Horse Racing Industry plagued by conflict of Interest & ownership.
Breeders Cup Board Members Own Horses Trained by Baffert
12 of the 14 members of the Breeders’ Cup Board involved;
Have had Baffert train their horses.
Major races seem to be mired in how to deal with Baffert
Now they have more conflicts —
Owning horses in an industry they are to regulate.
Many major publicly held companies do not pay Fed Taxes
Private equity firms have conquered the American tax system.
$4.5 trillion industry has avoided paying billions in taxes
Have managed to derail efforts to increase its tax burden
Have paid lobbyists and made campaign contributions to gain legislation
200 highest-paid chief executives at Publicly traded companies had the biggest pay packages on record.
There is nothing glamorous about horse racing.
Racetracks are battlefields where horses pay with their lives for our entertainment.
Difficult to justify a spectacle in where an animal gets instantly euthanized for merely spraining an ankle or breaking a leg?
Racehorses are exploited for the sole purpose of generating profits for their owners and race promoters.
See the list of abuses that while reduced still goes on
Penn State Startup TEAMology helps students to develop socially & emotionally.
Fills need to understand & improve emotional health in children
Seeks to Enhance child’s ability to succeed in school, career, & life.
Based on Resiliency – a core facet of social emotional wellness
Focuses ability to bounce back when something tough happens.
Helps students understand they can overcome obstacles
Famous LA Park becomes Work place for famous LA Gang.
Homeless and Sex workers are extorted by MS !3 Gang.
Forces park residents to pay “tax” rather look over their shoulder.
To MS-13, MacArthur Park is not just a territory but a source of revenue.
Gang tries to collect a percentage of everything sold inside it: drugs, food, gambling, sex.
Gang has even begun demanding rent from people living in the park.
Appears that LA Police regard situation to be under control. Shocking as it is
How do you like the idea of working just 4 days a week?
Employees clock eight fewer hours over four days for no less pay in pilot study
Kickstarter company embraces remote work during initial stage of the pandemic
Crowdfunding company allowed employees to clock 8 fewer hours over 4 days for no less pay,
LA City Officials involved in role of police do not seem to be talking to each other.
LA City seems to be in search of new use, organization, & utilization of Police.
People or officials who can solve problems do NOT seem to be talking to each other.
Activists claim LA Police Commission are apologists not overseers of Police.Need to reorganize City Government functions from top to bottom in LA.
Do not defund LA Police; Rather adopt & institute “City Public Safety” Dept.
Consider re-allocation of Police funding to social service functions.
Public Safety organized around a community needs & citizens—from bottom up.
One cannot be sure for sure – that’s for sure.
About what seems to be happening in America?
Was it like this in 1960 or even 1980?
Were we dying less, killing each other at lessor rate?
Gunning for each other?
Or were we just having fun and were not impacted by famine, greed, and disease.?
Question is — Can we reevaluate what we think, how we treat other & who we really are and want to be ?
Many Americans not mentally healthy, Need Care.
Decisive & transformative change to U.S. mental health landscape is possible.
Some possible solutions coming to for front from in-depth Rand Report.
Expand access to digital and tele-health services for mental health.
Focus on patient outcomes in treatment planning & assessments of care quality.
Define & institutionalize a continuum of care in states & communities.
Launch a national care-coordination initiative.
Establish the relationship of Mental Health to Community Crime
Things are Uh changing, Little by Little
It may be helpful to aggregate a list of things that need work.
This list is an accumulation of issues & problems gathered over time.
Some will evolve, others are almost too big for even government to handle.
Others are critical to the survival of the country, the Planet, & its occupants.
Things could happen & will. Maybe we will be ready for some. Hopefully, all.
If you find any issue or problem is really a problem, seek to find out what you can do about it.
And the track death beat goes on.
Horse deaths from track break downs continue as Industry crosses fingers
Young horses are still being put down at Santa Anita Race Course
Every horse put down was 5 or younger.
The vet schools. some track vets, & all track owners have not said age is a factor.
Contention is that horse bone structure is not mature til 6 years of age
Impossible to change the industry, economic, and culture to protect young horses.
What needs to be done will never happen – Economically & culturally not possible
Cities creating Public Safety Departments to combine all City Services.
Communities need & want protection, prevention, public safety, & policing.
There are efforts in some states & cities to defund & reduce police departments.
Meantime several cities have created combined public safety departments as solution.
Consolidating police, fire, & emergency medical services into one department–Not defunding Police.
Getting to the root of law and order by going after the cause of crime & rioting.
Owning part of the company. Closing the racial wealth gap.
A solution seems to be embedded in an Employee Stock Ownership Plans or an ESOPs.
Need for sweeping initiatives for employee ownership to be adopted nationally.
There is a stark racial wealth gap in the U.S. Philadelphia is example.
City is working to reduce the racial wealth gap..
