See the horrifying place where your old clothes go to die

Boxes, Trucks and Bikes

Call them Slogans. Call them Motivation

Eternal pursuit.
Imagine this.
Bringing solutions.
Everybody needs a break.
Be the leader.
Comfort of your home.
Beauty of simplicity.
Thinking ahead.
We are one.

True Self-knowledge

To arrive at true self-knowledge is to arrive at God-realization. God-realization is a unique state of consciousness.It is different from all the other states of consciousness because all the other states of consciousness are experienced through the medium of the individual mind whereas the state of God-consciousness is in no way dependent upon the individual mind or any other medium.A medium is necessary for knowing something other than one’s own self: for knowing one’s own self no medium is necessary.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

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Learning Body language from Vanessa van edwards – her newsletter i subscribe

I found Vanessa Van Edwards on Udemy when I was learning and beginning my Toastmasters Pathways journey. In one of the exercises we have there, we have to research a topic and speak. I found Apart from Content, it was Vocal variety, Gestures and Body Language, Personality which had important place in a Public Speaker’s repertoire.

Her focus and Special Expertise lay in BODY LANGUAGE. You can see the newsletter below, go to her website and take her Udemy courses if you are so inclined.

Are you ready for some interesting science facts? Me too!
As you might know, once a month I gather all of my favorite studies and tips into one fascinating, interesting, unique little newsletter. My goal is to share facts with you that you can then share with others. So then they say,
That’s so interesting!
…I also like to make them a game for you. Here’s what I got for you today:
1. Republicans prefer politicians with…

  1. deep voice and a square jaw
  2. big eyes and a longer than average face
  3. above average height
  4. small ears and bushy eyebrows

Seriously, research looked at this. This study found Republicans prefer politicians with 1. deep voice and a square jaw! I am gearing up for a big US election season. In fact, please mark your calendars to watch the US Presidential debate with me on September, 29th! My Watch Guide will help you look for interesting cues. I also analyzed the last five Presidential Debates for your amusement!

Presidential Debate Analysis + Watch Guides

I also analyzed of Kamala Harris’ body language. It’s going to be an interesting election year…

2. In conversation we tend to…

  1. Overestimate how much people like us
  2. Underestimate how much people like us

Does she like me?! Is a refrain I constantly say in my head. Good news! This study finds we tend to 2. Underestimate how much people like us!
Remember: You are likable. You are worthy.
3. Research says you should trust your…

  1. dog
  2. horoscope
  3. aha moments
  4. nightmares

You have a problem. You have been trying to solve it for hours. You go to sleep. You wake up at 2:00 a.m. thinking….”aha! I know the answer.” Turns out that you should trust that 3. aha moment! If you have taken any of our courses you know I am obsessed with aha moments. So I’m thrilled this study found when a solution to a problem seems to have come out of thin air, it’s most likely right.

From the study:
“A series of experiments conducted by a team of researchers determined that a person’s sudden insights are often more accurate at solving problems than thinking them through analytically.”Bottom line: Trust yourself.
4. Some of Beethoven’s famous works may have been inspired by…

  1. His cat
  2. His daughter
  3. His view of the ocean
  4. His heartbeat

A cardiologist, medical historian, and a musicologist teamed up to analyze Beethoven’s famous works. They found some of his rhythms may in fact reflect the irregular rhythms of his own heart, caused by cardiac arrhythmia! 4. his heartbeat might be what inspired his work!

…you never know what can be your spark of inspiration! Be sure to check out our post:

40 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored

5. True or False: How much you worry can change over time.
I have come out publicly as a neurotic. And it turns out science has found that the worrying part of our brain can change over time (true!). AND this is different for men and women.
“Women high in neuroticism tended to have thinner cortex in the anterior cingulate with increasing age, while men high in neuroticism tended to have thicker cortex in the anterior cingulate with increasing age, compared to those with lower levels of neuroticism.”
So… don’t get mad at your partner, friend, spouse for worrying too much–they can’t help it!
To your success,


Return of Myanmar’s smiling turtle is reason to be cheerful | Life and style | The Guardian

The Master serves. Mastery in servitude

The Master serves the whole universe out of the finality of his infinite consciousness, and those who serve the Master and obey him also have their share in his universal work. Their service has the advantage of his wisdom and insight.Willing participation in the work of the Master not only raises the value of service, but creates the best opportunities for spiritual enlightenment. In importance, service originating in the instructions of the Master is second only to the service rendered by the Master himself.-


[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

MAX Burgers: Creating the World’s First “Climate Positive” Menu | Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland | UNFCCC

MAX Burgers: Creating the World’s First “Climate Positive” Menu | Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland  Lighthouse Activity 2019Credit: Max BurgersLighthouse Activity 2019Credit: Max BurgersLighthouse Activity 2019Credit: Max BurgersLighthouse Activity 2019


The Swedish restaurant chain, Max Burgers, launched the world’s first “climate positive” menu in June 2018. Climate positive is defined as “removing more climate gases than the value chain emits while at the same time reducing emissions in line with the 1.5 degree goal from Paris”.

Max Burgers ensures that each item on its menu is “climate positive”, taking into account all emissions from the “farmers land to the guests hand”, while even including the customer’s journey back and forth to the restaurant. This has required extensive efforts by the company to measure its entire footprint.

Each item on Max Burger’s menu includes a CO2e label to empower customers to better understand the climate impact of food and guide them towards options with a lower carbon footprint. The initiative builds on the company’s 2016 launch of plant based “green burgers”, which have a fraction of the climate impact of beef burgers.

Key Facts

  • Max Burgers has undertaken a range of measures to cut emissions, including: switching to 100% wind power in all of its Swedish restaurants, being the first restaurant in the world to add “CO2e” labels to each menu item, and adopting 92% renewable packaging.
  • Sales from Max’s green range of burgers (lacto-ovo and fully plant based) increased by 1000% between 2015 to 2018. In 2022, the company is aiming to ensure that every second meal sold is made without beef.
  • Less than 1% of the food in Max’s kitchens is wasted and no palm oil is used in any of Max Burgers’ European operations.
  • Max Burgers has been recognized as “one of the world’s most innovative companies in 2019” by Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” series.

The Problem 

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), livestock contribute significantly to today’s most serious environmental problems. FAO estimates that cattle-rearing generates around 14% of all global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent – an amount similar to the emissions produced by the entire transport sector. 

Currently, farmed animals occupy 30 – 50% of the ice-free land on Earth, at great expense to natural habitats and potential carbon sequestration. The livestock sector generates at least a seventh of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes roughly one-third of all freshwater on earth. 

Max Burgers

The Solution

As a fast food restaurant chain, Max Burgers aims to be part of the solution when it comes to helping transform our global food system. The company’s green, plant-based burgers have a fraction of the climate impact of beef and have been commercially successful — with sales jumping by 1000% between 2015 to 2018 and increasing from around 2% to 20% of meals sold.  By 2022, the company is aiming to ensure that every second meal sold is made without beef.

In addition to reducing emissions, Max Burgers follows the ISO 14021:2017 standard for carbon neutrality. However, instead of offsetting 100% of its emissions as required by the standard, from June 2018 onwards, Max Burgers has offset 110% of its entire value chain’s emissions, making all food served “climate positive”. 

Helping the Planet

Since 2008, Max Burgers has offset its entire value chains emission through Plan Vivo-certified tree-planting projects, which support smallholder agriculture and rural enterprise by providing local employment opportunities, as well as sustainable food and energy sources.

In the past decade, the company’s carbon offsetting programme has planted more than two million trees in Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique through the Plan-Vivo certification system — this is equivalent to covering 5,500 football fields with trees or removing 230,000 petrol cars from the road for one year. 

Max Burgers

Helping People

In 2008, Max Burgers became the first restaurant to CO2-label its entire menu to empower customers to make informed choices. This CO2e menu customers to understand the climate impact of beef burgers and guide then towards more sustainable options. By offering an extensive menu of plant-based “green” burgers, Max Burgers aims to entice customers towards a lower-emission, plant-based diet. 

Spillover Effect

According to Sustainable Brand Index Max Burgers is a green industry leader in Sweden, which has compelled the company to join multiple dialogues within and outside the food industry (both in Sweden and internationally). Through these dialogues, Max Burgers has formed new alliances and encouraged other organizations and companies to adopt CO2e labelling to influence daily choices.  

Maz Burgers also encourages other companies to become “Climate Positive” and advises them on how to do it. The company registers commitments from these new climate-positive companies on its new website, At least 10 companies have informed Max Burgers that they intend to become “climate positive” in 2019.

Institute for the future Newsletter I like

News from the Future curated by Institute for the FutureSept 3, 2020 – Issue #46
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Signals from the Future
  Can IoT counteract racist medical textbooks?
Surprising no one, it turns out medical textbooks are skewed to diagnose White people. But what if the IoT could diagnose patients and track their symptoms?

  Cuddling in the time of COVID
Robotic pets are helping socially isolated seniors during the pandemic. Will an animated companion help Grandma tweak her reality?

  Veggie gardens are…growing
For the first time since WWII, victory gardens are on the rise. Maybe it’s coronavirus. Maybe it’s the coming election. Maybe it’s hyper-urbanization.

  Happy meals for the planet
Ah, Labor Day picnics. The typical hamburger’s carbon footprint is super-sized, though; better patronize a Swedish carbon-negative burger franchise.

  NFL to host fan “pods” for 2020
With autumn is around the corner, in the U.S. that means NFL games. Which means clustered seating. Welcome to the future of entertainment!
 Future Factors is IFTF’s proprietary, easy-to-use platform for sharing and synthesizing signals from today that are likely to affect the transformation of tomorrow.IFTF Ten-Year Forecast 2020 is
Nearly Here!
IFTF’s annual Ten-Year Forecast Summit happens this year from September 14 to 25, with special appearances and the latest future forecasts. Our first-ever 100% virtual event promises to be an immersive, transportive experience with a wide range of experts:IFTF’s Executive Director Marina Gorbis will be sharing scenarios from IFTF’s After the Pandemic: What Happens Next?  to identify the leverage points for transformation in the coming decade and beyond.Bina Venkataraman, author of The Optimist’s Telescope and Editorial Page Editor for The Boston Globe.Yancey Strickler, Co-founder of Kickstarter and author of This Could Be Our Future.Daily experiences designed by IFTF Game Research & Development Director Jane McGonigal, author of SUPERBETTER and Reality is Broken.Executive sessions with IFTF Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen on spring boarding from a crisis, executive development, and full-spectrum thinking for racial justice.If you’re not yet an IFTF Vantage partner but interested in attending TYF2020, please contact John Clamme.How Will Power Spread in the Coming Decade? Map of the Decade 2019 
Power Shifts: A Decade of Extreme Consequences and Transformational Possibilities is available for you!In 2019, the IFTF Vantage research agenda focused on power and its ability to shape consequences. Traditionally, power flows from the top down. But in the tightly coupled and complex landscape of the current era, it flows in all directions—across industries and continents and affecting stakeholders of every scale. How is power affecting your work and space in the world?

