Deep Thought: What can be done to “stop” lives being taken away due to Drug -Alcohol Overdose?

Stats

Overdoses now leading cause of death of Americans under … – YouTube

Drug Overdose Deaths: Let’s Get Specific ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
“..In the United States, a total of 38,329 drug overdose deaths were reported via death certificates in 2010, for an age-adjusted rate of 12.3/100,000 population.1 In 16,651 of these deaths, an opioid analgesic (or a combination of opioid analgesics) was listed as contributing to the overdose death (5.4/100,000 population). However, an additional 9,429 drug overdose deaths (3.0/100,000 population) were associated only with “other and unspecified drugs.” Previous work has shown that about 25% of U.S. overdose deaths had no drugs specified on the death certificate, so it is likely that national statistics underestimate by a substantial fraction the number of opioid analgesic- and heroin-related deaths.2 Furthermore, the degree of underestimation varied depending on the type of death certification system the state had in place. States with centralized state medical examiner systems had on average a higher percentage (92%) of drug overdose death certificates listing specific drugs than states with other types of systems, such as a decentralized coroner system, in which 62% of death certificates had a drug-specified, hybrid system—county coroner and medical examiners (73%)—or decentralized county or district medical examiner system (71%).2..”

Alcohol

How to be “not” in the world, but a “light” to the world? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Alcoholism – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment … – YouTube

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Opioids

This Is What Happens to Your Brain on Opioids | Short Film … – YouTube

What is SUBOXONE® (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film … suboxone.com
“…
SUBOXONE Film is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on (addicted to) opioids (either prescription or illegal)…”

The Sackler Family – A Secretive Billion Dollar Opioid Empire

Causes

What Causes a Drug Overdose? tpaddictiontreatment.com
“..Overdoses can be subtle, and without proper attention, can go unnoticed. Users that have overdosed may just be told to “sleep it off”— leaving severe medical consequences to follow. When left untreated, drug and alcohol overdose can cause memory problems, cognitive difficulties, tremors, coma, and death…”

Tragic Stories

Musicians

Top 10 Musicians Who Tragically Died Due to Drugs and Alcohol …

WatchMojo.com
Published on Aug 13, 2016
Top 10 Musicians Who Died Due to Drugs and Alcohol
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Drugs and alcohol have taken away some truly great musicians over the years. This list looks at some revered, talented artists who died from an overdose, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

List entries and rank:
#10: Whitney Houston
#9: John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
#8: Sid Vicious (The Sex Pistols)
#7: Keith Moon (The Who)
#6: Michael Jackson
#5: Elvis Presley
#4: Amy Winehouse
#3, #2 & #1: ?

Treatment

Top 10 Musicians Who Surprisingly Didn’t Die From Drugs

What 11 Now-Sober Celebrities Want You to Know About Addiction elementsbehavioralhealth.com
“..Here are 11 celebrities who have lived to share hard lessons and hope, and some of what they say…

“When you’re having a bad day, the best thing you can do is call somebody and ask them how they’re doing, and actually pay attention and listen to the answer to get out of your own head.”

“A woman came up to me after the meeting and said, ‘You’ve just taken away my last excuse to have a drink.’ I asked her what she meant. She said, ‘I’ve always had this little corner of my mind which held the excuse that, if anything were to happen to my kids, then I’d be justified in getting drunk. You’ve shown me that’s not true.’ I was suddenly aware that maybe I had found a way to turn this dreadful tragedy into something positive. I really was in the position to say, ‘Well, if I can go through this and stay sober, then anyone can.’ There was no better way to honor the memory of my son.”…

“I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone. I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic — it wasn’t me. I’m a fun, polite person and it turned me into a rude bore. For a long time people were saying to me, ‘We think you have a problem,’ but in the end I had to come to the realization myself.”..

Testimonies

-Alcohol

Shanna’s Story of Recovery from Alcohol Addiction – Truly … – YouTube

Your Inspiration: Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction – YouTube

My Addiction Story | Drugs + Alcohol | Total Transparency – YouTube

How I overcame alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

-Fight Demons
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Korn – Love & Meth – YouTube

Testimony–Choosing Faith – Brian Welch quits Korn and kicks drugs with God’s help

Former Korn Guitar Player Faces Addiction addiction-intervention.com
“..From heavy metal to heavy recovery, Brian “Head” Welch, the former guitarist for multi-award winning hard rock band Korn, has come through an addiction battle with methamphetamine and alcohol that is leading even his own fans to give up their addictions…”

Brian Welch: From Korn to Jesus – YouTube

Brian ‘Head’ Welch: God Used My Daughter to Save Me From Drug Addiction churchleaders.com
“..Welch describes two positive feelings he experienced before he came to Christ: the high of performing in front of thousands of people who loved his music and the “euphoric feeling” he had when his daughter was born. ..”

Three Drug Addicts Saved by Jesus

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Now You Know: Dark History of Research on Civilians

United States

-American Citizens

=> Great Lakes Region
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Lyme disease as war weapon? Inside New Jersey representative’s push for probe
USA TODAY Susanne Cervenka,USA TODAY Wed, Aug 14 9:32 AM CDT yahoo.com
“ASBURY PARK, N.J. – People suffering from Lyme disease could be closer to knowing whether the chronic illness impacting an estimated 300,000 or more people started off as a U.S. biological weapon.

U.S Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey hopes that knowledge could lead not only to accountability, but also a potential cure and greater recognition of the disease.

“My hope is, this jump-starts a very aggressive effort to find a cure and see how this (Lyme disease) is growing. It’s pushing out into the Great Lakes area. It’s exploding everywhere,” said Smith, a longtime advocate for Lyme disease research. His district is one of the hotbeds for the disease.

The House of Representatives added a Smith amendment to a federal defense spending bill that would require the Department of Defense’s Inspector General to investigate whether the military, between 1950 and 1975, experimented with ticks and other insects to be used as biological weapons.

Investigators will report back to the House and Senate Armed Services committees with the scope of any experiment it finds, including whether any ticks or insects were released into the environment, either by accident or on purpose.

The amendment was approved by voice vote. Now the House bill has to be reconciled with a Senate bill that does not include Smith’s amendment. Smith is working with senators to ensure the investigation survives the process.

Lyme disease on the rise: What to do if you get a tick bite

More in tick: Ever have a tick? This Kentucky man got one in his eye

Smith’s push for the federal investigation began after reading “Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons,” by Stanford University-based science writer Kris Newby.

