Showing posts with label Al Colombo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Al Colombo. Show all posts

Saturday, January 4, 2020

There's Something Refreshing About "Good" Classical Music

Classical music is like poetry, it's a
soothing balm to a weary soul.
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' Is there any other way to describe the affect of "good" classical music on someone who is tired and worn out with life? Is there a better way to look at the gentleness of art in the form of song, chamber music, opera, or a dynamic symphony?

I listen to classical music a lot while I write, transpose, translate, and work with visual

content. To me, it's part of who I am, who I've been for a long time. I mostly listen to classical through Internet Radio (I'll post a list of links at the end), but I've purchased my fair share of cassette tapes and CD's (anyone remember what a "cassette" is?).

When I was a child, I saw advertisements on television concerning a series of 33-1/3 rpm records that featured the world's renown classical's. Oh how much I wanted that record collection, but it came at a price, and it was more than my allowance would allow me. By the time I reached Junior High, I had pretty much given up hope of ever getting that record collection.

Fast forward to the 1990's, and now as an adult in my 40's, I had the income necessary to purchase that record collection, but it was no longer anywhere in sight. So I settled on a collection of CD's (anyone remember what a Compact Disk is?) where almost every composer was represented. Not only did I purchase that collection, but I purchased many, many more.

The other thing I did was to purchase box after box of audio cassette tapes at the "Barn Sale," which was a weekend thing that took place each week in a barn--hence the "Barn Sale."

I've been told by several people in the know that I'm a very old soul and that this will be my last visit to this place. Well, to sooth my weary mind, I'll continue to listen to Classical music. How about you (click here to share your favorites with me: abcolombo@usa.com, or comment below)?

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Some Insights Into Who I Am, Really

Do any of us truly know who we are? I think not.
But here's some additional info on who Al Colombo is.

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' My name is Al Colombo and I'm officially a trade journalist and copywriter in the physical security and life safety markets. This WebLog, however, has very little to do with security.

What it has more to do with is a hidden life led right under the noses of many professional colleagues, some of which may have suspected that there was something different about me but could never quite put a finger on it.

I did, however, reveal myself to a select few along the way. Those individuals definitely knew there was something different. Many of them were converted into believers while others probably shook their heads and never looked back. Either way, I'm good, as I've come to realize that this stuff is not for everyone. Some of us simply prefer to live our lives oblivious to the details. Not I! I need to know as it's in my nature.

Because you'll learn enough about me by way of my writings on this blog, I'll proceed by telling you about my public life. I own a digital promotional company based in Ohio called Thunder Promotions (TpromoCom). I've owned and operated it in parallel with my writing career since 1995. One of my passions is website design, and it will continue to be into the future.

As a writer, I began writing technical copy for technical magazines in 1986 and I've been writing in print and online publications ever since. I officially retired in 2015, and now I work full time on my own business.

To read the rest of the story, I've included the above plus some additional personal information. For those of you who have known me for years, this additional information will actually fill in a few gaps where it comes to specific incidents in my life where I seemed to have foreknowledge.

For others whom I have counseled as a close friend (as you have I), it will explain the reason why you often tell others things like, "he's always been ahead of the curve," or "he's been right 90 percent of the time," where it came to my insights regarding the path you should take. I'll leave it at that, but part 3 of the OBE story is yet to come. I will write when the time is right.

--Al Colombo


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Monday, October 1, 2018

Revealing the Hidden Things or Coming Out of the Closet

Even Plato knew the difference between
the "gods" and the "God" of all. 

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust'For a very long time I've played the game of life, working hard and doing all I could to be of help to those whom I love as well as to my friends, family, and even my fellow man in general.

I've been known to talk about UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects), alien abductions, the difference between that and a Contactee, and much more. Why am I willing to speak of this now? Because I'm officially retired, and although I continue to write for publications as well as perform services of various kinds for others--mostly in the electronic security and life safety markets, I'm no longer afraid to share these things with others.

Most of the time those whom I've discussed these matters with have written if off to insanity, and yet many of them have taken the time to read my technical work in the security field as well as political. My life long friends,  however, know what it's all about and they understand that insanity alone does not explain all the things I have spoken of. 

