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The Celtics continue to prove doubters wrong, take 2-0 series lead to Cleveland   Leave a comment

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The stat ESPN started throwing out there halfway through the 4th Quarter: The last time LeBron James was down 2-0 vs. the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, it was in 2008. The Celtics went on to win the series and the NBA Championship vs. the Lakers in 6 games.

…The difference is back then, The Celtics had 3 All Stars. This time it’s been their young players taking point in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward (as well and Daniel Theis). Now the pundits are rightfully saying what Celtics fans have been saying since Irving and Hayward came to Boston last summer: The Eastern Conference runs through Boston. Not next year but now.

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To say LBJ’s leaving Cleveland again goes without saying. As for where he might end up this time, he will likely want to join a contender again so that means it will likely be one of the following teams:

 

  • Cleveland: LBJ’s current team got the #8 pick in the 2018 Draft Lottery, which they received from the Celtics along with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder (Both traded mid-season) and Ante Zizic in exchange for Kyrie Irving. The Cavs have clearly been making moves since the offseason independent of whatever LBJ decides so clearly the team is positioning itself to be in the playoff picture with or with him. LBJ reportedly asked that Irving not be traded. Irving reportedly threatened to have elective surgery if he was not traded, LBJ’s wishes be damned (LOL). It would be fair to say LBJ would stay with the Cavs as a last resort.
  • Boston: Let’s be real, the Eastern Conference runs through the Celtics now. Not next year but now. The Celtics can make that claim after they finish off LBJ and the Cavs but at this point it’ll be a formality. Next year the team will be at full power with the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Having said that, could LBJ pull a Kevin Durant and join the NBA’s newest Super Team just to play with Kyrie Iving again? Sure, but unlikely. For one, the Celtics don’t have the money to pay him after they signed Hayward and Al Horford. The Celtics blew up the team just to sign Hayward as a reminder. Plus, there IS the fact Uncle Drew didn’t want to play with him anymore. LOL.
  • Philadelphia: Many have picked the 76ers as the most likely team in the Eastern Conference LBJ would go to. LBJ going there would mean both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid would have reduced roles on the floor with him in the lineup. That would be a big X-Factor just to compete with the Celtics in the ECF.
  • New York: The Knicks haven’t had a deep playoff run since the 90s but then they ran into Michael Jordan and later the Orlando Magic before they fell off completely. It’s been far longer since the Knicks last won a Championship. Having just hired former Grizzlies Head Coach David Fizdale to coach the team, LBJ would be the star power the Knicks could use to Make the Knicks Great Again. LOL.
  • Toronto: What’s this? Go to a team you just swept out the payoffs?! Well, Kyrie Irving did it last year after the Cavs beat Boston in 5 games. It is a stretch though not improbable. More so givien after the Head Coach was fired, there is speculation DeRozan or Lowry or both could be traded during the offseason.
  • San Antonio: Experts don’t think LBJ will leave the Eastern Conference but if he does go West, the Spurs are believed to be one of two teams he’s most likely to go to. It would be as boon for the team given Kawhi Leonard is expected to be leaving for another team, likely East.
  • LA Lakers: Goes without saying this is the most likely team in the West for two reasons. One is he recently bought a house in LA. The other is Magic Johnson has been laying to groundwork to get LBJ, Paul George possibly Kawhi Leonard as well. The sad irony is a deal to bring LBJ to the Lakers could jeopardize Isaiah Thomas’ chances of getting a new contract. It could also mean Lonzo Ball and/or Brandon Ingram are kicked out of the starting five as well.
  • Golden State: See what I put for Boston. ‘Nuff said.

 

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The Celtics weathered the early storm in the first Quarter and dared LBJ to will the Cavs to victory. He could not. Now with the series shifting to Cleveland for the next two games, even LBJ’s biggest fanboy–ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith–plainly stated “If the Cavs lose Game 3 they’ll probably get swept.” He also plainly said the Celtics are the better team and would match up well against the Rockets or Warriors. Speaking of, the Western Conference finals is tied 1-1 with Game 3 on Sunday in Oakland (Golden State).

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If I’m a betting man, it will be Warriors vs. Celtics in the NBA Finals. Celtics will close out the Cavs in 5 or 6 if they don’t sweep. Warriors will beat the Rockets in 6 games. Let me tell you, this would be a MONSTER series in the NBA Finals. Draymon Green vs. Marcus Smart would be fun to watch as would KD and Tatum.

 

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Celtics on the verge of sweeping The 76ers out of the playoffs   Leave a comment

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To say this Celtics team defied all expectations would be a MASSIVE understatement. They put down Giannis and the Bucks in 7 games in the first round of the playoffs. Now they’re on the verge of sweeping the very team everyone outside New England picked to go to the NBA Finals out of the playoffs.

