I appreciate Byron Katie greatly. I find the work something I resist. When I resist something with such veracity it most often has its roots in some larger truth secreted, awaiting discovery. When I resist something quite often it is the very thing I need to so.
How was I to do the work regarding our current President?
Byron Kathleen Mitchell, better known as Byron Katie is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as “The Work of Byron Katie” or simply as “The Work”.
I attempted to watch a video which was created by Byron Katie for this occasion and after several minutes found myself angered at the surreal absurdity with which something which does pose a concrete threat was dismissed. I found myself wanting to sit down with Byron Katie and ask some questions of my own.
What would the work have looked like if Byron had the ability to go back in time and meet with Hitler?
It then hit me, as I was contemplating Heisenberg wave theory of all things, that perhaps my issue was I had different fears?
The work is unique to the individual. What if my questions raised a different awareness for consideration?
Climate change is a very real issue. Fossil fuel dependency is a very real issue. Fracking is environmentally hazardous. Pollution and toxicity are impacting species and the earth’s capacity to maintain the narrow spectrum of conditions requisite to sustain life as we now know it in many forms on the planet. It is true that human conduct is negatively impacting the health of the planet.
It is true that President Trump’s current plans as outlined on his WhiteHouse.gov website will cause further harm to the environment. These are facts, not alternate facts, or even facts lite.
It is true that there are many who dismiss scientific evidence under the erroneous assumption there is some grand conspiracy afoot to further a liberal global elite agenda. Ironically globalization is inevitable because we function within a larger ecosystem called earth to whom we are all answerable.
Nature is not a respecter of persons.
The only turn around I can arrive at is I (we) indeed are all remiss in one nuance of the spectrum or another in contributing to the larger scope of the problem in small ways which prove exponentially problematic.
The President merely represents a different position on the spectrum of indifference and overall contribution. He can create an impact on a larger scale, thus his waves create a larger ripple effect. His consequences, in turn, will be equally and appositionally proportionate with one another.
Slavery has created a huge wound in this nation which we have yet to address or heal. The theft of the very land we reside in from our Native Americans is another deep wound we pour salt on versus attempt to redress. The Civil War is another tragedy still churning animosity. These things are true. I know they are true.
It has become abundantly clear the political correctness driving unpopular speech behind closed doors through public opinion merely hid a seething cancer only those who experienced it knew was still with us.
Periods of historical contraction offer us the ability to reflect and act where we once failed to act, altering an old self-defeating global response, and creating a new movement of global change.
If I did the work I could see that my failing was impatience with those whom in my humble estimation and experience failed to comprehend the larger complexities and potential outcomes juxtaposing the micro with the macro for a more holistic understanding from which to make more educated and thus hopefully more precise successive approximations towards slow but lasting positive progress. Such deliberation minimizes the inevitable setbacks one will encounter despite the best planning.
We appear to be a nation divided in approach as to how change is achieved on the personal, the interpersonal or the social level. One portion is impatient, seeking immediate remedy for issues decades and or centuries in the formation through external force. The other seems more understanding that progress is not a linear process but an internal transformation.
It is a difference of simplicity versus complexity, and fluidity versus rigidity. It is the tension of attachment versus detachment and optimism versus cynicism. If peak creativity occurs at the threshold of maximum tension? We can resist tyranny and enter a period of self-determination within the fluidity of a cooperative paradigm. Succeed or fail we must create anew with heart that which we deconstruct.
It juxtaposes those who think the story of the universe is complete through the mythologies presented in holy scriptures with those who see the spirit’s essence in pattern expressed in math ever contracting and expanding.
This creative tension exists to elicit a vibrant explosive energy of potentialities and probabilities which can either propel us exponentially into an ever-expansive cooperative social paradigm or send us spiralling into a cycle of “as long as I get mine” mentality which sees Earth bidding us good riddance to restore balance to the larger system which sustains all life.
If anything became apparent to me from my own foray into doing the work?
Perhaps if The President took us ten steps backward it would be the best thing that could happen.
