When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

8/30/10

Rambo Redux

I  recently noticed that an old war movie is strikingly similar to today's current happenings. I suggest a rewrite- just change a few words here and there, and it will be modernized for today's headlines!




"Reporter IV": rewrite (2000) {key scenes}
(Rambo III -1988- original movie quotes placed in parentheses where they differ from remake)

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"I don't know how much you know about Afghanistan, but almost 2 million civilians (peasants) have been slaughtered by invading American (Russian) armies. Every new weapon including low-yield nukes, daisy cutters, and phosphorous bombs (chemical warfare) have been used to eliminate these people. They've been successful on many levels..." Pictures of Afghan children with [a taped up foot] missing limbs and horrible burns [is shown to Rambo] have been seen.

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{Many local men [the Colonel] are being held prisoner by the Americans (Russians). They are [he is] choked and otherwise tortured [-] before being interrogated. The world media- except American, [the Colonel], tells the world [the Russian General]:}

"The White House (Kremlin) has a hell of a sense of humor!"
"Please explain."
"You talk peace and disarmament to the world, and here you are wiping out a race of people!"
"We are wiping out no one. I think you are too intelligent to believe such propaganda," the American (Russian) General replies.....
"You expect sympathy?! You started this damned war, now you will have to deal with it!"
"And we will. It is just a matter of time before we achieve a complete victory."
"There won't be a victory! Every day you lose ground to a bunch of poorly armed, poorly equipped freedom fighters. The fact that is you underestimated your competition.If you'd studied history, you'd know that these people have never given up to anyone-they'd rather DIE than be slaves to an invading army. You can't defeat a people like that. We tried- you (we) already had your (our) Vietnam. Now you're gonna have another (yours)!"
"So you want to test me. Good, " the American (Russian) General replies. The guards drag the Afghan (Colonel) away by his neck.

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{Majestic scenery accompanied by sad music:}

The native guide speaks to anyone who will listen (Rambo):
"This is Afghanistan. Alexander the Great tried to conquer this country.Then Ghengis Khan. Then the British. Then Russia. Now America. Afghan people fight hard. They never be defeated. Ancient enemy make prayer about these people. You wish to hear?"
Reporter (Rambo) : "Mm Hmm."
"Very good. It says: 'May God deliver us from the venom of the cobra, teeth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.' Understand what this means?"
"That you guys don't take any shit."
"Yes, something like that." An American (Russian) military helicopter flies over.

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"It's better to send 5 lions than 500 sheep into battle."

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{speech by Afghan villager about how evil Americans (Russians) kill women and children, so this is about honor and God, as the widowed men are already dead otherwise.}

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{Three American (Russian) military helicopters sneak up to a village and shoot up a wedding, then the rest of the village}

A local tells the reporter,"Now you see how it is here. Somewhere in war, there is supposed to be honor. Where is the honor here? ...Have you not seen enough death? Go, go while you can. This is not your war."
Reporter (Rambo) : "It is now."

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Afghan kid tells reporter (Rambo) : "They have killed all of my family. I want to fight."

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{Americans (Russians) beating (dragging around) a prisoner. They shock one, beat another (call one an animal, then shoot one) . Pack one in ice even. }

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{after all hell breaks loose in the Russian (American) fort:}

American (Russian) yells "Charge!" Another yells, "To the Motherland!"
Then after lots of machine gun fire, one yells, "I heard a voice from that room- somebody's here!"

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The American (Russian) General asks, referring to an Afghan peasant (Rambo), "Who is this terrorist?"

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{at end of credits it proclaims:}

"This movie is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan."

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This remake, Reporter IV, would partly be written by an Afghan civilian. It would be a very popular, patriotic movie anywhere except in America. Same country, same vile deeds, different invaders....

(The movie, Rambo III, was partly written by Sylvester Stallone himself. It was a very popular, patriotic movie at the time and all American patriots and the flag-waving redneck crowd made a big deal out of it.)



(c) james platt

8/28/10

VILLISCA IOWA: A Case Study in Ghoulish Callousness

Most every small town tries to find something to make themselves stand out. A famous person was born there, a president drove through once, low crime rates, etc. For example, here are the actual sales pitches of a few of the small towns of Southwest Iowa: Clarinda- birthplace of big band bigshot Glen Miller. Shenandoah- home of the old country group the Everly Brothers. Red Oak- childhood home of late night comedian Johnny Carson. The other towns around there have no famous connections, so they just try to remain low key and folksy: Wales, Emerson, Hawthorne, Grant, Morton Mills, Coburg, Stennet, Tenville (so named for its population of 10), Elliot (where city employees will shoot your dog in your own yard in front of your kids while they are playing with it, if it appears to not be wearing a collar. but that is fodder for a different post), etc...But wait- there is one other town in this corner of the state, relatively large with its population of 1,200: Villisca!

