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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1081 - Children at the Border

This picture is from 2014, when a surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border caused Border Patrol to use temporary holding centers to house immigrant children before sending them to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to be placed with relatives. Often, the children’s parents were already living in the US.
 John Moore/Getty Images
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https://www.vox.com/2018/6/11/17443198/children-immigrant-families-separated-parents

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1081 - Children at the Border

Hi Mom,

When things like this are happening in the world, I am glad you're not here physically any more to suffer these indignities.

The things that have been happening in this country since the election in 2016 are horrid. But this recent set of actions as children are torn away from their families, literally ripped from the arms of their mothers, in some cases, very young children, is detestable and abominable. I have said before the I am ashamed to be an American, but this new thing here, this thing with the children, is far more insufferable than any of the other things that made me ashamed of this country and the actions of this country's government.

So here's a fact check and some activism.

Speak out.

Protest.

This separation of children and parents must stop NOW.

Since I conceived of this post, the "president" has claimed to enact some legilation ("sign something" he said) to stop the separation, but will this undo the damage that has already been done?

Sickening.

So, first a link for SNOPES, then a message from moveon.org and then a message from Bitch Magazine.

Good stuff.

Good people doing good things.

It's about all we can do right now in the face of such unfeeling and monstrous behavior.

Find someone with feelings to hug. Hold on tight. It could get much worse from here on out.

FACT CHECK: Was the 'Law to Separate Families' Passed in 1997 or 'by Democrats'?


CLAIM

A "law to separate families" was enacted prior to April 2018, and the federal government is powerless not to enforce it.

That's FALSE.

See the link FACT CHECK above. NOT TRUE.









Our Take

Let’s get one thing straight: ANY person persecuted by their own government or in their own country has a right to asylum. To seek protection in another country. To find sanctuary.

Right now, families are coming to the United States looking for refuge. But instead of processing asylum seekers upon arrival, the United States, we, have decided to treat them as criminals. And even as you read this, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are ripping children away from their parents, separating siblings, and placing babies and toddlers in “tender age” camps, all in the name of border security.

The greatest and most infuriating irony about those who seek asylum is that the violence and political insecurity they’re fleeing is—in almost every single case—a direct result of United States policy and actions. Imperialism, capitalism, and white supremacy created this problem, and as people try desperately to keep their families safe, imperialism, capitalism, and white supremacy are turning them away, and destroying their families in the process.

While the U.S. history of mass deportation is not new (Obama wasn't called the "Deporter-in-Chief" for nothing) and children were separated from their families during slavery, the internment of Japanese families during World War II, and the forceful taking of Native American land after the 1887 passage of the Dawes Act, taking children hostage as a tactic to deter immigration is a disgusting low. Again, there is no law, no codified policy, that dictates that children must be separated from their families in order to enforce immigration laws. And yet, between April 19 and May 31 of this year, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border, and that number is still climbing.

Depending on who you listen to, the current administration is denying that this atrocity is being carried out (DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen), claiming credit for ICE’s reign of terror (Stephen Miller, Trump’s domestic-policy advisor and proud white nationalist ) or blaming it on Obama-era policies and “the Democrats” (Trump himself). But the “zero-tolerance” policy you’re hearing about? Trump. Tearing families apart at the border? This is explicitly a Trump-era policy. Criminalizing those seeking asylum for crossing a border without permission, despite the fact that you must be within the borders of the country in order to ask for asylum? Explicitly Trump. Detaining pregnant women for indeterminate periods, women who have committed no crime, women who are seeking relief here in the United States? Trump, still. Encouraging violent and traumatizing behavior be hurled at those who need this country’s protection most? Trump through and through.

What’s the point of all of this terror if it isn’t the safety of people living in the United States? Political capital. Leverage. As of this morning, Trump has announced that he's issuing an executive order to stop the practice of separating families at the border. The practice that his own administation announced and began implementing. The one he has been fully in control of this entire time. Many analysts believe that Trump is flipping the script so that he can use this enormous, visible suffering of families to pressure Democrats into funding his infamous border wall.

Our laws are not new. Using the suffering of others for leverage in Washington isn’t new either. But ICE and the Trump administration’s horrific practices of enforcement have made our immigration crisis, the one that the United States is responsible for creating, impossible for a still-too-complacent general public to ignore.

This administration, this Congress, is carrying out these tactics in the name of United States law. And, if you live in the United States, in the name of your safety. In your name.

Don’t let them.

