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Fasting Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of fasting information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

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New Citizen Media v. Old Vestigial Dinosaur Media -- How to out-compete your local "Good Old Boys"

By John Wilkenson

(NOTE: There are many text/links in this essay. They look grey, but if you put your cursor on them, they become underlined so you can see them to click on them. All of the banner/links also take you to a destination URL.)

The Vestigial Dinosaur Media (VDM) is rapidly approaching extinction. Digital technology has bypassed chopping trees to make newspapers. Internet technology has taken the money out of politics by allowing you to send a multi-page message to thousands of people all around the world in a sixtieth of second for a sixth of a cent. To get information out to the public in real time, it is no longer necessary to own a multi-million-dollar building with a multi-million-dollar press, a multi-million-dollar payroll and scores of employees. One pajama-clad blogger typing away in his mother's basement can even the playing field by using websites and social media.

The Hegelian VDM serves Power (over the Other) and tries to make a living by "managing the news", perpetuating delusional social divisions -- (e.g. black v. white, women v. men, haves v. have nots, young v. old, ad infitum) -- and moulding your opinions. I fight against Power (over the Other) and don't try to "manage" the news. Like Matt Drudge, I just "retweet" the news and let you decide whether or not to read it. Of course, I do use #hashtags to target demographics to which my retweets go. Hyperlink technology lets citizen journalists like me use whole books and videos as footnotes to spread information and empower the individual for free. In today's high-tech playing field, the tree-chopping VDM is sort of like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.

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Why I'm voting for Pat Arotin -- Part 2

By John Wilkenson

(NOTE: To see an update in events, please scroll down to "UPDATE" below. There are many text/links in this essay. They look blue, but if you put your cursor on them, they become underlined so you can see them to click on them. All of the banner/links also take you to a destination URL.)

If I told you I was voting for Pat Arotin not only because of what I consider to be an over-the-top Daily Sentinel editorial but also what I suspect are dirty tricks from the Matt Lewis camp, you might say, "What?! Say it ain't so, Joe!" So let's look at it.

Yesterday, Mesa County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) "Information & Communications Manager", Heather Benjamin (above right), sent me what I consider to be an inappropriate email requesting that I take down the little informational banner/link of the MCSD logo (above left) which is linked to the Mesa County Sheriff's website for the sole informational, educational and journalistic purpose of facilitating public access to a public website. At that moment, the story became about Heather Benjamin and the logo. Of course it's pretty hard to write a story about a logo unless you engage in the 1st-Amendment-protected journalistic fair use of showing the public what the logo you are talking about looks like.

I'm still in the process of deciding whether or not to take the image down. But I need more information from Ms. Benjamin first. I'll get to the reasons why I believe my use of a low-resolution thumbnail-size image as an informational link to the MCSD website is perfectly legal in a minute. First I want to articulate my logic-based suspicion about what I would consider to be dirty tricks from the Matt Lewis camp.

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Meat Aggregation

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of meat information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

I suspect this blog article might not be appreciated by animal rights activists, but I thought it was important to include my story because I am knowledgeable in the subject matter. It's also partly philosophical because I'm a person who spent much of his life in the meat industry, but, at the age of 70, is now making major dietary changes in the interests of health, wellness and longevity. I was always involved with the USDA grading system, and a huge fan of USDA Prime meats. But last Christmas we bought a grass-fed standing rib roast, and, much to my surprise, the meat actually tasted noticeably more flavorful in addition to being very tender. For what little meat I do eat, I am an enthusiastic convert to the grass-fed, sustainably-raised, food-freedom movement. Abolish the FDA! IMO, they are tyrant-minded bureaucrats who couldn't care less about people, animals or the U.S. Constitution.

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Soil Building Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of soil building information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

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New World Order Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of NWO information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

I found some quotes that seem useful:

“Now there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents, and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and American universities. And they're elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do, folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish ignorant leaders. And term limits ain't going to do you any good, you're just going to wind up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So maybe, maybe, maybe it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here, like the public.” ~ George Carlin

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GMO Aggregation

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of GMO information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

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Chicken aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of chicken information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

After a lot of research, my partner, Phyliss, and I decided on Buff Orpingtons. We love their personalities, we love the color of their eggs, and we love the color contrast they make with the green of the lawns (we have a 2.5 acre/1 hectare "hobby" farm) where our contented and friendly "lap" chickens are allowed to roam, eat at their own private organic "salad bar" and hunt for bugs and worms to their hearts' content.

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Fermenting aggregation

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

Any person interested nutrition is probably familiar with the benefits derived from eating fermented foods. I thought the subject was fascinating, so I started an online search for information about fermenting. As I ran across books, videos and other information, I decided to make this aggregation so I wouldn't have to repeat the time I had spent finding the information I was after. Hopefully, this aggregation will be useful to other information seekers.

After much review, the first two purchases I made were a fermenting crock (TSM Products 31061 German Style Fermentation Harvest Pot with Stone Weight, 10-Liter) and "The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World", by Sandor Ellix Katz.

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Natural Tooth Care Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

In his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language," George Orwell said, “All issues are political issues, and politics1 itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.”

I agree with Orwell, but would add that all issues are also "economics" issues. Economics is a pseudoscience trying to masquerade as real science by hiding behind intense esoteric and jargonistic theoretical hyperelaboration. While ostensibly the study of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services, when combined with "politics", economics becomes the "art" of using politics and government coercion to steal the labor of The Other without the tyranny and thievery being recognized by all.

In my view, that would also apply to decisions about how to take care of your teeth. Do you want to learn how to take care of your teeth without having to pay the "unauthorized practice of dentistry" monopoly (aka Big Dentistry), or would you rather spend your hard-earned money being the customer of someone whose labor is priced -- (thanks to "government2" intervention in the marketplace) -- at several times per hour the amount your labor is?

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