"My Opinions" about Aquatics Business/Hobby, True Conservatism, Google, DCS/DHS, Dishonest Business Practices, Man-Made Global Warming, The Media, Faces of Evil, Recycling, Arrogance of our local and National Leaders and more.

Most of the subjects are based on reading and study and well as real life experiences (my field is aquarium and pond research and information as well as business)



My niece is a Teaching Doctor with additional pHd and specializes in Geriatric care and lives and works in the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in Washington; she has stated that the media has way over blown this and stated the need to shut everything down is ridiculous and only leads to fear, hoarding, undo stress, & even suicide.
Yes we do need to shut down some things such as maybe schools and very large venues and certainly practice social distancing. HOWEVER, we also should not be holed up in our homes, getting fresh air outdoors along with exercise! Any Doctor worth his or her salt will tell you this too!!!

Also, one major aspect of this virus that is NOT being reported is that many who have the virus, never show a symptom or the symptoms are very mild.

As well the death statistics are based on bad base numbers. As with influenza, many who contract this virus show little or no symptoms and then never seek medical help. These people then never become part of the data base. My point, as an example, is if you have a base of say 100 people and 2 persons die you have a 2% death rate, but the facts are the base is much higher due to those never reported.

My wife works a local major retailer told me just yesterday that there are people in line crying in fear (many in their 30s and clearly not in the risk group)

Also here in Oregon, our Governor (Kate Brown) is shutting down businesses (that the facts show has not contributed to the spread of this virus), thus destroying peoples livelihoods and add even more to stress and potential suicides!

Finally, what is also not being reported is that tests are now showing a drug that has been around for a long time; Chloraquine Phosphate (used for treatment of Malaria), has been very effective for treatment of pneumonia caused by Covid-19 virus.
References: *Breakthrough: Chloroquine phosphate has shown apparent efficacy in treatment of COVID-19 associated pneumonia in clinical studies
*An effective treatment for #Coronavirus #COVID-19 has been found in a common anti-malarial drug
*Old malaria drug hydroxychloroquine may help cure coronavirus: study

This has also caused a rush on products that contain Chloraquine even though not intended for human use, such as aquarium treatments with eBay and others selling small quantities for over $300 (although not all sellers are gouging such as AAP Marex Chloraquine Phosphate)


Wuhan Coronavirus Facts verus hype

MORE IN DEPTH: Please Read On

QUOTE from Steve Elliott:
"America and the world are rushing headlong into a global recession sparked, not by a deadly virus but, by FEAR of a deadly virus.
Since the ramifications for our nation -- and for you and me individually -- are quite enormous, I want to offer you some context and resources that can help you sort out the TRUTH of what's really happening.
+ + Biggest FEAR PLAY I've ever seen.
First off, this is without a doubt the most widespread FEAR PLAY I've ever seen. Visit Drudge Report today and you'll discover TWENTY-SIX links at the top of the page about the Chinese Coronavirus -- all DOOM AND GLOOM.


There is no context. No counterpoint. And it's the same just about everywhere.
Yes, it's a new, deadly virus, but the actions being taken by world leaders to SHUT DOWN entire countries (Italy is now shut down) may be a dangerous overreaction.

If we allow FEAR to rule the day, we could find ourselves in a global recession that negatively affects our families in profound ways and even directly impacts our November elections.
I don't need to go so far as to say the upcoming election is the motivation behind the fear push, although some in the pundit class are already calling this "Trump's Katrina" and the New York Times published an op-ed calling it the "TrumpVirus." Still, it is a very likely reality that our elections could be significantly impacted by the fear push by publicly damaging the President. (Of course, it could go the other way and the President's actions in response to the Coronavirus crisis could actually boost his approval.)

So why am I more concerned with the FEAR than the VIRUS?
+ + Busting the Myths...
Because I've been doing some digging...
And it's looking more and more like the Chinese Coronavirus will ultimately look a lot more like the 2009-10 Swine Flu Pandemic than the Apocalypse that Drudge and everyone else is pushing.
Before I go on, I want to say that we must take the Chinese Coronavirus seriously. There is a good possibility that hundreds of thousands of people (or more) may die as a result of this virus. And if that happens, it will have a similar impact as the 2009 Swine Flu which infected 60 million Americans and killed more than a HALF MILLION people worldwide.

