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Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 17:25:34 in Politics

“Now Obama is like Lincoln? NDAA--effectively suspends the right of habeas corpus against American citizens--a right forged by my Northern ancestors against a repressive English king. Not foisted on our chief executive--not at all. He drove it through.”
Global Warming and the Meaning of Doom

Global Warming and the Meaning of Doom

Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 13:38:10 in Green

“Unfortunately the vast majority of Americans who are nowhere close to being millionaires have more immediate concerns--feeding our families and keeping our homes. Job losses and foreclosures have impacted the lives of tens of millions. Almost 50 percent of Americans are now living at or beneath the poverty line. Thanks, major corporations, for outsourcing two-thirds of our jobs to Asia--where workers labor for long hours for absolute slave wages. But it does beef up the bottom line for the top few percent. Global warming is indeed a serious problem--and now with no jobs and homes we have time on our hands to stage protests. "Let's take on for the team."”

Moose Luck 99 on Aug 13, 2012 at 23:03:09

“What we need now is take back the fossil fuel subsidies 40 Billion.
Put it to MADE IN USA 40 billion for solar hot water panels and storage tanks given to unemployed.
40 billion solar electric systems given to the unemployed. 40 billion wind generators given to the unemployed.

The CIA owns over 1 TRILLION in front companies. SELL THEM NOW!”

jimboy71 on Aug 13, 2012 at 21:46:01

“Then stop voting for your overlords.”

Climate Lurker on Aug 13, 2012 at 21:12:31

“Keeping our homes, which are more than twice the size (more like 3 times the size) they were on average in 1970. Keeping our cars, because now we have on average 2 cars per house instead of 1. Putting food on the table, because now we demand food that we don't have to prepare with our own hands, and food out of season that my very own grandmother thought was the most special gift to receive for Christmas (oranges) when she was growing up. And don't forget we have to keep our iPhones, iPads, iPods flat screen TV's, cable with HBO at LEAST, and fifty shirts, fifty pairs of pants...

You get the idea.

Sorry, but to be completely honest, most of the people I personally know who've found themselves in financial doo doo are there because they refuse to give up their luxuries. And it's that demand, or expectation for luxuries that we now consider necessities, that has gotten us into this hot-seat to begin with. They may have lost jobs, but the reason they didn't have a cushion of money was because they spent it all on discard-able luxuries.”
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We Are All Meditators (Or at Least We Should Be)

Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 08:12:52 in Healthy Living

“100% behind you, Dr. Chopra (instead of the 99% of the time I disagree with your approach). Chinese standing post meditation, a form of martial qigong, helped me beat four bouts of "terminal" bone lymphoma back in the early nineties. The postures, typically held from 30 minutes to an hour, strengthened my body at a time when I couldn't do Western exercise because of chemo fatigue. The deep abdominal breathing calmed my mind, keeping me out of the "fight or flight" syndrome that emerges under great stress, pumping adrenal hormones into the body that interfere with healing. The deep breathing also pumps the lymphatic system--a vital component of the immune system. In short, daily practice of standing post meditation reinforced my will, strengthened my mind/body/spirit, and gave me the inner calm and focus to weather the withering effects from the chemotherapy of two bone marrow transplants. The chemo killed the cancer; the qigong gave me the fortitude to give it a clear playing field to do its job. Clear 16 years and still practicing daily.”

lizp33558 on Aug 27, 2012 at 14:01:26

“bob, what do you think of tai chi, would that be something good for a beginner.”

Claude Hosch on Aug 4, 2012 at 22:20:56

“I've started using standing and find that I actually like it. Sometime I meditate, and other times I watch TV standing: great for strengthing mind and body.”
Just Capital: What the 99% Really Need (Part 2)

Just Capital: What the 99% Really Need (Part 2)

Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 14:46:04 in Politics

“Amen, brother. No one seems to work it better than the swamis from the East, preaching spirituality over materialism--then charging their yuppie disciples exorbitant costs for the drippings of their "Dr. Feelgood" minds. Spiritual teachings aren't necessary for these people, just common sense: work less, give up your huge houses, luxury cars, expensive vacations and expensive dinners. Downsize possessions and ego; don't fall prey to the American marketing "culture" that convinces people to buy bigger and better toys that they don't really want or need to impress people they really don't like.”
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Why Globalism Is a Victory for You

Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 11:40:56 in Politics

“Amen! Obviously a millionaire many times over who is completely out of touch with the scores of Americans who have lost their homes, are unemployed or severely underemployed. American corporations don't give a damn about Americans--moving operations to Asian countries to take advantage of the slave wages they can pay the workers. The guy should stick to superficial, nebulous New Age topics--he actually makes more sense in that arena. Well, not really.”
Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim's Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police

Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim's Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police

Commented May 27, 2012 at 12:12:42 in Miami

“It could've been worse--the guy could've had his brunch south of the "equator."”
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Obama Knows the Magic Word to End Our Troubles

Commented May 21, 2012 at 16:16:52 in Politics

“Oh, that's easy--because when you're a New Age guru worth $80 million preaching spirituality, not materialism, one can dwell on the Astral Plane contemplating such lofty concepts. Then you drive to your gated-community mansion in your Bentley.

I'm a middle-aged, pale guy of Northern European descent, Independent, who usually votes Democrat. A cynic--but when Obama, a black man, was elected I thought change would come--help for both the middle-class and poor. For a heartbeat this shattered idealist was reassembled like Osiris. Then--appointments of Wall Street/Bush guys, Geithner and Summers, and Immielt, CEO of GE, as his "jobs guy" (GE has relocated the majority of its work force to Asia, working for slave wages. Doesn't seem to pay corporate taxes, either--loopholes). "Evolve?" How about "Devolve?"”

pshakkottai on May 21, 2012 at 20:59:27

dubhan on May 21, 2012 at 16:48:02

“not that simple and i think you do Obama a disservice by being so narrow minded look at the sum total of his work not hte handful of decesions you don't like”

hp blogger Monique Ruffin on May 21, 2012 at 16:37:31

“Do you believe Romney will be the answer? I'm with you and I believe we change comes from within the American people and to Washington D.C. I say the problem was that we expect someone to make it right for us. We can't be victims here.”
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In Physics, the Arrow of Time Gets Bent

Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 18:08:30 in Healthy Living

“Fine--there is much to be explored. The "observer effect;" in which an observer's presence affects the action of particles/waves--is a starting point. But to take that phenomenon and run with the ball--saying every human being creates every aspect of his or her reality--is rubbish. Do rape victims "attract" their attackers? I lived with one raped from childhood by family members. Was she "asking for it?" What about victims of pedophilia--were they asking for it? Or the six million Jews who were tortured and killed during the Holocaust--were they asking for it?

Let's examine the observer effect before we make overarching statements that do nothing but sell books.”

Kristin Talbott on May 1, 2012 at 10:23:46

“It seems to me that, first of all, you have a quite poor understanding of the observer effect and the law of attraction if you think that one can simply be said to be "asking for" misfortune. In addition, of course, creation is not a solitary activity - we are all only parts of one dynamic, frothing, awe-inspiring whole.

Finally, it's worth pointing out that even if your understanding were correct, it wouldn't make any difference. The truth, whatever it may be, is true regardless of whether you are comfortable with the implications of it or not.”

seaturtledove on May 1, 2012 at 01:41:56

“I read your comment and then read Deepak's article. I did not see him saying, they "were asking for it." I have not seen Chopra to be as extreme as you make him out to be. He does not claim to have all the answers, he is exploring the mystries.”

new beginning on Apr 30, 2012 at 18:46:31

“I think you have taken this WAY outside the boundaries Chopra intended and have gone out off the deep end. IOW, you ran way off course with the ball.”
Oprah Winfrey and I in India

Oprah Winfrey and I in India

Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 17:58:23 in Home

“It seems these people who may start out with good intentions regarding spiritual matters get co-opted by the lure of millions of dollars and the glitz of celebrity. Depressing--it seems especially Hindu gurus/god-men come to this country and raked in hundreds of millions. Their rationale? They are not "attached" to their mansions and fleets of Bentleys--but their followers are attached to materialism and should turn over money/property or pay outrageous sums for their teachings. Spirituality over materialism?”
Super Soul Sunday: How To Find Your Inner Harmony

Super Soul Sunday: How To Find Your Inner Harmony

Commented Apr 28, 2012 at 07:06:37 in Healthy Living

“Certainly thinking positive about one's situation and oneself is critical. Thinking so propels one to take the positive action necessary to affect change. Meditation and exercise help immensely in this process.”
Design for Good  - A Global Movement and Mission

Design for Good - A Global Movement and Mission

Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 11:21:06 in Impact

“Very inspiring, Lee, to see that architects who could be making millions in the States designing homes for rap stars are foregoing that to help people who need shelter. Food and shelter--the basics of survival.”
Oprah Winfrey and I in India

Oprah Winfrey and I in India

Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 07:27:31 in Home

“Amen, sister. I think they should have taken Snooki and the rest of the 'Jersey Shore' Mensa candidates along. To collaborate on spiritual, scientific and philosophical topics.”

