Twitter Tweets about Why are People So Hard on Bill Gates? as of March 3, 2009

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Many US Citizens not worthy of our Constitution – Adams, Palin, Ruff

I picked up a copy of Howard Ruff’s good book “How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years in the 21st Century” — I’ve been enjoying economic bad years long before it was fashionable, and even though I now have company in that enjoyment, I’d rather have prosperity in my financial stbility, not just my emotional stability.

On finding a random chapter — “Sin Tax” Howard Ruff refers to President John Adams’ statement that our constitution is unable to work for everyone. Specifically John Adams wrote a letter to the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts on 10/11/1798:

… we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Ruff goes on to explain that this body of “moral and religious people” was the essence of our attitude to gain prosperity from revolutionary times up to our greatest hours as a nation. The echoes of philosopher Edmund Burke support this — “Men of intemperate habits cannot be free, their passions form their fetters.”

Succinctly this summarizes the “IT” that Rush Limbaugh, G W Bush and the Republican conservative base holds dear and is exactly what Sarah Palin says to the “real america” with that canny wink of hers. The liberals don’t get “IT,” because the Democrat’s tent is full of people with intemperate habits. They can’t get “IT” because at the core they are “unbridled by morality and religion.”

No wonder the NeoCons can play fast and loose with inflaming fear in the American public: Because the Constitution is too weak to contain us lesser beings — we do not wear the bridle of morality and religion. And therefore our ability to be governed by the Constitution is null and void. We Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, Atheists, Wobblies, and who know else are unfit for the US Constitution.

We don’t get “IT.” — That’s where you are wrong.

I would submit that in fact,

yes, Rush, we do get “IT.” We reject the foolish position of John Adams. It does not take a person of morality to honor the goddess of prudence. It does not take a person of faith to realize that making the world a better place knows no religion.

What we do know is that desperate people do desperate and stupid things.

If you strip the American public of their Constitution, you have stripped them of respect for your ideas and leadership. If you fill the courts with blind followers of John Adams failed ideology, you have stripped the public of respect for the legal system. And if you blind us with false prosperity that is smoke and mirrors instead of true worth, you will reap the smoke of failure.

So here is the question: Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Stephen Colbert — “Do you reject the universal application of the US Constitution to all US Citizens? Do you, like President John Adams, share the failed ideology that the US Constitution is not a universal document, to be enjoyed, respected and worthy of all?”

Because if you reject the universal application of the Constitution, you reject the Constitution. It is your choice. Choose wisely. Wink-wink.

A Poem from Allstate

Allstate Insurance has created an eye-moistening, persuasive, thunderbolt of a poem in “Back to Basics” with this inspired advertisement.

The words start with –

  1. A stanza of uncertainty
  2. one of appreciation of basic values
  3. care and protection of those values

Now thats a great combination! It’s timeless but appropriate for now: we are in the sea of uncertainty. Let’s explore the music, the images, the words and even such a subtle thing as the echo of the room.

The music is simple, but hypnotic. It repeats in the manner of Robert Heinlein’s “pepsis” — note well how it goes over and over in your head for days triggering a memory of the message. The transition from solo piano to warm sweet orchestra comes at the end of the first verse and mirrors the verbal transition from thinking of uncertainty to emotional caring for basic values.

The images start cold and hard: Black and White. Stark. Of having to drink water from a fire hydrant. A woman worn by care, wondering about an uncertain future. Long lines for soup and bread: lines full of the camaraderie of stress and deprivation, lines that could end in “sorry, no soup left” for those unfortunate depression era souls.

But during the second and third verses, the scope changes, we see the gallery (as we watch, we sigh in relief, “it’s only a gallery where children are visiting”) and the color comes back into view. There are children and we can identify with them. Either we can be warm parents, or we can imagine that we are the children and the world is a grand place. Either way, it is so much better than we had just a second ago.

The images shift from cold and chilly to the warmth of the sun. But note the warm golden shades of the color: The shades of sunset — the reward of the day: the time spent with hearth and food and family.

Let’s talk about the voice of Dennis Haysbert: James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman are finally a trio with their “voice from beyond.” Moving, believable, solid and firm as a grassy knoll on a summer afternoon when you can hear the voice of God from the clouds. Haysbert is perfect to deliver this poetic A-bomb about uncertainty, worth and protection.

