Southpaw Hazard

Every year, more than 2,500 left-handed people are killed around the world from using equipment that is meant for right-handed people. The right-handed power saw is the most deadly item.

Statistically, one person in 4,400,000 is killed every year from using equipment which is meant for right-handed people, and this accounts for more than 2,500 deaths of left-handed people every year. In terms of numbers, 10.3% of left-handed people (both males and females) suffer an injury while driving a vehicle, and 31.6% of left-handed people (both males and females) get injured in sports.

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Southpaws Unite!

International Left Handers Day is an international day observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc.

International Left Hander’s Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprising seven to ten percent of the world’s population. The day also spread awareness on issues faced by left-handers e.g. the importance of the special needs for left-handed children, and the likelihood for left-handers to develop schizophrenia. There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world. Men are more likely to be left handed than women.

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Sinister Southpaw

So, the 14th Century called…Left-handed four year old Pre-K student in Okemah, Oklahoma, told being left handed is "…

Posted by Jim Wright on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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A 4-year-old was allegedly forced by his teacher to write with his right hand, even though he’s left-handed.

FOX59 Okemah, Okla. Sept. 22, 2015

As another of the sinister (left-handed) nature, I can vouch for the existence of the stigma against the left-handed. My primary school teachers wanted to make me right-handed as well. My mother refused to let them convert me. There is a real risk to being left-handed in a right-handed world. Southpaws have a higher rate of accidents since most systems are designed for righties. I sympathize with the child and wish him luck.

RAnt(hony)-ings

The Right Are Not Right But Right.

Got it? No? Let me explain then.

On every issue there are people who want to move in a particular direction, and generally it is true that there is a majority that is happy with the way things are.

Back when we first started writing down ideas, codifying the world as we saw it, the world was ruled by divine right. Kings, Czars and Emperors abounded, all of them claiming to have their power because god granted it to them.  But the people at the bottom of the chain of power suffered horribly and died for want of even basic care; food, water and shelter could be and were denied to them by the more powerful amongst them.

Many excuses were made for why this was so, but in the end the people in the middle of the chain came to believe that the suffering of the bottom could be alleviated by sharing the wealth present at the top.  To this end, they began to cause trouble. They started providing care for the less-well-off (the dreaded poor these days) educating the lower classes about the wealth available to the upper classes because of the combined efforts of the group as a whole.

When enough of them understood their plight, and the artificial nature of it, they began to form together as groups, pressing their rulers to provide to them some of the benefits that the rulers enjoyed.  Through the ages, forums and then parliaments were formed, attempting to gather to themselves some of the power held by the rulers.  As this form became more common and more powerful, it just so happened that the supporters of the king (the conservatives –editor) happened to be sitting on the right side, whereas the people demanding change, more power (the liberalizing influence) were sitting on the left.

Left has always been the side of darkness.  Most people are right handed, while those who are left-handed are seen as peculiar (Sinister is another name for the left side) it is seen to be proper that the right hand be dominate.  At earlier times in history, left-handed children were forced to use their right hand (still happeningeditor) until it became dominant to all external appearances. To this day left-handed people die younger, of injury inflicted by tools and machines created in a right-handed world.

So it was probably not by chance that the supporters of the king were seated on the right side, the correct side, of the aisle.  After all, supporting god and king was the way to be in those days.  However history has progressed, and kings are almost extinct.  Where they still exist in the civilized world they retain a figurehead status with no real authority beyond the title they hold.  Where they exist in the rest of the world, they are no better or worse than other people, tending toward dictatorship in the more perverse examples of royalty, and seen as the benevolent father in the more enlightened examples.

However, the verbiage of Left and Right remain; the Left being those who wish to change the status quo, and the Right being the group which favors the way things are or, even better, were.

Except that memory is flawed.  The way things were never was; or only was because of elements or structures which no longer exist.  The way things were relied upon variables which ceased to be, and so the way things were cannot be re-established.

There are other words for those who want things to stay the same.  When they do so because they fear change, the word is coward. When they do so because they cannot see that change has already occurred it is called delusional.  It is only when change will make things demonstrably worse is that word prudence, or caution. It is only then that the second definition of right (to be correct) applies here.

The changes which are forcing themselves upon us through technology and an imperfect understanding of the closed system which is our habitation known as the Earth are inevitable.  We cannot deny their occurrence because reality will assert itself until it kills us all if we do not admit that change has occurred.  The changes which we can afford but are being resisted (universal healthcare as one glaring example) will occur either now, or at greater cost in the future.

So today, now, the Right are not right they are simply right, as in seated in the section reserved for those who are in love with the past in an demonstrably unhealthy fashion.  Creepy.


Editor’s note. For the record, self-identified conservatives (those on the right side of the room. Those who are conserving the tradition of royalty in 18th century France) are either cowards, delusional, or both simultaneously. Most of them don’t know this because they are also crushingly stupid. A rare few of the conservative leadership are simply prudent. Most of them only identify as conservative because it is/was fashionable not to be seen as being liberal.

I am conservative on some issues. Decidedly conservative when it comes to tattoos and piercings. Definitely conservative when it comes to preserving the biosphere of planet earth. But I don’t define myself by those stands. On most subjects, especially economics, I am a liberal. Please put me on the left side.

RAnt(hony)-ings

There are forty-four definitions of the word right in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as of this date (March 4, 2020) which one of those definitions is the one you identify with? If your answer is correct or one of the variant definitions that are synonymous with correct, you should substantiate this correctness with third-party verification, at least to yourself. If you are puzzled by the word synonymous, then you are a member of the conservative majority that I’m referring to above.

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