Sunday, January 1, 2017

Applied Underwriters Is Risking My Health, Denying Necessary Medical Treatments (Workers Compensation)

Warren Buffett THIS IS NOT RIGHT!
This past March 14th I was injured in a work related car accident.   I was working for KLS, returning from a run to the Penn Station in Newark.   The steering went out, and I crashed into the retaining wall  that divides the North/South lanes at least twice, the drivers side airbag deploying. The injuries suffered seem to be many and varied...disc issues in my spine, sciatica nerve issues, inflamed tendon and partial tear of my right Rotator Cuff.
Physical therapy exercises can help restore flexibility and strength to your shoulder after a rotator cuff injury. Sometimes it is possible to eliminate pain and restore function without surgery...this physical therapy has yet to be approved!
Through my attorney, was informed that Applied Underwriters (Letterhead also associates them with Applied Risk Services of New York, Inc/Continental Indemnity Company-PO Box 3804, Omaha Ne. 68103) would be handling my cases, making approval decisions on various and assorted medical requests made by my medical team.  I am just a lay person here, but it seems to me in my opinion that this company and some of their denials of medical treatment are at best egregious negligence that is being detrimental to my health, and speedy recovery from my accident.

Currently, my doctors are trying to get approval for a Cortisone shot into my back, physical therapy for my back/sciatica nerve issues suffered from the accident, and physical therapy for my right should/rotator cuff issues.  
Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. They have been used for low back problems since 1952 and are still an integral part of the non-surgical management of sciatica and low back pain. YET...Applied Underwriters are denying this medically requested treatment in my case.
The original requests for these treatments go back to June of this calendar year (2016).   Rather than approve these requests, Applied Underwriters back in June decided I should not have the requested fact, the doctor doing the IME (Independent Medical Examination) recommended that I should do the rotator cuff physical therapy, then have a new MRI to ascertain where we stood in the healing/recovery process.  Despite this finding by their own chosen medical profession, the requested treatments were denied on more than one occasion, some of denials on technical issues (wrong FAX number) that could have easily been resolved via a phone call to my medical team...New York Law on Worker's Compensation encourages Claims Adjusters and Doctors to work together to resolve issues.

When it was decided by Workers Compensation Board that the paperwork was submitted incorrectly, my team of doctors submitted new requests for the shot, and physical therapy.  Instead of approving the requests, Applied Underwriters decided they wanted a new IME which took place in early November of this year.  THEIR DOCTOR (emphasis added) said the requested medical treatments were necessary. Ignoring their own IME report, the claims adjuster has now again denied me necessary medical treatments.

All these wantonly negligent delays in my opinion have caused my medical issues to worsen, rather than improve.  As example, the doctor dealing with my rotator cuff issues has told me that the lack of physical therapy is now causing my shoulder to lock up...I believe the medical term is Frozen Shoulder.  This could have been avoided, in my opinion if my physical therapy had been approved clear back in June of this year by Applied Underwriters.   Now I am being told I may have to face surgery.  This chance of surgery is squarely on the shoulders, in my opinion, of Applied Underwriters, their delays, denials especially unwarranted when their own chosen medical specialists say the medical treatments requested are recommended.  The company's refusal of requested treatments is in my opinion MALPRACTICE.

Sadly, even though I have a competent attorney, seems my only choice is to accept these games being played with my health and well being.  Meanwhile, I live in daily pain, and that constant in my life now does have a detrimental effect on my emotional well being, and our elected officials need to write laws that would hold companies like Applied Underwriters legally libel if it is deemed their denial of medical requests negatively affects a claimants physical/emotional health.

If you have suffered through your own bad experiences with Workers Compensation case handled by this company, would love to hear about it in the comments section as I am considering litigation against the company.  Unnecessary pain CHANGES A PERSON!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Open Letter to Donald J. Trump on Inauguration Day...the man who will NEVER BE OUR PRESIDENT

Comb-Over Trump Not Our President

Dear Donald Trump:

Today, January 20th  2017 you are the President of these the “United States of America”, but you are not the President for most Americans, we do not see you as elected in a “Free and Fair” election, believe you cheated to put yourself into the highest office in the land, committed treason with the help of Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin.  Most of us cannot and will not ever see you as President, do not respect you, or your agenda that has painted a target onto the backs of almost every person in what, till you took office was a great nation.  

We do not fear you as a person, but fear what you are going to do while in office, and that has us loathing you and your administration with every fiber of our beings.  Let’s go over some of the issues we have with you and your agenda for America.

79 Million Americans have paid into Medicare and Social Security our entire working lives, counted on and factored these social programs into our retirement plans, benefits we bought and paid for, and hearing that you are now willing to break your “Campaign Promise” to preserve these programs, are willing to give the GOP controlled congress free rein to eliminate them is simply unacceptable.   We are not asking for a handout, but demanding that we receive benefits that we have already paid for during our entire working careers.   Taking those benefits away, or reducing them is equivalent to robbery, and we are not going to allow you and a Republican Congress to steal from us what we have already paid for…just because you got away with fraud with your Trump University, does not mean you get to screw millions of Americans in the same fashion.

