The news media is playing up with fervor our Presidents statement,” lives are being destroyed by mere allegations!” Immediately the media and most pundits started to attack it seems without thinking or perhaps in some cases they know that to draw more attention to themselves or the news outlet it will be best to find fault with what the President says, taking a very biased stance. But, I believe he was speaking to the need for there to be additional focus on the fact that many innocent individuals’ lives have and are being shattered by false accusation or extreme exaggeration of facts by some women toward some men. That there needs to be more balance if these kinds of situations are put into a public forum as they have been. I think he was being careful not to join or add fuel to the frenzy of such one-sided movements like #METOO lately, in the manner by which he handled the subject with the press. Especially today with the internet, a person’s reputation that took a lifetime to develop and build by living a respectable decent life can be destroyed by one such terrible allegation, leaving that person severely damaged on many levels. Granted there are many true cases of violence or predator behavior toward women. But sheer logic tells us that every single claim or accusation can’t be true and at best is most likely exaggerated.
Therein lies the enormous problem which is once a person’s reputation has been attacked in such a way by a falsehood the severe damage is done; so it behooves all of us to never want to see anyone accused of anything falsely especially physical abuse or sexual crimes. Those types of charges carry a stigma that is always going to be associated with the accused regardless of the accused being exonerated. As an illustration, with the advent of the internet it’s become so easy for individuals to meet virtual strangers and slip into some sense of complacency and let ones guard down allowing a generous and kind heart to trust these virtual strangers; only to later find that they are being accused not only by the stranger but even a publisher that may print very false or unproven defamatory information that the accuser initiated, a “weaponized” accusation if you will. This magnifies and exponentially replicates the initial falsehood to unimaginable proportions as compared to these situations before the internet was around. So then, even if the accused is proven innocent, by virtue of what goes out into cyberspace the person that was accused now becomes a victim of a perpetual punishment! Perhaps akin to early Colonial times here in America of which author Arthur Miller illustrated in “The Crucible” or another great work by renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne,” The Scarlet Letter!” In those stories which had their basis on the fact that in those earlier times a person accused was either severely physically punished, banished or executed, a life destroyed! Yet many of those early accused were absolutely innocent, but a frenzied approach to accusation based on lies and falsehood led to their demise!
I should hope by now, we have a society that works diligently to prevent any fraction of such injustice wherever it can be prevented! A person once accused but even found innocent today, still carries a great degree of negative public sentiment, if even only by virtue of being, “that person that was once accused of doing a horrible thing!” Who would in their right mind want that kind of millstone tied around his or her neck? To then, being punished and further damaged for something that never happened. But yet there is no due process or eventual justice in this type of attack upon one’s personal integrity or standing in the community of which this person belongs.
I believe the President responded with prudence to indicate that there is a need to prevent false allegations or accusations from being made too easily in the first place. And he along with most of us can see how judgmental the public can be when viewing these matters through a “media circus!” True crimes should be properly vetted and presented in a court of law to establish fact from fiction and to make certain that only the guilty are punished. I think that the President shows insight and character to not join in the hoopla of the media, or lynch mob mentality and would rather see that these matters are vetted and dealt with properly, in a quiet judicial process so as not to enflame or add to the inherit difficulties these matters carry with them.
I really think this is a good time for the best people to come together and figure out how to keep this sort of thing from happening; perhaps by changing statutes of limitation or improving vetting methods to sift out truth from fallacy! I hope there is some way to serve justice better, in this highly technological era in history, or we may now only be seeing the tip of a giant iceberg which is about to collide with our society!
“Bee populations are rapidly declining and neonic pesticides are a huge part of the blame. To make matters worse, Syngenta and Bayer, two big chemical corporations, are pushing Trump’s EPA to consider a plan to allow even more bee-killing pesticides to be used on 165 million acres of crops.”
We only have until April 21st to speak out against this attack on our bees.
Please contact the EPA and make your voice be heard!
MY OWN PERSPECTIVE, along with the LCV pre-endorsed message:
I live by an airport that recently expanded breaking down the many small microcosms within the many backyards within my neighborhood that were bought out and destroyed to open up a wider buffer zone for the airport. Then the open space was for a time allowed to have vegetative growth to a height that allowed wildflowers, clover and even milkweed to grow again as had been the case over the years, giving many bee populations uncontaminated wild growth areas to use as way-points in their daily travels, gathering nectar and pollinating. Then a decision by a few bureaucrats to cut everything to the ground meant that the entire area would now be void of any ecological benefits for the bees and other plant dependent animals that in turn help us humans have a healthier better life!