Yet, I don't recall ANY GLOBAL SWINE FLU PANIC in 2009 -- certainly nothing even close to the "SHUT DOWN" fears we're experiencing now.
Interestingly, Swine Flu at its outset was thought to possibly have a 4% mortality rate -- about the same as the current chatter surrounding the Chinese Coronavirus. In retrospect, the mortality rate for the Swine Flu Pandemic turned out to be far below 1% (perhaps .1%). Still, a HALF MILLION people died. Yet the stock market didn't go through historic convulsions because of the flu. Countries didn't shut down. Life went on.

So here are three CHINESE CORONAVIRUS MYTHS I want to bust with some fact-based realities that can keep us from cultural and economic shutdown.

Myth #1 -- Chinese Coronavirus's mortality rate is OFF THE CHARTS
Myth #2 -- Chinese Coronavirus is SUPER VIRAL, way worse than the flu
Myth #3 -- Chinese Coronavirus is an INDISCRIMINATE KILLER
To bust these myths, here are four realities about the Chinese Coronavirus...

+ + REALITY #1 -- The mortality rate is likely FAR LOWER than currently feared

Currently, the FEAR PUSHERS are reporting that the mortality rate from this Coronavirus is 3.4%. That's not true. The World Health Organization says the "crude mortality ratio" (total deaths divided by total infected) is "between 3 and 4 percent." But a mortality ratio and a mortality rate are two different things. First off, the early predictions of mortality rates for these outbreaks are almost always high and misleading because we simply do not have enough data. (See more on this here.) Once there is additional data, the mortality ratio generally drops, and thus, the mortality rate predictions drop as well.

So what's the best guess for the mortality rate for the Chinese Coronavirus? Here's what Adm. Brett Giroir at the Department of Health and Human Services said last week: "The best estimates now of the overall mortality rate for COVID-19 is somewhere between 0.1 percent and 1 percent. That's lower than you've heard probably in many reports." If Giroir is correct, then we can stop all the panic. Yes, LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL DIE -- just like the Swine Flu Pandemic of a decade ago. Yes, we should take precautions. But this will not be a culture-shifting event. And it shouldn't be treated as such.

But is Giroir correct?
Most likely, yes. The strongest data set we currently have to project the Chinese Coronavirus mortality rate is coming from South Korea, where extensive testing has been done. As of 3/10, here's the data out of South Korea: 189,000 people tested
7,513 tested positive for COVID-19
52 deaths

Do the math. The current "crude mortality ratio" in South Korea is .69% (52 / 7,513) -- about 80% lower than the 3.4% discussed commonly. This is amazingly consistent with the mortality rate in China outside of Wuhan -- .7%. Even the small case study of the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was stranded at the onset of the outbreak also suggests a lower mortality rate -- 705 infected, 6 deaths (.9%). So far, Germany has reported an even lower rate -- 1,139 cases and just two deaths (.017%). (You can see the latest numbers for every country reporting here.)

The real data right now indicates a high probability of a CEILING of .7% mortality rate, at least in developed countries.
I say CEILING because with awareness will come more testing and early diagnosis and better treatments and fewer deaths. Thus, I believe it is quite reasonable to project, based on what we now know, that the actual mortality rate for those who contract the Chinese Coronavirus will be less than .7%. (For comparison, the odds of a car crash being the cause of your death is roughly 1%, and since only a smallish percentage of us will contract the Chinese Coronavirus, cars are still way more likely to kill you than this coronavirus.)
Yes, America's mortality numbers from this coronavirus look bad right now, but that's primarily because of the small sample size and that we haven't really begun any widespread testing.

