On this Easter I give you this


The arrogance of the Christian god

It’s good for several laughs, not the least of which is the fact that all Christians and Muslims, and a great many Jews, insist there is no god but their own – yet in the bible itself we find YVWH referencing himself as being in a company of Gods.  We find him dictating laws that he then commands his followers to directly disobey.

It’s sad how people take that book and use it as a club against those who they don’t like, those who don’t follow their ways.   Europeans have no idea how very much of the ethos they *think* is Christian, is actually pre-Christian native ethos that their ancestors have syncretized into the desert faith.

May you have a blessed Eostremonath (Easter month, which is what the Anglo Saxons called this month).

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Aurora Borealis


Also known as my WAG sweater.  I don’t have a pattern, though I do have charts for the color work.  Left is the sweater body; you can see a vertical stripe interrupting the pattern where the sleeve will be.  Right is the arm hole “steeked,”  cutting the knitting to create a sleeve hole (in this case, I’ve also steeked cardigans after knitting them in the round).

The name  and color scheme is because my calendar for 2018 was different shots of the Aurora in Norway and Iceland and it inspired me.  Some of the yarn is hand spun, some is commercial.

I am at a point where my enthusiasm has outrun my reasoning skills for the moment.  Now I have to sit down and do the math to center the patterns on the caps of the nonexistent sleeves as well as do the calculations for centering the neck and sewing the shoulder seams – and how many stitches to pick up for the sleeves as well.

Nah.  Not today.  It’s a nice day.  I’m going to go outside and fix stuff in the chicken yard.  I can do the math later.

Magni update


He’s 9 1/2 months old now, and not even done growing yet!  He weighs about 25 pounds.

He’s literally double the size of our other cats.  He bowls them over without trying.  But he’s the sweetest thing, the most gentle soul.

I’m pretty darned sure he’s got Norwegian Forest cat in him somewhere.  He’s got heavy fur between his toes, the heavy white fur on his belly (that you can’t see in these pics but it’s there), the fur tufts in his ears, and the heavy club like tail.

Hail Aaron.


Hail Aaron. Long will you be remembered.  

He died this week, early in the week, on the Christian day of rest.  Which is perhaps appropriate for a man who went above and beyond for his friends, family, clients, and strangers, who didn’t take rest for himself.  He left a wife and two young children, a daughter and a toddler son.  He was 33 years old.  He and my son became friends 21 years ago, and remained friends to the day he died.  They got into a lot of trouble together.  They dated and married girls they grew up with, they had children at the same time.  They helped each other out with car repair, marriage advice, child care, and more.  

He was a quiet sort, chronically exhausted looking, who possibly drank more than he should but worked very hard to make sure his family had a home and a roof over their heads.  He would sacrifice his weekends helping his friends and family work on their vehicles, or help them move, or take care of things around the house that they were unable to do because of health.  He recently stayed at work until 10pm, on his own time, to make sure a family’s car was running properly and safe.  The day he collapsed in his garage he had been reading the thank you card the family sent to him.  They thanked him for his dedication, and for the fact that because of him, they were able to take their vacation without worry.  

He got sick in December, had a little bronchitis but was well enough to continue working.  He never got better though.  He ended up getting pneumonia apparently, and still continued to work.  He was working the day he collapsed in his garage.  He hit his head on the way down and ended up vomiting while unconscious.  He aspirated on his vomit and quit breathing.  He was likely down for about 8 or 9 minutes before anyone found him.  He coded twice, once on the way to the hospital and once there.  He was placed on a ventilator and admitted to ICU.  He never regained consciousness.  They took him off this past Sunday.  He passed 6 breaths later.  

He had a premonition.  I know he did.  He told his wife the week before that if anything happened to him he did not want to be on a machine, not even for one day.  He told her what she should do with things of special value to him.  They were going to write a will in the coming weeks.  He was an organ donor and made sure she knew he wanted to donate whatever could be used. 

