Category Archives: AMERICAN INDIAN

UPDATED: Masks coated with antivirus liquid preventing infection with COVID-19

My mini-army of Japanese volunteers have been coating masks with a NaCl+KCl+Tween20 solution for many weeks now and then donning them every time they circulate in public (Readers will find the procedure for making up the spray on liquid at-home here). Not one has gotten infected with COVID-19, influenza or even a cold. While people all around them are getting sick and panicking, they are sailing on unaffected.

Pointer: Coat both sides of the cotton mask(s) you use in public. This way if you should pick up the COVID-19 virus on your fingertips and touch your mask the viral particles should die quickly. Of course, once you are back home it would probably be a good idea to sterilize the mask and apply a fresh coating of the antivirus solution to both sides, let it dry thoroughly, and use it religiously (The coating should kill all the viruses that land on it but I tend to err on the side of caution aka “Just in case”).

Click to access additional COVID-19 countermeasures.

From my lab bench to you:  I have been experimenting with many nontoxic antiviral medicinal plant extracts & fungi derived compounds (COVID-19 is an RNA virus). All of these have garnered bench top and empiric evidence of effectiveness against various coronavirus family members including Ebola and SARS. However, it appears they were not pursued by drug companies probably because they cannot patent the anti-RNA compounds in them (Too many and most likely they work in-tandem in vivo and not as well when isolated and purified).

My focus has been on developing a an oral agent whose mode of action will (among other things) make it less likely for the COVID-19 virus to attach to and penetrate lung cells (which can result in viral pneumonia, sepsis and death), as well as to upregulate angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) which has been shown to reduce the severity of coronavirus infections.

Readers are invited to lend support to my antiviral research project by going tohttps://bit.ly/3br109H
© April 6, 2020 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne. All rights reserved.

https://biotheorist.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/fighting-back-against-covid-19-1.pdf

 

“Here’s what matters most in the Covid-19 pandemic”

As a lay monk I would be remiss not to address the spiritual dimension of the COVID-19 crisis.  This 29m16s video features Rev. Costi Hinn discussing “Here’s what matters most in the Covid-19 pandemic

What Rev. Hinn has to share is what I’d characterize as the “first steps” in the covenanting process (A process the early believers referred to as “The Way” and which includes repentance/redemption, deliverance, empowerment, and sanctification). 

Now, mind you, as an American Indian (Bureau of Indian Affairs CDIB card holder & member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) I am emphatically not interested in strong-arming or coercing people into taking my perspective on or advocacy of anything. My indigenous ancestors valued individual choice and conscience though sadly they were often forced to accept customs, practices and more that they found reprehensible or otherwise objectionable. 

So I do not come to you with the intention of violating your power to choose what you believe and do in life. You can elect to play the video of Rev. Hinn, or not. And if you do hear him out, you are at certainly liberty to disagree with and reject what he says. How can it be otherwise? After all God forces no one to believe in him or to accept his terms for entering into and cultivating a relationship with him. Why would he want to be surrounded by those who he had to force into a relationship with him? (Would you want to be surrounded by folks you had to force to hang around you?)

Whether your way or The Way, you won’t (ahem) ruffle my feathers.  

© March 2020 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne (Summer Cloud). All rights reserved.


For those who do set out on The Way, here are some helpful resources to inform, guide & empower your journey:

The Way of Life — Didache (The Didache is the first guide for believers ever written – possibly around 50 C.E. — with commentary by Toby Janicki)

A Life for God by messianic Rabbi Greg Herschberg (Beth Yeshua, Macon, Georgia). The Kindle version of this book is FREE.

MTOI video recorded teachings (All free)

For believers, help is not limited to this side of the grave

Are you going through hell on earth and need an intercessor?


 

Antivirus coated masks preventing infection with COVID-19

Many Japanese volunteers have been coating masks with a NaCl+KCl+Tween20 solution for many weeks now and then donning them every time they circulate in public (Readers will find the procedure for making up the spray on liquid at-home here). Not one has gotten infected with COVID-19, influenza or even a cold. While people all around them are getting sick and panicking, they are sailing on unaffected.

Pointer: Coat both sides of the cotton mask(s) you use in public. This way if you should pick up the COVID-19 virus on your fingertips and touch your mask the viral particles should die quickly. Of course, once you are back home make sure to sterilize the mask and apply a fresh coating of the antivirus solution to both sides, let it dry thoroughly, and use it religiously.

Click to access additional COVID-19 countermeasures.

From my lab bench to you:  I have been experimenting with many nontoxic antiviral medicinal plant extracts & fungi derived compounds (COVID-19 is an RNA virus). All of these have garnered bench top and empiric evidence of effectiveness against various coronavirus family members including Ebola and SARS. However, it appears they were not pursued by drug companies probably because they cannot patent the anti-RNA compounds in them (Too many and most likely they work in-tandem in vivo and not as well when isolated and purified).

My focus has been on developing a an oral agent whose mode of action will (among other things) make it less likely for the COVID-19 virus to attach to and penetrate lung cells (which can result in viral pneumonia, sepsis and death), as well as to upregulate angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) which has been shown to reduce the severity of coronavirus infections.

Readers are invited to lend support to my antiviral research project by going tohttps://bit.ly/3br109H
© April 6, 2020 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne. All rights reserved.

Indigenous warnings on climate change go back a long way


Since global warming is a fact and in one way or another an imminent threat to the well-being of every living thing known to mankind (including us), I think our increased ability to perceive it represents progress. The positivist method is not the only way to produce knowledge, and though “science” gets a lot of credit for sounding the alarm on climate change, it has been comparatively slow on the uptake. If we pay any attention at all, we can see and feel and hear that nature’s cycles are broken, and some peoples have understood for centuries that a society built on extraction and accumulation would burn the whole planet alive. Western science has a lot of nerve showing up just as we’re on the precipice of a biospheric death spiral to brandish some graphs and offer to block out the sun just a little.


