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November 24, 2012

More useful websites from Savvy Writers.

Savvy Writers & e-Books online


PART TWO “Advertise” your Book for FREE
See the first 50 websites here

Forums / Networks / Book Communities / Book Bloggers – all this means free Promotion for your book!

For your book to sell, you need to create the demand. You need an audience, a platform – which you will get when your book is showing up on many websites and forums, visible to readers.





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November 24, 2012

A very useful list of websites to help self publishers.

Savvy Writers & e-Books online


PART ONE Tips to “Advertise” your Book for FREE:  Forums / Networks / Book Communities / Book Bloggers – all this means free show casing of your book and free PR.  

For your book to sell, you need to create the demand. You need an audience, a platform – which you will get when your book is showing up on many websites and forums, visible to readers, bloggers and to book reviewers.

Here are fifty links to top websites for you and tomorrow’s blog post will bring you even more!

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November 17, 2012

I have always thought that the Dark Ages were dark because of the economic system of the time, the inevitable result of might making right.

A Frivolous Endeavour

Atheists and secularists frequently use the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ as evidence of Christianity’s oppressive power,Knights that the ‘darkness’ of the age was due to the stifling effect of organised religion. They argue that from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance all scientific endeavour ground to a halt, that Europe (the region to which the followers of the carpenter were largely confined) existed in an appalling state of intellectual squalor, and that the cause of this was the oppressive teachings of men in pointy hats. Some atheists proclaim that Islam is in the midst of its own ‘Dark Age’ today, but, since it has the incomparable benefit of living next door to civilised people, it should shake off its shackles and join the modern world. My views on faith are no secret, summed up neatly by Émile Zola: “Civilization will not attain perfection until the last stone, from the last…

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February 8, 2012

Very informative article on just what they put into and on our food.


Fancy yourself a vegetarian or vegan?

Think that the label that says “organically grown” has anything to do with the packaging, storage, and transport of that product to stores?

What if I told you that cow, pig, and chicken collagen is now used in place of wax on your fruits and vegetables, among many other  things much worse than you can probably imagine?

And what if then I told you, as with most atrocities that happen now-a-days, that this is all approved by the FDA…

Since the early 12th century, there has been a tradition of applying wax onto the skins of fruits and vegetables for longer storage life. Today, that tradition is being carried on with a whole new generation of chemicals and compounds that are genetically designed to accomplish the same goal. But in these modern times, the health and well-being of the consumer of that apple is not…

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Happy New Year Everyone

December 30, 2011

Best of luck in the New Year. May 2012 bring you Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Peace

Please Click here to sing along Auld Lang Syne, to usher in the 2011:


No Keystone XL Surrounds the White House Nov. 6, 2011

November 7, 2011
  1. #Keystone pits environmentalists & labor groups against each other; it will be one of the most consequential decisions of Obama’s presidency
  2. #AFLCIO is NOT with the people on Keystone. They WANT the #Keystone pipeline #noKXL
  3. “@billmckibben #Keystone Kill$ As Many Jobs As It Creates~That’s From The Only Study Not Paid 4 By TransCanada #OWS
  4. Jobs: TransCanada’s jobs projections are vastly inflated. #facts #NOKXL
  5. @Noctambulations With over 100,000 American jobs on the line, Obama is NOT going to stop #Keystone from happening. Wake up guys.
  6. GLI Study finds #Keystone XL pipeline will create few jobs #noKXL via @feedly
  7. BREAKING: In Washington Post, Admits Keystone XL Jobs are a Pipe Dream @tarsandsaction
  8. Protests against Keystone pipeline demonstrates just how uneducated some educated people are. #EthicalOil #Pipeline #Keystone #skvotes
  9. #Koch subsidiary Flint Hills told Canada’s govmnt it “has a direct and substantial interest in…the pipeline” #noKXL #keystone #GetMoneyOut
  10. new blog exposes #koch connection to #keystone pipeline via @huffingtonpost #green #eco #noKXL cc @TarSandsAction
  11. RT @robertgreenwald: new blog exposes #koch connection to #keystone pipeline via @huffingtonpost #green #eco #noKXL cc @TarSandsAction
  12. Don’t Let Obama take a Koch Check | #NOkxl #Obama #99percent #keystonexl #tarsands #Koch #USDOR #OccupyDC #OWS
  13. #keystone xl pipeline should go through. People before the environment. this would create 100k & reduce costs we pay for daily. no brainer
  14. RT @LCVoters: The Top-10 Myths Vs. Facts About #Keystone XL #NoKXL /via @NWF
  15. RT @ClimateReality: Annual CO2 emissions from Alberta’s #tarsands are higher than emissions from 145 nations in the world
  16. #TarSands Oil Extraction – The Dirty Truth: #NoKXL
  17. Energy Security: Tar Sand will not Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil #facts #NOKXL
  18. Gas prices: Keystone XL will increase gas prices for Americans—Especially Farmers #facts #NOKXL
  19. Gloria sings the Canadian and U.S. national anthem! We are one people! Standing up for our one planet! #nokxl
  20. My statement against the #Keystone tar sands pipeline. RT @msKRIT: “We, the People, cannot accept this” – @VanJones68
  21. Sen. Sanders speaks about the #KeystoneXL pipeline. #noKXL #tarsands #keystone
  22. @350 Gov. Shumlin stands with the #Vermonters in D.C. today protesting the #Keystone Pipeline. Share your stories of the day #nokxl
  23. #Keystone XL pipeline = disaster waiting to happen = corporate greed – #tarsands #oilsands #kxl #NoTarsands
  24. RT @suzyji: Earthquake on Keystone XL Pipeline route in Ok. #nokxl #tarsands
  25. We promise not to spill…much. ” #KeystoneXL Is The Wrong Future for America” #NoKXL #tlot #p2 #gopfail #koch
  26. Canadian regulators dismiss permit violation claims against @TransCanada on #Keystone XL construction. (via @reuters)
  27. #Koch oil profits hurt American homes and new petition I just signed could stop them #oil #politics #green
  28. #NOkxl: TransCanada responds after thousands at White House for Keystone XL protest | #tarsands #occupydc #Obama
  29. Maude Barlow speaks to the importance of water protection and concern for future pipelines. #noKXL #surround @TarSandsAction
  30. Maude Barlow’s Washington speech at #Surround: Maude Barlow joined more than 12,000 peaceful demonstrators from …
  31. Dan Choi recognized in the crowd. #noKXL #surround @TarSandsAction
  32. #Tarsands protest goes Hollywood; Margot Kidder Julia Louis-Dreyfus asks2halt Pipeline #noKXL #eco
  33. Actor Mark Ruffalo spoke with CBC News Network today about the #Keystone Pipeline
  34. Robert Redford Urges You to Join the Keystone XL Protest Today – @ECOWATCHorg @TarSandsAction
  35. What a 10-year-old did 4 the #TarSands ~ Song “Shallow Waters.” Video has hit YouTube & been viewed >53,000 times.
  36. The part I don’t get is, why drag it to Texas to refine? Why not northern states? Anyone? #Keystone #KeystoneXL #noxkl
  37. RT @LCVoters: In bed with Big Oil? Lawmakers pushing for #Keystone XL got 9x more dirty energy $$$ than those that aren’t: #NoKXL
  38. Canada, why are you creating a pipeline of oil to Texas???? #wtf #tarsands
  39. Canada PM says #Keystone XL pipeline crucial for U.S. energy policy, job creation.
  40. #Keystone pipeline is an EXPORT pipeline. Valero energy refining almost 100% of oil and exporting to Europe and S. America.
  41. Canadian tar #oil is going to be produced regardless of #Keystone approval. #pipeline on rail $CP
  42. The ruthless1%:Canadian energy companies say if Americans reject #Keystone project,they will pump crude 2 Asia #cdnpoli
  43. Canadian officials love to use Asia as a bogeyman. Too bad this is not rooted in current reality. via @reuters #noKXL
  44. By protesting democratic oil from Canada, you are implicitly supporting oil from OPEC. Do you care about human rights? #nokxl #oilsands
  45. “There’s no such thing as ‘ethical oil'” – Peace Laureate Jody Williams #nokxl
  46. Jody told the crowed 9 Nobel Laureates who sent letter to Obama to stop #KeystoneXL pipeline will be there til the end. #NoKXL @nobelwomen
  47. @AltaKocker @TarSandsAction @GottaLaff USA will get oil from Venezuela (dirtier oil) if no Keystone Pipeline; that’s a fact.
