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Edward Snowden: “Knowledge Has To Originate From Somewhere, And That Can’t Be A Classroom.”

8 hours 9 min ago

In September 2015, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewed Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the mass spying program(s) used across the globe by multiple intelligence agencies, private governments, and more. His revelations had broad and immediate consequences for both the elite they exposed and the now-informed public, who, prior to the leaks, considered government surveillance a conspiracy theory. Leaks continue to expose government surveillance and the tools/technology they use via Snowden and other whistleblowers, document platforms like Wikileaks, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As a result, distrust in our governments is at an-all time high, and on a global scale.

All of these leaks have brought the existence of Special Access Programs (SAPs) and Unacknowledged SAPs into the public consciousness. These are programs run by what’s become known as “The Deep State,” or a government within the government, which has also been discussed by multiple political insiders and academics,.

Here is one out of many examples we’ve used many times:

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people.

From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare, they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. (source)

To see more quotes like this, you can check out this article. And to learn more about the Black Budget, you can read this one that goes more in-depth.

Modern Day Education

In the interview, Snowden offers his views on education, which align closely with our own here at CE:

It’s a question of who teaches the untaught? Knowledge has to arise from somewhere. There has to be a fountainhead from which it flows. That can’t be a classroom because the teachers themselves had to learn it from somewhere. Original research, the scientific method, the pursuit of the unknown, and the questioning of accepted conventional wisdom and probing at the unknowns. The fact that the most interesting thing for someone who’s interested in how knowledge is created are the problems that haven’t been solved. It’s not what do we know. It’s what we don’t know.

The interview is lengthy and covers a range of topics, but my focus here is education.

It’s something I’ve always wondered: Who does teach the untaught? When one goes to teacher’s college, or medical school, or to any other institutions to be trained to share knowledge, information, and assistance, they are simply being taught by those who have gone through the same system — a system that is now plagued with corruption and misinformation, and which demands obedience from us, the participants, the people meant to keep this mass machine going and thriving off of our efforts. We simply take in the information and believe it, without doing any probing, questioning, or critical thinking for ourselves.

I think it will be some time before we’re all ready to open our minds to information that doesn’t fit the framework of accepted knowledge.

It reminds me of this recent “fake news” epidemic, in which Facebook has teamed up with Snopes, the Disney Corporation (mainstream media), and more to decide for people what they are able to see on Facebook’s platform and what they are not able to see. We now have outside agencies determining for us what is real and what is fake, rather than us doing it for ourselves. The key is not to censor information, but rather teach people how to think critically and examine sources.

“In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand.  The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk.  We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science.  We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters.  We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians.  Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”

– Rev. Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913

In school, we are simply taught to obey and memorize. If we don’t, we are punished. Each child is required to learn the accepted version of reality in order to fit into the specific mould necessary for us to become “productive” members of society. We are taught to be like everybody else, to never question the information we are given, and to move on and be a “product-full” member of society. Just like television, much of traditional education is simply programming. We are told we must do well in school in order to get a job so we can make money and pay our bills. It has nothing to do with the type of growth a human being needs. Good grades and marks do not signify intelligence. In school we are shown how to obey authority, how the world works, and what intelligence is — and is not.

Modern day education is heavily marketed as a place for us to learn, but is that really what it is? It’s just like many pharmaceutical grade medications — do they really heal, or have we simply been made to believe they do?

Prior to the late 1800s, education was a private practice that took place in private institutions or through home schooling. That all changed in 1902 when John D. Rockefeller created the General Education Board in conjunction with Frederick T. Gates, his close friend and business/personal advisor. The General Education Board was responsible for funding the American public school system, and provided over one hundred million dollars in 1902 while continuing their support beyond 1902. If we follow the money, it becomes clear that the GEB was responsible for the creation of the American public school system.

Does education not play a large role in manipulating the consciousness of human beings? By consciousness manipulation, I mean trying to influence the way that we perceive the environment around us. In order to implement this system, teachers need to teach, and somebody needs to teach the teachers, and somebody needs to teach them, too. It’s time we start questioning the real purpose of education, who exactly is putting human beings through this system, and for what purpose.

One cannot think for themselves in this type of environment. Real education comes from the individual, and has nothing to do with schooling.

“I want a nation of workers, not thinkers.” – John D. Rockefeller

A Real Education

I believe a real education comes from within. It is those who are passionate and curious about this world who will become truly educated, rather than receive the “education” that is used to obtain a piece of paper, so we can earn more pieces of paper in order to live.

Think of a child and how curious they are; the truly educated adult is the one who has maintained that curiosity and wonder.

All of the information presented in school can be accessed through the library. Does our continued support of the educational system, therefore, really stem from an innate desire to learn, or are we simply motivated by the idea of a good life? Do we simply want to fit in, make money, and get a job that people respect?

Forcing children through this system, into their early adulthood with post-secondary education, leaves them with no time to learn about our world because they are kept busy learning what the government wants us to learn.

We are almost at a point where it seems we’ve completely lost our critical thinking and questioning ability; the moment one questions something that is accepted by society, like eating meat for example, or the official story behind 9/11, one is instantly met with criticism and ridicule from people who haven’t bothered to research these issues for themselves.

The good news is that, with the birth of multiple social media platforms, the public now has access to information and sources that were not available to them before. We’ve seen billions of eyes viewing some sensitive information, which means there is something important happening. It means that millions of people are starting to question the world around them. This simple questioning opens the door to investigation, critical thinking, and answers. To question what mainstream media says, to question what governments tell us, as Snowden has alluded to so many times, is the duty of a true patriot.

These things are definitely not learned in the classroom, and there’s no doubt that education is key to changing our world, but school as we know it is not.

“Never confuse education with intelligence.”

– Albert Einstein

 

The Science Behind Essential Oils & Digestive Health

8 hours 24 min ago

Optimizing digestive health is often associated with eating properly. And while that’s certainly a good place to start, there are other important parts of maintaining a healthy gut.

The gastrointestinal system, also referred to as the gastrointestinal tract, digestive system, digestive tract, or gut, is made up of a group of organs that includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. In recent years, much emphasis has been put on the importance of gut health, with experts now revealing the gastrointestinal system is more than the body’s primary site of taking in and absorbing nutrients, but is also a communication center to and from the brain. It also functions as one of the body’s primary centers for fighting diseases, and has even been referred to as “the second brain.”

To ensure that our gut stays healthy, we have to take care of our “rest and digest” parasympathetic state of the nervous system. You know that fight or flight feeling you get when things go awry? When you’re stressed out or anxious? Guilty? Feel in danger? This shuts down all functions necessary for survival, including the digestive system.

When this shutdown occurs, healing nutrients and proper energy cannot make their way through the digestive tract. This explains why people test low for nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B, Zinc, or Iron, despite frequent supplementation.

While it’s important to try to get to the root of what is harming your digestive system, be it poor food choices or high stress levels, it’s also essential to use other ways to optimize digestive function in the meantime, like your sense of smell, called the olfactory system, and the skin.

Since your sense of smell is the most primal sense, and can significantly impact your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviours, it makes sense that smelling food would trigger the brain to activate the vagus nerve to ignite all parasympathetic responses, including the digestive cascade. Breathing, sitting in an upright position at the table, and eating slowly and consciously are all ways to trigger the parasympathetic state during meals, but when emotional issues get in the way, it can be hard to fully relax.

Essential oils can be helpful as well, as they work to stimulate the parasympathetic “rest-and-digest” state by reaching the inner-brain through nasal pathways to stimulate the nerve endings in the skin, which connect to the parasympathetic nervous system. In fact, in one study, researchers found that components of lavender oil, when applied topically, were at measurable amounts in the blood within 20 minutes, and stayed in the blood system for up to 90 minutes.

To receive this benefit for digestion, you can apply essential oils behind the earlobe, on the mastoid bone. This is the most accessible area to the surface of the skin.

Aromatherapy can be incredibly beneficial to your overall health. And while it’s not considered a replacement for healthy lifestyle choices, such as good nutrition and exercise, it is great for enhancement, and for ensuring you have a backdoor to access when your digestive system isn’t working properly due to the high levels of stress and anxiety that so commonly plague people today.

 

 

NASA Responds To A Fake Anonymous Website: There Is No Announcement About Extraterrestrial Life

8 hours 42 min ago

Most people are familiar with hacktivist group Anonymous. Having originated in 2003 in a 4chan chatroom, they are now comprised of hackers from all over the world. People applauded their efforts and accomplishments, having first made their mark back in 2008 when they attacked the Church of Scientology, dubbed Project Chanology. At one time they seemed to be directed by a splinter group called Lulzsec.

Parmy Olson, author of We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgencyan exposé of the rise and fall of the original six members of Lulzsec, reveals in her book how they were singlehandedly responsible for orchestrating the DDoS attacks on PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and the website of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. These hacks were in response to Wikileaks’ release of hundreds of thousands U.S. diplomatic cables. They called this “Operation Avenge Assange,” hijacking computers in a concentrated assault that shut down these websites for a set amount of time. 

Their history runs deep and remains largely unconfirmed, but what we do know for sure about Anonymous is that they fight to protect our rights as citizens and work to expose injustices. Lately, however, it doesn’t seem like the work they do is actually geared toward making real change.

At one time or another, people really loved to hear what Anonymous had to say, especially in their video releases, where they threatened either a certain individual or organization. They’ve revealed the names of rapists, battled the Westboro Baptist Church, and even tackled the New York Stock Exchange — all admirable actions done to uncover corruption and bring justice to those who take advantage of their fellow humans.

Where have those hacktivists gone?

Another group, that does not represent the real anonymous but has a large following online, made headlines recently when they claimed that NASA was set to release that they’ve made contact with alien life. A video published on YouTube channel Anonymous Global, their unofficial YouTube channel, has already generated over 1.6 million views.

The video lacks substantial evidence, however, referencing snippets of a recent talk by NASA associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen from ancient-code.com, and is also riddled with ads, which undermined the authenticity that most Anonymous videos embody.

NASA did finally offer a response though, and it’s not what Anonymous had predicted.

Anonymous has built a steady reputation over the years, stealing the hearts of young activists from all over the world, but what has happened to our strong and resilient group?

