Earlier this year, an itchy rash appeared on my left arm, then my right arm. The appearance of the skin indicated to me that it was an allergy. I had not eaten anything unusual, so was very puzzled what could be causing the reaction.
Then, my doctor placed me on an anti-biotic. The rash went away. Also this year, I’ve had recurring sinus infections more than usual. The rash on my arms reappeared about two weeks ago. It was worse than the first time.
Last week Friday while getting ready to take my second dose of Vitamin D3, I happened to read the ingredients. Mostly, I order vitamins and supplements from a company that advertises no preservatives, artificial coloring, etc. In fact, I’ve ordered from that same company for years and trusted their products. Such it was with Vitamin D3 which I began taking this year.
For those unfamiliar, Vitamin D3 contains vitamin D, calcium which is necessary for the body to process vitamin D, and magnesium.
On the label of the Vitamin D3 was “calcium source; oyster shells”. I am allergic to shellfish! So all year, I’ve been consuming something in the Vitamin D3 that I am allergic to and didn’t know it. It’s been 6 days since I took that brand of Vitamin D3. The rash is clearing. My breathing is no longer shallow. Then I noticed another ingredient in my vitamins. Soy.
That caused me to start researching soy, and I was shocked by what I found. I stopped taking those vitamins that contain soy and since doing so, my sinuses have immensely improved. I began to check the ingredients on other things in my cabinets and refrigerator. A short list of what I discovered contains soy, or soybeans, or soybean oil includes:
Canned tuna in water; Green Giant brand frozen broccoli, including with cheese, and with carrots; Three different brands of salad dressing; Miracle Whip; Worchester Sauce; bread, including hamburger and hot dog buns.
It’s all in the garbage now.
Since part of my reason to learn about soy is to decide on what is best for me as a cancer patient, I began by researching soy and breast cancer. Is soy safe or not? That depends on what you read. The Mayo Clinic says:
“Studies show that eating a moderate amount of soy foods does not increase risk of breast cancer — or other types of cancer. A moderate amount is considered one to two servings a day of whole-soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk and edamame. Soy contains protein, isoflavones and fiber, all thought to provide health benefits.”
“So where did the idea come from that soy increases breast cancer risk? Isoflavones, which are found in soy, are plant estrogens. High levels of estrogen have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. However, food sources of soy don’t contain high enough levels of isoflavones to increase the risk of breast cancer.”
This case brought back memories of Kyle Dinkheller, whose murder also happened in the State of Georgia. It also reminds me of discussions of how law enforcement treats suspects differently and gives reasonable inference that it is due to the color of their skin. How often have we seen videos where law enforcement commands suspects to put their hands on the hood of the car, or lock their hands behind their heads, handcuff and search them before telling them they are under arrest? Has America’s gun culture, stereotypes and bigotry, established that guns are only dangerous if and when on a Black suspect, as opposed to a White suspect?
Two Peach County, Georgia sheriff’s deputies might be alive today had they not given Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr. the benefit of the doubt that he would be arrested peacefully. This is not to blame the sheriff deputies. I can’t honestly say if Peach County Sheriffs treat all suspects in the same manner or not. What I can say is that if law enforcement in other jurisdictions behaved in the same manner, then innocent lives would not have been taken. Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, and Justine Damond, among others, come to mind.
There are too many cases of law enforcement officers being killed by Whites where major media barely makes a whisper and Blue Lives Matter reports a story that omits details about White cop-killers.
I did manage to dig up an article on Blue Lives Matter that mentions the cop-killer in this case. It is dated November 7, 2016. It incorrectly reports that the deputies were “… immediately upon their arrival they were both shot without warning by Elrod.” As the video in this post shows, the deputies were not “immediately” shot upon their arrival. A deputy had a conversation with Elrod and was shot after telling Elrod that he was under arrest. The article also omits what the cop killer did that justified a 911 call.
In another article, Blue Lives Matter says in the headlines that one of the deputies was “ambushed.” While the shooting was unexpected, the cop-killer was standing right in the deputy’s face, arguing with him. Blue Lives Matter could not report what actually happened because in this case, a White man argued with a deputy sheriff, which goes against the stereotype that only Blacks argue with law enforcement.
The following is what happened that led to Ralph Elrod, Jr. killing Peach County, Georgia sheriff’s deputies Patrick Sondron and Daryl Smallwood. Read the rest of this entry
That this was treated as an officer involved shooting shows favoritism and double-standard. She was off-duty and should have been immediately charged the same as any other private citizen who killed a person.
