By JamesW on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 Comments
I am encouraged that the generation we call “The Millennials” seem very much aware of what is being done to them by our government and the power elites. Many already understand what it has taken me several years of reading and observation to digest and conclude. But for those Millennials still trying to grapple with the insanity, I’ve compiled a brief addendum to what they taught you in High School Civics.
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By MaxW on Mar 9, 2016 in Music | 0 Comments
In a letter sent to SiriusXM customers details a $1 per month increase to the current SiriusXM Select and Select Family Friendly packages and will go into effect April 27, 2016.
This is the second rate increase in the last 12 months, last June a $1 increase was made effective on all plans.
Sirius XM’s revenues have increased 64% in the last five years, driven not only by increases in subscriber count and ARPU, but by an expansion into Canada as well.
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By JamesW on Feb 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 Comments
We can discount the entire gaggle of Republican candidates right off the bat. Trump puts it this way:
TRUMP: “I believe it goes up and it goes down. So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather.”
Ted Cruz has this to say:
“Climate change is not science. It’s religion. Look at the language, where they call you a denier. Denier is not the language of science … Any good scientist is a skeptic; if he’s not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, ‘denier’ is the language of religion, it’s heretic, you are a blasphemer.” Read the rest
By JamesW on Feb 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 Comments
Granted, weeding out a few potential terrorists from a population of 300,000,000 people is not an easy task, but their latest “big idea” is not the way to go.
“Good morning FBI”!
The FBI wants to force American companies, notably Apple and Google, to build “back-doors” into their encrypted smartphones that would allow the government access. This, just when Apple and Google have come up with new super-safe encryption technology, that even they wouldn’t be able to crack once it is on your phone.
Not only is this a violation of our privacy, but probably illegal. But that isn’t the worst of it, the Feds can’t even keep their own backdoor closed:
“Hackers, making good on a threat, published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday afternoon, just one day after posting similar data on almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees.” – (from CNN: read more at: HACKER STORY)
Uh huh. Let’s give the FBI all our personal data, where we are, where we’ve been, who and what we text, our contacts, phone numbers, etc., so hackers can hack the FBI and get access to about everything we say and do.
Sorry, FBI director James Comey, next great idea please.
By JamesW on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog, Politics | 6 Comments
The Tom Hartmann Program recently wrote this in an Op-Ed:
Blah, blah, blah. Same old, same old. Time for major change.
The Progressive Change Institute recently asked likely 2016 voters about their views on a bunch of big issues, and it turns out that everyday citizens overwhelmingly support some of the most liberal policies around.
- 71 percent of the US public supports giving all students access to a debt-free college education.
- 70 percent support expanding Social Security.
- 71 percent support a massive infrastructure spending program aimed at rebuilding out broken roads and bridges and putting people back to work.
- 59 percent support raising taxes on the wealthy so that millionaires pay the same amount in taxes as they did during the Reagan administration.
- 77 percent support giving every US child free pre-K education.
And the list goes on.
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By JamesW on Jan 11, 2015 in Blog, Cognition, Creativity, Creativity Enhancement, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Left Brain, Music Therapy, Psychology, Right Brain, Stress Reduction | 0 Comments
A device nicknamed “The Flow Machine” is proven to help users cope with stress. But it also can enhance our creative abilities and our capacity to empathize with our natural world and our fellow man.
Can We “Learn” to Control Stress More Effectively?
The study is called Hemispheric and Autonomic Laterality: Effects of Unilateral Repetitive Activation and was conducted at the Nova University Biofeedback Laboratories, under the guidance of noted biofeedback pioneer Dr. Joe Kamiya. The study involved 47 volunteer subjects, split between the experimental group watching this visual device and a control group. (The “Kinoscope” is alternatively known as the “Adagio”, “Flow Machine”, and the “Kintron”. Figure 1 below provides a picture and a physical description of the device.)
The experimental group is referred to as the “Right Hemisphere Activation” (RHA) group. This group, in addition to watching the Kinoscope, also listened to soothing music. The control group, also referred to as the Left Hemisphere Activation (LHA) group, listened to spoken text while also seeing the text projected onto a screen.
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By JamesW on Jan 3, 2015 in Audio, Blog, Creativity, Flow State, Music | 0 Comments
Here’s something different: DJs that are also talented performers. The Wilson Brothers (collectively known as Shrink Wrap), have successfully created a rare blend of Electronic Music with acoustic instruments and vocals.
UnDreamed offers 11 tracks of sonic space that manifests a rare sense of beauty (especially within electronic music), yet simultaneously contains a haunting and somewhat disturbing undercurrent of existential tension and unease. Each track seem to tell a story that one often encounters in contemporary literature; we exist in a world full of beauty, yet behind this beauty lies an elusive, unearthly yearning that cannot be described or reconciled (German artists, poets and philosophers do have a word for it; “sehnsucht” – “an individual’s search for happiness while coping with the reality of unattainable wishes”. It is often described as a deep emotional experience that is both positive and negative at the same time).
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By JamesW on Dec 27, 2014 in Blog, Environment, Health, Psychology, Science, Stress Reduction | 0 Comments
Many climate change scientists tell us that unless we act aggressively to curtail climate change in the next few decades, at the very least civilization as we know it will be decimated, and the extreme possibility that the human race, along with 1000’s of other species, will become extinct.
This has to be taking a toll, perhaps still in the background, in our dreams, as a vague apprehension, a kind of subtle yet tangible anxiety. Psychologists have actually come up with a term for this condition, called “Eco-anxiety”. Here’s a definition by Stephanie Watson:
This relatively new psychological affliction is a chronic fear of environmental doom – the concern that increasing human development and pollution are leading us into an inevitable scourge off-loads, famines, heat waves, species extinctions, and ultimately, the demise of our planet.
For the first time ever, the human race is faced with extinction. Since time immemorial, we humans have always held onto the promise of the future, that even if our own lives didn’t work out that well, at least our kids will have a future to look forward to.
Not anymore. Climate change has changed all that. We now must recon with not only our own deaths, but the death of all of humanity. As a result, it is not unreasonable to think that we are, and will continue to work through the “5 steps of loss and grief” as it was first proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying.”
More below the fold.
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By JamesW on Dec 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 Comments
” what we do know is that stress can be a contributor to premature aging”
Chronic stress has been shown to have a number of negative health impacts, from insomnia to weight gain to an increased risk for heart disease — not to mention impairing the immune and digestive systems as well as the central nervous system. And when it comes to aging, we’ve all heard that worrying will give you wrinkles, but is the science there to back up the idea that stress accelerates aging? Although more research is still needed on the exact mechanisms by which psychological stress contributes to biological aging, what we do know is that stress can be a contributor to premature aging
For this article I would like to draw on an experiment that was conducted at Nova University’s Behavioral Science Center in 1978. The principle investigator was Joyce Keen who conducted this study as part of her doctoral dissertation.
The study is called Hemispheric and Autonomic Laterality: Effects of Unilateral Repetitive Activation, and was conducted at the Nova University Biofeedback Laboratories, under the guidance of noted biofeedback pioneer Dr. Joe Kamiya. The study involved 47 volunteer subjects, split between the experimental group watching my visual device, the “Kinoscope”, (see picture and description below) and a control group. The experimental group is referred to as the “Right Hemisphere Activation” (RHA) group. This group, in addition to watching the Kinescope, also listened to soothing music. The control group, also referred to as the Left Hemisphere Activation (LHA) group, listened to spoken text while also seeing the text projected onto a screen.
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