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Friday, November 28, 2008

A Point To Ponder

There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won't anymore...
And who always will..
So, don't worry about people from your past,
there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future..
Give these flowers to everyone you don't want to lose in 2009,
Try to collect 12; it's not easy!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A " Salty " Death

Unrefined ocean salt is NaCl 98% plus over 80 trace elements.Pure NaCl ( table salt) is 99.9% "pure" a chemical as clean as heroin.Many cultures have acquired a taste for salt that borders on addiction.The average American eats 2,900 mgs to 4,300 mgs of sodium daily ( the recommended WHO dosage is 2,300 mgs ) thanks and no thanks to restaurant and processed food , snacks and other on-the-go foods . Half of Europe ( and most of Latin America ) consumes fluoridated salt which does just as lethal a damage as the former.
Almost 94% of salt produced goes to Industrial Users and only about 6% is channelled to food use.Salt has to be refined to remove impurities but when the process is over, most 80 of the trace elements are also taken out , leaving only sodium and chloride which suit Industrial Users . To what's left of the original salt content , aluminium hydroxide and aluminium silicate are added to bleach and prevent water absorption ( more than 40 additives are commonly used ) . Refined table salt that we consume makes it difficult for our bodies to absorb and process. Deposits of this salt build up in the joints of our bones , walls of veins , arteries , lymph system ducts , brain , urinary tract , sexual organs and glandular systems. This may eventually lead to loss of function and impairment of bodily vitality.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lest We Forget ........

The world shall never know those who have gone into silence nor ever remember the millions who have been blotted out in history's slaughters.Close to two million plus died under Mao Ze Dong's land reforms in the early 1950s.For pure unspeakable evil 100 million died under communist rule in recent times. The Nazis grissly horrid cleansing buried eleven million innocents.In 1930s Ukraine seven million people were starved to death on 'government' orders.In a space of 4 years 1.5 million Cambodians were buried in mass graves at the hands of their own countrymen. These figures do not include the living dead - maimed , disfigured , those driven mad , wasted to dependence on drugs and alcohol , disoriented by fear , torture and terror. As we shift thru' media , let's observe REMEMBERANCE DAY in a new way as another chapter of time , a new year , rolls in for whoever has died under inquisitions , killed as heretics, murdered by the ustashi , fascism , crusades etc etc : thrown into unnamed , unmarked , mass graves ,in city squares , under trees continuing even up to today in civilisation's most enlightened age - in Darfur ( >500,000 killed ) ,Sri Lanka(Dead:70,000;Refugees:1,000,000), Armenia (1,000,000 WWW1), Ethiopia ( 500,000 young people 1977-78) and everywhere else where lives are being snuffed and sent into oblivion over ideology , creed , religion and race. War has never left Mankind's hearth though leaders' have vowed after each war to never grind again their war machines. History has been staggering along with it's hands dripping with blood ... With the declining 'prescence'/waning leadership of US and British power in world affairs dark terrors lurking in ancient cultures and rivalries will again bounce back from their closets and graves and savage this age.

HANAOKA, Japan - Townspeople here cheered when the Chinese slave laborers, dressed in rags, eyes wild with hunger, were paraded back from the mountains after a failed rebellion and escape.At the time, July 1945, many in this northern mining town thought the 800 slaves got what they deserved for killing several Japanese guards in their revolt: They were beaten, forced to kneel on the floor for days, and denied food and water. Scores were tortured to death. At the end of the war, only half the slaves were alive.Yet the perpetrators got off lightly.Yasuo Togashi remembers the bone-thin captives eating weeds as they were marched from the train station to their mining camp( MSNBC )

The chief reason warfare is still with us is neither a secret death-wish of the human species, nor an irrepressible instinct of aggression, nor, finally and more plausibly, the serious economic and social dangers inherent in disarmament, but the simple fact that no substitute for this final arbiter in international affairs has yet appeared on the political scene.[ Hannah Arendt , Crises Of The Republic , 1972 ]

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children . . . Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." Dwight D. Eisenhower , The Chance For Peace , April 1963

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. General Robert E.Lee in a letter to his wife,1864

Discover ......: Lest We Forget ........

