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  1. ProducerBen Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    05/09/2016
    Cause that is how we are!
    Cause that is how we are!Andrew said to Harriet, "you can take my place just don't cook the curry!"Perhaps Tubman didn't realize how privileged she was to not have been one of Jackson's 300 slaves.My buzz about: How's *Your* Privilege? by Nicole Chardenet It seems like the...
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    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #23 Ben Pinto
    #19 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD aren't slways negative; they can be positive arguments that bring about badly needed change.
    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #22 Ben Pinto
    Thank you @David B. Grinberg for sharing this. I kept my word, to you, regarding the other gripes.
    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #21 Ben Pinto
    #18 That is what I keep telling @Charles David Upchurch. In fact, he was the first one to look at my article which is a response to her post. I didn't originally have here post tagged in the article and I did so at @Charles David Upchurch's bequest.
    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #20 Ben Pinto
    #19 Mags, I couldn't help notice that you tagged @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian here and you may not have noticed that he is the thinker model I used for 'sit on b.' That may have given it away, but if it didn't, that's ok, because I do like to keep a mystery going for as long as possible. The suspense is like a page-turner...
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    07/09/2016 #19 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6 I love the idea of a Gripe Hive. Ben, this opens up a slew of negativity Quotes. For Mental Health and balance in making sweet honey, what other kind of Hive would be most appropriate? The one on Positivity? Outer Space? @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman View more
    #6 I love the idea of a Gripe Hive. Ben, this opens up a slew of negativity Quotes. For Mental Health and balance in making sweet honey, what other kind of Hive would be most appropriate? The one on Positivity? Outer Space? @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @David B. Grinberg, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian? Close
    Sarah Elkins
    07/09/2016 #18 Sarah Elkins
    #1 @Nicole Chardenet's rant is well worth reading, @Charles David Upchurch, if you haven't yet clicked that link!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/09/2016 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Young and immature, her complaint ok.. whatever, I get it, she doesn't like the smell of curry. But for the news to pick this up and make it about racism, not cool at all when there is real racism taking place all over the globe. That undermines the true meaning of the term. Maybe she was sweating curry? LOL
    Ben Pinto
    07/09/2016 #16 Ben Pinto
    #10 I need to go check out this hive talk. Thank you.
    Ben Pinto
    07/09/2016 #15 Ben Pinto
    #12 Nicole Chardenet , I love your play on words, but I have to play onwards; so, I will just say that the Vatican just canonized another naan.
    Nicole Chardenet
    07/09/2016 #14 Nicole Chardenet
    Bitch, moan, whine, complain, bitch, moan, whine complain...you really piss me off, you know that? Ben Pinto's honey-drippin' response to my post on privilege a few weeks back :)
    Nicole Chardenet
    07/09/2016 #13 Nicole Chardenet
    #11 I dunno, I think it was a simple case of two immature girls who weren't used to living with people they weren't related to. I'm reminded of the old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where Buffy meets her new roommate Cathy who's a bit high-strung and spazzy, plays the same damn Cher song over and over, and labels every food in the fridge with her name that she bought herself. Not, you understand, that it's any great picnic to live with a vampire slayer either...

    And oh yeah, they were both white. So I doubt they got interviewed on the radio. :)
    Nicole Chardenet
    07/09/2016 #12 Nicole Chardenet
    LOL! While I'm a fan of curry, I'm NOT a fan of curried gym socks...so you just keep your smelly curried gym socks out of my face!!! But if you want to curry some chicken go right ahead. Here, I'll make up some basmati rice and run down to the store for some naan...and you can't have naan...ha ha just kidding! :)
    Aurorasa Sima
    06/09/2016 #11 Aurorasa Sima
    Most of the time we do not complain about what is really bugging us. We compensate our frustration by complaining about something tangible people can relate to. Like the weather, the short skirt of the office admin - or the "stink" of curry.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/09/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #6 Featuring Gripe hive in this week's Hive Talk
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/09/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #5 Share to hive Paper Money. Adding hive to this week's Hive Talk.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/09/2016 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing to Paper Money
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    05/09/2016 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Hahaha..quite interesting @Ben Pinto...
