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The amazing cucumber

October 30th, 2009

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?  Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?  Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.  The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?  Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.  Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?  Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints?  Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday problems..

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Obama needs to hear that we have a right to pure foods

October 30th, 2009

Obama Supports Food Inc.’s World Domination and All We Get Is the White House Garden?
· By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq.
Organic Consumers Association, October 23, 2009
Straight to the Source  <
http://www.organicconsumers.org>
TAKE ACTION! <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27042>                           Tell President Obama and the Senate that you oppose Islam Siddiqui and other proponents of chemical agriculture that have been nominated to determine food policy for his administration. Click here <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27042>  to take action. Over 100,000 messages were sent to Obama opposing Secretary Vilsack. As of October 26, 2009, 44,721 letters have been sent opposing Michael Taylor and Obama’s other Monsanto men (and women).
I’ll admit it. I’m an unabashed fan of the First Lady. I read every article about the White House organic garden <
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/The-Story-of-the-White-House-Garden/>  and I go to Michele’s farmers’ market <http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/markets/white_house.html>  every Thursday. I’m a fan and I’m a little jealous, too. She’s managed to educate DC school children <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18106.cfm>  and provide farm fresh food to state dinners <http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/gardening/2009/06/white_house_state_dinners.html> . The garden I started at my daughter’s DC public school this spring was abandoned to the office and maintenance staff this summer, then plowed under in a schoolyard renovation before school started in the fall, and has yet to feed any students.
Because I admire the First Lady’s good example, I am shocked by the chemical agribusiness and biotech cheerleading <
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/09/21/Obama-unveils-innovation-strategy/UPI-22961253533140/>  of her husband’s administration. From USDA and FDA appointments <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27042>  of biotech and chemical industry insiders, to support for the preposterous idea <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19377.cfm>  that genetic engineering can feed the world <http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=13093546> , it is obvious that the Obama Administration is happy to assist agribusiness in its quest for world domination.
World domination sounds a little histrionic, doesn’t it? But, there’s no other way to describe the profit-at-any-cost business model of companies like Monsanto <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm> that seek to patent and control access to seeds and food and decide for the world what we can eat. The question that faces humanity today is, “Shall we let Monsanto, Cargill <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18818.cfm> , McDonald’s <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19030.cfm>  and a handful of other multinational corporations decide the future of food?”
Proponents of the so-called Second Green Revolution, led by the chemical, biotech and industrial biofuels lobby, are spending millions each year on advertisements <
http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=13418576>  and donations to politicians <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=25335> , universities <http://www.healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=9323> , and non-profits <http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/05/monsanto-and-its-philanthropy/>  to convince us that the only way to feed the world and survive climate change is through high technology—relying on factory farm animal production <http://organicconsumers.org/flu.cfm> , genetic engineering <http://www.organicconsumers.org/gelink.cfm> , toxic pesticides <http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety.cfm> , nitrate chemical fertilizers <http://www.organicconsumers.org/sludge.cfm> , and compliant farmers, farm workers, and consumers.
With far fewer resources, the organic movement is generating the science to support an alternative view. Organic agriculture can feed the world <
http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/susagri/susagri064.htm> , turn back climate change <http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=14110646>  and make food production more resilient <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19293.cfm>  to droughts and floods. Organic agriculture can do it with biodiversity <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18663.cfm>  instead of biotech, greenhouse gas sequestration <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19417.cfm>  instead of emissions, natural pest management <http://www.howtogoorganic.com/index.php?page=pest-disease-management>  instead of toxic pesticides, humus-rich compost <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19419.cfm>  instead of fossil fuel fertilizers or sewage sludge, more family farmers <http://www.organicconsumers.org/farm.cfm>  and better conditions for farm workers <http://www.organicconsumers.org/fairtrade.cfm> .
The question of which agriculture model will dominate food production is a question we only have one opportunity to answer. Once a seed or animal variety is extinct <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19375.cfm>  or contaminated <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17010.cfm>  with foreign genes, we will never get it back. In an age when a billion people are stuffed  <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18337.cfm> while a billion people are starved <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17039.cfm> , most people on the planet suffer from either poor nutrition, exposure to toxic ingredients, diet-related diseases, or all three. Agriculture is a life and death issue for all of us.
So, which side is the Obama Administration on? The first answer to that question is, well, what is the president saying?
In announcing his Innovation Strategy <
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/09/21/Obama-unveils-innovation-strategy/UPI-22961253533140/> , President Obama said, “From biotechnology to nanotechnology, from the development of new forms of energy to research into treatments of ancient diseases, there is so much potential to change our world and improve our lives.”
The First Lady champions organic, while the President promotes biotechnology (a.k.a. genetic engineering) and nanotechnology <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/nanotech.cfm> , two untested technologies whose ubiquitous appearance in food and cosmetics has driven concerned consumers to organic <http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=13948781>  in droves.
According to the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America <
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/CampaignforHealthierEatinginAmerica/index.cfm?> , “Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are one of  the most dangerous and radical changes <http://www.seedsofdeception.com/GMFree/CampaignforHealthierEatinginAmerica/HealthRisks/index.cfm?>  to our food supply. These largely unregulated ingredients [are] found in 60-70% of the foods in the US.”
Last December, a report by the National Research Council  <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19160.cfm> found serious gaps in the government’s plan for determining if nanomaterials pose a risk and called for an effective national plan for identifying and managing potential risks. In a March 2009 commentary, a Lloyd’s of London <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19162.cfm>  analyst drew parallels between the global financial meltdown and risks from nanomaterials. The financial collapse reflected “blithe acceptance of complex products that many didn’t understand.” With regard to nanomaterials, he commented that “the importance of getting to grips with and quantifying complex sources of risk has never been more obvious.”
To be fair to the Obama Administration as a whole, I understand the EPA <
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/science/earth/30nano.html>  is considering taking a more precautionary approach to nanomaterials. In the meantime, the only thing an informed consumer can do is try to avoid these products. The problem is that they are not labeled! Buying organic is the only sure way to avoid biotechnology  <http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/CampaignforHealthierEatinginAmerica/index.cfm?> and nanotechnology. If she’s the conscientious as well-informed consumer she appears to be, you can bet Michelle Obama doesn’t let her kids near the stuff!
The second way to figure out which side the Obama Administration is to ask, who’s in the Obama Administration? It’s sort of a “one for you, two for me” kind of arrangement.
President Obama and the biotech industry gets the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/../articles/article_15573.cfm> . While Iowa Governor, he was a leading advocate for Monsanto, genetic engineering, and factory farming. He was recently caught in the act of trying to promote biotechnology <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/vilsack-mistakenly-pitche_b_319998.html>  as the answer to world hunger.
