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Quantum Jumping vs. Deep Meditation & Creative Imagination

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atomic_collisionWhat is all this talk about “Quantum Jumping?” I’m sure many of you have run across the adverts related to this subject, and there is a lot of talk about it on the web, as well. Today, I’m going to delve into this topic and just see what all this “jumping” is about, with or without the quantum babble. With what little I have gathered in the past, I’d say that a person can achieve, whatever this expensive course suppose to do, similar goals with deep meditation and creative imagination, but we’ll see…

[Researching… Watching Videos… Sorting through crap…]

Okay, I’m back. Wow! …Such marketing hype out there!

A quick quote from the official Quantum Jumping website: “Quantum Jumping is a meditation and visualization technique created by 84-year-old Burt Goldman, a leader in the human consciousness movement. Quantum Jumping is a powerful way to tap into the expanded zone of awareness where ideas and inspiration flow freely.”

To me, these people seem to gain a euphoria similar to those in church while praying, singing, and praising the Lord. Some of these folks also seem to feel a sense of Nirvana like people often find in Buddhism and/or during deep meditation while using creative imagination.

To cut to the core of this method, Quantum Jumping is based on the idea that multiple universes exist. This “jumping” technique sounds very similar to astral projection, astral travel or a form of OBE (out-of-body experience), as they (the people that promote & market this concept) claim that you can get in contact with another YOU from another universe. Hmm, I suppose they are proponents of String Theory, as well? Anyway, on their official website, they will plainly tell you that it doesn’t matter if you take their concepts literally or metaphorically, because their classes work, regardless. (Red Flag! Save your money!) I have no doubt that this stuff works well for many people, but if you can achieve the same goal for free or for very little money, why fall for the hype? On the other hand, if ya got plenty of money and are looking to encounter some cool, creative, boogy-boogy astral travel via a wild, free-roaming imagination, dive on in! Oops, I mean jump on out! LOL!

Speaking of classes, they are extremely expensive, by what I gather. Don’t worry, I’ll provide a YouTube video in a moment, that will provide you with an honest review.
Now, I must say, people have been doing this sort of thing for ages! But before, they didn’t have this “Quantum” label to smack onto it.

The whole quantum this and quantum that, is sort of trendy right now, if ya haven’t noticed. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve studied a little bit about quantum mechanics and whatnot, and it’s very interesting, to say the least. It is one aspect of science that does seem to get a little “spooky” or religious-sounding for a lot of standard scientists, but no matter if you agree with the foundation of quantum entanglement or whatever, for example, it makes a person think.
In my opinion, when it comes to quantum entanglement and related theories, viewing the universe and the life within it as a whole, is an excellent way of thinking. Call it a theory of unity if it makes you feel better, but I’ll also provide a video that takes a peek at that, as well.

Since this post does most of its talking by way of videos, I don’t have much to add, other than I see an upcoming spiritual-type religion surfacing more and more, in the field of human consciousness. I believe that this particular way of looking at awareness or spiritual growth via the study of consciousness, is more positive for humanity as whole, when compared to a lot of the dogma I see today, but that’s another subject…

This video features a seemingly honest review about Quantum Jumping:

This video features concepts about quantum entanglement and becoming one with the universe:

What’s your opinion?
If you took the time to read and/or research about Quantum Jumping concepts along with watching those 2 videos provided above, you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not you think there is anything to it or not. Personally, I think Quantum Jumping, whether it works or not, is overly priced marketing hooey, and that one could find the same results or better, by cheaper (or free) alternatives using deep meditation and creative imagination. That’s just my opinion, of course; what’s yours?

Egalitarianism – Easier said than done…

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freedomWhat is this fancy word that is often used to describe “equality amid society?” Well, in a thumbnail, egalitarianism is an inclination of thought that leans towards equality among living beings, whether we are talking about Homo sapiens or animals (I know, they closely parallel, at times).

 However, when speaking about this particular term of universal freedom and equal rights that “allows” us to co-exist with nature in a semi-free fashion, emphasis is typically placed upon the fact that equality contains the notion of “equity of quality.” That is, although it would be hard for me to behave this way in online forums full of people with poor cognitive ability, that all people should be treated with the same dignity and respect and/or be regarded as possessing the same qualities (as in, belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing) despite our societal diversity of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, political ties, socio-economic status, disability/ability (physical or mental) or cultural heritage.

Now, is this easier said than done? I would think so, wouldn’t you?

