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Genocide – Are We Exempt?

Originally posted on July 2, 2020 on Facebook

Every successful execution of genocide has involved “excuses” that seemed right and just to the mostly-ordinary folks throughout history who stood by and allowed such atrocities to occur or who actively participated in them. It’s easy for us to stand back and think we’d never fall for the kind of propaganda that drove the Holocaust during World War II or the Rwandan massacres of 1994. But the scary thing about propaganda is how credible, powerful and relevant it feels to the people it’s carefully designed to manipulate.

Do you think that the fundamental nature of humanity has changed since the 1940s or the 1990s? Do you think we, right now, are capable of responding in fear, anger, or even hatred toward other humans who we find ourselves different from for one reason or another? Do any of the well-established steps toward genocide shown here sound familiar to you? And remember that this doesn’t have the be about race or religion. Any group can be victimized and any excuse can be used. By the time people are being killed, STEP 8 OUT OF 10, the perpetrators are so swept up in blind rage and primal justification that it’s too late for them to go back and recognize the subtle and yet well-worn early steps of the path to Genocide that make murderers of regular people.

Here they are:

1. Classification – The differences between people are not respected. There’s a division of ‘us’ and ‘them’ which can be carried out using stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different.

2. Symbolization – This is a visual manifestation of hatred. Jews in Nazi Europe were forced to wear yellow stars to show that they were ‘different’.

3. Discrimination – The dominant group denies civil rights or even citizenship to identified groups. The 1935 Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of their German citizenship, made it illegal for them to do many jobs or to marry German non-Jews.

4. Dehumanization – Those perceived as ‘different’ are treated with no form of human rights or personal dignity. During the Genocide in Rwanda, Tutsis were referred to as ‘cockroaches’; the Nazis referred to Jews as ‘vermin’.

5. Organization – Genocides are always planned. Regimes of hatred often train those who go on to carry out the destruction of a people.

6. Polarization – Propaganda begins to be spread by hate groups. The Nazis used the newspaper Der Stürmer to spread and incite messages of hate about Jewish people.

7. Preparation – Perpetrators plan the genocide. They often use euphemisms such as the Nazis’ phrase ‘The Final Solution’ to cloak their intentions. They create fear of the victim group, building up armies and weapons.

8. Persecution – Victims are identified because of their ethnicity or religion and death lists are drawn up. People are sometimes segregated into ghettos, deported or starved and property is often expropriated. Genocidal massacres begin.

9. Extermination – The hate group murders their identified victims in a deliberate and systematic campaign of violence. Millions of lives have been destroyed or changed beyond recognition through genocide.

10. Denial – The perpetrators or later generations deny the existence of any crime.”

Do you think anything described above could ever happen right now, in 2020? Is there anything on this list that you observe taking place right now?

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Other Insight and Information:

Green Med – Vaccine Extremism, Hate Speech, and the Well-Beaten Path Towards Genocide

J.B Handley Blog – Lockdown Lunacy

​Melissa Floyd’s Social Media and What They Aren’t Telling You Podcast

Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mercola

Questioning COVID

Dr. Rashid Buttar’s Social Media and YouTube Channel

Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

The Highwire with Del Bigtree

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Great Barrington Declaration – Infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists

The Corbett Report

I Can Read.

Originally posted on July 1, 2020 on Facebook

This applies to much in life. There’s a lot of evidence, bias (both sincere and ill-motivated) and agendas out there as well as factors that affect different people and situations in various ways. Maybe don’t run off and attempt to perform your own surgical procedures, but you might consider a moment of sober reflection when someone, regardless of their credentials, asserts that you’re incapable of thinking for yourself. #think #personalresponsibility #1984 #ministryoftruth

J.B Handley Blog – Lockdown Lunacy

​Melissa Floyd’s Social Media and What They Aren’t Telling You Podcast

Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mercola

Questioning COVID

Dr. Rashid Buttar’s Social Media and YouTube Channel

Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

The Highwire with Del Bigtree

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Great Barrington Declaration – Infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists

The Corbett Report

Truth

Originally posted on May 30, 2020 on Facebook

In a hundred years they’ll see,

when there’s nothing left of you or me,

but eternal souls

loosed from the control

of those who tell us what to see,

who to be,

what to lament and what to sing.

They’ll understand what we couldn’t today

and be blind in a thousand other ways.

They’ll persecute their brothers

for rejecting their tales

and those who are slandered today will be hailed

for the truths they conveyed

though dismissed and dismayed

by those who shared their fragile days.

The human heart is frail and dim,

stubborn yet scattered in fickle whim.

Yet we are His,

the One who IS.

And neither truth nor life

are apart from Him.

Think.

Originally posted on May 9, 2020 on Facebook

These common occurrences should raise red flags:

1. When a person or group of people says or implies that you should not think for yourself, but simply trust them or those they tell you to trust.

