Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Farewell To 2013 - You've Served Us Well


I wish you all a lovely new year in 2014.   I would
think that it will be a fast moving year full of even more changes than 2013. 

The poem below is more of a proposal than a prediction.   A nice dream to be formed into a reality by the individual dreamers if and when we so please.  In my world view, we are the ones who form human community together.  Mother Earth takes care of Herself and the Divine is an eternal source of inspiration.

Note:  The poem below was written over a year ago for the new year of 2013 but is still a good proposal for perhaps the rest of the 21st Century.


A New Year Begins As The Old One Ended - A Poem

A new year begins as the old one ended. A new year for new beginnings and new movements.

Let Love be the theme and the directing force of all endeavors. Let Love light the way for many this year.

Join together and cease these divisions and conflicts where none should exist.

Accept the best parts of your humanity and be not deceived by those of old whom have lost their way. For they shall be exposed this year and much will be revealed that was hidden before this time.

Generations will join together to build the foundation for a new tomorrow. East and West will join as will North and South and people will no longer see and concentrate upon their differences, but will see and comncentrate upon that which will bring them together. 


Us and Them will cease to exist for many as "We" becomes the theme that will bring about great changes within human community.

No longer divided by color or speech or myth, but now united by heart, the great equalizer and contributor for the good upon this planet.

You think us foolish or that we have come to deceive or conquer you. No, we have not come to incite violence or to divide the races. We have instead come to help and to enrich your human experience.

A new direction, a new concentration of intent shall occur due to a physical phenomom of great magnitude. A wave of energy comes to your planet from the Sun and shakes and disrupts the current communication structures.

A wave so great and so powerful as to collapse that which has imprisoned you for these countless centuries.

Love arrives and sets your world aflame, then comes the waters to cleanse and to nuture your Earth's surface.

Those who can adjust and adapt will be the new leaders upon your Earth. The weak and corruptable will not survive. They will cling to the structures of old and be cruched by them.

The structures of new will be built that enhance and enrich not only the Earth, but all of it's inhabitants.

Technologies before kept secret will now be revealed and used for the betterment of Mankind. These technologies will free Man to explore and enrich himself and find his true meaning for being upon this Earth of yours.

Mankind will be awakened again to It's inherent strength, wisdom and goodness that has for too long been neglected.

For, in a sense 2012 will be the end of the world as you know it, but not in the way that has been prophesied by those of fear.

No, the true Prophets come with a message of Love, of co-operation, of growth in kindness and love. These are the true harbingers of faith and leaders into a new tomorrow.

All others have been directed by the weakness and fear of their ego selves, rather than from the strength and courage of their
Divinity being expressed through their human vessels.

Know the difference and rely upon your heart's goodness that expresses an intelligence and wisdom far beyond the capacity of the human mind.

Listen to your hearts breathe and in the silence of the moment come to a clarity of Self or Soul direction and let Good or Goodness be your guide through your life's journey as ego takes a back seat to observe and learn as was it's orginal intention from the beginning.

We know of your doubts that a change can come about that is so overwheming as to change the very foundation of your current systems of existence.

We say to all who will listen. It can and it has and it will come about for many as it has come about for a few in your Earth's past.

This is the point in your human evolution in which past and future intersect in the Now of Creation. From the Now all is possible and all can ne actualized into existence.

Now, feel the truth of our words and come to your own Now. Be not afraid, but be within yourSelf and It's loving embrace.

Now, Love surrounds and fills you and with It comes a faith in Yourself and in God's Grace.

Yes, Grace has visited you this day and left you whole for the moment.

Balanced and at peace within yourself and with all living things upon your world.

This balance is the coming together or the joining of the Love of the Divine and the Love of the Earth together as One.

This is the power that transforms and awakens and enlivens human community and all it's inhabitants.


The ego only has access to the power of the Earth and this has cause Mankind great imbalance. A power without peace, without wholeness, without balance. A power that reigns over and divides and destroys all that gets in it's path. That sets Man against Man and betrays all that is good within your humanity.

Now, has the Divine joined it's power with that of the Earth and the great imbalances are gone. Gone is the pain, the sadness, the hurt of a thousand lifetimes of futility and disappointment.

Now, strength and wisdom return to Man and faith in Self and faith in God is restored. Man returns to his natural state of living within a state of Grace.

Now, Love and Kindness are expressed and a great healing occurs. Mankind finds not only the individual heart, but their communal heart.

Joy returns and Mankind again thrives upon your planet.

The power of the heart has now taken the place over the power of the mind. Now, directed by Love through a Soul connection that connects one to All of Creation or what some call, the Creator.

Fear of the darkness has fled as Love of the Light returns.

Not a return to Eden, but a return to Ourselves and to the Creator of All that is alive.

Now, be at peace and flourish upon the Land.


  © 
M.N. Hopkins

Monday, December 30, 2013

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15 Health Benefits of Tusli (Holy Basil)

 
 

15 Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi)

By MP Bhattathiry


The tulsi or holy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshiped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Here're top fifteen medicinal uses of tulsi.

