Are the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over?


Ebola situation assessment – 14 October 2014

Not quite yet.

If the active surveillance for new cases that is currently in place continues, and no new cases are detected, WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal on Friday 17 October. Likewise, Nigeria is expected to have passed through the requisite 42 days, with active surveillance for new cases in place and none detected, on Monday 20 October.

For Nigeria, WHO confirms that tracing of people known to have contact with an Ebola patient reached 100% in Lagos and 98% in Port Harcourt. In a piece of world-class epidemiological detective work, all confirmed cases in Nigeria were eventually linked back to the Liberian air traveller who introduced the virus into the country on 20 July.

The anticipated declaration by WHO that the outbreaks in these 2 countries are over will give the world some welcome news in an epidemic that elsewhere remains out of control in 3 West African nations.

In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, new cases continue to explode in areas that looked like they were coming under control. An unusual characteristic of this epidemic is a persistent cyclical pattern of gradual dips in the number of new cases, followed by sudden flare-ups. WHO epidemiologists see no signs that the outbreaks in any of these 3 countries are coming under control.

How does WHO declare the end of an Ebola outbreak?

A WHO subcommittee on surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory testing is responsible for establishing the date of the end of an Ebola outbreak.

The date is fixed according to rigorous epidemiological criteria that include the date when the last case with a high-risk exposure completes 21 days of close medical monitoring and tests negative for the virus.

According to WHO recommendations, health care workers who have attended patients or cleaned their rooms should be considered as “close contacts” and monitored for 21 days after the last exposure, even if their contact with a patient occurred when they were fully protected by wearing personal protective equipment.

For health care workers, the date of the “last infectious contact” is the day when the last patient in a health facility tests negative using a real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

For WHO to declare an Ebola outbreak over, a country must pass through 42 days, with active surveillance demonstrably in place, supported by good diagnostic capacity, and with no new cases detected. Active surveillance is essential to detect chains of transmission that might otherwise remain hidden.

Incubation period

The period of 42 days, with active case-finding in place, is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola virus disease and is considered by WHO as sufficient to generate confidence in a declaration that an Ebola outbreak has ended.

Recent studies conducted in West Africa have demonstrated that 95% of confirmed cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days; 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. WHO is therefore confident that detection of no new cases, with active surveillance in place, throughout this 42-day period means that an Ebola outbreak is indeed over.

The announcement that the outbreaks are over, in line with the dates fixed by the subcommittee on surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory testing, is made by the governments of the affected countries in close collaboration with WHO and its international partners.

Official announcements for the 2 countries will be made on the WHO website.

WHO recommendations for testing for Ebola virus disease and confirming a case

WHO is alarmed by media reports of suspected Ebola cases imported into new countries that are said, by government officials or ministries of health, to be discarded as “negative” within hours after the suspected case enters the country.

Such rapid determination of infection status is impossible, casting grave doubts on some of the official information that is being communicated to the public and the media.

  • For early detection of Ebola virus in suspected or probable cases, detection of viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) or viral antigen are the recommended tests.
  • Laboratory-confirmed cases must test positive for the presence of the Ebola virus, either by detection of viral RNA by RT-PCR, and/or by detection of Ebola antigen by a specific Antigen detection test, and/or by detection of immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies directed against Ebola.
  • Two negative RT-PCR test results, at least 48 hours apart, are required for a clinically asymptomatic patient to be discharged from hospital, or for a suspected Ebola case to be discarded as testing negative for the virus.
  • Laboratory results should be communicated to WHO as quickly as possible, in addition to reporting under the requirements and within the timelines set out in the International Health Regulations, which are administered by WHO.

Note

WHO recommends that the first 25 positive cases and 50 negative specimens detected by a country without a recognized national reference viral haemorrhagic fever laboratory should be sent for secondary confirmatory testing to a WHO collaborating centre, designed as specialized in the safe detection (at biosafety level IV) of viral haemorrhagic fevers.

Similarly, for countries with a national reference laboratory for viral haemorrhagic fevers, the initial positive cases should also be sent to a WHO collaborating centre for confirmation.

If results are concordant, laboratory results reported from the national reference laboratory would be accepted by WHO.

http://www.theeventchronicle.com/ebola/ebola-stage-fake-epidemic/

Dallas Commissioners Will Declare State Of Disaster Tomorrow Over Ebola ~ ZeroHedge


The advantage of observing these events from the sacred neutral perspective allows the humorous side of this debacle to shine thru…this is getting absolutely laughable. If only the masses had our view of the charade…I don’t normally pay much heed to false flags, but this one deserves our attention and activism to help inform the sleepers. Yesterday I offered my roommates the link to EbolaGate post and got the “Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” response. Today when they freaked out about a plane arriving in Lihue, Kauai that carried an “alleged” Dallas Ebola patient, they had a change of heart and gave me their email…lol

Have a feeling this is really going to backfire on the perps if we stay on the ball and share information that exposes the Ebol-lie. Thank you for your Spiritual Activism…

Namaste and mahalo! Annette

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While the message from the President is ‘keep calm and avoid bodily fluids’, it appears the commissioners in Dallas are slightly more concerned at the potential for Ebola to escalate:

  • *DALLAS COMMISSIONERS TO DECLARE LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER TOMORROW: NBC-TV
  • *DALLAS COUNTY CONSIDERS DECLARING STATE OF DISASTER FROM EBOLA
  • *DALLAS DISASTER DECLARATION WOULD ACTIVATE EMERGENCY PLAN

While we are not sure where a “state of disaster” ranks relative to a “public health emergency” such as the one in Connecticut, we are certain of one thing – it will mean civil liberties will be reduced as government takes control.

Welcome to the new normal American police state.

*  *  *

And then there’s this… (as NBC Dallas reports)

Officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are apologizing for misdiagnosing the country’s first Ebola patient.

 

In testimony that will be submitted to the House of Representives on Thursday, Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, admitted to mistakes that were made during Thomas Eric Duncan’s care when he first arrived at the hospital’s emergency room.

 

“As the first hospital in the country to both diagnose and treat a patient with Ebola, we are committed to using our experience to help other hospitals and healthcare providers protect public health against this insidious virus, Varga said in the prepared testimony.

 

“It’s hard for me to put into words how we felt when our patient Thomas Eric Duncan lost his struggle with Ebola on October 8. It was devastating to the nurses, doctors, and team who tried so hard to save his life,” Varga said in the statement. “We keep his family in our thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes. We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

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Perhaps even more concerning is that the CDC appears to have given the second nurse infected with Ebola permission to fly (despite her reporting she had an elevated temperature), as CBS reports:

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook reports that Vinson called the CDC several times before boarding the plane concerned about her fever.

 

“This nurse, Nurse Vinson,  did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk.”

 

Vinson first reported a fever to the hospital on Tuesday (Oct. 14) and was isolated within 90 minutes, according to officials. She did not exhibit symptoms while on the Monday flight, according to crew members. However, the CDC says passenger notification is needed as an “extra level of safety” due to the proximity in time between the flight and the first reported symptoms.

 

“Those who have exposures to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” said Dr. Frieden. “The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for controlled movement. That can include a charter plane; that can include a car; but it does not include public transport. We will from this moment forward ensure that no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement.”

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Do these people really know what they are dealing with?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-15/dallas-commissioners-will-declare-state-disaster-tomorrow-over-ebola-fears

Déjà Vu All over Again


It was only a matter of time.

The money has started raining down in Oregon and Colorado. Money from the usual suspects—Monsanto, Pepsi, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, General Mills. For the usual purpose—to keep you in the dark about the GMO frankeningredients in your food.

This week, Monsanto dumped a cool $6.2 million into Colorado and Oregon anti-labeling campaigns.

In all, the Junk Food and Gene Giants have spent—so far—$20 million to scare voters in Colorado and Oregon into voting against their own best interests.

We know these huge contributions buy the best advertising and public relations firms in the world, whose star professional liars stay up nights dreaming up creative ways to twist the truth and obscure the facts.

We know this money has an impact.

We know it was money, not the facts, and certainly not the truth, that defeated GMO labeling laws in California and Washington State.

Monsanto hopes that if the opposition throws enough money at the problem, it, meaning you and I and millions of like-minded consumers, will go away.

But we also know this. We have the truth, the facts and the momentum on our side. And we aren’t going anywhere. Are you with us? If so, please consider a generous donation this week so we can lend extra support to the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling campaigns. Thank you!

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in Oregon, Colorado and other states)

CDC Whistleblower William Thompson Issues Historic Statement


Published on Aug 28, 2014
Well we’ve been waiting for it and it has finally happened. CDC Whistleblower Doctor William Thompson, has now issued a public statement affirming the massive fraud at the CDC. He issued the statement through the law offices of Morgan Verkamp who, in 2012, were named “Whistleblower Lawyers of the Year.”

Dr. Thompson broke his decade long silence, with his charges against the federal agency, when he reached out to Dr. Brian Hooker to assist him in taking a second look at the MMR / Autism link data buried by the CDC.

Thompson’s statement reads, “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

This is a historically significant moment for families with Vaccine Damaged children. The magnitude of this admission and its legal implications could see the CDC and Federal Government held liable for Billions of dollars in damages to those affected families.

It is important to note that the wolves are out already attempting to redirect the debate to whether or not Dr. Hooker and Dr. Wakefiled violated Thompson’s trust as Thompson
stated several of the talks between Hooker and Thompson were recorded without his knowledge.

However should Thompson expect any level of privacy as an employee of the federal government, paid with public funds, admitting involvement in a massive cover-up with the CDC?

Well the courts may have to decide that one AFTER the long list of defendants and the CDC get their turn in front of the millions of vaccine damaged families they traded in for big bucks from big pharma.

“Tracking Ebola contacts”: Call in the Surveillance State



October 1, 2014

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Now that the US has its own “Ebola case number 1” in isolation at a Dallas hospital (see also this), it can swing into gear tracking his/her contacts, and the contacts of those contacts.

Never mind that “case number 1” is unproven as an Ebola carrier (see my previous piece, “Is 1st US Ebola patient a hoax?”).

