The Inner Struggle

Looking in the Mirror … 2020 Vision …

Today is +20 and cloudy … is this a weird summer or what?  A week ago it was +10, pouring rain and howling a gale enough to blow roofs off and now it’s back to “normal” weather … what ever that means, well maybe that’s over the top, but it rather does focus the mind on the fact that we have very little control over all the things around us that matter and any control we think we have is only one crisis away from being lost.

Stephen Covey 2010 …

So continuing on from my “Sins of The Tongue” post last week, so many of my posts over the years have been whining about things that I perceived to be wrong with the world and our culture. What can we do about it? Frankly, very little. This is obvious at an instinctual level but was articulated by Dr. Stephen R. Covey in his analysis of our circle of control vs our circle of concern.

In short, he posits that normally we have a much larger circle of concern than circle of control and hence are worried about things in the larger sphere over which we have no control and this lack of control and the anxiety thus created causes all kinds of problems for us.

To find balance and peace we have to discover that place (head space) where our circle of concern matches our circle of control. So we can’t fix the world. So what?  We can fix ourselves. Lets start with fixing ourselves, that is well within our circle of control. We venture into perilous waters when we fail to master ourselves.

Being ruled by our passions results in all kinds of trouble and difficulty. So that path which falls within our circle of control and which should fall within our circle of concern is to conquer oneself and regulate one’s life without determining or directing oneself  through any tendency that is disordered or perverted.

We have been created. Notwithstanding all the fairy tales about primordial slime and chance conjunction of amino acids and lightening strikes and so on and so forth there has never been one wit of actual Empirical Evidence, that is to say the information received by means of the senses, particularly by observation and documentation of patterns and behavior through experimentation, to support that “story”. It is all conjecture and speculation, and it stems entirely from man’s desire to be the Supreme Being (Actual) and answerable to no one, to remove that highest authority standing in his way of doing and thinking whatever he wants.

Even Darwin, the formulator of the theory of evolution by natural selection, in 1859,  never dreamed or intended for his “theory” to become a “quasi factoid”, the foundation of and justification for the narrative denying of the existence God, any more than the developer of the “COVID Virus test” currently being used by “authorities” to test for COVID believed that his test could be used for that purpose. In fact he denied that it could be used for that purpose in testimony before congress.  It’s really all about changing the focus of where “authority” lies … denial of a higher authority than our current crop of government and business masters. and always, always, always beating the drum of fear uncertainty and doubt to reinforce the whip hand of the masters.

All these unproven “theories” have morphed into “Every right minded person knows this to be true”, just ask Karen on Facebook.

St. Thomas Aquinas

In the rest of this post I have paraphrased from sources (I think) which I must have read long ago because I can find no reference to this information anywhere else. I think I first wrote about this back in 2015 and the Wayback Machine has returned no idea of where I got it, but it has a flavour of Thomas Aquinas. Nevertheless, here it is:

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We have been created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save our immortal soul. And all the other things on the face of the earth are created for man, that they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created. From this it follows that man is to use them in as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them in so far as they hinder him from achieving it.

For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we do not seek health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honour rather than dishonour, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest. We should constrain ourselves in desiring and choosing only what is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created. We strive to become inured to the desires for material goods and pleasures such that they do not obscure or interfere with the path to self control.

So in examining the ways in which one can go wrong, misbehave or actively do evil it is convenient to appreciate the concept of mortal and venial sin (Big sins and Little sins). As in the physical world where there are mortal dangers which can and will kill us, and lesser or venial dangers which can injure us and make us sick, so too in the spiritual and personal world of sin there are mortal sins and venial.

A serious, grave or mortal sin is the knowing and wilful violation of God’s law in a serious matter, for example, idolatry, adultery, murder, slander. These are all things gravely contrary to the love we owe God and, because of Him, our neighbour. We know these are wrong and serious and we know they are a violation of both God’s law and of the natural law which stems from God and is know by all beings. 

it is also obvious that we can sin by thought, word and deed. To purify oneself I presuppose that there are three kinds of thoughts in me: that is, one my own, which springs from my mere liberty and will; and two others, which come from without, one from the good spirit, and the other from the bad. 

Now it appears that there are two ways to obtain merit in the bad thought(s) which comes from without, namely: Firstly, a thought of committing a mortal sin, which thought I resist immediately and it remains conquered. Secondly, when that same bad thought comes to me and I resist it, and it returns to me again and again, and I always resist, until it is conquered. This second way is more meritorious than the first. A venial sin is committed when the same thought comes of sinning mortally and one gives ear to it, making some little delay, or receiving some sensual pleasure, or when there is some negligence in rejecting such thought.

There are two ways of sinning mortally. Firstly, when one gives consent to the bad thought, to act afterwards as he has consented, or to put it in act if he could, and secondly, when that sin is put into act. This is a greater sin for three reasons: first, because of the greater time; second, because of the greater intensity; third, because of the greater harm to the two persons.

But what about sinning in word, that is “Sins of the Tongue”? Obviously, there are many, many ways to sin by word. One must not swear, either by Creator or creature (that is to misuse an oath when overwrought or angry), if it be not with truth,necessity and reverence. By necessity I mean, not when any truth whatever is affirmed with oath, but when it is of some importance for the good of the soul, or the body, or for temporal goods. By reverence I mean when, in naming the Creator and Lord, one acts with consideration, so as to render Him the honour and reverence due.

It is to be noted that, though in an idle oath one sins more when he swears by the Creator (as in anything created on earth – that is animals, people, or material phenomena) than by the creature, it is more difficult to swear in the right way with truth, necessity and reverence by the creature than by the Creator, for the following reasons.

Firstly, when we want to swear by some creature, wanting to name the creature does not make us so attentive or circumspect as to telling the truth, or as to affirming it with necessity, as would wanting to name the Lord and Creator of all things. Secondly, in swearing by the creature it is not so easy to show reverence and respect to the Creator, as in swearing and naming the same Creator and Lord, because wanting to name God our Lord brings with it more respect and reverence than wanting to name the created thing. Therefore swearing by the creature is more allowable to the perfect (the well developed and disciplined mind) than to the imperfect (the passionate and undisciplined mind) , because the perfect, through continued contemplation and enlightenment of intellect, consider,meditate and contemplate more that God our Lord is in every creature, according to His own essence, presence and power, and so in swearing by the creature they are more apt and prepared than the imperfect to show respect and reverence to their Creator and Lord. Thirdly, in continually swearing by the creature, idolatry is to be more feared in the imperfect than in the perfect.

What about habits and patterns of speech?  Consider how one must not speak an idle word. By idle word I mean one which does not benefit either me or another, and is not directed to that intention. Hence words spoken for any useful purpose, or meant to profit one’s own or another person’s  soul, the body or temporal goods, are never idle, not even if one were to speak of something foreign to one’s state of life, as, for instance, if a religious speaks of wars or articles of trade. But  in all that is said there is merit in directing well, and sin in directing badly, or in speaking idly. Nothing must be said to injure another person’s character or to find fault, because if I reveal a mortal sin that is not public, I sin mortally; if a venial sin, venially; and if a defect, I show a defect of my own.

But if the intention is right, in two ways one can speak of the sin or fault of another. Firstly: When the sin is public, as in the case of a public prostitute, and of a sentence given in judgment, or of a public error which is infecting the souls with whom one comes in contact. Secondly: When the hidden sin is revealed to some person that he may help to raise him who is in sin — supposing, however, that he has some probable conjectures or grounds for thinking that he will be able to help him.

So we come to sinning by act or deed. Taking together the Ten Commandments, natural law, the precepts of the Church and the recommendations of superiors, every act done against any of these authorities is, according to its greater or less nature, a greater or a lesser sin.  Our acts are an example. One commits no little sin in being the cause of others acting contrary to the authorities.

So what is a method for “looking into the mirror” and making a general examination of our conduct, words and thoughts? It is contained  in five points.

  • First,  to give thanks to God our Lord for the benefits we have received.
  • Secondly, to ask for the grace to know our sins and cast them out.
  • Thirdly, to ask an account of our soul (to remember our conduct) from the hour that we rose up to the present, examining hour by hour, or period by period: and first as to thoughts, and then as to words, and then as to acts, in the same order mentioned above.
  • Fourthly, to ask pardon of God our Lord for the faults.
  • Fifthly and finally, to firmly resolve to amend one’s ways with God’s help.

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Look into the mirror and consider the five steps as many times a day as seems necessary to facilitate remembering one’s conduct, perhaps at every meal and break at first when getting used to this pattern. Thus do we examine our life.

