Thurston’s Thoughts

Thurston K. Atlas

Thurston’s Thoughts

The purpose of  the articles are to encourage discussion, contemplation, and the mobilization of stimulating courageous actions and solutions. The topics and perspectives aim to spur self-discovery and logical evaluation of presumed certainties. A liberated mind has an obligation to explore the expansion of its knowledge and understanding. Open dialogue has only one boundary, RESPECT.

 

 

 

Darling Nicky

Bless your Itty Bitty little Heart

If only you knew but how can you not know? How can you say the things you say? If you truly believe it, you are dangerously naïve or dangerously ignorant. That is the euphemistic part. If not, you are pathologically delusional or euphemistically put pathologically “mistaken”. That is the atrocious part. This is the core reason why this country is so divided. It is because there are those, including yourself, who refuse to acknowledge not only what we all know to be true but cannot be denied. To state otherwise is un-American and blasphemous of the Founding Fathers who many owned slaves. Their public representations and demonstrations clearly and eloquently stated their intentions or at least the 3/5ths of them.

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The Dreamer’s Dream

Delayed Delivery

Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech spoke of hope at daybreak after a long night of captivity. He spoke of the crippling continuation of segregation and discrimination even 100 years later. He spoke of us as an island isolated from prosperity by public policy and racist sentiment. He spoke of cashing a check issued on a promissory note. His civil rights speech questioned the inalienable rights, liberty, and pursuit of happiness promised to all but yet not delivered to us. He spoke of the urgency of the times, police brutality, ghetto conditions only varying in the size of the ghetto, voting rights denied, and the indifference to injustice provoking an interdependent fate of destruction.

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Solitary Confinement

Prison of One

Wanted to relay a perspective about bad experiences, mistakes, and failures. Life’s challenges and disappointments will hit a fork in the road and a decision of which road to take must be made. A prisoner in a cell was asked “what you in for and how much time you done’? The prisoner replied, “guilty of memories which I refuse to shake and it has been so long I stopped counting”. The first prisoner replied, “me too, memories, but I’m just passing through”. The prisoner facing hard time then asked, “how did you get out so soon”? He replied “it is not a life sentence just an indefinite one. You can leave whenever you like.”

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Abstract Logic

Divergent Tangents of Validation

I have a tendency to think in abstract terms to understand human behavior and beliefs. It could be a misapplication but it seems to work for me. Let me explain but first I must set the foundation. Abstract meaning outside the box of common conceptual application or evaluation. Divergent meaning Increasing infinitely in the same direction but on different angles of separation never crossing. Tangent meaning touching at only one point. Axis as a straight trajectory dividing a plane of thought. These are my methods which may differ slightly from the technical terms but I did mention the abstract part. Just trying to explain my process for your understanding.

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Nothing more than Feelings?

Emotional Embezzlement

The term emotional embezzlement indicates feelings have been stolen. However, think of it in terms of emotional speculation which has been betrayed, swindled, or unwisely invested. Any restitution can only be punishment for unrealized future returns while ignoring the memories of past gains. The memories are forever ours but does the projected void devalue our emotional investment or benefit? Is this misappropriation a betrayal of stipulated or projected expectations because the decision to divest was not ours? The instance after the hurt has no ability to change the past, only question our perception of it.

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Dangerous Exchange

One BRICS at a Time

With all this talk about building a wall across the southern border there is a massive wall being built one BRICS at a time. This wall has invisible barriers with observable ramifications. America and its allies of ideology who have long enjoyed prime seats at the helm of the power are experiencing an uncustomary re-seating arrangement. Downgraded from 1st class pass coach and into the cargo area as baggage. The baggage of history is not the problem. The arrogant baggage of political grey poupon has been spread too thin for too long. The palette of geo-political and economic alliances have sandwiched together signaling a menu change.

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More Important Issues

Club No Way

By now within a matter of days how could anyone escape the tidal wave of comedy and tragedy engulfing the minds and conversations of over 28 million certified views and counting. A social media bandwagon has sprouted from it. One comic detonated on a social media channel about individuals within an industry from his perch of observation, contempt, and principle. Solacious to say the least as far as the multitude of voyeuristic appetites tickled. Not to judge as true, false, or indifferent but to ponder the phenomenon of what curiosity was activated and how to harness that spark of engagement.

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Days of Old Again?

A Civil War Story

There have been many wars that have shaped the fabric of American history. The question of whether they were necessary or not is a different question. However, a glimpse into the past should provide a projection into the present. The American Civil War was not about the abolition of slavery or the liberation of slaves as much as the method of labor. These were incidental attachments to an economic scuffle for equilibrium of economics, not equilibrium of humanity. Long after the method changed, the sentiment remained.