With all the different aspects and perspectives of egalitarianism, whether it be militaristic, philosophical, religious, political and economical, one may find their self surrounded by madness via the chaotic infinity at hand. Oh, cool, I said chaotic infinity… Can I start talking about cool science stuff and diverse subjects from the cosmos? No, you cannot, as you might actually know what you’re talking about then, so we must proceed with this global issue called egalitarianism, even though it does seem somewhat of a painstaking moment for you. Right, I’m an idiot when it comes to politics, but anyway, where was I?

Oh, yeah, why can’t mankind find peace within, as a whole?
Do all belief systems (especially organized religions) have to cause raging disagreements and wars between believers and nonbelievers? What about the agnostics and philosophers, do they cause religious battles, as well? Just a side note: Christianity & Islamic faith seem to cause the most trouble, when it comes to wars, but that’s not germane to this post… Moving right along into this lovely subject… Governments and law seem to be essential and necessary throughout the globe – to control the lunatics and to keep crime from running rampant amid society, but do they often go too far when it comes to the equality of those crafty little bi-ped humanoids?
I mean, censorship by its self, is enough to make me throw a flag up, how about you?
Hell, I’ve recently heard about online censorship and/or laws that would take the freedom from certain aspects of the Internet away from “the people.” WTF? How far will it go before people finally start taking a stand and start rebelling against these quacks?

This egalitarianism subject is too broad for me to stay on topic, so bear with me: Is it not right to live by one’s own philosophy that you have found to be tried & true, simply due to experience?
What have we here? I’ll tell ya what we have, a bunch of confused, scared, power-hungry leaders trying to dictate the masses and control every aspect of free life while they embark upon greed and corruption. What’s the difference between socialism, communism, anarchism, left-libertarianism, social liberalism and progressivism?
You tell me?
While you’re “telling me,” please define ‘democracy’ and please provide some awesome examples of it that exist in the world today; I’m all ears!
I would love somebody to show me more about this “we the people” stuff, as I’m obviously entering one of those subjects that I’m not very opinionated about, so fear not, I won’t bite ya…

Oh, one of the other main reasons for this post, is so I can provide a really motivational video from YouTube. It was called “The Greatest Speech Ever Made.” Upon viewing that video, as great as it was, I couldn’t help but think: “That’s easier said than done.” Before you comment on this silly post of mine, please watch the video first; cheers!

Would this Great Video = Egalitarianism?

Cosmic Poetry

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unityBefore I begin this silly little poem, I’ll start with a famous quote from Albert Einstein: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

 

 I’ve seen a lot of cosmic poetry on the web thus far, so I thought I’d give it a whirl, even though I may not be the best of poets, I still know that words can swirl…

 

Every step I take and each breath I make, equal moments I can create;
translucent thoughts often take place.

I daringly delve into the unknown with divine glorification at hand,
yet being aware of the blockade featuring formidable repudiation deep within the sand.

I’m an alien to this world that is currently left alone, seeking a unity from the cosmic throne.

Cast away from mathematics that no longer make sense,
confined to a belief that is rather dense;
the cosmos creates what we imagine and sentience is yet to be fathomed…

Altruistic at the core, while science is becoming a bore.

The anthropic principle lies ahead, while I often meet religion with dread.

Magic doesn’t exist, as a mere reality of actuality plagues what we commonly detest.

Stand aside, dear megalomaniac, as I know the answers via my scientific probes;
take heed, dear dependent weakling, as I riddle you this by way of my intuitive bodes.

Don’t always think, as you should often feel…
Upon doing so, you may be surprised with what you find to actually be real.

From the Yin to the Yang, white to black, light to dark, fabrication to manifestation, it is all the same.
While living in a world of chaotic infinity, it is quite sane to be insane as nothing is truly inane…

Praise be the unity!

—Side Note: This particular version of “Cosmic Poetry” is fueled by three basic beliefs that all humanoids on planet Earth should be aware of, which is: 1) We are all chemically connected to this planet; 2) We are all biologically connected to each other; 3) We are all atomically connected to the universe.

Yeah, it is all cosmic poetry, in the end…

Is the percentage of people being atheists, lower for gardeners?

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veggies    I recently asked this question on a community website that is supposedly full of “writers,” (ha-ha!) and, for whatever reason,  it got took down and deleted by the moderators.  It is totally fine for people to ask inane questions like, “what is toilet paper,”  but heaven forbid I ask a question that involves the slightest bit of thought.

     At any rate, it was Q & A style question format, and people could also comment on the answers.  I’ll copy & paste below, what got banned at HubPages:

Questions »Religion and Philosophy »Exploring Religious Options »Life Philosophies and Beliefs » Is the percentage of people being atheists, lower for gardeners?

