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GMO versus Organic Food

GMO versus Organic Food

GMO (genetically modified organisms) is not the same as non-organic. This video explains the difference.

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Melissa Gomez

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An Elvis Presley impersonator kisses 2010 Operation Rising Star winner Melissa Gomez on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a break from her recording sessions at Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, Calif.
U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

Gomez exceeds Rising Star expectations in recording debut

By Tim Hipps
FMWRC Public Affairs

PASADENA, Calif. – Operation Rising Star winner Melissa Gomez exceeded her expectations while recording a three-song demo CD at DMI Music’s Firehouse Recording Studios.

“I’ve never thought I could sing as good as I just sang in there,” said Gomez, a 30-year-old former Soldier turned full-time Army wife and mother. “I was hitting notes that I didn’t know I could hit. And, Terry, oh my gosh, if I just had a few months with her, I wouldn’t be talking to you – I’d be talking to Oprah or somebody. I’d be famous.”

“She just really pushed me beyond boundaries I thought I couldn’t go past. The songs are coming out way better than I thought they would.”

Gomez was referring to vocal coach Terry Wood, who led the 2010 Operation Rising Star winner to unprecedented sounds inside the Southern California recording studio.

“I got her to the piano just to do some warm-ups and had her do some exercises and got her up to a high D, which I don’t think she ever in her wildest dreams thought she could hit,” Wood said. “And she does it easily. She’s experimenting and finding out what her voice really can do, without much effort, really.

“She’s got a unique sound and she’s just discovering who she is as an artist. I think right now she’s finding out even in this process that she’s got a lot more versatility in her vocals and dynamics than she realized.”

Gomez’s husband, Sgt. 1st Class Louis Gomez, confirmed those sentiments.

“I’ve heard her sing notes that I’ve never heard in the 12 years that I’ve known her,” he said. “She’s really come out of her shell and surprised most of us here. I’m extremely proud of her.

“I’ve always tried to support her singing. Being in the military, you have to give and take and make sacrifices. As many sacrifices as she’s made for me, I’ve always tried to support her endeavors to sing. I’ve always told her where there’s a will there’s a way. If we try hard enough, anything is possible.”

After deploying twice to Afghanistan and once to Colombia, however, Louis was concerned that Father Time was working against Melissa.

“As the years went by and times got tougher with deployments and stuff like that, I figured she was losing the opportunity,” he said. “She was growing older, and with my job, I’m rarely home. And when I’m home, I’m doing some type of training or school somewhere or TDY, and she’s normally left with a full plate at the house.”

Melissa, too, was beginning to wonder.

“It’s been a while since I’ve sang,” she said. “I’ve been kind of dormant for about four years, so I was like, ‘Am I out of my league?’ But it’s like riding a bicycle, it comes back eventually.”

For Gomez, it came roaring back like a motorcycle.

“I kind of likened it to Melissa being an instrument that we’ve all spent a little bit of time trying to play, trying to help grow to the next level,” said Victor Hurtado, who worked with Gomez on three different Army Entertainment Division programs: Operation Rising Star, Stars of Tomorrow and USA Express. “Terry took her and just transformed her to the next level. It’s not even the same person anymore.

“Melissa is proof that the heart, along with the pitch – the stars kind of aligned with the material. Her voice is different. Her voice is something that none of us have heard before. She passed my expectations by a million. I kept asking, ‘Was that Melissa? Was that Melissa?’”

Gomez was the first Operation Rising Star winner to copyright one of her own songs in Pasadena. She co-wrote “The Life” with a little help from Hurtado and U.S. Army Soldier Show music director Joey Beebe.

“It’s a good documentation of the life of a military spouse living with a Soldier and having a Family that moves a lot,” Hurtado said. “It will introduce the story very organically without really being in peoples’ faces. It just kind of says these are the circumstances and this is why we do it. It doesn’t tell anybody anything they don’t already know, but it gives them a direct perspective.

“It’s emotional, but it’s also very black and white.”

Melissa Gomez expressed her Puerto Rican heritage and sounded right at home in another song on the CD, the upbeat meringue “Poder,” which means power or to empower.

“It’s about military life and being a woman in this lifestyle, saying that I have the power to be a mother, a spouse, a Soldier,” said Gomez, who co-wrote “Poder” with Hurtado and Carlos Guillen. “It’s from my culture. It’s my music. We incorporated that into the other two songs, too – there’s like some bongos and congas and things you wouldn’t normally here outside of Latin music.”

“In Spanish, it says I thought I knew what power was when I was in the military, but now I’m empowered to be a mother, to be a wife,” Hurtado said. “It’s an interesting play on the word Poder and it embraces her culture.”

The other song on her demo, “The Dreamer,” written by Matt Moran, was Gomez’s winning song on Operation Rising Star and is being considered as part of the musical offerings for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Hurtado said.

“She’s got a unique sound and she’s just discovering who she is as an artist,” Wood said. “She’s finding out even in this process that she’s got a lot more versatility in her vocals and dynamics than she realized.

“She’s a belter. She’s got a good strong belt, and she’s got some nice falsetto stuff. A lot of her journey from here on is just experimentation and listening to different styles and realizing that she can do them all.”

Despite working long days and nights in the studio, Melissa and Louis found time to cruise through Hollywood Hills and along Rodeo Drive. They explored the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street and saw the Capitol Records building. They arrived just in time for the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center and to spend Valentine’s Day together in Old Pasadena.

Melissa Gomez got a kick out of being kissed by an Elvis Presley impersonator on the sidewalk outside Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The plaza sits adjacent to the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

“I have to say [the highlight of my sightseeing adventure] was at the theatre when Elvis kissed me on the lips,” she said. “That was the funniest part. I loved that. It was just fun. I didn’t expect to come see lookalikes.”

Likewise, she had no idea how much work goes into recording three songs.

“It’s been really long days, like 12 and 13 hours, but that’s OK because they took good care of me,” Melissa Gomez said. “I’m just shocked at how much it takes to make one song and we’re kind of rushing through the process. If we actually took the real amount of time, it would be weeks before we put out a song.

“I never knew this many people had to put their hands on it for it to become a final product. By the time we finish, it’s like 50 people have taken part in one section of a song. I’ve learned a lot from that – especially hearing my own song come to life.”

Gomez heard just enough to make her yearn to return to the studio.

“I think this is something I’m going to pursue now,” she said. “Maybe try and put a little more time into some vocal lessons and really see if I can take it up a notch.”

She then saluted the U.S. Army for helping her find the way to L.A.

“This is pretty big,” Melissa Gomez said. “This is something that I probably could have never done on my own, so it’s a really big deal.”

 

Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services

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Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services, a model for the Army, holds 2nd annual TAPS Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp

By Rob McIlvaine
FMWRC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services; the 2010 TAPS Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp at Fort Hood, Texas, brought together nearly 300 Family members from as far away as South Korea, Alaska and Nebraska who joined other survivors in weekend-long program of comfort and support.

Included in this group were 120 youngsters ranging in age from four to 19 who participated in a full schedule of activities, each with a Soldier/Mentor who spent the entire two full days with them using the buddy system.

“We’ve had Families tell us, ‘We don’t want to sit around and cry,’ so based on their feedback and with the help of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, our Survivor Outreach Services has grown considerably,” said Janeth Lopez, Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services Program Manager.

Lynch, who is now the commanding general of the Installation Management Command, combined the efforts of several organizations and services to take care of military Families when he was the III Corps and Fort Hood Commander.

“One of the biggest challenges for an installation is acquiring the space needed to house the services required to adequately help surviving Families,” Lopez said.

Beginning in the spring of 2009, a series of events led to significant changes for surviving Families at Fort Hood.

First, the God Star Family Center’s organization, Helping Unite Gold Star Survivors (HUGSS) was replaced by SOS, a program which falls under the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

“Along with the Casualty Assistance Center, HUGSS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and focus groups used to help form the program’s future, the Fort Hood SOS program began to take shape,” Lopez said.

Lopez went on to say that weekend events such as this wouldn’t be possible without the assistance and financial help from groups like TAPS.

The Fort Hood area of responsibility includes 175 counties in Texas. Because of the size, one of the first actions, after acquiring the large space to house their offices and Hall of Remembrance, was to hire a staff.

“Our local program was given a Program Manager position and an Office Assistant, two Support Coordinators who would help a Family with programs already existing within the Army, two Financial Counselors and two Family Life Coach positions who would help Families of fallen Soldiers cope with the impact of grief, loss and bereavement,” Lopez said.

For the second annual Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp, Fort Hood units, their Soldiers and area businesses pitched in to make the weekend memorable for all those attending.

Members of the Armed Services YMCA volunteered their time to cook beef brisket from six in the morning on Saturday until four in the afternoon when the pulled brisket, baked beans, hot dogs and salad were served up for free.

One of the guys pulling out the brisket and wrapping it up in tin foil for further baking was retired Army Sgt. Maj. David Clemons, who was 1st Cavalry Command Sergeant Major from 2006 to 2008.