I want to be clear. Even a .7% mortality rate could result in a global pandemic that could kill hundreds of thousands or even millions. It's a major deal that needs to be taken very seriously. But it does not justify GLOBAL PANIC, shutting down entire nations, disrupting our everyday lives, causing massive job losses, forcing America and the world into global recession, and possibly swaying the outcome of our presidential election!

+ + Reality #2

-- Chinese Coronavirus may be LESS VIRAL than seasonal flu
After all the fear mongering and end-of-world posts everywhere, I was surprised to discover in the WHO literature that influenza likely "spreads faster" than Chinese Coronavirus. Also, the Chinese Coronavirus is LESS LIKELY than influenza to be transmitted in the first days of symptoms or before symptoms present.

Here's how the WHO explains it:
Q. How are COVID-19 and influenza viruses different?
A. The speed of transmission is an important point of difference between the two viruses. Influenza has a shorter median incubation period (the time from infection to appearance of symptoms) and a shorter serial interval (the time between successive cases) than COVID-19 virus. The serial interval for COVID-19 virus is estimated to be 5-6 days, while for influenza virus, the serial interval is 3 days. This means that influenza can spread faster than COVID19.
Further, transmission in the first 3-5 days of illness, or potentially pre-symptomatic transmission - transmission of the virus before the appearance of symptoms - is a major driver of transmission for influenza. In contrast, while we are learning that there are people who can shed COVID-19 virus 24-48 hours prior to symptom onset, at present, this does not appear to be a major driver of transmission.

So the Chinese Coronavirus is possibly LESS VIRAL than the seasonal flu. I'm not hearing that much from the FEAR MONGERS. One would think we're all doomed to get the virus, and then death is a crapshoot.
Not only are we not all doomed to get the virus, if you do contract COVID-19 you might not get sick enough to know it or even go to the doctor, and you'll very likely survive just fine.
Which leads us to our third important Chinese Coronavirus realty...

+ + Reality #3

-- Chinese Coronavirus targets the elderly and especially those with existing health conditions Unlike the seasonal flu or the Swine Flu Pandemic which impacted both young and old and everyone in between, we now know that the Chinese Coronavirus very much targets people over the age of 70 and especially the elderly with respiratory and other pre-existing ailments.

At the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, this Coronavirus resulted in a very ominous mortality rate of nearly 15% for those 80 and over and perhaps 10% for those in their 70s. But skew the age down to people in their 50s and the morality rate plummeted to 1.3%.
And the younger you are, the more resistant you are to the virus: .4% mortality rate for those in 40s, and just .2% for ages 10 to 39. From what I can see there are NO REPORTED DEATHS in China of those under 10, which is quite a stunning fact of this virus that is terribly under-reported by the FEAR MEDIA.

Also, the Chinese Coronavirus acts like other respiratory illnesses in that it is exacerbated by pre-existing conditions. Based on China's data, here are the mortality rates for those who had the Chinese Coronavirus:
and cardiovascular disease: 10.5%
and diabetes: 7.3%
and high blood pressure: 6.0%
and cancer: 5.6%
and no other reported health conditions: .9%!

That last line is very telling. It may prove out that existing health conditions are far more of a concern with this virus than age. And here's another important point: Unlike the seasonal flu and the Swine Flu, not only are children far less susceptible to the Chinese Coronavirus, children are not the main transmitters.
Children who do get sick seem to get the Chinese Coronavirus from adults, not other children. So we don't need to shut down the schools.

All this is very significant. Instead of a WIDE-SCALE SHUTDOWN OF SOCIETY that is now being forced upon us, perhaps we can target our response to safeguarding those over, say, 70, or those with existing health conditions.
Let's do aggressive testing for those over 70 or those with health conditions. Let's learn from countries like Germany, whose excellent elderly care may explain the country's current low mortality ratio of just .017%.
So we may have caught a break. Yes, seniors are in danger. But our response to the outbreak can be very targeted, and since children are less susceptible both to the disease and as transmitters, it may not prove to be as widespread as, for example, the Swine Flu (which infected 60 million Americans!).