The First Lady and the sustainable agriculture movement get the Deputy Secretary. Kathleen Merrigan is a stellar organic advocate <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17013.cfm>  who is working hard to facilitate local food systems through the Know Your Farmer <http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/knowyourfarmer?navid=KNOWYOURFARMER>  program. But, as the political director of the Organic Consumers Association, I have to admit, it doesn’t look like Bush Administration policies that weakened organic are unlikely to be overturned quickly. Concentration is increasing in the organic dairy industry, with bad-actor brands like Horizon expanding factory farm-style feedlots, but Merrigan doesn’t want to admit there’s any such thing as a “factory farm.” <http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19121.cfm>  She also says she has no plans to address blatant fraud <http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/index.cfm>  in the organic cosmetics industry where brands like “Jason: Pure, Natural & Organic” advertise themselves as “organic” without being USDA certified.
Of the Under Secretaries named so far, Rajiv Shah, Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist, Kevin Concanon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Jim Miller, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development, and Edward M. Avalos , Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, none are champions of organic agriculture, and only Shah is a outright biotechnology advocate. (Under Secretaries for Food Safety or Natural Resources and Environment have yet to be appointed.)
Rajiv Shah, Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist
Agricultural policy experts initially that Shah, Director of Agricultural Development Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, lacked real experience in agriculture. Shah was the founding director of the Gates Foundation’s agriculture program, which has donated $37 million to GM research. <
http://www.biotechknowledge.com/biotech/knowcenter.nsf/ID/86256AF600621271862573E0006726FF/body/M1?OpenElement>
Directly under Shah is  <
http://www.biotechknowledge.com/biotech/knowcenter.nsf/ID/86256AF600621271862573E0006726FF/body/M1?OpenElement> Roger Beachy <http://www.organicconsumers.org/../articles/article_19325.cfm>  who is steering the direction of US agricultural research at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Beachy is a long time Monsanto collaborator who directed an institute established by Monsanto and academic partners with a $70-million pledge from the corporation. It’s effectively a Monsanto front.
Shah’s senior adviser for energy and climate is Maura O’Neill <
http://www.seattlepi.com/business/121176_moment09.html> . O’Neill ran a public-private life sciences venture called Explore Life, dedicated to drawing biotech companies to the Seattle area where the Gates Foundation is based.
Shah has brought in Rachael Goldfarb <
http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/philanthropy/2009/07/14/research_education_and_economi.html>  to work for him as counselor. At the Gates Foundation, Goldfarb was special assistant to Tachi Yamada, president of the foundation’s global health program.
Shah’s team has already awarded $11 million in Coordinated Agricultural Project <
http://www.teatronaturale.com/article/1135.html>  grants to four research universities to study “plant genomics and ways to improve the nutrition and health values of important crops.” Expect more GMO tomatoes, potatoes, barley, soybean, and trees. And be on the lookout for new, GMO legumes embedded with cholesterol and diabetes drugs.
According to a USDA press release on the awards, “Because humans consume more legumes than any other crop, this research has the potential to reduce cholesterol and sugar levels, which in turn can prevent or alleviate certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.”
The irony is that there’s a GMO legume already on the market, soy, that has found its way into just about all processed and fried foods in the form of partially hydrogenated soybean oil (a.k.a. trans fat). Will the result of this research be a new GMO trans fat that treats diet-related diseases caused by other GMO trans fats? It would certainly be a first for the field of genetic engineering. In fact, any new GMO crop that actually improved the nutrition and health value of an important crop would be a first. Contrary to popular belief, to date, there is not one health or nutritional benefit associated with any GMO crop. They’re all genetically modified to either withstand or produce pesticides (usually manufactured by the chemical company that genetically engineered the crop).
Jim Miller, Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services
Jim Miller was the President of the National Association of Wheat Growers, which has taken a pro-biotech position, but his term was in the 80s, before GMOs were an issue. In 2002, while Miller was the National Farmers Union’s chief economist, NFU asked the government for a moratorium <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/../patent/farmersunion031102.cfm> that would temporarily discontinue granting patents on GMOs. The organization wanted to prevent large companies from gaining control of genetically modified products. So, Jim Miller can’t be characterized as a biotech booster, but one of the divisions he oversees, the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), always has been and that doesn’t seem to have changed with new appointments.
