Daily Archives: July 29, 2009

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posted by ebean

Ten things you’re NOT supposed to know about the swine flu vaccine

Excerpt from an article published on naturalnews.com. I have to disagree with #10, I want to believe the public isn’t stupid, they’re being actively misinformed so it is our responsability to spread the word…

#1 – The vaccine production was “rushed” and the vaccine has never been tested on humans. Do you like to play guinea pig for Big Pharma? If so, line up for your swine flu vaccine this fall…

#2 – Swine flu vaccines contain dangerous adjuvants that cause an inflammatory response in the body. This is why they are suspected of causing autism and other neurological disorders.

#3 –
The swine flu vaccine could actually increase your risk of death from swine flu by altering (or suppressing) your immune system response. There is zero evidence that even seasonal flu shots offer any meaningful protection for people who take the jabs. Vaccines are the snake oil of modern medicine.

#4 – Doctors still don’t know why the 1976 swine flu vaccines paralyzed so many people. And that means they really have no clue whether the upcoming vaccine might cause the same devastating side effects. (And they’re not testing it, either…)

#5 – Even if the swine flu vaccine kills you, the drug companies aren’t responsible. The U.S. government has granted drug companies complete immunity against vaccine product liability. Thanks to that blanket immunity, drug companies have no incentive to make safe vaccines, because they only get paid based on quantity, not safety (zero liability).

#6 – No swine flu vaccine works as well as vitamin D to protect you from influenza. That’s an inconvenient scientific fact that the U.S. government, the FDA and Big Pharma hope the people never realize.

#7 – Even if the swine flu vaccine actually works, mathematically speaking if everyone else around you gets the vaccine, you don’t need one! (Because it can’t spread through the population you hang with.) So even if you believe in the vaccine, all you need to do is encourage your friends to go get vaccinated…

#8 – Drug companies are making billions of dollars from the production of swine flu vaccines. That money comes out of your pocket — even if you don’t get the jab — because it’s all paid by the taxpayers.

#9 – When people start dying in larger numbers from the swine flu, rest assured that many of them will be the very people who got the swine flu vaccine. Doctors will explain this away with their typical Big Pharma logic: “The number saved is far greater than the number lost.” Of course, the number “saved” is entirely fictional… imaginary… and exists only in their own warped heads.

#10 – The swine flu vaccine centers that will crop up all over the world in the coming months aren’t completely useless: They will provide an easy way to identify large groups of really stupid people. (Too bad there isn’t some sort of blue dye that we could tag ’em with for future reference…)

posted by miss bean

Don’t fuck with my yoga (your nasty feet)

Sarah Miller at Elephant Journal brings up some interesting questions about the nature of mindfulness and its extension from internal to external manifestation.

Example:  Does it matter if some jerk steps on my yoga mat?

Answer:  There is no answer.  The practice is in the practice.

1.  Is mindfulness being aware that someone is stepping on your yoga mat?
2.  Is being aware that someone is stepping on your mat a moment of you stepping out of pratyahara (sense withdrawal)?
3.  Is noticing a foot the act of labeling?  Is deciding it is bad a judgement?
4.  Why is it bad?  Cleanliness?  Cultural? Spiritual reasons?  Aren’t all those just samskaras?
5.  In deciding that something is bad, at what point is it the practitioner’s responsibility to experience, feel, or act?
6.  In acting, is this an expression of truth?
7.  What is the point of practice?  Pratyahara?  Mindfulness?  Truth?  Peace?

My take:
It is rude and disgusting (yes a judgment) to step on someone else’s yoga mat because their face rests there.  Is it that hard to step around?  The judgement does bring a bit of un-peace and it is based on samskaras, so to keep my peace, I try to just be compassionate and spread the word in my own way about your icky feet.  Interestingly, when teachers step on the mat, it is kind of okay…must be the whole lotus feet thing.

posted by ebean