Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter


on February 24, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are cashed strapped this winter because Israel is withholding $240 million in tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority as punishment for joining the ICC. This is radical, though it’s not unusual and something we’ve come to expect. But turning off the electricity in the middle of winter as blizzards sweep across the Middle East is nothing short of sadistic. The Los Angeles Times reports Israel cut the power to more than 700,000 Palestinians in two of Palestine’s largest urban areas, Nablus and Jenin, for more than 45 minutes “and warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don’t pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt.”

Citing Yiftah Ron-Tal, the director of Israel Electric Corp. (IEC), the Times reports:

“Customers who do not pay electric bills are disconnected; yet here we have an entire population that doesn’t pay while we continue to supply electricity,” he said. “The Palestinian Authority owes the IEC — meaning the paying consumers — nearly 2 billion Israeli shekels [about $500 million]. A year has passed since I said this last and nothing has changed. Starting today, we will begin restricting electricity.”

The irony here, of withholding the months of  tax revenue while demanding payment of a debt, on top of occupation policy preventing Palestinians from being self sufficient, is not lost on anyone. More from the Times:

“This is clearly collective punishment against the Palestinian people,” [Ghassan Shakaa, the mayor of Nablus and chairman of the board of the North Electricity Company, which supplies Nablus, Jenin] said. According to Shakaa, the IEC cut power shortly after notifying his company that it owed more than $10 million, and did not wait for an answer or for payment……

Rashid Fadda, who lives in Nablus and works as a technician for the local electric company, said the power cuts came as a surprise.

“We heard the Israeli company threatening to cut power supply to the West Bank but no one really thought it will happen,” he said. “My work depends on electricity and so when the power was cut off, we had to stop work.”

In more winter news, IMEMC reports settlers from the Gilo settlement have “opened its barrages, throwing all excess rain and melted snow water” flooding Aida Refugee camp near Bethlehem.

Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley Feb. 22, 2015 (Photo: Ma'an News)

Plus, Israel opened dams near the border of Gaza on Sunday morning, flooding the valley causing hundreds of Palestinians to evacuate their homes. That happened last year too.  Are these kinds of punitive measures something Palestinians have come to expect from Israel every winter like clockwork?

Remember last year when Israel caged Palestinian children in outdoor holding pens during freezing winter storms?

– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/hundreds-thousands-palestinians#sthash.FwZR1Vjr.dpuf

“Engineered Winter, Engineered Drought” by Dane Wigington


http://GeoengineeringWatch.org
https://www.facebook.com/dane.wigingt…
Earth’s climate system is being manipulated and forced in too many directions to comprehend. Governments around the globe are participating in the climate engineering not only over their own countries, there is also the weather warfare aspect between opposing countries. Those in pursuit of power have turned our once pristine blue skies into a battlefield. Geoengineering is nothing short of an all out assault against Nature. Truly untainted weather is non existent, deep blue skies are no more. From record snows to record heat and drought, all is now being manipulated by the ecologically devastating climate engineering programs. Each of us must continue to help sound the alarm on the geoengineering insanity so that when the population is forced to wake up (due to the rapidly accelerating devastation that is occurring), they will know just how horrifically they have been violated by those in power. Make your voice heard, share credible data with others, start “spot fires” of awareness wherever you go.

The Horrific Life of Male Chicks


In the last 50 years, there has been a huge transition away from small family farms to large industrial complexes, where chickens are treated as mere meat- and egg-producing machines. And the majority of chickens now live indoors, in tiny wire cages or overly cramped sheds.
In a recent article, Al Jazeera highlights the horrific lives of male chickens bred and killed on today’s factory farms.
“Males of the egg-laying breeds are of little value, as only a few roosters are required for reproduction. A day after they’re hatched, chicks are sexed (their gender determined), with the unfortunate males heading straight to the grinder for use as animal feed.”
In the United States, this equates to several hundred million chicks killed every year.
While the article suggests that improvements in technology could limit the number of male births, it remains that the best thing we can do to protect chickens right now is simply to not eat them or their eggs.
Ed Note: Awww, breaks my heart, poor little guys! I rescued a feral baby rooster in early December, who stranded himself outside my bedroom window. His name is Falcon and he’s been a real joy to raise, and he’s also caused me to stop eating chicken entirely – ok, I still eat eggs (and so does he!).
An alternative to store bought, factory farmed eggs is buying eggs from local farmers, try searching craigslist for someone in your area selling eggs. Better yet, try raising a couple hens if your city ordinances permit have chickens in your area. They’re actually pretty cool creatures to have around, I absolutely love the feral chickens here on Kauai. Interesting creatures that also symbolize magic in many indigenous cultures.

Former heads of failed bank Kaupthing receive the heaviest jail sentences for financial fraud in Iceland’s history


By Staff

  • Convicted From left, chairman Sigurður Einarsson, CEO Hreiðar Már Sigurðsson, CEO of Luxembourg branch Magnús Guðmundsson and investor Ólafur Ólafsson. Photo/Vísir.is

The Supreme Court of Iceland sentenced today four former heads of failed bank Kaupthing to jail for their role in market manipulation of share prices in Kaupthing bank in 2008.

Former CEO, Hreiðar Már Sigurðsson, received a five-and-a-half year long sentence, which is the heaviest sentence for financial fraud in Iceland’s history.

Former chairman, Sigurður Einarsson, received a four-year sentence, Magnús Guðmundsson, former CEO of the bank’s Luxembourg branch, got four-and-a-half years and so did investor Ólafur Ólafsson, who was a leading shareholder in the bank.

The four men were convicted for conspiring to try to manipulate Kaupthing’s share price by claiming that sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa al-Thani, a Qatar royal, had risked his own money by buying a 5% stake in the bank for 155 million UK pounds in September, only weeks before the bank collapsed in October 2008.

At the time of the investment the bank’s chairman, Sigurður Einarsson, told English newspaper the Guardian that the bank’s strategy of increasing the diversity of its shareholder base had proved “fruitful”.

However it later surfaced that it was the bank itself that was indirectly buying the shares and now the four men who conceived that strategy are going to jail for a long time.

Kaupthing was one of Iceland’s big three banks that crashed in the autumn of the 2008. The other two were Glitnir and Landsbankinn. All three are still in winding-up proceedings.

http://icelandmag.com/article/former-heads-failed-bank-kaupthing-receive-heaviest-jail-sentences-financial-fraud-icelands

Ed. Note: Excuse me, while I applaud Iceland for jailing the banksters – meager sentences of only 4-5 yrs are a slap on the hand when taking into consideration the number of lives that were destroyed when Iceland’s three biggest banks failed. In addition to light sentences, if Iceland’s penal system is like the U.S., they’ll do time at minimum security facility and if they’re good boys and behave themselves, they’ll get out early for good behavior.

To deter future corruption, the justice system must deliver sentences that fit the crime…period. These bozo’s will likely get out in 2-4 yrs and be back to living the life of Reilly on money stashed in foreign accounts.

On the bright side, Iceland sets a precedent – the time to jail the banksters is long overdue.

18 Signs You’ve Found Your Soulmate


Spiritually speaking, it is said that even before you were born, the name of your spiritual half has been determined. Each soul has a perfect match… your soulmate.
Although most people think of a soulmate as a perfect harmonious union of bliss, your true spiritual soulmate is the person who is intended to help you “complete yourself.”
Jerry McGuire was right – soul mates complete each other. A person is unable to complete his mission in life alone. Everyone needs someone to help them become a better person. This is not always a blissful experience.
Being in an honest, sincere, and committed soulmate relationship helps you to become a better version of yourself. You have to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, beyond your limits to find your better self.
Even though we tend to think of soul mates as a symbiotic union; soulmate relationships can be rough at the beginning. They can be like two jagged edged puzzle pieces trying to click into place. Sometimes it looks like you do not fit together at all, but soon after a little bit of twisting, turning, and flipping the pieces around, you feel the moment of the perfect click. It’s a feeling deep in your soul, that says, this is the right one.
Often soulmates appear in disguise. You might not be physically attracted to each other when you first meet, but there is a mysterious force pushing you forward that tells you this is “the right one” for you.
You have a personal checklist of everything you want in a partner. Tall- check. Dark hair (no curls please)-check. Blondes only-check. 6 pack abs- check. Or you can be like Jerry Seinfeld who knows his date is not “the one” because she eats her peas one at a time.
So, if you are brave enough to move away from your romance checklist, open your eyes and your heart to unexpected possiblities, you might just be one of the lucky ones who finds their true soul match.
You know you’ve found your soulmate when:

1. You just know it.

Something deep inside tells you this is the perfect one for you. It’s as if there is a spiritual force pushing you to let go of everything you previously expected and to give of yourself completely.

