Five Ways To Avoid Being Hit By Terrorists

Instead of begging the government to ramp up security measures that are already out of control, citizens should become pro-active about their own security.

With the holiday season beginning, here are some very simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim:

1. Don’t travel in peak season.

Terrorists aim for the “propaganda of the deed.”

They want maximum publicity for their attacks.

One way to ensure it is to take as many people down as possible. Killing them in public spaces where their movement is confined is the best way to do that.

That’s why terrorist plots often involve trains and airlines during holiday season and at events.

In transit, backpacks and suitcases carrying weapons/bombs are not suspect – everyone’s packed and going some place.

Movements and actions that would be suspicious anywhere else pass for normal here. You see someone running fast, you assume he’s late for his flight. You see someone scrabbling through his baggage, you think he’s lost his passport. You see someone reach into his pocket suddenly, you think he’s looking for his  cell-phone.

Transit stations also have plenty of phone-booths and wi-fi, and computer terminals for an attacker to get information and coordinate with others.

Transit stations have rest-rooms to hide in, flowing water, money-exchanges to get cash or foreign exchange  and stores to buy a SIM card or battery. There’s always lots of noise to hide suspicious sounds and there are people from all over speaking foreign languages, so wherever a terrorist is from, he can pass more easily.

Bottom-line:

Avoid airlines, trains, and bus journeys at peak times in the day or year. Try to travel before or after the crowd, or in off-season, or after rush-hour.

2. Travel light

When you travel, travel light. The fewer things you have to carry, the less likely you will leave your bags unattended while you go to the bathroom or get a trolley. The lighter your bags, the easier it is for you to run with them if you do get caught near a gunman. The fewer things you have, the less time you’ll spend at check-points, where your attention is on watching your belongings rather than on your surroundings. The fewer things you have, the easier it will be to tell if someone has stuffed something in among them. The smaller your bag, the easier it will be for you to get up from an airline seat and move into the aisles in an emergency.

Bottom-line:

Keep your focus on your surroundings and not on your things.

3. Know where help lies

Identify the exits, the public phones, the wifi spots, the rest-rooms, the guards/police stations, the information booths, and the first-aid centers/clinics, in any location. Make sure to keep their numbers handy. Keep a cell-phone with a camera and audio device handy.

This way, even if you do become involved in a terrorist incident, you’ll minimize the damage and have some record of what happened.

4. Be aware of the people around you.

There’s no need to turn into a paranoid DHS snitch, reporting anyone who looks the least bit out of the ordinary. But it pays to keep an eye on people close to you, especially if they’re doing something odd.

Avoid staring, but take note of suspicious bulges and packages and if your gut tells you to, move away immediately. A good compromise is to inform airline officials.

They’ll probably handle it better than the police and an innocent person won’t end up shot.

5. Avoid crowds, hot-spots, celebrity events, historic locations, and historic enemies

Terrorists try to take down as many as possible and they try to do it as publicly as possible. So one way to avoid them is to avoid crowds of any kind, whether during subway rush hour, or at a concert or football event.

But also steer clear of any place that celebrities or journalists frequent. Avoid shows or events that have gotten a lot of attention in the press. Pick less known resorts, hotels, clubs or beaches to visit.

Also avoid places that have symbolic or historical significance that might make them terrorist targets.  Skip the “tourist trap” locations and sight-see around more low-key areas.

Keep abreast of the news so that you get to hear of any rumors or suspicions of terrorist activity well before anything happens.

Read history and current events to know which groups or people might be inclined to make your race, culture, or country a target.

Then try to avoid those groups.

This will be called bigotry and “profiling,” but profiling is only wrong for the government, because it has enforcement powers. It’s not for you.

Personally, I would prefer to be insensitive and alive rather than super-sensitive and dead.

That’s why I don’t enter “tough” white neighborhoods. I’ve had one or two bad experiences there and with all the public scare-mongering about immigrants, the third-world, “shit-skins,” and “dots,” I know better.

