I’ve struggled a little bit with September 11th over the years. There have been a couple of times where I have been obsessive about it, going over and over the 9/11 Timeline… and others where I do everything I can to block it out. I am working on it. Still.
Everybody has their September 11th story. A lot of them are what people remember seeing on TV …or the phone call that alerted them to what was happening. The person that told them.
Other stories are of devastating loss or being a witness to true heroics.
My story isn’t especially dramatic or interesting, but I figured I should jot it down while i am still here on this planet. Perhaps it will mean something to someone some day.
I was in a ‘radio dream job’. I was the afternoon host on WXRK (K-ROCK) in New York City. The #1 media market in the country… and My afternoon show was the bookend to our morning show: Howard Stern. I worked with some fantastic and very talented people there. Of course there were also some people who thought they were big stars, and their attitude showed it. BTW: Not Howard. Howard was extremely generous and gracious. So was Robin, Gary.. and especially Fred. Fred is the best!
So it was September 11th: My kid’s first day of first grade. I held his hand as we walked up to the school. I remember… (and i think anyone you talk to who was in NYC that day would mention this).. I remember what an amazingly perfect day in weather it was. Just one of the most beautiful days I had ever seen. Cool, clear, perfectly blue skies. I made sure he had his lunch, kissed him goodbye and headed home.
When I got home the phone was ringing. I picked it up and it was my mom. She asked if I was OK. This was nothing new. If there was a brush fire in Albuquerque, she would call and ask if I was OK. She said a plane had crashed into a building in New York. I told her it was fine, hung up and turned on the TV.
I just couldn’t wrap my head around what was happening. How could someone get off course THAT much that they would crash into the biggest, most obvious building in New York? The TV said it was a small plane, and it was hard to gauge the size of the hole since the building was so dramatically huge. Then I started thinking about what must be…
BOOM! A second plane crashed into the other building. The news anchors thought they were watching another view of the first attack… but to me it was clear. This was a terrorist attack! I sat there stunned for a moment as the realization of what was happening washed over me. I had to get my kid!
I put on my shoes and jacket. I went into the kitchen to pick up my hat and I happened to look at the digital clock on the wall. It was 9:11am. I thought to myself about the coincidence as I opened the apartment door and heard sirens. I didn’t think about the date 9/11. I was thinking about the clock showing ‘911’ – the numbers you call when there is an emergency- and the fact that this huge emergency was going on.
I ran up to the school and went into the office. “I want to pick up my kid and take him home”. The person working the front desk looked confused. I said “You know.. the plane crash? The World Trade Center”?!?
Still confused, she said “You want to take your child out of school because of a PLANE CRASH?”
I did. She told me he would be on the playground at this time of day and it would be difficult to find him with so many children running around. They halfway tried to stop me, but I darted toward the playground and found him. I took his hand and walked back to the office.
I went to the desk. The same woman was still behind the counter, but behind her was the principal who was on the phone. She was saying “Oh my God! Oh my God!” She covered the mouthpiece of the phone and made an announcement to the other staff in the room: “They’ve hit the Pentagon! It’s a terror attack! They said the Whitehouse will be next!” The principal looked at me waiting to sign my kid out. I was the only one there trying to get my kid! She said “Just take him!” .. and I did.
I tried to remain calm and explain to my kid what was happening in a very kid-friendly way. That was difficult, but I didn’t want to lie to him.. and at the same time, I didn’t want to needlessly traumatize him.
We were about halfway between the school and my apartment when a taxi cab with its window rolled down pulled beside us to match our pace. The driver looked at us and I looked back. He appeared to be in complete shock and apparently was just looking for another human being to talk to. He had tears welled up in his eyes as he spoke. “It’s gone! The whole thing is just… GONE!” I must have looked confused. “The whole building is gone! It collapsed! The World Trade Center has collapsed! It doesn’t EXIST anymore!” He sped away.
Between what the cab driver told me and what I heard in the office, I had no idea what to expect next. Are they going to attack the entire city? Are they taking down the entire government? The whole world is falling apart!