2. You have crossed paths before.

Soulmates have met each other at a previous time. You may not have connected, but you were in the same place, at the same time. Before my husband and I met, we lived across the street from each other and worked across the street from each other. Yet we never met until the time was right.

3. Your souls meet at the right time.

Each person has to be ready to receive the soul connection. Even though my husband and I were in close proximity of each other for many years, we did not meet until the time was right for both of us. You have to be prepared to meet your soulmate. It could be that you have to go through a relationship that doesn’t work out, or that you’re not ready to ditch your “perfect person checklist,” but when it comes to soulmates- timing is everything.

4. Your quiet space is a peaceful place.

Being quiet together is comforting like a fluffy down blanket on a cold winter night. Whether you are reading in the same room, or driving in the car, there’s a quiet peace between you.

5. You can hear the other person’s silent thoughts.

With soulmates, there is such depth to your relationship that you can feel and hear what your partner is thinking, even if it is not verbally expressed.

6. You feel each other’s pain.

You stand in each other’s shoes. You know each other so well, that the second he walks in the door, you can tell how his day was. You feel each other’s feelings: sadness, worry, and stress. And you share each other’s happiness and joy.

 7. You know each other’s flaws and the benefits in them.

Yes, it’s true. Our flaws have benefits. Every trait has a positive as well as a negative side. It’s the task of each person to always look for the good, even when things don’t look so good. There is usually a benefit to each flaw.Stubborn people are good decision makers. Overly organized people are great at paying bills on time.

8.  You share the same life goals.

You’re both on the same page with values, ethics, and goals. You may have a different way of reaching those goals, but you both want the same end result.

9. You’re not afraid of having a conversation.

Conversations can be challenging. Expressing concerns or attempting to make decisions is uncomfortable. Soulmates know that if they join together, they will be able to work it out.

10. You are not threatened by the need for alone time.

Whether it’s tennis three times a week or girls’ night out, you respect each other’s need for independence, knowing that when you get together, your time alone is special.

11. You don’t experience jealousy.

Pretty girls at the office or handsome personal trainers aren’t a threat to your relationship. You are secure knowing that you are the only one.

12. You respect each other’s differences and opinions.

You know you have different opinions. Often soulmates are polar opposite. At times this is challenging. These are the times when you are being forced to let the other person complete you. You still have your own opinion, but instead of agreeing to disagree, there is a deep level of respect for each other. You listen and honor the differences.

13. You don’t scream, curse, or threaten each other with divorce.

Of course you feel the anger. People unintentionally hurt each other. But soulmates aren’t nasty, hurtful, or punitive.

14. You give in because you want to make your partner happy.

Giving can often occur in unhealthy, co-dependent, or abusive relationships. But soulmates give to each other for the sole purpose of making each other happy.

15. You know how to apologize.

It’s not easy to say “I’m sorry” or admit that you did something that hurt the person you love. Soulmates realize that their actions or words cause harm. Even if they feel justified in their point of view, if their partner was hurt by it, they can easily apologize for the harm they have caused.

16. You would marry each other again.

You know this is the one and only one for you. Even through the tough times, you would choose your partner again. You feel a sense of pride in your partner.

17. You complete each other.

Yes, I’m sorry to say it but, your partner fills in your blanks. No person is perfect. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Soulmates complete each other. It’s the yin and yang of perfect harmony. One person may be the extrovert, while one is the introvert. One may be social, while the other a homebody. Soulmates are often opposite that are attracted to a person who has their missing pieces.

18. Being in each other’s arms washes away all your stress, worries, and anxiety.

There is no place you’d rather be at the end of the day but in each other’s arms. If you had a rough day filled with disagreements, a fight with your boss or if you missed the train, whatever happened is gone the second you cuddle up together. There is a warmth in your heart, an inner peace you can feel. No words need to be spoken. All that exists is the silent, blissful union of two souls together. Two souls that were meant to be together eternally.
Source : lifehack.org
Ed. Note: For this editor, the jury’s still out on soulmates.  For the most part, I define the above list as a “healthy relationship” – which are about as hard to come by nowadays as a soul mate.  Personally, the more I learn about the complicated and expansive nature of the soul and the infinite aspects of ones Oversoul, as well as the souls journey through universes and worlds it’s hard to imagination the “two aspects” in the soul mate equation can keep up with each other through all the migratoins and movement. Or, is the concept of “soul mates” just another matrix mind control “program” designed as another distraction to harvest time and energy, ultimately preventing us from becoming “complete”?  Are “soul mates” just a reality limited to a souls journey on Earth?? What about aspects of ourselves existing in other realms, timelines and dimensions, do they have different soul mates? Geezuz…the whole thing gets really complicated when you really start thinking about it.
Seriously, if they exist…soul mates split off as two aspects from the Oversoul, one male aspect and one female aspect that journey through infinite lifetimes together playing a new role each life?  Over lifetime, after lifetime disguised in countless skinsuits; travelling through different universes, realms and worlds together – yet born apart. Until fate brings two souls together again in the dance of life. The film Cloud Atlas masterfully took on the concept of reincarnation and how soul family’s travel together through lifetimes on different worlds masterfully. All star cast Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and more. (5 Stars, personal favorite)
Sadly, many long to to meet their soul mate for a sense of completion, wasting enormous amounts of time and “energy” looking for love in all the wrong places. Trying to find the “One”…And I’m just as guilty as anyone else – been there, done that.
But what I’ve learned, is my sense of “incompleteness” attracted some very unhealthy relationships.  And, before a “healthy relationship” could EVER appear I had to stop looking out ward for love and go within to heal my fragmented heart. To learn to love myself first and foremost. As I learned the true meaning of self love, the next step is balancing the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine aspects and bring them together in Divine union. And that’s not as easy as it may sound, it’s a long journey. From my POV, it’s only when we are whole and complete in our heart-space, that we can allow and attract a soul mate in to our lives who “completes” us.

 

How to Clean Your Chakras Explained by a Child’s Cartoon


We thought this was pretty astonishing for a cartoon!

Some of the metaphors are very simplified,

but the message rings true.

How amazing that ancient wisdom and interconnectedness can be shared in a beautiful fun way with children!

http://clearmindz.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-clean-your-chakras-explained-by.html

Meg Benedicte “Global Reboot: March 20, 2015″


Note: From my observations, it’s difficult to believe anyone in a human skinsuit fully understands the dynamics of the New Earth, or the new energy’s we’re moving into, especially after we move thru the Omega point. From what I’ve been able to ascertain, after the “shift” or “reset” happens, it’s very difficult for us to perceive what life will look like after the veils are completely removed from the 3D matrix – all we really have to work with are glimpses into “probable” futures.

In Mary Rodwell’s work with over 1600 star children/crystal kids/indigo’s, she says many children have told her they’ve been taken by their star family’s to see the New Earth. They all say it’s another galaxy and they’ll be taken there after the “shift” to learn new skills they’ll bring back here, to this 3d Earth to heal the planet. She’s never mentioned adults being part of this process. Overall, that’s a much different story than we’ve been hearing from the Lightworker community.

Only The Creator kn0ws the exact moment  of the end date.  All that said…Megs assessment of the energy’s we’re approaching deeply resonates. We’re heading into a much heavier time of transformation, which at times may prove to be difficult to navigate and will most certainly present some interesting challenges, as well as obstacles to maneuver, as we move increasingly faster toward a New Earth paradigm. But, we are equipped with Soul Mastery at the most basic levels which will help us weather the course ahead. And don’t forget our ancestors, soul and star family’s are ALWAYS helping from the “other side” offering love, protection, guidance and wisdom. for added impact, include them in your daily meditations, they’re part of your team.  Much love and aloha! {~A~}

Meg Benedicte

The global preparation plan is now in place and opening the gates to heaven so all souls that were trapped in the karmic reincarnation cycling can return home to Source Creator. We are being given a chance to decide if we want to stay to seed, plant and grow our New Earth civilization or return home to our soul group. Many souls are still on the fence right now and need to decide which direction they are pointing.

I’ve decided I want to experience the Merkaba Light Body in its full crystallization before I return home. I need to see that all the hard work of the past 20-40 years is in place and working. In 2012 I moved to Mount Shasta, the root chakra on the crystal 5D grid, to join other grid workers to anchor and ignite our New Earth template. All the pieces are in place…all the Starseed Souls are anchoring Divine Light to the new grid and many Souls are contemplating how they would like the New Earth paradigm to materialize.

We will witness the advancement of the New Earth starting this year as the final Uranus-Pluto square nudges humanity into a higher dimensional experience – that of the 4th dimensional Heart Center. When the heart is open there is a chance of loving compassion to enter all that we do. Humanity has the opportunity now to shift from a warring, divisive world into a new paradigm of caring connection.

When we see a civilization open the 4D Heart Center there is a continual expansion into more and more empathy. No one will be able to tolerate harmful behavior towards another living being. It will be eliminated from our planet. Our work is done of carrying the torch of Divine Light! We will witness in our lifetime new levels of Light presence all around the globe. It is testimony to our dedication as Light Bearers!

Many of the Ascension First Wave generation were alive during the revolutionary events of the 1960’s and carry the codes and consciousness of their Soul Blueprint to reboot the planetary paradigm. I’m one of many Starseed Souls who visit the planet during the volatile times of collapsing civilizations, in order to seed higher dimensional consciousness. We are raising the consciousness with our energy signature and Divine Light quotient. Nothing can stay the same under the impact of such high frequencies of pure Love.

For the past two years the old world order has been losing control of the planet. The completion of the Mayan Calendar on the Dec 2012 Solstice unlocked all control of the Matrix – the screens went blank. This is a massive restructuring in all areas of life. We can expect the final Uranus-Pluto Square on March 16/17th and the March Eclipse-Equinox on March 20th to act as a planetary reboot – it is rippling through the global Matrix like shock waves, causing severe cracks in the Matrix structure.

As the veils dissolve, we will become more aware of the battle going on between Light and Dark forces in the 4D astral plane. In the coming weeks and months we will insert into the cracks of the Matrix the crystal Light holograms of the New Earth paradigm. The visiting Starseed Souls are seeding crystal Light codes, systems, structures and realities into the newly forming Earth plane.

When we focus our attention and intention in devotion to the Soul’s purpose and passion…we begin to receive regular guidance, signs, symbols, visions and dreams that communicate our Soul’s greater plan. For example, I receive valuable insights about the current condition of my energy field with ‘house’ dreams. In the past few weeks I’ve been waking up in repeated dreamstate where mice/rats are coming out of the woodwork and running amok. This dream has occurred at least 3 times per week for several weeks. Ok, it got my attention! I asked Metatron to explain the message of the dream…he predicts we will see more and more varmints out in the open, being exposed for who they are.

Due to the nature of the polarized 4D Astral plane, we may experience some backlash as the Dark forces desperately try to hold onto to the planet. Much of my Soul’s work involves adjusting and balancing the planetary field with the Quantum Vortex. I can’t count how many times I awakened in the midst of some global energy shifts, catastrophic balancing, massive clearings, and holographic/gridwork restructuring. These episodes have also increased in the past few weeks…just last night I woke up 4 times involved in global adjustments.

This is not a time to get distracted…get life into order and balance, get grounded, breathe deeply and maintain your Still Point as best you can. Contain your energy field, especially in the 3D-4D Astral plane where the battle is raging. We must do everything we can to protect ourselves during the transition into higher dimensional reality. Please do not take this lightly. We will ride it out as smoothly as possible.

The last 3 years of the Uranus-Pluto square has been teaching us how to find our inner strength and emotional security within. The path to becoming integrated Souls is an ‘inside job’! Spend time in quiet meditation and deepen your inner connection to the Divine Presence of your magnificent Soul essence.

As the old world reality breaks apart and dissolves, we have an extraordinary opportunity to create new routines, new projects, new visions, new life patterns and lifestyles…embrace the change, clear all limits, open your heart and mind to the infinite possibilities appearing on the horizon. Our future is NOW!

Lovingly, Meg

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Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying


Three Senate committees approved a bill to require large agricultural companies to abide by buffer zones for spraying restricted-use pesticides around schools and other sensitive areas.

February 12, 2015·By Anita Hofschneider

Three state Senate committees approved a bill Thursday that would impose stricter regulations on Hawaii’s seed industry, including buffer zones for spraying certain pesticides around schools, watersheds, hospitals and other sensitive areas.

The hearing was only the first step in a long process to becoming law, but Gov. David Ige said Thursday that he supports the idea of creating buffer zones for pesticide spraying.*

“I do believe that the state has an obligation to regulate pesticides,” Ige said. “I think the state needs to be more proactive. I think the state has an obligation to ensure the public health.”

The issue is a major topic of debate this legislative session following years of grassroots activism protesting large seed companies like Monsanto that grow genetically engineered crops year-round in Hawaii. Three counties recently passed bills cracking down on the seed industry, but a federal court ruled in two cases last fall that it’s up to the state to regulate farming.

The governor said he has asked the director of the Department of Agriculture to identify state land that could be used as buffer zones around schools and medical facilities.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor David Ige holds press conference at Capitol.  12 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor David Ige talked to reporters Thursday.

Ige said the state is also working hard to fill empty positions in the DOA’s Pesticide Branch, including jobs for inspectors. The agency has a huge backlog of inspection reports, in part due to understaffing.

“We are moving forward from the executive side in trying to be sensitive to concerns raised,” Ige said.

As Ige spoke, more than 100 employees from seed companies such as Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer waited outside his office in a show of solidarity from the seed industry.

When Ige emerged from the press conference, the group presented the governor with a genetically engineered papaya from Kamiya Gold Farms in Kaneohe.

Bennette Misalucha of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group, said the seed industry brings its employees to the Capitol every year to remind policy-makers of the importance of agriculture and show them that the corporations are made up of people.

Misalucha said the group wasn’t at the State Capitol to lobby regarding particular bills.

Courtesy of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Gov. David Ige receives a genetically modified papaya from the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group for seed companies, as employees from companies like Monsanto and Syngenta look on.

“I think it’s just important for the legislators to understand and see the industry,” she said.

Hours later, a crowd gathered to testify on three pesticide-related bills before the Senate committees on health, agriculture and the environment.

Despite the governor’s stated support for buffer zones, the state’s Department of Agriculture Chair Scott Enright criticized Senate Bill 793, which would force agricultural companies that purchase large amounts of restricted-use pesticides to abide by buffer zones around schools and other sensitive areas.

“As written, the bill lacks a science-based assessment of the potential risks referred to and fails to show that the mandatory restrictions it would impose on a certain class of pesticide users is necessary or would achieve the bill’s intended purpose,” Enright wrote in his testimony.

SB 793 also calls for more disclosure about pesticide use. The measure is similar to a bill that Kauai County passed two years ago but was struck down by a federal court. By Thursday afternoon, the proposal had attracted 440 pages of written testimony.

Near the end of the three-hour hearing, lawmakers grilled Enright, along with Thomas Matsuda of the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Branch.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Josh Green pressed Enright on whether the department needs more manpower and regulations to ensure large agricultural companies are using pesticides safely.

Currently, there is only one pesticide inspector on Kauai, despite persistent claims from many residents that pesticide drift is causing health problems.

“We are relying on the training of the certified applicators,” Enright replied. “We hold them to a higher standard.”

Enright also noted that the department’s budget was cut by about 40 percent during the last economic downturn. The agency is in the process of filling over 100 positions, including two more pesticide inspectors on Kauai.

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Sen. Josh Green in hearing concerning home birthing regulations.  2.10.14 ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Health Committee Chairman Josh Green

The Senate committees ended up passing SB 793 with amendments, but Sens. Gil Riviere and Glenn Wakai voted with reservations.

Riviere said he was concerned about the proposal’s selective focus on the seed industry, and Wakai said that he worried the state would get sued if the measure passed.

Supporters of SB 793 included representatives of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii; the early childhood education group Good Beginnings Alliance; the Hawaii chapter of the national activist group Center for Food Safety; the Hawaii chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Hawaii branch of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Opponents included Alexander & Baldwin, a large landowner that leases land to seed companies; Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; CropLife America and companies including Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Pioneer.

Numerous residents from Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island submitted identical letters supporting the bill and calling on lawmakers to hold the seed industry accountable.

The committees also approved Senate Bill 1037, which seeks to create a pesticide disclosure program under the Department of Health.

Green recommended that senators defer Senate Bill 797, which was very similar to SB 793.

SB 793 and SB 1037 now go to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. SB 793 will also need to be heard by the Consumer Protection Committee led by Sen. Rosalyn Baker, who has previously been opposed to bills aimed at regulating the seed industry.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/02/hawaii-gov-ige-supports-buffer-zones-for-pesticide-spraying/

Ed. Note: Over the last year I’ve been working as Executive Assistant for Elders with the Kingdom of Hawaii. They’ve told me most of the people they know who are employed by Biotech firms, share residents concerns. But, most biotech employee’s are paid well and need to support their family’s, unfortunately like everywhere else this is a very tight job market where there are few realistic alternatives for employment. The Kingdom currently has projects on the table aimed at providing many, many jobs for the local community; but, funding these projects is the issue we currently face. Once we overcome the funding hurdle, then we can begin tackle issues negatively affecting our community..and, we will.

“Tell the Hawai‘i State Legislature to Protect Keiki & Kupuna Health!” The Center for Food Safety


Please join me in taking action against biotech firms in protecting keiki and kapuna (children & seniors), from the continuous onslaught of toxins in the environment…mahalo for caring and sharing…Aloha! {~A~}

Buffer Zones Bill HB 1514 needs your help! This Thursday, February 19 at 8:30 AM in Conference Room 312 the House Committee on Agriculture will hear HB 1514. Agriculture Committee Chair Clift Tsuji, Vice Chair Richard Onishi and members of the committee need to know that you support no spray buffer zones around schools to protect keiki health. SIGN HERE

Buffer zones are a necessary step for mitigating the negative human health impacts of pesticide drift in our state. As you may know, at least 25 schools in Hawai‘i are located within a mile of large agricultural companies that spray restricted-use pesticides. Children, the elderly and other sensitive residents have no choice but to live, work, and commute daily in close proximity to areas where restricted use pesticides are being sprayed.

Notification and disclosure requirements will bring much needed transparency to pesticide regulation in Hawaii and prioritize the protection of Hawaii’s public health and natural resources. These regulations are in line with those of 31 other states who understand that it is vital to provide communities with information about the dangerous chemicals that are regularly applied in close proximity to schools, nursing homes and other sensitive areas. SIGN HERE

We know our members have the power to tip the scales. It’s time for the state to step up and put the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people first. SIGN HERE

How to Homestead Without 100 Acres and A Cow


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How to Homestead Without 100 Acres and A Cow | When I hear the following comment: "I really want to homestead, but we're waiting until we can afford to buy an acreage." I usually respond with this:  "If you have a home, you have a homestead." Today I will share ways you can create a homestead, regardless of where you live or the resources you have (or don't have). | GNOWFGLINS.com

I frequently hear the following comment: “I really want to homestead, but we’re waiting until we can afford to buy an acreage.”

I usually respond with what a fellow homestead friend once said to me:  “If you have a home, you have a homestead.”

While the term homestead initially referred to a piece of land given to you by the government in exchange for cultivating it, Merriam-Webster defines a homestead as simply “a house and the farmland it is on.”

I believe that houses can come in any shape or size: a tent, a mobile home, a farmhouse, an apartment, or a home in a suburban neighborhood. And I believe that land can be an acreage or simply a collection of terra cotta pots assembled on a back patio.

In other words, homesteading isn’t based on the resources you have — it’s about what you do with them.

Homesteading is an attitude of the heart.

So, here are some ways you can create a homestead, regardless of where you live or the resources you have (or don’t have).

1. Gain a new perspective on your food.

I will never forget the time when, as a new gardener, I brought several heads of fresh lettuce in from the garden. Suddenly my pristine kitchen sink was filled with mud. I was somewhat taken aback by this revelation: my food comes from dirt.

The grocery store with its sparkling aisles of clean and perfect produce creates something of a buffer between us and what we eat. It’s a buffer that shields us from that fact that healthy produce is not always uniform and blemish-free. Chickens lay eggs in numerous shapes and sizes, and true whole milk needs to be shaken before drinking.

While many of us don’t have the capacity to grow everything we eat, we all can seek out ways to get more up-close-and-personal with our food. Shop as much as possible at the local farmer’s market, and make sure to ask the grower about their cultural practices. If you can’t keep your own chickens, check local Facebook groups or Craigslist for people selling fresh eggs. Seek out a source for locally-raised meat.

Cook as much from scratch as possible, eliminating as many processed foods from your diet as you can. Yes, it does require more time in the kitchen, but perhaps you could use some of your homemade goods for bartering those fresh eggs.

How to Homestead Without 100 Acres and A Cow | When I hear the following comment: "I really want to homestead, but we're waiting until we can afford to buy an acreage." I usually respond with this:  "If you have a home, you have a homestead." Today I will share ways you can create a homestead, regardless of where you live or the resources you have (or don't have). | GNOWFGLINS.com

2. Look for ways to be more self-sufficient.

Plant a small garden, even if you are limited to just a patio behind the house. So much can be grown and harvested from containers. Seek out others who are growing what you can’t and ask if you can offer a few hours of weeding in exchange for fresh vegetables. Learn where and how to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk and then freeze, can, dehydrate, or ferment the food to preserve it for later.

Preparedness and self-sufficiency are not limited to food either. Think through any potential hardships or emergencies you and your family could realistically face. Do you have a plan in case they happen? Do you have enough drinking water, batteries, candles, flashlights, etc. in the event of a power outage? Do you have a well stocked grab-and-go bag?

Do you rely on the conventional grocery store, gas station, or local convenience store? Can you reduce your reliance in any way?

You can also become more self-sufficient by learning the traditional crafts of our ancestors. Can you learn to set fence posts? Build a chicken coop? Do you own and know how to operate a sewing machine? When the need for a specific item arises, think “Is this something I can make for myself?” before you buy it.

3. Slow down the pace of your lifestyle.

Many people desire a life in the country because of the calm and peaceful surroundings. Peace, however, is an attitude of the heart — it is a function of our spirit.  Evaluate your home, your lifestyle, and your surroundings. When you walk in your front door or go about your daily routine, do you feel a sense of calm? Or do you feel stressed and rushed?

Can you reduce the areas of your life that cause stress? Are there things you can eliminate to bring a sense of quiet? Consider turning off, or even getting rid of the TV.  Can you limit errands to just a few times a month, giving yourself more time at home?

What about the atmosphere of your home? Backwoods Home Magazine recently had a fascinating article on the use of kerosene lamps (Issue #146, April-May 2014). My husband and I have purchased a few and enjoy using them in the evenings. Lighting them is a pleasant ritual: it signals the end of the day and quietly sets the tone for the next.

