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NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, TV Shows on June 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

Okay, Okay – here I am again
with a quick shout out to a cultural friend —
Rodney King died last week, at the 20-year mark
of the LA Riots and his famous remark:

“Can’t we all just get along?”
The cops beat the man – but his spirit stayed strong.
His response was good; the verdict was wrong.
Too soon Mr. King has crossed over and gone home.

Then there’s insight from Bill Maher again.
I won’t transcribe it — I’ll give you the short end:

Rachel Maddow was on the panel and they were riding the ‘witch hunt’ shoulder
of the Republicans on The Fast & Furious case & going after AG Eric Holder.

What do you think about it? I’m really not that deep in a twist
about how the government screws-up-stuff and the casualty of bad gigs.

I hate that lives have been lost, over guns we sold “to track”.
I hate that AG Holder is on the line – but someone’s got to answer to that.
RATS!

Jerry Sandusky’s trial made topic. In fact the verdict was coming in as Bill’s show started.
Mr. Sandusky [looking baffled and husky] – found guilt on 45 of 48 of the charges.

No one deserves to be violated. but Mr. S. just didn’t seem to get it.
That’s why when it came to him taking the stand, his defense said, “Forget it.”

Romney came up in the news again (campaigning against Obama).
Bill was dead on with the Hologram song – the Republicans are praying for drama.

Here’s a new Mitt Romney ad – going after the elderly vote.
You know I’m into theatrics so… I i-phoned the video:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if America had a leader that believed and cared about things that are important to you. Who asks the same questions you do? Questions like, “Is that the phone ringing? Or is that just the phone ringing on T.V.? And I have a coupon – Have you seen where I put it? What’s happened to the America that you knew? The music is too loud; the pants are too low; the guy who wipes your ass is Hatian. Mitt Romney is okay with the VCR. He doesn’t understand why they had to go and make everything on DVD.

Mitt Romeny has a better way. I say MITT ROMNEY HAS A BETTER WAY.

He knows where your kids hid your car keys and he’ll tell you where they are.
So put *VOTE FOR ROMNEY* on your bucket list today.”

Bill is hilarious and the commercial is a joke.
Bill is more interested in legalizing smokes.
Bill is so liberal, so brilliant, so cool.
That’s why he headlining my News Peruse.

Other historical news this weekend, is that EGYPT had an election
and voted in democracy to strengthen their world connections.

Life is not without hardship – many trials rue the day.
I’m just glad the peoples vote rules Egypt’s land today.
Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Arizona made the news, SB1070 went to the Supreme Court
and they kicked down, ‘they won’t be giving a pound to legalizing a racist sport’.

With 3 of the 4 provision having not made the bill –
Arizona stills claims a win. But the win is 3/4’s ill.

I’m living in the Zone, but not agreeing with the politics.
I sure hope this SB1070 is a plight that never sticks.

And so today the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION is only 129 days away.
Our countrys future is on the line and the rules to play are PAY.

Don’t get caught up in the commercials – remember who really cares,
I’m Qui
Perusing the News
with you because… it’s always there.

The desert is a lot cooler…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

Prayer Shade TreeWhen you’re standing under a shade tree.
In my case that shade tree would be PRAYER.

Do you do it?
Are you into it?

I’m living in Arizona, but I’m from the southern T-X.
I’m a spiritual being & praying is what I do best.

I moved from the 3rd Coast to the desert 7 months ago
and have found myself visiting the Dr. for a myriad of whoas.

There’s sinus and asthma and girl-parts to boot.
Im also trying to find a dentist to fix my broken tooth.
Oooo!

There’s homemaking and filmmaking and a kid that cheerleads –
going to a 90210 school filled with Beamers, Mercedes & weed.

Money rules the day, but that doesn’t make it right.
My brain is pulled multi directional – I sleep hard at night.

I’ve always been a praying girl – though I’m even more on the ball.
I’m out here in the desert with no spiritual family at all.

So I started to the feel the heat with no shade tree to retreat.
Then God showed favor upon me and led me to FCC.

FCC is a Christian Center with plenty of prayerful shade.
the F at the beginning of CC immovably stands for “FAITH”.

Alas The desert is a lot cooler – now that a prayer corner has been found.
It’s not a mirage, it’s rooted in God yielding BIG SHADE all around.

ROL Christian Ministries is my beloved shade tree in TX.
Distance is no issue when good PRAYER still connect us.

I believe in the power with all of my might.
ROL fluidly stands for the “RIVER OF LIFE”.

So I’m a praying girl, and it sure helps me out throughout the day,
I’m Qui
Posted up under a shade tree – always happy and ready to pray.

How’s your life? How’s your day?
Are you living in the shade?

Turning Molehills into Kilimanjaros

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

She’s always “in her head” like me.

Stop worrying – Yo!
What are you? A wheat packing Virgo?

It was five minutes past her son’s curfew when “Angela” glanced at the clock. When she called her 16-year old son, Derrick, on his cell phone and got his voice mail, Angela’s thoughts went straight to a scary scenario: What if Derrick ran the car off the road and he’s dead? And some looters stole his wallet? And they can’t identify him, so they don’t know to call me? And he hit someone’s car, that person died, too, and the family is going to sue us, so now we’ll be broke and childless?

