Tuesday, August 7, 2012


it is our sad task to relate to you that this blog has lost a team member…we were recently informed that Jennifer Szendrey, who writes online as Shakespeare, passed away on July 27th after another unsuccessful cancer treatment…she was an original member of this blog when a dozen of us who were participating in the economic & political forums at rupert murdoch’s marketwatch in 2009 decided to start this blog in order to avoid the censorship that site imposed, and to escape the hundreds of trolls who inhabit that newspaper’s website…although she remained active at marketwatch, where she has a discussion group with over 1000 members, she has maintained nearly daily email contact with the 8 or ten of us from the original group who exchange and opine on news stories daily…

her closest friend among us, who posts here as AbyNormal, has written a short tribute to jennifer & has assembled a collection of jen’s thoughts from old correspondence, which is posted here below….an excerpt from her husbands letter to us, suggesting where you may donate in her memory, follows that…rjs

Shakespeare was my Friend. She encouraged many of us (including my young daughter) thru difficult times. "All that spirits desire, spirits attain" and many other thoughts of hope were her natural mantra's. Shakes never complained thru her remissions or her painful struggles. Many of us will bear deep pains of her absence thru days ahead. Cougardan, another special friend of Shakes, shared their own personal grief and comfort with me today, it truly radiates Shakes lasting specialness: "that encouragement she gave you both was the greatest gift she could have ever given you both....treasure it....I will speak in her absence...so here it goes....encouragement is the strength you have in you that you don't even know you have til your direst challenge finds you face to face with your fears.....you will conquer fear!....that is what Shakes would have told me.....time for you to carry the torch!!"  So true and So needed for the trials this economy will visit upon each and everyone of us.

For those that may not have experienced the depth of her souls heart and mind, allow me to share a few of  her unselfish and thought provoking comments from her MarketWatch Group Faz or Fas
Nov. 23, 2011
I am staying home. Just me and my sig. other, Jeff. Will have a large meal...maybe vegetarian Indian chickpeas, or maybe red beans.

Will have a big fire one of the nights. The fire pile is getting big from lots of branches coming down.

Will avoid going anywhere to participate in the media-driven consumer culture."

Dec. 2, 2011
If a woman lies on a food stamp application about her being arrested previously so that her children won't go starve, she is given three years in prison (which will cost over $100,000)...
But people making in excess of $1,000,000 won't go to jail, even a country club jail, for illegally transferring and stealing millions...
Furthermore, fraud perpetrated by GS was established at a congressional committee, and yet the lying billionaire Blankfein, not only get to keep his taxpayer-paid bonuses, but is given a tax cut to boot!
Money talks louder and louder each year."

 Nov. 17, 2011
From Taibbi:
Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailouts
The woman didn't lie about her low wages, she lied about the fact that she had previous drug offenses, and that excludes her. Sorry honey, your kids can starve.

 Nov. 15, 2011
The thing is that they can play with the money supply and pay off their friends and enemies until the country is bankrupt.
So now you have a group that says to let the growing population of poor die,—in the face of the worst unemployment crisis in the country's history—that anyone without a job (remember that there are 5 applicants for every job) is just a lazy lout who can fester in their own feecces. The group saying this is the Republicans.
Then you have the gentler, kinder group of the same mindset. This group seems as if it wanders around trying to put out the fires that the other group creates, but in reality are speaking for the same sponsors (big business) as the other group. This group is the Democrats."

 Nov. 15, 2011
 My guess is the scam will continue, and this crisis will settle down...for now.
Then in a few weeks, few months, or maybe even a year or two the same scenario will rear its ugly head, but by then the ECB will not be able to control the debts, and it will hit the fan.
When you look at it another way, in many cases—at least in Ireland—the average person is being asked to pay for bad bets made by banks in other countries. The Icelandic people said "no." Maybe other citizens will eventually put their collected foot down as well."