4. Honor the rhythm of the seasons.

The modern-day lifestyle constantly resists the natural order of things. We want light when it is dark, we want to be cool when it is hot. We want summer fruit in the middle of winter.

I believe the pattern of the seasons — rest in winter, awakening in spring, summer activity, followed again by a season of rest and reflection — was ordained for a reason. Our body, mind, and spirit need those down times in order to rejuvenate.

Regardless of where you live or what your homestead looks like, how can you incorporate the change of the seasons? Look for ways to bring the outside indoors. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables in season, or seasonal food that has been preserved. Use the long daylight hours in the summer to work hard, but give yourself a rest during the autumn and winter months. Instead of working outside in the winter, spend time indoors working with your hands. Turn in a little earlier at night. Eat warming foods like soups, stews, and casseroles.

A few final thoughts.

While the homesteading scenario will look different for each individual family, I believe we all crave the same thing: simplicity. Often however, in a move toward “simple” self-sufficiency, we take on more than we can handle. If the homestead lifestyle is new to you, go slow, enjoy the journey, and give yourself time to adjust and learn new skills.

If you long for 100 acres in the country but are limited to an apartment, bloom where you are planted and do all you can to live as self-sufficiently as possible.

At the same time, if country living is not for you, and you are very happy with a small garden and backyard chickens, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider yourself a homesteader.

What does homesteading mean to you? What does your homestead look like?

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Recommended Resources

Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger. "Contrary to popular belief, a homesteader doesn’t have to be someone who lives on hundreds of acres with the perfect red barn and white picket fence. Your Custom Homestead is a 21-day guide to moving closer to your homesteading dreams, no matter where you live." | http://gnowfglins.com/customhomestead

Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger. “Contrary to popular belief, a homesteader doesn’t have to be someone who lives on hundreds of acres with the perfect red barn and white picket fence. They live in apartments in the middle of the asphalt jungle. And in suburbia with mini-vans. And on a few acres on the outskirts of town. Your Custom Homestead is a 21-day guide to moving closer to your homesteading dreams, no matter where you live.” Click here for more info.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin | You Can Farm by Joel Salatin. "While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. | http://amzn.to/1lHWGmQ

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin. “While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. “Is it really possible for me?” is the burning question this book addresses.” Click here for more info.

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Kaypacha “Astrology for the Soul” Tom Lescher February 25, 2015


“The start of a new paradigm,
Begins within my heart.
The more I open to give and receive,
The sooner all others will start.”

I know, I know, I said it wrong in the video, it is “open” not “learn” but you can use either. And that just goes to show what I was talking about in the video. While this is an excellent time for forward, creative enterprise, it is also very easy to get over excited, stumble, bumble, and make mistakes! I got so carried away in the video that I messed up the mantra….. how perfect haha!

So anyway, as for the aspects, indeed, today is the first quarter square Moon in Gemini to Sun/Neptune in Pisces, probably over by the time you get this. But the energy will be building all through this weekend as the Moon moves through Cancer and into Leo for the grand fire trine Sunday-Tuesday. While it is intense until then it is like breathe in, breathe in, breathe in, hold your breath as long as you can……. and then next week…….. EXHALE…… yes! Know that feeling?! So take it in as much as you can so you can really let it rip net week. Injoy it all, it’s all there is…. namaste
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Prepare-We are at the Verge of Collapse Says Jonathan Cahn Author of Mystery of the Shemitah


Best-selling author Jonathan Cahn says you better get ready for “a great shaking.” Cahn, whose new book titled “Mystery of the Shemitah,” says, “The Bible says a prudent man prepares. What do you do? I am not a financial expert, but I will speak for myself . . . in general, I would not be putting my stock in the stock market or have things attached to it. . . . You should also have essentials in store so if there is a collapse of not only markets but of infrastructure and services, and these things should break down, that you would be okay for this time period. I am not a survivalist. I am more of a revivalist. . . . We say things will always work perfectly, and I don’t believe things will always work perfectly. I believe we are at the verge of collapse.”

How do you get ready for this collapse? Cahn, who is a Christian minister, says, “The first thing is if you are listening to this and you are not right with God, get your life right because America is rapidly accelerating into a moral collapse and a spiritual collapse.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Jonathan Cahn, best-selling author of “The Harbinger,” and “Mystery of the Shemitah.” – http://usawatchdog.com/great-shaking-…

Energize Water, Eradicate EMFs, and Harmonize the Body with Shungite


Shungite Pyramids

In the farthest reaches of northern Russia lies an ancient source of health and wellness in Karelia, and beyond meteorites, it’s the worlds only known source of natural shungite. With an extremely high carbon and fullerene content known only to be present in cosmic material, many believe that the healing benefits of shungite are truly a gift from outer space.

One reason shungite is considered such a valuable natural resource is its fullerenes composition. The chemical structure of fullerenes allows it to hold vast amounts of hydrogen, which promotes shungite’s energy cleansing and balancing potential. Fullerene-rich shungite can neutralize negative energies and contaminants, making it a powerful natural antioxidant for both internal and external healing and protection.

Fullerenes are a natural form of carbon structured like spherical ions when viewed under magnification. These gems of nature were only discovered in the past two decades, earning three scientists a joint Nobel Prize in 1996. Since then, much research has confirmed the vast benefits of natural shungite – primarily its high carbon and fullerene contents – and how they can benefit the mind, body and spirit.

ShungiteThe Vast Potential Benefits of Fullerenes from Water to Soil

While its benefits for physical health have been purported in Russian for centuries, shungite is quickly becoming a popular option for water purification, EMF protection, spiritual growth, and it’s even utilized as a soil supplement. That’s right – the fullerenes and hydrogen potential make it superior for healing, purification, protection, restoration, and even crop growing!

Water Purification with Shungite – Saving & Improving Lives Globally

Water Purification with ShungitePolluted water is one of the greatest threats facing mankind today and in the immediate future. Millions consume contaminated water every day, bringing a scourge of parasites and internal invaders into the populace, diminishing health and even causing death. Many hope that making shungite stones and filtration devices available globally can aid those lacking potable water.

Meanwhile, millions of people are already taking advantage of simple shungite water purification methods at home. Water treated and energized with shungite tastes remarkably smooth, and the release of fullerenes during the filtration process transforms the life giving elixir into a curative solution for numerous external and internal conditions – both physical and emotional.

Shungite’s Effect on the Body and Mind

Shungite’s EffectFullerenes can hold tremendous amounts of hydrogen, and this propels shungite’s ability to attract and neutralize most waterborne contaminants including bacteria, heavy metal toxins, nitrates, VOC’s, pharmaceuticals, fluoride, chlorine, and pesticides. When shungite water is consumed it gently cleanses and balances, and many users report alleviated symptoms for diabetes, depression, emotional trauma, stomach ailments, and allergies. Applying shungite treated water to the skin is known to improve elasticity, relieve skin diseases, burns, and other small wounds.

Russian Shungite harmonizes and neutralizes negative energies and it is considered a ‘consoling stone,’ that harnesses the powers of the Moon Goddess. Its black hues are believed to shield from negative energies and help ground and center one with Mother Earth. Many use pendants, pendulums or Shungite Harmonizers to take advantage of the metaphysical and physical benefits of this miracle stone.

EMF Protection with Shungite Pyramids

Header-39CElectromagnetic frequencies and radiation bombard our bodies more than ever before in history. The popularity of conveniences including cell phones, computers, and televisions, wireless devices, etc. permits constant EMF exposure. However, Shungite attenuates electromagnetic emissions and strengthens the biofield, diminishing their harmful effects. Shungite Pyramids are aesthetically pleasing and energy harmonizing, and their powerful geometric structure allows them to offer some of the most powerful protection from geopathic stressors like EMFs.

Tap into the potential of Russian Shungite and enjoy the balance and grounding effects in every aspect of your life. From water to soil, from home to office – shungite is a miraculous stone worth exploring.

