Thursday, October 03, 2019

ALIVE INSIDE: Just watched this most beautiful documentary I've ever seen! Am inspired to pass this along!

https://www.amazon.com/Alive-Inside-Michael-Rossato-Bennett/dp/B079XW5GHL/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Alive+Inside+DVD&qid=1570166607&sr=8-1

 ALIVE INSIDE is free to view on Amazon Prime Video -- the MOST Heart-Touching film Ever! (If you don't have Amazon Prime, you can rent the DVD from Netflix or purchase it on Amazon.com)  After you view it, you might want to go to Musicandmemory.org to make a donation to this incredible program that is reaching around the country and making huge differences in people's lives.  Viewers of this documentary are being inspired to help the people in their own lives (wives, husbands, mothers, dads, grandparents, etc.) who are experiencing memory loss.  This is such a wonderful thing, started by one man who discovered the power of music and its effect on people in nursing homes that he visited.  Through his dedication over many years, millions of lives are being changed in phenomenal and awe-inspiring ways. Through the sound of beloved music from their past, life and love are surging back, bringing sparkle to the eyes and joy to the hearts (and often dancing to the feet!) of those who had lost all hope and interest in the world around them.  ❤️ 

Please give yourself the gift of viewing this film.  You will be SO GLAD you did!  Please pass it on to others if you find it as inspiring as I did.


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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Wisdom from the mouth of a child

This little boy speaks like a wise old sage :-):  (I wish he could be a
White House counselor for Trump.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzL11Kiqkf8
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Surely we Democrats can do better than oft-incoherent Biden as our nominee

This article is saying exactly what I've been thinking. I'm glad the truth about Biden is being spoken and hope it continues:  https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/trump-and-biden-both-sound-increasingly-incoherent/

We need a lucid, articulate, on-the-ball candidate -- the very best that the Democratic party can bring to the election.  Joe Biden is past his prime -- and even his prime wasn't that great.  Before he suffers any more humiliation, with the press trying to prop him up after each verbal fall, someone close to him should take him aside and tell him he just isn't cutting it.  It's not fair to anyone (Biden or us) to keep supporting him because we feel sorry he's had tough personal times in his life. He is not the right candidate for these times. As a favor to our party and the country, he needs to "fold his tent and silently steal away."   IMHO, Elizabeth Warren is the best candidate by far. Cory, Pete, Beto, Kamala and Bernie are all sharp and clear in their speech and in articulating their vision for our country.  Any one of these six candidates would be a good President, with the potential to be great.  Certainly ANYONE (including ME!) would be a better President than the idiot we have there now.  But we owe it to our country, the world, and our planet to put forth the very BEST at this most crucial period in all of Earth's history--a time when our very survival as a species is in peril.  Please pass along this article to other Democrats if you agree.
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Monday, September 02, 2019

KARDEC; An excellent new film on streaming Netflix

Just watched this French film tonight -- a lot of truth in it re. life and death.  True story. Highly recommended.  Guaranteed to bring a little wonderment into life.

https://www.netflix.com/watch/80997400?trackId=13641907&tctx=1%2C4%2Cf51aaa4f-6d45-4a2d-8f00-263b91668449-24903633%2C8e8425c4-d00f-4b3f-8f70-7cf24c91ea41_76440993X6XX1567465097504%2C8e8425c4-d00f-4b3f-8f70-7cf24c91ea41_ROOT

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Black hole gobbles neutron star - causes ripples in space and time

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/20/world/black-hole-neutron-star-scn-trnd/index.html

Something broadening to lift our minds from the idiotic tweets of an insignificant, minuscule orange creature who imagines he is the ruler of the inconsequentially tiny blue marble planet called Earth, on the far outskirts of an infinitesimally small mini-galaxy known as the Milky Way. 

Kind of puts things in better perspective, doesn't it? 

🌞

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Interesting video -- quantum physicist John Hagelin

This video runs for 16 minutes, but is well worth viewing just to get an understanding of what quantum physicists have discovered about our universe -- and us.  John Hagelin, a renowned quantum physicist, at 6 minutes into this video, begins a clear explanation of the unified field that was discovered by Albert Einstein.  For that clarity alone, this part of the video is worth viewing.

The entire video is a compilation of other people speaking of their experiences (one of whom is the actor Jim Carrey), and you can see where segments have been pieced together to get as many different ways of expressing the unified field -- with graphics and music in parts as well.  So it's not the highest quality in graphic presentation, but I think you will find it absorbing to view, simply for the scientific information.  I see it has been viewed by more than 888,000 people so far -- some of them have written in the review section about how they were affected by it.  

Because we are in a time of transition and change on our blue marble planet Earth, accompanied by fear, consternation, and planetary peril in many ways, this video can give a more balanced perspective by pointing to what is eternally real and unshakable -- and scientifically verified.  No need to take it on faith -- it is proven true.  I think you'll agree truth is something much needed in this time of Trump.

In any case, I find Hagelin's explanation of quantum field theory to be comforting and stabilizing.  Watch the video (at least from 6 minutes in) and see what you think:

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Essay about Trump-led America that says it all - read it and weep (and Vote!!!!)


I am fortunate to live in a very liberal, progressive area.  To all my friends who live in parts of the country where Trump supporters cheer at his rallies, and you feel like you are alone in the midst of craziness, please take heart and don't move away.  We are in a period of great transition in this world.  Your votes and clear seeing are needed for the change that is happening (and being opposed by the racists and ignorant among us). 

