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 Form of Bias.
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.)