We can dismiss Angela’s thoughts as crazy–or we can admit that we have all had moments when our imagination spiraled out of control. Psychologists even have a name for it: catastrophize, you may live or work with someone who does.

Although it sounds like a harmless quirk, it can cause a lot of anxiety, wasted energy and drama. A few years back, I gathered some ideas on catastrophizing from a former professor of mine, Karen Reivich, Ph.D., author of The Resilience Factor. I used those ideas to create a four-step plan you can use to rein in your thoughts before — and even after — they nose-dive into negativity.

Let’s begin::

Catch yourself in the act.
When you’re feeling anxious notice what you say to your self. When that thought first hits, ask yourself, “And then what will happen?” Keep asking yourself that question until you unearth your greatest fear. Bingo–that’s your worst-case scenario.

Once you spot your big fear, ask yourself, “Are my thoughts helping me or hurting me right now?”
Forcing yourself to stop and answer the question can help you see the urgency of changing your train of thought.

Snap out of your spiral by imagining the opposite:
What’s the best-case irrational scenario of what’s about to happen? This is actually fun. For example, imagine that your teen is late getting home because he stopped to help a car-accident victim; your son then saved the man’s life; his wife gave your son a lottery ticket to show her gratitude. Lo and behold, he won a million bucks! He[‘ll be home in five minutes with the good news. Irrational? Yes, but much better than the dead-with-no-ID scenario you had a couple of minutes before.

What’s most likely to happen?
You’ve now cleared the way to tell yourself what’s most logical: “My son lost track of time, his cell phone battery went dead, and he’ll be home in a few minutes. Oh, and he’ll be in trouble too.” In fact, that’s exactly what happened in Angela’s real life scenario.

Of course, bad events sometimes befall us, but writer Mark Twain put it best: “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life– some of which actually happened.” So rather than obsessing over miseries that may never arrive, use that vivid imagination to design a future that’s worth moving toward.

[Ref: Ebony Magazine — by Valorie Burton — A certified personal and executive coach and the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology]
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I kid Virgo’s; They’re perfectionists and usually attractive on the spot.
Unfortunately, for the Virgo, they tend to worry a lot.

I however am a Leo and I too can worry a great deal.
I’ve been known to build a mountain out of a tiny molehill.

My ability to worry is mine alone, (even when I’m being stealth).
Thus this piece isn’t all about you – but about me and myself.

Don’t be catastrophizer. No need in thinking the worst,
I’m Qui
Hoping to better myself
, for everything that it’s worth.

The stress of “the wild guess” – has got to go!
There’s no need in Turning Molehills into Kilimanjaros.
Think of a new scenario!

FEEL GOOD Foods

In News on June 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Everybody likes to feel good. Right? Here are 5 delicious body healing foods that you should add to your menu and experience your healthiest summer ever — effortlessly.

Let’s start with the CHERRY on top: Cherries ward off summer insomnia. Later sunsets and muggy weather sabotage the body’s production of sleep-inducing melatonin– an effect that makes women twice as likely to spend the night tossing and turning, says, Meir Kryger, M.D., author of Can’t Sleep, Can’t Stay Awake. The good news: Canadian scientists report that a daily dose of melatonin-rich cherries can restore sleep quality in as little as 10 days.

Lemonade helps curb cortisol spikes Exposure to heat and intense UV rays amps up the body’s production of stress hormones, but a fresh glass of lemonade works to ward off a mood meltdown. According to Stanford University researchers, breathing in the drinks citrus aroma calms the central nervous system to lower cortisol output within 60 seconds, while lemon’s vitamin C soothes overworked adrenals to regulate stress-hormone production long-term.

Yogurt neutralizes seasonal allergens Probiotics in cultured milk products have been shown to help regulate the body’s immune-system response to pollen and pet dander. The payoff: Sniffling, sneezing and other symptoms are eased in seven days, notes Jeanne A. Drisko, M.D., an integrative-medicine specialist at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Just 1 cup of yogurt or kefir per day will deliver the allergy-fighting benefits.

Sesame seeds improve blood flow to the brain Summer is prime time for headache flare-ups since bout of dehydration combined with barometric pressure fluxes can trigger spasms in teh brain’s blood vessels. A natural Rx: Noshing on one to two daily servings of sesame seed-rich fare like bagels, tahini sauce or stir-fry dishes. Studies show that the plant fats and magnesium in sesame seeds relax and open brain blood vessels, cutting the occurrence of headaches in half.

Watermelon sun-proofs skin Snacking on 2 cups of this juicy fruit daily slashes sunburn risk by 26 percent. The credit goes to lycopene, an antioxidant that improves skin cells’ ability to defend against damaging UV rays, explains Debra Jaliman, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. What’s more, lycopene has tissue-healing abilities that can cut recovery time in half if skin does get a bit pink.

I’ve not ever been one for eating yogurt or chewing on sesame seeds,
but given their natural benefits, they will be ‘NEW BEST FRIENDS’ to me.

