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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Coffee & Health

Well, its been in the news here of late, coffee isn't the health risk previously thought according to research. In fact, the heaviest coffee drinkers seem to have the lowest blood pressures of those studied. Yea, Coffee!
Having been a long time coffee drinker and being in better shape than most my age, I have to agree with these studies. I believe in everything in moderation, when it comes to eating and drinking. I think that there must be some redeming value in most anything that people have been consuming for long periods of time, else it must be poison. Even poisons have their uses for medicinal purposes, like digitalis or curare. The fact is if it does something in the body that isn't purely chemical (like cyanide), it likely has receptors that can accept it. Receptors imply there is something that does something similar either made by or used by the body, a lesson learned or confirmed by the studies done on opiates and asprin. To cut out entire families of consumables, like fats, or (heaven forbid) coffee, would be denying the body of materials it might actually need. A better strategy would seem to be not to over do them. Americans tend to over do things, either consuming too much or too little of anything. There's wisdom in the words "balanced diet."
Meanwhile, I have the rest of my pot of coffee to finish. Cheers.

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At Friday, November 11, 2005 at 11:11:00 PM EST, Blogger Dizzy $visitorIP said... much for coffee analysis over a cupaa & the stream of consciousness invocaton by the dusky muse!...
The ruminations that starts from the whiff ends in a pour & a pour & a....[ gee..don know how big your coffee pot there]
& then I feel inspired by the muse to write a tale...Here it goes:
Once, as it was to happen, Dubya died.
Dubya died & obviously went to hell.As they were deciding the category to put him in, he roared in the typical Dubaya style:" Wait a minute! wait a minute! this is not done.I having being the greatest of all perpetrators of Democracy of my times,the one who took it upon himself to spread it worldwide by hook or crook, I will not have this.I will not have anybody sending out decrees on my being! By the Spirit of Democracy!By Birth [ or in this case By Death!], I have the"Right to choose"! For aren't Fundamental Rights, the essence of every democratic constitution?!"
& God, well you see, saw the sense. God was very understanding you see.So there was 'The Word' once again...'so it Be'...
Thus Dubya got the right to CHOOSE his punishment.
As he was making an inspection tour of hell, he came upon the most horrifying scenes that wud surpass any human imagination.Suddenly in the midst of it all, he came upon a strangest sight he had ever seen.What he saw, made his heart fill with joy!He beheld about a dozen of men, standing knee deep in grime & slushy mud that was crawling with slimy creepy creatures & wonder of all wonders!These men were drinking cups of coffee!!!
The decision was made " I choose this!" he declared with Aplomb that cud befit none other than Dubya himself
With great honour & courtesy, he was offered a cup too...
He took a deep breath above the cup, to savour the bitter sweet aroma.
No sooner than he had had a sip, that the bell rang.
"Coffee Break over!" commanded a voice, " Back to standing on your heads once again!"
So much for a coffee break...CHEERS

At Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 6:19:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

An amusing joke I heard previously with the twist of having the Dubster added. Bravo for the creative aspect of your joe effused brain. Me likes, but wouldn't want to pass judgement on the man, as I know he is just a man, even if he chooses not to think so.
As for his spreading of democracy, his and most americans use the word incorrectly. We here in the US of A, live under a republic (e.g. A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them. -, instead of a democracy (The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. -
Although I use as a source, I don't think they should be the end all be all source. I somehow think their definition was influenced by the illusion we have to endure. So I did some pickin n choosin o my own.
I'd love to see us actually live under a TRUE Democracy. I don't think the status quo would allow it though, it'd make too many people actually have to think, pay attention, VOTE, be responsible for their government, et cetera. It's an american way of life to blame someone else's decision, just as I'm doing now. I guess I'm a hypocrite, but I'm a hypocrite willing to try it.
BTW. I have one pot that holds (10) 5 ounce "cups". That's about four mugs for me. and I have one that holds (4) 6 ounce cups, or about two mugs worth. If it wasn't for sleeping and shaking, I would drink all day into the night. As I've gotten older, I find that I must stop aroung the 5 o'clock to probably the 7 O'clock hours, and then I fall asleep before I start drinking more. I've only experienced the shaking thing a few times from too much coffee (might be due to my physical addiction to the caffeine), but find it a bit unsettling. On the other hand, if I don't drink my coffee each day I will get a headache (definitely due to my physical addiction to the caffeine).

At Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:55:00 PM EST, Blogger Dizzy $visitorIP said... that decides it then. If it was from the first pot,read the word 'pour' said four times & if it was from the second one read it twice said.
As for being hypocrite..I wudnt be worried, or infact even be apologetic if I were you. We all are to some extent, it is a universal phenomenon.That is because human vision is limited. If life is a gossip in the eternity of silence & existence. then humans are gossip creating animals. Although aristotle has called man a rational being, he is not. Infact man is 99% irrational & it is a good thing that he is. It is through irrationality that all the beauty in life exists: if through reason maths & science,then through irreason poetry & religion. If through reason market & money, then through irreason love , singing & dancing. Man creates gossip, man creates myths, beautiful myths & dreams..rationalists have spoilt it all, because a myth is indefenceable by itself, very vulnerable & delicate, so it gets destroyed somewhere in btwn.Myth is something which is symbolic of the beauty of human heart. If you kill the myth, you kill the heart & you kill all possibility of happiness. Without myth all world is a mrketplace & all relationships a bargain. Without myth, man is empty from within & he starts filling himself from outside...drugs, alcohol, sex,..& {need I dare... ahem!} short all forms of addictions...
Myth gives meaning. Myth is just a beautiful gossip. Unless you are capable of living without any gossiping, it helps you travel in the gives a human aura around you...otherwise the world is very stony.
I think even God must love stories..infact he is the first one who must have created the whole gossip,...
Jesus talked in parables. Buddha talked in stories called Jataks..& so did so many saints & sufis...
They all must have loved to gossip...
So dont be afraid to Enjoy an occasional gossip anytime, because it helps you helps you unwind & is even therapeutic...
So it doesnt matter, if we turn our dubya into a football sometimes & kickplay with it...In a way, you deserve to do that...[specially the Americans...after all they are striped to taxes that make them go blue in the face at how much they have to pay, that makes them see stars too & turn red with fury...
Believe will only make you feel healthier & younger & more energentic...

At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 1:16:00 PM EST, Blogger Dizzy $visitorIP said...

If that sounds too insensitive to your patriotic sensibilities...I change that into 'volleyball' & 'toss around'.
As for democracy...I guess it is still in an evolutionary stage..or rather gestation stage & has not even crossed the second timester...
So that means we have to leave it & let it grow naturally...

At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 7:27:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

WELL, I Never... just kiddin. I don't know how patriotic I may be. I know I care about the people around me, be they people that I know or ones that I don't. I guess necessarily they would be my countrymen, although I know that many are not native to my country. I am also not so ignorant to know that people who are not in my country are also "around" me. I also am not so ignorant that I think that everyone is entirely good or evil, but that is not my job to determine which is dominant in each. I can only hope to see the best in each, and forgive the rest. The best hope I have to accomplish my goal is improve myself, to bring out the best in people. So, my improving the world starts with me.
The idea of democracy isn't so new that it couldn't be out of the question for a perfect democracy to be acheived. Of course, the establishment doesn't want it, it would move the bureucrats and other power mongers out to an even ground with the rest of humanity, and crush their self delusions of being better than others. Too bad for them, if it ever can come to fruition. Good for everyone, too. We are fast approaching the tipping point of the feasibility of it. Mostly what holds us back would be the need to take care of keeping the "haves" rich. When we can reach the point that everyone in a country doesn't have to concern themselves with keeping themselves healthy and can reach out and help others, then True Democracy will spread like wildfire around the world. And it will only take us reaching the point "can". I think there will be enough good people to help others in other countries reach the same point. And I think that people will be so open to it, so hungry for it, that there will be no stopping it.
Gestation? This baby isn't going to wait. I think even a "premy" will thrive and multilpy.
At least that's my hope.

At Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 1:50:00 AM EST, Blogger Dizzy $visitorIP said...

Hey Charles
Yesterday I chanced upon an autobiography of Charles Darwin & on browsing was surprised to come upon this:
"Upto the age of thirty or beyond it, poetry of many kinds gave me great pleasure & even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare...But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry..I have also lost taste for pictures & music. My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of a large collection of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive...If I had my life again I would have made a rule to read poetry & listen to some music & watch pictures..for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, & may possibly be injurious to intellect & more probably to moral character..."
well...that almost seconds what I had said earlier, so I guess I have an ally...
As far as Democracy is concerned..I defer with your views regarding the possibility of achieveing what you term as a perfect democracy.First of all,because perfection of any form cannot be achieved, not even the scientific laws can be a 100 % perfect.Democracy, involves a lot of people & people are, by nature,selfish beings.[ long time ago, an economist came to that conclusion after years of research, But I shall not go into details of that].
Politics is not needed. It is outdated. It was needed once when the nations were continually fighting.If we just dissolve the boundry lines, which exist only on maps & not on earth, who will bother about politics. Yes, there will be a world government, but it will only be functional.It wont have any prestige to it, because there will be no competition with wud be just the way railways or postoffice are run, where no one is bothered to know who the president of railways etc. is.Politics shud commit suicide.A functional organisation is what we need.Something that will work in rotation as far as the head of that organisation is concerned.There shud be functional heads from all regions & by rule,no one's term shud exceed for more than six months, lest he/she starts misusing his power.For six months, be the president, then go down the drain.No one shud be chosen for a second time, for to go on choosing the same person again & again is poverty of intelligence.
To become a part of any political party is below the dignity of any meritorious man.To beg for votes & to make promises that you cannot fulfill,is an act of third class people, very mediocre ppl.Only such ppl are in politics. The best stay out.
In short, best government is no government.
the very idea of someone governing sombody else is inhuman. Government of any form is the ugliest & the dirtiest game in this world. But there are ppl in the lowest state of consciousness who enjoy this game. These are the politicians.The only joy of a politician is to govern, to be in power, to enslave ppl.They use ppl as pawns, & they have created so much fear, fear that without government there will be anarchy,disorder, chaos..everything will be destroyed..& we go on believing such nonsense.
In three thousand years of government, five thousand wars have been you think things cud be any worse without a govt?
History has proved, that a continuity of war somewhere or the other in this world is an absolute essential for politicians to exist.Why else do you think that the Kashmir problem between India & Pakistan is running into decades? Because if it is solved, the politicians will have no agenda to make false promises on. & so it goes on & on..the continous fooling of the ppl.Its like the proverbial carrot on the stick which one hangs in front of a donkey to make it run whichever way, the holder of the stick wants it to short, manipulation.
Remember what Adolf Hitler once said[ & he is a man worth understanding because he was the purest of all politicians[ read 'dirtiest']..He said that war is an absolute necessity if you want to remain in power. If you cannot create war, ppl start thinking you as nobody. Only in wartime heroes are born...& the bigger the war, the greater the heroes. Hitler further said,even if there is no real danger, one has to create the climate of false danger,One shud continue to propagate the idea that the war is coming, for ppl need you only when they have the feel of danger lurking over them.The whole joy of politics is 'the enemy' which the politicians cleverly describe using the euphemism ' competition'.
Politics is the dirtiest game, as it depends on human blood to remain alive.Whoever's imagination created The Vampire, must be thinking of politicians at that time...
...So what you & I keep on dreaming about is Utopia...& like you said earlier, based on Hope. When I say, no government is the best govt, I know perfectly well that it might never be possible. But it is better to have dreams that are impossible, but of some higher consciousness..perhaps if the idea goes on existing, someday we may come close to it.
One govt means that the nations disappear. Infact there is no validity for nations, they are simply a calamity...

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