The Distribution – a satire


undiesAlice was to be buried today, poor old soul had really struggled these past few week, and was now at peace. The Distribution would take place as soon as she had been laid to rest.

I had heard stories from people who told me it didn’t used to be like this. The clothes we wore used to be bought in shops, on line or even made by people with skills in that area. Not any longer though.

Since the war began, many things we had taken for granted ceased to exist in the shops. From televisions to toasters, toothbrushes to toilet paper, thumb tacks to telephones had all vanished in the new state we found ourselves living in. Second hand businesses were booming and, funnily enough, people took better care of any possessions they had.

Home burglaries had soared at the start, but had bottomed out when they made it a crime worthy of the Death Penalty. After all, who would consider it worth losing your life over  a second hand pair of knickers?

Alice was known to have taken care of her things. No she was not wealthy as some would reckon wealth to be – she did not have loads of money – but then who did these days? But she was seen to hand wash carefully all her underwear. She never hung it outside in the sun where it might fade, or worse still, blow away in the wind. She had an undercover, multi-strand clothesline in what used to be her garage. I know many folks who have converted their garages into bedrooms and living rooms where their relatives now stay with them. After all who could afford an Australian Made Bicycle these days?

We were warned you know – yes we were. The warners were considered conspiracy theorists and naysayers.  Loud Mouthed Yobbo’s was what some people called them. ‘What would they know’. ‘What a load of codswallop’. ‘Worry warts’…. and the rude phrases were thrown at them constantly by the media and the rabble that read the so called news back then. It wasn’t really news thought was it? If it had been then we would all have known that life – as we knew it was about to change dramatically. Instead, they printed the same old soothing stories to lull everyone into a false sense of security.

Mingo  has checked the online death notices so he was able to let us all know when the gathering would take place. ‘3.00pm at Number 7′  he said. I for one would definitely be attending as I had my eye on something.

The really strange part of all of this, when I think back – was that it never needed to have happened. Australia had at one time been a place with a thriving domestic manufacturing industry – right across the board so I was told. Then some politicians and industry groups got it into their heads to ‘diversify off shore’. Posh words really for finding a cheaper place to make things so that they could earn more profits. Somewhere in all of this I heard the United Nations intervened too – saying it was only fair that wealthier countries share of their bounty with poorer nations.

Bit by bit, industry by industry, things were sent off to be made in foreign countries and imported back into Australia. The home grown industries closed down. Millions of people were put out of work. Factories and offices where the work had once proliferated, now stood as empty sentinels. A sad testament to a world gone mad! And no one raised a voice – other than the unemployed.

When the Mega Eruption occurred in Asia and our borders were closed to all foreigners, little did we realise we were about to be denied just about everything we had taken for granted. No one could have – or at least tried to imagine before then, what it would be like to not have any trade with China for example. If only we had taken time to catalogue the everyday items in our homes and stores that bore the Made in China label! Of course China was not the only place we had outsourced to. Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, India and Bangladesh to name just a few. They even outsourced our Navy to Spain!

No imports of everyday items meant prices in the shops soared while stocks lasted…. and then the crimes began. Theft, burglary, black market, muggings, home invasions….. you name it and it happened. Homeowners in droves were seen to install iron bars and grills on every possible entrance to their homes. Still I bet not many people considered their knickers valuable.

Whenever a delivery of goods was being made from a ‘friendly’ country – the queues of people were long. That must be the understatement of the century, because the local councils had to arrange ‘line-up’ days and times for residents. People with surnames  from A to D were able to purchase on Monday Mornings. Then came the E to H on Monday Afternoons – and so it continued right through the alphabet. Pity the X,Y & Zed’s!    Funny really when you think about it, because most of the ‘friendlies’ had themselves sent much of their manufacturing offshore too. They were however happy to sell off, at exorbitant prices, anything they had left over. No one it seemed had knickers to spare though.

Alice should be gone by now it is almost 3.00. I looked out of the front window and saw a slow but steady stream of local ladies plodding down towards Number 7. I gulped down my water, and went out to join them.

