Gaza & More

I see lots of clever videos about the situation in Gaza. So far almost all have been clever, but distorted propaganda pieces, for one side or the other. I would suggest that if you did not think that it is hopelessly complicated, you have not been doing your research.

Just to make my position clear, I support Israel or something very much like it, existing in that area. Permanently! So, for all of the, “Fight to the death! There can be no Jew alive in the Middle East, or some say the world.” I have a strong word that refers to the output of bulls after they have finished processing their food.

Somehow, a whole bunch of people, but I’m convinced a very small percentage, have convinced many Muslims, that killing Jews, Kurds, and even each other, is a direct order from God. Here I use that same strong word. I even pile it deeper.

You can find any opinion you want on the Internet, and use it to prove that you are right, and everybody else is wrong. Personally I like these videos about Islam.

http://www.ted.com/search?q=Lesley+Hazleton

Where I believe that she clearly says, that Islam, when read ACCURATELY, does NOT condone the massive violence, that the media blames on it.

I strongly believe that any religion that condones hatred, violence, or any antisocial activity, has been perverted. Bad humans have been at work. Do not believe that God tells you to be bad. Do not believe that hatred violence and antisocial activities are good.

I have met many, very nice Israelis, and I consider them friends, and hope that they can consider me a friend, after finding out that I believe that BOTH sides have huge lists of provocations, and justifications for their actions. In my opinion BOTH sides have wonderful excuses to keep fighting, yet each has done many things to provoke the other.

I’m not there on the scene to know what is REALLY happening. Because of my views, I probably should not ever go there. I have no desire to be arrested for not agreeing with someone. I’m still a, “freedom of speech” kind of guy. Even from people that are ridiculously wrong, which perhaps I am.

One of the complications is that, as far as I know, the actions of Israel, are the actions of a central government. While the actions of provocation against them, often come from individuals. This makes everything even more complicated.

If a single American, starts randomly blowing up things in France, is France justified in going to war against America? I hope not.

And to me that makes the provocations from Israel, harder to ignore. And for the Israelis that say “What provocations?!?”

I am talking about things like this article:
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118846/israel-palestine-history-behind-their-new-war

With things like increased Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and statements from government leaders that sound like they have no interest in ever finding a solution. And the whole dividing up the West Bank into a very complicated concentration camp, and then offering it to the Palestinian government, as their homeland. And being surprised and feeling justified, when they refuse that generous offer. That does not pass the sniff test.

I am very aware that this could all be twisted propaganda. It certainly seems to be everywhere.

I believe, and post on my sites, links that say that there is no reason for Jews, Muslims, or anybody, to be enemies. People may have to make compromises, but we can all get along. We don’t have to screw each other. We certainly should not shoot each other.

Given the seemingly accurate, but bleak perspective in this video:
http://www.globetoday.com/one-of-the-most-beautiful-accurate-and-true-cartoons-ever-a-masterpiece/

I wonder if Gaza is solvable. Perhaps the best solution would be to declare some defined zone, around the Middle East. Some large area, but not too large, were all the warmongers can go and just have a wonderful time. They are not allowed nuclear weapons, but otherwise they can just shoot the poop out of each other! I’m sure the Ukrainians would appreciate it, if some people near them would relocate to another area. With all the death and destruction among Muslims in the Middle East, they would not need to relocate very far to have a legally sanctioned bloodbath. Syria, Iraq, just a whole bunch of places could suddenly become peaceful.

The rational people in this new free fire zone, would need to be able to relocate to some sane part of the planet. But perhaps since humans are incapable of learning to not want to shoot people, or stab or strangle, perhaps we can give any defective humans, a single playground, so they don’t bother the rest of us.

The military-industrial complex, should find this very appealing. They can sell their cool toys. From my years in Baltimore, I know that Baltimore would be happy to export a few hundred people, to go play there. Mexico and Central America can send some druglords. The KKK and many zealots from America, would look so much better over there than disturbing things in America. This could work. Think of the reality TV franchise.

I have great sympathy for Israelis, Palestinians, Ukrainians, all of the groups that are at each other’s throats. I suspect that the vast majority of you, are wonderful people. Love your families, just good guys and gals. But some small percentage of you have been programmed, by not so good people, to feel totally justified in hating. I don’t how to undo that, but if you hate, then you’ve been tricked. And you will pay a terrible price. You probably are already.

