Duck! and Gather

... for the money has gone too far.

Duck! and Gather: The Podcast


In 2007, I ended my brief podcasting career, and stuck with (occassionally) blogging over here. For the sake of posterity, my podcasts between 2005 and 2007 are available below.

This page is the "podcast" companion to my blog. Basically, I got lazy about typing in my blog entries, and a good friend of mine encouraged me to continue it using the podcasting medium. Below are the audio files.

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The podcast files are listed below.

131 Youscription: Observations Six Months In My thoughts behind restructuring the site based on the thinking and behavior of the users. 23:17 Wed, 18 Jul 2007
130 Youscription: Ideas On How the Site Will Develop Some ideas on types of content, and categories to be used on Last Worker. 38:43 Fri, 27 Apr 2007
129 Youscription: Why I Founded the Site How Duck! and Gather led to Last Worker ... It's all up to us, sharing our best practices for living. 41:48 Fri, 27 Apr 2007
128 The Three Horsemen: 9/11, Katrina, and Cho: Why Cho? What could our national lust for oil have to do with Cho? Lust for oil => death of community => alienation. Combine this with America's cultural vaccuum, and we have the most fertile soil for the Chos of the world. (Except maybe for Quebec.) 50:38 Wed, 18 Apr 2007
127 The Three Horsemen: 9/11, Katrina, and Cho: Background How did the Virginia Tech massacre make me feel? NYTimes treatments of the three events. Why these three stand out from previous acts of terror, weather disasters, and mass murders. How oil lust led to 9/11 and Katrina. 46:50 Wed, 18 Apr 2007
126 Youscription: Business Model Need organic growth to raise angel financing so we can hire a real engineer and get dedicated hosting. Kind of like raising a kid. 20:27 Thu, 12 Apr 2007
125 Youscription: Random Updates The beauty of the web for developing code -- all questions and answers are there. Boy, this is fun. But lots of closet cleaning to do. 21:06 Fri, 30 Mar 2007
124 Youscription: Blowing a Fuse Yep, spending day and night trying to get this site going is not a balanced lifestyle. 17:53 Mon, 26 Feb 2007
123 Youscription: Picking an Initial ISP Building a Ruby on Rails site pretty much requires an ISP who built their own site using it too. 25:32 Fri, 9 Feb 2007
122 Sports and Enlightment (Superbowl XLI) Sports as a path to enlightement? Evidenced in the Superbowl no less? Peyton Manning, for chrissakes? I assure you, nobody else who watched that game had these strange thoughts. 15:18 Sun, 4 Feb 2007
121 Youscription: The Birth Announcing my new startup. Dusting off my 20-year-old programming skills, I've started building the site using Ruby on Rails. 21:57 Sun, 4 Feb 2007
120 Centrality of Feelings I'm sort of retarded when it comes to feelings -- my own and those of others. How do I overcome this? Focus awareness on my own, thus enabling me to accept others. 39:47 Tue, 30 Jan 2007
119 Marriage and Enlightenment For better or worse, we tend to marry a proxy for one of our parents. Gives us a chance to work out childhood aversions and obsessions and thus move toward enlightenment. 36:14 Sat, 20 Jan 2007
118 Seth Roberts and the Shangri-La Diet: My Experience My podcast = intellectual masturbation. Time to become a prof? Anyway, the diet sort of seems to work. 09:25 Fri, 12 Jan 2007
117 Wikipedia: Crowds versus Mobs Wikipedia is a paradigm example of wisdom of the crowds. However, concerning strong emotional topics (like 9/11), it can degenerate into the ignorance and error of the mobs. 48:41 Wed, 3 Jan 2007
116 Seth Roberts and the Shangri-La Diet: The Theory Seth Roberts has come up with a theory combining Pavlovian learning with the set point body fat model. If true, the theory would answer a number of my own open questions about body fat. Fascinating reading. 42:46 Fri, 29 Dec 2006
115 Winter Solstice Fast 2006 Just finished my three-day fas for the winter solstice. Here is my report. 12:13 Thu, 21 Dec 2006
114 American Turnings, Presidents, and the Enneagram: Where are the 8s? Since the crisis Presidents were 7s, and their generals were 5s, how is that America is an 8 country? We find our answer in George Mason. 19:13 Thu, 21 Dec 2006
113 American Turnings, Presidents, and the Enneagram: The Model It seems that every U.S. President in office during American crises -- Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt -- were Enneagram 7 types. Moreover, the winning generals of the last two -- Grant and Eisenhower -- seemed to have been 5s. 34:00 Wed, 20 Dec 2006
