Jessica Ray

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Jessica Ray
Posted about 4 years ago
Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?
I can see how you could draw certain conclusions from my answer, but no I did not just vote for Obama because he was black. I do not believe that either party accurately reflects my beliefs. So, I chose Obama over McCain because he is younger and less entrenched in DC and because of his race. Particularly because he is of mixed race. While you may or may not personally agree with my decision making, it is a far cry from racism. If I felt candidates were equal in all other regards and race was the deciding factor then I maintain that it is not racist. This is not what happened, but an example. I don't believe in the affirmative action in its current form. Our government, through the two party system, constantly poses to us (as a nation) false questions. This or that? We need new solutions. We need to be looking for creative solutions and engaging in deliberative democracy and honest discussions of justice in order to create those solutions. I will assume that you are not "venting" at me or my actions, but are seeking true dialogue. Now, with that in mind I'd like to humbly make a suggestion to you. The next time that you respond to someone's comments, especially when you are feeling most passionate about a topic, please refrain from making judgments about the individual and please re-read what the individual has written. There is a way to discuss or argue or converse about a topic without attacking the person with whom you are in dialogue. Many people are shut down and become incapable of participating in dialogue when they are personally attacked. I am not saying that your conclusions were completely illogical, but they were incorrect. That alone could have competely derailed the purpose for which myself and others engage in these conversations. I do look forward to hearing your response and continuing our intriguing dialogue. I appreciate your response because it required me to take a moment to introspect honestly and check myself before proceeding. Regards
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Jessica Ray
Posted about 4 years ago
Plastic recycling plants in hospitals.
I think this sounds like a great idea! I recently learned about a technology for eliminating wastes. It does not off-gas, pollute the air or create toxic or harmful waste. This is called plasma-gasification. Have you heard of it? There is a plant in the capital city of Florida in the U.S. It is not based on incineration, but uses plasma technology to turn waste into plasma and then through a cooling process fuels including jet and deisel can be extracted. The plant is completely energy self-sufficient after its first two days of operation. I think this is a technology that needs to be spread throughout the world as a solution for dealing with the stores of trash. I also believe that ideas such as yours will be of tremendous help in stemming the tide of plastic trash washing about in our oceans while we all awaken to the need for a more permanent solution to plastic- refuse it for all but absolutely life saving needs. Thank you for your efforts to confront the challenges of a world full of plastics.
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Jessica Ray
Posted about 4 years ago
How the Mind Works
Education is something that I feel very strongly about as well. I understand its crucial role at least in societies which operate within a democratic political structure in which citizens are responsible to govern. I do not believe that we all have a right to one another's knowledge. I do believe it is absolutely essential to the success of our species. So while I would not say it is a right, I would say that we would be absolutely foolish to not support the education of all those who participate in our governance. It is counterintuitive to survival to ignore others needs, because inevitably this will bring harm to the collective. I appreciate your comment and passion. Keep fighting. Peace.
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Jessica Ray
Posted over 4 years ago
Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?
More disturbing is I think I misunderstood the question when I was asked. I voted for Obama because he is black. I am white. I thought it was about time and so I voted for him. But my answer would have been reflected as racism by this method of evaluation because the question was simply : Was the race of the candidate a factor in your vote? How many people who in an effort to support fair and equal treatment of all citizens answered the question yes because they are not racists?