In traditional Chinese culture, qi (also chi or ch’i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as “natural energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of “qi” is “breath”, “air”, or “gas”.

Concepts similar to qi can be found in many cultures, for example, prana and cit in Hindu religion, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, ruah in Hebrew culture, and Vital energy in Western philosophy. Some elements of qi can be understood in the term energy when used by writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine. Elements of the qi concept can also be found in Western popular culture, for example “The Force” in Star Wars. Notions in the West of energeia, élan vital, or “vitalism” are purported to be similar.

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Anita Lee updates Ex Rel Rigsby as State Farm is ordered to pay more than $3 Million related to the McIntosh claim

Treble damages are a bitch and then some folks. It’s all on PACER for those so interested but in the interest of time, let’s visit with Anita Lee as she has a good update up for today’s Sun Herald:

Judge: State Farm owes more than $3 million attorney fees, damages in whistle-blower case ~ Anita Lee

Both sides are appealing aspects of Judge Ozerden’s rulings in the case to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

All the best dirt comes out during the election cycle

It’s as American as Apple Pie folks.

So, with St Patricks day celebration weekend upon us, I doubt voter turnout in NOLA is very high for today’s City runoff elections. That said the political operatives and astroturfers have been busy in advance of the runoff as Slabbed again illustrates why the comments to a news story are often far better than the news story itself (Facebook only commenting outlets excepted as those websites are not in the game):

Jackie Clarkson lands DA Leon Cannizzaro’s backing in New Orleans City Council race ~ Andrea Shaw

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Someone please ask Jackie Clarkson about how she and Kristin Palmer intervene on behalf of Palmer’s nephew Geronimo Giselon to get him probation in an armed robbery case when young African Americans go to jail for up to 99 years for the same offense…?

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Could the “Geronimo Giselson” fiasco have been the scandal that led Kristen Palmer to not run for re-election?

That is, in addition to the scandal revealed by Times-Picayune and Richard Webster that revealed Kristen Palmer was doing the bidding of Stuart Smith and VCPORA because they got her elected and she was trying to funnel funds for noise ordinance enforcement to Wilma Heaton.

Down here in the deep South when the layers of the onion are peeled back, some of the socio-political relationships involved take you to some interesting places including here.