Bobbing Around

Volume Ten, Number Six
April, 2011

Bob Rich's (organic green) rave  other issues

*About Bobbing Around
  guidelines for contributions
  A letter to the Editor
  A Precedents Day Message: Do We Take a Cue From Egypt... Or Stay Stuck in "We-Gypped?" by Swami Beyondananda
  Green building in Philadelphia
  Green electricity, cheaper
  Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain -- Here's Proof, from Dr Mercola
  Does (penis) size matter? by Wendy Strgar
  Tai Chi to Lose Weight and Ease Depression, by Michelle Schoffro Cook
*Deeper issues
  A Tough Lesson in Humility, by Delia Quigley
  Creativity and madness, by Alfredo Zotti
  Uncontrollable anger
  She wrecked my life by leaving me
  Trying not to kill myself
  Mindfulness-based therapy helps prevent depression relapse
*For writers
  How to do a book review
  Omniscient POV
*What my friends want you to know
  The premier contest for e-books
  International humanitarian conference
  Over the Top & Back Again is an Award finalist
  Another award for Carolyn
  April Bainstorming
  New book from Kim Robinson
  The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding, reviewed by Dr Bob Douglas
  Hope for Tomorrow's World, by Bob Douglas

A contest

The only SENSIBLE speed limit

   I've recently returned from Hobart, Tasmania where I saw a 30 Km/h speed limit for the first time in my life. I think it's going in the right direction -- but not far enough. The only sensible speed limit is... ZERO.

   Think about all the many huge benefits:

  • The road toll will reduce, maybe not to zero, but close enough.
  • No need for expensive radar or speed cameras. If a car is moving, book it.
  • We have reached Peak Oil (why else would the big companies bother to spend money on extracting stuff from coal tar sands, or drilling under 1 mile of water?) and sure enough, fuel prices are rising, rising... Well, a car goes infinity miles to the gallon when the engine is switched off.
  • Why have all these tinpot dictators thrived? Most of them controlled lucrative oil fields. OK, cut the market for oil, and you cut the ground from under them.
  • A major reason for several recent wars has been access to oil, whatever the stated reasons may have been. By creating peace on the roads, we can increase peace on the planet! Wonderful.
  • Climate change, climate change, who wants to be killed by climate change? Well, stop the cars and you eliminate a major source of carbon dioxide.
  • And then there is air pollution. I live to the west of a large city, so air pollution is great for me -- I get lovely sunsets. It's not so nice to breathe though.

   OK, here is a contest for you. Come up with more items to be added to this list, and I will send you a FREE copy of the best book I have written. It's just finished, not published yet, so you can get in early.

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I am responsible for anything I have written. However, where I reproduce contributions from other people, I do not necessarily endorse their opinions. I may or may not agree with them, but give them the courtesy of a forum.


A letter to the Editor
A Precedents Day Message: Do We Take a Cue From Egypt... Or Stay Stuck in "We-Gypped?" by Swami Beyondananda

A letter to the Editor

   Currently, the Australian government is trying to introduce a carbon tax. As far as doing anything about climate change, it's a pitiful measure, but it has all the vested interests up in arms. They have mounted s huge media campaign, and have swung public opinion to the point that if an election were held now, the government would be thrown out because of the issue. This is my take on it, in the 200 words allowed in a Letter to the Editor:

   There IS something wrong with a carbon tax: too little too late.

   Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, each generation has stolen from its future. WE are the future bearing the consequences. In the 1960s I refuelled my car for $2. If there had been a carbon tax then, we'd now have replaced petrol. We face peak oil because past and present energy prices haven't reflected energy cost.

   Climate change has already killed Australians. It's not like turning on a switch, but increased energy for all weather patterns: worse droughts, bushfires, floods, cyclones. The 1983 fires had an index of 93. 2009: 150. The recent floods have been the worst in history. The latest cyclone was Category 5. This is what climate change does.

   You are paying high food, petrol and many other costs because past generations have stolen from you.

   If we don't make hugely radical changes, billions will die, including many Australians. Maybe you or people you love.

   But there is hope. Support the carbon tax, as a wholly inadequate but necessary first step. Cope with its cost by redesigning everything to reduce society's addiction to cheap energy. If it's hurting you, try energy conservation. Huge savings are possible.

A Precedents Day Message: Do We Take a Cue From Egypt... Or Stay Stuck in "We-Gypped?"
by Swami Beyondananda

   "They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community..."
George Washington

   "A house divided cannot stand."
Abraham Lincoln

   "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history get an F and have to take the course over again."
Swami Beyondananda

   More than ever before, America needs a new precedent -- government of the people, by the people and for the people where the government does OUR bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder.

