Kobe, mental illness, news

Rest in peace Kobe

I am sad to find out about the helicopter crash that took the life of Kobe Bryant.

R.I.P. to Kobe and his beautiful 13 year old daughter.

R. I. P. also to Coach Altobelli , Keri Altobelli, and their beautiful 13 year old daughter, who also lost their lives in the crash, and to the other victims of the crash.

My thoughts are with the families, friends tonight.  My heart also goes out to the  fellow basketball players, and everyone who was touched by those lives.

The tributes that the various team members, and other NBA players made today, during the games was touching and a real demonstration of humanity and compassion.

 

life, news

World Naked Bike Race Incident

If you have never heard of the World National Bike Ride then join the club. The thought if riding a bike naked somehow does not have any appeal to me whatsoever. There must be something wrong with me …?

So, here is the deal. This is a bike race and you can be naked. Now, you see how I cleared that up for you?

Here is the Wikipedia version. YES!! It is actually in Wikipedia. Holy crap !

“an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”[1]

The dress codemotto is “bare as you dare”.[2] Full or partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory. There is no mandate to cover intimate parts; this is a distinguishing feature of the WNBR against other cycling events.”

Now I am going to ask you to please read that definition again and let me know if you find anything very very silly about what they wrote? 

Go ahead….I will wait.

Did you notice it?… “this is a distinguishing feature of the WNBR against other cycling events.” 

Really ? I thought that all cycling events required nudity ! Shows what I know. 

Now, here is the really interesting part of this post. Now don’t get too excited….or you may be reprimanded..like this man was ….

Apparently this man in London was banned not only banned from the bike ride, but he was also “Spoken to” by the London Police.

The police were quoted by the media as saying,

“We do not accept this behaviour and he was dealt with and removed before the ride started,” organiser Barry Freeman insisted, according to Kent Online.

What was this offensive behavior that caused all the attention and reprimanding, you ask?

Come on…take a guess(and yes I had to resist the temptation to make a pun just then…)

Yep! He got an erection ! 

Now, I am not quite sure how this constitutes “bad behavior” or why the police thought that the thing to do was to call him over and scold him while he stood there butt naked.

Butt really !! (yeah, I went for the butt pun again) It seems almost like cruel and unusual punishment to me. If he was not bothering anyone directly, maybe it was just one of those things (no…not one of THOSE things…) 

Truthfully though, I think they overreacted just a wee bit. (sorry about that one.. it was just to hard to resist)

Here is the post.  It even has butt naked bikers in a large scale photo for your viewing enjoyment! 

Over-excited Man Barred from World Naked Bike Race in England.

In the rider’s defense, although I am not an attorney, I would like to bring the attention of the jury to the rest of the Wikipedia post about this event.

Creative expression is also encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the attention and imagination of the public and media, and make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders.

Case Closed !

life

Woman Dies in Train Accident Shortly before I was Crossing the Bridge Overhead This Evening

My daughter and I decided to go to the church thrift store this evening. It was supposed to be open from 7pm to 9 pm. We drug our feet a bit and ended up leaving a little after 7pm.

On our way to the church, we have to pass over a bridge that overlooks part of the Dover train tracks.  The train in Dover is commonly used for people coming and going to New York City. It also goes to various other train stops in other New Jersey towns.

As we neared the bridge I could see bright red lights. There were a few police cars and emergency vehicles that could be seen as we drove up the hill. As we neared the top, we could see many more that a few emergency vehicles. At a quicl count I was able to identify 3 fire trucks, 2 ambulances and no less than 8 police cars.

There were people who had stopped their cars and had gotten out to look over the bridge to satisfy any morbid curiosity they had. I continued to drive the car over the road and the section that was the bridge.  My daughter recognized that there must have been a bad accident. She thought that the train may have derailed.

I told her that it was possible that the train derailed and we said a prayer for any people who may have been involved. We went on to the thrift store only to find out that the hours had not been updated on the sign. So, we have to go back on Tuesday.

I told my daughter that we could look up the accident when we got home. It would most certainly be on the news. Well I did not see anything at 7:30 when we got back home. I told her that the accident must have just occurred before we had left the house. It was too soon for them to post anything, especially of they were still investigating.

She popped her head into my room a few minutes ago, to ask me if I knew anything yet. I looked it up and this was the article that I found.

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2015/05/woman_fatally_struck_by_train_in_dover.html

Apparently the woman was walking along the train tracks, below the bridge. Everyone who lives on Dover knows that the tracks are live and that the train runs frequently. I am not sure what she was doing walking along the tracks.

The train struck and killed her. My daughter thinks that maybe the woman was trying to commit suicide. I suppose it is possible. Or she could have been one of the many homeless people we have living in Dover and she may have been drinking and not realized the danger.

It is sad and it was kind of creepy that we were getting ready to leave the house while this was happening. My daughter is now waiting for me in her bedroom to let her know what I found out.

