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2012 Doublespeak: Beautiful Lengths

Posted in Culture, Health with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2012 by shatteredbutterfly

So this is the new commercail  for Pantene Pro V’s Beautiful Lengths Campaign. I want to make this post about the ingredients that are in this shampoo, and make people more aware of what they’re really buying. Although I do think that campaign has positive aspects, I don’t think it’s responsible to advertise a shampoo which has dangerous chemicals in it to promote cancer awareness. 

“Created in 2006, the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program encourages women to cut and donate their hair so it can be turned into real-hair wigs.

The wigs are then distributed free of charge at American Cancer Society Wig Banks to women across the US who are undergoing cancer treatment.”

Let’s look at the ingredients:

As you can see, some of those ingredients look really questionable. What makes me really upset though, it how a lot of hair companies are wrapping their products in ribbons and marketing them as something safe, something that will go towards a good cause, which it partly does, but at the same time, causing harm.

But why isn’t there more focus on PREVENTING cancer? Like avoiding chemicals that are harmful?

I wanted to make this post to show just how fraudulent advertising is, in case some weren’t already aware that it’s just a big show to sell you something. 

Side Note: You NEVER know what’s in the fragrance part because it’s considered a “trade secret”.
Good news: this product does not contain parabens

Chemicals to Avoid! > HERE! and HERE!

* Links in Blue

Tragic Kingdom: The Initiation

Posted in Culture, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by shatteredbutterfly

I’ll start off this monster of a post with this quote:

“The remainder is an unjustifiable, egotistical, power struggle at the expense the American Dream of innocent creatures, and ultimately harmony”

Some of you who listen to System Of a Down recognize this quote, but I twisted it to suit the theme of this post.

For the past 2 years or so, I have struggled with a choice. I have finally let go of whatever has been holding me back on my journey towards empathy and compassion. This choice is one of not consuming and hurting the creatures of the Animal Kingdom.

So what’s taken so long? Am I weak? Am I just a hypocrite who likes to draw dear all the time, yet has no trouble eating deer steak? (yes and yes) (but not anymore)

I think it has something to do with the dissociation in my own life, because I have to constantly remind myself of the choices I want to make and why. I’m surrounded by a toxic environment. Some don’t believe animals have a soul. I’ve seen less soul in some people’s eyes to be honest. But whether or not you believe they do, their life is not ours to take.

The status que is carnism, and vegetarianism does create backlash in most people. I also find it makes people think of you in a different way, that because your choice is to be different, they are some how “better than you” or “too good for meat.” and “where do you get your protein?” haha, that’s a big question a lot of people ask. And in men, “you’re not a REAL man if you eat meat” and “You must be WEAK”

When to the contrary, it is a fact that the strongest creatures in the Animal Kingdom are Herbivores!

Elephant
Hippopotamus
Moose
American Bison
Gorilla
Cassowary
Rhinoceros
Wild Boar
Cape Buffalo
Gelada Baboon

Where do they get their protein?  *laughs*
 
A podcast that inspired this post and the next 5 points, was Mark Passio’s series on Vegetarianism

6 Justifications for Carnism

1) Apathy/Ignorance

“I don’t care
“it’s just an animal

I’ve recently become more aware about what I put in & on my body. If you’re the type of person who looks at the back of their shampoo before they buy it to see if there’s no nasty chemicals like parabens, then how much do you think about the food that’s going into your body?

With a lot more documentaries like Food Inc. and Earthlings becoming increasingly popular, it’s hard to escape not knowing the conditions of where your food came from. But a lot of us don’t ask, so we never know.

2) “Natural Order”

Darwinian concept of survival of the fittest. Other animals kill for food, and we’re animals, so why can’t we kill for food as well? After all, we’re just animals. Seeing oneself as unchangable.

3) False Religion

God gave us dominion over the animals, or how it’s interpreted, so we can murder them as we please. Seeing yourself above animals, better than them, animals being put on this earth the submit to the will of humans.

Bizarro

4) 1984 Doublespeak: Humanely killing.

Killing is never humane. Whether or not that beef came from a grass fed cow and lived on a farm makes no difference in the end result. This was something I had to come to terms with.
“At least that pig had a better life on that farm that in the factory” Yes and no. That pig will still be slaughtered and die.

There is no such thing as humane killling

5) Separation worldview

The thinking that animals are not conscience in the same way that we are, so it’s okay to kill and use them for food,  experiments, or entertainment.

Not looking at suffering, as one being suffering, ALL beings suffer. Their suffering is meaningless, denying the connectedness of all beings. We should want to eliviate suffering for all beings.

Bizarro

6) The Truth

“Well I feel bad, but I could never give up MY meat, too tasty, too good, too addicted, no willpower to change
(Sadly, this is the most common one I come across in everyday life, combined with a couple others but this one is the most recognizable.)

Number 6 is a justification: Creating a right. Making a wrong into a right.

Law of correspondance: that which is above is like to that which is below. Universe is self similar across all scales. If we continue to create Chaos, chaos will be continually generated for us.

When we eat meat, we are committing violence by proxy. Maybe you didn’t kill the animal yourself, but someone did along the line.

Man’s Duty Towards Nature:

Then there is the far more important unselfish side of the question—that of man’s duty towards nature. Every religion has taught that man should put himself always on the side of the will of God in the world, on the side of good as against evil, of evolution as against retrogression. The man who ranges himself on the side of evolution realises the wickedness of destroying life: for he knows that, just as he is here in this physical body in order that he may learn the lessons of this plane, so is the animal occupying his body for the same reason, that through it he may gain experience at his lower stage. He knows that the life behind the animal is the Divine Life, that all life in the world is Divine; the animals therefore are truly our brothers, even though they may be younger brothers, and we can have no sort of right to take their lives for the gratification of our perverted tastes—no right to cause them untold agony and suffering merely to satisfy our degraded and detestable lusts.

On responsibility:

“He does not think; he goes on from day to day, and does not realise that he is taking part all the time in an awful crime. But facts are facts, and there is no escape from them; every one who is partaking of this abomination is helping to make this appalling thing a possibility, and undoubtedly shares the responsibility for it.”

I ask, who signed the consent forms to let these terrible things to be acted upon? Out of 1 or all of the 6 reasons above, it looks like the culprit is us. The realization is this: that the betterment of one life, is beneficial to the whole.

“The Greatness of a Nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Gandhi

Rosie’s Tea Party – Mark Ryden

The Butcher Bunny – Mark Ryden

The pictures above and the Felix the Cat video are going to segue into Part 2, which will focus on the cognitive dissonance between what kids are told to love, and what they’re told to eat.

 
Quotes: Vegetarianism and Occultism – C. W. Leadbeater
Podcast: Mark Passio, Oracle Broadcasting
Documentaries: Food Inc. and Earthlings

Made with…100% Whole Grain Bunk

Posted in Culture, Health, Uncategorized on July 13, 2012 by shatteredbutterfly

Today is a very big milestone, and a sign of change. After months of TRYING and not actually DOING, I’ve finally given up all grains & gluten. I say months, because I thought it was okay to have a cracker here, and a beer there, thinking it wouldn’t do any harm. After one month, the changes I’ve noticed are:

– Weight loss (7 pounds so far)
– Almost zero menstrual cramps (I’m really surprised by this)
– Clearer mind/thinking

Some have said their depression has resided. Well, I’m still waiting for that one! But so far, I am feeling better than I have. I’ve found after the cravings go away (give or take 2 weeks) I can be surrounded by carrot cake and puffed wheat squares yet not crave them. I have also been taking iodine and raw thyroid pills for a couple months now. I think this may also be helping with weight loss. I know for certain the weight loss has nothing to do with exercise, because I’ve abandoned pilates for the past month. Except for riding my bike to work (a total of 20 min a day) I don’t get toooo much exercise. Maybe not enough even. That’s a different story though, we’re not here for that.

So is cutting out wheat from the diet another fad? Not for me. After experiencing the effects first hand, there is no looking back. And after reading, “Wheat Belly” there is too much data suggesting just how harmful they can be.
If you want to know more, listen to this podcast (approx 1 hr 30 min long) >>

Wheat is Murder
(talks about the genetic mutation of wheat, specifically short stalk dwarf wheat. Talk of how if you are more conspiracy minded, it’s actually the perfect food to spread disease and make people gain weight. Listen if you can’t borrow the book or buy it. It as a lot of the information the book has plus another person questioning and providing his own experience)

Something I really enjoy about the Wheat Belly book is there is ongoing discussion and testimonials at the wesbite. Seriously, this website is great because you’re getting everyone’s stories and tips, sometimes recipes.

And if you want more, there’s a this podcast on Underground Wellness with  Dr. Thomas O’Bryan that you should check out!

