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Wednesday 2nd January 2013


Well, 2013 has officially arrived! I hope you saw the New Year in in fine style and that 2013 is all you hope it will be.

Saw a post on Facebook recently that blamed religion for many evils. I replied:

Speaking as one who has been raised a Presbyterian and have minorly studied some and majorly studied other religions and a good bit of philosophy, I hold the view that an idea is not to blame for who believes in it.

I have met a great many people in my life, most good, a few not so. I see most people find what they seek. Those who look for a reason to do good, will find it. Those who look for a reason to do harm will find that too.

Most people looking to do what we consider harm think they are doing the right thing. What they intend to do solves a problem for them. Unfortunately for most of us, the real nut jobs think the problem is too many people so their solution is to wipe 80-90% of us off the face of the planet. It matters not that they justify their harmful intentions as the will of God, Allah, the Devil or environmental necessity, the simple fact is, they are applying their intellect towards destruction rather than creation.

If they spent that amount of time looking to solve the problems constructively, so we could all survive better and in more harmony with the animals, plants and the Earth, nobody would need die to prevent environmental destruction.

My observation is that people who say it is God’s will or fate etc. are abdicating responsibility for their own causation. Things mostly happen because we take action or fail to take action. Of course you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But then again, how come you weren’t being bright enough that day to predict that? After all, you are an immortal spiritual being who has the potential to know everything, past present and future.

The answer to that is that because you are natively so powerful, it took a lot to trick you into believing that is not the case and to tie you down with string of your own creation. Only a journey of spiritual discovery can help you increase your awareness level to be able to see the strings and untie them.


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Can HP Survive the Post-PC Revolution?

On November 20, 2012, Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced its second quarterly write-down of over $8 billion dollars in a row. That in itself is cause for alarm, but the fact that HP blamed the write-downs on two of its largest recent acquisitions means the company could be flailing to find a foothold in a world where PCs and printers are quickly becoming niche products.

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Natural Antibiotics

Natural Antibiotics

What a concoction this combination would make! Might make some up for the next time a family member gets sick.

Natural Forces Within Us Are The True Healers of Disease

Natural Forces Within Us The True Healers of Disease

Remove the factors antagonistic to those natural forces, add or increase the factors sympathetic to and supportive of those forces and the body will return much more readily to a state of wellness than it will by suppressing the symptoms with drugs.

More on “SmartMeters”

Austrian Medical Association Calls for Smart Meter Halt (Jan. 2012)

Utility companies claim that wireless “smart” meters emit a fraction of radiation compared to other common wireless devices. This is a blatant lie, as anyone with an analyzer can determine for themselves. Watch this San Francisco resident measure the radiation from a smart meter:

Watch another measurement of a standard smart meter on a home: “The meter registred a max pulse of 70,000 uW/m2 of microwave radiation. I was told by SDGE that the signal is only sent several times a day but is apparent that the radiation is broadcast every couple of minutes. This meter is the cause of the spikes of radiation in my child’s bedroom that she had been exposed to for 7 months before I made the connection between headaches, body pain, and interupted sleep patterns causing daytime fatigue. After moving my family to the opposite end of the house away from the radiation her health issues subsided. Anecdotal? Yes. Are the symptoms still an issue? Not since a few weeks after she was moved.”

Proof that the utility department lied to this customer regarding radiation levels from smart meter:

Learn how hackers (very easily) steal electricity from a smart meter:

Metaphor for Our Time - I am Adam Lanza’s Doctor and You are His Neighbour...

Not often I ask anyone to listen to a psychiatrist but this woman damns psyche drugs and other scourges of our time. If you are looking for a resource to share you could do worse than get others to watch this:!

Ancestral Microbes

Homemade Mommy writes. “Do you think our ancestral microbes are disappearing? I do - in this new post I describe how healthy bacteria can help protect you against cancer, depression, obesity.”

My conjecture is that maybe our protective ancestral microbes are disappearing due to a combination of antibiotics, lack of fermented foods and an abundance of processed foods.

Ten Worst Food Ingredients

Ten Worst Food Ingredients

1. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

WHAT IT IS: MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor-enhancer in processed foods (one of the most common food additives).

