Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Spiritual Surf: Dr. Phil, Deepak Chopra, Oprah and the ‘Doomer-sphere’

orlov.jpgSOUL’S CODE — Depression chatter, global-warming warnings and permanent war in the Middle East have created a bull market for the “doomersphere” (credit to the New Yorker for the phrase).

Meet four (online) horseman of the apocalypse:

Nassim Taleb is a former hedge-fund manager and critic of globalization who is a kind of  ‘anti-Thomas Friedman.’ He is getting a reported $4-million advance for his next book

Dimitry Orlov: Years before the financial crisis, the Russian software engineer made a sailboat his home — and survival strategy. On Club Orlov, he blogs about the notions that made his 2008 book , Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, an underground hit.

James Kunstler: is a back-to-the-lander who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY; author of the book, “The Geography of Nowhere“; and weekly blogger on the Clusterfuck Nation.

Gold-bug Jim Sinclair will bet any takers $1 million that gold hits $1,650 per oz. by 2011.

Deepak and Oprah, you’re no Niebuhr or Neuhaus

In a Washington Post Op-Ed, former Bush 43 speechwriter Michael Gerson says the absence of a Reinhold Niebuhr or Richard John Neuhaus has created a leadership vacuum in American faith: “Today, this cultural role seems to be filled by some mix of Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra — which is to say, it is not filled at all.”


The National Enquirer suggests that Dr. Phil needs to go to management rehab:

drphil.jpg“He’s verbally abusive. He’s called me ‘a stupid bitch,’ ” one former female employeed claimed. “It was constant.”

Another female employee recalled that when McGraw couldn’t get the copier to work, he’d bellow: “Could somebody get some goddamn ovaries in here to fix this thing?!”

“When the cameras roll, he appears to be a thoughtful TV personality who genuinely cares about his guests. But nothing could be futher from the the ruth,” a source from his show told The Enquirer. “The minute the cameras are off, he immediately leaves the stage and gives a cold shoulder to the people he just pretended to help.”

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One Comment on “Spiritual Surf: Dr. Phil, Deepak Chopra, Oprah and the ‘Doomer-sphere’”

  1. i couldn't disagree more with the author of the "What does friendship mean when you have 532 friends?" link.

    here is his take on the fact that people in the 21st century enjoy engaging in facebook, twitter, texting etc: "This is the quality that validates us, this is how we become real to ourselves — by being seen by others. The great contemporary terror is anonymity."

    i don't know about others, but to me it's all about connecting, bringing the world together, finding like minded individuals. of course i know that not all of my 300 -ish face book friends are actually my friends. who cares? all of this helps to bring us all together, to show our commonalities. i feel closer to people all over the world...hey if i feel this way, maybe others do too, and world peace might insue...who knows!

    his point about people that send 100s of texts in a day is really about people who are addicts...addictions can take many forms, so blaming technology is very simplistic. if these kids weren't texting all day, they'd be yakking on the phone or doing something else that he'd find appalling :) can't we just leave the kids alone :)

    his point about the loss of solitude in our lives is also hilarious. does he honestly think this is something new? do u think joe or jill blow living in the 14th or 15th century had plenty of time to sit by themselves and think about *life*...throughout history most people have been surrounded by others all the time...at work, at home with a large family, hanging in their villages. it was only the rich or insane that could carve out any time to sit by themselves somewhere...everyone else was out making a live and/or having a family.

    anyhoo...read the article for yourself and let me know what u think.

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