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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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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.

50 years after MLK’s assassination, America needs a new MLK   Leave a comment

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…These are some dangerous times in which we now live. Every third January, America takes a moment to acknowledge just some of the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. As noted in FAIR’s 1995 article on him, King’s unpopular stances on the Vietnam War, Poverty and other social justice issues after 1965 were why he was killed just like JFK preparing to expose some conspirators are why he was killed.

Three questions are often asked each year in regards to MLK every year:

  1. What would he think of America today?
  2. What would he think of race relations today?
  3. What would he think of the current president?

My thoughts on those three questions are as follows and I will keep it short:


  1. He would consider America to be on the wrong side of history both Domestically and Internationally but at the same time happy to see it is being refreshingly honest compared to his own time.
  2. He would consider things to be better in some areas but much worse in others, more so given racism is no longer hidden like it was in the 3 decades after he died.
  3. He would point to #45 as having reminded or educated the rest of the world that America still has a race problem and more so than #44 did because of the things he says on a daily basis.

I don’t want to say anything further than that on all three points. I will say all the efforts by both Democrats and Republicans to claim him as one of them is laughable given he would have a problem with both parties. That’s some serious irony. Let’s not forget who King REALLY was to the establishment. He was an “agitator”. He was a “problem”. He was a “Communist”. He was a “Soviet Symapthizer”. And he was monitored bt the FBI up until the day he was killed.

Let’s not get it twisted.

The Establishment likes to focus on his work up to 1965, skip the next 3 years and then go to his death in Memphis in 1968 BECAUSE of his “extremist” views between 1965 and 1968. That’s how it works. The national day of honor has some conditions attached to it. Specifically, “Let’s just not talk about all the other stuff he said after Selma”. And it shows in history books that talk about him. Some teachers of color as well as those who met him in person have noted illustrations of him in textbooks and elsewhere have portrayed Dr. King as lighter than he really was. The point is the powers that be are distorting the truth and facts about him because the reality is inconvenient.

The irony, of course is most of his family is still alive today. The sad reality is since his wife’s death 10 years ago, the family has been divided. There were problems before she died but she held the family together. The causes Dr. King championed were left without a clear successor or successors after his death. Exactly as The Establishment intended.

It’s been too long.

The new spirit of dissent and protest in recent years was borne out of necessity. Black Lives Matter as an organization will eventually split into different groups. Same thing happened in King’s time. There is an important lesson from years’ past that needs to be applied yoday: In order to make change happen, you need to force it. You need to be willing to put yourself on the line. You need to be willing to sacrifice all including your life for the cause. There are many among the current generation who are both ready and willing. One was killed by a Nazi last summer after all.

That is exactly what The Establishment fears the most: The people self-organizing and protesting en masse. A people who have no problem going to jail to protest unjust laws, policies and norms. A people who will move as one and will keep pushing until change happens.

Any time is a good time for that. That’s why I blog, after all.

One thing that is missing the Corporate Media and Politicians have been working together to discredit as they become known are charismatic figures to champion and lead the cause. Everyone knows Colin Kaepernick and most know Shaun King (No relation to MLK). Not many people know who Khury Peterson-Smith is but you should.

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.

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. I would also have a fairly easy time getting settled and national politics can be safely ignored the further away from the capital you are.
  2. Kenya: Based on what I am hearing, there is ALOT of promise and of reasons to invest in this country’s future. It has fast become a powerhouse in the region and another light on The Dark Continent. I considered South Africa but the comparisons to the U.S. are a bit too strong.
  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.



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 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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