Teachers Lives Matter Too . . .

Unless you have been passed out under a rock somewhere for the last week or two you will know that 17 young lives were taken for no other reason than they were where they were supposed to be and the murderer wasn’t. Among those who were wounded or murdered were the teachers who get up every morning with the very thought that this might be the day. That’s a hell of a way to start anyone’s day. Those I don’t admire-are those who refuse to show a backbone and have placed children’s lives ahead of the right thing to do. That would include the politicians who spend their time sucking up to those who are positioned at the underbelly of the NRA.

Those I do admire are those students and teachers who have not shrunk away to the shadows to feel sorry for themselves but rather those who have stood up, brushed themselves off and have shown more grit and courage and passion to do the right thing than the so called leaders who are supposed to protect them. These kids will be heard and they will make a difference.

I guess what bothers me the most is that whenever an African American or Latino citizen gets shot all kinds of marches happen and cries of racial bias and lack of caring fill the air. But who is marching for the Teachers? Who is out there chanting for justice to find them?

These Teachers are the people who actually hold the nations future in their hands and yet no one seems to recognize the significance of what just happened. It is about far more than losing the precious lives of these 17 human beings and their minds. The world lost their creativity and vision as future scholars and difference makers. Every time a tragedy like this happens more people decide to either leave the teaching profession or they get involved in another career choice. When a suggestion like giving guns to teachers is made it is not only the most ridiculous and repugnant suggestion that could have been made but it shows a COMPLETE lack of understanding and empathy for teachers and what they go through every day to try to do the best they can as educators. They spend their days with one eye on the door each minute of each day not knowing who may be on their way through it with malice in their hearts.

The NRA can and will keep this debate alive and well for as long as it can because there is a fortune to be made each day the rules stay as they are. This isn’t about fundamentals. This is about cash-pure and simple. I believe the law makers need to stop trying to ban guns and re-think how guns will be tolerated. Here are three suggestions they might want to consider:

  1. There is no question or doubt that assault rifles need to go. They serve no logical purpose and they are only made and sold for one purpose and that is to KILL other human beings. A 357 will do the same thing. So assault rifles are to be owned by law enforcement or military personnel only. Home owners do not need an assault rifle to protect and defend their property and their liberty.
  2. If you feel you need to own a gun to defend your property then you would be able to purchase a hand gun after going through the proper and most thorough process known to man. Only after completing the appropriate assessments, background checks, criminal records and after an appropriate waiting time do you get the chance to purchase a legal fire arm from a legal retailer–no gun shows-no magazine purchases. If you are found to possess a hand gun bought on the street the time served should be on a chain gang (first offence-1 year-no fine) cracking rock and making new roads.  If you are able to purchase a hand gun you take it home and it stays IN YOUR HOME. It does not see the street. It does not see the light of day. If you need it to protect your home then it should stay in your home-locked, loaded and safety on.
  3. If you have a burning need to have a rifle of some kind then you join a gun club where they have lockers that can be secured. Join a club where the targets move and you can hunt them. When you are done the gun(s) are locked back up again and you leave knowing that it will be right there for you whenever you want to go back and blow off another 100 or 200 rounds-who cares.

The problem today is the NRA has people believing there has to be one solution that fits all situations and of course that is never going to happen. The NRA will continue to spill the “life blood” of the citizens and businesses will continue as usual.

The bigger problem for me is that more innocent children will die. More teachers will die or quit. The educational process that is absolutely vital for any country to succeed or survive for that matter will become an afterthought instead of a priority. Nature hates a vacuum. Dictatorships are born from citizens who demonstrate a lack of education which, in turn, creates limited thinking and no political will. Laugh if you will–would never happen here you say. When you look around at the troubled countries of the world there aren’t many that have the freedoms we enjoy at present. Our high rate of education keeps us insulated from the chaos that other countries experience. To continue to do that we need to protect our teachers not drive them away or worse yet kill them off.

Anyways, that’s how I see things.

All the best and thanks for stopping by, Jim

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I’m Not So Sure I Would Call It A Democracy . . .

I offer my sincere gratitude to those who witness and manage the outcomes of the human destruction and tragedy that seems to be increasing all around us. What they do is amazing and I’m not sure how they do it. I’m just glad they do. That goes for soldiers as well. Amazing people who are passionate and who care about their fellow humans. I thank them all.

I’m also thankful that I live in a place where most of my basic needs are met but saddened by the constant erosion of those rights in the name of my own best interests. Canada is truly the best country on the planet to live in-I would not want to live anywhere else. But I’m becoming more challenged to see it as a true democracy. The word ‘democracy’ suggests majority rules. The will of the people is supposed to stand above everything else. For instance, in a true democracy, Trump would have been removed from office a long time ago. He certainly does not have the backing of anywhere close to a majority. He wasn’t elected by a larger number of voters. I am not a ‘Hillary’ fan but she did garner 2million more votes than he did. Put two or three names on a piece of paper and a check mark beside the one you like. Count the check marks and there is your leader. Pretty simple stuff.

I don’t quite agree with the interpretation of ‘democracy’ as it stands. I do not want to put my vote in the hands of a politician who doesn’t know me or know how I feel on a particular issue. Why then should he cast a vote either yeh or nay in my name. If we lived in a true democracy we, being eligible citizens, would be able to have a direct say in the important issues that frame our lives in some way almost every day. A direct say would simply mean-ONE VOTE cast by each eligible individual. The person or issue with the most votes wins the day. It is considered to be the common will of the people. This is a true democracy to me.

And it is not true that anyone can run for public office. Money, time, support of power brokers, special interest groups and those who gain if John Doe is elected are some of the reasons why the ‘average Joe’ can’t run or would never win an election. Let’s at least be honest about that.

The following are some of the issues that I believe need to stay within the direct influence of everyday people and not left to the representatives we send to parliament to represent our best interests. I can’t remember the last time my ‘representative’ called me to ask for my thoughts??

For example: (I realize that rule by plebiscite isn’t ideal either. However, it is much easier to do now using the technology available and it sure is more ‘democratic’ than the current system.)

  • We need to have a way of impeaching a leader if he/she fails to live up to ‘election promises’ within a specified period of time. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver–it’s called accountability and honesty.
  • Declarations of war. Perhaps the leaders could send their kids to be among the first to fight the enemy. Would they be as anxious to wage war a half a world away?
  • Implementation of the death penalty. This issue should not be left to whichever leader has the strongest moral conviction one way of the other. It depends on what we collectively stand for and what kind of justice are we seeking.
  • Abortion-decision should be the sole decision of the mother.
  • Gun control. If you like to shoot go to the gun club where your secured firearm is located. It is different if you hunt for food and clothing. I understand hunting for sport. You just don’t get to keep the thing tucked away in your closet. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons should never leave the firing range or designated firing areas.  They are useful when hunting people and that’s about it. The NRA now wants to have silencers legalized. Apparently, it hurts their ears–HEY-get some friggin’ ear plugs.
  • Legalising cannabis–for medical purposes only and absolutely. It should be covered just as any other prescription is covered.
  • Major constitutional changes depending on what they are. If the outcome would interfere with how the government goes about it’s business then that outcome needs to be dealt with in a different manner.
  • Euthanasia–it’s MY life and it does not belong to anyone else. If I want to end it because I have had enough and I am deemed to be of sound mind then the state should not have a say in that.

These are some of the issues that we ALL should have a say in–a direct say-one vote-one eligible citizen across the board. If more people vote yes than no then it happens. If you don’t agree then go out and try to persuade as many others as you can that you are right and they need to listen to you.

Let’s leave the government to macro-manage the national systems like the railroads, highways, air travel, funding national education programs, global representation at the UN for example and negotiating international trade agreements, the judicial system, national medical programs, national defence, international climate change initiatives, funding R&D and energy production. These issues are discussed when elections take place-vote your conscience. The other issues are what we have to live with every day of our lives and for the most part direct the quality of our living experiences each day. We need to have a direct say.

Anyways, that’s how I see things, Thanks for stopping by, Jim

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Who Are These People Anyway? I Thought They Were On Our Side . . .

Even Jean-Luc and Will (Star Trek Guys) are having difficulty trying to figure out what in the world the so called ‘brain trust’ is thinking about over in the provincial education department these days. We trust them to do right by us in terms of making decisions that are in our best interests. Unfortunately, I can’t trust in that anymore. There can be little doubt that much of the decision making coming out of Queen’s Park these days has to do with generating money to help replenish the gross amount of money that this outfit has squandered during their term in office. An election can’t be far off.

However, re-election should not come at the expense of our kid’s education. I believe there are three things that should remain universal and untouchable: education, health-care (including the cost of prescription drugs) and freedom.  We are told to do more with less but the time of doing more with less is coming to an end. The fat is gone and service seems to be next. Perhaps the MPP’s would set the example of doing more with less by taking a 20% pay cut and a hefty reduction from a bloated retirement package. Oh, not possible they say–I ask why not?

