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Inventions we are better off without- the musings of a Neo-Luddite

There is no shortage of candidates in the competition for ‘worst invention ever.’ In the last half century especially, we have seen hundreds of inventions unleashed upon humanity, some of them useful, most unnecessary, and many downright absurd and truly obnoxious.

The Leaf Blower

Growing up in the tranquil suburbs of Washington D.C., I enjoyed plenty of quietness and serenity. That is, until the invention of the leaf blower. These detestable machines became commonplace in the neighborhoods around my house in the mid to late 1970s, and by the 1980s were ubiquitous. I recall many times sitting in my house reading a book or chatting with a family member when suddenly the ear-splitting  scream of a leaf blower would shatter the peacefulness.  I would peer out the window and inevitably saw a group of  (Hispanic) landscapers fanning out across the expansive lawns of my neighbors with the leaf blowers strapped to their sweaty backs, gas motors revved up and long nozzles blowing leaves around. The fumes from the cheap two-stroke engines polluted the air.

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This was a weekly ritual. Even when their wasn’t much leaf matter or debris to gather up, they still used the blowers as a matter of course. On and on and on the nerve- wracking noise went, until my peace of mind was gone. Given the decibel range of these diabolical machines, the morning serenity was disturbed even when the blowers were a kilometer away.

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What about the good old-fashioned rake and broom? In fact, the rake and broom are examples of appropriate technology: simple to produce, cheap, and effective. Additionally, the user of these tools gets the added benefit of some mild aerobic exercise. But if you want to keep up with the Jones’, you better hire a landscaping team with leaf blowers and demonstrate that you are with the times.

The Weed Whacker

Closely allied with the leaf blower is the ‘weed whacker’, sometimes called ‘weed eater’ or ‘string trimmer.’ Gaining widespread usage around the same time as the leaf blower, the weed whacker became a standard tool for all landscaping companies and for any respectable suburban dweller with a yard in the 1970s. My family bought one when they became widely available and affordable and I used it to ‘trim’ the lawn around my house. But I always hated it. For one thing, they can be quite dangerous. They can easily cut your foot or leg if you are not careful. They are noisy; they throw grass and debris in all directions, some of which can even fly into your face.  Most of all, they were, and are, unnecessary. They are simply an expensive, loud, and polluting machine designed and created to feed the vanity of America’s growing legions of suburbanites. Everybody with a lawn dreams of making their yard look like a golf course, just like on TV!! Therefore, the weed whacker is necessary to trim those edges and make everything look ‘perfect.’ In other words, the suburban yard should not look like anything remotely resembling nature.

The Paint Spray Gun

The paint spray gun is yet another loathsome invention, completely redundant and ridiculous. I recall a few years ago watching a group of painters performing a job on the apartment complex where I was living in the suburbs of Seattle. A man stood on a ladder with a spray gun in hand, moving it back in forth in rhythmic motion a couple of feet away from the building’s exterior. Standing below him , I immediately observed something: more than half of the paint from the gun was not hitting the wooden panels but was instead simply flying off into the air. I could literally see the paint droplets missing their target. The painter was unconcerned. Back and forth, up and down the spray gun went.  The worker was blithely indifferent to how much paint was being wasted. Of course, the wasted paint is only half of the problem. All of that toxic paint which goes into the air eventually falls to the ground or even gets inhaled by unsuspecting passers-by with the microscopic  droplets easily penetrating into the respiratory tract.  The workers used respirators, but did nothing to warm the neighbors about all the toxicity.

 

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Just last week, I drove by a painter who was using a spray gun to paint some furniture on the sidewalk. This was in the middle of a city.  He had no protection whatsoever. Waiting at the intersection, I watched as he clumsily waved the gun all over the furniture, with perhaps only 20 or 30 percent of the paint hitting its target. Even though I was 20 meters away, I immediately tasted the paint particles in the back of my throat. I can only imagine what the people around him were exposed to.

I have a radical idea. Let’s go back to paint brushes. Similar to the broom and rake, the paint brush is simple to produce, simple to use, and is extremely cheap and durable. It requires no moving parts, no machinery and wastage is kept to a minimum. But such notions place me squarely in the Neo-Luddite camp, a very lonely place indeed.

