Jun 7, 2007
AMERICANS ARE GOING TO BE ROUNDED UP!
July 25, 2005
NewsWithViews.com The other day I received an e-mail from a sincere man who is just getting the message about what's happening to our constitutional republic. (America is not a democracy!) Poor Leon said, "Americans are going to be rounded up!" I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but apparently Leon hasn't gotten the memo: Americans have already been rounded up. "Give me control over a nation's currency and I care not who makes its laws." Baron M.A. Rothschild. "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is master of all its legislation and commerce." President James Garfield. If you don't know about the unconstitutional "Federal Reserve," please obtain a free copy of my booklet, Why A Bankrupt America, because starting in 1913, the banking cartel took over this country with the worst yet to come. The Federal Reserve has played the greatest role in the deliberate destruction of family owned farms in this country. See my column on this here. Since 1913, the American people and this republic have been under assault by the international banking cartel and all their tentacles, i.e., the treasonous Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and treasonous Trilateral Commission. 1913 was one of the most destructive years in the history of this republic as far as Congress is concerned. They passed the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Secretary of State, Philander Chase Knox, declared the non ratified Sixteenth Amendment ratified to make the American people believe there would now be a personal income tax. He committed fraud. And, the the same year, the final blow came with the announcement that the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified when it clearly was not. Once the banking cartel took control of our monetary system and created a feeding artery (IR, they then made sure the mobs (democracy) would control the Senate, wiping out states rights. By having the mobs control the senate, those all important treaties would be ratified by senators who serve their foreign masters instead of we the people. As time went by and Americans were drawn into one war after another to enrich the coffers of the banking cartel, the agenda went into hyper drive beginning in 1994 with passage of the unconstitutional NAFTA and GATT. NAFTA has shut down over 6,000 factories, leaving once thriving communities little more than ghost towns. If we ever had to gear up for war on our own soil, we would be left naked because those all important factories are nothing but rusting buildings. By buying cheap foreign goods by the boat load, Americans have been part and parcel to destroying the job sectors in this country that made American the greatest and most prosperous nation on this earth. GATT has destroyed millions of jobs that are now held by people in Communist China, Communist Hong Kong, Communist Viet Nam, Communist Russia, India and our enemy, Mexico. It has undermined our sovereignty to such a degree that were Andy Jackson alive, he would live up to his famous words, "Tell them (the South Carolinians who wanted to nullify the Tariff Act of 1832) that I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find." "Outsourcing" continues to destroy careers and force college educated Americans into retail jobs at minimum wage. Americans who don't seem to care about their fellow countrymen, continue to load up their homes with cheap garbage made in foreign countries to save a buck, putting millions of Americans out of work and further promoting the agenda of reducing America to third world levels, stifling wages and creating more despair. You can buy Made In America and I hope you will make the effort to support American workers first. The Senate has already sold us out and passed CAFTA; the House will do the same on July 27, 2005. Bush wants the FTAA signed and done by December 31, 2005. I wish I could be more optimistic, but I see Bush getting it from this Republican controlled Congress, regardless of what we the people want. Kiss off what's left of our sovereignty and our vitamins and supplements. The pharmaceutical industry owns these prostitutes in Congress and they want to shut down the natural medicine industry because it's cutting into their profits. "Sustainable development" is the blueprint of the total destruction of our republic and is the most evil concept ever to plague the American people. Americans by the thousands work for NGOs (non governmental agencies) that are feverishly working to finally destroy all that we hold dear. Americans who are earning their paychecks while committing national suicide. Millions and millions of acres of land have now been made off limits to man. Family farms destroyed, towns emptied. Where are all these millions of Americans going? Why, to the big, crime infested "inner cities" that cannot sustain the load and are disintegrating right before our eyes. In order to try to save what can't be saved, politicians in huge cities like LA, NY, Sacramento, Dallas and others, continue to fleece taxpayers into poverty. With twenty million criminals (illegal aliens) filling up the states, the infrastructures and criminal justice systems are breaking under the weight while Congress sits around on their hands and makes excuses. Because too many immigrants coming to this country over the past four decades have no desire to become Americans, but rather a hyphenated something or other, we have a divided country with hundreds of different languages and immigrants who demand natural born Americans speak their language instead of English. They came here supposedly to be Americans, but not really. I'm sick of their demands. America is an English speaking country and by God, we will remain one! The communist UN predicts that by 2010, 80% of all Americans will live in big metropolitan cities. We're almost there. I was in LA the week of July 18, 2005 on business