1. Healing Power: The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.

2. Fever & Common Cold: The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In between one can keep giving sips of cold water. In children, it is every effective in bringing down the temperature.

3. Coughs: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.

4. Sore Throat: Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

5. Respiratory Disorder: The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. They should be boiled in half a liter of water till only half the water is left and add then taken.

6. Kidney Stone: Basil has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract.

7. Heart Disorder: Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

8. Children's Ailments: Common pediatric problems like cough cold, fever, diarrhea and vomiting respond favorably to the juice of basil leaves. If pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.

9. Stress: Basil leaves are regarded as an 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves afford significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.

10. Mouth Infections: The leaves are quit effective for the ulcer and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions.

11. Insect Bites: The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is taken and is repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.

12. Skin Disorders: Applied locally, basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It has also been tried successfully by some naturopaths in the treatment of leucoderma.
13. Teeth Disorder: The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.

14. Headaches: Basil makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, and for providing coolness in general.

15. Eye Disorders: Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black basil juice are put into the eyes daily at bedtime.

MUST WATCH: Top 4 Videos on the Healing Powers of Tulsi

DISCLAIMER: These are only general guidelines as a first aid. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case. The views expressed above are entirely those of the author.

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About.com

Sweden Spying On Russia For NSA by Jordan Shilton

 

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton
30 December 2013
Documents released by Edward Snowden reveal that Sweden’s National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) has been collecting large quantities of communications data from Russia, which it has passed to the American National Security Agency (NSA).

The revelations confirm that such collaboration goes back for decades.

According to one document published by public broadcaster SVT December, Stockholm signed a top-secret cooperation agreement in 1954 with the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada—the so-called Five Eyes—to exchange intelligence information. This was replaced in 2004 by bilateral agreements with each country, which saw the collaboration intensify. Throughout the Cold War, FRA passed information obtained from the Soviet Union to its Western allies.
“The relationship with Sweden is protected on the top-secret level because of the country’s political neutrality,” a 2006 NSA document noted.

Due to its geographic location, the FRA has access to Russian communications, including those from “high priority” targets from politics and areas of economic interest, such as the energy sector. Estimates from Russia Today put the amount of communications data from Russia that passes through Sweden at 80 percent. A recent NSA document from April 2013 states, “FRA provided NSA (with a) unique collection on high-priority Russian targets, such as leadership, internal politics.”

The cooperation between FRA and the NSA was expanded significantly in 2011, with the NSA gaining access to FRA’s network of cables. This included the ability to intercept communications from the Baltic countries through under-sea cables controlled by Sweden.

British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell gave an indication of the scale of collaboration between Sweden, the US and Britain at a European Parliament hearing on state surveillance in early September. “A new organization has joined the “Five Eyes” and is seen as the largest cooperating partner to [the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters] GCHQ outside the English-speaking countries—and that is Sweden,” he said.

A FRA spokesman accepted that the NSA had full access to data collected by Swedish intelligence, and explained how this was in the interests of the Swedish government:
“We will not give away something without getting anything in return. We are able to gather information in our part of the world, which we can then exchange with information from other parts of the world that would be more difficult to obtain. This may be information that is of great importance for Swedish foreign policy.”

One thing obtained by FRA in return for its close relationship with the NSA is the latter’s notorious Xkeyscore surveillance programme, which enables the communications and online activities of individual targets to be traced. This has not only been used against external targets, as revealed by a document which detailed collaboration by FRA with the NSA to hack into computers and carry out surveillance on Swedish citizens. The document, dated April 2013, referred to Sweden’s participation in the Quantum project, an operation which hijacks computers in order to seize information for further analysis.

In early November, reports confirmed that Swedish authorities had worked closely with US and British agencies in the preparation of the so-called FRA law in 2008, which allows Sweden’s intelligence agency to wiretap all communications that cross the country’s borders. A Guardian report described the response from GCHQ to the passage of the law as “delighted.”

A US State Department cable released by WikiLeaks in 2011 exposed the intimate involvement of American authorities in the preparations for the new surveillance law. It reads, “The agreement may have to be presented to Parliament under a vague constitutional requirement for ‘matters of great importance’. If so, the process will take considerably longer and be subject to public scrutiny, something the Government of Sweden will want to avoid. As the Ministry of Justice continues to analyze the proposed text, it is also considering how to craft an arrangement that will avoid the need for parliamentary review.” Responding to criticism of his government’s collaboration with external agencies, Carl Bildt, foreign minister in the right-wing Alliance coalition, commented, “Today, we face a world of more diverse risks, challenges and threats. Constant knowledge of these is important for security of the nation.”

Explicitly defending the 2008 surveillance law, he added, “We have one of the clearest, most law-abiding and probably best systems in this regard. I would think that other countries see us as a role model.”

The legal framework hailed by Bildt involves the overseeing of requests for information from the intelligence services by a secret court, the defence intelligence court, over which there is no democratic oversight.

In addition, reports point to repeated law-breaking by FRA agents, including as a result of their mishandling of personal data.
The sustained nature of the collaboration between Swedish intelligence services and those from Britain and the US not only implicates the current government, but the entire political establishment.

