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8 December 2017

 - “Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

You don’t have to be a genius to be creative, but you do have to be creative to be a genius. Similarly, you don’t have to be awesome to not suck, but you do have to not suck to be awesome. There seems to be a theme here. In order to be an awesome genius, or at least to strive to be one, we should endeavor to be more creative and to suck less. Easier said than done, sure. But as Baruch Spinoza said, “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

The following next-level mind hacks are tools we can use to leverage a little more creativity and a little less suckiness into our lives. As the great Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “In the minds of geniuses, we find – once more – our own neglected thoughts.”

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8 December 2017

 - As privacy barriers have gradually been eroded online, it’s become harder and harder to keep control over what you’re revealing to the websites you visit when you open up a web browser. For many users now, revealing who you are is just an inevitable consequence of being on the web and using apps, but if you want to tighten the reins on where your data’s going, you do have some options.

Starting with data reported to sites by your browser, a plugin or extension is probably your best bet for stopping data from leaking out. Try NoScript Security Suite for Firefox or ScriptSafe for Chrome, which prevent active items on websites from running when you don’t want them too. Other good options include the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Privacy Badger, which blocks third-party tracking cookies while allowing useful, like those that record ones to continue operating, and Disconnect, which offers free add-ons that work in a similar way.

We also like Ghostery, a privacy extension available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. Like Privacy Badger and Disconnect, it stops cross-site, third-party trackers from running, and you can actually see a list of trackers on each site and choose to block or allow them as needed.

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7 December 2017

Image: GM humans: New vaccines made with synthetic genes will alter your DNA - Back in 2015, The New York Times published an article entitled, “Protection Without a Vaccine,” an in-depth look at immunoprophylaxis by gene transfer, or I.G.T. Described as a “novel approach” to fighting serious diseases like H.I.V., Ebola , malaria, hepatitis and even the common flu, the researchers involved in the development of I.G.T. believe that it could provide long-term protection against diseases which traditional vaccines have failed to control.

While this sounds good on the surface, those who are interested in protecting their health freedoms and those of their offspring should take careful note of what it entails.

While I.G.T. is different from ordinary vaccinations and therefore doesn’t carry their risks, it could potentially be far worse.

Handing genetic control to health practitioners – and by extension, the government – could be really dangerous. Under the guise of protecting us against specific diseases, for example, they could alter our genes to make us more docile or meek, and therefore more easily controlled...

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6 December 2017

 - Donald Trump is expected to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel on Wednesday.

Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and subsequent occupation of the area is still considered illegal by the United Nations.

Help us stop this declaration.

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6 December 2017

 - Dopamine is the brain’s master chemical. This single neurotransmitter is responsible for a plethora of mental and physical processes. By learning how to stimulate your own dopamine levels naturally, you can overcome depression, anxiety, apathy, and fear, while boosting feelings of pleasure created by this amazing little neuron.

Dopamine is what rewards certain behaviors in us so that we do them again, and why certain drugs are so addictive. Cocaine, heroine and other opiates cause a dopamine “super reward”which makes their use highly desirable, until you experience the dopamine crash that comes once the illicit drug is absent from the physiology.

The opiates bind to the opiate receptors in the brain, increasing a dopamine release, but once gone, there is an ever-increasing need for more opiate (or other drug) to induce the same dopamine-high. This is what causes drug addicts to resort to ever increasing, negative behaviors to get their next “fix.” The dopamine high is that desirable.

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5 December 2017

 - The phrase “brains over brawn” may actually be true. Science shows that in a scenario where an individual uses both at the same time, the brain receives much more energy than the muscles.

Researchers found that if strenuous physical and cognitive efforts are exerted at the same time, the brain is at the top of the hierarchy in the distribution of nutrients. The brain is prioritized to receive blood glucose and oxygen, therefore inhibiting the amount of nutrients the skeletal muscles receive. In a situation where there is a limited or short supply of both blood glucose and oxygen, these muscles will be a very strong competing force against the brain.

The human body has evolved from the muscle-dependent “soldier” towards a more sedentary “diplomat.” In this day and age, our society needs a steady production of intellectuals that can perform complex cognitive functions, more than it needs a supply of physical laborers, since a lot of companies are now investing in machinery to do the heavy work. With difficult physical tasks come revolutionary inventions that address these problems, hence robots and machines.

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5 December 2017

 - Did you know that the decisions you make today shape your future for tomorrow? Because no decision is an isolated choice, it is a chain of events.

The butterfly effect, a name and concept formulated by American meteorologist and mathematician Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s, is the theory that one small change in the starting condition of an event such as the flutter of an innocent butterfly soaring through the sky can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of an event, like cause a tornado on the other side of the world, or less drastic, cause a plane to experience turbulence.