Theres no doubt that some people have profited off the name. After all, Anonymous is not just one person, but many, and it’s time that the real forces stepped forward and redeemed the name.

The Fact Still Remains That…

We’ve written countless amounts of articles on this subject, full of this evidence spoken in the video above. To read our most recent to latest, please visit the exopolitics section of our website.

Swiss Researchers Find That The Brain Is Full of Multi-Dimensional Geometrical Structures

Mon, 2017-06-26 22:10

A team of researchers from the Swiss Blue Brain Project — a group focusing on supercomputer-powered reconstruction of the human brain — have used a classic branch of maths in a completely new way to better understand the structure of our brains.

The brain is a complicated organ, and little is still known about its inner workings, so this new study, which found that the brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many as 11 dimensions, is fascinating, to say the least.

The neuroscientists behind the study used algebraic topology, which is a branch of mathematics that describes the properties of objects and spaces without the confinements of how they change shape, to conclude that groups of neurons connect into “cliques.” Their work also revealed that the number of neurons in a clique leads to its size as a high-dimensional geometric object.

Lead researcher and neuroscientist Henry Markram from the EPFL Institute in Switzerland said: “We found a world that we had never imagined. There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to eleven dimensions.”

With the human brain believed to have about 86 billion neurons, and multiple connections existing between each cell webbing in every possible direction, it makes sense that its inner workings would be difficult to fully comprehend. This new mathematical framework, however, gives hope to a more thorough understanding like never before.

A better understanding of the brain means the potential to discover the keys to hacking our intelligence, memory, and other mental skills.

For their work, the team used a detailed model of the neocortex, which is largely believed to be the most recently evolved part of the brain, as well as the portion most responsible for higher functionalities like cognition and sensory perception.

The researchers developed their mathematical framework and then tested it on virtual stimuli, where they found that neurons formed a clique. A larger number of neurons would add more dimensions, and the structures would organize around a high-dimensional hole called a “cavity.” But once the brain processed the information, the clique and cavity disappeared.

They then tried the results on real brain tissue of rats.

Of their findings, the team wrote: “We found a remarkably high number and variety of high-dimensional directed cliques and cavities, which had not been seen before in neural networks, either biological or artificial.”

While mathematician Kathryn Hess from EPFL, one of the team, said: “Algebraic topology is like a telescope and microscope at the same time.

“It can zoom into networks to find hidden structures – the trees in the forest – and see the empty spaces – the clearings – all at the same time.”

The researchers found the cavities to hold great importance for brain function, since upon stimulation, neurons reacted to it in a highly organized way.

Mathematician Ran Levi from Aberdeen University in Scotland  said: “It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc.”

“The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materializes out of the sand and then disintegrates.”

According to Hess, the discovery will help us to better understand “one of the fundamental mysteries of neuroscience: the link between the structure of the brain and how it processes information.”

 

DMT: Underground Research Masquerading As Science – or Sound Science?

Mon, 2017-06-26 14:15

It was arguably inevitable that someone somewhere would take it upon themselves to begin their very own unsanctioned research programme with DMT (aka The Spirit Molecule) — the potent psychedelic drug that research suggests is produced naturally within our brain. Whether smoked, or imbibed as a traditional Amazonian shamanic brew (the most popular routes of administration), DMT has acquired legendary status among its underground adherents. If we are to believe what users of this powerful substance are reporting, we are considering matters with a magnitude of such seriousness that they could well shake the very foundations of traditional, Western-minded, materialist science.

Rick Strassman’s government-approved research with this legendary substance in the 1990s — and the subsequent documentary produced in collaboration with Mitch Schultz — no doubt served as an inspirational catalyst that prompted many to pursue their own enquiry into the alleged effects produced by this powerful mind-manifesting substance. And that is exactly how my curiosity came to be aroused, leading me to want to see for myself what the so-called spirit molecule could show me.

I began by reading up on the subject — looking at numerous user accounts posted on DMT Nexus; reading Terrence McKenna’s experiences and philosophy; listening attentively to recordings of his lectures, always delivered with his inimitable nasally accent and his uncanny ability to test the elasticity of vocabulary to its limits. But none of that really mattered as I smoked my first small dose and heard a rapidly rising sound in the midst of my head, and marvelled as my sunlit bedroom took on an astonishing crystal clear clarity. But as I gradually upped my dosage, I forgot all about Terrance McKenna, and much of what I had read about DMT, as I appeared to be entering into another realm — a place with bizarre scenery, impossible objects, and strange humanlike entities always exhibiting delight at my presence and making such a fuss over me. Such experiences were so overwhelmingly and emotionally profound that my levels of astonishment were exercised to an extent well beyond anything that I had thought was possible. But along with astonishment, my curiosity was equally aroused, as I asked myself: What is really happening in these truly bizarre experiences?

Thus it was that I made a decision to commit myself to my very own home-based research program, aimed at coming to some understanding of what was really occurring in these strange, otherworldly experiences. Was I really entering into another realm; another world; another dimension? And if so, why did that place look far more real than ordinary everyday reality appears? And what was that energetic high-pitched ringing sound in the midst of my head, in response to the DMT inhaled through my lungs?

For three years I committed myself to several hundred individual experiments smoking DMT. I made sure that my vocational and family commitments were an utmost priority, and I am pleased to say that was never called into question. Much else, however, was. I did not know it at the time, but now, having completed my research, I can see that I was subjected to something of a gradual initiatory process by spiritual entities; consciousness energies; intelligent discarnate beings — call them what you will. I know very well how absolutely unbelievable that must sound to those minds accustomed thinking logically and with rational focus. But they are very the same tools-of-mind that I have employed throughout my research, and in making my analyses.

I say my research was initiatory because, time and time again, I had to find the necessary courage to commit myself to DMT’s capacity to unlock the powerful latent energies within my mind, and then submit myself to the truly phenomenal energies from the mind of another. The experiences very subtly changed over time. I became increasingly aware that strange emotional states were being imposed upon me through manipulation of my psyche. Bizarre invasive operations were undertaken within my physiology. I was tricked, subdued, entertained, spooked, terrified, and left awestruck, dumbfounded, and exceedingly perplexed many times over. But perhaps most rewardingly of all, from my small back garden, I have observed in broad daylight, and whilst in full control of my rational senses, phenomenally configured geometrically complex beings that can leave the observer in no doubt whatsoever that humanity is not the pinnacle of evolution.

My research program was not about taking heroic doses, or trying to go further than anyone else has gone — far from it! My intention was to simply try to understand, through experiential pursuit, the mechanics behind these bizarre experiences. I understood that I was operating in the role of data-collection, forming conjecture and analyses at the early stages of something that will radically transform Western culture and traditional materialist science. I completely understand that my subjective experiences do not quality as objective proof of that which I contend to be true. But I have no doubt whatsoever that other researchers and investigators with the capacity for this demanding research, and who dare to publish their findings will be making very similar arguments to those that I have made.

It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway: Anyone thinking that DMT is a party drug, or something that can be used recreationally, had better think again. This is a powerfully transformative substance that will profoundly reconfigure your ontological outlook on this life, and the life that is otherwise hidden from your eyes.

DMT & My Occult Mind: Investigation of Occult Realities using the Spirit Molecule

 

Wikileaks Docs Show How the CIA Allegedly Infected Offline Computers

Mon, 2017-06-26 12:54

It seems that more and more information continues to come to light regarding hacking — not just by your average hacker, but by the CIA and other government agencies, too.

Now, WikiLeaks documents have revealed how the CIA infected offline computers using air-gap hacking.

Air-gapping refers to a security measure that involves isolating a computer or network and preventing it from establishing an external connection. Being segregated in this way, devices cannot connect wirelessly or physically with other computers or network devices, making them virtually immune to remote hacking.

Classified military networks, the payment networks responsible for processing credit and debit card transactions for retailers, or industrial control systems that operate vital infrastructure — these are examples of networks that typically use air-gapping.

Maintaining security requires such networks to remain on internal networks that aren’t connected to the company’s business network. This ensures intruders can’t enter the corporate network by way of the Internet and weasel their way into sensitive systems.

But sometimes, as is being revealed by WikiLeaks, there’s a way around an air-gap. Wikileaks recently published a series of alleged CIA documents showing how the CIA’s malware was designed to infect these types of targets. The exposed documents reveal how the CIA has continued to develop its own hacking tools, apparently to get into devices such as smart TVs and Internet routers.

Called Brutal Kangaroo, the tool suite’s components consist of various components including: Drifting Deadline, a thumbdrive infection tool; Shattered Assurance, a server tool responsible for automated infection of USB drives), Broken Promise, a post processor that evaluates collected information; and Shadow, the main persistence mechanism.

“Brutal Kangaroo is a tool suite for targeting closed networks by air gap jumping using thumbdrives,” one of the documents notes. The 11 files in question come from the CIA’s Engineering Development Group, and allegedly span from 2012 t0 2016.

According to the documents, the CIA gets around air-gapped computers by first remotely installing a piece of malware on a system connected to the internet called the “primary host.” Next, an unaware user plugs the infected USB into an air-gapped computer unavailable to the CIA. The malware then works to send any data back to the CIA once it’s plugged into the primary host again.

The project sets up its own “custom covert network” in the air-gapped computers once the malware has infected a target. Here, the CIA is given access to files for collection. It can also survey the victim machines, launch its own executables, delete a predetermined list of files, and more. As the leak notes, there’s a section of the user guide that reveals problems that certain antivirus products have against the CIA malware. For instance, Symantec’s product is said to create a pop-up when the malware tried to automatically run. A court filing from earlier this year revealed that the Department of Justice may have mistakenly confirmed the credibility of the CIA documents. In February of 2015, the FBI took over Playpen, a dark web child pornography site. During this time, it utilized a network investigative technique — a piece of malware — to try to expose the site’s users. While the investigation resulted in hundreds of arrests, it also generated dozens of court cases across the U.S. regarding the legality of the warrant used to authorize the hacking operation, along with the source code of the tool used to hack computers. Hacking undoubtedly remains a controversial subject, and while it can be useful in exposing dangers to society, it also raises serious ethical issues about the value and safekeeping of our privacy.

10 Simple Ways To Chill Out (That Don’t Involve Netflix)

Mon, 2017-06-26 12:18

This is the stuff of the familiar good life: unwinding at each day’s end with a sexy craft brew and the newest Netflix original.