ESOP is a tax-qualified retirement plan that invests in employer’s stock.
ESOPs companies enable Employee owners to gain liquidity.
Rather than Defund Police, cities are merging Police & Public Safety Depts.
Majority of Americans support sweeping reforms to law enforcement & its function.
An integrated department would merge administrative, upper management, & support functions;
Would maintain the traditional distinct job functions of police officer, firefighter, or paramedic, healthcare, & support services.
Public Safety with functions, priorities, & civic objectives to be coordinated & integrated new department of Public Safety.
Part of major city services; Fire, police, emergency medical services.
Every service would be to protect, prevent, & support the community & all its traditional services.
The Gap is widening.
income & net worth gap between Investment & Working Class is increasing;
So need for Working Capitalist model like ESOPS & Universal Basic Capital System.
Universal basic capital is the best hope of closing the income inequality gap.
But addressing the current shortfall in retirement savings requires a plan.
There is a necessity to expand access to retirement savings plans universally.
So that all workers can begin to quickly and easily save for their future.
Economy would seek to widely spread ownership of wealth-generating assets.
Diminish growing gap between those who possess capital & those who provide wage labor.
Why not more diversity in the U.S. Work force.
Some say lack of diversity is due to there not being enough qualified talent.
Not hiring qualified women of color in technology is keeping women out [Period}
Microaggressions, unconscious bias, & lack of representation are examples.
Practice upholds and enable racism and discrimination in the workplace to go on.
Need to do something about barriers to career success standing in way of women of color.
See 5 actionable ways that leaders and management teams can begin to level the playing field for women of color:
Getting Older is a challenge in the Work Force.
Prejudice against older coworkers persists; Age-ism attitudes remain.
Even among those who openly oppose racism and sexism.
Business growth & expansion means career advancement, not geriatricide.
Younger workers tend to be more empathetic when they realize many older workers can’t afford to retire.
No substitute for experience and time in work & life.
The way we work and where has changed.
Pandemic has forced us in doors and in front of Keyboards.
The tendency has been to just keep working most of the time.
People have found it hard to focus on tasks & be productive during Pandemic.
What to do with, how, & when sometimes was & is disruptive & unproductive.
As people go back to the office & working at home, this is new approach to work.
Perhaps, there is a major change in way we work at home & how we now spend our time.
See Six ways to quickly adapt to the forthcoming Post Pandemic Period.
Tons of microplastics are floating in the Ocean & in the air over the western United States.
Particles stay airborne for nearly a week–enough time to cross oceans & blow inland from & to the Ocean, particularly West Coast of U.S.
Plastics that are falling from the sky are smaller than 5 ml & from many sources.
Plastic bags & bottles thrown into waterways & break down into smaller pieces of tiny microfibers.
Particles fall off washed synthetic clothing; Then flushed into wastewater treatment plants.
Any remaining microfibers get flushed out to ocean along with the treated water.
Demands are being made to reform police departments
Every Community wants protection, prevention, public safety, and policing.
Efforts in some states & cities to defund & reduce police departments have failed.
Instead several cities have created public safety departments, combining all city services.
Environmentalist want logging to stop and introduced legislation to do so;
Loggers and environmentalists battled then found common ground
Log company & tree huggers cooperated & saved the town of John Day, Oregon.
Timber industry survived because environmentalist fought to save their jobs.
Realized that some logging was absolutely essential to make overgrown forests healthy.
Eastern Oregon forests were prone to fires.
Loggers and environmentalists were at odds over what ought to be done
Every employee at Amazon would have the option to be a stockholder.
Amazon would become an ESOP or some version thereof.
A move by Bezos to make Amazon an ESOP would change corporate America.
Amazon would become America largest Employee Stock Holder Company.
Stakeholder Capitalism Solves Labor Union Conflict & Employee Issues;
Amazon would share success with employees with a “stake” in the enterprise
50 young race horses have been put down at U.S, track so far in 2021.
The California Horse Racing Board & major tracks like Santa Anita have sought changes in racing practices over time.
These changes have alleviated deaths, however, horses are still dying of injuries on the track and in training.
The economics & traditions of horse racing outweigh the solutions to the real cause.
New study proved that Bayer’s neonic pesticides is brutal bee-killer.
Therefore, activists say a ban should be a foregone conclusion.
Bayer says study is flawed and not factual
Meantime, farmers say Insecticides necessary in raising crops.
Bayer is hard at work trying to discredit the science and bury the pesticide study.
Canada’s government is deciding whether to ban chemical, imidacloprid.
Seems to be no action forthcoming by the U.S. to save the bees.
Could things not just be about each other & how we think about each other?
It is certainly about listening, then caring, helping, accepting, & serving others.
Would not listening to each other reveal how we can help & make things better?
It may be more about some deep concern, uncertainty, or fear they have.
While it seems it is about politics—but it may not be at all. It’s more