Faith

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Nature is  my Higher Power.  I’ve mentioned before how turned off I am by Christianity but in reality I have an aversion for any form of organized religion whether is Christian or not.  As I get older I think it is more important to believe in oneself and  religion should not be a requisite to send a prayer or a blessing out into the world.  I have faith in Nature and I try very hard to have faith in myself.

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80’s Sitcoms

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I was born in the early 80’s so it would be expected that my favorite shows are from the 90’s, shows like Friends, Ally Mcbeal and Melrose Place. Well, not exactly, in fact I never really got into any of those shows. My favorite comedies come from the 80’s and those I watched in the 90’s were far and few. Among 90’s comedy Frasier, Seinfeld  and Everybody Loves Raymond are my favorites.  My favorite 80’s comedies are; Cheers, Family Ties, Mama’s Family, the Golden Girls, The Wonder Years and Night Court.

Portugal

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Most people when planning a trip to Europe dream of going to London, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Florence and Venice.  I too want to visit these places but my dream destination in Europe is Portugal.  I have been drawn to this country ever since I saw a documentary about Portugal and Fado ( Portuguese traditional music) over 10 years ago.  I want to see Lisbon, The Alentejo region where the movie The House of the Spirits was filmed and the gorgeous library in Porto used for the film Harry Potter.  Night Train to Lisbon  was also shot in this beautiful country. I’ve had to put this trip on hold twice and quite frankly I’m Sick to Death of putting off this lifelong dream of mine.  I’m not getting any younger and WILL make this dream Come True sooner than later!

The Age of AIDS

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At the beginning of the epidemic in 1981 the mortality rate was between 40-60%.  There were more cases of mortality reported than cases of infection.  The “Aids cocktail” medications  initiated in 1995 has dramatically extended the lives of people with the AIDS virus. According to  the “monkey theory” the virus was transmitted from chimp to humans and “mutated” into the HIV virus (this being the HIV-1 virus) when humans hunted these chimpanzees and ate their meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Others believe it occurred when some chimps were used in developing a polio vaccine for humans in the late 1950’s. Among conspiracy theories the most prevalent one is that the virus was created in  a top secret military laboratory in Fort Dicks Maryland and was introduced as a hepatitis B “vaccine” for gay men in 1978.  I have more questions than answers and plenty of doubts surrounding the origins of AIDS. If this SIV virus  (Simian immunodeficiency virus)   mutated into HIV in humans, then why did this disease specifically started in the gay community??  If according to Randy Shilts book “And the Band Played On” the first case of HIV/Aids reported in the US was not a gay man but a prostitute in San Francisco in 1978 then why was this not known to the public back then??

Scientist claim this disease was wreaking havoc in  Africa before it made its way into the developed  world.  They claim AIDS  was being transmitted heterosexually in Africa for decades. Nonetheless, there is still no  explanation  of why the gay community was the first to be targeted in the developed world.  I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that we will never know the true origins of Aids.

 

Thus far the best film I’ve seen regarding the beginnings  of the Aids epidemic.

Spotlight

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Terrific film!!  I loved the Danish Girl but Spotlight is by far the best of the two.  The movie is based on real life events that occurred in Boston in 2001. A team of journalist from the Boston Globe known as Spotlight blew the whistle on the massive child molestation scandal covered up by the local Catholic Church in Boston.  There are many poignant scenes in the movie, especially when the survivors have to recount in detail what happened to them. I don’t want to give too much away but the narrative, the acting and how the story unfolds until the end will keep you interested and never bored.  I hope the film industry continues to make movies of this caliber.  It’s time for Hollywood to leave behind the inane slapstick comedies, useless action films and romantic comedies that have been overdone for too long. I applaud this film for taking a stand on such a sensitive and  controversial subject.  I know the Academy Awards is mainly a popularity contest and has very little to do with real talent but I will be very disappointed if this film is not nominated for Best film.

Another thing that caught my attention in this film was this line regarding Boston ; “This city has a way of making  you feel like you don’t belong”.  Personally I find this statement true.  The few times I visited Boston I always felt like an outsider.  I never felt that in Chicago, New York, San Francisco or LA.  It is a nice city but I don’t see myself living in a place where my ethnicity determines my value as a person.