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#BlackLivesMatter: May The Kids Who Die Rest In Peace

On the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s murder, we say you are never forgotten and may you rest in peace, you beautiful soul.

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Thank you, PrettyFoot58


106 Responses to “#BlackLivesMatter: May The Kids Who Die Rest In Peace”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

  2. August 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you for the remembrance of Michael Brown, NW!

  3. August 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I’m going to repost items stuck in moderation at the bottom of the previous thread … one tweet at a time … and, let me once again offer a good morning, afternoon, evening to the global TOD community as that message is also resting in limbo 🙂

    Let’s begin with my early morning greetings to Senator Reid ….

  4. 10 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  5. August 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Next, my morning greetings to Senator Saunders …. I hope he truly ponders it …

    After digesting the #BlackLivesMatter total FAIL by Senator Saunders it became obvious to me what his core problem is ….

    Thank you pf58 for sharing the video!

  6. August 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Hope everyone is expressing their thanks to a real Senate Leader ….

  7. August 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    YUP!

  8. August 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Very interesting and I’m impressed with Laura’s memory …

  9. August 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  10. August 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  11. 22 sjterrid
    August 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you NW and PrettyFoot for highlighting this powerful tribute.

  12. August 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Thank You..Nerdy Wonka for all that you do…for all that you do…

    thank you for highlighting this video….

    it fills my heart with sorrow….but my spirit is gladden that …We Shall Overcome….is now…We Will Win….

    The struggle continuessssss

  13. August 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    ‘Dan Buettner and I were off to a good start. He approved of coffee. “It’s one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in the American diet,” he said with chipper confidence, folding up his black Brompton bike. As we walked through Greenwich Village, looking for a decent shot of joe to fuel an afternoon of shopping and cooking and talking about the enigma of longevity, he pointed out that the men and women of Icaria, a Greek island in the middle of the Aegean Sea, regularly slurp down two or three muddy cups a day. This came as delightful news to me. Icaria has a key role in Mr. Buettner’s latest book, “The Blue Zones Solution,” which takes a deep dive into five places around the world where people have a beguiling habit of forgetting to die. In Icaria they stand a decent chance of living to see 100. Without coffee, I don’t see much point in making it to 50.

    The purpose of our rendezvous was to see whether the insights of a longevity specialist like Mr. Buettner could be applied to the life of a food-obsessed writer in New York, a man whose occupational hazards happen to include chicken wings, cheeseburgers, martinis and marathon tasting menus. Covering the world of gastronomy and mixology during the era of David Chang (career-defining dish: those Momofuku pork-belly buns) and April Bloomfield (career-defining dish: the lamb burger at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room) does not exactly feel like an enterprise that’s adding extra years to my life — or to my liver. And the recent deaths (even if accidental) of men in my exact demographic — the food writer Joshua Ozersky, the tech entrepreneur Dave Goldberg — had put me in a mortality-anxious frame of mind. With my own half-century mark eerily visible on the horizon, could Mr. Buettner, who has spent the last 10 years unlocking the mysteries of longevity, offer me a midcourse correction..continued’

  14. August 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  15. August 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    ‘Whether it is fuel savings, safer commutes or freed-up time behind the wheel, motorists have many reasons to embrace self-driving cars. But another group is just as eager to see these vehicles on the road: politicians. Lawmakers from California, Texas and Virginia are wooing the autonomous-car industry, along with the jobs and tax revenue that come with it. They are financing research centers, building fake suburbs for testing the cars and, perhaps most important, going light on regulation, all in an effort to attract a rapidly growing industry. The prize: a piece of the estimated $20 billion automakers and other companies will spend globally on development over the next five years, according to an analysis by Gartner. “The first thing is, don’t do anything to discourage,” said Richard M. Biter, assistant transportation secretary in Florida, which is among the states chasing the nascent industry. “It’s like the Hippocratic oath.” Virginia, for example, is trying to attract carmakers with its clogged highways.

