Viruses are Not Inherently Bad

Marco also has a previous post on how Zika virus was SUSPECTED of being connected with babies born with small heads…and the mass media hysterical machine went into action by claiming that it was DEFINITELY the cause and that this virus is something to be terrified of…
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One of the problems with the current and evolving discussion within the media about the Zika virus (… Have you seen all those cockeyed headlines?) is the assumption that the virus is dangerous and we should all be worried about its spread. This is similar to what has occurred with the polio virus, when the fact is that the vast portion of the people who have either of these viruses exhibit no symptoms or have very mild symptoms.

In the case of polio, 95% of the people who have the polio virus show no symptoms at all. They just go about their lives as if nothing. In other words, it is harmless. According to the CDC, “Less than 1% of polio cases result in paralysis… ” And yet, the virus has been made out to be a monster which we must attack and destroy. “Oh dear God, we need drugs…

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An Epidemic of suicides/homicides and anti-depressants

Ireland is currently in the midst of an unprecedented suicide/homicide epidemic. Parents are uncharacteristically killing their children; husbands are killing their wives; brothers are killing their brothers; mothers are killing themselves and their babies, all at an alarming rate.

This quote from this post.

What seems shocking, to me at least, is that all of these cases involved knifes. Another common denominator in every one of these cases, is that the perpetrators were receiving recent ‘care’ from irish psychiatric services. By its very nature, particularly in Ireland, the ‘care’ provided involved psychiatric drugs. That these drugs double the risk of suicide and violence, can lead to mania, psychosis, worsening depression and akathisia, is almost always overlooked.

….overlooked because Big Pharma has them convinced that popping  a pill is the cure.  I mean, why let a little thing like devastating effects deter ignorant, lazy doctors from prescribing these powerful drugs?

It is sooo much easier to look the other way…especially if a doctor is invested in Big Pharma and stands to gain $$ from these horrible drugs.

…but you won’t hear that from the Big Pharma sponsored media.

People are dying.  And they’re looking the other way while they pick up their million dollar salaries.

When Anna Byrne, a woman heavily pregnant with twins, jumped off Howth Head killing herself and her two unborn boys, the fact that her medication had been recently changed wasn’t seen as a mitigating factor. Despite this report in the Irish Independent that Anna was deemed to be “low risk given that she did not indicate that she was suicidal and had made future plans”, her psychiatrist doubled her dose of Sertraline (aka Zoloft and Lustral), a few days before she jumped to her death.

Given that these are Irish, there is a good chance that the depression may be caused by toxicity.  Irish are known to be lacking the gene that helps rid the body of heavy metals.  Heavy metal toxicity causes anxiety and depression.

That is in combination with the tendency towards Celiac disease….and all the issues associated with it – such as leaky gut, seizures, and in extreme cases, schizophrenia.  Anne may have been suffering neurological issues due to the stress on her gut–resulting in serious inflammation.  This is especially true if she were eating a diet full of wheat and genetically modified organisms (GMO).

And I can bet my last dollar that the doctor never looked at diet before prescribing these horrible drugs.    Diet has been shown to be extremely important to resolve issues that appear to be mental issues which are in fact physical issues manifesting as neurological.

You might recall the book Potatoes Not Prozac, by Kathleen Desmaisons, where she was able to help alcoholics conquer the addiction by changing their diet.  She had counseled alcoholics but she had a group that really wanted to quit, but just couldn’t seem to beat it.  She began to inquire on diet, and realized that they reacted strongly to sugar spikes.  That is, if they saw a plateful of cookies out of the oven, they would want to eat all of them.

She developed a low-glycemic diet for them to follow, which allowed them to overcome the addiction.

I have to say from my own perspective, I think candida is a factor in this, since candida overgrowth will make one crave sweets.

The coffee enemas and fasting have been reported to also help with addictions, as well as detox the liver.  I remember on one site, a gal who had given up cigarettes some years before, suddenly began tasting cigarettes (nicotine) after beginning the detox.  Interesting, eh?

Another tie-in to diet is from my personal experience with eating high-sulfur foods when I was really toxic.  I could eat a cup of green beans and be depressed within a couple of hours.  Amazing, isn’t it?


Chris Hedges: Suicide of the Liberal Church **edited

A thought-provoking post by Chris Hedges, an ordained Presbyterian minister.

I agree with the premise that churches have become corporatized….along with the rest of America.    We no longer seem to know what to truly value…everything we see has a dollar sign attached to it.  The corporate media has trained our eyes towards the meritocracy — WHO has value and WHAT has value– and at what level of value??

I was alarmed during the Bush Administration when I saw megachurches really taking off….and their outside message boards were touting Christian financial seminars.  And I became even more alarmed when I saw the smaller churches following suit.

I was wondering what the hell was happening.  Pun intended.

Jesus plainly states in the Bible that one can only have one master:  Money or God.  And you will be asked to choose which is your master throughout your lifetime.

Not only that, but the only passage in the Bible where I saw Jesus with any anger was in the Temple, when he threw out the bankers (moneychangers) and merchants.  I believe this was the moment the church leaders plotted to have him murdered.  He was showing them up because he wanted to keep the space holy while they were denigrating it.

