Happy National Popcorn Day!

Not long ago, a friend, OT,  had suggested to me a particular diet plan. He wasn’t suggesting it to me because I had asked him for advice or that I had needed the advice, but it came with a story. OT told me about how he stayed sexy-skinny — my words, not his — when he was in that crowd, where he needed to be “sexy-skinny.”

The trick? The Two P’s: Popcorn and Pickles. I want to add, if it were my diet suggestion, it would’ve been the Three P’s; I. Love. Peanut Butter. (Three P’s and a B?)

Today is National Popcorn Day, so of course, I was reminded of this story, and I simply had to share it. It seemed like pretty great advice from someone who isn’t a nutritionist but could hang with the twinks. Also, OT is chock-full of sage advice, so this is your one warning: there are more tidbits of wisdom coming soon.

But let’s get into the why…

When he was on tour, OT was around slender, almost sickeningly skinny, young gay men. As an artist, selling his work, he was the advertisement for that work. So he had blend in with his audience. This meant also being worryingly skinny.

Leading up to being on tour, he ate only the two ingredients: popcorn and pickles. While popcorn is usually delicious — theatre butter, oil, vinegar, cheddar, etc. — he ate it dry. Just. Popped. Corn.

Think that’s bad? He didn’t do it for the taste. Like celery, chewing popcorn takes a negative effect on calories. Unlike most things you eat, chewing on these two crunchy choices will burn more calories than their worth.

That doesn’t leave you with a lot to burn…

You’re not actually getting the calories you need for the day, with eating only popcorn. Your stomach by about midday is crying out for more. So what can you do?

Pop open your pickle jar!

Apparently, pickles, like their cucumber companions, are fantastic at easing your stomach. Similar to ginger! Not only all that, but that pickle or two… or three (if you’re me), is the only thing bringing home the calories!

Got the grumblies? Eat a pickle! Feeling ill in the tum-tum? Pick a pickle! Feeling a lil worn out? Take a load off, and take a pickle with ya!

So as I sit back and watch some documentaries with a notebook and pen in hand, you can be sure, I’m eating popcorn, and I’m thinking of OT. Happy National Popcorn Day!


Wanna know more about popcorn?

I did! So I found a little history here. You should too!


Love popcorn as much as me?

Maybe even more? Comment with your best popcorn photo!

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Weathered in Port

The title and contents are a nod to the weekly photo challenge from the Daily Post: Weathered.

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For this short photo series, I walked around my centenarian city. There are tons of beautiful architectural subjects here. Old, beautiful architecture. IMG_1489-ANIMATION.gif

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My favorite feature of the city is a favorite feature of mine everywhere I go, tunnel-systems. This one is not so much a system as it is a passage from one side of the tracks to the other. The underpass was built in 1936 and I love it.

It’s one of the many reasons you should visit Port Jervis in October! Halloween is the best time to watch the seasons change. Also, look at the above Welcome sign, doesn’t that say: “perfect creepy”?

Since I put my favorite architectural feature (not to be confused with my favorite natural feature) first, the following will be my runners-up, in reverse order: the editor’s pick last.

A foreword here, I appreciate my home city and everything it has to offer. Are the buildings old and in need of TLC? Sure. Do people suck sometimes? Well, what is life without the occasional a******?

Alors!
The rustic romance of
weathered commercial structures
in the city of Port Jervis.
D’accord:

Woogie's Weathered Wonderful Wunch-spot

Once you see it you can't unsee it....

Front Street Gallery

Great curves!
My Fave

 P. S.

Enjoy posts like these? Good! I’ll be trying my best to do a weekend photo post recurringly.

Port: 2018’s First Common Council Meeting

 PORT JERVIS, N.Y.— Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 20 Hammond St, regular Common Council meeting hours began again for the new year.

A familiar face returned: Dominick Santini IV. The Port Jervis Republican who ran in 2017 for the First Ward replaced the city’s resigned predecessor, Sarah Hendry whose comments on leaving can be found here.


“I too would like to welcome my new partner in crime.” 