Read up. And take action right away. 
—the Bitch Media Crew
Media Roundup
Detention centers are a literal nightmare. Listen to what it sounds like when children are ripped away from their families. The government is separating 65 children from their families every day.  [ProPublica, Vox]
Here's what we do know about detention centers for immigrant children. And, devastatingly, information on "tender age shelters" for babies. [The Cut, The Guardian]
How'd we get here? Listen in to this United States immigration policy explainer from The Daily or Lee Gelernt. [The New York Times, Why Is This Happening with Chris Hayes]
The world is watching, as it always has been, and the U.N. has deemed our actions "unconscionable." [CBS News]
Trump's senior advisor, Stephen Miller, sees terrorizing families at the border as our nation reacts in horror as a feature, not a bug. [The Atlantic]
Even former FLOTUS Laura Bush is speaking out. [The Washington Post]
And over at The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino explains why Pixar's Cocois a definitive movie for this moment. [The New Yorker]
Lastly, here's Trump reversing course and claiming the role of hero. [The Washington Post]
What you can do right now
Are you a spanish speaker, do you have legal expertise on immigration, and are you able to volunteer? The Texas Civil Rights Project may need you. [Texas Civil Rights Project]
Donate to RAICES to get legal representation for uncaccompanied children now. [RAICES]
Join the coalition of proud members led by Women Belong andattend a protest in your community. [Families Belong Together]
Donate to Al Otro Lado to provide social services support and legal representation to families at the border. [Al Otro Lado]
Follow United We Dream, the largest immigrant-led youth organization in the world and support their work to renew DACA. [United We Dream]
Bitch Media is an award-winning, nonprofit, feminist media outlet. We're community funded because we believe that there's no for-profit way to make truly independent, intersectional feminist media. If our work has to compete with a self-interested advertiser or a major investor, it's never going to be the kind of world-changing, movement-making, uncompromising work that needs to be done. It'll just be another contract negotiated in a patriarchal world. You like our attitude? Us too.





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from moveon.org

Just over a year ago we sent a message to our government and the world that Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement was not in line with the will of the people. Now I’m asking you to join me again as we tell the world that the American people do not give up on human rights. 

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-do-not-quit-on-human?mailing_id=40265&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=17996492

With the drastic increase in family separations at our southern border and the announcement that Donald Trump would quit the United Nations Human Rights Council, the world needs to know that We the People do not quit on human rights; we remain committed to the hope of the Human Rights Council. 

You haven’t heard from me in a while, I know. In March, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world. As you can imagine, the days and nights have quickly turned into weeks and months. Between learning to change a diaper and having out resolve tested by the assembly of a stroller, we haven’t been able to partake in current affairs as much we’d like. 

But I cannot stand by idly as Donald Trump smears the reputation of the United States and endangers the future of human rights by quitting the Human Rights Council. So while my petition may not be the answer to our problems, it is something - and that’s better than nothing. While my signature and yours will not rid the world of human rights violations, they will at least express that we have not given up, and that is a message the world needs to hear. 

Thank you for your support, 
Patrick McHeffey


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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 1083 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1806.21 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1080 - Crash Course in Javascript by Thinkful

from https://hackernoon.com/12-amazing-javascript-shorthand-techniques-fef16cdbc7fe
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1080 - Crash Course in Javascript by Thinkful

Hi Mom,

So I have been teaching myself Javascript, mostly with the use of this book:

eloquent javascript

http://eloquentjavascript.net/code/#6

But the GIF I borrowed comes from a Hackernoon article, which is pretty interesting.

https://hackernoon.com/12-amazing-javascript-shorthand-techniques-fef16cdbc7fe

Anyway, this morning I took a Javascript webinar online (obv) with Thinkful, who wants to sell me more courses, so this is lure, but that's okay. For now, that's okay.

But I actually wrote some code and ran it in CODE PEN.

Here's the course and materials.

CRASH COURSE IN JAVASCRIPT BY THINKFUL




Here's some Javascript I wrote (some of which I had to go through on my own as this stuff was not all shown in the webinar).

Writing code is fun!!

function greetWorld(){
  var greeting = "Hello World, I am the gmr!";
  return greeting;
}

function familyRoadtrip(needGas) {

    if (needGas == true) {

        gas = getGas();
        return gas;

    }

    else {

        go = keepDriving();
        return go;

    }
function getGas(){
  var gas = "Hey, get gas!";
  return gas;
}

function keepDriving(){
  noGas = "Keep driving.";
  return noGas;

 
}

console.log(greetWorld());
needGas = true;
console.log(familyRoadtrip(needGas));
needGas = false;
console.log(familyRoadtrip(needGas));


That's all for now. Shorty today. Busy grading.