Discover ......: Lest We Forget ........

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Tomorrow Trap

For Rachel , the key was a greater sense of financial security. For years she postponed her dream of expressing her creative and artistic side. Intent on saving for the future and the children , she spent 20 years at a computer company skimping on sleep , and activities . But the toll was massive. She loathed the heavy travelling her job required - often she burst into tears in front of her computer . At home she became irritable. She hardly knew where the children were . One day feeling a little comforted by a small nest of savings , she stepped out and signed up for interior design school. She found fascination returning to her life .......Living for the future , taking solace or refuge in visions of a relaxed and exciting life " somewhere" down the road have become mirages that a lot of us chase and let's just call it the tomorrow trap. But in reality we just end up burying ourselves in our careers and pursuits. " Someday I'll ....... " or " You won't find me being that ... " etc etc are very emotionally seductive swansongs . Captives of this rationalisation feel rushing past fun , family , friends and laughter as noble and worthwhile . But err the burnout , loss of motivation , exhaustion and the death of celebrating life arrives , step out and just go and do it today!

Living The Good Life...

A much-loved story about a remarkable couple. During the Great Depression Helen and Scott Nearing quit city life and moved to Vermont. He was a brilliant economist, she a concert violinist. Together they made Forest Farm synonymous with the ideal homestead. In the noble tradition of Thoreau, Scott was an influential figure in American life for nearly 70 years. Scott died in 1983 shortly after his 100th birthday, Helen lived into her 90's.Filmed in 1976 when Helen was 74 and Scott 93, the Nearings are seen still growing their own food, cutting firewood for fuel, and putting the finishing touches on a large stone home built by hand.Through their books, public appearances, and by the example of their lives, the Nearings remain an inspiration.More...

Seven years ago Petrea King was diagnosed with leukemia and told that she had only weeks to live. Today she counsels people with terminal illnesses and is recognized in her home country of Australia as the leading figure in the field.King's qualifications are her own experiences and her realization that it is only through extreme circumstances that we become aware of the uniqueness of life. She offers not medical advice but wisdom to deal with the feelings of anger, guilt, injustice and helplessness that a life threatening disease can create in an individual. Her therapy involves asking the most basic of questions, "Why do you want to live?"
Those who seek King's help discover an intense joy in life, a new emotional balance and a transformed outlook on the world. Dying this way, she is often wryly told, is a life-altering experience.Although the subject of death is difficult, the nature of King's work is overwhelmingly positive. Laughter and joy counterpoint fear and anguish as people confront a finality that awaits us all.More...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

FRIENDS.... secrets to a long life

Cleo will never forget the phone call he received from Phil one August morning.Cleo's two daughters were killed in an automobile accident.Though neighbours , friends and others reached out to him he drew the greatest comfort from Phil who lost his two girls to a sniper. In the many months since the two have shared each other's losses,hardships and joys and that saved the sanity for Cleo.Scores of studies bear out that deep close friendships boost people's chances of fighting back , overcoming life-threatening situations , build stronger more resilient immune systems , nurture mental health and give people longer life expectancies than those who go it alone.People with friends - deep and shared - are less likely to suffer from depression , anxiety and other types of mental illness. Researchers have discovered that those with a network of friends , the kind of friends you can't live without are less likely to have massive attacks of stress , changes in heart rate or blood pressure when crisis looms or trouble strikes . Of course some friendships will leave you depleted rather than renewed. But quality instead of quantity is an individual choice.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dr Muto's Labour To Master Earthquakes

