04 April 2011


MLK ASSASSINATION. 43 years ago today, on 4 April 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was slain by an assassin's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the preeminent spokesman for equality, peace, tolerance, and social justice in our time. Among many humanitarian and civil rights awards, Dr. King was selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

His passing at the young age of 39 was a national tragedy. It remains so. Sadly, there are those who would use his good name in furthering causes which he would not have approved. Here's one example -- a video of a Pentagon spokesman claiming that Dr. King would have understood the necessity for the war in Afghanistan, along with a rebuttal in Dr. King's own words. Here is a link to one of Dr. King's most memorable moments -- his "I Have A Dream" speech delivered during the March on Washington on 28 August 1963.

REALITY IS BROKEN. That being the name of a new book by Jane McGonigal. The book is subtitled "Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World." I have not yet read it, but I intend to. In the meantime, here is a lively interview between McGonigal and Stephen Colbert. See what you think, eh?

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