I’ve been fascinated by Socrates’ bold statement that “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  He doesn’t fool around, no “nuances” for Socrates. He doesn’t say that the unexamined life is “less meaningful than it could be” or “one of many possible responses to human existence.” He simply and clearly says it’s not even worth living.  Why does he make such strong, unequivocal statement?  Socrates believed that the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth.

We are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take the time to examine and reflect upon our life. As another philosopher, Santayana, observed, “He who does not remember the past is condemned to repeat it.”

Cheers

Joe

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Health, Life in a small town

Death by Health Care …

Civil War Field Hospital …

Andrew W. Saul PH.D. writes: “NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF A MILLION men died in the Civil War. All other U.S. wars put together add about another two-thirds of a million soldiers killed. That means that about 1,350,000 Americans have died, totally, in all the wars in U.S. history.

Yet we lose close to that number of Americans each year because of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Nearly 10 million soldiers were killed in World War I, charging machine guns and getting mowed down month after month for four terrible years.

The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report that there are now 8 million cancer deaths worldwide in just one year. That rate is over three times as many deaths from cancer as from machine guns.

A different approach is needed immediately.  (Andrew W. Saul PH.D., Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition . Turner Publishing Company)

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Spanish Flu – 1918 …

I recently read an article online under the heading “Politics/Pandemic” an article written in May of 2009, titled The Flu Hysteria Agency, It Always Is 1918 at the CDC.

William L. Anderson writes: “Wherever one turns, whether it is on the broadcast news or the Internet, we are bombarded with Swine Flu stories. Government tells us not to “panic,” while it simultaneously engages in activities meant to spread widespread fear.”  (Ed. Note: This article appeared at the height of the “Swine Flu” pandemic in 2009 – remember that one over ten years ago?  Has anything changed in the interim except the new “Official” name for the latest FEAR UNCERTAINLY AND DOUBT craze?

Indeed, as Robert Higgs has written, the very basis of government rests upon cultivating human fear: “The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature (about fear).

They exploit it, and they cultivate it. Whether they compose a warfare state or a welfare state, they depend on it to secure popular submission, compliance with official dictates, and, on some occasions, affirmative cooperation with the state’s enterprises and adventures.

Without popular fear, no government could endure more than twenty-four hours. David Hume taught that all government rests on public opinion, but that opinion, I maintain, is not the bedrock of government. Public opinion itself rests on something deeper: fear.

If one wishes to “test” Professor Higgs’ proposition, one needs to look no further than the actions of the Centers for Disease Control, which claims to be in a constant state of readiness in order to protect us from the next pandemic. At the CDC, it always is 1918, and an outbreak of “Spanish Flu” or something like it is just around the corner.

A visit to the CDC’s website shows that the CDC has placed the latest outbreak of Swine Flu (2009) front-and-center. News reports monitor the every word of the CDC “experts” who are bombarded with questions about whether or not this is the “Big One.” My sense is that the “experts,” the media, and everyone else in the Flu chain will be disappointed when this turns out to be another overblown “crisis” that governments have foisted upon us right-and-left.

One must remember that for many years, the CDC has been creating vast emergency “plans” that are supposed to swing into action the minute that a rumor is afloat that someone, somewhere, has the flu. Politicians and media figures also want a cut of the action and make sure that they keep the issue before us, telling us “what we need to know.”

Actually, what we need to know is that government is the last thing we need in our faces if there is a real pandemic. That is because governments played a major role in creating the conditions that turned the “Spanish Flu” situation of 1918 into a world-wide tragedy that led to the death of millions. If government is to trot out its “war emergency” model as the way to “protect” us from the flu, perhaps we need to be reminded of how well that model works – in making sure lots of people become sick and die.

Most people don’t remember 1918 as the year the flu pandemic began; they remember it as the year that World War I ended. This was the “War to End All Wars,” or so it was called, when a more appropriate title might have been the “War to Permanently Expand the State.” More than 10 million soldiers died on the battlefields of Europe and millions of civilians died deaths of starvation or were killed in the crossfire.

So  where are we now?????

Well!  Virtually all our media sources have stopped reporting “Deaths” and “Hospital Admissions” attributed to COVID-19. They have switched “en-mass” to just reporting “new cases”, which “new cases” includes any positive test result regardless of symptoms, and almost no one is currently reporting COVID-19 deaths.

Behind the scenes, the facts are that there are relatively few deaths from COVID-19. No fear to be had there anymore … we just are not dying enough … not enough casualties!  So the media and government are now desperately trying to attach the fear associated with mass deaths to the situation of “number of cases”.

So far, a CBC News tally of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 8,863. That is barely worse than a bad New Year’s Eve driving accident record. BUT! 

In Canada, in a normal year, that is to say, every year, medical errors account for (at least) 28,000 deaths yearly, according to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute which campaigns to reduce that number. Errors are said to be the third leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and heart disease, and every minute and 18 seconds someone is injured from unintended medical system harm.

So far, according to a mortality analysis by Johns Hopkins University’s Corona-virus Resource Center, about 6% of the nearly 1.7 million people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the U.S. have succumbed to the disease. That’s 102,000 deaths attributed to “Coronavirus “related” disease”. In any other years these deaths would be reported as due to Flu and Pneumonia and wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow..

But also according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, same as in Canada.

These 250,000 deaths are the “lowest number” conservative documented “reported” numbers with some authors claiming that at least twice that many deaths due to medical misadventure that go unreported to protect the medical establishment.

So way more people in Canada and the U.S.A. die every year from “Medical Oopsies” than from anything related to “Coronavirus”, the purported cause of this particular “Red Bat Flu”, and the supposed causal relationship has never been even remotely proven. Do the math … the real threat here is the Medical System. People are dying of COVID-19 because they went to the hospital when they developed symptoms.

Even the inventor of “the test” whose work won him a Nobel Prize,  has testified before Congress that this type of “test” cannot be used for testing what they are claiming to test because it doesn’t actually “test” for any virus but rather for DNA snippets that are “theoretically” associated with the existence of “theoretical” viruses which might be associated with some disease symptoms, and the more times the test is repeated (recooked) the higher the likely-hood of a “Positive”.

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So, back to Andrew W. Saul PH.D.  “Nutrient therapy, properly dosed and administered, can be the answer to many chronic medical problems. The list is far longer than the deficiency diseases. A drug in either low or high doses cannot act as a vitamin will, but a vitamin in large doses can act as a drug. Very high blood concentrations of vitamin C, for example, are selectively toxic to cancer cells.

Nutritional supplementation is not the answer to every health problem, but it does not have to be. The standard is not perfection; the standard is the alternative. Drug medicine is increasingly obsolete. The centre has shifted. It is pharmacy that is the alternative if nutrition fails, and that is rarely.

Roger J. Williams so well said: “When in doubt use nutrition first.” Dr. Frederick R. Klenner said: “Vitamin C should be given while doctors ponder the diagnosis.” And long ago, Sir William Osler, a medical doctor, said: “One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.” Dr. Abram Hoffer said: “Drugs make a well person sick. Why would they make a sick person well?”

Applying the body of knowledge accumulated by orthomolecular physicians and researchers can be done. We’ve all been taught that anything that is safe and inexpensive cannot possibly be really effective against “real diseases.” It is time to rethink that, and especially to see what has already been accomplished.

Improbable does not mean impossible. Physicians who categorically rule out nutritional therapy mimic their forbearers by overreliance on patent remedies. Much of “modern medicine” may be defined as “the experimental study of what happens when poisonous chemicals are placed into malnourished human bodies.”

Someday, health care without orthomolecular nutrition therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anesthetic. Here in Part Three we present the vitamin therapies and nutritional approaches pioneering physicians then and now are using to successfully treat many of our most common chronic diseases. —A.W.S.

Andrew W. Saul PH.D., Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition . Turner Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

Please God let there be more than a few neurons firing out there in the digital universe. Jesus I trust in You.

Cheers

Joe

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The Inner Struggle

Sins Of The Tongue … and Tall Poppies …

Big wind storm a few days ago, hit a collection of communities in our area, sustained winds winds over 60 miles an hour, higher in the gusts. Grain bins toppled, the bank across the street lost it’s whole roof, many large trees ripped up or just snapped off, communications towers broken, and one building in our town collapsed completely. Fortunately the collapsed building was unoccupied and miraculously no one was hurt anywhere that I heard. We had two panels of roof rip off our Gazebo and lost all our communications dishes and antennae, but that is relatively minor in the big picture.

What has all that weather stuff to do with sins of the tongue you might ask? Quite a bit actually. The weather is part of what we euphemistically term the “human condition”. Weather, illness, work, food or the lack thereof, comfort, love, friends, enemies, government, evil, good. Dissatisfaction continually at war with contentment. The thought appears: “Why is it always the tall trees that get blown down?”

