Basic Human Rights…what are they? What are your own personal thoughts about the state of human rights in the world today?…by Chuck Duboff


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“Human Rights: rights which are inherent to all human beings, regardless of nationality, race, sex, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or any other status.  We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.”  United Nations.

Questions to ponder:

Ask yourself these questions: do you believe that every human being living on this earth is entitled to basic human rights?  Is there a piece within you which believes that you are more entitled to these rights than others?  Do you look at individuals and say that they are deserving of their less than ideal living conditions and are therefore not as entitled to basic human rights?  Do you believe that basic human rights are bestowed upon all individuals throughout the world, or is there a class of human beings which controls and subjugates others, to their benefit?  Do you ever look down upon others?  Do you generalize and stereotype others and develop a belief that they are less worthy of basic human rights?

Do you believe it is your responsibility to ensure that all citizens of this planet are receiving basic human rights or do you hide your head in the sand and let others do the hard work?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

  1. We are all free and equal
  2. Don’t discriminate
  3. The right to life
  4. No slavery – past or present.
  5. No torture
  6. We all have the same right to use the law.
  7. We are all protected by the law.
  8. Fair treatment by fair courts
  9. No unfair detainment
  10. The right to trial
  11. Innocent until proven guilty
  12. The right to privacy
  13. Freedom to move
  14. The right to asylum
  15. The right to a nationality
  16. Marriage and family
  17. The right to own things
  18. Free to say what you want
  19. Freedom of thought
  20. Meet where you like
  21. The right to democracy
  22. The right to social security
  23. Worker’s rights
  24. The right to play
  25. A bed and some food
  26. The right to education
  27. Culture and copyright
  28. A free and fair world
  29. Our responsibilities to others
  30. Nobody can take away these rights and freedoms from us.

While reading this list of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, what were your thoughts?  Did any of these rights make you uncomfortable?  Do you believe that our society is making these rights available to all of our citizens?

I asked a wise man, my very good friend, Al Bryski, retired teacher, writer, philosophizer, how he would define Human Rights:

“To me a human right  is the right  for every person, every single one, to have equal rights to choice and opportunity, whether it be the freedom to get a job, to get a partner of one’s choice, the right to   move freely, and the right to work at any job that they, the person,  is qualified for, without threats of harassment, without any abuse, or any threat of being fired. It also means to me the right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech and the right to equal treatment in the due process of law. Summing it up, it is for me treating every person with the dignity and respect they are entitled to.”


What are you doing to help promote Human Rights?  Are you sitting on the sidelines or are you doing something to make this a healthier world in which we live?

“Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.”  Muhammad Yunus

Who would YOU rather be?…by Chuck Duboff

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  • Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen?
  • Derek Jeter or Mickey Mantle?
  • Donald Trump or Stephen Harper?
  • Al Pacino or George Clooney?
  • The Beatles or Rolling Stones?
  • Ernest Hemingway or William Shakespeare?
  • A doctor or a nurse?
  • A teacher or a lawyer?
  • Dustin Byfuglien or Wayne Gretzky?
  • Very rich and sick or very poor and healthy?
  • Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?
  •  Barak Obama or Justin Trudeau?
  • Vladimir Putin or Osama Ben Ladin?
  • David Bowie or Pink Floyd?
  • A parent of three healthy, happy children or rich and single?
  • Beyonce or The Eagles?
  • Rush or Led Zeppelin?
  • Bob Marley ….there’s no “or”for Bob Marley….there’s only one right answer!!  lol
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Over 5000 Views of Thank you so very much.

Thursday, April 24

210 Views of Living with Depression…It Sucks; Updated Blog.

BLOG hits 5128 views since January 30th



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Yesterday morning our Blog hit and passed 5000 views.  5000 views of the Blog,, since January 30.  I could never have imagined that so many people would take the time to read the ramblings of an old hippie and his friends.  Technology today has made it possible for everyone to write, publish, connect in ways never dreamed of.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read, comment, contribute.  One of the things that truly amazes me when I look at the stats that are provided for the blog, are the countries around the world where people are stopping in to visit and read; 

A partial list includes:

Canada, US, United Kingdom, Australia, France Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Philippines, Spain, Brazil, Kuwait, Norway, South Africa, Mexico, Israel, Finland, Columbia, Denmark, New Zealand, Tunisia, Ecuador, Serbia, Tunisia, Malaysia, Thailand, Greece, Pakistan, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Poland, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, China, Slovenia.

The number of views per day has steadily increased; initially, there were 15-20 views per day…during these past few weeks, the number of views has increased to 60-70 a day.  That in itself has been incredible positive reinforcement and a seeming validation and interest in what is being written.

So many people have contributed writing to this blog; Mickey, Al, Cheyene, Bari, Derek, Bojan and Dianne…your contribution has been greatly appreciated.  Kristin, thank you for the interview.  Geoff: your writing, especially your poetry, has been fantastic.  Thanks pal…and when tax season is done, it’ll be exciting to see a lot more of your writing.


I have gotten personal joy out of writing poetry, prose, doing movie and theatre reviews and, of course, writing about the Winnipeg Jets.  The evolution of Saturday Morning Random Thoughts and Springsteen Sundays has been fun.  It has been so very special to have a forum to discuss the Depression I live with, and to see the tremendous support and interest the blogs on Depression have generated.

