Hostage Racket


     Not to put too fine a point on it, but didn't that cunning rogue Chief Justice John Roberts pour a jug of Karo syrup into the gas tank of America's twelve trillion cylinder engine? Or, put another way (forgive the metaphor juke), didn't he just give President Obama enough rope to hang himself? Out to dry, that is. Roberts must know exactly what he is doing: prompting x-million young and/or poor voters to an election year tea party tax revolt. The Obama health care reform will henceforth be defined as a tax against people too economically strapped to buy health insurance - in other words, a gross injustice, courtesy of Obama.
     Or call it a poison pill. Obama gets to brag that the heart of his 2700-page reform package stands - at the expense of the very people it was designed to protect. Forget about the niceties regarding the interstate commerce clause and other chatter points. This was all about Chief Justice Roberts interfering in a presidential election in a most mischievous way. He might as well have just heated up a branding iron that spelled out T-A-X and applied it to Mr. Obama's forehead.
    Of course, with or without the so-called reform, the American health care system remains a hostage racket. When you are sick, you will do anything to get better, and the system knows it. You will sign onto any agreement to keep yourself alive, even if the health care system ends up taking your house and your children's educations. It is a well-established fact that the chief cause of personal bankruptcy in the USA is unpayable medical bills on the part of people who have health insurance. It is considered bad manners to inquire of a surgeon what his fee might be for a life-saving operation. Anyway, you don't want to know because it will be a figure with no anchor in the reality of hours spent or services rendered. Ditto the folks who run the hospital, where there is no reality-based relationship between things dispensed and prices charged. It's simple racketeering and true health care reform would be the vigorous application of Department of Justice attorneys on the doctors, pharma companies, insurers, hospitals, and HMOs who are engaged in routine, systematic swindling. But the truth is, we don't want to remove the swindle and the grift, we just want to find some way to get the American public to pay for their own shakedown.
     Before you get too exercised over the multiple idiocies and injustices of the current American medical situation just reflect for a moment that the whole creaking system cannot possibly survive no matter what the Supreme Court might have ruled or whatever Obama sought to accomplish. The US economic system is about to blow up. The banking sector has been kept technically alive on the life-support of accounting fraud since 2008, but that artful racket is coming to an end because sooner or later the abstraction called "money" must make truthful representations of itself in relation to reality, or else people cease to accept its claims of value. Without a functioning banking system none of the rackets organized into US health care can continue.
     The eventual destination of health care, like everything else in society categorically, is a much smaller, more modest, more local scale of operation. We'll be lucky if the people with medical expertise can reorganize the wreckage of the system into something resembling small local clinics with all the costly and pernicious racketeering bureaucracy peeled off it. The insurance companies will be in the elephants' graveyard of failed institutions. Let's hope the doctors and their support staff remember to wash their hands.
     A couple of side notes:
     Anyone seeking to understand the deplorable physical condition of the general public need only stroll through the supermarket aisles and see the endless stacks of manufactured sugary shit that pretends to be food in this culture. That whole matrix is coming to and end, too, by the way, but probably not soon enough to save the multitudes programmed into metabolic disorder. They will just have a shorter life-span, aggravated by loss of income in a cratering economy and everything that comes with being impoverished. The doctors themselves by and large know almost nothing about nutrition, and make no organized effort to militate against the homicidal processed food industry - which brings me to the second side note. 
     Namely, that the diminishing returns of extreme bureaucratization and turbo-specialization in medicine has only made the doctors generally stupider and more inept. My own situation is a case in point. For two years I suffered an array of peculiar symptoms ranging from numb hands to supernatural fatigue. My ex-GP showed no interest in investigating the cause. Even my request for a toxicology workup was essentially shrugged off.  I had to become my own doctor. For a while I suspected Lyme disease, which is raging in my corner of the country. I went to see a Lyme specialist who didn't accept insurance (because the insurance companies did not recognize his aggressive treatment protocols as falling within the current "standards of practice" - and this because the medical establishment doesn't know its ass from a hole in the ground about Lyme disease).
     Anyway, I asked the Lyme specialist to include a test for cobalt levels in my bloodwork because I thought there was an outside chance I had cobalt poisoning. The reason I thought this was because Google searches of my symptoms kept pointing to metal-on-metal hip replacement failure. I had gotten just such a metal-on-metal hip replacement in 2003. The hardware was developed because the orthopedists wanted to give younger patients a longer-lasting implant. That's when the diminishing returns of technology stepped in and kicked everybody's ass, including mine. 
     My cobalt blood test came back off-the-charts high. (My many Lyme tests all came back negative.) Wouldn't you know, though, that the Lyme specialist wanted to treat me for Lyme anyway. He ignored the cobalt numbers and wrote out a prescription for $400 worth of antibiotics. He was the proverbial guy with a hammer to whom everything looked like a nail. I declined that course of treatment and instead went to my new GP for a first appointment and asked for an additional cobalt test, along with one for chromium. (My hip implant is an alloy of titanium, cobalt, and chromium.) They both came back way over the toxic level.  Apparently, the rotation of the metal joint has been shedding metal ions into my system for nine years.
     Next I went to the orthopedic surgeon who put the implant in. He ordered an MRI and xrays and appeared rather concerned. Eventually I was routed to yet another orthopedic surgeon who specializes in "revising" hip implant failures - in particular ones of the type I have, which have been failing at such a staggering rate that the lawyers have assembled one of the greatest litigation feeding frenzies in history. They are going after the manufacturers of these devices.
     I have health insurance but I am quite sure that I will be soaked for many thousands of dollars beyond the coverage to resolve this problem, which will involve at least the changing out of the terminal bearings of my implant - if I am lucky. In the meantime, I have to become exactly the kind of pain-in-the-ass patient who asks too many questions so I don't end up crippled, or dead, or taken for ride like a purloined human ATM machine. I suppose I am also lucky that this happened to me soon enough to even have this kind of remedial surgery. Another year or two and I would have just steadily turned purple and croaked like some poor 19th century foundry worker.
     There's an excellent chance that I will be on the operating table at the same moment that another financial crisis erupts, one that will be orders of magnitude worse than the 2008 Lehman collapse. Won't that be something? I hope that the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, and whoever else happens to be on hand, don't all run out of the room at once to call their investment managers while I'm lying there inert, like a boned-out Thanksgiving turkey. Pray for my ass. I'm a hostage in the system.

     Today is the official publication of my new book, Too Much Magic, which is largely concerned with the diminishing returns of technology as illustrated above.
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592 Comments

Both political sides want a solution to solve health care, but the problem is that modern medicine is a product of excess material wealth and is going to vanish as we enter into collapse mode. Keep yourself healthy, don't overeat and depend on medicine to save you, and understand that lifespans are going to become more realistic again as we enter the new Dark Age.

Visit the Leibowitz Society at http://leibowitzsociety.blogspot.com/2012/07/downshifting.html for more information and discussion related to our ongoing collapse and new Dark Age.

Second!

Pray? Did you say pray for your ass? You claim to eschew such magic and wishful thinking with a vengeance, so I will not take you literally on this. Let the Great Unraveling proceed with careful planning, rational solutions, and reality-based actions. Breathe, think, do.

Mr. James,
I've always wondered through what channels the "honorable" Judge Roberts receives his orders. If you should find out from anonymous but credible sources (and can avoid getting "kettled" after a speaking engagement), please give us a peek inside the machinery!
Thanks,
-The guy with no excuse (Ignorance of "da laww" and all that...)

Too funny! But it is no joke. Any time you visit a doctor or dentist, they don't ask you how you are feeling, they ask you how you will pay. No insurance, go home and die.

Eat like your ancestors did, fresh veggies, meats, nuts, etc. and avoid the "center aisles" of the supermarket - those containing all the processed junk.

Exercise daily, meditate, live within means, be thankful, drink water, provide selfless service to others and spend time with family.

Take health care into your own hands by, well, caring for your health...

Dear God, please restore to health, any way you see fit, the heavy metal ravaged, semi-biblical prophet and crank JHK. Amen!

I'm Canadian, and thank my lucky stars for our health care system. I like to joke that the difference between American and Canadian health care systems is that in the U.S., health care costs can make you go broke. In Canada, the taxes to support out health care system make us go broke.

I'm almost through reading my advance copy of "Too Much Magic". I recommend it - Kunstler is as eloquent and perceptive as ever. I was intrigued by "Demand Destruction" - how oil prices may fall because of a permanent decline in demand, below the level for Tar Sands break-even - the worst of both worlds.

Jim,

It's great to hear you figured out what's going on, but I don't think you mentioned here whether you've achieved any relief from the fatigue and numbness. Hope you have—or, at least, that finally figuring out the cause provides some relief. Through your writing you've come to seem like a friend to many of us. Know that we're out here pulling for you, even though we'll probably never meet.

Too Much Magic was great, especially the first and last chapters, and we now look forward to the third & fourth World Made By Hand novels. It has actually occurred to me (and this isn't an exaggeration) that I hope they become available before publishing as we know it disappears altogether. Others (mom, best friend) have said the same thing.

Side note: I recently learned your podcast is ending, and hope the existing episodes get archived for us to enjoy again and share with others. Also look forward to you sharing new places your curiosity takes you; architecture and the economy may only be your first and second acts.

My duo was playing at a local restaurant as the praying and preaching went on outside, harassing patrons until the police came along and sent them away for using the profane word, "hell" (not for telling everyone they were going to hell, which was the offense here). Poor ten-year old kid preaching had really drunk all of the kool-aid (what child wouldn't?). We took our acoustic guitars out and tried to drive away these forces of hate and darkness, with our renditions of "Imagine" and "Losing My Religion." The local gendarmes took care of the rest. They did not post video of our singing, but got their "Jesus spewing us out like vomit" message out thee. Praise the puke, sinners!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oduk6tcWZ1Q&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYcS-yJ1Mc&feature=relmfu

(1) It does appear that Chief Justice Roberts opted for the poison pill approach rather than the third-world authoritarian super-veto crony approach preferred by Justice Scalia et al.
(2) Glad your medical tests came back negative on Lyme. That disease is a bear. Sorry about the likely joint replacement, though. My dad just had cataract surgery on his eye, and, even though he has Medicare, he's still getting dunned for the surgery. Think it's sorted out now, but it was bothering him. What a bunch of leeches: hope your experience won't be as troublesome.

Glad to hear you're making progress, or at least getting more information, on your symptoms! Congratulations on your new GP; I'd ask for a referral if I didn't live a thousand miles away. Stuff happens: my wife had to have knee surgery redone, after being sold on a "half-knee" replacement by an over-enthusiastic orttho surgeon.

Thought I had food poisoning just before a 1,000 mile return trip (through Nevada), so went to an emergency room to get checked for e. coli. Was given an anti-nausea pill (from a sample pack...eventually billed at $375), many tests (including an MRI!) and decided to get the hell out of there. Over the course of my eight hour stay, I realized I was one of the few patients not sporting handcuffs, lied about feeling much better (I wasn't), and eventually escorted from the ER to the parking lot by the admitting physician (who was a dead ringer for Rod Steiger's Mister Joyboy character from "The Loved One"). It took me three days to complete the drive home.

A month later, I received a bill for $13,000. After many adjustments, insurance paid $1,200 and I coughed up about $1,400. Never get sick in Indio, CA.

Good luck in your "combat" with the doctors. Just as likely to kill as real combat and you pay for the privilege.

As for "da judge", he has just legalized government financial tyranny. Yes we had some before; but now, following his logic, government can order you to do anything it wants, and tax you to death for noncompliance. Welcome to "Everything not forbidden is mandatory!" part one.

James, you may want to look into chelation therapy or find a doctor who knows about it. There are many ways to pull heavy and toxic metals out of your body. Since I am not a doctor I will not name specifics here.

Best of luck. Get and stay healthy so you can keep up your valuable commentaries!

JK,

I am so sorry to hear about your hip and poisoning issues. I know some one who has a hip of the same vintage and they had told me it is a "titanium" hip.

I wonder - if what has happened is true and as factual as you have reported - then surely there must be a "class action" suit festering some where involving seven-figure payouts for several law partners.

Can you supply the AMA device codes as well as manufacturer's model part serial numbers?

Yeah - OK , well anyway - I hope the new screed does well. I've been in discussions with some notables about just how and why the few mature people of a civilization never have much chance of leading it.

I guess greed and hedonism - along with stupidity and complacency pretty much continue until they don't.

Aren't all of our asses hostages in the system? It's just that facing such an impending procedure brings it home in such a palpable way. We'll "hold you in the light," as the Quakers like to say.
-Phut

Interesting stuff. The failure of the practitioners to identify the Cobalt problem reminds me of the time my landlady had a medical crisis, went in, and it took them hours to figure out she had appendicitis, and apparently they only figured out because some practitioner who wasn't even working her case suggested, hey, maybe she has appendicitis.

She indicated she would likely have died if they had gone much longer without figuring it out.


As to the political ramifications of Roberts' ruliing- well it strikes me as a bit farfetched but certainly not the most absurd take on the ruling which I would have to award to George Will.

A right wing revolt by youth- who knows, I guess it's possible. The gofer at Enterprise rent a car who gave me my ride home one time told me he was into the Occupy movement and also his politician of choice was Ron Paul. It is a little hard for me to see how you can simultaneously embrace a movement devoted to radical expansion of government and then like a politician who is committed to the radical shrinkage of government. Although, there are a few points of common ground in terms of marijuana legalization, opposition to bank bailouts, and military nonintervention.

Wow, Jim, you've outdone yourself this week, connecting the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act to the flawed health care system, the critically ill (and possibly terminal) financial system, and your own health. You need to remember one thing--health insurance is part of the financial system. There are reasons why that sector of the economy is called "FIRE"--Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate. Add in real estate, and all of your major concerns are tied together. Isn't that convenient?

Also, I'm subscribed to the Aspen Institute's YouTube channel and they've been posting videos from their recent conference that you blogged about last week over the past few days. I've been checking to see if you appear, but so far no luck--only two clips of you from 2008. Should I keep hoping to see a video of you on stage?

I did blog about the Supreme Court deliberating on the Affordable Care Act, but both of those were before the decision, not after. I have some quotes from three people at SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse to include in a post. How interesting that, added to you, all of them are from Upstate New York. I guess I know what I'm blogging about today.

In addition to writing about health care policy, I've been following the upcoming primary here in Michigan. The Detroit Regional Chamber (of Commerce) endorsed their candidates last week. They actually have a clue, as they want people who will create a regional transportation network that includes light rail and commuter rail. No surprise, most of the candidates they endorsed were not corn pone fascists who think that sustainable development is a UN plot to take away people's commutes and McMansions. Speaking of corn pone fascists, the local branch of the other corn pone fascist party, the Constitution Party, announced their candidates last week, and I wrote up a nice post for them (keep your friends close and your enemies closer). I also blogged about the record heat, the corn pone fascist war on higher education in general and the social sciences in particular, a humorous take on Michigan's corn pone fascists silencing Lisa Brown for uttering "vagina," and the Detroit fireworks show, which along with the parade will survive because of America's love of entertainment. I also wished my neighbors on the other side of the Detroit River a Happy Canada Day.

Speaking of patriotic holidays, the most viewed post on my blog this week hasn't been any of the above. It's been last year's "Happy 4th of July from James Howard Kunstler's Tea Party" in which I comment on your "My Tea Party" post from 2010. It's finally found an audience. For that, I say thank you for inspiring me and here's to you getting better from your botched hip replacement.

Happy Motoring--for now--from Detroit!

http://crazyeddiethemotie.blogspot.com/

So much for the veggie to meat diet then, now its metals poisoning, good lord when a lawyer hears about this.

As a documented right wing extremistI thank you President Obama for beginning the end of our medical travesty. The lady of my life has diverticulitis and a recent emergency room visit included a $6000 MRI, this is pure cost shifting.

cant wait for the life insurance tax .

have to keep those funeral homes solvent.

Jim, your hip replacment plight reminds me of the mercury amalgam dental filling problem we baby boomers with less than perfect teeth face . At one time, I had a mouth full of the little toxic buggars in there just leaching away; worse if you happen to have more acidic saliva than someone else. Of course, most have been replaced over the years but who knows what effects that bioaccumulation of mercury from my youth will have. Oh well we have to die of something I guess.
I wish you well, Jim, and do indeed pray for your recovery. And just in time to watch this technoaddicted greedy world shit the bed. Are we having fun yet?

Pray? Did you say pray for your ass? You claim to eschew such magic and wishful thinking with a vengeance, so I will not take you literally on this. Let the Great Unraveling proceed with careful planning, rational solutions, and reality-based actions. Breathe, think, do.

Speaking as an unapologetic atheist, I will cheerfully pray for Mr. Kunstler's health and well-being if he wants me to. The very worst it can possibly do is absolutely no harm. And on the remote possibility that there is a god of infinite compassion and mercy out there, he won't begrudge throwing a little of that JHK's way if I ask politely. If he insists that I worship him first, well, fuck him anyway.

Also, "Too Much Magic"? Purchased, waiting to be read after I get through Jeff Rubin's "The End of Growth" (not to be confused with Richard Heinberg's "The End of Growth" -- gets confusing, doesn't it?).

Cheers and best wishes, Jim!

My wife is orginally from Russia and finds the American health system to be quite barbaric. Whenever she's gone to get checked out for anything, she's ended up arguing with the docs through their pre-concieved notions about what is wrong with her (and what pills to purchase and ingest for it). A stubborn type, doctors. Jim, I'm sure you can relate.

As she's a dual citizen, however, whenever she returns to the old country she heads to the doctors over there. Apparantly they spend a lot more time running tests of all kinds, checking out the entire human animal that is you before deciding anything ...and it's basically cost-free for the patient. Treatments aren't guesstimated at fantastic costs to you. Nobody's in a hurry. Though Russia hasn't yet discovered customer service, their health system sure seems like something we could learn from.

Drywitt said:

"A month later, I received a bill for $13,000. After many adjustments, insurance paid $1,200 and I coughed up about $1,400. Never get sick in Indio, CA."

One thing I have learned about our system, I discussed this with my sister once and she had reached the same conclusion, one reason it is important to have health insurance if you can afford it is that insurance companies are allowed to stiff the hospitals, but as an individual you are not.

I had an ER visit a few years ago with a bill of about $5k which the insurance paid about 500 and then forced the hospital to suck it up on the other 4500. If I hadn't had insurance I would have been on the hook for the full 5k.


My mom had an ER visit recently and they originally billed her for the whole amount because she was on a new Medicare advantage plan and didn't have her insurance info. Eventually she got the info and they rebilled through her insurance. She wound up with a amount due from her for 290 for deductibles or whatever, the insurnace paid something like 500 and there was some sort of "unreimbursed" portion of over 1k which looked familiar- it was the "suck it up" portion of the charges similar to what happened on my ER visit.

JHK,

It's all part of the same fabric, from finance to all other monopolies that are strangling this country like the soviet system of the former Soviet Union. It has nowhere to go, but down and it will fail--when you get the bill there is no more argument about private-public.--
no more red and blue!

I'm so amazed that there isn't a fund set-up by now for a design malfunction with your hip and I suspect you will have to sue to get some financial remedy.

Hoping the best for you--

ps ordered your book yesterday!

Jim, it's July, get with the program. Where is the new Architectural Eyesore of the month?

Neon Vincent:

There are certainly right wingers who are closed-minded about alternative transportation.

There are also left wingers who mindlessly think that light and high speed rail are the answer to everything. For them rail is a hammer and every transportation issue is a nail.

From your comments I have a hard time believing that you are not suffering from some degree of the same dogmatism that you observe in people on the political right.

You write:

"I wonder - if what has happened is true and as factual as you have reported - then surely there must be a "class action" suit festering some where involving seven-figure payouts for several law partners."

JHK writes:

"Eventually I was routed to yet another orthopedic surgeon who specializes in "revising" hip implant failures - in particular ones of the type I have, which have been failing at such a staggering rate that the lawyers have assembled one of the greatest litigation feeding frenzies in history. They are going after the manufacturers of these devices."

Meanwhile... millions of people are without power in the mid-Atlantic.

Richard Duncan’s Olduvai theory predicts the fall of civilization will begin in 2012, ending in 2030, with permanent blackouts worldwide, starting with brownouts and temporary blackouts, and then finally the electric power networks themselves will expire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olduvai_theory

Pleasant dreams!

Jim,
Just wanted to let you know that your new book (which I preordered and received by...uh...June 22, I think) is fantastic--up to the point that I read. You see, your book is SO good, that I had spend the entire morning in Starbucks reading it. I had gotten to the last chapter and I decided to take a bathroom break. And this is how good your new book is: Some asshole stole it while I was in the bathroom. Can I buy just the last chapter;)

Am giving a talk on local food later in week, may open with your "sugary shit" quote.... With generous and due attribution, of course. The question I always ask of single payer,national health care naysayers is: if it is so bad why are not the people of Canada, england, France, Germany etc.,etc. All out in the streets demanding it be overturned? Why no politicians campaigning on "elect me, I will take away the hated health care". Could it be that they people actually like it?

James,

I will pray for your ass AND buy the book. Now, as for being a hostage of the system, use it and sue the MFers.

Peter Crowell (Marlboro College)

BT/LB,
Yep, all of a piece, and all chasing the golden kernel at the center: money and control.

Even the system of "justice" can no longer be trusted to be just.
In this particular piece, JHK runs a gauntlet of tax law, all the way to the equally arcane twistings and turnings of malpractice and manufactory law. The very definitions of "public hazard" are being reforged before our bewildered eyes, and what's the reason for it? Could it be money and control?

Here's hoping that some kind of dietary/herbal mitigation can leach these toxins from Mr. Kunstler's body as at least a stop-gap measure!
Sheesh, the trials of the prophets, eh what?!?

I recently wrote a piece on Lyme, which I've had. I hope the best for you, Jim. You've been a kind of guidepost, and again, are confirming for me exactly what I need to get clear about, on my own path. Goddess bless,

www.offthegridmpls.blogspot.com

One thing that puzzles me about the health care act.

Why did they decide to structure it to treat the uninsured by beating them with a stick instead of offering them a carrot.

Those of us who pay for our own health insurance have to pay it with after tax dollars whereas employer-paid health insurance is paid for with pretax dollars.

This is a major discrimination against those who have to pay for their own insurance.

So why didn't they encourage those who have to pay for their own insurance by offering the same tax advantage that those who get their health care paid for do? That would be a big incentive for the uninsured to buy health insurance.

Instead of a carrot they offer us a stick. They will continue to egregiously discriminate against those who have to pay for their own insurance in the tax treatment of it, and now they will add insult to injury by slapping us with an IRS penalty if we don't purchase it.

It is one reason for my seething disgust for the Democrats.

I should point out I'm not a hack- I don't like the Republicans either.

Left of center or right of center, it matters not! Both sides hate this Affordable Health Care Act! You folks have to step back and just take an impartial look at it and not just "see" Republican or Democratic insidious plots....Allan from the socialist health care country of Canada.

So. Do you now conclude that your problems had nothing to do with your diet?

Mr Kunstler,
I pray for you, being a quadruple bypass/aortic valve replavement hostage-to-the-System.
Thanks for the great books, especially the originals, guiding and clarifying our thinking on these issues.
You'll be fine; those Doc's all want your money. Too much paperwork and bad PR if you don't have a successful outcome on your "case", as they say these days!
Cheers/

"It is a well-established fact that the chief cause of personal bankruptcy in the USA is unpayable medical bills on the part of people who have health insurance."

^SO MUCH THIS^

I know people who have paid into health insurance for 40 years, got sick, AND LOST EVERYTHING THEY HAD. LOST EVERYTHING DESPITE HAVING PAID INTO "THE BEST-IN-THE-WEST" MEDICAL SYSTEM FOR DECADES.

This is the dirty little secret of American health care that most people don't find out until it is too late. I can't think of another "civilized" country on the planet where this is the case.

As for you Rush Limbaugh/Ayn Rand fans who go on about "Surrender Monkeys" and "socialized medicine", choke on a dick already.

Jim, nowhere in your analysis of Obamacare do I see this simple fact:

The insurance companies are now required to spend 85 cents out of every dollar they take in on actual reimbursement for your health care – not on profit or "administrative costs" (some companies have been taking over a 30% cut; Medicare's total percentage of their budget for administrative costs: 2%).

Please let that play out in your mind about what it means for the general future of the health INSURANCE industry, as opposed to health CARE.

Best of luck to you, Mr. Kunstler. You'll need it of course. If you'd like for us to pray for you, we will place your name on the local cornpone nazi "Prayer Tree" list, although I've not found that to be particularly efficacious. It's become very similar to "Have a nice day". If you told someone that your dog was killed by a speeding fire truck which was on its way to fighting the fire which eventually burned down your house, while ensuring that your entire family was killed by a falling tree that had its roots loosened by water, they would grasp your forearm meaningfully and say "I'll pray for you." Maybe it's all they can think of to say which costs them no effort and is socially acceptable. Anyway, best of luck to you.

My husband had his knee replaced and while it seems to work (sort of) better than many, it crippled us financially. The very young surgeon put him on seven days of Tylenol 3 which did very little to cut the pain of amputation and made his recovery much slower, I think. I can't imagine how the Civil War soldiers lived through any of that horrible time and can see why so many of them turned to the older, but powerful, drugs that were available.

I have a close friend whose mother was a FRENCH war bride, and she always thought U.S. health care was barbaric and sadistic, particularly when it came to women's diseases. Our slogan should be "We're better than Bosnia" which shouldn't put anyone out and will still keep the money flowing. This same woman had chelation therapy and while it didn't alleve her original complaint, she had much improved eyesight. (????) I don't know what causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but if fear and loathing of the status quo and terror of the future contribute to it, you have every right to be overwhelmingly exhausted. Again, best of luck and please keep us posted on your progress or lack of. Many people care what happens to you. None of us are willing to pay for it. Humans suck, as does the system!

Very good writing today James. One thing you have left out of equation. The constant chronic stress everyone is bullshitted into thinking is the best way of life. The constant bombardment of noise, the constant buy at a .01 saving, the constant mantra of how wonderful the global economy is going to make everything, the keeping up with wall streets idea of a wonderful life and the constant mantra of the rat race. on and on and on.

James,

You might look into chelation, supervised by a competent naturopath. I've heard that it can remove such toxics out of the body.

Good call on the Lyme Disease. Based on my own personal and near fatal experiences with a Lyme doctor (a naturopath who worked in one of the more controversial Lyme clinics back east once), many of these are operating on belief systems instead of science, trusting their clinical diagnoses more than the results of hard tests. Like you, wanting to proceed with treatment despite negative tests. And the amount of pills they want you to take - its all hearsay, not based in science. One feels like they are taking as many pills as a HIV patient in the early days!

Interesting thing about Obamacare today. See
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/12/02/the-bomb-buried-in-obamacare-explodes-today-halleluja/

Apparently, health insurance providers will now be required to spend 80% of premiums received on actual services, instead of overhead.

James, best wishes on your surgery! I tend to agree with you on the racketeering surrounding the medical world, as well as the ineptness of many doctors. One does have to become their own advocate, and that can be a helpful thing.

I disagree with you regarding the reelection of Obama. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare will reelect him, in my opinion.

Obamacare will not force people who cannot afford the insurance into buying it. The bill clearly states waivers can be gotten, and even with government subsides, if one cannot afford it, well, the government will let it go.

If you cannot afford the coverage because of your income level, you will not be forced to buy it.

http://eye-on-washington.blogspot.com

Jim,
As I understand it, (I'm taking it with good results) S-acteyl Glutathione is excellent for detoxing the liver of heavy metal poisoning. You might want to look into it. Source below.

http://www.peoplesrx.com/shop/product_view.asp?id=1360534&StoreID=5ab72154906f41d99bdb3286d064ba81&private_product=1

What's up with the Supreme Court?
These unelected judiciary should be tarred and feathered and run out on a rail.
They elected G.Bush, made corporations people, and the show goes on.
On the funny side of life, there is a pun in your medical complaint. An aging Hippy.

Seriously Asoka??

I think you've confused your "enlightenment" with confusion. Anyone who tells you, -- 'Oh, don't pay attention to my behavior, I'm just driving away those obsessed with appropriate actions' -- is definitely not a teacher of dharma or anything else, he's a con man. I think you need to get yourself deprogrammed.

Being married to a doctor I get a birds-eye view of our medical care system, and it isn't pretty. Everything said here is absolute true about the cost shifting and blatant profiteering that is so much a part of this corrupt and degenerate system. It's really symbolic of our whole society as this stage.

One strong suggestion I have for all of you, your chances of getting good caring treatment from a woman doctor is far better than from a man, who seem mostly concerned with becoming as rich as possible off of you.

What really amazes me is how the Republicans can manage to convince so many people that this is the best we can do. I guess with enough ad money you can convince most people chicken shit is chicken salad after all.

Wow, what can I say about today’s post -- when you are right, Mr. Kunstler, you are right but when you are wrong, you are so Very Wrong. Sorry to hear about your bad medical care experiences but here’s the thing – your medical care is only as good as your doctor. I too was misdiagnosed by my doctor. I got bitten on my palm and a huge, weird itchy donut erupted but I was too busy to go immediately to the doctor because my mother was dying, my daughter was graduating, my business was in its peak season, so I waited until I could spare the time. By the time I got to the doctor, weeks had gone by and the pain in my hand had shot up my arm to the base of my skull. I was in agony.

The doctor (who is an RA specialist) decided I had rheumatoid arthritis. I told him I thought that was impossible because it was only on one side and it had started with a unidentified bug bite. He gave me steroids which made the swelling go down but once off the steroids, my hand, etc. swelled right back up. I live in a heavily infested deer area. I had to beg to get a Lyme Disease test. It came back positive and the doctor was absolutely stunned. I got some anti-biotics and the pain/swelling/etc. quickly went away. The following year when I was yet again bitten and saw the weird donut swelling on my ankle, I called the doctor’s office and he instantly prescribed the anti-biotics. The lesson here is go to the doctor right away – don’t hesitate or postpone the visit. Being treated quickly and accurately is the most effective way of getting better.

Obamacare is a good thing. Why people are so obsessed with taxes is beyond me. 80% of Americans are covered by their own insurance. Its only a tiny increase that will do a world of good for millions of Americans -- elderly Medicaid patients, foolish young people who never think they will die, good for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer, diabetes, AIDS, etc., because now they can’t be booted off or denied insurance coverage and good for college aged kids who can stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Small businesses will be given a tax credit for doing the right thing.

But if you are waiting for a perfect solution to anything, you will wait forever. I chose to live in the here and now. Enjoy what you have and stop worrying about the impossible.

This is rich. Jim rails against the techno world on his weekly rant...and he has had a hip replacement!
Hypocrisy anyone?

Thanks Jim for a sad but true column. As you know me from emails, I am one of those Operating room doctors who know very well how hopelessly corrupt the medical establishment is. I can add nothing to your rant. I as a doctor do my damndest to avoid any personal interaction with the system by living healthy and eating healthy. I try my level best to help the poor victims. When you have systemic collapse you realize that there is no way to fix the system when the individual components which are so tightly interconnected. Good luck.

Did you read TLE?
One of Jims predictions is more problems with the grid. And more and more problems in general!

re: all-politics-all-the-time tea party reptile brain stem psyche; It's interesting.. We sailed over here and committed genocide on the natives and stole this amazing huge sprawling country with this rich abundance of natural resources the world has never seen, built an economy on the backs of African slaves and expanded westward with an assurance of manifest destiny, invented the telegraph, the record player, motion pictures, the airplane (arguably), the light bulb, the birth control pill, jazz music, baseball, we went to the Moon and back, etc... and so much more..
And now it's like the descendants of all that have become this reeking blob of psychological sickness of the mind and spirit.. Image the level of a mind that is hellbent on denying other people healthcare..

"May you live in interesting times" - Chinese proverb and curse..

Too Much Magic indeed. I sure, Mr. Kunstler, that it hasn't escaped your attention that it is meta-irony that this essay arrives on the day your book is published.

JHK...

Thank You for sharing your personal story.
I am sending good thoughts your way (praying).

I sympathize. You are your own best advocate when it comes to health care.
I have been thru Same type of situation with doctors. A Nightmare on every level.

Now I won't go on and on and on...

Alot of excellent info for me in this post.
I 'totally' ha ! relate.

xox

I wouldn't be surprised if JHK has been listening to "my doctors"....Dr. Joel Wallach (Dead Doctors Don't Lie) and Dr. Peter Glidden (Fire Your MD Now). Their websites and radio shows can restore your health and save your life.

For someone adverse to Conspiracy Theories, Mr Kunstler doesn't seem to have any problem with the Judge Roberts as Republican Agent one. I suppose it's possible - a few on the Right believe it. But most feel that Roberts succumbed to liberal pressure and/or his own idealism about the Court being above politics.

There wont be any healing of America - our divisions are real and just too deep. Laws are based on values and the Left and the Right have completely different value systems. One must triumph over the other. For the record, the Right is the right one, the values of the Founders. The tragedy is that neither party stands for these - though the Republicans pretend to.

Thanks for being a physician who Cares.
There are a few of them around.

Yes it it Best to do Everything we can so as not to have to go into the System for help.

What a nightmare it is becoming.
I was born with tumors in my chest.
Well they had no choice but to operate, I was definitely a goner at 6 months old without,
so they went and found and removed to large tumors that were making my breathing more and more difficult. I was cut damn near in half, across my chest around my back.

I lived. the odds of surviving were slim as I was so young.

Total cost $2150.00. 1956. Overnight nurse $13.00 a shift.

I shouldn't have lived. And should be more thankful maybe.
anyway...
What a strange life. Way too much corruption.
All about money now.

Thanks again for being one of the good guys !

James,
You are finely tuned into the medical scene.
In The Witch of Hebron, the young protagonist poisons the horse, then flees his evil deed, only to become a surgeon and save the life of his nemesis. What a brilliant mind you have and a rich and rewarding gift of sharing your imagination with all of us. Thank you. I look forward to reading your current opus.

So True about getting better care from a woman doctor.

I speak from Experience here.

Who ever said a Nation is supposed to be multicultural and thus multi-valued? There is then no center and it cannot stand. In any case, the idea that the Court "should be above politics" doesn't make any sense in such a divided Nation. This statement would only make sense in a Nation that was United with a single value system. Then if someone voted with a party agenda it would be obvious and odious. As it stands now, anyone who votes their values is condemned for playing politics by those with the other value system.

Of course the Founding Fathers were against Parties as well...

Were the surgeons who saved your life as a baby women?

Try to be balanced. A woman doctor might be better for a woman but not for a man. Typically women have more sympathy for other women. I admit that might be exceptions to this too.

Sorry folks, hope I did not give away the plot.
You need to find out about the witch.
I love the witch and hope she has a few sisters like her. This is a very rich book and deserves a second reading.

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JHK,

I will pray for the skill and discernment of the surgeon so he can fix your hip problem, and I hope that your recovery is quick with minimal pain.

Jen

Put your hands in the dirt. Grow your own crops.
Feel what is like to plant your parents when they pass on. This is our earth, this is our planet, this is our life. Take control of your own destiny.

Yes, Medicine is supposed to be a Sacred Occupation - not a way to enrich oneself. Only the Military and a few in the Priesthood and Ministry even understand the concept anymore.

Some things (many, actually) can't be reduced to making money if the society is going to flourish -or ultimately even function.

Politics is supposed to be a sacred occupation as well. And even business - making a profit should be only one of the goals in a healthy culture. There would also be the pride of providing a valuable service, pride in fine workmanship, satisfaction in providing employment, etc.

People who refuse to make profit their one and only would enjoy the gratitude of the people as a recompense. Today we have people who make money selfishly or provide shoddy and/or unnecessary products. To assuage their guilt, they send money to Africa or give it to minorities here in America. For their own People - nothing.

Over the course of 6 weeks, I wound up in the ER
here, approx 8k per visit. Never diagnosed.

complaint : EXREME ABDOMINAL PAIN AROUND PANCREAS GALL BLADDER.

no diagnsis 3x.

4th time I laid on the floor at a friends' house, dying, and waiting for The Other Healthcare outfit to open up Urgent care at 9am. (at night is when you end up in ER too often.)
I made it, and showed up, (by then I had diagnosedmyself and the doctor said " we have a patient who Correctly diagnosed herself, where is the surgeon on call?" anyway Gall bladder pain was off the charts. 2 years out now and no pain, and no gb.
I do have insurance, luckily right now, anyway...
We are all living on borrowed time it seems.
well I am.

I would rather die than go to that fucking place again. they treat people in pain like shit also.

sorry I enjoy a good swear word once in a while.

Democrats are criticizing "free riders" - the ultimate irony since they're whole modus operandi is to addict people to social services.

This is medicine in America: The doctors make more money if you stay sick. The hospitals make more money if you stay sick. The pharma companies make more money if you stay sick. The health insurance companies make more money if you stay afraid of getting sick, and if you do get sick they want you to drop dead immediately. This all is going nowhere warm, friendly or fun. The remedy: Live hard, play hard, die young. Use your health, use it up. Do not out live yourself.

Here's the flaw in your thinking, Jim.

You say, "sooner or later the abstraction called 'money' must make truthful representations of itself in relation to reality, or else people cease to accept its claims of value."

No. What happens when the aristocracy, or the ruling class, or the 1%, or whatever you want to call the people running the current con, run it off a cliff...they declare war.

We are in the decadent phase of the current ruling class. Their con has been revealed. True, it cannot be sustained much longer, as is. But that's what war is for - a safety valve for exactly these moments.

War is how society's cash registers are re-set. You turn the anger and fear outward. If you win, you've got a lot of new resources to make you rich again. If you lose - well, the jig was up anyway, people would have tarred and feathered you and you would have been out on your ass in any case.

So, if I were in the predicting game, like you are, I'd say put my money on war, sometime before the end of Obama's 2nd term.

That's how the game works. You set up a system of control. You milk it til it doesn't work anymore. Then you find a foreign enemy to blame when it blows up in your face. Wash, rinse and repeat.

This is a phenomenon known as history.

But money never makes a "truthful representation of itself in relation to reality." It just adapts itself to the whims of whoever won the last war.

You're just figuring this out now? Kind of slow on the uptake - just like you just realized that we have an immigration problem - after tens of millions have poured in over the last 50 years.

Dale, Concur with your comment: "your chances of getting good caring treatment from a woman doctor is far better than from a man", wholeheartedly. I lived 30 miles north of Baltimore for about 15 years and as my highly vaunted federal blue cross/shield did not cover dental (who needs teeth?) I prostituted my mouth as a training device for the dental students at the UM dental school in downtown Baltimore. The best care was provided by the female students the worst from the frat boy males.

Subsequent to moving back to my roots in New York's North Country I broke a tooth and searched for a female dentist locally. To my great luck I located one about 20 miles away in my ancestral home town of Potsdam and contacted her on a Monday morning via voice mail. She returned my call and apologized that she could not see me that afternoon but could fit me in the next day. She x-rayed my mouth, repaired the fractured tooth, replaced a couple of other suspect fillings (I inherited shit teeth) and cleaned my teeth all in the same appointment at a total cost a bit south of $200 in the Summer of 2006. Two years ago I cracked another tooth shell, filled with USAF installed silver and mercury, which she replaced with a gold crown for a total cost of $500. She does not accept insurance payments; but, if you have such she will submit the paperwork so that you might be refunded some portion of the costs.

Caring reasonable medical professionals are out there; unfortunately, locating them appears to be just luck of the draw.

SNAFU

James, here is more grist for the mill:

Dear Congresswoman Woolsey:

I am a seventy-year-old woman who recently learned that I have increased my bone mineral density more than 25% in five years using inexpensive over-the-counter supplements.

Just yesterday, I learned of an online tool designed for doctors to give their patients with osteoporosis. The tool can be seen here: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/decisionaids/osteoporosis/?PC=EHCIT5

This tool was apparently developed and designed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services at taxpayers’ expense. However, it fails to provide any information whatsoever about Vitamin K2, which is essential for strong bones. Vitamin K2 has been used in Japan for osteoporosis and heart disease since 1995.

And this taxpayer-subsidized tool neglects to mention all the minerals needed for strong bones in addition to calcium—namely magnesium, manganese, zinc, boron, selenium, and iodine. Nor does it mention strontium citrate, an inexpensive mineral used in medicine for at least 100 years, and studied for osteoporosis at the Mayo Clinic in 1959, more than fifty years ago. This is the mineral primarily responsible for my own increase in bone density.

It says nothing about the level of Vitamin D needed for strong bones—60-80 ng/mL-- or the likely daily dosage of Vitamin D needed to achieve that level.

The “Healthy Bones” tool offers patients with osteoporosis only one drug or another. It is sophisticated propaganda for Big Pharma, and leaves out half the story--the half about safe, natural supplements that work.

For the past seven months, I have been participating in an online forum sponsored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation at www.inspire.com. Through that website I have met many other women who have reversed osteoporosis and “osteopenia” using only supplements, as well as many other women who have suffered life-threatening and disabling side effects from pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for osteoporosis.

Two participants in the discussion lost their parents--one a father, one a mother—soon after the parents were infused with the osteoporosis drug Reclast. One of them and another Reclast-damaged participant testified before the FDA last summer about the horrific aftereffects of Reclast infusions. Their testimony, along with that of other bone drug victims, can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/ReproductiveHealthDrugsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM275810.pdf

Nearly every day, there is a new story about the damage done by bone drugs.

The following was written by Lara Pizzorno, author of the excellent book “Your Bones, How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life—Naturally”:

"First they said bisphosphonates do not cause fracture, then they said, well, maybe they do but it's very rare, now I am seeing numerous medical journal articles laying out the characteristics of these fractures for radiologists -- also warning that if a person experiences a fracture in one femur, pre-emptive surgery on the other leg is probably indicated. Even patients on these drugs with NO symptoms, may have"incomplete atypical femoral fractures." In May 2012, researchers at the Department of Radiology, Hospital for Joint Diseases-New York University School of Medicine, published the results of a study in which they examined 200 femur x-rays in 100 patients who had been on bisphosphonates for 3 or more years (93 women and 7 men, ranging in age from 47-94 years). They discovered that two of these asymptomatic patients, who were only 50 and 57 years old, actually had "incomplete" atypical femur fractures. One of the women had "incomplete atypical femur fractures" in both her legs. The researchers note that two out of 100 patients is a much higher incidence rate than has yet been reported in the medical literature. What does this mean? If you are taking a bisphosphonate, even if you have no symptoms, your femurs may actually still be partially broken already, and obviously, on their way to a complete break. Here is the PubMed citation for this paper:

La Rocca Vieira R, Rosenberg ZS, Allison MB, et al. Frequency of incomplete atypical femoral fractures in asymptomatic patients on long-term bisphosphonate therapy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 May;198(5):1144-51. PMID: 22528906."

I would appreciate it if you could investigate this “Healthy Bones” online tool. I believe it to be a serious misuse of tax dollars to boost pharmaceutical company profits, and to make frightened women think there is no alternative to these dangerous drugs.

Your constituent,

Observer


You won't thank your lucky stars, Sprezzatura, if you were to come down with Lyme disease or to develop heavy metal poisoning. The methods used by Canadian physicians for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease are almost identical to those used by physicians in America. These methods are useless. Same with metal poisoning.

If you live in Toronto, as I do, or anywhere else in Ontario, finding a physician who is willing to treat you for these two conditions is the very devil. And then comes the problem of separating those who claim to know how to treat you from those who actually do know how to treat you.

My fiancee has just told me that what I've just written is not important. She says that next to nobody has Lyme disease or metal poisoning. She's dead wrong.

Oh, give it a fucking rest! WE (as in most living civilized humans) didn't kill any Indians and my ancestors would be hugely pissed that you think their farm was built by slaves. They about wore themselves out and relied on the labor of themselves and their children. (It was all organic, too. No choice back then.) I did have three, 3x great-uncles who died in Andersonville. One directly and two later due to tuberculosis incurred from malnutrition. Is that good enough for you? No ancestor on either side ever killed an Indian, directly or indirectly. Maybe your family lives or lived off the labor of others, taxpayers or otherwise, but mine did not. Read a history book written before 1965. The west and mid-west were not actually settled by teen-aged girls and blacks.

TAI CHI... it's free. it will extend your life. RAW FOOD... contains the enzymes that helped us evolve. LET FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE... Hippocrates said it. The doctors are drug dealers who only want to perform surgery on your wallet. I have not been to a doctor in 25 years. What is "health insurance"? read the above. Doctors cannot see the big picture. The pathology of the medical establishment is obvious. Industrial diet.

if only more saw Life as Sacred...

Please don't paint Naturopathic Doctors with the same brush as Medical Doctors. Most of us would have looked at your symptoms and been suspicious of heavy metal poisoning. In fact, when you first mentioned your symptoms, I wrote and suggested it as a possibility.

All the best in your journey to recovery, James. You've got my prayers and awesomely good vibrations sent your way. Your comments about heavy metal toxicity caused by the implants are an eye opener as I have someone in my family with symptoms strikingly similar to what you describe.
Thanks!

There are left-wingers who are closed-minded about everything not to their liking, as well. As far as high-speed rail goes, I had some moron question whether I actually live in this benighted state because Obammy was going to pay for high-speed rail between the three Cs, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Apparently he doesn't realize there is a LOT of Ohio on either side of that particular corridor, and we live in rural Ohio. Also, Obammy isn't going to pay for it out of his book deals. The taxpayer will be hit up for it and Ohio is already heavily taxed. No thanks....

EXCELLENT ADVICE.

As Serpaphim of Sarov said when asked why he walked around with a heavy load of bricks: "I trouble him who troubles me".

The first step is ending abortion. But instead we are going the wrong way - now making it free and forcing the Church to fund it.

I mean if women can't relate to their own bodies in a sacred way as the Carriers of Life - then all is lost. That's basic basic. Instead they worship convenience and we enable them in this. It's easier! So we think. And we're not going to have ANY of the other things I mentioned and not have THIS. This comes first.

We should tremble in fear at the slaughter of 40 million innocents over the last 50 years - maybe more. The Karmic Comeback for that is likely to be utter Destruction. As a prelude, He has twisted and darkened our minds so we can't overcome our problems.

Stuff is bad, but it will get infinitely worse with Romney and the Tea Party in charge.

There is "trying to manage bad events" and then there is "what the hell, let's all just get buck wild". The former is Obama, the latter is Romney & his crew.

Don't forget, the Republicans are the ones who broke the glass and just went crazy with stuff.

We're on a 32 year run in America where our leadership class has collapsed across the board. The 1%/99% is an accurate depiction of where we are. And it's mostly the Republicans who brought us to this crazy point.

Peak Oil is here and the Republicans (and some Democrats) could care less.

The health care field has been taken over by outside interests who are in it to make money, not to cure people.

The field is now side tracked and we, the patients, pay the price.

We need a one single payer insurance organization that is a nonprofit whose sole purpose is to pay the insurance bills. That's it.

Let nonprofit hospitals, doctors and patients determine what kind and amount of care you need. Period.

Make it illegal to have for profit hospitals.

Make for profit pharmaceutical companies pay for research that comes out of govt. or university labs. Otherwise, let them do what they do in terms of drug research. Drug patents should run 15 years.

Make it illegal to advertise prescription drugs on tv.

There. Healthcare problem solved.

I had a metal on metal hip implant about a year after Jim got his, but mine was a resurfacing rather than a total hip replacement. I could have had a THR covered by my insurance at the time, but I went to Belgium and spent 11,000 euro out-of-pocket to have the guy I consider the world's best hip surgeon do it. So far I haven't had a moment's problem with the hip, and haven't had any of Jim's symptoms -- knock on wood.

Choice of surgeon is extremely important in hip surgery, because if they don't get that thing in there right, problems like those Jim is reporting are on their way. I'd like to think it's not entirely a fundamental flaw with the metal-on-metal technology, which does allow you to be much more active and should last longer, and more of a surgeon problem. Don't ever get a hip resurfacing from an American orthopedist. They fought it tooth and nail, and when it became inevitable that they would have to do it, didn't put in the necessary effort to master a more challenging procedure. Hence all the problems out there.

Anyway, best of luck getting through this crisis, Jim.

Well said Vlad Krandz. One of your best posts - ever.

A friend went to an MD 'to have 2 small moles removed', it took a few minutes for him to spray the liquid nitrogen on and remove them.
Price, 1000$ [or was it 1500?].

An Acupuncturist I know needed a workmans comp
[or some sort] of evaluation of his neck.
MD had him turn his neck, wrote an evaluation in
a minute or less, fee 1000$.

Someone else I knew worked for a series of 'Orthopedic Clinics', they gross 100 MILLION a year.

vlad, glad that you made this post. There is a lot to talk about here.
All work is sacred. We need to find a way to get everyone to work. There was a recent trial in Phila. Pa. and a member of the Catholic Church was convicted of negligence by sheltering the pedophile priests in his district.
About time. We need to clean out all of the crap in our society. Give everyone a decent education and a productive job. Stop raping the environment and get on with using solar energy to fuel our needs. No more wars, we live on a small ball that is spinning around our sun. Time to grow up and face reality.

I don't understand bankruptcy from medical bills.

Are affordable payment plans not an option?

I know of numerous professionals who will set up a payment plan if you cannot pay the entire balance at once.

A woman I know made monthly payments for several years on various medical bills she could not pay for as they came due. She may still be paying for all I know.

She has not gone bankrupt nor lost her home.

Thing is, Dirk, mercury poisoning will very probably be one of the causes of your death. And mine. As well as tens of millions of others. Anyone who has had mercury amalgams placed in their mouths can consider themselves poisoned. And, except for those who chelate the mercury out, permanently poisoned.

My acupuncturist is also an M.D. (board certified) and charges $120 a visit. He also teaches Qi Gong classes to his patients at a cost of $20 for a 90 minute class.

I'd like to second that motion!

All in favor say aye...

A friend of mine recently had a fall and had hip surgery. I have no idea what the cost is or will be (she's 92 and on Medicare). Her family was trying to find someone to care for her now that she's out of the hospital. They were looking at something like $500-$800/week for a caregiver full time. Luckily through a mutual friend they found a woman who is in a very unhappy break-up with her husband. This woman stays with my friend all week, with maybe one or two days off, and only requires about $100/week plus room and board. More proof that we all need to take care of each other as TLE unfolds.

This same friend's husband died of lung cancer about 10 years ago after a lengthy hospital stay (think he was in his 80s and a long term cigarette smoker, oxygen tank, the works). Hospital bill came to something over $100K! Final bill my friend was responsible for was a little over $5K.

I hope you get treated and mend, JHK. Your musings are something to look forward to each Monday!

Might it, in hindsight, have been churlish and premature of you to point the finger of blame for your symptoms on your vegan diet? Come back into the fold, dear James.

I hope you're not implying that James Kunstler has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Lots of things can make you feel chronically fatigued: anemia, B12 insufficiency, hypothyroidism, heart disease, and on and on. To be chronically fatigued is not to necessarily have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is a specific disease with a generally recognized set of causes.

I'm not sure what to make of you vlad. Some of what you write is insightful, some is the gibberish of an ideologue, eg:

One must triumph over the other. For the record, the Right is the right one, the values of the Founders.

Interesting to see you take the bait.
The oh so sacred 'flounders' were the enemy of the common man. The federalists won out, overturned the Articles of Confederation and the sovereignty of the states. Hamilton and Madison led the charge to protect the banks and secure centralized control of the nation along with the exclusive right to the use of martial force.

Read up on who Daniel Shays was and what the Whiskey Rebellion meant.

In all truth this is the ultimate blog post.
We need a remedy to cure our ills.
Please Doctor, help us, we are dying.
And we were born to die, but can't we have a good time in the process? There is a joke about Marty the puss sucker. The punch line is "lady, do you have to make my job disgusting?"
I was walking down the road yesterday and met Doctor Robert, we stared a conversation. He is a tea party guy, and works with the system, gets paid well and so forth. He hates Obama. So what is the alternative? Romney? He will outsource all of America. We will be working for the Chinese.

"All work is sacred. We need to find a way to get everyone to work."

"The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment."

Do these two "work"s share the same definition, or are you talking about "busy"?

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/

I think you need to get yourself deprogrammed.

Seriously, dale, are you not aware Osho is the master deprogrammer?

"My work is exactly deprograming. I simply deprogram you. Whether you are Hindu or Mohammedan or Christian or Jesus freaks or Witnesses of Jehovah or Hare Krishna people or Moonies -- whatever your kind and whatever your trademark, it doesn't matter -- I simply deprogram you. And I am not giving you any program in its place. I am leaving you alone, to yourself

I don't give you any doctrine that replaces hell, that replaces heaven, that replaces God -- no.

I take away everything that you are programmed with and leave you to yourself to seek and search. Who am I to reprogram you?

So the first thing is: regain the rebellious spirit you were born with -- which is not a program, which is your very being.

The second thing: become an individual.

The society tries to make you a person, never an individual. A person is one who has a personality, and a personality is a mask. Society teaches you how to sit, how to stand, how to behave, how to act in certain situations. In every possible way the society is preparing you so that you can fit with the status quo."

--Osho

Once again Jim you pretty much called it right on.
Like optimistic guy I am I was hoping the Supreme Court would have been a last bastion of common sense and strike the law down. But I was (am, is) obviously delusional. They haven't demonstrated any real sanity in quite some time. If an incomprehensible "healthcare" bill is considered a signature accomplish because it throws millions more into a disfunctional system then we really don't need any more proof that we're all truly f#&ked. Oh yea, I'll give that guy 4 more years, yea right! And our second choise is a "vulture capitalist". More and more it looks like "none of the above" gets my vote.

To those who didn't see it here's a link to a good animated explaination of our sickcare system;

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/dummy-bears-guide-healthcare

On a more positive note, I just found out Jim's latest cuniform just arrived and am looking forward to the new read!

As a suggestion for some additional summertime reading besides "Too Much Magic" I've got the following recommendations;

"The Trap" by James (Jimmy) Goldsmith
"When Money Dies" by Adam Fergusson

There are many more but space is limited...

If you want to get an idea of where we're headed the description of 1923 Germany is becoming increasingly more relevent as will the more unpleasant aftermath. It begs the question who will play the role of America's homegrown A.H.? Curious Cf'd Nation's minds will want to know...

Later all!


regain the rebellious spirit you were born with -- which is not a program, which is your very being.
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If I were any more rebellious I would have spent most of my life in jail.

Pray? Did you say pray for your ass? You claim to eschew such magic and wishful thinking with a vengeance, so I will not take you literally on this.”

Moondog, I would say the JHK was speaking from his heart, not his mind. The reasoning mind is too limited to grasp what the heart can know.

"There are no atheists in foxholes" is an aphorism used to argue that in times of extreme stress or fear, such as when participating in warfare, all people will believe in or hope for a higher power.

Entering a hospital and then to have someone cut you open is likely more dangerous than the modern day “foxhole.”

When do you go in for surgery, James? I will put your name into my personal “advocate’s prayer” in which I request God’s attention be upon those going through healing processes, difficult ordeals and difficult transitions. The intention is that God’s attention will provide the peace, patience, courage, strength, and resources required.

This week’s article is spot on.

“Forgive them for they know not what will happen.”

That's pretty arrogant and presumptuous to think that there is some immortal, divine being up there listening to your requests. Anyways, I'm going to go wish that Santa Claus brings me a new BMW this Christmas. I'm sure he's listening.

Aren't you on unemployment benefits, Vlad? There's nothing wrong with that but you're constantly harping on the evils of socialism and social services. So go live free in a shed in the woods or something and put your money where your mouth is.

You might also get better care if your doctor wasn't trained in the U.S.

We have seen two cardiologists (married) that were both trained in England. They are respectful (don't assume the right to use your first name, but say "Mr. or Mrs. ---"), patient (take a good deal of time explaining things and answering questions), and are responsive to a true patient-doctor dialogue. They said that in their training it was stressed that it is a privilege to have someone come to you for help.

Here, it seems, doctor & PA training is about exhausting the students physically and psychologically, harassing & embarrassing them, and turning out egomaniacal assholes.

Like so many above, I spent the weekend reading Too Much Magic. Well done! One comment: you predict the end of the internet sometime in the sot so distant future, based on its prodigious requirement for very reliable electricity in a time where very reliable energy just won't exist.

But my own experience points to a different point of collapse for the internet. By way of coincidence the press here in the UK reported today that a million workers go to work with traces of drugs in their systems:
http://tinyurl.com/8yjgc33
I have found that this is specially the case with IT contractors. Some are professional, cool and highly intelligent. Others are intelligent but their personal lives are a mess. It will take just one more thing to lead these psychological wrecks to stay away from work, curled up under the blankets or wrapped around a bottle of Glenfiddich. They will have left behind inadequate system documentation. The redundancy and fail-safe precautions built into systems will be of no account when there is no one who knows what to do when the red warning light comes on.

myrmecia,
Have you tried turning it off and on again?

I agree that the fix was in in the recent Supreme Court ruling. There is, I would suggest, no need to make the Chief Justice out to be smarter than he is.

This court was never going to take the insurance industry's brand new private tax away from them. The Cheif Justice gave his conservative colleagues cover, so they can keep on pocketing those large speaking fees, not to mention the travel and free meals, from RW organizations, while still not offending an important segment of our governing coalition, the FIRE enterprises.

Large and influential segments of the Democratic coalition also wanted the individual mandate, which they weren't planning on paying for themselves. They either have jobs which include health care benefits or are too poor to be required to pay it.

You may have something there. It certainly has gone too far. I mean the word Union implies something voluntary and therefore the South should have had the right to leave the Union - otherwise it's no Union but a Tyranny.

Washington and Company were extraordinary men but the Anglo Saxon Culture was already too commercial and they inherited that. Many were disappointed after the War at the compromises. But there was still lots of open land and opportunity providing room to grown - the ultmate safety valve.

Many also knew that slavery was a horrible way to start off a new country but the South was ready to even think about changing it. Virginia and the Carolinas were far too powerful to cross so the North backed down. As Sartre said, life is a bourgeios compromise. But one can only compromise so much about important things....

As far as America being founded on Racism - all Nations are. If you don't value your own above all others, you have nothing and will soon be homelesss. That's wha Zinn and Co never got - they were stuck at the adolescent stage of criticizing and feeling superior. As Orwell put it - the endless puerile carping of people without power and who will never have it. If they got it, they would be brutal beyond imagining. As someone said, when innocence acts, it murders.

Abortion prevents crime, according to Freakonomics, by eliminating from the population a group of likely criminals. So if you're against crime and abortion, how to decide?

I think I would just as soon throw you out right along with the thumpers.

I love this article.

I will admit that I've had to take a slew of anti-depressants in the past, and the same arrogant, callous, sniffing-'clients'-for-money attitude exists in all sorts of medical and associated professionals. I believe they love the feeling of lording it over vulnerable people in need and being paid for it.

Obama and company just want to control us on the most intimate, personal level. People who believe they know what's best for everyone; believe they have the duty to force you into certain modes of behavior, and the authority to back it up, are the scariest people alive.

Yes MM, people helping people
WHAT A FUCKING CONCEPT !

we have turned into a victim blaming society.
i wonder if that is related to this topic.

anyway that's the Real World to me.

THE COST OF CAREGIVERS IS FUCKING REDICULOUS.
A CRIME.

Who the F*** can afford that.

On the other hand I have been a caregiver for others with big $$$ and they would say 'oh we are property poor'. (they owned houses in oceanfront, and hilltop places). we can't afford to pay the going rate Or even close to it.

so for 5 years I stupidly took care of their mother, then she dies, and they make a ton of $$$ on her house, (and stocks btw it turned out), and even tho they promised to 'make it right' in the end.
THEY DIDN'T. shock shock.
shoulda listened to my friend and got it in writing. I was too young to knowbetter, they took unfair advantage of me.

fuckers.
worlds' full of people like that.

really sad situation.

Yes and why? I mean being able to work continuously for 48 hours without sleep is a valuable gift - but lacking it does not mean you couldn't be an excellent doctor. So we treat med students this way for decades as if they are going out for the special forces or as if their are too many doctors and we are trying to discourage them from going further - and then we import doctors in from the 3rd World by the tens of thousands. Maybe some of our would have been willing to work for less too? Did we ever ask?

Being able to work without sleep and with minimal rest might be necessary for a military field doctor of course.

One of my family members has been telling me for years that as health “insurance” gets more expensive, more people will drop it and the insurance companies will eventually go out of business. Well, our politicians/supremes took care of that little problem for them, didn’t they? Some less liberal than I now say we can now turn our attention to reducing costs (things like allowing Medicare to take competitive bids for drugs, etc.). Fat chance of that happening now.

The most rapidly growing part of the medical system are doctors who take no insurance, no Medicare/caid, etc. Typically they work alone or with one assistant. By cutting out the hordes of paper pushers in most medical offices, their costs are lower. The beauty of this system is that because the patient is paying immediately and for each service, the doc is under tremendous to provide the most value for the least dollars spent. If someone else is paying, you always want the chauffeur-driven Bentley, when the Ford Focus will do. In a system where people demand the best, the system will orient itself towards providing the most high tech, expensive, interventionist medicine possible.

An MD (Merchant of Death) is good for only a few things: emergencies, antibiotics, and surgery. Asking them to perform other services, is a recipe for failure. Too bad our government and insurance companies who follow their lead don’t pay for access to other practitioners, who might actually be able to improve health. Realistically, if you think the stuff in grocery stores is food, expect degenerative diseases. Food comes directly from a farmer. What’s in the grocery stores may look like food, but it is too old to have much nutritional value.

If you’re interesting in protecting your health, I’d recommend the Weston A. Price Foundation. westonaprice.org. By focusing on what kept our ancestors healthy (the most nutrient-dense foods and proper preparation), they seem to be far ahead of all the other health groups.

Isogren - the apparent cognitive dissonance of the young man identifying with the Occupy movement while also holding Ron Paul as a preferred politician: I don't have the same problem with that as you do.

I suspect (and I'm sure I'm not alone)that this young man, in expressing support for both movements, is enduring a yearning (and likely hopeless) desire for a little old-fashioned HONESTY in public & civil life.

OWS shines a light on hypocrisy, RP shines a light on hypocrisy. OWS has no solutions, but RP does offer ANSWERS (be they impractical or impossible to carry out).

As Wage would say, sterilize the low lifes. Bribe them with 40's and cartons of cigarettes.

Thank you for supporting Eugenics. But let's not commit sin while we do it, eh? I know it's hard to see the truth of your opponent, but as Blake said, "Opposition is True Friendship". The Green Lion and Red Dragon desire each other despite their superfical hatred - and because of it.

Why not just sterilize everyone like you would like to do, aborting fetuses for lunch? People have rights Turk, even losers and low lifes. And let's face it - we could be wrong in any given case. And more to the point, the Goverment cannot be trusted with such power. No the slow way is best. This includes positive Eugenics too - subsidizing high IQ couples to have MANY children. Haters like Wage hated this part. The Death she liked though!

I'm not on any Federal Aid. Sorry.

I am surprised that JHK did not write about the "life in the dog's mouth" in the Mid-Atlantic states now. Some folks are going without power for a second week.

It's a peek at the Long Emergency, and it is not pretty. Everything seems fragile and jury-rigged, working only until the next big storm cells roar through.

We'll never keep this system running in a real emergency.

He also teaches Qi Gong classes to his patients
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From infallible Wiki:

Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung (simplified Chinese): literally "Life Energy Cultivation") is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation sold to the gullible who have already tried yoga, buddhistic meditation and zumba all of which pull in an average of $20 a pop for the teacher, usually as a sideline to some legitimate health related vocation ;o)

Countries and states that have decriminalized cannabis sativa/indica have the best health care systems.

One of my family members has been telling me for years that as health “insurance” gets more expensive, more people will drop it and the insurance companies will eventually go out of business.
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Insurance companies go out of business....BAHAHAHAHA!!

I'm not on any Federal Aid. Sorry.
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Didn't you advocate the government giving everyone $10K a year earlier this week? I guess your only a capitalist when the socialism is out of reach.

BTW -- I've been dreaming of a "Pacifica" for years, California, Oregon and Washington as a country unto itself. I'd move back in a heartbeat. The south shouldn't be "allowed" to succeed, they should be pushed.

O god, another one of the 'hate the South for everything' Enlightened Ones.

OWS has no solutions...

I disagree. OWS has solutions in a ten point contract to rebuild America:

10 Critical Steps to Get Our Economy Back on Track

I. Invest in America's Infrastructure
II. Create 21st Century Energy Jobs
III. Invest in Public Education
IV. Offer Medicare for All
V. Make Work Pay
VI. Secure Social Security
VII. Return to Fairer Tax Rates
VIII. End the Wars and Invest at Home
IX. Tax Wall Street Speculation
X. Strengthen Democracy

http://contract.rebuildthedream.com/?rc=rtd_about

The remedy: Live hard, play hard, die young.
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The quality of life would be much improved if our life expectancy in America were lower. Instead of complaining that we are 38th on the list of countries at about 78 years we could be happier at the world average of 67. Ask all those ancients in Japan what they think of long life. Everyday at breakfast my poor 90 year old mother-in-law repeats endlessly "it's no good to get old, "it's no good to get old." Alzheimer's would be a shadow of its terrible current self.

I have mixed feelings about the health care industry. I've heard numerous horror stories and many good stories, so who's to really know?

Personally, I've had mostly good experiences, and the bad ones weren't really very bad at all. Last year I had gall bladder surgery - out damned bladder! Like Jackie said in her post, it was agonizing. Unfortunately for me, I had to go the macho route, so I endured it for 12-14 hours before my wife forced me to go see the doctor at our HMO. The doctor there said it might be my gall bladder, so she sent me to the hospital.

She was very caring about it. She sent me over by ambulance because that way I would be looked at right away in the ER, rather than wait 2 or more hours had I driven there by car.

The ER doctor took a sonagram and came back within a few minutes, saying every square inch of my gall bladder was filled with stones, and it had to come out asap.

I was given pain meds and I had surgery laproscopically. The post-op ICU nurses were fabulous. I felt I got top-notch care. I stayed in the ICU overnight and was moved to a regular floor for a day before being released. The nurses there were not so hot, though. I went home and I immediately was able to carry on my normal activities - albeit rather gingerly. I didn't have much energy, but I felt good, and I had no complications. I only have 2 tiny scars that most people don't see unless they look carefully.

Overall, I'd rate my whole experience an 8.5/10 only because of the floor nurses, otherwise I'd rate my care a 10. I had Medicare and supplemental insurance; the whole thing cost me several hundred dollars out of a total bill of around 10K. Even though I'm getting on in years, that was my first operation, so as far as anything major is concerned, this was my only medical experience.

Here is video to think about.
I do not agree. The world would be a less place without the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Einstein and millions of other great people. The reason that life is great is because of life itself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgDhDa4HHo

The last thirty years of your life (65 to 95) can be the best years of your life. This video explains how to maximize your potential in those golden years.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_fonda_life_s_third_act.html

Note for the Jane Fonda haters: hatred only hurts you, not Jane Fonda.

O god, another one of the 'hate the South for everything' Enlightened Ones.
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Don't hate em, just rather live in a different country from them. I think we'd all be better off.

Peak Oil is here and the Republicans (and some Democrats) could care less.
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arrrgghhh!

couldn't

Make it illegal to have for profit hospitals.
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OMG, another "not for profit" nutcase.

"That's pretty arrogant and presumptuous to think that there is some immortal, divine being up there listening to your requests."

You're doing it again.

Had the same procedure: not as good an experience. Woke up from surgery only to find the surgeon nicked a blood vessel and I was under for a long time. They did blood transfusions to try to keep me alive while I was under.

When I finally woke up I heard these words: "We almost lost you." Took six weeks to get back to "normal."

Overall, I'd rate my whole experience an 4.5/10 only because I almost died due to surgeon incompetence. But back then we were young and bounced back rapidly from iatrogenic disease and soldiered on. After that experience I have tried to stay away from hospitals and doctors. So, overall, it was good motivation to eat my vegetables.

TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc

"Here, it seems, doctor & PA training is about exhausting the students physically and psychologically, harassing & embarrassing them, and turning out egomaniacal assholes."

That's how we train air traffic controllers too. Maybe its endemic.

Don't go back to the same poisoned well for more surgery. Just find some fine assed blonde with big titties physical therapist to make it all better.

Non-invasive is the way to go.

I saw Kirk Douglas on Bill Maher's show a week ago last Friday. He had a stroke about 15 years ago and cannot speak clearly. But other than that, he was vivacious, walked unaided onto the set, has just written a new book and has a good sense of humor. He's 95 and is leading a good life (yeah, he has the money). I'd say he wouldn't have wanted to go by age 67. Q, you feeling old and want to croak - you're older than 67? I hope not. I'd like to think I can still contribute to the world around me.

Well, gosh, it seems to me that even California and 'Pacifica' would welcome, and be much better off, absent some chunks of it's own area. Starting with Berkeley and maybe as much as half of San Francisco, all of Hollywood, The Oregon coast entirely, some of Seattle, etc, etc.

Also,get rid of the Northeast from Boston to D.C. and the South wouldn't really have a reason to s-e-c-e-d-e.

Maybe its endemic.

MD, endemic would mean localized, or only affecting a certain type of occupation. I think the word you want is epidemic, i.e., prevalent among many occupations at the same time.

Q., you have to respond more rapidly when an epidemic grammatical disaster strikes. We have little time. Grammatical errors seem to be endemic on CFN.

We need to clean out all of the crap in our society. Give everyone a decent education and a productive job. Stop raping the environment and get on with using solar energy to fuel our needs. No more wars, we live on a small ball that is spinning around our sun. Time to grow up and face reality.
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What a circle jerk of wishful thinking from you and Vlad today...imprinted with Buck Stud's imprimatur.

Scott, I don't know who you're responding to, but believe me, after I was writhing in excruciating pain for 12 hours, a 10 years younger Pamela Anderson could have stood before me naked and I wouldn't even have noticed (or cared).

"The south shouldn't be "allowed" to succeed, they should be pushed."

Draw a line around it. Do they get to keep their stuff?

My back(load bearing discs) and hips are fucked up as a soup sandwich and I can tell you that physical therapy works -- especially if some hot woman is smelling around and dragging her breasts over you when showing you how to move your hips.

I walked in, could barely walk and my body was shaped like a question mark. Walked out standing tall and feeling pretty good.

"MD, endemic would mean localized..."

The context was the US as opposed to the UK.

Very interesting rant here.
Check it out.
More stuff on youtube from him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3_jywbi6Gw&feature=related

There is not a non-invasive doctor out there that will not send you to a surgeon if you need it but you should definitely hold out for non-invasive treatment for as long as possible.

Doing what again?

Does the government "care" about your health?
No the government "cares" about command and control. Big pharma "cares" about getting you jacked up on "their" product. Big Agra "cares" about feeding you GMO. Multi-National Corps. "cares" about you consuming aspertame and high fructose corn syrup. It comes full circle the US leads the world in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Now that you are sick your wealth can be sucked from you by these interconnected corporations. Weak in body in mind and Agenda 21 gets pushed down your childrens throat.

Oh, I forgot. I agreed not to launch any more intellectual barbs at the imaginary sky god contigent. It hurts their feelings and damages their fragile egos.

Yeah, well, that was last week. Mwuhahahahahahaha!

OK, let's hope it doesn't become pandemic!

Um replied to wrong comment. Yoops.

Don't really care about her as an actress, or person for that matter, but she has aged really well*. Last time I looked...

*Unless she had help with her looks.


She may actually be a GILF. There, I said it.

Kyooshtik - start with yourself and be an example as a productive educated self sufficient model. Ain't nobody listening, but they do copy what they see in action....