The targeted nature of the virus toward the elderly is another good reason NOT to panic and NOT to disrupt our normal lives and NOT to throw our nation into lockdown and NOT to create an economic meltdown and NOT to allow fear to determine our future!
All this leads me to a fourth reality, and some actions we can take...

+ + Reality #4

-- We have already OVERREACTED and now our overreaction is the main danger!
It's clear that we have already overreacted. As of this writing, 28 people in the U.S. have died, and our national reaction has already sent the stock market into historic convulsions. We have started down the slippery slope to cultural and economic shutdown. Events are being cancelled. Businesses are putting a moratorium on travel. People are hoarding... toilet paper! You can feel it coming. Shutdown.

As I've shown, the REALITY data does not warrant this over-reaction, nor does our current situation. Consider this: If we're already in the beginning stages of shutdown with just a handful of deaths, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE when the U.S. death toll reaches 100, and then 1,000? Because of our over-reaction now, we will almost be forced into societal shutdown as the death toll rises.
And it will rise. Why? Because we're dealing with a virus that likely CANNOT BE CONTROLLED and could very likely kill thousands if not tens of thousands or more Americans. This is the reality with pandemics. Thankfully, it now appears the Chinese Coronavirus is NOT the Armageddon virus the FEAR MEDIA would have us believe it is.

And the fear is dangerous. Here's what Dr. Abu Sharkaway -- an infectious disease expert in Toronto -- posted on Facebook last week:
"I am not scared of Covid-19. What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world."

Wuhan Coronavirus, wash your hands, no media

+ + How to fight back against the fear...
So what do we do? How do we push back against the FEAR NARRATIVE? First, we CONTINUE TO GATHER INFORMATION independent of the FEAR-BASED MEDIA SYSTEM. Grassfire is going to do our part.
Second, we take prudent steps to protect ourselves and our families and minimize the risks, especially for the elderly.
Third, we REJECT THE FEAR NARRATIVE and insist on continuing to live our lives as normally as possible. We sound off in every arena possible -- in your home, on talk radio, in your community. We tell our elected representatives that we are knowledgeable, but we are not afraid and we DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT-MANDATED OR GOVERNMENT-ENCOURAGED economic and societal shutdown.

+ + The ultimate danger we face:
Even beyond economic disruption and societal shutdown and the possible ramifications on a U.S. presidential election, our FEAR RESPONSE to this virus poses an even greater danger. It's possible that long after this Chinese Coronavirus event has come and gone, our society will have shifted further into the realm of fear and isolation.
We'll stop shaking hands and instead adopt the "elbow bump" as part of our new norm of "social separation"... We'll have even more justification for interacting virtually instead of in person.... Churches will only serve communion in those individual hermetically sealed communion packets... And we'll cement in our psyche a presupposition of social fear and isolation.

Dr. Sharkaway said it this way:
"[M]ostly, I'm scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.
So let's get educated. Let's have open discussions in our circles of influence. Let's take prudent steps to protect our families. And let's refuse to give into the fear."

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Sorry Grants Pass Oregon, Collecting Bottles is NOT a Crime


Oregon Bottle Recycling

Sadly based on my daily collecting of bottles that I then turn in to the Oregon Bottle Drop Center here in Grants Pass and then use the 20% additional bonus to help with my weekly grocery bill, one would think it is illegal here in Grants Pass Oregon.

Besides the fact I am keeping trash that I find in public receptacles and along the roads from ending up in landfills or simply as trash along the highways, I am providing for my family and making up for shortfalls that my small business now faces due to the demise of the professional aquarium industry (in large part due to Amazon & Google).
Further References:
Buying Aquarium Products via Amazon (& Chewy, eBay)
American Aquarium Supplies & Information

This is not to say that I do not meet polite and respectful individuals and local businesses, but I've found that these are often in the minority here in Grants Pass Oregon.
What is interesting is I collected bottle/cans along with cardboard in Southern California many years back to help make up for shortfalls due to family emergencies (a very sick son and a predator that harmed my family). This was originally recommend by a friend who was a chef at a restaurant I took care of aquariums for. He actually used this money to help make a down payment for a home for a family.
During this time in Southern California, I met many persons and businesses who stopped me to talk and encourage me. I can think of two in particular that we became friends (Allen at a machine shop and Ian who was the park manager at an LA County Park).

