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Statistics from credible sources prove that between two and ten percent of reported rape are false.
The fact that up to 10% of all reported rapes are false is not an insignificant number to the youngsters who are among those 10%.
Reasonable people might put these numbers in perspective this way.
If 2% to 10% of the inmates on death row were innocent when they will put to death society probably would not be so cavalier and dismissive about throwing that number around (unless a member of the base of Donald J Trump of course).
And that aside.
We’re not just talking about rape when we are talking about the danger of alledged predatory women making false reports of a sexual nature.
We are talking the whole range of accusations of a sexual nature that can destroy a person’s life.
Brett Kavanaugh was never accused of rape for example but had he not been a man of influence, had he been Joe Lunch Bucket, the charge of attempted rape without evidence would have been enough to ruin his life even if he never saw the inside of a court of law.
Those who discount the reality that false charges exist in such numbers are comfortable with trading the lives of a certain number of young men if it means the realization of a larger goal.
We see this same concept in military adventurism.
Military leaders routinely accept the fact that a certain number of warriors and civilians are going to die in order to realize military objectives both large and small.
I believe the term is “collateral damage”.
Maybe that’s fine in the military but is it necessary in civilian life to sacrifice a percentage of our youngsters for the “greater good”?
Maybe Society will ultimately accept that ruining the lives of up to 10% of our young men is fair compensation for a system where charges of sexual inappropriateness require no evidence before we find the individual guilty.
Society may make that judgement reasonable people may say it’s not necessary to ruin those lives at all.
Reasonable people may say we CAN punish the guilty AND agree that does not preclude young men from taking the reasonable precautions necessary to protect themselves from the false charges that credible sources claim are generated by anywhere from 2% to 10% of the female population bringing those charges.
What the men and women of reason would say is that we should teach our youth to vet the people (male or female) they allow into their lives and/or interact with in a potentially explosive sexual situation.
Prior to the easy availability of birth control and abortion our young people were taught by loving parents to look beyond their hormones and to be proactive what it came to protecting themselves from individuals that had the potential to be a destructive force in their lives.
It was an easy lesson to teach back then since unwanted pregnancies with life destroying effects would be the price of failure.
It is not so easy today when there is no longer the stigma nor condemnation to having children out of wedlock nor to terminating a pregnancy should should the baby be unwanted.
But it is a lesson that can still be taught.
If young men were taught to choose the people in their lives carefully, let their heads and not their hormones rule their actions when interacting with the opposite sex and to document their interactions to the extent that technology and Common Sense allows then both young men and young women can live their lives to a ripe old age and never fear that false charges from their past will bring the sounds of Jack Boots on their doorstep.
The consensus today seems to be in both the liberal and conservative communities that all American males in their youth were/are sexual predators and there seems to be evidence to support that.
This is somewhat confusing to many representatives of the senior population.
They remember the interaction of the sexes quite differently.
Many tell us that in their youth the sexually predatory male was largely unknown in what passed as “polite” society.
Certainly not in high school and not even in college for the most part throughout the 60’s ( though one senior citizen reports there were incidents involving the male teaching staff and female students that generated a certain amount of conversation ).
Historians may at some point come to ask how much easy access to birth control and abortion had to do with the apparent change in male attitudes resulting in what we started to see in the 1970’s and beyond
Back in “the day” for many older Americans there was a real fear of pregnancy among the boys and girls and it was the rare boy or girl that didn’t show great restraint because of that.
There are always exceptions but they were the “bad” boys and “bad” girls from the “wrong side of the tracks” living out on the “Pike” as they called it.
This would be an interesting angle for some credible researcher or institution to pursue given the realities of the world today, though it would not be a study that can be conducted without condemnation from some elements of society.
William Jennings Bryan said that. He spoke those words at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the 9th of July 1896.
William Jennings Bryan was the greatest orator of his time, three times a candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.
Bryan was also the role model for the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and the foil of Clarence Darrow and cannon fodder for H.L. Mencken in the Old Courthouse in Dayton Tennessee 21st of July 1925.
Bryan died soon after the “Monkey Trial” and Mencken noted in his eulogy.
“It was plain to everyone, when Bryan came to Dayton, that his great days were behind him that he was now definitely an old man, and headed at last for silence.”
( The eulogy in its entirety makes for compelling reading. You can find it here here)
That speech, destined to be known for evermore as the Cross of Gold speech, was Bryan’s greatest moment.
A lot of changed since the voice of William Jennings Bryant thundered across the American political landscape.
Today we’re no longer on the gold standard and even silver certificates are a thing of the past.
In fact the American dollar is without foundation at all except for the assurances of Donald J Trump.
But that’s not why we’re here.
I talked about my lucky coins in various venues recently and today I will expand upon that theme.
There’s never been a time man or boy that I can remember that I have not carried one or more lucky tokens in my kit.
Of course the number of coins and the configuration has changed over the years as my fortunes have ebbed flowed and my tastes changed.
( A couple of caveats.
1… I also pack two modern Sacagawea golden dollars dated 2017 and 2018. They are not included in the graphic as they are not relevant to my story.
