Sunday, July 15, 2018

Say Yes Guilford, Say Yes to Education and another appointed crony to a local elected board, Winston McGregor who is going to cover Alan Duncan's back on one of the most under-reported frauds in Guilford County's history

"Dems pick nonprofit leader for Guilford school board seat, ballot slot

Guilford Democrats on Saturday picked nonprofit leader Winston McGregor to fill an open seat on the Board of Education and to run for that seat in November.

Winston McGregor, Executive Director, Guilford Education Alliance,
served on the operating committee of soon to be defunct Say Yes Guilford, 
along with Dr. Nora Carr, then Co-Interim Superintendent, Guilford County Schools,
Alan Duncan, then Chair, Guilford County Board of Education,
and Mary Vigue, Executive Director, Say Yes Guilford
who was on the Say Yes Executive Director search committee 
as a City of Greensboro employee assigned to the Say Yes initiative
who negotiated a $1 lease for space in Greensboro's downtown library
while angling to get the job for herself
in violation of the City's charter concerning conflicts of interest

McGregor is the executive director of the Guilford Education Alliance, which is known for its school supply warehouse...

McGregor has led the nonprofit since 2013...

The Guilford Education Alliance 
will serve as the interim fiscal administrative agent for Say Yes Guilford

...They picked her to fill out former board member Alan Duncan’s term that ends in December, and to take the Democratic slot in that at-large school board race on November’s ballot.

...She will face Republican Marc Ridgill, a former school resource officer, in the general election.

...School board member Darlene Garrett, who was elected as a Democrat and is a member of the executive committee, nominated retired educator and former candidate Angelo Kidd to fill the open school board seat. She was given a chance to speak as Kidd’s nominator. After talking up Kidd’s virtues and qualifications, Garrett shifted gears.

“I know we as Democrats want to win this seat, and I am concerned that if we accept another candidate on this stage who has a conflict of interest, and our board attorney has told me that ...”
She trailed off when a few people in the audience started yelling at her and over top of her, telling her that what she was saying was “out of order,” and “not accurate,” and that she should stick to praising her own nominee, not criticizing another candidate.

An organization which can't criticize it's own members,
isn't much of an organization

Garrett then joined into a back-and-forth with the yellers, weighing in on what she said were some bullying tactics within the party.

...Garrett said later Saturday she questions whether McGregor might have a conflict of interest on some votes if she is serving as both the executive director of the Guilford Education Alliance and as a school board member.

...Superintendent Sharon Contreras, Garrett said, is a member of the board of directors for GEA, which employs McGregor. In turn, McGregor would be one of Conteras’ bosses by serving on the school board.

Contreras was superintendent of Syracuse City Schools in New York state, 
where worked in a Say Yes partnership launched in 2008.

(Alan) Duncan resigned from the board and withdrew from the race last month in order to focus on a variety of new state-level education leadership responsibilities.

Through Say Yes to Education in Syracuse,
Contreras has worked with her community to expand partnerships
and address the social, emotional and physical needs of her students.

She will help make Guilford County’s Say Yes partnership
effective for our students and families.

Alan Duncan, chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education

Because Duncan is a Democrat, the party’s county executive committee gets the opportunity to appoint a replacement to finish out his term and run for a four-year term in November.

Just like City Council did with Justin Outling, Tony Wilkins and Goldie Wells,
who then won elections with the advantages of incumbents, 
and no one in the local press corps seemed to have a problem with it

Quick said she expects McGregor will participate as a school board member at the board’s next meeting, which is Tuesday.

Say Yes is a massive fraud 
committed by those who knew the program was unsustainable,
including Alan Duncan and Winston McGregor,
along with Guilford County's School Board and Greensboro's City Council
with zero accountability by the News and Record,
as they unload their property in downtown Greensboro
to one of the investors in Randal Kaplan's new hotel
which is costing City taxpayers more than $30 million

Greensboro and High Point's Community Foundations are making money on the money raised for Say Yes Guilford

“I’m so proud that Guilford County is also a Say Yes district” 

Sharon Contreras

Alan Duncan hired Contreas, a Say Yes insider, to run Guilford County Schools
without knowing much of anything 
as to how Say Yes was going to handle the distribution of millions 
coming from unknown sources without any idea as to the sustainability of the venture,

which makes Mr. Duncan one of the worst Chairs in Guilford's County Board of Education history


Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras
Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern
Syracuse City Mayor Stephanie Minor
Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney...