112 FTC Sides with the People I have said that the Corporations own the Government and its bureaucracies. But then the FTC just came out on the side of the People concerning Word of Mouth marketing. What is up with that? 19:27 Wed, 20 Dec 2006
111 American Turnings and Music An analysis of how emergent American music genres correlate with the social turnings described in The Fourth Turning. What is the music telling us? Same answer as the book: People vs. Corporations. 44:21 Wed, 13 Dec 2006
110 The Countercorp Film Festival A sparsely attended film festival in San Francisco with compelling People vs. Corporations-themed movies. Every movie I saw featured a hot, direct battle between people and corporations, unlike my own cool, passive battle to become self-reliant. 30:40 Fri, 1 Dec 2006
109 Predictions Update for 2006 Two years after I issued these obscure 8 predictions, 5 of them are looking even money or better to come true. 35:59 Thu, 30 Nov 2006
108 You Know You Are in a Fat Country When ... My experiment making bread -- weird results. Also, NYT Magazine article says that Fat Studies are starting to be taught in universities from every perspective but health. Only in America. 34:21 Thu, 30 Nov 2006
107 My 2006 Greece Trip Back after two weeks in Greece. Same story about the amazing food there. Some notes on body odor and Serbia. Also picked olives with my dad, had them pressed, and brought back the olive oil. Mmm mmm. 21:38 Wed, 08 Nov 2006
106 The Murder of Nicole DuFresne: Enneagram Analysis An Enneagram analysis of why Nicole acted the unfortunate way she did on the night of her murder. 40:50 Fri, 13 Oct 2006
105 The Murder of Nicole DuFresne: Personal Interest The murderer of Nicole was convicted this week. The story interested me because reading about her life made think of the women in my life. 42:14 Fri, 13 Oct 2006
104 Crazy Elephants, Crazy Americans A NYT Magazine piece about elephants going crazy in Africa brougt to mind the crazies in America, and reasons for that craziness which have to do with the first level of the Maslow hierarchy and the demise of clan life. 57:10 Tue, 10 Oct 2006
95 A Meditation on Liberty Individual liberty: the very dynamic that is driving America over a cliff, is the same one that will drive our glorious rebirth. Yay liberty! 19:26 Sat, 2 Sep 2006
94 NYT Magazine is Kind of Stupid About Health Kind of a redundant podcast, I suppose, given that I have blogged and podcasted about this stuff before. But it surprised that the NYT Magazine is just as misguided on health as the rest of America. 19:25 Sat, 2 Sep 2006
93 Greece beats USA, Part II: No, Really, I Love the US Why was I happy that the US lost to Greece? Because I love the US, and losing was exactly what the US needed. Huh? Is that a non-sequitur? Nope, listen in ... 26:29 Fri, 1 Sep 2006
92 Greece beats USA, Part I: A Perfect Allegory Don't worry Sean -- this is not about basketball. But the victory of Greece over the US in the FIBA basketball championships serves as an ideal allegory for Duck and Gather. 45:55 Fri, 1 Sep 2006
91 The Power of Nightmares, Part II: My Take on 9/11 This is my take on why 9/11 happened. After I recorded this podcast, I was surprised to learn (but should not have been) that paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan more or less shares this view of mine. See what I'm saying about the Far Left merging with Far Right? 35:54 Wed, 16 Aug 2006
90 The Power of Nightmares, Part I: Praise and Criticism Commenter Sean LeBlanc recommended a BBC documentary called The Power of Nightmares. I agree it's well worth watching. However, I also have some criticisms of it, approached from an Enneagram perspective. 49:23 Wed, 16 Aug 2006
89 Colloidal Silver Commenter AndI recommended we look into colloidal sliver as a health remedy. So I researched it, and found some interesting threads concerning history and the periodic table. Looks promising! 40:45 Mon, 14 Aug 2006
88 Cancer and Islamofascist Terrorism A look into the analogy between these two problems, including a comparison between conventional versus natural remedies for each. 17:28 Sun, 13 Aug 2006
87 Finding the Joy in Operations A discussion on how I am biased toward projects over operations, plus some thoughts on where I might look to find the joy in operations (like, for example, taking care of my infant daughter). 37:44 Sun, 13 Aug 2006
