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Monday, July 31, 2006

The Lucky Blog Post

The Lucky Blog Post
Congratulations! Lady Fortune has selected you to read this Lucky Blog Post™, and your life will never be the same.

"What nonsense," you might say. That was the attitude of 92-year-old Joseph Myers, a retiree at the Frisky Acres Managed Living Center in Naples, Florida. According to an official report filed at Frisky Acres, Myers read the Lucky Blog Post™ on the evening of November 16, 2005. But rather than taking immediate action, Myers retired for the night with his companion, a Tampa-based "senior comfort specialist" named Xanadu. He was found dead in his bed the next morning.

Coincidence? The National Safety Council would disagree. At 92 years of age, Joseph Myers lived approximately 33,603 days. That places the odds of him dying on the particular night of 16 November, 2006 -- the very evening he chose to ignore the Lucky Blog Post™ -- at an astonishing 33,603 to 1.

To put this in perspective, the NSC estimates the chance of the average American dying in a transportation accident at 1 in 77. Your odds of dying as the result of a fall is 1 in 229. The likelihood of death from something as unusual an "event of undetermined intent" is only 1 in 771.

Government-sponsored science demonstrates the danger of ignoring this Lucky Blog Post™.

In a moment, you'll be instructed how to avoid this risk. But first, let's take a look at some of the amazing fortune which has visited those who took advantage of the opportunity you are now being presented.

B.S. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was an ambitious young singer with big dreams, but no prospects of success. She was among the first to receive the Lucky Blog Post™, and responded within hours. Today, she's one of the best-known names in pop music.

Despite being born into a famous and wealthy family, G.W.B. of Houston, Texas, coasted aimlessly from one failed business enterprise to another. That was before he responded to the Lucky Blog Post™. He went on to be elected governor, and is now the president of the most powerful nation in the world.

K.B. of Denver, Colorado, wondered how to bring more traffic to her online enterprise. Then she received the Lucky Blog Post™. Her Google rankings exploded, and she's now regarded as one of the most influential young women on the internet.

Now the choice is yours -- how will you respond to Lucky Blog Post™?

Having decided to pursue Lady Fortune's graces, you must do the following within 24 hours:

If you are a blogger ... copy the Lucky Blog Post™ in its entirety. Add your weblog address to the bottom of the list below in the form of a hyperlink, and post the otherwise unedited article to your site under the title "The Lucky Blog Post."

If you are not a blogger ... you can still receive the full benefit of the Lucky Blog Post™ by bookmarking it using one or more of the following services: Digg,, Netscape, or Furl.

It is possible to multiply your fortune by finding other ways of bringing the Lucky Blog Post™ to public attention. You should not, however, email the Lucky Blog Post™ in any form. Doing so will displease Lady Fortune.

May the Lucky Blog Post™ bring you uncountable blessings.

The list:

The Lucky Blog Post
Mountains and Rivers
A Yoga Coffee Outlook
Jane Lake Makes a Mistake

Friday, July 28, 2006

Jane Lake and the Subway

The NYC subway has its own special etiquette. You must let people off before you get on or incur the wrath of the craziest people on Earth.

This morning I experienced the results of breaking this rule. A very crowded subway approached the station, and to let some people off, a woman standing at the door needed to back off the train. Another woman trying to get on would not let the woman back off so the first woman pushed her and she pushed back. The screaming started.

Many bad words were exchanged continually as they both shuffled back on the train causing those on the train including myself to move back as far as possible. Some people chuckled, others look terrified.

They managed to settle down, but the distinction between pulling weapons out and letting it go was very fine.

The interesting thing is that either of these woman could have been teachers or businesswomen or any of a number of other respectable jobs which they would have been fired from summarily if this had occurred at work.

It makes you realize the fragile balance we all walk between peace and war.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Jane Lake and a Foudroyant Day!

Once in a while you come across a word that you have never seen or heard before but speaks to you in a way no other substitute word would. That happened to me yesterday when I was on an elevator reading one of those little news screens they have. The word of the day was "foudroyant".

It means "Of disease that comes on suddenly and severely; dazzling, stunning." Of course, "fulminant" means the same thing, but isn't a fraction as interesting.

It was the dazzling, stunning usage that interested me. As in "The circus was a foudroyant display of color and sound!

So given my new little friend, I just wanted to wish everyone a foudroyant day!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Jane Lake and Laughter!

There is nothing better than a great laugh. The kind when you can't breathe, your eyes water, and you have to leave the room. In my family, we call this the Lake Laugh as certain family members seem to inherit it, or at least catch it from someone else in the family. (one of my adopted nieces has it as well!)

Other than in a classroom, it is a great experience and in many ways rivals the big O as the greatest pleasure one can experience.