Alan Duncan and the rest of Guilford County's Board members, 
Winston McGregor and Greensboro's City Council
were aware the monies pledged to Say Yes Guilford were to be donated over a series of years, 
negating growth to cover scholarships in future years
which needed to grow dramatically after demand doubled after the first year
and again in the fourth.

The News and Record and Guilford County Schools
sold Guilford County's residents with eligible students a Ponzi scheme 

without disclosing the clearly unsustainability of the program.

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford's business model 
skims profits for administrators and vendors
meant for college scholarships for Guilford County students
with monies donated by local foundations, 
managed for a profit by the Community Foundation of High Point, 

and the Community Foundation of Greensboro,
"the new (Say Yes Guilford) local governing board consists of just seven members: Former Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education Alan Duncan, Assistant Guilford County Manager Clarence Grier, Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr, Executive Director of the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation Mindy Oakley, Weaver Foundation President Kevin Gray, along with David Miller, the past chairman of the High Point Community Foundation"

Scott Yost

Ponzi needs a new town; Jul 25, 2016 4:59 AM; "Say Yes to Education" program could mean free college for Louisville students"

Richard (Skip) Moore's misleading statements; "8 Things to Know About "Say Yes To Education"

Wednesday, June 29, 2016; Please ask Greensboro's City Council, Guilford County's Commissioners and School Board a version of the following questions

The salaries of some Yes to Education Executives, which just took Guilford County for more than $25 million

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey; President at Say Yes to Education, Inc.; Professional Fundraising Organization

"No answer still as to how much Susan is expecting from Say Yes"

Lex Alexander on how Guilford County's Judicial corps could make Billy Jones' demand for an immediate hearing on his public records lawsuit remain out of sight

Guilford County Superior Court Clerk Lisa Johnson-Tonkins needs to recuse herself from any involvment in Billy Jones' City of Greensboro Lawsuit

About That Lawsuit

New Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras' = Say Yes to Education, Say Yes Guilford and Say Yes Syracuse = Say Yes now owns Guilford County Schools

John Hammer on new Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras and Say Yes to Education

Alan Duncan and Amos Quick; "Through Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, Contreras has worked with her community..."

"City of Greensboro, mayor sued over access to public records" by Roch Smith Jr.

Ponzi needs a new town; Jul 25, 2016 4:59 AM; "Say Yes to Education" program could mean free college for Louisville students"

Just in case any of those involved with Say Yes to Education want to say they didn't know

"Council for Say Yes will hold public meeting Monday"

"Newcomers join Greensboro school board this month" and Say Yes Guilford

Dear Donnie Turlington and Mary Vigue; Please explain why Say Yes to Education's money is in Central America

An email sent to Say Yes to Education folks this morning;

John Hammer at the Rhino Times is starting to get the fcukedupness of Say Yes to Education

The beginning of the middle of the eventual end of Say Yes to Education in Guilford County

Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

Guilford school board seeks more information from Say Yes

Interim executive director named for Say Yes to Education Guilford

I handed out about 100 fliers of this at the meeting; "Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford Unanswered Questions"

It's been about a month since the News and Record hasn't reported Say Yes Guilford has less than $11 million, and charter schools have to pay 100%

A comment awaiting moderation at Triad City Beat's "Say Yes says maybe to undocumented Guilford students"

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford questions for Monday night at 6 pm

Say Yes to Education Red Flag; Mary Vigue; She is about to be in charge of more than $25 million for a 'non-profit' after shafting City of Greensboro employees out of investment fee cuts

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey; President at Say Yes to Education, Inc.; Professional Fundraising Organization

Say Yes to Education Independent Contractor Compensation the News and Record's Susan Ladd failed to report

Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes), and Say Yes Guilford appears to be a legal Ponzi scheme and/or a Racket

How the Triad Business Journal got played for chumps by Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

On October 3, 2015, Guilford County's Board of Education was shown a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" plan, for every GCS graduate who goes to college

Monday, November 16, 2015, I crashed the Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford meeting at Smith High School and passed out fliers asking the following questions;

"Guilford commissioners hear update on Say Yes"

Say Yes Guilford Questions for Guilford County Commissioner and School Board Candidates

Ponzi? From Say Yes to Education's 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2015 IRS 990 tax form

Gag order and censorship for Guilford County teachers by Say Yes to Education and Angela Jackson of Guilford County's Association of Educators

George Weiss doesn't mind using massive leverage and illegal tax avoidance

One Dollar; "Resolution Requesting Approval of Lease Agreement with Say Yes to Education"; Tuesday, November 17, 2015

George 'Say Yes to Education' Weiss and Associates;"...the hedge fund portfolio reportedly returned more than 50% per year on an annual basis", except for when it didn't

Susan Ladd's oldest daughter appears to be in line for a Say Yes to Education scholarship

If Say Yes Guilford has $35 million,...

