Sunday, July 26, 2015

Atheistic versus Theistic - The Correct Analogy

I have tried to describe to people for years that atheism isn't a "different opinion" or a "different religion". It occurred to me today that the good ole' toggle switch could be the best analogy so here is my graphic that I designed to help illustrate what I am saying. When you look at an electrical toggle switch, you will notice it says ON and OFF.
It doesn't have a setting for ON and a setting for a different kind of ON.
When the switch is turned off, it isn't a different kind of electricity flowing through the line, there is NO electricity flowing through the line. That is the same with atheism. Not believing in God isn't a belief in some other or a different kind of deity, it is a total absence of belief in a deity.
The same can be said for the difference between conservative and Liberal. One is BIASED - and the other is NOT BIASED, not A DIFFERENT KIND OF BIASED  or Different Kind of Biased.
Don't get me wrong - there are extremists, (what I consider uninformed) people on either side or direction. that want things to be extremely biased or biased in the opposite direction but those people are few and far between and not living in reality. They live in a "ideological bubble" and see things so far removed from reality that they want illogical things.
And when it comes to free thinkers and NOT free thinkers, that is pretty much the same thing. NOT FOLLOWING CULTURAL LEADERS OR IDEOLOGIES is free thinking. Some might argue that we are all brought up with some bias or ideology. But when you are actively removing or ignoring those cultural background ideologies, then you are free thinking (using critical thinking skills).
And when you EMBRACE those cultural background ideologies, then you are doing BIASED thinking. I am not talking about political parties, but it seems some people vote against their own best interests and I truly believe it is because they are uniformed and totally brainwashed by cultural background ideologies given them by News, Political, or Openly Bigoted leaders of extremism. Most of those people can't even explain to you where they get their ideas, they just borrowed them from someone else they respect or they were paid to agree with them.
I won't go into Authoritarianism today, I will save that for a different session but it contains cultural ideologies, also. Mainly ones that include one person or type of person being superior to others and HOPEFULLY, we know that we aren't supposed to act like that. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Arizona Public Service - Another Corporate Rake


When one looks at the APS website you expect the usual lies and excuses about why they rape their customers but you wouldn't expect it to be so blatant. Here are their pat answers, none of which explains what they are really doing. They got the corporation commission to give them a 30 percent rate hike which isn't mentioned in the usual bullshit. One of their CSR's tried to tell me that air conditioning works on a degree system and not kilowatt hours (costs the same for the same time no matter what temperature it is) and told me your bill can drop 3 percent per degree. 
They actually expect poor people who use a evaporative cooling or live in a place with central air (a chiller system that cools the whole building down at the owner's expense) and a fan only and don't use their air conditioning at all to believe that the seasonal temperature somehow made their rates go up. Here is the standard BS from the liars and crooks at APS from their website.

temperature changes
Weather may account for up to 70% of your electric bill. Arizona’s extreme summer temperatures can create high electric bills. Your bill may increase as much as 50% during the summer months because of changes in the weather. Although you may not have changed your thermostat setting, air conditioners run longer as temperatures become hotter which increases energy usage.

seasonal electric rates
​Billing rates change seasonally. Our summer rates go into effect in May and continue through October when Arizona’s energy demand is higher. Our winter rates apply from November through April when energy demand is lower.


estimated meter reads
The kilowatt hour reading on your meter is continuous and any meter reads that are estimated will automatically adjust the following month.

Let me tell you what ESTIMATED METER READS means. If your neighbor, with himself, a wife, and eight kids of all ages from toddlers up to teens, and an assortment of pets, has an astronomical bill each month, the meter reader can decide since it it hotter than shit out, that he can go by what their house used and figure you must use close the same amount. This practice is called GUESS-TIMATING, which is basically FRAUD and in previous years was considered illegal. BUT in 2014, when less than 17 percent of the people who are registered Democrats voted during the midterms, APS installed some Tea Party candidates and now our corporation commission gives them what ever they ask for.

In 2009, when gas prices were so outrageous because of the Bush administration cronies still in power, we had yet another rate increase demand from APS. They wanted more money because they had to buy gas for their drivers. Several customers like myself AND I wrote to the Corporation Commission at the time and they ended up reading my email/letter at the hearing.
It said that APS, like everyone of their customers were experiencing a raise in gas prices. Then they want more money for their cost of doing business which is not fair to their customers.
ALSO: 1) They want a rate hike when the demand for electricity is down and they aren't selling enough.
2) Then they want a rate hike when the demand is high and they sell plenty.
3) Summer is June through August, NOT May through October.

They need to pick a lane and decide what they want. How is it fair that they get both?
How is it fair to GUESS what your electricity usage is?