I will read the news story with her and find out if she wants to talk about her feelings about it. It is always hard to tell how these things will affect a 12 year old. Hopefully she will not have any trouble sleeping over this.

It is almost time for me to go to sleep for the night. I might put one more good night post before I retire for the evening.

Annie

damn yankees, death, life, news, terminal illness

New cancer Breakthrough and a Story About my Uncle

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Please be advised that this post has to do with cancer and the death of a loved one. If this may be triggering  to you at all, please do not read it. This is not about something that just happened to me or anything like that. If it has any possibility of upsetting you, please skip this post.

New research at Stanford University is promising that they have found a new cancer fighting weapon. They are manufacturing laboratory-engineered antibodies that look work to hunt down and destroy cancers in the body.

The new research is based on the way that our bodies naturally tend to reject organ transplants by identifying the organ as a foreign body and attacking it.

You can read more here. I hope that the governments will be helpful in financing this project. It is hard to say about these things. But here is the link, if you are interested.

A new study has suggested an antibody injection could ‘wipe out cancer’ by rooting out and eradicating both primary tumours and distant metastases, where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.   Daily Mail.com

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3062418/New-injection-wipe-cancer-Antibodies-root-obliterate-tumours-say-scientists.html

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My uncle died of a brain tumor in his 40’s. It was the first death of a close person, that I experienced. In the midst of living in mentally abusive situations, divorces, and being drug from one house to another, my uncle was about the only stable family member that I had.

I was in my 20’s and in college at the time. I was devastated, when he died, even though we all knew it was coming. He originally found out he was sick, when he began having trouble with his vision

 I remember that he went to the eye doctor for blurred vision and the optometrist immediately told my aunt to take him right over to the neurologist. He must have suspected something wrong in his brain.

The neurologist did scans and told my aunt and uncle that my uncle had a malignant brain tumor. It was operable in a way, but the operation was going to cause damage to other parts of the brain,

They decided to do the operation and he ended up with walking and speech problems.  They gave him 6 months to live but he lived for a year and a half. I remember him speaking with me and it was so difficult for him to put his words together.

My grandmother told me that he must love me very much to make the effort to have a conversation with me. Apparently he had not been talking to anyone very much because it was too hard for him.  She was very surprised that he had kept struggling through to talk to me for about 15 minutes.

I remember struggling to keep the tears back as I watched him struggle for his words. The speech center of his brain had been damaged by the surgery.

I still miss him and often wonder what life would be like for me, if he were still around. He would have loved my kids and probably spoiled them. 

My aunt and uncle loved kids but they could not have any. They used to book the entire summer, when their nieces and nephews were off from school.  They had a different kid staying with them, for a couple weeks a piece, all summer. Their house always had a kid or 2 in it. My uncle liked it that way.

My visit was always special to my uncle. I remember him being excited for my visit. He would take my aunt and I to a play or a musical each summer. I saw the musical Damn Yankees with them. I still love that musical. The song “You’ve Gotta Have Heart” still reminds me of my uncle.

Below is the 1958 movie version of the musical Damn Yankees

He knew I loved that song. After the musical, I did nothing but sing that song all week. It was many years later, and my uncle was very sick with the cancer, but he remembered that I loved that song. He mailed me a cassette recording of the songs from Damn Yankees and copied  the lyrics to that particular song for me.

Sometimes when I am feeling discouraged, I still sing that song to myself. I know that it why my uncle sent it to me was his way of still being there for me, since he knew he would not be here.

I also loved the song “Whatever Lola Wants” from that musical. I always thought it was very sexy. I used to sing that one too. I imagine it was funny to my uncle to hear a 12 year old singing that song.

Below  is from the 1958 movie version. Whatever Lola Wants. In this scene Lola, who has been hired by the devil, is trying to lure the main character with her feminine wiles. But he is very devoted to his wife and she is not having any luck, even with her sexiest moves.

The one below is from a Bob Fosse interview about his choreography of the musical.

This cancer article made me think of my uncle. I still think of him from time to time, even though he died when I was about 23 and now I am 49.

I also still remember how exciting it was to see that musical. I had never seen a musical before and I have loved them ever since.

Here is one more great song from the musical.  This is called The Game. The players are discussing all of the things they have to give up during game season. It is a very funny song about how they have to give up women and drinking for the season.

abnormal psychology, health, life, mental health, mental illness

Liebster Award Nominee StreetlightUSA / Awareness of Sex Trafficking is Needed in the US

One of the blogs I nominated for the Liebster award was StreetLightUSA. This is the blog of an organization that helps save the victims of sex trafficking in the US.

You may not realize how prevalent sex trafficking is in the US. It is a subject that is taboo in most circles. People do not want to think about it therefore it simply does not exist in their reality.

The truth is that more than 300,000 children are taken into sex trafficking every year in the United States. You can see the link below and the quote from StreetLightUSA blog. Please take a minute to visit their site and get more informed.

There needs to be more awareness of the reality of this nightmare in our country. My friend Denene Yates in Baltimore works with sex trafficking victims in the city she lives. I will put up a blog about her organization sometime. It is called the Safe House of Hope.

