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Focusing On Small Things | Climate Action Success

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | July 30, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Succeeding at substantial climate action in the shortest period of time is an absolute imperative. However, we’re never going to reach our carbon targets if we promote the required changes using intimidating long-range objectives as the key selling points for executing the Climate Action strategy.

Clearly, many of our political leaders care deeply about the intense climate crisis and want us to know about the dire consequences if we don’t act quickly. They feel passionately about this looming catastrophe. Their tireless commitment to the Climate Crisis is heroic and noble.

But, in order for the general public to make the necessary changes we must break everything down into small simple weekly steps that can be executed immediately:

  • Call local Solar Energy companies and ask about promotions for switching. Search online for all those with solar sharing about how low their energy bill is. (Solar is MUCH less expensive than electric or gas and oil). Deadline, Friday August 2, 2019.
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  • Call town hall and ask about the city’s plan for switching to solar panels for street lighting, solar panels on town buildings, and electric buses. While on the phone, suggest apiary bus stops (planting flowers and greenery on the roofs of bus shelters for bees and other pollinators to visit ). Cities in general need far more green downtown. Mrs can simply invest in rooftop gardens. Others can add to sidewalks along the streets. Deadline, Friday August 2, 2019.
  • Stop by car dealership and ask about deals for Hybrids and EVs. It’s absolutely incredible how far the price has come down. Take a test drive. Deadline, Sunday August 4, 2019.
  • When grocery shopping, grab the almond milk instead of regular milk. Choose chicken or turkey rather than red meat.  Deadline, Sunday August 4, 2019.
  • Do all errands on the same day. ONLY use re-usable bags.
  • At dinner each night, talk with family about trees and gardening and where to plant more trees.  How to care for the trees you’ll plant. Where to buy the trees. What kind of trees. Trees are a great way to build strong family ties. Trees nurture our children when they take good care of them. Trees become part of the family. As children grow, they return home and marvel at the tree height, and the sprawling branches and subliminally identify that they have grown taller and ar branching out just like the tree.

None of these small tasks are difficult. Or time-consuming. They are not expensive.  There are very few excuses for why we can’t do each this week, versus next week. The Climate Crisis DEMANDS we each, every last one of us, immediately execute all of these.

Good luck… Have fun!

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Climate Action Now Act | House Vote Next Week

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | April 25, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Spring is here in full bloom. Our landscapes are awash in an array of greens, as if to remind us of how vitally important it is to be aware that green matters. Daily good green habits will preserve our children’s environment, health and well-being. It’s the equivalent of how conscientious we are when we decide to eat healthy. Constant daily focus. Dozens of small decisions and choices around the clock.

Next week, is a very big week on the Hill. Not only will Attorney General Bill Barr be answering tough questions posed by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on May 1 and 2, but the House will take a full vote on the Climate Action Now Act – HR9.

HR9: To direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, and for other purposes.

HR9 will give the President 120 days to submit the United States Climate Action plan to assigned congressional committees as well as to the American people.

  • House Committees: Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce
  • Senate Committees: Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Energy and Natural Resources

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The Climate Action Now Act requires that the President’s strategy explain:

  •  How the United States will accomplish it’s contribution to the global target of an economy-wide lowering of greenhouse gas emissions by 26 – 28% by 2025; the targeted percent is the reduction below the 2005 level
  • How the United States will make use of the transparency provisions contained within the Paris Agreement to confirm that other parties have achieved their contribution
  • Every year the President will be required to update the United States Climate Action plan and submit to the aforementioned committees and the American people

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We’re all in this together. The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 and signed by 175 nations across the globe.

We can do thisTELL CONGRESS to vote YES to HR9. Global Warming and Climate Change is apolitical. It’s our common ground. HR9 is the one bill that should get a unanimous YES vote on both sides of the aisle.

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Think Green When Making Weekend & Vacation Plans

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | March 17, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

GREEN should forever be at the forefront of our minds whenever we make weekend plans as well as vacation plans.

Climate Action, is nothing more than a resolution. A proposal. An urgent call of action to help address the most challenging crisis facing America and every nation around the world. Climate change impacts all of us. The traumatic reality brings our diverse global population together through a shared purpose.

With the arrival of spring, we can move into the GREEN fast lane and start planting trees. As many trees as space allows. Pakistan has planted over a billion trees. The most important step for us to remember here in America is that steady consistency is the best path forward. Let’s be inclusive. Let’s create a vision for solving this crisis that the vast majority will identify with and participate in. No closed doors. No closed minds.