Who doesn’t love orange jumpsuits, royal protocol, fly-on-the-wall White House drama, and extra hops?

The forefathers might approve, but your beer-charmed brain yearns for life, liberty, and the pursuit of new relaxation techniques.

I’ve got the authoritative suggestions for easy ways you can combat stress, decompress, wind down, and lean back without overdosing on the newest season of this or that.

1. Express Gratitude

Feeling and expressing gratitude has demonstrable uplifting effects and benefits on your psyche and your life, reports Psychology Today.

Citing a plethora of research and studies, Psychology Today states that gratitude

  • Increases your mental strength
  • Improves your self-esteem
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Reduces your aggression
  • Enhances your empathy
  • Boosts your physical health
  • Opens the door to new relationships

Even today, researchers don’t know exactly how gratitude engenders all of its advantages, but countless studies demonstrate a clear link between individuals who practice gratitude and the above benefits.

How do you practice gratitude?

Simple.

Say thank you repeatedly. Take time to count your blessings. Jot down a few lines daily in a gratitude journal.

Similarly, the Mayo Clinic asserts that positive thinking effectively minimizes your stress levels. Positive thinking begins with self-talk, so make a conscious decision to speak positively to yourself, about yourself, and about others from moment to moment.

2. Go Green… With Tea

Sip some green tea while sitting on your porch or in a comfortable room in your house. Green tea has a ton of antioxidants that increase your immune function.

Green tea is an adaptogen, a substance that helps your body adapt to stress, and it also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and peacefulness.

3. Focus on Five Sounds

Focus on five sounds, such as

  • Passing cars
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Laughter
  • Artificial horns or klaxons
  • Chirping birds

This exercise teaches a form of active listening that puts you in closer touch with your environment. Choosing the sounds to focus on and waiting for them to manifest helps you to relax and develop a deeper awareness of the melody that surrounds you.

It also focuses your mind on more pleasant, transient matters.

4. Take Notice of Five Objects Near You

Similar to the act of focusing on five sounds, taking notice of five objects near you transports your attention away from oppressive thoughts. When focusing on the objects near you, acknowledge their relevant details, such as

  • Colour
  • Texture
  • Light
  • Shadow
  • Movement

In James Clavell’s 1975 novel Shogun, several samurai engage in the act of watching rocks grow. Same deal.

5. Inventory the Smells of Your Home

When was the last time you really smelled your home? Maybe it’s time. Tour your home, and smell with zeal and effort.

Smell flowers and plants, fruit, food — whatever you like. Using your senses with passion pushes regret and worry to the back of your mind. Anecdotal and empirical evidence suggest this pays incredible dividends over time.

6. Reflect on the Mindfulness Exercises You’ve Done

It sounds counterproductive: Give some thought to your thoughts. Indeed, mindfulness is rather meta, except that it’s devoid of judgment.

When thinking about your mindfulness exercises and thoughts, reflect on noticeable or subtle benefits you received from your exercises — any physical changes, emotions, or improvements.

These periods of reflection enable you to better assess when you feel more or less angry, depressed, or stressed in the future, which increases your mindfulness.

7. Supplement Wisely

If drinking green tea to obtain L-theanine isn’t your cup, try L-theanine in a capsule form. You can wash it down with your favourite brew (after you observe five objects and focus on five sounds).

Omega fatty acids, GABA, passionflower, and valerian roots are some supplements known to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Phenibut, a popular anti-anxiety supplement, is yet another. Phenibut is an effective way to relax quickly.

It’s also considered to be one of the most effective nootropics, or cognitive enhancers, according to a recent survey. It lowers your stress and inhibitions, making you much more sociable without impairing your sense of judgment or your ability to think critically. Some people even experience mild euphoria.

While the idea of supplementation is controversial to some folks, there’s no denying that some over-the-counter herbs and vitamins have real, tangible benefits to our physical and mental well-being.

8. Treat Yourself to Creative Visualization

Creative visualization is fancy, on-trend lingo for “adult daydreaming.” Don’t limit yourself, and creatively visualize whatever you want when you’re

  • Stressed
  • Working toward a goal
  • Faced with a challenge
  • Sinking into a nihilistic Freudian void of pizza and binge streaming

Picture yourself with the body of your dreams, in your ultimate career, doing good in the world, etc. Maybe your visuals are simpler? A sedate, pristine beach.

A loving companion. A private seashore concert by the Boss and the E Street Band.

9. Give Yourself a Foot Massage

Rolling your foot over a golf ball or tennis ball relieves foot pain and uncomfortable tightness in the legs built up during exercise or long days at the office.

10. Breathe and Count Sheep… or Anything

Still your mind and follow your breath. This is the basis of all meditation and yoga, regardless of the school, path, or practice.

Take deep, slow breaths to lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Zero in and pay exclusive attention to your breath, clearing your mind and relaxing completely, steadily.

Count back from 10, 100 or 1,000 — whatever it takes. This is a basic, accessible relaxation technique that diverts your attention away from unpleasantness.

A certain level of difficulty improves the efficacy of this exercise. If it gets too easy, maybe try counting backwards using prime numbers or odd numbers only.

Closing Thoughts

Explore all the ways that you can relax, including breathing, counting, and supplements.

Tear yourself away from your screen for a moment, and enjoy the unparalleled freedom of truer, deeper peace that accompanies you wherever you go.

A First-Time Mom At 62!

Mon, 2017-06-26 12:12

There’s a lot of stigma surrounding motherhood, particularly the older a woman is when she decides to begin that journey. It’s a sad reality given the growing number of women worldwide who have chosen to put education and careers before starting a family.

This is why it’s always intriguing to hear of out-of-the-norm scenarios where a woman gets to be a mother much older than one would deem healthy, acceptable, or even plausible, for that matter.

Last year, an unidentified woman, aged 62, welcomed a baby girl via C-section at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, along with her 78-year-old partner. This makes her the current record holder for Australia’s oldest first-time mother. The mother will remain in hospital until they are well enough to return to Tasmania.

Her age was originally reported as 63 at the time of giving birth to her daughter, but the hospital released a statement confirming she was 62.

The Australian woman had been actively trying to get pregnant, but after several failed IVF procedures, she and her partner opted for an embryo from an overseas donor. Their baby was born at 34 weeks.

In 2010, an Australian woman gave birth at the age of 60, making her Australia’s oldest mother. In 2005, Adriana Iliescu, a Romanian, became the world’s oldest mother, having had her first child at the age of 66.

News of the recent birth sparked plenty of controversy, with experts claiming it’s irresponsible to offer IVF treatment to women older than 53. IVF expert Gab Kovacs said: “That child will need looking after for 20 years, and there’s a possibility she won’t be able to do that. Our bodies weren’t ­designed to have children in our 60’s. I don’t think any ­responsible IVF unit in Australia would treat someone of that age, and it’s not a standard of medicine I would condone.”

According to Kovacs, pregnancy is hard on a woman’s body, and children need parents who are able to keep up with them. “People will go away with the idea that at 63 you can have a baby. This is sending the wrong message to women that you can have a baby at any age.”

Older first-time mothers have a different opinion, however. After shocking the world with the announcement of the birth of her IVF baby on January 16, 2005, when she was 66 years and 230 days old, Iliescu said: “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink. If I live as long as my parents did, Eliza will be 20 by the time I pass away. I think I still have a lot to give her.”

Arguably The Best Way To Start & End Every Day of Your Life

Sun, 2017-06-25 09:46

How do you start a typical day in your life?

Do you slowly roll over in bed, reach for your phone, and take a casual peruse through the news feeds of your favourite social media platforms to see what you missed overnight?

Or do you wake up in a frenzy, somehow managing to always get yourself, your spouse, and your kids ready and where they need to be by the time they need to be there?

Whether either of these scenarios describes a morning in the life of you, or you fall somewhere in between, I’m willing to bet that you could be starting your morning off better than you currently are.

That’s a bold statement, I know. But as someone who has been adamant about having a morning routine for close to a decade now, and has tweaked and fine-tuned it a hundred ways over that timespan, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about how to start your day optimally.

But in this article I’d like to focus on one element of my morning routine that has been there from the beginning and will be there until the day that I die. Why? Because not only has it had the most profound and consistent impact on me, but it is also the easiest to do.

That element is GRATITUDE.

Ten to Start, Ten to End

For me, my magic number is 10.

I start and end every single day of my life by listing off a minimum of 10 things that I am currently grateful for. Do these things often repeat? Yes. And is that okay? Absolutely!

I’ll never forget the first day I tried this out. Coming up with three seemed like an arduous task for my regularly pessimistic mind. Now, coming up with 10 is effortless. 

Try listing off 10 right now! Be as broad or as specific as you need to be.

  • Broad Example: I am thankful to be alive.
  • Specific Example: I am thankful that my cat Snowy loves to sleep next to me every night.

I don’t care how challenging your life has been or currently is, we all always have things to be grateful for, and there is great power to be found in regularly reminding ourselves of them.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

I know that some of you (especially those who felt the second scenario to start this article accurately reflected your life) are currently doubting your ability to ever commit to adding even more to the already overflowing plate that you call life, but it’s a matter of priorities.

Just as you are able to make time to watch every episode of your favourite show, or even read this article, you can always make time for what you see as important. And thankfully, in the case of gratitude twice a day, it’s something that should never take longer than a few minutes, and on most days now takes me under 30 seconds.

The Key to Happiness?

Is daily gratitude the key happiness? I have no idea. But it certainly doesn’t hurt, and I’ve found it to be incredibly helpful in overwriting a lot of the negative thought patterns and belief systems so many of us regularly lock ourselves into.

While I admittedly have no science to back this up, I personally believe that starting your day with gratitude creates a solid foundation upon which to develop a better perspective on everything the day has to offer. While ending your day with it, is a much healthier frame of mind to doze off to, especially when compared to the stressful thoughts our suddenly overactive minds seem to love to dwell upon when our exhausted bodies try to rest.

For a more in-depth look at one of my favourite full morning routines that you can do in just five minutes, check out THIS VIDEO.