$832,000 Payoff; "Buffalo Public Schools award the contract to Say Yes for community program"

Richard (Skip) Moore's misleading statements; "8 Things to Know About "Say Yes To Education"

Why did the Hartford Chapter of Say Yes close in June 2005?

Thursday, June 30, 2016; Say Yes to Education's amazing, quite unbelievable investment performance; This is a George Weiss special

Monday, February 8, 2016; "Guilford commissioners hear update on Say Yes"

Friday, May 20, 2016; An email sent to the News and Record's Marquita Brown and Steven Doyle on Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

Wednesday, June 1, 2016; What did Brian Cleary and Eric Ginsburg tell Joanna Rutter before she wrote' "Say Yes mobilizes for next phase of educational support"?

Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes), and Say Yes Guilford appears to be a legal Ponzi scheme and/or a Racket

I crashed the Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford meeting at Smith High School and passed out fliers asking the following questions;

Sunday, July 8, 2018

"No tax increase in city may be actually untrue"
Greensboro's political socioeconomic system has been compromised; Greensboro demographics; Not a lot to congratulate ourselves for

Greensboro's latest slush fund balance

"Journalists and politicians have become ensnared in a symbiotic web of lies that misleads the public"

John Hammer on Greensboro's regressive water and sewer regressive tax increase

"Council Admits To Raising City Taxes", and John Hammer's big lie

Greensboro's Mayor Vaughan and Tony Wilkins just cost City taxpayers a lot of money

Amy Murphy must not understand that The City of Greensboro's former Assistant Manager Mary Vigue, former Say Yes Guilford Director, was directly responsible, along with City Council and other City staff, for doing Greensboro's employees wrong

Regressive Taxes by City Council; "Greensboro increased its vehicle tax from $10 to the maximum allowed"

From a meeting with Congressman Mark Walker's staff, after which Mark did nothing = Walker has joined the national "keep the financial industry unaccountable" club

Nancy Hoffmann, Tony Wilkins and Justin Outling thinking they are reaching 50,000 Rhino readers, or just paying or getting paid by Roy Carroll for endorsements?

John Hammer admits printing 5,000 Rhino Times per week =

Circulation Fraud; Does the Rhino Times have 60,000 weekly readers of 5,000 printed papers, or 50,000?

60,000 print readers read 5,000 Rhino Times per week?

Once again, Greensboro's Rhino Times inflates readership estimates to mislead advertisers

If City taxpayers are paying for Coliseum Rhino ads
under the impression the paper reaches 50,000 readers weekly, and it's not true, 
taxpayers and the Rhino's advertisers are overpaying via false advertising, 
otherwise known as circulation fraud, supported by Greensboro's City Council.

Communications between Roy Carroll's Rhino's John Hammer and the City of Greensboro's Donnie Turlington on the Rhino's Circulation numbers

The City of Greensboro's response to the Rhino Times Circulation Audit Mystery

From an EZ Greensboro Fan on the Rhino Times Circulation/Reader Inflation Issue

Fake fiscal conservative Tony Wilkins and Justin Outling vote for City of Greensboro Tax Increase

Two reasons among many that a GPAC with 3,000 seats probably won't work as well as DPAC with 2,700 seats

Justin Outling: $500 from Marty Kotis, who he voted to give taxpayer monies to

Greensboro City Councilman Justing Outling voted for regressive taxes for Greensboro's poor

Premeditated fraud on the City's taxpayers by Justin Outling and City Council

The Rhino's Hammer, a lying liberal when told to be as Roy Carroll's crony faux journalistic boy toy to cover for City Council's handouts to John's boss

The Rhino Times' John Hammer doesn't give a rat's ass about anything that doesn't have to do with the best interests of John Hammer

The Rino's John Hammer Carrying Roy Carroll's GPAC position, and the local Republican establishment

How far is John Hammer's head inserted into Roy Carroll's rectum? Using Straw Men against challengers

The City of Greensboro blowing off a legitimate taxpayer inquiry concerning the Rhino Times circulation numbers and links