Weekend, Sept. 10-11, 2011 
 If you make $50,000/yr before retirement and wish to have 60% of that after retirement, how much do you have to save in order to earn that much in your 0.5% bank account?

Let’s see, $50,000 x 0.6 = $30,000

@ 0.5% interest:

$30,000/0.005 = $6,000,000.

If you didn’t have to split it, throught out your working career, with the government and if you didn’t have to eat or support a family, it would only take you 120 years to save up $6,000,000.

Assuming you started working @ age 12, it would mean you can comfortably retire when you’re 132 yr. old."

Weekend, Aug. 13-14, 2011
Something similar happened to my cousin. She was supposed to have a hysterectomy when her husband lost his job. COBRA wasn't even a possibility, as they are quite poor.

She dies of cancer two years later. Her children were in high school. I still cry when I think of it.

Oh yeah...she got medicaid to the last two months of her life..."

Friday, July 29, 2011 
I know some "poor" and they don't have all of these things...

As far as owning homes, renting is much more expensive. Many have inherited hovels around here. No air conditioning, leaky roofs, no money for basic things like gas for work, or even a working auto. If they live in the country, there often isn't a way to get to town to go to work...

People in a different social class don't get it. They take so much for granted that when they see some news person going on about the poor with cell phones, they go nuts..."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This is, however, the date of Mahler's death in 1911. What is funny about his death is that he (along with many other composers) was "deathly" afraid of the "Beethoven Curse," in which the composer dies before he can write his 10th Symphony.

He avoided it for awhile by composing "The Song of the Earth" instead of his 9th Symphony. But finally couldn't help himself and wrote a 9th Symphony, then quickly tried to throw together a 10th Symphony, but died first...oops!

Thursday July 14, 2011 
Doing well! I got the post-surgical stuff out last week. Still have nurses and therapists coming to the house almost everyday. My walking is like a miracle. Am going up and down the steep hill. I look normal, although can't go far yet. Radiation starting next week, I think...

Plus it's a nice summer here! Kind of cool the past few days!

Thanks for asking, jm! And thanks to everyone here that have been sending me good thoughts! I am convinced that it has been a big factor in my speedy recovery!!!
You guys are great!!!"

Her references to RJS's 'Sunday Links' are too many to post...but I can attest to her respect for his commitment and verve in his work, which we are fortunate to receive here weekly.
These are but a few of her thoughts, but here is a belief she lived by and imprinted us with:
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Always & Forever Jen, Love AbyN 

As you know, Jennifer was a passionate fighter for economic, social, and environmental justice, with a profound compassion for animals. If you would like to do something in her memory, a great idea might be to make a donation to one of the organizations that Jennifer supported during her life: Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana, the Organic Consumers's Association, PETA, BoldProgressives, or the Purple Porch Co-op of South Bend.


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    1. Eternity gained an Angel on July 27th....but every soul you touced already gained something eternity cannot receive until we meet again Jennifer.....and that is the type of Angel we are now destined to become.


  2. No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend's were.
    Each man's death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.

    John Donne

  3. my daughter, Sierra was deeply upset when I told her about Jen's passing. Today she called me (she's w/o net access at this time) and asked me to post (along with her love for Jeff and Jen's family) this quote from one of her favorite stories:

    The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.

    The Notebook, N.Sparks

    1. "A loving heart is the truest wisdom"

      ......Seirra has wisdom!


  4. Jennifer had the gift for understanding humans struggles and sufferings. She never shied from voicing them and did it in such a way that offered the opposition dignity...what a greatness she shared freely!

    "When a trout rising to a fly gets hooked on a line and finds himself unable to swim about freely, he begins with a fight which results in struggles and splashes and sometimes an escape. Often, of course, the situation is too tough for him.

    In the same way the human being struggles with his environment and with the hooks that catch him. Sometimes he masters his difficulties; sometimes they are too much for him. His struggles are all that the world sees and it naturally misunderstands them. It is hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one." –Karl A. Menninger

    Epigraph for The Chosen