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What The History Channel Left Out About The Declassified CIA Program: “History Of MK-Ultra”

Sun, 2017-06-25 00:00

Over the past week, I’ve been watching the History Channel’s America’s War on Drugs mini docu-series. To my surprise, the History Channel was shockingly honest about the CIA’s involvement in the war on drugs and the massive political propaganda campaigns that went along with it. The series criminalized the CIA and the government, and rightly so, discussing their involvement in drug trafficking, production, and testing — on both volunteers and unwilling patients — and even murder.

Part of the first episode honed in on the CIA’s top-secret program that is now declassified, MK-Ultra, which involved sexual and physical abuse, drug testing, hypnosis, mind control, and other types of torture. However, the only aspect that the History Channel discussed in their MK Ultra overview was the role that LSD played.

The CIA designed LSD with a Swiss manufacturer as part of the MK Ultra program in hopes that they could force people to take it and convince them to do unspeakable acts, all of which they’d forget the following morning, once the drugs wore off. Testing started with unwilling participants being lured into a hotel room by prostitutes, who would then slip the drugs into their drinks. A CIA agent would then watch the test subjects as they tripped out behind a wall of the hotel room.

The particular project within MK Ultra that the prostitutes were involved with was called Midnight Climax. This eventually turned into full-blown brothels in the U.S. run by the CIA, whereby the women working there would lure men into them, but instead of receiving sexual favours, were unknowingly drugged and then observed by CIA agents.

The CIA then started to test willing patients in lab settings, observing their reactions to LSD and asking them questions. To their disappointment, instead of helping them control their patients’ minds, LSD actually freed their minds. Despite the propaganda campaign on the war on drugs, whereby the government was telling people they were against all drug use, it was the government who brought LSD over and put it in the hands of the public.

Though the History Channel provided a fairly accurate depiction in the role LSD played in MK Ultra, it left out all of the brutal torture, sexual abuse, and other immoral tests performed on these patients. MK Ultra wasn’t an unsuccessful program, either; CIA agents were able to successfully mind control many victims, many of whom were children. Of course, the History Channel failed to provide these haunting details in their TV program.

A 1975 document addressed to the President stated: “The drug program was part of a much larger CIA program to study possible means for controlling human behaviour. Other studies explored the effects of radiation, electric-shock, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and harassment substances.”

The TV program itself was about drugs, so it’s understandable to a certain degree that they left these details out (you can watch the MK Ultra clip here). Plus, the History Channel is owned by A&E, which is owned by Walt Disney, so perhaps they didn’t want to be associated with discussing such subjects.

However, the History Channel went on to create a page on their website titled the “History of MK Ultra,” which does not portray the full picture of what exactly happened inside of the CIA’s MK Ultra program.

So, What Did the History Channel Leave Out About MK Ultra?

The CIA-sanctioned program ran from the 1950s until the mid-1970s, though many believe that aspects of the program still exist today. The experiments were intended to identify drugs as well as procedures to be used in interrogations and torture in order to weaken victims and force confessions out of them through the use of mind control. Though the TV show lightly touched on the severe mental abuse participants endured, it completely left out the physical and sexual abuse involved as well as the other gruesome details of the experiments.

Most of the documents regarding MK Ultra were destroyed by the CIA, which isn’t surprising given the nature of the experiments. It wasn’t uncommon for unwilling patients to be forced into sensory deprivation or electroshock therapy. Of course, the test subjects reacted negatively, with many ending up permanently comatose.

Anton Chaitkin explains in his essay “British Psychiatry: From Eugenics to Assassination” under the MK Ultra section: “Cameron would drug his victims to sleep for weeks on end, waking them daily only to administer violent electric shocks to the brain. . . . Patients lost all or part of their memories, and some lost the ability to control their bodily functions and to speak.”

It is known that there were deaths within the experiments, and I’m not just referring to the test subjects. There were also mysterious murder/suicide situations, like when biochemist Frank Olson, who worked on MK Ultra test subjects, allegedly committed suicide, though the medical examiner found his injuries to be consistent with a homicide.

Chaitkin explained: “For the CIA, Cameron tested the South American poison called curare, which kills a victim while simulating natural heart failure.”

Many other claims have come to light regarding the destroyed CIA documents, thanks to whistleblowers who have come forward who were involved in the actual experiments. A 1954 document allegedly stated that two hypnotized women were forced into conflict, with an agent telling one of the women to “fly into a rage and shoot her,” which she allegedly did.

A hypnotist involved in the experiments came forward, admitting he hypnotized and forced “young girls to engage in sexual intercourse with him.” Other MK Ultra test subjects were allegedly put through sleep deprivation and were made to eat their own feces and drink their own urine. Other details mentioned are discussed in our CE article here.

Chaitkin also went on to detail the funding of the MK Ultra experiments, explaining the elite’s role in it, including a “Masonic charity” and a 33rd degree mason. The elite’s involvement with MK Ultra and associated programs runs deep, and some of the more underground practices inspired by MK Ultra still occur today.

Ted Gunderson, a former FBI special agent and head of their L.A. office, worked to uncover years’ worth of information on high-level pedophilia, sexual abuse, and satanic rituals performed by the elite, some of which related to MK Ultra. You can read more about that in our CE article here.

Gunderson worked alongside Brice Taylor, a sex slave involved with an extension of the CIA program MK Ultra. You can watch her testimony here:

Though MK Ultra ended in the 70s, many whistleblowers have come forward stating that a classified program called Monarch Mind Control (MMC) continued on, which included many children as test subjects. MMC is noted as a mind control technique that combines occult rituals, psychology, and neuroscience to create an alter ego within a desired subject. It is believed by many that once fully programmed, monarch slaves are then used on demand by an elite group to carry out rituals, performances, deliver messages, etc. to achieve a desired outcome.

In a 1992 speech, well-respected author and psychologist Dr. Cory Hammond delved deeper into the subject of MMC, shedding light on how exactly the process works. Here are some key excerpts from his talk:

When you start to find the same highly esoteric information in different states and different countries, from Florida to California, you start to get an idea that there’s something going on that is very large, very well coordinated, with a great deal of communication and systematicness to what’s happening. So I have gone from someone kind of neutral and not knowing what to think about it all to someone who clearly believes ritual abuse is real. . . .

What they basically do is they will get a child and they will start this, in basic forms it appears, by about two-and-a-half after the child’s already been made dissociative. They’ll make him dissociative not only through abuse, like sexual abuse, but also things like putting a mousetrap on their fingers and teaching the parents, “You do not go in until the child stops crying. Only then do you go in and remove it.” They start in rudimentary forms at about age two and a half and kick into high gear, it appears, around six or six and a half, continue through adolescence with periodic reinforcements in adulthood.

You can read more about MMC in our CE article here.

Infamous comedian and actress Roseanne Barr has also made some shocking statements, alluding that Hollywood and the entertainment industry are dominated by MK Ultra to this day. You can hear what she has to say in this CE article here.

Former child start Corey Feldman has also echoed Barr’s words, sharing his own experiences of abuse within the industry. He explained:

“I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem, for children in this industry. . . . It’s all done under the radar . . .  it’s the big secret. I was surrounded by them when I was 14 years old . . . they were everywhere, like vultures.”

“There was a circle of older men that surrounded themselves around this group of kids, and they all had either their own power or connections to great power in the entertainment industry.”

Final Thoughts 

Though the CIA sanctioned program, MK Ultra, may have ended in the 70s, it’s clear that the cycle of ritual, abuse, and mind control techniques that were involved with the experiments has not. Please keep in mind that this article only skims the surface when it comes to the subject of the government and the elite’s involvement with mind control and programming, so I encourage you to do your own research!

Some great places to start include our website, Vigilant Citizen (particularly this article on a leading American fashion model/MK Ultra victim), the CIA government website, and testimonies from MK Ultra and Monarch whistleblowers who have come forward (whether they’re test subjects, agents, or scientists).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low-Maintenance Plants That Also Work as Air Purifiers In Your Home

Sat, 2017-06-24 16:56

Prone to killing plants? It’s time to turn a new leaf and not only improve the air quality of your home, but your plant watering skills as well. Improve your home’s air quality with some of the easy-to-care-for plants below.

Spider Plant

These plants remove various toxins from the air such as formaldehyde and xylene. Though this plant does require a little upkeep, all you have to do is trim the dead leaf tips off every once in a while when they start to turn brown. Spider plants are to be watered occasionally with room temperature water, and to be kept in indirect sunlight in a bright room that is 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the soil you buy for your spider plant drains well and that it is placed in a drainage pot. The Spider plant produces flowers that are usually white in colour.

Dracaena

Another low-maintenance plant that’s actually perfect for apartment living, a Dracaena removes toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. However, if you have any pets like dogs or cats, stay away. If your pet consumes this plant, it could make them sick. A Dracaena plant is best kept in a drainage pit with soil that drains well. For care, put in bright to moderate indirect sunlight and water it when the soil is dry to the touch. Place in a room from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If a Dracaena plant looks droopy or seems to be yellow in colour, this means that it is over-watered or there is not enough drainage.

Peace Lily

Among other popular indoor plants, the Peace Lily eliminates toxins like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. To keep your Peace Lily alive, store in indirect sunlight or even a shady area for maximum growth. Year round, you’ll have to keep the soil moist and keep the plant in a room above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If your Peace Lily isn’t blooming flowers, it is not getting enough sunlight. Remember, no direct sunlight = happy Peace Lily. Avoid keeping a Peace Lily in a cold environment because it will not grow. Root rot is common among Peace Lilies, so make sure that you invest in a pot with good drainage.

Aloe Vera

Are you prone to both killing plants and getting sunburnt? Then owning an Aloe Vera plant is perfect for you. These plants remove a toxin called formaldehyde from the air. Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a drainage pot along with soil that drains well. It is best grown in indirect sunlight or artificial lighting. Water your Aloe Vera plant deeply but not too often.

Clean the air in your home and cure sunburn at the same time! The healing properties of Aloe Vera can do wonders. Once your plant reaches maturity, you can start harvesting the leaves for its cooling contents.

Orchids

A flowering plant by large, Orchids remove a toxin called xylene. When it comes down to watering upkeep, this plant is the best for those who are forgetful because Orchids only require water every 5-12 days, depending on the type. Orchids require shallow planting and should not be left sitting in water. They grow best when placed in indirect sunlight and in a room that is from 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the type of orchid, adjust the room temperature accordingly. For the record, most Orchids are best kept in humid environments.

