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BURGLARY LAST NIGHT AT PRO FITNESS

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BURGLARY LAST NIGHT AT PRO FITNESS

BURGLARY LAST NIGHT AT PRO FITNESS – January 29, 2014, Miami, FL
An estimated $650 in goods (nutritional supplements, fitness apparel, audio equipment) and $70 in cash was stolen from Pro Fitness at Sunset sometime after closing yesterday night. Sometime just before closing, a rear emergency exit, that always remains locked, was intentionally altered (from the inside) to later allowed said burglar unauthorized entry into the Studio, with the intent to commit a felony. Based on the extreme precision and obvious premeditation with which the crime was executed, there are clear and conclusive indicators that this was “an inside job.” It is with near certainty that the potential suspect is believed to be a regular member of (what I & my partner have often referred to as) our Pro Fitness Family.

Pro Fitness Front Desk

Who are members of the Pro Fitness Family? They are the people that we see every day; they are the people that we know by name… that you know by name. They are the people whom with we laugh; debate exercise technique & proper nutrition; talk sports, argue politics or simply comment on the weather. Some are the people with whom we’ve shared our deepest secrets and an a few are even ones we’ve cried with. We’ve seen our Pro Fitness Family members, get married and get divorced, bear children and bury loved ones. We’ve witness countless miracles, like the time one of our Pro Fitness Family members was resuscitated at the scene of a deadly car crash—only to be subsequently diagnosed with severe brain damage and only the prognosis of life in vegetive state, being fed through one tube and excreting from another—come walking back into the Studio just one year later! More than that, she came ready to start working out again… right back in the very place where she first began her fitness journey. Over the years, I’ve personally experienced the joy and wonder of working with my clients, while their children grew, from kindergarden to college, right under my nose! These are the relationships that begin, are nurtured and become interwoven into the very fiber of our being (and the fibers of our muscles) and the fabric of our lives. Here, at Pro Fitness at Sunset. These are each and every one of you. You are our Pro Fitness Family.
Detectives have already been interviewing potential witnesses, video footage is under review and a profile of the perpetrator is being compiled. However, when it comes to the value of things in life, the worst damage is not the loss of monetary stuffs (though we do feel a significant pinch from a $720 loss on a day-to-day business perspective); the greater atrocity is the deep sadness and the betrayal of trust inflicted by the ricochet of this incident. Our Pro Fitness Family of friendly neighborhood fitness fanatics is one of the greatest sources of pride and pleasure in our work. It is what keeps us from being beat down, worn out, and drained dry by the vortex of the daily grind; it is what keeps us centered, rooted and inside this enigma that is termed “the fitness industry.”
We have great gratitude and hold universal love for each and every one of our Pro Fitness Family members, and we hope to be a part of this beautiful little anomaly on our planet for a long time to come.
If you have any information that can help us identify and bring to justice the person (or persons) who has broken the unspoken but very tangible bond we all share, think about what your Pro Fitness Family means to you… and then do what you know you must.

May this and every day offer you just what you need in each unfolding moment,
Amanda

A New Dawn. A New Day

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The Seed:

Post on December 20, by Helen Galindo, on her Facebook Wall…

For those “12/21Mayan Believers” Please read Matthew 24:36 (Jesus said) “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the “Father” alone.

The Epiphany:

Comment by Mandy…

I agree. It doesn’t say no one will “believe.” It says know one will “know.”

To me, this date simply marks the last day of a COLOSSALLY LONG CALENDAR…
So, what generally happens after the LAST DAY of any cyclical  calendar (or means by which we measure TIME: a second, minute, hour, day, week, …century, millennium)?
We celebrate the FIRST DAY of the NEW CALENDAR!!!
For example, the first day of our Western (Gregorian) Calendar is on January 1st. This is a mere “time-stamp” allowing us to functionally (or perhaps dis-functionality) indicate that we now have been given permission to PASS GO…

…and begin another lap around The Sun!

Sorry to burst the narrow-minded bubble of our Western culture, but the “Infinite Expanse of the Cosmos” does not schedule itself by our Earth’s orbit, around our Sun, in our Solar System, in our Milky Way Galaxy.
There are scores if not hundred of calendars, by which ancient and modern cultures (other than our own) mark time. The Ancient Egyptians, alone, had THREE different calendars
  • Lunar/Sothic: 1460 Years
  • Civil: 25 Years
  • Solar/Seasonal: 360 (30 x 12) + 5 days

The first day of the Ancient Egyptian Calendar is our July 19th. It marked the beginning of the “Season of Inundation” (The Flooding of The Nile River), which brought and deposited nutrient rich soil for a new harvest. This anticipation symbolized The Divine Gift of Abundance, Redemption, Rebirth, Renewal and so on!!! (Not disaster, calamity, and chaos.)

