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OH Baltimore: A Reality Check for America

Revised Monday, May 4, 2015
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” Pericles



Recently: Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody was the light that ignited violence in parts of Baltimore with more than a dozen buildings and over 100 cars torched. The city reacted by imposing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. ending May 4th.    New York, Boston, Washington and other cities across the country held rallies to demonstrate solidarity with Baltimore.  Previously Ferguson, Missouri became a center of unrest in response to police violence.  (Source International Business Times)
                There is something much deeper than a reaction to one or two random events that have caused riots and protests.  First Ferguson Missouri and now Baltimore Maryland, clearly there is a type of frustration so deep seated that even rival gangs embroiled in protracted disputes have set aside their differences.  
They are seeing a common enemy where t…

When They Call For War

April 7th, 2015
I once said, " If war solves all of our problems, shouldn't we have solved all them by now?"
Everyone seems to be so quick for blood.   There are some just hungry for a fight. What too many people think of war are nice neat images like this.
The images below are what I see when someone bring up the subject of war.  This is what I see every time someone mentions war to me.

Veterans, Disabled Veterans War and More War

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Are The Veterans Invisible?
By Kurt von Behrmann


Several days ago I saw a political pundit on H.B.O. talk about possible war in Iran.   When she mentioned taking military action, she did so with such non nonchalance that I was stunned into silence.   She talked about war as if she were talking about a new app for her Iphone, only with far less enthusiasm.
However, when it comes to equipping troops in war and providing mental health care, medical health care,  housing and adjustment to civilian life after combat, suddenly "We The People," who are already struggling to find jobs and keep our homes are the only ones who are expected to  provide for them.  
We do, but we can only do so much.
I want to do what I can.     I have several works of art that deal directly with VET's and I am selling them with the direct intent of giving a sizable percent of the proceeds to Disabled American Vets.   
If this is successful, I will do more.   I am just wanted t…

Contemporary Racism

Ferguson and The University of Oklahoma’s  Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity  April 4, 2015

By:  Kurt von Behrmann
                In what some deem “Post Racial America,” overwhelming evidence to the contrary indicates we are anything but a racially equitable society.   Overt discrimination is still with us.  When tensions reach a breaking point, or when what has been private is made public, the notion of an America minus prejudice sounds like the ludicrous piece of fiction that it is.
                Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s secretive chat celebrating the exclusion of African-Americans from its ranks became known, and an embarrassing facet of Greek life reared its head.  It was a decidedly ugly one.  Given permission by concealment, feelings and attitudes from America’s past made themselves loud and clear.  
                The fact that some fraternal orders exist along racial lines is nothing new.Given that they are social in nature and private, Universities and society in general has allo…

The Most Tasteless Thing You Can Post After A Tragedy

Kurt's Choice of the most Tasteless thing you can put on the Web after a tragedy.


Here it is

I am still in shock with this one. What would you do after a tragic air crash? I know, do what the "good" people at Z Living.com did and promote your cheap herbal remedy for depression.

Oh, and lets make it really "classy" and put the face of Andreas Lubitz on the page telling you how you can avoid depression.

That's right, if Lubitz just used St. John's Wort, no one would have died in the French Alps.

Hey, why not exploit human suffering, loss and grief to sell your cheap remedy for depression?

If you can make a quick buck, why not?

Really?



(I am very involved with issues related to mental health and this is serious. If you suffer from depression, bipolar or any mental illness, please seek professional help. NAMI is a great starting point. Mental illness is a medical matter, so please get help if you even think there maybe a problem. Prompt help does…

Selling Enlightenment