Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Vaccines can trigger autism

My thoughts:  Obviously, this claim is not new.  The difference is that this was admitted by the head of the CDC.  Toward the end, you will see an alternate, more conservative vaccination schedule that would prevent autism for almost everyone, while still keeping your children safe from the diseases we want to prevent.  I will reference this, should I have another child. Hope this helps anyone who is facing vaccinating a new child.

Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-nkD5LSIg
Recently Julie Gerberding, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's show House Call and explained that vaccines can trigger autism in a vulnerable subset of children. This is the claim that many parents have been making since at least the 1980s, and they have been dismissed and even mocked for making it.

Then read this, by Dr. Mercola
Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/04/22/head-of-cdc-admits-on-cnn-that-vaccines-can-trigger-autism.aspx

The U.S. government has now gone on the record saying that childhood vaccines can contribute to the symptoms of autism. They have then backtracked and stated that there is no association.

So which is it?

Well, by the time your child starts school he or she will have received more than 36 injections, including four doses each of vaccines for Hemophilus influenzae type b infections, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis -- all of them given during the first 12 months of life.

And by then it may be too late for the CDC to make up their mind about whether or not vaccines can be dangerous.

In 1976, children received 10 vaccines before attending school, and in the early 1980s, the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000 births. Today it is 1 in 150 births and still climbing.

Is there a connection between autism and vaccines? I’d say so. And a pretty obvious one at that. If you are interested in the science behind this connection, Dr. Russell Blaylock has written an excellent paper that provides a connection between excessive vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism that is definitely worth reading.

The Blame Game

It seems clear from watching the CNN video with Dr. Julie Gerberding, the CDC’s director, that they are looking to put the blame for rising autism rates on anything other than their overzealous vaccination schedule.

While they have admitted that vaccines can trigger autism, Dr. Gerberding is quick to say that it’s only in children with a “rare” mitochondrial disorder. Referring to the landmark Hannah Poling case, Dr. Gerberding claimed that Hannah's case was a rare incident with little relevance to the other autism cases pending in the federal “vaccine court.”

Since then, however, Dr. Gerberding and other CDC officials were made aware of a Portuguese study reporting that 7.2 percent of children with autism had confirmed mitochondrial disorders. Some now estimate the rate of mitochondrial dysfunction in autism to be 20 percent or more, and the rate among children with the regressive sub-type of autism is likely even higher.

If mitochondrial dysfunction can convert into autism in large numbers, then the connection between vaccines and autism could clearly be quite strong.

So much so that the CDC acknowledged they are aware of this situation and are “immediately taking measures to address the current national vaccine schedule.”

Yet, Dr. Gerberding made no mention of this on CNN.

She also did not mention that the current vaccination schedule has never been proven to be safe.

Health officials consider a vaccine to be safe if no bad reactions -- like seizures, intestinal obstruction or anaphylaxis -- occur acutely. The CDC has not done any studies to assess the long-term effects of its immunization schedule.

So no one knows whether injecting children with 14 vaccines in their first 24 months of life, plus the meningococcal vaccine, which is to be administered between the age of 2 and 6, is enough to overwhelm their systems and lead to neurological and immune system disorders. They don’t know, yet they are very adamant about keeping your children on this schedule -- and they make anyone who dares to question their logic out to be a quack.

Yet here’s something to chew on. One vaccine injected into a 13-pound, 2-month-old infant is equivalent to 10 doses of the same in a 130-pound adult.

This is an assault on your child’s nervous system and immune system, neither of which is fully developed. It’s no wonder, then, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, that multiple vaccines given close together over-stimulate your brain's immune system and, via the mechanism of "bystander injury," destroy brain cells.

What else wasn’t mentioned in the interview?

Oh yes, that members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) -- the one that promulgates a self-serving, one-size-fits-all vaccine policy -- are known to have ties to vaccine makers. And their compulsory vaccination schedule, that’s required of nearly every U.S. child who is entering public school, has made many of these vaccine makers rich beyond their wildest imaginations.

