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Re: “Being Atypical with Patrick Cotter

He's a fantastic poet. I highly recommend his latest collection 'Making Music' - fabulous stuff: cheeky, crafted, unusual, great language.

Posted by Nuala Ní Chonchúir on 09/29/2010 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Suspended Sentences

I believe Marvin is innocent. I can's believe that he has spent his whole life in prison for a crime he did not commit. What kind of police department does such a shitty job of investigating. Now this many years later, their answer, WE DON'T KEEP EVIDENCE AFTER 10 YEARS. Marvin will never have a chance at life. He was awarded parole, till california's idiot govoner took it back along with 23 other people. What a crock of crap. I am a friend of the family, and they have gone through hell these many years.

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Posted by crazytraci on 09/27/2010 at 10:36 PM

Re: “With and Without

Wow- I am speechless. This article, Saturn is the Biggest Planet on Earth, has led me to Frances Lefkowitz and now I intend to pick up a copy of her book. I never thought that anyone would feel, and then write, what I have always felt on growing up poor- daughter of farm working parents who did not speak a word of English. My desire to get out of that way of life led me to UCSD. Still, the emptiness never goes away.... I feel just as poor now as I did then. Thank you Frances for zeroing in "on it."

Posted by UnaBohemia on 08/02/2010 at 12:05 PM

Re: “It's All Relative for Katherine A. Briccetti

BLOOD STRANGERS is a wonderful story of repeating family patterns, adoption, and much, much more. If you haven't read it, you should.

Lynn
www.writeradvice.com
Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

Posted by Lgood67334 on 07/09/2010 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Where's the Beef?

Esselstyn and Ornish has reversed heart disease through a low-fat vegan diet. Until mainstream science pull off the same stunt (and these guys have 20+ years of peer-reviewed research behind them), Howard Lyman's views on fat are definitelly not bunk and well worth paying attention to.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, in charge of the largest study on diet in history, "The China Project," showed that animal protein is a cancer enabler.

As to the environmental degradation of factory farming, who you gonna believe, Howard and the Nobel Peace Prize winning IPC or some anonymous commenter?

Posted by BunkDeBunker on 07/03/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

The information that MSBlog wanted about Amelia Bassano can be found at
http://www.darkladyplayers.com/theater.htm
It includes a 15 minute demo tv documentary. The actually documentary is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

John Hudson, 'Artistic Director, Dark Lady Players

Posted by JohnHud on 06/22/2010 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

Here are two videos on the Marlowe-as-Shakespeare theory, both my Emmy-winning filmmaker Mike Rubbo. The first link is an excerpt from his PBS/Frontline special, Much Ado About Something (available on Netflix/Amazon). The second features Rubbo interviewing Daryl Pinksen, author of Marlowe's Ghost, a recent Writer's Digest grandprize winner. My blog, by the way, features contributions from the world's leading Marlovians, and we offer a lot of current research on the theory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsJTbWF1-lg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwyCpd4zB0A

Best,
Carlo DiNota
editor
http://www.marlowe-shakespeare.blogspot.co…

Posted by MSCblog on 06/18/2010 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

Awesome. I just saw this great video that talks about Marlowe and the authorship question: http://www.itsasickness.com/lounge/joe-plu…. I never knew about Amelia Bassano.

Posted by drwily on 06/18/2010 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

Great to hear you're focusing on Marlowe . . .and Marlovian theory.

Best,
Carlo DiNota
editor
http://www.marlowe-shakespeare.blogspot.co…

Posted by MSCblog on 06/18/2010 at 4:36 AM

Re: “Where's the Beef?

Egawd, that comment was more full of bunk than anything Lyman came up with. Keith's book you mention is more hackneyed than anything out of Lyman's books!

The Maasai eat a plant based material that lowers their high cholesterol levels. Sorry, the meat only examples don't pan out...ever. Why do you think cardiologists put their heart-attack patients on a vegetarian diet to recover? If meat was the perfect food, why not just continue that diet in order to recover?