Here’s a quick lesson on how to properly plant a tree:

Have fun! Make it a family or friend event. It’s wonderful to know that around the world, communities are gathering to plant trees. Not only will this reduce carbon, it will provide cleaner oxygen and a more beautiful environment that will add cheer to our lives. Health and beauty are worth fighting hard for.

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Happiness Recipe | Health

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | March 11, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Is happiness actually simple? Is it at least more simple than we may realize? As it turns out, an essential part of the happiness feeling, the good mood we all want to possess when we start our day, has a lot to do with what we eat for breakfast, as well as how much sunlight, or bright light we get every 24 hours. Aerobic exercise makes a big difference, too.

Happiness really isn’t very complicated.

There are more than 100 neurotransmitters in our brain, with four major ones that work together to stimulate or inhibit our moods. Our mission therefore should be to safely elevate the positive, happy, cheerful good mood neurotransmitters through a simple, easy routine. Equally important, is releasing the calming neurotransmitters when we’re stressed or worried. Our mood affects our perceptions. The glass half full and the glass half empty is the exact same glass.

We’re much happier when we can find the positive side of any negative situation – making lemonade out of lemons.

What are these four major important neurotransmitters that regulate our mood?

  • Dopamine – “motivation molecule” that makes us more “productive”
  • Norepinephrine – fight or flight stress response
  • Serotonin – happiness booster
  • GABA – regulates anxiety

There are a few easy and delicious food items that quickly release dopamine, and are wonderful at breakfast. Starting the day on the bright side, seems to kick-off a cheerful chain reaction:

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 6 little squares of dark chocolate (Cadbury is a personal favorite); milk chocolate is NOT the same and will not have same effect
  • Large tablespoon of 100% dark cacao powder mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of organic cane sugar and 1/3 cup boiling water
  • It’s best to stay away from sugar the rest of the day, except for fruits like bananas and tangerines, etc

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Absorbing sunlight (or bright light) through our eyes increases serotonin levels. In order for this to be effective, we have to safely take off our sunglasses so we can fully absorb the sunshine. Finding sporadic moments during the day is well worth the hunt. The office patio for a coffee break. A walk outdoors during lunch can also be a great pick-me-up. When the days get longer in May, June and July, there’s still sunlight in the late afternoon and early evening. When we find good reasons to be outside in the evening, we often feel that much more carefree when the sun goes down.

Aerobic exercise, particularly walking and/or running, is another simple trick that boosts serotonin. Exercise is also a great way to ensure a good nights sleep. Sleep deprivation reeks havoc on our neurotransmitters. Again, keeping our body’ chemistry in balance begins with the melatonin neurotransmitter lulling us into deep sleep. Easiest way to make sure to reach deep sleep is by wearing eye shields to bed. Complete darkness is everything.

One day at a time. Building excellent daily health and happiness habits serves us well throughout our lives. The key is to master these essentials — sunflowers seeds & dark chocolate, sunlight and exercise — so that they become as routine as brushing our teeth.

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Mitch McConnell’s Days Are Numbered

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | February 26, 2019) –  Mitch McConnell has been indicted by the American majority, global leaders, and citizens of the world. Denunciations of this notorious coward are erupting with every news story, resulting in strong protests of disgust toward his blatant lack of morality that now rings from every single corner in every major city in America. Despite McConnell’s pivotal leadership role in the most powerful legislative body on earth, McConnell is loathed, despised and scorned.

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Mitch McConnell is a self-serving fraud. There are many who believe McConnell’s a criminal and may eventually be indicted by the Southern District of New York, along with Trump and his children, when SDNY takes down this organized crime syndicate. What’s incredibly fascinating about the public’s deep mistrust and animosity toward McConnell, is that corruption appears to have a tangible residue, much like filth, that sticks to those he comes in contact with, and blinds them, while the good hearts flee with a horrible foreboding.

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What is it about Jim Mattis that commands overwhelming respect and admiration from all people in all demographics, the entire stretch of population spanning the globe? Mattis’ strong character is like a magnet, drawing people toward him rather than repelling them. Mattis embodies the deep virtues that our nation was founded on. Honor. Sacrifice. Commitment. Perseverance. Grit. All things noble. All things good. Mattis’ presence on the news screen, his noble commitment to our American ideals, quietly inspires us to be our best selves. True greatness isn’t about words, it’s about actions. A real leader doesn’t need to say anything, he or she simply shows the way by example.

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Mitch McConnell won’t have a hero’s goodbye. He’ll leave in the dead of night, shrouded in disguise. We’ll likely learn of McConnell’s arrest one blistering summer day as we’re headed to a climate change rally, or a superfund site to protest the undermining of our wondrous natural resources, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Mitch McConnell will spend the final chapter of his life a very lonely man, with nothing to look forward to. No noble legacy. No hero statue honoring his patriotism. His after-life will be eternity in the deep dark abyss, with all the other evil souls he tried to emulate while holding his gavel.

