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Former Google And Uber Engineer Develops “Way Of The Future” AI Religion

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:36

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Anthony Levandowski is a former Google and Uber engineer who has developed a robot that will be prayed to for the “betterment of society”. Levandowski was the man behind Google’s self-driving car and now he has established a religious nonprofit corporation solely devoted to the worship of artificial intelligence.

Levandowski is the CEO and president of religious organisation Way of the Future, the mission is “to develop and promote the realisation of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society”. Not much more is known about the specifics of the Godhead but the emergence of the documents demonstrates how the rapid advancement of AI and bioengineering is forcing discussions around how humans and robots will coexist on Earth.

“The recent coverage of AI as a single, unified power is a predictable upshot of a self-aggrandising Silicon Valley culture that believes it can summon a Godhead,” says Thomas Arnold, a Research Associate at Tufts University’s Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory. “The ideas of mourning, loss, tragedy, social justice, and larger responsibilities to a neighbour — which the world religious tradition have gradually developed resources to accommodate, reflect upon, and offer rich re-framings thereof — are largely dispensed with in the AI as religion evocations,” he says. God only knows if anyone will worship an AI that’s so sterile.

“An AI would provide the equivalent of a ‘Messiah’ — having many orders of magnitude more processing elements than the brain, enabling it to gift us with solutions to the most daunting social, political, economic, and environmental challenges,” says Dr. Stephen Thaler, the President and CEO of Imagination Engines who is an AI and consciousness expert.

Do you think this is a match made in Heaven? Would you worship at the altar of a robot?

Read more: Google’s Artificial Intelligence Built An AI That Outperforms Any Made By Humans

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What I Learned From Having Sex Over 50 Times In 2 Weeks

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:34

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

I know writing an article like this has the ability to bring up a lot emotions in many people- on one hand it may appear I am showing off, on the other it could appear that I am being disrespectful to something as sacred as sex. The intention for me personally is to bring something to light that is often looked upon as taboo and hidden in the corners of society, when in reality it is the most pure form of creation- physical and metaphorical.

Firstly the sex was with one person and secondly that is a person I am in love with (love at first sight). This is not to discourage sex with multiple partners if that is what you enjoy, and can do so without hurting others, but I would discourage sex without some form of love. I believe love is very misunderstood and there are many types, but sex with no form of love behind it, is shallow and self gratifying, as opposed to a mutual shared pleasurable experience.

Why 50 times?

I can’t say I remember the exact amount of times, but it was 3-5 times a day for 14 days. Some of the time we spent in New York, some in Norway and the majority in London. It was interesting dynamics going from predominantly spending time alone in my own space, to sharing a space in different parts of the globe with someone else almost exclusively for this period.      

Evolution Of The Sex

New sex is very different from sex with someone you have spent a lot of time with, although in this particular case it was comfortable from the start. The main evolution was in the amount of time taken. We all have our insecurities and sometimes we can rush something beautiful due to this. For me personally it is equally as important that my female counterpart enjoys the experience as much as I do, this can lead to trying to rush orgasm on both sides. After a day or 2 this slowed down and the focus moved from orgasm to being mutually present.

I personally believe that fast penetrative sex and slow climatic sex are 2 different things- the former being more of a release and animalistic in nature while the latter more loving and controlled. Both are beautiful in their own right, but for me personally- loving and controlled is a superior form for building a bond between 2 people and more orgasmic for both the man and woman.

Masculinity And Femininity

Sexual union is the moment when the biggest physical duality of gender comes together and becomes 1. Gender holds many characteristics in its male and female counterparts- and both the man and woman hold masculine and feminine traits. This means during the union of sex many dualities, become a singularity, which is not possible alone. The most obvious example is that of giving and being receptive, but there are other expressions of this union.  

Orgasm

The orgasm is a heavy point of focus for many couples- however many miss that men have 2 (to my knowledge) types of orgasms and many sub types. For the man there is ejaculation- this is a release and the common way sex (in its many forms) is experienced. The second is the full body orgasm which flows up to your heart, then back down to the root of your spine.

For the woman (again to my knowledge) there are 4 types of orgasm- stimulation, ejaculation, penetrative and full body going up the spine to the heart and back down to the root. There can also be combinations of the above and perhaps more I am ignorant too.

I can only speak for myself from the male perspective, but the full body orgasm is something completely different from ejaculatory release. This is something I only experienced (with practice) for the first time myself during masturbation earlier this year and while having sex during this 14 day period. It took 7 days (to have sex approximately 25 times) to experience this full body orgasm, but when it happened it was beautiful.

I will not enter every detail of our 50 sexual experiences, but will say there is something on a level like no other than a simultaneous orgasm between 2 people. With this being said the moment I personally stopped focusing on the orgasm of my partner and myself, things became a lot more free and flowing.

Energised

One of the things that surprised me is how energised I felt during this period, it was actually after the full body orgasms that the real energy started to build up. In fact today is the first day (for 14 days) we have not been together and I have been feeling sleepy, not sure if this is a good thing or not at the moment, but the next few days will tell me a lot more. Another thing is the amount of productivity I have achieved in a short period of free time.

Update

3 days later I am  feeling pretty good, although a little tired, but I am currently at a different altitude (in the mountains in Cusco) so this may well have an effect also.

Rethinking Sex

Sex has become a subject that has remained taboo and stigmatised, almost as if it is dirty and if we ignore it it will go away. The fact is sex is not dirty, it is beautiful. For a growing group of people sexual abuse is the first introduction to sex and the conversation about unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is the first chat from your parents on the subject.

Sex is a life force that continues to give life through many species across the globe. The old media paradigm for the most part has made sex about exploitation and gratification, but once you experience true sexual union- the feeling surpasses any quick release. Sex can become an extension of lifestyle which is inclusive of all the preceding and prior moments. Meaning to love, respect and worship someone outside of the bedroom, leads to a better sex life.

Sex should not be a quick release (even alone) and when experience true bonding sex, you not only connect with the essence of someone else, but also to your true divinity. Yes there are risks that come with sex, but there is so much more to it than this. You avoid diseases and/or unwanted pregnancies without the act becoming the bad thing.

A good metaphor is food- junk food will not nourish you and can lead to many complications, such as disease. But this is not because food is a bad thing, but because certain types do not serve you.

Sex Births Ideas

Sex in its most simple of forms is the giving of life, the germination of the seed that births life which is physically outside of those producing it. This is the perfect metaphor for what can be achieved from conscious and energising sex- you can set intentions to birth an idea through sexual magic and use its power to bring that idea into existence. A project or idea that is in line with your highest purpose can become the metaphorical baby through a sexual act.

How To Control Your Sexual Energy

A simple way to experience this sexual magic and full body orgasm is through using your breath to redirect your energy during climax. When you orgasm energy will shoot up from the root of your spine. You can control this (through practice) by taking an- in breath when you are about to orgasm and holding it as the energy rises. When it rises to your heart, you can release and push the energy down with your out breath (instead of it being release upwards).

For me personally this was easier to do alone and took a few attempts, but I was also able to achieve it during intercourse with some practice. Once you experience this, it is hard to go back to normal sex as the sole way of doing it.

I will now be experiencing 3 weeks of total celibacy, so will be interesting to see how this works out and the difference in how I feel. I done this in the past, which you can read about here. But will write about the dynamics or lots of sexual activity, to zero sexual activity at a later date.

All that I have learnt has come through experimentation, not reading about it, but if anyone has any information or questions feel free to email them over to lukemiller@truththeory.com and please share this article!

