Know This (Randyjw; August 24, 2016)
Things you might be unaware of, giving pause for thought (pertinent to the U.S.)… I may update this in the future, if I think of other things to add…
Sharp instruments, such as toenail clippers, manicure scissors, tweezers, etc. are not allowed in homeless shelters (at least the one where I was at). How inhumane to have to live with bloodied feet from toenails grown too long. How is one supposed to retain just one small vestige of humanity inside such an institution? Given the circumstances, I can imagine this extending to circumstances inside a jail. That’s cruel and unusual punishment, in my opinion!
The fine print of the homeless shelter institution reads, in effect, that said institution is allowed to experiment on its residents. This is also a military policy, giving the government authority to order vaccinations for all military personnel as innoculation against possible bioweaponry used by an enemy. It led to a mighty outcry against this military policy during the time of increased anthrax spore attacks in the United States due to the concerns of unknown or unanticipated effects this vaccine would have on its recipients. When I was in a homeless shelter, both myself and another man were pushed back to the end of the line by the tuberculosis testing administrators, again and again, until we were its last recipients. We both received a weird rash across our forearms after receiving the TB test, although we were both certified TB-free. Having had to raise my hand in response to a (visiting) class teacher in response to his question posited as to “Do we have any Children of Israel here?”, the other two or three girls, plus myself, who are Jewish, were then identified and made known, and were also assigned undue blame for his being unable to say what he wanted before the rest of the class due to our presence, as he so succinctly stated was the case to the class. The other person with the rash, a young black man named R.H., had come to me at the break-area tables outside and had stated that he was “Benny Israel”, so it was also heard that he is supportive of Israel. What was in/on the testing prongs that gave us both adverse reactions? Does it have anything to do with the fact that we were both supportive of Israel? Does it have anything to do with the tumor growing from my forhead these six years later? In any case, why do we give up our rights as human beings free from bodily search/experimentation when we find ourselves in desperate situations and needing assistance from others at such places? By the way, my Mother just saved me from my impending September homelessness, although its very difficult for her… Thank you so much, Mom; I love you.
Many assistance programs, administered by the state, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and emergency cash assistance, etc. typically are handled by one agency. On the official application, just one group is listed as an official “ethnicity”, which is an optional category provided per applicant discretion — but, why is ethnicity, or race, there to begin with? What advantage/disadvantage does singling out race and/or other ethnicity provide in a supposedly raceless society in the favoring of contracts and other considerations? The only ethnicity which is listed is that considered “Hispanic or Latino”. No other group is given this consideration — either you’re “A”: Hispanic or Latino, or “B”: Not Hispanic or Latino.
What about the considerations of other ethnicities who are minorities, such as the Jews, who share a haplographic genotype indicating inherited ancestry not often found in other groups; as well as shared culture; an originating, shared language which is Hebrew, although individuals adapt by assimilating and speak the language of their host countries; and other identifying characteristics, which set groups apart? Instead, what was once listed in Census information as Jewish, has become “Fill-in-the-Blank”; then “Other”; then “Middle Eastern” combined into the “White” category, provided that you hadn’t been quantifiably intimidated enough from government focus on their targetting of Jewish businesses and Israel right-wing groups for scrutiny via raids to write-in “Jewish” without fear of recrimination, as I was, (probable set-ups beforehand to create incriminating situations) and tax audits or non-provision of exemption, such as the harrassment received by Conservative, Tea Party-type groups from the IRS scandal, which was admitted, but I don’t believe was ever prosecuted. I am still significantly fearful enough not to change my “White” (“Middle Eastern”) classification, even though they also now allow for write-ins on the same classification, since I’ve been pigeonholed into the “White” category by this progression and non-allowance to let us self-classify and the fright with which they’ve come down hard on Jewish businesses and groups.
I had also written further, not necessarily in this article, regarding the consideration of a new census classification, known as Middle East(ern) North African (MENA), which I considered a deliberate attempt by Arabs to find themselves some way to suss themselves out as a class of people, while at the same time being able to diminish, and not raise, the status of the Jews above their own. This classification does just that, by allowing the Muslims to have their own protected class as a majority over the Jews. This would make the Jews have to go into either the MENA category, as a negligible minority with the Arabs, or to be considered “White”, as, again, yet another minority with no voice of our own. Jews are still being discriminated against as a distinct, provable minority group, yet we are given no direct representation of our own group within government-arranged classifications. Such classifications can be utilized legally in the fight against discrimination against certain protected “classes” of people. However, if you’re discriminated in even being considered a class of people from the very start, how can it be considered a fair fight? MENA includes people considered at the present time as being in the continents of Asia and Africa. The primary groups represented from the peoples on the two, each, of these distinct continents have had their representation within the fields already considered “Asian” and “Black” (varying at times, and to some extent). Why should parts of these separate continents be now separated out, and bridged to span the gap over two very distinct continents, when no other such exception has been made previous for any other group, at any other time, per se? The only time this has been really been done is in lumping Alaskan and Indian natives together recently, or in the making of the only known “ethnicity” to exist (which effectively bridges continents), known as “Hispanic or Latino”. I have long felt that Middle Easterners were never clearly white. Jews, indeed, were considered a separate class as a people/group/race, and this was noted in incoming U.S. immigration and other records, like ship’s manifests, etc. See the link to this 1913 document, declaring Nationality as to the country of citizenship to or subject of; and also gives classification of “Race or People”, clearly listing “Hebrew” as a classification of people – they may still have been reticent to use the term “Jew” or “Jewish”:
In its beginnings, the classification of the Jews was done so with discriminatory ends. Yet, deleting them as a people entirely and eliminating them from further classification also perpetuates the same. Consideration as an altruistic stated purpose to prevent the discrimination against Jews by being overly cognizant to the “sensitivities” against their labeling as comparable to their experiences during WWII and the Holocaust, just doesn’t bear water.
I believe I erased my initial thoughts on this for not wanting to give anyone any further ideas. We can now realize that the Arabs have been busily at work on this for some decades, now, yet, of course, classifying it as an anti-Muslim measure, and not the actual anti-Jewish measure, which it really represents.
For further information and additional reading, please refer to this new Associated Press article:
Kellman, Laurie and Karoub, Jeff — Associated Press. “Counting Americans: A New Mideast Box On Census Is Sensitive”. Associated Press (via msn.com); March 20, 2017:
Medicaid is a Federal program, administered through the state, to assist in the medical care of poor individuals with families. Unless through disability or perhaps a few other qualifying events, single childless individuals are exempted and do not qualify for Medicaid. They are just plain out-of-luck. The term “expansion of Medicaid”, or “expanding Medicaid”, means the individual decisions undertaken by some states to allow for the inclusion of the uncovered childless individuals, who would otherwise remain uncovered. Many states have still not expanded Medicaid coverage for these individuals (I was one; I know from firsthand experience what I’m talking about).
Qualifying for the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s more popularly known, was touted as the panacea to shoehorn everybody into an insurance coverage program to make healthcare affordable. For one thing, insurance coverage is not actual healthcare, but only a payment to an insurer for coverage of varying degrees to help in medical costs. If unused, the monthly payment premium of your good money was just handed over to enrich an insurance company, and no actual value was received, other than an imagined “what-if” scenario. The Affordable Care Act does exactly what Medicaid did, except that it now has become mandatory that everyone is required to participate, by law. A fine is levied upon you by the IRS if you do not participate. For low-wage earners, this is a disaster, as they can barely make ends meet prior to this new law. Now it is a death knell. The extremely poor are not required to participate, but still have to go through the motions of the paperwork. In fact, they derive no benefits from the law, as they are exempted (disallowed) from participating, as they do not contribute enough money into the system through payment into it by their taxes. The poor are treated as if they are illegal aliens, whose low wages do not allow them benefits to which other Americans are entitled. Meanwhile, illegal aliens benefit from free education and other entitlements, without receipt into our coffers of tax money from them, for the most part. Illegal aliens knew they could not be turned away for medical treatment at a hospital, and so bankrupted the medical system, which raised costs to cover non-paid and delinquent accounts which the illegal aliens would leave unpaid. Legal residents also engaged in these actions, just to be fair and note the widespread occurence of this manner of operation. Meanwhile, insurance rates are skyrocketing, and insurance providers are disengaging and stopping providing service, making competition practically non-existent and leaving almost a monopolistic gobbling of business by the remaining large insurers, limiting freedom of competition. This is an unfair practice and a boondoggle program, which must be eliminated.
In my opinion, you should be considered an employee upon the first day of work, but there has been a 90-day window favorable to employers in which the person, although paid as an employee, is not considered as such and no benefits need be offered, nor does your status qualify you as such. I don’t know whether this has changed since the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect, but it is a matter of employment law, and not the health consideration, anyways. That is why you often see high turnover at the three-month mark, so that companies escape the obligation to cover benefit expenses and other things for the employee. If this policy were to be eliminated, as I feel it should be, it would provide an employee with a more stable opportunity to keep their position without being considered a throwaway expendible employee. The employer would use better judgment in hiring, as well. It would eliminate needless fights and paperwork regarding the status of the employee, say, for unemployment compensation purposes. There should be no more classifications for seasonal workers, temporary workers, or others of the same. Let them be employees for the time worked; whether they are fired or they leave the company should be irrelevant; let them receive unemployment benefits, if they file, based on their earnings. If there’s a bad reason for this, let me know.
Update (August 4, 2018):
President Trump has created a means to close the loophole for the 28 million U.S. people who are without insurance, and for which “Obamacare” di not take care of their needs. Please read, in the Administration’s own words, what he is doing to combat this problem, inherited under the Obama Administration: