SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

December 31, 2017

Medicine @ loss on bones ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jan Turner @ 3:58 am

Stop the ‘B.S.’  . . address the need     

(article on these so-called findings follow)

Bashing our  vitamin/mineral usage is such a devious, worthless activity.  When will ‘science workers’ stop selling their souls to BIG PhaRMA?  There will always be armies of scientists, underpaid ‘physicians’ not yet established, chemists and so on who will attest to the uselessness of taking  vitamins and minerals to “get healthy” or prevent sickness and injury.  It’s a given.   We live in a commercial world  and everybody has to make a living.  But when it comes to our health,  facts, not hype or the power and force of BIG PhaRMA can change that.  It is clear, however, that while medicine is loaded with criticism for easy stuff like supplemental nourishment to help our cause for better health;  they have little substantial advice for what one ‘should do.’   Interesting. .   Still, their focus is on disease,  not health and what is needed to BE healthy in order to NOT be sick.

It is helpful  however, to be aware of guidelines and requirements which are used within those parameters which alter/affect so-called differences or results.  This can be anything from using insufficient quantity of dosage, or even quality of source . .  to account for the benefit sought.  These things can and DO HAPPEN.  I too, am very picky and continue to believe that the best source of nutrient is derived from the wholesome foods we ingest – – always!  100% of the time.  There isn’t a laboratory-produced synthetic vitamin which can come close to actual natural produce . . .repleat as it always is with it’s innate components.  Natural foodstuff grown in teeming, vital soil, alive with bacteria and earthworms, etc.,  .  .  our cooperative universe at work!  This not only  “works for me” but any who do likewise.  Glorious, healthy food (the way it always was before Monsanto, etal.)  IS recognised by our body as nutrient – – is accepted and utilized.   Whereas synthetic, lab-made ‘anything’ is not recognized nor utilized in the same way and requires far more work for the  body in having  to digest, convert and utilize it.     s’ how it works.  (so synthetic  –  not good for us and makes body  work overtime!)

Based on all the variables, one must wonder about the info “we weren’t given” . . how much? what kind?  where did it come from? Was the Calcium and D culled from natural sources the body can absorb  or a lab construct which is burdensome?      Think about it. 

 Trying to  explain what I see, think and do. . . and how it’s all so simple, natural and easy. . . and why it is that most of us don’t KNOW these simple truths anymore.   Our instinctive/intuitive nature had forever led us where we needed to be and doing what needed to be done along the path of our evolution.  If we forgot, we could ask our medicine man, shaman or doctor (of any ilk) who would remind us and set us right.  We can’t do that anymore!  The medical profession is into bigger, more important (expensive) stuff.  And the answer these days is almost always “etiology unknown”  –  we don’t have the answer. (Isn’t it amazing how much all those years of training – – doesn’t provide?)  So, we have  “We don’t know why your bones are thinning and brittle but they’re mostly calcium, so here’s a prescription for your Calcium needs.”   It seems these days splicing genes or developing new vaccines  is where most of the attention is focused.   Well it’s  profitable; whereas nutritional training isn’t part of med school or even relevant to their minds. . comparatively speaking.

As to why so many of us can’t think our way to logical answers;   we aren’t accustomed to that kind of help from our trusted doctors in this century.  If our parents aren’t knowledgeable about these things, and/or it isn’t learned in our school system — how would anybody know or understand the relevance of dietary needs and nutritional importance?    So,  when forced by misery or pain, the medical visit resolution is generally some prescription (toxin) which may or may not bring relief along with the usual side effects for control of symptoms,  or, perhaps surgery for removal of malfunctioning organs, etc.,  Not what hoped for,. . .can refuse of course. . but who’s gonna argue with a well trained, knowledgeable physician?   Another point, an ethical one to be sure  (however, it WAS once unlawful some decades ago to advertise medicines on television – – it was unethical to do so as this was the domain of doctors to prescribe for their patients).    So I consider this to be a MAJOR INFLUENCE in creating acceptability (automatic reflex) for usage of PhRMA for any and all stuff.  And this is what we have now – – medical promptings 24-7. I remember “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz. oh, what a relief it is”  for Alka-seltzer.  It may have been the first one.  See how it sticks in the head? Ya can’t tell me it doesn’t work.  It’s little more than “BrainWashing”    So one gets PhRMA or surgery. . . . little else. We’re on our own.  We’re led to believe we need ‘pills’. . so not true!