Botham Shem Jean (1991-2018) was an unarmed Black man killed in Dallas, Texas by an off-duty White police officer on September 6th 2018. The officer, Amber Guyger, entered his apartment and shot him dead. She says she thought it was her flat, that he was a burglar.
She says: She came home after working 15 hours and was still in uniform. When she tried to unlock the door it was partly open. She came in, saw a looming figure in the dark and gave “verbal commands”. When the figure did not obey, she shot two times. Only when she turned on the lights did she see that it was not her apartment. (The next-door neighbour did not hear any “verbal commands”.)
He says: …
Jean had a red welcome mat in front of his door – one the few doors with any kind of welcome mat. People who knew him…
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This is difficult for me to write. Occasionally, I’ve written about health issues, such as sinus infections. This time things are more serious.
Last week, my ENT specialist prescribed a different medication for an ear infection that appeared in December and doesn’t want to leave. I picked it up the prescription from the pharmacy and after getting home, began reading the 9 pages; 5 titled “Medicine Information Sheet” and 4 titled “Medication Guide”.
In the third paragraph of the “Medication Guide”, in bold letters it says, “Some of these serious side effects can happen at the same time and could result in death.”
I’ve not started taking this medication and honestly, don’t know if I will. Only, it doesn’t stop there.
Yesterday, I got the frightening news from a diagnostic surgeon that I might have malignant cancer.
Now, out comes the soapbox. I miss the old days when there were neighborhood physicians who took care of mostly everything. Back then there was only hospitalization insurance. Doctor visits costs $20 to $50. If the neighborhood physician decided surgery was needed or tests, he would admit you into the hospital so the insurance would pay for it. All providers would be together, and staff made sure that you received the proper diet and medication on time.
Now, patients might have several doctors. Indeed, I have 6, and if we count the nurses who take vitals and asks questions, that doubles the number of times that I have to repeat the same thing. Shall I add in the physician assistants who I see me more than the actual physicians? Read the rest of this entry
The New York Times has published an an anonymous Op-Ed essay by someone who works inside the Trump administration. An excerpt says;
“From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.”
“Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.”
Based on many observations of his words and actions, it is my opinion that Trump believes he works for himself rather than for the American people. This ideology also applies to his staff; i.e., that his staff works for his interests and not those of this nation.
A disadvantage that Trump has is a lack of communicating with former Presidents. He doesn’t have to talk to them about policies. Truly, the ability to talk to others who have experience in the same position can relieve stress. Along with this, we have witnessed that past presidents do not hold grudges against each other.
Maybe Trump fails to appreciate any of our currently living, former Presidents. My opinion might be different had Trump served in any political capacity on a state or federal level, but he has no experience representing the interests of anyone other than himself. In his business position, there has not been anyone in a position to overrule him.
I remember when Ronald Reagan ran for president. My first question was that as an actor, would he be suited for the job as president? However, at least Reagan had served the people of the State of California as their governor. As an actor, he worked under directors who worked under producers and the directions of studios. It helps when people are disciplined in taking directions from others. Lone rangers appear to lack self-discipline and also have a screwed view of team work, thinking it to mean that all others simply allow them to do what they want. They lack seeing the bigger picture. Read the rest of this entry
Today is Labor Day in America. It’s a time set aside to honor those who work hard every day. This holiday is a day of rest for many workers while some have to be on the job to keep things moving. I am glad to be off myself on the fourth day of my four-day weekend. Here’s to all of you who are working today and every day.
On the second day of deliberations, a Dallas jury found police officer Roy Oliver guilty of murder. Oliver was found not guilty on two aggravated assault charges.
This was one heck of a trial.
Roy Oliver is the former Balch Springs, Texas officer charged with murder and two counts of aggravated battery by a public servant. I first blogged about this case in May 2017 when Roy Oliver was charged for the April 29, 2017 incident. His trial began on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
To summarize, Oliver and his partner were called about an under-aged drinking party. However, no alcohol or drugs were found. While in the house where the party was taking place, gunshots were heard outside. (It was subsequently determined that the shots were unrelated to the party.)
Jordan Edwards, 15 years old, was at the party with friends and relatives. When the police showed up, they decided to leave and went to the car. They were trying to drive away when Oliver and his partner ran outside after hearing the gunshots. Oliver used his service rifle and fired at least 5 shots into the car where Jordan was a passenger. Jordan was shot in the head. Read the rest of this entry
Condolences to the families and best wishes for the full recovery of those injured.