The American People From 2016 to the Present: "With Such People, You Can Do As You Please"

by Jaime O'Neill | July 20, 2019 - 6:59am

"If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer…And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also its capacity to think and to judge. And with such people, you can do as you please."

Those are the words of Hannah Arendt. She was the writer who gave us the phrase "the banality of evil" when she was writing about Adolf Eichmann and the unexceptional people who were the monstrous administrators of the Nazi extermination camps. What is so scary about such people is that they aren't really distinguishable from clerks in hardware stores, or guys who sell insurance, ordinary schlubs who, given the power to do evil and a system to do it in, will.

It's a scary thought, a long way from the cartoon villains we prefer because they are, at base, less threatening. They aren't "us;" they're "them," the bad guys, readily identifiable, anomalies, freaks.

And there are some of those. Hitler was one. Stalin, too. Kim Jong Un and Mohammed bin Salman. Duerte in the Philippines. Putin in Moscow. And Trump, as well.

But the banality is in the lesser figures, the cheering supporters swept up in the hate and fear, the scapegoating, the relentless propaganda.

And the lies.

Look back at what Arendt says above about what results when the ability to believe in the truth gets undermined. Aren't we living in a country untethered from the truth, where even the best of us no longer seem to believe in truth with enough confidence to make us do something about the ugliness we have been marinating in since even before Trump delivered that ugly inaugural address about American "carnage"?  That was a Steven Bannon production, as we may recall, part of his Goebbels-like attempt to turn off the light and replace it with shadows where phantoms lurked and white folks were endangered.

The lies have been off-loaded every day since, along with the clandestine raids on the treasury, the turning back of a vast number of regulations and bills the powerful and the privileged found inconvenient or onerous, impediments to their objectives, irritants on their journey to ever greater wealth and power. We've become a country that blatantly violates human rights, that takes children from their mothers, with a leader who calls out elected congressional representatives, targeting them for hatred and the likelihood of violence from his followers who have revealed themselves to be so much worse than "deplorables."

We appear to have lost "our capacity to act" and also our capacity to "think and judge." The rules changed overnight. Every day, we heard from the sources of information that we were "in uncharted waters," that what we were seeing from Trump and the Republicans was "unprecedented," or "not normal." Dictators we once dealt with clandestinely have been feted and praised no matter how thuggish, murderous, or oppressive to their own people. Our traditional allies have been offered offense on a regular basis. The values we liked to say guided us have been openly ignored or trashed. Grossly incompetent or corrupt people were put in charge of things. The once rather subtle power of the corporations and the lobbyists came out from under cover and became obvious.

Because, when a nation has lost a grip on the truth, when a whole damn population has "lost the capacity to think and judge," you "can do as you please."

And so "they" do. The Wall Street bulls run loose everywhere, knocking down anyone or anything that gets in their way. The economy is good; nothing else matters. Bigots and racists are just bargaining chips. Environmental concerns are swept off the table. It doesn't even matter that the economy that is so good is constructed on quicksand, as it was during the Bush years when tax breaks and crooked banking ultimately brought the world economy to the brink of collapse. Remember that, when we all lost our home equity, and it appeared the whole world was going to slide into a depression that would have made the one back in the '30s seem Mickey Mouse by comparison.

They do with us as they please. They lie in our faces even when there is videotape to prove we are being deceived. Lindsey Graham can say anything, contradict himself, let the hatred show on his face, as well as the corruption. Nothing happens. The beat goes on.

Trump's henchmen in his cabinet can be brought up on charges, can be investigated, can be caught red-handed. Corruption is revealed everywhere, from Elaine Chao (McConnell's wife, Secretary of Transportation) to Betsy de Vos (Secretary of Education, massive Republican donor, self-serving nitwit). Nothing happens.

Generals like Flynn or Kelly can be revealed as slimy opportunists who will lie or sell out their sworn duties to enrich themselves. Nothing happens. The beat goes on.

When one bad guy leaves a high post, a worse one is shuffled in, at the EPA, or in the Labor Department, or, perhaps worst of all, at the now laughingly-named Department of Justice (though there's nothing at all funny about the fact that the word "justice" has been rendered meaningless under Wm. Barr).

We once were lost, and we seem to be more lost with each new day. Lost and powerless. Miscreants and witnesses are summoned to appear before Congress. They don't bother showing up. Nothing happens. New charges of sexual misconduct by the POTUS surface only to be ignored. Demands for his taxes are also ignored and only the flimsiest of excuses for non-compliance are offered. We are lost. Will we ever be found?

The criminality of the powerful is in plain sight. Nothing happens. And the beat goes on, steady and propellant, driving us ever deeper into darkness as we march to it, some of us eagerly, some of us shuffling like zombies in a very bad movie, a few trying to break ranks and then targeted with louder and louder vilification and appeals to hatred.

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…/The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity."

That's from "The Second Coming," the oft-cited poem by William Butler Yeats, written when we were edging toward making much of the world a killing field in order to resist Hitler and fascism. (If, by chance, you don't know the poem, here is a link to a reading of it.)

Imagine that "rough beast" as you will, but it's hard not to see it coming. Hell, it's on TV every goddamned day.

Because, in a country where the plug has been pulled and truth has drained away and there is no center, there is nothing you can't do to the people who live there. Or to the children who come to be there, as the last place they thought they might find mercy, or refuge.

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