Even the audio is in alignment with the message: It is very subtle, but the echo of a great hall for the first words are replaced by a more intimate surrounding by the end of the message.

1931…was not exactly a great year to start a business.
But, that’s when Allstate opened its door.
And through the twelve recessions since,
they’ve noticed that after the fear subsides,
a funny thing happens.

People begin enjoying the small things in life.
A home-cooked meal.
Time with loved ones.
Appreciating the things we do have.
The things we can count on.

It’s back to basics.
And the basics are good.
Protect them.
Put them…in good hands.”

This advertisement hit all of the senses: sound, sight, feeling — it has alluded to and activated the cold of a depression day and the warmth of the sunset. And after feeling comes taste and smell –”a home cooked meal” is one of the basics.

And the monologue takes us from bewildered child to protective parent all guided by our wise grandfather, Dennis Haybert — Who tells us to put it in… Good Hands

This review by Jim Hinds is not meant to endorse any product by Allstate Insurance or any other provider — but it is meant to help shape our perceptions of art: a great message that connects with our most intimate needs.

Holiday time is Cheatin’ time.

I am a student of Romance. I dedicate much time to looking into the ways it impacts our lives and how we can enhance it. How it goes wrong and what to do.

So you can imagine me as I’m checking out search volume on the topic of sex, marriages, cheating and divorce on Google trends. Just look at the combination of “sex” and “cheat” over the last several years.

Sex and Cheating are on our minds at Christmas

Sex and Cheating are on our minds at Christmas


Imagine my shock and surprise that there is a strong correlation between ‘sex’ and ‘cheat’ in search keywords. I’m surprised for two reasons. First is the fact that these searches are, after all, on the internet — and if you are really interested in sex and cheating, you may only find the champagne room on the internet, and you must remember what Chris Rock said: “there is NO SEX in the champagne room” — if you want sex and cheating, it is out in the real world, not the internet. The second, and more important, is that people think of sex and cheating more at the very end of the year. And I’m not the only one: “Holiday intimacies aren’t just an American rite, according to Gabriele Doblhammer of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. Heavy Christmas-New Year’s sex “is characteristic of all Christian cultures in which it has been evaluated,” she and co-researcher Joseph Lee Rogers found.”

Search volume for sex goes up and down on a weekly cycle, with more searches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A little week-end nookie, no doubt. That weekly cycle is year long, with some seasonal variation.

Google's keyword trend for 'sex'

Google's keyword trend for 'sex'


There is a huge increase in both, simultaneously, during and just after Christmas. What a strange coincidence! And notice how the increase in ‘cheat’ is huge at this time. It almost looks like an obsession at this supposedly holy time of year! How will Christian religions explain this? Is it OK or holy at this time of the year? Is it a spiritual coincidence or does God work in mysterious ways?
Cheating is big big BIG at Christmas time

Cheating is big big BIG at Christmas time


OK, so that’s an open question to religious leaders everywhere. What gives???

Wait, there’s more! Look at the peaks for love in this graph: Valentines day in February is when people think of love, and NOT cheating. OK, now this demands another response: Why should we think of love MORE in february rather than at christmas time?

Valentine's day is when we really think of love!

Valentine's day is when we really think of love!

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Lake and Mt. a perfect pair




Creative commons use: DavidK-Oregon

So I’m thinking of moving from Hawaii to Oregon. It will take a lot of convincing, but seeing this view may be a part of that decision!

The air is clean and clear. The hikes are incredible. There are new things to discover around every bend. There are the mountains of the Cascade range, the incredible Oregon Coast. I can’t forget about the hiking at Smith Rock, or the inspiration of Multnomah Falls.

I got to remember to stay warm. And dry — gotta stock up on tactical gear also.

Maybe a visit to Outdoor Oregon may be the best future.

Self Publish Your Own Paperback at Essentially No Cost

http://www.pinearticles.com/Art/4302/185/Publishing-Your-Own-Paperback-Book.html

Not too long ago, I wrote a book for mid-life couples to help them re-focus on each other when the kids leave the home and retirement may be around the corner.

