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he Writing on The Wall

May 12th is International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992.

The CIND illnesses include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

May 12th was chosen as it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS.

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, LymeDisease.Org

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May is also MCS Awareness Month, Severely Sensitive to Pollution has encouraged people to post “Canaries” on their profile pictures to show support for “Human Canaries” affected by air pollution and sensitivities.

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Thanks to everyone for your support and a special thanks to the Stock Artists.

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Resources:

Architecture Stock 8, by suburbanstock

Stone wall, by CAStock

Wooden Ladder Stock Photo - PNG, by annamae22

Texture 203, by Malleni-Stock

Stock-wolfworx-Sunrise-Imk59130, by wolfworx

Edinburgh Gardens Animals 9, by PirateLotus-Stock

Software:

autodesk-sketchbook

(Oxygen Cylinder and Canula Own Resources)

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Notes:

"The Writing on the Wall" is an idiomatic expression that suggests a portent of doom from the Book of Daniel, 5-25.

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Memo:
Yes, I've been on a ladder, doing repairs, tethered to an oxygen cylinder.
Not quite an EVA on the ISS; but, kind of weird.
[Extra-Vehicular-Activity on the International Space Station]

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Watching: 

Keep America Beautiful - (Crying-Indian) - 70s PSA Commercial

Keep America Beautiful - Crying Indian on Horseback - Iron Eyes Cody

Notes:

Iron Eyes Cody (1904 – 1999) portrays the Native American in these "Keep America Beautiful" PSA’s as well as on film and on television.

He was married to Bertha Pallan (1907 – 1978) the first Native American female archaeologist, of Abenaki and Seneca descent.

They adopted two children Dakota-Maricopa heritage, Robert Tree Cody and his brother Arthur, who served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and died as a result of exposure to Agent Orange.

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Listening to:

Disturbed - Land Of Confusion [Official Music Video]

Loreena McKennitt - Dante's Prayer

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FYI:

State worker’s bosses ignored his allergies.

A Nevada County jury awarded John Barrie $3 million in damages, after a one-month trial that ended last week. upholding his claims that he experienced retaliation, that his employer failed to accommodate his disability and that he was subjected to a hostile work environment.

He continues to work for [them]...  in a position that allows him to work from home.

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Memo: 

Aren’t clean water, air, food, and shelter basic human rights?

Sure, people have a right to do what they like with their person and property; but, don’t they have a responsibility to not make someone else sick doing it?

Businesses may have a right to make a profit for their employees, communities, and shareholders; but, don’t they have a responsibility not to make people sick, or pollute their communities, while they’re at it?

Isn’t that common decency?

There seems to be a lot of talk about the rights of people and corporations; but, there doesn’t seem to be much mention of responsibilities anymore.

Even some of the most prominent and powerful people mock the laws, flouting the notion that even the judiciary can make them give a damn, let alone treat others with common decency.

It would be so easy to show some consideration for people and their disabilities, and those affected by scents, etc.

But, maybe humans have always had to have kindness enforced.

Maybe, that’s why the “Divine Right” of Feudal lords had to be curtailed with laws like the Magna Carta.

It’s hard to have much confidence in a species that would carelessly poison their planet and neighbours, for something as ephemeral as profit.

As my Gaffer used to say, “Money’s just paper; they print more every day.”

Then, he added, “And, it’s not even paper anymore.”

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FYI

Amelia Hill, the ‘Bubble Girl’, from Australia, has been building a small house, to accommodate her disabilities and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities MCS, chronicled at Heal Amelia's Life.

Amelia’s friends and family have started a fundraising page to help cover additional medical procedures, to try and improve her condition, GoFundMe: AmazingAmeliaHill

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Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational

StopSiteC.org –BC Hydro Dam goes ahead despite opposition and legal battles

StopSiteCDam- Wilderness Committee

DeSmogCanada- 40 year old Site C Project no longer makes economic sense, let alone the ecological impact and destruction of farmland, homes, and wildlife habitat.

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See Also:

Dr. John Molot, “12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong

Stink! The Movie, #StinkMovie, A documentary by Jon Whelan that grapples with the discovery that some products on American store shelves are not safe, by design.

ASEQ/ EHAQ- Environmental Health Association of Quebec, Environmental Health Awareness Day

ES- Environmental Sensitivities: Environmental sensitivities are a range of reactions to environmental factors including chemicals, foods, biological agents… It encompasses a range of overlapping chronic conditions such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

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Environmental Health Association Ottawa- Established in 1975 as the Human Ecology Foundation of Canada (HEF) Ottawa Branch, changed to Allergy Environmental Health Association, Ottawa branch (AEHA), and to EHA of Ontario, 2008.

HEF was started to provide support to those, particularly parents, trying to manage allergies and sensitivities in Canada.

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HEAL- Human Ecology Action League, established in 1977, to help those whose health has been adversely affected by environmental exposures, and to alert the general public about the potential dangers of chemicals.

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Reading:

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Survival Guide, 1st (2000) and 2nd Edition (2006), by Pamela Reed Gibson, PhD, GIBSON 

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Chemical Sensitivity (1998), by Dr. Sherry Rogers

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Convenient, Safe, Deadly (2006), by Flora Preston 

 The clinical and autobiographical account of the cumulative adverse effect of common household chemicals and challenge to reduce them for a healthier lifestyle.

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 Let’s hope God/ Nature help us to wise up before humans make the planet uninhabitable for all mammals.

No doubt the Earth can carry on well enough without people; it has before; but, how did anyone ever think the inverse could be equally true?

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Keep Breathing.

-Cat…

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