Barack Obama’s Name to Replace Jefferson Davis’ on Mississippi Elementary School

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Former President Barack Obama speaks in New York on Sept. 20. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

by Dan Corey via nbcnews.com

A public elementary school in Mississippi named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.

Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson, which is named for Jefferson Davis, will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary beginning next school year, the school’s PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, said at a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night. The prospect of changing the name of what Jefferson called the best elementary school in Mississippi was raised by a student, she told NBC News. “They know who [Davis] was and what he stood for,” she said. “This has a great impact on them, because [Obama] is who they chose out…

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Excerpt: Seclusion (Re-blogged)

I’m putting the finishing touches on a few posts that will be published on a schedule over the weekend, since gaming will be of primary importance. Enjoy this re-blog of an excerpt from my 2016 NaNoWriMo fan fiction!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

She jolts awake. The nightmare, again. It haunts her, as it has every night for…how long has it been? Time has gotten away from her.

She rolls over on her back, staring at the root-canopy that forms this sizeable, yet well-concealed, den. It had been inhabited by a troll until recently; she had seen to its unceremonious eviction. Its pelt makes up the rough bed in which she was sleeping, while its decaying head rests on a boulder about five feet from the front entryway to the den. The presence and stench of it keeps away all intruders, including the nearby band of giants. They are only eight in number, so tending to their small herd of mammoths is of more importance than a dead troll. It is one less troll that will attempt to prey on the calves, and the smoke from their massive communal fire eliminates the stink…

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Another Shameless Gaming Promotion!

*** Disclaimer: I receive no compensation, monetary or otherwise, from these personal gaming promotions. I enjoy The Elder Scrolls Online and will talk about it on my blog from time to time. I have done so since I began playing it in 2014; I’ve been blogging and writing much longer than that!

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Guess what – it’s time for another shameless gaming promotion! The latest seasonal in-game event, the Witches’ Festival, begins this coming Friday and runs until 1 November. This festival was the very first seasonal event, which I acknowledged in a post that can be found here. There will be a chance to earn special gear, recipes, and costumes which might have been missed out on the first time, and there will be new costumes and a special polymorph to wear for those massive zerg-raids!

A limited-edition abode of sorts will also be available for purchase during the event – if you earn the right to own it, that is. If you’ve ever wanted your own private, haunted hovel shrouded in mist at the edge of the moors, now’s the time to get it! I have a few creepy pets which would feel right at home…

Last but not least, the latest addition to the in-game world drops on Monday, 23 October. This chapter re-introduces a very popular part of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and is loads of fun for the Steampunker which resides in many of us die-hard geeks, freaks, and nerds! If you’ve wanted to explore the lands on your very own clockwork mount, with a fabricated replica dragonfly hovering behind you, then this downloadable content (DLC) can be yours for free if you subscribe to the game. If you don’t subscribe, you can get the DLC for in-game crowns, which is a good option – the package gives you a special mount, non-combat pet, and a few extra trinkets to get your character off to a quick start.

I will be broadcasting my gaming sessions this weekend in order to share the fun and festivities, just click the link here to go directly to my Twitch channel. Enjoy the show!

Last Week Tonight: The Equifax Breach

In this installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver talks about the Equifax data breach and actually offers a solution on how to protect yourself. There are some things in life which require self-reliance – you can’t depend on anyone else for some things! That’s just a real fact of life.

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5 On Friday: Songs of the Past (Re-blogged)

This weekend has been a busy one, what with enjoying some unexpected sunshine and a welcome dinner gathering. Enjoy this “5 On Friday” post from earlier this month, since good music is always worth sharing!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Most of us who love music, if not all, have a “personal soundtrack” of sorts. Songs which remind us of life-changing events, whether they’re good or bad. Songs which represent certain periods of our lives; songs which became mantras of determination and looking forward. For this installment of “Five on Friday,” I offer up these five songs which represent some of the struggles of my past.

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I Know That You’ve Already Forgotten This, But…

the residents of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands are still in dire need of assistance, and they are your fellow American citizens. If you truly have empathy for others, and you really want to help your fellow Americans, then why aren’t you doing so? Quit talking and do something already! Following are links to reputable organizations which are doing their best to provide assistance.

Direct Relief

American Red Cross

Americares

Humane Society of the United States

Here, too, is an informative article about those territories and how hurricane relief isn’t the only problem they’re facing. Following is a small portion of it, from The Atlantic:

Puerto Rico Needs More Than Relief—It Needs Reconstruction

Recovering from the devastation of two hurricanes raises tough questions about the legacy of American colonialism.

Right now, it’s hard to tell in what direction Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are heading after sustaining hits from Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria in September. The picture of the damage in Puerto Rico verges on the apocalyptic now, and much of the situation is currently deteriorating. Millions are still without power, fuel, food, and water are running out, hospitals are overwhelmed and mostly inoperable, and bodies are “piling up” in morgues. Struggles in the Virgin Islands are less documented, but no less real: Power is still tenuous, flooding is still rampant, most of the hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, and many roads are ruined.

Federal aid is arriving to help deal with the onslaught of disasters, but even if that aid were adequate and weren’t heavily criticized by residents for being late or ineffective, aid alone won’t lead to recovery. Existing challenges that plagued the territories before Irma and Maria multiply the effects of the storms, and must themselves be dealt with in order for recovery to be a reality. But dealing with those issues will require examining the legacies of colonialism, racism, and erratic federal policy in shaping the destinies of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and how those forces contributed to the destruction on display today.