You are flat wrong on vegan supplementation. I'm living proof. I have been a vegan for 10 years. I am not dead. My annual blood panels show perfect levels of B vitamins, perfect protein, nothing abnormal and I do NOT supplement. Nor do I suffer from any tissue disease that Keith proselytizes in her book. I am the healthiest patient my doctor has (he has hundreds through his office at Kaiser in Southern California). Like anything in life, you have to do your research, and do it right! What's more is I have never met a militant vegan like Lierre Keith and I know dozens and dozens of vegans. In Southern California no less. If there were to be radical vegans, it would be here. Another myth, but only in Lierre Keith's old circles.

I agree with you that agriculture is killing the planet way faster than livestock grazing. BUT they go hand-in-hand. To ignore one of the two halves is ignorant of the greater problem to which they both contribute. Carbon emissions are the least of our problems. Peak soil and peak water will kill us first. Keith's book extolls the virtues of Permaculture and I agree. I am a certified Permaculture Designer and committed to it's techniques. Through Permaculture we can solve the problems of mono-cropping, over grazing, factory farming, et al. On that I think we can all agree.

For more info on Permaculture and more great debunking of Keith's book, check out this site among many:
http://permavegan.blogspot.com/search/labe…

Posted by wsimpson on 06/09/2010 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Where's the Beef?

Lyman's theories are bunk.

First, saturated fat has been conclusively proven to NOT cause heart disease, despite thirty years of propaganda to the contrary:
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/a…
(The layman's version:)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.…
So Lyman is completely, conclusively, provably wrong when he says "Eating meat is the kiss of death." Explain, then, why the Maasai have zero heart disease on their diet of meat, milk, and blood, and why vegans need chemical supplementation (B12, etc.) in order to not die.

Second, agriculture has destroyed our planet, not livestock grazing. If grazing harmed the planet, the endless buffalo herds would have destroyed America before the Indians even got here. What's destroying our planet is plowing the entire country under, spraying it with pesticides and chemical fertilizer, and destroying the topsoil and our watersheds in order to grow corn and soybeans.

Someone needs to read Lierre Keith's "The Vegetarian Myth". (She is an ex-militant vegan of decades, and well qualified to comment.)

Posted by respite on 06/04/2010 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Elizabeth George's Little Villains

The boys who committed the murder were ten, not eight. They spent eight years in youth detention,a sort of secure school, not prison. They were released on licence when they were eighteen instead of going to prison. The reason for Jon Venables' recall has not yet been released although there is much speculation in the press. What he has done we do not know. Under the English law of sub judice these details have to be secret if there's a chance there may be a court case. Because of his age we know Venables must be in prison but all stories about what he gets up to there need to be taken with a pinch of salt as nobody officially knows who he is.

Posted by Joyceraye on 04/28/2010 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The Whole Schmear

There are two fairly renown sayings that I think best apply to Alper's efforts to market his book at the Oakland Library and elsewhere.
The first is the old pull-wool-over-your-face; "You wanna make a million dollars? Then sell a book that helps others to make a million dollars. What advice do you put in that book? Why of course advise your readers that THEY THEMSELVES should write a book that makes them a million dollars. And on and on." Ah, what a pie-in-the-sky dream before the original writer takes the money from booksales and then disappears!

The second saying is "You really want to benefit from a rich man's advice? (could be a rich woman's too!) Look at the details of what he actually DOES, and not the ideas and motivations of what he writes he does or says he does."

We East Bay readers and entrpreneurs should have much more patience with Alper and other supposedly successful advice-givers.
The jury is still out on Alper's success both with his book Business Mensch and with his advice therein.
Here's some even better advice: Why don't we wait a few years until Alper's self-promotion dies down several notches, and then check out his book and competitors' for free at the library, several years down the line??
Now THAT, my friends, is DEFINITELY Timeless Wisdom that I think makes perfect personal-business sense !!!