Most still believe Government’s job is to protect the citizenry and maintain law and order, ya know – keep our ship afloat.  From Poppy Bush through Obama our nation saw BIG AG balloon into the monster it is now with Monsanto,  etal., taking over how stuff is done from seeds to final crop of our food supply (with no end in sight).   Mind you, this was totally accomplished without our permission  – – the citizens who LOUDLY protested every inch of the way.  We lost;  most are eating GMO, like it or not.  We lost out on our demand for labelling as well.  So it’s a matter of FORCE and keep us STUPID  as well.   Our middle and underclasses can’t afford Organic (natural food,  [which ARE/MUST be labelled],  grown in healthy soil the old fashioned way)  Instead, we have farmed fish,  inhumanely treated cattle we shouldn’t be eating because they’re sick we eat them, . . and genetically modified plant food – – as much as 100%.  THERE WAS NEVER ANY PROOF THAT GMO’s ARE SAFE  Just hype and a lot of richer politicians.   But wealthy folk don’t eat GMO’s – just the underclasses who have no choice to do otherwise.  This inferior food is grown in sterile soil – because of the chemicals used. .heavily sprayed with insecticides, and other pollutants.  There’s no minerals to get out of sterile soil.  . . which leaves our masses under nourished.  Thus we have a sickened population.  But wait – – there’s more!  We have inoculations from the cradle to the grave – some mandatory.  Between infant and childhood vaccinations  and flu shots, we’re destroying God’s greatest gift to us – our magic, built-in immune system which would protect us, but is being immobilized from the first infant  shot.   Noticed all our sick kids – they don’t have a chance at a fair shot at health.

So, we’re being made sick and our docs aren’t seeming to help us too much.     I have covered all this over and over for about ten years hoping for a change for the better, but it’s not happening, especially now with our country as it is and health care availability more dire each day.    So, the fact that I believe the AMA, BIG PhRMA  and BIG AG should be harnessed is really kinda irrelevant . . am little more than some mutt out there – baying at the moon.    .  .  .  .  but I keep being another voice of protest and just do what I can, which is telling it like I see it  and hope that others will pick up on the fact that I’m not special or different (maybe a little odd), but I have found that our lives CAN be simplified;  it’s not that hard,  just takes simple interest,  deep caring for our own health and realizing that it’s  all in our own hands . . and everything starts with us. 

We must care for ourselves with love and compassion (not judgement), putting ourselves first in all things.  Without limit. This is powerful. .  . especially when one accepts that anything is possible.  We have no condition within ourselves that can’t be made whole made better or healed.  When one resonates to this understanding. .the same kind of ‘desire’, or urges will also lead us to the full knowledge and awareness which will allow us to carry it all out.  We discover ‘what works for us individually’.    It is doable.  And it’s done every day.  There is not just one way, ya do what works best for you.  But, help is everywhere.

The Natural Life 

Our amazing species was magically designed to work well. . automatically, didn’t come with a book of instructions [on purpose], so it wasn’t needed.  As Earth beings, we ate earth’s natural foods.  We nursed our offspring for as long as other’s milk was needed, then we were done with it.  Just the natural thing to do.   s’ the way mammals do it – all of us.  We ate plants, berries and animals when we were diligent in our securing.  Like most animals, we are clannish. . stick together.  Through all of the millenia, it has worked. (skipping over warring tribes, migrations, similarities and differences)    Natural trial and error developed the “lore” of how to live, what to eat, what worked – what didn’t.  Stuff worked.   Evolved.  Formal groupings, educational changes.  Still we go on surviving.  Until 20th Century. 