86 The Branding Underground A NY Times Magazine article that serves as a nice follow-in to their word-of-mouth article from last year. Is the branding counter-culture evidence of the coming collapse? Even though I shun fashion, how am I like these kids? 27:08 Sun, 6 Aug 2006
85 What I Did During my Summer of Unemployment When I have time off, why do I choose to perform punishing manual labor, past the point of injury, and to the exclusion of all else? Why do I surf the hoop news? My guess: I'm re-living high school. 42:36 Thu, 13 Jul 2006
84 Canadian Keystone Cop Terrorists Why trying to be a terrorist in Canada is not the smartest thing to try (besides being a not very nice thing to try). 19:14 Wed, 7 Jun 2006
83 I'm a Health Weirdo: Part III One weirdo's experience with urine therapy. 25:13 Thu, 25 May 2006
82 I'm a Health Weirdo: Part II A day in the life of a health weirdo. 28:48 Tue, 23 May 2006
81 I'm a Health Weirdo: Part I A discussion of some weird health practices of mine, including monitoring my blood pressure and blood glucose, LEF male blood panel, manual labor in the sun, and sleeping on top of a magnetic matress pad. 19:32 Tue, 23 May 2006
80 Endings, Quiet, and Pain: Teachers A common thread between endings, quiet, and pain is that each is a useful opportunity for learning something valuable. But it's up to us to figure what that lesson is. 12:41 Fri, 5 May 2006
79 Weeping, Pooing, and Creative Writing: Expiators A common thread between the experiences of weeping, pooing and creative writing is that each can serve a form of expiation -- that is, unburdening ourselves of heavy emotions. 16:01 Fri, 5 May 2006
78 Life in America vs. Rest of the World: PhD vs. Bachelors With no universal culture in America, each of us has to choose, from a blank slate, our own beliefs and practices. In the rest of the world, the existence of a strong uniform culture constrains these choices. There are upsides and downsides to both systems. 28:18 Fri, 5 May 2006
77 NBA Finals: Revenge of the Sports Corporations My analysis of the Dallas-Miami NBA finals series ... ref bias from Game 3 on was obvious ... favored Dwyane Wade ... NBA makes its money by promoting individual heroes ... Wade was the biggest potential hero in the series .. refs made sure he was ... 2006 Superbowl and 2006 NBA finals represent the revenge of the sports Corporations ... since 9/11, no-star team-oriented teams have been winning ... fans like it but the Corporations don't because there's no money in that 40:44 Wed, 21 Jun 2006
76 Long Tail Rising, The Director's Cut: Section 4 Read the paper! (at 33:49 Tue, 2 May 2006
75 Long Tail Rising, The Director's Cut: Section 3 Read the paper! (at 54:29 Tue, 2 May 2006
74 Long Tail Rising, The Director's Cut: Sections 1 and 2 Read the paper! (at 54:28 Tue, 2 May 2006
73 Admin I've split the podcast XML files into two ... duck2005.xml has all podcasts from 2005 (001 to 052) ... duck.xml has the current podcasts from 2006 01:54 Sun, 9 Apr 2006
72 The Self Reliance Wiki The "peoplesWiki" has become "The Self Reliance Wiki" ... new URL: ... new structure: for each resource "X", 1. what do we mean by "X"? 2. what do the corporations mean? 3. how did we come to reply on corporations for X? 4. how do we become self reliant for X? ... let's start with X, where X is necessary to our optimial survival ... e.g. food, health, water, heating, energy, happiness, wisdom, etc. ... this is not anti-corporate; it's just pro-people ... America is the greatest nation ever: see first amendment ... let's get wiki-ing! 24:06 Sun, 9 Apr 2006
71 It's Already Happening Synonyms of People vs. Corporations: Comunity vs. Big Business, Head vs. Long Tail ... "Fourth Turning" transition is gradual ... quiet rumblings, e.g. Long Tail startups, open source vs. Microsoft, natural health vs. pharmaceuticals, local WiFi vs. telecom, Indy music vs. RIAA ... institutions can melt suddenly ... gold at $600, but no panic ..."Crossing the Chasm": you and I "early adopters" ... how can we become self reliant for necessities? ... Segway: these boots were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do 23:39 Fri, 7 Apr 2006
