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Surgery and Ethics

Six years ago, Cami and I had been married for abut a year and a half, Ben was six months old. A few weeks before, Cami had gone to see the Optometrist to get fitted for some new glasses, and for some reason had been gone for nearly four hours (the Eye Doc was literally a block away). I tried calling several times, but there was no answer. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. And those who know me best will also know it was because I hate being late.

A few minutes before my drop dead leaving time, Cami walked into the house. Because of the dilation she couldn’t see her phone to answer it or to text me. Okay. There’s more…

The reason she had been late is she had been sent for an emergency MRI. On her brain. On which there was a rather larger tumor.

I think that my heart stopped for a moment. I know that I didn’t go to work that day. Several trips to UCSF later, just after New Years Day

My view of the surgery

My view of the surgery

2011, Cami went into surgery while I waited with my parents, my oldest daughter and two of Cami’s best friends. For hours. Twelve to be exact. Dad and I watched the Bowl Game with Stanford’s Andrew Luck proving that he would be the 1st Round Pick. I didn’t pay as much attention to the game as I did to my phone and the information desk. Eventually even that closed, there was still no word. Read the rest of this entry

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Earthrise

The Holidays are full upon us and Ben is now out of school for the Christmas Break. This will be the last full entry for the blog this year – I reserve the right to still blog if I feel the muse – but I am working to get everything in place for January 9th. The studio is ready now. I am still trying to replace my main computer, but even if I don’t get that done, it will just be a minor inconvenience. So hang tight just a couple of more weeks and things should be back to whatever passes for normal around here.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Years! May 2017 be filled with joy and thrills for each of us as we begin another orbit around our local star.

122116-297755main_gpn-2001-000009_fullOn Christmas Eve 1968 mankind did something it had never done before. Apollo 8 entered orbit around the moon and for the first time in history man was able to see the incredible view of the Earth rising over the moon. The iconic and moving photo was taken by astronaut Bill Anders who was supposed to be shooting pictures of the lunar surface, but when he and the Frank Boorman and Jim Lovell saw the Earthrise, knew that they had to shoot it and in color. One of the most turbulent years in history ended with the most amazing sight we’d ever seen. Now, using 2016 technology, the way that photo was taken has been re-recreated so that all of mankind can be a part of that moment. I really don’t care what else you do today, but watch this video. It’s six minutes you will treasure. And it will remind you of how small our problems really are on the cosmic scale… Read the rest of this entry

If You Actually Believe…

conspiracy-theory-1024x729Some quick thoughts for the day.

If you actually believe that the election of Trump means that your gay marriage will be invalidated, or that Obamacare will be repealed without being replaced by something even more generous and costly; or that millions upon millions of people are going to be rounded up at the point of a gun (hmmm, that sure sounds familiar, don’t it?) or that Roe-v-Wade is going to be overturned, or spending is actually going to be cut, or Trump is from Pakistan, you haven’t been paying attention to anything for the last quarter of a century.

Nothing. At. All.

And if I need to actually explain to you why none of those things are going to happen, then you probably shouldn’t be voting in the first place.

You can find fault with the Electoral College system all you want. But the truth is that the Framers expected YOU to be a virtuous and engaged citizen. And corporately, as We the People, we have not been.

Vice President-Elect Pence claimed back in July that if Trump won, Roe-v-Wade would be overturned. I imagine that he’s walking that back a bit by now, because, as it turns out, Vice Presidents cannot overturn Supreme Court rulings. Congress could override it, but Republicans, whatever you think of them, aren’t stupid. They know a courageous vote when they see it, and voting to pass a law which negates Roe-v-Wade would be the ultimate courageous vote. Whatever the GOP plans to do it will never, ever, not in a million years, be an overturn of Roe-v-Wade. I’ll take any bet on that. And if I were to lose that bet, I guarantee – write it in stone – that the GOP will suffer a wave defeat in the next election the likes of which has never been seen before.

Media Experts are having heartburn over Facebook’s new “fake news” policy. There are some legitimate questions here about whether or not Facebook is “Media” in the news sense in the first place, and if so, why does it get to decide what and who is legitimate and who is not? On the one hand, Facebook allows ads from Chinese knockoff companies which sell sports memorabilia. I am embarrassed to say I fell for one of those ads. Once. Just once. And the “jersey” I bought hangs in my closet where it will never see the light of day again. I keep it to remind myself caveat emptor.

On the other hand, the 1st Amendment doesn’t apply to Facebook. At the end of the day it’s a company, not the government. If it chooses to do so it can eliminate whatever stories and sources it chooses (just ask Chris Teicheira). It would be a bad business decision, and it would fly in the face of the spirit of the salon, the free range exchange of ideas and thoughts. Were it to become an online version of MSNBC or FoxNews, it wouldn’t last long.

At the end of the day, Google and Facebook can “police” news stories all they want, but unless some amazing and serious societal change happens, the fact will remain that you can fool some of the people all of the time. I think that I’ve been pretty clear about the necessity for using caution and care when reading news online. Know your source. There are some easy ways to tell a fake story, the biggest one being that it is a site or post that has no link to an original source and it appeals to your confirmation bias. Just because it sounds like something you want to be true, doesn’t make it so. Just like those who believe that Roe-v-Wade will be overturned or people are headed to massive deportation camps.

It’s long past time to start thinking and stop reposting and promoting every fool thing that comes across a social media feed.

Retired Dodgers announcer Vin Scully was informed yesterday that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On the chance that you don’t know what that is or what it means, the award was established by President Truman in 1945 to honor civilian contributions to the war effort. Since that time it acknowledges people who have contributed to the security or national interest of the United States, world peace, or other cultural and societal public or private endeavors. Certainly Vin Scully has done that through the years. Having said that, and though it is sacrilege for a lifelong Dodger fan to say this, I actually prefer Dick Enberg along with my favorite, Zack Bayroute. Scully will be in the Hall of Fame soon, Enberg should be as well. And some fine day Zack will calling big league games.

In case you care, Carrie Fisher says that she never said that Harrison Ford was “bad in bed.”

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