After I got back to the apartment I watched the second tower fall on TV.
It was just about a month before that my parents had visited me in New York, and I had taken my dad up to the very top of the World Trade Center. I knew a guy who ran the entire tourist part of the tower. “Windows On The World”. There was a restaurant, a place to but t-shirts and amazing views of New York. I had also been on the very top of the ‘South Tower’ (2 World Trade Center) a few months before that. I was invited by Fred Durst to come up while they filmed a video for the Limp Bizkit song “Rollin'”(which had won an MTV award the night before 9/11) I got to be on top of the helipad at night. It was such an amazing view. And then there was the Red Hot Chili Pepper concert in 1999 that K-ROCK had done on the top floor of the building. So many memories of that place.
Because of my experiences with these buildings, all I could think about was how all of that marble and brass, equipment and offices, cables and furniture, girders and… just all that ‘stuff’ could be reduced to a small pile of rubble. I couldn’t comprehend it. I tried my best not to comprehend the people. I knew several people who worked in those buildings. A friend who worked for the Secret Service, a couple of Organized Crime Dtectives with NYPD… I knew Matt Pinfield had a kid in a nursery there. Then there were the countless people who had just … gone to work that day. Just a normal Tuesday. Get up, shower, go in to work. get ready for that big meeting… and minutes later they are considering how their life will end. I tried to block all this out.
I had to make a few calls to clear the day and find out what responsibilities I needed to take care of. It just so happened that I had recently sold a TV show to MTV. We were supposed to finalize the deal on a conference call that morning. I cancelled. My kid was supposed to have a playdate with a friend to celebrate his birthday that day. Cancelled. I called a car service to see if I could get my family out of the city. The woman at the company explained to me that they had absolutely no cars.. and even if they did, every single bridge and tunnel from Manhattan was now closed. Nobody was going anywhere. And Finally- I had to call in to work. I was just a music “DJ”, but still I worked for CBS and I was a radio host, so I needed to know the scope of my responsibility. I spoke to the Program Director who told me “if I could”, please come in that evening. So I just sat there, answering calls from worried friends and neighbors, and like the rest of America and the rest of the world, watching it all unfold on TV.
Time for me to go to work. I walked there – to the building on 57th street from my apartment on 72nd. The streets were quiet. Less cars and -maybe the only time ever: NO HONKING. I could hear sirens in the distance constantly, and every so often a firetruck or police car from some neighboring county or state would wiz by with lights and sirens. All the way from places like Massachusetts and Connecticut. Every once in a while a US military fighter jet would fly over and you could see everyone within sight flinching simultaneously. I think every single person had some sort of odd and sudden PTSD. The sound of a jet made you think an impact was imminent.
One of the clearest memories I have of that day was when I was walking past a news stand. One of the headlines of one of the papers was something about a Whitney Houston concert. Another headline was about a teacher who – as it turned out – had participated in a bank robbery 30 years ago. Another was about whatever Liv Tyler had worn to an event. I actually said out loud, “Well. We’ll never see headlines like that ever again”. Little did I know we would all hit the ‘snooze button’ and before long headlines about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears would be on the front page.
One other odd thing about my walk to work that day: I was almost to the office, walking along 57th street, when a man in a long brown jacket stepped out from a building and started walking along with me. I glanced up at him. It was Tom Brokaw. Knowing that this man was extremely intelligent, up on world events and had even written history books- I had to say something. “So, Tom. What do you think”? Neither of us looked at each other and we continued our walk, but his reply was immediate and deeply reassuring: “We’ll be alright”.
I got into work and the station was simulcasting the audio from CNN. We had made some quick ‘handshake’ deal with them in order to keep people informed. No music, no hosts. Just CNN all day. The PD gave me my instructions before he let the building: “Tonight, after the president finishes speaking, take us off CNN and start playing music. I’ll get somebody here to relieve you later tonight”.
