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Thursday, April 20, 2017

OSU gay frat Δ Λ Φ recruits

OSU Delta Lambda Phi Barometer front page story Oct. 31, 2016

PHOTO: The front page and center spread of Oregon State University's student newspaper featured some of the new members of the colonized in 2016 IFC gay fraternity Δ Λ Φ (aka Delta Lambda Phi) that "focuses on creating a space for men of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to have the traditional Greek experience on campus." (See online version of the weekly print edition of story by Anna Weeks Greek Peek Blog Manager, "Fostering inclusivity - Delta Lambda Phi colonizes at OSU, IFC Fraternity to focus on creating an inclusive environment within the Greek system, support LGBTQ+ community," OSU Barometer weekly print edition, Oct. 31, 2016, p. 1, 8-9) See previous post OSU gay frat Δ Λ Φ organized by student Cory Zimmerman(11/3/16)

The gay OSU fraternity Δ Λ Φ (A.k.a. Delta Lambda Phi) is recruiting new members according to the student newspaper article by Brian Rathbone, News/Sports Chief, "Two smaller fraternities recruit in the Memorial Union Quad," Barometer, posted Apr. 11, 2017. The irony of this headline may be missed by younger students who do not recall the old theory that homosexuals were created by older, perverted men who would prey on boys for sex, who enjoyed it and passed the disease on to younger boys when they grew up to be men.

For more, see home page of the gay OSU Fraternity Phi Delta Theta ΦΔΘ Oregon Beta chapter at Oregon state, 120 Northwest 13th Street Corvallis, OR 97330 and see previous posts:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Local TV news spreads Trump's fake news while claiming it is not

VIDEO: An exact audio copy of a video that is frequently being replayed during the local news broadcasts in both Portland and Corvallis, Oregon, of a man who identifies himself only as "Scott Livingston, vice president of news for this television station." (Posted by Diamond Joe, "Sinclair News Vice President Speaks On The "Danger" Of Fake News," posted Mar 23, 2017)

My local TV news stations have been constantly running the above propaganda on behalf of President Trump, and after learning about the politics behind it, I decided to write the following letter to the editor:

The "national media outlets" are being accused of spreading "fake news" by several local TV news broadcasts, receivable in Corvallis over-the-air, during a frequently replayed video, which is not labeled as opinion or an advertisement, of a man who identifies himself only as "Scott Livingston, vice president of news for this television station."

Livingston also sanctimoniously asks viewers to report directly to him, if they see any fake news on his stations, by using the station's website to contact him.

At first, I erroneously assumed this was a good manager trying to distance himself from President Trump's vicious "fake news" propaganda, but then I was very disappointed to learn that Livingston supported the election of President Trump by cutting a deal with Trump's campaign to broadcast "news" favorable to Trump and derogatory to Hillary Clinton on the hundreds of media outlets he controls nationwide.

Livingston's Sinclair Broadcasting Inc. will financially gain from any deregulation led by Trump, especially the elimination of FCC rules restricting TV station owners - rules originally put in place decades ago to prevent the spreading of government propaganda.

The local TV stations controlled by Sinclair include Eugene's network affiliates CBS Channel 13 KVAL-TV and NBC Channel 16 KMTR-TV, plus Portland's network affiliate ABC Channel 2 KATU-TV, which is receivable in Corvallis via its UHF channel 47 translator.

Like a typical bully, Trump duplicitously spreads "fake news," but then whines like he is a victim when others spread it about him.

(Quoted from Thomas Kraemer, "'Fake news' on local TV?" Gazette-Times, Apr, 14, 2017, p. A8 posted online as "A misleading pitch about fake news")

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Rev. Pat Robertson's latest excuse for President Trump's unchristian behavior is that Trrump is a heathan sent by God to save America! (See previous post Anti-gay theocrat worships Trump and promotes sex book on his Christian TV show (1/14/17))

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New OSU diversity officer Charlene Alexander

OSU diversity officer Charlene Alexander 2017

PHOTO: New Oregon State University chief diversity officer Charlene Alexander received newspaper coverage in article by Staff, "Alexander named OSU's chief diversity officer -- Oregon State University hires new diversity officer," Mid-Valley Sunday Gazette-Times, Apr. 2, 2017, p. A1, A9 posted online as "OSU hires new diversity officer" Apr. 1, 2017 and the OSU student newspaper story Courtesy of OSU News and Communication Press Release, "Charlene Alexander appointed OSU Chief Diversity Officer," OSU Barometer, Apr. 3, 2017, p. 1.

Thomas Kraemer affirmative action letter in OSU Barometer Mar. 13, 2017, p.14

PHOTO: See previous post Affirmative action bake sale at OSU ignores business case for diversity (3/14/17) to read an ADA accessible text copy of my letter, published by the student newspaper, in reaction to the OSU students who joined the national college protests against "affirmative action" by holding a bake sale that used reverse discrimination to determine what price they charged people. Or see the online cloud version of the student newspaper Thomas Kraemer, "Diversity is necessary," OSU Barometer, Mar. 13, 2017, p. 14 ( version), which ironically is not accessible to students who are low vision or blind because it was not also posted online in an HTML text format as has been always done in the past. I contacted the student editor who was unaware of this problem.

