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January 31, 2012


Posted by      REMERA C. at 9:08 AM CST
  susan day collins  says:
definitely agree with you on that one. Now all we have to do is get the rest of america to understand.
Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 9:17 AM CST by susan d.

January 29, 2012

The Poor

After reading a few articles in our assigned reading, it is clear that most of the working class and middle class in America are unaware of class. Many people seem to believe that they belong to a class that they really don't belong to, but credit cards have made it possible for almost anyone to own a house and a car. The cycle of debt is taking place in our nation because of the desire to keep up with the rich. The media is also highly influential in providing an image of all of "us" being in it together when we are not. The rich also are the ones to most likely to donate to their own causes instead of the poor. I also did not know the exact beak down of welfare in our country, but it is clear that we spend much more money on other things that are not complained about daily in our media.
Posted by      tajma h. at 12:32 PM CST
  Denise Douglas  says:
I agree with your statement people really do believe that they are in a class that they do not belong to. Like Professor Warren mentioned you have to look at what you have that has value. Most people do calculate there cars and as you mentioned they do not calculate the amount of debt they have in credit cards. You are correct so many people are focusing on status (keeping up with the Jones').
Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2012 7:50 PM CST by Denise D.
  susan day collins  says:
Until the bottom fell out of the economy I believed that people were well aware of their social status. Now people that were considered upper middle and middle class have suddenly joined the ranks of classes they felt that they had moved away from, they are now considered lower middle class and just plain poor. The equity that they clung to in their homes was stolen from them and now they actually owe more for their homes than the homes are worth. So you may live in a exclusive neighborhood, but do you financially still belong there is the question. Many will attempt to hold on as long as possible but will eventually slip through the cracks as the middle class as a whole ceases to exist.
Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 9:15 AM CST by susan d.

January 25, 2012

Class Discussion Regarding Social Stratification

Last class we discussed social stratification and how everyone is ascribed (by birth) a position. I personally agree with this fact...(I don't like it but I do have to agree with it). It is possible to move up in this world but the move is not a great or far one within our social hierarchy. From my personal experience my family was raised in a somewhat ghetto area in New York but by the time I was entering High School my parents decided to move the family out to the suburbs so I could attend a better school. This change made me realize that as one advances in the world many people become jealous and wish for failure. I do believe that due to birth everyone has a set position but I also believe that we can move up the ladder
Posted by      Marsha H. at 10:26 AM CST
  Renita Lemons  says:
I concur with social stratification and I respect your thoughts. Not everyone is content with your growth and development. It maybe that some families/ or specific group of people get intimidated when others advance. Being part of what many people would call a minority family. I have seen many families not support individuals who plan or are getting an education within their families. It's as if some people are afraid of change or don't think they deserve to advance in life. In my personal experience I came back around people in my family and they didn't want me around because my mind set was different and I didnâ??t want to live in poverty for life. I was shunned by most and no longer a black person, but was now white. I'm curious to know how getting an education makes one race change. In my opinion jealousy in many families arises from not wanting someone else to have more than another. We donâ??t get an opportunity to choose our birth place. So, if an individual is born in poverty or a class they would like to advance to they would have to work very hard. Itâ??s easier said than done, but possible. On another note, after working hard some people still face a glass ceiling. It is an invisible barrier that prevents people mostly women and minorities from advancing, or getting gainful employment. I wonder who would want to prevent women and minorities from advancing, or getting gainful employment. Do women actually prevent other women from advancing in the workforce? I also grew up in poor conditions. I have been homeless and went to bed with nothing to eat for days. At one time in my life, I thought we were rich, when we had a roof over our head and food to eat every night, even though it was mostly soup and bread. We lived day to day, week to week. My parentâ??s social stratification was in a poor area and I was born in a poor area too. Also, my grandparents were poor. Some people would called that a generational curse, but in class we call it social stratification and it sounds more professional. A generational curse sounds judgmental.
Posted on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 8:18 AM CST by Renita L.
  susan day collins  says:
I could agree with this social stratification business if everyone had an even chance, but since they do not it is hard to buy into it. There is always a invisible elephant in the room.
Posted on Thu, 2 Feb 2012 7:25 AM CST by susan d.

