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First Thing: Kill All the Boomers

4/14/2009 4:41:51 PM
by Bennett Gordon
Tags: Politics, Baby Boomers, This Magazine, generations
The Baby Boomers were never bestowed the honor of being named the “Greatest Generation.” They got to witness the beginnings of the tech revolution, only to realize that an 11-year-old kid could do more with a computer than they would ever be able to. Now, in what should be their golden years, they’re being attacked.
Writing for This Magazine, RM Vaughan takes a shot at the increasingly helpless Baby Boomers. He writes:
While I don't condone violence, I can condone a reasonable, humane culling of the aging herd. They don't have to actually die, just virtually pass away. And here's how: if you are a boomer, stop. Just stop. Stop working, stop acquiring, stop micro-managing your (and my) universe, stop sucking the life out of popular culture, stop going outdoors in those ghastly Crocs and Tilley Endurable hats, and, please, stop talking about how you're eventually going to stop and, instead, stop. Now.
A similar point was made by Joseph Hart in the September-October issue of Utne Reader, when he wrote:
They promised a revolution and boy did they deliver. Safety net: shredded. Social Security: squandered. Liberalism: perished. Fairness: forgotten. Great Society: whatever. Do I even need to mention climate change? AIDS? The Monkees? So now they want to pass on their wisdom to the rest of us. Uh-huh.
Poor Boomers. They just can’t get no satisfaction.
Sources: This Magazine, Utne Reader
No country for old men
Baby boomers: drop the watercolours, back away slowly

RM Vaughan

In last spring's flimsy caper comedy Mad Money, an uneasy truth lingered beneath the slapstick thievery and rolling-in-greenbacks hijinks: the fabled baby boomers, now hitting their early 60s, have no idea how to deal with the diminishing returns of their impending senior citizenship. Pardon me if I gloat.

The film opens with Diane Keaton and Ted Danson, a greying upper-class couple with grown children, flitting around their vast, over-decorated home like panicked pelicans, wattles and all. Ted's character has lost his job, and Diane's has never worked. They contemplate getting jobs for which they are overqualified (or simply too self-important) to perform, but are so horrified by this prospect that when Diane finally does get a crappy job, her desperation and complete disbelief in her change of fortune leads her to go on a gluttonous crime spree.

Watching Mad Money, it occurred to me that, as a post-boomer, generation X-er, echo baby — choose your own term — I have performed many jobs "beneath" my education or class standing. And so has everybody I know.

In fact, I can't think of one person from my generation who has not spent at least half of his or her adult life gainfully underemployed — typically by boomers with a third, or less, of our education and credentials. For clarification, I am, according to most demographic standards, a near-boomer. I prefer the term "post-boomer," thank you, if the B-word must be used.

I was born in 1965, the year traditionally cited as the end of the post-WWII baby boom. But I have always considered this calendar system woefully imprecise. Boomers are a cultural phenomenon — as they like to tell us every single day — and not a demographic one.

A boomer is someone whose first "English Invasion" pop music crush was the Beatles. Mine was the Sex Pistols (and that's one hell of a telling gulf). A boomer fondly remembers his or her first colour television. A post-boomer remembers the day the cable was hooked up. Boomers were taken to Expo '67 to get their first taste of culture on a grand scale. Post-boomers were taken to ... well, nothing.

One of the first bitter lessons we postboomers learned about the adult world is that once a boomer has all the cake he or she wants (practically free university tuition, full universal health care, bountiful entry-level jobs with minimal qualifications, CUSO), they don't put the rest of the cake in the freezer for a future sweet tooth — they take a hammer to it and shove the mush down the garberator.

But now boomers are edging toward their golden years and you can see the fear steaming out of day spas and rumbling across golf courses like a charged purple haze.

Naturally, they've turned a timeless reality into a fresh business opportunity. Bookstores are packed with how-to-age books for boomers. The ever-resourceful Moses Znaimer has dubbed his own pre-walker days his "zoomer" years and created a magazine to sell the brand. Radio stations are converting to Age of Aquarius nap-time programming, and televisions are flooded with gardening and travel shows.

Sherry Cooper's bestselling The New Retirement: How It Will Change Our Future (the hubris of the boomers demands that everything they do be declared "new" — what next, The New Death?) attempts to counter boomer mortality anxiety with recipes for "wellness" management and, most important, investment profit maximization (one suspects the two goals are mutually inclusive).

According to sherrycooper.com, "boomers will redefine retirement with great energy and creativity, working well beyond age 65 and mostly by choice...healthy goal-driven boomers will seek purposeful leisure..." Am I the only person who finds that paragraph terrifying?

