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With the exception of the Cubs winning the World Series, 2016 has been a notoriously bad year. It reminds me of a line from Friends where Phoebe says (after seeing part of It’s a Wonderful Life), “It should be called It’s a Sucky Life and just when you think it can’t suck any more it does.” While we have a few weeks left in this terribly, horrible, awful year – and yes, I’m sure this year has a few more kicks in our bojangles left in it, I finally had my fill when, within the last week alone, the world lost two great women: Gwen Ifill and Sharon Jones. Both these incredible women somehow made the world seem less crappy. Now they’re gone. The disasters of Brexit, rejection of the FARC agreement and the Trump election, were incredibly bad. But we also lost a lot of great people this year. Lots of famous people die every year, but this year seems to be particularly bad. Here’s a partial list (in no particular order): Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Prince, David Bowie, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen, Abe Vigoda , Harper Lee, George Gaynes, George Kennedy, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ken Howard, Joe Garagiola , Arnold Palmer, Garry Shandling, Doris Roberts, William Shallert, Morley Safer, Robert Vaughan, Charmaine Carr, John McLaughlin, Garry Marshall, Michael Cimino, Elie Wiesel, Pat Summitt, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Gordie Howe, Sir George Martin, Keith Emerson, Pat Harrington Jr., Pierre Boulez, Leon Russell. I agree with John Oliver: F*@K 2016.
#2016 #fuck2016

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This is a worthwhile endeavour. Props to Len Senater and The Depanneur restaurant. Senater's idea is on the verge of helping Syrian refugees start their own business. You can support the crowdfunding campaign here:

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Jimmy Kimmel: mean tweets still aren't funny.   #jimmykimmel   #MoreThanMean  

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Please support the Harperman: A Dissident Serenade Indiegogo Campaign -- a documentary about the Harper government trying to silence critics.

I urge you to support this worthy and necessary project.  Once you do donate, or if you can't afford to donate right now, please spread the word to your friends and family asking them to support it.

Go here: #harperman  

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When historic moments happen which move us forward, like happened today, I always remember the poem Ulysses by Alfred Lloyd Tennyson.  The ending goes:

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
With bittersweet joy, I remember many lovely “heroic hearts” which the gulfs did wash down and did not live to see this day – they are very much with me today.  Giving me strength, courage and hope.
With tears, I remember the struggles, victories and losses, the attempts to move heaven and earth just to get the most minimal of decency, respect and equality.
The decision from the Supreme Court is monumental, correct and welcome yet the fight is not done.  I am “made weak by time and fate, but strong in will.”  I am ready for the backlash, for the new gulfs which will try to wash us down.  I am backed by that unsung host who did not make it.  For them, I must continue to fight for progress.  For each day the goal must be “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”  I have to… because I remember.
#SCOTUS #equality #samesexmarriage  

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I stand with Oliver.  #stopbeingadick  

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No, Jimmy Kimmel, it's not funny. #jimmykimmel #notfunny  

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John Oliver's (insanely) brilliant new show did an incredible take down of the tobacco industry.  He asked viewers to post on social media pictures of "Jeff, the Diseased Lung" -- which he has offered freely to Marlboro as a new mascot.  Use the hastags: #Marlboro and #jeffwecan  

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Feb 6 marks what would have been Bob Marley's 70th Birthday.  Here's a link to a great version of one of his songs.  Spread the love.

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This is a sad day.  We have lost a genius and a giant.  We have lost someone who could tap into the human condition and reveal something raw and beautiful.  Not only was his career something to be in awe of and marveled at, his influence on others is deep and broad.    Thank you for your talent, Mr. Nichols.  Your legacy will live on.
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