During Hurricane Isaac, 2012, the Plaquemine Parish levee was sacrificed. 7 years earlier, during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, flooding caused a huge loss of lives only to have oil spilled in the Gulf waters 5 years later. It has been 2 years since the 2010 BP disaster ocurred that made life along the Gulf practically uninhabitable. When the waters settle, where will the oil and chemical dispersing compounds settle? If nothing is uttered about it, does that mean there is no danger? In all the reports leading up to and after Hurricane Issac, I didn’t hear anything mentioned about the oil and residue that remains. There is nothing mysterious about toxins and the way it affects life. I just wondered why there was no mention about testing the water before or immediately following the levee break.
Trading health for prizes:
Commercial shows how box tops from processed food products benefit the educational needs via computers and gifts for schools. All you have to do is purchase the consumable goods, of course the intent is to feed the family, but What’s in it for the kids, and who is buying the products?
Are we really going to kill our kids for prizes? Where is the education in that logic? If you want to educate children, show them how products use them to manipulate guilt so they can sell a product and make it look like they are doing something wonderful for their education. Give your children access to computers to look up the ingredients in those boxes and discuss what’s really inside of them. Then explain to them again why you want them to eat it. If you have the box tops, send them to the company, with a letter, and request a that check be sent to the school instead.
Be parent enough to stand between predatory targeting of children.
The Master Hypnotist in Central Texas
Hypnosis; Just thinking about it evokes mystery. It’s often embraced, feared, or met with intrigue and reluctance. Hypnosis is an ancient art form which transforms states of consciousness. Throughout history, hypnosis has been used for medical purposes, religious ceremonies, and to relieve psychological anxiety. More recently, its been used for pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, overcoming test anxiety, and insomnia. With so many benefits, why is it considered something of a cultural taboo? One reason, as stated by Pat Lewis, “I like to be in control.”
Meet Mr. P C-Los, Master Hypnotist. With an eyeful of bright concentric circles, wearing a t-shirt with an eye logo, and charming personality, Mr. P’s fans flock to him, willing to share stories of his amazing abilities through their experiences at one of his shows. Mr P., in addition to clinical hypnosis for clients with specific needs, he is also an entertainer who uses hypnosis in his on stage shows. “At the end of a show, people in the audience do one of two things. Either they ask to join in and be part of a show, or they run out the door.” As a street performer, audience members are very receptive and curious to see how hypnosis works.
About 3 years ago, Mr. P, Master Hypnotist completed the necessary studies for hypnosis. He chose to use hypnosis as a way to help people work through stress, weight loss, addictions, and fear. That is the clinical side of hypnosis. The clinical and the entertainment side of hypnosis are totally separate. When people come to a show, they are coming to be entertained. When a client has a problem, they are asking for help, and that stays confidential. Extending a clinical hypnosis during an entertainment session would be unethical and irresponsible, so the two sides of hypnosis will never meet.
Hypnosis takes the subconscious thoughts and brings it to the conscious state of mind. The brain is always active, but in different states. In a state of consciousness, you are alert, awake, and aware of everything going on around you. You are in a state of active participation. The subconscious part of thinking is where everything is stored that was learned during your conscious state of activity. The third state of consciousness occurs when we sleep. It’s in sleep that our minds vent through issues, reorganize, prioritize, and rejuvenate. Hypnosis is generally applied during the state of consciousness. It’s introduced as a suggestion. Suggestibility is when one is in a hyper or heightened state for receiving the suggestions. It’s in this state where induction into a hypnotic state takes place. At no point is the mind being taken over or an individual finds himself or herself an unwilling participant. According to Mr. P., Words are very powerful, so when suggesting, it’s important to be aware of what’s being said. For example, “if someone came to me and asked for me to help them lose weight, what would happen if I said, stop eating? Pretty soon, they will lose weight to the point of starvation and death. So, first I have to listen to what is being asked and be aware of what I say.
A hypnotic trance is what you go into after the suggestion has been introduced and inducted. It is during this state where suggestibility peaks. The responses are automatic yet, it’s not the same as sleeping. A suggestion may be repeated but the individual is awake and are given instructions on how to come out of a trance. It’s virtually impossible to get stuck in a hypnotic trance because “your conscious mind won’t allow you to get stuck.” It will wake you up and even if you don’t remember everything, your body will be refreshed. Mr. P states, “the most difficult individuals to wake from hypnosis are sleepwalkers, because sleepwalking puts the mind in a similar state.” To describe what a hypnotic trance, Mr. P compares it to being in a car for a drive and the mind goes into autopilot. You know the destination, how to get there, and your mind gets you there, but you aren’t really thinking about the drive or giving too much attention to the surroundings. You just do what has to be done to arrive at your destination. If you hit the rubble on the side of the road, you awake, become attentive, and consciousness is restored. At revivals, during ritual dances, listening to certain beats, rhythms, and chants, the mind transcends one state of consciousness into another. That’s how a hypnotic trance works. It isn’t mind control, and there’s nothing to fear.
