News of the Screws

by | Dec 31, 2012 | Archives

Good Bye 2012.   Let’s have a rich rewarding 2013 learning lessons… from the News of the Screws and three wise men.

There’s a tragedy that began in 2011 (or 1843 or even earlier to be more exact) and accelerated in 2012.  We can learn and be better informed from it.

“News of the World” a British newspaper published from 1843 to 2011.  When I lived in London… we all called it “News of the Screws”.   We also all knew that anyone who read it was a bit less of a human or humane I should say.  They enjoyed others suffering a bit too much.

Yet, this was at one time the biggest selling English language newspaper in the world. When it closed (under an enormously dark cloud)  the paper still had one of the highest English language circulations.

One lesson is… “Idiots and large circulations dramatically impact the media world.”

News of the Screws

The paper featured celebrity-based scoops with a fondness for sex scandals… “Loads of rubbish” as we would say in the UK,  but it had a circulation of about 2.8 million copies per week.   Money argues well.

With this huge flow of cash, the News staff did many dark things.  Phone hacking, police bribery and such were apparently regular stuff.    This darkness collapsed into a black hole when a private investigator hired by the newspaper intercepted and deleted the voicemail of the missing British teenager, Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered.  This focused light on the darkness and we all know that the night cannot withstand the dawn.

Advertisers jumped ship and the paper closed mid 2011.  Ten of the staff, mostly editors, were arrested.

Another lesson is that flawed, dark thinking tends to run into the law of diminishing returns and comes back to bite the thinker.

That all happened in 2011.  The response to this tragedy is the new tragedy that took place in 2012.  The owner of News of the World restarted this darkness hiding the black in shades of grey and a new name “The Sun on Sunday” which began February 2012.   This paper employed former News of the World journalists and its launch sold 3.22 million copies.

This new paper is printing around 2 million papers which returns it  to one of the largest circulation in English publications in the world.  Of course they have reformed and have high standards now.  A recent headline was  “Tulisa’s sex tape gag on ex-lover”.

Trash sells. Scandal sells. Sex sells. Plus if something is a money spinner, any sleaze and dancing on the lines of legality are largely ignored.

This means that most mainstream media has continued to drift towards the adrenal rush.  I do not think there is anything we can do about this.

Yet in 2013 there is a lot we can do to help ourselves and make this spinning globe we live on a better world.

We can expect that most news… in papers… on radio, the internet and on TV will be about murder and mayhem… danger and disaster… terror and tragedy… all in places far from our homes.   NEWS stands for North East West and South and most of it produces an adrenaline rush, but is from a practical point of view a time wasting form of entertainment that does not help us to be well informed.

Informed.  What is In- formed?  We are formed every minute… even every second by  reactions to what we eat, breathe, touch, see, hear, smell, think and believe.  If we read about a bombing in Tel Aviv… a hurricane in the Bahamas… an earthquake in California… a fire in Pakistan… a tornado in Kansas… a flood in England or a drought in Florida… there is not much we can do.  Yet reading all that dark stuff In-Forms us.   The reactions impact our thoughts and feelings which in turn generate neurotransmitters that lead to hormone secretions which impact cellular formation… breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and all types of physical stuff.

All this fire breathing with no ability to take direct action. No wonder so much of the population is stressed. They are all psyched up with no place to go!

How We Can Be Better Informed

The universe begins with the silence.  From this comes frequency… the light… the word.  We are formed from this process so the first place to become better informed is within.   We are what we think and believe.  If we see news from a calm… balanced state… the process informs us differently than if we see it from an anxious, angry imbalanced state.  We get a totally differently point of view.

Where to start?

The challenge is to have an anchor to steady us amidst the negative media storm.  We each need at our core… a final answer to the multitude of questions we cannot specifically answer.   Here is one such anchor shared by a Business Monk.

