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Bill Scher: The New Senate Global Warming Deniers

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If you wanted to get progressives more excited about the clean energy and climate protection bill that passed the House last week, you might be inclined to point to Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins HuffPost piece on the $1 billion in green jobs funding that was added at the last minute, including “[l]ocal access to quality jobs, through the creation of a green-construction, careers-demonstration program.” Or the Environmental Capital post about the new green building codes: “The bill mandates that upon passage, all states move to adopt standards for residential and commercial structures that are at least 30 percent better than two widely accepted energy codes. The requirements get more strict over time, and states would get lots of money from the federal government to enforce them.”

But I am happiest today with the NY Times report reviewing all the unpleasant sausage-making that went into crafting a compromise between green Dems and carbon-friendly Dems.

Why? Because in the aftermath of the House vote, right-leaning Senate Dems and right-wing Republicans acted as if Reps. Henry Waxman and Ed Markey hadn’t spent the last three months painstakingly piecing a compromise with Dems sympathetic to coal companies, power companies and agribusiness.

These Senators are the new global warming deniers. Not denying the climate crisis is happening, but denying the climate bill compromises that just happened.

Sen. Claire McCaskil complained on Twitter, “I hope we can fix cap and trade so it doesn’t unfairly punish businesses and families in coal dependent states like Missouri.” Sen. Robert Byrd released a critical statement, “I cannot support the House bill in its present form. I continue to believe that clean coal can be a ‘green’ energy,”

Sen. Lindsey Graham contradicted himself on Meet The Press as he complained both that 44 Democrats voted against the bill, and the bill was not a bipartisan compromise — when in fact Republican votes were needed to pass the bill because so many Democrats defected. Graham also made the odd comment that we need to “join forces with energy independence groups and climate change groups to get a bipartisan bill.” Of course, that’s exactly what did happen. The biggest outside influence behind the bill was the business-enviro coalition US Climate Action Partnership. But Graham knows that the traditional media generally hasn’t bothered to explain what happened to get the bill passed, allowing him to distort reality unfettered.

The West Virginia blog Coal Tattoo sought to remind Sen. Byrd that the United Mine Workers concluded “the amount of money dedicated to coal in this bill is remarkable, and the future of coal will be intact.” I sought to the use the power of Twitter to let Sen. McCaskill know about the coal compromises after she told her followers she plans to do her “homework” on energy. No new responses from either yet.

If the perception is created that the House bill is not a compromise bill, all the political pressure will be on weakening the bill further, which would risk shattering the tenuous coalition that got the bill passed in the first place.

If we want to have any hope of holding the line, let alone trying to strengthen the bill, in the Senate, it must be known far and wide that House leaders have done the hard work. They have taken the risks and cut the deals.

If fossil fuel-friendly Senators want to criticize the substance of those deals, fine. Do so and have a public debate about it. Certainly environmental groups want to.

But to pretend those deals don’t exist is flat dishonesty. And if we let it stand, the Senate process will be even uglier than the House.

Originally posted at OurFuture.org


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Credit Card Issuers Getting In Their Licks Ahead Of Reform

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As lawmakers worked out credit card reform legislation earlier this year, card issuers argued that tough restrictions would make credit costlier for consumers. Now that tough reform has been signed into law by President Barack Obama, some lenders are making good on those threats.

Kezia Richards of Pennsylvania told the Huffington Post that last week she received a notice from Chase that her minimum monthly payments would be increasing from 2 to 5 percent of her total balance on her two Chase credit cards.

“It came in the mail like junk mail,” she said, noting that in the past she usually ignored mail from Chase but had been opening the letters more recently.

“This one made me physically sick when I read it,” she said.

Richards, 37, said that she’s carrying roughly $35,000 in debt. She said that the more-than-doubling of her minimum payments, starting in August, would mean the amount she’d owe every month would jump from more than $700 to more than $1,700 — an amount she said she’ll have trouble paying. When she called Chase to get an explanation for the hike, she said she was told, “due to the poor economy and the legislation that’s been passed, Chase needs to recoup its funds.”

Richards said that Chase told her the increase would apply to 850,000 of its cardholders. Chase told the Huffington Post that the changes would apply to less than 1 percent of its approximately 100 million active accounts.