A longstanding theory is that Lyme disease was a Soviet-era biological weapon created in a U.S. government research center on Plum Island and released, either accidentally or intentionally…”
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=>Missouri

U.S. Performed Radiation Experiments On Its Own Citizens, New Book Reveals By Gabe Paoletti
Published October 3, 2017
Updated November 6, 2017 allthatsinteresting.com
“..In her newest book, Behind the Fog: How the U.S. Cold War Radiological Weapons Program Exposed Innocent Americans, Martino-Taylor details how unsuspecting American citizens were fed, sprayed, or injected with radioactive materials during a series of experiments from the 1940s to the late 1960s….”
Secret Cold War tests in St. Louis cause worry October 3, 2012, 9:58 PM cbsnews.com
“..ST. LOUIS Doris Spates was a baby when her father died inexplicably in 1955. She has watched four siblings die of cancer, and she survived cervical cancer.

After learning that the Army conducted secret chemical testing in her impoverished St. Louis neighborhood at the height of the Cold War, she wonders if her own government is to blame.

In the mid-1950s, and again a decade later, the Army used motorized blowers atop a low-income housing high-rise, at schools and from the backs of station wagons to send a potentially dangerous compound into the already-hazy air in predominantly black areas of St. Louis…”
US. Army sprays radioactive materials on unsuspecting St. Louis public 1953

Jim Lee
Published on Mar 16, 2013
The Manhattan-Rochester Coalition, research on the health effects of radioactive materials, and tests on vulnerable populations without consent in St. Louis, 1945–1970
http://rezn8d.net/2013/03/16/manhatta…

by Lisa Martino-Taylor, Ph.D.,
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI — COLUMBIA,
2011, 838 pages; 3515886

This piece analyzes a covert Manhattan Project spin-off organization referred to here as the Manhattan-Rochester Coalition, and an obscure aerosol study in St. Louis, Missouri, conducted under contract by the U.S. military from 1953–1954, and 1963–1965. The military-sponsored studies targeted a segregated, high-density urban area, where low-income persons of color predominantly resided. Examination of the Manhattan-Rochester Coalition and the St. Louis aerosol studies, reveal their connections to each other, and to a much larger military project that secretly tested humans, both alive and deceased, in an effort to understand the effects of weaponized radiation. Through this case study, the author explores how a large number of participants inside an organization will willingly participate in organizational acts that are harmful to others, and how large numbers of outsiders, who may or may not be victims of organizational activities, are unable to determine illegal or harmful activity by an organization. The author explains how ethical and observational lapses are engineered by the organization through several specific mechanisms, in an effort to disable critical analysis, and prevent both internal and external dissent of harmful organizational actions. Through studying the process of complex organizational deviance, we can develop public policies that protect the public’s right to know, and construct checks and methods to minimize the chance of covert projects that are contrary to societal norms.

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Other Countries

-Canada

The CIA’s Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A ‘Poisoner In Chief’ September 9, 20192:50 PM ET
Heard on Fresh Air Terry Gross square 2017 TERRY GROSS .npr.org
“During the early period of the Cold War, the CIA became convinced that communists had discovered a drug or technique that would allow them to control human minds. In response, the CIA began its own secret program, called MK-ULTRA, to search for a mind control drug that could be weaponized against enemies.

..

Some of Gottlieb’s experiments were covertly funded at universities and research centers, Kinzer says, while others were conducted in American prisons and in detention centers in Japan, Germany and the Philippines. Many of his unwitting subjects endured psychological torture ranging from electroshock to high doses of LSD, according to Kinzer’s research.

Now, the people who volunteered for these experiments and began taking LSD, in many cases, found it very pleasurable. They told their friends about it. Who were those people? Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, got his LSD in an experiment sponsored by the CIA by MK-ULTRA, by Sidney Gottlieb. So did Robert Hunter, the lyricist for the Grateful Dead, which went on to become a great purveyor of LSD culture. Allen Ginsberg, the poet who preached the value of the great personal adventure of using LSD, got his first LSD from Sidney Gottlieb. Although, of course, he never knew that name.

..”

CIA’s secret brainwashing experiment: Former patients sue U.S. government (1984) – The Fifth Estate

LSD Testing (British Troops)

Why The CIA Ran Secret LSD Tests On Unsuspecting Civilians

LSD’s Long, Strange Trip | Retro Report | The New York Times

=>Point Richmond , California

On the Hunt For The LSD Lab That Changed The World

The Acid Tests: How the CIA’s Experiments With LSD Created the Grateful Dead

-Guatemala

US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940s
By the CNN Wire Staff
October 1, 2010 10:18 p.m. EDT cnn.com
“..
The tests were carried out on female commercial sex workers, prisoners in the national penitentiary, patients in the national mental hospital and soldiers. According to the study, more than 1,600 people were infected: 696 with syphilis, 772 with gonorrhea and 142 with chancres.

The study came to light recently when Wellesley College researcher Susan Reverby found the archived but unpublished notes from the project as she was researching a similar study that was conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama. That study included nearly 400 poor African-American men with preexisting syphilis whose disease was allowed to progress without treatment. Researchers did not infect the subjects, but they did not tell them they had the disease either.

The Tuskegee study was done under the direction of Dr. John C. Cutler, a U.S. Public Health Service medical officer who died in 2003…

Clinton and Sebelius said the United States is launching an investigation and also convening a group of international experts to review and report on the most effective methods to make sure all human medical research worldwide meets rigorous ethical standards.

“As we move forward to better understand this appalling event, we reaffirm the importance of our relationship with Guatemala, and our respect for the Guatemalan people, as well as our commitment to the highest standards of ethics in medical research,” the U.S. statement said…”

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Deep Thought: What causes “sexual harassment” and what can be done?

Understanding Sexual Harassment | Sexual Harassment

Stats

You Are Not Alone: Statistics on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace bushlewis.com
“Statistics on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Determining the true extent of sexual harassment in the workplace is impossible because many victims never come forward. In fact, approximately 70% of workers who say they have experienced sexual harassment never report it. Many more people may experience it but be unaware the unwelcome workplace conduct constitutes sexual harassment. Nevertheless, research confirms that:

Approximately 7,000-8,000 sexual harassment claims are filed with the EEOC every year.
The figure rises by about another 3,000-4,000 when claims from local and state agencies included…”

Study: Sexual Harassment Frequent Among Middle School Students By Allie Bidwell, Staff Writer |April 6, 2014, at 4:05 p.m. usnews.com
The most common act was unwanted physical touching, reported by more than 1 in 5 kids.
“…

At least 1 in 4 middle school students say they’ve experienced unwanted verbal or physical sexual harassment on school grounds, often in the hallway or even in the classroom, according to new research published Sunday.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign surveyed nearly 1,400 students from four Midwestern middle schools on whether they had experienced unwanted sexual harassment. Overall, 27 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys reported they had experienced verbal or physical sexual harassment or violence.
..”

