"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 21, 2014 at 07:34 am
Bullyism, Homophobism,Sexism,Sizism and Racism; they are all one in the same and they areRead More perpetrated by people who are inadequate,insecure and have feelings of insignificance within themselves. Much like the Cyber bullies on Patch or any blog site that sits behind the protection of there keyboard and say nasty things about folks when otherwise they would be quiet as a mouse!
Johnny Depp in "Transcendence", A Movie Preview
Lone Ranger April 19, 2014 at 08:41 am
very interesting , a digital computerized life form....
Lone Ranger April 19, 2014 at 08:46 am
Or an up to date Frankenstein, just in a box connected to other boxes who all have access toRead More everything in this world. Maybe we should just turn off everything and go back before computers, before cell phones , before cordless everything and then we don't have to worry about this hypothetical. Man creates his own problems and man will create his own demise..
Beau Behan April 20, 2014 at 07:38 am
Hi Everyone, Thanks for taking the time to keep the 'dialogue' going. Technology and itsRead More by-products, I believe, will always be a hot topic.
Giorgio C. April 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
Carl, This piece you wrote hits close to home. I lost a dear friend to theRead More drugs/incarceration/drugs cycle. He was a user, not a dealer. He didn't use/drink and drive, so he wasn't a threat to society . All his life, he was medicating himself. I knew him as a kid in grade school right up until he passed at age 48, on his birthday. I watched him cry as I tried to take a bottle of vodka out of his hands. At one point along his painful journey, someone in the system discovered he was clinically depressed, something that ran in his family. His final lock-up was with some really bad dudes which scared the hell out of my friend, and demoralized him even further. This beautiful person was not only battling a nightmare of drugs, but also the additional nightmare of being treated like a criminal. He was not a criminal. He was a sick person who needed help. He often talked about the real prison being the one inside of him. That is the one he was seeking to be free from. My last conversation with him was between a sheet of glass, using the prison phone. He tried to remain positive, even helping some of the inmates with their physical and spiritual conditioning and even dietary improvements. In this one facility, he was like a spiritual guru. I still have the letters he sent me, complete with smiley faces. Then they sent him to some facility much harder, down near the Mexican border. Imagine this, that when he got out of jail, part of his terms of probation was to be drug-free, otherwise return to jail. This situation needs to be handled via a risk-assessment approach, but instead, is handled from a morality-assesment approach. The police officers (morality enforcers) are often the kinds of folks who in addition to simply doing their job enforcing the law, are of the mindset that these people like my friend were bad people. Some officers are compassionate, but it is my observation that many are not. The truly bad folks are the dealers. Some dealers do not even touch the stuff themselves, that for them, it is simply about their financial gain. They are cold and uncaring and prey on the weak. I know everyone will say to hit the user hard, as this will slow the drug pipeline, but I have to disagree. Hit the dealers harder. I lost a friend. His family lost a sibling, a son, a brother, and an uncle. But we still have plenty of dealers, yes?
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
Giorgio C.: Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
Linda M. Miller April 14, 2014 at 10:46 am
On Friday, Apr 12, I received a political flyer in the mail from your group endorsing Kevin JensenRead More for Santa Clara County Sheriff. It claims that he leads with INTEGRITY .... Well, here's my dilemma ... I'm not sure what's supposed to be meant by serving the community with INTEGRITY. All my life I've strived to maintain my privacy and those I work with and love. This includes shredding documents with personal information, etc... to avoid IDENTITY THEFT ... However ... Your flyer stripped me of MY PRIVACY ... on the back of the flyer in BIG, BOLD, BLUE LETTERS it lists: my name, address, phone number [which is incorrect] and date of birth. I am mortified to know that your group who is supporting someone who is sworn to protect our community has without thought put everyone's identity in harms way. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. This could have been easily resolved by using envelopes or designing the flyer differently. What's wrong with a little extra thought or cost to protect the people he is campaigning to serve? This practice should be changed - IMMEDIATELY - as one NEVER KNOWS who might be rummaging through someone's mail. I tried calling the number on the flyer 916-442-2952 but got a wrong number and someone who was not happy getting such calls. Further the number they gave me 408-295-1500 never has a real person answering it .. just a message saying "no one is in the office". This is so sad, so sad. A simple considerate thought could have prevented all this. We live in a differently world today than we were raised in, let's strive to be sure we keep it as safe as possible for all. LMiller