I was born in Houston Texas, in 1943. A time when people of color, and that definition was pretty much whatever any white man wanted it to be, had to use special bathrooms, special drinking fountains, where the water actually was not colored at all, kind of confusing. They had to ride in the back of the bus, if they could find a seat, because many white people, just for fun, would slide the marker that signified the dividing line, way back to the back, so that there would be 25 seats for three white people, and five seats for 9 black people. What a great sense of humor, Billy Bob!

Uppity (N word here) were too frequently hung, by white men as recreation. They did not need to be guilty of anything. Just accused by a white bigot.

In the early 1970s I chose to wear a beard. Apparently people haven’t noticed, but human males have active hair follicles on their face. Seems like God made them that way. What was she thinking?

When I started my beard, it was already fairly common in the Pacific Northwest. So, I was certainly not a trendsetter, by any means. But when I would visit relatives in Houston, I had a hint of what black people in the South, and hated people everywhere, go through. I could be dressed nicer than anybody else in the store, yet when I walked into the shop, it immediately became very frosty. The staff and many of the customers, literally bristled when they saw me. They didn’t know or care anything about me. I had a beard. Therefore I was bad. A blight on humanity. Fortunately if any of them thought that God had ordered them to smite me, they kept it to themselves.

I was very aware of what was going on. All I had to do was shave it off and I would be a good old boy again. I was born there. I could talk the talk. But it bothered me. Mostly, how can they be that stupid? So I tried to be an ambassador.

“Hey Bubba, I was over at the Piggly Wiggly yesterday and there was this bearded Yankee ass hole. But, he almost seemed nice. I was really surprised.”

I’ve still got the beard and no plans to shave.

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Give Equal Rights a chance

Pretty much all of you know, that I am all for equal rights in the literal and true since of the word. Many of you are way ahead of me on this.

Back in the 1960s, I was in Seattle, Washington, standing in the checkout line of a large store, and the cashier was an American Negro with dark skin. The idea that people should be required to hire someone of dark skin or other, seemingly arbitrary ‘qualification,’ over someone who actually knew how to do the job, but happened to be white, was a relatively new idea in America. And there was picketing going on outside the store, to require that they hire more people with dark skin.

I, and the people with me, were all white. The young woman looked out the window at the picketers, and then at us, and said, “This really upsets me. I got this job several years ago on my own merits, and I really resent that unqualified people believe that they should be ‘given’ a job just because of their skin color.”

I think I see both sides of the coin. But in America, especially back in those days, I agree that we needed some sort of way to get people of different color to mingle. It’s so much easier to hate someone, when you don’t know anything about them. And in those days, a lot of people were denied jobs. A lot of people of color, were more qualified than the white person hired. But for far too many the attitude was, “Well, I’m sure not going to hire a damn (insert pejorative here)!”

It doesn’t matter who was, or still is, on your hate list, Jews, Blacks, Irish, Italians, Baptists, Gays, Catholics, people that wear a turban, Down’s Syndrome, overweight people, we didn’t really play well with others. In my humble opinion, far too many of us still don’t. But, we’ve come a long way in my lifetime.

For example, in employment, my question would, “Can you do the job well?” Not what gender are you? Or what religion are you? Or what color is your skin? Or what country do you originally come from? Or do you prefer boys or girls? Or how much money do you have? And so on.

Actually, it is nice to know how much money your friends have. I’ve discovered over the years that having very rich friends can have advantages. <wink>

But, some very dear friends don’t have two nickels to rub together. And they are certainly still wonderful people. (In case the word ‘nickel’ is confusing to my non-American friends, it used to be a common coin worth 1/20 of a US dollar. It was made from the metal nickel, in the beginning. That was before the value of the US dollar got so low, that the scrap value of the metal used for common US coins, was more than the face value of the coin. So, they had to change to coins that were less expensive to manufacture.)

But anyway, a friend told me about this nice TED video, and below is a link to a text version. The Internet here in the Marina is not very good, so usually I prefer text to video, only because it is so much faster to download.

http://blog.ted.com/2014/03/17/why-is-my-daughter-strong-because-i-didnt-clip-her-wings-ziauddin-yousafzai-at-ted2014/

If you have spare time and a good Internet connection, have a look at this catalog of TED programs:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsKzpC8gYBmTcGpHbFlILThBSzhmZkRhNm8yYllsWGc&hl=en#gid=0

The weather in Finike has been very nice this winter, on average. Although, I think the farmers could have used a lot more rain. The snowcapped mountains that you can see from the marina, often had large bare spots, that I’ve never seen before during the winter months.

I really enjoy sunny weather, but I understand that life as we know it, does require a certain amount of water. I hope it all goes well.

David

Two critically important G words.

There are two important topics in this single post. I will put the short one first, in case you do not make it to the bottom of the long one.

Here is a wonderful, short video from the TED series. Movie titles aside, it shows the critical importance of, TRUE GRIT.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tedtalks/angela-lee-duckworth-tedtalk_b_4277459.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

The second, and also extremely important topic is that my friend Janell sent some wonderful links regarding the GMO studies that she had mentioned previously. For those of you who know how to find it, it is in the comments for my post that is labeled, “GMO”. But, if you don’t know how to get to that, fear not. I think that this link will take you to her most recent comment:

https://alegria1976.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/gmo/#comment-1431

A related link:
http://www.biosicherheit.de/pdf/aktuell/zentek_studie_2008.pdf

Sometime soon I will post another post on the subject. Janell’s links also link to other equally great links and I need time to digest the information.

At the moment it looks like the summary of what that’s going to say is, that people, pretending to be scientists, who just happen to have millions of dollars at stake and desperately wanted GMO foods to be approved, did very short-term studies (90 days) and felt that these studies proved that their inventions were safe. It seems to me that the depth of idiocy that that displays should not, cannot, be allowed in the scientific community. Maybe another way of saying it would be, that it is just not science. It is been known for thousands of years that some poisons, some diseases, etc., are slow acting and have diverse side effects. Lead poisoning, Mercury poisoning, thalidomide, syphilis and a lack of vitamin C, come to mind, and the technology of healthcare is certainly not anywhere close to anything I have been trained in. So, if I can see that this is nonsense, then what about the professionals, and experts in the field?

I think pretty much everybody agrees that if there were any GMO product that made the animal immediately fall over dead, that the product would not be in the marketplace. What concerns me are long-term effects, and surprising and/or subtle effects. The links that Janell sent me, demonstrate many rigorous scientific studies, from all over the world, show frequent devastating long-term effects. Here is a brief quote from one of the articles that shows what happens when the truth gets in the way of people making millions of dollars.

“Scientists who discover adverse findings from GMOs are regularly attacked, ridiculed, denied funding, and even fired. When Ermakova reported the high infant mortality among GM soy fed offspring, for example, she appealed to the scientific community to repeat and verify her preliminary results. She also sought additional funds to analyze preserved organs. Instead, she was attacked and vilified. Samples were stolen from her lab, papers were burnt on her desk, and she said that her boss, under pressure from his boss, told her to stop doing any more GMO research. No one has yet repeated Ermakova’s simple, inexpensive studies.

“In an attempt to offer her sympathy, one of her colleagues suggested that maybe the GM soy will solve the over population problem!”

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not a Luddite. I welcome new technology and new ideas. And I also think that truth is absolutely essential.

For example, I hope I am crystal clear when I say that I have nothing whatsoever against Catholicism. Many bigots will proudly say that they are not anti-XYZ. Some of their best friends are XYZ.

I can happily say that some of my best friends are Catholics, and I do not wish to offend them. However I have a great deal of suspicion and concern about the gigantic industry that was and is managing Catholicism.

I have grave concern over how it treated someone who was foolish enough to point out that the earth was not the center of the universe.

I have grave concern over how it dealt with the idea of what we now refer to with the Greek letter pi. It is my understanding that the organization that controlled Catholicism ordered that pi would be defined to be exactly 3.000.

For an organization that claims to be the best and indeed the only highway to God, I’m more than a little concerned that it had not noticed that God had already mandated that pi should equal something closer to: 3.14159265359. And that it was one of those numbers that the more accurately you calculated it the longer it got. As far as anyone knows it will never have a long string of zeros at the end. At least in the numbering system that we presently use.