For most senior citizens, cutting back or eliminating these important Social Programs will leave us broke, destitute and living shorter lives than God above intended us too.   For these reasons, we will fight you at every step of the journey as you attempt to roll back benefits we have already earned.  Furthermore,  any attempt at reducing or eliminating these benefits will cost the Republicans dearly in the 2018 midterm election, and see you (if you have not been impeached) going down to the greatest defeat a sitting president has ever suffered should you decide to run for re-election in 2020.  This is not a threat sir, but a promise…we can speak our peace during elections with our votes, and we learned in this past election how easily a vile monster like you can take power if we take our vote for granted by staying home.  NEVER  AGAIN.

Your attitudes and plans for both immigrants, and Muslims is not only unacceptable, it is both racist and illegal.   Your campaign of instilling fear in us as Americans is deplorable, and if you think you can force your edicts on us because we think you will keep us safe, think again.   You live in New York (sadly), have the ability to look out into the harbor and see the “Statue of Liberty” standing proudly, a symbol to the World that America’s arms are open to its huddled masses.   Yet, other than your back door that opens into the employee’s entrance at Maralogo, you want to shut that door in your wrong sited desire to isolate us from the rest of the world, turning America’s back on what is and will continue to be a Global Society and Economy.  What we in the majority want and expect from the person who is supposed to represent ALL AMERICANS:

1.    Valid, not extreme vetting that allows those escaping from war and oppression too find both a safe haven and home here in America.  It is who we are as a nation.  We all remember 9/11 and its aftermath, and no one wants a repeat of that day, but we also don’t want to give into  terrorist, don’t want them to be successful in destroying our free and open society from the inside out.  Your agenda and tough guy talk is setting the stage for just that reality, and the various and assorted tainted Generals in your cabinet seem to signal your willingness, even eager desire to beat the drums of a war that “We the People” do not want.  War kills people in the name of jump starting corporate profit taking…we are not interested in dying for your Billionaire Friends.
2.      Most Americans support some kind of Immigration Reform which provides some kind of a pathway to eventual citizenship.  What we do not support, is the rounding up and deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, the vicious tearing apart of families, many of whom have called America home for decades, and multiple generations.  If you want a wall, build it around your estate properties, not around America.

Nothing during the campaign was more offensive than your taped voice saying, “Grab em by the pussy” and most women fear that one statement personifies your complete and udder disrespect for women, and their rights.  Keep your dirty filthy hands and Republican aspirations that try to legislate their perverted Morales into law off of women’s bodies, and out of their rights as EQUAL CITIZENS of these United States of America.  Leave Roe vs Wade alone, and stop harassing Planned Parenthood, stop trying to destroy an organization that has done so much good  for women in their fight to be seen and treated as equals in our American Society.

Those in the LGBT community whom most Americans both love and respect are under attack more than ever before, and that reality lies at your feet Mr. Trump.   You have stoked the flames of racism and bigotry in this country, and that action has made both POC and the LGBT targets of the Alt. Right, which is nothing more than a politically correct way of saying Neo-Nazi Nationalist bent on belittling and/or destroying anyone unlike them…which means anyone non-white, anyone who does not fit into their rigid misguided views of morality.   In short, well over half of the citizens of these United States fail the Republican purity test, and so are now targets of their hatred and you have empowered them.  We the people believe in marriage equality believe in a workplace devoid of discrimination, and a nation that bestows “Equal Rights” upon all citizens regardless of their Race, Creed, Religion, Sex or Sexual Orientation.

In so many ways, you have spoken out against minimum wage; have suggested at times you feel it is too high.   You and others living in Ivory Towers seem to think there is nothing wrong with paying people a starvation wage, keeping them in what amounts to a situation of life long servitude to the rich and elite.  Rich people may create jobs, but it is those toiling day in and day out at subsistence wage jobs that create the product and services that create the wealth enjoyed by the few.  That is morally and ethically wrong, and it is time for a living wage.    Ten dollars an hour with a large number of exclusions for certain jobs is not a living wage.  $15 dollars an hour is barely a minimum wage, so let us start there, and make it universal with no exceptions in certain industry such as restaurants.  If a company such as Waffle House cannot survive while paying a fair wage, let them close their doors.   Slavery supposedly ended over 150 years ago, starvation wages is the modern day equivalent that must end, indentured servitude being tossed into the dumpster of bad ideas we as a nation find morally repugnant and reject as unacceptable.

Global Climate Change is real…we do not need less environmental protection, but more of it.  We do not desire to go back to a time where Sarah Palin’s chant of “Drill Baby Drill” is the law of the land, a time where Big Oil can run rough shod over economically depressed communities in their quest to suck every last ounce of fossil fuels out of the ground to benefit only their corporate bottom lines.  Your cabinet picks instead of protecting the environment, and slowing Global Warming will accelerate it, and put our planet in grave peril.  That cannot and must not happen, and again we will fight your wrong sited ideas and plan for America.

