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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Republican Hostages: President Obama & The Economy

Senator Mitch McConnell maintained that the Republicans’ number one goal remains the defeat of President Obama in 2012. In an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News, McConnell was asked about a charge made by Democrats that the Republicans are purposefully sabotaging the economy for political gain in 2012. McConnell at first seemed to admit the charge, saying “Well that’s true” before going on to claim that Republicans want to fix the economy first. Click here to read entire article. Click here for brief video commentary

Americans should have been outraged at this statement/behavior but were not and are still not.

In the October 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis said President Obama badly underestimated, how little it would cost Republicans to oppose ideas they had once advocated, merely because he supported them. Obama thought Republicans would pay a bigger price for inflicting damage on the country for the sake of trying to defeat him.

If Obama Is For It (Jobs & Economy), Republicans Are Against It

Michael Lewis also stated, in foreign dealings, the Russians play the role that Republicans currently more or less play in his domestic affairs. The Russians’ view of the world tends to be zero-sum: if an American president is for it, they are, by definition, against it.

On September 13, 2012, The Republicans got angry at Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for trying to stimulate the economy. Click here to read entire article.

Again, this clearly shows the Republican only concern since 2009 has been the 2012 election. When they got the opportunity beginning in January 2010, Republicans have been Obstructionists. (See “President Obama: One Out of Four)

Who Blames Hostages?

We can free ourselves and the economy from being held hostage with choices that gives citizens in the 99% a chance. If we vote for a Republican president and vote for Republican congresspersons, we are excusing Republican criminal behavior and setting the country and ourselves up for even more.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Meat Additives: Carbon Monoxide Injected

Food Fight #46

According to the US EPA:
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas...The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Of course, this is true of all poisons/toxins/carcinogens.

Meat is injected with carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is used in food packaging systems, mainly with fresh meat such as beef, pork, and fish and refrigerated meat products to keep them looking fresh. In 2006, The US House of Representatives drafted HR 5991 to stop this poisonous practice but the bill went nowhere fast.

In beef, per the FDA:
The Carbon monoxide is dissolved in a brine/marinade solution that is injected into beef muscle parts that are vacuum-packed, and prepared for case-ready marketing...The amount of the brine/marinade injected into the meat will be limited to 27.8 percent by weight. As usual, the US EPA, FDA, USDA and CDC all claim this is safe directly or by posing no challenge.

According to The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):
The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present.[my emphasis]
First of all, this means the effects of a toxic substance changes depending on the other chemicals in what you eat or drink or other chemicals already present in your body. The accumulated effects of one toxin or several toxins is mostly overlooked by government regulators.
Secondly, this means when agencies declare something as categorically safe for everyone, they far exceed their predictive abilities and overlook what the EPA admits in the first paragraph above; however, despite some people having no known reaction and many having delayed reaction, it is far more accurate to say something is categorically unsafe when it conflicts with natural law and systems. Poisons conflict.

Per Radford University:
Anything ingested may be absorbed into the blood and cause systemic poisoning. Oral toxicity is generally lower than inhalation toxicity because of the relatively poor absorption of many chemicals from the intestines into the blood stream... Ingestion of chemicals may occur from eating contaminated food...[my emphasis]
Bottom Line

Carbon monoxide binds with another chemical pigment in meat and stabilizes the color. This also makes this new combination of chemicals able to remain intact during the cooking process.

According to the National Capital Poison Center, “food products” are listed as a common poison. This is not the same as food poisoning. Food poisoning is listed separately. In other words, it is common for poison to be found in food.

Do not be deceived that the method of exposure, inhalation (breathing) versus ingestion (swallowing) makes a toxic substance, safe – that by eating it we can breathe a sigh of relief.

Carbon monoxide is not needed by the body. Anything the body doesn't need in the first place is toxic to biological processes and therefore subject to affect any part of the body and many parts of the body.

Meat is expensive in more ways than one. It comes with the additive expense of carbon monoxide. For more information on hazardous chemicals in your food see:
A List of Foods Containing Carbon Monoxide

Nutrition Labeling Inconsistencies, FDA & USDA Breaking The Law Consistently
Herbivores, Pollen & Complete Protein: Omnivore & Carnivore Behavior Not Required
Sweet Corn, Neonicotinoids, Allergies, Informed Consent, Occupy Movement & Patriotism

