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Today, it is Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:18 am. in Southern California.
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Amazing Water Cure

Very interesting…

There is a medical doctor who believes that water has the ability to cure.

Now if this is true, it could save a TON on medical bills.

This doctor is a real MD, and has seen many patients cured of disease and relieved of pain by merely drinking certain amounts of water throughout the day.

Evidently, we can be thirsty without being thirsty. That is, without feeling thirsty at all, our bodies can still require water.

Interesting story: One day, a fellow suffering severe abdominal pain came to the doctor for help. The doctor had no medicine to help the fellow and was only able to give him 2 glasses of water to drink.

To the doctor’s surprise, the man’s pain went away. The doctor prescribed two glasses of water every three hours, and the man’s pain went away for the duration of treatment.

Summary
The doctor claims to have discovered that water can be used as a therapuetic agent for healing. Water can be curative.

Interview
Here’s an interview with Dr. Batmanghelidj (Dr. B) by Health Ranger, Mike Adams. Pretty amazing.
The Water Cure: An interview with Dr. Batmanghelidj

Doctor’s personal website
http://www.watercure.com/

Quote: “You’re not sick. You’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”

Quotes from his website:

“Our life, our planet. Over 70% of the earth’s surface is water. However, most of it—98%–is salt water. Only 2% of the earth’s H20 is fresh water that we can drink, and of this, almost all is trapped in frozen glaciers.

You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.

This is why water is so important to your health.

The Water Cure (TWC) does not sell water or purification systems or any related products. We offer insights and information; both free and in books that give you easy-to-understand scientific explanations on why water is vital to your well-being.

TWC believes promoting “water for health, for healing, for life” is an invaluable public health message. We can all change the way we drink – by drinking pure, natural water that is good for our health, our pocket book, and our environment.

No miracles. Just common sense backed by Dr. F. Batmaghelidj’s years of research and investigation into why water works so well in keeping us healthy and pain free. It can even cure illness in some people who get sick.

Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body…”

Now the doctor HAS come out with a book. So take everything here with a grain of salt. Haha – just kidding! No salt! Take everything with some water. : )

If I have a chance, I shall mosey on over to the bookstore and take a looksee. His website has a ton of information he claims, all for free.

His book is called, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.”

I have to admit that there have been times when I have just drunk water for no reason and ended up feeling better. I dismissed that as coincidence.

No longer! For sure one thing – drinking water can’t really hurt and is certainly affordable. Drink up! 😀


 
 
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Craigslist Prostitution

By any other name…

** Warning: Risque Alert ***

The following post may contain disturbing thoughts and sexual connotations.

CRAIGSLIST EROTIC ADS

We took a little look at about 12 – 20 ads in our local area.

The first thing we noticed was the great creativity in the noticeably imaginative headlines. Each was an artwork unto itself with lots of symbology and fancy flourishing.

The second thing we noticed were somewhat homegrown pornographic photos of young women in seductive and/or revealing poses offering “pleasurable” services.

Were they offering these services and “experiences” for free?

We quickly surmised, Absolutely Not. Why would all these ladies (some seemingly disturbingly young) wish to promote themselves so zealously for pleasure’s sake alone?

CONCLUSION

By any other name, Craigslist is a pimptious and whoremongering organization.

That said, we here are not so sure that prostitution is such an evil as it’s made out to be…

Now we can probably presume prostitution will most likely continue to exist no matter what. We can further surmise that criminalizing it has little effect other than to force it underground, contributing to the dark societal underbelly.

SOLUTION

Possibly the legalization of prostitution, not necessarily morally, but rather, legally.

To become a prostitute legally, firstly, one should be provided completely free services at all times for psychological, psychiatric, counseling and medical services before obtaining their license.

Furthermore, especially if they have been a victim of abuse, they should have the opportunity to examine the reasons and needs behind their desire to seek prostitution as a livelihood.

They should be given a completely safe and monitored environment to provide them a comfortable location to conduct their business, for both them and their clients.

They should be provided educational opportunities as all people should be… however, when one is willing to prostitute their body, it’s likely indicative of greater need for ancillary support services than others not so inclined. Just an observation…

A good government would try it’s best to greatly assist those seeking this personally and bodily, very costly profession.