If you and the Republicans want to fix what is wrong with Obama Care, we have some very workable solutions.  If instead it is your intention to take Health Care away from 22-30 Million Americans we oppose the plan, and all those including you who will attempt it.  Have you considered what your Presidency will be like if Republicans lose both the House and Senate in 2018?  You will be a neutered fool, president in title only, all but powerless for the last half or your Presidency.

We the people oppose massive tax cuts for corporations and the uber rich…instead, how about raising their taxes.   Take that money and do three things with it.   One third can go to rebuilding our military, and properly taking care of our Veterans.   Another third can go to paying down the debt which is out of control.  Let the last third be used for social safety net programs such as Social Security, paying back the money which was stolen from it, used to strengthen Medicare/Medicaid, and putting more people in a position of having coverage.

Perhaps you can find the time to read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and learn from that reading.  You and your policies want to take America backwards, rather than forward, and “We the People” must oppose your efforts at every step.  

It would be nice if you changed, and became the people’s president, but that is not going to happen as you are far to vain and self-centered to truly care for America and its people.   So, on this your day of Inauguration, we the undersigned citizens of this great nation are informing you that you are NOT OUR PRESIDENT, and probably never will be.  Respect is not demanded, but instead is earned, a lesson you should have learned long ago.  We will not stand with you, will not stand behind you, but instead will be the resistance that works to stop you are every turn.

We the Opposition

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Spectra Energy's Algonquin Pipeline Expansion is Just a BAD IDEA

Biblical Disaster Waiting to Happen
What are they thinking?  There are just some ideas  that are just wrong, regardless of how you look at them, and Spectra Energy's expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline which when completed will be less than two hundred feet from the failing Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, buried under the Hudson River is just such a bad idea.   Actually, it is far worse than a bad idea, it is asking for a Double Whammy disaster of Biblical Proportions, that will cost hundreds of thousands, even millions of injured or dead people, and create damages running into the hundreds of Billions of dollars...even scarier, because Federal Law exempts Nuclear Power Plants from carrying adequate accident insurance, while at the same time denying citizens having nuclear accident insurance which would mean hundreds of thousands of people could lose their most valuable asset, their homes with no legal recourse.
The Price-Anderson Act became law on September 2, 1957, to cover liability claims of members of the public for personal injury and property damage caused by a nuclear accident involving a commercial nuclear power plant. The legislation helped encourage private investment in commercial nuclear power by placing a cap, or ceiling, on the total amount of liability each nuclear power plant licensee faced in the event of an accident. Over time, the “limit of liability” for a nuclear accident has increased the insurance pool to more than $12 billion.  NOTE-The estimated cost of cleaning up Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion).
What was FERC thinking when they approved the ill-conceived routing for this pipeline extension and why are they allowing the project to go forward after the company's dismal failure in trying to install one of the key sections of pipeline that is less than a football field away from Indian Point ?Why hasn't both the NRC and FERC called for a halt to construction while a new EIS/Impact Study is done...their attempts to bury the pipeline under the river, laid upon the rivers bottom failed, the pipe sinking, Spectra has now decided they want to do a patch, tying a new high pressure line into an old low pressure line as a fix, falsely telling the community this is a perfect solution which presents no additional danger to the community and its citizens.  We all know that is a lie.

This same message has been used in the Dakota's for another ill conceived high pressure pipeline known as DAPL.  Let's examine a few things.

1.   FERC, the Army Corp of Engineers and the US EPA rerouted the DAPL route when it was decided that the pipeline would/could present a significant risk to the potable drinking water supplies of the community close to the state capital (predominately white).  The new route proposed and accepted saw the new route running through a similarly situated area inhabited by poor people and Indians...if the project presents a risk to one community's drinking water, how can it not present a risk to another community's drinking water and why is it ok to make one community live with a risk that was deemed to significant for another. (Environmental Racism rears its ugly head.)

2.   Citizens being asked to play host to the DAPL project, much like the citizens here in my community have been told the project is safe, that the pipeline will not leak, and if it does leak, the safety equipment and sensors would keep a leak to a minimum.   Despite these assurances, this month saw a 176,000 gallon leak sprung up on the DAPL...even more disturbing, the company's sensor that was supposed to notify them of a problem or leak failed.   If it were not for a property owner who was out for a walk noticing the leak, the situation would have been far worse.  Meanwhile, the clean up of the now polluted stream has begun.