Furthermore, their is no indication of the use “tense” (past/future) in the Ancient Egyptian language. All events (past/present/future) can only happen NOW. They understood everything as “happening NOW.” There is no beginning and no end; no birth and no death. The Spirt is eternal and infinite. Transmutation Spirit into the form of a Soul was the required for—incarnation (entry into the human vessel) and—birth to occur. A Soul exists in time; The Spirit is omnipresent and limitless.
It is well known in quantum physics that time is NOT LINEAR. “Time” is a subjective experience, measured mostly by man’s objective calculations and instrumentations. However, as MODERN humans in this tangible plane, most of us have a become slaves to objective time—living in the future” (or the past)—rather then THE MOMENT.
The MOMENT of NOW is ETERNAL..

I cannot stay quiet: Part III (I keep clicking on “New Post.” Help!)

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The Seed:

Facebook exchange with Joanne Markarian:

Mandy posted on Roxanne Falco’s wall:

Too funny… I just found you are a mutual friend of Hippie Peace Freaks…which I just “Liked” via my mother’s cousin Joanne Markarian, who live thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, CA. BTW, she’s a rabid Democrat (LOL)! Your Mom, Gloria Falco would love her!
Small World…I love Facebook!
Blessings to you & Mom for the Holidays & Beyond!

Joanne posted on Mandy’s wall:

Hey there Mandy….just wanted to clarify….vociferous independent not a rabid dem…..lol

Mandy commented on Joanne’s post, but it turned into a full blown blog post:

Thanks, for clarifying that. (I really was just trying “poke” you to see if you were following me on FB. LOL!)  Roxanne and Gloria Falco are both members at one of our fitness centers (they happen to be originally from Easton, PA).  Adrian Suarez is always arguing politics with them. All in good fun.

Anyway…

The Epiphany:

I sure am learning a lot these days. I think I am realizing is that what I really am is more Libertarian than Republican anyway. I find myself conflicted, though. History has shown us again and again, that when “social liberties” are afforded (by “vociferous independents”) without bound, the demise of such a culture has begun. By the time it’s citizens turn around and say, “Hey, things seem to be getting a little out of control here. Something has to be done.” It’s already too late. Collapse is immanent. (BTW, when a culture does reach this point, the majority invariably refuses to believe it. They cannot see the forest for the trees.)

I am going to run with Freedom of Religion on this one:

Sure, you and I have strong spiritual beliefs, values and morals; and I would like to believe that the majority of humans do too. It seems that the problem begins when we start drawing lines in the sand about what is right and wrong. Where does it end? Furthermore, who (besides one’s own God or conscience) decides where that end is?

I think freedom of religion awesome, but as a “culture”—which is precisely what I see slipping away in America: CULTURE—we have to agree to be unified on certain CULTURAL issues. This would require each of us to compromise (or tolerate) something less than what equates to each of our own personal ideals.

I am insanely blessed to enjoy the freedom of my own personal sprawling, eclectic, unnamable form of worship. I also have deep pride and respect for the fundamental Judeo-Christian principles our country, as well as for The Bible, which is our handbook.

I do not identify myself as a Christian, per say. However I do not want to ban Christmas Trees or Nativity Scenes from being displayed downtown. I do not want to take down The Ten Commandments from The Supreme Court. I do not want to eliminate a child’s RIGHT TO PRAY in a public school, and I do not want to force a child to pray when they exercise their RIGHT TO ABSTAIN.

All of these things are a part of MY American CULTURE. Every enduring culture in history has had some degree of integration of “church and state.” (Note the use of the word integration, not occupation.) As a citizens of the United States of America, it is one of our civic duties to ACCEPT Judeo-Christian principles as the supporting STRUCTURE for this great country, without having to call one’s-self a Christian! Then, we can go wherever we want to worship however we please…or not at all! Better yet, if we’re still not happy… WE CAN LEAVE!

Personally, I am currently a proud member of Unity, Unity on the Bay, and Fellowship of Isis. (Thank Goddess!) Not to mention NA, AA, and sometimes OA.  LOL!