SUMMARY

Craigslist promotes prostitution overtly and subvertly.

There are “no two ways” about it. Call a spade a spade, a rose by any other name, a rose.

The question is, will the law will consider their erotic section, legal or illegal?

Perhaps they will be able to continue as:

“Craigslist, Legal Purveyor of Prostitution and Erotic Services Around the Globe.”

If so, for “johns,” this would be… acceptable. And for the ladies of the night (and day), perhaps a sense of relief.

Or, considering loss of family, health, wealth and subliminal self recriminations, perhaps not.

At any rate, we will see what our governmental officials will say and do about all of this.

FINAL NOTES…

We reserve the right to NOT judge anyone except whom we choose. We choose to NOT judge any individuals, callgirls, callboys, prostitutes, whores, erotic purveyors, posters, johns, clients, customers. We DO choose to judge Craigslist as guilty of pimptious behavior… promoting prostitution and receiving monies, donated or not.

And about Free speech…

When free speech overtly leads to criminal activity, it needs careful review by a jury of our peers.

As for the term, whoring:

If a woman remains married to a man and has sex with said man strictly to receive money, a place to live, food to eat, is that whoring?

Is the provision of one’s body for sex and any compensation at all, whoring?

FINAL WORDS

A whore by any other name is just a woman, a girl, a lady, a man, a boy, a person, a human being. And, as precious and beloved as any one of us could ever be.

Reference Article:
http://wcbstv.com…craigslist-prostitution…


 
 
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FORCED Chemo Nightmare

True life horror story… imagine being 13 years old, hog tied and sedated by doctors while forced to endure painful injections delivering poisonous chemicals that cause you untold nausea, misery, suffering. Now that just seems WRONG.

But this story may end up being true to one little 13 year old boy who DOESN’T WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS.

When he is finally untied, what will he do? How will he feel? Will doctors tie him up for months? Will he moan, groan, cry, throw up, suffer against his will, all the while in restraints?

Some news here… once you receive chemotherapy, the likelihood of more natural methods (THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO WORK BY THE WAY…) no longer have the same benefits due to the severe deleterious effects caused by the destructive nature of the chemo.)

In other words, you could be digging it deeper. On the other hand, to be fair, if the boy is completely cured the doctors would feel justified. But really… how long does chemo last?

What if the boy comes down with a relapse of cancer a few months, years later? More forced chemo?

Suggestion: Let’s write the doctors and tell them to tone down the Frankenstein stuff and try to be humans rather than monsters. HE DOESN’T WANT IT AND VOWS TO RESIST.

The very thought of what this little fellow may have to go through boggles the mind.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30824587/


 
 
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FARRAH FAWCETT Story

This is an amazing and beautifully done, full length documentary of Farrah Fawcett’s fight with devastating cancer. She reveals extraordinary courage, generosity and openness in revealing it’s ravages on screen. Farrah Fawcett is a beautiful and renowned actress, life love of actor Ryan O’Neal, mother of Redmond O’Neal and original star of “Charlie’s Angels.”

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Cancer is an insidious monster of a disease, and Farrah wonders why doctors in the United States don’t use successful alternative treatment methods used in other countries. She also found it almost equally emotionally devastating to contend with the invasive untruths and downright lies printed in the tabloids about these most personal, private and painful aspects of her life.

She has inspired so many with this documentary, as she reveals the good, the bad, the horrific about life facing this insidious, even diabolical disease. She writes beautifully, openly, in the hopes of showing the truth about cancer.

Shot by her and friend Alana Stewart (ex-wife of rockstar Al Stewart) and includes former Angels Kate Jackson and Jacklyn Smith as well as other very special people.

Throughout this very emotional series of videos, you can see how special Farrah is, both inside and out.

For those facing very difficult circumstances, this may provide inspiration on how to go on and confront difficulties with renewed strength, as Farrah did so many times.

This video series is unforgettable.


 
 
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Be-a-Ware – Fabulous Fluoride

Fluoride: a no-no.