“Chase has recently increased the monthly minimum payment on select accounts that have carried balances. Effective August 2009, impacted cardmembers will have their minimum payment increased from 2% to 5% of the statement balance,” said Chase spokeswoman Stephanie Jacobson in a statement. “Tens of millions of Chase customers have taken advantage of our promotional low rate financing over the last five years. Most of these loans have been paid back in less than 24 months. However, there have been a small percentage of customers that have not made as much progress in paying down these loans.”

Chase is not the only lender to take action that will raise costs for consumers since Obama signed the reforms into law in May. USAToday reported Monday that Chase and Bank of America are both raising balance transfer fees, and that Capital One and Citibank have raised interest rates. The Financial Times reported Wednesday that Citi is raising rates on millions of its customers in exactly the way the new legislation is supposed to prohibit.

Consumer advocates saw this coming. “Given that the statute was inspired in part by credit card companies changing terms, and that the statute is not yet effective, it is hardly surprising that the companies continue to change their terms,” wrote law professor and consumer protection expert Jeff Sovern in an email. “I wonder whether the latest changes can in fact be laid at the statute’s feet, or would have happened anyway and are just being blamed on the statute.”

Chase’s increased minimum payment requirements will not be prohibited by the reforms that will take effect early next year. Sovern said that while the statute will bar increases in some of the terms governing repayment of outstanding balances, such as arbitrary hikes of interest rates charged on those balances, credit card companies can increase the minimum payment by up to double the original percentage.

For people with large balances on their cards, the minimum payment increase can be particularly difficult.

Jeff and Brenda Dale of Illinois said that they received notice from Chase that both their maximum balance-transfer fee and minimum monthly payments would rise to 5 percent of their roughly $60,000 balance. Brenda Dale said that she recently lost her job as an accounting manager and doubts the couple will be able to afford their new minimum payment amounts, which will jump from around $1,200 to nearly $3,000.

“I was pulling in between $60,000 to $65,000. Now I’m drawing $310 a week from unemployment,” said Brenda Dale, who added that she’ll be staring bankruptcy in the face if she can’t find a job before September. “I can’t send the 5 percent. They can’t get blood from a turnip.”

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Twitter "Uncomfortable With The Use Of The Word Tweet" In Third-Party Application

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We were just forwarded an e-mail conversation between a Twitter API team member and a third-party developer because the latter was using a UI for its web-based service that was admittedly very similar to Twitter’s web application.

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Zandra Rhodes, Favorite Designer Of Princess Diana, Crashes Car Into Hardware Store

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SAN DIEGO — A celebrity fashion designer has crashed her car through the front window of a hardware store in San Diego, injuring a customer inside.

Zandra Rhodes, whose clients have included celebrities such as Princess Diana, confirms she was in the crash Tuesday but didn’t want to discuss the cause of the accident.

San Diego fire spokesman Maurice Luque says a 42-year-old woman in the Meanley & Son Ace Hardware store was struck when the car smashed into the store, hitting a table that slammed into her. The woman was taken to a hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries.

Rhodes, who splits her time between homes in Del Mar and London, tells The San Diego Union-Tribune she wasn’t hurt.

It was not immediately know if any charges would be filed.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.signonsandiego.com

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Frank Gruber: Searching for a Fourth Urbanism, Part 2: Wherein I Find One and Describe it

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I wrote last week that the best city-building I have seen in recent years does not fall into the three “urbanisms” described by University of Michigan professor of architecture Douglas Kelbaugh: New Urbanism, Everyday Urbanism, and Post Urbanism (a/k/a Spectacle Urbanism).

So what is this good urbanism I’m talking about? And where is it?

I’ll begin where I live, Santa Monica, California. I call Santa Monica a “post-sprawl” city. Its grid of streets were laid out in the late 19th century by founders who wanted it to become the great port of Los Angeles, but it grew to its present population in the middle decades of the 20th century as part of an early edition of sprawl. Then it had to reinvent itself starting in the 1980s after its blue-collar industries left town and competition from shopping malls (including one that the city subsidized with redevelopment money) devastated its once vibrant downtown retail economy.