Unnatural changes that don’t serve us well began as economic development, territorial disputes and ethical motivations wrought the struggle for control and power. . which is not the same as survival needs of clannishness.  Great growth in chemical,  mechanical and engineering  productivity – – impressive as they are, brought much change in ‘society’ 

Much of life can be seen in the contrasts;  wet/moist,  mammoth/miniscule,  rich/poor,  misery/joy,  idle/productive, and chemically – acid/alkali (base).  Healthwise, our body can be seen in all of these, . . even, or especially the last one – – acid/base.  Stomach must be acid to breakdown it’s food. .tho different foods require differing acids (where food combining comes in).  The mouth is happy in base which is why  harsh antiseptic (acidic) mouthwashes are harmful, hurting  natural oral flora- – therefore the teeth . . {all covered often in smokinchoices).  When our body manifests most any of the ‘chronic illnesses’ of modern life. . one generally finds the body has become too acid.  We haven’t maintained a proper balance which allows health to flourish.  So much of the ‘knowing’ evident in our origins, seems to have been lost in the shuffle somehow.  And there is enough blame to go everywhere and anywhere — but that isn’t the point at the moment. Have referenced it for the purpose of “why.”  But what to do rests with us individually. 

Buy a book or two, do some research, trust someone with a track record for actually doing something that works.  And I’m no expert at all, but I do have 5 or 6 chronic diseases that I have managed for some years now w/o OTC or PhRMA.  Saw a doc this year just to have a blood test to verify I’m on a fairly good track. Numbers were amazingly good – Doc couldn’t fault my efforts, but still preferred me to see a cardiologist again (but had done that for a decade – hated the meds and expense and associated worry), but of course, I declined.  I know my heart is working too hard which is why it grew so large 20 years ago from being beaten up by my thyroid gland which medicine insisted should be removed.  I’ve lost my tonsils and uterus, I prefer to keep the rest of what I have. 

A pet peeve I confess that I have is certain people (friends) who dialogue to my face that I don’t have Alzheimer’s disease – they know what an Alzheimer’s person is like and I’m not one of them. So sure of themselves.  My heritage (both parents) bespeaks my probable prognosis and my own, and family awareness, of what I’ve been thru reveals the truth. I am aware of  my loss in function, focus and capacity to do. Each post I do,  I’m reminding myself that I should pack it in.  But it’s all tied up in my desire, purpose and joy.  And so, I keep at it. .  .  one more time. .  .  yeah, it takes longer and I work harder at it now, but still gives me pleasure. . FYI  

Back to the Calcium and D 

It isn’t inconsistent for me to be concerned about this article which denies the usefulness of vitamins taken with Calcium in treating the bones. As a HEART  patient living with a magnificently noble heart going way beyond the call of duty, just know – whatever is good for my heart – I’M DOIN’ without a doubt – it is number one.  I have found whatever is good for the heart is great for the brain also.  So I can attest to the veracity of both vitamin D3  and Calcium for so many reasons, not the least of which Calcium is one of the four magical electrolytes along with Potassium, Magnesium and Salt whose balance must be maintained  for our body to complete the countless and complicated functions to keep everything humming.  Many people have been warned to be careful with salt and consequently go low-salt thinking to protect themselves, but can wind up with major cardiac complications.  We actually need about a teaspoon of salt daily to keep in harmony.   

The IMPORTANCE of ELECTROLYTES

 SALT: is especially involved with heart, nerve, muscle and fluid balance in body; too much >fluid retention, too little> weakness and dehydration.
POTASSIUM:  has dominion over the relaxation response, deals w/nerve  transmission, muscle relaxation and electrolyte balance. . protecting against fluid retention.  Works closely with Magnesium.  Too much >acidity, weakness, and palpitations.  Too low: HBP, abnormal heart beats, sweets cravings and High pulse rates. Need a LOT  of veggies to get enuff ( I take a Wheat Grass Powder daily in water to get enuff into me, even tho I’m a veggie lover.   
MAGNESIUM:  is the major  electrolyte in the Heart. Controls the relaxation phase of the beating heart and muscles.  This is a “natural” Calcium Channel Blocker.  Too much > can lead to laxative effect.   (an aside, again – I was housebound, tied to toilet five years as docs kept demanding I take more and  more Magnesium  for my heart which they couldn’t seem to get control of.  Terrible time.  I could have died from starvation with such prolonged starvation.  Just want to say,  it matters what kind of Magnesium ya take.  Eventually I discovered L-Threonate (more expensive, but so much better),- it crosses the blood-brain barrier, digests better and doesn’t have that laxative effect. I hate taking pills, so I try to get the powder and use about 1/2 to 3/4 tsp twice a day in water or a shake with other stuff.)  Too little: Arrhythmias, rapid beats,  stiff arteries, HBP, angina,  Mitral valve prolapse,  overactive stress hormone.  Most Magnesiums are absorbed by about 20%.  Also, low stomach acid can add to this problem.     