When he passed, because he was an organ donor, the hospital announced a Code Hero on the intercom system.  Every staff member that was available lined the halls from his room to the operating room where they took him to harvest his life saving organs and tissues.  Because he was young and healthy before this happened, there was much that could be donated. He saved the lives and restored health of between 40 and 50 people by his donation.  

He died perhaps too soon, perhaps at the appointed time.  He spent his life building up his family and his friends, even at the cost of his own health.  He leaves a legacy of dedication, love, commitment, trust, and loyalty.  May his ancestors welcome him home.  

Hail Aaron.  

Questions about Odhinn


Due to a recent conversation on a secret, closed group I belong to it spurred some questions.

Odhinn, by the time of the Anglo Saxon Conversions to Christianity, had the reputation of being treacherous, deceitful, oath breaking, etc.  I think that this, in part, is why the conversion of Anglo Saxon England went easier than Sweden for instance.

He was a God of War.  He required blood.  Lots of it.  He required the triple death in many cases but He was perfectly satisfied to accept blood.  In fact I believe it intoxicated him, much as the Mead of Inspiration did.

So let’s examine this.  Odhinn hung on the tree, sacrificed himself to himself, in search of enlightenment.  That tells me pretty plainly that he is a God in search of not only wisdom, but the evolution that comes from wisdom properly assimilated.

My personal experience, my personal gnosis, of Odhinn, is that he NEVER lies.  He also never tells the whole truth either.  His reputation for treachery, I believe, comes from this very thing.  It allows peoples’ personal biases to to color what they hear, often to their disappointment and peril.  I myself have been guilty of this on occasion.  My gnosis regarding this has made me evaluate most things in my life in this light.  Is it re-affirming personal biases?  Is it beguiling me because it’s what I want to hear?  Am I ignoring signals and evidence I should really be taking into consideration?  This has changed my outlook on life in ways you can’t imagine.  Is my life happier for this?  NO.  But it’s healthier in many ways.

So my questions to you are these:

  1.  How do you think Odhinn approaches His people in the current era?  We don’t sacrifice people to Him any more.  If He gets blood it’s because we give our own.  How does He get our attention now?
  2. How do you think he has changed over the millennia?
  3. Do you think he has evolved?  Is He more, or less treacherous?
  4. Why do you think he has gained such a position of supremacy?
  5. I have added a question – why do you think people are worshipping the Gods more than the wights and ancestors?

 

Please, take as much space as you need to answer these questions, or make a blog post of your own and link back for me to read.

 

Marijuana reduces Benzodiazepine use


https://cannabis.net/blog/medical/cannabis-use-reduces-benzodiazepine-dependency-by-45-reports-study?fbclid=IwAR0JoeJcb4d-gLuxK1yO0T0s-ud6n7gg6fT2nQeuwCkw7O-hCsIfEav8GpA

This is big.  There is a syndrome called “benzodiazepine abstinence syndrome” that can last for YEARS after last use of these drugs.  It causes tremors, increased anxiety, cravings for it, sleep disturbances, mood disturbances.  Most people who are genuinely addicted to benzos will never completely recover especially if they are older.  This is big, it’s a way to both manage their anxiety and get through abstinence syndrome.

I’m getting quite tired of the “studies” put out by people with ties to Big Pharma who try to scare people.  Marijuana does not cause schizophrenia.  That’s a genetically linked disease.  Marijuana does not increase violence, unless you count the cartel violence because it’s an illegal drug and of course growing, transporting, and dealing are all dangerous occupations because it’s illegal.

Want to know what does cause all kinds of problems?  Big Pharmaceutical drugs.  Oxycontin.  Oxycodone.  Xanax.  Ativan.  Suboxone.  Yes, suboxone.  There’s a whole underground market for this drug.  It sells for as much as $20 a pill or strip.  What about the violence associated with these drugs?  What about the deaths associated with these drugs?  Show me the massive increase in marijuana overdose deaths – in fact, show me any marijuana overdose deaths at all (1 supposed toddler OD because of parental stupidity doesn’t count).