  48. Tar sands oil is the most expensive way to get oil, price per barrel will NOT reduce if #Keystone is allowed. Oil w/ be shipped to China.
  49. Oil has to be over $100.00/barrel to make profits for Big Oil from #Keystone. Prices will not reduce, oil will be exported. Its about profit
  50. Pipeline or the oil? Safest is to cut back the 15M barrels a day habit! #EnergyEfficiency is toxin free. #Keystone #KXL
  51. Of the worlds top 10 oil reserve countries, who has the best environmental oversight and regulation? CANADA! #oilsands #tarsands #nokxl
  52. RT @NRDC: Strip-mining & drilling in the wild boreal forest has created an industrial wasteland the size of Chicago. Say #noKXL
  53. @vanjones68, ex-WH advisor, calls for civil disobedience, mass arrests on every mile of #Keystone… #nokxl
  54. Van Jones Sends Solidarity to Everyone at the White House Today @tarsandsaction
  55. #U.S. should secure #Keystone #Pipeline via @SpringfieldNL
  56. Crowds are beginning to gather at the @WhiteHouse to protest the #KeystoneXL pipeline. #nokxl
  57. Big protest outside White House today: thousands of activists are urging him to scrap the #Keystone #oil pipeline from Canada
  58. CONFIRMED: President Obama will be home today. Several thousand people will be paying a visit to ask him to say no to Keystone XL. #noKXL
  59. “We need President Obama to be the leader that ends the tyranny of oil” @billmckibben at @tarsandsaction @WhiteHouse:
  60. 25k have signed to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Thousands more will surround the @WhiteHouse this Sunday: #nokxl
  61. Keystone tar sands protest: In action, encircling the white house. #freespeech #occupy #whitehouse #keystone
  62. .@Guardian story by @suzyji: Thousands protest at the White House against #Keystone XL pipeline #tarsands #nokxl
  63. VIDEO: Raw footage of today’s #Keystone XL pipeline. Cast of thousands. via @AP #nokxl
  64. 12,000 #tarsands Protesters Wrap White House in Human Chain #noKXL #cdnpoli #ableg
  65. Can’t make it to DC tomorrow? Send a note. Tell President Obama: Stop Keystone XL! @tarsandsaction
  66. Video of @TarSandsAction Keystone XL protest today #noKXL
  67. Friends peacefully protested the #Keystone Pipeline MT @350: Today, we surrounded the @whitehouse w/row after row of hope #nokxl
  69. We Don’t Fight the Power, We Are the Power @TarSandsAction #noKXL
  70. amen!!! “@350Washington: 12,000 people circled the White House today #noKXL #TarSands Yes we can- stop the pipeline!
  71. This was amazing: 1200 people surround the White House to ask Obama to reject Keystone XL: #noKXL
  72. WOW. Thousands surround the White House to tell Obama to stop the Keystone oil pipeline. Amazing photos: #nokxl @350
  73. @billmckibben … CNN just aired an ExxonMobil commercial promoting the #tarsands project saying emissions would be the same? False advert?
  74. Today’s #nokxl action surrounding White House was historic. Networks that didn’t cover it yet run pro-#tarsands ads should be ashamed.
  75. @TarSandsAction No coverage from NBC on 6pm news! But Prince William & Kate made it!!! Shame on NBC!
  76. .@TarSandsAction I wonder what # Fox will report. There were 15,000 of us; they’ll probably say 1500. If it was Tea Party, they say 150,000.
  77. Why’s ExxonMobil advertising, on TV no less, a push for Oil Sands? Shameless! #nokxl
  78. If you care about #future help #environment..please sign @IS_Foundation’s petition PLZ SIGN OR SPREAD THE WORLD! #noKXL
  79. Tar Sands Action: Native Americans to President Obama: Honor Your Word: #Obama #NOKXL
  80. “@edmontonjournal: Massive protest calls for U.S. to nix Keystone #tarsands pipeline #nokxl
  81. #NoKXL friends: We’re working to #surround and stop the #tarsands on the west coast too! Follow @BenWest for updates. #TankersFreeBC
  82. #nokxl #ows #occupyvictoria 99% linking occupy movement with stop pipeline movement 12K people surround whitehouse!
  83. #Indigenous anti-#TarSands anti-mining march under way in downtown Vancouver. #noKXL #surround
  84. Day 25: My heart is heavy. I dedicate this powerful Lakota solidarity march video to my loving friend, Biggie: #NOKXL
  85. Naomi Klein at #surround – 2nd option pipeline to china is being opposed just as fiercely by indigenous people in Vancouver.
  86. Inspiring: Activists drop 70′ banner off of NIAGARA FALLS to tell Canadian PM: NO TAR SANDS oil! #tarsands
  87. As @billmckibben wraps up, Obama motor cade driver by. Thousands chant Yes We Can, Stop the Pipeline. #noKXL #surround @TarSandsAction
  88. The #teaparty had the decency to leave their protests at a decent hour..(In Air conditioned #koch funded busses) #OWS @GregMitch
  89. ReportBack from @TarSandsAction: It WAS a very good day for the 99% of us who aren’t an executive at TransCanada #noKXL
  90. #TransCanada official expects #Keystone OK by year’s end
  91. US says may miss year-end decision on Canada pipeline. AFP: #cdnpoli #keystone #oilsands
  92. It is speculated that the Keystone pipeline decision could be delayed until after election #LAtimes #NoKXL
  93. This was amazing: 1200 people surround the White House to ask Obama to reject Keystone XL: #noKXL
  94. Thanks to the #DCmetro police for hospitality today at the @TarSandsAction. We ALL are the #99percent. #nokxl
  95. Thank you for all your heard work today in making this world a better place to live. Bless you and good night. xoxo #NoKXL