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…Yes, THAT  team. “Trust The Process”? Process Failed. LOL.

Now, the obvious question to be asked is how did the Boston Celtics, who are without 2 of their 3 All Stars get to this point?

This is how:

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…Great coaches think alike.

Local media spied Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens hanging out with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick in Foxboro last summer during the Patriots training camp. The NBA Summer League had ended, Gordon Hayward signing with Boston became official and the Isiaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving trade was about to go down. The Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year but lost to the Cleveland Caveliers in 5 games (who themselves lost to the Golden State Warriors in 5 games in the NBA Finals). After the Celtics lost the series, Brad Stevens said in the postgame press conference he considered anything short of winning the NBA Championship a failure to be learned from.

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Everyone knows Gordon Hayward went down with a ankle nasty injury in the season open against the Cavs. It was a season-ending injury but fortunately not career-ending. Everyone wrote off the Celtics’ season at that point. Then the Celtics went on a 17-game win streak. Kyrie Irving missed several games earlier in the season due to injury and is out for the postseason after having knee surgery in March. Everyone wrote off the Celtics getting out of the first round at that point.

…Big mistake.

The Philosophy in Boston Sports is and always has been “Next Man Up.”

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Nowhere has this been more apparent than Celtics Rookie Jayson Tatum and Sophmore team mate Jaylen Brown. Both were drafted third by the Celtics, much to the surprise of everyone. Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball were both drafted Second by the Lakers.

…Who were drafted first?

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These two.

Ben Simmons, who was drafted last year missed the whole 2016-17 NBA Season after breaking his hand during the Summer League. Markelle Fultzm who was drafted this year hasn’t played a single game this season because he doesn’t feel 100%. There’s nothing physically wrong with him. It’s all in his head. So, yeah.

The 76ers were overhyped and the Lakers failed to make the playoffs. LOL. As a reminder: Both teams–The Sixers and the Lakers–tanked HARD so they could get the top draft picks, ending up with Ball, Ingram, Simmons and Fultz respectively. The Celtics took the Nets’ future from them via the trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn back in 2012 and held it until they dealt it and Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland last year as part of the trade that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston. While the Sixers and Lakers tanked on purpose to get the first two picks, the Celtics could safely stay competative while the took the Nets’ picks.

…The Process is a failure. LOL.

The Sixers were able to hold off the sweep tonight but you can be certain the Celtics will close out the series in Boston on Wednesday. It will be a repeat of last year’s ECF between the Celtics and the Cavs, who could close out their series with the Toronto Raptors tonight. Or if the Raptors hold off elimination, the Celtics and Cavs will start on Sunday.

The Korean War to officially end 65 years later   Leave a comment

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The Korean War (1950-1953) will always be remembered as the first modern proxy war. Although a ceasefire was signed in 1953, no peace treaty had ever been signed so technically the war never officially ended. The outcome of the war had lasting consequences not just for the region but the balance of power over the last 65 years. North Korea would have 3 leaders–Kim il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un–all from the same family since the Korean War ended in 1953. South Korea would have 8 presidents in the same span of time.

Think about that.

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History will record the 2018 Winter Olympics as the watershed moment that led the formal signing of the Peace Treaty on Thursday, officially ending the Korean War. In December, South Korea invited North Korean athletes to compete with them as one unified Korean Team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peong Chang, South Korea. After the Olympics ended, the door was opened for dialogue between the leaders of North and South Korea.

That was the opportunity for common ground former NBA Superstar Dennie Rodman, who is a friend of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un said would one day come a few years ago. Rodman was vilified in the media for not using his friendship with North Korea’s dictator to advocate for the release of westerners being held prisoner in North Korea. He made it clear he was no diplomat and was no negotiator. These were not the purpose of his visits to North Korea, which can only be entered via China and only with written permission from the North Korean government. It’s no fair to say he has been vindicated for what he said at the time.

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…This is history.

This is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-In. This is the first time the leaders of both countries have met ever and they have only been talking for a few months now. The two leaders met at the DMZ Boarder where Kim Jong Un crossed into South Korea to a throng of excited international journalists and soldiers from both countries. The two formally signed a peace treaty as the world watched in amazement. In the span of about 8 months, what was long considered the most hostile country in the world had taken its first steps to lasting peace in the region.