Man, (and Woman) knows, with an inborn awareness, that something is wrong in this human existence, something not quite defined, a lurking shadow that effects everything we experience. It is easy to fixate on the weather as an excuse for our discomfort. It sets us “on edge”, ready to complain, ready to gossip, and vent our tale of woe and find someone we all agree on to blame.

Tall Poppies have to be cut down to size … they make the rest of us look bad …

Many of us in these enlightened progressive times like to think that the root cause of this historical disorder is the notion that “a man can do something wrong or evil”. All we need to be perfectly comfortable is to rid ourselves of the “silly claim” that good and evil actually exist. It’s all “relative”, right?

Yet evil and discontent seems perennially connected with our condition. Men did not suddenly realize one day that they sinned. From the beginning of history they did not and do not know what to do about the evils that they are sent and that they send into the world because of their sins. They sense that they have done wrong and all the bluster and pretense doesn’t make it feel OK. “I’m OK, Your OK” just doesn’t cut it when the rubber hits the road, no matter what the guru’s of self realization preach.

What man senses he needs is forgiveness. That forgiveness has to be placed in the hands of someone authorized to forgive. No ordinary person possesses this capacity. We are all in this together and if we are to escape our fate we have to be forgiven by someone outside the pit.

Over the last hundred thousand years or so, very few of the billions of people who have lived on this planet have heard of this forgiveness of sins that Revelation postulates. Among those who have heard of it, not many practice it. To cover this situation, we talk of being sorrowful. and we have been taught that God will forgive even if we know nothing of the Sacrament on the forgiveness of sin. Everyone has something that they know needs to be forgiven, however they rationalize, and justify, and distract themselves, but it can only go on so long. It just wears ya down.

Some expand this view to save everyone, we are all going to heaven, while others suspect that, if everyone is forgiven, no matter what they do, why bother being good? The good and the bad are equally redeemed with or equally without forgiveness, but as mentioned in a previous post “sin clouds our intellect and destroys right judgement”.

We know in our hearts that we need “forgiveness” from some authority above our state, our condition. We need forgiveness from God, from the Divine. And we need genuine forgiveness that does not excuse but requires sorrow, and contrition, and amendment and amends. I have been thinking about my sins and habits of thought and those things which walk into my mind and immediately pull the big EJECT handle and come out of my mouth without much consideration, if any. It’s time to get to Confession, isn’t it?

I have been thinking and talking this way all my adult life. And that in a nutshell is the root of all sin … sins of the tongue …  given flight without consideration simply because we are in “conversation with friends” and it is only natural to talk about others who are not present, perhaps even others who we don’t even know.

Judgement and attribution articulated with imputation of motives even when there is no way in this universe that we could know even the least bit about other’s intentions or motives. We just don’t know, and even if we did know, what makes it our job, our responsibility, to spread it around?

I have been reading (fourth painful time around now) a little book called “Sins of the Tongue” by a Fr. Belet for sale at Amazon.com for 91 cents.

From the Amazon blurb we have:

Originally written in French in 1870, Fr. Belet wages war against one of the worst sins of his (and our) time – backbiting – better known to us as detraction (telling the faults of others without cause). Most of us do not realize how evil this sin is. In fact, many of us don’t think it’s a sin at all. After ruining someone’s reputation, or satisfying our anger (and yes, our hatred) by spewing out every bad thing we can say about someone, we justify ourselves by saying, “Well, it’s true!”

We even think we are acting justly by giving someone what they deserve. Due to our lack of charity and also to our pride, little do we see things from God’s point of view, to whom these are vile sins – a form of hatred of neighbor – a failure to do the two things necessary – to love God and our neighbor (Matt. 22:37-40).

In explaining this sin of backbiting, properly called detraction, Fr. Belet quotes the best men of Western Civilization: Aristotle, Plato, Horace, Seneca, Pliny, the Roman Emperor Constantine, King David, Isaiah, Saints James, Luke, Matthew, Paul, John Chrysostom, Jerome, Cassian, Gregory the Great, Augustine, Bernard, Thomas Aquinas, and many others. A very helpful book for those who wish to know the meaning of backbiting—and how to avoid it.

So without further delay, to give us something to think about, when all we wanted to do was have a pleasant conversation over coffee with our friends, here is a quote from  somewhere in the middle of the text:

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” … A master too short on words with his servant, or a man with his neighbor, obviously proves that he feels little friendship or kindness towards him.

A religious once said, “If we do not cultivate them, two kinds of thoughts will stop bothering us by themselves: thoughts of fornication and thoughts of backbiting. When they call, do not answer them; whatever they say, pay them no heed. If you act otherwise, you may try to resist but you will not escape their clutches.”

And one must not only avoid backbiting when it attacks charity and justice directly, but even when it turns on light defects and weaknesses of little importance. Even the worthiest of men are not always exempt from this sort of backbiting. Perhaps it is a lack of prudence or reflection, but even they take pleasure in relating the defects and faults of others to willing listeners.

Jean de La Fontaine; (8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, as well as in French regional languages.

It would seem that we have taken this verse from La Fontaine as a motto: “I attempt to turn vice to ridicule, Since I cannot attack it with the arms of Hercules“. And why be surprised? The human race has an instinctive propensity for criticizing other people’s behavior. We all carry the scarlet with which we paint everyone. Everything that seems blameworthy in our sight turns into vice at once, and it is all the greater in the proportion that we want to appear wiser and more religious.
Saint Jerome says, “The passion of this evil has so infested the world that people who have totally renounced other vices still fall into this one. One might say it is the last trap the devil sets for them.” This rashness of judgment is often accompanied by envy, the sworn enemy of the happiness of others.

The envious person tries to calm his bad temper by disparaging another man’s merits in every way imaginable; he suffers less when he sees others damaged by some defect. Envy is often preceded by a secret pride, which spurs us to wish to be preferred above others, or at least to be their equal. For fear that our neighbor may rise too high and eclipse us, we craftily clip his wings.

We see that conversations which reveal good men’s imperfections often result in countless evils. Upon hearing his neighbor’s weaknesses related, more than one listener will be tempted to tell his friends, “Look at what he did, and everyone mistakes him for a little saint! If he committed that fault, he will certainly commit a lot more. I thought he was so virtuous, but I see him now; he has his faults too.”

Many people’s consciences are disturbed by such talk. If the slandered person’s reputation is not totally lost, it is seriously damaged. Bonds of friendship and kindness are broken; the absent person who is spoken about will certainly be held in contempt. And how can the accused defend himself when usually he is not even aware of the blows being struck against him, or at least of who their author is?

That is how a man can be murdered and not even know it. The sin is all the more serious when someone backbites people in honored positions, even in light matters, and even if they are guilty. “Even in your thoughts do not make light of the king, nor in the privacy of your bedroom revile him, because the birds of the air may carry your voice, a winged creature may tell what you say” (Eccl. 10:20). You see, Holy Scripture tells us not only to avoid backbiting, it even commands us to banish it from our thoughts.

You who backbite, do not think it suffices to tell your listeners, “Don’t reveal what I say, I beg of you, I confide this secret to your discretion.” You are no less guilty, and this behavior proves how simple you are. Pray tell, why do you ask him to keep silence? You are the one who should have kept silence first. If you do not want your words to leak out, then keep them to yourself! You have not remained silent and you would shut other people’s mouths? If you are in such a rush to pull the stopper out of the spigot, then what can you expect of others?

Saint Francis of Assisi had an extreme aversion to backbiting and slanderous accusations. His biographer, Saint Bonaventure, relates that one of his brothers said evil about another and leveled several accusations against him. The Saint told his assistant, “Father, go and examine this affair. If the accused is innocent, punish his accuser so severely that it will give others an example, and he will remember it.”

Saint Francis even wanted to remove the religious habit from a brother who had not been afraid to remove the cloak of another’s reputation, so that it would be done to him as he had done to others, and in this way he would be obliged to restore the reputation he had stolen. …

Backbiting drags a whole host of evils in its wake: it depraves anyone who listens to it, causes the backbiter to be considered a slanderer, and incurs the hatred of his neighbor. God has attached an enormous ball to this chain: the obligation of restoring the neighbor’s reputation. Saint Augustine’s words here are as true for backbiting as for money: “Non dimittitur peccatum nisi restituatur ablatum: No restoration, no pardon” (St. Augustine, Epistle 65, Ad Macedoniae).