The Rhino's Hammer, a lying liberal when told to be as Roy Carroll's crony faux journalistic boy toy to cover for City Council's handouts to John's boss

The Rhino Times' John Hammer doesn't give a rat's ass about anything that doesn't have to do with the best interests of John Hammer

The Rino's John Hammer Carrying Roy Carroll's GPAC position, and the local Republican establishment

How far is John Hammer's head inserted into Roy Carroll's rectum? Using Straw Men against challengers

The City of Greensboro blowing off a legitimate taxpayer inquiry concerning the Rhino Times circulation numbers and links

Rhino Times; N.C. Gen. Stat § 75-1.1: Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices Under North Carolina Law

From an EZ Greensboro Fan on the Rhino Times Circulation/Reader Inflation Issue

Friday, July 6, 2018

Peeler Center Park

It is absolutely amazing the secrets you can stumble across while using the Internet for completely unrelated things. For example, while posting an ad to Craigslist I was shown a map that showed Peeler Center Park extending from Phillips Ave along Sykes Ave and Elwell Ave all the way to Woodale Lane.

That's 2 blocks farther south than the park extends now. And it will require a property belonging to one of my brothers and several lifelong friends who I am certain have never heard a word about this project.

This is also directly in the path of Greensboro's recent tornado with several of the homes there having not yet been repaired.

As you can see on the Google Map the current view is very different with Lacy Ave not connecting to Easton Road as it does in the first screen grab.

Now don't you wonder where map makers like Open Street Map get their information from?

And how would Open Street Map, a UK based organization, know of such a project when no one living in the effected area has yet to learn about it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 4, 1776; Thomas Jefferson's Bible

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 O.S.) – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776)
and the third President of the United States (1801–1809).
"Jefferson referred to "Nature's God" in the Declaration of Independence, he preferred to keep his personal beliefs to himself, a reticence that lined up with his philosophy of individual freedom and religious tolerance.

In "Notes," he put it this way: "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god.  It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

Jefferson described Jesus' teachings as "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals."

The problem, he wrote in another letter to Adams, came in the "artificial scaffolding" that surrounded those teachings — the Virgin Birth, the miracles and so on.

"The Jefferson Bible" is his attempt to tear down that scaffolding.

...he used a razor to slice Jesus' teachings out of a couple of King James Bibles, then grouped them by subject (e.g., "false teachers") and pasted them into a scrapbook.

Jefferson preserved Jesus' life story and his teachings, but he removed anything that strained reason
— the walking on water or Lazarus' resurrection.

And Jefferson applied this standard to the smallest details.

Matthew 19:2, for example, reads: "And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there."

But Jefferson carefully excised "and he healed them there."

..."The Jefferson Bible" ends with Jesus' entombment, and, given all the trouble caused by his published thoughts on religion, Jefferson seemed happy to take the book to his grave.

...The government produced an extravagant edition 1904, the government published more than 9,000 copies, with 14 going to each congressman — and with enough kept in reserve that a copy also went to every incoming representative or senator, a tradition that continued through the 1950s.

..."The Jefferson Bible" stands as one of the most interesting and iconoclastic moments in America's religious past — one man with a razor, a pot of paste and a unique and private set of ideas.

...Jefferson was no more a Bible thumper than he was a Bible burner.

A leader in The Enlightenment, Jefferson was a polymath who spoke five languages and was deeply interested in science, religion and philosophy."

Craig Fehrman
The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was a cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th-century Europe, that sought to mobilize the power of reason, in order to reform society and advance knowledge.

It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition, intolerance and abuses in church and state.

Originating about 1650–1700, it was sparked by philosophers Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), John Locke (1632–1704), Pierre Bayle (1647–1706), mathematician Isaac Newton (1643–1727) and historian Voltaire (1694–1778).

...The new intellectual forces spread to ...the European colonies, where it influenced Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, among many others, and played a major role in the American Revolution.

The political ideals influenced the American Declaration of Independence, the United States Bill of Rights, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and the Polish–Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, 1791.

"The Last Question"; Are we God?


In conceiving Multivac, [Isaac] Asimov was extrapolating the trend towards centralization that characterized computation technology planning in the 1950s to an ultimate centrally managed global computer [system]. ...Asimov "privately" concluded that this story was his best science fiction yet written...

Plot summary

The story deals with the development of universe-scale computers [AI] called Multivacs and their relationships with humanity through the courses of seven historic settings, beginning in 2061 [ published in the November 1956]. In each of the first six scenes a different character presents the computer with the same question; namely, how the threat to human existence posed by the heat death of the universe can be averted.