 

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7 Sensational Herbs for Dream Recollection, Flying, & Spirit Communication


Dream Recollection
Xhosa Dream Root

1. Xhosa Dream Root – Vivid and Prophetic Dreams

You may find this herb labeled as it’s technical name Silene Capensis or as undlela zimhlophe, as it’s called by the Xhosa peoples of Africa. Noted as a ‘teaching plant’ and considered highly sacred, shamans traditionally use Xhosa dream root to promote lucid dream states in healers and other shamans during initiation ceremonies. If you aspire for more vivid and profound dreams or simply want to gain more universal insights from them, give this herb a shot – literally. You mix this in small amounts with water typically and consume it prior to sleeping. It also makes an interesting tasting tea but it can be bitter, so the ‘shot’ form is recommended.

 

Celastrus Paniculatus

2. Celastrus Paniculatus – The Elixir of Life

While this dreaming herb may sound like a spell Harry Potter would use, this amazing gift from Mother Nature packs a powerful punch and facilitates more than lucid dreams. It’s known for promoting longevity, sharpening the mind and memory, and it aids in concentration. This is perhaps why this herb is promoted to assist with ADD-type disorders, prevent epileptic seizures, and to aid in memory recollection in Alzheimer’s sufferers. Essentially, you benefit during the waking hours, and the herb keeps working while you sleep to fuel dream recollection!

 

 

Header-31C3. Blue Lotus – Mind Body Spirit Herb

A favorite used in yogic practices and meditation, the blue lotus is considered to be a source and possessor of the universe’s highest sacred energies in Hinduism. However, this relaxing herb promotes the mind body spirit connection as well as lucid dreaming states. This is also highly recommended for insomnia sufferers by many holistic healers. Typically consumed by smoking, in elixirs, and steeped in teas, if you have trouble dreaming or find yourself frequently waking up in dreams, blue lotus, aka Nymphaea Caerulea, may help.

 

Wild Asparagus Root

4. Wild Asparagus Root – Fly by Night

Reported to be SO effective at allowing one to fly in their dreams, many herbalists will advise against its use at all if you are not seeking to fly in your dream states. Also known as Asparagus Lucidus or Cochinensis, many Taoists use and recommend this herb for dream mobility, and reports have many users soaring through the skies and all across the universe and even into alternate realities and dimensions. Sweet and slightly bitter, most prefer to make a tea with this herb, and an additional ‘side-effect’ reported of regular wild asparagus root consumption is softer, more supple skin. Flying and skin benefits – ladies, this is YOUR dream herb!

 

African Dream Bean

5.  African Dream Bean – Master Spirit Connections

Known to promote euphoric lucid dreaming states, Entada Rheedii, or African Dream Bean is used by a number of tribes and cultures around Asia, Australia, and India. Often used in magic and rituals to proved users good luck, many find that their dreams are so powerful and vivid and declare that spirit communications are more accessible. This dreaming herb is typically dried and smoked, but some people get results by eating the bean’s internal seeds.

 

Mexican Tarragon

6. Mexican Tarragon – Grow a Garden of Herbs for Dreaming

Growing lovely flowering Mexican Tarragon can have you dreaming nightly and leave you with some eye candy in your herb garden. These Mexican Marigolds as they are also known, are an intrinsic part of Día de los Muertos festivities and are pretty commonly used as a spice. However, as a dreaming herb, one typically dries it for teas and smoking, but it can be burned as a bedtime incense to promote vivid images and dream recollection. Also revered for its anti-viral properties, these herbs for dreaming can be used in antiseptic solutions and essential oils.

 

 

 

Mugwort Herb

7. Mugwort – A Versatile Dreaming Herb

Also called Artemisa Vulgaris, this long time staple in Europe is superior for treating stomach ailments and eliminating parasitic invaders. This herb often helps one heal while dreaming. Some users report having darker dreams that reveal hidden insights, allowing them to better know themselves and mend from past hurts and experiences. Sweet and floral in scent, Mugwort is excellent for use in essential oils, teas, and for its aromatic qualities during ceremonies and meditation practices.

Have any other herbs for dreaming we can add to our list of favorites or suggestions for uses and recipes? Talk to us in the comments!

 

 

 

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Marijuana Becomes Legal in Washington, DC at Midnight


The residents of the District voted for it. Congressional Republicans couldn’t stop it. And DC becomes the next locality to free the weed.

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At midnight, it becomes legal to possess, grow, and consume small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital. An initiative passed with the support of 70% of DC voters goes into effect.

Republicans efforts to block the law have been to no avail. Congress passed a budget bill that blocked the District from spending money on easing marijuana laws—and that has stopped the District council from moving forward with a bill to tax and regulate marijuana commerce—but that came after voters had already approved the legalization measure, Initiative 71.

After DC officially forwarded the November election result to Congress last month, it had 30 days to act to block the legalization initiative. It failed to do so, and the 30-day period ends today.

District officials, from Mayor Muriel Bowser to Police Chief Cathy Lanier, have signaled that they intend to heed the will of the voters.

“DC residents spoke loud and clear,” Bowser said at an event Tuesday with the council where she and other city leaders vowed to carry out the new law.

The city has even produced a Q & A pamphlet that seeks to clarify exactly what is and is not allowed under Initiative 71.

That is particularly useful because this is legalization with some caveats. Adults 21 and over can possess up to two ounces of pot and grow up to six plants in their homes, of which no more than three can be flowering. They can also give (but not sell) up to an ounce to other adults.

But there is no public consumption allowed, and there is no provision for taxed and regulated marijuana sales. There will be no pot shops in DC—at least for now—although existing dispensaries will continue to operate to serve the medicinal market.

Anyone convicted of smoking or consuming pot in public faces a $500 fine and up to 60 days jail time. Selling marijuana carries a $1,000 fine and six months jail time. And any business that lets patrons use pot could lose its license.

And the DC pot law does not apply on federal property. This is significant because 22% of the District is federal property. If you are caught with marijuana on the Mall or the Jefferson Memorial, for example, you will face federal marijuana charges.

DC now joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington in having marijuana legalization in effect. In Oregon, where residents also voted to legalize it last November, the new law goes into effect on July 1.

“The sky isn’t going to fall,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance national affairs office, which worked closely with the DC Cannabis Campaign, the group that sponsored Initiative 71. “But there will be some confusion about what this means. It’s going to be very similar to other states that have legalized or are in the process. In those states, legalization went into effect and they didn’t have tax and regulate for months, and there wasn’t any chaos. There won’t be any chaos here, either.”

“I feel good,” said long-time legalization activist Adam Eidinger, the driving force behind Initiative 71. “I’ve stopped pinching myself.”

Still, Eidinger said, he had nothing special planned to mark the day. “We’ll plant some seeds, that’s about it,” he said.

He has certainly planted the seed of marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital, but there is more to be done, he said, pointing to the huge racial imbalance in DC pot arrests. Blacks accounted for 91% of all marijuana arrests in the city and were arrested at a rate eight times that of whites.

Anger over the disparate enforcement of the pot laws was key to winning the initiative. Multiple civil rights, faith, and community advocacy groups campaigned for Initiative 71, seeing it as an opportunity to redress racial injustice.

“Marijuana has been effectively legal in the affluent and white parts of the District west of 16th St for years,” said Bill Piper, head of the Drug Policy Alliance’s national office. “All Initiative 71 does is treat the black community the same way – no arrests for minor marijuana violations.”

But without full legalization, Eidinger said, racially-biased enforcement will continue.

“Home cultivation and possession begin to address the racial justice end of this, but that will not be fully addressed until we have in-store sales,” Eidinger said. “We will still have people selling marijuana illegally.”

The experience has also reawakened the DC political gadfly’s long-standing interest in home rule for the District.

“I’ve been very disturbed by the way Congress has been treating residents of the capital,” he said. “The whole effort to overturn the initiative really opened my ears to how once and for all we have to have equal rights as a state. We’re planning a big push for home rule in the spring. That would benefit marijuana, too.”