Vaccinating Your Children: How to Find Out the Truth

The CDC is clearly very confused about where they stand on this issue (or at least are pretending to be). So if it were me, I would not put the future health of my child in their hands, or the hands of a doctor who blindly accepts all of their recommendations.

Personally, I question the validity of most all vaccinations. But there is a middle ground, one that at least protects your child during the crucial time of their brain development. The most rapid period of brain development begins in the third trimester of pregnancy and continues over the first two years of life. By then, brain development is 80 percent complete, so it makes sense to wait until this time to give any vaccinations.

Dr. Donald Miller, a cardiac surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, came up with this user-friendly vaccination schedule back in 2004, and it is leaps and bounds ahead of the CDC’s “one-size-fits-all” schedule:

1. No vaccinations until your child is two years old
2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury)
3. No live virus vaccines
4. The following vaccines should be given one at a time (not as a combination vaccine), every six months, beginning at age 2:
  • Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)
This schedule takes the best interests of the individual into consideration rather than what the government judges best for society. If your pediatrician does not like this schedule (and most won’t), I’d suggest finding a new one who does.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Unbelievable -I felt my first earthquake this morning!!  I was just sleeping, and about 4:30 am CST the house began to shake and the dishes in the sink were rattling.  Of course, my breath caught and sat straight up in bed and didn't breathe for the 5-6 seconds it lasted.

GMA isn't airing today, as the local (Louisville) news stations are just playing viewer phone calls and a radar map.  The epicenter was in West Salem, Illinois, just north of Owensboro, and they are calling it a 5.2 on the Rictor scale.  The last one felt in 'these parts' was back in 1980, and it was more noticeable.  My husband and son slept right through this one, and only one of the puppies barked after it was over.

None of the animals seem upset at all - but the quake was felt as far as 300 miles away!  Remarkably, no significant injuries and no major damage to any buildings.  Some concrete has cracked, and some trees have fallen around the area, but I don't see any damage from where I sit.

Did anyone else feel it?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Are cell phones more dangerous than smoking??

This articles if from Dr. Mercola's site, at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/04/17/are-cell-phones-more-dangerous-than-smoking.aspx
My thoughts:
I have read about how dangerous cell phones are for several months, and thought it was high time I put this out there for the world to see.  Bottom line:  First, use a wired line when possible, or 900mHz cordless.  Second, when you must use a mobile, use speakerphone when feasible.  If not, use a wired headset, not bluetooth to minimize exposure.  Third - do not EVER let a child use a cell phone!

Award-winning cancer expert Dr. Vini Khurana has concluded that mobile phones may kill far more people than smoking or asbestos. The latest study, which is being called the “most devastating indictment yet” for the safety of mobile phones, draws on growing evidence that using handsets for 10 years or more can double your risk of brain cancer.

Professor Khurana reviewed more than 100 studies on the effects of mobile phones, and concluded that "there is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumors."

"We are currently experiencing a reactively unchecked and dangerous situation," he added.

Earlier this year, the French government warned against the use of mobile phones, particularly for children. Germany also advises people to minimize handset use.

Khurana urges people to avoid using mobile phones whenever possible, and believes that governments and the mobile phone industry must take immediate steps to reduce exposure to this radiation.

If nothing is done, Khurana believes the rate of malignant brain tumors and the associated death rate will rise around the world within a decade, and by then it may be too late to intervene medically.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:
You may think this headline sounds like a bit of a stretch, or perhaps even a major stretch. Well, I urge you to think again, as this headline, and the research behind it, is spot on.

Professor Khurana based the notion that cell phones are more dangerous than smoking on the following logic: 3 billion people use cell phones worldwide, which is three times more than the amount of people who smoke.