    Ben Pinto
    05/09/2016 #6 Ben Pinto
    I have removed my gripes about gripes and am posting this answer to another gripe into 'Gripe.' This would be a great hive to join to learn what others are complaining about: @John White, MBA, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Javier 🐝 beBee, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood, @Cristian 🐝 Randieri, PhD Founder & CEO of Intellisystem.it Randieri.com,
    Ben Pinto
    05/09/2016 #5 Ben Pinto
    #4 this is cool, Melissa. Can you share this with the hive named Paper Money?
    Ben Pinto
    05/09/2016 #3 Ben Pinto
    #1 https://www.bebee.com/producer/@nicole-chardenet/how-s-your-privilege
    I would have just commented, but my rant ran over 2000 characters.
  2. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    03/09/2016
    On Whose Lives, Exactly, Don't Matter?
    On Whose Lives, Exactly, Don't Matter?When I awoke on the morning of August 29th (the anniversaries of both my job as a Psychology Professor at Southern University in Louisiana, and hurricane Katrina's landfall in Louisiana), I found myself reflecting upon my experiences as the only...
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    Gerald Hecht
    06/10/2016 #121 Gerald Hecht
    Thank you for sharing
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #120 Gerald Hecht
    #117 I WAS unsuited to be an oppressed minority...RIGHT NOW, HOWEVER, I REALLY WOULDN'T WANNA TRY TO OPPRESS ME
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #119 Gerald Hecht
    #117 I'm suing them --it's been 4 years; when a Judge/Jury finally hears/sees/reads the facts...it is doubtful that the Institution will stand
    Gordon Pye
    05/10/2016 #118 Gordon Pye
    Seems our new Prime Minister Theresa May intends to change things here in the UK moving forward, but bogus Human Rights Charity https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gordon-pye/uk-dwp-ministry-of-silly-walks View more
    Seems our new Prime Minister Theresa May intends to change things here in the UK moving forward, but bogus Human Rights Charity https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gordon-pye/uk-dwp-ministry-of-silly-walks never batted an eyelid back in 2012, when London Paralympics plus NHS PR orgasm used to hide impending Slow Genocide ! Close
    Charlie Accetta
    05/10/2016 #117 Charlie Accetta
    Am I reading into something that isn't there, or are you grossly unsuited to meet the challenge of being an oppressed minority? Because, strictly speaking, that is exactly what you signed up for. Faculty, in my limited experience as a student and as a university booster, are under attack from students, department heads, parents, administrators and circumstance at various periods in their tenure. This is a normal condition on campuses worldwide. The teaching profession has to answer to a lot, most of it beyond direct control. Now, add the randomizing burden of being the lone representative of the race that did this: Robbed an entire segment of the population of their cultural heritage. This isn't about the direct physical harm done to some unknown ancestor. This is a complete erasure of a definitive past, something that is experienced at least at the unconscious level in every person descended from slave stock. If I misunderstood your point, I apologize. If I haven't, I suggest that you find yourself another billet or recalibrate your assessment of the situation.
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #116 Gerald Hecht
    #115 @Milos Djukic Really?! I'm not the only one? For a while I felt very isolated, confused, and completely lacking in Emotional Intelligence --then, yesterday, my attorney explained things to me; about 1) what the administration at my University has done (and gotten way with for the most part) 2) The "flood related trauma", 3) my resulting inability to adequately support my children...in other summary...I feel exactly the way a person who has been screwed over should feel "IF THEY HAVE TOO MUCH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE" to the point of having let myself be a doormat for powerful institutions and intimidating people as well! I actually at least feel better knowing I'm not the only person on earth without Twitter...
    Milos Djukic
    05/10/2016 #115 Anonymous
    #114 @Gerald Hecht, No more Twitter, anymore :)
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #114 Gerald Hecht
    #111 @Milos Djukic Now @John White, MBA may think that I would not have trusted him otherwise...oh --this doesn't make a difference; I still don't have Twitter, LOL
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #113 Gerald Hecht
    #110 @John White, MBA I trust you.
