It is truly difficult to find a good doctor in Athens, and, when we did, the doctor was not accepting new patients. Athens needs a good medical college in all areas of medicine, including preventative and alternative, such as taught by Dr. Weils at the University of Arizona, and, also naturopathy and homeopathy.posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:11
This article was beautifully written and an honorable tribute.posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:01
There are many ways the educational system can be made more economical through technology and creative new ways of learning. People do not learn at the same rate and when they get behind, they get discouraged. Particularly, in math if each student studies on a computer and progresses at their own pace, we would see more success. Further, parents need to surround their children with a motivating culture of experiences. If we truly want to improve, we have to be innovative and embrace changes. Education never ends no matter what age you are, you should be studying daily and increasing your knowledge in all areas: physics, math, biology, religions, history, and very important, art. Life is beautiful with experience, knowledge and virtues. Wisdompeace.posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:48
Our legal system, both civil and criminal, needs to be changed to a system of Equal Justice. There is too much game playing and deceptive strategy, and not enough virtuous decisions.posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:29
With a downtown Walmart, there will not be such a problem with traffic. A lot of people will walk there as it will service the downtown apartment communities who have no place to buy groceries nor economical household goods. Walmart is successful because it offers both quality and the best bargain prices.posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:20
Hawaii is trying to get rid of Caucasians, and refuses to give them jobs and openly calls them the racist word, "Haole Trash" (pronounced "Howlie"). Consequently there are many homeless Caucasians and almost all are very poor because of the few and very low-paying jobs they are given. There is no protection for the white man in Hawaii, even though the white man is the minority. There was an article in KHON2 news about bed bugs, and the comments indicated that the Haole Trash at the child/welfare office caused it, even though a bed bug was discovered in an office chair, not in the waiting room. This is the point, diversity is a difficult concept for those who compete instead of share the resources - jobs, housing, and so forth. Prejudice is at the heart of condemning people. We eliminate people on the basis of their skin color, where they are from, their age, their weight, and, endless criteria. Let's share instead of compete. It is better to have less with compassion for others than to have more with selfishness. Wisdompeace.posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 10:43
What kind of people would we be if no one - not one person - could ever be set free after making a mistake. If the first mistake condemns you forever to roam the earth with no hope of paying for a mistake? We would benefit if we saw every crime as a sickness to be healed. Would you go into a hospital and abuse a sick person in a hospital bed? When one is healed of errors of the mind, let us rejoice and celebrate instead of condemning them forever and ever without any hope to live again no matter how hard one tries. Convict, but not condemn with no chance of ever overcoming a mistake, a temporary mind sickness. We can only stop crime when we teach - educate - those who make a mistake to pay for their crime, and to contribute good to society.posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 10:27
I know Americans who live in Egypt. The Christian community there is large, and is more accepting than any other Arab nation. Egypt is a safe place to live. However, we need to look at all the facts in this case. Has he paid for what he did? Yes. Has he humbled himself in shame? Yes. Has he committed any further wrongful acts? No. We see much value in rehabilitation instead of punishment. His case may teach us more than we realize - how to end crime instead of trying to sweep it under the carpet or lock it up only to see it repeated when set loose again. Motivation is a great method of rehabilitation, and, it would be the virtue of Justice to weigh all facts with awareness of what is best for him and for us. Wisdompeace.posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 10:11
In the Egyptian language, Sham means sun.posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 09:59
Most animals that we refer to as "hairless" have some hair. Believe me, by the time you get old, you will be "hairless" if you aren't now. Aging is quite a metamorphosis. We would be less condemning to ourselves and others if we perceived ourselves realistically as animals instead of superior. We are not even the most intelligent species. Our Bactervira (stem cells) are the most intelligent, birds are intelligent, trees make oxygen, humans destroy trees, destroy birds, and destroy their own Bactervira (stem cells) and others.
Imagine, if you will, that you are a bird sitting on a telephone pole and looking down on a human. What would you think as a bird? Most probably, "There's that Hairless Ape, a predator, I'm getting out of here fast."
In Hawaii, they practice genocide - there are no snakes. They kill any they find, along with many other species. So, birds are very comfortable and will eat out of your hands. But, not here. We are perceived as predators. Very sad. I miss Hawaii.posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 17:02
It doesn't say Clarke County, but maybe a few snowflakes. I can go a long time without food. I'm used to fasting, but when do the grocery stores ever close due to weather? Yet people seem to panic whenever the forecast is for snow. Must be instinct.posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 16:32
If you are a student, no matter what your major, it is vital to study Logic. It is challenging, but with that background, you learn to know the difference between truth and fallacy, and, nearly all the illogical methods used by people when they discuss controversial matters. Read, "Introduction to Logic" by Irving M. Copi and Carl Cohen. It is interesting to apply this knowledge to social debates such as here, including, the logic dealing with arguments of Fallacy: The argument from Ignorance, the appeal to inappropriate authority, argument ad hominem, abusive and circumstantial, the appeal to emotion, the appeal to force, irrelevant conclusion, and so forth. Education is the most important thing you can do for yourself to take you out of the midst of pain and suffering. We cannot change others, but we can understand them, see through their masks, and develop sufficient strength and honor that your quality of life is not affected by those who function with their Emotional Mind instead of achieving a Virtuous Mind. It is worth the effort. Change yourself. I am working on changing and improving myself every day and each day gets better.
We all need to develop the virtue: Empathy. Try this using the technique of Frederick Perls, Gestalt Therapy, trade minds with an African-American whose ancestors were slaves and discuss how you feel. But, first, you need to study the facts about slavery, including, that they were not allowed to be educated, and, were not allowed to assimilate into society, and so forth. Instead of defending how you feel, try defending how an African-American feels. Empathy is a very difficult virtue to master, but it will remove much of the illusions that the emotional mind uses to perpetuate the perjudice nature.
