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The HAUNTING Of with Kim Russo

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 30, 2015 at 10:49 am



Have you seen this show? Perhaps a better question is have you seen a ghost? If you have, the next step should probably be to call Kim.

Last weeks broadcast aired 2 episodes back-to-back that I had not seen before, starting with The Haunting Of Meatloaf and then we youthfully rested on Melody Thomas-Scott. Good stuff.

I could transcribe, but that would take all day – these were 1-hour shows each, so you’ll just have to feed on the griot and put the pieces together with your awesome imagination until LMN does re-runs. Without further ado let us do get to…

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meatloaf-the-haunting-ofMeatloaf is an interesting character – let’s just shoot that out straight.
As a child, I never understood why MTV put so much Meatloaf on my plate.

But I ate and I enjoyed the story in his songs.
I began to like him so much I shamed myself for being wrong

in judging him by his beefy exterior and I fell further in love.
His songs are quite substantial – he’s a teddy bear, I’d give him a hug.

Anywho, something happened at the studio some years back
He saw an apparition a female ghostly vision and really hasn’t gotten over that.

So he called on Kim Russo to journey with him and go back
but Meatloaf is a natural MC and his lead in the show exhibited that.

I did laugh at the number of times he took the lead and cut Kim off.
His honesty and curiosity and knowledge of self & energy – couldn’t be bought.

So Meatloaf and Kim met at and entered the studio and went back
to the day Meat and friends were residing there working on tracks.

In fact, the track that they were working is legendary, a melodic “can’t miss.”
The song was BAT OUT OF HELL and its drop was a hit!

Meatloaf was the –ish, but while that song was in utero
a ghostly girl in a white nightgown roamed the balcony to and fro.

Meatloaf, at that time in his life – was experiencing a low.
The music was his gal, under pressure he produced ‘the flow.’

There was a time when life felt dark and heavy was his strife
and that’s when dear ol’ Meat took pills and tried to take his life.

He ended up in the hospital, stomach pumped and life still on.
Wow. I’m always amazed at the troubles of great artists with great songs.

God bless.

Anywho Meat just wanted to know what the apparition was all about
and he felt there was also a male spirit roaming the house.

In fact when he and Kim entered the building Meat did share
that there was a male entity peeking down on them from upstairs.

Yes! Meatloaf said that – Kim didn’t have a chance.
Meatloaf was the lead singer and Kim was the band

on this episode.
Kim, as usual, was a gracious host.

Back to the ghosts — Kim walked Meatloaf walked room to room, going through it.
Meat felt the male spirit invokes suicidal thoughts and wanted him to ‘do it.’

But when the camera crews equipment stopped working that’s when Meat said ‘Screw it. 
The spirit is mad at me because I beat him and he couldn’t make me do it!

Kim took a backseat and let Meatloaf express himself.
I don’t think he really needed Kim, but for the sake of company – oh well.

I love them both and Meat worked through his paranormal problems.
Again, Kim was good company but he didn’t need her to solve them.

He’s a natural, and he’s okay.
He’s in a good place – having put yesterday away.

And then came the next broadcast, I’ll try to introduce it at my bestest,
It was The Haunting of with Melody Thomas Scott from the Young and the Restless.


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170644363PA044_The_40th_AnnMelody, a primary star of the Young and The Restless
experienced a paranormal strange – as she describes best.

She was about 24 and her daughter was just a cooing and cuddling infant
when a female spirit appeared — and at her daughter’s doorway did stand.

Melody was dating at the time – she didn’t have a married man.
Melody told no one & chose to ‘move out as soon as she can.’

And she did so, immediately. She admits she has never looked back.
But it’s something nagging about that day which atop her recollections has sat.

So Melody took a deep breath after much thought, as nothing is done on a whim,
and she bit the bullet – curiosity pulled it – and Melody called ol’ Kim.

Something happened in that house at another era in time
and Melody was “brought in on it” during her residing time.

Not sure of what is going on, all that Melody can recall
is an older and short woman outside of her bedroom motioning a ‘beckoning call,”

Kim received that vibe but was picking up on also,
a younger woman and an angry man — residuals of past souls.

The younger woman is filled with whoa.
Melody’s chief concern was the older woman though…

The two continued to tour the house and Kim touched Melody’s heart
when Kim said to her, “Your grandmother came through to me in the car.”