Dale, the exposes about Osho are wonderful in unmasking him!
He was so Vain!!! He decided he looked bad bald, so after that day, NEVER went in public w/o a head covering!
In one video he had socks that didnt match the rest of his outfit, so was unhappy, maybe scuttled the video.

Great article about Slavery, and its history at Taki.

Thanks for bringing up Agenda 21, which focuses on sustainable development, social equity, and economic prosperity. I did not know it was being "pushed down childrens' throats" ... it would be great if that is true.

More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledges to adopt the goals of Agenda 21.

In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21.

The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort “reinvent” government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21.

So, I see it is being implemented among adults, in local governments, but childrens' throats do not seem to be involved.

'The quality of life would be much improved if our life.....ETC'
Uh, that doesnt include those who get killed off!

The quality of life would be much improved FOR THOSE UNDER 65 TO THAT AGE, IF THERE ARE NONE PAST THAT AGE.

Asoka - you will love being a "good slave"
The "authorities" have your back and your utopia will soon be here....

Believe it or not, my lower disk (L5) and my hips/pelvic area are not great either. I did go to physical therapy and it worked; plus they gave me exercises different from the ones I had always done, and I've been much better since. Unfortunately, that was when I could have used a naked Pamela Anderson, but instead I got a guy PT (dressed). Dang!

"Doing what again?"

I was thinking you swore off of starting arguments about "religion" because all the rest of us were ignorant #u@%$, and it was such a waste ofr effort.

You are a victim of a logical fallacy.
Just because there are some who couldnt care less, there are some who could care less.

Are you killing all people over 66 Kyooshtik?

Sorry Kyooshitick. That was Anti-Soak... Oh my...

Predictions for the next election:
Obama wins in a landslide.
He is at least 50 times more eloquent than Romney.
Not that the general public cares about that.
He has done a serviceable job in his current term.
In a man to man debate he will make mincemeat out of Romney. No contest. Obama wins hands down.
And let us stand behind him and help him to promote America. He is a phony Nobel Prize winner, but he may grow into the role. If you do not like it, then make it a point to solve the problem.

Yes,
Very wishful thinking. Csn you suggest another kind of thinking? If so tell us your thoughts.

xport - Obama and Romney are puppets.....
Central Banks, Multi-National Corps. and Arms Makers currently run plantation Earth....

Q, you feeling old and want to croak - you're older than 67?
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Not at all. Don't forget, 67 is an average. Kirk Douglas would be way out on the far right side of the bell curve.

Csn you suggest another kind of thinking?
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Yes, I csn.

Face life as you find it and make do as best you can. Do not exhaust yourself playing Don Quixote.

Wherever did you get the idea that the Occupy movement is into the radical expansion of government? That is not my take on it at all.

Hey Beantown,

You are lucky to live in a great and wonderful city.
Boston is one of the best places in the world.

So you found some health care and now you are doing ok. I happen to be good friends with my doc. But my son got HIV and ran up over a million dollar medical bill and died in the hospital. I watched his beautiful hair fall out and his gorgeous body crumble. He loved the band the Who, and would play the song "My Generation" so I guess he got his wish and died before he got old.
Well, you know it and I know it too. We are all just passing thru.
I could say something inane, like "have a nice day" or days or life. If we examine the history of the world we find that there were not so many nice days.
So it goes.

Kyooshtik - start with yourself and be an example
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As I reminded Bean, 67 is an average, not an outer limit.

I'm 71.5 years old and in fairly good health. I have told my wife and kids to take no extraordinary means to extend my life. Make a reasonable judgement call on "pulling the plug."

Now you're talking. Let's keep the Northwest for Whites.

The 10,000 a year idea has been put forward by Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve. But he's not the first. It only makes sense and it would save so much - not least of all human dignty and creativity. And ambition would still be there. By definition, the stipend would be a bare minimum so most people would still want to work - and women would still select for achievment from men.

Good news re the medical diagnosis. Hope the treatment goes smoothly and you can get back to bike-riding soon afterwards. Looking forward to reading the 'Magic' book.

Could you maybe lure Duncan back for an occasional "reunion" Kunstlerkast talk (perhaps something like once every several months, instead of weekly)? Maybe tempt him with cheese doodles? The combination of the two of you together is also a kind of "magic" which we've haven't had "too much" of.

Really hardhitting exposé, anti soak! Imagine! Mismatched socks! Why that invalidates Osho's very existence on planet earth!

your utopia will soon be here....

Soon be here?

No, I am living it right now with every in-breath and every out-breath, going beyond enlightenment.

MD, endemic would mean localized, or only affecting a certain type of occupation.
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That's right Asoka. Endemic was used correctly. Messi only spoke of two occupations, the training of doctors and air traffic controllers.

there are some who could care less

This is a very valid criticism, anti soak.

Republicans could care less, but when approached by members on the other side of the aisle they just said, "hell, no!"

Things maybe as you say, but we do not have any alternatives at this point in time. Making the best of a bad situation? What do you suggest?
At least Obama has a command of the language, and can complete a coherent sentence; in fact he is the most dynamic and eloquent statesmen of recent history, HE GIVES A VERY POWERFUL SPEECH. We are all a bit unsatisfied with him, but being a puppet, as you say, he has to follow his instructions. So how about asking the puppet masters to give us a break?

Xport,

I can't begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. I have one child, and if something happened to her - well, I don't know how I could cope.

I am lucky to be living in the Boston area. We have an absolutely outstanding medical community here.

I guess the best way to get by is to be philosophical about life, and to live each day one at a time. I've said for a long time now that if I wake up in the morning and can get out of bed, I'm already ahead of the game.

Life is a blazing star sandwiched between two infinities of darkness.

Jim,

Quite seriously, consider "medical tourism" if you need to get that whole hip replaced again. I had very major surgery at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok in 2005, and can't recommend it enough. Cost a fraction of what similar care would have been in the USA, and it was better quality. I also understand that India is a good place for this sort of thing (you do need to choose the right hospital though) - there are places that cater to foreigners, offering world-class service.

Rub in the snake oil! Roflmao - not!

And pay > $5000 up front?You got to be kidding!

No, Q., the context was medical residents and air traffic controllers. He indicated that the overwork and abuse was becoming "endemic" when he should have said it was becoming an "epidemic."

When called on it, he introduced a geographic element which had not been previously mentioned (USA vs. UK) to cover his ass.

If he was talking about spreading around the world, to UK, etc., then the proper word would be "pandemic."

A note to tightwads like me:

I notice quite a few people here have bought Jim's new book. I've read 3 of his books, TLE, World Made by Hand and The Witch of Hebron, all borrowed from my local library. Today I was at the library returning a couple of books and I stopped by the reference librarians desk and asked her "what is the procedure for recommending a book for acquisition by the library?" She handed me a little form to be filled out and then she said "hold on, maybe we already have it." Turns out it is already on order and they should have it in a week. I'm first on the list to be notified when it comes in.

Life is a blazing star sandwiched between two infinities of darkness.

That darkness is what we experience during a gall bladder surgery. That darkness is what we experience each and every night we go to bed and die into sleep.

It's really not so bad, that darkness. It has no positive existential characteristic. It's just the absence of light.

"Also,get rid of the Northeast from Boston to D.C. and the South wouldn't really have a reason to s-e-c-e-d-e." -T

I get it now. It all depends on whose ox is getting gored at which particular time. I'll keep it in mind for purposes of my own offhanded generalizations in future.

Yeah, I guess the NE is just loaded with folks who are totally dependent on their suppliers, financial custodians and care-givers who reside in the southern states. Fuggin' no-count slackers.

No, but but that post made it seem like Kyooshtik might be!

Correction:

librarian's desk

Congratulations, JHK! You found it, Cobalt!

Now you can be cured. You'll feel a lot better. You probably do already.

And let's have no talk of your demise, we need you here, there is too much left to say.

It's your privilege to witness how things turn out: how far from the mark some predictions were, and how true the rest will be.

PAMELA HAS SYNTHETIC IMPLANTS,
you did not miss much.

It seems to me that when I'm asleep, I still have a semblance of awareness. The darkness doesn't bother me either, but I find it fascinating that my sense of time is totally gone. It makes me wonder if the philosophers are correct - that time is really an artiface of consciousness.

Well, gosh, it seems to me that even California and 'Pacifica' would welcome, and be much better off, absent some chunks of it's own area. Starting with Berkeley and maybe as much as half of San Francisco, all of Hollywood,
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I beg to differ, healthy creative, progressive people would be the bedrock of Pacifica, much as it was in California until Reagan came along. Best university system, best water management, all the progressive government initiatives fueled the growth and productivity. California always pays far more in Fed taxes than it gets back, with that money, the issues with budgets would be over.

Don't feel bad, we'll maintain a collective defense with other parts of the country. We'll be the brains.....let's see now, what does that leave for the southerners?

It makes me wonder if the philosophers are correct - that time is really an artiface of consciousness.
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Who cares what the philosophers think, they haven't agreed on anything in 2,000 years? What matters is the Physicists are saying it now.

Yeah, but as a man, although I'd much prefer the real thing, experiencing the total Pam effect from an aesthetic POV doesn't seem too bad to me.

True, but it sounded a little more poetic to say it that way.

A lot of philosophy is bullshit, but not all. In fact, some of the most brilliant philosophers have said some pretty profound things. I will admit I'm no expert in this field, though.

He indicated that the overwork and abuse was becoming "endemic"
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I disagree. What he said was "That's how we train air traffic controllers too. Maybe its endemic."

He didn't say "becoming." He speculated that that's how it is in those two occupations.

I agree that he erred in mentioning the UK.

Again, stop being contrary for contrary's sake. It's among your most unpleasant personality traits. And please don't try to counter attack with something about my OCD condition.

Make a reasonable judgement call on "pulling the plug."

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug!"

His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.

At this point in time explanation offered by physics to describe the universe has come together with metaphysics.

"When called on it, he introduced a geographic element which had not been previously mentioned (USA vs. UK) to cover his ass."

USA is the "locality". The discussion was comparing the training of american doctors with doctors trained in another place. American ATCs are trained in the USA also, thus the use of the word "endemic".

sheesh...

Medicine is both an art and a science. The art was developed to its fullest extent before the advent of modern medical technology. That is, before the entry of technologies such as nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT scanning, MRI scanning and PET scanning. I learnt the essentials of my craft before the advent of any of these technologies; when all we had was the X-ray, a few antibiotics and Oslerian medicine. Taking a detailed medical history was the key back then; coupled with comprehensive physical examination. And that was only 40 years ago! Yet back then we lost a lot of customers because we could not look into their gubbins electronically. The tools we have today mean that many conditions that made it undiagnosed to the autopsy room in the past are now diagnosable pre-mortem. This is a Good Thing usually, provided that there is suitable treatment available. And many of the medications and surgical procedures that we have today are either life-extending or life saving. No doubt about that in my mind. But taking a proper history and performing a thorough clinic examination are still essential components of good clinical medicine. High tech tools are fine when utilised appropriately, but even today many good clinical diagnoses can be made without them. My feeling is that we older medical doctors are letting the side down if we don't ensure that mastery of Oslerian medicine is ground into the psyche of the current generation of young doctors, and that they don't rely solely on technology to give them all the answers.

Right on.

I wish you luck.

"That's how we train air traffic controllers too. Maybe its endemic."

He didn't say "becoming." He speculated that that's how it is in those two occupations.

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MD has now clarified that he wasn't talking about abuse being endemic to those two occupations. He was talking about the training being endemic to the USA. In which case, he should have said: "Maybe its endemic to the USA." That would eliminate any confusion about the meaning of the pronoun antecedent "we" and would clarify he was talking about America and not just talking about two occupations. sheesh.

Q,

You're trying to be funny - I presume the alleged Wiki reference is a spoof - but the funniest comedians know their subject matter. Unfortunately, you (or the Wiki reference?) are completely ignorant on the subject: Zumba bears no similarity whatsoever with QiGong. One trains a high degree of mind/body integration while the other is mindless, albeit fun, calisthenics performed to music.

Perhaps you will find the below link educational:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5lNoYeEBa8

Amen, brother.

Well, the alleged "Wiki" reference is wrong: Zumba and Qi Gong are worlds apart(nice try at being funny though).

Perhaps you might find the below link educational( and notice the juxtaposition between mindless calisthenics and Tai Chi):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5lNoYeEBa8

You sound like a real doctor, someone who can help heal a wound. You call your clients a patient, and we must be, because you guys are still just practicing, like I practice my guitar playing.
My friend's father learned his practice in Iran.
He told me a story about delivering a still born child in a barn, by hand.
Both the mother and child perished.
How do you live with that? He did, and has help thousands of mothers deliver life.
Medicine is a miracle. Witch doctors, voodoo, it is all good. Take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning.

The discussion was comparing the training of american doctors with doctors trained in another place.
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Now that I've traced this thread back to the original comment by PRD I must agree with Messi...it began with a comparison of training in England vs "here."

"Endemic" was the right word to use and mention of the UK by Messi was appropriate and not a case of "cover your ass."

You're trying to be funny - I presume the alleged Wiki reference is a spoof - but the funniest comedians know their subject matter.
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Yes, it was a lame attempt at being funny. I knew that zumba was not of the same ilk as the other activities but I wanted to toss in everything that my wife does. God forbid she discovers there is something called Qi Gong. As she heads out the front door I'd be saying "where're you going? to your Long Dong class?"

This is a classic poem:
Ozymandius
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert... Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed; And on the pedestal these words appear: My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings, Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.


Here is one of my favorites:

met the Bishop on the road
And much said he and I.
'Those breasts are flat and fallen now,
Those veins must soon be dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not in some foul sty.'

'Fair and foul are near of kin,
And fair needs foul,' I cried.
'My friends are gone, but that's a truth
Nor grave nor bed denied,
Learned in bodily lowliness
And in the heart's pride.

'A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But Love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent.'
William Butler Yeats

And this one from Yeats:
THE SECOND COMING

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Nah too many Mestizos and Blacks. Start at Redding and screen and deport those who don't fit. No Libtards or Patriotards.

Thank God I'm not the only one who smells a rat in Robert's "switch." Robert's switching of the mandate cost from a "fee" to a "tax" has ensured that a lot of people who could use the insurance will vote for its destruction...as well as some other things wrecked as well. Also, Robert's allowing the states to refuse the extra money to cover the people just on the "good" side of the poverty line probably set up the precedent to allow the same states to cut off the rest of Medicaid in the future (and since the coverage for people under the poverty line is less than what's promised for those above the poverty line, don't be surprised if suddenly a lot of states balance their budgets on the backs of the poor when the dumping of Medicaid is allowed).

I'm praying for you anyway, whatever you think of magic. Although a thought has cropped up – how many times has "the latest technology" turned around to bite its users in the butt? I'll take my supplements no matter the risks implicit in trusting the suppliers, thank you very much.

The whole US seems to have gone stark raving mad over your medical system.
What we have here in Aus is a medicare system where everyone can get basic GP services for free or with a small gap fee between the standard rate and the medicare refund. Most doctors charge the standard fee so no charge to the patient.

Public hospital can be free, except for pharnacuticals and no choice of doctor.

Medical Insurance is available to cover hospital with your choice of doctor and private rooms.
Some years back I had two events in hospital with a stent fitted in my heart and with medical insurance the bill for a week came to $1500.
Other patients there had the same doctor as I did and as public patients they paid nothing.

Each tax year if you have income over I think, $50,000 you get a medicare levy. Not sure how much but reasonable I think.

The employers are not involved at all.
If you want the insurance you pay for it yourself.
Mine costs about $3000 and includes dental and glasses as well as podietry etc.

Medial car is not cheap, but it is affordable.
If we can do it why can't you ?

If we can do it why can't you ?
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Because we're fucked up.

Can anyone explain the apparent ongoing debate between (a) those Peak Oilers who argue that everything's screwed when it takes more energy to recover oil than the amount contained in the oil extracted versus (b) those who argue that the "net energy" argument is irrelevant because they will continue to extract oil regardless of whether it takes more energy to extract the oil than is contained in the oil as long as the price obtained from selling the oil is greater than the extraction price? Thanks.

WASHINGTON. D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to deploying every available source of American energy and reducing our reliance on imported oil, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced new funding available to pursue new innovations in biofuels technologies, increase production of U.S. biofuels, and strengthen American energy security. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Navy and Department of Energy are announcing $30 million in federal funding to match private investments in commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels. The Energy Department is also announcing a total of $32 million in new investments for earlier stage research that will continue to drive technological breakthroughs and additional cost reductions in the industry.

Advancing Commercial-Scale Drop-In Biofuel Substitutes for Diesel and Jet Fuel

In his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future released in March 2011, President Obama set a goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025 and laid out an all-of-the-above energy plan to achieve that goal by developing domestic oil and gas energy resources, increasing energy efficiency, and speeding development of biofuels and other alternatives. Domestic oil and gas production has increased each year the President has been in office. At the same time we continue to take additional steps to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. As part of that effort, the Blueprint directed the Navy, USDA and DOE to collaborate to support commercialization of “drop-in” biofuel substitutes for diesel and jet fuel. Competitively-priced drop-in biofuels will help improve America’s energy security, meeting the fuel needs of U.S. armed forces, as well as the commercial aviation and shipping sectors. Today’s announcement of an available $30 million in funding builds on that commitment, helping to speed the development of biofuels for military and commercial transportation that will reduce the need for foreign oil and strengthen rural America.

Oh Lord. We pray for JHK. We pray he may turn to the Lord and find the answers to all his questions. May Your Spirit reveal the truth to his soul. Then heal this sickness called doubt and fear, and prepare us all for the coming of Your Kingdom, now and forever amen.

His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.
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Good one.

Hey Bill,
Thanks for your heartfelt comments. We will all get thru this together. Times are a bit tight, but you learn as you go. We make do. Get loud and get local. Say hello to your neighbor once and a while.
I taught high school in the ghetto of Philly.
Really hard core gang banger types. Some could not even tell time by looking at a clock. But they had street smarts. Never underestimate a human being.
I learned a lot from that experience.

"Roberts must know exactly what he is doing:"

Ever since he walked away with that law degree, he's been doing what he was trained to do--make money the easiest way possible. To believe that these people do anything because of their "conscience" is beyond naive.

Say hello to your neighbor once and a while.

The expression is "once in a while."

I learned a lot from that experience.

Namely, do NOT go into the 'hood' during two time periods: 8PM thru 6AM and 6:00.01AM thru 7:59.59PM

Love the blind and wounded as you would yourself and the businessmen in cells collecting pennies,
Judge their wealth by coins that they give away
And not the ones that they keep for themselves for spending.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej4hg-iE-UM

Hostage racket: Every single thing in this country is now a racket, from health care to education to the food system. The highest purpose in life is considered to be making as much profit as possible, so everything is run by insiders who work to keep the peasants uninformed, sick and poor.

If MDs had an ounce of honesty they would be calling out the fat/sweet food purveyors and the tobacco/alcohol producers but instead they just collect handsome fees sweeping up the human debris.

Yesterday I rode Amtrak on a fine summer afternoon thru notably scenic beauty. Most people were looking at a screen, watching movies and playing card & video games (including one guy playing train simulator while ignoring the train he was on). You could walk the entire train to the last coach and gaze out the rear door window at the slightly hypnotic receding trackage and spectacular scenery. Not one person did.

We have become a lazy, obese, stupid, avaricious and distracted people who are not present in their own lives and we are well on the way to getting what will result from this.

Doctors in China used to be paid when the patient got well, and they were not paid when the patient remained ill. Same as a car mechanic gets paid here in the "enlightened" west. Maybe we should pay the doctors a salary, as they do in France. And give them their education free, so they are don't become drug dealers for big Pharma.

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Jim, rub some gunpowder into that wound.

Then douse it with whiskey.

Above all, avoid hospitals, where nobody seems to speak English, and Mercedes Benz's, Bentley's and BMW Alpines ring the parking lot.

--WSP7

"We have become a lazy, obese, stupid, avaricious and distracted people who are not present in their own lives and we are well on the way to getting what will result from this." -Azgog

This is what I'm observing as well. What we'll be "getting" as a result is certainly open to differing speculations, but chances are good that it won't be a time for happy frolicking in verdant meadows. When people lose the comforts and conveniences they've habituated themselves to, they tend to get right nasty. (A friend who works in a local food pantry can attest to this, firsthand. Those of formerly middle and upper-middle class status are indignant that they've been reduced to needing donated food and take it out on those who work there. Guess that's what happens when money and stuff are the only indices of "value". The cumulative result of this supreme shallowness will be expressed in a despairing and suicidal barbarism, I believe. That's how a concentrated and toxic blame-game usually goes.)

That's a medical procedure that memories are made of! (And you get a nice blue scar to go with!) ;o)

[Way off-topic: Did you get any hail from that band of fierce pop-up storms that came through on Sunday? Wow; we're used to storms, but that flare-up nearly sent us to the cellar. Howling gusts that sent grape-sized hail pelting sideways and half of an inch of rain in a half-hour. That would be tornado weather, friends and neighbors, and it's thundering through more and more often.]

The Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is (not) a tax: http://youtu.be/PjkkBhsjYXc

New Threat: Derecho!!!

We are entering the era of the Derecho - where, due to the extreme heating of human-induced climate change, massive storms with straight-line winds are wiping out whole sections of cities, towns and rural homes and structures. They are taking down the infrastructure - especially power lines - in much the way tornadoes do but they are not tornadoes, just ordinary thunder storms super-charged on the "steroid" of super-heated air. They are happening more frequently and with greater force.

I have personally witnessed a couple of these Derechoes where the sky suddenly blackens and the rain is coming across the yard totally sideways and the trees are bending down as in a hurricane. Then there goes the privacy fences, limbs, basket ball goals and shed roofs flying and off goes the power. This is a new trend I suppose and a new threat as these things get only stronger in the future.

This may drive society to a subterranean lifestyle where everyone either lives in "basement homes" or else play Russian roulette with the weather in their above ground homes. I mean the weather is beginning to get really wicked. The super high temperatures and super droughts - they worry me. No rain and sizzling temperatures for weeks on end and when it does rain it takes out half the town!

Peak oil, crazy weather and crazy politics - three horsemen or what?

As an atheist, I can't pray for you (to which god or saint would you recommend praying anyhow? Maybe Elvis?) but I do wish you well. Hip surgery can be scary. My mother died of complications after her last one...the third or fourth...but she was older, and had unresolved blood clotting issues of unknown origin. For some reason, that concerned me more than the doctors. But when you're in a lot of pain, you'll try anything I suppose.

If doctors was their hands in the future, that might be an improvement, as I've been in plenty of examining rooms where they did not do so before the exam. Anyway, it seems probable you'll have to be your own doctor for the most part. To which end I have stockpiled a few medical books and supplies, and started a medicinal herb garden. I guess most people who are paying attention have probably done the same.

Does Race play into the 'obesity racket'?
Military recruits far more likely to be 'in shape'
when they are white?
Just wondering.

O3, what azgog said about Americans is true; what you said will be the end result is probably true, as well. Why is this happening? Because of rapid technological advance.

This is the end game of improper use of technology. But this begs the question of why we're using it improperly - technology isn't bad in and of itself, it's just a tool. Try using a Phillips-head screwdriver on a flat-head screw. What happens? The same with technology.

Technology is being used improperly because almost all of those we elect to make decisions for us are technologically and scientifically ignorant. When science comes face-to-face with greed, science always loses. Consequences of improper use are ignored.

When a developer builds a shoddy house by using cheap or improper materials and poor construction nothing may occur at first, but sometime in the future the current homeowner will pay the price.

Blame those who make decisions, not the public. You don't blame the homeowner when his house starts to fall apart ten years later, you blame the developer.

The only blame to lay on the masses is for naivete in being too trusting that others will not put their own self-interest first.

I'm so far ahead of the pack that it looks like I'm behind.

I've been driven half mad by this secular culture. I was "built" to live in Dvarpa Yuga at the very least.

Why does a dog lick its balls? Because it can. Why can't Americans fix their medical care system? Because they can't.

I know what you're going to say. I'll leave the creative wordsmithing to Kunstler. But I think this is as good an explanation as any.

Maybe a solar flare will burn out all the electronic gadgets around the world. When people have to farm with horses and plows we won't have strawberries from Costco that are 5 times the normal size. There won't be shows with idiots eating 5000 calorie burgers and wearing rings in every part of their head and tattoos in their ear canals. A good plague will streamline the population. Moral people with good immune systems will survive, while Anderson Crapper and the gays can go drop into the Pacific Ocean after getting "married." A good reboot will let us throw out the millions of pages of "laws" that have destroyed our country. No wonder when I go to a gun show there are thousands of white people, a couple of blacks and asians. Whites are gearing up for the next installment of Mad Max.

Your cynicism is too extreme. Imagine this: You are driving home late at night in a rural area. You come across a car that had jumped the embankment and crashed. You stop and investigate and fine a wealthy Hindu woman unconscious - with a diamond in her nose. Do you take the diamond and run or do you call for help?

You'd help, right? Some wouldn't. Now just as you are morally superior to them, there are some morally superior to you.

From another angle: do you really think America was always this bad? Could we have gotten this far if so? I was amazed at Boston Big Dig: not only years late and massively over budget but they ended up doing a shoddy job. They acutally used bad concrete in some part. It leaks and wont last as long. It was a race to the bottom biddin wise. And those who were supposed to be watching didn't want to know. Now could we have built the Coulee Dam like this? Technically we could do as good or better today. But would we? Could we - morally speaking?

I get Man's Fallen Nature, but Culture mediates it by allowing, exacerbating, or checking. We used to do alot of the last.

Poverty defined as prolonged deprivation of basic necessities surely concentrates the mind. The economic turmoil of the era of the Great Depression was a really shitty time but it did do some things for the survivors. It instilled certain habits and ways of thinking that laid the foundations for a stronger economic system ie habits of thrift, hard work, diligence, perseverence. That generation appreciated things that we take utterly for granted. Things like wearing shoes and eating your fill.

I think that in the intervening decades we've forgotten the many lessons that the Depression era taught us, that prosperity is built on work and saving rather than debt, wild speculation and profligate consumption.

Fuckin A Barf. We know what's coming. We see how the Feds have empowered minorities over Whites and look the other way - even now as Blacks are increasingly running rampant. Imagine what they will do when the checks stop, when the lights go out, when the police flee as they did during Katrina (except for the White Officers). The White Officers acted herocially and then ruined it by going around trying to collect guns from citizens. That's what has to change.

Would you lick your balls if you could?

But you are right: we are too divided. And nothing can heal the Divide. Separation is the answer - peaceful if possible, otherwise if not.

Let my People go. I mean if they think we're monsters and racists to being with as Dale does, they should be happy to let us leave.

No hail down this was, Oz, just some light rain. But I did see those storm clouds gathering on the northwest horizon and figured you might be in for it.

I've been doing some trout fishing sort of up your way, that stretch of the Farmington River a little south of Riverton. The water is cold and fast running, the air is cool and fragrant, and the trout are pretty active. I remember when this place was crowded; today I'm the only one around; I have the whole river practically to myself. Maybe gas is too expensive, maybe everybody is at the casino, maybe everybody is at home, in dark rooms playing video games. I don't know. I like it better this way.

--WSP7

I'll check it out. Btw, when you tried to do the Microcosmic Meditation, did you remember to touch your tongue to your palate? That completes the circuit, literally the on switch.

The Earth belongs those who can appreciate Her.

Oh yea, Oz, the Fireplace is completely gutted, 80 years (1932-2012)of drinking history in a pile of rubble on Center Street.

--WSP7

AntiSoak, this ones for you. Last spring at local State U a lesbian coed caused a big commotion when she went to campus police with a sheath of threatening and obscene letters she claimed had been slipped under her door over a period of time in the middle of the night. It was a big story in Connecticut and around New England. Pro Gay rallies were held on campuses throughout the state. The Governor weighed in. Campus police, which are really State Police, vowed to spare no expense in apprehending the culprit. After all, this was a 'hate crime' the worst sort of crime there is. At the rallies, heavily covered by local TV stations, there was a lot of hyperbole and fiery rhetoric. Everything eventually died down, but yesterday police made an arrest: the Lesbian Coed herself. They planted a secret camera in her dorm and filmed her planting the letters. Now she's facing 25 counts of falsely reporting and incident and a host of other crimes.

--WSP7

I judge a culture by the degree of personal honor exhibited. Think how much personal honor is in play in a society like say Mexico, or Columbia, or Yemen or Afghanistan or Angola?

There used to an ancient code and it was called chivalry. The British officers code was a vestige of that and something I still aspire to. It meant if I was thinking about buggering your wife, I'd give fair warning so you could take a shot at me.

MARLIN,
I am way ahead of you...................

Lesbian couple FAKED hate crime by painting their OWN home with ...
www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Lesbian-couple-FAKED-hate-crime-painting...
May 18, 2012 – Caught: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Colorado has issued a warrant ... A lesbian couple that claimed their neighbors spray painted 'Kill the Gay' ... the words that were spray painted on the garage and the placement of the ... News in Denver, Colorado: Lesbian couple accused of faking hate crime ...
................................
I WONDER IF JAIL TIME IS INCURRED WHEN
'FAKIN A HATE CRIME' ?????

For the most part Taoism did not work for me...
esp the Chi Gung.

Marlin, I was talking to a pleasant old Black Man who runs a club at our local JC [smc.edu, home of the 'ombudsperson'].

He was saying he took classes there 17 years ago, there were about 30 'supervisors', now there are 120?. He noted 'thats 10 million that could be going to teachers'!

Remember the 'Duke Lacrosse vs. Ms Magnum' mess?
Do you know what happened to the 'group of 88' [or whatever they called themselves]?

Promotions, money, fame.

enjoyed your posting today, Jim, comme d'habitude. too much fun. thanx.

Portrait of a third-world USA:

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

A nation in hock clock.

Electrons, nada más.

Debt of $16 trillion?

Meh.

This weather doesn't faze me. I've experienced worse in the South. Others are just now getting a taste of more dramatic weather and you already can't handle it, ha.

The storms I saw in my .immediate. area were not severe enough to knock the power off for days. They were very strong, but come on... This is only human incompetence and indifference in doing their jobs that's involved. That attitude is rampant in MD.

I don't respect silly hysteria and chicken littles.

"The South"

Dale, you aren't some incredible writer with amazing insight. The stuff you're repeating is the same stale shit that I've heard for years. Come up with something new and interesting and I'll get upset and excited, I guess.

Marlin, I have been reading Connecticut newspapers and have not seen this story in Middleton, Hartford, Fairfield County, Bloomfield, Stamford or Bristol newspapers.

Could you tell me where you saw the news of this arrest?

Damn!

Already halfway through 2012 and no Apocalypse.

The forces of evil appear to be lazy and incompetent. They have less than six months left if they intend to break the back of the Judeo-Christian West by taking out Rome, Jerusaleum, and New York City by Dec. 21.

Think how much personal honor is in play in a society like say Mexico, or Columbia, or Yemen or Afghanistan or Angola?

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The spellin is Colombia, not Columbia.

CORRECTION

The proper spelling is Colombia, not Columbia.

Columbia is a university. Columbia is a clothing brand.

The country in South America is Colombia.

I am in the deep South and have experienced several bouts of extreme weather recently, including tornadoes that killed two of my colleagues and wiped out a lot of towns. On top of that, these straight-line winds are picking up steam.

This phenomenon is becoming so severe the Weather Service has coined a name for it - Derecho - a Spanish term meaning straight wind.

I can handle the weather OK, so far, however, I have serious doubts many of the structures built around here can.

I have serious doubts many of the structures built around here can.

I agree. Many stick-built structures are vulnerable.

Adobe structures can withstand the winds. Properly built adobe walls are vermin-proof, dust-free, fire-proof, flood-proof, insect-proof, bullet-proof, (yes, this has been tested), rust-proof, water-proof, and since adobe is non-toxic, the walls are non-allergenic. Did I miss anything?

Evidence shows that earth construction has been in constant use for over 10,000 years. Today earth building is the most widely used building method in the world, with over 40% of the world's population living in earthen homes, with the majority of these being adobe brick.

The world's largest adobe brick structure in Arg-e-bam, Iran. The origins can be traced back to the Achaemenid Period (6th to 4th centuries B.C.)

If the USA attacks Iran, the USA military will rue the day ... and woe be unto them.

Jews and Blacks have been caught doing similar. Rabbis painting swakstikas on their own Temple for example.

We have to accept our own Greatness and stop tempting minorities to try and make us hate ourselves. All their charges about us are nonsense since they are here and not in jail.

And women crying 'Rape' who werent, etcetcetc.

dale,

The North-South relationship is far more complicated and integral than "let them secede." A high percentage of the Founding Fathers were Southerners, as were many of the first ten or fifteen presidents and a large number of the early Secretaries of State and other important government positions. Over the past 15 to 20 years, the South has done better economically than most of the big blue states like New York, California, and Illinois. Of course, now they have been hit really hard by the housing and financial crises, but that goes for most places in the US. The South was once an economic backwater, but this picture is not accurate either. Most southern big cities are probably doing better than your average rust belt ghetto town like Buffalo or Rochester.

Also, the South has seen a massive influx of people from elsewhere, like the Midwest and East Coast. So the idea that it is just poor white trash down there is not accurate. From what I've experienced, racially the South is more progressive than many parts of the country that purport to be the most tolerant and integrated. Chicago, for instance, is the most segreated city in the country, I believe. From what I could see, there was a solid middle class black element in the South that was quite noticeable while this is not usually the case in the big northern cities. I know this sounds petty, but people down there, black and white, were so damn polite in day-to-day interactions. It was refreshing compared to what I'm used to.

Anyways, things are always more complicated than we can represent in words, so please don't intentionally dumb it down even further with this childish harping on the South (for what exactly?).

I can't even imagine what it must be like trying to intellectually negotiate the fetid passageways of your rotten brain on a daily basis. My condolences.

The stuff you're repeating is the same stale shit that I've heard for years.
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Oh, you mean you've been hearing about how people would love it if the south did succeed, not surprised. I'd just like to be living in a modern country, we'd have one without a few of those states and their representatives.

South has done better economically than most of the big blue states like New York, California, and Illinois.
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Of course, in all their wisdom our elected leaders have allowed the states to enter into a competitive race to the bottom, on wages, benefits and working conditions, a race the south usually wins.

All in all, I'm not interested in getting in a fight with the south, I just think we'd have a lot better country without them....that's all.

I agree. Many stick-built structures are vulnerable.

Adobe structures can withstand the winds. Properly built adobe walls are vermin-proof, dust-free, fire-proof, flood-proof, insect-proof, bullet-proof, (yes, this has been tested), rust-proof, water-proof, and since adobe is non-toxic, the walls are non-allergenic. Did I miss anything?
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Yeah, knowledge.....why do you think countries with those adobe structures have so many fatalities during earth quakes? What you refer to as stick built structures are structurally the safest residential buildings you can build. If you want to live in a mud hut or a cob house (what ever that is) go for it, I couldn't care less, but facts are facts.

I pledge allegiance to the Earth,
And all the life which it supports,
One Planet, in our care, irreplaceable,
with sustenance, and respect for all.

"fact are facts"

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Do you know of any 6,000 year-old stick built houses? Did you click on the link to the thousands of years old adobe structure in Iran? Yes, traditional adobe structures have been damaged by earthquakes, but new structures are a different story.

FACT: adobe structures can be built seismic-resistant.

FACT: due to its low cost, adobe construction will continue to be used in high-risk seismic areas of the world.

FACT: based on the state-of-the-art research studies and field applications, the key factors for the improved seismic performance of adobe construction are:

1. Adobe block composition and quality of construction.

2. Robust layout.

3. Improved building technologies including seismic reinforcement.

Here is a link to a tutorial from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Mitigation Center:
http://mitigation.eeri.org/resource-library/homeowners/tutorials-homeowners/earthquake-resistant-construction-of-adobe-buildings-a-tutorial

A lot of the work on this is being done in Peru.