I’ve got the news on in the background, as I write this. Today is the third day of continuing coverage on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Connecticut. Joe Lieberman is talking about how we need to form National Commission on Mass Violence (Yay! Let’s all go wipe our asses with some more tax-payer dollars!), and it sounds like Dick Durbin wants to overturn the Second Amendment (I guess it’s time for me to close this rant, before they ban my blog too.).
Footnote: Adrian tried to post a few opinionated words on Facebook yesterday and he couldn’t. The page kept kicking back to refresh, every time. He finally rearranged a sentence or two and the post was accepted.

Hmmm…

The day the majority repeals…

The First Amendment will surely be that of my

Last Words.

My Favorite Picks for The Golden Rule:

Ancient Egyptian: “Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do.”
Yoruba: “One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.”
Wicca: “An it harm no one, do what thou wilt”
Zoroastrianism: “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.”

http://hipstermonk.com/the-golden-rule-a-list-of-two-dozen-versions/

I cannot stay quiet: Part II

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The Seed:

In the shadow of the December 14th massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a childhood friend of mine shared the following:

I believe in gun control. I believe in harsher censorship of video games. I believe in paying attention to what our children are paying attention to. I believe how we feed our bodies plays a great role in how we feed our souls. I believe we’ve lost control. I believe we can regain it if we all start to care. My heart is aching for humanity.

The Epiphany:

To my childhood friend,

I cannot stay quiet.

I hope you will stand to indulge my extensive comments all the way through. With my deepest respect for YOUR RIGHT to express your opinion, if I cannot impact yours with the following, then I am grateful for the exchange. And I am grateful that as Americans and friends we still can agree to disagree.
To be sure, I do agree with everything you wrote…except the very first sentence. Truth be told, if every other line you wrote came to be, the first one would be obsolete.
Perhaps I’ve learned a bit too much, living (for over 17 years) with a man who spent the first 25 years of his life (1954-1980) in Cuba. He grew up through the entire Cuban Revolution and witnessed first hand how a government’s PROMISE OF PEACE leads to nothing less than the END OF FREEDOM.  The campaign of propaganda that “gun control” will reduce everything from domestic murders, to armed robberies and public massacres is the subtle brainwashing that leads one step further away from our ability to protect the very fundament on which our—still not too late, to be great—country was built. FREEDOM.

You’ve heard the cliché. “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

Now, add to that one, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”

Do you know what is the preferred method of domestic murder in Cuba?

About half of the members of my Fitness Studio in Miami, FL were born and raised in Cuba, and they all concur:

Pour gasoline on your partner and throw them a lit match.

…may God forbid that such a victim survives.

May God forgive me too for such a thought, but it would be just as easy to do the same thing to a classroom of small defenseless children before they even understood what was happening to them.

When you have some free time, I urge you to read the full texts from which I have pulled the tidbits below.

You may remember my own naïveté back when we were kids. My idea of a perfect world was to be able to live on a “hippy commune.” Actually, it still is! The problem with it is that such a concept only works in theory. To that matter, a pure democracy also only works in theory. (Which is just about where this country is at.) As much as my moral beliefs abhor it, “equal voting rights for all” is also another step away from FREEDOM. Now, that’s a whole separate discussion.  However, in short, once the majority vote rests in the hands of those who have “financially less” than the minority, the collapse of capitalism is inevitable.

I cannot help but see glimpses of the foreshadow. “History IS repeating itself” in America right here and now. Ironically, it was the Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist, George Santayana who first wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

In 1959, Castro travelled to the United States to explain his revolution. He said, ‘I know what the world thinks of us, we are Communists, and of course I have said very clearly that we are not Communists; very clearly.’

—Year in Review – 1959. UPI. Retrieved 2011-12-24.)

It is a fact, well-known in Cuba, that by the middle of 1959—only six months after the revolution began—more and more people were beginning to realize they had gotten rid of one bloody dictatorship only to fall into another brutal dictatorship. The honeymoon between the Cuban people and the ‘revolution’ proclaimed by Castro was over.

With the triumph of the Revolution, the masses expected a return to civilian rule, and the dismantling of the military apparatus…

In his famous speech delivered on the triumphal arrival in Havana, Castro pledged an end to militarism: Arms? What for? The military barracks will be converted into schools.’

Castro’s acts belied his words. A few weeks later, the Cuban capital was swamped with thousands of young soldiers hastily mobilized into the new military and police forces by the ‘revolutionary’ government.

