New Derek Jeter commercial is an ode to New York


I am more of a football and basketball guy, but this commercial got to me.

For The Win

In this commercial for Gatorade, Derek Jeter AKA The Captain AKA Mr. November AKA Class Personified walks around New York City while being filmed in black and white and serenaded by Frank Sinatra.

He meets fans, signs stuff, then goes out on the field at Yankee Stadium as the crowd loses its mind. If you love Derek Jeter, this commercial will undoubtedly give you goosebumps. If you hate Derek Jeter, you’ll probably still go on ahead hating Derek Jeter. Except when you don’t.

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(Thanks to AdWeek for sharing.)

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Eastern Orthodox Church Ground-Breaking Ceremony at Ground Zero


Greek Orthodox Church BEFORE it was destroyed during 9-11 attacks on the World a Trade Center

Greek Orthodox Church BEFORE it was destroyed during 9-11 attacks on the World a Trade Center

Artist's conceptual drawing of replacement church for the only house of worship destroyed in 9-11 terrorists' attacks on the WTC

Artist’s conceptual drawing of replacement church for the only house of worship destroyed in 9-11 terrorists’ attacks on the WTC

The new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero--Artist rendering and short fact sheet

The new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero–Artist rendering and short fact sheet

Очень хорошая статья о Казахстане!


Моя очень красивая, умная, добрая и спортивная дочь, Милена.

Моя очень красивая, умная, добрая и спортивная дочь, Милена.

Я принял свою 15-летнюю дочь из Алма-Аты, Казахстан 14 лет назад и передал сохранять ее очень связанной с наследием и культурой ее родины – обязательство, я боролся и полагаю, что был успешен в хранении ее связанный. Где-нибудь вдоль моей поездки с моей дочерью, я исследовал столько о Казахстане, сколько я мог и оказал поддержку сотням казахских жителей, которые значительно помогли мне в хранении Милены, не только занятой, но и очаровали с ее родной культурой. Где-нибудь по пути, я нашел меня также очарованным богатой таможней и традициями этой уникальной и красивой культуры. Я поощряю Вас читать превосходную статью, связанную с этой почтой. Rakhmet!

A Fantasy Football Owner Made A Hilariously Embarrassing Calendar After Finishing In Last Place


I am so grateful our members did not impose this punishment for the member who finished last in our fantasy football league.

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Most fantasy football owners only lose money when they finish in last place, but not Henry. No, after struggling through a year-long turd, poor, poor Henry had to “star” in a calendar that his buddies made filled with embarrassing Photoshops. There’s Henry as Brandi Chastain, Henry as shirtless George Costanza, and Henry as Miley Cyrus in the “Wrecking Ball” music video.

One gimme was missing, though.

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Kate who?

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Jeremy Lin Latest: Blogs Say New LA Lakers Player Could be All-Star, Most Improved Player in 2014-15


I am thankful the Lakers are giving Jeremy an opportunity to succeed and not a deliberate attempt to make him fail as The Houston Rockets and their Frankensteinian leader Keven McHale tried so diligently to accomplish.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have never spoken to a more selfless, humble professional athlete as Jeremy Lin (though my personal friend, Troy Brown, former WR with the New England Patriots, is a close second). Upon learning from his mother about my Asian American daughter’s racially motivated bullying/harassment/discrimination at her former school (see http://www.wdrb.com/story/22755109/crawford-kentucky-girl-claims-racial-harrassment-in-russel-independent-schools), Jeremy immediately arranged a video chat with her between practices after just returning from his extended stay in China. He chatted with my daughter for well over a half hour about their shared experiences and offered sage advice on dealing with racial slurs and harassment . . . and, of course, basketball tips since my daughter has a flair for basketball also. After their talk, Jeremy ensured that my daughter could get in touch with his agent if she needed to talk in the future. His chat began to help her immediately. She transferred to a new high school with an emphasis on girls basketball (who designed a special academic program for her to continue to excell academically) and was invited to try-out for and was selected to play for a Nike sponsored EYBL travel basketball program and after a few tournaments was moved up an age bracket and place on an elite team.

Based on Jeremy’s act of kindness to my daughter at a time she was struggling in life, I am excited that karma is working and that Jeremy is getting a real, not token, opportunity to demonstrate his basketball talents with the Lakers!

Asian Athletes Blog

Several blogs are saying that Jeremy Lin, fresh off a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Houston Rockets, could make some big steps this year and even become an All-Star or the Most Improved Player this upcoming season.

Lin, who often plays point guard, will likely be starting in L.A., mentored by the veteran Steve Nash.

Though Lin showed some serious promise in New York, he never lived up to expectations in Houston, prompting the team to jettison him and his large contract to the Lakers and getting nothing in return.

Now Lin has a shot to become even more popular, reported Lakes How Life.

