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  • Guns Across the Border

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    // Mike Detty, a one-time POLICE contributor, talks about "Guns Across the Border," a first-hand account of his involvement in an ATF "gun walking" operation that preceded Fast & Furious. As a firearms dealer, Detty sold guns to Mexican cartel operatives at the direction of ATF special agents in Arizona. Detty says he was motivated by patriotic duty, and betrayed by the agency he worked for. Show the Guns Across the Border Podcast Transcription: Paul: Hello, this is Paul Clinton with POLICE Magazine. This is themonthly author's podcast with books by and for cops. We have a veryinteresting book this month to discuss. It's called "Guns Across theBorder: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico: TheInside Story". It was written by Mike Detty. In the book, Mike chronicleshis experience as a federally licensed firearms dealer in the Tucson areaand his role in these gun-walking sting operations and the flooding of gunsto Mexico. Mike has been a contributor to POLICE Magazine. He's written some great firearm reviews over the years. His business is essentially selling rifles and other guns at gun shows in Arizona. Mike, we're really pleased to have you on, and thanks for joining us to talk about the book. Mike: Thanks, Paul. It's a pleasure to join you, and thank you for having me on. Paul: Talk about this book and how it came about. You found yourself in the cross-hairs, so to speak, of a very ill-fated, eventually, federal gun operation. Talk a little bit about how you got involved in this from the beginning and how this got started. Mike: Sure. Historically, it is significant in that Operation Wide Receiver, which was the case that I brought ATF into in 2006, eventually morphed into Operation Fast and Furious, about two and a half years later. The way it started was, as you mentioned, I did gun shows for a living. I am an FFL holder, a Federal Firearms Licensee. I sell AR-15s at Arizona gun shows. I was approached by an individual who wanted to buy six AR-15 Lowers from me. The next day, he came back and he asked if I would have more sometime later in the month. I told him I had another 20 on order that I expected the next week. His answer to me was, "I'll take them all." The sheer number that he wanted, and the fact that he was paying cash, and the fact that he was a young Hispanic kid, made me suspicious right off the bat. That happened on a Sunday. Monday morning, I contacted my local ATF contact. He had me fax in the paperwork, and the he called me back later in the day and asked me if I could come down the following day and spend some time talking with him. That was really how Operation Wide Receiver began. There was a group of young men in the Phoenix area that was buying AR-15 Lowers. They were sending them to somebody in San Diego who was purchasing the top ends of the rifles, 10 inch, which of course, anything under 16 inch barrel length is illegal, but it didn't matter to them, because they were pretty mixed up in doing illegal stuff anyway. Anyhow, they would complete these firearms by pinning on a short top end, and then taking them across the border into Tijuana for the Felix Arellano Cartel. That was how Operation Wide Receiver started. It kind of went through some twists and turns, but by the time were finished a year and a half had gone by. I think we'd sold weapons to five different cartels. Paul: Before we get into the details of this, talk a little bit about where federal law enforcement was coming from and their goals in your mind, or what they said to you about these operations. They've been termed "gun-walking operations" and I guess these operations would fall under this Project Gunrunner. What was the original goal of this operation, as far as you understood? Mike: Project Gunrunner was a project to stem the flow of illegal guns into Mexico. It involved saturating the border states with more ATF agents and more funding to prevent that from happening. Operation Wide Receiver, when I first got involved and they first started looking at these characters I was selling to, and by the way, after that initial purchase, I didn't sell anything to these people without prior knowledge of ATF and without them specifically asking them to do this at their behest, to further the investigation. I just want to make that clear. It wasn't as if I did something, and then, "Oh, I'd better let them know," just so I don't get in trouble. Paul: I guess the idea is that, this has always been the case, that the drugs come from Mexico and the guns and the ammunition go to Mexico. So the ATF and the federal government was becoming more and more concerned about guns that cartel operators were purchasing here in the border states and taking to Mexico to use in this violent cartel drug war, right? Mike: That's correct. That was correct. The first meeting that I had with these ATF people here in Tucson, I was told that I would have a chance to help them take out a powerful drug cartel. I'm smart enough to know the implications of that. Paul: Yeah. That sounds good, actually. It sounds like a noble goal. Mike: Being a patriot, I was eager to help them. It just didn't turn out the way it was outlined to me. What happened to be the goal, we never came close to achieving that goal. If you read the book, I think there was something far more insidious going on than trying to take out a drug cartel. Paul: Part of, I think, at least what we've heard said publicly from the ATF, and obviously this was a huge scandal that resulted in congressional hearings, and of course the deaths of two federal agents, speaking of course of border patrol agent Brian Terry, and also ICE special agent Jamie Zapata. Guns that apparently were sold through these sting operations were found at both of those crime scenes. Mike: Correct. Paul: Right. Mike: All three of those guns were from Fast and Furious, although there is nothing that would prove any of the guns from Wide Receiver showing up at future crime scenes. We know that they've shown up at crime scenes in Mexico. Fortunately, nothing has been found here in the United States. Paul: The critique of the ATF through all this has been, why didn't you track the guns? Was there some goal early on to either attach some type a micro-tracker or microchip to the gun? Was there any effort early on by them to track these guns? Mike: No. I do mention in the book, it's been reported in mainstream press that under President Bush things were done more responsibly. They tracked the guns they were working with Mexican officials. That's hogwash. None of that's true. There was one attempt to put a tracking device in a rifle during operation receiver, and it failed miserably. It was never fielded, it was never talked about again. The other thing, what I was told from the start, was that there was ongoing cooperation with the Mexican authorities and that if they didn't interdict the guns that at some point in time, they knew where the guns were at, they were going to round them all up, or most of them. I mean, nothing is 100%. It was conveyed to me that the operation I was working was multinational, meaning that the Mexican authorities were on board with it, and that this was how they were going to take out this cartel. That just proved to never be true. The Inspector General's report that was issued last fall, it cites I think three different phone conversations during the three years I was involved with Operation Wide Receiver where they had contacted Mexican authorities, but there was never any ongoing coordination. There was no commitment by Mexican authorities to follow these guns anywhere into Mexico. In fact, none of them were ever tracked. Paul: Wow. You mentioned that there were a couple of very interesting anecdotes in the book of failed attempts by these agents to follow and/or arrest these straw purchases and the buyers who came to you to purchase these guns. Mike: Sure. In fact, there was one event, I believe it was 50 .38 Super Pistols that one of these guys bought one night. It was ATF's intention to have an air surveillance to follow these guns to the load house, sit on the load house until they were loaded up in the load truck, and then follow them to Mexico so that from the time those guns left my house, it really never left their visual surveillance until they crossed the border. That was very important to help them prove their case. In the book, I relay how this turned into a three-day surveillance. They sat outside a house for quite a while and were concerned that they actually might have missed somebody going out the back door with the guns, because the original intent was for those guns to go very quickly, and it never happened. They did stay on the house. Once they got into a car, they were able to follow them. They went down close to the border, and then on the Indian reservation, they drove in circles for three or four hours. When I asked one of the agents why somebody would do that he said, "These are experienced drug smugglers. They know what type of aircraft we use for air surveillances." In their case, they were fortunate. They had a helicopter to back up while the DTS plane went and got refueled and then came back. They were never able to do much with that information. They know the guns crossed the border, but once they crossed the border, they didn't have any idea what happened to them. Paul: Wow. Let's talk about your role in this, because it really is fascinating. Your book, I have to give you credit here, I mean, you've really written a detailed book, and you've included a lot of great details about how these went down. Talk a little bit about how some of these transactions would work. You have a business and you are able to sell firearms out of your home. Talk a little bit about how this would work, how the cartel members would purchase the guns. You would kind of set a little showroom in your living room, right? Mike: Right, yeah. Being a divorced guy, I had a living room that didn't have a stick of furniture in it, so I used that space. I had guns set up. AR-15s and semi-auto AK-47s and 30 types of pistols, and I would set them up. I wanted these guys to perceive that I had plenty of inventory, so I didn't just put one out of each one. I would put stacks and stacks of guns, and then I'd leave one out of the box for them to look at and figure out what they wanted to buy. They would usually come late at night. When they were going to do a purchase, usually they would have a plastic grocery bag full of cash. A lot of times, they didn't know how much money was in that back, because somebody at the stash house would hand them a bag and say, "Here, go buy as many guns as you can for this money." A large portion of every evening was spent just counting that cash. In fact, it was after one event where one of these people tried to burn me for $5,000, I actually went out and bought a bank- quality money-counter. The first thing we would do when they got there was, we would count the money, and then they'd know how much money they had. Paul: I love that detail in the book. A lot of these guys would just give you stacks of 5 and 10 dollar bills, and you would have to spend 45 minutes to an hour counting small bills. Right? Mike: Yeah. That was typical. There was one group out of Phoenix whose ringleader was dyslexic, I think. He would always hand me his money and have me count it. At first I thought it might be a test to see if I was being honest with him, because once I got to the certain dollar amount, I would hand him back the rest of the money. It did in fact turn out to be, either he couldn't count, or was just so severely dyslexic, he couldn't count the money himself. Paul: Talk about some of the characters. One of them I think came in wearing pink ostrich boots. Talk a little bit about who these guys were. Mike: It was kind of a happenstance. In other words, we fell into a hornet's nest while we were just looking for a honeybee. There was one particular gentleman I was doing business with. He had a cousin, a very distant cousin, in town. Her husband was in federal penitentiary for dealing dope. She would host these barbecues that she would invite other people in this trade to these barbecues. It didn't matter what cartel or what familia they were from. They were welcome guests there, but during the course of the barbecue she would tell them, "Hey, if your guys need guns, I've got a hookup for you. Here's the deal. You just pay me a commission on every gun you buy, and that'll keep me happy and I'll keep you hooked up with this guy with the guns." These people from those barbecues would accompany the original buyer. It just got crazy because there were so many people that wanted to come and buy guns. Paul: I'm sorry, so this is really your classic straw purchase, right? Mike: Yep. Paul: So they would fill out the paperwork for people who would be denied on a background check, right? Mike: Right. These were all people that legally couldn't buy because they weren't citizens. The one guy that could, he ended up doing a lot of the paperwork himself. He was actually connected with a cartel in Caborca that had been raised here in the United States and was a US citizen. He was doing a lot of the purchasing. Some of the other groups, they would bring people they knew that had clean records that would do the purchasing for them. That's where all the charges, unfortunately, I mean, it's a relatively minor charge, for Operator Wide Receiver was for straw purchasing. In other words, when they filled out the background check, they checked the box saying, "This firearm is for personal use. I'm buying this gun for myself." That turned out not to be true, and we know that because they took them across the border and sold them down there. Paul: Yeah. What types of guns did they buy? We've heard that they like these AK-47 or AK variants that had wire stocks. What kind of stuff did they buy? Mike: Those were probably the bulk of what they really wanted was the cheaper AKs. At the time, I was buying the Romanian imports. WASR was the model name. Some of them had underfolding stocks or side folding stocks or fixed stocks. At the time I want to say, I was selling them retail for under $400. That was the bulk of what they bought. Then there were some other groups that wanted to have AR-15s and they wanted to have the good quality, the best quality I could find, but that wasn't the bulk. The majority of the stuff was AK-47 rifles and pistols. Paul: Those were available fairly cheap for them, right? Like you said, you could get one for $400 or so? Mike: I was retailing them for $400, which meant that I probably made maybe $100 on that transaction. Paul: Okay. And I guess they liked these Colt .38 Supers as well? Mike: The Colt .38 Supers weren't gun for fighting. They were guns that somebody would wear to kind of show almost their rank. There was one guy that as buying these for a cartel in I think it was Magdalena. The head guy would hand them out as presentation pieces. In other words, you've done something really valuable for me, or you've taken a great risk for me, and I'm going to rewards you with this status symbol. Paul: Okay. Mike: That's how those were used, but like I said, they bought those in quantity with one guy buying 50 when he'd need from me. Paul: Yeah. You worked, really, as you describe in the book, as an undercover operative with the ATF, kind of almost dictating every step of the way, right? Mike: Yeah. Like I said before, there was nothing that I did on my own. There were very few, rare instances where somebody called me on the phone and I'd have to make a quick decision. Trying to think of what ATF would want me to do. Usually I would beg off and say, "Listen, I can't do this afternoon because I have a doctor's appointment," or something else. Everything that I did was under their direction. Paul: You tell kind of a good little anecdote here. They had you wearing a transmitter, and it sounded like the ATF Tucson office only had one transmitter, and it was kind of cutting out at times? Mike: Yeah. Its age was uncertain, its quality was not good, and it appeared to be the only one they had, because in three years of working with them, it was the same transmitter that I used night after night. Paul: Yeah. Mike: There were instances, and some of your veteran cops and shooters that are listening to this will understand. I'm in my early 50s, right, and after a lifetime of shooting, I don't hear so good. I'm one of those people that has the volume all the way up on my cellphone so that I can hear conversations clearly. Well, imagine yourself being in a room of cartel associates and having an agent call and say, "Hey, Mike, your wire's down. Turn it off and then back on again real quick." Then you look around the room to see if any of these other people in the room have heard what you just heard through your phone. I was very fortunate in that regard. Stupid things like that, looking back, were just crazy. The risk that I took and some of the risks that I was exposed to through no fault of my own. Paul: And I guess eventually they placed some cameras in your house, and they put one in a clock radio, and I guess one in a Kleenex box, right? Mike: Yeah. The clock radio is kind of a neat thing, because it would not only record, but it would transpond, I don't know if that's the right term. There was somebody sitting in a truck outside that could see it real time, but that was just one instance, and I guess that equipment was too expensive for each office to have, especially the smaller Tucson office. In other instances, they had what was called a "Hawk," which was a video and audio recorder that they could hide in a box of Kleenex. Usually, that would sit on my wet bar, where it could watch the entire living room that I was using as showroom. In addition to that, I would have a digital recorder in one of my pockets. The reason they had me do that was because the quality was so much better than what they could record with the transmitter. It was just dual redundancy, so they'd have backup to backup. Paul: Yeah. And I guess, as you mentioned, you were involved in this for three years. It sounded like when it first started it was initially only supposed to be a very short operation that you were going to be involved with. Talk a little bit about the length of time, I mean, did you become frustrated at times with this? Mike: Not really. I mean, while it was going on, it seemed to keep me really interested, and I seemed motivated my knowing that I may be part of something historical. As it turns out, it ended up I was part of something infamous rather than historical. Paul: Good word for it, yeah. Mike: I didn't have a crystal ball at that time, but I really did. I was motivated by a patriotic sense of duty, and I really had this feeling of fate and that God put me in this place in this position right now to help. I wouldn't have felt right just telling these guys I couldn't help them. Of course, from years I've written for POLICE Magazine, I'm a pro-law enforcement guy, and I never would suspect that these guys all seem like great guys, and I didn't see ever having a problem for being on the wrong end of their hire, which I eventually did end up. Paul: Yeah. Mike: It was an interesting three years, and like I said, I didn't mind doing the work for them, and I didn't mind at the time taking risk, because I thought that whatever was going to be gained from this would be so valuable to the United States and to the detriment of the various cartels that were pursuing. Paul: We'll get into the end result of this in a minute, but one thing I found very interesting was that you were very meticulous through this investigation about the notes that you took and the records, and you kept pretty good records about conversations and things you were doing and saying. Mike: Right. I kept my notes daily. I always tried to make time to write down the events of the evening along with conversation as quickly as possible after they happened, so that it would be fresh in my mind. Originally, I started doing this for two reasons. One, I always thought I might write a book, because it was kind of an extraordinary circumstance that just an ordinary guy like me got involved in. The other reason was, we were doing so many of these buys that I was afraid if I ever had to testify, I have to be certain if this event happened on this night during this buy, and so forth, so I could keep one buy separate from all the others that happened. That was my intent originally. Because I had gone and I bought my own digital recorder, every time a burned a CD of an evening's buy with the bad guys, or several phone conversations I had with the bad guys, to burn that to a CD, I had to download it to the hard-drive on my computer. When things started not looking right to me, I started recording conversations with the special agents and phone calls with the special agents. That was all on the hard-drive of my computer, along with my notes. Paul: Yeah. Mike: At one point in time, when they brought in a special prosecutor from Washington D.C. to prosecute Wide Receiver, she asked me if I'd kept any notes or a journal or anything. I said, "Yeah, I have a journal. I don't want to give it you, because there's a lot personal information in there." It was an actual journal, it wasn't just transcribes of bad guy buys. She demanded it. It was the old thing, "You know, look, we can do it the hard way or we can do it the easy way. I'll make life miserable if I don't get it," so I did give it to her. She never expected to see what was in there. It was either her or one of the special agents in Tucson sent that up to Special Agent in Charge, which was Bill Newell, in the Phoenix office. He or she ordered immediately to ATF Office in Tucson, "Don't take anymore cases from this guy. Don't talk to him, don't acknowledge him in any way." Basically, I was shut out. He knew long before me that my notes contained information that eventually was going to be very embarrassing to him. At one point in time, my computer was hacked. All the audio files that there were nights and nights and nights of purchases at my house, phone calls, and so forth, those were all corrupted. I kept them all in one folder. Every one of those files was bad. Before I got too paranoid, I went and checked some of the shorter phone conversations that I had with these bad guys. To the special agent in charge of this case, I would attach it to his Yahoo! account, because DOJ and ATF email accounts have filters on them that limit the file size, so I would have to use his personal Yahoo! account. I went back and said, maybe I can get back some of these conversations by checking those emails. Surprisingly enough, every email I had ever sent him, or every email he'd ever sent me, had been wiped clean from my computer. Paul: Wow. Mike: Now I'm in a position. I'd contacted somebody that's a very good friend who's one of our most elite military intelligence assets and told him what was going on and gave him information about my computer and my wireless system and so forth. He called me back a couple hours later and he said, "Look, Mike, you're welcome to fly out here. My guys think if they look at your box, they can figure out who got into it. But here's the rub. Let's say we find out exactly who did this to you, who do we take that to? Because I think you're going to take it to the same people who did it to you." Paul: Oh boy. Mike: "What good's it going to do to you." The fortunate thing about this, and the reason that I haven't been put in a very difficult spot was because I have an external hard-drive as a professional writer. Every few days I back up my computer. I was able to restore all those files, but whoever got into my computer and corrupted those files, they knew that this could put them in very bad light. Paul: Yeah. And during the story, you talk about, you would have conversations with these cartel operators and you'd burn a CD and just take it over and drop that over to the ATF office in Tucson, right? Mike: Right. Paul: So you were sharing some of this material with them during the course of this investigation as well, right? Mike: That was the sole purpose of recording this stuff. Paul: Yeah. Mike: By happenstance, I mean, it just happened to all be on the hard- drive on my computer. Paul: Yeah. Mike: I think that certainly kept me out of a very sticky spot with our federal government. Paul: Yeah. It's a very enlightening book. Talk a little bit about, I guess you were audited at one point by the ATF, right? Mike: Yeah. Surprisingly, not too long after the last case I brought them had come to an end, I had two ATF investigators. They're not actual agents, but they're more on the regulatory side of the things. They showed up at my door one day and they said, "We're here to conduct an audit." I knew what they were going to find. In my books, for instance, if there's 75 AK-47s that are logged out to one particular person, they're going to have some questions, so I asked them, I said, "First of all, do you know who I am and do you know what I've done for your office?" Meaning the Tucson ATF office. The young lady replied, "Yes, we do, and I want you to know that Bill Newell is the one that ordered this audit." Bill Newell was the special agent in charge of the Phoenix office. Paul: Mm-hmm. Mike: So I didn't think too much about it. Paul: Yeah. It came from the top. Mike: It came from the top, and this was after they had already gotten my notes, and apparently knew that every conversation I had was on the hard-drive of my computer. Over the course of a couple weeks, they came to me and they said, "You know, we have 80 serial numbers here we can't find." The guy said to me, "You're not going to be able to keep your license. Most likely, you're going to be criminally prosecuted. You can't lose 80 serial numbers, not these type of guns, Mr. Detty, and keep your license and not get prosecuted." Oh my God! Paul: Wow. Mike: I can't believe this. Paul: Yeah. Mike: What am I going to do? I'm just getting ready to go to the hospital to have an ankle replaced, and I thought, well, I'd better do whatever I can. So I did my own audit, and I actually did a physical inventory of every gun that I had. The lower receiver of an AR-15, because it has a serial number on it, they call it a complete gun. I had boxes and boxes of just stripped low receivers. In other words, they didn't have any triggers or hammers or magazine releases installed, and just the bare basic component, because some people like to buy them that way and then build a gun from parts. I had over 400 of these in boxes out in the garage. There were 24 to a box. It was I think in July when these people conducted the audit, so I went and sit in my living room in the air- conditioning while I put these boxes on hand trucks and brought them out of the garage and through the front door and put them in front of them. Each box contained 24 each. All they had to do was pull the receiver out of the box, count the serial number. Somehow, during the course of three days of doing this, they lost 80 serial numbers. Every one of those missing serial numbers was receivers that were in those boxes. My question is, how can somebody who's been hired by the federal government get a box of 24 receivers placed in front of them, open the box, count 3, close the box, open the next box, count 8 out of 24, close the box. Every one of those 80 serial numbers were in those cases of stripped lower receivers. [call dropped off 32:44] Paul: Just go ahead and pick up where you left off. Mike: I'm not sure where we cut off, but getting back to these boxes of stripped lower receivers, I had 24 in each box, and these agents, or investigators, as they call them, I think, they were counting them. There were some of the boxes of 24 each, they opened and counted 3. There was another box of 24 they opened and counted 8 of those. There's another box they opened and counted 12 of the 24. At the same time, you're telling me that there's a possibility that I'm going to lose my license and maybe be charged criminally for losing these serial numbers. Looking back, is it just that these people were so inept, that these federal employees couldn't count? Are they that badly screwed up? Or is it a case that somebody came out here and gave them orders and specifically told them to lose some serial numbers so that I could be discredited? So if something happened further down the road, they'd say, "Look, this guy's records were so screwed up, we had to take his license from him." Paul: A reasonable person might come to that very same conclusion. Mike: Yeah. If you read my book, and I'm sure you did, I tried to lay it all out there, let the reader decide for himself. Is it biased? Of course it's biased, because I wrote it. If one of these ATF agents here in Tucson had written a book, it'd look very different. But there's nothing in that book that's not the truth. There's nothing in that book that I haven't already documented. There's nothing in that book that's not a recording of some type that I can't prove. Paul: Yeah. Mike: That's why ATF's been so quiet about this. What can they say? They have no comeback. Even the Inspector General report that came out last fall, there were periods of time directors for ATF didn't cover. In the Inspector General's report it says, during these missing periods, we've used a confidential informant's personal journal to fill in those spots. You have to look at it two different ways. Are these people so inept that they weren't keeping their own sets of records, or is there something more insidious going on, that they actually went back and destroyed records? Either way, it doesn't look good for them, but hey, here's my journal. Show me what you've got. They're not willing to do that, because it's not going to come out well for them. Paul: Certainly, that was reflected in the response from Eric Holder and others to these Congressional inquiries and to Rep Darrell Issa and his continual requests for information. President Obama invoked the Executive Privilege on this not to talk. Mike: Exactly. Paul: That speaks for itself, I think. Mike: Just to be clear, these two different operations, Operation Wide Receiver did occur under President Bush, and Fast and Furious, of course, was under the Obama Administration. Paul: Yeah. Mike: However, and I point this out in my book, both those operations shared the same Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, and people often ask me this, "Who do you think that approved this gun-walking operation?" I tell them. I said, "Look. This was initiated at the field level. Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, he didn't look up any further in his chain of command to ask for approval. He wasn't going to supervisors saying, "Hey, this is what I want to do. Can I do it?" No, he's saying, "This is what I'm doing." Even though there are e-mails back and forth between people in the Department of Justice that are just aghast at the number of guns that are crossing the border, now I'm speaking about Operation Wide Receiver, nobody took the next step and admonished Bill Newell. Nobody took the next step and said, "Are you an idiot? You can't do this. Stop doing this." No, they, would sit and wring their hands between themselves, but they didn't do a thing about it. Paul: Yeah. Ultimately, it cost the ATF. The head of the agency resigned over this pretty much. Anyway, interestingly enough, you have two folks listed on the back jacket of the book. One, Sharyl Attkisson, who's a Washington D.C. investigative reporter who was one of the people who broke this story, actually, and you have David Codrea who's a gun writer and a speaker and a pretty intelligent guy. Did you work with those folks with the book? It seemed like you had some pretty good resources there, at least, to tap into. Mike: Two different things. David Codrea writes for Examiner.com, which is people who are concerned about our right and seeing our rights being diminished, and is very vocal about it. Sharyl Attkisson with CBS News. Our introduction was via e-mail. She had kind of been surfing CleanUpATF.org. Before we went on air, we spoke briefly about Jay Dobyns and his book "No Angel." He was an undercover ATF Tucson agent who was actually the first federal agent to get patched in as a member of the Hell's Angels biker group. Paul: Mm-hmm. Mike: Can you hold on? I'm sorry, Paul. Just one second. Paul: Yeah, no problem. Mike: Jay and some other agents, who had felt like they had not been dealt fairly with by ATF and were sick of the management and mismanagement at all levels of administration with ATF, have a website called CleanUpATF.org. Sharyl had posted something on one of their forums about, "Hey, if you know anything about Fast and Furious, I'd appreciate your information." Actually had her personal e-mail address. I sent her an e-mail. I said, "I don't know anything about that specific case, but I'd be happy to talk to you about Wide Receiver." This all happened probably February, following the shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Paul: That's when this story really, really heated up. Mike: Yeah. There wasn't a story until that happened. Nobody knew about this. Paul: Yeah. Mike: I was still kind of sitting around, waiting to see if they were ever going to do anything with Wide Receiver, because at that point, that hadn't been prosecuted yet. When the highest officials at DOJ and ATF came out and said, "Listen, we never allowed guns to cross the border for part of any investigation. Never happened, didn't happen, it's not going to happen. Forget about it." I knew already there was a cover-up in progress, because I'd been part of one that was allowing that to happen. Paul: Wow. Mike: I wasn't sure who to go to. I wasn't sure who to talk to, because my big fear was that somebody would come down on me for obstructing justice or something. I was just really afraid to talk. In the months to follow, I had sent Sharyl bits and pieces of information, and finally, I think it was the following September, I actually did an on-air interview with her. A very skilled lady, very competent. Her integrity is without any flexibility. I can't say enough nice things about her. She is what all journalists should be. She spent a great deal of time vetting me out and looking at the information that I had before we even talked about doing an interview, because the last thing she wanted to do was put somebody on camera that's going to make her look bad somewhere down the road. Paul: Yeah. Mike: David Codrea, very much the same thing. I started feeding him bits of information. He did his own job of vetting me too, and for quite a while named me as an unnamed source in his articles. After he discovered, yeah, what this guy is saying is true, it checks out with other people I know that have worked out of that office, and so forth. Both of these people have known me for a couple of years know. They've known me to be a person that's told the truth from the very beginning to the very end. Unfortunately, that hasn't been true for ATF and DOJ. Paul: Let's get into that briefly. First of all, why do you think they weren't able to really pursue more serious charges against these purchasers considering all the detailed evidence that you provided them? Mike: The first Assistant U.S. Attorney on my case, I met him actually a couple of years after Operation Wide Receiver concluded. Actually, him and his son bought a gun from me at a gun show, and he was looking at my business card and he's like, "Gosh, your name sounds familiar. Why do I know that name?" Of course, I knew his name right away, because I'd seen it on reports and so forth. I said, "You might know that from Operation Wide Receiver." He's like, "Oh, geez, yeah! Yeah. All the reports that I read, finally to meet you here in person and put a face with that name." We chatted for quite a while. I asked him, "Tell me why you never prosecuted Wide Receiver? Because the ATF agents had told me that he was in the process of promoting himself for U.S. Magistrate, and that was the reason he'd never actually taken this case to court." He said, "Well, it's nothing like that. I'm not going to take a case to court where I have to lie. I'm not going to have my professional credibility and integrity questioned because the ATF screwed up so badly." He went on to tell me, "When I got involved with this case, I was lead to believe that there was ongoing cooperation with the Mexican authorities. That's the only reason that I signed off to allow these guns to continue to go across the border. Once I found out that wasn't the case, I wasn't going to devote another heartbeat to developing this case to take it to trial." He declined prosecution on this case, even though he was involved from the outset. Paul: It was just going to fall apart on him. Mike: Right. He eventually did get his U.S. Magistrate appointment. The next young lady, Assistant U.S. Attorney, to look at the case, she declined for the same reason. She's like, "Do you realize what a black eye this is going to give us if we take this to court and acknowledge how many guns we let go across the border without there being Mexican involvement? Not to mention the lying on the part of ATF." So she declined it. Paul: Yeah. Mike: A year and a half later, they send out a prosecutor named [Lauren Wind] and she was with the Gang Task Force Unit in Washington, D.C., specialized in doing MS13 cases. She decided to take on this case. If you read the Inspector General's report about Fast and Furious, probably the first 70 or so pages is about Wide Receiver to kind of set up a history of what's going on here and why that was important to subsequent Fast and Furious. There's quite a bit of e-mail back and forth with her and people in Washington about, there were significant numbers of guns let go, there was no Mexican authority involvement. What are we going to do? This was happening about that time everything with Brian Terry's death was coming out in news, around March and April, subsequent to his passing. They wanted to keep that whole topic of gun-walking out of court. They didn't want to have another black eye. The other thing was, they didn't want any of these cases to go to trial. They said, "Look here's what we're going to do. We're going to narrow the scope, and we're going to charge you with lying on your background check, three years maximum." Nine out of the ten players involved in Wide Receiver took that deal. The one guy that pushed for his own trial had all charges dismissed, I think at 10 a.m. when the trial was supposed to start at 11 a.m. Paul: We ran out of time with Mike, but we just want to thank him for joining us, and we want to encourage our listeners to check out his book, "Guns Across the Border." Thanks again for listening to another episode of the POLICE Magazine author's podcast featuring books by and for cops. We encourage you, again to e- mail us with your feedback at editor@policemag.com. Otherwise, we'll see you next month for another edition of the POLICE author's podcast.