CALCIUM:  Controls the contraction part of the heart beat:  acts as a bandaid to heal arteries.   Too uch 

 

 

The article discusses Calcium in the bones and is denying any measurable benefit to ingesting Vit D to enable or assure superior function.  When medicine prescribes Vitamin D, it is D2  This does not work as well as D3 (but med won’t pay for it, just D2 – so buy your own – it’s better- more effective).  Since Calcium is vital to the well-functioning heart;  is a mandatory need and is enabled in absorption over 20  times by Vit D (along with sufficient Vit K2 to prevent soft-tissue damage)  This is important to know as Calcium must be absorbed in more acid environment,  so if there are digestive problems – ya can’t absorb it.  (ACV in bit of water B4 meals or eating could help).  Big concept here – (no simple no or not effective will cut it)  We need Calcium. Need D.  Need K2. Need Vit C 

As an aside, some beautiful, very special (and favorite) actresses have done commercials on TV for some Calcium product their doc gives them to insure that they go on having great health and not have to worry about breaking their lovely bones.  Unfortunately, that isn’t true.  Countless women have been breaking bones, not only in the leg, hip area, but also the jaw seems suddenly vulnerable too. Heartbreaking.  I’m not alone in this thinking – – theres David Wolfe, ,  . . Dr McDougall . . I have never taken calcium tablets, and I’ve been falling all my active life.  Don’t know why.  Uncle (doc) said I had weak ankles.  umm. . maybe, . .  .  don’t think so – – how would I know?  Took a terrible fall down a really big embankment in my early  80’s. . landed on my front side – – sore as hell all over. One leg was awful looking –, doc said bruising would never go away. Nothing broke.  Had been backing up to clear a door as it opened so I could enter the car. Family thot I was a goner. Bruising went away! Just lucky?   Maybe.  Good Bones.  Elephants and cows and other big framed animals grow those huge bony bodies just eating grasses. 

If one eats good, wholesome natural foods – nothing concocted for you in a box, bag or can or fried in a fast food whatever, you can also enjoy good health.   Oh, I’ve eaten my share of burgers and french fries – liked them as much as anyone.   Remember being a  kid in school and having tomato soup and chocolate Ice Cream for lunch every day in the cafeteria.  How do ya improve on perfection?  If I had been a tad smarter then, I might not have incurred 5 – 6 major chronic conditions to deal with now.  Stuff adds up.  But I’m doin’ ok not complaining. 

Calcium is not a problem – – plenty in dairy and vegetables.  Getting enuff isn’t the biggie.  What one doesn’t want is soft-tissue damage, so be sure your digestion works well.  In cases of calcium buildup as soft tissue damage, ya don’t need calcium  channel blockers, – ya NEED  K2 (have a deficiency), along with the Vit D3. . the bones and heart and arteries. 

Vitamin C and I have had run-ins.  Started when I began making Liposomal Encapsulated Vitamin C in really high doses. Nothing wrong with that if it doesn’t go on for too long. (i.e. fighting a cancer or some infection).  My hair started to fall out and thin with every brush or combful.  Not a good thing.  Not a clue to what caused it.  But eventually did,  so I quit it.  (The Natural Vitamin C is quite costly and I couldn’t swing it in those dosages.)  Checked the Naked Chemist – restudied all and found ways to reinvigorate my hair (Zinc, Vit A and Biotin).   Stopped the thinning.    But now only take tiny amounts of L-Ascorbic Acid (which science insists is Vit C) plus Goji Powder, or Rose Hips or other natural (entire complex of true vitamin C) Natural form – never  problem, but ascorbic acid is a lab construct.  Am still taking Lipo Glutathione for the Alzheimer’s daily – about my #1 for this. . just sayin’  For C, take as Natural as can afford to.  .  .  we need it every day. 

Following is the article I mentioned about this new study which I find galling. While it is a well done piece from the LA Times, I almost didn’t put  it up as they bombard us with so much advertising while trying to read the article.  Please try not to succumb to any of these ads that flash everywhere, for you may find your computer hacked or hijacked into idleness until you agree to pay someone to fix it. If ya ever experienced that – you certainly don’t want it again.