 

 

 

Flying through chemtrails: A trip to the USA

I recently returned from a trip to the United States and what I witnessed in the sky there was quite disturbing.  I entered the U.S. on a plane  from Asia and traveled the length of the country. As the sun rose we were just south of Chicago and heading southeast toward Washington D.C. At approximately 35,000 feet, I had a good view of the countryside from my window seat. Looking down, I noticed a thick mass of chemtrails  comprising at least two distinct layers. The chemical soup was so thick that I could barely discern the ground. This tableau continued for the next hour and a half. It was astounding to imagine   the total area that they are able to cover with chemtrail spraying. The area we were flying over was mostly farmland and when I considered the effect of the chemtrails on sunlight hitting the ground, I realized that it must have a significant effect on the crops. Without a doubt, the chemtrails increase the earth’s albedo and reflect sunlight back into space;  what sunlight does make it to the ground is filtered and hazy.

Flying southward over West Virginia, the sky cleared for about a half hour before we began our descent into Dulles airport in Virginia. As we descended to 20,000 feet, I looked up and saw an amazing sight: seven chemtrail tanker planes flying due west in formation. They were laying parallel streaks of chemtrails for hundreds of miles heading into Ohio, West Virginia, and points beyond. Meanwhile, my fellow passengers dozed or watched tv, oblivious to it all…

I spent the next week in the Maryland, D.C., Virginia metro area and the spraying seemed to be heaviest in Virginia. We had one magnificent day of autumn weather, at least in the morning hours, before the spraying started in the early afternoon. By 4pm, the entire sky was covered in hazy whitish chemicals.

On the flight back home, I flew east to west in the late afternoon hours  across the upper half of the United States. Above the midwest, I noticed and photographed some truly bizarre chemtrail ‘clouds’ which extended like a giant blanket over the states of Wisconsin, North and South Dakota and points further south.

This is not normal:

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One hour later:

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We now live in such an artificially created reality that people no longer are able to recognize even the most basic  components of the natural world. I stood in the lobby of the hotel where I was staying in Seattle one morning, and the automaton weather ‘forecaster’ pointed at the screen behind him and said, “And here you can see some high cirrus clouds’ which were obviously chemtrails.  This is why they call it television ‘programming.’  Yes, the weather channel and all the local tv weather ‘reporters’ are in on the game. They get their weather information from the Rand Corporation, ‘the think tank that controls America.’ This is all documented and widely available to anyone who cares to do the research. They want you to deny what you see with your own two eyes. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?”

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Check out how often the daily forecast in your city calls for ‘partly sunny’ or ‘partly cloudy’ skies. (And what exactly is the difference between those two terms…?) Chances are, most days of the week have that term for the forecast. How convenient.

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Dane Wigington, who has done more than anyone to sound the alarm about the global chemtrail program, also known as geoengineering, or global stratospheric climate modification, has recently written an excellent piece summarizing the history of this insidious and evil program and what we are faced with. The current drought in California is anything but normal and rain clouds are routinely steered away from the state. This article is well worth reading.

http://www.zengardner.com/red-alert-engineered-drought-murdering-california/

 

What’s in your toothpaste? Colgate and the triclosan scandal

One of the most difficult items to find for health conscious consumers in large parts of South America and Asia is flouride- and chemical-free toothpaste. Indeed, in countries where I have traveled in Central and South America, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil,  and Peru, there is often only one or two brands to choose from,  even in large supermarkets. And the toothpaste brand that dominates the market in Latin America is Colgate. In fact, no other brand even comes close to approaching Colgate’s market share in those countries.

Colgate-Palmolive company is a publicly traded  American multinational consumer products company based on Park Avenue, New York City. In 2013, they had revenue of more than $17 billion and income of over $2 billion.

Needless to say, Colgate adds fluoride and a host of other chemicals to all of their toothpastes. The chemical cocktail will, of course, ‘brighten your teeth, fight gingivitis, and give you a winning smile!’ Are there any negative effects to swishing all these chemicals around our mouths and mixing them with our  mucous membranes? Not according to Colgate. Everything’s good!

Well, maybe not. A big story broke last month about Colgate and the chemical triclosan which they add to their Colgate Total toothpaste. According to the stories, triclosan has been linked to cancer cell growth and fetal bone malformations in animal tests.

Colgate Total was approved by the FDA in 1997, but a recent Freedom of Information Act lawsuit revealed that the documents used by the agency to approve the toothpaste relied on ‘company-backed science.’ This is due diligence? Is anyone still naive enough to believe that the FDA is a trustworthy guardian of the nation’s food and drug supply?

It gets worse. Recent studies have also linked triclosan to reduced fertility, lowered sperm counts and premature births. Think about that the next time squeeze some colgate onto your toothbrush.