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #112 Gerald Hecht
    #109 @Aurorasa Sima In a State (public) University --this is called "multiple violations of Constitutionally Protected Speech"; nobody is above the rule of law. It doesn't matter if a "traditionally white agency" engages in 'Institutionalized Discrimination" against a black person --or the the other way around; this isn't a private sector company using some pretext in "setting up" a worker because other executives are jealous ...this is a violation of the United States Constitution; nobody is above the law...my life matters no more or no less than the life of any other citizen
    Milos Djukic
    05/10/2016 #111 Anonymous
    #110 @John White, MBA, true, yes you did! @Gerald Hecht :)
    John White, MBA
    05/10/2016 #110 John White, MBA
    Hey @Gerald Hecht: I just tweeted your most excellent post. However, since you don't have Twitter, you'll never know if I'm lying or not. 😲
    Aurorasa Sima
    05/10/2016 #109 Aurorasa Sima
    I hear you and know what you are talking about as I have experienced it myself. They did a test. With job applications. The ones with "typical" names like Tyrone etc. received 64 % fewer invites. Is defensiveness the best attitude to create change? Probably not. It´s understandable, though.
    Randy Keho
    05/10/2016 #108 Randy Keho
    I'v allowed myself to be enslaved by this thread, anxiously awaiting comment from Bob Dylan. It sucks being a slave, self-induced or otherwise. I going to free myself and get some sleep, where I can be enslaved by my dreams (or nightmares). This slavery thingie is indeed a corrupt institution.
    Brian McKenzie
    05/10/2016 #107 Brian McKenzie
    BLM has very little to do with 'Black' - it is a classic social justice / open society masquerade funded by Soros, endorsed by Obama to bring in the same "revolution" that they created, funded and perpetrated in Ukraine under the names "Maidan" & "Revolution of Dignity". It is nearly their 30th iteration if the same game and lies ~ and y'all continue to fall for it and believe it is organic, just, grass roots and 'spontaneous'. Go look at what is happening today in Ukraine ~ it is the future of 'America'. P.S. ~ No Lives Matter - those in power view ALL of us as livestock, drones, slaves, line items on a big spreadsheet - you are worth 6 seconds and a 3 cent bullet - at most. Enjoy the show ~ I have been ringing the bell since 2005 that this shit was real and coming to 'Merica.
    Gerald Hecht
    05/10/2016 #106 Gerald Hecht
    #105 @William VanDorin The story of human "civilization"...
    William VanDorin
    01/10/2016 #105 William VanDorin
    No race or religion stands in innocence of subjugation of another people. It has never been us and them, we have all been monsters at some point in history. The height of hypocrisy is pointing an accusatory finger at the miss deeds of another. We are what we choose to be... and we chose this! We embrace hatred over co operation, coercion above virtue and follow those we know to be corrupt. Racism is simply a carefully manipulated tool of division among many that the masses embrace with a glee nearly manic.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/09/2016 #104 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #103 Your welcome @Mark Anthony and thanks for following. I totally understand what you mean when it comes to producing a buzz about your workplace, I stay away from that topic when it comes to my husbands unless it's something helpful and completely positive. Once you begin, it will flow, your topics and words, that is!
    Mark Anthony
    15/09/2016 #103 Mark Anthony
    #101 Also, its not particularly the comments of others that are an issue, I don't mind a bit of banter, critical debate etc etc. Social media is a funny old game, as we say in the UK! As am employee, for instance, one cannot say things that might bring their company into disrepute! Not that I would do that myself but it can be complicated. Comments and discussions can be interpreted in various way's and mean different things to different people, on different days etc etc etc ( The king and I)
    Mark Anthony
    15/09/2016 #102 Mark Anthony
    Thank you Lisa, that seems like helpful advice. I know I would like to express , connect , interact, discuss, get feedback and have some meaningful dialogue with others on a range of topics. It helps me grow,learn, feel supported and many other things, I think. I shall endeavour to do what I can do!
  3. Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I know why I am here. I control my time and my experience. If I consistently see a message contrary to INCLUSIVITY, I will speak out reaffirming that in my considered opinion there is room for us all. Otherwise, my time is spent being a Yay!-sayer. Deb 🐝 Helfrich
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    mohammed khalaf
    23/08/2016 #4 mohammed khalaf
    As it said Nelson Mandela "I never lose ,I either win or learn"
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    23/08/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #1 Love it all, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich...and also, Aurorasa, yes, what a mental pic on that one...and they say not to argue with a fool for too long, or people won't know the difference.
