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Philip has had God's Light shine upon him.
Philip's Mom and Dad did very well economically and Daddy was a pilot (when pilots actually made money) and was an investor of sorts.
Phil hit college as a golf ace and won NCAA tournaments and one U. S. Amateur Championship! [Read more]
I've done it in articles and in the comment section but -
I really want to thank the readers and writers at Dagblog for helping me have a good vessel by which to rehabilitate myself and become an even better writer than I was before I had a mental breakdown. I could not have written anything capable of getting 1300 views without you.
Take care and wait - all things get better.
Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913. Today would have been her one hundredth birthday. Mrs. Parks passed away on October 24, 2005. She is often remembered solely for being the woman who was the symbol for the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a White person in December 1955. She and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are remembered as icons of non-violence. This emphasis on passivity ignores the steadfast resistance Mrs. Parks had against injustice. In a past moment of verbal clarity, Prof. Cornel West described the media as participating in the Santa Clausification of King. Mrs. Parks has become akin to Mrs. Claus in this media fiction of the passive participant in the Civil rights movement. The truth is that both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were much more combative than the current media portrayal would lead one to believe. [Read more]
This is a small news story - a murder of a successful individual from a poor area by his brother in a part of the country/world most do not think about. However, I think you should give it some heavy thinking: [Read more]
A couple months ago, in the midst of personal chaos, I went for a job interview. I was a nervous wreck and the interviewer could tell. She told me to "not be nervous." I painted a picture of myself and my situation that was much rosier than the reality - I didn't tell her I'd experienced a nervous breakdown, that I was without a home, any of that.
It was a painful wreck during much of it but a connection was built. Towards the end of it, I was in her car and we started discussing the world. "It's a very strange place. The world we live in."
"I sometimes wonder if it's real," I replied.
"Oh, it's real all right but it doesn't feel like it sometimes." [Read more]
[touched off by article on epi-markers & homosexuality]
I'm excited about progress in science on a number of levels, and figure our understanding of matters will be vastly different in 20-30 years based on evolving tools & theories.
Politically I think it poses problems as well - we base our policies on traditional understanding of issues and traditional approaches. First suggestion in the economic crunch was a jobs program 1930's style combined with tax cuts 1980's style. Economics & finance has moved on, but our policy makers haven't. [Read more]
I awoke at 7:00 in the AM on Sunday morning to a room filled with smoke.
I was disconcerted.
Had I left something in the oven or was my cigarette can on fire?
It turns out that there had been a fire in the laundry room; and as it turns out my apartment is right above the laundry room! [Read more]
If we are really serious about stopping the mass shootings that are occurring in this country, we really need to get serious about what's really going on.
There is an obvious shooter profile. Characteristics seem to fit every single one. Here is a description of the New Mexico Pastor's son who killed his whole family:
"We know him as a bright, curious and incredibly talented young man. He was a brother, nephew, grandson and cousin," said the statement, which was obtained by ABC News affiliate KOAT in Albuquerque from former New Mexico state Sen. Eric Griego, the suspect's uncle. [Read more]
It has always seemed to me that we weren't getting (duh!) the full story on 9/11. But so many of the smooth, pat, party-line conspiracy theories about it just seem wrong.
Personally, I like my conspiracy theories like I like my men--smart, funny, a little rough around the edges, and just unpredictable enough to keep me interested. (Fortunately I finally found a lovely guy who fits the bill.) But enough about me.
One freakishly admirable thing about the NeoCon thinking that dominated the Bush administration is that those NeoCons didn't sweat the small stuff. They had a big PNAC plan to transform the world and make the US its sole superpower--but they were willing to be somewhat flexible about how that sausage got made and adjust to whatever inconveniences reality would throw at them. In their Strauss--influenced worldview, truth, logic and right action took a backseat to the greater "good" of how much of a difference you could make. (It's fundamentally unlike Liberal/Democratic thinking, in which stuff actually matters.) [Read more]
A favor, friends. My dear friend Peter David, a renowned Sci Fi / Fantasy writer, suffered a stroke. His family is facing heavy medical bills, but doesn't want handouts. Instead, if you'd like to help, check out his work and pick up a copy of one of his books. I wish him a full and speedy recovery. http://goo.gl/mnF7g
I'm not sure what the dynamics for David and his family are and perhaps Takei was simply helping a brother out but... [Read more]
This is a short one.
We're not as clueless as we think we are or want to think we are. I started a music website several years ago, before the breakdown. I have been very slowly bringing it back together - very slowly.
Before I went travelling, I had actually helped to produce a mixtape ("mixtapes" are compilations popular in hip-hop) called "We're On Everything." There was no fooling anything - there was a sample of a comedian talking about children who are addicted to painkillers, cigarettes, cough syrup, etc. I knew full well that I was cocktailing - even if the cocktailing was something my family had pushed me toward. [Read more]
2013 represents a remarkable period for reflection on the past and a clarion call to continue the struggle I have previously noted January 1. 1863 was the date of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. On January 21st, we will honor the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (actually born on January 15th). Former Democratic Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA) and Democratic Congressman John Lewis co-authored a bill calling for a National Day of Service to honor Dr. King. [Read more]
Half-way points in two-term presidencies are inevitably moments to take stock and to consider redirections of policy. Right now, the political blogosphere is properly full of that stocktaking and redesign. Lists abound on policies needed and priorities to be pushed, which is why there is no need to add to those lists in any detail here.
What may therefore be more valuable is this: an insistence that, to properly situate this second Obama Inaugural, we need more than favorite lists and seamless histories. We need coherent policy platforms that are anchored in the proper periodization of time. For as a country and as an economy we are not just at any random moment in history. Rather, we are at the very end of the second great growth period experienced by the American economy since 1945. In consequence, we are currently in a deeper hole than any that can be quickly corrected by this policy or by that. And unless we realize this underlying truth – and design the full sweep of our public policies accordingly – we run the risk (indeed, probably face the certainty) that the 2010s will eventually be remembered, as the 1970s are now remembered, as a lost decade. The 1970s cost one generation easy access to the American Dream. We must do all that we can to make sure that the 2010s do not impose a similar cost on another generation. [Read more]
The other week I was flipping through the channels and ended up watching Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. It premiered just in 1963, a year before I was born, and it was one of my first memories of seeing a comedy that wasn't meant for kids. In some ways I think it framed the way I saw and assimilated the "madness" around me as I grew up (preparing me to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail as the summation of what it all means). And in that I could spend a few blogs detailing the progression from that to now. [Read more]
Alot has been talked of mental illness in the wake of all these tragedies. Obviously the culprits are mentally ill themselves and the way to contain such individuals is on every one's mind.
However, think about this: These acts create more mental illness in the form of PTSD. PTSD is post traumatic stress disorder. [Read more]
[response to other threads got too long]
You obliquely point out a big issue - people don't have any real ideas for creating mass jobs in the black community, aside from back to government.
In the 50's I believe (via Buckminster Fuller), Brazil was intent on modernizing, with some wanting to emulate the US with its railroads, despite the existence then of airplanes more suitable for Brazil's vast distances and thick jungles.
People don't shop in black Walmarts because 1) I don't think they much exist, and 2) the white one is much cheaper. (At one point, Walmart had about 13% of all imports from China). [Read more]
I'm pleasantly surprised by some of the reception here. After I had my breakdown, I did alot of reading about psychiatric medication. What I found out was - disturbing.
I read about toddlers literally being given anti-psychotic meds and I started to honestly wonder if the world was rigged against life. It's one thing to be depressed yourself but where I was at - good Lord, man. It seemed like the world itself was in decay. [Read more]