There seems to be an old pattern at play and that is to act without considering the whole picture before deciding a particular issue. In this case, it is continuing to close schools at quite a clip to save money. I don’t doubt there are some school buildings that need to be closed because they are too costly to try to save. However, there are many that are being closed because of inefficient use. Are enrollments down? Yes, they are. Have they considered ways to increase enrollments? Have they thought about how to re-engage with students who have dropped out of school? Have they considered converting some schools into multi-use facilities or is it easier to just shut them down and move on?

Have these decision-makers considered the overall importance and symbolism of having a school in a small rural community? Have they considered that without a school the likelihood of EVER generating any new interest or growth in a rural town is just about impossible? Having a local school is about demonstrating leadership, social stability and providing hope and opportunity for all even if the group is small. Kids depend on their school for a central sense of identity and connectedness. Boards don’t seem to care much about that.  How many parents want to have their kids bused an hour or two one way to attend a school with which they have no connection or history? How many opportunities would the parents have to be any part of their child’s education and what kind of relationship would they have with the teachers entrusted with educating their kids? What they, the bureaucrats, don’t seem to understand is that education is far more than books and learning. It’s about developing community spirit, creativity, and collaboration. These are the very skills lacking in many of the programs in larger centers. If a government can’t find a way to do that then they should move out and move on.

Some of the smaller schools could be refurbished especially with the new technology that is available. Utilizing solar energy and heat pumps instead of burning expensive fuel oil. Great ecological example for the next generation. Other countries are building homes and buildings out of cardboard. They are reputed to be as efficient and durable as bricks and mortar but a great deal less costly. Consider the multi-use option that many small communities have adopted.

Multi-use possibilities: Size school buildings to accommodate the number of students who will attend.

  1. Part school and part community center with a public gym.
  2. Create regular school classrooms and special education classrooms for challenged learners in the same building
  3. Treatment facilities and out patient clinics (re-habs)
  4. Medical clinics
  5. Day care/child care facilities
  6. Social service centers
  7. Rental space for small private sector businesses like dental offices or optometrist offices

We are inviting more immigrants with young families to come to Canada. These kids will need to go to school. What a wonderful opportunity to practice our goals of providing a diverse setting for all who come to join us. There are a growing number of professionals who like the idea of practicing in a rural or small town to get away from the ‘big city experience.’ They will want to know there are good schools where they are considering working.

Closing schools, especially at the current rate, is not only short-sighted but borders on negligence. Strong word. I am aware of what it means. Educators know that the communities without schools are likely to die and yet they continue to plan on closing many schools that don’t need to be closed at least before trying other means of sharing the costs of keeping them open. That is negligence to me. Perhaps it’s time to create a new funding strategy instead of using the old one that doesn’t represent the taxpayers very well. It is the obligation of our governments big and small to assume the responsibility to provide adequate education not limit its availability.

Parents need to fight for what they deserve or they are likely to get what they deserve. Don’t leave it to the government to save the day. Education is too important to leave it to the educators. 

Anyways, that’s how I see it. Thanks for stopping by. All the best, Jim

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One Week Goes And Another One Comes . . . It’s What We Do In Between That Counts


This week I happened upon some truths and wisdoms (if wisdoms is not a word it should be so I’ll use it anyway) that really stopped me in my tracks. I cannot take credit for them but I can say that they made great sense to me and I have adopted them as part of my mantra. I can also say that I appreciate the person(s) who did write them and the clarity he/she enjoyed at the time of their creation–well done.

We all need a mantra and if you don’t have one yet you need to get going on it if you are over 60. I am over 60 and I now see the need to express how I feel about things as I see them and if folks don’t like that approach so be it. I no longer have a need or an obligation to apologize for how I see the world I live in.

The following are but a few of what I have come to understand and accept about myself:

  1. I don’t need anger management.  I need people to stop pissing me off!
  2. Old age is coming at a really bad time!
  3. My people skills are just fine.  It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
  4. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid … but it can muffle the sound!
  5. Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the friends to post my bail when I finally snap!
  6. Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

Anyways, that’s how I see things, All the best, Jim

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Truth Talkin’ Thursday:

Jane and I were talking about how ridiculous things have become and how frivolous some people can be when a judge in Canada can be condemned by the public and disciplined for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ t-shirt on his own time and NOT in a courtroom but rather a supermarket. Catch the rest of our discussion on u-tube–Episode 42

A Forward Thinking Program:

I have begun having some ‘unofficial’ conversations about the new paradigm of education that my colleague and I have been working on for the past 2 years. Had some great responses and heard some skepticism as well. Happy to say that there is much more support than doubt about the need to create a new way of educating and preparing our kids for the 21st century marketplace. When I have a final draft ready to go I will start to release some of the talking points of the program for the public to consider with the hopes of beginning serious conversations about the future of our children and their learning opportunities.


