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PARÁBOLA DE LAS GALLINAS

Posted on 27. Jan, 2017 by .

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Eranse una vez dos granjeros, uno rico y uno pobre. Un día el granjero rico decidió robar tierras de su vecino pobre y construyó en ellas una granja de gallinas. El granjero pobre trató de recuperar sus tierras, pero como era más débil no lo logró.

Al cabo de los años las gallinas del granjero rico se pusieron perezosas y se negaban a poner huevos. Así que el granjero rico comenzó a ofrecer alimento a las gallinas del granjero pobre para que estas cruzaran a su granja e hicieran el trabajo que sus gallinas no querían hacer.

Un día el granjero rico decidió que no quería más gallinas pobres en su granja y se propuso construir un muro para cortarles el paso. Y le dijo a su vecino pobre: “voy a construir este muro para que tus gallinas no pasen más, pero tú lo vas a pagar”. A lo que el vecino pobre contestó: “Te robas mis tierras, abusas de mis gallinas, les pagas una miseria, las marginas, las humillas y las discriminas. ¿Y tienes los cojones de exigirme dinero? No pienso pagar ni un centavo de tu puto muro”. El vecino rico contestó: “pues ya no te hablo más hasta que me demuestres respeto”.

Moraleja: si usted piensa que los mejicanos van a pagar por el muro de Trump usted es tan pendejo como él.

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UN-HEALTHY BILL

Posted on 05. May, 2015 by .

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A few weeks ago I had to visit the ER due to an episode of chest pain and high blood pressure. Yesterday I received the bill and I almost had to stop at the ER again.

After charging the insurance more than twenty thousand dollars for 48 hours of care I still have a patient responsibility bill totalling $1517.31. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad to be alive and grateful for the care, but I’m convinced that I was subjected to a lot of wasteful and unnecessary tests and treatments. And the research validates my fear.

In the medical world there are twenty-six tests or treatments that scientific and professional organizations have consistently determined to have no benefit or to be outright harmful (http://goo.gl/zqHePR). A recent study of more than a million Medicare patients suggests that a huge proportion of patients had received care that was simply a waste. Twenty-five to forty-two per cent of Medicare patients received at least one of the twenty-six useless tests and treatments. In addition, virtually every family in the country has been subject to overtesting and overtreatment in one form or another. This costs take thousands of dollars out of the paychecks of every household each year.

This month a joined the group and here’s my evidence.

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ESCARNIO

Posted on 01. Apr, 2015 by .

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Soy un ser humano imperfecto y falible. Soy liberal. Creo en la separación absoluta entre iglesia y estado. Combato la teocracia como modelo político. Ataco los dogmas religiosos que nos imponen conductas ‘morales’ so pena del exterminio y condena del alma. Con la excepción de Don Quijote y La guaracha del Macho Camacho, no creo en textos sagrados.

Para mi lo único sagrado es la dignidad del ser humano. Por eso me da mucha lástima leer los comentarios que se han escrito en contra del pastor Jaime Galarza Sierra y la empleada de la Administración de Tribunales, Ileana Martínez Santana. Al primero se le acusó en días recientes de haber ofrecido $20 a un agente ‘encubierto’ a cambio de sexo. A la segunda le radicaron cargos por posesión de drogas y maltrato de menores por haberse fumado un pitillo de marihuana frente a su hijo de 13 años. Ambos, también perdieron sus trabajos.

No tengo idea quiénes son estas personas. No los conozco. Mucho menos puedo dar fe de su integridad o calidad humana. Pero el escarnio al que han sido sometidos en los medios y las redes sociales me parece inhumano. Comprendo que hacia él, porque a su nombre lo precede la palabra pastor, le adviene una expectativa mayor en lo respectivo a su conducta ‘moral’. Pero ninguna persona debería ser juzgada de por vida, ni pagar un precio exagerado, por un error cometido en un momento de estupidez o debilidad. Antes de juzgar y condenar debemos recordar que el daño causado a la dignidad del ser humano puede ser irreparable.

