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The End Times April 22, 2009

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Meltdown! A solar superstorm could send us back into the dark ages – and one is due in just THREE years

That’s the headline in an article published on April 19, 2009 in Britain’s Daily Mail. The story, by Michael Hanlon, is about the possibility of the Sun essentially ‘burping’ and causing a catastrophic situation here on Earth.

While I have read about that scenario before and understand the possibility of that great ball of thermonuclear fusion someday effecting our lives in ways that are none to appealing…the reference to “in just THREE years” struck a chord.

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Mayan calendar

For those who read about ancient cultures, prophecy and predictions for the future of mankind , 12/21/2012 is a familiar date.  That’s the date when the Mayan calendar ends and when, some would argue, mankind will meet its demise. That’s also in about three years.

On December 12, 2012, for the first time in approximately 26,000 years, the Sun will rise to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the  ecliptic plane.  According to the ancient Maya, this date will mark the end of one world as we know it and the beginning of another.

The following is from:  http://adishakti.org/index.htm

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The Mayans believed our Sun, every so often, synchronized with the enormous central galaxy.  From this central galaxy it received a ‘spark’ of energy which caused it to shine more intensely producing what our scientists call ‘solar flares’ as well as changes in the Sun’s magnetic field. The Mayans say that this happens every 5,125 years. But also that this causes a displacement in the earths rotation, and because of this movement great catastrophes would be produced.

The Mayans believed the universal processes, like the ‘breathing’ of the galaxy, are cycles that never change. What changes is the consciousness of man that passes through it. Always in a process toward more perfection. Based on their observations, the Mayans predicted that from the initial date of the start of their civilization, 4 Ahau, 8 Cumku which is 3113 B.C., after one cycle being completed 5,125 years in their future, December 21st, 2012. The Sun, having received a powerful ray of synchronizing light from the center of the galaxy, would change its polarity which would produce a great cosmic event that would propel human kind to be ready to cross into a new era, The Golden Age. It is after this, that the Mayans say we will be ready to go through the door that was left by them, transforming our civilization based on fear to a vibration much higher in harmony.

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Nostradamus

In addition to the Mayans, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce and a host of others have referenced to dramatic shifts in the earth resulting in monumental changes to mankind around this time.

So what are we to make of all this? I for one probably won’t worry about making my bed on December 20, 2012.

Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce

Darren Rowse – Build a Better Blog Challenge – Lesson #8 April 20, 2009

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Forty pounds and counting…

Day 8’s challenge is a simple one and timely to-boot. Darren’s lesson is to interlink some of my older posts to newer ones thus giving me an excuse to create fresher content and optimize the chances of more people finding older posts that may have gotten stale sitting on the shelves in the blogosphere.

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Breville XXJE95XL 2-speed Juicer

I started juicing about 5 months ago. My first post about that was back on November 14, 2008.  Since that time many good things have happened. First and foremost I have changed my diet dramatically.  I stopped drinking alcohol and have reduced my red meat intake to hardly any at all.  I have reduced my overall meat intake by at least 50% while my fruit and vegetable consumption is off the charts. All of this, coupled with a pretty regular regimen of daily walking has resulted in over 40 pounds disappearing.

I can also say with complete honesty that I really have not craved any of my old favorites…including alcohol.  I have to give the credit to the juicing.

As I did when I started out, I am juicing almost daily.  I drink 32 oz. of mostly vegetables.  My staples have been: kale and turnip greens, romaine lettuce, cucumber, apples, carrots (1/4 of the time) and celery.  I add to that large bunches of herbs like cilantro, Thai basil (horapa), ginger root and any other herb that finds their way into my refrigerator.

I purchased a Breville juicer that has really been a winner.  I did my homework before buying it and it has really lived up to its reputation.  I highly recommend it as a first juicer.

I try to juice between 9 and 10am.  This is my breakfast and lunch.  The utterly amazing thing is that it fills me up and satisfies my hunger until dinner.  Sometimes I do get hungry around 4 and a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit takes care of that.There was a time when I would make myself a green smoothie around 3 or 4pm.  That was more than enough to take care of the hunger pangs and sometimes I wouldn’t bother with dinner.

Living with two regular eaters however, I  usually eat what we have for dinner.  Since I do most of the cooking, meat is usually chicken and we always have lots of vegetables.  We love all kinds of cuisine, especially Thai,  so it’s easy to keep it varied and fresh.

