It’s Official

how to invest in Apple Most of you know I’m a Ron Paul rEVOLutionary, a LiberTea Partier,* an agorist and free-market capitalist, a 100% anti-war anti-rioting peacenik. Certainly, I would man-up to defend our borders, but this interventionist war-for-oil crap is utterly without merit. As is our continued nationalized murder of overseas innocents in the name of preventing an attack on our soil. Pre-war war. It is by definition insanity.

It’s also killing US. It has already robbed our children’s financial futures. I am 100% certain the MIC is about to precipitate TEOTWAKI** unless we the people intervene. Peacefully, of course.

The U.S. is so broke, we are actually bankrupt, just not fessing up. Living on borrowed money is not the path to prosperity in anyone’s book. Unless you are an ignorant (as in the literal definition: uneducated), profiteering (ditto: taking unfair advantage) Congresspeep. Or the lender, which in our case, is China. The privately held Federal Reserve is our middle man, making money on both ends of the deal. Sweet. But I digress.

Unemployment is rising, not falling. The dollar is losing value, hyper-inflation just around the corner. I think we need to prepare for some difficult periods in the next couple of years. Job numero uno (besides your basic survivalist trappings): spread the news that violence and rioting accomplish nothing, as has been abundantly demonstrated by rioters in other countries. Angry people–even smart angry people–do desperate things.

Controversial Observation #1

how to invest in Apple shares The people who are angriest are those dependent on government largesse. Overseas, the rioters were public beneficiaries demanding school loan money or government checks. In the U.S., tensions let loose at all those town hall meetings beginning with the seniors fearful of losing social security money. Next in line were teachers in Wisconsin, then teachers in other cities. As the government approaches literal insolvency, government workers who stop getting paychecks are first in line to be angry with their employer.

A THOUGHT: if you were working for a boss who was clearly broke, wouldn’t you at least CONSIDER looking for another job? I would. Uh huh, those benefits and pensions are “guaranteed,” but can anyone here get blood from a stone?

Those of us in the private sector may get our turn burning buildings if trickle down affects our incomes. That remains to be seen. So far, rioting has been largely perpetrated by government employees turning on their employer.

Nevertheless, with over 50% of U.S. workers employed by the state, riots and violence here may be inevitable unless we bring our economy under control. This requires that…

Controversial Observation #2

…we stop spending. The most obvious thing to do is end the wars. Now. Today. Bring our troops home. All of them.

Apparently, this is a pretty outrageous idea to even suggest. [CHUCKLE, LILY-TOMLIN-SNORT-SNORT] There is no one in power with the will to do this save for 2012 Presidential candidate Ron Paul and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Both of whom are being completely ignored by their respective parties.

Not one of the other candidates and very few Congresspeeps want to end the wars or cut spending in any meaningful way. Not one. Seems hard to believe, but these are clearly facts. In the words of my teenagers, “Whaddup?”

“MIC is whaddup,” I reply. Anywho.

Apple shares Being outside the mainstream, I end up on all the wacko mailing lists. Which brings me to my Official Point: I am so sick of being scared by every broadcaster, youtuber, newsletter, radio blabbermouth, blogger and tv host, I could seriously scream. Heck, I don’t even watch FOX anymore! (CNN and MSNBC play on the far other end of the field, in complete denial, lying about everything else, which is just as annoying.)

I do my share of sharing fear, no question. And we need to be prepared for hard times, no question in my mind about that, either. But I watch my chickens running around in my yard. They are all scared of something: of each other, of birds that don’t look like them, of a leaf falling to the ground, a big nut falling down. They jump and squawk and flap and run. The old white chicks run to me, the new chicks-of-color run away because they don’t recognize me as the bearer of all good (food) yet. They are all afraid of stuff and don’t quite know why.

Well, we humans are like that: running around, jerking, squawking, reacting to news. I am sick to death of being manipulated by fear, even well-intentioned let-me-save-your-ass fear-mongering spread by “liberty” folks. I’m looking to be liberated from fear.

This was my gripe with the Hurricane Irene reporting: the weather people were all scrambling to outdo each other with Big Scary Words. More emphasis was put on “make sure you are good and terrified, then beg for federal help” than on sound preparation.

Ron Paul does not use fear. He uses facts. I ♥ that. He spreads hope. He is ENcouraging. He expects us to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, to participate in the cure. I ♥ that, too. I’m going to rise to his expectations, rather than run around like a backyard chicken.

From now on, I’m officially done with fear. Not like before, right after I came out of the hospital and was so terrified of having to EVER go back, I woulda said anything. I mean officially done with it. If anyone uses scare tactics and dramatization to sell a site or more propaganda, I’m not buying. I’m scared enough, thank you very much. Your work is done.

From now on, I’m all about facts and preparation. That’s enough on a plate! If I engage in any superfluous fear-mongering, smack me.

*The LiberTea Party is the original Ron Paul Tea Party group: not neo/teo-con, but “liberty”-con, if you must. The LiberTea Party is about peace, prosperity, sound money, a restoration of civil liberties, a non-interventionist foreign policy.

**TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it. That’s not scary, right?

Safe Food vs. Dangerous Food

I can have all the brilliant orange cheesey puffs I want. I can live on it and I can feed my kids nothing but this. That’s legal. They’ll need something to drink so I’ll get some cola to go with it. I believe cheesey puffs would be at the big fat end of the food pyramid with the carbs. Puffs are kinda like bread. Sort of. Or… is it a vegetable?