70 An Uneasy Quiet. So many Chicken Littles, but sky hasn't fallen yet ... (asides: 1. my model of human development; 2. why do kids blog/podcast? why do I blog/podcast? 4. my interesting commenters; my unique users are over 500/month -- please comment!) ... are we Chicken Littles just doom and gloomers? ... America is like a fat 8 with degenerative diseases who pops pharmaceuticals to quash symptoms ... all seems presently quiet, but a crash is a comin' 27:32 Tue, 28 Mar 2006
69 Europe vs. America; Adults vs. Children. Europe is an adult culture; America is a child's culture ... our new washer and dryer are German made ... they are designed with an awareness than energy is not infinite ... unlike the American ones we replaced ... America views the world like a child does: no limmits, immortal ... reason: American hasn't borne the costs of this child's belief whereas Europe has ... jus look at how we Americans look at peak oil, bird flu, wealth disparity 27:34 Mon, 27 Mar 2006
68 Emotional Fixtation and Intellect vs. Action: Part II, Money Corporate health: pay us regularly and we'll get you over your fixation ... natural actions for overcoming emotional fixations are free ... but in our culture of money, these actions are big business anyway ... my own one hour depression story ... only in America: depressives get medicated, while belligerent assholes get radio shows 33:49 Tue, 21 Mar 2006
67 Emotional Fixtation and Intellect vs. Action: Part I, My Story (My Spring '06 solstice fast ... less eventful this time ... why poo is relevant) ... my emotional fixation: belligerence at depression of loved ones ... root is from events in my childhood ... but this intellectual understanding buys me only 3 days grace ... I need action to release the fixation ... fasting, meditating, eating well, exercising, social interaction 32:25 Tue, 21 Mar 2006
66 The Secret American Empire: Part II, the Pending Demise Internet negates secrecy ... just when government and corporations got control of the news media, along comes the Internet ... ironic that DARPA created the Internet to preserve empire ... oh how I love the Internet 17:39 Fri, 10 Mar 2006
65 The Secret American Empire: Part I, the Growth (Better audio! I'm using my old device) ... "secret": denied by government and media ... "empire": every bit as big and powerful as Romans, Brits, and all the other ones ... but: (1) we don't have much "chosen buy god" rhetoric (2) we're "soldiers last" vs. "first" ... 3-stage benign American empire building ... footprints of empire: check out "oil reserves" on wikipedia 30:23 Fri, 10 Mar 2006
64 Truth and My Book Collection: Part II Truth is unknowable by us ... each of us has only a slice of Big "T" Truth ... everyone speaks some of the Truth some of the time ... how to decide what is True? My approach: (1) find commonalities across different works; (2) develop a model of Truth from multiple commonalities; and (3) prune out falsehoods ... different flavors of fear are fertile ground for finding falsehoods ... my approach evolved from being "born again" (not THAT kind) around 2000 31:27 Fri, 24 Feb 2006
63 Truth and My Book Collection: Part I Sorry about the traffic noise ... hodn't seen my book collection in years -- how to organize them? ... my categories ... religion v. philosophy ... ancient v. modern ... mind v. body ... why fiction doesn't interest me these days 32:52 Fri, 24 Feb 2006
62 Guns, Poo, and Fastin' (1) "The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof ..." ... guns and violent "resolution" of conflict is in America's DNA ... this coming crisis is looking ugly ... (2) My stress level needs to be low for my fasts to be helpful ... (3) Eliminate sugar, and my poo becomes yellow, floatable, and less stinky (i.e. healthy) 24:17 Tue, 21 Feb 2006
61 My Super Tainted Donut Watching Superbowl XL* was like eating a tainted donut ... I'm turned off forever ... the deciding moments in sports kept me addicted ... money came into that moment in XL*, ruined the game, and cured me of my addiction ... it was like how money transforms sex from love to prostitution 17:34 Mon, 13 Feb 2006
60 Superbowl Part II: It's All About the Money Really odd: only Pittsburgh was featured during commercials as the eventual champion ... we viewers were being conditioned ... Pro sports leagues slept through the 9/11 wake up call: they still promate individual stars, not teams ... see Tom Brady ... ... all the money (NFL marketing and Vegas) lined up behind Pittsburgh ... the NFL picked Big Ben as the future star ... he sucked worse than anyone before, yet still won thanks to the refs ... coincidence? ... Hasselback caught chasing hubris ... time to get beyond my sports addiction 33:28 Mon, 6 Feb 2006
