Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blogs to investigate

13.7 Cosmos And Culture
3 Quarks Daily
Abu Muqawama
Scott Adams
Marc Ambinder
American Scene
Ann Althouse
The Arabist
Dan Ariely
The Awl
Stephen Bainbridge
Radley Balko
Balloon Juice
Becker And Posner
Belgravia Dispatch
Steve Benen
Jonathan Bernstein
The Big Picture
Big Think
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
Mark Blumenthal
Books Inq
Box Turtle Bulletin
Alan Boyle
Calculated Risk
Capital Gains & Games
P.M. Carpenter
Nicholas Carr
John Cassidy
Jonathan Chait
Jonathan Cohn
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Juan Cole
The Compass
The Corner
Crooked Timber
Daily Intel
Daily Kos
The Daily What
Danger Room
Amy Davidson
Ross Douthat
Rod Dreher
Dan Drezner
Kevin Drum
Freddie deBoer
Democracy Arsenal
Democracy In America
Drudge Report
Drug WarRant
Enduring America
James Fallows
Max Fisher
Justin Fox
Free Exchange
Conor Friedersdorf
David Frum
Gene Expression
Global Voices
Glenn Greenwald
Jeffrey Goldberg
Dana Goldstein
Josh Green
Ryan Grim
Sam Harris
Hendrik Hertzberg
Hugh Hewitt
Hit & Run
Rob Horning
Scott Horton
Hot Air
The Incidental Economist
Inde Gay Forum
Alan Jacobs
Joe My God
Erik Kain
Ezra Klein
Mike Konczal
Michael Koplow
Paul Krugman
Krulwich Wonders
Daniel Larison
The Lede
Timothy B. Lee
Marc Lynch
Alexis Madrigal
Michelle Malkin
Michael Mandel
Greg Mankiw
Marginal Revolution
Seth Masket
Alex Massie
Megan McArdle
Middle East Channel
Noah Millman
Mind Hacks
Mischiefs Of Faction
Modeled Behavior
Model Politics
Moderate Voice
Monkey Cage
More Intelligent Life
Morning News
The New Republic
News Desk
Brendan Nyhan
Open Zion
Ordinary Gentleman
Outside The Beltway
Alex Pareene
The Paris Review
Mark Perry
Political Wire
Real Climate
Reihan Salam
Religion Dispatches
Barry Ritholtz
David Roberts
Room For Debate
Jay Rosen
Alyssa Rosenberg
Laura Rozen
The Rumpus
Christopher Ryan
Felix Salmon
Greg Sargent
Dan Savage
Bruce Schneier
Secular Right
Alan Sepinwall
Adam Serwer
Shadow Government
Jack Shafer
Nate Silver
The Smart Set
Ben Smith
Andrew Sprung
Talking Points Memo
Tax Vox
Tehran Bureau
Ten Miles Square
Think Progress
Tom Ricks
Michael J. Totten
Unqualified Offerings
Mark Vernon
Volokh Conspiracy
Vox Pop
Weekly Standard
Dave Weigel
Marcy Wheeler
Whispers in the Loggia
Will Wilkinson
Wonk Blog
Tony Woodlief
Wooster Collective
Matt Yglesias
Carl Zimmer


Proverbs with keyword Passing.

1. Time is a river of passing events -- a rushing torrent.  Greek Proverb.

2. Listen to all, pluck a feather from every passing goose, but follow no one absolutely.
- Chinese Proverb.

3. A man of high principles is someone who can watch a chess game without passing comment. Chinese Proverb.

4. You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.  Swedish Proverb.

 5. Youth is a kind of illness cured only by the passing years.  Arab Proverb.

6. Where there is a hippopotamus, be careful when passing with a pirogue.
African Proverb

7. Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas. African Proverb. 

8. If you close your eyes because of the bad people around you, you will not see the good people passing by.  African Proverb.

