The High Intensity Geriatric Workout By Mrs Vera West

     I know that for most of us, a walk around the block with the old dog towing us, is about all we can manage. Yet, there is evidence that high intensive exercise for us older folk, can boost memory, so long as (1) we can do it without a heart attack, and (2) we can remember to do it, to kick start the whole process:
  https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2019/11/03/high-intensity-exercise-boosts-memory-in-seniors/#2e412b3259ca

“High-intensity treadmill workouts may not immediately spring to mind when considering a suitable exercise regimen for seniors. But, according to a new study, these workouts can significantly boost memory function by up to 30%. Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recruited 64 seniors between the ages of 60 and 88 for the twelve-week study. Other than having a low activity level before the study, the seniors were otherwise healthy. The participants were split up into three experimental groups, one group did moderate treadmill exercise that pushed their heart rates up to 70-75% of their maximum for their age, another did more intense workouts which pushed heart rates up to 90-95%, but for shorter bursts of time and the third group did gentle stretching exercises. Seniors in the high intensity exercise group experienced significant improvement on memory tests of up to 30% after the three month program. Interestingly, participants in the moderate exercise or stretching group showed no average improvement in memory. “The test looks at the ability to remember the details of new memories without mixing things up,” said Jennifer Heisz, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and lead author of the study. “For example, if you meet two new people today, it is important to not mix up their names or personal information, or to remember that you took your medicine yesterday rather than today,” she added.”

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New Zealand; Land of Death By Mrs Vera West

     How ironic, New Zealand bans guns because of the tragedy, but passes a euthanasia/suicide law.
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-11-23-new-zealand-passes-euthanasia-law-suicide.html

“In a 69-51 vote, New Zealand’s parliament has voted to pass the so-called “End of Life Choice Bill,” which would legalize both euthanasia and assisted suicide for people over the age of 18 who suffer from terminal illnesses that have the potential to end their lives within six months. The controversial legislation recently passed its third and final reading in the New Zealand House, and will now have to be voted on by referendum in New Zealand’s upcoming 2020 General Election. In other words, the general New Zealand public will be the ultimate deciding factor as to whether or not the End of Life Choice Bill officially becomes law. Under normal circumstances, when a bill passes its third reading by the Queen’s representative, the Governor-General would sign it into law through a process known as Royal Assent. But an amendment was added to the End of Life Choice Bill requiring it to go up for a final referendum vote, which is its next step. The only problem is that most New Zealanders don’t understand what the bill is about, and most of them mistakenly believe that it’s more innocuous than it sounds based on its name. According to reports, nearly three in four New Zealanders think the End of Life Choice Bill is about giving people the opportunity to simply turn off life support machines for the terminally ill. Some 70 percent think that refusal to be resuscitated will also be legalized.

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Why I Will Not be Joining the Defence Forces (Again) By John Steele

     Well, apart from marching into the mid-70s in years, I will not be part of Australia’s dad’s army, because a war hero, whom I must respect, tells me so:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7685471/Victoria-Cross-winning-war-hero-Ben-Roberts-Smith-tells-potential-recruits-NOT-join-armed-forces.html?fbclid=IwAR2maP9fW8lqFm4GGR5Qxs9XgpeiolTxJWbR8K1F8Yz7bop66GHK5VhU1dw

“Australian war hero Ben Roberts-Smith said he would not encourage potential recruits to join the armed forces because of the lack of support veterans receive. The former soldier believes the heads of the Australian Defence Force are putting themselves ahead of servicemen and not providing the assistance that veterans need. The 41-year-old told The Daily Telegraph he would not endorse young people going into the military without a major shakeup in leadership. 'My opinion is the Australian Defence Force needs good young Australians… but when you look at what is happening at the moment it gives me pause to think, ''Is it a good option for somebody to do that'', knowing that at any point you could be injured, leave and not be supported in a way that is expected and that you should be supported because you have chosen to serve,' Mr Roberts-Smith said. 'So from my perspective at the moment, it would take serious consideration before you would be advising people to (join the ADF).’”

