Monday, January 25, 2016

Embrace 2016 to Ensure Candidates for Peace!

Last December, there was a lot of lip service being paid to the phrase, "Peace on Earth and good will to men." Now that we're only days away from the first presidential primaries, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and choose PEACE. 

In 2016, the two major parties provide only two peace candidates out of all the presidential contestants; one per party. Those candidates are Bernie Sanders, (Democrat) and Rand Paul (Republican). Personally, I'm not thrilled with Sanders or Paul, but let there be no doubt, if any of the other candidates are elected, WAR will be the result. That includes Ms. Rodham-Clinton, who has expressed her interventionist intentions on numerous occasions.

Simply put, America can't afford another war. We can't even afford our current wars and continue to borrow money from China to pay for our excessive spending. A quarter of our national debt has been incurred by increased funding for big-government interventionist policies. War may be good for the military industrial complex, but carries with it numerous negative side effects that far outweigh any supposed benefit.

War:
  • Results in the deaths of far too many innocents
  • Fuels the refugee situation
  • Creates new enemies
  • Means sending our troops to kill, and die for greedy profiteers
  • Means that our quality of life at home continues to be downgraded
  • Brings the sacrifice our liberties for the promise of security, meanwhile our bridges and infrastructure crumble and society suffers
I have no delusion that Americans will suddenly wake up to a sense of our awful situation and vote responsibly. While I have serious doubts that either Sanders or Paul will be nominated by their respective parties, we have to make the effort, otherwise there is no hope for peace. 

I also question the authenticity of voting and suspect wide-spread vote fraud in our electoral process. However, I do feel that it is imperative to take a stand for peace, especially individually at the polling stations. 

It will be important for peace advocates to take certain steps to ensure that we have two peace candidates on the general election ballot:

    1. Register to vote.
    2. Vote and caucus for Sanders and Paul, depending on which party you are registered with.
    3 Become a delicate, and/or find out who your delegates are, and convince them to support peace.
    4 Be present when the votes are counted. Attempts will be made to count the votes secretly, but use your influence to make the tally public before the results are sent to party headquarters. 
    5 When you discover vote fraud in your precinct, make a big deal out of it. Write letters to editors, make YouTube videos and share on social media. Demand accountability.
I 'm not a naive Nevil Chamberlain. I'm well aware that there are lots of bad governments in the world. I also know that it is not America's job to be the policeman, judge, jury and executioner of the world. 

Be careful what you vote for. 

A vote for Clinton, Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Bush, etc. is a sustained affirmation for perpetual war, and there will be "blood on the hands" of those who elect warmongers.

If you are registered as a Democrat or Republican, please consider the importance and weight of your decision, and support your peace candidate! Then, maybe by some miracle, peace will break out. 

Peace on earth and good will toward all mankind.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

If I could Be Any Animal...

If I could be any animal, what would it be? 

Now, that's a tough one. 

I'd want to keep my fingers and definitely want to be able to fly. I don't like bird food so... How about a flying monkey like the ones on Wizard of Oz? That would be perfect. I wonder what they eat???


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Santa Rant 2015

I can remember exactly where I was standing when Bonnie Gang convinced me that there was no Santa Claus. 

Bonnie is someone I had known since my first day of kindergarten and had been a trusted peer for about four years. One day, around Christmastime, she seemed to have a message of deliverance that she wanted to share with me in private.
 We were standing in the West Elementary library, where the top of the stairway meets the long wavy wall that divides the upper and lower library. Bonnie had always been smart, and that gave her message credibility. No one else seemed to be there as I pondered the evidence and came to conclusion that she was telling the truth and that Santa is a Big Fat Lie. 

Time stood still as a deluge of emotion washed over me. Initially, I was embarrassed that I had so faithfully believed the lie, but most of all, I couldn't understand why the lie in the first place? 

The lie was elaborate too, and everyone was in on it; parents teachers, siblings. I remember lying in bed on Christmas Eve, listening to the Santa's sleigh update on KCPX AM radio, that supposedly tracked the magickal giftsman on radar. Even the media was in on the deception.

Is it good for children to be deceived on such a grand scale?

   

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Flu Shots for Dummies - 11 Fun Flu Facts for the 2015-2016 Flu Season

Since the annual flu vaccination is being promoted again, it seems like a good time to take a logical look at some of the undeniable facts regarding this year's product and flu in general.

1 This season's flu vaccine contains three different strains of influenza.  H1N1, one B strain and a mutant strain of H3N2.

2 The H1N1 and the B strains are identical to those in last year's vaccine, (2014/2015) as well as the previous year, (2013/2014).

3  H3N2 is new to the vaccine formulation and is the strain responsible for so much sickness during last flu season, (2014/2015).  

4 There are thousands of different influenza strains and this vaccine does not provide any protection against strains other than the three that are targeted in the vaccine. 

5 The flu vaccine provides limited protection against those three targeted strains.

6 Persons who received a flu vaccine last year, or the previous year, have already been inoculated against two of the three strains in this year's vaccine.

7 If you were infected with the H3N2 strain last flu season, then you are naturally inoculated against it. 

8 There is no guarantee that the flu vaccine will prevent you from getting the flu. 

9 Harmful side effects, including death, are potential risks associated with receiving the flu vaccine. 

10 Compensation funds have been established to pay out settlements to individuals who will be harmed by the vaccine.

11 Pharmaceutical companies spend huge amounts of money on PR campaigns designed to instill fear in the population. Fear leads to more sales and therefore profits for executives, boards of directors and investors.

Conclusion

The 2015/2016 flu vaccine will provide limited protection from three specific strains of influenza, but will not provide any protection from the thousands of other influenzas that are out there. And, since there are potential risks involved, more and more people are opting out of the program.

For individuals who received a flu vaccination between 2013-2015, and infected with H3N2 last season, the inoculation is not only redundant and unnecessary, but may be potentially harmful as well.

We live in a nearly 100% vaccine compliant society. Most everyone gets a flu shot without giving it a second thought. PR campaigns are especially persuasive at leveraging statistics to scare people into getting the vaccine. When the news media reports statistics on how many people have been infected with and/or hospitalized from the flu, they'll NEVER reveal how many of those flu victims had been vaccinated. That's because most of those people infected had been vaccinated and got the flu anyway. Last year's H3N2 epidemic is an especially embarrassing failure for the CDC, and has served as a wake up call to many who will forego the shot this time.