R.I.P. Vera Rubin

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From NPR:

Vera Rubin, the groundbreaking astrophysicist who discovered evidence of dark matter, died Sunday night at the age of 88, the Carnegie Institution confirms.

Rubin did much of her revelatory work at Carnegie. The organization’s president calls her a “national treasure.”

In the 1960s and 1970s, Rubin was working with astronomer Kent Ford, studying the behavior of spiral galaxies, when they discovered something entirely unexpected — the stars at the outside of the galaxy were moving as fast as the ones in the middle, which didn’t fit with Newtonian gravitational theory.

The explanation: Dark matter.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

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2016 is officially the year of death, especially for celebrities.

From Rolling Stone:

Carrie Fisher, the iconic actress who portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died Tuesday following a massive heart attack last week. She was 60.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher’s family, said in a statement to People.

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, wrote on Facebook. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”

Fisher suffered a heart attack last week aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight 15 minutes prior to landing. A medic onboard performed CPR on the actress until paramedics arrived to take her to UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.

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R.I.P. George Michael

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What the hell, 2016!?

From the BBC:

Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said.

The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home”.

Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.

Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

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The Praetorian Writers’ Group still has me & Abagond on ‘their’ minds

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Some people just won’t let go.

I was informed that the Praetorian Writers’ Group, a textbook conservative website supposedly governed by a group of right wing writers – four men and a woman – each referring themselves as ‘xPraetori’, recently wrote a blog entry titled ‘The New Racists – Waving the Banner of Anti-Racism’.

The post was about both me and Abagond being, you guessed it, the new racists:

There are a couple of blogs where, if you’re a white person, the blogger hates you for that, and for that alone. And they call themselves “anti-racism” bloggers.

Note: by “blog,” I mean: the blogger him or herself, as well as the crowd of followers, commenters, admirers, hangers-on who contribute regularly either to the content of the blog itself, or to the comments section.

Those racist bloggers are: BrothaWolf and Abagond.

The new racists are here, and they’re waving the banner of anti-racism.

Some of you who frequent this blog remember the back-and-forth I had with this blogger, or group of bloggers as xPrae claims. (I normally refer to them as ‘he’) The topic was always about racism and his opposition to what he calls is the Race Grievance Industry (RGI).

If you recall, his stance was that racism was no longer a major problem for black people, that people like us are the real racists and that I hate white people for being white. Of course, that’s a lie. But xPrae could care less and refuses to listen or learn. He seems to believe his views are objective.

xPrae trolled obsessively. So, I eventually banned him. After I banned him, he came back using sock puppets with a more civil charade. So, I banned him again.

I wasn’t the only blogger invaded by this ‘group’. Fellow blogger Abagond dealt with his stanch conservatism. But Abagond drove xPrae out permanently.

But he couldn’t let go.

His ‘New Racists’ article was written a few days ago. But he has written so much about the writings of me and Abagond that he created search tags for us. Why we’re so important to him is anyone’s guess.

xPrae is an example of my plea to stop reaching out to racists. And I call xPrae a racist, much to his detriment, because he’s the type to avoid its reality. That’s basically allowing racism to continue.

I’ve learned to let him go months ago. I’m slow, but I soon learned that some people can’t be reasoned with and that arguing with them is a waste of precious time and brain cells. So, for my sake, I kicked him out of my den no longer sinking to his level of ignorance. Abagond did the same for his blog.

But for reasons unknown, we both are still on his mind and he still can’t seem to let go.

Black Folks, Stop Forgiving Racists and Trying To Reach Out To Them!

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I get it. Most of us are good people. Despite the ignorant rantings of hopeless racist jackasses, most black folks are good.

Maybe, we’re too good. Or too forgiving.

It seems some of us are willing to forgive those same hopeless racist jackasses no matter how much they hurt us. Somewhere between the past they prefer everyone to forget and now, we’re taught to love our enemy. We’re taught that white people are inherently good people despite…well…everything they’ve done to us in the name of white supremacy and that we should forgive them, especially in the name of God. At the same time, we’re taught that our actions, the failings and sins found in human kind, are somehow worse or is definitive of our blackness.

Some of us try to reach out to racist white people even though their anti-black sentiments are loud and clear. I can only theorize that our centuries-long oppression and conditioning persuaded us – some of us – that racist white folks are lost and in need of help. Well, that’s not too far off from the truth. But we shouldn’t be the ones to spend precious time to save the unsavable. Like drug addicts and alcoholoics, they have to want help. And it’s apparent some would rather eat shit.

When you think about it, it makes no damn sense. Why should we forgive those who harm, imprison, oppress and murder us without a shred of regret? Why should we try to reach out to those who made up their narrow minds? But then again, I guess the effects of hundreds of years of white racism screwed us up to the point of textbook insanity. It’s harsh, but many of us love our oppressors (Stockholm Syndrome) but hate ourselves, the oppressed.

But it has gotten no one anywhere. It hasn’t gotten us anywhere. No matter how often we forgive, whiteness continues their onslaught on our asses with the feeling of impunity. In many cases, they really don’t get punished.

But as Jenn M. Jackson of the Black Youth Project wrote in her article ‘Why asking Black People to forgive whiteness won’t ‘heal this country’,  “Forgiveness of whiteness is not the answer. Rather, it is indignant rage, justified anger, radical blame, targeted accountability, and strategic resistance that will liberate us all. So, let’s stop playing these games and get to work.” We need to stop worrying about white people’s distorted feelings, call bullshit when it surfaces and start fighting intelligently.

R.I.P. Zsa Zsa Gabor

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From the New York Times:

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian actress whose self-parodying glamour and revolving-door marriages to millionaires put a luster of American celebrity on a long but only modestly successful career in movies and television, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was probably 99.

The cause was heart failure, her longtime publicist Edward Lozzi said.

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R.I.P. Craig Sager

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From Deadspin:

TNT basketball sideline reporter Craig Sager has died. He was 65.

Sager had started treatments for leukemia in 2014. In March of this year, doctors gave him three to six months to live after the cancer was no longer in remission. Sager had planned to cover the Rio Olympics this summer, but had to skip them to undergo more treatments. In a deal with ESPN, he assumed duties with Shelley Smith in Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, his first NBA Finals assignment.

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Dylann Roof Found GUILTY in Charleston Shooting

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Some black folks hope for the best, but expect the worst. I hoped Dylann Roof, the sonovabitch that murdered nine black church goers in Charleston, South Carolina more than a year ago, would be found guilty. But I expected the “justice” system to continue it’s primary programming against actual justice.

This is not one of those times. Dylann Roof has been found guilty on all counts and could face the death penalty.

The Washington Post reports:

After nearly a week of painful testimony that vividly re-created the massacre at this city’s famed Mother Emanuel church, it took jurors about two hours Thursday to convict Dylann Roof in his federal hate crimes trial.

Roof was charged with 33 counts in his federal indictment. He was found guilty on every single one. Family members of the nine parishioners gunned down last year nodded silently as each charge was read aloud. Some held hands, their eyes shut tightly, as each guilty verdict was announced in the courtroom just a mile from the church.

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Despite this being a hopeful case of justice actually being served, I advise not to get your hopes completely up when it comes to the system overall. Unless something similar happens – God forbid – it’s business as usual, the business of black oppression and white justice.