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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Excellent Katie Halper! Excellent! The HILL is bs. I stopped watching them years ago.

“This is what got Katie Halper Censored & Cancelled by The HILL: Israel Is An Apartheid State”

magsview

Is she one of those ‘self-hating’ Jews I hear about?

/s

p.s. Go Katie! Thank goodness for the truth-tellers.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yes, obf, I accept that “death is part of life” and Mema, I acknowledge that we “didn’t come here to stay”, but Will Rivers Pitt’s transition has really saddened me. Anyhow, this is a beautiful tribute to Will from his colleague and friend Dahr Jamail, published at Truthout.

“The Wind Knows Your Name”: Dahr Jamail on William Rivers Pitt

William Rivers Pitt was Truthout’s lead columnist and senior editor. He died on September 26, 2022, at the age of 50. If you’re grieving for Will, as so many of us are, you can support a fund for his 9-year-old daughter Lola here.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/william-rivers-pitt-memorial-fundraiser-for-lola

The title of William Rivers Pitt’s unpublished book about the pandemic is: Please Take This, Because I Love You and I Might Die. A COVID Diary. He sent me the manuscript not too long ago so I could read it, and give him input on where it might make the most sense to have it published.

With the pandemic, as he was consistently able to do, Will saw what was coming, knew the consequences could well be catastrophic, and behaved accordingly. Each of those things is a true gift. The ability (and willingness) to see what was coming before most people, knowing in his heart what the consequences could mean, and then taking appropriate actions to prepare. In the case of COVID-19, Will was being especially careful in order to protect his aging mother who has lung issues, his young daughter Lola, and perhaps with subconscious foreshadowing of his own death, he was making preparations for what was to come.

Will’s unpublished book is dedicated to Lola.

Iraq
I met Will during the early years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The propaganda leading up to the invasion, which of course ignored a dozen years of U.S.-imposed sanctions that strangled the country and killed at least half a million children, had deeply impacted us both. Will had already written a book (War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You To Know) that completely disassembled the lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction, upon which the entire justification for the illegal invasion and occupation was predicated. He had done what he could. Yet he was not going to stop taking the Bush administration to task. In fact, Will was just getting warmed up.

We met in Boston a couple of years into the occupation. Will was already one of my heroes, one of the few voices of reason, sanity and truth in the media in the U.S. I was reading his valiant, noble, fiery words toward that end for years, and he had been reading my articles from Iraq about the widespread death and destruction then unfolding — death and destruction he had done all he could to prevent, a deep and lasting friendship was born on the spot, one that would also yield a coauthored book published by this website, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation, Why it is Happening, and Who is Responsible.

While I kept making my trips in and out of Iraq over the next years, Will continued writing his salvos of truth about what the Bush and then Obama administrations were doing in Iraq, covering the domestic political situation, and writing about it as fiercely and steadfastly as though his life depended on it. The many times I became dispirited while on the front lines of the brutal occupation, I would read Will’s latest column about whatever the Bush administration was doing to justify their ongoing atrocities in Iraq, and my fire to continue my work would be fed yet again.

Truly one of the most important public intellectuals, writers and commentators of our time, in losing Will, we’ve lost a voice that is irreplaceable, and I’ve lost one of my heroes.

Roads
Late this August, Will and I were exchanging emails about his unpublished book. I wrote him this:

I’m only part way through your book. Two months ago I lost my long-time climbing partner of 25 years in a rock fall accident…we were roped up…his body was literally hanging off me…so I’ve been in a deep grieving process this summer, otherwise I’d have already torn through your book.

Thanks for being out there carrying the torch brother.
Love,
Dahr

To which Will replied:

WHAT THE FUCK

Oh Jesus Dahr, I am so sorry.

I believe the inchoate universe puts its stamp on some people now and again, and it is woe to that person. The stamp means you are to suffer: To suffer from outside forces, and to suffer from an internal need to put that suffering into some context, to explain it, or to make some use of it if nothing else. It is a wailing of the soul, that stamp. The Buddhists call them Bodhisattvas, those who cross the precipice of enlightenment but come back for others, to guide them rather than pass over themselves. It is an altogether agonizing fate, for it brings wisdom, and wisdom is the most terrible thing of all.

Fuck my book. Stay on the mountain. The wind knows your name.

While I thought he’d gone too far with the Bodhisattva bit, I wrote him back and thanked him, from my heart, for his gracious words of comfort. These words of his, like everything he wrote, came from his heart, his soul, his own experience. Will was, by his own definition, a Bodhisattva, here to guide all of us with his wisdom, and his seeing.

“We stand today upon the fulcrum of history, a crossroads at midnight with a blood moon rising,” Will wrote in February 2019. “Down one road lies fire, flood, famine, failure and the final triumph of greed. What awaits down the other road is unknown, terra incognita, a mystery to be solved one gentle step at a time…. The road we have been on is littered with bones and sorrow. The road we must take is strange, and new, and dangerous, and difficult. There are no promises, other than it will be — by dint of our collective will — better than the way that is failing before our eyes. This crossroads is freedom distilled, and the time to choose is now.” (Bolding by me)

Will is now on the road each of us inevitably shall take. He showed us how to live a noble life. He made a living speaking truth to power. He did these things for all of us, and he did them because they were his to do. He did them because he could.

Most importantly, he did them because he knew with all his heart they were the right things to do.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-wind-knows-your-name-dahr-jamail-on-william-rivers-pitt/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=86d0b8da-6c19-4094-ab8c-1c36ee7917ea

orlbucfan

Ain’t…. what exactly killed this guy? Covid? He was only 50. Did he follow any precautions?

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I don’t know yet. The article doesn’t state specifically.

orlbucfan

T and R x 3, jcb!!☮️🙂👍 Happy 🍁back at ya! We are slowly getting back to normal down here. 👏

Benny
Benny

Beto and Abbott are engaged in a live debate, no audience. I heard that was Abbott’s choice, but I think it’s a good idea for health reasons.

Benny

I would say the debate is even so far, despite the GOP slant of the Fox San Antonio station anchors, who have been giving Abbott more time to respond to Beto’s barbs.

wi64

From what i’ve been reading if you played the drinking game everytime Abbott blames Byedone for something in his answers you’d be passed out by now🥴🥴

orlbucfan

More like blacked (super drunk) out.

Benny

+27

wi64

I wonder if deathsentence in Fl is going to crack down and interfere with the undocumented people that craprate america will hire at low wages no bennies to help with the clean up and re build? Now its to his advantage to exploit them and get the rebuild ,clean up done ASAP..

orlbucfan

We’ve got some serious problems down here that are infected boils ready to pop. And Ian may do it. Home insurance especially waterfront? Those companies are bailing and fleeing. High-rise apt. buildings on the ocean? My sis pointed this fact out. Those structures still standing (esp. Naples and Ft. Myers) are now seriously eroded. They are built on limestone and sand. It will be very similar to the one that collapsed in So. Miami. Everyone now is becoming more aware of sea level rise including the jesus jerks.