Monday, November 13, 2017

Who Let the Dogs Out?


Call the Dogs In


Walking on a fine white sandy beach with the emerald Gulf of Mexico waves lapping at my feet, I was suddenly attacked by a large dog. I shouted at it so it did not actually jump on me, but it was an assault because I feared for my safety. The dog’s owner, a middle-aged white male, had the leash in his hand and managed to call the dog back to him as he walked by. He turned and said “sorry” but made no move to put the leash on his dog. I looked back with an angry glare. He said “don’t look at me like that”. Well, what did he expect? I continued on my way and passed a young girl with her family. She was throwing an orange plastic bone in the water for their dog to retrieve. When the dog saw me, he started to move out of the water towards me, but I was far enough away not to be disturbed by it and the girl got his attention back. However, a short while later, I came across a couple also playing fetch with their dog that was less attentive. This time, the big dog bounced out of the water and straight over to me even though I was walking away from the shoreline to avoid him. Again I had to shout for the dog’s owners to get it away from me.  Walking away again, I then came up to a lady taking a photograph of the beautiful view of the Gulf, clouds and setting sun and she turned to me and asked if I’d seen her dog. She said she couldn’t find him. This all happened within fifteen minutes on a beach that requires a license to walk a dog on it and that the dog be on a leash at all times.

I like dogs. A lot of times when I meet someone with a dog, I admire and pet it. But dogs are unpredictable and bite people. There are many legal cases to this effect. That is why they all have to get a rabies shot and be licensed. I’ve had dogs jump on me with dirty wet paws and ruin my clothes. They have scratched me while jumping on me. A big dog could knock an old fragile person over and break a bone or two. And that’s friendly dogs. A couple of days before this, I was walking along the access way to the beach and several people were congregating with two very large dogs blocking the passage. I managed to walk past but one of the dogs growled at me.

One problem is that most people think that their dog is friendly. Is it friendly to ruin clothing, scratch and startle strangers? I seem to attract dogs like mosquitoes. But of course, I’m not the only one with these experiences. I count myself lucky because I’ve never been bitten by a dog, may my luck continue.

It is touted that dogs are good pets and good for people, but are they? Do they not necessitate bringing out negative personality traits in people such as controlling behavior and selfishness? I often hear dog owners telling their dog to shut up. That’s another problem - dogs barking at people or just barking and disturbing the peace. Is it a good situation to keep these animals in the artificial, confined environments that the owners live in and feed them an unnatural diet? I was once accused by a dog owner of being selfish because I do not have a dog or even another person to care for. I think that is twisted logic.

Another problem is that dogs piss all over the place. At least people, for the most part, remove their dog’s pooh, but not always. In campgrounds and other semi-natural settings, it can really seem weird when people are trying to reconnect with nature, but the grounds are being used by the many dogs as a dog bathroom and it often smells like one too. Not to mention how dog walker’s become nosy and look into everyone else’s business.

I spoke to a camping neighbor a day before the beach incident. He had a large terrier. I petted this dog and talked to his owner for a while, even shook the dog’s paw. Well, later that day, I went to the bathhouse and this camper’s dog was in a station wagon car parked near the entrance. When I walked by, the dog barked ferociously, and ran back and forth in the car banging into the windows and scratching them. Needless to say, I was grateful that the windows were closed. Whatever happened to our making an acquaintance?

Where did all these dogs come from? All sorts … from large and small to in-between. The dog food industry is a big one. And lots of dogs take medications in addition to the shots that all dogs must get at least once a year. Have people been duped into this dog ownership fiasco for big corporations to make more money?

Goggle it for yourself:

Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs. Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention. Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.” And dog bites include mauling, lifelong disfiguration, and even death.

“In 2017, a total of about 89.7 million dogs lived in households in the United States as pets. In comparison, some 68 million dogs were owned in the United States in 2000”. Of course, most dogs do not bite people, but excluding attack dogs, who is to say which ones will bite in any given situation?

Many thanks for the use of  the dog smile photo to the Jacksonville, Florida Dog  Bite Attorneys, http://www.jaxlegal.com/jacksonville-dog-bite-attorney/. Injuries include emotional trauma which I suffered even though I did not get bit. But I let it go, this time. There must be enough people being bit by dogs for attorneys to specialize in it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What is Power?


Take Back Your Power


The strapline for my business is “Take Back Your Power”. But what is power? I recently chanced upon a clothing store in Saratoga Springs, New York where they had erected an easel for people to pin notes with their ideas of what power is. I read a few and a recurring one was power is kindness. I spoke to the shop clerk and she said that power to her was giving. I wrote that power is life. I think a little article on the subject is warranted. After all, one cannot take back kindness or take back giving.