[Today:]

Nothing escapes their control. Everything and everybody is subject to their orders…

http://libcom.org/book/export/html/34069

A Black-Market In Guns:

A second underlying assumption of gun control is that guns will no longer be available to anyone, including the violent people who wish to procure them. This assumption is based on the hope that gun control will simply wipe guns totally out of existence, perhaps through some type of government buy-back scheme by which people are encouraged to turn in their weapons to the officials who promise to destroy or store them. Again, the assumption is false, fallacious, and dangerous.

One problem with this assumption is that it fails to take into consideration the free market or, more precisely, the black market that inevitably springs up in response to laws that attempt to restrict the supply of some product or service. Consider, for example, the war on drugs, a war in which the federal government has attempted to eliminate the supply of drugs for at least 30 years. Despite an increasing array of ever-harsher laws, those who desire drugs are still able to obtain them from those who are willing to take the risks to supply them.

Why wouldn’t we expect the same result with a war on guns? Wouldn’t a black market in guns immediately spring up, just as a black market in drugs sprang up when drugs were made illegal? And wouldn’t violent, anti-social people such as murderers and rapists be much more able and willing to acquire guns in such a market than peaceful and law-abiding people?

We would also be remiss if we failed to point out all the disastrous side effects of the federal attempt to stamp out drugs — gang wars, convenience-store killings, police corruption, and robberies, muggings, burglaries, and thefts, not to mention the ever-increasing governmental assaults on the civil liberties of the citizenry.

Why wouldn’t we expect the same results — if not worse — with a war on guns?

But if we just gave the government full powers to stamp out guns, then all guns could be stamped out once and for all, which would mean they couldn’t even be acquired illegally,” gun-control advocates implicitly suggest. That’s problematic, but let’s concede the point. Let’s assume that private ownership of guns is wiped out of existence in the United States and that somehow the government is able to prevent murderers and rapists from acquiring them in a black market.

The Biggest Threat to Liberty:

Would that make the American people safer? No, because a government that wielded the power to wipe out all guns in that society would be an omnipotent, tyrannical government, such as the one that exists in Cuba… To paraphrase an old saying, when guns are outlawed only the government will have guns.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger11.html

My Dear Long Friend, if you’ve read this far, I applaud your patience and open mindedness, and I thank you for affording your precious time to consider my opinions.

More on the Cuban Revolution at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Revolution

More from me on I cannot stay quiet (Part I):  https://coachmandy.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/must-read-internal-government-memo-issued/

I cannot stay quiet: Part I (MUST READ! Internal Government Memo Issued)

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AUTHOR’S UPDATE! 

In the shadow of today’s devastating and incomprehensible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. I implore you to read this… and then pass it on. As I was finishing up my post, I learned  of the nearly thirty innocent children and educators whose lives had been snatched away, while I was busy writing. I offer this introduction with a quote form Susan Sumner Souers,

“[Although] very saddened by the shootings in Connecticut. Be aware that the spin is misinformation. though. This is a false flag event. The REAL motive is gun control. Make no mistake.They’re coming for our guns.”

The Seed!!!

INTERNAL GOVERNMENT MEMO ISSUED THIS WEEK

The following was relayed to me first hand by an anonymous, yet highly reliable, government source, on December 13, 2012. An official memo has been issued, within the jurisdiction of MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, instructing all government law-enforcement personnel to be on High Alert beginning in June 2013. (Exactly if, or how far, this memo extends beyond Miami-Dade County is unknown to me.)

Why have law-enforcement officials been instructed to be on High Alert?

Although, I do not claim to have a direct quote of any part of this memo, I offer a summary of the information it is said to contain:

In short, the likelihood of a collaborated civil uprising is imminent.

This statement is the “chaos-child” of a series of compounding events since the housing market crash. However, the primary trigger (no pun) for this memo seems to be…

A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN CIVILIAN WEAPONS PURCHASES!

This comes behind a massive inundation of District Court filings, judgements, orders and executions of home foreclosures, commercial-lease evictions, commercial-property foreclosures, bankruptcies, and so on.

The Epiphany:

Some further inferences of my own…

The information in this memo, simply crystalizes what I have seen clearly for quite some time:

A inexorably tangled web of events see, which all continue feeding into each other.

This will continue until it swallows and devours it’s own source of sustenance.

Then, the web will be no more.

Small-businesses shut down*, unemployment†, and homelessness, all continue to increase exponentially.

