The Lure of Easy Pleasure
Poisoning the Mind
Today in Australia, the UK and the USA salt and sugar are heavily consumed. This has in part to do with fast food outlets. It also has to do with salt being a preservative of some foods. There is sugar and salt in many products in supermarkets including TV dinners.
Perhaps the current onslaught of cooking shows on television will help.
Television's Jamie Oliver, the British cook, has done research into our love of salt and sugar in our food. He has found it to be a dangerous combination if taken to extremes.
Jamie has also discovered that people do take it to those extremes. The cost of living is also a factor as to why we have such a developed taste for salt and sugar.
Go into any supermarket and discover for yourself how many products have a high content of either sugar or salt.
It is disturbing to note that over a hundred men and women have left Australia to join Islamic State. The fact that we cannot legally stop them from returning is even more disturbing.
I can understand why men with a thug mentality would want to join Islamic State and die for their twisted beliefs. I am, however, surprised by the face that women have also joined Islamic state.
Faith can be a wonderful thing. Taken to extremes it can and will get you killed. But if that is what you want then good luck to you.
In recent years mobile phones have been used to either film or photograph people behaving badly on train stations, trains, buses and malls.
What's really strange is that punch-ups at schools and on the street by school kids have been filmed at the insistence of those involved in the action.
Needless to say that when violent images appear on facebook and elsewhere on computer the police investigate. Are then the people who allow themselves to be filmed breaking the law morons? I would say yes but then again I'm considered old school.
So-called 'recreational' drugs are becoming a real problem in our society. Mind you, certain types of hallucinogens have been around since at least the middle ages.
It is the packaging and distribution of some of them that is new while remaining highly illegal. Illegal use of drugs based on modern medicine are also on the increase. Then there is glue and petrol sniffing.
So-called road rage seems to be more common than it used to be. Perhaps it is best to take the train to and from work. On the train you can sit back, relax and read a good book. Let someone else take you to and from work.
Back in the 1960s and '70s drive-by shootings in suburbs of Sydney, Australia were totally unknown. They were something you might read about happening overseas. Well, now there are such things as drive-by shoots for sure in and around Sydney.
More and more children in the west are becoming either obese or troubled by the lack of recreation areas available to them.
Less and less homes have backyards or the backyards have to cater to more and more people. The result, on the one hand, are kids zombied out on their I-pods, mobile phones, computers and television screens.
The result, on the other hand, are kids who belong on a football field running riot on trains, destroying seats and carving their graffiti into the glass of the windows with scalpels obtained from newsagents shops.
Allergies seem to be on the increase. The most well known allergy is the allergy to peanuts. nowadays packaged foods including sweets must be labeled as possibly containing peanuts even if the product itself doesn't contain any but the factory where the packaging takers place deals with it.
Strangely enough, it seems to be in highly industrialized countries that allergies appear to be most common.
Teachers today have a lot of responsibility and no real power. Children, by the time they reach high school, are aware of this.
Many children believe they can learn all they need to know on the internet without anyone's help or assistance.
Hence teachers without any real power find themselves competing with I-pods, mobile phones and the internet in general. Not all the information on the internet is accurate.
I could create a blog stating that Germany won the First World War and that it was a Russian Cosmonaut who first landed on the moon.
What's more, I'm sure some child somewhere would use this misinformation about the First World War and about the moon landing in some school report.
Hence the internet may be a great tool for information and for study but it is far from perfect. Teachers, whether students know it or not, are required.
For some years now political correctness has wormed its way into our lives. It may not be as powerful as it was in the mid-1990s but it still has a kick. I'll leave current office workers to decide just how much of a kick it still has.
Regardless, the belief in political correctness is still out there and the damage it is capable of doing remains great. If unchecked it can and, no doubt, make life difficult for many people who are not protected by it. .
In 2005 in Cronulla, NSW Australia young women were being picked on by a group of Muslim youth because they were wearing bikinis. This outraged the people of the area but the police could do nothing about it until an actual physical assault took place.
Then a life guard saving a woman from drowning was hit by a Muslim youth. The end result?
There was a demonstration against these abuses by Muslim youth that got out of hand and there was a riot. Innocent people were hurt.
If not for political correctness the police might have been able to handle the Muslim youth before things got out of hand.
Today the whole business of what happened at Cronulla is generally misinterpreted on purpose by the media. Half the story is often told. What is commonly left out are the actions of the Muslim youth.
Recently in 2015 there have been people keen to celebrate the Cronulla riots. Personally I believe there is nothing to celebrate.
BY ROD MARSDEN © 2004
Poison in the soil,
Poison in the toil,
Poison on the boil,
Of chemicals on tap,
Homeboys spewing rap,
Religion brewing sap,
Unmindful of what we’ve done,
In coffins we’ll soon nap.
Alchemy gone wrong,
Gold for a song.
Ha! You can’t eat gold.
What the poem means
Are we poisoning ourselves with chemicals we put into the soil? Are we poisoning ourselves with preservatives and food coloring?
Are our children hyperactive because of food coloring and too much sugar in their diets? Is this overtly affecting their concentration in the classroom?
Is making a buck more important that providing good food and a good way of life to all?
In the past there have been quick fix solutions to insect problems with farming that have proven disastrous.
A good example would be DDT. This was deemed a wonder because it eliminated most insects. During WW2 American soldiers and Italian civilians were sprayed with the powder form of DDT to take care of a lice infestation in Italy.
DDT was at the time thought to be harmless to people.
Research in the 1960s proved this to not be the case at all. Sure, DDT could take care of mosquitoes and thus retard the spread of certain diseases in third world countries. It could and does, however, retard human development as well as the development of other creatures. DDT is now only used in some third world countries and its use is not recommended.
There are companies making fortunes on what amounts to containers of carbonated water with some coloring and loads of sugar.
Sugar isn't poison in small amounts but can be hazardous to your health in large amounts. People who drink a gallon or more of carbonated water with coloring and loads of sugar are really putting their lives at risk. What's more sugar can be very addictive.
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