9. In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.   Danish Proverb.

10. Maturity comes from wisdom not in the passing of years. Persian Proverb.

11. Never give up your own old mat for a better prayer mat which you see passing. Swahili proverb.

12. If summer had a mother, she would weep at summer's passing. 
Lebanese Proverb.

13. Man is like a breath, his days like a passing shadow.
Hebrew Proverb

14. We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home.
Australian Aboriginal Proverb.

15. Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas. Congolese Proverb

16. Like the seaweed that clings to each other after each passing boat separates them, so too a family will come together with the passing of each crisis. Indonesian Proverb.

17. The hour is passing.
Latin Proverb

18.  The passing hour is sometimes a mother, sometimes a stepmother.
Latin Proverb

19. Little and lasting is better than much and passing.  Moroccan Proverb.

20. All weather is passing.   Norwegian Proverb. 

21. We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Australian Proverb.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stressful Emotions create damaging hormones and toxins in the body.

Emotions play a huge role in your physical health.

Stressful emotions create damaging hormones and toxins in the body.

The adrenal glands, the body’s main “stress” glands, secrete hormones to help us deal with short-term stresses. However, in our modern times, many people live under constant stress. 

The body does not differentiate between life-threatening stresses, such as being chased by a bear, and our current stresses, such as job stress, relationship difficulties, or money worries. 

It is important that we learn mechanisms to release stress buildup and improve our abilities to cope with stress.

Research in a field of study known as psycho-neuro-immunology found that
every part of our immune system is linked to the brain. 

Researchers discovered that every thought, experience, and emotion sends messages to the immune system, either strengthening or impairing its functioning.

Emotions that boost the immune system: 

- happiness 

- optimism 

- joy

Pessimism and depression are linked to an increased risk of disease. 

Emotional or mental stress impairs the function of the digestive system, as well. That is why it is best not to eat when you are upset. Avoid eating while you are very stressed.

Research has proven that stress affects our hormones, which can be damaging to our health over the long term. 

Research also suggests that emotions can become stored at the cellular level. This could be part of the reason why we can become stuck in the traumas we endure. Other studies demonstrate that stress can cause blockages in our energy systems.
When all is said and done, stress is really a figment of our imaginations. 

Life is only as stressful as we choose to let it be.

What to do?


Shift your view to be one that is positive, and you’ll be amazed at the discoveries you make along the way. A positive outlook makes a tremendous difference and can help you to totally transform your existing life into the life of your dreams.

If you don’t like something in your life, have the courage to be honest with yourself. This is more difficult than it seems sometimes. We often delude ourselves into accepting aspects of our life so we will not have to put in the effort to make changes. Honesty is an integral part of remaking your life into the life you would like to have.

While there may be plenty of social conditioning that affects us, we are the only ones who can choose to accept thoughts and ideas as part of our reality. 

You are the only thinker of your thoughts. Those thoughts will create your reality. 

If you don’t like the reality your thoughts are creating, change your thoughts.

You become what you think and feel.

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
― William James


Emotional Detoxification
Published on August 2, 2012 by fitnfree in Fitness, This 'n That

Give Thanks

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in ink.”

- (C.K. Chesterton)

Albert Einstein prescribes compassion for all living creatures and the whole of nature

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Albert and his Puppet

Seth Godin

From: Seth Godin
Date: 11/23/2008 6:21:19 AM
To: buddhha
Subject: Seth's Blog : Watching the Times struggle (and what you can learn)

Watching the Times struggle (and what you can learn)
Page by page, section by section, the influence of the New York Times is fading away. Great people on an important mission, but their footprint is shrinking and the company is losing stock value and cash and power and the ability to have the impact that they might.

Today's Sunday magazine has a cover story on Jennifer Aniston. Of course!

"All the News That's Fit to Print" is the heart of the problem. It was never that, of course. It was "All the News That Fits." The entire mindset of (every) newspaper has been driven by the cost of paper, the finite nature of paper, the cost of delivery and the cycle of a daily paper. You run enough articles to fit as many ads as you can sell.These are artifacts of a different age, one that today's consumer doesn't care a whit about.