Archives

Why Sexual Harassment Is Still An Issue And Why So Many Get Away With It 06.25.14 strong female lead fastcompany.com
Recent sexual harassment headlines look like something out of Mad Men. Why is this still happening? And what can we do about it?
“…Sexual harassment affects both men and women, but data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows more than 83% of cases are brought by women in 2011 (the latest year data is available).
How does this still happen?

“I see many cases of serious sexual harassment where the victim can’t get any relief because society hasn’t deemed it a serious problem,” says workplace discrimination expert Patricia G. Barnes, Esq., author of Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees, and Psychopaths at the Workplace.

While people are dramatically more aware of sexual harassment than they were a few decades ago, Barnes says it’s still too prevalent. Women who seek redress through the Equal EEOC or lawsuits face long, drawn-out proceedings that often don’t end in their favor…”

Awareness

‘Me Too’ draws attention to sexual assault and harassment KARE 12:51 PM. CDT October 16, 2017 kare11.com
“..Milano says on her Twitter account that she got the idea from a friend. Milano says her friend told her such a tweet “might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

In another tweet that links to a blog post, Milano, who was one of the stars of the long-running sitcom “Who’s the Boss,” writes the following about film producer Harvey Weinstein: “While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy – ecstatic even – that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women. “..”

Causes

Sexual Harassment – Causes of Sexual Harassment hrlibrary.umn.edu

Causes of Sexual Harassment

“Sexual harassment is, above all, a manifestation of power relations � women are much more likely to be victims of sexual harassment precisely because they more often than men lack power, are in more vulnerable and insecure positions, lack self confidence, or have been socialized to suffer in silence.� In order to understand why women endure the vast majority of sexual harassment, it is important to look at some of the underlying causes of this phenomenon…”

Workplace

Causes of Workplace Sexual Harassment lawyercentral.com
“..In many cases, the cause of sexual harassment is rooted in the structure and nature of the workplace. The following factors can contribute to instances of sexual harassment at work:

Dependency on other co-workers for support and teamwork
Reliance on supervisors for career success and approval
Abuse of authority
Workplace bullying
Poor management
Job instability
Personal problems, such as divorce

Regardless of the cause, sexual harassment is illegal. ..”

-Comedians

Report: 5 women accuse Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct TEGNA 3:27 PM. CST November 09, 2017 kare11.com
“..The women say Louis C.K. either masturbated in front of them, asked to do so, or masturbated while speaking on the phone. The accusations took place over a decade ago, according to the report…”

-Government

Gov. Dayton calls for Sen. Schoen to resign
Associated Press and KARE Staff , KARE 12:57 PM. CST November 09, 2017 kare11.com
“..“These disturbing allegations make clear that no workplace, including Minnesota’s State Capitol, is immune to sexual harassment. The DFL stands strongly with the women who bravely shared their difficult stories, and all others who may have been harassed by Senator Dan Schoen. There is no room in our party for sexual harassment. The DFL calls for Senator Schoen’s immediate resignation.”..

The 42-year-old Schoen is also a police officer. He served two House terms before winning his Senate seat last year.

The City of Cottage Grove says it is not aware of any misconduct by Schoen in his role as a police officer, but due to the allegations made against him as a State Senator, the city has elected to assign him to administrative duties until the allegations have been investigated by the State…”

‘Enough’: Women say harassment culture at state capitol must change Jana Shortal, KARE 10:11 PM. CST November 13, 2017 kare11.com

“..
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three women are calling for systemic change at Minnesota’s state capitol.

Two of them say they have been victims of sitting lawmakers Senator Danny Schoen and Representative Tony Cornish.


Representatives Jamie Becker-Finn and Erin Maye Quade were elected to the House last fall.
Lindsey Port is running for a seat in the next election.

All three of them, as women in Minnesota politics, say they know a main rule of this house.

“Shortly after I was elected I was warned by more than one person, separately, to stay away from certain people,” Jamie Becker-Finn said. “It was kind of an eye-opener, just the reality of what working at the capitol is. … It also sent the message that, like, well everybody knows about this and everybody kind of accepts it.”

“That’s what those rules are, right?” Erin Maye Quade said. “It’s about managing the feelings of the harassers. Instead of confronting them and having them have consequences, we just conform our lives around their behavior. And that is just exhausting and quite frankly, again, we don’t have time to keep doing that.”

In the last week, Maye Quade and Port have made their harassment claims public – a bold step away from women adhering to those unspoken rules. But it’s a step they said they had to take to change that rule.

They aren’t just talking. They are acting.

“If we don’t stand up and say enough, who will?” Port said.

All three have called on the governor to immediately create a task force on sexual harassment specific to the capitol environment. They want people outside of partisan pandering to create a system that holds sexual harassers to the fire.

“Once you hold, you start holding people accountable, the folks who maybe haven’t come forward yet, it sends a message that the behavior is – you can’t do this anymore,” said Becker-Finn.”

-Hollywood Scene

Kevin Spacey Cut From Completed ‘All the Money in the World,’ Christopher Plummer to Replace
The Wrap Matt Pressberg and Matt Donnelly,The Wrap 20 hours ago (Nov. 9th 2017) yahoo.com
“..Spacey’s axing comes on the heels of numerous accusations of sexual misconduct made over the past weeks. Several men, some of who said they were minors at time they encountered Spacey, complained of inappropriate sexual relationships, groping and other behavior over several decades.

Spacey’s professional life has unraveled quickly since “Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp accused him of making sexual advances when the latter was 14 years old. More than a dozen men subsequently came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by the Oscar winner…”

Howard Stern: I Knew Harvey Weinstein Was Lying When He Denied There Was A Casting Couch Newsweek Harriet Sinclair,Newsweek 3 hours ago (10.16.17) yahoo.com
“..Radio host Howard Stern told his listeners he “knew” Harvey Weinstein was lying to him in a 2014 interview in which the movie mogul claimed there was no “casting couch.”

In the interview, Stern had asked Weinstein if he could “walk into the room, pull your pants off and say ‘Okay, honey let’s talk business.'”

“Howard, I wish,” Weinstein said at the time. “The movies are too expensive, the risks are too great. It doesn’t happen that way anymore…”
What causes sexual workplace harassment? – Jun 16, 2016 thecaspiantimes

“..So what basically is being said here is that sexual workplace harassment has nothing to do with sexual desire but it’s about protecting a male domain. Some men think of sexual workplace harassment as a tool to show women that the workplace is their territory. Responses to this theory are that this is an act of nature or what should be thought of as the traditional difference between men and women. But all authorities agree on the fact that when we see the root cause of this, it will be the key to a successful prevention of sexual workplace harassment…”
Harvey Weinstein Hired Ex-Spies to Suppress Accusers, Journalists: Report Posted November 7, 2017 by Kelly Woo moviefone.com
“..Ronan Farrow reports in the New Yorker that the mega producer hired ex-spies and private investigators to suppress allegations against him. They targeted accusers like Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, as well as journalists working on exposés of his behavior.

