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BSW - UNC Greensboro

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"An Unending Love"

This blog and video is devoted and dedicated to my daughter, my grand daughters, and my grand son. They are hearts of my heart. Our connection through many lives..... is utterly infinite.




The Definition of Genius

"THRIVE"

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"ONLY LOVE PREVAILS ....."
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The degree of our enlightenment is the degree of passion that we will have for the whole world." ~The Greystone Mandala


~The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill


TECHNOLOGY..........

In “Conversations with God”, by Neale Donald Walsch, there is a warning. I think of it as the Atlantis passage, and I've quoted it a few times before. "As I have said, this isn't the first time your civilization has been at this brink," God tells Walsch. "I want to repeat this, because it is vital that you hear this. Once before on your planet, the technology you developed was far greater than your ability to use it responsibly. You are approaching the same point in human history again. It is vitally important that you understand this. Your present technology is threatening to outstrip your ability to use it wisely. Your society is on the verge of becoming a product of your technology rather than your technology being a product of your society. When a society becomes a product of its own technology, it destroys itself."

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cheney, Creepy as Ever, Should Be Locked Up

Cheney, Creepy as Ever, Should Be Locked Up

How Rick Perry Created His State's $27 Billion Budget Crisis | | AlterNet

How Rick Perry Created His State's $27 Billion Budget Crisis

Obama Selects Krueger As Top Economist


  • The Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama has chosen Princeton University's Alan Krueger to be chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

"As one of this country's leading economists, Alan has been a key voice on a vast array of economic issues for more than two decades," Mr. Obama said Monday in a statement. He continued, "Alan understands the difficult challenges our country faces, and I have confidence that he will help us meet those challenges as one of the leaders on my economic team."

If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Krueger, a labor economist, is likely to provide a voice inside the administration for more-aggressive government action to bring down unemployment and, particularly, to address long-term joblessness.

Mr. Krueger, 50 years old, returned to Princeton a year ago after serving as assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy during the first two years of the Obama administration—which means he has recently cleared the sometimes treacherous Senate confirmation process.

He would succeed Austan Goolsbee, who left earlier this month to reclaim his teaching post at the University of Chicago.

Mr. Krueger has been on Princeton's faculty since 1987, the year he earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He did a stint as chief economist at the Labor Department during the Clinton administration.

The work he has done in academia ranges from attempts to explain why job growth wasn't stronger during the 2000s, to findings that increases in the minimum wage don't depress employment, to a work showing that terrorists often come from middle-class—and often college-educated—backgrounds.

While at Treasury, Mr. Krueger worked on analyses of a variety of programs, including tax incentives to encourage employers to hire the employed, the "cash for clunkers" initiative to jump-start auto purchases and Build America taxable municipal bonds.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, through a spokeswoman, said that "given his expertise in labor economics, he is precisely the right choice to lead the CEA at this moment in history."

Martin Feldstein, who was CEA chairman in the Reagan White House, praised the choice. "His experience at the Treasury will give him a running start in his new job," he said. "Alan is an expert in labor-market problems, taxation and the economics of terrorism. I hope the president listens to him."

The council's members generally are drawn from academia, and they often serve for only two years. Their influence has waxed and waned over time, depending on the internal dynamics of the particular White House economic team, the relationship between the president and the CEA chairman and the political agility of the council members.

Like those who previously held the post in the Obama administration, Mr. Goolsbee and Christina Romer of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Kreuger is likely to be part of the public face of the president's economic team.

The other two members of the CEA, both of whom have been confirmed by the Senate, are labor economist Katharine Abraham and antitrust specialist Carl Shapiro.

Among the other candidates for the CEA chairmanship considered by the White House were Rebecca Blank, currently acting Commerce secretary, and Alan Auerbach, a pubic-finance specialist at UC-Berkeley.

The three-member council was created by Congress in 1946 to advise the president and evaluate government policies. Each member, by law, is to be a person "who, as a result of his training, experience, and attainments, is exceptionally qualified to analyze and interpret economic developments, to appraise programs and activities of the government…and to formulate and recommend national economic policy to promote employment, production, and purchasing power under free competitive enterprise."