Todos tenemos que asumir responsabilidad por nuestras acciones. Pero me niego a aceptar que un solo acto en tu vida sea usado para determinar tu identidad total, no importa cuan repugnante nos parezca ese acto. Nuestra identidad y dignidad humana son mucho más que el ‘peor’ de nuestros actos. Hoy quise reflexionar sobre esto, porque esta semana recordamos la muerte del peor de los criminales, de acuerdo a los fariseos.

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RACIAL TERRORISM

Posted on 11. Feb, 2015 by .

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Can we call the killings of thousands of African Americans acts of terrorism? Yes we can, and we should.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) just released “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror“, a report which documents lynching in twelve Southern states during the period between Reconstruction and World War II.

EJI researchers documented 3959 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950.

From The Crime Report:

Lynching in America makes the case that lynching of African Americans was terrorism, a widely supported phenomenon used to enforce racial subordination and segregation.

Noting that entire communities of whites sometimes witnessed the crimes, and treated them as entertainment—packing picnic lunches and collecting souvenirs from victims’ bodies—the report aims to spotlight lynchings’ lingering effects on blacks and on a criminal justice system still adversely shaped by race, said attorney Bryan Stevenson, the justice initiative’s founder and executive director.

The New York University Law School professor said: “The narrative of racial justice needs to change. We’ve gone too long without talking about how we got to Ferguson, how we got to Staten Island … Slavery didn’t end, it just evolved …

¿What makes this report so relevant and important today? Is not just the recent disheartening and disturbing large number of unarmed black people being killed by police. Or the alarming disparity in the treatments of black vs. white criminal suspects. It’s also about the blatant attempts to “clean up” history and the way we teach it in our schools.

As recently as last September, Colorado students protested curriculum changes in AP History directed towards a “more positive” view of American History. The new curriculum proposal stated:

Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights. Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.

And in 2010, a Texas school board approved controversial textbook changes “watering down” the role of slavery in the Civil War.

So yes, calling the lynchings of African Americans acts of terrorism is historically accurate and we must start teaching it as such.

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PROSA BIPOLAR

Posted on 07. Feb, 2015 by .

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Reinicio los artículos en mi blog (y en las redes sociales) con una nueva perspectiva y un nuevo propósito: discutir principalmente temas sobre justicia social.

Como soy un incesante aprendiz, solo pretendo educarme y compartir lo aprendido. Como de costumbre, aderezaré mi humilde prosa con aquellos adjetivos que considere apropiados para la ocasión.

El único problema que anticipo es la bipolaridad de mi prosa, la cual está sujeta a mis pasiones, prejuicios y propósitos ulteriores (los cuales honestamente no conozco de antemano).

Cuando escribo, trato de seguir lo que aprendí a través de la lectura de dos importantes libros: Non Violent Communication, de Marshall Rosenberg, y El gran libro de los insultos, de Pancracio Celdrán Gomariz.

¿Cuál de ellos ejercerá mayor influencia? No tengo ni puta idea.

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TOUGHEST JOB

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by .

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This week American Greetings company released a new ad to “honor” mothers.

On the ad, a group of people is presented while being interviewed for the “world’s toughest job”: motherhood.

Most normal people dearly love their mothers. So there’s no surprise that the video went viral. At the time this post was published it already had close to 8 million views.

The three closest women in my life (in order of appearance) are my mom, my wife and my daughter. And I love them with all my heart. I also feel great love and respect for my female relatives and friends. Because of that, I can tell you that the World’s Toughest Job viral video is the stupidest advertising campaign I’ve seen, so far. Here are five reasons why:

  1. It patronizes women, which for me is disrespectful.
  2. It promotes and perpetuates gender stereotypes (motherhood).
  3. This “Toughest Job” description is EXTREMELY exclusionary. What about single dads; people caring for 24/7 bed-ridden relatives; sons and daughters taking care of parents with alzheimer and dementia; etc, etc? These are people that could easily claim they have a tougher job than traditional moms AND dads.
  4. We don’t give up anything for our kids, we just do everything we need to do as parents.
  5. The only purpose is to sell you greeting cards, not to honor mothers.