    In June, the state designated 70 miles of roads in Northern Virginia for autonomous-car testing. The roads run from hilly to flat and congested to clear, giving carmakers a variety of conditions for testing. “If we are able to help companies by facilitating the process for them, we’re going to help bring business to the state,” said Myra Blanco, director of the Center for Automated Vehicle Systems at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. Opened in 2013, the center is funded by state and federal agencies and private companies. Ms. Blanco said her lab would help auto manufacturers run experiments and analyze data, along with taking care of licensing and insurance issues. Michigan, sensing a potential threat to its traditional leadership position in the auto industry, is taking no chances. In July, officials unveiled a 32-acre testing ground in Ann Arbor specifically for researching self-driving cars — a mock suburb with asphalt and gravel roads lined by brick and glass building facades, where self-driving cars could be tested away from pedestrians. The state spent $6 million to build the site, with an additional $4 million coming from private companies..continued’

    • 29 sjterrid
      August 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      I’m not so sure this is a good thing! Yes, we need to invest in research and development, but i’m not so sure it’s good that they want no regulations. Look at the accidents that happen with texting and talking on cell phones while driving and GPS isn’t always correct.

      • August 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        This is a long term project…20 billion over the next 5 years…I mean…they are building fake cities in conjunction with University researchers…quite frankly if this is the future… better U.S. Auto gets ahead of the curve. Just found the whole concept very interesting….time will tell 🙂

  16. August 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Atlas to Reflect Shrinking Ice: While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps.

    ‘Unveiling his most aggressive plan yet to combat climate change, President Obama on Monday referenced recent dramatic changes that National Geographic made to its atlas because of melting sea ice. “Shrinking ice caps forced National Geographic to make the biggest change in its atlas since the Soviet Union broke apart,” Obama said during a speech at the White House. He’s right. The shrinking of the Arctic ice sheet in the 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history. After the publication of the atlas in September 2014, the ice has melted even further, notes National Geographic Geographer Juan José Valdés. “The end of Arctic summer is still several weeks away, and it’s still too early to say if another record will be broken. But one need only look at the maps derived from satellite imagery to see the impact of global warming,” he says. Obama on Monday released the final rule of his so-called Clean Power Plan, which aims to address climate change by reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

    As the ocean heats up due to global warming, Arctic sea ice has been locked in a downward spiral. Since the late 1970s, the ice has retreated by 12 percent per decade, worsening after 2007, according to NASA. May 2014 represented the third lowest extent of sea ice during that month in the satellite record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Ice loss is accelerated in the Arctic because of a phenomenon known as the feedback loop: Thin ice is less reflective than thick ice, allowing more sunlight to be absorbed by the ocean, which in turn weakens the ice and warms the ocean even more, NASA says. Because thinner ice is flatter, it allows melt ponds to accumulate on the surface, reducing the reflectiveness of the ice and absorbing more heat. (See pictures of our melting world in National Geographic magazine.)
    “You hear reports all the time in the media about this,” Valdés said. “Until you have a hard-copy map in your hand, the message doesn’t really hit home…continued’

  17. August 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Peshmerga, YPG liberation of Kobani …

  18. August 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    25 days till kickoff…but who’s counting 😕

  19. 38 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    In case you think I’m falling down on the job…. 😉

  20. 44 bluemoon
    August 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    To all: I am fully behind the #Blacklivesmatter movement, but i am starting to question their real motives, really who is really behind them. I ask because i really don’t understand why they’ll continue to disrupt Bernie Sanders rally and do nothing at Hillary ones. I mean the record shows that the clinton administration was far worse on implementing policies that have affected the black community in a bad way. It just looks like some divide and conquer going on right now. Anyway, i’m willing to listen to what you guys think…

    • 45 vcprezofan2
      August 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      [What I think is all over the board, so I’m sharing two bits of info that may help you formulate your thoughts.]

      A possible answer to the ‘why Berbie’ part of your comment maybe?

      An article that addresses the ‘real motives’ of BLM?