Since we live in an electrical age with lots of machines that rely on electricity, a common view of power is that it is electricity. With all the references to power as electricity that we hear constantly, it is pretty well ingrained in our subconscious that electric power is of paramount importance to us. Yet, as the exercise in that clothing shop revealed, people are not forthright in recognizing this.

Power outage, power shortage, power cut, power lines, power station, power generator, power supply, power cord, power socket, power connection, power source, power strip, power circuit, power grid, and power point are all well-known terms which refer to electricity. And then there are the powerful companies that supply this power.  My grandfather worked for Consumers Power which is now known as Consumers Energy, Power and energy are interchangeable terms, but one cannot have energy without power or power without energy. One cannot take back electricity either. Why is electricity considered as power?

Electricity makes machines work. It gives them life so to speak. It makes things move, usually to accomplish tasks or to seemingly facilitate our lives. "Electric power  ... is the rate of doing work  ... " (Wiki). Electricity has enabled man to accomplish amazing feats of mechanical creativity. But electricity has also enabled machines to take over our lives. That’s pretty powerful stuff. We rely on electric power daily for the basics of life such as the provision of food and water. We use it for cooking and cleaning. We rely on it to “make a living”.  We rely on it for every aspect of our lives.

Electricity is provided for us whether we are connected to the national grid or have solar panels on the roof of our house. Electricity is manufactured using materials and devices that we cannot replicate as individuals … machines are needed to create electricity. So our modern, civilized lives are powered by machines. Power is life. When I say, Take Back Your Power, I mean Take Back Your Life. How can we take back our lives? By moving away from the mechanization of life.

One of my favorite examples is with eyesight. Prescription glasses are designed with varying levels of power depending on the wearer’s natural ability to see.  When the eyes are forced to see through the lenses with this power, the need for the eyes to use their own power is diminished. What happens? The eyes give their power away and learn to depend on the artificial power in the lenses. In addition, eye glasses and all the equipment used by the eye care industry are made by machines.

Artificial power is what is replacing our natural power. We are beings of electrical currents and magical powers.  We are electric. But our power as human beings is ebbing away and being replaced with artificial power, all in the name of control. Electricity is an artificial power. By getting people to depend on it, they can be controlled. We are being assimilated.

How can our human characteristics prevail and develop in a world where people are strapped into machines (e.g., cars), spend most of their waking hours connected to machines (e.g., computers), and rely on machines to provide them with every item in their daily lives? Of course, this is the best it gets. For those who are in a hospital or care home, they often rely on machines to keep them alive on a more personal level. Look at your own life. Do you own anything that wasn’t made or handled by a machine at least once before you acquired it?  With all the billions of people in the world, one might think that there were enough of us to power our own existence. But instead, it seems like the more people there are in the world, the more machines there are in our lives.

Developed countries are places where people have for the most part given up their power to this artificial way of living. The developed country is the creation of an artificial environment which necessitates destroying the natural environment and enslaving people. The USA is not a rich country because its citizens are powerless without electricity. And money is not power except in this developed artificial environment. Therefore, the reality of developed countries is that they do not have any real power except that the world organization (aka New World Order) is causing us to destroy our power in favor of an artificial one. It’s obvious to me that we are feeding this artificial life. It cannot make us do anything. It does not know what is in our minds. But it is doing a very good job of “nudging” us where it wants us to go and do what it wants us to do. As it so happens, this is not in our best interest.

We know it. The last book I picked up to read, on the first page and in the first sentence, the author mentions being “married to a computer”. The problem with being married to an electrical machine is that it is heartless. Yes, they are researching, experimenting and developing compassionate, sensitive robots and the vast medical industry which revolves around artificial power is called a caring one, But if we stop to look around us and listen to the people we come across, we will see how the artificial lifestyle is not a healthy life choice with any real power no matter how easy and glamorous it may seem. We may feel that we are in control of machines, but they rule our lives.

In 2015 I pressed the button on the personal computer I owned at the time during an electrical storm. I saw a flash of lightning out of the window with the corner of my eye just as my finger pressed the button. Somehow the lightening generated a surge in the electric power that passed through the computer as it tried to turn on and this energy fried the motherboard. I guess I jumped back quick enough as I walked away unscathed. I felt lucky because I have heard stories of people being hurt by lightning. What does it mean? Maybe that I’m more powerful than a computer? Why are “the powers that be” trying to replace me with an artificial dummy?  Because they can’t control me like an artificial dummy!

More power to you.


