Soda Off the Menu for Kids at Applebee’s, IHOP, and Others

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Anna Scanlon
April 16, 2016

Parents have it a little easier when dining out these days: Applebee’s has decided to remove soda from the children’s menu, with IHOP following suit. Children and parents can still request their favorite bubbly beverage, but it simply won’t appear on the menu. [1]

Tom Linafelt, of Dine Equity (which owns both companies) was quoted as saying, “While soft drinks are still available by request, we believe this is a small step in assisting parents when dining out, as parents are in the best position to determine the appropriate food and beverage choices for their children.”

IHOP and Applebee’s are following suit of other popular eateries, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King who have also removed soda from their children’s menu. They hope the change will make it easier for parents to negotiate with children to pick healthier options if they are limited to what is available to them on the menu. [2]

Currently, 1 in 5 children are categorized as obese, and 1 in 3 are overweight. The Center for Disease Control reports that the number of obese adolescents has quadrupled in the past 30 years due to ever-increasing caloric meals and sedentary lifestyles. About 70% of obese children under the age of 18 are at risk for cardiovascular disease and even suffer from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Obesity in childhood is linked to obesity in adulthood, as well as many different types of cancers.

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[Book Review] Disaster Preparedness For EMP Attacks & Solar Storms by Arthur T. Bradley Ph.D

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By: Zy Marquiez
February 1, 2016

The subject of EMPs/Solar Storms, as the author makes a it a point to allude to, is merely one component of a more robust preparation plan.

No, this book is not about doom and gloom, or the end of the world. This book, is however, about the very realistic fact that solar storms do and have taken place, and EMP [electromagnetic pulses] are a realistic concern/threat among many high-level individuals.

Many people scoff at the notion of having knowledge of preparedness and these are the same people that will literally spend thousands of dollars yearly on all types of insurances, for things they will in all high probably likely never use. That’s how the Insurance Companies make money, you know.

Ironically, the mere mention in some circles of a month’s worth of food – that you’re going to eat anyways, and thus not incur any additional financial cost like “real insurance” – makes some believe that certain preparedness principles are far out there. The reason? With TV Shows & Media that do nothing but marginalize individuals that are into preparedness, it’s no wonder the lot of the populace is brainwashed on the subject. And yet, all of our ancestors practiced – as they had too prudent preparedness in the past. Don’t believe me? How was food stored over the winter? It was canned and stored in a myriad of ways, among other things. It had to be, if not, you might eat less, or might not eat. It was certainly stored other ways as well. That shows a very practical precedent for general preparedness.

In any case, this book is more of an advanced tier into preparedness, but a needed one nonetheless.

Disaster Preparedness For EMP Attacks & Solar Storms by Arthur T. Bradley Ph.D is a rather swift read. It should take no more than 2-3 hours tops, or even quicker if you know many of the topics already covered.

The book is rather incisive in that it cuts through much of the BS that is out there online in regards to protection in mitigating EMP/Solar Storms. This is my favorite part of the entire book.

In a rather comprehensive way, this book addresses all areas of concern individuals interested in preparedness should be pondering. That is very helpful especially if you are a beginning prepper and just managed to jump into this topic.

Out of all preparedness subjects, an EMP/Solar storm threat is one of those issues that is extremely unlikely to happen, and yet, it’s quite possible especially when extreme solar activity and solar storms are taking place.

It really doesn’t take a lot to get prepared if you do it right. There is much misinformation/disinformation out there in regard to these subjects. This is one great reason why this book stands out.   Bradley goes straight to the point, and keeps it practical while not also overdoing it.

All in all, this book is a vital component for individuals interested in general preparedness.

That being said, before jumping on this book, people should probably make sure they have other more likely areas of concern [more possible/common areas]- such as earthquakes, tornadoes [we live in Tornado alley here], hurricanes, etc. – addressed.

Bradley makes his case with sound, verifiable and meaningful information that is sorely lacking in many other disciplines.   This can see throughout the entirety of the book, and only serves to buttress the information provided by the author.

The book even showcases a table that is very useful which outlines the shielding effectiveness of various enclosures.

While not in most people’s most likely scenarios to happen – and rightly so – EMPs/Solar Storms are something to keep in mind. If you think this book might help you, then by all means give it a consideration. The book is definitely high quality work for such an abstruse subject.

