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BossKitty is the result of a Liberal Arts Major who dreamed of becoming a Physicist.  Serendipity had other plans for me … I met and interviewed Will & Ariel Durant at their home in Los Angeles in 1968, while working at Pace Magazine. Their enthusiasm for knowledge was just as strong after 60 years of teaching, and publishing phenomenal works on History, Philosophy and World Civilization. They were my inspiration to learn everything I could, about everything.  So, Jack-Of-All Trades I became.  During my time with Up With People and Pace Magazine I was privileged to meet many intellectuals and celebrities in science and technology from around the world … I learned a lot.  Absorbing what you learn is only possible when the door to your mind remains open.

First real job was Photogrammetry mapping the earth …  Then along came the dream of taking humanity into the cosmos …

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We made history when I was there.

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From Apollo 14 to the end of the program

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From the Skylab Launch to the last mission splash down

skylab1-patchskylab2-patch584px-skylab3-patch After Apollo, then on to NBC.

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then, back to NASA  From STS-4 through STS 85   

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Between my Apollo years and Space Shuttle years, I was a Photographer, Cinematographer and Producer for NBC television in Illinois.

   I was a proud member of the US Coast Guard Reserve.  First based in Galveston, Texas.  Ended up at Oak Park, Illinois.  The General Manager of the television station was not supportive of my duty weekends and gave me an ultimatum.  Duty or my job. With sadness, I was compelled to resign from the service.

My first assignment as a solo photojournalist, was to cover a car accident in the freezing snow on a remote rural road.  The ambulance had not arrived yet.  A County Sheriff Deputy was struggling to free the lady trapped behind the steering wheel.  Torn between my first assignment and common sense, I laid the heavy (16mm motion picture) camera on a rock in the snow and went to help.  The film froze and never aired.  But, after a chewing out by the producer, I was patted on the head by the General Manager.  I promptly signed up at the local Community College and took the full course to become an Emergency Medical Technician.  I interned at both trauma hospitals and learned a lot.  In order to keep my certification, I joined the volunteer Fire Department and learned even more.  I fought fires, inhaled a lot of smoke, applied a lot of bandages and assisted the arson photographer, who had to commute to the scene from Chicago.  I filmed News, Sports and had my own show … called The Weather Window.

My NBC career occurred during the short years between Apollo and Shuttle at JSC-NASA, where I operated the video control room and teleconferencing with the US, ESA and Russia during the development stage for the International Space Station.  It was a 24/7 on call experience. Then I retired from NASA before Space Station launch. Between the Space Program and the US Treasury, I wrote one terrific, unsold screenplay.  Dabbled with Legal video, deposition summaries & documentary photo support  as a  Freelancer.  Worked for the US Treasury just under 11 years.

Now, I am really retired and working harder  than ever before … on my own daunting mission to play catch up with my life.  Finding myself no longer restricted to the opinions of my employers, I am compelled to speak my OWN mind, finally.  Plus, all the artwork and music I have neglected, must be addressed. Love to  SKETCH – no more paint .  I can finally plant my own garden, build my own meditation benches and bird houses.  I love the hands on, get dirty feel of working outside.  When I wear myself out, I come to the blog to catch my breath.

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What really twists me today is the mixing of religion with politics and education.  The mixing of ethics and religion, politics and religion, law and religion is the self fulfilling Armageddon event. I truly believe that if all  the religions1prophets of old had seen how the human race would ultimately fracture, into polarized interest groups, so selfish and self absorbed, that the downfall of a habitable planet was inevitable.  Somehow it seems the children of the Abrahamic religions are reading from the same nihilistic script.
 Charismatic Imams rally their flocks into revengeful feeding frenzies, anyone in the way gets trampled, even their own. Charismatic Christian Ev-Angelists are equally guilty of forcing their congregations into a ‘hard core dominionist frenzy’ to create a theocracy (just like Israel & Muslim Countries). With all this destructive energy no one is safe. Charismatic Rebes and Rabbis stir their flocks into paranoid frenzy by repeating the history of abuse, persecution and Diasporas to reinforce the Zionist cause, there’s always another holocaust around the corner

If religion becomes complicit in destructive behavior toward other humans, it’s representatives must be held accountable.  The excuse that “God hates” this person or that person, is a criminal interpretation, it should be treated as such. .

Then again, Mother Nature may have other plans entirely separate from the human renters she has hosted.  Nature has no concern for our castles and dreams when they only exploit her.