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #1 Aurorasa Sima
    That´s a great way to live. Turning into a monster just like the one you are trying to fight is as ugly as the first one.
  4. Aurorasa Sima

    Aurorasa Sima

    21/08/2016
    Sade - Why can't we live Together ? - Montreux Jazz Festival ( 1984 )
    Sade - Why can't we live Together ? - Montreux Jazz Festival ( 1984 ) You can find more videos and pics of Sade at SFI, the greatest Sade fans community on the web:...
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    Aurorasa Sima
    21/08/2016 #7 Aurorasa Sima
    #6 Welcome, dear Chas. I remembered that she was beautiful but I did not remember HOW stunningly beautiful she is.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    21/08/2016 #6 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Aurorasa Sima, I love Sade! I seen her in the late '90's. It was a phenomenal concert. Thank you for sharing. ;-)
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    21/08/2016 #5 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Agree with all! Music to the mind, body and soul......like still waters as they flow.
    Aurorasa Sima
    21/08/2016 #4 Aurorasa Sima
    #3 Thanks @Irene Hackett. I felt it fit the mood today. Glad you enjoyed
    Dean Owen
    21/08/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    Why indeed Sade, my highschool crush....
  5. ProducerDr. Allen Brown

    Dr. Allen Brown

    21/08/2016
    Why They Hate US So Much
    Why They Hate US So MuchMost likely this post will not stay up long but I had to share an experience that has been repeated time after time. Before I begin I will share this with you. I have had a great time exchanging and sharing with many of you. even when we disagreed....
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    Gerald Hecht
    30/08/2016 #80 Gerald Hecht
    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=RW2wS1SU7zs
    Gerald Hecht
    23/08/2016 #79 Gerald Hecht
    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=RW2wS1SU7zs
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    23/08/2016 #78 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #72 I would ask that you Dedicate your phenomenal piece to @Dr. Allen Brown, who is gone. Others have departed from LI, for example, then received such love that they 'came back.' I would really appreciate your editing it and then could one bee please Share it to Hive: beBee Dedications?
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    22/08/2016 #77 🐝 Fatima Williams
    @Dr. Allen Brown You are treasured here on beBee as diamond that everyone values alot. Hope you do come back soon.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    22/08/2016 #76 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Be happy be respectful be yourself be a Bee! :)
    David B. Grinberg
    22/08/2016 #75 David B. Grinberg
    @Dr. Allen Brown, thank you very much for starting a much needed conversation that will hopefully lead to racial healing. As you could see by the outpouring of support on this platform, you are well respected and admired. Moreover, I sincerely hope you reconsider leaving beBee when you have so much to offer. On a personal level, I would just note that every individual deserve equal opportunities in life based on their God-given ability, talent and merit -- regardless of skin color or any other racial, ethnic, religious or other factors. I do have hope since the USA elected and reelected the first African American President in history. Moreover, there are people of color in all walks of life in all types of high level jobs. Does this mean that racial discrimination doesn't exist? Of course, not, because there will always be some "bad apples" in society no matter what. I've been harassed based on my religion. Other have been discriminated against based on age, national origin, disability, sex/gender (including pregnant women and the LGBT community), the list goes on. But let's consider the proverbial cup being half full, not half empty. It's the diversity of people that makes the USA the most powerful nation on the planet. Therefore, I always prefer to focus on similarities between people, not differences. We are all human beings and all have 99.9% of the same DNA. It's only .01% that accounts for genetic differences like skin color, etc. Please note that you are a highly valued and respected member of the beBee community, which resembles the diversity of countless countries. Thank you, kind sir, for considering these points and reconsidering your decision to leave.
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2016 #74 Anonymous
    #72 Yes, there is progress And he will come back, as well as millions of other people. Thank you @Aurorasa Sima.