WHY IT’S BAD: It’s an known excitotoxin, which is a neurotoxic chemical additive shown to harm nerve cells— overexciting them, sometimes to the point of cell death. Regularly consuming excitotoxins like MSG destroys significant numbers of brain cells and can lead to serious health problems, including neurological disorders. (The two other common excitotoxins used in food are aspartic acid (found in aspartame) and l-cysteine, which is used as a dough conditioner.) In addition, regular consumption of MSG has been shown to stimulate the appetite and contribute to weight gain and obesity.

AKA: MSG goes by several aliases, such as Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Vegetable Protein Extract, Yeast Extract, Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Caseinate, Textured Protein, Soy Protein Isolates, Barley Malt, Calcium Caseinate and Malt Extract.

IT’S FOUND IN: Processed foods like salad dressings, low-fat yogurt, canned meats, frozen entrees, potato chips, canned soups (including Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup), and flavored crackers (like Wheat Thins, Cheez-Its and Triscuits).

2. Aspartame

WHAT IT IS: One of the most widely-used artificial sweeteners.

WHY IT’S BAD: Like MSG, aspartame is an excitotoxin. It also is believed to be carcinogenic, and produces neurotoxic effects such as headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Aspartame contains 10-percent methanol, which is shown to be broken down by the body into the toxic by-products formic acid and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is considered to be a potent nerve toxin and carcinogen, which may explain why aspartame accounts for more reports to the FDA of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined.

AKA: NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, Spoonful, Natrataste, AminoSweet, plus others.

IT’S FOUND IN: Over 6,000 products contain it, including diet and sugar-free sodas and drinks, sugar-free chewing gum, yogurt, breath mints, instant breakfasts, frozen desserts, juice beverages, and gelatins.

AVOID ITS PALS: Splenda (Sucralose), Sweet “n” Low (saccharine)

3. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

WHAT IT IS: This is a highly-refined sweetener in which corn starch is separated from the corn kernel. The corn starch is then converted into corn syrup through a process called acid hydrolysis.

WHY IT’S BAD: Nearly all HFCS is made from genetically-modified corn. It is the number-one source of calories in the US diet, and has been shown to contribute to weight gain and the development of diabetes.

HFCS also is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, insulin resistance, and elevated triglycerides and raised LDL cholesterol. In 2009, the Environmental Health Journal reported that a study conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found mercury in 9 of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. The HFCS came from 3 different manufacturers including popular brands such as Quaker, Hunts, Kraft, Yoplait, Nutri-Grain, and Smuckers. Mercury is a heavy metal and is considered a potent brain toxin. The presence of mercury-contaminated caustic soda in the production of HFCS is common.

AKA: Corn sugar, glucose/fructose (syrup), high-fructose maize syrup inulin, iso-glucose, and fruit fructose.

IT’S FOUND IN: Soda, salad dressings, breads, cereals, yogurt, soups, lunch meats, pizza sauce and condiments. On average, Americans consume 12 teaspoons of HFCS per day.

4. Agave Nectar

WHAT IT IS: This highly-processed sweetener is derived from the agave (cactus) plant. Most agave sold in the US comes from Mexico.

WHY IT’S BAD: Many consumers believe agave syrup is a healthful sweetener, but it’s anything but. Agave nectar contains the highest amount of fructose (55-97%) among all the commercial sweeteners, including HFCS (which averages 55% fructose).

Fructose has been shown to increase insulin resistance, the precursor to Type 2 diabetes. It is mainly broken down in the liver and then converted to fat. Excessive fructose, when consumed in quantities greater than 25 grams a day, has been shown to elevate uric acid levels, which causes chronic, low level inflammation throughout the body. It is also a main cause of fatty liver disease.

Fructose consumption also leads to weight gain, elevated blood sugar and triglycerides, plus high blood pressure.

AKA: Agave Syrup

IT’S FOUND IN: Ice cream, energy bars and cereals, ketchup and other sauces. Agave is also sold as a stand-alone sweetener.

5. Artificial Food Coloring

WHAT IT IS: If your food isn’t naturally colorful, these additives tint them much like the dyes that color clothing.

WHY IT’S BAD: Artificial food dyes were originally synthesized from coal tar — and now they are derived from petroleum. They have long been controversial, and are one of the most widely used additives in food products today. Many dyes have been banned because of their adverse effects on laboratory animals. Studies have confirmed that nine dyes currently approved for use in the US raise the following health concerns.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) study on food dyes, “The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens. Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet it is still in the food supply.” CPSI further reports that these nine food dyes are linked to health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions.

