UI 067: DIET… What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know and Your Trainer Won’t Tell You.

Amazingly I actually got to catch a snippet of the Dennis Prager show live today (Tuesday Sep. 2, 2014.) But I only got to catch a call that really annoyed me, though it inspired this podcast. Dennis had been discussing that there has been another study declaring doctors and scientists are clueless about dieting for weightloss  (and I'm paraphrasing of course... My words, not Dennis Prager's.)  … [Read more...]

UI 066: Would the World be Better Without Religion?

While having discussions among friends I've hearing a recurring theme. "Religion is the cause of much of the evil in our world." When I ask them to elaborate and give examples, they come up with the most obvious first: Radical Islam:  ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, Iran, Al-Qaeda, on and on. Okay, so lets move beyond the low hanging fruit. Any non-Muslim examples? Answer: "Sure. … [Read more...]

UI 065: Violence

***WARNING*** This Podcast is about violence and so I used some graphic language in describing violence, and some of that has been transcribed in this blog. What do you think about violence? Let me paint a picture for you and you can think about it. Imagine a young single mother has just put her child down for an afternoon nap.  She makes a snack and sits to relax and watch some … [Read more...]

UI 064: Why Hysteria and the 6 Human Needs (pt. 2)

In the last episode I discussed various hysterias (if that is the plural form... Is there a distinct plural form for hysteria?), and why they are an ultimate issue (a main point being they distract from real evil and high risk threats). So, I figured in this episode I should tackle WHY people choose hysteria as a mode of operation. I suppose I should first admit my assumption.  Yes, I think … [Read more...]

UI 063: Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? (Hysteria pt. 1)

Every week or month there is a new hysteria, and people love it.  Why? Why do people seem to actually enjoy and thrive on hysterical claims, conspiracy theories, and the like? And why does it seem like most if not almost all hysteria are based on false prophecy? Since I was a child, I have not only not been caught up hysterics... I actually have an aversion to hype and hysteria.  When … [Read more...]

UI 062: Why Do We Hate for No Reason? And What Can We Do About It?

  Is the world catching fire or is it simply back to normal?  For most of human history mankind has narrowly survived.  Sure some individuals thrived as rulers, but the general populations suffered for their benefit.  Whether it was us killing each other, or disease, or the environment... It seems like mankind survived by some miracle or chance opportunity.  Then, there were brief moments of … [Read more...]

UI 061: Whom Do You Blame?

When you see evil, whom do you blame? If you see a seemingly innocent person murdered whom do you blame?  The murderer or the person murdered.  Or perhaps you blame society, or the economy.  Perhaps you blame the gun.  Maybe you just blame God. How you determine culpability says a lot about you. Primarily it may determine whether or not your moral compass is broken or not. And what … [Read more...]

UI 060: “The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People & How to succeed at self-sabotage.”

So this week's podcast was based on an essay I recently read by a woman who has taught me a tremendous amount, Cloe Madanes. Here is her bio in case you don't know of her: Cloé Madanes, HDL, LIC is a world-renowned innovator and teacher of family and strategic therapy and one of the originators of the strategic approach to family therapy. She has authored seven books that are classics in the … [Read more...]

UI 059: Israel (part two): What Should Israel Do?

  There is so much I want to talk about.  We just celebrated July 4th, Independence Day, and while I am overjoyed and grateful for being an American, I am also saddened and dismayed by the lack of meaning the 4th of July now has for many young adults.   As Dennis Prager recently cited on his show, there is a sharp decline in young adult Americans (up to age 35) who feel a sense of … [Read more...]

Parsha Balak: Strength through Significance

This week we read parsha Balak.  The name Balak means “devastator,” “empty,” or “wasting.”  The name Balak apparently derives from the sparsely used Hebrew verb (balak), “waste or lay waste.” There are no derivations of this verb besides this name. (source: Wikipedia).  Balak consists of  Numbers 22:2–25:9.  A very brief summary can be found here.  Here is how the Balak begins: Numbers 22 … [Read more...]