Download the full Map, Guide, and Toolkit. >>
Purchase a full-sized hard copy of the set here. >> Design the World You Want to See—
with Foresight IFTF DESIGN FUTURESOct 13–15, 2020 | Live-Online >>  2020 is reminding us just how quickly and unpredictably the world can change. How prepared are you to anticipate the challenges ahead? Design Futures incorporates design principles, media, immersive experiences, and provocative insights to help your audience better understand what the future could be.Join with IFTF’s team of award-winning design futurists for an eye-opening online session. You’ll learn to imagine and prototype informed alternatives to the future and design new offerings and policies for the next decade._________________________________
IFTF FORESIGHT ESSENTIALSDec 1–15, 2020 | 2 weeks, in PST | Live-Online >>IFTF’s flagship training equips you with the basics. Learn to filter information to determine its usefulness; transform urgent foresight into actionable insights; disrupt short-termism; and develop and test your own experiments in future-making.Looking for something to anticipate in 2021? Check out our online training dates for this coming spring!Feb 9–23, 2021 | 2 weeks, in EST | Live-Online>>How to Future:
A Practical, Tactical Guide to ForesightIFTF FORESIGHT TALKS
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. PT / Noon ET
Institute for the Future will host renowned futurists and teachers Madeline Ashby and Scott Smith, who will discuss their new book How to Future: Leading and Sensemaking in an Age of Hyperchange and share valuable lessons from their extensive careers as futures practitioners. Scott and Madeline will offer a taste of what’s in the book, share reflections on how futuring feels different in a post-COVID world, and address your questions. Join them!

Register for this IFTF Foresight Talk now. >>What Dangers Lie Ahead for Democracy? IFTF’s Digital Intelligence Lab, Graphika, and International Republican Institute recently issued a joint report revealing the tactics and strategy behind an information operation directed at Taiwanese democratic processes.

The report, Detecting Digital Fingerprints: Tracing Chinese Disinformation in Taiwan, uncovered a series of campaigns by CCP-linked and domestic actors targeting Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election, as well as its response to COVID-19, with narratives crafted to advance Beijing’s strategic interests. How do these actions point to strategies we may see employed in the U.S. this November?

Read the full report here. >>How Will New Forms of Family Affect Your Organization?
The current moment of social, political, and economic upheaval has made certain future scenarios increasingly plausible. That’s why Families in Flux: Imagining the Next Generation of the American Family is more relevant than ever. The moment is ripe with possibility for transforming and reinventing a better future for families by anticipating which forms of family might be accepted, stigmatized, vulnerable to oppression, or privileged. This report helps anticipate the needs that new forms of family may have—and how best to distribute resources to meet them.

Read the full report here. >>Leadership for a Changing World
Bob Johansen
Full-Spectrum Thinking During Times of Crisis
Thursday, Sept 17, 2020

With a world in crisis, now is the time for a new type of leadership. Only people and organizations that are resilient will be able to adapt to the coming changes. Berrett-Koehler Publishers created this 8-day summit, as a free online event, to bring together 20+ of the world’s top leadership innovators—including IFTF Distinguished Fellow, Bob Johnasen—to share how to build better teams and organizations.

Register for “Leadership for a Changing World Summit” here. >>IFTF in the News
“Returning To Normal… Or Maybe Not: The Need For Full-Spectrum Thinking.” IFTF Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen writes an op-ed. (8/25/2020)Training Industry Magazine.

“A.I. helps businesses recover from the lockdown – And can Nissan take on Tesla?” IFTF Food Futures Lab’s Max Elder is quoted by Philip Andrew Churm. (8/3/2020) Euro News.

“Please Use Full-Spectrum Words” Bob Johansen pens an op-ed. (8/5/2020)The New Rationalist.

“Author Bob Johansen: ‘I would love to fuel a movement toward full-spectrum thinking, to help people seek clarity by thinking beyond the boxes and categories'” Johansen is interviewed by Ben Ari. (8/7/2020) ThriveGlobal.


Open your heart by weeding out all desires and by harboring only one longing—the longing for union with the Ultimate Reality. That Ultimate Reality is not to be sought in the changing things of external environment, but in one’s own being.-

——AVATAR MEHER BABA[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never give up, never look down and never look back. Always move forward in life. Don’t let anyone make you feel as if you don’t belong or unworthy of… ever. Those that do are just not strong enough to handle such greatness. Be proud of who you are. Always walk with your head high, you are never alone.”

— Author Unknown

Seth Godin Newsletter

Date certain

One of the most expensive things a service business or freelancer can do is promise that work will be done by a certain day. Which is something we need to do, of course, but we should charge appropriately. “It’ll be done soon,” should be way cheaper than, “It’ll be done at exactly 11 am on Tuesday.”

And one of the most important things we can do to focus our energy and commitment is be prepared to promise a date certain. It sharpens everything.

Re-orient life

The individual soul has to realize its identity with the Supreme Universal Soul with full consciousness.

Men shall have re-orientation of life in the light of this Ancient Truth; and they will readjust their attitude towards their neighbours in everyday life.

To perceive the spiritual value of oneness is to promote real unity and cooperation; brotherhood then becomes a spontaneous outcome of true perception.


[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

Take a Stance

“If you have an elegant stance, a noble stance, an ethical stance, or a scientific stance, you will not be appreciated by the inelegant, by the ignoble, by the unethical or by the unscientific people!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Provoke like a mentor – Quotes collected via

“Say ‘provoking’ again. Your mouth looks provocative when you do.”
— Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1))
Mother Teresa
“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one’s self.

To mind one’s own business.

Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one’s dignity.

To choose always the hardest.”
— Mother Teresa (The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living)

Soren Kierkegaard
“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”
— Søren Kierkegaard (Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard)
William S. Burroughs
“There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.”
— William S. Burroughs (The Place of Dead Roads)
Soraya Chemaly
“Anger is an assertion of rights and worth. It is communication, equality, and knowledge. It is intimacy, acceptance, fearlessness, embodiment, revolt, and reconciliation. Anger is memory and rage. It is rational thought and irrational pain. Anger is freedom, independence, expansiveness, and entitlement. It is justice, passion, clarity, and motivation. Anger is instrumental, thoughtful, complicated, and resolved. In anger, whether you like it or not, there is truth.

Anger is the demand of accountability, It is evaluation, judgment, and refutation. It is reflective, visionary, and participatory. It’s a speech act, a social statement, an intention, and a purpose. It’s a risk and a threat. A confirmation and a wish. It is both powerlessness and power, palliative and a provocation. In anger, you will find both ferocity and comfort, vulnerability and hurt. Anger is the expression of hope.

How much anger is too much? Certainly not the anger that, for many of us, is a remembering of a self we learned to hide and quiet. It is willful and disobedient. It is survival, liberation, creativity, urgency, and vibrancy. It is a statement of need. An insistence of acknowledgment. Anger is a boundary. Anger is boundless. An opportunity for contemplation and self-awareness. It is commitment. Empathy. Self-love. Social responsibility. If it is poison, it is also the antidote. The anger we have as women is an act of radical imagination. Angry women burn brighter than the sun.

In the coming years, we will hear, again, that anger is a destructive force, to be controlled. Watch carefully, because not everyone is asked to do this in equal measure. Women, especially, will be told to set our anger aside in favor of a kinder, gentler approach to change. This is a false juxtaposition. Reenvisioned, anger can be the most feminine of virtues: compassionate, fierce, wise, and powerful. The women I admire most—those who have looked to themselves and the limitations and adversities that come with our bodies and the expectations that come with them—have all found ways to transform their anger into meaningful change. In them, anger has moved from debilitation to liberation.

Your anger is a gift you give to yourself and the world that is yours. In anger, I have lived more fully, freely, intensely, sensitively, and politically. If ever there was a time not to silence yourself, to channel your anger into healthy places and choices, this is it.”
— Soraya Chemaly (Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger)

C.G. Jung
“Because we cannot discover God’s throne in the sky with a radiotelescope or establish (for certain) that a beloved father or mother is still about in a more or less corporeal form, people assume that such ideas are “not true.” I would rather say that they are not “true” enough, for these are conceptions of a kind that have accompanied human life from prehistoric times, and that still break through into consciousness at any provocation.

Modern man may assert that he can dispose with them, and he may bolster his opinion by insisting that there is no scientific evidence of their truth. Or he may even regret the loss of his convictions. But since we are dealing with invisible and unknowable things (for God is beyond human understanding, and there is no means of proving immortality), why should we bother about evidence? Even if we did not know by reason our need for salt in our food, we should nonetheless profit from its use. We might argue that the use of salt is a mere illusion of taste or a superstition; but it would still contribute to our well-being. Why, then, should we deprive ourselves of views that would prove helpful in crises and would give a meaning to our existence?

And how do we know that such ideas are not true? Many people would agree with me if I stated flatly that such ideas are probably illusions. What they fail to realize is that the denial is as impossible to “prove” as the assertion of religious belief. We are entirely free to choose which point of view we take; it will in any case be an arbitrary decision.

There is, however, a strong empirical reason why we should cultivate thoughts that can never be proved. It is that they are known to be useful. Man positively needs general ideas and convictions that will give a meaning to his life and enable him to find a place for himself in the universe. He can stand the most incredible hardships when he is convinced that they make sense; he is crushed when, on top of all his misfortunes, he has to admit that he is taking part in a “tale told by an idiot.”