Perception vs. Reality: How Much Of Us Fits In Either?

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Such an amazing photo. Is it real or is it photoshopped? I’m not saying one way or the other.

Perception: means becoming aware through our senses; recognizing and interpreting through                                       sensory stimuli

Reality: means accepting things as they actually exist; the world or state of things

Lee Atwater, an American Political Consultant, is mentioned as the originator of the quote: ‘Perception is Reality.’ Others have said that most people hear what they want to hear and they don’t hear the rest. That may be true as well. My question then is–Do folks really want to know the truth or just what appears to be the truth? Should we trust those who claim they will fight for our best interests? Let’s consider 5 areas of our lives where we really need to be more diligent if we want to seek out some Peace and Serenity in our lives.

  1. POLITICS–The most obvious one is politics. For the most part most politicians are masters at creating the perception they are genuine, they really do care and will work tirelessly to right the wrongs of those who have gone before, they have answers others seem to have failed to implement or come up with and all that needs to happen is for them to be elected. Trump is the master of deception. What he is doing is what most sociopaths and narcissists do and that’s create confusion, blame others and promote deception. The perception they create is one that is truly believable and thus becomes a reality. What we hear and see forms our beliefs. We want to believe what we hear is the truth. A good politician will take advantage of that. The reality is most politicians will get just enough done to keep them in office for the next 4 years.
  2. MEDICAL –What the system wants us to buy into is that all that can be done is being done. We have come to believe that equipment needs to be that expensive and that drugs need to be that expensive . However, we have been told by professional groups, doctors, governments and lobbyists that drugs need to remain expensive to help cover the cost of producing the next generation of drugs so that our health and the ‘cures’ that come with that can and will be found. The perception is that without those drugs people who don’t have to die–will. Click on the link I provided to see how the poor pharmaceutical companies are managing to scrape by.  In this case the perception and the reality of the medical/pharmaceutical industry is the same. 
  3. BUSINESS–The petroleum industry is so good at creating the perception they are in trouble. They justify the price of gas at the pumps based on future contracts and then don’t live up to that explanation when the prices drop in the world market place. The perception is they are hurting and we need to help them survive. We settle for a shrug of the shoulders and say, ‘So what can we do about it?’ The reality is they are making as much or more than they used to-at our expense. Another perception is that our government is doing it can to regulate prices and keep them under control. The reality is that they are complicit in the ‘big’ plan of amalgamating oil reserves and will eventually create a global marketplace that will create a global price. Some would call this an monopoly.
  4. ENVIRONMENT–This one is likely the most egregious perception of them all. We have been told for years the world environment is in serious trouble by those who are in a position to know. The Americans, for one, have recently debunked this as ‘fake’ news. They have created a perception that all is well and that the earth is in fine shape despite hard scientific evidence to the contrary. The government wouldn’t lie about that–would they? The reality is they would if it meant that companies were going to profit more.
  5. EDUCATION–This perception is the easiest to defend. For years we have been told that we have one of the finest systems in the world. Not true anymore if it ever was. Currently we rank 6th in the world behind South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Cong, Finland, The U.K. and then Canada. We continue to make erroneous and misleading comparisons with other countries based on questionable numbers. The reality is we are not living up to our obligation to lead. We have sold out. Other countries are gaining or passing us by in terms of growth and development. We need to be less accepting and more questioning of what our leaders are trying to sell us. The old saying goes: ‘They will do it to us long before they will do it for us.’

Perception is NOT reality. When we buy into the excuses and the stories about why something didn’t work out we are adding strength to the perception and we don’t see the reality.

Anyways, that’s how I see things. If you want to comment send me an email at: jim.lifechoice@gmail.com  OR  connect with me through my web site at: jimcloughley.com

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Thanks for stopping by, all the best, Jim

The reality is that we will believe our perceptions to be  true

What Gets Your Blood Flowing A Bit Quicker? My Top . . .

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What is it that really gets your blood moving? Which people or situations have to present themselves before you really want to scream at something or someone?

What I do know about me is that I don’t tolerate fools easily and greedy, insensitive, selfish and self centered people disturb me-sometimes deeply-perhaps irrationally.