In February of 2016 Indian Point had a serious leak of radioactive water into the Hudson River, just one example of the problems with this dilapidated aged reactor long past its safe operational lifetime, an it is now not a question of if, but when the reactors suffer a cataclysmic accident that will threaten millions of people downwind of the reactors.  Placing Spectra Energy's high pressure toxic fracked gas pipeline within 200 feet of reactors greatly increases the risk of a significant accident at the site which is why the Spectra project must be stopped.
First, having a high pressure pipeline so close to the failing Indian Point Reactor owned by Entergy presents a very attractive target for terrorists...two significant energy projects 24 miles from Manhattan is a target that those bent on intent of attacking America and our infrastructure are more than likely going to go after.  Yet, these terrorist/malcontent threats have not been evaluated by FERC or the NRC. 
Secondly, what would the effects be if through attack, or pipeline failure there was an explosion in the pipeline similar to the one that occurred in Helena Alabama in November of 2016?  The Hudson River burning, hundreds of thousands if not millions of gallons of fracked gas rushing downstream, polluting the river, and killing wildlife along the way.   
Further, would the debris from such an explosion create serious issues involving Indian Point's water intake system, and if so, how does Entergy plan to cool the reactors if they have to shut down their access to the Billions of Gallons of water they need each day to keep the reactors from melting down? 
NOTE-2.5 billion gallons/day -- twice NYC’s total daily consumption.  

Lastly, what effect on the interior of the reactors would occur if debris from the pipeline, fracked gas from the pipeline were being sucked in from the water intake? Would the reactors be damaged, could these pollutants and debris change the interior atmosphere of the reactors enough to cause an explosion of the reactors, creating and instantaneous Fukishima on the Hudson which would then put over 25 percent of America's population in harms way?

Alarmist?  Before you make that accusation, let's look at what a 20 inch high pressure gas line explosion looks like.  Keep in mind, the Spectra Algonquin Pipeline is TWICE this size in diameter.

Ask the NRC if our Emergency Responders are prepared to handle and explosion of this magnitude with the flames melting the steel roofs of Indian Point's non-hardened spent fuel pools.   If those roofs collapse into pools, causing the spent fuel rods to become unstable, what kind of a nuclear chain reaction would occur?  Further,  new pipelines are actually FAILING at a rate three times greater than their older predecessors installed in the 1950's.  Much like Indian Point, it is not a question of if, but when this Pipeline has a significant life threatening accident.   If that accident occurs in close proximity to Indian Point the probability of a Fukushima-on-the-Hudson that would make NY City uninhabitable millennia is almost a certainty.  

Spectra's Safety record at best is checkered, and they are not immune to explosions in the 22,000 miles of pipeline they operate across America and Canada.

A DRAMATIC RUPTURESpectra’s most recent pipeline accident was the dramatic rupture of an auxiliary pipe along its Texas Eastern Pipeline in Little Rock, Ark. on May 31. The buried line, which crossed the Arkansas River near the Clinton Presidential Center, was not in use at the time, but contained four million cubic feet of natural gas that exploded with such force that churning water boiled up high into the air across the span of the river. Eyewitness Tony Cassady, who lives nearby, said the gushing waters had settled back somewhat by the time he managed to snap the photo above.
It is time to just say no, and put and end to this doomed to disaster project...if Spectra Energy wants to petition FERC for a new alternative route, let Spectra do so, but allowing the Spectra project to continue on its current route that brings it within 200 feet of Indian Point must be stopped.

A closing question...if FERC feels it imperative for pipelines to be at least 500 feet from homes, why is it OK to have such a dangerous project less than 200 feet from a Nuclear Reactor? 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Trump You Are President Elect of America, Not President Of The People

Notice EAR PIECE...Russia Prompts?
Dear Donald J Trump:

Today it became official, you are the President of America.  However, we at this moment in history are not the United States of America, and you are not the President of the people.  Most of us hate you, despise you, don't trust you, or are just flat out scared to death of what your Presidency is going to do to the people you are supposed to serve.  The very concept of you serving anyone or anything other than Donald J Trump and his interests would be laughable if it were not so scarily laughable. You have spent your entire life thinking everything is all about the Donald, and you have spent your entire life stooping to any level in your quest to feed your own ego.

Your zealots masquerading as pundits on various and assorted manipulated news channels tell us we must accept your presidency, must get over our anger and unite behind you and your agenda for America...that is not going to happen.   Most civilized human beings here and around the world find everything about you repugnant, find that your views on the most important issues of our time run contrary to our beliefs.  You are perceived to be the Modern Day reincarnation of Adolph Hitler, your cabinet choices a rebirth of the Third Reich on steroids.   Under your leadership, World War III is no longer something we guard against, but a likely probability.   You in your four years will more than likely lead America into War, destroy our standing in the world for decades to come, and possible set Global Climate Change on a course that will lead to Earth becoming just another dead planet flying through the cosmos devoid of all life.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell have pledged to work with you in a war on 79 Million Baby Boomers, Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security on the proverbial chopping block to pay for more tax cuts for the Uber Rich under the guise that they will create more good paying jobs.  First, Reaganomics and Trickle Down Economics did not and will not work.   The rich got a lot richer, while the average working stiff has been treading water now for almost 40 years, at best their wages stagnant as we struggle to keep our heads above water.  Additionally, we the working people have paid into the program our entire lives, we PAID THE PREMIUMS for both these safety nets meant to take care of us in our Golden, you are willing to break your campaign promises and allow Paul Ryan to steal those benefits away from us?

