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Inspire Montebello! Inspire, Montebello!  

October 31, 2013

... Positive thinking keeps discontent, tensions and conflicts repressed. Rather than a whip, it’s an opiate in the classic Marxist sense. What was previously obtained from a God whose favor was won through prayer and magical formulas is now materialized through the sheer force of desire. ... Positive thinking builds a non-conflictive reality that denies inequalities, structural conditionings and the barriers to the social ascent of the disinherited, non-connected and castoffs of today and always. In its idyllic vision, poverty and the existence of “losers” simply reflect a lack of positivity. This means that the individual is totally responsible for his or her social position and achievements. There are no oppressive structures to identify and dismantle.... Complaining was also frowned upon in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Nonconformity was dangerous. In response to the slightest nonconformity, the inhabitants of that futuristic anti-utopia took drugs that produced a sense of wellbeing.... 

“Positive thinking” is a bad thing because it “builds a non-conflictive reality that denies inequalities”. But is there not a type of positive thinking which says that we can overcome inequalities, “We shall overcome”?


Your choice. 
Halloween on the streets or a harvest festival on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Beverly Foursquare Church, 1901 West Beverly Boulevard, Montebello. Live music, raffles, food, jumpers, games, candy. Everything free. For more information, 323.728.5336.

Free talks and free activities at Beverly Hospital.
  Our hospital has much going on in November. There are free talks about Medicare, part D; diabetes; and the relationship among hypertension, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; There is a hospital tour and shower for expectant mothers, as well as classes in breastfeeding, infant care, and infant massage for new and expectant mothers. Also, the hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings at The Shops at Montebello and the Montebello Senior Center; exercise and dance classes; a movie; bereavement and caregiver support groups, including one for Alzheimer's and dementia. Go to or call 323.725.4338 for details.

Taste of the Town.  The Montebello Chamber of Commerce proudly announces its fifth annual Taste of the Town to be held on the evening of Friday, November 8, at the Bagramian Hall. Join over 400 community residents and plan to attend this culinary extravaganza which features an evening of sampling delectable delights from more than 20 local restaurants, fine wine and spirit tasting, wonderful live entertainment, and enthusiastic drawing at our raffle. ... Please call the chamber, 323.721.1153, for ticket sales and location or visit From Spotlight on Montebello, August, 2013.


Wow! Indiegogo has now broken the world record for hosting the biggest crowdfunding campaign of all time! Thank you to everyone for making this happen, and for making history. Canonical's Ubuntu Edge has over $10,267,352 pledged from more than 22,053 contributions from people in 63 countries. ...       From an e-mail dated August 16, 2013.

12 Fantastic Halloween Makeup Transformations 

Power’s Out and in a Pinch? How to Create 5 Makeshift Urban Survival Lights (16 Pictures) 

Are we in Montebello paying enough attention to this?
Summer Camp Takes Entrepreneurship Training to a Younger Crowd,,0,3762136.story  

10 Modern Wonders That Prove the Hyperloop Could Be Built  

IKEA’s New Mini Greenhouse Lets Anyone Create Their Own Indoor Garden  

Would you consider this inspiring?  14-Year-Girl Stands Up to Monsanto Shill  

Scientists Build Human Stem Cells into a Beating Heart  

Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)  


California Residents Cautioned to Look Out for Yellow Fever Mosquito,0,1125412.story  

Scientists Say Sugar at Levels Considered Safe Is Harmful,0,982020.story  

How Old Are Your Ears, A Hearing Test by AsapScience  

Office Posture Matters: An Animated Guide  

HPV Is Linked To Throat Cancer--So Be Safe Out There, Kids  

Wonders of nature.
       ... With its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antioxidant properties, I’d probably have an easier time listing what turmeric can’t do. In addition to the aforementioned health benefits, this spice used in curry also helps stop bleeding cuts. ... “First-Aid Finds and Natural Wound Care”,  //  “Olive Oil Eases Inflammation”,  //  “How to Stop a Muscle Cramp in its Tracks”, 

Books worth reading.
Michael Pollan's Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Mark Bittman's VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health... for Good, Myra Goodman's Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook, Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark and Live Like You Mean It!, from an e-mail of the Environmental Working Group, August 18, 2013.

“How to Give Yourself Heartburn “,  // A reader wrote to say she suffers from migraines and read that this lowers her breast cancer risk. So, she wanted to know if she stops her migraines, would her cancer risk go up. ...  // 

About Inspire! and “My Montebello”

To learn about this newsletter, Inspire!, and the accompanying, growing Web site, “My Montebello”, visit  Also, you will find instructions and contact information for submitting announcements for publication in this newsletter, and for submitting stories to “Montebello Memories” at the Web site.


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