On a much broader stage, I am more than a little concerned over any person or organization or disorganization that does not believe that truth is extremely important. Particularly in scientific endeavors. I really bristle at what I believe to be mandate and dogma.

The more we can understand about how the universe actually works, the better we are armed in our journey through life. If we don’t believe in bacteria and think that cholera can be driven away by certain kinds of loud noises, I believe that we quickly become candidates for Darwin awards. Like the people that were convinced that malaria was caused by bad air. Giving rise to its name, malaria.

I certainly am aware that the truth is not always what we wanted to hear, but I believe that it is always what we need to know.

For me, the whole geometry of the GMO situation, screams out that the people behind it know that it is dangerous. Why else would they spend $70 million to keep it a secret? But, what I really hope to find out is the truth. If it is wonderful, or like most things in life, it is more accurately, a double edge sword, that has some wonderful aspects and some not so good aspects, then we need to know that.

When we were traveling through the American State named Louisiana, many of the people there would explained that they had the best politicians money could buy. Not a very good endorsement. But I think that a society can work better with bought politicians, than it can with bought scientists. I believe a dishonest scientist is far worse than no scientist at all. And, it seems obvious to me that it is sarcasm to describe someone as a dishonest scientist. It is an oxymoron. There is only one kind of scientist. That is a person who tries to the best of their ability to learn the truth. As I’ve explained before several times, it is by no means rare for them to make mistakes. And we always need to be careful. But one of the ways to minimize that is to have many other minds, that are also skilled in whatever particular art, to examine their work and try to replicate the experiment. This is usually called peer review.

I will close with the quote,

“Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the attendant of truth. Doubt is the key to the door of knowledge; it is the servant of discovery. A belief which may not be questioned binds us to error, for there is incompleteness and imperfection in every belief. Doubt is the touchstone of truth; it is acid which eats away the false. Let no one fear for the truth, that doubt may consume it; for doubt is a testing of belief. The truth stands boldly and unafraid: it is not shaken by testing: for truth if it be truth, arises from each testing stronger, more secure.”

Robert T. Weston (Unitarian Universalist minister, died 1988)

TED favorites

As Pam said, we all have our favorite TED videos. Various ones, for various reasons. I just finished watching this first link, for my first time, and my overwhelming thought is, “It doesn’t get any better than this!!!” It is also for those that remember MacGyver. Here is a real one. Saving the lives of his family.

http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind.html

As the song goes, “Don’t worry. Be happy.”

Don’t be sad, thinking about the very large number of people just like William, who have unimaginable potential, yet are trapped and not able to unleash it. Be glad that William has had help, and try to think of ways to find and help the thousands and thousands of others like him. The planet has so much potential that is not being utilized.

Be happy that William WAS helped and he has given us this inspirational message. Here, below, is his first video. It is the transcript page and I think the video will play.
http://blog.ted.com/2007/08/01/premiere_willia/#more

They seem to usually have a button that gives you the transcript, which I often like to read.

I also enjoyed this next presentation on a very serious subject. Actually several subjects. Depression and suicide, being just two of them.
http://blog.ted.com/2013/09/10/confessions-of-a-depressed-comic-a-qa-with-kevin-breel/

and the related subject
http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html

Here is an index of the 20 most-watched programs, which might be a fun place to start:
http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/

I will add to this list from time to time:

http://www.ted.com/speakers/mary_roach.html
http://www.maryroach.net/spookExcerpts.html

Dave

99 Life Hacks

For those that remember MacGyver
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGyver

Here are some clever ideas to make life easier that someone, presumably the owner of the website, collected off the Internet. Like most things in life, do not be shocked if some of them don’t really work. But, I enjoyed seeing this list.

http://joelzimmerman.tumblr.com/post/33670447154/99-life-hacks-to-make-your-life-easier

And, if you want to make sure that it stays available, you may need to download the file to your computer. Then all you have to do is remember how to find it.

Closely related to that ‘How do I find it?’ subject, I’m still grinding away at organizing my numerous hard drives in storage and redundancy. They are large drives and so it commonly takes 18 hours to move the files from one drive to another, and to do other, very slow, similar projects. So, it’s a good thing I finally got actively pursuing it. It would clearly be a lot easier just to buy some more 3 TB drives, but even I thought that my present collection was getting quite ridiculous.