You seem to be at war with every person in the 99 percent, including those whom you catered favor with during your run for President, feeding them your pablum out on the Campaign Trail in an Act that would put PT Barnum to shame...they believed you, and now with that smirk on your face, you are (with your decisions) laughing in their faces, thinking to yourself, "you stupid shills don't even realize what I am about to do to all of you, you are nothing to me but sheep to the slaughter who have unwittingly followed the siren song into troubled waters that will see most of you drown under the Tyranny of my reign.  

You don't love America, never have...Donald is incapable of loving anyone or anything other than himself, and the majority of us who voted this saw through your thin veil of supposed Patriotism which is why you lost the Popular Vote by almost 3 million people.   The margin of Hillary Clinton's win would have been far great if not for voter suppression, and the interference of Russia, both couple with your treason to this nation.  Yes, I am saying are guilty of treason, and I shall go to my grave praying each and every day that you are brought to trial on this charge, found guilty and given the maximum penalty under the law, a sentence of death.

Immigration Reform should not include deporting 12 million people, some of whom (DREAMERS) know no other country than America.   Fines, penalties and other such reprisals for breaking our laws are reasonable, but the tearing apart of families, the ruthless gathering up of human beings like they are cattle for deportation...that is not America, does not represent our values.   Build your wall, and "We The People" will tear it down.   Start gathering up undocumented immigrants, and we will form a new Underground Railroad to spirit these humans to a Safe Haven, hide them from our brutal regime.   

If you and the putrid far right evangelicals think we as a nation are going backwards when it comes to LGBT Rights and marriage equality, guess again.   Watch how fast America will go from being the loyal opposition, the resistance willing to stand up against your despot ways to a full fledged rebellion with millions upon millions taking to the streets in open hostile resistance to what would be an open attempt at Genocide of those's who's lifestyles, love choices and sexual identity run contrary to your perceived moral authority and superiority.  

On this and so many other issues of importance as relates to human dignity "We the People" have come to far, made to much forward progress to let you or anyone else push us backwards.  We will stand strong, and if necessary will move from resistance to full out opposition of those wishing to oppress us.  You have gathered together the most Anti-LGBT cabinet possible, your intentions clear in your selections, and we are donning our armor, are prepared to push back on this and so many other issues.  Arrest as subversives, and it will be a badge of honor we will wear proudly.

Women for decades have shouted from the rooftops "Keep your hands and your laws off our bodies". Now they are looking at a man who pretends to be President who shouts from the rooftops, "Grab em by the pussies!"  You've said in a TV interview that women should be PUNISHED for having an abortion, but you were fine with paying for an abortion when your Mistress got hypocrisy there!  

Even God gives all of us "Freedom of Choice" our decisions on Judgement Day between ourselves and our God.  The rabid right wing evangelicals, Republicans and you need to stop trying to legislate your morals onto the rest of the nation...quite frankly the morals of all of you repulse the majority of Americans, and the hypocrisy you exhibit is astounding as you look down upon us from on high and say, "Do as I say, not as I do".  We'll just leave the names of Dennis Hastert and Mark Foley here, and remind everyone that both Senator McCain and Newt Gingrich had no problems carrying on affairs while married and members of Congress.

Mother Earth is in crisis, Global Warming very real, yet you have put together a cabinet of Climate Deniers who are bent on sucking out of the earth every last ounce of Fossil related Energy regardless of the folly, regardless of the additional damage that will be done to the planet traveling down this path.  Every citizen of America, every citizen of the world needs to take a pledge to become Earth Warriors, doing anything and everything within our power to oppose people like you who put profits above the only planet we have, who are willing to be contributors to Global Warming in your quest to become every richer even if it means the death of the only planet we have.

You will occupy the White House for a time...guessing far less than four years as most of us fully expect you to be impeached, but you will never be OUR PRESIDENT.    In your cabinet choices, in your "Thank You Tour" you have shown you are anything but a Uniter, have shown your intent to rule with an iron fist.  In your world, there is Donald Trump, and those fool hardy enough to follow him, and enemies.   I stand tall, and am proud to stand with those that are against you, who will oppose your reign of terror with our last breath if necessary.

You won the White House tonight, but you did not and never will win the hearts and souls of decent Americans.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Take Focus OFF of Donald Trump-Inauguration "Day of Mourning Protest" in All 50 States!

We The People Can OWN Trump's Inauguration Day!

Sometimes, to make things happen, you just have to THROW IT OUT THERE, and let Social Media take it viral, "We The People" as one connected community saying, "Let's DO THIS".  So with this post, throwing my idea out there onto the World Wide Web hoping that individuals, groups and organizations all come together to breath a dream into reality on Inauguration Day.

