"Anyone who wants to know why network television news hasn't mattered since the seventies just needs to check out this appearance by [Lara] Logan. Here's CBS's chief foreign correspondent saying out loud on TV that when the man running a war that's killing thousands of young men and women every year steps on his own dick in front of a journalist, that journalist is supposed to eat the story so as not to embarrass the flag."
Matt Taibbi (a rare true journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine)


Catholic Churches Filing For Bankruptcy To Protect Assets From Sex Abuse Lawsuits

No joke!


I haven't been to an allopathic doctor in a good 20 years now. That's right. No check-ups. No cholesterol or blood pressure readings. No testing for sugar levels. No colonoscopies. Oh, and I haven't had health insurance in over 11 years.


Because mainstream western medicine not only doesn't have a clue about what constitutes health, but also because it is little more than a corrupt money-making machine that preys on the fearful and ignorant. Instead of the slash-burn-poison approach that capitalist doctors employ, I have chosen to open my mind, body and spirit through holistic self-work, so that through the utilization of the Pleasure Principle, I can intuitively determine what I need.

In that regard, one thing I have always known is that the sun is good for me. In spite of the warnings from the medical establishment, media shills, friends and family, etc., I have never shied away from getting as much sun - without burning, of course - as possible. Because it makes me feel good!

When you have done the self-work necessary to clear out a good portion of your self-destructive, character structure driven defenses, you can then follow this simple rule: If it feels good, it is good!

Here's an excerpt from a piece by one Dr. Frank Lipman, an Integrative Physician whose personal blend of Western and Eastern Medicine combined with the many other complimentary modalities he has studied, has helped thousands of people recover their energy and zest for life:

"For the last 30 years or so, doctors (dermatologists in particular), health officials, beauty experts and many product companies have been demonizing the sun. They've told us to avoid it because without sunscreen, exposure to the sun's rays will damage skin and cause cancer. But this oversimplification distorts the facts. In the past few years, numerous studies have shown that optimizing your vitamin D levels may actually help prevent as many as 16 different types of cancer including pancreatic, lung, breast, ovarian, prostate and colon cancers. And the best way to optimize Vitamin D levels is through safe, smart and limited sunscreen-free exposure to the sun."

Read the rest of the piece HERE.

Okay, time for me to get to the beach!

"Sweet Curiosity" comments on PL's post: "THE SUN PREVENTS CANCER! OR WHY I HAVEN'T LISTENED..."/PL RESPONDS!

Here's SC:

I can't possibly agree with you more. I was told by a doctor that I had skin cancer, when in fact I dont believe I had it at all. I avoid doctors like the plague. I feel they push antibiotics I'm allergic to, and want to run tests I don't need, when I feel like a perfectly normal 36 year old. Any tips on finding a holistic non-chiropractic doctor would be much appreciated.

Here's PL:

It goes on and on, Sweet C. Think about this - the placebo effect, which I've written about before, is a known fact to all doctors. (Go HERE).

I taught about the placebo effect in my classes on creating reality and on health. This is one of those things, you see, where if it's true at all (and it's been a known medical fact for decades), it changes everything. It's your beliefs that determine your health. It's not the application of any particular treatments by a doctor, but rather your belief in the treatments that heals you. The medical establishment has been making billions of dollars doing things that only work if you believe they will. This is not New Age mumbo jumbo - every medical doctor knows this. It's been taught in medical schools since the 1950's! GET IT?! Modern western medicine is an elaborate hoax, mainly offering useless or toxic drugs and procedures that cost a fortune, when it is in fact nothing more than hypnotic suggestions that actually make you well, if and when you get well.

Furthermore, think about this - if the drugs doctors and Big Pharma gave you actually cured any disease, they would be a lot less profitable. So, there has to be a concerted effort to make drugs that only offer temporary symptom relief, otherwise... no enormous profits.

It goes on and on.

Thanks, Sweet Curiosity. And in terms of finding a holistic practitioner, trust your intuition, set your intention and put it out there that you want to find such a person and he or she will come.