When the Kanto Earthquake hit central Japan in 1923 , 100,000 people lost their lives , another 100,000 were injured but more than 700,000 homes were destroyed. Kiyoshi Muto , then 21 decided to devote his life to seismic architecture. Using new seismographic equipment and computer technology it became apparent that the old idea about the shape of the earthquake wave was false: the waves were not identical. " If every single wave has it's own shape, a building then would not necessarily suffer a
'multiplied' tremor!Each wave needs to be dealt with separately" - working on that hunch Dr Muto thought of making buildings flexible instead of solid. Traditional ferro-concrete walls were too strong , too rigid.After a series of experiments Dr Muto came up with a "slitted wall " - designed in such a way as to contain all the impacts of the earthquake.The framework was applied to the 36-story Kasumigaseki Building when construction started in 1965.On March 2 , 1967 a severe earthquake hit Tokyo but workmen on the 27th floor of the building hardly felt the tremor!His reputation established as the foremost designer of earthquake-proof structures , Dr Muto has enabled Japan to stretch skywards and other earthquake prone nations to finally be able to rebuild from the devastation and destruction ...

Miracle Of The Trees

Many nations plant trees, but no other as Israel has.When Israel was born in 1948 , half it's land was desert and wilderness ; most of the the rest was gaunt gray stone and eroded hills . Today in excess of 600 forests , great and small clothe the once naked land. As many as nine million trees are being planted yearly.Surprisingly , there is no Forestry Department.Forestry is handled by the Jewish National Fund which also involves itself in land reclamation. These monuments of foliage and wood are the result of the JNF's "plant a tree with your own hands" program which hardly no other nation has poured itself into with such fervour , dedication and reverence.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Stop Feeling So Guilty!

On any given day Li Yang has a laundry list of things to feel guilty about . When she's working she feels guilty about not spending enough time with her children. When she takes time off she feels guilty she is not contributing financially to the household. When she needs to discuss something badly with her husband she feels guilty she's not letting him have his 'break' at home. Most of us have this kind of guilt feelings. Guilt is constructive , but after making amends you still feel gulity you are probably suffering from false guilt.
Unrelieved guilt can lead to stress and stress leads to getting ill .If you have these pangs here are 3 steps you could take :
MAKE AMENDS . Don't chug ancient misdeeds along life's roads , crossroads and paths.
FORGIVE YOURSELF . We all have our legion of things done wrong , gone wrong , went wrong ..... Compare guilt to pain .Pain signals something is wrong.When you feel it , you just don't sit there - you do something about it. The same is true of guilt.
DISABLE 'guilt buttons' - We can't escape people or circumstances manipulating us into feeling guilty.A martyred sigh from Mother sends some people into paroxysms of guilt.But you should deal with them! Identify these 'guilt buttons' , whatever makes you feel so : work , friends , family , children. Next identify the people who can push those buttons and take the power away from them. Accept that the others are not gods and they may not always be right. Decide you are going to be in control of your life! Guilt tends to fester in an environment of secrecy ; it's important to get them out into the open.Talk about them , Laugh at them with others , Write them away in a diary and you get to see how inconsequential the guilt has been !

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Killing Of Baby Jane ..........

Day 1 : All human chromosomes are present , human LIFE has begun
Day 22 : heart begins to beat with the child's own blood
Week 3 : backbone , spinal column , nervous system forming liver , kidneys and intestines taking shape
Week 5 : eyes , legs , hands begin to develop
Week 8 : every organ in place , bones begin to replace cartilage , fingerprints begin to form , baby can begin to hear
Week 14: baby's heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body everyday
Week 20: baby recognizes mother's voice.... but it's the earliest stage at which partial abortions can be performed....
5th Month : mothers' feel an increase in movement , kicking and hiccups from the baby
7th-9th month : Baby can relate to the moods of Mother.Baby's heart is now pumping
300 gallons of blood per day and a week before birth Baby Jane "drops" head down into the pelvic cavity ..... but we won't get to see Baby Jane .
1 in 5 pregnancies worldwide
end in abortion . Globally 49,000,000 abortions per year , 150,000 per day....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An Art With Twigs....

When Patrick Dougherty came out with this spin on art it had families in my hometown talking about hobbies , talent , skills etc etc . His art can truly be called " twisted " - he wove saplings , twigs and branches into fanciful sculptures that seemed to sprout out of the earth. He took materials from the immediate environment wherever he was . Dougherty's works are songs to the natural world. " Saplings have an inherent property that causes them to snag and entangle easily , there's no need for extra support. Over the substructure , one could weave smaller sticks and fine branches to mask irregularities " he adds. These artworks finally subside back into the earth or they are converted to mulch thus returning them to their origins.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Will The Guinea Worm Strike Again?

