Prosecution for Honor Killings!!!

I am always outraged when I hear stories of women being murdered by their families for making independent decisions on who they’ll date or marry or for refusing marriage or relationships with men in whom they are not interested, but who their families had arranged for them to marry or have a relationship… Though the term references a family’s killing of primarily female members of their family for behavior that supposedly brings shame on the family for the stated or other reasons, in some or perhaps most instances victims are targeted because of their honor, or for thinking rationally and deciding against toxic relationships regardless of how they would benefit the nudging family members.

Honor killings could additionally or otherwise literally reference the murders of persons simply because of their intelligence or for excelling at a profession and/or in the academics or for seeking to acquire higher education, employment, and/or independence from their abusers.

This is not something that just happens in other countries. It’s happening right here in the United States. It should not be happening anywhere, however. Honor killings should be prosecuted any and everywhere they occur, to discourage practices that deprive women and often children of their right to choose their own spouses, or when and if they’ll marry at all. Every woman and child should have the right to be educated, to ethically work for fair wages, and to choose who they’ll marry or have a relationship with. That is none of their family’s business.

Decent folk don’t sell or try to sell their family members to earn a living; they roll up their sleeves to acquire earnest wages and/or invest in self-improvement to meet their needs and to get any extras they want.

Focus should also be rendered to rescuing women and their children, in situations where there are children, from abusive family members. In many instances, family violence in this and other nations is worse than traditional domestic or intimate partner violence, and neither should have a place in a civil society…

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All Cars Should Be Self-drivable and who Should Receive Discounts on Self-driving Cars until Then

While I personally do not trust a self-driving car enough to get into a passenger seat and allow it to drive me around, I do believe that self-driving technology can serve a wholesome purpose, that of circumventing accidents during driver drowsiness and/or medical episodes, intoxication, etc…

Accordingly, all cars should be self-drivable or have a corrective steering feature that enables them to circumvent driver errors and potential accidents.

When a driver has a medical episode, their vehicle should be programmed to drive them to the nearest emergency room, notify proper EMS or emergency room staff prior to and upon arrival, and call emergency contacts that the owner(s) lists in its programming.

…Until all cars are self-drivable, certain persons, i.e. full-time and part-time third shift workers who are prone to drowsiness, those with certain health issues that could extemporaneously impair their ability to operate a vehicle, and new drivers should receive discounts and/or other incentives for purchasing/ utilizing self-driving cars. This would help to save many lives and limbs and really put self-driving technology on the road and on the map…

My Advocacy of Clean Energy Does Not Contravene My Admiration for a Traditional Utility Pioneer

Years ago, when I was a full-time receptionist/concierge at Lenbrook Square in Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, I participated in a number of company book talks during which I recited and discussed my written works. I distributed excerpts of my discussed writings to attendees; they were eventually catalogued into Lenbrook’s library. One of the attendees of the typically jammed-packed book talks was Mrs. Katherine Branch, the wife of Mr. Harllee Branch, Jr., a once president of Georgia Power, an attorney, and the subject of a number of other lofty accomplishments that would require several pages to fully document.

Mrs. Katherine Branch

Mrs. Branch shared my work with Mr. Branch, who was so impressed that he wanted to meet me. When Mrs. Branch informed me of this, I told her that I’d come up and speak with him during one of my meal breaks. My meal break was only thirty minutes, however, and it was difficult to fit the meeting into my schedule. After reminding me several times that her husband wanted to meet with and talk to me, she called down to the front desk one day and told me that she wanted me in particular to deliver a package that she had there.

When I arrived, Mrs. Branch invited me into a dining area where she had lunch waiting for me. “Yolanda, I knew that this was the only way that I’d get you up here, and Harllee really wanted to meet you,” she said.

Mr. Harllee Branch, Jr.