Why the difference? Well in defense of many who are rude and act like I am committing a crime, I know that here, the majority of those collecting are homeless persons looking for money for their next alcohol or drug fix.
Back in Southern California, most of the others I met doing the same thing were like me or the chef/friend who suggested this as a method to work around regular work schedules and make extra money.

HOWEVER, this does not excuse poor treatment of me any more than it is OK to treat all men with contempt just because men commit more violent crime than women (there are many more example/analogies I can make as to making generalized accusations).
The facts are I often pick up trash as I go and ALWAYS leave any area I currently collecting cleaner than when I came by. So do NOT blame me for others making a mess!!!
Sadly many have been rude even acknowledged this yet still treated me with contempt!!

This does not also excuse the condescending way some will speak to me making excuses that they are only concerned that I might hurt myself by getting stuck by a needle (this was exemplified by a dishonest and condescending lady assistant manager at the Grants Pass 7-Eleven on 6th Street who clearly needs a business management education).
First, I am a big boy with a college business management education and decades of experience in management and well know the dangers and in fact only look at the top of any container for just this reason.
Second as this one lady when confronted with her fake concern then went on to say that they could be sued. Sorry, strike two as they would have to be careless intent. Someone could just as easy get stuck placing an empty container in their often full trash cans. Legal case example would be a hospital that is required to place "sharps" in containers and does not, then they are liable, but 7-Eleven is not responsible for what goes into their outside public containers.


On a positive note I will again note that there are some really nice people who encourage me with kind words or even save bottles for me.
A few business examples I want to thank:
* DJ's Bump & Paint
* 3 Boys Classic Towing And Auto Sales
* Hays Oil Co (F Street)
* Home Depot
* Safeway

Unfortunately there are many more businesses who either allow staff or encourage staff to treat me like I was the lowest of life forms for only trying to provide for my family.
Here are some of these businesses I will call out for this rude treatment:
*Fred Meyer
*7-Eleven (6th Street, very condescending lady assistant manager)
*C & D Short Stop Market
*Grants Pass Shopping Center
*Jiffy Lube
*Mill Street Car Wash
*Crater Car Wash
*Concierge Home and Business Watch
*Riverside Inn

Finally, let's get to the legality of this.
It is NOT illegal to pick up bottles along the road (like I do even in rural areas riding my bike often a considerable difference).
Nor is it illegal to pick up bottles in parks (although I ALWAYS respect other's space).
As well the Supreme Court of the USA ruled that it is legal to collect bottles in public areas (this does not include areas closed to the public or labeled "Employees/Staff only").

QUOTE from information provided to me many years back as to this Court Ruling (that covers the entire USA, not just California where the case started)
California v. Greenwood, 486 U.S. 35 (1988).
The Court believed it to be "common knowledge" that garbage left out in receptacles in public places* is readily accessible to "animals, children, scavengers, snoops and other members of the public."

*Legal Note:
"Receptacles in public places", while it may include general parking access of shopping centers or similar, it does NOT include areas marked employees, staff, etc. only.
As well, this constitutional right does not supersede laws such as litter laws, in other words making a mess while scavenging can be considered a violation of the law. Nor does this court decision protect an individual if they break loitering laws, impede ingress or egress of employees, patrons, etc., or if said individual acts in a manner that could endanger others around them.
Telling a customer they cannot pick up recyclables in a public parking (even if private property as long as it is open to the public) is no different than telling an African American to go to the back of the bus. Both are a violation of your Constitutional rights.

