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Black Wisdom represents the parts of life as they are and not how we would like them to be. It is the intelligence we often put to the side because it is uncomfortable or we view it as a taboo, even though it is the expression of real people saying real things. This is not simply a trip into the dark side, it is the essence of our emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the essence of human reality, for washing our insides out with political correctness is not emotional intelligence. I want to be aware of uncomfortable conversations as much as I want to see a better world. It covers the world of hard truths but also that which is truly touches me as emotionally intelligent.
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  1. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    07/01/2017
    On the Limits of Free Expression
    On the Limits of Free ExpressionWE MAY ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREELY EXPRESS IDEAS AND OPINIONS BUT IS ANYONE OBLIGATED TO LISTEN, LET ALONE ANSWER ...The issue of what is and what isn't acceptable expression on social media comes up frequently, particularly on platforms such as...
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    Phil Friedman
    09/01/2017 #84 Phil Friedman
    #81 What was that you said, Jim Saelzler?
    Phil Friedman
    09/01/2017 #82 Phil Friedman
    #80 Excellent simile, Pascal. It's where I've finally arrived after several years. 1) On MY posts I speak my mind. If you come onto my post to comment, then expect that I will respond. If you don't want that, don't come to the comments on MY posts. And let's drop the "Phil's a meany and started it all when he hit me back." 2) I am making an extra effort to respect the sensitivities of others these days by not making critical comments on the posts of others unless a) I've been invited to comment by a tag or a shout out, or b) I have an established relationship with the author of the post and know he or she will accept the critical comment for what it is. 3) I leave it to management to eject rowdy, obnoxious fellow-customers — although I personally prefer that management exercise that prerogative sparingly. Thanks for joining the conversation. You make a lot of sense, as usual.
    Jim Saelzler
    09/01/2017 #81 Jim Saelzler
    But dammit Phil, if I want to tell you something you have to listen!
    Pascal Derrien
    09/01/2017 #80 Pascal Derrien
    I was thinking in very practical terms that social media is you do what you want in your own house, you respect other users in a public park and the management reserves the right to admission to the restaurant providing you comply with basic rules of engagement otherwise you can be escorted out thru the exit door... :-)
    Mohammed Sultan
    09/01/2017 #79 Mohammed Sultan
    #77 Yes,Phil-Sometimes you have to focus on what you do like rather than preventing what you don't like.Thank you for your reply.
    Phil Friedman
    09/01/2017 #78 Phil Friedman
    #76 Donna-Luisa, you are, I think, correct. There is always a tension between a desire for intellectual engagement and the need to protect oneself from emotional predators.

    To my mind, "trolls" almost always fall into the latter category. For they literally draw sustenance from the negative emotional energy they elicit. And in some cases, it becomes a game of King of the Hill -- which is why it is so distressing to them to be ignored.

    As true bullies, they've learned as well that making people uncomfortable frequently gets the what they want, in a recreation of buy-the-bully-off, otherwise known as the Stockholm Syndrome. As always, thank you for you insight and thoughtful comments. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    09/01/2017 #77 Phil Friedman
    #75 Mohammed, thank you for reading and commenting. I understand your concern and the moral imperative which you recommend. And I have sometimes been able to act in accord with it -- in several instances using tolerance and playfulness to draw out a supposed troll into communicating openly without a hidden agenda, and becoming part of the community.

    In some few cases it works, and is gratifying But most times it doesn't. Because, I 've concluded, such people usually do not want to join a community. For they truly lack empathy and see others as objects to be used. And are most times, are best ignored.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/01/2017 #76 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Phil Friedman I have noted your efforts to ignore being baited and found one individual quite upset and persistent by your lack of response on one of your posts. I was confused initially about why you did not respond as it became creepy and obsessive. It was interesting to watch, but also uncomfortable. I am guilty at times of really shying away from negativity which is offensive. However, I have learnt in 2016 that I don't need to read or respond to anyone I choose not to engage with. Your discussion on free speech matters , because it is critical to deffrentiate between trollish behavior and an opinion of disagreement. The lines seem blurred on what offends sometimes, and it can be quite subjective. My only fear and concern is we lose when all thoughts mirror our own and there is no yin to yang. Disagreement can protect against fake or fraudulent information dispensed via social media by psudeo experts. Quite an interesting discussion and much needed.
    Mohammed Sultan
    09/01/2017 #75 Mohammed Sultan
    @ Phil Friedman.Fruity trees are always thrown by stones.You either ignore the troll or support him.Those irrational people are acting emotionally ,so they need to be understood and supported until they balance their emotion with reason.In the workplaces there's many who are trolling others ideas because no body listened to their ideas.We always advice companies not to suppress their views or get them blamed for their behavior because they are often me - too people.Their capabilities depends more on their feelings ,emotions and hidden knowledge rather than relationships with others.Show them the glint of light on their broken heart after they had trolled.Kant the French philosopher said "In how a man is guilty,who he violates the rights of others,in ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing this." Phil, patience is a true sign of authenticity that provides you with the energy to go further.
    Phil Friedman
    09/01/2017 #74 Phil Friedman
    #73 Thank you, Federico, for keeping us all up to date on that. Cheers.
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    09/01/2017 #73 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #55 We will have the option to block any user. We will be aware of any attitude described by you. Thanks for the feedback. Best Regards.
    Phil Friedman
    09/01/2017 #72 Phil Friedman
    #71 Thanks, Franci, for reading and joining the conversation. For the most part, I agree with your summary. I am moved, however, to caution everyone about the too-free use of sanctions. In the matter of freedom of expression, I think it is always better on social media to err on the side of being too liberal, and use official sanctions only when it is obvious that the issue cannot be cleared up by the free reigning interactions of the community. Cheers and best wishes to you for the new year 2017.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    09/01/2017 #71 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for your professional approach to freedom of expression, Phil. Perhaps, a fragile subject but one worthy of being addressed. We can agree and we can disagree (not referencing you and me, per se), and that's fine because if we didn't we would be complacent and drab souls. If we don't test the waters, then we don't know which way the river flows.

    IMO, your post is more about freedom of speech than trolls. And it is about writers: those who use written words in various styles and techniques to communicate their ideas.

    And it is about listeners(commenters) and their freedom of expression. Both the writer and listener(commenter) should be respected and show respect, as well.

    With that said, relating specifically to beBee we have a gift at our fingertips where we can meet, greet, engage, discuss and have freedom of expression and freedom of listening(commenting). I feel it ours to use, but not abuse and not let anyone else abuse it, as well. @Javier 🐝 beBee has proven that abuse will not be tolerated, which is one of the reasons I'm proud to be a bee.

    To sum up, my rambling, IMO, it boils down to respect.

    Buzz on and be the best you can bee.
    Todd Jones
    08/01/2017 #70 Todd Jones
    #59 Thank you @Javier 🐝 beBee! Can you hear the applause?

    How rich the irony.... A troll trolling a post about trolls. A veritable troll trifecta. Thanks again for escorting him to the exit.
    Milos Djukic
    08/01/2017 #68 Anonymous
    #66 @Phil Friedman, This is the one of the key aspects necessary for sustainable development of any social network. Unpleasant experiences and unrealistically high expectations and hopes, in contact with other people on social media, should not cause disappointment and loss of faith in humanity, kindness and the importance of helpfulness.
    Phil Friedman
    08/01/2017 #67 Phil Friedman
    #62 Tetyana, thank you for commenting. I cannot speak to the charge that there are paid professional trolls on social media, who are agents of various governments, and that such agents use complaints and reporting functions to silence critics of their masters. But I can see that it is definitely a danger. Which is why it is so important to protect the rights of the minority to speak freely against any possible tyranny of the majority. And to make sure that the reporting function is not used unfairly as a tool of repression. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    08/01/2017 #66 Phil Friedman
    #57 #61 Milos and David, in the main, I agree with both of you. David makes an important point: It is critical to avoid allowing the reporting functions from being used as tools of retaliation and vendetta. The only way to accomplish that is to assure that every complaint is properly investigated before action is taken against the user being reported. As well, I think it important to understand that simply not liking or being made uncomfortable by what somebody says is NOT, nor should it be sufficient for having that person's account closed down. Freedom of expression has primarily to do with protecting the rights of the minority (or less powerful in the situation) from the overbearing power of the majority (or the more powerful in the situation).

    I think it should also be recognized that some bees might be upset by what some users say, but that in itself is not sufficient to squelch the speaker's free expression. I was aghast recently by reading a comment by a beBee user that lauded some of Hitler's ideas. And so I muted that bee, and when the block function goes live, I will block that person as well. However, I would not want that person's account closed down simply because I found the remark offensive and unacceptable. For that would itself do more damage to free expression than the objectionable remark itself.

    I think Milos lays out some useful criteria in intention, form, and function. And I believe further that a balanced objectivity must be maintained.

    That said, I for one trust @Javier beBee and the beBee administration to act with care and good judgment, as has been amply evidenced to date. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    08/01/2017 #65 Anonymous
    "Philanthropy"
    "1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
    2. Love of humankind in general.
    3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare."
    - From thefreedictionary.com (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Philantropy)
    Milos Djukic
    08/01/2017 #63 Anonymous
    #54 @Phil Friedman, Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun and the power of C-butterflies (fractal or not) :)

    Ugly Fractal Troll Bird
    Tetyana Stadnyk
    08/01/2017 #62 Anonymous
    #59 Now this is like real CEO you speak @Javier 🐝 beBee .. Social media has a lot of issues with people's security, I personally have been suspended by Kremlin - hired trolls for 1 month when Russia has invaded my country in 2014 (militarily) on the false claims. Since then many Ukrainians were suspended from American social media platforms (twitter, FB) and now LinkedIn has suspended Americans, including intelligence service veterans, I even wrote about it on LinkedIn, but people don't believe it, because they think it's a fiction. If you will make BeBee safe in terms of such things, then you will sure be the best social media platform.. ))
  2. Producerdebasish majumder
    CONUNDRUM WITH BRAND VALUE!
    CONUNDRUM WITH BRAND VALUE!Modern world invoke to create brand Whether personal or organizational, in grand Human beings, a social creature They genuinely having a tendency to promote an affinity of mixture To churn out with a prolific gesture Beckoning...
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    Ali Anani
    07/01/2017 #5 Ali Anani
    Dear @debasish majumder- nothing turns people blind as much as greed in my opinion. We see it everywhere such as the sock markets worldwide where greed drives people to great losses. Greed that says me only and if I win and others lose it is ok. So, this part of your poem resonated strongly with me
    Only impregnated with mere greed

    Is it containing any holy essence?

    Where greed is rudimentary in its presence

    Why we only trigger to develop brand

    What is exactly grand, apart from gross errant?
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Debasish I discovered that I was born with a personal brand gag reflex. Lately I was doing so well after a few decade finally trying to embrace this reality that we are all branded property, and now having read this I have fallen back to square one again.

    It all began with a Tom Peters article back before the age of 40 https://www.fastcompany.com/28905/brand-called-you because there was something intrinsically wrong with comparing our lives as something that Procter and Gamble or Unilever would sell.

