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Is it the End of the World or Just the End of Humans?

 

So what on earth is happening to the world? Earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear radiation blowing to a city near you,  floods, fires, civil unrest in the Middle East and birds and fish committing mass suicide.

A Gnostic friend says this is based on cycles that we pass through as a solar system and planet. Also, the karma of the planet plays a big role as well as the consciousness of the citizens of this planet. We are in the last stage of the Aryan race and this will take awhile as everything escalates over the next decades. Everyone has enough time to change but not enough time to play around. Ultimately, there are great forces organizing matters and protecting those needed. After the great cataclysms there will come a new race and epoch  known as the Koradi race and we all get another chance on Earth.

From a religious perspective, the End Time or End of Days is a time period described in the writings of the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and in doomsday scenarios in various other non-Abrahamic religions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_time

My good friend Mohamed (a Muslim) says that he believes the Day of Resurrection is coming.  Apparently the sequence of events  is the annihilation of all creatures, resurrection of the body, and the judgment of all sentient creatures. The exact time when these events will occur is unknown, however there are said to be major and minor signs which are to occur near the time.

Someone else said that we’ve been poking things into the earth and drilling earth’s minerals but giving back nothing for too long and this is the earth finally speaking.

Whatever is happening we can’t say we weren’t warned! The American Indians who like all indigenous people valued the earth, ocean, nature and trees saw it coming…

• When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy

(http://www.stevenredhead.com/Native/quotes.html

The latest news on the radioactivity disaster in Japan is not good. Apparently the core of one of the reactors may have been breached. http://www.news.com.au/world/japan-nuclear-reactor-core-maybe-breached/story-e6frfl00-1226028269142

The Mayan calendar points to a turning point or possibly the end of the earth on 21st December, 2012.  Were they out in their calculations or is there worse to come? However, according to http://www.december212012.com/articles/news/Mayan_Prophecy_Predicted_Massive_Earthquake.htmapparently Mayan prophesies predicted a massive earthquake at the same time as the Japanese earthquake.

For more opinions on the current situation go to http://www.december212012.com.

There is no doubt that we have mistreated the earth.

For starters we have badly treated the indigenous inhabitants of every country.

The American Indians, the Mayans, the Incas,  the Australian Aborigines, the indigenous inhabitants of Malaysia, the natives living in the Amazon Rainforest etc etc.  We (the very advanced peoples of the West) wanted their land and their gold and silver if they had any, and nothing stood in our way. Through treachery and government ratified wholesale slaughter we wiped them all out, sending the remnants to reservations, and then we took their land.

However their attitude to land was 100% different to ours. They saw it as follows –

• Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
~ Ancient American Indian Proverb

We see the land as our personal property. We buy our block and we receive a title deed for it. 

Billions of trees are chopped down annually to make way for new housing.  Furthermore, the new houses in Australia are called ‘MacMansions’ as they are enormous and take up every centimetre of space on the block. No trees or garden can exist as there is no room left.

Blocks of flats are popping up everywhere, creating a pressure cooker environment for the residents. They live in such close proximity to their neighbours there is no privacy. Fights and quarrels abound. There is barely room for gardens in these developments and no one is allowed to keep a pet.

No one is happy. They have to work longer and longer hours to pay for incredibly expensive properties. Everyone is increasingly intolerant as demonstrated by the numerous incidents of road rage or murders which are often committed by family members or friends. Mental health has become increasingly unstable. Young people are turning to mood alterating drugs and older ones to prescribed narcotics.

Forget birds. They are of little consequence in the modern world. Their trees are chopped down so they can’t nest and have nowhere to perch.

The humble Christmas beetle which was ubiquitous not so long ago in the Sydney region, is no longer seen. According to the entemologist Stephen Fellenberg, they develop under the earth for three years before they emerge. Unfortunately due to the extensive housing developments in Sydney, the trees under which they developed have been chopped down and the earth concreted so that’s that.

Of course this situation is hardly unique. Every native animal in Australia is under threat by rampant urban development or mining. And of course this situation is repeated in every country on earth.