Contrary to what #45’s fans said at an event Saturday afternoon–they chanted “Nobel!” at him–#45 and the U.S. had NOTHING to do with the peace talks between North and South Korea. In fact, he said he plans to walk out of a planned summit that will involve all three leaders (Trump, Moon and Un) “If he feels like it.” So, yeah. Let’s not give credit to a person or country that not only doesn’t deserve it but had a hand in the war that split the Korean Penninsula in two in the first place. Plus it will be a very bad look for the U.S. should #45 walk out as he has threatened to do.

South Korea became Democratic and like Japan after World War II, fell under the military protection of the U.S. Unlike Japan, South Korea was not only allowed to keep their military but they received a blank check from the U.S. to bolster their military along the boarder with North Korea. On that note. Every year since the end of the Korean War, the U.S. would do joint military exercises with South Korea as a “show of force” to North Korea (and by extension China). South Korea requested the planned exercise for this year be postponed as formal talks between the North and South began.

North Korea became Communist with the guidance of the Soviet Union and later China. It would come to be known as the most secretive country on the planet and hasn’t changed much since the end of the Korean War. Foreigm Journalists who are allowed into the country from time to time are followed by “Government Minders”, government officials who “escort” them from within the country. Not only does one need permission to enter North Korea but one also needs permission to leave the country. It’s death to those who are caught trying to illegally cross into South Korea, China or Russia (which all boarder North Korea) as well as their families in many cases. Foreign nationals arrested at the boarder are usually given harsh sentences for the purposes of propaganda.

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…This picture of the Korean Peninsula highlights the disparaties between the two countries. The South is modern while the North has little to no infratructure to speak of. Such is to be expected of a country that has closed its boarders to the world and is wary of who or what it lets in or out.

This is to speak nothing of the recent problems that have started to trickle out of North and is likely why Kim Jong Un has taken steps to shut down the country’s Nuclear Weapons research:

 

  • There has been a sharp increase in North Korean soldiers deserting and crossing into South Korea from North Korea in the last year.
  • There have been increased instances of North Korean soldiers allowing North Korean nationals to cross into South Korea. North Korean soldiers have orders to shoot on sight anyone trying to cross into South Korea.
  • Reports of famines and food shortages in North Korea are nothing new but things have reached crisis-level that even North Korean officials are not immune from.
  • Medical examinations and autopsies performed North Korean defectors and the bodies of those who died shortly after crossing into South Korea have revealed digestive diseases and illnesses are rampant. Cholera, Dysentery and tapeworms to name a few.
  • Rumors have been rampant for years that North Korea’s First Lady Ri Sol-Ju–formerly a government cheerleader–may be sterile and has failed multiple times to produce an heir since their marriage. Her sudden disappearance from the public eye until recently fueled speculation she had join the members of the Kim family who were executed. She joined her husband for the Inter-Korean Summit held in South Korea.

Things have reached the point it where would be fair to now say North Korea is a failed state. Unlike Afghanistan at the end of 2001 however, the transition will obviously be different. Other dictatorships would dig in deeper in this kind of situation but Kim Jong Un has instead begun moving to open the country to the world. These are interesting times not just for the region but the world and most importantly, the Korean Peninsula.

My guess is North Korea will likely go the same as Cuba in some regards and China in others in regards to human rights. Kim Jong Un is clearly preparing the country for life without him running it. Of the 3 possible successors after his father passed away, he was chosen simply because he was still in the country and was of age. He was the youngest of Kim Jong Il’s three sons and one of who who was in North Korea when their father passed away about 10 years ago. One brother, who was living in Malaysia had little interest in politics while the other, who was in the country was deemed unfit for rule.

So, the youngest son became the new leader of North Korea by default. It seemed he would continue where his father left off but Kim Jong Un has made many efforts to counter and even conflict with those who supported his father’s regime. A few years back, he personally executed his uncle, who was his top advisor along with other senior staff to head off a rumored coup being planned.

Having secured absolute power, the Nuclear Weapons program he developed deep underground appears to have been his way of heading off further dissent within the military. It would seem he never actually intended to make a nuke as his father did even though he did progress much further than the world thought he would. And now he’s shutting down said Nuclear Weapons program. More than likely Kim Jong Un is preparing to open North Korea to the world for the first time since the end of the Korean War.

The needs of the North Korean people are many to say the least. We’re talking about a whole nation that was isolated from the outside world for 65 years. If and only if the world comes together, the current generation of North Koreans might be able to chart their own desitinies.

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Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) masterfully tells several stories at once   Leave a comment

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The Black Panther (Played by Chadwick Bosewin) was first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Then crown prince T’Challa accompanied his father the late King T’Chaka on a diplomatic trip, who was killed when the building they were in was bombed. T’Challa sided with Team Iron Man because The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes was implicated as his father’s killer. In the aftermath of the fight between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America, T’Challa arranged for both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes to be hidden in Wakanda, the latter man crygenically frozen until the mind control he was under could be safely removed.