The Monk is Kazu Inomori.He is an ordained Zen Buddhist monk. His priest name “Dai-wa”, which means “great harmony.”

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Kazu Inomori, the Business Monk.

Inamori was born in Japan and at age 27, he started Kyocera. His company is now a high-tech multinational maker of cellphones, office document equipment, solar power products and ceramic components that employs 66,000.  He founded KDDI in 1984, which is now Japan’s second-largest telecom network.

Inamori is now 80 years old, had founded two of Japan’s largest companies and then at age 78 became the new CEO of Japan Airlines when it entered bankruptcy protection.  He led the air carrier through its restructuring, eventually allowing the company to re-list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in November 2012.

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He is showing no signs of slowing down!   He is a great example of steady success and shows how continuing to work rather than retire enhances longevity.

He shares his business philosophy here.

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“What is the right thing to do as a human being?”

That is Inamori’s anchor and we all need one… something like that.

This is why our major focus in 2013 is Super Thinking.

Sabeer Bhatia founder of Hotmail, who after selling out for hundreds of millions still lives in a modest one bedroom apartment and gives us another potential anchor.  He is a Hindu and when asked in the interview what that meant, he said to be able to set your own standards and then live by them”.

The third wise man is an Ecuadorian yatchak whom we lived with for many years.



“Don’t straddle the fence.”

This was the anchor thought he shared with us, a most important fact that he stressed to us so many times.  This is the most important factor for good health.  Be true to yourself!  Don’t act nice when you don’t feel that way.  Don’t eat alfalfa when you really want a Big Mac.  Let me put it another way…don’t be a phony.  Don’t live your life bound by phony rules.

Do what you love.

The Yatchak explained this important tip in this way: In the past life was simple. Every place had a black and a white zone.  If a person felt like being physical, they dressed in black and visited the black zones.  If they felt like being spiritual, they dressed in white and visited the white zones.  There was no concept that black or white were bad or good. Each was considered a valid manifestation of life.  The key was to be what you were and to associate with others of the same ilk.  Blacks did not visit with Whites and vice versa….it all came down to what you were thinking and then wearing.

Today most of us are pulled in so many directions by so many forces.  Money worries struggle with other concerns. Patriotism conflicts with religion.  We are often herded into jobs or businesses we really do not like, but we keep them and put on a brave face for the cash…medical insurance or mortgage…or kid’s tuition…or whatever.

These inner conflicts kill energy, stamina, strength and eventually rob us of good health.

This is why we write so often… do what you love… then figure out how to make a living in the process.  It is better to be a little poor and happy…then rich and sick.  Of course the irony of life is that if you do what you love you probably won’t be poor!

This is the key to neverending wealth and good health.  Set your own financial and service standards and inform yourself from sources of wisdom rather than sensationalized news.

You will never be happy with your financial affairs until you do.

If others dictate how you earn and spend, no amount of money can be enough. There is always more to spend on than you’ll have. Only when you set goals true to yourself and stick with them can you be at ease with your material lot.

Ease is nature’s blessing when we are where we should be. Perhaps the ease we feel in the way we serve should be how we measure our success.  We cannot change a disaster half way round the world… but we can make ourselves a better, wiser… more humane person.  If we do this, we can make our surroundings a better community.

We cannot stop mud slides or misery or in the other large packets of poverty around the world.  We as a better person can help create a better community though.  If enough of us grow as humane humans and build enough more intelligent local communities, we may improve our nation.   If our nation improves and is wiser, it just might help make a better world and at that stage it might even be able to resolve some of the terrible social dilemmas we face.

There you have it… a place to start and three suggestions from wise men that can help us grow as individuals… as communities… as nations and as humanity.

Anchors Aweigh! Let’s sail together into Adventure 2013!  There is plenty of darkness but we can be steady with our own anchor that keeps us wisely informed.  Merri and I send our best wishes for a rich and rewarding New Year to you.


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Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

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Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

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The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

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“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

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Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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