      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/09/ferguson-civil-rights-movement-deray-mckesson-protest?CMP=edit_2221

    • 48 Nena20409
      August 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      To Protest is to Disrupt.
      To Agitate. To Engage peacefully while Creating Conscious Chaos.
      To Passively use Tactical Maneuvers in Order to Attract Attention to a Particular Cause.
      It’s called Civil Disobedience.
      Those doing it……..are not Necessarily Looking for Love, Acceptance, Tolerance or Awards.
      They are Seeking to CHANGE the Status Quo.
      No Change is possible without Disturbances, especially in Race Relations, Voting, Governing, Civil Rights, etc

    • 50 purpleshoesla
      August 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      From the previous post, Al Giordano’s commentary, see the 3rd paragraph:

      Bernie handled it badly again today. He left the stage and went shaking hands among the white people in the crowd. He told a reporter that the protesters “don’t want to listen to anything.” Just like in Phoenix, he ran.

      Contrast that with how Martin O’Malley handled the Black Lives Matter protest in Phoenix. He shut up, sat down, listened, listened a lot more, went throughout the conference all damn day seeking to listen to people of color who would talk with him. And since then he has put out the most progressive and detailed policy proposals on controlling police violence, prison and criminal justice reform and related matters. You don’t see people protesting at his rallies. They probably will soon enough, but he’ll know how to respond, unlike your guy.

      And sure, Hillary Clinton doesn’t have public rallies. She gives out tickets to her events. Nobody can get near her. But that doesn’t mean Black Lives Matter has a double standard. That moment of reckoning with Clinton will come, too, during the course of this campaign. She, in particular, needs to answer for things she’s done over the years just like Bernie has to answer for voting against immigration reform and for the 1994 crime bill. That’s what candidates have to do in a democracy. It’s a lot harder work than calling big rallies and giving long speeches to adoring fans.

      https://www.tsu.co/AlGiordano/75250428

    • 53 Don
      August 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Bluemoon, you can’t say you’re fully behind the #Blacklivesmattter movement in one sentence, and the next sentence you question their motives and question who is really behind them. Bernie supporters constantly remind black people that he marched with MLK, as if marching with King absolves Bernie from being questioned about his policies that will affect the AA community. I don’t remember President Obama getting beside himself when he got heckled. Why is it okay to heckle President Obama but not Bernie Sanders? I’m surprised Bernie’s supporters don’t have nothing to say about him voting against the closing of Gitmo, oh that’s right he marched with MLk so never mind. As far as your concern about the Clinton Administration not facing scrutiny from the AA community, trust me, Team Clinton knows full well that storm is coming. With all due respect, I think Bernie Sanders supporters need to grow a thicker skin, this isn’t a beauty contest this is an election that will determine the next leader of the free world.

      • 55 bluemoon
        August 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm

        Don,
        i completely agree with everything you said. I just thought it was odd that Bernie Sanders was the only one targeted, that’s all. I agree with you that He (bernie) has not reacted well to being confronted by the activists, it took a defensive mindset and tried to lecture them about marching with MLK, that was ill advised. I just felt that maybe the movement itself #Blacklivesmatter has morphed into a clinton proxy that was being used to undermine Bernie Sanders, i just hope they’ll go at Hillary clinton the same way.

    • August 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Hi bluemoon,

      Several of your fellow TODers have offered their insights and various contextual resources.

      Please let us know your thoughts. Dialogue is an inherently iterative process. TY

  21. August 9, 2015 at 2:13 pm

  22. 60 JER
    August 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  23. 61 amk for obama
    August 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    back home. love that donald dreck is still imploding the gop from within.

  24. 65 amk for obama
    August 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    gunnite.

  25. 66 amk for obama
    August 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    ok. last one.

  26. 67 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm

  27. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    August 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I have read some of the comments from Bernie’s supporters that are directed at #BLM …., some of that stuff makes my head spin;

    I think that now would be a great time for me to step away from social media for a while and work on my paper – otherwise, I don’t trust myself with responding and hitting send

  28. 70 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    In_deed

  29. 71 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  30. 75 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    BWD was asking about Sen Cory Booker. he was on This Week on ABC.
    He talked about Voting Rights……….I don’t believe he stated his position on the #IranDeal.

    • 76 sjterrid
      August 9, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Nena, Sen Cory Booker has been very strong in fighting for voting rights and for fairer sentencing reform in the criminal justice system.

  31. 77 desertflower
    August 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Calculate life expectancy in accordance with your habits… From the link that LP provided @23….I feel pretty good about myself and have a fairly healthy lifestyle….yahoo:)

    http://apps.bluezones.com/vitality/

    • 78 Don
      August 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hopefully when I die it will be immediately after a juicy sixteen ounce prime rib medium well and a glass of wine. No, I’m not interested in dying after a walk on the beach followed by a beautiful sunset.

    • 82 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      August 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      GOOD LATE AFTERNOON TOD FAMILY…HOPE EVERYONE HAS HAD AN AWESOME SUNDAY…LIFE EXPECTANCY?…..DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THAT…THIS EARTH IS NOT MY HOME SO I’M NOT GOING TO COUNT THE RUNGS ON MY HAND LIKE A TREE!…VERY STRANGE DAY AT CHURCH TODAY…I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD START WEARING GARLIC OR DRESS IN BLACK AND WEAR A TED CRUZ MASK…MUST BE DONALD TRUMP DISEASE!…YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW FOLKS!

  32. 83 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    • August 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      bbl ….

    • 85 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      August 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      NOONE BUT GOD CAN PREVENT A COUNTRY FROM BOMBING ANOTHER…BUT ATTEMPTS AT DIPLOMACY ARE TO BE ADMIRED RATHER THAN THE WARHAWK SLEDGEHAMMER EXPERIENCE OF SACRIFICING EVERYONE ELSE’S SON OR DAUGHTER BUT YOUR OWN. WHETHER THEY REALIZE IT OR NOT…THE REPUGNANTS IN A WAR WITH IRAN WOULD HAVE TO EXERCISE THE DRAFT…OUR VOLUNTEER MILITARY HAS PRETTY MUCH RUN ITS COURSE. YOU CAN’T BOMB EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY YOU DISAGREE WITH…HOWEVER…YOU CAN PRAY FOR PEACE AND AN AWAKENING OF HEARTS…I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PRESIDENT…I’M TAKING HIS ROUTE…WHEN CONGRESSMEN START SENDING THEIR OWN TO WAR…THERE WILL BE AN ABOUT FACE IN THE BULLY WITH THE BOMB TACTIC!

  33. August 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    uh huh

    uh huh

    ……………..

    Sam Brownback’s brother accused of terrorizing rural neighbors

    Parker farmer plays with fire, leans on family ties to suffocate criticism

    Posted: August 8, 2015 – 10:32pm

    The Topeka Capital-Journal devoted months to reporting this story about allegations of misconduct related to a lengthy conflict involving one of Gov. Sam Brownback’s brothers in rural Linn County.

    The Capital-Journal reviewed court records, law enforcement reports and other documents. Dozens of people were interviewed. Close neighbors contend Jim Brownback trafficked in political and social influence of the Brownback family, specifically the governor, to elude accountability for potentially illegal conduct. Jim Brownback disputed that claim while Gov. Brownback declined comment.

    Prestige of the Brownback family or fear of retaliation by Jim Brownback dissuaded some people from participating in on-the-record interviews. Others openly discussed why the controversy shined a light on how integrity of the justice system could be compromised.

    http://cjonline.com/news/2015-08-08/sam-brownbacks-brother-accused-terrorizing-rural-neighbors

  34. August 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I could respect Chuck Schumer decision if I thought he seriously look at the pros and cons, and made a honest decision as to what he thought. But Schumer had his mind made up from the start. Whatever Netanyahu wanted is what Schumer wanted.

    • 88 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      August 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      AN ATTEMPT AT AN AGREEMENT IS ALOT BETTER THAN BATTING…0………………….AND THE ONLY REASON FOR THESE REBUTTALS IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS STILL PRESIDENT…I AM SO TIRED OF THESES IGNORANT, ARROGANT FOOLS…SOMEBODY PASS THE BIBS AND HIGHCHAIRS!

