Thursday, January 18, 2018

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A professional life devoted to helping people

A professional life devoted to helping people

PROFILES IN PARADISE
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A pastoral psychotherapist who serves on the adjunct faculty of the HCH Healthcare System as an instructor for clinical pastoral education, the Rev. Sam Sewell is also president of the Theological Center in Naples and a member of Mensa and the Sigma Delta Chi Honor Society. A frequent guest on my show, he also provides commentary on mental health and religious issues to several media outlets.
Sam was born in Randalia, Iowa, and was the first member of his family to be born in a hospital. The family moved to Waterloo when Sam was 7. He hated going to school until he attended college, he says, because he found it boring.
“I made life miserable for my teachers,” he says. “I would skip school to go to the library so I could learn.”He joined the Navy after high school and began his undergraduate studies in psychology through the Navy Tuition Aid Program. He attended the United States Armed Forces Institute, the Naval Aviation Academy and the University of Puerto Rico before finally earning his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from the University of Southwest Louisiana. After his duty in the Navy, he did his graduate work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1965.
During a summer in the north woods of Minnesota, Sam realized that the behavioral sciences were useful but not sufficient enough to satisfy his need to be a professional “people helper.” So he attended St. Paul’s Theological Seminary and Union Center for Ministerial and Religious Studies, where he earned a doctorate as a pastoral psychotherapist. He was ordained in 1970.
Sam moved to Naples in 1984 and is a long-time member of Moorings Presbyterian Church, where he teaches Biblical scholarship. He was also a catalyst for legally establishing properly credentialed clergy as mental health professionals in the state of Florida.
A life member of Mensa, the international high IQ society, he serves as gifted youth coordinator for the local chapter. “Working with gifted people is very rewarding,” he says. “Some individuals have a big brain, but never got a user’s manual. We provide the user’s manual.”
Sam’s hobbies include aviation and muscle cars. He’s especially proud of “Black Beauty,” his 1981 Volvo Bertone Coupe that can reach 60 mph from a full stop in 5.8 seconds.
Sam and his wife, Bunny (who is also a pastoral psychotherapist), met in 1989 when she was a guest at a wedding he was officiating in Goodland. As they prepare to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the two are partners in everything they do.
Through Best Self USA (a practice Sam opened in Kansas before moving to Naples), the Sewells and their associates provide counseling as well as executive coaching and management training.
“Not everyone needs psychotherapy,” Sam says. “Most problems can be solved by learning skills. Solution-focused education costs less money and is faster than psychotherapy.
Sometimes all people need is to learn how to do it right.” ¦
Talking points with Sam Sewell
Mentors: The people with the most significant influence on my life, apart from my wife, were mentors by proxy: Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Bertrand Russell and Abraham Maslow.
Something that’s been on your mind: We are watching the decline of Western Civilization, which could be reversed by embracing the values that originally made us great. Why can’t people see that obvious truth?
Something your mother was always right about: People are more important than ideas. And it’s more important to be loving than to be right. (Mom was also a psychotherapist.)
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A forest ranger or a pilot.
First job: In a sheet metal shop.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? Running a used car lot called Classics, Customs & Clunkers. That way I could drive all of my dream cars.
Guilty pleasure: Street racing after midnight.
One place on your bucket list: The Grand Canyon.
Skill or talent you wish you had: Singing. I lip sync at church.
Advice for your grandchildren: “I don’t know” is always a better answer than BS.
Something that makes you laugh: Stupid humor — “Blazing Saddles,” “Airplane,” “Monty Python.”
Last book read: “Miracles” by Eric Metaxas.
Something you’ll never understand: Quantum physics.
Pet peeve: 20-something drivers on cell phones.
Something people would be surprised to find out about you: I belong to the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, and had a long career in that field.
Something the Paradise Coast really needs: High-tech industry.
Favorite thing about the Paradise Coast: What else but the weather?
What I miss about the Paradise Coast when I’m away: My work. It is so gratifying
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Brokaw: Dems Think They All They ‘Have to Do Is Show Up’ to Get Congressional Majority Back



Brokaw: Dems Think They All They ‘Have to Do Is Show Up’ to Get Congressional Majority Back 
by Pam Key 18 Jan 2018
Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former NBC “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw suggested Democrats were overconfident about their chances of taking back the majority of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms.