After doing lots of garden work today, a thought popped into my head while being covered in dirt, sweat, and sunshine… Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy nature in all aspects, but I can’t help but think about all of the ones who are oblivious to it all. Oh, I’m getting off track here, anyway… I mean seriously, I’m thinking that the percentage of atheists and the ones with no thoughts of creation whatsoever, would be less when concerning people who are gardeners and/or have other hobbies such as hunting, fishing, getting in touch with nature, etc. What’s your thoughts?

Comments:

Julie says:
I have a deep love of nature and I don’t profess to be involved in any religion. I garden, teach my children to love and respect nature – be it domesticated like gardening or when we are hiking through the thousands of national forest that backs up to our property.

I also know quite a few atheists and agnostics that feel the same as I do. My own lineage includes Native Americans, who had no knowledge of the Christian God, but had a sense of spiritual respect for everything around them. I would have to say that the percentage of Christians who ‘love’ nature has a much lower ratio of respect for the animals they hunt or the plants they tend – as the Bible teaches man is the pinnacle of creation and ‘above’ or ‘in charge’ of the rest of creation.

Most atheists I know believe there is nothing after this life, so they try to live their lives to be as helpful or respectful to others they come in contact with, knowing there is no ‘reward’ after this life.

I digress, though. My answer in short is: No, I don’t think that there are more religious gardeners as opposed to non-religious.

My reply:

I’m amazed at how many people refer to not being an atheist, must automatically revert to a Christian God, as you say. But, nonetheless, your answer is much appreciated and voted up…

Julie says:

I’m not sure I understand your comment? I’m agnostic, so I don’t believe in either side. I just see most questions of this nature are asked by Christians, so I assumed you meant the Christian God, I’m sorry if I assumed wrong.

I replied with:  Ahh, the good ol’ “assumption” excuse; blah! 😀

Julie says:  So you weren’t talking about the Christian God? What I am saying is I don’t understand what your comment about ‘must automatically revert to a christian god’ means. If you clarified, I’d be happy to explain without assuming.

I simply replied with: You’re the one who brought up the “Christian God,” not me… Maybe you need to clarify; duh!

Julie ignorantly replies with: Yes, I did, but I asked you to clarify your comment. It makes no sense how you worded it, but now that you’re being rude I don’t care to discuss this nor help your page views by wasting my time here. Be well and I hope you continue to enjoy gardening

I replied with:  Blah-blah! If you can’t understand how most people that are atheists or agnostics, often refer to others who speak of God as either Christians or, in some cases, Islamic, then you must really be confused, albeit you’re the one who brought it up!

Somethgblue says:
The answer to your question is yes because once you have nurtured a garden to life with your love and care then you have allowed some of Gods light to shine in your soul . . . and everyone could use some of that action.

I replied with:  Excellent answer; thanks for sharing… 🙂

Now, after reading all of the crap that followed my innocent question, why in the fuck would any moderator delete such things?  Ahh, the joys of having your own website!  I’m about ready to say “to hell with those silly community, article-submit sites” and when I do write online, I’ll stick to my own sites and be my own freakin’ moderator!  Cheers!

Oh, if anybody has any additional answers to the original question on this post, feel free to leave it in the comment field. 

P.S.  Happy gardening this year and good luck with ya crops!

—End of Post “Is the percentage of people being atheists, lower for gardeners?”

Theory of Evolution: Where is the missing link between Homo erectus & Homo sapiens?

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question_markThis post has been relocated here, due to mysterious problems it encountered on a community website, known as HubPages.  Anyway…

Here of late, I have stumbled upon a lot of debate about the Theory of Evolution.
In the past, I’ve always accepted the fact that life evolves, adapts, and acclimates to its surroundings. I have never related the theory of evolution with religions or creationists, etc.
Actually, the concepts of evolution should have nothing to do with philosophic pondering or creation theories for that matter, but yet, nowadays it often seems to be lined up in direct opposition with such things.

BUT, before I go on rambling about this subject, I must point out a couple Hubs (out of the many) that are Pro or Con, when it comes to evolution.
The first Hub in question is one that I wasn’t allowed to comment on, perhaps due to my offensive intellect & intuition (it must be unscientific of some sort as they obviously seem to deny intuition as that might be too human-like and advanced for the mechanical brains of scientific theory; ha!) and the fact that the author refused to answer a very simple question of mine pertaining to the missing link between the Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens, here: http://tfscientist.hubpages.com/hub/making-sense-of-evolution-a-step-by-step-guide
On the flip side, which is from a person that held a decent argument against that particular individual (along with getting his comments approved), you can find a Hub that is not totally in favor of the theory of evolution, here: http://smileysock.hubpages.com/hub/Evolution-is-not-a-science