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    Case 42: Sherri Rasmussen

    · Casefile True Crime

    Van Nuys is a neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. And it was there that newlyweds Sherri Rasmussen and John Ruetten lived in a condo together, on Balboa Boulevarde. Sherri Rasmussen was born on the 7th of February 1957. Her parents were Nels and Loretta Rasmussen. The middle daughter of three, Sherri was known as a gentle, kind and caring woman. Strikingly beautiful. Her compassion for others drove her to study nursing at the age of 16. By the age of 29, she was the director of critical care at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Sherri was well respected and known for her caring approach to her job. John Ruetten was born in Eugene, Oregon in September 1958. He excelled at basketball growing up, and he continued that passion at UCLA where he studied engineering. He was a charming, handsome and athletic student. He graduated in 1982 and a few years later secured a job as a mechanical engineer at a disk drive manufacturer. John & Sherri met at a party in the Spring of 84. John was immediately attracted to Sherri. As soon as he met her, he got her number from a mutual friend. They went on a date and instantly hit it off. John moved into Sherri’s condo on Balboa Boulevard, and they married on the 23rd of November 1985, friends and family described them as utterly in love. But tragedy was waiting.   ____ Assisted in research and co-written by A.G.P   MUSIC 1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com 2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn    RESOURCES (Warning: Contains spoilers)   BOOKS: – “California’s deadliest women: dangerous dames and murderous moms” – David Kulczyk   DOCUMENTARIES: – Dateline 48 hours “one of their own” – Stephanie Lazarus sentencing – Dateline NBC 2016 SL – CBS news 4 part documentary “internal affairs” – Full Stephanie Lazarus’ homicide interrogation video – Verdict    ARTICLES: – Good cop bad cop – In Plain Sight – The Los Angeles Magazine – California’s Scariest Female Murderers Have Their Chilling Tales Told – JR victim impact statement – Parents of a woman murdered by LAPD officer can’t sue the department – Bite mark analysis – Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD – The Atlantic: The Lazarus File – Shocking pictures open Los Angeles detective’s murder trial – Appeal by LAPD detective convicted of gunning down romantic rival fails – Ex-LAPD Det. Stephanie Lazarus gets 27 years to life for murder – Stephanie Lazarus, a former LAPD detective, sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for 1986 murder – A case so blue – Detective stalked slaying victim – Homicides in LA 1970–2000 – Quick links to Lazarus trial commentary and Witness testimonies on Sprocket’s “Trials and tribulations” Blog – Police case file: Rasmussen – 26 years later, LAPD detective convicted of cold-case murder – PEOPLE v. LAZARUS – Detective stalked slaying victim, father says – State Supreme Court refuses to hear case against former LAPD detective convicted of murdering romantic rival – Appeal by LAPD detective convicted of gunning down romantic rival fails – Parents of Sherri Rasmussen can’t sue LAPD over her murder in Van Nuys at the hands of detective Stephanie Lazarus, court rules – Retired L.A. detective sentenced to 27 years to life for 1986 murder

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  • 00:52:58

    Learn to grow with the “Square Foot Gardening” method!

