While We Watch Hilary and Donald Play Like Children, …

To be honest, folks, I have three words to say to the man who wants to “lock her up.” Knock it off. The Dems and Republicans are fighting like kids, so knock it off, dawgs. Anyhow, I’ve got a better idea. My thoughts are that I could become the most powerful woman in 2024. Maybe I could, and there are a few issues I’d like to bring to the public eye.

First off, I am champion of disability civil and equal rights. This means that under the Madame President Matthews, you will see a very increased attitude change. I think society needs to have a big old attitude adjustment, and we don’t need old Janet’s hammer for it. What we need in our society is a positively worded “Everybody can become disabled from diseases or accidents, so affordable care for all should be a big entitlement.” As I use affordable, yet some time it can be labeled “strict” care, I know what needs to change. Gabby Giffords, who still struggles to speak, would need some form of care. Someone tried to disable, no, kill Gabby in an assassination attempt gone horribly wrong. Ms. Giffords should know how it feels to have to obey care things and all that, just as I do. And I would have to be clear. All care for disabled adults and children who are foster care clients should be affordable and usable by the client with all their needs met. Liability would be completely outlawed, and automobile insurers would be required by law to cover the disabled person in their car.

Wow. That’s a lot to add to a disability platform. But there’s more. Braille literacy would be the law to teach in all settings, least restrictive setting and most appropriate and optimal setting would be the best for all special education students. One thing I would then outlaw is corporal punishment in school. It is harmful for autistic children, as this diagnosis is so on the rise, I’d have to be absolutely serious about making it illegal for teachers to traumatize their students. Above all, there would be some things I’d have to be very careful to regulate as well.

With genetic modifications, I am not sure this is safe to do for blind folks. I can see where some doctors would insist on enhancing and making it possible for humans to live triple the Aflick limit. But no, I honestly would have to regulate genetic engineering of people if it gets out of control. One thing I’d ban is designing babies before they are born. I’d then only allow exceptions to this if the woman does carry a bad gene that would affect a specific type of kid, i.e. a carrier of ALD. ALD boys go through hell, then die at ten. Maybe if genetic modifiers are legal for these cases and only these types of cases, I’d be more open to that. However, aborting a blind child because of Leber’s Amorosis would be illegal on all nine months or when the defect is found. A parent might ask why they are being forced to keep a blind child. Blind children would be given all opportunities to succeed in all aspects of life. And that’s fine.

As for bioelectronics, they’d need to be tightly regulated so we don’t have a sighted Superman or worse, a sighted Joker taking out the blind Batman every single day. Here’s what I’d do. Most electronic things would be allowed, except a vibrator or things that could be used for torture but controlled by the person’s mind. If a mobster or someone we hate wanted to use a torture device on someone, that would be illegal, especially in the biological electronics whereby the device is controlled by the human mind.

For another thing, I wouldn’t be so bad with cars on the road, but I’d be funding research grants to get more self driving cars on the road. I would have to invent ways for the bioelectronics to be integrated into other things for paralyzed persons. Like, it was mentioned in a book how a paralyzed woman controlled a robotic arm with her thoughts, got herself a drink, then yes, she was good to go. But noninvasive techniques would be the thing to do things with. I would outlaw invasive tech so that we can further think about invasive things as obsolete. However, cochlear implants would be the exception as many hard of hearing folks get these and can use them successfully. Otherwise, if it’s an implant that makes your stomach glow, it’s banned. Period.

Another thing I’d consider is use of bioelectronic weaponry in the fight against ISIS. Or IS, as Ayaan calls the group also known as Isil. The Islamic State won’t be able to use bioelectronic weaponry against us, ever. We’d be using home and military weapons together. Well, I mean like home tech and military weapons together.