Working "well beyond age 65"? Swell. That's great news for the economy, transnational trade, all levels of government, the civil service, the CBC, academia, the arts (I could go on here, but it's too depressing). Seasons 30 to 40 of The Vinyl Café ought to be a riot.

And what exactly is this futuristic-sounding "purposeful leisure"? I read that quote to a fellow post-boomer artist, and he stopped cold, gulped, and said, "Oh God, now they're all going to be artists ... watercolours are back."

While I don't condone violence, I can condone a reasonable, humane culling of the aging herd. They don't have to actually die, just virtually pass away. And here's how: if you are a boomer, stop. Just stop. Stop working, stop acquiring, stop micro-managing your (and my) universe, stop sucking the life out of popular culture, stop going outdoors in those ghastly Crocs and Tilley Endurable hats, and, please, stop talking about how you're eventually going to stop and, instead, stop. Now.

You've had a good run, flower children, longer than anybody else's, but the bloom's off, it's last call at Alice's Café, time to relocate. I hear P.E.I. is nice, and it has a convenient bridge. The kind that locks at night.

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Tangled Up in ME
Joseph Hart Utne Reader
It's finally happening. In spite of the plastic surgery, the Viagra, the three-wheeled motorcycles -- the baby boomers are feeling old. As the Wonder Years fade to the Blunder Years, they're gazing deeply into the unflattering mirror. They're seeing wrinkles and gray hair. And they're saying, 'Hey, we're elders! Far out! Let's mentor someone!'
Forgive me if I don't camp overnight for tickets to that show.
Isn't it enough that we'll be the underpaid and uninsured chumps who'll wheel them to the 'bongo room' at the assisted-living facility? Do we have to listen to them drone on about their acid-drenched weekend at Woodstock, too?
This is the generation that exhorted us to never trust anyone older than 30 -- then grew up and proved the point by ushering in the long nightmare of social conservatism and permanent war that is our current reality. They promised a revolution and boy did they deliver. Safety net: shredded. Social Security: squandered. Liberalism: perished. Fairness: forgotten. Great Society: whatever. Do I even need to mention climate change? AIDS? The Monkees? So now they want to pass on their wisdom to the rest of us. Uh-huh.
OK, OK. I know I'm trading in gross generalizations here. I mean, some of my best friends are baby boomers. In fact, one of them just informed me that all alternative rock can be traced to Rubber Soul. (Really? Even Motorhead?)
I'm actually pretty invested in the notion of mentorship; I've always had a soft spot for geezers. I'm the afterthought child of pre-boomer parents, so I spent most of my childhood with a couple of taciturn members of the 'Silent Generation.' When they and their peers finally lurched out of their collective coma and began talking about the past, it was riveting.
My mother told me about her father's struggles to find a job during the Great Depression, and about the hobos who came to the back door to beg for food. She spoke about her work as a Dorothy Day-style Catholic, and how the dawn of World War II, while it ended the Depression, plunged us into conservatism after a long and hard-won battle over fairness and class consciousness. My dad told stories of stumbling into anti-aircraft nests hidden in the woods in Central Park, and about the rumors that Japanese subs were in the harbor off the coast of Long Island. He told me about his search for college, and how he was turned down by one school after another because they'd filled their quota of Jews.
These stories had value because they were remote from my experience and therefore became a measure of it. They opened up the history of my country and my people like a knife opens a vein. It's hard not to roll my eyes at the notion of boomers as mentors because their history is so pervasive. Is there a three-minute period of their collective experience that hasn't been made into an hour-long VH1 documentary? I have my own acid-drenched weekends to (blearily) recall, thank you very much.
I recently slogged through a puff piece on Paul McCartney in the New Yorker (a magazine, incidentally, that has been scrubbed free of its wit and style by, yup, baby boomers). McCartney is perhaps the quintessential boomer: a banal, modestly talented guy who's been elevated to genius status by an accident of demographics. But maybe, I thought, the New Yorker had managed to uncover some shred of wisdom from the 65-year-old musician. Alas. 'There was one guy who wrote 'Yesterday,' and I was him,' McCartney muses. 'You have to pinch yourself.'
Such misty-eyed sessions of 'those-were-the-days' tend to dominate the landscape of aging boomer culture, as does a sort of innocent grandiosity. Al Gore more or less claiming to have invented the Internet is just one item on a long list of willful superimpositions: The Beatles as if there were no Elvis; free love as if there were no Emma Goldman; utopian communes as if there were no American Transcendentalists; student movements as if there were no Latin America; LSD as if there were no laudanum.
Given this inability to put their personal experience in context, it's hard to see what boomers have to offer us in the way of mentorship. I think I speak for many when I suggest that as they become 'elders,' a higher road and more challenging practice would be for them to shut up and listen for a change.
Contributing editor Joseph Hart, 39, lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and is more of a hippie than he lets on.