If we are not ready to progress into the future with equity for one another and all life forms on this planet it is best for our overall survival to run out of oil with no back up plan. Perhaps it is best for us to continue to allow water to be polluted or looted. Perhaps it is best for us to make matters so much more emergent they will no longer be met by platitudes and euphemisms but concrete action.
Love is a verb.
If we are set back at a time when our progress would only mean destruction due to arrogance and ignorance?
Perhaps we will unwittingly save ourselves from a larger destruction which could prove irreversible or fatal for more than just our species.
©2017 Kelley White
Viewed at a closer angle we have developed this “gimme a pill for it doc” philosophy. And by ‘we’ it is meant the wealthy citizens of nations of the West and includes the well to do residents of Middle-East and the East as well.
We behave recklessly from speeding, using drugs, unsafe sex to trashing the planet as a society. Then we run off to the equally unaccountable elected officials and want them to waive a magic wand to solve the wrath of the decades of our recklessness and stupidities (see “Atimea Stupidosis Sustainabilis” – Google it) .
We elect them based on the false promises of making us even richer which is a mathematical impossibility because that requires an exponential output from a finite planet. (more…)
I am Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of the Guardian
On June 5 the Guardian published the first of a series of stories that have become known as “The NSA Files” – revealing a vast network of domestic and international surveillance carried out by the National Security Agency.
As editor in chief of the Guardian, I have been closely involved in the stories leaked to us by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and have worked closely with the Guardian US editor in chief Janine Gibson and the lead reporter Glenn Greenwald.
Proof! More proof!
This Sunday – 8/4 – Rally Against Unconstitutional Surveillance
Join thousands of participants in 1984 Day rallies around the country
EU and US internet privacy talks continue in spite of PRISM spying scandal
The European Union and the US have finished the first round of negotiations for a trade-enhancing agreement to cover online privacy and piracy, in spite of the recent PRISM allegations of US agents spying on EU meetings.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is designed to “liberalise” trade between the EU and the US, with a view to remove cross-border regulatory issues, which can bring about extra costs and stifle trade.
It has attracted much attention from privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and La Quadrature du Net, the latter of which has revealed leaked documents that detailed some of the topics under discussion in the private meetings. The topics under review include e-commerce, email and telephone marketing, copyright and censorship.
La Quadrature du Net claims that the partnership will put current laws regarding the liability of internet service providers – they are currently not obliged to censor networks at the request of police – in jeopardy, and likens the scheme to the failed ACTA agreement, which targeted online piracy. The organisation said in a statement: “Altering this regime is precisely what [the] entertainment industry wants and almost got through ACTA.”
ACTA was rejected by the European Parliament for, among other things, being “too vague”, but politicians admitted that a solution to the problem of piracy still needed to be found.
Elsewhere, La Quadrature du Net also points out that the EU and US are looking to co-operate on cyber security, in spite of the recent revelation that US agents were tapping the phones and emails of EU staff and monitoring secret meetings in EU buildings. The leaked EU document said of the partnership: “A uniform approach across the Atlantic would facilitate trade in products, services and applications while at the same time ensuring a high level of security.”
There had been warnings of the TTIP negotiations being cancelled as a result of the spying allegations, but the discussions apparently went ahead unabated.
via … www.v3.co.uk
Internet privacy in an age of surveillance
The chasm between technology and the law continues to widen. On one side are massive stores of personal data maintained by the Internet services we use and the sophisticated analysis tools the companies apply to monetize that data. On the other are privacy advocates groping for legal protections against misuse of that private data — by government agencies and businesses alike. Regardless of where you stand on the freedom vs. security debate, one fact is clear: The disclosure of U.S. government surveillance programs has destroyed any remaining expectation of online privacy.
Not to say that there was ever much of a reasonable expectation that our Internet activities are confidential. In her opening remarks at a symposium on Internet privacy held back in 2000, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Director Beth Givens identified “large gaps” in legal protections for sensitive personal data.
