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I was web surfing and came to be intrigued by what I read.  Here are three amazing articles for those of you that follow the matters of the brain and what research currently underway to help cure mental illness. Enjoy!

1. Director’s Blog: Lost in Translation –  on December 4, 2014

2. Director’s Blog: Best of 2014 –  on December 16, 2014

3. Director’s Blog: What Caused This to Happen? –  on January 12, 2015

Boys’ uncle faces child neglect charges


Kaci Hickox says rights being violated

Justine Sacco, public relations executive, loses job after tweet on AIDS in Africa

Internet media giant condemns tweet that sparked an online furor by company’s now-former communications director

NEW YORK  — A public relations executive for the prominent New York-based Internet media company IAC lost her job on Saturday after she posted a message joking about AIDS in Africa and race on her Twitter account, sparking an online furor.

“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” Justine Sacco, who was IAC’s corporate communications director, wrote in a message on Twitter on Friday, shortly before taking a flight.

The Twitter account has since been deleted, though not before the message was widely circulated online.

IAC, which had earlier condemned the message, said on Saturday that Sacco and the company have now “parted ways.”

Twitter users have posted thousands of comments about the message. Some called the message racist and insensitive. Others defended it as an unsuccessful yet forgivable attempt at humor.

Many users wondered – some angrily, others gleefully – whether Sacco would still have her job after her flight landed.

As it turned out, she didn’t.

IAC operates more than a dozen websites, including the news website the Daily Beast, CollegeHumor, and dating websites like and OKCupid.

The company distanced itself from the message.

“The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC,” the company said in a statement on Saturday. “We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question.”

“There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally,” the statement continued. “We hope, however, that time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core.”

There was no reply to an email sent to Sacco’s corporate email address, and she could not be otherwise reached for comment.


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The apartheid regime Nelson Mandela fought to overturn often resorted to violent extremes to protect its power.

A CBS News report nearly three decades ago exposed one brutal government tactic, leading to the prompt expulsion of correspondent Allen Pizzey and two other CBS News employees.

The report provoked outrage around the world. Pizzey looks back now on the “Trojan horse.”  Watch the report here:

The white South African regime often accused the foreign media of instigating the violence that was filmed when I was reporting from the country in 1985.

But on Oct. 15 of that year, two CBS News camera crews would capture a police operation that no one except the perpetrators could possibly have known about in advance.

When cameraman Chris Everson and soundman Nick della Casa arrived in Thornton Road in a mixed-race suburb outside Cape Town, there was no more violence than usual. But it would escalate into an event that many said did more damage to the South African regime’s international image than all the other coverage combined.

“There was a bunch of kids standing on the street corner, probably about 30 strong. Clearly there had been some incidents already. There were signs that vehicles had been stoned.  There was glass on the streets. And not wanting to be part of the scene, we set ourselves well back from it,” Everson said.

Just up the road but out of sight, CBS cameraman Wim de Vos and sound recordist Anton van der Merwe — no strangers to police harassment — arrived at the scene.

“It wasn’t violent at that point when I arrived but I could see the rocks in their hands,” de Vos said. “I wasn’t that far away from them and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, there comes trouble.’ ”

Everson had the same gut feeling.

“It was a flatbed vehicle with boxes on the back. And I filmed the truck as it went down the road away from me, toward the group of kids on the corner,” he said.

Then the truck turned around and came back.

“As it approached the kids, three or four stones hit the windscreen,” Everson said.

“And as they did so, there were several policemen in the back of the truck hiding in boxes. And they popped up,” de Vos said.

One stunned youngster froze and watched the horror unfold.

Back in 1985, we had had no idea that the police had labeled their operation “Ghost Vehicle.”  When I wrote the story that day, I called it a deadly Trojan horse.

Three kids were killed — the youngest was 11 years old — and 12 were injured, among them two children who were hit in their own homes.

“The strange thing was, you know, at that time we didn’t even realize  the importance of what we had just photographed,” Everson said.

And neither did the police.  When they finally forced the camera crews to leave the area, they failed to confiscate the videotapes — and the damage was done.

“Of course it was one of those very ugly, very ugly events that did us a lot of harm,” said Roleof “Pik” Botha, who was South Africa’s foreign minister at the time.

“It was extremely harmful for us in foreign affairs because that increased the negative reaction overseas  and effected an expanding economic sanctions against South Africa,” he said.

Worldwide condemnation of South Africa was almost immediate and so was the white government’s reaction.

Within days of the shooting, the state of emergency was expanded and journalists were prohibited from filming any incident of police violence under the threat of 10 years of imprisonment.

“What was new about this event was that there was a camera there,” Everson said. ”These events, these killings, this police brutality — this happened all the time in South Africa.”

Thornton Road today is a far cry from what it was like 28 ago, except for a steel memorial — a grim reminder of the day three young South Africans were gunned down from that deadly Trojan horse.


Final Resting Place

A spot just perfect

Sitting on a hill

So I can watch over all those I came to love

A view of the skyline

Surrounded by a lively garden

Only the sound of the birds and insects

And the voices of my visitors

I will remain here silently

Watching you

Remembering you

As you honor me

and remember me

As you have pride in me

I have pride in you

I hope I’ve left a mark

Both in your heart and on your heart

My only hope is that years from now

All I’ve done

And all I was

Will carry on

And inspire others

To continue

What I can no longer do

While I lay here

In my final resting place


Final Resting Place

was written in memory of the late and great Nelson Mandela

There is no way to capture all that he was, all that he did and all that he leaves behind

I am however certain, that no matter where he is, he will always know that he was loved and admired by many.

Carry on Nelson Mandela. You will be forever a part of us all.

Written by Felina Silver Robinson on December 10, 2013