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Low Carb Diets and Type II Diabetes By Mrs Vera West

     With the usual disclaimer that no medical advice is being offered, consider type II diabetes, then consider low carb diets:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-11-21-low-carb-diet-prevents-type-2-diabetes.html

“A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean the end of the world. Patients may manage their metabolic condition or even prevent it altogether by sticking to a healthy diet with low-carbohydrate foods. In Australia, a groundbreaking study called for a revamp of existing interventions for Type 2 diabetes. Instead of aiming for management, it urged patients and healthcare providers to force the disease into remission. The report cited a low-carb diet as one of the most effective methods of achieving diabetes remission. The Education and Health Standing Committee of the Western Australian parliament devised and presented the document. They called for a total revision of the official dietary recommendations given to recently diagnosed patients with Type 2 diabetes. As of the time of this writing, Australians who have developed this form of diabetes get advised to follow the country’s standard dietary guidelines. However, the said guidelines include foods rich in starch – bread, pasta, and rice. Needless to say, starchy foods and diabetes do not go well together. High-carb foods increase blood glucose levels, which aggravates the already volatile conditions of diabetics.

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Why, Wi Fi? By Brain Simpson

     I found this article while wondering through the Amerika.org site, on the health dangers of Wi Fi, and the dangers are many, including zapping sperm, which is the last thing most of us need, well, maybe not the blokes who write here, who are mostly over the hill, and coming down the other side, but the young blokes, eager to sow wild oats. Good luck with that one, all you young and hot blooded agriculturalists:
  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300355

“Repeated Wi-Fi studies show that Wi-Fi causes oxidative stress, sperm/testicular damage, neuropsychiatric effects including EEG changes, apoptosis, cellular DNA damage, endocrine changes, and calcium overload. Each of these effects are also caused by exposures to other microwave frequency EMFs, with each such effect being documented in from 10 to 16 reviews. Therefore, each of these seven EMF effects are established effects of Wi-Fi and of other microwave frequency EMFs. Each of these seven is also produced by downstream effects of the main action of such EMFs, voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) activation. While VGCC activation via EMF interaction with the VGCC voltage sensor seems to be the predominant mechanism of action of EMFs, other mechanisms appear to have minor roles. Minor roles include activation of other voltage-gated ion channels, calcium cyclotron resonance and the geomagnetic magnetoreception mechanism. Five properties of non-thermal EMF effects are discussed. These are that pulsed EMFs are, in most cases, more active than are non-pulsed EMFs; artificial EMFs are polarized and such polarized EMFs are much more active than non-polarized EMFs; dose-response curves are non-linear and non-monotone; EMF effects are often cumulative; and EMFs may impact young people more than adults. These general findings and data presented earlier on Wi-Fi effects were used to assess the Foster and Moulder (F&M) review of Wi-Fi. The F&M study claimed that there were seven important studies of Wi-Fi that each showed no effect. However, none of these were Wi-Fi studies, with each differing from genuine Wi-Fi in three distinct ways. F&M could, at most conclude that there was no statistically significant evidence of an effect. The tiny numbers studied in each of these seven F&M-linked studies show that each of them lack power to make any substantive conclusions. In conclusion, there are seven repeatedly found Wi-Fi effects which have also been shown to be caused by other similar EMF exposures. Each of the seven should be considered, therefore, as established effects of Wi-Fi.”

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5 G Apocalypse .. but 6 G Cometh By Brian Simpson

     Fear not the walking dead, but 5 G:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-11-20-5g-revolution-could-bring-5g-apocalypse.html

“While globalists happily push 5G into America and now on a fast-track with words like ‘5G Revolution‘ being tossed around, the website Scientific American recently put out this story within which they warned “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe“. As this story Steve Quayle linked to Sunday over at the Mind Unleashed reports of the Scientific American story, of particular significance is the fact that SciAm is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States, founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845, and running monthly since 1921. It is a highly influential publication, widely reputed for its rigorous scientific standards, and lauded by today’s fact-checkers as highly credible and staunchly pro-science. With the Scientific American story reporting that “the technology is coming, but contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks“, their story confirmed much of what the independent media has been reporting for the past couple of years about 5G, that America is flying blind into a potentially disastrous health mess with potential damages to human beings including: Millimeter waves are mostly absorbed within a few millimeters of human skin and in the surface layers of the cornea. Short-term exposure can have adverse physiological effects in the peripheral nervous system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system. The research suggests that long-term exposure may pose health risks to the skin (e.g., melanoma), the eyes (e.g., ocular melanoma) and the testes (e.g., sterility).