   At this moment, we see the "bidderness" escalating -- angry union people on one side seeking both to preserve their jobs and the valuable services they provide to their communities, and angry Tea Partiers on the other side enraged by the great banking robbery, and mobilized "to a Tea" against the wrong enemy.

   The game-controllers are smugly smiling. If things go as "planned," red tribe Americans and blue tribe Americans will face off against one another, while the real bandits steal away with the loot. While Egypt has birthed a people's revolt against revolting people, we here in "We-Gypped" fruitlessly fight one another.

   Fortunately, the game-changers have a different plan -- to bring Americans from all sides together to answer three questions: What's so? So what? Now what? What's the story behind the story, and who's in charge of who's in charge? And... what do we do about it?

   Think this level of discourse is impossible? Think again. It's been done, and it's being done. If I sound like a broken record, it's because I've been immersed in political stuff for over 40 years, and the transpartisan movement is the first thing I have seen that can catapult us outside the political matrix. Until that time, we the people are our own worst enemy, and the body politic will continue to be immobilized by autoimmune dysfunction.

   If the latest bad-doings have your hackles up (or if your hackles are down in depressed resignation), PLEASE invest what you would spend on a movie and perhaps two hours of your time to read about a true political "hero's journey," and how ordinary citizens can access extraordinary wisdom and change the political game.

   "Yes, yes, yes," I can hear you fulminating (we've become a nation of fulminators), "but THOSE PEOPLE believe toxic lies and they will NEVER CHANGE!" People get manipulated into believing lies by making them fearful ... and what we have discovered is that when people are brought together in a safe setting where they are listened to and respected, what INEVITABLY happens is that they begin to compare notes and uncover "the likeliest story" together.

   The dysfunctional function of mainstream media is to make sure that left and right NEVER have a civil conversation together. It would be too dangerous to the status quo if We, the People discovered we pretty much all harbor the same suspicions about the corporate state.

   In order to "overgrow" that dysfunction, we must be willing to engage with others we disagree with. As Swami says, "If we want peace in the Middle East, first we must make peace in the Middle West."

   Here's to a brand new Precedent ... We, the People electing ourselves.

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Green building in Philadelphia by Katie Kerr
Green electricity, cheaper

Green building in Philadelphia
by Katie Kerr

   When you think of green building, chances are utilities aren't the first client that comes to mind. However, with the help of Philadelphia- based Re:Vision Architecture, Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility, PECO, installed a 45,000-square-foot vegetated green roof on its headquarters in central Philadelphia.

   The largest in urban Pennsylvania, the roof soaks up more than 1.5 million gallons of rainwater runoff annually, reduces air temperatures in the summer and provides a habitat for wildlife. Through this partnership, RVA brings green building to a truly mainstream client.

   "For us, it's about removing barriers to green building," says Principal Scott Kelly.

   At RVA, the architects' job description goes beyond traditional responsibilities to include sustainability consulting, education and even project fundraising. RVA's immersion approach, often including a community-based Green Design Charrette to kick off a project, means that every employee is a director of sustainability, every project an opportunity to inspire and educate other businesses to adopt its triple bottom line approach. The entire project is a collaborative process, exposing everyone, from the client to the contractor, to a new way to work. "All of the team members learn so much and are so much more knowledgeable about how to make more sustainable decisions on behalf of the project and beyond," Principal Jenn Rezeli explains.

   RVA distinguishes itself even among other firms with green buildings in their portfolio. For example: more than 50 percent of RVA projects meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge; more than fifty percent of its projects are built on brownfields or infill sites; more than 25 percent of its projects exceed local storm water management codes by at least 40 percent; and more than sixty percent of its suppliers are local; and, not surprisingly, more than 75 percent of its staff are LEED Accredited Professionals.

   RVA has gone well beyond Green Building 101, and by acting as teachers, as well as architects, the firm helps ensure that its sustainable buildings become occupied by sustainable businesses too.

Katie Kerr runs communications for B Lab, the nonprofit which certifies B Corporations. Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. To read more of her writing, visit

Green electricity, cheaper

   In Australia, you can now specify a green electricity supply, but they will charge you more for the privilege. However, a new company promises to reverse this, predicting up to 30% savings on current bills.

   The company, Greenbox, is about to implement a model developed in Europe, where customers are rewarded for energy savings. Executive director Simon Barnes has been quoted as saying, "We figured out that the best way to monetise energy efficiency is through better wholesale management. We have an integrated system which monitors and manages energy in the home -- and monitors and manages energy consumption in the wholesale market. We can optimise the value of whole energy chain. We think we've cracked all of the problems we needed. That's why this business is so unique. We've designed i-Tunes for the energy industry."


Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain -- Here's Proof by Dr Mercola
Does (penis) size matter? by Wendy Strgar
Tai Chi to Lose Weight and Ease Depression by Michelle Schoffro Cook

Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain -- Here's Proof
from Dr Mercola

Dr Mercola's web site has an excellent documentary detailing how the psychiatric drug industry was born and its powerful and profitable partnership with the drug industry, which has turned psychiatry into an $80 billion drug profit centre.

  • But is any of it based on real medical science?
  • How valid are the psychiatric diagnoses being handed out?
  • And are the drugs safe?

       Unfortunately, the evidence is overwhelmingly stacked against psychiatric drugs. It's becoming ever clearer that most of today's psychiatric diagnoses and subsequent drug treatment is a sham, successfully promoted to make you believe it's based on some scientific truth.

       But it's not...

    What Causes Psychological Distress?

       Answering this question is the holy grail of psychiatry. Even before there were psychiatrists, such troubles were blamed on things like evil spirits, or an imbalance of "humors."

       The latter was treated by bloodletting, which is perhaps the longest running tradition in medicine, originating in the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece, persisting for some 2,500 years through the Industrial Revolution. It was the "aspirin" of the day, used for just about every conceivable condition from pneumonia to depression. Yet, there was never any evidence that it did any good, and many times the patients died. Of course, it was always assumed it was the disease that killed them, rather than the treatment.

       Interestingly, we now know that there was good reason why this may have helped men or postmenopausal women. If they had high iron levels this would have been able to reduce their load and thus improve their overall health.

       Finally, 19th century scientists began to question its value and medical statisticians who tracked case histories discovered that it wasn't helping much of anything.

       The blanket prescription of drugs for every conceivable psychological hiccup has become the bloodletting theory of the 21st century... Of course, in the case of psychiatric drugs, there's tremendous profits to be made by maintaining the status quo and not admitting the error of their ways.

       The fact is, psychiatry STILL doesn't understand what causes psychological distress, and the primary theory proposed; the idea that unwanted behavior and depression are due to an imbalance of serotonin and dopamine in your brain, has NEVER been proven.

       On the contrary, research has proven the theory is WRONG, yet this evidence has been swept under the proverbial rug.

       Despite what the slick advertisements say, psychotropic drugs have no measurable biological imbalances to correct -- unlike other drugs that can measurably alter levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and so on.

       "How can you medicate something that is not physically there?" they ask in this documentary.

       The answer is, of course, you can't!

       Doing so anyway is a dangerous game.

    There is a lot more, all good stuff. Read on.

    Does (penis) size matter?
    by Wendy Strgar

       The male sexual organs are a complex and well orchestrated center of sensitivity and functionality. Unfortunately, rarely do the questions concerning this organ system evolve beyond the issue of size. The confusion between genital size and sexual satisfaction is perhaps one of the most damaging and rampant sexual myths on the planet. Teasing apart the insecurity and confidence that defines our sexual selves comes for both men and women through a maturing comfort with our bodies' erotic instruments.

       The anxiety that many if not most men feel about their penis size is as universal as the misconception that it is the penis that is the ringleader when it comes to sexual satisfaction and prowess. "We equate masculinity and power with penis size," says Ira Sharlip, MD, clinical professor of urology at the University of California at San Francisco and president of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. "Of course, there's really no relationship." Still, Sharlip says, "all" of his patients want to increase their penis size. The anxiety attached to penis size has shown up in many studies, where men clearly overestimate the size of the average penis and consistently underestimate their own by comparison. For the record, the average male penis is flaccid (not erect): from 3.4 inches to 3.7 inches (8.6 cm to 9.3 cm), erect from 5.1 inches to 5.7 inches (12.9 cm to 14.5 cm) and average penis girth (circumference when erect): from 3.5 inches to 3.9 inches (8.8 cm to 10 cm).

       Sadly, many other studies confirm this same finding, that men tend to compare themselves in a way that is likely to end up with a negative evaluation. This might be, in part, because most pornographic depiction of penis size does not reflect the average man's penis. He got the job because he was so big... Even men who are considering the painful process of surgical penile enlargement more often than not have average size penises even though they would describe themselves as having unusually small penises.

    Wendy Strgar, owner of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love and family. Wendy helps couples tackle the questions and concerns of intimacy and relationships, providing honest answers and innovative advice. Wendy lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, a psychiatrist, and their four children ages 11-20.

    Tai Chi to Lose Weight and Ease Depression
    Michelle Schoffro Cook

       The University of Queensland has released an exciting study for anyone looking to lose weight. Researchers found that the gentle yet powerful exercise known as tai chi helps with obesity and excess weight, in a number of ways. The scientists discovered that tai chi: