Thursday, June 21, 2018

News, Progress And Life

Good News


First of all its great to hear that Simone Gertz is recovering from a successful brain surgery that she had 3 weeks ago:



 and that Naomi "Sexy Cyborg" Wu is also back at it with the help of the industry that she's supported for so long:



The Pains Of Progress, The Guidance Of History


Yesterday I was urged to participate in a petition against the White House for the policy that resulted in the separation of immigrant families. By the time I'd gone to sign the petition, the US President and the House Of Representatives - I'm Canadian, is that their Senate is called? ;-)  - had signed a proposal that needed to be pushed through a summary vote, which apparently passed. The only question remaining is what will happen to the families already separated by the lack of oversight?

I do not envision that any people at either end of this problem, both the policy makers nor the people who work the borders and are forced to apply these policies are completely heartless nor do they wish to cause harm to families. The problem invites these parties to take the initiative and to make reparations by reuniting these families, hence solving the problem so that Americans can tackle the next set of challenges that keeping their country secure while protecting the interests of the honest families of immigrants seeking a new life.

Having worked for a slightly controversial American in 2001 until 2004, throughout the course of the project we worked upon I was exposed to something that furnishes a plaque that is fastened to the foundation of the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from France given in reward and acknowledgement of the progress to Civil Rights and Liberty that the United States had achieved before and at the time it was given.

On the plaque is written this poem by a Jewish poet named Emma Lazarus called The New Colossus (referring to its replacing the enormous bronze Colossus that occupied the ancient Greek city of Rhodes as the beacon of the Liberty of the Republic. Just ask Plato).


The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus



Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


That age of ideals has long since gone and has been overshadowed by many atrocities which target the very concept of a beacon of Liberty that the United States was supposed to represent and as a result the already wounded Statue Of Liberty was perhaps the greatest victim of principal abuse in this last century. Its difficult to watch someone confident who has been subjected to far too much abuse recover, because despite the best intentions of those who try to help, the abused is so used to being mistreated that they attack even those who help. I know this first hand from experience. You tend to over defend so that you don't risk the same damages to your being again. A loss of innocence and trust in the world around you.

Gross generalization may certainly play a part in this as well. Its easier to group your threats together into one bundle of identifiable enemies so that they're easier to deal with, but fortunately the world is not so simple and those who may wish to help or harm can occupy the same group. Your greatest allies may be amongst your worst enemies.

So progress in this case is learning how to reinforce yourself in order to protect whatever it is that you stand for in this world and of course for self preservation. But sacrificing one to protect the other is certainly not the answer, though I'd certainly favour doing my best to live by my ideals without being a zealot. This is the America that is the neighbour that I love, if indeed I have to love a neighbour. Even over my local neighybours, I'd choose America. I can only hope that those ideals upon which the United States was founded and progressed can be re-established to inspire the next generations of citizens. Then perhaps the global community of countries will do the same as it already is heading towards. A community of diversity that works together for the interests of all of humanity and the health of the Earth itself.

These aren't idle words coming from someone who has experienced little by the way. After working for said American project, I became and lived homeless for 8 years. I spent most of that time in the shelter system of Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I was born. I spent three months living out of doors sleeping on benches or wherever I could find to lay my weary head. Of that time out of doors, I slept in record setting cold for three weeks, on a bench having at that point in time lost my faith in the shelter system. I never once gave up though and believe me, I've been through the mill many times over and for not good reason other than the malice of others. There are many people in such situations who will steal your history to wear as their own, while trying to give theirs to you. Something which our own Lester B. Pearson recently became victim of but I'll not mention any names in terms of the perpetrator. So I can relate very much with America and being the wounded animal. At least America has her own identity, something that I often have to fight for every day so that someone else doesn't wear and take credit for my efforts so that I may not progress.

Keep your chin up America and please help those families to be reunited.

Aye Keto

I'm not horribly overweight. In fact, being 50 years old I'm actually in pretty good shape all considered. I opted a few weeks ago to do a Keto diet which I've been fumbling through for the last month with varied success and progress. Relying on food banks, you can't be too choosy about what foods you accept or you won't eat at all. So staying away from carbohydrates is difficult because most filler food is composed of carbs and starch. Likewise with sugar as well. Don't get me wrong, I love sugary foods, but they don't go well with a Keta diet. You have to cut down all foods that give you instant energy like sweets, pasta, potatoes and anything high in carbohydrates so that your body enters a ketogenic state, where it burns and catabolizes body fat and some muscle to produce and maintain energy. You then just stick to a diet of protein and fatty foods (like Chicken and fish or other fatty meats). If you jump around in terms of your energy intake, it throws your ketogenic state off. So the idea is to maintain that state for as long as you can, and during that time you're guaranteed that your body will break down fat and a bit of muscle. If you exercise during this period, it will be even more efficient. I've got a tiny bit of belly fat and love handles, which is pretty average for a guy my age, however I still want to get a few good years out of my body and take the best care of it that I can. My body will thank me for it later.

If you're near my age and at that point I'd highly advise you to consider the same things. If you're younger, I'd give you the advice to take care of one of the greatest gifts that you'll ever have. Your body and your mind. Taking care of one helps the other immensely. Try not to pollute your body either. If you drink, then balance that by doing something good for your liver as well like keeping hydrated, drinking organic apple juice or eating asparagus. Stay away from smoking altogether. With cannabis becoming legal in many places in North America I'd suggest that if you do smoke, try switching to edible cannabis foods. They're likely much easier on your system and certainly will prolong the health of your lungs. Most of all though keep in touch with a Doctor you can trust and always get medical and dietary advice from them.

Updates

Two semi-new stories for A Lady's Prerogative (like the new image of the Aerth Mother?). I actually cheated in this sense and mined two stories from a prior work I'd published on Tales Of The Sanctum called The Game. The two stories that I mined from it are Sato's Shameful Shop Of Lust, which I adapted to detail what Barris and Sato were up to during the events of A Lady's Prerogative: The Devil In Music. Sato's Shameful Shop Of Lust even got it's own graphic.

The second tale, Shaela Versus The Dizrulard is short tale where we get a little bit of Shaela's home life as she deals with a poltergeist-like mischievous spirit.

The Butterfly Dragon II: What Different Eyes See has had much added to it since the last post I've made with regard to the story and is nearing its end. There are lives at risk though, so there may be a tragic loss before it ends.

Enjoy and be well.










Brian Joseph Johns
http://www.shhhhdigital.com