Melody bowed her head and Kim continued to read
she then described grandma down to her social misfeeds.

Grandma suffered a lot of anxiety yet Melody’s reflection has always born a smile.
Grandma told Kim that Melody was sheltered and kept home — away from others, as a child.

Melody thought that was wild, that Kim would know,
but Kim didn’t KNOW – the grandma told her so. 😀

Grandma reminded Melody of how she always made “lemonade out of lemons” with life & Melody did confir
‘that was a story not even grandma knew. No one knew that story but her.

Melody couldn’t believe Kim brought up ‘that particular phrase’, then Kim said, “Sprit does that. Spirit will show me anyway to let me say it — and then it will mean the right thing to you.”

Melody emotionally recalled this story,

“I was selling lemonade at the corner one day and a white 4-door sedan pulled up, 4 men got out and tried to kidnap me and throw me in the back of the car. I don’t know how I was able to do this, but I somehow got loose and I ran to my house and instead of calling the police, which I’m a mother now, and I think if that happened to a child, I would call the police – she [my Mother] decided, she said, “Go get in the car quick, we’re going to go and find them.” Which was such just a part of all of the weird things that she had, of course, we didn’t find them, but I would say — and I was not kidnapped, but that is a story that nobody knows about.” Not even grandma… “she knows everything now.”

Kim: And she’s of clear mind. Your grandmother keeps saying, “I’m sorry.”  She started apologizing for the lingering effects that you walk around with to this very day… [Melody breaks down in tears]

The episode then takes a turn onto the “counseling side”
Melody’s life book was open and it was open wide.

Kim in short, said, that Grandma, was sorry for the mental blur,
and Melody responded, “I want to — but I don’t know if I can forgive her.”

Because there were certain choices grandma made that were to evil and too creepy.
But she loved grandma so much that just the mere thought of her makes her weepy.

Kim then clarified that grandma’s not asking for forgiveness, shorty,
and Melody, said, oh, yeah, my bad, she said she was sorry.

I was like WOW! Grandma is something else,
then before a commercial break, it all went to hell,

and Kim said, “Wait, grandma is getting loud….”
Then we go to commercial– and I was like, “ooo child.

Back from commercial and 15-min before the hours close
We get back to grandmas spirit and Melody’s whoa’s.

They are validated whoa’s but as we gathered an understanding
grandma became defensive in her position and vibe-convey handling.

She had something to say and the message was vile,
she told Kim to ask Melody if she knew she [grandma] was molested as a child?

Melody was informed and shocked. She believed… but did not know,
and Kim concluded THAT is what started her downhill mental slope.


And so, Melody took a breath and said for long, she had wanted to know,
and she marveled at Kim for conveying the necessary info.


On with the show, they went outside to the backyard space
and Kim crept up on a social scene, with a ‘domestic disturbance face.’

She was feeling the story of a mom and her daughter – some sort of abuse.
There was a man involved in a murder. Dual.

The woman who was beckoning for Melody outside of her daughter’s door.
Is the lady who was in an abusive situation in that space in an era before.

Turns out the lady was beckoning for Melody’s help for her and her kid.
Because fate served them a double death — in real, life when she did.

In the past woman life, she ran from the abusive man and into the streets
In need of help from anybody near — the scared mom was on the seek.

But what happened in the end, Kim told us this fact,
the abusive man shot the daughter in the head and the running mother, in the back.

Get back! You say what???
That was my response, sitting in my cut.

And YES! There was a periodical confirming the story, that the broadcast ran online, see it below:



But what did this all have to do with Melody you ask?
Kim took “making the connection clear,” to task.

Melody was a new mom in the space protecting her daughter,
the spirit of a mother doing the same is the one that sought her.

And all that talk about not being able to forgive
upon examining what she learned — was extremely short-lived.

In the end, the Y&R beauty did conclude without a stall,
that she understands grandma more and then forgave all. 😀

BoOm. Bam! Detective Kim has done it again,
and the mystery unraveled family secrets about Meldoy’s kin.

Good was all that was found therein
and Melody is much lighter at her current life’s begin.

Wooo! That was a mouthful and two episodes of view,
I’m Qui
Always happy to relay it to thee. I appreciate that you keep coming through.

Child that says a lot about you.

Turned on by…

In News on October 29, 2015 at 10:02 am

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lifeThe little miracles that add up to a heart beating all day – strong.
I’m turned on by “the freedom of will,” to choose right from wrong.