    Brand was great for product that is until we all officially became product courtesy of "Brand You".
    Lyon Brave
    07/01/2017 #3 Lyon Brave
    Man it would be so tight if this was a rap? Nice lyrics..
    Lyon Brave
    07/01/2017 #2 Lyon Brave
    Interesting proverb
  3. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    This is a gift received from @Gerald Hecht who alerted me to a book that captured his attention. What was salient to him is now salient to me, and in this 40 minute talk by the books Author David Kessler, he shows what can capture us and why salience matters. Kessler's book is "Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering" but it goes well beyond understanding mental suffering - his 40 minute speech sets up a demo of why Gerry finds this practitioner so compelling - and having listened to David Kessler, whether he brings David Foster Wallace or John Belushi as examples, he gets to capture that is harmful but also how we capture - which is diverse. Fascinating find, and my thanks to Gerald Hecht for quoting Kessler and making it clear to me that this is a writer well worth diving into as a longform capture.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    David Kessler Discusses [Capture]
    www.c-span.org Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler discusses his book, [Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering], about causes of irrational...
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    Ali Anani
    01/08/2016 #11 Ali Anani
    #10 I like the idea of putting us our of flow and I fully agree with @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and who knows we may again come up with a new idea that shall get us out of the flow again. I need to read this post and all comments for I find them quite disrupting positively
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    01/08/2016 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #9 The great plan was for me to write a buzz about Disruption of Thinking - a buzz by @Ali Anani and I ended up today with an appreciation of Kessler and now how it is we learn - a productive day indeed and proof that neurons that fire together, wire together" Next is a quick check on my visiting grandsons and then the buzz I had originally planned to write - but this is great stuff !!! https://www.bebee.com/content/698387/696343
    Gerald Hecht
    01/08/2016 #9 Gerald Hecht
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit "Neurons that fire together, wire together...the details for those so inclined" http://psiwebsubr.org/Hebbrule.pdf
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #8 Gerald Hecht
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I was gonna start saying thank you (as if I had written it, lol)... You are good!!! I'm supposed to know the proper vocabulary to "communicate the importance of this piece of work "...you drove the nail all the way in --in one sentence!!#6
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    31/07/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 Dear Melissa, I treat a great book as a book we can grow with over time and not something we read cover to cover and say "OK got it!" and that is the spirit I shall buy this book. Ultimately it is a book about health and what gets us back into flow - and having now heart Kessler speak he addressed the state of being out of flow better than I have ever heard and more importantly, like great academicians he has researched well and is doing what healthcare still does not get - that health is holistic and not something we can operate on and replace as organs of organization. I am mighty glad I found @Gerald Hecht praise for this thinker [David Kessler] is well deserved. It is not for me to say how others read or do not read this book - my declaration here is that I find this work a difference maker - and this is how I run with things and in so doing find the enriching kind of flow in my own life. IMHO "Capture" here is that which puts us out-of-flow. I can see Melissa that you are in flow with your words "looks like this one just found me". As you can see by comment it found me too.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/07/2016 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit you have made my weekend. I am in a phase of needing to consume content digitally and this looks to be the right way to capture the essential message that @Gerald Hecht has been banging on about ad infinitum.
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #3 Gerald Hecht
    For those who may have missed @CityVP 🐝 Manjit post (and would really rather here me "babble about something called "Capture", all day...umm...lets go for 8K views, 25 relevants, and a little engagement ✨🔮👁
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    31/07/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 From the Kate Sharper link I have jumped to his NPR interview http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2016-04-11/david-kessler-capture-unraveling-the-mystery-of-mental-suffering/112364/ run time is 48 minutes. Even without having Diane Rehm available in this interview, Kessler quotes Rehm during the interview in relationship to capture, which means he has prepared specially for this NPR interview. As he says capture is about all of us. If people miss what he is saying, they don't know what they are missing - perhaps they remain captured or do not want to make the effort to access meaning. If they can't make the effort to listen to a podcast or read this book, they may not possess the readiness necessary or is the precursor to want to overcome the capture that has now gone deep - as Kessler said, beyond the medical profession not understanding this, each individual has to make the effort to overcome the grooves laid down by our own individual focus, desires and what we find flow that transforms into negative effects. I am interested in the psychology of flow and Kessler fills in a great missing jigsaw in that. I found Mihaly Cziksentimahyli a massive find and what I am hearing from Kessler now absolutely builds on this and my own understanding of flow. Close
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you kindly for bringing this most important work to light... I've been trying to (even to perfect strangers on the street), since it was officially published several months ago...with zero success (probably because I wasn't getting paid to do so, which technically makes me someone who is obviously not a professional or an expert); I think his publisher should pay us! Of course, it doesn't matter, actually... I kind of like having little secrets 👁 https://katesharpernews.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/book-of-the-week-capture-david-a-kessler-m-d/
  4. José Ramón  🐝 López
    Dulce Pontes - Lagrima
    Dulce Pontes - Lagrima ....nao te quero, eu digo que nao te quero, y de noite, de noite sonho comtigo...(...I don't love you, I say I don't love you, and at night I dream of...
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    Pedro🐝 Gómez
    28/12/2016 #4 Pedro🐝 Gómez
    Maravillosa siempre...!!!
    José Ramón  🐝 López
    27/12/2016 #3 José Ramón 🐝 López
    #2 Muito grande Dulce Pontes @Maria do Socorro Oliveira !
    Maria do Socorro Oliveira
    27/12/2016 #2 Maria do Socorro Oliveira
    Muito bonita, a voz espetacular. Bravo!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Profound depth and a beautiful voice and composition. It represents for me the profound nature of experience, where sadness and the things in life we die to are not a death but a becoming and a humanity within us, that shape wisdom if we are capable of knowing this depth and where we have the courage or capacity to grow from the sensitivity of our own experiences.
  5. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    20/12/2016
    Black Mirror: What If I Can Only Hear You?
    Black Mirror: What If I Can Only Hear You?You give me different names, you have written so many different stories about me in so many different languages that it’s hard to believe I was just a man.You talked about love and about all things above and then you started to build a bomb with a...
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    21/12/2016 #45 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #44 Good narrative however. But I never cease to be stymied at the fact that so few...sometimes just one individual...can do /does so much damage while the millions and billions of others...with righteousness on their side, and so much collective strength, allow such damage to be done. Of course they do have their reasons but the fact remains.
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #44 Pascal Derrien
    #42 personally I don't do divine so I was trying to think what if it is the other way round in terms of narrative :-) thanks for dropping by @Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/12/2016 #43 Harvey Lloyd
    #41 No i really don't have much to comment to the religious aspects of the comment. Our spiritual journey is our own and yes i have a spiritual leader but it is not necessary for you to agree or disagree. I guess the focus of my comment was that mankind will decide its own fate.

    I would rather die fighting for mankind than be drawn into a endless debate about who's fault it is. God or evolution may have created the world but, it is clear to me, we can make of it what we want. Those who profit from the debate of dichotomy's are the ones with the microphones. I am challenged by those who support their false arguments and join the herd. They will have made their riches and died while we suffer under their past ideals.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    21/12/2016 #42 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    I have always believed that it is the capricious, selfish blinded-by-reason Human that walks away or turns away from the Divine and not the other way around dear Pascal! And it is always the Human/s who empower another Human (actively or passively) to grow into a monster. By not acknowledging the right of all other Humans to live a dignified and happy life and supporting it forthright.
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #41 Pascal Derrien
    #39 I think I like the analogy ''Many more will die in the fight of mankind'' and also that religion is a distraction comment. It would probably encompass what I was trying to say with my own words, indeed I was thinking that maybe the gods have abandoned us because they could not take anymore and maybe it has happened a long time ago and we did not even notice... now that's the hypothetical view from an atheist I have no faith no religion etc.. but I feel you may have a word or two on that one :-) last many thanks for a great directional comment :-) Harvey
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #40 Pascal Derrien
    #38 thanks @Dean Owen yes very often forgotten in the pecking order of horror sadly I could have added many more massacres organized or not...
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/12/2016 #39 Harvey Lloyd
    I have watched this discussion from afar and seen the winding road of comments circle the true depth of your post, none to easy to comment directly. With respect and an open mind i would suggest that the true topic you discuss is that God has abandoned us as we look at the history of Man. If this is an inaccurate assessment of the post forgive the following comments.

    Most religions, (I hate that word, but lack a better descriptor that groups the logical, of all beliefs.) offer man free will. Man is offered the design criteria pen of existence, if you will. From your post i sense you and i share that the design pen has been used more for those of power than for the masses.

    If i were to convince 80% of the population that the tooth fairy was real through writings and teachings, would the evil of the world be caused by the tooth fairy?

    I sell nothing here nor ask that you consider some form of faith. But would state to blame a god for what man has done ignores the very existence of success we seek in our lives. In essence we lack free will.

    Many more will die in the fight of mankind. Some for their beliefs others because of their greed and still others because they rival another. But these will happen just like they have in the past, because man is exercising free will, while good men/women watch.

    The God debate is a distraction while free will of individuals bent on various egregious activities to rule the world move forward. One need not believe in anything, but to exist we have to believe in each other. The God debate pits us against each other just like republican/democrat, majority/minority and many other polarizing divide and conquer strategies.

    You exist, they exist and I exist. We must learn to do it together and identify those who stretch their, very human, free will to enslave us all. Power comes from exterminating others free will.
    Dean Owen
    21/12/2016 #38 Dean Owen
    One has to presume that man is inherently evil but without evil, can there be good? OR perhaps these genocides are nature fighting back? I am glad you highlighted Cambodia, too often forgotten.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/12/2016 #37 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #36 The one thing that does connect traffic accidents with global murder is ignorance. Movies like "Blood Diamond" attempt to show us the price we pay for a material existence. In traffic accidents, it is the very material that kills us, in genocide it is for the control of that material. In Nazi Germany they called it "lebensraum" or living space for the master race. Notice how this holocaust account http://www.holocaust-trc.org/the-holocaust-education-program-resource-guide/lebensraum/ focuses on the relationship between possession and identity.

    Economist Amartya Sen takes an optimistic view to solve identity in "Identity and Violence", it echoes a call to look at our similarities rather than our differences, rather than appreciate difference as diversity. It echoes the sentiment of why we could as a human race get along, whereas the "Why can't we get along?" in the comedy Mars Attack is perhaps going to be truth until there is an evolutionary renaissance of humanity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPMmC0UAnj0

    Our evolution as human beings has not come to a climactic end for we are still emerging from the dark ages, but how future generations evolve is definitely a part of our collective legacy - because it is in individual transformation - perhaps which may well be genetically coded in our DNA that evolution becomes genetic rather than merely memetic. It is similiar to when civilizations first appeared - similiar evolution occurring at the same time https://www.forbiddenhistory.info/?q=node/67 - though this particular link theorizes that there was one advanced global culture that was decimated by some powerful agent like climate change - rather than the way humans evolve is already encoded in those parts of our DNA that today seem to be doing nothing - inactive DNA.
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #36 Pascal Derrien
    #34 thanks @Nick Mlatchkov besides the external aspect of the animal I suppose the intent remained the same ?
    Nick Mlatchkov
    21/12/2016 #35 Anonymous
    "Edward Gresser claims that Traffic accidents kill 1.24 million people a year worldwide; wars and murders, 0.44 million"
    These are 'victims of progress' 😀
    Nick Mlatchkov
    21/12/2016 #34 Anonymous
    It's quite interesting if lions have been used en masse for that instead of horses in those days ...?
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #33 Pascal Derrien
    #31 thanks @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for the supplemental comment it is nuts that we keep doing the opposite of what we say ... :-( it does sure warrant a WTF comment :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #32 Pascal Derrien
    #29 interesting perspective @Aleta Curry there is some goodness in your thoughts but I think the realist in me have some difficulty with the equation.....:-)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/12/2016 #31 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #28 Pascal, as much as I now go deeper and learn about Post Rock and what that is courtesy of sites like Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-rock View more
    #28 Pascal, as much as I now go deeper and learn about Post Rock and what that is courtesy of sites like Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-rock, I can also ask questions that have been asked for nearly 70 years.

    Here I find the term "Never Again" - a mantra set by the United Nations in 1948 - Here is a piece about that http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1667&context=ilj and then when I drill down to particular genocides such as Rwanda e.g. https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/201/39226.html I get into the weeds of assaults on humanity - and then with Rwanda I go deeper still to those who are considered by their nation to be heroic e.g. https://yvesengler.com/2015/12/28/the-fairy-tale-about-a-brave-canadian-general-in-rwanda/ and I come to an existential WTF moment.

    It is cool to hope, nice to be positive, wonderful to inspire and marvelous to motivate - but the best thing I like opening up things is to peer into new insights. For me "Post Rock" is a new insight - but here is the rub - until we have an education system and a polity for depth, for wonder, for learning, for truth and for the humility of insight - we are the few who have hopes for the many. Even so our steps in whatever direction make us a little more wiser, a little more awed and a little more informed than is the general cause. This is the best we can do until others also choose for themselves this energy for enlightenment.

    I am not a seeker of agreements or disagreements, I am not vessel of persuasion or dialogue, what I welcome most is people like you who open up new vista's, new questions and new ways of looking at our world - and then I explore and I welcome that. Close
    Aleta Curry
    20/12/2016 #29 Aleta Curry
    I just can't be that hopeless, especially not at this time of year. I always hear the words of the beautiful 'I heard the bells on Christmas Day'. This line gets me every time: 'And in despair I bowed my head, "there is no peace on earth" I said; for Hate is strong and mocks the song of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men"'.

    Our atrocities may be legion; our inhumanity great, but then so is our love. It's easy to say 'look what a mess the world's in. Look how humans behave. It's hopeless'. Yet every single day, thousands...hundreds of thousands?...millions?...of people perform small acts of kindness and love for fellow beings out of a Goodness that springs from we know not where and without expecting *anything *at * all in return.

    Sure, we could each make a list of history's monsters which, if combined, would make a helluva long list. But our list of history's angels, (if we only had the knowledge to create it) would be even longer. I'm not just talking about the list of documented Good Guys, I'm talking about another list, the true list, the A-Z of Humanity. It starts with some unknown bloke named...I don't know...maybe 'Aaron', ends with another unknown fellow perhaps named Zachariah, and includes YOU.
    Pascal Derrien
    20/12/2016 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #25 the genre is defined as Post Rock, they are almost neighbours , they are not really well known even in Ireland past music nerds like me, interesting discussion point you are brining but I don't know about he comparison with road accident, I am actually a crash survivor myself in theory I should not be here writing this I kind of think that we cannot control the butterfly effect or destiny but conflicts can be avoided, shorten or simply stopped at least that's what I would like to think @CityVP 🐝 Manjit :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    20/12/2016 #27 Pascal Derrien
    #26 indeed @Irene Hackett up to reverse the course or there will be a major collision :-(
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    20/12/2016 #25 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    First of all thanks Pascal, I would never heard of "God is an Astronaut" never mind considered listening to ambient music, but having a listen to Age of the Fifth Sun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJPTcLbGS_I View more
    First of all thanks Pascal, I would never heard of "God is an Astronaut" never mind considered listening to ambient music, but having a listen to Age of the Fifth Sun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJPTcLbGS_I those Kinsella twins are putting together some good beats and they have some cool artwork to go along with it as can be seen on their website .