Snake Plant

Removing a few toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene, the Snake plant, also known as the Sansevieria plant, can live in drier conditions than other plants. When watering, check every two to three weeks to see if the soil is dry. If it is, then water your Snake plant. Only use room-temperature water to water the plant. Not only does this plant require little sun but you can also let your Snake plant soak up some vitamin C from fluorescent lighting. Keep the plant in a room between 40-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

With so many plant options to choose from, you’ll be wanting more than one! “Go Green” with a plant air purifier and forget those pesky plants that always seem to die on you.

Holotropic Breathwork: A Powerful Tool Used To Explore Different States of Consciousness & Healing

Sat, 2017-06-24 16:50

Holotropic breathing is a powerful tool that can be used to unlock other states of consciousness, work through past traumas, heal anxiety and depression, gain wisdom, and so much more. There are many who believe that this is the only way to reach these realms of consciousness without taking psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, DMT, ayahuasca, and the like.

History of Holotropic Breathwork

The scientific method and alternative medicine aspect of Holotropic Breathwork was first discovered by Stanislov and Cristina Grof during the 1970s and 1980s. They both studied medicine and psychoanalysis at the Charles University School of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic. From past experiences, they knew that the most powerful way to induce these higher levels of consciousness was through the use of psychedelic substances; however, there are some potential drawbacks and concerns that come along with the use of such substances. The Grofs then developed a safe and effective way to achieve comparable states of consciousness, using one’s breath alone.

In 1980, Christina Grof founded the Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) to spread the wisdom she had gained and help the many individuals who, like herself, had been struggling with their own emotional conflicts. Stan and Christina travelled all over the word to spread what they had learned in regards to Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology.

What Does It Involve?

The process of Holotropic Breathwork is usually conducted in a workshop or class setting, though many instructors will also offer private sessions as well. Generally each person is paired with a partner; one is the ‘breather’ and one is the ‘sitter.’ The sitter is there to provide tissues and assistance to the bathroom, and to hold space for the breather, as this tends to be an intensely emotional process. The sitter is there to be a caring, supportive, fully present person to provide the breather with the feeling and comfort of being in a safe and loving environment.

The breather lies down on a mat and covers up with blankets, then the breathwork facilitator will lead a simple relaxation exercise to begin. Then, the instructor will turn on some music and the breathwork begins. The breather then will begin to breathe faster and deeper, as facilitated by the instructor. Many suggest using a circular breath technique, which means no pauses between the in and out breath, so it is a pretty quick, non-stop breath. The breathing becomes deeper and more rapid as time progresses. This can be somewhat challenging to maintain, so often the sitter will remind the breather to keep breathing faster and deeper.

After about two hours, the breathwork part of the session comes to a close. Afterwards, some instructors encourage the participants to draw a mandala to describe their experience, and then everyone gets a chance to share what came up in a loving, supportive, non-judgmental environment.

What Can the ‘Breather’ Expect?

There is an extremely wide range of possible experiences one can have using this method of breathwork. This range can include deep feelings of joy or serenity, deep meditative states, re-experience of traumatic births (often people will feel pressure around their temples, which is believed to be from those babies born with the aid of forceps), tension, pain, warmth, cold, crying hysterically, body convulsions, numb or tingly hands, and many, many more. For me personally, I experienced deep relaxation one time, and another a sense of tremendous pride in myself for everything I had been able to overcome, which brought me to tears.

The non-ordinary states that the breathwork induces can be categorized as:

1. Sensory
2. Biographical
3. Perinatal (Birth Process)
4. Transpersonal (beyond the body and personal identity)

It is important to not try to direct the experience in any particular way, but rather let it guide you where it wants to go. Whatever comes up is coming up for a reason, and the unconscious mind will take you wherever you need to go heal, release, and transform.

Who Shouldn’t Participate in Holotropic Breathwork?

Breathwork is contraindicated in any of the following cases: cardiovascular problems, glaucoma, pregnancy, recent surgery, epilepsy (some cases are okay if approved by healthcare practitioner), asthma, some mental illnesses, and those struggling with addiction.

How Can You Attend a Holotropic Breathwork Session?

If this seems like something you would like to try for yourself to work through any blockages, past traumas, or other issues, just try searching for Holotropic Breathwork (Your City) in Google and see what comes up. This method of healing is becoming increasingly popular and easier to find, as people have been continuing to experience tremendous, sometimes life-changing, benefits from these sessions.

How incredible is it that we can utilize modalities such as this — no substance required except for our own breath — to achieve and unlock higher states of consciousness and let go of what may be holding us back in life? Simply amazing.

Much Love

 

 

The Dumb Phone Movement: Is It Time For Us To Abandon Our Smartphones?

Sat, 2017-06-24 16:33

The emergence of smartphones has completely transformed society. We have become disconnected from one another because we spend so much time with our heads buried in our phones, which is ironic given the fact that smartphones were intended to help connect us with each other in the first place. It’s a rarity to have a conversation with someone now without them glancing at their phone.

Yet, smartphones have also helped progress society. They may suck us away from enjoying the present moment from time to time, but they have also allowed us to express ourselves online and connect with people all over the world, and introduced us to entirely new markets and new knowledge.

I personally have a “love-hate relationship” with my smartphone; I recognize my addictive tendencies towards it but I’m also grateful for it, as it acts as a tool to connect me with others and plays a huge role in my work. It’s easy to observe the polarities in the world of smartphones; the perceivably negative and positive roles they play in our lives are endless!

Many people cannot seem to control their addiction to social media and their smartphones because they use them far too frequently. One solution that’s starting to catch on is what many are referring to as “the dumb phone movement.”

What Is the Dumb Phone Movement?

As you may have guessed, this movement is all about abandoning our smartphones and returning back to our older, “dumber” cellular devices. To me, these older phones represent a time when I had to use a computer to connect to the internet or watch a video. A dumb phone could be a flip phone, a phone that doesn’t connect to the internet, a phone that doesn’t have apps, or a non-touch screen phone (basically, models that aren’t “smart” in the same way that an iPhone is). Back when I had one, I wasn’t checking my emails (though I was younger when I had a non-smart phone), but was simply using it to connect with my parents and friends.

So, what would not having a smartphone in today’s world look like? Well, you wouldn’t be constantly bombarded with negative news headlines, perpetuating the fear state so many mainstream media outlets connected to our smartphones love to spread. You wouldn’t be receiving endless notifications from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms, either.

You wouldn’t be getting email notifications, you wouldn’t have “maps” on your phone to help you navigate when you’re lost, and you wouldn’t have a high-quality camera to snap photos of your everyday life (depending on how “dumb” you choose your phone to be). You might even have to open up your phone to even see that you’ve received a message or a phone call, because odds are your “dumb” phone won’t just be one giant touchscreen.

To many, this reality may seem scary, or even drastic. Do we really need to abandon our phones to reduce our usage or deal with our addictions? To some, clearly they felt that the answer to this question is “yes,” because the dumb phone movement wouldn’t have picked up if they didn’t feel they could kick the habit through other means.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t own a smartphone without being addicted to it. There’s a big difference between enjoying your smartphone and being addicted to it! It’s all about recognizing whether or not you feel like you need to use your smartphone, versus only wanting to use it occasionally or when necessary.

At the end of the day, the dumb phone movement isn’t a sustainable option for many of us, either. I certainly couldn’t do a lot of my work without using one, so I completely understand that many of us simply can’t live our regular lives without a smartphone, and that’s completely fine! Just be mindful of how often you’re using it for work versus personal usage.

There’s no point in demonizing your phone when it clearly provides so many benefits, but we also need to recognize how it can hinder us as well. Our self worth shouldn’t be contingent on social media likes, and we shouldn’t be using our phones constantly, either; it’s all about achieving balance, as with everything else in life.

If you feel like you’re addicted to your smartphone or social media, check out the following CE articles:

10 Signs Your Addiction To Social Media Has Evolved Into A Beast That Controls Your Life

How Addicted Are We? Kicking The Smartphone Addiction

This Is What Wifi, Cell-Phones, and more Could Be Doing To Your Child’s Brain

 

 

 

New Moon In Cancer: Expressing Ourselves With Greater Sensitivity

Fri, 2017-06-23 17:18

We are having a New Moon in Cancer on June 23rd/24th, depending on your location. New Moons are the beginning of a new wave of energy influencing the upcoming month. However, the astrological configurations at this time have a stronger influence over the following two weeks.

Neptune recently went retrograde, on June 16th, and this will last until November 22nd. It is in retrograde motion roughly 40% of the time, and generally, throughout the bulk of its duration, its effects aren’t as direct as the retrogrades of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Rather, its effects are felt most strongly during the transitional period — which we are currently in — as the planet slows down and changes motion.

In recent weeks you may have been pulled back into something Neptune-related to help you shift the way you express its energies to serve your personal growth and development. Now is a time to consider how you will work with this planet, which could require some sort of action, revisitation, or reflection.

Neptune is the planet of compassion. It also rules over dreams, psychic receptivity, imagination, inspired creativity, and divinity. It is our connection to subtle energy and the spiritual realms. It is magical and etheric. As the higher octave of Venus, it could even represent soulmates for some people. Neptune has dominion over visual arts such as film and photography, but can also represent dance, music, and poetry.

Negatively expressed, it is associated with illusions, delusions, flakiness, and deceptions. It could be fantasizing about something or a relationship and not seeing things for what they really are. It can make us unrealistic, confused, and ungrounded. It also rules avoidance, escapism, addictions, drugs, and alcohol.

Cancer: Emotional, Nurturing, Domestic, Protective

This New Moon occurs a few days after the Sun entered Cancer, which always happens on the Solstice, when the Sun’s rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The twelve-sign zodiac that we use is divided based on the relationship between the Earth and the Sun’s rays. The December Solstice occurs when the Sun is aligned with the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equinoxes occur when it is aligned with the Equator, which is where Aries and Libra are initiated.

