Check out my first cover art piece :)
I did it for an audiobook for my friend Kathleen McKay. It's for her version of The Frog King. Here is the link:
Jianju See ya next fall :)
2 weeks agoJianju See ya next fall :)
This is the 3rd entry of my monthly book excerpts. This month is real life but seems like the stuff movies are made of. The following are some passages from the book "Stonewalled" by the investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Be prepared to be mind blown.
What's even more dangerous is the fact that, today, government, politicians, and big corporations might as well be one and the same. Their self-interests are inextricably intertwined. Members of Congress serving on pivotal committees solicit contributions - legal payoffs - from the very special interests they're supposed to oversee. It results in a perverse dynamic where Congress ends up protecting and defending those it should be watchdogging. Likewise, federal agencies view the companies and industries they're supposed to regulate as "clients" or "stakeholders." These agencies are largely bought and paid for. They act as partners working in tandom for a common purpose. They exchange information between themselves that they keep secret from the public, which actually owns the information. Big corporations write and approve press releases that the government issues. As allies, they hold closed meetings and make decisions about matters of public interest without the public's input.
Another example is the case of Dr. Julie Gerberding, who was head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She's at the helm when the government secretly agrees to pay damages to the family of Hannah Poling, a child who developed autsim after multiple vaccinations. The landmark case - which ultimately amounts to $1.5 million for Hannah the first year and $500,000 each year after - is ordered sealed, protecting the pharmaceutical vaccine industry and keeping the crucial information hidden from other families who have autistic children and also believe vaccines to be the culprit.
After she finishes as head of the government's CDC, Gerberding becomes president of vaccines for Merck.
Both the Defense Department and the Centers for Disease Control provide taxpayer-funded advisors to television and Hollywood entertainment producers to promote accuracy - or propaganda - depending on your view.
The administration had declined my requests for on-camera interviews for the CBS This Morning investigation. But after the fact, its response was predictably multipronged and indefatigable. It included a long letter of objection replete with mistakes that largely argued points not addressed and claims never made in the report. When CBS replied that the story was entirely accurate so no corrections were warranted, the administration turned to its unwavering partner in uncritically advancing its agenda: Media Matters. The liberal blog printed the administration's error-riddled spin point by point repeating nearly the exact language and format that the administration had used in its letter to CBS.
As a news organization, we actively choose not to elevate the spinners and the media surrogates by publicly taking part in their propaganda games. But to disengage often means leaving the record muddled by their false information and innuendo, which tends to them miraculously place in the top result spots in subsequent Google searches, where less-informed readers might mistakenly believe they've located a legitimate news source.
... Corporate interests can rate access, too. In 2008, after word leaks out about the government's secret settlement of a vaccine-related autism injury in the Hannah Poling case, vaccine makers and their government partners are working overtime to controversialize and tamp down all news coverage of the facts. Their strategy includes a full-forced attack on me and my ongoing reporting. I'm especially dangerous to their interests because my reporting on medical issues cannot accurately be portrayed as fringe or lacking in credibility. After all, it's been cited in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Columbia Journalism Review. My reporting has received an Emmy nomination and a finalist award from the independant Investigative Reporters and Editors organization.
...the government - or anyone with skill - can remotely turn on my smartphones and listen to me. Not just when I'm using the phone, but even when I think it's powered down. As long as the battery's in it, they can activate the microphone to hear what I'm doing and to whom I'm speaking. And when they're doing this, the phone doesn't appear to be on at all. Other sources tell me that sophisticated intruders have the capacity to suck information out of my smartphones and computers, or for that matter put stuff in them, without even physically connecting to them. The devices simply have to be in proximity to the perpetrator's smartphone or device.
I'm all too familiar with the pre-story stonewall. The post-story harassment. The ignored requests for interviews and public information. But the Obama administration has aggressively employed the additional PR strategy: controversializing potentially damaging stories, reporters, and opponents to undermine them. It can be a highly effective tactic - unless the public learns to recognize it. Just how does one take a fact-based, solid story with sourced opinions and turn it into a controversy to therefore be questioned by an unsuspecting public? By putting into motion a well-oiled machine that launches post-story complaint calls and emails; comments to other reporters (often not for attribution); bloggers who circulate manufactured outrage and counterspin; and personal attacks against the journalist. Pretty soon, the administration has controversialized an entire line of reporting. Not because it is controversial, but because their machine has made it appear to be. They can point to blogs and articles that say so. Even Wikipedia says so, so it must be true!