Villisca has a pig slaughtering plant, a massive chicken egg factory farm, a flower shop run buy a senile old lady, a bar, a convenience store, a few other piddly businesses, and, well, that's about it. It is a tidy / quiet town. So what does this town say to improve its reputation, to make itself look good? Pretty town, nice and quiet, and so on? Oh no:

Villisca is The Axe Murder Town!

One night back in 1912, some kids stayed the night at their friends' house in Villisca. On that night, someone killed them and the family living there. With an axe. A total of 8 people were killed, and the creepy part is that whomever did it covered every mirror in the house with cloths. No one was ever caught, and speculations and theories ran amok. Then about a hundred years later, someone decided to use this disturbing, gory crime to create a tourist industry for the town.


There is a movie or two, a couple books, and a few tv shows about it. It has a youtube channel and a couple websites. They even sell seeds from an allegedly haunted plant that grows there. And the axe itself was enshrined in the Villisca Axe Murder Museum, run by the city, but is now in a state museum in Des Moines. See also this page.




Well known psychic investigators have been invited to explore the house. Guided tours are given. A video was made about it and donated to area libraries. Someone from Omaha bought the house even.

Now they are renting the house out to people for the purpose of staying the night in it. It costs 60. per person, and a minimum of 5 people at once is required. So they are renting it out for 300. per night. If they only get one rental party per month, I would say they are doing quite well with it.

I have been told by people who have rented it that lots of weird things happen in there at night. Just the usual though- noises and so on. It is hard to imagine that the folks running this demented money machine are not generating the noises. Funny isn't it, how we all scoff at the dimwits of a hundred years ago that went to seances and were scared out of their wits by tables moved with strings. Now there is a house a tiny town gets publicity- and possibly money- from, and ditto the last sentence.

Worse, I doubt I am the only one who finds all this stuff disturbing in that it is completely disrespectful to the victims of this mass murder. Why not tear the house down and let them rest in peace??? Too much money involved to go that far? I don't know how much money they make from it, and am not inclined to ask (as if they would tell me anyway), but as long as it is any amount at all it is too much. Numerous paranormal investigators have publicly stated that they will not visit the WTC site as it would be so disrespectful. How is this any different? A bunch of people, mostly kids, killed in a sudden and shocking way deserve the same respect the office workers are afforded, right?


If Villisca wants to be known for anything besides being the site of a grisly murder of children (or their major role in the animal cruelty industry), then here are a few suggestions for them:

- take down that giant pig statue next to the town entrance sign


-paint your water tower like something goofy (it worked for other towns)--

below, Stanton's coffee pot(L), cup and saucer(C), and excuse(R):




(below) RED Oak's bright ORANGE tower (no excuse):




Now digressing....

-think of a new slogan, such as 'home to a lot of nice people' or something like that
-set up an ongoing carnival that lasts all summer
-outdo the neighboring towns with Christmas lights, fireworks, or something
-do more street dances and beer gardens
-get a grip on your meth epidemic 
-why am I doing the thinking for you? you figure it out!


People have been killed in virtually every town in the world. Get over it, ghouls.



the museum: on the town square at 323 E. 4th St.
the house: 508 E. 2nd. older picture here. it shows a frontal view with the big fancy sign that used to be on the front porch.
pictures below are more recent, taken 2/05/2017:

ask to repost, (C) james platt 2017 

ask to repost (c) james platt 2017 

back of villisca axe murder house, 2017 





(all pics (c)james platt2010, 2017)  article itself, also (c) james platt

8/21/10

CANCER PREVENTION AND OPTIONS: An Alternative View

My mom had cervical cancer, which was discovered at level 3, as it had already spread to her lymph nodes. She went through surgery, external radiation, internal radiation, and chemotherapy. She survived and did not have a recurrence for 17 years, when she died cancer free. My dad had a mild case of skin cancer and was 'cured' of it. A few years later, he got stomic cancer (in the small intestines). His doctors decided surgery was not worthwhile, for reasons never explained to us. They gave him chemotherapy 3 times. After it returned the last time, they told him it was pointless to go another round. He died a few months later.