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Social Justice Warriors, SJW, Trump

FORWARD: Let me start by explaining the title, as I am well aware that SJW pejorative term, however I have never seen as much hate as I have for any vote that I made than the one for Trump. I know of others, including in my industry who never voted Republican until Trump who have made similar statements.
So maybe if this title seems offensive (which it is not meant to be), it is just me finally fighting back at the many haters that accuse me of being a follower of some right wing BS. For those who know me, know that nothing could be further from the truth since I have often taken on those in my industry/hobby (professional aquarium/pond keeping) who in recent years believed and pushed many myths. If I was a follower, I would take the easy way out and fall in line with all the BS that has been spread by so many in Facebook Aquarium Groups and many YouTubers, this would make life so much easier.
Maybe you accusers should step back & realize that both you, Obama, and the media have failed to listen to persons such as myself and then realize that if you had done so earlier, you may not have had Trump as POTUS. While I may not have always agreed with Bill Clinton or his actions either, at least he attempted to listen to people (or so it appeared), while President Obama was very arrogant and chose to not listen to the struggles of many and only doubled down.
In the end, this post is not to change views, only to show that my views are based on life experiences.


To Social Justice Warriors who seem to think the world revolves around their world views all the while ignoring others who have struggled that do not fit their world view.
You seem to have so much hatred for Trump, you fail to realize he has addressed many of these problems others have faced that YOU have rudely ignored.
When you mock in manners that ignore what others have faced, in particular "slime on slime" celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, you are showing your hate and lack of compassion and further alienating others who have had faced problems that have been ignored for years by the media and others on the left.

  • Where were you when Obama through his executive orders, banned magnetic ballasts based on ill informed thinking that this will help with energy conservation.
    Facts are electronic ballasts do not last nearly as long, and more importantly will not provide the surge energy needed to fire High Output True UV Sterilizers.
    The result is this has killed the majority of premium UV Sterilizers that I have built my business around over the last few decades. This allowed the cheaper Chinese UVs to further dominate the market.

    These were also my most profitable item, with the result of huge losses for my business and ability to provide for m family.
    Trump has struck down this and many other ill informed regulations on business by Obama, but for this market, it was such a niche market, the companies have already either moved on or have shut down, so too late for me here.

    Further Reading:
    Aquarium/Pond UV Sterilizer Use | Facts & Information
    Aquarium/Pond UV Sterilizers | from AAP

    Other aspects of my industry as a whole has never recovered during Obama's time in office too.
    This is unlike EVERY other recession since I have been in the high end aquarium keeping industry (1977), as there was NEVER a real bounce back and in fact SKUs for such products have steadily decreased with many of such distributors!!!

    This has resulted me collecting bottles after hours where I further often get attacked by rude/hateful persons just for doing this so as to keep my staff and be able to still answer questions from aquarium/pond keepers (I should note that I pay staff out of my own pocket just to answer questions for free).

  • Where were you SJW when I am bullied for trying to help others with my decades of experience and research online and elsewhere.
    While I too certainly cannot lump everyone together, one thing I have noted throughout my life, going back to bullying as the result of a teacher standing me up in class and using me as an example of what a failure looks like, it was those who were and are most vocal that stood up for me. Kinda how Trump acts.

  • Where were you SJW when my wife was suffering from postpartum depression from the recent birth of my second daughter many years ago (& some difficulties/health issues) and found out she was carrying my unplanned son and sought counseling at Planned Parenthood.

    Planned Parenthood recommended she get an abortion without even considering her mental health (& yes, postpartum depression is a real disease that needed treatment, which she later got, not the quick fix of an abortion).
    WORSE YET is when I contacted them to cancel this, they refused to talk to me.
    Thankfully my mother in law as able to somehow stop this and I have a wonderful smart son who is now 19 as of writing this.

    Both Obama & Hillary support my taxes going to what I consider an evil murdering organization that tried to KILL/MURDER my son.
    Fine if you disagree, but respect why I cannot support persons who support my taxes going to this organization, any more than I think others should have their taxes go to organizations such as the NRA (which many also find offensive)

    While I will not give Trump a pass as for other women's issues, nor should we give Bill or Hillary a pass as has been done.
    For me the rights of my son to exist "trumps" Trump's locker room bull shit.


