Tuesday, February 11, 2020

How to lose valuable employees



·         Step one: bad communication and lack of communication

·         Step two: create cliques and surround yourself with those loyal to you. Freeze out those you arbitrarily do not like and never give credit or acknowledge any work they have done for you.

It does not take much to not do this, so why do educational institutions who teach these simple things keep making the same mistakes? 



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A misconception of race topic


I will preface by saying I will be using the term “black”, “black people”, etc., for reference purposes only.

Are you aware that there are more black people outside of the United States than within?

Are you aware of the fact that there is no “black race” nor such thing as “black culture?

Some of you are puzzled at this point, so let me break down a few things for you:

·         United States culture does have a huge impact on how black people around the world are perceived, but it is not representative of all black people around the world; not even close

·         Contrary to popular beliefs, skin color does not make a culture

·         Identifying oneself as “black’ is a western concept and popularized and solidified into western culture

·         Most people with black skin around the world identify themselves by their kingdom, their region, or their people. For example: in Nigeria there are Yoruba people, Hausa people, Igbo people, etc. (there are many more, this is just an example)

Are you aware that within the small population of black people in the United States, that there Is not one culture either? The diversity is vast because it is a large country with many different influences.
Are things clearer now?

Do not expect you know anything about a person based upon their skin color, do not expect someone with the same skin color to have anything in common with you. Do not put people in boxes that fit your narrative, reject stereotypes, and labels that are designed to make you comfortable but not the other person.

Changing your mindset over this simple thing could open your world to people, experiences, and life that you have never experienced.

I am not saying you have to change, but I am saying that you cannot expect people to conform to your misguided perceptions, and not get push back; we all want to be valued, we all want out authentic story to be told.

Dr Flavius Akerele III
The ETeam

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Too many opinions not enough facts




Occasionally I put out a few simple facts on social media, especially when it comes to law enforcement overreach. It is no secret I am not a fan of the double standard of police overreach and community abuse, but I try and express it a logical manner (most of the time).

Anyway, I digress. How does a discussion of police overreach and victimless crimes get diverted into a discussion of illegal immigration when that had nothing to do with it? How do you believe in justice for some but not for all, especially simply because of skin color? How do you get to cherry pick who is subject to the protection of the constitution? How do you put out statistics that even a 6th grader can prove wrong and call it fact?

Memes are not a political discussion, and neither is name calling.

It is very difficult to have healthy and positive discussions with people right now, and almost impossible on social media.

How did we come so far with rudeness? How did we sink so low?
This is not a blame game, but a call to action! Remember who we all are! Remember that we all have rights and are entitled to the same protections equally in the eyes of the law. Also, not all laws are just.

Just a bit of a rant. #courtesy #politics #truth #civility #education #justice

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Monday, September 2, 2019

Mass shootings and more…



This is not a political post; this is not anti-gun or pro-gun. These are just some quick and dirty facts that anyone can look up and everyone should be concerned about.

I will start by giving you two numbers: 388 and 5959; and I will also tell you that these numbers are from the year 2014 until now.

Mass shooting affect more than just the victims, it leaves a scar, it makes us afraid and wonder how this can be happening in places we consider safe. Churches, schools, shopping malls, movie theaters, etc. The thing is, terrorism (and mass shooters are terrorist by the very definition of the word) is something we have not experienced at the same level many other countries or continents have. I know right there has set some people off, but it is simple fact and we should be thankful for it. No one wishes regular terrorism on anybody.

The two numbers should concern us, because they are both numbers of people killed in this country (wounded would double each number).

388 is the number of people killed by mass shooters. 5955 is number of people killed by police, both from 2014 to current 2019.

5959, if a profession is responsible for such a large number of deaths of its own citizens, don’t you think it is time to reexamine that profession? How can any profession be responsible for so many deaths and not be help accountable? Military members must account for every bullet they fire, they have rules of engagement they must follow lest they be court marshalled; and most of these military members following these rules are straight out of high school. But they still understand.

We need more than a conversation, because it seems like the deadliest thing in America right now, is the police.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

PS, I would love to be proved wrong on this, but I do not see how because those people are still dead.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Non-Partisan Elections


There was a time at the local level, that all elections were non-partisan, political parties were not included at all, and quite frankly not needed. We have seen that creep away quickly over the last 15 years, and we need to go back to that.