During their bouts with it, I learned all I could about cancers and their treatments. The mainstream line of thought on it, combined with the alternative views, made for some differing ideas by this concerned observer.

The mainstream way of fixing cancer is not much of an improvement over the way it was done several decades ago. Also, the alternative methods not approved of by mainstream science sometimes have shockingly good results.


While earlier detection is improving, and some types are being cured, the 'aggressive' types are still aggressive and unfixable, and more and more people are getting it, especially children. There is no cure-all for it, and I will not promote any one certain idea here: this is not one of those disguised ads for some expensive medicine or clinic. But I have noticed that there are a few things that should be highlighted for people desperately seeking help.


Also be aware of, and research, the fact that there are numerous 'alternative' theories about what causes cancer- some well supported. One example is the concept of bacteria causing it, and sounds pretty feasible if you ask me. Since mainstream medicine has not approved this idea, doctors ignore the evidence for it. Whatever caused it, the question becomes: what can you do if you do get it?


First, the very best thing you can do is try very hard to prevent it in the first place. Make a daily, conscious effort towards this. Obviously, you want to be as healthy as possible in general. Exercise daily- at least an hour of walking, bicycling, or jogging. Eat right. Be as slim as you can be. More specifically for cancer prevention though, go to great lengths to do the following:

Avoid all known or 'suspected' carcinogens.
Just because some people like to joke that "everything causes cancer", that does not mean it's true. Those people indulge in knowingly unhealthy behaviors, and want an excuse to continue it. What causes cancer is actually a short list of things: certain chemicals and elements, electrical fields, and radiation. You cannot totally avoid electrical fields, but you can avoid especially strong ones such as high tension power lines, microwave transmitters, and electric stoves. Stay your distance from these and your likelihood of developing cancer will drop dramatically. (Find out where these fields are with a cheap device called a gauss meter.) The same goes for radiation and chemicals. Did you know that nearly all meat now, especially beef, is deliberately irradiated to kill salmonella and e. coli that might be in it? So if someone undercooks their meat, they will not get sick- but everyone will eat radioactive meat in the meantime. It is also little known that most flatware manufactured in the USA is made from recycled radioactive waste. Recycled from nuclear power plant cooling rods. Not kidding...These rods are nickel, which is an ingredient of the stainless steel that the flatware's made from. Always buy foreign made flatware! Of course it is "safe" according to some govt. standards, but it all adds up, and since when were govt. standards reliable???

Eat cancer fighting/preventing foods.
There are whole books on this. Instead of listing all of the particular foods here, I will summarize by advising you to eat as many vegetables as you can and in a great variety- at every meal, in large helpings. Some fruits are good too. At the same time, avoid cancer causing foods. Like it or not, the number two proven carcinogen right after tobacco is meat. Look up the studies yourself- don't get mad and upset because your meat habit is threatened. Don't bring up all of the propaganda you were taught in school by worksheets written by the meat industry. Look it up yourself if it disturbs you. Vegetarians have a much, much lower incidence of cancer than carnivores. This is proven fact. If it distresses you tremendously, at least cut down on it.

Stay hydrated with pure liquids. 
The vast majority of what people drink nowadays is a soup of unhealthy chemicals, carcinogenic compounds, and unhealthy flavorings. You need to cleanse your system, not add toxins to it. Start with pure water. Read this earlier piece about what is- and is not- pure water. Also consider that virtually all fruit juices are either loaded with sugars (remember, cancer tumors feed on sugar drawn from the bloodstream- why make it easy for them to grow?), concentrated so they are stronger and thereby too sweet anyway, or just "1% juice". If you want fruit juice, seek out 100% natural non-concentrated juices. It is easier to find vegetable juices that are healthy, such as sodium free V8 type blends. Sodas are never healthy, even diet versions. Artificial sweeteners still make you fat, and aspartame has been shown to cause brain tumors. Sticking with pure water is a good idea for starters.

Utilize holistic and other non-standard therapies.
Even just detoxifying your body will not hurt anything, and could help a lot. Use colloidal metals and chelation therapy. Fast at least once. See an acupuncture doctor. Take vitamin and mineral supplements that strengthen the immune system, such as vitamins C, A, and B; antioxidants such as grapeseed extract and green tea; and long term herbs such as nettle tea and astragalus pills. None of this can hurt, and it may help. After all, most doctors have little confidence in traditional therapies.