The article details how Weinstein hired Kroll, one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, which is staffed by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies…”

Black Cube
A select group of veterans from the Israeli elite intelligence units that specialises in tailored solutions to complex business and litigation challenges
For Black Cube, a network of for-hire ex-Israeli spies, information is big money Noga Tarnopolsky (Nov 8th 2017) latimes.com
“..Today Black Cube has a website and offices in Tel Aviv, Paris and London.

In the case of Weinstein, Black Cube employees impersonated journalists and a feminist activist in an attempt to insinuate themselves among his alleged victims and the reporters covering their stories in order to stifle articles, according to a report this week in the New Yorker magazine.

Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister, said in a statement Monday that about a year ago, Weinstein approached him to inquire about an Israeli security company that could “help him deal with business issues he’s currently facing.”

Barak said that he thought the firm Weinstein wanted was Black Cube but that he “does not personally know the firm or its officials and he only transferred to Weinstein information that allowed him to reach out to them on his own.”..”

38 Women Accuse Director James Toback Of Sexual Misconduct Matthew Jacobs 2 hours 24 minutes ago (10.22.17) yahoo.com
‘…It’s long been said that Toback was a sexual predator. In 1989, Spy Magazine reported that he would approach women, brag about being a Hollywood director, ask whether they’d like to consider a role in one of his forthcoming films and then ask them to meet him at late hours. Gawker echoed these claims in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Now, days after the #MeToo hashtag encouraged survivors of sexual assault to speak out on social media, more than three dozen women told the Los Angeles Times that Toback ejaculated in front of them, probed their masturbation habits, demanded they disrobe and/or rubbed his groin against their bodies. These incidents allegedly occurred in hotel rooms, on movie sets and in offices.

Toback was a notorious name in Hollywood circles, even though he never achieved widespread household fame. In 1991, he received an Oscar nomination for writing the Warren Beatty gangster movie “Bugsy.” Many of his films, including “Fingers,” “The Pick-Up Artist,” “Two Girls and a Guy” and “Harvard Man,” revolve around womanizers, the mafia or both. “The idea is not to have a separation between my life and my movies,” Toback said in a 2002 Salon interview.
..”

‘Death of a Salesman’ Actress Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexual Harassment Hunter Harris Hunter Harris 19 hours ago (12.9.17) yahoo.com
‘..An actress from the 1984 Dustin Hoffman–starring Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman has accused Hoffman of sexual harassment. In a first-person essay for The Hollywood Reporter, Kathryn Rossetter alleges that Hoffman groped her, slipped his hands under her costume to touch her inner thighs, and asked for foot massages throughout the show’s run…”
Kathryn Rossetter – IMDb imdb.com
New Dustin Hoffman Accuser Claims Harassment and Physical Violation on Broadway (Guest Column) 9:40 AM PST 12/8/2017 by Kathryn Rossetter hollywoodreporter.com

=>UNDERAGE

Ex-model: Russell Simmons sexually assaulted me when I was 17 today.com
“..
On Megyn Kelly TODAY, Megyn is joined by former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who alleges that when she was 17, she was sexually assaulted by Def Jam Recording founder Russell Simmons while film director Brett Ratner stood by and watched. “I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she says of Ratner.”

Accusations Real or Not?

Here’s the truth about false accusations of sexual violence November 24, 2017 9.55am EST theconversation.com
“..Why didn’t these women speak up sooner? This was asked time and time again during the recent public furore around sexual harassment, violence and abuse. Underlying the question is a persistent uncertainty about the credibility of victims – a concern with identifying what is true and what is false.

As women speak out, some have been met with explicit counter accusations that their descriptions are untrue. Others have been served with a defamation case which has resulted in the Solidarity Not Silence campaign to raise funds to fight the ensuing legal battle…”

Government

A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation. By Shawn Boburg, Aaron C. Davis and Alice Crites November 27 2017 washingtonpost.com
“..A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public…”

-Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Nominee

Kavanaugh questioned about sex assault allegations – YouTube

Fact-checking internet rumors about Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford By Kyra Haas, Manuela Tobias, Miriam Valverde on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 2:06 p.m. politifact.com
“..Ford, a California psychology professor, accused President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her at a party while the two were in high school in 1982. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

..”

Kavanaugh accuser testifies to Senate Committee (Full testimony)

Kavanaugh: My name destroyed by vicious and false accusations …

The Flawed Statistic That’s Helping Poison the Brett Kavanaugh Debate By DAVID FRENCH September 22, 2018 6:00 AM nationalreview.com
Only a small fraction of rape claims are proved false, but far more are never pursued, because of insufficient evidence.
“..It happens every single time there’s a public debate about sex crimes. Advocates for women introduce, in addition to the actual evidence in the case, an additional bit of “data” that bolsters each and every claim of sexual assault. You see, “studies” show that women rarely file false rape claims. According to many activists, when a woman makes a claim of sexual assault, there is an empirically high probability that she’s telling the truth.

..”

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of mind control research funded by foundation linked to “computational psychosomatics” neuro-hijacking (UPDATE 1) Monday, October 01, 2018 by: Mike Adams naturalnews.com
“..Internet sleuths are turning up an extraordinary collection of evidence that increasingly points to Christine Blasey Ford being involved in mind control programs at Stanford, which some claim are run by the CIA. We have confirmed that Stanford University, where Ford works, runs a “CIA undergraduate internship program” which is described in full at this Stanford.edu recruitment page for the CIA. The Stanford recruitment page for the CIA explains, “You will be given the opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals and see first-hand the role the CIA plays in supporting US officials who make our country’s foreign policy.”

..”

Kavanaugh’s Accuser Is An Expert In Mind Control And Planting Memories

Grand
Published on Oct 3, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford’s background reveals she supports Hillary Clinton and is also an executive for the company behind the RU486 abortion pill. Alex exposes how she is involved in a CIA founded mind control operation that implants false memories and removes memories.

MEET THE REAL CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD, NOT THE FAKE ONE PRESENTED BY THE DEMOCRATS Posted on September 29, 2018 abyssum.org
“..1 – Unable to name the exact year it happened,

2 – Not remembering where the location incident took place,

3 – How they gathered together that night.

4 – How she got home

5 – Did not tell anyone of incident at the time..

