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Dave Berman, C.Ht. has extensive training and experience in Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Life Coaching. He is also a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Ivy League graduate (B.S. in Communication from Cornell University), and a prolific author and public speaker. Dave currently sees local clients in two Atlanta area locations as well as assisting others around the world via Skype. His latest book, co-written with Kelley T. Woods, is called Laughter For the Health of It and can be found on Amazon.

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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 25, 2009
Book Review - Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union by David Swanson Well known activist David Swanson offers a thorough analysis of America's problems and a detailed vision of her better future.
Yin/Yang, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 9, 2012
Calibrating Your Thought Compass: What Thought Feels Better? Your feelings reflect your thoughts. The Thought Compass is a way to calibrate the quality of your thinking & guide you in choosing the best feeling thoughts. This also facilitates manifestation of desired outcomes in life.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 27, 2009
Book Review: "am I being kind" by Michael J. Chase Presenting stories of his own imperfect self and spiritual evolution as context, Chase delivers a simple and digestible message influenced by The Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, Buddha and Christ (among others), without being cerebral, esoteric or religious.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 15, 2008
Photo Gallery: Eureka, CA Peace March 3/15/08 I took lots of photos today. Below are just a few of my favorites (very tough to choose!).
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 27, 2008
Slacker Uprising? Not in the Charlie Brown Nation. Michael Moore released a new film this week called "Slacker Uprising." After watching the free download tonight I realized nobody would have paid to see this had it been released in theaters. In general, I like Moore and his films. But watching "Slacker Uprising" was like seeing the Charlie Brown Nation running up to kick the football that is always pulled away at the last moment. Will Charlie ever learn? Will we?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 1, 2008
Hurricane Gustav, Shock Doctrine and "Election" Events Hurricane Gustav will make landfall Monday, but the storm has already altered the presidential campaign. The militarized response on the Gulf Coast, as well as to protest of the Republican convention in MN, are foreboding signs for the prospects of martial law.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Humboldt's False Alternative to Diebold Humboldt County, CA - After certifying inaccurate election results due to a Diebold programming failure, the Registrar is all too eager to switch to Hart eScan machines, another accuracy-challenged proprietary and secret vote counting system found vulnerable to undetectable manipulation. Real progress or false alternative?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 24, 2008
How To Disarm Weapons of Mass Deception We have to protect ourselves, not only from our government's lawlessness, but also from weapons of mass deception.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Did you know Sept. 17 is officially Constitution Day and Citizenship Day? In honor of the occasion, I'll be speaking at a rally in Eureka, CA. Here is an outline preview of how I suggest we reject "elections" that can only produce unprovable results.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 9, 2009
Humboldt Election Transparency Project Identifies Another Discrepancy In November's Reported Results The Humboldt County Election Transparency Project has found a second discrepancy in the results of November's election, which were certified as accurate in early December, just prior to discovering the Diebold central tabulation program, GEMS, had secretly deleted 197 ballots from the total count. Now we learn the official count also included 57 ballots counted twice.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 11, 2008
Adventure Therapy For Veterans Coming to Incopah Incopah is planned as a rural retreat for veterans transitioning back to life at home. This is a project in the works in Humboldt County, CA, following in the footsteps of other similar "campuses" opened across the country via
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Humboldt's Secret Hart Attack Humboldt, CA - Registrar of Voters authorizes citizen-developed Election Transparency Project; audit discovers Diebold secretly deleted 197 ballots and inaccurate results were certified; Registrar proposes "false alternative" of Hart InterCivic machines, and keeps the plan a secret until it is nearly too late.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 30, 2008
Telling No Lies and Still Not Telling the Truth Those who recognize electronic voting machines have brought us secret vote counting know federal election results are inherently inconclusive and unprovable. Say this now and don't stop. Those who can't go there may be telling no lies and still not telling the truth.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 11, 2008
Humboldt At The Tipping Point: Who Dares Defend Diebold? Humboldt County, CA - Citizen volunteers conducting an Election Transparency Project reveal a previously known failure in Diebold's software resulted in official certification of inaccurate election results this November. Even the Registrar has lost confidence in Diebold. A local perspective on a story making national news...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 14, 2007
How To Forecast Labor, Cost and Time For Hand-Counting Paper Ballots At the risk of being immodest, what I'm about to describe has the potential to greatly advance the hand-counted paper ballot (HCPB) movement in every community.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 7, 2008
Prosecute Bush For Murder Legendary prosecutor and best-selling author Vincent Bugliosi has a new book called "The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder." He's urging thousands of district attorneys to take the case. A cause worth supporting?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2008