“I’ve got some guys in there on the wall at the Hall of Remembrance and I just enjoy giving back,” Clemons said as he jabbed a long fork into a brisket with a hearty smile on his face.

Other units joining were Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, pilots of an Apache Attack helicopter from the 21st Cavalry, a couple of tanks including an M1 A2 SEP V2, a team of Army bridge builders, the Army band, and dogs and their Soldier handlers from the Army K-9 corps. Local businesses included Westbound, a rock and roll band, and Veteran Sound, a group of veterans who handled music mixing and speakers for the band.

“In the three months I’ve been here at SOS the ball has really begun to roll and is now creating a landslide,” Financial Counselor Duane Atchison said of the program.

“Thanks to Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch who started the ball rolling, the interaction of units here on base and the chaplain, this program will do nothing but get stronger and become a major support system for surviving Families,” Atchison said.

During the first day’s opening general session, TAPS Director of Training Darcie Sims told the surviving Families that no matter where or how a Soldier died, everyone was there to listen and to help.

“It is not how someone died that brought us here. None of us wanted to be here. Whatever happened that cost them their life, it did not cost them our love,” Sims said.

“Many of us here maybe never got a chance to say ‘I’m sorry’ or you didn’t get a chance to say ‘goodbye.’ Tonight after dinner and the Soldier Show, we’ll all get a chance to yell up to the heavens, ‘Goodbye, I love you,’” Sims said.

Following two full days of sessions where Families spent time sharing their stories and learning how to cope through meditation, games, exercise and dance, the time for the balloon release finally arrived.

Messages to their loved ones were attached to balloons and they took to the field.

Wayne, a child of a Soldier who had fallen, had no problem announcing what he had written to his father as his Soldier/Mentor David Riecke helped him get ready to release his balloon.

“I miss you,” Wayne said.

TAPS Fargo Marathon-561
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From left to right, Kendra Carlson, of Fargo, and Staff Sgt. Jared Dion, of the 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are running the full-marathon May 21 in memory of the 12 fallen Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard. They are members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Run & Remember Team, Fargo, N.D. The team, which is comprised primarily of current and former North Dakota National Guard members and families, raised more than ,000 for TAPS during the various Fargo Marathon races in Fargo over a three-day period from May 19-21. About 160 runners were participating in the various Fargo Marathon events as members of the TAPS Run & Remember Team. TAPS provides direct support to families who have been impacted by a death in the military regardless of geography or circumstance. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Exercise Bikes

Exercise Bikes – No Excuses, 30 Minutes A Day On A Bike Will Change Your Life

Gym equipment in a room.

Exercise bikes are the ideal home exercise equipment. We are all advised to exercise for 30 minutes per day to stay healthy combined with a good balanced food intake.
Most people complain of not having the time to go to the gym or prepare to out jogging etc but if it was for 30 minutes of TV I’d bet that time would be no problem. Why not combine the two, TV and exercise? Watching TV while exercising cuts out the boredom of being locked in a room looking at the four walls exercising. If you have a program you watch on a regular basis the time will only fly in. What exercise bike will I buy? Exercise bikes come in all wonderful styles from the basic stationary bike to build in programs for spinning and mountain courses. The best is what you can afford to pay, the main thing is that you are exercising regularly or intend to do so. The more basic exercise bike can cost anywhere from $80 upwards and generally has a few different gears available to make the exercise more intense as you proceed with fitness. I have to say if you can afford to spend $200 you will find exercise bikes that have pre-tuned exercise programs that are easy to follow and are a great way to burn fat. How to Start: Starting can be daunting but after a week or so you will find your fitness level improving and overall health.
You need to introduce the body into the exercise for the first couple of days, for many people buying exercise bikes it’s the first time they have done such an exercise in years. The first few days should be a slow introductory pace, if you go all out in the first day or so you will only end up with aching muscles and may even put you off exercising again.
Remember that this is a marathon not a sprint. Who are the main manufacturers of exercise bikes? Weslo, Reebok,Tuntui, Stamina, Proform, Nordic Track and Fitnees Track have for many years manufactured some of the greatest exercise bikes we have ever seen and all are still doing so. There are foldable bikes available for those living in apartments or people who are simply tied for space. Many people are now trying to build a home gym with the essentials in exercise equipment; the exercise bike should be first on the shopping list.
The exercise itself is an excellent aerobic exercise, easy to start with and works ideally as a cross trainer with most other fitness equipment. Some exercise bikes have a dual function, exercise for the upper and lower body. Apart from the obvious leg exercise you will also find upper body levers on some, this is an ideal exercise for a total body workout and will burn fat more quickly than the standard exercise bike (the more muscle groups you exercise the more fat your burn and more quickly). Why buy an exercise bike when I can get a treadmill? The exercise bike has very low impact on the joints. If you have previous injuries or weak joints in general the exercise bike is an ideal gentle exercise. The treadmill is a much higher impacting exercise on the joints and people with weak knees or ankles should be aware. If you decide to get an exercise bike with dual exercise (upper and lower body) you will burn more fat than that of the treadmill as you have no upper body resistance with the treadmill. There are arguments on both sides of the fence as to what is better the bike or the treadmill but you should look at your goals and see what suits both your budget and your target weight loss or general fitness. At the moment the cardio benefits to you as the user lies greater with the exercise dual function bike to that of the treadmill. In Brief: The exercise bike is ideal for beginners to the more advanced groups; it offers a low impact, high calorie burning exercise that have an excellent cardio workout. Combined with a balanced diet the exercise bike used regularly will help you achieve your fitness goals.

