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  1. Both my wife and I have been doing the grounding thing for about a year now. For us, the main benefit is far better more restful sleep. Our approach is as follows. We got the 1/2 sheet from When we ordered we got the book, electric circuit tester, ground rod, and resistance wire. The ground rod has about 50 ohms resistance and the wire has about 50,000 ohms. The 50,000 ohm resistance is what they are relying on to keep you safe. I was not comfortable with that and just disconnect with predicted thunderstorms. I was definitely not comfortable with hooking myself up to the house ground through the electric outlet. When something shorts and goes to ground you could be part of that circuit. What I did was drive a 8 foot copper plated ground rod into the ground outside my bedroom which is not near the house ground rod. I connected a 12 gauge wire to it and put alligator clips on the other end. The alligator clips connect to the 1/2 sheet. I disconnect them when we have thunderstorms. The risk of lightning strikes outside of thunderstorms is tiny and I'm willing to take that risk. We did experiment with the resistor in line and sleep was better without it. He came to the same conclusion in the book.
  2. Stillness Movement

    I practice 1-2 hours per day in a focused time and manner and a few more hours when I am doing other things.
  3. The coming economic crisis

    Both the effective repeal of the Glass-Stegall act and the current insane deficit spending primarily on entitlement programs are both significant contributors to our current problems. If you want to understand how we got where we are and where we are going here are the best books. Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money by Robert T. Kiyosaki (more middle of the road) Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown by David Wiedemer et. al. (more extreme, take with a grain of salt) The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy--If We Let It Happen by Arthur B. Laffer et. al.
  4. Gulf Oil Spill & Continuous Outpour

    This approach would still let some portion of the oil out. Maybe they were trying the approaches they thought would fully contain the flow first. Even though it has happened in the past in shallower water, it is very obvious that no one had prepared for this worst case scenario in deep water.
  5. Gulf Oil Spill & Continuous Outpour

    What would be even more effective is to have a vessel with the appropriate submersible pumps and containment structures to pump up from 1 mile deep into an onboard oil and water separator. The oil goes into the supertanker and the water goes back in the ocean. Multiple vessels like this could be held in reserve in case this ever happens again.
  6. Gulf Oil Spill & Continuous Outpour

    The well should be able to be stopped with a relief well. Essentially this is drill another well nearby and intersect the existing well. The problem is that it will take several months to do it. There will be significant additional oil released in the meantime.
  7. Gulf Oil Spill & Continuous Outpour

    Neither BP, nor anyone else knows the exact amount of oil coming out of the well. What you see in the video and what is actually coming out of the well is a mixture of both oil and natural gas. It could easily be 80-90% natural gas. You would hope that those scientists that were trying to make independent estimates would understand this. There is no way that I know of to measure the proportions of each at the pipe opening in an undersea uncontrolled leak like this. It might be possible to get a better estimate of the amount of oil when you are further away from the pipe opening and the gas has separated out, however those approaches have their problems also. I imagine the reason that BP did not want to release the video is that people would jump to conclusions without understanding the reality. This does not make BP any less responsible for what happened.
  8. How important is a closing?

    I have always had energy headaches with various practices like AYP and Kunlun and had to work hard to adjust my practice to avoid them. With Michael's closedown, I have not had energy headaches for the past 6 months except when I did not do it. It only takes about 7 minutes to do.
  9. Kunlun and Demons

    I practiced Kunlun for about a year and found out that the 5 elements standing postures were essential for stability. It ended up being about 1/3 of my practice time. There were a number of reasons I moved on to a different practice, but one was that there was no satisfactory explanation why things worked as they did and why people had the effects they did. It is good now to finally learn some more about what I was doing in this thread.
  10. I became much more risk averse after I was married and especially after I had kids. I used to regularly drive over 100 mph in a sports car designed drive that fast (and faster). I mostly stopped driving it after my first child was born and now I'm selling it. If I were single I'd still be more of a risk taker.
  11. Are headaches after meditation normal?

    I have had many issues with energy headaches. For me, a little pressure is ok, but headache pain is not. Essentially energy headaches are caused when there is too much energy work being done on the head during practice or there is too much energy left in the head. For the first cause, keep reducing the time of the practice that is causing you problems until you find a short enough time that does not cause headaches. You may also find that practice is not the one for you at all right now. For the second find a good closing routine. Michael Lomax describes an excellent one in his book I have been using it for the past 6 months and the only time I get energy headaches is when I don't do it.
  12. Merry Christmas 2009

    Merry Christmas to all. We had 12 inches of snow here, more than any other snowfall in the past 19 years. The kids are loving it, but I have to shovel the driveway
  13. Magnet Healing therapies

    Donna Eden has a section in her book on magnets and their use. She apparently uses them and has practical advice.
  14. Do any Bums stare at Goats?

    Back to goats. A Viewers Guide to THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS By Col. John B. Alexander - US Army (Ret) . Nov 9th, 2009 . The movie, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, is based on a book of the same title. While listed as nonfiction, the facts were extrapolated almost beyond recognition. The people in the book were listed by their real names. I was named many times. While some Special Forces units experimented with various techniques, the vast majority of the incidents came from one of two other sources. Formal psi research programs were conducted in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). There was also a unique think tank called Task Force Delta at Headquarters Department of the Army and later at the Army War College. Delta was arguably the most innovative organization in the world. With support of senior leadership, we were consciously pushing the envelope. It should be noted that all of the explorations undertaken were done based on solid rationale. Facts and Fiction - The First Earth Battalion (1EB) was created by Lt. Col. Jim Channon, a brilliant imaginer and artist. He literally owns the First Earth Battalion concept. - The 1EB was never an authorized military unit of the U.S. Army - The 1EB was a notional concept that encouraged/allowed people to think innovatively, yet within a military construct - The New Earth Battalion is a movie version of 1EB - Most of the movie characters are based on real people - though some are composites - The Kevin Spacey character seems to be made up for movie purposes - Senior officer with ponytail (Jeff Bridges) NOT REAL - Remote Viewing - REAL- and was a 20 year official program - Use of Remote Viewing in Gen Dozier kidnapping by Red Brigade - REAL - Concern about Soviet psychic research - REAL - JEDI projects - REAL - but ad hoc (I had one of them with multi-agencies) - Spoon bending - REAL - was taught to hundreds - Cloud busting -REAL - though never as fast as done by Clooney - Computer crashing - REAL - incident did happen - Fire walking -REAL - New Age exploration - REAL - Running into walls - NOT REAL (is the opening scene of the movie) - Use of LSD - not only NO, BUT HELL NO - Hamster staring -ATTEMPTED - by Guy Savelli (a civilian martial artist) - Goat Lab - REAL - used to train medics - Goats - Hit by martial artists - It did die hours later - Goats - Staring - no credible evidence to support this allegation - Dim mak - PROBABLY REAL - supported by physical evidence - References to a hollow army -REAL - post Vietnam was a traumatic period