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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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China’s “Social Credit System” Will Rate How Valuable You Are As A Human

Sat, 2017-12-09 13:59

By Dom Galeon and Brad BerganFuturism

A Citizen Score in China

In a contentious world first, China plans to implement a social credit system  (officially referred to as a Social Credit Score or SCS) by 2020. The idea first appeared in a document from the State Council of China published in June 2014. It is a technological advancement so shocking to modern-minded paradigms that many can do little but sit back in defeatist chagrin as science fiction shows us its darker side.

The SCS seems relatively simple. Every citizen in China, which now has numbers swelling to well over 1.3 billion, would be given a score that, as a matter of public record, is available for all to see. This citizen score comes from monitoring an individual’s social behavior — from their spending habits and how regularly they pay bills, to their social interactions — and it’ll become the basis of that person’s trustworthiness, which would also be publicly ranked.

This actually sounds worse than an Orwellian nightmare.

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A citizen’s score affects their eligibility for a number of services, including the kinds of jobs or mortgages they can get, and it also impacts what schools their children qualify for. In this respect, the SCS resembles one of the most chilling episodes from Black Mirror’s third season. Incidentally, the show isn’t really known as a “feel-good” flick. It presents various dystopian views of society, but China’s SCS proves reality is darker than fiction.

This “service” isn’t slated to go full-swing until 2020, but China has already started a voluntary implementation of the SCS by partnering with a number of private companies in order to iron out the algorithmic details needed for such a large-scale, data-driven system.

The companies that are implementing SCS include China Rapid Finance, which is a partner of social network giant Tencent, and Sesame Credit, a subsidiary of Alibaba affiliate company Ant Financial Services Group (AFSG). Both Rapid Finance and Sesame Credit have access to intimidating quantities of data, the former through its WeChat messaging app (at present with 850 million active users) and the latter through its AliPay payment service.

According to local media, Tencent’s SCS comes with its QQ chat app, where an individual’s score comes in a range between 300 and 850 and is broken down into five sub-categories: social connections, consumption behavior, security, wealth, and compliance.

Positive (and Negative) Reinforcement

Proponents of the SCS see this as an opportunity to improve on some of the state’s services. Some argue that this would give Chinese citizens much-needed access to financial services. The government also says that this will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step,” according to The Wall Street Journal. In some situations, this could prove workable. Afterall, finance and loan organizations already detail debtors’ credit eligibility if they happen to be in default, preventing them from taking on more debt that they may be unable to pay back.

The utopic goal of managing citizen finances via structural checks and balances feels like an elegant solution to assuage public debt, and will certainly encourage all involved to improve their debt activity. But structural management of personal finances on this all-pervasive level crosses several boundaries.

The major issue is this: the SCS goes well beyond just rating ones ability to manage debt; in essence, it puts a number on a citizen rating their worth as a human being — and it forces others to respect that rating.

“China’s proposed social score is an absolute reaffirmation of China continuing to push forward to be a complete police state,” said Anurag Lal, former Director of the U.S. National Broadband Task Force for the FCC under the Obama administration and president and CEO of mobility solutions firm Infinite Convergence, in an email to Futurism. “They take it a step further by becoming not only an establishment of a totalitarian police state that monitors its people but one that completely evades users’ privacy. All forms of activity and interactions, online or otherwise, will be rated, available to view and stored as data.”

It seems that the infamous Great Firewall is only the most well-known feature of China’s worsening socio-political plight.

Big Data for Good Behavior

More than working as a social enabler, such a system could end up becoming highly restrictive. Speaking to WIRED, Sesame Credit’s Technology Director, Li Yingyun, admitted as much, saying that under an SCS system, a person could be judged by his purchases. “Someone who plays video games for ten hours a day, for example, would be considered an idle person,” Li said. “Someone who frequently buys diapers would be considered as probably a parent, who on balance is more likely to have a sense of responsibility.”

Li sees these as positive developments, by virtue of which a person is encouraged to take greater responsibility for their living and spending habits in order to earn a positive citizen score — i.e. become “trustworthy.” Chinese blogger Rasul Majid told WIRED that he actually thinks it’s a better way of keeping tabs on how the government monitors his data. If one knows how one is surveilled, one knows when and where to clean up one’s act.

Lal, however, disagrees: “How do you define people’s behaviors on a day-to-day basis? People do so many different things for so many different reasons, and if the context is not appreciated it can be misconstrued,” he said. The words ring true. One does not need to think hard to uncover why it may be problematic to say that people who have children are, in essence, people you should trust. What does this mean for the infertile? What does it mean for same-sex couples? What does it mean for people who simply do not wish to have children?

Probably nothing good.

In the end, even a basic SCS system that only rates a few data points could paint a very inaccurate and incomplete picture of a person. “You may be playing games for 10 hours and if the algorithm says you’re idle, it might miss the reason you’re playing these games. Maybe you’re an engineer and you’re beta testing them. But now you’re automatically designated as an idle person,” Lal added. “When in reality, maybe you were just doing your job.”

Ultimately, the problem is that “socially acceptable behavior” will be defined by the Chinese government, not a democratic process or an objective panel. And punitive measures will certainly be taken when a person breaks this trust.

With the SCS, the Chinese government will actually hit two birds with one stone: They will have a way of promoting and enforcing what they consider to be “socially acceptable behavior,” and they will have a way of monitoring virtually all aspects of citizens’ lives.

Lal doesn’t believe this setup could fly long term, though. “In the free world, this will never catch on. If they’re naive enough to roll it out, it will harm China’s credibility on a regional and global scale. Tech companies working in China are already frustrated due to the intense restrictions when it comes to tech policies and encryption — this will only add to their frustration.”

This system represents something more insidious than the panopticon that renowned social theorist Michel Foucault warned us about. So let’s hope that Lal is correct.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to make it clear that Lal is the “former” director under the Obama administration.

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Low Self-esteem: The Secret Of Self-love

Sat, 2017-12-09 13:48

By Lonerwolf

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” ~ Mark Twain

The simple truth is this; if you aspire to accomplish your dreams, to have freedom to be yourself, to challenge conformity and traditionally typical ways of living, you will never be able to live a fulfilling life unless you rid yourself from low self-esteem and acquire the courage of self-confidence.

On my journey of self-discovery and self-love, these are three of the secrets that I’ve learned:

IMPERFECTION IS FREEDOM

Perfection is not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We are born with an innate sense of wanting to belong. As we grow up society helps us form the notion of perfection, or what is “good enough”. Basically, we need to create an idea to live up to, so that we can feel accepted by everybody.

Our parents tell us what they expect from us, so do our siblings, our teachers and our religions. Society uses the media to constantly expose us to perfection, from advertisements informing us how outdated our belongings are compared to their new products, to beautiful models selling creams, diets or protein bars. Comparison is one of the biggest obstacles in finding self-esteem. We use it to find another standard of “perfection” for acceptance.

Through social media sites like Facebook, we constantly use our friends, family and colleagues to measured up to their financial success, or how happy our lives are compared to theirs, or at least what they choose to share. But the truth is, we only see the surface of other people’s lives, and we know all the imperfection of ours, yet we use this false surface perception as a guideline of how “well” we are doing.

By trying to be good enough and by trying to be accepted, we create an unreal image of perfection that we don’t manage to live up to. Realizing our imperfection, we reject ourselves.

How low your self-esteem is depends on how much desire you had to belong in the first place, and how willing you were to give up your self-love, and your dignity, in order to feel accepted. When we make a mistake, we quickly try to cover it up, and then when we’re alone, we feel guilty in becoming aware of how stupid and inept we are. Deep down, being imperfect is unforgivable to the person who rejects themselves. This person feels false and frustrated that they aren’t living up to their image of perfection, so they commit self-abuse.