Michael Michener <
http://www.fas.usda.gov/michener.asp> , a former lead Iraq policy officer at the State Department who was a foreign policy adviser to Vilsack during his brief presidential campaign, now heads the FAS. On May 26, 2009, the FAS posted a pro-GMO report titled, “The Unexplored Potential of Organic-Biotech Production.” <http://www.organicconsumers.org/../articles/article_18878.cfm>  After thousands of angry letters from Organic Consumer Association activists, the agency was forced to pull the report and print a retraction explaining, “[T]he report does not represent the policy of the United States Government.” Nevertheless, the USDA, along with 3 of the world’s top 5 seed companies (Monsanto, Syngenta, Land O’ Lakes) and a host of other multinational agribusinesses, sponsored <http://www.worldfoodprize.org/about/Sponsors.htm> the 2009 Borlaug Dialogue <http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/borlaug/Borlaug.asp> . On the agenda <http://www.worldfoodprize.org/symposium/2009.htm> was “Harmonizing Organic and Sustainable Agricultural Practices with Modern Technology and Genetics.”
Dallas Tonsager, Rural Development
Tonsager’s top priorities for USDA’s Rural Development include expanding economic opportunity from bioenergy, including biofuel, biomass and cellulose. This is likely to result in short-term economic gain for many farmers and rural communities. Unlike other parts of his plan, including capitalizing on the economic benefits of local food systems and increasing broadband access, bioenergy can have hidden long-term costs for the economies and ecology of rural communities. On one hand, there are small farmers who produce biofuels responsibly and local biodiesel collectives that recycle spent cooking oil. (What’s not to like? I’m the proud driver of a veggie diesel car, myself!) But, that’s not where the majority of government subsidies go. According to the Rainforest Action Network <
http://ran.org/campaigns/rainforest_agribusiness/spotlight/getting_real_about_biofuels/> :
Agribusiness, oil, energy and auto companies are rapidly consolidating control over the entire agrofuel sector. The power of these corporations is staggering: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) lobbied the U.S. government for three decades to promote adding ethanol to gasoline, resulting in $2 billion of government subsidies—most of which has gone directly to ADM. Automakers exploit a biofuels loophole in fuel economy regulations to avoid reducing vehicle oil consumption and tailpipe greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
That $2 billion makes the $13 million <
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/%21ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_2KD?contentidonly=true&amp;contentid=2009/09/0417.xml>  in loans and grants the USDA recently awarded to 233 renewable energy projects under the Rural Energy for America Program look pretty puny. Between 2003 and 2008, the Department of Agriculture awarded $140 million in grants and $197 million in loan guarantees to more than 2,000 projects in all 50 states, including wind farms, anaerobic digesters, biofuel production, solar electric systems, and efficiency upgrades. $99.3 million <http://www.examiner.com/x-23959-Seattle-Energy-Policy-Examiner%7Ey2009m10d9-Congress-ups-funding-for-rural-energy-projects>  has been appropriated for REAP in 2010.
Edward Avalos, Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Edward Avalos <
http://sustainableagriculture.net/take-action/usda-appointees-bios/>  is the USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the National Organic Program. This uncontroversial figure worked for 29 years at the NM Department of Agriculture. In 2008, he named Sunland Peanut, the largest producer of organic peanut butter in the country, the New Mexico Agricultural Marketer of the Year <http://www.hpj.com/archives/2008/dec08/dec22/SunlandPeanutIncAgriculture.cfm> .
Kevin Concannon, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
Concannon, another uncontroversial <
http://www.grist.org/article/vilsack-names-former-head-of-iowas-health-and-human-services-as-new-usda-nu/=/about/jobs> state administrator, has been director of health and human service agencies in Iowa (under Governor Tom Vilsack), Maine, and Oregon. He’s taking on food assistance at a time when nearly half of U.S. newborns are eligible for the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. WIC is available to families with incomes up to $33,874 for a household of three — 185% of the federal poverty level. He recently presided over a change at WIC that, while not increasing benefits, will allow WIC vouchers to be used, for the first time, for fruits, vegetables and whole grains, in addition to milk, cheese, juice and eggs. Currently, there is a de facto ban on organic in WIC, but big conventional food processors like Sara Lee are already cashing in <http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/29/pm-wic/>  on the new market that’s been created for them.
