News-in-Transition

2 September 2017

solareclipse - It is not often that we have a truly one-of-a-kind experience in our life that we can be certain will never be repeated. I’ve just come back from Salem, Oregon (which was in the path of totality) to watch the recent solar eclipse. Feeling like I was participating in an art-happening created by Nature herself, words fail me in describing how truly mind-blowing it was. It felt like some sort of numinous religious experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

One of the main things that interests me about the eclipse is how different spiritual traditions have completely different “takes” on what it means. Some traditions feel that solar eclipses are a sacred spiritual revelation that can deepen our connection with the divine. Other traditions feel that, due to the darkness that falls over our planet as a result of the light of the sun being blocked by the moon, the eclipse is an open portal for darker energies (what ancient indigenous cultures refer to as “demons”) to come down to earth. From this latter perspective, instead of reveling in the celestial light (and dark) show, we are supposed to stay indoors and one-pointedly do prayers to protect us from these negative energies. I find myself wondering, which of these two mutually exclusive viewpoints is true?

For me, in encountering questions like this, it feels important to stay with my own experience, which was incredibly uplifting, inspiring and ecstatic.

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2 September 2017

 - I recently stumbled upon an interesting tidbit out of Green Bay. According to local news station WBAY, a number of inmates at a nearby prison have taken up a new hobby: knitting.

I initially raised my eyebrows over this piece of information, but then I looked into the issue more closely. The inmates’ knitting efforts are directed toward making hats and blankets for individuals of all ages. While some of the inmates were initially skeptical of doing such a task, many have grown to enjoy the job, and therein lies the interesting component.

The inmates almost have a sense of wonder at being able to work with their hands to craft something valuable and useful.

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1 September 2017

Photo credit: Amazon Watch - An extremely unpopular and flagrantly corrupt president who came to power under a cloud of illegitimacy abuses his powers to force through regressive and discriminatory policies which would lay waste to the environment and dramatically alter society for generations. Mass mobilizations and existing democratic institutions such as the courts resist his authoritarian attacks and have scored some important victories. Sound familiar?

Although we could be talking about Trump and the U.S. today, in this case we're referring to Brazil, where President Temer is pursuing a very similar course of radical right-wing restructuring, and the Brazilian people and institutions are rising to resist him.

A tremendous national and international public outcry from all walks of society – from artists and activists, indigenous communities, and legal experts – forced Temer to roll back his original decree to allow mining in a large, pristine area of the Amazon rainforest. Although it's important to note that this is just a suspension and not a complete revocation of the order, the activists and their allies who have mobilized against this (including Amazon Watch!) will not let up until he abandons this plan altogether.

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1 September 2017

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un - Attempts to pressure North Korea into stopping its nuclear missile program through sanctions are “misguided and futile,” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, adding that threats and provocations would only add more fuel to the fire.

“The situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently, is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict. Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile,” Putin, who is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote ahead of his trip.

“The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road,” he noted.

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31 August 2017

 - Is there something so “in our faces” going on that we don’t recognize it for what it is, plus apparent calculated and long-range motives? What I’m talking about is the ubiquitous presence of aluminum, aka aluminium.

Aluminum is number 13 on the Periodic Table of Elements and makes up about 8 percent of the Earth’s crust, the only place where it truly belongs. Furthermore, it is not as inert as consensus science in various sciences, especially pharmacology and medicine, would like us to believe. More and more, medical research is pointing to its implication in central nervous system damage and diseases affecting the brain such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Autism. Biochemically, aluminum is known as a neurotoxin, which does not belong in the human body, but is finding its way there from various innovative sources and applications humans should be questioning extremely closely, in my opinion.

Aluminum is a great thermal and electrical conductor, which probably is why it’s being used even for surreptitious reasons, I suspect, such as conductivity to change the atmosphere with the intent of fashioning humans into what eventually will become transhumans—a new breed—based upon transhumanism science—a cross between technology and Homo sapiens. Does that sound “off the wall”? Well, why is aluminum so prolific in the new atmosphere being created by weather geoengineering, aka “chemtrails,” ionospheric heaters aka HAARPs, and in vaccines given to infants within 24 hours of birth?

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31 August 2017

 - In war-torn Syria, there’s little doubt that the conflict has taken a toll on health. Now, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that their attempt at using vaccines to “protect” children against polio has backfired — infecting more children with the devastating disease rather than saving them.

Vaccines make children sick, you don’t say?

As World Health Organization representative Elizabeth Hoff reports,  “As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed. The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are functional in Syria. Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunization coverage to stop the circulation of virus.”

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30 August 2017

 - Words, words, words, are what people see every day, but I do not see words like most people. What I see are worlds, worlds, worlds, and spells, spells, spells. Today, we live in a world dominated by words, which are magic spells that can be used to hypnotize the minds of people. All words have magic properties because they were created based on occult knowledge. To be more specific, they were designed based on sacred geometry and sacred sound. Furthermore, many of them were charged with magic intention.

What the education system does not tell you about letters is that they are actually sigils containing the fundamental semantic code for transmission of thought. This is why words, which are made up of letters, are so effective for stimulating the human mind and transmitting information. Certain advertising companies are well aware that words are very effective tools for stimulating the mind, which is why their ad campaigns often have a lot of words in them.