  • You, SJW, claim Trump only cares for the top 1%, yet his tax plan shows otherwise. Sorry that you do not understand that business is dynamic not static as our corrupt news media and lying celebrities will otherwise state.
    The facts I have seen this time and time again that when you allow business to keep more of what they have, they will invest more, including in staff as they grow. Remember a business works for their stockholders and just pocketing tax cuts does not grow a business.
    As well going as far back as the 80s, while working in an industry that deals in discretionary spending, is it IS the top earners that buy the products and service I have provided, and when they have a reason to spend, I benefit.
    This is a major reason I switched parties in the 80s

  • You claim that by Trump not supporting every aspect of the radical Climate Change movement that somehow he is destroying the environment. The facts are the science is not settled and this is not to say I do not believe that the climate is not changing, but many aspects of this are simply not reported, including the fact that higher CO2 levels improve crop yields worldwide, including in poor 3rd world countries.
    My job is here not to debate this, but to get you to open your eyes to other points of views and respectfully disagree instead of your hate based attacks that assumes I and others are simply "deniers".

    Please Read: The Climate Change Debate

    More importantly, where are you SJW as again small businesses such as mine pay carbon taxes every time we ship, while Amazon does not?
    It is difficult to compete when we pay as much as double the cost for shipping as Amazon

  • Social Justice Warriors, Amazon, Trump

  • Speaking of Amazon, where were/are you SJWs as Amazon along with Google destroys my industry and gets away with breaking DMCA laws, Black Hat SEO, manipulation of shipping companies at the expense of businesses such as mine.
    At least Trump has called them out (in particular of Amazon's abuse of USPS), but where was Obama as he accepted donations and supported these corrupt companies.

    Please Read:
    Purchasing Aquarium & Pond Equipment via Amazon
    Google IS Evil, Content Plagiarism, Aquarium Fish Searches

  • As for our standing around the world, I am tired of giving USA tax money to countries such as Pakistan that do as much to defeat our interests as help them.
    As far as I am concerned, standing up for Israel's right to name their own capital that has been such for 3000 years is the ultimate in standing up for bullying, especially when many in the world sides with evil IMHO.
    For this alone, Trump earned my vast respect, especially since I have often been the one at the losing end of bullying

  • Where were you SJWs when I did in fact lose my Doctor, was forced to pay much higher premiums, and much higher co-pays.
    The loss of the Doctor alone has allowed a cancer to spread, and ceased my Doctor fighting for me to get Social Security Disability for my Neuropathy.
    As well, I know many persons where the additional penalty tax (now ended under Trump) was adding to their financial struggles.

    This of course is not to say some were helped by ObamaCare, but for you and the media to ignore those that were hurt while attacking those attempting to speak for us is utterly disgusting.

    Frankly, I do not agree with ObamaCare, TrumpCare, or any plans put forth; I support a Universal plan (not what Bernie or other more socialist leaning politicians support).
    This plan is more in line with Australia (which Trump has noted that he likes, he just needs to get the Republican Congress on board, which there are too many very different views here, so I am not holding my breath).
    As I see it, this plan would add to Social Security taxes, and increase the cap. For persons under a certain tax table, this would be no cost for the very basic plan THAT ALL would be covered.
    One can add to this plan out of one's own pocket, similar to Medicare for more premium packages.

  • Trump a racist? Sorry his history, including as a Democrat and who he has associated with does not hold up in a court of law.
    Much of what has been used to make this point in his background is more him conducting business, often in an aggressive way (to which I do not totally agree myself), but this does not make him a racist.
    Nor do his supposed comments as to countries we should not let chain migration immigrants into this country from.
    Agree or disagree, he was speaking up for many as to putting the USA first. It is noteworthy since the dishonest media did not report that he did include Asian countries as those he would prefer more from (certainly not white).

    As per support by White Supremacists for Trump and/or some of his policies, this does not make him a racist/White Supremacist any more than the many Communists supporting Obama makes Obama a Communist (which he clearly was not, sorry to my libertarian friends who might disagree)

    In the end, this type of Ad Hominem and Red Herring logical fallacy and personal attacks is VERY personally insulting, as I am often attacked with similar arguments among liberal & libertarian aquarium keepers similarly for my in depth life's work and research into aquarium/pond keeping.