3 Reality-Based Charts Your Right-Wing Relatives Will Have a Hard Time Ignoring the Right

Here are some reality-based charts to help knock down absurd right-wing propaganda about the economy.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution -- 'Cuddly' Libertarian Has Some Very Dark Politics | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

He's anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality and anti-education, and that's just the start.

  
There are few things as maddening in a maddening political season as the warm and fuzzy feelings some progressives evince for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate. "The anti-war Republican," people say, as if that's good enough.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Tea Party Rage Dies

Well, I don't believe it....but read on by clicking here.....

Interesting thoughts.........

I received an email from a friend that I simply had to share!  Irreverent? Perhaps.  Accurate? Unequivocally!

Did you know that, the words "race car" spelled backwards still spells
"race car"?

And that "eat" is the only word that, if you take the first letter and
move it to the last, spells its own past tense, "ate"?

And if you rearrange the letters in "Tea Party Republicans," and add just
a few more letters, it spells: "Shut the eff up you free-loading,
progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent hypocrites,
and deal with the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush and
that our president is black, so get over it."

Isn't that interesting?

9/11: New Documentary on WTC Building 7

9/11: New Documentary on WTC Building 7

Monday, August 22, 2011

Charles Koch (of the Cretin Brothers), Lashes Out at Warren Buffett, Absurdly Claims He Contributes More to Society Than Government

Charles Koch Lashes Out at Warren Buffett, Absurdly Claims He Contributes More to Society Than Government | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

Email from a colleague: pathetic figures!


USA Today published an editorial recently about the state of today's American children, in raw numbers, which were so bad that the newspaper had to keep reiterating that the figures were not misprints:
  • One-third of American students either drop out or don't finish high school.
  • Three-quarters of all American children are ineligible for military service for one reason or another: poor health, drug-taking, criminal records or low level of education
  • Twenty-three percent of all young people who try to enlist in the services fail the basic entrance exam
  • One third of all children are either overweight or obese
  • Forty-one percent of American children are born out of wedlock (nope, not a misprint).  This includes:
    • 73 percent of black children
    • 53 percent of Hispanic children
    • 29 percent non-Hispanic white children.
Gun deaths
Time magazine's statistics on gun violence, in the wake of the Arizona shooting.  In any given year:
  • More than 100,000 Americans are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents or by police intervention
  • 31,224 people die from gun violence
  • 12,632 people are murdered
  • 17,352 people kill themselves
  • 3,067 children and teenagers die from gun violence.
This translates into over 275 people who are shot for any reason every single day.

Jon Huntsman’s Crazy Strategy

Jon Huntsman’s Crazy Strategy

Friday, August 19, 2011

The 'Unfashionable' Matt Damon, Mensch of the Year | | AlterNet

The 'Unfashionable' Matt Damon, Mensch of the Year | | AlterNet

The Sun Magazine | What Did You Dream Last Night?


by BARBARA PLATEK
The complete text of this selection is available in our print edition.
BARBARA PLATEK is an author living in Ithaca, New York. She has been listening to people’s dreams as part of her Jungian psychotherapy practice for seventeen years.
There was a time when Marc Ian Barasch paid scant attention to his dreams. Like many people, he viewed them as intriguing but forgettable, “a nocturnal reshuffling of the mental deck,” as he once wrote. But after a series of vivid nightmares presaged a cancer diagnosis, he had a thorough change of heart. Barasch embarked on a project to explore and document the importance of dreams.
Fifteen years of research led him to the conclusion that dreams play a pivotal role in our lives. After traveling the globe to interview dream experts of all kinds — including scientists, psychotherapists, and indigenous healers — and undertaking an in-depth analysis of the voluminous dream notebooks he’d kept during his illness, Barasch gathered his findings into a book, Healing Dreams: Exploring the Dreams That Can Transform Your Life, which won the Nautilus Award for best psychology title in 2001. His other books include The Healing Path: A Soul Approach to Illness (1992); Remarkable Recovery: What Extraordinary Healings Tell Us about Getting Well and Staying Well (with Caryle Hirshberg, 1995); and Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness (2005).
Barasch was born in 1949 and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. The son of a television and film producer, he studied film at Yale University, along with literature, psychology, and anthropology. He has been an editor at Psychology TodayNatural Health, and New Age Journal(which won a National Magazine Award under his tenure), and he has twice been shortlisted for the PEN Literary Award. A practicing Buddhist, Barasch helped found the psychology department at Buddhist-established Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, which combines Eastern and Western educational traditions. He has played and recorded with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band whose members are all famous authors, including Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Stephen King.
In 2006 Barasch founded the Green World Campaign, a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to “turn degraded lands green again” by planting billions of trees. He currently serves on the advisory committee of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat for the International Year of Forests 2011.
I spoke with Barasch several times for this interview: twice while he was visiting Los Angeles and once when he was back home in Boulder. I was impressed by his ability to articulate esoteric concepts in a lively and approachable way. Most striking, however, was his passion for his work. The possibilities of the dreaming mind remain largely untapped, he says, and if you approach even a single dream with respect, insight, and tenderness, you might never be the same again.

