Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Smith’

Inventions by Black People

January 21, 2016

A few years ago I put up a post about Blacks and African civilisations, which got a heated response from a White racist. He stated that Black people hadn’t invented anything since the discovery of fire, and challenged me to refute this by posting anything invented by them.

Well, I found this list and salutary fable, posted by King-emare listing about eleven or so of them over at 1000 Natural Shocks on Tumblr (over 18s only).

LIFE WITHOUT BLACK PEOPLE

A story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America without black people.

At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they said, “No more crime, drugs, violence and welfare. All of the blacks have gone!”

Then suddenly, reality set in. The “NEW AMERICA” is not America at all — only a barren land.

1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system.

2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.

3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A. Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.

4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.

5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.

6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W. A. Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.

7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.

8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.

9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis Later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern and Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.

10. Their children met them at the door-barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt. But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.

Now, isn’t that something? What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “by the time we leave for work, Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks.” Black history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Dubois.

Further information can be found in the book, Black Heroes of Science and Invention.

Without wishing to detract from the genius of the men and women mentioned here, I think that many of the inventions discussed were probably the result of successive developments by many people, rather like the process described by James Burke in his ’70s science programme, Connections, where he challenged the common idea that one single person had been responsible for a particular invention. The combs is a case in point. You can find combs through out history going all the way back to the Iron Age in Europe, if not before. But this shows how deeply Black people were involved in the creation of modern America and the inventions that sustain it.

Atos’ Lies about Claimants: Commenters’ Stories

January 8, 2014

I’ve blogged about the sad death of Jacqueline Harris, the Bristol lady who took her own life after being declared fit by ATOS. I mentioned in this post that it was my experience that ATOS will lie about the examination in order to have the claimant declared fit for work. Two people have commented on this piece, describing their own experiences where ATOS did the same to them. I’m reposting their accounts here, as I feel that more people should be made aware about this. If their stories, and those of people like them, are simply kept in the comments column, then I’m afraid they will be overlooked. More people will just carry on with their head in the sand, convinced that their is nothing wrong with the current benefits’ system, and uncritically accepting government-sponsored propaganda that paints everyone on welfare as feckless scroungers.

Here is Mmarkus’ experience:

‘Great read with many things most people don’t even know or probably just don’t care….. I had ATOS medical professional (a GP) come to my house then lie. It took three pages to correct all his errors when telling HM Court’s & Tribunal Service. A couple of examples were he said “I could walk 800 meters without any pain or discomfort. That I had no problem with spinal function. That my back pain was unlikely to be a problem in the future & that I had to get a relative to take me to the bank”.
The facts are I have had three surgeries on my back the surgeon & specialist from the pain management clinic tell me there is nothing more they can do to help me anymore & the pain will get worse. So one ATOS medical professional contradicting two specialists my GP & the mental health professionals I have contact with (worryingly none of those who know my background care that their credibility is being questioned, my GP saying “don’t worry they are saying that about everybody!!!!! Sorry but that is shameful).
The ATOS doc told me NOT to lean forward & never asked ANY questions about walking. I CAN’T go to the bank & rely on the internet for most things like shopping & paying bills.I have NOT been inside my bank for over SIX years. I told him that but it disappeared from his report. This system has to be stopped.
Help me deal with my health problems that’s what should be looked at not just ignoring people’s health. I can’t speak for everyone but I would love to be able to work.
One last thing I have been kept on DLA low rate care (more than most I guess I should just shut up & accept it). I see the lowest rate PIP is £32 a week more than DLA. I think that is the real reason the changing to PIP is being put back.’

Joseph Smith had a similar experience:

‘I had an Atos examination at my home. My wife witnessed the entire time the doctor was in the house, timed his visit and recorded various questions and my answers. Some weeks later I received a copy of the Atos medical report, a tissue of lies from start to finish to much to list here. When challenged about the lies Atos said there was no independent witness, in effect calling my wife a liar. At a later tribunal I was NOT allowed to discuss the medical, which begs the question just how independent are these tribunals? I’m now considering asking my Solicitor write to this Doctor for his liability insurance details pending a claim. In the hope that it really ruins his week.’

This last is particularly disturbing, as he states that he was not allowed to discuss his medical examination at the tribunal. As he says, it begs the question just how independent they are.

Reading these it is clear just how malign and pernicious ATOS are. They and their wretched assessment form should be thrown off the government contract and actively prosecuted and fined for everyone they have wrongly assessed, and forced to pay compensation. The benefits system should also be amended to prevent similar companies being employed, and the government formulating a similar disability welfare policy that denies help and benefit payments to those who are unable to work.