PARADOX OF OUR TIME by B. Moorehead

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings,
but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences,
but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge,
but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine,
but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late,
get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and  pray too
seldom.  We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years
to life, not life to years.  We’ve been all the way to the moon and
back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space.

We’ve done larger things, but not better things.  We’ve cleaned up
the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve split the atom, but not our
prejudice.  We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.  We’ve learned to rush, but not
to wait. We build more computers to hold more information to produce
more copies than ever, but have less communication.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and
short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more
leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses,
but broken homes.  These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers,
throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills
that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in
the stockroom; Indeed, these are the times!

 

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By Jack Davis
Published March 11, 2021, at 12:57 pm

Declaring that it was time to push back against the Biden administration’s agenda that makes girls second-class citizens when they want to compete in girls’ sports, Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday signed a state law requiring that biology determine whether athletes compete as male or female.

On Jan. 20, the day he took office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on gender identity that said, in part, “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”

At the signing ceremony for the Mississippi Fairness Act, Reeves said, “Now, I never would have envisioned on Inauguration Day 2020 that we would be here this morning. … But for the fact that President Biden, as one of his first initiatives, sat down and signed an executive order which, in my view, encourages transgenderism amongst our young people — but for that fact, we wouldn’t be here today.

“This was one of the first things that President Biden chose to do when in office, was to sign this executive order. We view this as presenting an unfair challenge to biological girls who wish to join sports teams.”

The governor said, “This important piece of legislation will ensure that young girls in Mississippi have a fair, level playing field in public school sports.”

“It sends a clear message to my daughters and all of Mississippi’s daughters that their rights are worth fighting for,” he said.

Reeves has used his Twitter feed to show that he is adamant about the issue because his daughters are involved in sports.

The Mississippi Fairness Act states, “Athletic teams or sports designated for ‘females,’ ‘women’ or ‘girls’ shall not be open to students of the male sex” in K-12 public schools in Mississippi as well as public colleges and universities.

One supporter of the bill said it is designed to head off issues in which men and boys who identify as female compete against women and girls and dominate sporting events, as took place in Connecticut.

“The coaches have told me that this is an imminent problem in Mississippi,” Republican state Sen. Angela Hill of Picayune said, according to ABC News.

The law received its expected attacks.

“Governor Reeves’ eagerness to become the face of the latest anti-transgender push is appalling, as he chooses fear and division over facts and science,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement.

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“This law is a solution in search of a problem, and legislators in Mississippi have not provided any examples of Mississippi transgender athletes gaming the system for a competitive advantage because none exist,” David said. “Bullying transgender kids is no way to govern the state out of the crises they face.”

“Like previous iterations of the same anti-equality fight,” he said, “this law is bound to face scrutiny, legal challenges, and ultimately hurt the state’s reputation. Transgender kids deserve better and so does Mississippi.”

Reeves shrugged off the criticism and said he was ready to battle for the law in court.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we are sued,” he said. “What I do know is that we will defend vigorously our rights to make these state laws.”

Mississippi is not alone.

According to The Hill, at least 35 bills have been introduced in various places around the country that would ban transgender athletes from competing with the opposite sex.

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Biden Signs Stimulus A Day Ahead of Schedule – How Soon Will You Get Your Check? – Trish Intel

Joe Biden signed the historic $1.9 trillion stimulus plan into law on Thursday. This means the federal government will soon distribute $1400 checks to many Americans. The payments are expected to be in Americans’ hands by the end of the month.

Biden’s signature comes one day before originally scheduled and ahead of his Primetime address to the American people tonight.

When Will Americans Receive The Checks?

Judging by the previous rounds of stimulus, Americans should expect to receive the payments within the next two weeks.

Will I Qualify?

To qualify for a $1400 direct payment, you must hold a social security number and, as an individual, earn less than $80,000 per year. Families must earn less than $160,000. Incomes are based off of 2020 or 2019 tax filings. Every dependent also qualifies for direct payment. For example, a family of five earning less than $160,000 per year would receive $7,000 in benefits.

What About Unemployment Benefits?

Employees and individual freelance contractors that have lost their jobs will qualify for $300 in weekly payments through September. This is a federal payment and comes in addition to any state benefits the individual may already be receiving.

The stimulus is expected to give the American economy an added boost at a time when it increasingly is showing signs of healing.