Similarly, a young black man might want to avoid walking in a neighborhood with lots of Mexican gangs.  A yeshiva student probably doesn’t want to mix with the students of the local madrassa. Conservative heterosexual males from the south should skip the gay scene in New York.

All this is not “hate” or “prejudice,” as the brain-washers would have it. It’s just self-preservation.

It’s common-sense.

Too bad that’s the first victim of terrorist attacks.

Whole Food Diet Reverses Chronic Illness

From the website of Delhi-based energy healer, Navin Nirula:

  • Eat a whole plant food based diet, with an emphasis on starchy vegetables. Drink plenty of plain water.
  • Eliminate all processed foods, added oils and fats, milk and dairy, all non-vegetarian items and their derivatives in foods either at home, at restaurants, at functions, or store-bought foods. Avoid excessive coffee and tea which create acidity. (2 to 3 cups a day of green tea/herbal teas are fine.)
  • Eliminate all high sugar foods and drinks, chocolates.
  • Your whole foods plant based diet should be 50-60% starchy food (cereals and tubers like potato, sweet potato), 30-40% green and yellow and orange vegetables, and 10% fruits.
  • Follow this diet strictly until you clinically reverse all signs of your disease ; on this plan you don’t have to count calories, nor is there a restriction on quantities of food and frequency of eating within the specified food groups.
  • Eat every 3 hours or sooner if hungry.
  • Take a 10 -15 minute walk anytime, or go up and down stairs a few times at your own comfortable pace. If at you work  at a desk, get up and walk around every 45 minutes.
  • Don’t over-exercise or stress your body if you are obese or unfit. As you get fitter and healthier, gradually add some stretching exercises and some safe exercises like stationary biking.
  • Swimming and water exercises can be done at any stage of fitness, as this places the least stress on your joints, and exercises your entire body in a reduced weight state.
  • Expose bare skin to the sunlight  at a UV Index of greater than 3 for a sufficient time to generate adequate vitamin D to maintain good cellular and hormonal health. See the guidelines on the Weather page.
  • For more on the UV Index and sun exposure time–go to the Weather page–If you are unable to get sunshine then take a vitamin D capsule (1000 to 2000 IU) per day until your 25(OH)D3 level in the blood test comes to a little more than 25 mg/dL, ( or more than 65 nmol/L).
  • Take a vitamin B12 tablet once a day if blood levels of B12 are low–methylcobalamin 10 mcg. (Adults actually only need 5 micrograms a day). If taking a larger dosage of B12 (500-1500mcg), take it once or twice a week. If you have  been taking non-vegetarian food or B12 supplementation prior to this, and where your B12 levels are in the normal range, you may not need B12 supplementation for up to 3 years, except if you are pregnant where you would need B12 supplementation on a vegetarian diet. (Note: milk is not ‘vegetarian’, it is liquid meat with indigestible sugars and hormones that are poisonous to human beings over the age of 2 years. See the information in downloadable PDF book – ‘Reversing Chronic Degenerative Disease without Modern Medicine’.)
  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day, take a short nap in the day.
  • Reduce stress by cleaning your room, workplace. Seeing clutter keeps the brain guessing as what might be under the clutter and where something you need to locate might be—even if you don’t need it right now, and this creates ongoing stress.
  • Get some social time, off time from your regular routine.
  • Indulge in your creative instincts and take up a craft or hobby that will engage you pleasurably.
  • Meditate for 10-15 minutes a day if you like.
  • For karmic healers–take 15-20 minutes a day minimum to run through a brief cycle of healing, bathing your mind and focused consciousness in the blissful healing energy stream.
  • Take a touch body healing periodically from a healer and be cradled in the healing energy flow, regenerating and refreshing yourself (even if you are a healer).
  • Life is not all a serious matter! If you follow these guidelines you will find your daily life most rewarding and fulfilling. This will also permit you to deal smoothly with any rough patches you come across.

The Humble Genius Behind Sweet Potato Pie

George Washington Carver, one of the greatest scientific geniuses who ever lived, was a poor slave boy, with neither father nor mother. Carver is credited not just with hundreds of inventions stemming from the peanut, but with reviving the southern economy.