That Burning Sensation in Your Stomach Explained

June 12, 2011

We’ve all had that feeling: the fire right between the ribs where the entrance to the stomach is, and if we haven’t felt it ourselves we’ve seen enough TV commercials to know what to expect when we do. Antacid companies have made their fortunes by our recognition of acid indigestion. We all know what to do to drive away the symptoms; we reach for an antacid or lately an acid blocker. The commercials even show us the cause of our distress and it is invariably something we have eaten, usually some sinful spicy food we have thoroughly enjoyed and mixed with other sinful foods and perhaps some drinks.
This burning feeling in our upper stomach may indeed be caused by food, but it is probably not the most likely culprit. That spicy hot feeling rising in your throat is spicy and hot simply because that is what your stomach has inside it when you have your reaction to the real cause of your acid reflux, something so bland that we sometimes eat it to calm down our troubled tummy in the mistaken belief that it will cure our problem.
Besides the acid there may be other symptoms that the heavy antacid user may be experiencing including:

• An itchy skin rash on the extremities, neck, buttocks, scalp and trunk.
• Insulin dependent diabetes (type 1 or juvenile diabetes)
• Recurrent and painful mouth ulcers
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis)
• Systemic lupus

Fully advanced symptoms of the above conditions may be found if the problem has not been attended to for an prolonged period and in advanced cases the symptoms may also include anemia, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, cramps and bloating, irritability. Other related conditions are Osteoporosis and Depression.
Persistent stomach acid may only be the tip of the iceberg, the first warning sign of a condition called Celiac Disease.

The Canadian Celiac Association describes Celiac Disease as:
Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.
Although statistics are not readily available, it is estimated that 1 in 133 persons in Canada are affected by celiac disease.
A wide range of symptoms may be present. Symptoms may appear together or singularly in children or adults. In general, the symptoms of untreated celiac disease indicate the presence of malabsorption due to the damaged small intestine.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale, barley. In the case of wheat, gliadin has been isolated as the toxic fraction. It is the gluten in the flour that helps bread and other baked goods bind and prevents crumbling. This feature has made gluten widely used in the production of many processed and packaged foods.
At present there is no cure, but celiac disease is readily treated by following the gluten-free diet.

They describe Celiac Disease as an autoimmune disorder that has a genetic component, and one in 133 people are known to be affected. An unknown number of others are not diagnosed yet or could be experiencing low-level symptoms of this disorder, a gluten sensitivity and not outright intolerance; and this is where the sales of antacids come in. Of course, if the advertisers ever told us that antacids do nothing of value, and in the case of the aluminum based pills may actually harm us, and that we could relieve our pain simply by not eating all the popular mass-produced foods then they would be doing themselves out of a job. Don’t look to the media for your salvation.
Even though man has ground and eaten flour since the Stone Age, gluten was not always so prevalent in our foods. It has become popular since Roman times because of its ability to stick the other ingredients of leavened breads together. (It also sticks the food in your intestine together, inhibiting the passage, causing bloating and gas.) Selective breeding since then has increased the gluten content in the various strains of wheat until we have modern Red wheat which is half gluten. As leavened bread became popular worldwide it was introduced to populations that had not been predisposed to gluten digestion. The peptides present in gluten were chemically similar to certain viruses and the bodies of these former hunter-gatherers started to mount an immune defense against the new food. Because the immune system did not find an invasion of bacteria or viruses the attac migrated to the body’s own organs, most often the small intestine where the gluten is broken down. In ancient times infectious diarrhea was rampant among babies and accounted for a high percentage of infant mortality. The hunter-gatherers were being selected for extinction by their own body’s reaction to bread, the staff of life. [Why So Many Intolerant To Gluten ? – by Luigi Greco, D.C.H., M.Sc.(MCH), M.D., Department of Pediatrics, University of Naples 06/30/1995 ]
As more and more of our food was prepared by machines the adhesive properties of gluten became even more prized since less food fell off of the conveyor belts. Gluten is now added as an ingredient in foods that normally do not contain it, often included in the label as “natural flavorings”.

Also look for and avoid ingredients such as those listed by Gluten-Free Kiwi:
• Starch (1400’s range in additives). Many of them are wheat based
• HVP – Hydrolised Vegetable Protein
• HPP – Hydrolised Plant Protein
• Maltodextrin – some are derived from wheat
• Malt extract
• Vinegar – is it malt vinegar?
• Soy sauce – is it wheat based?
• Caramel colour can be a problem for some people.

If you are sensitive but not intolerent to gluten then you can just cut down on foods containing gluten and avoid a complete gluten-free diet. Just don’t blame those yummy spices.

Very informative article on the toxic effects of wheat gluten from Dr. Mercola:

Eating wheat may not be beneficial to your health. Among many other reasons, each grain contains about one microgram of Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA). Even in small quantities, WGA can have profoundly adverse effects. It may be pro-inflammatory, immunotoxic, cardiotoxic … and neurotoxic.

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