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Open Thread - 9/27/2013

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, Video )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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P A (117)
Friday September 27, 2013, 3:36 am
Utterly GLORIOUS video TC thanks so much! I must say that living in Britain I howled with laughter at 3.20 when the young lady apologised for calling her sister at 4 am! Seriously though an utterly wonderful video (and all the while I was wondering why they had dressed the young man in a lab coat, could it be yes, it was because people believe people wearing labcoats[!]). It was an excellent video and appears to prove what I and others have learned over the years and our grandparents used to say 'count your blessings' even better be thankful for them and thank others and the whole world improves!

I discovered this last year when a friend of mine got cancer and I dived into the internet to try and find stuff that would help her and I found the utterly wonderful Dr Bernie Siegel an Oncologist from Boston, who had the incredible intelligence to ask various patients who had survived cancers that the pundits were sure would kill them why they had survived. He asked them. He didn't jump to conclusions he wanted to know from them what had helped them. They had all chosen different treatments but they emphasised that they had chosen the treatments themselves, not been pressured into it by doctors or their families or friends or society; the next thing was that they all were GRATEFUL people with aims in life and it made them happy. Several even had Chemo treatments and had NO side effects at all because they used visualisations and gratitude! I can't be sure that it was because of this, but I do know that Jill had cancer and was scared as she had to go back as they thought there was a recurrence but she is fine! Hooray!

Anyway since then I have made sure that I give thanks daily and it really does increase one's happiness!

P A (117)
Friday September 27, 2013, 3:37 am
From The Daily Kos ""House Republicans plan to demand major perks for coal companies and Wall Street banks, alongside healthcare and social service cuts and a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare, in exchange for raising the debt ceiling until the end of 2014, according to a source close to the House GOP leadership." And there's worse in the paragraph below it the spoiled babies are threatening to throw their toys out of the pram again, aren't they! Good grief!

Gene J (290)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:23 am
Absolutely loved that video. I found myself going along with it. And, to my surprise, I picked someone I have not seen since 1966. Don't get me wrong, I have had wonderful influences in my life from various members of my family, but those are always sort of mixed emotions, apart from my maternal grandparents. But this guy, well it was my junior year of high school. I was a bright and unchallenged kid, which meant I had plenty of time for mischief and I was really good at it, quick wit and not afraid to say what was on my mind, usually in a way that broke the class up. This was my English class, our original teacher got leukemia a month into the fall and left, we got a grad student substitute, Alfred Knopp, who as it turned out was as big a smartass as I was. He started with us by having us read out loud each day in class the book Flowers for Algernon. If you have not read it, do, it is amazing. Our to be class valedictorian was in that particular class with me and she caught a page that introduced a character named, as I recall, Otto Fuchs. Turned scarlet red and couldn't speak. Oh, my, did that break up the class. Mr. Knopp let us laugh a while, then said, it is fyuuuchs, Marlys.

So, why this guy? He saw behind the smart mouth, saw me. He told me I was too good for what I was doing, which was goofing off and sliding by, he told me it would be a crying shame if I didn't go to college. Until then I had really sort of expected that I wouldn't, very poor, no money, Viet Nam looming large, but he made me look at myself in a new way. I KNEW how smart I was, no teacher in my life had ever spotted that, I was so good at being the class clown, things came so easily to me that I didn't have to "try", but he spent time on me, no one else had ever done that in my entire life. And I never thanked him. I expected he would be back the next year but he wasn't. He changed my life, how I saw myself, what possibilities were out there and set me scheming to get into college which I did end up doing. Volunteered for the service to get the GI Bill and avoid Viet Nam, because you got to pick your own job if you enlisted, then, when I knew I was probably going to get through Viet Nam, I volunteered for that in order to get out 5 months early. All because Alfred Knopp saw behind the mask I wore and told me I couldn't hide from him. It isn't like we had long heartfelt talks, more the shock of someone not being fooled by what I put out there. I was really good at getting adults to do whatever I wanted, I could fool any of them, but not him, not once. I've never stopped regretting not telling him thank you, at 16 I couldn't, and when I was old enough to want to, I had no idea where he'd gone. One thing I did learn from that was to tell people thank you IN the moment, because you don't always get a second chance. Though both of my sons have passed, they each did so knowing without question how much I loved them. I learned that from not being able to tell Mr. Knopp how much he meant to me. So, a small encounter, changed my entire life. And before, I forget, thank you to all of you here too, you make this place a wonder every day. And I do appreciate that and all of you. :^)

Pat B (356)
Friday September 27, 2013, 8:17 am
Loved the video, I got choked up there for a minute.!!! Just wonderful and what a great feeling of love and happiness in those people's choices and conversations on the phone. Great, great, great. Thanks Tom, and take care, have a great day tomorrow!!