I’m wondering if that orange occurs in nature. It looks muted here, but it’s pretty shocking in real life.

And is there any real food in that ingredient list? Let’s see… corn, canola, cottonseed and soybean products are GMO — definitely not food.

Whey is good if obtained without heat so I’m going to assume no healthful whey here. Why? Because it’s whey, er, way expensive to extract whey without heat. Perhaps I’m jumping to conclusions.

Cheddar cheese, butter and buttermilk all usually count as food, although since this is all pasteurized, it has little healthful food value left. Pasteurization kills all the good stuff.

Annato extract is what makes cheese yellow. It’s unnecessary and is an allergen. Maltodextrin is starch from corn which, as we’ve already learned, is GMO, therefore, not a food. Don’t eat GMO faux food: it’ll kill ya.

Real salt is incredibly healthful food. Here, however, I’m thinking they used über processed table salt which is devoid of all the good. In this house, we eat realsalt.com with all the minerals, so yummy! Once you eat the good stuff, you regret all those years of Morton’s.

Ah, now comes the really tricky stuff: “natural and artificial flavors.” The phrase “natural flavors” always makes me chuckle because it’s so misleading. I’m surprised food manufacturers are allowed to get away with it. Rather, I wish I were surprised. The truth is there is nothing “natural” about these flavors. EXCEPT the, um, flavor:

Both artificial and natural flavors are made by “flavorists” in a laboratory by blending either “natural” chemicals or “synthetic” chemicals to create flavorings. — Phil Lempert, Supermarket Guru

Monosodium glutamate is a neurotoxin blamed for pretty much everything. Why it is still legal to add this to food is a mystery. Why any thinking American would eat it is beyond baffling. Has the phrase “thinking American” become an oxymoron yet? I’m worried because, as you can see, people are actually buying this stuff. Presumably to eat.

Yellow No. 5 (whether dye or lake) is actually Tartrazine. It’s pretty to look at, but don’t eat it. It has some known health risks. Likewise Yellow No. 6. Risky but still legal. I can live on the stuff if I so choose, health risks or no. Hmmm. I’m sure the FDA is going to ban it soon like they did Vitamins B6 and B17. And raw milk.

Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that it is actually illegal to drink milk au naturel: straight from the cow. Udder madness! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Admit it, you were thinking it.)

So. Yes to cheese puffs. No to milk. Ok, that makes no sense but I’m going to try to follow the rules because… those FDA peeps know what’s good for me. Right?

Re-designing the Coop Already!

Got another egg yesterday and three so far today. One of today’s was broken because the shell was very membrane-y. I couldn’t reach it so I covered it with lots of hay — don’t want the girls getting a taste for fresh eggs!  The other two today have thin shells but ok. Thin shells are pretty standard for new layers, apparently. Our Costa Rica girls laid thick-shelled eggs from the start! Not that I’m comparing my pansy U.S. chickens to my hearty Costa Rica girls…

Now, this coop . . . → Read More: Re-designing the Coop Already!

Good job, um, Eva, Ethel, Lucy or Maggie!

Yeah: we got our first Kentucky egg! I took it and then Mother Hen jumped up to the nest to look for it. I felt a little guilty except I know she will forget in about 2 seconds. (If she gets depressed, I guess I’ll know she’s the broody one!)

See how nice and high this sits up? That’s a good fresh egg! Nothing better. Except now I need more chickens…

I’m redesigning this coop, too, so don’t copy it. Many little details not quite right. . . . → Read More: Good job, um, Eva, Ethel, Lucy or Maggie!

My GMO rant. For today…

This rant came from John Kemper’s Facebook thread. John is running for KY Auditor — he has my vote!!! He was talking about seeing corn fields for miles and miles in KY where there used to be horse farms. I’ve been meaning to blog on the topic but haven’t yet… nothing like a Sunday morning rant to get the blood moving, eh? If anyone has corrections or more information, please share in the comments!!! Learning and sharing about GMOs is a passion. . . . → Read More: My GMO rant. For today…

Eva, Ethel, Lucy & Maggie: You Complete Me.

It finally happened: we got us some live chickens — YAY!!! No eggs yet but these girls are almost ready… about a month to go before they start producing incredible edible eggs.

Which will be valued at about $100 a piece. So far…

Feeding the girls organic feed ($29 for 50 lbs. Is that nuts?) Plus kefir mixed with ground flax seeds, leftovers, discounted (read “old”) veggies from the Good Foods Market. I keep this Backyard Chicken Treats chart on the side of my fridge . . . → Read More: Eva, Ethel, Lucy & Maggie: You Complete Me.

TSA Pervs Gone WILD!

I always opt out of the scanner and go for the grope. In my not-so-humble opinion, anyone who walks thru that scanner is not smart enough to parent. Hopefully, they don’t already have kids because, after a few trips, they won’t be able to parent. Small comfort. I can’t keep my mouth from hanging open while I watch parents send their kids through a machine that irradiates them and shows them naked to the pervs behind the curtain. Who’s the sicker party?

To date, I’ve been groped about . . . → Read More: TSA Pervs Gone WILD!

Happy Memorial Day.

I spent all morning writing in my head what I wanted to say about Memorial Day. Then I came across this and it’s all here. All of it. From Stefan at FreeDomainRadio.com.

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” . . . → Read More: Happy Memorial Day.