* Not only does the small-business employee no longer have a job, neither does the small business owner.

† Unemployment statistics are only the tip of the iceberg, it is merely an account of how many people have FILED for unemployment.

Let’s look at a few examples of anyone who might not always receive an official paycheck; i.e. when they lose their source of income, they can’t file for unemployment.

Think about it for a minute with me…

How do you pay your housekeeper? (Which by the way, you finally had to let go, because you can’t afford her anymore. She’s worked for you for the past five years, cleaning your house once a week for $100 each time, but there went 20% of her “steady” income. Do you think she has a waiting list of clients?)

How do you pay your gardener? (Oh, I forgot, you had to let him go too.)

How do you pay your manicurist of ten years? (You don’t; at least not anymore.)

How do you pay the guy you independently contracted to distribute your business flyers in passing traffic? (Actually, he is homeless already; but you let him sleep on the floor of your business office sometimes, on cold nights. Why? Because he was like you, not so long ago. He was a hardworking man who made an honest living, and  because deep inside you know you could be him, any minute.)

How do you pay the mechanic who changes your brakes in your driveway, on the weekend? (Oh, that’s right, your car was totaled in that accident caused by a driver who had no insurance. Since you had finally paid off your car, you just took collision coverage off of your policy, because you were trying to reduce your own expenses. The blue book value of your car was next to nothing. You tried to use it on a downpayment for a new car, but your credit score was too low, and the bank turned you down for the auto-loan. Hey, no sweat, you don’t have enough steady income to start making a car payment again anyway.)

What happens next? 

Your unemployment benefits run out, so you apply for other government assistance, (Section 8, Food Stamp, Cash Assistance, & Medicaid). If you apply for  Disability, and are approved you will also be eligible for Medicare, regardless of age.

In fact, as of just last week getting approved for Social Security Disability is now easier than ever!

On December 6, 2012, U.S. Social Security Administration made this press release:

Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowances Conditions

Fast Track Disability Process Will Now Include 200 Conditions*

‘…We have achieved another milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program, reaching 200 conditions,’ Commissioner Astrue said.

What do you think any of this could ever possibly add up to in dollars?

Exactly right! …zero, to the left.

*http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/pr/compassionate-allowances200conditions-pr.html

All these things in combination are resulting in the overall decline, and certain demise of both the U.S. and Global Economy, as we know it.

Turn the TV on any day, and you will see and hear reports of increasing global civil unrest; evidenced by riots, revolts, rebellions, and government overthrows.

As I write this, I have just learned of the unfathomable, incomprehensible tragedy that befell Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Connecticut. Therefore, by default, I rest my case.

As always, your thoughts, comments, and opinions are eagerly welcome!

Retrograde Mercury

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It is difficult for me to dismiss the entry of Mercury into its retrograde corse, TODAY—November 6—NATIONAL ELECTION DAY, as coincidence.

Mercury enters “retrograde course” (moves backwards through the Zodiac in its geocentric position – as seen from the earth) only three times a year for about three weeks each time, (i.e. now through November 26), and is interpreted as a particularly strong cosmic influence.

When Mercury is in retrograde…

Mental pursuits and connections break down.

It is a period is best used as a time for inner reflection.

It is not a good time for making new decisions or new business plans, but it is ideal for reflecting on your current situation.

It is best to quietly observe your inner process during Mercury retrograde, and to carry forward with your preexisting plans.

In the modern day western tradition, we connect Mercury with its Roman God namesake . The God Mercury (akin to The Egyptian God, Anubis) was a messenger between this realm and realms beyond. Mercury was also an overseer of trade, profit and commerce. The astrological symbol for the planet Mercury is taken from this God’s wand or caduceus, which is typically depicted as a short herald’s staff entwined by two serpentine creatures, and which in later antiquity became the astrological symbol for commerce.

Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, (represents duality), and also Virgo (represents analysis & attention to detail). It has it’s exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence and communication. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, as well as reveals which techniques and skills are available to you.

Take advantage of this current 21-35 day period to ask yourself:
Where am I heading in my life at this particular juncture?

Then try to move forward with new directions…
ONLY AFTER Mercury has gone direct (Nov 27) and perhaps even a fortnight beyond, when Mercury has left its retrograde shadow (Dec 11). Every Mercury retrograde period requires a few weeks after its direct station to emerge out of this shadow and regain the original degree where it turned retrograde.

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