This is a frightening story because of the numbers involved. When you consider Colgate’s market share in large parts of our world, we are looking at hundreds of millions of people who have been exposed to these toxic and possibly carcinogenic substances. As I stated before, for many people, Colgate is the only choice of toothpaste when they go shopping. Most of those shoppers will not see this recent story and take corrective action and don’t expect governments to pull it off the market either.

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In the bigger picture, triclosan is probably not as harmful over the long term as the neurotoxin  fluoride, but that’s a subject for another article.

Interestingly,  the most successful natural toothpaste brand in the USA, Tom’s of Maine, sold an 84% stake in the company to Colgate-Palmolive in 2006. This buyout was in line with the large wave of multinational conglomerate acquisitions of natural foods brands.

 

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Faced with the dearth of natural and chemical free toothpastes outside the U.S., I learned how to make my own toothpaste. It’s quite easy and is something anyone can do. With the ongoing  blatant poisoning of the human race, it is something we all should  do. All you need is some coconut oil. baking soda, vegetable glycerin, a natural sweetener, and essential oil of peppermint. Dump the chemical toothpaste into the trash, get fluoride out of your body, decalcify your pineal gland and reclaim your health.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722289/Chemical-used-Colgate-Total-toothpaste-linked-cancer.html

The rise of ‘super bugs’ and the decline of allopathy

I recently came across  two articles which addressed the issue of antibiotic overuse and abuse. One of them was written by Ranjita Biswas of IPS (Inter Press Service) and the other was an article from an English language newspaper in Viet Nam.  The first one gave a global overview of the problem with a focus on India, and the latter  was an analysis of the acute problem we are facing here.

Perusing these articles and sharing them with my students, I was hit with the realization that we really have come to a dead-end with this 200+ -year-old Allopathic model of medicine. Allopathic, or ‘modern’ medicine started to gain serious traction in the 19th century in America, and really took off when the Rockefeller family got behind it and began to fund medical schools and hospitals in the USA and monopolize the cancer ‘treatment’ industry. The Rockefeller influence is a fascinating and little-known part of American history that is never taught to medical and nursing students. For a good introduction to the topic, I recommend Eustace Mullins’ ground-breaking work, “Murder by Injection. The Story of the Medical Conspiracy against America.”

 

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Prior to the rise, and eventual overwhelming dominance, of Allopathy in America, most people visited a homeopath when they became seriously ill. If history had gone in another direction, it’s possible that today we would have allopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors and others all working together and none claiming dominance or hierarchy, but that’s not how things went. The doctors of the new medicine didn’t want competition and homeopathy and chiropractic were suppressed vigorously. Although today you can certainly still find any kind of medical practitioner you choose, it is undeniable that when most people think of ‘medicine’ , they are referring to the Allopathic model, which can be boiled down to pharmaceutical drugs and surgery.

Which brings us back to the subject of the recent articles: antibiotics and their use and abuse.  The IPS article highlighted the problem in India where the average person takes eleven (!) antibiotic pills a year, which means that the country as a whole consumed an eye-popping 12.9 billion ‘units.’  The problem with widespread and regular use of antibiotics is that the bacteria for which they were designed to kill become resistant to them. Eventually, they adapt and evolve, or mutate,  into ‘super-bugs.’ And then pharmaceutical companies must design a new antibiotic which the bacteria will eventually become resistant to as well. We’re in a vicious cycle and the only way out is to exit the system completely.

 

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This has become a deadly serious matter. According to the article, in Europe alone 25,000 people die annually from drug-resistant strains of bacteria.

The overconsumption of antibiotics takes different forms depending on whether you live in the Western developed world or in the so-called developing world where I have lived for the past 3 years. In the USA in particular where many M.D.s have been  corrupted by pharmaceutical pay-offs (disguised as seminars, dinners etc.), antibiotics are routinely over-prescribed.  In the developing world, the problem is the completely unregulated buying and selling of the drugs. Many years ago when I got sick with an infection in Peru, I was delighted that I could walk into a pharmacy and simply buy an antibiotic without a doctor’s order. It saved me a lot of time and money. What I didn’t appreciate at the time was that everyone in the country was doing that whenever they got sick. Neither the populace as a whole nor the pharmacy workers were educated about the potential harmful effects of the drugs.

 

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Going back to India, the article states that the problem is a combination of ‘increasing income and affordability, easy access without a prescription, willingness of physicians to prescribe antibiotics freely and a high background of infections that should ideally be contained  by better sanitation and vaccination.’ In fact, that statement describes quite a few countries in our world including Viet Nam. With the crisis in India growing larger by the day, people are starting to recognize it and dumping Western medicine altogether for  Ayurveda , homeopathy, and naturopathy.