There was a Twilight Zone show where a man was prejudice toward the Japanese and African-Americans, and when he went out the door, he was African-American and people were abusive to him, and, when he ran into the woods, he turned into a Japanese soldier and Americans were chasing after him.posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:53
Wisdompeace.posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 20:20
This is a good website to practice the "No Self" while working on developing your tamed mind. When you have a "Self" then people will go around targeting you like a lone boat in the water. And, they will fish for you with Satanbait until they see you upset, and, that makes them have the illusion of having control over you, but they don't because they suffer with abusiveness. If you practice taming your mind to function with "No Self" then nothing they say will upset you nor offend you at this website. You learn to be humble and connect to all living things, not being any better nor worse than anyone.posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 20:09
If there were no drugs, would there be no violence?posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 16:19
He was suicidal, but his mind saved him by sacrificing a finger when he was ready to end it all. Throughout the Old Testament of the Bible, whenever life got bad, people would sacrifice. At least this man turned to himself and not others when his emotions hi-jacked his mind. We pray for his recovery and that he will learn meditative prayer in the time of need. The Wisdom of God is there whenever you connect your mind through prayer.
Drinking crosses the threshold of reason and lowers you down to the emotional Hairless Ape mind. (We are all Hairless Apes trying to be human.) Never drink when you are depressed.
The women in Athens are the worst I have ever met nationwide: loud mouthed, abusive, aggressive, and extremely low self-esteem.
Sometimes divorce is a good thing.posted @ Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:14
Something irreconcilable happened, but they handled it professionally.
Regarding another issue on Obama, I cannot find in any Georgia news about the court case where the Judge is determining whether anyone in Georgia can vote for Obama in the election. The Petitioners in the case are trying to take him off the ballot based on facts that he had dual citizenship, but was not a U.S. citizen as defined by the Constitution, and so forth, and, therefore no one in Georgia would be able to vote for Obama if the case is decided in the Petitioner's favor.
Hawaii is in a big debate about it in the news, but nowhere, nowhere can I find anything about it in Georgia news. Strange.posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 - 20:17
It is time we start thinking about how to rehabilitate those who commit crimes instead of using them as scapegoats for sadism and just locking them up and abusing them endlessly, which is why they get out and do it again - they see the world as a "not good for me" place.posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 - 18:21
He must have read the news in Arizona where a man entered an apartment through the sunglass in the bathroom roof and stole a safe with over $30,000. Apparently, he knew how to get the safe open. This was the elderly lady's retirement savings, and, now she is penniless - in one day an entire lifetime of savings - gone for her, but into the hands of the thief with little effort.posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 - 18:02
Deception in many fields, even professional, happens more often than we realize. If you research it, there have been many ongoing incidents throughout the years. These deceivers function like actors, and, they actually become, mentally, the one who they are deceiving to be. They are believed because they never stop acting, even when someone expresses doubt. It is a curious mental disorder that can have devastating consequences. This is when we listen to our instincts to alert us with a feeling that someone does not seem to be truthfully as they appear.posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 - 17:44
I just read on KHON2 news in Hawaii, that a Georgia judge is determining whether to keep Obama off the ballot because of a case claiming that he went to school on a visa and other evidence that alleges he is not a natural citizen, and, therefore, ineligible to be on the ballot. This case will determine whether Georgia citizens will be able to vote for Obama in the next election. It would be unreasonable for only the Georgia government to block citizens from voting on their presidential choice if the other states allow Obama to be on the ballot.
Our states are becoming like individual nations of laws that are far from being united with the other states.posted @ Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 08:46
A good self-defense course is a necessity. There is no safe place anywhere. You can put up a walls in communities like they do in Florida, but they will climb over it, and someone always leaves the gate open. If you move to a "safe" neighborhood, they will come there. Like a tornado, you never know when they will hit, but you have to be prepared to defend yourself, and trust God to give you Wisdom and be with you. But, after it is over, you need to return to your peaceful state of mind without revenge and without anger and other poisonous emotions, but rather, with logical and virtuous action to solve the problem.
The idea that we should "love" those who commit Evil, is erroneous - and is an example of how words are not always translated correctly in the Holy Bible. If we love those who do Evil things, then we would become sado-masochists. Instead, the word should be "compassion" (or passion) which is related to the virtue of empathy. You can only forgive when you feel sorry for those who do wrong, but not to love them - you cannot love evil and be good. You cannot be victimized and love those who harmed you without becoming emotionally ill. Therefore, we believe that Jesus taught to have compassion, not love, for those who do wrong to you. We know that evil people are suffering, and, if they are not, then their brain is damaged, and, consequently, either way, their life is terrible. What more can we do to them than they are doing to themselves. The best we can do, is keep ourselves from falling into the pit with them, and refusing to reproduce evilness because of them.
We have to live in the evilness of this world, but should be careful not be changed into evilness. That is a challenge that requires virtues, strength and honor.
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Rep. Regina Quick, R-Athens, was one of two local delegates to score less than an "A+" in the Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative score card. She and I played phone tag Monday when I was reporting the story and I wasn't able to get her comments in a timely fashion. Instead, she sent over this statement Wednesday morning and she did not mince her words. (Links and italicized portions are my own; otherwise, it's as she wrote it.) Dear Friends: read more
The committee opted Tuesday night to put off deciding on the ordinance until, at the earliest, its next meeting. Of note: The Athens-Clarke County attorney highlighted that the proposed times are, in essence, placeholders for the commission to change or keep as it pleases. Full text of the Use of Public Right-of-Ways ordinance draft is below. read more