After reading those Hubs, come back here and resume play; anyway…

It’s a different world out there today, and unlike what Darwin originally wrote, albeit he borrowed most of his theories from others and received way too much credit for this notion, a lot of people have somehow managed to turn the “theory of evolution” into a religion, it seems…

In my opinion, among many others including certain biologists with a sense of awareness beyond authoritative textbooks, Evolution is not a real science.
True science would not base its self on assumption of progression with limited fossil evidence, for example.
Yada-yada, I said limited, as I can hear the moans now…
Look, I’m not going deep into the animal kingdom on this one, unless the comments provoke it, because the main point of this Hub is about a question that no evolutionist can ever seem to answer.
You can’t conclude the reason for all the different forms of life without the evidence to do such, which this lovely theory simply can’t do nor can it be absolutely proved and so on.
For one, ya can’t perform live tests on fossil records, and what dead evidence you gather, only leads to educated guesses in hopes that there is no outside variables and factors, which we will cover in a moment.

There are so many holes in this theory of evolution, it isn’t even funny.
If you try to argue with an evolutionist (dang, they got titles, too..), they will simply say that you “don’t understand” what the science is. Does this sound familiar? If you argue with a creationist and their Bible, they may tell you that you “don’t understand” the word of God or the translations.

What is going on here?

Are the core components of spiritual belief and insight about half as right as science and evolutionists?
Whatever happened to intuition?
Definition of intuition: 1) quick and ready insight; 2) the power or faculty of knowing things without conscious reasoning
Can’t people put two and two together? Oh, that’s right, we have mathematicians out there that say 2 + 2 doesn’t equal 4!  I’d love to see somebody rationally prove that one, although there really are people out there who play with integers long enough, that they create a fantasy of some sort and alter the reality of actuality.

Well, regardless of personal beliefs, mathematics or science and/or which side of the fence you are on, in my opinion, it takes more faith to believe that we spawned from a single-cell amoeba than from being a dividend of a divinity.
In my opinion, it takes more faith to believe that a so-called “Big Bang” came from a point of a minuscule singularity of “nothing” as opposed to believing that you came from “something.”
By the way, please define a “singularity” in a cosmic fashion…

I’m not getting into a theory of unity on this particular Hub, so please spare me from your ancient philosophy that we all end up holding each other in the end; yikes!
In fact, as interesting as it is, I’m not in the mood to hear about Quantum Entanglement either, at the moment, as this post is about the missing link between the Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens, and how this unexplained gap kills this theory of evolution, at least when humans are involved.

Oh, there are many complaints about the animal kingdom having missing links as well, but the more pertinent matter on my Hub, is about those little, crafty humanoids.
I’m not getting into the whales, giraffes, horses, dinosaurs, superbugs, and so on.

Hold up… Stop!

Watch this quick video that is under two minutes long:

Now, tell me you didn’t laugh at around the 16 or 17 second mark of that video?
What is wrong with that picture?
By looking at that chart of his, there is a great eye sore, to say the least…
These evolutionist people are, uh, serious..? Ha-ha!

I mean, holy crap!
You got a Bonobo lined up with a Chimp next to a Humanoid beside a Gorilla and an Orangutan…and this highly worshipped atheist is pointing at all five, while talking about the “great apes being cousins and relatives,” all while one (the Homo sapiens) is not even remotely freakin’ related!
Sarcasm: “Oh yeah, my cousins are chimps and bonobos with my distant homies being gorillas and orangutans.”
Yeah, that makes no sense whatsoever!
These overly educated morons make some of the most asinine preachers look intelligent!
Yeah, and a cow-like being decided to go swimming one day and eventually turned into a whale. WTF!

Anyway, I’m getting off track here … moving back into the subject of the “missing link,” where in the hell is it?

If you really want to read an unbiased paper (Homo Erectus ‘to’ Modern man: Evolution or Human Variability?) about this matter, that ultimately comes to the conclusion of this: “After careful study of hundreds of scientific descriptions and photographs of scores of fossil humans, it is clear to me that all shades of intergrading exist between “ancient” erectus and modern humans, but the chronological patterns of appearance, even using the evolutionists’ own dating methods, do not match the predictions of the theory. In view of the clear-cut and unmistakable morphological gap between apes and humans, I believe that human fossil study provides strong circumstantial evidence in favor of the theistic view of origins.”
Read more, if you are really serious about this subject, here:
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/tj/v8/n1/erectus

Although this page is not primarily concerned with the origins of Homo sapiens, just the missing link between the ape-like Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens that lead one to believe that “humans” seem to have came out of nowhere and just sort of magically appeared as if we were created by another race of beings or by some divinity of some sort, the Theory of Evolution is yet to explain, as noted above, the origins of Homo sapiens (modern man) and my original, seemingly simple question that is always avoided by evolutionists without proof or a sound theory.