and I can tell you it is the most miserable, racist megalopolis you have ever seen. The racial tensions down there are building, fed by those promoting, facilitating and working towards erasing the border between Mexico and these United States to allow in hordes of people (including terrorists) versus those determined to secure our borders. On one of the days I was there, it took 2 hrs and 15 minutes to travel 40 miles, and no, there were no accidents; I departed at 11:15 am for my destination. There are 15 million people in that basin; it is a miserable experience. So you see, Leon: Americans have already been rounded up. Our most important job sectors, ag, industrial and manufacturing, have been destroyed by treaties and Americans who won't stand up and go without if they can't find Made in America. Cowardly politicians at the state and federal level have gotten down on their knees and allowed themselves to be bought like common strumpets by the wacko environmentalists, further destroying and eroding our property rights. The Endangered Species Act must be eliminated, period. As I said - and I have traveled all over this country in the past 15 1/2 years - once thriving communities are now ghost towns. With the bulk of America's population in a dozen megalopolis' and 50 metropolitan cities with more and more anti-gun laws being enacted (and stupidly accepted by the masses), what you have are a whole lot of sitting ducks rounded up nice and pretty. I sincerely wish more Americans could have attended the Freedom 21 conference in Reno a couple weeks ago. I was there on July 15th and had an encouraging discussion with one of the un-sung heroes out there, Dr. Michael Coffman. There is a new DVD you can obtain titled Taking Liberty that is a comprehensive presentation of the lower 48 states, region by region showing the complete destruction of private property and where we will be in a few short years if we the people - not the hookers who serve in Congress and our state legislatures - don't stop it now. I can't tell you how dangerous it is to allow three or four conglomerates control the entire food supply in this country. I can't stress to you strongly enough that we have to get 'sustainable development' (must see video 'Liberty or Sustainable Development' and it's evil agenda in front of every American and local city fathers as humanly possible and it must be now, not tomorrow. For those, regardless of their political party loyalty who were stunned by the recent Kelo decision, people like me weren't surprised at all. It's the agenda. It's the new world order, it is here, it is operational and only we the people are going to destroy it once and for all. I highly encourage you to order this inexpensive DVD produced and funded by the American Land Foundation and Stewards of the Range. This will lay out the frightening truth in living color and also what you can do in your own county. If your house is on fire, do you sit around and continue to watch TV? No, you get up and call the fire department. Guess what, my fellow American? Our house is on fire and we need every able bodied man and woman to become a fighter for liberty. Each day of the week I get hundreds of e-mails from folks wanting to know what they can do? Here's something everyone can do: Get this DVD (1-800-452-6389). A lot of hard work went into this production and it is shocking. But, it will be no more shocking when one day you end up in the cross hairs of government and the greenies. Don't think it "can't happen to you." It happened to those poor folks out in New London, CT and it has happened to thousands of property owners all across this country. None of us are exempt or safe any longer. Show this DVD to your friends, family and business colleagues in the area. Take it down to your public access television station. Under the law, they must broadcast it. Take a copy to the next meeting of your county board of supervisors or city council. Bring ten people with you and ask that this DVD be played at the next meeting. Explain what it's all about. Have a handful of one page flyers to give to others who might be attending so that they know what and why you're making this request. Remind these elected public servants that November 2006 will be here before they know it. Don't forget: We are the wind. Believe it. Live it. Freedom is not a spectator sport. Those who birthed this republic spilled their blood and gave up their tomorrows so we could have ours as a free people. We cannot shame their sacrifices because we don't want to sacrifice a couple bucks and some "leisure time." © 2005 Devvy Kidd - All Rights Reserved
Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty, which sold close to 2,000,000 copies. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country, ran for Congress and is a highly sought after public speaker. Get a free copy of Why A Bankrupt America from El Dorado Gold. Devvy is a contributing writer for www.NewsWithViews.com.
Apr 27, 2007
Marketplace sees green in being eco chic
Green is the new black.
Take a look around and you might notice that some of your most plugged-in friends are going green. They're lighting their homes with smart bulbs, washing their clothes in cold water, using biodegradable and no-phosphate laundry detergents, wiping the floors with solvent-free cleaners and sleeping on bamboo-fiber sheets. They might even be going on eco vacations, attending eco weddings and staying in eco hotels.
Green is infiltrating areas once governed by considerations solely about cool and good taste: home decor (rugs from recycled plastic bottles, tables of reclaimed wood, bed and bath essentials from organic fibers); food and dining out (organic, vegan, raw food and slow food); fashion and beauty (eco-friendly makeup and skin-care lines, soy-based underwear, the new line of 100 percent organic cotton Levi's Eco); and even our hot wheels (alternative fuel, natural gas, electric, hybrid and ethanol cars).