For example, one of them [her sources] tells me about a covert skill the U.S. government is actively perfecting: the ability to remotely control vehicles. There are several ways to do it. The former U.S. national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism Richard Clarke discussed the technology in a June 2013 interview with the Huffington Post. He said that intelligence agencies know how to remotely seize control of a car through a "car cyber attack."
"It's relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn't want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn't want the brakes on, to launch an air bag," Clarke tells the online blog. "You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it's not that hard."
In this particular interview, Clarke is responding to questions about the fatal single-car crash of reporter Michael Hastings as he was said to be researching a story related to the scandal that forced the resignation of CIA director Petraeus in 2012.
2 months agoJianju See ya next fall :)
Here is the next in my series on excerpts from my favorite books. This month....
Excerpts from “World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17” by G. Edward Griffin:
Page 75- 79 – What Cancer Is
“In 1902, John Beard, a professor of embryology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, authored a paper published in the British medical journal Lancet in which he stated there were no differences between cancer cells and pre-embryonic cells that were normal to the early stages of pregnancy. In technical terms, these normal cells are called trophoblasts. Extensive research had led Professor Beard to the conclusion that cancer and trophoblast are, in fact, one and the same. His theory, therefore, is known as the trophoblast thesis of cancer.
The trophoblast in pregnancy does exhibit all the classical characteristics of cancer. it spreads and multiplies rapidly as it invades into the uterus wall preparing a place where the embryo can attach itself for maternal protection and nourishment.
The trophoblast is formed as a result of a chain reaction starting with another cell identified as the diploid totipotent. For our purposes, let us call this simply the “total-life” cell because it contains within it all the separate characteristics of the complete organism and has the total capacity to evolve into any organ or tissue or, for that matter, into the complete embryo itself.
About eighty percent of these total-life cells are located in the ovaries or testes serving as a genetic reservoir for future offspring. The rest of them are distributed elsewhere in the body for a purpose not yet fully understood but which may involve the regenerative or healing process of damaged or aging tissue.
The hormone estrogen is well known for its ability to effect changes in living tissue. Although it is generally thought of as a female hormone, it is found in both sexes and performs many vital functions. Wherever the body is damaged, either by physical trauma, chemical action, or illness, estrogen and other steroid hormones always appear in great concentration, possibly serving as stimulators or catalysts for cellular growth and body repair.
It is now known that the total-life cell is triggered into producing trophoblast when it comes into contact with these steroid hormones acting as “organizer stimuli.” When this happens to those total-life cells that have evolved from the fertilized egg, the result is a placenta and umbilical cord, a means of nourishing the embryo. But when it occurs non-sexually as a part of the general healing process, the result is cancer. To be more accurate, we should say that it is cancer if the healing process is not terminated upon completion of its task.
….Anything that causes damage to the body can lead to cancer if the body’s healing processes are not functioning properly…
…Under microscopic examination, many of these tumors are found to resemble a mixture or hybrid of both trophoblast and surrounding cells; a fact which has led some researchers to the premature conclusion that there are many different types of cancer. But the degree to which tumors appear to be different is the same degree to which they are benign; which means that it is the degree to which there are non-cancerous cells within it.
The greater the malignancy, the more these tumors begin to resemble each other, and the more clearly they begin to take on the classic characteristics of pregnancy trophoblast. And the most malignant of all the cancers—the chorionepitheliomas—are almost indistinguishable from trophoblast cells. For, as Dr. Beard pointed out almost a century ago, they are one and the same.
An interesting sidelight to these facts is that trophoblast cells produce a distinct hormone that readily can be detected in the urine. This is known as the chorionic gonadotrophic hormone (CGH). If cancer is trophoblast, then one would expect that cancer cells also would secrete this hormone. And, indeed, they do. It is also true that no other cell is known to produce CGH. This means that, if CGH is detected in the urine, it indicates that there is present either normal pregnancy trophoblast or abnormal malignant cancer. If the patient is a woman, she either is pregnant or has cancer. If he is a man, cancer can be the only cause.
The significance of this fact is far-reaching. A simple urine test similar to the well-known rabbit test for pregnancy can detect the presence of cancer long before it manifests itself as illness or a lump, and it throws serious doubt upon the rationale behind surgical biopsies. Many physicians are convinced that any cutting into a malignant tumor, even for a biopsy, increases the likelihood that the tumor will spread.”