A large-scale British government study (published in 2007in the UK medical journal Lancet) found that a variety of common food dyes, as well as the preservative sodium benzoate, increased hyperactivity and decreased the attention spans of children. These additives were shown to adversely affect children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with children having no prior history of behavior problems.

The European Union (EU) has put labeling regulations in place to inform consumers of the health risks, but the US has failed to follow suit.

AKA: Caramel color, FD&C Blue #1, Brilliant Blue FCF, Bright blue, Blue # 2, Ingtotine, Royal Blue, Red Number 3, Erythrosine, FD&C Red No.40, Allura Red AC, Yellow 5 and 6, FD&C Green Number 3, Fast Green, Sea Green, to name a few.

IT’S FOUND IN: Beverages, candy, baked goods, cereal, energy bars, puddings, jams, bread, macaroni and cheese, deli meat, frostings, condiments, fast food, ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, plus meat and fish (to make them appear “fresher”).

6. BHA and BHT

WHAT IT IS: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT) are preservatives used in many foods to prevent oxidation and extend shelf life.

WHY IT’S BAD: BHA and BHT are oxidants, which have been shown to form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in the body. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, considers BHA to be possibly carcinogenic to humans, and the State of California has listed it as a known carcinogen.

WHERE IT’S FOUND:In packaging materials, cereals, sausage, hot dogs, meat patties, chewing gum, potato chips, beer, butter, vegetable oils, cosmetics, and animal feed.

7. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate

WHAT THEY ARE: These two closely-related chemicals are used to preserve meat.

WHY THEY’RE BAD: When added to meat, the nitrates are readily converted to nitrosamines, which are associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancers. This chemical reaction occurs most readily at the high temperatures. In a 2007 analysis, The World Cancer Research Fund revealed that eating 1.8 ounces of processed meat every day increases your cancer risk by 20%.

AKA: Soda niter, Chile saltpeter

THEY’RE FOUND IN: Cured meats, bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and hot dogs, pate, pickled pig’s feet, canned meat (Vienna sausages, deviled ham), smoked salmon, dried fish, jerky.

8. Potassium Bromate

WHAT IT IS: A form of bromide, it is used as an additive to increase the volume in some breads, rolls, and flours.

WHY IT’S BAD: It has been shown to cause cancer in animals and is banned in the EU, Canada, and several other countries. The FDA, since 1991, has requested that bakers voluntarily stop using it. It is rarely used in California because a cancer warning is required on the label. Bromide is considered to be an endocrine disruptor.

AKA: Bromic acid, potassium salt, bromated flour, “enriched flour.”

IT’S FOUND IN: Most commercial baked goods in the US, including Wonder Bread, Sunbeam, Home Pride (but not in Pepperidge Farm, Arnold, Entenmann’s, and Orowheat brands). It’s also common in flour, and occurs in some toothpaste and mouthwash brands as an antiseptic.

9. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

WHAT IT IS: Produced by Monsanto, rBGH is a genetically-engineered version of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. It is used to boost milk production in dairy cows.

WHY IT’S BAD: “rBGH milk” contains high levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been implicated as major causes of breast, colon and prostate cancers. rBGH milk is not required to be labeled.

Giving cows rBGH has been shown to increase the incidence of mastitis. When a cow has mastitis, pus and blood are secreted into the milk. It also leads to antibiotic resistance, which is tied to the spread of virulent staph infections such as MRSA. Hormones in food have also been linked to the onset of early puberty for girls.

Consumer feedback spurred such megabrands as Dannon and General Mills, and the supermarket chains Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and Publix to phase out products with hormones rBST and rBGH.

AKA: Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).

IT’S FOUND IN: All dairy products that aren’t specifically labeled “No rGBH or rBST.”

10. Refined Vegetable Oil

WHAT IT IS: There are many different kinds of commercially-refined vegetable oils, including soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, and peanut oil.