Selection of Other Articles by me:

Caffeine Allergy, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 21, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/search?q=caffeine+allergy  (ingesting caffeine is not a good way to increase one's power)

Food Sovereignty Prevails, B'org Food Chain blog, January 25, 2011, http://borgfoodchain.blo(gspot.com/search?q=food+sovereignty (unadulterated food is a great power source for natural power)

Nuclear Neighbor, Speak Up, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, August 25, 2017, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/08/nuclear-neighbor.html (at what cost will we allow for artificial power)

Our Vision is to Control Yours, B’org Food Chain blog, December 22, 2016, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/12/our-vision-is-to-control-yours.html (our power is controlled in many ways and this is one good example)

Stuck in the Middle with B’org, Psychological Profile of Middle Management, B’org Food Chain blog, October 31, 2013,   http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/search?q=stuck+in+the+middle (explanation of how good people can do bad things)

The B’org’s Prayer, B’org Food Chain blog, October 29,2012, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-borgs-prayer.html (religion is a great way to give away your power) 

What is Food? A Brief Legal Perspective, B'org Food Chain blog, March 30, 2011 http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/search?q=caffeine+allergy (evidence of why most food on the market will not provide much power)



                                                                  

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nuclear Neighbor


Speak Up


This is a post scrip to my poem On Being Quiet that I posted recently. In that poem I mentioned that I hear humming noises. One of these noises sounds like electric currents.  Well, sometimes it’s good to be quiet and other times it’s good to speak up and I felt obliged to speak up about this.

I just found out that there are two uranium-powered nuclear reactors not far from where I live – the US Reserve, Kenneth A Kesselring site in West Milton, near Saratoga Springs, New York where they train the Navy to use nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. The site is operated by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory which is located not far away in Niskayuna, near Schenectady, New York. The current way these reactors are run is with lots of electricity and, of course, they are generating lots of electricity. Therefore, it is possible that this is contributing to the noises that I hear. They have been in operation since 1955. There used to be four active reactors at this site but one has been dismantled and one is presently being dismantled.




By the way, nuclear waste remains radioactive for about 200,000 years and is very toxic. There is a risk of leakage into the environment and problems about storage.

I spoke to a local resident and he described how he used to go hunting in the area but since 9/11, roads to the site have been blockaded and it’s all very top secret. Also, he has noticed lots of concrete trucks coming and going. I would guess this is at least in part due to the dismantling operation. I wonder where all this toxic waste is going. And where has all the other radioactive waste gone over the past 62 years that this site has been producing it?

At any rate, my view from all this is that the noises I hear are not a figment of my imagination or that it has always been this way  Although there have been nuclear reactors in operation all my life, I'm more aware of them now. When I say I wish my environment was quiet, I do not mean an absence of crickets chirping or other natural noises, I mean I wish there were no humming noises from machines and electricity.


References

How Much Nuclear Waste Does Your State Hold? Three out of every four states in the United States contain nuclear waste. Uh-oh, The Motley Food, by Maxx Chatsko, Jul 27, 2013 at 10:30AM, https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/27/how-much-nuclear-waste-does-your-state-hold.aspx. Thanks for use of photo: More than 50 sites across the country are licensed for dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel. Sourcenrc.gov  

On Being Quiet – A Poem by Jennifer Wilson, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/08/on-being-quiet-poem.html

How much electricity is needed to start a reactor and keep it running? Eurofusion, https://www.euro-fusion.org/faq/new-how-much-power-is-needed-to-start-the-reactor-and-to-keep-it-working/#

How safe are the two reactors in Milton? Units sited by fault lines designed for war – Navy says, by Brian Nearing Staff writer, Updated 1:41 pm, Thursday, March 24, 2011, http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/How-safe-are-two-reactors-in-Milton-1213962.php

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knolls_Atomic_Power_Laboratory

Naval Nuclear Laboratory, Kenneth A. Kesselring site, https://navalnuclearlab.energy.gov/about-us/kenneth-a-kesselring-site-/

Nuclear Waste: Do We Know What to Do With It? by Amanda Onion, May 17, 2017, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98555

Radio Active Waste and Pollution, Riverkeeper, NY's clean river advocate, https://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/stop-polluters/indian-point/radioactive-waste/ 

Stuck in the Middle with B'org by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain blog,  https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/10/stuck-in-middle-with-borg.html

World Nuclear Association, Nuclear-Powered Ships, updated July 2017, http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/non-power-nuclear-applications/transport/nuclear-powered-ships.aspx

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Monetiztion of Life


Detach from the Monetization Process


What is monetization? One definition says that it is the process of converting or establishing something into legal tender. This is usually referred to as money, but is also called coining and currency or the printing of banknotes by central banks. It can also be something in the future called a promissory currency. Note here the reference to banks and the law. Banking and the legal profession are the foundation and anchors of monetization.

