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Sound of OneHand Clapping Analysis: Brilliant, fun, vulnerable, loving. Total gem! Thank you for sharing your thought process ( and more )🥰

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The single biggest shock to me when I entered my second career (finally, I took the long way around to it) has been the amount of violence against women that continues to be perpetrated. I thank God regularly that I was one of the lucky ones and pray that continues and that I continue to be able to help those who suffer.

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Watched a bit of the Grammys, and then read this. Why is it that women artists have to be (mainly) underdressed to perform, while men are (over)covered? Visualize the opposite-

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There’s a Dutch word : gunnen; which means finding happiness in someone else’s happiness. It seems to fit with your musings on one hand clapping , I’m also a mental putterer and think probably too much about things. But I love the idea of this word, and look for a way to express it to others

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Thank you again for tackling the important issues of the day and also to bring some light and joy in as well!

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As always thank you for your deep thoughtfulness and for doing the research. You, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, are appreciated by me. From basketball to deep thinking you make a difference in much the same way as Coach Wooden. My father was a professor at UCLA and I've watched and listened to both of you all my life. May your day be filled with peace and the knowledge that you make a difference in the world, for betterment.

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I had a liberal Constitutional Law professor. He was VP Mondale’s brother in law, and I had his last class before he was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

There is a two hundred year plus doctrine that unless there is a federal law implicated, the States remain free to exercise their police power, including creating and enforcing state law crimes, like most murders, robberies, etc. I believe this figured into the decision reversing ROE as the Court found no Constitutional or other federal right to abortion.

My Con Law professor back in 1980 pointed out that the 7-2 decision was challengeable because it was not based on law at all, but only circa 1980 medical practice, which is sure to change consistently. Roe’s opinion author was Justice Harry Blackmun, former counsel to the Mayo Clinic and the Justice with the greatest medical knowledge. The whole first, second and third trimester analysis was destined from the start to become medically obsolete.

Only Congress can create a national right to abortion, like the Supreme Court did once in Roe. The Ohio approach of getting abortion on the ballot looks like the only current approach to yield prompt results. The more States, the more likely a federal right will be recognized.

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By coincidence, I read this the same day I learned that later this month the Post Office is issuing a commemorative stamp honoring Coach Wooden.

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Kareem

Without pondering for years, I think the sound of one hand clapping is the sound of loneliness.

With respect to Boomers: I am disappointed and disgusted at my generation. We were the hippies. We had ideals. We wanted to make the world a better place for everyone.

And now we have recanted our old, young Ideals and become even worse dig me consumers than our parents and the “military industrial complex.” And so many have become even more arch-conservative, racist, intolerant, money driven selfish and self centered.

Pure hypocrisy, and nothing makes me angrier than hypocrisy.

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RE: Republicans. I cannot think of a more hypocritical and shameless group of people. They’re claim they’re for “freedom”, yet they don’t *hesitate* to tell you what you can read, do, or think. They claim to be “Christians”, yet turn their backs on the poor and the suffering. Is that what Jesus, the man they claim to not just follow but WORSHIP would do?

Now Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has said he’s against a bill that would increase the child tax credit because it would make Biden look good. And an immigration bill that they have been clamoring for since Biden took office won’t come up for a vote because trump wants to have immigration for a campaign issue.

Hollywood couldn’t make this up.

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RE: Gray divorce. I knew a couple that divorced in their late 40’s. He had contracted ALS and they saw divorce as a way to protect their assets from medical and nursing home bills.

My wife’s uncle is almost 90. He’s starting to shut down and is now in a nursing home. His wife has told us how she wishes they’d protected their assets better, because she is going to be left BROKE.

I’m not saying that’s the norm. I’m not sure it’s even legally possible. But if it is, it could be that asset protection is one reason for the increase in older people divorcing.

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In the spirit of "tell people whose work has moved or delighted me how much I appreciate them," I want to tell you the perhaps uncommon ways I appreciate you, KAJ.

I was a pre-teen kid in the Milwaukee suburbs when the Bucks got the lucky draft position and chose you in the first pick. I was amazed at the way you led a bunch of teammates who (except for the Big O, eventually) were never among the famous and flashy players you teamed with most of your career in LA. It was the Bob Dandridge, Lucius Allen, Jon McGlockin, rarely remembered Bucks who you elevated to competitiveness, and a championship. I'm a weirdo because of all the blocks and assists and thousands of graceful, athletic sky hooks, I vividly remember a game where you got a defensive rebound and.... dribbled the length of the floor, juking past half the other team, put a crossover on the last defender, and then just laid the ball through the hoop - not a slam, but a graceful completion of your end-to-end mastery of the game. It showed me how complete an athlete you were, and changed my fantasies about having you join my team in a driveway pickup game - not as the center, but as the world's tallest and best point guard! But for all your world-class athleticism, the thing that most influenced me at that time was a radio program you did on a local Milwaukee FM station that I listened to. I was already a music lover, taking piano lessons and beginning to listen to pop and rock that was outside my parents' tastes and record collection. And you played an hour of jazz and explained who the artists were, and where the influences came from. And with that exposure I began a lifelong love of jazz. You never know what things you do will be silently influential to someone you'll never meet, and enrich their lives.

Then I came across this newsletter last year, and realized you had yet another profound influence to offer. I deeply appreciate your eloquent writing, diligent research, and most of all, critical thinking. I find my thinking more rigorous as you so rationally comment on the unsettling time we now live in. Once in a great while I'll follow your reasoning and form a different conclusion - but not very often. This newsletter, at this time, is a great gift you give us. When I first began reading it, I thought you must be leading a team, telling them the topics you wanted covered, and tightly editing their output. I'd be overwhelmed trying to write twice a week with such thoroughly researched and masterfully expressed prose.

So, please know there are two hands clapping here for all you have done and continue to do that enrich my life, and have only a little to do with your amazing athletic career.

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I am astonished at the number of women in this position. It clearly shows how backward part of this country is. On another note: I just watched you nail the bloviating, vapid, lying tRump with regards to sports and politics. Thank you. The side by side of you two in different frames underlined in bold, his complete ignorance, verbal nonsense and cracked thinking. He has an open wound where a heart should be. Thank you for being so calm when leveling such a dolt. Class....all the way.

And Lea Salongo - incredible. Never hear of her but now....I'll look for her everywhere. Wow!

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Horrifying that 65,000 women were turned away. Horrifying that it resulted from 520,000 recorded rapes and thus, rapists. What is this society of ours?

Whether the rapists are adults or teens, parents must talk to children early about sex, and teach them it's wrong to push, harass, and rape. Can't just teach the girls to avoid harassment, but the boys on not to harass. Just as kids are taught not to hit, steal or drink, they need to be taught, repeatedly, that aggression is wrong. Parents just assume their darling boys will know not to do it. It doesn't work that way.

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Thank you, very much, Kareem.

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Sure glad Ron Desantis dropped.out of the presidential bidding. Have a strong suspicion if he ever became.POTUS he would try to eliminate Black History Month.

The Supreme Court revoking Roe v Wade is going to join the Dred Scott decision as among the biggest screwups they've ever made.

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