Reflection

I don’t really think this truly describes my blog like i hoped it would. I wouldn’t be to happy if the major ideas in my college writing class were the words “the, and, is, and that”. In the end though i am happy how it all turned out. I got the chance to express my opinions in an open forum without the threat of being judged. It is very hard to do things like that not on the internet. I also got to share stories and accounts i have had with other people to the public with out the nervousness i might get of saying these things out loud. In all honesty i am most likely not going to keep up with the blog even though it would be good for me. I like having an outlet where people can hear what i am thinking but due to the fact that i am no longer writing for a grade anymore, the amount i will write will probably die down to no writing at all. I am happy with my writing on my blog. I think my writing and creative skills have evolved drastically and i hope that the skills i learned for this assignment carries on for the rest of my academic career.

Grief in the Age of Facebook

http://chronicle.com/article/Grief-in-the-Age-of-Facebook/64345/

Posted above is an article about how we deal these days with social media outlets and people close to us passing away. Ironically, the same day i was told to read this article for my Writing 105 class, it just happened to be the anniversary of the passing of my friend Lily Rushton who died of a brain tumor 2 years ago. Today, in memoriam, many people i know who were very close to Lily decided to post as their status “I miss u Lily”, or “RIP Lily” in order to maintain their memory of her and save her a place in their hearts. A few others liked those statuses to show their feelings as well.

This being something i have experienced in my own life and something that i know happens all around as well, it really is clear how social media like twitter and Facebook really play a major aspect in how we do things, including saying goodbye or remembering those who we have lost. I find it a completely appropriate way to memorialize someone you miss. I also appreciate the way Facebook now “Memorializes” someones Facebook page so that you can still write on their wall and see what other people are saying about them as well. All and all there is not much we can do to remember those we have lost and saying something on their Facebook is the least someone can do.

TED TALK: David Blaine

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/david_blaine_how_i_held_my_breath_for_17_min.html

This is probably my favorite TED talk i have seen recently. It goes over a lot of what illusionist and magician, David Blaine has done in the past, including his most epic feet of holding his breath for 17 minutes. David Blaine began his career doing magic on the street for random people passing by. His life eventually led him to start doing things that pushed the physical human boundaries like standing on a pillar high of the ground for hours on  end, and living in a box suspended by Tower bridge in London for a 44-day period, where Blaine went without any food or nutrients and survived on just 4.5 litres of water per day. His most insane stunt however would have to be when he attempted to break the world record of holding ones breath under water after receiving 100% oxygen before hand. He resulted in breaking the record at 17 minutes and 4 seconds. This led Blaine to multiple hospital stints and completely deteriorated his health.

To me David Blaine is one of the most excellent showmen of all time. He pushes himself to give the audience a show that can never be repeated by anyone else. He goes beyond the abilities of normal human capacity and does the most spectacular things, all for the sake of entertainment. That is why Blaine, in my opinion is one of the most interesting entertainers of our generation.

 

Why?

 

The image below shows what a women’s foot looks like if it were x-rayed inside of an extremely high heeled shoe. All i have to say about this is why! Why would women ever purposely put themselves in such an uncomfortable situation? There is no way anyone could enjoy having their foot like this for an extended period of time. It honestly make no sense to me. This raw image of the x-rayed foot really shows the audience it is trying to reach what is going on “behind the scenes” in some way. When i look at women in high heels now i might think of them in a different way. I might say, heres someone who, for some reason, will purposely put themselves in a painful situation just for the sake of looking good or fashion.

However, in some ways i understand. People try however they can to look their best and if you are willing to spend the next day icing your feet after a night in heels, good for you. I like what this image does and how it engages the me to think. And reminds me how much it must stink to be a girl…

Open Letter to Raymond Kelly…

Dear Commissioner Kelly:

I am sure you are extremely busy and for that, first off I would like to thank you for reading this. As we both very well know, there is a lot going on in New York right now. The Occupy Wall Street riots have spread and are now taking place all across the city. Now, as a New Yorker I am interested in what’s going on in my city and I am very concerned. The way the New York Police Department has dealt with the Occupy Wall Street rallies has been unacceptable. I do not believe this is your fault directly but I would like to ask you a few questions about what could be done to resolve the issues going on.

