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A new study says egos get bigger after meditation and yoga. Wait! What? I thought yoga quiets the ego? Get my reaction to this study in Ego-Narcissism-Meditation-Yoga-Always-A-Student-Podcast 732.
Study Could Shake Up Yoga Community
The study, from Southhampton University makes some claims that might shake up the Yoga community. In the west these days our ‘persona’ is a product and a real thing. Furthermore social media emphasizing the ego.
Especially relevant is the emphasis placed on youth and beauty. Yoga in the US certainly has a stereotype. So it’s especially relevant given these factors, people may do yoga to feel better about themselves. Is that so bad?
Hitting The Mat To Lose Weight
We come to the mat for many different reasons. For beginners, spirituality usually isn’t one of those reasons. People want to lose weight. Some want to look good for an upcoming event. Others are stressed out. In addition some yogis use the practice to cross-train for a better finish for the marathon or to make their golf game better.
Judgements Aren’t All Bad
We’re not supposed to make judgements. We do, though. One thing I understood years after I started practicing is that yoga amplifies what is inside you. If you’re a jerk, yoga will make you a bigger jerk. I explain how that might work in Ego-Narcissism-Meditation-Yoga-Always-A-Student-Podcast 732.
The study didn’t examine how yogis change after practicing for a few years or decades. What if comparisons and judgements are part of the yoga journey? Therefore, if we stay on the path we learn lessons that put the ego in perspective.
Talking About Myself
I spend a lot of time talking about myself in a podcast taking the position that yoga is in fact ego calming. I find that most noteworthy and ironic.
What Is A Healthy Ego?
In conclusion, what is a heathy ego? When does a healthy sense of self become narcissism? For many students of yoga this is a huge part of the journey. Maybe its starts with wanting to lose weight or look good, but ends with profound insights.
I find it more difficult these days to talk about breaking news. Propaganda passes for actual news. Find out more in News-Information Vacuum-Personality Cults-Propaganda-Podcast 731.
Attack or Leaping To Defend
In addition correspondents are on the attack or leaping to defend the president’s summit with the North Korean leader. Furthermore, rather than report on the economy talking heads assert there is a ‘boom’ without new GDP numbers to support their contention.
The Narrative Is Controlled By The Wizard Of Oz
What happened to news reporting? Now the narrative is controlled by the president. Media personalities seeking relevance are expected to defend Trump’s increasingly bizarre assertions or say he can’t do anything right. Moreover the media seeks to predict elections before they happen.
Twitter and Catfights
Moreover, newsrooms don’t cover issues.
Since the president inflates any small accomplishment as a world beater it’s especially relevant to talk about actual results.
Results? We Don’t Need No Stinking Results
What are the results of the Trump-Kim meeting? The so called booming economy? The draining of the ‘swamp’? Find out in News-Information Vacuum-Personality Cults-Propaganda-Podcast 731.
Trump Political Vacuum
Welcome to the Trump Political Vacuum. You’re either defending or attacking Trump. Everything else is fake news. Trump is the antichrist. Trump is under the protection of God. The president is a child, or playing “four dimensional chess“. Take your pick. There’s no in between.
Welcome To the Delusion
In conclusion people suffer in the vacuum. Finding a good source is almost impossible. Discerning what’s real and opinion is even more difficult.
So, we live in a dreamworld of delusion.
Finally without facts surrounding an event a free society cannot make informed political choices. I can identify two times in history when it was this bad. Neither ended well. Moreover, this kind of situation erodes the foundations of a free society.
(Editor’s Note: These days in these rambling podcasts sometimes I make confused references. This time I made a reference to the Berlin Wall falling ‘in 1983 or 1984’. Of course I know the fall of the Berlin Wall occurred on November 9th, 1989. Subsequently the Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991.)
News-Information Vacuum-Personality Cults-Propaganda-Podcast 731
Due to legal weed in many states, Legal Recreational Marijuana is coming to your town or state. As a result, a position on weed may not define a party loyalty. Hear what the movers and shakers behind Colorado’s legalization effort say. Download Colorado Marijuana Legalization-Results-Strange Political Bedfellows-Joshua Kappel-Podcast 730 now.
Politicians Love This Issue
If you’re a politician looking for an issue that cuts across demographic and party lines, weed is the ticket.
Especially relevant is the fact that legalization starts with medical applications. Moreover as with any new law, problems, opportunities and benefits resulted. Get informed in Colorado Marijuana Legalization-Results-Strange Political Bedfellows-Joshua Kappel-Podcast 730.
Roving bands of stoned hippies are not invading suburbia
Colorado enjoys very low unemployment and is collecting more tax from cannabis sales. Roving bands of stoned hippies are not invading suburbia. The sky has not fallen. Check it out in Colorado Marijuana Legalization-Results-Strange Political Bedfellows-Joshua Kappel-Podcast 730.
So Far It’s Working
Because of Amendment 64, Colorado now enjoys low unemployment. The state is also collecting more tax revenue from cannabis sales. Finally, many in Colorado view the law as a win-win. Much as opponents predicted the worst outcomes the opposite has happened. Most of all lower regulation has led to lower prices and free market advocates love that!
In addition Trump, like Obama, has not enforced federal marijuana laws. Will weed retailers will run afoul of federal banking laws? Furthermore what happens if the federal government decides to raid pot farms in Colorado? Maybe the reason the Feds haven’t done this is they don’t want to challenge the tenth amendment?
