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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Lived most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Left a piece of my heart there.

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No. The distribution of wealth & income is the problem, not the company size.

It is concentration of ownership that is a problem, not ownership. If the shares were more widely distributed, the companies would be the same size but there would be fewer people worth $100 million and many more people worth $100 thousand.

The top-heavy disparity in wealth and income is unsustainable. Such situations tend to end in:

* Economic collapse / crash, possibly accompanied by or precipitated by violent revolution

* Peaceful redistribution by higher taxes on corporations and/or rich and ultra-rich people who have benefited greatly from infrastructure and social expenditure by governments.

Ultra rich people are not lacking in money for corporate investment. Those kinds of opportunities can be increased by societal spending. When you give the rich and ultra-rich a huge tax give-away, they park the money in things like art and real estate which inflates the prices of those things but does not increase production or productivity.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Sep 13, 2018, 01:41 AM (0 replies)


Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Sep 10, 2018, 08:14 AM (0 replies)

Truthful people only have to remember one story. Easy to remain on track with reality.

Liars have more than one story to juggle: reality and their lie.

Compulsive liars have several lies to try to keep straight, so they lose track of the truth.

Trump has so many he has lost track of reality.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Sep 8, 2018, 04:57 PM (1 replies)

Trump not going to kick Canada out. He can't kick Canada out. He would have tried if it served him.

US runs a trade surplus with Canada (goods and services) and a slight deficit (a few percent) if you only look at goods. And he lies about the specific aspects of automobiles, dairy, metals, and "national security".

Trump can't kick Canada out just by declaring so. NAFTA is a treaty that has been ratified. It takes Congressional action to complete an abrogation of the treaty.

It is not to tRump's advantage, politically, to kick Canada out.

1) He desperately needs a deal, any deal, because he hasn't made any deal with any country. The so-called "deal" with Mexico is only an agreement on a subset of issues.

2) Abrogating NAFTA would be an enormous disruption to the US economy and not to its benefit. Large numbers of tRumpLickers would lose jobs.

3) Other countries would be even more reluctant to trade with the US and would accelerate their movement to trade around the US by trading with each other.

4) If it was an advantage to the US to stop trading with Canada, he would have moved to do so already. Even if it was an advantage to him politically and a detriment to the US, he would have moved already. It is not even an advantage to him politically.

5) Massive punitive tariffs will be reciprocated and have drastic effects on the US economy. But they could be reversed quickly when tRump leaves office.

Finally, tRump has only one trick in his negotiating playbook: act like a bully and hope the other side falls for it.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Sep 1, 2018, 02:24 PM (2 replies)

Whoosh. Right over your head. But you are forgiven for missing it.

She states the key point right up front at the 50 second mark. This is supported by scientific studies that I've read about many years before. (Some links below)

Forgiveness has nothing to do with person being forgiven! They don't even have to know. It has to be sincere. It's about release. You can still prosecute someone in a court of law and seek the maximum penalty, if that would serve justice and deter, even after forgiving someone. It's not about forgetting.

You don't have to pay for therapy to do forgiveness. It actually reduces the need for therapy.

Fluid Relativity just oozes here

He did me wrong, I forgive, you won't, I'm better without you, you're a snail and a creep, I needed to move on ... where does it end? Therapy as drama.

It's a world without rules and amorphous social norms and mores now ... sadly ... only solution is communication up front that explores, uncovers, and protects ... as a society we're not having that conversation yet ... I don't think it's a message that resonates when consumers are expected to assume the submissive position for capitalists and their producers. Tough to be sub at the department store while dominant at the bar.

It's not about relativity.
It is not about drama.
Forgiveness is about less ego, not more.

It's not about lack of rules, duh. You can sue a person to get your money back even after you forgive them.

It has nothing, NOTHING, to do with submissiveness. Duh. Warriors who forgive are stronger warriors who can fight harder and more focused. An angry warrior is a defeated warrior. A person who forgives and who needs to fight a battle has a lighter load and is more agile because they have thrown away their burden.

Forgiveness can improve mental and physical health
Research shows how to get there

One common but mistaken belief is that forgiveness means letting the person who hurt you off the hook. Yet forgiveness is not the same as justice, nor does it require reconciliation, Worthington explains. A former victim of abuse shouldn't reconcile with an abuser who remains potentially dangerous, for example. But the victim can still come to a place of empathy and understanding. "Whether I forgive or don't forgive isn't going to affect whether justice is done," Worthington says. "Forgiveness happens inside my skin."

