Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When you can't afford or get "Mucinex"

I ran across a "Blog Page" this morning where someone was predicting the End of the World, and lamenting how you will be suffering because you won't even be able to find the most rudimentary over the counter medicines at your local pharmacy.  They went on to suggest a bunch of herbal remedies, as substitutes to prescription, and over the counter drugs.  It became painfully obvious to me that they hadn't really done their homework.  I love how people like to do a little research here on the internet... Declare themselves an expert, spew forth a bunch of crap, and the so called "Enlightened" follow their advice without question. (Who are the "Sheeple" and who aren't?)  

Well... I'm not predicting the end of days just yet.  I try to shy away from dire doomsday predictions of anarchy and mayhem.  I will say however that every time I go to the grocery store, it's painfully obvious, that despite what the talking heads on CNN are telling us, the Economy just isn't getting any better.  Some 47 million Americans are on food stamps.  Millions upon millions of us are either unemployed, have given up looking for a decent job, or trying to make do with a part time paycheck.  Will the Economy crash?  Will it slide off into a "Depression" that might make the 1930's look like kindergarten?  Will Doomsday happen?  These are things that YOU have to decide for yourself, but I can tell you that (Even today)... Far too many Americans are having to make decisions about whether to buy their monthly prescriptions ---- or food to eat.

OK, so what if you lose your job, or prices climb to the point that you just can't afford to shell out 15 bucks for a box of "Mucinex"?  What if there ARE shortages of such things?  Are we immune here in America to this?  What if a Middle Eastern political event makes oil become really expensive, and the price of everything that has to be shipped into the Country gets too expensive for most of us to afford? 

The so called "Expert" on this blog page was suggesting a bunch of herbal remedies, and some of them made sense to me, but he (She) also listed some pretty exotic stuff that also has to be shipped from far away places.  If you find yourself not able afford a bottle of Ibuprofen, then how in the Hell are you going to be able to get your hands on Curcumin which comes all the way from India?  (One of the suggested alternative cures for arthritis and other inflammatory disorders).  I'm no doctor, by the way so do your own homework, and ask a real expert before using any herbal medications.  It just seems to me that instead of following the advice of some "Yahoo" on the internet, we should be doing our own homework, and finding solutions we can really use.  Folklore says for example that a tea made from willow bark has some pretty powerful pain relieving, and anti inflammatory properties, and it doesn't have to come all the way from India!!! Even Cinnamon, which was suggested as a cure for high cholesterol might get pretty expensive in the future.  It comes from a tree that grows in places like Sumatra, and Ethiopia, after all.  (I doubt that if I'm worrying about where my next meal is coming from, that I'll be concerned about my cholesterol anyway!)  The German equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration has approved Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) for use to treat Urinary tract problems, and as an external treatment for minor wounds.  Now that's something I can use, I've got the stuff growing in my front yard!!!  I don't have to go out and buy Tea Tree Oil, which this "Expert" suggested you stock up a bunch of...  For it's antibacterial properties.  After all if I'm able to afford to set aside a case of something, I'll be buying up Neosporin.  (Tea Tree Oil comes from Australia by the way.)

The point I'm trying to make here is that we should all look before we take that "Leap of faith", accepting the advice of some "Billy Bob Blogger", who hasn't thought things through.  Sure there's a chance that you might not be able to afford, or find a lot of common medications in the future, even if it's just because your income is too limited for some reason.  I just think we should be using our "Noggins" and finding things we can really use, like Mullein... A common weed found in vacant lots all over America.  It has lot's of medical uses such as an "Expectorant".   Wow! --- I don't need "Mucinex" after all........

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hidey Ho All!

Here it is, 4 in the morning, and I've been having a discussion with someone online, that got my coffee boiling, so I decided it was time to do some ranting.  The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey who is without a doubt hanging from the puppet strings of the big agriculture companies as it is, recently hired a Dude by the name of Mike Naig, as his "Deputy Secretary".  Northey is quoted as saying that Naigs "background and experience make him a natural fit for the Department.”    His experience?  Years of being the "Manager of State and local affairs" for Monsanto Corporation.

 I live in a State that operates by proxy... It's actions dictated to it by corporate agriculture.

It's not that the corporations, running our society aren't piloted by real people that gets me going, or that those folks aren't held accountable, but that "We the People" have allowed them to weave such an intricate web around our lives.   It is WE who have allowed these corporations to become legal "Persons" without consequence. It is WE who have allowed them to firmly grasp our political process by the genitals, and drive our society into the proverbial dirt.   We send our young off to die in far away lands, to fight imaginary wars on terror, and the result is only profit for the Military Industrial Complex, and the Oil Giants.

 WE allow the big Pharmaceutical Companies to take over our health, and wonder why we're so sick.  Our retirement and savings are being gambled away at the Wall Street Casino (Along with our Grandchildren's future,) yet WE don't even whimper.  There are no jobs, or decent employment left for most of us except flipping hamburgers, and passing out shopping carts to eager shoppers...   Sunday afternoon at Wal-Mart... Pushing our carts from isle to isle, oblivious to the fact that we're cattle.   Mindlessly walking down the "Chute" towards the butchering room at a processing plant.

And yes...... WE have allowed our food to become "Soylent Green"!!!

It's not that I'm a "Conspiracy Theorist" mind you,  I don't personally believe that some secret group of fat old white men is meeting in clandestine places, and scheming to "Take over the world".   Rather, our World, and it's troubles are guided simply by greed.  This is a simple motive, born out of emotion, and WE all succumbed to it.  We can't exactly blame the Corporations themselves either.  WE allowed them to be created in such a way that they resemble a shark.  Take the "Great White".   It's only purpose in life is to eat, and have babies.   Corporations are structured in our modern world with that same single mindedness.  They only exist to make money...  To cater to greed.

We've become nothing more than a parasitic infection, eating our way through the bowels of the host planet that we call home.

At the end of every (Almost) video I've ever posted over on Youtube, I've included the phrase "We'll get through this".  That's because I still have hope for us.  We have no other choice, but to wake up.  The alternative is unimaginable.   WE must change our world, starting with OURSELVES.   I associate myself somewhat with those who have developed a "Preparedness mindset", because I see where we are headed. I want to buffer my family's fall.   A drug addict must reach a very low point, before they can begin to get "Clean", and crawl out of that addiction "Hole".  We're headed to a very dark hole before we can begin making changes, but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.

WE MUST, however begin to change our world starting with ourselves.  We have to examine the very building blocks of how we view our lives.  We have to begin turning our backs on the dysfunctional system that we created, and take a different path.  Even a lot of "Doomsday Preppers" still can't see the forest for the trees, they're supposed to be enlightened to our dark future, yet everything you see about them is buy something, and squirrel it away in a bunker somewhere.  Our world view is buy, buy, buy.... as an alternative to doing.  We're still feeding the sharks.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison

The old cliche about "He who dies with the most toys" is Bullshit. When you are on your death bed, only three things will matter. Did you treat people well, were you happy, and did you leave the world a better place.

 Start thinking about how to change our world in your own little way.   Plant a garden... Monsanto can sit and spin!  Learn skills that you can pass along.  Don't tell your friends, and neighbors that the world is ending, but rather point out that it's already in the crapper.  Ask how you can help them cope.  Find ways to turn your back on our failed system, and then DO THEM!!!    Take your money out of the banks... Wall St can F$#k themselves!  And as for the so called "Central Bankers"... They control your life through your dependence on the Dollar nipple.   Learn to barter, and tell them to piss off!  Go to your City Council meeting, and DEMAND that they let people keep backyard chickens.... Tell Tyson to stuff it. Do some exercise, eat better, and tell Pfizer to kiss your healthier A$$.

Don't spend all your time worrying about what the corporate "Minions" in Washington DC are doing either. They're desperate to maintain control of your life yes, but they're also so inept that they can't see the foundations of they're world crumbling underneath them.  They invaded Afghanistan twelve years ago (An area smaller than Texas,) and have done everything you might be afraid of there.   Foreign troops (NATO) The Army in the streets, Mercenaries (Blackwater), Drones, Concentration camps (Abu Ghraib.)  They've poured money, military might, clandestine manipulation, bombs and bullets into a virtual colander, and still..... Even still... The Taliban control most of the landscape.

They're bungling fools, who can't deliver a letter to your mailbox efficiently. Nothing they have ever tried to do, except take your money has EVER worked out. No Federal program has EVER done what it set out to do.... EVER!!!

Don't live your life in fear of these Losers! They are going to fail.

Together, we CAN change the world, one inch at a time. We CAN make a better place for our Children, and Grandchildren. Together, (One step at a time) we CAN "Get through this"!

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”
Bill Mollison

Wednesday, August 7, 2013