Today, I'd like to share with you what I have learned about Aum, also known as OM. The fact is, OM is a powerful force that permeates all of creation. I personally have called on OM many times, especially when I was building Alarm & Communications Company, my first alarm company in the 70s and 80s.

I honestly have been aware of OM all of my life, but in 1971, after a near brush with death (a NDE I might add), I was shown and trained as to where to look and how to to call upon its  power. In my next blog post I will share with you where to find OM and  how to "call" upon it's power.

In the meantime, please sit  for a spell and watch the following documentary on the gods. We'll talk about this movie somewhere ahead on this blog. --Al Colombo



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reservations: Sony's Interview Draws Top Dollar

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I have many thoughts on this one, and one of them is that Sony execs realized that the movie needed help, and considering the huge investment they had, they decided to sacrifice a finger for the good of the hand............ hence look at the headline....

So far as gov't operatives supporting the notion it was DPRK hackers, there are those in gov't who support corporations and I' sure that this could be arranged by some means.

Here is what I wrote about this earlier today on Facebook. This links to a story here: Click Here


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Safety & Security on Facebook

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For those who are interested in everything safety and security, Nick Markowitz and I have teamed up on Facebook to bring you the Safety & Security Page (click here).

Nick and I have worked together for many years starting with ideas, drawings, and equipment when I went to Security Distributing & Marketing as a trade journalist. Our relationship has grown as well as our commitment to helping our fellow-man to stay safe and secure.

Mission statement: Safety & Security Page offers interesting news and helpful information on how to secure your home or business without spending a million dollars doing it.

Come and take a look. If you are a Facebook user, please LIKE our new page. If you are incline, please post your own news and ideas on ways to stay safe and secure in this ever increasingly dangerous world we live in (click here).


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

On November 15, 2013, I finished Walter Isaacson's book, Steve Jobs, founder, chairman, and former CEO of Apple Inc. What an awesome book, published in 2011 before Job’s death.

All I can say is “What a life. What a man.”

Isaacson’s book speaks loudly to me. It says that all great men are peculiarly conscious of their debt to their fellow man and society at large.

I believe the story of Job’s life has touched me in ways that no other has in a long time.

For more information on Steve Jobs, click here.

About the Author

Allan B. Colombo is a technical writer and trade journalist in the life safety and physical security markets. Colombo also is owner of Tpromo.com. Tpromo offers affordable web designs and hosting for businesses, Institutions, and Individuals in support of products, people, and ideas.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Untimely Death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale

The connection between children killing children
and the modern instrument of visual/audible
communication called the
television.

I read with great sadness the demise of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, a young girl allegedly murdered by two teenage brothers in New Jersey. This young girl was to turn 13 this coming week.

The very thought of what was done to her (strangulation) causes me a good deal of anguish, especially when I think of the parents and grandparents. As a grandfather of 15, I cannot imagine what the family is feeling right now.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office hasn’t identified the teens because they are juveniles, but neighbors and relatives have identified them as 17-year-old Dante Robinson and his 15-year-old brother, Justin Robinson. (click here)

If you think about this crime, you have to admit that there is only one way such things take place at the hand of such young assailants for it's impossible for them to have come up with such a horrid thought on their own. The culprit behind this and all such acts of violence is "example." The murderous thoughts that took place in their young minds had to come from outside of themselves for young children are not, or should not be predisposed to such thinking on their own without some outside agency at work.

Another way to put this is: Monkey see--Monkey do!

Violence on Television

The question is, can repetitive visual exposure to violence on television and in the movies cause young people to commit acts of violence themselves? According to Leonard Berkowitz, author of Impulse, Aggression and the Gun, the answer to that is "Yes."

"Two series of experiments that my colleagues and I have performed on impulsive aggression bear directly on these questions. The first series indicates that even so small a matter as the casual sight of a gun can sometimes stimulate aggressive behavior. The second suggests that, contrary to what the so-called catharsis theory predicts, the sight of violence can increase the chance that a viewer will express aggression himself." Source: Impulse, Aggression and the Gun, Leonard Berkowitz, Readings For General Psycholoby, PL202/PL252, Instructors Office Of Military Psychology and Leadership, Xerox College Publishing, Lexington, Mass.