Of course, smoking doesn’t immediately show any deadly signs either. But wait a decade or so, and the evidence is there right before your eyes. According to Khurana, the "incubation time" or "latency" (the time from the start of regular mobile phone usage to the diagnosis of a malignant solid brain tumor) is around 10-20 years. In the years 2008-2012, he says, “we will have reached the appropriate length of follow-up time to begin to definitively observe the impact of this global technology on brain tumor incidence rates.”

There is VERY solid evidence that the number of brain tumors will increase to 500,000 per YEAR in 2010 -- and this will double to 1 million every year by 2015 if the causes are not addressed.

Folks, this is the real deal and represents an impending health care crisis.

Cell Phones Appear to be a MAJOR Health Risk

I am absolutely convinced that the explosion of cell phone usage around the world is a major contributor to a host of diseases ranging from autism to cancer to insomnia.

I am in the final editing phases of my next book, which is dedicated to this very topic and will be released in the spring or summer of 2009, or possibly sooner.

You are fortunate, though, as you are receiving this information today, while there is still time to circumvent some of the damage. Please do not wait another 10 years for the “definitive” link to be found and publicized in the mainstream circles before you take action to protect yourself, and your children, from the electromagnetic radiation and information-carrying radio waves emitted by cell phones and many other wireless devices.

If you’re looking for some type of indication that cell phones are causing you harm, consider that all of the following ailments have been scientifically linked to information-carrying radio waves:
Meanwhile, here is a sample of what Professor Khurana found after reviewing over 100 studies:
  • Electromagnetic radiation such as that emitted by mobile and cordless phones can heat the side of your head or pulse it non-thermally, and potentially thermoelectrically interact with the organic electrical currents of your brain.
  • Bluetooth devices and unshielded headsets can convert your head into an effective, potentially self-harming antenna.
  • Exposure is long-term and its effects on your body, particularly its electrical organ, your brain, are compounded by numerous other simultaneous long-term exposures including continuous waves from radio and TV transmitter towers, cordless phone base stations, power lines, and wireless/WiFi computing devices.
Do You STILL Believe That Cell Phones are Safe?

Well, if you’re finding it hard to believe that a widely used technology such as cell phones and wireless technologies could be causing you harm, it may help to compare it to other “technologies” that were once widely accepted:
  • The shoe-fitting fluoroscope, an X-ray machine used to look at the bones of your foot in order to judge your shoe size.
  • Radioactive drinking water, toothpaste, hair tonic and candy.
  • “Soothing syrup” for children that contained morphine, chloroform, codeine, heroin, opium and cannabis.
  • Mercury, the highly toxic metal, used to treat everything from cuts to constipation.
  • Heroin, which was originally developed and sold as a cough suppressant.
Even cigarette smoking was once described as healthy!

Cell Phones are Just One Part of the Problem

Information-carrying radio waves are all around us -- especially from cell phones, but also from WiFi, WiMax, BlueTooth, and other wireless devices. And you are likely receiving exposure to them 24/7.

It’s important to understand that the danger from most land-based portable phones, cell phones and WiFi routers is NOT from the microwave carrier wave, for which typical SAR ratings are given on phones.

This SAR rating indicates the thermal effect emitted by your phone, which is totally insignificant, unless you have massive exposures like you might expect in a microwave oven. This is why the discussion about lowering the allowable SAR is pointless, as it will NOT make cell phones safer.

Instead, nearly all your biological damage comes from the modulated signals that are carried ON the carrier microwave.

These modulated information-carrying radio waves resonate (vibrate) in the same frequencies as many of your cellular receptors; frequencies of a few to a few hundred cycles per second. These are biological frequencies and, unlike ionizing radiation (X-rays), which you can tolerate in small doses, there is NO dose of these radio waves that are safe. They cause damage at ANY dose, no matter how low.

This concept is called zero threshold, and that is precisely what you have with cell phones, most portable phones, and WiFi routers.

These information-carrying radio waves can stimulate or confuse your cellular receptors, causing a whole cascade of pathological consequences that can culminate in fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, neurological decline, and ultimately cancers.

