Restart: A Site and a Life

My restart at LA Hotel before surgery

AMID  the restart of my life after the second cancer surgery, I’ve installed a new site theme, chosen by Melissa. Navigation requires clicking the line stack in the upper left corner or scrolling to the bottom of every screen. As time allows, I will work on making navigation better. Meanwhile, here’s an interim menu bar:

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The site redesign reflects a life redesign. My restart occurs on every level.

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Open Book Expo America to the Public?

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During a recent conversation with my new book publicist, Cathy Lewis, we began to talk about the relatively low turnout for Book Expo America 2015 compared to prior years. We agreed that attending BEA no longer seems essential for success in the book industry. Why not?

The big houses already are sending their reps to call on the chains and indie booksellers, so they do not need BEA to pitch new titles and take orders. The medium to small publishers mostly have distributors that call upon the chains and indie booksellers, so they do not need to spend big bucks for exhibit space to reach booksellers when they already have distributors making sales pitches in the field.

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5 Needed Election Reforms

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We hear that political corruption is like the weather. Everybody complains about it, but nobody can do anything to change it. Well, I believe that’s just not true. In fact, I feel taking action on the moral climate of corruption is just as necessary for our survival as taking action on the changing climate of our planet. Political corruption is a form of pollution, and we ignore it at our peril. To stimulate thought and action, therefore, I’m distilling into one essay the five most widely supported election reforms. If we can enact even one of these reforms, perhaps starting locally and going national, the decline in political corruption will be tremendous.

The five election reforms below will not be easily enacted, yet the cause is worthy.

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Recalled: 2008 Democratic National Convention

Police at 2008 Democratic National Convention

With the 2016 Democratic National Convention approaching faster than we may expect,  this piece of narrative from the 2008 DNC is worth recalling.

The Network of Spiritual?Progressives (NSP) asks me to coordinate a conference in?Denver at the 2008 Democratic National?Convention (DNC), which will nominate a candidate for president. Our event overlaps the opening day of the DNC at a Denver sports arena. We hope to nudge Democrats toward more enlightened social values.

The request comes from NSP cofounder Rabbi Michael Lerner. Months earlier, I’d helped him organize an interfaith evening at a Denver mosque. Before an overflow audience, Rabbi?Lerner joined local Muslim, Christian and Jewish clergy to explore options for Middle East peace.

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Our Dog was Injured at a Veterinary Clinic

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Slightly more than a years ago, our dog was injured at a veterinary clinic. While he was at the clinic for a dental procedure, we received a call at home from the nurse to ask if we had brought him to them with a dislocated hip. Of course not, we said. What had they done to him?

When I drove down to pick up our dog at the clinic, the veterinarian on duty, the nurses and the vet techs all denied any knowledge of how our dog suffered an injury while in their care. The vet showed no interest in investigating the matter. “Accidents happen,” he said.

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Syngenta in Switzerland Urged to Drop Suit Against Kauai GMO Pesticide Law

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Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. (by Latschari, WikiCommons)

 

At the annual shareholders meeting of the Syngenta Corporation in Basel, Switzerland, Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser urged the transnational chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against the Hawaiian island county.

Syngenta in January 2014 joined with Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer and BASF in a federal suit to block the enforcement of controversial Kauai Ordinance 960, which regulates testing agrochemicals on GMO seed crops on the garden island.

Enacted in late 2013 by Kauai County Council in an override of the island mayor’s veto, Ordinance 960 requires the GMO seed companies to disclose when and where and how much they spray toxic chemicals on their test crops. The law also requires a 500 foot buffer between the testing areas and local schools, hospital and homes.

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Climate Change Deniers: Facts and Fictions

Please see through the misleading guest commentary by Tom Harris of the Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), a press release now circulating internationally and published by The Garden Island newspaper on Sunday, May 18.

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Tom Harris

Harris said it is “ridiculous” to think that only industry-funded “deniers” are claiming that climate change is not real.  What’s ridiculous is that Harris and the ICSC themselves are industry-funded climate change deniers.

Here are some basic facts that anyone could discover from a few minutes of web research:

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Email and the Surveillance State

A friend recently asked me for advice on how to send his email securely. I had to ask what he meant by “secure.”

Did he mean a password-protected email account? Practically all email accounts are password-protected today, even Yahoo and Google, plus virtually every viable email app require password authentication for both sending and receiving email from a remote IMAP or POP mail server.

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The Government Accountability Project Investigates Biotech Industry Influence on Hawaii State and County Officials

LIHUE –  This week, the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group based in Washington, D.C., submitted several information requests to Hawaii state and county officials about meetings and communications with large biotech companies during the debate over Kauai’s pesticide and disclosure legislation, Bill 2491. The bill, now signed into law as “Ordinance 960”, requires biotech companies to disclose pesticide use information and establish buffer zones between their fields and schools, hospitals and residential areas.