Alice was not a large lady as sizes go. We had guestimated she was a ladies size 12. Allowing for stretch and wear, her knickers would probably fit me at size 14. Who could have imagined ten years ago that a bunch of ladies would have a cat fight over someone else’s – second-hand knickers? Well if today was to be like any of the other deceased’s underwear distributions I had attended – a cat fight it would surely be.

But we were to be pleasantly surprised. Alice had appointed a Legal Eagle to supervise her distribution. As she has no immediate family she had determined that the friends and neighbours in our street were to be given ‘first pick’ of the crop. I had my eye on a couple of pairs of good cotton knickers and two singlets that seemed to match. When my name was called I was asked how much I was prepared to pay for them.

I knew they were in fine condition so made my bid of $150. It was all I could afford and I knew they were worth every cent of it. To my delight it was accepted by the Legal Eagle and I was awarded Alice’s Second Hand Whites immediately. To say I was thrilled would have been an understatement! The other ladies bickered a bit over what they wanted and the price they were prepared to pay for them. I did not muck about. Having been to too many of these kinds of ‘clearances’ before, I know it was worth bidding high and getting what you wanted.

When I got back home and opened the package I had purchased, I grinned to myself at the ‘bargain’ I had obtained. Not too many ladies I knew could say they had genuine Chinese Bond’s Ladies Knickers in their underwear stash!

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Sounds Very Human


Originally posted on JustMEinT's Christian Musings:

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Traveling home in the car today I found myself bopping along to a Country Song playing on the radio. It was one I was unfamiliar with. The chorus grabbed my attention:

Everybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody wants to die (?now)
Lord, I want to go to heaven
But I don’t want to die
Though I long for the day when I have new birth
Still I love livin’ here on earth
Everybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody wants to die (?now)

I must admit it got me thinking about how some people are afraid of death. What makes one fear death I wondered – probably the ‘unknown’ aspect of it – and yet is it really unknown? Maybe the Lord was trying to help me with something – He usually does.

Christians have as their living example –  Jesus Christ – and the words recorded…

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I have been found guilty too of extremism


JustMEinT Musings:

There are many forms of extremism

Originally posted on Just ME in T's Health Stuff:

food-stockpileIt was a little like going gluten free. (I am not diagnosed celiac) My Mother was responsible for my attitude of –  if you are going to do something you may as well do it properly first time – saves on having to do it again later! So, when my gastro doctor said -I went the whole hog so to speak and became a gluten super sleuth. Some would tell you I was better at finding hidden gluten than many who really do have the dreaded auto-immune disease.

By the way – going gluten free (and eventually milk free) did help my digestive issues somewhat – although not as much as I had hoped it would.

Then I discovered Grain Free…. and learned that all those gluten free grains I had been buying and cooking with  were no good either so they got tossed out and  – WOWEE!!!!!! The change I had been looking…

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Why Bother Eliminating Grains?


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grainsPALEO living was not designed to manage weight issues, but to promote better health ……  (paraphrased)   I read this today – as told By Dr. Loren Cordain – the ‘inventor’ of the Paleo Movement. It makes good sense actually that we should do our best to minimise or completely eliminate if we can all forms of toxins that enter our body. These are what makes us sick, causes cancer, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal distress…. you name it !

You will discover that grains of all types can make you quite ill – but unfortunately the government health edict is still for everyone to eat many servings of grains each day. It seems they are not prepared to come out and admit they were wrong when they put this edict into place some thirty odd years ago. Look at the Food Pyramid and The Food Plate advertisements put about by governments across…

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Eggsactly!


eggsToday was going to be my RANT Day, and I was going to focus on the Humble Egg. Sitting at the computer, with all background distractions turned off I began my research…. but frankly why should I reinvent?

Sure I could put up a whole series of one liners shouting of the benefits of this little ‘complete meal in a shell’ but I discovered it’s all been done before.