What SONG do you play in NEW YORK CITY after the President of the United States gives an historic speech about the life-changing terror attacks that had JUST taken place and removed the two largest, most iconic buildings from the Manhattan skyline? I fretted over this for a few minutes and finally decided that there were NO good choices. I picked the only song I could think of that would send the message I wanted to send.
Uncertainty causes fear. The unknown causes fear. There was certainly enough fear to go around in that city that night. So the question becomes- What do you do with that fear? Do you let FEAR control you? Do you let FEAR drive your decisions? We have no idea what tomorrow will be like… or the next day or the next day. Will you let fear decide for you? …or will YOU take the wheel and steer your OWN life?
This is the song I chose.
INCUBUS – “DRIVE”
Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear And I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear Take the wheel and steer
It’s driven me before And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal But lately I am beginning to find That I should be the one behind the wheel
Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, I’ll be there
And it seems to be the way that everyone else gets around But lately I am beginning to find That when I drive myself my light is found
So whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there
I’ve re-watched a few classic movies recently- and it strikes me as odd how many of them contain words that are probably MORE relevant TODAY than at any other time in history!
Maybe you agree… maybe you don’t… but isn’t that the nice thing about AMERICA? We can both love it and want it to succeed for the good of our families… and PEACEFULLY disagree about how we get there!
It is FINE to disagree! And it is CERTAINLY better than anyone who decides to just “sit it out”. You HAVE to stand up for what you believe in! You can do that without hurting other people, or name-calling, causing other people inconvenience or anxiety, belittling anyone and NOT LISTENING! The BEST thing you can do to serve yourself and mankind: PUT YOURSELF IN THE OTHER PERSON’S SHOES for a moment. Feel what they feel. What are their motivations? Are the motivations fear and anger? Or are the motivations hopeful and compassionate? But whatever you do, don’t just sit there.
As JESUS once said:
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm— neither hot nor cold— I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!
Revelation 3:15 & 16
NOW: BACK TO THE MOVIES….
Let’s start with something REALLY old. CHARLIE CHAPLIN in THE GREAT DICTATOR.
A few things to think about while you read this:
Chaplin and Hitler were born within a week of one another and they both had ‘THAT” mustache.
In the film, Chaplin (who plays a Jewish barber) gets mistaken for the Hitler character.
While Hitler was trying to destroy the Jews in Europe, racial segregation was strictly enforced in much of The United States. Because of Jim Crow laws and by custom, blacks couldn’t eat at a restaurant counter along with whites. They couldn’t use the same water fountain or ride in the same part of the bus. The civil rights movement was still in its infancy. There were no laws ensuring voting rights or equal access to jobs and public facilities, and their wouldn’t be for decades.
Released in 1940, this speech still has great meaning today.
‘THE GREAT DICTATOR’ SPEECH
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Another film I would like to explore today: NETWORK
Stuff to know about NETWORK:
It won four Academy Awards
It’s about a news network doing poorly in the ratings until its host (Howard Beale) goes nuts and says he is going to kill himself live on the air. The network USES that for ratings. They let the crazy person on the air so they can get high ratings. It gets WAY crazier than that but it is too much to describe here! Watch the damn movie!
[In my opinion] “NEWS” as we know it was ruined the day the networks started allowing ADVERTISING on it. Having advertisers means you need high ratings. Needing high ratings means doing what audiences react to INSTEAD of REPORTING NEWS. Now we are in a ‘the more shocking the better’ world of News-o-tainment. This movie addresses that and so much more.
Released in 1976, this speech still has great meaning today.
So now- Without further delay, here is
HOWARD BEALE’S “NETWORK” SPEECH
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’
Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!…You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
ONE LAST NOTE
…from the Independence Day speech:
“We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. You will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.
We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!”
Don’t you just HATE people who are think they are SO entitled. They don’t need to follow the rules like the rest of us. That’s for CHUMPS! Well, my friends, that is why instant karma, instant justice and REVENGE are all SO SWEET~! Remember:
CRIME DOESN’T PAY
…and enjoy these videos that will lift your spirit this holiday season!
