Child Neglect Via Shopping Cart

This is a serious post, about behavior that needs to stop. If you prefer not to read negative material, pass on this post.

Child Neglect as defined by Psychology today:

“Child neglect is defined as any confirmed or suspected egregious act or omission by a parent or other caregiver that deprives a child of basic age-appropriate needs and thereby results, or has reasonable potential to result, in physical or psychological harm. Younger children are neglected most, and more girls suffer from neglect than boys.”

The Child Neglect I am seeing in almost every business that has a shopping carts, is Children old enough to walk on their own through the age of preteen, and sometimes older, sitting in shopping cart baskets by their Parent(s directive. I find this practice of placing Children of a reasonable walking age in a shopping cart basket, as lazy parenting, with shades of Child Neglect.

Child Neglect in Public, and it’s getting worse every day

It is disturbing enough to see Toddlers with cell phones jammed in their faces while the Parent(s) shop unbothered about someone else minding their children via the internet. Elementary age Children sitting in shopping cart baskets watching who knows what on a cell phone or a tablet, ignored by the Parent(s). Teen Age Children sitting in shopping cart baskets  is to me, beyond lazy and should be considered Child Neglect.

Our Children according to the Centers for Disease Control has this to say, “In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity.”

Parents are teaching their children, sitting is preferred over using their body in any manner reflecting normal movement. Seeing Children in shopping carts is no different than seeing a Child in a Pet Carriers in the grocery store. The only difference is in the moment, one is apparently socially acceptable and the other is not.

Perhaps some of these parents are keeping their children in large Pet Carriers behind the closed doors of their homes? Doing this would really make parenting easier.

No reasonable adult would be quiet seeing a child in in a Pet Carrier. What is the difference between a shopping cart basket and a pet carrier? Nothing, other than one is open and the other is enclosed. Confinement is confinement, whether a Child is placed in shopping cart basket or a pet carrier.

Lazy and/or ignorant Parents are doing this to their Children. How distasteful and lazy to raise your Child to think it is okay for them to sit in a cage. Children don’t know any better, and in the case of the Child in this picture, the Parent is released from Parenting duties. This Child’s Parent(s) were not within thirty feet of the Child in the shopping cart. I did not know who the Parent(s) were!

Parents doing this must feel relieved of responsibility of their Child’s behavior. They probably feel like good parents as their Children are controlled. After all, what can a Child do sitting confined in a shopping cart. Parents doing this should be ashamed of themselves.

I feel this post is incomplete because I am not sure what needs to be done. I have no doubt that some type of action needs to be taken. This abhorrent behavior of keeping Children in Shopping Cart Baskets because it is convenient needs to stop.

Are Valuables in Your Locker Only Worth a Cheap Lock?

This is an important post if you use a locker without a padlock in a public place. I was oblivious to the difference in lock quality until I started going to the gym again. The wall poster showing recommended locks, and a notice that locker theft does happen, was a wake up call. Before that day, I was one of the people who thought any cheap lock was okay. I now know what is in my wallet is worth far more than the price of any lock I buy.

Lock choices I see in the gym locker room run the gamut from cheap children’s diary locks, TSA approved locks, three dollar padlocks to top of the line $150.00+ locks. Care to venture a guess as to what the most common locks are? Any lock under $8.00 for some reason. Though one of the gyms has a poster of locks they recommend and cheap locks are not on the approved list. I guess most gym locker users figure the poster is for other people and not them.

How much is your wallet or purse worth?

Some people, mostly Women feeling especially robbery conscious, park their car, open their trunk, and put their purse or other valuables in the trunk of their car. The idea is brilliant, except, there are probably thieves sitting in a car looking for someone doing this. A Woman recently arrested here in town is known to have broken into twelve cars in the last few months, and suspected in many more. The police cautioned of groups that specialize in robbing cars at gyms.

When conditions were right, the thief was in the car, into the trunk through the back seat and walking out of a big box store thirty minutes later with over one thousand dollars of merchandise, paid for with stolen credit cards. The big box store had videos of this happening, yet the Woman was successful several later times after she was found out. I imagine any credit cards not used were sold to another thief to use. Who knows about drivers license, medical cards, insurance cards, etc.

Back to the gym, the cheapest of lock can be opened with a shoelace. Other locks can be easily shimmed. Combination locks can be opened as quickly as forty seconds. You may take a look on youtube for lock videos if you wish. I did and I was shocked.

