Also in this issue:
1. Short-selling ban still on until October 17. Senate voted to pass the revised Bailout Plan... now called Rescue Plan, which will create optimism and stop the bleeding! This is a good thing, BUT we wish the majority party, the Democrats, would have made this bill their own, and really protected the homeowners. I also hope this bill is a living, elastic document that can be changed. Or I hope Obama will bring forth a new bill when he is president - that will help pay back the taxpayer by taxing stock market speculators and punishing CEOs with golden parachutes!
2. For once Bush is right and Liberals are wrong. The Rescue plan is an absolute necessity! And there will be great optimism once the bleeding is stopped. In fact, European and Asian markets are up on the hopes of the Rescue plan passing. We should pass the new plan, on the condition that we will look at other options to pay the American people back and save their homes. We can look at Tom
Hartmann's idea of taxing speculators in the stock market 1.5% across the board.
2. Money Miracle: How to stay calm and be at peace even if you feel you are losing your life savings: Trust a higher power. I did and money came to me. Don't panic, sit still.
3. CBS News! Massive Voter Roll Purges Underway in At Least 19 States!
SPIRITUAL THERAPY COMEDY: LETTING GO
I was talking to my girlfriend, an anal-abusive psychotherapist, the other day. She believes in dissecting your problems, as most therapists do.
I said to her, "I think I'm going to let go. I'm going to stop worrying and stop analyzing my problems — and see what happens."
She snapped at me, "Are you crazy? You have to analyze your problems or they might go away!"
To which I said, "Exactly."
MONEY MIRACLE by Lydia Cornell
One time I was so broke they were going to repossess my house and I had no place left to turn. I let it go and took a leap of faith. I acted “as if” there was a benevolent force. I prayed for the willingness to believe in a power greater than myself. I already knew that the same loving force that rescued me from death and despair before would take care of me, and the power of my belief or faith itself was creative. It takes our belief to activate the force of creativity — we have to believe it before we see it. And the minute I did this, the strangest thing happened. The State notified me that I had over twelve thousand dollars in an old bank account that had been collecting interest. I don’t remember having this bank account. It was surreal, but this was the exact amount I needed to bring three months of my lapsed mortage up to date.
I began to wonder, what is this key that unlocks the door and enables someone to ‘let go?’ What is the metaphysics of surrender? I had to know how this spiritual concept worked. I mean it’s not that easy to just let go when you’re in the grip of pain, whether emotional or physical.
Scientists have also discovered that enthusiasm and courage actually change your brain waves. Your brain activity produces waves that are measurable according to your level of serenity or agitation. We radiate energy. Can these waves radiate outward, affecting our outer circumstance?
Are thoughts really things? Absolutely. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "This is a spiritual universe and thoughts rule the world." When you expect the worst, you get the worst. When you expect to be sick you often fulfill the prophesy, but when you're too busy or excited to notice you often forego pain. When you keep seeing the good in someone, they will reflect good back to you. This makes absolute logical sense to me, now that I understand that thought has tangible power. To me, this means you can be attractive even if you’re not “good looking” because if you radiate love you attract people.
As a culture we put so much emphasis on the body: on cellular substance of the fetus, the death and burial of a corpse, the saving of an unconscious sack of flesh that contains no life force or spirit, as in the case of Terry Shiavo, the brain-dead woman in Florida. We are focused so exclusively on the letter, not the spirit; the style, not the substance; the right hat, not the heart — the flesh which can be wiped out in an earthquake or tsunami — that it must make one wonder: is the flesh really man’s most important quality? Doesn’t this begin to seem silly – all this emphasis on the body, when it can be snuffed out so easily? That’s why I think cars should be made of fur. There would be less catastrophic accidents.
At the risk of sounding like a crackpot, I have to say here that I no longer believe in the physical universe as being primary. If you write the number “3” down on piece of paper, then burn the paper, does it destroy the number 3? In other words, the things I know are valuable and real are the things I can’t see with my eyes – the invisible qualities of love, truth, wisdom, soul, harmony, compassion, beauty, strength and character – things that cannot be physically touched or scientifically proven. “As Emerson said, this is a spiritual universe and thoughts rule the world.
When I found my brother’s body, it became so obvious to me that flesh is not life. Spirit is life, and we do not need to keep focusing on an 'afterlife' when we have all the ingredients to create heaven on earth right here, right now. But so many are obsessed with an afterlife, they haven’t yet lived this life.
Look around at this incredible universe. It would take a slug not to see magic everywhere — in the whimsical creatures from polka dots on giraffes to the stripes on a zebra to the velvet scent of a rose with her mysterious petals and folds. I was at a peacock farm chasing peacocks and I tell you, in the design of those feathers, you see God’s artistry. In the wings of a Monarch butterfly you see divine calligraphy. And in a baby’s face — you see a snapshot of heaven.
I have often felt like I’m on a two-lane highway going in opposite directions. The theme of my life has been merging my lower nature with my higher nature . Just as I could no longer cope, I surrendered my will, my worries, and my fears. And a miracle happened.
(I will go into the specific details of how this works next week.)
HOW TO GET RICH
Back when I was cheap, I couldn’t bring my Louis Vuitton bag into the beauty shop because then the hairdresser would think I was rich even though the purse was a fake, and then she’d expect a bigger tip. I couldn’t wear my authentic Burberry raincoat that my mother bought me twenty years ago when it only cost $60.00 because today it costs $900 for the exact same raincoat and I don’t want people to feel bad that they can’t afford one, so I never wear it!
And whenever I entered the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes — I was convinced my entry would never be chosen because my return address was in “Beverly Hills.” So I would always write “Apt. A, small, tiny apartment” on the return envelope next to my Beverly Hills address.
