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Monday, November 30, 2009

Studies Are In: The "Mystery" To America's Killer Obesity Epidemic Finally Solved!

The following report comes from the S.C.O.R.("Specialized Coronary Outpatient Rehabilitation") group, of Solvang, California:

".....The diet of the American population has changed over the last 100 years.

Our diet since the early 1900's has evolved into an abundance of progressively more unhealthy, life-threatening foodstuffs filled with harmful vegetable fats which is also devoid of many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids as well. Our

grandparents and great-grandparents who were raised in the late 1800's and early 1900's lived a primary agricultural existence with 80% of Americans living on small family farms or in rural areas. Before 1910, heart attacks were virtually unheard
of. By 1930, heart attacks accounted for no more than 3000 deaths/year.

By 1960 that number had risen to over 500,000. Genetics cannot explain this huge
increase over one or two generations. Some lifestyle change caused this
increase. What was it???...."

Indeed. What on earth was it??

The 14th Century's Black Death that wiped out a third of Europe's population had its flea.

The 1918 Spanish Flu that killed up to 100 million people worldwide was driven by the A virus strain of the H1N1.

Like a lot of you, I relish a slice of good pizza. But I also make every effort to indulge in the wicked treat no more than once a month.

I don't do this fearing that more than a monthly pizza fest will automatically prove fatal. Just that, well, it's common sense to practice dietary vigilance.

But would I--at my monthly sit down with that wondrous cheesy delight--ever dare to mix it with some devastating fatty fried cinnamon sticks?

What, you think I've got some kind of death wish??

Anyway, here's the official scoop on "the limits of what humans will eat."

[Domino's, for the record, you're not the only culprits--but for now, the most convenient....]

Friday, November 27, 2009

Toffler: "The great, growling engine of change -- technology."

Nearly a quarter century after publishing his landmark "Future Shock," famed sociologist Alvin Toffler commented in a 1994 interview:

"...It occurred to us that big technological and social changes were occurring in the United States, but that the political system seemed totally blind to their existence. Between 1955 and 1960, the birth control pill was introduced, television became universalized [sic], commercial jet travel came into being and a whole raft of other technological events occurred.

Having spent several years watching the political process, we came away feeling that 99 per cent of what politicians do is keep systems running that were laid in place by previous generations of politicians. Our ideas came together in 1965 in an article called 'The future as a way of life', which argued that change was going to accelerate and that the speed of change could induce disorientation in lots of people.

We coined the phrase 'future shock' as an analogy to the concept of culture shock. With future shock you stay in one place but your own culture changes so rapidly that it has the same disorienting effect as going to another culture."

Disorientation ripples? Yeah, think he put his finger on it...

Now just imagine if Toffler had written "Future Shock" not in 1970 but in 2009, after watching "Social Media Revolution." The attached video is picking up more and more attention. Sure, some are skeptical about some of the factoids producer Erik Qualman blasts you with ferocity, and a whole lot of rhythm.

It nevertheless is a stark, compelling wake-up call about the nor'easter winds of change engulfing us.

"BryanSD" commented on another blog carrying this video:

"My wife and I got an unsettling reminder," he said, "of the changes happening in IT just a few weeks ago.

After trying to call teenage baby sitters, we recently found that a lot of the girls prefer us to send text messages to their cell phone and not leave voice messages. In fact some of the teens don't (or won't) use their cell phones to talk but instead only to text message. To many in that actually use the cell phone to talk is considered uncool and not really a part of their culture.

If the tech culture of the youngest generation is changing so fast that cell phones aren't being used for vocal can imagine the impact this generation is going to have on content management...."

Point taken. Now sit back and watch the video. On your computer.

P.S. I got it from a a big ol' village called Facebook.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Pathological" Israeli Symptoms, Again

The Israeli regime recently regurgitated out another empty offering to the Palestinians, saying they might "freeze" their massive colony expansion mutilating the West Bank, with not even a word about the obvious real solution: Get those nearly one-half million Zionist squatters out of remaining Palestine!

And occupied East Jerusalem, where about half of the illegal settler population has stolen swaths of land from a future Palestinian state? Well, no freeze AT ALL.

It's no wonder, then, why one prominent American Jewish leader would call this relentless Israeli ethnic cleansing policy for what it is: Pathological.

Henry Siegman, former national director of the American Jewish Congress and current director of the U.S./Middle East Project, wrote a scathing critique in a New York Times editorial earlier this month that pointed to the most obvious sticking point in achieving a just, lasting peace in the Middle East.

"The Israeli reaction to serious peacemaking efforts," says Siegman, "is nothing less than pathological.....Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, whose assassination by a Jewish right-wing extremist is being remembered this week in Israel, told Israelis at his inauguration in 1992 that their country is militarily powerful, and neither friendless nor at risk. They should therefore stop thinking and acting like victims.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s message that the whole world is against Israel and that Israelis are at risk of another Holocaust — a fear he invoked repeatedly during his address in September at the United Nations General Assembly in order to discredit Judge Richard Goldstone’s Gaza fact-finding report — is unfortunately still a more comforting message for too many Israelis.

This pathology has been aided and abetted by American Jewish organizations whose agendas conform to the political and ideological views of Israel’s right wing. These organizations do not reflect the views of most American Jews who voted overwhelmingly — nearly 80 percent — for Mr. Obama in the presidential elections.

An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement has eluded all previous U.S. administrations not because they were unable to devise a proper formula for its achievement; everyone has known for some time now the essential features of that formula, which were proposed by President Clinton in early 2000.

