Is that all there is, is that all there is

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SHAM Scam

SHAM takes advantage by cleverly marketing the dualism of victimization and empowerment. Like a religion that defines people as inherently sinful so that they require forgiveness (provided exclusively by that religion), SHAM gurus insist that we are all victims of our demonic "inner children" who are produced by traumatic pasts that create negative "tapes" that replay over and over in our minds. Redemption comes through empowering yourself with new "life scripts," supplied by the masters themselves, for prices that range from $500 one-day workshops to Robbins's $5,995 "Date with Destiny" seminar.

Do these programs work? No one knows. According to Salerno, no scientific evidence indicates that any of the countless SHAM techniques–from fire walking to 12-stepping–works better than doing something else or even doing nothing. The law of large numbers means that given the millions of people who have tried SHAMs, inevitably some will improve. As with alternative-medicine nostrums, the body naturally heals itself and whatever the patient was doing to help gets the credit.

This article is interesting for the specific cases sited, for also for a general pop philosophy that it touches on. If your life isn't going well, it is your fault pull yourself up by your boot straps. On the other end of the spectrum is the people that cast themselves as the eternal victim who have no control of anything. A few months ago I heard a member of the first camp on one of Bill Mahr's shows say that You are responsible for everything that happens in your life and a few months before that the famous Dr. Phil state that "there are no victims". Goodness knows that many people are caught in a trap of self pity and self sabotage, but to say that no one is ever a victim is beyond bizarre, not to mention morally repugnant. The opposite would have been just as mind boggling, if they had said that we have no responsibility for our lives and are perpetual victims on a tread mill unable to change or effect change. I don't understand why the truth of the matter is so difficult to see. That we all have some control off our lives and in some cases certainly more control then some people are willing to exercise at times, but it is equally true that we are subject to events and forces over which we have little or no impact. I can see why the control freaks are so successful, guilt is easy to exploit especially in those that lack self confidence(not to be confused with arrogance). Though one notices that no one is making much money off the everyone is powerless and has no control school of thought. It is also true that there may not be much profit in telling the truth, that sometimes we have control over some things, while sometimes not. Maybe the truth is too boring.

It may be a mistake on my part in terms of the never ending ideological wars, but I tend to look on right-wing pundits as petty and generally lacking in respect for facts. The right in general have a Neil Armstrong never landed on the moon the shadows were all wrong mentality. One of the over paid, over rated voices of the right, one Jonah Goldberg works at the L.A. Times, one of the top five most important newspapers in the country. Despite whatever circulation problems that daily newspapers may be having, Jonah through no intellectual or possessing any other merit that we're able to discern, has quite a nice soapbox to pontificate from. Rather then rise to the status of his soapbox he insists on lurking beneath it letting small bits of foaming spittle land on anyone in sight, generally unable or ill equipped to tackle any issues of real import. On the later aspect of his skills as a commenter, he belongs to the Limbaugh-Malkin-O'Reilly school of shallow imitation of seriousness. A Challenge To Jonah Goldberg

Gore told Huffington that this was his second trip to Cannes. “The first was when I was 15 years old and came here for the summer to study the existentialists — Sartre, Camus…. We were not allowed to speak anything but French!”… Though according to David Maraniss’ biography of Gore, the former vice president’s 15th summer was spent working on the family farm. [Ed note: Oh snap!] Remember those stories about how Al Sr. said, “A boy could never be president if he couldn’t plow with that damned hillside plow”? That was the same summer.

and Petty Goldberg adds,

As for Gore spending a summer at existentialist sleep-away camp in France, I’ve seen no evidence that this ever happened. I will gladly post any reliable evidence or testimony someone sends me saying he did.

I'll leave Vice-President Gore to defend himself. What we should all start with is why the L.A. Times is employing someone that is a serial liar, Unlikely Safire replacement Goldberg shares something with other possible Safire successors: a penchant for misinformation

In his November 12 nationally syndicated column, Goldberg stated that the controversy over government access to library records under the USA Patriot Act was due to "exaggerations" by Democratic public officials. Goldberg asserted that under the act, "not one library was ever searched. Ever." As Media Matters noted, since the Patriot Act prohibits libraries that have been served with a search warrant from publicly disclosing even the existence of such a warrant, Goldberg did not offer — and presumably could not have offered — any support for his assertion.

On October 22, Goldberg echoed the misleading charge that the Democratic Party's official policy is to make baseless allegations of voter intimidation against Republicans. This charge was based on Republican distortions of a Democratic National Committee (DNC) Election Day manual advising party workers on methods for combating potential efforts to intimidate minority voters. The manual does not encourage party workers — either explicitly or implicitly — to fabricate stories of voter suppression.

On July 27, in his first daily column from the Democratic National Convention for USA Today, Goldberg distorted a New York Times survey of Democratic delegates. In arguing that convention delegates are "far to the left of the mainstream," Goldberg claimed that "5 out of 6 say the war on terrorism and national security aren't that important," when, in fact, the survey's respondents never said that.

VP Gore isn't the one that should be explaining himself. Jonah has a general disdain for the truth which speaks volumes about his lack of character. When backed into a corner, Goldberg's modus operandi is well everyone lies so when a conservative president lies the nation into a war with a tiny nation that was no threat to us, that's OK because liberals did it too, only in the example he uses they didn't.

Los Angeles Times: Clare Boothe Luce… insisted that FDR "lied us into war."… Luce wasn't slandering Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Indeed, the evidence that FDR lied is far greater than the evidence that Bush did…

But Jonah Goldberg's claim that FDR "lied us into war"? That's a lie. America's war in the Pacific began when Admiral Nagumo's warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor. America's war in Europe began when Hitler declared war on the United States.

Save your powder, Kevin. The interesting thing for you to write about is not Jonah Goldberg's lies about FDR, but Jonah Goldberg's "Yeah. Bush lied. So what?"

SPOKEN:
I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire.
I'll never forget the look on my father's face as he gathered me up
in his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement.
I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames.
And when it was all over I said to myself, "Is that all there is to a fire?"

SUNG:
Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

SPOKEN:
And when I was 12 years old, my father took me to the circus, the greatest show on earth.
There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears
And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads.
And as I sat there watching the marvelous spectacle
I had the feeling that something was missing.
I don't know what, but when it was over,
I said to myself, "Is that all there is to a circus?"

SUNG:
Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

SPOKEN:
Then I fell in love, with the most wonderful boy in the world.
We would take long walks by the river or just sit for hours gazing into each other's eyes.
We were so very much in love.
Then one day, he went away. And I thought I'd die — but I didn't.
And when I didn't I said to myself, "Is that all there is to love?"

SUNG:
Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing

SPOKEN:
I know what you must be saying to yourselves.
If that's the way she feels about it why doesn't she just end it all?
Oh, no. Not me. I'm in no hurry for that final disappointment.
For I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you,
when that final moment comes and I'm breathing my lst breath, I'll be saying to myself,

SUNG:
Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

IS THAT ALL THERE IS? by Peggy Lee