That is a critical time in a relationship: a huge percentage of divorces occur at exactly that time. A couple starts out in love, but time changes, values change, attraction changes. The book Romantic Trances is dedicated to the idea that a couple can find common ground and with the help of NLP, can regain the glow and rekindle the romance.

All that is well and good, but I wanted to get it out to the public to see what reception I could get: I’m in the process of re-writing it now!

I would not have been able to do that unless I got about 100 copies out into the hands of people so that I could get feedback on what worked and what didn’t.

Simply put, I wanted a way to print and bind an attractive paperback that I could do with simple materials. I figured out a unique and novel way to print a book using a duplexing printer and a therma-bind unit. The printer was a Samsung unit that had a price tag under $500. The therma-bind unit cost less than $100. I have since graduated to a Brother color laser with an even lower cost per page.

How I was able to do this involved a rather tricky way to shuffle the pages front and back and side to side so that one run through the printer would create two paperbacks. I would tack the outer edge with hot-melt glue, wrap a glossy bookcover around the pages and stick it in the therma-bind like a piece of toast in a toaster.

Bingo, instant paperback.

It took less than an afternoon to print out 100 copies, and the only part of the production that I could not do myself was to make the finishing cut: That was simple, any local copy shop has a hydraulic cutting station that will do the job. The printer can create a stack of several of the raw books, and cut them all at once. Five cuts, and that created 100 books: Cost per cut? One dollar. Total out of pocket expense? Five dollars.

You can find out more at the Publishing your Own Paperback Book article at Pine Articles e-zine.

Four Secrets to Overcome Resistance to Change

Jim’s Note: Not only is this right on regarding change, but about the chaos part: I’m waist deep in chaos myself! You would think that my chaos loving twin brother over at Kegare.org would have snapped up this gem. Ha, you get to read it here first!

One thing is constant in life… change is going to happen! Everyone desire change and it is inevitable. So why is it difficult for so many people? Changing our lives can lead us toward growth and fulfillment if we learn how to cooperate with this unyielding force. When we partner with change we take a quantum leap in our lives.

You’ll discover why you resist change and the four secrets to move beyond resistance to create positive changes in your life. When we reach for change, a part of us naturally resists. If the Read More »

An IM Session on Hypnosis and Human Potential

When I am not with a client I Usually like to work undisturbed. A good friend of mine likes to chat over Yahoo Messenger. So after I get over a conversation with her, I often forget to close it out (since she loves to say — I gotta make a sandwich, I’ll be right back: Yeah, right!)

This leaves my session open and I often get interrupted by scam artists from far away continents. This is one of these interruptions that had a better outcome.

On my profile on Yahoo, I have hypnosis listed as one of my interests: And I really am interested in it as it is the easiest and most painless method to help with inner transformation that I know of. It sure beats chemicals or months with a so-called therapist: Did you know that the psychological industry claims a success rate of well below 50 percent? Not my statistics, theirs.

But I digress: most folks have some pretty morbid ideas about hypnosis: there is a whole league of people who want to be hypnotized on line (by Internet Messaging text!!) to the point of having orgasm. How fun.

Anyway, this is one of those conversations: I thought it actually ended up with some benefit for our WebSearcher…

WebSercher:

hello and good afternoon

Me:

hello,  

WebSercher:

i’m very interested in being a subject

Me:

? subject?

WebSercher:

to be hypnotized

Me:

Ahhhh.

Me:

What are your goals?  Your thoughts on trance?

WebSercher:

i would like to be controlled

WebSercher:

i’m str8 and married , but would like to see what it would be like to experience another man – possibly through hypnosis

WebSercher:

is that strange?

Me:

Hmm.  Well, to be honest, that’s a bit outside of my arena.  No it is not strange — a good fantasy is a private gem.

Me:

I don’t really focus on either ‘control’ or sexual fantasies.  I do a lot of stuff with, well, emotional resolution and harmony.

Me:

weeding the mental/emotional garden to use a metaphor

Me:

You can see a bit more about that on my web site:  The Celarien Experience.

Me:

for sexual stuff, you might contact my friend ‘xxxyyyzzz’

Me:

He does not trance men, but he may know of someone who does.