It does make people drive very slowly.  It gives people “the munchies” if they are new to using or don’t use regularly, if you use regularly it actually reduces appetite.

I will have to look on my old laptop but I also have a study that shows that opioid use goes down by a pretty substantial margin when marijuana is used in conjunction with opioids in pain patients.  Like 35-40% or more.

Marijuana has been known and used for at least 10,000 years.  There is documentation for its use in ritual and in medicine going back at least several thousand years.  We have cannaboid receptors.  Because we evolved to use marijuana.  Do I smoke?  No, because I will lose my living if I do.  Would I if it were legal?  Yes.  And it should be legal.  Government should not be in the business of telling adults what they can and cannot do, what they can and cannot ingest, what they can and cannot smoke.

Dr. McKendrick is right.


Low cholesterol level increases mortality

OK let’s talk about this. Approximately 95% (give or take) of the cholesterol that’s in your bloodstream comes from what your body produces for your body’s own needs. It is set genetically, and unless you’re one of those who has a truly elevated cholesterol above 300 (I know someone whose cholesterol was over 1500 when he was first diagnosed, now he’s happy with a 300) it’s probably not going to be what kills you.

Your brain is made of cholesterol. Your nerve sheaths are made of cholesterol. ALL OF YOUR SEX HORMONES ARE MADE OF CHOLESTEROL, AS ARE ALL OF YOUR OTHER HORMONES LIKE INSULIN. Every single cell in your body has a phosphoLIPID layer that maintains the integrity of the cell. LIPID. As in CHOLESTEROL. You know what is linked with increased risk of heart attack and stroke? With type II diabetes? Triglycerides. THOSE are diet related.

How many men are being treated for testosterone deficiency right now?   LOTS.  Why?  How many of them are on drugs for lowering cholesterol?  How many are overweight or obese, how many are also on cholesterol medications?  Fat produces estrogen, a fat generating hormone.  Estrogen increases your risk of clotting.  

Want to reduce your heart attack and stroke risk without drugs?  Want to reduce your risk of developing type II diabetes, which DRAMATICALLY increases your risk for heart attack and stroke?  Maintain a normal body weight.  Exercise.  Eat a lower carb diet rich in vegetables, proteins, and HEALTHY fats.  

 

The Impact of Illegal Immigration on One Person, One Family, One Town – Mine.


I could write an entire blog post myself about this very thing. But instead I’ll give you this one.

The Q Tree

Today, the Dems and their leaders stood on the Capitol Steps to demonstrate the personal impact of shutting down the government and the pain felt by Federal Employees who have missed a paycheck. Congressmen held up poster sized pics of people that…., well, they looked like me. So, I started thinking about the impact of illegal immigration and how it has affected my family, those around me, the town I love.

It hurts.

While none of us like to see Federal employees used as pawns, it’s time for someone to speak up for Americans, the millions of us who deal with the loopholes in our immigration policies and illegal immigration, day after day, week after week, decade after decade, only to hear another politician promise a solution. Well, we finally do have a politician willing to make a stand, President Trump. Isn’t it odd his desire to fulfill this promise…

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Time for Our FLU Immunization


How did we get here?

The Q Tree

In the same way that censorship is regarded as a BUG by the old programmers who BUILT the internet, so one might regard National Security Letters as something like the EBOLA VIRUS.

National Security Letters are basically COURTLESS WARRANTS, self-granted by the DOJ and FBI.  If you think that sounds unconstitutional as all hell, then you are not alone.  You are likely sitting there with your mouth agape, wondering why on Earth these sleazy court-free warrants – that even include their own gag orders – should EXIST at all.

Well, NSLs were birthed along with a lot of other communist nonsense in 1978.  Make sense now?  Yes.  They have been protected from being struck down by SCOTUS by – surprise, surprise, surprise – the Communist Ninth Circus Court of Repeals.  GO FIGURE.  Just like “privacy-loving” Obama “grudgingly” kept and strengthened the Patriot Act.  Just like “anti-capitalist”…

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