A group has been formed in India to raise awareness of the issue. Ashok Tamhankar, the coordinator of the organization IIMAR stated, “The ignorance and callousness are at every level of society-from care providers like doctors , to pharmacists, lawmakers, manufacturers, and even the consumers.”

Such an awareness-raising organization is sorely needed in Viet Nam where the problem of rampant antibiotic overconsumption is acute. No doctor’s order is needed for most drugs and people routinely take an antibiotic for even the most routine health issue. I have read numerous stories here about people who run down to the pharmacy for a ‘pill’ the moment they start sneezing or coughing. The pharmacists, who lack the necessary training and are rarely held accountable, dispense the drugs without even discussing dosage and side effects with the customers. Is it any wonder that drug-resistant strains are multiplying rapidly in this unregulated environment?

Health authorities are belatedly realizing the magnitude of the problem and are trying to put some programs into place to combat it, such as unannounced visits to pharmacies. A recent survey found that 88 percent of antibiotic sales in the cities did not involve a prescription!

One hospital director here stated, “It’s no exaggeration to say that antibiotics are bought and sold at many pharmacies in Viet Nam as easily as vegetables.”

With the rise of the new bacterial strains, M.D.s in hospitals are prescribing  ‘antibiotic cocktails’ to  their patients, comprising 2,3,4,5, or even 6 or more different antibiotics. What insanity.

In Viet Nam, the level of ignorance around antibiotics and  drug-resistant strains is massive. The government has a big job to tackle and lacks the resources to do much in the short term. In the long term, education at the grass roots level combined with strict enforcement at the national level are the only options to get the issue under control. And when we look further into the future, we will no doubt see a return to the past as well, with  people once again embracing the holistic forms of healing that so many cast aside in the rush to modernism.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/health/rampant-antibiotic-abuse-has-left-vietnam-vulnerable-doctors-29598.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/jun/11/uk-urge-global-clampdown-antibiotics-g8

 

 

An Appreciation: B.K.S. Iyengar

B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) passed away this week. Iyengar had been one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world for many decades, and his books on yoga, such as Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama are classics. A student of Krishnamacharya, who is considered by many to be the founder of modern yoga, Iyengar did more than almost anyone to popularize yoga in the West. Today, his  schools are flourishing around the world and thousands of his former pupils carry on his lineage. Iyengar yoga schools are the most popular in the U.S. and many other countries.

 

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I first heard of Iyengar in the late 1980s. I was living in Washington DC at the time and there was a well-established Iyengar yoga center there. My best friend was taking Iyengar classes  and introduced me to the method, which was rigorous and emphasized perfecting each asana and using various props such as blocks and ropes.

I eventually took a number of classes at the Iyengar yoga center, but never really took to the style. It just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the use of props; it was an innovation, but it was one that seemed to me to stray  from yoga’s core teachings. And I felt that  the emphasis on the ‘perfection’ of the poses was unnecessary.

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But these are minor personal quibbles. B.K.S. Iyengar has been lauded for bringing yoga to a vast numbers of people, and rightfully so. He was a committed, dedicated, and loving teacher to an untold number of aspiring yogis all over the world. Most new students try a number of styles and schools before they find one that really ‘fits’ them, so whether I or anyone else stayed with the Iyengar style is not so important. Once the seed of yoga is planted, it stays with the pupil for the entirety of his life.

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B.K.S. Iyengar was a giant of the 20th century and his absence in the world of yoga will be felt for a long time. Hopefully, one of his former students will step up and fill the big shoes that he left behind.

 

Don’t look now, but Monsanto is actually writing your child’s textbooks

Recently, I was browsing through my school’s library when I came across a biology textbook. It was printed in 1998 and appeared to be  a typical textbook used in high school biology courses around the world. Along with the usual chapters on cellular metabolism and the categorization of organisms, the book had a chapter on a subject which has been addressed many times on this blog: genetic engineering. I should not have been so surprised to find that Monsanto has inserted  its tentacles deeply into the education system. They certainly have the money, the power, and the political influence to do so. Still, I was shocked to observe how cleverly and seamlessly the GMO industry has been able to weave their propaganda into schools and universities.