Yeah, knowledge.....why do you think countries with those adobe structures have so many fatalities during earth quakes? What you refer to as stick built structures are structurally the safest residential buildings you can build.

OK, dale, I'll give you some knowledge on stick-built houses, based on personal experience from living in them as a child.

dale, the next time you’re in a stick frame house, really stop to think about what the house itself is made of. It’s actually just a thin shell of wood sticks covered with sheetrock (chalk and paper) on the inside, and often fiberboard (sawdust and toxic glue) on the outside. The materials in these stick frame houses are like a ticking time bomb. You know they’re going to fail before too long and cause untold problems.

The wood will crack, bow, bend, split and attract all sorts of pests like termites. And stick built houses burn like crazy. Engineered wood products (OSB, etc.) off-gas toxic chemicals in fires that actually kill more people than the flames.

You can hear and feel the wind blowing through the walls of a stick frame house on a cold, windy day. Sit for a few minutes by a window or put your hand in front of an electrical outlet to feel the breeze coming through. That’s why heating and cooling bills are astronomical.

Try not to breathe while you’re in one of these conventionally built houses. A typical home has hundreds of volatile chemicals and because of this the number of people suffering from sick building syndrome is on the rise. Almost every product in these new homes off-gas chemicals that endanger one’s health.

Also, mold is an ever-present danger in stick frame houses, especially in humid climates, basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Particle board cabinets, heating ducts, paper facing on sheetrock, and other materials all foster the growth of mold.

And, frighteningly, stick frame houses are a death trap in hurricanes and tornadoes. Just ask residents of Greenburg, Kansas whose houses were wiped off the map, or those from New Orleans.

Stick frame is no match for nature’s fury, whose storms are increasing in size and intensity almost yearly.

Adobe brick construction is a completely different story

We must be just as much hostage to the racket that constantly rattles the inside of our craniums as anything else. Need proof? (I didn't think so.)

Very astute observation, ozone. That is why meditation (state of no-mind) is important, and provides health benefits as well, as documented in the medical literature.

In July 2012 a study was published (Explore (NY). 2012 Jul;8(4):237-42.) comparing individual preferences for four meditation techniques: zen, vipassana (mindfulness), mantra, and qigong (which we have discussed on CFN this week).

The research was done at the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University.

A significant number of studies have been published examining the mind-body effects of meditation and its clinical efficacy. There are very few studies, however, which directly compare different meditation methods with each other to explore potentially distinct mechanisms and effects, and no studies comparing individual preferences for different methods. As preference is seen as an important factor in consumer healthcare decision making, greater understanding of this aspect is needed as meditation becomes a more widely used therapeutic modality.

Participants learned two open observing meditation techniques -- Vipassana (Mindfulness) and Zen, and two focused attention techniques -- Mantra and Qigong Visualization and the research revealed that significantly more participants chose Vipassana or Mantra meditation as their preferred techniques compared with Qigong Visualization and Zen.

However you do it, we can free ourselves from the racket that constantly rattles the inside of our craniums.

Great comment, ozone! Thank you!

"I just think we'd have a lot better country without them"

Haha. Okay bud. Fair enough.

When I was growing up (sixties), everyone said "Couldn't care less." Nowadays, all I hear and read is "Could care less." Why the change? When someone is about to use the second version, the current version, how come it doesn't occur to them that the meaning they desire to convey isn't going to be logically conveyed at all?

Many nations have suffered tyranny, and the causes of tyranny are of course several. But, as per Orwell, the imprecise use of the national language is surely among them.

However you do it, we can free ourselves from the racket that constantly rattles the inside of our craniums.

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How ironic that the 'racket that constantly rattles the inside of your cranium' is constantly rattling on this blog.

Let me suggest a corollary to your meditation practice: Don't post anything for one day. Only one day, soak! Can you do it? Quiet the mind!

Judging by how often you post here my guess is you like to talk the talk of meditation, but in no way can you walk the walk of it. Perhaps it makes you feel 'erudite' to go on about it here. If you actually practiced meditation with any facility you wouldn't post here as often.

One day, soak! I challenge you.

Iona

"If you actually practiced meditation with any facility you wouldn't post here as often."

Some people practice meditation from 15-30 minutes a day, which is fine, leaving plenty of time for posting to CFN. Or were you making a more philosophical point rather than one about time management?

One day, soak! I challenge you.

Iona Laundramat, I accept your challenge. I will not post for minimum post-free period of 24 hours, starting now, on the condition that your follow-up post not be: "Two days, soak! I challenge you" etc.

I will use the next 24 hours enjoy the blissful state of no-mind meditation.

Thank you!

The soak obviously had a lot of time on his hands. My point was that if soak has actually experienced any benefits from meditation he would post less and, when in the process of posting here might actually have more to say.

I won't be the only one enjoying the break, soak.

Thank you!

"I won't be the only one enjoying the break, soak.
Thank you!"
- iona dry cleaners-

Thank you, Iona.
Asoak's all-seeing and all-knowing blather is the primary reason I've been avoiding this blog of late.
That, plus the fact that JHK's webmaster or software keeps banning my logon names.

So, it was nice to see your post.
Weoweyou, iona!
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That said, thanks to JHK for this week's work.
Very thought provoking, as usual.

Good luck with your health issues! And yeah, I'll be happy to pray for you, if only to annoy the resident CFN Atheists. (one can't really annoy a real (small "a") "atheist," in my opinion)

Once you've had the hip replacement you are more locked into modern medicine than you otherwise would be. So, good luck with the good fight, man. As many other posters have mentioned, the world needs you and your voice, JHK.

Some other voices, the world could do without.

Sincerely,
The poster formerly known as progress2conserve

One more thing, to you South-Bashers, who keep making the snide points about how much better the US would be if the South would NOW secede.

First of all, screw off.

Secondly, we tried to secede, and were emphatically blocked.

In the swirling mists of history there is the possibility that a rational person should argue that secession - leading to a smaller, less powerful, and less "united" United States - would have been a better outcome for genuine human freedom and peace on planet Earth.

But that genie won't go back in that bottle.
And now you've all got to live with us.
Serves you right, I reckon.

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I will use the next 24 hours [to] enjoy the blissful state of no-mind meditation.
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Asoka would have you believe he sits in a lotus position, legs crossed, backs of hands on knees, index fingers and thumbs forming little circles, eyes closed with a thought cloud over his head with nothing in it. But let me tell you what's in his thought cloud:

"Ummm, let's see...a quart of milk, a jar of Skippy, bag of cough drops, pick up shirts from cleaners....AARRRGGH! my fuckin knees are killing me."

THAT is your typical meditation thought cloud.

prog, with all due respect, you said it wrong: oughta go something like, 'all of y all FUCK off'; i ve been a few places out there, and fuck buffalo...you goddamn yankees with your two month growing season would never have made it without us...you, for the most part at least, can t fin drive to save your lives; you haven t the slightest idea of what constitutes good manners- ever try to hold a door open for some stuck up her own twat dkny- wearing transplant? well you ignorant twit, it isn t because i think you can t open a door- even if that s what it looks like- it s because you shouldn t have to...the reason dale and others look down at us as a people is because you can t say 'nigger' or 'spic' or 'kike' or any of the other recognized slurs; but you can still say 'redneck' & 'hillbilly'- and apparently humans have to have a scapegoat in order to feel less insignificant in the face of the night sky, or something....take a look at yourself, dale, and try to reconcile the evil that you just spewed forth into the world with your own self-concept...can t do it if you re honest...i would suggest that you do some research into the history of 'the south' and just who comprised most of the population...now, just because i live here and like most of the people i meet, does not mean i am racist or agree with the institution of slavery...how about you? ever hear of the shirtwaist fire? slavery in a factory or steel mill is slavery if they were children, whether or not they were paid a pittance...so i would submit that nobody had a monopoly on being the monsters; we just got blamed for doing the same thing with our agrarian economy as y all were doing with industry: whatever available means to increase profit...and further, since we ve become the last people it is somehow socially acceptable to denigrate out of hand and sight unseen, it is my considered opinion that it is up to you and your ignorant ilk to back the fuck off, make some apology, and embrace the healing process of MOVING FORWARD...maybe 150 years of respect will allow us to forge together as a nation again...til then, i kindly and graciously beg you to consider my words, then shut the fuck up

...can t resist...i was under the impression that asoka's presence here WAS his "no-mind" meditation...!

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No it's time to try again. Experiments don't always work the first time - often don't in fact. Same with Revolutions.

The South lost the war but won the Peace. People all over America hate Northerners because of it. But it's all in the subconscious - like you, most of them embrace the "Blacks are great/Whites suck ideology.

So don't point the finger too much. You have alot of inner work to do as well. Start loving your Race and stop wildly exaggerating the importance, virutes, and IQ of Negroes.

dipshit, We, The People lost that war just like every other war that has been drummed up
and i ll ask you again, wtftstf are you talking about? when have i indicated that i think 'blacks good; whites bad'...? for your information, again, jackass, i recognize no difference in the percieved superiority or inferiority of the lifeforms on this planet: DNA is DNA is DNA; we are all family- you, for example, are my DISTANT, idiot cousin...maybe a thousand times removed, thankyouverymuch!


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P2C, Turkle,

I've read parts of the south didn't celebrate 4th of July for a long time because it was on the July 4, 1863 that Vicksurg fell. Lots of soldiers from around here (Connecticut) are buried in cemeteries around Vicksburg, Mississippi.

One thing that really come thru in Jim's new book 'Too Much Magic', is that he does not like the South, not at all, blaming many of our current troubles on that section of the country.

Happy July 4, CFNers. 'Old Glory', long may she wave, long may she wave.

--WSP7


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Yeah, Marlin, I hope you have a great 4th, too.

JHK's South-bashing is a fairly common theme, one that is so common and so politically correct that most of us (north or south) accept it without question and without much offense.

It's just a literary device and mental shorthand, in other words. JHK blames "the South" for the world's problems in the same way that Vlad blames "the Jews."

And the world spins forward thru space and time, with little regard to what any one of us humans thinks - about anything.

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I think I'm finding myself closing the circle on this blog, on blogging in general - maybe.

But I'll close with a reprint of one of my very first posts, ever on CFN, from two years ago - in response to JHK's "My TEA Party." It's in the CFN archives.

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progressorconserve | July 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Reply

Great article, Jim.

I was at fireworks last night on the drill field at the local college.

Stretched out on blankets with my sons, the grandson, the daughter in law, the girlfriend in law,...and some friends of theirs that I had not even met, yet.

And I'm looking around by the glare of the explosions; looking all the way into the heart of Georgia.

And I'm thinking whether by long slow slide or exciting collapse.....that there is no place on Earth that will be better for me to face the future of America.

So I'm ready for the future you propose, JHK.

And now I would like to devote my efforts on this blog to slowing down or stopping the future you propose.

Because until it happens....there is hope!

Thank you, Jim.
Have a great week, CFN.
God bless America!

"Oil is cheap because we steal it from the future without regard to the cost.


Your Country Dead around the 4th of July

Well not quite, but it is important to note here that the US is not a nation state anymore and we believe we live in a country run by three branches of government, with a constitution et al.

A trade agreement is being forged outside the preview of congress that will render the law of the land useless in lieu of the TPP. That is Trans Pacific Partnership.

[from Paul Craig Roberts: Information has been leaked about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is being negotiated in secret by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Six hundred corporate “advisors” are in on the know, but not Congress or the media. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate trade subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the TPP, has not been permitted to see the text or to know the content…….
Corporations gain an unimaginable freedom while citizens lose all freedom and the rights that define their freedom.]

The congress has been bypassed by this New World Order One percenter power tool abolishing accountability of foreign corporations to the government of countries to which they trade.

In other words, there's no way JHK can sue a company who manufactured his hip replacement if the issue was made in another country and he could in fact have legal issues since he would in effect be limiting their ability to make money.

We (govt) would in fact also be liable to pay the costs of complying with regulations to those corporations.

Currently, it is being negotiated between the US, Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Chile, and Peru.

Roberts makes a point that he thinks the US corporations see an advantage for themselves over other governments and see US hegemony as a fait accompli, but it is in the long-run a free trade nightmare that makes the corporations far more powerful than the people and the governments that are supposed to serve the people.

Say goodbye to your country and your rights.
Why are we celebrating the 4th of July? The constitution is becoming null and void in favor of globalism the beast that just won't quit.

"Why are we celebrating the 4th of July? The constitution is becoming null and void in favor of globalism, the beast that just won't quit." -BT

All of a piece, and the various rackets that JHK alludes to are simply tentacles of this same leviathan.

We should consider who Hillary and Timmy are really working for as they crisscross the world, cobbling together deals that haven't the sanction of us "little people". We're simply subjected to the outcomes of their immoral machinations. This is the REAL sedition and treason, make no mistake.

Wealth purchases the government; the government protects wealth.
Is it time to declare independence yet?
One if by land, two if by sea, three if by drone, four if by cop...

Don't let the mealy-mouthed sons-a-bitches in Washingtoon speak for you (especially today).
Everyone have a safe, family and community oriented Fourth, whether you be from Norf, Souf, Eess or Wess!

um, a slightly sarcastic 'thanks; i needed another time sink right before i have to go work my ass on, while the constitution is used as tinder to light the fires blinding americans to the loss of our freedom...i ve read pcr over at info.info; hadn t searched for his blog til this am...prful stuff indeed...only the "right" (ha ha) people aren t reading his essays, i m afraid...but (really, this time) thanks for the heads up; fodder for the day, so-to-speak...have a goodun this year; grill somethin', love somebody, and for fuck's sake, stay cool as you can! see y all this evening

Charlie,
The wife and I were just talking about "people who need to see ______ " (thus and so).

We sure hear you loud and clear; the 'net seems to be strictly entertainment for the vast majority, and any information gleaned is mostly by accident.
That's another "misallocation of [mental] resources", IMHO. But, as applies to us all, ya sees what ya wants to see and ya believes what ya wants to believe. (I know, I know, some things are beyond disputation and Don Rumsfeld the Unknower.)

I'm certain that those into serious research are using the potential of the www to its' fullest, so I can't beat on that meme too much.

Yep, O And C

It appears that the agenda keeps moving forward while your average citizen is living in the alternative universe where they thing guns are going to help them.

They keep yapping about LIBERTY and FREEDOM having no idea these concepts are being eroded with each passing day and no matter who gets voted in, it doesn't change the outcome.

For those of us who are watching the process, they don't seem to care what we notice--it's inconsequential.

We tell eachother what we witness anyway...

Have a good grilling day--we're having ribs tonight!--and watch fireworks from the terrace.

One last note on the knock-on effects of the "Hostage Racket" (the perfect vision of our med.care 'industry', btw), then I gots to git.

Here's a mortally pointed comment on events of yesterday from some wag in our midst (The Prodded Awake contingent):

"GlaxoSmithKline is adjudged guilty of crimes. So when will Glaxo show up at the maximum security prison to do hard time, now that corporations are people too?"

I have no answer, but it sure is a puzzlement how that all washes out.

Good night Nurse; don't blow yer fingers off.

Asoka, you just hate everything you grew up with, and everything you didn’t grow up with is better, right?

Listen, I don’t know or particularly care about alternative building methods at this point, I’ve lost interest. I can tell you that for about five years I was asked to evaluate just about every odd ball building method that could be devised by anyone who was politically connected and wanted funding for same in the state of Oregon. I saw it all, believe me. Without fail they didn’t live up to the hype, not always because of their actual qualities, sometimes because of the cost associated with building things that weren’t conventional. Unconventional is spelled “expensive” in the building industry.

The simple truth is all of these other methods work, in the right locals for the right reasons. You find mud huts in the Sudan, for obvious reasons. We do stick built here for obvious reasons too, we have trees. Stick built has obvious cost benefits for ease of construction, that is if you want “luxuries” like in-house plumbing, insulation, electrical etc. In earthquake related areas it’s hard to beat stick built, ask the Japanese who started adopting it, and US building codes, in the 80s, after thousands of deaths. Maybe you can make adobe structurally safe in earthquake areas, but there are tens of thousands of fatalities in the last 100 years from versions that weren’t. (probably a thousand times the fatalities from stick built)

Most of your complaints about stick built, (windy, sick building syndrome etc.) have either been remedied or are easier to remedy I’ll wager, than building a structurally sound mud house. If you or guys like Tripp want to live in an unconventional home, fine. I’m thinking that’s a lot easier to do when you are young, and if you have some other reason for doing it, other than practical considerations. Either way I don’t give shaktipat. Carry on.

BTW -- You stand inside of my house in a 60 mph wind and I'll wager you'll find it's a lot quieter and less drafty than any mud hut you ever experienced. Tyvek, cellulose insulation, wood windows, caulk, metal flashing etc. all good stuff when used in the right way, and hard to duplicate in a mud hut.

Jim: that's horrifying. Although no system constructed by humans is perfect, it would be nice if your doctors would actually engage in professional discussion with each other. I remain confused by the whole US medical system. The more I learn, the more it begins to sound like at Jude Law film "Repo Men". Now don't get me wrong, up here in Canada, our health care system has problems too. But, unlike the fear mongering the GOP spews, we do get excellent care in good time. Case in point: I was presumed to have a heart condition. My testing and treatment began immediately. Of the million-dollar's worth of diagnostics and drugs I recieved, I paid nothing. My wife developed hip displasia and needed surgery. From the time she was diagnosed untill she recovered from surgery performed by the top hip surgeon in Canada was 8 weeks. The cost to us: zero. Finally, when my mom died from cancer, all her treatment and the excellent palliative care she recieved also cost us nothing. By spreading the cost around to the entire population through a medical tax, the individual cost is much lighter. This also means that low income people can see a doctor on a regular basis which is more likely to catch serious problems early which is much cheaper than having to deal with illnesses discovered later. The shit vomited up by the COP/Baggers on health care is so wrong that one has to wonder if they're all on the take or just profoundly stupid.

Howdy Progressor, Been a while since we last tilted; therefore, on the offhand chance that you are serious, or semi, with reference to your comment clip: "I think I'm finding myself closing the circle on this blog, on blogging in general - maybe", I submit the following two articles from AlterNet for you perusal/comment.

http://www.alternet.org/story/156071/conservative_southern_values_revived%3A_how_a_brutal_strain_of_american_aristocrats_have_come_to_rule_america_?page=entire

http://www.alternet.org/story/156052/why_are_believers_willfully_ignorant_about_atheists?page=entire

SNAFU

So the Jews have nothing to do with the state of America and thus the world? At less than 3% of the population, how many are on the Supreme Court? How many Senators? How many billionaires?

Thank you. Just a bit of thought is all it takes. Mental Laziness of blaming Vlad and not thinking about what he says is your enemy - not me.

Yes, a Plutocracy. Please don't say Fascism - that's wrong and just insulting. If you want another "bad" word - Totalitarianism is also correct.

Why insulting? Because we are the ones who knew first, the ones who tried to warn yo - and got mocked and laughed to scorn. Did I mention ruined and imprisoned as well like Ezra Pound? Sorry, many of the great literary figures were not liberals and it is simply revisionism to say they were. Read a biography of T.S Elliot or Yeats.

So all war is bad, chuckles? Even the Revolutionary War that created lead to the formation of America? Enjoy the fireworks, dimwit.

We're all related? Yes, chimps are over 97% the same as People. Wolves are basically identical to dogs, but what a difference in behavior! You see, a very small difference in the genotype leads to a big difference at the level of the phenotype, or expression. In the case of dogs and wolves, the hormonal levels are different.

As for Blacks and Whites - the differences may even be greater. Not only are the hormones different, the size and shape of the brain. Some have said that we're more differen than Chimps and Bonobos are - in which case we could be considered a different species.

Races are families, chuck. If you had a baby with a Black woman, the baby wouldn't look like you or act like you since White genes are recessive relative to Black ones. You would be far closer to me genetically than to your own son or daughter. A hard truth? Yes, quite hard for those who fall into this without thinking about it first. Watching TV and going to programming (school) is not thinking btw.

Interesting fact: cross a White and a Autralian Aboriginee and the person will be far more like a White than a mulatto is. Although the Abos look just as alien as Blacks, in fact they are far closer to us genetically - and not close to Blacks at all. All peoples who left Africa are far more related than those who never left. Get a genetic diagram - Blacks are way out by themselves.

So much for your "ideas" - nothing but media and "school" vomit.

Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron... everywhere you turn it's Nora Ephron. Who gave shaktipat about Nora Ephron till she died. And what if YOU die and the world doesn't even yawn. Consider that.

I'm rooting for Andy Murray at Wimbledon. The Brits have suffered long enough.

Officials at CERN will finally be revealing their latest results in the search for the Higgs boson during a talk starting at midnight PT (3 a.m. ET) on July 4.

Physicists have been eagerly waiting for this announcement, with hopes running high that the new data will pin down Higgs boson with enough precision to consider it discovered. Previously, LHC results have strongly signaled the existence of a Higgs with a mass of 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV), or roughly 125 times more massive than the proton. More recently, rumors have been flying that suggest this talk will be the definitive announcement of the long-sought boson’s discovery.

Every physicist in the world — and likely thousands of interested laypeople — will be watching to see what CERN scientists announce. On his blog, physicist Tommaso Dorigo, who works with one of the main Higg-hunting experiments at the LHC, described the scene in the lecture hall the day before the talk:

“Analyzers are feverishly giving the last touches to the most important graphs, unfortunately exactly the ones that took the most time to put together. Conveners are busy producing text for the press conferences and interviews, and translating them to all known languages on Earth. Spokespersons are overburdened with the task of producing well-balanced talks which will be broadcasted worldwide and which will probably make history.”

Much of the talk will be presented in dense jargon, accessible only to particle physicists. If you need help unpacking it all, check out the physicists liveblogging the event, including Aidan Randle-Conde from Southern Methodist University and Sean Carroll from Caltech. Randle-Conde will also be giving a post-talk wrap-up with physicist Stephen Sekula.

Here is a link to the LHC webcam:

http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html

Am I off topic, well then I'm off topic, I am large...

Vlad,

I have consistently referred to this global corporate neoliberalism as Inverted Communism and not fascism.

Fascism is nationalistic in nature. It describes a system within the nation-state, that is the collusion of government with corporations with no rights to the people. However it embraces a strong nation.

This is internationalism to the detriment of the nation-state, including our own. Our leadership may be seeking global military and economic hegemony, but It is the opposite of creating a strong nation--this is the pathway to dismantle it. Eventually NATO may be running the military aspect of this entity.

I have often said these theorists read Trotsky and turned him inside-out for the desired outcome.
All the world's wealth in the hands of a few.

I'm not sure why you put inaccurate words in my mouth, but although I don't embrace fascism in any way, it is the opposite of my major complaint.

Gotta go now.

Whenever they have a bunch of cilantro at the farmer's market I buy it and make up a big batch of pesto. I freeze what I won't eat soon. I eat it regularly on salad or with chips. Cilantro is the best for chelating metals from the body. Be well.

Yeah stick-built houses in California!!
Bravo houses bolted to the foundations with metal!
Yeah water heaters strapped and bolted to wood in the garage!
Thumbs up to my husband who screwed giant eye bolts into the wall and discretely secured my china cupboard-- thus protecting the antique Rosenthal china inside.

Hurrah to building codes and those who enforce them!

And what if YOU die and the world doesn't even yawn. Consider that. -kQ

What's to consider? When you're dead, you're done.
Why? Does it frighten you?

Getting old is what its all about:

http://bit.ly/NGFYXV

They should be pushed? Really? And who's going to do that? Are you volunteering? And how do you intend to do it?

I'd be a little bit careful with this line of talk. If you so revile southerners ie your fellow countrymen - you might be better off emigrating.

The US had one go-round with a national breakup. Even if the north had been amenable to a divorce what about borders, what about other national assets, what about who gets ownership of the west? Do you think it would have been all roses with these issues being resolved with kindliness, fairness and goodwill? These things tend to get worked out in the shittiest way possible with a whole lot of people getting killed. We've seen a bunch of national splits. Nasty things they were.

"What's to consider? When you're dead, you're done."

Speak for yourself.

Just as fundamentalist Christians, etc, need to learn to speak for themselves, so do atheists.


Hopefully, when the time comes you'll lie still, but I won't be even close to done yet. ;-)

One life is not nearly sufficient. Particularly not such a limited life as this reality is usually.

The wood-frame houses in the .present. day are flimsy. They were still sturdy and well-built as recently as the 80s. I know for certain they were strong and could weather a lot in the 70s; because my parents had our house built then, and they were still using three quarter-inch plywood and various other methods for making a house 'tougher'.

Tark,
I get a little tired of pushing back on this nonsense....and btw, it only comes from people who aren't familiar with the industry.

There is a reason why we don't build houses the way they use to....they won't let us! In particular the era of the 1970's was one of the worst for housing construction and design, sort of like with cars.

You are right about some of the materials in the old days being better, at least in terms of resistance to water, but that's about it. Manufactured lumber is often stronger and better resists warping.

Houses built in the last decade are usually 2x6 construction, have better windows, are better insulated, better mechanical systems, deeper and stronger foundations, than anything built in the 1970s.
By the square foot they are cheaper to own, maintain, and more comfortable to live in.

The only down side has to do with some of the composite materials requiring a close eye to prevent water intrusion, that is the only possible reason to prefer a home built in the 1970s, and that isn't enough to make anyone knowledgable person choose the latter.

There are exceptions of course, home built poorly, for example. The only difference is the badly built homes from the 70s aren't here any longer.

I am large...
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you mean "huge" or "contain multitudes", large is poor usage.

They should be pushed? Really? And who's going to do that? Are you volunteering? And how do you intend to do it?

I'd be a little bit careful with this line of talk. If you so revile southerners ie your fellow countrymen - you might be better off emigrating.
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initially my comment was in reply to the idea that we were somehow keeping the south in the union against their will. I'm all for ya'll leaving if you want. I sure as hell am not keeping you here. Southern states are a drag on the rest of the country, check which states gets the most tax money back versus what they pay in. Southern congressmen certainly don't have anything against welfare when it comes to their states.

Believe me, if I were in my 20s again, I'd live the US behind me without a backward glance.

I don't really care to be familiar with the industry. I know what my surroundings were like and how comfortable and safe that house was.

Maybe preference in design is in the eye of the beholder. Houses then, and until a point in the 90s, didn't look like McHouse. If you want to talk purely architectural design, every house these days may as well be a clone of the other. They are mostly prefab houses in a sense. That wasn't so in the not so distant past.

Try driving thru a neighborhood and see if you can make your way by the style of house alone. You'll never be able to single one house out.

Why do you think that some southern states can be a drag on the economy. Think about it, Ms. Highpockets.


Are you honest enough?

My house was built in 1984. Our prior house was built in 1929, a so-called "Willow Glen Charmer."
When the 1989 earthquake hit, we lost the brick chimney and we ended up having to inject a special, really expensive goo into the cracks of the foundation (at $2K per crack). Thus ended my romance with old houses.

Are you honest enough?
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An agrarian economy for centuries, followed by a lack of emphasis and interest in education across the board. Add to that, a commitment to evangelical christianity which is determined to remain as backward as possible, and you have a prescription for long term malaise. That honest enough for you?

If it hadn't been for the Civil Rights Movement, it would be much worse, as no modern corporation would think of having its production facilities in the Jim Crow south.

My condo was built in the late '80's. Imported Mexican laborers, who apparently didn't know construction actually did the physical work. The developer used sheetrock as external sheathing under grade D clapboards. Over the years, building issues gradually lessened as re-construction replaced many of the poor materials and workmanship, but it was costly and time-consuming. Actually, our buildings are now much better constructed than the average in my area.

It's been my experience that quality of construction and materials began worsening in the mid to late 1960's until the recent past. In the Greater Boston area land is very expensive, and union salaries are very high, thus making it too expensive for quality materials, and necessary for construction to be completed in a rush.

In some areas, condominium unit owners have been hit with special assessments exceeding $100,000 each for repairs. In one newer condominium, the whole facade of the building loosened and began detaching itself from the main structure.

Yes, some good construction materials have come into existence recently, but the results are mixed because of poor application resulting from shoddy building practices.

If you were in your 20's today, you probably wouldn't be worldly enough to know you should leave. Hell, you wouldn't even know where Canada is on a map.

Dale, I want to be the first to congratulate you: the Higgs Boson "God" particle has been discovered. At last you have something to worship. Why not go on a pilgramage to Genevea - to the accelarator where it was discovered? Who needs Buddha and his no god now? Physics has disproven him!

My apologies. I inverted what you said. But you are wrong to say that the people in Fascist Nation have no rights - look at Japan, outwardly a democratic republic but inwardly something quite different. Of course there are bad Fascist States just like there are bad democracies... Actually all democracies are bad. Whu? Because they are invariably a lie. To the extent they are good, they are Republics.

America is in the process of transforming from a Republic to a pure Democracy - that is to say, a Tyranny. What kind? A Plutocracy to be exact. Read Plato for further clarification.

Wrong Dale. It's the Black Belt that holds them back the most. What's wrong with Agriculture? Everyplace can't be Southern California. Industry should be spread around more evenly.

The Japanese opened up factories in place like West Virginia - far away from Black areas. Smart people.

If you think about it, cannibalism could have very real, practical advantages. I mean, why bother with all the hassle of gardening and raising your own food when you can just kill and eat the bloke next door? In fact, unless you need the bloke's labor or need him to buy your stuff, then who needs him anyway? He's just a competitor. You might be better off just cooking him in a big pot and eating him? In many ways, it seems that society is becoming cannibalistic anyway. For example, the financial system is obviously cannibalistic. And the health care system appears cannibalistic. And in America we definately eat our young. So....?

"All of this province of New Spain and of those other provinces eat human flesh, which they have in greater esteem than any other food, so much so that many times they go to war and place themselves in peril only to kill some one to eat. They are commonly sodomites as I have said, and drink without moderation."
"Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan Mexico", pp. 79-80.

We've got a few houses in town built around 1640-1660, still standing and lived in, made from local lumber, hand made nails, and flagstone foundations. Many, many more from the 1700's. The house I grew up in c.1831, sturdy as hell. These 'stick' houses lasted pretty good, and are handsome as hell.

Some of these old places have been torn down in recent years, one to make way for a CVS Pharmacy, another to build a Package Store.

--WSP7

You're making me hungry, Pucker. How about coming over to my place tonight for supper?

Some cable channel had a July 4th Twilight Zone marathon, and one of the shows was the "To Serve Man" episode.

Yea Pucker, Soylent Green is people.

Recently watched 'The Road' based on Cormac McCarthy's novel by the same name. I don't know, cannibalism, one of the main themes thruout the film, didn't seem to appealing. Maybe its just me.

BTBill, that was one of the best episodes.

--WSP7

Yes, some good construction materials have come into existence recently, but the results are mixed because of poor application resulting from shoddy building practices.
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I will not deny that is often true, often true throughout the last 200 years as well.

If you were in your 20's today, you probably wouldn't be worldly enough to know you should leave. Hell, you wouldn't even know where Canada is on a map.
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Ha Ha. I was too concerned about getting laid in my 20's to be worldly, but I sure as hell knew where canada was.

Dale, I want to be the first to congratulate you: the Higgs Boson "God" particle has been discovered. At last you have something to worship.
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Ha! Vlad, unlike you I don't need anything to "worship".

If you think about it, cannibalism could have very real, practical advantages.
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Welcome Pucker, you're on my list for "goon from the moon" for July!

"To serve the people..."

With Mint Sauce...and a nice bottle of Chianti....


Leibowitz Society said:
Both political sides want a solution to solve health care, but the problem is that modern medicine is a product of excess material wealth and is going to vanish as we enter into collapse mode. Keep yourself healthy, don't overeat and depend on medicine to save you, and understand that lifespans are going to become more realistic again as we enter the new Dark Age.
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I think I'm the only other poster, except for you, who uses the term "Dark Age" to describe what's going to happen in upcoming years. I think language is important and it IS a "Dark Age" because ours in an age with self-congratulatory stupefaction and Roman excess all at once.

You're also absolutely correct about health care. It didn't exist in my youth. It was a byproduct of our opulence starting in the mid to late 1960s. In my youth, doctors and hospitals had to adjust their prices to the level that their patients could afford. Now, because we have become accustomed to employer-supplied insurance, the care providers and drug companies just figure that fat corporations, which now must be increasingly lean due to the bankruptcy of consumers, can still be gouged as if it's 1999.

For the average person in America right now, I think personal wellness practices must become a very high priority item. That includes leaving the table before you're stuffed, eating un- or minimally-processed foods, doing something with your free time besides TV watching and Internet surfing, and engaging in daily brisk walks or other sufficient but non-jarring exercise.

This creaking monster cannot go on much longer. It cannot be ALLOWED to go on. This idea that two aspirin in hospital should be $45 or that a doctor merely looking at your post-surgical chart while you're unconscious should allowed to assess a $300 fee MUST be prosecuted by the Justice Department.

The medical establishment knows it's a MONOPOLY and should be prosecuted as such. When you're very sick, what're you going to do ... have an ambulance shop you around at the front door of two or three emergency clinics? It's a freaking MONOPOLY. Time for the Justice Department to actually mete out what their name says they mete out.


E.


It's too early to say that CERN found a Higgs Boson. Yes, it's within the mass range expected of a Higgs but mass is merely one aspect of a particle. The good articles on the recent discovery of a mysterious heavy particle are careful to state that we're still many experiments away from proving that it's a Higgs Boson.

For example, I didn't see any statement about the SPIN of the massive particle. Remember that the particle, if it is a Higgs Boson, must have ZERO SPIN as this Boson is the only gauge boson hypothesized to be spinless unlike the other gauge bosons such as the W and Z particles.


E.

Unless you're an illegal and then they say, "bienvenidos amigo! Sanitaria gratuita para usted!". If you're an American they tell you to fuck off. We continue to allow this shit with these illegals so we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

E.,
Dark Age it shall be.
Ever read "A Canticle for Liebowitz"?
Before the Great Crumbling, Devolution and true onset of the new Dark Age, one can dig this:

http://archive.org/details/ACanticleForLiebowitz

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Just why was health care access tied to working for corporations and industries to begin with? A not-so-subtle form of indentured servitude if we think on it.

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Lastly, why all the concern about corporeal health for those who claim their consciousness lives on forever and ever, amen?
One would think they'd be nonchalant about shuffling off the mortal coil, as they'd get to getting their "reward" faster. Health of the flesh? Bah, who needs it when heb'ben awaits!
(By extension, Xtian so'jers should be the most dangerous/foolish in world, due to having no fear of death whatsoever.)

Self-deception.
In some locales, it's also a team sport.

There's a real touchstone of value for you.
Raze a extant piece of colonial history to make way for shoddily built boxes that dispense drugs and booze.
Perfect indicator of a cultural devolution. (Now, if we didn't have all those brown people hanging about, this never would've happened! Where did I put my jug of Gatorade?)

fitting that i m here this am bc i m sick- coughing, nose-faucet, puking, fever & chills...hope that s all...!!! i thought i would stick to this week's theme, and offer an anecdotal "natural" cure: several years ago, my mother's cat got mauled by a dog, and had a nasty gash on his head...she was fussing about it at work, and someone told her to pack plain old white sugar into the wound...ok, and with a few daily applications, it healed very fast (looked a couple of weeks old after just 4 or 5 days)...further, last year i had an ear infection that was literally killing me- high fever, super painful, and i could literally feel life ebbing...even tried ear candles, with little relief well, i remembered that damn cat, and in desperate inspiration, mixed some sugar with a little warmed almond oil (burt's bees) and packed it into my ear & went to sleep- when i woke up, my ear had stopped hurting almost entirely, and i was back up and healing the day after...the sugar and oil had crystallized and expanded almost like one of those firework snakes, and turned brown and yellow from absorbing the infection...total cost at an emergency room would have been enormous; my version cost maybe four cents worth of common household supplies...works like a charm, lemme tellya!

The DruidGuy checks Kunstler's new tome!:

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2012/07/wrong-kind-of-magic.html

(There is some understandable/expected "quibbling" over the specific term "magic", but that doesn't blunt the message, or denigrate the messenger.)