It is the role of religious symbols to give a meaning to the life of man. The Pueblo Indians believe that they are the sons of Father Sun, and this belief endows their life with a perspective (and a goal) that goes far beyond their limited existence. It gives them ample space for the unfolding of personality and permits them a full life as complete persons. Their plight is infinitely more satisfactory than that of a man in our own civilization who knows that he is (and will remain) nothing more than an underdog with no inner meaning to his life.”
— C.G. Jung (Man and His Symbols)

Paul Harding
“But it’s a curse, a condemnation, like an act of provocation, to have been aroused from not being, to have been conjured up from a clot of dirt and hay and lit on fire and sent stumbling among the rocks and bones of this ruthless earth to weep and worry and wreak havoc and ponder little more than the impending return to oblivion, to invent hopes that are as elaborate as they are fraudulent and poorly constructed, and that burn off the moment they are dedicated, if not before, and are at best only true as we invent them for ourselves or tell them to others, around a fire, in a hovel, while we all freeze or starve or plot or contemplate treachery or betrayal or murder or despair of love, or make daughters and elaborately rejoice in them so that when they are cut down even more despair can be wrung from our hearts, which prove only to have been made for the purpose of being broken. And worse still, because broken hearts continue beating.”
— Paul Harding (Enon)
Nick Land
“Enigma, positive confusion (delirium), problematic, pain, whatever we want to call it; the torment of the philosophers in any case, is the stimulus to ecstatic creation, to an interminable “resolution” into the enhanced provocations of art. What the philosophers have never understood is this: it is the unintelligibility of the world alone that gives it worth. “Inertia needs unity (monism); plurality of interpretations a sign of strength. Not to desire to deprive the world of its disturbing and enigmatic character”. Not, then, to oppose pain to the absence of pain as metaphysical pessimism does, but, rather, to differentiate the ecstatic overcoming of pain from weariness and inertia, to exult in new and more terrible agonies, fears, burning perplexities as the resource of becoming, overcoming, triumph, the great libidinal oscillations that break up stabilized systems and intoxicate on intensity; that is Dionysian pessimism -“refusal to be deprived of the stimulus of the enigmatic”; “the effect of the work of art is to excite the state that creates art -intoxication”.”
— Nick Land (Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings, 1987-2007)
William Faulkner
“She turned now, facing him, as if she hand only been waiting until she became warm, the rich coat open upon the fragile glitter of her dress; there was a quality actually beautiful about her now-not of the face whose impeccable replica looks out from the covers of a thousand magazines each month, nor of the figure, the shape of deliberately epicene provocation into which the miles of celluloid film have constricted the female body of an entire race; but a quality completely female, in the old eternal fashion, primitive, assured and ruthless as she approched him … . “She said at once, now. So we can go. You see? Do you understand? We can leave now. Give her the money, let her have it all. We won’t care. …”
— William Faulkner (Collected Stories)
Nancy Jo Sales
“It’s people running around looking for anything to generate volume: Oh, teenage girls are taking their clothes off? And that’s getting a lot of hits? Then let’s turn a blind eye to the consequences. Oh, your daughter’s on Tinder? Well, she’s just meeting friends. It’s all about high-volume usage. I don’t think it’s necessarily a cynical, let’s destroy women thing – it’s how can I get my next quarter’s bonus?
And I think to the extent that the digital social media society normalizes impulses- think it, post it,” Roberts says, “we’ve also created a context for more and more provocative propositions, whatever they are: Look at my boobs. Do you want to hook up? It’s moved the bar for what’s normal and normalized extreme behavior; everything outrageous becomes normalized so rapidly. You realize how insane things are today when you think about the relative rate of change. When I was in high school, if I had gone around saying, Here’s a picture of me, like me, I would have gotten punched. If a girl went around passing out naked pictures of herself, people would have thought she needed therapy. Now that’s just Selfie Sunday.”

(— Paul Roberts quoted from the book)”
— Nancy Jo Sales (American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers)

God is…

God is Indivisible One, and is indivisibly in each one and everything.
What is it then that causes apparent divisions? There are no divisions as such, but there is an appearance of separateness because of ignorance. This means that everything is of ignorance and that every one is Ignorance personified.
A drop in an ocean is not separate from the ocean. It is a bubble over the drop that gives it an appearance of separateness, but when the bubble bursts the drop is not, and the indivisible ocean is.
When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self.
[THE EVERYTHING AND THE NOTHING By Meher Baba. Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011 Copyright © 1963 Meher House Publications, Beacon Hill, Australia Copyright © 1989 Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India]

Bhagvad-Gita अध्याय 12 का श्लोक 5

अध्याय 12 का श्लोक 5

क्लेशः, अधिकतरः, तेषाम्, अव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम्,
अव्यक्ता, हि, गतिः, दुःखम्, देहवद्भिः, अवाप्यते।।5।।

अनुवाद: (तेषाम्) उन (अव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम्) अदृश ब्रह्ममंे

आसक्तचित्तवाले पुरुषोंके साधनमें (क्लेशः)

वाद-विवाद रूपी क्लेश अर्थात् कष्ट (अधिकतरः)

विशेष है (हि) क्योंकि (देहवद्भिः)

देहाभिमानियों के द्वारा (अव्यक्ता)

अव्यक्तविषयक (गतिः)

गति (दुःखम्)

दुःखपूर्वक (अवाप्यते) प्राप्त की जाती है। (5)

विशेष:– इस श्लोक 5 में क्लेश अर्थात् कष्ट का भार्वाथ है कि पूर्ण परमात्मा की साधना मन के आनन्द से विपरित चल कर की जाती है।

मन चाहता है शराब पीना, तम्बाखु पीना, मांस खाना, नाचना, गाना आदि इन को त्यागना ही क्लेश कहा है।

परमेश्वर की भक्ति विधि का यथार्थ ज्ञान न होने के कारण आपस में वाद-विवाद करके दुःखी रहते हैं।

एक दूसरे से अपने ज्ञान को श्रेष्ठ मानकर अन्य से इर्षा करते है जिस कारण से क्लेश होता है।

५) सच्चिदानंदघन निराकार ब्रह्मांत चित्त गुंतलेल्या त्या पुरुषांच्या साधनांत कष्ट जास्त आहेत. कारण देहाचा अभिमान असणार्‍यांकडून अव्यक्त ब्रह्माची प्राप्ती कष्टानेच होत असते.

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent!

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1-Sentence-Summary: Resisting Happiness shows you how to get more joy in your life by exploring the roadblocks you unknowingly put in the way of it, explaining why it’s a choice, and giving specific tips to help you make the decision to be content.

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Resisting Happiness Summary

You want to be happy. But every time you try to catch joy, it seems to slip through your fingers, replaced by worry and stress. You can’t put a price on fulfillment because it’s so valuable, but it also comes at the cost of hard work.

The trouble is, figuring out just where to put in the effort to make it happen isn’t always so easy. In the information age, there are infinite routes you can go down to try to grab a sense of wellbeing. The trick is just to find the right ones for you.

Interestingly, you need to begin looking for happiness by identifying what’s making you sad. Once you uncover these roadblocks, then you can begin removing them to let joy have free reign in your life.

Figuring this all out is just the topic of Matthew Kelly’s book Resisting Happiness. You’ll see what practicality, philosophy, and Kelly’s personal experiences teach about how to eliminate what holds you back from true fulfillment in life. And you’ll learn every step you need to take to get there in your own life.

3 of the best principles I got from this book are:

  1. Remember to read and that money isn’t everything if you want more meaning in life.
  2. Learn the joy of being alone.
  3. Practice delaying gratification and make sure you keep good friends close to reach your full potential.

Let’s get right into it and discover what Kelly has to teach us about happiness!

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Lesson 1: For a more meaningful life, remember to read and that money isn’t everything.

In college, reading wasn’t at the top of my to-do list. It was difficult to manage a schedule full of classes and a social life and still find time to get into a good book.

But what I didn’t realize was that my lack of reading was one of the things holding me back from happiness.

Today I see that reading is an important window into the world around me. And as I pick the right authors, it’s like having their guidance right next to me when I’m trying to figure something important out.

Think of books like friends that you can turn to for an escape when life gets difficult. They have the power to change your perspective and improve your attitude.

Another important factor that could be holding you back from joy is placing too much emphasis on money. You do need it, but looking for opportunities to help others without the expectation of a reward is a sure path to fulfillment.

Picture this. The author goes to his neighbor Joe and offers to pay him $1,000 an hour to plan trees at the elementary school down the street. Joe puts in a couple of hours of half-hearted work and leaves richer but feeling empty.

Contrast this with the feeling Joe would have if the author asked him to volunteer his time. He might work hard all day to do what the school needs rather than just get paid and ends up happier and more fulfilled as a result.

Lesson 2: Nurture the relationship you have with yourself through solitude.

One time in college I was having difficulties with relationships and tried what I thought was a strange idea at the time. I took a day off work and made a plan to hang out with myself for the entire day. I even left my cell phone at home!

It turned out to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable days of my life. I spent time eating food I love, took a drive into the mountains for a picnic, and watched one of my favorite movies.

Unknowingly, I’d unblocked one of the most common roadblocks in the way of happiness-discovering the joy of being by myself.

Loneliness can be a scary prospect, especially if you’re used to always being with other people. You might even go to great lengths, making stupid decisions and getting into bad relationships, just to avoid it.

But consider that by spending more time alone, you’re nurturing a relationship with the one person you’ll never be without-yourself! It might sound counterintuitive, but more time alone will help you beat loneliness.

You also get a chance to dive into who you really are every time you plan to spend time by yourself. In fact, this is the only time you have to get to know your personality, so use it wisely and get plenty of it!

Lesson 3: If you want to reach your full potential, you’ll need to have good friends and to practice delaying gratification.

Being alone is important but it’s not everything. You’ve got to have friends, but the right kind if you want to truly be happy.

In tenth grade, I was terrified of social situations. I wouldn’t even ask a girl on a date I was so scared. But at the beginning of the next year, I met a group of friends that improved all of that.

I began spending a lot of time with one in particular who completely changed my life. The first weekend after we’d met he pushed me to ask a girl to the Homecoming dance.

I didn’t want to, but I knew that it was good for me so I did it anyway. Not only did I have a great time, but I also got out of my comfort zone and grew as a person.

In the months afterward, I transformed from an awkward and shy kid to a far more confident young man. If it weren’t for the help of friends that cared about my progress, I wouldn’t be who I am today!

Don’t keep holding yourself back from reaching your full potential by hanging around with mediocre people. Find a new friend group, and specifically look for high-quality people that you know will push you to be your best self.

It will change your life, and in the process, you’ll find a lot more fulfillment along the way!

Resisting Happiness Review

Resisting Happiness is a great book and one that I would highly recommend to anyone. I really like the idea that the path to joy comes from removing the roadblocks we put in the way of it. The tips this book gives are already giving me a lot of great ideas about what makes my life more fulfilling and how to double down on those practices!

Interesting Newsletter from Nik

Would They Miss You If You Were Gone?

A simple definition for doing work that matters

Four years ago, after six months of hard work, I finally did it: My email list reached 10,000 subscribers. I was ecstatic.

10,000 people. That’s a small stadium. Imagine a sold out arena, waiting for you — just for you — to share your latest work. This would be my big break. I was sure of it. With 10,000 people marching behind me, nothing I make would ever fall flat again.

You can see where this is going. I’m about to swallow a bitter pill here.

Later that year, I heard Seth Godin define permission marketing:

If that email you were going to send to 10,000 people tomorrow — if it didn’t go out — how many of the 10,000 people would say: “Where is the email?!” If the answer is none, then you don’t have permission. You’re just being tolerated.

Convinced that my dedicated subscribers loved me, I decided to run an experiment: That week, I didn’t send out my newsletter. No announcement. No warning. I just skipped one email. What would happen? Who would ask for it? How many people? Would they be concerned? What would they say?

I woke up the next morning to a sobering realization: No one had emailed me. No one had asked for the newsletter. I waited. One day. Two. Three. Nothing. Crickets. No one missed me when I was gone. Ouch.

The all-important question in marketing, art, and doing great work is this: “What does it mean to matter?” According to Seth, there is a simple answer:

Would they miss you if you were gone? I don’t know who they are, I don’t know what gone means, but those people that you’re seeking to have an impact on, would they miss you if you didn’t show up tomorrow?

In my case, people didn’t. Maybe, they thought my newsletter was nice. Maybe, they enjoyed an article or two of mine. Clearly, however, none of my readers considered my work essential. They could easily do without it.

It hurts to find out that the tribe you’ve assembled with your blood, sweat, and tears will disband the second you stop talking to them, but the message it sends is clear: You never formed a real tribe in the first place. You just talked enough people into following along. You convinced them to take the flyer, to try the free sample, to sign up for the trial subscription — but you didn’t do the hard work of building a loyal relationship.

You just did “the hustle dance,” as Seth calls it:

Would they miss you if this new product, this new project didn’t come to the world? Or do you have to do that whole hustle dance, “Look at me, look at me,” jump up and down, offer for a limited time, bla bla bla… To game it so they’ll actually transact with you. That work doesn’t feel like it matters to me.

It’s easy to think you’re doing work that matters. That, somehow, your marketing is different. You have good intentions. You really want your audience to succeed. But you might still cut corners. We all succumb to the temptation sometimes.

Clickbait is still clickbait, even if you deliver on your promise. Selling is still selfish if your main goal is to make money. Giving gifts is not generous if it comes with expectations. In many ways, reciprocity has been corrupted.

If what you’re doing feels like playing a game, chances are, not many will miss you when you’re gone. You’re just another player who dropped out. Fine. Less competition. Less hassle. Less clutter in my inbox.

Here’s another question: Where is the sacrifice? How much are you really sweating? If we can’t see your effort in what you make for us, how can we know you mean what you say?

The only way to show people you have their best interest at heart is to actually do. You can’t fake it. You either do something selfless, or you don’t. It’s one of the few things in life that are surprisingly black and white and, most of the time, plain to see — at least on a long enough timeline.

When I didn’t hear back from my fans, when no one missed me when I was gone, I was devastated. I questioned everything I was doing. I changed things. I tried to do better.

Last year, I started another newsletter. I put in hard work. Real work. It grew fast. It was free. I sent it every day. I came up with themes. I wanted to help so badly. I really tried.

To this day, it’s not as big as my first one. It has about 5,000 subscribers. But, often, when I missed a day or didn’t share something in a while, a few people checked in. “Hey, Nik, are you okay?” “Hey Nik, where are the emails?”

It’s great to see you’re moving in the right direction. It feels good to be missed when you’re gone.

It’s okay. You’re not perfect. Take your time. Learn to stop dancing. Start making. Take your ego out of the equation. Not for a while. Not for this one thing. Completely.

Watch what happens. Watch how, slowly, the magic unfolds. Watch them start to miss you when you’re gone.

Write like a pro,

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The Beacon Newsletter

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It’s Monday, August 24, and the Pebble Mine project could be delayed indefinitely.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue a letter today giving the developers of the Pebble Mine, a proposed gold, copper, and silver ore mine in Alaska, 90 days to submit a new plan to mitigate the project’s impacts on wetlands and streams. The new conditions could delay final approvals for the controversial mine until after November’s presidential election.

The planned site for the proposed mine is near streams that foster spawning salmon, which in turn support the world’s largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, Alaska Natives who depend on subsistence fishing, and a large sport-fishing industry. The Obama administration vetoed the project after determining that it would impact salmon harvests. Under the Trump administration, the Army Corps reversed that finding but did determine that the proposed mine would impact wetlands and streams.

The chief executive of the company behind the mine said the firm plans to move forward with the mitigation plan. But with mounting opposition — which strangely has united Donald Trump Jr. and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the future for the Pebble Mine is growing dim.

— Emily Pontecorvo

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Need-to-know basis

Tropical Storm Laura killed at least 13 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the weekend and caused Puerto Rico to declare a state of emergency. Laura is expected to soon intensify into a hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. byThursday.

Two crew members died on Friday after a dredging vessel struck a submerged pipeline, causing an explosion and fire in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two other crew members are still missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that the vessel hit a propane pipeline, while the Port of Corpus Christi claimed it had struck a natural gas pipeline.

A recent study found that babies born to mothers who had breathed in smoke from a 2104 coal mine fire in the Australian state of Victoria were more likely to have respiratory infections in early childhood. The researchers warned that as climate change increases the risk of wildfires, more pregnant people will be exposed to pollutants that will impactt their future children’s respiratory health.

— Angely Mercado

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Surrender yourself to the cause of God.

Divine Love will make men selfless and helpful in their mutual relations and it will bring about the final solution of all problems. The new brotherhood on earth shall be a fulfilled fact and nations will be united in the fraternity of Love and Truth.
My existence is for this Love and this Truth; and to suffering humanity I say: Have hope.
I have come to help you in surrendering yourselves to the cause of God and in accepting His Grace of Love and Truth.
I have come to help you in winning the one Victory of all victories—to win your self.
[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 12, Verse 3-4

ये त्वक्षरमनिर्देश्यमव्यक्तं पर्युपासते |
सर्वत्रगमचिन्त्यञ्च कूटस्थमचलन्ध्रुवम् || 3||

सन्नियम्येन्द्रियग्रामं सर्वत्र समबुद्धय: |
ते प्राप्नुवन्ति मामेव सर्वभूतहिते रता: || 4||

ye tv akṣharam anirdeśhyam avyaktaṁ paryupāsate
sarvatra-gam achintyañcha kūṭa-stham achalandhruvam
sanniyamyendriya-grāmaṁ sarvatra sama-buddhayaḥ
te prāpnuvanti mām eva sarva-bhūta-hite ratāḥ

yewhotubutakṣharamthe imperishableanirdeśhyamthe indefinableavyaktamthe unmanifestparyupāsateworshipsarvatra-gamthe all-pervadingachintyamthe unthinkablechaandkūṭa-sthamthe unchangingachalamthe immovabledhruvamthe eternalsanniyamyarestrainingindriya-grāmamthe sensessarvatraeverywheresama-buddhayaḥeven-mindedtetheyprāpnuvantiattainmāmMeevaalsosarva-bhūta-hitein the welfare of all beingsratāḥengaged


BG 12.3-4: But those who worship the formless aspect of the Absolute Truth—the imperishable, the indefinable, the unmanifest, the all-pervading, the unthinkable, the unchanging, the eternal, and the immoveable—by restraining their senses and being even-minded everywhere, such persons, engaged in the welfare of all beings, also attain Me.


Having said that worship of the personal form is the best, Shree Krishna clarifies that in no way does He reject the worship of the formless.  Those who devote themselves to the all-pervading, indefinable, unmanifest, inconceivable, immovable, eternal Brahman, also attain God.

Living beings are of an infinite variety of natures.  The Supreme Lord who has created this variety also possesses an infinite variety of aspects to His personality.  For the sake of our finite comprehension, we classify the infinite manifestations of God into categories.  Accordingly, Ved Vyas has classified God’s various manifestations into three types, Brahman, Paramātmā, and Bhagavān, as mentioned in the commentary of the previous verse.  One may worship either of these categories, but one should never claim that one’s conception of God is the only correct one while those of the others are erroneous.

In verse 4.11, Shree Krishna had stated: “In whatever way people surrender unto Me, I reciprocate with them accordingly.  Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pritha.”  Here, Shree Krishna confirms that the worshippers of the formless also reach Him.  Since their choice is to unite with the attributeless manifestation of the Supreme Absolute Truth, God meets them as the unmanifest, all-pervading Brahman.

Examples of Rhetorical Devices

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Examples of Rhetorical Devices

rhetorical device uses words in a certain way to convey meaning or to persuade. It can also be a technique used to evoke emotions within the reader or audience.

Skilled writers use many different types of rhetorical devices in their work to achieve specific effects. Some types of rhetorical devices can also be considered figurative language because they depend on a non-literal usage of certain words or phrases.

Here are some common, and some not-so-common, examples of rhetorical devices that can be used to great effect in your writing:


Alliteration refers to the recurrence of initial consonant sounds. The phrase “rubber baby buggy bumpers” is one example you might remember from your childhood. Alliteration is often associated with tongue twisters for kids, but brand names commonly use this technique too, such as American Apparel, Best Buy, and Krispy Kreme.


Allusion is a reference to an event, place, or person. For example, you might say, “I can’t get changed that quickly, I’m not Superman!” Referring to something well known allows the writer to make a point without elaborating in great detail.


Amplification repeats a word or expression for emphasis, often using additional adjectives to clarify the meaning. “Love, real love, takes time” is an example of amplification because the author is using the phrase “real love” to distinguish his feelings from love that is mere infatuation.


An analogy explains one thing in terms of another to highlight the ways in which they are alike. “He’s as flaky as a snowstorm” would be one example of an analogy. Analogies that are very well known sometimes fall into the categories of idioms or figures of speech.


Anaphora repeats a word or phrase in successive phrases. “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?” is an example from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The use of anaphora creates parallelism and rhythm, which is why this technique is often associated with music and poetry. However, any form of written work can benefit from this rhetorical device.


Antanagoge places a criticism and a compliment together to lessen the impact. “The car is not pretty, but it runs great” would be one example, because you’re referring to the vehicle’s good performance as a reason to excuse its unattractive appearance.


Antimetabole repeats words or phrases in reverse order. The famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” is a well-known example.


Antiphrasis uses a word with an opposite meaning for ironic or humorous effect. “We named our chihuahua Goliath” is an example because a chihuahua is a very small dog and Goliath is a giant warrior from the famous Bible story.


Antithesis makes a connection between two things. Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” This pairs the idea of one man’s individual action with the greater implication for humanity as a whole.


An appositive places a noun or noun phrase next to another noun for descriptive purposes. An example would be, “Mary, queen of this land, hosted the ball.” In this phrase, “queen of this land” is the appositive noun that describes Mary’s role.


Enumeratio makes a point with details. For example, saying “The hotel renovation, including a new spa, tennis court, pool, and lounge, is finally complete” uses specific details to describe how large the renovation was.


Epanalepsis repeats something from the beginning of a clause or sentence at the end. Consider the Walmart slogan, “Always Low Prices. Always.” The repeated words act as bookends, driving the point home.


An epithet is a descriptive word or phrase expressing a quality of the person or thing, such as calling King Richard I “Richard the Lionheart.” Contemporary usage often denotes an abusive or derogatory term describing race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics of a minority group.


Epizeuxis repeats one word for emphasis. A child who says, “The amusement park was fun, fun, fun” is using epizeuxis to convey what a wonderful time he had at the park.


Hyperbole refers to an exaggeration. Saying “I have done this a thousand times” to indicate that you’re very familiar with a task is an example of hyperbole because it is unlikely you’ve really performed the task a thousand times.


Litotes make an understatement by using a negative to emphasize a positive. In this rhetorical device, a double negative is often used for effect. So saying someone is “not a bad singer” actually means you enjoyed hearing them sing.


Metanoia corrects or qualifies a statement. “You are the most beautiful woman in this town, nay the entire world” is an example of metanoia because the speaker is further clarifying the extent of the woman’s beauty.


metaphor is a type of implied comparison that compares two things by stating one is the other. “Your eyes are the windows of your soul” means you “see” someone’s emotional state by looking into their expressive eyes-eyes are not literally windows.