      • 89 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        August 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        THIS HAS BEEN THE SAME BATTLE SINCE 2008….SAME PRESIDENT…HE’S STILL THE SAME COLOR…INTELLIGENT AND GRACEFUL…AND THEY DON’T LIKE IT!…THEY DESERVE SOMEONE LIKE THE DONALD…ANYONE WHO’S BRAIN IS AT SEWER CAP LEVEL BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT GRADUATED IN THIS COUNTRY….PBO CARRIES GOD’S PEACE BECAUSE HE STILL LIKES HIS JOB!…THE FACT THAT HE STILL LIKES HIS JOB TRULY AMAZES ME!

    • 94 Nena20409
      August 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm

  35. 95 tnmtngirl
    August 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Just saw on Facebook that BS drew 15,000 at the UW. Anyway that can be fact-checked?

  36. August 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm

  37. August 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  38. 98 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Interesting reading, and it fits into the topic under discussion! Check it out

    The Progressive Divide

    // ……………………………….

    It’s not just coincidental that Bernie Sanders has run into confrontations with #blacklivesmatter during his visits to the West Coast in Arizona and Washington. There is a culture there with a long memory, and I think it’s critical to understanding why we’re seeing these tactics used by #blacklivesmatter against a white progressive candidate for the presidency.

    Begin with the fact that this fight against police violence is a civil rights movement. It doesn’t have a calendar tied to the 2016 presidential election. It’s a fight that has been going on in some organized form at least since the formation of the Panthers in 1966. It doesn’t care if Ronald Reagan or Jerry Brown are the governor or the president or the governor again. Talk to almost any #blacklivesmatter supporter and they’ll tell you that they don’t really care about who wins the Democratic primary or how their movement might impact the general election, except insofar as their cause is advanced and the candidates are compelled to acknowledge and provide plans to redress their grievances.

    Given the history of this civil rights movement, it’s naive and basically foolhardy to argue that white progressives are allies. It was a complete inability of the white political structure of the East Bay to confront the Oakland police department that began the movement in the first place.

    So, one level of miscommunication here is simple and straightforward. Supporters of Bernie Sanders are focused primarily on Bernie Sanders as a political candidate in a specific contest that is tied to a specific calendar and that has goals that are tied first to Sanders winning that contest and secondarily (as a fallback position) to preventing the Republicans from winning it. They tend to view everything through these filters and get frustrated when they perceive that #blacklivesmatter does not share their goals or care about potentially undermining them.

    Another level of miscommunication arises because supporters of Bernie Sanders perceive their champion as being excellent on the issues that blacks are supposed to care about, and they see themselves as allies of the black community. They certainly do not see themselves as adversaries or among the first dozen groups worthy of being the focus of protest and disruption. But, in the East Bay, at least, it was the liberal establishment, not rabid segregationists from Alabama, who failed the black community and this failure spurred the organized fight against police brutality. If you want to know why it’s so easy to find anti-white-progressive vitriol coming from black organizers on Twitter, for example, it’s because there has never been a sense of common cause or trust on this issue, going back to the very beginning.

    Now, I have some problems with Al Giordano’s take on this, primarily because he’s using “white progressive” almost as an epithet and painting with such a broad brush. Just because a segment of the white progressive movement has antagonized the black progressive community with their treatment of President Obama does not mean that it’s fair to characterize all or even most white progressives that way. So, I think Giordano needs to dial it back and reduce the polarizing effect of what he’s arguing. Having said that, the antagonism and lingering bad feelings are real:

    …………………………… //

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2015/8/9/115712/4651

    • August 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      yeahhhh…let BS….alone….let him build an all white movement….i am tired of him and his people

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        August 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

        Truthfully, I don’t really care about BS – he has nothing to offer the US of A as a nation, IMO. I’m reading around the subject to try to better understand BLM, and I thought Booman’s description of the movement seems in sync with some of the tweets etc I’ve read from BLM participants. In particular this part:-

        “Begin with the fact that this fight against police violence is a civil rights movement. It doesn’t have a calendar tied to the 2016 presidential election. It’s a fight that has been going on in some organized form at least since the formation of the Panthers in 1966. It doesn’t care if Ronald Reagan or Jerry Brown are the governor or the president or the governor again. Talk to almost any #blacklivesmatter supporter and they’ll tell you that they don’t really care about who wins the Democratic primary or how their movement might impact the general election, except insofar as their cause is advanced and the candidates are compelled to acknowledge and provide plans to redress their grievances.”

