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Gordon Hayward’s devastating leg injury shocks the Sports World   Leave a comment

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Dwayne Wade’s expression perfectly describes the shock and horror everyone unfortunate enough to see it felt and probably still feels almost 24 hours later. It was NASTY.  For that reason, I won’t embed the footage. If you want see it, here is the link. The injury happens at the very beginning of the video. That sound you hear when Hayward lands is his left Tibia breaking. In the next moment, everyone is shocked into silence at what they are looking at.

I’ve seen footage of basketball injuries. I always look at the reactions to it by those witnessed it. Paul George’s was pretty shocking even though it technically happened during the offseason. Kevin Ware’s was GRAPHIC and even caused some of the opposing players to vomit or cry in horror at the sight of the injury. Hayward, on the other hand…you could tell everyone FELT it and that’s what made it so devastating. I am pretty sure that if the game was cancelled right there, most would have been relieved. That’s how bad it was.

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This brings me to the obvious question I have seen get asked on ESPN all day: Does the injury deny them a return to the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland?

Not necessarily.

Make no mistake Hayward WILL be missed. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Celtics have no chance of making it back to the ECF this year. It will just be more of a challenge. We all saw what happened when Isaiah Thomas got hurt last year: Next Man Up. Marcus Smart will start for Hayward from now on as well.

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…As the Celtics have their home opener tonight, there is talk Gordon Hayward could recover in time to play as soon as after the All Star Game. It obviously wasn’t a life-threatening or career-ending injury. Just a horrible freak accident. Even so, you can’t help but feel for him and his family.

He will be back. Of that you can be certain.

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I’m at 7 Blogs. Might be time to make some more   Leave a comment

Right now, I have a blog post for every day of the week ^_^

Even so, I’m thinking of making at least 3 more before my next birthday:

  1. MBTA Points of Interest: As a personal pet project I will write reviews for Bus, Train and Commuter Rail stations and stops in the Greater Boston Area. I will also provide news and updates related to the MBTA.
  2. Helping Those Who Need It: Unfortunately, this will likely be a controversial blog given the political climate in the U.S. I plan to bring attention causes and persons who are in need of support of some kind, usually Financially or Housing. When I say Financially that can be anything from funds (obviously) to Employment. I view it as giving s helping hand, not a handout. This is why I want to make a dedicated blog for this topic.
  3.  Confidence in the Kitchen: Another personal pet project. I am going to share my cooking skills through the blog, mostly using pictures since I move around too much to record video. I will also post reviews for different foods and restaurants where I have eaten. Should be fun!

 

Those are the three I’m thinking of. I made sure I went with topics not already covered in one of my other blogs. For example movie reviews. I do that in this blog already. Same with sports news.

I will roll out all 3 new blogs before my next birthday, which is March 30. I will of course announce here when the new blogs go live. This will be the first time since I made my Fictionpress and Fan Fiction blogs that I will be rollinng out more than one blog at once. I make it look easy but it’s definitely not. LOL.

If you’re in the U.S. and don’t have a passport, you should get one and here’s why   Leave a comment

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…Fair warning: This does have to do with politics.

A recent straw poll done revealed less than half of Americans have a Passport. I myself am one of those who don’t have an active Passport but I plan to change that as soon as I can. For the first time, the United Nations issued a travel advisory earlier this year for people to avoid certain parts of the U.S. due to politics mostly.

I won’t mince words: The political climate in Boston is volatile. It is simply because to many, “things aren’t that bad” or ” things don’t have to be” as far as they care. By “doesn’t have to be” they mean “Just shut up, stop whining, keep your head down and follow the rules. You have no idea how lucky you are to live in The greatest country in the world”.

I say this because ever since last year’s election, the biggots and racists who hid in the shadows have come out in force. They’re not just saying “Go back to Africa/Mexico!” to Blacks and Hispanics. They’re now saying “If you don’t like it here, go somewhere else!” to other Whites. Madness, I know.

Which brings me to this video I recorded yesterday:

…It really is something else.

The funny thing about the whole “Go back to Africa!” thing: They keep saying it to blacks WHO WERE BORN IN THE U.S. LOL. So, yeah. Of course, the comment is racially intended. There are many Black Americans who don’t even know most of Africa isn’t as “backwater” as they might think it is and definitely not with all the American money being poured into it over the last 30 years alone.

Anywho my point is it might not be such a bad idea to at least open yourself to the idea of living abroad. You can live outside the U.S. and retain your citizenship. There are lots of countries in which you can have a fairly smooth transition. Obviously some planning would still be necessary. This is something I have been thinking about since 2009 personally believe it or not.