I’m turned on folks! Because life is exactly what you make of it.
If good is your base, continue the chase – you’re certainly going to make it.

I’m turned on by knowledge! So I consume it everyday.
I’m always smiling, and question wilding to good minds that come my way.

Hey-ey. How you doin’?” I’m saying in my Wendy Williams voice.
I like the way it feels. Turned on by life — it’s my choice.

Good morning blogosphere world. If you’re reading and breathing, then you’re good,
I’m Qui
Glad to be kicking it with thee. I’m turned on that you stopped by my hood.

Every stimulation isn’t a sexual one, for my nipples did not…

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Schmoozing with Fab5

In News on October 27, 2015 at 6:27 am

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FFF Vegas2014 Fall Fred “Fab5Freddy” Brathwaite – Vegas 2014

A trip to New York is not ever complete without a trip to visit my awesome mentor and dear friend Fred “Fab5Freddy” Brathwaite, so that’s exactly what I did.

Fab is a very busy man, so let me express as much as possible how honored I was to get “any of his time” let alone time at the breakfast and dinner table with him. For breakfast we dined on a read by Talib Kweli with a side of bacon, pancakes and a fantastic cup of jo, (that he prepared for us). Good stuff. The literal cuisine was captivating and rivet-connecting. The article was titled, “Nigga? Please.” It was quite sufficient.

An evening meal of Ecuadorian rice caught us discussing Steve Stout‘s: The Tanning Of America. My mentor is a museum of knowledge and always has an interesting piece on…

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Just jotting it down….

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Travel on October 26, 2015 at 7:09 am

writing-cultivating-ideasI have found, with every year past,
that I can easily forget stuff – and forget it fast!

I’ve also found that if I don’t keep a journaled book
of the food I consume, I will definitely change my look.

Cookies creep up on my IP address as well as on my waist.
If I don’t jot down the calories, they will creep up onto my face.

I fight the good-FIT-fight to erase and it is adequately comprised
around eating less food; shrinking my belly and thighs.

Arithmetic by subtraction is no surprise — the knowledge is sound.
I know you get it too – but this is what I do, “Just jotting it down.”

This weekend deserves a mention, let me make record here,
when you’re on a road trip and speedy drivers slip – all face a mortal fear.

I took a road trip to a university Saturday on a happy and sunny day whim
and on the way back, the driver of a speeding car flipped and the act ejected him.

My nerves on edge, I was in no mood for news that is grim.
Care Flight arrived on the scene and to a hospital they transported him.

We parked on the highway with hundreds of others who were on their way
to or from, all on the run – unknowing of the sum of the pending wreckless fate.


A few miles back on that highway – before an accident happened
A gray car sped by and got in front me, he seatbelt unfastened.

He was reaching in his glove box and I said to my driver
God bless all on the road” – I’m a praying and cautious rider.

That was maybe 30-minutes before the big boom!
The 2-lane interstate isn’t the best place to go VROOM!


When the car flipped, the driver had no where to go
the car bounced the span of 2-lanes before the ejection/throw.


No fatalities were listed.  The bullet? He did not bite it.
Likely because of emergency responders having shown up to care flight it.

I thanked God for all lives, those helping, waiting and praying.
I was so grateful so many survived; I couldn’t resist jotting it down – just saying.

And here we are on another Monday – I’m alive and happy from jump!
I’m Qui
Just jotting it down
– you could call it a recollection dump.

When it comes to recollecting in writing – just call me the Griot Colonel.
I do what I can, marking the time of man – I do it all in my journal.

Sex at 40 – Good Lordy!

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on October 23, 2015 at 3:06 am

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord, my soul to keep

and if my spouse should “rise” before I awake
I pray my response be on the “willing take.”


 Not 40.
Not your problem?

Well Lordy, Lordy,
Qui is 40 


I love the men that love us.

… and she likes it.
So I’ve been nothing but on-top of this “Sex at 40” research for at least a year, not because I just turned 40, but because I wanted to be prepared. When I was younger I always heard that a woman reaches her sexual peak at 40 and all I remember hearing after that statement was a bunch of sounds like, “Wooo! Yes child!” and “It’s good!” All were good hints informing me that better sex is on the way.