THANK YOU.!! Gene, for your wonderful story of who influenced your life. Right from the heart, thanks.

Dotti L (85)
Friday September 27, 2013, 8:52 am
Thank you,Tom for the article and video. Thanks Gene for sharing.

Robert B (60)
Friday September 27, 2013, 9:00 am
I am grateful for the many people that have passed in and out of my life. I am especially grateful for the ability to think freely.

Kit B (276)
Friday September 27, 2013, 11:13 am

If there is one universal it must be that we do forget share these feelings with those who walked a path with us, those who helped us to not stumble and fall. I just loved this video and before writing this comment, I typed out an email to one of THOSE people in my life. One of the most wonderful and unexpected things that ever happened to me was after I joined Facebook, I began getting messages and finally figured out how to open and read them. Many were from students now all grown, some with families and some on their career path. Can you imagine how it feels for someone to write and say, "because of you, today I am ------ and happy in my life." Some are teachers, others in a field of science, mathematics and 2 history professors, one a social worker.
It pleases even more because all but that wrote were considered "throw away" students, students not worthy of efforts because they were on a path to prison.

My advice to anyone is write that letter and say thank to all of the people that made you the person you are today. Even those that are no longer with us, write a thank you, none of walk this life alone.

Thank you TomCat.

Kit B (276)
Friday September 27, 2013, 11:18 am

Oops I see a couple of mistakes -- all but one were considered.....

And...none of us walks this life alone.

I am so grateful to the people that have unselfishly offered their hand in friendship.

Carlene V (202)
Friday September 27, 2013, 3:03 pm
Picking just one person was difficult and took me a while but it came down to my sister who had so much adversity in her life from the murder of her mother by her father at age 3 to many terrible ups and downs throughout the rest of her life till she passed form brain cancer at 65 yrs. old in 1995. She freely gave her love and support no matter what difficulty she was having and I think is part of he reason I tend to see glasses that are half-full instead of half-empty. Happily for me, she knew how I loved and respected her and how much she influenced me in my life time and how grateful I was to have her for a sister.


Yvonne White (229)
Friday September 27, 2013, 4:10 pm
Cute video!:) I am grateful for ALL the nice people here on Care2! (but the trolls can go sequester themselves!;)

David C (129)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:33 pm
thank you to TomCat and all the awesome inspiring people on care2!

David C (129)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:36 pm
PS --- I was in tears way before 4:25 though....

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday September 27, 2013, 11:54 pm
Puzzle 3:24 I hope you saved enough space for TC and I too! Who's got the extra strength sun screen?

Upworthy Awesome video!

OK, I am going to take the plunge. I told my mother, when she was quite able to understand me, what she meant to me. And although we were not particularly close, there are a lot of things that I learned from her like independence, standing up for myself, and learning new things. And I told my paternal grandfather just how much he meant to me well before he died 22 years ago. So today I would like to thank each of you for what you've given me, whether you know it or not. You have shared yourselves in little ways and big. Because of that, I have felt free to share what I do at the care centre where my mother lives. That helps me to "unload" some of the stress I feel and that means a lot. Because I live alone and don't have family close by, well except for my 3 pussy cats who truly are marvels, it really does help to express the joy I feel at helping, and the frustration I feel sometimes when it feels like I'm going backwards, because dementias never get any better. Thank you for making my life so much better.

The New Yorker If only, indeed! Defund Cruz and there is an immediate positive impact on social programmes and of course, Obamacare!

Daily Kos Republicanus/Teabaggers are out of control 2 year olds having a big 'hold their breath' tantrum! They should be charged as domestic terrorists because they are holding the country hostage for ideological gain. Their supposed "leaked" list of demands is an affront to sanity.

In a related matter, there is a petition on Care2 to amend the 27th amendment that would, in the face of no budget etc, suspend Congressional salaries.

Amend the 27th Amendment

Cartoon No wonder I've had a case of Montezuma's Revenge!

TomCat S (128)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 2:10 am
Thanks to all. Kudos to Gene.
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