The question was: "How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?" This is equivalent to asking: "Can the workings of the second law of thermodynamics (used in the story as the increase of the entropy of the universe) be reversed?"

If the second law of thermodynamics
means concentrated pockets of energy in isolated systems, like Earth
even out over time,
where and what on Earth is more or less concentrated,
and how fast is what evening out?

Multivac's only response after much "thinking" is: "INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR MEANINGFUL ANSWER."

The story jumps forward in time into later eras of human and scientific development. In each of these eras someone decides to ask the ultimate "last question" regarding the reversal and decrease of entropy. Each time, in each new era, Multivac's descendant is asked this question, and finds itself unable to solve the problem. Each time all it can answer is an (increasingly sophisticated, linguistically): "THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER."

In the last scene, the god-like descendant of humanity (the unified mental process of over a trillion, trillion, trillion humans that have spread throughout the universe) [AI] watches the stars flicker out, one by one, as matter and energy ends, and with it, space and time.

If arable land, fresh water, irrigation, genetically modified seed
modern equipment, pesticides and fertilizers
convert fossil fuel into enough food to keep pace with population growth,
the populace is dependent on ever increasing supplies of finite resources

Humanity asks AC, Multivac's ultimate descendant, which exists in hyperspace beyond the bounds of gravity or time, the entropy question one last time, before the last of humanity merges with AC and disappears. AC is still unable to answer, but continues to ponder the question even after space and time cease to exist.

If resource consumption, food production, population,
money supply and temperature,
all rose faster in the last 50 years than the preceding 5,000,
we consuming more than replenishing

Eventually AC discovers the answer, but has nobody to report it to; the universe is already dead. It therefore decides to answer by demonstration.

The story ends with AC's pronouncement,


And AC said: "LET THERE BE LIGHT!" And there was light"

What happens when linear food production
can’t keep pace with exponential population growth?

American political and economic leadership
should be held accountable for what their conduct has wrought
that our warriors fight and die to protect

America build up military power as it strengthened economic power
while its industrial base moved overseas to use near slave-labor
paid for with printed money

Question those with less to lose, who may think you have what they need,
who may be saying what you want to hear,
while urging you to do what they don’t want to or wont

If about 50 million years after Earth formed about 4.55 billion years ago
an asteroid about the size of Mars crashed into Earth
leaving the moon, which is about a quarter the size of Earth,
led to different kinds of  non 'air' breathing life about 3.9 billion years ago
until something started excreting oxgen, like our current vegetation,
which killed off whatever couldn’t adapt,
and about 99% of the thirty billion or so different kinds of everything that has ever lived on Earth 
doesn't exist anymore and left no descendants,
what are the chances of modern humans lasting how long?

Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes…but things vary, and adopt a new form.

Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this,
yet the sums of things remains unchanged.

Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD), Metamorphoses

If most 'everything' is made of many atoms
which may have very possibly been around before this universe,
which may continue to exist after the current universe is gone,
when something living dies or when an inanimate object disintegrates,
do the atoms become part of everything else?

Every atom you possess
has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms
on its way to becoming you.

Bill Bryson

If all the atoms in a human body are completely replaced with other atoms about every 9 years
and a child gets about half its DNA from each parent,
a quarter from each grandparent, an eighth from each great-grandparent and so on,
and the genetic code of everything alive and has ever lived is essentially the same only different, 
is everything on Earth relatively interconnected?

Is everything everything?

So when we say that 80% of the population can expect to be ancestors of all surviving individuals,
we are talking about their 22nd great-grandchildren…
[or] one four-millionth part.

Richard Dawkins
Professor of the Public Understanding, Oxford

If the genetic code of everything alive and has ever lived on Earth
is fundamentally the same but a little different,
did every living thing  basically come from the same beginning?

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that none of it has tried to contact us.

Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes

If there is more unknown than known
like what started everything and why or if what started everything is still around,
and we don’t know for certain what happens before life or after death,
what is the purpose of cognitive existence?

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden
to work it and take care of it.

Genesis 2:15

Should we be able to think and do what we want
as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else doing the same?

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

If Earth became uninhabitable,
and 'we' had a spaceship big enough for some people and enough supplies
that could go 250,000 miles per hour,
and it would take about 11,276 years without stopping or hitting anything to get to the nearest star, 
where the chances of there being a habitable planet may be at most one tenth of one percent, 
should we take better care of what we have?