Cancer is associated with nurturing, emotional bonding, vulnerability, and security. It is about family, comforts, and domestic life, and can be very protective with all of those things. Being ruled by the Moon, it is the most emotionally fluctuating sign. Symbolized by the Crab, Cancer feels most comfortable in its “shell,” which can be the home or whatever one is most familiar and comfortable with.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury in the Same Sign, Venus Trine Pluto

Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, entered Cancer a few days before this New Moon and is also aligned with it. The next few weeks will be a period of communicating with feeling and sensitivity. We may be more thoughtful and emotionally considerate in the way we express our words to others. Our minds may be more focused on the way things make us feel.

At the time of this New Moon, Venus is in a tight trine to Pluto, which will be exact just under six hours afterward. It will be strongest during the days around the New Moon, but will still be relevant for the whole month. For some people, this can be a great or even empowering time for finances or regarding the value of something in our lives. We may experience a deepening in our relationships, whether in our love life or with our friendships. Love can be passionate, transforming, and regenerating.

Mercury Conjunct Mars in Aspect to Neptune and Jupiter, Then Opposing Pluto

Mercury is moving toward Mars, which is also in Cancer, and in the lead-up to this alignment, between June 25th-28th, they will both be interacting with Neptune and Jupiter. Neptune involved can make this a highly intuitive time and great for directing our thoughts and our actions toward anything creative, compassionate, selfless, or spiritual. We may feel more inspired and need to act on what we have been imagining.

However, with Jupiter also involved in a square, we may overdo or overextend ourselves while losing focus. We can more easily overlook details and be impractical, and so will need to be cautious of that. The combined influence of Jupiter and Neptune is good for anything that involves marketing, promotion, or spirituality.

Mercury makes an exact conjunction with Mars on June 28th, while they are both moving toward an opposition with Pluto. We may feel more mentally energetic but can also be irritable and combative with our words. Our minds can more impulsive and we need to be cautious when making decisions.

On June 29th, Mercury makes its exact opposition to Pluto with Mars following closely behind it. Our thinking can become obsessive and we may feel the need to get to the bottom of something. There could be some conflicts, perhaps around hidden matters. This energy could even manifest as power struggles and oppositions toward actions. This energy gets the most intense around July 2nd-3rd, when Mars is exactly opposite Pluto.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

Do you need to connect with others with more feeling, sensitivity, and compassion? Do you need to be more nurturing? How can you need to deepen your relationships and the way you express love? In what ways can you be applying your thoughts and actions towards your creative aspirations, dreams, and wishes? Do you need to act on your intuition more?

These are some examples of what your New Moon intentions can revolve around, but they can also be related to other Taurus themes mentioned in this article, or perhaps other things that come up. The exact time of this New Moon will be at 2:31am Universal Time on June 24th which will be the night of the 23rd in the Americas. You can click here to find out what that is in your time zone.

It is best to make your intentions as close to the New Moon is possible, but they can even be done within the first 24 hours following. However, the best time for making intentions would be within the first half hour following or just prior.

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Does Liability Protection Lead To Unsafe Vaccines? Why Are Vaccine Manufacturers Legally Exempt From Any Wrong Doing?

Fri, 2017-06-23 09:00

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A peer-reviewed study recently published in the Review of Industrial Organization examines whether removing the right to sue (“delitigation”) affects product safety. The findings highlight the importance of litigation in maintaining vaccine safety.

The study, “Is ‘delitigation’ associated with a change in product safety? The case of vaccines”, by economist Dr. Gayle DeLong at Baruch College in New York, compares vaccines licensed before the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in 1986 with vaccines licensed after the legislation. Results suggest that vaccine safety deteriorated after consumers were no longer able to sue vaccine makers.

The study examines adverse events (AE) per 100,000 vaccine recipients and finds the AE ratio increased from 21.0 for vaccines licensed before 1986 to 30.8 for vaccines licensed after the legislation. Further investigation reveals that the legislation is associated with an increase of between 9.4 and 12.8 injuries per 100,000 vaccine recipients (see Table 5 below). Serious AEs such as long-term disability or death also increased by about one per 100,000 vaccine recipients.

The study further analyzes whether increased benefits outweigh the increased risks of vaccines. The argument that the vast majority of people benefit from vaccines, because the vaccines prevent most people from acquiring a disease, is incorrect. Not everyone developed a disease before a vaccine existed, and acquiring a mild case of a disease can sometimes be beneficial. The beneficiaries of a vaccine are people who would have caught the disease and developed a serious complication. Analysis of the benefits of vaccines must therefore determine the proportion of people who developed serious complications from a vaccine-preventable disease.

Findings suggest that a child has a greater chance of being severely injured by a vaccine than of sustaining a serious complication from the disease before the vaccine existed. Although the proportion of people that reported a serious complication from a vaccine is small (0.0028%), it is more than double that of the proportion of people experiencing a serious complication from a pre-vaccine disease (0.0013%). The risks of vaccines are probably understated, because the study relies on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reports System (VAERS), which is a passive reporting system.

The paper also addresses herd immunity and cites studies of disease outbreaks in highly vaccinated populations.

In 1984 Dr. Jonas Salk, celebrated virologist who discovered and developed one of the first polio vaccines, related his concerns to the U.S. Congress about legislation that would indemnify vaccine makers against product liability. He was concerned that vaccine manufacturers would no longer have an incentive to improve existing vaccines or to replace relatively dangerous vaccines with safer shots. Thirty years later, his insights seem very prescient.

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A No-Nonsense Guide To A Natural Healthy Pregnancy & Baby

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:00

Pregnancy is an incredible, life-changing experience. The health of your mind, body, and spirit are all tested in ways you probably never thought possible. Most women know that staying healthy themselves is the best way to have a healthy baby, but we needn’t over-complicate things.

Here are just a few no-nonsense rules to help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby — naturally.

Visiting Your Doctor or Midwife

Your first step toward having a naturally healthy pregnancy and baby is to make a prenatal appointment with your doctor or midwife. They will monitor your baby’s progress, can prescribe remedies (even natural ones), and ensure you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy so you can prevent the need for unnatural interventions. Many women choose to work with a midwife instead of an OB/GYN in order to have expanded freedom for more natural treatments and techniques.

While there is a lot you can do to maximize your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby, don’t beat yourself up if something out of your control happens. It’s important to identify problems early so they can be treated before they get serious and put you or your baby at risk.

Relaxing and Preparing

One of the best things you can do to have a naturally healthy pregnancy and baby is to reduce your stress. Striking a balance between relaxation and preparation is imperative.

Oftentimes one of the greatest stressors after birth is the sudden impact of the cost. Medical bills from the delivery start pouring in, baby needs his or her own insurance, and — wow — you went through those diapers from your baby shower fast!

One thing’s for sure: You’re not alone in feeling the financial squeeze. Raising babies has gotten more expensive, as this article from BumpReveal outlines. From daycare to health insurance, babies simply cost more than they did in 1960.

After you set your preparatory budget, make sure to actively seek ways to relax. Take warm baths with scented oils, read some new books in a cozy spot, take a specialized pregnancy yoga class, or get a prenatal massage. Make time to relax just as you do to eat — relaxation fuels and nourishes your mind and body, which helps make for a naturally healthy pregnancy.

Eating Right

Speaking of eating, we know that following a proper diet during pregnancy is extremely important for ensuring a healthy pregnancy and baby. While all women are recommended to take a prenatal vitamin to cover any deficiencies, doctors still tell us that Mother Nature knows best. Whole foods (including fruits and vegetables), lean protein, and healthy amounts of fat (including Omega-3s) are vital sources of nutrients for baby and mom.

At the same time, try not to stress too much in early pregnancy if you are unable to eat a perfect diet due to morning sickness. Many women are stuck eating a lot of simple carbs like crackers or rice because it’s the only thing they can keep down. If you are struggling to eat a well-rounded diet, consult your doctor or midwife for some natural remedies to stay healthy, including ginger (in various forms like candy, gum, soda, tea, or capsules), Sea Bands, and peppermint tea.

Exercising

Keeping your blood flowing and your muscles strong is crucial. Being fit helps reduce the growing aches and pains of pregnancy and can make your labor, delivery, and recovery go more smoothly. It can also reduce the risk of some pregnancy conditions such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.

If you’re already pregnant and do not have a current exercise routine, consult with your doctor before beginning one. While it’s generally safe to continue exercises that you are already conditioned for pre-pregnancy, if you haven’t been working out, you’ll want to start slow. Doctors will usually recommend 30 minutes or so of walking to get started.

The Heart Disease Rates of Meat-Eaters Versus Vegetarians & Vegans. The #1 Killer In The US

Fri, 2017-06-23 00:00

Please be advised that there are multiple, heavily soured articles at the bottom of this one with a wealth of information about vegetarian/vegan diets. Please check them out if you’re interested and want to further your research.

Proper nutrition is essential for good health, and it’s disturbing how little doctors learn about it in medical school. As a result, they are unable to educate their patients on how to use nutrition to improve their health, or they offer advice based on science paid for by food corporations. The studies in this area are also not as strong as they could be, and that’s simply because they modern day medical industry is very invested in chemical medication.

The scientific literature these corporations use to indoctrinate us from an early age has been exposed as fraudulent, as countless studies have emerged showing the many problems with the modern day diet, which is the generally accepted diet. The problems with mass marketing and the manipulation of science require serious attention. After all, what exactly are we supposed to think when multiple editors-in-chief of peer-reviewed journals come out and blatantly say most of the research published these days is completely false? What are we supposed to think when new publications constantly offer a different narrative than the ones presented by major food corporations?

A recent FOIA investigation actually uncovered documents that show how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manipulates media and science press. This is hardly a surprise, as government agencies have long been involved with media manipulation, and several mainstream media journalists and news anchors have revealed this fact time and time again.

So, have we been completely misguided about nutrition and human nutritional requirements, which is why it’s so great to see more and more people becoming aware of this fact and taking their health into their own hands. It’s not a mystery why disease rates keep rising. While there are multiple factors at play here, the evidence points to mass meat consumption as a major one.

