Wednesday, August 31, 2005
My heart goes out to everyone affected by the
devastation inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.
The Mayor of Biloxi was quoted as saying:
'This is our Tsunami' ... and by the images
I've seen on CNN, it looks eerily similar.
With estimates of almost a million people left
homeless, it's up to those more fortunate to do our
best for them now, and in the future.
We can do that by continuing to build our businesses,
and making ever larger charitable donations.
Do it now, please.
Also, EmpowerMe!Online will be contributing 10% of all
sales revenue to the Red Cross in their relief efforts.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Better Bibles Blog: Does God have a long nose?: "Does God have a long nose?
The original language texts of the Bible include many idioms, i.e. phrases which have a meaning which is rather different from the superficial sum of the meanings of their parts. Sometimes this meaning is based on metaphorical extension of the meanings of component words, but idioms can be distinguished from metaphor in that they are fixed expressions used regularly."
read the entire article...
Friday, August 26, 2005
The article that follows comes from a truly exceptional company, with truly exceptional folks behind it all. It is only overdue that I brag some about them, so here it is...
The Coaches Corner-- with Katharine Giovanni
Bryan Golden is right! Never ever give up on your dream! Persistence is the key here. In fact, it's how Ron and I got where we are today. Persistence and we trusted our intuition.
Intuition is that little inner voice that everyone hears. Everyone on the planet has a different label for it. Some men call it 'their gut.' Women call it 'women's intuition.' Other people have a spiritual name for it. It really doesn't matter what you call it. Whatever label you put on it, it's your inner lighthouse that guides your way in life. You all know what I'm talking about. In fact, I'll be willing to bet every one of you out there that whenever you listen to your 'gut instinct' you are right 10 out of 10 times. Am I right? It's when your brain talks you out of it that life gets interesting.
Intuition is the key ... and I can prove it."
When that horrible Tsunami hit a while back did you know that NOT ONE animal died? NOT ONE! Incredible right? Their intuition told them to move to high ground one day and they did. They didn't argue with their intuition nor did they ignore it. In fact, I read that the elephants were scooping up children and putting them on their backs while moving toward higher ground. How did they know to do that? They listened to their intuition and immediately acted on it.
Humans are different. When our intuition tells us something, our brain immediately kicks in and starts to talk us out of it. Especially if it's something that we would not normally think or do. Our brains tell us ... No, I couldn't possibly do that! Hmmm ... did the elephants do that? No. They trusted what their intuition told them. I really do think that animals are much smarter than we are.
So listen to your intuition.
Trust your instincts!!!
Trust your gut feelings!!
KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO IT!!!
And never ever ever give up!!!
Keep going! One day at a time if you have to. Just keep going!
Your intuition knows where it's going. Trust it. It will take you to higher ground.
Until next time,
Give each day a specific purpose. For unsuccessful, unhappy people, there is often a sameness to their days. Is it Monday or Thursday? Is it March or November? Is it 3 o’clock in the afternoon or 10 o’clock in the morning? They’re in a rut and it doesn’t matter.
Everybody has the same amount of time each day. How are you going to spend your 24 hours? Plan in advance. Make lists. Lists are your road map to personal accomplishment and balanced living. Always carry paper and pen. What are you doing today to ensure a better tomorrow for yourself and your family?
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Gratitude goes a long way...
STOPPING CRIME AT OUR SHORES
FBI Helps Bust Major International Smuggling Operation
On Monday, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole joined officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies in announcing twin investigations that targeted a major international crime ring attempting to smuggle counterfeit currency, weapons, drugs, and cigarettes into the U.S.
"As of today, the cycle of crime stops," said John Richter, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Read the rest of the article...
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Be pragmatic. To build an investment bankroll, you can work more or you can spend less. Many people who write and stick to a household budget find that the simple act of thinking and organizing before spending can yield savings of between 10% – 15% of their earnings without seriously compromising their lifestyles. Give yourself a raise by being frugal.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Bob, did you at least skim thru the last 4 posts I left at my econ blog?
Better believe I would die for it. I love the US even though I am given a lot of shit sometimes for being a g..d..mn foreigner (by birth and uprising I guess)
But I took the words I said at that naturalization ceremony very seriously…!
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the People, by the People, for the People; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; A democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many Sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of Freedom, Equality, Justice, and Humanity for which American Patriots sacrificed their Lives and Fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to Love it; to Support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to Respect its Flag; and to defend it against all enemies.