    As for the murder of people whether one calls it genocide and holocaust, the reality of that speaks for itself and it is gruesome. Just as gruesome is the comparative number of deaths that occur on roads. Take this article from Progressive Economy where Edward Gresser claims that Traffic accidents kill 1.24 million people a year worldwide; wars and murders, 0.44 million. http://www.progressive-economy.org/trade_facts/traffic-accidents-kill-1-24-million-people-a-year-worldwide-wars-and-murders-0-44-million/

    We have preventable tragedies often within 10 miles of where we are or live and we can't stop that - how does one address the global conflict when the local collision is arms length - that we weep for the people far away but spare less time for the people closer to home - a home magnifying across the world in similiar tragic circumstances.

    We don't react to road accidents because we protect the injured and killed for their privacy otherwise we would see as gruesome pictures on our roads as one finds in the murderous actions in our world. When we are confronted with mass numbers we become numb to the size of the loss - but we echo sentiments of empathy and compassion, as if we are washing away the horror, while the extent of local loss passes us by because the sheer extent of it would send us into psychological disorder if we were to on-board such pain and loss that happens all around us daily.

    Pick up a local newspaper and needless death is there http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7004138-funeral-friday-for-teen-killed-crossing-mississauga-street/ how can we heal war when we can't heal our own roads? Close
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    20/12/2016 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    That's why I said; Wouldn't you? I sure wouldn't blame the gods. #7
  6. Max🐝 J. Carter
    Guns N' Roses - Civil War with Lyrics
    Guns N' Roses - Civil War with Lyrics Enjoy the song ! Lyrics: What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    10/12/2016 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Ah, a provocative call to the merchants of arrogance and oppression! Perhaps, to be human beings, they ought to learn the language of humanity.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    10/12/2016 #1 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Look at your young men fighting
    Look at your women crying
    Look at your young men dying
    The way they've always done before

    Look at the hate we're breeding
    Look at the fear we're feeding
    Look at the lives we're leading
    The way we've always done before

    My hands are tied
    The billions shift from side to side
    And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
    For the love of God and our human rights
    And all these things are swept aside
    By bloody hands time can't deny
    And are washed away by your genocide
    And history hides the lies of our civil wars

    D'you wear a black armband
    When they shot the man
    Who said, "Peace could last forever."
    And in my first memories
    They shot Kennedy
    An' I went numb when I learned to see
    So I never fell for Vietnam
    We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
    That you can't trust freedom
    When it's not in your hands
    When everybody's fightin'
    For their promised land

    And
    I don't need your civil war
    It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
    Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
    In a human grocery store
    Ain't that fresh
    I don't need your civil war

    Look at the shoes you're filling
    Look at the blood we're spilling
    Look at the world we're killing
    The way we've always done before
    Look in the doubt we've wallowed
    Look at the leaders we've followed
    Look at the lies we've swallowed
    And I don't want to hear no more

    My hands are tied
    For all I've seen has changed my mind
    But still the wars go on as the years go by
    With no love of God or human rights
    'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
    By bloody hands of the hypnotized
    Who carry the cross of homicide
    And history bears the scars of our civil wars

    "WE PRACTICE SELECTIVE ANNIHILATION OF MAYORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
    FOR EXAMPLE TO CREATE A VACUUM
    THEN WE FILL THAT VACUUM
    AS POPULAR WAR ADVANCES
    PEACE IS CLOSER" **

    I don't need your civil war
    It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
    Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
    In a human grocery store
    Ain't
  7. ProducerMichael Spencer

    Michael Spencer

    04/12/2016
    Why Trump's Call Gives Taiwan a Chance for Independence in 2017
    Why Trump's Call Gives Taiwan a Chance for Independence in 2017With the U.S. President-elect, Donald Trump, speaking with Taiwan's president on Friday, a 37 year tradition has been broken. Foreign policy is complicated, and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's congratulatory phone call may have angered China....
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    06/12/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    A significant proportion of American electorate squeezed through a vote for change - and this is what change looks like, change is where every bright individual collectively holds there breath in unison.

    Beijing won't be treating Trump as a clown, they have seen him dispatch a field of 17 republican candidates including a Bush and succeeding against the Clinton - for sure they will consider this facile posturing, but there will also be a quiet unease because no one knows how this will play out - just like the media who every month waited for Trump's candidacy to implode. Ironic most of all is that Trump is speaking to Taiwan's first female President.

    So no one likes uncertainty, but especially a one party state that is built on principles of detailed and ultra organization. Let us see how this one will play out. The new focus is waiting for Trump's Presidency to implode. If all of us have been this wrong so far, we don't have to keep making the wrong guess, and China has never liked playing a guessing game. Expect more cyber politics.
    Paul Walters
    04/12/2016 #2 Paul Walters
    Have t agree with @Dean Owen on this one.
    Dean Owen
    04/12/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    This is just a daft and potentially dangerous blunder. Fortunately Beijing blames Taiwan, who instigated this congratulatory call. The US and the World has too much to lose if Trump does intend to pursue this potentially dangerous avenue. I was actually surprised at the restraint Beijing has shown following the call, but assume they perceive Trump as a clown with very little understanding of world affairs.
  8. Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    The 99% Reality, (a must read)~
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mac-mcclelland-free-online-shipping-warehouses-labor
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    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    06/12/2016 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" have come and went, yet, there is a price many are still paying for "Free Shipping".
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    03/12/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Yes, this is the blackest kind of work wisdom.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    03/12/2016 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, thank you for sharing.
  9. Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/86908454/cuban-television-reports-that-fidel-castro-has-died-aged-90 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/11/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I like the New York Times wording "the man who bedeviled 11 American Presidents" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/world/americas/fidel-castro-dies.html?_r=0
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/11/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The man who survived so many US Presidents who wanted to shun him and a few who actually wanted to assassinate him will now have the opportunity to invite the only US president in recent times has recognized post-Castro Cuba. In the window between Trump and Bush, his passing is ironic in its timing. Where as Che Guevara became a symbolic martyr, how Fidel Castro survived the pressure the United States exerted on his regime is quite a story in itself. Love him or hate him, the guy was huge on the geopolitical stage.
  10. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    01/11/2016
    On Conformity
    On Conformity“More hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.” - C.F. SnowIt really is one of the greatest practical (pragmatic) jokes in all of Psychology; indeed it was inspired by the...
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    Gerald Hecht
    07/01/2017 #62 Gerald Hecht
    #60 @debasish majumder it is sad that all of these studies have been done and we don't seem to learn...you have Philip Zimbardo's "Prison Study" in the 1970's...not only was the science/methodology done right...but the study proved its point so well that it HAD TO BE STOPPED AFTER TWO WEEKS!!!

    This was in the 1970's at Stanford; so naturally we would all think: "lesson learned"..,right?
    Then...inthe early 2000's the "geniuses" at the U.S. Defense Department allow Abu Grade to happen !!!

    Unbelievable!
    Gerald Hecht
    07/01/2017 #61 Gerald Hecht
    #59 @Lyon Brave we could do a joint "diffusion of responsibility thingie "...if he would get enough people to ensure we all turn into slackers and never actually finish it!
    debasish majumder
    07/01/2017 #60 debasish majumder
    what ever the education being imparted in the available system, it will only invoke to become more fool! the actual lessons being learnt while we give up the theoretical exercise and more prone to be ethical with human values, large being guided by circumstantial condition, where humanity is the major concern. without sympathy nothing could be achieved, even also in medical science. it is the human being out of all creatures in this world having the capacity to receive the quality of the matter available in this mundane world, being reflected in his faculty. however, nice insight @Gerald Hecht! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Lyon Brave
    07/01/2017 #59 Lyon Brave
    @Gerald Hecht thank you for this post. I'm mirroring you to establish a bond. Aw, a psych joke.
    Gerald Hecht
    20/11/2016 #58 Gerald Hecht
    #56 @Jim Murray It should also be noted that in the last week alone; the exponential increase in the number of nations rapidly moving toward isolationist, nationalistic/protectionist positions with a simultaneous increase in the influence of extreme right wing/neofascist political parties is something that hasn't been seen in a long time...indeed, your very own recent post (Attn: Canadians...popular vote going to Hillary...We of course are above that sort of thing...) --humorous/tounge-in-cheek; yes ...underlying nationalist passive-aggressive expression of Canadian moral superiority --also yes. I remember a while ago --at the very beginning of the Trump Campaign; (when nobody was taking it seriously at all)...saying: "It's all very funny/entertaining...right up until the second that it isn't..."
    Gerald Hecht
    20/11/2016 #57 Gerald Hecht
    #56 @Jim Murray Yes the original Milgram studies were designed as a sort of "post-mortem" of the Nuremberg courts...to resolve a nasty debate among academics as to whether the "only following orders thing " was an anomaly (a predisposition of "Germanic Culture") or whether the indoctrination to obey authority figures (parents, teachers, law enforcement officials, etc.) was pretty much universal in Western Cultures --built in to the "Romantic-Classical Dualism" in all societies built up from "Aristotelean Reason"...i.e., The USA, Canada, etc...Milgram demonstrated that horrific events requiring "Nuremberg type" war tribunal remediation were were just as likely to be required in Washington D.C. , Toronto, London, Paris, etc...at anytime --as a function of a sweeping reversal of economic fortune in nations; creating a zeitgeist in which (potentially "crazy") populist leaders appeared on the scene --with a message that resonated strongly enough...
    Jim Murray
    19/11/2016 #56 Jim Murray
    I seem to recall that the Nuremburg courts found that blind obedience to authority was no excuse. I kind of read between the lines here and have to tell you that I believe, In America, as of January whatever, civil disobedience will climb to astronomical levels. Mainly because the authority figures are not going to be respected. Some will blindly obey and those are the ones you want to steer clear of. You say you want a revolution...right after Christmas.
    Gerald Hecht
    14/11/2016 #55 Gerald Hecht
    #52 @Peter van Doorn ...sounds like my late dad; he taught me things that are called "behaving decently"in the real world of interacting with people in the physical world...but are barely perceptible in the virtual world...and even more worrisome --the dynamics of the virtual world seem to be transforming the dynamics of the physical world more so than...what should be happening...the exact opposite
    Gerald Hecht
    14/11/2016 #54 Gerald Hecht
    #49 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit "personal compass" --almost makes failure to express non-dangerous moral protest as a "man made measurement instrument" limitation ...on the other hand you use the word "check"...implying that perhaps it is in need of recalibration; a recalibration that is in fact possible...that is what I like to think.
    Gerald Hecht
    14/11/2016 #53 Gerald Hecht
    #46 @Peter van Doorn Yeah...I am experiencing a similar disconnect between "life as one sees it" ...and the baffling alternative dimension of social media; so much distortion, amplification variability...complete lack of engagement for tactile, olfactory, gustatory, nocioceptive...any interoceptive feedback "thingies"...it's impossible to be sure of what "identities" are really up to...my latest longform post (a test of some ideas pertaining to this) is behaving as expected...people are viewing it and then "slinking away" like they've been "bad dogs" or something...why? Because I used words almost guaranteed to keep folks from deploying "Phaedrus's analytic knife"...to even bother separating "what a thing is" versus "what a thing means"...it's all gone to far; IMO
    Milos Djukic
    07/11/2016 #50 Anonymous
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKb9XQ39-zc
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    06/11/2016 #49 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #48 not free but awareness of what freedom is, whether that is the Prisoner TV series from the 60's, George Orwell writing 1984 or the first Matrix movie - all of which knock on our life door and reminds us to check our own personal compass called freedom.
    Gerald Hecht
    06/11/2016 #48 Gerald Hecht
    #45 thank you for sharing your conviction that you are not a number; but rather: You are free
    Gerald Hecht
    06/11/2016 #47 Gerald Hecht
    #46 @Peter van Doorn Thank you for sharing your point of view on this
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/11/2016 #45 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    All I have got to say here is "I am not a number, I am a free man"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFs1RgmqLBo
    Gerald Hecht
    05/11/2016 #44 Gerald Hecht
    Peter Gabriel's ...https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=4xIePn4Uvdo
    Gerald Hecht
    05/11/2016 #43 Gerald Hecht
    #42 @Peter van Doorn Well, in Milgram's original study; NOT EVERYONE (although most) followed orders all the way to the horrific conclusion --Peter Gabriel wrote a song about those who rebelled against killing someone because a guy dressed in authority clothes told them to. To Gabriel, they represented the last hope for humanity https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=amscaLF0xho
    Gerald Hecht
    05/11/2016 #41 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @Phil Friedman As I am sure you know --in the famous Milgram Studies, 85% of ordinary citizens of New Haven Connecticut (in the early 1960's --volunteering to participate in a "Learning Experiment" for which they were paid $4.50)...were willing to electrocute a stranger (for incorrectly memorizing a list of words) because a guy in a white lab coat with a clipboard said: "administer the next shock and continue the experiment"...the "path lighting" on the route to hell probably flickers due to massive voltage fluctuations
    Phil Friedman
    03/11/2016 #40 Phil Friedman
    So, Gerald, no matter what a man does, "...If he does so with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him...."? That would seem to suggest that acts of murder, even genocide are okay, provided one does them for the "right" reason(s). However, the Second Scroll of The Wisdom of Chung King (circa 650 AD) says, "Beware of he who performs dastardly acts without conscious malice, because a pure heart is always accompanied by an empty mind." Eichmann showed us that evil can truly be banal, but none the less evil. And The road to hell is often lit with "pure" intentions.
    Gerald Hecht
    03/11/2016 #39 Gerald Hecht
    We see two different expressions; one by @Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes and another by @jesse kaellis we ponder these with great care...
  11. Allen Merck

    Allen Merck

    01/11/2016
    Please check out my blog First Generation Father.
    Allen Merck
    First Generation Father
    www.firstgenfather.com Parenting from a male...
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  12. ProducerAurorasa Sima

    Aurorasa Sima

    14/10/2016
    Toxic and destructive people and why I am "missing"
    Toxic and destructive people and why I am "missing"The last and next few days are so busy that I cannot spend as much time as I would love to and honor your valuable and often thought-provoking honey. I am doing my best. The last days, I also felt a bit sad and troubled. It happens to the most...
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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    16/10/2016 #60 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #58 Belongs in the Comment Hall of Fame, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit.