2. When you are warned to look at specific information sources to the exclusion of others, or when you’re only encouraged to think critically about certain ideas, while others are off limits.

PLEASE, think critically about EVERYTHING. NO HUMAN AND NO INFORMATION PRODUCED BY HUMANS IS TOO SACRED TO QUESTION.

Alternative COVID resources offering evidence and perspectives from doctors, scientists and other experts:

J.B Handley Blog – Lockdown Lunacy

​Melissa Floyd’s Social Media and What They Aren’t Telling You Podcast

Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mercola

Questioning COVID

Dr. Rashid Buttar’s Social Media and YouTube Channel

Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

The Highwire with Del Bigtree

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Conspiracy Theory

Originally posted on May 1, 2020 on Facebook

According to Merriam-Webster:

To conspire is “to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act”. Conspiracy is defined as “the act of conspiring together”.

A theory is “a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation” or “the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another”.

So a conspiracy theory is a hypothesis about or the analysis of facts regarding an unlawful or wrongful secret act.

“Unlawful and wrongful acts” have been committed in secret throughout human history by people from the lowest to the highest ranks of society. Sometimes these secret events are never brought into the light for all to plainly see, or they remain in the fringes of popular thought. Sometimes though, relevant theories or “hypotheses assumed for the sake of argument or investigation” are shown to be correct. At this point, hypotheses about the events discussed can no longer be defined as conspiracy theories but are accurately described and recognized as HISTORICAL FACTS.

How many historical facts that we widely recognize right now would have once fallen under the category of “Conspiracy Theories,” not because the acts were not committed, but because the details surrounding them could not yet be proven?

Is it possible that humans today could mirror the tendencies and behaviors of our ancestors to secretly commit wrongful or unlawful acts? Is there any reason to believe this is not the case? If this is the case, and human nature hasn’t fundamentally changed, should every conspiracy theory we encounter today be dismissed with eye rolls? Why is the term “conspiracy theory” even derogatory? Why does it illicit disgust, instantly rendering one person paralyzingly incapable of considering the evidence gathered by another who suspects something foul could be at hand? If wrongful acts are committed by those with power and influence, would it be any surprise that media outlets and other entities under their influence would not be helpful sources of information leading to public awareness of these crimes? Is it possible those resources could even contain misleading information that supports the agenda of the conspirators with whom they have conflicting interests or by whom they are controlled? If so, what other options are there for a person who wishes to discover the truth?

How many “conspiracy theories” being considered today might hold some truth? How many might be re-defined as historical facts at some point in the future?

What do you think?

Alternative COVID resources offering evidence and perspectives from doctors, scientists and other experts:

J.B Handley Blog – Lockdown Lunacy

​Melissa Floyd’s Social Media and What They Aren’t Telling You Podcast

Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mercola

Questioning COVID

Dr. Rashid Buttar’s Social Media and YouTube Channel

Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

The Highwire with Del Bigtree

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Which Side Are You On?

Originally posted on April 22, 2020 on Facebook

Have you ever judged people from the past who turned out to be on the wrong side of history? People who owned slaves or defended racial segregation? Who fell for propaganda, looked away or actually turned in their neighbors during the Holocaust? Have you struggled to understand how humanity could be so cruel, ignorant, self preserving, and cowardly? Do you think you would have chosen better?

What do you think it was like during those times? Many sincere and well-intentioned people just like you and me advocated for ideas and movements that are wholly rejected today. And people who have emerged as heroes to future generations were often in the minority during their lifetimes, in the midst of the storms of their days. They were scoffed at. They were “crazy,” “conspiracy theorists,” “dangerous,” “ignorant,” “criminals”. Cowardly, self-preserving, ignorant and cruel acts were were often perpetrated in good conscience, LEGALLY, with robust rationale, and widespread public approval.

To some extent, we all want to fit in, to belong. It feels safe to run with the herd, wherever it goes, without thought or question. And it’s easy, justifiable even, to attack those who think differently. But history shows us that the masses are easily and frequently deceived and manipulated, particularly through fear and in the name of “the greater good”. And they often end up being tragically, shamefully wrong.

Would I have justified slavery? Resisted the integration of black and white students? Would I have clenched shut my eyes to the horrific realities of Hitler’s regime as long as I didn’t feel personally targeted? Would I have had the courage to think for myself in spite of the fact that it would have been terrifying to discover that something “everybody” around me seems to believe is a lie? Would I have risked my reputation, my livelihood, my life, for what’s true and right?

We are living through a storm of historic proportions today, and hopefully doing our best to sift through all the available information, wrestle with any cognitive dissonance and to choose honorably. The events of today will be recorded and remembered. It’s very sobering for me to think about. And if you’ve ever wondered what side of history you would have come out on if you’d lived through the controversies mentioned above, consider and adjust as necessary what you’re doing right now. I know I am.