It is a common principle among theologians (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Part II, Section II, Question 62, Article 2.) that restoring their neighbor’s reputation is obligatory not only for those who have revealed an imaginary crime of his, but also those who have revealed a true but secret crime. They are held to giving him at least an equivalent compensation: and they owe this compensation to the detriment not only of their own reputation, but also their life.

Along with their neighbor’s reputation, they must repair all the harm he has incurred; and they must do so even if what they revealed is true. Since the thing is true, they are held to tell everyone who heard them not that they were lying, but that they were backbiting. Even if it were only for the inconvenience of being obliged to repair your neighbor’s reputation, backbiting should be avoided like the plague.

How painful to have to retract what you said and undergo the shame of such a restoration! It is easy to return an item of clothing, a sum of money or personal property unjustly acquired; there are a thousand ways of doing it. But restoring a reputation, what a burden! Now, the gravity of this sin lies precisely in the difficulty of repairing it.

When an opinion has been revealed, it soon spreads all over, going through cities and empires, and a hitherto unknown person soon acquires a sad celebrity. But if you try and praise someone you have previously denigrated, you are wasting your time. What you said has taken root too strongly, and too many people know about it. “People believe evil first; But when it comes to the good, Then seeing is believing.” (La Fontaine)

But you will say, “Backbiting flourishes everywhere, and no one ever makes restoration.” Ah that is precisely the evil I deplore! Do you think our worst habits can excuse our vices? Just because “everyone does it,” does that give you the right to do something? The vast number of fools is no praise for folly. Besides, it is false to say that reputations are never repaired. I would prefer to think it occurs only rarely. … ”

Fr. Belet. Sins of the Tongue:: The Backbiting Tongue . KIC. Kindle Edition.

But … but … all I want to do is have a pleasant conversation over coffee with my friends … and why are Canadians such great practitioners of “Tall Poppy Syndrome”? I have heard it is a social term about a phenomenon in Australia and New Zealand, but I’ve never been there and have only experienced the Canadian version, almost a national sport here, after putting down Americans, and Hockey. Why do so many great people become “from Canada”, because they have to leave the country to succeed?  Just why is that?

Scary, isn’t it?

Cheers

Joe

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… how much of what we read on Twitter and Facebook is Backbiting? Is this cartoon backbiting?

 

 

 

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Lost Generations …

Fr. Ripperger

Fr. Chad Ripperger notes that “It does not take a doctorate in moral or spiritual theology to recognize that the Church and the world are in a particularly bad state, morally and spiritually.”  He then asks a key question that must be answered before we can address a solution to this situation: “How did we get here?”

As an exorcist, Fr. Ripperger is familiar with something called “generational spirits.”  Normally, this term applies to demons that trouble a family from one generation to another.  But, he notes, what can happen in a family can also happen to an entire generation within a nation or a culture. Fr. Ripperger’s writing starts in the third paragraph of the article linked to below in the quote from that article.

Who Ya Gonna Call? We are faced with a clear choice …

“God assigns an angel to protect that generation and sometimes the angel is one who is given to help the generation overcome the problems it faces. But demons, by the permissive will of God, also afflict a generation. . . The purpose of this article is to examine the spiritual causes of how we got here by focusing on a rather narrow area of spiritual reality: demons, or more specifically, generational spirits.

Not everyone in a particular generation will be affected by the particular generational spirit of that generation. . . . [Each of the last five generations has had a generational spirit, easily identifiable, which has afflicted it. Lastly, we will talk about the sixth generation, now being born, whose direction, if the sixth generational spirit gets its way, does not bode well. (Fr. Ripperger – all quotes taken from Latin Mass magazine, summer 2012)”

The decline we are experiencing in the Church today is not going to be arrested by programs or activities.

There is a battle–a spiritual battle–that has been raging for five generations.  We need to learn once again how to put on the armor of God, as St. Paul exhorted the Ephesians, believers in the first century.  He was well aware of the demonic dimension of our battle:

Fossil Fools

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12)

Here is another link to Fr. Ripperger talking on the subject of his article linked to above. This talk was given at a conference in 2017 (I think).  From the video notes we have: “This is an incredible historical video/ lecture by Fr. Chad Ripperger. Fr. Ripperger is a leading expert in the area of spiritual warfare.

What is truly revealing is his criticism of “The Greatest Generation” as used by Tom Brokaw in his best selling book. Truly remarkable assessment, IMHO. Look at how it evolved from The Lost Generation.

And from it follows my generation, i.e. The Baby Boomer or Hippie Generation, and from this, my children’s generation.

Listen to the good Father’s commentary about my generation’s personal characteristics at the 30 minute time slot to about 32 minutes. Then reflect about our current presidential candidates.

Need I say more? Look at how he describes the Millennials. And you wonder why they migrated towards Bernie Sanders (and good ol’ Joe Bidden). Again, this is truly a remarkable lecture and well worth listening too.

I cannot urge you enough to watch this video in its entirety.”

And another good audio link to a Fr. Ripperger interview at “Athanasius Contra Mundum”, with interview topics in Philosophy and Theology ranging from the Multi-verse and Time to transgenderism, Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s call for a new Syllabus of Errors to condemn errors in Ecclesiology and the misappropriation of the term “Priesthood of the Laity”.

So I’d guess that’s enough for now. Do you really have to wonder what is going on now with all this “COVID-19”, “Red Bat Flu”, “New Cases” mania nonsense. It’s all about control and taking generations down a broad path to perdition. And we are all just walking blindly in the direction that the Brights are ordering us to go “for our own good and protection of our neighbours”.

But there remains Hope. Hope in God’s power to bring Good out of Evil. I share this link to give us hope that all is not lost. There are still things of beauty that spark Joy.

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”. Quid Hoc ad Aeternitatem,

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Deadly … Well, life is deadly, isn’t it?

Here we are again, been pretty busy wrapping up year end and other stuff. Found an interesting speaker, a Dr. Jennifer Daniels, who I have begun watching/listening to on Vimeo/Facebook thanks to my wife of 40+ years now. Sometimes my wife seems pretty smart, says the happy husband.  Anyway, here is a link to Dr. Daniels’ latest podcast called “Deadlier than What?”

While I don’t agree with everything she recommends, I do agree vehemently with her take on the current regime of fear uncertainty and doubt with which our political and medical masters are terrorizing their constituents into doing whatever they tell them whenever they tell them and regardless of whatever they told them yesterday.

Has anyone noticed that all the usual suspects have quietly stopped harping on all the “deaths” and only report on “new cases”, which are really just “new positive” results of a “test” which can be made to generate 100% positive results if “cooked” long enough and often enough.

Positive “test” results happen to include those with the “flu”, those with a sniffle, and even those with no symptomatic results at all, in other words most “positives” are not even sick by any symptomatic measure and that includes the majority of the population.

So what IS going on?  Anyone? Anyone? I have commented in the past, literally for years, that we are all victims of a fatal STD. Yes! We all have a fatal STD! It’s called “Life”!  The real thought of note here is something attributed to G.K. Chesterton: “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.

Enough for now, gotta get back to real stuff in the here and now …

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”.

 

 

 

 

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Coronavirus Update … From a Western Canadian Perspective…

These days there seems to be a flurry of changes taking place in the insurance industry pointing to industry evaluations regarding causes and “medical risks” associated, in some cases, with “Red Bat Flu” and perhaps with vaccines. And maybe it is just relating to the meltdown of the global economy. I am just bluesky’ing this based on observations and conversations while I am renewing my coverage during these “Times Of Crisis”.

And I have had chats with a number of brokers and company representatives while trying to weave together coverage for various risks, I have observed that I am not getting the same “risk” story from insurance experts as I am getting from “Health experts”.

COVID-19 is not the cause of every risk and the definitions of disease risk are so imprecise that it probably can’t be calculated in any meaningful way. These days the medical disease theories seem to be as precise as reading the entrails or the tea leaves, Of course, not everyone thinks there is anything of value in these thoughts and maybe they are right and I am just paranoid.

A Two Coffee Morning, courtesy of “Photo Electric Synergy” another Canadian Facebook site.

The story here is just a commentary on my observations drawn from my reading and digging over the last 6 months, and email and telephone chats, and comparing media reports with academic reports.  We all can’t do “coffee breaks” together anymore because of “Social Distancing” so this is just an Op-Ed bit of Kaffeeklatch chatter. Skip it if you wish.

It’s interesting and informative to be sorting out our insurance needs right now because I get to read up on what the insurance industry is doing about exclusions. These people are most definitely NOT stupid and the exclusions are excellent “Red Flags” about what is a real risk and what is a fraudulent or bogus risk promoted by a government panic attack and the Medical establishment’s “Blood in the Water” reaction to our current “Plandemic Model” of population control.

