Thursday, March 02, 2017

Figuring Stuff out on my Own

Well, I am 72 years old, and I have got a lot of stuff figured out.  Some of this stuff I have been thinking about for a very long time, and I don't just say stuff off the top of my head.  I have done my research.  Like most everybody else, most of my research is done through Google.  Since I am sort of hard of hearing and a lot of these websites it is hard for these old eyes to read what they have written there, I usually like to click on videos and start scanning down until I see something I have not seen before that seems to be along the lines of what I am looking for.  I wear my headsets all the time, and I listen to these videos pretty much all the way through.  Some of them are as much as nine hours long.  Sometimes I view full screen and sometimes I am off and about doing other things and just listening to the video in the background; Clicking back now and again to see if there is something I should be seeing.   I sort of prefer the ones where the guy is standing at a lectern with maybe a laser pointer and a screen with his graphics on it.   Most of the time you get the gist of what he is talking about just listening, and then I will go back over certain spots, especially if he has something on the screen that needs to be read.  Sometimes I Share this stuff with other people I think might be interested, but mostly they think I am a Kook and very seldom do any of them listen to it all the way through like I do.   Over the years, I have made some startling discoveries, and verified it many times through various sources.  Pretty much all of this stuff has to be categorized as Alternative Information.  I learned a long time ago you can not trust Mainstream Media.  One of the best examples I can give you is when the BBC Reporter is announcing that the third WTC building has collapsed, Building Seven, and in the video, you can clearly see Building Seven in the background still standing strong for some twenty minutes after she has made her announcement.  You just know when you see this stuff, they have been fed the stories they want you to cover and the Media has no idea where this information comes from, and certainly do not verify the facts.  Mainstream Media is the puppets of the Government, and the Government is the puppets of the Ruling Elite.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  The main thing I want you to understand at this time, is that pretty much all of the stuff I have figured out is definitely not what the majority of the people believe.  They just all consider me to be a nut case and a conspiracy theorist.

As a matter of fact, I maintain a website I call North Country Alternatives, and it includes all sorts of alternatives to everything from Alternative Building styles to Alternative Healthcare, Food and Nutrition.  NECA, is there for the Electricians.  How they tell you to wire an outlet is the way the big electrical outfits can make the most money in the shortest time, not what is the safest way for you to wire your own house.  And if it says, "UL Approved", that is so some great invention you made is not going to easily make it on the market to compete with their products.  The AMA is there to help the Doctors, they are not going to tell you what is good for you, they want you to know what is good for the doctors, and the doctors get paid by the Pharmaceuticals, and it is Big Pharma that is getting Government Grants to do the research to tell you to use this drug or that drug to fix whatever ails you.    And it is their top executives that sit in all the top spots in the Administration to make sure their drugs get approved.  A great example is Donald Rumsfeld and how he got Aspartame approved by the FDA.  Do your own research on that one, That is a book by itself.

A very long time ago, one of the first things I figured out is that sugar is at the root of all my physical problems.  Mostly it is in my Acid Reflux, or GERD, as it is called.  For some reason or another, hardly anyone will believe that eating sugar gives you acid.  People just naturally assume that eating acid gives you acid, just like eating high cholesterol foods gives you high cholesterol.  I know I certainly was not surprised to find out they are finally reversing all this claptrap and recognize that eating eggs for breakfast every single day of your life does not contribute significantly to your High Cholesterol readings and may even help to lower your blood pressure.  I have known this for years, and I am not going to go down the road so many of my acquaintances have gone to having severe muscular issues including death, from them taking doctor prescribed Staten drugs to lower their cholesterol.  Like I say, I learned about sugar before 1975, but I still have convinced very few people of the dangers of eating refined sugar and especially in the case of High Fructose Corn Syrup.  For some reason or another, people will not believe anything unless some very well paid professional tells them.  And then of course, they are immediately on all the diabetes medications which is obviously the biggest rip-off in the medical industry.  They certainly do not want you to understand your problem and fix it on your own, they want you on these drugs for the rest of your life, which may not be very long.  It was not for some time after that, when I fully appreciated just how extensive this problem is, because they put sugar in everything, and if they advertise, "No Sugar Added", you better believe there is something worse than sugar in there, like Aspartame.  Of course, these days most people are finally catching on to the fact that anything prepared for you is not good for you, but they eat it anyway.  All the advertising is made on this Junk Food and it is especially aimed at the very young, so they get indoctrinated at a very early age.   Why is it we finally banned all that cigarette advertising but it is still OK to advertise Pop and other soft drinks??  It is a much greater problem, especially in America than smoking ever has been.  And that includes  smoking Marijuana, I might add, but they certainly do not want you to find out all the medical uses for marijuana, now, do they??