McConnell began his Senate career January 3, 1985. In these 34 years, he’s been the single strongest force behind global warming, blocking every single initiative introduced to protect our cherished national treasures. Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senator who will go down in American history as the arch obstructionist, the most politicized politician we’ve ever had the misfortune of being steamrolled by, straight from the bluegrass state of Kentucky whose astute motto has been ringing true for 2,500 years: “United we stand, divided we fall.”

DitchMitch

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HR8 |Background Check House Vote Feb 27, 2019

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | February 25, 2019) –  Following HR8’s approval by the Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2019, the Committee has moved one step further in bringing HR8 to the House floor for a full vote this week, barring any unforeseen political conflicts. However, Capitol Hill promises to be a turbulent landscape in the upcoming days, with Representatives being pulled in many important directions. Thus, timing the HR8 vote is critical. We need all the sponsors and supporters to be present for the vote, which will hopefully take place on Thursday, February 28, 2019, the 25 year anniversary of The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the original background check bill) which went into effect on February 28, 1994. Interestingly, the initial background check legislation was first introduced in Congress by NY Representative Chuck Schumer in 1991.

The next few days on the Hill appear extremely busy:

  • TUESDAY Feb 26House vote to nullify Trump’s national emergency
    • House Rules Committee Hearing on Migrant Family Separation Policy
    • House Financial Services Committee Hearing with Credit Bureau CEO’s testifying
  • WEDNESDAY Feb 27 – Oversight Committee public hearing with Michael Cohen on Wednesday February 27, which may be the most significant event of the year if the Mueller report isn’t shared with the public
    • Full House Vote on HR8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

HR8 now has 232 bipartisan co-sponsors. The significant bipartisan support for the bill stems from 97% of the American public believing strongly that background checks should be required for every single gun sale. Background checks protect the public from those who seek gun ownership with ill intent. HR8 advocates simultaneously believe in the Second Amendment, and do support the right to bear arms, yet understand that common sense gun legislation makes sense. The success of our democracy stems from the fact that it’s stabilized by the rule of law. Borders and boundaries are essential. Evil exists in the world. The first three words of the Second Amendment clearly state: “A well regulated…”

HR8 | Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 Explained: On January 8, 2019 Representative Mike Thompson of California’s 5th District introduced HR8. This simple, common sense gun bill is very basic : To require a background check for every firearm sale. The current background check bill has several significant loopholes that have proven deadly. Guns sold at gun shows, and guns sold among family and friends, currently do not require background checks.

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The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act requires that before a firearm is purchased through a federally licensed dealer, manufacturer or importer, a background check must be performed. There are a list of nine prohibitions that would prevent approval. The operative words in the Brady Bill are “federally licensed.” Since the majority of sellers at gun shows, and on the streets, as well as family and friends, aren’t federally licensed, a loophole was soon exploited by those falling under the following nine prohibitions:

  1. fugitive from justice
  2. convicted in any court for a crime punishable by more than one year in prison
  3. dishonorably discharged from military
  4. illegal alien
  5. user or addicted to a controlled substance
  6. renounced citizenship
  7. has a restraining order against them
  8. domestic violence, convicted in any court of misdemeanor crime
  9. in a mental institution or adjudicated as mentally defective

HR8 eliminates these existing loopholes, making it far more difficult for those who plot to harm the American public to succeed. The Second Amendment was intended for self-protection, not public annihilation.

CALL to ACTION: Contact your Congressional Representative TODAY to let them know: Yes to HR8.

  • https://www.house.gov/representatives | Search by name or state, must click the correct box. If not sure of Representative’s name, use the search box on top right of page
  • Text CHECKS to 644-33

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Pain Management | Begins With Strong Immune System

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | February 21, 2019) –  The opioid crisis in America, has reached a fevered pitch following 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017. There’s now strong bipartisan zeal to dissect the components and qualities of pain, so that our congressional leaders will have a better understanding of how to find alternatives to opioids in fighting pain.

“I think we need public education about pain, and the fact that pain is a disease itself.” ~ Ms. Cindy Steinberg, AHIP statement for Senate Hearing on “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis”

 

Pain is the leading reason for patients seeking medical care and is one of the most disabling, burdensome, and costly conditions.” ~National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), U.S. National Library of Medicine

First, there are different pain levels. The Numeric Rating Scale was created for people 10 years old and older:

  • 0       | No Pain
  • 1–3   | Level 1 – Mild Pain, annoying but doesn’t interfere with daily activities
  • 4–6   | Level 2 – Moderate Pain, increases substantially with daily activities
  • 7–10 | Level 3 – Severe Pain, incapable of performing daily activities

Second, there are different pain components.