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Unlike Thor, The Black Panther is not based on a specific mythological being. This gave the director–who also happens to be African American–a TON of freedom to bring Wakanda and its Superhero King to the big screen for the first time. For those who are unfamiliar with the character, the Black Panther is not only a Superhero but is also an actual King of a sovereign nation. T’Challa is not only the Black Panther but is also the King of Wakanda. Above is the main cast of the film and as you can see, all but two of them are Black American or African. I’ll pause for a moment there and say this: Only in the U.S. is the term “African American” used to describe people of African descent who were born and raised in the U.S. Africans refer to them as Black Americans for reference. They only apply the term “African American” if an African immigrates to the U.S.

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…Getting back to Wakanda. Although it projects itself as a third-world country,  in truth it is the most technologically advanced nation on earth. This is because Wakanda controls 90% of the world’s supply of Vibranium, a rare mineral that is also the hardest in the universe. Concerned they could be targeted by other nations, Wakanda elected to hide in plain sight. They present themselves as a third world country while using cloaking technology to hide their vast technology from the world. They rarely allow outsiders entry into their boarders and the rest of the world is none the wiser. At the same time, Wakanda has spies and operatives in every other country on the planet to keep tabs on the rest of the world.

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By the time of the events of the movie, the newly crowed King T’Challa considers Wakanda’s centuries-old isolationist policy. On the one hand, keeping Vibranium from getting into the hands of those who would misuse it is priority #1. On the other hand, Wakanda’s vast resources could be used to help those in need outside their boarders. T’Challa is forced to deal with the matter head-on with the arrival of his cousin Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan), whose father was killed by T’Chaka 34 years earlier.

Having grown up in the U.S., Killmonger and his father had a viewpoint and a worldview T’Challa and T’Chaka didn’t have. Clearly much was cut for time in the theatrical version but it would be fair to say Killmonger represented the modern Black American: A people whose ancestors were taken from their homelands (Slave Trade), enslaved (American Slavery), Segregated (Jim Crow), Marginalized (Mass Incarceration) and Suppressed (The Present). Too much didn’t need to be said for most who paid attention to understand who and what Killmonger portrayed. The restorative justice he sought wasn’t for himself but for the over 2 billion people of African descent worldwide who as a people had been exploited and victimized for centuries while Wakanda did nothing. That brings to mind this old saying: Evil prevails when good people do nothing.

Even though Killmonger was T’Challa’s main nemesis, you can’t help but feel for him on so many levels. Like many African American youth of the 80s and 90s, he lost his father at a young age. He grew up right when Clinton’s Mass Incarceration Policy would see Blacks imprisoned at a disproportionately higher rate than whites who committed the same or worse crimes. He would see attempts by black community activists undermined and outplayed by the establishment and others. He would see America’s first Black American president deadlocked by a Congress that would rather see him fail than do what they were elected to do. Let’s not also forget it’s stated he fought in the middle east first as a soldier and then around the world as a mercenary. He’s seen more than most so…yeah.

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Killmonger’s story was the deciding factor in T’Challa’s decision to open Wakanda’s boarders to the world for the first time in its history. As he said, one can’t help but wonder how Killmonger would have turned out if T’Chaka had taken him with him back to Wakanda. The sins of the father had been passed on to the son. Killmonger rejected the Wakandan way of life so thoroughly, he hid his face from T’Challa during their first encounter with a mask. He identifies with the masses worldwide who live in an oppressed society. A world T’Challa and Wakanda have never known.

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Moving on, T’Challa being surrounded by and supported by several strong, independent black women in positions of power sends a powerful message not just for black youth but women and girls in general. We live in a time where “Old Values” and “Traditions” feel under threat by the modern Women’s Revolution and the #MeToo Movement. Ideologies and beliefs that see women and girls as good for nothing but sex, having kids and minding the home and that’s how things should always be. They view displays of equality between the sexes as nothing more than “Make Believe” and calls for Women’s Rights worldwide “A good joke”.

…My point is the world is changing. It is all the more important that how things should be is represented in movies and tv. Regardless of one’s race or gender, everyone should decide on their own to be who and what they want to be. Not who or what others think or want them to be. Unlike most who have seen this movie regardless of weather they like it or not, that’s my thought on the matter. You will have those who will just see The Black Panther as nothing more than “The Black Superhero”. No one calls Captain America the White Superhero, no one calls Wonder Woman the female superhero and no one calls Daredevil the Blind Superhero. Captain America is a Superhero who happens to be white. Wonder Woman is a Superhero who happens to be a woman. Daredevil is a Superhero who happens to be blind.