Sugar has gotten into everything.  Even McDonalds dips their French Fries in sugar water so they caramel up nicely when they hit the frier.   One of the worst prepared foodsn are the breads and bread products.  
At one point I thought I was having some GERD issues when I ate pizza.  "No sugar there", I thought.  WRONG AGAIN, I finally figured out it is the crust for Pete's sake.  Now I eat all the pizza I want, I just scrape all the good stuff off the crust and leave the crust.  I suppose I could start eating the pie filling and leave the pie crust, but the pie is loaded with sugar as well.  I have pretty much given up every kind of dessert.  The first thing to go, was one of my most favorite of all snacks.  A carameled nut roll will put me out of commission for three days.  One of the LAST things to go, is a simple sandwich.  Needless to say, I Love bread.  What are the alternatives??  Sorry little boy, no bread, is the alternative.  I still buy ham and cheese, but I can not eat ham and cheese sandwiches.  But, of course, if I tell anyone else all these things they are absolutely certain I must be Gluten Intolerant.  One of the areas that I have not yet done much research is in the grains, but I do know we are ALL pretty much Gluten Intolerant.  It seems we were introduced to grains somewhat recently,  some say by aliens, who brought it to Earth for us to cultivate after the Great Deluge.  I am not opposed to this view, as they appear somewhat suddenly on the scene in Mesopotamia, along with animal husbandry.  One way or another, our bodies do not seem to handle certain foods very well.  Some foods are toxic, if not well cooked, like lentils.  This is actually a design plan by the plants themselves.  They really have no interest in animals eating them, except in a limited fashion to distribute their seeds.  An excerpt from Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, "...Cereal grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, sorghum etc)  and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, garbanzo beans, peanuts etc.) most typically have evolved toxic compounds to prevent predation."  Two major problems caused by consuming these toxins,  1.) Reduced natural insulin production resulting in Diabetes and 2.)  Joint inflammation, resulting in Arthritis.  How many people know this??  Try telling someone he has to stop eating beans and other lentils; all of the above mentioned grains, especially wheat; and add to that the entire Nightshade family, (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant).  I can almost guarantee you no one will take your advice.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Country Of the Politicians, By the Politicians and For the Politicians

For some time I have been wanting to do a BLOG on the people who make the rules to fit their personal ambitions and somehow expect the rest of us to blindly follow, like sheep to the slaughter.  This of course, does not limit the scope of this discussion to Politicians, as the title implies.  It includes all those independent companies and individuals, especially those with enough money to buy their influence and thereunto, the laws they wish implemented.

Yes, this is primarily aimed at all the politicians, who are, largely, lawyers themselves.  All  the CEOs of all the large Corporations, all the Bankers and Lawyers, and yes, to a lesser extent, the Doctors and Teachers and Law Enforcement, for, whereas, at least they do provide a certain service that we do need, have largely bought into this system that has been taken over from a country that was designed to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people to one that is there for big money and the average man has very little to say about it.

A really good modern day example of how this system now works, let us take the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Act.  A lot of you are probably under the belief the Republicans fought tooth and nail to get it blocked, while the Democrats jammed it down their throats, however, they are just as complicit as their supposed foes on Capitol Hill.  In fact, most of what is wrong with the law was placed their by the Republican Leaders, before they would sign on to it in a "JOINT" effort to finally do something about the Healthcare system in this country.  It is hard to find any individuals who think they got a good deal here.  Those who still think it is a system worth keeping are in the healthcarre industry itself, and of course the Insurance Companies are eating it up.

Insurance has long been the root of all evil perpetrated against the American public.  They were the first to get laws implemented that said every individual has to have insurance, starting with Car Insurance and now with Health Insurance as well.  Any economics professor would be quick to acknowledge that the Insurance business is the greatest example of Corporate "Skimming" that has ever existed.  ALL people in the Insurance business make their living at the expense of the average guy who thinks he can not live without insurance.  On the contrary, if he simply put every dime into a simple Savings Account, that he now pays for Insurance premiums, he would have no trouble at all paying for the services that insurance supposedly covers.

