Saturday, January 19, 2013

Eat Right To Ward Off Flu. Gun Control. Wounded Knee. Time to Live Clean? Roman Baths. DIY Rules. Antarctica. Tokyo Rose. Saturday Sabbath.


For “Summary Saturday”: News, Some New, Some Old.

Eating Right Gives the Most Protection During This Flu Season

“We are having lots of viral illness going around, and I was asked to comment on the flu vaccine again.  Certainly, with the flu virus circulating this season, flu-phobia is everywhere.  Plus, there is a shortage of flu vaccines, so what are we to do?   The answer is eat right, get enough sleep, and keep your hands away from your face (until right after you wash them).  It is very difficult to get a significant viral inoculum if you do not put your hands near your mouth and nose.  Remember, when you are in public, such as at work or school resist the temptation to touch your face or put your hands near your nose or mouth.  That works, because you can’t get enough virus in the orifices of your body just by breathing the air, unless someone coughs right on you. 

To summarize, the vaccine does have some slight effects in reducing flu incidence and severity, but in those at most at risk, the very young and the very old, it is not yet clear whether the vaccine has any protective effect at all.

imagesCA2GX9BL Those of us that are healthy need not worry about the dangers of the flu anyway.  No treatment, drug or vaccine is without risk, and you only have to read the circular with the vaccine to be informed of those clear risks.  Also, if you do get a flu shot, never get a shot from a multi-use vial, which contains more mercury and preservatives than the single dose vials.

On the other hand, eating your G-BOMBS has no known side effects.” (G-BOMBS: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds) 

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Relief for Colds and Flu

“Drinking elderberry tea can help soothe cold and flu symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat and coughing, according to MedLine Plus, the online health information resource maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Make tea with four tablespoons of elderberry extract, and drink it every day for three days for maximum benefits. Though preliminary research shows good evidence exists for elderberry tea as a potential treatment for cold and flu symptoms.”   Read more:


Gun Control - The Big Issue

“Before any gun control measure can be totally effective there must be a change of the heart of man.”

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A Lesson to be Learned on the Anniversary of Wounded Knee

“December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection”.  The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. When the final round had flown, of the 297 dead or dying, two thirds (200) were women and children.

Around 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, over half cut down by friendly fire from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were deemed “National Heroes” and awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of cowardice.

We do not hear of Wounded Knee today. It is not mentioned in our history classes or books. What little does exist about Wounded Knee is normally the sanitized  “Official Government Explanation” or the historically and factually inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre on the movie screen.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment-

The right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted “hunting” was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and “target shooting” was an unheard of concept, musket balls were a precious commodity in the wilds of early America, and were certainly not wasted “target shooting”.

The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.

As time goes on the average citizen in the United States continues to lose personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times unjust bills are passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety” or “for protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, then expanded and continued by Barack Obama is just one of many examples of American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for “safety”. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table.

Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think about something for just one minute- Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We cannot legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people will abide by the law, defective people will always find a way around it.

And another thought Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years across the globe, where is “evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those with the power- governments. That greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Who do governments target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own borders…but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise.

Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”.

Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was - confiscation of firearms from the people.

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to surrender our Right to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to defend ourselves and our families.”    From:


Time to Live Clean?

Lance Armstrong confesses to doping and cover up. What's the lesson for all of us?

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Roman Bathhouse Drains Found To Contain Jewelry, Scalpel, Teeth

“Ever go swimming with rings on your fingers or hoops in your ears only to find your jewelry had vanished after your dip?”

Pompeii bath

A pool in an ancient Pompeii bath.

“If so, you've got something in common with ancient Romans.

A new study of objects lost down the drains in the bathhouses from the Roman Empire reveals that people got up to all sorts of things in these gathering places. They bathed, of course, but they also adorned themselves with trinkets, snacked on finger foods and even did needlework.

"For the Romans, the baths weren't just a place to get clean, but this larger social center where a variety of activities were taking place," said study researcher Alissa Whitmore, a doctoral candidate in archaeology at the University of Iowa.  “It's really a place to see and be seen," Whitmore said. "It makes sense that even if you had to take off your fancy clothes, you would still show off your status through your fancy jewelry."  More at:


The Baths

“In the times of Ancient Rome very few people had baths in their homes. Adults enjoyed going to the public bathhouse. Children were not allowed in. The bathhouse cost very little to get in, so people used them often. The men and the women both used the bathhouse, but at different times during the day. Each group had a scheduled time, although the women's scheduled time was shorter. The bathhouse was not only a place for washing, but a good place to meet friends or do business. Some people enjoyed going to the bath for exercises, walks through the gardens, or reading. The baths also had towels, slaves to wait on you, steam rooms, saunas, exercise rooms, and hair cutting salons.

The Romans didn't use soap. They cleaned themselves by covering their bodies with oil. Then they scraped the oil off with a special scraper called a strigil. Strigils were make from bone or metal. Next the Romans enjoyed several pools. Each of these pools had water heated to different temperatures. Bathers went from one bath to another.

Ancient Rome had as many as 900 public baths. Small baths held about 300 people. The largest bath held 1500 people. Bathhouses were built all over the Roman Empire. The most impressive ones were found in the city of Rome. They were decorated with marble and statues. Some contained gardens, courtyards, and gymnasiums. There were also shops, restaurants, galleries, and libraries. Some of the most splendid Roman bathhouses were built by the emperors Caracalla and Diocletian.” More at:


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On This Day:

Wilkes claims portion of Antarctica for U.S., Jan 19, 1840:

“During an exploring expedition, Captain Charles Wilkes sights the coast of eastern Antarctica and claims it for the United States. Wilkes' group had set out in 1838, sailing around South America to the South Pacific and then to Antarctica, where they explored a 1,500-mile stretch of the eastern Antarctic coast that later became known as Wilkes Land. In 1842, the expedition returned to New York, having circumnavigated the globe.

Antarctica was discovered by European and American explorers in the early part of the 19th century, and in February 1821 the first landing on the Antarctic continent was made by American John Davis at Hughes Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula. During the next century, many nations, including the United States, made territorial claims to portions of the almost-inhabitable continent. However, during the 1930s, conflicting claims led to international rivalry, and the United States, which led the world in the establishment of scientific bases, enacted an official policy of making no territorial claims while recognizing no other nation's claims. In 1959, the Antarctic Treaty made Antarctica an international zone, set guidelines for scientific cooperation, and prohibited military operations, nuclear explosions, and the disposal of radioactive waste on the continent.”


Ford pardons Tokyo Rose, Jan 19, 1977:

“On this day in 1977, President Gerald R. Ford pardons Tokyo Rose. Although the nickname originally referred to several Japanese women who broadcast Axis propaganda over the radio to Allied troops during World War II, it eventually became synonymous with a Japanese-American woman named Iva Toguri. On the orders of the Japanese government, Toguri and other women broadcast sentimental American music and phony announcements regarding U.S. troop losses in a vain attempt to destroy the morale of Allied soldiers.”



Another cold morning.  I am so sick of layering on clothes. It wasn’t until the afternoon that it warmed up enough that Misty didn’t have to wear her coat to go outside.   Miss Priss was able to spend some time on the screen porch, basking in the sunshine.  At least the sun was shining, and it wasn’t raining any more.

Jim, the mechanic is putting new plugs, wires, fuel filter, and distributor cap in my van, and I don’t know when I will get it back.  So I am still without wheels that I can drive out of the subdivision.

Chris is supposed to pick up Miss Priss for her first Adoption Day, I hope that goes well.

I still don’t know how I am going to get to church today. Yes, on a Saturday, as it is the seventh day of the week.  It was Roman Emperor Constantine who changed it from Saturday to Sunday.

Sunday is named after our Sun

“Sunday rest legislation goes back to Emperor Constantine, who by A.D. 321 had already sided with the Catholic Church. He decreed in that year, "Let all judges and all city people and all tradesmen rest upon the venerable day of the sun."”  “Constantine decreed (March 7, 321) dies Solis—day of the sun, "Sunday"—as the Roman day of rest” ( ) Because he was a sun worshipper.

Exodus 23:12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest: that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

Leviticus 23:3 There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD.

Mark 2:27 Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Jay is sick with a cold or flu, and Ray is still recovering from an abscessed tooth.  Me?  I am just fine, and managed to get caught up on a bunch of chores yesterday.

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