The Concept...Inauguration "Day of Mourning" Protest across all 50 United States as we take the attention off of Donald J. Trump and instead shine the spotlight on "We The People" who will be most affected by his administration.

1.  Make a protest sign and dress ALL IN BLACK.
2.  Show up at one of the below SUGGESTED LOCATIONS, or become a leader and organize a group and location in your town or city.  Proposed starting time is 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.
3.  PEACEFULLY start walking/marching IN SILENCE...this is a Mourning Protest, so lets make it a silent National Vigil, a mass of humanity all in black marching in protest, our signs delivering our message to the Media.
4.  Swamp Social Media...bring your Cell Phones, live Tweet, upload pictures and/or video from your march in REAL TIME.

The Vibe of Protest

Think a New Orleans French Quarter funeral protection!  Bring your instruments, dance, sing appropriate songs, and celebrate what makes America Great..."WE THE PEOPLE"

Recommended Hashtags-Open to additional suggestions.


Join The Protest, Make It Happen...or, who is invited?

Everyone is invited, encouraged to embrace this Protest Movement and run with it.  Individual and families, dress in black, and go for a walk with your protest signs, take a picture and post it up onto Social Media with one of the above Hashtags.  Can't get off work...wear black to work, take a picture and post it up.

Groups and Organizations. Get involved, you have the power and means to organize LARGE GROUPS and put Boots on the Ground out on the streets.   BLM, LGBT, Unions and your members, AARP and the Baby Boomers you represent, undocumented immigrants, any of the 20 million people who got Health Care through Obama Care...each of you, and all of you are going to be negatively impacted by a Trump Administration.  This is YOUR DAY OF MOURNING PROTEST, so please get involved, and lets make this happen!  If you, your group or organization wants to be a part of this, leave your contact information in the comments below this article, or JUST GET TO WORK! 

Think of this as the largest FLASH MOB event ever orchestrated!  WE CAN and WE MUST take a stand and just say to the world, "Not My President".

Below is a list of PROPOSED LOCATIONS in all 50 states.   Is there a person, group or organization willing to step up and VOLUNTEER to be the leader in charge of making and event happen at the location?   If so, please drop me a message with your contact information via email:   With your permission, your contact information will be added to the location you are organizing.  If you have locations you would like to suggest, or add please contact poster by Email.

Proposed "Day of Mourning Protest" meet up locations.

Alabama – Birmingham –Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th st., N Auburn –Samford Hall, 182 S. College St, Auburn Uni. Montgomery -Meet outside of Alabama State Capitol – 600 Dexter Ave 

Alaska Juneau – Meet outside of Juneau Fed. Building – 709 W. 9th ST Anchorage – Meet outside of Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (621 W. 6th AVE) 

Arizona Phoenix – Meet outside of Arizona Science Center – 600 E. Washington ST Tucson – Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress ST Glendale – Olde Town Glendale Wine – 5745 W. Glendale Ave 

Arkansas Little Rock – State Capitol 500 Woodlane ST Fayetteville – Walton Arts Center (495 W. Dickson ST) 

California Hollywood – Outside of Chinese Theater Redding – Mt. Shasta Mall outside of food court entrance (900 Dana dr) 
San Fran – Meet at Justin Herman Plaza (The Embarcadero SF – there is also a protest going on there at 2 PM PST, so make sure you stay there after) 
Laguna Beach – 213 Ocean Ave (outside of Hennessey’s Tavern) 
Sacramento – California State Capitol (stairs area) 
Fresno – Villagio Shopping Center 7965 N. Blackstone Ave – Elephant Bar) 
San Luis Obispo – Mission Plaza, Monterey & Chorro 

Colorado Boulder – Boulder Courthouse 1777 6th ST Denver – Downtown Civic Square (Meet near canon/sitting area) 
Colorado Springs – America the Beautiful Park near Julie Penrose Fountain sculpture 

Connecticut New Haven - Sterling Memorial 241 Elm ST 

Delaware Wilmington – 1007 N. Orange St. (Starbucks downtown) 

Florida Miami – County Court House, 73 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130 
Orlando – Lake Eola Park 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801 
Tallahassee – Federal Court House 111 N Adams St #322, Tallahassee, FL 32301 
Jacksonville – County Court House 501 W Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 
Tampa - County Court House 401 N Jefferson St # 516, Tampa, FL 33602 

Georgia- Atlanta-County Court House 136 Pryor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 
Macon – Municipal Court House 700 Poplar St, Macon, GA 3120 
Savannah - County Court House 133 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401 
Columbus - County Court House 

Hawaii Honolulu – 1450 Ala Moana BLVD Hilo – 99 Kuhio ST. (Young Brothers) 

Idaho Boise - County Court House 200 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702 
Idaho Falls - County Court House 605 N Capital Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 

Illinois Chicago – 401 N. Wabash Ave (Trump Tower) Springfield – 321 E. Adams St. 