A Healthy Heart and How It Relates to Diet

Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.” (source)

From a scientific/biological perspective, the benefits of a meatless diet are inarguable. It makes one wonder why there is such a harsh resistance to this lifestyle. Skeptics will often point to the theory that we’ve been doing it this way for thousands of years, but that’s not true. Many experts in that field have repeatedly argued that our ancestral diets  were mostly plant-based, that meat was a ‘rare treat,’ and that our digestive systems aren’t really built for digesting meat on a daily basis.  Some of our ancestors had, as anthropologist Katherine Milton describes them, “different yet successful diets.” She says  some hunter-gatherer societies obtained almost all of their dietary energy from plants, and others obtained it from “wild animal fat and protein,” but that “does not imply that this is the ideal diet for modern humans, nor does it imply that modern humans have genetic adaptations to such diets.” (source)

An article by Rob Dunn written for Scientific American titled “Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians” explores this issue from an evolutionary perspective, revealing how our guts might be evolved to perform best on a vegetarian diet, with perhaps the occasional piece of meat here and there as a rare treat.

The point is, it’s not all cut and dry like we’ve been made to believe.

There are many aspects to good health, and a vegan/vegetarian diet has proven to have benefits in several different areas. It’s particularly notable when we look at heart health. The number one cause for death in the United States, it is directly impacted by diet.

“Our standard American diet, also known as SAD, has put our country at the top of the list in the world for obesity, which increases the risk for serious health problems. Overwhelming scientific evidence links the consumption of meat and meat products to numerous diseases. . . . The World Health Organization (WHO) now places red and processed meat at the same danger level as cigarettes and asbestos. Meat is the new tobacco.”

– Dr. Joanne Kong (source)

Take a look at the graphic below regarding heart disease, the number one killer of Americans today. The risk of death from heart disease is significantly lower in vegetarians, and even lower in vegans.

Even the American Dietetic Association has weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.

There is a lot of science to back this up now, so much so that even the President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Kim A. Williams, has adopted a vegan diet. Talk about heart health…

He often sees patients who are overweight and struggling with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. One of the things he advises them to do specifically is to go vegan. He is also the Chairman of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His enthusiasm for a planet-based diet comes from his interpretation of medical literature, having cited several studies proving that people who pursue vegetarian diets live longer than meat eaters and have lower rates of death from heart disease, diabetes, and kidney problems. (source)

It’s great to see more and more professionals realize this, as the science shows that a vegan/vegetarian diet can halt and even reverse multiple diseases.

Research carried out by Dr. Dean Ornish, who found that patients who were put on a program that included a vegetarian diet had less coronary plaque and fewer cardiac events, is also commonly cited.

And there’s plenty more where that came from.

Another heart surgeon who has done a lot for awareness, Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, explains:

“Veganism is a very fine form of nutrition. It’s a little extreme to tell a person who is using flesh foods that you’re going to take everything entirely away from them. When I was in practice in medicine, I would tell the patients that the vegetable-based diet was the healthy way to go, and to keep away from the animal products as much as possible. People are very sensitive about what they eat. You can talk to people about exercising  relaxation, good mental attitude and they will accept that. But you talk to them about what they are eating and people are very sensitive about that. If an individual is willing to listen, I will try to explain to them on a scientific basis of how I think it’s better for them.”  (source)

This trend is inciting further scientific inquiry as its popularity grows. At least 542,000 people in Britain now follow a vegan diet — up from 150,000 in 2006 —  and another 521,000 vegetarians hope to reduce their consumption of animal products. It is evident that veganism has become one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices.

One of the most comprehensive studies ever performed on this subject is “The China Study,” conducted by Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell. Their findings showed direct correlations between nutrition and heart-disease, diabetes, and cancer, proving that cultures that eat primarily plant-based diets have lower to no instances of these diseases and that switching to a plant-based diet can successfully reverse diseases already established in the body.

The Common Criticisms of This Type of Lifestyle Change

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

– Carl Sagan

The problem with many of the truths we hold as universal, not just about nutrition, but all aspects of our world, is that we’ve been bombarded with beliefs from biased sources for years and then accepted those believes as truth. And when someone believes something for a long enough time, if they encounter information that conflicts with that belief system, they do everything in their power to defend it. It’s called cognitive dissonance, and it’s why it can be extremely difficult to talk to a meat-eater about the benefits of veganism/vegetarianism.

The bottom line is, humans do not require meat, and a vegan/vegetarian diet, or a diet severely restricted in meat consumption, is a far healthier option.

This growing awareness is part of a shift in human consciousness that’s taking place on several different levels. Transparency is emerging within not only the food industry, but our health industry, the financial industry, our political systems, and more. We are finally learning that the truth truth regarding so many different topics has been skewed.

Please check out the articles below:

Plant Based Protein vs. Protein From Meat, Which One Is Better For Your Body?

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

What Would Native American Wisdom Say About Going Vegan or Vegetarian: Would It Agree or Disagree

Scientists Say You’ll Get Your Protein From Plants Not meat, If You Want To Be Healthier

Meet Dr. Heather Skenkman, The Ironman Triathlete Vegan Cardiologist

 

 

 

 

How Technology Fatigues The Brain & What We Can Do About It

Thu, 2017-06-22 16:00

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional, a student, a stay-at-home parent, or a volunteer, every day can be summed up as a constant battle against stress and mental fatigue.

When our brains grow tired, we make poor decisions, work slower, and produce inferior work.

What’s more, there’s a good chance this mental fatigue is directly caused by some kind of technology.

Whether it’s your phone, computer, or television, from the moment we wake up, we are constantly bombarded by emails and texts and messages from friends, strangers and colleagues. Notifications from social networks pose a constant distraction.

What’s more, the news media has proliferated into so many different virtual spaces that we’re likely to encounter terror, tragedy, and disaster with every turn.

Instead of living with mental fatigue, it is in everyone’s interest to take an active stand against it. We have conducted extensive research on this topic and reached certain conclusions.

The main way to combat mental fatigue brought on by technology is to determine the kind of work that depletes you the most.

Sometimes this labour will be unavoidable, but when you do have options, it’s important to put these tasks aside and prioritize periods of time when you need to optimize your productivity and quality of work.

The next question, then, is: How do you determine which technology-related work drains you the most?

It varies with each person, and includes several other factors such as what time of day you normally do the work, how much exercise you get, how much time you spend out in the sun, etc. To figure it out, try to think about when you feel the most tired.

See if you can determine a pattern throughout your week, and whether or not your fatigue corresponds with certain types of work or technology.

The answer might be unexpected. The following are a short list of things that might make you especially tired:

  • Transitioning frequently between different tasks
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Planning your schedule and sticking to a routine
  • Quality control, editing, or fine tuning projects
  • Cold-calling, generating business, or promoting yourself
  • Sitting still and maintaining focus
  • Broadening your network and connecting with others on a professional level

Most people will need to perform some or all of the above tasks on a daily basis. But it’s not about removing these tasks altogether.

Instead, strategize. Organize your day so that you leave your best working time for when you’re most alert and awake.

Many successful people have unconsciously arranged their schedules so that they leave a few hours open at a given point in the day when they can dive head first into a task, use the full potential of their creative imagination, and do some of their best work.

During these periods, they might lay aside technology completely, or use it only in very specific functions.

It’s important to keep something else in mind. Sometimes, when we think we’re relaxing, we’re actually tiring ourselves out. Maybe you like to get competitive with a friend or colleague after work with a game of pool or chess.

Maybe you compulsively watch the news and expose yourself to every new tragedy or disaster that occurs around the world every day. Understand that your whole day affects your mental energy.

No matter how you spend your day, you will probably want to spend at least a two-hour chunk completing something important, something that you need to do really well.

If you struggle with mental fatigue, try the following actions and see if they help you optimize your working hours:

1. Figure Out When You’re at Your Best

Everybody follows a different schedule. Cycles known as circadian rhythms dictate when we wake up, when we ‘feel’ awake, how much stamina we have, and how well we work.

Some are morning people while others are night owls. If you wake up in the morning and, right away, feel ready to go and get to work, you might want to do your most important work first off.

If, on the other hand, you feel like you’re not exactly a human until after noon, think about spending your morning doing easier or more mundane tasks and leave a chunk of your afternoon open to really take care of business.

2. Break Your Work Into Different Categories 

Every job requires a variety of skills and tasks to get the job done. You’ll have to interact with colleagues or clients or strangers, organize, manage, craft, or initiate.

If you’re finding yourself yawning at 2:30 p.m. every day, one of the above categories has probably tired and stressed you out.

Try to break up your work into categories like “Networking and Communication,” “Planning Ahead,” and “Creative.”

It might just help you understand what’s using up so much mental energy. Consider planning a ‘technology-free’ hour or hours and use that time to do what needs to be done.

This is essential to achieving what Cal Newport calls “Deep Work” — work periods where we are totally focused and immersed in the task, in a state of flow.

3. Treat Your Brain Well

Many people don’t realize that increased use of technology has a real, physiological effect on our bodies.

Just as medicine has determined cures for chemical imbalances in our brains that stem from mental health diseases like depression or schizophrenia, supplements exist that can help us stave off mental fatigue altogether.

A group of chemicals known as nootropics have proven to effectively boost brainpower and stamina. While many of supplements make wild claims, likening their effects to those of the super-drug from the movie Limitless, some actually have very legitimate effects.

One such nootropic is Qualia, which is sort of like insurance for your brain in that it contains nearly all major nootropic herbs, and aims to curb a variety of mental deficiencies.

In all, it contains 42 different ingredients and has provided everything people need to make it through their day in an alert and energetic state. Research is still out on the effectiveness of “Smart Drugs,” but many athletes, entrepreneurs, and students are taking them with noticeable improvements to their quality of life.

4. Plan Ahead

Work can be totally overwhelming and can cause you to jump from task to stressful task without taking a minute to step back and evaluate. Try to wake up every day and hatch a general plan for how the next 16+ hours will unfold.

Make a to-do list. Organize tasks between essential, pressing, and casual. Crises will undoubtedly catch you off-guard and cause you to break from your plan, but these will become exceptions, and not the manner in which you regularly do business.

Make a few decisions the night before you have a big day, so you won’t have to make them on the big day.

They can be small (like what to wear or have for breakfast and lunch) or they can be large (like deciding what tasks actually matter to you to accomplish on the big day). Organize your to-do list based on those large decisions.

On a final note, if you’re truly struggling and you still have hours of work ahead, think about taking a quick nap. Countless studies prove that a huge amount of stress derives from sleep deprivation.

Your battery might just need a quick recharge.

How The CIA-Operated A “Drug Smuggling Airline” For Heroin & The 9/11 Connection

Thu, 2017-06-22 14:19

If you’re familiar with the American war on drugs, then it may not surprise you to learn that the CIA represents one of the largest drug dealing organizations in history. The CIA originally designed LSD with the help of a Swiss manufacturer as a “mind control drug” as part of their MK Ultra program, hoping that it would allow patients under the influence to commit unspeakable acts commanded by the government and then forget they ever happened. Of course, this plan backfired, and then the CIA introduced LSD to the American population.

The CIA has played a crucial role in producing, trafficking, and/or selling numerous drugs both in the U.S. and all over the world. The CIA is no stranger to money laundering, performing dangerous tests on unwilling patients, and even committing murder over drugs. One of the drugs the CIA has focused on for decades is heroin, which is created using opium. The CIA actually owned and operated a covert drug smuggling airline, referred to as Air Americawhich was used to transport numerous goods, including heroin.

The CIA’s involvement with the opium industry doesn’t just stop there. The CIA consciously turned a blind eye to the opium trade in Afghanistan in the 1980s, until the Taliban took control and attempted to put an end to production. The opium industry in Afghanistan, which represented 90% of the world’s opium production, then plummeted. 9/11 occurred only a year later, giving the U.S. a perfect “reason” to invade Afghanistan. Well, shortly afterwards, the U.S. seized the opium fields and took control of them, and then we witnessed opium production in Afghanistan skyrocketing again.

It’s clear that the U.S. government has an opium problem, one that’s likely making them a lot of money in the process.

What Is Air America?

No, I’m not referring to the hit 1990 movie starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr., though that movie arguably contained more fact than fiction. The movie was centred around the CIA’s private airline, Air America, which was used during the Vietnam War to transport food, supplies, and other items, which happened to include opium.

Those parts of the movie were actually correct, and it seems that the CIA-operated airline was in fact used to smuggle drugs. In Southeast Asia (SEA), during the Vietnam War, the CIA worked alongside Laotian general Vang Pao in an effort to help make Laos the world’s largest exporter of heroin. The CIA then flew drugs all over SEA, allowing the Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, Thailand, and Laos) to become the world hub for heroin.

Agents from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs managed to seize an Air America aircraft that contained large amounts of heroin, but the CIA ordered the agents to release the plane and halt any further investigations.

The CIA wasn’t just involved with the transportation of the drugs, however. The heroin was refined in a laboratory built at the CIA headquarters in Northern Laos. After about a decade of U.S. military intervention, SEA represented 70% of the world’s opium supplier. Unfortunately, many of the operatives became addicted to the heroin themselves. At the same time, SEA also became the main supplier of raw materials for the U.S. heroin industry. Though Air America apparently stopped operations in 1976, the CIA’s involvement in the opium and heroin industries continued in other parts of the world.

Though the CIA’s website still denies that Air America was used to transport drugs, this is no longer a conspiracy theory. Mainstream media has even addressed this issue, as the History Channel just came out with a new series titled America’s War on Drugs, which so far has addressed fairly accurate information regarding the war on drugs, including Air America’s role in transporting heroin (at least within the first two episodes that were released this week).

According to a New York Times article written in 1993, the CIA’s involvement with the heroin industry began slightly before the Vietnam War. During the Korean War, in 1950, the CIA allegedly traded weapons and heroin in exchange for intelligence.

Well, it seems the CIA’s “heroin problem” didn’t start nor end in SEA.

The U.S. Government’s Role in the Afghan Heroin Trade

Afghanistan is another country with a complicated history of involvement in the opium and heroin industries, much of which implicates the CIA. In the 1980s, CIA-supported Moujahedeen rebels were heavily involved in drug trafficking heroin. The CIA supplied trucks and mules, which were used to transport opium.

Despite the fact that Afghanistan supplied approximately 50% of the heroin used by Americans, the U.S. failed to intervene or investigate the Afghan drug industry for years. Instead, many of the individuals trafficking the drugs in Afghanistan were actually trained, armed, and funded by the CIA at the time.

Opium production came to a gradual halt thanks to Taliban rule. By 2000, the Taliban had completely banned opium production, practically eradicating 90% of the world’s heroin. The following UN diagram outlines the history of opium production in Afghanistan:

After 9/11 occurred and the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, opium production suddenly skyrocketed. There have been tons of photos of U.S. soldiers guarding the opium fields, yet today, more than a decade later, they still have not destroyed them (view some of the photos here).

Meanwhile, a propaganda campaign by the Bush administration promised to destroy all drugs and assured zero drug tolerance, as the American war on drugs continued. Throughout the Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton eras, the public had already witnessed multiple presidents promising to crack down on drug use, which turned out to be a giant sham to mass incarcerate Americans, primarily blacks and hippies (read more about that here).

While these presidents were promising to put an end to different drug epidemics, they were actually fuelling them, as the CIA and other forms of law enforcement were heavily involved in the drug trade.

It’s no secret that 9/11 was an inside job, otherwise referred to as a false-flag terrorist attack. If you didn’t know that, please read this CE article.

So, this begs the question: Given that Afghan opium production skyrocketed once the U.S. invaded the country…

Was Opium One of the Motives Behind 9/11?

It was President Richard Nixon who originally started promoting the “law and order” mentality the elite are still pushing now, and Nixon was also the one who waged a “war on drugs” in 1971. Disguised as a tactic to decrease drug usage, this was actually a strategy to incarcerate people by the masses, particularly black citizens. Between 1970 and 1980, the U.S. prison population increased from around 300K to 500K. The irony was thick, as it was the CIA who was introducing some of these drugs onto the streets in the first place.

The war on drugs continued for decades, and by 2000, the U.S. prison population had almost doubled, skyrocketing to over 2 million as a result of these new drug laws. As long as more drugs were on the streets, presidents were able to conduct these propaganda campaigns against drugs and reap the benefits. At the same time, corporations were making a killing off the privatization of the prison system, and so it was a win-win for the both of them. The elite were also apparently pleased, as it was a Rockefeller who proposed the “15 years to life” rule in the first place.

However, the Taliban then took over Afghanistan, decreasing the opium and heroin on the streets of America (except for what Big Pharma was still providing). The CIA is no stranger to drug trafficking, so it’s possible they saw this as an opportunity to commit a false flag terrorist attack in order to justify the invasion of Afghanistan so they could take over the opium drug trade. The motive would make sense, as the American war on drugs was still an issue in 2001.

The CIA already had ties to this area, as the CIA created, trained, and funded “Al Qaeda/Taliban” during the Mujahideen. Ask yourself: If the U.S. government were actually against these organizations, then why are they still funding them?

“Al Qaeda and the Al Qaeda affiliated organizations, including the Islamic State, are not independent organizations, they are sponsored, and they are sponsored by the United States and its allies. It is documented that prior to 2011, there was a process of recruitment of mujahideen to fight in Syria, and this was coordinated by NATO and the Turkish high command. This report is confirmed by Israeli news sources and unequivocally, we are dealing with a state-sponsorship of terrorism, the recruitment of mercenaries, the training and the financing of terrorism.”

– Dr. Michel Choissudovsky (source)

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was quoted as saying that the “CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.” Gabbard even proposed a bill recently, titled “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which only received an alarming 13 supporters.

It’s certain that 9/11 was an inside job, but the entire truth behind the motive is still undetermined. The opium theory seems to be a strong possibility, but of course the elite had their own agenda and the U.S. government had other motives as well. The only thing that is considered to be fact is that 9/11 was a controlled demolition, and that the war on drugs in America was a propaganda campaign. Who knows if the two are related, but it seems to me that this is a potential link!

 

 

A Very Informative TEDx Talk Sharing Pure Facts About Eating Meat That Some People Still Don’t Believe

Thu, 2017-06-22 10:10

When Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, a recently retired, 102-year-old heart surgeon who’s been vegan for half of his life, explained that “people are very sensitive about what they eat,” and how “you can talk to people about exercising, relaxation, good mental attitude and they will accept that, but you talk to them about what they are eating… people are very sensitive about that,” he was right.  In that interview, he went on to explain that “if an individual is willing to listen, I will try to explain to them on a scientific basis of how I think it’s better for them.” (source)

And that’s where we are today — in an era where a wealth of scientific data clearly demonstrates that, for the average “healthy” and “normal” person, a plant-based diet is best for achieving optimal health. We’re also experiencing a wave of compassion, noticing that there’s been a severe disconnect between us and what we are eating. Did you know that billions of animals in the United States alone raised and slaughtered for human consumption? A lot of these animals go through tremendous amounts of fear, loss, torture, and heartbreak before being killed to satisfy our appetites. And that’s not to mention how destructive animal agriculture is to our planet. While we are on the science topic here, remember that “caveman” diet? It turns out this theory is flawed, and many of our ancestors may have been completely vegetarian. This might sound crazy to some, as it counters the narrative major food corporations present to us. They indoctrinate us from our early years in school with their paid-for food “science,” and as adults, many of us remain ignorant of the true facts. Below is a video of Dr. Joanne Kong, a researcher and lecturer from the University of Richmond. In her talk, she shares a number of facts regarding meat consumption as well as the many benefits of a plant-based diet. There is a lot of information here that is still met with disbelief and criticism, despite the overwhelming body of scientific evidence to support it. We’ve written extensively about this topic multiple times, providing heavily sourced articles. For more information, we suggest you browse through the site or check out the selected few listed below where you can find more studies and information beyond the ones mentioned in the TEDx talk.

Plant Based Protein vs. Protein From Meat, Which One Is Better For Your Body?

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

What Would Native American Wisdom Say About Going Vegan or Vegetarian: Would It Agree or Disagree

Scientists Say You’ll Be Healthier If You Get Your Protein From Plants, Not Meat

Meet Dr. Heather Skenkman, The Ironman Triathlete Vegan Cardiologist

“Our standard American diet, also known as SAD, has put our country at the top of the list in the world for obesity, which increases the risk for serious health problems. Overwhelming scientific evidence links the consumption of meat and meat products to numerous diseases. . . . The World Health Organization (WHO) now places red and processed meat at the same danger level as cigarettes and asbestos. Meat is the new tobacco.”

– Dr. Joanne Kong (source)

 

 

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