Category Archives: Awareness

The Christian Pope

Warning. Don’t read if you love the Pope. Or like him.

On second thought, perhaps then you should read this.

In his ‘Message for the celebration of the day of World Peace 2013‘ the Pope says:

1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.

Nice. I fully agree with this request. Especially the “aspirations of all” part. For some reason I think that the writer of this piece missed something fundamental in the convictions of his holiness the Pope. Take gay people, who are not fully developed humans. Or gay marriage, which is a threat to humanity. I assume all the gay people fall outside this ‘of all’ idea. And the folks who want to use contraceptive to improve health and for AIDS-prevention, for example in Africa? Are they exempt of ‘all’ too?

Another quote from his message:

peace presupposes a humanism open to transcendence.

The Christian church (the Pope?) should start practising this transcendence too. Get over the ideas of undeveloped people, threats to the world, and eradicating contraceptives for health reasons. Get up to speed with the world, don’t try to revert to the dark ages. There are enough people trying to do that without religion as their weapon.

Christianity is not a bad thing, on the contrary. Its basis is to be good for others. Like the basis of the Quran is, and all the other holy books that go around. It’s the interpreters of the words, the manipulators of texts and minds that are the wrong things.

Walmart. A killer company.

So let me get this straight. Walmart is a place where you buy food, clothes, toys and tools, and so forth. Online I found this picture, taken in a Walmart branch (according to the accompanying text at least). I believe it is real as a close friend of mine told me her husband saw these things at a Walmart too:

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According to the information in the post these are, amongst others, a “Sig m400, sig 522”. Not that this means anything to me, but these things look nasty.

As these things are not food or clothes, they must be tools or toys, right? Or rather, this falls under “and so forth”.

Why a person would want such a thing in their house or possession is beyond me, but that’s probably just me.

 

Why a company that promotes “live better” (it is on their logo, look up there, people) tries to make that more real by selling stuff that makes one die faster is even further beyond me. For the zombie apocalypse? For squatting mosquitoes?

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Or are they afraid for Rambi, the deer that shoots back?

 

The United States of America, and god.


The USA is a great country. No doubt about it. I’ve travelled it a lot of times, met wonderful, interesting, odd, funny people, and I saw beautiful places. It’s definitely a great country.

Note: from here on forward this post may be considered rude and offensive against the great nation of the United States of America. Proceed at own risk.

The people that run it, though, can’t make up their minds. It’s this scary religion thing that’s always up their arse. Now now, Pagan boy, that’s a bold statement! Yup. Look here. First amendment, copied directly from usconstition.net:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So there will be no law that forces a person to jump on a specific religion-wagon. Great. I am all in favour of that, as I don’t do gods and goddesses. But now there’s something odd. Have a look at the Pledge of Allegiance:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Whoops? Under God? Which one? The Christian one? The Muslim one? Any of the Pagan gods? (In which case there is a host of Pagan goddesses ready to picket against that one.) Whoa there, Pagan boy, the first Amendment is something of Congress, remember? Yup again. Just have a wee peek at the source of this Pledge quote: Wikipedia. Don’t laugh, I trust Wikipedia, especially in things like this. I am certain there are plenty of Americans who with reason guard the validity this sort of stuff that deals with the emotional heart of their nation and patriotism. And what do we find:

The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of loyalty to the federal flag and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed byFrancis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942.

Does this look odd in a way? The law says you don’t have to do religion, or do what you can. If you pledge allegiance to the flag however, there’s suddenly some god involved. When we look at the previous version (the current one is the fourth revision of 1954), we see:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

Hey, no god here! I wonder where that suddenly popped in from when the law of Congress still says there’s no god stuff happening. On the wikipage you can find: “The phrase “under God” was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending §7 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942.”

Ah… right. In one place they tell the world that America is free of religious impact, and in another place they sneak it in anyway. Way to go. Of course you can always refuse to pledge allegiance to the flag. I’m not sure how bad that would be though.

A shooting at a school

It is sad.

It is very sad.

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And this is all it takes for a madman to create havoc, end the lives of so many innocents.

Why are these things allowed?

I often hear it is not the gun that’s the problem, but the person carrying it.

But when it is so obvious that there are people with such a problem, isn’t it the sanest and simplest thing to make sure they can’t get to guns? Oh, yes, first amendment in the USA, everyone has the right to carry a gun. Well, there you have it. Everyone carries a gun. Also madmen.

I hate guns. I am very very sad, very sorry for the families who now have to go through life without their loved ones. Without children.

Saint Nicholas

As all the world is preparing for Santa Claus to hit the airwaves at incredible speeds and using timewarping to make it to every child in the world, there is another saint going around in the Netherlands and some parts of Belgium. His name: Nicholas.

Sint and Pete, courtesy of Wikipedia

Original texts have disclosed that the patron saint of children refer to Nicolas of Myra, Myra was the capital of old Lycia – now known as Turkey – where he was bishop. Nicolas was born in Patara, apparently in the year 280 C.E.

