Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trump isn't Hiding It Anymore

Via Yahoo News

Trump isn't hiding his hatred of the poor anymore. His 2019 budget proposal is to scrap the Food Stamp Program altogether and send out boxed of pre-selected non-perishable box of food. Politico broke the story yesterday (02/13/2018). This is just another example of the Trump administration attempting to take away from the poor so it can give to the rich. This is a horrifying development and thankfully it's only a proposal at the moment. Most feel that it will never make it into the 2019 budget. Hopefully people will vote blue and help keep this from ever seeing the light of day.

The Rolling Stone has a great article highlighting the other parts of insanity that the Trump Budget has in store for people. It really highlights how Trump is focused on hurting the poor and immigrants as much as possible. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Income Inequality Is Never A Good Thing.

Trickle down economic policies never work. It's been proven time and again. It's what lead to the recession in the 90's. It's what has lead to the shrinking of the middle class and it's just another way for the GOP to justify tax cuts for the rich and for corporations.  However in this letter to the editor on the website NorthJersey.com, Mr. Rodolfo Till from River Vale New Jersey seems to think that Income Inequality is a good thing. He is in fact wrong, and offers very little in supporting proof for the point he is trying to make. So I felt it was important to show why income inequality is a bad thing.

So let's take his first point, the median household income for someone in River Vale, New Jersey. According to The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $120,820 (with a margin of error of ± $7,009) and the median family income was $135,612 (± $8,972). Males had a median income of $100,594 (± $8,458) versus $61,516 (± $11,658) for females. The per capita income for the township was $49,586 (± $4,018). About 0.7% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

The population of the area tends to lead towards from middle to upper middle class. Also another thing to note men make more annually than women, also for the township the per capita income was just under $50,000 per year, and that only 2.1% of people living in the area were below the poverty line. As opposed to Lewiston, Idaho where according to The Census Bureau, the median household income is $47,947 with a poverty rate of 13.5%. Whereas nationwide the poverty level is currently at 12.5%.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Intellectualism 1: Why Do Republicans Hate The Poor?

Ajit Pai in in the middle.
The FCC voted back on November the 16th to roll back a good portion of the Lifeline program. The Lifeline program is one that allows people who are low-income to get phone and internet service at a reduced price through a subsidy from the federal program. In fact everyone pays a small tax on their phone bills to this program.

However since the FCC is currently being run by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a person I've come to dislike for so many reasons. One, he seems to be rather full of himself, two he is currently trying to eliminate Net neutrality, and three he's a republican. I don't think he has ever had to decide between having food or having a way to communicate with family. I don't think he has ever had to choose between food and paying the rent. So I don't think he understands what it's like to be poor.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Intellectualism 0: What is it?

I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything on here. I could give you the rundown of why, but then I'd be wasting your time. Needless to say, I've had a very hard go of it in the last several months. My mother died back in March and frankly I've been scrambling to find work and pay bills. However I woke up this morning with a thought for this blog.

So what is Intellectualism, well webster's says that it is the "devotion to the exercise of intellect or to intellectual pursuits". So that is what we will do with this series. It will be a once a month series that will be exploring big ideas around poverty, and deconstructing them to explore them in detail. Each post will be between 1500 to 2500 words, so these will be larger than average posts. We will be exploring both the concept of poverty and the solutions to help solve the issues around poverty.

I am already working on the first post for this new series, which will be out later this month. Also I am going to start covering news items that are directly related to the SkyPilot Project mission. And a few news stories that are indirectly related to our mission.

I hope this new series Intellectualism will help to spur conversation and discussion on important issues that need to be explored.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Finding Shelter...Our First Project

On any given night there are close to 600,000 people that will be sleeping on the street. although the overall number of people that are without shelter has decreased year over year. However out of that 564,708 people who are considered homeless, 206,286 were people in families, 358,422 were individuals, and a quarter of the entire group were children.

The Finding Shelter Program that The SkyPilot Project is organizing is a Program that seeks to build a central database that someone would be able to search and find a homeless shelter. When an Individual does a search they will be able to find a Location, and Contact information, how many beds or rooms are available, if that location offers meals, and if a location is first come, first serve or if a location does a "lottery" for the available beds.

The Results would come up on a Google Map so that way a person would be able to get directions so that they could walk, drive, which bus routes they would need to take to get to the location of the Shelter. Also it will be a tap and pay app that will cover the cost of travel that an individual would need to cover, for example if they needed to ride the bus to get to a shelter that had an open spot.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

21st Century Skill Set...

Note: This post was published originally on The SkyPilot Project Blog, on January 25th 2010. It has been updated to reflect changes that have happened since it was first published. 

We live in the future, and It is awesome! However being a member of 21st Century means that a whole new skill set is required. That skill set isn't much different from when we changed from an agricultural economy to an Industrial one during the Industrial Revolution of the early 19th Century. We are in the midst of a Technological Revolution. We are and have been since the mid-20th century with the invention of the 1st electronic computer in 1941 with Zuse Z3 which was invented in Germany.

With the first introduction of the business workstation from IBM in the mid to late 1950's. The need for workers with computer skills was starting to develop in the workplace. As the computer became more common in the workplace it was starting to make it's way into the home. With the introduction of the Apple I in 1976 and then with the Apple II in 1977. Then in the mid 1980's a small upstart of of a software company by the name of Microsoft with the introduction of Windows 1.1.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Slight Change in Focus

Hey! I know it's been awhile since anything has been posted here. However I have a perfectly good reason for having not done much here. I was finishing my first novella. which if you follow my personal Twitter you will already know when it comes out. 

However, what has prompted me to post something today is that there is a slight change in focus for The SkyPilot Project. Although our primary mission will always be issues that affect Low-income Families and individuals, our secondary mission is always to fight hate, and bigotry. And since we (that would be my home country of the U.S.) have just put into office the embodiment of all that is wrong with the world. I feel it is the obligation that we join the resistance. I really didn't want politics to be part of this blog, or this project. However I feel for that The SkyPilot Project has to be in time such as these. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Putting out the call

Hey there everyone! I know I've been very quiet and the podcast hasn't been getting done, well there is a good reason for all of that. I've been thinking about where I want the SkyPilot Project to go and how I want it to get there, and so the reason for this post.

I'm putting out a call for volunteers. I need a group of people that are going to be willing to put in the time to write posts, be on the podcast, and promote The SkyPilot Project on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets. If you think you can do all of that then please let me know. You can get me on Twitter, Facebook, or even email.

I am looking to have about 5 or 6 people that will make up the core group of people that will be doing regular things on the blog and other platforms. I'm hoping this will be the kickstart that The SkyPilot Project needs as I've not had the time to do as much as I would have hoped.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The SkyPilot Project Weekly Episode 6: #BlackLivesMatter

Hey everyone!

There is a new episode of The SkyPilot Project Weekly out, and this week I am talking about the shootings that happened last week. it's a longer than normal show because i have a CNN interview that the Mother and Uncle of Mr. Castile did this past week. There isn't much more I can add to this conversation, other than what's already been said.

Make sure you check out the YouTube Version which has the video from CNN


Thursday, July 7, 2016

#‎PhilandoCastile‬ is Why #BlackLivesMatter is so important

This week has been violent, it has been deadly, and it needs to stop right now. The following video is graphic, it is very graphic, and it shows the aftermath of what profiling and racism looks like when it comes in the form of a badge. I'm starting to feel like we've jumped back into the 1960's and the violence against people of color that happened back then. This video, although very graphic is emblematic and a prime example as to why the #BlackLivesMatter movement is so important right now.

The SkyPilot Project stands with #BlackLivesMatter and supports their mission.