Better sex? Sex in my 20’s were fantastic, some interludes were a little more rougher than others, but I became a lover of the cardio moments and I just wanted to know if sex tomorrow would still be marathon and WWE status or if it would turn into sweet, romance novel cardio with a side of grapes, olives and champagne. Well I can tell you this, sex at 40 surely includes grapes, olives, and champagne. I know because I brought them to my bedside and I consumed them. lol. Other than than, the changes from 20-somethings sex to 40’s-sex is not a sharp curve at all. In fact, I’m approaching it with speed and I’m wearing heels.

Perhaps it’s because I had a good 30-somethings sexual run? I used every year of that decade to make sure I fully understood all that I learned in my 20’s. I went over it and over it and… yeah, I think I understand the intro mechanics just well. I felt pretty well oiled and well versed on the subject.

So what about Sext at 40? What do you need to do and what do you need to know? Well, I don’t have all of the answers but I am willing to use myself, in research, to find out. For the good of us all — of course therefore, I thought I’d share this little treasure trove that I found on Prevention Magazine‘s site.  The information dealt seems to be geared to ‘helping the woman calibrate,’ but my darling men, if you want to ‘dazzle your bedmate with more understanding and connecting to her comfortability – then by all means, this is for you too.

The info is yummy, it’s funny and it’s prime for the picking.
This info is for you if you’re 40 and still ‘sticking:

“From sex myths to sexual etiquette to health-boosting bedroom tips, these are the truths about sex every woman should know.

1. He doesn’t care if you’ve shaved.
Really. It doesn’t even cross his mind.


Shaving, laser, wax…

2. Wide beats long every time.
If you care at all about penis size (and studies show that women are far more into how penises look than how they’re hung), you know that width matters more than length.

3. All the girls are doing it.
Masturbating, that is. In a survey by AARP, nearly half the women between the ages of 45 and 49 said they had taken matters into their own hands in the previous 6 months. And many women have used more than just their hands. In a 2009 survey by the University of Indiana, more than half the respondents had used a vibrator at least once, and nearly one in four had used one in the previous month. (The pros know it, too. Here are 18 sex toys sex therapists love—and use themselves.)

4. He likes the cuddling part…
…and not just because he’s half comatose when you snuggle up after sex. During lovemaking, both men and women release the chemical oxytocin—the so-called “cuddle hormone” that helps new moms bond with their babies. So what does than mean for men? Oxytocin boosts their desire for intimacy, along with their feelings of trust, according to a 2008 study by the University of Zurich. And in this case, what’s good for the gander is good for the goose. Want to increase your cuddling power? Here are 10 science-backed ways to boost oxytocin levels.

5. You really can tell a guy’s size by his hands.
The longer a man’s ring finger, the longer his penis, a study by the University of Liverpool shows. Both are determined by the amount of testosterone he was exposed to in the womb. If his ring finger is the same size or smaller than his index finger, he received lower levels of testosterone. If it’s bigger…watch out!

6. It’s worth a try.
Variety is the spice of life…and of sex. Whether you do it in a hammock or an airplane; on the kitchen floor or in the shower; dressed in leather or in lace, if it’s new, it’s improved. (Get a little wild with these 11 new sex positions.)

7. Porn is hot.
The idea that women take longer to get aroused just isn’t true. Show us some skin and we’re off and running. In a 2007 study, women who watched porn got turned on as quickly as men did. Using thermal imaging technology, researchers at McGill University in Montreal found that while watching porn, men became fully aroused in 664.6 seconds (11 minutes), compared to women, who took 743 seconds (12 minutes).

8. Say Ohh instead of Ohm
Craving the calm you get from yoga? Go for an orgasm instead. You feel relaxed after climaxing because you were practically brain-dead while you were doing it. Using scans to measure brain activity, researchers from the Netherlands found that women experience no emotions during orgasm—including fear, anxiety and stress. When you’re in the throes, there’s no worrying about the kids’ report cards, the weekly grocery list or the pile of bills on your desk. But it’s a chicken and egg situation: The only way to reach orgasm is to clear your head of that stuff to begin with.

9. Faking it: pointless.
Showing him what you like; brilliant.


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Keep your socks on.

10. It’s better with your socks on.
If your sex life isn’t hot, it may be because you’re cold. Research from the Netherlands shows that couples with cold feet had a harder time reaching orgasm—only 50% made it. When couples put on socks, the number jumped to 80%. (Check out these 5 more tips to make sure you get there every time.)