If I were to pick a country to live in either short-term or long-term–or even permanently–here’s my Top 5:

 

  1. The Philippines: A former U.S. Territory, English is one of the official languages. The country has alot of untapped potential for anyone willing to invest in it. This is my top choice simply because I would be able to make a new life for myself here and not think about what I leave behind in the U.S.
  2. Liberia: I have recently started talking to someone currently living in Liberia. Based on what I am hearing, there is ALOT of promise and of reasons to invest in this country’s future. It could become a much-needed powerhouse in the region in a few years.
  3. Canada: Goes without saying I technically don’t need a passport to go here. Toronto is 500 miles from Boston. There is already a mass migration of Americans crossing into Canada, after all. The political climate is certainly more stable than the U.S.
  4. Japan: Ah, the Anime Capital of the World. Probably not live permanently but I definitely would love to spend some time here. If not mainland Japan then one of islands far to the south.
  5. American Samoa: It has the same status as Puerto Rico but is in the Pacific Ocean. There wouldn’t be a language barrier either.

…Those are it. All of them are democratic countries or territories as well.

The way I see it, there are too many Americans who are ignorant of what is going on outside the U.S. They simply go by what they see on the evening news and assume that’s it. My point is there’s no harm in traveling. I certainly plan to once I am able to afford it. LOL.

On a more serious note, if you wait until things are dangerous for  you to try to travel then you waited too long.

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My Fellow Americans: If you don’t have one already, make a blog and use your voice!   Leave a comment

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…Here are ten Free Blogging Platforms. Obviously you’re reading this on one of them: WordPress. I have a Tumblr, Live Journal and Xanga account as well. I am challenging my fellow Americans who don’t already to make a blog of their own and use their voice. For this reason, I am offering to help people start their own blog free of charge.

We have reached a point as a society where Mainstream Media has begun to reassert themselves as “The most trustworthy source of information” even when what they report and comment on is not only intentionally inaccurate to create buzz but is oftentimes biased. CNN in particular feels so threatened by Social Media they take every opportunity they can to discredit it. THEY and the Washington Post alone have been pushing hard to make the case Social Media is the source of “Fake News” and that “Only reliable sources can be trusted”. CNN has proven over and over again it can’t be trusted so…yeah.

Ben Franklyn once said “The only people who should have freedom of the press are those who have their own press.” Today, that’s having your own blog.  Mainstream Media doesn’t want anyone outside their industry to share news BECAUSE platforms like WordPress are a threat to them. That’s the reason at the end of the day.

There are two other reasons I am calling on everyone to start blogging: The first is your voice matters. Some of you are dealing with tough times. Some of you are tired of the negativity they see on the evening news every day. Some of you want to make a difference. You can do all of these things if you have your own blog. Some of you know this but Serene Adventure.net was a real website I ran from 2003 to 2011.  A year after I shut down my website for good, I found WordPress purely by accident.

This blog was born.

That was when I realized I had found the type of platform that would be most effective for me to do all the things I wanted to do with my website. I could have my cake and eat it too ^_^

The other reason to start blogging: Anyone can do it. Literally anyone. No experience required.

I want to end this blog on one more point and this is regardless of your politics: America is most knew it has changed dramatically and very quickly since 9/11. That’s a fact. It’s all the more reason today than 2004 for people to express themselves while they are still able to do so. When Bush 43 was in the White House, the Dems expressed concerns about minoritiy groups’ rights in this country but did nothing to help. When Obama was in the White House, the GOP and Conservatives expressed concerns over their way of life being ignored and infringed upon but did nothing meaningful other than voice differences of opinion. With #45, most Dems and Republicans have voiced their displeasure of the current administration.

The thing about America that Americans both love and hate is everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Think about that.

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Eminem FLAYS Donald Trump in 5-minute Freestyle   Leave a comment

Here is the video so many are talking about:

And here are my thoughts on it:

…You can be sure this is FAR from over. LOL.

The video was done last week but its release was delayed so it could be edited for airing during the BET Awards the other day.

…Know what I just realized? Aside from the typical internet trolls and usual Yes-Men, no one is bashing Eminem for this. I mean NO ONE. That should tell you something.

I’ve decided to stop writing about new mass shootings in America   Leave a comment

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…This tweet has been reshared after every mass shooting since the one in Charleston, South Carolina. That was two years ago. It makes reference to the Sandy Hook mass shooting in which 6 and 7 year olds were murdered in their school back in 2012. 5 years after that, I have reconciled with those who are convinced beyond reasonable doubt it was a hoax. Their reasoning for that is they just cannot wrap their minds around the idea that there is someone in this world who would knowingly gun down 14 innocent children, 3 teachers and the school’s principal. The truth is this heinous act actually happened.

Nevermind the fact the people who carry out these mass shootings are almost always white men. Nevermind the fact the media makes sure everyone knows who the shooter was, what they did and why they did what they did. Nevermind the fact nationwide gun sales always see a spike the day after a mass shooting takes place. Nevermind the fact something most Americans see as common sense is politics to our elected “Officials”.

Nevermind all that.