Who cares? It’s hunt and search and isolate in America. And if this campaign gains real steam, the Surveillance State will be deployed, as a “friend of the people.”

NSA, state-run spy ops, video cams on streets; whatever is necessary to “stem the rising tide of the Ebola nightmare.”

This is a perfect way for surveillance advocates to win love for their Machine. “We told you the NSA was absolutely necessary in order to protect the American people. Here’s the proof. We can hunt and find carriers of the dreaded virus, and you and your children will be safe.”

You can also look for the Obamacare apparatus to chime in. New regulations make it necessary to break doctor-patient confidentiality and share medical records. The sharing can be taken to new lengths, in order to locate “Ebola contacts,” or as the police would call them, persons of interest.

We are looking at a confluence of the Patriot Act, CDC epidemic-intelligence foot-soldiers, the NSA, Obamacare, medical ID packages for all citizens, and even community groups who “should be on the lookout” for people “displaying Ebola symptoms.”

Some of these symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, and cough are so general that they’ll spawn overeager helpers (aka busybodies yearning for official status).


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And in case it hasn’t become clear by now, one of the primary objectives of Obamacare (and any national health insurance plan) is laying down requirements that enrollees, sooner or later, must follow:

Take all prescribed medications; follow the official vaccine schedule. In time of crisis, especially, accept all medical dictates.

Remember the infamous “swine flu” debacle of 1976?

“…the swine-flu vaccination program was one of its (CDC) greatest blunders. It all began in 1976 when CDC scientists saw that a virus involved in a flu attack outbreak at Fort Dix, N.J., was similar to the swine-flu virus that killed 500,000 Americans in 1918. Health officials immediately launched a 100-million dollar program to immunize every American. But the expected epidemic never materialized, and the vaccine led to partial paralysis in 532 people. There were 32 deaths.” —U.S. News and World Report, Joseph Carey, October 14, 1985, p. 70, “How Medical Sleuths Track Killer Diseases.”

That disaster occurred at a time when the Surveillance State was, relatively speaking, a mere infant. These days, “Health officials immediately launched a 100-million dollar program to immunize every American” has a far more ominous ring, given the State’s tracking and enforcement capability.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/category/vaccinegate/

Horrid Conditions in Transport Trucks – Present Concerns, Formulate Solutions with Local Farmers and Boycott Factory Farms


The inside of transport truck after arriving at a meat packing facility. Imagine if the last hours of your life were spent in here. Look at the amount of feces and urine on the floor. 

The animals are so afraid they vacate their bowels. It’s like the box cars of the Holocaust, there’s no escape, no hope, no kindness, no protection. In the winter the speed of the truck causes frozen limbs and noses.

Slippery floors (more than usual) cause broken limbs. Some animals are pregnant and abort the babies in transit, if alive they are trampled. Hell on earth, all their lives.

Billions of our soul sisters and brothers are living live of extreme torture, neglect and abuse. Until we find solutions for their plight, the vibration of the planet will  be held in a lower state of density

until we find the compassion, solutions and fortitude to confront our own inhumanity toward the Animal Kingdom. We were given dominion over the land as caretakers and stewards – not destroyers.

Jon Rappoport, CDC Fraud: Vaccine Autism Link & Ebola ~ Red Ice Creations



September 26, 2014
Jon Rappoport is an investigative journalist, author and publisher of the website nomorefakenews.com. He has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. He returns to give a complete run down on the recent CDC scandal. On August 25, 2014 the CDC published a press release defending its 2004 study on autism. Two days later CDC whistleblower publicly admits he and his co-authors cooked that study and committed fraud. The CDC was referring to the 2004 study whistleblower William Thompson co-authored, the study he admitted was fraudulent, the study he and his co-authors slanted to bury the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Jon discusses the complexities behind this huge cover-up. Actor, Rob Schneider also said he has a copy of “the original CDC report that was later suppressed and fraudulently changed.” Later, Jon talks about the striking similarity between the Thompson and Snowden stories. In this extended interview, we’ll continue discussing the vaccine as well as the length the CDC and government will go to obscure damage they’ve created. We’ll move on to talk about the Ebola epidemic. We’ll hear how the CDC is getting their numbers on cases and how it is being diagnosed. The CDC claims that there will be “1 million Ebola cases by January.” As Ebola victims fly into Western nations, Jon discusses what possible scenarios are being planned in the near future in Western nations.

LISTEN HERE

Transpicuous News – Ep 1 – Ebola update: When Ebola isn’t really Ebola


Debut broadcast of Transpicuous News with Dani Arnold McKenny. In this episode D discusses the current Ebola ‘situation’ in West Africa.
When Ebola isn’t really ebola, and EV-D68 is really Polio: Digging deep to connect the dots of medical mythology.

See http://the-one-network.org/transpicuo…

Three Ebola Stories the Mainstream Media Literally Scrubbed From the Internet


Kimberly Paxton
www.TheDailySheeple.com
October 9th, 2014

eraseebola

There’s a mysterious phenomenon that keeps happening to alternative media journalists lately, and it seems to be a side effect of Ebola.

Mainstream stories are being removed from the internet without a trace.

The first I heard of this was when a colleague, Mac Slavo, of SHTFplan wrote an article entitled “Disaster Teams Were Notified Months Ago They Would Be Activated in October”. The article was based on a twitter exchange with a large government supplier of emergency response products specializing in “high risk events”.

“DART teams were notified months ago they would be activated in October. Timing seems weird. Source: current DART member.”

Twitter exchange:

What we are now hearing is just the tip of the iceburg as we enter October. #Ebola virus will cripple EMS and hospitals. The wait is over!

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

@FutureMoneyTren DART teams were notified months ago they would be activated in October. Timing seems weird. Source: current DART member.

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

Be prepared to self quarantine yourselves if you experience flu like symptoms. Do not venture out as EMS & hospitals will be overwhelmed.

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

There is speculation that this #DallasEbola case is not Ebola. DART teams were told months ago they would be activated in October.

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

Wisely, Slavo linked to an archive of the screenshot.

dart_teams_were_notified_months_ago_they_would_be_activated_in_october_ebola_twitter

And I say wisely because the Twitter account involved was subsequently CLOSED.  Here’s the link:

https://twitter.com/GoldenStateEMS/status/517093803212042242

and here’s what you now get when you go to it.

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I said, “Wow, that’s pretty weird. Sounds like you were definitely on to something.”  And then I put it out of my mind, because…EBOLA.  We got incredibly busy bringing you the most comprehensive information on the Ebola situation that can be found on any alternative news website.

But then, this happened…TWICE.  Shortly after we quoted a mainstream source in a story that pointed out inconsistencies, the originally story got scrubbed from the internet.  It took all sorts of cache-searching gymnastics to prove that we weren’t the ones lying and that something was definitely being hidden by someone.

The best thing about this is that you, the readers, have been the ones to point out the inconsistencies.

First, there was the story from an Israeli news source that said Thomas Duncan had died. None of the American sources said anything other than “Duncan is fighting for his life”. This was posted on Sunday, October 5th. Here’s a screen shot of the original story.

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But then, when I went in to moderate comments on the 6th, this appeared:

This must be a parody site akin to The Onion. I went to the link in your article (http://www.israelnationalnews…. and all it had was:

First US Ebola Patient Fighting for His Life

I went in and clicked our original link. Here’s a screen shot of what I saw. Ummm…what?

First US Ebola Patient Fighting for His Life   Latest News Briefs   Arutz Sheva

Hmm…well, that’s different, isn’t it?

But, sort of like a Ginsu knife commercial, that’s not all. The next issue was also picked up by a sharp-eyed reader, and this is when we realized, “Houston, we have a problem.”

When our reporter, Lily Dane, spied a little blurb buried waaaaaaay in the bottom of a CNN article, she had to write about it. After all, who knew that there were EIGHT confirmed cases of Ebola in Europe? We sure didn’t. Then, just a few hours later, I found this comment:

Is there an actual link to this? The CNN article linked has no mention of Ebola in Europe. I also can’t find any mention of cases in Europe.

Sure enough, the reader was again correct. Anyone noticing a trend here?

This one was covered up even better than the first one. Initially, using our Way Back Internet Archive Time Machine, we couldn’t find the cached page – just a big old field of whiteness where our quote had once been.  Then, Melissa Melton found a cached page with a Fox News article that had quoted the same thing Lily did. Here’s that picture.  (You can click on these to make them big enough to read.)

CNN page Europe cases

I contacted a nameless friend of mine with some mad computer skills, and he then found a cached version of the original CNN article. It was too big to get in one screen shot.  Click on the photo to make it big enough to read.

CNN one

CNN two

In response to all of these shenanigans, I sent out a memo to all of our staff. It said:

So over the past few days of our Ebola coverage we’ve had a recurring problem. Mainstream sources keep taking down information. Information is being blacked out. Sometimes when we try to find and archived version, the internet has been scrubbed of the information.

Readers follow the links we provide and discover the story says something totally different.

FROM THIS POINT FORWARD:

If you are writing something about Ebola, take a screen shot of whatever source you’re quoting. Make sure the address bar above shows in the screen shot.

This is absolutely necessary and there are to be no exceptions. Our integrity is at stake here.

Recapping:

  • IF YOU QUOTE ANYONE ABOUT EBOLA, SCREENSHOT IT.
  • NAME YOUR SCREENSHOT SO YOU CAN FIND IT EASILY – MAYBE WITH THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE.
  • EMBED THE SCREEN SHOT IN YOUR ARTICLE AS A PHOTO.

This has happened too many times to be accidental.

KP

So there you have it, Sheeple readers. This is what has been going on behind the scenes here.  We want to thank you for catching this – you guys make our site better. We vow to continue providing you with the most thorough coverage around. We’ll be backing up what we say with screen shots because we take our jobs, and our reputations for integrity and honesty, very seriously.  Please keep your comments coming, because it is you, the readers, who uncovered this issue.