As New Urbanist founder Andrés Duany might approve, I have been observing Santa Monica for 25 years, during which the City of Santa Monica applied itself to revitalizing its downtown. It did this first by remaking — in the ’80s — the major downtown shopping street, a then dead pedestrian mall now known as the phenomenally successful and often imitated Third Street Promenade, and then by enabling — starting in the ’90s — the building of many five-story apartments (with retail on the ground floor), so that now the downtown has a large and growing residential population.

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A five-story apartment under construction in downtown Santa Monica

I’ll get to the details of what I have observed in Santa Monica in a moment, but I didn’t start to think of what had happened there as a general phenomenon until this past year, when, fortuitously, I was able to visit both Barcelona and Vancouver. Both cities have become laboratories for urbanism in the past two decades.

Barcelona has perhaps always been such. UCLA architecture professor Dana Cuff once told me (she denies that the thought is original with her) that “Barcelona is the only city in the world that became better each century.” Barcelona started with an ancient Roman grid, that morphed into a medieval city, and which was expanded in accordance with a well-planned 19th century grid.

Meanwhile Barcelona became an industrial city — but as in Santa Monica (and many other places) those industries declined in recent, post-industrial decades. Barcelona began rebuilding again in anticipation of the 1992 Olympics, and concentrated its efforts on turning a formerly industrial waterfront into new residential neighborhoods and reclaimed beaches. Last year I had the pleasure of living for a week in an apartment in one of these new neighborhoods.

Vancouver is the North American city that has most energetically tried to reverse sprawl, by building high-rise apartment towers in the central city. But instead of locating these towers away from the street (as with the “tower in a park” model of Modernist Urbanism), Vancouver has required that the towers rise above either townhouses with entrances on the street or street-oriented retail.

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Townhouses and towers on a street overlooking a park in Vancouver

Santa Monica (where no new building is taller than six stories), Barcelona (an ancient city, where development, frequently in the form of modern towers, is concentrated in a few areas outside “sacred” historical districts) and Vancouver (a young city where little is sacred) are three quite different places, but I saw these commonalities when it came to city-building:

We’re talking about cities; what’s gone on in all three places has nothing to do with building small towns or a more urban version of the suburbs. The streets are typically laid out tightly on a grid (either preexisting or newly planned) and all three cities require new buildings to have direct relationships to the street. No virgin lands were harmed to make these places. (I don’t mean to imply that retrofitting the suburbs would be a bad thing, or that building new towns can never be justified. But they are not part of this urbanism.)

The developments in all three cities are based on cities being able to maximize and capture the economic value of city real estate. They all represent intensification of uses. The developments have expensive features: mostly notably, they could not exist in the forms they take if they couldn’t justify putting parking underground. The economics of all three places are ultimately based on the fact that post-industrial economies can put more jobs on fewer square feet than can industrial economies, and all three cities — as opposed to other devastated industrial cities — have been able to capture that value (which in most late 20th century places escaped to suburban office parks) and convert freed-up extra land to high-value residences. This has taken purposeful governmental action which itself has to be seen as part of this urbanism.

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Entrance to underground parking, next to a grocery store, in an apartment building in a new neighborhood of Barcelona

The new developments are environmentally friendly, but in a “casual” manner. Environmental efficiency results from the urban form, not from specific green technologies.

The architecture of the new developments is generally contemporary, but design is always at the service of urbanism — the buildings may have “spectacular” qualities, but they don’t ignore the context.

Okay, that’s my description of this “fourth urbanism.” I’ll need a part 3 to locate it among the other urbanisms — and maybe name it.

Frank Gruber writes a weekly column on local politics, which often involve land use issues, for the Santa Monica Lookout News, a news website. His first book, Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal, has just been published by City Image Press.


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Nasa TV – Nasa Podcast

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NASA Television (NTV) is a resource designed to provide real-time coverage of Agency activities and missions as well as providing resource video to the news.

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Michael Jackson died – A look back at his life

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Pop legend Michael Jackson has died. The 50-year-old entertainer was taken to hospital in Los Angeles after falling ill at home. He had apparently suffered a heart attack. Hundreds of fans have gathered outside the hospital complex.

Michael Jackson, the hugely talented pop star who produced a string of Number One hits, has died aged 50 after suffering a heart attack.

From a fresh-faced young showman with the Jackson Five to a massive pop icon adored by fans around the globe, Jackson was a constant source of fascination, filling newspapers and magazines.