The chapter on GMOs was almost exactly in the middle of the book which is a clever move when you think about it. The naive student reading the text will  infer that GMOs and genetic engineering have  been an acceptable part of the biology curriculum for a long time. Logically, such a chapter should be at the very end of the book, to say, ‘this is where biology is possibly heading…’

The chapter begins with the story of two biochemists, Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer who, we are told, constructed a creature in 1973 which was part frog and part bacterium. Instead of pausing and questioning the obvious Frankenstein overtones of such experimenting, the authors simply ask ‘How did they do it’ ? and then proceed phlegmatically to give a dry explanation of the process.

 

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From here, the next few pages give  a more detailed explanation of the process of genetic engineering. Again, it’s all stated quite matter-of-factly and the blatant, if not exactly explicit, message is this: playing god with genetics and doing bizarre cross species transgenetics is good for humans and the planet.

Following the introduction into the nuts and bolts of genetic engineering, the corporatist scientists really drive the point home with sections on GMO drugs and ‘the new agriculture.’  Just in case you might have some qualms about all this, rest assured! The new class of drugs we can produce from this process can, we are promised, cure genetic disorders. We are shown two photos of cute, smiling children who were given ‘gene therapy.’ The text informs us, “Three years after their treatment, they both appear to be thriving.” Ya don’t say…

 

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Seriously, the entire chapter was no doubt written in a Monsanto PR firm. They then sent it to the publishing company as a ‘gift.’ They probably sent it with a note like, ‘A thoughtful, comprehensive, objective overview of genetic engineering, written by qualified scientists.’

The next section on agriculture is nothing more than an undisguised advertisement for GMO crops and Roundup weed killer. The textbook authors tell us that a recent ‘improvement’ in agriculture is the development of crops which are resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, a ‘biodegradable’ weedkiller. This is pure Bullshit. Glyphosate is most certainly NOT biodegradable and there is no shortage of non-biased research on this. In fact, in 2009 a French court found Monsanto guilty of lying and false advertising by stating that glyphosate (roundup) was ‘biodegradable’ , ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘left the soil clean.’ A recent peer-reviewed study linked glyphosate to the following: autism, obesity, allergies, cardiovascular disease, infertility, Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s and many more. By using terms like ‘herbicide’ and ‘weedkiller’, Monsanto hides the fact that this is a POISON. And a very deadly one at that. Food crops and poison do not go well together.

 

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The next page in the text states that ‘herbicide-resistant crops (i.e. Monsanto’s terminator seeds) are beneficial to the environment’ because fields don’t need to be weeded. Wow, I never knew weeding did so much damage to mother earth! Let’s get rid of that back breaking work once and for all! Now, all we have to do is drag a rope soaked with poison across the fields and voila! All the pesky weeds are gone and we are left with just the hardy GMO plant.

We the readers are reminded yet again that glyphosate is ‘quickly broken down’ in the environment. Then we are told that if we plant more GMOs, soil erosion will be greatly reduced as well since all that  cultivation we do to remove weeds is so damaging to the topsoil. Gee, I never knew..

What else can these wonderful new GMO crops do? Give us world peace? Make everyone happy? Cure racism?

Note that this text is 16 years old. I can only imagine what today’s texts look like. If you are a parent and you have not taken a look at your child’s biology textbook in a while, perhaps you should. If you are a student and you are unaware that your texts are being written by giant corporations who have no interest in impartial and objective  science and are lying through their teeth, then you need to wake up. Quickly. The number of blatant falsehoods I found in this one chapter makes me question what the rest of the text is filled with. Furthermore, it makes one pause to consider how ‘scientific truths’ are first promulgated,  become mainstream and then get passed along to subsequent generations. Whatever controversy accompanied the original theory is forgotten over time as opinion, speculation and theory become ‘fact.’

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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx

 

 

 

 

The catholic church, McDonald’s and Facebook: time for a divorce?

Psychologists, social theorists, and philosophers have all attempted to answer the question of why people remain in abusive relationships. It is well documented that people, especially women, will stay in relationships that have been abusive for years, sometimes decades. Instead of simply walking away or filing for divorce, humans will create all kinds of rationalizations for the behavior of the abuser and for their refusal to leave.

“He only does it because I deserve it…..Deep down, he really loves me….He’s going to change some day, I know it…….It’s only because he had a difficult childhood, I need to be compassionate…..If he didn’t have me, he would have nobody, what would he do”?…… I can’t just abandon him”…….And so on.

This unwillingness to extricate ourselves from abusive relationships carries over into our relationships with governments, institutions, and corporations as well. It is human nature to cling to the familiar and habitual even when those habits are destructive and inimical to our self-interest. Many of us develop ‘brand loyalty’ over the course of our lives. We tend to trade in our old Honda for a new Honda. We throw out our old Adidas shoes for some new Adidas shoes. We root for the same sports team that we grew up with even though we moved away from that city 30 or 40 years ago.