Regis Foster

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Save-a-Lot and nail salon are both coming
to the strip mall by Burger King and Rite Aid,
by Mar. 31 of this year.

Kelly Decker

After the youth report, a short discussion about dog parks in the city, the “Great American” building’s progress report and the Christkindlmarket discourse between Mayor Kelly Decker and a resident, public comment concluded with a reading of a seven-minute open letter to the city, elected officials, and most of all, the Fourth Ward.

2017 Fourth Ward candidate for Common Council and local activist Jill Lindner read the letter during her time at the podium for public comment. In her piece, she outlined the benefits and importance of a community-owned garden that not only revitalizes the aesthetic of a neighborhood but would educate and feed neighbors, making an area taken off the tax rolls worthwhile in doing so. You can read the full letter here, courtesy of Ms. Lindner and BriennaParsons.com.

What can’t be read in Lindner’s letter, yet she spoke of at the meeting, was that residents of the Fourth Ward who she had spoken to about the idea, were in support of not allowing the Salvation Army to simply purchase the plot and remove it from the tax rolls. Lindner also said that the North Street community garden in the Fourth Ward, that Siegel had suggested later in the meeting was slated for clearing, to make room for the Waterpark Project, and that the garden idea had been receiving a negative spin from the representative since her meeting with Decker and Lisa Randazzo, urging her to consider the Front and Seward cross street corner property which is planned to be demolished.


“Not sure that site would be in the best interest of anybody.”

Stanley Siegel

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Following the outset of the meeting with public comment, minutes were approved and the council jumped right into committee reports. Beginning with Siegel and following to pay the bills ($296,913.29) with the Third Ward’s very own Finance and Insurance Liaison, Kristin Trovei concluding with numerous. resolutions of gov housekeeping.

  1. Designating Officers
  2. Newspapers, Radio & Television — The Times Herald-Record is where official documents will be publicly published.
  3. Banking and Depositories
  4. Standard Workday and Reporting for Retirement Benefits
  5. Dual Signature Requirement for Disbursements
  6. Community Development Agency Shared Service

Full resolution documents or details
should be made available through the city website.

Of notable news, Christmas tree pickup is continuing, parking is still blocked from streets until Apr. 1, as well as the Department of Public Works pickup calendar — should similarly be made available through the city website. Additionally approved during the report by George Belcher, councilman for the Second Ward, were the project resolutions for the bridge over the Neversink River and roadway to the city line. A multi-million-dollar cross-funded project to re-engineer the highly trafficked street.

Regis Foster, a councilman for the First Ward, reported for the Police Committee and rattled off several impressive policing statistics.

Mayor Decker moreover updated the council on an upcoming Deerpark-Port Jervis Annexation meeting. “The old Dick’s Concrete” location is to be annexed by the city. This meeting will certainly be covered by this journalist. 

The State of the City Address
is set to be held
in the Council Chambers,
January 24

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Afterword a section called old business was held, in it, many condolences were expressed to Councilman-at-Large, David Bavoso. His family is in a period of bereavement. Many “well wishes” came from roughly everyone.


Port Jervis is “a community
and there’s always something to rally around.”

David Bavoso

Besides in old business, Fourth Ward Common Council representative Stanley Siegel, regarding the award ceremony for the Patriot Pen, Voice of Democracy contest at the VFW Naval Ship said that it was “really great,” with youth speaking about democracy, “to listen to their vision of America.” Port Jervis not only has been hosting the event since 1970 but the venue is the only one like it in the country confirmed by Decker and Siegel.

Siegel ended his OB segment with a note on local activism. On Saturday, “two dozen” people met to protest for an accessible train station, with Siegel calling on Senator Chuck Schumer directly to no avail. He also had a note an upcoming taxpayer’s group with details coming in the following days, and an update on the warming station which needs volunteers and supplies.


This journalist is also a recognized Voice of Democracy, receiving commemoration for her Patriot Pen January 17, 2010.

