CONNECT THE DOTS [#BetheChange]

keep-calm-and-tell-the-truth-6-257x300You can lead a man to water, but you can’t make him think.

We [as a modern day society] have collectively become lazy as a society by succumbing to the “selective perception” that the mainstream media has built their programming on – paid programming that is. By allowing others to lead our analysis of current events – without performing due diligence with what we read – we have allowed ourselves to be divided and conquered as intellectual individuals. We have have systematically given up our freedom to access of truths by allowing media “professionals” to tip the “fair and balanced” in the dir

Any one who has ever taken a Journalism 101 class (including moi) will remember the lesson on selective perception – as well as the journalists’ alleged “responsibility” to be fair and balanced as “gatekeepers”. The 101 also covered  topics such as identifying the target audience (i.e.  public), and writing at a level they can understand (apparently at a “fifth grade” level). That illustrious “gatekeeper” position is nothing more than a proofreading position as “relevant” information passes from the top floor (publisher), down to editor-in-chief, then the city desk editor, and finally to the lowly journalist who is hungry for action (and food since they make less than most elementary school janitors). So, now that you have a quickie lowdown on the school of thought that journalists are squeezed out of, it is easier to see why the “fair and balanced” cannot be achieved through our current mainstream media  paradigm.

You want the TRUTH? You CAN handle the truth.

The truth is out there, but as a society we need to understand that it takes a lot of insight, analysis, and due diligence to find what has been hidden from us. The first step to manuvering through the mainstream media paradigm is to read publications from other countries to find out what is really going on at home (America in my case). For example, there is no hidden agenda or motivation for a paper in Italy to hide key stories about the USA strolling into other countries and funding anti-government factions to “rise up” against their government. In fact with the amount of resentment the American “cowboy” stereotype has built up internationally,  we have to read outside the USA to see how most other countries love to cover our woes and follies!

Become a Hound Dog.

The second key to connecting the dots and gaining REAL information is to follow your hunch. When reading a story online (most muckrackers prefer drudgereport.com as a starting point), look for repeating names, and listen to your “gut” about their characteristics. For the past few decades (or centuries ) we have had a repeat cast of politicians and big business players – not a coincidence. As we working peons know, it takes time to work hard and save to move on to the next level. This cast knows that too, but they also know how to schmooze money out of others using grease (sans the elbow). Back room dealings, elaborate dinners, star-studded charity events – all breeding grounds for exchanging big money. Keep your eyes peeled and listen to your inner voice, there are many dots to be connected from the political theatre to the state of society that we were in.

Implement deductive logic in everything you do (and read).

I’d  like to pose this question to my readers, “Do you believe everything you read, or that is told to you?”  I believe the mainstream media already made up the answer for you, and it is “yes”. Don’t let them do that to you, OK? There’s no such thing as“bi-partisianship” in this country because everyone is now screaming at each other like amped up teens – especially with the topics of “religion” and “politics”. I use the metaphorical quotation marks because in general debates are now based on regurgitated Op-Eds from either the blue or red side of the fence. I side with libertarians and anarchists (always have, always will) because I want to know what, why, where, and how before I even remotely make a statement in conversation. In fact, it sometimes takes me months before I’ll commit to an ideal, or statement, because I will ONLY back a position if I have enough logic to support it.

Here’s the funny little thing about logic, it has to make sense in a Universal realm – not because you want it to, or because it supports some deep seated passion point you have. Deductive logic is parallel to the Scientific Method, which is the foundation for all knowledge we have acclaimed and accomplished up until now. So start backing up your viewpoint with REAL evidence. For example, try quoting industry studies, findings, journals, and historical evidence (i.e. history repeats itself – heard of the Roman Empire?) instead of HuffPo or Fox News. It’ll change your world – I swear – it will also change the decaying world we live in. Now that’s the TRUTH!

