Thursday, August 28, 2014

7QT Politics at the Dinner Table

More quick links at Jen's Conversion Diary (On Friday)

1. It's been several weeks sine I even posted anything on the blog. Being with the kids all summer, didn't give me an opportunity to really sit down and write anything. Truth is I don't have anything new to write about. Other then we have Market Basket back, as of Wednesday at 10pm. 

2. Of all the subjects to be interested in, which is/was marriage (depending on your view) I find myself sadden how conversations can not be held as we use to. In a decade's worth of time, anthropological concepts of kinship and family structure now hold NO RATIONAL basis in legal terms. This is pretty depressing, considering I have a law degree and passed the Bar. (Yeah, my status is currently inactive and I do not practice.)

3. I does feel good that I'm doing something about it. It will be four years this October, that I will be volunteering with Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in their Foster Care Review Unit.  Children have a legal right to be raised by their parents, as a matter of public policy we support parents, if parents can not raise their children then we prioritize supporting kinship placements. FAMILY! 

4. Before law school, I majored in political science. I grew up watching the news and discussing it at the dinner table. It is something that I have refrained from doing sadly. Due to media technologically, the media can show graphic images. While I support the need for this form of journalism, I can not at this point subject the kids to it and also subject myself to it for lengthened amounts of time. The whole way we speak about public policy matters has become so twisted. The polarization of tribal political warfare is amazing. 

 "We're not worry about that child, his/her is involved." -Social Worker. Almost every time is involved, this conclusion is made. From Twitter.

"I believe violence is not just because of guns. It ties into education and the family. We need proactive approach,"From Twitter (candidate for political office)
'I pose to men the origin of their first, and perhaps second, reason for existing.” Leonardo Da Vinci “The Copulation” (Not Twitter)

Is that Jello, she is serving? I hope it isn't dinner.

Friday, August 8, 2014

7QT What if your local supermarket closed?

More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary

Places we may never go again. The mall, the movie theater, the moon & .

2. Well Market Basket isn't closed. We're in boycott for about three weeks now. The story is somewhat national, when they fired the co-shareholder/CEO for two CEO who have a background of not running grocery story chains, but for 'busting up' grocery chains (selling off/closing stores) and retrieving golden parachutes in the process.

We thought we could 'force their hand', to sell to the co-sharehold/former CEO by draining money from the store. We thought (with reason) these people listen to money and if the store is losing 10 million a day, and reduce sales by 90% they would listen to the customer.  We want a real CEO who want to run a profitable grocery store, not a private equity firm or a megachain that would close stores and treat workers poorly.

Well... apparent the hatred between the two sides of the shareholders is so great, the other won't sell for fair value. BTW we're not talking millionaires. We're talking billionaires here.

3.  So while we do have a BJs membership, we still used Market Basket and instead of being able to get milk in walking distance. I can either drive to BJs which is 20 minutes or deal with the chaos of other supermarkets in the area, because EVERYONE is participating the boycott.

What would happen if you couldn't shop at your supermarket?

4. It has been a slow summer of posting. The kids are home and I haven't been sleeping well.Really, it is because of the 'taboo' subject matter I usually post on and have been posting on for over a decade. Yeah, no one is going to behead me, but the strangeness that expressing the importance of family structure is somehow 'intolerance' or 'hatred'. It is amazing how PR really works to destroy someone. 

5. So far I've survived the gauntlet.

6. Still you find  a news article on the subject. "Why the decline in marriage among first-time mothers matters for their children" Washington Post July 9, 2014. 

7. Jen loves Banana suits! Here is one at a Market Basket rally!