Fun Fact About the Author

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The Breez – Jan. 4, 2018 – #10: Happy New Year!

Quote of the Day

“I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock.” — President Donald Trump on Twitter, Tuesday. “Stay Tuned!”


Happy New Year!


Preface

We’ve been gone a while, for the holidays, we missed you, and we’re glad to be back! Now that we’ve gotten all the celebration out of us, let’s get down to business: a lot is slipping by us. We really did miss our readers, so please enjoy: a triple threat!

The Story

ICYMI: Net Neutrality was repealed Dec. 14, last year, forcing states to clamor for their own version of the protection, which in New York, is of little importance to anyone but Ars Technica. What matters is the utter vitriol that causes the man-behind-the-plan to recoil from such events as the Consumer Electronics Show  in five days, where he was slated to speak and entertain open discussion “SuperSession”. Republican Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai practiced the party-politic and aimed to remove the overreach of federal government, returning the question to the states.

Andrew Cuomo,

The governor of New York State isn’t focusing on Internet freedom though, he’s with New Yorkers and digging his soles into the mud on this one. Cuomo misheard, but rather well. While we were calling his attention to taxation malfeasance, we had two completely different notions.

Pigs at the trough…

“The first federal double taxation in history, violative of states’ rights and the principle of equal protection.” – Cuomo

The new tax law as Cuomo put it would be like welfare to the Republican states where the cuts will likely be heaviest effectively treating “New York and California as piggy banks.” While it may only be pandering, it has a lot of truth to it. Especially in Port Jervis, taxpayers are treated as piggy banks yearafteryear.

Silent Night

As a $15.7 million budget passed six to three, five councilmembers who were in support of their constituents, turned into only three that wouldn’t use them as piggy banks. Regarding the vote, and previous meetings, two councilpeople spoke about a feeling that they shared: rendered silent, as if being railroaded. Where are you Cuomo?

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Taxpayers look and see that working in public service earns you a raise every fiscal year and wish that their wages didn’t stagnate, and their quality of life didn’t teeter on imbalance. With double taxation, fees, and more double taxes, Port Jervians certainly pay more than only the $1.14 tax hike that City Clerk-Treasurer Robin Waizenegger based on an assessed home market value of just under an eighth of $1 million and certainly nowhere near the average for a city that has greater than an eighth of its population in poverty. Happy New Year.

(also I wonder which eighth of Port Jervis that could be….)


Bombogenesis


The Story

The word sounds pretty crazy. As it should! The term is meteorological, and it evokes a particular image: a bomb.

In detail…

We’re all familiar with the explosive, in at least a cartoon-sense, so when put in front of the root of this term, -genesis, we can figure a bomb that starts somewhere. To meteorologists, this image is more readily available.

Those studying weather look at pressure in lows and highs. Every pressure “system” they watch and gauge are seen in cyclonic parts. A bombogenesis is no different.

The bomb- part of the word refers to the “explosive development,” or radical change of a particular pressure system. Low-pressure systems that are outside of the tropical climate, or “extratropical.”

What’s happening?

The “explosive cyclogenesis,” or bombogenesis, is moving as a cyclone, a particular weather pattern. In the United States, we’re most concerned because it’s rank with climate change evidence. Snow is falling as far into the tropics as Florida.

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Florida has snow?! Not only that, but the entire Deep South is in deep trouble as records are made in the below-freezing temperatures.  Luckily for them, I’ll be posting a broke-girl dunkaccino recipe in the coming days — stay warm!


The Peanut Gallery


The Story

Essence, not for you? “Bright” wasn’t too great? And don’t scare easy? Well, here’s something interesting to talk about as you get stoned with the guys building Mike Tyson’s new weed ranch (HnY Calif.): who’s better hung?

Bad Blood

After having broken up with boyfriend, Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump is moving on. That’s correct bih, he’s redirecting harder than Paul Manafort right now. Trump is throwing out everything that reminds him of their time together.  