    · You Bet Your Garden

    Want to grow twice as much in half the space with half the work? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, helps us celebrate Square Foot Gardening–the great Mel Bartholomew’s method of growing in grids and raised beds. Plus answers to all your growing questions. Question of the Week: And this week we pay tribute to one of the true giants of the organic gardening world with two ‘top ten’ lists that Mel created when he revised his classic but heavily engineering-oriented 1981 book into the much more accessible and readable “All New Square Foot Gardening” in 2005. Biggest change: Instead of the old advice of digging out a hole and filling it with a soil-free mix and compost, Mel moved up to placing raised bed frames overtop of your existing soil and filling them with his famous “Mel’s Mix”. No digging. But the grid system—square foot areas divided by strips of wood lathe—did not change one bit. To many people, the grids are Square Foot Gardening. Learn the 10 commandments of Square Foot Gardening » Highlights from show for May 14, 2016: Keeping dogs out the garden Michelle from Nashville, TN shares a common thread with Mike, as she just rescued a new Pyrenees, Russell, the same breed to which Mike was a proud owner. Michelle is having a hard time keeping Russell out of her garden. He’s constantly ripping up the soil and digging pits. Mike acknowledges that Pyranees are the best dogs in the world, but reminds us that these large dogs are known to protect, guard and warn predators. The best way to keep her new dog from the garden, says Mike, is to train him. “The dog wants to please you,” says Mike, they’re simply looking for a place to cool down and relax in the heat of the summer. The best way to do this training is to go out to one of his spots, use your hands or a shovel and start digging in one of his holes. Continue to do this week after week and soon the dog will realize that this is his dedicated spot. Reward him as he learns this, Mike adds, because that’s the best way to get a dog ten times stronger than you to learn. Creating healthy footpaths in your garden Charles from Gloucester County, NJ is helping his father with the large undertaking of starting a small organic farm. His father is currently using shredded leaves in the walkways in between his permanent beds. However, Mike advises him that this is “the worst thing he could do.” Mike warns that tilling carbonaceous materials such as wood chips, whole leaves, or shredded leaves into the garden beds can stop the breakdown of carbon and prevent the plants from getting oxygen. Additionally, the carbon will try to attract nitrogen, and in turn steal food from the plants. Tilling in the garden beds, Mike says, could prevent growth for years. Mike advises Charles and his father to first be sure he has a good bulk source of compost for his soil. He also suggests using two inches of shredded leaves with a mulch on the beds. This way, earthworms will colonize the leaf litter and their casting will help feed the plants. Never forgetting that earthworms in the garden improve productivity immensely. He could use true wood chips, as in chips from actual trees, in the walkways between the beds. Mike also encourages Charles to get in touch with NOFA NJ, which stands for the Northeast Farming Association of New Jersey. This great organization provides a support group for organic farmers, with workshops covering everything from marketing and finances to the actual crop growing. Mosquito control Hollis in Middletown Delaware is having a problem with a large number of wasps and mosquitos attracted to the shade of the evergreens in her yard. She’s currently using a chemical spray to keep them under control, but wants a more natural fix, so she’s been reading up on bat boxes. Mike tells Hollis that while bat boxes do produce great results, the only ones sold in the US are extremely large, about the size of a television set, and must be placed at least thirty feet in the air. Additionally, the idea that bats eat mosquitos is a myth created back in the 1950s; they only eat very large night-flying insects. Mike also informs Hollis that wasps do not fly at night, so a bat box would be virtually useless to her. However, he does encourage her to look into dragonflies, which are natural predators of mosquitos. In fact, there is a whole family of dragonflies known as mosquito hawks. Hollis can attract dragonflies to her yard with perches that are much simpler than bat boxes and will work much better for her. Mike also suggests buying BTI traps. BTI is a naturally occurring soil organism that can be put in standing water to attract mosquitos to lay their eggs. These eggs will not hatch and Hollis will be cutting down their population in her yard. Mike points out that the “creepy European hornets” that Hollis is so afraid of do not even have stingers and eat a ton of pest insects. In fact, these hornet pose less of a threat to her than the chemicals she is using to get rid of them. Mike suggests buying a bug vacuum to ease her nerves when it comes to these bugs. Tree care in a new home Taylor in Noble, OK just moved into a new house and is left with the remains of the former owner’s hobby for horticulture. He asks Mike about caring for two specific trees, a Dogwood in the front yard and a Magnolia in the back. Taylor was told that they needed special care, as they aren’t very common in his area of Oklahoma, but does not know what to do. Mike tells Taylor the basic rule for a Dogwood is that they need morning sun and afternoon shade. Since the Oklahoma summers are so hot with so much wind, this afternoon shade is even more important than it would be on the east coast. Taylor tells Mike that the former owner must have known what he was doing, as an Oak tree blocks the afternoon sun from hitting the Dogwood. According to Mike, there is nothing Taylor needs to do for the Dogwood. Maybe he could provide a slow drip of water around the base if there is an intense heat wave with no rain, but nothing more than that. As for the Magnolia, Taylor is worried because it didn’t flower as much as he was expecting. Mike informs him that there are many different types of Magnolias, and as the flowers are replaced with fruits at the end of the summer, he can look online and identify his type of Magnolia. With this information, he can find specific care instructions. Mike tells Taylor that as long as the leaves are nice and glossy, which they are, then the trees are healthy. There is nothing he should do for the Magnolia tree either. Mike says that the best Magnolia specimens he has ever seen were in abandoned farm houses. This reminds us, says Mike, that “we need these plants more than they need us messing around with them.” Neighboring chemicals Lisa in Northwest Missouri moved away from city-life so that she could have her own organic garden, only to learn that two of her neighbors are spraying herbicides to grow GMOs. One neighbor is using a ground spray, which Mike acknowledges is not too bad, while the other is using a crop-dusting method. Mike informs Lisa that every county has a local EPA office and she should register there and use them as a resource. He tells her that if she has enough land to put out a farm stand and maybe sell some excess produce in the summer, she should announce that as her intention, giving her more rights than just a home gardener. These farmers are not allowed to spray on a windy day, nor can they have their material drift more than a certain number of feet off their property, Mike says. Lisa should monitor the plant death outside of their fields; if the brown areas are only a foot or two outside their property, then they are doing a pretty good job. The crop-duster should focus his herbicides to the center of his fields, letting them drift to the outside instead of onto Lisa’s. However, Lisa should not be afraid to contact her local, not national, EPA office and turn them in if she sees any violations. Mike tells Lisa that she has the right to protect herself from the sprays and their drifts. DEET Cheryl from Princeton Junction, NJ is an over-protective owner to a new dog. She wants a safe alternative to the harsh chemicals her husband sprayed to keep mosquitos away. She does not want to harm her dog, but she is a mosquito magnet and now cannot go outside without coating herself in DEET. Mike says that all professional companies that spray for mosquitos now have an organic option that is a bend of several highly effective botanicals such as lemon eucalyptus and catnip. These natural repellents are just as effective, but won’t harm Cheryl or her new dog. Mike tells Cheryl that though many people believe you need to reapply spray with DEET because is comes off into the air, it really goes into your blood stream and excretes through your kidneys and liver. That is why it’s so important to use these natural repellents. According to Mike, putting such a harmful chemical on your skin is crazy. He also tells Cheryl she can buy BTI at any local hardware store or home center. She can leave out this BTI in standing water, attracting the mosquitos to breed and lay their eggs, only the eggs will not hatch in the BTI. Mike encourages Cheryl to visit the garden answers section of the “You Bet Your Gardens” website and read the articles there on mosquitos if she wants to be more informed. Another alternative is to try this commercial, all-natural lemon eucalyptus repellent made by Repel, a company that also manufactures DEET products. Mike tells her to remember that these botanically based insect repellents have been proven to be just as effective as the chemically based products. LEDs versus fluorescent lights Mark from Ewing, NJ is ready to discuss with Mike the use of LEDs versus fluorescent lights. Mark, who is evidently a lighting expert, explains how fluorescent lighting is perfect for plant growth because it has an ultraviolet component of 400 nanometers, which is close to what the sun produces. This makes it perfect for plant growth within about one inch of the tubes, as Mike always says. LEDs on the other hand have almost no ultraviolet component. In fact, LEDs are used in places like art studios, where they do not want degradation cause by ultraviolet light. Mark brings this up because of Mike’s advice on another week’s show. Mike explains that he had recently made a personal appearance where he was told that people had seen “shop light” fixtures that looked like fluorescent lights but were really LEDs. As LEDs are much cheaper and last forever, he thought that this would be a great thing. This brought Mike to the question, “Is it impossible for an LED to have a UV component?” The answer: it is not impossible to create, however this product is not on the market yet. It may be coming soon though, so look out! Mark suggests testing your lights with a calculator that has a small solar disc on it. If you put this piece under the LED in an area of complete darkness, you can barely see it glow.

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  • 00:39:29

    Session 68: Mind if I 'Scape You?

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 68 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! This is more than just a hypnosis podcast. It’s the only place on earth where you can get a good quality hypnotic rash! Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you. Here are the show notes for this episode: Podcast #68 starts abruptly, with reference to Janis Joplin and Jelly Babies and Chris calling Mike to task for lack of modesty. Mike responds brilliantly by spasmodically coughing on Chris’ neck. MINDSCAPER Susanne Witt is in the studio as a guest on today’s program! Mike makes a joke about Baghdad which they decide to edit out…except they didn’t … edit it … out. Chris begins a preframe about how he won’t be telling a Ken Sweatman story, which immediately becomes a Ken Sweatman story about not telling a Ken Sweatman story. Chris broaches the MINDSCAPING subject, and that’s what this program is mostly about. Mike repents and says that Chris’ explanation was so brilliant and cogent that Mike wants to learn about MINDSCAPING! Susanne explains how Mike tested MINDSCAPING on three female therapists/Hypnobabes. Emails keep coming in, all about amazing MINDSCAPING results! Chris explains how Milton Erickson used metaphors that changed people’s lives. He compares it to MINDSCAPING and Susanne says our unconscious minds want to protect us and give us good lives. Mike can be heard channeling Erickson in the background and talking about sending his daughter out to buy oil for the wheelchair. Chris pretends to ignore him. Chris and Mike discuss how MINDSCAPING accesses a specific map for the client; large or small issue. They talk about the stuff Susanne’s worked on with clients and the sound get’s suddenly weird but sounds cool, so it is not fixed. MINDSCAPING works even if you have no previous experience with hypnosis. Trance just happens! They discuss buildings that say “Trust” and fish appearing in MINDSCAPES. There are 2 aspects to MINDSCAPING: Seeing the map and landscaping the map. Susanne talks about how she often “sees” the client’s map. Mike kept a forest intact to protect the owls that were nesting there. Chris goes into good detail about how the protocol works. MINDSCAPING involves the client! The therapy goes deep and resonates for days or even weeks after the session. The Layla example: “This $hit works!” Chris mentions a man who bought the online MINDSCAPING course and used it immediately to help his son, who saw a blue Swedish fish floating behind him… You never know what’s going to be in their map! Susanne explains working with an artist whose map was a dry riverbed. He’s now doing reproductions of Picassos! Chris asks about the “dry river bed” which super-literate Mike calls a “wadi”. Chris says “watty” and Mike corrects him. Creativity responds well to MINDSCAPING. Mike gives the example of a man from Neil Strauss’ Society International and how he helped him get his creativity back. You can do MINDSCAPING online, which becomes MINDSKYPING! Mike gently points out that Chris said “progress” when he meant “process”. Chris promises to be much more careful in future podcasts… Threshold is needed in most therapies – Something must change! It must be me! It must be NOW! MINDSCAPING  can be used to push people toward threshold. Chris explains and Susanne takes the easy way out, because she’s “intimidated” by Mike and to a much lesser extent, Chris. Mike goes into a tirade about his great vigour at his age, while doing the voice of an elderly man. Chris manages to reign him in. Mike talks about the beta testing and how Susanne ‘Scaped him. Mike explains the water, horizon and the pirate ship that’s on his desk. When rechecked later, the ship had moved out toward the gap in the horizon and everything took off… Chris explains how MINDSCAPES just happen without planning what will be experienced. Susanne responds with the snail story – a gift from the unconscious mind… NEVER explain a MINDSCAPE!!! Susan tells a Ken Sweatman story about a Skype client and how the snail image worked for her. The client caught the shift in the imagery, and changed stuff in his life. Susanne’s MINDSCAPE story changed the client’s own situation. Chris talks about a kid’s percentile and his difficulty to score well on an entry exam for a private school. The father bought the online MINDSCAPING training, and his first client was his son, who scored 30 percentile units higher, the very next day after the session. Mike explains about the Green Man and how it fit in the subject’s map. How weird can it get? Mike tells the golden tree story but avoids channeling Ken Sweatman, although it gets close. Waterfalls in MINDSCAPES? Look for the caves behind them… Mike says “We cannot let this go, without discussing the Goat Man!” Chris screams “Oh no!!!” in genuine terror. Susanne sounds quietly traumatized. Mike tells the story of the East Indian client and the father issues. It leads to the deserted subway station, the father’s voice, and the imaginary binoculars reveal…The Goat Man!!! Mike explains that it was an archetype. How many NLP Practitioners does it take to change a lightbulb? How many Ericksonian hypnotists? How many MINDSCAPERS?  Chris talks about the daily use of metaphors to help people get where they want to go, and solve a lot of their own crap. Mike, Chris and Susanne are all available to do MINDSCAPING online! Chris makes an inadvertent inappropriate comment at exactly 30:10 of the podcast, but Mike shows admirable restraint, and says nothing… SusanneWitt.com is the website for Susanne, the Coach of the Unconscious Mind… MINDSCAPING came from many roots, including conversations with Mike’s mentor, Derek Balmer Mike explains the phenomenal correspondences between MINDSCAPING and graphology. Mike invokes The Goat Man again, and Susanne pleads “Stop it!” Come out to Hypnothoughts in Las Vegas in August! Mike will be teaching a full day of MINDSCAPING…Buy the online course and attend the live training for free, and get a discount on your Hypnothoughts ticket too! Check it out here: MINDSCAPING promotion for Hypnothoughts Live Hypnothoughts Live is awesome! Scott and Richard have done an amazing job, so come on out in August! Join the Hypnotic Storm Riders at the Irish Pub drink-off at the Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas! Chris mentions “The Wacky Ending” but Mike chides him for talking about it! Chris says he’s the marketer so Mike drops it, knowing that Chris is generally correct in these matters. Empowering Question: This is one of the strangest empowering questions yet, and it’s way too complex to write down. Mike goes into a “weird spin” and tells Chris he’s “just cut the throat of a man your age…” Metaphor: Life is a metaphor…so stop looking for one here! Ending: The Jenny Song Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com

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  • 00:38:30

    Session 69: Social Hypnosis, and You’re Still Just Danny!