Tales of oxygen chambers, chimp chums, mad shopping sprees and physical transformation have also brought intrigue and amusement and earned the singer the nickname Wacko Jacko.

Disquiet over his behaviour turned to alarm after a documentary in which the singer revealed sharing a bedroom with a child and an incident in Germany in which he dangled his baby son Prince Michael II over a balcony.

In a 2003 interview with Martin Bashir, which was supposed to bolster Jackson’s image, the singer said of sharing a bed with a young boy: “It’s a beautiful thing.

“It’s very right, it’s very loving. Because what’s wrong with sharing a love?”

A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of sexually molesting 12-year-old Gavin Arvizo. Jackson surrendered himself to police amid a media furore.

He pleaded not guilty to the allegations and after a trial conducted in the full glare of the world’s media, Jackson was cleared of all the charges.

After his acquittal in 2005, Jackson kept a low profile and his famous Neverland ranch in California, which he bought in 1987, was closed in 2006.

Jackson was launched into the limelight at the tender age of five.

The talented Jackson children had a tough upbringing and as he grew up, his appearance altered drastically.

Jackson denied undergoing extensive plastic surgery, claiming instead he suffered from a skin condition called vitiligo and he had treatment to improve his breathing and singing.

The Neverland ranch was a child-like fantasy complete with a zoo, Ferris wheel, roller-coaster and video arcade.

Eyebrows were further raised when Jackson took to sleeping in an oxygen chamber and adopted a chimp named Bubbles as a companion.

He often conveyed an androgynous image and his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, was greeted with some surprise.

The union in 1994, which lasted 19 months, came shortly after the singer’s reputation was rocked by allegations of child abuse by 13-year-old Jordy Chandler.

He reportedly settled the case out of court for $20m (£11m) although he always denied wrong-doing.

Jackson’s second short-lived marriage, in contrast to the high profile of his first, was to nurse Debbie Rowe in 1996.

He named their two children after himself – Prince Michael Jackson and Paris Michael Katherine – and took an unusual approach to protecting them from the media glare by covering their faces.

After the couple divorced in 1999, Jackson took on sole responsibility for their children’s upbringing.

His third child, Prince Michael II, was born to a mystery surrogate mother he never even met.

In 2002, Jackson caused a public outcry by dangling the baby – referred to as “Blanket” – out of the third-floor balcony of a Berlin hotel in front of the world’s press. He later said he regretted the incident.

Michael Jackson Chart Numbers:

:: He sold more than 11 million singles in the UK.
:: He had eight number one albums including releases with the Jackson Five.
:: His albums Thriller and Bad are the eighth and ninth best-selling albums in
the UK. Both sold more than 3.5 million.
:: He holds the record for the most Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart in one
year, registering 19 in 2006.
:: He had seven number one singles

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Gerald Walpin: Records Indicate Tension Between Fired IG And Officials

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Documents delivered to lawmakers this week expose a frequently confrontational and petty relationship over the past several years between Gerald Walpin and officials at the Corporation for National and Community Service. President Obama fired the Bush appointee last month, citing a lack of confidence.

Lawmakers almost immediately raised concerns about the dismissal of the organization’s inspector general, suggesting the White House failed to follow proper procedure in removing the appointee of President George W. Bush and did not provide proper reasons for the dismissal. The White House outlined its concerns in a letter to lawmakers, suggesting that Walpin appeared confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions at a late-May board meeting of the corporation.

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Dust From Global Warming Increasing Speed Of Mountain Snow Melt

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WASHINGTON — Dust in the wind is rewriting the cycle of life in the mountains. Throughout memory the warmth of spring has begun the mountain snowmelt, bringing life-giving water to greening plants so they can blossom and renew their species.

But now, scientists say, the timing is being thrown off by desert dust stirred as global warming dries larger areas and human activity increases in those regions.

This dust darkens the surface of winter snows, warming it by absorbing sunlight that the white surface would have reflected. That causes the snow to melt earlier than in the past, running off before the air has warmed enough to spur plant growth, researchers report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“It is striking how different the landscape looks as result of this desert-mountain interaction,” Chris Landry, director of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton, Colo. and a co-author of the report, said in a statement.

The researchers established test plots in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Some plots were left alone to collect snow and dust naturally, others had extra dust added and a third group had naturally arriving dust removed.