Metonymy is a type of metaphor where something being compared is referred to by something closely associated with it. For example, writers often refer to the “power of the pen” to convey the idea that the written word can inspire, educate, and inform. A pen has no power as an inanimate object, but the writer’s words can reach a broad audience.


Onomatopoeia refers to words that imitate the sound they describe, such as “plunk,” “whiz,” or “pop.” This type of figurative language is often used in poetry because it conveys specific images to the reader based on universal experiences. We are all familiar with the “squeal” of tires as a vehicle stops abruptly or the “jingle” of car keys in your pocket.


An oxymoron creates a two-word paradox-such as “near miss” or “seriously funny.” An oxymoron is sometimes called a contradiction in terms and is most often used for dramatic effect.


Parallelism uses words or phrases with a similar structure. “Like father, like son” is an example of a popular phrase demonstrating parallelism. This technique creates symmetry and balance in your writing.


simile directly compares one object to another. “He smokes like a chimney” is one example. Similes are often confused with metaphors, but the main difference is that a simile uses “like” or “as” to make a comparison and a metaphor simply states the comparison.


An understatement makes an idea less important than it really is. “The hurricane disrupted traffic a little” would be an understatement because hurricanes cause millions of dollars in damage and can lead to injuries or fatalities.

Be Persuasive

Now you see how these different examples of rhetorical devices work, you can use rhetorical devices in your own writing or speeches to create more interesting or persuasive content that sticks in the mind.

Rumi Quotes (Author of The Essential Rumi) | Goodreads

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
― Rumi
“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Rumi
“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
― Rumi
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
― Rumi
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi
tags: joy
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
― Jalal Ad-Din Rumi
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi
tags: love
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
― Rumi
“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you
first come ’round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.

Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.

I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

“silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.”
― Rumi
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi, Masnavi i Man’avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi Jalalud-Din
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
tags: love
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“لا تجزع من جرحك، وإلا فكيف للنور أن يتسلل إلى باطنك؟”
― جلال الدين الرومي
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
― Rumi
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
― Rumi
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
― Rumi
“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Dinner Ideas

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Original recipe yields 4 servings

Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup heavy cream
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Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1

    Heat chicken broth, pumpkin puree, onion, garlic, and Cajun seasoning to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

  • Step 2

    Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir in heavy cream before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

156.5 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 43.9mg 15% DV; sodium 987.1mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

3 motivational quotes

  1. “I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.”
    – Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  2. “And so I wait. I wait for time to heal the pain and raise me to me feet once again – so that I can start a new path, my own path, the one that will make me whole again.”
    – Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II
  3. “Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”
    – Roy T. Bennett


Weekend reads
Saturday 22 August 2020
Love and friendship Last week’s most read
Forgive and be free
by Nathaniel Wade
History and philosophy of mental illness Editors’ pick
For Donald Winnicott, the psyche is not inside us but between us
by James Barnes
Language and linguistics Editors’ pick
Real talk
by Vyvyan Evans

Random Phrases of the day

  1. What Goes Up Must Come DownMeaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.
  2. Curiosity Killed The CatMeaning: Typically said to indicate that any further investigation into a situation may lead to harm.
  3. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  4. Man of Few WordsMeaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.
  5. Top DrawerMeaning: High quality, exceptional; something that’s very valuable.

Chapter 12, Verse 1 – Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God – Swami Mukundananda

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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 12, Verse 1

अर्जुन उवाच |
एवं सततयुक्ता ये भक्तास्त्वां पर्युपासते |
ये चाप्यक्षरमव्यक्तं तेषां के योगवित्तमा: || 1||

arjuna uvācha
evaṁ satata-yuktā ye bhaktās tvāṁ paryupāsate
ye chāpy akṣharam avyaktaṁ teṣhāṁ ke yoga-vittamāḥ

arjunaḥ uvāchaArjun saidevamthussatatasteadfastlyyuktāḥdevotedyethosebhaktāḥdevoteestvāmyouparyupāsateworshipyethosechaandapialsoakṣharamthe imperishableavyaktamthe formless Brahmanteṣhāmof themkewhoyoga-vit-tamāḥmore perfect in Yog


BG 12.1: Arjun inquired: Between those who are steadfastly devoted to Your personal form and those who worship the formless Brahman, who do You consider to be more perfect in Yog?


In the last chapter, Arjun saw the cosmic form of the Lord, which encompasses the entire universe.  Having seen it, he preferred to behold God in His personal form, with Attributes, Qualities, and Pastimes.  So, he is now curious regarding who are more perfect—the devotees who worship the personal form of God or those who worship the impersonal Brahman.

Arjun’s question once again confirms that God has both aspects—the all-pervading formless Brahman and the personal form.  Those who say that God cannot possess a personal form limit Him, and those who say that God only exists in a personal form also limit Him.  God is perfect and complete, and so He is both formless and possessing forms.  We individual souls too have both aspects to our personality.  The soul is formless, and yet it has taken on a body, not once, but innumerable times, in countless past lifetimes.  If we tiny souls have the ability to possess a form, can the all-powerful God not possess a form whenever He wishes?  Even the great proponent of the path of jñānayog, Jagadguru Shankaracharya, stated:

mūrtaṁ chaivāmūrtaṁ dwe eva brahmaṇo rūpe, ityupaniṣhat tayorvā dwau

bhaktau bhagavadupadiṣhṭau, kleṣhādakleśhādwā muktisyāderatayormadhye

“The Supreme entity is both personal and impersonal.  Practitioners of the spiritual path are also of two kinds—devotees of the formless Brahman, and devotees of the personal form.  But the path of worshipping the formless is very difficult.”

United States: Huawei facing more US sanctions to stop access to chip technology

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United States: Huawei facing more US sanctions to stop access to chip technology
Aug 19, 2020 06:00 pm
The US is to increase restrictions on Huawei to try to cut off all access to American technology for the Chinese company. Huawei’s access to US components and technology, including Google’s music and other smartphone services, was cut off last year. Those penalties were tightened in May when the White
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Malaysia: 1MDB: Goldman Sachs finalises $3.9bn settlement with Malaysia
Aug 19, 2020 05:30 pm
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Malaysia signed an agreement to finalize the bank’s $3.9 billion settlement over the 1MDB scandal. The U.S. bank, which had announced an agreement in principle on July 24, confirmed the formal accord in a regulatory filing late Tuesday in New York. The firm must make
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United States: United States partners with Panama on money laundering task force
Aug 19, 2020 05:00 pm
The United States will bolster Panama’s ability to crack down on money laundering and other acts of graft, the U.S. embassy in the Central American nation announced on Monday following high-level meetings between officials from both countries. The new anti-money laundering task force will involve training for Panamanian prosecutors and
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Russia: Council of Europe Urges Russia to Up Anti-Corruption Efforts
Aug 19, 2020 04:30 pm
The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption council on Tuesday urged Russia to boost efforts against graft among members of its parliament, judges, and prosecutors. The European rights watchdog’s GRECO anti-corruption body said there had been some progress, but “work is still needed.” “The transparency of the legislative process still needs strengthening,
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Malaysia: Rosmah trial: Defence accuses witness of contradictory testimony, seeks MACC statements
Aug 19, 2020 04:00 pm
Lawyers for Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor accused a key witness in her corruption trial today of providing testimony conflicting with previous statements. Defence counsel Datuk Akberdin Abdull Kader expressed suspicion that Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd former managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin’s court testimony contradicted the statement he gave to Malaysian
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China: Shanghai police chief under investigation as anti-corruption campaign targets security services
Aug 19, 2020 03:30 pm
Shanghai’s police chief has been placed under investigation by anti-corruption investigators amid a major purge targeting corruption and political disloyalty in China’s massive security apparatus. Gong Daoan, Shanghai’s police chief since 2017, is suspected of “serious violations of discipline and the law” and has been placed under investigation, according to
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Amazon CEO Says His Company “Will Go Bankrupt”…

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Amazon CEO Says His Company “Will Go Bankrupt”…

By: Laila Husain

Line of boxes in a distribution center

Jeff Bezos just shocked Amazon investors to the core with this dire statement:

“I predict one day, Amazon will fail.”

In a recent interview, Bezos explained that he believes “Amazon will be disrupted one day” and eventually “will go bankrupt.”

What might be even more alarming is that Bezos has been dumping roughly $1 billion worth of Amazon stock every year…

But Bezos isn’t just cashing out, he’s reinvesting his money into a company utilizing a fast-emerging technology that he believes will “improve every business.”

What most people don’t know… is that there is a tiny component powering this tech revolution… a component that Amazon doesn’t produce in-house.

That’s because another company (less than 1/6th the size of Amazon)…is producing a component so powerful that it is absolutely annihilating the competition.

He’s not alone in seeing it this way…

  • A Shark Tank billionaire says it will create the world’s first trillionaire
  • Elon Musk is contributing to a $1 billion investment in this technology
  • Even super-investor Warren Buffett says that it’s “enormously disruptive” and will have a “hugely beneficial social effect”

So what is it about this technology that has some of the most successful investors in the world pouring fortunes into it?

They see it as a massive investing opportunity – much bigger than Amazon, Tesla, and Berkshire Hathaway combined.

You see, even though these billionaires have been openly talking about this technology to anyone who will listen, most ordinary Americans still don’t know how to get in on the action and invest in what could be the investment opportunity of a lifetime!

Namely, some market researchers believe this technology could potentially be worth up to $19 TRILLION!

With numbers like that, and with so many of the richest investors and entrepreneurs in the world racing to get in on this new technology… you can see why paying attention could really pay off.

But we believe the biggest returns are yet to come.

Which is why I don’t feel like I’m very far out on a limb with this “bold” prediction:

Five years from now, you’ll probably wish you’d bought this stock.

And the good news is that you can find out all about this company and this incredible technology today.

What I’ve told you so far is just the tip of the iceberg…

So, to help regular Americans like you understand how to take advantage of this emerging trend, The Motley Fool’s team of investment analysts has laid out the full story on this incredible tech trend in a brand-new, FREE report.

And trust me… you are going to want to see this report before you invest $1 on any tech company.

You see, we’ve laid out the full story on this “powerful trend” in an exclusive report – but you’ll need to act quickly…

Because according to our analysts, this next-gen tech revolution looks like it’s about to take off, and I think you’ll want to get in on this before that happens.

This technology could hit the mainstream at any time.