The 2nd piece is below that on another recent study showing how what we eat (ingest) matters – – also a research-based product with some legs and feet to it.                  .enjoy,  Jan

— Do you take calcium and vitamin D to prevent bone fractures? A new study says it doesn’t help.

 

Kale and other leafy vegetables may make your brain seem 11 years younger

December 20, 2017

The study was published in the journal Neurology.

After almost five years, regular consumers of such veggies as kale, spinach, collard greens and lettuce enjoyed a mental edge that was the equivalent of 11 years in age.

To be sure, the top tier of leafy-vegetable consumers started with cognitive scores that were slightly higher than those in the bottom tier. That’s probably a testament to the power of lifelong eating patterns.

But over five years, the pattern of mental aging differed markedly in these two groups. Study participants who ate an average of roughly 1.3 servings of leafy greens a day experienced a decline in test performance that was about half as steep as that of participants whose daily consumption was near-zero.

Those stark differences were evident even after the researchers took account of a host of factors that are known to affect mental aging, including age, gender, education, exercise, participation in cognitive activities, smoking and consumption of seafood and alcohol.

Let’s say you and your neighbor are both 75 and similar in most every way: You both completed the same amount of school, take regular walks together, don’t smoke, and gather with friends over an occasional beer.

But while you enjoy a little more than a bowl of greens every day, your pal barely touches the stuff.

This long-running study would predict that at 75, your memory and thinking skills are a notch stronger than your neighbor’s. Over the next five years, hers will decline twice as fast as yours.

By the time you’re both 80, a battery of exercises that test several types of memory, as well as the speed and flexibility of your thinking, may show that your mental age is typical of a 75-year-old’s. Meanwhile, your neighbor’s performance on the same cognitive tests may look more like that of an 86-year-old.

“It’s almost unbelievable,” said Martha Morris, the senior author of the study who studies nutrition and brain health at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “Eating these leafy greens was independently associated with slower cognitive decline. That tells you this single food group contains so many nutrients it could be brain-protective.”

Morris and her colleagues identified a small cluster of specific nutrients that appear to offer anti-aging benefits. The leafy greens that participants were asked about are generally rich in vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin K1, lutein and beta-carotene. While inconsistent, research has suggested that some or all of these nutrients may play some role in protecting the brain against inflammation, the accumulation of toxic proteins such as beta-amyloid, and neuronal damage and death.

For lifelong avoiders of leafy greens, the study doesn’t show that a late-life conversion to kale salads and spinach shakes will keep dementia at bay. But Morris said she thinks about nutrition the same way she thinks about exercise.

“You do get immediate benefits from eating healthy foods and exercising,” she said. ”And you get long-term benefits.”

Dr. Lon Schneider, a specialist in dementia at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, says the new study offers important insights into which nutrients in the Mediterranean diet help support health in aging. But it also underscores the complexity of dementia and cognitive aging — and the absence of a “silver bullet” to counter them.

“Dementia is a complex illness, as so many chronic illnesses are,” Schneider said. “It’s clearly not caused by one thing, and surely its onset and severity are not caused by one thing. This shows the environment is really important. Diet matters.”

 

 

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December 26, 2017

Going to Canada over US (now)

We may be bruised, broken, bleeding – –

but not Dead

 For so long, America has been the destination of choice for those around the world seeking opportunity and a better way of life.  Of course,  that’s still true, but it’s CANADA now, not the United States which welcomes them with open arms, opportunity with an accessible path to fulfill their dreams.  It was never a cake walk. . . it took time, access, paperwork, patience and much effort, but it was worth it.  And so it has been.    But this is no longer the case. 

