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Good article.

Good website.

Unusually long URL, but it still opens with one click.

Lean For Life

When I don’t want to keep every book I own, I write down the parts I highlighted in a journal. I named it ‘This is a journal of highlights from books given away” – for no other reason than space limitations. These are some highlights from Lean For Life:

Men lose weight about 30% faster than women.

Liposuction may cause fat to collect in other areas of the body.

Dementia is linked to long term dehydration.

Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Sugar dumps a lot of it in your bloodstream.

Aspartame is a neurotoxin.

Saran Wrap and Blue Magic Markers

So, the saran wrap and blue magic marker tech didn’t quite work.

Of course, I am referring to Ontario driver licence plates, which have been peeling off for years. The 3M company was contacted and basically denied there was a problem. And it is our responsibility to pay to have them replaced. They are only guaranteed for five years.

The old ones used to last forever, but now we live in the wonderful new ‘green’ economy where everything has a profit motive.

And a landfill problem, because things made like crap don’t last. The fancy term is planned obsolescence, which should be spelled planned obscene-escence. The concept is thought to have originated with the head of General Motors in the 1920’s. Here is how it works. Read it for a glimpse into the society we are all trapped in, and how we are routinely separated from our money in the revolving door of consumerism.

Six Months to Christmas

The perfect day to share my favourite Christmas cat commercial. Enjoy.

Are They a Friend or a Frenemy

In the book Red Flags by Wendy Patrick, she created an easy -to-remember mnemonic called FLAG. It is useful for enhancing our tools of perception so we can pay attention to the people around us, and hopefully, weed out the nasties.

Focus: What captures the person’s attention? Do they focus on themselves or others?

Lifestyle: How does the person spend their time? What are their hobbies and interests?

Associations: What sort of company do they keep? Do they have a close friend that they have known for years? To what organizations do they belong?

Goals: What are their priorities? Are their ambitions selfish or selfless?

These four areas can provide a glimpse below the surface, in order to shed light on the motivation behind the moves.

And, as always, pay attention to what people do, not what they say. Words are cheap.

Generation Guinea Pig

There is a lot of controversy about the rollout of 5G. It is either “the stupidest idea in the history of the world” according to a biochem professor, or an awesome way to load web pages in a millisecond, or a Skynet killing machine right out of The Terminator. Who knows?

There is a story out of the Netherlands claiming an experiment with 5G apparently ended in the death of hundreds of birds. But then says that is false and they never lie.

It’s not like there has ever been anything that we were told was safe, and then things went horribly wrong. Except maybe the company who had several Nazi war criminals on staff when they created the wonder drug Thalidomide.

And Vioxx, Olestra, Agent Orange, Round Up, GMO food, etc., etc., etc., etc.

The Omit Then Deny strategy works perfectly. Don’t conduct certain tests, and then free yourself from evidence that would limit your market share.

Maybe. Maybe Not.

We’re all guinea pigs now. But who cares. The stock market goes up and apparently, that’s all that matters. Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

City Mouse and Country Mouse

There is a lot of gloating that comes from the lips of my northern acquaintances. People who live two and a half hours north of the big, bad city love to watch the news to hear about the daily shootings and stabbings in the city, and report it to us with manic glee.

Conveniently deleting all the news stories about the drunken morons in boating, hunting and snowmobile deaths in the north.

Violence and stupidity are no respecters of lattitude and longitude.

It’s too bad, because it is prettier up north, and it would be so nice to have a place to go where everything is just the way you want it to be. I guess that’s why we hope there is a heaven.

Social Justice Warriors

Do yourself a favour and watch this 5 minute video to the end, to prove to yourself that you are one of the few who still has an open mind, and your brain is capable of listening to an opinion you might disagree with.

It is a rare talent, and I want my readers to win all the gold medals in the Best Brain Olympics.

Indoor Cats and Men In Black

We thought it would be a good idea to put a Kitty Holster on one of our indoor cats and let him walk around on the lawn at the cabin.


The minute we brought him back inside, he laid on his side trying to rip the bottom off the screen door and howled for three hours. The Call of the Wild had seduced him.

I had to administer Cat Rescue Remedy drops into his cat mouth, which is the cat equivalent of the Men In Black neuralyzer in the face to wipe out his memory of being outside.

It worked. Added bonus – now he doesn’t believe in aliens either.

Feeling Better vs. Getting Better

“On some level it all comes down to Feeling Better versus Getting Better. Repressing information about ourselves or our friends, creating scapegoats as a way to avoid our problems, using shunning to unite a clique and create group identity – all of these make people feel better because it makes them feel superior. But the only way to truly get better is to face and deal with each other, sit down and communicate. And I think the difference between these two choices is determined by what groups (cliques, families, nations) we belong to. If we are in groups that cannot be self-critical and therefore punish difference, we will join in on the shunning, excluding and cold-shouldering. But if we are in groups that promote acceptance, intervene to create communication, and recognize that people have contradictions, we will be able to face and deal with the true nature of Conflict: that it is participatory, and cannot be solved by being cruel, spreading rumours, enacting laws, or incarceration, invading and occupying….I feel that if I could talk to people who are projecting their anxieties onto me, some pressure could be reduced.”

Sarah Schulman – author of Conflict is not abuse
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