PEACEFULONE's SparkPeople Blog PEACEFULONE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Economic Facts 101 From 1947 to 1979 (32 years) the income of the bottom 20% of american workers rose by 122%. <BR> <BR> After Reaganomics in 1979 up to 2009 (30 years) the income of the top 1% rose by 270%. The other 99% had income that was stagnant. <BR> <BR> Reagan and the Republicans cut the top tax bracket from 74% to 28% and gutted the unions. <BR> <BR> Before Reagan the average CEO took home 30 times what a worker made. As of 2009 the average CEO makes 373 times more than the average worker. <BR... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 15:54:53 EST Where is the outrage??? The tax bill is probably going to pass tomorrow and if you are not in the top .1% this tax bill will cost you a lot of money. Where is the outrage? I can only imagine that people are too busy with the holidays and all the other news (Matt Lauer, etc.) to listen to the little bit that has been shared about the tax bill. <BR> <BR> Are you over 65? It will take $400 billion away from medicare. You will pay more. <BR> Do you pay state and property taxes? No longer deductible. <BR> Do you pay a... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:30:21 EST Help put a stop to this horrible practice Click the secure site at the end of this note to add your voice to stop this atrocity happening to women! <BR> <BR> 200 million women and girls in 30 countries across the world have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). But in Somalia, where an astounding 98% of girls are cut, the Minister for Women is developing a ban right now. Local experts say that a global wave of support for nationwide zero tolerance could help win an outright ban on this cruel practice in weeks! <BR> Puntland, i... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:10:19 EST New Year's Recipe Recipe for a New Year <BR> <BR> Take one full rounded year that has just been brought from the cellar of time. <BR> Wash off any bitterness of regrets with waters of Forgiveness and Kindness. <BR> Slice into twelve parts and sprinkle each with Faith, Hope, and Enthusiasm. <BR> Dredge each piece with Fidelity, add a dash of Humor and Laughter. <BR> Garnish with Patience and Tolerance. <BR> Place on a shelf of Gratefulness. <BR> Serve one slice at a time with Effort and Positive-thi... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:59:19 EST $9 Million! Outrageous! I just signed this, you should too. <BR> <BR> Join me in telling President Obama to stop the revolving door and withdraw the Selig nomination. <BR> <BR> When former Wall Street banker Stefan Selig was nominated for a senior Commerce Department role that is central to trade negotiations, Bank of America (where he worked at the time as a top executive) paid him a special $9 million "exit" bonus. <BR> <BR> Even for those of us used to the obscene spectacle of corruption known as the revolvin... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:10:21 EST YOU can help cut the military 's secret budget! I just signed this, you should too. <BR> <BR> We should be drastically reducing military spending, not allowing the Pentagon to exploit a loophole that not only pads its budget but also cloaks how it spends tens of billions of dollars in secrecy. <BR> <BR> Sign the petition at:<BR>und/?sp_ref=36167535.4.7221.e.25667.2&<BR>referring_akid=10243.3217622.rSyfJ5&so<BR>urce=mailto_sp <BR> <BR> If you want Congress to cut back on the unconscionable amo... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:40:25 EST If your child is on drugs for ADD or ADHD you need to read the latest thinking on that. The following link is to an article about the latest thinking on drug treatment for ADD and ADHD. <BR> <BR><BR>hink-the-treatment-of-attention-defici<BR>t-disorder <BR> <BR> Also check out the book: The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children by Fred Baughman MD <BR> <BR> And this website:<BR>-deficit-disorder-exposed/ <BR> <BR> This is a bit of what that website covers: <BR> <B... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 23:50:32 EST Why you need to know about the TTP If you liked NAFTA you are going to love TTP. Not. Both of these trade deals are good for big corporations and bad, bad, bad for everyday Americans. You need to speak up now! I have contacted both my senators and my representative to tell them not to pass this. The following is part of two different emails I have received. I encourage you to find out more on your own and speak up. <BR> <BR> Amazing news: we have a serious chance to beat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and stop the ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:15:17 EST The Awful Truth about Cottonseed Oil<BR>l-truth-about-cottonseed-oil.php <BR> <BR><BR>nd-food/whats-the-truth-about-cottonse<BR>ed-oil/ Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:56:44 EST GMO labeling vote and Whole Foods Grocery Stores It is not final (mail in ballots are still being counted) but it appears that GMO labeling failed in the Washington state vote yesterday. If you are a proponent of labeling you will be encouraged to read this article about Whole Foods Groceries saying that all foods in their stores will be GMO free or labeled in 5 years. <BR> <BR> BTW the vote was very close and given the huge $ spent for ads by Monsanto, DuPont and the Grocery Manufactures Assoc. ($22 million to be exact) it will not be s... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 12:23:48 EST How you can stop the US from going to war in Syria You can help stop WWIII <BR> <BR> Call the President <BR> Phone Numbers <BR> Comments: 202-456-1111 <BR> Switchboard: 202-456-1414 <BR> <BR> Write a letter to the President <BR> President Obama <BR> The White House <BR> 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW <BR> Washington, DC 20500 <BR> <BR> 15 Signs That Obama Has Already Made The Decision To Go To War With Syria <BR> By Michael Snyder, on August 25th, 2013 <BR> <BR> The Obama administration seems absolutely determined to help radical Islami... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:46:45 EST If you care about the future of food-Help Stop Monsanto Please read: <BR> <BR><BR>nsanto-menace/ <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR><BR>y/monsanto-gmo-food_b_3337043.html <BR> <BR> and join: <BR> <BR> Occupy Monsanto at <BR> <BR> To be honest I don't do facebook so I can't say what you will find there, but the cause is right. Monsanto must be stopped. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:08:48 EST Going Totally OFF Sugar, Wheat and Processed Foods Starting today 7/28/13 I am going to go off all sugar, wheat and processed foods for as long as I can. So what's left to eat? Fruits and veggies, eggs, and wild caught fish for starters. Anyone else tried this type of diet? How did you manage? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:39:23 EST Why I admire Edward Snowden and Fear the NSA From a story in the Guardian by Glenn Greenwald <BR><BR>2013/jul/15/crux-nsa-collect-it-all <BR> <BR> The NSA is collecting everything you say on the phone or text or email and keeping for ever at their new Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Supercomputers there are set up to store gargantuan quantities of data from emails, phone calls and web searches. This totally creeps me out and I applaud Edward Snowden for getting the message out that this invas... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:04:14 EST 78 Additives in McDonald's foods. Some may be harmful. This article talks about McDonald's food additives. You can be certain the other fast food places do the same thing. <BR> <BR><BR>food-and-drink/news/on-the-menu-at-mcd<BR>onalds-78-additives-some-may-be-harmfu<BR>l-767533.html <BR> <BR> Still thinking you want a fast food burger? Read this about how they tested the content and found about 7% of your fast food burger is meat (muscle). The rest is water, blood vessels, nerves, vegetable matter, etc... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:28:07 EST Foods to boycott if you are Pro-Life This article came across my desk recently and I felt it was important enough to share. The major focus is a discussion with links to research about the use of human embryonic kidney cells to test flavor enhancers in foods. It also lists the companies and their products that pay for such research. The names are big: PepsiCo and Nestle being two of the largest. But there are many smaller brands as well that are owned by the biggies or are independent. I hope you will go to the link and re... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:40:53 EST Tell the USDA to keep Organic food ORGANIC USDA violates the Organic Foods Production Act <BR> Draft rule on carrageenan, cellulose and "inert" synthetics in pesticides <BR> disregards decisions by the National Organic Standards Board <BR> Comment before Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET <BR><BR>evable-usda-power-grab-should-not-go-u<BR>nchallenged/ <BR> May 26, 2013 <BR> Political corruption and power grabs usually happen behind closed doors. The Cornucopia Institute has consistently call... Sun, 26 May 2013 22:42:06 EST Why You Should Worry about Food from China This article in the Wall Street Journal explains why we need to know where our food comes from. Think about what happened to our pets when adulterated pet food came from China. Many processed foods have ingredients from China because they are cheaper than local even with the transportation cost added. Wonder how they can do that? 80% of the tilapia, 51% of the cod and 49% of all apple juice sold in the USA come from China. Inspection of food processing plants in China is rare and problem... Sun, 26 May 2013 03:47:02 EST GM Soy Linked to Illnesses in Farm Pigs GM Soy Linked to Illnesses in Farm Pigs <BR> by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji <BR> <BR> You can read the full story with references here: <BR> <BR> <BR> The good news is that the pigs recovered when put on a GMO free diet! <BR> I for one am going to try to eat GMO free. Since GMO corn is in nearly all packaged products at the grocery it is a challenge. It is more difficult since there is no labeling required in this country. So why is labeling done in Europe and n... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:49:40 EST Studies about the Benefits of Occasional Fasting <BR> Here's a link to a very interesting article about the health benefits of fasting. Studies have shown that doing so increases longevity, kills cancer cells and precancerous cells, increases cognitive abilities, increases muscle building (when spurts of activity are done during fasting) and has other health related benefits. <BR> <BR><BR>benefits-of-occasional-fasting-20121116 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:00:07 EST Too late to stop GMO salmon?! Did you know that the government was taking comments on whether to allow genetically modified salmon to be marketed? But the comment period ended April 26-yesterday! Argghh! <BR> <BR> These salmon are larger and grow faster than normal salmon. There is every indication that they would over power the native salmon and wipe them out. The companies that want to promote the GMO salmon say they will keep them contained in pens off shore. Like I believe that is even possible. <BR> <BR> Salmo... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:56:38 EST Who paid to defeat GMO labeling and how much! Monsanto spent over $7 million was spent to defeat Proposition 37 (to require labeling of genetically modified foods) in California. On top of that these food companies spent big as well. Here's the list and the brands they produce. I am not going to purchase any of their products in the future! I hope you will consider that as well. If you want to know more go to<BR>ions2012/propositions/prop-37-funding-<BR>genetically-engineered-food.html <BR... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:20:19 EST Why are you addicted to some foods? Wondering why you can't resist some foods? Read this NY Times article for information on that. <BR> <BR><BR>ne/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-f<BR>ood.html?_r=0 Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:55:27 EST 3 ways to harness positive psychology From the Harvard Medical School newsletter: <BR> <BR> 3 ways to harness positive psychology for a more resilient you <BR> <BR> Intriguing research suggests that positive psychology can help you weather the routine ups and downs of life and also build resilience for times of greater difficulty. <BR> <BR> Here are three ways to capture the benefits of positive psychology. <BR> <BR> Express gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:21:12 EST What keeps me awake at night... I worry for: <BR> the ominous future of this world for my children and all people <BR> our troops who are overseas for no good reason <BR> the push to war with Iran <BR> politics run for the benefit of corrupt/greedy big business <BR> the future of the world food supply increasingly being brought under the control of Monsanto via patents on seeds <BR> our food supply poisoned by GMOs and unsafe additives <BR> continuing loss of privacy and personal freedoms <BR> the erosion of our consti... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 03:46:04 EST My Vote for the Best Video of the Year Less than ten minutes, but oh so beautiful and meaningful. <BR> <BR> A VERY WORTHWHILE LOOK AT THE VALUE OF A DAY�� <BR> IT 'S AMAZING HOW THE EXCEPTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS USED TO SEND A VERY SPECIAL AND RELEVANT MESSAGE. <BR> <BR> You will need to copy and paste this address into your browser. <BR> <BR><BR>MoiEkyuQ&vq=medium <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:25:45 EST The Importance of Fair Trade Chocolate Dear Friend, <BR> <BR> Whole Foods likes to brag about its effort to popularize fair trade products, but its shelves are full of chocolate produced by companies that are profiting from the enslavement of children. <BR> <BR> As America’s largest fair trade and organic retailer, Whole Foods has enormous power to push its suppliers to adopt more ethical sourcing policies. But the company is allowing major chocolate manufacturers to manipulate fair trade standards and sell a few “ethical” produ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:19:35 EST YOU can help save the bees! Dear friends, <BR> <BR> I went to the site below and wrote a short letter to the EPA stressing the need for them to take action and stop the use of the pesticide that is the very likely cause of bee colony collapse. Please do it now as the deadline is at 5 PM today, 9/25/12. The following is from an email I received from <BR> <BR> A pesticide called Clothianidin is potentially killing bees and threatening our food supply. In 48 hours an EPA consultation on whether to suspend th... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:18:11 EST What you need to know about Monsanto If you care about the future of the world you need to read this and help find a way to stop the take over of the world food supply by this greedy corporation. <BR> <BR><BR>ew-study-finds-severe-toxic-effects-of<BR>-pervasively-used-monsanto-herbicide-r<BR>oundup-and-roundup-ready-gmo-corn.html<BR>?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism<BR>+%28naked+capitalism%29 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:15:05 EST 9/11<BR>r_embedded&v=YSb5FARMULo <BR> <BR> 5 minute informational and somewhat humorous review of the official story. It will make you think. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:52:31 EST It's So Hot Jokes They say it's the hottest and driest Midwest summer since the 50's. We have had many over 100 degree days with "feels like" temps of 117. Mature trees in our neighborhood are dieing. We are watering the yard, trees and garden. Never thought I'd long to be in FL in the summer. Today is a little cooler low 90's. This came from a friend so I hope it's OK to post it. <BR> <BR> IT'S SO HOT in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin that: <BR> .....the birds have to use potholders to pull the ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:11:39 EST Help Stop Mad Cow Disease The facts from an email from Consumers Union. <BR> <BR> Following up on the recent report of a case of Mad Cow disease found in California. <BR> <BR> "Mad Cow disease is transmitted through animal feed, and the United States allows cows to be fed chicken coop waste – chicken feces, feathers and spilled feed that may include ground-up cattle parts that could carry the disease. <BR> <BR> Compounding the risk, only one in every 900 cattle in the U.S. is tested for Mad Cow, a tiny fraction of ... Thu, 10 May 2012 09:30:59 EST Why You should care about the Occupy Wall Street movement With thanks to Greg Palast for sharing... <BR> <BR> Time to remind The One Percent why we occupy. <BR> <BR> We occupy for Stanlee Ann Mattingly. <BR> <BR> Mattingly, an Osage Indian, saw a tanker truck poaching oil from the reservation stripper wells. Our investigators tracked the truck back to a man on a platform exhorting his company truckers to steal more of the Osage's oil. The man is named Charles Koch. <BR> <BR> And that is why we occupy. <BR> <BR> We occupy for Jason Anderson.... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:09:18 EST Thanksgiving/Gratitude Quotes GRATITUDE <BR> <BR> "Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art....It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world." Joanna Macy <BR> <BR> "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:54:13 EST Where YOUR $ went! Just came across this article from the Rolling Stones magazine that explains where some of the money went. Please pass it on to your representatives in Washington. It is a must read for anyone who cares about this country. <BR> <BR><BR>s/the-real-housewives-of-wall-street-l<BR>ook-whos-cashing-in-on-the-bailout-201<BR>10411?print=true <BR> <BR> This is one paragraph from the article by Matt Taibbi. <BR> <BR> "Now, following an act of Congress that h... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:22:36 EST What you can do to Save the Honey Bees Dear Friend, <BR> <BR> Today's Healthy Reflections is focused on the environment. Here is an easy thing you can do to help. I signed the petition and hope you will as well. I thank you and the earth thanks you! Please pass this message on to your facebook account or anywhere else that caring people might see it. This is encouraged by the author. <BR> <BR> Since 2006, U.S. honey bee populations have been in precipitous decline, with some estimates suggesting losses as high as 30% per y... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 18:15:44 EST Fra Giovanni quote This wonderful quote came from a favorite Christmas card. <BR> <BR> "There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach is joy. Take joy. And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you with the praye... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 02:07:06 EST New Year, New Daily Goals Be Accountable <BR> <BR> 1) Decrease sugar intake <BR> 2) Exercise regularly 5x per week for 30 minutes minimum <BR> 3) Meditate daily <BR> 4) Increase water intake <BR> 5) Spend 20 minutes each day organizing and getting rid of clutter <BR> <BR> Post this list by computer and on bathroom mirror. <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:57:08 EST Tax Cuts Top 5 Problems with the Tax Deal <BR> <BR> Problem 1: For nearly one in three workers, it's a tax increase. <BR> Nearly 50 million working Americans—including all workers making less than $20,000 per year—and millions of federal, state, and municipal workers will see their taxes go up because of the deal. (source #1) <BR> Problem 2: The deal has not one but TWO millionaire bailouts. <BR> In addition to extending all the Bush income tax breaks for the top 2%, the deal will slash the estate t... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:06:08 EST Lessons on Living Peacefully How to Live in Peace <BR> from Google's How to of the Day posted on 9/21/10, International Day of Peace <BR> <BR> This is long and I have posted it for my own edification and for all who seek to live more peacefully. Bless you. <BR> <BR> "If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, acted and was inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> Peace is not just for hippies. Living in peace ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:26:14 EST Quoted from Sparkpeople Healthy Reflections I am posting this for easy access to read again and again. I hope that is allowed, if not please let me know. Thank you Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Battle scars from the Diet War <BR> <BR> Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:24:19 EST Healthy and Environmentally Safe Cleaning Tips Safe Cleaning Tips for Your Home from EWG, the environmental working group. <BR> <BR><BR>s/safecleaningtips <BR> <BR> Our homes aren't safe and clean if the air inside is polluted with chemicals from household cleaners. Follow these simple tips to protect your family's health while you clean your home. <BR> <BR> 1. Less is More <BR> Dilute your cleaning supplies according to instructions and use only what's needed to get the job done. <BR... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 00:28:08 EST People are made to be Loved This came in an email recently and I thought it worth sharing. The author is "unknown". <BR> <BR> Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away never to return. So while we have it, it's best we love it. And care for it. And fix it when it's broken. And heal it when it's sick. <BR> <BR> This is true for marriage, and old cars, and children with bad report cards, dogs and cats with bad hips, and aging parents, and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth ... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:35:25 EST A BabyBoomer quiz-Do you remember? If you were alive in the 50's and 60's then you may know the answers to these questions. Many of them are finish the sentence questions. <BR> <BR> 1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways? <BR> <BR> 2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, his name was? <BR> <BR> 3. The comic strip character Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and..." <BR> <BR> 4. You'll wonder where the yellow went when you ...? <BR> <BR> 5. Who were the best friends of Luci and Dezi? <BR> <BR> 6. Before he was the Skipper... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 17:56:39 EST Vote for freedom You can join me in urging the UN to protest the imprisonment of Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi who is seriously ill and locked up by the brutal Burmese regime on new trumped up charges which will keep her jailed until after the 2010 elections. The only 'crime' she committed was to peacefully call for democracy. <BR> <BR> Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly-elected President of Burma (Myanmar), whose election was overturned by a military junta which has kept her under detention for 13 of th... Thu, 21 May 2009 03:00:19 EST Genetically modified organism (GMO) Foods Information Unintended GMO Health Risks <BR> <BR> Genetically modified foods: <BR> <BR> YES, you are already eating them. <BR> NO, they are not safe to eat. <BR> <BR> Did you know... since 1996 Americans have been eating genetically modified (GM) ingredients in most processed foods. <BR> <BR> Did you know... GM plants, such as soybean, corn, cottonseed, and canola have had foreign genes forced into their DNA. And the inserted genes come from species, such as bacteria and viruses, that have ne... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:31:17 EST Our Global Village The original version of the STATE OF THE VILLAGE REPORT by Donella H. Meadows was published in 1990 as "Who lives in the Global Village?" and updated in 2005. <BR> <BR> Who Lives in the Global Village? <BR> by Dona Meadows <BR> <BR> If the world were a village of 1,000 people, it would include: <BR> <BR> · 584 Asians <BR> · 124 Africans <BR> · 95 East and West Europeans <BR> · 84 Latin Americans <BR> · 55 Soviets (including for the moment Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians and other nat... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 19:27:22 EST When we love first. The following is taken from a wonderful little book titled "A Thousand Paths to a Peaceful Life". <BR> <BR> We will be nearer to living a peaceful life: <BR> when we lose interest in conflict, <BR> when we lose all interest in judging others, <BR> when we quit analyzing the actions of others, <BR> when we lose our conditioned need to worry, <BR> when we experience frequent episodes of appreciation, <BR> when we experience feelings of contentment, <BR> when we feel our connectio... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 16:03:44 EST Bailout $ going to pay Wall Street bonuses You will want to write your legislators after you read this. I did. <BR> <BR> From TIME magazine on line <BR> How Washington's Bailout Will Boost Wall Street Bonuses <BR> By Stephen Gandel Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 <BR> <BR> Uncle Sam has a new name on Wall Street — Sugar Daddy. Bonuses for investment bankers and traders are projected to fall 40% this year. But analysts, compensation consultants and recruiters say the drop would be much more severe, perhaps as much as 70%, were it not for the... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 23:07:03 EST Ten Commandments of Weight Loss I borrowed this with permission from sparker Jennagwyn. She said it is posted somewhere else on Sparkpeople. So I offer it with thanks to the originator. It's a good piece. <BR> <BR> The Ten Commandments of Permanent Fat Removal <BR> <BR> 1. Thou shalt honor and believe in thyself. <BR> <BR> 2. Thou shalt move thy booty. Move it and move it some more. <BR> <BR> 3. Thou shalt never go hungry again. Eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day. <BR> <BR> 4. Thou shalt stock t... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:05:31 EST