Lots of organizations go through this analysis. How do you leverage your brand or your customer base to get to the next level, to enter new markets or new technologies--and do it while running your old business. And almost without exception, organizations are run by people who want to protect the old business, not develop the new one.

When you think about your business, realize that it is a combination of assets and constraints. The Times understood both, but suddenly, the constraints changed. Now, it's possible for a single individual with a Typepad account to reach more people than almost any newspaper in the country can. Loosen one constraint and the game changes. That leaves you with the assets, for a while anyway.

When in pain, the answer is not to pander to the masses and undo the very things that made you special.

Ten years ago, the paper knew what it had to do. They had a shot at inventing the future, but compromised their way to it instead of leading. Here are some simple ways they could think big instead of merely failing to defend the status quo:

1. Use their influence and brand to enable users to spread their content:
Why, precisely, aren't the Zagats guides a NY Times product? Or Yelp? That's a quarter of a billion dollars worth of value that the paper with the most influential restaurant reviews page didn't create. Why didn't they build Wikipedia? Or a platform to influence the way politicians govern?

Hiring and promoting David Pogue is a great example of expanding that base into the online world. Buying was smart, but being afraid to put the Times name on it was an error... an opportunity for leverage, wasted.

2. Leverage the op-ed page and spread important ideas:
Sure, Tom Friedman and a handful of other columnists have a large reach and influence. But why doesn't the Times have 50 columnists? 500? Tom Peters or Jim Leff or Joel Spolsky or Micah Sifry or Pam Slim or Patrick Semmens or Dan Pink would be great columnists. Why not view the endless print space online as an opportunity to leverage their core asset?

What would happen if the huge team of existing Times editors and writers each interviewed an interesting or important person every day? 5,000 or 10,000 really important interviews every year, each waiting for a sponsor, each finding a relevant audience...

3. Build a permission asset:
Times readers are among the most informed cultural consumers in the world. They tend to have money to spend and are eager for new ideas. What an opportunity to build 10 or a 100 or ten thousand silos. Carefully focused free email newsletters, and then blogs, each with an editor and plenty of relevant and useful ads. Well-written ideas, delivered with authority, are as important as ever. The Times sat back and let hundreds of other micro-sites deliver this instead.

4. Keep score:
The New York Times bestseller list used to matter a great deal. It became a self-fulfilling prophecy, because bookstores discounted and promoted the bestsellers, which helped them sell more.

We still want to know what the bestsellers are, but the Times works hard not to tell us. There are literally a thousand categories of media that people want to know about (top blogs, top DVDs, etc.) and the Times abdicated their ability to keep score, to be the trusted referee and to drive the short head in almost every form of culture.

Consider this for a moment: Oprah is able to sell ten times as many copies of a book than the New York Times can. The Times abdicated their role as the leader of the conversation about books.

5. Stringers:

The Times has always used freelancers and stringers to report and contribute to the paper. But how many? Why doesn't the paper have 10,000 stringers, each with a blog, each angling to be picked up by the central site? You wouldn't have to pay much per story to build a semi-pro cadre of writers and reporters. When you organize the news (delivering unique perspectives to people who want to hear them) you influence the conversation.

6. Create new platforms for advertisers:

The Times has profited longer than most newspapers because of New York. New York is an efficient place to be a newspaper. Lots of people, lots of advertisers, lots of spending, influence all over the world. But even that isn't enough to support the failing economics of dead trees and delivery. The only reason a paper exists (from a business point of view) is to sell ads.

So, what sort of ad-rich, ad-centric media could they build? From directories to pdfs to coupons to promotions, the list is nearly endless.

• • •

Instead of building something that dominates in this century the way they did in the last, the editors at the paper are pandering to the masses (and failing). Today's Magazine not only features the aforementioned volumes of insight about Jennifer Aniston, but it also includes yet another lame Ethicist column (they run it because they always have) and a weak interview with David Lynch (which no one will talk about on Monday). It also features recipes (we don't need more recipes, thanks, we now have an infinite number of recipes) and their latest affectation, which is overdesigned typesetting that is unreadable. All of these efforts are placeholders, not bold moves to create something that matters.