The seas are full of seeping oil, plastic and rubbish and now contain at least 400 dead zones in which there exists nothing but jelly fish. We have plundered the sea of fish. The food chain in the ocean has been broken into pieces. Blue Fin Tuna are almost extinct but we are still compelled to fish for them as they sell for a lot of money and well, there are many people in Japan who really like eating them. Sharks have their fins hacked off and are tossed back alive into the ocean to die. Orange Roughies are not even allowed the chance to reproduce as they are caught before their reproductive age is reached (25 years of age).

So how long do we think we can carry on in this fashion?

Well, nothing is going to change on our part. We will continue to chop down trees willy nilly.  Developers will continue to develop.

However, the earth could be striking back.  The first moves have been made and the results were not pretty.

The thing is – when the earth retaliates it can do an awful lot of damage in one hour! Maybe we should be following the Indians’ lead and live in teepees, or the Aborigines and live in bark huts or lean-tos? In an earthquake they don’t hurt if they fall on our heads.

AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

No sooner had I written this blog than I opened the Sydney Morning Herald and read that Lane Cove Council has called on the NSW government to reverse its zoning to allow 2500 new apartments after a consultant’s report suggested removing more than 80% of trees in an adjacent reserve to reduce the risk of bushfire.

Well it’s hard to know what to say to this. It is definitely a super idea to cut down all the bush just to prevent a possible bushfire! I’m being sarcastic as I can’t imagine how anyone can suggest that with a straight face. Anyway, it’s a most convenient idea as chopping down all the bushland will provide heaps of room for housing – 2500 apartments to be precise.

And of course you can imagine how super it will be to collect rates from an extra 2500 unit holders.

On the one hand the government wants to hit us with a carbon dioxide tax but they don’t see a problem with chopping down a nature reserve which is absorbing carbon dioxide and converting it to oxygen! Well I’m sure a tax will fix everything up. It will be business as usual as we continue to chop down every tree in sight and pay a tax to make ourselves feel better about it. Ha! What a joke.

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From Peaches to Pork – Your Food is all Dodgy

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The Curious Story of the Food We Eat

Hens on grass! How extraordinary!

When you go to the supermarket and buy a dozen eggs, a bottle of milk, a carton of soymilk, a bag of peaches, a fish or pork chop for dinner and a newspaper you won’t be thinking about the inside story behind these harmless purchases.

The truth is that with intensified farming, the story is not a pleasant one for animals. People no longer grow enough for their family in their own gardens as would have been the case a hundred years ago. Now farmers have to service a market of potentially millions of people. Food is mass produced with all the nastiness that this entails. Animals are treated as disposable products.

Let’s take  the first item on our shopping list – the eggs.

In Australia we eat 12 million eggs every day.  All over the world billions of hens are sitting in cramped little cages under constant artificial light, unable to move as they lay egg after egg. They never see grass or natural light. They will never walk. Their claws are long and so twisted that they never could walk even if they wanted to. Their feathers have fallen or been pecked out. They have a very short life span. As soon as they stop  laying their life is worthless to a farmer. They are slaughtered straight away.

Of course, because roosters can’t lay eggs then they are totally disposable. At one day of age the males are separated from the females and are stuffed alive into a machine which mashes them up.

The baby hens are then debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old so that they won’t peck each other.

Antibiotics are added to their feed to prevent against infections.

Free range hens are in no better situation. Hundreds of hens are cramped together in a confined space in a shed. There’s no such thing as hens running freely through the fields.

So, you say, at least they lay nice eggs. But do they?

The yellow of the yolk (which incidentally should be orange rather than yellow) is formed from eating green food – ie grass.  Since there is no grass in either of these constricting circumstances, food colouring is added to their food to ensure that the yolk is yellow.  Now isn’t that a healthy food choice?

If you are a believer in the suffering of animals permeating their flesh or their by products, then an egg would be a true instrument of suffering.  That can hardly enhance the health of the eater. I choose to have hens in my own backyard so I can have confidence that they are happy and live carefree lives.

If you’d like to read more about the suffering of factory hens see www.peacefulprairie.org/freerange1.html

As for milk, the second item on the list, you’d think that would be a harmless purchase.

