Category Archives: Administrivia

ADMINISTRIVIA: WordPress and my spam filter seem to be conspiring to hide submissions


I think it’s straightened out, but if you don’t see your submission in the weekly collection OR an email from me explaining why I didn’t use it, you may assume I didn’t see it.  I push anything that is remotely “jasper”; even my own opinions.

I’ll be pushing the missed material.  Sorry for the delay.

Apparently the “Report Items” failed (i.e., stopped emailing me items) a long time ago I never noticed it. Argh!  I’ll catch up but it’s really frustrating. 


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ADMINISTRIVIA: Correction — Noa Pothoven, teen NOT euthanized in the Netherlands


ENDNOTE: Noa Pothoven, teen euthanized in the Netherlands

Assisted-suicide pioneer regrets allowing it for depression 

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[JR: There’s a update from a different source.]

The Daily Grind
June 9th, 2019

The Headline

Dutch rape victim passes away from anorexia after requesting euthanasia

The Grind

On June 2nd, Dutch rape victim Noa Pothoven died after asking for euthanasia. She was 17 years old.

“Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, give my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive,” she wrote on Instagram.

While initial reports claimed her death was the result of euthanasia, witnesses say she passed away from anorexia. Follow-up reports confirmed there were no signs of euthanasia.

“I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable,” she wrote. “I’m still breathing, but I’m not alive anymore.”

The Details

Pothoven developed anorexia, depression, and PTSD after she was molested and raped at ages 11, 12, and 14. She finally reported the attacks to police at age 16.

“I relive the fear, that pain every day,” wrote Pothoven in her memoir. “Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body still feels dirty…My house has been broken into, my body, that can never be undone.”

Pothoven was admitted to a hospital last year after her refusal to eat left her organs in critical condition. Doctors placed her into a medically-induced coma and attached tubes to provide nutrients.

When she awoke, her request for euthanasia was turned down.

“They consider that I am too young to die,” she told reporters. “They think I should finish my trauma treatment and that my brain must first be fully grown. That lasts until your 21st birthday. It’s broken me, because I can’t wait that long.”

Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, but only in cases of “hopeless and unbearable” suffering. Patients between the ages of 12-16 must obtain parental consent.

Rumors that Pothoven was euthanized stem from her recent conversation with the “end of life” clinic, a controversial facility where doctors reconsider patients’ requests for euthanasia.

Pothoven invoked her legal right not to be force-fed last week and passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family.

[JR: This puts a completely different spin on it.  Hard to imagine what this poor child went through. She made her choice.  We can only pray for her soul.  And carefully watch for any regression on “right to life” issues.]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Volunteers needed


Volunteers needed asap:

  • Twitter reporter
  • Instagram reporter
  • Facebook reporter

Volunteers will be needed:

  • JasperWiki (a Wikipedia format clone) writers 
  • JasperJottings Version 2 (a RapidWeaver redesign) tech help

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Volunteer wanted for the Twitter “desk”


Dear fellow Jaspers:

As much as I try to cover “everything” about Jaspers, I have to admit that Twitter gets a short shrift.

I can use some help — probably a lot of help — to scan for Jasper news and sightings on Twitter.

While even just scaring would help, if you can put it on the daily blog that would be better.

I’d have to work out the “roles” (i.e., finder, reporter, editor, etc.) and if there are multiple volunteers, how to split the Twitter-verse.

I feel that the loss of Google+ was OK because that was Yet Another Source that I couldn’t keep up with. 

There are several other sources but those are just my pipe dream.

Yell if you want a thankless task in the Aegean Stable.



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ADMINISTRIVIA: I’m creating a “Jasper” — alumni of manhattan college — wiki for articles


I am (again) creating a “Jasper” — alumni of manhattan college — wiki for articles about out alumni that don’t make the cut in wikipedia.

I’d like to use all the features that I find in Wikipedia.  I’m not sure that is exactly possible; I may have to copy over some of the templates they use. 