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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 1082 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - date - time

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1079 - Be a Human - Panic averted due to kindness, New Tech PDX, and Father's Day with BIG TOTEMS




Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1079 - Be a Human - Panic averted due to kindness, New Tech PDX, and Father's Day with BIG TOTEMS

Hi Mom,

PANIC!!!!

So, let me tell you something about panic and then something about real human beings, real empathy, real compassion, something we are not seeing right now by the party in control of the federal government.

At the end of this entry, various photos, including some father's day stuff. But first, the story.

I went to Portland last night to attend New Tech PDX for the first time, a meet dedicated to new techie start ups in the area or just new technology ideas by people who work in tech in the area. This alone was a big a adventure, more reporting of this event in the forthcoming. The thing I went to focus on is what happened when I went to pay for parking (after finding my car, which was not easy, and is part of the overall adventure).

I went to pay for my parking, paying at a machine. I had no cash with me, which is fine since the machine only takes cards. I opened my wallet and... NOT ONLY was my debit card missing, the one from the credit union in Michigan, which would be VERY time consuming to replace, but the debit card from the local bank here was also missing. What does this mean? The cards that provide access to basically all of our money -- mine and my wife's -- were not in my wallet.

Before heading to Portland, I had gone to the Safeway grocery store in Woodland for some supplies and had taken out cash to pay for Ellory's day care on Wednesday. I remembered that as I was leaving the store, and juggling to put the cash in my wallet, I changed my mind and kept it with the receipt and grocery list in my hand because I had intended to set the cash aside, near the door, ready to pay the dog wrangler on Wednesday. In my panic, I hoped that the two cards were with the cash or the receipt and list. I was pretty sure that they were not with the cash as I remembered sticking down the two $20s (I had to pay for last week and this week) on a plastic bin with a sticky note. So I HOPED the cards were with the receipt.

Fortunately, we have credit cards that with available credit, so I was able to pay for the parking. Needless to say, I did a bit of speeding in my urgency to get home and check on the location of my cards, after searching my car and my bag pretty thoroughly.

And of course, when I got home, no cards. This left the possibility I had been dreading. What if the cards fell on the floor at Safeway, and (obviously) I did not see them? If so, what were the chances that someone would pick them up and return them to the customer service desk, presuming that when I noticed they were missing and retraced my steps that eventually, I would end up back at Safeway?

So I left the house and headed to Safeway, which thankfully stays open until 11 p.m. It's past 9 p.m. now. And what do I find?? Yes! A Safeway employee found them on the floor and they were saved for me in a locked drawer in the office, waiting for me to retrieve them.

I still have to find out who this employee was who saved my life in this way. It's an extraordinary gift, and I can't help but think that if I keep putting positive vibes out into the universe that I am going to get good things in return. GRATITUDE, which I have written about before:

see my "gratitude" category here and on the T-shirts blog.

Whew!!

Of course, I was hoping I had not been so careless as to drop them on the floor in Safeway. I was HOPING that the universe would be kind and they had remained in my possession.

Once I figured out what must have happened, I was very concerned that I would recover them. I do not even know how to cancel the Fibre Credit Union one at almost 10 p.m.

Humans can be amazing.

So I found out that the cards were just left on the service desk. No one knows by whom. Amazing!!

Two things. I am even more determined to do nice, compassionate, and loving things for people, even strangers because of the gift I just received. AND, two, OBVIOUSLY, I REALLY need to be more careful. Surely, I will check, and check, and re-check that I have possession of all my cards all the time. In fact, I might go so far as to order a second debit card from Michigan just in case the magnetic strip on this one stops working, which has happened to me before. Then again, since I plane to be in Michigan in August, I may wait and get the card then. Maybe for two months I can keep possession of two working cards.

So, the New Tech PDX "adventure."

Networking events are somewhat stressful. They are anxiety causing.

So, I had some trouble finding parking and then finding this We Work at Pioneer Place location, which was really not that hard.

The networking came easily because everyone else was there to meet folks, so I blended in and chatted with some guys who later tried to entice me to go to the after party, but I wanted to get home. Returning home turned out to be more important since I did not know I had lost my debit cards but also because when I tried to return the way I had come from the parking ramp, the door was locked, so it took me a while to navigate a different route to my car.

The event itself was great with fun presentations on tech start ups and new tech work, such as Home Depots chat bot helper.