Indiana Fort Wayne - County Court House 715 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 
Indianapolis -County Court House 200 E Washington St # W122, Indianapolis, IN 46204 

Iowa Davenport - County Court House- 400 W 4th St, Davenport, IA 52801 
Des Moines-County Court House- 500 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309 

Kansas Wichita - County Court House 525 N Main St # 211, Wichita, KS 67203 
Kansas City - County Court House 710 N 7th St Trfy #210, Kansas City, KS 66101 

Kentucky Louisville – Meet at Oxmoor Mall, 7900 Shelbyville Road (outside of Macy’s) 
Lexington – 400 W. Main ST. (Triangle Park near fountains) 
Shelbyville –615 Main Street (Mckinley’s Bread Shop) 
Morehead – Morehead State University sign 

Louisiana Lafayette -Parish Court House 800 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501 
New Orleans - Municipal Court House 727 S Broad Ave # 105, New Orleans, LA 70119 

Maine Portland - County Court House 142 Federal St # 2, Portland, ME 04101 
Augusta - County Court House 95 State St, Augusta, ME 04330 

Maryland Glen Burnie-County Court House 7500 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 
Baltimore Convention Center 1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201 
Annapolis County Court House 8 Church Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401 

Massachusetts Boston – Meet at the Boston Massacre Statue at Boston Commons 

Michigan Flint County Court House 630 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502 
Detroit County Court House Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226 
Grand Rapids County Court House 82 Ionia Ave NW # 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Minnesota Minneapolis Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487 
Duluth County Court House 100 N 5th Ave W #101, Duluth, MN 55802 

Mississippi Jackson County 120 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201 
Biloxi County Court House 190 Lameuse St, Biloxi, MS 39530 

Missouri St. Louis Gateway Arch 100 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102 
Kansas City County Court House 415 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64106 

Montana Billings County Court House 217 N 27th St, Billings, MT 59101 
Missoula Court House 200 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802 
Helena County Court House 228 E Broadway St # 102, Helena, MT 59601 

Nebraska Omaha County Court House Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68183 

Nevada Reno City Plaza 10 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501 
Las Vegas Mandalay Bay 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119 

New Hampshire Portsmouth Court House 111 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801 

New Jersey Newark Superior Court House 31 Green St, Newark, NJ 07102 

New Mexico Albuquerque – Meet at Civic Center DT ABQ (301 Tijeras Ave NW) 
Santa Fe – Santa Fe Plaza, near the center of the plaza 

New York New York City – Meet at 1 World Trade Center 
Rochester Family Court House 99 Exchange Blvd # 246, Rochester, NY 14614 
Buffalo Niagara Square 65 Niagara Sq # 1308, Buffalo, NY 14202 
Chappaqua – 200 S. Greeley AVE. 

North Carolina Raleigh County Court House 300 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 
Charlotte County Court House 832 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 

North Dakota Fargo County Court House 211 9th St S, Fargo, ND 58103 

Ohio Cincinnati County Court House Hamilton County Courthouse, 1000 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 
Cleveland County Court House 1 W Lakeside Ave #202, Cleveland, OH 44113 

Oklahoma Tulsa County Court House 500 South Denver, Tulsa, OK 74103 
Oklahoma City Memorial Bld. 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 

Oregon Portland –Director’s Park, 815 SW Park Ave. 
Eugene – Brenner’s Furniture 151 W. 8th ave 

Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mellon Square 1529-540 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 
Philadelphia Liberty Bell 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 
Harrisburg County Court House 101 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101 
Erie - Perry Square Park, Erie, PA 16501 State College – Meet outside of Old Main, near the stairs 

Rhode Island Providence Memorial Park Providence, RI 02903 

South Carolina Columbia Memorial Park 700 Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201 
Charleston Washington Square 80 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401 
Myrtle Beach County Court House 1101 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 

South Dakota Sioux Falls County Court House 425 N Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 
Rapid City County Court House 315 St Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701 

Tennessee Nashville - Fannie Mae Dees Park, Vanderbilt University 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212 
Knoxville County Court House 300 W Main St # 226, Knoxville, TN 37902 
Memphis Court Square 62 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 

Texas Arlington County Court House 101 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010 Austin State Capitol 1100 Congress Ave, 
Austin, TX 78701 Dallas/Fort Worth – 3401 Lancaster Ave (Will Rogers Coliseum) 
Houston Market Square Park 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002 

Utah Ogden City Hall Park Ogden, UT 84401 
Salt Lake City Washington Square 451 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 

Vermont Montpelier County Clerk Bld. 65 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602 
Burlington City Hall Park 149 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401 

Virginia Richmond State Capitol 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23219 
Norfolk Macarthur Park Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510 

Washington Seattle – Prefontaine Place (Park) 425 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 
Spokane – Riverfront Park 507 N Howard St #200, Spokane, WA 99201 

West Virginia Wheeling – River City Ale 1400 Main St 

Wisconsin Milwaukee – 2165 N. Prospect Ave (American Apparel) Wyoming Cheyenne – Tivoli Building 301 W. 16th ST

Saturday, December 17, 2016

America, We Had a Good Run...