Dr Blasey-Ford has a Husband, Russell Ford, met at Stanford Univ, and were married in 2002. They have 3 young children. Russell Ford is the “Senior Director” at Zosano Pharma, and Exclusively Specializes in “Mind Altering” Drugs. Russell deleted his Facebook account, and removed his name from his Companies Website. Imagine that, he deals with Mind Altering drugs, and Christine is a CIA Internship recruiter for Stanford for CIA MKULTRA mind readjustments? ..”

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Prophecy: Prophet Charlie Shamp

Destiny Encounters
Published on Sep 30, 2018

http://www.destinyencounters.com

Celebrities

-Bill Cosby
*see Spotlight Sitcom: Cosby Show goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Phylicia Rashad tells the truth about Bill Cosby

No Laughing Matter: Inside the Bill Cosby Allegations (2015)

False Accusations

“I didn’t do it!”: Protecting yourself against false sexual assault accusations nglawyers.com
“How many times have you read an article in a newspaper or seen a report on television about a sexual assault and assumed that the facts relayed therein are true? In fact, a sizable number of such reports turn out not to be true. The following is an example:

..”

Former Student Accused of Lying About Being Raped Declines Plea Deal WTIC – Hartford 2 hours 45 minutes ago (1.12.18)
A former Sacred Heart University student appeared before a judge on Wednesday to answer a claim by police that she lied about being raped at an off campus party in 2017.

Former Sacred Heart student arrested for allegedly lying about being raped, declines plea deal Posted 7:30 PM, January 10, 2018, by Tony Terzi, Updated at 07:32PM, January 10, 2018 fox61.com
“..Nickki Yovino, who is now 19-years-old, claims she was raped by two Sacred Heart University football players, in October of 2016. However, Bridgeport police arrested her four months later because they say she admitted she had lied…

..According to Bridgeport police, Yovino told them the reason she claimed rape was to gain sympathy from another student, who she hoped might become her boyfriend. Her attorney refused to respond to the cops claim.”

Students accused of rape may be unfairly punished. – YouTube

CNN
Published on Dec 10, 2014
Journalist Emily Yoffe explains possible civil rights infringements in an effort to combat campus sexual assaults.

Endless Blue
5 months ago
i was accused of rape freshman year of highschool by another girl everyone believed it and i was asked to leave the school after fighting hard and telling them i did nothing a year later i gathered a ton of evidence and presented it to the school and a officer i wanted her in big trouble she ruined my life anyway the school agreed she should be punished and so did the officer but they couldn’t do anything i cried and cried im almost a junior now and i loose life opritunitys due too my small town knowing the rumors NEVER DO THIS TO ANYONE

Wrongfully Jailed For Rape As A Teen, He Now Helps Others Falsely Convicted | Megyn Kelly TODAY

TODAY
Published on Jan 9, 2018

Accused of rape by a fellow student, Brian Banks accepted a plea deal and went to prison on his 18th birthday. Years later he was exonerated with the help of the California Innocence Project. He’s joined on Megyn Kelly TODAY by Project director Justin Brooks and former prosecutor Loni Coombs, with whom he now examines other potentially wrongful convictions on the series “Final Appeal.”

Legal Cases

Top 5 Most Absurd Cases of Sexual Harassment
https://youtu.be/dF2ckaKp3yE
Published on Jan 1, 2017

Some of the biggest cases of sexual harassment that landed the victims large sums of money.

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*includes Bill Clinton settled the Paula Jones case. He wasn’t fined.
Weinstein Helped Pay For Bubba’s Legal Fees During Monica Lewinsky Scandal ByPaul Bois @PaulBois39 October 16, 2017 politico.com
Contributed $10,000 to Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund
“..Records indicate that back when President Bill “Bubba” Clinton was embroiled in his own sex scandal against former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, he received a bit of financial help from none other than his good pal Harvey Weinstein, an alleged rapist and sexual harasser.

As noted by Fox News, a recently uncovered 1998 story in The Washington Post reveals that Weinstein donated the maximum contribution of $10,000 Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund.

The now-disgraced movie mogul’s relationship with America’s former President and First Lady has come under severe scrutiny in recent days as the allegations against Weinstein have stacked up. Naturally, the Clintons have pleaded ignorance in regards to his behavior…”

Actions:

More “Equal” Power?

Streep calls out Harvey Weinstein at women’s conference
Thu, Dec 7 6:11 PM CST yahoo.com
“..She said women still don’t have enough representation in leadership positions and that impacts how decisions are made. Streep said women in the entertainment industry are prepared to demand for equal representation in board rooms and other improvements to the American workplace.

“We are after 50/50 by 2020,” she said to loud applause. “Equal means equal. And if it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and it wouldn’t have been tolerated.”

Streep made the comments in a conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference in Boston…”

Dressing “Modestly”??

Street Harassment: Sidewalk Sleazebags and Metro Molesters

Mayim Bialik Responds to ‘Vicious’ Criticism Over Her Harvey Weinstein Editorial
Entertainment Tonight Leena Tailor‍,Entertainment Tonight Sun, Oct 15 1:38 PM CDT yahoo.com

“..“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote. “I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”..”

“Dress modestly” to avoid sexual harassment!? –
IndiaTimes July 13, 2012 Indiatimes.com<
“..A public debate has erupted in China after Shanghai subway bosses requested women to “dress modestly” and avoid sexual harassment.
According to China Daily, in the country’s sweltering summer season, it makes sense for people to wear thin and cool clothes. The debate over scantily clad women, however, came to the fore after the company running the Shanghai Metro posted a notice on its official microblog.
It urged female passengers to dress modestly to avoid sexual harassment while warning about the “many perverts” using the subway system, the daily said. This set off a storm of protests on China’s social networking sites as women criticised the company for apparently suggesting that they, and not the men who harassed them, were the guilty parties…”

Missouri Interns Told To Dress ‘Modestly’ To Avoid Sexual Harassment by Lydia Morrish | 2 years ago konbini.com

“..Maybe the right route to go down is to educate everyone on the importance of not harassing each other so, you know, maybe the interns won’t have to wear high collars and chunky knit cardigans to avoid being groped…”
Research on the Relationship between Rape and Dressing anabagail.wordpress.com
“..From this study we may be moved to conclude that the more provocatively dressed a woman is dressed the less likely she is to be harassed. This finding seems to agree with this feed shared by @Cherox in which I was copied http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/sexual-assault-survivors-answer-the-question-what-were-you-w. Most of the women in this interview were definitely not provocatively dressed.

Does this however provide conclusive evidence that dressing plays no role in rape cases? No, in fact, sociopathic rapists profile their victims through their demeanour such that women who appear to lack confidence or are looking more vulnerable are often targeted. ..”