comment on solar panels at shelby farms

I like the idea of being green. I think that with these different ways, like solar panels, there is always going to be pros and cons to anything. One of the pros that i like is that it is going to be used as an educational device. This way we are teaching children about being green and showing them different possibilities and actual leading by example. one of the cons is that solar panels can get pretty pricey and depending who is paying for them the return on the investment might take a while.Another con i can see is that while saving energy you are having to pay an energy tax, which sucks i guess the government has to take money in some way. Some pros is that solar power can not be regulated like other fuels which doesnt mean you are not paying for them, solar power is unlimited unless the sun dies out, and solar poweris free, not counting the equipment. there are federal incentives for the commercial solar but there is also incentives for individuals who purchase panels. As far as if there should be a solar panels at shelby farms i say why not, but it i think it would be better if the community would think that it is worth it.
Posted by      Allyson V. at 12:05 AM CST
  Denise Douglas  says:
I agree I love the fact about the educational purpose for the children.
Posted on Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:30 AM CST by Denise D.

January 24, 2012

superior & inferior

Do you guys agree with what we talked about today as far as being pretty much stuck in your class as being superior & inferior? I agree, I think its bad that our ranking of success comes from how much money we have & not by the accomplishments we've made. Our society is based on money! We put people in categories based on how much money they have (or we think they have), then by race, & etc. Do you think that oppurtunities have become a little easier to come by today now that it is a little bit easier to get a better education? Notice I said a little bit easier & I mean the fact that student loans are offered.
Posted by      Shannae S. at 3:56 PM CST

Republican Primary What a joke

I see y there is no tax reform coming down the pipe line, Romney made more than 71 million last year alone. Nothing but greed at work there
Posted by      susan d. at 7:33 AM CST
  Alex Vickrey  says:
I was talking about this yesterday, and a woman got really mad at me for suggesting that our politicians are richer than we can imagine and that big companies routinely write and buy laws. I didn't know anyone actually believed that someone like Romney understands what it's like to worry about money or a job, or that the average American has just as much voice in the government as the fat cats at Bank of America. Her optimism completely blew my mind.
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 8:51 AM CST by Alex V.
  Nadine Thomas  says:
Some of them are rich but not all. The big companies do write out some of our laws but they do leave some room for the little people.
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 9:26 AM CST by Nadine T.

January 19, 2012

RE: Solor Panels at Shelby Farms

We talked about how much we pay in electricity today to MLG&W. What are some views on the solar farm on Walnut Grove? Five-acre solar panels financed at 4.3 million. It is a 1 megawatt solar farm using 4,160 solar panels to generate enough electricity to power 200 homes or 20 businesses. It is the first solar array in Tennessee to have a solar tracking system. Silicon Ranch will sell the power to MLG&W and receive a TVA subsidy paying 12 cents above market rate for each kilowatt hour produced. After 10 years the Agricenter will have the option to purchase the solar array at fair mraket value( ummm fair market value). There will be a webcam for educational purpose in classrooms (oh wow they thought about the children).
Posted by      Denise D. at 11:27 PM CST
  Jeremy Robinson  says:
Per the below Commercial Appeal link Silicon Ranch, the company owned by former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen, is financing construction of the $4.3 million facility and will own it. Seems the old crafty former Tennessee Governor has figured out a way to keep the home fires burning literally with the help of TVA subsidies (federal wealthfare). 12 cents per kilowatt hour produced sounds like this to me:
.12 * 1000kWh or (1MW) = $120.00 an hour to heat 200 homes which further equates (in my reasoning) to about a $1.66 per household per hour that that in fact will be subsidized by the feds. My guess is the actual heating cost passed on to the very lucky 200 residents to receive this form of energy will be considerably less than the great majority or Shelby County home owners. Poor Phil.
Yeah I would have to say itâ??s time to go GREEN and or move to south side Walnut Grove - just sayingâ?¦
Posted on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:18 AM CST by Jeremy R.

$5 rock show

Not really related to class, but HEY!
My band is playing at Murphy's on Friday the 27. We are One Word and we are playing with Hazy Skies. So come out and have a good time with good music!
Posted by      Christopher M. at 10:06 PM CST

January 12, 2012

SOCI 3401

Welcome class!
Posted by      Stella W. at 10:22 AM CST

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