USA has been turned upside down and inside out; ripping apart at the seams of all that we held dear and deeply valued.   Our institutions (sacred to most of us) and governmental departments which were in charge of assuring that our national wheels ran smoothly and safely to the benefit of the entire nation from top to bottom so  that equality and justice prevailed in every possible venue – – have all but closed down, been left unmanned, disabled or defunct.  Regulations have been thrown out as intrusive and a blight on industry.     Truth, honor and decency is no longer used or honored in Washington.  Hatred, bigotry and lies have become the new normal for those trapped in the maze and must try to survive – – but to what end?   The GOP today isn’t what it has always been – it’s gutless core  has been hollowed out as they try to appease the mad man/child and fall in step with the raping of America as they set up an eternal death-trap of debt. . . for the purpose of increasing the wealth of the obscenely greedy and permanently impoverishing the under classes to a life of need.   This is just a few of the topmost evident changes we’ve gone thru;  . . other, deeper relevancies  are cruel injustices, slurs, hateful bigotries, baseless laws, rules of travel in or out of our country, discriminatory judgements and of course- the denying of medical care to our masses.  Immigration remains in turmoil. . fluctuating with the rise and fall of erratic  behavior on Pennsylvania Avenue. 

It may seem like we are in our death throes, but I don’t – can’t accept that!     It’s true, the truant in the White House has seemed to dismantle all just as he planned to do. . the way others have done as they overthrew unsuspecting countries.  It remains difficult to understand just how he has gotten away with it so long.  This is the most untrustworthy individual imaginable who deals only in lies and imaginings.     So yes, he has hurt us badly, we bleed, but not dead.  Our allies and friends have been forced away by the chasms this truant has wrought.  The GOP controlling all in government has allowed this to be and sustain and grow.  Even if they hate it – they have condonned it and are a party to it all including this raping of America. I fear it is the end of a once glorious party who will never again have the power of the vote.  Shame alone should see to that.        We have been a great nation because of who we are and the wonderful people who have come here to round us out and enrich us.  What has happened in this year has changed all this making us so difficult and confusing  and “unattractive.”     

The following is a link to a story from Tracey Lien of the LOS ANGELES TIMES recently run.  It describes why people are now flocking to Canada instead of here;   what’s in it for the lucky immigrants and what Canada is doing about it and rising to the task.  Well done!  Jan

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-tech-canada-20171214-story.html

December 22, 2017

Which s best – RAW or COOKED Food?

Those like me LOVE most all food

It isn’t just that I LOVE FOOD,  but I love “playing – in-the-kitchen” . . without apology whatsoever!   Always have.  How anyone could be oblivious to the possible magic which comes from the kitchen, is frankly beyond my understanding.  For around the first 30 or so years. . it was just figuring out “how to do stuff.”   Following that came the genuine zeal for what was actually BEST for our body –  and I’m still workin’ on that.  .  .  .  yeah, why not?   Forget the age, it’s fabulous to be a work in progress.  And or But, I’ve learned – – there probably isn’t any one definitive answer to any of it.  Lots of opinions to be sure,  and ongoing theories, with conflicting ‘scientific’ viewpoints,  but oh,  how much fun in all those glorious soberly offered illuminating discussions.   

Here is one of the best I’ve enjoyed which I found on “youtube” featuring one of my most favorite gutsy intellects in the person of Susun Weed (any and all things HERBAL) dialoguing  with equally charming, effective and logical Brigitte Mars who impressed me. Their topic?  RAW FOOD vs COOKED FOOD debate.   This may not be earth-shaking, . . . .  but it sure could change the way ya think about stuff.         enjoy,              . JAN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nRwn7VRvb8&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs

December 20, 2017

USA Now, One day at a time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jan Turner @ 3:59 pm

Overwhelm is Natural

But Who We ARE Says We SHALL OVERCOME

The huge majority of us within our country aren’t overly surprised at the result of this vote “AGAINST THE PEOPLE” and FOR  caos which is rampant in the world today – everywhere.  It seems that “Madness” reigns.  But NOTHING STAYS THE SAME – e v e r !

Many saw thru the TRUMP facade to the ugliness and ignoble character within. . . but far too many believed his fantasies and lies, who now suffer alongside the rest of us — mired in this unbelievable web.  Not even one of us will emerge unscathed.  It may take everything we have to maintain enough dignity and balance in order to function our way through the mess thrust upon us.  But in much the same manner  that our country has been thrown into disarray,  we can show once again – there is more which unites us than pulls us apart – separates us.  This IS our home! We shall not stand for this insanity whereby insatiable greed wins the day  over the wellbeing  of  every one below the strata of the most wealthy.     You will not take our  lunch money for your further enrichment. 

Have to admit,  I did not dream the GOP could stoop to these lows. . . . to rephrase, it’s those who now occupy the Republican party,  for they don’t deserve the right to represent us – – having sold us down the river. 