Rather, the conflict continues because U.S. presidents — and to a far greater extent, members of the U.S. Congress, who depend every two years on electoral contributions — have accommodated a pathology that can only be cured by its defiance.

Only a U.S. president with the political courage to risk Israeli displeasure — and criticism from that part of the pro-Israel lobby in America which reflexively supports the policies of the Israeli government of the day, no matter how deeply they offend reason or morality — can cure this pathology."

Until that president has the guts to stick to an effective, genuine prescription, then we're going to be subjected to an eternity of the continuing Frankenstein horror show, graphically presented in the "I Am Israel" expose.....

Monday, November 23, 2009

How Much Longer Will We Tolerate The U.S.-Funded Israeli Genocide In Gaza??

This goes far, far beyond tragic, outrageous, appalling.

It's war crimes, pure and simple. The United Nations has already corroborated this fact, along with international human rights investigators that include Israeli observers.

For $10 million American tax dollars a day, the brutal storm troopers continue suffocating and slaughtering Palestinian refugees. The same families they had originally driven from their homes in ethnically cleansed Israel.

Today, the world continues turning its blind eye shamelessly in another direction, anywhere but into Gaza. Pres. Obama does little more than lip service in "opposing" the Israelis' ruthless destruction of the 22 percent remaining piece of what was once the Palestinian homeland. He doesn't seem to give a damn that our nation supports & harbors a war criminal regime.

The following short film lets us and rest of the world bear witness to the kind of horror once perpetrated by the Nazis on the Jews of Warsaw some 65 years ago.

Sickening, horrendous irony. Once victims, now utterly merciless victimizers inflicting endless savagery on women and children.

When will this American-subsidized mass murder stop?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

On And On.....Across The Universe

It's the middle of the night, first of November.

A song John Lennon thought perhaps his greatest, most poetic lyric ever done flows in....

"Words are flying out like
endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass
They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me...."

Last year, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of "Across The Universe," NASA took a 70m antenna in its vast Communication Complex and transmitted the message in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth.

It was the very first time a song had ever been intentionally transmitted into deep space.

"....Images of broken light which
dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as
they make their way across the universe...."

Thoughts surely are meandering.

The anguishing year is drawing to a close, with a very restless wind swirling above. Beneath us are some big pools of sorrow.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is currently blathering the same old line as she waltzes around the room with Israeli War Criminals, Inc. "There are always demands made in any negotiation that are not going to be fully realized," said Clinton, alluding to America's indifference to Zionism's Final Solution--systematic destruction of the last remains of Palestine.

Meanwhile, at home, any meaningful change to our Big Insurance/Big Pharma Death Panel Regime appears increasingly remote. The report out is that Congress's weak-kneed proposal for a public option would cover barely two percent of those under 65, when and if it ever is brought into law.

Gotta hand it to them bright-eyed Town Hall rabble rousers, eh??

Yeah, they did have just a liiiitle bit a help from their friends. An excerpt from Rolling Stone's September expose, "The Lie Machine":

"The insurance industry is up to the same dirty tricks, using the same devious PR practices it has used for many years, to kill reform," says Wendell Potter, who stepped down last year as chief of corporate communications for health insurance giant CIGNA. "I'm certain that people showing up at these town halls feel that they're there on their own — but they don't realize they're being incited, ultimately, by the insurance industry and the other special interests."

Behind the scenes, top Republicans — including House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Minority Leader John Boehner and the chairman of the GOP's Senate steering committee, Jim DeMint — worked hand-in-glove with the organizers of the town brawls. Their goal was not only to block health care reform but to bankrupt President Obama's political capital before he could move on to other key items on his agenda, including curbing climate change and expanding labor rights. As DeMint told an August teleconference of nearly 20,000 town-hall activists, "If we can stop him on this, the administration won't be able to go on to cap and trade, card check and the other things they want to do."

And, of course, there's our illustrious heroes of Wall Street. Hard to find a more vivid demonstration of the wreckage that rapacious, slobbering free enterprisers can REALLY inflict on us when a coopted Congress lets 'em off the leash.

In fact, like the Everready Bunny, this is one monster that will just keep on tickin'.

One reviewer of Jonathan Tasini's new book, "The Audacity of Greed," summed it up this way:

"Mad Magazine once satirized the movie Rocky complete with a re-christened character called "Appalling Greed." And the greed of corporate the CEOs chronicled in here is just that, appalling and at times nothing short of pathological. Tasini cites instances where certain CEOs were involved in schemes to illegally back date the stock options that provide them with so much of their wealth, when they were already getting away with murder by legally backdating and re-pricing options."

"For the epitome of this orgy of greed and the metaphor for the age, Tasini chooses the party Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski threw for his wife on her 40th birthday on the isle of Sardinia, replete with a replica of Michelangelo's statue of David rigged to spray vodka....! Yes, this is right up there with the bacchanalian excesses of late imperial Rome or the extravagances of Marie Antoinette. And if this kind of thing keeps up the United States may some day soon follow these historical predecessors into similar oblivion."

We have little choice than to try, struggle, hold on.




That was the message in Lennon's third stanza.

"....Sounds of laughter shades of life
are ringing through my open ears
exciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which
shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe...."

It's the limitless undying love. That's the secret. And the redemption.

It's the strength I draw from the eternal love for my two daughters despite--in the line from one of the greatest films of all time--"the whole silly world going to pieces around us."