Interesting Information: May 5, 2016
“Why Some Parents Fear Vaccines” Video
54% of children are chronically ill or disabled
9 million have skin allergies
8 million have respiratory allergies
7 million have asthma
5 million have learning disabilities
1 in 400 children have diabetes
1 in 50 have autism
Studies link these conditions to vaccines. Yes, they do.
Vaccine makers have no liability.
If your child is harmed by a vaccine, you will be totally on your own.
Please watch this 11 minute video on why some parents fear vaccines and understand why you must inform yourselves before you choose to vaccinate:
Blog Reader’s Quilts: May 2015
Becca Babb-Brott’s Quilt
Becca is one of our Coastal Quilters members.
I love, love her work.
Here’s a quilt she made by using all the “modern” neutrals combined with contemporary warm and cool colors.
I am so drawn to all the neutrals that are around today–and have a stack of them I need to start cutting up and using.
Becca also has an etsy store where you can see the kinds of modern fabrics she likes: SEW ME A SONG.
Turkey Tracks: May 17, 2015
A Very Fun Purse
Some years ago, I bought one of Rebecca Hokkanen’s purses at one of our quilting auctions.
And I have truly enjoyed using it, yes, but just looking at the art work in it too.
Essentially, Rebecca has “made” fabric with this little purse–by layering different fabrics and embellishing it all.
There is so much creativity in this little purse. It’s a joy to see.
Books, Documentaries, Reviews: May 17, 2015
A Little Life
I finished it. All 720 pages of it.
I was sad to see it end.
But glad, too, for the story had finished appropriately.
It’s a book to savor. It’s a hard read though–because this astonishing writer is uncompromising with her story. People get hurt when they are young some times, and the hurt cannot be cured and causes life-long beliefs and practices that cannot be changed. We Americans have such a belief that anything that goes wrong can, magically, be fixed technically or with love–and more often than not, they can’t. The darkness of this novel, though, is suffused with the glow and warmth of love and, also, with bad behavior that stems from love fueled by ego and fear. It’s also an amazing love story that spans over thirty years–some of them troubled, some of them fulfilling.
This “little life” impacts a bigger circle than realized, as may be true for many of us. Who knows at the time?
The quotes below only show the writer’s ability to…write. You can trust that the story she weaves has as much complexity and depth.
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The other aspect of those weekday-evening trips he loved was the light itself, how it filled the train like something living as the cars rattled across the bridge, how it washed the weariness from his seatmates’ faces and revealed them as they were when they first came to the country, when they were young and America seemed conquerable. He’d watch that kind light suffuse the car like syrup, watch hit smudge furrows from foreheads, slick gray hairs into gold, gentle the aggressive shine from cheap fabrics into something lustrous and fine. And then the sun would drift, the car rattling uncaringly away fro it, and the world would return to its normal sad shapes and colors, the people to their normal sad state, a shift as cruel and abrupt as if it had been made by a sorcerer’s wand (26)
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Later, he would look back on this episode as a sort of fulcrum, the hinge between a relationship that was one thing and then became something else: his friendship with JB, of course, but also his friendship with Willem. There had been periods in his twenties when he would look at his friends and feel such a pure, deep contentment that he would wish the world around them would simply cease, that none of them would have to move from that moment, when everything was in equilibrium and his affection for them was perfect. But, of course, that was never to be: a beat later, and everything shifted, and the moment quietly vanished (176).
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“The axiom of the empty set is the axiom of zero. It states that there must be a concept of nothingness, that there must be the concept of zero: zero value, zero items. Math assumes there’s a concept of nothingness, but is it proven? No. But it must exist.
“And if we are being philosophical–which we today are–we can say that life itself is the axiom of the empty set. It begins in zero and ends in zero. We know that both states exist, but we will not be conscious of either experience: they are states that are necessary parts of life, even as they cannot be experienced as life. We assume the concept of nothingness, but we cannot prove it. But it must exist. So I prefer to think that Walter has not died bukt has instead proven for himself the axiom of the empty set, that he has proven the concept of zero. I know nothing else would have made him happier. An elegant mind wants elegant endings, and Walter had the most elegant mind. So I wish him goodbye; I w ish him the answer to the axiom he so loved” (288).
Turkey Tracks: May 16, 2015
TWO cars cleaned on a sunny day.
Hang the windchimes:
The first trip to the nursery for plants:
Along with lots of other people with the same idea:
Just a few things to plant as it’s still very cool at night:
Dorman’s is now open: stop for a soft-serve vanilla custard:
(I’ve NEVER seen the window without people waiting in line no matter the time of day or night.)