Also I will note here that I have modified the original post
https://alegria1976.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/if-you-have-not-met-ted-you-are-missing-out/

Note the name is the tail end of the link. That link should take you to the exact post, but you can just go to my basic blog page and scroll down until you find it.

One of my many wonderful cousins, Pam. Well, I guess were all cousins in some way or another. But, anyway Pam, posted an excellent comment to that TED post. I have heard that many of you have trouble reading the comments, and hers was so good that I incorporated it in the post. However, since you may not want to go back and skim through the original post to find the new material. I will include the new material here. I think the links are especially relevant in these troubled times.

It seems to me that religion, politics, and anchoring, are three things that get people really bent out of shape. It is common to find people who have such overwhelmingly strong opinions about those subjects, that although they are otherwise rational human beings, on certain subjects their mind is like a steel trap. An old steel trap. Closed and rusted shut.

Of course, they know beyond all certainty, that they have all the answers and that the other gazillion people in the world have it all wrong.

So, even though my many friends, are my friends, because they are quite rational and open-minded and above such lunacy, except perhaps on anchoring subjects, I worry that some stranger will find the blog and immediately jump to some sort of adrenaline enriched position, that I cannot imagine. I will just say, please don’t do that.

How will we ever solve anything, if we cannot talk about subjects, and positions that we may not agree with, but that are important. As Rumi said:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
“Come, come again, whoever you are, come!
Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!
Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,
Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.”

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi
1207 – 1273 see http://www.mevlana.net/

He also said:

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged”
― Rumi

“And watch two men washing clothes,
one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony.

Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there’s really only one work.”
― Rumi

https://alegria1976.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/random-quotes-from-rumi/

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And Pam said, slightly edited:
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Pam & David on October 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm said: Edit

Thanks for posting this, Dave. If it’s helpful to folks, here’s a shortened URL: http://bit.ly/1gzOgwm that will take you straight there. (That link http://bit.ly/1gzOgwm worked fine for me (Dave).)

A TED talk that I like quite a lot (we all have our favorites), perhaps because I’m from Seattle, is this one:

And here she had a link, but I (Dave) removed her link because it took me to a page that wanted to install software on my computer. I recommend against doing that. Please try this link
http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.html
And I strongly recommend this related link
http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazleton_the_doubt_essential_to_faith.html

Pam continues:
If you enjoy TED talks (and I do), you might also enjoy the many spoofs out there, easily found by Googling “TED spoofs.” There’s even one by a comedian who apparently talked his way into a TEDx event.

If you have not met TED, you are missing out.

One of my friends named Mike sent me this nice link:
http://www.ted.com/talks/janette_sadik_khan_new_york_s_streets_not_so_mean_any_more.html

Yes, it is a long link. If you have trouble opening it, just contact me. DO NOT let sites tell you that you need to install software! The real pages should just work. If not, then ask you local Computer Guru.

I find it kind of exciting to hear the things that she says are being accomplished in New York and the outstanding results that she says they have. I realize that it’s a puff piece. By that I mean that she’s blowing her own horn and trying to put the best possible spin on it. But I really like the video and I believe what she says. More power to her.

For me, probably the best part, is that her successes are being emulated in many cities around the world. I always like it when people get smarter. It’s really frustrating when I see large groups of people rapidly getting dumber.

While we were in the states for the last three years, we had the use of an automobile. Sadly, in the US, you usually are required to have an automobile in order to function. However, for the majority of the last 40 years, I have been a pedestrian. There’s no place to keep an automobile on our boat. And, in a lot of the world that I have been, there’s no need.

In Portugal, like many other places that we been, it was really easier to get around without a car. Not always, of course. But, frequently.

I will spare you countless pages of examples of places that virtually require you to have an automobile in order to survive there. But, it looks like from this video that America might be beginning to scratch the surface of rethinking the whole idea of requiring that every household have at least one and preferably many automobiles.

If you have not seen very many TED broadcasts, you have really done yourself a disservice. A treat awaits you! They have something for everybody. Well, maybe not everybody. Probably no child pornography or snuff films, but really a vast collection of entertainment that is usually also very enjoyably educational. I strongly encourage you to set aside some time to snoop around in the list of available broadcasts. If you look around on my blog you will find several listed, but there seems to be a gigantic assortment of them. I have to keep it to a minimum because of my traditionally terrible Internet connection. But for most of you, I strongly recommend it.