Incidentally, he also popularized the use of the sweet potato in the South, a root that has replaced pumpkins on many a Thanksgiving table:

 

You have to be someone to get a National Monument named after you, and George Washington Carver was someone – not in his own estimation, but by universal acclaim.  His own estimation of himself was summed up in his words, “Without my Savior, I am nothing.”  He sought his Creator for guidance in all things, and gave God the credit for all his discoveries.  Rightly does a National Monument deserve to be named for him, because his story is an inspiration to all Americans.  It is one of overcoming odds and serving one’s fellow man, achieving greatness by good works, and devoting oneself to serving others.  It is a great American success story for which black Americans, and all Americans, can justly find inspiration.

For an example of doing science the Genesis way, it would be hard to find a better example than George Washington Carver.  God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).  Liberal environmentalists hate this verse because they misunderstand it.  It does not mean to run roughshod over the land, exploiting it for selfish purposes.  It means to manage it as stewards of the Creator, for He alone is the one who owns “the cattle on a thousand hills … for the earth and its fullness are mine” (Psalm 50:10–12), and “the earth is the Lord’s, and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).  Carver knew that “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3).

Since He is the Creator and Owner, we are mere stewards, accountable to Him.  Now it goes without saying that a good steward has to know the state of affairs of what he is managing.  So what does the Genesis Mandate mean?  It means, in effect, “do science.”  Science was the very first occupational career the Creator gave to the only beings He had made in His image, endowed with personality, intellect, will, and emotions.  Science (the understanding of the world) and environmental stewardship (the responsible management of it) are what dominion is all about.  Implicit in this view is that the world is a vast puzzle to solve, an endless store of natural wonders to explore.  It was in this spirit that Carver humbly asked, “Mr. Creator, why did you make the peanut?” then went to discover over 300 uses for it.  But we get ahead of our story.

Carver’s story is all the more remarkable because of the obstacles he had to overcome.  He was born practically a non-person in Civil War times, the nameless son of poor slave parents on a Missouri farm around 1864.  His father had been trampled to death by a team of oxen before young George had any memories of him.  His mother and sister had been taken by slave raiders in the night, never to be seen again.  Barely six months old, the boy and his older brother Jim were adopted by German immigrants, Moses and Susan Carver.  Jim was the stronger one; little George was short, weak, sickly, shy, stuttering and nearly mute.  Who would have expected great things from this unfortunate child?  Yet the Carvers noticed special aptitudes in him – curiosity, keen observational skills, and love of nature.  To this, they added discipline, hard work, and respect for God’s holy book, the Bible.  And they gave him a name to live up to: George Washington.

The Carvers were too poor to give him much more than that, but it proved sufficient; little George was ready to face a world of prejudice and start from the bottom up without complaining.  At age ten, with a silver dollar and eight pennies in his pocket, Carver walked alone the ten miles to the nearest colored boys school in Neosho.  He would find a barn to sleep in at night, and do any odd jobs a neighbor might need, from washing dishes and cooking to planting, to pay for food and tuition.  Abuse from other kids or white folks did not break his spirit.  Carver knew how to pray.  He always sensed the Lord was with him, and he knew that his loving heavenly Father would take care of him and direct his paths.  Besides, the trees and plants were too interesting to make him self-conscious over his own hardships.

Passing each test and scaling each hurdle, George won the hearts of classmates in a Kansas high school.  He developed many interests in which he excelled.  Those who know him primarily for his achievements in agricultural science might be surprised to learn that George Washington Carver was a singer, artist, piano player and debater.  His spiritual aptitude took root in his fellowship with the YMCA.  Throughout his life, he felt the sting of racial prejudice, even witnessing a lynching of another black man by the KKK.  The white folk who knew George stood up for him when racial slurs came at him.  He remained friendly, open, and diligent in everything he did, rising to the top of his class with high grades.  He was accepted to Highland University on a scholarship.

