Thursday, February 19, 2015

Healing Wisdom of the Body Class February 25 | The Birkmayer Institute

Healing Wisdom of the Body Class February 25 | The Birkmayer Institute

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How Civilization In America Keeps Me Awake At Night

If Paul Krugman were the president's economic adviser we would all be far better off than we presently  find ourselves.

Professor K is one of those people without a smidgen of anxiety about being sometimes proven wrong in the end.  He knows that often it happens that deciding is crucial, more important to saving the situation from disaster than remaining undecided and being thus apt to do nothing at all until it is too late.

And then there's Pope Francis.  

The excellent news agency, Al Jazeera, published an editorial  cum analysis guessing that there will be many nervous Congresspeople when they must submit to a planed address to therm by  the Holy Father, the most adamant on  the issues of  social justice in, perhaps,  the entire history of the Church.

Then their is the very volatile topic of immigration and its reform. 

Oh the frustration of having to live day in and day out with willful ignorance, bigotry, irrational fear and racism accompanied by brutality, not only of thought, but casually acted out by sociopathic but in most ways apparently  normal people.

So these are the things, fears and incredibly backward-looking aspects and trends present in our "civilized" nation. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Donate A Few Bucks To Get Elizabeth Warren In As President. Please?

Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Warren in 2016! Donate Here

This is a major victory for the Warren wing of American politics.

Wall Street tried to install one of their own in a key position overseeing...Wall Street.
Elizabeth Warren fought back. We fought by her side with allies, even leading a protest outside the Wall Street firm where Weiss worked. And yesterday, we won.
Elizabeth Warren says: "PCCC members were with me since the beginning -- even before there was a beginning! Now, we have lots of work to do together."

MSNBC reported on our protest outside Lazard, Weiss's Wall Street firm:

The growing anti-Wall-Street movement led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren took its fight from the halls of Washington, D.C., to the streets of New York City...
Outside Citigroup, about 120 protesters called for the breakup of the big banks...Around half of the crowd marched to Lazard's office, where they called for Weiss to come down and explain why his background made him suitable for the Treasury Department job...
The protest was organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which says it represents the "Elizabeth Warren wing" of the Democratic Party.
We were proud to work with the Working Families Organization, Democracy for America, Credo Action, and others as part of this fight.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
-- Keith Rouda, PCCC Organizer

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Religious fundamentalism turns God into an ideological pretext

Pope Francis held the traditional meeting with ambassadors to the Vatican. The Pope's address had one main theme.


"Today I wish to repeat a word quite dear to us: peace!”

The recent murder of 100 children in Pakistan, as well as the terrorist attacks that have hit Nigeria and Paris where some of the highlights of his address. As he talked about Syria and Iraq, he referred to the origin of religious fundamentalism.

"This phenomenon is a consequence of the throw away culture being applied to God. Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext.”

The Pope also denounced the violence against women and the elderly, as well as any form of human trafficking.

He asked the international community to increase its commitment against the Ebola epidemic. As he encouraged all countries to take care of refugees and victims of war, he hoped that an unanimous response within the framework of international law may put an end to violence in the Middle East.

The Pope also denounced the side effects of globalization and of what he calls the throw away culture.

"In a drab, anonymous world, it is easy to understand the difficulties and the discouragement felt by many people who have literally lost the sense of being alive. This tragic situation is aggravated by the continuing economic crisis, which fosters pessimism and social conflict”.
The Pope concluded his address stressing that the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba is a triumph of peace and diplomacy.

For Musicians & Music Lovers: We Really Want To Profile Your Music!!!

Well, coming up soon we'll have some talented musicians for yourlistening delight.  But I'm waiting,and hoping, some of you guys out there in BlogLand will send us some of your stuff so we can post you and your music, Guys.

For Musicians & Music Lovers: We Really Want To Profile Your Music!!!: Well, coming up soon we'll have some talented musicians for your listening delight .  But I'm waiting, and hoping , some of you gu...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Noam Chomsky Teaches William F. Buckley a Thing or Two.

Buckley never had Chomsky on his show again after this embarrassing interchange--embarrassing for Buckley that is. 

Noam Chomsky mopped up the floor with him.  Buckley met his match and then some!!!

Noam Chomsky Teaches William F. Buckley a Thing or Two.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Panic, Fast and Slow Paul Krugman

Read Prof. K's column right here

Some people are suddenly panicking over the announcement that the euro area is officially in deflation. But sudden panic is the wrong reaction; you should have been gradually panicking over an extended period. Today’s news isn't actually any worse than what we’ve been seeing for a while.

The key is not to look at the headline number; you should keep your eyes on the core.
Core inflation — like the Keynesian multiplier — is one of those much-ridiculed concepts (hey, you’re measuring inflation without the inflation!) that has in fact performed extremely well in recent years. Back in 2010-11, when rising gas prices were sending headline numbers up, I and many others received a lot of hostile comments for claiming that there wasn’t any real inflation bulge; but core inflation has indeed been a much more reliable guide than headline inflation, which fluctuates wildly. As the accompanying chart shows, this has been as true for Europe as it is for America.