Monday, January 25, 2016

Human Health Information and Other News

The human heart is a muscular organ made up of many parts. It pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. The human blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients. Also, the heart assists in the removal of metabolic wastes. The heart is found in the middle compartment of the mediastinum in the chest. In humans (including other mammals plus birds), the heart is divided into four chambers. They are the left and right atria including the lower left and right ventricles. Commonly the right atrium and ventricle are referred together as the right heart and their left counterparts as the left heart. A healthy heart has blood flowing in one way through the heart due to heart valves, which prevent backflow. The heart is enclosed in a protective sac, the pericardium, which also contains a small amount of fluid. The wall of the heart is made up of three layers: epicardium, myocardium, and endocardium. The heart pumps blood throughout both circulatory systems. Blood low in oxygen from the systemic circulation enters the right atrium from the superior and inferior vena cavae. It passes to the right ventricle. From there, it is pumped into the pulmonary circulation though the lungs when it receives oxygen and gives off carbon dioxide. Oxygenated blood then returns to the left atrium, passes through the left ventricle and is pumped out through the aorta to the systemic circulation (when the oxygen is used and metabolized to carbon dioxide). In addition the blood carries nutrients from the liver, and gastrointestinal tract to various organs of the body, while transporting waste to the liver and kidneys.  Normally, each heartbeat that the right ventricle pumps the same amount of blood into the lungs as the left ventricle pumps to the body. Veins transport blood to the heart and carry deoxygenated blood (except for the pulmonary and portal veins).  Arteries transport blood away from the heart, and apart from the pulmonary artery hold oxygenated blood. Their increased distance from the heart cause veins to have lower pressures than arteries. The heart contracts at a resting rate close to 72 beats per minute. Exercise temporarily increases the rate, but lowers resting heart rate in the long term, and is good for heart health.

In our generation, we witness a world where permanent war and the breakdown of American democracy continue. There is still indefinite detention of many detainees without trial. The drone assassination is not only evil and unjust. It killed an U.S. citizen al-Awlaki without a trial. Anwar al-Awlaki warranted rights under the Constitution, but he was killed without warrant or trial via a drone attack.  Al-Awlaki’s mother and father filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in June 2012 for assassinating their son without due process of law. In April 2014, a judge refused to allow the suit to proceed to an evidentiary hearing and dismissed the case. Savage writes that Judge Rosemary M. Collyer “explained that executive-branch officials carrying out national security operations ‘must be trusted’ to do the right thing because even the prospect of a later lawsuit could make officials risk averse and ‘hinder their ability in the future to act decisively and without hesitation in defense of U.S. interests.’” Al-Awlaki’s father, Savage notes, “decided not to appeal, saying he had lost faith in the American justice system.” The current Obama administration has executed an unprecedented number of lawsuits against whistleblowers. This is a crackdown of the freedom of press. The current administration has expanded the Bush administration’s use of executive privilege to prevent the release of information regarding anti-democratic programs that are related to the war on terror. The military industrial complex along with the intelligence apparatus has a dominate role in political life. Imperialist war policies are common now unfortunately. When we see military commissions, which people have debated about, this is an important situation. We witness indefinite detention, mass surveillance, and done assassination, and then we have to condemn these things as evil. The blood from Hiroshima, Afghanistan, Fallujah and other places from the world cry out from the ground.  While the Western elites condemn ISIS (which is an evil, murderous organization), they ignore the terrorism done by the Saudi Arabia. So, we advance the truth consistently.

There are recent comments made by 2 cowardly white racists about the Oscars. Gerald Molen (who said that the Oscars aren't racist, etc.) is totally wrong and sick to disrespect the legitimate exposure of the racism of Hollywood. Hollywood is racist and Molen having connections to the Academy Awards proves our points completely. Molen talked about Michael Moore since Moore talks about racial issues in a way that he disagrees with. Molen is of the far right. He’s also a Mormon, and Mormons never placed black people in the priesthood until 1978. Michael Moore’s political views have nothing to do with this issue. If you listen to many of these white racists, then they will come out as a bigot in public. Also, this coward Gerald Molen (he grew up on Montana) called people “spoiled brats” who are crying about racism. Racism is real. People have been killed because of racism in society. So, for Gerald to dismiss the reality of racism in Hollywood shows his total arrogance and callous attitude which is representative of racists like him. Gerald Molen has financed Dinesh D’Souza’s faux documentary about Obama. Dinesh is known self hater who ignores the evils of colonialism and imperialism in the world. Dinesh actually defends colonialism in Africa and in India, so he is an enemy of black people and all people of color. He’s a disgrace. Dinesh committed adultery. In May 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty to one felony count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. He or Molen produced Schindler’s List, so he should definitely know better. The Holocaust involved the murder of millions of Jewish people, black people, the handicapped, etc. because of racist, bigoted motivations. I have seen both Malcolm X and Schindler’s List too. Both films show how vicious bigotry is and how we have the right to stand up against racism no matter what. Spike Lee have talked about the Oscar for over 2 decades.

