Did you know?

Are you aware that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Board of Education plans to vote on a decision that would eliminate funding for adult education programs in the district? According to The Huffington Post article posted on February 13th, 2012, “The Los Angeles Unified School District board is set to vote Tuesday – 2/14/12 – to cut the $200 million currently earmarked for adult education in order to reduce the district’s $557 million deficit.”

Fortunately, the decision was postponed due to a court-ordered delay. 

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So, what does the end of adult education programs mean? For teenagers who are met with unfortunate circumstances, such as teen pregnancies, gangs, and drugs, and are not able to finish high school, they rely on adult education programs to obtain their GED and to get them on the right track again. For the district to cut adult education programs altogether to help alleviate the district’s $557 million deficit at the expense of continuing education for the less fortunate is what I deem unfair.

I am constantly hearing people complain that there are so many unqualified applicants for open job positions in this time of high unemployment. The unemployed people that I know cannot attain jobs mainly because they do not have the necessary skills to compete with the people who have degrees from higher education. If adult education programs are eliminated, where will their students go now? Is it really just to simply say “tough shit?” I think not!

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not — The Business of Valentine’s Day

Nothing like a little Valentine’s Day lovin’

Last night, I made a quick run to my local Pavillions supermarket. It was about 10 p.m. when I pulled into the unusually full parking lot. As soon as I walked into the store, I was bombarded with gigantic balloons proclaiming “I LOVE YOU!!”, tons of bouquets of red roses, an insane amount of heart shaped boxed chocolate, and a plethora of pink and red glitter cards that made my eyes hurt. There must have been about fifteen devoted boyfriends and/or husbands gathered around all the possible gifts, frantically trying to make a decision.

After picking up my much-needed strawberry flavored Dreyer’s popsicles (they are positively divine),  while driving home listening to love songs on the radio (all the radio stations were playing the exact same thing), I couldn’t help but ponder the idea of Valentine’s Day — A “holiday” that many Americans, including myself, consider to be ridiculous, and yet, we can’t seem to not celebrate it and society continues to buy into the madness of it all. 

Later that night, my curiosity peaked, so I did some research on the internet and found some interesting Valentine’s Day business statistics. It’s no wonder that February 14 is almost as important as Christmas to most retailers (and people in general, in my opinion).

Ÿ  On average, men spend $163 on gifts. Women only spend an average of $85

Ÿ  63% of couples polled around the U.S. plan on celebrating V-Day this year.

Ÿ  The most romantic age group are the 18 to 24 year olds. They tend to spend the most money (Who said young people never have any money!!??).

Ÿ  Flowers, candy, jewelry, and a lovely evening out (in this order) are the most popular gifts given by men.

Ÿ  February 14 is the most lucrative day of the year for 1-800 Flowers. Their sales volume spikes to nearly ten times more than that of a typical day.

Ÿ  According to Hallmark, Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-giving “holiday”. Christmas is the first.

Ÿ  On average, 28,000 U.S. couples become engaged on Valentine’s day. This means roughly 28,000 diamonds are sold just before February 14.

Yup, pretty incredible if you ask me. And we’re supposed to be in a down economy?? Hmmm…to celebrate or not to celebrate?

 

Corporations – They’re only flesh and blood for heaven’s sakes!

If you’ve been keeping pace with Occupy lately you may know about the campaign going on right now for a 28th Amendment making corporations, well, corporations and not people. Sounds obvious, right? Not according to our current laws. As things are now, Exxon could sit down and have a latte with you.

The Occupy movement, in an attempt to involve and educate people, have set up a website at http://movetoamend.org/amendment where you can help choose the name of the proposed Amendment as well as read about it’s meaning.

It’s kind of funny that corporations are now able to pass themselves as people. Does the 2010 Supreme Court decision become their official birth date? The notion conjures all sorts of sci-fi images of buildings with anthropological features: Este Lauder with high cheekbones, Edison with spectacles, News Corp sitting in a jail cell. And when they fail do they get tombstones? When they are bought out is it into slavery?

What do you think about protest?

Cal –Berkeley students stormed their library recently. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19878447