Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good Easter , whether just relaxing or doing things with the Family. Its sometimes hard to remember what Easter is all about.I consider myself a christian but not really affiliated to any manmade religion, Why? because I believe in what Jesus Taught us but not in Different Religions all being the right one. One is free to choose, But I choose to believe in the messages of Love and Kindness to others and not berate people for what they choose to believe in.
All things get changed in time , even the Easter message which like Christmas , the date being chosen at this time to coinside with Pagan rituals. As a friend of mine pointed out. This does not detract from the message which in these times we still have to learn . That a man gave his life to make the world a better place. I believe if we all took that message to heart Maybe , just Maybe the world will be a better place for us all.
The life of all of us has changed dramatically in the last 50 years. Some of this is for the good , but some things have remained unchanged and others have taken a turn for the worse.
I was born in the baby boom and was a teenager in the sixties, still very naive, but the world was getting wider and bigger for all of us. Consumerism was born, and we have allowed ourselves to become a throwaway society. We are now beginning to realise that its very important to conserve our natural energies and look for renewable Energy through Solar, wind, and Water power. We are also beginning to realise that a lot of our Manufacturing base which we sent oversea’s as this was cheaper to produce, was an error made by greedy men and avaricous consumers for more and cheaper gadgets. Things are becoming to turn full circle as we now have a very large unemployed workforce made up of middle aged frustrated men and women who are now finding that they cannot afford to live and bring up their children how they would wish , with a modicum of comfort. Also we have a large amount of young people who have never held a job in their life so far , because the work is just not there ! No matter how much this conservative government dress’s it up, we have failed our young people especially those where manufacturing would have been their forte’
Its no good moaning about youngsters roaming the streets getting into trouble, when all they want is the same as the rest of us want, is work, to make a decent living to enjoy spending what they earn on the gadgets and toys the better off have.
I thought it very interesting what president Obama said in his Address to the American Nation. Cuts in spending and higher taxes does not make for a healthy Nation as the poor get poorer and the rich get richer by ever increasing things like the price of oil (which incidently is running out) and more are on handouts now in our so called progressive society and the Elderly and the Disabled are being left behind, President Obama and his team have put radical idea’s to get passed by the Senate, like rejuvinating old Manufacturing towns and Cities by bringing back to America Manufacturing from home in those and other area’s again, and rebuilding a homegrown Manufacturing base for the good of Society. He is also increasing the amount of scientific units where idea’s are already beginning to bare fruit, on new idea’s and computer generation skills used for Manufacturing.
He spoke for over an hour and a half, if he gets half of it through senate ,he will have begun a new America with more jobs more , manufacturing /design/ inovotive products/ Shops/ More people with Money to spend at home and more young people with asperations getting a foothold on the ladder of gaining a trade in whatever field they chose.
Maybe more Countries including the UK should take a leaf out of his book. Look at Germany ? they have the best quality of life in the EU and why? because they have supported the people on the ground and every young person gets the chance they need for a fulfilling life. this makes for a fairer trade right across the world. I may sound Idealistic ,but don’t we have a right to look to the future with confidence and hope for all to have a better life.
I had this sent to me from a friend of mine and found it shocking to say the least. I have copied it here just to share this information with you all.
SWEET POISON…A MUST READ and Worth the Read.
In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.
By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying.
She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.
She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.
On March 19, I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.
I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.
I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda! I e-mailed her an article my friend, a lawyer, had sent. My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but, she sure felt a lot better.
She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.
Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind. In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda… and literally dying a slow and miserable death.If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ‘ASPARTAME,’ marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’
When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery. And she is walking! No wheelchair! This arti cle saved her life.
In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.
Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!
Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially withDiet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.
The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition. We have seen pat ients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.
In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision loss re turned and hearing loss improved markedly.
This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia. During a lecture, I said, ‘If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutriara Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs,
Unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!’ People were jumping up during the lecture saying, ‘I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?’
STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem. Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!
Diet soda isNOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates.
It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, p arti cularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ’tissue specimens.’
Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!
Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the‘diet products‘ and with no significant increase in exercise; his pat ients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a pat ient with retino pat hy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame. The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that asp arti c acid and phenylalanine are NEURO TOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.
Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage,Seizures,Depression, Ma
nic depression,Panic attacks,Uncontrollable anger and rage.
Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well. Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet.
So called ‘behavior modification prescription drugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place!
Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar.’
It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be p arti ally to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.
Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i..e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given arti ficial sweeteners.
There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.’
Herein lies the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done.The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.
Sadly, MONSANTO’S pat ent on Aspartame has EXPIRED! There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a‘piece of the Aspartame pie.’
I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.
And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?
This has been recently exposed in the New York Times. These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.
Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants.
The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
The bill was killed.
It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Please print this out or e-mail to your family & friends.
1. snopes.com: Aspartame — Sweet Poison?•••
Is aspartame responsible for ‘an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and lupus’?
…has been proved responsible for an epidemic of cancer, brain tumors, and multiple sclerosis. Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1998] I have spent…
…as ‘NutraSweet‘, ‘Equal‘, and ‘Spoonful“‘. In the keynote address by the EPA, they announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and…
…that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the…
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:37:50 GMT http://www.snopes.com/medical/
As I am back in England at the moment ,I decided to travel round the Charity shops for some cheap good quality Clothes hoping for some bargains especially in shoes as I have big feet and can’t get much selection for my feet in France as French ladies are smaller in size.
I thought, as the recession is now biting everyone really hard, especially the Elderly and Families on low incomes or benefits, that the Charity shops would have altered their prices accordingly. Having now visited several, and found that they are not cheap at all! Second hand clothes were in some cases dearer than some garments from shops and Supermarkets selling new clothes!
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to support Charity shops and others far worse off, and regularly support Great Ormand street Hospital and the Red cross and other Charities doing work abroad, but I like lots of other people cannot afford many new items of clothing or maybe something needed for the home and enjoy finding things I like in charity shops. But most of them are now appearing like upmarket clothes and collectables shops. The choice is limited because of the layout, and I begrudge paying £5 for a pair of shoes with very little wear left in them!
Why can’t we go back to the old fashioned jumble sale ? where you could pick up a bag of quite good quality clothing for the family at a very reasonable cost, while supporting your village or school or playgroup! Charity shops do sell off bags of clothes for about £5-00 a sack, but it is to people sending them abroad for sale there, but why shouldn’t we also benefit from this? I am sure that lots of families would be more than happy to search through a bargain basement type of stall put out by the Charities even if it was done only once a month!
I know from helping out in Charity shops that certain items if they are not sold within a set time limit, are sent to landfill sites! I think this is disgraceful and wasteful of so many articles that could be reduced in a special sale, even if done every three months! They would argue that it is not cost effective , but Charities these days are big business and have large storage facilities and should be made to sell everything they can even if for pennies rather than fill land sites with stuff that will not rot down and is got rid of at the Tax payers expense.
With the advent of the internet more people are now buying off ebay sellers because in the long run , it is cheaper to have it delivered to the door at a cheaper price, than visit a charity shop, especially if they buy in quantity. This is not the option for a lot of people though still in this day and age, and I think Charity shops must look again at what they are doing, after all, Charity begins at home.
Its being reported today that Microsoft has confirmed that it has agreed to buy internet phone service Skype. The deal will see Microsoft pay $8.5bn (£5.2bn) for Skype, making it Microsoft’s largest acquisition.
Steve Ballmer says “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”
Analysts say Microsoft’s aim in buying Skype is to improve its video conferencing services.
I use Skype but the Linux version and what now worries me is now Microsoft own it will the support for Linux die. Linux support has always run behind that of the Windows version but i did not mind that as it worked and that was all that mattered, it did not bother me that it was not the latest and greatest. But with it now being bought by Microsoft i am concerned that the development of the Linux version will stop all together.