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Can Bacteria Make you Smarter–Or I need to get out in the garden more!

Can Bacteria Make You Smarter–News and Views by Chris Prillo.GeeksLogo
I subscribed to Chris Prillo’s email lists “YEARS” ago when he still lived in Iowa. Before he made it big with “Call for Help” on Tech TV–now the G4 Network. When he brought the tech sector to the midwest with his Gnomedex Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. And I subscribed because he had good information. His reviews were accurate and he made sure that he had plenty of stuff us little people could afford. And I was glad that someone didn’t have to live within a day trip of ocean breezes to be taken seriously in the business.

Well, Chris got on TV and became famous and then he moved! It was too hard to live in Iowa and be on TV. 😦 I wish he would still host Gnomedex in the MidWest, but I guess that’s not to be. I was really disappointed because I could finally afford a trip to Des Moines from Illinois and he moved it! Now I have to figure out how to afford a trip half-way across the country in addition to paying for the conference. Poor, poor, pitiful ME! I know–BOO HOO! If I were serious about being a techy I’d just make it fit in the budget. But I digress. . . .

Well Chris left us, but he still produces great info. And has expanded his brand to encompass others into the fold of the LockerGnome universe. So I still subscribe to his stuff.

The newsletters are straight forward. A list of descriptive titles with a links. Topics cover everything from free software to social issues.

So this time he’s talking about the fact that bacteria in dirt can make your brain work better. The benefit does wear off, so like any medication or supplement, you can’t just get it once like a vaccine, it needs to be refreshed by further exposure. Continue reading

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Self Improvement Base: A Starter Guide

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Well, I’m on a self-pity kick. Most of my posts here have been rather political in nature with a little religion and philosophy thrown in on the side. But I did state in my explanation of this site that it would also cover some of my mental health issues. And since that’s what’s bothering me the most right now, I’m taking the liberty to pour some of it out on-screen.

I found a new site that has some inspiration and advice to offer and thought I would share some of it here. The site is called “Self Improvement Base”

A Starter Guide To Self Improvement is one of the latest posts and prompted me to think about my life.

The author recommends several things to watch out for if you have self-esteem issues:

  1. A Negative Work Environment
  2. Other People’s Behaviour
  3. A Changing Environment
  4. Past Experience
  5. Negative World View
  6. Determination Theory

Of course some of these are impossible to avoid completely, with a little work anyway. But others we are able to get by without dealing with them on a regular basis. And I suppose a couple require that we overcome years of learned behaviour. I want to examine each one. I’m not going to regurgitate what I read, but what I say may not differ from the source. It’s just my musings and opinions on the subject.

#1:  A Negative Work Environment

If where you work is overly stressful, it’s time to find a new workplace–no matter how much you feel like you have no choice. And of course, don’t fall into the trap of indulging in the bad atmosphere and trying to win the competition for most negative. Instead of competing for the bottom of the emotional ladder, look for a new work situation.

#2:  Other People’s Behaviour

People who show us bad behaviour have usually lost their own self-esteem and are more than willing to take yours with them. Of course it won’t do them any good either, but they will try to take it. It may help them at the time, but in the long-run everyone involved will be damaged by it–including them. If you have someone like this as a friend, they aren’t your friend–you are their friend, but the feelings won’t be returned. Continue reading

Right Wing Watch

Traditional Values Coalition Logo

Traditional Values Coalition Logo

I just found a new website that I had to tear myself away from! Right Wing Watch

It’s unbelievable the amount of crap pumped out by the right-wing-nuts! Seeing it all in one place is enough to make a liberal cry–and then get really mad and motivated to keep speaking out!

Here’s a small sample of the headlines in just the first 2 posts:

  • Americans United: Publicly Funded Evangelical Agency Fights For Religious Discrimination.
  • County Fair: Right-wing runs with dubious claim that Obama admitted “I am a Muslim”.
  • Bruce Wilson: Angle’s Nevada PAC Promoted Crackpot Conspiracy Theories Attacking Gays, Atheists.
  • Do you know why liberals hate Sarah Plain?  Because she is beautiful.
  • Richard Land warns that “social experiments” are going to destroy America.
  • Quote of the day from the Traditional Values Coalition: “President Obama’s latest judicial nominee–I kid you not—is a defender of serial killers, rapists and child molesters. He is set to sail through the U.S. Senate, unless you act immediately.”
  • Finally, do not even think of stealing John McMillan’s yard signs (My Comment–a Must See Video!)

I was reading and reading and reading–I had to stop before I became nauseous! I just couldn’t get enough! It’s like a big old dose of whip-ass to validate my reason for writing this blog and the other projects I have going.

It’ll be my guilty little pleasure! Maybe it’ll become yours too. That is if you can “stomach” it!

The Left Can’t Remain Silent

PACG President Cathy Bolcom greets presidential candidate IL Senator Barack Obama at Rally in Davenport, IA

Cathy Bolkcom PACG President greets Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama in Davenport, Iowa

We won!! In 2008 WE WON!!

Barack Obama fulfilled our hopes and dreams and plans of the past 8 years that were shattered twice by George W Bush. The first time by a complacent country that was lulled by the prosperity of the Clinton Presidency and turned off by his peccadilloes. The second time our downfall was fears that if we threw our problem out, we’d be admitting to the world that we were weak and ready for invasion.

Exemplary campaigns did not preceded either election. Al Gore couldn’t quite get his public image right and the election results left us all stunned by the problems that finally decided the outcome.

In 2004, the field of candidates was broad and diverse. And the field moved up and down and up and down in the polls. And candidates made some questionable choices. And the media caught others in unflattering light.

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Democracy for America

Last week I attended the local Democracy for America (DFA) chapter meeting (DFA-QC). Democracy for America began as Dean for America—the campaign of Governor Howard Dean of Vermont for the 2004 Presidential Race. When Gov Dean failed to win the democratic primary after developing his unique online campaign network, the network knew that the need still existed for the work of the people involved even if the reason for its creation had not succeeded. The changed the name and we have been going strong ever since.

DFA-QC Member w/Flat Howard cut-out at a meeting

DFA-QC Member w/Flat Howard cut-out at a meeting

I met Governor Dean several times at fund-raising breakfasts hosted by the Quad Cities Federation of Labor and at meetings of Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG). PACG is an award-winning grassroots organization in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois that has several forum groups that address several issues of social justice including:  health care, the environment, and reclaiming moral values from the religious right. DFA-QC works under the umbrella of PACG coordinating events with the larger group and using the expanded resources of the group to reach the entire area.

I want to talk about our meeting last week, but I want to also let you know about the organization. So I will introduce the organization first by telling you how I became involved in it. Continue reading

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