Self-abuse can come in many shapes and forms, think: negative thinking, drugs, over-eating, physical self-harm and unconsciously entering abusive relationships are some examples. Low self-esteem is a self-perpetuating cycle. We feel like we don’t live up to our idea of “perfect” so it gives us a reason to justify our passiveness to change anything bad in our live. Inevitably, this leads to us indulging in more self-abuse, resulting in an ever further distance from our image of perfection (e.g. fat, unemployed, drug addicted, lonely, mentally ill).

At some point our self-abuse becomes misery, and our misery begins to make us happy. Essentially, our desire for perfection paralyses our ability to change, and it deprives us from the pleasures and joys of what the imperfect life offers.

Perfection is death.

Literally, it’s death. If you think about the definition of perfection, it’s when something has reached its final state. Perfection is when something cannot be improved upon. but life is a constant fluctuation, and everything that’s alive is constantly growing and changing. Throughout our lives we are constantly learning, even to our very last breaths. Think: at what point can we truly say we are ‘complete’, that there’s nothing we can improve upon? Only when we’re being put into a coffin!

Never think of life in terms of: “Be Perfect!“, but instead approach life as “Get Better!

FEAR OF FAILURE

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. ~ Steven Winterburn

The desire for perfection has many side effects, fear of failure being the main one. Fear of failure paralyses our ability pursue our dreams and passions.

Once, whenever I failed at something, I would always interpret it as a consequence of who I was. My success was a direct reflection of my innate qualities, e.g. intelligence, intellect, social aptitude, and had nothing to do with the circumstances. When something went wrong, it wasn’t that I had done something that didn’t work very well, it was a personal ineptitude, it was that I was lacking some innate trait of perfection.

If I asked a girl out and got rejected, it was because I was inadequate, and not because, for instance, she didn’t hear what she wanted to hear from me, or she already had interest in someone else, or she had a really bad day at work.

What you do, and the outcome of what you do, shapes the image of who you think you are, or in other words: your self-worth. But the great news is, regardless of who you think you are, what you do is something you have control of, that you can change and improve with practice, and if you change it, it will change who you think you are.

I thought I’d never be able to write for an audience, for example, English is my second language and I didn’t have the patience. But regardless of who I thought I was, I designed this website and began writing articles, and I became someone who writes for 12,000 readers.

FROM SELF ABUSE TO SELF-CONFIDENCE

People measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is… Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. ~ Ralpho Waldo Emerson (Essential Emerson)

The word ‘Courage’ comes from the Latin ‘Cor’ meaning heart. These days we use the word to describe heroic actions, but in its purest origin, it meant “to speak ones mind by telling all ones heart”, or in other words, to make yourself emotionally vulnerable.

Self-acceptance as an instrument of Self-Love, is to be forgiving of your imperfections, to accept that you’re not a perfect person and that you don’t have to be, and that you’ll never live up to that image of perfection you’ve unconsciously created.

Low self-esteem originates from self-abuse, from a lack of self-acceptance of who you are, of who you really are, and not the false perfect image of who you ‘should’ be. The opposite of self-abuse is self-love.

The more self-love we have, the more we forgive and accept who we are, mistakes and blemished included, and the less we will judge ourselves so harshly. We judge others according to our image of perfection as well, and naturally they fall short of our expectations. If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging. If you can’t love yourself, which is where your love is coming from, how can you truly love someone else?

And the only way you can experience self-love, is to be your genuine self. It is to respect and accept whoever that is.

Most of us are all too willing to sell our integrity, the pride we have in ourselves, to be someone more acceptable to others by gossiping, embracing silly cultural trends of fashion, drugs, gangsand negative mentalities.

Think this might be you? Take our Low Self-Esteem Test.

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Cursed Group Of 7 Archaeologists Die Shortly After Coming Into Contact With King Tut’s Tomb

Sat, 2017-12-09 13:36

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

King Tut Warned “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.” after this there where many mysterious deaths surrounding those involved in the excavation and disturbance of king Tutankhamen.

King Tut is thought to have been born in 1341 B.C.E. in Egypt. He was named Tutankhaten, which translated means “the living image of Aten.” After coming into power he changed his name to Tutankhamun, which means “the living image of Amun.” Aten being the sun god, while Amun is king of the gods. Tut was a young pharaoh in power for 8-9 years and just 19 years old when he died. But there was a lot of mystery surrounding Tut when his tomb was finally discovered in 1922.

Upon the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, journalists reported seeing the following inscription near the door: “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.” What followed the discovery, was a series of mysterious deaths linked to the opening of Tut’s tomb.

The first was that of Egyptologist Lord Carnarvon. He and Howard Carter were the first to open the tomb. A few months after the discovery Carnarvon died from an infected mosquito bite on his cheek. The link to Tut was quite spooky as later examination showed that Tut had malaria when he died, but even more eerily the pharaoh’s body had a similar scar on his cheek. It is also rumoured that the lights of Carnarvon house blacked out with no explanation when he died.

This was the start of a series of mishaps that followed relating to Tut. Howard Carter gifted his friend Sir Bruce Ingham a paperweight which was from a mummified hand. The bracelet had the following inscription: “Cursed be he who moves my body. To him shall come fire, water and pestilence.” Not long following this Ingham’s house burned down. When he rebuilt it, the house was hit by a flood.

George Jay Gould  died of pneumonia on May 16, 1923, when after visiting the tomb of Tutankhamen he contracted a fever.

Audrey Herbert the brother to the main financier Lord Carnarvon, died from a mysterious death, after becoming blind a few months after the opening of the tomb.

Hugh Evelyn-White was the archeologist who was tasked with the excavation of the body- he committed suicide hanging himself leaving a note saying “I have succumbed to a curse which forces me to disappear”.

Aaron Ember another Egyptologist who was close friends with Carnarvon died a few years after the opening of the tomb. His house burned down, and he died trying to save his copy of the now famous book The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Archibald Douglas Reed, the person who X-rayed the mummy mysteriously died in 1924.

Prince Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey was a 23-year-old Egyptian prince who was shot dead by his wife shortly after he was photographed visiting the Tut’s tomb. Not part of the team, but still linked in to the project.

There are more deaths loosely related to people coming into contact with king Tut, but these seem to be the most obvious and high profile. This makes us question what we know about reality, could a coincidence of this magnitude happen or is this a true curse from a young pharaoh who did not want to be disturbed after his physical death? Please share this article!

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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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The 5 Important Health Benefits Of Colonics

Sat, 2017-12-09 12:03

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

All of the cells and tissues in your body rely upon a well-functioning colon that cleanses your body of toxins. In essence, your colon is the waste management station of your body, it decides what to get rid of and what important nutrients to redistribute. Colonics are an alternative health process in which a colon therapist infuses water into the rectum to flush out the entire length of the colon. There has been an ongoing debate about whether colonics are effective in improving your health. Holistic communities recommend this alternative therapy for detoxification and other health benefits, however, according to the Mayo Clinic, most doctors discourage colonics. They argue that your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste and bacteria. So, are they good for you, or not? Well, colonics have been performed for over 100 years and many people have found relief from this therapy. For people who struggle with regular and complete bowel movements for various reasons including: poor gut health, allergies and inflammation within the digestive system, colonics can help bring about regular bowel movement and decrease symptoms. If done safely and correctly, colonics shouldn’t pose many risks. Check out the five important health benefits of colonics below.

“All health begins in the digestive tract and creating a healthy colon is a great first step to wellness.” – Donna Gates

Lower The Risk Of Bowel Cancer

Colonic irrigation can exercise and strengthen the bowel. A clean and healthy functioning bowel will reduce the likelihood of you incurring bowel cancer.