What I’d like to see in our progress is something like the skullcaps, but maybe a little cortical stimulation headset thingy. And the headset would go inside your ear, and it would allow you to control things like your Bradley attack vehicle, your guns mounted around you, and all the parts and things to a fighter jet. We’d have mental power beyond Isis’s capabilities. Imagine this example:

Private Jessica Leigh Banaghan is out there in a large Bradley style attack tank with guns and things all around her. She’s patrolling for the night in a desert area of Kuwait, and suddenly, she gets a strange feeling in her brain. She can sense, not just see, but sense an Isis militant group coming toward her … She then stuns the guys dead with a gun, she didn’t even have to pick it up. She stealthily climbs down after the guys are presumed dead, then she turns on her radio, speaking to her other soldiers through voice, code and stuff. Then, it’s back on the vehicle, back to roaming around the desert, looking for more things to do. She is not wearing a veil, the proper dress required of Kuwaiti and other Middle Eastern citizens. Instead, she’s wearing long pants, a flowing shirt, and all that over body armor. Next, she communicates by cortical waves back and forth between her troops, and as she is an officer in the army, she gives commands through mind to mind contact. Next, the troops run out, ambush the Isis camp she has just located, and thus a few women and girls are saved from becoming their next … meal.

This is the kind of military research we should truly be doing, not just “Kill all Muslims.” We should be advancing weaponry and integrating biotechnology into our weapons as well. It’s getting there, but we have a long way to go.

There will be more in Part II of my platform but first, have a sip of beer and behave yourselves, guys.

Are We A Security Issue?

Dear Readers,

It is with a huge problem I wrote this. First of all, it is vastly difficult to find a few civilians in town to at least give us some guidance on things. However, my bf Trenton and I are being targeted by multiple folks and at a Marriott, we’ve also been targeted as a security threat. Why? We were asked to leave the building. This is absolutely horrendous. We deplore and condemn Marriott’s actions because we feel we’ve been tossed aside and underserviced because we are not rich people. There you go.

Now, look at what is going on in the recent headlines. Police shootings of black people, police being shot by black people. But Trenton is no harm, no threat, and Marriott or some other hotel we wandered into must have thought wrong. I have a buddy who works the hotel section in Miami, we do not need this targeting. We want to be treated with respect and validity, like first class citizens who for one reason or another, do not have money. Period. Can somebody just turn off the economical inconveniences that money has been doing? And somebody take color away from the sight of all people, all of this because of the way blacks and whites hate each other. Thank you.

Who Is Your Hero?

Dear America,

Who is the true hero of this country? Is it the guy who founded this nation? Is it Andrew Jackson, who looted and polluted textbooks for years? Or was it Abraham Lincoln who freed slaves? No, none of these men are heroes because of things they did. In fact, America, you are kidding yourselves.

The hero of the day is you. Yes, you. Why is this?

If you’re black, you’ve contributed more than white people to the work and the music and culture of this country. Where did jazz music come from? So what if it’s boring ass elevator muzak and other things, it is still an American art form.

It is you, the filmmaker who is safe to make films against honor violence. It is you, the blind guy or gal wanting to read books. It is you, the First Nations persona who wants to get off the drug ridden reservation that your family was forced upon by white settlers.

Guess what? All of us in the U.S. are heroes, but if the Republican candidate for the Presidency has his way, only white persons will be considered heroes!

We are a nation of immigrants, so respect those around you. Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Iraq, everywhere else comes here, and we are all their hero. Lady Liberty is the true welcome for all Americans, and she said with her crown and smile that all could come. Emma Lasarus said it best, “Bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Not so we can divide them by color. Those are today’s heroes.

Braille Books, Coming to a Library Near You: The Portable Books That Is

Imagine that you could not read your favorite books. I love books. I’ve always loved books, books are my lifeblood. They are something I cannot shake from my existence. I cannot imagine life without having read all the Children’s literature I could have read. I read everything from the Gingerbread Man, Is Your Mama a Llama?, all of the books in the series known as the Baby-Sitter’s Club, so many more. Guess what? It has been a huge problem lately because I have not touched a Braille cell in a while, and you know how I feel? Sluggish, anxious, like I should have had a heart attack when my Apex broke its Kernel whatever. Now, I have the greatest news to report, and this could be huge!!!!!!

Right now, as it stands in AMerica, about 90% or more blind kids are not fully literate or functionally literate people at all. The largest problem we face as blind people is that “Braille is expensive” says one person or “The textbooks won’t come in Braille or on time” may say another. A third may pout and say, “But there’s computer speech programs.” Well, I have a word for this, and though it is colorful, it’s the best word here because Braille rules and you know it does. To the teachers who think Braille is expensive and does not serve a purpose, to the ones who say that speech synthesized shit is better than Braille, here’s my word: bullshit. Don’t pull out the deck of EZ See Playing Cards, folks, that is not a lie. All this is about to be called bullshit because guess what? We have finally gotten the cost of Braille down to $500! For a display, this is enormous.