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Hope for All of Our Brains, Even Mine! By Mrs Vera West

     When I was at school my biology teacher said that the human brain stopped growing in the teenage years, and after that brain cells simply died off. Live long enough and your head would be empty! I did not believe him, and we now know that this sort of thought is nonsense:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-10-23-your-brain-doesnt-stop-growing-in-your-90s.html

“Some experts believe that the brain stops producing new brain cells after childhood — but that’s not the case, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Medicine. This study suggests that the brain continues to grow even in your 90s. Researchers from Spain reached this conclusion after looking at the brain tissues donated by 13 individuals who died at the ages of 43 to 87. All donors were neurologically healthy before their deaths. The researchers detected these brain cells by sending antibodies to find the proteins, which are oval for older neurons and longer for younger ones. The researchers found that healthy brains contained new brain cells, which were born in the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region in the brain that plays a key role in emotion, learning, memory, and mood. However, the number dropped steadily with age. Around the ages of 40 to 70, the number of new brain cells spotted in the dentate gyrus declined from about 40,000 to 30,000 per cubic millimeter (mm3). The number also dropped with the cognitive decline that comes with old age. This indicated that in middle age, nearly 300 fewer neurons per mm3 are made in the dentate gyrus with every advancing year. These findings suggested that even though people lose brain cells in old age, they may still be able to produce new ones to replace them, opening the possibility of creating new memories using new brain cells. After they studied healthy brain tissue, the researchers examined the brains of people who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before death. The brain tissues were from 45 patients aged 52 to 97. All had new brain cells in the dentate gyrus, including a 97-year-old patient – the oldest person found to still produce new brain cells.”

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Cancer and Exercise By Mrs Vera West

     Can exercise aid in cancer treatment? Here is one opinion, with the usual disclaimer that this is not medical advice, only information for debating purposes:
  https://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2019/11/01/exercise-prescription-for-tumor.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1ReadMore&utm_campaign=20191101Z1&et_cid=DM378590&et_rid=741085039

“Cancer is at epidemic proportions around the world. An estimated 1,762,450 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2019,1 and approximately 1,663 die from it every day. Based on what we now know about the origins of cancer, it's clear that this avalanche is largely the result of inappropriate diets and unhealthy living. Lack of exercise is part of this. Evidence shows exercise not only is a key component of effective cancer prevention, but also cancer treatment and prevention of recurrence, so it's really a triple-win. I first heard of this about 30 years ago and was delighted but surprised and did not understand how this could occur, but now the physiology is well understood as I discuss further below. Not surprisingly, few oncologists ever tell their patients to engage in exercise beyond their simple daily, normal activities, and many cancer patients are reluctant to exercise, or even discuss it with their oncologist. This may soon change.

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Perception, Not Sex, and the City By Brian Simpson

     City people have their brains basically wired for city things, and lose connection, at a most basic level with nature. That is why some us have this feeling of world weariness living in the concrete jungle, and long for a green lusty luscious jungle complete with poisonous snakes if necessary, and the like, a new Eden:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-11-16-city-living-causes-brain-stop-recognizing-objects-natural-world.html
  https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2019.1492

“Ambiguous images are widely recognized as a valuable tool for probing human perception. Perceptual biases that arise when people make judgements about ambiguous images reveal their expectations about the environment. While perceptual biases in early visual processing have been well established, their existence in higher-level vision has been explored only for faces, which may be processed differently from other objects. Here we developed a new, highly versatile method of creating ambiguous hybrid images comprising two component objects belonging to distinct categories. We used these hybrids to measure perceptual biases in object classification and found that images of man-made (manufactured) objects dominated those of naturally occurring (non-man-made) ones in hybrids. This dominance generalized to a broad range of object categories, persisted when the horizontal and vertical elements that dominate man-made objects were removed and increased with the real-world size of the manufactured object. Our findings show for the first time that people have perceptual biases to see man-made objects and suggest that extended exposure to manufactured environments in our urban-living participants has changed the way that they see the world.”