Brokaw said, “I was in touch with some people in the west this past week who were big Trump supporters and still are, except for the tweeting. They say shut up! Just let’s get the job done. We still like your agenda, but when you do that kind of thing, you run contrary to everything that we believe that we need to get done here. You know, General Kelly doesn’t go into combat as a Marine with everybody going in nine different directions, and everybody gets a vote on it. He wants to put the group together. So Donald Trump can’t be controlled. I mean, it’s just — I just don’t understand why as a guy who read the country pretty well in terms of what it wanted in the campaign and how was going to get it, that he keeps doing this, because the base is getting smaller and smaller and smaller frankly.”

He added, “On the other hand, Democrats going into this year, if you’re looking at what they’re talking about right now, they think all they have to do is show up, and they are going to get the congressional majority back again. They better have a plan. And the plan is not to go hard left, by the way, the way they’re going to be led by Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. They’ve got to have a scheme that addresses the old Democratic middle, people who are the working class Democrats. And unless they get to that they can get beat.”

Let’s connect the dots:

MSNBC
Morning Joe is an MSNBC program.

Note: Harold E. Ford Jr. is a political commentator at MSNBC, was an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).  
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the International Rescue Committee, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Millennium Promise, the Human Rights Watch, and the Aspen Institute (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch.
Jennifer Brokaw is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and Tom Brokaw’s daughter.
Tom Brokaw is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, Jennifer Brokaw’s father, was an anchor for the NBC Nightly News, and a director at the Robin Hood Foundation.
Jeff Zucker was an executive producer for the NBC Nightly News, the president & CEO for NBCUniversal, is a director emeritus for the Robin Hood Foundation, and the president of CNN Worldwide.
MSNBC is an NBCUniversal network.
Larry Robbins  is the chairman for the Robin Hood Foundation, Jane Sanders’s attorney, and was married to Amy Robbins Towers.
Jane Sanders attorney is Larry Robbins, and married to Bernard Sanders.
Bernard Sanders is married to Jane Sanders, and a U.S. Senate senator.
Amy Robbins Towers was married to Larry Robbins, a director at the Millennium Promise, a board member for the CDC Foundation, and is a director at the Human Rights Watch.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the CDC Foundation, and the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Walter Isaacson is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was the chairman & CEO for CNN.
CNN Worldwide is a division of CNN.
Emma Bloomberg is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, Michael R. Bloomberg’s daughter, and was the chief of staff for the Robin Hood Foundation.
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, Emma Bloomberg’s father, was a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, and an advocate for the ONE Campaign.
ONE Campaign is a partner with the International Rescue Committee.
Tom Brokaw was a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, an anchor for the NBC Nightly News, is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and Jennifer Brokaw’s father.
Jennifer Brokaw is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and Tom Brokaw’s daughter.
Harold E. Ford Jr. is a political commentator at MSNBC, was an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).  
Morning Joe is an MSNBC program.
MSNBC is an NBCUniversal network.
Jeff Zucker was the president & CEO for NBCUniversal, an executive producer for the NBC Nightly News, is a director emeritus for the Robin Hood Foundation, and the president of CNN Worldwide.
CNN Worldwide is a division of CNN.
Walter Isaacson was the chairman & CEO for CNN, is the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the CDC Foundation.
CDC Foundation is a foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Amy Robbins Towers was a board member for the CDC Foundation, married to Larry Robbins, a director at the Millennium Promise, and is a director at the Human Rights Watch.
Larry Robbins was married to Amy Robbins Towers, is the chairman for the Robin Hood Foundation, and Jane Sanders’s attorney.
Jane Sanders attorney is Larry Robbins, and married to Bernard Sanders.
Bernard Sanders is married to Jane Sanders, and a U.S. Senate senator.
Tom Brokaw was a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, an anchor for the NBC Nightly News, is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and Jennifer Brokaw’s father.
ONE Campaign is a partner with the International Rescue Committee.
Jennifer Brokaw is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and Tom Brokaw’s daughter.
Harold E. Ford Jr. is a political commentator at MSNBC, was an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).  
Morning Joe is an MSNBC program.
MSNBC is an NBCUniversal network.
ONE Campaign is a partner with the International Rescue Committee.
Michael R. Bloomberg was an advocate for the ONE Campaign, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, Emma Bloomberg’s father.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the CDC Foundation.
CDC Foundation is a foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Amy Robbins Towers was a board member for the CDC Foundation, married to Larry Robbins, a director at the Millennium Promise, and is a director at the Human Rights Watch.
George Soros was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, a member of the Democracy Alliance, and is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, and Demos.
Gara LaMarche was a VP & director of U.S. programs for the Open Society Foundations, an associate director for the Human Rights Watch, and is the president of the Democracy Alliance.
Paul Egerman is the treasurer for the Democracy Alliance, and was the finance chair for the 2012 Elizabeth Warren Senate campaign.
Elizabeth Warren was the candidate for the 2012 Elizabeth Warren Senate campaign, is a U.S. Senate senator, and Amelia Warren Tyagi’s mother.
Amelia Warren Tyagi is Elizabeth Warren’s daughter, and the chair for Demos.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for Demos, and the Human Rights Watch.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, and a member of the Democracy Alliance.