Let’s take it a step further and suggest that we do that at more national levels of politics as well because party affiliations have simply divided people into three tribe, with two of the tribes on the verge of civil war and the third (really mixed smaller tribes) wondering what the heck is going?!
Between 1861 to 1865 we have had tribes fighting, and it led to a huge number of deaths, and we still have not reconciled that fight it seems.  There are still actual children of soldiers from that fight still alive today, collecting VA benefits.

Anyway, I digress, so let me put it in simple terms. I am tired of political parties going at each other in the way we are seeing now, nothing is getting accomplished, and remember the parties (tribes) are not the same now as they were after 1865, that is a simple fact.

People are voting the party without considering the candidate for that party, and a lot of these candidates are coming up short. Can you also imagine the money we could save without primary elections? How much good could be done with those billions of dollars in saving?!

Slavery does exist still, both literal, and in this case figuratively. Some of you are slaves to a political system that you do not even understand, really care about (you are just programmed to care), and it certainly does not care about you. Blind loyalty means the blind are leading the blind.


Notice how I did not mention political party names? I know each group is going to read this the way they see fit and understand, and that is ok because that means you have stopped posting your rhetoric on the internet for a couple of minutes to think.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Friday, August 30, 2019

Old religions



“Santería, also known as Regla de Ocha, La Regla de Ifá, or Lucumí, is an Afro-American religion of Yoruba origin that developed in Cuba among West African descendants. Santería is a Spanish word that means the "worship of saints". Santería is influenced by and syncretized with Roman Catholicism”
“Voodoo is a religion that originates in West Africa. In the Americas and the Caribbean, it is thought to be a combination of various African, Catholic and Native American traditions. It is practiced around the world but there is no accurate count of how many people are Voodooists”
“Candomblé is an Afro-Brazilian religious tradition, practiced mainly in Brazil by the povo de santo. Candomblé originated in Salvador, Bahia at the beginning of the 19th century, when the first temple was founded”
Common thread of these religions is that they are all of Yoruba origin because of the people an the descendants who practice it, and like all religions, don’t believe all the negative hype (except believe those catholic priests have sick fucking habits). There is nothing inherently evil about these religions, in fact, quite the opposite because they are about life; but then bullshit and Hollywood films got involved and we have the idea that we have right now.
Another common thread is that all these religions were disguised under catholic saints. How is that possible? How could they have been intertwined with Christian religion? The answer is simple, and surprising to some; the Yoruba religion is monotheistic in nature. There is one big guy, “Olodumare also known as Olorun (Almighty) is the name given to one of the three manifestations of the Supreme God in the Yoruba pantheon and one and only god the Yoruba believe in”. You do not bother him for little things, that is what the helpers were for, just as saints are there to help the Christian god.
Sound familiar? Because religion is a human creation, truth is truth, and as humans, the ties that bind us are closer than we think, and sometimes closer than is convenient for some.
Things to think about…
Dr Flavius Akerele III

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The law and our children




Policemen need to be perfect; this is a simple truth. Imperfection in a job that can cost people their lives, has no place. Sorry but that is absolute the truth, so if you are not hiring the best educated, the most honest people, you are doing society a disservice. If you are not instilling the “civil service” part and the “public safety” part, you are being criminal.

An airline pilot that accidentally crashes planes will not be a pilot for long, a doctor or nurse that accidentally kills patients will probably be prosecuted and certainly sued. Heck, teaching is a profession where we acknowledge and embrace mistakes, teachers get vilified, hounded, sued, and prosecuted for things that would not make the news if they were not teachers. Bus drivers that crash, taxi drivers that drive drunk, train conductors that derail trains; all these people would lose their jobs and probably be in jail. How come a police officer that kills people is exempt?

Police get exonerated because they ‘followed procedure”, we know the procedure is wrong, but so be it. However, when police are hurting, maiming, and killing kids; how can they be following any kind of procedure? When we lock away a teenager for 65 years for a teenage mistake, when we treat them as an adult when they are no where near being one, what does that say about the value a society places on our kids?

For a supposedly ‘civilized and developed” society, we have some very barbaric views and practices when it comes to children, because even the most primitive cultures for the most part have a simple and sacred rule about children. CHILDREN ARE TO BE PROTECTED!

How does a society allow police officers to hurt and kill our children and not only face no legal consequence but keep their jobs?

Am I missing something here? What changed? Or have we always allowed this, and we are just noticing?

Law enforcement is a job, it is not a profession, because a profession means you have truly certified professionals doing the job. Maybe it is time we required professionals?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

PS, there is no justification possible for what is happening, so please do not troll and give the usual arguments.