Journey to the Motherland


 

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The former Soviet states of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus are very much my motherland and the motherland of so many American Jews who fled those regions to get the hell out of Czarist persecution.  One of my grandfathers was from Tereshki in Belarus near the Polish border, West of Minsk.  My other grandfather was from Nizhni Novgorod near Moscow.  One grandmother was from St Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) while the other was from Gorodiesche in the Ukraine.

Jewish victims of a Czarist Pogram in Boguslav Ukraine wrapped in their prayer shawls; why my people had to get the hell out of Czarist Russia

Jewish victims of a Czarist Pogram in Boguslav Ukraine wrapped in their prayer shawls; why my people had to get the hell out of Czarist Russia

From having my DNA studied I learned that I’m a 61 out of 67 point Y chromosome match to a John Wolins (whose family name was shortened from Wolinsky).  His most distant ancestor known by conventional genealogy was Yoina Wolinsky who lived in Boguslav, Ukraine, circa 1760.  So as it turns out, my great friend Bruce Boguslav whose family originated in Boguslav Ukraine and who has a bunch of Wolinsky’s in his family is a distant cousin from around 250 years ago.

Arielle Boguslav

Arielle Boguslav

When Bruce and I met it was uncanny how much we resemble each other.  We look more alike than we do to our own biological brothers.  Bruce’s Cambridge (UK) educated daughter Arielle is now living in Moscow and is writing her excellent account of life there, entitled Journey to the Motherland.

http://aboguslav.blogspot.com/

In these tense days diplomatically in the former Soviet Union, it’s an interesting perspective of the daily goings on in her travels and travails around the country.  Check it out.

L-Bruce Boguslav, R-Jan B. Tucker

L-Bruce Boguslav, R-Jan B. Tucker

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Passover 2014


 

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Historically, Passover is one of those times of year when for centuries Jews have been subject to attack and murder.  For more about why, check out the Wikipedia article on the “ritual blood libel”  — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_libel

Yesterday’s killings in Kansas City of three Christians who were at the wrong place at the wrong time, e.g., a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement village, by Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist and former KKK leader, are all the more insane.  Two of those killed, Dr. William Lewis Corporon and  his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, were going to the Jewish Community Center so Reat could try out to sing in a production of the play To Kill a Mockingbird.

For around the last 20 years, Cross has been using a P.O. Box in Sioux City, Iowa, while also bouncing around from South Sioux City, Nebraska; Angier, North Carolina; and finally in Aurora, Missouri.  In 2003 a woman reportedly used his social security number in Henderson, Nevada, but it might simply be attributable to a typographical error.

The Opposite

My Passover Seder on the other hand was the opposite of the weird little white supremacist world that Cross wants to live in:

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Mimi, Patricia & Emma

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al Reid

Al Reid

Heidi & Pam

Heidi & Pam

Marge Buckley & Marco LunaMan

Marge Buckley & Marco LunaMan

Kevin & Lo Barnes

Kevin & Lo Barnes

Kamran & Donna Dymally

Kamran Shabazzi & Donna Dymally

Toni Trujillo

Toni Trujillo

Kamran & Pam Narcisse

Kamran Shabazzi & Pam Narcisse

Steve Sachse & Alex Salazar

Steve Sachse & Alex Salazar

The assemblage

The assemblage

Jan B. Tucker (Jewish) and Kamran (Muslim) reading the Haggadah in peace and harmony

Jan B. Tucker (Jewish) and Kamran Shabazzi (Muslim) reading the Haggadah in peace and harmony

Steve Sachse & Patricia Nazario

Steve Sachse & Patricia Nazario

Patricia Nazario & Rita French

Patricia Nazario & Rita French

Jan B. Tucker & Nancy Pearlman

Jan B. Tucker & Nancy Pearlman

 

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What to do about Radiation Poisoning


 

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Guest Column by David Delano Blanco

A tuna caught off the California coast suffering from the effects of Fukushima Japan nuclear waste release into the Pacific Ocean