But as earth-shaking as marijuana legalization in the shadow of the Capitol is, what is equally striking is the inability of Republican conservatives to stop it.

“The big story is not the DC legalized it,” said Collins, “but that the Republicans couldn’t stop this. They had 30 days to review this, they had the opportunity to hold a quick up and down vote, and they chose not to. The Republicans are split on this issue. A lot of them support marijuana reforms, and many more are not interested in being the anti-marijuana party.”

“There is simply no organized, significant group of members of Congress willing to waste time fighting against marijuana legalization, an issue that has become extremely popular with voters everywhere,” added Piper. “The Republican House voted five times last year to let states set their own marijuana policies. And the recent scandal over DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz shows that it is opposition to marijuana reform that is now politically toxic.”

Now, the fight will turn to whether and how the District can move forward with taxation, regulation, and marijuana commerce. While they will be toking up in DC tonight, the battle is only half over.

Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.

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Zero Hedge – Ten Banks, Including JPM, Goldman, Deutsche, Barclays, SocGen And UBS, Probed For Gold Rigging


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Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/23/2015
No matter how many times the big banks are caught red-handed manipulating precious metals, some failed former Deutsche Bank prop-trader (you know who you are) will take a vociferous stand based on ad hominem attacks and zero facts that no, what you see in front of you is not precious metal rigging at all but a one-off event that has nothing to do with a criminal banking syndicate hell bent on taking advantage of anyone who is naive and dumb enough to still believe in fair and efficient markets.

The last time this happened was in November when we learned that “UBS Settles Over Gold Rigging, Many More Banks To Follow”, and sure enough many more banks did follow, because in Europe, where the stench of gold market manipulation stretches far beyond merely commercial banks, and rises through the central banks, namely the BOE and ECB, culminating with the Head of Foreign Exchange & Gold at the BIS itself, all such allegations have to be promptly settled or else the discovery that the manipulation cartel in Europe involves absolutely everybody will shock and stun the world, which heretofore was led to believe that such things as gold market (not to be confused with Libor or FX) manipulation only exist in the paranoid delusions of a few tinfoil fringe-blogging lunatics.

However, as usually happens, someone always fails to read the memo that when it comes to gold-market manipulation one must i) find nothing at all incriminating if one is a paid spokesman for the entities doing the manipulation such as former CFTC-sellout Bart Chilton or ii) if one can’t cover it, then one must settle immediately or else the chain of revelations will implication everyone.

This time, that someone is the US Department of Justice, which as the WSJ just reported, is investigating at least 10 major banks for possible rigging of precious-metals markets. The DOJ is shockingly doing so “even though European regulators dropped a similar probe after finding no evidence of wrongdoing, according to people close to the inquiries.” Of course, the reason why said probe was dropped in Europe is because it would have implicated virtually the entire trading desk at the biggest and most important European bank: Deustche Bank, as well as the biggest bank in Switzerland, UBS and UK’s own Barclays, reveal a manipulation cartel rivaling even that of Libor. And once traders at the commercial banks turned sides and squealed for the prosection, well then it would be the central banks’ turn next. Which is why it was imperative to bring this investigation to a quiet end.

But not in the US.

According to the WSJ, “prosecutors in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are scrutinizing the price-setting process for gold, silver, platinum and palladium in London, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has opened a civil investigation, these people said. The agencies have made initial requests for information, including a subpoena from the CFTC to HSBC Holdings PLC related to precious-metals trading, the bank said in its annual report Monday.

HSBC also said the Justice Department sought documents related to the antitrust investigation in November. The two probes “are at an early stage,” the bank added, saying it is cooperating with U.S. regulators.

Who is involved in this latest gold-rigging scandal? Why everyone! … which makes it immediately obvious why the European regulator had to promptly cover up the whole affair. Under scrutiny are Bank of Nova Scotia , Barclays PLC, Credit Suisse Group AG , Deutsche Bank AG , Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Société Générale SA, Standard Bank Group Ltd. and UBS AG , according to one of the people close to the investigation.

Robert Hockett, a law professor at Cornell University, said it is “not particularly surprising” that the Justice Department is plowing ahead despite the decision by European regulators. Recent scrutiny of big banks’ operations in the physical commodities markets and criticism of the Justice Department’s financial-crisis track record make it “quite understandable” that the agency would investigate allegations of precious metals price-rigging.

Last year, the FCA fined Barclays £26 million ($40.2 million) for lax controls after one of its traders allegedly manipulated the gold fix at the expense of a client.

Swiss regulator Finma settled last year allegations of foreign-currency manipulation with UBS. The regulator said it found “serious misconduct” among precious-metals traders at UBS, including “front running,” or trading ahead of, the silver-fix orders of one client. A spokeswoman for UBS, which said at the time that it “instituted significant cultural and compliance changes,” declined further comment.

You mean to say that the banks that were for decades rigging Libor… and FX… and bonds… and stocks… oh, and gold, were let go with a slap on the wrist and a promise to “change their ways” and not to do it again? Yup, that’s exactly right.

So what happens next? Well, we finally will find just how much of a banker-controlled muppet the so-called US attorney general truly is. Recall that a week ago he gave his subordinates 90 days to being cases against individuals for their role in the financial crisis.

Well here is the perfect opportunity. Should Holder let this latest mass criminal ring go without any incarecration, one can officially stick a fork in the US justice system, which is meant for everyone, but the rule-flouting bankers who can clearly get away with absolutely anything.

As for the rigging in the gold market, rigging which begins with the lowliest prop-traders at Deutsche Bank and involves every single central bank and High Frequency trading outfit and is now a proven fact, we have explained over the years and thousands of times just how to end it all, so instead of wasting readers’ time on this topic yet again, here are just two very simple solutions how to fix this one particular market:

@StockCats

all trading in “paper” gold should cease immediately and all contracts be settled in physical for true price discovery
3:53 PM – 24 Feb 2015
@StockCats

audit Fort Knox
4:08 PM – 24 Feb 2015
So simple, even the most corrupt US Attorney General caveman can do it.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-23/ten-banks-including-jpm-goldman-deutsche-barclays-socgen-and-ubs-probed-gold-rigging

Dr. Richard Cordero-ITNJ: US Federal Judiciary is a rogue & secretive organization, 99.82% complaints against Judges are dismissed


Dr. Richard Cordero-ITNJ: US Federal Judiciary is a rogue & secretive organization, 99.82% complaints against Judges are dismissed

By Alfred Lambremont Webre

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VANCOUVER, BC – In a February 3, 2015 online Symposium with members of the International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ), Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq., who holds a Cambridge doctorate and is an expert on the U.S. Judiciary, revealed that the U.S. Judiciary is in fact a Rogue branch of the U.S. Government, unaccountable to any other agency or branch of government, and has become a force unto itself, a secret society that retaliates against any official, office, agency or government branch that attempts to hold it accountable.