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #73 Aurorasa Sima
    #70 Thank you, @Milos Djukic
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #72 Aurorasa Sima
    #70 It´s painful. That´s why I posted "Why the world is not getting worse". There is progress. Painfully slow ... but there is.
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2016 #70 Anonymous
    #69 Dear @Aurorasa Sima, We are on the way, a little bit of idealism never hurts. We'll be back…
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #69 Aurorasa Sima
    #68 He left, @Milos Djukic, but for other reasons. Beautiful words from you.
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2016 #68 Anonymous
    Black fractals are also forever dear @Dr. Allen Brown. Each C-butterfly independently chooses a color of wings (black, white, yellow, green... ) . Maybe you are one of the most important butterflies. The black one, who will never feel blue again. Let's see how, it will not be easy. But there are plenty of us (C-Butterflies) who are not racists and that's what matters most.
    Carolyn Leigh
    21/08/2016 #67 Anonymous
    I am so sorry @Dr. Allen Brown that you have been the target of hate. It is infuriating. The goal of haters is to silence their targets, but I hope that your voice will not be silenced by this cowardice and ignorance. I learn so much from the diverse thoughts, opinions and stories of the beBee community. It would be a great injustice for haters to deprive us all of the opportunity to learn from you. I am glad that you shared this with the beBees and that they have reached back with respect and support. If you decide to stay (I hope you do), we will continue to be here for you.
    mohammed khalaf
    21/08/2016 #66 mohammed khalaf
    on contrary my friend Dr. Allen Brown we not hated here in iraq any Negros because prophet of God (ADAM) is Negros and married from his wife (HAWA) white .we here not any contrast from any sex.
    Randy Keho
    21/08/2016 #65 Randy Keho
    #56 You're absolutely correct. As a vital part of the administration, you've given us the tools to deal with the Dream Police. We shouldn't need the thought police.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    21/08/2016 #64 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Ok, so I read all the comments up to here now. I have to admire the beBeeZ! No one let the patient on the Operating Table bleed out! We've got understanding, sympathy, love (even a heart transplant from @Mamen 🐝 Delgado View more
    Ok, so I read all the comments up to here now. I have to admire the beBeeZ! No one let the patient on the Operating Table bleed out! We've got understanding, sympathy, love (even a heart transplant from @Mamen 🐝 Delgado❣️), and the refusal to 'give up' on either @Dr. Allen Brown or @Gerald Hecht as well! Now, we've got massive hemostasis (blood spewage comes to a halt)....and the only question is: can the anesthesiologist now 'wake up' the patient? Is the patient revived, resuscitated, "reanimated" from the "Code?" My faith in humanity is restored...and I'm not giving up, I'm not taking 'No' for an answer, I'm continuing with the LoVE...because in the enD, Love Conquers All. And so do Loving beBeez. C'mon! Keep the Love Flowing! It's the most powerful drug on earth! Close
    Selim Yeniçeri
    21/08/2016 #63 Selim Yeniçeri
    #62 I absolutely second this, Dr. @Dr. Allen Brown, and @Randy Keho.
    Randy Keho
    21/08/2016 #62 Randy Keho
    I must respect your decision, @Dr. Allen Brown, but I would have never thought of you as a quitter. Speaking honestly, I've now lost a level of respect for you. You're extinguishing a much-needed light in the darkness. Silence will only perpetuation your issues, it will not lead to the answers or acceptance you seek. You're detractors have won.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    21/08/2016 #61 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #49 On the basis that my two daughters are from China but they could have been from Ethiopia perfectly well (and they get sometimes "strange comments" I would say) there's something I don't quite understand after reading your post @Dr. Allen Brown and having read the comments here written. Are we talking about "Whites and Blacks" in a general way as you talk in your post @Dr. Allen Brown, or are we talking about someone in particular, who has sent you a message in particular with a particular intention? First of all I really feel very sorry about your feelings and I think it could be a good idea to speak as clear as possible to see if there's something we can do for you. It is necessary to speak clear and clarify "who said what" as @Aurorasa Sima said before. Please think about it. All my love. 💖
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    21/08/2016 #60 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Well stated @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian and I agree, as well.