59 Superbowl Part I: The Turning Point Both teams fit the "decentralized power" model ... football is most clearly a game of momentum swings ... the game turned on the erroneous call of an official in the 4th quarter ... an astonishing game: the refs made every important call against one team ... why? ... see Part II 36:50 Mon, 6 Feb 2006
58 The Fine Line Between Insanity and Enlightenment Brain story of insanity: over-active amygdala ... aspect of enlightment: resistance to enculturation ... dovetails with insanity ... both are "outsiders" ... outsiders are the best observers .. difference between insanity and enlightment: "me, me, me" vs. "one of the gang" ... case study: Jesus ... I'm not enlightened 26:04 Wed, 1 Feb 2006
57 Music and the Internet Internet will free us of the RIAA ... music is emotional communication ... can give us visceral surges and tingles ... Marc Gunn's CelticMP3s podcast ... cutting out the RIAA middleman ... my music experiences in Kefalonia 26:20 Wed, 1 Feb 2006
56 Observations on Podcasting My new Cowon iAudio U2 MP3 player/recorder ... why I don't use music in my podcast ... thoughts on podcasts and ranting ... ranting narrows vision 30:16 Wed, 1 Feb 2006
55 Clusterfuck Nation and The Rude Guy Two bloggers/podcasters whose views seem to dovetail with mine: Jim Kunstler and Rich Zubaty ... aside from some content overlap, both seem also to be 8s ... Internet makes this coming American crisis unique ... although we seem on the same page, no guns please! 21:50 Thu, 26 Jan 2006
54 The Eight's Sharpened Eye for Weakness The brains of 8s are tuned to spotting weakness in others ... this can make 8s annoying to be around ... but it can also make 8s very good at spotting flaws and coming disaster ... this explains my Duck predictions and my Personality and the Brain book ... side bar: purpose in life 35:20 Thu, 19 Jan 2006
53 Duck! Mr. Alito is Coming! Alito's coming confirmation makes my Supreme Court prediction more likely ... "Using the Courts for (Liberal) Social Change" is dead ... which Justices will side with the visiting team in People vs. Corporations? ... forget "tort reform"; just wait for the Corporations to start suing us People under tort law ... we'll be Ducking from the Court ... maybe that's not such a bad thing 37:05 Thu, 12 Jan 2006
52 An Enneagram Analysis of Duck! & Gather America is an "8" country ... 8s are blind optimists who run headlong, unconsciously into brick walls ... pain wakes up the 8, and only then the 8 changes course ... 8s are born to act, speak ... e.g. me in this podcast ... America is easy to analyze 33:34 Tue, 27 Dec 2005
51 How Countries Acquire Personalities We humans are social lemmings ... Strauus/Howe cycles are pro-/anti-oscillations of the same national personality ... national formation establishes personality of nation ... e.g. America, Canada ... Canadians are still nice 100+ years later ... what is the "hero type" of your nation? 10:06 Tue, 27 Dec 2005
50 Enneagram Analysis of America and Canada America is an 8 country; Canada is a 9; Greece is a 3 ... what is an 8? a 9? a 3? ... how America is an 8 ... I'm an 8 ... America feels like home to me 14:48 Mon, 26 Dec 2005
49 Pooin' & Fastin' My recent 3-day fast seems to have cleaned out my pipes 3:22 Mon, 26 Dec 2005
48 Enneagram Introduction Enneagram says what our unconscious expectations are ... 9 types of core (desire,fear) pairs .. social in nature ... stories about my own experiences in America, Canada, and Greece ... 3 countries with 3 different national personalities 34:08 Wed, 21 Dec 2005
47 Personality and the Brain I just self-published the book I've been writing ... "Personality and the Brain" .. you can download it from my site ... presents a model for connecting the Enneagram to the brain ... check it out and comment! 10:06 Wed, 21 Dec 2005
46 Fasting for the Solstice Happy Winter Solstice! ... I just finished a 3-day fast ... why? ... 1. health - de-toxify myself ... 2. Wisdom and love - fasting clears my head and heart ... 3. marking the solstice with a practice ... Why solstice? Why not? Better than mindlessly celebrating those Corporate holidays ... effects of fasting on me 19:43 Wed, 21 Dec 2005