When Mr. Branch walked into the room, I felt a bit intimidated, considering that a major media (news) network in Atlanta had just paid a visit to Lenbrook to film a documentary on him. He introduced himself and told me how Mrs. Branch had allowed him to read my work. “I want you to know that what you have is a gift, and my kind will envy the hell out of you for it. But don’t you let anyone stop you.” It was precisely what I needed to hear at a time that I needed to hear it. I believe that Mr. Branch might have known about racism that I was experiencing at Lenbrook as the only African American in administration there for a while. It felt great to know that there were not only Caucasian power players who were and are anti-racism, those like Mr. Branch utilized their influence to really impact the cause. Among varied endeavors, Mr. Branch chaired a committee that opened the doors of Emory University to minorities.

Not too long after my conversation with Mr. Branch, he passed away, and Mrs. Branch had one of her assistants to deliver a note that she found that he had written to me.  It endured a bit of water damage while I was in a period of transition, though I managed to preserve it intact…

…Click here to read Mr. Branch’s note…

Though Mr. Branch led a major non-renewable energy company, and I am an advocate of renewable energy in major, he is certainly on the list of my most admired persons. Considering that natural disasters like hurricanes, etc. that are devastating our world landscape occur as a result of over-use of non-renewable energy sources, it is only intelligible to advocate for prevention. Being the humanitarian he was, I am confident that had Mr. Branch known what we’ve since learned about the effects of non-renewable energy on our environment, he would choose right. Ideally, our major utility companies would competitively invest in making renewable energy our primary power source of the world and non-renewable energy the least utilized, or a harmonious balance that would heal and regulate nature’s delicate temperament.

Bringing Higher Education to Every School Zone

Many students do not attend college or acquire any form of higher education simply because they or their parents can’t afford the daily commute to their choice college, and/or the thought of regularly catching a city bus, even with a student-discounted daily, weekly, or monthly bus card isn’t very appealing to the majority of should-be college prospects. Additionally, not every student is comfortable with the idea of living on campus, even if there is availability. Unfortunately, there are no zoned colleges for every community like there are public schools, and if there were, every eligible prospect would not choose to attend them, though many if not most likely would, especially if it were compelled.

Higher education facilities in every school zone would vary from zone to zone. In certain instances, they might be actual traditional colleges and/or technical schools; in other instances they might be computer labs—stand alone or located within designated rooms in local high schools and/or public libraries— via which students could attend (remotely) any college that they would desire to attend and/or they’d be a combination of both. They should all offer GED or HiSET prep classes for those needing them.

Zone colleges and/or college connection centers could be creative in their representation of designated or select colleges, universities, and/or technical schools. For instance, they could fly each represented college’s flag or place each college’s logo and/or other paraphernalia throughout their campuses.

Shuttles for Campus Time at Local Colleges

College connection centers should provide shuttle services to and from local colleges, meaning that any or every student in the school zone and/or who is attending either of the colleges represented at their college connection center would be uniformly transported to and from local colleges in which they are enrolled. Students should be capable of riding the shuttles to and from college every school day if they wish, or whenever they wish, if they are otherwise attending remotely.

Conclusion

I am personally determined to get both of my children enrolled and graduated from college if I have to personally carry them to and from each school day. Many particularly indigent should-be college students do not attend or finish because of challenges commuting to and from campus, and this simply should not be. Bringing higher education and/or college shuttles to every school zone would resolve this issue and transform society to an extent that it has never before realized by magnanimously increasing the likelihood of every person completing higher education and achieving their greatest potential.

Printing Social Security Cards on the Spot Would Save the Government Millions of Dollars

Social Security cards should be printed on the spot, considering the substantial postal costs that the government accrues for mailing them to every applicant, and considering additionally the varied merited circumstances when applicants need them instantaneously, i.e. to complete employment processes. The only persons who should be receiving Social Security cards by mail are those who apply online* and/or who print and mail applications for them. *It should be possible to actually apply for a Social Security card online (not merely print the applications for them).

Printing Social Security cards on the spot would too significantly curtail identity theft that is synonymous with mail theft, particularly where mailing to unsecured mailboxes is concerned.

I previously discussed the need for making all mailboxes lockable (and the need for legislation requiring it) and how this is practical without postmen having to carry tons of keys for every mailbox.