    "Life is a felt experience."
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    16/10/2016 #58 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    When I look at cults I often see the empath attracted by the narcissist because the narcissist has learned to use emotional intelligence findings about human beings as a manipulation of highly empathetic human beings. Later in such groupings where sexual abuse is discovered within the group, a state of denial may exist except in those empaths whose eyes have been opened by pain - that who they trusted and placed their face in was an incarnate of evil, a monster of a human being.

    This is where "real life" is about awakening to truths, while facing those truths must not make us lose faith in the idea of humanity. The cold blooded human being will treat emotion as a manipulation rather than a divine gift and those that are most human have emotional energy flowing in abundance - and when that energy is betrayed, when it has been debased and corrupted, they suffer a further emotional wounding - a wounding of trust and faith in people that was most natural to them.

    For those who advocate simply forgiveness for emotional scars that will never heal, they are advocates who do not possess high emotional resonance and sensitivity to life that is a felt experience and more importantly they have not experienced even a fraction of 1% of the pain felt by those whose emotions are remain human skin rather than a suit of armor.

    This narcissism is just one example of the toxic. David Foster Wallace faced a cynical and self-interest filled world that he never came to terms with, http://pangeaprogress.blogspot.ca/2015/10/david-foster-wallace-on-toxic.html In facing the real, our memories repeat many times, while the offender only needed to cut us once and often not even realize the wound so inflicted.
    James O'Connell
    16/10/2016 #57 James O'Connell
    #56 I hear you, you're quite right (' ' ,)
    Aurorasa Sima
    16/10/2016 #56 Aurorasa Sima
    #53 Maybe even less, I think. They have a powerful impact on our lives and we´ll forget 100 positive people before we forget one toxic one.
    Aurorasa Sima
    16/10/2016 #55 Aurorasa Sima
    #52 I would consider this a great honor, dear @Dean Owen. Thank you.
    Aurorasa Sima
    16/10/2016 #54 Aurorasa Sima
    #51 Oh, you have children? You said it: Those of us who have a higher goal are blessed. I am certainly witness to the positivity you spread and I am always very happy to read your comments and posts. Luckily, you kindly translate many into English.
    James O'Connell
    16/10/2016 #53 James O'Connell
    Nice one @Aurorasa Sima. Are they really as few as 1% though?! (' ' .)
    Dean Owen
    16/10/2016 #52 Dean Owen
    Knocked this one for six @Aurorasa. I might well copy and paste your email for future use!
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    15/10/2016 #51 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #50 Yes Aurorasa, to admit our potential to grow and the willing to change is the first and essential step to a new life. I have travelled that road, I'm not the one I used to be, so I do know that change is possible as you say at the beginning of your email. It's a bit easier if we find a reason, a powerful reason, to go through that journey.
    I found that reason in my oldest daughter. Powerful enough to swim down to darkness and deal with my inner little girl.
    I was lucky, still I am, because Life gave that beautiful opportunity to live another life in this one. But not everybody has the chance, or finds his/her POWERFUL reason. And no one can do it for them.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/10/2016 #50 Aurorasa Sima
    #49 I bet you´d be a great coach with your love for people and live. That was not a coaching client, he offered to do some other work for me. You´re right once more: the people who would need you most will not come.

    It´s positive people that admit their potential to grow and are willing to change.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    15/10/2016 #49 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    I really admire your job @Aurorasa Sima, some friends tell me I should have studied Coaching or something related to Emotional Therapy but I always think I couldn't deal with negativity and with people I see clearly they don't want to change, it's easier for them to keep in the dark side or in the "poor of me" way of being.
    By the way... The best cheese for pizza is clearly grana padano!!! LOL!! 😂
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    15/10/2016 #48 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #46 Well said, Robert Cormack.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/10/2016 #47 Aurorasa Sima
    #46 Yes, there is. I told a negative person, respectful and polite, that I do not want to work with them. They then flipped out and started actions that come close to criminal offenses. You´d pity them if they were not targeting you.

    It´s just not nice to see crazy up-close or to be forced to deal with negativity. These people are obviously not well. But they overstrain my patience when it comes to my willingness to help.
    Robert Cormack
    15/10/2016 #46 Robert Cormack
    We all deal with destructive people, Aurorasa, even when we think we've made "friends." A few years back, I took a serious look at my friendships over the last 40 years. Some have remained around that long. What surprised me was how many had taken our relationship for granted all that time. So I took a lesson from someone who said, "Sometimes even the best of friendships need to be laid to rest." The ones I decided to "lay to rest" probably don't even know. If you don't call them, nothing happens. But I also discovered I don't miss them. I made room for other people, some good, some bad. I've actually made some friendships that are far more rewarding. My novel would never have gotten done without the help of what I'll call "new friends." They've shown themselves to be smart, loyal and incredibly insightful. There's always hope, in other words.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    15/10/2016 #45 Mohammed A. Jawad
    When you find toxic people around you, all you need is balancing patience that makes an exposure with bokd, wise counsel. On the contrary, silent suffering is sheer timidity.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/10/2016 #43 Aurorasa Sima
    #41 Thank you, what a luxurious treatment of us bees. So fast!!!!
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    15/10/2016 #42 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #25 ✌🏻️
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    15/10/2016 #41 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #26 It's ok. It was a timely bug. I have made a buzz in CC for you access the link. In a while I delete the buzz. CC @Aurorasa Sima
    Ali Anani
    15/10/2016 #40 Ali Anani
    #35 @Aurorasa Sima and @Irene Hackett= the metaphors from kitchens in general are a huge source of creative inspiration. Soon will talk about
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/10/2016 #39 Aurorasa Sima
    #38 My post was independent of beBee, where the atmosphere is so positive that I come here to "cry" about things. What I feel sorry about is that monsters are not born but made. And they hurt themselves more than the person they are targeting, but would never be open to listening and understanding, so that it´s best not to talk to them.

    Naturally, when targeted we will not react with "greatness" but anger and more rejection for the "monster".

    Thank you for your comment, Lisa. I told you several times, how much I appreciate your positive and thoughtful comments.
  13. Pascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    23/09/2016
    Have been re-reading that one, brutally honest from @John White, MBA

    Not sure what would I do what would you do?
    Pascal Derrien
    Daddy, Did You Get Fired From Your Job?
    www.inc.com It's in moments like these that we get the gut checks we need to be able to solve our greatest challenges in...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    24/09/2016 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    In case you missed this by @John White, MBA. Wonderful read!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/09/2016 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Experiencing job loss does not end or begin with a termination, the fear of job loss is a pervasive one that manifests itself in all organizations. This article is an important contribution in a much wider cameo that covers before, during and after. All of this can be debilitating, thankfully human beings are natural storytellers - this faculty of our psychology is what enlightens us. John White does also happen to be a very good storyteller and thus there is much to identify in this particular story, as a part of an even bigger picture that now we can all intelligently share, even without John's well crafted skills as a writer.
    David B. Grinberg
    24/09/2016 #6 David B. Grinberg
    Thank you, again, @John White, MBA for sharing your incredibly inspirational story. I think you nailed it with this line: "With hard work and perseverance truly anything is possible." I would add "faith" into the mix, but perhaps that's just a given. Your story reminds me of that saying: When one door closes, a new door opens." You deserve many accolades, John, for walking through those new doors and truly triumphing in the wake of uncertainty. You are a role model and inspiration for us all, sir!
    John White, MBA
    24/09/2016 #5 John White, MBA
    Ah shucks, thanks so much everybody! It's cliche to even say, "things happen for a reason." However, they are words that I live by.
    Gert Scholtz
    23/09/2016 #4 Gert Scholtz
    Do read this! An honest and inspirational telling of what to do when you hear: "John, we're going to have to let you go."
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    23/09/2016 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    This is a must read!
  14. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    On September 11th, my business partner was already on the way to Vancouver for a trip in Seattle, while I was awoken after a late night at 10am with my family saying that I have to come down and watch what was happening in New York. It was a very surreal day, with no one knowing for sure what was happening or why it was happening, but my first instinct was to go to my Fast Company discussion board and simply do what I always do, which is write out my thoughts, and this is the buzz I share, those words as I watched the horror begin to unfold on television and the only thing I near for sure that was a day of terrible infamy. I named the post "Terrorism's Worst Hour". CityVP 🐝 Manjit
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    Leckey Harrison

    04/09/2016
    Distraction isn't curiosity
    Distraction isn't curiosity"Squirrel" Many of us are familiar and have quoted this line from the movie Up, which Dug was predisposed to say. We call it distraction. Is it really dissociation?Let me share a story with you. A few years ago when I was still a carpenter, we had a...
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    Leckey Harrison
    05/09/2016 #6 Leckey Harrison
    #5 You're welcome!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/09/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Excellent. Reading this buzz has given me a greater appreciation for "little T Trauma's", as you say we remember the big trauma's but I have become mindful here of all the small moments that our body registers but which we think we have moved on from - and as you say unless the body releases it, it accumulates - and that accumulation is what struck me most as insightful. Thank you.
    Leckey Harrison
    05/09/2016 #4 Leckey Harrison
    #2 Any time you have questions, since trauma healing is my field, I'm happy to answer. There are Big "T" traumas: everyone remembers where they were on 9/11. Being mugged. Car accidents. Deaths. Then there are little "t" traumas. The stuff of life like being fired, having to move, and so on. I look at the middle two letters of PTSD equally as meaning "traumatizing chronic stress" as well as Big "T" traumatic stress. Yes, unless the body releases it (which is what I tech people how to do) it accumulates. It creates illness and disease, and, trauma does not get better with time. Hope that helps!
    Leckey Harrison
    05/09/2016 #3 Leckey Harrison
    #1 You're welcome!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/09/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I have been wondering about this meme of the "Squirrel" that I have seen over the last few weeks at beBee and this is the first time I found that it is from the movie UP. First thing is I will need to watch that movie, but more importantly this buzz was very insightful, especially the line

    QUOTE: ["Instead he got distracted by his own emotional state and a need to gain approval, and dug his hole even deeper.]END QUOTE