On average, according to the study, cleaning away the naturally arriving dust delayed snowmelt by 11 days compared to the plots that were left alone. Adding dust speeded up the melt by 7 to 13 days.

Overall, dust levels in the mountains are about five times greater than they were prior to the mid-19th century, due in large part to increased human activity in the deserts, the researchers said.

And, the researchers added, climate change is likely to result in greater dust accumulation in the mountains as the Southwest warms and dries further.

With the change in timing of snowmelt and plant growth the composition of alpine meadows could change as some species increase in abundance, while others are lost, possibly forever, according to lead author Heidi Steltzer, a research scientist at Colorado State University.

The research was supported by the British Ecological Society and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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Dr. Judith Rich: "It Hurts To Be Me": Confessions Of Michael Jackson

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Who knows the truth about what really killed Michael Jackson? Much has been written about his strange life and the mystery surrounding his equally puzzling death. No doubt, there will be mountains more coverage of this man who was an American original in the days to come as the feeding frenzy that so characterized his life continues in the aftermath of his death.

If Michael were here right now witnessing the circus around his death, I wonder what he would have to say to us about life under the microscope? What would he want us to know about who he really was? What was it like to be him these past 50 years? What caused him the most pain, brought him the most joy?

Snooping around the internet, I found some interesting quotes attributed to the King of Pop. If he were here right now, perhaps this is what he’d want us to know. In his own words:

I’ll always be Peter Pan in my heart.

As a man who remained a boy in search of his long lost childhood, Michael was probably the most iconic personality in the modern world who personified the Peter Pan archetype, or as Jung called it, The Puer Aeternaus/Eternal Boy. The walls in his boyhood bedroom were covered with photos of Peter Pan and he later named his southern California estate, Neverland, after the home of the Lost Boys in the story. His search for the love of a family and a place to call home took him to the edge and beyond. True to his Peter Pan image, Michael betrayed himself as a man, and remained a boy in his heart, even as his body took a beating and was ravaged by his efforts to remake himself and stave off time. In the end, Michael’s time was up and Peter Pan took flight.

“There is a lot of sadness in my past life. My father beat me. It was difficult to take being beaten and then going on stage. He was strict; very hard and stern. My father was a management genius. But what I really wanted was a dad.”

His childhood having been stripped away by his driven and ambitious father, Joe Jackson, Michael was on his way to becoming a lost boy by the time he was six years old and performing with his brothers in the strip clubs of Gary, Indiana. His talent was a one-way ticket out of the soot and grime of the blue-collar city for the entire Jackson family. He learned that his worth was measured by the size of the recording contracts his father landed.

People think they know me but they don’t. Not really. Actually, I am one of the loneliest people on this earth. I cry sometimes, because it hurts. It does. To be honest, I guess you could say that it hurts to be me.”

Michael’s honesty is riveting here. If we were willing to look closely, who among us could not say we’ve felt the same way at some point in our lives? Could you tell that to the world? I doubt if I could, but Michael did.

Aside from his quirky personality, at the level of spirit, Jackson was mighty. It takes a mighty spirit to be able to hold the amount of attention Michael received from the entire planet. If you and I look into the mirror, take note of our flaws, and worry about that conspicuous blemish or what to do about our sagging neckline, we’re not facing the same kind of scrutiny he did. Imagine having the eyes of the world on you, documenting every move you make!

As a teenager, Michael became painfully shy and embarrassed about his appearance after repeated tauntings by his father, calling him “Big Nose”. He couldn’t do enough plastic surgery to escape the man he saw in the mirror who, as he matured into his 20’s, began to look more and more like the father he so dreaded. As his looks transformed, so did his behavior. The man who came to be known as “Wacko Jacko” emerged.

Success definitely brings on loneliness. People think you’re lucky, that you have everything. They think you can go anywhere and do anything, but that’s not the point. One hungers for the basic stuff.”

By the age of six, Michael’s life was already headed away from a “normal” childhood and down a trajectory that seemed destined to have a less than happy ending. His death affirmed what those close to him had been predicting for months, perpetuating the mystery that also surrounded his life. Sadly, one doubts it could have ended much differently than it did.