Alternative COVID resources offering evidence and perspectives from doctors, scientists and other experts:

J.B Handley Blog – Lockdown Lunacy

​Melissa Floyd’s Social Media and What They Aren’t Telling You Podcast

Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mercola

Questioning COVID

Dr. Rashid Buttar’s Social Media and YouTube Channel

Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

The Highwire with Del Bigtree

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

“History Repeats Itself”

Originally posted on April 5, 2020 on Facebook

I made good grades in school. History class was boring to me and consisted mainly of memorizing reportedly important names, dates, and events. But I was adept at consuming and regurgitating this meaningless information until the test was over. I understood little and I cared even less.

When we started homeschooling our children according to the Charlotte Mason Method, history came alive in books, new and old, that revealed the true plights and passions of people across times and cultures, people who were not so different from me after all.

A theme emerged over the years, and it was relevant in some way to every nation and time period. It’s a cycle in which corrupted leadership slowly wears away at the liberty of it’s people with things like deception, manipulation, and fear. Then, a few enlightened people start to recognize and speak up about this abuse of power and are met with criticism by the masses who feel more comfortable believing what they are told by those in power and “following the herd,” if you will. Slowly, increasing numbers of ordinary people begin to think for themselves and eventually create a resistance that dethrones the tyrannical government. Some measure of liberty and prosperity is established/restored until gradually, increasingly apathetic people forget the past and history repeats itself.

Over and over this plays out. Technology changes, knowledge accumulates and is lost, clothing styles evolve, but the soul of humanity remains the same. We all love, fear, desire safety, and are prone to weakness, apathy, self preservation and cowardice. Increasing power corrupts the hearts of the most noble authorities and the average person is easily lulled into trances by the reassuring words of a government that violates fundamental human liberty, “for the greater good”. Our Founders knew this and that’s why our Constitution so carefully limits government, both acknowledging and protecting fundamental human rights endowed by our Creator, not simply permitted by governments comprised of men and women shod in the same frail, corruptible skin as the “common” person.

Think. If you, like me, were simply force-fed bland, impotent renditions of history, watered down to colorless dates and names, take the time to understand the deep things that underlie various figures, movements and events of the past, especially those that pertain to the American Revolution. Look around you. Don’t allow yourself to be swept away by sensational headlines. Don’t let someone else digest a study or an article for you or tell you what to believe. Be brave. Read critically from different sources and wrestle with the parts that make you uncomfortable, afraid, or that don’t “add up”. Allow this to be a process of developing rational and educated opinions. This takes time and you will experience moments or seasons of cognitive dissonance. Acknowledge your emotions but don’t be driven by them. Stop and quiet your heart and mind instead. Then keep thinking.

Alternative COVID resources offering evidence and perspectives from doctors, scientists and other experts:

J.B Handley Blog – Lockdown Lunacy

​Melissa Floyd’s Social Media and What They Aren’t Telling You Podcast

Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mercola

Questioning COVID

Dr. Rashid Buttar’s Social Media and YouTube Channel

Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

The Highwire with Del Bigtree

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

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The Little Things

This is  Wild-Haired Child #3 in our unkempt backyard this past spring.  She loves wildflowers, as many young children do.  They seem to naturally notice, appreciate and even get excited over what most adults consider weeds and a nuisance.

She reminds me to take a break from dirty socks, calendars, and the unrelenting world of social media to quietly marvel at ordinary, everyday miracles that so easily get lost in all the chores.

To observe the fuzz on the white spotted jumping spider and look long and closely enough to catch my reflection in it’s eyes – even if there’s still a little anxiety and disgust mingled in with the wonder.

To rejoice in the first buds of a tomato plant and feel genuine awe and gratitude when a new species of bird alights on our fencepost.

To stroke Child #3’s matted curls that she refuses to let me brush, tendrils that envelope her brilliant, inquisitive green eyes as she delights in the wildflowers we failed to mow in a neighborly manner.

There’s so much to be afraid of, angry and disappointed over in this world.   But if we can find true thankfulness we can know hope, peace, and joy in the midst of all that hurts, like wildflowers sprinkling a neglected lawn.  And if we learn to see the little things there is no shortage.  EVER.   Of blessings to be thankful for.

More:

1000 Gifts

 

 

 

Enough

But your illusions of intellectual supremacy fade as the truth rouses open our eyes. And finite and futile are your imminent days as the awakened rise up and dismantle your lies.

I’m not one to tell others what they should think or do.  I am a relentless advocate of personal rights and responsibility.  I make a point of encouraging people to critically evaluate information from different perspectives, form their own educated opinions and to make and own their decisions.  It is doubtful that I will ever cease in that conviction and mission.   

As an extension of what I just mentioned, when it comes to certain specific topics like childbirth and vaccination, I don’t often publicly share the full extent of my own well-developed views so as not to overly influence that important opinion-forming process in others.  But I have written poetry most of my life and I have decided to share some of it at the risk of repelling those who disagree or don’t understand.  These blog posts will be less doula-esque in that I will not attempt to simply share resources while projecting neutrality.  I’ve seen too much now – too much medical bullying, suppression of safe and effective natural options, manipulated “science”, mangled flesh and tears.  So at this point,  through this particular outlet, I will share some controversial personal sentiments openly and unapologetically.  It is still my penetrating belief that others have the right and responsibility to develop their own thoughts and beliefs for themselves.  

I am convinced that many aspects of Western medicine have an important place in our world and that there are some outstanding doctors, nurses and other professionals out there.  However, there is also a great deal of corruption and deception in this so-called “conventional” medical system that renders too many well-intended healthcare practitioners the unwitting accomplices of it’s crimes, and results in the needless harm and death of innumerable people.  I see it regularly in many areas of medicine, perhaps most notably those related to vaccination and cancer treatment.  The following words are born of righteous anger, passion and years of research and experiences.  They are directed toward the nefarious individuals and systems that knowingly and repeatedly place profits ahead of people.  Your reign of greed and ego-fueled carnage is unravelling.

Enough   

 by Cristina Howell

 

You monopolize wisdom,                                                                                             

wielding scepter and crown,                                                                                       

while your science is weak                                                                                         

and your logic’s unsound.

You brandish credentials                                                                                             

as the curtain frays thin,                                                                                             

and your impotent dogma’s                                                                               

found lacking again.

Those who need to partake                                                                                         

in your masquerade will.                                                                                         

They’ll assault and defend                                                                                           

or close their eyes and lie still.

But your illusions of intellectual supremacy fade                                               

as the truth rouses open our eyes.                                                                     

And finite and futile are your imminent days                                                       

as the awakened rise up and dismantle your lies.

 

                                                                                                                     

Don’t know what on earth I’m talking about?  Maybe it’s time to do some digging of your own.

 

Beauty – Part 2

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I struggle with body image sometimes, just like most women.

In my head I know that being healthy is what’s important – that if I am eating and moving and resting well, the physical manifestation of that is my personal “healthy,” and healthy is more important than skinny.

I don’t even like the word skinny.  People are created in different shapes and sizes and  women who are healthy can vary greatly in their outward appearances.  For some naturally curvy women like myself, being “skinny” would reflect malnourishment and not health. For others who have exceptionally lean body types, the word can be hurled at them with disdain as somewhat of an accusation by women who are hurting and grappling with their own negative body images.

I have stretch marks from my earlier pregnancies that have aged over the years into silvery ribbons.  My pregnancy in my thirties didn’t yield those scars, but skin that has been stretched more than usual and gathers in ruffles around my navel and lower abdomen.  I have decided that my ideal weight is evolving as I mature into womanhood, and I am giving myself grace to grow into my life and be changed by the seasons I walk through.

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I struggled deeply with all of the body changes that motherhood ushered in when I was only in my early twenties.  I don’t dwell on it as much now and there are certainly times when I feel strong and empowered by the marks of my life’s journey;  but I’d be lying if I denied that there are moments when I feel insufficient and wonder what it would be like if my skin was smoother or tighter or if I weighed what I did before I had children, especially when I see other women openly self-loath and do everything in their power to erase or alter what they consider to be their own imperfections.  And sadly I have been that person who has complained about her body in front of other women, likely on some level reinforcing their own self consciousness and shame.

I want to overcome this for myself, for my daughters and my son and husband (it affects them too).  I want to vanquish this, bone-deep in me, for the sake of a humanity obsessed with both the superficial esteem and the degradation that comprise the two-sided coin of our obsessive pursuit of perfection and our consequent objectification of our mothers, sisters, daughters and ourselves.  I want to believe, with more than just my head, that I am good enough – that I am beautiful the way God made me, that life changes us inside and out and that that’s okay, even really good.  I want my every cell to reverberate the truth that real health, and that includes peace with oneself,  is more important than numbers on a scale and the unrealistic expectations of strangers.

When my third child was three days old I looked at her and then at my fresh postpartum self, and in a moment of profound love and revelation I was inspired to photograph her alongside the belly that carried her.

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This is the body that enveloped her and the womb that swelled with love for her, the skin that’s silver scars whisper reminders of how I brought my older children earth-side, the marks that echo the story of my flesh and blood and entire intangible being  growing and birthing all those beloved souls.  

When I look at these photographs I cannot help but love my body.  

It is frail in many ways because I am only human, but I was created with exquisite love and incredible purpose.  And regardless of your story and whatever lies you find yourself tempted to believe, so were you.

 

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*Photographs by Cristina Howell