Evidently a huge byproduct of aluminum production. Alcoa wanted to find a way to profit from this extraneous waste material, so they hired a dentist (among other types of medical professionals) to find a profitable reason to sell it.

The dentist found a small area in the South US with a slightly higher elevation of NATURAL fluoride in their water, documented lowered cavity rates, and used his statistics to promote fluoride as a health additive. With the big bucks of Alcoa behind the marketing, fluoride has taken off.

Does it work? Ha! Highly fluoridated areas still have high cavity rates, plus elevated rates of illnesses. So there. You decide. Meanwhile, the profits they-a-keep-on-rolling-in, rolling-in, rolling-in… la la la…

Oh – evidently they’re not using ENOUGH fluoride… Better sell them more! THAT’s the reason it doesn’t work if it doesn’t work!

Oh – another thing – fluoride is a great pacifier. Helps people become more passive and cooperative. Use on kids, prisoners, terrorists, and any other bothersome people. Or, anybody who doesn’t agree with you.

Don’t use it on me, I’m passive and cooperative all by myself! 😀

In fact –

Don’t know about you, but I’m buying Alcoa stock when I grow up. 😀

PS: Pass the unfluoridated water bottle, please…

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Friendly little fluoride video

Fluoride for Infants Excerpt

http://www.fluoridealert.org/


 
 
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Red Wine & Grape Juice

Are Red Wine and Grape Juice Good for You or Not?

The reason I bring this up is because a grandfatherly person I dearly respect (he died before I was born), drank natural, “new wine” every day after the age of 35 until his passing at the age of a very healthy, albeit terminal, 92. (edited as per request by Commenter below)

He said that wine was not for everybody, but he enjoyed it in small quantities of never more than 2 small glasses per day, each glass being less than 6 or 7 ounces.

He also ate very small portions of food per day which he insisted, was paramount in maintaining his perfect health till his very last day, when he passed quietly and peacefully in his sleep.

He lived an exemplary life filled with joy, completion, love and happiness, and was dearly beloved by his loving family.

The wine he drank had no preservatives or additives and was pesticide and chemical free.

It should be noted that wine is derived from “raw” grape juice, then naturally fermented and filtered, while grape juice is heated or pasteurized.

This treatment may change the nature of grape juice, thus explaining its slightly lower benefits.

However, “raw” or unpasteurized grape juice might be of equal benefit as red wine – the research is not in on that one.

Past and new research supports the claim that the polyphenolic compounds in red wine and red or purple grape juice DO inhibit atheroschlerosis and MAY extend life expectancy for 5 years or more.

Whether you should drink 1/2 glass of wine or less than 2 glasses of wine per day depends upon the researcher you speak with.

Note: The research seems to apply to men at this time – whether women would receive same benefits is up for question.

Alcohol tolerance differs between men and women, and women are known to suffer liver disease due to alchohol consumption far sooner than men.

Research links:
“Red wine polyphenolic compounds inhibit atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E–deficient mice independently of effects on lipid peroxidation1,2,3”
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/79/1/54

“Wines and grape juices as modulators of platelet aggregation in healthy human subjects.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8814965…

“Grape juice, but not orange juice or grapefruit juice, inhibits human platelet aggregation.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10613766

“Light wine intake is associated with longer life expectancy in men”
http://www.physorg.com/news91903963.html

“Drinking polyphenol-rich concord grape juice may improve memory in older adults. Pilot Study Showed Improved Memory Skills in Older Adults with Early Memory Decline.”
http://www.welchs.com/…memory-in-older-adults


 
 
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Survive Sinking Car

This is a very well done video that describes how to survive a sinking car scenario. Can you easily open the door? Can you break the window? This video from MSN’s "Get Out Alive" Series admirably addresses these questions and more in careful detail. In particular, note the "Rescue Me

(Res-Q-Me)." Definitely worth a watch.

Some Good Points from the Experts

The good news is that water will often times cushion a crash so that vehicle occupants will not be hurt.

Immediately unlock the car doors and windows so that you can exit the vehicle as soon as possible. (It is virtually impossible to break a car window without a special tool.)

Hold your hand securely on the window ledge or door handle to help keep yourself oriented. The vehicle may spin, tilt or turn over. Take a deep breath and try to keep as calm as possible.

Unfasten your seatbelt. (There are devices that cut through seat belts such as the Hammer or Res-Q-Me.)

Exit through the open window. If you are disoriented, release some air bubbles and see which direction they rise. Follow them.

If you must open the door, you will have to wait for the doors to be submerged to equalize air pressure.

The one and only reason to stay with or return to a submerged car is to save other occupants. No other reason.

Articles:
http://saveyourlife.us/escape_sinking_car.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4447327_escape-sinking-car.html

http://www.askmen.com/money/how_to_400/407_how_to.html

http://www.sheknows.com/articles/50471.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-a-Sinking-Car


 
 
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Truth About Red Meat

Here’s a tasty steak. Is it good for you? This study may have some answers for you.

Okay. Here’s the latest skinny about eating red meat and processed meats and how it affects your risk of dying from cancer and/or heart disease. Cheery!

Below, you will find a rather comprehensive article about the newest research on this joyous topic conducted via the National Cancer Institute (not a particularly rinkydink organization).

The Not So Good News
You have at least a 20% to 50% higher risk of cancer or heart disease if you eat the equivalent of a red meat quarter pound hamburger per day. (We’re not talking about soyburgers, folks.)

Of course, there are always those who believe it’s not worth living anyway unless they can chow down on a steak a day, anyhoos. So be it.

The Not So Bad News
Processed meats were slightly less likely than the red stuff to increase your risk of dying from cancer or heart attack. Oscar Meyer should be relieved and proud.

Must be all those helpful preservatives, organ meats and veggie fillers. Right? : )

The research did not include those who were vegetarians. That would be another interesting study. 

For some unknown reason, it would probably just so happen to be that a diet of veggies only might have even lower rates of dying from cancer and heart disease than eating meat.

Why?

Because nobody said life is fair! : )

SUMMARY: Red and processed meat intakes were associated with moderate increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality.

High intakes of red or processed meat may increase the risk of mortality. The objective was to determine the relations of red, white, and processed meat intakes to risk for total and cause-specific mortality among
The researchers followed  more than 545,000 people who were AARP members, aged 50 to 71 years old, for 10 years. Over 70,000 people died during that period of time.

Study subjects were recruited from AARP members, a group that’s healthier than other similarly aged Americans. That means the findings may not apply to all groups, Sinha said. The study relied on people’s memory of what they ate, which can be faulty.

Men and women in the highest vs lowest 20% of red and processed meat intakes had elevated risks for overall mortality. Regarding cause-specific mortality, men and women had elevated risks for cancer mortality for red and processed meat intakes.

Furthermore, cardiovascular disease risk was elevated for men and women in the highest 20% of red and processed meat  intakes. When comparing the highest with the lowest 20% of white meat intake, there was an inverse association for total mortality and cancer mortality, as well as all other deaths for both men and women.

In the final analysis, results took into account factors such as smoking, family history of cancer and body weight.

Conclusion: Red and processed meat intakes were associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality.

Researcher:
Rashmi Sinha is an investigator in the Nutrition Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, at the National Cancer Institute. Research interests include the role of meat, heterocyclic aromatic amines, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in cancer etiology, as well as the interaction of genetic susceptibility and nutrition in cancer. Other interests include vitamins A, C and E and cancer, DDT and breast cancer, and development of biomarkers of diet. Sinha’s honors include the National Institute of Health Award of Merit and the Technology Transfer Award. Sinha is associate editor of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, is a reviewer for numerous journals, and has served on a variety of professional committees and boards.

In other words, eating around a quarter pound of red meat daily had a 22 percent higher risk of dying from cancer and a 27 percent higher rate of dying from heart disease than those who ate less than 5 ounces of red meat per week.

Women had a 20 percent higher risk of dying from cancer and 50 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease than those women who ate small amounts.

As for processed meats, the rates of dying from cancer and heart disease were only slightly lower than red meat.

The lowest rates of increased death due to cancer and heart disease were among those who ate white meat and fish.

