Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We have met the enemy and he is us (Via Mamie Van Doren)

We have met the enemy and he is us. --Pogo
In "Letters from the Earth" Mark Twain wrote the following:
"Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven."
Today's atrocity in Belgium highlights Twain's wisdom and prescience. A group of religious zealots strapped on some explosives this morning, and, in the rush hours at the airport and a metro station, detonated themselves, killing at least 30 and injuring 230 more. Paris, 9/11, Beirut, and the many other bloody incidents over the past two decades certainly could be called the opening shots in a religious war. We have reacted in kind, invading Afghanistan and Iraq, overthrowing Gaddafi, getting drawn into Syria, thinking that we can, with force, pound an extreme sect of a religion into quiet submission. But humans possess a serious flaw in their brain wiring: the necessity to fight over religious belief systems. As Twain says, we are the only member of the animal kingdom to do so. The Crusaders indulged in it for nearly 400 years, and nothing much changed except borders and body counts. It only gained a lot of real estate for the crusaders. The fighting over religion then and now is made all the more vicious by a blind faith on both sides that sees only its point of view as right and holy. I see no indication that this flaw can be recognized, repaired, or even understood. It is as involuntary as the patellar reflex, a deadly knee jerk to take the life of someone seen as a "non-believer." As ISIS and Al Qaeda spawn new extremists bent on martyrdom, OUR Christian zealots instinctively react with more killing. The right-wing douches in this year's campaign will be howling for more invasions after today--never mind that, sorry folks, but they won't be sending THEIR kids into the fighting. Before you know it, we'll have another 400-year religious blood bath, and this one will make the so-called Holy Crusades look like a county fair. Believe me, this is not pessimism. This is my recognition of the harsh reality that the veneer of civilization, culture, and refinement is very thin. Despite our iPhones and Ikeas, our Hubble telescopes and United Nations, our symphonies and artificial intelligence, we have not progressed past the 11th century.
Here's one last quote I particularly like: Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, from "The Lion in Winter." She is speaking to her sons, who are fighting over succession to the throne of England held by her aging husband, Henry II:
"...Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war: not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it like syphilis inside."
Peace. mxo
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!! ...

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.



12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it...

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come...

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."


Saturday, March 21, 2015

DEAR BRAVO - THE DOMAIN #RHOBS WILL EXPIRE THE END OF JULY 2015

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student

April 28
Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.
Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.
WBIR reports that law enforcement responded to a “disturbance” near the University of Tennessee where a house party with about 800 people had reportedly become unruly and spilled out into the street.
According to a police report, Dotson ignored repeated instructions to go inside, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputy Brandon Gilliam wrote in the official report that Dotson “began to physically resist officers’ instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officer’s leg.”
Messner, a freelance photographer who documented the incident, told The Washington Post that Dotson showed no signs of resisting arrest.
Messner’s still pictures, arranged by The Post in the GIF below, show two officers cuffing Dotson’s hands behind his back when Phillips came over and choked Dotson until he collapsed to his knees. Messner said that as Dotson was being pulled up he was smacked in the back of the head, “a snap-out-of-it kinda smack under the circumstances.”
Jarod Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.
In a press release on Sunday night, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said:
“In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office to determine any further action.”
Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.

Monday, December 1, 2014

KU Journalism Major Shreds “Case” Against Mike Brown

http://kansasexposed.org/2014/11/29/ku-journalism-major-shreds-case-against-mike-brown/

KU Journalism Major Shreds “Case” Against Mike Brown

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Shelby Lawson is a student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Journalism and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lawson posted the following to her Facebook page: 
“Alright y’all. I’d like to clear a few things up. This is a general address to the long list of misconceptions and inconsistencies and abuses of power that exist surrounding the killing of Mike Brown. I have researched these points and provided sources in case you wish to do some reading of your own.
-The most common misconception I’m hearing is that Mike Brown was significantly larger than Officer Wilson. This is incorrect. On page 198 of the official grand jury transcript, you can see that Officer Wilson testifies he is 6 ft 4 and weighs 210 lbs, the same size as Mike Brown.
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-Mike Brown was NOT stopped because he was a suspect in crime. He and his friend Dorian Johnson were stopped for jaywalking, as Darren Wilson testifies to on page 208 of his grand jury testimony.
-Mike Brown WAS fleeing from Officer Wilson when he was fatally shot. Wilson confirms this on page 281 of his grand jury testimony.
-Officer Wilson broke police self-defense protocol, which teaches to disarm and incapacitate rather than kill and teaches officers to go for body shots. Officer Wilson shot Mike Brown twice in the head, after he shot him four times in his arm and torso.
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-Ferguson Police ignored protocol and refused to interview or take a statement from the eyewitness present from Officer Wilson’s initial contact with Mike Brown until his death.
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-The forensic examiner broke protocol by failing to take crime scene photos. On page 95 of the grand jury transcript, she claims that this was because her camera had died, however, she goes on to describe how she immediately followed Wilson to the hospital in order to photograph his “injuries.”
-Forensic investigators broke protocol by failing to test Officer Wilson’s gun for fingerprints, since Wilson claims that Brown grabbed his gun and caused it to misfire. Page 39, grand jury transcript.
-Darren Wilson was then allowed to break protocol by washing the blood off of himself before it could be photographed, making it impossible to analyze blood spatter patterns and determine what position Mike Brown was in when Wilson first shot him. Wilson recounts this on page 10 of his official police interview.
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-While Officer Wilson’s story of what happened that day has changed at least three times, six separate eyewitnesses, four of whom have never met each other, all have identical accounts of what happened. They were never interviewed by police.
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-These eyewitnesses all agree that Darren Wilson was the aggressor and that Mike Brown was shot while surrendering, with his hands in the air and that his last words were “I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting.”
-This is backed up by Mike Brown’s autopsy, which suggests that Mike Brown would have had to be in the hands-up position for the bullets to enter his hand and arm the way they did.
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-Furthermore, in a press conference, the coroner who performed Mike Brown’s autopsy relays that there was no trace of gun shot residue anywhere on his body, proving that Wilson’s claim that Mike Brown grabbed his gun, causing it to misfire, is impossible and untrue.
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-Ferguson Police lied about the distance Mike Brown was from Officer Wilson when he was killed. They reported it was 35 ft. but it was in fact 148 ft.
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-Owner of Ferguson Market states that he did not call police to report a theft of cigars, that the theft had nothing to do with Mike Brown, and that the man on the security footage is not Mike Brown.
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-The prosecuting attorney for the case against Darren Wilson has helped raise $600,000 in donations for Darren Wilson, creating a clear conflict of interest.
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-The police department that Officer Wilson worked for prior to coming to Ferguson was disbanded after multiple instances of racial profiling.”
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sam Pepper - The Real "Reveal" (Warning: Explicit Content)


Published on Sep 24, 2014
Before you say you need more proof, go here: http://anonsurvior111.tumblr.com/post...

& Hospital Records: http://anonsurvior111.tumblr.com/post...

I'm not going to make other girls stand alone with their stories. I have spent the last two and a half months searching the internet for other girls who might have encountered Sam in the way I did. I'm asking you to come forward, even though it's scary. We are not alone:
Anonymous Rape Confession #2: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis...
Laci: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9qVa...
Dottie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wgvi...
Neesey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA9ZN...
Shirley: http://shirleyhatessam.tumblr.com/pos...
Bryony and Abbey: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis...