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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Shark Oil / Snake Oil: Hucksters Won’t Give Up! – 1 September 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Once more, a familiar piece of garbage came in the mail: A free sample – the second one I’ve received – of a skin potion containing squalane that is derived from shark livers. Since I wouldn’t dream of using it, I threw it in the garbage along with the brochure that proves there are a lot of suckers out there who will believe anything and spend money to make fools of themselves while enriching the hucksters.

Hucksterism is becoming more sophisticated. Now the hucksters include women with “M.D.” after their names! Women have really moved up in the world, haven’t they?! Women hucksters feed on their gullible, insecure “sisters” who are so self-centered that they don’t give a second thought to the evil of destroying other creatures for useless skin potions based on wishful thinking! Here we are, in the twenty-first century, yet snake oil sales are still rampant.

A toxicology report lists squalane as a skin, eye and respiratory irritant that may be harmful and has not been fully investigated. The use of safety glasses for personal protection is recommended.

Can you imagine calling this product of cruelty a “Godsend” in her brochure? What blasphemy! In my opinion, far from being inspired by God, such a depraved product could only be inspired by Satan.

In the Bible, John 8:44 plainly states that “the father of lies” is Satan.

And for those who don’t want to believe that evil really exists, the Bible uses the word “evil” 505 times. Here are only two examples:

Genesis 8:21 “

…for the intent of man's [woman’s] heart is evil from his [her] youth….”

Isaiah 5:20

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil….

Frank and I have become increasingly convinced that the eating of animal products is a root cause of skin problems. Since becoming vegan, our skin has greatly improved; we don’t even get sunburned anymore, as we did when we ate animal-derived products. We don’t use sunscreen or any skin conditioners, and we are in our late sixties.

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Go on to: Betrayal of Founders’ Ideals – 2 September 2006
Return to: Off to the Farm Market Again – 31 August 2006
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