If and when every mailbox is lockable, mailing Social Security cards to those who walk in to their nearest Social Security office would yet be imprudent. All Social Security offices have printers; they utilize them to print receipts for Social Security card replacement and other applications.

The same and/or other appropriate printers should be placed in each Social Security office for the purpose of instantaneously printing Social Security cards or eliminating the wait for them…

Scanners, Which Should Supersede Fax Machines, Should Be Available in All Public Libraries

All public libraries should have and make scanners available for public use, particularly for the purpose of facilitating online application processes that require uploading of verification documents. No one should have to drive out of their own neighborhood to scan a document if they happen not to have a scanner or are experiencing any issues with a scanner that they own or have access to. The emailing of scanned documents should supersede or substantially replace the practice of faxing documents, which requires receivers to print subject documentation.

Imagine how many costly ink cartridges and paper this would save every day. It would further curtail need for a vast sect of the population to drive to and from varied public service agencies to submit essential documentation in person, making a venture of the sort environmentally friendly.

It would additionally reduce vehicular traffic and risks of accidents, if public service agencies place their application processes online, and if they and other entities that require transmission of documents via fax or traditional mail, if not in person, would accept scanned documents via electronic mail (email).

This, and making scanners available for use at public service agencies like the Department of Human Services (DHS), schools (during registration processes), etc., would eliminate a lot of red tape or government bureaucracy and costs of relevance to photocopying and/or transmitting documents via traditional means…

My Blogs are Translatable into More than a Hundred Different Languages

It is possible to translate this (my Education, Business, & Social Innovation blog) into more than a hundred different languages by scrolling to the very bottom of the page and clicking the “Select Language” feature. It is possible to translate my Workforce Solutions blog into the same 103 languages via the Google Translate feature in its lower right widget area. Presumably, all websites and blogs are automatically translated into the primary language of search locality (or they should be), and persons residing in any particular country or region who speak languages other than the primary language are required to manually translate them…

In any event, I’m ecstatic to know that the world—or at least the Philippines, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, and Ethiopia (via WordPress), and Russia, Brazil, Ireland, Malaysia, Germany, France, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates (via Blogger) juxtapose the United States on both sites—is actually reading and, hopefully, enjoying and making good of my work. I created this blog hoping that every national leader and every other politician on the planet would read and lobby for those ideas of mine that require congressional action. I’m aware that I have lots of work to do to make that happen—It’s definitely in planning!

My goal is perfection of the law, education, and business, or creation of a pragmatic Utopian society or Kingdom to which each and every one of us is obliged to contribute.

Why All Colleges Should Avail Students Retroactive Internship Award Opportunities

Collegiate students who have completed a majority of their degree programs and/or who are not enrolled or registered in courses during the summer or any given term for either of a number of reasons, i.e. they are experiencing challenges acquiring tuition money and/or they just want to fully indulge in the pragmatic learning experience, should be capable of completing and acquiring credit for internships. The chief benefit of retroactive internship credit is that it would give students the opportunity to make constructive use of those periods that they are not enrolled in school, particularly when it is due to reasons beyond their control. When they are capable of returning to school, they’d have less course credit to acquire.

To apply retroactive credit for already completed internships, students would register for an internship during a succeeding term. Students would be asked during the online registration process and/or via any paper form that they must complete to specify if they are applying for retroactive internship credit; and said internships would be verified, of course. Another benefit of retroactively awarded internship credit or students not having to pay for internship credit until they are actively enrolled and taking other classes is that the retro internship credit would be paid for under the umbrella of registration and other fees* for those classes, and, again, the students could fully indulge in the experience without having to take any other classes.

*Paying registration and other fees for a single course or internship, for those who would want to exclusively enroll in an internship, would be imprudent. Additionally, there are no guarantees that those who apply will be definitively awarded co-ops or cooperative education opportunities (6-week on-the-job-training-for college credit programs).