Other presentations included an RX home remote lab test service; a fantasy sports site for car racing; Dripio, a computer controlled watering system; and the Home Depot Quote Center (a place I want to work) and the new chat bot (not yet implemented) to help with orders and purchases.

I plan to go to the next New Tech PDX event and maybe later on I will volunteer.

VIDEO URL of the entire New Tech PDX for June 2018



Some pictures of the Totem in Kalama at the McMenamin's Lodge.




Columbia River in Kalama at the McMenamin's Lodge





Two photos from New Tech PDX

august leader "Thubten" (yes, that's a name)

Andy Rosic from Home Depot Quote Center

BOOKS FROM POWELL'S TO GET...




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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 1081 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1806.19 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1078 - The Black Walls Are Closing In - Musical Monday for 1806.18

Street in Macau_by Paul Tsui
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1078 - The Black Walls Are Closing In - Musical Monday for 1806.18

Hi Mom,

This is one of my most random mixes.

It was not entirely made with YOU TUBE suggestions. It's an ecclectic mix of themes with an emphasis on women vocalists, often by "look," which is the only reason I have a song by Pale Waves, which is not really my taste but I love the look of the lead singer.

There's an emphasis in this mix on the Chromatics, an Italian band featured in the new Twin Peaks reboot.

Because I started with the Chromatics, somewhat, there's an emphasis on women performers or bands with women leads, though this was not a strict rule.

This mix was made while watching news coverage of the appalling and detestable action by the U.S. government to separate families at the Mexican border, tearing children from their mothers, over 2000 children in captivity as a way to leverage "policy" and create isolationist change to fuel corporate greed agendas. It's sickening.

SIGN PETITION

news - https://www.vox.com/2018/6/11/17443198/children-immigrant-families-separated-parents

Though somewhat influenced by the news, the musical content does not speak to the situation in all cases and was not chosen to comment directly on the disgusting news of an administration without empathy or humanity.



On the image at the top (not directly above, which is from 2014), two links.
Paul Tsui is the National Geographic Photographer of the year for 2018

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/8roo1s/street_in_macau_photographed_by_paul_tsui/


https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6526473/national-geographic-travel-photographer-of-the-year-2018-vote/

Isn't the top image amazing? It's real. Not photoshopped.

Link to the mix title goes to YOU TUBE mix as does the embedded video frame at the end of this entry.

Enjoy if it's possible to enjoy anything as children are treated with such unfeeling, horrible disregard for basic human rights.

Its not the first time I have felt this way, but I am ashamed to be an American with each second that goes by as children are treated abominably.

The Black Walls Are Closing In  - Musical Monday for 1806.18


1. CHROMATICS "BLACK WALLS" by Italians Do It Better Music 4:54
2. Bassnectar ╺╸ The Future by Sea of Trees 3:46
3. Fucked My Way Up To The Top - Lana Del Rey by LanaDelRadio 3:59
4. The Breeders "Cannonball" on the Jon Stewart Show 1993 by Mark Davis 3:55
5. King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man by DGM Live - King Crimson 10:58
6. The Surfrajettes - Britney Spears Toxic Surf Cover by The Surfrajettes 3:14
7. Pale Waves - Heavenly by Pale Waves 2:57
8. Tiger Army - Cupid's Victim by Hellcat Records 2:23
9. Charlotte Gainsbourg - Deadly Valentine (Official Music Video) by Charlotte Gainsbourg 6:04
10. Spiritualized - I’m Your Man by Spiritualized 5:54
11. Chromatics - Blue Girl by David Dean Burkhart 4:16
12. "arisen my senses" by Björk 5:05
13. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch by LadytronOfficial 3:53
14. Chromatics "SHADOW" Extended Remix 2018 Twin Peaks Return by ken bibi 6:54
15. Troll (Original by Kawehi) by I Am Kawehi 5:52
16. SEVDALIZA - DUALITY / DITA EYEWEAR by Sevdaliza 2:08
17. The Sushi Club - Sushidelic Phonk by The Sushi Club 4:44
18. Helium ' Baby Vampire Made Me' by dystopia 717 6:01
19. Khadja Bonet - The Visitor by TheBiggieJoe 5:06
20. Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream by Haxl B 5:29
21. CHROMATICS "SATURDAY" TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN PT. 12 by Italians Do It Better Music 5:00

The Black Walls Are Closing In  - Musical Monday for 1806.18












































all mix video link:

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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 1080 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1806.18 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.