“11 percent of deaths in men and 16 percent of deaths in women could have been prevented if they had decreased their meat consumption to the equivalent of a quarter of a small hamburger a day. The chance of men dying of cardiovascular disease would have decreased 11 percent – and 21 percent for women.”

Additional Meat Consumption Information:
Diets containing substantial amounts of red or preserved meats may increase the risk of various cancers. This association may be due to a combination of factors, such as content of fat, protein, and iron, and/or meat preparation (e.g. cooking or preserving methods).

Laboratory results have shown that meats cooked at high temperatures contain heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are mutagenic and carcinogenic in animals. To investigate the role of these compounds we have created separate databases for mutagenic activity,

HCAs, and PAHs, which we have used in conjunction with a validated meat-cooking food frequency questionnaire (FFQ). The role of meat type, cooking methods, doneness levels, and meat-cooking mutagens has been examined in both case-control studies and prospective cohort studies.

The results from these studies are mixed for different sub-types of meat, cooking methods, and doneness levels, as well as for estimated intakes of mutagenic activity, HCA, and PAHs.

An additional role of red meat in colon cancer could be through the contribution to N-nitroso compound (NOC) exposure.

Humans can be exposed to NOCs by exogenous (produced outside the body ) routes (from processed meats in particular) and by endogenous (produced within the body) routes.

Endogenous exposure to NOCs has been shown to be dose-dependently related to the amount of red meat in the diet. Recent work suggests that heme iron in red meat may explain the high levels of endogenous NOC, levels equivalent to those found in cigarette smoke.

NOTES:

First Study:

A 124-item food frequency questionnaire ( http://riskfactor.cancer.gov/DHQ/forms/files/shared/dhq1.2002.sample.pdf ) was completed at baseline.

The food frequency questionnaire collected information on the usual consumption of foods and drinks and portion sizes over the last 12 months.

The validity of the food frequency questionnaire was estimated using two 24-hour recalls,8 and the estimated energy-adjusted correlations ranged from 0.36 to 0.76 for various nutrients and attenuation factors ranged from 0.24 to 0.68.

Red meat intake was calculated using the frequency of consumption and portion size information of all types of beef and pork and included bacon, beef, cold cuts, ham, hamburger, hotdogs, liver, pork, sausage, steak, and meats in foods such as pizza, chili, lasagna, and stew.

White meat included chicken, turkey, and fish and included poultry cold cuts, chicken mixtures, canned tuna, and low-fat sausages and low-fat hotdogs made from poultry.

Processed meat included bacon, red meat sausage, poultry sausage, luncheon meats (red and white meat), cold cuts (red and white meat), ham, regular hotdogs and low-fat hotdogs made from poultry.

The components constituting red or white and processed meats can overlap because both can include meats such as bacon, sausage, and ham, while processed meat can also included smoked turkey and chicken.

During 10 years of follow-up, there were 47,976 male deaths and 23,276 female deaths.

In general, those in the highest quintile of red meat intake tended to consume a slightly lower amount of white meat but a higher amount of processed meat compared with those in the lowest 20%.

Subjects who consumed more red meat tended to be married, more likely of non-Hispanic white ethnicity, more likely a current smoker, have a higher body mass index, and have a higher daily intake of energy, total fat, and saturated fat, and they tended to have lower education and physical activity levels and lower fruit, vegetable, fiber, and vitamin supplement intakes.

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Future of Food

This is a telling and provocative movie that skillfully weaves
actualities with possibilities about where our food has come
from and will come from, in the future.

It is indisputable that owning all seed genomes and patenting
growth and distribution of food is hugely profitable. It is a good
“business decision” to dominate, even monopolize commodities
such as food or water, no matter the consequences affecting
the health and well being of the average citizen.

In fact, if control of food would engender health problems, it
could easily promote and spawn another extremely profitable
industry. Huge slates of new pharmaceuticals and medical
procedures that will heavily increase the “bottom line” to
stockholders and “subsidiaries.”

In these cases where monolithic companies seek to “own”
rights to essential commodities such as food, water, air,
fuel, there is no stopping them. That is, unless one is willing
to speak up and protect their right to live their own lives as
they see fit, which includes growing one’s own food,
buying from small local farmers who forego the chemicals,
toxins, poisons, pesticides and gmo (genetically modified)
that are exceedingly profitable.