The company called Transforming Braille Group has given us a great opportunity. They teamed up with Orbit Research, the makers of calculators for all we knew, and they came up with the Orbit Reader 20 cell display due out in October. Transforming Braille group’s not sure it knows what it’s doing, though.

Imagine what huge leaps and bounds this invention will do for us. Let’s reverse the digits in that 90% illiteracy rate among American blind children, and go with only 9%. This tiny number could be defined as cognitively impaired people who truly cannot read because they are unable to process the information.The 91% literacy rate would be about the majority of children who just have to learn Braille. Now, Braille doesn’t have to be so expensive, and one more thing, no more bulky textbooks. Think about it.

With your new Braille displays, students will be able to read Braille and not carry a large hulking bag of books at all, including for elementary school. With recent cases of rucksack palsy and other problems among the general population with backpacks laden with books, this is a huge plus. Until this time, the textbook on time rate was incredibly slow, so it was understandable that teachers could say that Braille books are nonexistent or not practical. But with the now almost ready Orbit Reader 20, you may never hear that old story of textbook late times again. Imagine the life of a blind person in America changed by this invention.

One year at four, the blind student is first introduced to Braille, small books, pattern books, okay. But then, she goes to a school to learn to read. While reading, she learns contracted UEB Braille and other forms of Braille, but then she says she loves books. A few generations ago and up to this point, our little blind student, now six or seven, would be late on textbooks. However, with her new Orbit Reader and an SD card containing the textbook material, she will be able to succeed in school above her classmates, all because of her own effort. By ten, she will learn math skills, and again, no more late textbooks. Her shoulders will not stop being the broad and set things they should be, thanks to a loads lighter load, no pun intended. The girl then enters high school, and again, no late textbooks and she may be able to take tests on a pc computer with her Orbit display hooked up.

Imagine being the same girl in Lesotho. In African countries where literacy is especially low, it is even more important that blind children learn to read a simple book at the appropriate age group. The little girl in my example will have the same thing, but for this example, she being in Lesotho, Ethiopia, South Africa, and other countries whose literacy is questionably low and who feel that blind children come last, the new Orbit Reader will literally wipe that smile off the parents’ faces when they think it okay not to allow the girl to be literate. The question here is how to get Braille into the hands of blind children everywhere, regardless of what country they’re in.

Japanese children may not have many problems getting this in their hands, as Japan’s technological advances are even more so than America’s. Sad, right? Can somebody please tell me why!

But what about children in Pakistan or Afghanistan? Both countries censor books, ban certain music in places, and harbor extreme Islam in other spots such as the current Swat Valley. While we managed to throw a bunch of those folks out, it is still questionable and unsafe for girls to go to school, and boys as well. I have a message for Pakistani and Afghan parents considering your blind children. Send both sons and daughters to school, and let them feel the dots on the Orbit Reader themselves. They will soon be able to read better than you will. Perhaps a demo with Malala is in order? She doesn’t know what’s happened, and books are so cool they just make you want to read them over again.

Imagine for a moment what it could have been like for me had this happened earlier. But think. The Giver by Lois Lowry, not only is it a favorite piece of literature for me, it is also a bulky single volume of Braille that spans about a foot or more wide. It’s about 11×11 paper and about four inches thick. Do you think I carry this now? With the new display, I will no longer need to remember! Books are almost a thing of the past replaced by tablets and computer technology, but the prize of literacy will never really be replaced. Malala herself reads a tablet.

While it is clearly impossible to truly predict the results of the new Braille display’s reach and lasting impact, I’m predicting that blind children all over the world will soon be able to read Braille in any language, and learn math, and we will take over the world. We will take the sighted bullshit by its horns. And if anyone becomes blind, it will be a thousand times nicer to teach that person Braille. Who wants a Braille class with me now? Braille anyone?

Are you Grateful for What America Can Do or Not?

Amid the terrible political rants and uncivilized campaign strategies calling for one person to be locked up, we do have to realize what our problems could amount to.

