Thank you to my faithful readers... Since this summer, there has been a lot of difficulty in getting on my blog. Now, I think I have a *back door* to use, access, and hopefully get back into sharing what is on my mind and heart. Please check back later this week...
Will H1N1 Vax Contain Thimerosal (Mercury)? ABC News Answers.
This is a still shot from an ABC News story: Study: Pregnant Women Hospitalized More Often For Swine Flu of
Panavax, an H1N1 vaccine currently in testing (there are several.) The
label indicates that this is a multi-dose vial containing Thimerosal
used as a preservative. Click the photo to enlarge it. I have Googled
Panavax and can not find any info, other than domain name registration
to Sanofi Aventis. We present this to you as an "FYI" as info about
H1N1 and vaccination options come in, so that you can make informed
health care choices for yourself and your family.
This article is reprinted from: http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/07/will-h1n1-vax-contain-thimerosal-mercury-abc-news-answers.html
government officials in China have been ordered to smoke nearly a
quarter of a million packs of cigarettes in a move to boost the local
economy during the global financial crisis
By Peter Foster in Beijing
Last Updated: 7:45AM BST 04 May 2009
The edict, issued by officials in Hubei province in central China, threatens
to fine officials who "fail to meet their targets" or are caught
smoking rival brands manufactured in neighbouring provinces.
Even local schools have been issued with a smoking quota for teachers, while
one village was ordered to purchase 400 cartons of cigarettes a year for its
officials, according to the local government's website.
The move, which flies in the face of national anti-smoking policies set in
Beijing, is aimed at boosting tax revenues and protecting local
manufacturers from outside competition from China's 100 cigarette makers.
In total, officials have been ordered to puff their way through 230,000 packs
of Hubei-branded cigarettes worth £400,000.
China's government has ordered massive government spending at both national
and provincial levels to prop up the economy following plummeting demand for
Chinese exports abroad, however imposing a cigarette quota is unusual.
"The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax,"
said Chen Nianzu, a member of the Gong'an cigarette market supervision team.
China has 350 million smokers, about a million of whom die each year from
smoking-related illnesses. Despite anti-smoking campaigns, cigarette taxes
form a major component of China's annual tax-take at local level.
Local authorities in Gong'an county are taking the cigarette quota seriously
and have established a "special taskforce" to enforce it.
According to a local newspaper account, a teacher from a village middle school
said officials burst unannounced into the school at around 3pm one afternoon
and started sifting through the ashtray and bins in the staff-room.
Three "non-compliant" cigarette butts were discovered by the "cigarette
marketing consolidate team" which informed the teacher he had violated
the related civil servants "cigarette usage rule" After some
negotiation the school was spared a fine, but subjected to "public
criticism" for "undisciplined practices".
My friends are making Goat Milk soap. It is really great!!! And they milk their own goats to put in the soap! Another friend just bought 14 bars of Oregon Rain. This is goat milk with real Oregon rain put in the soap. What a great idea. They have 57 'flavors' of soap, including Tea Tree Oil, Oats and Honey (coming out soon with gluten-free Oats and Honey), Christmas Spice, and many, many others. I didn't get a
'Chocolate' goat milk soap bar, as I was afraid I would want to eat it as it smelled so good. One of their specialties if their foam-pump soap. Pump action, foaming hand soap, so it is very economical. This comes in two flavors - Lavender and Orange Burst. I have a chemical sensitivity, and what is really nice, is that they make their soap with essential oils. The goat milk soap is mildly fragrant, and because they use essential oils in many of the soaps, I can use them without getting a headache! Their business is just starting to take off, and their web site is up and running, though all the different types of soap aren't listed yet. Take a look and see what my friends are up to at Farm Maid Soap
WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE
This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920
that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above
her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk
about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use,
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just
younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The
right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history,
social studies and government teachers would include the movie in
their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere
else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing,
but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think
a little shock therapy is in order.
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.
We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so
hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.
History is being made.
The above is an email I received today. I saw the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" last year, and was shocked because of their treatment, and also because I had never heard these stories before. We have a responsibility. Please vote!