Masters on the Mountain 43

Masters on the Mountain 43


Masters on the Mountain 43
In Truckee Calif. at The Fight Club, 10960 West River Street

Godfathered by ‘Uncle Bill’ Willem de Thouars (The Magus of Denver) and a Possee of Heavy Hitters and Healers

Special Featured Guests
Including Sergey Makarenko of ‘Systema’

Open to anyone in the movement arts with a sense of humor

$50 per day — includes Saturday potluck
and free DVD of event.

Truckee Hotel has lodging for this event. Call Diane 530-414-1037.

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Masters on the Mountain 42 Oct. 17 & 18, 2015

Masters on the Mountain 42 Oct. 17 & 18, 2015

masters 42In Truckee Calif. at The Fight Club,
10960 West River Street

Godfathered by ‘Uncle Bill’ Willem de Thouars (The Magus of Denver) and a Possee of Heavy Hitters and Healers

Special Featured Guests
Including Sergey Makarenko of ‘Systema’

Open to anyone in the movement arts with a sense of humor

Friday 8 p.m. October 16
“Finding the words between FIGHT or FLIGHT”
Readers of their own works including Uncle Bill, James Painter, Eugene Robinson, Chuck Stahman and YOU

$50 per day — includes Saturday potluck
and free DVD of event.

Truckee Hotel has special lodging for this event. Call Diane 530-414-1037.

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Masters on the Mountain 41

April 11 & 12, 2015, Truckee, Calif.

FEATURING ‘UNCLE BILL’ DE THOUARS (The Magus of Denver) Uncle Willem De Thouars

With Sergey Makarenko of Systema And More Special Guests

Please confirm by March 15! “Even though we know you never will, we love you anyway.” Rooms available for reserve at Truckee Hotel, Truckee.

Along with heavy hitting disciples and inspired healers (and inspired players): James Lloyd Painter, Daniel Prasetya, Ted Garcia, Keith Moffett, Mikel La Chapelle, Eugene S. Robinson, Philip Sialas, Darca Nicholson, Chuck Stahmann, Itamar Vinitzky, and Janet Gee.

RSVP with Diane Kinnaman, 530-414-1037,

LOCATION: Fight Club, 10960 W. River St. Truckee, Calif.

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Masters on the Mountain #40 coming to Truckee Oct. 4 & 5, 2014

Masters 40


And Direct From Taiwan, MASTER CHEN QU KUANM of Ru Yu Tai Chi, “who can put you through the wall (or lift your spirit).”

With special invited guest Sergey Makarenko of Systema/Russian Martial Art

For “Perhaps” The Last Masters On The Mountain (maybe!)

Along with heavy hitting disciples and inspired healers (and inspired players):
James Painter • Daniel Prasetya • Ted Garcia • Keith Moffett • Mikel La Chapelle • Eugene Robinson • Itama Vinitzky • Median Chen • Philip Sialas • Darca Nicholson • Chuck Stahmann

Please, please confirm by Sept. 1. Our gift at $200 (enrollment includes a video of the seminar and a humongous pot luck Saturday night).

LOCATION: Fight Club, 10960 W. River St. Truckee, Calif.
Call Diane for lodging/room at 530-414-1037.

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Man on the Spot 41: Poverty hits back, terrorist watch lists


50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back


“I was as backward as these kids are,” she said in the office of her school, one of few modern buildings in town. “We’re isolated. Part of our culture here is we tend to stick with our own.” In her leaving for college, she said, “you’d think I’d committed a crime.”

Terror Watch Lists Run Amok –


After eight years of confounding litigation and coordinated intransigence, the Justice Department this week grudgingly informed Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian architecture professor, that she was no longer on the federal government’s vastly overbroad no-fly list.

Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing …

APRIL 17, 2014

But it is an interesting fact that our current tax system assures that — year after year — the superrich, those who report adjusted gross incomes of more than $10 million, have tax rates that are significantly lower than those of the very rich, those earning more than $500,000 but less than $10 million.

Jeb Bush’s Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle – The New

Jeb_Bush_by_Gage_SkidmoreBy MICHAEL BARBARO APRIL 20, 2014
Mr. Bush sat on the board of Swisher Hygiene, a soap maker, at a time when, its executives acknowledged, their financial statements were unreliable and their accounting practices inadequate. That admission contributed to a plunge in stock price that has wiped out more than three-quarters of Swisher’s value and touched off a wave of shareholder lawsuits. Several have named Mr. Bush as a defendant, accusing him and fellow board members of insufficient oversight.

