I’m glad that the Florida man who shot a teenager when they got into an argument over the teen’s loud music has been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
I’m also glad to see that I’m not the only one shaking his head at the new boogieman in town, Ebola. While thousands die every day of cancer, malnutrition, heart disease, etc., etc. lets all freak out over something that has killed only one person in this country and even in Africa is responsible for only a very small percent of the deaths occurring there. I never know if I should cry or laugh when people let fears totally control them, especially irrational fears. Probably most are too young to remember the 1950’s when we were convinced by fear mongers and clever marketers to spend all our saving building bomb shelters in our basements and back yards? And billions were spent building such shelters in schools when the money could have been used to actually educate. Those shelters never got used, in case your wondering, except perhaps for teens making out as in the scene from the movie Grease. When a cruse ship has been prevented from docking in two ports because word got out that a health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient was on the ship, we have totally lost all reason.
OK, I know cops have been getting a bad rap lately, and many of them do get carried away and some operate as if their purpose is to keep the rest of us under control rather than protecting us from criminals. But I think the police were right when they blew out the tires and held at gunpoint a couple speeding 30 miles over the speed limit to get the pregnant woman to the hospital. The police had no way of knowing who was in the car. It was up to the people to call the police first and wait until they had a police escort before speeding through town.
Over 60% of Americans now live in states where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s looking more and more like , in not choosing to make a decision, the Supreme Court did make the decision to sit back and watch the barriers fall one by one. What’s really sad is that certain anti-gay organizations ate still convincing many people to send them more money to fight the fags even though it is obvious that fight has been lost.
I haven’t really talked about it on this blog, but since January 10th of this year, I have lost 61 pounds. I didn’t buy any magic fat bonking juice. I didn’t live on cabbage soup and water. Or grapefruit juice. And definitely not a caveman diet so I could live to the ripe old age of twenty-two like they did. I simply cut out all the junk food like cake, cookies, candy, etc. I also greatly reduced the processed foods and switched to mostly organic fruits and vegetables, lean meats (chicken, turkey) and fish. No beef or pork, but that’s more for health than weight control. I also joined a fitness center and started working out three times a week and I am now taking long walks several times a week as well. Not only have I lost weight, but I feel better and I have significantly reduced the drugs I was taking for high blood pressure. At the beginning of the year, I was on two drugs, a primary blood pressure drug and a second one that boosted the effects of the first. By April, I stopped taking the booster. Now, I am only taking a half pill a day of the other drug. I have another twenty to twenty-four pounds to loose, and then I expect to be able to get completely off the drugs. SO do organic foods cost more? No! Not when you include in the calculations how much you will save in medical care.
“Then, set free from the worlds of sense and of intellect, the soul enters into the mysterious obscurity of a holy ignorance, and … loses itself in him who can be neither seen nor apprehended … Then the soul comes to know a special joy: fruition of the touch divine.” ~Dionysius the Areopagite
Futures Without Violence has been working for over thirty years to reduce violence against women and children. Click on the picture to go to their site.