  39. August 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I posted this on my face book page this morning:

    These days Jeanette and I are doing childcare a full two days a week for our three grandchildren, four year old Matilda, and the five month old twins, Lucia and Paul. As I watch them grow and go through developmental stages I am reminded of how important it is for human beings to learn ways to calm their mind and emotions in order to react constructively with others in this world. That process starts early. And there are too many examples of human beings not learning that important skill with sad and tragic consequences both as individuals and nations.

    The great spiritual leaders of our time and before, like Bishop Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and Pope Francis speak of the essential value of learning to resolve conflict with our enemies in a peaceful way so that we can live in the fruits of peace and true security. The prophet Micah says that there is no security unless all are secure. It begins with feeling secure and safe within ourselves with calm and stable thoughts and emotions.
    We are at a critical juncture in our nation where a debate rages between choosing the present opportunity of resolving conflict with Iran, birthplace of a 6,000 year old ancient and advanced civilization, a nation declared by many to be an enemy. We have the opportunity- now sanctioned and authorized by a vote of the United Nations Security Council as international law- to choose diplomacy with international enforcement or unilateral war with Iran, another Middle East War with boundless catastrophic consequences. This should be an easy choice. However, we have a faction in our country that has made a policy choice of regime change through war,and will accept no peaceful agreement that allows that govt. to stay in power. Led by a foreign govt,, funded by sympathetic billionaires Congress may likely vote disapproval of diplomacy and international law (although it is unlikely there are the votes to overcome a veto). What is needed is rational and constructive thinking and intention. Contrary to media reports, Congress does not have the authority to block this international law from implementation(see article below), but it can make impediments for implementation that will only harm the United States and US businesses.

    Now is an important time especially here in Oregon as one of our senators, Ron Wyden, under the influence of a foreign govt. and its agent here in the US, is reported to be leaning toward a war decision. It is important that he hear from Oregonians as I write. Once before Senator Wyden made a rational decision to not support the war in Iraq. I am hoping he will do likewise in this case.

    Those of you who know me, know that I have a life commitment to a strong meditation practice, because for me it has been the way of inner peace, harmony of mind and emotion, and healing of the soul. It is this spiritual commitment that leads me to talk to my Facebook friends, in a not customary fashion, about a vital policy decision facing our country. To make a decision to turn our backs on an internationally supported decision for diplomacy with enforcement to make a decision of a path towards war, a plan overwhelmingly supported by the scientific and weapons control community, which will actually harm our our stated policy objective of preventing nuclear proliferation, would be tragic and lead to tragic consequences for generations to come, a decision that affect even these little grandchildren of ours. Deliberate unilateral decision to deny the opportunity of peaceful resolution and choose a war of regime change is evil and destructive. It is a choice our Congress will vote on in Sept. just a few weeks. I am posting this for your own reflection and discernment, and not to invite a debate on this site.

    • August 9, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Can’t thank you enough, Bill R, for sharing your reflections and insights. Am also delighted you are having the opportunity to participate in the early development of your grandchildren. They will be ever graced for the care you and your wife are lovingly giving to them.

    • August 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Beautifully put, Bill R! Since his second marriage, Wyden has become more of a New Yorker than an Oregonian.

  40. 104 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I am still looking for the Full Interview.

  41. August 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    By the way…Have we heard anything from Senator Bernie sanders regarding foreign policy…I mean that also is an important part of being PRESIDENT don’t you think????
    Yeah, good ole Bernie…NOT!!!!!


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