Imagine a world where your viewpoints are illegal. Imagine having to worship the Dictator or “Great Leader” as it is in North Korea. We in the United States do not even come close to the North’s isolationist policies, and worse, the North kills disabled people in the city of Pyongyang. It is not safe for anyone with blindness or any form of physical or mental impairment in the North, so of course the inconsistent uncivil way of thinking is the worst thing yet, right here? Really? Okay. So if you guys aren’t grateful for your ability to express your viewpoints, what about that Hilary sticker you’re wearing?

Imagine a world where women must wear an abaya, or worse, must cover everything. Look around you. All the girls look like ghostly black ringwraiths. Ugh, do I want to be told that I must be in these big shrouds of black? No. And imagine if I were forced to marry someone who does not like things I do. Ladies, imagine if your husband told you that the Internet is off limits. Guess what? Most Saudi husbands are like this, not allowing their women on the Internet. And this is Saudi Arabia. If you think that the political jealousy going on here is bad, and if you think the Trump or Clinton shirt should be illegal, then put on your abayas, and go off to Saudi Arabia, where women are under lifetime perpetual guardianship because of their sex, and forced to wear this type of clothing day in and day out if they’re outside the house. If you think it’s fun to joke about women, women in political office that is, then ladies, bow down to the King and don’t complain if a King told you what textbooks to read, whom to marry, etc. We in the U.S. absolutely would never want a King involved, no we wouldn’t.

And if you think jailing political opponents is fun and laughable, go to a world where when you get put in jail, you are asked to pay a fine, a bribe to the police. Imagine being a Somali refugee, as if that’s bad enough, but picture yourself stopped by a uniformed officer. Then, he asks you for an ID, then, if you can’t provide a proper ID, you get shipped to the jail for a night or two. And picture your mother having spent bribe money on groceries, and that’s fine, right? Welcome to Kenya. There have been multiple jail terms for political descent in Kenya, and the worst thing about it is the forcible way that this country abused my ex. Welcome to a country where being Muslim is on top of illegal, it’s grounds for the principal of your high school to hit, cuff, slap, and falsely imprison you against your will. Deq, my ex, went through this, and if you think that it’s bad enough, he could not graduate high school there because of a forced religious rule saying the students must attend church. For the Islamic students, this is barbaric. Kenya is not the only country with such barbaric practices.

Welcome to Khartoum, Sudan. Population: a mix of Christian and Muslim, once home to Miriam Ibrahim, age at one point 21, and she married a Christian man. For this, she was sentenced to death upon the birth of her baby girl. Human rights campaigns then had Miriam released from jail. She is now out of Sudan, safe and sound. But for how long!

If you think that Hilary or any Islamic woman should face jail for being a descent instigator against the so called Trump presidency, we Americans are clueless. Try sitting in a Sudanese or Kenyan jail and then you’ll change your mind. Men are beaten and sometimes have bones crushed. Ayaan Hirsi Ali once wrote that prison brutality and bad conditions are nothing new in Kenya and other countries, and she’s right.

If you think that we shouldn’t publish these blogs and posts, imagine a world where publishing works against government or family is truly illegal. For the longest time, I was beyond punished for publishing work that goes against my parents’ abusive edicts. However, my parents violated the U.S. Constitution’s freedom of the press. I can’t tell you how many times I was told I could not use my email or Internet connection to even chat with friends. I could not even talk to others because I was accused of “plotting to escape.” Well, imagine a world where the press and cell phone calls are illegal. The freedom to express here comes with a cost, and Malala Yousafzai knows this well. Afghanistan and Pakistan have banned Malala’s works because so many people there are Muslim, and they don’t think girls should attend school. It is plain and simple funk when it comes to publishing blogs about girls going to school. Imagine Malala’s reaction to any number of American teenagers saying that a troll is going all over their blog. The trolls would be attacking the people in the blog posts. Imagine if Ms. Yousafzai saw what Ivan Soto wrote, and imagine what kind of reaction she’d see from my end. Just picture it. Ivan wrote abusive and defamatory comments, probably trying to get a rise and or get me off the net, but Ivan’s no government official. And let’s hope Ivan gets deported, only he should be deported. Why? If he wants me off the Internet, well, he’ll do it to others. He’s done it to others, and that leads me to say that trolling and harassment is illegal, right? Wrong, not if you’re Twitter and you are making money, right?