Actuarial statistics are way more reliable “tests of reality” than “Karen on Facebook”, or the Deputy Minister’s briefing notes. It’s gratifying to discover that the “exclusions” seem to line up with what some (rebel) Health researchers and (rebel) doctors are saying about the current health model and the alleged connections between “Virus” theory, and “Germ” theory and our current medical model of pathology.

The health researchers talk about no current or past research meeting Cox’s Model tests for validity and that the whole establishment has jumped on the “Fireman” model of disease, that is “we find fireman at the scene of a fire” and after some hocus-pocus dressed up in multisylabic baffle-gab we jump to “Fireman are causing fires, therefore we should be vaccinating against firemen”.

Trust us, we are “Making Sure” …

And vast sums of “public” dollars are flowing into finding an ass covering “solution” to the Pandemic Terrorist’s claims.

I have been reviewing the exclusions and also asking other insurance people about what is excluded, and I like what I am hearing because it tells me that the Insurance industry is also suspicious of this whole Plandemic global phenomenon.

Translating what I am hearing  from contacts in the medical world, the blogosphere, and the insurance world, it appears that the whole pandemic scare is just that, a scare. So what could “they”, (The Royal “They”) be trying to scare us into … ?

What do you think about it all? I am reading a new book, “What Really Makes You Ill?: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Disease Is Wrong” which has given me another lens through which to observe the current medical system within which I work every day.

It’s a disturbing, even upsetting book, about “assumptions”. Remember the old saw about “We know what “Assume” does … makes and ass out of you and me. Well, we assume a lot when we “Trust Authority” more than we trust God.

Yes some people are sick, some are very sick, and some are even dying, but what ever is causing it nobody has a clue and it’s all just speculation and panic and ass covering. And the stats (such as they are) don’t support any conclusion about “higher than normal” death rates and illness rates.

Virtually all sources have switched to just reporting “new cases” which includes any positive test result regardless of symptoms, and almost no one is currently reporting COVID-19 deaths.

So far, a CBC News tally of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 8,863. BUT!  In Canada, in a normal year, that is to say, every year, medical errors account for (at leaast) 28,000 deaths yearly, according to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute which campaigns to reduce that number. Errors are said to be the third leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and heart disease, and every minute and 18 seconds someone is injured from unintended medical system harm.

So far, according to a mortality analysis by Johns Hopkins University’s Corona-virus Resource Center, about 6% of the nearly 1.7 million people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the U.S. have succumbed to the disease. That’s 102,000 deaths attributed to “Coronavirus related disease”. But also according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, same as in Canada.

These are the “lowest number” conservative documented “reported” numbers with some authors claiming that at least twice that many deaths due to medical misadventure go unreported to protect the medical establishment.

So way more people in Canada and the U.S.A. die every year from “Medical Oopsies” than from anything related to “Coronavirus”, the purported cause of this particular “Red Bat Flu”, and the causal relationship has never been even remotely proven. Do the math … the real threat here is the Medical System. People are dying of COVID-19 because they went to the hospital when they developed symptoms.

Even the inventor of “the test” whose work won him a Nobel Prize,  has testified before Congress that this type of “test” cannot be used for testing what they are claiming to test because it doesn’t actually “test” for any virus but rather for DNA snippets that are “theoretically” associated with the existence of “theoretical” viruses which might be associated with some disease symptoms, and the more times the test is repeated (recooked) the higher the likely-hood of a “Positive”.

It’s all about “Positives” and those organizations with higher positives are getting higher funding, … even when those positives are not translating into actual symptomatic sick people. So far, there has never been a “virus” ever proven to actually “cause” any illness. In fact, if we dig deep enough there has never ever been any “study” proving any direct causal disease connection for any “pathogen”, ever, since antibiotics and vaccines were first invented back in the days of Pasteur and the boys. The medical establishment just knows this to be true … it must be true, what else could it be?

We are close to having a Vaccine for COVID …

So, on the one hand, we have a “Medical Model” which has given us a swirling soup of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt about who, what, where, when, how, we are all being killed at a great rate by Red Bat Flu, and we have applied widespread Draconian controls on all our populations in every country, to shut down the planetary economy in a desperate attempt to “Blame Trump for everything” and establish a coordinated “One World” authority to “Get Us All Working Together” as Dr. Fauci says.

And that’s all just for unproven suppositions regarding the Plandemic. There have been an unprecedented number of flags run up an unprecedented number of poles to see who all will salute the new “We Have To Control EVERYTHING” crowd.

On the other hand, we have hard data conservatively underestimated regarding “medically induced deaths” from various reliable sources, which outnumber the alleged Red Bat Flu deaths by a factor of  around 300% at least (proven deaths directly attributable to Medical misadventure.

And we not only are not doing anything about the Medical Misadventure but we are not even talking about it. It would seem that the entire death rate from Red Bat Flu is directly associated with people being exposed to the medical system, in fact one might be able to make the case that the medical system caused the Red Bat Flu deaths with greater certainty than that it was caused by a “Germ” or “Virus” the existence if which is still unproven.

If it looks like a Crock, and it smells like a Crock, and it sounds like a Crock, well … prove it’s not a Crock!

I just heard a story from a reliable participant that in order to get into our local hospital the “victim” had to answer a questionnaire of 40 or so questions to “Prove” that they were healthy. This reaction seems counter-intuitive when thinking about why hospitals even exist. Shouldn’t we really be “isolating people from the medical system” to save 300,000+ lives a year in North America?

My take away from this whole kerfuffle is to just go along, say “Yes Minister”, “Yes Sir, Yes Sir, Three Bags Full sir,”and just keep on doing what we think is right (aka common sense) and not worry about things the way the government would like us to worry. Passive Aggression and “Social Resistance” goes a long way towards mitigating the debilitating effects of the “Medical Terrorism” rampant in our society these days.

If it looks like a Crock, and it smells like a Crock, and it sounds like a Crock, well … prove it’s not a Crock! What does “government” do when “consent of the governed” goes away?

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”.

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Diet and Health … my own health and yours … the journey continues …

Hamachidori“, by Ryutaro Hirota, played by Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra & Kazumasa Watanabe, from the album “Konomichi―Favorite Japanese Melodies (Japanese Melody Series)” (2004)

As mentioned back in April I found a new book, and it’s way easier reading than “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease“. The new book is: Niacin: The Real Story: Learn about the Wonderful Healing Properties of Niacin  – October 9, 2015 by Abram Hoffer M.D. Ph.D. (Author), Andrew W. Saul Ph.D. (Author), Harold D. Foster (Author).

A short quote from the “Forward”:

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In “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, Thomas Kuhn says that advances in science do not occur in an evolutionary or straight-line manner. Instead, such steps take place in a series of violent revolutions separated by long periods of relative peace.

During dramatic uprisings, “one conceptual world view replaces another.” These intellectual revolts are not random events. They are promoted by the discovery of significant anomalies: emergent facts that the ruling dominant theory and its supporters fail to adequately explain.

These “exceptions to the rule” are the termites of scientific theory. As they multiply, they become more and more difficult to ignore. The newly infected ruling theory weakens until it eventually collapses. A paradigm shift occurs as another takes its place. While the drug-based pharmaceutical industry continues to control conventional medicine, its support structure is increasingly termite riddled.

Weaknesses are being illustrated by new highly critical books, with titles such as Deadly Medicine, Overdo$ed America, and Death by Modern Medicine. Of course, the drug-based approach to health will not be abandoned any time soon unless society has a viable alternative, waiting, like an understudy, in the wings. There it must be quietly attracting its own, more open-minded supporters.

Hoffer, Abram. Niacin: The Real Story: Learn about the Wonderful Healing Properties of Niacin (p. 15). Turner Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

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Here is another short quote:

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During World War II, Royal Navy Surgeon Captain T. L. Cleave was concerned about the physical ill health of many of the sailors. From his studies he concluded that most of them suffered from one overall disease he called the “Saccharine Disease” in 1952.

The saccharine disease has no relation to the synthetic sweetener. Saccharine in this case refers to a detrimental craving for sweet tastes and consequent overuse of sugar. (And no, we do not recommend sugar substitutes. Artificial sugar substitutes have problems of their own, not the least of which is that they may stimulate people to want still more and more sweet foods.)

Cleave presented evidence that the various diseases of civilization are one disease, not a large number of discrete diseases.3 I (Abram Hoffer) had a copy of his original publication, but it was worn out by constant use. This book turned my life around. I became a full-time nutritionist.