Today, however, there are so many hip items in the marketplace — that just happen to be environmentally friendly and ecologically conscious — that you can be a tree-hugger without screaming tree-hugger. Eco is chic. It might even be the hottest new lifestyle accessory.
"Interest in environmentally conscious citizenship has been slowly building in the past few years. It has been spurred by 'An Inconvenient Truth' and activism by celebrities like Leo DiCaprio," says Constance White, trend expert and fashion editor for eBay. "The emphasis has been on cars and food, and now it's sweeping into fashion. But the challenge fashion, beauty and home face is the same one car manufacturers have started grappling with. Shoppers want to be responsible but they want it all — style, comfort and chic ... along with their granola."
Time was when only granola chompers were waving the eco banner. Now you can't swing a birch branch without hitting something terribly chic and smart that just so happens to do something nice for this planet we live on.
"It's coming from all angles. Designers are realizing the importance of making things healthy for the planet and good for the user in the home. Designers are interested in making beautiful things that make sense. That's the thing about green: It's efficient," says Ruth Altchek, senior editor of Domino, a shelter magazine whose March issue was devoted to green living. "The consumer, too, is realizing the importance of making things healthy for the planet. They're demanding the same level of style and also demanding green."
According to James Canton, CEO and chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, "Green and Clean" is one of the top 10 trends highlighted in his global report for 2007. Cleaning the planet, reducing foreign oil dependence and stopping global warming are now concerns not just of big business but of the average citizen, Canton says.
"This is a huge new trend in consumer behavior. From hybrid cars to organic food to green investment policies," Canton states in his report. "Consumers will want increased corporate accountability in protecting and saving the environment. Smart companies will leverage 'Green & Clean.'"
While eco consciousness now has the stamp of hip, there's also the consumer having many more eco choices — not just scratchy burlap bags.
"It's much easier these days to shop eco because stores are stocking more, and the Internet was not a significant shopping factor 10 years ago. Now it's huge," White says. "The Internet is key because the environmental movement here is very much a grass-roots movement, and the Web has enabled small citizen entrepreneurs to sell and buy in this manner even when big business or government was not supporting it."
Although green certainly has built itself from the ground up, big business has brought the message to the masses (while also cashing in on the eco awakening).
"Retailers follow the dollars, and as we see more shoppers looking to buy eco, they are making sure they can meet the demand," White says. "It also makes retailers look like they themselves are responsible citizens, and that's good for business these days."
For those who have bought into eco for years, there's a certain satisfaction in seeing a growing public latch on to eco chic. For some, it's not all about the politics and think-globally-act-locally stuff. Eco can simply feel good.
"It's a whole market niche that has opened up. The bar is continuing to be raised, and people are going to demand the quality of stuff and range of stuff they want to be environmentally friendly," Altchek says. "People take so much pride in knowing that what they're bringing into the home is good from every perspective. It's progressive, but it's also returning to much simpler things. Cotton grown without pesticides is about as old-fashioned as you can get."
Apr 29, 2006
ARE STRAIGHT-EDGE CREWS GOING TOO FAR?
When the Pensacola Police issued an all-points bulletin last month requesting information about the recent spate of graffiti—or territorial tags with the acronym "TDC"—marking the various walls and fences throughout the area, it was almost comical.
If investigators conducted a simple Internet search by typing in "Pensacola" and "TDC" into Google, eight members of the self-proclaimed TDC—or Till Death Crew—would pop up. One click and the police would have access to the group's MySpace hub where the crew's so-called underbelly interacted and posted evidence of their exploits, including how one member tagged "TDC" on a friend's fence with urine.
Serious stuff? Perhaps.
However, as the investigation unfolded and the police questioned the eight members of the TDC who claimed responsibility for at least some of the graffiti marring Pensacola's usually pristine façade, they failed to get at the root of what TDC is truly about.
In the 142-page police report obtained by the Independent News, not once did they mention that the kids ranging from 15- to 21-years old were part of a larger network that has grown out of the hardcore-punk music scene.
TDC is a straight-edge crew.
You know, the don't drink, don't smoke subculture of usually younger middle-to-upper class white males connected with the philosophy of abstaining from what they call poisons—everything from the consumption of illegal chemicals such as ecstasy, speed and pot to legal substances such as alcohol, cigarettes and sometimes caffeine. If a person practices straight edge they also refrain from casual sex.
Sounds like a parent's dream? Not so fast.