The people I know at the Times are smart, driven, honest and on a mission to do great work. The people didn't fail the system, the system failed them.

Do the people running the Times know more about running a newspaper or building ideas that spread profitably online? How about the people running your organization? Odds are, they're great at yesterday's business.

I guess it's about the difference between:

senior management playing defense, supporting and protecting the status quo and avoiding offending the elders upstairs vs.
using existing momentum and clout to build assets for the next business.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Quotes: Have a Plan

1. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” - Yogi Berra

2. “Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.” – Viktor Frankl

3. “To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.” - Franklin Roosevelt

4. “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.” - David Ogilvy

5. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” - Abraham Lincoln

6. “Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.” - Helmut Schmidt

7. “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” – Bill Copeland

8.”Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” - Vincent van Gogh

9. “The most important thing about goals is having one.” - Geoffry F. Abert

10. “You can’t reach your goals without occasionally taking some long shots.”- Unknown

11. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” - Mario Andretti

12. “The reason so few people are successful is no one has yet found a way for someone to sit down and slide uphill.” - W. Clement Stone

13. “Please understand my friend, that where you find yourself tomorrow is a function of the positive decisions and actions you take today.”- Akin A. Awolaja

14. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

15. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” - Jim Rohn

16. “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” – Mark Victor Hansen

17. “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” – Aristotle

18. “Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.” – Paul Meyer

19. “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

20. “The unfortunate aspect about living life without your own goals is that you may very well reach a point in your life where you will wonder, ‘what would have happened if I had only done…’” - Catherine Pulsifer



Saturday, April 13, 2013


The more things change, the more they remain the same.
- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

"Strength does not come from winning
Your struggles develop your strength.
When you go through hardship
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength."

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

- Latin Proverb

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.

- Latin Proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
- Ancient Proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
- Ancient Proverb

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.
- African Proverb

When you have given nothing, ask for nothing.
Albanian Proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
 Ancient Proverb

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
 Arab Proverb

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
 Arab Proverb

Make your bargain before beginning to plow.
  Arab Proverb

Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been lent to you.
 Belgian Proverb

Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
  Bulgarian Proverb

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
 Chinese Proverb

Do not employ handsome servants.
- Chinese Proverb

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
- Chinese Proverb

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Chinese Proverb

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

- Chinese Proverb

If you bow at all, bow low.

- Chinese Proverb

Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

- Chinese Proverb

Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.
-  Chinese Proverb

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
- Chinese Proverb

The palest ink is better than the best memory.
- Chinese Proverb

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
- Chinese Proverb

When you drink the water, remember the spring.

- Chinese Proverb

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
-Chinese Proverb

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
- Czech Proverb

The big thieves hang the little ones.
- Czech Proverb

When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
- Czech Proverb

Ask advice only of your equals.
- Danish Proverb

He who would leap high must take a long run.
- Danish Proverb

A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.

- Dutch Proverb

A full cup must be carried steadily.

- English Proverb

Don't fall before you're pushed.
- English Proverb

Use soft words and hard arguments.
- English Proverb

Investment System by the founder of Forbes magazine


Alchemy Unveiled

Alchemy is the last and highest knowledge which can be committed to paper in the form of letters. Beyond that, another language is required, one which cannot be committed to paper.

Most people confuse  chemistry with Alchemy. When an Alchemist speaks of Mercury, Sulphur and Salt, he speaks of his spiritual, astral and physical bodies, not of the elements.

Alchemy Unveiled describes the tribulations that a human being has to pass through in order to purify these three bodies. However, to achieve the level of an Alchemist requires daily study and strict daily mental, astral and physical exercises for many lifetimes. Many individuals have already achieved this goal.

The purpose is not to convert a lower metal into gold, but to change an impure body into a pure body, namely the spirit, soul and physical bodies. An Alchemist is one who has passed the levels of a magician, spheric magician and Kabbalist. All these levels can be achieved without the help of a teacher.