The conversion process refers to things that otherwise do not have a monetary value and assigning one to them. "The powers that be" also known as "They" have been attaching a monetary value to everything.  Nothing is priceless in their eyes. Everything has a price tag and they are creating laws daily to enforce it.

For example, an acquaintance of mine worked for Kew Gardens in a project where she went around the world collecting seeds to store in big underground temperature controlled rooms. She was under the impression that she had an ecologically sound job. She believed that she was helping to save these unique species of plants. But save them from what? And nature is always changing. Why save one type of plant and not the one it would naturally evolve into in time? If all the plant life is kept under control in vaults, then a value can be attached to it. While it is in the wild, it has no monetary value because it is too uncontrollable and diverse.

Another example of monetization is with the human body. When I think of my teeth and how they have been destroyed by dentists and crap food, I get very annoyed. What is a tooth worth? Is it worth the cost of a root canal and a crown? That's what your teeth can be worth to a dentist. Why are people getting more and more of their natural, life supporting body parts replaced by artificial substitutes that have no life in them? Because the system of health care is geared towards the monetization of life.

My final point here is that monetization requires standardization and this results in the deterioration of biodiversity and freedom. Once something has been monetized, means of efficiency need to be developed to maximize its monetary value. Machines and computers are used more and more to do this. The end product is moving in the direction of being artificial and lifeless. Ultimately, the monetization process is a means of enslavement and death of biological life (as opposed to artificial life).

I don’t buy the story that life needs to have a monetary value in order for it to be protected.  This is why, as a life coach, I do not have set fees and often do not take money at all for my services.


References

Ecosystem Marketplace, A Forest Trends Initiative, TEEB (The Economics and Ecosystems of Biodiversity), Thanks for use of photo, http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/articles/teeb-3-reiterates-interdependence-of-business-and-biodiversity/.

The Convention on Biological Diversity by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain, January 15, 2015, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-convention-on-biological-diversity.html

Terminator Seeds are a Patent, Not a Concept by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/06/terminator-seeds-are-patent-not-concept.html

Positive Vision: Everything's Free by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/06/positive-vision-everythings-free.html


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

On Being Quiet - A Poem


Be Quiet



Being quiet feels good to me.
I like the calm and peace it brings.
I only wish that my environment
Was quiet too.

Even in an otherwise quiet place,
Such as a country field at night,
I hear all sorts of humming noises.
What are they?

Are these noises electric currents?
Or are they radio frequencies?
Or just a figment of my imagination?
Has it always been this way?

Despite these auditory intruders,
I still like being quiet.
It makes me feel safe and in control,
Even if I’m not.

Although, I have a feeling
That being quiet is a source of power
That enables me to avoid troubles
And get by fine.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To Avoid More Plastic - -



Avoid the Medical Profession



For some, this month has been “Plastic Free July”. A local government effort in Australia has the aim “to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it” (emphasis is mine). A bit of a narrow scope, but better to start somewhere than not start at all.

What is plastic? The Australian Council refers to plastic bottles, bags and take-away containers. We all know what they are. But plastic is a material of wide ranging applications today. It consists of synthetic and semi-synthetic compounds that can be molded into solid objects and mixed with other substances..

Just as its versatility is big, so is the problem. Sure, even I, a holistic nature-minded person, like to use plastic bags sometimes to keep food fresh, but the situation with plastic on this planet is so pervasive that it truly is scary.

In a very real sense, we are becoming plastic and I don’t mean as in changeable, e.g., rhinoplasty. I mean our biological organic cells in the form of organs and other body parts are being replaced with plastic, possibly even in ways we are not aware of. But we are aware of dentists putting plastic fillings in our teeth; of plastic eyeglasses, contact lenses and IOLs (Interlocutory Lenses); of plastic hearing aids;  prosthetic limbs, stents, heart replacements, and joint replacements; and medications (“coatings and pharmaceutical nano-carriers for drugs”).

The medical profession possibly uses more plastic than most, and if you are a patient, you are contributing to this usage. Much of it is disposable, and disposed of on a massive scale.

The photo to the left shows the clinical waste for less than a week at a care home with about 20 residents.

Some daily disposed of articles are: pill cups, syringes, and bottle caps, gloves, aprons, and garbage bags; catheters, and pad covers (for incontinence); pouches for liquids such as blood, saline; and glucose drips, and liquid food; glues; name badges, wrist bands and toe tags; braces and bandages. 
                  