The fact of the matter is in the United States, we as a society decided after Sandy Hook we don’t value human life. Forget about who the current president is. WE neeed to demand change. We can’t and should not rely on the government to fix this problem. It hasn’t been working and clearly hasn’t gotten us anywhere. WE need to step up. Our future as a nation depends on it.

I won’t comment on Mass Shootings anymore because we all know what’s going to happen in the end: Nothing. That’s 100% guaranteed. To my fellow Americans, I DARE you to prove me wrong. Don’t call for people to pray. Call for ACTION. Clearly just praying alone hasn’t been working.

Speaking of Race “Relations”…   Leave a comment

It’s worth noting that at one time, it was actually against the law in this country for Blacks and Whites to marry let alone have kids together. The history of racism in this country is far deeper than most of our elected “officials” would have you believe. You need only ask those who were effected by it at the time and those who are effected by it today. Mostly Black and White but also Asian and non-Asian, Native American and White and other combinations.

…That said, much of this will have Black and White in mind. Let’s start with these two pictures:

…What you are seeing are two expectant couples. To some Whites, the man on the right is a traitor and the woman on the left is a whore. To some Blacks, the man on the left is an Uncle Tom and the woman on the right is a traitor.

Why such a strong, visceral reaction by some people? The answer lies in the 19th Century when Slavery was still on the books. Today, we have things like Invitro Fertilization (IFV) and Viagra for men and women who are having trouble conceiving. Back then? Slaveowners who had alot of slaves kept a certain number of slaves separate from the rest just for breeding purposes, mostly with other blacks. Some were also used for breeding with a White woman or man specifically to produce an heir.

More often than not the sex was not consentual where a Black woman was concerned. If the baby came out light-skinned, the slaveowner would keep it as his own unless it was a girl. If not, the mother was allowed to keep it. In the case of Black men, Taskmasters would get them drunk before bringing them before the White woman they were to breed with. This way they would have trouble recalling what they did, let alone fathering a child with a white woman. Of course, the slave would never know what became of the child they sired: Even if the child came out dark, it was raised “White”. More so if the child was a boy.

Anywho, that’s the macro historical context behind why SOME Blacks and Whites abhor the idea of interracial relationships. Some but not all. It really is something else lingering feelings from those times continue to endure. I have always maintained the personal belief that the most efficient way to combat racism in this country is for more interracial relationships.

On that note. There is a silent campaign by black, white and Asian American family communities in particular that ostracizes those who “race mix”: If you have a child with someone outside your race, you’re out of the family. It’s mostly because of Xenophobia but in the case of many Asian communities, supersition as well. I have been told by both Black and White young women when they left home, they were told by their parents in no uncertain terms “If you get pregnant by a black/white man, you’ll be a single mother.” The obvious racial undertones aside, we have trash TV shows like Maury with their paid guests to thank for spreading this myth in the U.S.

For those who don’t know, The Maury Show is a talk show that starting 20 years ago started to focus almost exclusively on paternity tests. The premise is the same: A woman gets pregnant by a guy who denies the child. She turns to Maury to have a paternity test to prove to the guy and sometimes the guy’s family on TV that he is the father of her child. 75% of the time, the man’s paternity checks out. The other 25% it’s revealed he isn’t the father. Most of the time, the mother and potential father involved are the same race. According to a few blogs about the show’s track record I’ve been recently following, there has been a noted uptick in biracial couples. It’s to the point yes, some parents are telling their teen and young adult children not to fall in love with anyone outside their race.

Now, it IS true that some women who have biracial children do end up as single mothers for a variety of reasons. An article I glanced at while looking for one of the earlier pictures–not the above one in particular to be clear–said “White women are becoming the new Black Mothers”, referencing Black men who have a child or children with a White woman. I interpret the language used to suggest more and more Black men prefer White women over Black women, mainly because of high-profile celebrity couples who are biracial. That simply isn’t the case. The truth is more and more men AND women are not looking at race.

They’re looking at love.

I look at the second picture above and I think of not Black men but many Black WOMEN asking themselves “Why couldn’t she find a Brother to have kids with? Why did it have to be a White man?” The only thing higher is the idea of a Black man chosing a White woman over a Black woman. The psychology behind it for many Black women is “Why couldn’t he pick one of us? Why did he have to pick a White woman over a Black woman?” The obvious “Why does it bother you so much?” aside, the root reason for asking is genuine curiosity. No, really. LOL.

 

 

Anywho, the cruel and obvious outcome is for many who are born from a biracial relationship, they are made to feel like they don’t “belong” to either race. Nevermind high-profile folks like New York Times Columnist Shaun King, who self-identifies as Black even though he could easily pass for a White person. Trolls, biggots and racists attack him BECAUSE he is biracial, has a White mother and self-identifies as Black. Kinda makes you think of another biracial man who self-identifies as Black and was the 44th President of the United States, doesn’t it?

That’s just in regards to people who are in the public spotlight. For those who aren’t, it’s different depending on the person. I have had the honor of getting to know two such people. They love who they are and that’s all that should matter.

 

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