The black box theater at Shetler Studios was filled with so much love and laughter and heartfelt emotion last night that it felt like the entire Universe must have been watching. Watching what? Just the most amazing performance by a remarkably gifted troupe of actors, 21 in all, bringing to life Episode 5 of City Rock: "Father's Day." Whatever the place is beyond gratitude, that's where I am right now!

Here's me at rehearsal making my directorial debut -


You may think there is enough disease in the world already, and that no one would want to add to the diseases that we humans must deal with. But there is a powerful industry in our society that is working overtime to invent illnesses and to convince us we are suffering from them.

This effort is known as "disease mongering," a term introduced by health-science writer Lynn Payer in her 1992 book Disease-Mongers: How Doctors, Drug Companies, and Insurers Are Making You Feel Sick. Payer defined disease mongering as "trying to convince essentially well people that they are sick, or slightly sick people that they are very ill." This strategy has also been called "the corporate construction of disease" by Ray Moynihan, Iona Heath and David Henry in the British Medical Journal. "There's a lot of money to be made from telling healthy people they're sick," they say. "Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved in sponsoring the definition of diseases and promoting them to both prescribers and consumers."

Read the rest of the article by Dr. Larry Dossey HERE.


"If you're describing what you're doing, you're not doing it!"
Lewis Black


The entire Gulf of Mexico has basically been destroyed for at least a generation. Our financial system, our educational institutions, our medical establishment and our infrastructure are all in shambles, hopelessly gutted from corruption and incompetence beyond repair. In addition, we have uselessly been mired in two wars in the middle east for going on a decade, now, and oh, did I mention the rash of devastating hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanos, floods and tornados that have become a regular occurrence over the last half dozen years!

Ahh, life is good!

Or at least, let's say, "Life" is in charge and could be good if we let it.

As yesterday's "Today's Quote" below indicates, it has been foreseen that we would be heading towards this confluence of events for a long time, easily, since biblical times. How is it possible that such times as these could be predicted? Well, ultimately, any "psychic prediction" is a matter of tuning in to the intentions of those you're predicting for, and then to a certain degree interpreting what events those intentions will lead to. The stronger the intention the clearer the prediction.

So, you might imagine that collectively we intended for ourselves to be given wake-up calls at certain intervals, like setting our inner alarm clocks when we want to make shifts in our consciousness and experiences.

This is one of those times, folks.

All of the above-mentioned disasters are the the clanging of the alarm: "Now hear this! Time to wake up and shift into the next gear (dimension) everyone. Dualistic, linear, 3rd-dimensional reality is coming to a close. 4th dimensional oneness is upon us!"

There is no fixing the system as it is now, no matter how well-intentioned and intelligent any political leaders may be, no matter how angry or upset we may be at the calamities we have collectively created. Competition for resources through archaic economies, fear-based, dogmatic religions battling over the superiority of their primitive god-images, and even some constructs like "traditional marriage" and the "nuclear family" are about to become obsolete very fast. So is anything that is "institutionalized."

This is a time during which we are being called to create a whole new system, one that will replace the existing system entirely. And first and foremost, the changes will be facilitated by a shift in consciousness, one person at a time, ala "The Hundredth Monkey effect."

So, once again, I suggest to you that you get out your psychic surfboards, people, and make your move to ride the Wave.

I'm acting as your personal alarm clock here. Come on. It's time to get up!

Read more related to the Hundredth Monkey HERE.



For several years, now, I've been writing about the crop of narcissistic kids being bred by latter day baby boomers and echo boom parents in enclaves like Park Slope. (You can check out just a few of my postings on the subject HERE.)

A little less than a year ago, I quoted from a book, entitled THE NARCISSISM EPIDEMIC, written by psychology professors, W. Keith Campbell and Jean Twenge, who chart the dramatic rise in the number of Americans who have a clinical narcissist personality disorder.

A little more than a year ago, I quote an article in entitled: "But Enough About You …What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it?"

Before I even started the FPL blog, I wrote regularly on the Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn blog about the raging Stepford Parents, living behind the brownstone ramparts of Park Slope, destroying the capacity for empathy in their children. The fact that I was both a parent 3 times over and a psychotherapist who worked with kids and families for 30 years didn't matter to these automatons, though. Needless to say, I got an enormous amount of flack for what I had to say.