We’re as MAD AS HELL and we’re not gonna take it anymore!
In fact- Realistically, you may be able to BUY a consumer quantum computer in the next 10 years.
What’s so special about quantum computers?
You cannot even fathom the data-crunching POWER these things have! As the article from FORTUNE says:
Future iterations of these quantum computers will be able to solve mathematical problems ordinary computers have no hope of computing. They will vastly speed up classical calculations, accurately model complex natural phenomena like chemical reactions, and open as yet unexplored frontiers for scientific inquiry.
HAVE YOU SEEN these ‘people’ that have been created completely from the ‘imagination’ of Artificial Intelligence?
These ‘photographs’ of ‘people’ are just what AI thinks ‘celebrities’ look like! Do these people NOT look like you should know them?
You should read the TECHURDU article as it describes how AI is able to do some amazing ‘tricks’. The basics, from what i understand, are: You have one computer who tries to come up with a human face. A second computer looks at it and says “Nah. Look at the eyes. The eyes are all wrong! And look at those teeth! Those don’t look human!.. and the first computer says “OK. I’ll go back and try again”. This happens over and over until computer number 2 can’t distinguish the rendered fake person from a real one!
Also- Keep in mind: These computers can LEARN. As an example: One AI computer named AlphaZero taught itself how to play chess in FOUR HOURS before completely trouncing the world champion chess algorithm!… AND- It did it without any human teaching it. Basically- It read the chess rule book and figured out everything else itself!
You use a shopper discount card at at the grocery or Target. They know what you buy. Maybe you have an arrest record? Ever been in a court of law? Got a traffic ticket? Written a letter to a representative? Commented about politics on social media? Just the info you put out there on social media is a TON of data! Pictures! Where are they stored? Ever use ‘the cloud‘ for storage? You DO know that there is data attached to those pictures, right? Exact time and location? Even the kind of camera you are using? There are birth certificates, death certificates, gun ownership, credit card statements correlated to a database of what you bought with your credit card. While we are at it, let’s cross-referenceYOUR location with everyone else’s so we can see who you associate with.
Then there is your email history. You don’t control that! You don’t even OWN that! Ever bought a house? Bought a car? What about your credit report? Doesn’t that have every place you have ever lived? The IRS database has every penny you reported since you started working. The DMV has info including how much you weigh.. but your FitBit or Apple Watch probably has WAY more health info. But what about your insurance company? Or go straight to the source, your doctor’s files.
Traffic light cameras, security cameras, your own personal computer’s camera, your smartphone camera. You DO know that it has been PROVEN that your smart phone is ALWAYS listening, right? What about your ‘smart home’ devices like Alexa or Google Home? Those HAVE to listen to everything you do to be ready to go! JUST like SIRI and the ANDROID ASSISTANT. Even when you SPEAK to the assistant… What do you think happens? They keep a record of what words you said? NO!!! They keep a record of the words you said AND the ACTUAL RECORDING! So- If there is someone talking in the background, that is included in your record.
Imagine dictating a text message that says “Hey honey. I am stuck at work. I will call when I am free” and in the recording, in background you can strip club music and giggling? How much would THAT information be worth to your prospective father-in-law?
AND- The BIG deep/dark secret that people STILL don’t seem to know about:
Have you ever checked your GOOGLE HISTORY?
If not- You MUST stop what you are doing and go HERE:
Last night I witnessed Hollywood’s death rattle. It’s over. The people who are responsible for this part of Los Angeles have either lost the battle or given it up willingly.
You can WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEO, but long story short: Last night I watched a guy assault tourists, women, men, locals, push people, knock people over, hit people… and NOBODY CARED. I tried to intervene but the guy had two other friends who wouldn’t allow it. Two Andrews International or Hollywood BID security officers stood by and watched. They said they had ‘already solved the problem’ while this guy is still assaulting people! Then they said it was ‘not their job’ and ‘He is on public property’. Multiple people BEGGED them to do something and in response, they were INSANELY rude and extremely dismissive. They actually gave one of those “shoo!” waves and every comment was met with a loud “Have a good evening sir! Have a good evening sir!” They were JUST about to leave when they finally decided to do the right thing: Go over and PUSH THE GUY DOWN.