  • Sensory discriminative component. How our brain analyzes the pain we feel… it’s location, intensity, continuance, and features.
  • Emotional component. Our pain level is often associated more or less by emotions such as fear, anger, loss of control over the situation, helplessness and dread.
  • Autonomic component. Pain results in reactions inside our bodies to various systems such as the autonomic nervous system, which in turn results is feelings of nauseousness, increased blood pressure as well as heart rate.
  • Motor component. Our reflexes when we experience pain: protective reflexes such as pulling our hand away from something very hot like an iron, changing postures, relieving muscle strain.
  • Cognitive component. Pain is characterized based on past experiences, observations or research.

Third, there are different qualities of pain.

  • Superficial. Pain that is on the exterior of our bodies, on the skin. There’s both acute superficial pain and deep superficial pain. Deep superficial pain often prompts defensive reflexes.
  • Deep. Joints, skeletal muscle, bones, and connective tissue. Challenging to find the source.
  • Intestinal. Strong and dull rather than sharp. Symptoms include sweating, nausea and a strong sensation of feeling sick.

Fourth, there is a psychological aspect to pain that impacts the pain level. The psychology of pain is so complex, that there are literally millions of books written on the subject in the hopes we could master it. Yet, the opioid crisis underscores how little we understand pain despite all the information available to us. For example, how are some able to acquire a “high tolerance of pain,” and is this ability linked to positive thinking and or compartmentalization? Mind over matter? Some can walk on coals. Mind power seems to matter in managing pain.

Below is a brief analysis provided by a test subject, a middle aged woman who’s very active, and a runner, a woman who should be suffering from arthritis based on family history, yet she has none, in fact she experiences very little pain (somewhere between 0 and Level 1, she says she has a slight bump in pain level when she walks several miles in the city in her dress boots). Anecdotal examples such as these are only that… a seeming clue based on one test subject that indicates there are indeed healthy daily habits that we can incorporate into our lives that can dramatically alleviate the presence of pain in our lives.

Building a strong immune system. The front line offense for healthy living and minimal pain is a strong personal immune system. Why do most animals seem so healthy despite the many toxins in the environment? It appears animals have supersonic immune systems. They don’t go to doctors. They don’t take medication. It’s rare to see animals limping or howling in pain. So how do they do it?

The key elements in building a strong immune system, recommended by our female test subject, are below. Interestingly, these are the same ideal personal daily habits we’ve all learned in school, and grew up hearing from our parents, basics that our doctors recommended at every visit. Imagine.

  • Deep sleep – many people can sleep for eight hours but never reach deep sleep. This is also the challenge with sleeping aids, the inability to reach REM sleep. Eye shields seem like magic, they make deep sleep achievable every single night. Also, no sugar after 3:00 PM. Thirty minutes of exercise every single day.
  • Daily exercise – a minimum of 30 minutes of brisk walking is ideal. Weight management is important when trying to minimize pain. Weight in itself can be a contributing factor in pain intensity.
  • Daily vitamin – the basic 100% level for all the essential vitamins; since so many vitamins these days carry an excessive amount of extra dosage, stunning percents such as 1500% RDA, our test source recommends children’s vitamins which have a max of 100%.
  • Healthy eating – Organic fruits, vegetables, grains, very little dairy, white meat as a condiment, purified water, very little sugar, no trans fats.
  • Sunflower Seeds – 1/4 cup a day, serotonin boost that will help with positive thinking.
  • Garlic – one clove of fresh garlic pressed into 1/4 cup of purified water, heated in microwave for 43 seconds, add a dash of cold water so it can be chugged quickly (it tastes terrible), chase with something delicious. Garlic has been an ancient cure for 4,000 years. It strengthens the immune system, cures, diseases, can be used topically on any type of would as well as bug bites and poison ivy. Used during World War I & II to fight gangrene. Amazingly, one whole bulb of fresh garlic is only, which typically has 5 – 10 cloves, only costs .59 cents
  • Positive thinking – Mind over matter has worked for millenniums. Compartmentalization. It’s impossible to think two thoughts at the same time. So, if thinking positive happy thoughts, you can’t think of pain at the same time. You’re tricking yourself. Music often helps.

In short, deep sleep, healthy eating, garlic, and walking everyday, seem very manageable, inexpensive and honestly… downright simple when it comes to managing pain. Try for yourself and after a few months, please let us know how it’s working for you.

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