A better example may be the TARP program, that bailed out the banks a few years ago.  Most people in America are under the mistaken belief that the banks have long since paid off their debt and TARP is history.  The facts reveal that the bankers are still reaping huge profits from that program and the "help" it supposedly gave to homeowners trying to keep their homes has been pretty much missing from the equation.  How many people do you know who have actually had their mortgages rewritten as a result of the TARP program??  Here again, it was George W. Bush who called both major presidential candidates into his office prior to the election in 2008 to "advise" them of the consequenses of either bailing out the banks, or not doing so.  Whichever one was elected, was expected to carry out the policy instigated by George W. Bush, which Barack Obama did, so both Democrats and Republicans perpetrated this evil against the American public.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Perils of being a Christian

I got to thinking a lot lately about how hard it is to be a "Good Christian".  You have so much responsibility.   You always have to keep second guessing the other guy and try to figure out if he is a "Good Christian" like yourself or if he really needs some help, or even if he is really saved at all, and you got to decide whether you need to teach him about what the Word says, or if you need to "Stand in the gap" for him, or if it would be terribly bad for you if you caused him to stumble, etc.  And then it gets even tougher, when you have to decide whether or not, maybe he is a "Better Christian" than you are and maybe you need to listen to him more about what the Word says and maybe he is right to decide, maybe YOU are not really saved and he has some sort of knowledge that you don't have that could really make you a "Better Christian".   I really got to thinking a lot about this after I realized that..."Strait is the Gate and narrow the way that leads to Eternal life and few shall find it but wide is the path that leads to destruction, and many shall go in thereat."    When I got to thinking about all those people who call themselves Christian and how they always call a few others a bunch of Cults, I could not help but wonder, "What if it were those Cult guys who are right and all those others are on that wide path leading to destruction??"  I'm sure that is the way those Cult guys look at it.  They certainly are not going to make the mistake of calling them "Good Christians."  Oh Woe is me,  what can I do to understand which group it is I belong in??   I know if I bring this up to my pastor, he is going to say, all I got to do is study the Bible and it will become very clear to me.  Then he will ask me when It was that I received the Holy Spirit, and if I am not able to tell him the exact day and hour, he will be convinced I am not saved at all and will invite me to come to the Bible study so I can learn how to be saved, and then when I receive the Holy Spirit, I will know for sure what I need to know to set my mind at ease.

Monday, March 05, 2012

The Case against Aspartame

I guess I have been a little bit reluctant to enter into the conversation surrounding Aspartame. This is mostly, because there is a very significant article on Snopes that mostly discounts all the articles written claiming there to be a significant Health Risk associated with Aspartame usage. That is, until I read the original article supposedly written by a non existant person who attended and lectured at a non-existant conference. Makes it look pretty much like scare tactics, as usual. Unfortunately, I began to smell a snake in the grass when I read that Donald Rumsfeld might be involved in a scheme to push the approval through the FDA in the early days of the Reagan presidency. As a matter of fact, GD Searle, the inventor of the original product re-submitted his request for approval the day after Reagan took office. This raised the hairs on the back of my head and I began to have serious suspicions of a government conspiracy at the very highest levels, much as we were pushed into the war in Iraq, by that same Donald Rumsfeld in a later Republican administration. Sure enough, I quickly learned the controversy goes much deeper than Snopes seems to have discovered. It makes you wonder if Barbara and David Mikkelson don't themselves own stock in Monsanto. I was especially concerned after discovering that Monsanto had bought GD Searle in 1985 for 2.7 billion dollars. I knew Monsanto had a history of manipulating their friends in Congress and the white House. Therefore, in my thinking, they must all be guilty as charged. Then when the U.S. Supreme Court, headed by Conservative, Clarence Thomas, who is a former attorney for Monsanto, refused to hear arguments by Consumer Groups that the FDA did not follow proper procedures in approving Aspartame, I was positive there was government and political manipulation going on here.

It was not until 1995 that Consumer activist Betty Martini managed to force the FDA to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act that supplied a list of all the adverse effects reported to the FDA by consumers associated with their Aspartame ingestion. The list is quite startling and
includes four deaths and more than 90 unique symptoms, a majority of which are connected to impaired neurological function. They include: headache; dizziness or problems with balance; mood change; vomiting and nausea; seizures and convulsions; memory loss; tremors; muscle weakness; abdominal pains and cramps; change in vision; diarrhoea; fatigue and weakness; skin rashes; deteriorating vision; joint and musculoskeletal pain.