The humanity part lingers with the residue of racism’s heritage still openly displayed. Jim Crow became the moral compass for the next hundred years. Now it is tacit denial, selective amnesia, or charge it to the game. The Industrial Revolution may have freed the slaves as a replacement more than any moral consciousness. Whatever the case may have been, the resolution left plenty to be desired or accomplished regarding racial dynamics in America. This cannot be disputed despite the revisionist lens of denial. 

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Economic Captivity

Africa’s Incarcerated Liberation

Incarcerated liberation is provisional freedom under imposed conditions of autocratic approval. The context of current African events, post-transatlantic slave history, and historical geopolitical atrocities of ideologies long ago presumed abolished still flourishes. Attempts to hide its presence and purpose only expose the ideology’s modus operandi aligned with its prime objective.

So, any glare of scrutiny reveals the deformity of imposed arrangements that accomplish the same result but by far more insidiously disguised methods. The circumference of a circle is the radius of all it encompasses. An ideology’s radius is not full circle because, as various methods may have run their course, the philosophy rotates around its axis tethered to its origin.

Therefore, the ideology has only completed a cycle along its radius. The contemporary cosmetic makeover of exploitation and oppression are inheritances of racism. The liberation from imperialism, colonialism, and captivity is once again substituted with delusions of inclusion, blatant exploitation, and indiscriminate subjugation.

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Different Color, Same Response 

Resisting Arrest Gone Wrong

Let me state that this is not to bash the police, and I support Police Officers and their safety when confronting dangerous and violent criminals who endanger lives. However, I will not honor these rogue policemen who act from being afraid or, even worst being callous and reckless with their use of force.

Fresh off of the Chauvin verdict, some would say do not resist arrest, merely comply with lawful or unlawful police commands, do not attempt to flee, escape, or force the police to use force against you to gain control. For them, we need to redefine resisting arrest and noncompliance that necessitate the use of force being used against someone.

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Vigilante Injustice

Aubrey’s Deadly Jog    

Posse comitatus

First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Ahmad Arbery and hope that my intent to shed light does not in any way deepen the family’s grief and mourning but be an instrument to assist in achieving justice and perspective. Every person is born with a purpose in life, no matter how long or brief that life may be, to achieve a higher purpose.

The purpose may be beyond our understanding and reasoning, which only deepens our pain. However, that purpose may not have been for them to achieve longevity but rather to be the catalyst for the advancement of others. In this situation and similar situations, the grand purpose is to become the straw that stirs social consciousness and brings about historical change. Yet, for whatever reason, some are chosen to be bona fide crusaders to advance a cause greater than themselves.

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The George Floyd Case

 

The Law

George Floyd Part 1 

Procedural Legalities for those who might not know.

First, I would like to say respect and blessings to the Floyd family for my speaking on their loss.

Here in part 1, I will attempt to explain the legal aspects and implications of the case to provide a better understanding of the charges and trial considerations. Unfortunately, many assumptions from a civilian or layperson perspective deviate from the intricacies and nuances of the law.

Consequently, making a better determination requires that we first establish the pertinent laws, criteria, and instructions needed to make an informed legal judgment. The distinctions of the law rely strictly on what can be proven, while what appears to be obvious evidence of proof can often differ from the letter of the law.

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Letter of the Law

George Floyd Part 2

Facts & Questions                       

Sometimes you must go backwards to retrace and unravel an incident, then proceed forward to a place of clarity. A review or reenactment from the end of the critical incident that claimed Mr. George Floyd’s life, analyzed in retrospect will reveal the points incriminating to all parties involved based on the visual evidence and factual inference of the application of the law.

An examination from the end to the beginning of the encounter is a very distinct way to isolate the mental State of mind, the Mens rea, or intent, so it is legally established. The criminality, the mea culpa or fault, can be best demonstrated by everyone’s actual actions or inactions at critical times according to legal standards.

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Self-Condemnation 

George Floyd Part 3  

Uncompromising Evaluation

An objective examination has to be detached from the desired outcome or emotional inclination and should only examine the facts and actions as they were observed to have occurred. Then compared to any explanations given when evaluated against these observations will yield the most precise determination of guilt or innocence.

Strictly an uncompromising assessment of the deeds alone removed from the person’s identity performing the act will objectively reveal if the deed was justified regardless of who the doer of the deed may have been.

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