It seems that freedom comes at a price. For those who wish
to dominate, profit and control, will stop at nothing to secure
their position.

If man is willing to kill for $20, what will he be willing to do
for billions?


 
 
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Teenager Paradise

The following story has been changed from its original.
It has been slightly adapted and altered. But, the lessons
are still there. And they are definitely worth a read.

My Paradise Life – from Life in America

My name is Casey and I’m a teenager.

Some people say our family must live on the edge
of despair. We say that we live on the edge of
wonderful things to come.

Thinking this way saves us from feeling worried and
sad.

We are very poor. Our family doesn’t know whether
it will make it day to day. Even though we have a
house, it’s upside down. That means we probably
owe more than it’s worth.

We could easily lose our home… and knowing that
day to day can be a bit distressing. But we go
through our days as if we will be here forever.

We realize there are many others in MUCH worse
circumstances than us… and  we pray and hope
that things will get much MUCH better for everyone.
Soon.

But this story is about us… so I will write from my
perspective.

My Mom works 7 days a week, 16 hour days. She
works at home so we are near her. She smiles alot,
and we know she pretends everything is okay.

She is handicapped, and has health issues. But these
are not so terrible that she can’t work everyday. And
laugh with us.

Our father left long ago. I don’t know the whole story,
and don’t think I want to know. It might make me sad.

We don’t receive child support. That’s another story
I’m not sure of… but, perhaps it’s best… sometimes
child support can bring despair and fighting to a family.

So, my Mom has muddled through day to day on her own. 

We were on welfare long ago. But, when Mom discovered
ways to work and home and make some money, welfare
went away, we moved into our own house.

At first, it was scary. But, I had my Teddy. : ) And, Mom
and us all slept together. We really didn’t need more than
one room as we always hang together anyway.

But, one day, I moved into my own room. I’m not sure
I really need it – we are always usually together in our
kitchen-livingroom anyway!

And, I think that’s why I live in Paradise…

Mom has made little areas of our little yard very pretty.
We have a birdbath, and beautiful lanterns. We have a
wooden bench and table from a garage sale. We have
crowded little fruit trees only a few feet from each other.

They are cozy – and don’t seem to mind having hardly
any space. It’s been 5 years… now we have fruit! We
have little garden pots with greens, herbs, tomatoes,
squash, potatoes, peas, and more.

We even have a tiny watermelon patch 4 feet square.
We grew a beautiful watermelon – but he was so
beautiful, so cute, that no one could eat him.

Eventually we buried him with honors so that he would
have watermelon babies. We want him to live on forever
and ever through his children.

Can you imagine loving a watermelon? I can, because
I did. And, still do. : )

The most important thing about our little house is
that our living-kitchen room has wide doors that
open to our little backyard. They are always open
during the day so that our dogs and cats can come
in and out whenever they like.

Also, that means our outdoors and indoors are like one.

Of course, if you have dogs and cats, you will know
that they mostly just follow you wherever you go. So,
we go outside and inside all the time to keep things
lively and fun.

The sun shines so beautifully and it’s like heaven
outside. We have shade where we need it, and sun
on our plants. We move our little umbrellas here
and there for extra shade, and we have a see through
awning that lets in the perfect amount of light.

Our little kitchen living room is very crowded, but
we all don’t care. We each have our little computers
or laptop, our tiny TV, a portable DVD player that
requires frequent bashing to operate, and a hotplate
for cooking.

We would each rather have computers than a stove! : )

We get to eat the yummiest things. We eat what we
grow, and it’s always delicious. Then, we buy nice
organic things at the store.

Since food is not cheap, we supplement our diets
with grains that we sprout so they go farther.
Sprouted grains grow like magic and triple in size!
Very filling, and totally delicious.

It can be amazing how little we spend and how full
we get.

We don’t have medical insurance, so we seldom if
ever get to see a doctor. But, when we last had
checkups, we were doing great.

But, if there’s an emergency, we all know that we
will most likely lose everything… except each other…

My Mom hates this. But, it’s either food or medical
insurance. We choose food. 