Upon arriving at Highland in Kansas, he was in for another major disappointment.  He entered the President’s office and announced that he was George Washington Carver, the one who had received the President’s own letter of acceptance.  “Young man, I’m afraid there has been a mistake.  You failed to inform us you were colored.  We do not take colored students here at Highland.”  The President would not be moved by the fact that George had spent everything he had to come.  His skin was just not the right color.  The feeling of dejection can only be imagined, as he walked around the strange town wondering what to do next.  He never felt more lonely in his life.  Again, he prayed.  He decided he would find a college that would take him.  He would work, save his money, and he would study hard, and God helping him, he would succeed.

It would not be easy.  He took a homestead in west Kansas and endured a blizzard alone in his cabin, and more loneliness..  Then word of a new college that would take coloreds came to his attention, and at age 26, he spent the ten dollars he made from selling his cabin and land, traveled to Indianola, and entered Simpson College.  The rest is history.  Though now older than most of the students, and seemingly the only black student, George rapidly excelled and made high grades.  He transferred to Iowa State and became the first black man to earn a bachelor’s degree.  Even prejudiced white folk made way for this rising star.  He was invited to teach, and earned a master’s degree in agriculture in 1896.  His work on plants and plant diseases was getting recognized.  It came to the attention of Booker T. Washington.

Booker T. Washington, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, had founded Tuskegee Institute fifteen years earlier as a place to provide blacks an opportunity for higher education.  He gave Carver a strange proposition that a mercenary man would have snubbed with utter disdain:

I cannot offer you money, position, or fame.  The first two you have.  The last, from the place you now occupy, you will no doubt achieve.  These things I now ask you to give up.  I offer you in their place – work – hard, hard work – the challenge of bringing people from degradation, poverty and waste to full manhood.

With a good deal of prayer and soul searching, Carver accepted.

Upon arriving in Alabama, George Carver was stunned to find he had no lab, no books, no equipment, no helpers, and no curriculum.  He would have to build the entire department from scratch.  He was even expected to share a room with another faculty member.  On top of that, he was expected to raise chickens and do other tasks he did not particularly care for, and the students were not that interested in learning what he had to teach.  But Carver had learned to take life as it came and make the most of it.  It was never easy; his relationship with Booker T. was often strained, the latter trying to keep the institution from going broke, and the former more visionary than resources permitted.  But they needed each other, and complemented each other, as iron sharpens iron (a fact George never fully realized till after Booker’s death).

So from the ground up at Tuskegee, George set to work with the equivalent of two loaves and a few fishes, handing them over to the Lord to multiply them.  Improvising a lab with old bottles and spare parts, and a microscope donated by his Iowa friends, he slowly got his balky students on track and began spinning a list of achievements that overflowed by the bushels.  His classes did experiments with sweet potatoes, trying to increase crop yields.  From five bushels an acre to ten, then twenty and thirty … they reached eighty bushels per acre, a feat thought impossible by seasoned farmers.  His all-time record was 266 bushels per acre, with the proper cultivation and fertilization.  Carver’s abilities in agriculture must have seemed like magic.  He experimented with crop rotation and found ways to replenish the soil.  His list of useful products from common crops began to grow, including delicious meals from cowpeas and industrial products from sweet potatoes.  As a ministry of help to poor farmers, he and his students put a classroom on a wagon.  They traveled from farm to farm, showing farmers how they could improve their yields.  George Washington Carver was poised to save the South from the devastation of the Civil War to new dangers on the horizon.

Southern farmers, by tradition, were stuck in a cotton rut.  Carver realized that not only did this deplete the soil, but the devastating boll weevil was slowly working its way east from Mexico and Texas at about 100 miles per year.  He realized its arrival in the South would wipe out the cotton economy.  Peanuts and other legumes, he demonstrated, replenished the soil.  Not only that, they were extremely versatile and healthy.  Grudgingly at first, the farmers took his advice to try growing the silly goobers, doubtful that anyone would buy them.  Carver tried to convince them that peanuts were an ideal food source.  Taking his cue from Genesis, where God had said to Adam and the animals, “I have given every green plant for food” (Genesis 1:29–30, 2:9), he figured there must be more there than meets the eye.  The threat of the boll weevil forced some farmers to take his advice and grow peanuts, but some became angry when they could not find a market for them.  This drove Carver to launch a series of amazing discoveries.