Stop using tobacco.
I once worked with a kid who was 20. He chewed tobacco constantly, and found out he had stomach cancer. He did not even try to stop. He thought he was cool, but how cool is he now, lying in a hospital?? (If he is even still alive..) Smoking is so unfashionable, uncool, and downright expensive these days, it is mind boggling how anyone could be so stupid as to start using it. If you do now, you better quit ASAP or you WILL get cancer. We all gotta go someday right? That's what smokers say, but do they really want to go like that?

Avoiding certain things and eating better will greatly decrease your odds of contracting this horrible disease. 

One thing to do as a preventative measure of sorts is to get the best insurance you can. Always take the buy-up plan and always take the optional cancer insurance if available. If not, buy it separately. My mom had blue cross insurance through her work and still had to pay bills for 5 years to cover the deductibles and co-pays. Every day she got at least one, sometimes 3 or more bills in the mail, and they consumed her life pretty much. My dad's bills were even worse. He had medicaid, and after he passed the hospital called my mom two months later to inform her that they had dug up over 900. of bills from the last twenty years that were not covered by medicaid. Then a few months after that, she got a bill for 48,000. It said that the last round of chemo was not covered by medicaid like the doctor said it would be, even though the doctor recommended it. (Yes, chemotherapy does cost that much: about 12,000. per dose and four doses per session.) This was finally resolved in our case, but may not work out for others. So get all the insurance you can, and do it now. People of all ages get cancer.



If you do get it, PANIC. Yes, do panic. Change your lifestyle immediately. Seek out alternative cures and try them all. Time is not on your side. At the same time, seek conventional / mainstream treatments. This covers all options. Some types are curable, some are not. Pursue every option and make it your new mission in life to defeat it, or you will lose.


If you do find you have it, and want to find alternative treatments to try, first and foremost change your diet! Then look up the word Rife on the internet. Go to their German site (ending in .de) and see if you can afford to buy one of their machines. It is an extremely promising treatment that was basically banned in America because it threatened the cancer industry. "Fighting" cancer is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and the "war on cancer" is largely a fraud. All of those donations get wasted to pay biologists to torture mice and rats, while very few new medicines are actually formulated, and no preventative measures are ever promoted.

Also extremely promising and well documented is Gerson Therapy. Based upon super-doses of nutrients and babying the liver, its record of cures cannot be disputed. Their site is here.  Two fascinating documentaries about it can be seen for free, here and another here.

Another interesting treatment is called antineoplaston treatment. It was invented by a doctor named Burzynski. The government was hell bent on harassing him for decades before finally giving his patents to someone else. Then the feds suddenly decided the treatment was a wonder cure. Big pharma just wanted to restrict its use so it would not put them out of business. Watch a documentary about it here. Here is his site. You can still receive the treatments at his Texas clinic, though it is said to be expensive. His detractors have posted lots of nonsense on wikipedia and other sites, but watch the film and decide for yourself.

Several potential cures are being researched right now, but the research process takes so many years- even decades- it is far from a ray of hope. The video below is one example:



There are actually numerous potential cures that were actively, openly, and shamelessly oppressed by the government at the behest of big pharma and the AMA- obviously for their financial gain. There is an excellent video here which gives an overview of several of them. If you do not have time to watch it, I have noted key phrases and names for you to look up when you can:
hoxide therapy (Hoxson), 
essiac therapy (Caisse), 
mistletoe with Iscador (Steiner), 
laetrile therapy (Krebs), 
vitamin C therapy (Linus Pauling), 
krebiozen method (Ivy);
also look up these doctors: Hamer, Coley, Naessens, Revici, and Oziacs.
All are worth checking, and at least a few seem very promising.

If you cannot use a rife machine, or for some reason do not want to try Gerson therapy, then at least concentrate on diet and exercise based approaches. I know a family who tried to cure someone of cancer with baths of hydrogen peroxide. It did not work. So be reasonable, placing common sense above the desperation you may feel. Also try to remember that this is a physical ailment. It will not magically disappear because you want it to. The same family I just mentioned tried to pray away their member's cancer- them and all their church members, and all of their family members- it did not work. As a matter of fact, a scientific study commissioned by a Christian college showed that prayer not only does not help someone heal, it actually makes them worse! If it makes you feel better, fine, but do not depend upon it to fix the physical problem at hand.