Sexual Harassment and Provocative Dress at Work – YouTube

Workplace

Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace

“Published on Mar 17, 2017

“Let The Voice Be Yours” Women’s Day short film
A Lin Productions initiative in collaboration with Bombay Diaries conceptualised by Anupama Ahluwalia.
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Sexual Harassment: Causes, Consequences and Cures westerncape.gov.za
“..his document gives guidelines on how to deal with sexual harassment within the workplace, its causes, consequences and cures.
Contents:

What is Harassment?
Causes
Types of Harassers
Typical Victims
Consequences
Cures
For Help with the Handling of Harassment

Related

Stopping Sexual Harassment at School – For Learners (Public Information) (File type: pdf; size: 388.51 KB)
..”

Healing

-Documentary

Telling Stories of Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Journey To Healing in VR June 1, 2017 by Bobby Carlton vrscout.com
‘..Testimony is a documentary that tells the stories of five sexual assault survivors (four women and one male) using virtual reality to bring the viewer into each individual story being told. But it doesn’t use VR to make you a part of the story. Instead, VR is used in a more intimate way, by placing you face to face with rape survivors, where you listen to each person talk very openly about what had happened to them and what follows after their assault; such as the years of suffering and pain, the PTSD, the self medicating, the isolation, and the shame.

“This technique [using VR] allows the audience to make their own connections, resisting the fixed conclusions that are often a part of linear documentary filmmaking and turning the viewers into active participants,” described in a statement from the creators of Testimony. “Testimony is less about story “telling” and more about story discovery…

Testimony-How God helped in recovery from sexual abuse … – YouTube

“Healing Begins” Recovery from Rape / Sexual Assault … – YouTube

Jason’s story – survivor of sexual assault – YouTube

HEALING INSIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED AS A CHILD – Jeff Mills Christian Testimony
https://youtu.be/NHq1aQQKU0A
*see Deep Thought: Why is sexual abuse common? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Other Resources

Healing in the Workplace by L’Orangerie Crawford & Terri Harrison

Deep Thought: Why is sexual abuse common? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Struggling with Sexual Temptation How to “fight” all the sexual temptations in this world?, goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

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Spotlight: Celebrity-Carrie Fisher’s “success”!

After watching-reading the news of “celebrities” that have died recently that I looked up to growing-up, I pondered this question-“Can celebrities have success?” Success can be defined in many ways, but I’m referring to success as battling our “life challenges”. My first “spotlight” is Carrie Fisher…

Carrie Fisher seem to successfully beat her “bi-polar” mental illness by completing treatment in the mental hospital. She still had challenges, but she overcame (eg. drugs) them successfully though her one-act Broadway show (“Wishful Drinking”), wrote a book (The Princess Diarist ) , etc… she was gifted with words!

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher : The Documentary

Inside Carrie Fisher’s Difficult Upbringing with Famous Parents by Julie Miller December 27, 2016 9:15 pm vanityfair.com
Her father, Eddie Fisher, left her mother, Debbie Reynolds, for Elizabeth Taylor—and that was only the beginning.
“..And in a 2009 interview, Fisher told Vanity Fair how sharing her stories—which had an atypical, wry perspective on Hollywood’s usual trappings: stars, addictions, and broken marriages—played a large role in her mental health…”

Movie: Star Wars Series Reflections goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Nothing captures Carrie Fisher’s rise to fame like this 1977 interview shortly after the release of ‘Star Wars’ Bustle Emma Lord, Bustle Dec. 27, 2016, 4:52 PM
“..Though Fisher became a household name through her portrayal of Princess (and later General) Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, she was also a celebrated writer and mental health advocate. But before her rich and multitalented career took off, she was a 19-year-old unknown — and nothing quite captures her rise to fame like this old Carrie Fisher interview from 1977…”
Carrie Fisher’s 9 best non-‘Star Wars’ roles | cleveland.com
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill on Late Night, Spring 1983 , from youtube.com
*watched towards the end for the Star Wars trivia
Carrie Fisher’s full 1990 CNN inteview , from youtube.com
“..Published on Dec 27, 2016

In a 1990 interview with CNN’s Larry King, Carrie Fisher opens up about being the daughter of Hollywood royalty, her battles with addiction and life as an author after “Star Wars.”..”
“Talking with someone in interviews is therapy”-Carrie F. (paraphrase)
*see Movie: Star Wars Series Reflections goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher Panel FULL – Star Wars Celebration 2017 Orlando
https://youtu.be/o6yaOp1mYdw
*see Movie: Star Wars -“The Last Jedi” Reflection goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Carrie Fisher: I didn’t want to be famous (2009) cnn.com
“..In a 2009 interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown, Carrie Fisher says she did not want to go into show business because she saw what happened to parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Source: CNN.”

“It scared me..a celebrity..your not going to stay in a fantastic time..it’s going all away…all these people are going to love you..it’s attention”-Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher on Charlie Rose, 2009


How Carrie Fisher Came to Terms With Having a Mental Illness | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN , from youtube.com
“..Published on Dec 28, 2016

When Carrie Fisher was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 20s, she didn’t believe the doctor. At the time, Carrie jokes, she thought that people who had bipolar disorder were “nuts” rather than seeing it as something that could happen to anybody. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit http://bit.ly/1ODj0x7

Find OWN on TV at http://www.oprah.com/FindOWN …”

Fight Against Mental Illness For Carrie Fisher | MSNBC


“..Published on Dec 28, 2016

The late Carrie Fisher used her celebrity status to fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Columnist Michael Musto nad MSNBC’s Craig Melvin discuss…”
-Faith

Star Wars’ Princess Carrie Fisher’s Religion worldreligionnews.com
“.. Carrie Frances Fisher, the American actress, producer, writer, and humorist better known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series died Tuesday at age 60. Fisher was born to actress Debbie Reynolds (a Nazarene) and singer Eddie Fisher (a Jew). She was born in Beverly Hills, California. Fisher’s paternal grandparents were Jewish Russian immigrants. Fisher was raised a Protestant. However, her father’s religion influenced her so much that she later started identifying as Jewish. According to Fisher, it was her father singing in the synagogue that impacted her spirituality. In an interview given to JWeekly, a San Francisco-based Jewish newspaper, Fisher said that she and her daughter often used to attend Jewish services and take part in Shabbat meals. Lighting candles have a certain loveliness to it, so have saying thanks to a lovely week. She expressed Judaism by singing the song Hearts and Bones, that has lyrics expressing the freedom of Jews, a song that was written by her ex-husband Paul Simon.