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The Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds 19-06-2011

The Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds 19-06-2011
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Bury St Edmunds has many fine and historic buildings, but Hidden Gardens gives people the chance to discover the secret patios, lawns, borders, vegetable gardens, greenhouses and other features behind their facades and high walls.

All the gardens are in the town centre and within walking distance of each other, although with about 30 different ones to see you may want to concentrate on a handful and take a break to soak up the garden party atmosphere and enjoy the refreshments on offer.

The hidden gardens of Bury St Edmunds; a garden in the exercise yards of the Old Workhouse. Sundial garden with old roses. Mixed borders in sun and shade. Gardened on organic principles.

Sunday 19 June 2011 will be the quarter centenary of this popular and exciting garden event. Do come!

You will be surprised at what lies behind the garden walls of our delightful town streets; the diversity of plots and planting; the willingness of gardeners to welcome you. There will be 30+ gardens on show at venues within the town center. As usual, there will be refreshments offered and plants to buy at some gardens and from our very popular Pennycross Plants nursery stall.

A suggested walking route is provided with your program, you and I can choose from brief descriptions your own ‘must see’ gardens. Come and find gardens old and new, large and small, showy and loved, all providing ideas for your own patch and together making a delightful walk round our lovely town. The exercise will enhance your health and give you a nice afternoon among lovely flowers.

Some of these gardens have been tended for many generations, while others are only now coming to maturity or are still very new. Be prepared to be surprised and inspired.

Well over 2000 visitors come each year. Be one of them for our 25th in 2011 and add to your collection of ‘Hidden Gardens’ distinctive lapel stickers, free!

Be generous as all proceeds go to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Divide and Conquer or Unite and Triumph

Make Love, Not War – Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Left

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Divide and Conquer or Unite and Triumph; two heads may be better than one, but not if they bash against each other. The human species is pitted against itself and against its own enlightened self interest at the dawn of this bright New Millennium. The unexamined human mind is similarly split and fractured, its potential as yet unrealised.

The fracture lines are exposed by our various tribal superstitions and regional lies, but aren’t caused by these outdated totemic religious dogmas and catechisms. Most of the planet is blatantly lorded over by fossilised dynasties and racist dictators. Where you see any single family holding multiple positions of power you’re looking at gangsters in operation, running a parasitic kleptocracy. Cronyism and nepotism are age-old methods of feathering your own nest and fending off rival petty tyrants at everyone else’s expense.

Tyrants use racism as the primal wedge to force populations apart, in order to divide and conquer all comers. Every other antagonistic ‘ism’ is another version of a single primordial fear – the fear of the other and of the unknown, embodied in racism and justified by religion and patriotism.

The so-called ‘free world’ appears to be trapped in an illusion of democracy that delivers power into the hands of exactly the same classes of mediocre incompetents and all too efficient control freaks – who also believe they’re born to hoodwink and rule over everyone else.

Divide and Conquer or Unite and Triumph; while life and liberty are infinitely more secure under a compassionate and swiftly acting rule of law than under the whims of inherently insane brutal overseers, no nation on Earth can honestly boast it has a completely free, independent, incorruptible or efficient legal system – let alone a free one. All democracies face similar hurdles.

Under the simple U.N. definition of a democracy – a nation that has given the vote to all its adult citizens for a generation or more – very few countries measure up. Even the United States only qualified as a democracy after the end of the Cold War – twenty-five years after it finally gave the vote to African Americans in all southern states in the mid-sixties.