Because of the military background, there is a general code. These codes are reflected in the so-called 'Commandments of modern Taekwondo' and is strongly influenced by the Buddhism. These commandments are influenced by the
HwaRang Do code of honor:
Serve your lord with loyalty
Serve your parents with filial piety
Trust your friends
Never retreat from a battle
When taking life, be selective
The commandments of Taekwondo are used as a guide for the moral development of students and art. No student who does not fully understand these tenets can ever hope to master the true essence of the art.
Commandments of modern Taekwondo:
Loyalty to your country
Respect your parents
Faithfulness to your spouse
Respect your brothers and sisters
Loyalty to your friends
Respect your elders
Respect your teacher
Never take life unjustly
Loyalty to your school
Finish what you begin
The Tenets of Taekwondo
Courtesy (Ye Ui). To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Taekwondo practisers (both students and instructors) should be polite, and show consideration for others.
Integrity (Yom Chi). Integrity describes how you should interact with others. To be honest and good, earn respect and trust.
Perseverance (In Nae). This basically stands for your internal drive. Challenges allow us to improve ourselves and should therefor not be avoided.
Self control (Guk Ki). To have control of your body and mind. A Taekwondo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
Indomitable spirit (Baekjool Boolgool). To have courage in the face of adversity. A Taekwondo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another.
I bowed many years, and will bow to these flags whenever and wherever possible...
DAMN I LIKE THIS COLLAGE! I THINK I’LL POST IT TO ONE OR MORE OF MY BLOGS! LOL
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 12:37 AM
Subject: Patriotic Mom
Quote the week from Cindy Sheehan:
"This country is not worth dying for"
I wonder if the mothers of the men listed below would agree ??
Conflict Enrolled Combat Other Wounded Total
Revolutionary War 200.0 4,435 * 6,188 10,623
War of 1812 286.0 2,260 * 4,505 6,765
Mexican War 78.7 1,733 11,550 4,152 17,435
Civil War: Union 2,803.3 110,070 249,458 275,175 634,703
Confederate 1,064.2 74,524 124,000 137,000 + 335,524
Combined 3,867.5 184,594 373,458 412,175 + 970,227
Spanish-American War 306.8 385 2,061 1,662 4,108
World War I 4,743.8 53,513 63,195 204,002 320,710
World War II 16,353.7 292,131 115,185 670,846 1,078,162
Korean War 5,764.1 33,651 * 103,284 136,935
Vietnam War 8,744.0 47,369 10,799 153,303 211,471
Gulf War 2,750.0 148 145 467 ^ 760
Unfortunately the data is not showing up appropriately. I will make sure that it gets fixed, as soon as I figure out how.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Today many people are looking for excuses to justify drinking. However, the New England Journal of Medicine in December of 1997 completed the largest ever undertaken study on drinking habits and disease rates of nearly a half-million men and women, ages 30 to 104. The study covered a 15-year period and revealed that one drink a day was associated with a 40% reduction in the incidence of heart attacks in persons over 50. However, they pointed out the downside of alcohol: It is calorically dense and nutritionally sparse. It puts weight on with few health benefits, and many people don't know when they've had enough. In the real world, only a minority of Americans who drink limit themselves to a single drink. Add smoking to the mix and you lose all the benefits from the booze--and then some.
The study emphasized other ways to obtain alcohol's cardiac benefits without the risks. Alcohol protects the heart by raising the level of the good cholesterol, but so does the right diet, exercising, and if necessary, taking a cholesterol-lowering pill. Alcohol also protects the heart by reducing the tendency of the blood to form clots, but so does aspirin. Prolonged drinking hurts the liver and brain and is the number one cause of automobile accidents, broken homes and domestic violence. Drinkers are at greater risk for cirrhosis of the liver, cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx and liver, so it makes sense to take the alternate route and avoid those infinitely more destructive results that alcohol brings. So avoid alcohol and you'll find it easier to stay up, up, up in a down, down, world."
"A religion teacher assigned her class an essay on what makes a good Christian. One student wrote about praying nightly, say no to abortion, banning gay marriage, and donating money. The other student wrote about talking to God and allowing people to enjoy their lives, and supporting gay marriage. The day the teacher was to hand the papers back, she called up the second student and told him she would pray for him when he went to hell. The student asked why would he be going to hell, and why he got an F on his paper. The teacher told him that Catholisim is against gay marriage. The student looked at her for a minute, then said aloud, 'I'm gay.' The teacher kicked him out of class as if he had said fuck or worshiped Satan. A girl in the back of class who had a boyfriend and was obviously straight got up and left too.
If you would leave the classroom, repost this. "
Friday, August 12, 2005
And just before writing this, I went to my old Journal, the one I have been using now for a couple of years, and there, I found something that really reinforces all this stuff I am talking about: These are all quotes from the awesome Norman Vincent Peal, who wrote a book a while ago called the Power of Positive Thinking. Here are a few of those quotes with my response to some of them...
"One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have
to start with what's right about it and build on that."
"When you wholeheartedly adopt a 'with all your heart' attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things."
Yes, that is so true! The Bible says: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and all these things shall be added unto you.
"Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful."
I would not be able to do it if I list all that crap that is back of my head...
"Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize."
"Go forward confidently, energetically attacking problems, expecting favorable outcomes."
I am attacking the problem. The problem stares at me when I look in the mirror...
"The ‘as if’ principle works. Act ‘as if’ you were not afraid and you will become courageous, ‘as if’ you could and you'll find you can. Act ‘as if’ you like a person and you'll find a friendship."
This is a not so easy one as you have to trick your mind to 'believe' before it actually is true. Same with any affirmations we work with, for things we want to have, be or achieve in our lives...
"When I dig another out of trouble, the hole from which I lift him is the place where I bury my own."
Some times when I am in the wrong frame of mind, I read this one all wrong...LOL
"Yesterday ended last night. Every day is a new beginning. Learn the skill of forgetting. And move on."
Forgive and forget is a tough order!
"The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person."
Is there any such "bitch and complain" sites out there? I am positive there are...I have no doubt in my mind there are... I wonder what would happen to all to those places that we cast votes with dollars to if we no longer casted another freakin' vote for them...
I wonder how much clout would I have or how much hatred I would arouse if I took action on my wonderings...?!...
Thursday, August 11, 2005
The assertive communicator expresses his or her feelings, explains why he or she is feeling that way and assertively expresses what it is that he or she wants from the person he or she is communicating with…The template goes something like this:
Such simple tool has been hard for me to implement and realize at times in my life. I am curious to know if you have any experiences with this type of communication, or how it ties up with the language of the heart for you
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Top blog sites: Blogspot, Livejournal, Typepad, Xanga | IT Facts Your Daily Research Synopsis | ZDNet.com
Top blog sites: Blogspot, Livejournal, Typepad, Xanga IT Facts Your Daily Research Synopsis ZDNet.com: "8/9/2005
Top blog sites: Blogspot, Livejournal, Typepad, Xanga -Posted by ZDNet Research @ 12:10 am
ComScore Networks published the list of the top 10 blog destinations in Q1 2005. Blogspot.com, LiveJournal, TypePad, Xanga, AOL Journals, blogs.com, MSN Spaces, BlogDrive, GreatestJournal and DiaryLand are top blogging destinations. "
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It's been a while since I have come here and post my thoughts!. Lots of interesting developments happening out there in cyberspace...wow dude! far out man!
One day Firefox and IE form firefoxie and kiss and make up, the next day kaboom! the whole thing goes to hell, along with my computer... Why can't people, companies, adults and other non child like animals get along with each other? I will probably never figure it out in this lifetime of mine!...
It really sucks to see such good things in life be trampled on and mutilated by a few animals trying to get what they want, when they want it on their own terms...Yeah I Have to agree, survival of the fittest allright... But what about thinking? Don't humans have a better capacity than other animals to do so? Don't humans have the capacity to reason above and beyond other species?
I only have a few answers to these questions:
Yes, It is true:
1. Survival of the fittest is a law of nature (as it applies to lower level species, human animal is supposed to have the capacity to T.H.I.N.K....
2. It is true that , as some say, It is a jungle out there...
(I thought jungles were for wild animals only, but that is not the case)
3. It is true that Mr. Carl Sagan theory still holds true: That there is three kinds of civilizations in the Universe: the ones so primitive that do not have the intelligence and or the technology necessary to communicate with other civilizations... the ones with intermediate technology, like ours, who are still striving within and striving to perfect the technology to be able to establish contact with "other " intelligent beings... and the civilizations so far more advanced than ours that really do not even care or bother to make contact with "civilizations" like ours...
Those are my thoughts today....
Commitment comes from the inside out and is tested often. Measure yourself against the best. Most others will choose to be average. This is what average means. You won’t know your limits if you don’t keep trying. Reject the idea of good enough. Commit to excellence. Take each of your goals and think of how you can improve one percent each month. Success is a journey. It is not a quick fix. The joy is in the doing. Think of success not as a peak to be climbed but a high plateau to be walked.
Always encourage children or employees to do their best and to keep going. Set the bar high for yourself and them. You will all be the better for it.
Monday, August 08, 2005
by Bryan Caplan
The other day I was reading Martha Stout's The Sociopath Next Door. Although it's engaging, it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. But it did remind me of a question I've wondered about before: Is homo economicus a sociopath? Is microeconomic theory founded on the premise that the percentage of sociopaths in the population is not 4%, as Stout claims, but 100%?
Modern psychiatrists prefer to call sociopaths 'people suffering from anti-social personality disorder,' though as a Szaszian aside, I'd say that if anyone 'suffers' from it, it's the people who don't have it! In any case, here are its main official symptoms:"
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Friday, August 05, 2005
Probably all successful people use mental suggestions in
some form. Very likely that's why they attained success.
Few, however, have taken the time to develop their own
comprehensive personal set of powerful affirmations to
enable them to enhance their lives even more.
Technorati tags: power,affirmations,life,living
July 23, 2005 | 26 Comments
I just realized that in my recent chaos I’d missed this old blogs birthday! It was 3 years ago this month that I launched this blog. At the time I’m not sure if I even knew it was a blog, I just wanted an easier way to publish my infrequent writings. I felt that an easier process would help me want to write more — little did I know how much more!
It’s been a fun three years. I’ve made lots of new friends, met some great folks, been introduced to all kinds of new things, made many mistakes and in general I’ve learned a whole bunch.
So, I figured, as a tribute and belated happy birthday to Asterisk, I’d post a list of things I’ve learned from blogging.
referred from here
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Thursday, August 04, 2005
by William James
Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI Part VII Part VIII
Part IX Part X Part XI Part XII Part XIII Part XIV Part XV
LECTURES IV AND V
THE RELIGION OF HEALTHY-MINDEDNESS
IF we were to ask the question: 'What is human life's chief concern?' one of the answers we should receive would be: 'It is happiness.' How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness, is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure. The hedonistic school in ethics deduces the moral life wholly from the experiences of happiness and unhappiness which different kinds of conduct bring; and, even more in the religious life than in the moral life, happiness and unhappiness seem to be the poles round which the interest revolves. We need not go so far as to say with the author whom I lately quoted that any persistent enthusiasm is, as such, religion, nor need we call mere laughter a religious exercise; but we must admit that any persistent enjoyment may produce the sort of religion which consists in a grateful admiration of the gift of so happy an existence; and we must also acknowledge that the more complex ways of experiencing religion are new manners of producing happiness, wonderful inner paths to a supernatural kind of happiness, when the first gift of natural existence is unhappy, as it so often proves itself to be. "
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
His answer was classic Schwartzkopf.
The General said, " I believe that forgiving them is God's function. OUR job is to arrange the meeting."
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
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Monday, August 01, 2005
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>> An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each
>> hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across
>> her neck.
>> One of the pots had a crack in it while the other
>> pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion
>> of water.
>> At the end of the long walk from the stream to the
>> house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
>> For a full two years this went on daily, with the
>> woman bringing home only one and a half pots of
>> Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its
>> But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own
>> imperfection, and miserable that it could only do
>> half of what it had been made to do.
>> After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter
>> failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the
>> "I am ashamed of mys! elf, because this crack in my
>> side causes water to leak out all the way back to
>> your house."
>> The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are
>> flowers on your side of the path, but not on the
>> other pot's side?
>> That's because I have always known about your flaw,
>> so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
>> and every day while we walk back, you water
>> them." "For two years I have been able to pick these
>> beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
>> Without you being just the way you are, there would
>> not be this beauty to grace the house."
>> Each of us has our own unique flaw.
>> But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make
>> our lives together so very interesting and
>> You've just got to take each person for what they
>> are and look for the good in them.
>> SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and
>> remember to smell the flowers, on your side of the path!