Concannon’s Deputy is Janey Thornton. She’s a school nutrition director who played a leadership roles in both the School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Foundation. Grist.org food editor Tom Philpott was the first to look into SNA’s industry ties <
http://www.grist.org/article/2009-04-13-vilsack-school-lunch/> :
The SNA’s list of “industry members” is password-protected, but it does name its “industry member advisory board <
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=9970> ,” which includes execs from high-fructose-corn syrup giant Archer Daniels Midland and Conagra. And its “current industry patron list <http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=1996> ” makes bracing reading for anyone who would like to see school-lunch reform. It includes ADM, Campbell Soup Company, Cargill Kitchen Solutions, PepsiCo Foodservice, Sara Lee Foods Foodservice, Coca Cola, Tyson Foods, Chicken of the Sea International—a kind of roster of our nation’s most powerful food processors.
The Grist.org piece, “Obama’s school-lunch chief not much of a reformer,” reviews Thornton’s resume of cafeteria menus:
When we think of the sugar, fat and salt children are consuming, we cringe. When we think about the multi-national agribusiness companies this type of school food service system supports, we cringe. And when we think about the negative overall effect that this system has on People, Planet and Sustainable Profit, all sense of optimism just drains away.
If the state of affairs at USDA weren’t depressing enough, many biotech and pesticide promoters have been appointed to other agencies dealing with food and farming, as well, notably:
Michael Taylor, FDA
The senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on food safety is Michael Taylor <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/../articles/article_18866.cfm> . The Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Corp. from 1998 until 2001, Taylor exemplifies the revolving door between the food industry and the government agencies that regulate it.
Islam Siddiqui, USTR
Islam Siddiqui <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/../articles/article_19325.cfm>  has been nominated as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. If Congress confirms him, he will use the post to continue the lobbying he has done for CropLife (a front group for chemical agriculture), promoting chemical-intensive, genetically modified products that undermine local food security in developing countries.
Croplife America’s regional partner, Mid America CropLife Association, notoriously “shuddered” <
http://www.organicconsumers.org/../articles/article_17434.cfm>  at Michelle Obama’s organic garden and launched a letter writing campaign in protest.
Another Washington insider using the revolving door between employment in government and big business, Siddiqui worked for Clinton’s USDA. Siddiqui led the first phase of development for national organic food standards in the United States. The Organic Consumers Association was formed in 1998 due to the massive backlash consumers had against Siddiqui’s proposed regulations for organic food that would have outrageously allowed for toxic sludge, irradiated foods and genetically modified organisms to be labeled “organic.” Only after an unprecedented 230,000 consumers wrote USDA to protest Siddiqui’s rules were they strengthened.
Jill Long Thompson, Farm Credit Administration Board
Jill Long Thompson has been nominated for a seat on the Farm Credit Administration Board. After a political career, she became CEO of the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy <
http://sev.prnewswire.com/agriculture/20061116/CGTH02616112006-1.html> , a non-profit founded to research biotechnology, pesticides, U.S. farm and food policy and international trade and development. The National Center produces a yearly “Update On Impacts On US Agriculture Of Biotechnology Der… <http://www.ncfap.org/>  that attempts to make the case that biotechnology-derived crops increase yields, reduce the use of chemicals and improve economic conditions for farmers. National Center trustees <http://www.ncfap.org/trustees.html>  include university administrators, a former cabinet secretary, and representatives of agribusinesses including Altria, Blythe Cotton and ConAgra.
Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer
According to a press release <
http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=35093>  for the “Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies: (Nano)technology for Equitable Development” conference, to be held from November 4-6, 2009, in Washington, D.C., Chopra will address the conference to ” discuss using technology to solve environmental, energy, water, food security and health problems in developing nations.”

