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Legislation Wishlist for 2019

Published April 8, 2019 by Paradise Kendra

Civil Liberties / Freedoms

  • Lower the alcohol drinking and marijuana smoking age to 16;
  • Decriminalize all recreational drugs;
  • Decriminalize suicide;

Corporate Regulations

  • Tax breaks for start up and non-chain companies;
  • Red tape reduction;
  • Stricter penalties against robo and telemarketer callers;
  • Stricter regulations to prevent corporate monopolies;
  • Stronger investigations to stop corporate H-1B scams;

Irresponsible Building Development

  • Stricter penalties for corporate takeovers of smaller towns;
  • Restrictions on housing and building over-development;
  • Zoning restrictions on multiple styles of construction within common areas;
  • Zoning restrictions on the number of condos allowed in a given area;
  • Zoning restrictions on building/housing height;
  • Zoning restrictions on demolition of historic neighborhood buildings in the pursuit of new development;
  • Restriction of yard signs on public properties;
  • Increased community beautification; Green open spaces, neighborhood charm, local wildlife and forestry;

Film and Television

  • Higher censorship of violence and disturbing content in film and television;
  • Higher censorship of adult content in television commercials;
  • Regulate the number and length of network television commercials aired per commercial break;

Medical Rights / Right to Healthcare

  • Ban the Prescription Monitoring Program;
  • Improvement of access to controlled-substance prescriptions;
  • Require all pharmacists to inform clients of out of stock medications without requiring them to make a trip to the pharmacy;
  • If pharmacy only has a portion of the prescription in stock, they must provide client a physical Rx script of the remaining amount of pills so client may take it to another pharmacy to fill;
  • Ban medical and prescription commercials (the USA is one of two countries in the entire world for whom airing medical ads is legal);
  • Ban Stores from Streaming Advertisements for Profit; Advertisers pay companies to run their ads.  Customers are forced to listen/watch these ads so that the company may make a profit from the advertisers; that’s robbery unless the customers receive a portion of the profit.
  • Revoke the medical licenses of physicians who misdiagnose patients for profit;

Workplace and Employee Rights and Freedoms

  • Raise national minimum wage to $22 per hour;
  • Expand the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to include part-time employees;
  • Revise legal part time working hours to 20 hours or less per week;
  • End drug testing requirements in the workplace;
  • Cost of living index raises for employees;
  • Meritocracy over diversity in the workplace;
  • Ensure that employee surveillance is narrowly tailored in time, place, and manner, that employers inform workers of all monitoring, and that even permitted intrusions are not used in a way that creates an atmosphere of pervasive surveillance or intimidation;
  • Restrict workplace requirement of obtaining employee fingerprints to send to the FBI for criminal background check without FULL confirmation of the FBI discarding copies of fingerprint records upon no criminal findings;
  • Federal requirement that companies provide severance to all employees who provide resignation with a two weeks notice, or who are laid off for reasons other than firing-for-cause;

Privacy Laws

Education

Historic Preservation

  • Increased nationwide funding for historical preservation;
  • Salary raises for museum employees

USPS

Standardized Food in Restaurants

  • Create a law that mandates any restaurant that uses a food supplier must disclose on all menus, websites, & storefronts the name of the company who supplied them their food;
  • Tax breaks for local, non-chain restaurants;
  • Tax breaks for restaurants that cook their food from scratch on the restaurant’s premise;
  • Raise corporate taxes for restaurants that use food suppliers;

Bank Transaction Restrictions

  • Remove the Federal Reserve’s limit of six transfers in a single month between personal savings and money market accounts;
  • Allow personal checks to be cashed for up to six months (as opposed to 30-90 days);
  • Remove fees for national wire transfers;
  • Create a flat rate fee of $5 for overseas wire transfers;

Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

  • Simplify the process of signing up for Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Improve customer service and the ability to reach A HUMAN;
  • Remove medical ads and corporate scare tactics;

Elder Care

  • Affordable assisted living facilities
  • Improved conditions for in-home elder care

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Look at all of the issues we have to work on outside of women’s rights, lgbt rights, immigration, racism, and gun control — and then look at how out of proportion our advocacy is.