POPPIN’ PIMPLES

8415336.cmsPimples…uninvited guests that show up when you least expect – or want them too (dates, public speaking, etc.). They are the worst type of uninvited guests – second to pests of course – who seem to linger MUCH longer than we would like them to. That being said, I’ve decided not to bore you with cliches or positive pimple talk with this intro. Instead I’d like to quote one of my favorite cultural icons (whose words greatly inspired me  at the ripe  age of 19) before diving into the what and how.

When you’re interested in somebody, and you think they might be interested in you, you should point out all your beauty problems and defects right away, rather than take a chance they won’t notice them…On the other hand, say you have a purely temporary beauty problem—a new pimple, lackluster hair, no-sleep eyes, five extra pounds around the middle. Still, whatever it is, you should point it out…If you don’t point out these things they might think that your temporary beauty problem is a permanent beauty problem…If they really do like you for yourself, they’ll be willing to use their imagination to think of what you must look like without your temporary beauty problem. – Andy Warhol

Pimple Prevention:

An ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold when it comes to pimples. While the following tips are a bit of a “duh” there is absolutely no substitution to eating right and drinking lots (and lots) of water to keep the body cleansed and pores clean. You are what you eat, and often times the pimples that pop up are gentle reminders that your liver is pissed because you fell off the healthy eating band wagon. But never fear, your body has nothing but unconditional love for you…its up to you to return that feeling.

Practice Clean Skin Habits

Keeping the skin well cleansed will deter the formation of pimples. Using a mild cleanser at the start of your day, in the evening, and before bed is recommended. Avoid scrubbing your skin, which has the potential to make matters worse.

Hands Off!

Touching your skin passes extra dirt, oil, bacteria, and grime that can trigger acne and other skin irritations. Also, if you see a pimple start to form, you should refrain from squeezing, pinching, or picking.

Shave With Caution

The way you shave can also irritate the skin to provoke pimples to form. Depending on your skin sensitivity, you may have to find a balance between electric and safety razors.

Read Skin Care Labels

When purchasing skin care products, you should be on the lookout for words, such as “oil-free,” “greaseless,” “hypoallergenic,” and “noncomedogenic”, but as always be sure to read the label and source sustainable and ethically engineered products.

The Home Remedies:

There is no doubt [in my mind] that the following are just scratching the surface for home remedies. In fact there are many blog posts out in the world wide web that cover many more home remedies. My favorite post on this subject so far can be found by Crunchy Betty (I absolutely love this saucy site), but please do read on and if this info is a little dry I won’t be offended if you visit Betty.

Vitamins

Pimples have been known to positively react to the addition of niacin (100 mg; three times per day), and vitamin A to a diet. 400 mg of vitamin E taken once per day also works wonders. You may also take 50mg of therapeutic zinc in tablet or capsule form (three times per day). Of course eating fresh organic greens is a MUST, while vitamins are an excellent addition.

Fenugreek:

A useful paste can be created from the leaves of this vegetable, which is then applied to the face before you retire each night. At the start of the morning, the paste should be washed off using warm water. Pimples, especially blackheads are treated with this home remedy.

Orange Peel:

When orange peels are pounded and combined with water, an effective home treatment for pimples is created. Apply to affected areas and watch the results.

Lemon:

Apply lemon juice to pimples to reduce their size and intensity.

Garlic:

If you rub raw garlic on problem areas several times a day, you can clear up skin. You may also eat three seeds of raw garlic once daily for a month to see results. The garlic seeds purify the blood, which aids in keeping pimples at bay.

Coriander and Mint Juice:

A helpful herbal remedy for pimples includes the mixing of one teaspoon of coriander juice, combined with a pinch of turmeric powder. Every night, after thoroughly washing the face, apply the juice for an effective home remedy. Mint juice may also replace the coriander for this home treatment for pimples.

Cucumber:

Try applying grated cucumber over the face, neck, and eyes for the treatment of pimples and blackheads. This process should only take 15-20 minutes of your time.