What’s the common thread here? It sure seems to be Ebola.  What exactly is being hidden? And who’s responsible for instituting the memory hole? And WHY? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Resources:

Ebola Survival Handbook: A Collection of Tips, Strategies, and Supply Lists From Some of the World’s Best Preparedness Professionals

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The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

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Psychic Abilities | Psi and Psychedelics: Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences


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[Justin] I recently had an experience with LSD and experienced some psi abilities. Many of the people I have talked to whom have taken psychedelic substances report similar experiences. Julian had an OBE during one of his early trips which matches the work shared below.

[Julian] I took LSD two other occasions previous to the experience I am speaking of now. What made this trip different from other ones was the amount of people involved. I had tripped with one or two people before but never a total of four.

The four of us all worked at the same job and spent countless hours together, some of us even went to school together and so at this point we were all very much connected in our personal lives.

As we all began to peak on the LSD I started to experience a difficulty with perceiving who exactly I was. As I had my internal thoughts I began to hear them vocalized through my friends who were sitting around me in a circle like fashion. My own inner dialogue was no longer just in my head it was literally being played out through the people around me. At this point I realized that I wasn’t the only one experiencing this but that we were all doing it. To better describe I will give an example. Generally when you have thoughts you may form sentences in your head like “I wonder what so and so is thinking about” “I would really like to touch the water”. These same kind of internal dialogues were now being vocally expressed by each person. Instead of the sentence running through my head, each word was vocalized by a different individual as if the people themselves were part of a larger mind. When I realized this I Immediately felt a disassociation with my body. In a sense I was floating around my friends and was more so experiencing being the IDEAS than I was experiencing being a body. Within a few moments the regular first person perspective we experience switched to a third person perspective where I was now watching my body floating upwards in a black background. At that point my memory is lost but what I do remember next is when I realized I was conscious, some type of being, I began to notice my surroundings.

Though I felt confusion it did not feel as if this was a bad thing. I started to remember what objects and shapes were, what they represented in our daily lives and how I was connected to them.

I came to consciousness standing and holding on to a street lamp. I then realized there were other beings around me, I started to recognize them. Who they were, how got here, what they were doing, and most profoundly how everything in life had brought that moment into existence; the millions of connections. I realized how important these beings were to me in my life and in my growth. These were my friends but they were so much more, they are magnificent beings choosing out of infinite possibilities to be here and now in that moment with me. To show care, love, and compassion in the ways the only know how. A truly profound revelation. It was only after this that I remembered who I was, that I was Julian. I only realized that after I had seen how all my friends were connected, that they were connected through me.

I have taken LSD hundreds of times and did not consciously recognize any abilities (despite having many profound experiences and revelations), but after reading Dewey Larson, the Daniel Papers, and understanding the Mind more, it appears that we are getting Psi data all the time, we just normally filter it out or dismiss it.

For example, after our latest experience, I began notice my thought streams were readily presenting me with precognitive data. I experience this most when I’m in a Theta-state (clear mind) and emotionally connected to my present. The greater the emotional charge of bliss and openness with my data stream (the now) the more aware I am of the precognitive data. Julian and I often watch TV shows and Movies to decode them for allegorical meaning and after the recent LSD experience I started to notice my random thoughts were feeding me clues about the end results of the shows and what the characters where going to do. I always suspected the random thoughts and ideas we experience were in fact suggestive of cognition, but due to our belief systems and knowledge base we cannot decypher the data and apply it to understand it as anything more than random.

After reading the following post, and the aforementioned work of Dewey Larson and Daniel, as well as Dan Winter, the science behind our Human Technology, or Psi abilities, is becoming obvious in my mind; and we’re actually learning how to do it.

If we take pause to consider ALL the data we are receiving and how that relates to events and happenings in our lives, it will become obvious to us we are constantly receiving data which would be considered paranormal or Psi.  We are both receivers and transmitters.

- Justin

SourceNexus Illuminati

by David Luke

At the beginning of the 1950s the developed world began in earnest its psychedelic research era. Since then these profoundly mind-altering substances have been inextricably associated with paranormal experiences—such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and out-of-body experiences—by many of the researchers who have studied their effects.

Currently however, virtually no research is being conducted in this area despite the recent revival of research into the potential therapeutic benefit of psychedelics in humans. This paper briefly discusses some of the author’s research to date in this field: a review of the literature on parapsychology (the psychological study of apparently paranormal processes) and psychedelics, a survey of paranormal experiences associated with different psychoactive substances, and correlation of self-reports of the number of consumed psychedelics with performance on a precognition task.

The word psychedelic, meaning ‘mind-manifesting,’ was created by Dr. Humphry Osmond in correspondence with Aldous Huxley in 1956. Four years earlier Osmond had published an article in the Hibbert Journal with his colleague John Smythies in which they proposed that a new theory of mind was needed that could account for both mescaline experiences and what they considered to be the scientifically-proven fact of extra-sensory perception (ESP). Huxley read this article and requested that Osmond, who like Huxley hailed from Surrey in England but lived in North America, should visit Huxley and give him mescaline.

Huxley then catalysed the popularisation of psychedelics with the publication of The Doors of Perception in 1954. In the book, not only did Huxley eloquently describe his experience of mescaline, disappearing beautifully into the mystical folds in his trousers, but he also proposed a nascent neurochemical model of ESP. He suggested that the French philosopher Henri Bergson was right to propose that the brain’s primary function was to filter out all the excess sensory data that we do not attend to. Otherwise, this information would overwhelm the conscious mind with a mass of information that was ordinarily irrelevant for the organism’s survival.

However, building on Bergson’s notion, Huxley added that substances such as mescaline serve to override the brain’s ‘reducing valve’ that filters out this sensory data. Under such psychedelic disinhibition of the brain’s inhibiting function, the mind is thereby capable of potentially remembering anything it has ever experienced and sensing everything within its immediate environment. Furthermore, it is also able to access the entirety of information available in the universe, even forwards and backwards in time. Such mystical or paranormal feats are known as clairvoyance, precognition and telepathy, and are collectively termed extra- sensory perception (ESP), or, more recently, ‘psi.’

To illustrate this psychic psychedelic process, Huxley took the title of his book from a quote by the English mystic, William Blake—“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” Elsewhere in the USA, just prior to the publication of The Doors of Perception in 1954, Gordon Wasson was recently back from his first trip to Mexico where he discovered both an active mushroom cult and the identity of their sacrament as Psilocybe mexicana.

The Mazatec shaman, Don Aurelio, (who Wasson worked with before meeting the more famous Maria Sabina) held a mushroom ceremony for him and told him two important facts about his son in the US that neither of them could otherwise have known. Both were ultimately true, although one was still yet to happen, thereby demonstrating Don Aurelio’s accurate clairvoyance and precognition under the influence of psilocybin. Yet, as far as scientific evidence goes, this is far from conclusive.

Similarly, it was in the mid-1950’s that LSD began doing the rounds. About 10 years earlier Albert Hofmann had discovered the exceptional psychological effects of LSD and had the first-ever LSD-induced out-of-body experience when he found himself hovering above his body and assumed that he had died. But these two tales of exceptional human experience from our foremost psychedelic pioneers are just the opening of the rabbit hole.

Anthropology, particularly from the New World, has long informed us that the people who traditionally use psychedelic plants and potions do so specifically for ‘magical’ purposes, such as ESP, psychic diagnosis and healing.

More compelling yet, there is an abundance of stories of anthropologists either witnessing or experiencing first-hand the occurrence of apparently paranormal phenomena with the use of psychoactive plants and fungi: peyote among the Huichol indians, psilocybin-containing mushrooms with the Mazatec, fly agaric mushrooms with the Ojibwa, datura in India, pituri in Australia, and practically all known psychedelic plants in all regions of the world.

Of particular importance in this equation is ayahuasca, which is so often accompanied by reports of psychic ability that when one of its psychoactive constituents, harmine, was isolated at the beginning of the 20th century it was named ‘telepathine.’ It is also interesting to note that, conversely, there is a serious lack of similar paranormal reports with the non-visionary psychoactive plants that have also been in use for centuries, such as coffee, coca, and cacao.

These numerous reports collected by anthropologists and from the early psychedelic explorers soon began surfacing among psychotherapists as well once these substances started seeping out of the labs and into the clinics. As just one example, Stan Grof, who we can probably credit as being the leading expert on psychedelic psychotherapy, reported observing past-life recall, out-of-body experiences, and ESP on a daily basis.

Thinking there might be something magical about these medicines that has been largely overlooked I conducted a comparison of spontaneous ESP phenomena occurring, with good supporting evidence in the therapy room, either with or without psychedelics. Reports of spontaneous ESP occurring within ordinary psychotherapy were fairly rare, although definitely evident, but they were seemingly more frequently reported by psychedelic psychotherapists during the 1960s.

Substantiating these anecdotal reports a number of surveys have been conducted that have consistently found a positive relationship between the reporting of having had a paranormal experience and the use of psychedelics, with heavier users having more experiences. What the surveys also show is that between 18–83% (depending on the type of experience) of those using cannabis and/or psychedelics also reported ESP experiences occurring whilst actually under the influence. There is very good reason to believe that these substances can induce paranormal experiences, regardless of whether these experiences are genuine or not.

A survey conducted by myself and my colleague, Dr. Marios Kittenis, extended this research and explored the taxonomy of these phenomena to try and identify which drugs related to which experiences in particular. While psychedelics in general were as- sociated with a range of phenomena, we found that particular substances were more readily associated with certain experiences than others. For instance, entity encounter experiences were very common under DMT, telepathy was common under cannabis and DXM, out-of-body experiences typified ketamine, and plant spirit encounters occurred particularly with psilocybin but also with a host of other psychedelic flora.

Since the prohibition of psychedelics in the late 1960s most of this field of research, which I like to call ‘parapsychopharmacology,’ has been conducted through surveys. Yet these provide very little evidential value for the genuine occurrence of psi. Fortunately, the notion of using psychedelics to investigate parapsychology was considered a viable method just prior to prohibition and about a dozen or more controlled experiments were conducted. Walter Pahnke, for instance, who conducted the original Good Friday experiment some 50 years ago and published his findings in the International Journal of Parapsychology, also conducted an ESP experiment with LSD. The results of this experiment were not significant overall. However, Stanislav Grof was one of the participants and had a string of increasingly improbable direct hits on the target symbol, determining a randomly selected target beyond the expectation of chance probability. Grof, explained that:

When I got the third correct answer in a row, the feelings [of a universe where no laws of time and space exist] were so powerful that I could not continue. The reason for discontinuation of the ESP experiment was a strange mixture of a conviction that it was absurd to test the obvious and, on the other hand, a metaphysical fear of confusion that would follow if I had to give up the usual concept of time and space and with it all the related reference points we feel so secure with.

Overall, the catalogue of ‘pharma-psi’ experiments from the sixties had some promising findings, which were in direct proportion to the sophistication of the methodology. Studies that used boring experimental procedures (such as massively iterative card-guessing tasks, sometimes for hours on end) and psychedelically-inexperienced participants returned poor results, while those that used engaging tasks and experienced trippers got the best outcomes. However, most of these experiments lacked the stringent degree of control expected by today’s standards and so also have limited evidential value.

What is needed is a series of well-controlled and methodologically-advanced experiments to more fully explore the capability of psychedelics to induce psi. I suggest that this research is now both timely, given the growing renaissance in psychedelic research, and extremely worthwhile. For instance, my own research into precognition, using a methodologically-rigorous design with 100 participants, found that precognitive ability correlated positively with the reported number of psychedelics consumed by the individuals in the sample (rs =.27, p =.008, two-tailed). Although indirect, this adds further support for the notion of psi-inducing psychedelics.

Given the enormous difficulties still evident in attempting to get funding and approval to conduct research administrating psychedelics directly, let alone when parapsychology is involved, researchers in the past have considered various alternatives. One proposal is to conduct basic ESP research, inviting participants who have just partaken of mind-expanding substances, along with those who haven’t, and testing their abilities. The parapsychologist Charles Tart proposed conducting such ‘drop-out drop-in’ experiments shortly after prohibition to circumvent the difficulties in getting legal and ethical approval for such work.

Such research techniques are now evident in non-parapsychological psychedelic research, but have yet to be used in parapsychology. Alternatively, it would be preferable to conduct direct psi experimentation through the administration of psychedelic substances, although probably with those substances which are still legal and have been reported to induce ESP, such as dextromethorphine.

Yet there still remain many obstacles to such work. Perhaps the greatest opportunity to conduct research at the present time would be to hitch an ESP experiment on the back of an existing psychedelic research program. We would be very happy to hear from any researcher interested in collaborating on this. As another alternative the use of hypnosis to re-induce psychedelic states could offer a novel drug-free methodology.

Psychedelic researchers since the time of Huxley and Osmond have been fascinated by exploring the apparently parapsychological affects of these drugs. Rightly so, because the implications of such research for understanding our capabilities as a species and for understanding reality itself are deeply profound. Huxley’s nascent notion of psychic abilities becoming available through the psychedelic inhibition of the brain’s reducing valve, which opens up awareness to an infinite field of information, is now quietly gaining some credibility.

Recent human experiments show that the serotonergic effect of psychedelic tryptamines can inhibit the ‘sensory gating’ function of the brain thereby opening up the flood gates of information to the mind and expanding one’s sensory awareness. Parapsychopharmacological research of this nature could tell us a great deal about the neurochemistry of apparently psychic abilities, the experience of which has probably been observed with these substances for millennia.

It is an exceptional shame that since prohibition psychedelic researchers have veered away from parapsychological research and, vice versa, parapsychologists have shied away from psychedelic research. Most likely this is because of the position of both of these fields at the fringes of mainstream science and the fear of jeopardising one’s insecure but legitimate positions by dabbling in an even more taboo field of research to one’s own.

Given the widening acceptance of parapsychology within mainstream academia, in the UK at least, and with the new renaissance dawning in psychedelic research globally, such an interest shouldn’t have to be considered as double career suicide anymore. Rather, the kind of ontological questions being asked through the research of parapsychopharmacology appear to be fundamental to our very sense of reality and should deserve special attention. And if philosophical prejudice appears to be in danger of keeping us from investigating such a topic it would seem wise to remember the words of Haldane, “my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

From Breaking Convention edited by Cameron Adams, David Luke, Anna Waldstein, Ben Sessa and David King, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2014.

Via Reality Sandwich @ http://realitysandwich.com/220900/psychedelics-parapsychology-and-exceptional-human-experiences/

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The Master Switch – What Happens To Your Heart When You Dive Into The Sea


by James Nestor on 19th September 2014

Surfers have always realized their tangible human connection to the ocean. However James Nestor’s description of exactly how close that relationship is might well surprise you.

The next time you’re at the beach your body will undergo the most profound transformation you can naturally experience. This is not a psychic prophecy; I don’t have precognition. The transformation I am describing will be physical, and it will be real. It’s the result of millions of years of human evolution, a trigger of ancient genes which you and all other humans share with billions of other deep-diving animals.

It looks something like this: You will be lying on the sand. Your skin will be warmed by the sun. You will become hot and thirst for a swim in the ocean. You will pick yourself up and stroll to the water’s edge, wade calmly into the lapping waves, and jump in. The moment your face submerges in the sea’s salty waters, a Hulk-like metamorphosis will trigger. Blood will begin rushing from your hands and feet, up your legs and arms, and into your core; your heart rate will reflexively lower 25% its normal rate; your mind will enter a meditative, almost dreamlike-state. If you choose to dive deeper, the transformation will grow more profound until you bear only a passing resemblance to your terrestrial form. You will become a water animal — a fish, essentially.

The Master Switch of Life

Scientists call this transformation the mammalian dive reflex or, more lyrically, the Master Switch of Life. They’ve been researching it for the past 50 years.

“Scientists call this transformation the mammalian dive reflex or, more lyrically, the Master Switch of Life. They’ve been researching it for the past 50 years.”

The term Master Switch of Life describes not one but many switches, or reflexes, that are spurred when we enter the water. These reflexes affect the brain, lungs, and heart, among other organs, they work in concert with other triggers in the body to protect us from the immense underwater pressure of deep water and turn us into efficient deep-sea-diving animals. The equivalent pressures of such a deep dive on land would kill or injure us, but not in the ocean. The ocean has different rules, and often requires a completely different mindset to truly comprehend.

Freedivers — those athletes who dive without the aid of any mechanisms, using only a single breath of air — understand the Master Switch better than anyone. In the past decade, they’ve used these reflexes to dive down to unthinkable depths. In the 1950s, scientists predicted that the deepest a human could dive and survive was 100 feet. Any deeper and the lungs would suffer a fatal collapse. Since then, freedivers have dived more than 700 feet; competitive freedivers regularly plummet to 300 feet. After just an hour or two of instruction, many beginners can plummet down 60, 70, even 100 feet. These divers aren’t special; each of us is imbued with the Master Switch. We need only get in the water and dive and let our bodies do the rest.
Here’s what happens when we dive deep.

In the first 30 or so feet underwater, the lungs, full of air, buoy your body toward the surface, forcing you to paddle as you go down. You feel the pressure on your body double at 33 feet underwater. At this depth, the contracting air will shrink your lungs to half their normal size. As you keep diving, at about 40 feet, you enter a gravity-less area in the water column that freedivers call the “doorway to the deep.” Here, the ocean stops pulling you up the surface and begins pulling you down. You place your arms at your sides in a skydiver pose, relax, and effortlessly drift deeper.
At 100 feet, the pressure triples. The Master Switch kicks in harder. Your heart rate reflexively beats even slower. This will help you conserve oxygen, which will allow you to dive deeper for longer. Heart rates of freedivers below 100 feet can plummet below half their normal resting rates. Some divers have recorded heart rates as low as 14 beats per minute, about a third the rate of a person in a coma; some freedivers have even reported heart rates as low as seven beats per minute. (The average resting heart rate for most humans is between about 60 to 100 beats per minute.) According to physiologists, a heart rate this low can’t support consciousness. And yet, somehow, deep in the ocean, it does.

“Around 300 feet, a depth reached often by freedivers, the walls of your organs and vessels, working like pressure-release valves, allow the free flow of blood and water into the thoracic cavity.”

Around 300 feet, a depth reached often by freedivers, the walls of your organs and vessels, working like pressure-release valves, allow the free flow of blood and water into the thoracic cavity. Your chest collapses to about half its original size. During a dive in 1996, Cuban freediver Francisco Ferreras-Rodriguez’s chest shrank from a circumference of 50 inches at the surface down to 20 inches by the time he reached his target depth of 436 feet. The Master Switch shifts into overdrive.
As you ascend to 200 feet, 150 feet, 100 feet, the Master Switch slowly reverses its effects: The heart rate increases, and the blood that flooded into your thoracic cavity now floods back out into your veins and arteries and organs. Your lungs reinflate with air. You become a land animal again.

When diving under your own power, in your natural state, the human body cannot get decompression sickness. The “bends” and other ailments like oxygen toxicity often associated with deep diving are the result of modern technologies. There are no “deco” stops in freediving; a freediver in her natural form, using no additional equipment, can ascend from depth as quickly as she wants and remain perfectly healthy. The human body reflexively processes the uptake of dangerous gases that occur at depth; we’ve known how to do this for, perhaps, millions of years. We are all born with this ability. We are, truly, born to dive.

We’re also born of the ocean.

Each of us begins life floating in amniotic fluid that holds a 99% similar chemical composition to seawater. Our earliest characteristics are fishlike. The month-old embryo grows fins first, not feet; it is one misfiring gene away from developing fins instead of hands. At the fifth week of a fetus’s development, its heart has two chambers, a characteristic shared by fish.

Human blood has a chemical composition 98% similar to seawater. An infant will reflexively breaststroke when placed underwater and can comfortably hold his breath for about 40 seconds, longer than many adults. We lose this ability only when we learn how to walk.

“Dolphins, whales, seals, and other marine mammals also share the Master Switch, and use it to dive to astounding depths.”