Thursday, September 13, 2012

President Obama, One Out Of Four

Obama Only Had One Year

1. January 2009, Obama took office.
2. By December 2009, just ll months later, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform) was written and passed by the Senate. This legislation that supposedly couldn't be done was done expediently. Since that time Republicans/Tea Partiers have given higher priority to repealing or watering down this legislation designed to help people rather than working together to help the economy which would also help people.
3. 2009, The financial crisis was addressed. The previous president (Bush) inherited a (Clinton) surplus and helped turn it into a deficit and profits for the obesely rich.
4. 2009, Obama submitted Sonia Sotomayor, as the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court. This appointment was confirmed.
5. During 2009, Democrats have a majority in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. Things got done.
6. January 2010, impatient voters who expected an economic miracle in just 12 months, began to change their minds. These voters elected a Republican to fill the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy. This caused Democrats to lose their filibuster proof majority. This majority meant relatively smooth passage of legislation and appointments. Democratic Senators fell from 60 to 59. One election in Massachusetts, affected everyone nationally. Every elected official, local, country, and state, influences things nationally because it tells national/federal officials about the core, heart and ideological beliefs of their constituencies. It tells US congresspeople what they can and can't get away with based on how people are voting at every level.
7. April 2010, Deepwater Horizon/British Petroleum/Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill which had several effects on the economy.
8. July 2010, Wall Street Reform was passed (Dodd-Frank Bill)
9. September 2010, Small Business Jobs Act signed into law, the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade.
10. 2009-2010, two wars are still going on and being dealt with.
11. 2010, last combat troops leave Iraq.
12. 2009-2012, there is still a global financial/economic crisis which has aftershocks on the American economy.
13. 2010, Russia & America sign agreement to reduce nuclear weapons.
14. November 2010 (midterm elections), Voters continued to be impatient plus they listened to Tea Party Republicans which caused the Democrats in the Senate to drop further from 59 to 53. Also, the Democratic majority was lost in House of Representatives, ensuring more difficulty in getting things done.
15. 2011, Civil unrest in Alkebulan (Africa) and southwest Asia plus revolutions and disagreements with countries about their nuclear program causes fear, oil supply disruptions, economic uncertainties and aftershocks. Country after country in Europe experience financial turmoil which affects the United States.
16. March 2011, Japan Earthquake Tsunami
17. August 2011, The Debt Ceiling Debacle. An emboldened Republican/Tea Party infused Congress dickered over passing unemployment extension and payroll tax cuts and extending the debt ceiling which had always been a bi-partisan, routine issue.
18. 2011 Osama Bin Laden assassinated.
19. 2009-2012, Republicans are busy changing voter eligibility laws all over the country -ensuring any signs of a democracy will be stopped.
20. September 2011, President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act which included 447 billion to stimulate the economy. This bill has since been resisted by enough members of Congress to stop it. This is where the jobs are, on the desks of Republican/Tea Party members of Congress.

Many who are dissatisfied with President Barack Obama state they expected more change in 4 years. President Obama and the Democrats accomplished a lot before the hostile Congress members took office after November 2010 and the Senate majority started to erode in January 2010.

President Obama and the Democrats accomplished a lot during unprecedented global economic turmoil and military turmoil.
Within 12 months of taking office, as early as January 2010, President Obama no longer had the support of the American people and then in November 2010, he no longer had the majority support of the people or Congress. President Barack Obama really only had one year to get things done.

Additional Reading: President Barack Obama's Job Evaluation

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Unbreakable Evolution: Higher Purpose Coming Out

Food Fight #45

The scariest thing is not knowing why you're here – Elijah, aka Mr. Glass, in the movie “Unbreakable.”
Everything has multiple higher purposes. A higher purpose extends beyond self. It has primary responsibility to the universal ecosystem. You were born of this system. The core of your being wants to be synchronized with it. This is the source of peace, harmony, balance, happiness and health.

There are many things you can enjoy doing and even do well, but doing something well doesn't make it a higher purpose. Emerging from the soul into consciousness, higher purpose has more to do with the instinctive self and less to do with the thinking self.

A higher purpose is not to provide a living for yourself (food, clothing & shelter). The Creator has already seen to this with a bountiful natural world. You can educate yourself how to make use of these abundant blessings. When resources, passions, talents, skills, abilities and gifts are overly consumed with “making a living,” via an economic system rather than the ecosystem, there is little consideration for much else, especially one's higher self. You spend most years, expending energies seeking the certain by way of the uncertain. The Employer of Elements has taken care of the basics for you, given you a head start to living, so you can focus more on the unique things you were born to bring into existence. It's up to you to use what is freely given and not want for that which is not. It's up to you to choose which system to have the most faith in and be more faithful to.

Instead of “How are you doing?” or “What are you doing?” consider, “Who are you being?” Are you in sync with your spirit's urging? This urging is calling you to duty. It's the call of your spirit wanting to come out to help.