RESOLVING THE CONFLICT IN OUR NATION

RESOLVING THE CONFLICT IN OUR NATION
THE WISDOM OF GROUP DECISIONS
BY SAMUEL ORRIN SEWELL

In the previous chapter we discussed the duality of linear and non-linear human cognition, and offered the advice that we need to integrate both aspects of that condition in order to optimize our thinking and behaving. The duality of human cognition is just a small segment of the duality of all reality, from the dual nature of energy and matter, to male/female, to falsehood and truth, to connection to God and the absence of God.

Modern astrophysics tells us that the universe is about equally divided between physical reality and invisible dark matter. But there is a slight anomaly in that scientific hypothesis, for every million parts of dark matter there are a million and one parts of physical reality. The entire physical universe came into existence because of that one in a billion advantage. Dark energy and energy are in violent conflict.  If they happen to collide, both particles are instantly destroyed and converted into energy. That hypothesis can be used as a metaphor for all of the duality present in our nation and throughout the universe.

When we think about it for a while, we might even conclude that there’s a one in a million chance for the opportunity to resolve all of the cosmic conflict inherent in our existence. Rather than focus on the nature of the conflict, let’s examine that one in a billion opportunity for integration of these opposites.
Now let’s simplify this conundrum. You have heard the advice “look before you leap,” but you have also been advised that “he who hesitates is lost?” You may have heard that “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” and have you also heard “out of sight, out of mind?”  An argument could be made for the truthfulness of all four of those statements. Many years ago I learned that if two “truths” or two variables are in conflict with each other, the truth will be revealed by finding the underlying constant that unites those variables.

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The Asian yin-yang symbol is a useful visual concept for the nature of the cosmos. The black side of the symbol is half the cosmos with a small portion of white embedded in it. The white side of the symbol is half the cosmos with a small portion of black embedded in it. The serpentine curvature between the two halves represents humanity. We are all trapped between the two halves of the cosmos, yet portions of us belong to the other side.

No matter how one-sided we might be, a portion of the other side is still inherent in our very nature. If we have the wisdom to explore our opposite natures, we have a one in a billion chance to resolve the conflict that poisons our nation, ourselves, our thinking and our cosmos.

The preceding themes of the chapters in this book have described the origins of conflict in the political sciences. But all is not lost. The good news is that group decision making seems to produce more efficient results than individual thinking. Our national presidential elections are almost always about a 50/50 split ; could it be that the combination of liberal and conservative decision making actually has effective positive and useful outcomes?
Here are some examples that might help us all embrace that one in a billion hopefulness.