Letter to Congress: Virginia Workplace Privacy Laws

Published January 15, 2019 by Paradise Kendra
January 15th, 2019
 

[Virginia Senate Email List]

Dear Virginia House and Senate,

Good afternoon.  I write to you with great concern regarding the lack of existing workplace privacy laws.
 
At the start of the New Year, my company decided to transfer all employee information including social security numbers, bank and credit card information, medical information, insurance information, tax information, contact information, marital status, headshots, and the social security numbers of our emergency contacts to a third party company.  We were neither informed nor provided any information about the company to whom all of this personal information was given.
 
I asked my supervisors what to do in the case of a hack or breach, and also whom to contact at the 3rd party company to ask about their security protocols.  Not only was I told that “breaches happen all the time, it’s just the age we live in” but I was prohibited from contacting the 3rd party company.  I then asked how I would go about having my information removed from this 3rd party company in the event that I no longer work at my present job.  I was told that my information would always be hosted on the 3rd party’s server as my company needs a record of all past employees.  I was told that I had no right to access nor change my information at any point in time, and to drop the issue.
 
This personal information is also now shared on our internal database for all employees to access at will.  I am not overly thrilled about every employee having instant access to my home address, personal email and telephone number, my emergency contacts, my marital status, and my insurance information.  Unfortunately from a legal standpoint, there is no action that I can take at this point.
 
Virginia has no laws in effect that enable an individual to protect his or her personal information in the workplace, nor any laws enabling the right to take action against a company who distributes and/or sells an individual’s personal data against his or her wishes.
 
The only information I came across as to what my rights were was from this resource: Invasion of Privacy in Virginia.
 
This article states, If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a Virginia resident and believe someone has invaded your privacy. Before you get too excited about all the different causes of action you might have grounds to pursue, let me share with you the harsh reality that–with one narrow exception–Virginia recognizes none of these claims. Virginia does have a statute providing a remedy for a very limited and specific type of misappropriation of another’s likeness, as well as a law addressing computer invasion of privacy, but there is no cause of action in Virginia for “invasion of privacy” as there is in many other states…” and proceeds to provide excellent information on exactly what privacy rights Virginians do not currently have.
 
In doing further research on privacy laws in America, I also found these articles: The best and worst US states for protecting online privacy, Top States for Online Privacy;
 
In conclusion of this research, it appears that Virginia is in vast need of updating and/or creating privacy laws to protect its people.  I respectfully request that new bills be drafted and laws be implemented as soon as possible.  My information and identity depend on it.
Thank you for your time.


Paradise Kendra

Why DVD Netflix Is Better Than Netflix Streaming

Published May 31, 2018 by Paradise Kendra

DVD Netflix vs. Netflix Streaming

 

I am a longtime member of Netflix.  I love it.  I can’t imagine my life without it.  But I have noticed over the past few years that Netflix Streaming lacks many of the quality features that DVD Netflix offers.

Allow me to elaborate.

Streaming is easy.
Streaming is convenient.

Streaming what you need first thing in the morning before you’ve had a cup of coffee and you just want to turn on your favorite show or movie, commercial free, hassle free. No fussing through channels or with your DVD player.

I am as lazy as the next person. I love the instant access of Netflix Streaming.  However, there are copyright issues with any streaming service that a DVD service does not have to put up with.  ‘Streaming’, according to the film studios, is the equivalent of ownership, whereas DVD renting is equivalent to well … renting.

Most studios will pretty much always permit and encourage DVD renting, but they will not allow continuous streaming of the majority of their content. In fact, they hold on tightest to their highest quality films and television shows, allowing streaming services to host their ‘bottom of the barrel’ content – the content that the majority of the population will not seek out in other formats (DVDs, digital purchases, etc.).  The studios maintain a very firm grip on their most valuable content, as well they should.

The content rights of most television and films are exclusive to the studio that produced them and not the property of Netflix.  The streaming rights are not available for Netflix (or Hulu or Amazon) to purchase from the content provider.

All streaming shows and films are done on a six-month lease. The likelihood of streaming renewals is entirely dependent on the content’s availability, copyrights, and the studio’s relationship with Netflix. Every six months the studios decide whether to renew their lease with Netflix (and all other streaming services) or to cancel it.  You have probably noticed that many of your favorite shows that were once streaming, suddenly are no longer available.  Streaming drastically limits the content available to you and for a legitimate reason.  There is no way around this for the foreseeable future.

