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LOA Today – 11.02.17

Chapter 11 of Ask And It Is Given is subtitled, “With Practice, You Will Become a Joyous, Deliberate Creator” Becoming a Deliberate Creator is both simple and a life-long learning process. It’s simple, as last week’s three step process illustrates, but it’s life-long because we all have a lot to learn about how to become a true master at it. Walt and …

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Chris Hedges – Demagogue-in-Chief

For Donald Trump, the presidency will be a vast stage for accommodating his megalomania and insatiable appetite for money. Those who mock, defy or anger him will feel the wrath of the state. Those who are not obsequious will be cast aside. He will invest most of his energy in his brand. Self-promotion is the only real talent he possesses. …

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Lauren McCauley – Billionaire Bonanza as Wealth Surges Among One Percent

There is little doubt that the global one percent is winning. In fact, a new study has found that the number of billionaires reached an all-time high in 2015 at the same time that their portfolios and piggy banks also continued to grow to record proportions. According to the 2015-2016 Billionaire Census by international market research firm Wealth-X, which bills itself as …

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Science Shows Us Precisely Why Trees Literally Help Reduce Stress

(UR) It’s no secret: trees are an integral part of how we live on this planet. From their well-known and vital role in the oxygen cycle, and their importance to their ecosystems — they are also central to the human food system. But trees also have other, less obviously integral benefits that manifest in our lives. Sure, without trees it would definitely be harder to breathe — …

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John W. Whitehead – The Right To Tell The Government To Go to Hell: Free Speech In An Age Of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors And Compliant Citizens

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat and tidy bow. Free speech is often messy, foul-mouthed, obscene, intolerant, undignified, insensitive, cantankerous, bawdy and volatile. Unfortunately, our appreciation for a robust freedom of speech has worn thin over the years. …

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LOA Today – 11.12.15

This week we complete our series of interviews with Joel Elston to-date. This was actually my second interview with Joel, taking place in October of 2014 just a few weeks after the untimely death of his adopted son. It’s a noteworthy interview because it not only focuses attention on his son’s death, but more importantly it shows how a grieving person can take steps to turn that grief into rememberances of love and appreciation for the departed person.

6 Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill and Your Environmental Footprint By Reynard Loki

According to the latest figures [3] released by the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), the average monthly residential electric bill is $111.08. The state with the lowest average bill is New Mexico ($76.56) and the highest is Hawaii ($190.36).   To see how your state ranks, click here [4]. How does your electricity usage impact the environment? Well, the less energy you consume, the less …