The Hidden Toxin in Your Tap Water

There is chemical hidden in our reservoirs, lakes, and streams that makes it into your home every day. It’s not a toxin that the mainstream media is talking about because of the big business interests involved. Scientists refer to it as Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). It

Change Is Loss

Even after reading all of the greatest hits in the change management literature, I somehow missed the punchline: people experience change as loss. There is already a model for understanding this, the Kübler-Ross model, and several papers have already been written on this topic. A

What Are Family Values?

A few years ago, I remember seeing a sign during the election season with the campaign slogan, “I’m for the Family”. I thought it was funny because I had never met anyone that was against the family? What do these strange appeals for “family values” mean? The seem vacuous to me. Wouldn’t family values include excellent, free education and healthcare for children – not just for the rich kids. Wouldn’t family values mean valuing families? Yesterday I was asked to sign a petition to tell Congress that they should make insurance for children mandatory. A petition. How insane is it that a petition is required to convince the morons on Capitol Hill that insurance for children is a good idea?

Placebos and Mind-Body Relationships

Rupert has just returned back home from Hollyhock in British Columbia in Canada. The popular retreat hosted the most recent trialogue with Rupert Sheldrake, Andrew Weil and Ralph Abraham on the topic of “Placebos and Mind-Body Relationships”. Most of modern medicine and science deny the

Parapsychology and The Skeptics

Sheldrake has written the Forward for a new book, Parapsychology and The Skeptics, by Chris Carter (not the X-Files Chris Carter), on the history of dogmatic skepticism and parapsychology. The book opens with a very interesting anecdote from the seventeenth century – when people believed

CMS Review: Bricolage

Moving a great story from concept to content requires inspiration, a little creativity, a lot of proofreading, and publication – or as they say in the newsroom, “Copy!” A good web content management system (WCMS) makes this happen seamlessly for the content creator. In the newspaper business where a quick content turnaround equals revenue, the last thing software should do is stand in the way.

Study: Iraqis May Experience Sadness When Friends, Relatives Die

A field study released Monday by the University of North Carolina School of Public Health suggests that Iraqi citizens experience sadness and a sense of loss when relatives, spouses, and even friends perish, emotions that have until recently been identified almost exclusively with Westerners. read

Interesting Internet

The Philosophical Foundations of Jyotish Universe mostly forgets its past during cosmic rebirth Winding Through “Big Dreams” Are the Threads of Our Lives What Do Magnets, Flatworms, And Willow Trees Have In Common? Can you name all the U.S. Presidents? CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs

Very Interesting Internet

The Greatest and Most Unusual Travel Photo of All Time? – Everything about the image is just so amazing: The poof-y shapes of the clouds in the background…

100-foot deep Andes lake disappears – A five-acre glacial lake in Chile’s southern Andes has disappeared — and scientists want to know why…

No More Black Holes? – A new hypothesis suggests the weirdest objects in the universe don’t exist…

More Die From Suicide

From PsycPORT, “More people kill themselves each year, than the numbers who die from wars and murders combined, but most of these suicides can be prevented, Swiss Radio International reported on Sunday, the day marking the third World Suicide Prevention Day. About 20 million to 60 million people try to kill themselves each year, but only around 1 million of them succeed, said Dr. Jose Manoel Bertolote, a mental health official at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Predicting Alcoholism

People who become alcoholics later in life usually do not have a close emotional connection with their parents, especially their mothers. They tend to be people who consider themselves very independent – not needing anyone. Of course, everyone needs help and support. Many of these types go on to become ‘stars’ at work though having wrecked personal lives – bad marriages, no real friends. To further compound this problem, people naturally come to have high expectations of this type because of their high level of performance in the workplace. This is a recipe for psychological disaster. Behavior such as this also tends to get reinforced by those around this type. Because it is difficult to get to know this type of person in any meaningful way, what they are feeling or thinking is often a mystery. The pressure to live up to ‘star’ status in the workplace combined with personal isolation and depression in their personal life lead to the familiar pattern of alcoholism. Alcohol becomes a band-aid on a bullet hole.

Freud: So wrong and yet so right

USA Today: “As the 150th anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s birth approaches on Saturday, mental-health experts consider his legacy mixed: A seminal thinker, Freud was far ahead of his time with some ideas but dead wrong on others. ” (more…)

The Worst President in History?

There is a great article in this month’s Rolling Stone by the respected Princeton University historian, Sean Wilentz. He looks at the Bush administration from several angles. I’m most concerned about the current rage of uncritcal thinking and outdated views on science and Wilentz. From

Religious Attendance Extends Life

Weekly religious attendance nearly as effective as statins and exercise in extending life, study finds. In a study comparing the associations between faith and health, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) physician has shown the improvements in life expectancy of those who attend religious

The Peace Corps

Well, I applied to the Peace Corps. I’ve had a great career in business so far however, other than giving money to local charities and occasionally volunteering, I don’t feel that I’ve done my part. I’m beginning to understand the words Ralph Waldo Emmerson wrote over 100 years ago, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition.” Maybe in some way I could help the Peace Corps create a redeemed social condition in a small community somewhere in the world. At this point in my life, that seems a whole lot more important than making money.

Sarcasm and Power Outages

Researchers today announced that they’ve identified the area of the brain responsible for sarcasm. In a related story, Congress is applauded for it’s funding of very important scientific research. Ha! So, what does this have to do with anything? I’m in Connecticut this week staying at one of the hotels in the Hartford area. Tonight the power went out. In fact, it’s out right now. I had some battery power left and decided I should write about the strange people here that are freaking out because the power is out.

Christian Children’s Fund

For Christmas, I sponsored a child for my Nana. It’s not much money to sponsor a kid and the money is leveraged in ways that would be impossible here in the U.S. Here’s a summary that CCF send me. Jannapa Somnukton’s parents plant rice on their land for a living. They have to face the problems of drought, flood and infertile soils and can never get a good harvest. When free from farming, they work as hired hands and receive low daily wages. Their earnings are very small and below the poverty line.