Lower Risk of IBS and Chronic Constipation

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is estimated to affect about 15 – 20% of the adult population worldwide. Chronic constipation is also one of the most common gastrointestinal problems in the world which affects 42 million people in the U.S alone. Colonic irrigation improves digestion which means problems such as bloating, wind, diarrhoea and heartburn are less likely to occur.

Alkalise Your Body

If you consume a lot of meat and dairy products, your run the risk of having too much acid in your body. Colonics can help to alkalise the body which in turn can lower your risk of disease and infection.

Assist in Improved Diet

Once the waste material and gas has been released you may feel lighter and more motivated to improve your diet.

Clearer and Brighter Skin

Colonics can also help to resolve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. This will help to keep you looking young and feeling vibrant.

Boost Immune System

Colonics creates a clean and healthy environment for friendly bacteria to grow. For example, the treatment enhances the absorption of vitamins and nutrients which can help to resolve candida, thrush and bad breath.

Rythmia Life Advancement Center is a fully licensed plant medicine retreat center that offers colonics as part of their program, you can check out the full program they offer here.

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Filmmakers “Stood There Crying” As They Helplessly Captured A Polar Bear Starving

Sat, 2017-12-09 10:11

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Climate change is driving polar bears to near extinction: Photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from Sea Legacy have captured a heartbreaking visual of what this actually looks like.

Filmmakers from Sea Legacy have shared a video and images of the heartbreaking moment when they found a polar bear which was slowly starving to death, while searching for food.

Photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from Sea Legacy came across the bear on the Baffin Islands in Canadian.

The disturbingly graphic images showed the staved bear, with its skin dropping of its bony body, while searching for any sign of scraps to save itself from imminent death.

Nicklen grew up in the far north of Canada so was used to seeing bears, but due to the change in climate his memories were a far cry from this encounter.

Nick told National Geographic “We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks,”

He said they wanted to intervene but was left with a feeling of powerless without a tranquilizer gun or high-fat animal meat.

They instead, decided that capturing the moment on film would be the best way to raise awareness of what is happening to the polar bear and the threat on their species.

“When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realise what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death,” he said. “This is what a starving bear looks like.”

Polar bears rely mainly on sea ice to hunt for their main source of food – seals, but due to the alarming rate the ice is melting grizzly bears are now competing in their territory.

You can watch the short video below

My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact info@catersnews.com or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”

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Trump Has Said He Will Recognise Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel (Full Transcript)

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:34

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

In a recent statement Donald Trump has said the US will formally recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of moving its embassy to the city.

Here is the full transcript of the announcement, made on Wednesday, December 6.

“When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches.

My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognise that that city – and so importantly – is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.

Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem or to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.

Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.

But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.

 

It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognised the State of Israel. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem – the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.

For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of state, and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year.

Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have built a country where Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs.

Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at al-Aqsa Mosque.

However, through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all.

But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.

That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers, and planners, so that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace.

In making these announcements, I also want to make one point very clear: This decision is not intended, in any way, to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement. We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. We are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.

The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement. Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides.

In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.

Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, the universal yearning in every human soul. With today’s action, I reaffirm my administration’s long-standing commitment to a future of peace and security for the region.

There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and cooperation.

This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity, lifting our sights to what it is possible; not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable. Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach.

So today, we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts.

I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: The Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history. Its people are brilliant, proud, and diverse, vibrant and strong. But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance, and terror.

Vice President Pence will travel to the region in the coming days to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations.

It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midst. It is time for all civilized nations, and people, to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate – not violence.

And it is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.

So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities. And finally, I ask the leaders of the region – political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; Jewish and Christian and Muslim – to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinians. And God bless the United States. Thank you very much. Thank you.”

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Trump Encouraging International War Crimes By Falsely Announcing Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:28

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Despite a lack of support and resistance spanning the globe Donald Trump has announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel  

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one that spans thousands of years, it has political, religious and humanitarian issues that have no simple solution in sight. However, regardless of the history, we currently have many Palestinians in limbo with over 7 million refugees seeking asylum in a place many consider their rightful home.

Trump recently released a video in which he has said “I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Jerusalem is the city that sit between the border of Israel and the West Bank. It has many holy sites important to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Due to this Israel and Palestine both want it as their capital.

Trump continued in his statement:

“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

But is it really this simple? An article from Aljazeera explains why Jerusalem legally cannot be the capital of Israel:

Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan to divide historical Palestine between Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was granted special status and was meant to be placed under international sovereignty and control. The special status was based on Jerusalem’s religious importance to the three Abrahamic religions.

In the 1948 war, following the UN’s recommendation to divide Palestine, Zionist forces took control of the western half of the city and declared the territory part of its state.

During the 1967 war, Israel captured the eastern half of Jerusalem, which was under Jordanian control at the time, and proceeded to effectively annex it by extending Israeli law, bringing it directly under its jurisdiction, in a breach of international law.

In 1980, Israel passed the “Jerusalem Law”, stating that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel”, thereby formalising its annexation of East Jerusalem.

In response, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 478 in 1980, declaring the law “null and void”.

The international community, including the US, officially regards East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Additionally, no country in the world recognises any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the exception of Russia, which announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this year.

There are many discomforts the Palestinian people have to face under Israeli occupation including:

  • Curfews and the constant presence of Israeli military.
  • A lack of access to water controlled by Israeli forces.
  • A lack of vital healthcare.
  • Most Palestinians do not have citizenship and are effectively refugees.
  • Palestinians do not have the same rights as Israelis and can be imprisoned without charge for upto 6 months.
  • Palestinians have travel restrictions placed upon them.
  • Palestinians do not have the right to vote or be a part of the electoral process.

This latest announcement has sparked protests which have resulted in the death of at least 1 Palestinian. If you feel strongly about this issue you can tweet Trump expressing your position. Please share this article.

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Thanks To Conscious Eaters, Half A Billion Fewer Animals Per Year Were Killed Since 2007

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:24

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

If you love animals, there is no better way to protect ‘em than to adopt a plant-based diet. Not only is indulging in fruit and vegetable-dense cuisine good for the planet, it’s heart-healthy. Most importantly, it ensures no furry, feathered, or scaly creatures die for your benefit.

Because eschewing animal products — or, at the very least, meat and dairy — is the ethical choice, veganism and vegetarianism are on the rise worldwide. According to statistics from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), meat consumption has been steadily declining since 2007. In fact, it dropped 10 percent per capita in the United States.

In 2007, the US killed 9.5 billion land animals for food. Just seven years later (2014), that number fell to 400 million. The information was shared by Paul Shapiro, the Vice President of the HSUS.

As mentioned above, there are several reasons people are putting in an effort to eat less meat. To begin with, it’s more humane. Animals — just like humans — want to live. They feel emotions, they bond with their families, and they thrive when they are allowed to live in peace, particularly in the wild.

The modern agriculture system treats cows, pigs, chickens and fish like commodities. They are artificially inseminated, forced to live in crowded conditions, are fed grains to fatten them up, are injected with hormones to propel their growth rate, and are given hoards of antibiotics because they live in unsanitary conditions. After all that, they are killed so another species can dine on their flesh. It’s pretty gruesome, huh?

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People are also ditching animal products to benefit the environment. Scientists have clearly stated that unless humanity’s carbon emission output is substantially reduced, the effects of global warming will have catastrophic results. Rising sea levels and warmer temperatures will result in famine and exacerbated natural disasters — among other concerns. Because animal agriculture is a key contributor to environmental degradation,  the smart choice is to dine on meat-less food every day — not just on Mondays.