Don’t fall for the emotional soundtrack. The Ad is CRAP. Why? Because anything that perpetuates myths and stereotypes does more harm than good. And there are better ways to honor the women in our lives than this stupid campaign.

About the motherhood stereotype*:
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*L. H. Ganong and M. Coleman. (1995). The content of mother stereotypes. Sex Roles, Volume 32, Issue 7-8, pp 495-512

Motherhood Image: http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs47/f/2009/182/7/5/Mother_Mermaid_by_ladylecuyer.jpg

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INJUSTICE

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by .

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The injustice that prevails in our justice system is criminal. Thousands of young kids are deprived of any opportunity to rehabilitate, redeem themselves and succeed.

What is the opposite of poverty? It’s not wealth. In our country the opposite of poverty is justice.There’s no justice unless you can pay for it.

In this engaging and personal talk, human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

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DISGRACEFUL

Posted on 09. Apr, 2014 by .

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The US “correction” system is a disgrace.

A new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) concludes that the United States’s prison system has fully returned to the 18th-century. In 2012, there were roughly 356,268 inmates with severe mental illnesses in prisons and jails, while only 35,000 people with the same diseases were in state psychiatric hospitals, reports Mother Jones. And the worst part is that many of the mentally ill inmates are, like others in the correction system, imprisoned due to minor violations.

Severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are brain diseases—biological conditions like heart disease or epilepsy. Yet in this country, the institutions most likely to be treating people with these illnesses are not hospitals, but rather jails and prisons.

Why does this happen in a nation that claims to be a role model for the world? Because in the US, prisons are a multi billion dollar business: $75 billions.

This animated video from the vlogbrothers provides some interesting facts about this shameful phenomenon.

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LOS SUEÑOS

Posted on 08. Apr, 2014 by .

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“No puedes valorar los sueños de acuerdo a las probabilidades que tienen de convertirse en realidad. Su valor verdadero reside en despertar en nosotros la voluntad para aspirar a lograrlos.

Esa determinación, cualquiera que sea su destino final, nos impulsa hacia adelante. Y después de un tiempo, puede que reconozcas que la verdadera medida del éxito no es cuánto has acortado la distancia a una meta lejana, sino la calidad de lo que has hecho hoy.”

Sonia Sotomayor (2013). Mi mundo adorado.

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REIR LLORANDO

Posted on 07. Apr, 2014 by .

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Fragmento final del poema Reír Llorando, del poeta mejicano Juan de Dios Peza.

¡Ay! ¡Cuántas veces al reír se llora!
¡Nadie en lo alegre de la risa fíe,
porque en los seres que el dolor devora,
el alma gime cuando el rostro ríe!
Si se muere la fe, si huye la calma,
si sólo abrojos nuestra planta pisa,
lanza a la faz la tempestad del alma,
un relámpago triste: la sonrisa.
El carnaval del mundo engaña tanto,
que las vidas son breves mascaradas;
aquí aprendemos a reír con llanto
y también a llorar con carcajadas.

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LA VERDADERA CRISIS

Posted on 06. Apr, 2014 by .

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Decía el filósofo español Emilio Lledó que la verdadera crisis es la de la inteligencia.

“La crisis más real -con independencia de los problemas económicos, que son muy reales- es la crisis de la inteligencia. No estamos solo ante una corrupción de las cosas, sino ante una corrupción de la mente. A mí me llama la atención que siempre se habla, y con razón, de libertad de expresión. Es obvio que hay que tener eso, pero lo que hay que tener, principal y primariamente, es libertad de pensamiento. ¿Qué me importa a mí la libertad de expresión si no digo más que imbecilidades? ¿Para qué sirve si no sabes pensar, si no tienes sentido crítico, si no sabes ser libre intelectualmente?”

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