A tuna caught off the California coast suffering from the effects of Fukushima Japan nuclear waste release into the Pacific Ocean

Exposure to high-energy particles, such as occurs after a nuclear power plant accident, can cause severe damage to living cells. The mechanism by which this occurs involves the collision of these particles with atoms in the cells — particularly atoms of oxygen. Oxygen atoms absorb some of the collision energy and are thereby put into a highly reactive state. Such energetically excited oxygen atoms then transfer their extra energy to chemical bonds of various kinds, causing destructive chemical reactions in proteins, DNA, lipids, and other biomolecules. Such altered biomolecules are then no longer able to function properly, and so the body’s tissues and organs malfunction. Such damage tends to be permanent, debilitating, and if severe enough will be fatal.

There is no effective overall treatment for radiation poisoning, although drastic measures like stem cell transplants can help to save lives in certain cases.

Until recently there was also no very effective method for preventing radiation poisoning other than avoiding exposure in the first place. However, in 2009 scientists at Vanderbilt University in the USA published a paper describing the use of pyridoxamine to block the cascade of events that starts with reactive oxygen and ends in damaged tissues. Pyridoxamine, it was shown, can neutralize reactive oxygen before it reacts with biomolecules. By preventing damage to biomolecules, it therefore prevents damage to tissues.

This does not mean that pyridoxamine fixes tissue damage that has already occurred. It does mean that if one is being subjected to continual radiation exposure, pyridoxamine can be used to decrease its damage to the body. Therefore:

  • Pyridoxamine is the best known preventative for ongoing radiation poisoning.
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A Tale of Two Mothers-Part I


 

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Harriet Elliot, mother of Obediah R.  Elliot

Harriet Elliot, mother of Obediah R. Elliot

On television detective stories, drama imitating life, you usually have a situation where the police and the private investigator may have some friendly friction and rivalry – because that makes a good story line – but while pursuing a cold-case murder the police are generally cooperative with the private investigator who’s got more time and zeal to pursue the case to the finish. In real life, nothing could be further from the truth.

 

 

Section 6254(f) of the California Government Code, a provision of the California Public Records Act (the state equivalent of the federal Freedom of Information Act), says in pertinent part:

 

 

Records of complaints to, or investigations conducted by, or records of intelligence information or security procedures of, the office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, the Office of Emergency Services and any state or local police agency, or any investigatory or security files compiled by any other state or local police agency, or any investigatory or security files compiled by any other state or local agency for correctional, law enforcement, or licensing purposes. However, state and local law enforcement agencies shall disclose the names and addresses of persons involved in, or witnesses other than confidential informants to, the incident, the description of any property involved, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, statements of the parties involved in the incident, the statements of all witnesses, other than confidential informants, to the victims of an incident, or an authorized representative thereof, an insurance carrier against which a claim has been or might be made, and any person suffering bodily injury or property damage or loss, as the result of the incident caused by arson, burglary, fire, explosion, larceny, robbery, carjacking, vandalism, vehicle theft, or a crime as defined by subdivision (b) of Section 13951, unless the disclosure would endanger the safety of a witness or other person involved in the investigation, or unless disclosure would endanger the successful completion of the investigation or a related investigation. However, nothing in this division shall require the disclosure of that portion of those investigative files that reflects the analysis or conclusions of the investigating officer. [Emphasis added]

 

 

What this means is that the government doesn’t have to give you squat about any ongoing investigation and that is usually perfectly reasonable. Even if you’re the family of a murder victim, a lawyer representing the family, or a private investigator, for all the police know, somebody in the family could be a suspect and the reason for the request for information is to help the perpetrator escape justice.

 

 

California should amend this law because even when there is no suspicion whatsoever that the victim’s family was involved in a murder police use this provision as a loophole to refuse to provide information about a case. Maybe it happens but if it does, it’s rare that you can get a police report on a cold case, no matter how cold it is.