And I saw and read of churches actively telling its members that God would bless them with financial gains if only they believed in God and followed the minister’s dictates.  There was a subtle judgment on the poor and those who were once wealthy but now poor…they *must* have done something to displease God….and God was punishing them for it.

God did not invent money.

So it stands to reason that God did not consider money important.

Therefore, it doesn’t make sense that God would reward or punish people with money.

As I have posted on before, I’ve had my own struggles with the Presbyterian church I grew up in…and how they feel they are becoming “too liberal”.  I had gone back because of the church divesting itself of Caterpillar stock amongst others after Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and after reading of Presbyterians joining Jews and others to form a circle around a Muslim mosque in San Francisco so they could pray in peace.

Hedges remarks on subjugating women, but he doesn’t go far enough.

My memory could be faulty, but I don’t recall much being said about the women prophets in the Bible in either the Presbyterian nor Catholic Church.

Actually, the most striking memory I have growing up is the women of Salem who were accused of being witches.  The girls accusing them would fake convulsions or other behavior and then claim these women were “causing” them to do it.  And no woman was safe — one woman was a regular church goer who lived her Christianity as Jesus did, and yet she was accused and convicted solely based on the nasty girls’ word.

Women in the Middle Ages were persecuted and drowned by the Catholic Church for heresy — the Church wanted to punish them for being independent and not obeying their authority.  For all the church knew, these women were close to God and did not need the Church to tell them what to do or how to live their lives.

For me, personally, I could not get past the Confession.  Even though I joined my (ex) husband’s church, I truly did not realize what it fully meant.  The Confession, to me, was a barrier.  Nothing can be more personal than to acknowledge one’s sins/errors to God and then ask for forgiveness.  The Confession removed that close connection in my view.  And it also placed the priest in a position of power not only over the parishioner’s spiritual life, but their cultural life, as well.

Having said that, I can say that the Catholic Church at least acknowledged the extreme sacrifice Mother Mary made.  Although they stopped there, at least there was some acknowledgement of a woman of great spirituality.

Too bad they portrayed Mary Magdalene as a whore and prostitute…when there was no evidence that she was *ever* a prostitute.  And the way they went about correcting this smear campaign was by what some have referred to as a “page 11 retraction” in the newspaper.  That is, they went to great lengths to portray Mary Magdalene as a prostitute as if it were front page news, but then they further denigrated her by quietly saying she was NOT a prostitute by burying that news so that even today, people still believe she was a prostitute.

In fact, the more I learn of Mary Magdalene, the more I see that she had Jesus’ back.  She truly “got it” and that is why she was included in Jesus’ inner circle…but again, the churches ignore her significance.

And not only was Mary Magdalene part of the inner circle, but Jesus and the Nazarenes were more egalitarian.

Mother Mary was not only Jesus’ mother, but she also was a prophet.  This bit of information I’ve just uncovered in recent months….and it’s one of those slap your head moments where you think *of course* she was a prophet.  She had to be.

I found a couple of good pages on women prophets:

Rediscovering the Prophetic Role of Women.

As I point out in my book, What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit, “The principles of 1 Corinthians 12 show the importance of the gift of prophecy. There it was emphasized that the Holy Spirit wanted to use the individual to bless and build up the whole Body. He wants us to grow up into Christ, for only as the whole Body is fitted together and united, with every part receiving a supply from the Head, does the Body grow to the upbuilding of itself in love (Ephesians 4:15,16). The love of 1 Corinthians 13 will also lead us to strive for prophecy above other spiritual gifts because it does more to edify the Church.”1 The gift is “available to any member of the congregation…. In fact, because of the edification of the Church through this gift all are encouraged to seek it.”2

Some have misinterpreted 1 Corinthians 14:34, “Women should remain silent in the churches” to mean that women should not minister in the vocal gifts. However, Paul had already said in verse 31, “you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” In the context Paul was also speaking about interruptions and disorder. Paul “suggests that another type of interruption should be avoided. Women (who were usually uneducated in that day) were asking questions in an improper manner and thus contributing to the confusion. They were told to hold their questions and ask their husbands at home. This should be applied to both men and women in matters that custom considers unbecoming.


Some Native American tribes believed that women were closer to God/Great Spirit because of their ability to give life.

And they do not denigrate women’s menstruation as Christian and Jewish churches do.

While Christian/Jewish women are told the blood is a curse because of Eve, traditional Native girls have a ceremony to celebrate their first menses.  They are not told to be ashamed of themselves and their bodies, but instead acknowledge that the menstrual blood gives nourishment, and therefore life, to a baby.

This, for me, also ties into women being given the gift of prophesy.  If God considered them  *less than* men– I don’t see that God would have given them the gift of prophesy, as well.  So clearly God sees women as equals.

**EDITED to add:  I was thinking about a childhood friend who had her “come to Jesus” moment awhile ago.  I was still in my questioning mode of whether there was a God, so I didn’t understand something she told me:  she said that she put God first, her husband second, and her child last.