When the demand is up and they ask for a rate hike, it is like they are saying, "We are making so much money off of our customers right now, that we think we need even MORE money for no reason except that it's something we think we deserve."






Friday, July 17, 2015

Sandy Bland Was Murdered By Redneck Policemen in Texas

I am posting this as an after blast from social media.
The addresses to write for this are at:

Police Misconduct

  • Police officers constantly pull over cars driven by Latinos, for certain traffic violations, but rarely pull over white drivers for the same violations.
  • A police officer questioning a man of Vietnamese origin on the street gets angry when the man is unable to answer his questions because he does not speak English. The Officer arrests the man for disorderly conduct.

These examples may be violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. They may also be violations of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. That law prohibits discrimination because of national origin, race, color, religion, or sex by a police department that gets federal funds through the U.S. Department of Justice. They may also violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination by law enforcement agencies that receive any federal financial assistance, including asset forfeiture property.

Complaints of individual discrimination can be filed with the Coordination and Review Section at:

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Coordination and Review Section, NWB
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

or contact the Coordination and Review Section at (888) 848-5306.


Complaints of individual discrimination may also be filed with the Office of Justice Programs at Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20531, or contact Office of Justice Programs at (202) 307-0690.
The Special Litigation Section investigates and litigates complaints that a police department has a pattern or practice of discriminating on the basis of national origin. To file a complaint, contact the Special Litigation Section at (202) 514-6255 or write to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Special Litigation Section, PHB
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Arizona Legislature's List of Shame

Welcome to the list of shame for Arizona legislators. These are the people who are trying to take healthcare away from poor people while presently on the Cadillac healthcare state supported system set up for them at no cost to them. Please call or email them and tell them your feelings about them and their plans.

Sen. Nancy Barto, R Phoenix
Phone Number: (602) 926-5766
Fax Number: (602) 417-3261
Email Address: nbarto@azleg.gov 

Sen. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert
Phone Number: (602) 926-4371
Fax Number: (602) 417-3022
 Email Address: abiggs@azleg.gov 

Sen. Judy Burges, R sun city west
Phone Number: (602) 926-5861
Fax Number: (602) 417-3104
Email Address: jburges@azleg.gov 

Sen Debbie Lesko, R Peoria
Phone Number: (602) 926-5413
Fax Number: (602) 417-3109
Email Address: dlesko@azleg.gov 

Sen. Steve Smith, R Maricopa
Phone Number: (602) 926-5685 
Fax Number: (602) 417-3167   
Email Address: stevesmith@azleg.gov  

Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R Chandler
Phone Number: (602) 926-5863
Fax Number: (602) 417-3258
Email Address: syarbrough@azleg.gov 

Sen Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix
Phone Number: (602) 926-3024
Fax Number: (602) 417-3110
Email Address: kyee@azleg.gov 

Rep. Paul Boyer, R phoenix
Phone Number: (602) 926-4173
Fax Number: (602) 417-3153
Email Address: pboyer@azleg.gov 

Rep. David Gowan, R Sierra Vista
Phone Number: (602) 926-3312
Fax Number: (602) 417-3130
Email Address: dgowan@azleg.gov 

Rep. Rick Gray, R-Sun City
Phone Number: (602) 926-5993
Fax Number: (602) 417-3225
Email Address: rgray@azleg.gov 

Rep. David Livingston, R - Peoria
Phone Number: (602) 926-4178
Fax Number: (602) 417-3154
Email Address: dlivingston@azleg.gov 

Rep. Phil Lovas, R-Peoria
Phone Number: (602) 926-3297
Fax Number: (602) 417-3004
Email Address: plovas@azleg.gov 

Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler
Phone Number: (602) 926-4481
Fax Number: (602) 417-3152
Email Address: jmesnard@azleg.gov 

Rep. Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park
Phone: 602 926-5894
Fax: 602 417-3012
Email Address: dmitchell@azleg.gov
(This guy is an especially really big asshole, he has articles about shady deals
and stupid bills all over arizona news about his greed and lying. Just put his name and office
"Rep. Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park" into google and see what happens, LOL) 

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R - Litchfield Park
Phone: 602 926-5955
Fax: 602 417-3168
Email Address:  smontenegro@azleg.gov

Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa
Phone Number: (602) 926-5288
Fax Number: (602) 417-3161
Email Address: jolson@azleg.gov 

Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert
Phone Number: (602) 926-4136
Fax Number: (602) 417-3222
Email Address: wpetersen@azleg.gov 

David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista
Phone Number: (602) 926-4321
Fax Number: (602) 417-3146
Email Address: dstevens@azleg.gov 

Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff
Phone Number: (602) 926-5219
Fax Number: (602) 417-3118
Email Address: bthorpe@azleg.gov 

Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa
Phone Number: (602) 926-4467
Fax Number: (602) 417-3018
Email Address: ktownsend@azleg.gov

Rep Michelle Ugenti R Scottsdale
Phone Number: (602) 926-4480
Fax Number: (602) 417-3155
Email Address: mugenti@azleg.gov 

(This list was comprised from the list published by the Arizona Republic and reposted by azcentral.com.)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Another Critical Thinking Moment, Debunking the Bunk

Hi, everyone! We have another story of a ignorant gun nut doing a mass shooting. We have another group of black people targeted and murdered in a terrorist type attack by said random ignorant gun nut that happened to be White.
NO Big Deal? . Then read this:

Dylann Storm Roof walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people with a handgun. Immediately the rightwing media started spouting ignorant deflections from the truth, talking about how this was an attack on religion. Today I am going to debunk this argument using the facts known at this time.

1) Dylann is from Eastover, SC. The historically black church he terrorized was in Charleston, SC, at least 1 hr 40 min and at least 98.1 miles away.

2) If he just wanted to attack a church, there are at least 7 Christian churches in or at least near Eastover, SC., that would have been a lot closer without to where he started out at.

3) He had all the trappings of a racist in the South. a) He had a rebel flag license plate on his car. b) He reportedly made racist jokes frequently. c) He stated he was a racist and that this was racially motivated. d) when he walked into the church, he stated that, "They are raping our women and taking over our country." e) he reportedly told some of his friends on Facebook that he was attending meetings at a white supremacist Christian hate church. f) Last and not least, the DOJ started an investigation into the mass shooting as a "hate crime".

Remember when the Colorado theater shooter was said to be a member of the Tea Party? Everything I am telling you is part of the stories that made sense and came out through different news sources, including the police in the town of Shelby, NC. As usual, the news is always struggling to get the story out first, which can lead to inaccuracy but I will keep you informed as to updates. The last information I got was these last two notes.

"...UPDATE 11:42 am: Charleston police chief Gregory Mullen and the FBI have also confirmed Roof’s arrest. Roof was arrested during a traffic stop in Shelby, NC."

"...UPDATE 11:57 am: Roof was arrested after a citizen called police to report a suspicious vehicle, according to police. Roof was “cooperative” during his arrest."

Later,
Arizona Mildman

Monday, June 15, 2015

Email I Received From The Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign

Hi Readers,
This is the deal. Today I received this email from Bernie Sanders 2016 and I think it would be perfect to share if you haven't seen it. He talks about the main thing I and many others have complained about having to do with our president. He tried to do the mythological beast called bipartisan Republicans in Congress. They vote as a pack, travel as a pack, and pretty much repeat the same tired talking points as if they all went to a class entitled "Stupid Remarks 101" and never learned how to think past the class on how to obstruct progress.
I will let Bernie's email tell you the rest. Take Care,

Bernie Sanders for President

Steven -
One of the biggest mistakes President Obama made once he was in office was, after mobilizing millions of Americans during his brilliant 2008 campaign, to basically tell those supporters, 'Thank you, I’m going to sit down with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and take it from here.’
I will not make that mistake.
What we’re building together as part of this campaign is not just about electing a president. No one person, not me or the best president you could imagine, can make the changes we need by him or herself.
What's necessary to make change happen is a mobilized grassroots movement. That’s especially true when a few wealthy billionaires and corporations have their sights set on buying our elections.
If we’re going to accomplish what we want for this country, it won’t happen by negotiating with Mitch McConnell — it will only happen when millions of Americans get out and make their voices heard.
We have a chance to do that today.
Last week, the House of Representatives stopped a bad trade deal that would have continued the approach that forces American workers to compete against workers in nations that have near non-existent minimum wages, where independent labor unions are banned, and where people are thrown in jail for expressing their political beliefs.
But make no mistake, Wall Street, corporate America and their representatives in Congress will try again to pass this bad trade deal … as soon as tomorrow.
This is our chance to make our voices heard. Click here to enter your information and be automatically connected to your member of Congress. Urge your member of Congress to hold fast and vote against any legislation that would allow the president to “fast track” the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The TPP follows in the footsteps of other unfettered free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA that have been supported by corporate America and that cost America millions of decent-paying jobs.
Since 2001, nearly 60,000 manufacturing plants in this country have been shut down, and we have lost almost 5 million decent-paid manufacturing jobs. NAFTA alone led to the loss of almost three-quarters of a million jobs — the Permanent Normalized Trade Agreement with China cost America four times that number: almost 3 million jobs. These agreements are not the only reason why manufacturing in the United States has declined, but they are important factors.
The TPP would also give multinational corporations the ability to challenge laws passed in the United States that could negatively impact their “expected future profits.” Take, for example, Phillip Morris, a company using this process to sue Australia and Uruguay for passing legislation designed to prevent children in those countries from smoking. Or a French waste management firm suing Egypt for over $100 million for increasing the minimum wage and improving labor laws.
Virtually every major union and environmental organization in the United States is against the deal that Congress could vote on again tomorrow. Major religious groups are as well because they know what it could mean for some of the poorest people on the planet.
Not a lot of presidential candidates would use their campaigns to influence legislation being considered in Congress. Some candidates haven’t even expressed an opinion on this critical issue, which, frankly, I don’t really understand.
But as I’ve said before, this campaign is not about Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Jeb Bush -- it’s about the needs of the American people.
And we need a new approach to trade in this country — one that benefits working families and not just the CEOs of multinational corporations.
Make your voice heard,
Bernie Sanders