I like doing nothing, as much as I love being in a healthy mood,
I’m Qui
Happy Hump Day baby! Partake in a few of these FEEL GOOD Foods.

Gotta Love BILL MAHER Pt. 2

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, TV Shows on June 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Photo Flipbook Slideshow Maker[Pt.1] Let’s meet our panel:

BILL: He’s a contributing panel with the Daily Beast – David Frum, Republican Pollster Kristen Soltis, MSNBC Political Columnist Karen Finny. Okay so let me ask a question that I presented there in the monologue is that this one is a big one today, because Obama scored a big one for the latinos. A couple of weeks ago it was the gays – is he picking off demographics? Come on you’re a pollster [Kristen] right? It could be all be about demographics. Is he picking off the Democratic constituencies one at a time and is that going to really win him the election?

KRISTEN: It’s really been systematic actually. First we had the “war on women” because Democrats had normally had more…

BILL: The Democrats didn’t start that.

KRISTEN: The Democrats had had an advantage among women voters and then in 2010 election they lost them, so I’m sure…

BILL: They did?

KRISTEN: They did. If you look at the exit polls…

KAREN FINNEY: No. Not single women.

KRISTEN:That’s correct. But if you look at the polls, you’ve got women, you’ve got latinos, you’ve got young voters. These are all coalition groups that came together to help Obama get elected in the first place. And he knows he needs to shore them back up because he knows that he still needs them to turn out but still vote for him in the same way…

BILL: So it’s calculated?

Kristen But I think he needs a message that is broader than just let’s have one message for this group, and one message for this group, and one message for this group. I think he needs to have some kind of economic message that is consistent that can get across all of those groups.

KAREN FINNEY: I think the message of economic fairness has been across all of those groups and it should not surprise anybody that there’s politics in politics. Which I have no a problem with because it seems to be the right thing to do. And let’s be honest, both campaigns at this point are looking for multiple pathways to 270. You can win in gerrymander districts but if you’re going to win a national election you have to be able to get some portion of – wether it’s the female vote, single woman, (they’re calling them “WalMart Moms” (this time around), Latinos, African Americans. So everybody’s got all of their cards on the table.

BILL: “WalMart Moms”? They’re calling them “WalMart Moms”? They used to call them “Soccer Moms”. They got poorer. I think that says a lot about our economy.

KAREN FINNEY: I mean, but hat’s part of what the strategy is. Right? You gotta reach out to everybody.

DAVID: I have a theory that every campaign has a secret slogan that is broadcasting whether they know it or not. For example in 2008 John McCain’s was “More Wars for a Spanish Speaking America” and that didn’t work too well. You don’t always know the slogan…

BILL: (Laughing) We didn’t hear that.

DAVID: But this time each of the campaigns have a secret slogan, Barack Obama’s is “The Republicans the Feds, the Europeans are destroying my beautiful recovery”, but what he doesn’t know is that he’s saying, “and I’m not tough enough, strong enough and smart enough to stop them.” Mitt Romney’s secret slogan that he doesn’t know he’s broadcasting is, “Obama can’t fix the mess we’ve made.”

BILL: You know what? I have to stick up for the president a little bit. I hear this all the time “Obama’s policies aren’t working”, but he hasn’t been allowed to put his policies in place. So it’s not his policies.

DAVID: That’s what I just said, and that’s not a defense.

BILL: That’s not a defense?

DAVID: That’s not a defense because – yes – he’s faced contractable opposition often unfair and disrespectful but his job is to overcome it, and when he makes that excuse…

BILL:Oh really? How could he do that? Short of actually putting a gun to John Bohener’s and head and saying VOTE for this.

KAREN FINNEY: Which he tried.

BILL: Oh Really? How? I don’t know how you do that, especially since they changed the rules in the Senate and made it 60 votes.

KAREN FINNEY: We only had a “so called” majority for about 4 months because Teddy Kennedy got sick, another Senator hadn’t been seated, and the Republicans did a very good job of obstructing the president performance. So to my point…

DAVID: Now you’re giving me reasons of why it didn’t work. That doesn’t alter my point of the fact that didn’t work.

KAREN FINNEY: But my point is to what the president can do – We don’t what.

BILL: Kristen you tweeted recently “The idea that money buys elections is rooted in the premise that voters are dumb.”, and I’ve always been the one to stand up and say “Voters are dumb”. They hate that on the right, but you know.

KRISTEN: So there’s an excuse you hear, whenever an election happens (and the Republicans did this in 2008) and you’ll hear this kind of both sides now, and it’s like the idea that “We got outspent and that’s the reason why we lost.” I mean anytime a campaign looses you hear all sorts of excuses from the candidate was bad, the strategist was bad, the weather wasn’t good and people didn’t turn out for us. And I think a lot of that is just excuses. You never hear a candidate get up and say, “You know what, I lost because people didn’t like my ideas. People disagreed with me.” You never hear that. And I really think ideas, especially in an election when unemployment’s been so high for so long, it’s going to be an election about ideas.

