Ambidextrous Thoughts

This site is intended to offer research and commentary on current events covering a wide scope of topics. Over and over again, I see social media offering quick access to the latest news or trend, but often with very little thought or fact-checking put into it, which lends itself to misleading half-truths. The intent here is not to take a political side, but to discuss the differences expressed by many who use social media as their source of news and information. My aim is to look at both extremes of a topic, and try to find a way to come together. I welcome input and suggestions on subjects that you’d like to know more about. Some conversations may have a political theme, but I hope to discuss issues that affect our everyday life, whether it be what kind of education our children are really getting, why are medication prices spiraling out of control, are unions a help or a hindrance to our workers today, or what “entitlement” really means. Bookmark this spot and see how we do as we try to make a fair place to open discussions on the subjects that interest you most. By – JRBecker

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ARE POLITICIANS TODAY IN TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

Posted by on 26th May 2017 in Politicans today in touch | 0 comments

ARE POLITICIANS TODAY IN TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

ARE POLITICANS TODAY IN TOUCH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE The question: Do our current leaders and candidates for either political party understand the lifestyles and needs of the citizens of America today? Keep in mind the old saying: You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time – John Lydgate (poet) First, there are the party line voters who will only vote for their party-of-choice candidates. With Republicans, this is because their party...

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WE NEED FULL CREDIT GOVERNMENT CLASSES in HIGH SCHOOL

Posted by on 28th April 2017 in Education | 0 comments

WE NEED FULL CREDIT GOVERNMENT CLASSES in HIGH SCHOOL

WE NEED FULL CREDIT GOVERNMENT CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL (Junior/Senior year) As adults, we don’t know how to fit political information into our schedules. If we haven’t gained political education before we graduate, we aren’t likely to for several more years. We glance at the news to catch the weather, or a sports score, but seldom do we sit down to watch the entire broadcast. Even worse, we spend less time listening to our political figures when they speak at a State of the State, or State of the Union Address, for instance. Even...

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CREATIVE CREATION of JOBS

Posted by on 1st April 2017 in CREATIVE CREATION of JOBS, Jobs | 0 comments

CREATIVE CREATION of JOBS

CREATIVE CREATION of JOBS The other evening I happened to run into a cousin of mine as I was cruising through some memes on Face Book. The meme we connected on questioned how the current congress is so willing to follow Christian beliefs by banning abortion and even birth control, but wants to eliminate help with healthcare for pregnant women or pediatric care for their children. The question; where is the help for the poor and needy, as the Christian bible promotes. That is not what this article is about. But that topic sparked a good...

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POLITICS and OUR RELATIONSHIPS

Posted by on 10th March 2017 in POLITICS and OUR RELATIONSHIPS | 1 comment

POLITICS and OUR RELATIONSHIPS

  POLITICS and OUR RELATIONSHIPS Let me ask one question: Have you ever met someone – at work, at a party, or by some other connection and found you were really enjoying this new person? Maybe they had a sense of humor that you appreciated. Maybe they were well-versed on a subject that interested you. Possibly you had common interests such as sports, cars, music, movies, hobbies, etc. Or you may have just seen them doing something kind for someone else and it touched your heart. So it looks like you have a new, friendly relationship and...

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NEWS – REAL OR FAKE?

Posted by on 14th January 2017 in NEWS - REAL OR FAKE? | 2 comments

NEWS – REAL OR FAKE?

NEWS – REAL OR FAKE? Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance – George Bernard Shaw I heard a great line the other day. Jimmy Kimmel was talking about hearing someone say the people have a right to make up their own minds when hearing the facts of a news report. His question; “How is that possible? Facts are facts. No one can make up their own facts!” Exactly! No matter what one thinks, it doesn’t change the facts. Freedom of the press is extremely important. Without it, our country could easily be taken over by a...

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APATHY – What Causes It?

Posted by on 17th December 2016 in APATHY - What Causes It? | 3 comments

APATHY – What Causes It?

APATHY – What Causes It? Having found myself floundering in a quagmire of apathy recently, I decided to spend some time understanding it better. Merriam-Webster defines APATHY as: lack of feeling or emotion; lack of concern. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apathy. There is also a clinical definition related to depression and other disorders, but I’m looking at apathy from a sociological perspective. Not that I had lost all caring or emotion, but I was feeling deadened to the aftermath of the elections in this modern era where we...

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Electoral College – Stay or Go?

Posted by on 23rd October 2016 in Electoral College | 0 comments

Electoral College – Stay or Go?

  CONVERSATION: How does the Electoral College work, and do we still need it? The president and vice president are selected through the Electoral College system which gives each state the same number of electoral votes as it has members of Congress. (One for each Senator and each House Representative.) The District of Columbia gets three electoral votes. Of the total 538 votes available, a candidate must receive 270 to win.     With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, all states assign a delegation of electors who pledge to...

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SOCIAL SECURITY – ENTITLEMENT or PONZI SCHEME?

Posted by on 30th September 2016 in Entitlement | 2 comments

SOCIAL SECURITY – ENTITLEMENT or PONZI SCHEME?

CONVERSATION: Today, entitlement is almost a dirty word. It is still used to mean a right, as in, “you’re certainly entitled to your own opinion.” But it has also come to be used as a label for assistance programs provided by, or administered by the government. Part of this is caused by our own language. We have many words in English that have more than one meaning, and some meanings are actually contradictory. One term for words used in a new or different way is semantic change, referring to a word definition that has changed over time....

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ENTITLEMENT – What Is It?

Posted by on 13th September 2016 in Entitlement | 4 comments

ENTITLEMENT – What Is It?

Full Definition of ENTITLEMENT – Merriam-Webster Dictionary 1.a. The state or condition of being entitled 1.b. A right, especially by law or contract 2. A government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also funds supporting or distributed by such a program 3. Belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges So let’s look at these different meanings. 1a. The state or condition of being entitled: Some simple entitlements might be the right to choose what we wear, or what we want to order from a menu. We...

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COMPROMISE

Posted by on 12th August 2016 in Compromise | 2 comments

COMPROMISE

COMPROMISE – A BUILDING BLOCK Sympathy, empathy or compassion; any of these can be useful tools when working on compromise. The definition of compromise, as stated in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1a. Settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions. 1b. Something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things. 2. A concession to something derogatory or prejudicial, as in: “He has compromised his principles by holding back pertinent information to protect his friend.” For the purposes...

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