So if you’re a website like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, etc., what then is your job? Should my blog go under a harassment claim? Well, no. But the comments Ivan wrote are trolling ones, and should have been flagged. I know the guy should have been flagged, but WordPress or Twitter would not do anything about it. Republicking trolled my friends and I on Twitter with minimum success, but thankfully the Twitter account was suspended. We hope this bad boy learns a lesson, but being a troll in Pakistan and Afghanistan may be to some boys a fun thing to be. Why? Imagine Malala having to endure the same attacks. Thankfully, she’s in a freedom borne country, the United Kingdom, though she travels a bunch. Malala does, however, have a lot to contend with had she stayed in Swat Valley. Sadly, had she endured every sexist joke on the planet, it could have gotten worse. Malala was shot, almost killed, because she believed girls should have the freedom to go to school. So if you American ladies are complaining bitterly about schoolkids not studying for their exams, please feel free to remind the kids that they don’t have to worry about militias shooting up their classmates on the way home.

So the moral of this post is simply be grateful for what you American naysayer currently have. You have the freedom of thought, freedom of worship, freedom of the press. And it’s all here, within boundaries. Do not hurt your opponents and don’t you dare try to hurt someone else. A success story from Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters reboot star, aired on CBC Radio last night. She finally got good news. Nero, a troll on Twitter who went viral by posting vile comments and video about different people, was permanently ousted from his throne on Twitter. Nero went by multiple usernames, so I won’t say which one got the permanent ban. Let’s just say that Nero is someone who I’m glad I never even got kicked by. The Big Guns and other Conservative crap that pulls up on Twitter is nothing compared to Nero’s chronic harassment of black women, disabled people, etc. He will no longer be allowed on Twitter again, and yes, there is a need to do more about guys like Nero because I’m sorry, but playing your celebrity fiddle should not make Nero burn to the ground. Ivan will probably go next, and hopefully soon, because as a visually impaired Internet troll, and fifteen years old turning sixteen, Ivan has already amassed a few dozen victims. He has written things that might have come off badly or well to some or others, but most comments he makes are vile and stupid. As a blind person, Ivan should have had remorse for his actions because he targeted a visually impaired or blind population, mostly adults. I am almost 30 and writing about a guy half my age. Why does he think it’s all right to keep going? Twitter needs to do more about people who abuse their freedom of speech, and celebrity should not be the key to doing so. Although it is good that Nero’s gone, who will go next?

We’ll see soon enough.

A Public Service Announcement for the Good of the Nation

Attention, all Republicans and Democratics alive, all people of the American north, south, east, and west, read this here. I am not going to take any more bashing and I will not support people who are gonna fire propaganda at me anymore. Hilary Clinton is a good person, and it seems none of my Facebook friends are getting this. People think Hilary is a bad person just because she’s weak, but they’d say it if a hamster was in the nominee spot, so what the hell. But I can’t see how any person with half a brain can elect someone who is clinically unable to handle defeat and more so, clinically insane! Someone who says women should not have rights, someone who wants to ban ethnic and religious groups, that guy isn’t who we are. And because of the fighting and lack of positivity in both parties, I will not be doing any donating or anything unless I know for sure that my life will be wrecked. So yeah.

What Politicians Are Not Doing Correctly

Remember the bygone days of your school’s student counsel elections? What was the purpose of this era of student government? Do they have any voice at all? Well, let’s just say that running for student government positions teaches basics about civics and American democracy, but there’s something to be said of today’s 2016 Presidential election campaigning etiquette. There is none.

From Trump being called a racist to Clinton being told she’s a vicious criminal, this is not real campaigning. Especially on the side of Trump, we also have a case of academic dishonesty. Let’s say Hilary is more qualified because for one, she’s not attacking her opponent with this much nastiness, yet Donald Trump is starting to make me wonder if he even tried going into student associations for civic thinking. Student government has rules and regulations concerning campaigning. For instance, Rory Rowan, former SGA class of 2005 officer, and I ran. I lost, but there was no blabbing off about Rory’s achievements, but above all, Mr. Rowan did not attack me on any weak points and make them look like I wasn’t qualified to run because of blindness, for instance. Attacking an opponent’s disability should never be allowed, either in adult campaigning or in student governing bodies, not at all.