There is a hotline that takes information from anyone who sees any signs of sex trafficking. You can learn more at the  blog about how to identify signs and what to look for and be aware of. The number for reporting anything is  855-435-0900.

There are child victims in every stateThese children are tricked into going with the se traffickers or they are kidnapped. They are then abused and traumatized. All of them are afraid to seek help for fear of retaliation of their abusers , “owners”. in our country. The children in  major cities are at risk and the monsters also victimize children in small towns.

This is not a problem of the lower class. It is not isolated to any particular race or culture. Every class level, color of skin and type of living area is involved.

The children and teenagers are tricked into going with the criminals or they are kidnapped. They are abused and traumatized.

They are afraid to seek help. They fear the retaliation of their “owners”

This is slavery at its darkest and ugliest.

It is difficult to impossible for them to escape without help and support. They are monitored to ensure they are compliant and most of them are drugged as a form of chemical restraint.

These girls en up with mental illness as a result of their abuse. That is if they even survive.

They are abused on every level – physical, sexual, mental and financial. All the money they make goes to the “owners” and they are left barely eating and surviving. They are mentally tortured to the point that they have severe guilt, depression, anxiety and fear for their lives.

If they are saved, the victims need counseling for post traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts.

“About StreetLightUSA

More than 300,000 children are trafficked in the United States each year.* Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault. ** StreetLightUSA is the largest residential center in the country specializing in the care and healing of victims of child sex trafficking and sexual trauma. They combat this injustice through direct care for victims, public awareness, and prevention. Visit our Take Action page to start making a difference. ” quote from streetlightUSA

The following things are needed by anyone who can help.

“You can volunteer to make the lives of victims better once they are rescued, you can donate items the girls need, or you can donate funds to ensure we can continue to serve these child victims.” quote from blog streetlightUSA

Awareness is key to putting a stop to these crimes against our children and against society.

Make no mistake, the sex traffickers are real live monsters. 

They cannot be allowed to continue to victimize girls while society turns its head and does not see.

That is why I chose this site for the Liebster Award. It is my way of trying to generate awareness.

Thank you all for reading this and checking out their blog.

Namaste,

Annie

news, police violence

Police Violence against Civilians and New law against VideoTaping the Police

You have seen many video tapes lately of the police acting in ways that are unconstitutional and a violation of civilian rights. There has been a lot of media coverage as well as internet posts of recordings and video, by people who were witnessing the police using uncalled for violence against an alleged law breaker.

In response to the video tapes, the government is beginning to tighten their reigns on the American people.

A new law was passed in Illinois about recording with video or audio devices any police while on duty. The new law  that went into effect December 4, makes the recording of police arrests, chases, apprehensions or any other interactions a Class 3 felony for the 1st offense and a Class 2 felony for a second offense.

The law can be viewed at the Illinois government web site, link below.

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1342&GAID=12&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=71864&SessionID=85&GA=98

If you view the page, you will need to scroll down about half way until you get to the Eavesdropping Law

Illinois is first. Who knows how many states will follow. What is it that the government is afraid of about the citizens being allowed to videotape the police? Is the violence against the public going to continue or get worse?

Below is a link to the Martin Armstrong blog about this topic.

It is Now a Felony to Tape the Police Abuse in Illinois

God help us all if the police are not accountable to the American people.

california, current events, EARTHQUAKE, news

Earthquake Risk is Higher in California than Ever Before

There is a danger of a severe earthquake to occur in California. I have researched several web sites about the reasons for this.

First of all, there is a major drought in California right now. It is apparently the worst drought they have experienced in over 1200 years.  The drought is affecting the level of the groundwater.

There have been dramatic changes in the  groundwater levels in the southern Central Valley. The groundwater levels  are going down more and more, due to a lack of rain to replenish them. This lack of ground water is changing the amount of  stress on the San Andreas Fault.

On top of that there now is lots of rain falling. After such a long drought , heavy rainfall can create more risk for an earthquake.  The rain is causing flooding. The flooding is likely to result is landslides.

Thirdly, there is a man made potential for hazard called fracking.  That is when they use a huge drill to crack into the earth to get fossil fuel out. The damage to the earth’s crust can be a trigger for an earthquake as well.

All of these factors that are occurring at the same time are dangerous.

The city of San Francisco has warned the owners of  300 buildings to comply with a new city ordinance. This ordinance  is requiring the property owners to  evaluate quake-readiness and take actions that are needed.

Most people are complying with the city. More than  6,000 property owners have taken appropriate action to ensure their buildings are up to code.

Owners have been retrofitting public buildings and infrastructure to withstand intense shaking, and passing laws requiring some property owners to evaluate and upgrade their buildings.

Even with all these measures, the damage from a severe earthquake could be traumatic .

The oil companies should probably rethink their drilling based on the rain on top of the drought. Of course they will not because the money is the most important thing to them. Sad.

Namaste,

Annie