These Western writings are by those who have reached levels higher than an Alchemist. They have given us these writings, philosophically and practically. These sciences cannot be learned intellectually, but have to be approached with a clean heart. One's character has to be completely free of all negative characteristics. And for the one who embarks on this journey, the first thing to be learned is what a positive characteristic is and what a negative characteristic is.

And the reader will be surprised what negative characteristics are, because many of these characteristics are considered by most as positive.

Alchemy Unveiled will lead the reader on a journey of a complete purification of the body, soul and spirit, and for the first time the mystery of the Philosopher's Stone is openly explained.

Much has been written about this subject, most of which is and remains incomprehensible for most. Many of the alchemical writings available were and are based on error and point the way to the wrong path. This is mainly due to the fact that many individuals do this for personal, material gain.

Alchemy Unveiled begins with an explicit explanation of the symbolic language of Alchemy, which is a must for any further clear understanding of the entire text of this book. It explains the errors of many who were not in possession of the true knowledge regarding this art. It takes the reader on a journey through the ancient mysteries of Initiation, the Osiris mysteries, the Eleusian Mysteries, the Mysteries of Israel, the Christ-Mysterium and the Mystery of Alchemy.

Alchemy Unveiled

ISBN: 1885928084
SKU: N28085
(Approx $24.97)

 Lewis Masonic - Esoteric and Alchemy Unveiled


Peter Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society

The Function Of Organizations
The function of organizations is to make knowledges productive.
Organizations have become central to society in all developed countries because of the shift from knowledge to knowledges.
The more specialized knowledges are, the more effective they will be. The best radiologists are not the ones who know the most about medicine; they are the specialists who know how to obtain images of the body's inside through X-ray, ultrasound, body scanner, magnetic resonance.
The best market researchers are not those who know the most about business, but the ones who know the most about market research. Yet neither radiologists nor market researchers achieve results by themselves; their work is "input" only. It does not become results unless put together with the work of other specialists.

Knowledges by themselves are sterile. They become productive only if welded together into a single, unified knowledge.
To make this possible is the task of organization, the reason for its existence, its function.
Peter Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society

Peter Drucker Books

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker

Five Most Important Questions


Structure of the five most important questions  


Leadership requires constant resharpening, refocusing, never really being satisfied.

Peter Drucker:  

pyramid to dna
Toward the future
bbx The End of Economic Man: The Origins of Totalitarianism (1939)
The Future of Industrial Man (1943)
The New Society: The Anatomy of Industrial Order (1950)
bbx Landmarks of Tomorrow (1957)
bbx The Age of Discontinuity (1968)
bbx The New Realities (1988)
bbx Post-Capitalist Society (1993)
bbx Managing in the Next Society (2002); Last section originally published earlier in The Economist (
Comprehensive Management Books
bbx Concept of the Corporation
bbx Practice of Management
bbx Managing for Results
bbx Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices
bbx Innovation and Entrepreneurship
bbx The Essential Drucker (An introduction to management)
bbx Managing the Non-Profit Organization
bbx Management, Revised Edition
bbx Management Cases (Revised Edition)
bbx The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization
“Time Related” Management Books
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bbx Management Challenges for the 21st Century
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Self-management Books by Drucker
bbx Managing Oneself
bbx The Effective Executive
bbx The Effective Executive in Action
bbx What Executives Should Remember (a valuable summary of several core concepts)
bbx The Daily Drucker (an introduction to broad range of his thoughts)
The Daily Drucker table of contents worksheet
bbx Drucker on Asia — A Dialogue Between Peter Drucker and Isao Nakauchi
bbx Adventures of a Bystander
Books about Drucker and his ideas
bbx The Definitive Drucker
Inside Drucker's Brain
bbx A Class With Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher
bbx Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management
bbx The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society, and Economy
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Drucker Essay Collections
Although written years ago, these essays can be valuable attention directing tools. They can take your brain to places (brain addresses and brain roads) it wouldn't naturally go. What has changed and what is likely to change?
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