Which brings me to the problem of ignorance. So many people blindly follow their doctors, and have no idea what alternatives there are. Nor do many people even know what is really wrong with them. Find out the scientific name of your particular type of cancer, and write it down. Do research. Learn what cancer is, in general. Learn what the normal treatments are. Learn what the less common treatments are. Learn what the alternative methods are. Learn all about all medicines prescribed... When my dad was in his final month or so, his doctor harped on him to pray and so on, but would not explain why the medicines stopped working, or why complications were coming up. Questions were met with silence. My research is the only reason why my mom knows about the reasons he died of blood clots. That doctor was / is an incompetent uncaring imbecile. (If he is reading this, he knows who he is, and had best avoid me like the plague.)

Another thing that the docs will not tell you, or at least not detail to you, is about the final stages. If you are at level 4 (terminal), and you at some point are prescribed morphine for the pain that is sure to come, you have a right to know what this really entails. Morphine kills pain alright, and it also kills your brain- as in causing dementia. A person on a lot of morphine will become similar to an alzheimer's sufferer: floating in and out of lucidity. Is it worth it to continue like this? I would not care to myself. The morphine drip made my dad so weak he could barely speak above a whisper. We were not sure if he was lucid or not. Did he understand my last words to him? I will never know for sure. That was an intravenous, continuous dosage. When my mom was gravely ill, she got morphine drops orally as needed, and it seemed to work without the same effects.

If I am ever in that state, I hope I will be euthanized humanely like a pet would be. Unfortunately this is illegal, and the patients' wills (even those with 'living wills') as well as the wishes of the families- are irrelevant. A person must be allowed to suffer to death even when there is no medical hope whatsoever of their recovery. There are ways to facilitate the end painlessly and with no trace. I suppose I should not reveal them here. I do not advocate it, but will say that I have made arrangements with my loved ones to take action if it comes to the morphine state with me. I cannot advocate the conclusions made in this film at 38:15 on. Its subject is different, and even if it applied here, it wouldn't be recommended. Of course you can't trust that Kevorkian weirdo either, as he is a grinning creep that obviously delights in his actions. So do not consult this Australian group instead. Their laws are different. I must advise suffering to death and losing your mind to morphine before your body succumbs to the cancerous tumors that strangle your organs over a period of weeks. This is the accepted course of action, not feeling drunk or euphoric for 15 seconds before unconsciousness and then death less than a minute later. That is not legal.  

If I get cancer someday, what would I do? 

Personally, I would see about tumor removal through surgery first, to reduce pain and get a head start on anything else- can't hurt to remove most of it physically, I figure. Then, in lieu of chemo or radiation I would do Gerson therapy and Essiac, while saving up for a Rife machine. I would use the Rife machine as the triple-whammy to make sure it is all destroyed. If things were not improving very soon, I may return to standard medicine. But I doubt that would be necessary. That is just my plan. After consulting your doctor and also researching the info above, make a plan for yourself.

Do not forget the importance of diet for prevention as well as reducing tumor spread. As the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states: "Antioxidants in plants may reduce the spread of tumors and help repair damaged DNA. Some components in soybeans, green tea, turmeric, grapes, tomatoes, and other plant foods have the ability to regulate apoptosis, an important pathway for cancer prevention."  Besides eating the proper plants, there are many over the counter supplemental pills that are loaded with antioxidants as well. The PCRM also has a clear chart here

Further, be aware that radiation treatment involves irradiating your tissues. This stays in your cells forever and slowly destroys them, causing eventual necrosis. I cannot advise you to refuse any particular treatment, however, I can inform you that this is what killed my mom 17 years after her radiation treatments. Carefully research every proposed medicine and treatment before approving its use on you.

Of course, the best thing to do, as I said earlier, is to take great pains to prevent cancer in the first place. And if you live in the USA, knowing this disease will wipe out your bank accounts, your properties, and everything else you own, I seriously recommend expatriation (see book called 'expert expat') to a country with free medical care. Preferably before, if necessary after, diagnosis. Most nations have it: Western nations, third world countries; almost all. The last statistic I read was that at least 1/2 of all men and 1/3 of all women will get cancer, with the incidence increasing yearly. By the year 2050 100% of people can expect to get cancer (if prions don't kill us off as a species, maybe cancer will). So instead of hoping that the farce that is labeled the "war on cancer" will solve the problem before you get it, move to where you can treat it without becoming homeless- if you can get treatment at all- while you still have a chance. Think very hard about this....

Good luck.