The Long Game

Ever since he heard the news, President Trump has incorporated McDonald’s every where possible, even brunch, claiming that he eats so much out of fear of being poisoned. He’s stocking up, having planned ahead for this very moment: the Long Game. This event is characterized, and depicted, by the words Trump chooses to share with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un, pushing buttons of all kinds, even the fries.

 

Rice One!: Doing Good in 2018

Was your 2018 New Year’s Resolution to get smarter? Give more? Well, if you don’t feel like reading or searching for the charity for you, here’s one possible solution: FreeRice.

It’s an oldie but a goodie.

Created back in 2007, the game has donated trillions of grains of rice, from the United Nations World Food Program, and millions of users have helped accomplish this. The “100% non-profit website” accomplishes two goals: 1) it provides free education; and, 2) it strives to end world hunger one free grain of rice at a time.

I used to play it in the computer lab instead of solitaire, galaxy pinball, Runescape or Kongregate like the other kids. With several game types to choose from on FreeRice, my favorite right now is “famous paintings.” Thanks, Google Arts & Culture.

During the Aughts, there were a lot of sites that did similar things for idle, maybe even educational, gaming, to support such causes as feeding dogs, giving flour or beans.

From websites to apps, some things have changed. The top hits from the list are the following two, for donating for activity, rather than per dollar. Donate a Photo, supported by Johnson & Johnson only asks a photo! Charity Miles may make you walk a bit, but hey, cardio that gives to charity at no cost? Nice!

What I like about this

Apps that do good things are great. Altruism doesn’t need to be an uncomfortable adventure with the Peace Corps or Habitats for Humanity anymore! Now you can be your own type of superhero right from the comfort of home! Or at the gym!

That’s all pretty wonderful, but the ease of altruistic behavior and doing good isn’t entirely what keeps me excited about things like this. It’s where things like this will develop. What’s the diachronic outlook here?

Look at 2007 to 2017! Our charitable giving can start from a larger screen, playing games, answering questions and ultimately donating grains of rice at a time, to taking a selfie or a landscape photo and donating money to a variety of causes. Things look to be opening up in the direction of doing good.

People want to not only simplify their budgeting but do good with their wealth too. Even if only with spare change, they want to save easier, retire securer, and invest in their futures. I’d love nothing more than to delve into how the world around millennials is changing personal finance, but that’s for another article.

Here, I would like to conclude on an idea that I brought up in talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It came up in that post and may make a milestone moment this year: Universal Basic Income. It’s a topic that, like finance apps, will need to be further expounded elsewhere, because the concept of free money, as Finland has proven, is better than it sounds.

A Universal Basic Income sounds awesome already, but it could get even better if it were integrated with the taxing system. Not stopping there though! Transparency is a must for personal finance and all parts of civil society.

The Universal Income (UI) and taxing software would need its own platform, like an app. The UI would need a fairly simple user interface, or (also) UI. In some of our minds, we may even imagine being able to move our money, plan, save, budget, and even decide how much of it is taxed and where it goes.

That would be the kind of future where getting involved and interactive means not only making money but budgeting and saving money and learning more about civics and taxes.

There’s another upside to it also: Say you don’t want to support war. Well, you can open up your UI app and would be able to set your taxes so none of your money went towards the military budget, and instead goes to the education budget or the highway budget. That would be the day, right?

We could use more organizations like OneTreePlanted too.

300: The Raw List of Literature for Us to Read in 2018

This is it. The uncut, unabridged, uncensored, list of 300 books that I’d LOVE to read in 2018, but likely will only read two of. With any luck, maybe six.