There was a time when cholesterol was considered evil and destructive and life threatening, that eggs were put on the LIMIT ME LIST. They were considered to be a cause of elevated cholesterol in the blood stream, because they contain cholesterol. Well excuse me, what food of animal origin doesn’t? People began to shun the humble egg, and even discard the yolks, and simply concoct meals from egg whites. How Absurd!  The golden center is truly a buried treasure of nutrition and not at all the cholesterol soaked demon some medical science claims it to be. (LINK)

Don’t forget will you that high cholesterol is not a disease itself, but rather a condition that health care professionals have linked to heart disease.   Just because there is a fireman at the site of the burning building does NOT mean he started the fire – actually he is there to help assist with the drenching of, the extinguishing of the fire. He is the Fix It Man!

Demonizing eggs as in causing high cholesterol is the worst form  propaganda! Bottom Line: Despite the fear mongering of the past few decades, eating eggs and cholesterol has no association whatsoever with heart disease. (LINK)

Some of the best Nutrition Guru’s stand tall and shout the praises of this little delicacy.

Kris Gunnars,  and  Dr Michael Eades for starters, and then other ‘experts’ too have their say. Professor Tim Noakes is definitely positive about including them in your diet too,  as is Chris Kressler to name but a few others.

The propagandarists eventually had to do a turn around and admit that Eggs should be a part of a healthy diet — but it seems some people have not yet caught up with the facts – their information is still somewhat scrambled! I still see egg whites being sold in supermarkets and recipes (exclude pavlovas) calling for the ditching of yolks…. only use the whites!

It’s perfectly safe to go to work on an egg, experts declared last night after a study exploded the enduring myth that they can cause heart attacks.

In fact, two eggs a day as part of a balanced diet can even help you lose weight, they found.

The British Heart Foundation used to recommend that people should limit their egg consumption to no more than three a week because they contain cholesterol, known to raise the risk of heart attack.

It dropped this guidance in 2005 after studies showed very little of the cholesterol in eggs makes its way to the blood.

But a poll carried out by the British Egg Information Service found that 45 per cent of people did not know the three-a-week guidance had been junked and still believed they should stick to these limits. (LINK)

It is safe to say that the humble egg has been both vilified and exonerated within a short period of time, so why is it (rhetorical) that some people working in the sick care industry still slander its benefits as being a cause of elevated cholesterol and heart disease. I wonder if it has anything to do with the  money the sick care industry makes each and every year terrifying ‘trusting’ patients into believing not only are eggs bad for you but that the cholesterol they contain condemns them to an early and possibly painful death – both of which statements are dastardly and quite untrue!

egg basketEggs contain everything needed for life to begin, come forth and walk this planet, while cholesterol is needed by every cell in the human body for life. Of course to argue that last point would quite rightly take a RANT of its own. Suffice for now to give you this to think upon and follow up at your own leisure.  Written by Peter Dingle PhD.

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AGW goes AWOL on NYE


fireworkeIt always amazes me how the Green Army turns a decided shade of  RED around New Year.

For 51 weeks all we hear about in the media and from certain sections of politics is how much damage, we as a species are doing to Planet Earth. Maybe too there will be stories of air quality being poor, of asthmatics and people with lung problems needing to remain indoors. There are times when even water quality is brought under  public scrutiny – yes the things we supposedly do 51 weeks of the year to our Home Planet are appalling!

Then comes the possibility of raising huge amounts of revenue for the State Coffers, and all that fear mongering gets dragged behind a curtain and conveniently shushed up, while preparations are made for the BIG blast that takes place to welcomes in the New Year.

On the television news tonight Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore was bragging about how much profit the City had made. It is estimated 2 million people lined vantage points around the city to view the pyrotechnic show, and a further 1.1 billion people globally tuned in via various media.

Sydney City Council spent $6.8 million on NYE 2014 to light up the night sky. It estimates this would have generated extra spending of about $156 million.

Melbourne City Council also spent $3 million. It estimates last year’s fireworks boosted economic activity by a more conservative, but still sizeable, $14 million.  LINK

And even if you can discount the pollution caused by the gunpowder display, you surely cannot discount the financial and environmental cost of the post revelry clean-up?