One was a championship-winning video game competitor with a young son. The other was a rising competitive gaming star who was just getting started.
The Jacksonville Sheriff?s Office identified competitive video game players Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 28, as the two victims who passed away when a gunmanopened fire at a live video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. They were known best in the gaming community by their aliases Trueboy and SpotMePlzzzz, respectively.
Police said the suspected shooter was David Katz, a 24-year-old video game competitor from Baltimore, who opened fire at The Landing shopping center in Jacksonville, where players competed in EA Sports?s Madden NFL 19 championship series. The horrific mass…
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As Reported By CNN
(CNN)Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.
McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.The Arizonan warrior politician, who survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.He spent his last few months out of the public eye in his adopted home state of Arizona, reflecting on the meaning of his life and accepting visits from a stream of friends and old political combatants.In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints.
“It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make peace,” McCain wrote. “I’ve lived very well and I’ve been deprived of all comforts. I’ve been as lonely as a person can be and I’ve enjoyed the company of heroes. I’ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation.
On August 12, 2017, DeAndre Harris took part in a counter-protest against the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was physically assaulted by six White Supremacists in a parking garage and suffered extensive injuries, including broken ribs. Photojournalist Zach D. Roberts witnessed the assault.
This is the same rally where James Alex Fields Jr. has been accused of driving a car into counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring others. Fields has been charged by the State of Virginia and with federal charges and is awaiting trial.
Out of the four men arrested for malicious wounding of DeAndre, two have now been convicted and on August 23, 2018, sentenced to prison. A third defendant, Daniel Patrick Borden, has plead guilty and awaits sentencing. Tyler Watkins Davis awaits trial. Read the rest of this entry
Keep in mind that the jury did not acquit Manafort on the 10 other counts but rather, they hung.
In the last few hours it’s been reported than Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and has implicated the president in breaking electoral law.
Most significant amongst the guilty pleas is that of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign, directly implicating the president himself.
Speaking during the hearing, held at a Manhattan court, Mr Cohen said that he had been instructed by ‘a candidate for federal office’, alluding to Mr Trump, who was not named directly during today’s proceedings.
Mr Cohen said that he had acted ‘for the principal purpose of influencing [the] election’.
The president’s former lawyer payed ‘hush money’ to two alleged mistresses of Mr Trump, one of whom is Stormy Daniels, who Mr Cohen previously admitted to paying on the eve of the election in order to win her silence.
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AS REPORTED BY MSN
“Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, made the extraordinary admission in court on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cohen acknowledged the illegal payments while pleading guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and other charges. He told a judge in United States District Court in Manhattan that the payments to the women were made “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”
“I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016, Mr. Cohen said.
The guilty plea and Mr. Cohen’s statements in court represent a pivotal moment in the investigation into the president: a once-loyal aide admitting that he made payments at the behest of Mr. Trump to shield him from politically damaging disclosures.
Mr. Trump’s lawyers have, for months, said privately that they considered Mr. Cohen’s case to be potentially more problematic for the president than the investigation by the special counsel.
But Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said in a statement after Mr. Cohen’s plea, “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen.”
In federal court in Manhattan, Mr. Cohen made the admission about Mr. Trump’s role in the payments to the women — an adult film actress and a former Playboy playmate — as he pleaded guilty to two campaign finance crimes.”
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Okay. I admit. When I first became aware of Mark Ruffalo was in The Avengers. I fell in love with how he played Dr. Banner/The Hulk character. That movie was released in 2012, and I suspected that Ruffalo had to have started his career long before then. Since then, I search for movies On Demand that he appears in.
On my channel line-up is the Indie movie channel. It is showing a movie titled “Blindness” starring Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore. It was released in 2008 and is categorized as a mystery, drama, and sci-fi movie.
Imagine a city where everyone goes blind – citizens, emergency response personnel, police, military, doctors, scientists, politicians, criminals, etc., and you are the only person with eyesight. Because everyone else is blind, they believe that you are too and you don’t tell them otherwise.
This post is going to be longer than I generally write, but I hope it captures your attention and reads fast because the movie Blindness is intensely symbolic.
Wikipedia describes Blindness as;
“Blindness is a 2008 English-language film, an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by Portuguese author José Saramago about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. The film was written by Don McKellar and directed by Fernando Meirelles with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as the main characters. Saramago originally refused to sell the rights for a film adaptation, but the producers were able to acquire it with the condition that the film would be set in an unnamed and unrecognizable city. Blindness premiered as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2008, and the film was released in the United States on October 3, 2008.”