This bothered me because I thought children should be equally as important as a spouse.  It felt like to me that she was putting the children’s needs last.  This is especially important to acknowledge when a husband is jealous of the children.  I can see the children’s needs neglected to satisfy a husband’s immature expectations.

Looking back, I still feel the same about the children, but now with wisdom of years and prayer, I see exactly what she meant in putting God first.  The connection with God is a woman’s own.  It’s her strength.  It’s her source of courage to stand up for what she knows is right even though men are telling her differently.







Stories from the Grocery Store

What a powerful post! As I’ve stated on my own blog, Indiana has adopted draconian measures such as docking food stamps for every $100 one earns…thereby keeping people in perpetual poverty.
And thank you, Carol, for the excellent excerpts of Obama care that will take away ALL assets of anyone asking for assistance. So the antidote to this is to grow as much of your own food, with heirloom seeds, that you can. Food is medicine and organic food is the means to obtain health. Then you won’t need Obama care. 🙂

Voices from the Margins

Carol A. Hand

Going to the grocery store is not my favorite chore. In truth, I typically avoid it as long as possible. It sometimes feels as if I’m entering the twilight zone or the aftermath of a zombie invasion. I encounter people blocking the aisles as they talk or text on cell phones or, as if in a daze, stare glazed-eyed at the colorful shelves stocked with chemical fare or off into space. They move at such an unbelievably slow pace, seemingly oblivious to everyone else. It feels like I’m in a different dimension, moving at a different speed.

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Photo: Super Grocery – “Fredmeyer” by lyzadanger – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

I repeat an inner mantra. “Be patient, be kind.” But I try to zip thought this task and escape as quickly as I can.

These days, the major impetus for facing this…

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Minister of Justice responds to call for inquiry into Gustafsen Lake standoff

I don’t understand why there has to be a choice between one or the other? I’m not in Canada, so I don’t know the budget constraints, but surely an 83 year old man deserves justice…as do the Native women.

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11672445 Federal justice minister and British Columbia MP Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks at SFU in Vancouver, BC Saturday, January 23, 2016. Photograph by: Jason Payne , Vancouver Sun

Says it’s not a priority

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will look into a call for an inquiry into the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff, but the issue is not a top priority.

Wilson-Raybould, who is also the Liberal MP for Vancouver-Granville and Canada’s first aboriginal minister, delivered her first official speech since being appointed justice minister at Simon Fraser University’s Woodward campus on Saturday in downtown Vancouver.

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And They Say I Am Changing The World

There’s just something about this that bugs me…there is still an air of privilege. It reminds me of the song they keep playing at Christmastime with the words “well, tonight, thank God it’s them instead of you…” Do you have any idea how smug and self-important that makes one? And how that feels to the poor…who do not “deserve” to be in their positions any more than the rich “deserve” to be in theirs?? What did he do to help the homeless woman, instead of pitying her? Why not see about sustainable housing like Earthships for her so she won’t be homeless?

Just A Crazy Dreamer

On the way to visit one of my schools, As I sat back on my rickshaw enjoying the wind playing with my hair; The man pulling me towards my destination wiped the sweat off his brows.. And they say, I am changing the world.

Looking the other way, As I yet again walked past the homeless lady that they all claim to be mad;  A CNG driver stopped and offered her apples that he had exclusively bought for her. And they say, I am changing the world;

After clearing the coveted IIT examination, As I went to buy sweets to celebrate; The sales boy, the same age as myself, while handing me the sweets congratulated me on my achievement. I walked out of the shop with the sweets in one hand and the realization of my privilege in the other.. And they say, I am changing the world.

Travelling through the…

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The Book To Read: The French Intifada.

…not to mention the French also colonized Haiti and Vietnam…with disastrous results, as well.

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I was really looking forward to reading Andrew Hussey’s new book The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs, and it didn’t dissapoint me, on the contrary – it held up to my expectations.

To fully understand both the social and political pressures wracking contemporary France – and all of Europe – as well as major events from the Arab Spring in the Middle East to the tensions in Mali, Andrew Hussey argues that we have to look beyond the confines of domestic horizons.

As much as unemployment, economic stagnation, and social deprivation exacerbate the ongoing turmoil in the banlieues (the urban hotspots for tension and bouts of rioting), Hussey describes how the root of the problem lies elsewhere: in the continuing fallout from Europe’s colonial era.

In banlieues in Paris, Hussey writes…

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NY Charter School Diva Defends Harsh Discipline; Parents File Civil Rights Complaint


Last Wednesday, 13 New York City parents filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.  The parents claim that New York’s Success Academy Charter Schools have persistently violated the rights of students with special needs.  Success Academy Charters, as charter schools receiving public funding, are required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to protect the rights of children who need special learning accommodations.

Here are the allegations from the complaint as filed: “Complainants allege that Success Academy engages in policies and practices throughout their network which violate students’ rights under Section 504 and the IDEA, including but not limited to:

  • Success Academy discriminates against students with disabilities by failing to identify them or provide them with reasonable accommodations;
  • Success Academy discriminates and retaliates against students with disabilities by taking measures to coerce them to leave Success Academy when they require or may require…

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