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Matika Wilbur’s quest to photograph & document untold stories from citizens of every federally recognized American Indian tribe

Woman taking a photoMatika Wilbur’s quest to photograph & document untold stories from citizens of every federally recognized American Indian tribe

 

By
Dr. Anthony G. Payne *
(American Indian name, “Summer Cloud”)

When I was a boy (back in the Middle Ages – 1960s) we American Indians* were portrayed on TV and the movies as hopeless drunks, savages who spoke broken English at best, rapists, turncoats, and other equally unsavory characters. Newspapers and news shows did little better with most of the stories I read or saw focused on Native crimes or poverty, mostly in a “isn’t that too bad let’s move on now” vein. As though this weren’t enough I was surrounded by plenty of white adults and children who thought nothing of tossing out racist jokes and comments about American Indians (and African Americans and Hispanics as well) without batting an eyelash. Bigotry was acceptable and in some quarters applauded.

Of course, much has changed in the intervening years if only the fact overt racism has been replaced in many quarters by subtler versions. Gone are most of the Hollywood movie stereotypes but not the notion among many that American Indians are all steeped in poverty or stone-faced in the face of suffering, past and present.

Enter photographer Matika Wilbur, a member of both the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes, who decided to use her considerable artistic gifts & perspective to capture the faces of members of all the federally recognized American Indian tribes in an ambitious project she calls “562” (The number of federally recognized tribes when she began her odyssey in 2010, with more having been added since). In-a-word she wants to debunk the many false, hurtful images and stereotypes that surrounded Native American culture and society and to reassert the fact that Native peoples had not only survived centuries of marginalization, wanton cruelty and wholesale extermination but have held on to their own identities, heroes and sense of pride.

A November 23 2013 piece by NBC news had this to say about Wilbur’s mission:
One of those stereotypes is the image of Indians clad in feathers, nearly naked running across the prairie, whooping it up like what’s oft portrayed in western cinema. Also the caricature image of Indians as mascots.

With that in mind, Wilbur said the project is meant to drive conversations about the ubiquitous appropriation of Native American culture and to discuss how U.S. citizens can evolve beyond the co-opting of indigenous images and traditions.

“I hope to educate these audiences that it’s not OK to dress up like an Indian on Halloween,” she said. “I’m not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes.”

Wilbur added that she hopes her photos — her craft — will display the “beauty of (Native) people and to introduce some of our leaders to a massive audience.”

Wilbur is not, of course, the first photographer to focus on American Indians. In 1906, photographer and ethnologist Edward S. Curtis was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to go out and capture the “disappearing” race on film. Given the fact that over a century has passed since Curtis’s undertaking, Matika’s quest is not just welcome but long overdue.

Readers who’d like to invest in Matika Wilbur’s vision can do so by going to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matika/project-562-changing-the-way-we-see-native-america/description

* I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

© 2014 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne. This update copyright 2017 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne. All rights reserved.

Living the faith is countercultural & radical

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Following Messiah and living the faith authentically is countercultural & radical. One way to do so is in community as a lay monk or nun (Married or single, Catholic or non-Catholic is OK)

FYE (For Your Edification): Brother “Practicing the Presence of God” Lawrence was a lay monk.

In keeping with this:

Getting back to pre-paganized Christian beliefs & practices

Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Instrument for Global Transformation by Dr. Ed Silvoso

The Real Jesus by Rev. Bert M. Farias

 

Bernie Sanders and the Christian Vote

I became a democratic socialist in 1985 because, in large part, this approach seeks to address many societal and Red_Rose_(Socialism)other ills by addressing underlying (as opposed to superficial) causes. Many of these problems and their solutions lie in redressing specific moral failings such as unbridled corporate greed, which is something democratic socialists such as Senator Bernie Sanders tackle head-on with genuinely progressive, transformative ideas and proposed legislation. And, at the heart of democratic socialism, is a sharing and “level the playing field” ethic that is consonant with core Jewish and Christian beliefs and teachings.  Luke Tomycz “cores the apple” on an article titled “Bernie Sanders and the Christian Vote” which I wholeheartedly recommend you read and then share with others in your orbit: https://medium.com/@ltomycz/bernie-sanders-and-the-christian-vote-2350b31a6bbf#.94h2wp30g

Bernie Sanders and the Christian Vote

 

In praise of the color blue

By

Dr. Anthony G. Payne

Let’s talk color. Specifically the color blue. Does this happen to be your favorite color? If so, you share this affinity with about 29% of other people (including “yours truly”) according to a 2012 poll (Click to read how blue ranks in popularity worldwide). But what does blue mean to you anyway?

The mental linkage between the word “blue” and being down or depressed aside, blue is an uplifting color in that it characterizes bodies of water (unless overrun with Styrofoam cups and pollutants or algae or such) and the skies above on a sunny day.

Scientists, of course, have found many interesting properties about blue light. For example, blue light at wavelengths of 670 and 830 nanometers ameliorates multiple sclerosis symptoms. And there is this: recently Nasa’s Curiosity rover on Mars captured images of a blue sunset on the red planet! (Click to access a CNN story on this phenomenon)

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Virtual cloud watching for you

Magestic clouds (So West Texas)As a boy in Lubbock (Texas) I spent many lazy summer afternoons just lying prone on a bed of rich green grass and cloud watching (While, yes, looking for recognizable patterns or characters). I bet you did your fair share of childhood cloud watching too. If  so, you’ll appreciate this video immensely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf1P4WuQ8Lk 

And here’s a perspective-expanding book to read while you cloud watch: Faces in the Clouds by Stewart Guthrie, Ph.D.

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