When the Carmina Burana baritone soloist collapses, Patrick steps up to save the day with a great performance.
The common denominator of tyranny and authoritarianism is a demand to agree with authority. Accompanying that is an insistence that you do not look and observe for yourself. The reason for this is that if you looked for yourself you might see the truth rather than the authoritarian line you are being force fed.
Unfortunately these days the education system is the ne plus ultra of authoritarianism in demanding that you not only do not inspect for yourself but that you are forced to learn what is dictated in the fashion dictated, regardless of whether or not that is your best learning style.
This is the opposite of freedom and is a very unfriendly was to lead people. And as an Australian there are two things on which I am keen, freedom and friendliness!
Many’s the stellar sales person I have met who could not easily assimilate the written word but who could listen and recall better than those who could read well.
I went to a workshop last night where the speaker encouraged us to take three areas of our lives (health, relationships and work) and asked us to look closely at what was actually there, not what we were hoping or wished was there or thought we wanted others to know was there or, or or… …but what was ACTUALLY there!
He then asked us to really duplicate that, understand it, and answer the question, “What would happen if you did nothing about that?” asking us to extrapolate into the future the natural consequences of inaction.
And then, “What would you need to do to improve that scenario?”
So, my message to you this week is to, just for a week, take note of your life. Really stop and look at each area of your life, personal health, hobbies and interests, family, friends, social groups, work, the area you live in and see what is really there.
Ask yourself, “If I do nothing to alter this scene, will it head where I want it to go?”
If the answer is, “No”, then ask, “What would I need to do to alter it?”
Remember those who fail to plan are planning to fail.
Australia’s national environment laws are a laughing stock. They don’t work. Nature is in decline and the Australian Government seems to have little interest in fixing the problem.
Over the past month, The Guardian has published a damning series of important articles revealing the complete breakdown of Australia’s environment laws and a total lack of care by the Turnbull Government.1 Old growth forests are being logged, hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest and woodlands are being cleared, and action to protect endangered and threatened species is either not happening or is woefully inadequate.
Case in point is the farcical draft National Strategy for Nature which experts have called a “global embarrassment”.
The government quietly released the strategy before Christmas. The new plan scraps targets for protecting the environment. It doesn’t even mention new nature laws or the need for an independent watchdog.
It is time to get angry, to get vocal and to get active.
The draft National Strategy for Nature is open for public submissions for another three weeks. Your voice matters—so make sure it’s heard.
Click here to send a quick email to the government telling it that Australia needs a real plan for nature. https://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/tell-malcolm-australias-nature-needs-real-plan
We’ve got until 16 March to send a powerful and clear message: this national strategy doesn’t cut it, and the government needs to go back to the drawing board.
National environment laws shouldn’t be about ticking off big developments, like they are now. They should be about making wildlife safe from extinction, and protecting nature from the chainsaws and the bulldozers.
This is what I qwrote:
The lack of a master plan for protecting our natural habitat is contributing to a colossal failure to create a desirable future for our children.
Criminals are irresponsible, short-sighted and cannot conceive consequences.
One could argue that irresponsible, short sighted actions that do not contribute to an improved environment are criminally negligent.
Don’t be criminally negligent with our children’s future!
On 7 December 2017 the Coalition quietly introduced a number of bills to Parliament. Their aim? To silence every single one of us – environmental groups, humanitarian organisations and people like you. The three bills in question- the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017; the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017, and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017, represent an attack on Australian charities and not-for-profits and more fundamentally on our democracy. There is a lot of legalese involved, but let’s try to cut through that to get to what the problem is with each of these bills.
When someone goes into treatment, they are vulnerable and they hope to figure out their problems and start a new life once they are done. Unfortunately, too often they go to a rehab center where treatment comes secondary to turning a profit. This does not negate that drug treatment centers need to make their bottom line. No organization can operate without bringing in money, even if it is only through donations.
I have heard countless stories from parents and loved ones about treatment centers kicking out their family member in the middle of the night with no advance warning or preparation. This happens generally in one of two ways.
The first way is when the patient’s insurance company pays the portion of the bill they will cover, and then the addiction treatment facility dismisses the patient. When put like this, it doesn’t sound that bad, however, the way it works in practice can be disturbing. Many times, the family is told the insurance will cover roughly 28 days of treatment and sometimes even more. However, what often happens is the insurance company stops paying after about 15 or 17 days and the family is then notified they must pay several thousand dollars or their loved one will be released.
A 2011 Japanese study found that those diagnosed with influenza had an almost six fold increased risk of deteriorating and dying within twelve hours of receiving Tamiflu.
Another recent study compared the effect of Tualang honey with that of the pharmaceutical tamoxifen (an estrogen receptor antagonist) in two breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231). The study found that the anti-cancer effect of tualang honey on breast cancer cells was comparable to that of tamoxifen, a multi-billion dollar blockbuster drug. This is all the more remarkable, considering that Tamoxifen is classified by the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society to be a human carcinogen, and is technically a xenobiotic chemical – inherently toxic and biologically alien to human physiology.
Despite popular misconceptions gluten is only the tip of a very large iceberg. There are actually 23,788 distinct proteins that have been identified in wheat, any one of which could incite a negative immune reaction in the body.
Fruit is not only enjoyable to eat — as it should be, considering the very word fruit stems from the Latin word frui, meaning “to enjoy, use” — but it also nourishes and protects the body with powerful, built-in medicinal activity. Fruits are by design a “perfect food,” intended to entice animals to consume them in order to help disseminate their seeds, for instance. This means that unlike grains, and other lectin- and anti-nutrient-rich organisms, e.g. wheat, tomato, beans, we humans have chosen to make into our food, fruits are less likely to come equipped with “invisible thorns,” as they benefit as much in being eaten as we do in eating them. Also, like our now hard-wired biological dependence on obtaining vitamin C from external sources (unlike most animals we can not produce it from glucose), countless millennia of fruit consumption has left our genetic infrastructure in need of continual resupply of many of the key vitamins and phytocompounds they contain copious quantities of.
It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration. Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist.
In times of illness, however, regenerative processes are overcome by degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most noble feat, nudging the body back into balance with foods, herbs, nutrients, healing energies, i.e. healing intention. Today, however, drug-based medicine invariably uses chemicals that have not one iota of regenerative potential; to the contrary, they almost always interfere with bodily self-renewal in order to suppress the symptoms against which they are applied.
Despite the outright heretical nature of things which stimulate healing and regeneration vis-à-vis the conventional medical system which frowns upon, or is incredulous towards, spontaneous remission in favor of symptom suppression and disease management, over the course of the past few years of trolling MEDLINE we have collected a series of remarkable studies on the topic…