…Fisher blasted the UK cinemas for preventing to show a 60-second advert that featured the Lord’s Prayer before showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which she reprises her role as Princess Leia…”
Pastor Todd Fisher: My Mom, Debbie Reynolds, Wanted To Be With Carrie Fisher 11:30AM EST 12/29/2016 Jessilyn Justice charismanews.com
“…Todd became a charismatic church leader shortly after Carrie’s catapult to fame with the Star Wars franchise. He started his own church in his mother’s studio in the ’80s, but the congregation rapidly outgrew the space.

“We preach the truth, and if that means poking fun at some of the traditions—well, hey, that’s just part of it. Jesus spent his career exposing the Pharisees and Sadducees because they weren’t worshipping God, they were worshipping traditions. Those people are still with us today,” he told People in 1984.

Todd appears to be the most outspoken about his faith in the family trio.

Carrie described her faith: “I love the idea of God, but it’s not stylistically in keeping with the way I function. I would describe myself as an enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God.”

Please pray for the Reynolds-Fisher family during this heartbreaking time. ..”
Debbie Reynolds’ Son, Pastor Todd Fisher, Says Mom Wanted to Be With Daughter, Carrie By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor Jan 1, 2017 | 11:27 AM christianpost.com
‘..She went to be with Carrie. In fact, those were the last words that she spoke this morning,” Todd, co-founder of Hiding Place Church in California, told E! News. “More specifically, she said that she really, she was under a lot of stress.”

Todd added, “She held it together beautifully, obviously, for the last couple of days but she was under a lot of emotion and stress from the loss [of Carrie] and it’s pretty much what triggered this event.”

Reynolds didn’t get to see her daughter “as Carrie was on her way back from England and none of us really got to see her other than in the hospital,” Pastor Fish..

Her son, Todd, became a Christian in 1980, and was later ordained as a minister. He founded Hiding Place, along with musician Henry Cutrona of Christian country rock band Gentle Faith. A non-denominational, charismatic congregation, the church first met in North Hollywood at his mother’s DR Studios. After outgrowing that location, the church was moved to Beverly Theater in Beverly Hills. By 1986, the church had relocated to Emerson Middle School in Westwood, Los Angeles, with an average Sunday attendance of 1,000…”

17 Carrie Fisher Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness By Peter Economy
The Leadership Guy@bizzwriter inc.com
Actress, author, and screenwriter Carrie Fisher was an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

Carrie Fisher Remembered: The Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Actress

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Social Justice: “Cleansing” of the Lower Class?

ASIA

Philippines

The Killing Time: Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs Rishi Iyengar / Manila @Iyengarish Aug. 25, 2016 time.com
“..The Philippines is hardly alone. Executing people for drug-related offenses, judicially or otherwise, is characteristic of the region. According to a report last year by drug policy NGO Harm Reduction International, the only countries other than Iran and Saudi Arabia known to have executed drug traffickers since 2010 are all Asian: China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.

Thailand conducted its own war on drugs in 2003 under then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the events then — more than 13,000 arrests, over 36,000 cases of people surrendering to police, and nearly 1,200 deaths in its first month — will feel eerily familiar to Filipinos.

Two decades earlier, a wave of extrajudicial executions took place in Indonesia under its autocratic leader Suharto. They came to be known as the petrus killings after the Indonesian acronym for penembak misterius (mysterious gunmen) and had as their supposed aim a reduction in crime. Thousands were murdered in the period between 1983 and 1985.

Now, it’s the Philippines’ turn, and Duterte’s war may turn out to be the most ferocious yet. “This fight against drugs will continue to the last day of my term,” he said.

That day is six years away…”

EUROPE

England

Boris Johnson and the ‘social cleansing’ of London’s estates Tuesday, 9 February 2016 8:26 AM politics.co.uk
‘… On the current evidence, and despite all the rhetoric about the big society and co-operative councils, neither the mayor nor most council cabinet members are really willing to do that. But they should. On the few occasions where councils and housing associations have gone down this route, they’ve ended up building more new homes, at a fraction of the cost, and without the terrible social costs…”

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil

A New Olympic Sport: City Cleansing rioonwatch.org
“..All over the city there are projects which emphasize cleanliness, from the athlete’s village called “Pure Island” to developments in the Port Zone (part of the “Marvelous Port” Olympic legacy project) which seem to be trying to erase the history of slavery in the region. Real estate developers like Carlos Carvalho want to build entire areas solely for the noble elite, while the City’s strategy in Vila Autódromo has been to hide the favela in newly built housing. Private security guards have even been shipping the homeless out of touristic parts of the city to shelters up to 80 kilometers away. In February, the State Public Defenders joined 25 other organizations in writing a letter to the United Nations to denounce the “irregular apprehension” of minors in the street as a form of “preparatory ‘hygienization’ for the Olympics,” according to R7…”

Colombia

Colombia’s ‘social cleansing’ phenomenon: Exterminating people like bugs
written by Thomas Graham April 21, 2016 colombiareports.com
“Legal authorities continue to turn a blind eye to so-called “social cleansing” practices that kill hundreds of “undesirables” in Colombia’s urban areas every year.

Social cleansing killings have a long, bloody history in Colombia’s major cities. For the most part they remain unsolved, yet to human rights monito…”

To begin with Los Calvos only attacked rapists, but as time passed their targets expanded to include delinquents, as well as drug dealers and addicts. They had their revenge, and they developed a taste for vigilantism. It has been reported that they are still active today, targeting the district’s crack-addicts….

Any other places you know of this “social cleansing” going on? What can “we” do about it?

Living in the Sewers of Colombia

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Sharing God’s Love in Our City’s Streets?

Do you ever encounter “homeless” people begging you for money whenever you walk the streets of a city or even driving around a neighborhood? What do you do? Do we walk pass them to ignore them? What would Jesus do?

Story 1

I admit, I have many times ignored these individuals because I was in a hurry or just had bad “judgment” on them. Well, last weekend I decided to “do something” . I was walking from

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…to the Minneapolis Convention Center on a Sunday morning (July 13th 2014). I was there for the All-Star festivities (e.g. Fan Fest). As I was walking towards Nicollet Avenue, a guy came by walking besides me asking for money. I then told him I rather not give him money, but instead of food. He declined and asked for money to buy some food instead. Well, he was very persistent, which I kept being persistent. I then “tried” to quote a Bible verse “Silver or gold I don’t have, but I have Jesus” (paraphrased this because I forgot the exact order..lol).

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Anyways, he just continued to walk with me to Nicollet Avenue as he shared his name (Isaac). I then smiled and replied, “that’s a name in the Bible”. He then said, “I know, I’m already born-again and saved” (I questioned myself in thought, “what is he doing here then?”). Anyways, I know we all go through some “wildernesses”, so I wanted to help this guy out to build his faith too. I asked him about his background, which he told me he already has a job. However, it’s only with a temp agency. I’ve had jobs with temp agencies before, so I somewhat can relate. I asked him what he’s good at , but he was persistent about the money thing again. Along the walk, I noticed a street preacher (lady) reading Bible verses, which is the same corner where I’ve seen others before. I thought to my self that this is so ironic! I then told him to come to Morris where there are many jobs available. He said, he might do this in the future. I then asked about his family, which he told me he has siblings in Indiana. I asked what made him move here from there. He replied, the “jobs opportunities”.