45 Predictions Update One-year updates on my predictions ... scored from 0 (no evidence) to 5 (came true) ... 1. Democrat Demise: 0 ... 2. Open Source Campaign: 1 ... 3. Left Meets Right: 2 ... 4. Red Media, Red Court: 1 ... 5. Red Will Lose: 1 ... 6. Pandemic: 3 ... 7. Gold and Oil: 2 ... 8. Word-of-Mouth: 0 ... pandemic is the key 29:59 Tue, 13 Dec 2005
44 Pooin' My daughter was just born ... putting her in the squatting position got rid of her meconium in 3 days ... discovering the wonders of squatting ... I use "Nature's Platform" ... what else besides toilets in our culture are anti-health? 42:30 Tue, 6 Dec 2005
43 Preparing for the Pandemic 1 in 3 chance of major disaster .. what am I doing to prepare? ... stocking canned food, etc. ... mega-vitamin C ... ProBoost ... glutathione ... NAC ... Tamiflu, Tylenol, Advil ... but don't just listen to me! 16:43 Tue, 29 Nov 2005
42 The PeoplesWiki Changes to this site ... blog now powered by Wordpress ... wiki powered by Dokuwiki ... "People vs. Corporations" ... given this is America, "vs. Corporations" threatens to decend into violence, see, e.g., ELF ... I want now to focus on "People" ... hence, the PeoplesWiki ... a wiki where we collectively define a self-reliant life 36:58 Wed, 16 Nov 2005
41 America vs. Greece: Round 2 How Greece is better than America ... food! ... the "Mediterranean Diet" ... despite consuming much alcohol, bread, and sugar over there, it didn't seem to affect me ... could this be about non-GM foods? 18:33 Thu, 29 Sep 2005
40 America vs. Greece: Round 1 (kinda scratchy, sorry) ... how America is better than Greece ... American glorifies the underdog; Greece the overdog ... my 15 minutes of mediocre fame ... America tears down its biggest heroes; Greece deifies tangential has-beens ... Greece wins Eurobasket and everybody goes nuts ... my day at the local police station ... the pretty girl syndrome ... we Americans don't need no stinkin' king, see, e.g. Arnold 27:36 Thu, 29 Sep 2005
39 Why do we need a "Party of Responsibility"? The Kelo majority wasn't crazy … corporations run our present world, and when they say "jump", we say "who's our daddy?" … maybe it's time to re-think the irresponsible way we live … fighting corporations is a matter of ignoring them, ie. becoming self reliant 15:09 Sat, 25 June 2005
38 Does Kelo hearken a new political party? Red and Blue mostly silent on Kelo … but Far Left and Far right are alarmed … could a bottom-up "Party of Responsibility" emerge? …. Greens plus Libertarians minus "civil rights" issues … responsibility for own health, happiness, food, water, energy, etc. … 21:27 Sat, 25 June 2005
37 Kelo Far Left = sensitive to corporate abuse ... Far Right = sensitive to gov't abuse … Kelo touches on both … Kelo is about post-modern feudalism 16:05 Sat, 25 June 2005
36 It's All About the Money Mr. Bush's first 9/11 press conference: "keep shopping" … a non-sequitur that nobody seemed to notice … "Confessions of an Economic Hitman": a compelling model of postwar U.S. foreign policy … in 1989, corporations inherited the now-obsolete cold war infrastructure ... and then there's Oswald Spengler 21:11 Thu, 16 June 2005
35 Movies and the Coming Age of Wisdom "Crash", "American Beauty", "What the Bleep" … what do they have in common? All explore the following "redemption" dynamic: our fears drive us into disasters which can, in turn, wake us up to "wisdom" … could an emergent class of wise people hearken the demise of Empire? 20:17 Tue, 31 May 2005
34 The "Minutemen" Xenophobia, sure, but … open source, self reliance, rise of the long tail! … a domestic National Scapegoat is impossible in America today … fear, xenophobia, and the amygdala 12:03 Tue, 10 May 2005
33 Mercury Fillings and Mr. Wood Mercury fillings and degenerative disease … causation and proof … Mr. Wood wanders into Iraq … expecting what? 09:28 Tue, 3 May 2005
32 Say Hey, Pat Robertson Mr. Robertson sees disaster coming … so do I! … OK, maybe our roads there are different … but maybe that's just trivial detail 06:37 Mon, 2 May 2005
31 Corporate Cheating Corporations write the very laws that govern them … e.g. tax laws; FDA rules; bankruptcy and class action "reform"; etc. … Congress's incentives are in line with this cheating 33:54 Fri, 29 Apr 2005
30 Corporate Lying Most lies are hard to prove … easier to find intentional deception or misrepresentation … e.g. (1), front groups ("Astroturf" organizations) … e.g. (2) stealth marketing … word-of-mouth (corporate cults) 22:34 Thu, 21 Apr 2005
29 Housecleaning Smart Life Forum … wither this podcast? this blog? 09:08 Thu, 21 Apr 2005
