I See You Evil Eye, Eye Live!

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Hello fellow zopbopians!  I’ve been reading book on world folklore.  [Full title: Interpreting Folklore by Alan Dundes.]  There’s this section on the folklore of the ‘Evil Eye‘.  It’s funny and sometimes vulgar at best.  The author claims ‘blue’ evil eye’s are considered evil.  And the best way to defeat an evil eye is by another evil eye.  It’s relates to the principle of ‘like against like’.  I always thought you can’t fight fire with fire but I guess you can fight evil eye with evil eye.  Hmm-m…that’s something to consider in the future.

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Until neXt time…eye’ll be seeing you!

Trump of All Evil?

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Hello fellow zobopians!  I had something on my mind this month.  Can you guess what it is?  Yep, it’s Donald Trump!  Having a potential female President doesn’t scare me as much as having a President Trump in the White House.

The author Upton Sinclair once wrote in a story, (see picture below), titled “Root of All Evil” :

“A world conqueror had appeared in modern times.  Alexander [the great], [Julius] Caesar, Attila [the Hun], Genghis Khan, Napoleon -… when nine men out of ten would have said it was impossible.”

[Was Sinclair predicting the rise of Donald Trump?]

“A world conqueror has to be a man of few ideas, … a peculiar combination of exactly the right qualities, both good and bad – iron determination, irresistable energy, and no scruples of any sort, (…)  He has to understand the minds of other men, both foes and friends, and what greeds, fears, hates, jealousies will move them to action.  He must understand the mass minds, the ideals or delusions which sway it; (…)  He must believe in nothing but his own destiny, the glorified image of himself…”

Doesn’t it seem like Upton Sinclair was describing today’s Donald Trump?  Actually this story was originally written in 1942 about Adolf Hitler.  If America doesn’t root out evil, the future will moan and curse us for not acting!

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What Histories Do You Read America?

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Hello fellow zobopians! So, what histories do you read? History or His, Story? Are Black citizens ever going to be a part of history or anybody’s story? We’re aware that the victors write the history. Unfortunately it’s not accurate. You know, “just the facts.” The losers or former slaves don’t get to write history. It’s no wonder people can feel like they’re left out, #BlackLivesMatter.

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“…What histories do you read, Gus? Tell me about the history of the American armed forces, and I can show you how important Negroes were to those forces; tell me about the history of American economics and I can show you where Negroes made up the bulk of those economies by being poor or left out of them altogether; tell me about the history of religion of America, and I can show you where, as long as there have been Negroes in this hemisphere, religion has been an absolute lie; tell me about the history of American politics, and I can show you where American politics would be vastly different today if Negroes had had a real voice in them…” –Chapter 24 from the book ‘The Man Who Cried I Am’ by John A. Williams (1967)

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*Note: We don’t use the term Negro anymore, it’s an old term from an old time. Until neXt time…

Did Mike Brown Cry I Am?

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“Why are you telling me your secrets?”

Hello fellow zobopians! America has a lot secrets it doesn’t tell its Black citizens. Reading novels by Black authors can give a guy lots of insight to my country of USA. Reading is fundaMENTAL. I’m currently reading a novel titled, ‘Then Man Who Cried I Am’ by John A. Williams. Here’s an excerpt to give you an idea of how America may really be:

“It must be pretty awful for a white man to learn that one of the things wrong with this society is that it is not based on dollars directly or alone, but dollars denied men who are Black so dollars can go into the pockets of men who are white. It must make white men ponder a kind of weakness that will make them deny work to Black men so that work can be done by who are white. How it must anger them to know finally that we know they deny women who are white to Black men, while they have taken Black women at will for generations.” [From part 6 of the book.]

Release Us From Hate

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Greetings fellow zobopians! Sorry for the delay in a new post. I’ve been reading a new book on Freakonomics and Frantz Fanon (Black Skin, White Mask). I actually found the Frantz Fanon book more interesting. I’ve read the first Freakonomic books years ago anyway. I don’t think I’m missing anything. Anyway…here’s some food for thought:

Release from hate complexes will be accomplished only if mankind learns to renounce the scapegoat complex.” –Baruk

HeForShe For Who?

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Hi there world zobopians. Do they still shoot young girls for wanting an education in the fundamentalist Middle East?

In 1989(*) a Jordanian fundamentalist said, “Beating a woman does not hurt her dignity. This is impossible, because woman is born without dignity”. That was from 1989! Looks like nothing much has changed since then. Middle Eastern fundamentalism is dangerous for us all, male & female. I wonder if the Republican War on Women are listening.



“If you really want to control the family and the future, then target women”.(*)

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(*) From the book ‘Price of Honor’ by Jan Goodwin (c) 1994.
#feminism #HeForShe

What Dog Will You Feed Today

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Hello fellow zobopians.  I came across this Native American proverb today and it really made me think about human nature.

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A tribal elder is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he says to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two dogs. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continues, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asks his grandfather, “Which dog will win?”

The chief simply replied, ” The one you feed.”
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I hope you all enjoyed that. Until next time…

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Aesop’s Fables On Twitter

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Just to let all my zobop republicans know, I’m doing 200-plus Aesop’s Fables on Twitter.  140 characters doesn’t do Aesop justice but hey, it’s a challenge I’m willing to take!  So, follow me on Twitter @zobop_republic for your condensed version’s of (hashtag) #Aesop.

Kafka-Before the Law

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In Franz Kafka’s parable “Before the Law”, a man arrives at the Door to the Law and asks for admittance. The door stands open but the doorkeeper tells him to wait. The man waits for a long time. He curses his bad luck, at first boldly and loud. Later, as he grows old, he only grumbles to himself. Finally, with his dying breath, he asks the doorkeeper why nobody other than himself has ever come before the Door to the Law. The doorkeeper says, “No one eles could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you,” and the doorkeeper shuts the door.

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Kafka’s Before the Law