 

 

CointelproObediah R. Elliot was murdered November 17, 1992. From the LAPD’s perspective, it’s still an open case so they won’t release the death report, the autopsy report, or anything else to me on behalf of his mother, Harriet Elliot. Young African American Obediah – Obie to his mother – was a political activist like his parents and his parents were active in organizations that were targets of federal and local police surveillance and infiltration during the dark days of “COINTELPRO” and the now thoroughly discredited “Public Disorder Intelligence Division,” LAPD’s former infamous “red squad.” So it’s natural for Harriet to wonder whether the LAPD’s refusal to release any information about the murder of her son has something to do with that history of police misconduct.

 

 

Police Do Not CrossNow, imagine that your child died; it’s 22 years later and the LAPD won’t tell you anything about the case and won’t let your private investigator have the report (what’s called the “Murder Book” in law enforcement lingo) so that he/she can investigate the case now that it’s ice cold. Whether intended or not, the collateral damage of that police policy is extremely cruel and callous towards the family of the victim.

 

 

California needs to amend Section 6254(f) of the Government Code to provide that when a case has been “cold” for say, an arbitrary ten years, that in order to justify refusal to provide the Murder Book to a victim’s family or their legal/investigative representatives that the police show good cause for withholding it. The legitimate basis for withholding should be evidence that reasonably points to a family member or family friend as a suspect or that significant investigative efforts are in fact continuing and that the file isn’t just sitting in some filing cabinet.

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As an “oh by the way,” if you know anything about the murder of Obediah R. Elliot, please contact me at pi@janbtucker.com, on the record, off the record, or even anonymously or call me at 213.787.5476.

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Pete Seeger tribute concert

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Ross Altman


 

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Mike Barry and Bernie Pearl

 

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Get Lit Players (Poets) Kyland Turner, Brian Martinez, Walter Finney

 

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Peter Alsop

 

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S. Pearl Sharp

S. Pearl Sharp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Pearl, founder of the Ashgrove

Ed Pearl, founder of the Ashgrove

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Alvin & Rick Shea

Dave Alvin & Rick Shea

 

 

 

 

 

 

Len Chandler

Len Chandler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS Jones, Eric Ahlberg, Jeff Landau

SS Jones, Eric Ahlberg, Jeff Landau

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Goldberg

Art Goldberg

 

 

 

 

 

Emma's Revolution:  Pat Humphries & Sandy O, accompanied by Gary Johnson

Emma’s Revolution: Pat Humphries & Sandy O, accompanied by Gary Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Small world:  ran into Phil Garaway.  In 1969 we were with SDS affiliated student peace committee at Pacoima Junior High!  Still fighting the fight for peace and justice.

Small world: ran into Phil Garaway. In 1969 we were with SDS affiliated student peace committee at Pacoima Junior High! Still fighting the fight for peace and justice.

Sabia:  Gary Johnson, Cindy Harding, Libby Harding, Mari Riddle & Erika Verba

Sabia: Gary Johnson, Cindy Harding, Libby Harding, Mari Riddle & Erika Verba

 

 

 

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Pete Seeger tribute concert

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Hitler may have married a Jew, DNA evidence shows – Jewish World NewsIsrael News – Haaretz Israeli News source

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/1.583870

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.@SarahKSilverman and @rabbisusan at the #WITW2014 conference. Read story about them here: http://t.co/FSDc2tmReM http://t.co/EomjPjtUpf

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My Cuz the rapper–Julian “the Hooligan” Bonbrest


 

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Julian "the Hooligan" Blake Bonbrest

Julian “the Hooligan” Blake Bonbrest

Every generation or so in my family somebody comes out  eclectic, radical, creative and open minded.  My first cousin once removed, Julian Blake Bonbrest raps under the moniker “Julian the Hooligan” and I think he’s got a great career ahead of him:

“Let it go”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpcpfSxlus

“Black Cat”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7VQe4NnklE

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What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son – Atlantic Mobile


 

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This is an excellent article from a white New York attorney on the problem of walking while black…..

http://m.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/what-i-learned-about-stop-and-frisk-from-watching-my-black-son/359962/?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email#disqus_thread

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