Well, read it and weep, folks -according to a new study from the University of Michigan, college students today have 40 percent less empathy than people their age did two to three decades ago. FORTY PERCENT!!

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORTS HealthDay column reports:

"We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000," co-author Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, said in a news release. "College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait."

The analysis indicated that relative to their late-1970s' counterparts, today's college students are less likely to make an effort to understand their friends' perspectives or to feel tenderness or concern for the less fortunate.

"Many people see the current group of college students -- sometimes called 'Generation Me' -- as one of the most self-centered, narcissistic, competitive, confident and individualistic in recent history," observed Konrath, who is also affiliated with the psychiatry department at the University of Rochester.

Congratulations, all you Park Slope parents! You did it! You successfully so over-indulged and lived through your kids that they don't give a shit about anybody but themselves now. You've gutted them of their empathy, an essential quality necessary for human development, just as I said you would. Now, we all get to live with their narcissism.



"Fuck my victims. I carried them for twenty years, and now I'm doing 150 years."
Bernie Madoff, whose con artist bona fides seems to have turned some fellow prison inmates into groupies. Bernie even claimed to other prisoners that some of his victims actually deserved to have their money taken from them.

Personally, I think the man, twisted as he is, has a point.

Any comments?


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Good-bye, yellow brick road!


Here's Auntlori:

Finally, the opportunity and motivation to comment on this blog subject, sorry for any spelling/grammatical errors-two toddlers in the back ground.....

OK, my husband is a high school teacher and coaches varsity sports, as well. He's had a lot of experience with teenagers, their parents and all kinds of over-indulgence and over-involvement, talked about on this blog, for many years. Here's the latest example of why so many of today's kids are turning out incapable of empathy, self-reliance, and motivation for anything beyond themselves:

My husband teaches a course to high school seniors that is required for graduation. It is called Senior Project. The project is of the student's choosing and the field is wide open. They spend half the semester doing research on their project and the other half of the semester putting their research into action. He's had projects such as raising chickens, producing a CD, midwifery, raising a puppy, cooking, etc. While there is freedom in choice of project, it is still a required course, with specific guidelines and dealines, and IT IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.

Each and every year, about two weeks before graduation, he gets the inevitible tears from the students who refused to take is seriously, refused every EXTRA opportunity to complete their work, refused all the extra help offered and now face the reality that they won't graduate. This year, one student's mother got involved, which is not uncommon but this parent actually threatened a lawsuit against the school if they did not pass her son, her son who did not complete any of his work, ignored all extra opportunities, and simply did not care. The parents ignored phone calls, emails and letters home informing them of his failure. The prinicpal, out of fear of a lawsuit, immediately gave the student ANOTHER opportunity and suggested that perhaps in the future the teachers could call home once a week to update parents on their child's status in school. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! These are 18 year olds! Last night, at 7 pm, my husband was sitting in his classroom with the kid and his mother, while the kid did the work and the mother was typing up his work. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????????? This is a senior in HIGH SCHOOL!! A LAWSUIT??!! The school is going to be punished for doing exactly what they said and are supposed to do when your child doesn't do what he/she is supposed to do?

Do these over-involved, over-indulgent parents actually think they are creating individuals who will be able to take care of themselves as adults? These students end up in my freshmen college classrooms and fall flat on their face because no longer are parents allowed to be involved, no longer are notes sent home, no longer are there any reminders what so ever about due dates for assignments.

What the hell is a mother doing sitting in a classroom typing papers for her son at 7:00 on a Monday night, days before graduation?

Today's generation is not empathetic because THEY CAN'T SEE PAST THEIR OWN NOSES! How can you possibly have any empathy for anyone at all when the only thing you can see is yourself and the little bubble you are walking around in. Parents-WAKE UP, you're not doing anyone a favor. Let your kids fail, let them learn the consequences for their own behavior, let them learn appreciation, let them learn the thrill of becoming successful, let them gain confidence and independence. Your over-involvement is self-serving and setting your kids up for disaster as adults!