KAREN FINNEY: But we’ve got two factors working here. On the one hand you’ve got, I mean considering it’s a Republican primary – you’ve got one donor shout down with his money, Shelly Addleson, the voice of republican primary voters, who did not support Newt Gingrich – so that’s what we’re seeing. Not to mention with the kind of voter idea schemes that we’re seeing, that’s going to disenfranchise voters. So the kind of money that’s being spent and the amount of democratic voters that are going to be disenfranchised – that is going to contribute quite heavily to what is going to happen in this election.

KRISTEN: Although money can’t buy everything, I think Rick Perry spent about $20 million dollars to get no delegates. So money will only get you so far.

BILL: Right. No amount. If you’re an absolutely bad candidate, take Meg Whitman out here – no amount of money can save them. But I thought it was, (I might repeat this – I said it in my monologue) but this blew my mind today “Obama has had a more fundraisers than the last six presidents combined and he’s still losing in the money race. And that’s because, let me just introduce this: People like Harold Ham, (I had not heard of this guy before, but they wrote about this week), he’s an Oil billionaire and surprise he’s one of Mitt Romney’s top Energy Advisors. I don’t know what you have to do be an Energy Advisor to Mitt Romney. I think you just have to “Fracking is amazing and Global Warming is a hoax”, that’s what he want’s to hear. So he gave $985 thousand dollars to Mitt Romney’s SUPER PAC. Why not million? That’s the first question I have? I mean, does he really need that 15 grand? I mean am being too cynical about Mitt Romney? Can you be too cynical about Mitt Romney?

So it says in his website [Harold Hamm] that he’d like to see less regulations. Maybe he’s got some personal gain in that just to guess. And it’s a good thing that he can give a million dollars, or 10 million dollars or 50 million dollars to Mitt Romney, because he’s going to be the one whose making decisions about regulations. And I’d just like to throw out a quote here from Justice Anthony Kennedy. He said, [per Citizens United] “Independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption… the appearance of influence or access [coming from unlimited corporate spending] will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.”

Really? What world? What is the color of the sky? This is a Supreme Court Justice? If this guy who is giving Mitt Romney a million dollars or maybe more and is one of his advisors on Energy, if that’s not corruption, then tell me ‘WHAT IS’ Justice Kennedy? Tell me what is corruption?

KAREN FINNEY: What I love on the flip side of that argument is you have conservatives saying that they’re “so afraid of the poor consumers and if people knew that they were contributing my God they might think retribution”. Well if money is speech then I get to use my money to say “I don’t agree with you writing that big of a check and I’m not going to buy your products. But that argument seems to get lost on Republicans.

KRISTEN: But the Citizens United, actually, one of the things that’s sort of like the headline below the headline is that there was this 8:1 vote within the ruling to uphold the constitutionality of transparency, so oddly enough it kind of gets blasted a lot.

KAREN FINNEY: But I don’t think anybody told Mitt Romney that considering that we don’t even know…

DAVID: Super Pac’s are not a creation of Citizens United – they’re the creation by another court case by the DC Circuit and (and more contended) it has a sort of weird intersection at Citizens United. But Citizens United only allowed corporations directly to speak – not to create these anonymous entities. That was created by a different case. But here, I agree this is a terrible problem. It does look corrupt and it doesn’t look like people aren’t buying things. But we are at the end of a 50-year – 60-year period in which we have said ‘the problems has been the political participants.’ What used to happen is people used to give money to political parties and since the 1940’s and especially since the 1970’s we have made it more and more difficult for people to do that. Because we thought the parties were corrupt. And what we’ve done is created this whole alternative candidate center; system of finance with a whole series of laws in each reform that makes it worst. Because each reform has another dose of the poison and the poison is: a dislike and distrust of the parties. If the rule were people gave money to the the Democrats, Libertarians, Republicans, Independents, and those parties could give limitless money tho their candidates – the candidates wouldn’t have to raise it. Right now they can only give $50K each to their candidate. The election costs more than $50K dollars. This is congressional, if the election costs more than $50K dollars the candidate has to go raise the difference himself. And this law was passed in 1940 when $50K is all that elections cost. Change THAT and everything would be different.

BILL: Well what do you think the amount will be (at the end of this election cycle) that each party is going to have to spend on this election?

KRISTEN: A lot!

KAREN FINNEY: The parties or the parties and super pacs? Because remember that the money that’s spent by the campaign and committee’s is more closely regulated than the money that goes to those super pac’s like … you know…

KRISTEN: There is going to be a diminishing return though. I mean at a certain point the difference between airing your ad a million times and two million times and three million times. It eventually just all kind of becomes noise.

BILL: Carpet bombing works. That’s why they do it.

DAVID: You know what works even better, and use a platform for this: ‘there’s nothing more powerful than a knock on the door.’ What has happened in our politics is that we have substituted capital for labor. People don’t volunteer. Nothing could be more powerful and we’ve seen this in 2008 with Barack Obama and other races – that if people were more involved and participatory they would find that THAT is more powerful than the money.

KAREN FINNEY: Is that why Scott Walker paid canvassers in the last election? Paid them. They weren’t volunteers, he paid them to go knock on those doors.