It comes down to this, when it concerns our origin (and this is not a freakin’ “non sequitur”):

Did the Evolutionists’ single-cell amoeba do it?
Did the creationists’ God or Gods do it?
Did the aliens from another world do it?
Or did we all do it via a universal consciousness?

Until the day comes when Evolutionists can gracefully explain the missing link between Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens of today, they will never really hold any ground when it comes to real science, fact or actuality.
I know, I know, it would be nice & easy to say that we are all from the same species, race, etc., and that the extinct Homo erectus, Neanderthals, etc., are all close relatives to the same type of beings that roam the earth today and that we all evolved from a single-cell amoeba and got extra motivated from some mad race of trilobites (just threw that in there for fun), but that simply isn’t true.
I hate to say it, but the ancient alien theorists make better sense than the evolutionists when it concerns “human” evolution, and the religionists lie somewhere in between the two. Ah, the joys of life’s mysteries… 😀

Humorous Quote: “Darwin is liked by evolutionists because he liberated science from the straitjacket of observation and opened the door to storytellers. This gave professional evolutionists job security so they can wander through biology labs as if they belong there.” — David Coppedge, Speaking of Science, Creation Matters, May/June 2003

 

 

Additional, Informative Link related to “Theory of Evolution: Where is the missing link between Homo sapiens & Homo erectus?,” here :Debunking Evolution: Problems between the Theory and Reality; the False Science of Evolution

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Buy ‘Temporary Dental Fillings’ Online

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dental_fillingsIf you’ve ever lost a dental filling, broke part of your tooth off, etc., and didn’t have the time or money to go see a dentist, this post may provide you with exactly what you’re looking for…

Several years ago, I went to the dentist, got my silly x-rays and was told how many cavities I had, what needed to be pulled, filled, and so on.  Well, this particular dentist didn’t fix anything (outside of pulling) unless it showed up on an x-ray.  So, here’s what happened:  One particular jaw tooth had a couple areas that needed filling, but was at the brink of another cavity on the side, although it didn’t show up on the x-ray.  Well, a few months later, by the time it came to getting that tooth fixed, he filled the other areas but left the hole that was forming on the side of that tooth, and worked around it because ‘technically” it didn’t show up on the x-ray during my first appointment there!  WTF?

So, as the years went by, the cavity got worse and although that jaw tooth was filled everywhere else, the cavity that he “worked around” finally got so deep, that the tooth broke off (half of it) one day while I was eating some yummy hot wings.  Then, about year-and-a-half later, that bastard started hurting pretty bad.  I would have pain for a couple days, then it would subside, flare up again, go away for a few, come back, etc.  Now, I’m on an online search for temporary dental fillings, and I think I’m in luck.

Oh, I suppose one could say “why didn’t you just go back to the dentist and get your tooth fixed?”  Well, unlike some folks, I can’t stand dentists, doctors, or anybody else  that pokes and probes at me while trying to prescribe me baloney pills for every possible ailment known to man.  I only go to those places when it is absolutely necessary, to say the least.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand:  I was at work one day, and got to thinking about how they surely, after all of these years of medical advancement and better medicine, have something on the market to act as a dental filling.  I was hoping to find something permanent, but I wasn’t surprised to only find a temporary fix.  I mean, hey, if people started fixing their own teeth, the dental industry would be screwed, for the most part.  Plus, if you don’t know what you’re doing, a person could easily give their self an oral infection along with other complications.  But, I don’t care about all that other crap, as I just want to buy a damn product, temporary or not, that acts like dental fillings, once it hardens!

After reading several reviews along with listening to all the pros and cons about many of these types of products, I think I’ve found a good one.  Some people say it can last for at least a month or longer, and is not expensive at all, when looking at the “price per application” ratio.  The name of this dental bliss, is called “REFILIT.”  I’ll provide a shopping link, in a moment.

But first, here is its product description:  “Refilit maximum strength filling material, cherry flavor exclusively for lost fillings. Instant pain relief. It has multiple applications. One step no mixing. Eugenol free. Refilit provides fast relief of pain and discomfort until you can see your dentist. Clinically tested, Refilit has a pleasant cherry taste, and is so safe and effective you can eat on it.”