  6. ProducerJohn Valledor

    John Valledor

    22/07/2016
    Moon Shot, Universities and Beer: Three Reasons for Not Downplaying America
    Moon Shot, Universities and Beer: Three Reasons for Not Downplaying America Recently, while scrolling through my beBee social media homepage, an opinionated article caught my eye. But not in a good way. The article, written by a popular beBee author from Canada, projected a harsh assessment on Americans in general over the...
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    Nick Mlatchkov
    05/09/2016 #17 Anonymous
    I'm not impressed with the US beer, though I'll add another one, the tech inventions.
    Brian McKenzie
    21/08/2016 #15 Brian McKenzie
    I do wish I could agree with you, but I am overseas because my American risk matrix ratio of violence vs my defensive and offensive capability was way out of whack. I like the view from where I am at.

    What is the point of chasing and building a dream when you can loose it all in nearly an instant because of criminals on a shiny hill, that were not only protected while running their scheme but handsomely rewarded for their theft and graft?
    John Valledor
    21/08/2016 #14 John Valledor
    Well, that's a pretty Hobbsian view to say the least. I consider myself a sober realist and have seen some pretty dark places on this earth. Still, I prefer to focus on the positive and feel pretty confident that we'll make it just fine. Thank you for sharing your perspective. #12
    Robert Bacal
    21/08/2016 #13 Robert Bacal
    #6 David, I don't think that returning veterans, people of color, women, the homeless, etc would agree with you. If you are part of the upper middle class, employed, etc, then maybe it is the land of what you describe. Personally, I've turned down jobs requiring going to Texas, as an example, because the split between poor/people of color, and the secure is so large, I simply don't want to be a part of it. Once was enough. Neither do I have any desire to go to any state that allows concealed carries. Or unconcealed carries. Sorry, MY country of the free does not feel freedom comes from the barrel of a gun, to quote somewhat badly, Chairman Mao.
    Robert Bacal
    21/08/2016 #12 Robert Bacal
    The beer thing got me laughing. I'm also in Canada, and we refer to your beer, at least historically, as p*ss. Your major beer brands are wretched, and I have never ever touched them after a first taste. These days, craft beers are in many countries.

    That said American has made HUGE contributions to the world, unrivaled in history, yet it has much to answer for. It's a sad reality that powerful and influential countries end up doing both huge amounts of good, and huge amounts of bad. America is no different. For example, the USA has invaded more countries over the last fifty years than any other country, and to be truthful, probably more than the rest of the world combined. Why? Because the USA assumed a well intended police role via its military.

    I think its clear that the USA is in decline relative to the rest of the world, economically, socially, and innovation. All empires decline. THe problem, as is the case with all powerful countries, dominant countries, is that the culture declines towards entrophy, and as its people see the overall decline, they act out of anger, hatred and fear, which is what we have today in the USA. The political system is severely broken, the constitution is outdated, there is a fear and even hatred of its own government, and huge cynicism. I say these things with no joy. A stable and economically and socially aware America is important for the rest of the world. The question is not whether its in decline, but who will replace it, and whether the American decline will be violent internally or evolve slowly. Trump's rhetoric and his followers scare the world, because in many ways they are extremists. That 40-50% of Americans would even consider voting for an extremist is worrisome.
    John Valledor
    21/08/2016 #11 John Valledor
    @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD sounds like you have a fascinating story to tell. The preview you highlight here makes me want to read more. What's wrong with sharing stories of triumph in becoming American? I, for one, would read it for pure inspirational value. Clearly, you absolutely get the gist of what I was trying to communicate in my story. Personally, I hate being lassoed into being painted with a broad ethnic brush. I don't follow any ethnic cultural block behavior. I am an individual, with independent thoughts and a staunch American. Again, thank you for getting it! I am very proud of your accomplishments. #10
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    21/08/2016 #10 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #7 I wasn't going to mention it, but I feel I owe it to my father. He was first generation college grad from San Antonio, TX where his parents ran La Paloma restaurant. My father was a double major, Physics and Mathematics, with a Minor in Political Science. He had 8 children, raised us as a single parent in 1973. He took me for walks and had me look at the same moon, as he was a pure Rocket Scientist for Rockwell. While we scribbled on TI Paper for coloring with crayons, he was busy writing programs to retrieve satellites. He retired after serving as Contract Manager for the International Space Station (ISS). He saw me graduate from USC medical school, beaming and gushing with pride as you did for your son. Later, I graduated Stanford Alumni. I was the first doctor in our family. My mind is getting mixed up a bit here due to emotion, but America gave us a life. I've been Speaker at many different events. When a Hispanic audience tries to 'pin' me to Mexico or another Latin Country of origin, I can't explain the inner passion - I'm American. So I get that, and you, too. And lots of people never heard of Margaret Hamilton, but my Dad made sure that I knew. So, thank you.