If you have a minute or two tell me about what disturbs you the most and moves you to ranting and anger. We all have something-what’s yours? Send it off to me at jim.lifechoice@gmail.com . No names are necessary. I’m interested in compiling a list for a future blog and would consider some of your comments.

If it helps I’ll go first:

When I look at global leadership I think of Canada and the U.S. On the surface it currently appears that there exists a huge gap concerning principles, values, morals and just about everything else that humans should concern themselves about. I supported Justin Trudeau for PM. Who is or could be more despicable and hateful than Donald J. Trump. I’m not suggesting for a moment that the two men inhabit the same ugly place in history BUT they both disturb me greatly (bigly in the Donald’s case.) at times.

Trump–In Trumps’ case it’s just that he is so separated from the people that he claims to care about. (For more reasons please read my blog from last week to understand what that means.) In short Donald Trump has, at least, done or is doing what he said he would do, if elected. It is difficult, for me, to be angry at someone who does what he said he would do. Isn’t that what we are looking for in our leaders?  My concern is not that he moved so quickly to get started as much as it is about HOW he did what he did. He doesn’t seem to give a rat’s ass who got hurt or who he threatened to make it happen. He has the power and the control.

He has appointed a large number of folks that are just like him. Steve Bannon, for one, should not be within ten miles of the place and yet he is Trumps’ number one boy. Apparently it was Mr. Bannon who hurried along the implementation of this likely unconstitutional edict. I’m aware that what happens south of us often ends up in our lap as well and that doesn’t sit well with me at all.

It’s not his habitual lying that bothers me. It’s more about the swamp he swore to get rid of and the inhabitants who were, supposedly, installed there. But he didn’t bother to empty the old one. Instead he just built a new one called the White House. Apparently he likes to build ‘new’ things. I don’t like him. Actually I could easily be moved to glorious anger when his name is mentioned. It looks and sounds like a huge ‘frat’ party gone wrong somehow. The party favours are power and control and the outcome is yet to be determined.

What angers me? He is such a thick skinned tyrant and nothing that I say or do, nothing that anyone says or does, can reach him emotionally. He is exempt. There is a disconnect between Donald and the world he now reigns. There is a certain fear and hopelessness that is connected to most things he does.

Trudeau–He oozes compassion and generosity. He inherited a certain amount of caring and wisdom. But does he care about us as Canadian citizens anymore than Trump does in the U.S.-really? He was so quick off the mark to say that we will take up the slack if or when refugees are displaced or turned back. That statement has since been amended somewhat. I get that the PM is a humanitarian. But he also seems to have this saviour complex going and Canada is not just his to play with. The point is there is a practical cost involved here as well. As a country we are running a deficit which we are ALL responsible for that is growing at a rate of $3,000,000.00 /per HOUR-every hour. We still have difficulties orienting and covering the costs of the last group of refugees we accepted into our country. We invited them and we need to look after them-I agree. Let’s not agree to invite too many others until we can do it right. We struggle to take care of our veterans, indigenous people and the mentally ill. To me THEY are the ones who are next in line and long overdue for that consideration. The decision to share our wealth needs to come from a national discussion and agreement. Being elected with a large majority isn’t a free pass to do that. Assuming it does is very disturbing to me.

We elected our Prime Minister to lead not dictate but sometimes, as with Donald J. Trump, those who spoke with a ballot need to be heard and taken seriously not just paid lip service. In this case Mr. Trudeau can be just as intransigent as Mr. Trump. Certainly he is more sophisticated I’ll happily give him that.

Anyway, that’s how I see things.

All the best and thanks for stopping by–Jim

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Is It Possible? The Truth About The President . . .

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The question on the lips of many now is: “Why is President Trump so obsessed with the number of people who supposedly attended his inauguration?”

I believe that the explanation is quite simple. I’ll need to provide some background first.

Ever read his ‘tweets’? Good Lord he is supposed to be a grown man with awesome power and responsibilities and here he is ‘tweeting’ to his groupies like some adolescent or Rock Star. Perhaps a periodic deviation from reality?? He shows more concern about the number of followers he has than how he is going to provide health care to millions. Great message to our kids.

But he’s like a cash cow to news organizations. He received more attention and TV time than most of the other candidates combined and that includes Hillary Clinton. So the ‘love affair’ with Donald Trump is as much a creation of the media as anything or anyone. Sadly we will never know what Trump would have done if NO ONE reported on his antics or wild statements knowing that the majority of those statements were lies based on no creditable or factual information. It seemed not to matter after a while.