DAVID: Because he’s reading the political science and if you mobilize people. Though a paid canvasser is never going to be as good as someone who believes it. Mobilize them.

BILL: Did you see what Jebb Bush said this week? Because I thought you would be particularly happy about what he said. I always talk about the David Frum wing of the Republican Party — which I call “the sane wing” and you know, they’ve had a tough time in the last few years. [David] You are aware? You’ve been trod marched out to the desert there. You may not see the promise land.

KRISTEN: [to David] I like you.

BILL: But Jeb Bush this week said, ‘You know what if my father were around today or Ronald Reagan they couldn’t get legislation passed. They would be drummed out of the party.’ Which (even though Jeb’s not running for office today) is a pretty gutsy thing to say. Gave me some hope that your wing [David] of the party might be coming back. And there was this sort of nostalgia among liberals now for George Bush (the first). HBO is now doing a documentary about him. Even Ronald Reagan – because Ronald Reagan raised taxes and he was for no nukes, he was very much for collective bargaining. I mean today, that’s Dennis Kucinich.

DAVID: But the most important difference was a commitment to the institutions of the U.S. Government. What has really changed over the past few years is an attack on the institution. That’s one of the themes of my book. It’s one of the themes of our politics – there’s an institutional attack. What George Bush and Ronald Reagan too were – above all were institutionalists. In their day they were very conservative and you would have lots to disagree with them about, but they would not have pushed the country to the edge of bankruptcy in order to make a point. What I’m hoping for from Jeb Bush is that, he started this fight, (he wanted to – he didn’t have to do it). But he was at breakfast, he was asked a question and now — I hope he finishes it. I hope he stays in and believes that he could be the voice that we need, I don’t think he’ll be president, but he could be something much better than president.

BILL: Naw. But I remember his father, you know, the nostalgia for his father? But his father appointed Clarence Thomas, you know ran on Willy Horton, Dan Quaile… excuse me, was Sarah Palin with tits before they had… I mean John McCain did not invent “the bimbo running mate”, George W. Bush did. I just had to say…

KAREN FINNEY: I’d just like to say thing about Jeb Bush for one moment was brave and within a couple of hours when Grover Norquist bitched he started walking that right back. Grover Norquist. Though the Republicans like to say “He’s not in charge of our party. He doesn’t have any influence.” I mean, so you gotta stand by what you say.

DAVID: Finish it. If you start a fight finish it. Steer into the skin.

BILL: Alright. We have something very exciting now, we have a scoop here at REAL TIME. The Romney campaign has made a hologram of Barack Obama. That’s right. Have you seen the hologram of Tupac? And now they have one of Elvis. Okay so the Romney campaign made one of Obama. Why? Because the real Obama is not cooperating. He’s not being the guy they want to run against. They want to run against a socialist who is soft on terror, but they’re running against a guy who has actually spent less in government money getting us out of a recession, (less than Bush or Reagan), and he shot Bin Laden in the eye and took out the rest of Al Qaeda in a cold blooded, methodical and extra legal way. So they have to run against the hologram Barack Obama. Would you like to meet him now? Alright ladies and gentlemen please welcome the man that the Republicans need to run against, the hologram Barack Obama:


Click here: http://youtu.be/bdHw4ZheoO4
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Watch the video QUICK, before YouTube takes it,
I’m Qui
It’s just i-phone work – but I had to make it.

Gotta Love BILL MAHER

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Technology, TV Shows on June 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

Gotta Love BILL MAHER

Ep. 252 June 15th, 2012

Last Friday’s episode was… quite informative, though no more insightful or invigorating than usual. BILL MAHER is quite the host personality and natural comedian. I so enjoyed yesterdays show that I’m going to do a little transcribing today to share it the contents of the show with those of you that missed it. HBO’s REAL TIME with Bill Maher is a continuation of ABC’s POLITICALLY INCORRECT and rightfully so. That Bill is a hoot. Let’s get to the shows contents:

The show started out with a “throw back momnent” with Kevin Costner:

KEVIN: We keep focusing on a crisis, but we don’t want to look back and our leadership has successfully let us down because of their desire to be elected to a second term… Just be content that history will judge you after 4-years. Maybe we don’t need an 8-year president. Maybe we want somebody that swings at the fence for us.
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Friday nights guest panel included Joseph Stiglitz, Alan Thicke, Karen Finney, David Frum, and Kristen Soltis. First up, Dr. Stiglitz::

BILL: I must first start with a confession, I’ve been reading you for years so that when I went to cocktail parties, I could fake my way through a discussion of economics. The other day I read that you said, “Everybody’s worried [in this economy] about what’s going to happen to Europe.” In reference to Spain, and you said, “The Spanish Banks are being bailed out by the Spanish Government and the Spanish Government is being bailed out by the banks is ‘boo boo economics’.” That’s great conversation for a cocktail party. But what do I say after that?

Dr. S: How long is it?

BILL: Just a couple of minutes before I run away to get another drink.

Dr. S: No, I meant, “How long is the Spanish economy going to last”?

BILL: Well how long is it going to last?

Dr. S: A few months ago they poured in about a trillion dollars into the ECB [European Central Banks] banking system to bail out the government – and that lasted a couple of months. This time Europe poured in 125 billion dollars and it lasted, (maybe) a couple of days. So the likely hood of it working out is not good.

BILL: But how does that affect us? I mean, this really plays into Mitt Romney’s hands. Doesn’t it?

Dr. S: I don’t know if it plays into Mitt Romney’s hand, but what it will mean is that the economy will be weaker. But it does have another side to it. One of the reasons that we’re going to be affected is, that we haven’t fixed our banking system. Remember we had the crisis in 2008?

BILL: I do remember. I lost all of my money. I had it in Lehman Brothers.

Dr. S: Remember they said they were going to fix it [banking system] and they had this bill called: DODD FRANK?

BILL: Yes.

DR. S: Well they didn’t fix it. One of the things they were supposed to fix is the lack of transparency. But we don’t really know the extent to which our banks are interlaced with European banks.

BILL: We don’t really know?

Dr. S: We don’t know.

BILL: You don’t know?

Dr. S: I don’t know.

BILL: Then I don’t know. I’m the guy who gets my cues from you. Now, you have won a Nobel Prize, I have not, but I am a student of THE THREE STOOGES. Every Three Stooges Episode, (well not “every” episode) but they always do an episode (and also by the way there was Abbott & Costello and the Barrio Boys) where these comedy teams go to a rich persons mansion and they purposely put down vermin, (rats, mice, roaches) and then they come back the next day as exterminators to fix the problem. You see my point?

Dr. S: Yes.

BILL: You do? I’m just saying ‘This is how the Republicans seem to run for president. I mean, they cause the problem, then they come back the next day as the exterminator. I read this week that Americans lost 40% of their wealth from 1990-Present. But most of it happen after 2007 because of policies of the previous 10 years when Bush was in office.

Dr. S: That’s right and in fact, one of the underlying problems was that inequality was growing. And because those at the top spend less than those in the bottom. When you move money from the bottom to the top the inequality gets weaker. The Feds decided to address this problem by creating a bubble.

BILL: Wasn’t that Alan Greenspan?

Dr. S: Yes. Alan Greenspan and it was supported by his successor. And as they created the bubble, people did spend more. Average savings rate in the United States went down to zero. And that’s not sustainable. And one of the lessons we always teach in economics is “that which is not sustainable won’t be sustained”.

BILL: I’m going to remember that for the next cocktail party. That’s a good one. Sir I read this week that the cost of tickets at Disney Land has gone up to $87 dollars. It used to be $12 dollars in 1982. Now if they were keeping up with inflation it would only gone up to $28 dollars. But it went up to $87 which means a family of five would have to pay…

Dr. S: A lot.

BILL: A lot. As in too much. I mean not that I even want to go to Disney Land but it should be $28 dollars and somehow it got to $87 dollars. It seems to me that says a lot about where the money has gone and whose enjoying this country and why so many people should be pissed off.

Dr. S: That’s right. But what makes me even more concerned is what’s happening to student loans. You know one of the things that came out in the fed report early this week was that Americans have learned [a little bit] about the lessons of credit cards. They’ve figured out [they understood]that all of the banks engaged in abusive credit card practices. But as credit card debt has gone down student load debt has gone up. And what’s so invidious about this is that tuition’s going up very rapidly in 3 years for public state university – it has gone up 15% across the country, but in California and a couple of other states it’s gone up by more than 40%. Understandable given that the states are constrained, they’re cutting back – no help from Washington. And while income’s are going down [wealth is going down] and tuition is going up, students know that if they don’t get an education their life prospects are dim, not good. But if they forgo accepting the gap in education they’re going to be saddled with this for the rest of their lives. Even in bankruptcy they cannot discharge that debt.

BILL: But I must say, it’s not all the fault of the people that’s giving the education or stopping the money going there I read recently in 2009 [the last year they had statistics for this], there were only 39,000 students that graduated with a STEM degree [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math], and they had 2.5 time more students graduating with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts.

Dr. S: This is Los Angeles, so that’s pretty good isn’t it?

BILL: Yeah but Los Angeles isn’t America and when Obama says “We should fix the bridges.” I agree we should fix the bridges – with people who have degrees in Visual and Performing Arts? I think they’re are people around who know how to fix the f@*#ing bridges. [Close] I wish we had more time Doc. Thank you for coming on the show.
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After transcribing this piece – that seemed to go on and on,
I realized transcribing more than this & the piece would be too long.

So If you’re interested in reading the rest of the show
Click HERE and technology will take you to and fro.

Happy Tuesday,
I’m Qui
Pt. 2 [Meet Friday nights panel and the “Hologram Barack Obama” – played by Reggie Brown]

T isn’t just for Tuesdays

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on June 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Photo Flipbook Slideshow MakerWhen I was in Art School I was religious in having Tea on Tuesdays. I’d go downtown (Dallas) and sip at artsy baristas in the presence of fellow artists, bongo’s, maraca’s and acoustic guitars. All on one accord, one vibe, and on an antioxidant high. I miss Art School.

hough Tea isn’t just for Tuesdays, any day is a good day to detox. So let’s have Tea more often. Shall we?