Source: The Daily CommentaryCatharsis: Psychiatry, psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up socially unacceptable emotions.

In the first experiment, a group of students from the University of Wisconsin were told that the experiment was intended to measure students' physiological reaction to stress. The students were divided into two groups. Each group was exposed to a series of electrical shocks in response to a series of marketing ideas that they had presented. One group received a low number of shocks while the other group received a much larger number of shocks, irregardless of the quality of their marketing ideas. The group that received the maximum number of shocks were what Berkowiz called "our angry group."

The Daily CommentaryIn the final phase of the experiment, Berkowitz says that some of the students from both groups were exposed to the consequential sight of a .38 cal. handgun and 12-gauge shot gun. Students were told that the guns were left there from a previous experiment and the administrator merely pushed them aside. Each student had a partner who was actually a plant. The roles were then switched where the students were asked to administer the same electrical shocks to their partner who had previously administered the shocks to them. Within the group who had seen the guns, a significant number of students showed more aggression than the control group who did not see them.

Berkowitz says,

"It is quite conceivable that many hostile acts which supposedly stem from unconscious motiviation really arise because of the operation of aggressive cues. The aggression can even be thought of as a conditioned response to the stimulus. If a gun can be that stimulus, then it is a double-barreled threat--an immediate cue that also presents the aggressor with a deadly means of aggrression."

Berkowitz adds a very important point that this experiment brought out. "With our subjects, the guns did not enhance aggression unless the students were angry to begin with."

In the second experiment, young children were encouraged to play with older children who were asked to remain neutral. Berkowitz says there was no fighting or fussing going on. Some of the children were given toy guns to play with while others talked and had fun. The younger children were then told that the older children had built block houses on a series of tables in another room and that if they pressed a button on the table, these houses would shake and come to ruin. According to Berkowitz, despite the fact that all of the children hadn't quarreled and were not angry, those who had played with the guns invariably pressed these buttons, demonstrating more violent behavior than the other group who had sat and talked and simply played.

What do these experiments tell us about children and guns?

"Even given high frustration and an immediate cue, violence will not erupt unless there is a third factor as well: low inhibitions. The 'normal' level of inhibitions to violence in our society is not particularly high. We take a lenient attitude toward what is sometimes called defensive aggression," says Berkowitz.

"Nowhere is violence in the cause of good more consistently and more enthusiastically touted than in movies and on TV. Fictional representations of violence are often defended, by people in the industries that sell them and also by many consumers, on the grounds that they serve a cathartic purpose."

Berkowitz says that some psychologists still believe that it is better to enact violence while others believe that witnessed violence can actually cause children to act out violent behavior. He adds that "a little aggression, like a snowball, can gather momentum and grow."

"Results like this present an awkward problem to TV and movie censorship agencies, and to producers who want to make violent films without encouraging real violence. The modern censorhip agencies generally insist that crime and violence be used not just to entertain but to teach a lesson--'crime does not pay,' for example. How the lesson should be taught is left vague; scriptwriters usually follow the maxim of 'an eye for an eye'," says Berkowitz.

If society is really serious about curbing school violence, then they will look more to the television and movie houses than to the availability of guns. Sure, the sight of a gun on dad or mom's night stand (it ought to be locked up other than at night when mom and dad are in bed) is enough to suggest violence, but, as Berkowitz's research bares out, this alone is not usually enough to trigger violent behavior.

Take the young children experiment where those who played with toy guns reacted more violently than those who did not. At first glance, it's easy to blame the toy guns for the aggressive response of the children. However, it is the significance of the toy gun to these children that actually caused their more violent behavior, not the gun itself. What do I mean by that? Simply that by witnessing violence on their parents' television sets, they knew what the gun was for and they associated violence with the gun before them. Was it the gun itself that caused them to become more violent or was it the violence on their parents' television sets that they associated with the gun?

If you have an opinion on this issue, I welcome your input. Please use the comment portion of this post, email me (allancolombo@gmail.com), or call me at 330-956-9003.

Al Colombo

Editor's Note: A portion of this commentary appeared in the Daily Commentary on the Giant Killers Organization (GKO) website on May 18th, 2001. (click here)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

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