Dolphins, whales, seals, and other marine mammals also share the Master Switch, and use it to dive to astounding depths. Sperm whales, for instance, can plummet to more than 9,000 feet on dives that last about 90 minutes; some seals can hold their breath for over an hour and dive to depths of 2,500 feet. Scientists witnessed that these animals seem to gain oxygen the deeper and longer they dive; according to our understanding of physics and mammal physiology, this is impossible. And yet these animals do it all the time. And still, nobody quite understand how. (Again, the ocean has different rules, requires a different mind-set to comprehend.)

Ancient human cultures knew all about the Master Switch and employed them for centuries to harvest sponges, pearls, coral, and food hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean. European visitors to the Caribbean, Middle East, Indian Ocean, and South Pacific in the seventeenth century reported seeing locals dive down more than one hundred feet and stay there for up to 15 minutes on a single breath. These reports were considered exaggerations or outright fabrications for the last few hundred years.
Today, the world record underwater breathhold is now more than 12 minutes, just three minutes shy of the “fabricated” reports of ancient sailors. If we continue at our current rate, humans will break the 15-minute mark by 2017.

The ocean not only changes us physically, but psychically.

In a world of 7 billion people, where every inch of land has been mapped, much of it developed, and too much of it destroyed, the sea remains the final unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness, the planet’s last great frontier. There are no mobile phones down there, no emails, no tweeting, no car keys to lose, no terrorist threats, no birthdays to forget, no penalties for late credit card payments, and no dog shit to step in before a job interview. All the stress, noise, and distractions of life are left at the surface. The ocean is the last truly quiet place on Earth.

Those who dive deep in the ocean get a glassy look in their eyes when they describe their experiences; it’s the same look one sees in the eyes of Buddhist monks or emergency room patients who have died and then been resuscitated minutes later. Those who have made it to the other side. And best of all, the divers will tell you, “It’s open to everyone.”

Literally everyone — no matter your weight, height, gender, or ethnicity. In Japan, women in their seventies dive deep in the ocean to harvest urchins, seaweed, and abalone for hours a day, every day. The women, called ama, have been diving this way since their early teens, carrying on tradition of freediving that is many thousands of years old. Diving deep in the ocean does not sap their energy; the ama believe it gives them life. Some ama dive into their eighties.

You don’t need to dive to 300 feet, hold your breath for 12 minutes, or be 80 years old to feel the human connection to the ocean. You simply need to get wet. A two-second jump into the ocean triggers the Master Switch. You will feel the effects immediately — your body will relax, pulse will soften, and stress will dissipate. You will feel changed. This is the feeling of your body reacting to the life-changing energy of the largest living mass on the planet.

It’s a reminder that you’ve made it back home.

*James Nestor is a San Francisco-based journalist and author of DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. Article first published on Buzzfeed.

Cover image Guillaume Néry, reigning world free diving champion / guillaumenery.fr

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Should we care about the human future? If so, how much?


 

In virtually every institution in human society, we humans concern ourselves with the continuation of the species. We have children, we raise them in some sort of family, we educate them for the world of work and citizenship, and then we see them couple and start the cycle all over again. All the while we seek to defend ourselves from disease, violence, economic deprivation, in fact, anything that might cut short our lives or those of our children. It ought to be self-evident that human beings do care about the future. What I want to examine is whether they should and if so, how much.

For this I will need to take you through some simple thought experiments which will test just how much you might do for the sake of human continuity and just how far into the future you might project your own responsibility.

It is a truism that parents concern themselves with the well-being and happiness of their children and grandchildren (and great grandchildren if they live that long). So, a concern about the general state of human society will extend two or perhaps three generations into the future or roughly 50 to 75 years. After that, it’s hard for us to put a lot of emotion into making things right for people we will never know.

But let’s say you have an altruistic streak that transcends time. You actually believe that people you will never meet deserve your consideration now. You believe that you should leave them a society that makes a good life possible, however you conceive of that good life. How far into the future will this concern carry? 100 years? 1,000 years? 10,000 years? I sense your commitment fading the further out in time I go. After all, how can any of us possibly foresee what human life will be like in 10,000 years (assuming humans survive that long)? How can we even conceive of what a good life will look like then?

Now, let me throw a little cold water on your warm-blooded altruism. Let’s say that today we as a global society decided to do everything we need to do to create what is roughly speaking a sustainable society. This would include ending our reliance on fossil fuels, adopting organic farming techniques, letting go of consumerism as an organizing principle, harvesting renewable resources only at the rate they can be renewed, gradually but drastically reducing population over time until it is below the Earth’s carrying capacity for humans, and creating a cradle-to-cradle resource management system for all finite resources. Certainly, this list could be expanded. But the point is that the system we create could, in theory, be bequeathed to humans for as long as there is a planet Earth.

Now, what if at some point, say, 500 years into this grand experiment, a society arises that decides all these rules on what we can and cannot do should be repealed, especially the restriction on burning fossil fuels? So, today we make great sacrifices to move from a doomed society to one that is sustainable out of concern and respect for future generations. Then, some future generation blows it by undoing everything we’ve done. How’s that for slap in the face? Except, of course, you won’t be around to actually feel the slap. Still, this thought experiment forces us to confront a very ugly possibility and question how much we should sacrifice now for a potentially ungrateful and lethal generation in the future.

Now, let’s go even further into the future. Let’s say humans remain responsibly sustainable indefinitely. How long will that be? Well, the fossil record suggests that mammalian species such as humans have an average lifespan of 2 million years. So, if we date humans using the classification Homo sapiens, then we are a young species, perhaps 200,000 years old. If we date humans back to the beginning of the entire genus of hominids at least 4 million years ago, then humans are essentially in evolutionary overtime.

But no matter what time line you use, one thing remains true: The chances that we humans will defy the logic of the fossil record seem slim. Some 99 percent of all species that have ever existed on Earth have disappeared. We are very unlikely to evolve into some superior being that carries on the traditions and cultures of humans. We are much more likely to go extinct at some point no matter how sustainably we live as a species.

And finally, let’s assume that somehow future humans evolve and adapt so well that they are alive billions of years from now. At some point, our Sun will expand as part of its death throes and consume the Earth. No more life at all on Earth at that point. (I know some of you are saying that perhaps humans will populate the stars. I see no realistic prospect that humans could actually do this even if they could find Earth-like planets. First, the distances would likely be so great that even highly advance spaceships would still take so long to reach such planets that the chance of survival would be small. Second, the Earth-like planet would almost certainly have micro-organisms that would kill humans almost as soon as they landed. Instead of the Andromeda strain coming to us, we would go to it.)

As I’ve lengthened the time line, no doubt you’ve found yourself wondering why any of us today should be concerned about the sustainability of human society in a future that is so vast that it is several orders of magnitude longer than human civilization has so far existed. Good question. The continuity of human beings simply cannot be guaranteed indefinitely into the future regardless of what our genes, our minds, or several hundred Star Trek episodes may tell us. We are largely powerless in that regard.

Now, I am not minimizing the impulse to make the world a sustainable place for our progeny. I recognize that as a very strong drive. And, it is one that is featured in countless environmentally-oriented appeals. But I am looking for bedrock here. Is there a way of thinking about sustainability that doesn’t involve the inherently impossible task of seeking to assure human continuity indefinitely into the future? I think I have an answer.

Sustainable practices must be in and of themselves a path to a good life. If that’s the case, then they are worth implementing simply because they lead to happier and more fulfilling lives. We can take a cue from the simplicity movement which embraced simple living as more fulfilling. Let me illustrate. I ride my bicycle for most of my errands and for exercise as well. Even if there were no climate change problem, even if there were no peak oil problem, even if there were no sustainability crisis, riding my bicycle would still enhance the quality of my life. I’m more fit. I’m more in touch with my physical surroundings. Typically, I’m still moving when traffic is halted. I can get closer to my destination. I pay no parking fees. I find myself now in a kind of universal brotherhood with every other cyclist on the road (a very underrated plus). I could go on. But I think it would be possible to say something similar about any practice that is truly sustainable.

I’m not suggesting that we give up on the rhetoric of creating a sustainable future for our children. But I am suggesting adding to that pitch that almost everything we call sustainable would make us happier even absent the problems we are trying to solve. That means people would ultimately have no regrets about adopting sustainable habits because, in general, they give us a fuller, more compelling life.
Kurt Cobb is the author of the peak-oil-themed thriller, Prelude, and a columnist for the Paris-based science news site Scitizen. His work has also been featured on Energy Bulletin, The Oil Drum, 321energy, Common Dreams, Le Monde Diplomatique, EV World, and many other sites. He maintains a blog called Resource Insights.

http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2012/04/should-we-care-about-human-future-if-so.html

The Ebola Outbreak: The “Pandemic” that isn’t.


There have been many many moments over the past few years that have made me ponder my past and the experiences and knowledge that I have gathered along the way.  I cannot tell you how many times in the last two years alone that I have had major personal revelations about things that I have gone through or learned in the past that are suddenly so relevant in the NOW.  Last night was one of those moments.

For almost 20 years I have had an almost morbid facination with the Ebola virus, and Haemoragic fevers  such as Marlburg and Lassa, in general.  It started when I read the book “The Hot Zone” in 1996, and continued when I worked with a former US Special Forces Military doctor in Thailand who had a vast amount of knowledge on the ebola virus.  Ever since then I have read possibly hundreds of medical reports and studies on the topic….  reports and studies that were written before this so called “outbreak” and the very blatant editing that has been perpetrated across the media.

….. obviously to prepare myself for this article today.

…. Very interesting that the Wikipedia listing for Ebola Zaire doesn’t specify how the virus is transmitted, don’t you think?

If you’ve read any main stream media news outlet or alternative news site, you’ve heard all the panicked fear mongering about the purported “Ebola” outbreak in west/central Africa.  These reports started appearing in the main stream media news in February 2014 while I was in Malta.  I immediately started following the news and kept abreast of the latest developments.  I also immediately started to smell a rat.  The Media banged on the fear porn drum for a few weeks and then it all just sorta disappeared (they couldn’t seem to keep people’s attention on “world war III” starting in the Ukraine AND the “pandemic of Ebola”  at the same time).   Then in the past few weeks they’ve ramped up the Ebola fear porn drama again…..