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The Man Who Loved Twirling His Hands By James Reed

     At this time of the year, news items get into the “slow news” mode. I was mentally whinging about this while walking to the community centre to get my daily dose of computer time, when I saw a madman walking, in a fashion, and whirling his hands in giant circles, although pure mathematicians would disagree I suppose. Then a voice said: you have two minutes to write a short story. I looked around, but there was nobody there, so it must have been my homunculi, the little man in my brain, whatever, “my” is. So, I, whatever that is, stopped in mid-stride, and took out some scraps of paper, and did this:

“Nigel like to twirl his hands, just like some people, well me, get silent joy out of tearing up paper and neurotically folding the pieces until they disintegrate. Nigel though had a raw disorder which was a psychological condition that caused him to hand-twirl, as if he was some kind of decaying circus performer, ageing politically correct marching person, or one of those strength athletes who spin round Indian clubs for shoulder exercise, or just to smash those who upset them. The problem was that Nigel was a menace to society most of the time. People drinking hot coffee could end up with the boiling liquid on their faces, in their eyes, instead of in their stomachs where it would in the normal train of events cause cancer.  Then there was also the problem of medical expenses, as Nigel went through rotor cuff muscles (it’s in the shoulder) as people go through clothes, the surgeons constantly having to repair failing tissues, all on Medicare.

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Defend Our Fire Fighting Women! By Mrs Vera West

     Few people nowadays are as pro-family as me, but I have to take the sided of the pregnant lady fire fighter who is going out to do her duty when the country side is in crisis. Leave to one side the question of how this towering inferno happened; it did, and fire fighters now have to deal with it.
  https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/13/firefighter-trolled-helping-australia-bushfires-pregnant-11090588/

“A pregnant firefighter has hit back at critics who said she should not be helping fight the devastating Australia bushfires. Kat Robinson-Williams is 14 weeks pregnant and has written a powerful post saying she would not ‘just stay behind.’ Kat, 23, has been given the all-clear by her doctor and said she will continue to help the crisis, which has already claimed three lives. She wrote on Instagram: ‘Yes I am a firefighter. No, I’m not a man. Yes, I am pregnant. No, I don’t care if you don’t like it.’ Kat is the third generation of her family to volunteer with the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service. She has volunteered with them for 11 years, following in the footsteps of her mother who also fought blazes while expecting. Kat is one of thousands of firefighters battling more than 150 fires that have been raging for a week across a 100,000 hectare area. The expectant mum took to social media after several of her friends told her ‘you shouldn’t be doing this.’ As well as a rebuke, she also posted several pictures of herself in firefighting gear on the way to an incident. Kat told the BBC: ‘I’m not the first pregnant firefighter and I’m not going to be the last one. ‘I’m still in a position where I’m able to help so I will. ‘I wanted to tell them I’m okay and that I’m not just going to stop. ‘I’ll stop when my body tells me to stop.’”

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The Black Pill of Michel Houellebeq: Serotonin By Peter West

     Michel Houellebecq is back with new book entitled Serotonin, named after the sleep hormone, of course. I have not read any of his work, but people on other websites much smarter than me, think he is grand, and who am I to disagree? Indeed, that last sentence, when first typed had not one correct word in it. Anyway, enough self-praise, this French writer, has been accused of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia, and was once hit by Frances’ race hate laws, getting off, so he must be doing something right.