Some items that are not disposed of daily but are accumulating quickly are: bed mattresses and covers; plastic sheets, and pillow covers; toilet seat covers of varying sizes, and shower chairs; furniture; x-ray machines, MRI machines and other medical machines; computers, keyboards and mice; TVs, remote controls and phones; notebooks, page covers, lamination and pens; pipes in the buildings, wire coverings, light covers and paint; brooms, mop handles, buckets, sponges, bottles of cleaning and disinfectant liquids; food trays, cutlery, plates and cups; and water containers, big and small.                  

Perhaps this way of cutting down on the use of plastic has not been considered by many. But it is a direct contribution if you consciously take steps to keep healthy and avoid the medical profession.

If at all possible, avoid more plastic by avoiding: dentists, optometrists, and clinic appointments, and in particular avoid having a medical emergency! Sláinte (good health to you)!

     
References

Applications of synthetic polymers in clinical medicine by M.F. Maitz, Biosurface and Biotriology, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405451815000434


Diapers Delivery Day, by Jennifer Wilson, Castle Health Care blog, http://castlehealthcare.blogspot.com/2013/07/diapers-delivery-day.html


Plastic Free July, Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Mossman Park, Western Australia, http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/contact.html

Plastics in Medicine, Precision Engineered Products, Connecticut Plastics, http://www.pepctplastics.com/resources/connecticut-plastics-learning-center/plastics-in-medicine/

The Convention on Biological Diversity, by Jennifer Wilson B’org Food Chain blog, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-convention-on-biological-diversity.html

The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine, http://www.craftechind.com/the-many-uses-of-plastic-materials-in-medicine/



Monday, July 24, 2017

I Believe I Can See It Now



Be Your Own Judge



This is the second time I am posting this article. I couldn't get the photo from the Optometry Salary, Job Description and Work Environment article to show up on my blog (although it did show up in the email transmission). Maybe there is an automatic block in place for uploading such photos to blogs such as mine that do not support the optometry business. It was a good laugh though to have this happen in this article entitled I Believe I Can See It Now, when I couldn't see the photo!

Anyway, since I made quite a few changes to this article now, I am re-publishing it. Many thanks to my subscribers for their understanding for the double email transmission.

This is a short follow-up article to a previous post I wrote called Seeing is Believing that I wrote six months ago on this blog. In that article, I set out a plan for improving my eyesight before going to an optometrist to have my eyes tested for evidence of the results of my efforts. Well, things don't always go according to plan. This is a good example that shows how it is important to make plans but also that it is important to be flexible and open-minded. In fact, we really never know where we will end up in the long run. One thing leads to another. It’s the process that counts though, not the result. And part of the process is to be your own judge.

I believe I can see it now. I have to be my own judge. I cannot go to an optometrist because over the last six months I have developed a complete aversion to being a part of the medical system in any way shape or form if I have any choice in the matter. Optometrists, of course, are part of the medical system (as the symbol in the picture below indicates). Eye exams are geared towards prescribing eyeglasses (or even finding a problem such as cataracts which I wrote about recently, see reference below). I cannot subject myself to this because I can see how many ways these tests can be manipulated against me.


When I think of an optometrist, often wearing glasses themselves and the typical medical white coat, with the gadgets that they use and their purpose for the exam, it reminds me to stand strong for my beliefs without getting them involved. I remind myself that optometrists are in business to make money and they mostly do this by getting us to wear glasses and to keep wearing them. This involves a conflict of interest if one does not wish to wear glasses, a conflict which is easily avoided.

I'm aware of how my eyes have developed. There is still lots of room for improvement with my right eye, but my left eye is nearly perfect. Maybe my right eye will never improve much, but at least I can see well enough with both eyes without artificial assistance to do everything I want. I can even read small numbers on library cards now! I believe I can see well enough now.

I am enjoying the work that I do with my eyes to improve my eyesight. Sometimes I do more and sometimes I do less.

I offer my apologies to any reader who would have preferred that I get some numbers as proof that my efforts to improve my eyesight are worthwhile. Let me suffice it to say that I love not wearing glasses or any other corrective measure for my eyesight. And, I enjoy being my own judge on how to go about improving my eyesight. Happy two-year anniversary of not wearing eyeglasses to me!  No headaches, improved eyesight in my view, what else can I say. Simply that I am grateful for the ability to extend this goal of improving my eyesight. It's an important ongoing, ever-renewing goal for me.


References



Optometry Salary, Job Description and Work Environment, https://www.google.com/search?q=optometrist+images&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjN7v3StJjVAhWEaz4KHaTSD3sQsAQIIw&biw=1024&bih=480#imgrc=JJrXBWEJZY_2GM


Optometry, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optometry, Thanks for use of picture.