DID YOU KNOW? Tea has some amazing powers like

It Revs Metabolism
Sipping tea can in crease resting metabolic rate by 10 percent for two hours– enough to burn an extra 90 calories a day without lifting a finger. The credit goes to plant compounds that prevent the breakdown of a hormone (nor-adrenaline0 that triggers thermogenesis. the result: More calorie are burned instead of stored as fat.

It Improves Alertness
The caffeine and L-theanine found in most teas help stimulate brain regions that govern focus, reaction time and memory. In fact, British researchers found that drinking tea can heighten mental alertness in as little as 10 minutes, allowing you to zip through your to-do’s with ease.

It Balances Blood Sugar
A variety of plant compounds (including theaflavins, tannins and polyphenols) in tea work together to enhance the function of the hormone insulin, according to research in the journal Diabetes Care. This stabilizes blood sugar throughout the day to ward off fatigue, mood swings and cravings.
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I’ve been sipping again,
but it’s not juice and gin. [lol!]
I’ve been sipping white tea
and it’s looking good on me.

Yes! I’ve renewed my affair with sipping good tea
and couldn’t resist sharing a few recipes with thee:

LEMON GINGER BLISS
2 white or green tea bags
4 slices fresh ginger
4 sprigs fresh mint
2 lemon slices, halved
1 cup lemon seltzer
2 strawberries, halved

Steep tea bags and next 3 ingredients in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove bags and ginger. Chill. Add seltzer and strawberries. Sweeten to taste. Garnish with lemons. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The gingerols in ginger soothe sore muscles.

SPICED ORANGE-POM JOY
2 orange-and-spice black tea bags
2 orange slices, (halved)
2 lime slices, (halved)
1 cup pomegranate-blueberry juice

Steep tea bags and fruit in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove bags. Add juice. Chill. Garnish with mint. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The hesperidin in oranges helps regulate blood pressure.

BERRY-PEACH PERFECTION
3 wild-berry or mixed-berry black tea bags
2 lemon slices, halved
3 sprigs fresh thyme cup strawberry-peach juice or white grape-peach mango juice, [like Welch’s]

Steep tea bags, lemons and thyme in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove tea bags and thyme. Add juice. Sweeten to taste. Chill or server over ice. Garnish with lemon. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The pectin in lemons banishes belly bloat.

And that is why I love tea so,
—my belly fat has got to go!!!

It’s 79 degrees in Phoenix as we speak,
I’m Qui
Kicked back in the shade sipping on some tea.
Oui! Oui! Vibe these Antioxidants with me.

Booking Dad

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

Not to include fingerprinting and a mug shot, but it sure would be nice to add A NEW BOOK to his bowed shelved collection. Wouldn’t it? Instead of Dad spending all of his time “reading into what you meant by giving him another tie for Fathers Day” try gift wrapping a real page-turner or two for his reading enjoyment, like:

“REPOSITION YOURSELF: Living Life Without Limits” by T. D. Jakes

T.D. Jakes offers readers of the New York Times bestseller Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits a collection of scripture and quotes that provides the spiritual underpinnings of his message about applying Christian principles to adjust to the many changes that life brings.
Reposition Yourself, the narrative book, uses wisdom collected from more than thirty years of Jakes’s experience counseling and working with high-profile and everyday people on financial, relational, and spiritual creativity on the path to an enriched life filled with contentment at every stage.
Reposition Yourself Reflections collects the words that ground Reposition Yourself solidly in biblical teachings. Reflections is an essential keepsake, to carry with you in moments when inspiration and encouragement are needed.

“The BLACK MALE HANDBOOK: A Blueprint for Life” by Kevin Powell – Fwd by Hill Harper

Insight via a collection of essays for Black males on surviving, living, and winning. Kevin Powell taps into the social and political climate rising in the Black community, particularly as it relates to Black males. This is a must-have book, not only for Black male readers, but the women who befriend, parent, partner, and love them.
The BMH answers a collective hunger for new direction, fresh solutions to old problems, and a different kind of conversation—man-to-man and with Black male voices, all of the hiphop generation. The book tackles issues related to political, practical, cultural, and spiritual matters, and ending violence against women and girls.
The book also features an appendix filled with useful readings, advice, and resources. The Black Male Handbook is a blueprint for those aspiring to thrive against the odds in America today.

“The GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION” by Will Allen the CEO of Growing Power

In this book Will is teaching us how to feed a nation — naturally. Allen who is at the forefront of a movement that encourages and pays Black folks to gown our own food, tells his grassroots story in this book [Co-written by Charles Wilson]. Years ago, the former basketball player and corporate businessman bought a farm in Milwaukee, taught himself how to grow food and now teaches urban farming to others. His story is not only compelling but treatise on how our country supplies food and how the absence of a grocery store in your ‘hood is no excuse for not finding a way to feed your family good food.

