The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

Powerwall

I am a product of the energy industry.  The following is something I am excited about.

Innovation in battery technology is a key to our future and the energy consumption and conservation around the world.

 

A Beautiful Mind

I want to honor Dr. John Nash today because he is a man who helped me

A Beautiful Mind (film)

greatly!  I say A Beautiful Mind when I was going through such anguish of soul.  To see him struggle in the movie with issues of the mind greatly conforted me.  Dr. Nash, you helped me!  Thank you!

A Fortune magazine article said these “beautiful” things about Dr. Nash:

Nash was on the one hand such an impressive figure, but also so incredibly modest. He was very careful, very low profile and interested in many things. He was always the last person to educate others about his own work and contributions. He always sold it as part of a much bigger story. I think that might be one of the greatest inspirations: he was somebody who saw much further than others, but was always very much aware of what big problems were still out there.

I love this about Dr. Nash.   I am thankful he lived this way

There was this wonderful phrase that was once coined about him: the reasonable effectiveness of mathematics. It’s that the same idea can be applied again and again and again. He keeps on giving, and the result only becomes more powerful with every application. And that is really the core of Nash’s work.

Thank you Dr. Nash for giving to me. I am a better man today because of you.

 

Jesus is GOD!

BLACK

and WHITE

Skin cancer selfie warns against tanning beds and sun exposure

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I’ve had all the skin cancers and I’ve used Aldara.  It can do this to you skin.   The good news is that the skin heals and comes back fresher without the pre-cancer cells.

This Alabama woman’s graphic selfie sends a powerful message about the dangers of tanning beds, and has gone viral with more than 60,000 shares on Facebook.

Tawny Willoughby, 27, said it was normal in her town to go tanning four or five times a week, CNN reported. But after one of her nursing school classmates was diagnosed with melanoma, she decided to make a dermatology appointment.

That’s when she discovered that she, too, had skin cancer at the age of 21. Now, Willoughby goes to the dermatologist every six to 12 months, and typically gets cancerous skin removed. She has had basal cell carcinoma five times and squamous cell carcinoma once.

In April, she decided to share a post-treatment selfie as a cautionary tale of what tanning beds can do.

The image shows her face covered in bloody scabs. It was taken

Tanning beds substantially raise risks of skin...

Tanning beds raise risks of skin cancer

after receiving a treatment called Aldara, a cream used to trigger an immune system response to kill abnormal cells in patients with non-melanoma skin cancers, ABC News reported.

“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like,” she wrote in the caption. “Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it.”

Cosmopolitan notes that the image was reported to Facebook for graphic violence, but it’s has had plenty of impact on viewers.

“I’ve lost count of how many people shared it now and told me I’ve helped them,” she told CNN. “It’s really cool to hear people say they won’t tan anymore. I’ve had mothers thank me after sharing my pictures with their daughters. People in my hometown said they are selling their tanning beds.”

She said she never thought about tanning in high school because it was just “normal” to her, but now she wants to warn others.

“Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That’s my biggest fear now that I have a two-year-old little boy of my own,” she wrote in the caption, adding, “Don’t be a statistic!”

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are linked to indoor tanning each year.

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My latest cancer surgery site

My face cancers came from exposure to heavy exposure to sun in my youth.

The Dillard Commencement: Denzel to Grads


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Magdalena

Here is a story you will not forget very quickly.

Stephen Black Story

What do you think about Stephen’s experience?

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It’s Time to Revolutionize Race Relations

I have wanted to speak to the issue of race relations by have not found the words.  I am from the South and just recently I was with a white man I never met and he brought up the brutal insensitivites brought to a close friend of his.  His close friend happened to black and this is how close they are: at one point Chub hired his friend into a job and at another point his black friend hired Chub.  Yes,  they never were day workers but at some level of management.  Yet, the black man had been discriminated against, and by police, time and again.

Here is a great picture of the issues by

 Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente

The Painful Realities of Being a Black CEO in America

With the entire country seeing demonstrations following the Ferguson decision, I’ve had colleagues and business partners ask me my thoughts — not from my perspective as the Chairman and CEO of a $55 billion organization — but as a black man in America.

You would think my experience as a top executive would be different from a FERGUSON PROTEST BLACK AND WHITEblack man who is working in a retail or food service job to support his family. Yet, he and I both understand the commonality of the black male experience that remains consistent no matter what the economic status or job title.

This post is not to complain about what is, but instead offer hope that we can harness the positive energy from the demonstrations for change and start a new chapter in America based on better understanding of race relations.

