Rise of hate crimes after election

Words have power, and what I feared is happening. Hate crimes are on the rise and dramatically after election.

Why is this happening? I could give a hundred reasons. Our society is one based on violence. We believe that some people are more equal than others and give them more resources based on that belief.

I find it repulsive that anyone is disrespected. Everyone deserves respect. Can you stop those around you who feel it is their right to judge and mistreat others? We often can stop violence just by saying something simple. So speak up and stop others from being hurt.

We as a society are better than this. Listen and think for a second how silly the thought that getting rid of people not like us is. We wouldn’t have so many material and cultural things that we all enjoy. More importantly than how different colors of people help us, is that we could have been any color ourselves. What makes our skin and point of view more valuable or true than anyone else?

As a kid I used to love a record that said “What color is gods skin?”. I never understood why people were so anxious about color and differences. I lived in a place where brown people lived and they were treated badly by society. I was never down with that. People are individuals and there are fine and great people in all colors.

In many ways I used to hate being white. I hated that people assumed I was down with their racism. Many times people have been racist to me and I haven’t responded to it. You can’t convince someone logically to not be racist. I just found a reason to quickly leave them. Listen white people or any color that try to be racist with me, you are on notice. I will not tolerate ignorance.

I will not tolerate anyone being disrespected in my presence. You will get no warning and every negative consequence I can find for your ignorance you will suffer. Stop being a jerk America.

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Buying clothes online is cheaper than a store

Have you noticed that often buying clothes online is cheaper than a store?

Buying clothes online is cheaper than a storeStores have cheap clothing but even cheaper lately have been websites. For example I was curious about ethical clothing so I looked at Patagonia. I liked that they care about fair trade and have a great return policy. So I found a sweater that I liked and ordered it. It was cheaper than sweaters that I have found in other stores and I loved that they had a color I liked. You can see the image of it to the right.

A sweater is something I keep for years. So I don’t mind paying the $69 it cost. What would be nice is if there were a function in the Mac OS like “shopping assistant” where you could put in a product and it would scour the Internet for pricing. That would really save customers money.

What I think this means is that like many other industries, the internet is going to destroy the middleman. We see this already with sports stores and other industries. Why pay extra when you can order them directly from the vendor? Apple stores really were the popular idea of simplifying the supply chain which had gotten overly complex.

I like the fact that stores and other middlemen curate and find things that you normally wouldn’t be exposed to. I think the stores that survive in the future are going to have personal shoppers and personalization at a level other places don’t. So what I think is that places like Wal-Mart/Costco will be targeted at self-service, and other stores will go personal shopper to add value to what they do.

I actually considered and contacted a company to be a personal shopper for me. I thought the prices were way out of line for what they offered. Yes they had some interesting ideas and certainly if I had more income I would do it. However having a personal shopper when you make less than lets say $60k just doesn’t make sense.

Would I employ a personal shopper in the future? Sure if I made more money or lost my sense of fashion. I am not a fashion expert, but people seem to like how I dress. So I think personal shoppers also appeal to people who don’t have their own ideas of what might be fun. Perhaps in the future if I lose interest in clothes. To me clothes are a fun way to express yourself.

 

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