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Other suggested reading:

98.6 Degrees – The Art Of Keeping Your Ass Alive, by Cody Lundin
The Survival Medicine Handbook – A Guide For When Help Is Not On The Way, By Joseph Alton M.D. & Amy Alton A.R.N.P.

Malevolent Whispers

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Malevolent Whispers

Twisted shadows creep forth…
morphing my soul into…

Desolation

Cries seep through
my skin…
Thereafter, darkness…
Engulfs me…
Consumes me…
Becomes me…

Devours my inner being, my essence

Thence…
A cocoon of spiritual darkness….
Absolutely heartless….
Transforms…
And…
Revamps..that which
Was to be righteous…

Into a darker strand…

Into something…
Deviously perfect.

Morphed into forlornness…
Am Awakened…galvanized…

Only tenebrous ambitions are left…
Malevolent perfection is amongst

By: Zy Marquiez

Hallowed Angel


Hallowed Angel

That soft symphony enchants my senses
Spiraling my emotions each out of control
Amatory temptations blossom ever more
With every second she caresses my soul

All of those words charmingly resounding
Written carefully from the outset of the nib
Impeccably sung by the heart of an Angel
Yet composed sweetly by a young cherub

Soft and yet graceful this Angel sings forth
Pure elegant tunes coming from her heart
A sacred seamstress of poetic perfection
Her voice, purity – a Heavenly work of art

Venerated forever, she sings melodiously
Using all of the notes I have come to love
Gazing at her singing I then realize slowly
This Angel is more than I could dream of

Celestially precious this Angel I have met
Angelic perfection upon me she bestows
May the spirit she bares always be eternal
As the seraphic heart that within her glows

By: Zy Marquiez

Financial Flagship – Managing Financial Oversights [Part 2]

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By: Zy Marquiez
January 27, 2016

“Recreational shopping is the shortest point between two points: you and broke”
– Victoria Moran

This is being written in order to help some friends out showing some of my person mishaps that have taken place, as well as hopefully aid anybody else with any ideas that might help them in any way/shape/form.

In Financial Flagship – Managing Oversights [Part-1], we covered some of the more basic financial oversights that yours truly was partaking in. From there in we analyzed how much was the total amount spent wasted due to such actions.

Now, we’re going to cover some additional mistakes that were zapping much of our financial latitude away at the outset.

Please keep in mind, these are conservative estimates for most of these.

Gym Membership @ LA Fitness:

Weekly: $50 [two people]
Monthly: $200
Yearly: $2400

Fast Food:

Weekly: $75
Monthly: $300
Yearly: $3600

Clothing:

Weekly: $20
Monthly: $80
Yearly: $960

Total from all financial oversights:

Weekly:$145
Monthly: $580
Yearly: $6960

Again, very similar to last time, if that last number isn’t disturbing, [SN] nothing will be.

Am showing you all this in hopes that you can all learn from my lapses in judgment.

Its easy to show one’s track record when its ahead of the stampede, running sky high, with nothing to cast shadows on your endeavors.

It takes guts however, to carry out some in depth insights into what kind of mistakes one is doing daily. With that said, what you ultimately do with this information is up to you. This is just shown in hopes to help people realize what kind of financial leaks they might undertaking that is blowing a hole into their savings/retirement funds at an enormous rate.

Do you carry out any similar things that you realize could be done better, or avoided? What have you learned from it? Hope that regardless of what’s taking place in each of our daily lives, a move forward is in the process or already being undertaken.

Ultimately, be it to spend, or to save, the choice is y/ours.

An Ode To Imagination

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An Ode To Imagination

Let us begin to imagine the power of an endless verse
Or perhaps a canvas of truly breathtaking perfection
The potent nascent breath of a boundless universe
Coupled with the touch of a reverent lover’s affection

Imagine a road that takes you to infinity; everywhere
Or perhaps a door that opens to another dimension
Thence take that path to a beautiful choice elsewhere
Leading to an instant of heavenly blissful ascension

Consider the image of a storm of possible dreams
Where one thought fuses with the core of another
In which that moment binds to endless extremes
Taking this euphoria of possibilities one step further

Think about the instant you hear your perfect song
A true mellifluous tune that soothes you to your core
Where you truly know nothing could ever go wrong
Just like the moment you have with the one you adore

Ponder about the image of a wondrous happy home
Or a person who is your sanctum dispersing calamity
From this blissful moment one will never need roam
For those who stand by your side are true family

By: Zy Marquiez
January 26, 2016

The Left|Right Paradigm & How It Serves To Fracture The Populace

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By: Zy Marquiez
January 25, 2016

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the constant allusion of the left/right paradigm. However, there are quite many folks out there whose eyes glaze over when in conversation about this topic. Let’s shed some light into this abstruse topic shall we?

To simplify, the left-right paradigm is a concept from political sciences and anthropology which proposes that societies have a tendency to divide themselves into ideological opposites.

That’s certainly one way to look at it. Another way would be proposing the establishment carries out this division on purpose to make it seem like there is only two sides to every debate. Rarely are things ever that simple.

First things first, let’s take a cursory glance at some of the permutations that the left/right paradigm is often bandied about in. Being cognizant of these will make it easier to harpoon onto particular agendas that are taking place within the establishment/media.

The Left/Right paradigm includes, but is not limited to:

– Back people vs. White people
– Muslim vs. Christians
– Republicans vs. Democrats
– East vs. West
– US vs. Russia/China
– US vs. Middle East
– Poor vs. Rich
– Liberals vs. Conservatives [could dovetail into politics, but it need not]
– Religions vs. Atheism
– Gay vs. Straight
– Women vs. Men
– Young vs. Old

There are many more derivatives, but those examples are some of the ones used the most.

In any case, take a good minute or two to ponder at that list again. What don’t you notice anywhere?

The individual.

That is quite notable, because not only is the individual the foundation of society, but at the most essential/practical levels, the individual is the engine of society.

This fact is not overlooked by the comptrollers. They realize the individual is the one who truly holds all the power.

In our reverse reality world, there are many reasons why the individual is often thrown under the bus. One oft-parroted one is “for the greater good” which in true translation just means is anything that serves the establishment.

Let’s take a gander at what some of the most incisive minds had to say about the individual:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
―Mark Twain

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
―Friedrich Nietzsche

Individuality is a beautiful aspect of life. It truly makes me wonder, what makes people want to mirror others, when they are so unique themselves? Mirroring others in it of itself would limit someone because they’re already putting themselves within a box/system without realizing it.

Its quite fascinating in many ways to see what people will do in the many aspects life takes.

The self-cognizant individual will never be part of the group. They will always be a person within a group, there’s a difference.

In many ways, groups assimilate people and stamp out individuality at every turn. It’s rare to have a collection of individuals, rather than a particular group. A group functions as one collective mind, and limits itself because it operates as just one mind, rather than as many different/unique intellectual engines.

How does this all dovetail with the left/right paradigm?

By realizing when the media/establishment/people are using labels on you, or handpicking your placement within a particular paradigm [whether they know it or not], not only are they assigning labels to you [that’s what a label does], which could be highly detrimental given certain people’s limited point of view, but they also automatically end up serving you up to whatever derivative of the left/right paradigm is most beneficial for them, rather than you.

If it was all about you, you would be seen as a person – an individual.

An individual’s power is limitless. Your dreams and imagination can build something greater.

However, the lot of society has been brainwashed into believing we are all just cogs in the machine, rather than independent minds operating by themselves.

The collective/label is not your identity.

Your identity is your consciousness, your own subjective power over your domain, which is your reality.

Those that give that power away shackle themselves daily. Subsequently, entire countries/cultures/regions become mere pawns in the global game of control.

Heaven forbid anyone actually think outside the box and attempts to come up with some grassroots solutions – true grassroots solutions and not what is known as astroturfing, which is a duplicitous way of corporations make it seem like true change is taking place from the bottom up, whey they are not. When astroturfing takes place, it only supports the institutions/corporations behind them.

Why does astroturfing take place? Because the establishment/comptrollers knows the power of the individual. If there were no power from the grassroots individual level, it wouldn’t be co-opted, downplayed, eviscerated, and ameliorated at every turn.

And again, those institutions/corporations engaging in such activities are attempting to orchestrate a reality by controlling the left/right paradigm themselves. In this case, that manipulation is very subtle.

One can play the part within the grand chessboard, or one can opt-out of the game and breakaway.

The choice is y/ours.

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References:

The Individual – The Foundation Of Society
In America Everything Is Backwards
What Is Dream-Building?
Sharyl Attkisson – Astroturf & Manipulation Of Media Messages
What Does It Mean To ‘Breakaway’?