Real political campaigns should include why you are best fit to run and do the things you want without having to attack your opponent. For instance, here’s a sample campaign speech you could try for your next civic election in school or in your corporation or any place. Hilary, if only you could use a sample like this one to teach Trump how to be a political campaign master. But no, he chose to attack you and call you a vicious criminal. Now, let’s try two samples. Sample 1 is a good sample you can use and I’ll leave some things blank in both samples. But the second one is something of an example of what never to do or say in your campaign.

 

Sample 1: Civic elections for a position of office in something, with positive only viewpoints

Hello. My name is (name) and I’m running for (office) of (organization). I am best fit to run and be in this position because I have learned how to work with a board in the past. I have many credentials that include Junior and National Honors Society, governing bodies in my middle school, and among other things, I was a representative in my high school, and was able to form good bonds with the community. (You can use this section to name all honors and awards you’ve won, things you’ve done to make you qualified, things you’ll do for your organization.)

As President pro tem of the Honor Society, I was able to clean up most of the town’s dirtiest places, make the community stronger again, and plant good flora and fauna around our offices. As (office running for), I will … (here, tell the audience what you will do. Make a draft of your campaign promises. Let’s try and be civil here.)

I will encourage my constituents to be one with each other, and we will keep our town clean. I will make every effort to make all places in the town disability friendly. Thank you for your time and consideration, and vote me for (office running for.)

 

Sample 2. The campaign speech you don’t want to be caught with.

This sample contains things you should never say in your campaign speech whether you wrote this or you’re a speechwriter writing for Trump or Clinton. Please pay attention.

I won’t actually write much template work here, but there are things you can’t say. Among them are:

My opponent is a criminal with a record for hard time and bad crime. If you’re a juvenile reading this, never ever ever talk about your opponent if he or she was in juvenile hall. It is absolutely awful.

My opponent is incompetent because she is blind, and blind people are … I left the ellipses there because some of you might think attacking a blind person is okay. But it’s not. Attacking an opponent for his or their congenital disability is absolutely off limits. If Hilary herself was disabled, what then would make this campaign fun? Well, Trump would attack her disability, mocking and making fun of her the same as he did with the reporter. This is Donald Trump, someone you don’t want in the White House.

My opponent is retarded or any bad word associated with race, disability, or religious slurs. Do not ever call a Muslim student a “towel head” or a Catholic something worse. When running against someone with disability, do not use the forbidden R word. Censorship anyone? No, it’s called civilized campaign stuff. And we’ve forgotten it.

Now, let’s see if Clinton will beat Trump, and if Trump thinks he’s qualified, then where are the manners of either candidate? Just wait, Trump will attempt to sue Clinton for winning against him, but you know what? She will have won fair and square. I hope she does because nobody, I repeat nobody, should ever attack anyone while doing a civilized political campaign because of a person’s records and so on. Trump could try to have Clinton arrested, but sadly, the made up jibberish the GOP wants you to believe is called not being civil. None of my friends are paying much attention to an election. I’d be happy to run a campaign of civil political good times with my buddy Joey, but bear in mind, I would not go after race, religion, or any other things. I would simply say the following, using sample 1:

Hello, my name is Beth Taurasi. I am running for President of the National Federation of the Blind, and as president of said organization, I feel it is time for a major overhaul. As the President, it would be my obligation to open the public eyes to the reality of current living conditions for blind people, including students and unemployed professionals alike. As the President, I feel that a male candidate for this same position is only living the dream of old timers who are unaware of the living conditions of today’s young blind people. There are thousands of blind people who could benefit from better housing and a meaningful job, but so many employers are not listening to us because of the past presidencies of males, males who are rich, successful, and altogether religious and uneducated on the matter of what it is like to live in this time period. While I’m not completely attacking these folks, it is an obvious disconnect for the ones who could elect a male president, or someone who is so much older than I am. There are many more blind young people and children to think about, and Mr. Oldman isn’t thinking of the unemployed young folks. Not at all.

 

If perhaps my buddy Joey was not my opponent, suppose he was vice president. Whoa. Even if he ran against me, I would not be attacked. I suppose he’d uphold things, but then put his own spin on some subjects. It’s about bringing out the things you have, not what your opponent does not have.