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Isao Hashimoto: Time-Lapse Video of All Nuclear Explosions on Earth, 1945-1998

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created this beautiful yet terrifying time-lapse map of the 2,053 nuclear explosions on earth between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May 1998. The video leaves out all tests since 1998, including North Korea’s questionable nuclear tests.

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever that country detonates a nuclear weapon. A running tally appears on the top and bottom bars of the screen. look for the national flags to pop up as countries enter the “nuclear club.”

Hashimoto began the project in 2003, saying his goal was showing “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” The video starts very slowly  in 1945 and builds momentum with the crescendo starting around 1962, tapering off only recently. The overall effect is overwhelming and chilling.

Ideally, this video motivates you to  effectively advocate the peaceful resolution of our world conflicts.

Supreme Court rulings do and don’t show global sense

When it comes to civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court seems to give with one hand what it takes away with the other.

Many celebrated yesterday’s decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied equal liberties to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. In a parallel ruling, the high court rebuffed efforts to undo a lower-court ruling that same-sex marriage should be legal in California.

In both of these cases, the Supreme Court ruled that all people in the United States should enjoy equal rights and equal protection under the law, as provided in the U.S. Constitution.

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GMO-Free Kauai Rally

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GMO3-photoKauai, 25 May 2013 — Ever since January 2013 when Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke on Kauai about the GMO research crops contaminating the island ecology, Garden Isle residents increasingly have been speaking out against the biotech companies on Kauai.

The latest demonstration took place today on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. At least 200 people from all ages and backgrounds lined both sides of the road. Waving signs and chanting slogans like “No label, no table,” opponents of genetically modified foodstuff called for GMO labeling as well as the eviction of the biotech companies from Kauai. Lawsuits are pending, apparently.

The national and international movement against GMOs continues to grow. If you are not already involved and vocal, please do your research, get the facts behind the industry propaganda, and then add your voice to this vitally important cause.

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Site Revival and Revisions

Welcome back to those of you who visited this site in recent months and wondered why the web pages were not displaying properly. Sadly, the site had been hacked and progressively disabled. Ouch. The site has now been totally cleansed, secured in multiple layers, and wholly redesigned graphically from one end to the other. GlobalSense.com is now poised for growth!

With all the added security, comments on past blog posts have been re-opened, so I hope you will get active and get vocal as a reader. Please subscribe to the revamped newsletter, too.

And if you have ideas for improving the website, if you wish to communicate with me about  the book, Global Sense, or if you need a book coach, please click the contact link in the menu bar.

Stay tuned for the new fifth edition of Global Sense coming out this fall.

Thanks and blessings!
Judah

Clean Water

 30 tips in 30 days: #30.

As the world’s population tripled in the 20th century, the global demand for renewable water resources increased six times. The trend is unsustainable. Desalinization of ocean water, I believe, may be our best hope to offset depleted aquifers. Until then, water purification, conservation and reclamation means life or death for  a growing number of us.

In industrialized nations, local water mostly comes from a water utility, which runs a treatment plant to ensure the purity of potable water. Local water quality varies widely because the acceptable levels of heavy metals and chemical contaminants varies widely. In the U.S., water fluoridation is common, for example, but in Europe fluoride is widely shunned as a toxin proven to be as noxious as lead and arsenic.

Therefore, if you want drinkable water in industrialized nations, your choices may be lobbying the local utility for high water quality standards, drilling a well and having it tested periodically for safety, installing a good water filtration system, or else buying bottled water,  which varies in quality as widely as utility water supplies. Some bottled water actually is just local tap water.

In the developing world, safe drinking water is hard to find. One billion people lack access to safe water. UN health officials attribute more than 80 percent of all illness globally to unclean water, causing a child’s death every eight seconds. Non-governmental organizations like Rotary International install solar water pumps in remote villages. Australian Edward Linacre developed an “Airdrop” irrigation system that collects water from the air. These barely begin to address global water shortages, as Vandana Shiva says in Water Wars. 

Meanwhile, we continue to use water for drinking, cooking and washing along with producing food, clothing, paper, and most of our manufactured products. To measure your own water consumption, use the calculator at CSGnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html. Please also visit the helpful website, WaterFootprint.org.

For 100+ tips on water conservation, see WaterUseItWisely.com. Options include turning off the faucet when washing your hands or brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers and shallower baths, installing efficient showerheads and toilets, fixing faucets that drip, and xeriscaping your yard instead of planting a lawn. Conserving water today makes a global difference tomorrow.