Hollywood is not as progressive as people think it is. Hollywood has promoted sexism, racism, classism, imperialism, etc. in their movies, etc. since its inception. The comments from Charlotte are disrespectful and racist too. She lied and believed that people are by and large accepted in society. That’s false. Racism is an institutionalized problem in the wold that must be addressed not by tokenism, but by the end of the system of racism/white supremacy to be replaced with the system of justice. We need revolutionary change. Standing up against racism as found in Hollywood has nothing to do with promoting racial hatred. It is about telling the truth. Racists always try to change the subject or ignore real issues. She is very racist. In France, there is discrimination and racism. The bombings in France were evil and I express sympathy for the innocent victims who died in Paris. Also, I do realize that the leadership of France (for decades and centuries) have a long legacy of imperialism, xenophobia, and other evils. So, we should build up our own. These white bigots (they don’t criticize Asian community enters, Jewish advocacy group, Hispanic organizations, but they want to criticize black people when we stand up for something real) have no respect for black people and they have inferiority complexes. When you look at Molen and Charlotte’s demeanor and eyes, you can see their evil. They or white racists readily steal our culture and lie about our history. That is why black people should always support black institutions. Our wealth should be cultivated to develop our communities and we should help the black poor plus the black working class. We can’t be free unless we fight to defeat poverty. We desire pan-African unity too. That means that we are in solidarity with our black Brazilians, our Afro-Caribbeans, etc. worldwide. We don’t need to beg anyone for our freedom. We should fight for our freedom by self-determination, social activism, Black Unity, and community development.

The culture of Norfolk, Virginia has a long history. African Americans make up over 100,000 people in Norfolk. Norfolk’s total population is about 246,000 people. For black culture, there is obviously the Attucks Theater which was built in 1919. It is the oldest theater in Norfolk that was designed, developed, financed, and operated entirely by black people. Norfolk State University makes up a large part of black culture in Norfolk, Virginia as well. Norfolk State University is the 10th largest historically black university in the nation. It is a university that my relatives attended and graduated from. It is a university with a lot of great history and culture. I have been to Norfolk State University plenty of times. It was founded in 1935 and they are also known as the Spartans. NSU is a member school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership.  Norfolk State's undergraduate and graduate programs are divided into eight schools/colleges like School of business, School of Education, etc. The school also offers 36 undergraduate degrees, with a new degree being offered in Optical Engineering. Many well-known alumni from Norfolk State University include Alex Moore, Yvonne B. Miller, Tim Reid, Randall Robinson, Chandra Sturrup, Na’im Akbar, Anthony Evans, and so many other human beings. Also, Norfolk State University is home to the Harrison B. Wilson Archives and African Art Gallery and a display of African-American history, folklore, and culture can be found at the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is found on the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Church Street. It is 83 feet high and it is a granite monument. It gives tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders who fought for freedom and justice.  The memorial conceived by Joseph A. Jordan, Jr., former Norfolk Councilman and General District Court Judge, is inscribed with quotations of Dr. King and contains a fountain at its base. The Cannonball Tail on 401 East Freemason Street has a tour of the historic sites in Downtown Norfolk that relates to Norfolk’s rich and multifaceted history.  There is the West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery. It is recognized as one of the South’s only known tribute to African-American veterans of the Civil and Spanish American Wars. This is part of a Virginia Civil War Trail site, which is marked by a statue of Norfolk native and first African America Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant William Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.   The cornerstone of the monument of Sgt. William Carney was set on Decoration Day, May 30, 1909, and was completed in 1920. The St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church is found on E. Bute Street. It was created during the 19th century. St. John back in the 19th century was known was the Mother Church for African Methodism in Virginia.  Also, the First Baptist Church of Norfolk is the historic church. It was formed in 1800. It included free black people, slaves, and some whites. It is a resisted national landmark which includes a small museum of artifacts.

By Timothy

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