United States: Justice Department Issues Rare FCPA Opinion Letter

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United States: Justice Department Issues Rare FCPA Opinion Letter
Aug 18, 2020 06:00 pm
The U.S. Justice Department issued a rare Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion letter, saying it doesn’t intend to bring an enforcement action against a U.S.-based investment adviser for a fee the company planned to pay to a foreign government entity for services. The letter, issued by the department in response
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Mexico: Piles of cash in viral video stoke bribery scandal in Mexico
Aug 18, 2020 05:30 pm
An unverified video showing piles of cash being handed to Mexican congressional staffers went viral on Monday, fuelling a corruption scandal that is already convulsing the country even as the clip’s source and context remain unclear. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has made combating graft his top issue, earlier
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United Kingdom: Purplebricks fined after money-laundering breach
Aug 18, 2020 05:00 pm
The online estate agency Purplebricks has been fined more than £260,000 for breaching laws on money laundering. HM Revenue & Customs said that it had been guilty of “failures in having the correct policies, controls, and procedures, conducting due diligence and timing of verification”. It cannot appeal. Under 2017 money-laundering
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Malaysia: MACC detains 11 for alleged bribery over ship repair project
Aug 18, 2020 04:30 pm
Eleven individuals, including a former operations unit chief of a ship engineering company, were remanded for alleged involvement in a bribery case amounting to RM750,000. They are alleged to have committed the graft in relation to a ship repair project from 2015 to 2019. Magistrate Mohd Zulhilmi Ibrahim granted the
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United States: FBI arrests Puerto Rico lawmaker, family in corruption probe
Aug 18, 2020 04:00 pm
FBI agents on Monday arrested Puerto Rico Rep. María Milagros Charbonier after the legislator who once presided over the island’s House Ethics Committee was charged in a public corruption case that officials say also involved her son, husband, and an assistant. U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow said it was a simple
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Israel: Police recommend Kiryat Motzkin mayor stand trial for bribery
Aug 18, 2020 03:30 pm
Police on Monday recommended that Haim Tzuri, the mayor of Kiryat Motzkin in northern Israel, be put on trial on a series of corruption charges. Officers say they have gathered evidence indicating that Tzuri and some of his associates took bribes, committed fraud and breach of trust, and obstructed justice, as well
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The Ancient One

I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this One, I was that One, and now I am Meher Baba. In this form of flesh and blood I am that some Ancient One who alone is eternally worshipped and ignored, ever remembered and forgotten.

I am that Ancient One whose past is worshipped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten and whose future (Advent) is anticipated with great fervour and longing.


[THE EVERYTHING AND THE NOTHING By Meher Baba. Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011 Copyright © 1963 Meher House Publications, Beacon Hill, Australia Copyright © 1989 Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India]


Magniloquentmag-NIL-ə-kwəntPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid-17th century
1Using high-flown or bombastic language.
Examples of Magniloquent in a sentence “His speech was so magniloquent the audience was held in rapt attention.” “You might admire magniloquent language, but sometimes plain speaking is best.”

Indian salesman – a WhatsApp friendly forward received

An Indian left his job and joined salesman’s job in a big department stores in Canada.

Boss :- Do you have any experience?

Indian : Yes a little too much…

On the first day, that Indian worked with full mind.

At 6 pm the Boss :- How many sales did you sell on the first day today?

Indian : Sir I sold 1

Boss : Only 1 sale ??? Usually every salesman working here does 20 to 30 sales daily. Well, tell me how much money did you sell ???

Indian : $93300 dollars.

Boss : What ??? But how did you do it?

Indian : 1 person came and I sold him a small fishing hook.
Then a mazola and then finally sold a big hook. Then I sold him 1 big fishing rods and some fishing gear.

Then I asked him where do you go to catch fish and he said in the coastal area….

Then I said it would need a boat. So I took him down to the boat department and sold him a 20 ft double engine scooner boat.

When he said this boat won’t come in his Volkas Wagon, I took him to the auto mobile section and sold him the new Deluxe 4 x 4 blazer to carry the boat.
And when I asked him where would be going fishing ??? He didn’t plan anything. So I took him to the camping section and sold him a six sleeper camper tent.

And then he said when he took all that he would take $ 200 groceries and 2 cases of beer.

Now the boss took 2 steps back and asked in a very rude way :- You sold all this to the man who came to buy only 1 fish hook???

Indian : “NO, SIR…” He only came to take 1 tablet for the headache…. I explained to him that fishing is the best way to get rid of headaches.

Boss : Where did you work before ??? In India???

Indian : Yes, I was a doctor in a private hospital : On a minor complaint of panic, we get the patients tested for pathology, ECO, ECG, TMT, CT scan, X-ray, MRI etc.

Boss : You sit on my chair. I am going to join a private hospital for training in India.


  1. “Words save our lives, sometimes.”
    – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  2. “Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”
    – Susan Ee, Angelfall
  3. “You can’t always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”
    – Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

Transforming violet Nostalgia

Transforming violet Nostalgia

A sequence occurs,

Pen-e-trates – never Re-Turns.
Elderly writes of vintage aroma.

Noting the bird of our feathers.
One resplendent,
the other forgets signals.
Where is everyOne
I say, and when can I see that
its going to happen?

Conversations of gangs, the rebellious
of doubts that never rose.
Knights of a disasters
responding to the world next to a bitterst boss,
tasty as a blood-stained crab.

DhAnAnjAyA “jAy”PArkhe Quote 001

I haven’t coined any quotes of my own even in my 67 years of life.  I never felt a need.  On the contrary, I felt I should read more quotes, more wisdom and relate them to my  situation at that moment and L E  A R N.  Learning never ends.

I read a Quote

“Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.” by Kevin Kelly.


I like to be direct. I like to read, speak, write DEFINITIVE – no perhaps, may be for me and hence I liked Nik.

Nik of “Nik’s Summaries” fame whose newsletter I subscribe sent me this 5 day course, and I  am quite impressed . ”

I started a new short course on. Good english writing. “Hi!

My name is Nik. For the past six years, I have been a professional writer.

I’ve published over 1,000 pieces to date. My work reaches over 500,000 people each month. And I make a full-time income from my writing.

To me, that’s what “professional” means. You publish frequently, are read widely, and benefit financially. But right now, I only have one goal:

I want to improve your writing.

After this email, I want your writing to be slightly better than it was two minutes ago. That’s all I’m asking for.

Here are 4 tips that will make all of your future writing better – forever. No BS. Just pure, specific writing advice. These tips took me four years to collect but will take you only 2 minutes to learn.

Let’s go.

1. Refuse to use the word “thing”
Each thing we can describe in more detail. When we don’t, we’re just being lazy. It’s like hiding your screwed up cake under a pile of frosting to avoid baking a new one. Don’t.

Let a device be a device, a trait be a trait, a feeling be a feeling.

“This is the greatest thing my parents taught me.”

“This is the greatest lesson my parents taught me.”

2. Ditch the parentheses
Like “thing,” parentheses only weaken what you want to say. If you want to say it, say it. If not, don’t.

Whether it’s the brackets that are unnecessary or what’s in them is for you to decide. But one of the two is. At least 99% of the time.

Whichever one you choose to abandon, probability will always be on your side.

“You must pass a (ridiculously) hard course.”

“You must pass a hard course.”

3. Use fewer prepositions
Many of us need to free up time these days. But time doesn’t go anywhere on its own. Not up. Not down. It has no location.

Don’t free up time. Make time. Don’t move out. Just move. And if you can’t make time, don’t miss out on dinner. Just miss it.

Sometimes, we even add two unnecessary prepositions to one verb.

“He wants to meet up with Sarah in the morning.”

“He wants to meet Sarah in the morning.”

4. Eliminate redundant references
The reader arrived from your last sentence. She’ll remember it. Don’t begin the next one with a preposition or injection.

“So” doesn’t say so much, “as before” breaks my flow, “or” repeats the obvious alternative. “Well” means you’re not done thinking, well, take more time to write. We want to know what you think, not that you think.

Never reference the end of your previous sentence at the beginning of the next one.

“Writing improves your thinking. With this in mind, I suggest you write daily.”

“Writing improves your thinking. Write daily.”

We’ve known what makes good writing for almost 2,000 years. Often, it takes just a few seconds to improve a sentence. If you want to write a book, that’s still a lot of seconds.

Maya Angelou once said:

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Whatever story you’d like to tell the world, with these tips you’ll hit the ground running. Just like we did with this free course.

Alright, that’s it for the warm-up. Tomorrow, we’ll start with your first lesson. If you want to take a sneak peek at the curriculum, you can do that here.

Talk to you then!”


I subscribe to many newsletters. One of my favorites is Seth Godin, This is what I got yesterday and liked.

“interesting article by Prof. Seth Godin ”
Your defining moment
It’s easy to wait for it. The movies have taught us that when the music swells and the chips are down, that’s when leaders arrive and when heroes are made.

It turns out, that’s not how it works.

Our work is what happens in all the moments. Leadership doesn’t simply appear when the script announces it does: it is the hard work of showing up when we’re not expected to, of seeing what’s possible when few are willing to believe.

Your defining moment is whenever you decide it is, and you get a new chance to lead every day.

Two months ago, we ran our first session of Rising Talent, a special session of the altMBA by and for emerging leaders at Fortune 500 companies.

Our month-long sprint connected senior leaders from SAP, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Brands, Citi, General Mills, Lululemon, NBA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Audible, Barclays, Chipotle, Delta, Trane Technologies, Frost Bank, Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz, MetLife, Qualcomm, Shopify, Slack and Warby Parker. Even though the world was already turning upside down, this extraordinary cohort showed up and did the work, even as they were contributing at a high level at their day jobs.

The results reinforced what we’ve been saying at the altMBA for the last five years. Possibility is where you find it. We each have more to offer than the world expects. And growth is something we’re capable of, as soon as we’re committed to seeing what we can contribute.

The secret of our workshops is the level of commitment that our students bring. Even in times of turmoil. Enrollment opens the door to action instead of compliance.

Our current worldwide tragedy is a slog, but it will have another side. And the organizations that thrive will be the ones that don’t rely on top-down management to go forward. It’s peer-to-peer leadership and innovation that produces resilience, and leadership that turns any moment into a moment where we can make things better.


My Old Friend Jitendra Jog. An Avid Reader; is recovering after being donated a Kidney and in Self Quarantine in Mumbai the worst affected city in India with COVID.  He sent me this wonderful message – in the hope that the Lockdown 4.0 will end as announced on 31st May 2020.

“As we start to open up…You do You, I’ll do me. That’s what The World is all about. None of us have the same circumstances (medically high risk child/family member or a business about to go under, etc.). Let’s all stay in our own lanes and keep the judgment down as we begin to reopen. No one should feel pressured either way.
Just a thought…As the Centre & State governments are trying to figure out how to ease back into normal, please remember:
🛑 Some people don’t agree with the state opening…that’s okay. Be Kind.
🏡 Some people are still planning to stay home…that’s okay. Be Kind.
🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening…that’s okay. Be Kind.
💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes…that’s okay. Be Kind.
👩🏾‍⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off…that’s okay. Be Kind.
📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job…that’s okay. Be Kind.
😷 Some will wear masks for weeks…that’s okay. Be Kind.
💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get their hair or nails done…that’s okay. Be Kind.
❤️ The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay. Be Kind.
We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home…But Be Kind .
If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and Be Kind!
Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story. We all are in different mental states than we were months ago. So remember, Be Kind.”


Going back to what Kevin Kelly said “Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.”

I thought, I could say as my own Quote:

“Learn from every situation, every possible means, Keep Learning,. Learn to share, fearlessly, directly, definitively to one you find is NEEDY.  When I find a different point of view from my own, I must learn to be kind. ”

Quote 1 – DhAnAnjAy “jAy”Parkhe. May 28, 2020


I am trying to limit my daily shares of links and articles, newsletters to just ONE like this.

