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In Response to Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Dreams

Recently, a friend who has quite the “celebrity crush” on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as both a world leader AND a heartthrob, shared a video by The Other 98% to her Facebook timeline that looked to balance the view of Mr. Trudeau with details about his desire to build three pipelines in his native land. Given the other details in the video, it was actually a bit unbalanced because it began with a list of positive things about Mr. Trudeau. Of course in recent months his profile has risen quite a bit if only because he’s said a lot of good things in the face of very nasty things being slung about in the political sphere these days. Naturally I dig the dude for his various qualities too. So the video prompted this response from yours truly: We can’t expect world leaders to be perfect. So I would caution against throwing the baby out with the murky bathwater before weighing the negatives against the positives, as I would do most every other human being. …

Lifebook 7 | Empathy Over Apathy

​When it comes to empathy and sympathy, the problem is that many people can’t seem to have either of them until awful shit happens to them as well. Maybe. Too many people are unwilling to make that mental, emotional leap to truly empathize with the unfortunate plight of others. No way we can initiate effective action and change when apathy is so rampant. Empathy needs to prevail over apathy. That starts with us all as individuals if we’re ever going to come together and overcome collectively. — Originally posted on Facebook, 7/7/2016, in response to the current events of two POCs, black males, being fatally shot this week by the police for unjustifiable cause . . . and the general apathy that is displayed by far too many U.S. Citizens.

CURRENT EVENTS: Ben Affleck Cast As Batman/Bruce Wayne

Old news now, but last week the Internet, especially Twitter, nearly went supernova after the announcement of Warner Bros.‘ casting of Ben Affleck (Argo; The Town) for the role of ol’ Batty Boy himself and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne for the upcoming yet untitled Superman/Batman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel; Watchmen), presumably from a script by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises) and production from recent Batman movie franchise writer/director/producer of legend, Christopher Nolan (Inception; The Prestige), who also produced and wrote on this summer’s blockbuster Man of Steel movie featuring the boy scout in blue. There’s also talk of a Justice League film down the line (and Affleck has signed a multi-picture deal), but let’s not get ahead of ourselves on that just yet. This summer’s un-eponymous Superman movie was successful enough (grossing $650 million world-wide) to green-light a sequel, which will effectively be this double-billed Superman/Batman movie scheduled to begin shooting in 2014 with a targeted release date of July 17, 2015. The movie would pit Affleck as the co-star against …

Current Events: Impending Doom

So on Wednesday at Comcast we got informed that in the regional reorganization that our department would be moved up to Michigan in order for the company to save money by centralizing the operations there in one place rather than two. And so our jobs would be permanently terminated at the end of August. That’s two months. As part of the severance deal, we can sign up to stay on an additional two months to help out with the transition. Considering the job market out there in a down economy, this event certanly earns the title “impending doom”.

GUEST BLOG – Wicked Angel: By Definition

Once again, Wicked Angel (Jessi) educates when she writes. What a keen mind this lady has. Her latest posting is another ‘must read’, folks. I’ll just ask that if you’re going to read it, please put your ‘sensible’ caps on. Excerpt: “Again, we aren’t redefining rape in a sense of legal liability. They’re attempting to redefine it to save tax dollars. It’s easy to try to cut costs when the ones who are being affected aren’t a part of your day to day life. Telling a young woman she isn’t eligible for an abortion because she wasn’t brutally assaulted by a stranger but instead was drugged at a party and taken advantage of by someone she just met wouldn’t be a situation that the politicians behind this revision will ever have to go through. I dare a single one of them to take an hour out of their lives and visit a young woman who has been the victim of an assault. To watch as a doctor breaks the news to her that she is, in fact, …