But what do we do, or what should we do, when faced with evidence of corporate or institutional malfeasance and corruption? When is it time to punish corporations for reckless and immoral behavior by withdrawing our financial support for them? It appears that we humans have almost as difficult a time divorcing these companies as we do our abusive partner.

The catholic church, McDonald’s and Facebook

About ten years ago, when yet another huge scandal erupted within the catholic church, the daily headlines were filled with scandalous stories of hundreds, perhaps thousands of priests who had been accused of molesting young children, mostly young boys. As horrifying as these stories of molestation were, what was equally or perhaps even more horrifying was the additionally uncovered fact of  a church cover-up. The bishops at the very highest levels of the catholic  hierarchy in America and other countries knew very well that this child abuse was occurring, much of it inside the churches, and yet did nothing to stop it. In fact, they colluded to hide the crimes from the eyes of police. One could say, without exaggeration, that much of the catholic church was nothing more than a sophisticated pedophile ring.

 

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There is no greater crime in this world than stripping a child of his innocence prematurely and traumatizing him for life. And this was happening on a vast scale with the trail of guilt leading right back to Rome and the doors of the Vatican itself. During the height of the news coverage of the latest scandal, I recall reading a story with the provocative headline: “Why in the world is anybody still catholic?” The writer of the article detailed the scope and nature of the crimes committed within the church and the refusal of the Vatican to take responsibility for its priests and even on many occasions to enable them to continue in their predatory actions. The writer asked the simple and straightforward question: If that is not enough for you to divorce the catholic church, then what is? It was, and is, a fair question. If catholics really believe that the church is capable of reforming itself, then they are as delusional as the battered wife of 20 years who thinks her husband can change. Sadly , a large number of catholics worldwide cling to the notion that if they leave the church, they are leaving god. They still have not grasped Jesus’ main teaching that the kingdom of god lies within you. 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/specials/clergy

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/a-secret-shame-inside-the-latest-scandal-to-rock-the-catholic-church-1739889.html

Last month a food scandal in China rattled the stock value of McDonald’s, along with Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) and Starbucks. A local news organization had smuggled a hidden camera into a meat processing plant which sold its products to McDonald’s and others. They filmed some workers scraping meat off the floor to package and sell and others mixing  old, outdated meat with fresh meat. The story quickly went viral and the fast food companies scrambled to go into recovery mode as sales in China and Japan tanked. In the immediate weeks following the release of the story, many McDonald’s restaurants in both of those countries were empty. However, the impact of the crisis appears to be limited to those two regions and there is no reason to believe that sales will not bounce back in a few short months as the scandal blows over. Here in Southeast Asia, the McDonald’s restaurants are as busy as ever as consumers seem blithely unconcerned with what is happening in our giant neighbor to the north.

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What was lacking from most of the coverage of this latest story was any perspective. This is hardly the first time that McDonald’s and other fast food conglomerates have been accused of using substandard products, especially meat products. Investigative reporters and writers have been covering this for decades. John Robbins’ pioneering work in books such as ‘Diet for A New America’ and ‘The Food Revolution’ covered these topics in detail, as did ‘Mad Cowboy’ and Eric Schlosser’s ‘Fast Food Nation.’  Movies and documentaries such as ‘Food Inc.’ and the movie version of ‘Fast Food Nation have also reached a mass audience.

Executives at McDonald’s will make some superficial changes, perhaps change suppliers and engage in their usual spin. But the core of their business model demands large quantities of  cheap, low quality beef. That is not going to change. Ever. What was uncovered in China is happening right now  in many other locations around the world. Perhaps another intrepid reporter will take a hidden camera into more giant meat factories. When will we say ‘enough is enough’ and quit giving this seller of toxic ‘food’ our hard- earned money?

http://www.prweek.com/article/1304517/china-food-scandal-rocks-mcdonalds-kfc

Last month, a story broke on the news wires about Facebook implementing a large study on its users, without their knowledge or consent. FB wanted to see if it could alter its users emotions by manipulating their news feeds. The vast majority of the stories which resulted from this embarrassing leak were variations of “How dare they do that?” Indeed, I don’t recall reading a single editorial or blog where someone tried to defend FB. And yet, what real fallout actually occurred at FB?  Specifically, how many of its billion or so users ‘filed for divorce’ and deleted their accounts? If my students, colleagues, friends, and family are any indication, not many. In the two or three weeks following the initial story, I noticed all of my students logging on and going about business as usual. They are willing to ‘forgive and forget.’ FB’s well documented casual disregard for its users rights and privacy is nothing new. This latest outrage will only fuel the ever present rumors about the company’s close relationship with spy agencies such as the CIA and NSA. But the abused partner, er customer, will rationalize this behavior away, and be content, for now anyway, to keep this relationship going.