If something terrible happens and we need super
expensive care, we realize that we will probably
have to die rather than get treatment. 

Personally, I am willing to take my chances.  But,
since I am a kid, I have been accused of not having
much sense about these things.

Medical insurance costs several hundred dollars a
month. We don’t have that unless we give up our home. 

It’s a big dilemma.

My Mom won’t talk about it – I know she feels
terribly irresponsible.

I told her not to let ANYTHING hurt her heart that
way. It is what it is… and perhaps we will all be
perfectly fine!

So, as far as I’m concerned, we live in Paradise.

You see, it’s like this.

We have a warm home, blankets, wonderful food,
laughter, sunlight, dogs, cats, computers, and our
Mother at home anytime we need her.

We get to watch movies on the weekends on our DVD
player. We make air popped popcorn with yummy salt,
and it’s exciting and fun.

We talk about the funniest, or strangest things. 
Sometimes we all laugh so hard that the house will
shake! Even the dogs laugh. They dance and prance
and their tails way a mile a minute. 

The cats just look at us. They endure us with loving
patience.

We talk about EVERY subject. Nothing is off limits.
That way, we all learn good, bad, right, wrong, happy,
sad, what to watch out for, what to search out in life.

Someone said that you musn’t spy on your kids or
they will go elsewhere to do bad things.

But in our family, we’ve been told NOT to go elsewhere
and do things we wouldn’t do at home. 

Guess what? We listen. Why? Because we love and
respect our Mom, and wouldn’t want to hurt her. Also,
just because we are out and about, doesn’t mean we
leave morals and values at home.

That’s what we we TAUGHT. Someday maybe we will
disobey. But that will be on our heads. Disobeying
carries its own pain. Maybe enough to stop us from
making wrong choices.

It just wouldn’t dawn on us to dishonor our Mom
or ourselves by doing bad things just because our
Mom isn’t standing there.

She told us so. And, you know what? I think most
all kids want to do what their parents ask of them.

Parents, tell your kids what to do, what’s right and
wrong, home, or not at home. Explain why. With love.
Kids WILL listen.

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In short, I live in Paradise because my family is so rich…
rich in love, in laughter, in food, song, dog dancing and
prancing, love.

We live in Paradise because our outside and inside
are pretty much the same. And, we get to do what we
want, like fall in love with plants. We get to be silly,
and be totally accepted.
: )

I just wish EVERYBODY could be as rich.

I also know that it could all end in a second, and we
could lose everything. 

But, even then, if we have each other, we will STILL
be rich.

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Oh – also… call me foolish, but, if we lost everything,
I would still dare to hope. That things would get better.

In fact, better than ever!

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Last Chance Save Mankind

Why, this fellow makes doom and gloom positively uproarious.
Maybe because he’s so starkly assured in a goat-headed
disarming kind of way. And his terminology is… independent.
Free thinking free wheeling.

James Lovelock is a spritely fellow with a jaunty opinion
you can’t quite ignore…

New Scientist’s Gaia Vince:
“Your work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons led
eventually to a
global CFC ban that saved us from
ozone-layer depletion. Do we have time to do a similar
thing with carbon emissions to save ourselves from
climate change?”

James Lovelock:
“Not a hope in hell. Most of the “green” stuff is verging
on a gigantic scam.
Carbon trading, with its huge
government subsidies, is just what finance and industry
wanted. It’s not going to do a damn thing about climate
change, but it’ll make a lot of money for a lot of people
and postpone the moment of reckoning. I am not against
renewable energy, but to spoil all the decent countryside
in the UK with wind farms is driving me mad. It’s absolutely
unnecessary, and it takes 2500 square kilometres to produce
a gigawatt – that’s an awful lot of countryside…”

Complete Article Here: It’s quite endearing actually. Or something…
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126921.500-one-last-chance-to-save-mankind.html?full=true&print=true


 
 
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Four Factors of Success

“The Four Things…”

There are 2 relatively new books out. Coincidentally, one substantiates the other to an almost mystical degree, yet both books and authors are totally unrelated.

The subject matter by which they are intertwined couldn’t be more timely and important to so many seekers of happiness, success, health.