So let us consider some observable facts:

(Psychology Today suggests that “Psychopathy and Sociopathy are terms with an intertwined clinical history, and they are now largely used interchangeably. The DSM excludes both, in favor of the term antisocial personality disorder).” Some characteristics would be:

-superficial charm and good intelligence

-unreliability; untruthfulness and insincerity

-lack of remorse and shame

-sex life likely impersonal, trivial and poorly integrated

-specific loss of insight–he has lied to the public so many times it must be difficult keeping them all separate.

-pathological egocentricity–he is the center of his universe

-secretive, paranoid, authoritarian

-only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired

-irresponsibility-does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed. He must be the most ‘misunderstood’ man on the planet. He NEVER gets it wrong.

-shallow emotions-outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises. eg. the great wall of Mexico.

A quick summary of things that fit the ‘profile’:

-this is a man who has bragged about his ‘conquests’ of many women and how he likes to grope them hoping that the public will believe and be in awe of his sexual prowess. He has talked openly about his penis like he was discussing tomorrows’ weather forecast.  Where is the feminist movement when they are needed. Oh yeah they showed up the other day about  year late.

-he has mocked disabled folks, slammed Blacks and Latinos and disparaged most other immigrant groups with no concerns about social circumstances. He will say or do anything with no concern about validity or accuracy or facts.

-he openly stated that he knows more than the generals about ISIS and that he and he alone can fix the problems of the world. He doesn’t need anybody’s help to do that. He is the great ‘I am.’

-obsessed by power–‘You’re fired’

-pathological lying-has no problem lying coolly and easily. It is almost impossible for him to be truthful on a consistent basis. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

-it is inconceivable to him that Hillary could be more popular than he is and so he is dedicated to create a story or offer ‘alternate facts’ in order to prove that she is not more popular than he is-that he got more of the popular vote or the theory about illegal voters. His paranoia was evident. He will lie (even when everyone knows he is lying), deflect, misrepresent and defame any opposition to what he wants or stand for. Destroy the messenger and you destroy his/her message.

-he turned on his friends and colleagues to march through the primaries and the debates. He never offered up any substantial ideas-he didn’t have any. Because he had no original thoughts he trashed everybody elses.’ He attacked their reputations and credibility. That’s what bullies do.

Is he smart? I suppose he is but not in a way that could be considered good. Someone always seems to pay a price for knowing him. He uses people and when they can be of no further use he blows them off.

Yup-I sure want a guy like this running the show for me. One of the symptoms of those who suffer from an anti-social personality disorder is the ease by which they can justify their actions and their behaviours. Is he getting some things done–yes. Does he care about how the majority are affected–no. Good luck America-you’ll need it.

Anyways, that’s how I see things.

All the best–Jim

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The End Of An Era Of Decency and Class . . .

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It’s difficult not to write about the end of an era in world politics where, south of the border, decency and class were constantly on display. Barrack Obama will step aside tomorrow as President of the United States. It was an era the likes of which we are not likely to see again for at least 4 years.

Instead I would like to look at some of the things that are good about who we are today. I came across three examples of the good in people-the generosity and the UNselfishness that is still evident around us. These could well be the last of such stories for a while so they are extra special.

1. A couple of weeks ago I came across an article that was talking about an eatery in Montreal called “Marche Ferdous.” There was nothing particular mentioned until I read about this place was giving away FREE  food. Complete meals actually. These meals were for folks who could not pay for the food they enjoyed. All someone had to do was say they could not pay for the meal and it was given with no strings attached. I’m not sure about anyone out there who is reading this but I have not heard of this happening at least outside of a soup kitchen or a shelter of some kind. I applaud the generosity of those places as well but this is a functioning ‘for profit’ establishment who just gave away food to those who would appreciate it and who were in a position where they could not pay for it. Oh yes, the other interesting point was that the restaurant is owned and operated by a Muslim family in the area who were guilty of sharing their good fortune with some who were a great deal less fortunate. Bravo!

2. Unless folks have been living under a rock for that last 20+ years most would know about Jon Bon Jovi–simply known today as Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi is a great rock band with an irrefutable reputation for excellence. JBJ owns a place in New York called “The Soul Kitchen”. Check it out on the web. It’s an eatery that prides itself for a great menu and the healthy food that it serves. The arrangement is simple. Those who cannot afford a meal eat FREE  in exchange for one hour of volunteer work either in the ‘Kitchen’ itself or in the community somewhere. That could mean helping out at a soup kitchen, providing some time at a home for the elderly or cleaning up some park. The only expectation is that the one hour that is volunteered adds to the quality of other people’s lives.