 

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Whiteheads

Pimples that remain under the surface of the skin.

Blackheads:

Pimples that appear on the surface of the skin and have a black appearance. Sometimes, individuals have mistaken their formation as a direct result of dirty skin, but this is not the case.

Papules:

Small lumps that are tender to the touch, which are pink in color.

Pustules:

These distinct pimples are red at the bottom and contain a visible amount of pus on top.

Nodules:

These pimples are rather large and painful, found deep in the skin. They are also solid to the touch.

Cysts:

When these deeply seeded pimples appear, scarring may occur. This type of pimple is quite painful and filled with pus.

 

FIRE UP THAT FANNY!

FireButt-01It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, fatigued and mindless these days. Stress, lack of sleep, and other factors can affect your ability to stay on top of things. Luckily, a wide range of Mother Nature’s foods and remedies are available and easy to implement for daily alertness!

Avoid Large Meals: If you eat a large meal packed with heavy foods, the chances of you staying alert decrease. Heavy foods can make you feel drowsy. Snack on fresh fruits and juices when hungry. Eat a small amount of chicken for an energizing boost in protein.

Beans: The dopamine effect of eating beans will supply the body with more energy and make you feel more assertive and alert.

Cold Water: A splash of cold water in the face is known to jump start alertness in the morning or late at night when drowsiness starts to develop.

Cold or Night Air: When drowsiness starts to attack your body, it is suggested to go for a brisk walk in the cold or night air. Usually, a 20-minute stroll will do the trick. Get pepped up by taking the dog for a walk. If walking is not your thing, take a short drive with the windows rolled down. Once you return inside, you will feel more alert.

Flaxseed: Keep your levels of healthy fats high with flax, which can improve your cerebral cortex. Try adding flaxseeds to your cereal, oatmeal or smoothies.

Fruit with Crunch: Throughout the day, munch on crunchy fruit to maintain brain energy for longer periods of time.

Organic Green Tea: A cup of organic green tea will relax the brain and encourage mental alertness. Double up on health benefits by brewing/seeping green tea with a dried fruit or herbs for a delicious blend. Be sure to source organic (vs. non) for teas, especially green, non-organic leaves are often treated with pesticides holding high levels of toxins such as fluoride. Make an benefiting elixir by adding 4 ounces of Aloe Vera juice for maximum taste experience while helping balancing your flora/fauna!

Ice Cube: Rub an ice cube across the length of your wrist and lower arm for a cool wake-up call to reload your alertness. Some people will run cold water over the underside of their wrists to increase their alertness. Or, in extreme fatigue situations tune into the Ice Cube station on Pandora!

Oatmeal: Eat a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with fresh or dried fruit  to enjoy a boost of energy, as well as an improved memory and alertness.

Raisins: It pays to eat raisin bran if you want to experience a boost in brain energy that doesn’t come with a lot of calories or fat.

Salad: Boost brain energy with a salad that has added chicken or other high-protein ingredients.

Salmon: To stay alert, eat salmon to take advantage of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and niacin. Be sure to source wild (Alaskan Sockeye is the best) for ethical and sustainable reasons.

Walnuts: The omega-3s found in walnuts can help you stay focused longer and think more clearly.

Breathing Techniques: If you find yourself in a stressful situation, your levels of alertness are often affected. Learn how to take control with deep breathing techniques, which will help you to better concentrate and focus.

Stay Out of Bedroom: When pulling an all-nighter, stay alert by avoiding the bedroom. One of the worst things you can do is study in your bedroom since your body associates your bed with sleeping. Because of this, it becomes easier to get drowsy and your body will automatically start to shut down.

Yoga: Stress can affect your alertness, making relaxing activities (like yoga) a good way to refocus your energy. Start by a good 10-minute stretch, followed by 20 minutes of meditation. A good half hour mental “time out” filled with positive thoughts will help balance your energies for better clarity and endurance.