Of course, you may want to browse through the entire selection to find exactly what you’re looking for, but personally, I’m going to buy the REFILIT stuff, and I may report back here in a few weeks, and provide my product review.  Okay, well, tooth aches are not fun, so maybe these products will be of great help for the ones out there searching for dentistry alternatives.  I’ll provide the shopping link below…

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Buy Telescopes & Binoculars Online

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Looking for something far away?  Are you one of the many that are desperately searching for Planet X/Planet Nibiru?  Regardless if you’re wanting to buy cheap binoculars or expensive telescopes for your new-found love of astronomy, you can easily find what you need online…

I haven’t did a promotional post in a while, as I usually try to steer clear from such things and generally like writing about informative stuff or things that are at least semi-entertaining or halfway interesting.  However, I have been hearing more and more about people constantly looking up in the sky, searching for this Doomsday Planet that suppose to appear during this fine year of 2012, and also how many people are trying to detect unusual changes in the moon for evidence that a polar shift is slowly happening, and so on.

Yeah, there is a lot of crazy talk out there, and we can only hope that all this “doom & gloom” stuff is a lie and/or an elaborate hoax.  On the other hand, this beautiful water planet currently has enough problems without a polar shift or a horde of aliens coming from a frozen rock via deep space.  Plus, why does there suppose to be aliens on Planet X?  What happened to their flying saucers and warmer planets that are closer to a star?  I thought one of the alien races were currently fleeing from their planet due to the big dying star Betelgeuse?  At any less than insane rate, I’m also thinking about buying a telescope, albeit I already have binoculars, but they are just your basic, fairly weak 7 x 35 mm. type (Tasco Zip brand) that I got when I was a kid.

Speaking of being a kid, my early years is when I spent the most time looking at the night sky, trying to see awesome stellar stuff with my cheap binoculars and so forth.  I’d read all different types of cool science books & space books with lots of illustrations, and I seemed to be more into astronomy, back then.  What has happened to me?  Why do I often go outside at night and pretend there is nothing up there anymore?  Oh, yeah, being stuck in the rat race and being a low-middle class working stiff can do that to a person.  Anyway, all this hype has got me sort of interested again, so I figure I’m not the only one who has recently thought about buying a telescope online.

By what I have read, most telescopes will do the job, except you have to watch out for those poor quality, Mickey Mouse ones you often see at Walmart and other discount retail stores.  I don’t want a toy scope, and if I’m spending my money, I’m going to pay a little extra and get one that actually serves its purpose.  I’m going to also include a link for binoculars, as well, in case you need some for general purposes like spying on your neighbors (Ha!  Just kidding!), bird watching or zooming in on nature while outdoors, etc.

If you’re getting into the field of astronomy, you’ll have plenty to learn before you become a pro, as you can bet on that.  But, it is all fun and educational while learning about the cosmos, unless you really do spot that mystery planet that contains a throng of barbaric reptilian aliens with bad intentions; yikes! 

I’ll drop down a couple shopping links below, and even if you don’t want to buy any of these at the moment, it is always good to at least browse through the selections so you can get a good idea of the price range and what you’d be willing to spend, if you ever do decide to purchase any of these nifty gadgets of magnifying bliss…

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                                                ———>‘Click Here’ to Shop for Binoculars Online<———

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Pink Slime in your Ground Beef?

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Most of us are aware, that unless you grow your own food and raise your own livestock, you don’t really know for sure what all is in your food!  More concern lies in the processed foods and the meat you buy at the local market, and the produce is rarely organic, as well.

This post is mainly addressing beef, and more so, ground beef. As if the antibiotics and added hormones wasn’t enough, we run into something else, a cheap filler, known as “pink slime.” Before I say anymore, are you ready for a good ol’ supermarket hamburger?

pink_slime_beef

I’ll go ahead and copy & paste a quick excerpt from Wikipedia (including my occasional bouts of commentary within the excerpt) about this subject, to get the ball rolling:

“Pink slime, also known as lean finely textured beef (LFTB), boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT), and soylent pink (Ha-ha! Have you ever seen the movie Soylent Green?), is a beef-based food additive that may be added to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as an inexpensive filler. It consists of finely ground beef scraps and connective tissue (sounds like reprocessed road kill, if ya ask me) which have been mechanically removed from the fat. The recovered material (Yikes!) is processed, heated, and treated with ammonia gas or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria (Thank you very much for doing such!). It is finely ground, compressed into blocks and flash frozen for use as an additive to beef products.

In the United States, the additive itself cannot legally be sold directly to consumers, but can constitute up to 15% of ground beef without additional labeling (sort of like how they don’t have to list Trans fat if it doesn’t reach 0.5 grams per tiny serving), and can also be added to other meat products such as beef-based processed meats. Prior to the invention of the disinfection process, beef scraps could only be sold as pet food or as an ingredient for cooking oil. (That’s good news folks, we are now eating stuff they put in pet food!)

Widespread public attention was drawn to the product in March 2012 by a series of reports at ABC News, which reported at that time that 70 percent of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained the product. Subsequently, many grocery stores and supermarkets, including the nation’s three largest chains, announced that they would no longer sell products containing the additive.”

Please note:  Pink slime is not permitted in Canada. Also, Pink slime does not meet the legal requirements for sale in the United Kingdom.

What in the hell is going on here?

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One of the main reasons I wanted to post this, was because I have recently ate some “real ground beef” that came from a farm-raised cow.  My mom and my step-dad usually buy half of a cow on occasions from a local farmer, get it processed, cut, packaged, and they freeze it in bulk.  I was over there the other day, and she gave me a few packages to sample.
Well, I generally try to buy good cuts of beef, pork, etc.  But, when it comes to ground beef, I usually just snag up whatever looks decent and go on my way. I figure that ground beef from the grocery store will still taste better than fast-food burgers, for example.

Anyway, upon eating some of this “real” hamburger meat, I was like: “What in the hell is this?  This taste like steak meat or something.  Dang, does hamburgers suppose to taste this good?” Ha-ha! It has been so long since I had “100% real” ground beef, that I evidently forgot what the stuff tasted like.

Oh, if you’d like to read about the controversy, consumer concerns and whatnot, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Slime

People need to know more about what is going into their food.
And, if at all possible, grow your own edibles and either try to raise your chickens, cows, pigs, etc., or at least try to buy from a local farmer that you can trust.
This is just an informative post to help raise awareness about all the crap they are putting in our food, as if many of you didn’t already know…

All of this pink slime stuff reminds me of when I used to be a butcher.  When it came time to run the ground beef from the pre-bought tubes into the grinder, it would often look “different” when compared to the hamburger meat I’d make from beef trimmings.  I’m not sure if any of those cheap beef tubes had pink slime in them or not, but one thing is for sure, when I ground my own hamburger meat from  lean beef mixed in with fat trimmings, it just appeared and smelled more real as opposed to that other crap they had in the tubes.  Oh, and the better taste is usually a dead giveaway…

Update: Good News! There have been some recent efforts to eliminate pink slime in our ground beef in the U.S.  Even McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell announced they would discontinue the use of BPI products in their food. I hope this trend continues… BUT, what will they think of next? I recently read on some science site that there are experiments going on right now, where they are trying to grow meat in the lab! My gawd!

—End of Post “Pink Slime in your Ground Beef?”

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Growing & Cooking Okra – The Health Benefits of…

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Whenever I mention Okra, there is usually somebody that will say something like this:  “Say whaaa?  You eat Okra?  Eeew!”  Ha-ha!  But seriously, this stuff is really good and I think more people would like it, if they’d just try it or perhaps cook it a few different ways, etc.

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I will say, at least in the U.S., Okra seems to be more of a “southern thing,” sort of like Fried Green Tomatoes.  One must remember, here in the south, we’ll batter & fry almost anything possible, hence forth the obesity problem at hand; LOL!

At any rate, I just happened to think about this particular veggie today, when contemplating what I’m going to do for the garden season of 2012.  It seems that every gardening season is different for me, since I have moved several times of late.  This year I have limited space, and I’m thinking about getting the most out of my yard by doing something I have never done before, which would be planting in multiple sections and in strategic areas.  I mean, I planted in sections once before, when I had a big open field; I had 2 separate growing areas, but one of them was mostly a corn field

Now that I have normal-sized yard without much room for a big garden, I’m going to have to get creative, to say the least.  Anyway, this post isn’t going to be highly informative or anything,  just me rambling about cooking and growing okra along with a few of the health benefits it has, and so on…

Okra is extremely easy to grow and doesn’t have any special requirements that stand out.  If you can grow tomatoes and peppers, you should have no problem growing okra.  Although many people recommend starting this plant from seed sown directly into your garden, I find it easier to just buy the plants small and transplant them into your garden.  Yes, it costs slightly more but it is my garden and if I want to take a shortcut, it is my business!  Ha!  The only seeds I usually sow directly into the soil are the large ones, like corn, squash, zucchini, etc.
I have read before that it is a good idea to rotate your okra crop (change locations) every year because they are very susceptible to diseases from the soil and those beloved garden pests.
If you have fairly decent soil or use organic compost and whatnot, you will most likely not have to even worry about fertilizer.  Or, you can take the easy way out (if you don’t use compost, etc.) and apply a small amount of miracle grow (or other types of fertilizer) a few times, when your plant starts growing larger – to insure a good yield.

It is a good idea to pick your okra at a small size, or it will be too tough to eat and the seeds in the pods will be quite large.
I usually pick it anywhere from 3.5 to 5 inches, albeit I have picked some a little larger and they still be tender – depending on how fast they grew.  Speaking of that, if you have a lot of okra plants and they start to yield, if you do not go out there every day and pick ’em, you’ll have green pods coming out of your bunghole!  Yes folks, they really produce quick, once they start to take off!