The city conducted an extensive clean-up operation through the night with more than 350 workers cleaning up.

The sweep cost the city $300,000 and involved 60 trucks.

“The clean-up efforts have been extraordinary,” Cr Moore said.

But the lord mayor said that even though crowd numbers were up, it was estimated that they had left behind 10 tonnes less garbage than last year.  LINK

I guess none of this really matters does it when there was a huge profit to be made…… after all tourism is more important than the so called threat of pollution and AGW!  Such a pity they don’t have that attitude the remaining 51 weeks of the year.

Bloody Hypocrites!

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2013 in review


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Who Owns What in this World of Spider Web Controls?


JustMEinT Musings:

The Web is wide and all encompassing…. food manufacturers do know their food is addictive

Originally posted on Just ME in T's Health Stuff:

fathers worldcCCCWho owns what? and more importantly Who Owns You?   So you like Vegemite on toast – you must be an Aussie. Others prefer a nice jam, or honey or even a spreadable cheese  like Velveeta. I used to like toast with baked beans  (Heinz of course) – not much use to me these days – but they are still ‘fond childhood memories’.

Food is such a big issue. Is it safe to eat – I mean who does not remember the Chinese (plastic in the milk) scare of 2008? What about the fake meatChinese style of course? Then there was (and is) theMeat Glue Scandal - we are being ripped off! Lastly we should not ignore all theE. coli outbreaks reported on by the FDAas example – happening in and from contaminated ordinary everyday foods we eat. Is it any wonder many homemakers…

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An Open Letter to the new Australian Government


Dear Elected Member of the Australian Parliament,

I write to you specifically to say ‘Congratulations’ and to tell you how pleased I am to see a new direction opening up for our Country. With you all at the helm my hope is being restored.

It is no secret that financially things are tough, we have accrued a huge deficit and it must be paid off and no doubt budget cuts will be necessary. Maybe it would be fair to say there will be tweaking occurring in many different arena’s. The one that concerns me highly is the Health Arena.

It has been made loud and clear that we have a looming crisis on our hands with a particular emphasis on Diabetes and Obesity. This crisis of epic proportions will cause the current strained budgets to completely blow out. This will in turn cause serious problems within the health care provider service, as without sufficient funds, services will have to be curtailed, or at least scaled back. Cutbacks will mean less services, less training, less education to name but a few examples.

Yet all we hear on the news media is that people need to exercise more and eat less to prevent this catastrophe from worsening. If it were as simple as that, things would have changed for the better thirty plus years ago, and we would not now find ourselves amongst the rest of the world, fighting to stop things from worsening.

To cut to the chase, the ‘eat less saturated fat and eat more carbohydrate’ scientific experiment has failed miserably. There was no proof initially that this would be healthy for the population of this planet, it was simply a ‘we have to do something’ attitude, ‘so we may as well go down this path’. And we did – it failed, and we are paying the price for it now.

I believe it is time that the Australian Government and its Health Department focussed more on the scientific studies showing that seed oils (in general) and carbohydrates (sucrose and fructose) specifically, in the amounts we are currently consuming them, are detrimental to our health. It is not as if this is a big secret. It has been known for more than a century that carbohydrates and diabetes type 2 walk hand in glove. Yet the two associations in Australia that could have some effect on how people think about and deal with this issue, still say eat your carbohydrates and don’t touch saturated fats.

Isn’t it time The Diabetes Association and The Heart Foundation stopped driving the Nation’s Health Bus as it were with old and out dated studies, and YOU the elected Government took over the reins? The science is there, but is being ignored. One must wonder why? Who is being protected? It certainly isn’t the voters, the patients, their families, the medical profession or the diabetics – current or future.

Often we also hear that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cause a huge drain on the purse of the Nation in coming years, yet the science showing that a higher carbohydrate intake drives these brain disorders is also being ignored – why?

It is not my intention to submit to you a series of scientific papers, simply I wish to draw your attention in this new Term of Office to something, which if done correctly, might not only save the Nation billions of Health Care Dollars, but more importantly, thousands upon thousands of Australian lives.