Platek: Why is it important to pay attention to our dreams?

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Atheists, Muslims More Popular Than Tea Party (Also, Tea Party's Just a New Name for Racist Christian Right) | AlterNet


Is the media's romance with the Tea Party finally going to be ended by cold, hard facts?
 
Is the media's romance with the Tea Party finally going to be ended by cold, hard facts?
The results of a comprehensive New York Times polling project (document link here) offer some good news to that end. The results show that ...continue...

Boundaries: With or Without? Jeff Brown Delivers the Weekly Inspiration - ABC News

Boundaries: With or Without? Jeff Brown Delivers the Weekly Inspiration - ABC News

JEFF BROWN offers… "PRAISES TO THE (GRAND)MOTHER!"

JEFF BROWN offers… "PRAISES TO THE (GRAND)MOTHER!"

Apologies to the Divine Feminine (from a warrior in transition) | Soul's Code


A former criminal lawyer makes his peace with the divine feminine and urges other men to do the same

GUEST COLUMN BY JEFF BROWN (part one of two parts) — I apologize for my inability to distinguish the benevolent warrior from the heartless warrior, a reflection of my own confusion dealing with the battlefields of yore. When I opened my heart too wide, I was vulnerable to attack from warring factions.
I was conditioned to believe that I ....

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The Public Must Challenge News Coverage



Mainstream media often dismisses talk of conspiracy as silly - yet in the case of News of the World, a vast criminal conspiracy was shown to have existed [EPA

The Public Must Challenge News Coverage

A look back at the dramatic news events of the past summer shows that the media’s coverage is often badly flawed.
by Dan Hind, Al Jazeera, 8/17/2011
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Meet the Global Financial Elites Controlling $46 Trillion In Wealth | | AlterNet

Meet the Global Financial Elites Controlling $46 Trillion In Wealth | | AlterNet

How the Political Right Bullied the Department of Homeland Security Into Ignoring the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet


After right-wingers freaked out about a report detailing the rise in right-wing extremism, Homeland Security effectively dismantled a unit tasked with tracking it.
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Norway by right-wing Christian extremist Anders Breivik, conservative media pundits rushed to vilify anyone who brought up the underlying far-right ideology that fueled Breivik’s violence.
The uproar that follows any suggestion that right-wing extremism is on the rise works to silence the conversation about the danger of right-wing militancy. According to disturbing revelations by a former Homeland Security Intelligence Analyst, the consequences of this dynamic extend......................
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The Paradox Of Law Of Attraction

May 27, 2011
paradox |ˈparəˌdäks| noun a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.
When you become a student and practitioner of the Law of Attraction, you come to realize that there are easy parts to accept, and also that there are parts that take some faith to accept. For example, if you want proof thatLaw of Attraction works, focus on feeling better for 30–60 seconds, and notice how you gain access to thoughts that feel even better. Focus on something for a day, and notice yourself finding unlimited thoughts that support the topic. Give a topic your full attention for a week, and you will feel it building and multiplying in your vibration. Focus your undivided attention on something for a month and see how it manifests in your life in multiple ways. The proof is in the changes you see and feel, and you gain momentum the more you do it.
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Learn To Be More Agreeable With Yourself (Part 5)

Learn To Be More Agreeable With Yourself (Part 5)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Christian Plot for Domination?

With Tim Pawlenty out of the presidential race, it is now fairly clear that the GOP candidate will either be Mitt Romney or someone who makes George W. Bush look like Tom Paine. Of the three most plausible candidates for the Republican nomination, two are deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism known as Dominionism. If you want to understandMichele Bachmann and Rick Perry, understanding Dominionism isn’t optional. Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions.