John Hopkins study on cancer


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 ill 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

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

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


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sug
ar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. 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 color. 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 soya milk cancer
cells are being 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
cells20try 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).=0

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 become putrefied 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 bodies 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

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

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.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its
newsletters. This information is being circulated at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.

Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as
this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at
Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health
hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.
He said that we should not be heating our food in the
microwave using plastic containers.

This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said
that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics
releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells
of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as
Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating
food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So
such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and20soups, etc.,
should be removed from the container and heated in something

Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the
paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning
Ware, etc. Hereminded us that a while ago some of the fast
food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to
paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is
just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the
microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes
poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap
and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel


Jadalne kwiaty

Nim użyjemy kwiatów do sałaty lub ozdobienia dania, upewnijmy się , że rosły z dala od miasta i autostrad, są pozbawione sztucznych nawozów i środków ochrony roślin. Nie wszystkie kwiaty nadają się do jedzenia, niektóre mają właściwości toksyczne. Smak kwiatów jest wyraźny, koresponduje z ich zapachem. Najlepiej sprawdzają się w umiarkowanych ilościach, dodane do ozdoby.

kwiaty ozdobne: stokrotka, nagietek, rumianek, goździk ogrodowy, niecierpek, fiołek, aksamitek, nasturcja, bratek, róża, floks

kwiaty ziół: szczypior, rozmaryn, anyż, kolendra, bazylia, koper, czosnek, tymianek, oregano, mniszek lekarski, lawenda, lubczyk, ogórecznik, szałwia, mięta

kwiaty z drzew i krzewów: akacja, bez lilak, bez czarny, jabłoń, śliwka

kwiaty warzyw: cukinia, dynia, groszek zielony, fasolka szparagowa


Jemy za mało owoców ryb drobiu i przetworów mlecznych

13-04-2009, 11:52
Polacy jedzą zbyt dużo przetworów zbożowych, mięsa wieprzowego i cukru. Mało natomiast spożywamy mleka i jego przetworów, owoców, drobiu, ryb, olejów roślinnych, mięsa wołowego oraz roślin strączkowych - wynika z badań Instytutu Ekonomiki Rolnictwa i Gospodarki Żywnościowej.

Ze względu na sposób odżywiania mieszkańców, kraje europejskie można podzielić na 6 grup i 10 modeli konsumpcji.
Polska została zaliczona do jednej grupy z Węgrami, Słowacją, Czechami, Łotwą i Estonią.Nasz wzorzec konsumpcji został określony jako bałtycki.
Charakteryzuje się on m.in. dużym spożyciem ziemniaków i małym - produktów białkowych.
Według autorki badań, Marioli Kwasek z IERiGŻ, taki wzorzec świadczy o gorszej jakościowo diecie (uboższej w białko) w porównaniu ze "starymi" krajami UE.Wartość energetyczna żywności na jednego mieszkańca wynosi w Polsce dziennie średnio ponad 3000 kalorii, co oznacza nadkonsumpcję (dietetycy zalecają od 2200 do 2800 kalorii dziennie).
Zbyt dużo energii pochodzi z tłuszczów i cukru.Z badań wynika, że najmniej kalorycznie jedzą w Europie Słowacy i Bułgarzy, najwięcej kalorii pochłaniają obywatele Portugalii i Austrii.
Sposób odżywiania zależy oczywiście od lokalnych uwarunkowań, geograficznych i ekonomicznych, lecz ma także związek z rozwojem międzynarodowych sieci handlowych orazrestauracji typu fast food, a także modą na tzw. wygodną żywność, tj. półprodukty czy gotowe dania, jak np. zupy błyskawiczne. Znaczenie ma również rozwój turystyki oraz wszechobecne media. Regułą jest nadmierna konsumpcja w krajach wysokorozwiętnych. Zdaniem lekarzy, najkorzystniejsza dla zdrowia jest dieta śródziemnomorska, o czym świadczy średnia długość życia mieszkańców tego regionu. W Hiszpanii, we Włoszech i Francji kobiety żyją przeciętnie 84 lata; mężczyźni na Cyprze - 79 lat (w Polsce 73 lata). Zmiany sposobu odżywiania sprawiły jednak, że i w tym regionie rośnie ostatnio odsetek osób otyłych.
Badania zostały prowadzone na podstawie danych Organizacji Narodów Zjednoczonych ds. Wyżywienia i Rolnictwa (FAO).