I look back upon this planet from the farthest place in our solar system. When things get hectic, I imagine sitting out on (what was once a planet) Pluto, and look back at earth.  I see what the astronauts saw. There is a different perspective, when you see exactly how fragile we are on planet earth.  The designs of humans, who live with and without their gods and prophets and saviors, take on a different meaning when taken in context of where we are with the universe. From spacecraft cameras, I spent years looking back at earth from space, day to night and back to day every 90 minutes, has changed my perspective. I cannot see myself or my neighbor.  I cannot see the laughter and the tears that humans experience. I cannot see the castles or huts that humans build.  I can only see a fragile ecosystem that is in a life sustaining cycle.  Humans have been very fortunate.  But, Earth has many cycles.  Some of them are not hospitable to humans.

Humans are submerged in their own self satisfaction, both emotional and material.  Emotion and spirituality are wonderful when they sustain the human spirit.  Emotion and spirituality are horrible when they destroy the human spirit.  Maybe the prophets of old figured out that humans would ultimately destroy their gift of spirit and forget they are but guests on this planet.  Maybe earth’s history and human history have been ignored too long.  The few who actually learned anything from the history of humans and their planet, have very weak voices compared with other humans who have selfish agendas.  I have only one voice, and this blog is my megaphone.

BossKitty has learned that many things taught during childhood and young adulthood, were oversimplified and incomplete.  What we teach our children must leave room for expansion, as understanding becomes more sophisticated. 

I learned that some of the organizations I belonged to in my youth are very contrary to what my experience and discoveries have brought me to.  Up With People was an offshoot of Moral Re-Armament and the Oxford Group, but I did not discover that until I started investigating.  When Cast A took it’s show to Canada in 1969, we were picketed by hundreds of protesters and had to have a police escort.  As a Cast A member, I learned more about my organization by reading Canadian newspaper accounts about the protest, than I did from the leaders of that organization.  Up With People evolved from an old conservative political/evangelical religious movement founded by Frank Buchman who started the Ultra Conservative Oxford Group. As a former Cast A member of Up With People, my experience was life changing and eye opening.  I will always be grateful for the expansion of my world view and multi cultural experiences. As different as all people look, speak or worship, we are all just people … who need each other to survive.

Always look at both sides of a debate.  Read about the issues and compare them with how you live your life.  Make the connection between what you do, what you use, how you get it and most of all, where it comes from.  If you only understand your tiny link in the whole chain of consumption, you will not survive whatever is in store for all of us. 

Politics is the insulation that determines if you will be comfortable or if you will suffer. Whatever you believe, there will always be someone there to exploit that belief.  Politicians have fallen into the classic system of selling out to wealthy special interests, who demand special treatment. 

Unfortunately, the politicians we elect seldom contribute to our collective survivability, they will more often contribute legislation that protects the biggest consumers to consume even more than they need.  The only way to change that arrangement is to participate and vote for people who will actually represent you, and the rest of us, responsibly.  Politicians who represent you, must also represent me and my neighbors and the whole country.  Do your homework.  Vote like your life depends on it. 

You can contact BossKitty at: TruthHugger@earthlink.net

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  1. August 11, 2012 8:46 am

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    • November 8, 2012 2:10 pm

      Meg,
      I am not a commercial blog and do not advertise. My articles are researched for educational purposes. My audience has to tolerate my twist toward global continuity and bring attention to threats facing the human race. I don’t think I want to be syndicated. Thank you for asking.
      BossKitty

  2. May 22, 2012 1:55 pm

    Thank you for proving to me you are a typical liberal that spouts lies and baseless theories without any proof. It’s obvious your “connections” couldn’t help you find the “racist” questions since the questions and most likely your connections don’t exist.

  3. December 15, 2011 11:54 am

    Sorry for sending you this information through a comment, I was unable to find a contact e-mail to message this through.

    Texas Freedom Network will be hosting two conjoined events in Houston on January 25th that I felt may be an item of interest to you and your readers. The first event will be a symposium at Rice University on Religion in the 2012 Elections and the second will be a speaking engagement with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts. In an election year when so much is at stake, why do our politics remain fixated on the culture wars? Both events will focus on examining the turbulent intersection between politics and religion. Here is the general information for both events:

    Religion in the 2012 Elections Symposium:
    Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University (6100 Main Street)
    Time: 1-4:30 PM
    Price: Free

    An Evening with Pulitzer-Prize Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts:
    Location: Congregation Emanu-El (1500 Sunset Boulevard)
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Price: $20 (Admission free for students who RSVP by e-mail)

    The website for the event and purchasing tickets is at http://www.tfn.org/symposium. If you would be able to place this information on your website and/or social media currents, we would greatly appreciate it. Please let me know if you would like any further information regarding these two events.

