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Turkey Tracks: Quilty Update January 2016

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Turkey Tracks:  January 11, 2016

Quilty Update January 2016

I am happily enjoying my winter quilting time.

The “mother ship is growing.”

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The  center is done and I “m moving out to the side flowers.  This project is from Edyta Sitar’s Handfuls of Scraps.

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I am using my box of 2 1/2 inch squares and, when needed, 2 1/2 inch strips for this quilt.  I am addicted to English Paper Piecing.

The second of the two granddaughter BRIGHT quilts is on the long arm, and is about 1/3 done.

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I cut the top and bottom borders down to the size of the purple and blue borders–and I like that better.  The center block is one of Bonnie Hunter’s–Criss Cross.  The rest are my invention using leftover blocks from other projects and ones I made to go with this quilt.

“Allietore” is growing on my design wall…

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I am really loving this quilt.  I found a black fabric with little red wiggles, almost like polka dots but much more widely spaced for the outer border.  I have a nice gold for the inner border.  I want to quilt it in an “old gold” thread–so am thinking of a medium grey for the backing…  The binding will be red.

I’ve finished the first two Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt blocks.  They are so intricate that foundation piecing is the way to go.  I have not foundation pieced in a few years, so there has been a reminder learning curve.  Here’s “Addie” and “Aimee.”  Each one took at least three hours as I struggled along…  Hopefully that will get better.  LOVE these blocks in contemporary fabrics.

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The camera is distorting “Aimee”; it’s perfectly straight.

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We are to do two blocks a week in our little group who are participating…

Thursday will be the monthly “sit and sew” from 9 to 3 or so with Coastal Quilters’ members.  I’ve gotten out my Bernina from the attic, test run her, and boxed her up in her carry case for the day.  I’m going to spend the day playing with the “crumb” bag–making sashing for the cheddar quilt that is in pieces on the spare bed in my office.

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This kind of play is fun, creative, and relaxing for me.

I hope January is bringing such joy to each of you!

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January 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Interesting Information: “Denmark Plans To Be 100% Organic”

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Interesting Information:  January 11, 2015

Denmark Plans To Be 100% Organic

…and the government is putting money behind this effort.

Here’s a quote from Well Being Journal, November/December 2015, page 36–itself taken from Carola Traverso Salibante’s “The Great Denmark Plan to Become a 100% Organic Country, July 16, 2015, http://finedininglovers.com

The Danish government is investing more than 53 million Euros in 2015 to convert the country’s agriculture into organic farming. Denmark is the most developed country in regard to the trade of organic products  It will also soon become the first in the world to achieve 100 percent organic and sustainable agriculture production.  The export of Danish organic products has increased by 200 percent since 2007.

There is also a huge campaign to get organic food into schools, hospitals, the military and so forth.

Cool!

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January 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Interesting Information: The Real Quacks: Internet Trolls Attack Anyone Resisting Vaccine Party Line

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Interesting Information:

The Real Quacks:

Internet Trolls Attack Anyone Resisting Vaccine Party Line

 

How many times have you gone to a web site with a title like “Science-Based Medicine” or “Quackwatch” for information?

I would urge some caution as to thinking you are going to find some kind of truth, or even expertise, there.

Take an extra step and try to find out something about who is behind these sites.

For instance, the mainstream press and media in general would have you believe that 99.9% of all doctors and scientists agree that vaccines are safe.  But when you start to list the many doctors and genuine scientists who work in immunology or virology and who do not agree and who are asking questions and calling for adequate research, you can surface one of the internet “trolls” from “science” blogs or web sites who work to disparage your comments and the work of creditable, credentialed, experienced doctors and scientists.  Another term for this process of debunking reasonable people, information, or questions is ASTROTURFING.

Who are these people who are not called trolls?  Let’s take a look.

Here’s a quote from the link below:

Predictably, every time you give the name of a contrarian doctor or scientist in response to the 99.9% figure, what you tend to get is, “Eh, well, he’s a quack, she’s not credible.” Also, you get referred to blogs such as Science-Based Medicine1 or Respectful Insolence,2 or the Skeptical Raptor’s Blog.3 The first two are often written by or associated with a guy named David Gorski, MD, who also goes by the alias “Orac.” Gorski is a surgical oncologist and an assistant professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI.4 The third is written by Michael Simpson, who goes by the “Skeptical Raptor.”5 This is how Simpson describes himself on his blog:

I have over 25 years experience in marketing, business development, and product development in the medical products industry, working in a variety of marketing, sales, clinical research, and product development roles with large and small medical products companies. I have also had key executive roles on both the manufacturing and distribution sides of the medical products industry.3

Should you wish to debunk someone, anyone, who dares to disagree with mainstream thinking on vaccines, all you need do is inform Orac or the Raptor, and either will gladly oblige by writing up a boorish piece, long on insult and short on science. Their methods are painfully predictable. In one piece earlier this year, Raptor criticized a prominent immunologist6 who had the nerve to write an open letter on vaccine science to state legislators in California about to vote on a bill eliminating personal belief vaccine exemptions. The piece started out by dismissing the individual’s credentials outright.

Follow the money?

Orac’s defensiveness, in particular, may have something to do with his research on a Sanofi-Aventis drug called Riluzole (Rilutek®),10 which may well eventually be used to treat autism. Riluzole has been approved for clinical trials (for autism) by the FDA, and one can imagine the money that might be at stake if the drug makes it to market.11 12 13

And for heaven’s sake note that Simpson IS A SALESMAN, not a scientist.  And let’s also remember that MDs are practitioners, not scientists like immunologists, virilogists, and so forth.  And surgical oncologists have NOTHING TO DO WITH GIVING VACCINES.

So, take a second and take a look at who is saying what and who is paying them to say what.  PULL BACK THE CURTAIN AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIZARD BEHIND IT.

Source: Internet Trolls Attack Anyone Resisting Vaccine Party Line

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January 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm