The Intoxicating Lifestyle – Sept 3, 2010

“If your every sensory input was giving you pleasure and your deep passions surrounded you, is this not what “heaven” would feel like?  What more could a “heaven” possibly be?”

One cool thing about experiencing your childhood dreams is there are times when you can stop and realize that you are. There are moments in between when it just hits you. The other day I was editing video of Steve Arrington’s per formance and the memory of his voice implanted in my brain 30 years ago took me away. Eyes closed, I was walking home from high school day dreaming about living in Los Angeles. My brain had triggered glands that released chemicals to my body that stimulated me to a type of “high.” A natural high. This is intoxicating.

I had heard of Yarbrough & Peoples and use to groove to their song back in the day. It was cool, but everything was at best a far and distant second to P-Funk (another dream I’m living) and Parliament. So I realized I was seeing notable performers. But what I didn’t realize was the degree in which her voice was embedded in my memory. Sitting there 20 feet from her she sang that first verse and my eyes rolled back in my head. Years of pleasurable memories of music rushed over me and I was able to “stop” and “allow” myself to deeply enjoy this moment. This is intoxicating.

  

Over time, experiences like these accumulate and have an effect on the outlook and understanding of the individual.

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Daily Show Uses The Word “Nigger”

I religiously watch two shows: Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  When one of these shows makes a statement that is reflective of what I believe I take that as an affirmation of my faith.  John Stewart, Dr Laura, Daily Show

Three years ago I made my 2nd most viewed YouTube video “The Word Is Nigger.”  The primary rant in this video was about how newscasters and media would not use the word nigger, instead saying “the n-word.”

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To have a program that I devoutly watch “take a stand” and use the word nigger (in graphic also) without bleeping it was inspirational to me. Like an affirmation that I’m at least in some kind of synchronization with the things that I passion and so are others.

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This YouTube video has 1600 hits
in 6 days and continues steadily.

THE DON IMUS THING
my take and talk about Don Imus

DOG
THE BOUNTY HUNTER
&CENSORSHIP
THIS IS A
STATEMENT AGAINST
CENSORSHIP.
this kind of censorship
may lead to deeper tensions,
fears and more racial issues

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@george_clinton Retweets jefferyTV Youtube Video

On September 2, 2010 at 3:50am PST George Clinton retweeted
@overtonloyd @NovenaCarmel Makes it Funky!! http://tinyurl.com/29j8yap
1:09 PM Aug 6th  via web    Retweeted by george_clinton

@itscarlon: RT @pfunk1 emmys show band just went to commercial playin flashlight.  Thanks

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“Nigger” Videos Posted By jefferyTV

A long time before posting the rant video “The Word Is Nigger,”  jefferyTV had been sensitive to all forms of censorship.  “I believe that everybody has a right to express and believe  any opinion they choose.”

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Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson Do Howard University, Dawkins Does CAL-TECH

The Poetry of Science – Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins – presented by Secular Students at Howard University

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The Poetry of Science, Discussions of the beauty of science. Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.

What: The Poetry of Science
When: September 28th, 2010
Where: Crampton Hall Howard University
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Other: Ticketed event, free to the public.
For further information visit http://www.howard.edu/howardlife/cramton/

Secular Students at Howard University presents Neil deGrasse Tyson Director of the Hayden Planetarium

& Richard Dawkins Evolutionary Biologist. Co-sponsored by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science www.RichardDawkins.com. Tuesday, September 28th at 6:30pm Crampton Hall, Howard University.

Also on the list as panelists. Anthony Pinn, Sikivu Hutchinson, Todd Stiefel

Event Website: http://www.howard.edu/howardlife/cramton/cramton/Calendar.htm

Richard will be speaking at this event.
This event is sponsored by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
Location:
2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059, United States

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Richard Dawkins speaking at Skeptic Society, Cal Tech, LA

Time From: 06 October 2010 08:00 PM To: 06 October 2010 10:00 PM
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Event Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Location: Beckman Auditorium
Speaker: Richard Dawkins

Tickets: $10 Skeptics Society members/Caltech/JPL community; $15 everyone else. Tickets may be purchased in advance beginning Sept. 7, 2010 through the Caltech ticket office at 626-395-4652 or at the door. Ordering tickets ahead of time is strongly recommended. The Caltech ticket office asks that you do not leave a message. Instead call between 12:00 and 5:00 Monday through Friday.

RICHARD DAWKINS BEGINS BY EXPLAINING that all of his previous books naïvely assumed the fact of evolution, which meant that he never got around to laying out the evidence that evolution is true. Dawkins also came to realize that a disturbingly large percentage of the American and British public didn’t share his enthusiasm for evolution. In fact, they actively abhorred the idea, since it seemed to contradict the Bible and diminish the role of God. So Dawkins decided to write a book for these history-deniers, in which he would dispassionately demonstrate the truth of evolution beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt. If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up. As Darwin famously noted, “There is grandeur in this view of life.” What Dawkins demonstrates is that this view of life isn’t just grand: it’s also undeniably true.