I don't think too many cows are hand milked anymore http://www.fotosearch.com

There has been some talk  lately about poddy calves. I recently spoke to a dairy farmer and she said that they have so many poddy calves they don’t know what to do with them so they hit them on the head and killed them all. She said that otherwise they’d never be able to sell them as there would be more calves than the market can accommodate. 

I directly quote the following from the website of the animal activists Peta. http://www.peta.org/issues/pages/animals-used-for-food/Cow-s-Milk-A-Cruel-and-Unhealthy-Product

Given the chance, cows nurture their young and form lifelong friendships with one another. They play games and have a wide range of emotions and personality traits. But most cows raised for the dairy industry are intensively confined, leaving them unable to fulfill their most basic desires, such as nursing their calves, even for a single day. They are treated like milk-producing machines and are genetically manipulated and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones that cause them to produce more milk.

A rather worrying picture if you believe that cows could be adversely affected by powerlines

Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do—to nourish their young—but calves on dairy farms are taken away from their mothers when they are just 1 day old. They are fed milk replacers (including cattle blood) so that their mothers’ milk can be sold to humans.

Female cows are artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays. After giving birth, they lactate for 10 months and are then inseminated again, continuing the cycle. Some spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors; others are confined to massive, crowded lots, where they are forced to live amid their own waste. Cows have a natural lifespan of about 20 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years. However, the stress caused by the conditions on factory farms leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time that they’re 4 or 5 years old, at which time they are sent to be slaughtered.

Painful inflammation of the mammary glands, or mastitis, is common among cows raised for their milk, and it is one of dairy farms’ most frequently cited reasons for sending cows to slaughter. 

In Australia there has recently been a price war conducted by Coles. A litre of Coles milk has been available for sale at $1 a litre, grossly undercutting other retailers. Coles has been prepared to wear the loss as it brings people into their supermarkets, however in due course this will directly affect the Australian dairy farmers who will adopt farming policies to further cut costs. Cows will be the end sufferers.

There is a Buddist line of thought that just as the eggs we eat are created in sad and deformed bodies lead to a toxic product, while cows suffer on factory farms, humans who drink their milk increase their chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other ailments.

Dairy farms are an environmental concern too. Large dairy farms have an enormously detrimental effect on the environment. In California, America’s top milk-producing state, manure from dairy farms has poisoned hundreds of square miles of groundwater, rivers, and streams. Each of the more than 1 million cows on the state’s dairy farms excretes 18 gallons of manure daily. The dairy industry is the primary source of smog-forming pollutants in California; a single cow emits more of these harmful gasses than a car does. (Extract from Peta http://www.peta.org/issues/pages/animals-used-for-food/Cow-s-Milk-A-Cruel-and-Unhealthy-Product)

But are soy products better?

A soybean plantation

Well no soy beans are tortured, that’s for sure. However there is lots of evidence to suggest that they are also very bad for the environment. In Argentina after the collapse of the economy after the floating of the peso in 2002, the Argentinians were coerced (no doubt by the IMF) into chopping down their forests and planting soybeans to feed European pigs. Also, a major cause of destruction of the Amazon jungle has been for the production of soybeans. Now Indonesia intends to raze millions of hectares of jungle in territory they own in New Guinea to grow, amongst other things,  soybeans. When countries have financial problems, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) moves in and tells them to destroy their environment to grow soy beans and palm oil plantations if they want money. Hence we have the deaths of untold billions of reptiles, birds and wild animals on our hands. We can expect a lot of  environmental problems to the world to emanate from the Amazon very soon and the result will not be pretty. At this moment the Amazon is poised on the edge of turning from being a carbon sink to a carbon source. When this happens world temperatures will escalate alarmingly.

As for whether soybeans are better for your health, the vast majority of soybeans are genetically modified. From a health perspective this does not seem to be an ideal situation.

Read more at http://www.slate.com/id/2195690/ where a more thorough comparison is made between the environmental pros and cons of dairy milk and soy milk.

In my next blog I will discuss what could possibly be wrong with those peaches, fish, pork chop and newspaper.

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