    Seetha Kulandaisamy
    Outreach Intern
    Texas Freedom Network
    seetha@tfn.org
    p: 512-322-0545
    f: 512-322-0550
    http://www.tfn.org

  4. April 29, 2009 7:18 pm

    If you liked fitness for the occasion, I think you might like this: http://scathingindifference.blogspot.com/

  5. March 28, 2009 6:38 pm

    Thank you Daniel, You are added to my blogroll. I enjoy your page and agree that more damage is done in the name of religion than any other excuse. Any religious extreme is a mental illness that too often is programmed into the young. These youngsters are then at the mercy of religious leaders with political power ambitions. Pure religion is supposed to be a moral spiritual guide, not a weapon of intimidation.

  6. March 28, 2009 12:51 pm

    Your blog is great! Wanted you to know I am adding you to my blogroll.
    My site is Justice Conquering Religion. http://justiceconqueringreligion.typepad.com/

  7. March 21, 2009 5:35 pm

    Max, consider it done. Moinansari was quick to jump on your name. He had so many other names to pick from. My apology for the MY error. Hopefully Moinansari will see who he really needs to attack. I vow to be more prudent how I cite my sources.

  8. Max Paul Friedman permalink
    March 21, 2009 4:18 pm

    May I ask that you correct your blog posting, “US Backed Dictators Cause Backlash Of Terrorism,” which makes it seem that I am the author of the entire blog posting. You quote, without citation, a blurb that I wrote for the back of David Schmitz’s book, The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989. One reader of your blog has already attacked me for the opinions you expressed because your posting concludes with my name. You are of course welcome to cite this or any other text, but I wish you would do so with enough information and in such a format that readers can distinguish between your work and my words. Many thanks.

  9. February 22, 2009 3:28 pm

    Thanks Gadfly, browsing through my blog stats, I click check to see who came by. When I enjoy what I find I blogroll them and make them part of my extended family. Besides, we are both on the OOIBC blogroll.
    I don’t have a Facebook account, but will check it out.
    I really enjoy your page, it stimulates that creative niche I misplaced. You offer refreshing and diverse subject matter.

    • September 20, 2012 12:17 pm

      I believe the faith-based iniitatives are dangerous because they have the potential of making churches dependent on government for funding.It’s easy to foresee churches and church leaders not criticizing public policy to avoid making some politician or bureaucrat angry and risk losing funding.Jesus wasn’t an agent of the state. Our Houses of Faith shouldn’t be either.I believe the response of the faith-based community to the Bush policies was pathetic. The National Mall should have been filled with people dozens of times with church buses bringing people in. I can’t prove that the reason this did not happen is because of church and state entanglement but it’s not a stretch to say that it played into it.

  10. February 22, 2009 2:46 pm

    Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I created a page for your blog on Facebook’s Networked Blogs App. Shoot me an email or reply here with info on how you found my blog, why you linked to it and what you want to see more of on my blog.

    -gadfly

  11. January 24, 2009 3:31 pm

    Hello he Kitt’n, Omeg here thank you for another drop-by.Missed you not tossing a rock at my windows of thought.You still inspire the “reach and teach”. ANTAGONYMIST posts (pastes, pisseds, pasts, etc.)need a bit-o ___________. No matter,thanks for spending time, fore…
    the mind/mined.

  12. July 12, 2008 2:13 am

    Couldn’t find your email address on the side bar the China Blog List link isn’t working, perhaps you could link to directory.bestblogs.asia instead

  13. May 11, 2008 7:20 am

    Ravenscawl, Your blog speaks volumes about you. Your insight is added to my blog roll.

  14. ravenscawl permalink
    May 10, 2008 11:48 pm

    Your credentials are as impressive as the vast array
    of you interest .I have added you to my blogroll
    thanks.

  15. proudprogressive permalink
    March 15, 2008 11:23 am

    You rock, ….keep the wisdom coming. Hugs to YOU and the Truth. Together we will give that social pendulum a push back towards a culture that values wisdom , learning and enlightened progress. We all will work together to stop this downward de velution towards mediocrity and teh stupid…

    LOVE YOU – BK !

  16. January 5, 2008 10:28 pm

    Thanks OpIt, I have corrected your links on all 3 blogs. I was about to send the Texas Rangers to Canada to join the Mounties and put an APB for you. I feared the worst … Polar Bear attack.

  17. January 5, 2008 5:17 pm

    Whew! No wonder you have stories. BTW WordPress is MIA : Opit’s Linkfest is setting up at http://my.opera.com/oldephartte/blog/

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