I’m not going to spend any more time talking about growing this easy-to-grow vegetable.  Now how about cooking these tasty delights?
Being from the south, I can tell ya right now, I prefer to batter them in corn meal and fry those suckers in oil.   I slice up a good mess, roughly 3/8ths to 1/2 inch slices, bread them with my flour & seasoning, and drop them in a preheated skillet full of canola oil.

I have also boiled them in a mixture of water, soy sauce, and pepper seasoning, and they turn out great.  When I boil ’em, I keep the pods whole.  I have also pickled okra, although I wasn’t that impressed because it ended up tasting like pickles instead of okra, but whatever floats your boat!

There are many ways to use okra when cooking, not just the ways I mentioned above.  Many people put them in soups, stews, and stir-fry, as well.
Some people cook them with Lima beans, tomatoes and corn, which is something I believe they call “Okra Succotash.”

Now, what about those health benefits?
Like any organic vegetable that isn’t laced with pesticide and chemicals, it has obvious health benefits. …The usual vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, blah, blah, and so on and so forth.
However, there is a distinct quality in okra that is really good for your digestive tract.  The slime or “goo” in okra is a very beneficial fiber and helps lubricate the large intestine.  Okra’s mucilage (that slime or goo stuff that forms when you cook it) binds cholesterol and bile acid which helps flush the toxins and excess cholesterol out of the body via your intestinal tract.
Okra has been known to help people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) along with other ailments.
Here’s a web page I just found online, that speaks about some of these health benefits in further detail:  http://www.pyroenergen.com/articles07/okra-health-benefits.htm

Well, enough about this okra subject.  Now I’m ready to fry some, but I don’t have any at the moment.  I look forward to growing some this year, though, along with several other things; good luck with your crops and enjoy the garden season of 2012.  Cheers!

—End of post “Growing & Cooking Okra – The Health Benefits of…”

Solar Storms & Flares – NASA Video

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Well, many of you have most likely heard a lot of talk about doomsday, end of the world babble, Mayan Prophesies, Dec. 21, 2012 chatter, and a lot of other verbiage concerning global disasters,  mega earthquakes, storms, solar flares, a polar shift, and the works.

Now, before we get too excited, one must realize that the weather is about as unpredictable as a woman (Ha-ha!  Just kidding…).  No matter what year it is, natural disaster can strike and cataclysmic events can occur.  This “end of the world 2012” talk has sort of got hyped up by the media and uneducated drama queens, for example.  On this post, I’m not getting into any of that other stuff, as this particular blog entry is intended to be a quick video post via NASA, about solar storms and flares.

Now, you may ask:  Should I be worried about major solar flares and/or storms from the sun during the next several months?  Well, I would say that it isn’t a bad idea to be prepared for an electrical blackout, if the worst case scenario takes place.  You know, like stock up on canned goods, ammunition for your guns, alcohol, etc.  Most likely, since we have the technology to detect the flares and solar storms while knowing when they are coming to Earth a couple days before impact, we will have a better chance for taking preventative measures that may help protect our power grids, etc.

But, in fact, scientists are warning that when they hit, if large enough, they could potentially knock out power grids, GPS satellites, airline communications and incite nuclear meltdowns. The solar flare cycle occurs about every 11 years and is expected to reach its peak of activity (on this current cycle) around June 2013 or thereabouts.  The cycle starts with the flares slowly calming down, becoming relatively dormant, then picking back up until it peaks near the end of its 11 year cycle.  This has been going on, as long as we can tell, for a very, very long time.

Here’s an example of the effect they can have:  In 1989, a solar flare damaged a power grid in Quebec, Canada, cutting power for hours to millions of people.  But, it could have been worse…

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft captured this image of a solar flare as it erupted from the sun early on Tuesday, October 28, 2003. This was the most powerful flare measured with modern methods. Credit: NASA/SOHO:

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Okay, well, NASA says that “killer solar flares are a physical impossibility,” but they can obviously cause major problems if they are big enough in today’s world.  I’m sure we have had some really big ones down through the history of mankind, but there wouldn’t have been much of an effect then, since we didn’t have all that technical stuff, electrical devices, communication systems, and so on, back then.   One good thing, when it comes to solar storms, is that we have a fairly thick atmosphere that protects us from outside radiation.

Anyway, instead of reading about what I may have to say about this tempestuous/stormy subject, check out the video from NASA, below:

—End of Post “Solar Storms & Flares – NASA Video”

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