3. Locally, in Hamilton, a man had gone to a fast food place to get a bite and, in the process, had lost his wallet with $950.00 dollars cash in it. He had the cash because he was moving (not sure if he had to move or was choosing to move) his family and needed the money for payment for his new place. Without this money he and his family would be homeless that night. He told a friend about his troubles and the friend suggested that he pray that someone will be honest enough to return his money. He put his story out on Facebook and that afternoon he received a message asking him to return to the fast food place at a specific time. He did as he was asked and was rewarded by a man who returned all 950.00$ cash. The honest citizen returned it because he said it would have been wrong to have kept it. All the man could say was that his faith in humanity had been restored.

So good does exist if we make room in our hearts for it to appear. That means pushing hate, resentments and fear to the side.

 Truth Talkin’ Thursday:

Two things: the clip is a bit dark because of a town wide electrical problem and the other thing was that I was munching down on a bowl of nuts that I just could not leave alone. Sorry about that. Jane and I discussed ‘game changers’ and what they are in relation to relationships that folks are involved in. These are the things that happen along the way that would influence one of the partners to consider ending or at least changing the goals of the relationship.

To hear the whole discussion please go to my web page at: jimcloughley.com

Anyways, that’s how I see things today. All the best, Jim

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” For The Greater Good . . . Yeh But Whose?’

The caption that goes along with the pic (by Pinterest) is: ‘A Predator Awaits’


Whenever someone utters this phrase ‘for the greater good’ someone else seems to take a hit of some kind. I would say that, in the beginning at least, most folks, often in positions of power, really do have an agenda they want to focus on which they hope will improve the quality of life for the majority. But soon disagreements begin regarding how to go about things and which things are more important than others and so on. Then some strenuous opposition ensues and before you know it there becomes an ‘us or them’ situation. Usually the reigning side, with all the best intentions, will invoke the ‘go to’ phrase ‘for the greater good’. My suggestion here: Run Forest-run.  The ‘greater good’ often suggests some pain now for a much greater gain down the road.

We are told that sometimes it’s OK to tell a little white lie in order to get the approval or permission to do something that we know is really not right. During the Bush Administration (that would be Junior’s run) we were told that Saddam Hussein possessed or was thought to possess nuclear weapons and therefore we needed to go over there and destroy whatever was happening. What was really needed was an excuse to invade Iraq so ‘for the greater good’ became the rallying point. Who knows why George Jr. spearheaded this call to arms but it wasn’t because of his concern about MAD-mutually assured destruction. That was proven to be false. I suspect it was for reasons more personal in nature. Revenge comes to mind for the slight that Saddam put on George Sr. Saddam reneged on an agreement with the CIA. George Bush Senior was the Director of the CIA at this time.

But what concerns me the most is this. When making decisions whether that means of a personal nature or on behalf of a whole country the process is the same. ‘For the greater good’ is about justification and not much else. It often means setting aside things like honor, loyalty, justice, injustice, doing the right thing for ALL concerned and so on. It also means that we are not modelling or setting a very good example as adults for the next generation of decision makers. It says to them that these qualities, which we depend on to govern our march through time, are or can be disregarded if enough people say it’s OK to do so regardless of the consequences.

In essence, we are providing a green light to the next generation to exchange, ‘bend’, or re-interpret laws of the land and to disregard any morals and standards that might apply if the end can justify the means. We are beginning to see this play out now with both our kids and our leaders. Being ‘blind’ to what is going on is NO excuse. The message needs to be that it is not OK to be doing business this way.  

Anyways, that’s how I see it. All the best.

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A Forward Thinking Program:

The work and research continues on our FTP. It is a slow and sometimes tedious undertaking but we hope the effort will certainly be worth it. People have asked if we are really serious about what we are doing and I assure them that this is INDEED a very serious attempt to rethink and redesign the whole educational system so that our kids and their kids will be better prepared to achieve, compete and lead Ontario and Canada for that matter into a time when we, again, will be known for being innovators, creators, critical thinkers and valued members in the work place. It can happen and it must happen or we will surely be left behind. I have included a great video this week provided by Sir Ken Robinson who has been and is known as a true expert in the field of education.  More to come as we begin to write/develop a new curriculum. Much has been done and much more needs to be done.

Video Of The Week:

This is undoubtedly one of the most important 5+minute videos that you will ever have a chance to watch. If you care about where your children are going and what their future might look like you will want to see this. Enjoy. Don’t miss it.