WebSercher:

thanks

Me:

Anytime, and if you would like to feel the bliss of your real core-states, then call me back, OK?

WebSercher:

please explain

Me:

Sure, all of our actions/thoughts/fantasies are done for one of three reasons: to get us something we need to ‘be’, ‘do’ , or ‘have’

Me:

Think about it.  Everything is basically, at the core, done for these simple reasons.

Me:

By following the chain of motivations for your actions (not the sequence of actions, the motivators),

Me:

I can help you get to the very bottom of that chain.  It is one of your ‘core motivators’

WebSercher:

yes

Me:

And when you experience the reality of what really motivates you, you touch your bliss.

WebSercher:

yes – i would like that

Me:

Well, I have never done it by distance: I don’t think that text alone will do it.

WebSercher:

phone?

Me:

Possibly by web-cam, but I’m not sure that would work.

Me:

I’m  unsure that phone would work, since the client (that’s you) goes silent as you experience the state.

WebSercher:

i’m camless

Me:

I’m in Honolulu, and you are far, far away.

Me:

I would suggest that you contact the group that invented the technique (they are in Colorado, I believe) and see if there are any practitioners in your area.

WebSercher:

i c

Me:

The group was started by Connierae Andreas, and the technique is ‘core transformations’

WebSercher:

thanks

Me:

Tell me how your investigations go, OK?

WebSercher:

ok

Me:

And if you get to Hawaii, you might call in for a session.

WebSercher:

i feel drawn to you – is that strange?

Me:

Well, I identify with the Tarot card’s “Hermit’ — a person who has secret knowledge to share.  So,  it could be possible.

Me:

We humans have an inborn ability to reshape our emotional/mental terrain.  It is unique to humans, but we hardly ever activate that ability:  I think it is the real goal of the old Alchemists:   You know, internal transformation.

WebSercher:

yes

WebSercher:

i think you could easily hypnotize me

Me:

You may be ready for some transformation work.  Nearly everybody in our culture is ‘running on empty’

Me:

Do some investigation, and some meditation, and contact me some time soon, OK?

WebSercher:

ok

That’s it. And if you want the Yahoo message handle of that erotic hypnotist, you could e-mail me….

Thank You Mr. Olbermann

At last. At long last. A voice of sanity.

Keith Olbermann decimates George W. Bush. Sadly, words like these are too late to save over 4000 American Members of the Armed Services who were not supported by our administration. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Neo-conservatives. You have terrorized the United States and the world for too long.

Bravo to you Mr. Olbermann.

(Note the original video as posted on current.com has gone missing. Here it is from компютриYou Tube.)

Mr. Bush: “Shut the Hell up.”

GWB, Cowardice, Bravery, a nation of sheep and Jar Jar Binks

The following was originally a comment to a thought crime article on current.com. We think it stands on it’s own. Here it is:

GWB said he was a ‘uniter,’ and he did a fabulous job of ‘uniting’ the US under the Banner of Fear. And, like sheep and Jar-Jar Binks, we rushed headlong into the slippery slope of the ‘Patriot Act’ and the ‘War on Terror.’

All this aggression on our part has ignited our enemies into using very creative guerrilla tactics based on the internet’s ability to organize and disseminate information. They will always find those guerrilla tactics: loopholes in our communication infrastructure. It will be a never ending battle as long as we think like sheep.

In the 1950′s we had an even bigger threat, and a very much larger fear: Nuclear war. It was in our lives every day. As a nation, we also had a lot of crazy ideas; anyone remember the John Birch Society or the House Committee on un-American Activities? Comic character Pogo Possum, during the height of the H-Bomb scare of the 1950′s, said “We have met the Enemy, and He is Us.” GWB says that “they hate our freedoms.” So, Mr. GWB, by uniting us in fear, we are the enemy and will also start to “hate our freedoms”.

Our National Anthem says that America is supposed to be the ‘home of the brave,’ where is the bravery? We survived the threat of nuclear war with our freedoms mostly intact, why should we divorce bravery now? We show bravado, but not true bravery. I support our troops but not their leaders. Even more importantly, I would support our nation.

Show some courage, America: bravado and aggression stemming from fear is not bravery.