    John Valledor
    21/08/2016 #9 John Valledor
    @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD thank you for the kind words. Veterans in America get a bad rap sometimes. Yes, many struggle with serious issues, while a great many others continue to thrive as a result of remarkable resiliency. As a member of that community, I chose to view fellow veterans with a glass is half full lens. By the way, I enjoy reading your buzzes...like a keleidoscope of great stories. God bless!#8
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    21/08/2016 #8 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #1 #2 #4 #6 Absolutely spot on except @John Valledor, I'll beg to differ that you Do have 'good looks' ;-). Nice piece of your Sworn-Citizen mind! And I'll put in a plug for our American Veterans who deserve honor for serving our country. It's a shame we as a nation leave them homeless and distraught on the streets. I don't like seeing how we are as a nation on that...a big project that @Dr. Allen Brown sees all too often. Thank you for your very appropriate piece ~ and peace. Nice.
    John Valledor
    22/07/2016 #7 John Valledor
    Vincent I hope your daughter gets an opportunity to study at MIT. Theat institution is fabulous. #5
    David B. Grinberg
    22/07/2016 #6 David B. Grinberg
    I enjoyed reading your thoughtful and patriotic post @John Valledor. No nation is perfect, just as no person is perfect. However, to paraphrase what I tell my wife: America is more perfect than most. USA = Freedom. Democracy, Liberty and Equal Opportunity. It's all about "We the People" and our collective faith and humanity for the common good.
    Vincent Andrew
    22/07/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    Enjoyed reading this article @John Valledor. It's clear to me how much you love America and how well you've served the country. America has some great institutions. Coincidentally even though I hail from a small South East Asian country my daughter harbors ambitions to study in MIT. That can only be achieved through hard work. As a registered citizen of Brunei I share your thoughts that we owe our country a debt of gratitude. Didn't John Kennedy say 'Don't ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country'.
    Randy Keho
    22/07/2016 #4 Randy Keho
    #3 You have absolutely no reason to apologize. Everyone here knows that if they put their opinions into cyber space, they're leaving themselves open to positive as well as negative feedback. Just don't yell fire in a crowded theater. Remember what happened to Beavis and Butthead?
    John Valledor
    22/07/2016 #3 John Valledor
    #1 Franci, as you read, I'm living proof of the greatness that America offers. I don't consider myself Cuban-American or Latino. I consider myself American, first and foremost. Further, I raised my right hand and swore to defend America's heart--its Constitution--with my life. Indeed, everyone is entitled to express their opinion in America without fear of retribution. I fully embrace people differing from mine. Still, I have a hard time being silent when some bad mouth our great country. Sorry, I've had skin in this game and will exercise my right to express a counterpoint. No worries, beBee is a great medium to frolic and learn from feedback. Thank you for yours!
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    22/07/2016 #2 Jim 🐝 Cody
    Each of us is entitled to speak freely this is the America way and I respect everyone with that right no matter what county you live in. I have and will defend that God given right.
    Great article @John Valledor
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    22/07/2016 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    There is good and bad in every country. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Our esteemed author friend voiced his and now you have voiced yours. And I must say, @John Valledor I have a lot of respect for you and how you presented your opinions. Your post is encouraging and well written. God Bless America. I hope @Jim 🐝 Cody reads this post.
  7. ProducerBen Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    12/08/2016
    MLKJ reversed hate in language - Ben Pinto
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    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    17/08/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Another brilliant Original, Quote-Master....iBAM! How do you do it?