"Oregon State University has named Charlene Alexander its chief diversity officer.

"Alexander, who also will hold vice president status, comes to OSU from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she served for the past four years as associate provost for diversity and director of the university's diversity office. A 20-year faculty member and administrator at Ball State, she starts work in Corvallis on June 30.

"Alexander's OSU responsibilities include guiding institutional diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice throughout the university. She replaces Angela Batista, who had served in the position on an interim basis since Feb. 1, 2016. Batista will resume her previous role of associate provost for student affairs and dean of student life."

(Quoted from Staff, "Alexander named OSU's chief diversity officer -Oregon State University hires new diversity officer," Sunday Gazette-Times, Apr. 2, 2017, p. A1, A9 posted online as "OSU hires new diversity officer" Apr. 1, 2017)

It will be interesting to see if the new director will restore some of the LGBTQII+ programs and staff, or keep it combined with other functions.

Of related interest, see in the latest print edition of the student newspaper the story by Jaya Black-Lazo, "Fighting for social justice," OSU Barometer, Apr. 3, 2017, p. 7-8 , which says, "Community Relations Facilitators work to foster dialogue, promote inclusivity in residence halls."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Republicans irresponsibly renege on promises to repeal Obamacare

Cost of Obamacare Businessweek Mar. 27, 3017, p. 41

PHOTO: Chart comparing the cost of health insurance to individuals of different ages and incomes levels that either qualify or do not qualify for a government subsidy, under the existing Obamacare Affordable Care Act (ACA) versus the proposed Trumpcare, which Republicans decided not to vote on in late March and instead chose to keep Obamacare, which they expect will "blowup" on its own so they can blame the Democrats. Key numbers that are shown in the above chart (presumably national averages) say that for a 64-year-old person, with an annual income of $68,200, he or she would receive no subsidy from Obamacare to help pay their health insurance premium that would cost them out-of-pocket $1,275 per month ($15,300 per year) not including deductibles and co-pays. If his or her "household income" was $26,500 per year, then they would only owe $142 per month out-of-pocket for premiums because the government is subsidizing $1,133 per month of the cost. Obamacare can charge the 64 year-old 3 times what a younger person pays, but Trumpcare proposed to allow them to be charged 5 times more. This year, if you make more than $47,520 per year, then you will not get any subsidy from Obamacare. A typical early retiree on Medicare, with a younger spouse who is not yet eligible for Medicare, could easily make this much money from just the sum of both their Social Security checks and company pension checks, and typically their income would be much more because household income also includes earnings on their retirement savings and investments. (My annotations on the above chart were my notes from reading the article by Ben Steverman, "Health Care: Time to Rethink Early Retirement," Businessweek, Mar. 27 - Apr. 2, 2017, p. 40-41, posted online Mar. 23, 2017 as "Want to Retire Early? Good Luck Under Trumpcare".

I am mad as hell at Republicans who reneged on their promise to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, even though I generally support the goals and good intentions of Obamacare, becasue I worry that it will blow up without some critical fixes. I also was counting on the promise that the "Individual Responsibility Payment" penalty if I do not buy Obamacare for a family member will not be charged to me on my next year tax filing, as President Trump has also promised in an Executive Order, which may or may not be upheld by the IRS Tax Court without having been passed by Congress in the form of valid Legislation. I don't understand why Republicans didn't do a quick repeal, even if it took some time to replace it.

I don't want to pay "Individual Responsibility Payment" penalty next year for a family member, whose premiums were $141 per month before Obamacare, but then rose to $241 per month until the health insurance company cancelled all Grandfathered health plans, which forced former policy holders onto the Obamacare Marketplace where the cheapest policy for next year costs more than $600 per month. My only hope now is that an IRS Tax Court will uphold President Trump's Executive Order telling the IRS not to charge people, or hope my income is less than 8.3 percent of the health insurance premiums for next year, which exempts taxpayers from the Obamacare Individual Responsibility Payment.

Under the current law, if our combined household income is over $47,520 per year, we will receive no subsidy from Obamacare, but we still must buy Obamacare, which this year costs over $600 per month in our State just for the premiums, not including the $9500 annual deductible and co-pays out-of-pocket costs before it would pay anything. (Prior to Obamacare, health insurance cost less than $200 per month for a catastrophic plan that was only intended to protect your retirement savings from an unexpected medical problem, instead of comprehensive coverage of small amounts for regular doctor visits.)

Supposedly, President Trump signed an executive order saying we wouldn't be charged for not buying Obamacare, but I can't find a legal copy of it -- the transcript of the video showing him signing it is not clear to me and I am sure that no lawyer would be able to defend his words in court. As a result, I bet there will be an IRS Tax Court case this year to determine if the IRS will be able to force payment of it or not. I watched the Republican's debate on this issue in Congress and nobody supported voting for Trump's Executive Order, so I decided to write the following letter to the editor and also send it to my Democratic Representative:

By choosing to keep Obamacare and not fix it, while expecting it to "blow up," the Republican majority, led by President Trump, is irresponsibly reneging on its campaign promises.