11. Honesty: Not always the best policy.
So you’ve got thought about cheating—maybe even stolen a kiss or snuck out for coffee. Should you confess to make up for it? No way. Coming clean only inflicts pain on your partner and damages his sense of trust. If you want to protect him and keep your relationship going, swallow your guilt and keep your mouth shut.

12. Love is in the air…
…as long as your man doesn’t shower after his workout. The musky smell of male sweat can be a real turn-on for women. In a 2007 study from the University of California at Berkeley, the scent of a man boosted women’s sexual arousal, mood, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate.

13. It’s never too late.
Even if having sex is something you do only on birthdays and Bastille Day, you can always get back on the stick. All you have to do is…have sex. You may have to force yourself at first, but the more you do it, the more you want to do it. Start with once a month, then once a week, and who knows? Maybe you’ll be a once-a-day woman. (Follow this plan to makeover your sex life in 14 days.)

14. When it comes to how big, how often, how many times in one night…
…your friends are lying.

15. Phone sex is worth trying.
It’s the next best thing to being there, but not that many forty-somethings know it. According to a survey by AARP, only 17% of men and 18% of women between the ages of 45 and 49 have had phone sex. (Check out 9 more ways to feel closer in 5 minutes.)

16. Nobody does it better than you.
You can lie around waiting for your partner to bring you to orgasm, but you’ll get there a lot faster if you take care of it yourself. When women masturbate, they typically climax in less than 4 minutes. When they’re engaged in foreplay and intercourse, it can take 20 minutes. Your best bet for a speedy climax: using a vibrator.


October is a great time to “get into” costume… JOIN ME.

17. Fantasy is fabulous.
If your regular sex routine is a little stale, invite Johnny Depp and his pirate hat into bed with you. Losing yourself in a sex fantasy spices up the real thing, and boosts your overall sex drive. Sharing certain fantasies can add even more zip. In an ABC News poll, more than half of all men and women said they talk about their fantasies to boost their sex lives. The most common fantasies?  (Find out what your strangest sex preferences say about you, and how they can help your relationship.)

18. If you’re too tired, it’s too bad for him.
The best thing about getting older is that you can do—or not do—whatever you want. Say it nicely, and your partner should understand if you’ve got a headache or you want to binge-watch House of Cards instead of making love. Unless, of course, the marathon—or the headache—is a weekly event.

19. Size matters—to him.
A survey of 50,000 heterosexual men and women showed that the vast majority of women (85%) felt satisfied by their man’s size, while nearly half of all men (45%) were unhappy with their package. Let him know he’s all you need.

20. He doesn’t care…
…if you wear flannel to bed.”

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Now if upon these 20-points you did fairly score,
I applaud you with a tease – because there’s 20 MORE.

Where ever are they? You’re surely ready to read,
I figured I’d give them to you in a 2-part feed.

That way you won’t overload and to thyself lie,
about the 20 previous points that you may ‘overlook in try.’

It’s the weekend baby and wether or not you’re 40 – give it a go tonight,
I’m Qui
and Sex at 40 is quite the taunt party – as of late… just leave on the light.

Today: Utilize this info. in your bedroom.
Stay Tuned: because we’ll mount 20-MORE soon.

Partake in Pt.2


In News on October 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

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AJust Ride_Aug25 couple of weeks ago I ran into a  girlfriend whose only been happily married since forever and she tells me that her libido is starting to slack off. This from a woman who has demanded it almost daily since our college hay-days, and yes – she was married during our college hay-days. She admits that she has since gained a few pounds and may be slacking off on intimacy due to her new  size but then she also admitted to acting out fits of high sexuality from time to time. Unfortunately for her, her spouse was rarely at home during those highs, so she effectively handles those moments in a mono fashion.

Just knowing that she still has mono-fixing moments is already a good sign. That means her libido isn’t dead, though it may be idle, at rest, falling asleep, or something like that. I’m no…

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Increasingly Difficult

In News on October 20, 2015 at 8:35 am

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If you think the economy is rough, and full bodied unpleasant
It will likely get worst by date: August 2nd

We really need Congress to bi-partisan rise.
We really need Repub’s to get with compromise.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult on the world… What are world creditors going to do
If the USA has to pay there debts in partial payments – like the struggling me and you?