Once off the cliff, there is still hope if you keep running.

By running ever faster you may not fall.

Wyle E. Coyote

Don’t tread on others unless they’re treading on you, be unloved,
criticize if it won’t help, lose your temper unless it would be bad to keep it,
be a very good bad example, lead without permission, do guilt,
offend many to benefit few or let ego override intelligence.

Don’t do anything you don’t want done to you, unless you need to.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exodus 20:13

Don’t think you need want or want more than you need,
confuse compassion with justice, consciously over-compensate for unconscious doubt,
over-adore wanted acquisition, do what you don’t want to get what you don’t need,
underestimate irrationality, or think more of what could have than what may be.

"All collected data had come to a final end. 

Nothing was left to be collected.

But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated 
and put together in all possible relationships.

A timeless interval was spent in doing that.

And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.

But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. 

No matter. The answer -- by demonstration -- would take care of that, too.

For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. 

Carefully, AC organized the program.

The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe 
and brooded over what was now Chaos. 

Step by step, it must be done.


And there was light----"

Don’t believe everything you think, conclude what you want because you want to
or confuse effort with result.

Don’t afflict inanimate objects with conjured meaning.

Don’t want what you can’t get, let obsession with righteousness metastasize into hubris,
rationalize faults by blaming others, think you know what you don’t,
do what you don’t understand, over think or swim with the incontinent.

Don’t let small mistakes become big ones
by eliminating what’s not working and doing more of what is, sooner than later.

You shall not favor a poor man in his cause.

Exodus 23:3

Don’t think you know what you don’t, conclude what you want because you want to,
say you can if you cant, obfuscate or say you’re going to do and don’t.

Don’t self fulfill prophesy.

You shall not raise a false report

Exodus 23:1

Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you to get what you don’t need,
hide confusion with obliqueness, cut what can be untied, over-sacrifice need for want and vice versa,
catch falling knives, stereotypically generalize, resent, envy, slur, avenge,
ask a barber if you need a haircut, let what you own own you, lend need,
spend more than you make, build monuments, be selfish, unlovable or apathetic,
sacrifice future unhappiness for an unnecessarily pleasant present,
owe more than you can easily repay, succeed at failure or give up.

The true measure of a man
is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson

Give your family a better chance to succeed than your forefathers gave your parents
and your parents gave you.

Make luck happen.

Create a higher likelihood of a better present by securing need and achieving want
in the shortest time with the least risk for as long as possible,
by thinking of what and when relative to what was
and what may happen after what could happen next.

Do the most good, in the best way, with as many people
for as long as you can.

To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:3

If there’s less risk and higher return in using a plan that matches circumstances
than trying to force circumstances to fit a plan,
relax, accept and embrace uncertainty, focus, hypothesize, experiment,
observe, acknowledge mistakes, compare, question the status quo,
consider the counterintuitive, anticipate anticipation,
find strength in weakness, weakness in strength and advantage in disadvantage,
know what you own, consult wisdom, accept and learn from criticism,
look within for faults found in others, embrace differences, respect momentum,
be incremental, bypass irrelevancy, protect your flanks, calculate risk,
prepare for instability when stable, reduce to the least common denominator,
rise above and control emotion, weigh choice, adapt, practice with someone better,
commit, accept responsibility, maximize what works, minimize what doesn’t,
tear band aids off swiftly, pay yourself forward and play to win.

History shows again and again
how nature points up the folly of men

Blue Oyster Cult

Do the right thing when no one’s looking,
leave others better off for having known you and the world a better place than you found it.

Forget what you give, value what you get,
return what you borrow, replace what you break and forgive quickly.

Hope everything happens the way it does
and leave unanswered questions.

Have as much fun as soon as possible
with the least amount of risk for as long as you can.

If the credit industry slashes trillions of consumer lines of credit
totaling about half of available consumer liquidity,
are living standards likely to rise or fall
for those who don’t step back from conformist thought
while many with collectively held erroneous assumptions fracture
succumb to deer in headlights incomprehension
compounding prior miscalculations?

Can any good person get to heaven,
or do you have to believe certain thoughts?

Do suicide bombers act in ways they think God wants them to?

If God were a defined certainty,
would the number of people following different religions increase or decline?

If a fire breaks out in a fertility clinic,
and you can only save a canister with five inseminated eggs,
or one 4-year old child, which do you save?

Is life support God’s will
if $100,000 keeping one patient on life support
could provide seeds to grow food for 10,000 starving others?

