Please Watch BLACKFISH and Boycott Sea World

 Everyone needs to see the new  documentary BLACKFISH. And if you have kids, have them watch it also. 

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish follows Tilikum, the orca responsible for three deaths while in captivity, including the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer at SeaWorld, which made headlines around the world. It looks devastating to an entertainment industry bent on putting these creatures in tiny pools, and should be.

Country star Trace Adkins has decided not to sing at SeaWorld to
avoid controversy over how the Orlando, Florida, theme park treats its
orcas.

Adkins joins a long list
of musical acts who have canceled shows that were scheduled as part of
SeaWorld’s “Bands, Blues & BBQ” in February and March.

Protestors and contract-shredding musical acts haven’t been enough to slow the turnstile clicks at SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS).
The controversial operator of marine-life parks revealed on Monday that
it enjoyed a wave of record attendance levels at its three namesake
destinations.

There have been 70  “accidents”  with killer whales in the last 20 years.

This must stop!

Would YOU want to live your life inside a 50ft square box?  It’s the same thing.

TRANShumanism…Discovering Humanity’s Potential

At its core, transhumanism is about discovering humanity’s potential, an
idea that’s been around for centuries. Yet at times we’ve also done the
opposite by selling our species short and throwing in the towel early.
Towards the end of the 1800s, for example, conventional wisdom suggested
that all the great scientific discoveries had already been made and
that there wasn’t much left to do beyond some “tidying up” of existing
theories. 
As Charles Duell , commissioner of the United States
Patent Office, boldly asserted in 1899, “Everything that can be invented – has already been invented.”

 

Only Make Believe Continues to Bring Laughter to Children in Hospitals

 Only Make Believe is the New York City and newly, Washington D.C., based
non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to
children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities. 
Since
1999, this organization has brought interactive theater performed by
professional actors to over 35,000 children and families in 52 hospitals
in the NYC metro area and 3 hospitals in the D.C. area. 


With celebrity
support from Jude Law, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles, Rachel Weisz, Alan Cumming, Kathie Lee Gifford, Chistopher Meloni, Petra Nemcova, and
more, Only Make Believe has brought joy and hope to the hearts of
families and children facing hard times. With the recent opening of
their Washington D.C. sector, they have already brought the healing
power of laugher to almost 300 children in Washington D.C. within one
year and do not plan to stop now! For more information on the
organization, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org.  

                                                     

Dena Hammerstein founded the non-profit Only Make Believe in 1999 in memory of her late husband, Broadway producer and director James Hammerstein, son of Oscar Hammerstein part of the legendary musical writing and composing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The organization was created to bring live interactive theater
free-of-charge to children living with chronic illnesses and
disabilities. Only Make Believe provides theatrical workshops
conducted by teams of professional actors, once a week for six weeks,
free-of-charge to hospitals and other medical institutions.

 

Only
Make Believe’s interactive live performances encourage children to
participate and perform alongside actors, transporting them from a
hospital to the enchanting world of make believe. Director of Child Life
at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center explained, “It
was truly wonderful to see the patients clapping, singing and dancing to
the music when often times we just see them lying in bed.” While Only
Make Believe does wonders to help bring happiness to the lives of
children suffering from chronic illness and disease, it also helps to
bring joy back into the hearts of parents. One parent explained, “After
each play, I feel like a new person who’s ready to face life. This show
helps me gain my sense of humor again.” For children and their families,
Only Make Believe strives to uphold the principle that
freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.

 

For more information, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org

 

Blackfish – the Movie Sea World DOES NOT want you to See

We have talked about THE COVE – where A group of activists and filmmakers traveled to the small village of
Taiji, Japan, to secretly obtain footage of a heavily guarded operation
that captures  dolphins for SEA WORLD  and then  kills the rest of the captured  dolphins to use as meat. Meat full of MERCURY that is now killing people that eat it. 
NOW Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish
follows Tilikum, the orca responsible for three deaths while in
captivity, including the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old
trainer at SeaWorld, which made headlines around the world. It looks
devastating to an entertainment industry bent on putting these creatures
in tiny pools, and should be.

The documentary premiered at Sundance and is due for theatrical release next month.

See part of THE COVE
Sea World  NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. 

New Cancer Study from John Hopkins and the Importance of Diet

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body.
These cancer cells do not
show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few
billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer
cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are
unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the
detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be
destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4.
When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental,
food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple
nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will
strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves
poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys
rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal
tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs
etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce
tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not
result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much
toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is
either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various
kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and
radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and
difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to
other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.

What cancer cells feed on:


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder.
By cutting off sugar it cuts off one
important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is
harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses
but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make
it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.


b. Milk
causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and
substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.


c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.
A meat-based diet is
acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef
or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and
parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.


d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds,
nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.

About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable
juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of
healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy
cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including
bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes
are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).


e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine
. Green tea
is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water–best
to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy
metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12.
Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive
enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become
putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell
walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less
meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells
and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence,
Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the
body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like
vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the
body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded
cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A
proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a
survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a
stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving
spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot
thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep
breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level.
Oxygen
therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Cirque du Soleil $5 Viewing for Charity

Taking place in Las Vegas on World Water Day 2013, last Friday, this original full-size production featuring 237 Cirque du Soleil artists and guest performers will only be presented once. This not-to-be-missed evening in celebration of water will be filmed by 12 cameras to create a very exciting 90-minute special just for you. It’ll be as close as you can get to front row seats.
Be moved by incredible performances from Jackie Evancho and David Garibaldi from America’s Got Talent; an appearance by Victoria’s Secret model Oluchi Orlandi wearing a Roberto Cavalli gown; a dance piece by So You Think You Can Dance judge Sonya Tayeh; and an original composition by award winning composer Danny Elfman.
Thanks to our partners, you can take part in this exclusive global philanthropic event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for ONE DROP , so that one day water will be accessible to all, forever. You are also invited to visit the One Night for ONE DROP online auction at Charitybuzz.com/ONEDROP. Starting March 1, you can bid on once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences, art, memorabilia, VIP event packages and more.

$25 Can Go A Long Way

I’m a Kiva lender. I work with Kiva.org to
help alleviate poverty through micro-lending. I’m one of 700,000 who
have made investments as little as $25 in food shops, vegetable co-ops,
child care centers and the like, in places like Congo, Tajikistan, and
Cambodia. It’s a way to help bring political stability and quality of
life to developing parts of the world, and do so with kindness instead
of guns, drones, tanks or rhetoric. 



Surely
nothing can stabilize life more than grassroots economic empowerment.
Take the economic leverage out of the hands of dictators and put it in
the hands of the people. Then see what real, honest democracy looks
like.



Simply put,
Kiva … works. Those seeking loans apply and submit their stories.
Local orgs coordinate with larger orgs to complete the loan process and
fund the recipients. They sign repayment guarantees on their honor in
front of their families and communities. 



As a
lender, you don’t earn interest on these loans, but you have the
tremendous satisfaction of knowing you’ve directly and vitally changed
people’s lives for the better. As a person of faith and follower of the
Golden Rule, that’s all the interest I need.



And I’ve
had great success with Kiva! Since 2008, my Foundation and I have made
twenty-one loans to small groups and individuals. 
Most of the
loans I’ve chosen to fund are to women, or groups headed by women, and
in countries and regions where women are typically oppressed or whose
voices are not heard. I believe that when we empower women in this way,
we make the world a kinder and better place.

As of today, every cent I loaned has been repaid. To me, this is
remarkable — think of the default rate in most lending situations. The
result is that I currently have funds sitting in my Kiva account,
waiting to be re-invested. I’d like you to help me choose where to allocate it. 

Here’s what I’d love you to do:

  • Visit kiva.org/lend and look at the current loan requests. These are heart-rending stories of real people who want to get ahead in life.
  • Leave the name of the person or group who most appeals to you as a comment on this blog. Include a blurb about why it appeals to you, if you like.
  • I’ll pick the top three and make the investment on your behalf with my dollars. 
  • If you are as inspired as I am by the whole process, you may become a
    Kiva lender yourself. It just takes a few minutes to sign up, and you
    can loan as little as $25.