Never mind the overt and subtle politics people see in the Black Panther. The fact of the matter is the premise is no less “offensive” than Superman, Batman, The Hulk/Bruce Banner or Thor. Yet is bothers some people none the less. The question I would ask those persons is why?

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Anyone who knows their history probably noticed this striking similarity and yes, it was intentional. On the left is the founder of The Black Panther Part, Huey P. Newton. He sits with a rifle in his right hand and a spear in his left. The tagline “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is in referenced to this song:

Gill Scott-Heron was an musician and poet who wrote and performed a variety of songs that scared that crap out of The Establishment in the 60s and 70s. Why? Because he spoke truth and encouraged people to think for themselves and be self-empowered. The song was used by The Black Panther Party to promote their movement–not that he minded–and that’s how it became both famous and imfamous.

He explains why he did this song in an interview 30 years later:

…He died in 2011 in case you’re wondering.

Getting back to this movie, the very idea of Black Power terrifies the world. I’ll just put it like that. I don’t mean military power but REAL power. The power to realize your full potential. Equality. Respect. Prosperity. There is a reason The Slave Trade is still referred to as America’s Original Sin and it’s because Reparations haven’t happened. Despite the UN again saying the U.S. owes Black Americans Reparations for the Slave Trade, Jim Crow and everything that’s happened since. Still, nothing.  As the saying goes, the longest rope has an end.

Those who dare to watch this movie may learn something from it. There are no hidden messages calling for Black Americans to arm themselves and kill white people. That’s just some paraoid foolishness White Supremacists are telling people. There are a ton of both suble and obvious references to what’s going on in the world today in the movie. This much is true.

…It’s also true that a Black Panther 2 WILL happen and has been confirmed.

This Snopes Story Had me Shaking with Rage   Leave a comment

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This one.

Some Conspiracy Theorists–calling themselves “Hoaxers” in some parts of the US–have taken things to an all new low t0 in their minds prove mass shootings are staged by the U.S. Government. As some of you are aware, there are those who are convinced beyond reasonable doubt the mass shootings that have become routine in the U.S.–and I hate to use that word to describe it but it’s the most appropriate word to use–are all hoaxes.

It all started after Sandy Hook six years ago. Take a look at this picture:

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This famous picture shows President Obama meeting with the families of children who were killed. I want to direct your attention to the girl in the middle wearing the black and red dress. Her name is Madeline Parker. Her sister Emelie was one of the children who was killed.

Here’s a family photo:

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Emelie is the girl on the far right. The girl on the far left is her sister Madeline, who is pictured with president Obama above wearing the same dress her deceased sister is wearing in the family photo. The family photo was taken two years before. Believe it or not, Conspiracy Theorists have used these two photos as proof Emelie never died and is in fact alive. The obvious truth is Emilie and her sister Madeline look like each other. They argue the girl pictured with Obama is in fact Emelie and not her sister Madeline. They view the first picture as confirmation Sandy Hook was staged by the U.S. Government so Obama could force Gun Control Legislation according to them, the talking heads they listen to and the NRA.

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This is Noah Pozner, who was also killed at Sandy Hook. That night, Noah’s mother gave an on-air interview to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about her son and the mass shooting that rocked the country and shocked the world. Because she was calm and did not appear to be emotionally devastated or crying on camera, Conspiracy Theorists believe she lied about her son dying at Sandy Hook and was in fact a crisis actor hired by the media or the government.

Her husband Lenny has been fighting a nearly 6-year battle–and counting–with persistent Conspiracy Theorists who have nothing better to do than to doggedly harass him online, accuse him of being a paid actor and insist that he never had a son. No, really. He even shared copies of not only copies of Noah’s birth and Death Certificates but a copy of Noah’s autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office. Their response? “They’re counterfeit”. Note one line in this article: “…Exhume Noah’s body and prove to the world you lost your son.”

…Take a moment and think how you would react if your young child was murdered and someone told you they want you to exhume their body to prove they were really killed. Now imagine that alone wouldn’t be enough for them. Now you know the Pozner family’s pain. He has even offered to meet with some of these Hoaxers in person. Unsurprisingly, they have no interest in meeting with him face to face.

Now, Mr. Pozner is one of the rare few who actually confronts the Conspiracy Theorists head-on and he should be applauded for it. While not giving these losers that attention is important–which is their main goal of course–it’s even more important for those personally impacted to speak out against these Hoaxers who have literally nothing better to do than to harass victim’s families and even worse, tell them their dead family member never existed. He is not just joining with others fighting back against the Hoaxers online. He’s filing police reports and sharing them online, which is enough to get some of the Hoaxers to back off.