More than one in a hundred US citizens are currently incarcerated in a rapidly expanding privatised penal system – a higher proportion than any other country. Libertarianism and liberty are not the same thing; as President Roosevelt famously remarked, freedom includes freedom from as well as freedom to. He included the freedom from want as one of the essential four freedoms that America embodied, in his almost universally accepted vision of the American Dream. This freedom has been derided and ignored by subsequent corporation-run governments as ‘socialist’, ‘communist’ and, even worse, ‘utopian’.

There is no free country on planet Earth – yet – but we can make one! First we have to disassemble all the false divisions that separate us into illusory competing groups, which congeal our shared blood into false notions of nations, states and races. To do this we have to see that our emperors have no clothes except those we choose – or are convinced – to give them.

If you want complete control over the human species the oldest trick in the book is to divide the struggling primates into illusory nations and artificial countries, to pit parochial tribes against other nearby ignoramuses. Take a look at Iraq, for instance – a country that was literally invented wholesale by conquering Western interests early last century. It was created with deliberate, easily exploitable faults and fractures so that racist warmongers could hold onto the region’s resources – including energy supplies – and keep control of a vital strategic corridor, with a classic move in what was universally known in Imperial times as the ‘Great Game’.

The fact that Iraq’s artificially created borders contained mutually antagonistic groups who had never been able to live together peacefully was a major bonus for the conquering crusaders – a deliberate ploy of the Western Powers that’s been widely used throughout history. Until 1959 they were able to steal all the deeply riven despot-governed “Iraqi” peoples’ energy supplies without paying a single pound or dollar in royalties. The now largely forgotten Iraqi revolution temporarily freed its people from the yoke of Imperialistic oppression, but built-in internal divisions, exploitative neighbours and imperialist retaliation undid the fledgling nation spectacularly. Watch this space for no further developments – just more of the same.

The Americans learned the tactic of divide and conquer from the English, who picked up the trick from the Roman Empire. The technique is much older than Rome, originating in primate sibling rivalry and unexamined, culturally entrained competitive behaviour. ‘Division’ is an ancient trick of the divine gods who rule over mortals – the word ‘divide’, ‘divine’ and ‘devil’ all spring from the same root of the Tree of Knowledge of Life and Death, in case you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Most self-professed democratic nations literally labour under the illusion that they have freedom of choice – when they only have two nearly identical thumb-twiddling, tweedle-dumber political parties to choose between. Governments are mainly comprised of old men corrupted by power and fear, and officious Oppositions usually only serve to oppose – they hardly ever contribute anything new or meaningful to a rigged debate.

When you only have to bribe, coerce and co-opt a handful of figures in Cabinet and Opposition you have little to fear from the many millions of subjects who believe their vote means something. Unless you actually know a politician intimately and personally – know them well enough to be absolutely certain they’re honest and motivated solely by the best ideals – only new faces in politics can be trusted at all; you can more easily see their reactions to the strings attempting to pull them.

Some members of the tyranny of despots would like to be good shepherds instead of wily predators, and some are working to remold the world into a more splendid image than their devolutionary fellows – but to exercise power over others is an inherently corrupting Faustian pastime.

Under these circumstances your vote can only mean something if you don’t vote for either of the two alternatives that have a chance of winning! In practice the ‘choice’ comes down to a primitive playoff between two corporate-industrial-military front-men, whose faces and voices are almost all that most citizens see or hear of their governments. Meaningful change is rendered impossible in this false gladiatorial contest. If you have no choice but to vote for a party, then vote for a third force that may hold the balance of power without being already corrupted by it.

‘Feudal’;

Freedom Exits Under Dominator’s Adversarial Laws

The simple but supremely successful trick of duopoly politics holds the world in thrall to a fundamentally feudal hive structure of remote masters, bureaucratic governors and workers who jump for carrots and cringe from sticks.

Democracy is far more than the sham of party politics, and real democracy is strangled to death by fat cats enjoying expensive private parties held at everyone else’s expense – lousy parties with tinny music, bland costumes and boring speeches – cringe-worthy parties which are no fun at all. Real democracy requires that people can elect representatives who will represent them – not some other individual, group or party.

The whole notion of parties representing the people is an inherently absurd historical error that we now have the means to correct. In the newly emergent interconnected age of distributed networks, we can each become a sovereign of our own true estate – our bodies – and all have a truly equal say and vote in where our species is headed. Modern technologies and widening education bring a truly global democracy within easy reach. Individuals could simply vote for issues and cut out the middleman politicians entirely!

But before we can trust majorities with ultimate – if democratic – power over minorities who may be very different from them, we have a multitude of issues to address and rectify. Fortunately, a fair global framework already exists to protect us all from our own potential errors, one which provides an almost universally ratified Bill of Rights covering every child, woman and man on Earth.

The various U.N. treaties regarding all sorts of rights have been assembled under an adequate umbrella of universal protection known as the International Bill of Rights. It already forms the basis for many domestic laws that various nations have adopted under its articles – but chances are that as a mere citizen you’ve been kept entirely in the dark as to the true reasons behind your particular government’s apparent wisdom and largesse.

The International Bill of Rights is easily accessed via United Nations websites and is easily digested; see if you can find anything in it with which you disagree. It’s likely that the vast majority of humans on the planet will have no problems with its definitions of rights and freedoms, but there are many other issues to deal with if global electronic democracy is to become a reality – for instance, finding a way to curb the power of programmers and technocrats, and the powers of our easily controlled, utterly coercible and censorable mass media. We face ancient dilemmas; who guards the guardians and who watches the watchers? And how do you disarm a paranoid bunch of brainwashed tribalists armed by despots who profit from the continual killing – and who control their civilization?

We have to make an end to war. Creating peace involves creating a space without suffering or violence. If we want to end war a good place to start – if you’re serious about changing your attitudes but can’t abandon or thoroughly alter your current life – is at the kindergarten level of competitive training for violent combat and war; sport.

Competitive sports train the innocent for war. That’s the whole point behind encouraging the ‘masses’ to back and barrack for tribalistic, totemically differentiated teams, folks; it teaches that life, war friendship, love and politics can all be dealt with using the same brainless reflexive win-lose concepts and simplifies everything to an easily divisible level. Sport and war reduce the multitude to elevate the domineering.

If you want to change your world stop paying any attention to the stupid duopolistic distractions of competitive sport and party politics. Many will rebel at this – that’s the whole point. Most current day politics, finance, wars and pieces are equally delusory distractions, keeping your eyes off the prize and your mind off the main game by turning off your mind.

All problems with our conscious decision making processes stem from the self-same source, whether they be individual or collective.

We have to understand where this global split personality arises from; it comes from within each of us. The adversarial structures of our systems of law and government arise from minds that continually argue with themselves and never know peace or inner silence.

This is not just a consequence of the bicameral – twin chambered – nature of our split brain structure – it’s a result of a planetary shockwave that affected us all in prehistory, resulting in our collective and individual inability to recover from a blow to the head delivered simultaneously to the entire species. The Earth was struck by a massive interplanetary discharge – a planet-wide electric shock felt by all, amid a global catastrophe that threatened to extinguish our species.

Remember the ancient Babylonian (Iraqi) story of the ‘Tower of Babel’ and humanity’s cleavage into disparate tribes and nations who could suddenly no longer understand each other? It’s instructive to note that the chroniclers of this pre-Biblical narrative averred that the sky god destroyed the tower to divide Humanity and thus render us powerless – because we were beginning to rival the deities themselves. *

We have little understanding of what abilities we’ve lost as a species – like many victims of electro-shock therapy, we are afflicted with partial amnesia. Suffice to say that once upon a time we could all ‘hear’ on more than one level… whether we remember or believe it or not – and that ability and many others are well within our reach and grasp. The younger you are when you start to change yourself the easier it will be.

Until both hemispheres of our brains can operate together in a balanced synergy – which can only arise from the healing light of clear self-examination and careful tuning – our star-spanning minds are reduced to an argumentative, jostling conversation between two or more equally half-blinded and crippled parts. When we become internally unified and fully integrated we have the ability to tune in with – and on – anything and anyone, anywhere and anytime; and self-styled gods of all creeds and stripes find the idea of such a self-aware Humanity repulsive; it renders us abominably uncontrollable and unbindably free.

The almost universal mental imbalance resulting from this lack of internal attunement is the origin of all apparent divisions and false dichotomies that surround us. Our brains are instruments that require tuning – and harmony is only possible when all crazy notions of aloneness and competition are cast aside.

When we open ALL our eyes we can easily see that disagreement isn’t required to reach the truth, and argument isn’t necessary to arrive at easily achievable and universally agreeable goals. It’s easy to see that all of us are one being staring through the starry eyes of a multitude – and to know that death is impossible.