I am really excited to see how this will go. PLEASE participate. It costs you nothing, and can help change lives!

Amanda Palmer – the art of asking

This is so inspiring…so thought provoking. 
Why you should listen
to her:

Amanda Palmer commands attention. The singer-songwriter-blogger-provocateur, known for pushing boundaries in both her art and her lifestyle,
made international headlines this year when she raised nearly $1.2
million via Kickstarter (she’d asked for $100k) from nearly 25,000 fans
who pre-ordered her new album, Theatre Is Evil.
 
But
the former street performer, then Dresden Dolls frontwoman, now solo
artist hit a bump the week her world tour kicked off. She revealed plans
to crowdsource additional local backup musicians in each tour stop,
offering to pay them in hugs, merchandise and beer per her custom.
Bitter and angry criticism ensued (she eventually promised to pay her
local collaborators in cash). And it’s interesting to consider why. As
Laurie Coots suggests: “The idea was heckled because we didn’t
understand the value exchange — the whole idea of asking the crowd for
what you need when you need it and not asking for more or less.”

Summing up her business model,
in which she views her recorded music as the digital equivalent of
street performing, she says: “I firmly believe in music being as free as
possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive
and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.”

WATCH  AND  LISTEN NOW   ON  TED

Selling Everything – Except the Yorkshire Terrier!

 How much is your all your stuff worth? And could you part with EVERYTHING, to move and start over??

How much is a life worth? If you ask Kerry Hogan, he’d say about $1.1
million, as that’s the price tag he’s put on his worldly possessions.

The 51-year-old Winnipeg native and owner of Gags Unlimited is
selling almost everything he owns: his fully furnished house, car, boat,
RV, as well as his business, on the listing website Kijiji. He’s doing
this, he said, because he wants a change in his life.

“I’ve always needed new experiences, and I’ve always needed new
thrills, and I guess I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker, but I don’t want to
endanger my life doing it,” he said.

So why not sell it all and leave the country ?

While he’s selling everything for $1.1 million, he said he’s unsure of the actual value.

“I don’t know, and I don’t think I want to. It’s all relative. I got
pictures hanging on the wall that I might have paid 400 bucks for. What
is it worth? Nobody is going to pay me 400, I don’t think. But would
they pay me two, or would they pay me 20 bucks? I don’t know how to
evaluate that,” he said.

His plan, he said, is to go to Mexico to buy a small bed-and-breakfast.

The only things he doesn’t plan on selling are a few personal items:
pictures, records, some clothes and his dog. Though the Yorkshire
terrier is on sale in the listing, Hogan said the dog will either go
with him or stay with his adult daughter. Everything else, people can
buy.

” It’s just stuff. I’d like to part with
it. I’d want to know what it feels like not to own all of this and all
the stuff that comes with it,” he said.

The listing has got a lot of attention, with about 39,000 views since
it went up Feb. 19. He said he’s got few firm offers. A couple of
people offered to buy parts of the listing, but he said he’s only
selling it as a package.

He said he’s also been getting emails from people with cancer, stroke
victims and others, encouraging him and telling him how his story made
them rethink their lives.

“I had one email that said, ‘You’re a game-changer and you’re going to do great.’ “

“People sit around waiting for something to happen. They wake up
every morning and they go to a job they don’t like, shovel snow in a
house they can’t afford. They just do it, day in, day out,” he said.
“I’m single, I live in a large house by myself, I go to bed at night
alone, I wake up alone, and I’m sitting there: ‘Wow, what am I waiting
for?’ 

read more at Winnipeg Press

BULLY The Movie EVERY Parent MUST WATCH with Their Kids

The powerful documentary 

BULLY is now on Blu-ray & DVD! 

 

 

  “The Most Important Film of the Year.”

– Marlo Thomas, Huffington Post

 

 “This movie really does have the power to save lives.”

– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle


$10 at AMAZON!  

Bully

From
Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully
cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families
over the course of a school year.  Offering insight into different
facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families
who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her
14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on
her school bus.  With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes,
classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, BULLY is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.

 

 

Make a difference.  

Join the movement.  

Learn more about BULLY at: www.thebullyproject.com