The blog quoted Judy Seto, the Lakers physical therapist, talking about how popular basketball is in China: “Basketball has a strong heritage in China. In some of the places in China people say ‘we have waited a lifetime for them (Lakers) to…

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Time is running out on a continued “free” Internet


Declaration of Internet freedom

It was just a matter of time in a capitalistic world–How long could a service (connection to the Internet) remain free when so many high dollar investors have been salivating for years for their share of profits from a slice of the Internet pie? Now that nearly every person in the world has become addicted to the Internet to manage their daily lives, it is only fitting that the deep pockets are now swooping in to ensure that every one connected to the Internet pay for their Internet service. Pick an adage: “If it seems to good to be true. It is.” There is no such thing as a free lunch.” And on and on and on . . . .

 

People throughout the world advocating Internet freedom

 

The publication, The Nation, has issued a warning that global citizens had better act fast if they wish the Internet to remain free–actually very fast, as in 5 days fast, as discussed in the article linked below.

http://m.thenation.com/blog/181551-we-have-five-days-stand-internet-freedom

The folks who run blog.startpage.com have also begun an ad campaign advocating everyone interested in keeping the Internet free post the image below. I would be interested in hearing differing views on where people stand regarding Internet “freedom.” If you don’t mind sharing your position publicly, please provide your position in the comments section of this post.

Stop the cable companies from charging for Internet service–a widespread movement

 

Emil Guillermo’s great idea for virtual reality goggles–using empathy to reduce racism


http://aaldef.org/blog/emil-guillermo-on-petas-virtual-reality.html

Racism is taught

Racism is taught

Privilege can lead to feelings of superiority which can lead to racism.

Privilege can lead to feelings of superiority which can lead to racism.

 

 
Virtual reality COULD produce empathy for victims of racism.

Virtual reality COULD produce empathy for victims of racism.

American pain killers–God-send for those with chronic pain, Hell-sent when abused by miillions of Americans.


“Indeed, while Americans only constitute 4.6% of the world’s population, we consume 80% of the global opioid supply and 99% of the world’s hydrocodone supply.”

 

40 Americans die from prescription painkiller overdose, 15,000 per year. These statistics parallel a 300% increase in the sale of opioid medications since 1999.

40 Americans die from prescription painkiller overdose, 15,000 per year. These statistics parallel a 300% increase in the sale of opioid medications since 1999.

I have a very bad case of chronic pancreatitis, one of the most painful diseases humans develop. Though principally a disease of alcoholics, I have been a purely social drinker (until a decade ago when I stopped drinking even socially). Of course, every time I would go to the emergency room because of an exacerbation, I was accused of being an alcoholic, seeking powerful pain-killers, and lectured about the disease being of my own making. It was only after I informed the ER doctors that I was a functioning member of society, practicing environmental law and teaching graduate courses at a local university, AND informing them I did not want pain-killers because I was already having my never-ending pain at the hospital’s pain management center, and faithfully wore my extremely strong fentanyl patches and oxycodone for break-through pain, frequently requesting my pain doctor to reduce the amount of fentanyl I take, only to realize that I could not make it through a day or night with a fentanyl patch less than 50 mc.

The article linked below discusses the terrible tragedy of abusers of prescription painkillers and how their abuse of the prescription medications eventually take over their lives because they can no longer afford the painkillers and turn to the less expensive and more dangerous killer–heroin.

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/31/americas_painkiller_nightmare_legal_drugs_are_laying_waste_to_our_families_and_friends/?source=newsletter
(America’s painkiller nightmare: Legal drugs are laying waste to our families and friends)

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“Like [the author’s brother, many ended up turning to heroin after their pills became too expensive or scarce; in 2011, 4.2 million Americans age twelve or older reported using heroin at least once in their lives, and nearly half of young IV heroin users reported that they abused prescription opioids first. Like these kids, [the author’s brother] was the last person you’d picture with a needle in his arm; yet they were all dying as heroin addicts: between 2006 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths increased by a staggering 45 percent. I wanted to understand why this was happening, so I quit my job as a legal journalist and began traveling around the country in the hopes that chronicling the experiences of other families affected by the trend would offer some answers.”

I have friends and relatives who have followed the same path as the author’s brother, and judging from the author’s conclusions, at some point, the “addict’s” brain changes and their craving was no longer to get a high, but simply to “feel normal.” In essence, they were building their own prisons around themselves without any benefit to them, but destroying lives of wives, sons and daughters and friends as collateral damage. The author concluded, “Not one addict I interviewed mentioned the word fun in connection with his or her addiction. By contrast, they knew they were hurting everyone around them, and they hated themselves for it. They lived a tortured existence that painted this horrible realization with a physical dependence on a drug that would send them into excruciating fits of withdrawal if they if they failed to get their next dose.”