Trump signed an executive order promising individuals would not be charged for not buying Obamacare, but will it be upheld by the IRS Tax Court?

Consequently, Republicans have lost my trust they will not also renege on Trump's promise to let me keep my current Medicare health insurance and Social Security earnings.

(Quoted from Thomas Kraemer, "Letter: GOP reneges on its promises," Gazette-Times, Apr. 4, 2017, p. A6 posted Mar. 27, 2017)

This issue drew some other letters to my local professional newspaper, such as one by, Theo Dreher, "Letter: Additional proof regarding Trump," posted Mar. 27, 2017, who said, "The spectacular political failure (thank heavens!) marked by the March 24 collapse of the Republican effort to repeal or modify the Affordable Care Act is another data point testing the hypothesis that Donald Trump is unfit to be president." Of course, the Trump-tard trolls posted in response some angry comments that evaded the point that Republicans are not taking any responsibility for their actions.

Now that President Trump has reneged on his promises and declared Obamacare to be his choice, the U.S. Census Bureau says 13.1 million Americans, Ages 55 to 64, aren't working and I bet many will be bankrupted by Obamacare, according to on-the-record speeches by U.S. Congressmen during the Trumpcare debate.

Republican congressmen provided two examples in their districts, such as the 65-years-old person, who has a good pension and Social Security check and is on Medicare, but his 60-years-old spouse, who is mandated to buy Obamacare at the marketplace average of $1275 per month, according to Congressional Budget Office numbers.

A second example was the older, small business person, with a spouse bookkeeper for the business, who are facing unaffordable premiums because they earn more than $47,520 per year of household income, which disqualifies them from any Obamacare subsidy.

Obamacare needs to be fixed and it is very irresponsible of the Republicans, who control all branches of the U.S. Government, to be forcing many Americans to buy Obamacare or risk being bankrupted by an unexpected illness.

The only thing I agree with Trump is that Republicans should be punished in the next mid-term elections.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Using accessibility features of MS OS and IE browser for low vision and color blindness

Two screen shots without (top) and without (bottom) using accessibility feature in MS IE browser for low vision and color blindness

PHOTO: The accessibility features for low vision blindness and color blindness, which are built into the standard Microsoft Windows 7 Internet Explorer Web Browser application, are demonstrated above with two screen shots of the same Google Blogger warning page -- The top screen shot shows the normal tont sizes and colors, which are not accessible to me because my low vision and color blindness prevents me from seeing the headline, "Content Warning," nor the button label saying, "I understand and wish to continue." The bottom screen shot shows the same Blogger warning page while using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser with some accessibility features turned on, of which are also affected by the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system accessibility features used to increase the screen and font sizes.

As my low vision blindness has been gradually worsening, I have to use more and more of the accessibility features built into the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser application. Until recently, the only changes I needed were to adjust the screen resolution and increase the font sizes, but after my Blue-Orange-Yellow color blindness worsened, to where Blue text looks black to me and Orange or Yellow text are invisible to me, I have also been forced to change the color scheme in both Windows and IE.

For example, in the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web broswer, to help my low vision, I go to the Menu pull eown for Tools -> Internet Options ... General tab -> Accessibility button -> Select Formatting and check Ignore colors specified on webpages, ignore text styles specified on webpages, and ignore font sizes specified on webpages, as seen in the example screen shot above. In addition to doing this, the MS IE browser "Tools" pull down menu also has an Internet Options -> Colors button selection for the text colors and background colors, which I had to optimize to see it best, along with a "Fonts" button to select the default font style "Webpage font: Arial and plain text font "Courier New" for easier reading.

In the Windows 7 operating system, Right clicking on the desktop and selecting Personalize ... will go to the Windows Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Personalization to select a color theme, where I needed to set up a custom one to maximize my ability to see. I also selected in the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Display -> Make the text larger of smaller and set it to 150% to also make it easier to read.

The more complete list of accessibility settings for the Windows Operating system can be found from the Windows Control Panel home page under "Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the computer easier to see. I played with one of the options, "Choose High Contrast Theme," but I have been unable to set it up in a way I can see with my color blindness or that works well with many IE Web pages (e.g. without turning pictures black, etc.) and so I typically leave it off. Note, to turn on or off "High Contrast" for the Windows 7 OS press on the keyboard the alt key, left shift key plus print key simultaneously, which by default gives you a warning and a sound when it changes. This is hard as hell to use and I have been unable to change the colors it uses to ones that I can see.

As a child I saw my grandparents struggle with low blindness and so when I was helping to invent the first Hewlett-Packard personal computers in the 1970's and 1980's with graphic window operating systems, I pitched the idea of accessibility both corporate-wide and to Bill Gates, who was then the young founder of Microsoft. I am grateful the idea was embraced because I never thought I would need it, and in my experience, accessibility, when implemented voluntarily by companies, usually results in more useful aids to the disabled than does any government law or mandate, such as the Americans With Disability Act, which is important, but only nudges the laggards to address accessibility issues.