Unemployment Rises, Media Act Surprised The word "unexpected" should not be used when referring to much anymore, but especially not an increase in unemployment numbers.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Naomi Wolf: Dear world, please confront America Commentary about Naomi Wolf's recent op-ed called "Dear world, please confront America."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 9, 2009
Humboldt Republicans Call For Public Discussion of Proposed Voting Machine Switch The Republican Party of Humboldt County, CA has issued a press release announcing their adoption of a resolution in support of a "public discussion process" before the Board of Supervisors votes on the proposal from Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich to switch from Diebold/Premier "election" machines to similar equipment made by Hart InterCivic.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 10, 2009
My Present Path Toward Advocacy Journalism (aka Reflections On Independence, Volume 6) This is a statement of intention calling for public servants (formerly called activists) to participate in creating a new talk show to not only promote your work but achieve your goals.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 5, 2010
Ho'oponopono "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." I silently repeated these words of ho'oponopono after sideswiping a mountain with my car today. Nobody was hurt and I am now safe.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 15, 2010
Emotional Freedom Technique Works Well At Incopah EFT is "energy psychology," an alternative to traditional talk therapies that involves finger tapping on acupuncture points while repeating short phrases associated with emotional or physical pain. Today I filmed a navy veteran recall the horrors of Viet Nam, then discharge the emotional trauma and become able to comfortably discuss what had haunted him for decades.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2009
Please Help Save The Peter B. Collins Show Peter B. Collins announced on his syndicated talk radio show this past Friday that his last show in its current "configuration" would be next Friday, March 20. Listeners are rallying to reverse this decision, and what I'm writing is an urgent plea for your help.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 17, 2008
John Nichols: 2000, 2004 Elections "Inconclusive"; Humboldt Dems to Show "Uncounted" This Sat The Nation's John Nichols' calls the 2000 and 2004 elections "inconclusive," a word I've used for years. Now we must recognize that with election conditions virtually the same, 2008 is guaranteed to be inconclusive and unprovable as well.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 21, 2007
NY Judge Threatens To Jail NY Board of Elections (Was He Just Kidding?) The Department of Justice has taken the upper hand in forcing NY to accept secret vote counting and discredited electronic voting machines. Judge Gary Sharpe sneered at input from election integrity advocates around the nation, and repeatedly threatened to hold members of the State Board of Elections in contempt of court if their HAVA compliance plan is not ready by January 4.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 12, 2009
Funding Frozen For Proposed Humboldt Voting Machine Switch A controversial proposal to switch from Diebold/Premier to Hart InterCivic secret vote counting machines will come before the Humboldt County, CA Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Meanwhile, funding for the plan has been frozen at the state level and community members are calling for a public evaluation of additional alternatives.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 30, 2006
So much for checks and balances, welcome to absolute power On Tuesday afternoon a San Diego judge dismissed a lawsuit on the grounds that the court has no jurisdiction over determining membership in the U.S. Congress. The result is that House Speaker Dennis Hastert has appointed Brian Bilbray to represent CA's 50th district, nullifying an election by terminating it prior to certification or even the completion of the vote counting.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Bowen Review Lights Up Humboldt Media CA SoS Bowen is making big waves with her Top To Bottom Review of voting systems throughout the state. The Humboldt County media is starting to notice, and turn to me for comment.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 3, 2008
Eureka Times-Standard OpEd: Hand-counting ballots can work Click here to see what it looks like when citizens not only watchdog election conditions, but fiercely tend to the way the media covers the issue. "He-said/She-said" doesn't truly create balance in all news articles, instead often creating false balance. Dig into this where you live.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 7, 2006
Reflections on Independence, Volume 4 This is the fourth entry in my annual series of Reflections on Independence. This year is really more of a progress report than a philosophical grok on the meaning of Independence.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 26, 2006
San Diego Voters' Lawsuit Changing the Dialog The lawsuit contesting the election of Brian Bilbray to CA's 50th Congressional District was in court Friday. While the plaintiffs were fending off a defense motion to dismiss the case, it was already a victory in that the defense, like the plaintiffs, was arguing the election be deemed invalid.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 19, 2010
Emotional Freedom Technique Helps Viet Nam Veteran Overcome PTSD Last weekend I filmed a demonstration of Emotional Freedom Technique which helped a Viet Nam vet overcome PTSD, and allowed him to comfortably discuss shocking and horrifying emotional trauma that had haunted him for 40 years.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 18, 2007
Getting the Election Watchdog Message in the Media Today, the Eureka Times-Standard has published a guest opinion column I wrote. It carries more than just the message that my community group, the Voter Confidence Committee, is building a campaign for hand-counted paper ballots. It goes beyond reporting highlights from Secretary of State Debra Bowen's Top To Bottom Review. This
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 9, 2007
What Have We Learned About Elections Lately? CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen has put election integrity in the headlines. Humboldt County has produced some great and some terrible reporting. This article breaks it down and summarizes conditions for continued use of Diebold's so-called "electronic voting machines."