If you have more ideas or information about clean water options as we advance toward personal democracy, please suggest them here through the contact form at GlobalSense.com.

If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE:  A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves

If you wish to read Global Sense, please visit Amazon.

Green Food Choices

 30 tips in 30 days: #29.

Eating organic and naturally grown foods makes global sense. If you cannot find these in your local food stores, or if the choices are too limited, lobby store owners to carry more or better natural foods. Grow organic veggies and herbs, if you can, even if you do so in clay pots on the balcony or roof of an apartment building.

If you cannot afford to eat natural and organic foods, if you lack the time or energy to grow your own food, if conventional foods are all you can find or afford, at least buy fresh food rather than processed foods. Be a “locavore,” eating foods produced as locally as possible.

If you buy processed foods, please read the food labels. If you can’t pronounce the chemical names of artificial ingredients, such as preservatives, do you really want them in your body? And when you read labels, bear in mind that 90 percent of the non-organic soy and corn grown in the USA has been genetically modified, which includes virtually all high fructose corn syrup used in processed foods.

You may not choose to be a vegetarian or vegan, but eat as low on the food chain as possible. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains boosts our health. If you need or want to eat meat, before you bite into that burger, at least know the quality of the meat you eat and its source. Are you eating feedlot beef or cattle raised where a rain forest once stood?

Our food choices affect public health. The “obscenity of obesity” in the U.S. and other industrial countries costs us billions to treat diet-based diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If we’d eat right and exercise regularly, the money spent on surgeries and drugs could instead support holistic health research, including cancer treatment, so we all could enjoy longer and more active lives.

Eating natural or organic food, furthermore, raises our spiritual energy vibrations, so we magnetically attract more positive life experiences.

We are what we eat, literally and figuratively. Our food choices each day have a real and lasting impact on our lives and the lives of our families, communities, nations, and the planet itself. Eating with a global consciousness is more than a matter of good taste.

If you have more ideas or information about green food choices as we advance toward personal democracy, please suggest them here through the contact form at GlobalSense.com.

If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE:  A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves

If you wish to read Global Sense, please visit Amazon.

Green Recreation

 30 tips in 30 days: #27.

“Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest,” wrote Laurence Sterne. My gut says what we need from play is relaxation and self renewal. Recreation is re-creation with our co-Creator. When I commune with nature, like going for a hike, my goal is inner peace.

We need sustainable vacations. I mourn for the pristine Colorado mountain meadows forever rutted by sports utility vehicles. There’s no point in going sightseeing if we’re destroying the very sites we’ve come to see. Instead, a growing number of people are enjoying “stay-cations.” They stay at home for a week or three, doing whatever they most love to do but have had no time to do — true leisure.

An emerging alternative is ecotourism. You pay to visit threatened places like the Costa Rican rain forest, which is preserved by visitors hiring local guides and outfitters rather than the forest being clearcut by these locals for subsistence farming or timber exports. For details, visit the International Ecotourism Society at Ecotourism.org.

Another option is voluntourism. You pay to do service projects in remote villages, like helping to build a school. These are great multi-cultural awakeners — if the project is really sustainable. Be wary of your free labor taking away paid work from local residents. Also be wary of commercial tie-ins that may ethically or actually undermine the good work you do. For assistance, visit Voluntourism.org.

If you have more ideas or information about green recreation as we advance toward personal democracy, please suggest them here through the contact form at GlobalSense.com.

If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE: The 2012 Edition: A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves

If you wish to read Global Sense, please visit Amazon.

Green Vehicles

 30 tips in 30 days: #26.

Do you drive an earth-friendly vehicle? How much do you reduce global climate change with your transportation choices?

Sale prices continue coming down for hybrid gas-electric vehicles. Plug-in versions of these hybrids are now or soon will be available. Totally electric vehicle (EVs) are already on the market in the U.S., Europe and all other continents. If you don’t want a recharging cord, a wireless EV charging system is being tested in the UK.

Meanwhile, we’re all still waiting for a compact, lightweight. and cost-effective battery solution. We’re still waiting for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to become commercially viable.

In essence, given all the proven electrified vehicles already on the market, why buy a vehicle with an internal combustion engine? Why indeed? Maybe you just don’t really have a choice.

When I moved to Hawaii, I wanted to buy an electric vehicle, but if I wanted anything beyond a glorified electric golf cart, I could not buy one here on Kauai at the time. I tested hybrids, but I did not like their drivability. Against my conscience, I bought a fuel-efficient gas vehicle, but every time I refuel at Kauai gas prices, the highest in the U.S., I vow to get an EV as soon as I can.

Perhaps you are in my situation, or other factors keep you in a gas car or truck. Your can reduce your carbon footprint by consolidating errands, checking the tire pressure, and doing oil changes regularly. Use carpooling and mass transit for commuting if feasible.