Charlie,
Hope it ain't the plague... Check for buboes!
(Seriously, get mo' better ASAP.)

Great tip on ear infections. (Know lots of people that suffer from that, and incorrectly throw mountains of antibiotics at it creating more resistant bugs as a result.) Thanks.

It's too early to say that CERN found a Higgs Boson.
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Not sure why but sources such as the NY Times and Wikipedia (quoting from other authoritative sources) do not capitalize the b in boson. They also do not give possession of the boson to Higgs by writing Higgs' or Higgs's.

I'm open for explanations.

Ramana as usual said it best: to the extent you are not experiencing non duality you MUSt worhip. So are you in non duality all the time "Dale"?

This is what happens when ultimate teachings get popularized - the Dales get ahold of them and use them to defend and aggrandize their own egos. There was a good reason the Upanishads were once kept secret.

Imagine if the utltimate reality of the Universe was a Dale particle; that Dale was everywhere - coexistent with time and space like Yog Sothoth.

Where are you going to pawn that diamond? Or are you going to launder it somehow? Well I've got Jews for you.

I identify with William Shatner in the Gremlin episode. No one will believe me and instead they think I'm crazy. But I must kill the Gremlin to save us all.

They do not capitalize boson because it is not a proper noun. Proton is not capitalized either or iether. Also there are many types of bosons. It would not be incorrect to capitalize boson as in Higgs Boson since it is then is a proper noun of a kind.

No possesive since no man can own a boson as opposed to say, a diamond.

Peter Higgs is the scientist that predicted the existence of such a particle. It's a Higgs boson the same way that a boson can also be a W or Z boson. Or a red boson or a green boson assuming they have colors.

Imagine if you had used blackstrap molasses as Paul Brag taught - you'd be able to hear what was being said in the White House.

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.

Ramana as usual said it best: to the extent you are not experiencing non duality you MUSt worhip. So are you in non duality all the time "Dale"?
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Ramana doesn't surf, and he sure as hell isn't a Buddhist.

I identify with William Shatner in the Gremlin episode. No one will believe me and instead they think I'm crazy. But I must kill the Gremlin to save us all.
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Other people DO see the gremlins Vlad, they're just on medication.

For a good read {and heed} of the LIBOR {lie-more} situation:

http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1341518400.php

It's a Higgs boson the same way that a boson can also be a W or Z boson.
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So what you are saying then is that Higgs is an adjective.

No possesive since no man can own a boson as opposed to say, a diamond.

What about Einstein's Theory of Relativity?

They do not capitalize boson because it is not a proper noun.

I am almost sorry I brought this up. If you google "proper noun" and read the first entry (from Wikipedia) you learn that "rules" concerning proper nouns are very complex and not totally carved in stone.

The Socialization Of America Is Economically Impossible

"I understand the dream of the common socialist. I was, after all, once a Democrat. I understand the disparity created in our society by corporatism (not capitalism, though some foolish socialists see them as exactly the same). I understand the drive and the desire to help other human beings, especially those in dire need, and the tendency to see government as the ultimate solution to all our problems. That said, let’s be honest; government is in the end just a tool used by one group or another to implement a particular methodology or set of principles. Unfortunately, what most socialists today don’t seem to understand is that no matter what strategies they devise, they will NEVER have control. And, those they wish to help will be led to suffer, because the establishment does not care about them, or you. The establishment does not think of what it can give, it thinks about what it can take. Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game which allows them to quarry the favor of the serfs, and nothing more.

There are other powers at work in this world; powers that have the ability to play both sides of the political spectrum. The money elite have been wielding the false left/right paradigm for centuries, and to great effect. Whether socialism or corporatism prevails, they are the final victors, and the game continues onward…

Knowing this fact, I find that my reactions to the entire Obamacare debate rather muddled. Really, I see the whole event as a kind of circus, a mirage, a distraction. Perhaps it is because I am first and foremost an economic analyst, and when looking at Obamacare and socialization in general, I see no tangibility. I see no threat beyond what we as Americans already face. Let me explain…"

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/889-the-socialization-of-america-is-economically-impossible

"If it hadn't been for the Civil Rights Movement, it would be much worse, as no modern corporation would think of having its production facilities in the Jim Crow south."

Modern Corps. would get down and kiss the ass, or anything else, of a redneck or the worst Klansman alive if it made them enough money. But, they knew they could make more cash by pretending to care as much as the professional grievance crusade cared about segregation.

Besides, the South was doing fine economically during that era. They weren't wealthy by any means but they also also weren't a drain. Birmingham alone contributed untold tons of iron ore, steel, coal, plus employment; it rivaled Pittsburgh in production. Atlanta was also at the forefront of the 'noble' cause and had a very large major corp. in Coca-Cola, even before they bent over. I bet they regret doing that now.

None of this fits your version of contributing to society because the South at one time actually made and produced real things and could stand on their own at that time; if they hadn't had a enormous burden of blacks that suck welfare only because they were born black, they would never have been made a scapegoat twice in only one centuries worth of time. Having the living shit beaten out of you in total warfare also doesn't help anybody to accrue wealth. Imagine, ordinary farmers, and small businesses, who may have never owned a slave in their lives victimized because they lived in the wrong place, wrong time.


Trust me, the South can grow most of it's own food, usually has better natural resources than the other regions of the country, that don't contain much more than hot-air, useless talking heads, and Ivory Tower queers, not to mention empty-headed kneejerk humps. California is the only state in 'Pacifica' that could feed it's own population with what it grows right there. But, due to all the progressive policies of the brilliant people that lead and live there; Cali. is flat broke and will be one of the first, or few, whole states to become really just a third-world bastion. It also wasn't long ago that NY was an enormous drain and burden on the federal government, until Ford, I think, told them to eat take their own debt and eat it.


So, what it comes down to is that the policies and self-righteousness of people just like you have had a negative impact on the South. Despite being the only territory in the U.S. ever to have been occupied, we have managed to grow and hold our own in a often hostile environment. You are only in the way. We don't need you, but we should be the ones to claim this nation because OUR core values follow the real spirit of the founding of this nation. No reason to secede and recede into the background.

"California is the only state in 'Pacifica' that could feed it's own population with what it grows right there." -T of Ark

Uh, without WATER pumped in from ELSEWHWERE feeding Kali-for-nia's teeming swarm would be a S.O.L. proposition. (You might want to take a tip as Da Proud and Noble Sout' gets hotter and drier. So should we all.)

As to the rest of your screed... comments are currently unavailable.

...What's an 'elsewhwere' anyhow?? I've developed a typing stutter!

Yeah....you appear to be a pretty typical specimen.

One small thing:
Go ahead; "you all" claim the nation. I can hardly wait to see how that turns out. Sure don't see why there would be any resistance to it. (I know Gott mit Uns is already engraved on your beltbuckles, so it should be a piece of cake, right?)

"As to the rest of your screed... comments are currently unavailable."

Please keep it that way.

Don't venture too far outside of your little enclave: virtually, physically, emotionally. There's only strength in great numbers-huddled together-with people like you and Dale.

But.

Hell, if either of you have a serious way to get the attention of someone who can actually help with a secession movement on the west coast,in Vermont, etc, I'll sign a petition, make phone calls, do plenty to help the cause.


The only thing that's too bad is that Vermont is a beautiful place and so are the Redwoods in California. Most of the residents don't deserve them.

As much as you appear to be the typical cunt that marries a doctor-daddy and then pretends to have a career.

which allows them to quarry the favor
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curry

But, as to your main thrust, I mostly agree.

Where the writer you quoted sees deliberate conspiracy to fleece the non-elite I see their motivations as honorable but incredibly naive.

This is interesting:

http://io9.com/5896162/these-vertical-forests-will-soon-dominate-milans-skyline

And the first comment is also interesting:

"I have a nagging feeling that 5-10 years after it's completion and the tenants moving in, it will be stripped of most, if not all built-in vegetation.

Trees grow up AND out. Trees in a city require maintenance.

Forgetting the leaves for the moment, trimming the branches of these trees is gonna be a bitch for the branches growing on the inside of the structure, and nearly impossible for those on the outside.
Baring chainsaw-equipped gardeners rappelling down the walls.
And it would still mean that branches would be falling down into the street. What is Italian for "TIMBER!"?"

Maybe F Scott Fitzgerald had it right:

" Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created — nothing."

"Yeah....you appear to be a pretty typical specimen."
-dale, labeling and stereotyping tark-

Wow, Dale.
This little comment to Tark sets records for unenlightenment!

Something about your love of South-bashing is making you forget all of your Buddhist learnin'.

Buck and F. Scott are right. You are trying to fit and individual (tark, me, whomever) to type.
You are also desperately fitting a whole REGION to type.

Most disappointing.

Your comment about cilantro is both misleading and dangerous. Cilantro is indeed a chelator. But the only metal it is able to chelate is mercury. Now, nowhere in Kunstler's post is there any mention of mercury. Kunstler plainly says that if he is in fact a victim of metal poisoning, the metals responsible are cobalt and/or chromium. Cilantro is not going to help him.

Moreover, if he were to take your carelessly given advice and dose himself with cilantro, not only would he leave his body-burden of cobalt/chromium undiminished, he might well end up scything away neuron nuclei and synaptic connections by the billion. This is a fancy way of saying that cilantro (under the right conditions) is highly adept at brain cell destruction.

What are the right conditions? The rightest one of all is to have mercury amalgams in your mouth. How do I know Kunstler has such? I don't. But you don't know that he doesn't.

Misleading and dangerous.

Hi Gang,
Yesterday was even better than Cinco de Mayo around here. It was an all out celebration of the great spirit of the Revolution that separated America from those tyrant British capitalists. Or was it?
Seem like mixing nationalist pride, alcohol, hotdogs, hamburgers and parades, then some gunpowder aerial explosions will solve all the problems.
And this was the 4th day of an epic heat wave to sweep the nation, with another 3 or 4 even more brutally hot and humid days to come, and then what happens: there is a meteorological collision with a cold front that causes massive discharges of precipitation and static electricity in the form of lightning, and powerful damaging winds.
But at least we got to eat some crap and hear about stars and stripes and bombs bursting in air and how we will kick the crap out of anyone who stands in our way. Hurray! Let's go home and eat and drink some more.
What bullshit. Same with the medical system and the new health care bill. On a recent visit to the doctor, now you need to fill out new forms, describing the same old forms that you already filled out a hundred times, and sign and initial each one. Be careful what you say, everything will be held against you by the insurance company.
Then the doc sees you after an hour wait, and he shows up with his laptop computer, which is directly linked into an insurance company database, and proceeds to diagnose via a menu, and prescribe meds from the approved list. This is not bullshit, we both laughed about it.
I fell much better now.
Thanks for the inspiration, and note a very good review of Jim's new book on the Archdruids blog.
I have a copy on order and look forward to a good session with a great book.

Can someone use Food Stamps to buy a giant bucket of greasy fried chicken and a sugary 42 oz. jug of soda pop and eat it on the sofa in front of the TV with curlers in their hair watching "Desperate Housewives" while the baby is crying with a wet diaper? Thanks.

Many years ago at a supermarket in poor black neighborhood in St. Louis, I saw an obese couple buy a 20 pound plastic bag full of pork ribs and a gallon jug of BBQ sauce (nothing else) with Food Stamps on the 4th of July.

In that same black neighborhood in St. Louis, I once saw a black kid try to bite into an orange like it was an apple. He didn't seem to know that one has to peel an orange.

Since I am still logged on I will reply to this.
When I was first married I had a child, and my wife stayed at home to raise him. I worked hard, we had no health insurance to pay for the ob/gyn and maternity care in the hospital stay. The system had some mercy on us and we were allowed to make payments over a few years to pay off our costs of birthing a child without insurance. It was tough back then, the first oil embargo and recession was actually tougher than these times.
I remember standing in a supermarket line to buy baby formula, having scraped together our last $5.00
(formula was cheaper back then). The person in front of me at the check out had a massive order that included junk food of every kind. I noticed that they were using food stamps, and felt betrayed by the system, and was very pissed off about that. It would have been nice to bring home a treat, a bag of chips and some ice cream to my long suffering and hard working stay at home wife. But I did not hate the person, just the system, which is not so just.

I know this young guy (handsome to women) who just received his LSAT scores. He did very, very well on the LSAT law school exam. But he is conflicted. He says that he's got a huge penis and has received a very lucrative offer to perform in some exotic movies in Los Angeles. He says that his career goal is to go to law school, and then go into politics and run for political office. But he doesn't want to give up the chance to make some big, quick money in the exotic movie business. Any advice for this young man? Thanks.

Some years back I was leaving my art studio near the industrial part of town.
I was hemmed in by cars, a wall and a lil homeless guy with a spanish accent. I assume he was drunk or crazy or both.
He went on and on with one statement:
I LOVE AMERICA, I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.
I was his captive audience.

Far as Trees in the City goes, this city may have to spend millions to replace the Ficus trees, that above ground and below have gone crazy.
As a neighbor said 'you cant kill a Ficus'.

The Black political leadership in the U.S. is corrupt. The so-called "progressive" whites don't seem to understand that when they support corrupt black politicians that they're hurting blacks.

See threads at Modelmayhem.com about 'porn scams' and especially 'vivid video scams' etc.

Theyll promise females anything to get em onto the turnip truck and to el-lay.

The contracts are said to be full of 'if you are 5 minutes late' etc.

That he, as a guy [with smarts?] thinks hes gonna make big bux in porn is a hoot. A fu## hoot.
However who knows, anything is possible.

I know a few young folks that went the adult route, most regret it,as, 'a porno is forever'.

Yes, its true.
Back in the 1950s what did a baby's delivery cost? 100$?
Now?

A friend who 'studies scams' says now there's an EBT card for non food, non emergency items. I dunno.

Obamas for open borders.
What could hurt Blacks more than that?

[New movie called "Castaway II".

Act I, Scene One: Brother and sister are lost on an island in the South Pacific. It's been over a year since their plane crashed into the sea. The girl is pregnant.]

"Hell, if either of you have a serious way to get the attention of someone who can actually help with a secession movement on the west coast,in Vermont, etc, I'll sign a petition, make phone calls, do plenty to help the cause." -Tark

That's how you think "serious" people go about such things?
Really?
How such changes come about is not discussed on BLOGS, or in front of cheaply-bought operatives! Jeeeeeezis! I'm not sure you're a "serious" person.

There are EBT food cards and EBT cash cards. The cash cards are for people on welfare. No more checks; it's all done electronically now.

Mike

Thanks Mike!
Now what about that [supposed] gum'mint health thingie, written by the insurance companies? Do we need to get a bar-code tattoo or just an implanted chip to get with the program? Will "nonpersons" be allowed participation?
(Dr. P., jump in here at any appropriate [or otherwise] moment.)

"Will "nonpersons" be allowed participation?"

[Scene from the new movie "Castaway III".

Three young persons are lost on an island in the South Pacific. Two "natural persons" who are brother and sister, and a non-natural person, a BVI corporation whose shareholder is anonymous. It's been over a year since their plane went down. The girl has been knocked up by the BVI corporation.]

I'm intending to stay as far away as I can from Obamacare. Haven't seen a doctor in over 30 years anyway...

Mike

Thank you, Dr. P!
Now we gots somethin' sale-able. A Kunstlerian premise with a Clusterfuckian twist; I see dolllllar signs bay-beeeee; big ones! And who cares about your health when you got the dough-re-mi?

You are trying to fit and individual (tark, me, whomever) to type.
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He typed himself, I just pointed it out.

Hey SNAFU -
Yeah, as regards stopping my blogging habit -
Somebody posted something last week about "blogging bots?" and how they will soon track issues and develop their own personalities - and CFN may already have a couple of those things in training. So the whole thing begins to seem pointless.

In two years, I have learned a lot from CFN. A lot of what I have learned has not been good - not for my original worldview, and not for the survival of the US, and perhaps of humanity. And I am still shaken by Beantown Bill's unretracted "to the death" defense of the violent threats of an admitted racist - because they claim to share a Religion, even though both are "atheists."

But I digress. Atheism is on my mind because I read your atheism link. That link doesn't plow a whole lot of new unplowed ground for me or you, IMO, SNAFU. I have no quarrel with "atheists," whatsoever. I have a quarrel with "Atheists," and I have explained the difference in those two "a" vs "A" terms many times.

Ozone is an "atheist." I think he and I would get along just fine, if the need arose.

You and Turkle are "Atheists." I think (know?) you two really want to convert me to your version of proselytizing Atheism. This might make getting along problematic, were we to need to have dealings in the real world.

As regards your link written in the glorious praise of "South-Bashing," - - -

I'm out of time right now.

James, sorry to hear about your hip. The reporting system on implanted devices is not real organized, and everytime a serious doctor or hospital tries the lobby arm of the device maker and medical insurance go at it. For profit medicine not does work. BUT be careful of quick cures from the right and left wing. Quackwatch.com does help you guide through the claims and it is an independent group that is attacked by corporate, left, and right wing groups trying to score a quick buck on medical issues. Also walking up to ten miles a day to get ready for our decompression of our society and noticed that the cheap made in china sneakers from discount box stores do not hold up, nit even socks. Be prepared think of your feet care in the future.

My mom saved the bill when I was born in 1958. The hospital bill totalled $105., which included her staying five days.

I just received my "Too Much Magic" book from Amazon!

Some of you will like this:
"Mother Nature is real. Consciousness is real. Seeds are real. But much of what humanity has so far created is paper-thin and temporary. It can all cease to exist in the blink of a cosmic eye. There is nothing humanity has yet done that contributes anything notable to the universe. We are but specks of irrelevant dust against a backdrop of a beautifully woven tapestry of life, energy and consciousness. If the universe is keeping score of lasting achievement, human civilization has still not risen above zero."
http://www.naturalnews.com/036355_natural_disaster_power_grid_preparedness.html

Einstein cam up with that theory. No one came up with a boson per se. I know the complexity, but I didn't know if you did.

And then there is British English - which is what foreigners want to learn. Different again in spelling and custom.

Obama hates dictionaries. To him, they are unreal. Reality to him is being able to have words mean whatever you want them to mean.

The Bible says that without the Mark of the Beast you will not be allowed to buy or sell.

Oh how I just do not care any longer if I live down to a stereotype or up to one. I'll say what I think and in the way I feel it. If you want to me to accept the redneck characterization, I'll gladly do so.

I do have a degree of Redneck in my personality. I can accept it and even like it these days.

On one of those job websites, I posted an ad seeking someone to do a commercial website. Some bloke in India replied that he'd do it for US$100. Can you believe it?!

He must be living on the street or something?

Man those Indians sure are cheap! Much cheaper than the Chinese!

A bloke could have his website done in India and still have enough money left over for 5 or 6 blow jobs!

Y'r 'news' is 8? years old.

Is it Morgan Stanley or Goldman that makes 1/2 billion a year on?
Or is it more $ than that?

20$ a day in a Hospital! Free delivery..
yet peeps say there were no 'GOOD OLD DAYS'.

FB June 30th, 2012:
"It's quite insulting actually, when that 'man' has no need or desire for the "symptom

treatment" methods of the knife/needle butchers and their toxic witches brew concoctions, and

also when that 'man' can afford to pay his way if ever an emergency warranted...

I always laugh when they talk about the taxpayer (corporate) costs associated with

non-insured folks getting "free" care from emergency rooms - that is total and utter fallacy.

Those folks are ALWAYS billed, often at 3-5x the going rate, and then the collection agency

hounds are sent after them for non-payment. Sure, the street people/homeless are never going

to pay - but a mandate sure ain't gunna fix that!!!"

TAX or PENALTY? Haha, wake the F* up, you worthless mouth spammers. Keep us busy, MSM - you

show how fucking stupid you all are, with your continuous inane arguments (it's a *tax* AND a *penalty*).

LOL @ soaker and his 24 hour *DIATRIBE* (because he is still *POASTING* under all his various

SOCK PUPPETS).

Poor Zoner, *LOOZIN' IT~!* 2 years 'til solar *MAX*!!!

Next week, 100'F *C2C*!!! Hahaha, 110/120/130'F in a *LOT* of "places"... Hope that *AC*

still "werkz." WTF are they calling those *HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL TORNADOES*, "again"?!?

Oh yeah, I *membaz* - "Straight down the 'drain'..."

Thx format *ASSFUKZ*

Left out *atmospheric thinning* - Ooops!!!


O3,

Indentured servitude is correct. Lull people to sleep about their health care which gives a subtle incentive to engage in very unhealthful living habits and then, just when people are at their weakest financially and physically, yank the rug out from under them.

I think the end result of Obamacare will be similar to what you now see with people with very weak (cheap) health plans i.e., 90% of the total pool of doctors (maybe 100% in some locales) will refuse to treat people with the plan. The mere possession of insurance does not mean all doctors, clinics, and hospitals accept that insurer.

Ironically, health care in the USA was MUCH better when we didn't have any insurance at all. Doctors made HOUSE CALLS for God's sake!!! Prices were at MARKET levels. People who got catastrophic illnesses (e.g. cancer) gave surgery or radiation one shot and if it failed they checked out. Now, the medical establishment preys on people who want to give it FOUR tries and use up 2 or 3 million bucks to live maybe an extra six months in a devastated condition.

The healthcare system now might be characterized as fake sympathy and fake humanity.


E.


                                   

P2C,
That's a nice sharp pin to the balloon of human hubris. Good perspective for me to keep in mind, thanks.
I see evidence of this every day as nature inexorably reclaims its' territory that I thought I had wrested from it. It really doesn't take long either!

Ps. But you knew that already; living with the woods as we do.

E.,
Overheard something to this effect (insurance "acceptability") that I wasn't supposed to hear from two doctors conferring together. It's such a fight for them to get paid at all from some insurers that they'd rather not have patients with certain "coverage". Pretty well clusterfucked and probably why health providers are known as health deniers.

"Poor Zoner, *LOOZIN' IT~!* 2 years 'til solar *MAX*!!!" -Ix

What? What? Wha'di'say?
Oh yeah... well if The Nature in all its' uncaring majesty should swat me like a gnat, ain't much I can do about it! ;o)
Can't lose it too much about that, so I'm looking toward this coming winter with great "interest". (I'm much more trepedatious about persons than anything else.)

Chris Hedges speaks of betrayal and resistance. Does this also point to the Wizard-of-Oz-like healthcare promise? Why sure it does.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/time_to_get_crazy_20120702/


As Being There points out time and time again, it's all about wealth and power/control concentrated in the hands of the very few. One way or another, there's going to be a reckoning for the world-shattering path we've so easily been led down.

This jaunty little number could be prophetic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj1tz_ePHv8

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As we age and have to deal with THE SYSTEM through our elderly parents or our own health, one comes to realize that the mess we have here is self created. It started with insurance companies. In the early 60's the doctors came to our homes for $25 and was able to see the entire family at one time. There was NO insurance. No I am not living in the twilight zone. I lived in Brooklyn NY at that time when I was a child. However, with the advent of insurance (the first I remember is Car Insurance), then health insurance chimed in. Sure, they saw BIG MONEY milking the BABY BOOMERS. Great ride. Its still going on. We were too young to do know how this would turn out. But since Greed and selfishness has now taken over, we are all doomed. the answer: STAY HEALTHY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE AND THEN JUST DROP DEAD. Only go into a hospital to fix somethng you KNOW about ie. broken bone, diseased organ etc. Tests will kill you if they can't find the answer quickly. The Government and medical establishment is getting ready for the death of this baby boom geneation with great anticipation of mega bucks being made at our expense of course. After we are all dead, most probably the small generations taking over will change things back to normal. But we are going to be F##KED right up to our mortal ends.

That big pecker he's got is probably inside his skull fucking his brain. That is if he's seriously considering this movie offer. For the rest of his life he's going to be like Don Draper in MadMen trying to run away from his little secret.

What could hurt blacks more than that? Offshoring jobs by the millions at the same time.

Hear about the guy who loved chimps and was almost killed by them two weeks ago? People used to think that the Great Apes were murderous brutes. Then Jane Goodall told us they were gentle giants, noble and full of love. Now we have come full circle and even Jane knows that the earlier point of view was closer to the Truth.

Likewise with the Blacks. We used to think they were primitive brutes, incapable of being civilized for the most part. Then we went crazy and glorified them - giving them the love and status that should have been kept for ourselves. Now we're begining to come full circle and see that the older point of view was much closer to the Truth. Sure there a few Blacks who can think and achieve. But rather than being just another yuppie, they should stay in their own Communities, States, Nations, and Continent - and be the Leaders there.

The average person (like Dale) is a mixture of love and hate. So when they stop hating the outsider and loving their own, where does the hatred go? It goes towards their own people - or as with Dale and Ozone - towards those "other" Whites, those bad ones.

Xenophillia is a disease. Xenophobia is normal if not exteme - and it tends only to become extreme when people are threatened by outsiders. If there are no Blacks aroud, people wont hate Blacks. If there are no Gypsies, no hatred of Gypsies, etc.
Studies show the least racist Whites in America are those in the Whitest states. They are told by the TV how great Blacks are and they Believe. It's only when they experience Blacks do they begin to hate them. So in this case, prejudice is positive and is destroyed by negative experience -the opposite of what the lying media teaches.

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Born in 1958, myself as well - here's to the Year of the Dog, Jen!

Your fellow dog, Mike.

I just had to prove to my HR department that I'm a US citizen, on a form from the Dept of Homeland Security. WTF? I wonder how many terrorists they catch with this sweep. I feel so much safer now...

Oh yeah, I love the moron who comments pretending to know the mind of "the OWS movement". Assclown.

Money is the mark of the beast, and I know you have it on yourself right this minute, hellbound one.

They came back for watermemlon later. You mist it.

offtopic Bub....

didya read about non talent Chris Rocks 'White Peoples Day' tweet?

I watched the Oscars once, at a friends, once was enough. Chris was the MC, the singer was Josh Groban, once was enough!

'prejudice is positive and is destroyed by negative experience'.
You meant wariness/ P word / dislike of 'other' is INCREASED by negative experiences with 'out group', not decreased.
There is a reason stereotypes exist, why is that?

If there are no Blacks aroud, people wont hate Blacks. If there are no Gypsies, no hatred of Gypsies, etc.
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Vlad, I think studies actually show that, the more you hate the more it grows. It's not surprising that many people tend to feel more comfortable with people more like them. (based on any number of factors). But....the more you hate....the more you hate.

By "any number of factors" I mean things like, education, background, sense of humor, political ideals etc. Any one of those is more important to me than race in breeding familiarity. We had an East Indian man and wife over for the 4th, I felt much more in common with him than I do with most so-called "whites". He had a great sense of humor, and could talk about something more than his possessions.

I don't know what's in the air today, but I'm about to blow a fuse. I went to the gym and gave my heart and real workout thinking that would cure my problem, but it didn't help at all.

My son attended orientation at San Jose State University. (Last year he went to school in Boulder, Colorado, ugh.) He's all excited and he listening to all the advice to succeed--plus, he is paying for half of his tuition. They tell the incoming students, "Don't think that getting a degree means that you'll able to get a job."

I really feel that the situation is going to get worse at a quicker pace.

Jen

PS Christine Lagard announced that the gloom will get gloomier. Whenever I see her face, I want to lecture her on the benefits of sunscreen and wearing hats outside.

No, pre-judice or pre-judgement or judgement before experience can be either positive or negatve. Blacks are lauded by the media to the skies. Because of this, every year European tourists traipse right into the ghetto like lambs to the slaughter. The lucky ones merely get mocked or robbed.

Whites from all White states are often prejudced in favor of Blacks also - since they lack all real experience with them.

Have you told him? Are you paying for this? If so, stop. Give him some garden tools and tell him to dig for his dinner.

One Theravadan Master remarked that a man deprived of everything but a loin cloth and an axe could still make his way in the world back to prosperity.

Yes, yuppie bureacrats like you feel more for their opposite numbers in other countries than you do for your own People. You are a Traitor.

And btw, show me anywhere in the Dharma where such abberant attitudes are endorsed.

And furthermore, are you by any chance assuming that the Indian was in the same "head space" as you? You do, don't you? What's your proof? That he was smiling? Dale he may have liked you, he might even be willing to be your friend, but he's not going to betray his people for you just because you are. He's normal.

You have alot of hatred. But as a Xenophiliac, you turn it towards your own People - and then you consider it a virtue! Everything you consider culture is tainted by this and also your every interaction with other people.

No I mist it. He can be funny and he is willing to make jokes about Blacks. But he is still a racist and attacked a journalist a few weeks ago.

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Money is the mark of the beast? And I have it on me? Like in my wallet you mean?

Stick to the comic books, kid. The Scriptures are out of your league.

He has a couple of jobs already. When he delivers pizza he can make around $16/hour, minus the cost of the gas he buys. He also works for Subway, waving a sign for two hours every day.

I feel it's important to get an education even if it doesn't lead to a job. But God knows I've spent my life making sure my kids are exposed to the arts and nature.

Yowza! But don't eat it with anything else. Eat it alone or leave it alone, nigga.

All Whites have a desire to make fun of Blacks. We must bring back the blackface of the minstrel show and vaudeville. It's only fair: Blacks make fun or us constantly. And if they want to do Whiteface, bring it on.

Has anything changed?
I got a degree in 1978, in a science, from a University.In the 70s its seemed 'everyone' wanted to be an MD, as a steady job and lotsa $.

The 00s-10s are the 60s-70s. History repeating, BUT MUCH WORSE.

What is yr son studying? And why?
Do you know his IQ? SATs?
What was UC/Boulder like?

Maybe Yuri can hire him...
I read once, long ago, in a Biz Mag, that Subway
sandwich was the worst of 400 franchises they studied [for a franchisee]. The founder is a cheap billionaire who has/had an ordinary condo in Fla..

Unlike Yuri:
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gee after paying 100,000,000 for it!

What was wrong with school in Boulder, Colorado?
Was he getting into drugs there?

Asoka has been gone for a few days now, no doubt blissed out on no-mind meditation, or so he would have us all believe.

What hath Iona wrought?

http://usawatchdog.com/one-on-one-with-gerald-celente/

This is a great interview with Gerald Celente. Enjoy!

Why is it that when aliens from outerspace visit Earth that they never wear any clothes?

Is Earth some kind of sex tourist destination for them?

Maybe this would explain all those stories about people getting abducted and probed by aliens?

"One Theravadan Master remarked that a man deprived of everything but a loin cloth and an axe could still make his way in the world back to prosperity."

A druid could do it with just an axe-head.

[Act 1; Scene One: Two guys meet at a real estate agents conference in California. Both blokes discover that their wives are both named "Page"]

One bloke says to the other: "I don't think that we're on the same Page."

Iona you've done this blog a favor! If Asoka could limit himself a bit and not post 20 times a day, he'd generate a lot more goodwill.

As for the my son's trials and tribulations in Boulder: The main reason it was a fiasco was because he has always had anxiety issues, and it was foolishness to send him 1,700 miles away.

Yes, he self-medicated with pot, and got caught once--a slap on the wrist and a $100 fine. But that wasn't the main issue. He was at Naropa University, which is adjacent to CU. He'd always been fascinated with Chogyam Trungpa and Naropa has a good psychology program that interested him. (Plus I had taken some excellent graduate level courses (online) and found the teaching to have a lot of depth.

The main issue was that one of his roomates at the Naropa dorm (which was more like apartments--you had to cook your own food) ended up finding a heroin dealer--who ended up living in their apartment. My son would come home from classes and find his roomate barely breathing and refusing help--this made his anxiety levels rocket. Also, the living quarters had all the charm of a crack house, with blood residue and icky spots of heroin by the bathroom sink. Under stress, my son's anxiety morphs into OCD, so you can imagine his fear of germs in that place. Also, the heroin dealer was eating all his food. Mind you, he could only buy a limited amount of food because his skateboard was the only means of transportation.

Sadly, he started having full-blown panic attacks. So I flew to Boulder and moved him into a lovely, furnished, immaculate studio apartment in Boulder's historical district. He kept up his grades, but his anxiety issues had spiraled out of control.

Thus on my birthday last year, I ended up flying out to Colorado, renting a car and driving the 1,700 miles back to San Jose with him and all his stuff. He was able to file a medical withdrawal and we got a pro-rated part of his tuition back($13,000 a semester, yikes).

Too much information, I know. But it hasn't been an good year for me.

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A great victory in Minnesota: the University has pulled out of the write on White People's Faces campaign. Apparently some Alumni are objecting...

The Enemy went to far and countless Whites have been awakened to the hatred against them. Another defeat for Tim Wise. Hopefully we can get this creep exposed for what he is.

http://www.amren.com/news/2012/07/umd-drops-support-for-controversial-anti-racism-campaign/

Get him some rational emotive therapy where they ask "What is the worst that can happen" and then accept it. Also the engineering aspect: teach him to work with the breath. Have him breathe into his heart and NOT into the solar plexus chakra which where fear is manifested. A bit of rapid breathing under His control could help in the midst of the crisis.

All that being said, it sounds like he tried to do too much too soon. Someplace closer would be better.


SJM said:
Iona you've done this blog a favor! If Asoka could limit himself a bit and not post 20 times a day, he'd generate a lot more goodwill.
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Gee, I've only said this about ten times to the chagrin of the BeantownBills on the site and their sympathizers. Asoka feels that he has to weigh in on every opinion about everything, all day, every day. In the language of the very Buddhism he professes to know and love, he has the delusions of the ASURA REALM i.e., in some sense he feels that he is an "axis" that the CFN "universe" rotates around.

Most of us herein have opinions about lots of things but most of us don't have the hubris to believe that other people should have to wade through thousands of lines of our b.s. to get to the sage words of quieter, more circumspect, less bloviating souls.

Sometimes, I actually AGREE with some of Asoka's content like the idea that Jill Stein, warts and all, might be the only candidate that's not just part of our fake two-party machine. However, every damned time I log in here, it seems as though I'm either scrolling past Asoka's posts or the replies to his posts to find small morsels from wonderful folks like you or Being There.

Thanks for chiming in, SJM, and thanks also to Iona for calling attention to this phenomenon which has gone a long way toward making this a dull place. Peace.


E.

I don't know what's in the air today, but I'm about to blow a fuse...They tell the incoming students, "Don't think that getting a degree means that you'll able to get a job."

I suppose there's worse things besides telling kids the truth of the matter.

Your son is lucky to have such a caring and devoted mother.

Nonsense, it should have stayed!
To serve as a warning to all of 'the 1984' ahead of us.

As far as yr 'War with Dale' goes, I dont think Dale will or can identify with Euro Culture or whites, which is fine.
Once in Utne Reader, someone wrote that they hated
Ithaca [Cornell] where whites would
'Walk past a crack house to go to a Tibet Benefit'!!

Another reason for 'Unfair' staying is for the sake of 'free speech'. Not that Billboards are 'free'.


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That includes developing the homegrown biofuels that save Americans money at the gas station and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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Now this is probably the only thing I've read here that makes a lick of sense at all. First, let me express how truly, deeply, and sincerely WASTED I am. I really mean that.

It would appear that even in the realm of STEALIN' Mofos, competition is reaching a dangerous, if not DEADLY new reality. Fact is, we're runnin' out of shit to steal. Me and The Crew need to step up. I can't believe I have to think about this shit. Tequila!

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved billions of dollars Friday in construction financing for the initial segment of the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The move marked a major political victory for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. Both have promoted bullet trains as job generators and clean transportation alternatives.

Pucker,

A year ago I discussed receiving a phone call from an Indian business who asked me for my extra work in retouching. Even if I have too much on my plate, I don't give my work away and/or as I told him I know other American retouchers who would appreciate the work.

Yes--they can do what I do cheaply and indeed, many of the places I work for send bulk images to have paths made--something I would have done happily as part of my job (takes time too).

Last week I joined a retouching group blog and told this story and people are still weighing in on it. The discussion group looks more like this blog!!

Many more retouchers in the US would be working busily if it weren't for the penny pinchers who used to pay to do business.