President Trump has—if nothing else—outlined just how deeply those legacies run in his direction of the federal response. When Trump attacked San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter last weekend, his remarks that the relief effort was hampered by “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help” and that “they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” played on similar themes as an 1899 colonial governor bemoaning the lack of “Anglo-Saxon energy to face a gloomy outlook” among his black and brown constituents on the island, which had just been taken from Spain as the United States built its own empire.

When Trump expanded on his comments Tuesday, just hours before his first trip to San Juan, he paired praise to federal responders for “the great job we’ve done” with criticism of the efforts of local officials. It was a contrast that recalled the opinion of Justice Henry Billings Brown in the 1901 Downes v. Bidwell case—one of the so-called “Insular Cases” that now form the basis of governance over the U.S. territories, and helped create the status quo where residents of the territories are citizens who pay taxes and serve in the military, but have neither representation in Congress nor sovereignty. There, Brown said that for the “alien races … the administration of government and justice, according to Anglo-Saxon principles, may for a time be impossible.”

Five On Friday: My Blogging Rules For Myself

Have you ever noticed this specific blogging phenomenon known as the “my blog is better than your blog” attitude? I see it often, and it always reminds me of high school interactions or shitty co-workers. These bloggers know everything about everything, and feel the need to troll or spam other bloggers with their arrogant, know-it-all personal attacks.

Some petty little asshat recently got all butthurt over me asking it to respect the boundaries of my blog. Sorry sunshine, you have your own blog. You do your shit your way, and I’ll keep on keeping on doing my shit my way. Because, you know, this is MY blog. I’ve never told you what to write, have I? That answer would be no. So, don’t tell me what to write, m’kay? It’s pretty fucking simple, but even simplicity is far above the heads of some.

With that, here are the five rules that I have for myself when blogging, and have stuck to them from day one…for the most part!

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1. Don’t react to other people’s inane bullshit. What they say isn’t about you – and if it is, it is most likely baseless bullshit. If they don’t know you personally, then what they say is moot.

2. Respect the rules of another’s blog. If you aren’t sure what those rules are, then ask – don’t assume.

3. Don’t jump in the middle of a conversation in the comment sections of other people’s blogs, especially if you really don’t care about the topic being discussed. Saying something just to get attention is weak, and egging others on is pathetic. Let them duke it out verbally. Just grab the popcorn and watch the fun!

4. If you comment, be sure that the comment is about the topic. It makes no sense to mention murder victims on, say, a post about photography or planning a wedding – and yes, I have seen those very comments. It is also a good thing to keep in mind if responding to a person’s comment on a blog which isn’t yours or theirs. Derailing conversations is pathetic.

5. Last, but certainly not least: just have fun! Write, write, and write some more – there are no limits for the truly creative! Some people need prompts or other tips to get ideas, and that’s fine – not everyone is dependent on grade-school level topics. I find that adults tend to appreciate adult things, and ‘Adult’ doesn’t always mean sex-heavy or gratuitous pornography. For me, it means that I will use adult language from time to time!

Those are my personal blogging rules for myself, which spill over into gaming and any other online interaction I might engage in. They’re straightforward, and they work for me. With that, enjoy these three songs to get the weekend started early!

Funny Friday Memes: 13 January 2017! (Re-blogged)

This Friday the 13th post was so good the first time around, it deserves a re-blog while I work on my current “Five on Friday” post!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Hey, will you look at what day it is…it’s “Friday the 13th!” This is the first of only two months that have a 13 Friday during this year; October is the other month, this time around. Time for some snarky silliness and madcap memes about this supposedly unlucky day, I’d wager. I was inspired by the beautiful sight of the full moon last night; nothing wrong with some mild lunacy, no?

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Full Frontal Thursday: Weinstein, Women’s Health Care Rollback, and Finnish Fake News

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Ms. Bee talks about the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, and how his disgusting acts were covered up for decades by many – including the very women who are now speaking out. Hey, nothing like a good old-fashioned sex scandal to boost a sagging career, and the money earned will boost their sagging body parts.

Also, women’s health care is under fresh assault again. Companies are now free to deny birth control if it goes against “religious or moral beliefs.” Isn’t that delightful? Funny how bible-thumpers don’t see that they really are just as restrictive of women’s rights as the Muslims they hate – perhaps even more so – but why let little things like facts and reality get in the way?

And finally, Sam’s token Brit takes a trip to Finland, since she’s the only member of the crew who would be allowed inside the borders of that frigid, sub-Arctic locale. Now that I think about it, Sam and the other Canuck chick would be accepted, too…

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NBA Legend Michael Jordan Donates $7 Million to Build Medical Clinics in Charlotte, NC

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Michael Jordan (photo via huffpost.com)

by Taryn Finley via huffingtonpost.com

Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to build two medical facilities to serve at-risk and underserved communities in Charlotte. The Hornets owner’s donation will fund the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, expected to open late 2020.

The facilities will provide affordable access to primary and preventive care ― including behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning ― to those with little-to-no health care.  “Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community,” Jordan, who was raised in Wilmington and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, said in a press release. “It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”

Estee Portnoy, a spokeswoman for Jordan, told the Charlotte Observer that he was…

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