The Social Democrats were the dominant party of government in the post-war period and would thus have been fully responsible for the arrangements that initiated cooperation in the 1950s and saw it continue over subsequent decades. More recently, the Social Democrat-led government of Göran Persson, which was voted out of office in 2006, began the process that led to the passage of the wire-tapping law in 2008 by the current government of Prime Minister Frederick Reinfeldt.

In September, Reinfeldt acknowledged the long-standing ties with the US. Without mentioning them by name, he commented to the TT news agency, “I’m not confirming anything, other than to say that Sweden, for a long time, throughout the post-war period, has cooperated with other countries and that we have a national security policy doctrine that says we should.”

The deepening connections between Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality. It has made available troops for the NATO operation in Afghanistan and in the bombardment of Libya in 2011, in which Saab Gripen fighter jets were used.

In a sign of the international tensions these revelations have provoked, the daily Expressen reported at the beginning of December that Russian military forces carried out a simulation attack on Swedish intelligence-gathering facilities earlier this year. 

WSWS by Snowden, the pursuit of Assange coincided with the vast expansion of collaboration between Sweden’s intelligence services and the NSA in 2011. It would be difficult to believe that this matter was not the subject of discussion in the regular meetings between Swedish and US authorities that have been revealed to have taken place, particularly given that the intervention of a senior Social Democratic politician was necessary to re-open an investigation which had initially been abandoned due to the lack of any evidence.

On the domestic front, Sweden has stepped up its repressive powers in line with its allies. Immigrant communities and ethnic minorities have come in for particularly close scrutiny, as shown by the revelation earlier this year that a massive database of the Roma population in Sweden was maintained by a regional police force, which was accessible by other agencies.

These powers have been established by the state as it confronts unprecedented levels of social inequality. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has designated Sweden as the country with the fastest growing divisions between rich and poor. In a recent study, daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter uncovered an average pay increase for the country’s top 20 CEOs of more than 20 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, youth unemployment is cripplingly high in some areas, which provoked riots in June in the suburbs of Stockholm.

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WSWS

Note:   This is been going on since WWII.  There was a Sweden Spy plane shot down by the Russians in the early 50's.  There was a very good Swedish documentary on this I saw a few months back.  Also the Foreign Mininster has been a member of Rand Corporation since 2004.  Not hard to figure out whose interest he has in mind.  The worst of it is the Swedes are also spying on Norway and their own citizens for the NSA via the FRA.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Simple Sourdough Starter

 

Simple sourdough starter

 

Sick of seeing a dozen or more things on the ingredients list of an industrial loaf?



Well, here are the first step to making a loaf with just three!
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A bit about sourdough

True sourdough breads are made using a starter that contains a culture of naturally occurring yeasts and lactobacilli or lactic acid bacteria.  The yeasts produce carbon dioxide (CO2) that makes the bread rise and the bacteria produce lactic and acetic acids that affect characteristics including taste, texture and sourness of the finished bread.  In the right quantity, the acids also act as a preservative, slowing the onset of mould – a much more natural method than the spraying of calcium propionate that many modern factory loaves get.

 

Yeast

From a hundred or more species of yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (brewer’s sugar fungus) is the one usually predominant in sourdough cultures, the same species that’s sold as fresh, dried or instant bakers’ yeast. The main difference is that these industrialised versions are specific strains that have been bred (or even spliced together using GM technology) for characteristics such as speed and/or volume of CO2 production.   These are then grown as monocultures, often on molasses.

 

Added extras

Various instructions or recipes for making sourdough starters, leavens or whatever name you choose, call for ingredients such as yoghurt, grape skins or other fruits. Whilst there is a good reason behind some of these (live yoghurt contains lactic acid bacteria and yeasts adhere to grape skins) they are not necessary as colonies of both live on the skins of grains.  The argument that those best suited to feeding off cereals (and producing CO2 and acid as by products) are the ones found living on them is a very persuasive one.

Recipe/method

The following is both simple and effective.  Rye grains apparently host very large microbe populations and certainly, testing this recipe has produced a very active starter that’s made a mess of my kitchen worktop more than once.  As the yeasts live on the outside of the grain, your chances improve when using wholemeal flour, preferably from organic farms where they will have used less or no fungicide.
A plastic container with a lid is convenient for storage and if your starter gets frisky, the lid will simply pop off, where a glass jar with a screwtop or metal clip seal could crack or shatter.

 

Day one



30g rye flour
30g water (at about 20°c)

Mix together and leave at room temperature (again about 20°C) for 24 hours.

 

Day two



Mix in another 30g of flour and 30g of water and leave for another 24 hours.

 

Days three, four, five and six



As day two.
Once it's bubbling up nicely, you can use some of the starter straight away to bake a loaf of Real Bread, or keep in the fridge until needed.