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 69 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! This is the only hypnosis podcast you need, because it’s the only hypnosis podcast on the planet that answers questions like: If Dracula had a rash, would he still be an adequate hypnotist? Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you. Here are the show notes for this episode: Chris begins Podcast #69 brilliantly, with references to Mick Jagger, iPhones, and the kind of social diseases you actually want to get. Mike clips the word “Yes” that he likes to yell, and thinks it’s really clever. Mike rips apart white people by admitting he’s a white guy who can’t dance. Mike raves about slapjacks as an everyday carry self-defence weapon. He doesn’t want to go to jail for stabbing someone, and recommends Green Man Leather in Toronto. Transgender hypnosis? What are they talking about? Social hypnosis is hypnosis that’s done outside a therapeutic or research setting. It’s the fun stuff onstage, in the street, or at a party. Mike refers to his enormous hypnosis library. He get’s lost but recovers the discussion. He talks about the old books that recommend telling people to drink turpentine, which is dangerous and insane. (Seriously! This can be fatal! Do notattempt this ever.) Mike argues that water isn’t toxic but Chris the science geek says it can be. Back to social hypnosis. Mike talks about the old days back in 1975. He hypnotized a girl to keep reliving her birthday surprise party. Homoaction anyone? A Storm Rider emailed about hypnotizing a guy to not recognize his girlfriend. It worked too well, but Mike and Chris aren’t buying it. It smells like flounder, Your Honour… Mike explains the early days when high-school girls wouldn’t snap out of hypnosis at his shows, because he was a frickin’ Rockstar and they wanted the attention. Back to the guy who couldn’t recognize his girlfriend…Implication? The man has more power than even he has! Phenomena? Chris asks what can you use that can’t be faked in a social hypnosis session. Mike talks about the speed of response and going beyond what is required. Both of which are key indicators. Mike reminds the listeners that the unconscious is much faster than the conscious mind. This is a good podcast! Erickson said that it’s impossible to adequately fake hypnosis, because it turns into hypnosis very quickly. Mike talks about Hilgard and Hilgard pain studies, and the paradox of analgesia without hypnosis. Mike mentions Jacquin and Sheldrake’s belief that hypnosis is a social construct, and that their own confirmation bias is getting in the way of adequately viewing contrary data. With hypnosis you can make people think the cows have come home. One of Mike’s most brilliantly funny lines yet. Hypnotic rash? It can be produced in response to suggestion. Mike begins talking about an experiment done last year in his hypnosis class, but quickly digresses into inanity, using his usual elderly man voice, invoking Lady Melbury’s low cut garment and mentioning Henry Squatter. He comes back to reality, and Chris verifies the hypnotic rash occurred as Mike claims. Chris begins a strange topic about onions in people’s eyes and Mike correctly names it as the allium cepa response. Chris says he likes to suggest that people are choking when they attempt to drink water, but Mike wisely reigns him in. (Chris is not permitted to do social hypnosis, because he causes too many heart attacks. Mike cannot drive Chris’ Tesla for similar reasons.) Onstage hypnosis is structured. At a party most people know each other. The street version is difficult because the hypnotist is a stranger without much prestige; at least at first. A phone rings in the background and Mike offers a golf bag to “caller number 17”. Chris rightly says “You must control your environment!” Safety first folks! Safety for the subject as well as for the audience. Storm Rider Derek in Las Vegas is applauded for his awesome skills. Mike points out that you have a foot in the door with friends. Storm Rider shirts or cool business cards provide great credibility and immediate prestige. That’s why Mike and Chris teach at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Setting the hypnotic scene…Use trusted friends as helpers. They’ll help you deal with the jerks and manage the crowd. A Green Man Leather slapjack works well too… No bad subjects, just lousy hypnotists. Pick the people who are genuinely interested. Watch out for the alpha male in the group! Sometimes you can just wing it, and it will work. Chris begins a Ken Sweatman story about a time he wung it. He ran a man to exhaustion on an imaginary treadmill and the man fell “like a sack of bricks on the ground”. Mike recommends you do some group stuff because it will be pretty funny and easy to do. Look for your best subject! External Trance Indicators are the key. Hank Stone puts imaginary gerbils in people’s pants. Make sure you use Yes Sets and Compliance Sets. They pave the way to an easy induction! Go into standard suggestibility tests to build heteroaction. Social settings need rapid inductions. Mike reminds you to deepen the trance by fractionation. Mike can’t remember Drake’s last name. Chris asks what else he’s forgotten, and tells him not to have a whiteout. Some hypnotists repeat things mechanically. Congruence works well to install suggestions. Watch out for post-hypnotics. Take care of your subjects and protect yourself from litigation! Chris is obsessed with Mick Jagger for some unknown reason, and mentions him repeatedly. Mike talks about their friend Michael C. Anthony and his brilliant stage show. Mike reminds the listeners to always remove test suggestions, even if they didn’t work. End with positive suggestions! Make sure you bring them all the way out of trance. Chris mentions the Mike Mandel Personal Development Academy! Matthias, an MD in Boston convinced Mike and Chris to create this awesome course. This is 64 HD videos with a ton of bonuses, so check it out at: mikemandelhypnosis.com/pda Empowering Question: No empowering question this time around. Metaphor: The story of the robot dinosaurs. Remember: Check out:mikemandelhypnosis.com/htlive2016 for the MINDSCAPING training at Hypnothoughts Live in Las Vegas, in August 2016! Ending: You’re still just Danny! Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com

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  • 00:41:24

    Session 67: Cold-reading, the Jerry Intervention, and jokes while driving!

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 67 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! The Hypnotic Storm is spreading like a rash, and you’re infected! Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you. Here are the show notes for this episode: The podcast begins with the usual stupidity, with Mike doing guinea pig laughs over Chris’ intro, and then yelling “Hurrah!” for no apparent reason. A new way to vaguely confuse and sexually stress people by asking them to invest in you! Mike admits he’s pathologically ontime, as are all Enneagram Eights, and does love Oregon Pinot Noir, as well as the Washington State offering. They discuss Mike’s near crash enroute to Hypno East because of a guy texting. Toronto isn’t a backwater! 16 lanes of highway prove it! Mike uses a badge and yells that he’s not a cop to gain the advantage over idiots. Come out to Hypnothoughts in Las Vegas in August! Mike will be teaching a full day of MINDSCAPING…Buy the online course and attend the live training for free, and get a discount on your Hypnothoughts ticket too! Check it out here: MINDSCAPING promotion for Hypnothoughts Live. Chris goes well beyond the requisite explanation and it all gets dangerously close to a Ken Sweatman story, and draws Mike into the explanation of whatMINDSCAPING is and how it works. Chris and Mike discuss cold-reading, and the confirmation bias, the worst of this being Kripkean Dogmatism. Mike tells how in Newfoundland on a documentary shoot he convinced 2 observers that he’d never gotten up off a couch, which made the appearance of a selected card in a card-case across the room near miraculous. Events are reconstructed after the fact, which makes cold-reading seem real. People tend to remember only what fits their confirmation bias. Mike demonstrates the method on Chris, using his tan as an example. Mike advises to Google the Classic Reading! It fits most people. Chris brilliantly cold-reads that Mike hasn’t done the Classic reading recently. Mike says “Your sexual adjustment has caused you some difficulties…” and isn’t kidding! Cold readers make broad statements, and their dupes make specific applications of the material. Graphology is far more effective than cold-reading because you’ll be correct! Mike has been a certified handwriting expert since 1993. He provides forensic graphology and college lectures. Check out Mike’s online graphology course! You can see a cool video here: Introduction to Graphology and there’s over 7 hours of awesome training for you in the online course. A question comes in about rapid inductions and PGO spikes. Chris sends listeners to the rapid induction video on the blog at mikemandelhynosis.com Family members can be your worst subjects…at first, anyway. Mike tells how his student Mohammed hypnotised his father after one day of training. Chris explains the use of the startle effect and the PGO spike. Confusion means the brain looks for resolution. Chris starts to explain and begins channeling Ken Sweatman. Mike quickly takes control of the conversation and explains the need for rapport. They discuss a hilariously inept video from a hypnosis trainer that “drips with ridiculosity”. Mike’s REM induction fires a PGO spike, but the subject doesn’t know when it will happen. Chris mentions hiccups and startling the sufferer. Mike feigns interest. The startle must be poweful! Mike recommends Gil Boyne’s brilliant videos. Mike applauds Chris’ use of the Jerry Intervention, or: Seizing the power via confusion. Chris tells how he psychologically decimated the man for using sweeping generalizations and straw man arguments. Chris says that the man was an idiot, and Mike can be heard in the background, quietly chanting “Dick?…Dick?…” Chris continues speaking as Mike laughs. Chris thinks that Mike was laughing at Chris’ brilliance, but Mike is actually laughing at the way he kept chanting “Dick?…and wasn’t actually paying attention to anything Chris was saying. Chris explains how he actually used the Jerry Intervention, and says “This was textbook Jerry Intervention” and Mike laughs until he coughs and injures something. I think you know! is discussed. It all drips with portent and confusion. Who the hell is Jerry?!? Jerry was SO right about you! It’s now becoming a Ken Sweatman story. Life should be effortless, enjoyable and vaguely annoying to other people! Mike tells you how to do 3 really cool practical jokes while driving, and you do them at your own risk, and assume all responsibility for the results. Rememer: We are NOT responsible. At all. For anything. Ever. Mike tells how brilliant stage hypnotist Michael C. Anthony got him with the first of these practical jokes. Stomp on the accelerator and try to make it through the light. (Unless you’re in Chris’ Tesla, in which case you will make the light.) The second joke involves a horrific sharp turn and the relieved laughter when the car doesn’t roll and then burst into a fireball. The third joke is the best! Nothing like surviving a car crash…Stupid, but brilliant! (We aren’t telling you to do this, so don’t.) Empowering Question: What is it going to take for you to apply these empowering questions for your life…and how soon are you going to do it? Metaphor: Mike’s mentor, the late Derek Balmer and the parking meter… Ending: The brilliant song writing of Heinrich Dieter: Aufnahmevermogen aufmerksamkeitsverteilung! Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com Remember to check out this blogpost on pre-hypnotic work.

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  • 01:10:05

    IGN Digigods Podcast Episode 321

    · DigiGods

    Mourning Philip Seymour Hoffman, debating Woody Allen and the Blu-ray debuts of the Oscar nominated "Blue Jasmine," Francis Coppola's "Twixt" and some glorious new Criterions… Digigods Podcast, 02/04/14 (MP3) -- 32.1 MB right click to save Subscribe to the Digigods Podcast In this episode, the Gods discuss: About Time (Blu-ray/DVD) The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross (DVD) African-American Leaders: Past & Present (DVD) The Agatha Christie Hour: Complete Collection (DVD) Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 10 (Blu-ray/DVD) Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 7 & 8 (Blu-ray) Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 9 (Blu-ray) Agatha Christie's The Queen of Crime Collection (DVD) Angels' Share (DVD) Berberian Sound Studio (DVD) Blood on the Docks Vol. 1 (DVD) Blue Jasmine (Blu-ray) Borgen: Season Three (DVD) Boy Band (DVD) Burn Notice - Season Seven (DVD) City of Angels (Blu-ray) Dallas Buyers Club (Blu-ray/DVD) The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (DVD) David Starkey's Music & Monarchy (DVD) Despicable Me 2 (Blu-ray/DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 1 to 3 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 10 to 12 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 13 to 15 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 16 to 18 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 19 & 20 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 21 & 22 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 23 & 24 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 25 & 26 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 4 to 6 (DVD) Detective Montalbano - Episodes 7 to 9 (DVD) The Divorce (DVD) Dolmen: The Complete Series (DVD) East West 101: Series 1 (DVD) East West 101: Series 2 & 3 (DVD) Fast & Furious 6 (Blu-ray/DVD) Flo: The Complete Series (DVD-R) The Following: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD) From Above (Chasing Shakespeare) (DVD) Half Brother (DVD) Home Again (DVD) I Am Zozo (DVD) In Sickness and In Health and To Love and To Cherish (DVD) The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (DVD) Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey (DVD) Jules and Jim (Blu-ray/DVD) The Last Letter (DVD) Last Love (Blu-ray) Maigret - Set 9 (episodes 49-54) (DVD) Million Dollar Baby - 10th Anniversary Blu-ray (Blu-ray) Molly's Theory of Relativity (DVD) Moon Man (DVD) Mother of George (DVD) Mother of George (Blu-ray) Night of the Demons Collector's Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) Night Train to Lisbon (DVD) Paradise: Faith (DVD) Paradise: Hope (DVD) Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues (DVD) Rififi (Blu-ray/DVD) Sebastian Bergman: Volume One (DVD) Secrets of Ancient Egypt (DVD) She's Still Not Our Sister (DVD) Sightseers (DVD) Spiral: Series 1 (DVD) Spiral: Series 2 (DVD) Step Dogs (DVD) Thief (Blu-ray/DVD) Treme: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Twixt (Blu-ray) Two Weeks Notice (Blu-ray) The Unspeakable Act (DVD) The White Queen (Blu-ray) Witchboard (Blu-ray/DVD) Please also visit CineGods.com. 

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  • 00:33:15

    Session 76: Fun vs. Depression and Scaring People in the Street

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 76 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! The rash is getting moist and moving inland with alarming speed, so stay out of its way, or face a lifetime of hypnotic itchiness! Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you! Here are the show notes for this episode: Chris begins brilliantly with the following introduction: Mike is back from the Canadian Wilderness, is into Neoclassical Dark Wave (but who isn’t these days?) and is secretly hoping he’s black. The Trio is addressed…Mike loves the music of Dead Can Dance. You will too… Mike coughs as he says Microsoft, so nobody hears him. He’s having his DNA analyzed and wants black blood to justify his obsession with the blues and the poetry of Langston Hughes. If he has any black DNA, Mike is going to claim to be black from now on, as his personal kick into the very pouch of racism and racists everywhere. We’re talking all about FUN today. Chris attempts to talk about Ego States but Mike keeps control. Is your life too full of activity? If there’s no fun, what’s the point? You are the author of the fun in your life! Make yourself your number one project! Chris goes back to the relationship discussion in the last podcast. He references people who are in competitive or un-fun states. Mike asks What is the point of your life? Mike references a friend who’s now overloaded with the work of 2 people. He referenced Mark Twain to contrast fun and work. Chris asks How do you know you’re having fun?  Toronto Blue Jays just got knocked out of the playoffs. Mike segues to hockey, and makes an incredibly brilliant Comet Kohoutek joke, which Chris pretends to get. In a hypothetical hockey game, a rubber disk has a completely different effect on Detroit and Toronto. Mike preframes Ego States…Paul Federn, Watkins and Watkins and Gordon Emmerson. These are sub-personalities. They aren’t psychological. They are part of the physical structure of the brain. They are digital, and only one can be Executive at a time. Chris explains the Classroom Metaphor. Mike interrupts him for his own amusement. Chris presses on, and amazingly, avoids doing a Ken Sweatman impersonation. Mike commends Chris and seizes control. All metaphors are imperfect though, as Chris points out. Which state is Executive? You need the right one for the task at hand. Mike explains with the dog story…Teacher stuck in the Executive!!! Mike says that depressed people have a depressed state that hogs the Executive. Chris points out the obvious, and says that you’ll be happy with a happy state in the Executive. Mike humours him. They invoke Griffin and Tyrrell of the UK  (Human Givens Theory) and John Grinder. Move and breathe to change your state. Mike and Chris are not doctors, psychologists, or therapists. They’re educators and unconscious coaches. Mike talks about the girl at the funeral and the inappropriate comments of the Executive Ego State. Make a shopping list of things that are FUN. The boyz move to discussing Retail Therapy. Mike sometimes buys stuff to feel better. Now he keeps the price scaled down. Cold Steel knives are awesome! Chris goes back to the shopping list of fun stuff from the past. He says that no-one is infected with FUN. Mike likes this, and says FUN sounds better and more active than happiness. Mike wants to go downtown with Paul Pacific and twitch to scare people as he saw on YouTube. Mike finds it hilarious to scare people in non-threatening ways. Practical jokes are awesome! Chris and Mike continue laughing, because even the thought of scaring people is fantastic. Get sad people having fun! Chris mistakenly says “Retail therapy” and tries to pass it off as intentional, but Mike jumps on it. When Chris is in the zone, he doesn’t even realize how competitive he is (insensitive to others). Mike is studying meteorology and loves learning. Chris reminds us that we all had fun as children. Get a recipe list, and build the FUN back into your life. Moving and breathing to support this will help. Chris mentions that Mike is in his 60s. He then says TEE-vee, which sounds weird. Family board games are awesome. Mike especially likes beating Michael C. Anthony at backgammon for money… John Grinder taught Mike to overwhelm bad states with good stuff. Silvia Hartmann does this too! Buy her book Positive EFT. Commercial Break.   Newsflash! You can’t be depressed while you’re having fun…Get out there and build the FUN back into your life. Make fun for other people too, or at least scare them. Coming up in the next podcast: The Power of Laughter with James Hazelrig. Add intentional laughter to your life! Mike does the scarecrow laugh to terrify Michael C. Anthony, and now you can too! Empowering Question: What did you used to do to build a high level of FUN into your life, and what are you going to do today to get it back? Gus Grissom Update – Byron Bay Australia! Send your sightings of Gus Grissom to GusGrissom@Mailinator.com Ending: What becomes of you my love? Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com

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  • 00:36:28

    Session 74: Logical Levels: An Awesome Method for Personal Change!

