Was an Increase in Liability Insurance Premiums an Example of Structural Racism?

Around 2000, I moved from one apartment complex in Indianapolis. I had the lowest permissible level of car insurance while I lived in Indiana, liability coverage only.

My premium increased when I moved. When I asked my insurance company (Allstate), the representative told me that the state regulatory agency allowed this price increase based on my new zip code.

If I had comprehensive coverage, I perhaps could understand a premium increase (although I felt as safe in both locations). But why should a change in zip code result in an increase in premium for automobile liability coverage?

A higher percentage of the residents near my new apartment were African-Americans. Is my experience an example of structural racism?

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“Falling Off the Corporate Ladder”: Music Which Explains Why You Can’t Tolerate the Whole Boss Thing

Generation HexedI sometimes wonder why I just can’t get that excited about corporate life. So I compiled a list of YouTube videos I entitled “Falling Off the Corporate Ladder.” If you think of others I should add, let me know. I also created a Spotify list (which doesn’t include Canibus’s Shove this Jay-Oh-Bee).

Also, check out Who Is Generation X? Stories for a Lost Generation by Jennifer McCollum. The cartoon is entitled “Generation Hexed” by Ted Rall.

Of course, many of my cohorts have done amazing things & I presume they are happy and proud of their careers. So it could just be me.

 

 

FL prisoners announce Operation PUSH starting Jan 15

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

FL prisoners announce Operation PUSH starting Jan 15 aimed at crippling the prison system with non-cooperation in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr

The following message is from a group of prisoners who are spread throughout the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). It was sent anonymously and compiled from a series of correspondences received on November 26 and 27 by both the Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the national Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons.

We have been able to verify the authenticity of this message which was also posted on SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Real Change), a social media page for Florida prisoners and their families.

According to their statement, these prisoners plan to initiate a work stoppage or “laydown” beginning Monday, January 15th, coinciding with MLK Day, in nonviolent protest of conditions in FL prisons. They are calling it Operation PUSH.

Their primary…

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10 Reasons Why Talking About #Russiagate is Bad

1_l29LvThvYgDrXc09o3fONADecades after Letterman made Top Ten lists ubiquitous, I’m making my first!

Here are the Top 10 Reasons why your political “wokeness” is not tied to obsession over #Russiagate, an idea advanced in a National Public Radio piece critical of Lee Camp’s show Redacted Tonight on Russia Today: Continue reading

Be with your ageing loved ones in their aloneness

Shabana Mir's blog: Koonj - the crane

My father’s ageing has made me tender hearted to the elderly. This is good because I’ll be in that age group soon.

I remember him saying one evening this March, “Zarina (ammi), I’ve become alone. I’m alone.” Just being frail, bedridden, and mentally wandering makes it harder for him to join the party. Everyone goes to work, parties, shop, chat, while he’s too weak to come along.

This March, after a ten-day stay, I had to move from my parents’ home to a conference hotel in Lahore. But to simplify it for abbu’s mind, I told him we were leaving for the airport and flying out. As we prepared to load into cars and leave for PC Hotel 30 minutes away, abbu limped over and got his sneakers. He put them on, painstakingly slow with the shoelaces. And with a heartbreakingly eager smile and a pitifully determined mien, he said…

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Ahmed Ben Amor, VP of Shams LGBT activist group, survives suicide attempt

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Ahmed Ben Amor, VP of Shams LGBT group, survived a suicide attempt on Saturday morning. He swallowed 30 2.5 mg and 30 1 mg pills of Ativan, in addition to ingesting two other types of drugs. His close friend found him unconscious around 10 AM local time and rushed him to a private hospital in Tunis.

Upon arrival, Ahmed was diagnosed with a Stage 9 coma on the Glasgow scale, which is considered moderate to severe. Luckily for Ahmed, he is no longer in the coma and has woken up periodically. He has also begun to eat food. The doctors do not believe there will be permanent brain damage.

As the news of Ahmed’s suicide attempt spread across social media, hate messages expressing hope that he dies sprang up. However, the support for Ahmed completely outweighed the hate speech against him. Hamed Sinno, lead singer of Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou’…

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Criticism of HRC

On Twitter and Facebook, some have asked me why I don’t like HRC. Some of it started with an image that I posted in which the following text was added: “THE PROBLEM ISN’T that Hillary is an unethical, corrupt, lying, criminal dirtbag — Everyone knows that. The problem is her supporters don’t care.”

Some of my friends who were HRC supporters criticized me, and I eventually decided to remove the image because I saw that it wasn’t the type of language I like to use and it distracted from the issues which cause me to regard HRC as a problem.

So here’s a quick, incomplete list of these issues as expressed in one of my comments I wrote on this post:

My opposition to HRC is based on her actions as a US Senator & US Secretary of State. Do you agree with these actions of hers?

1. Vote to authorize GWB to invade Iraq
2. Transformation of intervention in Libya from “protecting civilians” to regime change, without UN sanction & without Congressional approval
3. Support of coup in Honduras
4. Her vocal support for her “friend” Hosni Mubarak, 30-year dictator of Egypt
5. Implementation of sanctions on Iran
6. Continuous transfer of weapons & military support to dictators & monarchies in diverse regions of the world
7. Her receipt of exorbitant “speaker fees” from corporations & dictatorships
8. Presiding, during her term as Secretary of State, over a dramatic rise in the deportation of undocumented workers (which has continued since she left office)
9. Voicing opposition to single-payer universal healthcare
10. Expansion of US occupation of Afghanistan
11. Support of Apartheid State of Israel
12. Support of the war on drugs and mass incarceration

A friend who supports HRC responded:

I think you may be confusing “legitimate differences in opinion (1, 9, 11)” or “failures of diplomacy/ Errors in judgment in incredibly difficult situations that were probably going to be shitty no matter what (2, 3, 4, 5, 12) or “mountains out of mole hills or not a lot she could do about it (6, 7, 8)” with lying/corrupt/dirtbag.

I replied:

Thank you for addressing the issues I raised. I’ll have to get you in one of my reeducation camps to resolve our disagreements! [Snoopy emoji to lighten up the remark]

The friend cleverly responded:

Are there arts and craft in the camp?

I am also reproducing a comment I made to another person’s post about supporting HRC.

I commented:

The problem with this argument, as others have pointed out, is that it assumes HRC is headed in the right direction. She’ll competently manage the USA as an oligarchical, warmongering, ecology-destroying, white-supremacist juggernaut. Even if one assumes she’s headed in the right direction, if one takes threat of climate change seriously, we don’t have time for incrementalism. It may be the right decision, for those in contested states like Pennsylvania & Ohio, to vote for HRC, but don’t oversell me on HRC. I, in Georgia, which will likely vote for Trump, intend to write in Jill Stein