Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cargo Cult Light Rail

I was really struck by the cargo cult reasoning here and the confusion of cause and effect. Because we see rail in highly developed urban areas (e.g. Manhattan) then if we build rail in a blighted area, it will soon look like Manhattan.

I’d never heard of “cargo cult” before, but watching the Democrat congresswoman describe the project and how she expects a light rail to magically bring businesses and prosperity, I can see the similarity.

via Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Cargo Cult Light Rail.

Aspartame Is, By Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market That Is Added to Foods by Joseph Mercola

I’m never buying anything with Aspartame, ever again!  It’s even worse than HFCS!  And it figures that it’s a Monsanto product.  Can’t trust that company for nothing.

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.

Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience researcher Dr John W. Olney and Consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974 as well as investigations of G.D. Searle’s research practices caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of aspartame on hold (December 5, 1974). In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

via Aspartame Is, By Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market That Is Added to Foods by Joseph Mercola.

Quotes from the Prophets

No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this Republic, and of neighboring Republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.

Let us, by exercising our privileges under the Constitution (1) Preserve our right to worship God according to the dictates of our concience, (2) Preserve the right to work when and where we choose.  No free man should be compelled to pay tribute in order to realize this God-given privilege.  Read in Doctrine and Covenants this statement: “… it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. (101:79)” (3) Feel free to plan and to reap without the handicap of bureaucratic interference.  (4) Devote our time, means, and life if necessary, to hold inviolate those laws which will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.

David O. McKay, Conference Report 4/50:37

Quotes from the Prophets

Now may I call your attention to the fact that at no time was it designed that any individual should think it his business to control or dominate the lives of others.

Remember the warning of the prophet’s inspired words:

“It is the nature and disposition of almost all men as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, that they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion — hence, many are called, but few are chosen.”

Indeed, it is only our right as the poet declared, “to call, persuade, direct aright, in nameless ways be good and kind.  But never force the human mind.” It is man’s failure to understand that basic truth which underlies much that has afflicted mankind from the beginning.

Harold B Lee, Church News, 6/6/51