28 Dairy and Air America (1) Why have I been coughing? I've been experimenting with eating more dairy … but looks like that's a no-go for me (2) Air America: pathetic … Democrat demise … see, e.g., bankruptcy bill … what's next? big food? big pharma? 17:33 Tue, 19 Apr 2005
27 A Theory of American Sports (OSBC = "Open Source" "Business Conference" … oxymoron, no?) … North Carolina vs. Illinois basketball championship … NC won because team superceded individuals … refs in all major sports are starting to favor team teams over star teams … see Pistons in 2004 … Red Sox in 2004 ... Patriots in 2005 ... if sports mirrors society, we're in the middle of a major shift ... and now, a word about Jesus 29:29 Tue, 5 Apr 2005
26 Freedom of choice in America This is the beauty of America … we're free to choose to be fat, to drown in debt, and to follow our insipid retail-driven "culture" … we're equally free to love, to share, to make healthy choices, and to create new cultures ... choosing to buck America's culture is easy because there's nothing to buck ... radical social change within America is regular, and relatively smooth ... see, e.g., Michael Weiner "Savage" 18:56 Fri, 1 Apr 2005
25 How will America survive the coming crisis? It's an answer from the '60's: People coming together (a.k.a. open source, community, etc.) … while the '60's was about spirituality, the '00's will be about survival … Linux vs. MSFT … "open source" food … OpenEEG … corporations have dominated postwar science ... revenge of the hacks ... Y! Groups ... Internet is key ... community solar? 21:44 Fri, 1 Apr 2005
24 Terri Schiavo Could this country be any more myopic? … Where's the media coverage on deaths we cause around the world? … degenerative disease deaths? … Scott Peterson myopia 11:01 Thu, 31 Mar 2005
23 "The Great Mortality" by John Kelley … bubonic plague in 1300s … (Terri Schiavo) … 33% plague mortality rate in Europe … (1) weather disruption led to plague … what about today's global warming? ... (2) 20 years before plague there was a famine … young people who had been kids during the famine died at a higher rate during the plague … malnutrition had stunted development of their immune systems ... many of today's young people are/were malnourished, having been raised on toxic processed food 16:39 Wed, 30 Mar 2005
22 Religion (1) My Take: modern physics says our reality is an illusion … truth: there's a grain of it in everything … e.g. even Scientology … Jesus was an interesting guy … his teachings line up with those of Buddha and neuroscience. (2) Religion in America: today's Christian fervor parallels that back in the '20s ... Arnold hit the ego trifecta ... forces of ego dominate life today ... religious fervor is the natural reaction of "outsiders" in the ego race ... '20's religious fever broke during the Great Depression ... Christians especially vulnerable to a pandemic? 38:37 Fri, 25 Mar 2005
21 "Oxygen" by Nick Lane …(TV vs. reading) … role of oxygen in the evolution of life … theory of aging: inflammation system for fighting infection in our youth ends up aging us later on … dynamic: our mitochondria start leaking free radicals as we age, causing unwanted auto-inflammation ... the trick is: keep our mitochondria efficient ... my 20-something body 12:41 Wed, 23 Mar 2005
20 "Bursting With Energy" by Dr. Shallenberger … generating energy … hormone supplementation? … bio-energy testing … my key heart rates: 40, 100, 140 … biological vs. chronological age … this test vs. full body scans 19:56 Wed, 23 Mar 2005
19 Duck! and Gather Summary Epochal turning … merger of three crises … people vs. corporations … triggered by pandemic … generating self reliance … second reformation … Internet = modern printing press … age of wisdom 25:03 Tue, 22 Mar 2005
18 What's the problem with big pharma? The money in "healthcare" is in pills and surgery … medical industry treats symptoms not causes … people with symptoms are desperate … desperate people pay big money … antibiotic resistance … big food and big pharma have weakened us, making us especially vulnerable to a pandemic ... my ageing theory of corporate harm 27:52 Tue, 22 Mar 2005
17 Other problems with big food Hormones and antibiotics in meat … xenoestrogens in pesticides, plastics, etc. … read about it on the Internet … truth is for you to decide 10:34 Tue, 22 Mar 2005
16 My screed against NPR NPR going on about Venezuela … one of NPR's biggest sponsors is ADM, the I.G. Farben of our day 11:10 Tue, 22 Mar 2005