I encourage everyone to bask in their laughter whenever they have a chance, and to help make others laugh as well. It is one of the best healing tools we have. I will try to bring a little laughter to others with my blog as well, although I'm not sure if laughing at me counts!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Jane Lake and Religion!

Okay, I'm tired of religion being used as reasons to kill, persecute, and differentiate!

Religion is meant to be a guide to bring one closer to God. People mistakenly look at religious tenets as "rules" and cause others to rebel against these rules.

If you don't keep Kosher, you are a bad Orthodox Jew.
If you have premarital sex, you are a bad Catholic.

"Rules" in religions are meant to show people how to better their lives and enrich their souls. Kosher laws were meant to keep people healthier. Catholic writings on sex are meant to enrich the relationship of a husband and wife.

Anyone disciplining a child knows if you don't follow through on the threatened punishment, the child will continue to disobey. In religion, consequences are there to keep people on the right path. Otherwise, it is too easy to say "I like lobster, so I don't want to be Jewish" or "I don't have time to go to Church" so I will pass on Christianity. Human nature causes people to stray from being good as soon as temptation is presented. Unfortunatley, we need discipline and fear of punishment to keep us good.

People think only one religion can be right, so if you are one thing, everyone else is wrong and will miss out on a great eternal life. I believe that all monotheist religions are just God's way of keeping us in line. We should seek out the commonalities of religions and bask in the beauty of mankind rather than point out contradictions and point fingers and kill. This is certainly not God's intent.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Jane Lake and Miracles!

I think we all experience miracles but write them off as coincidence or luck or just strange. I've experienced a few miracles in my life. It confirms to me the importance of prayer (in any shape or form you might choose) and of being kind to others (call it Karma or the power of positive energy or endorphins). And it doesn't have to be a life or death situation.

In college, I needed to get a least an 80 on a very difficult final exam in advanced quantum physics at an Ivy League college to graduate. The catch is I hadn't broken 65 on any test in the class up until then. I couldn't study because I was stymied by the material, and by the end of the course was just beyond my learning capabilities in the amount of time I had. So I prayed. To make a long story short, I got an 85 and have no rational explanation for how.

People like to poo-poo thinks they can't hold in their hands like miracles. But I would encourage everyone to seek prayer when they can't think of anything else to do.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Jane Lake and Numbers!

I am a numbers person. Right now my favorite number is 22. It is the day of the month someone very special to me was born, but it has taken on many more meanings as well. Whenever the number appears it gives me a boost of confidence.

The significance of numbers has been recorded since the beginning of time. That is 3761 B.C if you are Jewish, 13.7 billion B.C if you are a Big Bang theorist, and who knows how long ago if you like the String Theory (or string cheese for that matter!)

Most people have a favorite number and it usually has some significance like a date or an age or something that just speaks to you. I encourage everyone to share their favorite numbers here with me. Maybe I can compile a favorite favorite number that might reveal something mystical and exciting about us all. Or at least make a good lotto play!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Jane Lake and Poetry!

Some poems make you feel something. Those are the ones I consider good. Like "A Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost or "My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close" by Emily Dickinson.

But poetry can also be used to convey a message in a friendly manner like our best folk singers have provided, so here I will attempt to convey a message in a friendly manner that words can be used to mislead.

Word Game by Jane Lake

I don't eat "sweetbread", "offal" or "tripe",
The name has been changed to help the hype.
"Friendly Fire" is anything but
and the word game I hate the most is what?

"Blastocyst", "embryo", "fetus" and more
are all unborn children! Let me underscore
this manipulation by the press you see
is a Planned Parenthood fantasy!

If something is distasteful we change the name.
"Pro-choice" is just another word game.
Don't be fooled and go under the knife,
A rose is a rose, and a life is a life!

P.S.The picture, by the way is offal.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Jane Lake and Making a Difference!

Why is it so hard to make a difference?

1)Negativity- The first response you get when you throw out an idea is that it can't be done. This is why it won't work. Someone will be unhappy about it, etc. What we need is for people to start saying, "Okay let's try it and see if we can make it work". That's how we got freeze dried astronaut food.

2)Money - It will cost to much! Someone will skim the cream. I would rather spend the money on some other thing. Lest people forget, we print money every day. If we need money to do something, just print more. What are credit cards for, anyway?

3)Apathy - I don't care about it. That's someone else's problem. It will take care of itself. Nothing great gets accomplished with out proactive effort. The potential of world cooperation is astounding. After all Ice Cream cones come from a World's Fair.

4)Fanatics -whether they are on your side or the other side, fanatics make it more difficult to get things accomplished. It is important to be passionate about something, but everything can be resolved through intelligent design. Violence and threats should never be used to further a cause.