ORIGINS OF EDGE
Ian MacKaye, founder of Dischord Records in Washington D.C. and former frontman of the punk band Minor Threat, penned the song "Straight Edge" in 1980 which has inadvertently become an anthem for an entire movement.
"I've been fairly clear from the beginning," MacKaye says in a previous interview. "I'm the person who coined the phrase 'straight edge,' but I'm not the founder of the movement."
When asked if he had issues with the current evolution of the lifestyle, MacKaye shoots back.
"You have the five percent who are fundamentalists," he says. "And, within that five percent, you have even a smaller group that has a fascination with violence."
MacKaye continues: "Their issue is not sobriety. It's with violence. People with violence in the belly are in search of a trigger and way to get the violence out."
The outspoken musician is referring to the handful of militants who claim edge—called "hate edge"—where the straight-edge crews attack people for smoking or sometimes liken themselves as soldiers of sobriety.
"Unfortunately, for those violent fundamentalists out there, they've used the whole straight-edge concept to beat the crap out of somebody," MacKaye adds.
While local straight-edge crews like TDC vilify the militant subculture, they do mimic aspects of the fringe, which include tagging soldier-of-sobriety slogans like "KYS" or kill your system.
The mere act of forming a crew—or a group of like-minded friends who may or may not all be straight edge—is a conundrum because they advocate a strong sense of community yet willfully isolate its members from the mainstream.
In essence, they're politically correct gangs.
"Crews aren't a straight-edge problem anymore, it's a hardcore problem," insists Grant Mosley, bassist for the local melodic-hardcore band Glory of This.
Mosley, who has claimed edge since 2000 and is a practicing vegan, says he's seen his share of crews while touring throughout the country.
"You'll hear about straight-edge crews fighting at shows and when they're caught," he says, "they'll have pot on them which means they're really not straight edge."
The 20-year-old musician, who lost his father due to lung cancer and ultimately pledged to lead a poison-free lifestyle after his death, says that most crews are more bark than bite.
"On our last tour, the crews came out and some areas were worse than others," Mosley explains. "For the most part, you could keep the kids tame. However, fights would break out and it gets out of control at times."
The bassist says the threat is overstated.
"People may be blowing the problem up a little bit," he says. "It's definitely an issue and it's bad, but it's not as bad as people are making it out to be."
As far as the markings, X's were originally a form of identification for kids who weren't old enough to drink at all-ages hardcore shows that served alcohol. Straight-edge followers would mark their hands with an X to show solidarity.
The Milton-based musician says that few edge supporters sport the old-school X on the back of their hands. However, they do get tattoos.
"All of the straight-edge kids I know have tattoos," Mosley says, adding that he believes that straight edge is gaining popularity within our area. "When you claim edge, you do it with the mentality that it's something you'll do for the rest of your life. The idea of putting a straight-edge tattoo on you goes hand in hand with that philosophy."
Mosley, like a majority of the local kids who claim the straight-edge lifestyle, promotes open-minded discussions, the ethical treatment of animals as well as taking an active role in the music scene.
Of course, every bunch has its bad apples.
TILL DEATH CREW?
Local police say that TDC caused thousands of dollars in damages after they spray-painted graffiti on area businesses, homes and fences from January to March.
"This is a persistent problem and we are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the people responsible for this crime," says Chief John W. Mathis in the Pensacola Police's March 29 press release.
The offenders were caught, but that doesn't completely appease Pensacola Museum of Art's executive director Maria Butler.
"Downtown is starting to look good again and we're starting to comeback after the storm," explains Butler, who was hit twice in the past year with graffiti. "We're on the cusp of complete revitalization and something like this happens."
As the director of a non-profit museum, Butler says something as minor as tagging can put a serious strain on resources and money.
"Because we don't have the money to hire somebody to take care of it," she states, "my staff spent the entire day cleaning the museum and getting paint to cover it up."
Christopher Steeley, the 17-year-old ringleader of the straight-edge Till Death Crew, takes responsibility for a majority of the graffiti—however he claims that his group had nothing to do with the tags outside of the PMA and Quayside.
"A couple of the things we were charged for we had nothing to do with, but proving that in court is hard," Steeley says. "I've personally had someone write what I would write on the back of an art gallery, which is something I would never do because I'm an artist."
Steeley continues: "I already know that I'm going to get a lot of shit out of this—and possibly my whole life ruined—and I know that if I were in some other state they wouldn't be so harsh."
Butler, trying to turn a negative into a positive, offers the kids from the Till Death Crew a non-criminal alternative.
"If they're looking for an artistic opportunity, get them in here for classes," Butler quips. "If they want to create, we'll give them some space and some canvas and let them go to town."