Could this be heaven or hell depending on what you choose to believe?

If something started everything, is everything else supposition?

Would the God of rectangles have four sides?

Can an atheist be superstitious?

What do you believe that you can’t prove?

No man shall be compelled to frequent or support
religious worship, place, or ministry...,
nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief,
but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain
their opinion on matters of religion.

Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Bill on Religious Freedom

On the philosophy of Avatar

July 4, 1776; Thomas Jefferson's Bible

Why are weak governments and/or fringe political movements
more likely to embrace religion or nationalism
in times of economic and social instability
and/or when distractions appear helpful to bury other more important issues?

Passover Conundrum; Exodus 12:23

If sentient beings on another planet played chess with Earthlings
would God would be on our side, as long as the player is a white, not gay, Christian American?

Are you a robot?

Were we all predestined to have free will?

If I knew you were a robot,
would you want me to tell you?

Literalists don’t practice all they preach

"This is for the fat girls."

"In the Name of Religion"

Craig Fehrman: "Thomas Jefferson's personal Bible"

"In Orson Scott Card's The Worthing Saga
...Abner Doon is the person out of the past of The Worthing Saga universe
who put everything into motion.

It is due to him that things are the way they are,
and it is to him that everyone owes thanks for a better tomorrow.

What did he do to bring it about?

He destroyed everything.

The old universe was a decadent empire
where those with wealth and power
could extend their ability to keep things in stasis by thousands of years.

...The result was a predictably stagnant and hopeless society.

How Abner brings about the fall of the empire is never directly addressed,
but is alluded to in the way he plays a game...

In one of the worldwide tournaments
where players purchased the rights to play nations in a computer simulation
that began in 1914, one player had managed to build Italy into a powerful empire
on the verge of global domination.

It was a beautiful and seemingly immortal political creation
that inspired the world of entertainment and academics, if merely a hologram.

Abner buys the rights to play Italy, refuses to sell,
and destroys it by carefully orchestrating corruption, oppression,
and aggressiveness in a way that leads not to isolated rebellion,
but a total and simultaneous collapse into anarchy.

When Doon topples the real empire,
he does a thorough enough job to bring a halt to space travel
for thousands of years.

And out of the ashes rises are more diversified humanity
better equipped to plumb the depths of time and space.

Doon the destroyer. Doon the serpent. Doon the messiah.

...When does a life of comfort and stasis cease to be life?

How much adventure and uncertainty do we need to be human,
and when do we slip deep enough into routine that we cease to be?

How much destruction is justifiable in an act of creation?

Is playing the devil any worse than playing God?

How much does one individual have the right to force on all humanity?

Maybe Abner Doon was good and evil, just and wrong,
God and anti-God at the same time.

Maybe all those people are who enter and leave this world
leaving life unimaginable without them as much as with them."


"Propaganda Techniques [Mainstream] & News"; Uses to Brainwash Americans"

Religious and Rhetorical Ethics: Adolf Hitler

Monday, July 2, 2018

City Makes John Lomax Look Guilty

Yesterday I posted Amy Murphy: Let The Record State in which I questioned the number of times John Lomax claimed to have called 911 due to abusive panhandling in downtown Greensboro. Here is the reply I got from the City of Greensboro:

That's right, even though John Lomax openly admitted in the Greensboro News & Record to having "
called the police 40-50 times over the years" the City of Greensboro still feels the need to keep his information a secret.

Seems someone downtown doesn't care much about protecting Mr Lomax's reputation.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Amy Murphy: Let The Record State

I read Amy Murphy: Which path will we take on homelessness? in the Greensboro News & Record today and a few things struck me as rather strange. One was a quote she attributed to John Lomax. So I submitted the following public information request #8501 to the City of Greensboro just minutes ago:

"In the following article in the Greensboro News & Record, Amy Murphy quotes John Lomax as writing:

“So I started telling them no when they asked for money. That’s when the verbal and sometimes physical intimidation would happen. When my sons were not with me and a panhandler would get aggressive, I would immediately call the police and follow that person until the police arrived. I am guessing I have called the police 40-50 times over the years, but only for the ones who were being abusive."

Please send me ALL the records of John Lomax's calls to Greensboro Police concerning abusive panhandlers.

Thank you
-Billy Jones

PS. I've also posted a copy of this PIRT online at: I highly recommend you read it and forward the article to the respective departments.