Get past these 4 things and you can make a difference. 1 and 3 can be ignored. 4 can be denounced, but 2 can be tricky. That's why you see Gates and Soros with the big ideas. Soon it will be Lake maiking the big difference. Just you wait and see!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Jane Lake and Justin Timberlake!

Sorry Cameron, but Justin has decided that Jane Lake is what he really needs now. He went through the squeeky clean phase, the wild druggie/drinker phase, and now its time to come home to the sexy yet conservative Jane Lake.

I will probably do a duet with him on the next album titled "Justin and Jane"
We will need to work on the tune but just use the Brady Bunch theme for now!

Here's the story,
of an awesome lady
who was blogging every day to share her thoughts
All of them were plans of peace and solving problems
yet she was all alone.

Here's the story.
of a Britney reject
who has talent but does not know what to do
He hooked up with Cameron Diaz as a filler
But they are almost through

'Til the one day when this gent went on his laptop
and he found the blog that now would change his life
All his dreams were coming true as he read each post.
Jane Lake would be his wife.

Justin and Jane!
Justin and Jane!
That's how they became Justin and Jane.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Jane Lake and Criticism!

I have received a number of comments since my adventure began in the blogging world, and I would like to comment on these criticisms.

There have been technical criticisms:

- My blog is unreadable in Firefox, but alright in IE.

I will investigate how to improve the appearance in Firefox or just overall, but I am just a beginner blogger so it may take some time.

There have been character assassinations:

- Stupid, young, naive, and many words that I would never use.

Everyone has there fans and foes. Some people are jealous of youth, or they are just braggadocios, negative nannys, and downright mean. I try not to delete posts that have any redeeming value, but those that are just vulgar and mean I do and will continue to delete. I would ask respectfully for those posting to my blog to respect my wishes to refrain from using George Carlin's 7 words.

There have been refutement of my facts:

- I actually appreciate if someone corrects me if I have my facts wrong. However, on the abortion issue I am dead right.

Finally, there have been some positive comments, and surprisingly some came from those posting negative comments as well.

I look forward to continuing to learn the blogging world and to hopefully come up with a few practical solutions to our worlds problems that may actually be implemented. Stranger things have happened!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Jane Lake and Stress!

I was set free the day I got rid of my car. No stress about parking, flat tires, dead batteries, insurance, gas prices, registration, inspections, accidents, etc. Yes, I live in one of the few cities that you don't need a car, but I would recommend it to anyone who can pull it off.

Owning things is stressful in itself. Owning a house, you worry about mortgages, repairs, lawns, heating and air conditioning, the list is endless. If you own an expensive watch, you worry about it being stolen.

My recipe for a less stressful life is:

1) Own less things
2) Sex 2 - 3 times a week (more or less can be stressful!)
3) Exercise 3 - 4 times a week.
4) Eat healthy

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Jane Lake and Israel!

I know I won't be too popular with this opinion but I oppose violence and Israel has been and is all about violence.

They believe in revenge and at a much higher price than what was paid to them. My fear is that they will drag the US into a conflict that the US has no part being involved with and then being put in the awkward position of defending Israel, our ally.

The Middle East is a fragile powder keg and if the big guys like us don't step in and stop the nonsense, peacefully, then let the escalation begin.

My solution:

Make Jerusalem and maybe Bethlehem cities that no one can actually live in. They can only be visited for religious and educational purposes. That should diffuse the continual battle of who deserves to be there. They should be maintained by a world organization, just like a national park would be in the US.

Sometimes the only way everyone wins is if no one wins!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Jane Lake and Bad News!

Nothing like bad news to bring you down in the morning. Israel invades Lebanon, Mumbai bombs, Iraqi this and that, Jane Lake hasn't heard from the Chain Reaction folks.

I would much prefer if headlines were all positive news and the bad news was buried 20 clicks below. I can't believe people wouldn't be happier if they woke up to:

MAN SAVES WIFE FROM DROWNING! rather than MAN DROWNS WIFE! has the right idea. has the wrong idea.

If we want to end world violence, wars, poverty, etc, we need to first start to stop sensationalizing them. Yellow jounalism is out. Pink journalism is in.

As only Yul Brynner could say:

So it shall be written, so it shall be done!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Jane Lake and Kyle MacDonald

Kyle MacDonald is the blogger who bartered a red paper clip on Craigslist for something better with the dreams of trading up until he had a house. Apparently he succeeded with the help of Corbin Bernsen.

Many people thought it was a lark and unachievable just as many people believe my $5b quest is a lark and unachievable, but dreams do and will come true.

Be my Corbin Bernsen and get me to my goal. The difference is that I will save lives from poverty, abortion, and war. Just click on my donation link above and make all of our dreams come true.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Jane Lake and Ignorance

Ha Ha! Who will be the first to make the obvious comment here?