Jan 4, 2006
Going raw: Better for your body?
Proponents say eating foods in their natural state
can boost digestive health
By Amy Norton http://acidreflux.msn.com/article.aspx?aid=18>1=7557
Special to MSN
At the Quintessence restaurant in New York, health-conscious diners munch on burgers, burritos, mini-pizzas and three-layer "mud slide" pie. Far from being greasy-spoon cuisine, these versions of American staples are free of animal products — and not one ingredient is cooked.
The restaurant, with three Manhattan locations that have sprouted up in the past few years, is one sign of the movement known as raw foodism. Typically, going raw means eating nothing but uncooked, organic, vegan fare — raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and sprouts. The "cheese" on a raw pizza is likely to be a concoction based on ground nuts.
The raw philosophy boils down to this: Heating food beyond 118 degrees robs it of most vitamins, minerals and enzymes. In contrast, say advocates, eating foods in their natural form makes all the nutrients available to the body.
Cooking up a storm
For proponents, swapping the stove for a juicer and "sprouter" means trading in heartburn, constipation and a host of other ills for a long life of good health and youthful looks.
Long-time raw-fooder Nancy Valdes, of New York, says for her, the diet banished constipation and gas. Valdes, who has been eating raw since she was 17, says people never believe her when she tells them she's 41 — a youthful appearance she attributes to the quality of her diet. She also says that since going raw, she has been rid of her "childhood diseases," such as rashes and bronchitis.
Dr. Doug Graham, an author and health consultant whose clients include world-class athletes, advocates a low-fat, raw, vegan diet, with fresh fruits and vegetables as the prime food source.
With cooking, says Graham, "vitamins and minerals lose their viability," and proteins form enzyme-resistant bonds that hinder the body's digestive enzymes from breaking them down.
Dr. Richard DeAndrea is co-founder of 21 Day Detox, a California-based program that uses raw food as part of a three-week workshop he says helps people clear their bodies of the toxins their usual lifestyle unloads.
Most workshop attendees eventually let some hot foods back into their lives. But that's not viewed as a lapse, as DeAndrea says that people who go 50-percent raw are likely to see "major health benefits."
However, other nutrition specialists express doubts about some tenets of raw foodism. Although cooking does diminish the nutrients in many — but not all — types of produce, there's disagreement on the consequences.
The fact that cooking changes a food's composition does not mean it has been stripped of its health benefits, says Claudia Gonzalez, a Miami-based registered dietitian who conducted a review of the raw-food diet for the American Dietetic Association.
Although she points out that raw foodists clearly get the fiber and other nutrients the typical American lacks, Gonzalez worries that they risk nutritional deficiencies because the diet may be too low in calories and nutrients like vitamins D and B12, which are found in animal products.
And while it may be obvious that meat, milk and eggs are potentially dangerous raw, certain non-animal products may be best eaten cooked as well.
"I would not eat raw legumes," says Dr. Jeanne Freeland-Graves of The University of Texas at Austin, noting that some beans — such as kidney and fava beans — carry potentially toxic compounds when raw.
And she and others throw cold water on the common claim that leaving food raw allows its enzymes to take over the work of the body's own digestive enzymes. "That's just not scientific," says Freeland-Graves.
Enzymes are complex proteins, and when we ingest food, she explains, whole proteins are quickly broken down into their component amino acids — so the body doesn't absorb intact enzymes. If it did, she notes, the immune system would launch an attack.
The enzyme claim by many raw foodists is "completely false," says Graham, noting that "we fight that (notion) at every turn."
Digesting the pros and cons
Enzyme issues aside, Dr. Lee M. Kaplan, director of the MGH Weight Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, points to the lack of scientific evidence that raw food fights disease, as many proponents claim.
The fact that a person's heartburn dissipates after he goes raw does not mean that cooking was the problem all along, says Kaplan, a spokesman for the American Gastroenterological Association. For example, he explains, the heartburn relief could have come from the elimination of chocolate, or any other food known to promote acid reflux.
Kaplan says he is not against going raw, but his advice is to concentrate on replacing highly processed foods with fruits, vegetables and whole grains, heated or not.
For his part, Graham, a raw fooder for 26 years, believes that a totally raw diet achieves "optimal" health, but he says that simply eating more fruits and vegetables is "a step in the right direction."
DeAndrea concedes that all-raw may not work for all people, since "everyone's constitution is different." He says the bottom line is that most Americans should eat fewer animal products and more plant-based fare.
"A person should try to eat more whole foods," DeAndrea says, adding, "If going raw is what does that for them, then it's probably a good thing."
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