    I am accused of only promoting products or methods because I also might sell something here (which is an Ad Hominem attack) stating I am all about money.
    Sorry, my life's example of letting a large contract (the Bahooka Restaurant) go at a huge loss financially over protecting a staff member, taking huge losses just recently to keep staff as well as collecting bottles, along with copious other examples of where I have ALWAYS put people ahead of money show this liberal & conspiratorial libertarian attacks upon me to be total bullshit.

    So in the end, when similar bullshit attacks are made against someone who is finally fighting for my interests (whether he gives a rats ass or not about me personally does not matter), I find this deeply offensive of you so called Social Justice Warriors that simply prove in doing so that you yourself care NOTHING about me, my family, my friends, my staff, etc. and are all about your world view

    Example of an article and product for which these people attack me on and it is the "vocal" who actually speak up in my defense:
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  • Where were you SJW when my family was taken based on lies by a predator who harmed my wife and daughter and forced our move in the first place to live for 18 months in a small RV in hiding. The CPS & DHS acted outside of the constitution based on lies and liberal views that "it takes a village" and that the government knows more than I do. They looked at none of the facts, none of the police reports, spoke with none of the therapists before taking damaging actions.

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Social Justice Warriors, SJW, Trump, Assumptions


I will add more to this post as it come to mind, but hopefully I make my point.
This point is NOT that one must agree with me and that my way of thinking is the right way, rather that others need to stop mocking and making hate filled statements as to why I should support someone that is FINALLY standing up for my interests, my family, and my support of what I feel are God's chosen people in Israel (readers sere certainly free to disagree here too, as this is simply my opinion).

If you disagree with the content, fine, but least do it respectfully and stop assuming I agree with your world views just as you should not be required to agree with my world views.
However it is mind boggling for me as to those that can read this, then tell me that I should not support Trump; this is telling me that I should not support someone who is in general taking actions and fix wrongs from the previous administration that will improve my business, family and what I see as important in this world.
A common tactic to shut me up is that Obama had to deal with an obstructionist Congress (like the Democrats and Deep State Republicans are not doing the same to Trump). This is a Red Herring argument, but I will answer it anyway. While I would agree that we need to find middle ground, if the other side refuses (a good example is the ACA), then who is really obstructionist?

Another social media comment I often have heard is I should be more open minded, if you as a reader believe this, again shows that you do not know me at all. After drifting to the right in my adult years, even my most liberal friends have stated I was one of the more open minded persons they met even though they disagreed with me.
As an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (a liberal church at that), I've never been accused of not being open minded and in fact quite the opposite (one liberal Elder appreciated my always being willing to listen and find middle ground). It is only on social media such accusations have gone forward, which speaks volumes about those who do so and even more so the dangers of Social Media itself since IMO, it has allowed extremes on both sides to legitimize themselves.

Sorry, but it is the definition of a SJW to make comments as to "how I sleep at night" or think I should support others who would continue the policies that have so hurt my family, business, view of how we should look at science critically, and more.
One could make the same statements as to "how one could sleep at night" while supporting a person who has so harmed many small businesses or supports taking my tax money to give to an organization that attempted to murder my son. HOWEVER this too would be wrong as this too is a logical fallacy and would be projecting my issues onto others.

Finally, just because I currently support Trump, it does NOT mean I agree with all his actions, past or present.
I certainly found his crude locker room talk from the Access Hollywood tape vulgar and something I do agree with nor would I or have ever spoken this way myself. This said, I do know personally of persons who have acted this way who have "come around".
As well, as a somewhat theological liberal, I do not agree with Trumps ban of transgender persons from the military.
I also think money for the border wall would be better spent on better and more beefed up border security (although a limited wall combined with beefed up border security works for me).

I also will not ignore the fact that there are SJWs on the right side of the aisle, including the likes of personalities such as Ben Shapiro who will moderate off any comments that only fit their view

Authored by Carl S.

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