Could you convert your vehicle for flex-fuel or natural gas? What about converting a diesel engine to run on salad oil? If total non-pollution matters to you, then walk, ride a bicycle, or else travel on a skateboard, rollerskates or rollerblades. Electric scooters are risky in traffic yet pollution-free. If you dream of owning a Segway, you may need to lobby for laws allowing it on streets or bike paths.

To be informed about EV developments in your part of the world, visit these EV trade organizations and news sites:

If you wish to help popularize electric vehicles, lobby your local, state, provincial, and national governments to provide tax credits for purchasing EVs and investing in EV ventures. Further, lobby local government to lower registration fess for EVs. Lobby to allow single drivers of full-power EVs to use the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV)?lanes on highways, especially during the “rush hour.”

If you have more insights or information related to green transportation as we advance toward personal democracy, please suggest them here through the contact form at GlobalSense.com.

If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE: A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves

If you wish to read Global Sense, please visit Amazon.

Emotional Healing

30 tips in 30 days: #22.

If you are like me, one of your biggest life lessons is learning how to respond instead of react emotionally. How often have you flashed into anger and later had to apologize after you saw that an old neural script dictated your reaction? What have you done to help yourself? Below are some of the emotional growth methods that work for me. Please experiment to learn what works best for you. Continue reading

Sad, Mad, Glad, Afraid, Ashamed

30 tips in 30 days: #21.

The ManKind Project says that we can distill emotions into five groups — happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and shame, what they refer to as “glad, sad, mad, afraid, ashamed.” Each feeling is really a cluster of emotions, like frustration, resentment, bitterness, rage, and hate being part of the anger group. Love, joy, pleasure, and bliss are forms of happiness. Identifying an emotion by type helps me choose how I want to feel. I use my head to support my heart. If I am sad or mad, I can choose to keep feeling that way, or I can shift into feeling glad. I can indulge a feeling or choose to shift my emotional state.

Choosing my emotions requires being alert enough to my feelings to command my emotions instead of my emotions commanding me. One of the reasons I’ve returned to stage acting, in fact, is to improve my ability to genuinely feel any emotion at will.

I monitor my emotional patterns, especially all of my compulsive reactions — even if after-the-fact. Unless I learn how I tend to react emotionally in stressful situations, how can I unhook my emotions from past pain? How else can I be free to choose what I feel?

Our challenge is liberating ourselves from those protein peptides triggering unwanted emotional reactions. We can say that we do not wish to “promiscuously worship” alpha males any longer, for example, but when life feels insecure, our authority addiction still kicks into gear, doesn’t it? We may go through the motions of self control , but are we in control of our emotions or are they in control of us? Does our mature inner adult govern our lives or does our wounded inner child? Only you know what’s true for you.

If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE: The 2012 Edition: A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves

If you wish to read Global Sense, please visit Amazon.

Gratitude: The Miracle Feeling

30 tips in 30 days: #19.

The most magical emotion in my life is gratitude, what I call “the miracle feeling.” New Thought teaches a five-step affirmative prayer. First, in my own words, I?affirm the oneness of the cosmos. Second, I affirm my unity with the cosmos. Third, I declare what I want to manifest, visualizing this as a reality in my life. Fourth, I feel grateful my prayer is being and has been fulfilled. Fifth, I let go with faith. This prayer is empowered by heartfelt emotions.

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Emotional Vibrations

30 tips in 30 days: #18.

Love and all other emotions live within us. We store emotions in our physical bodies as well as our energetic emotional bodies, mental bodies, and spiritual bodies. Picture these bodies as interconnected, emanating from within us while surrounding us like shells or layers. Our physical and etheric bodies vibrate at different frequencies. If we feel happy, electrochemical signals pulse through our neural network while the emotional vibrations penetrate us on every energetic level, so our physical and etheric bodies glow with happiness.

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Problem-Solution Model

30 tips in 30 days: #16.

Global Sense uses a problem-solution model. I defined the world’s core problem as humanity’s lack of global consciousness. I identified the cause as our authority addiction and alpha male rule. I explored consequences of not dealing with the problem. Now I’m exploring the solutions of mindful self rule and personal democracy as our means of living in ways that make global sense.

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Learning to learn

30 tips in 30 days: #9.

As I continue to work on learning how to think in a healthy way, a valuable tool for me has been learning how I learn.

A Chinese proverb says, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” The developer of reality therapy, Dr. William Glasser, says we learn 10 percent of what we read, 20 percent of what we hear, 30 percent of what we see, 50 percent of what we hear and see, 70 percent of what we discuss with others, 80 percent of what we experience, and 95 percent of what we teach others. Continue reading