Don’t think for a minute that we have been singled out for this turmoil. . horror similar to this has been rife abroad with some of  our truest friends and allies. (England and Germany)  Both led by two of the strongest, wisest women – not to be faulted by any standard!  The evils inherent in these cataclysmic evolutions stem from proven techniques to roil, stir up unrest and pit citizenry at each other’s throats;  it’ll  do it every time.  .  .  .  . s’what happened here.   

Am putting up two links below;    One  is Bill Moyers final, farewell post  which deeply saddens me – have enjoyed his work for decades. So there is his farewell,  and also, a second lnk to   “Increasingly A Necessity: A 15 Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism” This is quite interesting and just might help some of us.    (This last paragraph and the 2nd link didn’t make it thru when I posted it a few hours ago, guess I goofed – again)           Jan

 

http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell/

http://billmoyers.com/story/increasingly-necessity-15-point-guide-surviving-authoritarianism/

December 8, 2017

Looks like both parties R in ruins

I’M A FRANKEN FAN,  he’s a gent, true, fun, SMART

Maybe I’ve seen it all,. . .and maybe I’ve done a lot too, haven’t felt left out – -for sure.  Guts to spare passed down from Mother who doted on me – never put me down!  How could I not thrive, nourished as I was in her aura of love, creativity and brilliance?  And apart from the love – we were friends. 

There was no ‘ugly’ in the parental genetic line, so as I faced the adult ‘working world’. . possibly, like most any other fairly attractive young woman, I too faced ongoing ‘advances’ most of which were easily dismissed.  Not that I didn’t have a trauma or two which were sobering from which any of us can either wallow  or learn, but they weren’t work related.  Had it been, I would hope that I would have followed in Anita  Hill’s footsteps as she stepped forward to testify against Supreme Court justice candidate Clarence Thomas, braving chagrin and  criticism which resulted . . . just trying to do the ‘right thing.’  Tho stunned, I was floored she would so willingly be exposed to this public  experience and knowingly go through the ensuing ridicule. They seated him anyway!     How was such a thing possible?  But it was Anita Hill who showed us what women must do if we are ever to claim equal status, we must stand for it.

Indeed,  women have long gone thru indignities, lack of respect. . .unfair treatment.  To speak out could be difficult or even dangerous and sometimes livelihood-endangering.  The less important employee vs the well placed boss – no contest. 

WHAT’s  HAPPENING NOW    –  –   I AM WOMAN, SEE ME ROAR

Well, YES, I am pleased with the current surge of recognition over the lack of balance within our human ethical social evolution. .now in the works.  One would hope that some logic, balance, ethics  and adherence to principles of harmony be kept in mind.  In other words,  let’s not paint all men with the same paint brush – – let’s flush out the details. . check out  the so-called offenses!  Me too is acceptable for its usage with regard to volume-quantity.  But is not illuminating (or in my mind- relevant) without data, details, dates, etc.   

There is also a need for spelling out what it is which is NOT ALLOWED.  A  little kidding around is not the same thing as sexually molesting underage girls. . e.g. – an adult male (?) 30-year-old professional attorney whose chronic ‘hang out’ is a plaza where young teenage girls gather.  Not being privy to the workings of his mind/intent,  it does seem peculiar, if not devious;  that perhaps he sought pleasure, contact and sex with them.  Intent is questionable to say the least.  No parent of girls could overlook such behavior.   And, there are those charges and stories and gathering evidence. 

With the cascade of  ‘stories’.  .  .  tortured memories of countless women are suddenly finding courage to rise like a thundering herd to be heard.  It is almost overwhelming.  I do sympathize, having been similarly wounded emotionally as a child.  Children, generally have no tools with which to cope or understand.  Often, afraid to speak of it but carry fear and shame which aren’t merited.  Colors one’s perspective and ability to find ease socially.  “Life” is not cruel. .  .  all have much to learn, each in our own way;   most of us make it through. . and find purpose – – desire pushes us forward in order to carve out a path that works for us. . has for me.  Don’t mean to dwell on memory lane, for that is not where I find joy, but in my current pursuits that fill my life and give me reason to be.   But I do get it and truly welcome this rising change.