 

Notes


  • For the first few days, the mixture might seem lifeless and could smell a bit iffy.  Don’t worry about this as by the end of the first week - perhaps even by day four or five - it should start bubbling and the smell will develop into something yeasty, slightly acidic and maybe even floral. If your starter is a bit lethargic (it will take longer in a cooler room and some flour will have lower amounts of, repeat the refreshment for another day or two until it comes to life. 
  • Don't worry if the flour settles out and you you end up with a layer of brownish liquid. This is just gravity working its magic and is normal. Either stir it back into your starter or pour it off. If your starter hasn't been used for a while, the second option is probably better as the liquid (sometimes known as hooch) will have started to become alcoholic, which can slow the starter down and also may lead to less desirable flavours in your bread.

 

Caring for your starter


  • Give it a name. You can’t call yourself a proper sourdough nut if you don’t.
  • Get to know it. Starters all have varying acidity, tastes, aromas and speeds at which they ferment.
  • Unless you are using it every single day, keep it in the fridge, which will slow it down and reduce the frequency at which you need to feed it.
  • Each time you use some of the starter, simply replace with an equivalent quantity of flour and water
  • When refreshing, feel free to experiment with different ratios and total amounts of flour to water in your refreshments: a looser starter will ferment more quickly than a stiff one; refreshing more often or adding a large refreshment will dilute the taste and acidity
  • Though you can use the rye starter for wheat breads, if you prefer 100% wheat, you can convert it by replacing the rye in refreshments with wheat flour (white or wholemeal) until it is all wheat.  Either that, or get a separate wheat starter going
  • Forget it. Unlike other members of your household, your starter will be very forgiving of neglect.  Though it will be happy to help you bake bread once a week or even daily, your starter can be left untouched at the back for the fridge for weeks or even months.  The yeast and bacteria populations will decline over time but enough will live on in a dormant state.  To revive, simply add flour and water and leave for up to 24 hours or until it’s bubbling again


For more on sourdough, click here.

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Real Bread Campaign

Antidepressants Numbing Minds of Children - An Interview With Anthony Gucciardi



Published on December 11, 2013
           
Anthony Gucciardi joins RT's The Truthseeker to discuss how antidepressants are numbing down the brains of children, leading to the very effects they claim to prevent, and profiting the pharmaceutical industry.

To learrn more about Anthony, visit:

Natural Society








 

Friday, December 27, 2013

25-Plus Drugs In More Than Half Of America’s Drinking Water by Daniel Jennings

 

25-Plus Drugs In More Than Half Of America’s Drinking Water

by Daniel Jennings

Off The Grid News,  20 December 2013


You might be ingesting something poisonous each time you drink a glass of tap water — small amounts of prescription drugs. Researchers have found that half the water discharged from large water treatment plants in the United States is contaminated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, according to a new EPA study.

The scariest part? The level of drugs in the water supply is much higher than previously thought, and scientists don’t how these trace amounts of drugs affect human health, The New Republic reported.

Specifically, more than half the samples of wastewater from major cities tested by the EPA tested positive for at least 25 drugs.

“We were surprised to find that many drugs occurring across all the wastewater plants,” EPA research biologist Mitchell Kostich told The New Republic. “We were also surprised to see so many drugs of a particular class – the high blood pressure medications — appear at those levels across the board.”

The EPA study will be published in the journal Environmental Pollution. It examined samples from 50 large-size wastewater treatment plants nationwide, testing for 56 drugs.

How do the drugs get in the water? Simple: through the waste of a person who has taken the drugs.
Also, people sometimes dispose of drugs in the toilet.

Scientists puzzled

Even though some health officials claim these drugs pose no threat to human beings, some researchers are not convinced. For instance, estrogen, a hormone used in birth control pills, has been shown to cause male fish to develop eggs.

“Who would have thought that those trace amounts would be having that impact on fish?” FDA researcher Raanan Bloom said. “We didn’t expect that to happen at those concentrations.”

No studies on the effects of traces of drugs in the water on human beings and animals have been made. So far the only research has been to measure the level of the drugs.

“We don’t know,” Sarah Janssen, a scientist who works with the National Resources Defense Council, told WebMd. “It’s true that the levels [of the medications found in drinking water] are very low. But especially when it comes to pharmaceuticals that are synthetic hormones, there is concern, because hormones work at very low concentrations in the human body.”

“We don’t want people to be alarmed and think they can’t drink their tap water or that they shouldn’t be drinking water,” Janssen said. “We think this report in particular is a call for our federal agencies — EPA in particular — to do further studies to see what the health effects are.”
Janssen thinks that the effects of traces of pharmaceuticals on children, especially babies and toddlers, could be greater because their bodies are still developing.

Nick Schroeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, also said there are too many unknowns.

“All of these drugs out there on the market are going to be discharged into the environment and we don’t know what the effects are, because there’s no requirement to do an assessment on the front end,” he told The New Republic. “We’re not trying to scare anyone, but we need to know what these chemical compounds will do to the environment and what are the long-term effects for humans. No one seems to know.”

