A Million Trees


The Hate Speak of the Old Guard
March 10, 2009, 6:23 am
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Saturday, February 28, 2009

…Mockery, anger, bullying, exclusion and abusive labeling of people that look, think, act, or believe differently is slithering across the air waves…  It’s called neo-fascism.  Yes the Republicans spent their Saturday afternoon listening to Rush Limbaugh’s sermon.  The messiah of the Republican party is preaching that America turn away from religious freedom and choose THEIR way and no other. 

I’m listening to Rush Limbaugh speaking to the Republicans gathered in Washington D.C.   CNN just had to cut him off as his base character came seething through the screen.  He mockingly spoke in a classic stereotypical gay male lisp as he spewed polarizing hate against the Democratic values of religious freedom and equality for all in the United States.

He continues to undermine our founding fathers principals of fighting for religious freedom, life and liberty for all people while seeking to deceive that HE is protecting those values.   Hmmm…  I think the Bible’s Book of Revelations warns us to see him and others like him for what they are – not what they say they are. 

Laissez-faire business practices in the United States is on it’s way out and the Republican Party wealthy elite are turning to their progaganda machine to sway the masses back into line – a pill popping, law breaking, bigoted, fear mongering,  old white male spewing hate to  mobilize the uneducated masses!  This is the Republican party’s ‘best of class’ ?  

Rush actually tried to deceive Americans into believing that bleeding heart liberals are responsible for the politics of racism in the Republican party.  He would have us believe Democrats are the ones creating cartoons portraying blacks with watermelons, monkeys and lynch ropes.   This hate and anger as contrasted against the audacity of hope… 

Hmmm….  how do I want God to judge me once I take my last breath?  As a Christian woman, how do I want to describe my life to Him?  Did I take personal responsibility for my choices in life or seek to point out others short comings instead?  Did I live peacefully as Jesus instructed me to do with compromise and compassion or did I choose to seek power over others lest they have power over me – the anatomy of every abuser personified? 

Did I fight for life by eliminating ignorance and poverty among young men and women or did I act as the pharisees and preach religious superiority while grinding women into poverty perpetuating unwanted pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, violence and despair.   Did I live by Jesus’s commandment to show love by forgiving trespasses as I pray that God will forgive my own?  

Did I choose peace instead of war, love over hate, my family’s health, the wonder of earth’s creation and childrens rights to clean air and water in place of corporate profits and laissez-faire greed and corruption? Did I choose to shepard the lesser creatures of the world and practice humane animal husbandry as God commanded or did I choose killing for sport and twisted, sick abuse of animals as a God given right of having ‘dominion over’ ?

Faith and class warfare used as a weapon to manipulate and polarize the masses is nothing new – the Crusaders, Klu Klux Klan, Skin Heads, and Hitler have nothing on Rush.  It saddens me so to know many Americans learned nothing from the lessons of the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War I and World War II.  This hate speak puts America on the wrong side of world history and I pray our great nation will continue to choose religious freedom for all, human rights, our children’s right to clean air and water, the ethical treatment of animals, honesty and integrity in business practices and compassion for all peoples.

There is a center for America and it’s not found in the politics of divide and conquer. You won’t find it by being a ‘sheep – le’ blindly following leaders seeking to overflow their coffers by preaching what divides America from the pulpit.  I choose light over darkness – and yes in the name of God Almighty as I understand Him to be.  Amen.



And Now the Rest of the Story…

America lost a true American yesterday – Paul Harvey passed away among family and friends in a Arizona hospital yesterday.  He was 90 years old. 

I grew up listening to Paul Harvey from our farm kitchen window to the world.  Commentators are speaking of Paul Harvey as a conservative – I guess I never thought of him as convervative or liberal – he was someone I knew instinctively I could trust.  I think Paul Harvey and my father would have been great friends.   My father was elected to the ASCS office for 21 years in a row despite being a passionate Democrat in a very Republican county.  

How did he manage that you ask?  He carried out his responsibility of distributing farm grants with fairness, honesty, integrity and honor.  Dad loved people and it showed in his interactions and yet make no mistake he was the epitimy of the Democratic Farm Labor party.  Dad and Paul both lived in the era long past of civility, even handed justice, and steering clear of controversy that would tarnish your good name.  

Paul Harvey was a friend, companion, voice of reason and ray of sunlight during my youth.  I am saddened the country has lost someone so dear to so many but glad he has reunited with his precious “Angel” .  It’s exciting to think that Paul Harvey and his wife “Angel ” are exploring the next chapter in their lives and together again.  They truly know “the Rest of the Story” now….



The Next Great Industrial Revolution – Green Jobs
Loutherbourg d. J., Philipp Jakob
Coalbrookdale 1801 Artist: Loutherbourg d. J., Philipp Jakob

Change is coming so we hear in this election.  The world is changing at an accelerated pace over the last 200 years.  It’s amazing really – civilization has been on a colision course toward destroying the world since the first industrial revolution

For sure – things will change but will it be good change?  I say it absolutely HAS to be the change that will save our earth from total destruction.  I know I sound like an alarmist… it’s because I’m alarmed.  How greedy are you?  I mean really…  If you were told your child has 20 years to live unless you change everything you’re doing right now – would you?

Are you concerned for your job?   How about blue collar jobs, small businesses, the credit crisis, the stock market fall, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and drought?  Global warming… is man made and we must think about the future of our children and grandchildren.

Make the right choice on November 4th – vote for the candidate that will truly bring change to America and bring us out of this economic disaster.

Vote Obama



Create a Safer and Healthy Home

KNOW YOUR A.B.C’s.

by Dr. Joyce M. Woods

Begin by thinking of your home as a toxic waste dump. The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals – more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WW II. Less than 2% of synthetic chemicals have been tested for toxicity, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects, or birth defects. The majority of chemicals have never been tested for long-term effects.

a.     An EPA survey concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
 

b.    Another EPA study stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
 

c.     CMHC reports that houses today are so energy efficient that “out-gassing” of chemicals has no where to go, so it builds up inside the home.
 

d.    We spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that time at home. Moms, infants and the elderly spend 90% of their time in the home.
 

e.    National Cancer Association released results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home.
 

f.      Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960.
 

g.    Cancer is the Number ONE cause of death for children.
 

h.    There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast cancer is the Number ONE killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54. Primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides.
 

i.      There has been a call from the U.S./Canadian Commission to ban bleach in North America. Bleach is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children.
 

j.      Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day.
 

k.     There are more than 3 million poisonings every year. Household cleaners are the Number ONE cause of poisoning of children.
 

l.      Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers.
 

m.   ADD/ADHD are epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and molds.
 

n.    Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches.
 

o.    Labeling laws do not protect the consumer – they protect big business. The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels were either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison, and for first aid instructions.
 

p.    Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system.
 

q.    Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply.
 

r.     The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
 

s.     Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
 

t.     Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.
 

u.    The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels are either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison and for first aid instructions.
 

v.     Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene and xylene are all found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke.  These chemicals are known to be cancer causing and toxic to the immune and nervous systems.
 

w.    Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue.  The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply.
 

x.     The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2,500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
 

y.     Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problem are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
 

z.     Pesticides only have to include active ingredient on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.

There are solutions, alternatives and ways that we can make a difference. Get more info today and we can share with you our mission, our belief and help you make a difference in your life.

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Every Day is Earth Day with Shaklee

Every Day is Earth Day at Shaklee

When We Plant Trees, We Plant the

SEEDS OF PEACE

AND THE SEEDS OF HOPE. 

We aso secure the FUTURE

OF OUR CHILDREN. 

Dr. Wangari Maathai,
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

At Shaklee, we’re a part of a movement to make people and the planet healthier. Inspired by the visionary works of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, Shaklee began a tree-planting campaign across the United States and Canada in April 2006, encouraging the company’s 750,000 Members and Distributors to organize tree-planting events at the grass roots level in their respective communities.

With Dr. Maathai acting as the Global Ambassador for our A Million Trees. A Million Dreams™ campaign, Shaklee has set a goal to plant over one million trees throughout North America.

“Trees clean the earth. They clean the air. I am really happy that Shaklee is involved in this fantastic planting campaign. We will join them. We will be together.”
– Dr. Wangari Maathai

Watch the highlights of Earth Day 2006 with Shaklee and Dr. Maathai at:

http://www.shaklee.com/pws/library/flash/earthdaywangari.html

Please join us this April 22, 2008 in observance of Earth Day 2008.  We urge you to do your part to make a difference across communities and the planet.  Together we can all do something to turn a deeper shade of green.

Are you a school, church or organization that is interested in educating children and your community while raising funds with a “Green Fundraiser”?  Contact us and we’ll send a packet out to you. 

Individuals can join us and become part of the solution by switching to our ‘Carbon Neutral’ company and products.  It’s time for action – before it’s too late.

For more information, contact us at http://www.shaklee.net/upnorth/contactMe 



This Easter Use Natural Egg Dyes

Natural Egg Dyes

The custom of decorating eggs as a rite of spring dates back to the ancient Egyptian and Persian cultures. Eggs hold the promise of life and symbolize the return of spring for many cultures around the world.

If you’re buying all natural and organic eggs, it would be a shame to cover them in chemical dyes! Follow these instructions for using all-natural vegetable dyes. These recipes will dye several dozen eggs.

Red-Pink
2 raw beets, grated
2 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar

Blue
1 cup purple grape juice
3 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar

Yellow
2 tablespoons turmeric
2 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar

First, boil your eggs and store them in the refrigerator if you plan to eat them later.

To make the dye, bring the water and fruit or vegetable (in the recipes above) to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Cool and strain through a cheesecloth-lined colander. Stir in vinegar. Then dunk the egg in the dye and soak for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Or try these creative ideas…

-Wrap rubber bands around your eggs before dipping them in the vegetable dye for fun resist dyeing. The rubberbands will need to be tightly wrapped to prevent dye seeping underneat. But don’t wrap them too tightly: They are still fragile!

-Lay a leaf (celery or parsley leaf work well) on the egg surface and then wrap in soaked red onion skins and cheesecloth before hardboiling for a redish marbled egg with a leaf imprint.

-Soak eggs in vegetable dye overnight for more vibrant colors.

-Use onion skins to create patterns, color and hardboil your eggs at once. Follow the link for instructions

-Lay a leaf (celery or parsley leaf work well) on the egg surface and then wrap in soaked onion skins and cheesecloth before hardboiling. See link above for details on wrapping with onion skins.

-Add a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to a shallow dish of dye before dipping a hardboiled egg. Drizzle dye over the top for a marbled look. Allow egg to dry and then gently rub in oil for a shine. Follow the link for instructions

-Cut some pantyhose off at the ankle and put your hardboiled egg into the “foot”. Reach inside and place a leaf (celery, parsley, or any clean flat leaf) flat against the egg surface. Then tightly tie the pantyhose at the top of the egg. Dip or soak in vegetable dye until desired color is achieved. Carefully remove egg from pantyhose and peel off leaf. There should be a white leaf pattern remaining.

-Combine any of these techniques for a layered effect!

Sources:
Sound Consumer, April 2007



Parents can protect their children from mercury risks and still get the benefits of energy efficient bulbs

CFLs On Sale! And A Mercury Update

February 27, 2008 |

The Ace Hardware store on Broad Street in Cranston (just south of the Norwood Ave intersection) has 60 watt compact flourscent bulbs on sale for 49 cents! If you’ve been wanting to switch but daunted by the price, here’s your chance.

cfls.jpgA caveat, though, especially if you have young children in the house, you need to be aware of CFL hazards — the bulbs do contain small amounts of mercury. And remember the bulbs need to properly disposed of — don’t just toss them in the trash.
Here’s a recent update from Clean Water Action. Click on “Read more” for the full text and links for more info.

Parents Advised to Use Common Sense with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs to Avoid Mercury Risk

Boston—In a report released today, Shedding Light on Mercury Risks from CFL Breakage, advocates urged the public to use energy efficient light bulbs in their homes, but to take extra precautions to reduce the risks associated with breaking mercury-containing compact fluorescent bulbs.

“Compact fluorescent bulbs are growing in popularity because they reduce global warming pollution and cut electricity costs,” said Sheila Dormody, Rhode Island Director of Clean Water Action. “By taking some common sense precautions, parents can protect their children from mercury risks and still get the benefits of energy efficient bulbs.”

Recent tests conducted by the State of Maine confirmed results of earlier state studies which suggest that, under certain conditions, breaking a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) can pose a health risk, especially to infants, pregnant women or young children. The results from the Maine tests are expected to be released soon.

Experts caution parents to avoid using CFLs in fixtures like table lamps that can easily be knocked over, especially in homes with energetic children and pets. When a CFL does break, the most important risk-reducing steps are to use the following safe clean up procedures:
1) Ventilate the breakage area by opening a window.
2) Pregnant women and children should leave the room while the breakage is cleaned up.
3) Do not use a vacuum cleaner or a broom.
4) Parents should also consider removing carpeting or upholstered furniture if a CFL has broken on them, especially from an infant’s room.

“Currently, using CFLs is still the brightest idea out there,” said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. “Yet both government agencies and the manufacturers have a responsibility to inform consumers about what to do—and what not to do—when a CFL breaks. Our message is not ‘Be afraid,’ it is ‘Be informed, and be prepared.’”

The report also recommends the adoption of more comprehensive environmental and human health guidelines by decision makers that, in addition to energy-efficiency, address other concerns, including:
· Reduced toxicity while maintaining performance;
· Improved breakage resistance and longer lamp life (which can reduce manufacturing, transportation and disposal impacts);
· Sustainable manufacturing processes (such as the use of encapsulated mercury-dosing technologies);
· Responsible end-of-life management (particularly through producer responsibility in funding lamp collection and retailer collection programs)
· Innovative technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that use less- or non-toxic materials, that have significantly longer life, are much more efficient for certain applications, and/or that offer other measurable environmental benefits.

CFLs significantly reduce mercury, greenhouse gases and other toxic emissions coming from coal-fired power plants and are three times more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs.

Yet today, only about 2% of the mercury-containing lamps discarded by consumers and less than 30% of those discarded by government and industry are recycled. Broken mercury-containing lights release an estimated 2 to 4 tons of mercury vapor into the environment each year and that number is projected to grow as more lamps are used.

“Fluorescent lamps are unnecessarily breaking and releasing mercury in homes across the United States when consumers toss these fragile items into their waste baskets, trash compacters and recycling bins,” explained Alicia Culver, executive director of the Green Purchasing Institute, who contributed to the report. “Lamp manufacturers could prevent a significant amount of mercury releases in homes by better labeling their products, offering more mercury-free options, and funding a nationwide lamp recycling program as they have already done in Europe,” she added.