As he would tell the story later, he went out to pray (as was his daily practice), and asked God why He made the universe.  The Lord replied that was a mighty big question for a puny man.  Carver tried a smaller question, why did you make man?  As God kept narrowing the scope of his inquiry, he finally tried, “Mr. Creator, why did you make the peanut?” With that, the Lord was satisfied, and told him to go into his lab and find out.  In a Spirit-filled rush of discovery, Carver separated peanuts into their shells, skins, oils and meats and found all kinds of amazing properties and possibilities.

Most of us have heard this one of Carver’s many claims to fame, that he discovered over 300 uses for the peanut, but have you ever seen the list?  You can find it on websites, but here are a few samples for the pure amazement of what came out of that humble Tuskegee lab: soap, cooking oil, milk, rubber, glue, insecticide, malaria medicine, flour, salve, paint, cosmetics, paper, fertilizer, paving material and (of course) peanut butter, peanut brittle, peanut clusters, and dozens of other food products.  He amazed the faculty and students one day by serving an entire meal – appetizer, main course, side dishes, beverage and dessert – out of peanuts: soup, salad, milk, coffee, bread, mock chicken, peanut ice cream, and a variety of candies and cookies.  His peanut milk was indistinguishable from the dairy kind.  Farmers no longer had to worry about having a market for peanuts!

In 1921, the United Peanut Association of America, now a thriving group of farmers thanks to Carver’s help, sent him to Congress to testify about a tariff bill.  The weary Congressmen, bored from days of other tariff arguments, allotted him ten minutes.  Two hours later, their eyes were still bulging from his displays of products he had made.  His lively and sometimes humorous presentation had them spellbound.  The law passed easily.

Peanuts were just one of many plants Carver’s magic with chemistry transformed into useful products.  He invented 35 products from the velvet bean and 118 from the sweet potato.  How many of these things do you have around the house: adhesive, axle grease, bleach, briquettes, buttermilk, chili sauce, ink, instant coffee, linoleum, mayonnaise, meat tenderizer, metal polish, paper, plastic, paint, pavement, peanut butter, shaving cream, shoe polish, synthetic rubber, talcum powder, and wood stain.  These and many other products Carver produced from plant materials.  George Washington Carver became the father of a new branch of applied science called agricultural chemistry or “chemurgy.”  The extent of his discoveries in this field are breathtaking, and unlikely to be surpassed by any one person again.

Just a few of these products could have made a man rich, but Carver made them available freely.  As a servant of God, he felt the Creator should have the credit for putting all this richness into the plants He had made.  Carver did not seek fame, but his work brought him world-wide renown; Teddy Roosevelt visited him at Tuskegee and said, “There’s no more important work than what you are doing right here.”  He never made much money in his 40+ years at Tuskegee.  Driven by the needs of those he served there, he turned down a lucrative offer to work for Thomas Edison.  He gave generously from his meager assets.  Despite a high-pitched voice he inherited from a bout with whooping cough in childhood, he was a popular speaker.  Projecting a visage of integrity, with rhetorical intensity characteristic of a black preacher, Carver inspired the young to rise above their hardships, as he had, and make their life count.

All who knew George Washington Carver were impressed by his spirituality.  Carver would often rise at 4:00 in the morning and go into his favorite woods to pray.  Each day he would ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do today?“ and then do it.  The goodness of God and the richness of creation was often on his lips.  He said, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” 

Millets Preferable To Quinoa In India

There is a craze in India for adopting the organic alternative grains that are fashionable among American consumers.

The problem is that those grains, like quinoa, are mostly imported from central and southern America, regions that are well within the economic reach of well-to-do America, but are a ridiculous form of ostentatious consumption for India.

Living on the other side of the globe, with far less purchasing power, and with many more constraints of  soil, land, technology, and climate, Indians have to be smarter than this.