Extent of Contamination Unknown

The extent of pharmaceutical contamination of the water is also unknown despite recent surveys. An investigation by the Associated Press found that many communities don’t test water for drugs and those that do often refuse to report the findings to the public.
In a separate study earlier this year, the AP also discovered that drugs have been detected in many communities’ water supplies. The contamination uncovered by the AP’s investigative team included:
  • 12 different drugs were discovered in tap water in Denver.
  • 4 different drugs, including an antibiotic, an anticonvulsant, an antibacterial and caffeine were detected in water in Yuma, Arizona.
  • An unknown pharmaceutical was detected in the water in Fort Worth, Texas. When The Star-Telegram newspaper demanded the name of the drug, city officials refused to reveal, citing security concerns.
  • Drugs were detected in at least two dozen major metropolitan areas and the water drank by least 41 million Americans.
  • A sex hormone was found in San Francisco’s water.
  • 56 different pharmaceuticals were detected in the water in Philadelphia.
  • Anti-epileptic and mood altering antianxiety drugs were discovered in drinking water used by 18.5 million people in Southern California.
  • Water in Washington, DC, tested positive for at least six different unidentified pharmaceuticals.
  • 9 different drugs were detected in water in Ontario.
  • Water tested downstream from a feedlot in Nebraska was found to be contaminated with steroids.
It’s obvious that more research into this potential danger from pharmaceuticals is needed. Efforts to limit the amount of drugs Americans take are also needed.

How Drugs Pollute Our Drinking Water



Youtube link to the above video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLdXmE6sLiE

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Off The Grid News

Time To Rally Again For GMO Labelling In California on January 6, 2014



CALIFORNIA: IT'S TIME TO RISE UP AGAIN! Please share and show up!

#California #Sacramento #gmo #labelgmos #needtoknowgmo#freedom2chooz #boycottgmos #prop37 #labelgmossacramento#gmofreeusa

RALLY ... Action NOW!! Come and bring a friend!!
An impressive line-up of guest speakers will share their knowledge on January 6. The list includes: Pamm Larry initial instigator of Proposition 37 Label GMOs: Grassroots California, Zen Honeycutt, Director of Moms Across America (MAAM), social justice songwriter/musicians Jenn Rogar and Barclay Neumann, Adam Scow from Food and Water Watch, Paul Towers of Center for Food Safety, Adam Scow of Food and Watch, Michelle Basso Reynolds of Sac Natural Foods Co-op, Kelly Sutton MD, Miguel Robles, of Biosafety Alliance and organizer of Justice for Seeds conference, host of Spanish language radio during Prop 37, Sylvia Wu, of Center for Food Safety, and Bob McFarland, President of the California State Grange.

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GMO Free USA

I Lived Through a Gardasil Nightmare by Lisa

Lisa


I lived through a Gardasil nightmare

by Lisa
Spokane, Washington    30 October 2013


My name is Lisa and I had a horrible reaction to the set of Gardasil vaccines. It took almost six years to get back to being somewhat normal.

Back in 2007 when I was 22, I was going in for a normal woman visit and I had a test come back positive for “abnormal cells.” They were cancer cells caused by HPV.

I went in for the whole “cut and burn” procedure and my Doctor told me there was a new vaccine called Gardasil for HPV to protect against cervical cancer. She said I should get it so I don’t get cancer again, or lose my fertility; and my insurance covered it, so I might as well.

So I said, “Sure go ahead, I don’t want cancer again.”

Well after she gave me the first vaccine of the set of 3, I started feeling dizzy. She said “That’s normal, see you next time for you second dose.”

I left the office and got in the elevator and passed out in the elevator. Luckily there was someone coming back from their lunch break who took me back into the office. I went to my car after 15-20 minutes and felt really “heavy”.  I thought nothing of it and put it out of my head.

For the next few weeks I started getting horrible painful screaming migraines where the pain would linger for 3-4 days. I lost all feeling in my hands and had tingling throughout my arms. My face and lip went numb on one side and my eyes lost sight. For some reason I could not speak because words would not form in my mind. I was so scared.

I went to the ER because I thought I was having a stroke. They referred me to a neurologist and I went to her to get her opinion. Her diagnosis was chronic migraine, so she offered me pain pills. I rejected them asking her if we could just find a way to stop them all together.

So after 2 months of this, I went in for my second Gardasil dose. The same thing happened but, this time I was prepared for it. I stayed in the office for 30 min after the injection. The Doctor told me I could leave when I felt fine. After this shot the migraines were worse. My brain literally hurt. My nose would bleed so profusely that I felt as if I was bleeding out. I started getting confused while driving, could not figure out if a green light meant stop or go.

One day on my way to work I just simply did not step on the breaks and ran into my office building up the cement stairs and my boss did not know what to say, or how to help me so she told me to take the day off.

I would have to pull over and call my fiancé to help me through the migraines while I was driving home so I wouldn’t wreck. I couldn’t read street signs anymore. I did not even understand letters.

I visited the neurologist again and she said confusion during migraines is normal. So after going through the horrible pain, bleeding, confusion, numbness, sight and sound problems for 6 months, I went and got my third dose of Gardasil, not even thinking any of this was related to the vaccine.

After all of my suffering and with no real answers, I decided to research the symptoms I was experiencing. Come to find out I was not alone. I found a few support groups and blogs of mothers and teens who were struggling with the same symptoms I was. Some were worse; some had even died.

The one thing we had in common was we had all taken the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. I do not believe this is a coincidence.