Page 80-83 – Pancreatic Enzymes
“….one of the great false assumptions that plagues almost all orthodox cancer research today: the assumption that cancer cells are foreign to the body. Quite to the contrary, they are a vital part of the life cycle (pregnancy and healing). Consequently, nature has provided them with an effective means of avoiding the white blood cells.
One of the characteristics of the trophoblast is that it is surrounded by a thin protein coating that carries a negative electrostatic charge. In technical terms this is called the pericellular sialomucin coat. The white blood cells also carry a negative charge. And, since the like polarities repel each other, the trophoblast is well protected.
…Part of nature’s solution to this problem, as pointed out by Professor Beard in 1905, is found in the ten or more pancreatic enzymes, of which trypsin and chymotrypsin are especially important in trophoblast destruction. These enzymes exist in their inactive form (as zymogens) in the pancreas gland. Only after they reach the small intestine are they converted to their active form. When these are absorbed into the blood stream and reach the trophoblast, they digest the negatively-charged protein coat. The cancer then is exposed to the attack of the white blood cells and it dies.
…Dr. Wheeler [the patient] was injected with BCG and put an a strict low-cholesterol diet and given antibiotics. The diet, he said, banned refined sugar, poultry and eggs, and called for raw vegetables, plenty of fish and multiple vitamin supplements.
Within two months, the swelling was down. Recent laboratory tests showed a remission of cancerous cells—that is, a return to a normal healthy state—and the presence of new, healthy tissue, he said.
Let us analyze. The diet given to Dr. Wheeler consisted of foods that do not consume pancreatic enzymes for their digestion. This is similar to the kind of diet prescribed by doctors using vitamin B17 therapy because it releases almost all of the pancreatic enzymes for absorption into the blood stream where they can work on cancer cells. In addition, he was given “multiple vitamin supplements.”
…It is significant that the point in the small intestine where the pancreas empties into it is one of the few places where cancer is almost never found.”
Page 85- 93 – B17, aka, Amygdalin and Laetrile
“…nature has provided a back-up mechanism…vitamin B17, which is found in those natural foods containing nitriloside.
….The B17 molecule contains two units of glucose (sugar), one of benzaldehyde, and one of cyanide, all tightly locked together within it. As everyone knows, cyanide can be highly toxic and even fatal if taken in sufficient quantity. However, locked as it is in this natural state, it is chemically inert and has absolutely no effect on living tissue.
….There is only one substance that can unlock the B17… an enzyme called beta-glucosidase… When B17 comes in contact with this enzyme in the presence of water, not only is the cyanide released, but also the benzaldehyde, which is highly toxic by itself. In fact, these two substances together are at least a hundred times more poisonous than either of them separately…
…the unlocking enzyme is not found to any dangerous degree anywhere in the body except at the cancer cell, where it always is present in great quantity, sometimes at levels in excess of one-hundred times that of the surrounding normal cells. The result is that vitamin B17 is unlocked at the cancer cell, releases its poisons to the cancer cell, and only to the cancer cell.
There is another important enzyme called rhodanese, which we shall identify as the “protecting enzyme.” The reason is that it has the ability to neutralize cyanide by converting it instantly into by-products that actually are beneficial and essential to health. This enzyme is found in great quantities in every part of the body except the cancer cell which, consequently, is not protected.
….Dr. Otto Warburg received the Nobel Prize for providing that cancer cells obtain nourishment, not through oxidation as do other cells, but through fermentation of sugar.
…anything that improves normal respiratory metabolism is an inhibitor to cancer growth…any benzaldehyde that might diffuse away from the cancer cell and come into contact with normal cells, will be oxidized and converted into harmless benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is known to have certain anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and analgesic properties.
…when the body temperature is raised from its normal 37 degrees to 41 degrees Celsius (98.6 to 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit), there is a gain in effect of from three to ten-fold. In other words, at the higher level of 41 degrees, it takes only one-third to one-tenth as much Laetrile to achieve a given anti-cancer effect.”
Page 99-103 – Dosage
“….roasting these seeds does not impair the vitamin B17 factor, but it does destroy the unlocking enzyme. So those who are concerned about toxicity can take the added precaution of roasting their seeds before eating. …roasting for 30-50 minutes at 212 degrees Fahrenheit to deactivate the beta-glucosidase.