India already has a whole range of traditional cereals that are far more nutritious and far easier to produce than polished rice:

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When seeing nicely packaged ragi biscuits in the health section of supermarkets, one could almost get the impression that millets are indeed becoming fashionable again. However, the statistics speak a different language: Changes in consumption trends over the past decades, coupled with state policies that favour rice and wheat, have led to a sharp decline in millet production and consumption.

In the 1950s, the area under millet cultivation in India exceeded the area cultivated under either rice or wheat, and millets made up 40% of all cultivated grains. However, in the early 1970s, rice overtook millets, and in the early 1990s so did wheat. Since the Green Revolution, the production of rice and wheat was boosted by 125% and 285% respectively, and the production of millets declined by -2.4%.

Although India is still the top millet producing country in the world, by 2006, the millet growing area was only half that of rice, and one fifth less than wheat. The share of millets in total grain production had dropped from 40% to 20%. This has dire agricultural, environmental and nutritional consequences.

Not just urban food preferences, state policies also play a major role in the shift of consumption habits. For instance, the Public Distribution System has promoted rice and wheat uniformly across India, completely disregarding local climatic conditions, agricultural traditions and food cultures. Polished rice became the cheapest and most readily available foodgrain, and as a consequence the most popular one. The change in preferences was aggravated by notions of cleanliness, purity and sophistication of refined grains versus the more down-to-earth “coarse” grains.

Millets contain a high amount of fibre, which earned them the derogatory name “coarse grains” and often degrades them to animal feed. However, in a time where urban consumers tend to go overboard on refined products, the extra fibre in millets might just be a great boon. Fibre is essential not just for good digestion and a healthy bowel; it also has a positive impact on blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Furthermore, millets are richer in several nutrients than rice, wheat or corn. For instance, they are rich in B-vitamins such as niacin, B6 and folic acid, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and beta carotene. Each millet variety has a different nutritional profile. The table below compares several millets, wheat and rice with regard to selected essential nutrients. Millets are also ideal for people suffering from gluten-intolerance.

Millets are truly miraculous grains in terms of their nutritional value, and even more so in terms of their humble requirements as agricultural crops. They are ideal for rainfed farming systems – the majority of India’s small and marginal farms. The rainfall requirement of millets is only 30% of that of rice. While it takes an average 4,000 litres of water to grow 1 kg of rice, millets grow without any irrigation. Millets can withstand droughts, and they grow well in poor soils, some of them even in acidic, saline or sandy soils. Traditional millet farming systems are inherently biodiverse and include other important staples such as pulses and oilseeds. They are usually grown organically, as millets do not require chemical pesticides and fertilizer.

Organizations that promote millet cultivation and consumption for security of food, nutrition, fodder, fibre, health, livelihoods and ecology across India are joined in the Millet Network of India (MINI), an alliance of over farmer organizations, scientists, civil society groups and individuals.

Millets are richer in several nutrients than rice, wheat or corn. Pic: Flickr, Creative Commons

Millets are available in organic stores, from organic online retailers, in supermarkets and various other shops. They can easily be integrated into any kind of diet.

Here’s how you can use millets at home:

•Mix millets with other grains or use by themselves like rice
Make soft and tasty idlis from whole jowar
•Add some millets to your dosa batter
•Enjoy puffed jowar as a snack, breakfast cereal or sprinkled on salads for a nice crunch
Use foxtail millet rava for a more nutririous upma
•Add millet flours to rotis; for cakes and raised breads, mix them with wheat flour, as millets do not contain gluten.”

Natural Mosquito Control

From Jerry Baker’s Tips and Tonics:

Q: My yard is swarming with mosquitoes. How can I get rid of them so I can enjoy my backyard again?

A. Remember that any standing water in your yard or garden can turn into a mosquito breeding ground, so get rid of any puddles around your yard. Then, overspray your yard with my Buzz Buster Lemonade: 1 cup of lemon-scented ammonia and 1 cup of lemon-scented dishwashing liquid in a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, filling the balance of the sprayer jar with warm water. Repeat this treatment 3 times a week in the evening, and the little buggers will be history.