Another reason the populace is switching to Tofurkey and veggie burgers is due to health concerns. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and other modern-day health ailments are on the rise, and the high consumption of animal products has something to do with that. As the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) points out, several studies have linked vegetarian diets with a reduced risk of the ailments listed above. This is because a healthy plant-based diet is abundant in fiber, phytonutrients, and water.

Large studies in Germany and England have show that vegetarians and vegans are 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters. And in the United States, Mormons (who adhere to a strict vegetarian diet), show significant reductions in cancer risks. Because plant-based diets are low in saturated fat, they have also been confirmed to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (heart disease) and stroke.

PCRM reports:

“Studies have demonstrated that a low-fat, high-fiber, vegetarian or vegan diet combined with stress reduction techniques, smoking cessation, and exercise, or combined with prudent drug intervention, could actually reverse atherosclerosis—hardening of the arteries.”

As if that’s not exciting enough, there is now data confirming that vegetarian and vegan diets reduce the likelihood of contracting diabetes, asthma, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Click here to learn more.

Clearly, the decision to eat a plant-based diet is more than a trend, it is a lifestyle. And thanks to consumers recognizing this, millions of animals’ lives have been saved. Please raise awareness by sharing the good news. Comment your thoughts below.

Read more: Vegan Eating Is Set To Be 2018’s “Mega Trend” (Video)

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This Innovative, Eco-Friendly Cup Is Made Entirely From Coffee Waste

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:17

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Goodbye, environmentally hazardous paper cups. Hello, HuskeeCups! Because the ceramic alternatives are made entirely from discarded coffee husks, they are recyclable, reusable and chip-resistant. This means we can all have our coffee and enjoy it, too.

Coffee husks are a byproduct of the milling stage of coffee production. Because it has little to no economic value, the husk is usually discarded. However, this is incredibly wasteful. HuskeeTech estimates that for every coffee lover, 6.6 pounds of husk is wasted every year. To reverse this, the Australian company developed the HuskeeCup.

If java lovers were to use the HuskeeCup, more than 1.35 million tons of husk would be prevented from going to waste each year. The concept is so refreshing, it makes sense why the product’s Kickstarter campaign raised over $110,000 in funds for the initial manufacturing of the cups.

Saxon Wright, a co-founder of the company, is well-aware what it takes to produce coffee. As part owner of Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters, a coffee supplier based in New South Wales, the coffee entrepreneur wants to do his part to reduce husk waste. “With mountains of beautiful organic material piling up around us and no sustainable way to deal with it, we asked ourselves the question, ‘What can we do with this?’” he wrote on Kickstarter.

After months of hard work, which included consulting with industrial designers and engineers, the vision to turn coffee husks into dynamic cups paid off. The HuskeeCup has several desirable features. To begin with, it retains heat. The product is also available in several sizes and designs. Coffee lovers can order the elegant pleated design, for instance, or the one-size-fits-all saucer for eating-in… The options abound! Another great feature is that the HuskeeCups are dishwasher-safe.

“By using coffee husk in the creation of HuskeeCup, we are recycling hundreds of tons of waste material from the production of coffee,” Wright said. “Our dream is to realize sustainability for cafés and home users while achieving zero waste at the farm. HuskeeCup is the first step in fulfilling this mission.”

Despite these great features, the concept for the HuskeeCup is not yet finished. Inhabitat reports that the company has plans to eventually use carbon-capturing microbes to produce the bio-polymer that binds the husk material. We look forward to that unveiling.

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Read more: Eco Friendly Beer Company Bid To Give Back To The Ocean With Biodegradable Ring Pull

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5 Polite Phrases That Will Disarm Rude People Instantly

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:09

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

When someone is rude to you, it can be hard not to get upset. Your initial reaction is often to make a cutting retort. However, if you resist the temptation to lose self-control and get angry, you will be able to respond to inappropriate comments without having to stoop to their level. Check out the five simple phrases that can instantly disarm rude people below:

“Thank you”

Saying “thank you” might sound like a simple gesture, but you will be surprised to find that it can quickly change the course of the conversation. “Thank you” is a phrase we often use to show appreciation, if you say it to someone who is being rude to you, it can show them that you’re not angry. Rude people enjoy when others get angry and become impolite back. If you bite your tongue and remain polite, it means that you acknowledge the person’s rudeness, and have chosen not to let their behaviour affect you.

“You’re right”

Most people have a hard time accepting someone else’s point of view. If there happens to be some truth in what the person is saying use this phrase and it will stop the person in their tracks. The conversation will be cut short and this means that there is less chance of the discussion developing into the argument.

“You’re hurting my feelings”

If you want to get through to the person, you might need to explain to them that they are hurting you. Sometimes this is the best way to let them know that you don’t like what they are saying and that it offends you. In some instances, they may not know how their words are affecting you, so if you speak up they may be able to correct their behaviour and apologise. Using this phrase could also protect you from inappropriate and rude remarks in the future.

“I think we should stop this conversation now”

Unfortunately, rude people don’t always care who they are hurting. If you make your feelings to them known and it doesn’t stop them, this phrase will. Using this phrase will signal to them that you no longer appreciate the conversation and that you don’t want to tolerate their rude behaviour. Hopefully, the other person will think twice about saying something offensive next time.

“You always have something negative to say, don’t you?”

This phrase can also help the other person to reassess their behaviour and think about the words that are coming out of their mouth. By drawing attention to the fact that they often have a negative response, you are highlighting their negative behaviour and this may help them to reconsider what they say in the future.

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New Studies Suggest That Husbands Stress Women Twice As Much As Children

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:04

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

With all the chaos that children can bring, you would think that they would cause the most stress in a marriage. However, new research suggests that it’s actually the husband who induces more stress into his wife’s life. Why? Because many women feel like they are parent to their children as well as to their husband.

A survey conducted in the United States with more than 7,000 mothers revealed that husbands generate on average a stress level of 8.5 out of 10. 46% of women surveyed said that their husbands caused more stress than their children. The survey also highlighted that three in every four mums reported that they do most of the parenting and household duties. One in five mums also said that not having enough help from their partner was a huge source of daily stress. In essence, this research suggests that the real reason for stress in parenting has less to do with children and more to do with the lack of support women get from their partners. In addition, researchers from the University of Padova also found that after the death of their wives, the health of husbands deteriorates, whereas, after the death of their husbands, women actually become healthier and cope with depression and stress much easier than when their spouse was alive and kicking.

Why Does This Happen?

In families in which both parents are working full-time, women are often left with most of the parenting duties, such as organising playdates, helping with homework and making doctors appointments. So why does this happen? Well, on the one hand, women tend to be more organised than men, the problem is that some mums do not fully trust their partner to take on these responsibilities, so rather than share the load, they do it all by themselves. However, on the other hand, husbands sometimes believe that their wives have everything under control and assume that she will ask for help if she needs it.

How to Solve This Problem?

The most crucial thing in a marriage is the need for support. When the flurry of parenthood starts, it can be all too easy to let things go unsaid and to ‘soldier’ on in the relationship. If you want to have a more balanced marriage where you share the load, opposed to carry it alone, there are a few things you can do to help.

Communication

Whenever you feel like there is an issue that needs to be addressed, talk things through with your partner. Try to find a solution to the problem without judging each other.

Husbands Step Up

Don’t assume that your wife has it all covered, ask her if she needs help and make an effort to do your bit with the children. Yes, that means helping to plan events, doctors appointments and everything in between.

Wives Step Back

As mentioned before, some wives do not trust their partner to help out with parenting duties, but if you want to alleviate your stress, you are just going to have to let your husband take the load off of your shoulders. If you need help, let him help you. Though you might have a fantastic vision for your family that you want to execute, you need to step back and make some time for yourself so you can re-charge.

