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Adam West / May 31,2020

Use Your White Privilege To End Your White Privilege

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White people are treated different in our society. White people are not better, but being white in our society is far easier.

Black people are treated worse in our society. Black people are not worse than white people, but it is far harder to be black in our society.

White people have privileges they can be completely unaware of. “Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem to you personally.” If you’re oblivious or not looking for the injustice as a white person, you likely won’t find it because it doesn’t directly affect you. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be fighting for justice and equality. In fact, you should be using your white privilege to end your white privilege.

Use Your White Privilege To End Your White Privilege

The fact that it’s easier for you to be white means that it’s harder for non-white people. That is unfair. You shouldn’t be able to enjoy the advantages of systemic racism because you should know that means other people are experiences direct disadvantages as a result.

White people are listened to more, they are taken more seriously. Especially old white men. That’s the way it is right now, and although it’s completely wrong we need to use the advantage we currently have to make sure we eventually do not have this advantage. Equality means you don’t have an advantage over another race. We won’t have true equality until we achieve justice. Justice can’t be achieved if white people remain quiet.

Adam West / May 27,2020

Tips For Protecting The Investment You Have In Your Car

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Consider getting some type of security gadget for your vehicle. Car alarms are great and there are many inexpensive kinds, but even just a «club» to lock your steering wheel may be sufficient of a deterrent to a would-be thief.

Adam West / May 20,2020

Facts are stubborn things by Femi Adesina

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Facts are stubborn things by Femi Adesina

Facts are stubborn things by Femi AdesinaNext week, the Muhammadu Buhari administration would be exactly five years in office. Four full years of a first term, and one year accomplished in the second term of four years.
In five years, President Buhari has touched Nigeria in diverse ways, despite myriad of challenges; economic, security, political, social, and many more.
The fact sheet will be unfolded few days hence, but today, as build up to the anniversary season, let’s dwell on some unassailable truths that can never be swept away. As Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister said; “Truth is incontrovertible. Ignorance may deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is.”
The President and his team are steadily and painstakingly retooling Nigeria. Out of sheer and deliberate ignorance, some people deride it, saying we see nothing, we hear nothing. Yes. When you have become deliberately blind, you can see nothing, even when it is thrust before your very eyes. You won’t see it. When you have become willfully deaf, when it is noised to your hearing daily, you won’t hear.
Some other people do theirs out of panic. Shall it be said that what Napoleon couldn’t do, has been done by that simple, unassuming man from Daura? Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Daura of all places. That small place.
Not a man from a major city. And he wants to be recorded in history as the man who turned Nigeria right side up. They resent it out of panic.
Yet some others operate out of malice.

Adam West / May 01,2020

Agreeing to Disagree | News, Sports, Jobs

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On April 19, a letter to the editor was published in the Wheeling News-Register that was directed at me, regarding my writing of letters to the editor that have appeared in the aforementioned outstanding news for residents of the area.

In addressing this quite adversarial diatribe, I would like to state that such have always appeared in the Opinion section of the newspaper, where various viewpoints are encouraged, and national columnists of both the conservative and liberal viewpoints are included as well as an opinion/fact-based column by the very professional editor of the Wheeling-based newspapers, Mike Myer, as well as letters to the editor authored by area residents such as myself.

In my writing, I feel that I am always diligent in my efforts to include only well-researched and verifiable facts, in addition to a plethora of personal observations and conclusions, which I believe to be the nature of this popular venue. Also, as a citizen of our great nation, freedom of speech is an unquestioned, inalienable right, as it is for us all, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the issues, but not their own facts.

Adam West / May 01,2020

‘How I keep from speeding’ — and how other drivers don’t

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Q: Since I started sheltering in place on March 15, I’ve needed to travel to my office in Fremont three times to handle essential work. I quickly found, as others have, that it’s sneakily easy for my speed to creep up higher than intended.
My solution? Keep my Prius in the slow lane on Highway 237 and Interstate 880 with cruise control set just a bit under the speed limit. With very little traffic on the road these days, even that slow speed gets me to the office in just a few minutes without stress or strain.
Allan Hurst, Sunnyvale

Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting.

Adam West / April 24,2020

Fit and healthy illustrator reveals how she was struck down with coronavirus and the daily symptoms

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A ‘fit and healthy’ illustrator has revealed how she was struck down with coronavirus – and the daily diary of symptoms she experienced.

Nadia Ackerman, 45, who is from Sydney but lives in New York, said she has always been incredibly health conscious – she doesn’t smoke or drink, is a vegan and works out five days a week, alternating between vinyasa yoga and Crossfit sessions.

But the 45-year-old’s lifestyle didn’t protect her from COVID-19 like she ‘thought it would’, and Nadia said she spent a long 22 days battling coronavirus after going to a dinner party in March.

‘My case was considered mild and it was so rough. The disease doesn’t discriminate,’ she told FEMAIL.  

Nadia shared the daily diary she kept as she was struck down with coronavirus with FEMAIL, as she revealed she still has no sense of taste or smell over one month later.