If the regular readers and my friend commentators can share what they think about this, I shall be grateful.

Is it really #ChineseVirus as claimed? I doubt.

I am no fan of China. I see them as more capitalist than any. More imperialist and expansionist than any country in the world.  I call them the counterfeiters of the world.

The report link above makes me very suspicious of UNCLE SAM and Trump propaganda when ass many ass 600 US Billioaires #GETRICHQUICK VERY RICH indeed  while the world is languishing behind locked doors, isolations, confinement zones, red, amber, green zones, Quarantine centres and Ventilators.  The Biggest Capitalists seem to be encashing on the misery and mayhem caused by Corona. HOW IS IT?  Is it a USA smoke screen in which the US BUSINESSES joined hands with China at the Trade Deal and fooled the world.


My new subject of Study – via: NeuroHacker Collective

Let’s define neurohacking, together.
What is Neurohacking?

In the truest sense, neurohacking encompasses an integrative framework for optimizing mind, brain, and body so we can consistently experience beauty, happiness and greater well-being, from which we are able to offer our greatest contribution in life.

There are four foundational categories of neurohacking: mind care, body care, relationships and environment. Exerting energy, in equal balance, within the four quadrants is vital for well-being optimization.

Let’s start by defining each of the core essentials.

Mind Care
This quadrant involves upgrading your mental wellness through practices and interventions that consciously discipline the quality of your thinking itself. This includes things such as: meditation, gratitude practices, writing, playing a musical instrument, or for a less common example, neurolinguistic programming.
Body Care
Body care involves physical practices which primarily affect conscious experience via physiological pathways. Included are proper sleep, good nutrition and movement practices. There are also more cutting-edge body hacks such as nootropic supplements, transcranial stimulation devices, and biofeedback.
Humans are social primates. Our experiences and behaviors are affected by the company we keep more than by any other factor. The aphorism that we are “the average of the five people we spend the most time with” is borne out of fundamental truths. If you are not consciously tending to the quality of your relationships, you are not yet seriously neurohacking.
This quadrant encompasses all aspects of our daily experience beyond the care of body, mind, and relationships. Included are air quality, sleeping conditions, lighting in our homes, as well as appealing landscapes and wilderness. Click below to hear Neurohacker Collective partner, Jason Silva, speak to these very issues in addressing the subject of ontological design.

Explore these topics in depth with our Foundational Guide to Neurohacking
Jason Silva on Ontological Design
Jason Silva video
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FROM THE ARCHIVE | The Wisdom of Trees: Walt Whitman on What Our Silent Friends Teach Us About Being Rather Than Seeming


“When we have learned how to listen to trees,” Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Two generations earlier, a different titan of poetic sentiment extolled trees not only as a source of joy but as a source of unheralded moral wisdom and an improbable yet formidable model of what is noblest in the human character.

At fifty-four, a decade after his volunteer service as a nurse in the Civil War awakened him to the connection between the body and the spiritWalt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) suffered a severe stroke that left him paralyzed. It took him two years to recover — convalescence aided greatly, he believed, by his immersion in nature and its healing power. “How it all nourishes, lulls me,” he exulted, “in the way most needed; the open air, the rye-fields, the apple orchards.” The transcendent record of Whitman’s communion with the natural world survives in Specimen Days (public library) — a sublime collection of prose fragments and diary entries, restoring the word “specimen” to its Latin origin in specere: “to look at.” What emerges is a jubilant celebration of the art of seeing, so native to us yet so easily unlearned, eulogized with the singular electricity that vibrates in Whitman alone.


Walt Whitman (Library of Congress)

In the years following his stroke, Whitman ventured frequently into the woods — “the best places for composition.” One late-summer day in 1876, he finds himself before one of his favorite arboreal wonders — “a fine yellow poplar,” rising ninety feet into the sky. Standing at its mighty four-foot trunk, he contemplates the unassailable authenticity of trees as a counterpoint to what Hannah Arendt would lament a century later as the human propensity for appearing rather than being. In a meditation from the late summer of 1876, Whitman writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngHow strong, vital, enduring! how dumbly eloquent! What suggestions of imperturbability and being, as against the human trait of mere seeming. Then the qualities, almost emotional, palpably artistic, heroic, of a tree; so innocent and harmless, yet so savage. It is, yet says nothing.


Illustration by Arthur Rackham for a rare 1917 edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

Nearly a century and a half before researchers uncovered the astonishing science of what trees feel and how they communicate, Whitman adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngScience (or rather half-way science) scoffs at reminiscence of dryad and hamadryad, and of trees speaking. But, if they don’t, they do as well as most speaking, writing, poetry, sermons — or rather they do a great deal better. I should say indeed that those old dryad-reminiscences are quite as true as any, and profounder than most reminiscences we get.


Art by Jacques Goldstyn from Bertolt, an uncommonly tender illustrated story about of the friendship of a tree.

Two centuries after an English gardener exulted that trees “speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons,” Whitman considers their quiet wisdom as a model for human character:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngGo and sit in a grove or woods, with one or more of those voiceless companions, and read the foregoing, and think.

One lesson from affiliating a tree — perhaps the greatest moral lesson anyhow from earth, rocks, animals, is that same lesson of inherency, of what is, without the least regard to what the looker on (the critic) supposes or says, or whether he likes or dislikes. What worse — what more general malady pervades each and all of us, our literature, education, attitude toward each other, (even toward ourselves,) than a morbid trouble about seems, (generally temporarily seems too,) and no trouble at all, or hardly any, about the sane, slow-growing, perennial, real parts of character, books, friendship, marriage — humanity’s invisible foundations and hold-together? (As the all-basis, the nerve, the great-sympathetic, the plenum within humanity, giving stamp to everything, is necessarily invisible.)


Art by Cécile Gambini from Strange Trees by Bernadette Pourquié, an illustrated atlas of the world’s arboreal wonders.

Specimen Days is a beautiful, healing read in its totality. Complement this particular fragment with a tender illustrated ode to our bond with trees, the story of how Marianne Moore saved a rare tree’s life with a poem, and a lyrical short film about our silent companions, then revisit Whitman on democracyidentity and the paradox of the self, and his timeless advice on living a vibrant and rewarding life.



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The Cosmic Miracle of Trees: Astronaut Leland Melvin Reads Pablo Neruda’s Love Letter to Earth’s Forests

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: Walt Whitman’s Stunning Serenade to Our Interleaved Lives Across Space and Time

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Amanda Palmer Reads “When I Am Among the Trees” by Mary Oliver


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Turning a Side Hustle into a $9k/mo Business, with Pat Walls from Starter Story

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Fast Company compass newsletter I like

Thanks to COVID-19, many of us are getting our first taste of telemedicine’s ease and convenience. Why take hours off work to go to the doctor’s office when you could have a video call and save the trip?
In the next 5 years, telemedicine could finally become an essential part of how we think about healthcare. But this goes beyond just having a doctor’s appointment via your laptop or phone. “[Telehealth] is going to be for everything, so that’s the corner that we’re turning right now,” says Dr. Roy Schoenberg, the founder of American Well.
That means that we’ll likely start to see the ubiquity of connected medical tools, so that you can send real-time data about your vitals directly to your doc. Right now, startups are building remote healthcare kits, where you might go to a convenient clinic at your school or workplace to take some diagnostic tests. Apps that can use sophisticated machine learning and computer vision to provide medical grade data about your health are on the way. AI will be able to automatically comb through this abundance of data and find abnormalities. It’s a bright future—as long as people have strong enough internet access to take advantage of it. Read more.

FS | BRAIN FOOD Newsletter I like


Hey Dhananjay,

Here is your weekly FS Brain Food Newsletter — a timeless signal in a world full of noise.


“We’ll be in a better position if we can face possible threats with a calm mind, alert to our internal signals but not anticipating every possible bad thing that could happen. While being told to stop panicking never helped anyone, we benefit by understanding that being overwhelmed by fear will hurt us more. Our imaginary fears harm us more than reality ever does.”

— Rethinking Fear

  • People are loving the excerpts from The Great Mental Models volumes One and Two that we’re posting on Instagram. (Click here to be notified when hardcovers are back in stock on Amazon.)


Our pop-up school aimed at kids in grades 3-6 continues to host amazing guest lectures for kids. Adults love it too. We post all the lectures on the school’s YouTube channel. This week Scott Young taught us how to learn, Biz Stanford introduced us to UX, and Brad Stulberg offered some thoughts on writing. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful speakers and I’m happy we can share them with the world.


Brian Koppelman, writer and director of the hit TV series Billions, talks about his career ups and downs, dealing with fear, and learning to live a meaningful life.

“All of us … are afraid of exposing that part of ourselves that we hold most dear for fear that it will be rejected. But the artist has a duty to risk that. And it’s a duty to risk it so that you’re able to be better.”

— Listen to What Really Matters on AppleSpotifyYouTube, or FS.


“In the theater, what it means to give a powerful performance is to accept and own the truth of what it means to be a human being: to be strong and weak, accomplished and fallible, powerful and powerless, all at once. This, actually, is the challenge that professional actors face every time they get in character. To play any part authentically, an actor must accept the character without judgment. And this is true for the rest of us as well. By accepting that each of us is all of these things, by learning to value all of these truths and show all of these sides of ourselves when appropriate, and by handling our mistakes with grace and equanimity, we become more resilient, less ruled by shame and self-loathing, and, ultimately, more powerful. Ironically, this is where authenticity comes from: not trying to be more yourself, but learning to accept more of yourself.”

— Deborah Gruenfeld in Acting With Power



“[M]y worry is that … you won’t put enough really excellent stuff into your brain. I’m talking about what you might call the “theory of maximum taste.” This theory is based on the idea that exposure to genius has the power to expand your consciousness. If you spend a lot of time with genius, your mind will end up bigger and broader than if you spend your time only with run-of-the-mill stuff. The theory of maximum taste says that each person’s mind is defined by its upper limit—the best that it habitually consumes and is capable of consuming. … In college, you get assigned hard things. You’re taught to look at paintings and think about science in challenging ways. After college, most of us resolve to keep doing this kind of thing, but we’re busy and our brains are tired at the end of the day. Months and years go by. We get caught up in stuff, settle for consuming Twitter and, frankly, journalism. Our maximum taste shrinks. Have you ever noticed that 70 percent of the people you know are more boring at 30 than they were at 20?.”

— A Commencement Address Too Honest to Deliver in Person


“But what I’ve seen to set apart great teams from good is a brutal focus on prioritization. This means generating an absurd amount of ideas and throwing 99% of them out of the window, to focus on the 1% that have the highest impact.”

