The importance of giving homemade gifts

Shane Ellison mentions EcoHearth.com on his own website, so I thought I’d check it out.  I’m struggling right now, but this site lifted my spirits.  Wonderful to read of kindred spirits.

I have found myself, someone who used to think that only store-bought gifts were superior and meant that I cared…ha.  Now I know the great joy in giving something that I’ve made myself –especially if I have made it well.

And if the receiver of the gift does not share in that joy…well, that is their issue to deal with.  Perhaps they will come to see the shallowness of store-bought versus homemade, perhaps not.  That is their journey to make.

One Nation, Under Drugs

I thought it time to revisit Shane Ellison’s website.  He is a former Big Pharma researcher that quit when he realized they were not in the business of making people well, but in it for greed, greed, greed.

This page of his website has some good videos, one of which is “One Nation, Under Drugs”.  There’s a funny one, too, of a mock Nancy Pelosi.

Near the end of the page, Ellison explains why he left Big Pharma.  Everyone should read this.

I also found a video, referred to by Fight Autism and Win website:

This video highlights the Reagan-era law that allows Big Pharma to poison people with no consequences.  And the taxpayers foot the bill for the damage the vaccines cause.  Sweet deal, eh?

NSA spying on spouses, girlfriends, etc.

I wish I could say I was surprised to read this, but no.  I really don’t know how this possibility was ignored by Congress when they enabled NSA and DHS to pry into innocent Americans’ private lives.  It’s like there was a collective passiveness about allowing them free reign to do as they please.

Well, ladies, how do you feel now that this surveillance includes following you around wherever you go??

Good God.  If you are that insecure about the relationship, break it off.  Because it’s over once the trust is gone.

And it’s been my experience that the one who is accusing the other of infidelity is actually the one committing it.  Or the one *thinking* about committing it, i.e., a roving eye.

This is just abominable.  An incredible violation of women’s rights.  And another example of entitlement – I have a right to violate her rights because she is MINE.

Being Peace…

Peace to you all, my friends. May you be warm and safe and dry.

Eagle

From the 1999 Farmer’s Almanac:

Brahanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. (Udana-Barga 5:18)

Confuscianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. (Analets 15:23)

Taoisim: Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. (T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)

Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-I-dinkik 94:5)

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

Christianity: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up…

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I am not a cloud over anyone’s head. I am a human being targeted as a victim by a political thug.

Rahm Emanuel…following the Mitch Daniels’ playbook of appointing your own toadies to legitimize unethical, immoral actions.

Reclaim Reform

Q – What kind of powerful person would decree that billions of earned dollars will be handed over to the financial industry and be free of oversight and declared exempt from ethics rules and regulations?

A – Rahm Emanuel, Democratic Mayor of Chicago. However, “what kind of person” still needs to be answered by the reader.

Why would he do this?

Mayor Emanuel’s own Ethics Commission openly revealed that the decision was designed “to attempt to ensure that no ethical clouds are hanging over any candidate’s head.” (Any candidate means Rahm.)

cloud over my head

My initial response is to remind everyone that I am not a cloud over Rahm’s political head. My income and the incomes of thousands of retirees are needed to pay for food, clothing and other necessities. We, as hard-working human beings, earned it and saved it over decades.

“Brushing off the lawmakers’ complaint about Emanuel’s donations from the financial…

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A December Mystery:The Missing Lighthouse Men

thanks to Andy for this–great mystery. A great tale to share over the holidays. 🙂

City Jackdaw

It is well known, I think, that people like to read ghost stories around the Christmas season, but how about a real-life December mystery?

The Flannan Isles are located thirty kilometres west of the Outer Hebrides, in the Atlantic Ocean. Celtic monks lived on those desolate islands in isolation, until they were abandoned for a thousand years. There are the remains of a chapel there, said to have been built by the Irish monk St.Flannan. In 1895 a lighthouse was built there, to warn off ships, passing in those treacherous waters.

In 1900, a three man crew of James Ducat, Thomas Marshall, and Donald MacArthur arrived for a two week posting, just in time for the hostile winter to set in.

I am not sure who is who in this photograph, but at least one of those three men is present in it, maybe the other two are, also.

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A Man’s View

reblogging this — a man’s view on violence and rape towards women. He mentions the frat mindset of denigrating women and UVA comes to mind –although it is any campus, U.S.A. –and how they are once again questioning the validity of the victim’s claims, saying she had confused some facts. Well, when you’re given a drug that knocks you out, it is pretty damn strong neurological drug. Therefore, it would be harder to recall details and get confused. I don’t doubt that this woman was raped. And once again, women are made to be the problem instead of a frat system that relishes misogyny.

***Edited to add:  I find it highly ironic that this site is named after George Clooney.  In my opinion, he is not a feminist, and is disrespectful towards women.

Eagle

Continuing along the thoughts on Friday’s blog~~~

I don’t mind telling you that this blog brought tears to my eyes. Really stunning to read such honesty and depth.  And he’s not gay! (meaning that, as Patrick states, most gay guys “get” women and their perspective, but straight guys, especially straight white guys don’t.)

From the interview:

Growing up in my house, feminism was actually a positive word. My mother, who is a strong woman, has always identified as a feminist. Despite this fact, she found herself being mistreated by my father. This just goes to show that even strong women — even feminist-identified women — can find themselves involved with men who treat them badly.

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This was so powerful…because in the finger-pointing department, when blame is being handed out, it’s always the woman’s fault if she is mistreated.

This, too, was powerful:

Seeing the way she was treated…

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