I suffered for almost 5 years before I started researching to see if there were ways to ease some of the symptoms. I learned how to detox, adjust my diet and use natural alternative methods. It took a whole year of using multiple methods including eating organic, detoxing of heavy metals, doing Epsom salt baths, etc…

Finally, I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. My symptoms are nowhere near as horrible as they used to be.

I still have periods where my hands will go numb and then they feel “non-existent,” but it’s rare. I’ll take that over everything else I went through any day. I am just glad that for the most part it is over.

Before you decide if Gardasil is right for you, please do your research. Regular cervical exams would have never given me all of the pain and suffering Gardasil has.

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J’ai vécu le cauchemar du Gardasil par Lisa

Lisa

J’ai vécu le cauchemar du Gardasil

par Lisa de Spokane, Washington, 30 octobre 2013



Je m’appelle Lisa. J’ai fait une horrible réaction à l’ensemble des doses du vaccin Gardasil. Il m’a fallu presque six ans pour redevenir à peu près normale.

En 2007, quand j’avais 22 ans, je me suis rendue à une visite médicale routinière. Mon test s’est avéré positif. J’avais des « cellules anormales ». Il s’agissait de cellules cancéreuses causées par le HPV.

Après m’être soumise à la procédure habituelle « couper et brûler », mon médecin m’a dit qu’il existait un nouveau vaccin appelé Gardasil et qui était destiné à protéger contre le cancer du col de l’utérus. Le médecin m’a dit que je devais faire ce vaccin pour ne plus refaire un cancer ou perdre ma fertilité. Comme mon assurance couvrait les frais, j’ai dit : « allez-y, je ne veux plus faire de cancer. »

Et bien, après que le médecin m’ait eu administré le premier des trois vaccins, j’ai commencé à ressentir des vertiges. Le médecin m’a répondu : c’est normal ; je vous reverrai pour la seconde dose. »

J’ai donc quitté le bureau du médecin et ai pris l’ascenseur dans lequel je finis par m’évanouir. Heureusement,  une personne est parvenue à me ramener dans le bureau du médecin. Après 15 à 20 minutes, j’ai finalement pu reprendre ma voiture, mais je me sentais vraiment « lourde ». Je n’y ai pas prêté beaucoup d’attention et j’ai voulu me sortir tout cela de la tête.

Au cours des quelques semaines qui suivirent, j’ai commencé à avoir des migraines horribles qui me faisaient hurler ; la douleur persistait pendant 3 ou 4 jours ! Je perdis toute sensation dans mes mains et je sentais des picotements partout dans mes bras. Mon visage et mes lèvres étaient engourdis et de travers. Je finis par perdre la vue. Je ne pouvais plus parler. Les mots ne se formaient pas dans mon esprit. J’étais terriblement effrayée.

On m’a conduite aux urgences parce que je pensais souffrir d’un AVC. On m’a dirigé vers un neurologue. Ce médecin me diagnostiqua une migraine chronique et me proposa des calmants. Je ne les ai pas acceptés et ai demandé s’il n’y avait pas un moyen de régler totalement le problème.

Après deux mois, je suis allée recevoir ma seconde dose de Gardasil. Les mêmes phénomènes se sont à nouveau reproduits, mais cette fois j’y étais en quelque sorte préparée et décidai de rester pendant 30 minutes après l’injection dans le bureau du médecin.

Après cette seconde injection mes migraines empirèrent. Mon cerveau me faisait tellement mal ! Le sang coulait si abondamment de mon nez  que je me demandais si je n’allais pas me vider de mon sang. J’ai commencé à me sentir mal en conduisant ; je ne parvenais plus à réaliser si un feu vert signifiait qu’il fallait m’arrêter ou si je pouvais continuer ma route. Un jour, alors que je me rendais à mon travail,  je n’ai pas été capable de freiner et suis allée emboutir les escaliers de béton du bâtiment.

Mon patron n’a su quoi me dire. Il ne savait comment me venir en aide. Il m’a finalement dit que je devais prendre un jour de congé. Avec ces horribles migraines, j’ai dû appeler mon fiancé pour rentrer à la maison pour éviter un accident. Je ne savais plus lire les panneaux de signalisation. Je ne parvenais plus à comprendre les mots.

J’ai, une fois de plus, été consulter la neurologue. Elle me dit qu’avec de pareilles migraines, la confusion est tout à fait normale.

Et bien, après être passée pendant 6 mois par ces douleurs horribles, ces hémorragies, cette confusion, ces engourdissements, ces problèmes de vue et d’ouïe, je suis allée me faire injecter la troisième dose de Gardasil, en ne réalisant même pas que tous ces problèmes pouvaient être liés au vaccin !

Après toutes ces souffrances qui ne recevaient pas de véritables explications, j’ai pris la décision d’effectuer une recherche sur tous les symptômes que j’avais connus. J’ai tout d’abord découvert que je n’étais pas seule. J’ai trouvé quelques groupes de soutien et des blogs de mamans et d’adolescentes qui avaient été aux prises avec les mêmes symptômes que ceux que j’avais. Pour certains, la situation était même pire, d’autres étaient même décédées.