Event Website: http://www.skeptic.com/upcoming-lectures/the-greatest-show-on-earth/
Richard will be speaking at this event.
Location:
Caltech – Beckman Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, United States

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Was Christianity The Causal Agent For Individualism?

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FREEDOMFEST 2010 “The Importance of Christianity to Western Civilization”

“Christianity was the primary reason this one small section of the Eurasian land mass exploded into an unprecedented five centuries of creativity called the Renaissance. The basic Christian premise that all human individuals are invited into a personal relationship with God and that all individuals are equal in God’s sight was a revolutionary idea. No other religion and no other society had ever said that. Thomas Aquinas was chiefly responsible for transforming Christianity into the kind of individualist belief system that had such a major impact on the West. It was Aquinas who said that it is pleasing to God for us to explore the mysteries of this universe and understand them and to create great works of beauty.

Along with that, two additional ideas gave the West a huge advantage over the rest of the world. One was autonomy—the notion that one can act efficaciously as an individual was also a Christian contribution unique to the West. The second is the Christian idea that each individual had been put on this earth for a purpose, which was a terrific motivator for creative elites. This was distinctive to Christianity. The origins of the scientific method also grew as an accumulation of all this.

The stonemasons created artistic works which were placed where they would never be seen by anyone. When they created those works, the stonemasons claimed that they were carving “for the eye of God.” A great deal of the inspiration of creative elites—people who devote themselves to creating great works, whether in science or the arts—reflects the kind of passion eloquently expressed as “carving for the eye of God.”

Without the influence of Christianity, ideas such as individualism, rights and autonomy would not have developed in the West. In fact, these were ideas which never developed anywhere else except in the West. Individualist ideas are distinctively a Western creation, and all of them evolved as the direct causal influence of Christianity.

The Greeks laid the foundation, but they did not have the concept of individualism. The Greeks and Aristotle predated the concept of individualism as it developed in the West.

As to science and mathematics, non-Western societies such as China did come up with scientific insights, but their scientific knowledge was hampered because they never developed the scientific method, which was an outgrowth of these individualist ideas. The reason we developed the scientific method in the West is complicated, but much of it has to do with the Western idea of individualism. In Asia, there is much less willingness to stand up and say ‘I’m right and you’re wrong’—and to argue it out—which is the essence of how the scientific method got started.

Human achievement, especially in the sciences, is fostered by the kind of individuality which motivates people to fight things out, to stand up and say, “I am right and you are wrong, and we will fight this out to the end.’ In Asia, that is a very alien way of looking at things. Christianity had advantages which other religions such as Confucianism and Taosim did not in terms of developing the scientific method.

Religion’s role in fostering the development of Western civilization has been huge and constructive. Specifically with respect to the scientific method, there was a critical turning point in the accumulation of human knowledge in which Christianity was the direct causal agent.”

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Yarbrough And Peoples Turn Out Encino Eatery

Alisa Peoples(Yarbrough)

In what was a post funeral service gathering  for Gap Band bass player Robert Wilson, Yarbrough And Peoples joined the house band and turned it out with energy and excitement. “It was not only good to hear that voice from back in the day, but to see them take the stage enthusiastic to play.”Yarbrough & Peoples

Both played multiple instruments with the intention of taking it higher and they did.  Said one patron: “Alisa Peoples took the stage trying to play everything she could and was rocking it like she was in church!”  He went on to say: “(Cavin) Yarbrough took over one keyboard, while Peoples grabbed a mic. Next thing I know they had switched and she was funkin’ up a bottom bass line.”

Stevie’s Creole Cafe & Bar, located at 16911 Ventura Blvd Encino, CA 91316 34.1595

Lead singer of house band stated several times that this weekly event is on a trial basis and he respectfully solicited our support. Several vocalists (soulful black females singing R&B) from the audience did cover solos.

Ex Gap Band percussionist Victor Orlando was upfront delivering monster solos the whole night and took vocal lead and MC duties later in the evening.

Video footage to be posted soon.

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Caller Says Dr. Laura Should Be Taken Off Radio

Nita HansonNita Thompson, the caller who was “victimized” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger stated tonight on Larry King Live that she does not accept Dr. Laura’s apology.  Ms. Hanson said she had called in to the show before and that she liked the moniker “Jade” that she used.Larry King Live

Hanson went on to say Dr. Laura should no longer be on the radio because of Schlessinger’s use of the “n-word” (nigger).

Hanson said one of her neighbor’s who may have been involved has since apologized.

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