For example, I wrote a Wikipedia page about “John Fandel”, a manhattan college teacher who had some fame as a poet. It was rejected as “not noteworthy enough” despite having a “dead” reference on several pages.

So, I’d like to put it on my “Jasper Wiki”.

I tried once already on a mediawiki on BlueHost and within two weeks the site was destroyed by Chinese hackers.

The way I read the CIVIHOSTING offering, they will install and secure it for me if I subscribe. I can do the content and they make sure it’s safe.

Of course, it’ll be “small potatoes” in terms of usage but I’d am going to try again.

At some point in time, perhaps the manhattan college alumni office would like to take it over but that’s a long way off.  By using a well know platform, if and when Alma Mater decides to take it over it would be easy. 

Of course, this will die with me. 

But if we can get others to participate as content creators, perhaps we can make it into something.

I already have a lot of info on Jaspers in Jasper Jottings, so it should be “fun”.

As always your thoughts, contributions, and participation is welcome and invaluable.

Details to follow.


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One response to “ADMINISTRIVIA: I’m creating a “Jasper” — alumni of manhattan college — wiki for articles”

May 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm |

Outstanding idea, jottings is the best source of alumni information about who we are, what we do and how exhibit our Jasper traditions

Go for it, John

[JR: Thanks jasper is up and I’m working on it now.]

Jim Brown’58

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Dear Lasallians,

In 2017, the Catholic Church declared May 1st, which is the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, to be Religious Brothers Day. Members of the Church are invited to “shed light on the identity of the Religious Brother and the value and necessity of this vocation.”

The day offers an opportunity to celebrate the gift of religious Brotherhood to the Church and the world; to give thanks for religious Brothers in our lives and the impact they’ve made; and to inspire and invite young people to consider the consecrated life and a vocation as a Brother.

For our Lasallian family, it is a chance to give thanks specifically for the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as well as to inspire and invite young men to consider a vocation to the Brothers’ life.

Please join us in the prayer below on May 1st, joining our voices to the Lord in thanks for these men, and in petition for His grace in leading more young men to this calling.

I also invite each of you personally to reply to this e-mail if you would like to send a greeting, message, or prayer to a Brother who has had a particular impact on your life. I will try to make sure that all messages will be delivered to the intended Brothers. For messages to the Brothers in general, or if I cannot figure out who “Brother John from Manhattan College in the 70s” is, I will try to include these in our weekly communication to all of the Brothers of our District.

Thank you once again for caring about the Christian Brothers.

God bless you,
Patrick Donahue
Director of Advancement

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Good Evening All,

John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, has asked for our prayers for the Christian Brothers. Thank you John for sharing this. This May 1, 2019 is Brothers of the Christian Schools Day. Our laSallian Tradition Brothers and Schools. It is a good time to remember those Brothers that so influenced our lives during our formative years. They gave us hope, they built character, they expected much of us and gave us the tools to deliver, they shared laughter with us, rebuked when necessary and warned when it was all one needed. They helped us set goals, at Manhattan College, they gave us grounding with two Simple Prayers that most of us still pray, ” Saint John Baptist DeLaSalle, Pray for us.” And ” Live Jesus In Our Hearts, Forever.” I know that I will remember a few as well as those that have been called home more recently and I continue to give thanks for those at the College that still dedicate their lives to teaching and guiding Jaspers. Thank you again, John.

Please remember the Brothers in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Good morning Patrick:

I put Brother Robert Berger, Brother Patrick Horner, and Brother Dan Gardner in my prayers for the work they continue to do for Manhattan College.

As to your delivering as many messages as possible, I hope you wait many, many years for delivering my prayer messages to Brother E. Austin O’Malley, Brother Luke Salm, Brother Francis Bowers, Brother Kenneth Fitzgerald, and Brother Anthony Moon, each of whom holds a special place in my memory.

God bless,

Terry Gaffney ’74

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ADMINISTRIVIA: First collegiate American Legion Post in Iowa hopes to attract younger veterans


​Does Alma Mater have an American Legion on campus? Can I sponsor it?​


[JR: Yes, I always was a GIANT PIA.]

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