…Dr. Krebs has suggested a minimum level of fifty milligrams of B17 per day for a normal, healthy adult. Naturally, one who is pre-disposed to cancer would require more, and one who already was afflicted with the disease would need much more.
The average apricot seed grown it the United States contains approximately four or five milligrams of B17.
…wise to follow the simple rule that one should not eat at one time more seeds than he likely could consume if he also were eating a reasonable quantity of the whole fruit.
…After almost two centuries of use in all parts of the world, there never has been even one reported case of related death or serious illness [in the case of Laetrile, the laboratory form of B17 that doesn’t carry some of the unlocking enzyme in it].
…It is estimated that 100,000 people die every year from prescription drugs.”
Page 57 –
“Dr. Krebs has pointed out that, in the entire history of medical science, there has not been one chronic, metabolic disease that was ever cured or prevented by drugs, surgery, or mechanical manipulation of the body. In every case—whether it be scurvy, pellagra, rickets, beri-beri, night blindness, pernicious anemia, or any of the others—the ultimate solution was found only in factors relating to adequate nutrition.”
Page 34 –
“In spite of all the incredible distortions of fact and the perversions of scientific truth, Drs. MacDonald and Garland were forced to admit on page three of their California Report:
All of the physicians whose patients were reviewed spoke of increase in the sense of well-being and appetite, gain in weight, and decrease in pain…
That statement, alone, should have disqualified the California Report [which said laetrile doesn’t work], for these observations are, indeed, among the very things which indicate to a physician whether or not his drug therapy is effective.”
Page 29-31 -
“Dr. MacDonald was even more emphatic. In an article in U.S. News & World Report, he was shown with a cigarette in his hand, and is quoted as saying that smoking is “a harmless pastime up to twenty-four cigarettes per day.” And then he added: “One could modify and old slogan: A pack a day keeps lung cancer away.” [“Here’s Another View: Tobacco May be Harmless,” U.S. News & World Report, Aug 2, 1957, pp. 85-86.]
….the tobacco industry had already pledged the first ten-million dollars out of a total of eighteen million to the AMA (American Medical Association) for “research” into the questions of smoking and health. ….
Upon going through the back reports of the AMA’s Committee for Research on Tobacco and Health, one is able to count but five research projects that are primarily concerned with cancer. One of those dealt with laboratory-testing procedures only, and another was an experiment to see if tobacco smoke could be used to cure cancer of the skin! So only three of these projects really dealt with the area of major public concern. Three out of two hundred and three is only about one-and-a-half percent – which tells us something about the AMA’s scientific integrity on the subject of smoking and cancer.
With the expenditure of a mere eighteen-million dollars—which is small, indeed, compared to the tobacco industry’s advertising budget over the same period—it was possible to direct the AMA’s medical research away from the important question of cancer and into a hundred giddy questions that served only to confuse and delay the ultimate truth.
Dazzled by the meteor shower of thousand-dollar bills, the AMA, in its December1959 issue of the American Medical Association Journal, published an editorial stating flatly that there was insufficient evidence “to warrant the assumption” that cigarette smoking was the principal factor in the increase of lung cancer. Furthermore, through its gargantuan research program, the AMA was making it increasingly difficult to obtain that evidence.
…. important is the fact that these are the same “experts” whose medical opinion has been widely quoted and followed in the question of Laetrile.
….the California State Department of Health officially decreed that the findings of the antiquated study were “true” and adopted them as its own. When it did so, however, it performed an unexpected favor for the public because it published for the first time all the original experiments and studies upon which the report had been based and, in doing so, it made available the documentary evidence proving that MacDonald and Garland had falsified their summary of those experiments.”
Page 16, 17 of the Forward -
“The Chad Green story made big headlines but, unfortunately, the same thing involving other children has happened numerous times since then with only minor news coverage. For example, in 1999, James and Donna Navarro were told that their four-year-old son, Thomas, had a malignant brain tumor. Surgery left the child speechless, blind, and unable to walk. When the doctors told the Navarros that Thomas would also have to undergo radiation and chemotherapy, they researched the medical literature and learned that these treatments probably would further impair the boys brain function and that long-term survival was unlikely anyway. So they decided to try an alternative therapy called antineoplastons offered at the Stanislaw R. Burzynsky Research Institute in Houston. At this point, the FDA stepped in and prohibited Dr. Burzynsky from accepting the boy as a patient unless he first had undergone chemotherapy and radiation.