La seule chose que nous avions en commun était le fait que nous avions toutes reçu le vaccin contre le HPV, le vaccin Gardasil. Je ne crois vraiment pas qu’il s’agisse d’une coïncidence.

J’ai ainsi souffert pendant 5 ans avant de penser à chercher d’autres moyens qui pourraient soulager mes symptômes. J’ai appris à me détoxiquer, à changer mon alimentation, à utiliser des méthodes naturelles alternatives.

Il m’a fallu utiliser ces différentes méthodes (nourriture biologique, détoxification des métaux lourds, sels d’Epson, etc., pendant une année entière avant de commencer à voir un peu de lumière au bout du tunnel. Aujourd’hui mes symptômes sont loin d’être aussi horribles que ceux que j’avais précédemment connus.

J’ai encore des périodes où mes mains s’engourdissent et où je ne les sens même plus, mais c’est plutôt rare. Je suis malgré tout heureuse que le plus gros soit passé.

Avant que vous vous décidiez à vous faire vacciner avec le Gardasil, je vous prie de faire vos propres recherches. Les examens cervicaux réguliers ne m’auraient jamais causé toutes les souffrances que j’ai eu à endurer avec le Gardasil.

Source : SaneVax

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Edward Snowden's Christmas Message Video 2013




December 25, 2013
          
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his 'Alternative Christmas Message' via a British TV channel. The whistleblower called for an end to mass spying by governments, stating that a child born today will have "no conception of privacy."

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Don't Be Fooled By Those In Authority In 2014


Washingtons Blog,  24 December 2013

Don’t Be Foolish



Albert Einstein said:
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.
Indeed, scientists have shown that people will go to absurd lengths - and engage in mental gymnastics – in order to cling to their belief in what those in authority have said.

Part of the reason so many are so vulnerable to naive belief in authority is that we evolved in small tribes … and we assume that the super-elites are just like us.

In reality, there are millions of psychopaths in the world … and they are largely running D.C. and on Wall Street.

These people have no hesitation in lying to promote their goals.
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs told Morley Safer of 60 Minutes and CBS News:
Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? — stupid.
And studies show that the super-rich lie, cheat and steal more than the rest of us.

Who’s to Blame … Big Government or Big Business?

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Volunteers Needed For A GMO Free Ohio



OHIO is working on a Constitutional Amendment that will put GMO Labeling on the ballot in 2014. Volunteers needed - sign up at www.labelthetruth.org. Signature gathering will begin soon - 600,000 signatures are required so much help is need...ed. OHIO, COLORADO & OREGON take it to the people to vote in 2014. WE NEED TO KNOW IF IT'S GMO!

#Ohio #labelthetruth #gmo #labelgmos #freedom2chooz #boycottGMOs #gmofreeusa #Colorado #Oregon


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Home Grown - A Song by Keith Cross



Published on Novemer 6, 2012

Grow your own and free yourself!!!

Get the song at keithcrossmusic.com


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Divine Law

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5 Hot Benefits of Hot Peppers and Capsaicin by Elizabeh Renter


5 Hot Benefits of Hot Peppers and Capsaicin

by Elizabeth Renter

Natural Society,  21 November 2013


Containing a compound known as capsaicin, cayenne peppers have been found to aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation, all while giving your food a spicy kick. So, what’s the evidence of cayenne pepper benefits? Read on.

As mentioned, the compound credited with the health benefits of cayenne peppers is known as capsaicin. It’s also the compound that makes the peppers so spicy. Capsaicin has been found to reduce inflammation, which can aid in the treatment of arthritis and even the prevention of serious conditions like heart disease and cancer. But the capsaicin benefits don’t stop there.

1. Easing Pain - According to Dr. Daniel Zagst, capsaicin triggers the release of something known as Substance P, which notifies the brain that you’ve encountered pain, namely the burn of the spicy pepper. He says this depletion of Substance P can work to reduce the pain you experience from other conditions, including injuries and arthritis.

2. Anti-Microbial - Cayenne pepper is also a microbial. This means it can reduced bacterial growth in stored foods. One study found even small amounts of cayenne pepper were able to reduce mold count on cheese. The researchers said the pepper “exhibited antibacterial activity against natural microflora, yeast, and molds.”

3. Weight Loss - Several studies have shed light on the capsaicin and weight loss connection, with the substance aiding in weight loss. It is suggested that the pepper helps increase thermogenesis, or the rate at which we burn fat for calories, and even decreases appetite. Researchers from Purdue University found that dieters who sprinkled their food with cayenne pepper burned more calories and were better able to manage their appetite than those who did not. The findings were especially pronounced in those people who didn’t normally eat spicy foods.

4. Improved Circulation - Because cayenne is able to increase circulation, it has significant value in herbal treatments that depend on fast application. In other words, it can speed blood flow and healing nutrients to the tissues that need it the most. It could even be used as a natural angina treatment because it is a natural vasodilator (dilating the blood vessels).