Posted by dwssw5 on 03/07/2010 at 3:19 PM

Re: “The Whole Schmear

There are two fairly renown sayings that I think best apply to Alper's efforts to market his book at the Oakland Library and elsewhere.
The first is the old pull-wool-over-your-face; "You wanna make a million dollars? Then sell a book that helps others to make a million dollars. What advice do you put in that book? Why of course advise your readers that THEY THEMSELVES should write a book that makes them a million days. And on and on." Ah, what a pie-in-the-sky dream before the original writer takes the money from booksales and then disappears!

The second saying is "You really want to benefit from a rich man's advice? Look at the details of what he actually DOES, and not the ideas and motivations of what he writes he does or says he does."

We East Bay readers and entrpreneurs should have much more patience with Alper and other supposedly successful advice-givers.
The jury is still out on Alper's success both with his book Business Mensch and with his advice therein.
Why don't we wait a few years until Alper's self-promotion dies down several notches, and then check out his book and competitors' for free at the library several years down the line??
Now THAT, my friends, is DEFINITELY Timeless Wisdom that makes perfect personal-business sense!!!

Posted by dwssw5 on 03/07/2010 at 3:13 PM

Re: “The No-Sony Zone

"I think there's a width to truth, and it's very wide. This is truth, and this also is truth, and this too is truth. This is because we are evolving, and also at the same time God is evolving along with us." --Atsuko Watanabe

I love this line from your book. Not sure if you remember me, Andy, but I was at Stone Bridge when your book first got signed on, and I'm so glad to see your book now in finished form. I might have said this to you back then, and I'll say it again: The ideas in this book are so important to young people trying to forge a life in a spendthrift nation with an economy in shambles. I'm out in Florida now, trying to find my different kind of luxury. Best of luck with the book, Nina

Posted by nawegner on 02/24/2010 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The No-Sony Zone

This is an inspiring book on living a sustainable, creative, human life and because it drew from Japan, it got me to think out of the "progressive American" box. Thank you, Andy, for getting this written just when we all need some inspiration to wake ourselves from the trance of the outrageously unsustainable (and unsatisfying) American way.

Posted by Jane Brunette on 02/24/2010 at 7:51 AM

Re: “The No-Sony Zone

Thanks for the nice review. Just a couple of small corrections for the record. The folks in A Different Kind of Luxury live in older but wonderful houses, not huts, which though cheap to rent are often better than the mass produced apartment complexes most people live in today, whether in the city or the country. Atsuko, in chapter 3, gives lectures at the recycling center to people from other villages who have come to learn about her village's innovations, but certainly wouldn't lecture her neighbors about carcinogens in plastics. One more last tiny point, Atsuko let her daughter study at home for a few years because of the intense conservative pressure of the school system, and because her daughter asked, not because of her Catholic ideas. In fact Atsuko is a member of the Catholic church because of it's proximity to her remote home, but her beliefs and values are very radical. She's a follower of Rudolf Steiner, who founded Waldorf schools and biodynamic agriculture. Again I appreciate your coverage of this event.

Posted by Andy Couturier on 02/23/2010 at 7:35 PM

Re: “The Norman Conquest

I have read the book and met the author. I highly recommend both as amusing and insightful. (not so much Mr. La Rrett) Nobody wants to die so you might as well go out laughing!

Posted by MONALB99 on 01/27/2010 at 5:34 PM

Re: “The Norman Conquest

Its true that in these dark times (since the end of the little ice age 600-1850 when the mountain spirits fled this plane to keep from freezing) we are at the mercy of our own mortality, but this won't last. In about 8,000 years we will have devolved enough to regain entrance into the spirit world and will be able to bargain for eternal existence with powers we can scarcely comprehend. Until then we have to make the best of it and Mr. Dog is doing his part.

Posted by me again on 01/27/2010 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The DJ and the Dharma

It was a Fantastic Show. We raised over $1500.00 for Monks and Nuns in Burma. Thanks to all who attended this great event. Thanks to Eastbay Express for the great Feature. Harold Adler Director- Art House Gallery

Posted by haroldadler on 12/22/2009 at 11:04 PM

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