…and with that, it was “Mission accomplished”! Job well done, fellas! Now go have a beer!
(They just left, of course). And, Of COURSE, the crazy guy just continues his reign of terror… and as a bonus- all in front of little kids.
YES. I called the police. Later I called the police AGAIN. I stayed in the area for over an hour and LAPD never showed. To be fair: ONE #lapd car DROVE BY without stopping. (Probably on the way to the mystery meeting at the convenience store at Highland and Yucca where many of them congregate in a back room every single night). FYI- I have supported various police organizations my entire life, setting up funds for families of fallen officers and supporting a memorial for fallen officers. I have awards and accolades from departments ranging from New York City, to Washington DC, Houston, Memphis… in fact I was just talking to a friend of mine from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force this morning. YES LAPD is short on equipment… and staff …and pay. – But that is NO excuse for someone to be able to assault people without any impedance for over an hour in the most populous part of town!
Hollywood is the FACE of Los Angeles.
People travel from all over the world and bring their families. Tourists are responsible for a GIANT portion of the income of this city and the people in it. It SEEMS like it would be a good idea to take care of it. I guess not. It seems like they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Why have a Christmas parade when people may step on hypodermic needles? Why host the Oscars when ALL of Hollywood is overrun with homeless people, gangsters and scam artists? Why focus so much time and effort on one night, when the other 364 nights are like this?
The stars on Hollywood Blvd are cracked and broken and dirty and embarrassing. PROOF?
Here is a RANDOM EXAMPLE of one small part of the internationally famous and highly glamorous HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME!
There are giant holes are in the sidewalk where an adult person could EASILY fit the entire lower part of their leg. I have no idea how the city isn’t sued every single day.
I had HOPES that just ONE celebrity would step in and help rejuvenate this town that is the symbol of the film industry, acting, television, music… – Basically all of ENTERTAINMENT for almost everyone in the world. That has not happened.
I tagged celebrities in my posts. I wrote letters and sent emails.
I offered to volunteer for The Hollywood Business Improvement District people. I contacted the mayor.
I contacted the media. Local news, national news Hollywood papers and magazines.
I even came up with a few SOLID ideas of how to solve some major issues with low-cost! Simple/easy common-sense solutions.
I have tried to bring attention to this and otherwise done what small things any individual citizen can do.
BUT, to quote a song- “You have to know when to hold ’em… and know when to fold ’em”.
At this point I am just shouting into the wind.
So- You win, Hollywood!
You have earned your reputation as a place that crushes people!
I originally posted this on the@HollywoodWalk Instagram account… but now I see they are blocking/hiding/limiting ANY posts that use the hashtag #heroin so I am posting it here.
Basically it is just a rant. I saw a sign in Rite Aid that said you can get Naloxone without a prescription and thought it was interesting. I started typing out a small caption… and that turned into a rant that went until Instagram would no longer accept any more characters in the post! So- Here it is…
It’s easy to say “I have no sympathy! They did this to themselves!” ..and it is easy to think of drug addicts as a bunch of dirty hoodlums who don’t contribute to society…. UNTIL it is your 12 year old daughter or 80 year old aunt or your father or best friend.
If you think YOU are ‘above’ narcotic addiction, you are absolutely right… until you aren’t.
People make stupid mistakes all the time. Unfortunately, opiates are the mistake that keeps on taking. It will take away everything and then: it will take away MORE. And just when you are done burning every relationship you ever had, losing your job, stealing your own child’s lunch money, slamming your fingers in a car door so you MIGHT get a prescription and taking medication from the bathroom cabinet of someone dying of cancer…. THEN: you get sick!