Read more: Science Suggests That Relationship Come Down To 2 Basic Traits

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Brave Hero Rescues Rabbit from California Wildfire, Restores Faith in Humanity [Video]

Thu, 2017-12-07 19:28

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who are defined as “heroes” tend to be the bravest among us. However, after the act, they’ll often just say they were doing what anyone else would do. That’s not true.

There are three types of people in this world: those who act in alarming situations, those who freeze up and do nothing, and those who make the conscious choice to ignore the situation and move on. Recently, an anonymous man in Ventura County, California, proved himself to be the first type of person when he risked his well-being to save a rabbit from a blazing fire.

As CNN reports, the unnamed individual darted out of his car upon seeing the frightened animal. The video shows him panicking initially over the critter’s erratic movements but eventually, he caught on and chased it down. After catching the rabbit, he scooped it up in his arms and carried it away — flames licking the ground as he walked.

The photographer who managed to capture the footage (which has since warmed million of people’s hearts) said he attempted to interview the man on-camera directly afterward. However, the brave citizen declined.

At the time, the individual probably thought he was just saving the rabbit. However, he did more than that: he re-inspired faith in humanity, as many Twitter users have attested.

Watch the harrowing footage below:

If you need your faith in humanity restored just watch this video of a man saving a wild bunny from the #LAFires pic.twitter.com/Ke4hr59Lwk

— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 7, 2017

Because the mainstream press tends to prioritize negative happenings, it can oftentimes seem like no good exists in the world. Let this recent rescue remind you that there are kind people willing to do the right thing — even when they’ll gain no recognition from it. That’s true heroism.

Read more: 10+ Sobering Photos Show Ash Dropping In Disneyland As Wildfires Rage Across California

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Delectable Cannabis-Infused Tiramisu Recipe

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:45

By , The Mind Unleashed

Long gone are the days of dried out pot brownies, bitter cannabis tea and unoriginal methods of infusing food. Now that (nearly) everyone knows marijuana heals, and that food can be a medicine or a poison, we can put more care — and love — into the preparation of edibles.

To start off, we’d like to share an original recipe from My Stoned Kitchen. The site specializes in healthy, weed-infused food and recently shared a vegan, infused version of tiramisu with The Mind Unleashed.

To those who are new to creating pot-infused food, follow the instructions below. Those who are experienced in creating edibles, feel free to scroll down to the recipe.

Before you can create any pot-infused recipe, there are a few requirements:
  1. Pick Your Weed

    If you live in a state where marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational use, visit a local dispensary to obtain at least one-eighth of weed. A strain containing at least 17% THC is recommended to ensure the cannabis butter or cannabis coconut oil is potent enough.

  2. Decarboxylate Your Weed

    Follow this guide by My Stoned Kitchen to decarboxylate your weed. This step sounds very complicated — it’s not. Basically, you’ll break your bud up into tiny pieces (perhaps even chopping it on a cutting board), then bake it in an aluminum-foil covered pan in the oven. Then, you’ll allow the bud to cool before making the canna-coconut oil.

    By heating the cannabis, THCA is converted into THC. THC is the component that gets you “high.” If you skip this step, the tiramisu (and other desserts) may have no effect.

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  3. Make Cannabis Coconut Oil

    Cannabis-infused coconut oil is required for this dessert. Once you have decarboxylated your bud, allow it to cool. My Stoned Kitchen recommends using a Magic Butter machine to make the oil (coconut oil can be interchanged in this recipe). Otherwise, you can make the batch using standard kitchen tools by following this recipe.

  4. Approximate Its Dosage

    Once you have made your cannabis coconut oil, allow it to cool and store it in an air-tight jar. Without lab testing, it is impossible to know the exact dosage of your homemade cannabis coconut oil. However, it is possible to guesstimate the dosage by following these directions.

    Typical batches of canna-butter or canna-coconut oil might yield 10-20 mg of THC per Tablespoon. Keep in mind that the recommended dose for one adult over the age of 21 is 10 mg. If the tiramisu yields 12 pieces, you’d want to swap a portion of the cannabis-coconut oil for regular coconut oil to produce the desired effects (ie, get high).

    Note: Because every batch of cannabis-coconut oil is different, this recipe recommends 2 Tbsp of infused coconut oil. Please alter based on your needs.

Cannabis-Infused Tiramisu [Vegan, Paleo, Live Food]

Preparation Time: 20 minutes + 6 hours (freezer)

Serving Size: 16 pieces

Ingredients: ‘LadyFinger Layer’
  • 2 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/8 cup espresso coffee
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied
  • 1 Tbsp cannabis-coconut oil, liquefied
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
  • pinch of sea salt
‘Chocolate Mousse Layer’
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, soaked 2 hours and drained
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours and drained
  • 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 6 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, liquified
  • 3 Tbsp cannabis-coconut oil, liquefied
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
  • 2 Tbsp espresso coffee
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
‘Cream Layer’
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours and drained
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, liquified
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
  • dash of sea salt
Directions:
  1. Use a food processor to grind the walnuts until they are fine. Then, add the remaining ingredients and process until a sticky dough forms. Scoop out the mixture into a 9” square pan and press down into an even crust. Place in the freezer while working on next step.
  2. Use a blender to combine all of the ingredients until smooth. A high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec is recommended. If the mousse is too thick in a standard blender, add a little bit of almond milk to thin. Once smooth, pour into the pan over the crust. Tap the pan lightly on the counter to even out the top, then place it in the freezer while working on the next step.
  3. After cleaning out the blender, use it again to combine all of the cream layer ingredients until smooth. Spoon this mixture over the previous layer in the cake pan — be careful not to pour it in all at once so the layers don’t mix. Smooth out the top, cover the pan, and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Before serving, allow the tiramisu to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Using a knife, cut 16 square pieces. Top with raw cacao powder. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out My Stoned Kitchen for more healthy, cannabis-infused recipes.

Original recipe adapted from Unconventional Baker

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The Genesis Project Plans to Use Robots to Seed the Galaxy With Life

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:25

By Universe Today ,Futurism

In the past decade, the rate at which extra-solar planets have been discovered and characterized has increased prodigiously. Because of this, the question of when we might explore these distant planets directly has repeatedly come up. In addition, the age-old question of what we might find once we get there – i.e. is humanity alone in the Universe or not? – has also come up with renewed vigor.

These questions have led to a number of interesting and ambitious proposals. These include Project Blue, a space telescope which would directly observe any planets orbiting Alpha Centauri, and Breakthrough Starshot – which aims to send a laser-driven nanocraft to Alpha Centauri in just 20 years. But perhaps the most daring proposal comes in the form of Project Genesis, which would attempt to seed distant planets with life.

This proposal was put forth by Dr. Claudius Gros, a theoretical physicist from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2016, he published a paper that described how robotic missions equipped with gene factories (or cryogenic pods) could be used to distribute microbial life to “transiently habitable exoplanets” – i.e. planets capable of supporting life, but not likely to give rise to it on their own.

 

The purpose of Project Genesis would be to seed “transiently habitable” worlds with life, thus giving them a jump start on evolution. Credit: NASA/Jenny Mottor

Not long ago, Universe Today wrote about Dr. Gros’ recent study where he proposed using a magnetic sail to slow down an interstellar spacecraft. We were fortunate to catch up with Dr. Gros again and had a chance to ask him about Project Genesis. You can find our Q&A below, and be sure to check out his seminal paper that describes this project – “Developing Ecospheres on Transiently Habitable Planets: The Genesis Project“.

What Is the Purpose of Project Genesis?