Cleave’s experience as a physician convinced him that over consumption of sugar and processed carbohydrates was the root cause of diabetes, coronary disease, obesity, malabsorption, peptic ulcer, constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, E. coli infections, appendicitis, cholicystitis, pyelitis, diverticulitis, renal calculus, many skin conditions, and dental caries.4 This nutritional disease affected all the organs and systems, which were then diagnosed and named according to the organ or malfunction of that organ.

The cause is the modern diet, which is too rich in sugars and refined carbohydrates and too deficient in food containing its original fiber (ed. and it’s original nutrients). It is also deficient in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, relating it to pandeficiency disease. This diet typically relies on refined cereals devoid of their bran and germ such as white bread, polished rice, and a heavy intake of sugar averaging about 125 pounds per person each year.

Cleave did consider the role played by the deficiency of essential nutrient factors. He emphasized the excessive intake of sugar and the deficiency of fiber. In other words, he emphasized the value of whole foods. The massive evidence Cleave presented had little impact, except for a sudden interest in bran as if it were a drug especially designed for people with constipation.

Cleave did give his sailors bran, but he was much more concerned with the white flour they were eating. His message was clear: what was needed were the original whole grain cereals as in whole wheat and rice. Just adding bran only provided a partial answer. In 1972 Professor John Yudkin published his book Sweet and Dangerous5. He presented the evidence that proved sugars were the culprit. His work was ignored.

Ever since reading Cleave’s book many years ago, I have advised my patients to follow a sugar-free, refined carbohydrate-free diet. I think most of those who followed my advice have been grateful. There is nothing more pleasing than feeling good.

How could this one explanation account for such an amazing number of diseases? This is how: constipation is the main outcome of a diet deficient in fiber-rich foods, not in a simple deficiency of fiber. If it were a simple deficiency of fiber, one could eat fiber made from wood. This will certainly increase the fiber intake, but will do little for one’s health. Chronic constipation leads to the other diseases of the intestine. In South Africa, it was said you had be English to get appendicitis—the natives, who still ate high fiber foods, did not.

The remaining diseases come from high sugar intake. These are diabetes, coronary disease, and metabolic disease. Everyone knows that the major problem with modern foods is that they are too high in fat. But is this really true? When I said “everyone,” I was exaggerating; a few of us instead thought that too much sugar and not enough fiber-rich food were much more pathological.

But the sugar industry was more adept at deflecting blame from their source of revenue, and the meat and fat industries were a bit lax in fighting and followed the same idea. Reviewing the recent evidence, Challem concluded that high-protein diets, still very controversial but more popular then they were when they were highlighted by Robert Atkins, helped people lose weight, improve their blood sugar levels, and normalize blood lipids.6

Of three diets tested in Israel, the best results were obtained with the high-protein, high-fat diets. This included the levels of blood lipids. High cholesterol and high triglyceride levels do not come from high fat intake. They come from too much sugar. Again, stone-age diet advocates are vindicated.

The saccharine disease is also characterized by a deficiency in vitamins and minerals. The foods richest in these nutrients are not consumed. There is really no question about this, and it is well recognized by government as well as by the public. If governments concluded that diets were adequate they would not have mandated the addition of three vitamins and iron to white flour—and I would not have gotten my first job as a control chemist in a flour mill.

Vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacinamide, vitamin D, iodine, and calcium are some of the nutrients that enrich our foods. But the most striking was the eradication of pellagra in the United States within two years after the addition of niacinamide to white flour was mandated in 1942.

The Canadian government would not permit this. The American law was considered an adulteration (of flour) by Canada, except that it had to ship the enriched flour overseas to the allied troops and the Canadian Commissioner of Indian Affairs insisted that it be given to Canadian natives who used it to make bannock (flat bread).

The enrichment of flour was one of the most beneficial public health measures ever, not only in preventing physical disease but in preventing mental disease. Before enriched flour became available, up to one-third of admissions to mental hospitals in the Southeastern United States were pellagrins, who could not be differentiated from schizophrenia by clinical examination alone.
Pellagra—characterized by the four D’s: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death—was gone.

In the whole history of psychiatry, there has never been a public health measure as effective. The addition of a few pennies’ worth of B3 to flour saved the United States and the rest of the world billions of dollars of disease-generated costs. The addition of folic acid to flour has done the same.

Abram Hoffer. Niacin: The Real Story: Learn about the Wonderful Healing Properties of Niacin (p. 96-99). Turner Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

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Cheers

Joe

Can anyone remember “1984”? Big Brother knows best … Recent Public Health Triumphs?

 

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Canada Day, 2020 … and our Neighbor’s Fourth of July … Ave Atque Vale

Rise_and_FallMore thinking.  Listening to “Dargaard, “Rise and Fall“, 2004,

Not a well known band. Not a popular theme with our current crop of “Brights”. After all, they know everything, see everything, and “understand” all the reality that matters. Right?

Well, Canada Day, last Wednesday, they (our Bright Masters) banned public fireworks displays and parades and such abominations in the name of “Social Distancing”.

And here in the Shire, in the heart of flyover country, we flipped them the bird and went ahead and had a parade anyway, and the best fireworks display I remember in years.

And today, the Fourth of July, we hear that the folks in California did essentially the same thing to their Masters. Who’d have figured Californians for growing some. so there are still a few folks around who haven’t  bent over to the Progressive tide washing away our civilization.  A number of legal rulings in recent years in the U.S. and Canada (by the “Supremes”)have come down on the side of the progressive meme that “Natural Law” no longer  applies to our “Society”, our “Civilization”.

Now we see some conflict in the enemy camp, as the LGBTQ faction claim no relationship with NAMBLA, and NAMBLA tries to claim membership in the LGBTQ “movement”.  But mostly we are drowning in BLM violence and hate. And the very people whose lives are supposed to matter are the greatest victims of their own violence, along with the highest abortion rate in the country … all supported by Democrats and Planned Parenthood. Yea, right … BLM … sure they do.

But, aside from the tragedy of BLM it IS somewhat amusing to see various tribes of Progressives trying to put distance between their claim to legitimacy and other tribes who are still “Beyond the Pale” and make them uncomfortable. What’s next? Marrying your sheep? And what about the 95% of the world population who are even more uncomfortable with the whole LGBTQ meme than the LGBTQ folks are uncomfortable with the NAMBLA meme?  What about us?

But we are still the “Polite Society”, unless of course we notice someone who disagrees with us and our current views on society and morality … then we become … well, not so nice. The silver lining in all of this is that “Anthropogenic Global Warming” has completely stopped being a thing … replaced by “Pandemic Hysteria” and face masks have replaced Blue-Boxes as the new badge of “Virtue Signaling.

What is “Civilization”? What is “Society”? O Canada, Our home and native land … the only thing left to history will be the fossil record … in Canada that will be “Fossilized Minds”. Ban Fossil Fools! What about our “cultural decline”? How do we stack up?

What were the habits and cultural trends when the Greeks sank into oblivion? When Rome sank into oblivion? When the Eastern Empire sank into oblivion? France? Wiemar? The mighty Soviet colossus? Just the first few that come to mind, the list is endless spanning all of history.

David Warren recently posted: “A platitude, widely circulated in my youth, held that “ideas have consequences.” It is true, after a fashion. It is especially true of stupid ideas. Already, half a century ago, in the universities I was determined to avoid (except their libraries, and interesting professors), it seemed to me that “Dullness” reigned. This is the goddess who presides over The Dunciad, of Alexander Pope. According to my diagnosis at the time, the intellectual life of Canada, at least, was governed by malice, borne of mediocrity, or worse — conveyed in a (sickeningly sweet) syrup medium of affected niceness. But was this ever not so?

Looking back, I see how I overestimated my own intelligence, and underestimated my arrogance. For I was, like many others, a willful child; just other-willed from most. Nonetheless, I was aware that a generation of American draft dodgers were infiltrating our schools, and linking up with our native “commies,” who likewise had no taste for learning. Rather their ideal of education was agitprop: not the thing itself, but protesting the thing.”

So Joe quotes from Alexander Pope:

“Religion blushing veils her sacred fires,
And unawares Morality expires.
Nor public flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire Chaos! is restored:
Light dies before thy uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall,
And universal darkness buries all.

  • Book IV, line 649. The Dunciad, of Alexander Pope.

We Happy Few …

Happy Canada Day! Justin forbid that we might be speaking moistly!  Horrors!  A hundred people watching a Canada Day parade, the spectators outnumbered by the participants in the parade on main street although many others showed up later further down the route, all scattered down the parade route in little groups and knots of whispering families no group closer than 10 or twenty feet from each other, no candy being thrown from the parade floats, no screaming children running gaily around, where have they all gone?