Mr. Navarro explains: “What they don’t understand is that there won’t be anything left of him to salvage if we make him take that awful treatment first.” When he did not fall in line with the doctors’ demands, he began to receive harassing phone calls from hospital personnel. One oncologist threatened to file charges with the state. When Mr. Navarro still refused, the doctor went to the protective-services agency and filed child-abuse charges against the parents.
In 1980, movie actor Steve McQueen also made news when he went to Mexico for Laetrile and other unorthodox therapies. When he died following surgery four months later, the press had a heyday telling the American people that laetrile didn’t work. What they failed to report is that McQueen’s cancer was, indeed, apparently cured by Laetrile, and that only a non-cancerous tumor remained in his abdomen. (Most tumors are composed of a mixture of cancer and non-cancerous tissue.) McQueen was feeling great and decided to have the bulge removed for cosmetic reasons. It was a complication of that surgery, not cancer, which caused his death. Not a word of his prior recovery was to be found in the major press. Consequently, millions of Americans who followed the story came away with the conviction that Laetrile is just another hoax. That, too, is merely an extension of the kind of biased media reporting that has become a permanent part of the coverage of Laetrile. It continues today.”
The Warning in the beginning of the book –
“When the FDA says a therapy is proven, it means only its promoters have complied with the testing protocols set out by the agency to demonstrate safety and effectiveness. … the successful completion of those tests does not mean, as the terminology implies, that the therapy is safe and effective. It merely means that tests have been conducted, the results have been evaluated, and the FDA has given its approval for marketing, often in spite of the dismal results.
….the actual laboratory reports…. show neither safety nor effectiveness and, in fact, they are not intended to do so. Their purpose is to establish the lethal dose—the point at which the therapy will kill 50% of the patients—and also to establish the ratio between those who are benefited and those who are not. That ratio often is in the range of only eight or nine people out of a hundred. Furthermore, “benefited” can mean any slight improvement such as a temporary reduction in tumor size.
….the testing protocols established by the FDA are costly. ….must assign a large staff ….and compile many thousands of statistical pages. …. The process can take years and consume over two-hundred-million dollars per study.
Only the large pharmaceutical companies can play that game. (Although they publicly complain about this expense, they privately approve, because it prevents competition from smaller companies.)”
3 months agoJianju See ya next fall :)
I wanted to post a clip from another of my favorite books for December and missed, so here is a catch up.
Here are two testimonials that I love about eating raw vegan from two of Victoria Boutenko's books.
From 12 Steps to Raw Foods p. 152-153
"I Love You No Matter What You Eat"
Another example is my friend Tina from Denver. She had a serious health problem. For many months she had to go to the hospital to undergo a procedure that was extremely painful for her. When we came to visit, she saw what Igor and I were eating and she became interested. She asked, "Can you show me how to prepare this food? I'm willing to try because I have surgery (a colostomy) scheduled in two weeks which I would rather not do." Within a matter of days, she started feeling better and avoided the surgery. Tina understood that for her, there were only two choices: raw food, no surgery, life and health; or cooked food, surgery, and eventually death. Tina chose life. At the time of our visit, Tina's four children were major junk-food eaters, and her husband enjoyed vodka, steak, pork chops, and pig's fat, which he used as if it were bologna. Tina did not tell her family that she was going raw. She kept cooking for them as she always had. She said, "I'm going to keep it quiet." I agreed with her and said, "Don't even mention it to them. Don't irritate them. Let them just leave you alone. Tell your family that you don't expect them to do anything." Tina didn't mention her diet change to them.
One year passed. We were driving through Denver again and we stopped by. I saw Tina's husband, Sam, and he looked dramatically different. I said, "Sam, what's happening? You've changed." He replied with a grin, "I became 100% raw one month ago. The children are raw too."
I was shocked. "What happened?"
Sam told me the story of why he became raw. He said that one day, about a month ago, he went to pick up Tina at work. He arrived a little early and sat down within view of her desk to wait. He noticed that his wife was so beautiful. He saw the customers flirting with his wife. He was looking at her through new eyes. He saw how she'd become so healthy, sexy, and attractive. All of a sudden he felt inadequate. He said, "I ran to the restroom and I looked at myself in a mirror. I saw puffs under my eyes and a red face and grey hairs sticking out all over. I opened my shirt, and I looked at the blemishes all over my chest. I thought, nobody is going to flirt with me!" Sam told me that he realized Tina had been getting healthy and beautiful and he was just aging. Sam decided to make a change so he could keep up with his wife. He said, "On the way back home I begged her to help me become raw like her."
Tina was happy to help her husband. She told me that as soon as Sam adopted a raw-food diet, the children said they wanted to eat raw food too! Her daughter became thin and beautiful and was now auditioning for a local theatre. Everything in this family's life was transforming in a wonderful way. Tina said that she felt a call from God, and things happened like never before in their life. Tina is a very wise woman. She didn't preach to her family about eating raw food. She made her food and enjoyed it without putting any expectations on her relatives. Her body healed and her family observed the changes. Because of her good example, her family made the choice to follow.
From Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko p. 139 (this book is great for learning about how to have a balanced raw food diet highlighting the benefits of green smoothies)
GREEN SMOOTHIES HELP NORMALIZE B12 LEVEL
I was allergic to all foods to such a degree that I could not sleep. I frequently called emergency services, and in one month I was hospitalized five times. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and hypothyroidism in 1989. I felt confusion and muscle pain for five years, suffered allergies and candida, and was once hospitalized. I couldn't work physically or dance. I wanted to die. I was given high doses of Xanax and antibiotics for a hiatal hernia, which did not help me at all and gave me heart palpitations. At this point I became a vegan, which only made a slight improvement. Then I went on a raw food diet and started to feel a lot better right away. However, my cholesterol was still high at 200. I was 90 percent raw for about seven years. Most of my symptoms were gone except my vitamin B12 level was low. My doctor put me on B12 shots and supplements.
Five months ago I added green smoothies to my diet and my health dramatically improved. I usually drink one quart a day. I like lambs quarters or kale as a base with parsley, pear, mango, and apple. Sometimes I add papaya and soaked chia seeds. After four months my cholesterol dropped to 170, and my thyroid tested normal. The most exciting change was that my B12 level tested normal for the first time in many years, and my doctor said I don't need B12 shots anymore. I love how I feel! The heart murmurs stopped. I have a lot fewer cravings for unhealthy foods. I lost twelve pounds and it feels so good, especially because I am a dancer. I eat two meals a day and have a lot of energy. I vigorously dance swing and polka ten hours a week. My white hair of twenty years is suddenly growing dark again.
At sixty-seven years old I don't fear anything anymore as my life attitude has significantly changed. I've never felt so well balanced in my whole life. My massage therapist told me my skin is glowing and my muscle tone has improved. I look ten years younger, and I feel twenty years younger. Since I incorporated green smoothies into my diet my kids can't keep up with me anymore, and I beat my seventeen-year-old grandson at tennis. At our dance club I outdance a lot of younger dancers. I can do six hours straight of polka, waltzes, or swing. People always ask me what my secret is. Since I carry my green drink everywhere, I am always happy to share.
Many people my age often have severe digestion problems, which I also suffered. Since I began drinking green smoothies my bowels work fantastically; one meal in, one meal out. My kidneys became a lot stronger, and I don't wake up to urinate in the middle of the night anymore. My liver spots have faded noticeably. My eyesight improved so that I don't need my glasses most of the time. I am able to maintain a positive attitude even through the most challenging moments of my life. I feel calmer and more focused. I recently increased my business in Washington, DC, which I run from California, three thousand miles away, using fax, computer, phone, and frequently commute by plane. A also host seven huge potlucks per year with the San Francisco Vegetarian Society and East Bay Vegetarian Society as well as many raw food potlucks and classes. To help other people with healing information I maintain my own Web site, www.LizzysLanding.com.
I am supporting Victoria's research on chimpanzees and everything else she is involved in. I believe that the raw diet with green smoothies added is the future of all nutrition. I admire Victoria's courage and purpose in life to make a healthier planet.
-Elizabeth Bechtold, California
4 months agoJianju See ya next fall :)
It's almost the end of November and I felt like sharing a bit from one of my favorite books, Watership Down by Richard Adams. From the chapter Like Trees in November. I like it because, even though the book is a fiction about rabbits, it speaks to me of the human situation:
"Aren't you coming to learn to carry, Fiver?" asked Hazel at length. "It's not too difficult once you get the hang of it."