Like many Americans, I was vested in this past Presidential Election, was looking forward to the progress we would make with a Democratic Senate, Hillary Clinton in the White House, and for the first time in 42 years, a Supreme Court where liberal progressive thinkers were in the majority on the bench.  On November 8th I woke up early, had my morning coffee then walked up the street and around the corner to our local library to cast my vote...Straight Blue Ticket from top to bottom, and then went for a walk on a beautiful sunny day with my camera, my step light, not a care on the horizon as I strolled along the Hudson River.

When dusk arrived, evening darkness settling in  ordered in food and got myself settled on the sofa ready to watch the returns coming in, a bottle of Champagne in the refrigerator ready to be uncorked when the News made it official that for the first time ever Americans could say, "Congratulations Madam President".  The bottle of champagne still takes up space in my frig, the cork never popped, the celebration replaced by a deep sadness as the reality that Donald J. Trump had won the Electoral College votes necessary to be our next President tried to sink in.

Some six weeks later, the reality is far worse than any of us thought it could ever be, the man now President Elect far worse than the monster we had seen out on the Campaign Trail.  Some have moved on, accepted what will be, returned to their daily lives, struggling to pay their bills realizing that for them not much has changed, or will change with the changing of the guard in Washington, DC.   Myself...I am having a hard time accepting the unacceptable, frustrated that our Government is far more concerned with a "Peaceful Transition of Power" than addressing what was not, is not a "Free and Fair" election, as even those in our own party seem to be complicit in the betrayal of us. Where is the backbone of our party, their will to fight and take a stand?

Trump'ers screaming at us on Twitter, "Get over it, YOU LOST! Stop your whining and accept it, Trump is your President."

No, he is not.  Donald J, Trump is the antithesis of everything I am, everything that I have believed in for 60 years.  As an abuse survivor, the man pushes every one of my buttons, has brought back those silent screams and memories of things from so long ago that I thought were put away.  I read his tweets, or see him on the news, and find myself being triggered almost 24 hours a day, sleep fitful and filled once again with nightmares of things I wish my eyes had never seen.

My urge is to run away and hide, sell everything I own and just disappear...a knee jerk reaction honed in a childhood filled with abuse.  Reality finds room in the maelstrom of my emotions and I realize running means the abuser I stay, hoping for a chance to take a stand, to fight for that which I know is right.

It is Saturday morning at just after 3AM...I should be in bed sound asleep, but I feel like an inmate sitting on death row knowing that America as we knew it will be executed on Monday when the Electoral College casts its votes...I am hoping for a miracle, praying for Obama to step in and make it all right again, while knowing deep down in my heart that nothing can stop this train from hell from leaving the station, frightened at what is to come.

The recounts we counted on to set the record straight were halted by courts controlled by Republicans.  The CIA and FBI admitting that Russia interfered in the Election, but claiming not enough so to throw the election to Trump.  Hello, he lost the Popular Vote by almost 3 million voters, and won four crucial battle ground states by less than .00006 percent of the Popular Vote, but lets all pretend his margin of victory was enough that we can dismiss the deliberate interference of a Foreign Power in our elections.  The hope of the Electoral College receiving a briefing by the CIA dashed, and Hamilton Voters willing to vote their conscience shy by almost 20 dashes our hopes of a miracle come Monday...our fate is set, America as we knew about to die.

Old song lyrics racing through my mind, "Bye bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry..."  you know the song, or at least a large number of you do.  Monday is the day the music will die, the day that a fascist President begins his war on immigrants, Muslims, working people and America's elderly, and lets not forget a war on the only planet we have as Climate Deniers in his cabinet roll back rules intended to slow Global Warming in the name of Big Oil as Sarah Palin's Army once again begins to chant, "Drill Baby Drill."

My Lord, why has thou forsaken me?...I know, a rhetorical question since the Evangelicals have told us already that Trump's elevation to President is all a part of God's grand plan.   Are you kidding me? The man was recorded saying "Grab them by the pussy!" and freely and openly stirs the passions of racist hatred at every appearance on the Campaign Trail and "Victory Tour"...can someone from the religious right explain this to me as I really just don't get it...the man is everything that Christians supposedly would find repugnant, and yet you supported him in numbers that are staggering.  Did you hate Obama and Hillary so much that you felt the Anti-Christ was a better choice?

People are saying we let Barack Obama down, and that is true.  More importantly, we let America and everything it is supposed to represent down.  Everyone who played a part in this tragic charade has blood on their hands, owns the role of Judas who sold his soul for 35 pieces of silver.  For all of us, "I'm sorry America".

I leave you with this old protest song that brought me solace in my early years as I tried to deal with the turmoil that was the 60's, a time when it seemed like we were on the brink of destruction, the America we knew a shadow about to vanish in the wind.  A good cry clears the mind, lets us reconnect to our heart.  Have a good cry and pray for America, it may be our only hope of a miracle in our hour of need.