Ben Sen's Blog
- New York, N.Y.,
- December 31
- I'd rather be judged on the basis of my posts than anything written in my bio.
It's put down and gathered as a record of my experience and a response to what I see as the important issues in the world today. I don't pretend it's anything other than subjective.
The purpose is to analyze, interpret, express opinions, challenge the status quo, open a few doors, and entertain.
I heartily welcome ratings, comments and dialogue. That's what makes this media unique and valuable. It also keeps me honest and encouraged since I'm not getting paid. Take a risk and say something; it feels better.
A "conversation" is essential for the growth of the individual and the collective. I have faith it extends beyond the confines of what is said here.
"For it is necessary for awake people to be awake, or a breaking line may discourge us back to sleep, the signals we give--yes, no or maybe--should be clear: the darkness around us is deep."
From A RITUAL TO READ TO EACH OTHER by William Stafford
MY RECENT POSTS
- The Death Toll: 67 Israelis,
August 04, 2014 02:06PM
- The Death Toll: Israelis 32,
One Captured, Palestinians:
July 24, 2014 03:14PM
- The Death Toll: Israel O,
July 14, 2014 06:02PM
- Defending the 12 Steps
March 25, 2014 04:41PM
- 16,000 Views But Who's
March 14, 2014 04:49PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I date it to the
"college" episode in Sopranos
- “What Israeli deaths did
occur during the war happened
they launched their
- “It proves Warren is
genuinely running for office.
doesn't make it right,
not many know how to
- “Been to Bilbao. Ugly
place. Reminded me of the
Detroit of my
August 27, 2014 04:04PM
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Of the 67 Israelis, only three were non-combatants.
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs said over the weekend (when the toll was 1,525 Palestinians) "at least 1,033 are civilians of whom 329 are children and 187 are women." The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports 9,370 P… Read full post »
There's little way to really know how accurate these numbers are, especially of the Palestinians. No doubt, the Israelis keep records, but I doubt if the Palestinians even have a morgue to keep count. They take the bodies straight to the cemetary and dump them in.
Nor is their proof what… Read full post »
That's the latest according to Reuters. Think about it. 172 to O. They're not done yet, and nobody is going to stop them--not within the nation or without. There is still, after all these years, and all the suffering, no critical mass.
In addition: 1,000 Palestinians inju… Read full post »
Dr. Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes published the article above on March 23, 2014 in Salon. It's a section of their book: The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12 Step Programs and the Rehab Industry.
&nb… Read full post »
Somehow, through some process I do not understand, I've now received over 10,000 views of the first two chapters of my novel DEATH AT THE ZENDO, published on Open Salon on October 24th. That's an average of almost 500 a week. What makes it most puzzling is there's no… Read full post »
Writing as a guest columnist in the New York Observer Feb. 17, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach asks National Security Advisor Susan Rice "Who the hell does she think she is?" and "Does Susan Rice believe in Freedom of Speech?" Might we not ask the same question of the Rabbi?
What we are unconscious of shows up as our fate. C.G. J.
Carl Gustav Jung had a theory. Carl thought for every part of ourselves we choose to be "us" and forms our ego, there is another part, its opposite that goes into our unconscious "shadow" and stay… Read full post »
That Open Salon hasn't accepted new subscribers in months (how many I will leave to those who kn0w) that it is no longer being edited, and that the base of those remaining is growing smaller and smaller, makes me wonder how much longer it's going to last.
The shame is for many… Read full post »
1) Fox News leads the ratings because the average reading level in the US is the fifth grade.
2) The Tea Party is Hillary Clinton's greatest ally.
3) Nobody was more aware of the impending backlash that followed the passing of the Affordable Care… Read full post »
New York is a city full of "wanna be's" as most folks know. Unlike LA, where the vast majority are actors in NYC they constitute an army of artists of every sort: dancers, commedians, opera singers, writers, designers, pole dancers, movie makers, musicians of every… Read full post »
There's a transcendent moment in Alexander Payne's new movie Nebraska, where the script, direction, and acting come together in a way that's a really nifty feat. While I've read a number of reviews, I haven't seen anybody point it out yet.
Every… Read full post »
Between the ages of 22 and 33, I wrote a collection of short stories, three novels, two books of non-fiction, and more proposals than I can remember under the tutelage of Hayes Jacobs, the renowned chairman of the Writing Department at the New School of Social Research in NYC… Read full post »
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
DEATH AT THE ZENDO
A Mystery Novel
I was feeling a bit ragged after Katie, my wife, left. After all, she started it with what's his name. What was I supposed to do? Sit home and jerk off?
No, she… Read full post »
I grew up in about as "Democratic" a home as one might imagine. (Big D) My grandfather helped found a labor union in Detroit in the 1920's, held office, and my grandmother was just as active helping to form the party in that state.&nbs… Read full post »
The sun rising
at my back,
with the crow,
When bereft mind
and imagination compensate,
something is ahead, emerging,
Let none of it matter,
No soiled sheets,
Ben Sen would be the first to find his obituary a joke.
After a battle for a number of years with life, trying always to embrace it in spite of himself, he finally contracted a disease that gave him no choice in the matter.
His death was announced by dear friends who… Read full post »
Have you ever seen a movie about the political infighting that went on during the protest movement in the 60's?
I never have. Or perhaps there was another and I have forgotten.
That's what this movie is about.&n… Read full post »
The journal FOREIGN AFFAIRS published the piece that said Obama's greatest mistake was not visiting Israel during his first term. It posed the question without answering: If he had done in Israel what he did in the Arab nations would there have been an Is… Read full post »
If you ask Google: What percentage of Americans own guns? The first answer you get is that Americans comprise 5 per cent of the world's population, yet own 50 per cent of the guns.
That says a lot about us as a nation. The history is… Read full post »
I started blogging on Salon during the primaries in '08. Before that I was a journalist who once had a card that said, "As long as it's in English," to introduce myself.
Salon had a system where they gave you a "star" if they recommended a commen… Read full post »
Obama won his first term by a fluke, premised by the moral outrage at the sordid nature of the Bush presidency. It brought out the young, and the idealistic, taking the old guard by surprise.
His second term is an entirely different matter. … Read full post »
The GOP will sweep, with the exception of the Pennsylvania Senate race, where substance will win out over another pretty face.
You think my tongue is wobbling in my cheek? I saw Nixon, who turned out to be a paranoid, win promoting a war tha… Read full post »
I met Joan Walsh on Salon via her column during the primaries in '08. Sides were being taken. She and I stuck with Hillary while she was under assault (Joan, not to mention Hillary) from all sides, but increasingly by the feverish "Obamatons" who took no prisoners.
Detropia is a combination of the word "Detroit" and "dystopia" as invented by Rachel Grady, director of this documentary. Dystopia is defined as "an imaginary place which is depressingly wretched and whose people lead a fearful existence." That's been true of Detr… Read full post »