthiest 1% pay fair taxes instead of pillaging the middle class to further enrich themselves.
7) These will improve the quality of life for many reducing stress, mental illness, crime and poverty.

Vote (both at the ballot and with your daily spending of money). Donate. Donate to Bernie Volunteer. Live consciously. Be willing to take steps in bringing the change you want to see.

Owen

A Sociologist’s Perspective

Greetings,

Understanding world problems is a step toward solving them. I highly recommend the course “Social Problems;” it is very eye-opening. Consulting sociologists in conducting the business of humanity is common sense, but unfortunately this is not so common(Eitzen, D.S., Zinn, B.M., Smith, K.E.,2014.).

Informing yourself is a good practice. Here is an excellent blog: Any Good Thing; A Sociologist’s Perspective

Toward positive change and awareness we go. Remember that “perma-optimism” is at some point a form of denial and complacency. Until humanity reaches that happy and peaceful state, there is plenty to do. Baby steps, and sometimes giant leaps. Neither is the answer to pass the buck and buy into the illusion that you are powerless. Bring the change you wish to see.

Owen

References
(Eitzen, D.S., Zinn, B.M., Smith, K.E.(2014). Social problems, 13th ed.

Beneficial Desert Creatures

Greetings,

Here is to Utah’s only native species of salamander! This group of tiger salamanders was a rare find in the yard and I was delighted to stumble across them. I was glad that the people I was working with promised to watch out for them and help them sustain their moisture and cool temps (in a desert they need all the help they can get) as they water the trees. Remember that all creatures have a place. These guys are beneficial to people because they help to control harmful insects naturally; so be sure to provide a cool and moist retreat for them if you notice some in your area. These were found in a small moist burrow caused by slow and steady drip from the hose.

While you can only see his tail and back, this is a lizard from the area that is also beneficial because it eats lots of locusts!