Exoplanets come in all sizes, temperatures and compositions. The purpose of the Genesis Project is to offer terrestrial life alternative evolutionary pathways on those exoplanets that are potentially habitable but yet lifeless. The basic philosophy of most scientists nowadays is that simple life is common in the universe and complex life is rare. We don’t know that for sure, but at the moment, that is the consensus.

If you had good conditions, simple life can develop very fast, but complex life will have a hard time. At least on Earth, it took a very long time for complex life to arrive. The Cambrian Explosion only happened about 500 million years ago, roughly 4 billion years after Earth was formed. If we give planets the opportunity to fast forward evolution, we can give them the chance to have their own Cambrian Explosions.

What Worlds Would Be Targeted?

The prime candidates are habitable “oxygen planets” around M-dwarfs like TRAPPIST-1. It is very likely that the oxygen-rich primordial atmosphere of these planets will have prevented abiogenesis in first place, that is the formation of life. Our galaxy could potentially harbor billions of habitable but lifeless oxygen planets.

Nowadays, astronomers are looking for planets around M-stars. These are very different from planets around Sun-like stars. Once a star forms, it takes a certain amount of time to contract to the point where fusion begins, and it starts to produce energy. For the Sun, this took 10 million years, which is very fast. For stars like TRAPPIST-1, it would take 100 million to 1 billion years. Then they have to contract to dissipate their initial heat.

The planets around TRAPPIST-1 would have been very hot, because the star was very hot for a long time. All the water that was in their stratospheres, the UV radiation would have disassociated it into hydrogen and oxygen – the hydrogen escaped, and the oxygen remained. All surveys have showed that they have oxygen atmospheres, but this is the product of chemical disassociation and not from plants (as with Earth).

There’s a good chance that oxygen planets are sterile, because oxygen planets eat up prebiotic conditions. We believe there may be billions of oxygen planets in our galaxy. They would have no life, and complex life needs oxygen. In science fiction, you have all these planets that look alike. We could imagine that in half a billion years, we could have this because we seeded oxygen planets (only we couldn’t travel there quickly since we have no FTL).

Illustration of what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

What Kind of Organisms Would Be Sent?

The first wave would consist of unicellular autotrophs. That is photo-synthesizing bacteria, like cyanobacteria, and eukaryotes (the cell type making up all complex life, that is animals and plants). Heterotrophs would follow in a second stage, organisms that feed on other organisms and can only exist after autotrophs exist and take root.

How Would These Organisms Be Sent?

That depends on the technology. If it can advance, we can miniaturize a gene factory. In principle, nature is a miniature gene factory. Everything we want to produce is very small. If it’s possible that would be the best option. Send in a gene bank, and then select the most optimal organism to send down. If that is not possible, you would have to have frozen germs. In the end, it depends on what would be the technically available.

You could also send in synthetic life. Synthetic biology is a very active research field, which involves reprogramming the genetic code. In science fiction, you have alien life with a different genetic code. Today, people are trying to produce this here on Earth. The end goal is to have new life forms that are based on a different code. This would be very dangerous on Earth, but on a far-distant planet, it would be beneficial.

What If These Worlds Are Not Sterile?

Genesis is all about life, not destroying life, so we’d want to avoid that. The probes would have to go into orbit, so we are pretty sure that from orbit, we could detect complex life on the surface. The Genesis Project was intended for planets that are not habitable for eternity. Earth is habitable for billions of years, but we are not sure about habitable exoplanets.

This illustration shows a star’s light illuminating the atmosphere of a planet. Credits: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Exoplanets come in all kinds of sized, temperatures, and habitabilities. Many of these planets will only be habitable for some time, maybe 1 billion years. Life there will not have time to evolve into complex life forms. So you have a decision: leave them like they are, or take a chance at developing complex life there.

Some believe that all bacteria are worth saving. On Earth, there is no protection for bacteria. But bacteria living on different planets are treated differently. Planetary protection, why do we do that? So we can study the life, or for the sake of protecting life itself? Mars most likely had life at one time, but now not, except for maybe a few bacteria. Still, we plan manned missions to Mars, which means planetary protection is off. It’s a contradiction.

I am very enthusiastic about finding life, but what about the planets where we don’t find life? This offers the possibility about doing something about it.

Could Humanity Benefit From This Someday (i.e. Colonize “Seeded” Planets)?

Yes and no. Yes, because nothing would keep our decedents (or any other intelligence living on Earth by then), to visit Genesis planets in 10-100 million years (the minimal time for the life initially seeded to fully unfold). No, because the involved time spans are so long, that it is not rational to speak of a ‘benefit’.

Project Starshot, an initiative sponsored by the Breakthrough Foundation, is intended to be humanity’s first interstellar voyage. Credit: breakthroughinitiatives.org

How Soon Could Such a Mission Be Mounted?

Genesis probes could be launched by the same directed-energy launch system planned for the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. Breakthrough Starshot aims to send very fast, very small, very light probes of about 1 gram to another star system. The same laser technology could send something more massive, but slower. Slow is relative, of course. So the in the end it depends on what is optimal.

The magnetic sail paper I recently wrote was a sample mission to show that it was possible. The probe would be about the size of a car (1 tonne) and would travel at a speed of about 1000 km/s – slow for interstellar travel relative to speed of light, but fast for Earth. If you reduce the velocity by a factor of 100, the mass you can propel is 10,000 heavier. You could accelerate a 1-tonne Genesis Probe and it would still fit into the layout of Breakthrough Starshot.

Therefore, the launch facility could see dual use and you wouldn’t need to build something new. Once that is in place one would need to test the magnetic sail. A realistic time span would hence be in the 50-100 years window.

What Counter-Arguments Are There Against This?

There are three main lines of counter-arguments. The first is the religious counter-argument, which says that humanity should not play God. The Genesis Project is however not about creating life, but to give life the possibility to further develop. Just not on Earth, but elsewhere in the cosmos.

Mars, according to multiple studies, could still support life, raising issues of “planetary protection”. Credit: YONHAP/EPA

The second is the Planetary protection argument, which argues that we should not interfere. Some people objecting to the Genesis Project cite the ‘first directive’ of the Star Trek TV series. The Genesis Project fully supports planetary protection of planets which harbor complex life and of planets on which complex life could potentially develop in the future. The Genesis Project will target only planets on which complex life could not develop on its own.

The third argument is about the lack of benefit to humanity. The Genesis Project is expressively not for human benefit. It is reasonable to argue, from the perspective of survival, that the ethical values of a species (like humanity) has to put the good of the species at the center.  Ethical is therefore “what is good for our own species”. Spending a large amount of money on a project, like the Genesis Project, which is expressively not for the benefit of our own species, would then be unethical.

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Our thanks go out to Dr. Gros for taking the time to talk to us! We hope to hear more from him in the future and wish him the best of luck with Project Genesis.

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Google’s Artificial Intelligence Built An AI That Outperforms Any Made By Humans

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:11
By Dom Galeon and Kristin Houser ,Futurism Google’s AutoML project, designed to make AI build other AIs, has now developed a computer vision system that vastly outperforms state-of-the-art-models. The project could improve how autonomous vehicles and next-generation AI robots “see.” An AI That Can Build AI

In May 2017, researchers at Google Brain announced the creation of AutoML, an artificial intelligence (AI) that’s capable of generating its own AIs. More recently, they decided to present AutoML with its biggest challenge to date, and the AI that can build AI created a “child” that outperformed all of its human-made counterparts.

The Google researchers automated the design of machine learning models using an approach called reinforcement learning. AutoML acts as a controller neural network that develops a child AI network for a specific task. For this particular child AI, which the researchers called NASNet, the task was recognizing objects — people, cars, traffic lights, handbags, backpacks, etc. — in a video in real-time.