Are you pursuing those things you innately sense you were born to do? The core of your being needs to be synchronized with these things. Each higher purpose is a soulmate. When you do not hold its hand, announce your engagement, pledge wedded vows to it and live as one, this lack of attention and commitment allows other things to come between you and your higher purpose. Self evolution stops which leaves lingering yearnings despite other accomplishments. You live with hunger for life pains due to a spirit not getting its full fill meant as its purpose.

The degree to which you align yourself with your higher purposes is the degree to which you will transcend, be transformed and caught up in a rapture here and now. Your higher purposes are catalyzing nutrients, without them, personal resources are unlikely to be put to best use. Your higher purposes are natural light to guide and energize growth. Your higher purposes are lamps unto your feet for taking the next step. Evolution simply means taking the next step along any path that strengthens or connects you to the spiritual aspect of your being.

Despite the physical package you are in, you are mainly a spirit being. If the Higher Power is spirit then all brought forth by this Spirit is also spirit. Spirit is all. All is spirit. So, to be all, you must be in step with your spirit. To give all you must give your spiritual self. You must be in connection with the radiant energy direct from the power source - the energy to evolve. When you do not break from this eternal/internal truth, you know why you're here. You become unbreakable because you cannot be separated from your power.

Related:
Whatever You Do, Think Again!
Passion – Let It Go
Opening The Gift of Childhood
Real Pursuit of Happiness
Living Instinctively, Pollination, Nectar, Pollen

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Herbivores, Pollen & Complete Protein: Omnivore & Carnivore Behavior Not Required

Food Fight #44

Honeybees Are Herbivores

Honeybees only eat food from plants – nectar and pollen. We readily accept as fact that pollen is a protein source for bees. We don't wonder if pollen from every plant contains protein. We don't wonder if some pollen contains partial proteins and other pollen contains the rest, making it necessary for bees to combine pollen to get complete protein.

Pollen stored in a bee hive is called “bee pollen.” A lot of pollen, before bees touch it, is said to be an allergen to humans; but in the hives of bees, pollen somehow becomes a complete food - a superfood that is like a natural multivitamin for humans. How did nutrient variety get into protein-packed pollen but not into the rest of the plant? Are bees working magic or, are the scientists we listen to? Is pollen really super – far superior to roots, leaves, fruit and seeds or is it super-stition?

What Does This Mean For Human Herbivores?

Pollen contains plant protein sufficient for small bees. Humans also need protein. If tiny bits of pollen has such a variety and range of nutrients, including complete protein, then how much nutrient content is really in other parts of plants humans are supposed to eat? Did the Supreme Being make it easier for honeybees to get proper nutrition than for humans? Could it be other parts of plants, just like pollen, are capable of providing nutrients we need when plants are grown as intended and consumed as intended?

Follow The Feeders

Elephants, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, zebras, moose, deer, buffaloes, camels and horses are some of the biggest herbivores and all grow to be big, strong and muscular eating only plants.

Why do many people believe humans must have animal protein or that animal protein is an all-in-one easy and best way to get protein? How did we come to believe we must know specific combinations of foods and consult charts to eat smart? This is a recent belief and seems incompatible with the ability of humans for tens of thousands of years to survive, grow and develop minds, bodies and babies.

Humans Are Omnivores For Emergency Purposes

Eating insects and animal flesh is not a requirement for humans to thrive. On the other hands eating plants is a requirement. This means, though we have omnivorous capability, only one portion of this ability is absolutely necessary for optimal health. Humans are predominantly herbivores (just like primates) with the ability to eat insects/meat as a survival advantage. Humans are gatherers then hunters, eating mostly what can't move and little of what tries to elude.

All Herbivores Eat Vegetation & Vegetables

All plant material falls into the general category of “vegetation.” Though vegetation is often thought of as the foliage/leaves, every part of every plant is vegetation – from the root to the fruit including plants that grow on, in or under water.

As humans, we've named some of the vegetation we eat, “vegetables.” In essence, humans and any other living organism that eat any part of a plant is not only eating vegetation but also eating vegetables. All types of trees, bushes, shrubs, grasses, “weeds,” fruit and seeds are vegetables.

Bees or insects eating pollen or deer, rabbits and insects eating the plants we cultivate, are simply eating vegetables they are supposed to eat. They are seeking and finding all the nutrients they need including complete proteins in plants. They are modeling the instinctive behavior we'd be wise to re-tune to – filling our stomachs with more just-picked vegetation and less flesh.

Related: Living Instinctively, Pollination, Nectar, Pollen
Carbohydrates: Treat Yourself Right To Plants, Food Fight #36
Food | About Eating Plants For Life, Food Fight #53