The reason why children should NOT use cell phones is because they have developing nervous systems and thinner skulls than adults, making them especially vulnerable to this type of damage.

Can Cell Phones be Used Safely?

In the best-case scenario, you would turn off your cell phone, put it in the glove compartment of your car or in a briefcase, and only use it in emergencies. Obviously, many of you have come to rely on your cell phone for much more than this, but remember it wasn’t long ago that we all got along fine without them -- and it’s not too late to go back to that point.

Remember, kids should NOT be using cell phones. As a parent, it’s up to you to protect them from this avoidable risk.

Assuming you do choose to use a cell phone for more than just emergences, here are the tips to increase your safety level (for cell phones and other radio-wave exposures):
  • Limit the amount of time you spend on a cell phone or cordless phone.
  • Use a wired headset to limit your exposure to the cell phone -- ideally, an air tube headset that conducts sound but prevents any radiation from traveling up the wire to your brain. Also, make sure the wire is SHIELDED, which prevents it from acting as an antenna that could attract more information-carrying radio waves directly to your brain. Wireless BlueTooth headsets should be avoided.
  • Limit your exposure to WiFi routers. Find out where they are located in your work environment and stay away from them.
  • If you have any land-based (non-cellular) portable phones, do NOT use anything other than the 900 MHz phones, as the Gigahertz phones stay on continuously, blasting you with information-carrying radio waves 24/7.
  • Use the speakerphone instead of putting the phone to your ear; this is probably one of the single most important steps you can take other than not using your cell phone.
  • Limit calls inside buildings.
  • Use your cell phone only where the reception is good. When the reception is poor, your phone has to work harder, and therefore emits a much stronger radiation signal.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Some favorite quotes

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Thomas Jefferson

--All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
--Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
--Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
--It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
--That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
--The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
--The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Thomas Jefferson

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Benjamin Franklin

 “The people know much better how to spend their money than the government”  - Ron Paul

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Benjamin Franklin

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Thomas Jefferson

"Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth's beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves." - The Essence of Success

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My letter to Ron Lewis

Regarding HR 5405 - please do not allow this to pass. The social security card was never intended to be an ID card, and has been abused as such for years, making identity theft easier for the criminals. I am very much against a national ID card of any kind and also oppose the Real ID in our state.

Yes, 9/11 was bad. But even worse is how the mention of the event gets uninformed citizens to agree to every "security" measure the government can think of. I beg you, do NOT prey on the uninformed, and listen to those of us who are.

We do not need more government programs, welfare, and reforms on the programs that are already out there. We need less - much much less. The more I learn about what I was NOT taught in school, the more convinced I am to never let my son attend a public school. More government control of education is not the answer either. We need freedom, liberty, and to be allowed to pursue our own happiness without being tracked by the state or the country.

Please make me glad I voted for you.

The reason WHY

This exercise is from an e-newsletter I'm receiving - The Astonishing Power of You. This is part of lesson #2, with my answers.

"Close your eyes, take a deep breath
to center yourself. Ask yourself the
question, if you had all the money in
the bank that you needed and you could
have your life exactly the way you
would like it to look, how would that

- Keep asking the question and
answering with Why until you
truly know that there isn't
another answer left."

I would spend time learning how to be self-sufficient in an environmentally friendly way - growing my own food, learning to can and compost, learning to hunt and start fires...to just live off the land. I think that's just smart - to know how to survive if civilization collapses.

I would raise my children and teach them the things that are important. I would spend more time with friends and family, and God - just being. I would make a difference in the lives of others, helping meet their needs and make this world a better place. I would get more involved in politics - and spend time reading about history and learning about this world. I would read more for pleasure and listen to more music. I would take pride in the appearance of my home and my family.

WHY? Because I think that is what life is about - living, learning, growing and loving, then helping others do the same. (Guess that's why I chose that for my blog's name!)