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 6, 2008
Commentary on NYTimes: Can You Count On These Machines? The New York Times devotes nearly 8,000 words to electronic voting, telling us little we didn't already know while perpetuating false framing about "trust" in election results. But what else should we expect from them, after all? It's just one more component feeding inherent uncertainty.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 22, 2006
The Delacroy Parable, aka Man of the Year movie review Man of the Year is far more than a vehicle for the humor of Robin Williams. It is quite possibly the gift we've been waiting for to enable us to reach a critical mass of people who understand there is no basis for confidence in reported election results.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 20, 2006
Peter B. Collins Received Very Well in Humboldt Peter B. Collins came to Humboldt on Wednesday, broadcasting his afternoon talk radio show from the theater in the Dell'Arte School of Physical Arts in Blue Lake, CA. Over 100 people were in the theater audience for this show heard in five cities as well as online. Wednesday's show, devoted entirely to issues of election integrity, is archived here (.mp3).
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 8, 2008
Vets For Peace Chapter 56 Reiterates Call For Hand-Counting Paper Ballots Following recent announcements by the Redwood ACLU and the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC), on Thursday night Veterans For Peace Chapter 56 adopted a resolution calling for Humboldt County to switch to all hand-counted paper ballots by the June 2008 primary election. The statement, shown in full below, is nearly identical to the one adopted February 18 by the HCDCC.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 29, 2007
Who Does Not Consent? College students in my community staged an event called "We Do Not Consent." As the author of a book and blog called "We Do Not Consent," I was invited to speak.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 23, 2008
Peter B. Collins, Dave Berman to Discuss Unprovable Federal Election Results - 10/23 5pm PT For a long time I have argued federal election results are inherently inconclusive, unknowable and unprovable - based entirely on the conditions under which "elections" are conducted. There is simply no basis for confidence in the reported results, that is, no reason to believe them. This message is about to become significantly amplified.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 18, 2008
So-ing The Seeds of Change "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -- John F. Kennedy
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 14, 2008
Humboldt Dems Call For Hand-Counting Paper Ballots Humboldt, CA - Support for hand-counting paper ballots is spreading.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Reflections on Independence, Volume 5 For many people it is difficult to think of July 4 as Independence Day, or a day to celebrate. This year, take some time think about what it really means to you. Read the master change manual, The Declaration of Independence, and see where your mind goes. This is the fifth installment in my annual Reflections on Independence series.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Power of the Peace Circle, An Interview With Bob Koehler Bob Koehler is a Tribune Media Services syndicated columnist and self-described "peace journalist." This is a split screen video interview done via Skype in which he discusses "peace circles," restorative justice, and the personal power involved in peaceful revolution.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Introduction to the Peace Circle Tuesday morning I'll be doing an interview with "peace journalist" Bob Koehler, who recently wrote a column called "Power With, Power Over," about his participation in a gathering called a "peace circle."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hey Media! - Don't Report As Fact What Can't Even Be Proven (Federal Election Results) At a Constitution Day rally Wednesday in Eureka, CA, I put out the call to challenge the media not to report as fact what can't even be proven (federal election results). Grab the audio and share.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2008
NH Chaos Represents Opportunity; Nancy Tobi Pleads For No "Recount" I'm looking at this New Hampshire situation and I'm saying alright already let's make the most of this opportunity to move ahead with the peaceful revolution.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 4, 2006
No more blind trust in unverifiable elections Humboldt County, CA election integrity advocate challenges local media not to report what can't be proven and what hasn't been independently verified.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 7, 2007
If Venezuelans Have a Dictator, What Have We Here? A newspaper editor's own words are used to describe America's current dictatorship. These are some pointed questions for those who see only what they want to see.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 20, 2008
Activists chanted for voter confidence There is a serious movement afoot in support of hand-counting paper ballots in Humboldt County (CA) elections. Last Saturday's Peace March in Eureka furthered our organizing efforts. This was noticed by the Eureka Reporter. This post also includes other important updates on the Humboldt hand-count campaign.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 21, 2006