That was the day I put my $8.00 combo lock in the drawer and went to a lock shop and bought a serious lock. I started online, but customer ratings and review numbers are not an indication of how a secure a lock is. They are really only a price point ratio, imo. So I went to a brick and mortar store.

As the store owner told me, even the lock I bought isn’t impervious to being opened without a key. Due to the construction, I was told it can not be shimmed, and would take a professional some amount of time to pick it open. More than the minute or so, a group of thieves in a gym have. The object, I was told is making other lockers with cheap locks on them easier targets; which is the real purpose of a good lock.

How much should you pay for a lock? I am not the person to ask. I can say after shopping online, I went to a local locksmith and looked at a large selection of locks before making a purchase. I was shown about ten different locks, and eliminated five right away because I saw them shimmed on youtube videos. Of the four locks left I was told they were good locks, and it was more likely the locker would be damaged before the lock could be picked.

What does a stolen identity cost?

Of those, two locks were just too large for a gym locker. That left two locks to choose from. I asked if one had an advantage over the other, and which one would the business use. You need to decide what is the right lock for you. If you are using a cheap key or combo lock, it is only a matter of time before the contents of your locker will be stolen. How much will it cost to replace what would be taken?

How much is a Vacuum Cleaner Worth?

A few weeks after I wrote about my vacuum cleaner losing suction and how I fixed it, my vacuum cleaner bit the dust. The manufacturer was not to be cheated out of the expected life span of their product. The vacuum’s time to be replaced had come.

Plastic being plastic, one crucial piece of the vacuum cleaner suffered the same stress most hard plastic suffers. A plastic piece snapped off, rendering the vacuum useless for anything except when using the wand. Not very practical….

After doing some research, it became obvious there were only two real choices, irrespective of brands. The first option was to buy an expensive replacement. The second option was to buy the cheapest acceptable vacuum cleaner I could find, and most people liked.

Buying a reasonably expensive vacuum cleaner had many pluses. It would clean well. It would work as expected. It would not break or wear out quickly. Finally, I would feel I made a good purchase. These are powerful pluses for something that rarely gets a thought after it is purchased, unless it is being used.

Of course, buying a reasonably expensive vacuum cleaner means tying up a lot of money into something that in this reality at least, brings little satisfaction. Vacuum cleaners are not like prized, high dollar Cars that are washed, waxed and shown off. Vacuums get taken out of storage, used and put away until the next time.

On the other hand, a well rated vacuum cleaner could be had for about one-fifth the price of the more expensive vacuum cleaner. Just like the more expensive vacuum cleaner models, people were happy with how it cleaned, how it held up, and generally how it functioned. What more is needed?

Here is where the economy of money comes in to play. In my experience, no matter how much I had paid for a vacuum cleaner in the past, they would last between five and six years before starting to break. If they didn’t outright break, they started doing their job in a less than stellar fashion. Sort of like my old vacuum losing vacuum.

When this five year fall apart stage happens, there are really only two options. Either purchase over priced replacement parts which fix one thing, but do not prevent other parts from breaking, or go shopping for a new expensive purchase that really doesn’t add to the initial value. An old vacuum is in essence an old vacuum. No one brags about a vacuum cleaner in general conversation.

How much really needs to be spent on one?

If I were to buy a cheap acceptable vacuum cleaner there was another set of possibilities. I would pay about one-fifth the price. At this price, I could buy five vacuums in five or six years, and still be below the price range of a more expensive vacuum cleaner.

I would feel better about spending less than $100.00 for a vacuum that is only thought about when it’s taken out to be used. Once again vacuum cleaners are not conversation makers or breakers.

The money I would save was worth more to me than having a more expensive vacuum. For the $400.00 or more price difference, I would have that extra money to spend somewhere else immediately and that feels better. If, or when the cheap vacuum breaks, replacing it with another cheap vacuum isn’t a deal breaker. I would not lose sleep over the cost of replacement.

I bought the cheaper vacuum. I am guessing, I will get at least two years out of it, before it needs replacing. In that time line, I will be $200.00 – $300.00 ahead dollar wise. The only downsides are I do not see it advertised with angelic voices humming, and the wand flex tube is a little shorter. For the price difference, I can live with those minor problems.

Not everything is this cut and dried when it comes to spending money. Sometimes spending more money initially brings more long term satisfaction. I think a good way to look at how much needs to be spent on a product is how it impacts my life. It is more important my vehicle is operating, then the carpet goes two extra days without being vacuumed.