"I'll have nothing to do with it," answered Fiver in a low voice. "Dogs - you're like dogs carrying sticks."
"Fiver! Are you trying to make me angry? I'm not going to get angry because you call me stupid names. But you're letting the others do all the work."
"I'm the one who ought to get angry," said Fiver. "But I'm no good at it, that's the trouble. Why should they listen to me? Half of them think I'm mad. You're to blame, Hazel, because you know I'm not and still you won't listen."
"So you don't like this warren any better even now? Well, I think you're wrong. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Why shouldn't you make a mistake, like everybody else? Hawkbit was wrong in the heather and you're wrong now."
"Those are rabbits down there, trotting along like a lot of squirrels with nuts. How can that be right?"
"Well, I'd say they've copied a good idea from the squirrels and that makes them better rabbits."
"Do you suppose the man, whoever he is, puts the roots out there because he has a kind heart? What's he up to?"
"He's just throwing away rubbish. How many rabbits have had a good meal off men's rubbish heaps? Shot lettuces, old turnips? You know we all do, when we can. It's not poisoned, Fiver, I can tell you that. And if he wanted to shoot rabbits he's had plenty of chances this morning. But he hasn't done it."
Fiver seemed to grow even smaller as he flattened himself on the hard earth. "I'm a fool to try to argue," he said miserably. "Hazel - dear old Hazel - it's simply that I know there's something unnatural and evil twisted all round this place. I don't know what it is, so no wonder I can't talk about it. I keep getting near it, though. You know how you poke your nose against wire netting and push it up against an apple tree, but you still can't bite the bark because of the wire. I'm close to this - whatever it is - but I can't grip it. If I sit here alone I may reach it yet."
"Fiver, why not do as I say? Have a meal on those roots and then go underground and sleep. You'll feel all the better for it."
"I'll tell you, I'll have nothing to do with the place," said Fiver. "As for going underground, I'd rather go back over the heather. The roof of that hall is made of bones."
"No, no - tree roots. But, after all, you were underground all night."
"I wasn't," said Fiver.
"What? Where were you, then?"
"Yes. A yew tree gives good shelter, you know?"
Hazel was now seriously worried. ....
5 months agoJianju See ya next fall :)
We still don’t know what Jaune’s semblance is. And there is that scene where Pyrrha unlocks Jaune’s aura. When Pyrrha does this, she says, “For it is in passing that we achieve immortality. Through this, we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all. Infinite in distance and unbound by death, I release your soul, and by my shoulder, protect thee.” Now you could take a eastern philosophy view of what she meant by that, or a New Age view or something to that effect. But in Judeo-Christian theology, it is written that chosen ones who die faithful are made to be as angels and live immortal as powerful gods in the heavens thereafter (although not as powerful as the almighty god, the Father, as it were).
In that light, it would be sweet if we find out that there is some sort of spirit world. There have been glimpses of what looks like a nether. And the Grimm themselves are beings without souls. So the idea of souls and the netherworld may be a thing in RWBY. If so, it may shine some light on what Pyrrha meant. Her words themselves sounded like a spell or a prayer, something communicated to a higher power or being. And if there is a nether, there could be a heaven (like in the anime "Ah! My Goddess!" and "Dragonball"). Be that the case, perhaps Pyrrha arrives in heaven and meets whoever gives semblance powers and magic ability, someone who perhaps knows how to turn the Grimm into creatures of light. Notice that Winter Schnee's familiar looks like a creature of Grimm but obeys her and is colored in light. Perhaps if the Grimm had souls, they would be likewise the same.
If Pyrrha does end up in a heaven of sorts, perhaps she could also be able to help protect Jaune as she said in that quote. Or perhaps she could even become a powerful Goddess (I would LOVE that! I totally love OP characters!). Or maybe Jaune's semblance may come into the picture with Pyrrha in some way.
I have thought about it in-depth [see the first half of my video “Should Pyrrha Stay Dead?”], and really, the only way I can see any actual sense in her decision to fight Cinder, would be if she somehow knew she was going to die, and knew she had to die. And that this would mean that hopefully Pyrrha knew she had to die to accomplish some sort of transformation that would play on another myth or legend we have yet to learn of. Like the Phoenix for example. Remember her going on about destiny a lot?