…. Distract Distract Distract.

Ukraine didn’t work out the way they wanted so they needed another distraction.  Enter the insanity of Netanyahu  and the debacle being played out in the gaza strip.  But now that is not working out for them either as the world is standing up and shining the light of outrage on Gaza.  So another distraction is necessary.  Enter: ebola panicked “pandemic” in africa.

I am not going to get into all the main stream media ebola circus- open any news website and you can read it all- but I will discuss several glaring pieces of obvious bullshit, and “facts” that the so called medical professional associations have invented to perpetuate this travesty.

“Their” goal is only one thing: FEAR & DISTRACTION.   They need to keep the public distracted from the fact that their entire financial world empire has crumbled to the ground and they have lost everything they have. …. I’ll be going into details on this subject in my next article.   For this moment I will focus on the fear porn campaign that “they” are currently pushing onto the public.

Before I start posting the links and my commentary, I will post this note that I wrote in one of my skype rooms as an intro to the topic:

 D.breakingthesilence:  “they’ve” been trying to weaponize ebola for over 40 years.  they can’t do it because the Mayinga strain of ebola (the only known strain to be contagious through aerosol transmission) kills people too quickly for it to work as a broad spread bio weapon.  they’ve been playing with the Marlburg/ebola crosses to create a virus with a longer gestational period so that cross infection/contamination will spread farther.  but Marlburg cancells out the aerosol transmission factors of the Mayinga strain of ebola, which leaves them with oral/mucous membrane transmission, which isn’t effective as the virus dies very quickly unless it’s in a very hot humid climate (hence the fact that they do their testing in western Africa in jungle climates).  Air conditioning kills the virus almost instantly.”

The first article I will post here is to show the vast amount of disinfo that is being spread by official “government” agencies about the Ebola virus.  This article by Mike from Natural News shows the dangers of assuming that these “official” agencies are telling the truth.  (Which I find strange as I know that Mike is usually not fooled by these type of things).

Ebola transmission by aerosols confirmed: virus survives for days outside infected hosts

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/046276_Ebola_aerosol_transmission_infectious_disease.html#ixzz39FOxeNiE
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(NaturalNews) Today Kurt Nimmo from Infowars.com is incorrectly reporting that “aerosol transmission is not possible” with Ebola. (2) That statement is part of an article entitled, “Don’t Fear Ebola, Fear the State” which is, overall, a very compelling article.

Nimmo is a fantastic writer and a great researcher, but in this case his statement is factually incorrect and probably needs to be addressed. As clearly explained by the Public Health Agency of Canada: (3)

“INFECTIOUS DOSE: 1 – 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans.”

Ebola, you see, can “ride” on aerosolized particles of blood, mucous and other body fluids. Someone sneezing, for example, can cause Ebola viruses to be aerosolized where they land on other people’s hands or faces. It only takes one virus entering the corner of your eye (or the corner of your mouth) to set off a full-blown infection……\

…..Even worse, Ebola is a strong survivor outside a host. Here’s what the Public Health Agency of Canada says:

SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days. Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4 C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70 C. Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.

http://www.naturalnews.com/046276_Ebola_aerosol_transmission_infectious_disease.html#ixzz39FPV3ASc

Both of these statements by the Canadian “government” are incorrect and appallingly shine a light on the fact that the real FACTS about Ebola is being covered up, changed and re-written.
let me give you some hard core facts about Ebola:
Ebola has only ONE strain that is suspected to of been transmitted by aerosol exposure to the live virus.  This is an absolute FACT.   The Ebola Zaire strain called “Mayinga”, named after the nurse, Mayinga, who died after being infected with the virus without any known method of transmission- meaning that they suspect that she died through an aerosol transmission (as in: micro particles that are actually in the air, and transmitted through contact with the virus ONLY by air, ie: inhaling it), but it has never been proven that she contracted the virus though aerosol contamination.  The Zaire Mayinga strain is the ONLY Ebola strain that has ever been even suspected of being transmitted through aerosol contamination, and it is extremely rare.  To the best of my knowledge, the Mayinga strain hasn’t been seen in an outbreak since 1978.
ALL the strains of Ebola, and Marburg viruses are very very contagious through membrane transmission- ie: through direct contact with liquid particles (blood, mucous, semen, sweat, urine) onto mucous membranes or through open wounds.  This means that if you physically come into contact with liquid particles infected with an Ebola virus through your mouth, eyes, nose, genitalia or an open wound, then you have a very large probability of being infected with the virus.   Hence: it is highly contagious though PHYSICAL contact with the infected bodily liquids of someone who has the virus.  ie: though touching the body/body fluids, contact with the sheets, bandages, needles, medical instruments etc of an infected person.
BUT….. the virus doesn’t not live very long outside of a human or animal host.   ALL Hemorrhagic fever viruses (all strains of Ebola, Marburgs etc…) are actually very fragile virus particles that need a very specific environment to survive for even a short time.  THIS is why all cases of Ebola always happen in the same place, in Central/West African jungles:  HOT HOT HOT and WET WET WET.  ALL Hemorrhagic viruses require extreme heat and humidity to survive, and as I said above, they literally die very quickly when they are exposed to air conditioning.
These are two of the main reasons that “they” were not able to weaponize Ebola before: because it requires direct contact with infected bodily fluids AND it dies very quickly when it comes in contact with drier, cooler air.
One of the other reasons that they were not able to weaponize Ebola is because it kills too quickly and the gestational period is too short for it to spread very far.  Ebola Zaire has the highest mortality rate- close to 90% of those infected die from the virus, but it also has the shortest gestational period and it can be symptomatic as quickly as 2-6 days after contamination.  As the onset of symptoms is so severe immediately, infected people are not likely to be boarding airplanes, going to night clubs or partaking in unprotected sex.

Marlburg virus is another form of Hemorrhagic fever that “they” have played with, but while it has a longer gestational period- close to 2-3 weeks- it also has a much lower mortality rate that varies wildly between 20-80%…..

The tampering of these viruses needed to make them a viable bio weapon is something they’ve been “working on” for at least 40 years.

….. And here is the proof of “their” work:

http://www.google.com/patents/US20120251502

Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof

US 20120251502 A1\

Publication number US20120251502 A1
Publication type Application
Application number US 13/125,890
PCT number PCT/US2009/062079
Publication date Oct 4, 2012
Filing date Oct 26, 2009
Priority date Oct 24, 2008
Also published as CA2741523A1EP2350270A2EP2350270A4WO2010048615A2,WO2010048615A3
Inventors Jonathan S. TownerStuart T. NicholJames A. ComerThomas G. KsiazekPierre E. Rollin
Original Assignee The Government of the US as Represented by the Secretary of the Dept. of health
Export Citation BiBTeXEndNoteRefMan
External Links: USPTOUSPTO AssignmentEspacenet

All of the information that is contained in this patent is important and worth reading, even though the information is difficult to wade though unless you have some understanding of medical terminology that is used in these type of documents.  It’s also a lesson on reading what they are actually saying in amongst the mumbo jumbo.  I’ve highlighted a few sentences that are very telling from a small excerpt of the document.

In another aspect, the invention provides vaccine preparations, comprising theinventive hEbola virus, including recombinant and chimeric forms of the virus, nucleic acid molecules comprised by the virus, or protein subunits of the virus. The invention also provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In one embodiment, the invention provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of a protein extract of the inventive hEbola virus described above, or a subunit thereof; and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.\….\

… According to the present invention, the chimeric viruses are encoded by the viral vectors of the invention which further comprise a heterologous nucleotide sequence. In accordance with the present invention a chimeric virus is encoded by a viral vector that may or may not include nucleic acids that are non-native to the viral genome. In accordance with the invention a chimeric virus is encoded by a viral vector to which heterologous nucleotide sequences have been added, inserted or substituted for native or non-native sequences. In accordance with the present invention, the chimeric virus may be encoded by nucleotide sequences derived from different species or variants of hEbola virus. In particular, the chimeric virus is encoded by nucleotide sequences that encode antigenic polypeptides derived from different species or variants of hEbola virus.”

chi·me·ra

kīˈmi(ə)rə,kə-/
noun
noun: chimera; plural noun: chimeras; noun: chimaera; plural noun: chimaeras; noun:Chimera
  1. 1.
    (in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.
    • any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals.
  2. 2.
    a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.
    “the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera”

Chimera

Mythical creature
The Chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of three animals – a lion, a snake and a goat. Wikipedia\
“They” go to great lengths to create the illusion that this patent is for the creation of a vaccine to protect against Ebola… but you can’t create a vaccine for a virus unless it is for THAT SPECIFIC VIRUS.  Plain english:  You have to create the “chimeric” virus in order for the “chimeric” virus based vaccine to work!! This means that if they are creating a vaccine from multiple viruses, the vaccine will only work for that CREATED virus.   This is the ongoing mythology of the yearly flu vaccine:  they create a vaccine that will only work on 2 or 3 strains of “flu” virus, but unless they know exactly which strain of flu is going to “appear” that year, the vaccine is completely useless!  There are literally thousands of strains of the “flu” virus, hence unless they know exactly which one is going to  be let loose in the public, they cannot produce a vaccine that has any ability to do anything (…. except spread the virus further though live virus vaccines of course).
This Patent is for a man made form of Ebola- one that has been created by combining several other viruses.  I won’t post it all here as it would make this article incredibly long, but if you’d like to do some homework, do a google search on the names and previous work of the inventors of this hybrid chimeric virus, and check out their other areas of study and research (polio and the common cold? hmmmmm).
Next up to research: who is running the patent.  Who is buying up the license to distribute the virus or the vaccine?  (did you know that Rumsfeld is the global license holder for the H1N1 vaccine?) and who are the agents (usually a law firm) for the patents?  In Canada it is Ridout & Maybee LLP……  seriously? ….. And also look for any private offerings (investment offerings) by those agents that would enable funding the $800 billion to $1 trillion FDA bribe…I mean “price tag”…I mean “application and processing fees”…tee hee…and the subsequent “derivative market”/exchange traded fund to pay back all those sucker “institutional investors” who shove off the liabilities to the secondary markets and the public investors on main street…… bwuhaaaahaaaaahaaaaa!!!  Wait!!!!!!  No worries, the “investors” are still busy trying to figure out how to process the gold, silver, and metals molestation with Basel III promising a “new gold-backed financial system”….toooo much fun!!!!!!!!  Hollywood seriously can’t write stories like this!….  that last bit was written by Heather, who hijacked my computer for a few moments.
This Ebola “pandemic” that is purportedly happening in 4 countries in Africa – 3 of which have never had an outbreak of Ebola before: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone- is very blatantly NOT acting like Ebola outbreaks usually do.  First off, considering the “infected” numbers that were given in Feb 2014 at the beginning of this “outbreak”, and the supposed spread of the virus to 3 other countries…. not enough people have died.  I know that that is a morbid thing to say, but the Ebola virus kills very quickly, with a high mortality rate and IF the virus was in large city centres as the media is saying, and IF the virus was being spread through aerosol transmission as the media is saying, and IF the virus is getting onto airplanes and getting to Canada and the US and Europe as the media was saying was happening in late February 2014…. then WAY WAY WAY  more people should of already have died from this “pandemic”.
The World Health Organization has released statistics that Prove that the media is hyping up the fear porn.  See the Jon Rappoport article quoted below……. the numbers do NOT add up. Not even slightly.
A few more interesting facts about this Ebola outbreak:

Initial outbreak in Guinea

In February 2014, the first Ebola virus outbreak registered in the region occurred in Guinea. By 23 April, the total number of suspected and confirmed cases in the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak had increased to 242, including 142 deaths at a fatality rate of 59%.[5] Originally, the suspected cases were reported in Conakry (four cases),Guéckédougou (four), Macenta (one) and Dabola (one) prefectures. On 25 March the Ministry of Health of Guinea reported that four southeastern districts—Guekedou, Macenta, Nzerekore, and Kissidougou—were affected with an outbreak of Ebola virus disease.[6] The following day the Pasteur Institute in Lyon, France confirmed the Ebola strain as Zaire ebolavirus.[6] An initial report suggested that it was a new strain of ebolavirus,[7] but this was refuted by later studies which placed it within the lineage of the Zaire strain.[8]\

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_West_Africa_Ebola_outbreak\

Diagnostic methods for IDing Ebola in those 3 countries are uncertain. Therefore, we should only consider the category labeled “confirmed,” and even then we should have doubts.
So let’s look at the total for confirmed Ebola case numbers in those countries.
It’s 814.
Confirmed number of deaths? 456.
Now consider another WHO report. This one is titled: “Influenza (Seasonal) World Health Organization,” dated April 2009.
It’s the WHO fact sheet on regular seasonal flu, the kind that is said to infect people globally, year after year, like clockwork.
Ready?
Annual number of severe cases: 3-5 million.
Annual number of deaths: between 250,000 and 500,000.
Remember, that’s every year—not a one-time shot.

http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/is-it-ebola-or-is-it-psychological-warfare/

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TKMR) (TKM.TO), a leading developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, announced today that it has received a $1.5 million milestone payment from Monsanto following completion of specified program developments.
About TKM-Ebola, an Anti-Ebola Virus RNAi Therapeutic
TKM-Ebola, an anti-Ebola virus RNAi therapeutic, is being developed under a $140 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Medical Countermeasure Systems BioDefense Therapeutics (MCS-BDTX) Joint Product Management Office. Earlier preclinical studies were published in the medical journal The Lancet and demonstrated that when siRNA targeting the Ebola virus and delivered by Tekmira’s LNP technology were used to treat previously infected non-human primates, the result was 100 percent protection from an otherwise lethal dose of Zaire Ebola virus (Geisbert et al., The Lancet, Vol 375, May 29, 2010). In March 2014, Tekmira was granted a Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the development of TKM-Ebola.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tekmira-provides-tkm-ebola-phase-161928543.html

What we are seeing is a man made virus being used (luckily not very successfully when you consider the virus they are working with) on an unsuspecting population as a means to drive the public into a fear spiral of desperation, to allow them to promote “their” martial law scam (you know… the one that hasn’t worked for them yet?), and to create a vaccine hysteria to create the illusion of money being in circulation and strengthen the seriously lagging reputation of the worlds main medical institutions and agencies.   This is a DISTRACTION.
D I S T R A C T I O N
DO NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THE SHADOWS.

Final word on Viruses in general:   Do you know how many Viruses modern science and medicine has been able to cure?

Zero

Do you know how many Viruses have been eradicated with medicines or vaccines?

Zero

Yet…. we are all still here.

Erucin, the major isothiocyanate in arugula (Eruca sativa), inhibits proliferation of MCF7 tumor cells by suppressing microtubule dynamics.


Abstract

Consumption of cruciferous vegetables is associated with reduced risk of various types of cancer. Isothiocyanates including sulforaphane and erucin are believed to be responsible for this activity. Erucin [1-isothiocyanato-4-(methylthio)butane], which is metabolically and structurally related to sulforaphane, is present in large quantities in arugula (Eruca sativa, Mill.), kohlrabi and Chinese cabbage. However, its cancer preventive mechanisms remain poorly understood. We found that erucin inhibits proliferation of MCF7 breast cancer cells (IC50 = 28 µM) in parallel with cell cycle arrest at mitosis (IC50 = 13 µM) and apoptosis, by a mechanism consistent with impairment of microtubule dynamics. Concentrations of 5-15 µM erucin suppressed the dynamic instability of microtubules during interphase in the cells. Most dynamic instability parameters were inhibited, including the rates and extents of growing and shortening, the switching frequencies between growing and shortening, and the overall dynamicity. Much higher erucin concentrations were required to reduce the microtubule polymer mass. In addition, erucin suppressed dynamic instability of microtubules reassembled from purified tubulin in similar fashion. The effects of erucin on microtubule dynamics, like those of sulforaphane, are similar qualitatively to those of much more powerful clinically-used microtubule-targeting anticancer drugs, including taxanes and the vinca alkaloids. The results suggest that suppression of microtubule dynamics by erucin and the resulting impairment of critically important microtubule-dependent cell functions such as mitosis, cell migration and microtubule-based transport may be important in its cancer preventive activities.

PMID:
24950293
[PubMed - in process]
PMCID:
PMC4065051

Free PMC Article

1 in 4 Americans Don’t Know Earth Orbits the Sun. Yes, Really.


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Dear Science Communication Professionals: We have a problem.

Earlier this month, the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham creationism “debate” received a disproportionate amount of press coverage. Considering that there really is no debate to be had when it comes to the science of evolution, for bad or for worse, Nye faced a hostile audience at the Creationist Museum in Kentucky. He hoped to score some scientific points against Ham’s literal translation of the Bible and his absurd assertion that the world was created in 6 days and that the universe is 6,000 years old.

In my opinion, (an opinion shared by other science communicators), the Nye vs. Ham debate did little for science outreach. It was all about who sounded more convincing and only gave creationists some free advertising.

VIDEO: Should Bill Nye Debate a Creationist?

And then, today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) delivered news of a pretty shocking poll result: around one in four Americans (yes, that’s 25 percent) are unaware that the Earth orbits the sun. Let’s repeat that: One in four Americans — that represents one quarter of the population — when asked probably the most basic question in science (except, perhaps, “Is the Earth flat?” Hint: No.), got the answer incorrect. Suddenly I realized why the Nye vs. Ham debate was so popular.

But wait! I hear you cry, perhaps the NSF poll was flawed? Perhaps the poll sample was too small? Sadly not. The NSF poll, which is used to gauge U.S. scientific literacy every year, surveyed 2,200 people who were asked 10 questions about physical and biological sciences. On average, the score was 6.5 out of 10 — barely a passing grade. But for me personally, the fact that 26 percent of the respondents were unaware the Earth revolves around the sun shocked me to the core.

Perhaps I’m expecting too much of the U.S. education system? Perhaps this is just an anomaly; a statistical blip? But then, like the endless deluge of snow that is currently choking the East Coast, another outcome of the same poll appeared on the foggy horizon of scientific illiteracy: The majority of young Americans think astrology is a science.

What the what? Have I been transported back to the Dark Ages? Astrology, of course, is not a science; it is a spiritual belief system at best and at worst a pseudoscience driven by charlatans and the tabloid press. The positions of the stars and planets in the sky do not affect my mood and my horoscope has little bearing on the kind of person I am. Even in China, one of the birthplaces of astrology, 92 percent of the people know that astrology is bunk. Really America, get your act together.

Unfortunately, if we are to use the “Is astrology a science?” as a litmus test for scientific literacy, things are looking grim. In 2004, 66 percent of the American public said astrology was bunk. Every year since then, that majority has slipped. By 2012, only 55 percent of Americans considered astrology “not at all scientific.” Probably of most concern is the fact that only 42 percent of young respondents aged between 18-24 said astrology is “not at all scientific.”

ANALYSIS: Is Astrology Rubbish? Don’t Get Me Started

But there is a small glimmer of hope. According to the same NSF poll, the vast majority of Americans seem to love science. Although they returned woeful test results, it seems America is hungry to learn about science and think that science funding is essential for the well-being of the nation. But I’m now concerned about what America thinks science really is, especially in light of that astrology result. Also, just because the U.S. public wants to learn, can they find the institutions that will actually teach real science?

Schools across the nation are currently facing the unthinkable notion of teaching creationism alongside evolution in science classrooms. The fact that religion is given the same standing as science is not only absurd, it’s a fundamental institutional failing where children (who may be excited to learn about science) will grow up with a second-rate education, neglecting decades of scientific knowledge in favor of pseudo-scientific religious agendas.

For a nation that prides itself on science and discovery, it will be a tragedy on a national scale if fundamental science is undercut by superstition and the bad policies it inspires.

You can read detailed results of the NSF poll here (PDF).

http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/1-in-4-americans-dont-know-earth-orbits-the-sun-yes-really-140214.h

Note: While I agree with the author there are issues with unscrupulous astrologers and “pop-astrology”, IMO the fundamentals of astrology are based in the ancient sciences…

I knew the dumbing-down of America was bad, but 1 in 4…really? (facepalm)

Does the Exercise of Power Reinforce Psychopathologies?


The tendency of power to obscure reality has been noted in the past. Neal Gabler in 2004 wrote “All politicians operate within an Orwellian nimbus where words don’t mean what they normally mean, but Rovism posits that there is no objective, verifiable reality at all. Reality is what you say it is, …” What does this imply?

Given that exercising political leadership from a position of centralized power fashions realities, does this tend to reinforce the psychopathologies of leaders? In other words, don’t leaders become drunk with power? Don’t they become corrupted by the power? Don’t arrogance and hubris take over their behavior? Don’t they receive positive reinforcement from seeing their power to move masses and events? Doesn’t this reinforcement amplify their ambitions? These are all implications, and these are also ideas that have been aired before. They are becoming better and better known as descriptively accurate because we are seeing more and more examples daily. We see this effect of centralized power not only at the national level but also in the behavior of police locally. We see it in the strange ambitions of the NSA to mop up every conversation ever made in any medium.

The persons wielding power become separated from objective reality, and that itself is virtually a definition of a psychopathology or a disorder of the mind. Subjectivity conquers objectivity. To guard against this tendency, a political leader should be exposed to many viewpoints backed up by cogent analysis. He (or she) should not be surrounded by yes-men (or yes-women) who merely mirror his own views and reflect them back to him. Stalin was known for purging anyone around him who disagreed with him. Hitler refused to hear opinions that differed from his own. They structured their office so as to enhance their own psychopathologies.

As U.S. presidents become more and more surrounded by a closed circle of advisers, or a compliant press with bland editorials, or news reports in the media that reflect their own press briefings, or controlled town meetings where views contrary to their own are vetted, or motorcades and conferences where protests are carefully vetted or hidden from view, they too amplify the tendency to separate themselves from reality and live in a world of their own making. In the Bush administration, the White House began to manufacture its own intelligence reports so as to justify attacking Iraq. The White House lawyers create their own judicial and legal interpretations so as to give the presidents what they want as justifications for their wars, their torture, their assassinations, their anti-constitutional activities, and their executive orders. The heads of state tend to restrict their conversations to closed groups and each other.

A follow-on dangerous effect is that the leaders not only separate themselves from exposure to contrary views or to objective reality, but also they reinforce their beliefs in what they view as reality. They believe their own propaganda. They then feel even more embattled when contrary opinions are expressed to them. They rationalize by assessing their opponents and the public as ill-informed or irrational.

To counteract this tendency to be divorced from reality, a group of ex-intelligence officers has taken to writing open letters to politicians. They recently sent a letter to Angela Merkel that’s well worth reading. It is immediately clear that they are complaining about matters held to be factual that are not supported by reality or actual facts:

“You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian ‘invasion’ of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the ‘intelligence’ seems to be of the same dubious, politically ‘fixed’ kind used 12 years ago to ‘justify’ the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now.”

Why would they feel the need to write such a letter if they had not observed the phenomena I am describing?

An observant independent person who reads and thinks about such matters will not be taken in by the realities (or spins) being proffered by politicians, but most people don’t have the time or the interest to do this.

If the above theory fits the facts, there is an important corollary. The politician will find that obscuring the truth and shaping reality and public beliefs is easier (lower cost to him) when the situation involved is more complex, when the public and media know less about it, when it cannot be easily observed by the public, and when he has better control over the flow of information

An overseas war meets these conditions. Global warming fills the bill, until there is a series of cold winters. Complex financial matters fill the bill. A complex health insurance scheme fills the bill until some people experience its high costs. The medical benefits of some remedy will be hard for the public to see and assess. The leaders of a government will choose areas of control partly on the basis of their capacity to paint the picture that enhances them and their powers, and that will be in areas of greatest complexity and opaqueness to the public in which these leaders will have a greater opportunity to shape the reality as they see fit.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/does-the-exercise-of-power-reinforce-psychopathologies/

Courtesy of: Red Ice Creations

600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb


Wednesday, July 10th 2013 at 9:30 am

600 Reasons Why Turmeric Is The World's Most Important Herb

 

There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic ones, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications, turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically demonstrated to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.[1]

Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will likely never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA’s “gold standard” for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: “he who owns the gold makes the rules,” and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

Here at GreenMedInfo.com, we have reviewed over 5,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 600 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in dozens of health conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over six hundred additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens billions of dollars in pharmaceutical industry revenue.

Learn more about this research in the video below (keeping in mind that it is several years old and needing some updating), and please spread the information to others who may benefit from learning more on the topic

 

 

[1] The Genus Curcuma (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles); CRC; March 2007

These People Reversed Their Diabetes In 30 Days With This One Change


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Diabetes is one of the most rampant diseases of our time. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. [1]

In fact, diabetes is growing at a fairly fast rate. A study completed by the CDC & Research Triangle Institute concluded that If recent trends in diabetes prevalence rates continue linearly over the next 50 years, future changes in the size and demographic characteristics of the U.S. population will lead to dramatic increases in the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes.[2]

According to the current mainstream approach, the major goal in treating diabetes is to minimize any elevation of blood sugar (glucose) without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, exercise, and a diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetes is treated first with weight reduction, a diabetic diet, and exercise. [3] Currently the belief is “Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure.”– The American Diabetes Association.

But what if we could not only prevent diabetes before it happened, but also reverse it once it shows up?

6 Test Subjects Reverse Diabetes In 30 Days

In the film Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, six test subjects were used, all of whom had varying lifestyles and conditions but were all diabetic- five type 2, and one type 1. Each subject was taking insulin.

Before we get into the results of this film, let’s take note of what is established about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This information is from The National Diabetes Education Program:

Type 1 diabetes – the body does not make insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose from food for energy. People with type 1 need to take insulin every day.

Type 2 diabetes – the body does not make or use insulin well. People with type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.

The participants of the program were as follows:

  • Austin (age 25) was not only a type 1 diabetic, but he also had a drinking problem.
  • Kirt (age 25) had a blood sugar reading of 1200. Normal is below 100. His doctor told him, “You should be dead.”
  • Bill (age 58) was seeing a cardiologist and had neuropathy. He could not feel his feet.
  • Michelle (age 36) was quite obese.
  • Henry (age 58) took insulin plus 9 pills daily. Blood sugar was at 464.
  • Pam (62) was quite obese. Her father, brother and sister are also diabetic.

The Method

The approach Gabriel Cousens takes to cure people of diabetes is all about changing their diet. He states that research shows that in terms of health, meat eaters have 4 times more breast cancer, 3.6 times more prostate cancer, 4 times more diabetes, and much more in general chronic disease. If you’re just having milk, that’s 3 times more leukemia.[4]

Given his position on diet, he believes in taking a mainly raw approach to eating and consuming a plant based diet. His team prepares raw, well-balanced and whole meals for the test subjects throughout the 30 day period. The food becomes their medicine.

With medical supervision, all of the subjects took their medication as needed and ate the food that is provided to them by Gabriel and his team at the Tree Of Life Rejuvenation Center.

Results

By Day 3 of the program Kirt, Bill and Henry were able to stop taking insulin and medication. Their blood sugar levels had already dropped to the normal range after just 3 days of changing their diet. Pam was able to cut her insulin intake by 1/3. Austin, the type 1 diabetic, was able to cut his insulin intake down to half. And Michelle saw her blood sugar at around 362. This discouraged her to the point where she didn’t want to stay in the program any longer, although she did.

By day 12 of the program, Henry’s blood sugar had dropped 256 points compared to day 1. He was not using medication to lower his blood sugar levels. Although he was seeing great results, Henry felt he was too old for the program and requested to go home. His family arrived on day 17 and he went home. By that time, he was no longer taking 17 medications, he had lost 30 pounds and his blood pressure had decreased. In Henry’s case, his addiction to the food he used to eat was too difficult to overcome.

By the very last day, day 30, incredible results were seen that intensely challenges the current belief that diabetes has no cure.

  • Kirt no longer needed medications. His blood sugar had dropped 214 points to as low as 73 (normal) without medication. It was later found out he was type 1 diabetic since the beginning. Status: Within normal range.
  • Bill stopped taking 19 medications and lost 32 pounds. His blood sugar dropped 214 points to 74 (normal) without medication or insulin. Status: Within normal range.
  • Michelle stopped taking all of her medications and lost 23 pounds. Her blood sugar dropped from 291 to 109 without the use of medication. Status: Within normal range.
  • Pam lost 26 pounds while her blood sugar dropped 167 points down to 112 without medication. Status: Within normal range.
  • Austin, who is type 1 diabetic, lost 20 pounds and reduced his insulin from 70 units down to 5. Status: Drastic improvement in diabetic condition.

As you can see, all participants had drastic turn-arounds in their health and all had their diabetes either completely reversed or severely under control. A type 1 diabetic (Kirt) had his diabetes completely cured -something that is considered impossible. All type 2 diabetics no longer needed insulin.

What Does This Tell Us?

Like many things in modern medicine, we don’t have all of the answers and in a lot of cases we have a difficult time admitting that what is currently mainstream  isn’t always the best course of action.

People everywhere are taking alternate routes to achieve results equal to and sometimes better than what is made available to them through mainstream voices like doctors and government appointed professionals. I feel it’s important that people know their options and have a fair chance of hearing them out. I know many people with diabetes who aren’t aware of the power of food in transforming their condition yet are taking insulin and following mainstream ideas as if it’s the only truth.

It isn’t to say that the mainstream is bad, it’s simply that we are missing out on other options in a big way. After all, the American Diabetes Association makes claims about there being no cures yet the above results would suggest there is more to that story.

Have you ever tried raw food to cure your diabetes? We are curious to hear some real live results from others.

Sources:

www.collective-evolution.com

1. www.diabetes.org

2. care.diabetesjournals.org

3. www.medicinenet.com

4. www.treehugger.com

5. www.webmd.com

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