With meditation, the mind slows down and relaxes. It goes into a space of nothingness or not thinking about anything specific. Hypnosis tells the subconscious to do something. It’s used for a purpose. Both meditation and hypnosis rejuvenate, calms the senses, and can be self induced. The reasons are as individual as the user. Mr. P’s audience stretches across the globe and he is highly recommended. Among hypnotists, he’s top in the nation.
On June 30th, Clos Mr. P will present a the Hypnosis Show in Copperas Cove Texas. The show will be located at 111 W. Avenue D at the “old theater.” The door opens at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:00PM Tickets will be available at the door or call C-Los Mr. P, the Master Hypnotist at (254) 383-1989. To reach Mr. P, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at Clos Mister P. Special party rates are available. To see Mr. P in action, click on YouTube 35forlife. Mister P looks forward to hearing from you as well as seeing you at the show.
In a true democarcy, the best candidate wins. How then are the best candidates nominated if they are not one elected by constituents affiliated with the most popular parties?
To have be indivisible would imply not being divided among party lines. So, maybe it’s time to blur the lines of division and vote our choice regardless of affiliations.
Truths & Confessions
Getting tough on crime and the politics of interrogation
How many hours do you think it takes to get the truth as opposed to a confession? Ever wonder how many hours, days individuals are questioned before confessing to acts they never committed? What happens when the right to remain silence is exercised?
I asked a few political hopefuls to address the issue of time limits on interrogation. After a few hours, bits and pieces of information about a scene where a crime has taken place, not having basic needs met, how long will it take the average person to confess? I have never heard a lawyer ask about the length of time it took to get a confession or the conditions under which the confession was given. What is the rate of exchange for a confession?
The truth is gathered with evidence. Months of investigations can go by while the person of interest is walking around without confessing to anything. Yet, an individual who fits the profile of… or is in the area of… remains in custody being questioned as long as they are willing to speak. According to one source, “that one phone call is given when police are ready.”
Remaining silent may increase the incarceration time and more questioning. Lawyers may get the call from a client and by the time the lawyer arrives, their client may be unable to be found. Has the truth been reached by this time? Hardly!
Individuals may be questioned upwards 20 plus hours, fed information, viewed documents, and given so many stories that confusion sets in. The confession becomes a manipulated rendition of fractured facts. That is very far from truth. Yet, this is the how prisons are filled. It’s how people are named by friends and acquaintances even if they were out of town when events occurred.
So, I ask, should there be a time limit placed on interrogations? How many people does it take to interview an individual? If it cannot be done within 3 hours, maybe the skill sets are not there, or the person in custody is telling the truth. Prolonging the questioning will create the impression that the stories are changing, a presumed guilt, or an untruthful confession.
Maybe the reason politicians don’t feel the need the address time limits on questioning is because to get tough on crimes may mean getting tough about the way citizens are questioned. The criminalization of citizens may be too much of a reality for constituents who finance campaigns. But then too, how many cities thrive from the economic boom a prison population provides? If a seated candidate addresses the get tough on crime policies, begins investigating the interrogation process, will their career be over?
Election year or not, it is imperative for all of us to raise questions that are sometimes uncomfortable to face.
In times of war, civility is sometimes gained by those unfairly treated. The Emancipation Proclamation, a war document was issued for states directly affected by the war between the states. It’s intent was never to free a single person held as a slave because it was the right thing to do. In WWII African Americans were allowed to join in order to replenish bodies. In the war in Vietnam, troops that were segregated were ordered to desegregate in order to strengthen the units. Women gained the right to fight in a war only recently, in part because women are assumed to be non threatening targets that no man would hurt or fight. As the wars continue, the great civil rights debate centers around the issue of gay marriage. History has shown, that in times of war, civil rights are granted, not because they are fair and just, but in the interest of war. When the “Don’t-Don’t” rule was issued, the nation was not at war. Since rights are not always granted, they must be ammended for whatever the justification may be, even patriotism.
Your economic status took a fall. With bills piling up, and empty cabinets, your choices are becoming rather limited, and job security is fast becoming an oxymoron. You’re thinking,
a. Sale all assets before filing for bankruptcy.
b. Faking an illness to draw compensation
c. Causing enough of a problem on the job to get you fired so you can buy 2 years of compensation while you upgrade your portfolio
d. Surgically removing a limb so you and your family can benefit
e. Sinking deeper by getting a loan or gambling
f. Injure yourself
g. Do nothing
h. Share a plan that would seem extreme, yet somewhat reasonable.
In truth, we all know of someone who has faked an illness, injury, or done things deemed unscrupulous. No judgements please?