Hey you! out there, the one who begged me to give up grains. Guess what? I finally listened. You know, sometimes I really need to listen to advice that is heartfelt. It can be difficult figuring out who you can trust. And then I always hear the true, but so cliche, “Follow your heart”
Well what the fuck does that even mean, when it’s repeated like a slogan.
What if my heart is treading in murky water, still going but can’t see clearly?
And what if my heart is nestled tightly with the mindset of collectivized mantra’s?
Such as, “to be healthy, just look at the food pyramid the government made for us.” When the multi-national corporations actually own part of your own government, the water does indeed become murky. Sometimes I even question what I really know about Flouride. How would I know the effects, unless it’s subtracted from my consumption?
See, I wouldn’t, so almost all knowledge I get from videos & writing is second hand.
But with this, I know for a fact I feel… better. lighter. I wonder how much Monsanto makes in the wheat business. You know, the city I live in has a 12 Million dollar Monsanto facility. Our city statue is even holding grains. Well, okay a torch as well, symbolizing illumination, but I live in the middle of somewhere that proudly grows grains. As well as having a wicked pagan temple built in the middle of it, with an 8 pointed star that upon standing on it, your voice echoes around when you speak from the center.

Oh yeah, so I’m not drinking beer anymore, so the alcohol of choice is gin. Tastes like christmas. and pine needles. and FIRE! yeaaahhhh. You’re probably wondering if I’m loaded right now. No. I am not. But I am having just a few drinks and listening to the Movie Soundtrack of Snow White & The Huntsmen. Classical, delicate… beautiful.
Plato said, that the key concepts lay in the good, the true and the beautiful.
what is our culture compared to those ideals?
In the words of Terence McKenna, our culture is “preposterous, earth murdering, sexist, consumerist, shallow, trivial, inane, insane and dangerous.”

Exactly. so void of creativity. Creativity only happens when you express impulsively, truthfully, beautifully. And I think what this culture does, at least in my experience, is set the standard to what is normal… accepted. I read about a certain tribe in the amazon that their land is now a popular tourist destination, for it’s large waterfall. Before then, the myth was that it was enchanted, to never go there, mer-people would capture you and take you in. But the waterfall had magic. Now, that magic is replaced by prosperity and gaining in material wealth. The pixie dust has faded away as they go and see the waterfall, void of mermaids and men. The “real” world has encompassed them in.

This what our culture is doing. Destroying real magick and enchantment, replacing it with technology and a vision of utopian materialistic ideal. But that all fades away. The real splender happens unknowingly. The magic and fantasy I’ve been shown in my culture only lives in movies, something separate from me, or in a book that has been edited more times than a drunks screenplay. But there is real magic, and our culture places them in books, in deep doors in our own mind, convincing us all there’s nothing to search for, because it has all the answers. These are the rules. You can dream but don’t believe it’s real. Real dreaming has been replaced by success in material gain. Do we ever think that the bird makes it’s own home out of sticks and dirt? Yet, it is beautiful because it was built by it’s own nature.

When I draw, I create that world. And it’s real, because it’s real to me, I can see it. So ironic ego-centric pop stars are real in some sense, but are they real to you? To me… it is like some 8 eyed alien starved for attention, denying what it really is. which isn’t bad, just different. I feel like an alien quite a lot, haha. Even socially awkward at times. Things sound perfect in my mind, yet when I’m with people in public, or at work… what do I say? See, I have so much to say on here because this is the great tunnel of cyberspace. Where all ideas, no matter how crazy they are, exist simultaneously, being proclaimed for whoever seeks or listens.

I will leave my rambling with something I stumbled on, listening intently to one of the best talks on the internet, “Dreaming awake” by Terence McKenna:

“What culture provides, is a bunch of rules so you don’t have to think, and a bunch of myths so you don’t have to think, again. Culture has all the answers. Wanna know where people came from? Well, when the sky god got out of his canoe at first waterfall and took a leak, then we the true people appeared like ants. And we’ve been living here ever since. Oh well gee, I’m glad I asked. This is what culture does for you.

Now technology throws a curve, and the curve is we live so long, that we figure out what a scam this is. We figure out that what you’re supposed to work for is not worth having,  our politicians are buffoons, professional scientists are reputation building grab tailing weasels, we discover all organizations are corrupted by ambition. Well then as intellectuals, and anyone who figures it out is an intellectual, believe me, because they’re slinging the programming to push you the other way. SO intellectuals figure out you are alienated. That’s what figuring it out means, means you understand that the BMW, the Harvard degree, this is all baloney it’s all manipulated and hyped and mostly you have a bunch of clueless people figuring out which fork they should use. But this position is presented as alienation and therefore somehow tinged with the potential for pathology, “it’s a bad thing to be alienated”

She has a digital twin… to be posted when it’s finished xox