Some of the highlights of Dr. Cordero’s educational Symposium include the official statistics of the federal court that point to judges’ wrongdoing in a Judicial Branch that has gone Rogue:

  1.  “The Federal Judiciary holds all its administrative, adjudicative, policy-making, and disciplinary meetings behind closed doors and no press conferences.
  2.   “A single federal judge can hold unconstitutional what 535 members of Congress and the President have debated, voted, and enacted; such power entails the threat to doom the legislative agenda of any party and politician, including the President, that dare exercise constitutional checks and balances on judges, never mind investigate them.
  3.  “In the 225 years since the creation of the Federal Judiciary in 1789, only 8 federal judges have been impeached and removed.
  4.  “Chief circuit judges abuse their statutory self-disciplining authority by dismissing 99.82% of complaints against their peers; with other judges they deny up to 100% of appeals to review such dismissals.
  5.  “Up to 9 of every 10 appeals to the circuit courts are disposed of ad-hoc through no-reason summary orders or opinions so “perfunctory” that they are neither published nor precedential, mere fiats of raw judicial power.
  6. . “Justices are unelected yet life-tenured, as are district and circuit judges; the latter appoint bankruptcy judges for renewable 14-year terms with no consent of representatives of the people. These appointees [who received $37.3 billion in fees] decided in CY2010 who kept or received the $373 billion at stake in only personal bankruptcies. The most insidious corruptor is precisely money!
  7.  “About 95% of those bankruptcies are filed by individuals. Lacking the money to hire lawyers, the great majority of them appear pro se and, lacking the knowledge of the law needed to defend themselves, they fall prey to a bankruptcy fraud scheme run by judges and other bankruptcy and legal systems insiders.
  8. “The overwhelming majority of litigants cannot afford to go up on appeal, whereby the unreviewability of their cases affords judges the opportunity for riskless disregard of the law and due process, and arbitrary decision-making.”
  9.  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – – Dr. Cordero proposes “a Watergate-like generalized media investigation of wrongdoing in the Judiciary guided by the query, “What did the President and judges know about Then-Judge Sotomayor’s concealment of assets and other judges’ wrongdoing, and when did they know it?” and aimed at demanding that the President release the FBI vetting report on her. The presentation will be an Emile Zola I accuse!-like denunciation to pioneer judicial unaccountability reporting.”
  10.  Secret NSA/FISA Courts – Dr. Cordero states “The evidence of judges’ wrongdoing will introduce the call for ‘reverse surveillance’ over them by We the People, as opposed to the mass surveillance over the People by the NSA with judges’ rubberstamping approval revealed by Edward Snowden. The presentation can give rise to the formation of a multidisciplinary team of students, professors, journalists, and civil rights advocates to conduct reverse surveillance through a Follow the money! and IT Follow the wire! investigation. The team can organize the first of a series of multimedia conferences to report to the national public its findings and expose judges’ pattern of disregard of the law.

 

 

Dr. Cordero is coordinating with interested news media, journalists, activists and organizations in the area of justice to expose judges’ wrongdoing, and advocate judicial reform.

 

Judicial Discipline Reform

http://judicial-discipline-reform.org

Contact Email: Dr. Richard Cordero can be contacted at: riccordero@verizen.net

International Tribunal for Natural Justice

http://www.itnj.org/

 

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International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ)

Today we would like to introduce you to the new International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ) website

The International Tribunal for Natural Justice has been founded by Humanitad Foundation and the New Earth Trust as an independent judicial body purposed to realising natural justice for natural people.

The inaugural seating of the Tribunal will be at Runnymead, England on June 15th 2015 marking the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna-Carta.

Whilst the ITNJ team includes many leading and well-respected judges, lawyers and investigators, if the ITNJ is to fulfil its greatest potential it requires the support of the people of the world.

Please lend your support by ratifying the ITNJ Treaty

The ITNJ is not another kangaroo court operated by disenfranchised or disenchanted people bearing grudges against ‘the system’. Rather, it is a world-class team made up of conscious lovers of pure-truth and natural justice, each committed to serving all people of the world. The ITNJ also invites your participation through its integrated e-governance platform – offering a forum where your voice, and the voices of others, can be heard on issues of international importance. Register here to participate in the e-governance platform.

With love

The New Earth team

www.NewsInsideOut.com

Alfred Lambremont Webre Contact/News Tips:
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Earth’s Magnetic Field and Consciousness ~ Tom Kenyon


For dealing with the situation: Our first suggestion is the easiest. It involves understanding your connection to the core of the earth itself. As an energetic being, in addition to your flesh and blood, you can form a conscious energetic relationship with the core of the earth. This understanding, or orientation, is that you are immersed in and surrounded by, earth’s magnetic field. By going into mental resonance with the core of the earth (the generator of earth’s magnetic field), you become energetically stabilized. The earth, as a conscious being, can reveal herself to you in ways that are difficult to describe because your culture does not have a language for this. And you have been manipulated and controlled to insure that you do not have an awareness of this, for it could be one of your greatest strengths. By entering into resonance with the core of the earth you become more conscious of the earth as a living conscious being. Through this link, you receive a type of energetic-solidity—even in the midst of earth’s increasing chaos. >>If you wish to do something in addition to entering into mental resonance with the core of the earth, we suggest using your pranic tube, a subtle energetic channel that runs from above your head, through the center of your body, and into the earth. This tube, this channel, can be extended deep into the earth, down into the very core itself, and also above the head deep into space. In this method you are not dealing with extending the channel beyond the top of the head. Instead, you only extend the channel into the core of the earth. –Tom Kenyon

UFO Crash-Lands In Canada: Government Cover-Up As We Speak


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A flying saucer has allegedly crash-landed through the ice of Lake Winnipeg, in Manitoba, about 72 hours ago. The Canadian government is covering everything up.

The military is involved in the recovery of the alleged UFO and witnesses have been detained.

A complete blackout has been ordered by the government and some of the courageous people have been posting pictures and info online, but with their names blurred. Phone lines are also down.

I will continue to update you, as soon as new information emerges. This is the story as presented by Third Phase of the Moon and Before it’s News:

In Manitboa, Canada on the Jackhead Reservation reports have been surfacing of a UFO crash landing into Lake Winnipeg.

Recently a call came into Thrid Phase of the Moon reporting this. The man went by the name of Mark. Here is part of the dialogue:

“Apparently a disc shaped craft was seen crashing through the ice on the lake, at least one person got photographic evidence but has since been detained by the Canadian military. UFO crash in rural Manitoba Canada: A UFO crash landed into a frozen lake within the last 24 hours on a Indian reservation in rural Manitoba. I have contact with a former resident of the reservation and their family still lives on the reservation and informed them about the situation this evening.

I have also been informed that nobody is allowed to leave or enter the reservation at this time and that the military has been going door to door talking with residents. They are telling the residents that they are conducting emergency training exercises, but there has been an extreme cold front in Manitoba over the last 2 days and it is extremely dangerous to spend time outdoors for any period.

The military has moved in all their equipment effectively blocking any view of what may have crashed into the water or what they are doing there, but I’m sure they are recovering the evidence.

I will get back in touch with in a few hours, I was told the name of the reservation but it was very long and hard to pronounce, I will get the exact spelling of the reservation in a few hours when I meet with my contact and I will forward any new information over.” Mark

Here is the full video dialogue between Third Phase and Mark (the aircraft in the video is not the aircraft they are talking about, it’s just pictured during conversation):

But that’s not all! Reports were also coming in on Facebook, a man by the name of Brent Mancheese linked CNN stating:

“UFO crash reported on the Jackhead reserve in Manitoba, Canada apparently the Canadian Military have vehicles lined up on north Shore… they are threatening anybody who tries to take pics… lots of eye witnesses… Thur is round object being hauled across the lake being pulled by snow mobiles and bombardier.”

Furthermore many on Twitter and Facebook were posting pictures like these:

 Trucks and police vehicles arriving at site of crash. Image source.
Evacuating the around the alleged UFO crash site – Image source
The alleged Lake Winnipeg crash site – image source

Despite the outcry from citizens in the area about the crashed UFO and reports of military forces using snowmobiles to drag away a large disc, the Canadian Forces are claiming this is all just one big military training exercise training search and rescue how to deal with a plan crash in the Arctic.

According to Lt.-Col. Paul Davies, commanding officer of 38 Territorial Battalion Group in Canada, who was reportedly involved in the Arctic Response Company Group training exercise on Lake Winnipeg, stated this to CBC News:

“There’s no aliens, just my friends in the air force who are out there helping us on this exercise…I have the commander of that air force contingent sitting right beside me and, you know, he assures us that that was not a UFO, but that was him.”

The trouble with this statement is the Canadian Forces are refusing to show the supposed “Military craft” to the public. If this is a training exercise why not display the craft to stop the talk about it being a UFO?

Third Phase of the Moon is also reporting that they have an image of this craft sent in by viewers, however no photographs have surfaced as of yet. Here is that breaking report:

Intro and additions by HumansAreFree.com

http://earthweareone.com/ufo-crash-lands-in-canada-government-cover-up-as-we-speak/
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