Lacy May on Apr 26, 2012 at 22:36:28

“Bob,
LOL ... one of the "Spiritual World Conferences" a few years back had Steven Segal ("C" actor who was married to model Kelly LeBrock until he had an "affair with their 15 year old baby sitter), was one of the main "presenters." So I guesss Snooki would fit right in with the Mensa candidates! [Great mini bio - F & F]”
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A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 12:29:18 in Politics

“Amen, brother.”
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Divided Politics and Bad Marriages

Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 16:58:40 in Politics

“Well, it didn't help that Obama appointed Geithner as Treasury Secretary and Larry Summers as one of his top economic advisers. Both were Bush advisers and Wall Street honchos who got us into this mess in the first place. Not to mention appointing the head of GE as his jobs adviser: GE has moved two-thirds of its work force to Asia, working for slave wages, and hasn't paid corporate taxes in the U.S. for several years. There's a "Yes, We Can" team for change.

But, I'm a guy about solutions. I think if the good Doctor addressed Congress and demonstrated yogic flying each of our elected representatives would have a revelation about the meaning of life. Instead of bickering, they'd employ the Law of Attraction to control their complete reality. And instead of all that strife, relax with their mistresses and glasses of single malt and allow their goals to be accomplished by the inertia of pure belief.”
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Why I Practice Tai Chi

Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 10:01:31 in Healthy Living

“Qigong practice changed my life--and saved my life. A disciplined practice of standing post meditation helped me weather the rigors of four bouts of "terminal" bone lymphoma cancer and the accompanying horrific chemotherapy treatments in the early nineties. Internal energy practice kept me strong while the chemo ultimately did its job. Clear of cancer for 16 years and still practicing every day!”
The First Death of Günter Grass

The First Death of Günter Grass

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 10:29:10 in World

“I think one can criticize the policies of Israel without being an anti-Semite. No, I guess not. One must always be politically correct.”

GayZionist2 on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:14:56

“If he had critized Israel's policies, as Haaretz and others do every single day, nobody would complain. What people are upset about is that Gunter made up a very serious charge against Israel without evidence: that Israel was preparing to strike Iran with it's nuclear arsenal first. It's such a grandiose lie that makes people think his motivations were antisemitism.”

finlandstation on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:15:45

“one could, but why so much disproportionate venom against this tiny state, when, as levy clearly points out, there is so much more evidence of evil and hatred elsewhere. one can only conclude that, it isn't criticism of israel driving this bus but rather anti-semetism. otherwise, much more attention would be directed at syria, lebanon, egypt, saudi arabia, iran, turkey, iraq, yemen, sudan, tunisia, france, england, germany, algeria, nigeria, bahrain, oman, and jordan (to name just a few).”
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Good News: You Are Not Your Brain

Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 17:46:23 in Healthy Living

“Now I'm really shocked--both wry comments posted. My hat's off to you--there is hope.”
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Good News: You Are Not Your Brain

Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 17:31:04 in Healthy Living

“My original comment regarding patients who have suffered strokes, Alzheimer's and too many shots of bourbon didn't make the cut. I'm shocked. And I really focused on the Law of Attraction to have it posted. While I was yogic flying. Like my books: me and Jesus. me and Buddha. me, the rishi, and Mahesh Yogi. The billionaire: "...and the Bentley-driving guru is putting up his price, anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?" --Cream, Anyone for Tennis?”

Bob Ellal on Mar 27, 2012 at 17:46:23

“Now I'm really shocked--both wry comments posted. My hat's off to you--there is hope.”
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Good News: You Are Not Your Brain

Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 16:45:06 in Healthy Living

“Exactly--I've had far too many surgeries and anesthesia--it was completely an unaware state--all I remember is waking up and then consciousness returned. Brain doped--mind disappeared. People who have strokes or Alzheimer's have organic brain damage--and their "minds" sure do change from the damage. Chug a pint of Jack Daniel's (which I have to do to get through two pages of Chopra's books) and one's "mind" and awareness changes dramatically due to the effects of the booze. Well, not really--I can't read his New Age rubbish no matter how plastered I get.”
The Higher Health, Part 4

The Higher Health, Part 4

Commented Mar 3, 2012 at 09:02:41 in Healthy Living

“Thanks, Dr. Andrea--and congrats back at you for having the guns and determination to achieve an M.D. and the flexibility to integrate complementary modalities into your practice. I think the future is a melding of Western allopathic and Eastern mind/body--as is done in hospitals in China.