More recently, he founded an organization dedicated to combating Hoaxers online who target the families of victims of high-profile tragedies. It’s called the HONR Network. I urge you to check it out for yourself. Mr. Ponzer’s goal is for nationwide legislation for families of the victims of high-profile tragedies to get protected status and for attempts to harass them to treated as a hate crime. Given the current political climate, we will likely have to wait until there is a change in both Congress and the White House at least.

As noted in the Snopes article I linked you to above, some of these Conspiracy Theorists are actually calling or personally confronting victims and victims’ families and accusing them of being crisis actors or lying about their family member(s) dying or being injured. Their main arguement: The victims never existed at all. The mass shooting never happened and was in fact a drill orchestrated by the government.

No, really. Even worse is they record themselves harassing victims and victims’ families. Why? Because they get off on it. In their minds, anything other than what they believe is a lie or a hoax. They laugh at victims families crying in grief and anger, accusing them of “fake crying” over the phone and “they’re not gonna fall for it”.  They targeted the government first but when they failed to get a reaction, they turned their focus to victims and victims’ families instead.

I’m sure most of you have seen this picture:

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…To answer the question, no they are not. They are clearly three different people. How it works is Hoaxers grab pictures of people who look similar from media publications and photoshop them together. That’s the case here. Most of you remember my coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing’s aftermath 5 years ago on this blog. So…yeah.

Now, it is worth pointing out most of these Hoaxers have one thing in common: They are either gun owners, gun enthusiasts or are anti-government themselves. Often a combination of all three. Most of you remember the polarizing reactions to the NRA Spokewoman’s comments after the recent mass shooting in Florida. Back in 2012, the NRA helped fuel the Conspiracy Theory I outlined in my previous post on what they viewed as government conspiracies to “erase the Second Amendment”.  They made the case “Sandy Hook was a drill and no one really died.” THAT’S where this REALLY comes from and it’s also why the NRA Spokeswoman I will not name said “It’s not the NRA’s job to be a part of the solution.” Their only concern is fearmongering and it has been working since 2012.

I am calling on the admins of WordPress to shut down blogs and sites that have and continue to spread these clearly untrue conspiracy theories. They need to be denied a platform to promote and spread their confusion and hate. These people are sick in the head but it’s extremely important that their conspiracy theories are confronted head on.

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Here’s the difference between Conspiracy Theory and Conspiracy Fact   Leave a comment

Believe it or not, Conspiracy theories predate the internet. Who ordered the assassination of JFK is near the top in American Conpsiracy theories if not at the top.

A conspiracy is a premeditated and pre-planned action done by a person or persons that will negatively impact someone else or several people for personal or political gain. A Conspiracy Theory is the belief that a conspiracy was comitted, usually on a large scale based on circumstantial evidence but no definitive proof of fact. A Conspiracy Fact is a Conspiracy Theory that has been definitely proven to be true beyond reasonable doubt.

Let’s look at 5 Conspiracy Theories and 5 Conspiracy Facts to give you a better idea.

First, some Conspiracy Theories:

  1.  It’s former President Obama’s fault the Trump Administration has had so many problems: Let’s get the new big one out the way now. Now, let’s be real: Trump is an egolomaniac. That’s a fact. While Conservatives and Republicans are quick to say “Obama blamed Bush 43 for everything!”, that’s not true at all. Obama–and John Kerry before him–factually pointed out The Bush Administration destabilized the Middle East, encouraged widespread Islamophobia and laid the groundwork for the Authoritorian policies both Obama and Trump are guilty of continuing. That said, Obama is not to blame for anything other than endorsing a candidate he knew had no real chance of winning, blaming Bernie Sanders for dividing the Dems (which is untrue) and not acting on the whispers of Russia’s possible involvement in the outcome of the 2016 election. That’s about it in regards to #45.
  2. President Obama was born in Kenya: It’s a 10-year old conspiracy theory spread by the current president ironically. The funny thing is Obama produced his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii back in 2007 to prove he was in fact born a U.S. Citizen. Still to this day, some in this country are convinced he was born in Kenya even though there is zero evidence to back that up.
  3. The government wants to take guns away from Gun Owners: It comes up after every mass shooting, usually spread by the NRA and Right-Wing talking heads I will not name here. The simple fact is unless a crime was committed or it’s evidence in a crime, the government will make no effort to take weapons/ammo from a licensed gun owner. There have been proposals to keep guns from getting into the hands of people who should not have them as well as proposals to increase mental healthcare but they never go anywhere. The fearmongering is big business so…yeah.
  4. Vaccines cause Autism or are a Hoax to experiment on the public: As of today, almost 200 children have died from the Flu in the U.S. since the Flu Season began. We are currently at the height and the number is expected the climb. Most of those deaths have come from children who were either unvaccinated for a variety of reasons. Those who are allergic to ingredients in certain vaccines aside, most of these deaths were 100% preventable. Alternative Medicine is practiced in developing countries and is nothing new. The problem in the U.S. especially is it’s usually not backed by medical fact or medical knowledge. It’s instead driven by long disproven superstitions and beliefs or a way of life that worked for a different population and lifestyle. When the rate of Autism exploded 15 years ago, people needed a something to blame and Vaccines were picked. Mercury, a compound used in some vaccines is pointed to as what causes Autism to develop in children. The problem with that arguement is Mercury is no longer used to make Vaccines ans hasn’t for decades now because of how expensive it was. Same with dental fillings (They now use Silver or a synthetic compound). The self-described Anti-Vaxx Community has seen a drop in their number in recent years as their own kids have either died or become gravely ill due to illnesses they were never vaccinated against. So, the government conspiracy arguement doesn’t hold water either.
  5. 9/11 Was an Inside Job: …Whew. We have Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11 to thank for fueling this one. The Docudrama came out during the height of the so-called “War on Terrorism” when support for it was at an all-time high. Moore makes the case the 19 men who carried out the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Center in New York, The Pentagon as well as the fourth plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (The White House or The Capital Building were believed to be possible targets) had been manipulated by the U.S. Government. Moore argues the 19 men had been manipulated into carrying out the 9/11 attacks to unite the country under the banner of war (which it did), have a false pretense to invade Afghanistan (which it did) and boost Bush 43’s Approval Rating (again, it did). The reason this is untrue is with any conspiracy, the larger the amount of people involved with the conspiracy, the more likely the truth will be leaked. There is absolutely no way something on the scale of 9/11 could be staged by the government without the truth being found out eventually. Think about it: Coverups will only work for so long and even the U.S. Government knows that. While yes, the government has no problem killing their own for political gain I can say without question 9/11 is not one such case. It simply took advantage of the opportunity and ran with it.

 

…So to recap, all 5 of these are 100% untrue.

Now, here are some Conspiracy Facts:

 

  1. Most Ads on TV use Hypnosis to Brainwash Viewers: I’m gonn open with this because it’s the main reason I rarely watch Broadcast TV anymore outside sports. Advertisers and Companies spend billions convincing viewers to buy their products and/or services. Nothing is off the table as far as they care and that includes a form of Hypnosis called The Power of Suggestion. The point is to convince you that you need what is being advertised to be happy. Even if it’s a product you have zero interest in, the repetitions, gingles and music employed are designed to plant the seed of desire for what’s being advertised in your mind. Nowhere is this most heavily employed than the United States of America. It’s exactly why so many people have such an obsession with material wealth. People love things and use people when it should be the other way around. It’s why Apple gets away with selling phones for $1,000. So…yeah. I look at it this way: If they’re gonna spend billions just to get me to buy their product or service which I have no interest in, why should I have to see it? So, I mostly watch on-demand subscription programming like Netflix and WWE Network, which don’t run ads. Problem solved.
  2. Cures for ALL Cancers exist and have for some time: How would you react if I told you Pharmaceutical Companies and Medical Insurers know 100% how to cure ALL cancers, have known for decades and won’t share that knowledge because it’s more profitable for you to be treated over time with chemotherapy? Well, it’s true and the evidence does exist. Remember when I mentioned Alternative Medicine above in the Vaccine Conspiracy Theory? In India, China, Japan and a few other countries, Modern Medicine and Alternative Medicine–also known as Natural Remedies, Herbal Medicine and Alchemy–have coexisted for decades. In countries in which both are commonplace, Cancer is virtually non-existent. Cancer is most rampant in developed nations in which Modern Medicine is the only means of healthcare. That is no coincidence or oversight. It’s been known by the medical community from the beginning that Chemotherapy does as much harm as the cancer itself yet it was introduced as an “Effective” Treatment option. Know why? Money. It’s that simple. Just look at how other countries treat cancer in comparison.
  3. In America, Presidents are Selected and not Elected: The Election Process in the U.S. is nothing more than a dog and pony show. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Election to decide the next president. All one has to do is talk to a Statictician. That’s someone who does Statistics for a living for those who don’t know. Anyway, this has been the case for some time. If you ever wondered how Reagan, Bush 43, Obama and Trump were elected, now you know. It had nothing to do with what they said who how many people voted. It had everything to do with the Electoral College, which decides who the next president will be. Their votes are the only ones that matter. So, you and I don’t need to vote in Presidential Elections technically. All out vote does is show who voted for which presidential candidate. Of course, this is just in regards to federal elections. Our vote matters a whole lot more on the state and local levels.
  4. The U.S. and Europe are ignoring the mess it made in the Middle East on purpose: Goes without saying. The West did to the Middle East during the last decade what Europe did the Africa furing 400 years’ worth of the slave trade: Tore it up, left it in ruins and now refuses all responsability. Then folks here wonder why people like ISIS and Al Qaeda hate us. It would be more accurate to say they rightfully despite the Imperialistic Policies that leave a people worse off than they were. What the U.S. did between 2001 and 2011 completely destabilized the Middle East, making the world a more dangerous place. Yes, there were dictators who killed off their own people and had it coming (Gaddafi and Hussein) but when they were deposed, a power vaccum was created that the U.S. had no interest in filling. See The Philippines.
  5. U.S.-based Companies are (Still) Outsourcing Jobs Overseas for “Reasons”: Yes, this is still true. Every few years they have a new excuse for why they feel they are justified in outsourcing jobs to countries where they can get away with barely paying for labor. The simple fact is they don’t want to pay employees a living wage. They don’t want to reward non-management/executives for their hard work with pay increases. They don’t want to guarantee them sick or vacation time as needed. They don’t want to train new employees or provide existing employees promotion opportunities. Their only concerns are maximizing profit while minimizing costs by any means they can get away with prettymuch.  That’s the real truth and only since The Recession from 10 years ago have they stopped pretending otherwise. That’s because they run America now is why and they want you to know it. It’s only been made crystal clear with the current White House Administration.