Image Credit: Google Research

AutoML would evaluate NASNet’s performance and use that information to improve its child AI, repeating the process thousands of times. When tested on the ImageNet image classification and COCO object detection data sets, which the Google researchers call “two of the most respected large-scale academic data sets in computer vision,” NASNet outperformed all other computer vision systems.

According to the researchers, NASNet was 82.7 percent accurate at predicting images on ImageNet’s validation set. This is 1.2 percent better than any previously published results, and the system is also 4 percent more efficient, with a 43.1 percent mean Average Precision (mAP). Additionally, a less computationally demanding version of NASNet outperformed the best similarly sized models for mobile platforms by 3.1 percent.

A View of the Future

Machine learning is what gives many AI systems their ability to perform specific tasks. Although the concept behind it is fairly simple — an algorithm learns by being fed a ton of data — the process requires a huge amount of time and effort. By automating the process of creating accurate, efficient AI systems, an AI that can build AI takes on the brunt of that work. Ultimately, that means AutoML could open up the field of machine learning and AI to non-experts.

As for NASNet specifically, accurate, efficient computer vision algorithms are highly sought after due to the number of potential applications. They could be used to create sophisticated, AI-powered robots or to help visually impaired people regain sight, as one researcher suggested. They could also help designers improve self-driving vehicle technologies. The faster an autonomous vehicle can recognize objects in its path, the faster it can react to them, thereby increasing the safety of such vehicles.

The Google researchers acknowledge that NASNet could prove useful for a wide range of applications and have open-sourced the AI for inference on image classification and object detection. “We hope that the larger machine learning community will be able to build on these models to address multitudes of computer vision problems we have not yet imagined,” they wrote in their blog post.

Though the applications for NASNet and AutoML are plentiful, the creation of an AI that can build AI does raise some concerns. For instance, what’s to prevent the parent from passing down unwanted biases to its child? What if AutoML creates systems so fast that society can’t keep up? It’s not very difficult to see how NASNet could be employed in automated surveillance systems in the near future, perhaps sooner than regulations could be put in place to control such systems.

Thankfully, world leaders are working fast to ensure such systems don’t lead to any sort of dystopian future.

Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and several others are all members of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society, an organization focused on the responsible development of AI. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEE) has proposed ethical standards for AI, and DeepMind, a research company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, recently announced the creation of group focused on the moral and ethical implications of AI.

Various governments are also working on regulations to prevent the use of AI for dangerous purposes, such as autonomous weapons, and so long as humans maintain control of the overall direction of AI development, the benefits of having an AI that can build AI should far outweigh any potential pitfalls.

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Homeless Read Mean Tweets From People Who Don’t Appreciate Their Good Fortune

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:04

By Vic Bishop, Waking Times

How do you help the homeless in a society where those who have it all don’t even appreciate it?

Homelessness in the U.S. and Canada has skyrocketed in recent years, much of it caused by skyrocketing housing prices in our largest cities.  The divide between the haves and the have-nots is increasing as the world’s billionaires are seeing their wealth increase exponentially. Below this, the middle class is fracturing into those who can afford to get by and those who cannot. Both the wealthiest and the middle class, however, often show callousness to those less fortunate than they, indicating that people with abundant wealth and prosperity often don’t appreciate it.

“Meanwhile, municipal governments backed up by police forces are increasingly shutting down Good Samaritan efforts to feed those out on our streets, demonstrating an institutional callousness to people who have fallen down on their luck.”

This problem is exemplified in a moving video produced by Raise the Roof in Canada. It spoofs on a late night TV skit where celebrities read mean tweets about themselves, although this version tells us more about the society we’ve created.

The video series continues with a closer look at the stories of these people, giving them a chance to share something with the world.

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Meet Josiah Zayner, The Biohacker Who Just Edited His Own DNA

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:45

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Former NASA employee, Josiah Zayner is a scientist who became the first known person to have edited his own DNA. In an effort to make himself superhuman, Zayner used the CRISPR tool to remove the protein Myostatin from an area in his forearm. Myostatin inhibits muscle growth, and so in theory, he should see an increase in muscle growth in this area. Zayner live-streamed the process on his blog  “Science, Art, Beauty” and claimed that this was the second time that he had genetically modified himself.

“The point is that we are on the cusp of humanity changing,” said Zayner. “This is the first of many people who will change their genomes. This will happen for medical reasons, for science, athletics or maybe just because people wanted to or were bored.” He went on to say that “This is the first time in the history of the Earth that humans are no longer slaves to the genetics they are born with. As I write this, the FDA is in the process of approving the first human gene therapy treatment. Still, it’s too slow for me, clinical trials have been going on since before 2008. I want to accelerate that. I want people to have a choice about their genetics.”

Though the CRISPR technology is highly regulated in both the US and the UK, it is not illegal for people to self-edit their own DNA. Since Zayner’s live stream, others in the biohacker community are ready to experiment on themselves as they attempt to alter their genes.

Read more: Scientists Just Used Gene Editing To Remove A Fatal Blood Disorder From Human Embryos

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Brave Homeless Man Breaks Through Deadlocked Door To Save Kids From Fire

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:40

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Thanks to a compassionate and daring man, two children who might otherwise have burned to death are now safe and sound. It all started last Friday when Anival Angulo, who lives on the streets in Las Vegas, Nevada, heard children screaming.

As KSNV reports, he saw smoke coming from an apartment nearby and put two and two together. Immediately, Angulo knew he needed to help. So, he rushed to the apartment on Mesquite Avenue, and broke through a deadlocked security door. Once inside, he rescued a 10-month-old baby boy and a 3-year-old girl.

“Went to the door and saw the babies so I jumped the fence and I pulled on the screen door and I wrapped up the babies and pulled them out,” said Angulo. “I knew I had to get them out.” Angulo has since been hailed as a hero. However, he is too modest to accept the designation.

ONLY ON @News3LV: This homeless man ran into a burning apartment to save two small children. Although @LasVegasFD arrived on scene quickly, this man is the true hero! Hear my interview with him at 3,5 and 6. pic.twitter.com/NYrgTMtFQq

— Kelsey Thomas (@KelseyNews3LV) December 1, 2017

The fire reportedly started around 11:30 AM in the kitchen. The grandfather was watching the kids and, as a result, forgot about the food on the stove. While he was in the bedroom, a fire began to blaze. Fortunately, the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue was able to extinguish the frie by about 11:48 AM.

Said Tim Szymanksi with LVFR: “The children were in the living room. Food was cooking on the stove. The grandfather was watching the children. He was in a back bedroom. The kids say the stove caught on fire, it got bigger and they started yelling. The granddad couldn’t get to them because of the fire.”

UPDATE: TOC: 11:33AM. Fire in 1 unit of 1-sto 4-plex – OUT, 2 toddlers taken to UMC-Peds for smoke inhalation- non life threatening, crews checkN for hotspots, cause U/I PIO1 pic.twitter.com/HKX0ik3I9E

— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) December 1, 2017

The children were treated for smoke inhalation but are reported to be okay. Unfortunately, the family is now homeless… just in time for the holidays. On a positive note, at least everyone survived, and it’s all thanks to Angulo. “It’s obvious if this person hadn’t been there, these children could’ve been burned or may have been killed in the fire,” said Szymanski.

The good Samaritan was at the right place at the right time. However, had he not taken action, this story wouldn’t have a happy ending. Please share his story to inspire others and comment your thoughts below.

Read more: Doctor Speeds Down Burning Highway On Motorcycle At 2 A.M. To Save 8 Preemies In NICU

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