It should come as no surprise to anyone that, over the past 5 years, we have witnessed a raft of police shootings, nationwide, resulting in the death of dozens of unarmed men, women and kids. Albeit that there are white males and an occasional female on the list, the preponderance of these victims are young black men (YBM's). The police and the media would have us believe that these individuals - with emphasis on the YBM's, were all thugs, crime driven individuals, a plague on society and well deserving of the fate handed out to them by well trained, professional police officers, committed to their motto - To Protect and To Serve. This position is undoubtedly not true and subsequent events, as they unfold over time clearly demonstrate the fallacy of the media hype.
The pilgrimage to Santiago started over 1000 years ago. People from all across Europe traveled to Camino de Santiago, Spain, the burial site of Apostle St. James the Great. For more on the history of this magnificent journey, visit the following web site.
Inspired by the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, my wife and I decided to make the trip and we were not disappointed.
As we prepare to face the onslaught of yet another death of a black – (in this instance, a) woman, at the hands of law enforcement officers, the question cries out for a meaningful response – When will this bizarre behavior come to an end. Is this the new normal? But wait, this is not new; it’s reminiscent of times past – a return to the old, if you will.
As we prepare to bury two more victims of violent crime – in this instance they happen to be police officers, we really need to come to grips with the circumstances that continue to perpetuate the cycle of violence. We need to understand that every Action will ultimately bring about (at some point) a Re-action. This is pretty much Standard Stuff; in some cases it is called revenge, in other instances, retribution – and there are numerous other tags, but they all mean the same thing. Having said that, re-actions are invariably never good. They are usually emotionally charged and even after the emotion has subsided, any factual support is all too often totally lacking.
Much like abortion, discussions – sometimes heated, circulating around the death penalty, have been with us for a very long time. Michigan was the first state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason. This was in 1846 – Rhode Island and Wisconsin followed in short order for all crimes; but there was really never a lot of discussion about these States’ decisions.
The following is NOT original material but rather an accumulation of extracts from various sources, including Wikipedia and History.com
In my Post on Global Over- Population, I outlined the general statistics on the ages of the Universe and Earth. I cannot find any concrete references to data on Earth that predates more than a few million years. Yet we know from science that the time elapse of 4.5 billion years did occur. Therefore, the million dollar question is – what transpired over those many, many years. The predicament we potentially face, as we come to grips with a population growth that is set to outstrip Earth’s ability to sustain that many people, has given rise to some speculation on my part – and I stress speculation because that’s all this is. Nonetheless, kick it around and see if there’s any shred of possibility buried in there, somewhere.
Mother Earth is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old, residing within the boundaries of a Universe that has been in existence for more than 16 billion years. Most people simply cannot relate to the magnitude of these numbers, however, one thing is clear – IT’S A LOT. Archaeologists, over the years, have dug up skeletal material – animals and even some humanoids, that have been carbon dated back 1 – 2 million years, in some instances. And even the oldest discoveries of anything – rocks, minerals, etc do not exceed 10 million years. This means that the discovery time period from which we work is less than 2/10th of 1% of the age of the earth.
Outlined below is a communication I shared with an “old” aquaintant from High School. We had not communicated in over 40 years but due to the miracle of FaceBook, there he was. However, it did not take long for me to realize that although we went to the same High School in Kingston, Jamaica, we were diametrically positioned on opposite sides of the political platform. The communication below has been edited to remove any personal references to this person but a recent encounter brought this piece back into view – thought I’d share it; thoughs and comments are always welcome.
On August 14th, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a TIME magazine article on race relations in America, entitled – The coming race war will not be about race. He used the current situation in Ferguson as a back drop. The article was impressive – well researched and clearly presented. So, rather than recap his dialogue in my words, I’ve attached the site address and suggest that you take a few minutes to read it thru.