2… While all the coins I actually pack with the exception of the modern dollars were minted in 1964 and earlier, I have replaced the 1964 Kennedy half-dollar with one from 1967 for the photography session. Reason being the 1964 Kennedy is pristine and handling the coin could reduce its value
3… For the purposes of calculations in the story I’ve decided to use the year 1964 as a base. Reason being in 1964 all of these coins were in common circulation and within the course of a year the average American could expect to at least occasionally come across all of them in his or her daily commerce. Even the Indian Head Penny was a frequent visitor in my change drawer. Now back to the story)
The graphic places the face value of these coins at the impressive sum of $0.98.
You can’t buy much today for $0.98 in Donald J Trump’s America and even less tomorrow as Donald’s attack on the American consumer unfolds through his misguided trade wars.
But what about the base year 1964?
According to the CPI calculator in today’s dollars that $0.98 would cost
you $7.98 in goods and services today.
Now personally I believe that estimation is low.
Example, in 1964 that $0.98 would get you 3.2 gallons of gas. Today in my area that $7.98 will only cop you 2.8 gallons of go juice.
At Sam’s Restaurant (long gone) down at the Farmers Market in 1964 I could buy a business man’s lunch which consisted of extra cut steak ( t-bone) with two vegetables, homemade rolls, iced-tea, and homemade pie for dessert for the handsome price of $1.57.
Even the Inflation calculator tags that $1.57 at $12.73.
No way can you get a steak dinner with all the trimmings for $12.73.
No way can you eat that well for that little today
In short the numbers don’t “add up”
But that’s not the whole story. There is still treasure in those old coins.
The silver coins pre-1964 WERE REAL silver coins, not the ersatz clads we have today.
So there’s another way to calculate value, using the melt value of the coins as opposed to their face value.
Now the melt value changes minute-to-minute as the price of silver changes throughout the day so please note that these prices are only valid at the time I wrote this story.
Let’s see what we have. Using the melt value calculated at the current spot price of silver I am packing a fat $9.88, already a nice profit over inflation.
Once we add in the 3 pennies we pump up our treasure to $13.64, a full 164% over inflation numbers.
Not a bad day’s work.
And the point of this story?
If you have any coins from pre -1964 or an elderly relative with a jar of dimes and quarters, or run across a jar of coins at a yard or estate sale going at face value then snap them up and you may well find yourself in Fat City.
You may find their melt value beats the face value all hollow and brings new meaning to the old saw “a dime’s worth of difference”.
As our political commentator J Randolph Fuller is taking a break back on his uncle’s farm in Kentucky for a couple of days helping with fall cleanup duties we are going to divert from our mission
statement and join our guest commentator Carl Denham on the Health Beat.
Today we’re going to be talking about peanut butter, a staple in the pantry in the household of every true American Patriot and the favorite lunch for millions of children since well back in the last century.
First a little history.
“Impatience for victory guarantees defeat.”
Louis XIV said that. Something the liberal community needs to take to heart as they try to bring down the sitting president Donald J Trump.
The groundnut as food source likewise has a long history, predating the Roi Soleil by many centuries.
Word has it the Incas and Aztecs were the first to realize the nutritional benefits of the Arachis Hypogaea (or goober) in paste form.
And of course the West Africans were famous for their peanut stews and soups.
I myself frequently used the fat groundnut in my crock pot cookery.
Peanut butter slow cooked with vegetables and blueberries, grains and chicken broth makes quite the tasty dish on a cold Winter’s day.
While we can assume that ancient peoples used a peanut paste akin to peanut butter it really wasn’t known in its modern form until around 1884 if memory serves when it was officially “invented” by a certain Canadian name of Marcellus Gilmore Edson.
Even then it wasn’t an American tradition, appearing in over 95 percent of American homes, until George Washington Carver and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg ( the Kellogg’s cereal dude ) popularized this nutritional powerhouse as a cheap and tasty source of protein, a welcome substitute for expensive steak and chicken during Hard Economic Times.
Unfortunately this healthy meal has been bastardized over the years.
The modern product is often far from the healthy food that Carver made into a national obsession and today is all too often laced with salt and sugar and various oils and fats of questionable nutritional value.
Fortunately over the last couple decades there has been a move back to basics in food and All Natural peanut butter without salt or sugar or chemicals of dubious safety can be found on just about any grocery store shelf and for a good price too as major manufacturers join smaller outfits tooting on the goober bandwagon.
But there is a caveat to all this good eating.
The problem with All Natural peanut butter is that the oil separates from the “butter” if the jar is left to sit and it is a Royal Bitch to get it back together.
It takes a long time and a mighty lobstering with a spoon or a knife or a fork.
You’ll get your butter you bet but you’ll also get a hell of a mess on the jar, the floor and everywhere else.
But there is a better way.
Get yourself one of these, the peanut butter stirrer.
Perfection in Simplicity, you just unscrew the original top, replace it with this device (top included), give it a dozen cranks or so
and there you go.
All natural 🥜 butter with all the easy spreading texture of the chemically laced “no stir” spreads.
And cleanup is a snap.
A wipe with a rag, a run under a faucet followed by a wipe down with alcohol and you’re good to go.
Just make sure that “natural” peanut butter has only one ingredient though… peanuts
Coming up, the value of pocket change, then and now and then some.