15 What's the problem with big food? Military industrial complex: fomenting chaos around the world … big food: processed food (ie. HFCS, transfats, MSG) is toxic causing obesity and degenerative disease ... but no way to prove this 42:24 Mon, 21 Mar 2005
14 What's so dangerous (cont'd) Read the books of Korten and Perkins … my take: young corporations serve a current, pressing need (e.g. Internet companies today) … for older corporations, the need for them may have passed, but by now they're so rich and powerful, they're untouchable (e.g. MSFT, pharmaceuticals, military industrial complex, etc.) 29:44 Mon, 21 Mar 2005
13 What's so dangerous about corporations? In a word: irresponsibility (a.k.a. "limited liability") … this is what distinguishes corporations from sole proprietorships and partnerships … problem comes when corporations get too big ... they become irresponsible anaerobic organisms that voraciously feed on money 16:13 Fri, 18 Mar 2005
12 FT predicts PvC (cont'd) What '60's movement failed? … civil rights? nope … women's rights? nope … environmental movement? nope .. these all succeeded … what about "small is beautiful"? abject failure ... bingo! 10:53 Fri, 18 Mar 2005
11 "The Fourth Turning" Predicts People vs. Corporations American crises are distributed vs. concentrated power … each crisis is about a major liberationist struggle that, during the preceding "awakening", was raised but failed to break through … the '60's is our preceding awakening … so what '60's movement failed? 10:03 Fri, 18 Mar 2005
10 What woke me up? Conservative media … obvious political cycles …CEO Bush had no choice but to invade Iraq … Eisenhower's warning … "When Corporations Rule the World" … "Fourth Turning" 22:48 Fri, 18 Mar 2005
9 Remaining Predictions (1) Someone will win a political campaign in which he/she accepts no money … precursors: Dean, Matt Gonzalez; (2) TV anchors and Supreme Court will swing to the Right; (3) >1 Word-of-Mouth agents will be assaulted;; (4) oil > $100/barrel, gold > $1000/ounce 22:08 Thu, 17 Mar 2005
8 Why would a pandemic unite Left and Right? With gov't/media/corporations all rendered impotent, we'll need to rely on ourselves … the Internet makes each of us decide what is true … what will we turn to in a pandemic? Natural remedies like Vitamin C and Ozone will shift the trust of people from today's "high priests" to ourselves ... both Far Left and Far Right preach self reliance 11:06 Thu, 17 Mar 2005
7 Why is America ripe for a crisis? Health in America is postponing problems for later .. creates disasters when "later" comes … just like the mania of the late 1990s which was followed not by a natural depression, but rather by the Fed flooding the nation with liquidity … what to do if a pandemic comes? Ozone therapy? 12:01 Thu, 17 Mar 2005
6 Why is America ripe for a pandemic? America is largely ignorant of a pandemic prospect … we're a profoundly unhealthy nation, shot full of degenerative disease and obesity … fat, stressed people are especially vulnerable to a pandemic 17:21 Thu, 17 Mar 2005
5 Prediction: Pandemic Crises unite us … but what will it be? … likely not financial (at first) … probably an avian influenza pandemic 9:01 Thu, 17 Mar 2005
4 Prediction: Far Left will meet Far Right Far Left (e.g. Green Party) = awake to Corporate front groups … Far Right (e.g. Michael "Savage" Weiner) = awake to Governmental front groups … but Government = Corporations … ergo Left will unite with Right 11:48 Thu, 17 Mar 2005
3 Prediction: Republicans Will Lose in '08 (but so will the Democrats) We haven't seen political days like these since 1931 … overdose of Red to bring on political barfing … but Blue has no purpose -- their battles are already won and done … Blue has lost the People 22:14 Wed, 16 Mar 2005
2 Three Historical Cycles About to Turn (1) "The Fourth Turning" … time for the next American Crisis … (2) The Second Reformation … Internet-enabled demise of the present-day Priests of Truth … (3) Age of Wisdom … reality ain't what it seems … the marriage of reason and intuition, optimism and pessimism, male and female 14:35 Wed, 16 Mar 2005
1 Introduction to Duck! and Gather My spider sense says things will be getting worse in America … the meaning of "America" … America's Great Pendulum is about to turn yet again 07:50 Wed, 16 Mar 2005
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