I also want to train puppies and horses so they can be enjoyed by their owners. I guess what I really seek is order and discipline in the world - knowing that there may be many ways to do something, but that there is often a "right" way that will bring the most good to all involved. The trick is finding it without spending your whole life doing research to avoid mistakes. I think that's where trusting God and learning to hear His voice comes in handy.

Worse than the Real ID is...

Oh dear..the next step of enslavement. It sounds outrageous at first sight, but I believe it is true. Step by step, even before 9/11, liberties have been slipping away. I don't yet believe that the current administration orchestrated the tragedies of 9/11, but there is no doubt the events were used to further or begin operations that had been previously forestalled because of public resistance. The website delivering the information below is restoretherepublic.com - I highly recommend taking a look.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. - Benjamin Franklin

------Begin message---------------

I regretfully send you this email to inform you of yet another
plot to enslave the American people in an unconstitutional
framework of databases under the guise of "security". Recently
Congressman Mark Kirk from Illinois 10th District introduced a
bill to create a "Secure Social Security Card". This new card
is clearly a run around to the state's opposition to Real ID and
we must do all in our power to prevent it from becoming law.

FIRST: Watch this short video recorded at the town hall meeting
where Congressman Kirk talks about the "Secure Social Security
Card": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrsJVZe41Dg

SECOND: Review and comment on the in depth article about it here:

THIRD: Contact your congressman and instruct them to vote against
HR 5405: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml

FORTH: Post this email on your blog, post it in forums, forward
it to every member in your address book.

FIFTH: Track the status of HR 5405 at

Unlike Real ID where the States can rise up and fight it
independently, the "Secure Social Security Card" must be fought
at the federal level by contacting our members of congress.

This is another attempt at connecting the American people into
the international databases of the New World Order. They are
failing with Real ID and are attempting to use the SS card as
the bridge. They will only succeed if we let them and you need
to take the steps help us defeat this plan before it takes root.

Listening to the footsteps of the revolution,

Gary Franchi
National Director
USPrimary2008.Com, 125 Rampart Way, Denver, Colorado, 80230, USA

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Abolish Public Schools?

This article is far-fetched because most everyone alive now grew up indoctrinated into the public-school-system-is-good sect. However, it is great food for thought, and I agree that IF we could get past the objections he raises, somehow, the education in America would be vastly improved.

I personally hope we can afford to send our children to a Christian school for as long as we (and the kids) desire. I hope our school of choice continues to grow and expand it extracurricular activities. DS goes to half-day preschool right now, and its a good schedule for our situation, and of course cheaper than full-day preschool or even daycare in this area.

Here is the article's full text.

In American culture, public schools are praised in public and criticized in private, which is roughly the opposite of how we tend to treat large-scale enterprises like Wal-Mart. In public, everyone says that Wal-Mart is awful, filled with shoddy foreign products and exploiting workers. But in private, we buy the well-priced, quality goods, and long lines of people hope to be hired.

Why is this? It has something to do with the fact that public schools are part of our civic religion, the primary evidence that people cite to show that local government serves us. And there is a psychological element. Most of us turn our kids over to them, so surely they must have our best interest at heart!

But do they? Murray N. Rothbard's Education: Free and Compulsory explains that the true origin and purpose of public education is not so much education as we think of it, but indoctrination in the civic religion. This explains why the civic elite is so suspicious of homeschooling and private schooling: it's not fear of low test scores that is driving this, but the worry that these kids aren't learning the values that the state considers important.

But to blast public schools is not the purpose of this article. There are decent public schools and terrible ones, so there is no use generalizing. Nor is there a need to trot out data on test scores. Let me just deal with economics. All studies have shown that average cost per pupil for public schools is twice that of private schools (here is a sample study).

This runs contrary to intuition, since people think of public schools as free and private schools as expensive. But once you consider the source of funding (tax dollars vs. market tuition or donation), the private alternative is much cheaper. In fact, the public schools cost as much as the most expensive and elite private schools in the country. The difference is that the cost of public schooling is spread out over the entire population, whereas the private school cost is borne only by the families with students who attend them.