     As I do not have the money to buy books, even struggling to pay bills, I seek out reviews and hope for the best. Apparently, this French guy writes about the impending collapse of Western civilisation, something of mild interest to me:
  http://www.amerika.org/politics/houellebecq-returns-with-serotonin/
  https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/11/11/the-exhilarating-nihilism-of-michel-houellebecq/

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Beware of Oxalates! By Mrs Vera West

     I did not even know what oxalates were until reading this Mercola article. It is the paradox of many healthy foods that they contain damaging oxalates. Yes, it does raise the question of what one is to eat for optimal health.
  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/10/oxalic-toxicity.aspx

•    “Oxalic acid or oxalates are very tiny molecules that bind minerals like calcium and form crystals. It is found in a variety of seeds, nuts and many vegetables. It’s only two carbons and four oxygen molecules. It’s a highly reactive compound that is attracted to positively charged minerals
•    Oxalates not only can cause kidney stones (calcium oxalate kidney stones) but also may be responsible for a wide variety of other health problems related to inflammation, auto-immunity, mitochondrial dysfunction, mineral balance, connective tissue integrity, urinary tract issues and poor gut function
•    Oxalic acid can harm glandular function, connective tissue function, neurological function and the function of the tissues of excretion, particularly the kidneys and bladder
•    Having a damaged gut lining will increase your absorption of oxalates. An inflamed or damaged gut lining is a very common problem, thanks to frequent antibiotic use and the presence of a number of chemicals in our food supply, including glyphosate. Other plant compounds such as phytates and lectins (such as gluten) can worsen gut health and exacerbate the impact of oxalates
•    Tissue destruction, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are all issues that can be related to oxalates

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In Praise of Eggs… for the Oldish By Mrs Versa West

     Eggs were once regarded by the medical establishment as a no-no, due to some alleged heart risk, but gradually over time that myth was debunked. There is a place for eggs in our diet, not only providing a relatively cheap and tasty source of protein, but also being important in eye health:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-11-07-eating-eggs-regularly-lowers-risk-of-blindness.html

“Research suggests that regular consumption of eggs can lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This eye disease, which affects people over 50 years of age, is one of the leading causes of blindness among the elderly. In their study, which was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Australia reported that of the 3,654 people they monitored over 15 years, those who ate between two to four eggs every week were 49 percent less likely to develop AMD than those who ate only one egg or none at all. “The findings of this study are therefore important as they indicate a significant and independent association between the moderate consumption of eggs and lower risk of developing late AMD,” said Bamini Gopinath, a researcher from the University of Sydney and one of the authors of the study.

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If Elizabeth Warren, False “Native” American Indian Wins By Charles Taylor

     Australians may not know much Elizabeth Warren, but if Trump is removed in a coup, she could well stumble into the role of president. This will impact greatly upon Australia, as the US gets a hardcore socialist president, backed by an insane political system and new class intellectuals and general bs “artists,” like the film and music world:
  https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-will-sexist-white-males-derail-warren

“Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase says Warren "vilifies successful people." Microsoft founder Bill Gates says her proposals would imperil "innovation" and "capital formation." Writing in The New York Times, Obama adviser Steven Rattner describes a Warren presidency as "a terrifying prospect." Warren would "extend the reach and weight of the federal government far further into the economy than anything even Franklin Roosevelt dreamed of (and) ... turn America's uniquely successful public-private relationship into a dirigiste European-style system." "If you want to live in France"—where half the GDP is controlled by the regime—says Rattner, "Warren should be your candidate." What finally shocked anti-Warren liberals into action was her recent revelation of how she intends to pay for her "Medicare for all" plan. Warren's plan would require at least $23 trillion more in federal spending over a decade. Other experts say the added costs could run to $32 trillion, raising the U.S. government's share of the GDP by one-half and abolishing the private health insurance plans of 156 million Americans. "Many of America's global champions, like banks and tech giants, would be dismembered," writes Rattner, "Shale fracking would be banned, which would send oil and natural gas prices soaring and cost millions of Americans their jobs."