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.......

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Buffett Higher Tax Call Strikes a Nerve

Buffett Higher Tax Call Strikes a Nerve

Walmart, Macy's, Target, Kohl's, and Hanes Have a Rape Problem (and also Land's End)

by Alex DiBranco · June 23, 2

Walmart's been all over the news this week, in response to the Supreme Court decision that its female employees cannot bring a class action lawsuit against sex discrimination. But as disturbing as Walmart's record is on discriminating against women working in their stores, there's another area for major concern that has received little media attention. I'm talking about factories that produces clothes for Walmart stores, where women are controlled through debt bondage and regularly raped.
Walmart's not the only well-known brand putting tainted clothes from Classic Fashion factories in its stores (although it is the biggest buyer) -- Macy's, Target, Kohl's, and Hanes all source from the same abusive Jordan factories. An Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights report chronicles a tale of 13 to 18.5 hour workdays, 6 to 7 days a week, for minimal pay and poor living quarters. Thousands of female workers, most immigrants from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or India, face the threat of deportation if they lose or leave their jobs.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Managers grope and fondle the employees regularly, ostensibly to get them to work faster, and, even more horrifying, many repeatedly rape their workers. "Kamala," deported after she became pregnant (a typical occurrence), describes her assault at the hands of a quality control manager: "I was molested in every way… That man tortured me. He took a lot of sexual advantages from me… I had to fulfill everything he desired because I was placed in an extremely vulnerable situation and intimidated… My whole body is in pain… I cannot face my mother and father. I am destroyed. I cannot even change clothes before my mother because Priyantha has destroyed me. I have teeth marks all over my body."
General manager Anil Santha is well known for forcing women to come to his hotel each week, where he rapes them. If they refuse or speak out, he gets them deported. One 21-year-old worker, "Latha," was raped five or six times by Santha, who she describes as old enough to be her father: "I was in a deeply helpless position because he is such a high-ranking figure in the factory I couldn't disobey him… I feel so exposed and shameful sharing what he did to me… the things that happened to me. And it wasn't only me, there were three or four other girls there too. He did this to us in the presence of one another… What is tragic is that more and more girls arrive at the factory fresh and will continue to fall prey to this monster."
After a massive strike last October, Santha was temporarily removed, but returned to his position within the month.
Charles Kernaghan, the report author, writes in the preface: "We were stunned at how these young Sri Lankan women had been raped and tortured, while sewing clothing for the largest retailer on the face of the earth, Wal-Mart, and for Hanes, the most popular label in the United States." Walmart claims it inspects factories, but women reported that they always informed the managers beforehand, allowing them to select a few workers to lie about conditions. In their interviews, the women begged, again and again, for somebody to help them.
The report states: "We expect Wal-Mart, Hanes and the other labels to pay significant compensation to the rape victims to restore some dignity to their lives. This is the least they can do." The National Labor Committee has started a petitioncalling upon Walmart and the other companies to compensate the rape victims, ensure that Classic Fashion follows labor rights law, and promises to protect the women who make their clothing -- starting by removing the managers raping them.
Walmart, Macy's, Target, Kohl's, and Hanes cannot continue to make profits at the cost of destroying women's lives. It is time for them to put a stop to the rape and torture of young women in their factories.

21 Reasons Rick Perry's Texas Is a Complete Disaster | News & Politics | AlterNet

21 Reasons Rick Perry's Texas Is a Complete Disaster | News & Politics | AlterNet

The 'Super Congress' Is a Scam Designed to Force Cuts To Popular Programs And Keep Taxes On The Rich Low | Economy | AlterNet

Ignore all the process stories about the vaunted Gang of 12 -- here's how the endgame plays out.
In the months ahead, we're going to be treated to an endless parade of process stories about the Gang of 12 “super congress” that emerged from the debt ceiling deal. Each time a staffer leaks some bit of trivia about the internal machinations of this opaque committee, the Beltway media will write a flurry of stories about it, lawmakers will signal whether they might support this provision or that one and the pundits will sift through the tea leaves trying to predict whether this time the kind of “grand bargain” the Washington Posteditorial board lusts after will finally come to pass.
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Want to see how the Kochs are ending public education? | MichaelMoore.com

Want to see how the Kochs are ending public education?