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 74 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! Never before has a hypnotic typhoon gained so much energizing moisture, so quickly! This podcast is all about the transformative power of Logical Levels! Make sure you apply this information and have an awesome life… Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you. Remember to send your Gus Grissom sightings to:gusgrissom@mailinator.com Here are the show notes for this episode: Mike is brandishing a Cold Steel Roman Gladius on the very edge of the moisture of the storm! He’s cut down the amount of wine in his Beef Bourguignon, as taught by chef Mark McEwan. Yes, the National Steel ukulele is the ultimate portable blues instrument! Mike’s Hypnothoughts Live MINDSCAPING course is sold out! (The Hypnothoughts Live conference is still open for tickets though…) Mike gives Hugh Comerford a plug for NLP Training, and talks about Robert Dilts, Nice Guy. Chris and Mike open a discussion on Dilts’ Logical Levels. Chris preframes that he learned Logical Levels by watching Mike teach it on video. This is awesome stuff that can change your life! The bottom level is Environment. People at this level are stuck at Effect. They feel like life is happening to them. Mike hilariously calls Chris’ daughters Hyperica and Gelsemium. The names are getting weirder, but the kids are learning these tools from Chris. One (Gelsemium) actually did the Jerry Intervention. These levels apply to organizations too; not just people. You have to be at Cause, not Effect! People who feel victimized are often stuck at the level of Environment. Mike points out that everything that’s happened is in the past. Mike says that all the time we have is coming to us from the future,  which is brilliant! You can effect the level where you are, or chunk up to a higher level. Next level up is Behaviour. What are you doing? Thinking? Saying? At Cause, means you’re the one in charge! Change Behaviour, and Environment also changes. A filthy house can be transformed! Chris begins discussing the concept of choosing a word for the year. Mike says he remembers that Chris’ word was vasectomy, leading to much hilarity, and Mike declaring himself to be a “comic genius”. They edit it out. Mike’s word was alacrity. (Chris’ actual word was balance) Mike talks about using the power of procrastination to procrastinate later. Mike does a “Jerry Kein cough” which is also edited out … except that it’s not really edited at all. Level 3 is Capabilities, which is really just abilities. New Capabilities will automatically add to possible behaviours. They discuss how the Architecture of Hypnosis came out of Mike’s study of Gothic Cathedrals. You sometimes have to practice in order to get new capabilities. Mike shameless drops a name by saying in an offhand manner that he “was having lunch with John Grinder”. Physicality plus saturation did the trick. Review is the key… Mike is flying to Quebec to discuss stress with financial planners and pension managers. The boyz discuss playing blues on a stratocaster to replicate Clapton. Beliefs are on top of Capabilities. Whether you believe something is possible, or not…you’re probably right. The Wizard of Oz as an example, and Mike sings Over the Rainbow in the background. Chris begins making a point from The Wizard of Oz and Mike doubts that Chris has even seen it. He says Chris might have been thinking of The Bag of Pykthos – The Movie. Or maybe Mike just imagines that would have been much funnier. Start to question beliefs that no longer serve you!!! Replace them with more useful beliefs. Use the Meta Model to attack and dismantle useless or limiting beliefs. Above Beliefs is Identity. This is the Ego, the “I” statements. Even depression can be at the level of Identity. Mike says ego eimi from koine Greek to be cultured and impressive. Mike reminisces about his early days as a “Stage Hypnotist” and how he reframed his career by changing his Identity to I am a Communicator! Get this fact: Recognize your Identity statements, and change them if you need to! Mike gives a fool-proof method to quit smoking. It works every time! I am overweight. I am a failure. I am a bad listener. These are all Identity statements. Chris and Mike have awesome lives! They actually apply this stuff. The final level is Spiritual/Mission. NLP cannot touch this one. Mike gives the example of Saul of Tarsus who was transformed to the Apostle Paul;  who went from being a persecutor of the early church, to the greatest apostle of all. Focus on Identity Statements. They’ll give you the most bang for your buck! The Gus Grissom Update: Virgil “Gus” Grissom was sighted in Wichita Kansas, by school bus driver, Honey Hallmark. Hallmark was surprised to see Grissom had apparently purchased Wu Tang Clan CDs. Make sure you email in any sightings togusgrissom@mailinator.com Mike is teaching the next Graphology Class in Toronto – Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th, 2016 – this event is coming up fast. Check out this video and sign up today! Empowering Question: When you think of your life, what symbol comes to mind, and are you thoroughly happy with it, or would you like to modify it, or trade it in for something else entirely? Metaphor: A rainy day in Winnipeg… Remember: Check out Hypnothoughts Live, as well as Mike and Chris’ Architecture of Hypnosis training in Toronto in November. Ending: There’s somebody back in Aragon… Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com

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  • 00:56:23

    118 Mike Bundrant: A Fresh Perspective On Self-Sabotage

    · Wellness Force Radio | Discovering Physical & Emotional Intelligence To Live Life Well

    Get ready for an incredible podcast as we discuss self-sabotage, and how to bring our destructive subconscious patterns into awareness. Why do we sometimes act against our own best interests when on some level, we also know what's best for us? The answer lies in our subconscious motivations.  Most of our unconscious thoughts and patterns were learned at an early age and programmed deep into our biology.  We all can greatly benefit by understanding how our subconscious mind affects our health and wellness. The good news is, we have the ability to bring the unconscious realm into our conscious awareness. JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP | REVIEW THIS PODCAST As you'll learn on the podcast, there is great liberation in giving ourselves more space to feel, and understanding our underlying motivations of why we do what do.  When we begin to take a true emotional inventory, we can turn off these negative patterns that run on autopilot. This allows us to gain more self-awareness, shift our internal narrative, and point our lives in a new direction. How Our DNA Keeps Us Safe, but Can Lead To Self-Sabotage. Our DNA wants us to stay safe.  Unfortunately, this basic survival mechanism is causing unwanted consequences in our modern day society.  The ancestral fears that used to be of real concern from a survival standpoint now manifest themselves as different forms of anxiety and imagined fears. The problem is, these imagined fears can create biological responses similar to those caused by actual survival situations.  Playing out these imagined fears on a regular basis is wrecking havoc on our nervous system and internal well-being.  It can be challenging to uncover these fears, because many live in our subconscious mind and have been perpetuated for years. Not only do these imagined fears have negative affects on the physical body, but they hold us back from taking action, achieving goals, and moving our lives closer to a desired vision. There are ways to uncover how these survival mechanisms negatively affect us.  We must take an emotional inventory and then learn to distinguish between legitimate concerns and our imagined fears. Listen To Episode 118 As Mike Uncovers How Mike developed his passion for studying psychology and awareness. Why we act against our own best interest. How to identify unconscious patterns and drives. How to cross the bridge between information and implementation. Ways to avoid the negative narrative, and re-write thoughts of abundance. How to find the underlying motivation behind self-sabotage. Increasing your ultimate capacity for self-awareness. How we receive pleasure from negativity, any why that perpetuates destructive behavior. How we subconsciously seek the things we complain about. Ways to take emotional inventory, and discover if we are sabotaging our health and relationships. Learning  to distinguish between legitimate concern and pointless self-sabotage. The ways we predict and perpetuate feelings of rejection. What Sigmund Freud and others refer to as magical thinking. How a rebellious mentality can stem from actually wanting to be controlled. Top 3 Takeaways From The Show We need to give ourselves space to feel. This can help us to identify and stop perpetuating destructive emotions that may be running on autopilot. It is important to step back and take an emotional inventory of our lives.  If we can identify the motivations and drives that lead to destructive behavior, we can adjust before our subconscious programming and old habits take control. You can revolutionize your peace and well-being by learning to distinguish between legitimate concerns and imagined fears. Today's fears are more imagined and self-created compared to those of our ancestors that were based on actual survival.  If we can stop the imagined fears from dominating our mindset, we can cultivate a more powerful and abundant mentality. Power Quotes From Mike Bundrant [tweetthis]"You can't make a conscious choice about something that lies outside of your conscious awareness." - @MikeBundrant bit.ly/2rhgbw9[/tweetthis] "You can't make a conscious choice about something that lies outside of your conscious awareness. " - Mike Bundrant “No matter what your current level of self awareness is, or your ultimate capacity, you can increase it from where you are." - Mike Bundrant  "We can have great tools, and simply not use them." - Mike Bundrant "Most of the time we are not aware of the motivation behind the self sabotage." - Mike Bundrant "Don't get into a situation where you are blaming yourself or other people, because that will just pile on the self-sabotage." - Mike Bundrant "The big issue is to come out of denial, there is more hope healing and self control in that." - Mike Bundrant "You have to own the drive within you toward self sabotage, as soon as you own it, that's when you start to realize the choices you have."- Mike Bundrant "Even though sometimes we are miserable, the negativity can feel safer and more like home. With this bias towards safety, we end up on autopilot from these perceptual filters." - Mike Bundrant About "Your Achilles Eel" by Mike Bundrant Would you be surprised to learn that you are getting in the way of your own happiness and self-esteem? This short, hard-hard hitting book reveals why you might be doing just that. And it tells the story in an interesting, easy style that even a child can understand. Your Achilles Eel is written as if a forbidden part of your mind were breaking all the rules by telling you the secret that your subconscious mind has been keeping throughout your life.In fact, chances are extremely high that you have never heard of any mental or emotional phenomenon quite like this before. Yet, as you read, you’ll soon discover that this truly shocking secret explains so much! So many of us are plagued by self-criticism, low self-esteem and bad habits. These come from deeper states of inner negativity, emptiness, helplessness, hopelessness or pessimism.  Your Achilles Eel is your opportunity to discover how these unfortunate attitudes become part of you, and how they stand in the way of greater happiness, joy, peace of mind, accomplishment and celebration of life.  Once you understand the message of this unique personal growth book, you can successfully apply the clearly outlined AHA process to turn your inner life into something wonderful. About Mike Bundrant With so much "fluffy" personal development information available today, Mike Bundrant offers a deeper perspective. He writes on the lesser known and even suppressed truth about your mind and behavior. Mike strives to create articles, books and courses that shine the light an entire level deeper into your subconscious mind. At the same time, his writing is simple enough for a child to understand. The most complex healing concepts taught in modern psychology, from Freud onward, become clear and actionable through his writing. His books and articles are for men and women who are committed to personal growth. Many are frustrated with the current state of Western mental health systems, which focus on shallow therapies and pharmaceutical treatment. He strives to give his readers deeper insights, and the education that can radically change our paradigms. Mike lives with his wife and children in Temecula, California. He enjoys taking annual cruises with his family, interviewing top authors on the Mental Health Exposed podcast, writing for popular natural health and personal development websites and playing with the best mutt in the entire world, his family dog, "Biscuit." Resources Mentioned by Mike & Josh Connect with Mike Bundrant and the iNLP Center via: Mike on Facebook iNLP on YouTube iNLP Center website Dr. John Grohol - Editor of psyche central Read Mike's blog at Psyche Central Mike's program to end self-sabotage - The AHA Solution Mike's book - "Your Achilles Eel" More on what Sigmund Freud and others call Magical Thinking Byron Katie's work (this consists of four questions and the turnarounds) Learn more about NLP; listen to the interview with Tony Wrighton You may also enjoy this episode: Upgrading Your Subconscious Beliefs With Bonnie Kelly Get More Wellness In Your Life Join the WFR Community on facebook Send Josh Trent a personal message Tweet me on Twitter: Send us a fun tweet (or a what's up) Comment on the Facebook page Sign up to get an email alert whenever we release a new episode Support This Podcast Leave a 5 star review on iTunes Share this episode with someone you care about Contact Wellness Force Radio for podcast sponsorship and partnership opportunities Rate & Review Wellness Force Aloha! Josh here. Listen, I deeply value your thoughts, now let your voice be heard. I live to serve the Wellness Force even better based on your words, feedback, and requests. (including how these episodes can allow you to break bad habits) Thanks To Our Amazing Sponsor Want to avoid more trips to the store and save hundreds of dollars a year on superfood supplements? Check out Perfect Supplements.com Go to perfectsupplements.com/wellnessforce to get your grass-fed collagen from today's show and sign up for a free membership, plus get 10% off your entire order - just enter promo code "wellnessforce" at checkout. Ask A Live Question For The Next Episode Click here to leave a voicemail directly to Josh Trent to be read live on the air.  You May Also Like These Episodes Food Freedom Forever With Melissa Hartwig Nir Eyal:Breaking Bad Habits, Technology Addiction, & Emotional Triggers Healthy, Happy & Harder To Kill w/ Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo Beyond Meditation: How To Get A Better Brain With Ariel Garten Living A Healthy Lifestyle In A Modern World With Dan Pardi Creating A Life Worth Living With Michael Strasner Get More Wellness In Your Life Join the Wellness Force Newsletter: www.wellnessforce.com/news Don't miss next week's show: Subscribe and stay updated Did you like this show? Rate and review Wellness Force on iTunes You read all the way to the bottom? That's what I call love! Write to me and let me know what you'd like to have to get more wellness in your life.

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  • 00:33:34

    Session 80: We cut open the Mail Bag, and it didn’t hurt a bit!

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 80 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! The Power of the Cataleptic Colonic Cyclone grows ever more evacuative, and you’re in its path… Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you! Here are the show notes for this episode: Yo wassup? You found us, but despite what we said last podcast, there’s no booze here… 5 Stars and we’re still going strong… You can send an email to info@mikemandelhypnosis.com and let us know your questions! Preferably record them as an audio file so we can include them in a future episode. It’s Mail Bag day! (Ouch) Karl Smith’s coming to the Hypnotic World Epicenter! We’re hosting him and taking the class too. An advertisement for HypnoThoughts Live 2017! It’s going to be amazing, especially when we win the Orleans Casino Bowling Tournament with the Dream Team we’ve purchased! Mike was just at Wagner’s opera, Gotterdammerung! It really hits the unconscious mind. The words are the conscious mind and the music is the unconscious…really cool stuff. Chris is not an opera fan……..yet. Culture is what makes us human and gives us depth. Mike refuses to do the Guinea Pig Laugh. Did a young Leonard Cohen hypnotize his maid to do the naughty? Mike and Chris think it’s unlikely. Erickson was a meticulous researcher and the greatest hypnotist in history…bar none! Remember that television (including Derren Brown) is not reality. You never see the whole story… Chris fixates on the French Maid story, and clearly has issues here. Pykthos is invoked again! Can hypnosis help learn a language more quickly? Yes! And there’s lots of ways to do it. Chris talks about entering the zone. Mike answers in flawless German. Let’s call an ego state to the executive! It works, folks! Chris continues for awhile but Mike wisely breaks into the explanation and seizes control, teaching how to tap the Triple Warmer and get the right ego state in the executive. Chris takes control of the show an references MINDSCAPING. Mike responds in perfect French. Chris mentions learning and Mike answers in excellent Russian. Mike pretends that Chris has written in. Hilarious. A listener wants to specialize in pain control. But how? Mike claims to be the god Hypnos in human form. Why does everyone equate hypnosis with smoking cessation? Chris shamelessly promotes our hypnosis training school. We recommend Jason Linett for hypnosis marketing! Mike and Chris tell how to get your hypnosis pain-control practice going… Chris says we’re eating our own cooking. Mike says he’s wrestling with his own underwear. We admit that we’re marketing! Check us out… Word of mouth works, once it reaches critical mass… Medical doctors have no problem referring patients to a competent hypnotist…You must convince the doctor that you’re not a dick though. Mike thinks Chris is going on too long about this, and says “Let’s not hammer it into the rectum”. Mike suggests we’ll edit the phrase out of the podcast, but let’s face it … that’s not going to happen! Can hypnosis help with burns? You betcha! Mike had a weird year…anaphylactic shock from a wasp sting, and a nasty burn! A 425 degree metal tray can burn you! Chris talks about high coefficient of heat transfer. Mike corrects him and explains he’s talking about thermal inertia. Chris persists, but Mike references a college level course in Meteorology he’s just completed and the subject ends properly. Chris shows restraint by holding back the credibility of his mechanical engineering degree. They’re both correct, but he’s happy to allow Mike to believe he’s more correct. Mike admits he was “momentarily dickish”. Remember: Flush burns with cold water until help arrives! Bradykinins are released at the site of a burn and make it worse. Hypnosis in the first hour after a burn can stop those nasty bradykinins! Mike says that Chris’ burns turn to scabs (because he’s Polish) and then become cancer! He then howls with laughter at his own comedic brilliance. Chris got a bacon burn! Is there anything worse? The hypnosis worked for him too! Chris turns the bacon story into a Ken Sweatman story, and Mike quietly calls him “Ken”. Mike gets Christ to look away and then coughs on his neck. Callum is a cop. He’s interested in training. Come to Toronto! Robban in Sweden asks about using the rewind technique to detraumatize. Mike clarifies the muddy waters of Chris’ explanation. Mike say’s that you can’t have a memory backwards, but means that you can’t have an emotion backwards. Yes folks, it was a rare mistake. Mike learned some of this from Willem Lammers. Chris pulls a Bandler book from the shelf and Mike trumps him and yells “Hurrah!” This is the second time they’ve done this podcast. The first version sucked! The Gus Grissom Update! Sponsored by Shyzjigg! Send your Gus Grissom sightings to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com Architecture of Hypnosis is approaching sold-out status for May 2017. Get in now, or wait until June…Then there’s only November left…(Update, the June dates are now officially set as June 12-16) Empowering Question: What is the most valuable relationship that you’ve been neglecting, and how will you strengthen it today? Ending: Dave Ambrose the People’s Physicist! Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com