 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson outs himself as a corporate shill

GMOs, chemtrails, our RF saturated environment (cell phone towers, GWEN towers et al.) , and technology addicted youth are all serious issues facing our planet, but for transhumanists , they are not ‘problems’ at all, but simply logical and necessary steps that we need to take in order to arrive at what they call the ‘singularity,’ the final merging of man and machine.

 

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In order for the human race to be successfully led to that point in the near future where we have morphed into a completely different species, it is necessary for the ‘powers that be’ (TPTB) to convince us that the technological trends and innovations  we see happening around us are in fact a ‘good thing’ and beneficial. To this end, they occasionally need to employ celebrities, media talking heads, and prominent scientists. In a previous post, I discussed how one such well-known scientist, Michio Kaku, is now a leading cheerleader for the transhumanist/singlularity movement and how we would do well to take anything says with a heavy dose of skepticism.

Corporations such as Monsanto work tirelessly to insert their employees into governmental positions to ensure favorable regulation. However, Monsanto has an increasingly bad reputation around the world and they too need to utilize big name celebrities to  give a smiley face to their  wicked agenda. Hence, we have the recent spectacle of Neil deGrasse Tyson, famous astronomer and scientific celebrity,  making a complete fool of himself by publicly stating that GMOs are a natural progression  of what human farmers have been doing for the last 10,000 years and that opponents of genetic modification should ‘chill out.’

 

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This is a pure psy-op and is about as transparent as you can get. Tyson is immensely popular and regularly works  the talk show and news program circuit to discuss recent astronomical discoveries and his thoughts on the universe. Affable, humorous, self-deprecating, and humble, he is a brilliant scientist who the ‘everyman’ can relate to.

If science truly is our new religion, than Tyson is one of its high priests.  When he speaks publicly on an important scientific issue such as GMOs, people tend to listen. Therefore, it was with no small degree of shock that many of us heard him utter his recent opinions on GMOs. Does he really believe what he said, or was he simply bought off? We will probably never have a definitive answer to that question, but for a man who claims to adhere to the scientific method, his thoughts on GMOs are puzzling indeed.

Unfortunately for Tyson, the issue of GMOs is not akin to astro-physics and I’m afraid that he seriously underestimated the intelligence and knowledge of his audience when he claimed that genetic modification of plants and trans-genics is no different from the plant breeding that we have been doing for thousands of years. Really, it’s as if he thought he was talking to a bunch of schoolchildren.  To make matters worse, when people called him out on his statements on Facebook and other social media, he retrenched and reiterated his stance instead of going home and doing the scientific research on the subject which he so obviously needs to do.

I am happy to see GMO researcher and author Jeffrey  Smith publicly call out Neil deGrasse Tyson and challenge him to a debate. I’m not holding my breath. The last time a GMO/Monsanto shill agreed to a public debate, he was dismantled and humiliated by a fifteen year old girl.

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/jeffrey-smith-challenges-neil-degrasse.html#!bCv7pY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX_-Zoom9Uc

I also heartily encourage Mr. Tyson to take some time off work and work on a GMO farm for a summer. There’s some wonderful GMO cornfields in Iowa that might be looking for farmhands. There’s nothing quite like an afternoon of breathing in heavy doses of Round-Up.

Our artificial sky and Monsanto’s war on the human race

August  2014

This morning I took these pictures from my bedroom window, looking east and south just after sunrise. As is the case most mornings, the sky is filled with chemtrails. Here in Southeast Asia, the chemtrail planes do most of their work at night and off-shore so the worst time of the day to be outside is between 6am and 10am. DSCF8633

 

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Although the spraying here is not quite as bad as it was in Seattle when I was living there a few years ago, it is bad enough. The deafening silence surrounding this ongoing ecoside of our planet’s biosphere demonstrates conclusively how much the mass migration of people from the countryside to the cities over the last century has atrophied their  hard-wired connection to the natural world.

Even though our sky is  sprayed on a daily basis and the resulting diffuse chemical soup obliterates the blue hue, nobody notices it, let alone comments on it. None of the local media here, whether local or expat, print or digital, journalist or blogger, takes note of the sky and what is happening. This new artificially engineered world, indeed artificially engineered reality, has been put carefully into place and we now have a new normal.