    What was particularly insightful about this is it help me re-evaluate what trauma is, that in addition to the deep trauma, there must subtle trauma's that accumulate into getting distracted by one's emotional state. By subtle trauma I am wondering whether a bunch of tiny effects can accumulate over many years leaving us that much insecure about life and leading to a need to gain approval?
  16. Alvaro INFANTE SANCHEZ
    Do you want to know how to play guitar ? Just see this
    Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze Live (1967)
    Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze Live (1967) Purple...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/08/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Brilliance is encountering the timeless and I never get tired of Purple Haze or Along the Watchtower - Hendrix did reach into depths that we would not dare go but his stage performances emit the extraordinary and it is this extraordinary that becomes timeless.
    Antonio L Rodríguez del Pozo
    14/08/2016 #5 Antonio L Rodríguez del Pozo
    There is no doubt this Jimi was one of the inspiration sources for the missing Mr. Purple, let's hope we do not have to wait too long for another maestro taking the baton.
    Tony Brandstetter
    10/08/2016 #4 Tony Brandstetter
    In 1968 I was 8 years old, one day we went to visit my cousin who played in a band. As we got out of the car I heard this music coming from the house, it was loud, very loud. We discovered Danny was playing Fire by Jimi, my first taste of rock and roll and I have never looked back. Move over Rover and let Jimi take over....
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/08/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    As mentioned, video's are acceptable in this hive. I love stories and music. I love humor. That's why the hive is so diverse! "Stories in English"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/08/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Hendrix experience, love it!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/08/2016 #1 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing
  17. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    13/08/2016
    ON TODAY'S BATON ROUGE WEATHER
    ON TODAY'S BATON ROUGE WEATHERHurricane Gustav "The barrier islands of Louisiana are eroding at an extreme rate. In places up to 100 feet of shoreline are disappearing every year. Though it has long been assumed that this erosion was due to the area's rapid rate of relative sea...
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    jesse kaellis
    17/10/2016 #53 jesse kaellis
    That is very well written, Gerald. We have experienced weather dislocation (storms) over the past three days here. Here in the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast of Canada. Also Vancouver Island. Gale force winds and 75,000 people without power. I lost power for three hours yesterday evening/night. Of course, this is nothing compared to what you experienced. It does seem as though there is severe weather dislocations worldwide.
    Gerald Hecht
    25/08/2016 #52 Gerald Hecht
    #50 @Mamen 🐝 Delgado I couldn't have either, if I hadn't had two previous "practice runs"...
    Gerald Hecht
    25/08/2016 #51 Gerald Hecht
    #48 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher The first time I experienced those conditions (after Hurricane Katrina), it was pretty much a state of panic. The second time (after Hurricane Gustav), our house literally blew apart; that was a pretty much a state of numb shock, followed fairly quickly by getting down to the necessary logistics, lots of learning, and a subsequent marital thingie. This time --its personal; this was not a natural disaster. This was an unnatural disaster, and not one that happened "somewhere else", where depending upon the media outlet providing the information, it's fairly easy to stick with the "spin" which best fits one's political, environmental, and philosophical perspective. This time I could see how the delta plain was turned into Swiss cheese, or put through a paper shredder; the bizarre, erratic, and extreme magnitude of "backwater flooding" laid the truth bare; the damage to the wetlands, the overkill (in the number of man made canals) for shipping purposes by known industrial interests no longer lives in the realm of political debate, or debating the merits of generating revenue versus concern for the environment; all of that is transformed by a mystical alchemy when you are swimming in it, and seeing water rising up through the holes in the Swiss cheese.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    24/08/2016 #50 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #46 I can not even imagine it Gerry...
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    24/08/2016 #48 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #45 It still had to be hard to be trapped inside without food or electricity but I hear and understand what you are saying. It makes me very sad.
    Gerald Hecht
    24/08/2016 #47 Gerald Hecht
    #43 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher if anyone wants the latest updates, here is our local "paper" http://www.theadvocate.com/louisiana_flood_2016/article_b6aae68c-6952-11e6-9dd9-dfb229b90b79.html?sr_source=lift_amplify I gotta do "cleanup stuff", it's supposed to rain again
    Gerald Hecht
    24/08/2016 #46 Gerald Hecht
    #44 @Mamen 🐝 Delgado at least I got that piece posted about what the backwater flooding was going to do (because of how much of the delta has disintegrated) two days before it actually happened. That's the best I could do;the flood had already "happened", but I knew what was coming in a few days because of the "Louisiana Boot"; and then it came
    Gerald Hecht
    24/08/2016 #45 Gerald Hecht
    #43 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher it's so frustrating because despite all of the myriad ways of communicating we have at our disposal; I was trapped inside without power or food for a couple of days which makes me so fortunate, like a 1%er compared to so many thousands around here and it feels like "the world still isn't fully aware of what is going on
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    24/08/2016 #44 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Such a pity Gerry...
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    24/08/2016 #43 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Gerald Hecht, this is very disturbing to read about. I wish the media would focus more on disasters like this (even if it's not coined one) because it's much more relevant than who's running for Prez and their ratings. We are talking about many humans living in conditions that are unlivable, without food, mold growing which causes illnesses and no solutions in sight because we all know more hurricanes will hit once again. I'm sorry that you, your neighbors and everyone affected is suffering in one way or another. I think people would pay more attention to humanity as a whole if we talked about it more and focused on solutions rather than the media neglecting people who really need help. Getting the word out and keeping the news alive about the good, bad and ugly taking place helps (I think?) to motivate many to find ways to help their brothers and sisters.
    Gerald Hecht
    17/08/2016 #42 Gerald Hecht
    #39 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman That's good; I think that is the argument I was making; I wrote that comment after 48 hours without sleep; (after which) I fell asleep immediately after writing it. I just woke up and reread it, and in all honesty I didn't understand it; I didn't really remember writing it... I think that your summary is exactly the sentiment I was trying to express. Thank you so much; more importantly, thank you for for your empathic and kind thoughts, feelings and support.
    Gerald Hecht
    17/08/2016 #41 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @Wayne Yoshida Thank you so much for your kind support, and the HAM Radio volunteers; it is greatly appreciated! Information has (again) become a bit spotty; a curfew has been put in place in Baton Rouge starting tonight (Tuesday, August 16, 2016); because of various looting and armed robberies last night.
    Wayne Yoshida
    17/08/2016 #40 Wayne Yoshida
    @Gerald Hecht - Hard to find the proper words since we are so far away. But I am praying for you and your family and all the people out there in Lousiana.

    There are some organizations reaching out, but weather may be too heavy for the responders. Here is a story about ham radio volunteers gearing up for possible deployment. But - the article reminds people - they must not "self-deploy" - sometimes good-hearted volunteers get in the way of the professionals. And, they should be taking care of their own families first.

    http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-volunteers-responding-to-louisiana-flooding-catastrophe
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    16/08/2016 #39 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #38 Okay, O brilliant one. I pulled this portion out of your comment " The existential question facing each of is: Do we surrender into despair, into a futile search for a wise one who will redeem us" Nope, IMO
    "or do we integrate it into its rightful perspective:" escape and continue on our journey, in the company of those we hold most dear through the blizzard (in the snow globe) to our warm, candle lit camaraderie in the warm glow of loving friendship" Yes, IMO
    Gerald Hecht
    16/08/2016 #38 Gerald Hecht
    #37 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman I understand what it was you were referring to...in Kafka's time, it would have been surrealistic fiction (ala, "The Castle"...now --it really is the "snow globe" in which our entire existence Is contained. This isn't "a negative spin on "the news"; it's simply --the news. The existential question facing each of is: Do we surrender into despair, into a futile search for a wise one who will redeem us...or do we integrate it into its rightful perspective: "Here We are, enjoying seeing ourselves on the Jumbotron on Times Square", then, freeing ourselves from that whimsical moment of capture --escape and continue on our journey, in the company of those we hold most dear through the blizzard (in the snow globe) to our warm, candle lit comraderie in the warm glow of loving friendship...
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    16/08/2016 #37 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    My last comment is referencing the story "Louisiana Loses Its Boot" linked in Gerald's comment.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    16/08/2016 #36 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #35 Wow, this is some story. Corrupt politics and no one on the same page. It angers me that this can happen and no one owns up to their mistakes.
    Gerald Hecht
    16/08/2016 #35 Gerald Hecht
    #34 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman they keep getting us out of here...but there's no place to go for very long; if you can find the buzz with me and @CityVP 🐝 Manjit --this is the real story: https://medium.com/matter/louisiana-loses-its-boot-b55b3bd52d1e#.xdqiuzp4k
    The "boot of Louisiana" is "Swiss cheese"
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    15/08/2016 #34 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #33 I've been watching this on the news. There have been some amazing rescues and I get chills just watching them. Don't wait it out, be safe and get out of there.
  18. Producerdebasish majumder
    OSMOSIS OF CHANGE!
    OSMOSIS OF CHANGE!Once a Project leader made a promise to his associates, that if you all sincerely serve me to assist in my aspiration and after I may succeed, I am promising you, I will give you the share of profits as reward to you all. Accordingly, his...
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    DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gestão
    23/08/2016 #10 DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gestão
    thanks for sharing such inspirated ideas @debasish majumder.
    I do also wonder if humility is not the "power".. the "tool" of perseverance.When I am not superior to the others I am able to really see then and I can open door" to sake of humanity only, not just for profit, lucre and wealth".. .. Those thoughts came to my mind after reading your beatifull buzz.
    Julio Perotti
    08/08/2016 #9 Julio Perotti
    El cambio, ante las adversidades.
    Ali Anani
    27/07/2016 #7 Ali Anani
    #6 I gave the dandelion the name @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    27/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #1 #2 #3 #4 "By the name of disgraceful ideology and fanatic religious beliefs, or expansion of market with unrestrained greed and hankering for profits and opulence, untoward incidents are in rise." This is perfectly exemplified by a Share from @Chas ✌️ Wyatt View more
    #1 #2 #3 #4 "By the name of disgraceful ideology and fanatic religious beliefs, or expansion of market with unrestrained greed and hankering for profits and opulence, untoward incidents are in rise." This is perfectly exemplified by a Share from @Chas ✌️ Wyatt, which inspired me to go produce more honey for more flavor. To this end, and philosophically (Dr. Anani shall be proud), I confabulated the word "Dysreality" in this piece, a living plant of this planted, deep piece. It is here for you and your kids, to keep them under their lids: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@margaret-aranda/dysreality-the-dysfunction-of-reality . Let me also show our same mindset, @debasish majumder by showing serendipity. A "Perseverance" Quote,attributed to me via Google and Goodreads (and not through me), uses this same picture to say: “Persevere. There is one dandelion that grows from the crack in the cement. Let that one dandelion be YOU.” Close
    Gerald Hecht
    27/07/2016 #5 Gerald Hecht
    #4 @Juan Imaz, yes lots of wisdom, tightly wrapped
    Juan Imaz
    27/07/2016 #4 Juan Imaz
    Very good indeed!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    27/07/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    This is a brilliant piece @debasish majumder. I always narrow down what I read into my own simple thoughts, perhaps because during my position as an underwriter that was a requirement - simple and factual. So please don't be offended by my summation. From reading your post more than once, I feel there are people are very much into "what's in it for me" rather than "what can I do for you". And you last sentence "So, change for the sake of humanity only, not just for profit, lucre and wealth." Bravo!
    Gerald Hecht
    27/07/2016 #2 Gerald Hecht
    @debasish majumder This resonates dynamic truths...essences; thank you very much for writing and sharing this.
    Ali Anani
    27/07/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    Great thoughts and condensed ones too. One very important issue that you bring here is the past experiences. The story is illuminating in the sense even though we can't change the past still it has it residues in us and these residues trigger our action. Can we change without dealing with past residues such as removing them? Understanding them and dealing with them accordingly? Convert them so that they may trigger new behaviors? Use them to widen our choices? So many questions pop up in my mind at this late hour of the night. Thank you dear @debasish majumder for sharing this great post
  19. Producerdebasish majumder
    BIZARRE PHILOSOPHY OF CRIME!
    BIZARRE PHILOSOPHY OF CRIME!Crimes are myriad, big and small Like high tide and low tide Attracts few to cause mayhem Annihilate many without any reason to blame A trajectory, should condemned vehemently, no acclaim Stringent should be action against all...
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    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    01/08/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 #1 #3 #4 #7 Do let us leave 'religion' aside for a moment, and ponder the quandery of this scenario: I had just thrown my graduation cap up in the air, USC alumni now, no excitement to spare! And POOF! My first patient was in the Jail Ward and the hard, 'real' world upset all my heart. My first patient held his girlfriend hostage at the butt of a gun, placed to her head for hours after dreaded hours. Finally, the LAPD gunned him down. At 19 years old, I walked in on this human that I was bound, by the Hippocratic Oath, to 'heal.' He was now a quadraplegic, no movement but could feel every needle stick every morning I had to draw from his atrophied right arm. He shed real tears, begging me, "No! Not again! Please, no, I beg" whenever my white coat walked in filled instead with blood. He expressed great sorrow, for now his todays were the same as all his tomorrows. My struggle inside went from rage, < outrage, < outrageous in the extreme for what he had done, and I never lost sight of the girlfriend he had once won. "I am forced to take care of him." That was my first thought.....until day 30 of the rotation, when I was sorry that I had to leave him. To someone else who may not care. I still think of him every day. / ...and now I'll bring my religion in to say, that also, I pray.
    Charles David Upchurch
    25/07/2016 #9 Charles David Upchurch
    #1 @Jeet Sarkar you wrote that "[what] hurts the most is that brutal activity of the criminals. Truly, criminals have no religion. Humanity is a term which those criminals hate, i think so. They are inhuman."

    While I understand the pain of other victims of crime (having repeatedly suffered both property and violent crimes), I believe that you, and @debasish majumder and at least a billion other human beings have all lost your way in dehumanizing abnormal, aberrant, and anti-social behavior.