WHY IT’S BAD: Refined cooking oils are made by intensive mechanical and chemical processes that extract the oil from the seeds. The refining process also utilizes chemical solvents and high temperatures. The oils are then typically deodorized and bleached. This process removes the natural vitamins and minerals from the seeds and creates a product that has been shown to become rancid and oxidize easily, causing free radical formation.

These oils are also high in Omega-6 fatty acid, which is inflammatory and neutralizes the benefits of Omega-3s in your diet. The oxidation effect has been shown to contribute to inflammation in the body, DNA damage elevated blood triglycerides, and impaired insulin response. Additionally, many refined vegetable oils are hydrogenated. This process creates trans fatty acids, which are known to contribute to heart disease and some cancers.

IT’S FOUND IN: Many, if not most, processed foods such as crackers, granola bars, and baked goods use these vegetable oils. They also are popular as stand-alone products (i.e., cooking oils and margarines).

CONCLUSION: This is certainly not a complete list of all the unhealthful ingredients (just the top 10 worst food ingredients in our opinion) in commercial foods today, but these are the ones to avoid like the plague. If you have other nominees, please add them here.

If we consumers refuse to purchase products containing these ingredients, the food industry will quit making them. It’s really that simple. (You’d be surprised at how closely food companies monitor their sales!)

“Voting” with your dollars is a powerful and immediate way to influence the quality of food in the supermarket. The more you vote, the faster things will change! Read more:

Psychiatry Goes Insane

Psychiatry Goes Insane

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Cop Testimony

If you ever testify in court, you might wish to be as sharp as this policeman. :)

He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer’s credibility...

Q: “Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?”

A: “No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.”

Q: “Officer, who provided this description?”

A: “The officer who responded to the scene.”

Q: “A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?”

A: “Yes, sir. With my life.”

Q: “With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?”

A: “Yes sir, we do!”

Q: “And do you have a locker in the room?”

A: “Yes, sir, I do.”

Q: “And do you have a lock on your locker?”

A: “Yes, sir.”

Q: “Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?”

A: “You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.”

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year’s ’Best Comeback’ line -- and we think he’ll win.

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Worth sharing again.

This year, above all else, remember, many people are trying to survive honestly and with integrity. Don’t let your view of the world be distorted by the lies of main stream media who focus on the petty bad, the petty sensational and the petty scandalous and ignore the important and the good..

When You Have Exhausted All Possibilities Remember This, You Haven't

When You Have Exhausted All Possibilities Remember This, You Haven’t

The Field of Battle is the Human Mind: The Lessons of Xenophon and Alexander

A great read on warfare strategies for those wanting to overturn the current exploitative paradigm.

The Grand Canyon From Space

Grand Canyon From Space

Grand Canyon From Space

Compassion - Include Yourself

Compassion - Include Yourself

Music In The Soul Can Be Heard By The Universe

Music In The Soul Can Be Heard By The Universe

Dancing Candles

Sensational imagination and creativity!


from an interview with John Lennon:

Wonder why I have not seen this until now?

“We’re trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks. And it’s the only way to get people aware that peace is possible, and it isn’t just inevitable to have violence. Not just war — all forms of violence. People just accept it ... [but] We’re all responsible for everything that goes on, you know, we’re all responsible for Biafra and Hitler and everything. So we’re just saying “SELL PEACE” — anybody interested in peace just stick it in the window. It’s simple but it lets somebody else know that you want peace too, because you feel alone if you’re the only one thinking “wouldn’t it be nice if there was peace and nobody was getting killed.” So advertise yourself that you’re for peace if you believe in it.” - John Lennon

Question: Could you give us your personal definition of peace?

John Lennon: Peace? Just no violence, and everybody grooving, if you don’t mind us using the word. Of course we all have violence within us, but we must learn to channel it. We have a hard time making people think we mean what we say in Britain. It’s like telling your parents, “Look, I want my hair long.” We consider this like our Cavern period now. We haven’t really gotten out of Liverpool with this campaign yet, and we’ve got to break London and America. It’s like that. I don’t care how long it takes or what obstacles there are. We won’t ever stop, you know.

Question: Is there one particular incident that got you started on this peace campaign?

