Alissa R. Ackerman: The Importance of Connection…


Date: March 02, 2019

01) The Importance of Connection – Alissa R. Ackerman – TEDxCSULB


“Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman offers a new perspective on restorative justice and how it can help those who suffered from sexual assault. With her personal experience, she shares with everyone the true importance of engaging in difficult conversations to heal from intimate harm.
Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton, where she specializes in the study of sexual violence. For almost 15 years, Dr. Ackerman has devoted her career to better understanding how to prevent sexual misconduct of all kinds. Her research and advocacy work are nationally and internationally recognized and she writes extensively on topics related to gender-based violence and restorative justice. Her newest books include The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Internet Activist and Social Justice and Sex and Gender in the 2016 Election. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”

One thing to keep in mind, even about people who have committed a violent act [sexual, or otherwise]…is that that one act, does not sum up the totality of who they are…

…and years down the road, they may be an extremely different person from the one who did that violent act.

I’ve seen people destroy themselves…by holding onto the hate they have towards such people…and living their lives in accordance with that relentless hate.

…As someone who is only “guilty” of being an open, honest pedophile…I’ve been targeted by such people, who live by the driving force of hate…and the few blows they’ve managed to inflict upon me aside…I can tell you…they’re primarily degrading and killing themselves.

Holding onto hate, as the primary thing which keeps you going…it will chemically change you…and it will make you ill…it will kill you, earlier in life…

This is one of the reasons I try to keep positivity in my life…why I try to laugh a lot…and why I try to bring positive creativity, uplifting music and comedy to this blog…It’s why I try to build something constructive and useful on a broad level…instead of just complaining about how things are, all the time.

I feel like I should say more about this video…Heck…I think I should probably have a sub-blog series, to showcase this exact kind of video […the kind where an expert is talking about what’s wrong with the “sex offender” and “justice” system and society, while offering something substantially constructive as an alternative…]…

Alissa shows that we can get along…and we can all move past bad things which happened in our lives.

Bernie Kicks off 2020 Campaign in Brooklyn…


Date: March 02, 2019

01) Bernie Kicks off 2020 Campaign in Brooklyn


“BERNIE 2020 LAUNCH: Bernie is speaking now in Brooklyn at the first rally of our historic campaign. We’re going to win this election because we will put together the strongest grassroots coalition in the history of American politics.”

Bernie says some great things, about reforming the “justice” system…and getting rid of the prison industrial complex.

I’ve come to be most convinced…that the people who should be inside of those prison cells…are the very people who own those prison cells…who are in this purely for personal profit.

I’m glad to see this more hard edged Bernie.

A Protestant Learns About Greek Orthodoxy…


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Date: March 01, 2019

01) A Protestant Learns About Greek Orthodoxy


“Greek Orthodoxy has always been a bit of a mystery to me, and I wanted to get a clearer sense of what it’s all about so I drove down to the Assumption Cathedral in Denver, Colorado and spent the morning getting answers straight from the source.

Huge thanks to Father Chris Margaritis for taking the time to hang out!”

Interesting video…I’ve never before seen the inside of a temple [church?], of this sect.

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