 

Fit and healthy illustrator reveals how she was struck down with coronavirus and the daily symptoms

A ‘fit and healthy’ illustrator has revealed how she was struck down with coronavirus – and the daily diary of symptoms she experienced (Nadia Ackerman pictured)

Adam West / April 17,2020

My Grandfather Escaped From Communist Romania. Here’s His Story.

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As a train slowed to take a hill outside a riverside city in communist Romania, about 20 young men leapt off and ran into the cornfields.

The fleeing men had planned to remove their clothes and tie them to their backs before going into the Danube River, but the dreadful sound of guards and dogs in hot pursuit changed their minds.

Plunging into the frigid water, George Tanase swam like mad, periodically checking for bullet wounds—in case adrenaline prevented him from feeling them—and trying, unsuccessfully, to kick off his waterlogged shoes.

Carried swiftly downstream by the current, George, exhausted, climbed onto what he hoped was the opposite bank of the Danube.

He found himself face to face with the barrel end of a soldier’s rifle. He took hold of it and was pulled up onto the bank. Out of the soldier’s mouth came the familiar sound of Romanian.

It was Sept. 11, 1951.

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As I sipped slivovitz with my grandfather last Thanksgiving, more than 68 years later, I reflected on all that George Tanase had done in his 90 years.

“Poppy,” my mother’s father, retired only in 2019. His work as a sought-after electrical engineer played an outsize role in his life, and in my memories of him.

But there were also stories such as this one from Poppy’s past that, to a boy, had seemed as fanciful as Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. My mother and a cousin had made attempts to record some of these stories for posterity, but no one had gotten beyond rough sketches.

Adam West / March 24,2020

FAQ about Colorado’s stay-at-home order

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FAQ about Colorado’s stay-at-home order

On Wednesday, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D2020-017 ordering Coloradans to stay at home due to the presence of COVID-19. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s issued a public health order defining critical emergency personnel, infrastructure, government functions, and other activities that are exempt from the directives in this executive order.
The governor’s office has released the following FAQ.
When does the order take effect?
The order will take effect Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and is set to last through Saturday, April 11, 2020 unless rescinded or modified by further Executive Order.
Why is the order necessary?
On March 5, 2020, CDPHE’s public health laboratory confirmed the first presumptive positive COVID-19 test result in Colorado. Since then, the number of confirmed cases has continued to climb. We all need to take these precautions for the preservation of public health and safety throughout the entire State and to ensure our healthcare delivery system can serve those who are sick. The Polis administration, along with other state, local, and federal authorities, has taken a wide array of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, prevent further spread, and protect against overwhelming our health care res. The economic impacts of COVID-19 are significant, and threaten to undermine the economic stability of many Coloradans and local businesses. The period of the economic disruption must be minimized by minimizing the spread of the virus. We must take action to shore up economic security, employment, community cohesion, and community recovery.
Where does the “Stay at Home” order apply?

Adam West / January 17,2020

Court Orders ‘Bitcoin Inventor’ Craig Wright to Put Up or Shut Up

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Court Orders ‘Bitcoin Inventor’ Craig Wright to Put Up or Shut Up

Court Orders ‘Bitcoin Inventor’ Craig Wright to Put Up or Shut Up
By CCN Markets: A Florida judge ordered Craig Wright — the self-proclaimed inventor of bitcoin — to put up or shut up if he wants to prove that he’s Satoshi Nakamoto.
In a June 14 motion to compel, federal magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart ordered Wright to produce a list of all the bitcoin he mined prior to December 31, 2013.
The judge set a June 17 deadline for Wright to produce the list of his bitcoin holdings — or else face court-ordered sanctions.

A Florida federal judge ordered Craig Wright to produce a list of all the bitcoin he mined prior to December 2013.

Judge to Craig Wright: Show Me the Money
In his decision, Judge Reinhart said Wright has not explained why he cannot obtain the necessary encryption keys to comply with his prior order. The judge was referring to his March 2019 ruling, when he ordered Wright to produce the evidence.
At the time, Wright rattled off a laundry list of excuses for why he couldn’t comply. First, Wright claimed that he couldn’t produce the list because it’s “unduly burdensome.” He said this is because in 2010, he stopped keeping track of the public addresses for the bitcoin he had mined.
Then, Wright insisted that he had transferred ownership of all his bitcoin into a blind trust in 2011. However, the judge is now fed-up and wants Wright to produce evidence that sustains his contention that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. The judge wrote:

Adam West / January 15,2020

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

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Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

Tent City. Photo by Tom Bamberger.

The number of people who were homeless on a single night last year declined in Wisconsin while the nation saw an overall increase, according to a report released this week. The findings come as state lawmakers remain at odds over funding to address homelessness.

The U.S. Derpartment of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found 567,715 people across the country were homeless on a single night in January in 2019, which increased 2.7 percent from 2018.

In Wisconsin in 2019, an estimated 4,538 people were homeless — the vast majority of which reside in shelter — according to the report. The latest count represented a 7.5 percent decrease from those who were homeless in 2018 and a 28 percent decline from 2010.

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