Verdict: Derek Chauvin Guilty For The Murder of George Floyd — We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

There was a time when I followed trials and posted daily on this blog the videos or reports of what happened in court.  Although I still follow trials, I’m no longer able to write daily posts.  I watched former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.  When I was unable to watch live, I recorded […]

Verdict: Derek Chauvin Guilty For The Murder of George Floyd — We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

In this case, Derek Chauvin was held accountable for his decisions and actions that caused the death of George Floyd.  As his eyes darted back and forth, up and down, Chauvin heard verdicts on three counts; 2nd degree murder, 3rd degree murder, and 2nd degree manslaughter — all guilty.  He opted to have the judge decide his sentencing, which is scheduled 8 weeks from now.

The video is the reading of the verdict.  George, you are now free to rest in peace. 

Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by the Police in Columbus, Officials Say – The New York Times

Ms. Bryant said her niece had a knife, but maintained that the girl had dropped the knife before she was shot multiple times by a police officer, the newspaper reported.

The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Tuesday night. A crowd of protesters gathered outside the city’s police building, local news media reported.

The teenager’s death quickly received widespread attention, including from Ben Crump, the Floyd family’s lawyer, amid a continuing reckoning over police accountability and systemic racism.

“As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting as @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15yo Black girl,” Mr. Crump said. “Another child lost! Another hashtag.”

Silvia Writes | Life is a story. Might as well write it. Gain Some, Lose Some in One Year

In my previous post, I wrote about what was gained during the past year. But what was lost? The passive tone here is intentional, as I feel we all lost something, as individuals and as a society.

Lives, too many lives were lost. The deadliest year on record in the U.S., according to Keiser Health.

If you were able to keep away from social media and arguments, congratulations. Don’t mean to sound flippant.

I did not fare as well.

My list of virtual friends (not sure that is the proper word) is smaller. So be it.

Faced with for and against arguments, tribalism and narcissism flourished. A cursory glance would be enough to see that from the moon. We all became experts in subjects foreign to us months prior.   

New political sectarianism is one of the greatest national security issues in the world, according the UN. We are forming tribes and going at each other with little remorse. Never mind the adults, I see tension-ridden political conversations among teenagers in my son’s group, not a thing in years past.


Know any highly opinionated people? If not head over to any social-media site. Caring deeply gives us strong opinions, sure, but there is more. At times, it feels as though outside forces are moving us, like a puppeteer his puppets. I no longer recognized people I knew well. In my most honest moments, I no longer recognize myself.  

There is a political truism out there: when there is unrest look at who benefits if you want to trace its source and reason. Having come of age in Eastern Europe, a hotbed for political unrest and two world wars, it’s hard not to see the same old political forces at play, only more subtle, more tech savvy.

Of course, agreement doesn’t always bring alignment. At least one group I belong to, people of similar minds, turned on each other recently.  If you are A you must not be B, and having uttered this word makes you C. Tolerance is running low among friends as well. The argumentative personality seems to be the dominant trait everywhere I turn. 

It’s the early days. Too early to tell how this ideological war among the highly opinionated will shape the world but look for the world to be different within the next decade or sooner. 

Source: Silvia Writes | Life is a story. Might as well write it.

Simone de Beauvoir

Patience is one of the feminine qualities that originate from our oppression, but that must be preserved after our liberation. comigo!

A paciência é uma das qualidades femininas que têm como origem a nossa opressão, mas que deve ser preservada após a nossa libertação. “

Simone de Beauvoir

Marii Freire Pereira VEM comigo!

Santarém, Pá 20 de Abril de 2021

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الحب فى طوق الحمامة

To open your heart and walk in the paths of love, for you are ready to see the world with its pleasure and pleasure, and also to bear its sorrows and misfortunes, and the sign of love is the submission of the heart to the beloved and tracing the traces of love over the roads and paths, your path is paved with roses and winds with some thorns and obstacles to test patience and courage

حلم الدرويش

قلوب المُحبين سابحة فى الفضاء كأسراب الحمام، تحمل فى طوقها رسائل اللهفة والشوق للقاء الأحبة . ( أبو محمد على بن أحمد بن سعيد بن حزم الأندلسى ) الفقيه الظاهرى المذهب ، وضع رسالة فى الحب فطافت حول العالم فى طوق الحمامة وتلقفتها القلوب والعيون بمزيج من التلهُف والأشواق المُلتهبة ، فكأنما كتب دستوراً توزن به قلوب العاشقين وتُلتَمس فيه دروب المحبة والأُلفة بين البشر ، لمست الرسالة قلوب المُحبين فحفظتها العقول وعملت بها الجوارح فبقيت الحمامة رمز المحبة والسلام عبر العُصور وظل فى طوقها كتاب الحب .

الكلام فى ماهية الحب

الحب – أعزك الله – أوله هزل وآخره جد . دقت معانيه لجلالتها عن أن توصف، فلا تدرك حقيقتها إلا بالمعاناة ، وليس بمنكر فى الشريعة ،إذ القلوب بيد الله عز وجل . اختلف الناس فى ماهيته وقالوا وأطالوا، والذى أذهب إليه أنه اتصال بين أجزاء النفوس المقسومة فى هذه الخليقة فى أصل عنصرها الرفيع على سبيل مُناسبة…

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Harris: Country must confront racial injustice after Chauvin verdict | TheHill

“Here’s the truth about racial injustice: It is not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem,” Harris said. “It is a problem for every American. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all. And it is holding our nation back from realizing our full potential. We are all a part of George Floyd’s legacy. And our job now is to honor it and to honor him.” Source: Harris: Country must confront racial injustice after Chauvin verdict | TheHill