In short, if we could abolish public schools and compulsory schooling laws, and replace it all with market-provided education, we would have better schools at half the price, and be freer too. We would also be a more just society, with only the customers of education bearing the costs.

What's not to like? Well, there is the problem of the transition. There are obvious and grave political difficulties. We might say that public education enjoys a political advantage here due to network effects. A significant number of "subscriptions," etc. have been piled up in the status quo, and it is very difficult to change those.

But let's pretend. Let's say that a single town decided that the costs of public schooling are too vast relative to private schooling, and the city council decided to abolish public schools outright. The first thing to notice is that this would be illegal, since every state requires localities to provide education on a public basis. I don't know what would happen to the city council. Would they be jailed? Who knows? Certainly they would be sued.

But let's say we somehow get past that problem, thanks to, say, a special amendment in the state constitution, that exempts certain localities if the city council approves. Then there is the problem of federal legislation and regulation. I am purely speculating since I don't know the relevant laws, but we can guess that the Department of Education would take notice, and a national hysteria of some sort would follow. But let's say we miraculously get past that problem too, and the federal government lets this locality go its own way.

There will be two stages to the transition. In the first stage, many seemingly bad things will happen. How are the physical buildings handled in our example? They are sold to the highest bidder, whether that be to new school owners, businesses, or housing developers. And the teachers and administrators? All let go. You can imagine the outcry.

With property taxes abolished, people with kids in public schools might move away. There will be no premium for houses in school districts that are considered good. There will be anger about this. For the parents that remain, there is a major problem of what to do with the kids during the day.

With property taxes gone, there is extra money to pay for schools, but their assets have just fallen in market value (even without the Fed), which is a serious problem when it comes to shelling out for school tuition. There will, of course, be widespread hysteria about the poor too, who will find themselves without any schooling choices other than homeschool.

Now, all that sounds pretty catastrophic, doesn't it? Indeed. But it is only phase one. If we can somehow make it to phase two, something completely different will emerge. The existing private schools will be filled to capacity and there will be a crying need for new ones. Entrepreneurs will quickly flood into the area to provide schools on a competitive basis. Churches and other civic institutions will gather the money to provide education.

At first, the new schools will be modeled on the public school idea. Kids will be there from 8 to 4 or 5, and all classes will be covered. But in short order, new alternatives will appear. There will be schools for half-day classes. There will be large, medium, and small schools. Some will have 40 kids per class, and others 4 or 1. Private tutoring will boom. Sectarian schools of all kinds will appear. Micro-schools will open to serve niche interests: science, classics, music, theater, computers, agriculture, etc. There will be single sex schools. Whether sports would be part of school or something completely independent is for the market to decide.

And no longer will the "elementary, middle school, high school" model be the only one. Classes will not necessarily be grouped by age alone. Some will be based on ability and level of advancement too. Tuition would range from free to super expensive. The key thing is that the customer would be in charge.

Transportation services would spring up to replace the old school-bus system. People would be able to make money by buying vans and providing transportation. In all areas related to education, profit opportunities would abound.

In short, the market for education would operate the same as any other market. Groceries, for example. Where there is a demand, and obviously people demand education for their kids, there is supply. There are large grocery stores, small ones, discount ones, premium ones, and stores for groceries on the run. It is the same for other goods, and it would be the same for education. Again, the customer would rule. In the end, what would emerge is not entirely predictable – the market never is – but whatever happened would be in accord with the wishes of the public.

After this phase two, this town would emerge as one of the most desirable in the country. Educational alternatives would be unlimited. It would be the source of enormous progress, and a model for the nation. It could cause the entire country to rethink education. And then those who moved away would move back to enjoy the best schools in the country at half the price of the public schools, and those without children in the house wouldn't have to pay a dime for education. Talk about attractive!

So which town will be the first to try it and show us all the way?