For years I've been plagued off-and-on by intense sciatica, a result of cancer eating my vertebrae and disks. A couple of years ago I went for weeks without sleep; went to my M.D. (who is a great doctor!); he prescribed painkillers and physical therapy. The painkillers didn't do much and the PT made the sciatica worse. A kung gu buddy told me about his acupuncturist, who trained for five years in Japan at its top institute. I was skeptical as I'd tried it years earlier with a local practitioner and it did nothing. But--after two one-hour treatments the sciatica was gone and the treatments ended. That was over two years ago and I haven't felt a twinge since! Skeptics would say the placement of needles creates an endorphin response that temporarily relieves the pain--but that effect would've worn off in a day--it wouldn't have lasted this long. I'm sold!”
The Higher Health, Part 4

The Higher Health, Part 4

Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 08:47:09 in Healthy Living

“I'm a firm believer in the power of the mind/body connection: a disciplined practice of qigong, Chinese mind/body exercises, kept me strong and focused through my four bouts of bone lymphoma cancer in the early nineties. But--the chemotherapy (two bone marrow transplants) finally killed the cancer (clear of disease 16 years). The mind/body exercises kept me in the game.We have to be careful in this regard--it's not magic. But employing it through meditation/visualization can help fight disease and perhaps prevent it.

Certainly lifestyle changes can help prevent many cancers. But many are caused by exposure to modern carcinogens in the air we breathe, the food and water we consume, and the variety of products we use for various things. Not to mention the electro-magnetic radiation from modern technology. We are under "attack" from carcinogens--an onslaught never experienced by our ancestors. The alarming rise in cancer rates in the past 30 years (from 1-in-4 Americans to 1-in-3 women and 1-in-2 men today--ACS statistics) reflect this. It's not because the human race is suddenly harboring more negative emotions or repressing feelings against others, as many New Agers have gushed about.

We may be "spiritual beings having a human experience"--I don't know. But if we are we are subject to physical law. Exposure to enough carcinogens will result in a diagnosis of cancer, no matter how spiritually elevated one feels he or she is.”
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Fight Unemployment -- Deport the Poor!

Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 10:12:32 in Comedy

“I think Antarctica would be the ideal emigration destination for the poor--many don't have proper food or shelter in America so what difference would it make? I'm living a whisker above the poverty line on my disabilities. But I'm lucky--I have a windbreaker. I'm ready to take one for the team.”
The Higher Health, Part 3

The Higher Health, Part 3

Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 09:42:34 in Healthy Living

“Sensible, practical advice--proper diet, exercise and keeping oneself away as much as possible from high-stress and negative "energy vampires." And also meditation, which is proven to reduce stress; no doubt the deep abdominal breathing employed helps pump the lymphatic system, a vital part of the immune system.

The mind/body connection exists; stress is a culprit in manifesting gastrointestinal conditions as well as high blood pressure and the resulting strokes and heart problems. It may contribute to the conditions that promote cancer--which are mainly environmental, chemical and radiative pollution, or genetic. Reducing stress may keep the immune system strong and prevent such horrific diseases from taking root in the body.

My hat's off to you for this balanced article.”
Designing With The Other 90%

Designing With The Other 90%

Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 10:29:31 in Impact

“A billion people living in slums is an abomination! Thanks for fighting the good fight, man, and bringing this to our attention.”
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Television 2012: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 11:19:23 in TV

“Obviously at its worst TV programming is a platform for Madison Ave., but it's always been that way. And yes--there are great shows on television, such as "Breaking Bad" (Bryan Cranston deserves every accolade), "Mad Men" and "Hell on Wheels."

That being said the greatest proportion of TV programming reflects our own American self-absorption: celebrity reality shows and reality shows in general, which chronicle the excruciating minutiae of everyday existence (Kim Kardashian in a quandary about which thong to rinse out first). Of course, can we do without "Hillbilly Handfishin," "American Hoggers" and its spinoff "Lady Hoggers?" I'm reminded of the "Old Milwaukee" beer commercial from decades ago: "It doesn't get any better than this." A sad commentary, as that beer was brewed from the Love Canal.”
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