Edward first popularized the butterfly effect after running weather forecasts through a computer using precise variables and realizing that just a minute alteration of any given calculation, such as wind speed, temperature, or humidity, caused a dramatic influence of the following two months worth of simulated weather predictions. But this is by no means just the case with the weather, but every single event, thought and outcome ever to have happened.

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4 December 2017

karimic-tools-144 - 12/3 ~ Sun (core essential Self) ~square~ Neptune (illusions & delusions): This activation can cause self-doubt, self-delusion and an overall confusion that seems to be sourced within or self-directed...

 - 12/6 ~ Mercury (thought process) ~conjunct~ Saturn (definition of reality): (2 of 2 in Sag:  11/28 & 12/6) - This energy is excellent for any important project that requires your undivided attention. If you've got a vision and have already outlined how to manifest it, now is the time to really fill in the blanks - flesh it out - bring it to life!...

 - 12/6 ~ Mercury (expression) ~sextile~ Mars (passion): This is a healthy selfish energy (aka self-preservation). Do not hold back this week. If you have a big dream or serious goal you have been working toward, then this is the time that may attract the assistance you need from the Universe...

 - 12/6 ~ Mars (action) ~sextile~ Saturn (endurance): This energy gives you a tremendous power booster to your drive to create stability, as you define it. You will be more willing to do the work, starting with a plan that is carefully thought out and then methodically carried out. Plan and Do! Not just one or the other, but both, which can eventually produce solid results...

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4 December 2017

 - In 2017, America will spend more than $10,000 per person on healthcare, or 18% of our GDP. In every measure of cost – total spending, per capita spending, spending as percentage of GDP – the US is #1. However, the results are abysmal: worst healthcare and 4th highest child mortality among developed nations, 31st in the world in life expectancy and ranked as one of the fattest countries in the world (70% are overweight or obese). Why? We have a fundamentally misguided approach to health, disease and treatments.

We have a culture where people consume the wrong type of food; and often the food itself has toxic substances. There are also thousands of chemicals in everyday household products that adversely affect us. Finally, when people get sick, they depend upon a healthcare system which is incentivized to create more customers.

So what exactly is a holistic approach that would solve our healthcare crisis?

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3 December 2017

 - Every few years, there is a surge in scientific interest followed by breathless proclamations of the long-awaited psychedelic renaissance. It is now entering a new stage, with a series of startling insights gracing the pages of leading journals and clinical trials making progress.

The story always follows the same arc: psychedelic therapy showed huge promise in the 1950s, was crushed by the establishment in the late 1960s and is now being revived by a group of fearless visionaries. In five years, 10 at the most, doctors will be routinely prescribing LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelic drugs for a range of conditions.

More researchers are accepting the power of psychedelics with unprecedented potential to treat disease and psychological trauma, but most of all, to reorganize the brain and shift thought patterns.

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3 December 2017

 - Researchers at Cambridge University have found that babies and adults synchronize brain waves through eye contact.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used a total of 36 infants across two experiments where their brain waves were compared with an adult.

The most surprising finding was that more brain activity was recorded in the brain of the babies as they watched the adult who made eye contact, while not directly facing forward.

Researchers attribute the finding to the novelty of the position, since a baby might normally expect someone facing away to not be looking at them.

“When the adult and infant are looking at each other, they are signalling their availability and intention to communicate with each other. We found that both adult and infant brains respond to a gaze signal by becoming more in sync with their partner,” said Dr. Victoria Leong, lead author on the study via the University of Cambridge.

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2 December 2017

Image: Animals experience emotions and exhibit distinct personalities, science confirms -

It won’t come as much of a surprise that horses are very emotional, given their social nature. Any horse owner will tell you their horse has feelings, but it actually goes much further than that.

Researchers have found that one of the factors with the biggest influence on horses’ emotions is the way they are housed. Horses that were kept outdoors in fields had a lower tendency to be afraid of new objects than those who were kept individually in boxes. They found the animals are capable of experiencing both anxiety and fear.

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2 December 2017

 - It’s not often addressed in mainstream news, but whether or not we see nuclear war, the future of our existence is most likely to be radioactive doom. And while the disaster at Fukushima has made some headlines in recent years, the world’s radiation problem is far worse than what is being acknowledged.

According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, there are close to 500 nuclear reactors on planet earth, and the number continues to grow. Accompanying these sites is are the requisite nuclear waste dumps, which also include dumps for weapons and other military testing.

Spent fuel rods, of the kind used in nuclear power plants like Fukushima, have a half-life of 220,000 to 15.7 million years, meaning there all of the fuel rods being used today will far outlive the human race in radioactivity.

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