5. Anti-Cancer - Finally, there is evidence that capsaicin could be used in the battle against cancer. One study, published in Human & Experimental Toxicology noted the ability of capsaicin to target the mitochondria of cancerous cells, triggering apoptosis or cell death.
The benefits of cayenne peppers are many. But even if you don’t like spicy foods, you can get some capsaicin from milder peppers. It’s most concentrated in hotter varieties though, so eat them as hot as you can stand for the best health benefits

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Growing Trend: More American Teenagers Choose Organic




Research shows teens are turning to organic foods. Some recent studies dish up hope: Youths do not live by Flamin’ Hot Cheetos alone. In fact, many consider it cool to munch on chemical-free kale. A survey released in October by the investm...ent firm Piper Jaffray & Co. said, “Teens are increasingly choosing organic food options, with 39 percent eating organics versus just 33 percent two years ago.” SAY NO TO GMOs & PESTICIDES!

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A Message To New Hampshire; Live In Food Freedom Or Die



NEW HAMPSHIRE is looking for some boots on the ground. Send us a message if you're from NH and you'd like to get involved with GMO education and outreach. Please spread the word!

Thank you 

Note:  Mike's 2 cents.    Perhaps their motto should be, "Live in Food Freedom or Die"


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The New Hampshire State Motto is:   Live Free Or Die

Organic Gingerbread House Recipe




Make some holiday memories this season by making a GMO Free gingerbread house with your family. Bake the house using your favorite recipe and a re-usable mold or find a template online. Or keep it simple, and start with ready made Organic G...raham Crackers. Our Royal Icing recipe is a simple way to glue the house together and decorate. Be creative! 

Here are some suggestions - please share your own!:

Re-usable molds: Amazon.com
Organic Graham Crackers: Annies; Erewhon
Decorations:
TruSweet Organic Candy Canes
TruJoy Organic Starlight Mints
UnReal Candy M&Ms
Candy Tree Organic Licorice Laces
Newman's Own Organic LicoriceTwists
YumEarth Organic Jelly Beans
YumEarth Organic Lolly Pops
SurfSweets Organic jelly Beans
Trader Joe's Gum Drops
Dandies GMO Free Marshmallow
Organic shredded coconut
Natures Colors Decorating Sugar
Let's Do Organic Confetti Sprinkelz

#gmofreegingerbreadhouse #gmo #holidaybaking #holidaycraft #gingerbreadhouse #gmofreeusa
 
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

6 Reasons Why Public Ownership Is Better That Private




Public Beats Private:  Six Reasons Why

by Paul Buchheit


Private systems are focused on making profits for a few well-positioned people.
Public systems, when sufficiently supported by taxes, work for everyone in a generally equitable manner. The following are six specific reasons why privatization simply doesn't work.
 
1. The Profit Motive Moves Most of the Money to the Top
 
The federal Medicare Administrator made $170,000 in 2010. The president of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas made over ten times as much in 2012. Stephen J. Hemsley, the CEO of United Health Group, made almost 300 times as much in one year, $48 million, most of it from company stock.
 
In part because of such inequities in compensation, our private health care system is the most expensive system in the developed world. The price of common surgeries is anywhere from three to ten times higher in the U.S. than in Great Britain, Canada, France, or Germany. Two of the documented examples: an $8,000 special stress test for which Medicare would have paid $554; and a $60,000 gall bladder operation, for which a private insurance company was willing to pay $2,000.

Medicare, on the other hand, which is largely without the profit motive and the competing sources of billing, is efficiently run, for all eligible Americans. According to the Council for Affordable Health Insurance and other sources, medical administrative costs are much higher for private insurance than for Medicare.
 
But the privatizers keep encroaching on the public sector. Our government reimburses the CEOs of private contractors at a rate approximately double what we pay the President. Overall, we pay the corporate bosses over $7 billion a year.
 
Many Americans don't realize that the privatization of Social Security and Medicare would transfer much of our money to yet another group of CEOs.
 
2. Privatization Serves People with Money, the Public Sector Serves Everyone
 
A good example is the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is legally required to serve every home in the country. Fedex and United Parcel Service (UPS) can't serve unprofitable locations. Yet the USPS is much cheaper for small packages. An online comparison revealed the following for the two-day shipment of a similarly-sized envelope to another state:
 
-- USPS 2-Day $5.68 (46 cents without the 2-day restriction)
-- FedEx 2-Day $19.28
-- UPS, 2 Day $24.09
 
USPS is so inexpensive, in fact, that Fedex actually uses the U.S. Post Office for about 30 percent of its ground shipments.
 
Another example is education. A recent ProPublica report found that in the past twenty years four-year state colleges have been serving a diminishing portion of the country's lowest-income students.
 
At the K-12 level, cost-saving business strategies apply to the privatization of our children's education. Charter schools are less likely to accept students with disabilities. Charter teachers have fewer years of experience and a higher turnover rate. Non-teacher positions have insufficient retirement plans and health insurance, and much lower pay.
Finally, with regard to health care, 43 percent of sick Americans skipped doctor's visits and/or medication purchases in 2011 because of excessive costs. It's estimated that over 40,000 Americans die every year because they can't afford health insurance.
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Nation Of Change