The birthday of Sint Nicholas is celebrated on December 5th. For this, the old man comes over from Spain (where he now lives) by steamboat, accompanied by his faithful helpers, the black Petes. Their origin is probably Ethiopian. There is a story where St. Nicholas liberated an Ethiopian slave boy called Piter, which would give reason to the name.

 

 

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Saint Nicholas Fest, painting by Jan Steen, around 1663

 

 

A manuscript tells of an old tradition (early 1700s) where poor people would bring a shoe to the church, where then rich people would put something of need or value in those shoes. St. Nicholas is said to put gifts in shoes as well, it is not certain where this tradition started.

 

 

 

So while all the world has Santa Claus from the North Pole, there are different traditions. Lately, thanks to the efforts of commercial visionaries, we now also have Christmas as an opportunity to spend money on gifts. Preparations for that are starting way before those of Sinterklaas, it seems, and that’s a sad thing. Another local tradition (yes, I admit it has turned into a commercial thing as no one seems to recall the background of old St. Nic) appears to fall victim to the more worldwide commercialism.

So… you love your microwave?

Studies Show Microwaves Drastically Reduce Nutrients In Food

By Ed Bauman, PH.D. – GreenMedInfo

I can remember the days growing up in the 1950′s and 1960′s, when we prepared foods without a microwave oven. Water was boiled on the stove. Chicken was baked in an oven. Vegetables were steamed, baked, or sautéed. Food was whole and fresh. Even a TV dinner was baked in the oven, which took about 15 minutes to warm. And then, modern science and technology brought us the microwave oven that could heat food rapidly, from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.

The industry has claimed that microwave cooking protects the nutrient content of foods. Somehow, in tasting foods that came out of a microwave oven, the texture was changed as was the flavor. Foods cooked or reheated in microwave ovens became rubbery and lacked the savory smells and layered flavors that come from cooking foods slower and longer.

Nevertheless, people bought the convenience aspect, the speed, the simplicity of heating and eating prepared foods. The science, which has been supported by the food industry, has continued to claim the health benefits of microwave cooking. Recently, published data from reliable sources questions the health benefits of microwaved food.

Does this mean an occasional microwaved meal will be harmful? Not likely. But what about a steady diet of eating foods cooked at such a high heat? Do the sensitive compounds in food, such as amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and phytonutrients change? It appears so. Read on to follow the scientific literature surrounding the depletion of our soil, foods, and health as a result of modern farming, food processing, microwave cooking, and not eating enough fresh, natural, uncooked, organic whole foods.

  • Three recent studies of historical food composition have shown 5-40% declines in some of the minerals in fresh produce, and another study found a similar decline in our protein sources (1)
  • A 1999 Scandinavian study of the cooking of asparagus spears found that microwaving caused a reduction in vitamins (3)
  • In a study of garlic, as little as 60 seconds of microwave heating was enough to inactivate its allinase, garlic’s principle active ingredient against cancer (5)
  • A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli “zapped” in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11% or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also reductions in phenolic compounds and glucosinolates, but mineral levels remained intact (6).
  • A recent Australian study showed that micro- waves cause a higher degree of “protein unfolding” than conventional heating (2)
  • Microwaving can destroy the essential disease-fighting agents in breast milk that offer protection for your baby. In 1992, Quan found that microwaved breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and fostered the growth of more potentially pathogenic bacteria (4).

Entire article on WakeUpWorld.

Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

Found on Slashdot:

In 2011, en route to Baltimore, Tennessee mother Andrea Abbott was arrested after squabbling with the TSA over their pat-down and “naked” body-scan process. Initially Abbott had protested a pat-down of her 14 year-old daughter, though eventually backed off. When her own turn came, she refused both a pat-down and body-scan. This week, despite having no criminal record, Abbott was found guilty of disorderly conduct and sentenced to one year of probation. A surveillance video of the affair shows what appears an agitated Abbott surrounded by various TSA agents, but seemingly contradicts the premise by which she was convicted. In the case against Abbott it was claimed that her behavior impeded the flow security-lines and lawful activity. Beyond Abbott’s confession of issuing some verbal abuse, the video does not appear to display a significant blockage of traffic nor anything noticeably criminal.”

It is probably a criminal offence to defy the mighty TSA. If everyone were to do that, where would that lead the world?

Samhain is today.

In half an hour or so I’ll head out. For Samhain. To meet the ancestors.

Laugh if you want, nod if you understand, shrug if you don’t care.

Last year’s memory of leaving the house still makes me laugh. As I went out (dressed for the occasion) a few trick or treaters (it’s taking some foothold over here as well), also dressed for the occasion, were walking up to the door and then I heard one of them say: “Damn, watch out, that’s a real one!”

I’ll be ‘a real one’ again tonight.

Blessed Samhain and blessed be.