Students who are not actively enrolled in classes are the best candidates for internships (which, are usually always obtainable), because they do not have to worry about scheduling them around their classes, which could be especially challenging for those participating in unpaid internships, especially if they have regular jobs. Unenrolled students should readily grasp their schools’ concern—Retroactive internships should be one of varied elements in every college, university, and technical school’s push to increase their student retention and graduation rates, and each should have a vested interest in all of their students graduating and entering their choice careers fully prepared…

Multiple Pandora Profile Creation on DirecTV and other Cable, etc.

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It is now possible to listen to Pandora via DirecTV and likely other cable providers, and I simply love it, with the exception of the fact that my children have added multiple stations to my Pandora account and their activity is likely showing up on my public Pandora profile. DirecTV and other cable providers should enable a multiple profile creation/selection feature for residential and commercial accounts, considering that multiple individuals are typically utilizing the services.

Each profile owner should be capable of readily logging into and saving stations they listen to in their own personal accounts or via their own profile, which could retain each individual’s email address.

Another option would be for cable account holders to create email accounts that would be utilized exclusively for DirecTV and other cable Pandora accounts, or to utilize email accounts that cable service providers issue to the primary account holders.

The option to publish or not publish activity on the account could additionally be presented to the account administrator. Yet another option would be to not require sign-in.

Another issue with streaming services where multiple persons have log-in privileges is that each individual can randomly make changes to the account, when only an authorized administrator—typically the primary account holder and/or any other designees—should have that privilege…

Other profile holders should be capable of logging into the relevant streaming service utilizing their own email or other personal identifiers without the capability of making changes to the account, especially those that could affect billing…

This would preserve the privacy of the primary DirecTV or other cable account holder and curtail any costs that could potentially accrue from any unauthorized purchases or account changes. It would additionally preserve the privacy of the Pandora account holder, whether the primary DirecTV or other cable account holder or another authorized Pandora account holder, and it would disallow other profile holders to add or delete stations or to like or dislike songs, or make any other changes to the Pandora account holder’s account.

A Real Forrester Creations, Spectra, Jabot Cosmetics, Newman Enterprises, etc. in CBS and Other Stores

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Creation of genuine businesses that exist in cinema is an untapped market that could translate to multi-billion dollar industries that would likely far exceed the success of similar traditional competitors. It would increase tourism of entities like CBS and other cinematic studios, specifically their stores, which should include real companies and/or products for those depicted in their productions. For example, there should be a real Forrester Creations, Spectra, Jabot Cosmetics, Newman Enterprises, etc., or the products of these entities should be included in the brick-and-mortar and online CBS stores.

Forrester Creations and Spectra should include actual clothing modeled during Forrester’s and Spectra’s Bold and Beautiful fashion shows. Jabot cosmetics and Newman Enterprises, etc. should include actual products for those discussed on the Young and the Restless, and CBS and other stores should carry those items and clothing per se that are worn/modeled by actors on popular soap operas and other CBS shows (Other networks could copy this). CBS and other networks that implement what I’m suggesting here would act as affiliate marketers for fashion designers who are represented by actors wearing their clothing during daytime and other televised programs. They could point viewers to the physical and online stores to purchase any clothing and extras seen on the programs.

Any designers could request that specific actors wear their clothing during any program and either give the offered garments to the actor(s) as an incentive and/or the network could charge fees to feature unsolicited clothing designs, etc.

Every actor, every person who wears clothing, jewelry, etc. represents or is promoting a designer, a televised personality all the more. Media networks and designers should mutually benefit from this. When you think of it, this is among the major marketing purposes that television should serve.

Clothing and accessories that are worn during televised productions should be modeled by the actors and actresses* on the CBS website. Designers’ names could optionally be listed in each show’s credits, and viewers should be instructed to visit the CBS store website and/or brick-and-mortar store and other specified stores to purchase the items. *Displays featuring these particular actors and actresses should too be placed in the noted brick-and-mortar stores…

The impact of promoting designers of clothing, jewelry, etc. worn during televised programs and products per se of cinematic businesses could reach exponential proportion in terms of increasing sales of promoted clothing, jewelry, fragrances, etc., and transform fictional entities into thriving products and corporations in the real world…

CBS actually acknowledged my existence a few years ago. Perhaps one day they’ll welcome me in person for discussion of my ideas.