It’s increasingly difficult to understand the wealth gap.
I appreciate the breakdown charts being forth right in that:


There’s a serious wealth gap. MSNBC has produced a graph of 2009 Polls that reflects that Whites have lost 16% of their wealth, making their median house hold worth $113K each while their hispanic counter parts have lost 66% of their financial value (house, cars, bank accounts) and are at a median $6K worth per family. Last and least on…

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Sex & The Senses

In News on October 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

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Think about it: How hot would your sex life be if you couldn’t touch your partner’s body? Hear his voice? Or see his face? We’re guessing pretty bland. Your five senses—hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste—play a significant role in creating arousal and enjoying sex. “One of the biggest reasons why sex becomes routine is because people stop paying attention to their senses,” says Sari Cooper, a okay certified sex therapist in New York City. “But to fully experience sex in a mindful way, you have to awaken all your senses.”

Want to turn up the heat in your bedroom tonight? Try these sensory-stimulating tips.


Your ability to see lets you appreciate a guy’s drool-worthy physical features (his broad shoulders, dimples or abs) that drew you to him in the first place, but your peepers can enhance sex in other ways. “If you’re having sex with someone you love…

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Is that a smile that I see?

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics on October 13, 2015 at 5:25 am

jon-stewart-smirk…because life is so fragile I keep an inner monologue running just to keep in touch with myself.
The puppeteers of society are not in mass favor but almost always for the suits of wealth.

We are to each take care of our health and that is of your finances and your body –
because if you’re looking for others to look out for you… “Ha! and Loddy-doddy.”

Remember Pootie Tang? I do — and he would be the best one to verse on the say
of what we are doing with the schtick “politics” in the good ol’ USA.

It’s funny honey,
and it’s all about money.

I ain’t mad — I kind of like it.
World not going your way? Throw in more cash and spike it!

It’s a game. It’s a game and I am duly seeing the moves.
It’s a lot like chess, the rich place their bets and we’re off to the race of deep grooves.

Casualties? Yes, casualties happen. The poor fall by the way side;
the middle class may be bruised but thank God the rich will thrive.

Yes I smile. Child if you don’t it’ll make you cry.
If you ask me am I happy? Honey, “Da,da,da.

Yes, I’ve got my cup of jo, it’s early and I’m just having a little fun,
I’m Qui
Most definitely keeping it real with thee before the rise of the Arizona sun.

Crack a smile.
Reality is a comical wile.

What to do if you’re caught in a MASS SHOOT…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Politics, Self Improvement on October 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

I found this informative write-up online
and thought that it was a good topic find.

I have no idea on exactly WHAT TO DO
if I were caught up in any kind of MASS SHOOT .

I, recently, went through the shock of shell truths
that did ring out and harm 4 young lives at NAU.

1 died.
I’ve cried.

And so today we move on 1 Lumber Jack shy,
no word of clear reason. There’s no reasonable “why.”

So on this morn I’d like to share with you
a read I found on ol’ Yahoo: REBLOG

Knowing what to do if shooting starts – still hazy at colleges

Eight years after the Virginia Tech massacre led to tighter security at colleges across the U.S., some schools make “active shooter” training mandatory for incoming students, while others offer little more than brief online guidance on what to do if there’s a gunman on the loose, a review by The Associated Press finds.

The AP looked at public colleges and universities in more than 40 states after yet another shooting rampage, the killing of nine people at an Oregon community college Oct. 1. On Friday, there was more bloodshed, with one person killed and three wounded at an Arizona university.

At some institutions, such as the Colorado School of Mines and Arkansas State University, training on how to respond to an armed intruder has become as much a part of fall orientation as lessons on alcohol abuse. Students hear presentations covering their options, such as running, hiding or fighting back.

Other schools have purely voluntary training. Or they put information on what to do in an emergency on websites, where it can easily be overlooked by students and staff members. Many public college and university systems leave it up to their individual campuses to draw up emergency plans and decide what level of training, if any, to give employees and students.

In the wake of the recent violence, some professors, students and administrators are asking whether schools need to do more to deliver potentially life-saving messages to those on campus.

The challenges are particularly acute at two-year community colleges, which often do not have their own police forces to conduct training exercises for staff and students. They also tend to have lots of older, working students who can be hard to reach.