Three critical issues identified by Givens more than 13 years ago have only become more serious as the Internet’s role in our lives has grown: confusion about what information is and isn’t protected; lack of disclosure about how organizations use the personal data they collect; and the free rein industry exercises over the use of consumer data.
via … howto.cnet.com
Recent disclosures of U.S. government surveillance of our phone and Internet activity have heightened interest in services that promise not to collect or share our personal information.
One such service is DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that has seen its traffic jump since news broke earlier this month of the National Security Agency’s PRISM electronic surveillance program. The Guardian’s Stuart Dredge reports that DuckDuckGo’s daily search count reached an all-time high of 3.1 million on June 17, well above its daily average of 1.8 million daily searches prior to the PRISM revelations.
Those numbers are dwarfed by Google’s search traffic. According to research firm ComScore, Google handled 13.4 billion search queries in May 2013 for a daily average of more than 400 million searches per day.
In a post from May 2011 I described privacy-centric alternatives to Google, Gmail, and Facebook, one of which is the Ixquick.com search engine that, like DuckDuckGo, promises not to record your IP address or any other information about your search. (The service was recently rebranded in the U.S. as Start Page.)
The fact is, the Internet is a public network. There’s no such thing as complete privacy online. Most people like being remembered at their favorite sites and having access to their Web history. Many of us don’t mind seeing ads based on our Internet profile and consider targeted ads a small price to pay for “free” services.
Even folks who broadcast their location 24-7 and liberally post other details of their life want to know the information isn’t being used against them. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to exert some control over the personal information you share with Web sites and their partners (not to mention other interested third parties).
Step 1: Block ads, screen scripts, and clear cookies
Last month’s post on how to improve security in Firefox, Chrome, and IE explained why enabling the browsers’ do-not-track feature may be a waste of time. SFGate’s James Temple reported earlier this week that members of the World Wide Web Consortium’s do-not-track working group recommend disbanding the group following its impending failure to meet a July 2013 deadline for a “Last Call” consensus — a deadline that has already been pushed back four times. Group members believe a compromise between online advertisers and privacy advocates is unlikely.
via … howto.cnet.com
||Do not assume a credible-looking Web site is credible. Anyone can create a Web site that looks legitimate.
||An old financial cliche that has been around much longer than the Internet applies to Web deals, too: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
||Be cautious of unsolicited e-mails and phone calls — many are fraudulent.
||Be wary of anyone who asks for personal information. Do not give out any information to a person, business or Web site you have not verified with a reputable source.
||Your Social Security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Do not give it out.
||Be suspicious of anyone who contacts you and claims to be from a company with whom you have an account like a bank, credit card or phone company. If they ask for information that the business already has, do not give it to them. Call the company independently, using the contact information on your statement or from the official Web site.
||Do not respond to offers that demand you act immediately or won’t take “no” for an answer.
||Legitimate charitable causes do not need to telephone or e-mail to solicit donations or obtain passwords or Social Security numbers to accept donations. Do not respond to these offers or pleas for help.
||Do not follow the unsubscribe instructions in unsolicited e-mail. In many cases, it only verifies your e-mail address — you will get even more junk e-mail.
||E-mail addresses or Web addresses that have a company name in the address are not necessarily from that company. Go to the official Web site for contact information.
Internet Privacy in Canada
As technology advances, so do government surveillance opportunities. And as these opportunities arise, what’s to stop them from being used against us?
In April of this year, the Human Rights Council at the UN presented a report on the urgent need for laws that regulate Internet surveillance practices to protect human rights standards. As the months go by, that need is becoming more and more apparent. As allegations of spying fly with the exposure of programs like PRISM and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it seems that Canadians may have real cause for concern when it comes to individual privacy.
In spite of the Internet’s unprecedented ability to allow for freedom of expression and opinion, an enormous risk lies in the collection of information stored in what seems a limitless digital memory. What a person says online may be innocent enough, but given the right spin or put in the wrong context, one’s private sentiments could be used to serve unintended means. Which is perhaps why private correspondences should be just that—private.