 

I think those are enough examples to make my points. And I used these specific examples because even if you don’t live in he U.S., it’s likely you’ve at least heard of some of these. I could have made five more for each one but then this would be even longer than it is. LOL. I hope this makes it clear to folks the difference between a Conspiracy Theory and a Conspiracy Fact.

…You’re welcome ^_^

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As a reminder: Nothing will change in the aftermath of this week’s mass shooting in Florida   Leave a comment

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There have been dozens of high-profile mass shootings since Bill Clinton was in office starting with Columbine. 3 presidents later–Bush 43, Obama and now Trump–nothing has been done. CNN’s wasting their time getting victims and victims’ families to scream at 45 on the air. We know and they know that unless the policy makers are directly effected, nothing will be done. As I have said many times before on this blog in just the last two years, the Gun Debate was settled after Sandy Hook 6 years ago. When two classrooms full of first and second graders being slaughtered became bearable as far as Congress was concerned, that ended the debate for good. We also lost our moral credability as far as the rest of the world is concerned as well.

As someone who worked in three public schools in Boston over a 10-year period, I vehemently oppose any proposals or measures to put guns, armed personnel and metal detectors in public schools. “They will be an effective deterrent” people will say. No, it won’t: One thing all the school shootings had in common is the shooter was a member of the school community. Given that, they would find a way to either get a firearm past the security checkpoints or still inflict damage through other means such as the Florida Shooter. He pulled a fire alarm to force people outside so metal detectors wouldn’t have stopped him.

“Then let’s arm school staff or put armed security guards in schools”, you might say to that? Hell no absolutely not. That’s why the rest of the world laughs at us. For some reason, too many people in this country feel that violence and the threat of violence is always the only logical answer to violence. All we’re gonna do is create an arms race with whoever is serious about doing harm. That and we’re talking about SCHOOLS, which are supposed to be institutions of learning for students and educators. When armed personnel and metal detectors are introduced, that prettymuch defeats the purpose of going to school. You don’t go to school to be searched and looked at as a possible threat. Those kinds of security measures send the message schools are not safe. Acts of violence like this don’t happen anywhere near enough to warrant a nationwide policy of armed personnel and/or metal detectors.

I’ll resist the urge to digress this time but I do want to add my voice to those who have cautioned against linking, profiling and stereotyping persons with psychological conditions or mental disorders and acts of violence. The media plays a large part to blame for that when they reveal a mass shooter’s background. The simple truth is those with mental disorders and psychological conditions are more likely to want to harm themselves than others. In fact, even those with a history of violence have too many things around them to prevent them from carring out mass murder, let alone a murder on that note. I just wanted to make sure to say this.

Before I forget: The picture at the top is the routine in the U.S. after every mass shooting. The only people who don’t forget are of course, those directly impacted by a mass shooting. The cycle needs to be broken. 100% of these mass shootings were 100% preventable. That’s a fact.

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