Although I have to address portions of the movie, (spoilers) this is not a movie review, per se. It took me about 2 minutes into the movie to realize that blindness is a metaphor. “Blindness” is about an ineffectual government. Blindness is about how people relate to each other under crisis – or not. Blindness is about disconnection of social structure. Blindness is about people driven by what is just and fair – or not. It’s also about people driven by fear – or not. It’s about placing value on self and others – or not. It’s about the differences between control and power. It’s about self-governance during social collapse.
I’ve only read synopsis about the book “Blindness,” but with art imitating life, I get the impression that Saramago’s written creation is intended as actor Danny Glover describes, “The story deals with something we have to confront, which is our own inability to see what’s going on around us.”
By the time the movie ends, the viewer should understand that there is a difference between “sight,” “seeing,” and “vision”.
None of the characters in this movie have names. The city is unnamed. The year is unknown. What causes the blindness is unknown. How long it lasted is unknown, although we get clues by seeing beards grown, fruit swiveled up, and dead plants, that it lasted over a month.
There are many scenes in this movie that I have not included. Some give more understanding of the personalities of the characters. There is symbolism, such as people rejoicing in the rain as a symbol of baptism into new life. The only person who has eyesight shows her overwhelming emotions as she witnesses the filth and chaos that others cannot see. I was captivated by this film. Read the rest of this entry
I did not watch the Apprentice. In fact, until campaigning in 2016, I barely ever heard the name Donald Trump. I saw him on television touting the “Birther” claims and thought of it as a circus. Barack Obama could have been born in a plane flying over Germany. His mom was still a natural born U.S. Citizen which according to federal law, makes him a United States citizen. In other words, I paid little attention to that nonsense.
Yes, I heard that he owned some casinos and hotels. Not being a New Yorker, I had not heard of Trump Tower until 2016. Back around1998, I knew that Trump attempted to team with Jessie Ventura who was then governor of the State of Minnesota, and that he was considering a run for the presidency. I didn’t pay that much attention.
With the recent news about Omarosa, I didn’t pay it much attention at first. I can’t keep up with the names of the people who have gone through the revolving door of Trump’s administration. What did peek my interest however, were Trump’s recent tweets about Omarosa.
Yes, I find his arrogant and condescending name-calling as signs of immaturity, insecurity, inadequacy, and completely unprofessional. There are people who find Trump’s name calling of Omarosa as an offense to all women. I don’t disagree. What I do see however, is something that goes much deeper. It goes into Trump’s attitude about citizens. Here’s an analogy …
Let’s imagine that parents did not support Trump for president. Their interests in parenting, whether it be custody issues, education, health, nutrition, capture and prosecution of child sex abusers, are all packed under the one category of “parental rights”. Trump wants to try to win parents over to support him. Read the rest of this entry
Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.
By the end of the 1960s she was being called “the Queen of Soul“.
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I saw the video for this case when it first happened, and also read that the Sheriff refused to arrest Michael Drejka because of Florida’s stand your ground law. When I saw the video, it was my impression that the shooter was an elderly man. Maybe it was his posture or the fact that he fell to the ground so easily. It turns out that Drejka was 47-years old on July 19, 2018 when he shot and killed 28-year old Markeis McGlockton.
Here is the video.
Comments were quickly posted on Twitter protesting that Drejka was not arrested. Thinking that an elderly man might be afraid of a younger man pushing him to the ground, I sighed at the thought that he could avoid arrest using stand your ground in his defense. Then, I watched the video again and saw where Markeis’ girlfriend Britany Jacobs, was getting out of the car and Drejka was standing at the car’s door invading her space. I wondered what he said to Britany that provoked Markeis to push him. I sighed again, because Markeis is not alive to tell anyone what he heard and believed that provoked him to push Drejka out of Britany’s face.
Other thoughts came to mind, such as Drejka thinking he was entitled to approach and engage Britany for parking in a handicapped parking space. How is it possible to provoke a confrontation, verbal or physical, then claim self-defense when someone takes action to stop the confrontation?
On August 13, 2018, Michael Drejka was charged with manslaughter. He is currently in jail on a $100k bond and is going to be appointed a public defender. Read the rest of this entry
Hello everyone. There are no words sufficient to express my appreciation for followers, old and new. Will you accept flowers instead?
As most if not all of us know, things are hectic in the United States. Everyday, Trump has said or done something that stresses the masses. Remember to vote. Read the rest of this entry