But seriously, ignorance is bliss!

Before we had Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley and Elliot Spitzer, life was grand. The stock market was booming. People were happy. Life was good.

Then everyone had to know everything about everyone, and trusted nobody.

Now we have Paparazzis stalking celebrities, billions wasted on compliance of SEC regulations, Martha Stewart fighting with Donald Trump, and CEO's suffering with 7 figure salaries.

Can't we go back to the old days? I long for good old fashioned white collar crime, and everyone living in a bubble of ignorant bliss.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Jane Lake and True Love

I saw The Princess Bride for the umpteen time last night. Not only one of the greatest movies of all time, it reminded me that no one should settle for anything less than true love.

Relationships based on money, sex, and what the other person can do for you are doomed. True love focuses all aspects of your life and creates a bond that is not threatened by the potential of infidelity, lies, and domestic violence.

Not easy to find, but worth the search, true love, I believe, is out there for everyone.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Jane Lake and The Sudan!

I was prompted to talk about this and felt I had some valuable input. World poverty and hunger is inexcusable in the world we live in today. I am not a socialist but a small redistribution of the wealth should put a major dent in this issue. The per capita income in The Sudan is about $500/yr. This would last about 3 days in NYC.

My proposal is a World Poverty Tax (WPT). There are almost 3 billion people working in the world. If we deduct $2/mo. for the WPT that would raise $75 billion a year. If we then create a reserve and only use the interest ($4 billion the first year, $8b the second etc.) we could build a fund with over a trillion dollars in less than 15 years with annual interest of $50 billion.

The money would be used to create food supplies to the most needed areas. I'm sure there are glitches to my idea, but it is not all that different to our welfare system in the US.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Jane Lake and North Korea

Here we go again! Why do other countries like to taunt us and the rest of the world with their usually empty threats? It is like they are a baby brother that wants to see how far they can push their older siblings before they get punched.

If history tells us anything, then this will turn into economic sanctions,inspections, UN rhetoric, and Presidential huffing and puffing.

What we need to do is find a new approach. How do we avoid going down the same garden path that we did with Iraq? How do we avoid ever talking about war or contemplating military action?

President Carter succeeded in getting the hostages released in Iran. I say send him to North Korea and start talking turkey. Maybe we should offer helping them economically if they cease and desist rather than threaten them.

I am no brainiac, but I can see when a bad pattern is developing!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Jane Lake and Cell Phones

Remember phone booths, or having to beg someone in a restaurant to let you use their phone? Cell phones have become an adult pacifier. No reason to be bored when you can call a friend, text message, play games, listen to music, take a picture, etc. No reason to talk to the person next to you on the train, or care about waiting in line.
And of course the primary reason people started getting cell phones, for emergencies.

Of course, on 9/11 cell phones were useless. Many folks don't have land line phones anymore, and if electricity is out and batteries dead they are unreachable. Have we created a monster that is preparing to actually isolate us from each other rather than "bring us closer" as the cell phone companies would like us to believe?

Try living a week without your cell phone and experience life as it used to be. You might be surprised at what you find.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Jane Lake and the Obligatory Independence Day Post

What are we celebrating again? A war that killed innocent lives? $1.8b that will be spent on barbecues and fireworks that could be spent on poverty? The children that will be killed by backyard fireworks?

I am a patriot and I love my country, but like people, our country has made mistakes, and waste is a daily mantra for Americans.

We are lucky to be here and have what we have, but we have earned the responsibility to make amends and move in a more positive direction. We should not use the past as an excuse for the future.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Jane Lake and the Supreme Court

Lifetime jobs are like blackouts. Looting is inevitable. True unbiased judges are 1 in a million and no one really expects the Supreme Court justices to be unbiased. They just want them to see things the way they do.

Chief Justice Roberts is biding his time until Stevens is gone and then BOOM! There will be a conservative backlash in this country not seen since... well never seen before.

I think it is healthy for the country to oscillate between conservative and liberal regimes as it keeps us in balance and swings the pendulum back when it goes too far.

..and of course I think Roe V Wade should be overturned.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Jane Lake and Mo' Money

My $5 billion quest is progressing nicely! Keep the contributions coming. Remember for a measly $100 contribution you can become a full fledged member of the Jane Lake Save the World Panel. For $1,000 you can be a charter member. For $10,000, you will be on the board.

I have tried working for money, but lets face it, work is work and fun is fun. I happen to prefer fun. I'd rather volunteer my time for causes I really believe in, and directly help the most people. Writing presentations and emailing coworkers just doesn't kick it.

So please contribute anything you can. If the donations keep up at the current rate, I will meet my $5b quest on April 22nd, 2034.

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