There is no question that we will be grieved to lose Conyers.  This can’t possibly deny/remove the value of his contribution but neither can we ignore the ‘charges’ against him.   Sadly he steps down (tho with denials).  Of course the entertainment field has really  rocked our boat. . .Charley Rose,  Matt Lauer and so on.  From the President on down – – all these men flatly deny any/all improper behavior altogether.   Deny, deny – has always worked. 

About Al Franken

But when you throw in the likes of Al Franken. .  a hugely popular comedian whose profession was schtick . . . how does one equate the humor of pretending to grope the breasts of his sleeping  co-performer as she slept, hiding under a helmet.  She clearly accepted his apology at the time for what he did – it was in fun, as both acknowledged – – they were entertaining,  on tour for our GI’s. The kiss she hated was  part of their skit.  She  had a right to NOT be subjected to that if it was her preference.  As this became an issue (recently), let’s remember – that was then, before joining the senate, he was taken aback and grieved and first to seek  an investigation of charges.  He owned up to it, never denied. . but felt it was being viewed (out-of-context)   His books are full of humor and smarts.  This man is a valuable mouthpiece as his interrogations on committees will attest.  What he did and admits to in no way compares in either intent or action to those who ARE invading women’s space and attempting to violate them for personal pleasure. . . and some of it is so beyond my understanding. 

Am not saying leave him alone because I happen to really like and appreciate who and what he is.  I’m saying please, for God’s sake, use some common sense – wake up and do this right.  This is not “TIME TO BRING DOWN THE MEN.”  We as a species must cooperate and understand more, respect more. . in order to BE more.    Get serious and lay some ground rules – – no one size fits all.    We’ve got enough crap going on now, can hardly keep up with the daily madness coming from the White House resident!

“Dozens” of senators want Franken to step  down.  .  .   demanded he step down!   What happened to “Innocent til proven guilty”?  Where is the  process that is supposed to happen – the investigation?   Why are you sacrificing one of the most decent men I’ve seen from Washington without first checking it out?   Can you not sense decency when you look at it?  Don’t some of you (at the very least) see and know truth when it’s there?   Franken is not a Rose or Trump or Lauer or a creepy judge from Alabama – – indeed, he values women.    I literally wept as I listened to him today describe what he was being asked to do.   This is crazy and cruel that any of you would so easily sacrifice this honorable man (and I might add – depriving the party of one of our most valuable thinkers and able go-getters), creating an even larger imbalance in Washington when we can least handle it.)    I am ASHAMED of those of you who jump at this chance to take down one of our best.  Do you really think the Dems look superior or righteous at this point?  To me this is a clumsy attempt void-of-virtue at its worst.  You are backstabbing one of our own — without proof.  What a pathetic stupid move.    Jan

December 2, 2017

Trump – “Stop stripping USA’s goodies away!”

N E T     N E U T R A L I T Y

We’ve worked long to make our country Great and “fair”

 via 100’s of years of dreams and effort.  But in less than 1 year TRUMP is messin’ with all we LOVE.

CAN WE CONTINUE  to  ALLOW HIM this freedom?

I’ve touched on this subject a time or two (since Obama’s reign) because it seemed important to me (especially), and anyone else who delights in the wonder, freedom and privilege of searching the world – online.  When I was a young adult and homemaker, I wouldn’t even have imagined such a thing. . . having such power within reach of my own hands, almost instantly.  Nor such ability to reach out and touch others this way.  .   and occasionally, to hear back from some.  Pure magic.   Yet today, we all take it for granted.   

Anything we question, perhaps confused about,  all we need do is go online and there it is. . . easy, free to do (providing your monthly bills are paid). . we get the answer and move on.   Path cleared for decision or action.  Works the same for all, don’t need to be among the elite or privileged. . just the way stuff works – NOW.   If we “assume” anything, we suffer, can lose much,. . gotta take action for this as it is a real biggie, and time is short for the ruling   Please, be familiar with the facts here and take action on this movement to take away our freedoms.   Don’t rest on the fact that almost everyone in our country is opposed to this dreadful trouncing of our rights as presently existing,  and let them give control over to the corporate structure on this too!  Nice article follows from Bill Moyers and Company discussing the whole background we need to understand.   It is worth your time.           Jan

 

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