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  • 00:52:57

    Plants you can grow to keep away menacing mosquitoes

    · You Bet Your Garden

    The Zika virus has taken mosquitos from outdoor annoyance to fearsome foe. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will review the plants you can grow to use as mosquito repellant. Plus answers to all your growing questions. Questions of the Week: “Mike mentioned a number of plants that can repel mosquitos on his Public Radio show several months ago; but my memory has failed me. Could you please go over the names again? Several of us down here are waiting to hear from you; we’re on the water and have lots of mosquitos. We completely enjoy and learn from You Bet Your Garden!” — Bettye in Oriental, North Carolina Repel mosquitoes naturally » Highlights from show for July 9, 2016: Splitting tomatoes John from Houston, Texas is curious about splitting tomatoes and whether they continue to absorb nutrition even after they start to ripen. He has heard that once a tomato starts to ripen, it’s actually separated from the mother plant. Is this true? “The problems with tomatoes splitting become the most evident when the tomato is very close to ripe, or dead ripe,” Mike says. In other words, the plant must still be accepting water from the root system or else the skin wouldn’t split, so it is indeed still absorbing nutrition. “Don’t be afraid to harvest a little bit early,” Mike also advises. You don’t only taste a tomato with your taste buds, but with your nose, due to volatile, aromatic oils that build up as the tomato is ripening. If a tomato becomes dead ripe and sits on a vine, it can lose up to 30% of its flavor in one day, because those oils are so aromatic. John should harvest around what tomato professionals call the “breaker” stage- when the fruit has received about half its color. The tomato will then continue to ripen fully off the vine. John recommends the website Tomatoville to fellow listeners for additional tips. Composting cedar apple rust Lisa from Smithfield, Virginia- the ham capitol of the world- wonders if she can remove and compost cedar trees that have been infested with cedar apple rust spores. She is fearful of infecting additional trees. “Cedar apple rust is one of the weirdest diseases in the plant world,” Mike says. “It needs both hosts- a member of the cedar family and a member of the apple family.” The disease is then passed back and forth from both hosts, and results in an orange growth Mike likens to little Chinese lanterns. Mike suggests Lisa get rid of the apple tree and monitor the cedars over the next two years or so. Without the disease’s other host, the cedars should improve. Rabbiteye blueberries Ron from Rincon, Georgia is growing rabbiteye blueberries and plans to extend the plot across his entire acre into a makeshift blueberry farm. “That can bite you- to have a monoculture like that,” Mike warns. He advises Ron to break up the stretches of blueberries with something different in case a pest or disease finds his farm and takes advantage of the continuous fruit. As for Ron’s current plants, Mike says not to prune until winter’s end and to keep the orchard floor clean of weeds and dead fruit. “Weeds and birds are the worst banes of blueberry growers,” Mike says. “You want to have lanes that are wide enough to mow. Then it’s hand cultivation with specialized hoes and gentle weed whacking.” Mike advises Ron to have a gardening partner use a piece of PVC pipe against the plant for protection while he tackles the weeds. In addition, Ron should go out and get milled peat moss, putting it down as a mulch and covering it with compost, which would both feed the plants and keep the soil acidic. Combatting squirrels Ken from Media, Pennsylvania has squirrels eating the fruit from his peach, nectarine and cherry trees. He asks Mike what he can do to protect the fruit and keep the animals away. Mike explains that Ken has a case of what should be referred to as “evil” squirrels, who are getting at the trees from the ground up. Since the trees are too far apart for the squirrels to leap from the branches of one to another, Mike suggests that Ken use a sticky substance called Tanglefoot. By painting this on the middle of trunk, Ken would protect the fruit from the mangy animals, who would shy away from getting tangled in the glue-like barrier. Ken could also aim motion activated sprinklers at the trees. “The nice thing about the motion activated sprinklers is that you can move them around and aim them at different plants, wherever you are getting attacked,” Mike says. He also advises Ken to use Surround, a micronized clay spray, several times a season to protect the trees from insects and disease. Proper tree planting Colin from Kingston, Ontario planted a sugar bush maple tree that died quickly after bloom. He asks Mike what caused the young tree to turn so brown and dry. Unfortunately, Colin made a few simple, but damaging mistakes. By placing the tree too deep, Mike says he “planted it like lollipop,” suppressing the roots from flaring above ground. Colin had also used a wood mulch, which can inhibit proper breathing and allow for insects and mice to attack undetected. Above all, the young maple lacked a correct watering schedule. Colin watered the tree upon planting, and again in weekly intervals, which is not enough for a brand new bloom. “I think it probably died from lack of attention,” Mike tells Colin. “What you should have done is drag a hose over and let it drip at the base for about 24 hours…then if it doesn’t rain in the next couple of days, you do that again.” For the first year, a newly planted tree should get a good soaking a few times a week. “The biggest cause of premature tree death is inadequate watering in the first week,” Mike says. He recommends that Colin see if the tree is salvageable by digging it up and checking for rotten bark underground. If it is indeed dead, Colin can look for a replacement to plant again in September after the hot summer has passed. How to fertilize your plants Paula from Newtown Square, PA is having problems with her rosemary plants, whose leaves are becoming stippled by tiny gray insects. She has them situated outdoors in ceramic pots and is feeding them with Miracle Grow and horse manure. Mike immediately notes that this mixture is harmful. Miracle Grow makes the soil too salty, an effect similar to growing too close to the ocean, and horse manure does nothing beneficial. “Rosemary bushes are Mediterranean plants that thrive on poor soil, good drainage and little to no extra nutrition… I would rather you feed them nothing,” Mike says. “These are what I consider- in a good way- ‘trash plants.’ They get by great with no nutrition.” As for the bugs, Mike tells Paula that for the next five mornings she should cradle the plant in one hand and use the other to spray a laser sharp beam of water at the insects, blasting them out of the plant. “Be relentless,” Mike says. Do each plant in a row, again and again, early in the morning, continuing for two days after the bugs are gone. According to Mike, “water is the best pesticide.” Rose chafer beetles Ken from Roscommon, Michigan has a backyard filled with wildlife but infested with rose chafer beetles. Rose chafer beetles are from the Scarab family, which leave behind a lacy destruction on leaves. Mike recommends that he combat the insect eggs with beneficial nematodes- tiny microscopic wormlike creatures- which he can water into the ground. When ready, Ken should soak his garden, drop the nematode sponge into a watering can to release 50 million of these microscopic predators, and then water around the areas underneath where he had the worst infestations. Overnight these nematodes will bury into the soil and attack the eggs and larva of the chafer beetles. “You also definitely want to apply milky spore in the fall,” Mike says. This is a naturally occurring soil organism that inhibits the development of Scarab pests. “At the end of the summer, apply this milky spore powder to your entire landscape,” Mike tells Ken. “It will go down into the warm soil where the beetle grubs will ingest the spore…they die and their body turns into a milky spore factory…that way you knock out next year’s generation in advance.”

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  • 01:01:41

    77: Inside Wizards of the Coast with Mike Turian: Smash Doubt, Embrace Your Intuition and Play More Magic!

    · MTG Pro Tutor - Insights, Tips & Advice from Magic: The Gathering Pros

    Mike Turian has participated in a staggering 32 Pro Tours, 5 World Championships, 6 National Championships and numerous Grand Prixs. He is the Champion of Pro Tour New York in 2000 and Grand Prix Montreal in 2002. He has a top 8 finish at Worlds Toronto in 2001 and Pro Tour Amsterdam 2004. Mike also finished in the top 4 of Pro Tour Boston in 2003 and Pro Tour San Diego in 2004. Mike has amassed 234 Pro Points over his career and currently the Digital Business Manager at Wizards of the Coast in charge of Magic Duels. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Mike Turian when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor today! Click here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep77 First Set  Revised Favorite Set Played  The Dark Favorite Set Worked On  Scars of Mirrodin Philosophy On Making Planeswalker Points Mike was one of the Wizards who helped make the competitive score tracking transition to Planeswalker Points. He saw how the old system made players hostile when they sat across from one another at competitions, dreading losing the match and losing points. Making the shift to a system where playing Magic was good, and winning at Magic was better, was Mike’s goal in fostering a healthier competitive scene. He wanted the community to be more inclusive, less hostile, all while recognizing the achievements of players who strived to be the best. At the end of a match Mike wants you to shake your opponent’s hand and say good game, not run off deducting points from your score. Heaviest Magic Moment Losing in the Top 8 of the World Championships in Toronto stands out as a sore moment in Mike’s career. At the time there was no Hall of Fame and taking the crown at the World Championship had been his dream since his early days playing. Unfortunately, Mike got out played and out sideboarded, and ended up walking away from the match feeling like he could have done much more. While it remains a high point to even make the Top 8 at Worlds, he still feels as though he lost an opportunity he can’t get back. Being even keeled is a character trait has helped Mike appreciate the loss and push him to practice more. Level Up Moment For Mike, getting a car led to a long period of growth in Magic. Being able to travel and extend his Magic intake beyond local tournaments helped open up the world for Mike. He made an 8 hour drive to a New York Pro Tour and got to play against, and defeat, Mike Long in a side event. This confidence booster helped Mike take steps to push himself further into Magic’s competitive realms. Proudest Magic Moment Mike points to winning his first team Pro Tour as one of his most memorable moments playing Magic. Playing as part of a team made for a communal experience that helped Mike feel as though he was part of something greater than just his one-on-one matches, even though he wasn’t the hero that outright clinched the win for his team. Mike had a conversation with Jon Finkel on the topic of teammates, and what Finkel said is that it’s hard to see your true self when looking in the mirror. What great friends and teammates do is help you look and see who you are. Best Format Draft Tips For New Draft Players Mike’s tip to new Drafters is establish your colors clearly. He doesn’t like to focus so much on reading other player’s signals, but rather approach it from an angle of “What am I going to accomplish in this draft that will give me flexibility and a line of play towards winning?” He has noticed many new players don’t understand their play style well enough to bring it into their drafts. Getting consciously comfortable with your style is a great area to focus on, as it’s a tough concept to grasp since it isn’t something totally tangible. Biggest Mistake Players Make Mike has noticed that some players simply don’t play enough magic. If you want to succeed and get better, you really have to put in the time to do extra drafts and put in your reps. Players actively striving to rise to the top tier of Magic players often put in 35 to 40 hours a week. While that’s clearly not an option for many players, what you can do is actively incorporate Magic into your life more fully. Go play Magic, and afterwards go somewhere and hang out while talking about your matches. Think about the game in your day to day life until you get to the point Mike was at when he was muttering “Ancestral Recall” in his sleep. Deepest Thing Magic Has Taught You One of the things Mike learned about himself through Magic was that he cares deeply about winning. He doesn’t outwardly express his craving for victory like some other players; his demeanor conceals that desire. Mike generally views himself as laid back and easy going, but Magic has shown him that version of himself only applies in some scenarios. When he becomes engrossed in a competition he can focus on winning 100%. Reader Question: How Do You Tell When A Card Is Good Or Bad? A big area of focus for Mike is understanding the casting cost to power ratio. Look at the cards and see what their drawbacks are, and even more importantly, see how or if those drawbacks can be turned into an advantage. Removal spells are always going to be excellent in Limited. One of the most important lessons Mike has learned is not to get trapped holding onto an awesome card when your opponent plays a bad or low level card, especially early on. Having the mindset that you don’t want to drop an amazing card on something weak can come back to destroy you later on in the match. Final Wisdom Mike believes the key to getting better on your Magic journey is to make sure you are having fun every step of the way. Magic is a game, after all. It’s supposed to be fun. Enjoying the game is the only way you are going to be able to play over and over again in the years to come and stay engaged with the game. There are thousands of other players pouring their whole lives and hearts into the game, so don’t go approaching Magic halfheartedly and expect to rise. Connect With Mike Turian Twitter: @mturian Like What You Hear? If you like the show, head on over to iTunes and leave an honest Rating & Review. Let me know what you like and what I can do better so I can make the show the best it can be and continue bringing you valuable content. I read every single one and look forward to your feedback. (Here's a 1.5 minute tutorial on how to leave a review if you don't already know. THANK YOU!) Sponsors

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  • 01:34:00

    077 The Great Mouse Detective - Sit, Toby

    · Animation Addicts Podcast - Animated Movie Reviews & Interviews for Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar & everything in between!

    The Rotoscopers discuss the first film in their 'Mice & Rats' podcast series, Disney's 1986 The Great Mouse Detective. Highlights Nerdy Couch Discussion: Mice in animation Main Discussion: The Great Mouse Detective (1986) First thoughts and memories. 1992 VHS release. The whole film takes place in one night. Perhaps a time vortex is at work? Why doesn't that flower ballerina toy exist in real life? There's way too much pink in Rattigan's hideout. Is the sexy singing bar mouse really ok? The first ever semi-use of CGI in a Disney animated film. The clock's cogs are in CGI, then traced onto paper. Rattigan reveals his real form. We rate it! Voicemail: Dustin, Dylan, JK and Michael. Mail bag: Joshua, Hannah, Krissy, Kate, Catherine, Catherine, MoonDisneyPower. Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts77 on Twitter! Runtime: 1:33:59, 23.6 MB Links Watch The Great Mouse Detective: Blu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent | iTunes Buy The Great Mouse Detective soundtrack: CD | iTunes The Great Mouse Detective Quotes | DisneyQuotes.com Buy the Rotoscopers Shirt! The Rotoscopers on the Web Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at contact@rotoscopers.com. Send us a voicemail at rotoscopers.com/voicemail or call (406) 646-6575. Find us on the web: Rotoscopers.com, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Hypable & Animated Views. Visit our sponsors: Audible, Amazon. Rotoscopers Store Find The Hosts Mason Smith: Twitter, Portfolio Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram Chelsea Robson: Twitter, Facebook

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  • 00:37:53

    Session 66: Chris is a “bast”, Alacrity, Incarceration, and Dennis Bryce-Morgan in the studio!

