MEAT IS MURDER - The Smiths...
Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER
And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER
And the calf that you carve with a smile
And the turkey you festively slice
Do you know how animals die ?
Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not "comforting", cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench
It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour
NO, NO, NO, IT'S MURDER
NO, NO, NO, IT'S MURDER
Oh...and who hears when animals cry ?
I was listening to WCPT fade away and get over-written by a christian talk-show where they were talking about god and alternate universes and neurons etc. Now, see, that's the kind of god talk i can jam on. Well, i thought that it was nice how the human race still had these little pockets of inquisition and dialogue, where it gradually sorts through old ideas and evolves towards new ones. But old ideas die hard, because they are passed on from generation to generation, within private we-are-special families, not really as ideas but as feelings or moods or inclinations engrained so deep they may even alter RNA, if not DNA. Old ideas may be carried on like bad viruses or parasites that people have simply learned to love.
Once, religions taught to avoid pork. And that was a good thing because it kept clans from being culled by demonic Trichinosis, and so forth. Even long past the introduction of modern medicine, the taboo remains within the religion, and so forth. Once, we had separate drinking fountains for whites and blacks. Again, based on prejudice, but maybe a good idea in so far as it unconsciously aimed to keep one, (mainly the white), population from contracting viruses from the other - not so much via the water spout, but via the overall segregation. I feel you just have to look back and say, "That was really stupid, and yet it came from superstition, which has often done our species well - NOW LET'S MOVE ON, SHALL WE?" But, no, racism seems to be worse now than in many many years.
Did you know that the dreaded MASON-DIXON LINE was drawn greatly along the latitude where MALARIA, (borne by mosquitoes), died out due to colder northern winters? And we switched to blacks for slaves in the south greatly because they didn't succumb to malaria like whites did. Forcing blacks to do this meant we transitioned more from indentured servitude into slavery. At least in the south. Blacks were somewhat freer in the north. But slavery would have rationalised reasons why a less hardy race was subjugating a more hardy one - because the subjugators were of course given permission by god, or whatever, because they were extra-special. With their inalienable rights. (Of course, some founding fathers were very opposed to the continuance of slavery, but they accepted it - very much in the Obama fashion - so as to bring the southern states into the union, hoping slavery could be removed through one of those Jeffersonian BILL OF RIGHTS amendments, which is just what happened. But the point is, superstitions over mysterious illnesses/spirits fed into social psychology and helped to perpetuate outdated ideas later.
And there was a time when theories of Darwinism and Eugenics and anti-social-darwinism and master races emerged in the middle of the 1800's. Classes of people did alarming things to try to socially engineer society and its races, which were classified as best, not-so-best, pretty bad, and very very bad. The language, even in "scientific" circles, circulated phrases like, "impure race," "bastard son," "feeble-minded," and so on. And, of course, we all know that this officially sanctioned pre-scientific-sociology language has greatly survived into modern times.
Well, even Jackson went ahead and uprooted the Cherokee. Even William Jennings-Bryant fought the theory of evolution for fear of social upheavals of the libertarian/Somalian sort. Even Puritan progressives fought for Prohibition, to tame the Irish. They locked away blacks, they quarantined people with smallpox, they performed lobotomies, and so on. All pretty bad, counter-productive, and inhumane ideas - but based on superstitions which once served our species well, in prehistoric times. Bad ideas which, dare I say it, may have underwritten dynamics of survival of the fittest, back in Neandertal times, at least when it came to illnesses or infirmities - though they more definitely underwrote bigotry and such. But it all happened. And all humans act that way when they are afraid and struggling to survive. All those bad ideas are trying to live on today, for no good reason, and you've just got to say, "Enough already! Survival of the fittest is a flawed concept anyway. And your terms are completely false. Your ends and your means are mean and endless. Stop it! Haven't we learned anything by now! Move on! Move on! Nothing to see here! Stop you ghoulish gaping!"
"When they dropped the atomic bomb, everything changed but our way of thinking!" And so it goes.
But a little here and a little there, we do move on, in fits and starts. It's like me and my CFS - two steps forward, 1.999 steps back. And sometimes a plunging tumble. But let us talk about the universe now. And our place in it. And how we have come up face-to-face with god's plan for us, and we may see that it is only our ancient apprehensions - it is the wake of our own progress enveloping and smothering us now. What do we make of it? Shall we blame the Jews? Shall we smite the Sun? Or shall we find the angels of our better nature and THINK NEW THOUGHTS?
Once, the world was flat. And now it's not. I still butter my bread on the same side. It's no great adjustment - I mean, I haven't fallen off yet. Once, it was thought impossible that life could exist elsewhere in the universe. Now it seems absurd that life could NOT exist elsewhere - and in ABUNDNCE. For god is great - greater than we had imagined.
And once, today, it is believed that consciousness is a special quality of humans and OK animals - and maybe, just maybe, of all higher living things - all involving electrochemical processes between neurons. And there, there alone is consciousness? As if no other dynamics throughout the wide universe could not also bespeak consciousness, neurons or not? I look at this assumption of the limitted, local - almost materialistic or mechanical - existence of consciousness and I sigh, eager to get on with the new conversation.
I look on the current view of consciousness as already archaic, and naive. Superstitious.
As we eventually realised that LIFE could exist throughout the universe, one day we may reach the understanding THAT CONSCIOUSNESS PERMEATES EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE. For god is great, and we are just excitable children slowly learning to share our toys.
Similarly, I look at people entrenched in their catholic or theocratic assumptions, which they unconsciously use to pick the pockets of the uncooperative, and gain the favour of the rich, and such - and I am dismayed. I am alarmed. I am alone and saddened by how old and useless these ideas are. How they only assist us in eating ourselves alive.
Like cannibalism, they live on as if we are locked away without sustenance, knowing only to murder for the meat.
And I live a life too far in the future. I can only look ahead, even as my brain is eaten away.
Bad sneezing, low temp, fatigue all day, until I ate some oats, and now my clothes are spontaneously igniting.
Some similarities between Alzheimers and Mad Cow, CFS...
"Alzheimer's disease has been identified as a protein misfolding disease (proteopathy), caused by accumulation of abnormally folded A-beta and tau proteins in the brain."
"Various inflammatory processes and cytokines may also have a role in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease. Inflammation is a general marker of tissue damage in any disease, and may be either secondary to tissue damage in AD or a marker of an immunological response."
"Researchers have been led to suspect non-plaque Aβ oligomers (aggregates of many monomers) as the primary pathogenic form of Aβ. These toxic oligomers, also referred to as amyloid-derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs), bind to a surface receptor on neurons and change the structure of the synapse, thereby disrupting neuronal communication. One receptor for Aβ oligomers may be the prion protein, the same protein that has been linked to mad cow disease and the related human condition, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, thus potentially linking the underlying mechanism of these neurodegenerative disorders with that of Alzheimer's disease."
- from wiki
Alzheimers also attacks the VPC, myelin sheaths, memory/encoding, leaves punctate lesions, etc.
BRAIN RUST 1 - http://www.prohealth.com/me-cfs/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=16807
BRAIN RUST 2 - (http://madman101.livejournal.com/1056969.html) - or - http://fight4yourhealth.com/answers/copper-zinc-and-alzheimers