Alcoholics Anonymous; "Hi, My name is Uncle Sam and I'm an alcoholic"

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Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#1 Sep 14, 2013
Post #5 was removed from thread '"Some of Us"; Christianity Today'; that thread contains "Some Of Us"--my criticism of the abuse in AA, and post #5, if remembering correctly, summed up by relating the William James quote about "the spirit of corporate dominion" with Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Meaning much of the abuse in AA may well be due to "corporate dominion"; court ordered AA; i.e., "Hi. My name is Uncle Sam and I am an alcoholic.", etc., etc.
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#2 Sep 16, 2013
Love San Remo Festival 1960's/early 70's:

Rizzi Lucia - L'addio

video by texvinrot

Found this a few years ago on YouTube, vieiwng it again--very enjoyable. Love when it cuts to the violins and then the chorus comes in--"L'addio"...and then at the end when her eyelids flutter. Great, great video.
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#3 Sep 18, 2013
This is another video favorite--"Mistero" where she climbs the tree....but unable to pull u the video in full,only able to pull up this one that only goes for 1:50....(YouTube malfunctioning on these public computers here for some reason)...

Gigliola Cinquetti "Mistero" 1973

video by lenotedeltmpo
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#4 Sep 18, 2013
That "Mistero" video was only posted yesterday--Sept. 17. Strange coincidence, and already it has 36 views. Wonder why it only goes 1:50 though?

Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#5 Sep 18, 2013
It's happened again...I spoke at Idaho Falls, ID City Council meeting 9/12/2013. You can pull up the video of the meeting by going onto the City webpage and selecting "live stream".

Problem: The first two minutes of my three minutes have been ommitted (it is not the first time I have spoke at a City Council meeting and had my comments censored). I was the first and only person to speak during public comment (which began as the first item on the agenda). I spoke about pepper spray not being enough to stop a charging bear. Referred to "Be Bear Aware"--the pamphlet advising people to use pepper spray for bear attacks; that pamphlet is distributed by the National Forest Service and I cited the pamphlet showing pepper spray is endorsed by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and National Forest Service bear biologists (there are other gov't endorsements but don't have the pamphlet in front of me at the moment).

I shared of our bear attack in 1996 where pepper spray did not stop the bear; the bear knocked me down, was growling and snarling in my face while swinging its paw threateningly at my head, etc.

I then shared U.S wildlife officials themselves use firearms when responding to bear attacks--not pepper spray. "So they know what the better choice is yet they advise the public to use pepper spray".

I then began sharing about the marijuana issue, and although some of that is ommitted too, the video begins with some of my comments about the marijuana issue (that the argument of it being needed to be legalized for the tax revenue is refuted by Noam Chomsky's Understanding Power, Chapter 10, footnote 28.

But why was the pepepr spray issue completely ommitted, particularly when I had recently spoken before the Jackson, WY city council on the same issue, only to have columnist Jake Nichols (of Jackson Planet Hole newspaper) portray me as irrational and crazy.

If this Idaho Falls video were not edited to where my comments on the bear issue do not appear, it could have served as proof (in comparison) that Jake Nichols portrayal of my speaking during public comment was an unethical cheap shot smear job.
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#6 Sep 20, 2013
William James and Reinhold Niebuhr both have good insight on the abusiveness that occurs to people on the group level that otherwise would not ordinarily occur. I'll compile them together at some point because they make for interesting reading and help explain some of the negative group dynamics in AA.

Also, just came across the following while reading Tolstoy's 'War and Peace':

"The only thought in his mind at that time was: Who was it that had really sentenced him to death? Not the men on the Commission that had first examined him -- not one of them had wished to or, evidently, could have done it. It was not Davout, who had looked at him in so human a way....Then who was executing him, killing him, depriving him of life -- him, Pierre, with all his memories, aspirations, hopes, and thoughts? Who was doing this? And Pierre felt that it was no one.

It was a system -- a concurrence of circumstances.

A system of some sort was killing him -- Pierre --depriving him of life, everything, annihilating him."

The "spirit of corporate dominion" that William James refers to?

Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#7 Sep 20, 2013
Love this video--one of my very favorites of Marisa Sannia:

MARISA SANNIA - LO SAPPIAMO NOI DUE.avi

video byMUSICCLUBAMICAMUSICA·60
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#8 Sep 20, 2013
This doesn't get nearly the amount of views as her Casa Bianca performance, but love this one too:

Marisa Sannia - com'è dolce la sera

video by amandoledonne3
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#9 Sep 21, 2013
Another super nice one by Marisa Sannia:

Tutto o Niente

video by sama amalphis
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#10 Sep 21, 2013
Funny. Just ran "Tutto o Niente" through online translation and it means "all or nothing". Apropos of the absolutism here.
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#11 Sep 21, 2013
The AA absolutism in "Some of Us" (on other thread) rather.
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#12 Sep 21, 2013
That is very funny. Noticed that before when writing about AA on this forum, happened to mention that particular Marisa Sannia video and ran it through online translation finding out it meant "all or nothing". Couldn't have managed that if I'd tried (especially w/out knowing Italian)....
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#13 Sep 23, 2013
Both times when writing about AA's absolutism and then viewing Marisa Sannia's Tutto O Niente while then referring to that specific video here--both times were not on purpose. Just happened to be right on topic.
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#14 Sep 26, 2013
This is nice....looks like a famous song sung by many....love the album cover:

GIGLIOLA CINQUETTI - Ne me quitte pas.(No me dejes)

video by marvioleta1
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#15 Sep 27, 2013
Great! The video comes up now--it wouldn't load for some reason for awhile there...love this b/w video--Michele Torr's face is very expressive; love how her chin dimples up:

Michèle Torr "Only you"

video by Ina Chansons
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#16 Sep 27, 2013
This goes with it:

Michèle Torr "Il faut savoir"

video by Ina Chansons
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#17 Sep 30, 2013
Forgot how good this is:

Michèle Torr La grande chanson 1965 séquence discorama

video by Franck Guilpain
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#18 Oct 2, 2013
Hard to believe this has >3,000 views; an all-time fave:

Jennifer - La mélodie

video by gusyverdetv
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#19 Oct 2, 2013
This is a super cool video; another all-time fave:

Roberta Mazzoni "Lo Di Notte"

Love the space between her teeth; similar to Gigliola Cinquetti in one of her "Come Te" videos...
Chris Deile

Idaho Falls, ID

#20 Oct 2, 2013
That Roberta Mazzoni video (above) is posted by SAMA45100....unable to cut/paste, but think it also says Cantanigaro 1966...

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