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Pollution in India … and the World By Paul Walker

     India is a fascinating place to visit, but one needs to be extremely careful what one eats, and drinks, especially water. Pollution is a major problem, and the environmentalists are silence about this because …  only whites … make pollution:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWNeb_5Uj5U
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17DE2krqQMg
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHCaIvPN2rY
  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50298972

“As India's north continues to struggle with extreme pollution levels, the story has put a fresh spotlight on air quality in cities across Asia. Beijing has long been notorious for its smog - but statistics show that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have worse air by far. So why is South Asia so much more polluted?

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Stockpile Manuka Honey for the Collapse By Mrs Vera West

     While the flavour of articles today is along the collapse line, I like to look positive and make homely suggestions for rebuilding, rather than swim in my own misery and self-pity. With the collapse of the medical system, as already seen in Venezuela, there is a need for self-reliance in medicine at a basic level, such a wound management. Here honey, and even sugar can help, things which have been used in war zones:
  https://seedtocrop.net/2019/04/manuka-honey-killing-super-bugs/?utm_sq=g8gowawqs1&fbclid=IwAR0sTRwBN1mTSUJHiPOUEOvzGqTe8P0R2GGOEviXzTNwMGzqlaw04v-1PnM&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=HealthMeans&utm_content=ArticlesTrending 
  https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2019/05/06/manuka-honey-really-superfood-treating-colds-allergies-and-infections

“Manuka honey is derived from the nectar of manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) trees, and it has an additional component to its potent antimicrobial activity. This unusual activity was discovered by Professor Peter Molan, in New Zealand in the 1980s, when he realised the action of manuka honey remained even after hydrogen peroxide was removed. The cause of this activity remained elusive for many years, until two laboratories independently identified methylglyoxal (MGO) as a key active component in manuka honey in 2008. MGO is a substance that occurs naturally in many foods, plants and animal cells and it has antimicrobial activity. Australia has more than 80 species of native Leptospermum, while New Zealand has one, but the “manuka” honeys from each country have similar properties. There is currently a great deal of debate between the two countries over the rights to use the name “manuka”, but for simplicity in this article we use the term to describe active Leptospermum honeys from either country. Can manuka honey kill superbugs?

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Give Me …More, More, More … Academic Fraud By James Reed

     Today’s theme song, sound track from the TV show Vikings, by fever Ray, If I Had a Heart, because this pagan stuff reminds me of the modern university:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym-a4CN9GlQ

     Academia is full of fraud, with many academics producing shonky papers by manipulating statistics to increase the number of published papers. Then there is the totally cooked up stuff like this:
  https://nypost.com/2019/11/02/stanford-professor-who-changed-america-with-just-one-study-was-also-a-liar/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  https://www.amazon.com/Great-Pretender-Undercover-Mission-Understanding/dp/1538715287/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572643585&sr=1-1

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Appearance and Reality By Chris Knight

     I have not seen John Carpenter’s movie, They Live (1989), about a man who has suddenly has a pair of sunglasses that reveal what reality is like, underneath the deception that is presented to us.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTK8eff1Zsk

     Here is an excellent discussion:
  https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/they_live_we_sleep_beware_the_growing_evil_in_our_midst

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Can Only “Women” have Babies? By Mrs Vera West

     The answer in the modern regime is “no, the concept of a woman is a social construction.” All is relativism, except white racism, the only absolute. Say otherwise and face the consequences:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7643251/Charity-hounds-birth-coach-post-saying-women-children.html

“A birth coach has been ‘ostracised’ by her professional organisation after transgender activists branded as offensive a Facebook post in which she said that only women can have babies. Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, 45, was forced to stand down as spokesperson for Doula UK and has since resigned altogether from the national organisation for birth coaches. Her exit comes after transgender rights activists triggered an investigation in which Doula UK concluded her message breached its equality and diversity guidelines. They did not expel the mother- of-four, who has been a doula – who provide continuous support during pregnancy – for six years, but threatened to suspend her unless she deleted the post. Mrs McCarthy-Calvert did so, but resigned believing Doula UK had ‘acquiesced’ to demands from a small number of activists and failed to stand up for women’s rights. ‘I am angry and sad,’ she said last night. ‘I was effectively ostracised for saying I am a woman and so are my clients.

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