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 66 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! This is without a doubt the finest podcast we’ve ever done! Check out mikemandelhypnosis.com for more info on what we’re up to. Here are the show notes for this episode: Mike starts by calling Chris “a bast” because he doesn’t want to say “bastard” on a podcast. They review how life should be effortless, enjoyable and vaguely annoying to other people! Mike reviews his beginnings as a performer, back in 1975 on the Tommy Banks Show. The multiple uses of “Is that what you’re calling it these days?” and how it sounds obscene… Mike and Chris name a waitress “Jessica” because she looks like a “Jessica”. Mike cracks his neck and reminisces about torticollis and a sadistic teacher. Chris got back from Dominican Republic with this wife and kids. Mike calls them “Vorolaya, Clymnestra and Allistrate” and Chris ignores him. Better than a New Year’s resolution is a Word for the Year! What’s yours? Mike’s word for 2016 is “Transformation”; both self and others. Chris’ word is “Balance”. Chris begins explaining how he transformed his own life. This quickly disintegrates into an uninteresting Ken Sweatman story. Towards and Away – Make sure you decide which they are… Chris does a quick sell on Mike’s Navigator System, and then begins another Ken Sweatman story about how he and Mike formed the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy. The Personal Development Academy should be available by February. Get on the email list! Mike brags about lecturing Landscape Ontario and how well it went. Hypnothoughts Live is coming up in August! Mike will be teaching, so come to Las Vegas and hang out with us!  MINDSCAPING is coming to Las Vegas. Mike will be teaching a one day intensive! Update: Prior to publishing this podcast we confirmed the details. Find out more. The Wellness Academy is here again. Mike and Chris mention that David Bowie and Alan Rickman are dead, and Mike and Chris are all about wellness. Hypnosis, NLP, language…that’s what we’re mostly about. It’s Brain Software. The story of a traumatized woman who has insomnia to this day; but only in her own bed. Her unconscious mind is protecting her. If you’re in an abusive relationship, Mike says “Get out!” Mike believes, addictive behaviours are the ineffective means of dealing with stress, without getting to the root cause. Chris uses a scraped knee as a largely feckless metaphor. When vaded states are healed, people get well and problems disappear. Mike talks about hypertension, caused by his Egyptian Mau, Gwaihir. Mike does a brilliant impersonation of Elvis exuding fragrance, to stop things getting too damn serious. Canada’s guitar hero, Kim Mitchell is in hospital after a heart attack. Mike knows Kim and wishes him a speedy recovery. Mobile technology! Mike is forced to admit that he now sends text messages. But he doesn’t do it in traffic. Mike and his friend Lisa believes there’s a dopamine release in response to texts coming in. Mike makes a reference to gruel, but Chris misses it completely. No iPhones during dinner! Is technology running your life, or helping you run a more effective life? Chris begins yet another tedious and long-winded Ken Sweatman story about the Blackberry he used to own. Mike casually drops the news that he gets paid “thousands and thousands of dollars” when he speaks, but says it with great modesty. Is your life real, or virtual? VR is awesome in some contexts…but not all. Mike demonstrates his comic genius, by joking about VR goggles to see the next VR goggles. Empowering Question: Who is the most important person in your life, and what are you going to do today to make the quality of their life even better. Metaphor: The missing time.  Ending: And now for a special treat, Chris Thompson interviews 112 year old Dennis Bryce-Morgan!   Please leave a rating for the show in iTunes, and send in your questions by emailing info (at) MikeMandelHypnosis (dot) com. Remember to check out this blog post on pre-hypnotic work.  

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  • 00:35:08

    MJS #031 Mike Hostetler

    · All JavaScript Podcasts by Devchat.tv

    MJS 031: Mike Hostetler Today's episode is a My JavaScript Story with Mike Hostetler. Mike talked about his contributions to the JavaScript community. Listen to learn more about Mike! [00:50] – Introduction to Mike Hostetler Mike was on episode 133 which was like 2.5 years ago. [01:45] – How did you get into programming? First computer Mike got their first computer when he was 5 or 6 years old. 286 IBM Clone had a command prompt that he spent several years trying to figure out how to code with it until he stumbled on a few basic books at their local public library in junior high. He began teaching himself how to code with QBasic and Borland C++. He, then, found the internet early high school and downloaded the Mosaic browser. He started coding HTML and early JavaScript, late 90’s. Then, he went off to college to get a Computer Science degree. First job When Mike was late high school, he decided that he knew enough coding that he was going to try to get a job. He ended up finding web development companies in the phone book and calling each one of them, trying to explain that his 16-year-old self could help them code and build websites. He ended up landing a job and was paid minimum wage to build HTML sites - a lot of 1x1 pixels transparent gifs, coding HTML by hand and notepad. Then, he ended up working for that company for his first couple of years of college as well. [05:30] – How did you wind up doing JavaScript? After college, the job that Mike landed was spent on learning Microsoft technologies and then half on the open-source side of learning the LAMP stack. At that time, it required hand-coding JavaScript. His next role is building a custom mapping application which was a single page application that heavily relied upon JavaScript. This was client-side object-oriented. There were no frameworks but it was enough script to build a URL that called a custom CGI to render the map. So, he immediately jumped in and started using the early JavaScript frameworks and prototypes. The role that Mike was in next was building a touchscreen capable device. They needed custom plug-ins to provide the highlight focus effect around the button. He needed to write a plugin to do that and jQuery has just been released. So, he stripped all the prototype code, throw JQuery in there, and then, write a plug-in to navigate this interface by keyboard. [09:20] – Contributions with JavaScript jQuery Mike’s first participation was on the JQuery project. If you ever use the JQuery plug-ins site, the old site, that was his contribution. He ended up running infrastructure for JQuery for several years. JQuery launched his business career. He switched into an entrepreneur around 2009. Since then, he’s contributed in numerous ways through speaking, leading training, and writing articles. He was a co-author of the JQuery Cookbook. Node.js As Node began to get more popular, Mike switched his attention to Node and found passion around the Sails.js project. It was a Node framework that made it easy to build Express-powered apps with Node and limit a lot of the convention over configuration elements of the Sails framework. That morphed into ES6 rewrite of Sails called the Trails framework. Currently, he is an organizer of the Chicago Node.js Meetup and he’s a contributor to the Trails framework. [11:50] – JQuery challenges and experiences jQuery 1.4 Mike and the team made community’s problems their problems so the gravity of what they were working didn’t hit them very much until jQuery 1.4. They had an online conference. They all recorded talks and they’re releasing a talk a day for jQuery that will be going to accommodate the 1.4 release. He remembered that he was setting up, managing the servers, and was doing some last-minute configuration. Then, John had tweeted that 1.4 was ready, pointing to jQuery.com. The web server just ground to a halt as he saw the traffic come in off a tweet. Open-source community Mike remain friends with a lot of them. According to Mike, they were just normal people who made a choice to lean in, contribute, where those contributions ended up becoming popular. Looking forward, he said that he’s going to continue to contribute to the open-source community. He wants to help the junior developer that is learning ES6 for the first time and is solving a syntax error. From Mike’s perspective, technologies come in waves. jQuery was a wave but jQuery’s wave focuses its energy into JavaScript’s wave. Certain people catch a contribution wave. React is on the upswing. Node is in an interesting spot because they’ve been on the upswing for many years but there’s new work that could be done. He said that had a shot to be at the forefront of the wave and got to see it. Advice For anybody else that maybe listening, find a spot where there’s new ground that you can contribute to and just dive in and do what you can to solve a problem to make it better. You’ll catch your wave. [21:00] – How to pick frameworks Node frameworks There was a Reddit thread about Node frameworks in 2017 that listed out all the possible frameworks. The classic answer is to use the right tool for the right job but Mike’s answer is: Node has grown so big that different frameworks are built to different people on the learning curve of Node. The other thing that Node has done is they have this culture of really running away from any Monolithic one-size-fits-all solution. The community of Node has made sure that they make space for an incredible diversity of solutions and frameworks. Antipattern The anti-pattern is: what is the best framework of 2017. That’s the wrong question in the Node culture. Look at your team, look at your project, what framework can you be most productive in and what framework can you contribute back into the community with? That is one of the key reasons that Node itself has remained and continued to grow in popularity. [23:40] – Role in Sails and Trails Mike’s not contributing to the Sails project at the moment. He has been focusing on the Trails project. He has written a couple of Trails packs or the equivalent of plug-ins, messed around with GraphQL. He is also helping answer questions in the Gitter chat – small ways. [24:25] – Best ways to contribute Stack Overflow Go on to Stack Overflow. Subscribe to tags where you can answer questions. Every answer on Stack Overflow is a contribution. Go, watch, subscribe to the issue queues for the projects that you use. Just even sharing your experience with how you solve a problem, there is somebody that you could reach down to and answer their questions that take their burden off. Gitter Get involved in the Gitter chat. Listen, watch, stand on the sidelines, and see what’s going on how the community works. Pull request The next step, if you see a problem, submit a pull request, listen to see what the roadmap is, and see what you can contribute. Infrastructure A lot of projects need help in infrastructure in their build scripts to produce better-written code. You can document for them. If you wait for the next sexy thing to do, you’ll never get there. Be humble. Fun Remember that open-source is fun. If it becomes a drag, you are doing it wrong. Look for the opportunities that are aligned with what you do so it’s a fun, happy experience. [26:45] – What are you working on now? Raise Marketplace Currently, Mike is taking on a new role as Director of Front-end Engineering at Raise Marketplace. It is a marketplace start-up in Chicago. His focus is rebuilding the front-end of Raise on a micro service Node.js in Go service architecture. They have also been listed to help some folks at Google in the web performance team. They are always hiring. If you are looking for a remote role for a start-up. Feel free to reach out to him on Twitter or on Raise. ModernWeb Mike’s side-project now is a website called ModernWeb.com, where they help connect companies with teams of software developers and tell the stories of those software projects. A lot of developers are great at writing code but are terrible at telling the awesome things that we do. So, ModernWeb exists to tell the stories of development. The great side effect is companies want to work with you when you tell your stories. They help complete that circle. Go over to ModernWeb.com and you can contact them through the website or you can drop him an email at mike@modernweb.com. Picks Mike Hostetler App: OmniFocus App: Sleep Cycle App: Life Cycle Zapier Twitter: @mikehostetler Mike-hostetler.com Charles Max Wood Talk: Setting up and Contributing to Open-source Projects by Kent C. Dodds JavaScript Jabber Slack  

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  • 00:52:58

    Beware of Old Landscape Timbers

    · You Bet Your Garden

    It’s a story as old as time, but definitely not from Disney. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss what to do when you discover that your ‘new’ house comes with old landscape timbers. Plus answers to all your growing questions. Question of the Week: “I recently bought a house just over the Pennsylvania border in Maryland. The previous owner had many garden beds, and the one he used for vegetables had old timbers surrounding it that looked questionable. I asked him if they were ‘treated wood’ and he said he didn’t know; that were there when he purchased the house over ten years ago. The timbers are rotted and in bad shape. How do I find out whether they are treated wood; and if they are, do I need to remove all the soil? Is there a place I could take a piece of wood to show someone or have it analyzed?” — Pattie in Pennsylvania Railroad Ties are NOT Legal for Home Landscape Use » Photo by Flickr user michael Highlights from show for May 8, 2015: White Grubs Nyla in Alexandria, VA wants to find out if there is an organic method to get rid of white grubs that are demolishing her vegetable gardens. She has also done some research in hopes of resolving her issue and came across nematodes and would love Mike’s feedback. For Nyla to understand the life cycle of these insects, Mike first states that scarab beetles such as these white grubs in the summer time do eat away at plants; females of this variety, search for places of “moist open ground” to lay their eggs such as garden beds. To prevent it from happening as we begin to enter into summer, one thing Nyla can do is add a mulch of shredded leaves or pine straw that might discourage the females from laying eggs there. Mike warns Nyla not to use the nematodes just yet, it is best to save it for when the soil gets warmer for they will not be as productive. Mike adds that the white grubs delve deep in the soil, below the frost line, in the winter; therefore, Mike advises her to be patient until the soil is warmer that way the grubs will eventually reach the top where nematodes can obliterate them. Mid-May, is the perfect time to begin. Additionally, nematodes are bred to purposely kill grubs and do not harm earth worms.” Photo by Flickr user IFPRI-IMAGES Killing Mushroom Spores Ed in Detroit, MI has had the misfortune of discovering cup mushrooms growing on his spinach in his green house. He tells Mike that he has been picking them out and composting them, only to realize that the more he picks the more the mushrooms spread. He mentions that his soil is mushroom soil. Mike informs Ed that spent mushroom soil is commonly used, especially in Pennsylvania; however, the mushroom growers in farms steam the soil in order to kill the spores so that when it is sold to consumers mushrooms will not grow. Mike believes that Ed has purchased soil with active spores. Mike advises piling up the compost and allowing it to sit in the sun and somehow steam the soil with either pouring boiling water over it or using some kind of steaming machine or tool to kill any visible spores if spotted this summer. If this procedure is done, most likely this soil can be reused again in the fall.” Community Gardening Mary in CA would like to know if it is possible to grow a vegetable garden in her apartment that only receives about half an hour worth of sunlight. She is interested in vegetables such as tomatoes. Mike informs her that plants like tomatoes need six to eight hours of sunlight; therefore, she will not be able to grow them in her home. What Mike would suggest, considering her circumstances, is community gardening. Additionally, he adds that by gardening in the local garden, she can allow her tomatoes to get enough sun but to also take note that they need some shade in the afternoon and she can do that with an umbrella. Mike warns that growing plants in such little light is not healthy at all for it concentrates too much nitrogen which isn’t beneficial.” Fruitless in New Jersey Fred in NJ has zucchini plants that he believes have been doing very well with gigantic leaves and flowers. However, “they bear no fruit whatsoever” and has noticed the lower section of the plant is deteriorating. Mike says that at the start of it’s reproducing, it only reproduces male flowers. The plant takes a while for it to produce female flowers especially if it is grown in flat earth, has poor drainage, is chemically fertilized, etc. However, it will be notable when it does happen because female flowers have a bulge underneath them unlike male flowers that have a straight line and make the plant appear straight. Mike believes that Fred is infested with the squash vine borer: these are night flying pests that lays eggs at the base of squash plants; they hatch and make their way deep into the vine making them invisible and demolish the plant. Mike offers him some suggestions. Either he can lightly wrap gauze above where the roots end. The gauze should be halfway above and underground. This procedure serves as a physical barrier against the night flying moth. If Fred wishes to prevent them, once weekly he should spray water in a sharp stream on the plants to ‘blow the eggs off’. Eventually, Mike states that he may notice a hole where he sprays in the ground and he should dig out, with a single edge razor blade, and remove the caterpillar(s).” Testing the Soil Jonathan in Philadelphia, PA wants to become a gardener by replanting a year old abandoned garden and would like to know some first-time gardener tips on what crops to plant. He mentions that it is grown into a small square plot that is bricked off and he has recently added new soil and mixed in compost. Mike emphasizes how important it is to test your soil for lead, especially in urban environments like Jonathan’s; he adds that if you inhale the dust it can have a negative affect, but the crops will not absorb it unless there are hugh amounts of it. Mike suggests that it would be better if he layered it with another layer of bricks and fill the extra space with clean top soil and compost and make it a raised bed, avoid working in the existing soil. Wearing gloves, according to Mike are essential for Jonathan; the best gloves for this situation are baseball leather gloves to protect himself from contaminated soil. Once the bed is raised, he can purchase the plants he’d likes.” New Grass Rose in NJ has a small grassless property she wants to cover with grass. Her property has varying elevations and in the winter she receives a lot of standing water that turns to ice. She is thinking about installing Zoysia grass and wants Mike’s input on it. Mike ensures her that it is “very tough” and considering her region, installing it will only allow her grass to be green about half of the whole year. Mike prefers that Rose buy rolls of sod. The best way to install a new lawn, says Mike, is to remove what you had before and level the area or even it out. She can hire someone to level the area out, to improve the drainage. “Zoysia grass is really low maintenance, really doesn’t need to be fed, only have to cut it a few times a year”, Mike adds. It is a powerful plant and doesn’t harm anything else. “

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  • 00:44:13

    Session 70: Let’s focus on the positive! Even if it kills someone.