In a recent interview for the Guardian, Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, pointed out that, even if you’ve got nothing to hide, “you are being watched and recorded… you don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to arrive under suspicion by anybody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use the system to go back in time to scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made.”
via … desmog.ca
This post by Louise, first appeared on The Canadian Daily TheCanadianDaily.ca, and received over 25,000 views and over 5,000+ Facebook share, in a very short period of time. An issue of great concern to parents around the world. Thanks Louise!
– John Malloy
When buying food for your family, do you ever read ingredient labels and feel exasperated? How to pronounce some of those ingredients can be challenging, let alone trying to determine whether they are something you want to feed those precious tummies of yours. Most of us moms genuinely want to buy what is ‘best’ versus what is ‘easiest’ for our children’s meals, as long as we feel it is within our means. Yes, we all need to take an occasional short-cut here and there. But, we still just want what is best for our children.
Moms are not taught how to shop or how to make the best decisions about food. We just have to pick it up along the way. The place where we make these choices for our children only adds to the confusion. At the grocery store, colourful boxes, packets and cans literally lean into the long aisles, begging us to free them from their chemically-extended shelf-lives.
“Buy me! I may be lower in nutritional value and manufactured in a lab, but I am SO cheap and SO fun!”
“Don’t be a bore. Your kids and all their friends will love my rainbow colours that have only been linked to hyperactivity, ADHD, allergies and cancer (not definitively proven, so until then your children can eat in abundance and launch a class-action lawsuit in 20 years when it will be too late anyway).”
Kraft, Campbell’s, Heinz, General Mills, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestle, No Name. They boldly assure us that their packaged foods are ‘ALL-NATURAL’, ‘NO SUGAR ADDED’, ‘NATURALLY-FLAVOURED’, ‘LOW-FAT’, ‘WHOLEGRAIN’ and ‘IMPROVED’ (what was wrong with them to begin with?).
The big food brands have been around for years and we ate them growing up. Surely they have our own offspring’s best interests at heart?
Don’t. Buy. Any. Of. It
Call me a mistrusting antagonist. Call me a conspiracy theorist. Call me a challenger of authority. Call me hippy-dippy. Call me the ‘no-fun mom’. Or call me a mom who, like other moms, simply wants the best for her children.
The truth behind the ingredients that go into most foods sold in North American supermarkets is not pretty and once you go there, you cannot ‘unlearn’ the unhealthy facts. In fact, your grocery shopping experience, like mine, will likely be forever changed.
10 Facts About Food You Need To Know Now:
1. Artificial Dyes. Artificial dyes are made from petroleum and have been linked to all kinds of behavioural disorders in children, as well as cancer. In Europe, foods containing artificial dyes, such as tartrazine (also known as Yellow #5), which has been specifically linked to hyperactivity in children, must contain a warning label that states, “May have adverse effect on activity and attention in children“. In Canada, these artificial dyes do not even have to be specifically described on the ingredient list. The ingredient list need only state “colour”. Canada lags behind other developed countries when it comes to food labelling.
2. MSG. MSG stands for monosodium glutamate. It is used as a flavour enhancer in countless processed foods. But, as it is an excitotoxin, it can cause headaches, asthma, disorientation and other side-effects. It can also cause potential damage to the brain and body. A child’s brain is four times more sensitive to damage by excitotoxins than the brain of an adult. MSG is often hidden on ingredient labels and can be disguised as other ingredients, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), yeast extract, maltodextrin, malted barley, rice syrup and many more. Food labels lack transparency.
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup. High fructose corn syrup (‘HFCS’) is labelled in Canada as ‘glucose-fructose’ or ‘sugar/glucose-fructose’ which is confusing and misleading to consumers. A 2011 Ipsos Reid poll revealed that the most Canadians thought that ‘glucose-fructose’ was another name for sugar. HFCS is the main ingredient in soft drinks and is linked to diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. Even the Canadian Sugar Institute has spoken out about the need for more accurate and informative food labelling of high fructose corn syrup. Food labels are intentionally confusing and misleading.