Ordered by highest average Goodreads rating first:

  1. The Decline of Black Politics: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama
  2. Dictatorship of Capital: Politics and Culture in the 21st Century
  3. The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change
  4. The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables
  5. The Transgender Issue
  6. trans/formation: A life on both sides of the gender divide
  7. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
  8. Democratizing Democracy: Beyond the Liberal Democratic Canon
  9. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
  10. Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures
  11. In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom
  12. Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement
  13. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  14. Digital Sociologies
  15. Structures of Judicial Decision Making from Legal Formalism to Critical Theory
  16. Covering Government: A Civics Handbook for Journalists
  17. Emotive Language in Argumentation
  18. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  19. The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics
  20. Fame and Obscurity
  21. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race
  22. Musashi
  23. The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed
  24. If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance
  25. Pantheism
  26. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
  27. Ultimate Guide to Local Business Marketing
  28. The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World
  29. Sociolinguistic Typology: Social Determinants of Linguistic Complexity
  30. Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It
  31. Harry Potter: A History of Magic
  32. Revolutionary Suicide
  33. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy
  34. Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
  35. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
  36. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
  37. No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
  38. Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and Its Triumphs
  39. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
  40. Stick It Up Your Punter!: The Uncut Story of the Sun Newspaper
  41. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
  42. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
  43. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  44. Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black
  45. We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
  46. Food Movements Unite!: Strategies to Transform Our Food System
  47. Postposttransexual: Key Concepts for a 21st Century Transgender Studies
  48. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
  49. An Indigenous People’s History of the United States
  50. Matilda
  51. Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy
  52. The Transgender Studies Reader
  53. Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?
  54. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
  55. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
  56. Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say
  57. What Do You Care What Other People Think?
  58. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  59. Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism
  60. Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam
  61. And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice
  62. Seven Dada Manifestos and Lampisteries
  63. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me
  64. Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement
  65. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
  66. Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals
  67. Transgender Rights
  68. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
  69. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  70. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
  71. Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
  72. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
  73. Sex and Social Justice
  74. Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
  75. The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind
  76. Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
  77. The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class
  78. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
  79. Cat’s Cradle
  80. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
  81. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  82. Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health and How We Can Change That
  83. Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990
  84. Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose
  85. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
  86. Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape
  87. Associated Press Guide to News Writing: The Resource for Professional Journalists
  88. Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes
  89. No Exit
  90. The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard
  91. Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society
  92. Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar
  93. The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
  94. The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
  95. A Primer of Libertarian Education
  96. Sappho Is Burning
  97. The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier
  98. The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane
  99. Confronting Authority:Reflections of an Ardent Protestor
  100. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
  101. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  102. Nevada
  103. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
  104. The Language of News Media
  105. The Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week
  106. The New Journalism
  107. The Fall
  108. In Cold Blood
  109. Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction
  110. The New New Journalism: Conversations with the Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft
  111. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
  112. Transgender History
  113. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
  114. Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs
  115. Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary
  116. America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
  117. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
  118. The Lives of Transgender People
  119. Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come
  120. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
  121. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  122. Fear and Trembling
  123. Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a Politics of Difference
  124. The Universal Journalist
  125. Working as a Journalist
  126. The Reuters Handbook for Journalists
  127. Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion
  128. Writing for Broadcast Journalists
  129. The Heart of Meditation: Discovering Innermost Awareness
  130. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
  131. Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
  132. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
  133. Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
  134. Boys Like Her: Transfictions
  135. How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
  136. Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline
  137. One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society
  138. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies that Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything
  139. Mcnae’s Essential Law for Journalists
  140. The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  141. The Jargon of Authenticity
  142. Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System
  143. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
  144. The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
  145. The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies – and What They Have Done to Us
  146. Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology
  147. Chicken Soup for the Soul
  148. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
  149. The Politics of Aesthetics
  150. Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System
  151. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
  152. The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts
  153. Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works
  154. Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender
  155. A Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations
  156. Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
  157. Men Explain Things to Me
  158. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
  159. She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
  160. Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work
  161. Nausea
  162. What Every Person Should Know About War
  163. The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
  164. Transgender Explained for Those Who Are Not
  165. In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies and Subcultural Lives
  166. Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism
  167. Look at You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength
  168. Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
  169. The History of the Book in 100 Books: The Complete Story from Egypt to EBook
  170. Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times
  171. Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity
  172. Why not Me?
  173. Practical Strategies for Technical Communication
  174. The Grid: Electrical Infrastructure for the New Era
  175. Wall and Piece
  176. Global Climate Change and U.S. Law
  177. The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
  178. Managing the Mental Game: How to Think More Effectively, Navigate Uncertainty, and Build Mental Fortitude
  179. No War
  180. One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy
  181. In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement against Sexual Violence
  182. The Story of English in 100 Words
  183. The Fine Line
  184. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
  185. Girl with a Pearl Earring
  186. Scoop
  187. Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of  a Category
  188. Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality
  189. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion
  190. What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
  191. The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit
  192. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
  193. Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation
  194. Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember
  195. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
  196. With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India
  197. The Truth About Me: A Hijra Life Story
  198. Picasso: Creator and Destroyer
  199. Feminism and Linguistic Theory
  200. Power and Politeness in the Workplace: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Talk at Work
  201. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved
  202. The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, Capote, and the New Journalism Revolution
  203. Here Comes Everybody; The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
  204. Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United
  205. Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
  206. Adultolescence
  207. The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again
  208. Everything I Never Told You
  209. The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities
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My History with Dr. King and 7 Other Facts