    We are ALL people, human beings. NONE of us is always without fault. Part of our growth from the innocence of babies is that we make mistakes while learning how we should and should not treat one another in our families, our communities, and the greater world. Some learn from fewer mistakes how and why to be kind to one another. Others, because their most basic needs have not been met, or because they missed some important lessons along the way about the value of EVERY person (including themselves) make more mistakes which harm others. A VERY small percentage (perhaps 1/10 of one percent) are genuinely social psychopaths, meaning that they lack the emotional intelligence to recognize the humanity of others (no matter how many mistakes they could otherwise have learned from) and to simply CARE about others more than just themselves. Yet no matter how inhumanely a person thinks and feels, even the most abhorrent actions must honestly be acknowledged as a [small and very dark] part of what it means to be a human being. As @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD was suggesting, below, the answer relies on us accepting everyone's humanity while also rejecting inhumane behaviors.
    Charles David Upchurch
    25/07/2016 #8 Charles David Upchurch
    #7 @Ray Looker, I am not an expert, but that doesn't sound right. It also doesn't sound to me like respectful and civil discourse. If you are to make such a vociferous assertion, I would kindly ask you to state your historical (not simply religious) references for that claim. Thank you, sir.
    Ray Looker
    25/07/2016 #7 Ray Looker
    Muhammad did not teach love. He was a butcher, a rapist and child molester.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #3 #4 We should not be looking to outside people or forces to change the tide. We need to look within ourselves, and live true to our God even at the mercy of a terrorist. We love minute-by-minute, 100% pure. "All it takes for evil to reign is for one good man to do nothing." ~ Albert Einstein
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/07/2016 #5 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #2 That is really insightful and truly loving!
    Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC
    06/07/2016 #4 Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC
    Another thought-provoking post, @debasish majumder which dives deep into todays unfortunate - and often unspeakable - issues. With so many questions to ponder, answers to consider, I wonder if they will be answered in my lifetime. I ask the same question as @Anees Zaidi - will the Millennials take up the gauntlet and make the changes necessary in the world?
    Anees Zaidi
    06/07/2016 #3 Anees Zaidi
    @debasish majumder this is the desperate call of an innocent 'soul'. What to do? We failed to hold it. Can our millennial friends do something? I know this is our 'shit' (excuse me for my word) but it can't be left laying and decaying. Desperate call of an old man.
    INDU RANI SINGH
    06/07/2016 #2 INDU RANI SINGH
    Hi devashish sir,I enjoyed ur post.I really appriciate ur examine to responsibility our society.so nice for it but I want say something about ur post image...teachers always learnt how to grow myself?

    without love any nouns &adjective r not safe.....but actually they
    alive.& daily face to living movement.this is realty so we couldn't give them same answer .
    Jeet Sarkar
    06/07/2016 #1 Jeet Sarkar
    With the development of the society, i think we are actually moving backward instead of moving forward. Racism and discrimination based on religion has nowadays become very common, which is very unfair. But which hurts the most is that brutal activity of the criminals. Truly, criminals have no religion. Humanity is a term which those criminals hate, i think so. They are inhuman. However, thank you for the post sir. enjoyed reading.
  20. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    23/06/2016
    Otto Dix: When Ambivalence Has No Equivalence
    Otto Dix: When Ambivalence Has No EquivalenceI have the option to work from home or from the office when it suits me, when I am in the company building one of my habits at lunch time is to grab a paper and read a couple of articles over my salad and favourite granola yoghurt. Last month that I...
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    Pascal Derrien
    04/08/2016 #29 Pascal Derrien
    #26 thanks for adding some context and other pointers to the discussion :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    04/08/2016 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #27 thanks @Don 🐝 Kerr and thanks form sharing :-)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    25/07/2016 #27 Don 🐝 Kerr
    I too just came upon this post and am so glad to have found it. Like @Dean Owen I have been missing your missives here. Perhaps it is the lack of Irish lilt I find lacking with other writers;) @Pascal Derrien Regardless, the Otto Dix story was clearly waiting there for you to be picked up and although his images are grim they are visceral and truthful unlike some wartime art which was used to glorify battle. Thanks for illuminating this aspect of history. Will share.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    25/07/2016 #26 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Having finished reading this I simply needed to know more and as I found a Guardian article that satisfied this curiosity https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/14/first-world-war-german-art-otto-dix more is what I got. This helped me understand the role of Dada, the connection to German War Artists and the difference between English War Poets.

    I got a sense of a highly patriotic man who was curious about war and on realizing the reality and brutality of it, shared his psyche of that which drove other war artists mad - I am sure a part of this is self-preservation of Dix's mental state, otherwise to keep such horror in one's head is a recipe for madness or suicide. That he also survived the Nazi's who were very much aware of his "degenerate" art only makes Dix even more fascinating to me.

    The guardian article provided me with intro's to the world of George Grosz and I quickly understood from reading that Otto Dix was living his art, whereas another painter Max Beckermann is more representative of art movements. In this regard I identify with Otto Dix as I have already identified with Henri Matisse - in the case of Matisse I enjoyed his originality and humility, which is quite a contrast to the ego and extrovertly admired and loved Picasso.

    Even though I only have this and the Guardian article to go by, I can see in Otto Dix an extraordinarily honest being, maybe initially naive enough to be seduced by patriotic callings to fight a war that took war into an even uglier mechanized dimension. That it took only 21 years for the world to make the same mistake twice tells me that very few paid attention to Otto Dix's hellish warning. I am not sure that global leaders still identify with this for global leaders won't risk their own children where there is hell.
    Gerald Hecht
    24/06/2016 #25 Gerald Hecht
    #24 @Pascal Derrien this whole piece is great --and then I just happened upon your piece, the way you happened upon the story...
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #24 Pascal Derrien
    #23 every now and again I get it somewhat right :-) thanks for the encouraging comment too
    Gerald Hecht
    24/06/2016 #23 Gerald Hecht
    #22 @Pascal Derrien it really was an unexpected stimulant this morning
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #21 no problem @Gerald Hecht :-)
    Gerald Hecht
    24/06/2016 #21 Gerald Hecht
    @Pascal Derrien thank you for putting this in a place, where I was able to stumble upon it!
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #20 Pascal Derrien
    #19 comment right on the button :-) @Ken Boddie
    Ken Boddie
    24/06/2016 #19 Ken Boddie
    Not often, @Pascal Derrien, that we stumble by chance across something that tugs at our emotions. This picture paints a thousand words, telling of the woeful reality of war - blood, guts and all. Thanks for sharing, and for reminding us that when we ignore history it has a nasty habit of repeating itself.
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #18 Pascal Derrien
    #17 thank you for taking the time to read and commenting :-)
    debasish majumder
    24/06/2016 #17 debasish majumder
    Great post sir @Pascal Derrien. enjoyed reading. thank you very much for sharing such insightful post.
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #16 Pascal Derrien
    #15 thank you for dropping by @Joanna Hofman :-)
    Joanna Hofman
    24/06/2016 #15 Joanna Hofman
    Awesome post, Pascal. I understand your point, yes, our path to knowledge is more about our personal journey than university education. I graduated two universities but a real journey to the knowladge has started after graduation. Thank you for this wonderful piece of share...
    Pascal Derrien
    23/06/2016 #14 Pascal Derrien
    #13 the power of evolution versus static history in one way I guess he anticipated the contradicting forces at play :-)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    23/06/2016 #13 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Very Hieronymous Bosch, as well as the comparison to Goya. Thanks for sharing what you learned, @Pascal Derrien, because this is an interesting case study in how the art - the images - stand the test of time, while the words that were said back then about him seem old of place and wrong based on our future perspectives.
    Pascal Derrien
    23/06/2016 #12 Pascal Derrien
    #11 actually think you are right @Kevin Pashuk :-) I started the draft on the same day I read the article and let it rest for couple of weeks
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/06/2016 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    That's why I like the concept of serendipity @Pascal Derrien. There was a reason all the other papers were missing. You were able to get the inspiration for this post, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    Pascal Derrien
    23/06/2016 #10 Pascal Derrien
    #8 yes agree @Donna-Luisa Eversley the only description I could come up with was un=humanly human I don't even know if it correct in English but I guess people will get my point :-)
  21. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Andrew Gold died in 2011 from heart failure at the age of 59. In 1976 he attained a hit with Lonely Boy. He denied it was about his own life even though the dates in the song match facts known about him. Later on he said it may be about him but not in the way anyone would think. Whatever the story behind the song, when I was 15, this was one of the saddest songs I had heard other than Terry Jacks Season in the Sun which I found way more haunting especially when that release came the year I became a teenager. Both songs are unique and highly memorable, especially anyone who was around when it was released.
    Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy
    Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy From his 1976 album "What's Wrong With This Picture?" (There are actually 32 things wrong with the picture. http://www.classroomtools.com/wronglst.htm...
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    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    17/07/2016 #5 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #4I found a copy of Wendy Waldman's "Strange Company" in mint condition in a thrift store- not a scratch on it. It was like new. She did have a compilation of "best of" released on CD.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/07/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Astute move, vinyl is making a comeback thanks to the millennials - which also makes me feel like I made a big, big mistake leaving all my vinyl behind in England when we emigrated.http://www.forbes.com/vinyl/#5fa1f26910fc
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    17/07/2016 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #2Kenny Edwards passed away, also. As far as I know Wendy Waldman and Karla Bonoff are still among us. Wendy has a YouTube channel and has actually left comments on videos people have posted there.
    Robert Bacal
    17/07/2016 #2 Robert Bacal
    #1 Wow. Chas, I think I still have some Waldman vinyl around. Kept it cause I figured she would never have them released on cd. Also remember Karla.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    17/07/2016 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    I seen Andrew Gold in the group "Bryndle" in the early 90's and which was originally formed in the late 60's. It consisted of Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold and Wendy Waldman. They met in high school.
  22. Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    NOTE: You may get PTSD if you are disabled with an Invisible Illness that took a long time to diagnose. You may find this to be quite healing.

    How do these Youth know how we really feel inside when we suffer trauma, are disabled, or have an Invisible Illness?

    How do they just KNOW?
    Paralyzed (NF) lyrics
    Paralyzed (NF) lyrics lyric video for Paralyzed by NF. I don't make many of these but I decided to since you guys love it when I share music that I know you can relate to. this...
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    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    22/07/2016 #27 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    "#23 #22 Yes, it is an Invisible World, and there are Invisible Children, Invisible Youth, Invisible Professionals like me who are reduced to being bedridden; Invisible Vets, Invisible Homeless, Invisible Home-Bound with no family or friends to bring them milk or bread. Not even for their own nieces. We all need to be fed. So increasing awareness is #1, and thank you for keeping us inspired by knowing that we have touched one: you.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    22/07/2016 #25 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #21 Yes, it is a journey but isn't it so nice when someone else understands it exactly perfectly? I'm still struggling with how these kids could think of this song, these words.. this Passion....as they are all young and healthy. It is a gift, indeed, and comforting to know that No One is Alone.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    22/07/2016 #24 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #17 No thanks ever, ever needed. It is all my Calling, my Pleasure, my Reason for Being.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/07/2016 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #21 Dear Kirstie I am reading honest accounts from honest people and you are teaching me much about a part of life I had never been exposed to. Your voice is important because when I now Google I begin to see articles that never caught my attention such as this one by NPR http://www.npr.org/2015/03/08/391517412/people-with-invisible-disabilities-fight-for-understanding You and Margaret are making us see.
    mohammed khalaf
    14/07/2016 #17 mohammed khalaf
    #15 thank you for big soul
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #16 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #10 You offer me and all of us much comfort and gratitude. Thank you for giving us hope and understanding, and believing in what we are trying to do. Because we can't do it alone. Sick people can't help sick people with everything they need. And just like Doctors without Boarders (I did Lifeflight while at Stanford up in a helicopter where no stethoscope can hear a heart beat above the shattering fan of the copter blades). It's another world, but one that we hope to impart so that the empathy and plight is shared with those who are better equipped to actually help. Thank you. Your comments go a very, very long way.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 I'm so sorry, it is hard to know what to say either as a patient sufferer myself, or as a physician in Critical Care and such. Words are just not enough. I am working on bringing in some Pain doctors, and other professionals to help with some of these issues.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #8 It is normal and real, @NO one, yes. It's hard and soft, both at once. It's an experience.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #13 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #7 Yes, I suffered the pain, too. I was relatively obsessed with this song for weeks; I still turn back to it with that 'gut' you mention. And for all the tears I shed, it was still bittersweet but good that I wasn't the only one....and I like the tribute at the end, where they say, "You are Not Alone."
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6...and this is just the version with only lyrics and no images. A more compelling video was made by several others, focusing on Troops and Veterans in war. It definitely applies, and should help families and loved ones to understand those with PTSD after war. It's all good that this young Christian group could grasp what the old eyes of our young men walk away from, after battle. I just don't know how the group knows how to write such things....a gift from God.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #11 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #5 We totally understand one another, especially given the past traumas. I'm one of "those people" who actually visited the door of Heaven in a Near-Death Experience, and it's all in Chapter One of my first book, a Memoir: No More Tears: A Physician Turned Patient Inspires Recovery. I came back with several gifts that I did not have before, worthy of future Buzzes in themselves. I will say that I have the gift of Prophecy, and it's not just because I 'think' I do.....just for reassurance, I have walked up to total strangers and told them that God did not want them to commit suicide today. Every one of them broke down and crumbled, asking me how I knew...and then telling Me that I must talk to God.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/07/2016 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 This is why I think of Doctors Without Borders are doctors who relate http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ because here we see doctors who have transcended looking at their practice as a business and who have gone out into the world to make a difference - whereas I think most of us who are not trained in healthcare, live in fear of pandora's box - i.e. that we keep a tight lid on what we personally find uncomfortable - but when open that lid, we see the world as it is, not the world as we would like it to be or the world we feared seeing. Then the challenge for me is to recognize that is the world, not the nice comfortable one we may live in - and it is a world that Doctors Without Borders also lives in. Pandora's Box is our fear of being overwhelmed by what we do not understand, but to understand anything is to be mindfully exposed. When you addressed the turmoils of Venezuela, that exposed me to the issues in that area, here the invisible is being made visible - in appreciating invisible illness.
    mohammed khalaf
    13/07/2016 #9 mohammed khalaf
    that matter of paralyzed is feeling me to sad because my daughter to be exposed to accident during the battles between USA army and miltia in 2006 ,now she she is suffering from abasia of two limbs and that final report from her private doctor: 12 years old female, she is aknown case of transverse Myelitis.At time of diagnosis the physician (Neurologist) gave her acourse of ACHT (synacthen) & Baciofen. After that the physician repeat the course of treatment (Baclofen alone). Then the physician increases the dose of Baclofen , but without improvement . The patient still complaining from lower limb weakness (spastic paraparesis)&urine incontinence . lastly the physician said that (Baclofen pump) is an indication for her. Baclofen test (intrathecal Baclofen)was given ,but unfortunately ther was no responce.
    NO one
    13/07/2016 #8 NO one
    Thank you for this message @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD it is hard to take in and hard to see but in a good way. It of course resonated with me and made my cry a little bit, but it is normal and real.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/07/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Powerful beyond measure.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #3 I totally get it. I listened to this over and over again on the day I first heard it by chance, just scrolling through Christian videos on YouTube. I was pretty shattered and @Leckey Harrison View more
    #3 I totally get it. I listened to this over and over again on the day I first heard it by chance, just scrolling through Christian videos on YouTube. I was pretty shattered and @Leckey Harrison would appreciate my shaking, trembling sobs. I was hooked on it. Someone understood. How could they know? Honestly, how could these kids possibly jUsT .... kNoW? I don't get it. I was stuck there, in that trance of incomprehension until I realized that it was a gift. We just can't explain all that happens to and around us, but I've learned to take away the positive. For every lemon, a little lemonade is truly possible. So I force myself to believe that later on, someday, I'll know why 'this' happened. I trust in that. And over and over again, it all works together for good. Perhaps...I know what to say to help another, or I give a hug without any words being spoken. I classify that as a gift that I never would have received if I hadn't been through everything that I've been through. It all made me who I am. I wouldn't want to be anyone else, and I'm grateful for lots of things ~ the best of which is meeting someone like you, whom I otherwise never would have been here to meet. And knowing you? That's a bigger gift that is worth the price of all of the past put together. I wouldn't trade you in for anything. So, Believe. Close
    Randy Keho
    12/07/2016 #3 Randy Keho
    #2 You're right, it sparked a good deal of emotion and a few tears squeaked out. I recall that lack of feeling and perpetual questioning without answers. The dark thoughts seem to never stop.. Sleep becomes the only sanctuary, and sleep only comes from the mental exhaustion. I don't think I'll ever feel the level of joy and happiness I did before the arrival of depression more than 20 years ago. Those feelings seem foreign to me now, nothing more than a memory. At this point, it's not so much a lack of feeling as it is a feeling of trepidation. "The price I'll eventually have to pay for today's joy and happiness will be more costly than its worth when it comes due tomorrow," It's a horrible way to live. A self-fulfilling prophecy.@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    On Invisible Illnesses: Asking my friends to react to this and let me know your emotions. Being a patient with multiple Invisible Illnesses, this resonated with me to the core. Warning: May trigger PTSD; may lead to crying. And crying can be a great release, as well as knowing that "Together, We Are Strong." You are not alone! @Selim Yeniçeri, @Randy Keho, @Leckey Harrison, @Gary Sharpe, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Sara Jacobovici, @Gerald Hecht, @Elizabeth Harris, @Irene Hackett, @Mohammed A. Jawad, @Kirstie-Sweetie Louise, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, @Louise Smith, @Max🐝 J. Carter, @Michele Williams, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, @Neal Rauhauser, @Nick Mlatchkov, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @William Rakow, @Robert Bacal, @Randy Smith, @Sujan Sivagurunathan, @Catalina Serrano, @Flavia Toro Rodriguez, @NO one, @Paul Walters, @John White, MBA, @Anees Zaidi, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @Ali Anani.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    This is mind-boggling.
  23. ProducerRandy Keho