Maybe there is a family legend that someone in their bloodline would lose all and then gain immortality by the grace of some mythical creature/being. Or maybe there was some prophecy passed down the generations which said that an undefeated hero would be transformed by a maiden of magic at the cost of her life into a powerful magical being. Or maybe, her mother was told by a fortune teller that Pyrrha was the Phoenix of legend and would have to lose herself for the sake of humanity but would be reborn by a powerful ancient magic of love and legend and stuff.
There's pretty much a million ways you could play the basic concept. In fact, her defining destiny could be a way for her to try to convince herself that the legend, prophecy, fortune didn't mean anything to her. Maybe she didn't want to believe in the traditional concept of destiny because of it? Maybe the details around her becoming a maiden sounded too much like some supposed destiny and started to cause her to freak out. We assume she's so bummed out because she's afraid she'll lose herself because of gaining the Maiden's aura, but what if there was more to it?
Pyrrha's last line to Cinder “Do you believe in destiny?”
I remember someone mentioning that there was talk of Pyrrha having a mom that rode her hard to train or something like that. Maybe her mother knew of some supposed destiny for Pyrrha. And maybe Pyrrha wanted to deny that there was some destiny of hers that she couldn't escape, so she decided to redefine destiny. But perhaps all the events around the maiden thing made her eventually realize the destiny her mother knew about was true, and so Pyrrha freaks out, but then accepts it and dies, and her last words to Cinder show her completely coming to terms with it.
Here is the theory I’m considering: That Pyrrha knew she had to die to accomplish some sort of a transformation she would undergo to become more powerful. Like the legend of the Phoenix that rises from the ashes. She is red and yellow, so are Phoenix birds. Pyrrha was turned to ashes. Or as @Aphrion put it:
“…consider the fact that the phoenix was also associated with the sun, and we know a lot now about the sun's powerful magnetic fields (go look up solar storms if you don't know about this). And if anyone else has looked up the etymology of Pyrrha's name, it pertains to the color red, but it's ultimately derived from purrhos, which literally means "flame colored". Not to mention, what is the phoenix most famous for? Burning to death before being reborn from the ashes.”
Coincidence? Maybe not.
I think the legend (or whatever it is) would have had to say something about her having to lose herself/die/become nothing (something that has the general meaning to that effect, but without being too precise about it), but that by doing so, she’d be transformed into something powerful or reborn. If this is the case, then in the following details I’ll go over, it would only make sense if she didn’t really want this destiny, that she wanted to make her own destiny. But after it became apparent to her that the Legend/destiny was true, she decided to play her part in it in her decision to go up the tower to her death.
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6 months agoJianju See ya next fall :)
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This is an advertisement for Dutch Boy lead paint from a 1922 National Geographic I bought at a used book store. Issue: September 1922, Volume XLII, number 3
"You are surrounded by lead, in your home and on your travels. There is lead in the rubber heels of your shoes, in the tires of your automobile, in the bearings of the machinery that makes things for your use or transports you from place to place."
"Write our nearest branch office, Dept. F, for a free copy of our "Wonder Book of Lead," which interestingly describes the hundred-and-one ways in which lead enters into the daily life of every one."
Very Prototype Character designs for my story: Rister
Sketches, Drawings, Paintings, some old stuff
Stuff I drew for school, in my childhood, and up to present. Pretty random sampling.
I mostly draw what I see, and in some cases make some small changes.
Compilation pics of sketches of still life, people, anime, and other things.
img from PSME
My Maple Story Avatar
My Minecraft Avatar Pyrrha skin
at Hypixel server
From Sailor Moon
Having Fun Prohibited
Art work of Monty Oum
Blake and Sun Cosplay
At 2015 Anime Central Convention in Chicago
Red VS Blue Cosplay
At 2015 Anime Central in Chicago
I'm an INTJ & INFJ equally
So rare, so broody, so similar, and yet so different. Righteous vs Calculating, Harsh vs Soft
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
Oops! Sorry about that, I was going to do that today and forgot.... thx 4 reminding me! :)
| Asked by: FettucCR 8 months ago
Sometimes the scanner works but I have the same problem with mine, so I just take pics of them with my iPod and copy them onto my iPhotos files, then I take a screen shot of each opened pic with SnagIt and save it as a .jpg and that's it. .... a simple 4 steps... When I just take pics there are the edges to crop out. I could use Photoshop to do that, but SnagIt is easier and faster. Not sure if any of that would work for you. Oh, and glad you like my work :D Thanks FettucCR