Yours sincerely

 (name address and telephone number supplied)

 The following are provided as an introduction to the current science..

Dr. Robert Lustig – Sugar The Bitter Truth   LINK
Watch “The Skinny on Obesity” with Dr. Lustig: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

Dr. Gary Fettke
The consumption of Sugar and Polyunsaturated Seed Oils combine in our diet to create inflammation in every blood vessel wall and in every tissue in every organ of the body. The inflammatory process makes everything susceptible to further damage and disease.

Andreas Eenfeldt a Swedish medical doctor specialized in family medicine
Is “eat less and run more” really the only thing you need to know in order to lose weight? Why is it then that most people lose weight on a LCHF diet, even when eating until satisfied? And this without even any increase in exercise? To think that this should be so controversial! The best explanation, in a simplified version, looks like this: Carbohydrates – > insulin – > obesity
Thus more carbohydrates lead to more insulin which leads to more fat accumulation.

Dementia:
A joint Group Health-University of Washington (UW) study in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that higher blood sugar levels are associated with higher dementia risk, even among people who do not have diabetes.

Dementia and Brain Shrinkage
“Numerous studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and brain shrinkage and dementia, but we haven’t known much about whether people with blood sugar on the high end of normal experience these same effects,” said study author Nicolas Cherbuin, PhD, with Australian National University in Canberra.

Carbs, sugar & Cognitive Impairment
People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger also rises with a diet heavy in sugar, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired, the study found. The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Brain Disease Starts in Your Daily Bread – a Neurologist with a story to tell humanity  Dr. David Perlmutter
Lifestyle factors are profoundly influential in determining risk for Alzheimer’s, and yet, perhaps because they cannot be monetized, no one is bringing this information to public awareness.
For example, researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic recently published a report showing that a lower carb, higher fat diet is associated with a 42% risk reduction for dementia, the most common form being Alzheimer’s.
More recently, the New England Journal of Medicine showed us that even small elevations of blood sugar translate into increased risk for becoming demented. And blood sugar relates to dietary choices. Higher carbs means higher risk for dementia. Alzheimer’s can, and more importantly should be prevented, even if it means, and perhaps especially if it means that preventing this disease will translate to a reduction in sales of pharmaceuticals.
So what can you do, today, to meaningfully reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a disease for which the current medical armamentarium offers no treatment solution?
1. Adopt a dramatically lower carbohydrate diet. That means counting carbs and keeping them below 60-80 grams daily.  2. Add more fat. Fat is a super fuel for the brain, protecting and nourishing delicate brain cells. Good choices include extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed beef, and wild caught fish. follow the links provided for more information

Dear Reader, If YOU also believe it is time for a real change, time for the health of Our Nation to be addressed properly by current and relevant science, and not by Charities who seem to be currently driving the bus and setting the criteria (wrongly) tell your local member….. either copy and paste this letter and fill in your own personal details or send them the link to this article and follow it up a few days later with a telephone call.

Together we can make a big difference.

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Zoloft – Cure Worse Than the Ill


JustMEinT Musings:

This needs to see the Light of Day……

Originally posted on Psychiatric News:

 

From: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23404199-23289,00.html

The Australian – Australia’s only national newspaper

Cure worse than the ill

 

Julie-Anne Davies | March 20, 2008

HOW sad, stressed or downcast does a teenager have to be before they are diagnosed as depressed and prescribed anti-depressants?

 

Not very if you believe 16-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl Hannah Mulcahy and her mother Nicola. According to the Mulcahys. Hannah became suddenly mentally ill and suicidal after taking the antidepressant Zoloft for just four days in September last year.

 

She wound up in the adolescent psychiatric ward at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She was given Prozac and the sleeping drug Stilnox and her condition deteriorated further.

 

It was only after Nicola Mulcahy took her daughter home and threw away the pills that Hannah began to recover.

 

Now her mother is suing the doctor who originally prescribed the antidepressant because, she says, not once did this…

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