Guess who else likes ice cream?
Order mulch and manure and plant what was just bought:
See all those pots next to the garage, they will all get plants when I come back from Charleston May 30th.
Admire the daffodils planted last fall–and thought of so very, very often when we were getting ten plus feet of snow:
Next fall–more daffodils!!
(The deer don’t like them.)
Interesting Information/Vaccines: British Court Throws Out Conviction of Autism/Vaccine MD: Andrew Wakefield’s Co-Author Completely Exonerated
Interesting Information: May 2015
The Dr. Andrew Wakefield Vaccine Saga
Dr. Andrew Wakefield was an early casualty in the vaccine wars.
He and his team published a research article that suggested that there MAY BE a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. The result: all hell broke loose for Wakefield and his team. The paper was retracted–for unscientific and unfair political reasons; many on the team bailed out so their careers would not be ruined; and Wakefield and Walker-Smith were hauled before a UK regulatory board and thoroughly and unfairly demonized, smeared, and ruined.
It’s an old story when dollars are at stake and industry is powerful.
Walker-Smith’s insurance paid for his defense; Wakefield’s did not.
Their premise has since been confirmed–but Wakefield has not been reinstated. It is pretty hard to appeal when you’ve fled the country and have no money.
AND, Wakefield’s name is still invoked as a quack, a charleton, and so forth by those who did not get to the end of the story. Wakefield’s name has been invoked here in Maine by a local doctor in a local paper and attempts to set the record straight have been met with a refusal to print. So, the doctor can lie/or miss the actual history, and it does not matter. That’s how myth stays in place.
Here’s a quote:
In a stunning reversal, world renowned pediatric gastroenterologist Prof. John Walker-Smith won his appeal against the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council regulatory board that had ruled against both him and Andrew Wakefield for their roles in the 1998 Lancet MMR paper, which raised questions about a link to autism. The complete victory means that Walker-Smith has been returned to the status of a fully licensed physician in the UK, although he had already retired in 2001 — six years before the GMC trial even began.
Justice John Mitting ruled on the appeal by Walker-Smith, saying that the GMC “panel’s determination cannot stand. I therefore quash it.” He said that its conclusions were based on “inadequate and superficial reasoning and, in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion.” The verdict restores Walker-Smith’s name to the medical register and his reputation to the medical community. This conclusion is not surprising, as the GMC trial had no actual complainants, no harm came to the children who were studied, and parents supported Walker-Smith and Wakefield through the trial, reporting that their children had medically benefited from the treatment they received at the Royal Free Hospital.
Interesting Information: May 2015
Sharyl Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winning investigative journalist whose television career spans more than three decades. She was the reporter who, in 2009, blew the lid off the swine flu media hype, showing the hysteria was completely unfounded and manufactured.
Why Conventional Media So Rarely Tells You the Truth About Health
One industry that wields a great deal of power within the media today is the pharmaceutical industry. It’s rare to sit through an evening of television without viewing several drug ads. They also advertise heavily in print and online media. The advertising dollars they spend not only generates sales, it also gives them the power to influence what’s being reported in the news. Here’s just one example:
“There’s a story in my book about former executive producer of mine who got a phone call from the sales division, which was very inappropriate. He said the sales person from CBS was kind of screaming at him because we’d been doing a lot of stories looking at side effects and problems with the very popular and billion-dollar-selling cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.
The advertisers didn’t like that. Therefore, someone from the CBS corporate apparently didn’t like that, and called down and said something like, ‘If you keep doing these stories, it’s going to be really, really bad for CBS…’
I think that happens more often than we know explicitly. But this time, it was followed by what I see as all of the media backing down on pharmaceutical-related stories. We were doing very aggressive coverage of problems within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – not just me, but all the networks and a lot of print publications – about vaccines side effects, and about other medical issues. That all has virtually stopped. You can almost point to a time period when it seems someone made a phone call and said, ‘That’s it fellas. There are advertisers.’
And you won’t see these stories now even when there’s a multi-billion-dollar criminal settlement against drug companies for mismarketing drugs that are commonly used. That’s a huge story that should be leading the news in my opinion. But most people probably never heard of it because those are things that offend the sensibilities of advertisers, who now control to some degree the editorial content of networks, publications, and print publications that are advertising.
And, as you know, they have several lobbyists for every member of Congress on Capitol Hill so they can make sure certain hearings don’t happen. As recently as last year, they were able to stop a planned vaccine-related hearing. The control is almost total in my view. That’s just one example of a corporate influence.”
STONEWALLED, Sharyl Attkinsson