“FATHERHOOD: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge” by Former Hawks center Etan Thomas

Thomas’ book-length personal essay about the importance of being a dad in this hard back. “FATHERHOOD” was co-written by Nick Chiles with a forward by Tony Dungy. The book intertwines essays from famous dads with Thomas’ own musings on topics such as reading bedtime stories and how his 3-year old hid the cell phone in an effort to get Dad’s full attention. Taye Diggs, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yao Ming and Ice Cube are among the men who chime in on “FATHERHOOD”.

“A GOLDEN VOICE” by Ted Williams

Ted Tells his own story in “A GOLDEN VOICE: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility brought me from the Streets to Salvation”, co-written with Bret Witter. He was a military man, a disc jockey, a drug addict, a homeless man and eventually he became a rediscovered man due to his remarkably deep voice. But insta-fame led to another fall from grace and another attempt at rehab. Williams’ tale is raw but poignant. His faith in God sustained him and, he says, is bringing him back to where he used to be.

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FATHERS DAY is Coming [Mothers Day was first].
Invest in a dad & LITERALLY remind him of his worth.

Buy him a NEW BOOK and give him a FIRM HUG,
I’m Qui
A DADDYS GIRL
– Wishing every DAD more LOVE.

[Fathers Day is June 17th]

Happy SUNDAE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on June 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Sweets for the Sweets and Sunday is a great day to partake. And I don’t mean in the ice cream sundae you see in the pic, though the recipe for it is at the bottom of the feed. Happy Sunday!

Today I’d like to focus in on the foundation of you
and encourage you to meditate on a daily to get through,
and encourage you to eat well – less carbs and less fat,
and encourage you to self preserve. Yes – we all need that.

Today I’m taking it easy. I am happy indeed.
Today my mission is to help someone and sew a good seed.
Send me a shout out – if you are in need.
Today it’s about humanity & philanthropy.

I’m a cheerful giver and a happy vibe spreader daily.
Some people receive me and some people think I’m crazy.

I’m open, I’m free. I wear my hair down.
Life is at hand, and I’ll wear this crown.

A crown of honesty, a crown full of love.
A nourishing crown — I give lots of hugs.

Today is no different from yesterday really.
I lived out a Happy Saturday, [though some might think silly].

I have a lot of energy and I’m happy to be alive.
When I enter a room, I ripple a good vibe.

Good energy is what you want. Is that why you’re reading this?
Well let me literally send good vibes via this electrical emit.

Did you get it? Did you feel it? – all the way in your hood.
Now take it and spread it. Be caught doing good.

Sweets for the Sweets. I’m fond of ‘the treat’.
Partake if you will in the Happy SUNDAE Recipe:


Click here for the vanilla ice cream recipe

I’m Qui and I’m Happy. I just couldn’t resist to say.
So even if you don’t eat the ice cream, have a HAPPY SUNDAY.

NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics on June 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

OMG! It’s been a long time
since I’ve hit you up in Griot rhyme
to talk about the mundane chimes
of our governing political minds
and the sensation of news media headlines.
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Well the day is here and I can’t refuse
to lace you up with another NEWS PERUSE:

Prisoner swapping is on the table – I don’t know the Russian Colonels name
that wanted to be swapped out with our POW but it rattled John McCain.

Scott Walker get’s to keep his governing crown
Wisconsin’ers voted to keep him around.

The recall effort was an effort indeed well made,
though it’s official: union congregating is gone away.

Walker’s win may change the way your state bargains with its employees.
Like the right-to-work state of Texas equating to unstable cheese.
You can be hired for 90 days and then given a reprieve
Because “job creators” have a lofty “out clause” ease.

Someone has leaked out war secrets. Someone is a loose-lipped louse.
President O is appalled that folks are pointing to someone in the White House.

The story is surrounding the Cyber attacks and whose in-the-wrong.
The story headlines include Iran and our stealth moving drones…
our secret keeping isn’t looking too strong.

Romney isn’t at CPAC today with Chris Christie and other toast master GOP’s
to talk about stifling the forward futures of folks like you & me.

Ooo Wee. If Romney picks up more rich money – he’ll be a big KOCH & Associates machine.
So me and my friends better donate again to increase Obama’s steam.

Choo Choo!
I’ve got $5 on it — what about you?

The money will add up quick
If you and your friends will throw 5 in the mix.

Let’s make it happen

Former President George H. Bush will be 88 this week.
Regardless of my political party, I think the mention is sweet.

He was our 41st president – I pray God continue to enrich him to remain young.
I wish politics were a game of ALL PROSPER — and not a game of ‘just some.
I’m happy about the Presidents birthday. I wish the ‘royal fam’ lots of fun.
It’s truly an honor to have him pal’ing around at only 88-years young.

There’s really not that much news hanging around to chop at like timber.
Everyone is steadfastly focused on what’s going down in November.

Everyone has their minds locked on their presidential choice.
Everyone will hit the poles November 2nd to resound their voice.

Are you ready for the polls? We’ve only got 4 more months,
I’m Qui
Sealing this NEWS PERUSE with insight, sincerity and fun.

Happy Friday babies. Go out and let your hair down.
Celebrate like you’re Scott Walker – he still wears the crown.
Hate ‘the game’ not ‘the player’. Turn the frown upside down.