This is only one example that I mention here but I’ve seen many other similar problems and lack of concern by a small group of public officials that continue to allow damage to our environment at an unprecedented pace, which will go beyond the tipping point if it hasn’t already, if we as Americans don’t get more proactive in repairing and preventing damage to the Eco-system! By throwing these powerful chemicals into the mix it makes the problem 10 times worse; as I did witness damaged bees in my immediate area that had been exposed to weed and pest control products being used throughout the wider range. I don’t see how we can make progress in preventing the destruction of our environment and health or well-being unless we make a concerted effort to first eliminate these toxic agents from the environment, and then protect all ecosystems wherever possible on a large scale! I know you folks at the EPA will see all of this and do the right thing to protect and preserve, which I will thank you in advance for that!
LCV message: “The EPA announced it is considering expanding the use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam so that it can be sprayed on more than 165 million acres of farmland in the U.S. The science is clear that this pesticide is toxic to our environment and harms our pollinators, and that EPA should be reducing its use, not expanding it.”
“Right now, a quarter of our honeybees are at risk for extinction. Scientists have confirmed that pesticides deserve a large part of the blame. Urge the EPA to ban thiamethoxam, not increase the use of it.”
LCV: League of Conservation Voters @lcv.org
The Destruction of My Neighborhood
“WE THE PEOPLE”
What is happening to my neighborhood and its people is now seen for what it is, EVIL. There’s been an orchestrated effort for many years now to get me out of here because certain nefarious persons knew I was the tiger of the neighborhood who would put up a fight or resist their plan and if they got me to take their lousy offer to move or, in essence, get the hell out of their way, then most others around me would fall in line with their nefarious plans to dominate the community with a fake home or property acquisition program. This so called program neither takes into account the constitutional rights nor the lives of the individuals that call this neighborhood home. They are using tactics and an approach that can be considered a form of assault or warfare upon me, and other people here along with the natural environment. The trees, animals and fauna are being stripped away like so much chaff, which diminishes the value and integrity of the neighborhood, thereby disrespecting the lives of its people. So one could say the lives of certain people are being stripped away as well! I’m one of those people and I know for a fact that my life, liberty and pursuit of any happiness that I’ve had here in my neighborhood for my entire life has been cheapened, discounted, marginalized, threatened and slowly but surely destroyed by this attack.
The airport people, otherwise known as AC [Airport Corporation], even have an employee that is an Army West Point grad who is one of their main players in this developing story, who obviously knows much more than he lets on about the plan or tactics that were used, are now being used and will be used to attack me along with this community to accomplish their goal. This onslaught has been bought and paid for by the people of my community and sold by the media, who are puppets for these same nefarious individuals that want me and others gone. Just like the over 600 trees that once gave the area life-sustaining oxygen that have been stripped from the Earth here recently, they also want to strip away human lives along with a way of life that interferes with their nefarious plans.
What is happening here is not unlike Arthur Miller’s the Crucible in tone and plot, along with similar strategies or tactics that were also used in the Tennessee Valley Authority project and story, which we know from the historical account that it too involved stripping away the lives of simple everyday people for and by the powerful in our society because they were in the way.
I started out in my dissertation here by saying this is EVIL, and that is absolutely true. The pope in Rome has explained in many of his writings that we now live in a “culture of death,” and this activity that is occurring here in my neighborhood is a prime example of that kind of corrupted, destructive culture we now live in because the people continue to allow the wrong individuals to tell the rest of us how we have to live or get out of the way!
I woke up in the middle of the night today because of this harsh ugly treatment my life was and is being subjected to, then suddenly I had an epiphany of how I’ve been lied to or given a smoke and mirrors explanation whenever I called to ask questions about what they are doing here by this certain employee of AC yesterday. He’s been the go-between for me and actually the only person that will give me the time of day when I seek answers, but now I realize his job has been to keep me at bay as they, the enemies of the community, go about their nefarious plan. They want nothing more than to extract me and others from this area any which way they can, as long as it keeps the cost to a bare minimum for them, no matter how costly or unfortunate it will be for me and the community. My life is meaningless and valueless to those same nefarious persons that have their big agenda! Well, God is going to trump them and their plans along with chastising each and every one of them when it is time! It appears that, meanwhile, they are being allowed to show themselves for what they are and take their ugly plans to the limit, so they will eventually not only expose themselves for what they are but will convict themselves as well of all the crimes of which they are guilty! Crimes against other people, nature, and God!
I also just realized that I’m not going to get anywhere with my concerns by talking to my local politicians, media and others here in the community, but I will rather need to seek out divine intervention! This fact does give me some solace to know that we, the people, will always be heard and considered as human beings with lives of value and purpose that can ultimately never be discounted by the man-made world, but will rather be held up as having great significance within the Creator’s most high and ultimate plan.
Lawrence Morra (This was my original article printed in the
newspaper here on September 1st, 2015)
PS It’s becoming quite apparent that this entire unnecessary project was nothing more than a group of Crony Capitalists scheme to ingratiate themselves at the expense of the Tax Payer and the ruined lives along with a piece of the environment, which I will have much more detail and evidence to write about in the near future.
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