It’s All in The Cloud, and Maybe Statistical Databases

Two years ago, I bought into the fantasy of Chromebooks. They were going to take over the computing world. I went (almost) all out, lots of memory, folds into a tablet. Thinking about the good things coming down the pipeline, it would be a great investment.

My Chromebook was going to replace one of my Desktops which were beginning to show their age. Just a few more programs or applications, some with local storage, and I would be all set. Two years later and this bubble has burst. I have a very expensive limited laptop or an overloaded tablet, depending on your view.

Apps missing local storage is the problem for me. Everything goes to the Cloud. I ask, what exactly is the Cloud? Why is my data safe, and why does every business and program want to store in the Cloud?

The Cloud is probably the same as one of my local hard drives, only tens of thousands of people are saving their files on it too. It is managed by thousands of people, some brilliant, some not so much. All prone to human error.

As with Application or game, nothing is for free. Buy a game and if you fail to spend money buying things for it, some algorithm(s) will filter you out, and is going to kick in and kill you off in one form or another.

Cloud Storage doesn’t always mean safe and secret storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the Cloud any different? Why are all these mega Companies so willing to keep my personal secrets, my family photos, my password listing, my favorite collections text files. I am of the opinion, just like paid game apps, nothing is for free?

It must cost a lot of money keeping thousands if not tens of thousands of programmers working on keeping data in the Cloud is millions of users can put their stuff in the cloud? This money is not coming from a Cloud Company’s good will. Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, anything Cloud is a Business. Business needs to make a profit to survive.

Sure, I can manage local storage, but it’s not as simple and painless as Cloud storage. Why is this? Because someone has access to our files, our personal information, and someone is studying us using our data for profit. Nothing is free.

I use my overpriced Chromebook for basic things. I have an email account on the Cloud. I have some documents on the Cloud. I play my few basic games. I do not have anything sensitive, private, or important on my Chromebook, or in the Cloud.

With all that being said, the Cloud is not a guarantee of data safety and security. Hundreds of people around the world are trying to hack Cloud storage somewhere, every day and night. No one hosting free Cloud storage guarantees your pics, documents, and other files will still safely be there tomorrow.

And back to my biggest issue with the Cloud, “If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t write it down.” Sometimes we have to write it down. We don’t have to send it to the Cloud though, encrypted or not. Do you know anything about your Cloud Storage? Who really runs it, what happens to your files? Apple’s recent Siri problem is a good example. Siri listens while you _______?

I think someday the Cloud will burst, and if we wish to have Cloud storage, we will pay real money for it. The data being sucked out of the pictures and files stored in the Cloud, will be the same types of information stored in the Cloud a decade from now. People are people, and we haven’t changed much in the last x thousand years.

In the meantime, I have an overpriced tablet with an attached keyboard.

Fear TV -> Fear Based Life -> No Life

Over the millennia we have been risk takers and adventurers. Today, we’re a people of fear. We live in fear, thrive on fear. We fear our neighbors, all strangers, and most of the people we know and work with.

Fear is a vital part of our ability to survive. Lacking fear can lead to a quick demise. The problem with fear mongering, and fear television, is our brains do not separate fact from fantasy. It’s all the same to our brain. Eventually it becomes how we see the world.

Fear sells. Fear gets ratings. Fear generates conversation. Fear makes the news. Fear keeps oppressive governments in business. Fear is real, and we are tuned into fear.

Scrolling through the offerings on my television this morning, I became aware just how entrenched we are in fear. Here is an overview of Fear that was available at 11:00 today:

Ever Wonder why your world is so scary?

“The Predator, Dead Man on Campus, Flirting With Disaster, Warning Sign, Stakeout, 16 Shots, The Others, Jeepers Creepers 2, Fallen, Psycho: The Shocking Truth, Psycho Brother In Law, Reeker, Fatal Attraction, Paranormal Lockdown, Air Warriors, Codes and Conspiracies, Homicide City, Monster Quest, NCIS.”

Full nineteen different channels of Fear Television. And many of these just for this hour. Several are repeated through the day, and into the week. I imagine that by 11:00 AM, one has had their fill of talking heads, the weather, and politics. Fear is all that is left.

Sure bad things happen, people die in horrible ways. These instances are the exception and not the rule. Talking to your neighbor does not make them a psychopath. Smiling and saying hello to someone at a store your frequent does not turn that person into a stalker intent on homicide.

Living a fear based life, is not living, it is existing. Quit saturating yourself in fear, and start saturating yourself in life. The more people you meet and become friends with, the safer you are, the safer your neighborhood, the safer your city. Save your fear for real possibilities, not every day life.