As Americans, we must deal with behavior that is unacceptable in today’s global world. The first step in changing negative behavior is to understand the underlying imagery of the black male, which doesn’t represent reality. Whether it’s Michael Brown in Ferguson, Trayvon Martin with his Skittles®, Eric Garner who died after a chokehold, or the 12-year old killed because he was waving a toy gun, when you see a black man killed, the imagery is more complicated than one might think. For example, words used by the white police officer to describe Michael Brown included adjectives such as hulking and demonic — words that bring up images going back to the days of slavery.

If you’re not black, it’s hard to relate to situations as a black man might. So you know I’m speaking from a realistic rather than theoretical standpoint, here are a few personal examples I’ve experienced in the past couple of months:

  • Recently I was shopping in an upscale store and I was being watched and also followed by an overly anxious person. This was not someone trying to be helpful, but someone who was assessing why I was there. Other shoppers did not have “help” following them throughout the store.
  • I have gone to dinner at fine restaurants and had the food server explain the tipping program, since apparently black men don’t understand this concept.
  • Sometimes I observe two or three white customers ahead of me and after me pay by credit card — and I am the only one singled out to provide proof of who I am before I can make my purchase.
  • Most CEOs don’t leave their corporate offices, change clothes, and have car doors locked as they walk by or women move to the other side of the street hugging their purses as they see me out exercising. Even as a CEO, the black male experience is my reality.

Years ago, my father taught me explicitly how to behave myself if ever confronted by a police officer and I experienced being disrespected in my early twenties by someone who was supposed to protect my rights. I hold to this day that the biggest battle within me was the rage at how I was being treated while having to do what my father told me and respond appropriately. If I acted out how I was feeling at the time, I might not be here today.

So where do we go from here? In the Ferguson situation, we need to disregard the small percentage of criminals who are getting publicity for their destruction of property and instead pay attention to the sincere marchers and protestors who are voicing their demands for change. This is our opportunity to focus on improving race relations for the future, especially for young black men and also for those picked up to be deported based on their race. A few ideas have great potential to revolutionize race relations:

  • I endorse the idea that every police officer videotapes interactions as the first major step to protect both individuals and the police officers.
  • We must engage community activists to sit down with police, the government and local businesses to work together in different ways. Over time we will see the current environment of police officers going to white neighborhoods to “protect and resolve issues” and going into black neighborhoods to “combat and control” change to become a culture of police officers being in all neighborhoods to protect and participate.
  • We must collectively support local school and church leaders as they reach out to youth and adults to start a more positive dialogue to make all our neighborhoods safer.
  • We can ask businesses in our communities for their support as we build a greater sense of community, both locally and nationally.

The pursuit of life, liberty and happiness can become a reality for everyone if we eliminate issues standing in the way of improved race relations. I love this country and we’ve made so much progress, but we’re not there yet. With deeper understanding and thoughtful and positive participation, America — and Americans — can live up to our full potential in a country built on diversity of thought, spirit, race and experience.

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The Passion(Suffering) of Christ

I am watching the series, A.D.–the Bible Continues on NBC and we are right in the middle of the series.  This article from the BBC follows well the question about why Jesus had to die.  This article from the BBC in 2009 captures some of the issues depicted in A.D.–the Bible Continues.

Introduction

Statue of Christ on the cross

Christ on the Cross

The Passion of Christ is the story of Jesus Christ‘s arrest, trial and suffering. It ends with his execution by crucifixion. The Passion is an episode in a longer story and cannot be properly understood without the story of the Resurrection.

The word Passion comes from the Latin word for suffering.

The crucifixion of Jesus is accepted by many scholars as an actual historical event. It is recorded in the writings of Paul, the Gospels, Josephus, and the Roman historian Tacitus. Scholars differ about the historical accuracy of the details, the context and the meaning of the event.

Most versions of the Passion begin with the events in the Garden of Gethsemane. Some also include the Last Supper, while some writers begin the story as early as Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem to the applause of the crowds.

The Passion is a story about injustice, doubt, fear, pain and, ultimately, degrading death. It tells how God experienced these things in the same way as ordinary human beings.

The most iconic image of the Passion is the crucifix – Christ in his last agony on the cross – found in statues and paintings, in glass, stone and wooden images in churches, and in jewellery.

The Passion appears in many forms of art. It is set to music, used as a drama and is the subject of innumerable paintings.

Spiritually, the Passion is the perfect example of suffering, which is one of the pervasive themes of the Christian religion.

Suffering is not the only theme of the Passion, although some Christians believe that Christ’s suffering and the wounds that he suffered play a great part in redeeming humanity from sin.

Another theme is incarnation – the death of Jesus shows humanity that God had become truly human and that he was willing to undergo every human suffering, right up to the final agony of death. Another is obedience – despite initial, and very human, reluctance and fear, Jesus demonstrates his total acquiescence to God’s wishes.

But the final theme is victory – the victory of Christ over death – and this is why the Passion story is inseparable from the story of the Resurrection.

 

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