... Research has shown that forgiveness is linked to mental health outcomes such as reduced anxiety, depression and major psychiatric disorders, as well as with fewer physical health symptoms and lower mortality rates. In fact, researchers have amassed enough evidence of the benefits of forgiveness to fill a book; Toussaint, Worthington and David R. Williams, PhD, edited a 2015 book, "Forgiveness and Health," that detailed the physical and psychological benefits.

... While stress relief is important, Enright believes there are other important mechanisms by which forgiveness works its magic. One of those, he suggests, is "toxic" anger. "There's nothing wrong with healthy anger, but when anger is very deep and long lasting, it can do a number on us systemically," he says. "When you get rid of anger, your muscles relax, you're less anxious, you have more energy, your immune system can strengthen."

2001. Tons of references even back then.

Understanding the Relationship Between State Forgiveness and Psychological Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study
The present study indicates that beyond reducing depression and anxiety, state forgiveness may be a key facilitator of general cognitive, emotional and social wellbeing outcomes.

A large list of peer-reviewed empirical studies.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Aug 30, 2018, 10:05 AM (1 replies)

The middle phase of the Fall of the Trump-Republican Empire has begun. The gloves have been off for

The gloves have been off for a couple of months now.

I've been noticing little things here and there.

I think the Trump-Republican Child Separations had a large impact on the psyche of Americans and something shifted as it was followed by Singapore and Helsinki. When a President fucks up Domestic and Foreign Policy simultaneously it gets noticed.

As the zeitgeist shifted, some in the media lost some of the fear and began pushing back. Plus the relentless attacks on the media may have reached a tipping point for them.

The gloves have been off for a couple of months now.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Aug 30, 2018, 02:28 AM (0 replies)

Continuing your analogy, perhaps we will change laws afterwards for the better.

Like reveal tax returns if you take even a penny contribution from any source, cash or in kind.

Like no lying in state for felons or convicted in the Senate.

Like put all income-earning assets, stocks, and businesses into a court appointed trustee rather than family.

Like national standards for vote systems, counting, security, and auditing. Verifiable paper ballots.

Like national simplified registration for voting, including on the day of.

I could go on before even getting into restoration of Obama's advances.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Aug 27, 2018, 12:58 PM (3 replies)

WH staff Mushroom Theory of tRump management.

White House staffers have found that if they keep him in the dark and feed him BS, he will tweet but will be less dangerous.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Aug 25, 2018, 10:55 AM (0 replies)

Depends on person & diet & type of drink. Study is balancing heart disease against cancer.

There seems to be evidence that moderate alcohol guards against heart disease but worsens cancer risk.

Some people are more prone to one risk than the other and should consider that.

Further, inflammation is a risk factor for both illnesses and the rest of the diet is very important.

Drinking alcohol on top of a redneck high animal fat / high red meat / high fructose / high processed food diet is probably a very bad idea because that diet is high in inflammation.

Drinking alcohol in moderation as part of a Mediterranean diet may be a net win to the extent that it include anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. It is better the more highly colored the fruit & veg and the less the food has been processed with additives and nutrition removed.

It is probably better to drink beer than wine and wine than liquor, since that is a progression of higher and higher processing.

I am not a nutritionist, nor do I pretend to be one. Do your own reading. I have done so.

Numerous peer-reviewed studies found evidence that people who have a drink or two a day are less likely to have heart disease than people who abstain or drink excessively.

But the new study, while noting the lower risks of heart disease from moderate drinking, as well as a dip in the diabetes rate in women, found that many other health risks offset and overwhelm the health benefits. That includes the risk of breast cancer, larynx cancer, stroke, cirrhosis, tuberculosis, interpersonal violence, self-harm and transportation accidents.

“Current and emerging scientific evidence does not suggest that there are overall health benefits from moderate drinking,” said Robert Brewer, who directs the alcohol program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was not involved in the new research. He pointed out that alcohol studies have long been dogged by “confounders” — factors that create a misleading impression of cause and effect.

“People who report drinking in moderation tend to be very different from people who don’t drink at all. They tend to be a healthier population, they tend to exercise more, they tend to be more affluent, they tend to have more access to health care,” Brewer said.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Aug 24, 2018, 01:50 PM (0 replies)

Modern economies like USA, Canada, Mexico & China are so interwoven that

... that a product might have bits and pieces from all four by time final assembly is finished.

Canadian steel is used for parts made in the US put into cars built in Canada and sold in the US.


US steel is used for parts made in Canada put into cars built in the US and sold in Canada.

Tariffs on any one part will disrupt and maybe even interrupt the chain. They can only increase prices and cost jobs everywhere.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Aug 23, 2018, 09:41 PM (0 replies)
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