Heroin addicts who began first abusing prescription drugs NO LONGER "GET HIGH", but  crave a new dose simply to avoid the deleterious effects of withdrawal.

Heroin addicts who began first abusing prescription drugs NO LONGER “GET HIGH”, but
crave a new dose simply to avoid the deleterious effects of withdrawal.

My point in writing this post is to question why so many young people feel the need to abuse prescription painkillers when they watch their friends becoming heroin addicts and requiring more and stronger doses simply to feel normal–forget getting “high.” My best friend started abusing prescription painkillers (oxyContin–a painkiller prescribed for low back pain–a long acting opioid which he abused by scraping off the coating that allows the powerful drug to be releases slowly into a person’s bloodstream, crushing it, and snorting it, getting 100% of the drug in one snort instead of being released slowly into his system over a 12 hour period) for a legitimate purpose, but abused it to the point he needed more and more to get his high.

My friend, an only child, who was like my brother, had roughly the same upbringing as did I. We started middle school together and then remained friends through high school and later roommates in college and law school. He was an excellent trial attorney and had a wonderful family who nearly every weekend during college football and college basketball seasons had dozens of friends over to watch the games, swap stories and eat a large meal he would nearly always provide. At one weekend get-together, I noticed his speech was slurred and he staggered as he played a game of ping pong with one of his son’s friends, eventually falling flat on his face, apparently losing interest in watching the games with our crew. I took him aside and told him I knew someone was wrong and told him I would help him any way I could. At this point, I had developed chronic pancreatitis and did not drink even a single beer at the gatherings. He took me into his master bedroom and showed me how he shaved his OxyContin tablets, snorted them and got a tremendous high with him. I suggested that he might want to get some help, but he told me bluntly that he “had it all under control” and could quit anytime he wanted and just needed some relief from the stress of his law practice–where he was an excellent criminal defense attorney, representing child-molesters and all manner of monsters in his practice and he had a quite high acquittal rate. I hugged him and told him that if he ever felt like the pills were “getting the best of him” to contact me and I would ensure that he received help. He was such a gregarious and wonderful host that I had been with him every weekend for the last two years while he abused drugs. I never received the request for help, but did learn that he was being taken against his will (in his words) to save his marriage and family, “though, if THEY would just give him some time, he could beat this on his own.”

Prescription pain killer abuse actually changes brain chemistry and lowers one's IQ and critical reasoning skills.

Prescription pain killer abuse actually changes brain chemistry and lowers one’s IQ and critical reasoning skills.

After my friend returned from a very expensive 60 day stay in a rehabilitation center, he remained clean for approximately 30 days, and then began using heroin and other street drugs, dating crack whores and eventually left his wife and family (including two wonderful sons who have always called me Uncle T and whom I still watch over, feeling guilt for not doing more, though my friend says if I had tried to stop him, he would have excluded me from his life because the drugs became the ONLY thing he cared about and would simply cut off from his life anyone who even questioned him about it.). He also lost his house, his law license and remains in and out of rehabilitation.

Despite my guilt, another issue with which I grapple, is how my friend became addicted almost immediately upon his receipt of an OxyContin prescription for a legitimate purpose (a ruptured disc in his lower back), and eventually threw away anything and everything good in his life for his new mistress, drug addiction. Yet, when I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, I was placed on high doses of fentanyl and oxycodone for breakthrough pain. I have never had a craving to take more of either drug and I refuse when admitted to a hospital for a pancreatic exacerbation to allow them to place me on Dilaudid or other strong opioids and insist that they keep me on my normal dose of fentanyl. I also asked, before the law made it mandatory, that my pain management specialist run random blood and urine tests on me to ensure that I did not slide down the slippery slope of addiction.

Because my friend and I had roughly the same environment from the time we were 11 through our 40s, I cannot make sense out of the fact that he became an addict almost immediately when he was initially prescribed opioids. I, though, who was prescribed even stronger opioids and somehow managed to continue my law practice and have now retired comfortably and have NEVER had a single craving for my medications. I’m guessing it has something to do with DNA and a gene (maybe already identified) that predisposes certain people to become addicted to opioids, and my friend lost out on the DNA Russian Roulette, and I was spared this gene, though I have more defective genes than my share.

If anyone has a thought about what predisposes people from similar or, in my case, nearly identical environments to become addicted to opioids when others do not develop the same cravings that destroy the lives of those with the predisposition, please share your thoughts. And, if there is anything else I can do to help my friend be freed of his opioid addiction, please leave me a comment or send me advice through my email–terryclarke@outlook.com.

Prescription pain killer abuse actually changes brain chemistry and lowers one's IQ and critical reasoning skills.

Prescription pain killer abuse actually changes brain chemistry and lowers one’s IQ and critical reasoning skills.