 

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As I browse the world wide web, the vast majority of photos from every continent which show a portion of the sky in the background give evidence of the chemtrail program. Whether I’m looking a photo from Paris, Johannesburg, Moscow, Sao Paulo, New York, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, or Riyadh, the sky looks the same: a bleached out morass of chemicals suspended in the air and slowly descending to the ground in the form of nano particles of aluminum, barium and strontium. To reinforce this new normal, advertisements, especially those revolving around air travel and tourism now feature chemtrails. Disney movies are being made showing fat chemtrails spewing from the planes’ engines. Technicians in Hollywood are busy in the studios adding chemtrails to the sky in pre-1990 movies. Increasingly, when I watch films online from the 1970s and 1980s, I’m seeing them, even though the spraying program didn’t really begin until the late 1990s. Not just our current reality, but history itself is being reconfigured so that we, the people of planet Earth, accept what is being done to us without our knowledge or consent.

There is an increasing amount of evidence that the chemtrail program is being implemented in conjunction and coordination with the  push for GMOs which is being led by Monsanto. This monster of a corporation has not hidden its agenda for total control of the entire global food supply. Their patented GMO seeds will be the only ones capable of growing in heavy metal saturated soils.

 

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So far, nobody has been able to prove this link between the spraying program and Monsanto. We are awaiting a courageous whistle blower to come forward and lift the lid on this assault on Earth’s life support systems.

Meanwhile, I will do what I can by continuing to publicize the issue and sound the alarm bell. Take whatever protective measures you can such as building or purchasing an orgonite chembuster.. Detox regularly; chelation therapy removes heavy metals from the body.

 

http://educate-yourself.org/ct/goodbyects10jan02.shtml

Do you CARE? The closed heart chakra is the root of many of our problems

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: A man is asked “What do you think is the greater problem in the world- apathy or ignorance?” And the man replies, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

Apathy and ignorance tend to reinforce each other. Recently I viewed a fascinating presentation by one of my favorite speakers and researchers, a man named Mark Passio who shed new  light on these subjects for me and gave some fascinating insights into the problems facing humanity as this critical juncture in our evolution. Clearly, we are at a crossroads in history. With the precarious state we are in, it’s time to evolve or perish. It’s really as simple as that.

One of the points Passio made in his lecture which really struck a chord with me was the notion of caring. He stated that this was the foundation of any change in an individual. Before you can use your brain to formulate a plan, and before you can utilize your willpower to put that plan into action, you must first feel with your heart. You have to ‘care’ enough to want to do something, first for yourself and then for the world at large.

I think back on all the times when I have heard someone say to me, “I don’t CARE about that.” Often, someone will state it as “It’s not my business.” Or perhaps, “I don’t have the time to worry about that.” Or, “I have my own problems.” Or, “I have bigger things to worry about.” Many times people will say nothing at all, and simply shrug  their shoulders and turn away with a disinterested look when you are discussing important issues with them. It struck me listening to Passio’s talk that saying “I don’t CARE ” is maybe the most disempowering and soul destroying phrase that one can utter.

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When I try to speak with people about environmental issues, I notice their eyes glazing over quickly with the classic “I don’t care” expression. It seems that unless an issue directly affects them or their immediate family right here and right  now, then it becomes an issue which they can safely file away in the back of their minds for another day. As long as it’s NOT IN MY BACK YARD, it’s ok. Other people around the world are of little to no concern. And the plant, animal, fish and insect kingdoms? Forget about it.

The development of compassion and a sense of caring and responsibility for all sentient beings is at the very core of Buddhism.  Your life is lived not for yourself but as a service to creation.

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And what about ignorance? When we analyze the Latin root of the world ‘ignorance’, we find that it shares a common root with the verb to ‘ignore.’ Indeed, to be in ignorance is to be in ‘IGNORE-ance.’  To be ignorant is a choice. This has never been more true than it is today when most of the world now has access to the internet and the world wide web. I constantly remind my students, especially when I see them wasting hours playing computer games, “You are the first generation to grow up with humanity’s accumulated knowledge at your fingertips. Almost anything you want to learn about you can find online. Perhaps you can find something interesting to look at to tickle your brain?” But alas, it is near impossible to wrench them away from the online games, given how addictive they are.

In the ‘old’ days, we had to trudge down to the library or bookstore and spend hours looking through the stacks to find the information we wanted. Now, we can find it in seconds with a few keystrokes. And yet, for most, we are not taking advantage of this opportunity. Educate yourself and set yourself free.