“That it’s actually happened recently with the frequency and danger it has, I think everyone is frightened and asking a lot of questions about how well-prepared we would be as a campus,” said David Morse, an English instructor who is president of the Academic Senate for California’s 113 community colleges.

The 2007 slaughter of 32 people by a student at Virginia Tech prompted Congress to require colleges and universities to adopt procedures for notifying the campus of an immediate threat. Under the law, schools also must publicize their emergency response plans “in a manner designed to reach students and staff.”

NAU-shooting-2015-bThe AP review found that most schools have set up sophisticated alert systems that use text messages, social media or technology that can remotely take over computers tied to campus servers. Many also have added armed officers, conducted drills with law enforcement authorities and created threat-assessment teams that try to determine whether an overheard remark or violence-tinged essay is a genuine danger sign.

Some of these measures are credited with saving lives. When a gunman shot students at a Florida State University library a year ago, campus police responded within minutes of the first 911 call and fired a barrage of bullets that killed him. Less than two weeks before, the police had participated in active shooter training that included a scenario with a gunman at the library.

Umpqua Community College, site of the Oregon mass shooting, also did many things right to prepare, and experts said its efforts may well have saved lives.

A small, rural school, Umpqua didn’t have its own police force, but administrators brought in local officers so they would be familiar with the layout. Professors and staff regularly discussed how they should respond if someone started shooting, and where in their buildings would be the safest place to hunker down. The school also had emergency notification and lockdown procedures in place.

But in general, educating students and employees about what to do in the event of an attack has proved something of a stumbling block. While most schools have created posters, brochures and online guides, some of them have yet to figure out how to get people to read, much less absorb, the material.

Richard Turton, chairman of West Virginia University’s Faculty Senate, said he wasn’t familiar with his school’s active shooter plan until a reporter’s question prompted him to do some digging. He found a PowerPoint presentation and videos on the university’s website.

“I would suspect many faculty who are very busy would tend to not look at those things unless they’re sort of prompted several times,” Turton said.

NAU-shooting-2015-cMatt Barnes, 30, a civil engineering student who just transferred to the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, received a booklet during orientation that outlined the school’s emergency notification procedures. He realized it didn’t mention anything about an active shooter situation.

Barnes said he gets emails any time there is a crime on campus with details about the incident. But he said he’s not sure what he’s supposed to do if something happens in a building where he happens to be.

University spokesman Steve Henneberry confirmed the booklet doesn’t specifically mention active shooter situations and said it was written from an “all-hazards planning point of view.”

On some campuses, some of the advice itself isn’t detailed or even particularly helpful.

The website of 20,000-student Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, advises students that in the event of a shooter or sniper, “listen for instructions from authorities such as whether to remain inside or to evacuate.” Campus security director Melissa Jensen said more specific training videos also are available.

The instructions can vary from campus to campus. Many schools have adopted the run, hide or fight-back training developed by the city of Houston and promoted by the FBI. Others have embraced the procedures developed by the I Love U Guys Foundation, which urges students to lock themselves in classrooms if it all possible.

At Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, the active shooter training that is mandatory for new students is voluntary for the faculty.

How many faculty have availed themselves of these trainings? Unfortunately, the answer is not many,” said Greg Phillips, chairman of the Faculty Senate, which will take up the issue during the coming week.

Ron Hackenberg, a security consultant and former police chief at California State University-San Marcos, said the slayings in Oregon should spur more schools to go beyond voluntary training.

“In real life, unless you are a combat veteran, most people will freeze if they are not prepared,” he said.

In California, community college campuses historically have been given wide latitude in drawing up emergency preparations. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in July that calls on the system to add active shooter training to the emergency planning it recommends for campuses.


Leff reported from San Francisco, and Foley from Iowa City, Iowa. Associated Press writers Amy Forliti in Minneapolis; Gene Johnson in Seattle; Claudia Lauer in Little Rock, Arkansas; and John Raby in Charleston, West Virginia, contributed to this story.

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When things go awry and nothing seems fair
friends and fam that’s when your girl Qui turns to good ol’ prayer.

I know PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH – I understood when President O said it.
GUN REFORMATION is past due. Why won’t our dear Congress LET IT?

Colin Brough lost his life during a fist fight
because he didn’t know his classmate was PACKING HEAT that night.

This is not a black-on-black crime, my children in this scene are white.
I’m Qui
and I’m hurt in my heart that Congress WONT hear the pains of our plight.

VOTE to make it Right.