Here's PL:

Indeed, Auntlori, your example vividly illustrates the sad state of parenting in so many quarters, and the disastrous results for all involved. I will add one caveat, though, and it relates to The Wave of necessary change I've been talking about that is afoot in recent times. Our educational systems, just like parenting, have fallen flat on their faces when it comes to inspiring kids to learn. No doubt your husband is dedicated and seeks to inspire his students, but by the time they've reached him they are already late teenagers and tainted by years of rote, mandatory force-feeding of information, not that different in its effect than the spoon-feeding they were subject to by their parents. In the best of systems, kids don't need to be inspired to learn, it is an innate urge in them. The question to be asked is how to we drive that urge out of them in the first place?

To be continued, for sure, but thanks, Auntlori. Thoughtful as always!


This guy was on FOX News this morning, going on and on about one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history as if it were just a bad weather day.

"The Mississippi gulf coast is beautiful. As I tell people, the coast is clear. Come on down!"
Republican Governor, Haley Barbour, of Mississippi "Yeaaahhh... Come on in, y'all, the water's fine!"


"You Can Never Get Enough of What You Don't Truly Want"
Eric Hoffer


"In Revelations it says the water will turn to blood. That's what it looks like out here, like the Gulf is bleeding. This is going to choke the life out of everything. It makes me want to cry."
P.J. Hahn, director of coastal zone management for Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish


Here's A2Person:

Hey PL,

Thanks again for highlighting the narcissism issue and Twenge's take on it. As a posterchild for Gen Y, I feel the need to chime in here.

Yes, let me second everything you’ve said about the narcissism of my generation and the way we’ve been used by the boomers to buffer them from their unexamined, unresolved issues. Cut off from our higher self aspects, ours is a generation that’s starving for a so-called “beloved community” –something larger than our self interest/indulgence. Tragically, we’re unable to find, or to notice, many forms of generatively and expression beyond consumerism.

AND YET, the silver lining of the millennials/Gen Y is that we’re a generation that has taken a curious, and distinct, approach to issues of social justice, tolerance, and multiculturalism. Previous movements have looked at issues of oppression in a very compartmentalized approach: racism distinct from sexism distinct from classism. What’s emerged, in universities and community movements since the early 90’s, really in the past decade, is a more globalized, more intersectional approach to social justice and a burgeoning vocabulary to discuss these issues. This is best expressed in the emergence of intergroup dialogue programs.

Likewise, while past movements have often had a martyrdom quality to them, the Gen Y social conscience is one in which young people are looking for sustainable careers in that serve social justice issues –from environmental consultants to professional human rights activists. Livelihood and activist need not be oppositional and self-sacrificing.

Yes, what I’m talking about seems to be the ‘exception to the rule’ that you are fond of ridiculing, and, yes, there is something problematic about Professional 9-5 Social Justice Do-Gooders –but there’s something positive in Gen Y that shines outside of the arena of narcissism, or, operates in reaction to that very narcissism. I have to believe that the higher self aspects of the Gen Y’s will, one way or another, start to crack through. (Let's hope not destructively).

Remember it was this generation that elevated Obama to the democratic nomination and urged their parents to do the same. Without Gen Y, we would have seen Hilary vs. McCain. I’ll acknowledge that many of us were simply jumping the ObamaNation bandwagon, however, the Obama-surge amongst Gen Y’s spoke to that unarticulated generational hunger for something transpersonal. I don’t believe this sincerity has completely gone away and I’m curious where it will resurface on a collective scale.

Consider this a sliver of Gen “Y” optimism to go with your main course of alarmism! CHEERS!!

Here's PL:

Cheers to you A2! And thank you for this eloquent and marvelous response. At times on this blog, I highlight a negative to make a point, bluntly, and hope that someone will come back with a perspective that incorporates that negative unflinchingly, yet with a realistically examined silver lining. You have done so excellently here and I applaud you. I know that no generation is truly "lost," even if they regularly watched the TV show by that same name. You demonstrate the potential sense of balance that Gen Y may have to offer.


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