However, since the Netflix company was solely a DVD company for many years, there is no good reason that the features that DVD Netflix provides shouldn’t also be available to the newer spin-off that is Netflix streaming.


Netflix Streaming’s Homepage

There is no option for removing or reorganizing your categories with Netflix Streaming. Think about that for a minute. If you were browsing in a video store, you would have the liberty to choose which movies you looked at and which ones you didn’t. If you wanted to skip the horror section, for example, you would have the option to do so. Why doesn’t Netflix also provide this option?

DVD Netflix’s Homepage

Netflix Streaming is a fully based web service, so it would make sense that their website’s easy-to-use features should be on par to DVD Netfix’s website features. Yet look at how superior DVD Netflix’s homepage layout is in comparison to Netflix Streaming homepage (scroll up to previous image to view). With DVD Netflix, everything you need is right under the browse button. Simple, easy, convenient.

The ‘Not Interested’ Feature

DVD Netflix offers a “not interested” button that removes a film from repeatedly appearing in your search results. DVD Netflix also keeps a record of all the films that you have hidden and you may view them at any point.  You may also undo the “not interested” feature so that the film will reappear in your search results.  There is no equivalent feature on Netflix Streaming.

DVD Netflix Keeps an Easily Accessible List of All Your Hidden Films

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Available Movies on DVD Netflix vs. Netflix Streaming

The arrows represent the films available on DVD Netflix that are also on Netflix streaming. If there are two films per page on DVD Netflix that are also streaming, that’s a miracle.  It’s more likely that there will be 0-1 films per page on DVD Netflix that are also streaming.  The amount of films unavailable on streaming is enormous.  With 3087 ratings and 43 pages of films, you can imagine how many of my personal favorites are not available on streaming.

Taste Preference Options on DVD Netflix


DVD Netflix is a more full-fledged service, offering you a more thorough user friendly interface. There is no guilt technology, such as the dreaded “Are You Still Watching” pop-ups that interrupt the viewing experience.  For every two episodes that I watch on Netflix streaming before my program is paused and I am asked to confirm that I’m still watching, I may watch 6 episodes uninterrupted per DVD.

That’s a big difference in the amount of times I have to push a button to be able to watch more. Over time, the “Are You Still Watching” feature becomes more and more frustrating and intrusive. Eventually, I’m fed up.

What is this, a communist plot to get me to reduce my television watching?!

 

I’ve been a member of Netflix since 1999.  I have been a member long before I was able to pay for it with my own credit card, before there was a Netflix Streaming or Netflix Originals. I have loved the company and I am loyal to it.  But if it came down to having DVD Netflix or Netflix Streaming, my choice would be easy.

I would give up Netflix Streaming.  It’s the classic ‘style versus substance’ argument, and when it comes to my films and television shows, substance wins.

~Paradise


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Faux Feminist Social Justice Warrior Elites

Published December 31, 2017 by Paradise Kendra

Any time someone says, ‘you’re not a feminist if you don’t also support _________’, realize immediately that this is NOT your issue. This is a conflict that the original poster needs to resolve within themselves.

Posts like this are a blatant abuse of power and manipulation, whereby the poster is banking on someone else’s insecurities, guilts and fears in order to create lapdog who will do their preaching for them.

These social justice warriors need to bully others into believing what they believe, and should you disagree, their only response is that you’re not a part of the women’s movement after all.

And this is just lies and manipulation.

Christians used to do this to me all the time. They would tell me that if I wasn’t their denomination of Christianity, then I wasn’t really a Christian. So I said, “K, then I’m not a Christian.”

It’s sad that today these ‘faux feminist social justice warrior elites’ are the ones bullying lifelong feminists instead of the radical right, but alas, radical is radical, regardless of whether it’s right or left.

Feminism is a great sisterhood of love and support where acceptance of different ideas and perspectives is welcomed for the greater good, and also because it’s actual liberty. The right to disagree and the choice to still support each other is actual feminism.

I might not be your denomination of feminism, but it doesn’t mean I’m not an incredible woman and aficionada of the women’s liberation movement.

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Paradise