4. Natural Flavours. Natural flavours is a benign umbrella term that appears on many processed food labels. Food companies can use this term without conveniently divulging the actual source of the natural flavours, which could be from any plant or animal and obtained by a whole variety of processes. Some notorious sources of natural flavours have been revealed to include beaver’s anal gland secretions for vanilla flavour and beetle shell secretions for the shiny appearance on doughnut glazes. Ingredient descriptions lack transparency.
5. Carrageenan. This is a synthetic ingredient derived from seaweed that is used as a stabilizer to prevent separation in certain foods. The Cornucopia Institute reported that carrageenan, found in conventional and even organic food and drink products, such as yogurt, cream cheese, ice cream and milk products/alternatives, could be causing digestive problems, inflammation and even cancer. Dr. Joanne Tobacman, MD, physician-scientist at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, says that carrageenan so reliably causes inflammation that scientists actually use it to induce inflammation in biological experiments. As a mom, wouldn’t you just rather shake the container than have it include an ingredient that puts your children at risk? Unnecessary additives are being added to children’s foods.
6. Fruit Juice. Choosing a fruit juice can be mind-boggling. There is ‘not from concentrate’ (the supposed best kind), ‘from concentrate’, ‘juice cocktail’, ‘juice blend’, ‘sweetened’ and ‘unsweetened’. However, fruit juices have a lower nutritional value than actual fruit, are high in fructose (linked to obesity), loaded with additional sugar or artificial sweeteners (even aspartame) which can be harmful to children’s health and encourage a craving for sweetness, and worse still, may simply not be juice at all but rather artificially coloured and flavoured water. When it comes down to it, children should be eating fruit rather than drinking it. The fibre in the fruit slows down absorption of the sugar and prevents over-consumption and the antioxidants that are lost in store-bought juices, remain in the fruit. Fruit juice is over-marketed to children.
7. Hormones, Antibiotics, Pesticides & Nitrites in Meat. Growth hormones are used in raising beef cattle in Canada and antibiotics may be used to prevent or treat diseases in farmed animals. Factory farms use grain such as soy and corn meal for animal feed that are grown by intensive industrial farming operations that use large amounts of pesticides and often rely on genetically-engineered crops. Although the powers that be state that such practises pose no risk to human health, the truth is that there are indications to suggest otherwise. Hormones and pesticides are both endocrine disruptors and exposure to them has been linked to the onset of early puberty in girls, breast cancer and prostate cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund reviewed thousands of studies and concluded that processed meats, including hot dogs, bacon and deli meats are linked to increased colorectal cancer. The preservatives, sodium nitrate and nitrite, added to processed meats to give them a salty flavour and pink colour, form nitrosamines, a known carcinogen, when mixed with protein, like meat, which then causes cell damage. One study in Denver by researchers Sarusua and Savitz, found that children who ate hot dogs just once a week were at a higher risk of childhood cancer. We need to know more about where the meat we buy comes from and the ingredients it contains to make informed decisions.
8. Grocery Store Wars. In 2007, most major grocery stores in the U.K. (including Asda, a Walmart subsidiary) banned not only artificial colours and flavours, but also aspartame, from their own label products. Loblaws announced last year that it would remove all artificial colours and flavours in the PC line by the end of 2013. Loblaws is the first Canadian grocer to make such an announcement and it is indeed a welcome move. Canadian grocery stores lag behind even their own affiliate stores abroad.
9. GMOs. An estimated 75-80% of processed food in Canada contains GMOs. GMOs were silently introduced into the Canadian and the U.S. food system in the mid-1990s and food manufacturers began using them in our favourite foods, including everyday foods such as cereal and bread, without telling us. Some more startling facts about GMOs:
– Unlike consumers in 50 other countries, including in Europe, China, Japan, Russia and Australia, Canadians and Americans do not have a right to know whether our food contains GMOs. They are not identified as GMOs in the ingredient list, unlike in other countries, where they must be labelled. We deserve the right to know what we are feeding our children and deserve the same level of information as moms in other developed countries.