David Grimm’s ‘Citizen Canine‘ Looks at an Evolving Status …
Books of The Times | By MICHIKO KAKUTANI

In 2007, a 13-year-old golden retriever named Alex, who was the subject of a contentious custody suit, was given a court-appointed lawyer to look after his best interests. …social status of dogs and cats has been rapidly evolving. Dog and cat ownership has quadrupled since the mid-1960s, he says, and last year Americans spent “a staggering $55 billion” on their companion animals. At the same time, he argues, “an equally dramatic transformation has taken place in the legal system”: While early American laws dismissed cats and dogs “as worthless objects that didn’t even warrant the meager legal status of property”

New York Police Reach Out on Twitter but Receive a Slap in …


When the New York Police Department asked Twitter users on Tuesday to share their photographs with police officers, they were perhaps expecting a few feel-good neighborhood scenes or tourists with police horses in Times Square. A few posted pictures of themselves with officers, smiling. Most did not.

Covert Inquiry by F.B.I. Rattles 9/11 Tribunals –

fbi_logo_twitterBy MATT APUZZO APRIL 18, 2014

Thirteen years after 9/11, nobody has been convicted in connection with the attacks and, because of the F.B.I. visit, a trial could be delayed even longer. But it was only the latest in a string of strange events at Guantánamo Bay that, coupled with the decade-long delay, have undermined a process that was supposed to move swiftly, without the encumbrances of the civilian legal system and its traditional rules of evidence.

SmartFirearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby –


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. A few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers were all it took.

Attack on Journalist Starts Battle in Pakistani Press – The …


For reporters, however, it has been a perilous time: Some 34 journalists have died in the line of duty since democracy was restored in 2008, said Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, whose report on media freedom is due to be published April 30. “It is supremely dangerous to be a reporter in Pakistan,” he said.

LinkedIn CEO cashes in to tune of $179 million – USA Today

Gary Strauss, USA TODAY 3:34 p.m. EDT April 30, 2014

CEO Jeffrey Weiner gained nearly $180 million, including $169.8 million from stock options and $9.4 million from vested shares. Weiner also received compensation valued at about $49 million, the business-networking website said Monday in its annual proxy. Weiner’s pay package and combined gains from stock and options were among the biggest of any CEO in Corporate America in 2013, according to a USA TODAY analysis of corporate filings.



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Man on the Spot #35: The Sixth Extinction, CIA detentions and more

cubaSeeking the Keys to Longevity in ‘What Makes Olga Run?’


Among the potential anti-aging elixirs Mr. Grierson explores, exercise appears most potent. This old standby doesn’t just keep hearts pumping and muscles strong; studies suggest it may protect the mind, too, by promoting the formation of neurons in the hippocampus — a part of the brain associated with memory. “For building cognition, Sudoku is a shovel, and exercise is a bulldozer,” Mr. Grierson writes.

Without a Trace: ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert

By AL GOREFEB. 10, 2014

Extinction is a relatively new idea in the scientific community. Well into the 18th century, people found it impossible to accept the idea that species had once lived on earth but had been subsequently lost. Scientists simply could not envision a planetary force powerful enough to wipe out forms of life that were common in prior ages.

Why Putin Doesn’t Respect Us

putinMARCH 4, 2014 Thomas L. Friedman

What disturbs me about Crimea is the larger trend it fits into, that Putinism used to just be a threat to Russia but is now becoming a threat to global stability. I opposed expanding NATO toward Russia after the Cold War, when Russia was at its most democratic and least threatening. It remains one of the dumbest things we’ve ever done and, of course, laid the groundwork for Putin’s rise.

Computer Searches at Center of Dispute on C.I.A. Detentions


The intelligence committee finished its 6,000-page report on interrogation and detention last December, but the report has not been declassified in part because of a continuing dispute with the C.I.A. over some of its conclusions. In June, Mr. Brennan gave the committee a 122-page response, which challenged both facts in the report as well as the investigation’s overarching conclusion that the C.I.A.’s interrogation methods carried out in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded little valuable intelligence.

But in December, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, a Democratic member of the committee, revealed that the C.I.A. had carried out its own internal review of the interrogation program, a study that he said had come to many of the same conclusions that the Senate’s investigation had.

Who’s the Villain Here?