I don't know about you but 40-50 times seems like a lot of calls, perhaps a gross exaggeration. And then there's the part where Mr Lomax is said to have written:

“So I started telling them no when they asked for money. That’s when the verbal and sometimes physical intimidation would happen."

Have any of you seen John Lomax? The man is huge! Not the sort of man that most men would attempt to intimidate.

So the sooner the City of Greensboro clears this up the better off everyone will be.

Greensboro's political socioeconomic system has been compromised; Greensboro demographics; Not a lot to congratulate ourselves for

"Even with the gain in service industry employment, Greensboro did not keep pace with other top ten North Carolina cities."

With the exception of 2015, the poverty rate in Greensboro has been higher than state and national rates since 2005.

• Median earnings in Greensboro have increased, but lag behind state and national averages, as well as behind several of the top ten cities in North Carolina.

• Combined costs of housing and transportation in Greensboro in 2015 were higher than the national average and higher than many of the top ten cities in North Carolina.

Since 2000, the increasing percentage of Greensboro’s population attaining either a high school education or bachelor’s degree has not kept pace with the state or the nation.

Guilford County’s infant mortality rate has increased since 2000.

Since 2008, the overall condition of street pavement dropped by 40%.

Ten bridges in Greensboro are structurally deficient and an additional twelve are functionally obsolete.

The secure, the successful and some who have power or access 
make and profit from Greensboro's public policy of taxpayer funded handouts

Poverty grew in Greensboro by 85% between 2000 and 2016,
under the watchful eyes of our elected leaders
and the oligarchs who own their decision making

Could many who believe Greensboro's government
should pledge their children’s future income
to prevent the failure of local businesses 
be indirectly advocating a political system other than capitalistic democracy?

Our community has been designed for a political and business elite to enrich themselves 
at the expense of everyone else

Much of the population edures economic frustrations as the connected prosper upon the many

Greensboro's owners reap money borrowed from taxpayers via political favors 
at the expense of everyone else

Some our upper-middle class is doing fairly well, 
but the average family pays higher prices for food, 
fuel, education and medical care as a percent of income,
and we are losing a generation of younger citizens to enrich our elders;
If local workers earn, pay taxes, spend, save and invest while retirees divest, downsize, 
budget and draw income and healthcare benefits, 
what’s going to happen when more retirees want what fewer workers may not be able to deliver?

"Greensboro’s population has grown by 28.2% since 2000, more than the state and national growth rate..."

In the next section;

...Much of Greensboro’s total population growth since 2000 is attributed to annexation (42.5%)."

Greensboro's downfall has been the connected politicians, elites, and media pundits 
who enable, run and pilfer our city;

Human beings are… of two persuasions
the first would spend tomorrow what they earn today
the second would spend today what they hope to earn tomorrow

From this…arise all conflicts that lead to economic crises
to panics, depressions, violent and revolutionary transfers of wealth
and perhaps most wars

Freeman Tilden

Corruption of Greensboro's political, capitalist and information systems 
negatively influenced economic performance and consumer behavior 
through legislation, budget appropriation, regulation and taxation 

to benefit a few at the expense of many

"Although Greensboro’s population density increased between 2000 and 2016, most comparable North Carolina cities experienced significantly greater increases."
Are there times when compromise isn’t appropriate?

Should you do what you need to whether you like it or not
sooner than later?

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny
when the government fears the people, there is liberty

Thomas Jefferson

How should Greensboro's residents respond
if the City's economic and political leadership
rigged the local economy for themselves and their benefactors
with the help of a compliant press?

Greensboro Age Cohorts and Change in Percent of Age Cohorts, 2000 to 2016;

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul,
can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw

Since 2000, employment among the industry groups and sectors in Greensboro has shifted dramatically:
manufacturing lost over 4,000 jobs, while services gained around 22,000. Even with the gain in service industry employment, Greensboro did not keep pace with other top ten North Carolina cities

Median earnings in Greensboro have increased, but lag behind state and national averages, as well as behind several of the top ten cities in North Carolina.

Combined costs of housing and transportation in Greensboro in 2015 was higher than the national average and higher than many of the top ten cities in North Carolina.

City of Greensboro | DRAFT: March 15, 2018

Socioeconomic disharmonies will likely increase.

They’re insulated from many of the effects of their decisions.

Current Greensboro City Council Members and Candidates for local elected office, should be prohibited from accepting campaign contributions from board members of organizations, developers, contractors or their lawyers or agents who have or may receive taxpayer funded contracts or monies, for 12 months before and after doing business with Greensboro’s government.