    · Brain Software with Mike Mandel: Hypnosis | NLP | Self Improvement

    Welcome to Episode 70 of Brain Software with Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson! Not only is the hypnotic storm a hypnotic rash now, but it’s delivering the kind of results you’d expect from a high-quality anabolic steroid! If you like podcasts and listen to a lot of them, stop now! This is the only podcast you will ever need. Check out the show notes below and scroll down to listen to the podcast directly on this page. Keep sending us topic suggestions and show feedback. We love hearing from all of you. Here are the show notes for this episode: Plausible deniability! Angus Young’s 61st birthday, and chicken at a coffee shop drive through! Is Mike the real-life Gus Grissom? April 1st when recorded! Chris is still talking about the wacky endings and ruining them. Mike says donuts “are full of wheat and they kill you!” How to order Swiss Chalet chicken at a Country Style Donuts shop… April Fools Day is illegal in China. Episode is all about focusing on the positive! Mike discusses AC/DC and the travesty of Axl Rose filling in for Brian Johnson. Another reference to Virgil “Gus” Grissom! Chris acts like a morning guy on an FM station. After a bad start, he begins a Ken Sweatman story. People complain about everything! Complaining becomes habituated. Life is good and bad. Where is your focus? What do you want? This is the Magic Question! Present Me vs Target Me. What do I want the Me to be at some definable time? Focusing on Present Me creates a stuck state. Mike runs into clients who even after they fix things, have to know why it happened. Mike thinks it goes back to Freud and psychoanalysis. If you’re better, who cares? If a tree falls in the forest… Chris says “lariss” instead of hilarious. Present is where we’re stuck. We need momentum and resources to move forward. Chris uses a fairly weak soccer ball metaphor that nearly gets the point across. It becomes a Ken Sweatman story. Mike manages to exit the story by talking about transformation. Mike’s wife is a personality genius and says you have to look into the abyss of your own personal darkness. Otherwise, we won’t change. Self-awareness is critical. Mike references Chris’ move to Hypno East from Toronto. Baby steps…Chris uses a business example and claims he does all the marketing (true) but also attempts to claim he creates the brilliant products too, obviously thinking Mike’s senile and he’ll get away with it. He wisely backs away from this dangerous thought… Take baby steps! Move forward each day, in business, or any area of life. Take action! Keep walking, running, whatever you need to do, and you’ll arrive at your destination. Chris begins a financial lecture about asset classes, stocks, mutual funds, etc. Baby steps again! Mike is silently frustrated, attempting to get away from the endless baby step discussion. Mike admits to being a senior citizen and collects a pension! My F! I’m buying a Tesla! It’s all coming apart in this podcast, but after yet another mention of baby steps, they move on. Chris promises to tell how he got his wife with an April Fool Tesla joke, but is lying and never mentions it again. (Chris is proof-reading these show notes and will have to finally explain the hiliarious joke in the next podcast!) The Grinder Model! How to call powerful high-performance states to the executive. The laundry list begins… 4 Levels of the Grinder Model are universally applicable. On the bottom isPerformance. How well, how elegantly will you do something? Next one up is State. This will ensure good performance. The more powerful your State, the better your Performance. Physiology will shift State. Chris says “slunshed” which is not a word. Mike pretends it doesn’t bother him, but then talks about driving his elbow into Chris’ head. There is a connexion. How would I move if I was a powerful person? Who is confident, and how would he or she move? The AS IF Frame! If I was confident…how would I stand. Mike invokes Kim Kardashian, because she’s visually quantifiable… Breathing is top level, and shifted in Qi Gong, Tai Chi, martial arts, yoga, etc. Support powerful states with breathing and physiological shifts. Mike mentions Paul Federn, Watkins and Watkins, Gordon Emmerson, etc. Ego states speak, act, and even look different from each other. Make sure the right one’s in the executive! Mike performs at Western University every year, where the kids are about 18 years old. How does he do it? Chris is obsessed with doing the laundry. Mike is calling the best state to the executive. Hypnosis shows work the same way! Call up the volunteers who present ego states that fit the criteria of the desired show. The right state in the executive will love being there! Watch our for teachers! They often keep their teaching states in the executive when dealing with adults! Mike explains how to breathe in the right state! Hypnothoughts Live 2016! August 25th MINDSCAPING course with Mike Mandel in Las Vegas! Lunches are included. One all inclusive awesome hypnotic event! Book the online MINDSCAPING training. Go tomikemandelhypnosis.com/htlive2016   Get a bonus of a full day training with Mike in Las Vegas, as well as the digital course. You also get a discount on your Hypnothoughts Live ticket! Come and hang out with Mike and Chris in Las Vegas, at the best hypnosis training in the world! The Personal Development Academy is here now! Go tomikemandelhypnosis.com/pda   Check it out, along with all the incredible bonus material that’s included for FREE! Do what we’ve done, and transform your life! Waking hypnosis? Ormond McGill? Men staring at women as they pirouette…Is this hypnosis? News Flash! You’re never asleep in hypnosis. Watch our for PGO spikes though…Novelty, surprise and shock, can trigger an inroad to the unconscious mind. Monsters and Magical Sticks. Great book! Erickson just says “That’s right…” Chris is in full Ken Sweatman mode by now, and you can tell Mike’s losing interest. Chris is obsessed by the boss and the woman’s dress. Mike is very lenient with Chris. Mike says “Yes, Ken Sweatman!” Empowering Question: What old rules have you been living your life by, and what new rules will you write today, to replace them, as you move toward your goals, with alacrity. Gus Grissom Update: Gus Grissom was 150 lbs and 5’7″. Metaphor: Matty and the wooden guns. Remember: Check out:this link for the MINDSCAPING training at Hypnothoughts Live in Las Vegas, in August 2016! Bonus: When you pick up a digital copy of MINDSCAPING using that link you can attend our one day class for free AND get a significant discount on your conference ticket. Ending: Dave Ambrose, the People’s Physicist. Please leave a rating in iTunes, and send in your questions by email to info(at)mikemandelhypnosis.com  

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  • 00:52:58

    Beware of Old Landscape Timbers

    · You Bet Your Garden

    It’s a story as old as time, but definitely not from Disney. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss what to do when you discover that your ‘new’ house comes with old landscape timbers. Plus answers to all your growing questions. Question of the Week: “I recently bought a house just over the Pennsylvania border in Maryland. The previous owner had many garden beds, and the one he used for vegetables had old timbers surrounding it that looked questionable. I asked him if they were ‘treated wood’ and he said he didn’t know; that were there when he purchased the house over ten years ago. The timbers are rotted and in bad shape. How do I find out whether they are treated wood; and if they are, do I need to remove all the soil? Is there a place I could take a piece of wood to show someone or have it analyzed?” — Pattie in Pennsylvania Railroad Ties are NOT Legal for Home Landscape Use » Photo by Flickr user michael Highlights from show for May 8, 2015: White Grubs Nyla in Alexandria, VA wants to find out if there is an organic method to get rid of white grubs that are demolishing her vegetable gardens. She has also done some research in hopes of resolving her issue and came across nematodes and would love Mike’s feedback. For Nyla to understand the life cycle of these insects, Mike first states that scarab beetles such as these white grubs in the summer time do eat away at plants; females of this variety, search for places of “moist open ground” to lay their eggs such as garden beds. To prevent it from happening as we begin to enter into summer, one thing Nyla can do is add a mulch of shredded leaves or pine straw that might discourage the females from laying eggs there. Mike warns Nyla not to use the nematodes just yet, it is best to save it for when the soil gets warmer for they will not be as productive. Mike adds that the white grubs delve deep in the soil, below the frost line, in the winter; therefore, Mike advises her to be patient until the soil is warmer that way the grubs will eventually reach the top where nematodes can obliterate them. Mid-May, is the perfect time to begin. Additionally, nematodes are bred to purposely kill grubs and do not harm earth worms.” Photo by Flickr user IFPRI-IMAGES Killing Mushroom Spores Ed in Detroit, MI has had the misfortune of discovering cup mushrooms growing on his spinach in his green house. He tells Mike that he has been picking them out and composting them, only to realize that the more he picks the more the mushrooms spread. He mentions that his soil is mushroom soil. Mike informs Ed that spent mushroom soil is commonly used, especially in Pennsylvania; however, the mushroom growers in farms steam the soil in order to kill the spores so that when it is sold to consumers mushrooms will not grow. Mike believes that Ed has purchased soil with active spores. Mike advises piling up the compost and allowing it to sit in the sun and somehow steam the soil with either pouring boiling water over it or using some kind of steaming machine or tool to kill any visible spores if spotted this summer. If this procedure is done, most likely this soil can be reused again in the fall.” Community Gardening Mary in CA would like to know if it is possible to grow a vegetable garden in her apartment that only receives about half an hour worth of sunlight. She is interested in vegetables such as tomatoes. Mike informs her that plants like tomatoes need six to eight hours of sunlight; therefore, she will not be able to grow them in her home. What Mike would suggest, considering her circumstances, is community gardening. Additionally, he adds that by gardening in the local garden, she can allow her tomatoes to get enough sun but to also take note that they need some shade in the afternoon and she can do that with an umbrella. Mike warns that growing plants in such little light is not healthy at all for it concentrates too much nitrogen which isn’t beneficial.” Fruitless in New Jersey Fred in NJ has zucchini plants that he believes have been doing very well with gigantic leaves and flowers. However, “they bear no fruit whatsoever” and has noticed the lower section of the plant is deteriorating. Mike says that at the start of it’s reproducing, it only reproduces male flowers. The plant takes a while for it to produce female flowers especially if it is grown in flat earth, has poor drainage, is chemically fertilized, etc. However, it will be notable when it does happen because female flowers have a bulge underneath them unlike male flowers that have a straight line and make the plant appear straight. Mike believes that Fred is infested with the squash vine borer: these are night flying pests that lays eggs at the base of squash plants; they hatch and make their way deep into the vine making them invisible and demolish the plant. Mike offers him some suggestions. Either he can lightly wrap gauze above where the roots end. The gauze should be halfway above and underground. This procedure serves as a physical barrier against the night flying moth. If Fred wishes to prevent them, once weekly he should spray water in a sharp stream on the plants to ‘blow the eggs off’. Eventually, Mike states that he may notice a hole where he sprays in the ground and he should dig out, with a single edge razor blade, and remove the caterpillar(s).” Testing the Soil Jonathan in Philadelphia, PA wants to become a gardener by replanting a year old abandoned garden and would like to know some first-time gardener tips on what crops to plant. He mentions that it is grown into a small square plot that is bricked off and he has recently added new soil and mixed in compost. Mike emphasizes how important it is to test your soil for lead, especially in urban environments like Jonathan’s; he adds that if you inhale the dust it can have a negative affect, but the crops will not absorb it unless there are hugh amounts of it. Mike suggests that it would be better if he layered it with another layer of bricks and fill the extra space with clean top soil and compost and make it a raised bed, avoid working in the existing soil. Wearing gloves, according to Mike are essential for Jonathan; the best gloves for this situation are baseball leather gloves to protect himself from contaminated soil. Once the bed is raised, he can purchase the plants he’d likes.” New Grass Rose in NJ has a small grassless property she wants to cover with grass. Her property has varying elevations and in the winter she receives a lot of standing water that turns to ice. She is thinking about installing Zoysia grass and wants Mike’s input on it. Mike ensures her that it is “very tough” and considering her region, installing it will only allow her grass to be green about half of the whole year. Mike prefers that Rose buy rolls of sod. The best way to install a new lawn, says Mike, is to remove what you had before and level the area or even it out. She can hire someone to level the area out, to improve the drainage. “Zoysia grass is really low maintenance, really doesn’t need to be fed, only have to cut it a few times a year”, Mike adds. It is a powerful plant and doesn’t harm anything else. “

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  • 01:14:59

    463 Dental Hypnosis with Mike Gow : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

    · Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

    Dr Mike Gow graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1999. He quickly discovered that his main passions were in helping dental patients overcome their fears and phobias and dental hypnosis.  His interest in hypnosis began at an early age as his father was a medical doctor who used hypnosis when treating patients.   Following on from his basic training in hypnosis with The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis which he undertook soon after graduating, Mike went on to become one of only a handful of people in the UK to gain a Masters in Hypnosis Applied to Dentistry at University College London. He advanced his skills in conscious sedation and the psychology of dental anxiety by gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in The Management of Dental Anxiety from The University of Edinburgh.    Mike has also trained in a wide variety of other disciplines such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and advanced local anaesthetic techniques to name a few. He has attended hundreds of courses and conferences on the topics of dental anxiety management and hypnosis. He became the youngest ever President of The British Society of Medical & Dental Hypnosis at the age of 31 (2008-2010) and recently concluded a second presidency of the society (2014-2016).   Mike has appeared on several TV documentaries, demonstrating dental hypnosis for pain control. He is best known for his appearance on a BBC documentary when he hypnotized a patient who then had her two front teeth removed and two immediate placement implants with no Local Anaesthetics. The first tooth to be removed under hypnosis was in 1836, however this case, in 2007, was the first example of hypnosis being used for extraction followed by immediate dental implant placement with hypnosis in place of Local Anaesthetics. More recently he appeared in a BBC ‘Horizon’ documentary removing the wisdom tooth of a hypnotized patient with no Local Anaesthetics. Mike uses dental hypnosis to help reduce dental anxiety, fear and phobia and also for other dental applications including: to manage bruxism, reduce gagging, improve appliance tolerance, control pain, and for smoking cessation.   Mike founded The International Society of Dental Anxiety Management (ISDAM) (www.isdam.com) as he felt there was a professional need for it and was always surprised that such an organisation did not already exist. The society helps dental teams better understand dental anxiety, fear and phobia and discusses the use of a variety of pharmacological, psychological, behavioural, technological and clinical techniques and approaches. The society publishes a newsletter, has an active & large Facebook group, and has a number of video resources that are free to members. There are also ISDAM seminars and workshops.   Early in his career, Mike worked in Australia for a year, with one locum position working for The Aboriginal Health Service and two in private practice, including a 3 month spell working and learning under Dr James Auld, a well-known and very experienced fellow ‘hypnodontist’. The rest of Mike's career has been in his homeland of Scotland. He worked in National Health Service practices for several years before setting up in Private Practice in order that he could focus more on working with patients with dental phobia and dental hypnosis. He is now a partner at The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow (www.berkeleyclinic.com) where as well as conscious sedation and hypnosis, he also uses technology with his anxious patients such as computer controlled injection techniques such as the Wand STA and Digiject. The Digiject is actually available to purchase via ISDAM (www.isdam.com)   Mike has a ‘dental button’, giving his patients ultimate control, and carries out a lot of ‘same day’ inlay and crown cases using digital techniques such as Cerec & Trios. Mike believes that being able to produce reliable and predictable results with digital dentistry in a single visit without the need for impressions has revolutionised dentistry for anxious patients.   Mike enjoys teaching and regularly trains dentists and their teams about rapport, language & communication as well as dental anxiety management and hypnosis. He also organises meetings and conferences via his company MacScotland (Meetings And Conferences Scotland). In August 2015 his biggest project to date was organising and chairing The 23rd World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine where there were nearly 500 delegates with around 60 workshops, lectures and seminars etc. Mike also recently organised a very successful workshop tour with Dr Howard Farran in London, England and Glasgow, Scotand. Mike is planning to come to the USA to give an ‘Introduction to dental hypnosis : Jediodontics’ workshop in Florida in July 2017. To keep up to date with news of this workshop and others, please see www.isdam.com and/or email macscotand@outlook.com   Mike is an advisor to the board and equity partner in www.DefactoDentists.com which is the UK’s fastest growing dental listing website, adding considerable value to clinics across the UK. Mike enjoys being involved with DefactoDentists and says that they are going from strength to strength!   Mike was named 'Best young dentist in the UK’ in 2008 and since then has been awarded many individual and practice awards including 'Dentist of the year', ‘Outstanding individual’, ‘Best Practice’, ‘Practice of the Year’ and 'Best treatment of anxious patients', to name a few!  Outside work Mike enjoys helping a variety of charities and has donated over 10,000 toothbrushes to people in need in the UK, South America, Africa and The Middle East in the last few years. He is an Executive member of The History of Dentistry Research Group (www.historyofdentistry.group) and is a Trades Master for The Incorporation of Barbers at the Trades House of Glasgow.   Mike likes to go to watch Glasgow Rangers Football Club, go fly fishing and loves to travel but says that most of his free time is occupied by his four young children!   Email Mike on: whatfearcom@hotmail.com Follow Mike on twitter: @drmikegow and Facebook: Whatfear.com - Dr Mike Gow  Dr Mike Gow’s Dental Anxiety Website: www.whatfear.com Dr Mike Gow's Dental Practice Website: www.berkeleyclinic.com Defacto Dentists: www.defactodentists.com The International Society of Dental Anxiety Management website: www.isdam.com  Watch Dr. Gow’s 2007 BBC Demonstration of Placing Implants Under Hypnosis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgu6vk3_ByE (All rights reserved to the BBC)

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