Employers used to respect that the outside contractor pays for their own health insurance, but now the premiums keep going up and our hourlies keep going down.

As one retoucher said this used to be a great way to make a living....This is why every time a job in my field is posted hundreds respond. We're all good, so weighing through the resumes is a nightmare!

I'm happy to be working onsite somewhere for several weeks.... (that's what we all say)

Might I add the usual issue here which is that free trade with no regulation puts the disadvantage on the former Industrialized nations whose infrastructure and standard of living is too high to compete with those nations who those monthly costs.

Without barriers to entry we don't stand a chance. But our CEO's wouldn't have this any other way. They even make money on the currency exchanges and the great tax breaks.

Take a good look at TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership. You won't believe this trade deal. Craig Paul Roberts has an excellent essay on it.

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Good idea! Swap that food for fuel in a time of drought; makes sense to me.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/drought-threatens-us-food-prices/2012/06/27/gJQAzNZd7V_story.html

Food or fuel? Hmmm, I'd rather drive than eat.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-21/use-of-corn-for-fuel-in-u-s-is-increasing-prices-globally-fao-chief-says.html

(With ads from Chevron and Dow alongside, what's not to trust? ;o)

2012 was going to be a record year for corn yield and meteorologists were predicting "normal" weather.
Wishful thinking cannot turn desert to meadow, sorry.

http://farmfutures.com/blogs.aspx?fcb=20&fcbp=3405&fcbpc=0&s=6/06/2012&e=8/06/2012

But we stashed plenty of food to tide us all over in case of such an occurrence like the LDS crowd has, right? [crickets] Ummm, right?
Is this the beginning of the end of all we've known?
Attention must be paid, but don't worry, stocks are up....

BT,
Excellent article on TPP, and Dr. Roberts has slipped his chain in the July 4th hot-air-speechifying screed! Yikes, no punches pulled there.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

(Tell us how you REALLY feel, PCR.)

Wow.
I do hope he appreciates you and finds an effective way to cope that doesn't involve too much chemical intervention. (Sure, it can be a good transitional tool, but long term, I'm not too sure of its efficacy [or future availability, for that matter].)
Best of luck.

Yup O.
That was a great article but read the one underneath!

Done and done! :o)

Chogyam Trungpa? Naropa Institute? SJ Mom, no disrespect intended, you sound like a lovely woman, but $13,000 per semester to study that Bullshit? I'd assert your boy might be better off at a local vocational community college learning how to weld pipe, turn a lathe or smith a muzzleloader. It would be a lot cheaper, and at least he'd know how to do something practical and useful when he got out of there.

With the dual distractions this summer of the Olympics in London and the Presidential Campaigns here, don't expect to hear much from the media about the issues we discuss on this site.

--
wsp7

Yeah, gloom.

Getting the European Central Bank to take on bank supervision won't be an easy thing given that there are about 17 countries that have to agree on how this beast is going to be set up, which banks it supervises etc.

They say that smaller banks will remain under the control of national regulators. So what do they mean by "smaller" given that it was "smaller" financial institutions that caused so much trouble in Spain.

And how effective are these national regulators given that in the mix are monumentally corrupt countries like Italy where black is white, white is black, nothing is on the level, where the mafia and their mainland counterparts infest and subvert everything.

And how happy will the people in these 17 countries be to hand off authority to far off Frankfurt? It may not be far off in geographic terms but in cultural terms it may as well be on the other side of the moon to the folks in Seville and Palermo.

This will be a huge task that realistically will take years rather than months or weeks to accomplish. And they don't have years to mess around. They have their asses in frying pans right now.

Somehow the French seem to have a respectable average lifespans given that they smoke like chimneys, drink like fish, eat huge amounts of fatty foods. At least the ones that I know. Probably the alcohol acts as a preservative/disinfectant. Maybe we should all drink more wine.

correction : "lifespans" should be "lifespan"

Marlin, when I spoke to a Trungpa devotee about Ts misdeeds, it was brushed off as 'Muck-racking'.
26,000$ a year for 'school' + living expenses.
You could buy a farmette or raw land for that much $.
If he wants to study Buddhism, send him to Asia.

trungpas 'deeds' are all over the internet.

This is from the link:

'If anything, the TPP reduces the scope of global government by exempting corporations from government control.'

HUH???? Corporations = Global Government.

ASoak, what is it about West Coasters, sucked in to those bullshit Eastern Religion cults all the time? Can't they spot a scam when they see one?

--WSP7

My son's spiritual aspirations have been put on the back burner. He said to me that Naropa teaches undergrads NOT to care about money. Now that he has worked at minimum wage+tips since November, he knows that if he buys a $60 ticket to a concert that equals almost 8 hours of work. Good lesson.

He's thinking of majoring in biology at SJSU--he always enjoyed his HS science classes.

Anti Soak, Poet Gary Snyder actually lived with the Japs in the 50's to become a Buddhist. Snyder was the real deal.

God Speed to your son, SJMom.

All those Hindu and Buddhist cult f---ers tell you dont care about money; at the same time they're shaking down the clueless and gullible for every dime they can get.

--WSP7

Yes, yuppie bureacrats like you feel more for their opposite numbers in other countries than you do for your own People.
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Thanks anyway Vlad, think I'll determine for myself who my "own people" are.

And btw, show me anywhere in the Dharma where such abberant attitudes are endorsed.
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ideally, the concept of bodhichitta, is to feel compassion, and loving kindness for all, with equanimity. By that definition, I guess yours would be the "aberrant attitude", since your "ideal" is to only feel that closeness to those whom you think are "your people"....don't you think?

Once in Utne Reader, someone wrote that they hated
Ithaca [Cornell] where whites would
'Walk past a crack house to go to a Tibet Benefit'!!
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You would have them stop and buy some crack on the way?

I'd assert your boy might be better off at a local vocational community college learning how to weld pipe, turn a lathe or smith a muzzleloader.
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I'm not sure who would make a worse therapist, you or Vlad. Just what a guy with emotional problems needs, time alone with a muzzleloader. "Goon from the Moon" material here.

All those Hindu and Buddhist cult f---ers tell you dont care about money; at the same time they're shaking down the clueless and gullible for every dime they can get.
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Just like all those Money Cult Fuckers, constantly worried about someone shaking them down for the little money they usually have.

An anxiety problem is a bear; it can rule (or ruin) your life. The problem can be caused by either a chemical imbalance or a psychological disorder, as you probably know. Just as you know that while anti-anxiety medication can resolve the symptoms, they can't cure the issue. There are many psychologists/psychiatrists that deal with this disorder, which is curable. Anxiety disorders are nothing to be ashamed of. Nobody should have to go through life with this condition.

Concerning college, let me tell you a little story. Years ago my daughter, who was always told she had to go to college, was enrolled in a 2-year junior college where she would get an associates degree, then attend a regular 4 year college for her 3rd and 4th years and get a bachelor's degree.

Six weeks before graduation from the junior college, she told me wanted to drop out and get a job (in those days getting a job was no big deal). I could have hit the roof, but I decided to play it cool. I told her that she didn't have to go for a four year degree, I was ok with it and give her my blessings, but only on the condition that since she had already finished 3.5 out of 4 semesters, that she finish up and get her A.A. Degree, and then she could go out and get a job. As a kicker, I told her I'd deal with her mother about this, because she was terrified about what her mother was going to say.

End result, she graduated, got a job, and soon found out she wouldn't get anywhere with a 2-year business degree. Almost a year later, she came to us saying she was quitting her job and getting her B.A. She later got her M.B.A. and has been doing very well helping run my business.

Not forcing her to continue college was the smartest thing I ever did. While getting a college degree is nice, it definitely isn't mandatory in this world. Marlin was correct, learning a practical skill is very important, IMO.

'He said to me that Naropa teaches undergrads NOT to care about money'
Oh Yes! Such Crazy Wisdom!!!
CHARGE THEM 26,000 $ A YEAR FOR CLASSES AND TELL THEM 'NOT TO CARE ABOUT MONEY, UNLIKE MAHA SIDDA DRUNKEN TRUNGPA, who cared about wealth, money, power and dumb white chicks a great deal

A long time Nygma Buddhist woman went so far as to say that 'Trungpa married a 16 year old, at some point she was 'shut up' by buying her a horse ranch [in Canada?] and she was exiled.

Remember they didnt care about money [cough].

well, who are they?

I read that they had low cancer rates, until they started Pasteurizing zee Milk.
I do not know how much truth is in that study.
Often they stay lean, eat homecooked meals [an increasing rarity here] and manage stress.

And JHK might say 'they walk because they live in walkable cities and towns'.

Thanks for your wisdom on this matter. Since he's been home, he's been working with a psychologist on a weekly basis, so hopefully this will be helpful. Initially he was on an SSRI, but he's been tapering off since May.

One of the reasons I was grumbling yesterday was because of his psychiatrist. He went in for a 15-minute appointment for a med-check (cost=$150)and gave the doctor a 2-page document to file paperwork with SJSU about his anxiety diagnosis--just in case something goes terribly wrong during the school year. The doctor told him he didn't have time to fill out paperwork and if he wanted the paperwork completed, he'd have to make another appointment to get it done. He made another appointment.

This situation really got me going. What's that saying about moms...."You're only as happy as your most miserable child."

Jen

Not caring about money. Yeah right!

Here's a "crazy wisdom" anecdote. When my son got caught with pot, he was in the apartment next door at a party hosted by X, the daughter of the CEO and president of Fannie Mae. They were passing a bong around and my son was inhaling just as Alexio, the big cheese of the dorm, walked in. (Mind you, I think it's good that he got caught.) After Alexio left, Miss X was in a snit because her bong and pot were confiscated. In a huff, she said to my son (as he was in a panic), "I'm calling my dad right now and I promise that this will be resolved by morning!"

Yeah, right. Subsequently, Miss X got cited again for throwing an empty vodka bottle out of her second-story window onto the concrete patio below. Then "Mr. Fannie Mae" paid Naropa University a personal visit (in his own Lear Jet, no doubt).

I think that I taught myself something similar to that, minus the Chakras.

teach him to work with the breath. Have him breathe into his heart and NOT into the solar plexus chakra which where fear is manifested. A bit of rapid breathing under His control could help in the midst of the crisis.

You might be right and you might be wrong. Who knows. But the advice you're giving - breath into a specific anatomical region which is in close proximity to the area 'he should avoid'- is pretty specific and would require not a small amount of breath control.

Refreshingly, and unlike WSP, you don't deride time honored traditions with terms like "bullshit" based upon the most intellectually lazy stereotyping.

At any rate, I read your advice not so much as avoiding the solar plexus per se, but more as working from the top down- which is good advice.

Ultimately, if the energy/breath could drop into the tan tien in an unimpeded and non-forced way, while simultaneously breathing from the ming men point(toward the back at the level of the tan tien) the kidneys energy be beneficially strengthed. Or at least according to Chinese Taoist thought which believes that fear and anxiety weakens the kidney energy and that a weakened kidney energy gives rise to anxiety and fear.

And just in case anyone might interested this book (along with The Great Stillness) is the definitive source on the water method of Taoist meditation. And some of the reviews are worth reading:

http://www.amazon.com/Relaxing-into-Your-Being-Meditation/product-reviews/1556434073/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm/191-3414836-4683259?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

My sympathy goes out to you and I hope your son does better in San Jose.

My nephew was in rehab for a few months to the tune of over 30 grand. He does a lot of self medicating for considerable depression issues and is using again after all that time and money. I don't envy anyone who is coming of age at this time.

Iona

Chinese Taoist thought which believes that fear and anxiety weakens the kidney energy and that a weakened kidney energy gives rise to anxiety and fear.
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Sounds like your common vicious cycle.

Chinese thought is circular rather than linear. So the solution here is if you tonify the kidney adequately the fear and anxiety will subside. Keep the kidney strong and the emotions will stay in balance.

By the way the herb ganoderma (a mushroom) is excellent for tonifying the Kidney yin, to put it in traditional Chinese medical terms. These are available in pill form at any store that has herbal products. And it sure beats using valium or prozac or whatever Big Pharma is cooking up these days which only masks the symptoms without getting at the source of the problem.

OK. I've said my bit.

Iona

SJM 51: I hope that your son recovers soon.

I'm wondering if there's a way to strengthen a person's Will so that he/she can have the strength to flush the drugs/booze down the toilet?

Maybe enroll him in a boat building class? Give him a skill so that he can feel proud of himself?

Jen -

I have a couple of good friends in San Jose who would be more than happy to deal with this psychiatrist. Their names are Cheech and Vinnie...

Iona

Mainland Chinese people don't have any individual self-Will, which makes them susceptible to external influences and suggestions. So, under the influence of Capitalistic consumerism, the whole society quickly becomes corrupt and goes down the toilet.

Yes, you had told us this story before!
Id like the names, please!

Yes, I know him well.

What's the name of that boat building course run by that bloke named "Noah"?

Or, is the bloke's name "Orlov"?

Thanks.

Well you don't have to be a great Yogi to know that fear is often experienced in the stomach. So I'd have him get away from that at first. But at a higher level, the "stomach" is an excellent place to put energy. Once while suffering from a hernia, I was hobbling to work in alot of pain. Suddenly my energy shifted into some kind of center down there and I lit up like the Sun. I skimmed over the ground as I walked and my everyone gave me a big happy greeting when I got to work - as if the Engery had preceded me.

Don't know if it was the tan tien or the manipura chakra - which is usually placed a bit higher. It felt more "global" than the manipura and a bit lower so I think it was some kind of extreme tan tien experience. Grace - since I wasn't and am not enough of a Yogi to have attained that. And I made no effort - it just happened.

Start here Dale:
http://www.amren.com/features/2012/07/pathological-altruism/

This book will help you explore the roots of your dis-ease.

Also as one of commentators points out via Ayn Rand, giving or "altruism" is no moral code since it is thoughtless. Give to whom? How much? Is the trillion given to Africa over the last few decades really a good idea? So many clothes have been given that the native tailor have been put out of business. It's a complicated subject to say the least.

In any case, charity should start at home. And here is where you and your's fall down completely. Giving to Americans, especially Whites, is boring and doesn't give any points. The more exotic the better. Love your neighbor as yourself? But Whites don't love themselves as a group so it doesn't work. As the Dalai Lama has said, he is amazed at the level of mental illness in the West. Pathological Altruism is just one more symptom of this.

And as Ayn said, charity must be free. You don't owe the bum anything. If you think you do, you'e going to get nickeled and dimed to death literally and metaphorically - and not just by bums but by parasites of all kinds. And of course, Blacks are among the worst: they think we own them everything. They take zero responsibility for anything. But you wouldn't know since you've never lived among them.


I recently told a girl that she is "HOT"..but that turning on the air conditioner probably won't help....


PHILADELPHIA - Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies and rode the subway just to be in air conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed at least 30 people across half the country.

The heat sent temperatures soaring over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in several cities, including a record 105 F (40.5 C) in Washington, St. Louis (106 F, 41 C), and Indianapolis (104 F, 40 C), buckled highways and derailed a Washington-area train even as another round of summer storms threatened.

This is what Ozone is trying to say if he could bring himself to use real English and was a few time more eloquent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O5v4q8zNGuM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.

I Am Woman

-Artist: Helen Reddy from "Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits": EMI ST 11467
-peak Billboard position # 1 for 1 week in 1972
-Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton


I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

CHORUS
Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

CHORUS

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

FADE
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

I believe you about your experience. Recently, I also had some type of experience - I think. For a number of months my lower back had been giving me problems, such as stiffness in the morning. So I started doing more Tai Chi and meditation; a lot more in fact. One morning while laying in bed and more or less sleeping, I suddenly had a severe jolt in my sacrum area. When I awoke I thought I had been dreaming but the sensation was far too real. I then became concerned that I had injured my back because the jolt was so violent; in fact, it felt as if "something" foreign had literally grabbed my my tailbone and induced a sudden whiplash in my lower back. It almost felt electric, but distinctly different from any chiropractic adjustment that I have ever received.

Well, I wasn't injured; in fact, all lower back pain has completely vanished, even when I try and elicit some of the previous pain with activities and movements that formerly aggravated my lower back pain.

It was truly a strange experience; so strange that I still question whether it actually occurred. And yet the pain is gone.

Of course, now that I have mentioned it, my back pain will probably return

Interesting...I've had problems with yoga and have been a chronic back sufferer for 29 years.

I battle this out in a swimming pool doing a mile's worth of laps and it's really been a great help to me.

I haven't gotten any acute back problems in years but when I get some seizing, I get out of it fairly quickly.

Stretching and exercising has not totally eradicated my pain, but I can ignore it most of the time.--Icing on the cake? I've managed to keep my weight the same for decades.

Chris Hayes has Bill McKibben on---really good show. Sunday 8:00-10:00 am MSNBC.
Saturday's show was excellent as well.

Giving to Americans, especially Whites, is boring and doesn't give any points.
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get

or perhaps

gain

Well chi follows attention and pain certainly brings alot of attention - so perhaps there's a natural healing mechanism? Of course, if actual structural damadge has been done it might take more - like surgery in my case.

It was the psychic aspects of my experience that seem like Grace. From a more yogic or "engineering" point of view: the pain put my attention down near the tan tien and then I just blundered into the Center.

It felt more "global" than the manipura and a bit lower so I think it was some kind of extreme tan tien experience.
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Roughly translated from the Hindi:

tan = hash mark inducing

tien = fart

Yes they are a very inspiring cupple. Imagine a tape of their nuptials - it would make millions in both the gay and horror genres. Move over Paris, Barney's in the house!

What you talkin' bout Rufus? We talkin' Chini here.

Do you miss Gary Coleman as much as I do? He was a true little soldier on the set from all accounts. He would have made a fine president - no worse than Obama and probably alot better.

I know you're still angry at me about the moral question. You hate all that shit - you like the lowest common denominator because it can be charted on your balance sheets. But society can't run that way - as you also know underneath that. We are at the end of of all these dead ends and now we have to retrace our steps to where we went wrong.

I still question whether it actually occurred. And yet the pain is gone.
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Oh yes, it happened. And the credit probably goes to the placebo effect of the meditation.

Dale's best friend is his Mexican Gardener. The poor guy has to listen to Dale talk about his life and then hug him at the end.

And trippers actually claim that colors get brighter - but can they prove that they see brighter colors!?

Behaviorism or science applied to the human psyche as if it was inert matter is a dead end. It can't even all the potentials of rats - nor predict with complete accuracy what they will do in any situation.

Maybe your mind is just a placebo or simalacrum of something else. Maybe aliens looking down would conclude that you are a slave of your cats.

I know you're still angry at me about the moral question.
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Nah, just havin' fun while watching the Wimbledon Men's final. The dreams of a nation of people with screwed up teeth rest on Andy Murray's shoulders.

Go Andy!!

Maybe aliens looking down would conclude that you are a slave of your cats.
============

They would be right.

SJ Mom info. (name) on pot raid. CEO of Fannie Mae, the girl's dad, is Michael Williams, graduate of Drexel U. with both B.S. and MBA. According to Forbes, he draws a salary of about 2.5 million per year and recently received a bonus for a similar amount. Unrelated, Williams resigned his position in June and a replacement is now in his position. He worked for Fannie Mae for about 2 1/2 years.

Sounds like his little girl was LOADED, not just on pot and vodka.

I started having Back Problems around the age of 35.
Endured it and Chiropractors for about 10 years, with no 'cure'.
I spoke to a PT, who accurately diagnosed the problem. the problem was I like to sleep on a firm mattress and my lower back muscles were fibrotic from doing so. I got a softer, more expensive mattress [no not a 3000$ one they tried to sell me, Scandinavia sleep system, etc].

VOILA, No Chiropractors and no back problems.
Not one DC did a good diagnosis, and I went to maybe a half dozen.

Kyooshtik , you wiley ole Rascal. Thise words are Chinese, they talk Chink WOOWOO.
But if you stick yr tantien up Bucks Hot Chakra,
you will be a real stud, and maybe he will return the favor!!!

Once I wrote here of going to a ballroom to hear 'Mafu' [as channeled by Penney Torres].
I see whats out there as more New Age or things stolen from eastern religions and packaged, the most [in] famous being Scientology.
Its got some Buddhism and whatever else ol ScamRon could scavenge.

Cool! Another Robber Barons son was in these parts, causing problems, but I wont name him.

Anti,

Know what you mean by how important mattresses are.

I was hit by a car when I was 18, so I knew I'd have problems later on.

Sure enough after many bouts with acute problems, I had one unbelievable bout that lasted a solid year. ---
Truly the worst year of my life and very hard to cope through with lots of PT etc.

I took up swimming, in the end the relief was always in my hands. A pillow under my knees when I slept helped. Lots of stretching also really helpful.

I'll always have this, but I can ignore it 90% of the time. The pain is just like white noise to me, now.

How about this, You go Rumba with his Zumba, and no longer be worlds apart.Make some beautiful music together.

["Wiki" reference is wrong: Zumba and Qi Gong are worlds apart.]

The only way 'Q's tantien goes up Buck's hot chakra' is if Buck feels generous enough to buy Q a testosterone patch.

But I'm even cheaper than Q so no such activity will ever occur.

I've been thinking about an appropriate theme song for CFN and somehow this song seems fitting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM&feature=related

get - yiddish for the profit

Yes, we come from the water and must go back to it. The Ancient Greeks said that dolphins were once men and had cities and all the rest. Perhaps we will have to follow them back home.

Whether or not it was a coincidence or I got a heating pad from Ceragem, around the time things cleared up. Cost me a few hundred dollars for the heating pad.
I did not buy the 'massager' [1000 $ +].

CERAGEM International
www.ceragem.com/
Ceragem International's offical website........

Anti,

It's amazing how much money we'll spend when we're in pain. I remember tat year I went to one doctor after another and tried everything from nerve conduction tests to cat scans....
I'm glad this worked for you and I checked it out. Sounds interesting.

Vlad---Liked the dolphin reference--put a smile on my face. Once in a while you say something poetic.

In the TV series Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, a superhighway was about to go through the earth by aliens who thought we were just an inconvenience. The dolphins as they escaped the planet said "Goodbye, and thanks for the Fish".

Active Isolated Stretching- The Mattes Method. The movements are subtle and complex, but well worth the effort to learn properly. I do the hip/back protocol daily, the shoulder protocol 2-3 times a week. As a bonus, the activation of the core muscles works a lot like Pilates.

At 57, with a very physical job and a pension that will not kick in for another 12 years, AIS has saved my ass.

(Probably won't save my pension; my employer was recently purchased by vulture capitalists, and guess what they want. Glad I have a strong union. It's been a brawl.)

A good mattress is important too.

Shecky got yer back!

In any case, charity should start at home. And here is where you and your's fall down completely. Giving to Americans, especially Whites, is boring and doesn't give any points.
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BAHAHA! rest assured Vlad, if I don't respond to this sort of drivel, it isn't because I'm dumbstruck with the brilliance of your insight.

SJ Mom,
I’ve been puzzling over your description of your son’s experience at Naropa for a couple days. While I don’t doubt the facts as you have presented them, there are a couple curious points, from my POV.

Bear in mind, I see no reason to attend an institution such as Naropa unless you do so in much the same way you might take a class in painting at night school, it’s extra credit for life, not a career path….obviously. Even from a Buddhist POV, if what you want is serious attainment, it is possible, but there are better ways to do it, IMO.

Specifically, I was struck by your suggestion that there was a long of pot smoking at the place, that doesn’t make much sense. If you want to goof off for a few years, why not take “film” at Northridge State or “fashion design” at Louisiana Tech, I’m sure “Bong Mechanics” is a four-credit course in those type programs. Why go to a Buddhist institution where you are practically guaranteed to be an outcast and kill any chance you have of really getting anything out it by being loaded all the time. Just “doppy” in so many, many ways.

The other thing that struck me is the apparent lack of guidance, perhaps from both the school and elsewhere. What were his intentions, and what did he do to show his interest in Buddhism before he decided to attend Naropa, did he attend a lot of retreats, spend time daily in meditation, or did he just decide it sounded like fun? What was he doing there with emotional problems such as his? again…..makes no sense.

I’m no authority on child rearing, and I’m not criticizing your efforts in that regard, but there just seems to be a lot of unknown parts of the story somewhere between the lines. In an case, best of luck to you both.

He'd been on a buddhist retreat (Theravada) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County. Also went to Adyashanti's Satsangs (Advaita/Zen) for some years, he also did a retreat at Esalen. He's always been a deep thinker/what is the meaning of life, kind of kid.

Part of the rational for going to Boulder was the fact that Naropa is very small with class size around 22. We felt that it would provide a supportive environment. Naropa has the largest grad school in psychology M.S. & PhD in Colorado. He'd received college credit for a high school AP psychology class and he liked the subject. They approach psychology from both Eastern and Western models, so that seemed interesting to him.

Prior to going to Boulder, his anxiety issues were something he could handle...he'd undergone years of cognitive/behavioral therapy at Stanford.

There's at least one class action lawsuit related to those hip replacement devices:

http://www.levinlaw.com/practice-areas/depuy-hip-replacement-recall

I don't know if it's the same type you have, but the health impacts appear similar. Very nasty.

Thanks for the reply, yes Buddhism has produced some positive results in terms of physiological counseling, wasn't aware that Naropa was focused in that area, so now I understand the rational for extended study there. Obviously, nothing works for everyone. Again, best of luck to you both.

If he retains his interest in Buddhism, wherever he goes from here, and he is interested in a non-mystical, very practical level of instruction, in an environment which blends both western and eastern thinking, you might have him check out Alan Wallance. When he taught at UCSB, his classes would have about 80 students in front, and about 200 "auditing" from the rear. Very inspirational guy, in a lot of ways.

Mind you, I'm not interested in proselytizing, your karma takes you where it takes you. Cheers!


http://www.sbinstitute.com/

Dale,

Thanks for posting the above link; I found a very interesting article in the research section of that site concerning the benefits of meditation:

http://www.psmag.com/health/just-breathe-42763/

A very interesting couple of paragraphs by way of Dale's posted link above:

SCIENTISTS AGREE THAT MUCH OF THE ILLNESS plaguing people in the developed world—conditions like heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and many autoimmune disorders—is exacerbated by chronic stress. When we perceive threats, the body’s “fight or flight” system is activated, releasing bursts of cortisol and adrenaline that speed up the heart and breathing, constrict blood vessels and trigger a cascade of other reactions. If this stress response stays stuck in the “on” position, this can lead to heightened inflammation and potentially damage tissues throughout the body.

Elissa Epel lists some of the common mental habits that keep stress alive in the brain and the body in a state of high alert. One is anticipatory anxiety—worry about future events. Another is rumination, obsessively reliving the past. In both instances, people release extra doses of cortisol. “Our survival response is no longer tied to our physical survival threats of not getting enough food or water but rather our social self,” Epel says. “If we are humiliated or embarrassed or threatened, then we have a huge cortisol response.”

"Anticipatory anxiety—worry about future events" - that is what really caught my eye. And isn't that what we do here on CFN week after week, month after month, year after year?

Perhaps the 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' crowd aren't such ostriches after all. In fact, maybe they're the ironic survivalists.


  British "Daily Mail" reported on July 5, the British Prime Minister David Cameron recently mentioned in the speech at Loughborough University in the seat of the British Olympic Team preparation camp, his daughter Nancy said, grow up to want to be fast Olympic athletes, the future, if the father then she forgot it in the pub, she can catch up with the car home. Cameron This statement of self-deprecating apparently due to two months ago, he did not 8-year-old daughter accidentally forget the anecdote at the bar.  Bridal gowns
  Two months ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron brought his family to go out for the weekend, finished his drink in a bar not far from the Prime Minister dacha, Cameron couples take the car home, both saw the 8-year-old daughter back to the villa in the other car, only to find his daughter alone left the pub. A spokesman for the Prime Minister said, When Cameron realized that her daughter was gone, "anxious", and immediately call the hotel and was told that Nancy was under the hotel, not only very safe, also help the staff to the pub. 15 minutes later, Cameron drove back to the bar and back to her daughter.
  According to reports, Prime Minister of a bar frequented by hang out a sign that was written to remind the customer's words: "to leave, please do not forget your children." Water Heater
 

  According to Agence France-Presse news, FIFA agreed to the goal line technology (GLT) introduction to the football game in the FIFA meeting on Thursday. The technology will be officially put into use, the Club World Cup, held in Tokyo in December this year and will continue to use the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.  solar cell
 

Beautiful observation, Buck Stud. This confirms my years of posting here against apocalyptic worry.

Samasati...

Asoka..

Here's a link to the list of graduate studies programs in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

http://graduate-school.phds.org/find/programs/gender-studies?field_id=21

BOSTON (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.

I Am Woman

-Artist: Helen Reddy from "Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits": EMI ST 11467
-peak Billboard position # 1 for 1 week in 1972
-Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton


I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

CHORUS
Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

CHORUS

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

FADE
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_bodybuilding

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

Hey VK, that is my congressman? woman? something? I'm not sure what? that you are talking about! All I know is Barney was Fred's friend and he used to be married to Betty Rubble. I wish him a long and fruitful marriarge and may they have a whole bunch of Bam-Bam's together :o).

Jamie Oliver's FARTS....

http://www.jamieoliver.com/

Has anyone seen the movie "Gay Bride of Frankenstein"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_bodybuilding

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

Has anybody eaten at that new Fried Chicken joint called "Queen Elizabeth II Fried Chicken and Biscuits"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II

Gerald Celente:

"I advise everyone to get the '3 G's': "Gold, Guns, and a Get-Away Plan."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_bodybuilding

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman


[seven] on [] the color of clouds sunset afterglow Talang to [love] as [one] still scene with change in the horizon heart where [day] bamboo ring [wish] blessing music Acacia wind let floating flocculant
[] asking a day to rest of Ankang blessing of life [is] destined [love] to meet nature the depths of no complain [people] [with] things vicissitudes of life but not the old attitude with [into] failure
to repair and free [is] love [is] the cloud where but let your                                        

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  房子,一直以来都被誉为老百姓的民生大计之列。对住房的要求,是百姓最基本也是最必要的需求之一,求购信息。随着房子引入商品交易市场,选购房产楼盘的方式也成了社会关注的焦点问题,步入新时代后,人们对房产交易的方式也提出了新的要求,作为传统交易模式的房交会已经满足社会需求,各房企们也开始寻找更为广阔和有效的宣传途径。

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  作为徐州地区新兴的房地产网站之一,在徐州地区迅速建立了不错的口碑形象,也因此成为徐州地区网民朋友公认的最受欢迎的专业房产信息网站,我爱房地产网站不仅为徐州广大的中介朋友提供了有效帮助,也使得更多购房者得到了最全的房产资讯。在徐州,我爱房地产网被视为徐州市民朋友首选的房产信息获取及交易网站。


 


  在互联网世界里,“惟一不变的就是变化”。网络带宽不断提升,移动互联网的新应用日益丰富和流行,给人们的生活带来极大便利。许多新兴网站和服务也异军突起。这种发展趋势,使得传统门户网站的“江湖地位”受到越来越多的挑战。

  “从正面角度来看,互联网公司涉足智能手机市场,会丰富中国智能手机市场的多样性,尤其在中低端市场,给消费者提供了更多的选择。同时,对于产业链上游的芯片厂商等而言,也具有丰富客户资源的意义。”隋倩表示。


  除此之外,目前各大手机厂商还在加大对电子商务的投资力度,希望尽快弥补自身在互联网销售方面的“短板”。易观国际最新统计数据显示,目前手机厂商自建的网上商城已经超过16家,其中大部分为国内厂商,占比达62.5%。

  或引发传统手机厂商新一轮洗牌

  王艳辉认为,几年前因为山寨机市场崛起,本土品牌遭遇了一轮洗牌。山寨机之所以崛起靠的是价格战,之所以走向衰落是因为品质和维修;现在互联网公司挺进智能手机市场,崛起法宝依然是价格战,也将造成传统品牌新一轮的洗牌。


  移动互联网的强劲势头还吸引了众多广告商的目光。国内最大的服饰类电子商务网站凡客诚品相关负责人不久前透露,今年计划在移动互联网投放1亿元左右的广告,凡客诚品也将由此成为在移动互联网上投放广告规模最大的电子商务公司。

  手机中国联盟秘书长王艳辉认为,众多互联网公司之所以能够做手机,应当感谢国内完整的手机产业链,无论产品定位高端还是低端,无论品质要求高低,总能找到多家合适的供应商。只要做出来的智能手机价格绝对实惠、有足够的消费用户群体,依靠目前国内的产业链,任何公司都可以做手机。

  互联网企业进军智能手机市场愈演愈烈,各大网络巨头都希望在手机市场争得一席之地,从而为自身的移动互联网战略奠定手机终端基础。专家认为,当前互联网企业跨界做手机,对产业链上游的配套企业将构成利好,而对传统手机厂商将会带来冲击。面对竞争压力,预计传统手机厂商将会加大对电子商务的布局。


  传统手机企业或将加速互联网渠道布局

 

  广告份额和广告收入的变化可视为网站发展状况的晴雨表。传统门户网站的广告份额近年来不断遭遇到新兴网站的侵蚀。易观智库发布的监测报告显示,2012年第一季度,中国互联网广告运营规模达到140.3亿元人民币,其中百度占据30.9%的市场份额,阿里巴巴占17.9%,而新浪、搜狐、网易和腾讯四家门户网站合计只占据市场份额的12%。


  第二,手机行业和互联网行业的商业属性有非常大的区别,这对互联网公司也是个很大的挑战。

  手机终端的快速普及、通信网络设施建设日臻完善、各类手机应用呈几何级数增长,这都成为中国移动互联网产业快速发展的显著特点。

  而在专家看来,近年来国内智能手机市场规模快速增长,互联网公司又积极发力布局,在此推动下,智能手机产业链公司将集体受益。

  比如在手机芯片领域,由于国内智能手机需求强劲,致使芯片采购火热,国内智能手机大厂中兴、华为等不久前纷纷与高通、博通两家芯片公司签署巨额芯片采购合同。再如触摸屏方面,随着智能手机触摸屏需求的增加,国内触摸屏上市公司超声电子、莱宝高科、深天马A等也成为智能终端市场火爆以来最受业内关注的板块之一。


  不仅如此,资本市场也在“重兵”布局移动互联网。业内人士称,未来3年将是投资黄金期,针对移动互联网项目新、变化大、成型快、资金需求量小的特点,投资团队和投资方向的选择非常重要。

 

  多方资本“投奔”移动互联网


  手机产业链上游企业将获更多客户资源

  华宝证券TMT分析师吴炳华认为,传统手机零售渠道正面临越来越多的挑战,一方面是运营商为发展3G用户而对手机终端提供高额话费补贴,并引导智能机的低价发展趋势;另一方面,互联网企业纷纷进军智能手机市场,利用互联网的影响力和低成本的网络销售模式,以极具诱惑力的价格进一步冲击传统手机市场。

 

  互联网公司进军智能手机市场,对传统手机厂商的冲击将不可避免。随着小米手机的强势崛起,以及360手机、盛大手机、阿里手机、百度手机等大量互联网手机的上市,势必将分流一部分传统手机厂商的份额。

  “2012年将是移动互联网的第一个普及年,也是核心用户转变年。移动互联网的用户扩散速度将是传统互联网的3倍。”创新工场董事长兼首席执行官李开复称。

  移动互联网日新月异

 

  “大陆手机品牌价值不高,很难经受起价格战冲击,前几年如日中天的夏新、波导、南方高科、东信、首信等品牌的凋零说明了本土品牌的脆弱。没有核心技术支撑的品牌终究溢价不会高,受不了商业模式的升级或改变。”王艳辉称。


  第三,如果只是一味地在智能终端中预装自己的应用,把其当成展示自己移动互联网应用的一个平台,而忽略了终端用户的感受,最终也很难赢得市场。


  面对互联网手机的竞争,康佳通讯科技有限公司总裁李宏韬认为,国内手机市场足够大,而行业本身也在调整,包括传统渠道自身也在调整。“终端和互联网的融合是趋势,但是怎么融合不同的企业有不同的方式,对于我们传统的手机厂商怎么融合,跟互联网公司的互动,要从实践中摸索出来。我们现在最该做的事情就是了解消费者,服务好消费者,另外就是要培养好品牌”。

