I've heard that the origins of "Black Friday" stem from Friday, September 24, 1869, when an attempt by a few speculators to corner the US gold market was thwarted by then President Ulysses S. Grant, who released a large amount of government gold for sale, causing gold prices to plummet and creating a panic in the stock market. I have also heard that it is the day that most retail businesses begin making a profit, or get "in the black," and that with the year's sales before that date, retailers are traditionally operating at a financial loss, aka "in the red." Whatever the origins, Black Friday is a time for sales, and, not being one to miss an opportunity, both books are again on sale this year, please see www.amazon.com/The-Kentauride-… and www.amazon.com/The-Centaur-Ken…
The financial obligation portion of our journal out of the way, a brief rant I desperately need to get off my chest. Well, maybe not so brief. I'll try to make it brief though. Here be dark thoughts, readers bewarned!
One detail I didn't mention above is that Black Friday is the Friday after US Thanksgiving, and that's notable because, while some consider Thanksgiving to be a Christian-only holiday, it is probably (based solely on my own anecdotal experience) the one observed by the largest diversity of faiths in the US after the 4th of July. One of my Muslim friends is cooking his very first turkey this year (PM me if you want the recipe.) For all of my American friends, in light of the recent tragic world events, loss of lives, and personal struggles we face daily, may you use this Thanksgiving as a time of reflection, a chance to remember of the importance of family, friends, and those whose lives are influenced by our own.
What some Americans occasionally forget, however, is that no one else in the world celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. Up here in Canada, for example, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October, even though we have Black Friday on the same day as you do.
Since my last journal, I've written about Canadian election attack adds, about the Volkswagen TDI scandal (I may still post that one at some point), about the recent Paris attacks, and a truly vitriolic piece about the Palestinian terrorists killing of Eitam and Na'ama Henkin that left their six children orphans. Four of them, the eldest nine and the youngest four months old, were in their car with them at the time and witnessed their parent's brutal murder. Not one of these “editorials” made it to posting after editing, I am just too angry these days, and do not want to unnecessarily darken my readers' lives. If you have been following my ramblings, you are probably aware that I am not a big fan of religion. I do, however, steadfastly respect and defend everyone's right to their own beliefs, as long as those beliefs do not comprise of “my rights trump yours” or psychopathic “destroy the infidels” type rhetoric. Such garbage is not condoned by any known religion, it is men and women who interpret their faith to support such things. Until such despicable individuals as ISIL/ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and PLO Chairman/Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas are acknowledged to be what they are, evil little god-emperors without divine mandate, there is little chance for peace in the world.
has a great piece on Muhammad's take on the Paris killings, check it out here:
To add to the burden, I've lost another two friends and a family member during the month of October, another blow to my belief in my own immortality. This has encouraged me to try and be more attentive to those close to me, to be more present in their lives. I am reminded how lucky I am that I live in a country where I am more likely to win the lottery than to be shot dead at the wheel of my automobile, a country who currently has more communities offering to harbor Syrian refugees than the government is able to process this year (remember, Canada is a pretty small country despite our land mass; the entire Canadian combined armed forces are smaller than the US Marine Corps.) Yes, we have a dearth of refugees, does that not give you hope in some small way?
On this day of giving thanks, please take a moment to consider what you might do yourself to help that peace along. If you have children, love them, and make sure they know that they are loved so that evil men do not try to use them as weapons. I hope you are with your families, and if you are not, that you will at least call someone to tell them that you are thinking of them, and are thankful for them. My best judgement is screaming at me not to upload this journal either, but I've got to tell you about the book sale, right? Peace be with you.
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” - Golda Meir