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We then sat down in a bench where there were other “homeless” people around the area getting ready for the “big day” to beg for money. I told him I would love to pray for him about his current circumstances, which he obliged. I was chatting too much as I was holding his hand about to pray that he told me, “I thought we were going to pray together”. I stopped talking and started praying for him with a smile. He then persistently ask for money again, so I told him “no” and took him to the Walgreens around the corner. I told him he can get whatever he “needs”, so he shopped around and picked a deli sandwich and a snack (?). I even told him to get a drink as it’s supposed to get warm later on. He picked a drink and kindly double checked if he can get one. We then went to the counter and I bought his items As we left the store, I gave him more encouraging words (forgot what I said) as he joined his peers by the bench we were sitting before to pray.

I then continued my way to the Minneapolis Convention Center for Fan Fest 2014!

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Story 2

I had to share this story because this was another unique individual homeless guy. I was walking to church (St. Paul Cathedral) with my parents last evening for mass (church service). I noticed this “homeless” guy fixing his bicycle that was upside down-along with his personal stuff on the side of the sidewalk besides the church entrance. I was about to ask if he needed help, but I just continued to walk past him and up the stairs to the entrance. I was inclined to turn around, but decided to do so after we got to our pew after the “procession” (priest and team walking from the back to the front and do an intro) in the church building. During this time, I thought of that “forward email story” about the church people passing by this homeless guy and no one did anything. The “church people” didn’t realize that homeless guy was actually their “new pastor” , which he would later share..that’s it-that was the “sermon message” itself..

Church Mistreats Homeless Man Who is Pastor in Disguise

Churchgoers Ignored the Pleas of A ‘Homeless’ Man. An Hour Later They Cried from Shame. TeamGodVine last update 07/09/2017, 11:06 PM godvine.com
“…A Pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000-member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change…
He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares, dirty looks, and people looking down on him. As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you our new Pastor.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ ‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry, and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?” He then dismissed service until next week.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.” Be a Christian all you want, but at least follow the teachings of Christ if you’re going to claim the title.

Matthew 25:35-45…”

Well, I felt the urge to to be used by God to reach out to this man in case no one else did by the “church building”. When I went down the stairs, I noticed this guy was ready to head out as his bicycle was in the upright position and all his belongings that was scattered was all packed up. I went over and asked if his bicycle was all fixed. He told me, yes and explained what was wrong (e.g. loose chain). He would not stop talking after that as he would end up sharing a lot about his situation after some “curiosity” question…

“Name is Patrick and originally from Des Moines-Iowa. I have been traveling all over the country. I plan to stay at a motel in Cottage Grove (Sal: “I told him that the bike trail from downtown to Cottage Grove is block due to construction”. I knew this before as I tried to ride my bike from where my parents live in the East Side to Downtown St. Paul). Would you be able to drive me? (Sal: “I told him that I would if I had a bigger vehicle and I explained to myself that I’m in the middle of “mass” with my parents). He then shared that he knows the people at the motel and then started sharing about his past-” I have to be careful of girls/ladies, I have to keep out of trouble (Sal: thinking that he was in trouble in the past and running away from it). I did drugs, like meth and other types of drugs… (Sal: He mention others, but can’t remember)…(Sal: He was non-stop in telling me some other stuff that I don’t remember what else he shared). He knew I just came from church, so he shared about Christians he has met (Sal: I noticed an African American guy just walking away after chatting with him and Patrick just put a Bible with his “stuff” packed in the back of his bicycle)…

..I started to grow in compassion for him with discernment (asking God what to do and say as I didn’t want to be lied too as I have been with past conversations with homeless people). I shared earlier how he has a cool name and I reminded him of “St. Patick”, which I wasn’t able to share more as he was “non-stop” in chatting /sharing with me. I noticed my time was long and my parents were probably wondering where I am. I didn’t want to leave without at least praying for him. I asked if I could pray for him, so I quickly did . I was closing my eyes, but opened to realize he started to kneel. I felt like I should’ve kneeled with him. I remembered one of the teaching at a church conference to pray with people in the “same level” as a sign of humility. I felt bad I didn’t as I wondered what people around me were thinking. After praying for him, I decided to give him some “change” (cash) to help him out . I then told him to stay away from those drugs with a smile :), which he told me he will and started to chat more. I showed him with my body movements that I had to leave, which I felt I could’ve stayed longer to hear more of his story. I had so many questions based on what he already shared. For example, what drew him to the streets? I felt like something bad he did and left/ran away from home because of shame. I forgot to pray about that, so let’s pray together…

“Heavenly Father, we lift Patrick up to you. We ask that You personally reveal your compassion to him and heal him of any past hurts. May you used another follower of Yours to share the “Good News” with him. We pray that the “seeds of faith” that others and I have shared will grow..in Jesus’ name..Amen”

Thanks for praying for me. I actually have been praying for him before writing this blog as there were other things I wished I could’ve done to “reach out” to him more. It seems like God has really touched my heart this past week about “reaching out to” homeless people with other related events (e.g. Prior to mass last night, I shared various videos of “reaching out” to homeless people after I won free tickets to this music event earlier last month that was given by this Christian non-profit organization called “Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities“..

I forgot to tell him about this homeless shelter with the few chance to share/talk as he was a “chatter box”. I was able to tell him about Minnesota Teen Challenge after he shared about his drug use and later “alcohol” use (shared that he’s been sober for 6 months). This was part of my prayer that God will protect him from temptation and the addiction.

Well, that was my personal story this unique encounter. When I returned back to mass, I came in the middle of the priest’s message (e.g. important to talk with God at least 10 minutes a day…) as I missed the 3 readings. My parents never asked where I went too as I was going to share until they asked me, but I probably should since I remembered my mom asking earlier today, “are you mad for some reason..?”. I didn’t correlate the two as I thought it was about something else.

The following day (today), I went to my local church in St. Paul. The pastor shared in his message about reaching to those homeless people with signs (see one of my related stories-> Folks with Signs Along the Highway Exit Ramps Part 1 ) along the highway exit ramps. I just feel this has been a theme that God is trying to show me and the “church body” to NOT forget about these people. What about you?

What do you think? Did I do the “right” thing? Is this what Jesus would’ve done? Did I share God’s love? What could’ve I done better?

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