— Erik Bernhardsson (Complement with Steve Jobs)


“One great portfolio manager I know told the story of being driven somewhere by an analyst on a rainy night when a truck swerved and almost ran them off the road. “Why is stuff like this always happening to me?” the analyst instinctively responded. But to the portfolio manager, that response reflected a terrible mindset, whether on the road or in the market: a sense that the world is acting on you as opposed to your acting on the world. It is a mindset that is hard to change. But from what I’ve seen, great investors don’t have it. Instead, they’ve come to understand which factors in the market they can control and which factors they cannot.”

— Graham Duncan (Complement with It’s All Your Fault)


Asking myself “is this helping me get what I want” is becoming one of my favorite questions.

It works on kids too. Mine are 11 and soon to be 10. Whenever they start fighting, I ask them, “Is this helping you get what you want?” and it gives them the power to remember what they are really trying to accomplish. “You can argue with your brother about whether it’s a chair or a stool, or you can get what you want.”

Don’t lose sight on what you want to achieve. Every action is a step toward or away from you what you want.

But what if it works? via Seth Godin Newsleetter.

But what if it works?

The difference between science and conspiracy theory/superstition is simple:

Good science leads to useful insights. And good science is the cure for bad science.

On the other hand, there are no good conspiracy theories, because they are attractive precisely because they’re unproven, imprecise and non-falsifiable. They’re not actually theories at all. They use confusion to create a sense of comfort and control when it’s in short supply.

It’s almost impossible to tell a good conspiracy theory from a bad one, hence they don’t work as theories.

And good conspiracy theories don’t lead to useful insights, nor do they help drive out the bad conspiracy theories. You can’t productively question someone’s superstition, because it never really thought it was an actual explanation of how the world is.

A good scientist has a theory and she’s eager to be proven wrong, so she can make better science. And delighted to be proven right, because she now has a useful insight.

Reality doesn’t care whether or not we believe in it, but it’s more useful for all of us when we understand it.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the Birth of Air Jordan? In the 1986 playoffs, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored 63 points to erase Elgin Baylor’s playoff scoring record. Even with his heroic effort, the Boston Celtics still won 135-131. “TV Guide” called this game “the birth of Air Jordan.”


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I have never been hurt by what I have not said.”

— Calvin Coolidge


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Indian, early 19th century

A light meal, especially lunch.


A type of lunchbox.

Examples of Tiffin in a sentence

“Would you like to join us for a tiffin before you leave?”

“My husband always packs up the leftovers in a tiffin for me to take to work for lunch.”

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is Fingerprint Day? In 1902, Denmark became the first country to adopt fingerprinting as a way to identify criminals. Human fingerprints are difficult to alter and durable over the life of an individual, making them suitable as long-term markers of human identity. The first documented fingerprints were taken in India in 1858 by Sir William J. Hershel.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

— Erma Bombeck

Seasoned Nuts Quotable

“Having the basics—a good bed to sleep in, good relationships, good food, and good sex—is most important, and those things don’t get much better when you have a lot of money or much worse when you have less. And the people one meets at the top aren’t necessarily more special than those one meets at the bottom or in between.”

“Listening to uninformed people is worse than having no answers at all.”

― Ray Dalio

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Videotape Recorder? Ampex demonstrated the first practical commercial videotape recorder in 1956. Get this – the selling price of these first VCRs was $75,000 per unit! Yikes!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”

— Richard Feynman

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Save water – take a shorter shower today
  2. Hold the door open for someone
  3. Be someone’s shoulder to cry on
  4. Help an elderly person cross the road or up the stairs
  5. Life can get really busy – take some time out to spend with a family member

Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is U.S. Elephant Day? In 1796, the first elephant was imported into the United States from India. Trivia buffs: The name of the ship that carried the elephant was called America.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity.”

— Abraham Twerski

JAY PARKHE’S Dark Poetry : Modified in “Corona’tion” times – Trilingual.

मै मोड़ी भाषा में गाता हूं (प्राचीन मराठी)
मैं संस्कृत में प्रार्थना करता हूं
मैं अपने दर्द को इ
तनी पुरानी भाषा में
व्यक्त करता हूं
यहां तक ​​कि पृथ्वी को भी
अब याद वो भाषाएँ नहीं है,

इतना अर्ध -मृत,
अर्ध-सेवानिवृत्त मुझे
कोरोना वायरस
का भय दिखाया
कि यह मुझे चाहता है
धूल में लौट जाओ’

Copytight Dhananajay Parkhe 2020 ©

मी मॉडी भाषेत (प्राचीन मराठी) गातो
मी संस्कृतीत प्रार्थना करतो
माझी वेदना वाहते आहे
जुन्या भाषेत
पृथ्वी ला देखील
आता लक्षात
त्या भाषा नसतात,

तर अर्ध-मृत
अर्ध सेवानिवृत्त मी
कोरोना विषाणू
ची भीती दाखवून मला
सांगितले जातेय
जा परत जा परत
त्याच धुळीत जा परत ‘

Copytight Dhananajay Parkhe 2020 ©

Idioms of the Day – Triliangual

What is an idiom simple definition?
An idiom is a common word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning but can be understood because of their popular use. … In order to understand an idiom, one sometimes needs to know the culture the idiom comes from.

Doubts And Fears Are Between Your Ears.
Stepping On Land Again.
The Hopes Of The Devil.
Turning A Blizzard Into Rain.
Turning A Dream Into A Nightmare.


संदेह और भय आपके कानों के बीच हैं।

भूमि पर फिर से कदम रखना।

शैतान की आशाएँ।

बारिश में एक बर्फ़ीला तूफ़ान।

एक दुःस्वप्न में एक सपना बदल रहा है।

शांतता आणि भयानक आपल्या दरम्यान

जमीन वर पुन्हा पाऊल ठेवणे.

शैतान की आशा.

बारिश मध्ये एक बर्फीली तूफान.

एकाग्रतेत एक स्वप्ना बदलणे आहे.

Quotes of the Week

Amelia Earhart

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

via Today’s Quote April 06, 2020 at 10:55AM
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Mother Teresa

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

via Today’s Quote April 07, 2020 at 10:48AM
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Charles Caleb Colton

“The present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own.”

via Today’s Quote April 08, 2020 at 10:48AM
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Sara Teasdale

Walter Savage Landor

“We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.”

via Today’s Quote April 12, 2020 at 10:53AM
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What Does WhatsApp University ? think about Novel Corona Virus.

This is a forwarded message – I do not know who wrote it.  I agree with some observations and disagree with some.  I leave it to readers’s judgement to take it or leave it.

Quote “Is the Corona Virus a deliberate Bio-warfare attack by China virtually amounting to WWIII? The speculation doing the rounds on the net Looks So Logical…Read on its a bit Lengthy but SPINE- CHILLING!

.After all Chinese Stock Market didn’t crash….American and European Markets did…. Destroy other markets and be ready to capture them in every How to dominate the world quickly?

STAGE 1. Create a virus and the antidote. 2. Spread the virus. 3. A demonstration of efficiency, building hospitals in a few days. After all, you were already prepared, with the projects, ordering the equipment, hiring the labor, the water and sewage network, the prefabricated building materials and stocked in an impressive volume. 4. Cause chaos in the world, starting with Europe. 5. Quickly plaster the economy of dozens of countries. 6. Stop production lines in factories in other countries. 7. Cause stock markets to fall and buy companies at a bargain price.

  1. Quickly control the epidemic in your country. After all, you were already prepared. 9. Lower the price of commodities, including the price of oil you buy on a large scale. 10. Get back to producing quickly while the world is at a standstill. Buy what you negotiated cheaply in the crisis and sell more expensive what is lacking in countries that have paralyzed their industries. . PS: Before laughing, read the book by Chinese colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, from 1999, “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s master plan to destroy America”,

. It’s all the Worth pondering.. Just Think about this… How come Russia & North Korea are totally free of Covid- 19? Because they are staunch ally of China. Not a single case reported from this 2 countries. On the other hand South Korea / United Kingdom / Italy / Spain and Asia are severely hit.

How come Wuhan is suddenly free from the deadly virus? China will say that their drastic initial measures they took was very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. I am sure they are using the Anti dote of the virus. Why Beijing was not hit? Why only Wuhan? Well ..Wuhan is open for business now. America and all the above mentioned countries are devastated financially. Soon American economy will collapse as planned by China.

China knows it CANNOT defeat America militarily as USA is at present THE MOST POWERFUL country in the world. So use the virus…to cripple the economy and paralyse the nation and its Defense capabilities. Lately President Trump was always telling of how GREAT American economy was improving in all fronts. The only way to destroy his vision of making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is to create an economic havoc. s. Wuhan,s epidemic was a showcase.

At the peak of the virus epidemic. .. China’s President Xi Jinping…just wore a simple RM1 facemask to visit those effected areas. As President he should be covered from head to toe…..but it was not the case. He was already injected to resist any harm from the virus….that means a cure was already in place before the virus was released. Some may ask….Bill Gates already predicted the outbreak in 2015…so the chinese agenda cannot be true. The answer is. ..YES…Bill Gates did predict. .but that prediction is based on a genuine virus outbreak. Now China is also telling that the virus was predicted well in advance. ….so that its agenda would play along well to match that prediction
China,s vision is to control the World economy by buying up stocks now from countries facing the brink of severe ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Later China will announce that their Medical Researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus. Now China have other countries stocks in their arsenal and these countries will soon be slave to their master…CHINA. Just Think about it … The Doctor Who declared this virus was also Silenced by the Chinese Authorities…” End Quote.

Dark Poem by Jay Parkhe

Doing a bit of Dark Poetry
I awoke and flung the universe off discourse
Deep into that darkness tapping
I heard a planet, splendid canvassing
By then I saw the quantum mechanics
Of the Leaking? Weeping Uranus
So infamous for his Ups n down/ Uncertainties
On thisday my soul grew plutonian
Once upon a midnight universal
Much I marvelled the cosmic nebula
Read about the upcoming Quasar Tsunami
And thought of the upcoming Hanta Virus
When I thought of the universe
And Said – Wow!
I shall Go out of this world
Not with a whimper
But with BIG Bangs !

Loose Nuts- FAscinating News via PNUTs Newsletter I subscribe and recommend

Training To Be Fired

  • “Outskilling” is a new trend hitting workers across the country, but experts are not sure if this is the solution to the “automation takeover.” Programs are being developed and implemented to help workers prepare for potential layoffs by providing them skills and training to further their careers in an automated world, but no one is sure how successful this system will be.
  • Executives and upper-level white collar workers have long enjoyed the services of similar programs for decades, but it is a new exit strategy for blue collar workers and the “Everyday Joe.” Reports and studies have noted that less than half the country’s workforce is fully equipped to handle middle-skill jobs, despite those same workers taking up a majority of the labor market.
  • Outskilling could help those in low-wage positions commonly viewed as temporary CV-builders, such as jobs in kitchens or restaurants, which bodes will for large chain franchises such as McDonald’s, but there is a lot of doubt circulating on the cost-effectiveness of these training sessions and programs. Until further studies investigate deeper into the new phenomenon, it is hard to say whether it’s just another trend of the decade or it will be the solution to the age of automation. (BBC)