– GMOs have not been adequately tested for safety and Canada, like the U.S., does not require independent safety assessments on GMOs. This is perpetuated by the fact that GMOs are patented and so independent testing is difficult, given the proprietary rights granted to their owners, the biotech companies. It is unethical to be putting an experimental technology into the food that we feed our children.
– GMOs are heavily regulated in many developed countries, where there are severe restrictions or bans on genetically-engineered crops, food production or sale. Cross-contamination from genetically-engineered crops is a huge concern and they have already contaminated most of the canola crops here in Canada. Our children here in Canada and the U.S. deserve the same level of protection that children receive abroad.
– The official line of biotech companies that produce and own genetically-engineered seeds is that GMOs are needed to feed the hungry world and increase yields. However, this is just not true. The aggressive measures taken by these chemical companies, including powerful lobbying, suppression of independent reports and legal action against farmers, indicates they are driven by their corporate bottom lines and are ultimately seeking control and monopoly of the world’s food supply through patenting of the transgenes in the genetically-engineered crops. Their focus is on producing cash crops for animal feed and biofuels for affluent countries rather than food for people. As we have experienced in the recent credit crunch, corporate greed is a real and pervasive force and it even shows up on our dinner plate.
– Genetically-engineered crops, such as corn, are contributing to the alarming decline in the world bee population. Contrary to the claim of biotech, genetically engineered crops require more pesticides, fungicides and herbicides (coincidentally manufactured by the same chemical companies that sell the genetically-engineered seeds). Bio-intensive integrated pest management formerly used by farmers has now been replaced with a pesticide treadmill and it is poisoning our pollinators and our soil.
– Seeds used to be owned by farmers and plant-breeders. Now, almost half of the world’s seed supply is owned by chemical giants, Monsanto (23%), DuPont (15%) and Syngenta (9%). Intellectual property laws mean that genetically-engineered seeds can be owned by the chemical companies that develop them and this maximizes their profits and eliminates farmers’ rights (who can no longer save such seeds and must pay royalties and other fees to biotech companies). This ownership of seeds by corporate giants and cross-contamination caused by genetically-engineered crops, means there is a real threat to the global seed supply and the future of our children’s food.
10. Canadian Food Companies use Safer Ingredients Abroad. Canadian and U.S. food companies use safer ingredients in the same products they sell in Europe, e.g. Nestle stopped using all artificial additives in all of its U.K. confectionary, replacing more than 80 artificial ingredients with natural alternatives and Cheerios and Kraft products in the UK contain no GMO ingredients. Food companies are exploiting North American consumers by using inferior ingredients in our food. Our children deserve the same, safer ingredients used by these food companies abroad.
These facts may seem overwhelming at first, but there is a way to take back the power.
We, as moms, can work together and learn how to use this information to our advantage. This involves rethinking our shopping routine and rediscovering ‘real’ food, as promoted by groups such as “Moms Across Canada”. I founded this group, a uniquely Canadian organization, to channel my own frustrations that I experienced as a mom trying to make the best ‘food’ decisions for my children. Our group aims to shift the balance of power from the food industry to moms by empowering moms with specific knowledge. Moms, now, more than ever before, need to be able to decipher information on food labels and know what ingredient descriptions really mean. We need tips on buying and making real and affordable food and how to fit this into our busy lives. It may seem like an inconvenience at first. But with rates of allergies and other health issues increasing in our children, and with the lack of transparency in the food industry and the real threat to a healthy, future food supply, us moms would, and can, do anything for our children.
The U.S. food industry is currently experiencing the full force of ‘mom’ power. Websites such as 100 Days of Real Food (which recently petitioned Kraft to stop using artificial dyes in its mac ‘n’ cheese), Moms Across America and inspirational mom and author, Robyn O’Brien, are all taking on the U.S. food industry by storm. If you have 20 minutes to spare, Robyn O’Brien’s TEDx talk is a must-see. Be prepared to feel both shocked, saddened and empowered at the same time by what you learn.
For the full version of this article, please see pinkpresse.com
In the words of Erin Brockovich,
“In the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health, which is the greatest gift we have.”
Louise F. Shillington
Founder, Moms Across Canada