There are so many blogs that I both enjoyed and am really proud of; these are but a few:

One of the great things that has evolved from this Blog is that Geoff and I are going to be publishing a book.  It will be both a collection of our writings from this blog and some new writing from these two overly analytical minds.  It has been a dream for both Geoff and I to actually publish a book…so, sometime in the next few months, be looking for some exciting news about a book of writing from the brothers from different mothers.

Geoff asked to contribute a few words to this thank you Blog.  I know, had he not been in the midst of an overwhelming deadline of April 30th to complete his tax season, this would have been a much longer dissertation.

5,000 views!     Thanks to everyone who’s taken a look at Chuck’s eclectic blog! It’s very exciting that so many people read it regularly.Chuck – take a bow! You do amazing work – gathering, writing, editing and publishing. Well done my friend!!!”

Geoff: without you, there’s no way this blog would be the success it is.  Not only your writing contributions, but your encouragement, support, critique, conversation…they have all helped to make this Blog something very special.  I can’t wait for us to get started on putting the book together.




Some of my all-time favourite movies; your thoughts? your list?

© Chuck Duboff

These are some of my all time favourite movies; from great baseball movies like Field of Dreams, The Natural, Bull Durham and Moneyball, to the violence of Scarface and Taxi Driver, the fun of Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally, classic comedies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and High Fidelity to the painful beauty of Elegy; this is not ranked in any special order, just some of the movies that have always stayed with me.  What movies are on your list?


  • High Fidelity
  • Pulp Fiction
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Taxi Driver
  • All the President’s Men
  • The Big Lebowski


  • The English Patient
  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Sting
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Spanish Prisoner
  • All the President’s Men
  • The Great Escape
  • Groundhog Day
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Annie Hall



  • The Natural
  • Bull Durham
  • Moneyball
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Elegy


  • The Shining
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Enemy
  • Rudy 
  • Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
  • Scarface


Chuck Duboff’s go to authors…



Ernest Hemmingway


William Shakespeare…Hamlet

Ernest Hemingway…For Whom the Bell Tolls

J.D. Salinger…Catcher in the Rye.

Tennesse Williams…The Glass Menagerie

George Orwell…1984

Charles Dickens…Great Expectations

J.R.R.Tolkein…Lord of the Rings

Thomas Hardy…Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Victor Hugo…Les Miserables

Harper Lee…To Kill a Mockingbird

Ray Bradbury…Fahrenheit 451

Albert Camus…The Plague

Edgar Allen Poe…Fall of the House of Usher

                                 Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Gabriel Garcia Marquez…Love in the Time of Cholera

Fredrick Forsyth…Day of the Jackal


                                                      Frederick Forsythe

Robert Ludlum…any and all (my guilty summertime pleasure).

John Steinbeck…Of Mice and Men

Margaret Laurence…The Diviners.

Arthur Miller… The Crucible

Noam Chomskey…For those on the Political Left…

Bob Woodword…any of his writings on U.S Politics

Charles Bukowski…seriously out there poetry.

Leonard Cohen…anything.


                                             Leonard Cohen


35 things I remember…Chuck Duboff

Things I Remember…Chuck Duboff


    1. The Afro.
    2. Winning the championship with Matthew’s baseball team, which  I coached.
    3. Ben and Laine’s eyes at their first Jets game.
    4. Long days as a kid sitting and standing at synagogue.
    5. American History Prof, Bruce Daniels, running for US presidency.
    6. Dad’s bbq’s of spare ribs in the backyard, then eating in the gazebo.
    7. Seeing Bruce Springsteen perform in Fargo.
    8. The WHA Wpg Jets beating the Russian National Team 5-3.
    9. Watching Carly and Matthew come into the world.
    10. Passionately teaching Hamlet.
    11. October 13, 2012, 529 Wellington, Tannis saying yes.
    12. Paying $900 for first top loading VCR.
    13. Defrosting a bagel for five minutes in first microwave.
    14. Ringing in ears and memory loss symptoms after getting concussion.
    15. Going to 1984 Grey Cup in Edmonton, and watching Bombers slaughter Hamilton.
    16. Three days in Detroit Lakes with Tannis.
    17. Carly and Chris’ wedding and getting pretty daymn hammered at the reception.
    18. Seeing the Yankees in Minnesota with Matthew…and meeting Rickey Henderson.
    19. Unity Marches of 12 km. with 800 students to the Manitoba Legislative Buildings
    20. Matt drumming at the West End Cultural Centre at the end of Grade 12.
    21. The intense pressure of being a year younger than everyone at Peretz School.
    22. Rock Against Racism 1.
    23. Lying on the beaches of Isla Mujeros.
    24. Teaching English at the International American School in Cancun.
    25. Passover at my Baba’s on Anderson Ave.
    26. The fear experienced while living and teaching in Taiwan.
    27. Friday night dinner at Mom and Dad’s with Carly and Matthew.
    28. Billeting Winnipeg Goldeyes players.
    29. Meeting Kenny Ploen.
    30. Getting a game used Jacob Trouba stick from Carly’s family for my 60th birthday.
    31. May 31st, 2011…the day the Jets came home..and spending it with Geoff.
    32. Celebrating 60th birthday in Playa del Carmen for two weeks.
    33. Being honoured with the 2006 Manitoba Human Rights Award
    34. The incredible pride I felt for the Maples Collegiate Unity Group.
    35. The incredible relief after writing my blog on living with Depression.


                                      THE FRO…MID 1970’S