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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.