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Armed Biker Peaceful Anti-Islam Protest And Shouting Match In Phoenix, AZ

Yesterday I heard about the protest brewing at the North Phoenix Islamic Center on Black Canyon and there were supposed to be a big group at the Denny's at Dunlap and the freeway. I got to Denny's first and this is what I saw.


Yeah, five whole motorcycles, so after all the hype, I figured the thing had fizzled until I investigated further. Let me say, I am the type of person who likes to check things out, especially when someone seems pretty lame and is starting trouble for someone else. I didn't know what to expect. I got as far as Northern and side street on the frontage road was blocked with a police barricade and at least two police cars. I ended up going down to Glendale, back up 27th Avenue to Northern again and then parked in the DQ parking lot. I noticed immediately that I wasn't the only one walking up from a parked motorcycle but I was the only one I saw at first with a camera in their hand. As I got closer, I saw the helicopters buzzing in circles like mechanical vultures waiting for some violence to prey on. 

I proceeded further until I reached the Islamic Center office where I could see no one was hanging out or trying to protest, so I still didn't know what was going on or if anything serious was happening. 
Yeah, with those half moon symbols stuck up in the sky like that, it isn't hard to recognize what religion these people represent but the office wasn't the protest so I walked down to the street. Then I saw first the anti protest protesters. Some real Christians (this thing was billed as Anti-Islam as if they stood on some religious or moral high ground but the real Christians seemed to kind of take the wind out of their sales on that one) were standing along the side walk in front of the mosque with their own signs. 










While I started out relating to the real Christians even though I am a Buddhist who follows the writings/teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, the peace advocate, I wanted to get some juicy pictures of real stupidity in the protest so here you go: 






So, the police stayed between the protesters and the anti protesters and I think they deserve credit for not allowing any crap to jump off, including their own officers. The two I talked to on the walk up informed me that there is no concealed weapon law in Phoenix anymore and anything goes. It was a LONG WALK to get there for my old crippled ass: 
And some nice people even brought water to pass out so no one passed out. (You know what can happen in this heat on a summer day in Phoenix.)
 I was pleasantly surprised at the plethora of "Love Your Neighbor" signs that people were passing out. I was given one that I took home. Those are those small hand held signs several of the Christian anti-protester protesters were holding in the following picture. People held larger signs of all different colors that had scripture written on them with various quotes about love and tolerance. It was heartening to see that many non-Islamic people standing up for the Islamic people.
The media circus with cameras of all kinds were videoing or snapping constantly, a lot of people just used their phone cameras so there were hundreds of spectators like myself who just came to record the whole thing for later. 
As I started to leave, some lady with her own agenda sign (I saw quite a few of those as if they didn't care what this was about, they wanted to deliver their own message like an internet troll who can't stay on topic.)
She saw me start to take the picture and covered her face with her big sign so I just said, "Thank You", and she replied, "You're welcome", loudly, and I moved on. 
It was a long walk back but it was worth it. I started back, got to talk to some of the neighbors, including two people, one woman who lived right off the freeway and a many who was a half block down from my bike, who was Chinese but spoke pretty good English so I spent some time talking to them and continued on. 
I would like to say, "A good time was had by all", but it was pretty cut and dried and it was hot today, after we have had such a dry spell. Those of you who have a Windows or Kodak image viewer that you can preview these pictures with, I suggest you enlarge them as much as you can on your own desktop so you can see the details. 
Have fun with it and please post this all over Facebook and Twitter and other social media, if you would, PLEASE! Everyone take care!
Later, 
Arizona Mildman