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Announcement of Dec. 6 Dragonfly Bash

October 19th, 2009

Dragonfly Ranch Hosts 35th Anniversary/Retirement Party/
Open House on December 6


by Russell Phelps

Dragonfly Ranch: HEALING ARTS CENTER, an award-winning Bed and Breakfast/eco-spa in Honaunau, is celebrating its 35th anniversary at an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, December 6th.

“After 65 revolutions around the sun I have decided it is time to turn over my creation to wonderful new stewards,” says “soul” proprietor, Barbara Moore. As she retires, she is looking for a unique way to search the world for the best new owners for her “green” paradisiacal sanctuary. Moore plans to make Dec. 6th the opening of a world-wide writing contest to find these ideal owners.

Moore started crafting her place on the Big Island’s Kona Coast in 1974 when she got a 55 year lease agreement for two beautiful acres of land with huge monkeypod trees. This meadow land at the perfect 700 foot elevation is blessed with sunny weather and light breezes. Green and lush without too much rain, it is ideally located two miles above the ancient “Place of Sanctuary,” Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Known for world-class pristine snorkeling and diving, this sacred bay features turtles, coral, colorful fish and friendly spinner dolphins.


In 1980, on The Journey of Transformation in Egypt, Moore got guidance to operate her place as a healing retreat center–“where Aloha abounds.” She opened her home and heart to guests from around the world. Approved as a five bedroom B&B, the Dragonfly Ranch was voted #1 Bed and Breakfast in West Hawaii by readers of the local daily newspaper.

Last year this peaceful retreat received the prestigious nomination for National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “most authentic places to stay.”

This unique “upscale treehouse” with luxuriously rustic suites has housed over ten thousand guests over the years. “Happy campers” have returned again and again, including famous writers, artists, movie stars, musicians, singers and healers. It has also been the chosen site of concerts, symposiums, retreats, workshops, family reunions, weddings and romantic honeymoons.

The legendary Dragonfly Ranch featuring “Serene Play and Healthy Pleasures” has an international reputation as a safe haven of “old Hawaii where time is slow and easy”–for individuals, couples and groups seeking beauty, relaxation, rejuvenation, peace, creativity, spiritual awareness, authenticity and FUN.

Much of the “healing magic” of the Dragonfly Ranch is due to Moore’s soulful touches such as the colorful labyrinth in her “Illuminarium.” For that reason, Moore is offering new owners not only her legacy of a successful business but also her consulting services if desired.

While she would like to see her beloved “expansion mansion” and organic garden continue being a place of magical healing, Moore says, “I am not requiring that the new owners continue operating a B&B/eco-spa. I welcome individuals as well as organizations to contact me about owning this blessed place.”

The grand finale of the December 6th gala celebration will be the announcement of the winner of the “How Many Dragonflies at The Dragonfly Ranch” Contest. Whoever guesses the closest to the number of visible dragonfly images will win a free week-long stay worth up to $2000 in indoor/outdoor Dragonfly lodging.

Particulars can be found on the extensive website, <http://www.dragonflyranch.com/>   For more information call Barbara Moore at 808-328-2159 Email: dfly@dragonflyranch.com

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my Dragonflyer #28

October 17th, 2009

Sign up for the Dragonflyer Newsletter Aloha…Everyone!

I am writing to everyone in my address book to let you know that Phoenix helped me complete newsy Dragonflyer #28. Some of you are already signed up for the Dragonflyer, got #28, and can simply ignore this email.

I want to update my address book—removing addresses of anyone who doesn’t want the Dragonflyer or wishes to not hear from me—replying with “Please Remove from address book”. More importantly, I look forward to reviving friendships with long lost contacts who are interested in staying in touch!

Hoping this email finds you well and that you enjoy the latest Dragonflyer at http://dragonflyranch.com/dragonflyer_newsletter.html. If you want to automatically get the Dragonflyer when it is released (approximately quarterly), please sign up for it on the Dragonflyer page on the box on the left. If you signed up and did not GET the Dragonflyer, it is because the confirmation went into your spam box and you missed it. Try again and catch it immediately so you can grant your approval to have it sent directly to you when it happens.

This particular Dragonflyer is titled FLY TO THE DRAGONFLY BEFORE BARBARA FLIES AWAY. If you can, join me celebrating my 65th trip around the sun and my retirement on Dec. 6th! And don’t forget to guess how many dragonfly images are at the dragonfly if you want to win a free week stay.

Soon, I will announce details of my plan to have a world-wide writing contest to find the most deserving new owners of the Dragonfly.

Wishing you an Aloha-filled life!