I remember, in the sixth grade, and it was a tradition of many teachers at the time, being shown the film “Our Friend, Martin,” a cartoonized telling of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. I preferred books actually. The first time I saw it, I — barely — managed to stay awake throughout the whole film, but even now, I ask myself: was this the education of Dr. King that he deserved, or just another kick-in for those interested in cartoons?

You decide for yourself how you feel about it.

By now, even if you’re not an American, you must’ve heard Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” at least once. If you haven’t heard the historic speech, it’s always on YouTube, courtesy of History channel:

In college, Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail was one of the first reads in my Intro to Philosophy class. It was selected for the power of his message and the form of his argument. The questions he raised in his lifetime, are — sadly — still contested today.

He died too soon, at the age of 39, when he was murdered for his beliefs.

While reparations is still something to be discussed, as Ta-Nehisi Coates does here,

Dr. King, is recorded as only touching upon the subject of reparations,

but more deeply advocating for justice, in total, for economic inequality.

An article like this, I would rarely do, unless more directly important to me, for anyone else. Growing up and hearing his words, reading his words, and reflecting on life as it was, even for a white-passing trans girl, meant more to me than almost anyone else. Dr. King deserves this article from me and this piece of my heart like no one else, because he gave me hope and gave me guidance, and inspiration too, he gave me inspiration.

When I won that award, I had wanted so badly to speak with the power that he had. To be able to speak for others, in place of others, in defense of others, and be on the frontlines of necessary change, with words as my only weapon. With ideas as my only shield. With nonviolence as the goal.

Dr. King really changed my life with his words. Yet, without a figure like him in my life to guide me, with only words to follow, without a hand to hold, not even a God to hold faith in, I was lost. Finding myself through this writing, not poetry as much, but in the longer form of an essay, I began searching where I wanted to go and what I wanted to make, and what the world needed of me, and humorously, I was just a young girl.

When he was running against Clinton in 2012, I had voted for Barack Obama, my first Presidential vote ever. Not for the shallow reason of a black President, but because when he spoke, his form of speech was beautiful. Spoken word poetry would make me feel the same. Dr. King had first made me feel that way.

 

Conclusion: my favorite little-known King facts, courtesy of History

  1. Martin’s birth-name was Michael. So, like me, he also preferred a chosen name.
  2. “King entered college at the age of 15.” Wow!
  3. There was another speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Before “I Have a Dream,” King had given the speech: “Give Us the Ballot!”
  4. According to the King Center, he went to jail 29 times. Nearly 30 times!
  5. In 1958, Dr. King survived an assassination attempt. The weapon just barely missed his aorta, and he narrowly survived.
  6. “King’s mother was also slain by a bullet.” It was 1974 and feet from where her son had previously preached nonviolence in Ebenezer Baptist Church.
  7. “George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor King. The holiday, first commemorated in 1986, is celebrated on the third Monday in January, close to the civil rights leader’s January 15 birthday.”

Happy Birthday Dr. King.