All it takes is to the ability to do nothing and think nothing. Absolutely nothing. The moment of wonder is only a moment away when you’ve mastered this ‘simple’ trick – the first step to true enlightenment. The world is always waiting for you to reemerge from the delight of the light imbued with immanent innocence; the universe is alive, and responds to your inner sense. The universe is a co-creation and it takes all kinds to make a world. Even if you can transform yourself in the bright void of superconsciousness, your life awaits you on your return. Changing the world means changing your mind and your life; the devil lies in the details you slowly shed with your old discarded skin.

The Whole Holy Hologram

If you want to change your world, the only place to start is within yourself. This requires continual self examination and an awareness and recognition of your true motives and programming. It requires abandoning the false ideas of notional nations, separate races, superior religious superstitions and parted politics. It means rechannelling all your competitive behaviour and attitudes into a recognition of unity with others – and with all things. It’s easy to recognise the all-powerful unity that lies within our vast diversity of cultures, perspectives and beliefs when you stop identifying with individual idiosyncratic fractions and factions. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

The real Great Game is the Royal Maze of the Mind that leads to enlightenment. The gate to the core of the maze resides at the core of your brain, in the central space between and behind your eyes and between your ears, below the crown of your head. If you locate yourself there – right now – and view the world from the perspective of the centre of your own head, you’ll see your view widen from a narrow tunnel to a wide expanse that incorporates everything in your field of view.

We’re primates living in a planetary tree that’s scarred with the graffito of our passions – loves and hates born of our illusory fear of mortality and separation, which compel us to make our mark on the world. We can do better than simply making marks and leaving scars.

All we have to look beyond the surface differences that camouflage our identically innocent spirits and wise ancient souls. If we want to start making a paradise planet out of this industrialised wasteland we have to recognise where the primal split in our species really lies. The first illusory division in our species – and the hideous result of our ongoing inner distractions and artificially contrived divisions – is the enduring armed truce in the pointless, ultimately unsurvivable battle of the sexes.

When peace is made between woman and man the planet can flower into a garden paradise fit for children. When our apparent differences are recognised for what they are – interlinked and interlocking survival strategies designed for life and consciousness to expand on the floating crust of a chaotically changeable ball of hot mud circling a blazing electric fireball – we can celebrate the gift of the interlocking jigsaw puzzles that our bodies and tribes really are.

We can learn that our species-split sexuality is a technique of regeneration and transformation on an individual and global scale – we’re not just a tools used by a bunch of genes for their own survival, but companions, lovers and co-creators. We can learn to control our own fertility at will and lovemaking can keep us young and supple, and be a portal to higher consciousness and the abilities it provides.

The techniques are miraculously still available, despite being long suppressed by rigid prudes worshipping the same false religions that burned Giordano Bruno at the stake – along with many millions of wise women and men – and which still stone women to death for being outdoors alone, or refuse to allow their sheeple to use contraceptives.

The place to make world peace real is in the still core of your mind and the still, pure warmth in the core of your heart. The way to heal yourself and the planet is to still your mind and make love – real, true, non-possessive abundant love – and as the hippies said, if you can’t be with the one you love then love the one you’re with.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it – it might as well be you. Make love, not war; when we learn to accept each other and work together life is no longer a job or chore, but a work of divinely inspired Art. When we open our eyes in the new fresh dawn of sensuously rational happiness we find we don’t have to climb out of the purblind pit of false dogma and censored history – we’re already free in a brave new world.

Turn on! Tune in! Opt out of the system that’s destroying your world and do something else! You literally create reality as you pass through it.

 

Why Eating Organic Is Better!

Why eating organic is better; it’s a rising trend around the world to start eating more organic food and it seems that going back to how it use to be can be better for you! Is organic food actually better for you?

The reason for why eating organic is better is mainly the chemicals and the changes in the chemistry of the food scientists use to protect them from being eaten by insects and pests. These chemicals and the modified DNA may not be so good for humans. The theory is, if this food repels insects what does it do to humans.

Bowl with organic food.

I’m not an avid Walmart shopper, but I thought it would be fun to do a healthy and organic food tour of my local Walmart to see what items they carry. So in today’s video I’m sharing what healthy and organic food items you can buy from Walmart!

I found a ton of good stuff including kombucha, Bragg apple cider vinegar, organic coconut flour, organic avocados, organic maple syrup, organic eggs and more! It’s awesome to see that Walmart has healthy and organic options.