  传统门户网站不比从前

  不过,他同时指出,目前相对互联网公司,传统手机厂商强项在于维修渠道建设,相对于功能手机,智能手机的维修率肯定更高,如果不能很好解决,对于新进品牌厂商的长久生存或将成为难题。

  据统计,2011年国内智能手机市场上,国产品牌市场份额超过50%,以中兴、华为、酷派和联想为主力的四家国产手机品牌市场份额达到46.3%,华为、酷派等厂商智能手机的出货量更是越过千万台大关,其出货量要远远高于互联网手机。但是在品牌影响力上,互联网手机对年轻消费群体相对要更具有吸引力。


  中国互联网络信息中心此前发布的《第29次中国互联网络发展状况统计报告》显示,截至2011年底,中国网民规模达到5.13亿,中国手机网民规模达到3.56亿,同比增长17.5%。7月3日,在2012年增值电信业务合作发展大会上,中国互联网络信息中心互联网发展研究部副主任陈建功说,依据目前发展态势,预计未来两到三年,移动终端网民数量将超越PC终端网民数量。

  “移动互联网满足了人的理性需求和情感需求,消费者的情感需求拉动了移动互联网向纵深发展。”工信部电信研究院副总工程师陈金桥称,现在人们使用手机的习惯不再是一边走路一边打电话,而是利用碎片时间在任何地点连上互联网,保持在线,获取和发布信息、娱乐、与他人交流分享。在此情况下,情感需求成为驱动大众消费者使用移动互联网业务、为移动运营商创造更大价值的重要动力。

  “未来互联网和手机的融合是大势所趋,现在所有的互联网公司在琢磨怎么做手机的同时,手机公司应该考虑自己怎么转型,如何才能更好的具备互联网的服务能力和营销能力,这是大势所趋。”奇虎360董事长周鸿�日前表示。

  另外,百度近期发布的移动互联网报告显示,目前移动互联网追逐传统互联网的脚步越来越快,今年第一季度,广东、北京、福建、四川、陕西和天津六个省市的移动互联网用户点击量已超越传统互联网。

  第一,目前互联网公司提供的智能手机多集中于中低端,在这个市场传统的手机厂商仍占据重要位置。互联网公司必须做好短期内难以从硬件中盈利的打算。

  易观智库数据统计显示,截至2011年底,求购信息,中国移动互联网用户规模已突破4亿,移动应用下载量迅猛增长,已成为全球第二大移动应用市场。


  “城头变幻大王旗,各领风骚三五年。”门户网站曾经是国内许多网民上网时的“第一站点”,在互联网领域占据重要地位。然而,随着移动互联网的迅速发展,用手机上网浏览信息、发微博、购物、分享照片、打游戏等,成为许多网民的选择,门户网站的关注度下降。随着网民“眼球”的转移,移动互联网势必吸引多方势力展开一番掘金和角逐。

  为抢占移动互联网入口,国内各大互联网企业争相宣布进军智能手机行业。小米科技、百度、盛大、奇虎360等多家互联网巨头,都开始挤入智能手机市场,上演“圈地运动”。

  网络巨头进军手机市场 手机厂商加速网络布局


移动互联网正改变着我们的习惯,改变着我们的生活。我国移动电话用户总数已超过9亿,其中3G用户达到6700多万,手机上网用户达到3.03亿,手机上网用户在全国互联网用户中比重不断提升,达到66.2%,其中只使用手机上网的用户有4300万,占全部互联网用户比重将近10%。

其中,智能手机网民用户规模已占一半。与传统互联网购物相比,通过智能手机进行网购交易具有时间自由、位置不限、操作简便等特点。


很多电子商务厂商、行业专家、媒体商也逐渐分出大量人力、财力来进驻垂直电子商务领域,本网站迎合下一步发展趋势的双网概念模式,眼下推出垂直的产品商圈恰到好处!借助于目前3G网络的飞速发展,总来网将携手百万中小企业搭建起拥有双网模式的垂直门户媒体平台即产品门户平台!界时营在中国将推出两大产品线的强强联合:垂直搜索+ 垂直门户=“垂直天下----赢在3G”。.中国新型建材门户通过对各方面资源的整合,结合手机用户提供一个全方位、多领域的一个商讯平台,“垂直搜索”+“产品商圈”将是下一步企业查寻资讯的主流模式,这将对中国的移动互联网产业的发展,贡献新的力量。


宏观解读无线互联网行业细分发展方向,解析市场发展预测并分析中小企业现状,解决中小企业发展难的问题,树立移动信息服务应用标杆,充分发挥信息化对行业经济和社会发展的带动作用,推动中小企业信息化发展、引导网站内容建设;促进网站技术创新、普及网站大众消费;解析网站商业模式、推动网站科学发展,为我国全面信息化建设贡献力量。

据分析,随着近年来房地产的飞速发展,建材装饰行业也突飞猛进,商家资讯。中国新型建材门户就是在这种背景下由北京金土地新型建筑材料厂与国内移动互联网服务机构“总来网”合作搭建的。北京金土地新型建筑材料厂,致力于研发、推广、生产、销售新型建筑保温材料和节能环保墙体结构。公司作为建筑促进会会员单位,拥有多项国家专利和专有技术,并与中国建筑科学研究院共同研制开发出各种内外墙板,在建筑施工中广泛使用。并于2011年,参与中信建设 “安哥拉社会住房项目”,得到了施工方和业主的一致肯定。北京金土地新型建筑材料厂将始终不渝地遵循“高技术、促环保、重实用”的指导思想,不断开拓创新,与时俱进,以卓越的理念、先进的技术、高质量的产品,为广大商家和用户提供建材行业服务。

智能手机用户规模强势增长,手机网购用户体验逐步提升。尤其是近两年移动互联网的飞速发展,中国手机网民规模已突破3亿大关。


易观国际分析师表示,由于人们生活节奏加快,消费者可以通过智能手机利用碎片化的时间随时随地购物。同时,智能手机丰富的功能也为消费者带来了更好的购物体验,消费者可以通过触屏方式浏览商品并轻松下单。


 


会上,灵动快拍CEO王鹏飞还专门针对技术革新助力移动互联网应用飞速发展做了精彩的主题演讲,信息分类


关键词二:趋势

权威报告 解读趋势


 

中国移动互联网全球化

 


随着移动互联网整体用户规模不断增长和3G网络的持续普及,移动使用场景不断拓展,智能终端出货量和移动应用市场也随之飞速发展。国内移动互联网已正式迈入一个多元化发展、百花齐放的全面创新阶段。因此,在移动互联网快速发展的黄金时期,开放合作势必成为移动互联网发展的主流。

在服务与技术创新应用环节,与会嘉宾分别对云计算、云存储及创新应用分享了各自独到的见解。据华为网盘CTO李高峰介绍,华为网盘给用户提供了5G免费空间,并可持续进行空间升级。还可以存储照片,视频,音乐等等东西。并推出安卓、iOS系统,可以在平板电脑上使用。同时实现手机与电脑的无线、无缝连接。


会上,网易移动中心总经理徐诗还对移动互联网时代的运营商与互联网公司的关系进行了分析和阐述。徐诗称,互联网企业与运营商能互相扬长避短,以合作为主要关系,关键是构建健康的产业链,运营商能够更加开放,开放对运营商来说意味着聚合力量,对行业领先者来说意味着避免被颠覆。


网易移动中心总经理徐诗认为,首先要解决用户需求,建立自己的竞争力,无论基于手机终端特性,还是基于应用服务上找一些能够满足大众用户需求部分。搜狗地图总经理孔祥来也表示,移动产品只有走差异化路线生命力才能持续长久。以及网秦CEO林宇和i-Free 亚洲区总裁Evgeny Kosolapov分别发表了各自的观点。嘉宾犀利深刻的交谈令在场观众全神贯注,掌声频频响起。

“App Store 经济分析”、“透析移动增值业务发展新契机”、《2012年移动互联网发展趋势报告》在此次会上独家发布。


最值得期待的开放式讨论移动互联网的融合•发展•变革,徐诗、孔祥来、林宇、Evgeny Kosolapov几位移动互联网企业领袖齐聚一堂,在NTA创始人申音的主持下,就移动互联网发展趋势和做差异化的移动产品进行深度交流和激烈碰撞。


中国互联网络信息中心、互联网发展研究部副主任陈建功对近一年移动互联网发展情况做了回顾,同时对2012年移动互联网发展趋势进行了分析。他指出,首先,资费的大幅降低和网络环境不断优化,推动移动互联网向前发展。第二,从终端来说,终端价格在不断的下降,终端的智能化使我们手机能够使用更多的移动互联网应用。另外,这种终端的处理和计算能力在不断提升,使得一些比较复杂的应用能够在我们手机上使用。这些应用增长也刺激了移动互联网快速的增长,未来中国移动互联网还有很多新的契机,新的发展。

我国“十二五”规划纲要将云计算列为新一代信息技术产业中重点发展领域之一。因此,云计算也是2012年最热的趋势之一。移动互联网是开放的世界,未来移动互联网将更多基于云的应用和云计算上,实现更多具有创意和实用性的应用。


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海量信息 云端同步

关键词五:云计算


本届大会由北京通信行业协会主办,北京电信、北京移动、北京联通协办,光芒网络承办,主题是“形势、局势、走势——创新分享,共建用户可感知服务”。会上,三大电信运营商的北京代表及移动互联网企业领袖都做了精彩的主题演讲。

 

同时,在开放的前提下进行区别对待,即对于消解运营商自身价值的产品进行限制(如语音对讲应用)、对于聚合用户的产品进行鼓励(如资讯类、工具类应用)、对于回报丰厚的产品进行投资(如游戏等)。


增值电信业务合作发展大会暨移动互联网(北京)峰会每年五月或七月举办,今年已经是第八届了。历届大会秉持对通信行业及增值电信业务的关注,以移动互联网为核心,探讨移动互联网发展的新趋势、新格局。

开放合作 聚合共赢

洞察用户心理 设计差异化产品

关键词四:差异化

在项目洽谈会上,北京联通与参会的企业进行了一对一的合作洽谈,并达成诸多合作意向。

会上,三大电信运营商的北京公司负责人齐聚一堂,分别对各自在移动互联网时代下的定位与转型进行了深入的阐释,尤其是对各自开放平台的优势做了全面而细致的分析,借助大会契机,广泛吸纳合作伙伴,充分利用运营商用户和渠道的优势,帮合作伙伴推广应用,从而实现共赢。 


 

 

 

关键词三:全球化


3G门户总裁张向东认为,中国移动互联网全球化时代已经到来。全球化到来当然是一个好消息,更大的市场,更高的认可,更容易实现商业模式。同时带来了很多的挑战,包括人才的挑战,运营的挑战,思维的挑战,文化的挑战。从中国化变成国际化,对经营者一个巨大的挑战。

关键词一:开放融合

三大电信运营商与移动互联网企业展台


 


与此同时,易观国际高级分析张颿对移动增值业务发展新契机也进行了细致的分析,App Annie 商务总监余俊德在会上也分享了APP sotre应用商城分析数据,给参会者分享了丰富的研究数据。



  “主动与公安、海关、市场监督、卫生等部门建立信息通报机制,第一时间了解和掌握假劣‘三品一械’信息。”岳新说。

  互联网制假售假是近年来药械和保化假冒产品销售的一个新的特点。而在昨日药监部门通报的制假售假5大典型案例中,网络制假售假案就有3例。

  6月底,深圳市药监局通报了上半年“三打两建”成果。截至6月25日,深圳市药监部门检查各类生产经营企业4088家次,排查发现案件线索391个,成功立案348宗,捣毁制假售假窝点数28个,涉案货值1418.21万元,罚没金额92.10万元,办理大案要案27宗。其中,在查办的大案要案中,网络及电视销售假冒伪劣产品大要案9宗,占大要案总数三分之一。

  网络售假案占大要案三分之一

  据悉,“三打两建”行动以来,市药监局与公安等部门合作,先后查处“2・22假伟哥销售窝点案”、“3・7销售非法进口抗癌药窝点案”、“5・17网络销售假药窝点案”等涉药案件27宗,成功移送案件23宗,涉案货值合计1409.09万元,现场抓获犯罪嫌疑人39人,刑拘28人,逮捕10人。其中,涉案货值100万元以上的案件8宗,占大要案总数的29.63%,有效震慑了药品制假售假违法犯罪行为。


  为了有效打击医药、保健品、化妆品行业制售假违法行为,市药监局通过加强互联网和广告监测、开展监督抽验、发动群众举报等多种渠道,积极开展线索排查工作。市药监局副局长岳新介绍,截至6月25日,全局共摸排线索391个,最终成功立案了348个,打击精准度达到89%。


  此外,在“三打两建”中,药监部门还与其他部门建立了协查和联合执法的机制。

  27宗案件涉案货值1409万元


  为此,市药监局专门安排执法人员,利用搜索引擎定期在互联网搜寻药品经销信息,严密监测重点网站、论坛等,挖掘违法犯罪线索,“每天从海量的互联网信息中搜索出有效线索。”岳新介绍。今年上半年,药监部门就查办了9宗网络及电视销售假冒伪劣产品大要案,占了大要案总数的三分之一,“因为网络销售面向全国,产品可以卖到全国各地,一旦发现线索,查办的都是大案要案。”岳新说。因此,打击互联网制假售假成为药监部门目前重点工作之一。

  据介绍,为了拓展举报渠道,药监部门在发动行业从业人员的同时,还建立举报奖励制度等方式,广泛发动群众举报违法行为线索,“通过投诉举报渠道获悉线索成功查办的大要案有16宗,占了大要案总数的59.26%”。为了发动市民举报投诉,市药监局今年3月还在全市范围内开通了统一投诉举报热线12331,受理市民有关药械保化质量的投诉举报。

  市药监局执法大队队长黄晓战表示,网上销售假药形式较为隐蔽,通常销售假药的网站服务器、不法分子所在地、发货地址都不在一处,假药通过快递等方式销售,整个环节涉及公安、网监、药品监管、物流等多个部门,监管难度很大。而网上非法销售的产品有效性、安全性无法保证,会延误患者的治疗,危害人体健康,破坏了药品市场的正常秩序。因此,他建议消费者购买药品一定要到正规的医疗机构或药店,“如果要在网上买药也要到国家药品食品监督管理局批准的合法网站上去购买”。

  据悉,今年投诉举报中心共处理各类案源信息1248件,与去年同期相比增长近60%。

  由于制假售假涉及刑事问题,在办案过程中,药监部门与公安部门联合办案,“药监部门通过事先摸底判断案件涉及假药的时候,会通知公安部门到现场,如果现场判定制假售假就立即把案件移交给公安部门处理,这方便了公安部门的办案。”岳新说。


  在行业内,针对仿冒知名产品品牌等制假售假行为,药监部门还发动和联合企业搜集相关线索联合打假。岳新介绍,市药监局和辉瑞制药有限公司授权的打假公司合作,今年已经捣毁了多个制售假伟哥的窝点。

  “投诉举报是获取线索最大的一个渠道。”岳新说。

  “已经很难看到不法分子租一个厂房制假售假了,现在都是租住在一些居民区出租房内,信息分类,采取分散的方式,通过互联网来销售假冒产品。”岳新说,“比如假冒产品的包装盒不是在深圳生产,但原料在深圳,产品包装到了外地。”这种制假售假的模式也不利于药监部门的打假和日常监督,“由于网络上很多没有明确地址,或者提供的地址是假的,执法人员没有办法到居住区一家一家去搜。”

  众所周知,近年来互联网在国内得以迅速发展,这其实也很好的推动了电子商务市场向前发展。电子商务从最初的鲜为人知,以迅雷不及掩耳的迅速成了家户喻晓的一种新型的营销模式。众多的商家通过与互联网合作,让传统产业也走进互联网行业,产品大全,更快的让大家所知道,因为这是一个酒香还怕巷子深的年代,而通过互联网的迅速传播可以让更多的客户及时商品的最新动态,和商家的全面供应信息。这些都可以给一些传统行业带来极在的发展空间,让传统行业,能够走出传统,走向更广阔的市场空间。

  传统行业营销模式的局限性

  国内传统企业虽然起步很早,但其发展较为缓慢,且由于广大的中小企业主们管理与思想上都跟不上时代的节奏,在电子商务市场发展初期,大部分传统企业都保持着观望的态度。传统行业采用的是门店形式经营,其销售服务市场也仅限于本市或本地区。随着同行业竞争对手采用各种新的营销方式来抢占市场,尽管整个市场的需求仍在扩大,但先前的很多企业开始走向市场低迷状态中,甚至面临被淘汰的危险。

  传统吸音板行业入驻电商市场

  网络营销想必大家都不陌生,鉴于传统营销模式的各种局限性,很多传统企业开始领悟到,要站稳市场,必须采用独到的营销手段。电子商务平台使得传统企业其洞悉到了前景无限的市场,不少传统吸音板行业内的中小企业也借助电子商务平台使得公司在同行业内处于领先地位。

  据了解,专业从事声学装饰材料研发和产销活动隔断,木质吸音板,木丝吸音板,布艺吸音板,聚酯纤维吸音板等系列声学装饰材料的广州景丽伦建材有限公司

  现在国家也大力的扶持电子商务产业的发展,鼓动企业积极的运用电子商务这个平台来更好的发展自己的企业,我们相信,像广州景丽伦建材有限公司这样有效的利用电子商务的企业会越来越多,借助互联网来实现电子商务产业化变革,为公司的发展带来无限商机,也是必然选择。

 



6月29日,大转型时代企业移动电子商务策略分析会上相关数据显示,2012年手机网民的规模接近6亿,市场规模达到700亿元,其中移动电子商务市场规模达到66.7亿元,同比爆发式增长530.1%。许多业内人士纷纷表示,当前的环境正是中小企业发展的大好时机。中国体育赛事商圈的成功搭建正是显示了当前中小企业进驻移动互联网的机遇和挑战,商家资讯,中国体育赛事商圈负责人表示:移动互联网是中小企业长远发展的必经之路,若不能成功进入其中,企业今后发展将举步维艰。


中国体育赛事商圈是国内移动互联网服务机构“总来网”打造的体育行业企业免费信息发布平台,提供最快速、最全面、最专业的体育新闻和赛事报道,主要有国内足球、国际足球、篮球、NBA、综合体育、奥运、F1、网球、高尔夫、棋牌、彩票、视频、图片等栏目,为国内广大爱好体育文化及关注体育赛事的用户群提供了一个专业的移动互联网平台,不仅可以通过pc互联网浏览网站,还可以通过手机等移动互联网中断设备随时、随地、随身了解体育资讯。

中国体育赛事商圈的负责人表示:中国体育赛事商圈的目标是借助移动互联网产业的发展势头,打造顶级的体育赛事平台,利用移动互联网产业的便捷性特点,提高人们对体育赛事信息的共享程度。中国体育赛事商圈将借助移动互联网趋势,完成从传统互联网转型移动互联网的飞跃,我们有理由相信依靠其合作伙伴“总来网”的技术优势及其本身的资源优势,2012年中国体育赛事商圈必将成为体育赛事行业的一颗启明星。


中国体育赛事商圈的诞生也是借势于此,与总来网进行了长期友好合作,搭建成手机和电脑共同应用的双模平台,用户可以在手机和电脑上查询体育赛事信息的发布和共享,从而方便人们随时、随地、随身地对于自己感兴趣的即时体育赛事进行关注。在中国体育赛事商圈您甚至可以注册会员,任何体育赛事的上下游企业都可以注册,可以进行信息的发布,满足体育爱好者的需求。


2012年是不平凡的一年,之所以不平凡是因为如今移动互联网的发展呈现一个爆发趋势。传统互联网已经发展成熟,人们可以通过网络实现社交、购物、娱乐,信息查询等各项功能,从而满足人们的需求。中小企业也可以通过网络进行商机发布和获取,企业的形象展示和宣传推广,满足中小企业信息化的发展,而现在个人应用和企业级应用都在向移动互联网过渡,借着移动互联网的春风争夺一席之地。


  中国移动互联网应用处理器产业竞争态势

  2011年全球移动互联网终端应用处理器市场销售额已达77.1亿美元,同比增长49.7%。从应用结构来看,2011年智能手机应用处理器市场的销售额为68.0亿美元,占整个市场88.2%的份额。从品牌结构来看,2011年高通在全球移动互联网终端应用处理器市场中排名第一,销售额达35.0亿美元,市场份额为45.4%,商家资讯;苹果以23.6%的市场份额排名第二;TI则以16.6%的市场份额排名第三。全球移动通信网络已经迈进3G时代并逐步向LTE演进,随着移动终端软件和应用服务的不断增多,大众对终端产品的需求量将持续增长。预计到2016年,全球移动互联网终端应用处理器市场规模将达到372.3亿美元,年均复合增长率为37.0%。

  由于平板电脑与智能手机在功能上越来越趋同,因此对应用处理器的要求也大致相同。这就导致智能手机应用处理器厂商同时也是平板电脑应用处理器厂商。移动互联网终端应用处理器厂商主要有高通、苹果、TI、三星、Marvell、Nvidia、博通、VIA、英特尔、瑞芯、中星微、盈方微、Amlogic等。

  在快速增长的终端产量的拉动下,国内移动互联网终端应用处理器市场规模也在逐年扩大。2011年中国移动互联网终端应用处理器市场规模达到328.1亿元,同比大增232.9%。市场呈现新的发展趋势,如:终端产量呈现爆发式增长,操作系统成为影响市场发展的重要因素,国内企业崭露头角等。国内移动互联网终端应用处理器市场,一方面受到国家政策、技术进步和低端产品的快速普及等有利因素的推动,一方面受到国内外经济形势和低成本等因素的制约。

  中国成为全球移动互联网终端生产制造基地

  经过多年的发展,中国已经成为全球移动互联网终端生产制造基地,其中智能手机产量占全球产量的60%以上。由于移动互联网终端制造是劳动密集型产业,国外终端品牌如苹果、三星、诺基亚、摩托罗拉等为了降低成本,纷纷在中国建设生产厂,或寻求富士康、东信等EMS(电子制造服务)企业代工。中国移动互联网终端的产量也随之迅速增长。

  未来五年中国移动互联网终端应用处理器市场仍将保持持续增长的态势,年复合增长率将保持在40.5%。预计到2016年,市场规模将达到1795.9亿元。其中,智能手机应用处理器市场仍将占据较大的市场份额。


这种模式在日本曾经极大地加快了移动互联网的发展,不过,由于运营商把持一切,事实上造成垄断资源的现象,此外,这种模式有些过于复杂,远不如苹果的iPhone+App Store式的模式那样灵活。

一个典型日本人的一天通常是这样开始的:早上8点,掏出他的夏普牌手机,用手机里的优惠券去附近的麦当劳买早点,并直接用手机支付。然后再用手机地图查看自己的出行线路,用手机刷卡直接进入地铁站准备去上班。在长达几十分钟的上班路上,他会掏出手机享受里面极其丰富的服务:玩一会GREE公司提供的社交游戏,也可以在“eBookJapan”里面下载一部最新的日本漫画,或者在Mixi的手机社交网站中看看朋友们在干什么……

日本过去以运营商为主导的移动互联网模式在本质上是一种封闭的模式,在其发展初期用户甚至不能通过手机接入互联网,只能在i-Mode内部接受运营商的各种服务。


2011年被认为是日本智能手机用户的教育年,在日本的各大手机卖场,功能手机已经悄然不见,几乎全部换成运营商定制的各种智能手机。

日本的手机广告同样高度发达。日本电通、博报堂等大型广告公司与运营商合资成立网络广告代理媒体公司,手机用户通过这些代理公司链接到某手机广告客户的网站上。日本手机是单项收费的,用户无须为手机广告付费。和PC网络广告类似,日本的手机广告中手机搜索广告也是最重要的一块。2011年日本手机广告约有40%来自手机搜索广告。

2007年,GREE公司推出了一款手机钓鱼社交游戏,并立马成为人们上下班路上玩得不亦乐乎的一个应用,许多日本人一个月花费3500日元到7000日元(约合278元-556元人民币)在这款游戏上。


管道化运营

最后一根稻草


即使是数据业务高度发达日本的运营商,一开始也并非是想通过增值业务赚大钱,其发展增值业务的主要目的是为了为用户提供更好的服务,以留住这些客户,语音、流量等基础业务永远是运营商最重要的业务。

2005年4月,NTT DoCoMo注资1000亿日元(9.45亿美元),获得三井住友信用卡公司34%的股份,双方合作推出“ID”子品牌的移动支付业务。2006年3月,NTT DoCoMo又注资10亿日元,获得瑞穗金融集团关联企业UCCard18%的股权。2006年3月,NTT DoCoMo投入7690万美元购买日本第二大便利连锁商店Lawson (罗森)2%的股份,以使得DoCoMo的用户可以在Lawson的100个商店内使用手机支付货款。

2007年苹果推出iPhone后,日本最大的运营商NTT DoCoMo曾经很希望引入iPhone,但和苹果的谈判以失败告终。因为乔布斯干净利落地拒绝了NTT DoCoMo在iPhone中植入大量运营商自身的服务的要求。


当许多日本移动互联网公司开始推出自己的智能手机服务,其本质上仍然和功能手机无异。以日本著名的手机社交游戏公司DeNA为例,尽管DeNA在智能手机上推出了自己的手机App客户端,但是用户点进去仍然转成了html的网页页面,用户实际上还是用网页登陆了DeNA,用户也没有用到陀螺仪、GPS等智能手机核心的配置。

在日本的移动互联网发展过程中,运营商始终牢牢地占据主导地位,其他如手机厂商、银行、移动互联网IT公司等,都围绕着运营商这个核心开展业务。运营商和服务提供商(SP)及内容提供商(CP)按比例分成,运营商起到代收费的作用,其代表模式是NTT DoCoMo推出的i-Mode模式。

自从2007年苹果推出iPhone并一炮走红后,美国迅速取代日本成为世界移动互联网发展的新发动机。人们把美国的苹果、Google、Square、Zynga变成新的朝圣地,其风头远远盖过日本。 尽管,日本国民时至今日依旧享受着世界上最好的移动服务。


再如许多中国移动互联网创业者早几年就在喊的“O2O”模式,几年下来在国内一直没有太大起色,其本质就是缺乏手机支付这样的基础设施,线下商家很难和手机上的应用产生先进的商业模式,商家很难通过用户的手机采集到真实的用户消费信息,因此通过“O2O”帮助商家精准营销多半就变成一句口号。

由于日本人购买手机绝大部分都是直接从运营商的渠道购买,日本很少有类似于中国的迪信通这样发达的手机社会零售渠道,因此运营商对手机的掌控极强。


日本移动互联网缘起

此后,孙正义领导下的软银率先在日本引入iPhone。这种革命性的手机终端起初在日本销售也波澜不惊,但在更好用的iPhone3GS和iPhone4推出后,日本国内迅速掀起了抢购iPhone的热潮。


因此,过渡到智能手机时代,并没有给日本运营商带来灭顶之灾;相反,当移动互联网应用的创新速度被大大加快,日本用户成为最大的受益者,掌握基础服务的运营商尽管面临“管道化”的情况,但修好管道不正是运营商最应该干好的事情吗?


相比之下,中国的手机上网资费仍然显得过于昂贵。例如中国联通的3G套餐,每月花186元人民币可以使用650MB的流量,但是一旦套餐用完流量超出,其收费高达0.3元/MB。

和中国及美国很不一样的是,日本是先有移动互联网,再发展互联网。在日本,PC互联网的上网费用一度非常昂贵,这给移动互联网的发展留下了伏笔。许多日本人家中甚至根本没有PC,一部手机就能满足他的大部分联网需求。

2006年,日本第二大电信运营商KDDI向当时还名不见经传的手机社交公司GREE投资了约3000万元人民币,使得该公司年轻的创业者田中良和得以渡过难关,没想到,这笔投资竟然极大地改变了日本人上下班路上的生活。

以手机支付为例,为能顺利推广手机支付,日本的运营商们花费大价钱入股银行和便利店等上下游企业。


发达的通信网络让日本整个移动互联网产业快速起飞。包括手机音乐、手机阅读、手机支付、手机游戏、手机广告、手机视频在内的各种移动服务蓬勃发展,并成长出一大批如GREE、DeNA这样知名的移动互联网企业。


在近年经济乏善可陈的日本,手机社交游戏被称做过去10年日本经济的最大增长点,如今,这一市场的增长速度仍然让人非常惊叹,GREE最新一季度的营业收入增长高达190%,该公司预计,其2012财年的营收将达到22亿美元——要知道拥有8亿用户的Facebook目前也不过只有37亿美元营收,考虑到主攻日本市场的GREE用户数仅有2890万,其赢利能力非常惊人。

 


如果把移动互联网上的应用比喻成各种跑车,那么3G网络就是一条高速公路,这条高速公路的质量直接决定了上面的车能跑多快。作为运营商来说,它最主要的任务应该是去努力建好这条高速公路,而不是本末倒置自己去造跑车。


日本的经验表明,运营商不应该再本末倒置地花大力气和民间创业者竞争做音乐、阅读、游戏等业务,而应该老老实实地把基础设施建设好,例如提升网络通信质量、降低流量资费、铺设好支付系统。

日本功能手机向智能手机过渡的进程依旧远远慢于美国。目前,日本智能手机的普及率在15%左右,仍然大大低于美国的35%。究其原因,日本过去发达的功能手机已经能够满足大部分的需求。

对于应用开发者来说,通过苹果的App Store或者谷歌的Android Market提交应用的速度大大超过原先和运营商合作时的速度,并可以随时更新,创新的门槛被大大降低,而灵活度却大大提高了,因此智能手机中的应用很快变得繁荣起来。从这个意义上来说,开放是移动互联网的大势所趋,就连能够提供极其丰富服务的日本运营商,也抵挡不住开放的滚滚洪流。


例如日本运营商定制的Android智能手机里面普遍加入了手机支付模块、手机电视模块等特色应用,还有运营商自己的软件商店等基础服务,日本的运营商依旧牢牢控制着移动互联网这条高速公路,不管上面跑的是哪个牌子的车,它都能从中收钱。

然而,智能手机开放的理念却成为冲击日本固有的移动互联网模式的最后一根稻草,以i-Mode为代表的运营商业务受到严重冲击。

自从移动运营商开放了移动互联网自由访问互联网及下载程序后,就不能挡住民间开发者所创造的极其丰富的应用。

运营商的羽翼

这样的情况带来的好处是一些关键标准高度统一。例如运营商定制的手机内部都会预置手机支付模块,也会预装二维码识别软件,因此这些应用很快就在日本迅速推广开来,极大地促进了日本移动互联网商业模式的繁荣。

当中国从日本把这种模式移植到中国时,这种运营商垄断资源的模式更是造成了严重的内部腐败。运营商仅仅依靠庞大的用户资源就能获得超额垄断收益,而电信增值业务提供商(SP)也常常将精力放在维护和移动运营商的关系上,而不是真正提升用户体验。

虽然运营商的增值业务受到很大冲击,但是日本运营商的数据流量、支付等基础业务仍然拥有雄厚的功底。

此外,互联网和日本运营商控制的移动互联网相互隔绝,使用体验很不一样,很让用户感到烦恼。在iPhone为代表的智能手机兴起后,这种日本式的封闭模式遭受到了极大的冲击,因为用户可以自由用手机访问移动互联网,也可以在App Store这样的软件商店中自由下载程序。

尽管日本运营商定制的各种功能手机的服务已经相当强大,但是iPhone这样的智能手机的用户体验要远远优于日本式的传统功能手机。此后,日本三大运营商又引入多款Android智能手机。


可以说,一个日本人出门只需要带一部手机,就可以满足几乎所有基本需求。这种发达的移动互联网应用环境,日本早在5年前就已经高度成熟。

例如在中国,一些学习日本的移动运营商相继爆出腐败大案,移动运营商的高管接受电信增值业务提供商(SP)的好处而使其获得额外的好处,这种带有垄断色彩的机制大大扼杀了整个产业的创新活力。

不过,日本运营商高度强势的体制,极大地扼杀了手机终端厂商的创新活力,这为日本移动互联网日后受到美国模式的冲击埋下伏笔。


日本社交游戏之所以快速爆发,也和NTT DoCoMo及KDDI等日本运营商的大力推动密不可分——运营商为社交游戏搭建了非常完善的生态链,日本社交游戏80%的付费通过运营商完成,非常便利。此外,运营商搭建了统一的基于WAP的手机网页社交游戏格式,让开发商和用户都获得便利。

移动互联网时代经常被创业者们提起的O2O(线上到线下)模式,在日本快速发展起来。基于二维码和手机支付的各种新兴商业模式层出不穷。

在日本,运营商都有自己强大的手机终端定制部门,他们直接向夏普、东芝、京瓷、NEC这样的手机厂商下达指令,在清单中详细列出他们所需要的手机的各种规格。

日本移动互联网的大部分应用场景都发生在上下班路上。由于房地产价格昂贵,大部分日本人都住在城市郊区,每天需要依赖公共交通上下班,这段时间成为移动互联网应用最好的爆发窗口。

其结果是,手机厂商几乎沦为运营商的代工厂商。运营商对手机终端的强势控制,最终导致日本手机厂商的创新活力不足,因此日本迟迟没有诞生一款如iPhone这样强大的终端。


因此许多较耗费流量的移动互联网应用,在月底时其访问流量都会猛降,因为用户担心产生巨额的流量收费,因此手机网游、手机视频、手机动漫等耗流量的应用在中国发展比较缓慢。

对于消费者来说,手机终端正是他们接受移动互联网服务最直接的载体,因此iPhone这样的新型智能终端一经出现就对日本产生了巨大冲击。

“多年来,求购信息,无数的美国科技专家在日本奔波,当他们惊奇地看到NTT DoCoMo以及任天堂的无线设备所能提供的功能(及速度)时,都不无羞怯地把自己那相对破旧的手机塞回口袋……”这是摩根士丹利一份移动互联网报告的开头。在本世纪初的很长一段时间里,以NTT DoCoMo为代表的日本企业成为全世界移动互联网从业者最理想的朝圣目的地,而那时的美国硅谷,还只是移动互联网发展中很不起眼的一极。

假如你在路上感到口渴,就可以用手机直接在街边的自动售货机上购买饮料,只需选择好你喜欢的饮料,然后在传感器上刷一下手机,就完成支付了,类似的商业应用遍布日本大街小巷。

日本移动互联网中最值得一提的当属手机支付,日本几大运营商推出的手机支付几乎覆盖全国的便利店、地铁、餐馆,在日本,手机就是钱包。

早在2001年10月,日本最大的电信运营商NTT DoCoMo就开通了全球第一个WCDMA商用3G网络。2002年,日本第二大移动通信运营商KDDI获得CDMA2000的3G牌照。2005年,软银移动获得3G牌照。日本3G市场“三分天下”的格局由此形成,其3G网络高速发展。日本3G用户的比例至今仍是全球最高,超过90%。


因此中国的移动互联网跑车们能跑多快,到头来还是要看运营商们把这条高速公路修的多好。在此之前,创业者们不要急着去造高速跑车。

这是一份详细得“令人发指”的清单,里面详细规定着手机用的物料、设计的样式、里面装的软件。日本的移动运营商的手机终端部门,甚至比许多手机厂商的人还要懂手机。

 

从日本的经验看,移动互联网的真正爆发,是在手机上网资费大幅度降低后。在日本,流量不封顶包月套餐的广泛普及,极大地推动了移动互联网的发展。在日本,灵活的不封顶资费套餐采用双平面的收费标准,每月最低消费仅为900日元,到一个消费量后封顶,约为4900日元。人们可以无所顾忌地无限制使用手机流量。


  很多家长为了不让孩子长时间面对电脑进行学习,直接采用下载打印的方式来辅助孩子学习,不过下载打印很多家长都需要去打印店完成,有些下载后通过优盘拷贝到打印店进行打印,而有些学生家长是直接去打印店进行下载打印,这两种方式都感觉比较麻烦。很多家长在这个过程中感觉非常累,不过一切为了孩子累点苦点也是值得的,商家网

  如今在互联网时代普及大众后,学校教学、学生学习方式、家长为孩子提供资料的方式发生巨大变化,因此PC电脑、pad、打印机已经慢慢成为了很多家庭必备的主流学习文具,特别是一到三线城市,学校的电子化教学和远程教学方式非常普及,四到六线城市也在慢慢跟进,此外目前非常流行的“网校”这个名词相信很多家长都所有了解。作为孩子的家长,都有“望子成龙望女成凤”想法,因此让孩子接受更多教育和更好的教育一直家长梦寐以求的事情。

  通过调查了解,其实很多家长还是需要打印机,特别是学生打印机,能够更好的辅助孩子学习,但是由于家长感觉打印机应用门槛高,耗材成本高等原因,所以一直都在选择打印店来打印。

  而无论是网校学习,还是平时通过互联网的各种学习平台来复习,都离不开PC电脑、pad和打印机,特别是打印机,在这种新型的学习应用中,能够帮助家长学生把网上的复习资料和练习题打印在纸张上,来满足学生学习和日常练习的需求。事实上PC电脑在家庭的普及率已经非常高,但是打印机目前在很多家庭还没有真正的达到普及,在这种新型的教学和学习方式下,家庭用户拥有一台打印机是非常有必要的。


  相信有很多学生家长都想过,如果我自己家里有一台打印机,那么我就不需要每天都跑打印店,而且能够快速的让孩子复习自己想要的课程。究竟是什么原因造成家长宁愿天天跑复印店也不愿意购买打印机呢?通过调查显示,其中有一部分学生家长认为对打印机不太了解,平时使用起来非常麻烦;还有一部分用户认为喷墨打印机耗材成本太高,买得起机器用不起,喷墨打印机闲置时间长后,容易堵头;售后服务很麻烦等等…….