John: It just built up over a number of years actually, but the thing that really struck it off was a letter we got from a guy called Peter Watkins who made a film called The War Game. It was a very long letter stating just what’s happening - how the media is really controlled, how it’s all run, and everything else that people really know deep down. He said, “People in your position have a responsibility to use the media for world peace.” And we sat on the letter for about three weeks thinking, “Well, we’re doing our best. All you need is love, man.” That letter just sort of sparked it all off. It was like getting your induction papers for peace!

“The product called peace; it’s got to be sold to the man in the street. We want to make peace big business for everybody.”

(John Lennon, 1969)

A Bicymple - A Bicycle Simplified

A designe and video of a new product coming to market next year.

Wall Of Films For Action

There are plenty of people wanting us to do a better job with ourselves, each other and the planet! Here are some of their works. Watch over 400 of the best social change documentaries free to watch online, all via one massive wall of films on a single page. Just click & watch.



Australian Government Media Caught In Censorship of Historical Archaeological Findings

Throughout 2012 Ryan and I (the founders of Wake Up World) have been working closely with a group of Australian colleagues to understand – and to help make public – the significance of a series of archaeological findings in bushlands of the Kariong/Gosford area on the Central Coast of NSW Australia. An area, I should add, that is under threat of being destroyed by large-scale residential development.

Beautiful Birds

Beautiful Birds

Some aesthetics to welcome in the new year.

Conspiracy Theorist

Conspiracy Theorist

I have a diferent definition. One who believes in truth despite authority insisting he believes thier lies.

Push Back And Nullify

Push Back And Nullify

Flash forward to Sydney 2050

Sydney 2050 will be hot, wet and happening, if all goes well.

Unthinking Respect For Authority Is The Greatest Enemy Of Truth

Unthinking Respect For Authority Is The Greatest Enemy Of Truth

Tenther News

Tenther News

Believe In Yourself

Believe In Yourself

Easier to Find a War Than a Job

Easier to Find a War Than a Job

Sad but true.
No way it is planned that way though... ...nobody would be evil enough to dumb down a population with fluoride, poor education, chemtrails and vaccinations so it could not observe evil that was being done, appoint industry execs to government posts to suppress private rights to healthy food and natural remedies in favour of corporate profits, ship jobs offshore, loot the public coffers to enrich corporations, fail to prosecute wrong doers and allow them to hide behind a corporate cloak, strip the population of the means to defend itself via false flag operations and unconstitutional legislation, suppress a free press and independent journalists, censor public posts on social forums, try to enact legislation to control the means of communication, spend more money than it ever had a hope of repaying, totally ignore the Constitution on which the country was founded, set up over 600 internment camps, arm domestic police with military armaments, activate spy drones in civilian skies... ...nobody could be that calculated about the systematic destruction of liberty... ... could they?

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Public Relations and Marketing

Scott Bywwater Reports - Never Trust An Expert

(If you have a web site and you actually do something with this data it could be the best tip you get all year.)

I’ve got a mate called Ben Stickland. He was one of my first web designers and by his own admission, he’s somewhat a geek at heart.

He loves crunching numbers - and he’s become kind of wealthy doing it, with his company turning over close to $5,000,000.00 per annum in online sales.

Anyway, he runs a web site development and marketing company and one day there were three members of his team who were working on a campaign.

They were trying to find the web page that worked the best.

So they placed a bet.

The other two guys who had worked on multi-million dollar online promotional campaigns and made a lot of money online voted for A and B. Ben also voted for A.

Nobody voted for C.

But guess what?

It turned out that C outsold page A and B by a factor of 2 to 1.

What’s the core message here?

Never be sure of yourself. If world-class marketing geeks who live and breathe this stuff can’t get it right...

What hope do the rest of us have?

I know myself. I’ve split-tested thousands of headlines and even I’m never certain which one’s a winner.

You can’t trust the experts - you’ve got to split test everything because the only true experts are your customers.

Think about it.

What would happen if your web site conversion doubled in 2013.

Heck, what would happen if you simply got a 10% or 20% increase.

You’d add a LOT to your bottom line, that’s what... because virtually all of it is profit.

Remember, you’ll pay the same amount to send traffic to your web site no matter how well it converts.

Google doesn’t care.

But you should.

And that’s why you should get your hands on The Power of Split-Testing: Creating Money Out of Thin Air

All for now,

Scott Bywater

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Until next time,
dream big dreams,
read widely,
think well of your fellow man,
eat food that is good for you
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!


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