Post No. 7: A White Woman Talks About Sandra Bland

When Officer Brian Encinia told her to put her cigarette, Sandra Bland refused.  When she was told to exit her car, again, she refused.  The traffic stop was about to wind down, the officer had already written a warning ticket, and one has to wonder, if she’d put the cigarette out, what would the rest of the story had been?   ...more

It's Okay to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter If You're White

Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me.“Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main road and flipping on my hazard lights.As I reached in to my wallet for my driver’s license, with my phone blowing up with text messages, I thought to myself, “I’ll wait until he gets here to get my insurance card from the glove box”....more

A Mural for the Missing

A community art project that was too controversial for New York City has found a home in Phoenix, Arizona.The mural was nearly finished when I stopped by last week. Half a dozen artists were there painting or standing back to Instagram the process - which, really, is also part of spreading a message. In fact, that's how I heard about the piece....more

Put the hose down and step away from your lawn? Really?

I am a scientist, sustainability expert and Santa Monica resident. Unless you have been living under a rock lately, the daily news feed is all about the California drought. It has been a 4 year drought, and counting, but I really don’t think most people know that. ...more

We Will Never Learn The Truth About Sandra Bland

In my opinion, we will never learn the truth about what exactly happened to Sandra Bland. I don’t think so unless there are independent investigators who can review unedited source information. When I was an internal auditor, I would review reports and processes against source data. Source data is data that cannot be tampered with, edited, or massaged....more

Q&A With Prof. Jennifer Lee: Asian American Success Isn't What You Think It Is

Pop culture often portrays Asian Americans as successful because of strict parenting or just plain hard work. But a new book debunks the "model minority" myth, revealing the way government policies have actually skewed those perceptions. I recently interviewed Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox about her research. ...more

I Can See Why There Might Be An Upcoming Shortage on SSD and SSI

 The other day on the news there saying there a short fall for up coming benefit for those drawing disability.As in home care giver at currently both of my client receive between $750 and $810 a month.Only one actual gets straight SSD. The other gets an combo of SSD and SSI. ...more

Post No. 5: Nicki Minaj vs Taylor Swift

I’ve been eye-raped, and it’s my own fault. In Post No. 3, I mentioned being proud of not knowing any Minaj tunes.   After a few more headlines with her complaints about “a little funny business goin’ on” because Anaconda was not nominated for Video of the Year, I decided to see what she and Anaconda are all about....more

Instead of judging, HELP!

 If you watched the news in the last few years you probably have seen the headlines "Mom drowns kids" or "Mother taken into custody for child's death". It has become an epidemic. Mothers turning on their children and doing the unspeakable. As a mother, It breaks my heart to read the headlines. These little children falling victim to the one person that is supposed to love and protect them....more

The Sandra Bland Video Tells Us More Than What Happened

Once I saw Sandra Bland's smiling face in the news reports, I didn't want to watch the video of her arrest. It was going to be a level of wrongdoing and injustice that would be intolerable to watch, burn my eyes.What had to have happened between her joyful look in the photographs probably supplied by her loving family and the reports of her alleged suicide in jail would be outrageous, assault everything I keep wanting to think is true about America. We are mostly good and fair. Do I still believe this? I don't know....more