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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CLIMATE CHANGE vs GLOBAL WARMING

Posted by on 2nd December 2018 in climate change | 0 comments

CLIMATE CHANGE vs GLOBAL WARMING

CLIMATE CHANGE vs GLOBAL WARMING Are they the same thing, and if not, what is the difference? For answers, let’s look to some things we already know. First, consider a few things that science has provided: Medicine, Surgery, Dental solutions, Eye Glasses, artificial limbs, Hearing Aids, Blood Pressure Cuffs, Pacemakers, Stethoscopes, Defibrillators Airplanes, Cars, Trucks, Trains, Subways, Ships, Submarines, Spacecraft Cameras, Microscopes, Telescopes, Satellites, Thermometers, Altitude Meters, Anemometers, Compasses, Depth finders, X-rays,...

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GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT

Posted by on 24th August 2018 in Branches of Government | 0 comments

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT

  General Overview of the Three Branches of Government as determined by the Constitution of the United States of America I’ve seen several questions and comments lately on social media that indicate a large portion of our society doesn’t really understand how our government works, so I decided to try to develop a general overview of the three branches of government, how they function, and how they relate to us as citizens. The following chart shows a brief breakdown of each branch and their intended purpose. I followed that with a...

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YOUR PROFILE CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR CAMPAIGN

Posted by on 30th June 2018 in POLITICS and OUR RELATIONSHIPS, Vote, Writing a profile | 0 comments

YOUR PROFILE CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR CAMPAIGN

YOUR PROFILE CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR CAMPAIGN or Why you haven’t heard from me lately Easy answer: I’ve been busy entering election information into a database. Real answer: People, even educated people, don’t seem to know how to put together a profile or resume anymore. While I’m taking a break from data input, I’ll explain what I mean, just in case one of my readers, a. is running for office somewhere, or b. knows or supports someone running for office, or c. is trying to find information about potential senators, representatives,...

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BORN TO KILL – OR NOT?

Posted by on 20th May 2018 in School Shootings | 1 comment

BORN TO KILL – OR NOT?

WHAT HAPPENED? Friday, May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas, once again our nation watched the horror of a school shooting as the ambulances carried away the wounded, and the police checked teenagers’ backpacks after the fact. The dead lay inside the building, unseen and now forever unheard. Ten killed, ten more injured; among them, a substitute teacher killed and a school resource officer critically injured. There was a slight twist to this attack today. There were homemade bombs involved. The police haven’t said any went off, but they found...

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WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE?

Posted by on 14th February 2018 in Vote | 0 comments

WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE?

VOTING MADE EASY BUT WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE? Apathy (lack of concern) about voting has allowed us to become embroiled in an unimagined state of chaos within our government. Congress is no longer representing any of us. Our protections for water and air quality are being stripped. Regulations are being cut without regard to secondary effects. For instance, bankers and financial managers are no longer required to give you advice that will be helpful to you!!! How crazy is that? We can still correct this, but only if we vote. It isn’t always easy...

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IS AUTUMN FOLIAGE IN WINTER A HARBINGER OF WORSE THINGS TO COME?

Posted by on 7th January 2018 in climate change | 0 comments

IS AUTUMN FOLIAGE IN WINTER A HARBINGER OF WORSE THINGS TO COME?

IS AUTUMN FOLIAGE IN WINTER A HARBINGER OF WORSE THINGS TO COME? I went golfing yesterday. It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining and temperatures rising quickly to shirtsleeve weather. The course has a well-manicured layout for casual golfers, but the grass is struggling this season because of the prolonged heat lingering through autumn and on into winter. It seems every one of the last several years has brought us a later start than usual for the cooler temperatures of fall. Normally, winter rye is planted in October on the desert...

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I Turned My Coworker In To HR When She Gave Me A Christmas Card, And She Changed My Heart

Posted by on 19th December 2017 in Holiday | 0 comments

I Turned My Coworker In To HR When She Gave Me A Christmas Card, And She Changed My Heart

I Turned My Coworker In To HR When She Gave Me A Christmas Card, And She Changed My Heart A person who gives a gift featuring his or her sacred religious iconography is reaching out, showing kindness and sharing his or her faith with others. By Chad Felix Greene December 18, 2017 For years I have been one of the only Jewish people at my places of employment. I am currently the only Jew who wears a kippah at my office every day. In my heavily Southern Baptist and rural town, one would think I would be quite familiar with the consequences of...

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WHAT IS A PLATFORM AND HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND IT?

Posted by on 14th December 2017 in Platforms | 0 comments

WHAT IS A PLATFORM AND HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND IT?

WHAT IS A PLATFORM AND HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND IT? I’m starting to hear rumblings about the need for candidate platforms soon, to help guide us in our voting in the 2018 elections. One problem has been we haven’t had a clear picture of just who’s running. Now that the filing date for running in 2018 has passed, maybe we’ll get some answers.[Correction: the deadline for filing to be on the ballot in Illinois and Texas has come and gone. Other states have later dates, with the latest being New Hampshire on June 15, 2018....

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT PERCEPTION IN 2017

Posted by on 9th November 2017 in Sexual Harassment | 0 comments

SEXUAL HARASSMENT PERCEPTION IN 2017

SEXUAL HARASSMENT PERCEPTION IN 2017 Over the last few weeks, much has been talked about regarding sexual harassment. There’s a popular movement on social media that uses hashtag “me too” #metoo by those that have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetimes. A number of actresses and other prominent women have come forward to offer their experiences publicly, as well as thousands of other women in all walks of life. In 1980 the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) defined sexual harassment as unwanted sexual...

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GUEST POST BY BOB SCHNEIDER – I OWN A GUN…

Posted by on 3rd October 2017 in Gun Rights & Regulations | 1 comment

GUEST POST BY BOB SCHNEIDER – I OWN A GUN…

I OWN A GUN AND THE NRA DOESN’T REPRESENT ME By Bob Schneider Glock, Pixabay Images I own a gun. I own a Glock G30S, and I own it for personal protection. I receive many threats because I’m frank in stating my political opinions. Some say I’m more than frank. They would characterize me as harsh and abrasive. Whether my style is frank, or harsh, I’ve collected my fair share of haters. Some have threatened me with harm. Are they just keyboard warriors shoot off their mouths? I don’t know if they are or not. I do know they give every...

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