How Almost Everyone Just Got Screwed In One Chart

How Almost Everyone Just Got Screwed In One Chart

A Bill That Will Actually Create 2.2 Million Jobs?

A Bill That Will Actually Create 2.2 Million Jobs?

THE POWER OF THOUGHT By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.


       Have you ever been associated with people who always "bring you
down?"  Their thoughts, emotional expression, energy level, negativity
and cynical attitude impacts you and you feel down, depressed and less
energetic yourself.  These persons are called "toxic."  Toxic people
have a distinctive view of life.  They believe the world has cheated
them out of something.  They think they are entitled and that the
world "owes" them something.  For toxic people, nothing "good" ever
happens to them and they always think negative thoughts about
events... even if those events are positive.

       Likewise, have you ever been around people who seem to elevate your
mood and inspire you?  The way they talk, the ideas they share, how
they express their feelings, their enthusiastic energy level and
positive attitude, lifts your spirits and you feel better.  You feel
uplifted and more energized.  After you interact with them, you have
more energy and feel better about yourself and your life.  These
people focus their thoughts on the positive aspects of events and
maintain a positive outlook on their lives.

       Whenever you wrap your own moods and feelings around others, you
have empowered them to influence, even control your own emotional
life.  If you always match your thoughts with those people around you,
you give away your personal power.  Therefore, you may wish to pick
and choose those people with whom you associate.

       Even better, take responsibility for your own emotions and feelings.
 Become the gate keeper of your own heart.  Let negative people in
only when you feel emotionally strong enough to personally balance
their negative impact.  Let positive people in all the time.

       Better still, fill your thinking time with affirmations,
conceptualizations, ideas, visualizations and memories which are
personally enjoyable, positive, goal-directed, beneficial to those
around you.  Then you can emotionally afford to let everyone into your
heart.  They might even be uplifted by you.

       When two or more people share their joy and delight, the interaction
can become sensational.  Just like when two master tennis players play
their best games with one another, the overall match is enjoyed by
everyone.  The quality of it is more than the combination of
individual play.  The pleasure experienced by everyone is greater than
the sum of the delight experienced by the two individual each players.
 Such a phenomenon is called "synergy."

       We know our bodies rarely respond to external events.  Rather, they
respond to the perceptions we create in our minds, the meaning we give
to those perceptions, and the nature of our evaluations imposed on
those perceptions.  Mental activity has creative and definitive power
beyond what you can readily imagine.

       The nature, quality and value of your life is created and determined
by the nature, quality and value of your habitual thinking patterns.
If you are unhappy with your situation or circumstance, begin changing
it by first, changing your thinking habits.

       There are several ways to start changing your thinking.  Here are a
few suggestions.

       Create an overall vision of the future you would like to have.
Write down a comprehensive description of that vision.  Write it in
the present tense as if it were already manifested in your life.
Memorize the description.  Refer to it regularly.

       Make a written list of at least 200 goals you would like to reach in
your lifetime.  They can be small victories, or huge dreams.  Then
need to be supportive of your creating your desired vision.  Update
the list regularly.  Write "victory" beside each one accomplished.

       Practice filling your mind with affirmations and images of you
functioning within your desired lifestyle.  Write down your
affirmations and imaginings, your hopes and dreams.  Record them and
listen to them regularly.  Collect pictures of your desired outcomes.
Put self-esteem affirmations on your mirror.  Regularly, paint, draw
or sculpt your visualizations.

       Help others realize their dreams.  You will always create what you
desire if you help enough people get what they want.  Focus on the
positive quality of your thinking and you create a reality of
abundance and happiness.  Then, you will beneficially influence
others, rather than being a victim of circumstance or others' moods
and behavior.

       When you practice the above thinking habits, you realize the
psychological and emotional power of your own thought patterns.  When
you have regular positive thinking patterns, your experience of life
becomes so much more enjoyable.

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Dr. Thomas is a licensed psychologist, author, speaker, and life
coach.  He serves on the faculty of the International University of
Professional Studies. He recently co-authored (with Patrick Williams)
the book: "Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills and
Techniques for Enhancing Your Practice...and Your Life!" (W.W. Norton
2005) It is available at your local bookstore or on Amazon.com.

"there were no words, but images flooded every cell in her being ...

"there were no words, but images flooded every cell in her being ...