I used to be a cheapskate until I realized that abundance is a mental state and the more you give, the more you receive. And the quicker you let go of your fear of losing money, the quicker money comes to you. I mean money actually comes to you, when you stop worrying about it! In “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" and the author says that if you're jealous of the rich — and you spew anger, venom or gossip toward others, you will never become rich. This is in line with my belief in the law of attraction: you attract to yourself poverty or riches according to the thoughts you think about others and yourself. Or to put it another way, you can be attractive even if you’re not good looking because if you radiate love, you attract people! More about that later. But first let's discuss some things that helped bring about this economic collapse.
One of the things that bothers me about America is that it’s hard to find a good sponge mop. I can never find the right replacement sponge when I need one. It’s like the shell game; the manufacturer is constantly changing the mop design. Not that I usually mop the floor, but when I do, I always have to re-buy the mop — which costs a lot more than just a replacement sponge. Is it just me, or is there a conspiracy of sponge mops? Myabe I just wait too long between moppings.
Aside from a conspiracy of sponge mops, I think women are being held down by dark nail polish. It chips and cracks, and keeps us prisoner in our homes until we can soak it off or pay to have it soaked off. It slows us down. We are prisoners of fashion, and all these fashion “style shows” are just to keep us hostage to someone else’s ideal of perfection. It's so stressful being cool. 'Cool, hip people' are actually conformists who are too busy following a dictator or copying someone they think is hip. I'm sick of trying to get people to like me, who don't like me, whom I don't like. Anyway, I can’t function or get anywhere on time with this dark chipped nail polish. And it takes a long time to get it off with nail polish remover.
I am also deeply annoyed at commercials during movies, commercials on cable television, and commercials that get louder in the middle of TV shows! Is it my imagination, or wasn’t this against the law a few years ago? When did it all change? I thought that by paying the price of a movie ticket, I wouldn’t have to be subjected to another soft drink commercial or five.
And furthermore, why are there only 3 Haagen Daz ice cream bars per box?! If you have two to four kids, you always have to buy two boxes. You can’t just buy one! How clever of the Haagen Daz company. Message to Campbell’s Soup Company and Top Ramen: you aren’t fooling anyone by hiding the MSG in fine print. After all these years, how can you say Campbells is “good for kids’ when it’s loaded with MSG? I now have to spend more money to buy your “natural” brand.
And I find it unconscionable that every product from Wheat Thins to soft drinks to hot dog buns is loaded with corn syrup sweetener. I always wondered why American junk food is so addictive. I wrote a movie called Venus Conspiracy (the larger movie will be produced in the next year, although I have released a 27-minute version) about a plot to keep women thin and insecure. In the initial version, my lead character was investigating the corn-syrup industry. This was around the time I discovered that Archer-Daniels-Midland had a monopoly on the corn syrup industry and had been fined over $300 million dollars by the Federal government for price-fixing. It suddenly explained why every American food contains this highly unnatural gooey stuff called high fructose corn syrup. It’s in everything: cokes, bread, cereal, ice cream, ketchup and candy. This explains why Americans are becoming obese, and why the diet industry was booming. Maybe they’re all connected? For me this was an eye-opening lesson in the effects of greed, hyper-consumerism and capitalism run amok.
Back when I was a cheapskate I purchased movie tickets for Spiderman online. I wanted to see Spiderman with my kids, but I didn’t want to part with the money. I wanted to keep my money and get everything for free. I admit I was greedy. Sometimes it’s really hard to let go of a dollar, even when the church basket comes around. I’m not always in the mood to give to the poor. Besides, I may need the money for a trip to Vegas. I used to get jealous of rich capitalists, but that’s just because I wanted to be one. I used to be one, but I didn’t share the wealth, so I lost it. There is nothing wrong with money, it’s the obsessive love of money to the point of hoarding it that’s immoral. We have to keep it circulating; we have to share the wealth.
Why is it that we only define success in America by how much money we make? Why can’t success be defined as a person who has conquered self; overcome adversity, overcome depression — or evolved from a selfish, materialistic egomaniac to a public servant who helps the poor? Why can’t success be defined by how much a person has given up materially and how much they do without? Or by how much they give away?
The answer is obvious: because we are a hyper-capitalist society and we never look within. But the new enlightenment is coming, and many are going to be forced to find a new paradigm, a new way to look at the world. I saw a man today, a well-dressed businessman, who stopped in the middle of the sidewalk to watch a squirrel climb a tree. The man was smiling and really taking a moment to be aware of the beauty around him.
I believe the arts will rise and creativity will replace greed. All the driven money-obsessed bankers and employees of Lehman Brothers God, inner peace or a higher power. They are forced to look beyond the dollar or a shiny new toy to fill them up. That hole in the soul looks much larger when you don't have a new suit to cover it up. Or a new car, TV, exotic vacation. You have to eventually find out what you're made of, what is inside you that connects you to others. Maybe the arts are the healing force that will counteract this primitive, faithless money-worship. But for now, we are convinced that money, not love, makes the world go round. That's why it's unpatriotic not to worship Coke, Lays and junk food in America.
CBS News: New Study Details Massive Voter Roll Purges Underway in At Least 19 States
CBS Has Noticed, Why Hasn't Obama or the DNC?
Tuesday's CBS Evening News finally covered what may well be the November Surprise that we've been trying to warn about for months here at The BRAD BLOG: Massive voter roll purges being done in secret, with little or no oversight, and often under federal Justice Department cover, in states and counties around the country.
And the Democrats, who likely have the most to lose via such secret purges, are doing little or nothing about it...
FULL STORY, CBS VIDEO REPORT: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6453