This first example is even effective with individuals. Because we are a husband & wife therapy team, we often attract couples, marriages and families as our clients. One of the techniques we teach is the “Rule of Elevens.” This simple technique has reduced conflict for many couples. It is a way of facilitating group decision making and eliminating conflict. Unilateral decisions cause conflict between husbands and wives, so the Rule of Elevens allows couples to make win/win solutions without conflict. Here’s how it works:

The husband says, “Let’s go to the sports bar so I can play Trivial Pursuit with other trivia teams on the internet! What’s your number?” She says, “I’m only a two on that plan. It’s too noisy and the only food they have is hotdogs and hamburgers, but I would be an eight for a plan to go to that Japanese restaurant that I like. It has good food and other diners sit in the same area as us, so we can meet some new people and have fun making friends.” The husband says, “Well, I don’t want to go to the sports bar so badly that I’d overwhelm your wishes, so my number is a five because it may not be my favorite thing, but it’s not a bad idea. So if we add your eight to my five, we end up with twelve, which is more than eleven, so we’ll go to the Japanese place. The guiding rule here is it takes eleven points to make a two-person decision, but each partner only has ten points, so there’s no way to make a unilateral decision. Your partner needs to at least give you a one to go along with your ten. Now once the decision is made, the conflict is resolved and both parties can good-naturedly cooperate with the collective decision.

We devised this solution as a response to a situation we found ourselves in because of a lack of problem solving. We finished with a late client and I said, “Let’s eat out tonight,” so we decided to go to a restaurant. Near the end of our meal, Bunny said, “I would rather have eaten left-overs at home.” I said “So would I, so why are we here?”  It ended up that neither one of us was where we wanted to be, because we did not make a cooperative solution.

Now let’s bring this up a notch to group decision making. Bunny and I have both been presidents of community ministerial associations. You would be correct to surmise that conflict could arise between Catholics, Baptists and Unitarians. So the policy of every ministerial association in which we have participated requires that we only act on unanimous decisions. We all agree that we should feed the hungry, respond to natural emergencies,  invite others to social gatherings at our churches, and advance the cause of Christianity in general, et cetera. But we remain divided on whether women should be allowed in the ministry, can’t seem to find an agreement on what to do about lesbians and gays, and we remain politically divided in other significant ways. So as a group, we only act on unanimous decisions. We don’t think it is appropriate for the group to impose its will on individuals in the group. “To compel a man to furnish contributions for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson

The jury system is another example of effective, collective decision making. In any 12 person jury, there’s bound to be somebody who adamantly finds the defendant guilty and somebody who wants to exonerate the defendant. The coalition of decision making from all twelve jurors is usually an outcome that serves justice far more than any decision that would be made by an individual. Have you watched the old classic “Twelve Angry Men?”

There are some scientific studies that validate the hypothesis that group decisions are more effective than one side or the other of the cognitive yin/yang example. One of the simple examples of this principle is an experiment using collective decision making.

Wisdom-of-the-crowds research routinely attributes the superiority of crowd averages over individual judgments to the elimination of individual noise, an explanation that assumes independence of the individual judgments from each other. Thus the crowd tends to make its best decisions if it is made up of diverse opinions and ideologies.” Many scientific evaluations of the effectiveness of group decision making deem the premise incontrovertible.
As a conservative thinker and voter, I find it difficult to accept that voters with opposing ideologies could actually be contributing to the effectiveness of our electoral system. I imagine that devoted Democrats would find it equally distasteful that conservative voters make a valuable contribution to the collective decision making embedded in our voting habits.
However, science offers no validation for the narrow-mindedness of either conservatives or liberals, and we all need to begin accepting the idea that group decision making is far superior to the decision making side of either the yin or yang dichotomy.


Bio: Philosopher, Clergyman, Psychotherapist, Scientist, Humorist and raconteur, Samuel Orrin Sewell, a life member of Mensa, is the Gifted Youth Coordinator for his local Mensa Chapter. He is the Director of a nation-wide, internet based psychotherapy practice. His articles are frequently published in political, religious, and behavioral science periodicals. He is a Navy veteran whose hobbies include aviation and classic cars -- and he owns a “Best in Show” award winning muscle car.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Report: Soros to Make Millions from Collapse of UK Construction Giant



Report: Soros to Make Millions from Collapse of UK Construction Giant
by Victoria Friedman 17 Jan 2018
Billionaire speculator George Soros, the man who ‘broke the Bank of England’, is believed to be in line to make millions from the collapse of the United Kingdom’s second-biggest construction firm.

Carillion, which also manages facilities such as prisons and 50,000 homes for military personnel through public sector contracts, went into liquidation on Monday.

Collapsing under the weight of £1.5 billion debt, including a £587 million pension shortfall, the company was left with just £29 million before going bust. The company employs 43,000 staff globally, 20,000 of which are based in the UK, where most of its business is focused, including construction workers, hospital cleaners, and energy and utility personnel.

However, amidst the job losses and affected public services, 12 hedge funds have made £200 million short-selling shares in Carillion, including an investment vehicle linked to George Soros, according to regulatory data collated by Castellain Capital as reported in The Times.

Short selling is where investors borrow shares for a fee and sell them in hopes of buying them back at a later date if the share price falls, making a profit, before returning the security to its original owner.

Soros benefitted before from short-selling the construction giant when his SFM UK Management shorted Carillion stock in the summer, allegedly earning the hedge fund $2.5 million from its short position.

The billionaire, whose network of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) lobby for progressive, leftist agendas around the world, infamously sold short sterling in 1992 which had a profound effect on the UK’s economy, resulting in the British government pulling the currency from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) on Black Wednesday (16 September 1992).

The Hungarian-American speculator then became known for a time as “the man who broke the Bank of England”.

Soros has also made bets on other countries’ economies through his Quantum Fund, one of the world’s first hedge funds, including short selling the currency in Thailand in 1997, triggering a financial crisis that plunged much of Southeast Asia into a depression.

Then-prime minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad branded the hedge fund owner a “criminal” and slamming him for undermining “all these countries [that] have spent 40 years trying to build up their economies”.

The globalist ‘philanthropist’ recently vowed to renew his fight against nationalism after transferring $18 billion of his own wealth into his Open Society Foundations in October.

Let’s connect the dots:

Quantum Fund
George Soros is the founder of the Quantum Fund, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a board member for the International Crisis Group, a director emeritus for Refugees International, and a friend of Michael Douglas.

Note: Mark J. Carney is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and a governor for the Bank of England.
Adair Turner is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and was a director at the Bank of England.
David Walker is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and was an executive director for the Bank of England.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Mark Malloch-Brown is a global board member for the Open Society Foundations, a co-chair for the International Crisis Group, was a vice chairman for Refugees International, a minister of state for the United Kingdom (UK), and a VP at the World Bank.
Anwar Ibrahim was a board member for the International Crisis Group, and a deputy prime minister for Malaysia.
Igor S. Ivanov was a board member for the International Crisis Group, and is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Jessica Tuchman Mathews was a board member for the International Crisis Group, the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).  
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).  
Michael Douglas is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and a friend of George Soros.
Des Browne is the vice chairman for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and was a secretary of state for defense for the United Kingdom (UK).
Malcolm Rifkind is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and was a foreign secretary for the United Kingdom (UK).
United Kingdom (UK) is a member of the World Bank.
Jim Yong Kim is the president of the World Bank, and a guest at George Soros’s 2013 wedding.
Carole Brookins was a U.S. executive director for the World Bank, and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.
George Soros is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the founder of the Quantum Fund, the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a board member for the International Crisis Group, a director emeritus for Refugees International, and a friend of Michael Douglas.
Mark J. Carney is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and a governor for the Bank of England.
Adair Turner is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and was a director at the Bank of England.
David Walker is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and was an executive director for the Bank of England.
Mark Malloch-Brown is a global board member for the Open Society Foundations, a co-chair for the International Crisis Group, was a vice chairman for Refugees International, a minister of state for the United Kingdom (UK), and a VP at the World Bank.
Moises Naim is a global board member for the Open Society Foundations, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), was a board member for the International Crisis Group, and an executive director for the World Bank.
Peter L. Woicke is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and was a managing director at the World Bank.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).  
Michael Douglas is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and a friend of George Soros.
Des Browne is the vice chairman for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and was a secretary of state for defense for the United Kingdom (UK).
Malcolm Rifkind is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and was a foreign secretary for the United Kingdom (UK).
Tony Blair was a prime minister for the United Kingdom (UK), and a speaker for the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference.
James B. Rogers Jr. was a speaker for the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, and is a co-founder for the Quantum Fund.
George Soros is the founder of the Quantum Fund, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a board member for the International Crisis Group, a director emeritus for Refugees International, and a friend of Michael Douglas.