Therefore, to answer the question; why eating organic is better? Apparently there are many reasons like avoiding the added chemicals and the manipulation of it’s DNA. Most likely people would buy more organic food but the prices are much higher than the non-organic food and these days with less money to maintain households it’s not affordable for the average family.

 

Kegel Exercises For Men: How the Private Gym Program Works

Kegel exercises for men; the Private Gym is the first ever FDA registered pelvic exercise program for men of all ages. We worked with the leading experts in the world to develop the first fitness program to target, train and strengthen the male pelvic muscles.

The prostate, bladder and penis are controlled by a complex set of pelvic muscles. These are the same muscles you use when you stop yourself from urinating. These muscles are weak to begin with and get weaker with age. Weak pelvic muscles can result in erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and soft erections.

The Private Gym Program isolates and strengthens these important pelvic muscles. It’s an interactive, follow along DVD and online exercise program that guides you week by week. Our expertly designed Kegel exercises for men start with the basic flex and become progressively harder each week. Once you achieve initial pelvic muscle strength, we then add the resistance equipment to the program.

Strength training is key to living a fit life, and we are here to help you master the fundamentals. This is a 15-minute workout we designed for beginners, but anyone will benefit from this full-body sweat session. We will teach you the moves and the modifications you need to build strength and great form. Best of all, you don’t need any fancy equipment for this workout, just a sturdy chair. Press play, and let’s get started!

POPSUGAR Fitness offers fresh fitness tutorials, workouts, and exercises that will help you on your road to healthy living, weight loss, and stress relief. Check out Class FitSugar, our do-it-along-with-us real-time workout show hosted by Anna Renderer who will inspire you to sweat alongside fitness experts and Hollywood’s hottest celebrity trainers. Class FitSugar regularly covers the most buzzed-about workout classes and trends, including the Victoria’s Secret workout, Tabata, P90X, Bar Method, and more.

Weight Loss Exercise Program – Week1

 

Weight loss exercise program; learn some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite classic bodybuilding exercises and preferred training techniques for building muscle. Get the knowledge you need to train for mass!

Military people training for fitness.

When it comes to bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger knows best. His plan for quality mass and extreme strength isn’t complicated. In fact, it’s steeped in the fundamentals and old-school exercises that should be at the heart of everyone’s program. It’s a surefire road to growth, but it’s fraught with pain and struggle. If you want to learn about the weight loss exercise program and bodybuilding from the world’s best bodybuilder, you’re in the right place.

| Basics Are Best |
“The biggest mistake being made in bodybuilding today and following a weight loss exercise program is that people aren’t covering basic exercises,” says the Austrian Oak. And by basic, Arnold doesn’t mean easy. Many contemporary fitness centers are full of people on machines, not in squat racks, and big-box gyms often lack even a single platform. Arnold disapproves: “Today, when I go in the gymnasium, I don’t see any of the kids learning about the clean and press, or the snatch, or the upright row from the floor.”

Schwarzenegger’s insistence on the essential lifts is not due to some grandfatherly desire to live in the past. It comes from decades of continued interest and expertise in the industry, and from the hard-earned knowledge that it doesn’t take fancy machines or off-the-wall programming to become arguably the best bodybuilder in history. Get back to your bodybuilding roots and experience unbelievable growth.

| Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Training Tips |

Chest:
“There are three chest exercises that should always be done,” Arnold says. “The bench press, the incline bench press at different angles, and the dumbbell flies.”

Back:
“For back, I did chin-ups, bent-over barbell and dumbbell rows, and the T-bar row. Any kind of rowing movement will give you that thickness. Those are the exercises I relied on from the beginning of my career to the end.”

Arms:
Arnold relied on the barbell curl to build thick biceps, but he also used incline dumbbell curls and concentration curls to isolate his biceps.

“For triceps,” Arnold says, “we did a lot of narrow [close-grip] bench press in the early days. And then triceps push downs and overhead triceps extensions later.”

Shoulders:
Arnold’s shoulders were built by barbell presses, behind-the-neck barbell presses, lateral raises, military presses, and dumbbell presses. “We always did presses behind the neck and a special dumbbell press which would stretch out the front deltoids at the bottom and fully flex it at the top. Now those are called Arnold presses.”

Legs
“The squat is the most important exercise to create big thighs,” says Arnold. “I did back squats, front squats, leg extensions, lunges, single-leg dead lifts, good morning exercises, and a lot of leg curls.”

Abs:
“The regular training we did for abs was just leg raises, knee raises, crunches, and sit-ups. We all believed in doing 500 reps of Roman chair sit-ups.”

 

 

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