For a complete time-table in the history of Aspartame, visit the main link supplied in the title of this BLOG. I will be making further contributions to this BLOG, or modifying the existing content, in the coming days, as I further investigate the claims both pro and con.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Social Democrats

My brother, Ron had mentioned to me that he thought we needed to revamp the Democratic Party and get it back to what it was before "...The Socialists moved in and took it over..." He mentioned that it happened in the George McGovern campaign. I knew that my Dad always felt that the McGovern people more or less destroyed the party, but I was quick to point out to Ron that the Socialists had become a part of the party long before the McGovern run in 1972. In fact, they were instrumental in getting John F. Kennedy elected in 1960. I was not too sure when this change had come to pass, but knew that Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale were among those elite Minnesota Democrats who had roots in the Socialist movement.

Anyway, so I decided to write a BLOG about the Socialist movement in America and how it has been integrated into the Democratic party.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dan's Documentation

I have been under a lot of pressure to provide some documentation for some of the claims I am making, so this BLOG will focus on a lot of links to various works by others showing how the World has been affected by the US and British Imperialists in the battle for control of the World's Oil Fields.

The story starts, Pre-WWI , when
the Russian Czar made numerous treaties with Great Britain in an effort to divvy up the country now known as Iran. The original secret treaty was signed in 1907 and was called the "Convention of St Petersburg", which gave the Northern half of Persia to Russia and the Southern half to Britain, (which of course had all the oil fields). Persia's government was not even consulted. At that time there was not much of a government at all, and the British had little trouble maintaining control.

Anglo Persian began pumping oil in 1908 making Iran the first major area to have it's oil exploited by the Imperialists. Great Britain converted all it's ships to Oil and dominated WWI because their ships were so much faster and ranged further than the conventional coal fired ships of the day.

After the defeat of Germany in World War 1, Britain’s Lord Curzon declared that the Allies had “floated to victory upon a wave of oil.” (Everest, p. 31)

Anglo Persian eventually became British Petroleum and much of WWI was fought in Iran over Britain's claim to the oil fields they had established there.

BP became one of he world’s largest oil companies; it was founded solely on Middle Eastern oil. (Larry Everest, Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda, p. 30)

While promising independence to the Region's peoples, Britain, France and Russia were secretly negotiating to divide up the Middle East between them. This fact came to light when the Bolsheviks released all of the documents they found in the Czar's Foreign Ministry Archives, including the Treaty called the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement.

Once the Bolsheviks were in control in Russia, Britain launched a new offensive under the guise of fighting the spread of Communism, and in 1919, they imposed the Anglo-Persian Agreement, which gave them exclusive control of the
government, including the transportation and communication, army and treasury. Beginning in 1921, the British supported a series of military coups, by Reza Khan, who eventually was established as Shah in 1926, operating as a Puppet of British Imperialism. This was the beginning of the Pahlavi Dynasty.

Enter the Good Old USA: Of course, sooner or later the United States had to become involved because of increased pressure applied by Standard Oil (now Exxon) and eventually a deal was worked out to share the spoils.

By 1928 the British were forced to give U.S. firms a cut of Iraqi oil, thanks to America’s rising global power and the leverage exerted by U.S. firms: Standard Oil (now Exxon) supplied half of Britain’s oil. Oil historian John Blair described the resulting “Red Line” agreement as “an outstanding example of a restricted combination for the control of a large portion of the world’s supply by a group of companies which together dominate the world market for this commodity.” (Everest, pp. 38-39)

Perhaps Dan would like to hear the same story from anot
her perspective. At this point I will be quoting from The Encyclopedia Britannica . That source will probably bear a little more weight than the previous discourse. According to this source, the agreement included Afghanistan and Tibet.

Rise of
Reza Khan

Until the beginning of World War I, Russia effectively ruled Iran, but, with the outbreak of hostilities, Russian troops withdrew from the north of the country, and Iranians convened the third Majles. Jubilation was short-lived, however, as the country quickly turned into a battlefield between British, German, Russian, and Turkish forces. The landed elite hoped to find in Germany a foil for the British and Russians, but change eventually was to come from the north.

Following the Russian Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the new Soviet government unilaterally canceled the tsarist concessions in Iran, an action that created tremendous goodwill toward the new Soviet Union and, after the Central Powers were defeated, left Britain the sole Great Power in Iran.

During the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Oil concessions were first granted in 1901, during the Qājār period, and the first commercially exploitable petroleum deposits were found in 1908. Reza Shah renegotiated a number of these concessions, despite the ire these agreements raised among the Iranian people. The concessions were to remain a violent point of contention in Iran for decades to come.