I had the good fortune to bump into the first book quite by chance, then found the second book by fortuitous love for Bookstore Pastries at Borders and the proximity of the Best Seller Table to said pastries.

An aside regarding specific Bookstore pastry – to whit: Their round raspberry scone heated to soft warm perfection chased by Seattle’s Best creamy hot fresh coffee laced with sweet… nice. Very nice.

All right… to continue…

About the first book…

The Mind of the Market by Michael Shermer

Mr. Shermer expounds brilliantly and provocatively upon the most interesting of facts regarding the subliminal and conscious mind and how it is affected by marketing.

Once one understands these mechanisms and harnesses the basic underpinnings of human nature, marketing can become more effective.

On the other hand, armed with the knowledge of marketing techniques, the consumer can be smarter, more astute and more aware of carefully crafted sales manipulation.

Amongst other excruciatingly exacting and fascinating information about the science of marketing, this book proposes the 4 following factors that most characterize the happy and successful:

1. Love of Family
2. Love of Friends and Community
3. Enjoying Your Work
4. Some form of Spirituality focussed on Love

Where on the List is making money? Buying Toys and Gadgets? Having lots of lovely sex? Traveling the world? Seeking fun and adventure? Adorning oneself with gems and jewels?

None of these things were even close to these top four factors.

How strange.

The second book is called Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

In the very beginning, he tells the tale of the Rosetans who immigrated to the Pennsylvania area from Roseta, Italy.

Researchers discovered that the American Rosetans were almost completely free of heart disease at age 65, 50% less than the entire United States. How could this be? Was it the diet? life style? the water, land, genetics?

What factors contributed to this astounding statistic?

In what other ways were the American Rosetans blessed?

Additionally, it turns out that there was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, very little crime. No ulcers, no one on welfare.

As one researcher noted wistfully about walking about the town, “It was magical.”

The story begins in the 1800s when a young priest settled in the new Roseto, forming spiritual societies and organizing festivals.

He encourages the clearing of land in the long back yards to plants onions, beans, potatoes, melons and fruit trees giving out seeds and bulbs.

The townsfolk began raising their own pigs and growing grapes to make homemade wines right in their back yards as well.

Undoubted they raised herbs, spice plants, salad greens and other vegetables as well although the book did not specify.

Small shops, bakeries, restaurants and little neighborhood bars sprang up. One would always see shopkeepers and customers walking, talking, socializing in front of the businesses.

Was the food special? Did it match the food from the Old Country?

Not at all. In the old country, they used olive oil, Here in New Roseto, they used lard. In fact, Rosetans ate a diet of 41% fat.

Rather than the thin crusted pizzas in Italy with tomatoes, anchovies and perhaps a bit of onion, the American Rosetans ate pizzas replete with sausage, ham, pepperoni, salami.

Rather than eating sweets only on special occasions, they now ate sweets all year round.

So what was the difference?

Was it hardy genes? Special fertile land? Research disovered these played no part.

This is what they DID discover about the new Rosetans:

They lived with extended family, respecting their grandpar3ents. They all shared in a unifying calming spiritual church environment.

And very interestingly… along with 22 civic organizations, Mr. Gladwell notes that the Rosetans lived within an “egalitarian ethos.”

This “ethos” discouraged the wealthier from flaunting their success, while helping the unsuccessful avoid the shame of revealing their failures. They lived in a more “obscure” climate of success and failure.

It was surmised the the following 4 factors contributed to the health and happiness of the new Rosetans:

1. Close knit loving families
2. Friends
3. Culture of Community
4. Spirituality

It seems that the following 4 factors of Book 1 and Book 2 have a 75% concurrence rate.

Coincidence? As of now, I tend to think both authors are very much onto something.

Long ago, we started a series of community websites. We rather knew then that community was more valuable than the suburbs would lead you to believe.

We were not alone. Perhaps everyone can reach into themselves and know that in working together, we work well.

There are those who believe in the Lone Wolf, the singular man, the isolationist philosophy, the “every man for himself” attitude.

Some think of running off to a wild spot to survive on their own.

But, it most likely seems that those who will do best in the future are those who can work together as a community.

What do you think?


 
 
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