  在互联网时代,家庭学生用户拥有一台打印机来辅助日常学习这已经成为必然趋势,但是在家用打印机较多的情况下,如何选择一台真正适合家庭学生用户的打印机确实需要综合对比考虑,在今年联想推出的联想家用激光打印机打破了家用打印机的市场格局,为家庭用户量身定制了家用打印解决方案,真正定位在帮助用户解决各种打印问题,成为家庭学生用户的新选择。

  互联网、网校学习对打印机的需求分析


  随着互联网技术应用的不断普及化,互联网对人们的工作、生活、学习都产生了很大的影响,其中学习这块更加值得肯定,早在10多年前,教、学的方式完全局限于课本上的资料以及老师布置的课外作业,条件好的可能会去书店买点复习资料或者练习手册等等。

  从家庭用户实际调查了解中能够看到,学生家长在选购和应用家用打印机时,还是存在很多的困扰,比如说耗材成本问题、使用堵头问题,售后服务方面的问题等等,虽然目前家庭用户存在很多困扰,但是家长认为还是需要有一台家用打印机来解决日常打印需求的,只是需要有一台能够正在满足家庭用户多方面需求的打印机。据我们了解联想综合了现代家庭用户的各种打印需求,比如说成本方面、打印品质、服务方面,为家庭用户量身定制了新型家用打印机——联想家用激光打印机,并且提出了三好打印机的标准,“品质好、成本好、服务好”,是学生必备的新型学习文具,为家长省心、省力、省钱。

那么,华为,你愿意变得更有文化吗?

军人出身的任正非可以在华为创建的初期通过雷厉风行的手段和策略来迅速壮大华为击垮对手,但发展到如今,我们却不得不认真思考一下,任正非一直坚持提倡的“狼性”管理方式对现在的华为是否百利而无一害。

如今,腾讯在国内互联网这条黑灯瞎火的道路上已经摸爬滚打了14年,它走着自己的路,然后让别人无好路可走。


或许现在对百度来说,最关键的问题不是去寻找自己的那个所谓“增长点”,而是去努力寻找自己的“中心点”,打造的自己的用户平台。

或许,一个有趣的事实是,思科可以帮助中国政府筑长城,但华为却因为美国和澳大利亚的怀疑而无法更深入地参与当地市场的竞争。


他们是国内互联网企业的四大巨头,他们的业务对应着社交、搜索、电商以及硬件设备等领域,不仅在国内市场呼风唤雨,更纷纷显露出角逐国际市场的野心。

在刚刚过去的2012年第一财季,百度营收达到42.64亿人民币,净利润为18.83亿人民币,同比双双增长七成以上,同期,百度在国内搜索市场的份额达到78.5%,遥遥领先于已经退出大陆市场的谷歌(16.6%),在纳斯达克上的市值将近500亿美元。

 

但腾讯还要面对一个比上述更加严峻的现实问题,现在,全球经济形势都不容乐观,欧洲大陆只有德国形势较佳,西班牙、意大利的经济近乎崩溃,国内的经济远景也不被看好,在未来一个相当长的时间内,经济增长可能逐步放缓,而最糟糕的结果莫过于出现硬着陆,在美国,经济在震荡中缓慢复苏。

如今,腾讯身处一个瞬息万变的大变局之中,向左,还是向右,是活路还是死路,这都要它自己来选,而一旦选错,就再也没有回路。


如果说“恶名市场”对国内的用户来说不过是一件无关痛痒的小事,那么最近频繁暴露出的淘宝腐败、买卖诚信及评价欺诈等问题则和国内用户的切身利益有着息息相关的联系。


那究竟谁会在乎商业伦理和道德呢?将来马云、淘宝及整个阿里巴巴集团都必须面对的国际市场在乎,虽然缓慢但在将来会逐渐成熟的国内市场也在乎。

腾讯对自己的定位究竟是什么?


但如果市场对Facebook的营收结构都感到不满意,那对收入比例更加悬殊的腾讯又会有多少信任呢?更何况游戏用户一直都是相对不稳定的用户群体,腾讯又如何保证长期稳定的营收?

但是,腾讯的这种简单粗暴的发展策略,却很容易使对手寻找到机会瞅准弱点攻其不备。所以,我们会看到在市场上,QQ拼音用户比不过搜狗输入法,腾讯的电商完全比不过淘宝,腾讯的搜搜在和百度的交锋中完全处于劣势。

如果让苹果、Google、微软都为之殚精竭虑的移动市场都不足以让百度认识到其重要性和价值,那么百度自己所认为的增长点究竟是什么?是最近才计划推出的手机?还是似是而非的“百度云”?

有那么多的选择,百度偏偏选择了最简单粗暴最短视的办法,于是,现在腾讯、新浪瓜分国内微博市场,而再无后来者插足之地。


Facebook和Google的股价近期一直在下滑,淘宝如今因为一系列内部问题而处于舆论的风口浪尖,思科将化为视作自己的头号大敌。腾讯、百度、阿里巴巴、华为四家公司,最近因为各种原因频繁出现于人们的视野中。


我们不会怀疑华为的技术开发能力,也不担心它未来的发展前景,但华为的企业文化却很有可能在未来影响它的国际化道路,使它在赶超思科和爱立信的道路艰难不少。

在营收方面,腾讯和Facebook恰恰形成一个鲜明而有趣的对比,营收结构都显单薄而不健康,只不过两者的组成比例恰好颠倒。

但是,或许和人们惯有的认知有所差异,国际市场层面的竞争并不是你死我往的生存游戏,而更像是相互妥协之下的划地而治。竞争不是一个非胜即败的“零和游戏”,更需要相互合作与避让,不是台面上的针尖对麦芒,却更像是暗中的勾心斗角。

市场份额和销售收入都可以通过技术优势慢慢获得,事实上,华为在20多年的时间里就取得了今天的成绩。但一种企业文化和价值观的建立和灌输却需要华为花费数倍的时间,而无数事实已经证明,一家没有自己独一价值观和文化的企业也许会壮大,也许会发展得很炫目,但却永远不会成长为一家伟大的企业。在很多时候,我们和别人的差距恰好就由这些看似毫无意义的细节决定。

如果是出于对国内整体网络环境的考虑,百度也完全可以和当时国内的其他微博产品一样,取消严格的身份验证机制,甚至百度完全可以不差钱地将其一直运营下去,慢慢积累人气并改进产品,为将来的社交战略留后手。


这些问题是腾讯必须要面对并解决的,也是每一个急速扩张的公司应该考虑到的。

或许,对国内的企业来说,在一个开放不过三十多年且尚不完全的市场中,缺乏的不是政策和人才,不是资金和机遇,不是技术和环境,而是一个整体的商业道德体系的建立。而基于资本主义精神的商业道德体系的缺失在很大程度上决定了中国在未来很长一段时间里会很难诞生自己的IBM、微软、苹果及Google。

百度似乎一直无心构建自己的社交服务,创始于2003年的百度贴吧,本来有机会从一个松散的社区发展成一个极具黏性的社交平台,可是直到如今,我们也未看到百度在这方面的努力。

现在华为在国际市场的介入程度越来越深,仅2011年就有八成以上的收入都来自海外市场,国际化路线愈发明显。

一直到现在,我们都必须承认,任正非无疑创造了一个奇迹,在国内的大环境下,靠技术起家的华为能取得今天这样的成绩,不得不说是一件非常了不起的事情。


没有自己的社交平台,在移动端没有任何优势,连自己拿得出手的用户服务都没有,百度一直到现在都没有建立起自己的生态平台。

灯火阑珊处的百度

现在在百度身上一个首先的问题就是,在它眼中似乎只有传统的社区,而无社交的概念。

李彦宏认为移动互联网还没有找到合适的商业模式,所以用户再多也会失败。言外之意或在于百度无意在盈利模式尚不成熟的移动端投入过多精力。


 

单纯的以机械高效的模式促进企业的高速成长在企业初期或许是一把利器,但随着企业的成长成熟以及国际市场的开放,这样显得落后和粗暴的企业文化无疑很有可能会阻碍企业内部的和谐和进一步发展。


但让百度在未来后悔的远不止社交这一方面,或许更让人担忧的是他们现在在移动端所表现的态度。

爱立信2011年的销售额方面(332亿美元)稍微领先于华为,在净利(18.4亿美元)上则略逊后者,两项数据较2010年均大幅上扬了12%;而思科的销售收入为432亿美元,较上年增长7.9%,净利润为65亿美元,和2010财年相比下跌16.4%。


或许仅是上述数据就足以从一个侧面反映这些年来百度的持续高速增长势头,而且很明显,百度在国内市场的垄断地位在未来很长一段时间内还不可能被打破。

更显而易见的问题是,被过度宣扬和神化的“狼性”精神在很大程度上使得华为内部的员工处于一种高度紧张和戒备的精神状态,而这样的情况导致的最严重结果就是华为工程师们因病去世的消息不绝于耳。


现在腾讯的战略不禁有些过分芜杂,它的整个产品线还是太长太多,腾讯在各个领域都在布局,的确,对一个拥有7亿用户的产品来说,轻易推出的任何一项服务都会产生足够的影响。

在2011年,淘宝网的销售额超过8000亿人民币,淘宝商城则超过1000亿,而Amazon的销售总额为480亿美元,eBay只有50亿美元。据推算,包括淘宝网、淘宝商城和一淘网在内的淘宝业务在2011年营收为88亿元人民币,最近三年增长率分别为97%、123%和150%。

而最后整体大环境的衰落并不意味着腾讯的一家独大,反而有可能会使腾讯最后在温水中慢慢衰弱。

尽管阿里巴巴方面一直努力希望能够将淘宝从美国方面的“恶名市场”(Notorious Markets)名单中除名,但事实上却并没有成效。

而淘宝上的现象只是整个国内商业环境的一个缩影。


2008年的时候,马云表示自己饿死也不会做游戏,但反讽的是,现在当马云的事业蒸蒸日上春风得意的时候,淘宝却在不久前低调地加入了网页游戏的战局。

微软、Google和苹果是敌手,但在它们之间依旧会进行合作。乔布斯生前喋喋不休地咒骂Google推出Android的行为,但这并不会影响iPhone及iPad继续内置Google的服务,微软和苹果是市场上的直接竞争对手,但这也不会影响他们之间的交叉专利授权。

如今的百度固然享受着由这个封闭的市场所带来的垄断福利,可是,将来随着这个市场的开放以及别人的介入,百度还能像今天这样享尽一切繁华吗?


那么,现在留给腾讯的唯一也是最后的选择只有整合现有的产品线,幸运的是,它选择了自己主动求变去应付变局,但不幸的是,它却挑了如今这样一个糟糕的时机。


马云的道德困境

乍看上去,虽然和思科还有不小的差距,但却很有可能在不远的将来超越爱立信。

市场上从来没有永恒的对手,有的只是永远的利益。

如今的事实证明,社交媒体上的身份真实化不仅是行业发展的趋势,也是整个宏观层面的决策使然。试想,基于这种注重真实身份的差异性,如果百度坚持下去,将贴吧、问答等一系列社区化产品与其整合的话,或许有可能打造出属于自己的一个社交平台。


但这并不意味着百度就可以高枕无忧,相反,我们认为至少在目前的百度还存在着不少问题,而如果这些问题不被重视、不能妥善解决,这些如今看起来只是微不足道的细节和技术性问题很有可能衍变成阻碍百度进一步成长甚至威胁到它发展的顽疾。

整体经济大环境的疲软势必会严重影响腾讯的扩张和战略调整,而这种影响最坏的结果莫过于在由于整体宏观形势导致的业绩下滑中,腾讯改弦更张重又走回粗放扩张的老路。

根据近日公布的腾讯公司2012年第一季度财报显示,公司营收为96.48亿人民币,而游戏方面的收入已经超过了50亿,广告收入却只有6%不到。早前Facebook提交的招股说明书中的数据显示,信息分类,公司85%的收入来自广告,而12%源于Zynga平台上的游戏。

如果马云的失信只是无伤大雅的在商言商而已,只是在商业利益面前理想和道德感溃败的问题,那么,相比之下,淘宝的问题就要严重得多。

如今,淘宝已经成为国内B2C电商市场上绝对的霸主,按照马云的计划,阿里巴巴要做百年老店,那么淘宝不可避免地进入国际市场。可是,如今的淘宝积弊丛生,而且看起来,要解决淘宝在商业道德方面的问题,还要马云他们付出非常的精力和时间。


如果百度还是坚持如今单一的发展策略,还是固步自封而不知变革,还是不能冷静长远地制定计划,只怕到未来某个时候,等待百度的将是灯火阑珊的惨淡境遇。

向来被视作中国不多的几个可以称之为“企业家”的马云食言了,阿里巴巴B2B公司的私有化预计花费25亿美元,与Yahoo达成的股权回购协议需要超过60亿美元的现金,要赎身要发展要壮大,都需要钱,一切归根到底都是钱的问题。


对绝大多数用户来说,他们不会在意阿里巴巴有没有遵守什么商业道德,他们要的只是在淘宝上买到物美价廉的商品,而商户也不会把马云的诺言放在心上,他们只会在服务费用上调的时候才会表达自己的不满。


 


尽管市场的本质就是竞争。但是,如今的爱立信和思科依旧是行业内的龙头,而这样地位的取得不止是单纯的市场份额及收入等数据所可以涵盖的,还包括两者数十年苦心经营的资源和网络。


随着平台的发展和壮大,用户和商户越来越多,淘宝自身在发展过程中因为过于辉煌的成绩而被掩盖起来的问题开始逐渐显露出来。一年多以前公司高管卫哲的黯然离职并没有在根本上改变淘宝弊病的逐渐恶化,我们看到了马云的努力和决心,但是让人没有想到的是,马云花了大力气去敲山,但老虎不仅没有被震动,反而更加隐蔽与猖狂。

或许对消费者和商家他们而言,他们在淘宝上的买卖精力更像是真正的“淘宝”和冒险,买家必须要小心谨慎同时还要做好自己被骗的准备,而卖家也要提防恶意买家的差评圈套,双方的商业行为并未建立在成熟完善的商业规则和道德基础上,即使欺诈交易的比例殊微,但也会对整个市场的信心造成不可估量的打击和影响。

而观念上的差异最明显的例证莫过于“百度说吧”的来去匆匆,我们可以理解腾讯微博可以依赖通腾讯产品的覆盖力积累超过3亿的用户,可以理解新浪可以通过不断烧钱和亏损来支撑整个微博平台,但我们实在无法理解为什么百度只经过一年的运营就匆匆关闭了自己的微博平台。

2011年,华为的销售收入达到2039亿人民币(折合323.9亿美元),较之2010年的1825亿涨幅超过11%,但相对营收,华为的净利润却更加吸引人们的关注,116亿人民币(18.5亿美元)的成绩同比大跌近53%。

对腾讯来说,市场上所有的问题都不是问题,它都可以解决,但是,却有一个根深蒂固的课题需要腾讯去面对解答。

在这一点上,百度和腾讯恰好形成强烈的对比,如果说腾讯是“广撒网”的发展模式,那么百度恰恰是“安稳、守成”的代表,腾讯的问题是战线太长的话,百度的问题却是连能撑起自己平台的重量级产品都没有。

想想,百度到现在为止甚至连自己的邮箱服务都没有!

华为的狼图腾

那么,任正非和华为的“狼性”精神会不会打破这种微妙的平衡感。

或许,一直被外界视作理想主义者的马云自己也会有些在意。

一种紧张而心照不宣的平衡感,或许这是对巨头们在市场上的竞争的最好形容。


他们的成功,他们的失败,他们的经验和教训,他们的现状和未来,或许对国内所有的互联网公司都有着借鉴意义和价值。在四篇文章中,我们将对他们分别作出评述,首先要说的是腾讯。

可是在淘宝业务快速增长的同时,它的口碑和信誉却在以更快的速度流失着。

对马云来说,坚持自身的道德感,是意志的问题,建立起阿里巴巴的商业道德意识,是时间和能力的问题,可是,要将这个国内市场纳入一个讲究商业道德的轨道和体系,却已经远远超过马云和阿里巴巴的能力范畴,即使他们再努力也很难改变整体大环境。

而更值得注意的地方在于,在各个领域肆无忌惮地扩张的腾讯,如今已经成为互联网行业名副其实的搅局者和公敌。即使其他公司的实力和影响力完全媲美腾讯,即使在商业领域只有永远的利益没有永远的敌人,但这样的恶性竞争态势,不仅在很大程度上降低了用户对互联网环境的观感,而且从长远角度来看,也严重阻碍了国内互联网的创新和活力。


 

  确定市场定位为客户提供帮助。找到创业真正要解决的现实问题,比如减肥、养生,或者弥补畅销产品的不足。很幸运能看到各种各样的成功网站,如脸书、推特等,看起来很吸引人,但风险较大,因为每名成功的创业者都会经历上千次的失败。

  将自己定位为专家。人们倾向于从他们认为是“专家”的人那里购买东西。专家的称号不再是正规的头衔或荣誉证书,今天这个称号更加意味着一名似乎是真实可见的“可信赖的朋友”,并且这名朋友不会向你兜售产品。因此,互联网创业者应当在自己网站上发布自己的地址、图片,以及直接联系信息。

  最大限度实现自动化。利用软件工具将公司的常规任务实现自动化,如接受、发送订单等。提供网络论坛,帮助客户解决各自的问题。在开发一款昂贵的定制解决方案前,商家资讯,使用免费的电子商务软件和服务,帮助你昼夜不停地创收。

  使用互联网外包工作。通过互联网将每个具体工作外包,比雇用并管理全职员工更加经济有效。尝试通过Elance.com、Guru.com 等外包网站,将自己不能完成的特定任务外包。通过外包由他人处理琐事,留出时间处理优先级别更高的工作。

  让目标受众提供创意帮助。受众的帮助,如产品意见、论坛对话、博客留言都极其宝贵,因为这些内容更加可信,并且能吸引到更多广告商的资金。

  明确一项可实现规模发展的业务。

  首先,选择一项全球通行的创业机会,如生产环保产品。然后实现生产与产品跟踪的自动化,从而不必为每个订单都投入大量的人力。最后,利用顾客反馈或促销,用较少的工作吸引更多的顾客。

  关注实现持续营收。一种在网上轻松增收的有效方法就是:使用自动更新订阅而非一次性销售。拥有稳定的产品订阅用户,意味着通过邮件广告、支持或需求建议可以实现持续的营收.

根据刚刚制定实施的《成都高新区管委会关于加快推进移动互联网产业发展的意见》,到2017年,要将成都高新区建设成为我国移动互联网产业创新先导区、高端人才汇聚区、应用服务示范区;力争培育企业上千家、新增创新产业载体过百万平方米、聚集人才超十万,产业规模2000亿元(其中应用与服务收入过500亿元),形成创新动力强劲、产业环境优越、产业特色鲜明、企业规模聚集、品牌效应显著的移动互联网产业之域。

  “高新区发展移动互联网产业正式进入了启动实施阶段,产业推进领导小组也已成立,在移动互联网产业方向上,成都高新区要先行,走在全国前列。”成都高新区管委会副主任傅学坤表示,在战略定位方向上,高新区将在全球互联网产业的总体发展趋势下,以移动互联网软件平台为核心、以基于移动互联网应用开发及服务为突破,打造国内一流、有国际影响力的移动互联网产业聚集地。

  据悉,高新区此次将设立“移动互联网产业发展专项资金”,初期为10亿元人民币,信息分类,并根据实际需要逐年递增,主要用于重点项目(企业)的引进、优势潜力企业培育、公共服务平台的建设与运营、高端人才引进等。此外,考虑到移动互联网企业具有“轻资产”特质,对于移动互联网企业贷款,高新区将给予贷款贴息等扶持,满足企业在种子期、初创期、成长期和成熟期等不同成长阶段的融资需求。

  载体保障方面,充分利用天府软件园、成都高新孵化园等现有载体资源,优先保障移动互联网产业发展需求;规划成都高新区移动互联网特色产业园区,打造产业发展核心聚集区域;继续发挥政府投资建设的引导作用,并鼓励有带动作用的龙头企业和其他社会资源参与载体建设,形成投资多元、服务专业、市场运作、功能齐备、特色鲜明、空间相对集中的载体布局。

  政策支持方面,将加强部、省、市、区联动,积极争取部、省、市级的相关政策资源,为移动互联网产业发展提供有力支持。整合现有的产业政策资源,积极向移动互联网产业倾斜。研究并出台在国内具有比较优势的移动互联网产业专门扶持政策,为企业的孵化培育和项目引进提供强有力的政策支撑。

  服务方面,将围绕人才、金融、技术等产业发展关键要素,优化并完善对应产业公共服务体系。全面开展移动互联网领域人才的招引和培育工作,引进相关培训机构,促进校企合作,建立产业人才招培供给服务体系,为产业发展提供充沛的人力资源保障。针对高端人才,为其子女入学、配偶工作等方面提供便利和支持,为留住人才激励人才提供服务。构建移动互联网产业孵化、金融服务、技术支撑和信息交流等平台体系,积极引导风险投资介入移动互联网产业,鼓励并支持与移动互联网关系紧密的应用开发、测试平台、运营平台和相应的云计算平台建设,强化科技金融在产业培育中的作用。

  招商引资和招才引智方面,将大力推进移动互联网企业的培养培育工作。与知名咨询公司、中介机构和平台企业合作,瞄准国内外知名移动互联网企业、国内移动互联网新兴潜力企业、高端人才和团队,重点引进;筛选本地移动互联网潜力企业,利用战略新兴产业专项资金,重点扶优扶强,培养明星企业和产品;以现有孵化器和创业场为基础,扩大移动互联网专业孵化器规模,并引导和鼓励社会孵化器引进和培育创业型企业。

 

  阳淼称,自己的工作平台在初期将主要是《商业价值》的智能手机移动客户端。目前该客户端具有iPhone、Android两个版本,即将推出iPad版。客户端的总安装量已经超过40万。从这段时间的统计与分析结果看,这部分用户群体呈现出专业化、活跃度高、接受新事物迅速等特点,是十分符合杂志定位的优质用户人群。他将首先尝试进一步提高用户与媒体的互动性,并提供更多符合移动阅读特点的内容,为用户提供有价值的信息服务,产品大全


  今天上午,阳淼在其本人的微博上宣布他从新京报离职并加盟《商业价值》,负责移动阅读业务。

  据悉,此前,阳淼本人曾在新京报就职5年。

 


  张鹏表示,成立于2009年的《商业价值》发展势头良好,在业界受众和广告主两个群体中都获得了广泛认可。而随着移动互联网大潮兴起,媒体信息必须向数字化、定制化、碎片化、实时化发展,并需要从过去面向"读者",进化为互联网时代的面向"用户"。基于这些考虑,杂志决策层决定启动移动媒体战略,并聘请兼具传统媒体信息加工与包装、互联网快速传播与互动两方面特长的媒体人操盘。


一位经常使用QQ头像网换头像的网友发微薄道,QQ头像是她网络生活的一部分。她的QQ头像都是从QQ头像网上搜集到的,每一次换上新的头像后,心情也变得不一样。QQ头像是不仅代表着自己不同的心情,同时还能用在发布微博、空间等其他方面。最近她正在关注搞笑QQ头像,不仅新鲜有趣,而且与众不同,在其他地方找不到的头像,QQ头像网都能满足她。她表示,换头像后,关注自己的粉丝朋友也多了起来。

随着国内互联网应用市场的不断扩大,互联网不仅加快在我们的生活节奏,改变我们的办公形式,同时也在影响着我们的休闲与娱乐方式。业内不少人士分析,如今的互联网正倾向于生活化发展,而不少真实统计数据则表明,互联网的娱乐化方向也非常明显。

QQ作为一款基于网络应用的即时沟通软件,在国内恐怕是无人不晓吧。腾讯QQ同时在线用户数及有效用户突破一亿六千万,已注册QQ用户超过6亿。QQ用户的急速增加也带动了QQ头像网()这类基于QQ应用软件网站向前发展。


据艾瑞咨询机构关于移动互联网网站访问排名数据显示,国内互联网网络应用娱乐化尤为明显。网络应用中,娱乐类占据了55%的超高比例,而游戏类占36%,音乐类网站占31%,相对来说,信息分类,网络新闻、商务类网站所占比例较低。不仅国内,整个世界互联网网站访问量也偏向于这一方向,如印度的游戏类网站占38%,娱乐类占21%;俄罗斯娱乐类网站访问量占34%,音乐类占34%,游戏类占24%。种种迹象表明,互联网娱乐化发展已非常明显。

互联网的发展推动了国内移动应用市场不断向前发展,现在的互联网用户群体也开始扩大化和年轻化,使用互联网的用户在24岁以下的用户占总人数的50%。只需稍作了解,我们就会发现,这类年轻网民上网的主要工作是网络游戏、音乐、视频、聊天工具以及社区等。互联网不断增强的娱乐功能吸引了不少年轻网民的加入。



据了解,超过90%的QQ用户会精心为自己选择QQ头像来替代个人网络形象,包括自定义以及网络购买。QQ头像网专注于为广大的QQ用户提供了多样化的高清头像选择。与同类网站相比,其头像的质量与时尚度都走在了网络最前沿。不论你是温文尔雅的80后男生、女生,在QQ头像网,可以找到海边,略带伤感与低调的头像;或者你是叛逆个性的90后,最新的卖萌、非主流QQ头像也能充分满足你的需求。另外,QQ头像网还为用户朋友提供各种带有文字的情侣头像,高清情侣双人头像,独具个性的双人头像,各种搞笑卡通头像等等。


 

周鸿祎认为,面对互联网式营销,手机厂商面临着巨大的挑战,所以需要借鉴互联网企业的基因做营销。他同时认为,绝大多数互联网公司不具备做手机的基因,其中一点是因为互联网公司不具备遍布全国的售后服务网络,造成用户售后无法保证。

周鸿祎认为,只有通过互联网式营销,降低成本,把智能机的价格做到“平易近人”提高性价比,降低上网门槛,才能让智能终端在国内有几亿用户的增长。


奇虎360董事长周鸿祎今日表示,在未来智能手机的渠道推广上,商家网,传统公开渠道、运营商渠道和互联网企业将三分天下,各占三分之一的市场份额。周鸿祎同时表示,绝大多数互联网公司不具备做手机的基因。

“与成熟的手机通信业、家电厂商合作,才能更好的保证手机的品质,今后希望推出不同价位、定位和需求的手机”。周鸿祎表示。



周鸿祎是在海尔W910智能手机发布会上做出上述表示的。据了解,海尔W910是奇虎360继与华为、阿尔卡特合作之后,推出的第三款360特供手机。周鸿祎在发布会上重申,360不做硬件、不做手机、不卖手机,只与硬件厂商合作推智能机。

2012年工业和信息化部发布的数据显示,今年二季度,我国互联网网民新增2000万人,网民总数达到5.13亿人。互联网已成为人们生活、工作、学习不可或缺的工具,正对社会生活的方方面面产生深刻影响。中国社交网站的用户群达到2.91亿人。预计未来几年还会急速增加,随着互联网生活化我国传统产品也在转变。

  传统行业的覆盖范围广泛,但其对电子商务网络营销的了解和重视程度却远远不够。不敢接受创新的经营方式甚至于排斥网络营销等,这样反而缓慢产品的推广和发展。互联网这一拥有广泛性,迅速性,便捷性等优势给无数优秀产品打开了推广之路。养生保健产品更是借助这一趋势在网购上占领了相当大的空间。例如天然温泉粉之类养生保健产品都受到了广大消费者的亲睐。

  我国多数地区人口平均寿命已超过70岁,进入了世界先进水平之列。而在2030年我国的平均年龄能增长到85岁,养生是百姓最关注的问题。该怎么养生,中国医疗矿泉专家陈炎冰认为,温泉一般含有多种活性作用的微量元素,有一定的矿化度,温矿泉可对:肥胖症、运动系统疾病、神经系统疾病,早期轻度心血管系统疾病、痛风、皮肤病都有疗效,但并不意味着有病才会泡温泉,长期泡温泉不但可以增加抵抗力,信息分类,缓解身心疲劳,还对减肥有一定功效,对很多人来说再也不用纠结于健康和减肥的矛盾之中了,据养生专家分析,日本人长寿就和长期养成的泡温泉有一定的关系。

  人们能够频繁泡温泉无疑是延年益寿的办法。由于工作地理时间经济等众多原因普通百姓很难做到长时间内泡温泉,日日泡更是幻想。天然温泉粉正是利用互联网这一广大平台,以经济 方便 实用 等诸多优势 打入消费者。代表性的产品 有瑞士纯进口天然温泉粉。

  天然温泉粉,它的天然就在于它采用的原料为瑞士赫赫有名阿尔卑斯山约三亿八千万年前的温泉结晶矿藏,其功效更胜普通温泉。无论是美容保健中心还是在养生会所那里的按摩师都会推荐这种天然温泉粉,其功效要比足疗保健更加有效。很多女性跑完温泉认为,女人常泡温泉美容的效果胜过用任何名牌化妆品,她们还认为,泡温泉应该长期坚持,有些女性指出自己以前的身材偏胖,用尽了各种办法减肥效果均不明显,自从每周坚持泡温泉后,她发现自己的身材慢慢变得娇好起来。有位老年人以前患有肩周炎,通过3个月的长期坚持温泉浴,现在症状好多了。温泉不是救死扶伤的良药但却是人们生活中保健养生不可或缺的方式。

  天然温泉粉的口号就是“瑞士阿尔卑斯山的纯天然温泉粉,养生天然,把温泉水送到您家!”快捷方便。再也不用旅行泡温泉,无论是在时间经济方便都给您带来了方便。

  互联网的飞速发展的确给人们带来更多新鲜的东西,人们冲破传统意识的同时传统产品也在转变。无论是保健还是养生始终是人们当前的主题,也希望在互联网占领更多的市场份额这一大的形式下天然温泉粉把健康带到千家万户。

  原来一个月消费会花1万元,现在低碳生活只要5千;每个月在基金、保险和孝敬父母上固定金额,轻松节流好理财。近日,2位准妈妈在“挖财”社区的分享,让不少刚组建小家庭的年轻夫妻或刚成为年轻父母的网友颇为感慨:生活更多的是平淡日子,个人理财需要及早行动。

  “麦穗妈妈爱欢欢”是位来自沈阳的准妈妈。由于有多套房产,小家庭没有家庭财务的压力。她自称,在使用手机记账理财工具“挖财”前,两人真的是大手大脚,刷信用卡、下馆子、去哪都开车,无目的的购物,用“挖财”一记账,每月1万多块的开销,很多是没啥必要的消费。

    在家休假保胎后,“麦穗妈妈爱欢欢”开始有意识地节省自己的开支。少开车、少刷卡、少开空调,既是理性消费的生活,也是低碳的生活。记账一个月下来,她发现自己一个月足足省了5千元!

  另一位准妈妈“八爪子”除了分享了自己的节流19招外,还谈了自己对开源的认识。包括选择合适自己的职业、培养理财意识、合理投资股市等。“八爪子”认为:个人理财,记账是基础,预算也很重要,她使用手机“挖财”进行记账和预算,有了合理的规划,小家庭的日子过的和和美美。

  中国农业银行浙江省分行理财师金枝俏认为,不同的人生阶段,有不同的理财目标。一些“准妈妈”们开始关注个人及家庭理财,表明不少80后女性在个人财务管理上走向成熟,企业黄页。“麦穗妈妈爱欢欢”就表示:用“挖财”,目的不是记账,而是更好地打理生活。

  据了解,“挖财”是国内最受欢迎的个人记账理财应用。业内人士表示,随着移动互联网的发展,“招商银行”、“工商银行”等手机银行,“支付宝”、“银联支付”等手机支付,“挖财”等手机财务管理工具越来越多。善于接受新事物的年轻人,将会越来越多地通过手机进行个人财务管理,实现自己财富的保值增值。

  European Central Bank held monthly monetary policy meeting, the meeting decided to leading euro-zone interest rates down from 1% to 25 basis points to 0.75 percent of the lowest level in history. The new rate came into effect from July 11 onwards.
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  However, when the ECB launched unconventional monetary easing. The European Central Bank has executed twice in December last year and February this year, three-year period refinancing operations ", three-year term loans to banks issued more than 1 trillion euros (about $ 1.32 trillion). Mario Draghi said on the 5th day of the meeting did not discuss such initiatives. solar panel
 

  Colorado wildfires continue to wreak havoc, destroying nearly 350 homes. The analysts said was burning of houses, the total market capitalization of approximately $ 110 million (about 700 million yuan).
  Reported that Colorado Springs residents are still estimating the loss of their property, and forced the cost of alternative lodging is expected that the actual loss will be much higher.
  El Paso County assessor, said that burned 341 residential market, valued at approximately $ 110.2 million. prom dress
  Colorado nearly 350 homes were burned, but the assessor's records do not have statistics all the losses in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs to provide the data show that there are 50 homes look damaged.
  Outbreak of wildfires in the state of Colorado in June. U.S. President Barack Obama announced on June 29 wildfires in Colorado as a "major disaster". He went to the disaster area on the same day inspections, commitment to the federal government will give assistance.  Beaded Dress
 


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  United States, "Bloomberg Business Week" recently published, entitled "Obesity: yet another Gulf War Syndrome," the article, the Kuwaitis condemning the U.S. fast food led to the Gulf States to become the world's second-fattest nation in the.  wedding Gowns
  United Kingdom London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, published in June data from the World Health Organization report pointed out that Kuwait has become the United States, the countries of the world's second largest obesity, 88% of Kuwaitis are overweight.
  The article analyzes the Kuwait fat people increased dramatically during the Gulf War can be traced back to 1991. Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers into Kuwait, they want to eat fast food, for a variety of fast food attendant, and quickly spread. That war is the Kuwaitis began to fast and obesity boundaries. This is true, today's Kuwaitis and other Gulf Wells Fargo residents is becoming the world's fattest people. Food culture, affluence and lack of exercise may be the most important reason. solar heater
 


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