Reza Shah’s need to expand trade, his fear of Soviet control over Iran’s overland routes to Europe, and his apprehension at renewed Soviet and continued British presence in Iran drove him to expand trade with Nazi Germany in the 1930s. His refusal to abandon what he considered to be obligations to numerous Germans in Iran served as a pretext for an Anglo-Soviet invasion of his country in 1941. Intent on ensuring the safe passage of U.S. war matérial to the Soviet Union through Iran, the Allies forced Reza Shah to abdicate, placing his young son Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi on the throne.

Petroleum revenues were to fuel Iran’s economy for the next quarter of a century. There was no further talk of nationalization, as the shah firmly squelched subsequent political dissent within Iran. In 1957, with the aid of U.S. and Israeli intelligence services, the shah’s government formed a special branch to monitor domestic dissidents. The shah’s secret police—the Organization of National Security and Information, Sāzmān-e Amniyyat va Ettelaʿāt-e Keshvār, known by the acronym SAVAK—developed into an omnipresent force within Iranian society and became a symbol of the fear by which the Pahlavi regime was to dominate Iran.

Unfortunately, this source apparently has little to say about the Revolution that installed the Ayatollah Khomeini, or the taking of the 66 American hostages. On April 1, 1991 after the Shah had died in Cairo, following overwhelming support in a national referendum, Khomeini declared Iran an Islamic republic. That sort of ended Western influence over the oil in Iran.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Shock and Awe

This Post is written primarily in response to those who believe it is not only our right but even our command from God to Judge others, in spite of the admonition Jesus made in the "Sermon on the Mount" in Chapter 7 of Matthew to "Judge not, Lest you be Judged".

A dossier released by "Iraqi Body Count", a project of the UK non-governmental non-violent and disarmament organization Oxford Research Group, attributed approximately 6,616 civilian deaths to the actions of US led forces during the "Invasion Phase", including the "Shock and Awe" bomb
ing campaign on Baghdad. Of course, this finding was immediately dismissed by the US government as being erroneous, however their own attempts at enumerating civilian losses was obviously disinformation and misinformation. Many people do not know that the idea of Shock and Awe as a military concept was conceived much earlier, even possibly by the Germans in the Blitzkrieg, but the idea was adopted by the Bush White house and came largely into the public awareness in the wake of the US led attack on Baghdad in March of 2003. The doctrine was formally written by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade in 1996 and is a product of the National Defense University of the United States. The authors used, as an example, the theoretical invasion of Iraq 20 years after Operation Desert Storm, and they even cited the use of misinformation and disinformation as an integral part of the doctrine.

t should be pretty obvious to anyone willing to take the time to read the information available with an open mind, that someone in the Bush White House had read this doctrine and brought it to the attention of George Bush in some meeting in the White House, (or even before his election), where it was subsequently determined to give it a whirl against Baghdad. They proceeded, against overwhelming opposition in Congress and the united Nations. The proposed Invasion of Iraq was strongly opposed by some traditional US allies, including the governments of France, Germany, New Zealand and Canada. Only four countries participated in the initial invasion: The United States, Great Britain, Australia, Poland and in addition, support was given by Iraqi Kurdistan. As a matter of fact, the president ordered the plans for the invasion to be drafted within two weeks of the 9-11 attacks.

It is my belief that George Bush has read the Sermon on the Mount, or had it read to him, many times. He has also had it explained to him in depth. I believe this because GW Bush was very vocal about his Christian Faith, unlike many of his predecessors, who preferred to keep their religion out of their Politics. One of the most controversial passages in this sermon is found in Matthew 7; vs 1-5:

1 JUDGE not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Now in this context of his background and raising, how is it possible that arguably the most powerful man in the world at that time, could make this determination to invade Iraq, on his own, with only the support and consideration of his very closest circle of advisors. By February of 2003, largely through a campaign of misinformation and disinformation, and in spite of a UN inspection of Iraqi facilities in response to UN Resolution 1441, GW Bush was able to convince Congress to pass a Joint Resolution to authorize use of US Armed Forces against Iraq. Although a large majority of Americans polled were in favor of an invasion, by this time, a large majority also favored diplomatic solutions.

In summary, the Bush Administration, made the determination to proceed with this pre-emptive invasion of Iraq, based on disinformation and misinformation by his closest circle of advisors, and against the wishes of the American people and world-wide public opinion. This plan was essentially put into place on the day of his inaugeration.