92% of Americans Favor Public's Right To Know How Votes Are Counted A new Zogby poll will be released on Tuesday revealing 92% of Americans support transparency and verifiability in elections. Attorney Paul Lehto commissioned the study and calls it one of the greatest "shots in the arm" the election integrity movement has yet had.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Humboldt Registrar Explains Opposition to Hand-Counting Paper Ballots Peter B. Collins recently broadcast his syndicated talk radio show live from the Eureka Theater. Members of the Voter Confidence Committee were on the program discussing their proposal for hand-counting paper ballots. The local Registrar called in unexpectedly and said what?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 3, 2006
Legal Challenges to Election Conditions From Coast to Coast Voters are increasingly turning to the courts to seek relief against election conditions that provide no basis for confidence in the results reported.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Manifest Positivity Advocacy Journalism Collective Seeks Collaborators The video below is the new Welcome Message at the top of, noting some of the first contributors to our advocacy journalism collective, as well as some of the other online communities being engaged, and the collaborator questionnaire now available for those considering getting involved.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 21, 2006
Even Less Than No Basis For Confidence, One Year Later The most timely Voter Confidence Resolution (VCR) has received media attention all over the country and beyond and is celebrating its first anniversary.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 10, 2008
Humboldt Dems May Consider HCPB Resolution Despite the temptation to get absorbed in the slo-mo train wreck that appears in most people's rear view mirror as the NH primary, the Voter Confidence Committee has continued conducting a campaign for hand-counting paper ballots here in Humboldt County, CA. Tonight we pitched the local Dems who received us well. Next step? Click through...
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 21, 2006
Voter Confidence Resolution ADOPTED By Palo Alto City Council By a 5-3 vote on Monday night, the City Council of Palo Alto, CA adopted the Voter Confidence Resolution (VCR). Palo Alto joins Arcata, CA as the second city to declare that current election conditions ensure inconclusive outcomes, which by definition, means there is no basis for confidence in the reported results.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sabotage/Progress as Yin/Yang In this video, I refer to the Glossary term "sabotage," exploring its yin/yang relationship with progress. This is also the first time I'm publicly stating my intention to create a self-help workbook, which will happen in collaboration with people participating in the web-based TV talk show I'm also working on. This post is helping to manifest both.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Aren't We Being Taken For Fools? Letter to the Editor Yes, we are being taken as fools.Government (and media) legitimacy comes only from the consent of the governed.Isn't it foolish for the 92% of us who know better to consent to such election conditions?We must count the ballots by hand,the most transparent,secure and verifiably accurate way to conduct an election. Isn't it foolish to assign legitimacy to any government that prefers counting votes in secret?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Voter Confidence Committee Joins Amicus Brief in Federal Election Lawsuit Humboldt County election watchdog group The Voter Confidence Committee (VCC), together with more than 30 other election integrity groups and advocates from coast to coast, have joined an amicus brief filed just prior to Friday's deadline in the case of US v NY State Board of Elections (Case # 1:06-cv-263). The Department of Justice is suing New York State to compel compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Lehto Launches Legal Challenge to San Diego Election Attorney Paul Lehto has risen to prominence challenging election conditions that produce inconclusive outcomes and provide no basis for confidence. His latest case in San Diego.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 24, 2008
Humboldt Dems' Subcommittee Advances HCPB Resolution Humboldt County, CA - Election watchdogs the Voter Confidence Committee continue to build community support for hand-counted paper ballots. A subcommittee of the County Dems has unanimously recommended a HCPB resolution to the full Dem Central Committee.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Who Is Inside America's Trojan Horse? Where should we look to find people trying their darnedest to do the right thing, only to be unwittingly serving the empire? Look inside America's Trojan Horse.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 25, 2007
Time To Check Your Least Some days it feels like real life interferes with the work of saving the world. It can be tough to find the right balance. "The least you can do" is a concept that aims for tangible and concrete progress in small steps. The least *you* can do may be more than you think. Take a few minutes to check your least.

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