Michael pushed himself to the limit in every area of his life. He was the consummate entertainer, bigger than Elvis, he was the King of Pop, who knew no boundaries, who sought to see how far he could fly and crossed the line between life and death. I have a feeling he lived very close to that line most of his life, as comfortable with the idea of death, maybe even more so, than with life.

We will remember Michael for two things: his unparalleled talent and the stain on his career and reputation related to his inappropriate behavior with young boys. Although acquitted on ten counts of molestation in 2005, Michael never recovered from the shame and humiliation of what he considered false accusations.

I just want to say to fans in every corner of the earth, every nationality, every race, every language: I love you from the bottom of my heart. I would love your prayers and your goodwill, and please be patient and be with me and believe in me because I am completely, completely innocent. But please know a lot of conspiracy is going on as we speak.”

Some say a Puer type would never consider sexual molestation an offense. Jackson thought it made perfect sense to want to share his bed with young boys. In his way of viewing the world, he’d done nothing wrong.

I have spent my entire life helping millions of children across the world. I would never harm a child. It is unfortunate that some individuals have seen fit to come forward and make a complaint that is completely false. Years ago, I settled with certain individuals because I was concerned about my family and the media scrutiny that would have ensued if I fought the matter in court. These people wanted to exploit my concern for children by threatening to destroy what I believe in and what I do. I have been a vulnerable target for those who want money“.

His career never recovered after his long trials and even at the time of his death, he was involved in multi-million dollar lawsuits involving contractual disputes. His upcoming comeback tour was planned to help him recover financially. It wasn’t to be.

“I made a terrible mistake. I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children. I love my children. I was holding my son tight. Why would I throw a baby off the balcony? That’s the dumbest, stupidest story I ever heard.

Notwithstanding the balcony incident, to his family and those who were close to him, Michael was a devoted father. His competency in this department however, was another issue. Michael’s children were virtually raised by a nanny, Grace Rwamba, the only mother figure they’ve ever have known. Custody as been temporarily placed under the guardianship of his mother, Katherine, who is separated from Michel’s father.

Please, I don’t want anybody to think I’m starving, I’m not. My health is perfect, actually.”

Michael lost touch with the reality of the larger world and spent his final days as a recluse, financially broken, ill and wracked with pain, addicted to pain medication, his weight reported to be 112 pounds at the time of his death.

“I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was six-years-old … As Charles Dickens says, ‘It’s been the best of times, the worst of times.’ But I would not change my career … While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me.

In 2007, Michael was prophetic. He must have seen the end coming around the not-so-distant bend.

“It all went by so fast, didn’t it? I wish I could do it all over again, I really do.”

With Jackson’s death and that of so many other celebrities who died too soon, I’m left wondering: What is the starvation in our culture that has us consume our celebrities with such a voracious appetite?

James Hillman, renowned Jungian analyst, has suggested our culture itself is a Puer Aeternaus culture. Hillman sees us collectively locked into the “I won’t grow up” Peter Pan syndrome as an antidote to the greater collective focus on war and negativity. We project our unlived lives onto the celebrities who chose to live out their lives in the glare of fame and fulfill our own desires for transcendence.

But the price for that fame is steep. All too often, caught up in its glare, celebrities end up like Michael Jackson, being burned on the pyre of fame and gone before their time. Jim Morrison, Anna Nicole Smith, Janis Joplin, Freddie Prinze, Jimmy Hendrix, Heath Ledger, John Belushi, Marilyn Monroe all flirted with the edge that transported them to a place where the boundaries between life and death became blurred and human rules no longer applied.

Michael’s music will live on forever. As sad as is his death, it seems fitting we’ll never see him truly grow old. Like Marilyn Monroe and others who died too soon, he will forever be frozen in time in our minds and memories, Peter Pan, the eternal boy, whose star burned brightly for a time and then suddenly went dark. May he find the peace in his death that eluded him in life.

Events that touch at the heart and soul of humanity can help us to to discover more about ourselves. Aside from whatever judgments you have about him and how he lived, what has Michael’s death brought up for you? What has it made you more aware of about your own life? What have you put off because you told yourself “there’s always tomorrow”. What if there isn’t?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section here or on my personal blog at Rx For The Soul, www.judithrich.com. And while you’re kanoodling around here, why not Become A Fan, and help spread the word by posting this article on your Facebook page?

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be away the next two weeks and plan to be back here in late July.

Blessings on the path, Judith

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