It's a two and a half foot long parasite the width of angel hair pasta.HUMANS are the only known reservoirs for these disease.There's no cure , there's no vaccine.Guinea Worm larvae live in tiny crustaceans/water fleas.When people drink water contaminated by these fleas , the human digestive systems destroy the fleas but not the worm larvae.These larvae,usually females , migrate through the subcutaneous tissues , and in about a year the worm emerges headfirst usually,through a blister somewhere in the legs or arms.The host person experiences itching,fever,swelling, and burning sensations - infected persons have found relief from these pains by immersing in water ; shallow lakes , wells and open ponds.The contact with water stimulates the worm to emerge through the blisters and release thousands of larvae into the water.A single infected person could reinfect hundreds of people . Ostensibly civil wars,poverty, wrecked, neglected economies have been the Worm's best allies ........

P.S.Siemens has come up with a portable water purification system that can be used in even remote regions.Aroun one fifth of the world's population has no access to clean drinking water.In helping the UN achieve reaching out to the close to 1.2 billion without clean drinking water, a team from Siemens Water Technologies has developed what they call the Sky Hydarnt and established the SkyJuise Foundation.More Info SkyHydrant ensures clean water in remote regions.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Spirit Of Men

The curiosity to go forth into unmapped darkness , to seek the unchartered , to explore the wildest reaches of the earth or the Milky Way or the train tunnels below Park Avenue , setting out to build a school for a tribe in a remote corner of the earth keeps reminding us of the expanse of living life , of worlds yet unconquered or tamed . In January 1915 , Sir Ernest Shackleton with 28 men on board Endurance on it's way to Antartica became hopelessly locked in ice.When the ice broke ten months later , Endurance sank leaving the crew homeless and adrift on a sea of ice . After five months drifting on ice floes the crew took to lifeboats for a dangerous journey to desolate Elephant Island.Reaching it , Shackleton went on with one lifeboat and five of his best men hundreds of kilometres across bone chilling Scotia Sea to South Georgia completing one of history's greatest open boat journeys. He and two of his fittest men then traversed the island's glacial mountains , a feat as yet unrivalled.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fatal Light?

Nearly two thirds of Mankind from Bangkok to Reykjavik live under the luminous glow that girds cities and suburbs.With more and more countries industrialising and urbania exploding we cannot be oblivious to hazards that have encroached upon our horizons.In several cities it no longer gets dark.It's not quite possible to see the full resplendescence of the night sky as a result with as much as fifteen percent of the world's population having lost their night vision.This unnatural glow of billions of street lamps,office lights,signs,billboards,searchlights,security lights could be making us all sick:
* Common levels of fluorescent lighting in offices can elevate blood pressure.Lengthy daily exposure leads to a flagging off of sexual performance , increased stress , make us more prone to errors and a rising risk of cancer,especially breast due to a suppression of the nocturnal production of melatonin ( produced in the brain's pineal gland only when the eyes signal it is dark ), loss of night vision and sharp increases in anxiety.

* When a sports stadium lit up for night time games,frogs stopped courting.If you reduce the number of nights frogs,turtles and other life kinds breed year on year it'll lead to a severe decline in the population of the species and as a consequence with a domino effect on the eco system.Birds have used the moon and the stars for navigation during their annual migrations. But with the loss of night mayhem has broken upon the habitats , proliferation and behaviour of nocturnal creatures.

We may be waking up to huge personal costs!

Monday, March 3, 2008

A Lesson Not To Be Forgotten

by Veronica A.Shoffstall

after a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul and
you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security and
you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises and
you begin to accept your defeats with your head up
and your eyes ahead with the grace of a woman
not the grief of a child,
and you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrows ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in midflight
after a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers
and you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn and you learn with every goodbye you learn

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