What is to be done when the life goes out of a culture and a society, the idea of “natural law” ridiculed and abandoned; when appetites and passions rule and all civilized restraint is cast aside on the alter of self indulgence? Is there anything to be done to redeem or restore the wreckage as the slide into the pit of deviance and degradation continues at an ever increasing rate?

I think not.  There are no believers to uphold the right, the just, the moral.  There is dissension everywhere, eloquent wisdom of the jackals, pandering to a phalanx of followers and hangers on. A cloistered parenthesis of tawdry trepidation staring runny eyed into the infernal chasm of the banal. The kingdom of the Chestless, and the Dull.

Some interesting reading here”, and “here and “here“.

Looking upon the daily actions and proclamations, the daily supplications to this and that, some of us gain some wisdom but it is not the wisdom of the wise, not the wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age. All these must pass away, and come to nothing. looking back over the last four thousand years there is not one exception to this, regardless of how sure each generation was in their righteousness and power, “Look on my works ye mighty, and despair”.

No ruler or wise man in their generation understand this because they are blinded by their own brilliance and think”Of course, how could it be otherwise”?  Jealousy and Strife are rampant. Our ancestors only laid a foundation. We are the current work gang, the current builders. We decide how the structure grows or falls, and the Justices, the Supremes,  are anything but…

SatanThe image is a link.  Arrogance, pride and immorality, greed, rivalry, fraud, drunkenness, drugs, adultery, fornication, promiscuity, deviance, prostitution, gluttony, recourse to the courts, brother against brother, sister against sister, mother against father and father against mother, slavery, mutilation, bestiality, sacrifice and taxes, an endless list of human travail.

All of us are “knowledgeable” and our knowledge puffs us up with self importance, does not our knowledge invite us to hold forth about things about which we know nothing based on our perceived expertise in another area?  If anyone thinks he knows something he just has not yet realized that he knows nothing. It is what we don’t know we don’t know that bites us to death.

We easily follow dumb idols, wealth power, sex, self importance, self esteem, influence, possessions, standing in the community, what are our personal idols? I speak in poetry and wisdom  in honeyed tones. All shall LOVE ME and despair. All shall abide by my directions. I understand mysteries, I prophecy a future of comfort and plenty for all.

BUT … somewhere in here, in my daily Gedankenexperiment, my tunes changed to this …

Am I patient and kind?  Am I Jealous or boastful? Am I arrogant or rude? Do I insist on my own way? Do I rejoice at other’s experience of misfortune? Am I irritable and resentful? Do I bear inconvenient events and happenings with patience and good will? Do I give folks the benefit of the doubt? Am I cynical? Have I no hope? Thinking on how I live my life … there seems to be a large amount of room to be bitten by what I don’t know I don’t know. About the only thing that seems obvious is that we have seen all of this before, many many, times throughout history.

Rewriting history to hide the unpleasant truth doesn’t help one to avoid the consequences of our actions. We are history in the making.  What has come before doesn’t fill me with joy at our potential. Do you ever feel like you are a Centurion in the Ninth Legion, standing night watch, looking out over Hadrian’s Wall, the loneliest outpost of the empire, with a cold wet winter breeze rustling your hair in little puffs, and a chill runs down your back because you can’t see what is coming at you in the dark, and Rome is crumbling behind you?

“Happy Canada Day everyone!”, and “Happy Fourth if July”.

Cheers

Joe

 

 

 

 

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Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Good Sunday Morning …

I have been writing over the last few days … up to about 10,000 words already and nothing in it that sparks joy. Just an endless litany of the evil I see around me and in the media … it can get depressing as Hell and one can find oneself looking at a landscape of despair.

I decided there is only one rebuttal to all the endless river of evil, the endless invitation to give up and just go with the flow because, as I am told by relatives and sundry collaborators, there is nothing one can do about it. David Warren writes:

“… it seemed to me that “Dullness” reigned (and reigns today). This is the goddess who presides over The Dunciad, of Alexander Pope. According to my diagnosis at the time, the intellectual life of Canada, at least, was governed by malice, borne of mediocrity, or worse — conveyed in a (sickeningly sweet) syrup medium of affected niceness. But was this ever not so?”

And is it not even more so today all around us in our “polite society”? And worse, much, much worse, in “America The Beautiful” as I heard her called in my naive youth. Remember the Chicago Riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention? Over 50 years ago, now, and counting, a great American political party was murdered by its own children and closest friends.

And 50 years on we are now run by the murderers on both sides of the border. We have Pandemic and BLM and “Kill and destroy everyone who voices disagreement”. There are only allies of convenience and enemies. Friends no longer exist, brothers and sisters no longer speak with each other, and families have been shattered, abdicating all ties to embrace the current fear uncertainty and doubt. This is the end of the godless world of the father of lies.

I have one rebuttal to all this violent screaming hatred and murder … here’s another vision of reality … from Times Square, New York City – play it loud with good headphones :

Cheers

Joe

Semper Fidelis, Brothers and Sisters

Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”.

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Life in a small town, Politics and Economics

Year-End 2019-2020 – Reality Check …

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

Every year “Year-End” roles around again, that wonderful annual exercise that determines whether or not one is still in business or just digging a grave, and how much blood are the gentle people in the corner offices of government going to suck this year to buy the voters.

Well, what’s good about things?  June 27th 2020, woke up feeling refreshed and good about life in general. Good hot strong dark roast coffee, 3 cups. Aaahhh.  It’s cloudy but +16 Celsius, that’s 61 degrees in America. Wind is 0 kph, about 0 mph. A pretty nice morning by most accounts. So far, all the customers and staff are smiling and cheerful, and everything is working fine in the business.

The oldsters are back to chatting in front of the post office since we have started to relax the news media generated terror of the “Global Pandemic” sweeping the planet and helping to enforce the new draconian controls on personal freedom which everyone mostly is now accepting. The young Mums are back to pushing their strollers and or leading their flocks about their daily round of mail, grocery store, bank, and home for lunch.

And around here it has been pretty much the same for the last 100 years. Except that there are now a few masked faces and folks are not standing in tight friendly groups like they used to, but rather more or less stay 6 or 10 feet apart, the better to be tracked by the authorities through the “Location Services” on their ubiquitous cell phones of any make or model, and half the restaurants that folks used to use are now closed and shuttered. Will they come back? Who knows.

So we have a new layer of authorities telling other folks how they should live their lives, even though the regular folks are just too busy living and the assumption now is that we are no longer “all in this working together” … we ARE the herd, being “herded” by the terrorists generating megatons of “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt”, and that is so far, more or less. accepted by we “the masses”.

And every year the current Tyrant’s representatives come around to take their cut of the fruits of our labours, some places more, some places less, some places all. So we get to year end, and why the Tyrant takes so much (although not all). One late unlamented Tyrant, of not so recent memory, was recorded as remarking “The art of good governance is in squeezing the goose just hard enough to get all the eggs but not hard enough to kill it”. And we all remember how that worked for the Great Northern Magus, another old member of the elite establishment by the name of Trudeau. Remember “Fuddle Duddle”?  Remember the “National Energy Program”?  Remember “Petrocan”? The 80’s were such fun.

And of course they, our Golden Leaders, need money, lots of money, to give all the voters what they are told they want and of course you have to pay all those ministers, and deputies, and directors, and managers, and chiefs, and all the way down to Andre. I remember a picture of Andre, shoveling away in the bottom of the excavation for a broken sewer line, being supervised by about 8 others who obviously were higher up in the food chain … The caption read: “Layoffs coming, Andre better look out”.

So a little “Gedanken Experiment” is in order. A Gedankenexperiment, (German: “thought experiment“) was a term used by German-born physicist Albert Einstein to describe his unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. So here’s the scene, our Gedankenexperiment …

Picture a nice estate, the big back yard, A Porsche and a Bentley in the garage, there are rolling lawns and nice shade trees, and hedges and flowers, and it is always sunny and happy, and right in the middle of this chill paradise for beautiful people is a nice big swimming pool, full of beautiful, and some not so beautiful people for balance, all playing and splashing and throwing water up in the air and generally enjoying themselves at this great big happy pool party.

Now, every few minutes someone in a work-stained coverall with a bucket of water in each hand, comes out of a hole in the hedge and walks across the rolling lawn up to the pool and dumps the buckets into the pool and then walks quietly away back out the hole to … somewhere else … presumably where the hewers of wood and drawers of water, and bucket makers, and coverall makers live and work … anyway, you can see this idealic picture in your mind’s eye, right?