Addendum:
things that probably increase cancer risk that most people do not realize:
-artificial food colorings ("FD and C yellow #5" etc.)
-pointing a microwave transceiver to your brain for long periods (cell phone use)
-living within a half mile of a cell phone tower
-tap water, canned foods, most toothpastes (fluoride)
-bleach, chlorine (dioxins)
-fiberglass particles- the next asbestos? (insulation)
-aluminum particles being breathed in or ingested (beverage cans, cookware, other sources...)
-all petroleum products (what do you think baby oil/mineral oil and petroleum jelly are made of...)
-agent orange (still sprayed on cattle to kill bugs)
-leather (preserved with numerous toxic chemicals)
-any ailment causing a weak immune system, incl. diabetes


(c) james platt

8/5/10

Why Mow?

Lawn mowing has to be among the top five crazy things that societal humans do.

It has become such a pervasive habit, it is even required by law in most communities. If you let your yard grow more than X amount of inches, the city will take a picture of it, mail it to your landlord, and give you X amount of days to mow it. If you do not comply, they mow it for you- for 300. per hour! That is how it's done where I live, and is typical of other towns as well. Someone living in northern Africa, far northern climates, or other places with little or no grass may find this surprising.

One really has to marvel at the illogicity of it. What is the idea behind it all? Grass is mowed because it makes it look better, supposedly. But how plants chopped to within one inch of their lives look better than their natural state of a tall, healthy, complete plant with seeds etc.- that is beyond me. Natural is always more normal and beautiful looking with anything. It is also mowed ostensibly to reduce insects and ticks. Of course, any wild animal- whether a gazelle or a beetle- will either adapt to its surroundings or move elsewhere. It will not just disappear into the ether. So the fantasy of 'reducing' bugs is actually quite laughable. Believe me- the bugs are still around. As well as the ticks, which actually live in trees and drop onto people. Should we start cutting down all the trees then? I better not say that, it may start a new fad.

A good question then is what if we didn't mow? The average lawnmower pollutes more than eleven cars at once! If we did not mow, mass quantities of gasoline would be saved per year. An enormous amount of hydrocarbon exhaust would never be created, not only from all of the mowers and other equipment, but also all of those lawn company trucks driving around all day. The world would start to look like a majestic prairie again, as it once did before the invention of mowers. Wildlife would flourish, especially birds who would sit on the tall grass and munch the bugs all day. Snakes would love it, not getting chopped to pieces; flourishing without hell from above- eating all the mice and rats they could muster. The ecosystem would change, for the better.

All we need is a path from our front door to the garage or street, and mailbox. This could be cut by hand like the old days: with a sickle, scythe, or bladed weed cutter tool. No gasoline or oil needed for them. No expensive lawnmowers, weedeaters, edgers, leaf blowers, baggers, or illegal mexican labor either. Just a few minutes of exercise per week would be all that is needed to maintain the path.

All lawn service companies nowadays make you sign contracts, and are quite expensive to boot. Many also dupe people into paying extra for monthly fertilizer treatments. Good idea- then they have to mow more often, which you will also be charged for. Some provide the 'service' of aeration. This is where they use a machine to stab holes in the dirt so the grass roots will get more air. Since they are designed by Nature to grow completely surrounded by soil, one has to wonder what the logic in this is. People pay for it though.

Weedeating is also absurd. We wouldn't want a "weed", which is a grass plant that is too tall for the city's liking, to touch a tree (another plant), or a human structure, or a sidewalk edge, or a street curb, or a fence. After all, these plants-o-destruction may spit acid on them and destroy those items we hold so dear. If grass is that destructive, then why grow it at all? Maybe the weedeater crowd should just till up their yards and replant moss. Or they could do like one house I actually seen once in Kansas City: pave the yard in cement and paint it green. At least one person had some sense to break the cycle. Those who obsess over their lawns have a touch of OCD, and should seek help for this neurosis.

Now that leaf blowers have become the latest fad that all so-called professional lawn care people can't seem to do without, I wonder what gadget is next. Just like the weedeater that never used to exist, and the riding mower, the gas mower, and even the old push mower with the whirly blades.

People should at least consider mowing less often. Most mow weekly, but I mow monthly. This is enough to stay out of hot water with the city. So I use 1/4 the gas and cause 1/4 the pollution of most people.

Here is a better idea: stop inventing gadgets to further man's obsession with complete control of nature, and start allowing a lush ecosystem that will be loved by wildlife and help to filter our poisoned air just like trees do. They always say to plant trees, and letting other plants grow bigger would have the same effects. This combined with the factor of so much less energy use to cut it to start with- over and over again in an obsessive cycle- would greatly help the planet, and thereby, ourselves.

While our yards are not big enough to become prairies, we can do our part on a smaller scale...



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(c) james platt