Besides having the power to stimulate the mind, words also have the power to “cut” and shape the material world. Words have this power because they are sharp like swords. When you move the letter “s” in the term words to the front, it becomes the term sword. In some ways, words are more powerful than swords. This is why the Bible verse Hebrews 4:12 says,

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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30 August 2017

 - Pharmaceutical firms, chemical companies, contract testing facilities, and some cosmetics manufacturers are bad news for millions of animals locked in their laboratories. But when it comes to cruelty, some cause even more pain and misery than others.

To name the worst of the worst, we’ve looked at the number of animals the companies killed, the most painful and invasive experiments conducted, how far they lag behind industry animal protection standards, their refusal to use available non-animal test methods, and their appalling histories of federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

John Ratliff, Covance: As the world’s largest breeder of dogs destined for suffering and pain in experiments—and as the biggest importer of primates for experimental purposes in the U.S.—Covance and its chief executing officer, John Ratliff, is the worst CEO for animals in laboratories. Covance is a contract testing company that tests everything from drugs to industrial chemicals to cosmetics ingredients for client companies. In Covance’s tests, caustic chemicals are dripped into the eyes of animals and experimental substances are applied to their raw and abraded skin. They have been forced to ingest or inhale deadly toxins, and experimenters have intentionally induced cancer in animals.

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29 August 2017

 - Sadly, depression is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people in Australia and around the world. However, there are many natural therapies for depression that give you back your power, as they are more preventive in nature and help your body to heal itself. One of these natural solutions for depression may be magnesium, as pointed out in recent research.

This study involved 126 men and women who suffered from mild to moderate depression. Sixty-two were given a supplement containing 248mg of magnesium (as magnesium chloride, not the best supplemental form) for 6 weeks, and then spent 6 weeks with no supplementation. The others first spent 6 weeks taking no magnesium, and then swapped with the first group for the second half.

All volunteers were given questionnaires to evaluate their depression and anxiety at the start of the study and every 2 weeks during treatment.

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29 August 2017

 - Have you ever been told when you’re stressed to stop worrying and just relax? That it’s all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it’s not.

Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. Take for example exposure to a stressful event. One in which you felt helpless, hopeless, and lacked control. In this case your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is engaged. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling unconscious bodily actions like breathing. To be more specific, it was the sympathetic branch (fight or flight) of the ANS that kicked in while you were strained. In addition, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the midbrain began firing. In which a signal from your hypothalamus sends a hormonal message to your pituitary gland that stimulates to your adrenal glands.

To activate this fight or flight response, stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are released from your adrenal glands. They help our body suddenly mobilize to flee danger. According to Peter A. Levine, trauma expert in the field of psychotherapy, trauma occurs when this biological process is overwhelmed and a person is unable to release and process the stressful event. It is possible to avoid a traumatic response by discharging the energy generated. For example, shaking, crying, and screaming can allow the individual to physically process the stress.

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28 August 2017

 - As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly. We have hunted, gathered, planted and harvested. Our overall survival as a species has been based on gradual, emerging relationships with the seasons, insects, soil, animals, trees and seeds. And out of these relationships, we have seen the development of communities whose rituals and bonds have a deep connection with food production and the natural environment.   

However, over the last couple generations, agriculture and food production has changed more than it had done over previous millennia. These changes have involved massive social upheaval as communities and traditions have been uprooted and have entailed modifying what we eat, how we grow our food and what we apply to it. All of this has been driven by geopolitical concerns and powerful commercial interests with their proprietary chemicals and patented seeds. The process of neoliberal globalisation is accelerating the process as farmers are encouraged to produce for global supply chains dominated by transnational agribusiness.

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28 August 2017

karimic-tools-144 - 8/27 ~ Jupiter (Your Truth & Story) ~sextile~ Saturn (Your Reality & Personal Foundation): These two haven’t danced like this in 12-years and won’t again for 6-years. It’s an excellent activation to come on the heals of eclipse season too! So much has changed since 2003-04. What did you get going at that time? What were your measurable successes? How did your personal Story evolve because things in your Reality shifted during that time? Or – how did your Reality evolve because your personal Truth changed during that time? ...

 - 9/2 ~ Mars (courage & passion) ~trine~ Uranus (freedom & individuality): This is a powerful combo, however, it has to be integrated and consciously expressed to yield the best results, otherwise you may miss an opportunity for a major personal breakthrough. Mars gives you the courage and Uranus awakens new possibilities within. This is an easy alignment of your actions and your individual brilliance. You may even discover some new gift or talent that has been dormant for a while, but is now beginning to come to life...

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27 August 2017

 - When I became a father for the first time, at the ripe old age of 44, various historical contingencies saw to it that my nascent son would be sharing his home with two senescent canines.

There was Nina, an endearing though occasionally ferocious German shepherd/Malamute cross. And there was Tess, a wolf-dog mix who, though gentle, had some rather highly developed predatory instincts. So, I was a little concerned about how the co-sharing arrangements were going to work. As things turned out, I needn’t have worried.

During the year or so that their old lives overlapped with that of my son, I was alternately touched, shocked, amazed, and dumbfounded by the kindness and patience they exhibited towards him. They would follow him from room to room, everywhere he went in the house, and lie down next to him while he slept. Crawled on, dribbled on, kicked, elbowed and kneed: these occurrences were all treated with a resigned fatalism.

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