MARCH 5, 2014 Nicholas Kristof

Republicans should be pointing to Obama’s genuine giant foreign policy failure — Syria — and not Ukraine. The right’s demands that Obama confront Putin also seem odd because many on the right have praised Putin and his traditional values. The American Conservative suggested in December that Putin might be “one of us,” and Rudy Giuliani lately hailed Putin’s decisiveness and said: “That’s what you call a leader.” Giuliani’s proposed solution to the Ukraine crisis: “We push him around. That’s the only thing a bully understands.”

Voting Dates Are Set for National Elections in India


India’s national elections are a huge administrative undertaking involving 11 million government workers, 930,000 polling stations and 1.7 million electronic voting machines, with administrative costs expected to exceed $645 million. The Election Commission sends personnel and supplies to every corner of India using cars, trains, planes, elephants, mules, camels and boats, said V. S. Sampath, the chief election commissioner.

Osteoporosis Gets Younger: Risk to Bones From Treating Other Diseases

By Laura Landro

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, nine million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and an additional 43 million have low bone mass, or osteopenia, which increases their risk of osteoporosis and broken bones. The foundation projects that by 2030, the number of adults over age 50 with osteoporosis and low bone mass will grow by more than 30% to 68 million.

The Archipelago of Pain

MARCH 6, 2014: David Brooks

We don’t flog people in our prison system, or put them in thumbscrews or stretch them on the rack. We do, however, lock prisoners away in social isolation for 23 hours a day, often for months, years or decades at a time. Yet inflicting extreme social pain is more or less standard procedure in America’s prisons. Something like 80,000 prisoners are put in solitary confinement every year.

The Cuban Evolution


It is more surprising to discover that even those near the bottom, like Ms. Pupo, seem to be focusing on the positives. Eyeing the success of others, many seem relieved to know it’s possible. As one Cuba scholar told me, “They have aspirations they never used to have.” Those a little closer to the top, though, don’t like to talk about how they got there. Ms. Pupo’s neighbor in the yellow house provided me with coffee but refused to be formally interviewed, or named. “Es complicado,” he said. (If there is a catchphrase in Havana these days, that would be it.)

The Compassion Gap MARCH 1, 2014

SOME readers collectively hissed after I wrote a week ago about the need for early-childhood interventions to broaden opportunity in America. I focused on a 3-year-old boy in West Virginia named Johnny Weethee whose hearing impairment had gone undetected, leading him to suffer speech and development problems that may dog him for the rest of his life. “You show a photograph of a fat woman with tons of tattoos all over that she paid for,” one caller said. “And then we — boohoo — have to worry about the fact that her children are not cared for properly?”

Take Blood Pressure in Both Arms


It may be a good idea to get a blood pressure reading in both arms rather than just one. A difference in those readings, a new study suggests, is an independent risk factor for heart disease.

Florence_Nightingale_CDV_by_H_LenthallFar More Than a Lady With a Lamp


Its first sentences changed my idea of Florence Nightingale forever: “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm. It is quite necessary, nevertheless, to lay down such a principle.” As true today as it was 150 years ago — acerbic, witty and clear. What would she have thought of the Affordable Care Act? She would have liked its emphasis on public health, on data and on adequate care for everyone. There’s just one thing she would have missed — her belief that caring for the sick is not a business but a calling.

World’s Biggest Arms Importer, India Wants to Buy Local


India ranks eighth in the world in military spending. Among the top 10 weapons buyers, only Saudi Arabia has a less productive homegrown military industry. China, by contrast, has been so effective that it is beginning to export higher-technology arms. But Mr. Joshi said India’s government needed to get out of manufacturing. “Our defense industrial base is hopelessly out of date,” he said. “It needs to be dismantled and handed over to the private sector.”

Transformers Expose Limits in Securing Power Grid

By Rebecca Smith: Updated March 4, 2014 4:59 p.m. ET

The U.S. electric grid could take months to recover from a physical attack due to the difficulty in replacing one of its most critical components.

The U.S. electric grid could take months to recover from a physical attack because it would be so hard and expensive to replace critical transformers if they were destroyed. Rebecca Smith reports on the News Hub. Photo: AP.

The glue that holds the grid together is a network of transformers, the hulking gray boxes of steel and copper that weigh up to 800,000 pounds and make it possible to move power long distances. Transformers were badly damaged in an attack on a California substation last year, and government reports have warned for years that saboteurs could cause sustained damage to the grid by targeting the massive machines.

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