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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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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 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 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?
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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 VeteransVillage.org.
SHARE 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 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 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...
(5 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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."
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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?
SHARE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Manifest Positivity Advocacy Journalism Collective Seeks Collaborators
The video below is the new Welcome Message at the top of ManifestPositivity.org, 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 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 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 Wednesday, September 2, 2009 Sabotage/Progress as Yin/Yang
In this video, I refer to the ManifestPositivity.org 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 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 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).
(1 comments) SHARE 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 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 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.