Probably most interesting are the strange political bedfellows this issue creates. Republicans and Democrats working together? Republican congressional candidates advocating for repealing federal drug laws? Law and Order pols pushing for legalizing weed?
Legal Weed Is Coming
As a result, legal weed is coming. Many states already have medical marijuana laws. Moreover polls show fewer opposed to legalization. And more studies show the medical benefits of certain cannabis products. Finally considering the problems created by alcohol abuse, there’s no question which is a better heath bet.
Hard Pressed To Find A Reason Not To
In conclusion I’m pretty hard pressed to find a reason why marijuana should still be illegal. Maybe even drugs like Special K and low dose LSD have their applications. Especially relevant are drugs you get from your doctor which seem even more dangerous than some so called ‘street drugs’.
Restrictive Laws No One Obeys
Most of all I don’t know why anyone drinks or uses drugs. In a perfect world no one should do either. Thing is, people do. Why do we have so many laws restricting how we behave, especially when they don’t seem to work?
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Do you believe in individual freedom? These days governments, institutions and big companies act as though they make the rules. Most of all when it comes to rights. Learn why I say this in Conformists Open Road-New Social Media Puritans-Podcast 729.
A Post About The Republican Convention Is A No No?
I covered the state republican convention in Duluth, Minnesota. My post included a title referring to the Minnesota Republican Party and a photo I took of conventioneers. No political advertising in the podcast or post. In addition, I don’t do political advertising. Podcast 728 is an account of the convention and my observations about what I saw.
It is pure citizen journalism.
Blocked From Advertising
Podcast 728 got great response on social media, so I decided to advertise it. I was shocked when FaceBook blocked me from boosting that post.
Change Your Settings and Conform
Moreover Podcast 728 could not be advertised unless I changed The Bob Davis Podcasts FaceBook page settings to allow for ‘political advertising’. If I did this, all my boosted posts would contain a warning. Find out about it in Conformists Open Road-New Social Media Puritans-Podcast 729.
Maybe Artificial Intelligence Isn’t That Intelligent
I was not silenced by FaceBook but their silly rules did prevent me from promoting. What’s more I have the impression this review was conducted by robots rather than humans. If they actually reviewed my content any reasonable human would conclude the post was not political advertising. What FaceBook is doing is violating the 1st amendment rights of news organizations and citizen journalists.
Fear Of Offense Drives Silly Rules
God Forbid anyone might see something they disagree with!
Yeah the Internet is an open road. For conformists only.
Rugged Individualism? Don’t Make Me Laugh!
While politicians talk about rugged individualism there seems to be less of it.
These days it’s rigged collectivism.
FaceBook Is The New K-Mart
In conclusion rules and regulations and blocks do not make for a free exchange of ideas. It is most noteworthy that content creators find ways around these rules anyway.
Microsoft used to be the software King Kong. Better companies and better ideas eventually eclipsed the Seattle Giant. The lesson? Bad service and silly rules are a recipe for failure. Big Social Media is vulnerable to competitors that innovate and promote free speech.
What Do You Do When You Are On An Open Road?
Sometimes following the rules is the worst thing you can do.
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These days there’s lots of talk about the ‘Grassroots‘. Most of all, when republicans and democrats hold their conventions on the same weekend. Live coverage from the MNGOP confab in Duluth in Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728.
Grassroots On The Line
Furthermore the grassroots are on the line in both parties. There was so much concern about making sure the MNGOP convention ended with an endorsement that leaders pulled strings to make sure Jeff Johnson got a full throated endorsement. Delegates were never told the results of the third ballot. In Rochester, Clinton Democrats battled Our Revolution activists to the bitter end. Both parties claim to be united.
Especially relevant is former Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty’s looming primary challenge. Four statewide races and a primary are tall organizational and monetary challenges. Probably have to cash and boots on the ground for that kind of challenge. I think the main question to emerge from this convention is whether the republican grassroots is ready to run and volunteer in these tough statewide races. Go inside the convention in Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728.
Activists Just Wanted To Go Home
For all the spit and vinegar among activists, no one wanted ballot after ballot of voting to endorse a gubernatorial candidate. The solution was for two other candidates to drop out. Therefore Phillip Parrish and Mary Giuliani Stephens obliged. Republican ‘activists’ seemed thankful to nominate Jeff Johnson by acclamation. Two minutes later, as delegates headed for the doors, debate on resolutions was tabled. In Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728.
Jesus and Trump
Most noteworthy at this convention were the speeches. Candidates and speakers pounded religious and pro Trump themes again and again. As a result there weren’t many details on the economy, budgeting or foreign policy. Hence lots of empty vows to ‘change things’. Not much meat on those bones. I guess that’s politics.
Grassroots Swan Song?
In conclusion leadership was most concerned about ending the convention without an endorsement for governor. Consequently leaders allowed the grassroots to save face. This is why challengers dropped out and the the endorsement vote was by acclamation. Once delegates had chosen a candidate for governor they didn’t feel like hanging around and debating resolutions. So much for the passion of the republican grassroots.
In the end a vote for Jeff Johnson was the quickest way home.
So much for passion.
(Editor’s Note: I refer to Phillip Parrish as ‘Andy Parrish’ in this podcast. My sincere apologies to Phillip and his campaign.)
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