It does not matter whether or not you or I agree with what the protesters are rallying for but they have a right to fight for their cause without the threat of the authorities stopping them unjustly. Since the start of these rallies last month there have been countless police abuse of power occurrences. One of the most infamous being the case of Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna and the various pepper-spraying incidents. It is very clear that the NYPD has a bit of an issue dealing with demonstrators without over reacting. From what I have read and researched, so far, no punishment has been awarded to D.I. Bologna. Why is this the case? Do you believe what he did was wrong or extreme?  Now I know you are extremely protective of your city and I am not trying to attack you, but I hope you can see that we are not fighting terrorists in this battle. These are just people. New Yorkers, who want a reason why they are forced to live like they do. They should not be punished the way they are being punished for that.

As a family member of multiple NYPD officers I know that it is not all of the NYPD that is responsible for the injustices against the protesters. There are for certain decent, and honest cops on the street right now who have been dealing with the rallies in the appropriate way. However, all I ask of you Commissioner, is that you seek out the officers who have done the City and its people wrong and apply the proper punishment to them. I trust you will do what you know to be the right thing.

I only have the best intentions for New York and the people who inhabit and which I am sure is the same for you. So all I ask is that you consider changing the way you deal with rallies and demonstrations from a more extreme to a more overseeing bystander approach and that you end up dealing with the officers responsible for any and all injustices against New Yorkers and tourists. Thank you once again Commissioner Kelly, for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Harris Baum

 

My Letter to Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner of the NYPD

My goal is to write a truthful and accurate letter to the Commissioner of the New York Police Department, Raymond W. Kelly about how his forces are treating the peaceful protesters all around New York City. It all started with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that began about a month ago. The “99%”, as they call themselves, rallied on New York City’s Wall Street, the heart of global finance, to protest “1%”. The “1%” are the people they believe are the cause of all the trouble in the financial market right now. The “99%” are all the other people in America who can’t afford to pay their rent, buy groceries, and pay for an education because of the small amount of people in the “1%”.

 

When the rally started they were peaceful. Thousands gathered in lower Manhattan to protest the ideas they believed to be injustices. At some point however, the New York Police department arrived to break it up. At some point, videos came out showing how the police were dealing with the peaceful protesters. Things they were doing to un-armed men and women who were just there to support their cause. Since then their have been many more protests from Wall Street to Times Square and every time more and more videos and stories have come out of it about police brutality and injustices.

 

I am planing 0n writing to the head of the NYPD, Raymond Kelly to ask him if he has addressed these issues with his forces. If so, why it has continued to occur and if not, what does he plan on doing about it. I am hoping to receive some sort of letter back either answering these questions or saying why he has been unable to make a difference and stop the things happening in New York.

 

Here are a few links to videos of things cops are doing all around New York…

Wise Words…

 Dance Like No One is Watching… Love Like You Have Never Been Hurt Before…Go to Work Like You Don’t Need The Money

-Kurt Vonnegut

Everyone wishes that they could live their life like this. Unfortunately, life, does not always pan out that way for most people. How great would it be to live life without fear and dress the way you want, or talk to whoever you wanted without any fear of persecution?  Vonnegut’s words are the ideal. To live life to its fullest, and never look back. As much as some people try to do this, their natural instincts usually kick in and hold them back. The fear of being mocked, rejected, failure. All basic human emotions that stop people in their tracks from breaking out of their shell and acting vulnerable. Vulnerability is usually the key reason why people can’t act the way Vonnegut is describing people should. No one ever wants to be the one who puts themselves out there and has the carpet ripped away right out from under their feet. The risk is not worth it for them. So instead, they do the basic dances they feel comfortable with. They aren’t  completely open with the ones they love. And they don’t take risks at their job. I think if people took risks and lived their lives to the fullest they would just feel better about themselves. They would not be scared to experiment or to work out side the box. It would be a more interesting world, for sure.