a version of this blog originally posted on 6/27/15:
In the interaction between someone working as a cashier and a customer the dynamic is one of business, one of mutual respect, with no person the superior, a meeting of equals:
In businesses where wages might be low -- fast food joints -- management should allow a tip jar. Those customers that can afford to that want to show an appreciation, a respect for the folks working, can tip. Anyone that doesn’t see it that way, or doesn’t wish to tip, or can't afford to, does not have to.
The money generated -- provided by the customers -- will make a difference.
Please give to the Diabetes, Endocrine, and Nutrition Center/ 417 State Street, #235/ Bangor, Maine, 04401/ 207-973-7334
A hero can be a migratory cheer of the heart before being shot down in flight by second thoughts, a hero one day a dead duck the next.
Happy Veteran's Day...
To all that served: thank you.
"Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938." - history.com/topics/ holidays/veterans-day-facts
Please give to the Paralyzed Veterans of America: 801 18th Street, NW/ Washington D.C. 20006/ 1-800-555-9140
“Choking on all kinds of miscellaneous crap, the sky doggie-humped the big valley as the day died and the forlorn red sun sank screeching into the atmospheric murk, until it exploded like the final moment in a B movie when giant methane-enriched cockroaches gas California and a buxom blonde in high-heels lights a match.
“He watched the nuclear sunset with a connoisseur’s eye. In applause, Carney threw a half-eaten taco into the gray surging water of the Sacramento River. Maybe a sturgeon would eat it, digest it, impart it within its eggs and it would end up as caviar in one of those tourist baskets along with California wine, cheese, and grapes. Maybe Carney would go swimming with the eight-hundred-pound sturgeon and the butt-ugly giant fish would eat him and he’d become part of the process…” - from China Flats, a novel by Kevin O’Kendley
Please give to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California: 39 Drumm Street/ San Francisco, California 94111/ 415-621-2493
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began at sundown, Sunday, 9/29, and ended on sundown, Tuesday, 10/1. - My Jewish Learning
It is the year 5,780 on the Hebrew calendar.
Please give to the American Jewish World Service: 45 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10018/ 212-792-2900
9/11 brought devastation and profound loss, fear brought a new world, children new hope, a national soul brought endurance and a spirit to rebuild. Our grief made us thoughtful, our dilemma is that our sense of justice and freedom might not keep us safe but it will keep us American. Our hearts are with those that suffered and suffer still.
(9/11 by Kevin O'Kendley first appeared in Carbuncle Moon 9/11/13)
Please visit the 9/11 Memorial/180 Greenwich Street/ New York, New York, 10007
I didn't have web service on 9/11, today was the first access I had to mark 9/11..
Happy Labor Day.
"Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894." - Apr 13, 2010/ Labor Day 2019: Facts, Meaning & Founding - History
added 9/13: Biggah Hammahs is from an Advertoon for a construction company last century.
Please give to the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County: 801 12th Street, #201/ Sacramento, California 95814/ 916-447-8683 And:
The League of Women Voters of Maine: P.O. Box 863/ Augusta, Maine 04332/ 207-620-0256
Environmentalists are the ultimate pragmatists.
"July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions of man-made climate change.
"The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th Century average of 60.4 F for the month." - Frank Jordans, Associated Press/ Sacramento Bee/ 8-16-19
Please give to the National Education Assocation: 1201 16th Street, NW/ Washington, DC 20036/ 202-833-4000
posted (originally) on 4/22/15: edited 11/4/19:
4/19/15 was the twentieth anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Courthouse bombing: 168 people were murdered, 19 of which were children under 6.* It was the second worst terrorist attack in American history. - *Wikipedia
posted (originally) on 8/7/19: Timothy McVeigh was an Army veteran. 680 people were injured in the Oklahoma City terrorist attack on 1995. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on 6/1/01. - Wikipedia
Please give to the Southern Poverty Law Center: 400 Washington Avenue/ Montgomery, Alabama 36104/ 888-414-7752
Klansman in tie.
posted (originally) on 6/27/15: edited on 10/4, 11/4/19:
"In the early 80s, white supremacists murdered migrants in Northern California, shooting them as they passed by on Southern Pacific freight trains, and in other ways. The social scientists had a point system. Dead black folks earned the most points -- Mexicans, Mojaves, Modocs and such were in the middle -- white folks garnered the least. He wasn’t sure how to take the points system, being white and all. Huh? The scoring system was a sick thing to think about but it did have a sad irony to it…" -- semi-excerpt from “Danny Boy,” a novel by Kevin O’Kendley
Please give to the NAACP: 4805 Mt. Hope Drive/ Baltimore, Maryland 21215/ 410-580-5777 and:
The Police Protective Fund: P.O. Box 1084/ Schenectady, New York, New York 72301/ 877-343-2477
posted on: 6/21/2016:
Some of the following data was posted on Carbuncle Moon October 2, 2015...
Numbers of deaths in Conflict Zones and U.S. Wars, and Gun Deaths in the U.S. are following:
Total Deaths of Human Beings in Northern Ireland Conflict 1969-present:
Catholic: 1690 Protestant: 894 British Security Forces: 1039 ("Lost Lives" McKittrick, Kelters, Feeney, Thorton)/ all fatalities: 3,568 (London Guardian)
Total Deaths of Human Beings in Israeli-Arab Conflict 1920-present: Israeli: 24,969 Arab: 91,105 (Jewish Virtual Library)
(1948 to present) Arab: 91,105 Israeli: 24,293/South Lebanese Militia: 1,050 (Wikipedia)
Total deaths of Human Beings in Syrian Civil War 3/2011 until 8/2015:
Children: 11,493 (Christian Post) Civilians: 85,404 (The Atlantic) Approximate total deaths: 330,000 (8/5/15 Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)/ 149,016 to 350,760 (8/17/15 Wikipedia/United Nations)
Total Deaths of Human Beings from all U.S. Wars:
All fatalities: 1,171,177 (Congressional Research Center/research done by Mark Shields)
Total Deaths of Human Beings resulting from Firearms in the United States from 1968:
All fatalities: 1,384,171 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/research done by Mark Shields)
added: 7/3/16 (latest available info)
murder and non-negligent manslaughter in U.S. 2012: 14,827 FBI Uniform Crime Report/World Almanac 2015
Murders U.K. 2012: 550 Citizens Report
Homicide Offences Ireland 2012: 79 An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimn/Central Statistics Office
China 2010: 13,410 nso/undata
Vietnam 2008: 1,346 who/undata
Zimbabwe 2008: 1,775 who/undata
Canada 2010: 554 nso/undata
Ethiopia 2008: 20,239 who/undata
Albania 2010: 127 CTS/Transmoree/undata
Japan 2009: 506 CTS/undata
Russian Federation 2010: 14,574 CTS/undata
Botswana 2009: 287 CTS/undata
Columbia 2010: 15,459 NSO/undata
Mexico 2010: 25,757 NSO/undata
Israel 2011: 159 CTS/NSO/undata
Pakistan 2011: 13,860 NSO/undata
Costa Rica 2010 : 527 CTS/Ministry of Justice/undata
Congo 2008: 1,180 who/undata
Turkey 2008: 2,320 CTS/undata
Bangladesh 2010: 3,988 National Police/undata
Added 7/14: Four of the countries on the world's top ten homicide list (World Post) are in Central America. Mexico is in North America and not in the top ten. Please see blogs Carbuncle Moon 7/15/14 and 8/27/15.
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