    Randy Keho

    11/07/2016
    An Armed Robbery, Psychological Trauma, and My Daughter: Part II
    An Armed Robbery, Psychological Trauma, and My Daughter: Part IIThe apparently uncontrollable rise in the seemingly senseless violence in the United States is directly related to economics. It's not guns. It's not race.They're a hideous manifestation of the problem, but they are not the cause.There, I've...
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    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    26/07/2016 #29 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    That is good news @Randy Keho.
    Randy Keho
    25/07/2016 #28 Randy Keho
    My daughter appears to be doing fine. Actually, the police just apprehended the guilty parties. My daughter and her boss picked them out of a lineup. Progress is being made. My local police force is on the job.i#27
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/07/2016 #27 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Hi @Randy Keho, 🎀just wondering how your lovely daughter is doing, sending you all good cheer and blessings and hoping that all is as well as can be. Letting you know you are in our thoughts, and thanking you for just being 'you!' 🎀!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    19/07/2016 #26 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #25 WoW. Sad state of affairs on the general level in the community, and it makes me feel safer for you that the community is behind you. For certainly, you deserve it and people still have to have compassion amidst it all. I believe your Path is laid out before you, and you will continue to serve others and do a damn good job at it.
    Randy Keho
    15/07/2016 #25 Randy Keho
    #24 I'm extremely thankful for the support I've received in response to both of these buzzes. It's been a trying time, not just for my family, but for all the residents of my community. There's been no slowdown in the crime and violence. There's been a bank robbery everyday this week -- everyday! Add two murders, numerous drive-bys, and no suspects apprehended. The security videos clearly show their faces. My best friend is a retired Illinois State Police Commander, with 30 years service. He never had to draw his weapon -- not once.. Now, he's thinking of carrying a gun, again. @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    15/07/2016 #24 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #21 I'm pleased that you liked the speech. I searched to find one just for you, @Randy Keho, since I really wanted to give you something that money can't buy. And I can't always put things into my own words ;-).
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    14/07/2016 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    @Randy Keho. I am so tremendously sorry that your daughter had to go through this horrific experience. I applaud you for sharing how this has affected her and brought you to the point of needed to write out the injustice of it all.

    You are right. This is all about economics. We have plenty of money coursing through the productivity of this country. Why are we not taking a stand to see it properly allotted to each and every citizen? Every person should have the right to a living wage in exchange for a day's work.

    But the crux of all the current inequity lies in this question - Why have we allowed our country to be ruled by corporations? All of the investment that should be in social programs, infrastructure, and civic governance is now tied up in a cycle of increasing shareholder value every three damn months. Let's start challenging why so very few of us are worthy of employment to begin with & so expendable when as expenses that can be jettisoned.

    I have no answers, but I think a lot more questions need to be leveled at the powerful niche corporations have granted themselves.
    Selim Yeniçeri
    14/07/2016 #22 Selim Yeniçeri
    #21 We can't stop them, @Randy Keho. You're right. But we can do a lot to minimize their influence over our own lives and the lives of the ones around us.
    Randy Keho
    14/07/2016 #21 Randy Keho
    Thank you for your support, Franci and Margret. That's quite the motivational speech, Margret. In regard to our leaders, France, I believe we got hoodwinked into putting too much trust into those in authority, both in business and government, and allowed them to play politics in the backroom with our futures. They don't represent us, anymore. And we can't say, "Wait a minute, that's not what we want." We just can't stop them.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    14/07/2016 #20 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    It's difficult for me to see and hear what is happening in this country. In addition to lack of good and honest leadership in the US, I believe you nailed it this statement: "If much greater number of people had a decent-paying job, there would be less need to rob, steal, and kill to survive and our daughters would be able to sleep well at night." Thank you for tackling a difficult topic with a superb post Randy Keho.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/07/2016 #19 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #10 Perhaps one good place to start is self-empowerment and positive thinking, a 'cheerleading' of sorts that allows one to set their sites for the prize...even if it is not well defined. You go at it, @Randy Keho View more
    #10 Perhaps one good place to start is self-empowerment and positive thinking, a 'cheerleading' of sorts that allows one to set their sites for the prize...even if it is not well defined. You go at it, @Randy Keho, and keep going! You do it! What a fine example you are, and an outstanding citizen to boot! And you know what? This is my gift for you today, in hopes that it restores you and all souls who feel weathered at what life has brought them. For now. ;-). I'm giving this all that I've got: https://youtu.be/AFGWnqNf6t0 Close
    Randy Keho
    13/07/2016 #18 Randy Keho
    Thank you, @Don 🐝 Kerr , for your kind words. As I'm writing this, local police are searching for three bank robbers in a wooded area behind the bank. It just doesn't stop. A local man is handing out blue light bulbs for residents to use in their porch lights to show support for the police. What a great idea. @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD @Selim Yeniçeri and Franci Eugenia Hoffman.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #16 @Don 🐝 Kerr: Hear! Hear! Right on the spot!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    12/07/2016 #16 Don 🐝 Kerr
    "Let's hope that our business and governmental leaders can somehow get past their "Darwinian" views and return us to the forms of economics that led to the greatness -- before we have another civil war." AMEN @Randy Keho View more
    "Let's hope that our business and governmental leaders can somehow get past their "Darwinian" views and return us to the forms of economics that led to the greatness -- before we have another civil war." AMEN @Randy Keho Given the rawness of your daughter's experience and the understandable passion you must have felt, you are remarkable in your restraint and rationality. I applaud you for that and for making the time to let your voice be heard. I just watched the film The Big Short. It provided what you would hope was a fictionalized, dramatized view of the 2008 housing crisis. It was neither fiction nor drama. It was a sad statement of reality that drove people all around the world into an incessant cycle of poverty simply to create obscene wealth for a few. It appears that similar financial vehicles are reappearing to line the coffers of the already stupidly rich. It does not augur well for an outcome other than the 'Darwinian'. Close
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    @Randy Keho: Just stopping by to let you know that many of us care. It may not seem like it, but for every one person that expresses compassion, there are 100 or 1000 more that are too embarrassed or uncomfortable to speak. So, just know that you and your family are in our prayers and you are very beloved to us here on beBee. I'm working on building a stronger internal structure of people who can speak to provide the needed human touch....and I light a candle to keep you warm and let your light continue to shine. That is my prayer for you. Amen.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 @Randy Keho, You are definitely not alone, sir! Perhaps those best equipped to begin to think of the cusp of these matters are those that have seen death and human destruction the most. I think perhaps @Dr. Allen Brown and @Leckey Harrison.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #13 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @Randy Keho: Exactly my thoughts when I made my first comment. Just so much to bear. Needs processing, it is written so dam profoundly.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #3 Another unspoken yet glaring question: Where is God in all of this? Millions and billions of people are calling this scenario a Sign of The End Times ~ evil reigns despite God's Commands. This glares out: 2 Timothy 3 ~New King James Version:

    Perilous Times and Perilous Men
    3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
    2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
    4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
    5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.
    Randy Keho
    12/07/2016 #11 Randy Keho
    #6 Thank you, Franci, thoughtful engagement and team-building are powerful forces.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    12/07/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #9 Yes, I agree and that can open up a completely new subject. Together we have a chance and now we need to choose the right path.
  24. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    21/06/2016
    A little information with a pinch of awareness
    A little information with a pinch of awarenessNote: By no means I am trying to offend someone or put the blame in a country, group, society or person. This article was written with information I gathered from some of my research for my thesis on the Master in Political Communication. If there's...
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    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #37 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #35 idk. It's not highlighting my comment in your comment, and I can't remember my original comment, so can you comment on my "specific comment" so I can comment back? Thanks!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    12/07/2016 #36 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #34 Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about, @NO one! You completed the circle! Off and Buzzzin' to donate now! Muaaah!
    Nick Mlatchkov
    12/07/2016 #35 Anonymous
    Margaret, I don't get what rats u are talking about?
    NO one
    11/07/2016 #34 NO one
    #25 #32 There are various NGOs but sometimes I don't know if I can trust not them but the gob blocking them. I leave here a link to one that is based in UK but Venezuelans run it and I think it could be a good one; it is for children in need: http://www.chamos.org.uk/ View more
    #25 #32 There are various NGOs but sometimes I don't know if I can trust not them but the gob blocking them. I leave here a link to one that is based in UK but Venezuelans run it and I think it could be a good one; it is for children in need: http://www.chamos.org.uk/ If I encounter in my research another one I'll put it here in the comments. Close
    NO one
    11/07/2016 #33 NO one
    #22 Dear Mags, yes it is outrageous how people in Venezuela are being treated inhumanely not only for clothes or dental higiene but they are being deprived of food and water. I feel so mad about this!! #24 @William VanDorin View more
    #22 Dear Mags, yes it is outrageous how people in Venezuela are being treated inhumanely not only for clothes or dental higiene but they are being deprived of food and water. I feel so mad about this!! #24 @William VanDorin I totally agree with you, transparency is one of the solutions and steps needed to change this madness but it is all an ongoing circle that only the "leaders" can stop. It is also super concerning how the wealth (not only economic) and the resources are so unjustly shared between the members of the society. Thank you for your comment. Close
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #32 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #31 So what is the plan, @NO one? What organization is working to help the masses? Because one person at a time, today and now, each one of us can make a difference in one life. And isn't that what we would want for ourselves? I want a Solution. Or tell me that there is nothing out there to help some of the people, and I can take it from there. This is staying on my desk. 👍🏽
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #30 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #26 Nice historical point, @Nick Mlatchkov; don't know how you'd know such historical fact....must have been personal to you at the time. But now we are free, and the rats that raced from one country to the next...where will they be when they are 45 years old? We need to keep helping one another. I wish for a magic formula.!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #29 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #25 Solutions. Yes! Every single problem has a solution. @NO one....is there a nonprofit out there? Can we mail them some clothes that we wear? For what shall we Do as we don't live in a shoe! We have hands to help...just tell us how to stop yelling.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #28 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #24 @William VanDorin, yes, the leaders look into their pockets more than into the eyes of their own people...and just like a stranded Felix the Cat on an island, he begins to look at his friend as his food, when his money/sustenance runs out. But pity the person that simply throws hands up in the air, for nothing is ever lost completely to despair. Not when helping hands are willing to go and do all the things without fear of the foe.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #27 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #23 @Paul Walters ~ was under the weather lol ~ good to be missed! So..yeah...I'm back. Just like Arnold....
    Nick Mlatchkov
    10/07/2016 #26 Anonymous
    A necessary clarification:
    Chavez introduced the low prices of gas in Venezuela long b4 the international rates dropped drastically as a result of the development of shale gas extraction in the US.
    William VanDorin
    09/07/2016 #24 William VanDorin
    The desire to affect a positive change by compassionate people is all to often corrupted by the power of the positions they are elected, or appointed to. It is unfortunate for us all that the established leadership does not support solutions equitable to the population, and is often driven by a completely different agenda. Though some countries are conspicuous in their excesses and abuse of power, this is a human ailment of self imposed ignorance Too many people stand in peril and countries on the edge of collapse through the manipulation of economies and resources. The diversion of resources and attitude away from warfare to humanitarian relief efforts would prove less costly and far more productive in fostering human and national relations. There is an understandable animosity towards countries of affluent decadence by impoverished populations fostered by our leadership. The walls of division are obvious, it's architects are not. There is no obvious solution and violence simply compounds the problem. There obviously is a dire need for transparency in our leadership, and severe penalties for political corruption imposed. Unfortunately for the population, our leadership is already profoundly corrupt, and the tragic irony is only they could implement such policies.
    Paul Walters
    09/07/2016 #23 Paul Walters
    #22 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD Hi ho wondered where you were ?
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    09/07/2016 #22 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    @NO one, without reading others' comments first, I can tell you the one thing that screams from this page more than anything else: the picture of the woman screaming from the page. She represents all that is lost: clothing, hairstyle, lipstick, the dentist, a toothbrush, and eventually, human dignity. In this new world of such inhumanity, only darkness can thrive together with the other shadows. What she needs is not further condemnation for a plight that is not of her own doing, nor platitudes for poets to dream of describing. She needs damn help. And she needs it from everyone around the world. Period. The message is so clear that I can't comprehend any other words without simple, basic compassion. If it was a dog or a dolphin instead of a human, perhaps she would be heard more humanely. Is every individual everyone "else's" problem? God forbid, NO! She is our problem. She is MY problem. Tell me what to do to help. Give me a Solution. Because I don't mind listening to the Problems in life. But I'm all about Solutions. And in 3 sec flat, I went from a complete stop to 100 mph. And I'm here. Tell me how to Help! And if there isn't a "Way," let's MAKE ONE! Today! It Can Be Done. Nothing is Impossible.
    Maja Vujovic
    07/07/2016 #21 Maja Vujovic
    #20 Thank you, Cat dear, for joining it so competently!
    NO one
    07/07/2016 #20 NO one
    #19 @Maja Vujovic thank you so much for the great initiative!
    Maja Vujovic
    05/07/2016 #19 Maja Vujovic
    Corruption and complaisance are two sides of the same coin and @NO one raises her voice against both, with this June author's pick we couldn't let you miss.
    Leckey Harrison
    21/06/2016 #17 Leckey Harrison
    It appears that some time revolution is the only answer. Our own Declaration is evidence of that, and we are at a tipping point soon here in the US. I find comments along the line that "they brought this upon themselves" incredibly insensitive and narrow minded. No one chooses corruption. No one chooses oppression for themselves. That is the choice of oppressors, and the powerful who have no moral compass.
    NO one
    21/06/2016 #16 NO one
    #15 Thank you for the comment tocaya! I better have a good grade since it'll mean that the project will be useful to make Venezuela a better place or at least it'll be my small contribution to a wonderful country =)
    Catalina Serrano
    21/06/2016 #15 Catalina Serrano
    Great post tocaya! There's an extremely sad situation in Venezuela since long time ago and I don't know how the hell are they going to change all this mess. Sad, very sad without any doubt. Anyway, good research, thanks for the info, keep doing like this and your thesis will have a very good mark! :)
  25. ProducerMargaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Focus on Lecky Harrison: Turning Tradegy into Triumph
    Focus on Lecky Harrison: Turning Tradegy into Triumphby Dr Margaret Aranda / Dedicated to Leckey Harrison / Lots of us have suffered psychological or bodily stress for months, years, or decades. Physical trauma and pain can lead to emotional, petrifying suffering that leaves one literally despondent...
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    Leckey Harrison
    25/07/2016 #35 Leckey Harrison
    #33 To be a certified trainer requires Module 1 and 2 workshops, requirements beyond that determined m=by minimums and whatever the trainer decides you need. I am a Provider, not a trainer, which means I can teach individuals and groups for their own use, I have not yet been invited to become a trainer. @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, since you live in LA, you live ostensibly near one of TRE's finest, Nkem Ndefo, who owns and operates TRELosAngeles, and has some of the highest, if not the highest, standards of all the trainers I have known.

    Those workshops are only available live. As to TRE treating Parkinson's, I have heard that it helps decrease the severity of tremors, it reduces stress which makes Parkinsons worse, as well as some of the difficulties clients have initially allowing TRE tremors due to their cognitive and emotional associations with Parkinsons.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    25/07/2016 #34 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #33 We absolutely know that there is something here. We watched an introductory video and he said this is uncanny - I make some of these moves and find release in others. We also have some info from an Eastern perspective that makes tremendous sense about it being a problem with the parasympathetic/sympathetic axis and an injury along the stomach/small intestine meridian channels. And of course, digestion stops when our lives are in danger or we perceive so - it just can't be a proper priority. So, yep - @Leckey Harrison we'd love to work together. I am ready to hit the island - whenever you might have some time!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/07/2016 #33 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #25 Sweet! So glad I understand! #26 #27 #30 We're building a mountain! Leckey, are your Classes online? Does TRE(R) apply to treat Parkinsons? Can you tell us briefly about the types/levels of training you offer? I also wonder what @Gary Sharpe View more
    #25 Sweet! So glad I understand! #26 #27 #30 We're building a mountain! Leckey, are your Classes online? Does TRE(R) apply to treat Parkinsons? Can you tell us briefly about the types/levels of training you offer? I also wonder what @Gary Sharpe and @Deb 🐝 Helfrich assess here, specifically due to muscle tremors. Lovin' the Buzz! Close
    Dale Masters
    24/07/2016 #32 Dale Masters
    #31 Done. You're on my list.
    Leckey Harrison
    24/07/2016 #31 Leckey Harrison
    #30 One of my freinds and neighbors wrote the book on co-housing: https://www.amazon.com/Cohousing-Handbook-Building-Place-Community/dp/0865715173

    My skype tag is leckey.harrison. Send me an invite.
    Dale Masters
    24/07/2016 #30 Dale Masters
    #28@Leckey Harrison We should have a LONG conversation! I went to college to become a CPA, and even though I had to quit (STUPID BODY!!!!), I've learned a LOT about starting and organising such a place.
    Leckey Harrison
    24/07/2016 #28 Leckey Harrison
    #26 Such an intentional community would be a great idea. Our community re-purposed an apartment complex that was for sale in the heart of our town. There are myriads variables, but I have thought the same thing in terms of a smattering of communities across the US where wounded people can live, and then the services are brought to them, like in aging in place. There are also the advantages of community gardens, and I now know I could ramble for an hour....
    Dale Masters
    24/07/2016 #27 Dale Masters
    #15 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD Babies know instinctively what reality truly is (see my post directly below this one). It's contact with the "fabricated world" that makes us lose what babies instinctively have. Time for a good, strong dose of TRUTH.
    Dale Masters
    24/07/2016 #26 Dale Masters
    #3 I, too, dream of such a center...except it's a community, where the wounded can find apartments and houses to live in, and the entire town takes care of one another. It's an extended family in the truest sense, in that it recognises on a soul level that the problems of one are (concretely) the problems of all.
    It could be considered a "commune" in the truest sense of the word.
    No ego...no "keeping up with the Joneses"...no competition. Just a deep, abiding love that includes rather than excludes. No "intrusion" into people's private affairs...just a sense of belonging that is nonexistent in the present world.
    The truth of the matter is that there is far, far more that connects us than separates us. THIS is reality...not the unnatural greed, corruption, and fear/hatred that has infected humanity for far too long.
    It's time to take the blue pill...& wake up.
    Leckey Harrison
    23/07/2016 #25 Leckey Harrison
    #24 Very good! Sounds like a TRE practitioner in the making!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    23/07/2016 #24 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #22 Great synopsis. I'll re-word it and see if I am on target: The brain develops learned pathways for traumatic stresses in childhood. Children, however, do not usually have a "coping mechanism" to re-do the wiring, so to speak, hence (C-)PTSD occurs. Although, happily, as you stated, some have applied TRE(R) to infants and children to stop or inhibit the formation of 'traumatic brain tracts.' In adults, the flower is already bloomed, and the brain is what it is. But we can change it. Whether it is coping with either childhood trauma or new-onset trauma, an adult can re-wire and re-program the brain, due to something called neuroplasticity. The coping mechanisms that adults can learn with your expertise in TRE(R) assist in coping with mind, body, soul by first "undoing" the bodily instincts that arise under stress. Specifically, the stress-triggered muscle tremors, jaw tightening, muscle flenching, shaking, sobbing, can be 'unlearned' with exercises that first re-wire the body's natural reactions, then re-wire the brain through neuroplasticity. The patient can then be made whole. So there is much hope that poly-pharmacy, doping medications, counseling ad nauseum, and/or pillow-fighting are not necessarily the first treatment to stress and PTSD. Instead of 'fighting' the body's natural instincts to stress, you actually work with them, at the 'automatic' or autonomic nervous system level, to heal. It's so amazing to have a fresh, no-nonsense approach that is natural, self-realizing, and allows one to regain control of the mind:body responses. Awesome. If I am even close to the target and haven't shot my arrow into the trees instead, I'm happy to understand the tip of the iceberg here. Many, many thanks for your patience and unhesitating willingness to help. You ROCK! @Leckey Harrison
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    23/07/2016 #23 Mohammed A. Jawad
    When worldly life is taken as a timely ordeal then there will be enough space and energy to turn every tragedy into triumph.
    Leckey Harrison
    20/07/2016 #22 Leckey Harrison
    #20 Here's how I break it down, since C-PTSD isn't a true classification yet. C(omplex)-PTSD is the result of long term trauma officially. I apply that to adverse childhood experiences, where others are trying to get that diagnosis to be Developmental Trauma Disorder. Either wy, what happens is that in childhood trauma, there is effect on the developing brain and psyche, whereas in adults, all things being equal, that's done. The treatment of C-PTSD requires not just releasing it, but also re=patterning to allow for the experiences of development (connection, attachment, trust, autonomy, love/sexuality) to create new neural networks while dismantling the old. It begins with connection, and primarily tot eh self first, as that is the first disconnect in developmental trauma. We work with the body, and while the client experiences re-connection to their body sensations via tremoring, the presence of the provider allows the beginning of the rebuilding of positive attachment and trust. I know that adult onset PTSD can become complex. Then the challenge may not necessarily be the developmental issues as much as it is the rebuilding of identity, beliefs, emotional regulation, cognitive capabilities, and embodiment which can be complex enough.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/07/2016 #21 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #19 Oh, your reviews are always appreciated for their humane insight, @debasish majumder, and it is so nice to have you amongst us in this Hive. The only thing that I now wish is that you would join us on our Memoir Madness Project....your life has had interesting childhood tales and it is only befitting and helpful to share your experiences with us. You were so blessed in your childhood. Let us see more. Please?
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/07/2016 #20 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #18 Can you please explain the difference between PTSD and C-PTSD to our viewers?
    debasish majumder
    15/07/2016 #19 debasish majumder
    Great post madam @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD unique reflection of trauma which have nowadays a perennial impact on myriad owing to numerous untoward incidents, precisely in war torn areas, where ordinary civilians turn into refugees, their trauma is leading then almost into verge of extinction! nice insight with empathy. thank you very much for sharing the post.
    Leckey Harrison
    11/07/2016 #18 Leckey Harrison
    #17 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD: You are very, very welcome. I am determined to be the best I can be, and since I experienced misattunement and have clients with C-PTSD, David Berceli was my teacher, and a I had profoundly good trainer (Nkem Ndefo right there in LA - TRELosAngles), it became a par of me early on to allows be curious and learning. How does one apply TRE to C-PTSD as well as PTSD was a naturally arising question.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #16 @Leckey Harrison: It makes total sense. Thank you for having your fingers dipped into so many different dimensions here...and this one, the pediatric nurturing of the 'diminished stress response' is noteworthy. Another topic to expound on...just buzzing all the way! Thank you, my friend.
    Leckey Harrison
    10/07/2016 #16 Leckey Harrison
    #15 That's what good mothering does. It didn't happen with me, but I'm watching my neighbor do it, and I've seen it in action at a yoga studio open house.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    10/07/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #2 @Leckey Harrison, yes, down-regulating the SNS is an awesome concept...can we teach our babies to do it from birth? Somewhere along the way, we 'internalized' instead of 'felt.' It just seems like we lost something that a confident, innocent child has.
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