Dave

PS

Also note here that I have modified this original post

One of my many wonderful cousins, Pam. Well, I guess were all cousins in some way or another. But, anyway Pam, posted an excellent comment to that TED post. I have heard that many of you have trouble reading the comments, and hers was so good that I incorporated it in the post. However, since you may not want to go back and skim through the original post to find the new material. I will include the new material here. I think the links are especially relevant in these troubled times.

It seems to me that religion, politics, and anchoring, are three things that get people really bent out of shape. It is common to find people who have such overwhelmingly strong opinions about those subjects, that although they are otherwise rational human beings, on certain subjects their mind is like a steel trap. An old steel trap. Closed and rusted shut.

Of course, they know beyond all certainty, that they have all the answers and that the other gazillion people in the world have it all wrong.

So, even though my many friends, are my friends, because they are quite rational and open-minded and above such lunacy, except perhaps on anchoring subjects, I worry that some stranger will find the blog and immediately jump to some sort of adrenaline enriched position, that I cannot imagine. I will just say, please don’t do that.

How will we ever solve anything, if we cannot talk about subjects, and positions that we may not agree with, but that are important. As Rumi said:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

“Come, come again, whoever you are, come!
Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!
Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,
Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.”

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

1207 – 1273   see http://www.mevlana.net/

He also said:

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged”

― Rumi

“And watch two men washing clothes,

one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony.

Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there’s really only one work.”

― Rumi

https://alegria1976.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/random-quotes-from-rumi/

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And Pam said, slightly edited:

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Pam & David on October 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm said:

Thanks for posting this, Dave. If it’s helpful to folks, here’s a shortened URL: http://bit.ly/1gzOgwm that will take you straight there. (That link http://bit.ly/1gzOgwm worked fine for me (Dave).)

A TED talk that I like quite a lot (we all have our favorites), perhaps because I’m from Seattle, is this one:

And here she had a link, but I (Dave) removed her link because it took me to a page that wanted to install software on my computer. I recommend against doing that. Please try this link
http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.html

And I strongly recommend this related link
http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazleton_the_doubt_essential_to_faith.html

Pam continues:

If you enjoy TED talks (and I do), you might also enjoy the many spoofs out there, easily found by Googling “TED spoofs.” There’s even one by a comedian who apparently talked his way into a TEDx event.

Never say never

Never say never and never assume that you/we have it all figured out. We have all heard about the story that (supposedly) in the late 1800s they were going to close the US Patent Office, because everything had been invented.

Hard to believe. Right? Before airplanes, penicillin,The Edsel, lava lamps, 8 track tapes, smart phones, etc.

Well, I read some kind of strange websites. As you are already painfully aware. But, more and more, I hear of breakthroughs involving bacteria and ways that we are only beginning to understand that our health is affected.

DNA was thought to be a relatively chiseled in stone blueprint for our cells. But more and more data says otherwise and our health depends on us getting this right.

It is my understanding that one of thousands of new, and now proven ideas is that certain mushrooms have certain sugar-like components that encourage the growth of certain bacteria in your gut. These bacteria can and do travel in your body and correct DNA errors. They make you much more resistant to certain cancers by correcting, changing your DNA. I tried to find the place that I learned this, but this next link is all I have found so far. (Please ask TED to get a search engine that works better. I would like to link to THEIR page, but could not do it.)

I did find this discussion:
http://blog.ted.com/2011/10/28/tedmed-catching-up-with-paul-stamets-mushroom-innovator/

And this earlier video from 2008
http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world.html

Please also find the time to watch these. They will change your life:

It may be that much or most of our health is very closely tied to bacteria. We consist of 10 to 100 times as many bacteria as human cells. We are in a symbiotic relationship with them that we ignore at our peril. This may be a break through greater than antibiotics.

http://www.ted.com/talks/bonnie_bassler_on_how_bacteria_communicate.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/science/changing-view-on-viruses-not-so-small-after-all.html?_r=0
http://www.fungi.com/blog/items/facts-about-mushrooms.html

Learn a little every day,

Dave