But you need a little more information to really see the picture for what it is. The big swimming pool is “the government”. The water everyone is throwing around is “taxes”. The beautiful people in the pool are all the people who draw their sustenance through the “process of governing”. The only folks in the picture who are actually “Makers” are the folks with the buckets in the coveralls, and they don’t count because they have to look after themselves. All the rest are “Takers”.

So when a Taker is literally swimming in the tax pool and all the waters are taxes that someone else put there, please explain how the swimmer is paying “taxes” when everything he/she does, has, believes, owns, breaths, eats, is totally dependent on something someone else made?  Those “someone else’s” called Makers. So explain again how “Everybody Pays”.

Now the “Takers” sincerely believe that they run the world and make everything possible … that they are doing “good” for others. They don’t even understand the Makers or what they do, because the Takers are doing “everything!”, right?  So, if the makers are a null set, and the takers are doing everything, then who exactly are they doing it for?

Cheers

Joe, Common Sense Lives! Viva la “Common Sense Revolution”

CSR

Again for the nit pickers, yea, it’s simplistic, so what? Simplistic truth trumps complicated BS every time.

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Health

Developments In Personal Health … found a remarkable book …

Voyage, Bill Douglas, from album Kaleidoscope, 1993

I have found a remarkable book at a remarkable website.

Some of my followers and some of my readers are familiar with my personal health journey since January 2017 when I was 280 pounds, Diabetic, suffering from High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnia, and, apparently “Depression”. I knew I was having trouble sleeping, was tired all the time, and was just generally depressed about my health and about what “Modern Medicine” was offering me via advice regarding diet and Insulin and a generally downhill prognosis of decline, organ failure and eventual early death.

As posted previously, I started fasting in January 2017, for religious reasons … and imagine my surprise when that fasting turned into improving numbers on all measures of my various morbidities.

As I wrote then at the end of March 2017: “ … Dieting as an exercise in scriptural meditation … “the spirits of wickedness in the high places” is that just too pretentious? I actually don’t think so … wickedness in high places … affecting every aspect of every day in every way … Meanwhile, in the real world of every day …  blood sugar hovering around 7.0 – best since I was diagnosed 8 years ago. Weight down to 238 lbs. best in 8 years. BP down to 115/65 also good. Off all my meds, just taking vitamins, really, except for the cold we are struggling with we are feeling the best we have in years. Things are actually looking pretty good when we stay focused on the minutiae of the day“.

Since then I have fasted and nutritioned and vitamined myself into a place where I no longer have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnia, and even my mainstream family doctor after many blood tests and checkups, has finally acknowledged that I am not suffering from any of those previous diseases and it’s ok to stop my meds – which I had already done since early 2018.

Things continue to improve and I recently discovered NIACINE. Now taking 3 grams a day along with 5 to 10 grams of Vitamine C to “bowel tolerance” as the medical expression goes. Ain’t no sign of COVID around here.

Anyway, without further delay I am going to quote directly from the FORWARD to this great book, This FORWARD is written by — ATSUO YANAGISAWA, MD, PhD President, International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine

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Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, PhD, FACC,

HEALTH IS UNDENIABLY A REQUIREMENT for our happiness, as well as for our family, friends, and children of the coming generation, yet I consider this era to be the most difficult time in history to maintain our health. In the past, we had a hope that all diseases would disappear with advancements in medicine.

It turns out that we are seeing increases in the number of patients with stroke, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, allergic diseases, psychiatric diseases, and various other health issues. We live in an environment stressed by pollution, poisonous food additives, and low-nutrition junk foods. This environment puts our health in jeopardy and vulnerable to various chronic diseases.

As scientists and journalists confirm, the number of sick people should decrease if medicine has really evolved as much as we are told. The unfortunate fact is that modern standard medicine, which centers on pharmacotherapy, has difficulty treating, let alone curing, chronic diseases; it may even create new diseases due to adverse effects of conventional treatments. Healthcare professionals and the public are becoming aware of the limits of standard medicine.

Orthomolecular medicine can surpass these limits and bring hope to the future by providing what is really good for people’s physical and mental health. Orthomolecular medicine prevents and treats diseases by providing optimal amounts of substances that are natural to the body. This means that we can prevent and treat illness and maintain ideal health through proper diet with the supplemental addition of vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and amino acids.

Orthomolecular medicine has been proven to be effective, with considerable medical evidence from the leaders and pioneers, including Dr. Abram Hoffer and Dr. Linus Pauling, the two-time Nobel Prize winner. Orthomolecular medicine provides effective treatments without adverse effects, unlike synthetic medicine, by enhancing the body’s natural healing power to fight chronic diseases.

Our colleagues and other healthcare professionals have successfully treated thousands of patients with chronic diseases utilizing orthomolecular medicine and nutritional therapy. Nutritional therapy should be the first choice for treatment and prevention of diseases. We should choose standard medicine only when nutritional treatment has proven ineffective, because it is a doctor’s duty to choose a safe treatment with the least adverse effects.

Nutritional treatment has evolved in the long history of humankind, proving its safety and effectiveness. Orthomolecular medicine has been established as a scientific way of treatment. Our second choice—the standard treatment—uses pharmaceutical drugs as the lead option. The reason for its placement as the second choice is that tens of millions of people suffer every year from the adverse effects of drugs, and hundreds of thousands are dying from them.

This simple fact is surely enough for us to realize that our first choice should be nutritional treatment. Unfortunately, it has become the norm in the last 20 to 30 years for doctors and patients to choose drugs as soon as they spot a disease. What we consider as a “dangerous drug” is their first choice. Behind this trend are the pharmaceutical giants, who grow rich from people choosing the dangerous products. Magazines, newspapers, and television do not seem to hesitate when advertising the drugs that may be harmful for the patients.

We have to give a cautious look at how we treat diseases, and take a lead in spreading the safe way of medicine with nutritional treatment. For that purpose, Dr. Andrew W. Saul has compiled The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease. Dr. Saul is an educator on orthomolecular medicine for doctors, as well as an evangelist to enlighten the public with the excellence of nutritional treatment. He has made a global contribution by establishing www.DoctorYourself.com where the correct medical information is communicated.

He has long served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, and also as the editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. The International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM) chose him as an inductee for Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2013 for his contribution to the field for many years.

I, as the president of ISOM, deeply appreciate his friendship and support as a great advisor. Dr. Saul has reviewed numerous studies by nutritional pioneers published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and other publications. In editing this book, he has carefully chosen papers and reviews written by 65 experts.

Part One of this book focuses on orthomolecular medicine’s history, philosophy, and logic; Part Two introduces pioneers who established the field of orthomolecular medicine; and Part Three discusses treatment for chronic diseases. Numerous discoveries and new evidence have driven the evolution of orthomolecular medicine.

One recent example is high-dose vitamin C treatment of health issues related to radioactive contamination from the March 2011 accident in the Fukushima nuclear plant in my native Japan. Orthomolecular medicine, as you will read in this book, can be considered as the most effective tool in defending our bodies from radiation. As the president of ISOM, representing 23 organizations from 20 nations around the globe, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Saul for publishing this remarkable book, The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease.

The book brilliantly and successfully captures what we need to know about orthomolecular medicine now. Its information should be viewed as a comprehensive seminal standard that has been long awaited by healthcare professionals worldwide who practice, or are planning to practice, orthomolecular medicine and nutrition.

Dr. Andrew Saul

We know that there are doctors and scholars who have skepticism towards this field of medicine. This book will convey the scientific truth about orthomolecular medicine that will remove their suspicion. Orthomolecular medicine is a science, philosophy, and an art that is beneficial to people’s physical and mental health.

I truly believe that this book will contribute to save many people who are suffering from chronic diseases, by encouraging the world to know what good orthomolecular medicine can do for their health.”

Andrew W. Saul PH.D.,  the complete FORWARD fromOrthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition. Turner Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

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The real gut proof of the validity of Dr. Saul’s importance is that the Wickedpedia is making it as difficult as possible to find any reference to him.

As far as the Wickedpedia is concerned “Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name.” and  “The page “Andrew Saul (nutrition)” does not exist.”, just check out the garbage returned at : https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=Andrew+Saul+%28nutrition%29&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=1&ns0=1

You absolutely know it must be truth with a capital T TRUTH … if the Wickedpedia is going to such lengths to hide information about Dr. Andrew W. Saul. For my friends and readers, just check out http://www.doctoryourself.com/, for the rest of the world, you may as well go visit the Karens on Facebook.

Cheers

Joe

experts

Who Ya Gonna Call?  When it comes to personal health I am not much a fan of Karen on Facebook … or any other established authority for that matter … just follow the money and look at their track record.

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