  8. ProducerDr. Allen Brown

    Dr. Allen Brown

    02/07/2016
    What are Human Rights
    What are Human RightsAt the conclusion of our last broadcast on Grassroots Talks Radio show I was moved by one our co-host Selim as we talked about the topic of betrayal. While it started of focusing on relationships the discussion turned to being betrayed by the boss...
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    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/07/2016 #13 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 #10 Great wisdom to know that the value and extent of education for your child(ren) rests on you, the parent. It is so simple to say, yet it screams from the school bells that have now turned into buzzers and gongs.
    Selim Yeniçeri
    05/07/2016 #12 Selim Yeniçeri
    #9 #10 One of my mentors had said once "You talk too much. You have too ears, but one mouth. God tells you to speak once, listen twice." I took these words to the heart, and became a lifelong learner. You're right, William. I wish parents would be so sensitive about this. Unfortunately, most of them leave the education of their kids to the schools.
    Dr. Allen Brown
    05/07/2016 #10 Anonymous
    #9 we are in agreement.
    William VanDorin
    05/07/2016 #9 William VanDorin
    #6 If only more parents had the same attitude and mental attributes this would be a very different world.. Once the thirst for knowledge is introduced, you will spend the rest of your life drinking parched from the cup. It only takes the right spark like my friend Selim.
    Selim Yeniçeri
    05/07/2016 #6 Selim Yeniçeri
    #5 One of the most common lies in my country is that "people have been uneducated and made ignorant." Education is "one of the" government's responsibilities, but "main responsibility" of the individuals. I grew up in the same country, and people call me "The Walking Library," because nobody stopped me from reading, searching, exploring, and learning. My son goes to school, but as his father, it's me who is responsible for his education foremost, not his teachers. And if those teachers are somehow wrong about something, I would emphasize it, too! When I was teaching English classes, my students (and they were adults, not kids or teens) would ask me "Can we talk English as good as you do?" I would always come up with the same answer: "If you don't want to learn, nobody can teach you. If you do, you will learn despite me!"
    William VanDorin
    03/07/2016 #5 William VanDorin
    #3 I wish I were wrong in most sincerity, but do not feel this is the nature of the majority. I truly believe we are being manipulated by our leadership creating divisive issues in race, sex and religion to name a few. Unfortunately the skills to do so are well honed and most good people do not anticipate treachery. There is simply no greater villain than those who would divide us in hatred and mistrust. We really can not blame our leadership or media, as they would have no power if we failed to follow. There is a better way, we must simply step off the path and hate no more.
    Dr. Allen Brown
    03/07/2016 #4 Anonymous
    #3 William, Unfortunately you are correct. I believe that if we just role over and take it we would be just as guilty as those who denie us. As a wise man once said. I would rather die for something rather than live for nothing. Thank you for sharing your views.
    William VanDorin
    02/07/2016 #3 William VanDorin
    Human rights is the fair, ethical and humane treatment of individuals regardless of sex, religion or race. It is a myth of course. An ideal we aspire to as a culture, but as a species we do not act upon. The proportion of our resources devoted to destruction and hatred demonstrates this truth all to clearly..
    Dale Masters
    02/07/2016 #2 Dale Masters
    @Dr. Allen Brown Sadly enough, our God-given rights are being flushed down the toilet as an excuse for keeping us safe. Meanwhile, police departments are being given weapons that, Constitutionally, they never should have had in the first place. Because no one is taught how to think critically, the public still swallows the 9/11 lie, despite experts like Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and Pilots for 9/11 Truth having a plethora of evidence that the whole story around 9/11 was fabricated. We live in a country that is rapidly taking on the aspects of the State that Orwell mentioned in "1984". Books are being removed from library shelves (for example) that were written during WWII...because (I suspect) they challenge some of the most basic ideas about Hitler's actions vis-a-vis Poland among other things, like Hitler's peace treaty with Great Britain . When all the books of that era are finally gone, and the people who fought in the War are dead, the State is free to rewrite history to its liking. This is but one example of the evil being perpetrated against the American people and the rest of the world.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/07/2016 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Powerful message in the video @Dr. Allen Brown! I hope more people see this.