IMAGINE the worst parts of every sickness you have ever had. The worst flu… diarrhea.. vomiting… sweating and freezing… fluids coming from every orifice… But wait! There’s more! You’ll also get soul-crushing mental anguish and excruciating despair that will not stop. And all of this all has you BEGGING for the third and final act: When the opiates finally put you out of your misery …and they find you 3 days later on your bathroom floor in a puddle of your own feces. [Not to mention ALL the other people you cause to suffer.] Needless to say- It’s a terrible thing… but there IS help.
If you are addicted to opiates, YOU CAN STOP THE SUFFERING. You don’t have to go to the hospital or even use vacation time! You can continue to go to work AND hang out with friends and family! AND– Only your BEST FRIEND needs to know what is happening!
Find help BEFORE you find out what “rock bottom” looks like. You will THINK you are at ‘rock bottom’… and then you go WAY deeper. It’s not all ‘cool’ like in the movies…. …but hey! What do I know?
If you have FAMILY or a FRIEND with an opiate addiction, BECOMPASSIONATE. You may not be able to understand the GRAVITY of the THOUGHT of giving up opiates to an addict. It is NOT about being ‘high’. It is ALL about NOT BEING SICK.
If you just want to provide some general help/make a donation I would suggest giving to Music Cares. They have helped many of my friends AND probably all of your favorite bands.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
…the Universe would be 2-dimensional and drawn in crayon. That is because I am a big dummy and can’t even BEGIN to fathom things like infinity, free-will vs omniscience, string theory.. or even simple division if I have to be honest.
But perhaps, if a great scientist could explain to me the Big Bang as if I were a two-year old.. then I could get it!
Nope. Astrophysicists talk in a language that I can barely wrap my head around. And when I DO wrap my head around it, it makes me physically dizzy.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the article:
“Ordinary real time is replaced by imaginary time”
“Imaginary time behaves like a fourth direction of space”
“Imaginary time is a four-dimensional curved surface like the surface of the Earth, but with two more dimensions.”
“We should steer clear of aliens entirely”
It all sounds like lyrics from a Pink Floyd song or something. In fact:
Here is Roger Waters with a few final words on the subject. Regardless of your politics or theology or understanding of the nature of the astronomical objects… I’m sure you are capable of appreciating an AMAZING PERFORMANCE!
The weather was determined by nature…. Man landed on the moon… and the Earth was ROUND!
Early Greek philosophers alluded to a spherical Earth.. and of course Magellan and/or Enrique were sailing completely around the thing back in the 1500’s… but – In 2018 we find ourselves DEBATINGthe shape of the Earth!
Can you IMAGINE going back in time and telling your 4th grade self “In the future, lots of people will think the Earth is flat!”
Scientifically- You are prone to believe horsecrap if you are a person who is susceptibleto what is called teleological thinking…where you think that every RESULT is the cause of the actions leading to that result. (To simplify it: “everything happens for a reason”.)
But I 100% believe that ALL of us have the ability to discern truth from lies. If you don’t let outside forces enter the equation. If you simply sit somewhere quiet and think “What is the TRUTH of this matter? What is the RIGHT thing to do here?” You will KNOW the answer.
Whether it is learned or instinct- We ALL have the intellectual process and internal knowledge to inherently know ‘murder is wrong’. We KNOW stealing is wrong. We KNOW hurting others is wrong. You CAN use that same force to know what is the RIGHT thing to do in ANY situation.
And if THAT doesn’t work for you, maybe you should try Occam’s razor. Basically:
But the long-time truth-preaching beacon of the internet has ALWAYS been:
SNOPES.comRemember all those stories you heard in fourth grade? That email warning about gangs that your mom forwarded to you? That person at work who knows everything? SNOPES is the resource you need for EVERYTHING.
———- THE BOTTOM LINE ————
HERE is my “TWO-STEP PLAN TO THE TRUTH”.
1- RESEARCH the topic. Look at BOTH sides of an issue. REALLY listen to the other side. Put yourselves in their shoes and understand how they came to that conclusion.
2- Don’t trust me… or a newscaster.. or a politician… or family member/friend. Instead-Trust yourself. Get past all the CRAP and just SEE the truth.