Malama Pono (Good Health)

Barbara

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Bill Moyers on the mortgage scam

October 14th, 2009

WATCH THIS!(thanks to Evan for sending it)

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10092009/watch.html

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My letter to the Nuclear Regulations Commission

October 14th, 2009

Aloha Mr. Hayes,

As the president of the Big Island Health and Wellness Alliance (BIHWA) I am writing to thank you for listening to the requests of the people of this island asking that you DISallow Depleted Uranium on our Sacred Aina.
Furthermore, I am begging you to not pretend to be hearing our heart-felt pleas but rather respond to our need to safe guard our guests visiting this island, the people who reside here, and our noble soldiers, from this deadly substance.

I formally request that there be a public hearing that allows our residents the right to protect themselves from this invasive substance that destroys the health of our residents.

I also wish to request that an Environmental Impact Study be done.

CLOSE DOWN ALL LIVE FIRE AT PTA, STOP THE BOMBING AND REMEDIATE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.

I attended your meeting and read your literature assuring us that DU is nothing for us to worry about.

I can tell you from personal experience that Depleted Uranium IS dangerous. Ever since I protested, on a fateful day in 2007, against DU at PTA when I was caught in a dust devil as I looked at a meter spike in the dangerous zone, I have been experiencing serious health problems resembling issues that develop after exposure to depleted uranium. I won’t bother going into detail but suffice it to say that I do not think I would be challenged with chronic lymphoid leukemia if you and your team of experts were to honestly assess the danger of DU years ago and had then put a stop to the live fire, bombing, and Stykers moving DU dust into the precious air that Big Islander’s breathe.

As you heard form the statistics of this area, cancer has increased for us “down winders” so that I am not the only victim suspected of suffering from the effects of DU on this island.

The words that popped out of my mouth when I was speaking at the meeting you arranged for us in Kona was, “Are you dupes?” When I saw your facial responses to my question, I regretted offending you by using those harsh words. I came home and looked up the meaning of “dupe:” an “unknowing” dupe is a victim of deception. The verb, “to dupe”, means “to deceive”. Since you are educated and intelligent people, I can’t help but believe that you are fully aware of how lethal DU is to humans, plants, animals, the planet. Are you deceiving yourselves when you try to tell us that allowing DU on our island is not hazardous to our health and the well being of our precious land, water, and air?

You now have the opportunity to make a stellar decision that goes against all the brainwashing you have been exposed to and are attempting to foist upon us. After the meeting, when I shook you hands, I told you that I would appreciate your taking an honest stand that could cost you your job. None of you seemed thrilled at that possibility. I know times are tough and you have a high paying job. But at what cost to your integrity when you rubber stamp every request you have ever gotten asking you for permission to possess the most destructive substance on the planet: the material used in Weapons of Mass Destruction, silently killing even humans it was not intended to kill for four and a half million years to come ? Wouldn’t it be a new experience to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Today I’m going to go on record for making the RIGHT decision, the sane decision, the decision that protects our citizens from the proliferation of this lethal material. I’m going to say NO to allowing Depleted Uranium in the Aloha State.”

Every one of you can actually use your own brain and realize that you have an opportunity to take a major historical step—one that could positively affect your life and that of your children to follow—by going on record as refusing the army the right to allow Depleted Uranium on these islands. REMEDIATE is the key word I wish for you to embrace. Say NO to allowing the military a permit to possess Depleted Uranium.

I repeat:

CLOSE DOWN ALL LIVE FIRE AT PTA, STOP THE BOMBING AND REMEDIATE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.

Sincerely,

Barbara Moore

“In the Sweetness of Friendship,
let there be Laughter
and the Sharing of Pleasures ”
Khalil Gibran
Barbara Ann Kenonilani Moore
President of Big Island Health and Wellness Travel Alliance
soul proprietor of Dragonfly Ranch: HEALING ARTS CENTER
Voted #1 B&B in West Hawaii by readers of West Hawaii Today daily paper
(808)328-2159
http://dragonflyranch.com
where Aloha abounds
72 degrees and sunny on Big Island’s Kona Coast



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