I have become more conscious of portions and I do not eat as much at each sitting. The results have been great and I can report never feeling healthier.

Wise Words April 19, 2009

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 “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

Dr. Adrian Rogers

Just funny April 19, 2009

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Darren Rowse’s 31 day Blog Challenge – lesson 7 April 19, 2009

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Every topic, every point of view, every color, everything mankind has become and probably will become is represented in a blog.

Today is my day 8 of the Darren Rowse 31 Day Build a Better Blog Challenge.  Yesterday’s challenge #7 was to understand the importance of linking. Linking to and getting linked are fundamental in building readership and traffic to your blog.

The task at hand was to search the blogosphere for similar blogs to our own and link to them. This, as I would discover, would entail a fair investment in time.  I went back to my day one exercise and remembered what  my blog was about.(humorous/ slice of life/from my point of view blog) Then revisited the Day 4 topic: using a search engine or some other source to find other blogs.

Search engines that let you find blogs by subject matter like Technorati’s top 100 blogs or Google Blog search work great.  I had actually stumbled on Condron, a free search engine that features blogs on a kinda rotating billboard…it was addictive watching a new blog’s home page randomly appear.  You can set the speed of the surf and can stop on one that looks of interest.  Book marking is easy too.

That blogoshere is a wild place.  Next time I’ve got to remember to wear sensible shoes and pack a lunch.

Now came the fun part.  Surfing! After about an hour I realized I had only book marked a couple of like minded blogs but I was having so much fun exposing myself to the unbelievably vast array of blogs out there in cyberspace.

Some are fantastic, some suck big onesSome are for fun, some were sad. Some made me laugh and some made me cringeSome were dirty, some were Godlike.

I left in awe.

Protest Sign Design – Think ergonomics! April 17, 2009

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Safe, effective, sign design

My recent experience at the West Palm Beach Tea Party on April 15th exposed me to something I had never pondered before. Ergonomic protest sign design.

I had decided several weeks before to attend the rally. While I envisioned holding a sign, I didn’t put much thought into it until the morning of the event.

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(WND photo / Joe Kovacs) used w/out permission but hell, it's me!

Waiting till the last minute to make a protest sign usually means a fairly amateurish product and mine qualified there! I had some large pieces of cardboard in the garage, saved for no express purpose other than I figured I’d need them one day. Sure enough that day arrived and I now had my canvas.

The cardboard was from a shipping box.  It was a fairly heavy corrugated board so I figured it would hold up well. I drew my message on one side with a black Sharpie and was so proud of myself I decided I needed to use the back side for another message. “Yacht Brokers For Capitalism” just popped into my head so I ran with it.

protestsigncroppedThe first thing I noticed when I got to the event was the wind. Just a moderate breeze caught the sign and forced me to pay close attention. As I joined the massing throng, I also had to become aware of the amount of physical space I needed so as not to whack any of the other attendees.

It wasn’t until after about 5 minutes of proudly holding my sign high overhead that I realized the most important consideration when designing a protest sign.

How to deal with gravity.

Even a lightweight cardboard sign gets heavy over time, especially when it’s pumped high overhead in unison with the crowd’s chants du jour.

So here’s my list to consider when designing a protest sign:

  • Don’t wait till the last minute to make your sign. By starting the process sooner rather than later, you’ll give yourself time to make a better looking sign which includes utilizing both sides for maximum effect.
  • Use a suitable medium.  Buy some foamcore or PVC foam sheets. Both are excellent in the strength-to-weight category, easily drawn on and they accept glued items for fancy displays. The more rigid material also works much better when utilizing the next item.
  • Strongly consider using a pole.  I saw several clever ideas at my rally. The best was a retractable, light weight, aluminum boat washing pole. Fully collapsed it was just three feet long.  The protester stood with the butt end in his pants pocket, supporting all the weight. This allowed him to comfortably hold the sign in a natural way freeing his other arm for wild gesticulations and fist pumps! Lots of clear strapping tape kept the sign secure to the pole and didn’t mess with the message.
  • The retractable pole also allows the user to raise or lower the sign height to accommodate the crowd while not losing the luxury of the in-the-pocket anchoring system. It’s also easier to control the sign in windy conditions with the pole securely nestled in your pocket.

So go out and get involved, join the process, exercise your right to free speech.

Just do it ergonomically!