Truth Talkin’ Thursday:

Jane and I are continuing to enjoy our TTT program. This week we discussed a wee rant of mine about the feminist movement and political correctness along with some discussion which will carry on for a bit next week on the difference between aggressive people and assertive people and how to deal with a non compliant child.

To watch Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 9 please go to my web page at: jimcloughley and click on ‘Truth Talkin’ Thursday on the banner and click Episode 9-that’s it. Thanks for your interest and if there is a topic you would like us to discuss please contact us.

That’s it for the week that was

Thanks for stopping by–Jim


If Our Governments Could Save Millions Would You Be Interested In Knowing How?

If you could ask your government representative one question what would it be? I know what mine would be: “If you could save this province millions of dollars each year without cutting ANY services would you be interested in knowing how?” All that is necessary is for our next administration to demonstrate they possess some imagination, some creativity and political ‘balls’ to do now what will NEED to be done later if we want to maintain our reputation as a world leader.

If you’re a grandparent, single parent, co-parenting parent and you care about the future of your children or grandchildren then this article would be worth a read.

There is an overwhelming amount of data/research available to those who wish to read it that suggests the need to design a new paradigm regarding the methodology we use to educate our children and the curriculum offered to our kids. If you are interested in hearing the real experts talk about education and how the lack of leadership and vision is actually affecting the prospects of our kids being successful when competing for good jobs in the 21st Century economies, click on the underlined link.

Parents need to be involved with planning their kids education. Let’s not trust the ‘system’ to tell our kids what they must learn and how they will learn it. For the longest time Boards of Education have connected an education with securing a good job when they graduate. Today’s kids wont settle for a standard one size fits all education. They want to utilize their varied skills and talents and decide on career paths that stimulate passion about learning and contributing as well. They want to be excited about learning and preparing for their futures. Our children will need to receive the best education they can get in order to succeed but the current system is not getting that job done.

So how does this claim to save multiple millions of dollars come into play. Just think about how many schools are closing and how many kids are being bussed to other schools up to an hour away-at what cost? Our question needs to be why are schools closing? School boards would say that it is because of declining enrolments. However, the number of kids enrolling every year seems to be consistent so why aren’t they attending school? Answer: Because they are not stimulated by the curriculum, remain bored and have lost confidence in the system as it stands. In short: they are not learning what they need to in order to be successful and they know it. The more kids become passionate about learning and choose to engage in the new system the more they will attend school. The result: less mental health problems like depression and stress, less teen suicide, less use of social services, police services, hospital services, fire services and counselling services thereby saving hundreds of millions of dollars. Some researches suggest an overall reduction of at lest 30% of total health care costs could be saved. (30% of a 50 Billion$ budget-Ontario=15 Billion $)

Kids want to learn in groups now not sitting in single rows of desks. They want to share their learning experience with others who have the same career ambitions. They will learn faster from each other and that is a proven fact. Think about how long it takes them to learn how to use the latest technology.

So here is a quick look at what the ‘new’ learning centers will look like:

1. Programs will be designed, in part, by the learners (students), parents and the mentors asigned to the specific learning environments. This is referred to as a ‘student centered approach. Teachers will become ‘mentors’ providing guidance and instruction where needed. Mentors will be encouraged to be innovative and creative regarding how they manage their learning environments and not punished for thinking outside the ‘box’ as they are now.

2. Classrooms will become work labs where students (learners) will work in groups who have similar learning styles. Each learner will have a lap top. No need for text books. All the kids need to know and more is on-line. They need to be taught how to search out information. School Boards would save millions of dollars.

New Learning Lab

3. No homework. Homework is done at school so that any problems or questions about the work can be discussed and solutions found with the assistance of the ‘mentors’. Other learners, who might have struggled with similar questions, will benefit as well.

4. No more standardized testing. Learners will be encouraged to work at their own speed and level of understanding. Currently many students get pushed ahead into the next grade whether they are ready or not only to struggle at the next level because they didn’t completely understand where they had just come from. A sure recipe for ‘failure’ if there ever was one not to mention the increase in mental health related issues like stress and anxiety.

5. Any new paradigm should welcome/include hard to serve learners. I’m not speaking about the learners who have learning disabilities here. I’m speaking of programs that are designed to include the special needs learners who present as brilliant learners as well as those who learn at a slower than average pace. We are losing so much creativity and innovation from both ends of the ‘regular student spectrum’.

There needs to be a ‘revolution’ happen in the educational process and not an ‘evolution’. An evolutionary approach would just build on what we know doesn’t work.

Anyways, that’s how I see things–all the best, Jim

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