Self-checkout is terrible: why Walmart, Target, and others still do it – Vox
Blessedly, I am not alone in fearing self-checkout. John Karolefski, a self-proclaimed undercover grocery shopping analyst who runs the blog Grocery Stories and contributes to the site Progressive Grocer, tells me, “I’m in a lot of supermarkets around the country. I watch people. I can tell you that I’ve been in stores where the lines that have cashiers are very, very long, and people are a little upset, and there are three or four self-checkout units open and nobody is using them.
“Wouldn’t the shopper be better served, customer service improved, if those weren’t there?” he asks. I’m not arguing. “Why do I want to scan my own groceries?” he asks. I have no idea! “Why do I want to bag my own groceries?” he asks. An equally reasonable question with no reasonable answer. The simple solution, he points out, would be to hire enough cashiers to serve the number of customers that typically shop at the store. I agree, and this seems very obvious.
Grocery stores have extremely tight profit margins, so that’s a big deal. (Again: We don’t have to do this!) People steal and steal and steal from self-checkout. They type in the price look-up code for bananas (#4011, for your reference) while far more expensive fruits or vegetables or even meat are on the scale. They pull stickers off cheap stuff and put them on expensive stuff. They are ingenious, as humans are when they want to do something that is against the rules. One Australian woman photocopied the barcodes from packets of instant noodles and printed them on sticky labels, which she then brought to the store with her every time she went shopping.
They are modern-day pirates without the violence; Walmart is their East India Trading Company.
Trump’s Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes
We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. While you argue with the 17-year-old at the movie theater who gave you a small popcorn when you paid for a large, someone is being obliterated in your name. While we sleep and eat and make love and shield our eyes on a sunny day, someone’s home, family, life and body are being blown into a thousand pieces in our names.
Once every 12 minutes.
The United States military drops an explosive with a strength you can hardly comprehend once every 12 minutes. And that’s odd, because we’re technically at war with—let me think—zero countries. So that should mean zero bombs are being dropped, right?
via Truth Dig Trump’s Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes
This article was originally published on January 18, 2018.
Last November, an American military inspection team visited the Azov Battalion on the front lines of the Ukrainian civil war to discuss logistics and deepening cooperation. Images of the encounter showed American army officers poring over maps with their Ukrainian counterparts, palling around and ignoring the Nazi-inspired Wolfangel patches emblazoned on their sleeves.
Azov is a militia that has been incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard, and is considered one of the most effective units in the field against pro-Russian separatists. But it also widely known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the ranks of the Ukrainian military that has been criticized by international human rights groups, tied to an international fascist network and even a major terror plot.
According to Lower Class Magazine, a…
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By Jeremy Salt
There is no consensus when it comes to defining terrorism. The most acceptable is ‘the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in pursuit of political aims.’ Some definitions insert the word ‘systematic’ so the act is defined as the regular, standard behavior of an individual or a group and not just one aberrant or anomalous action.
Terror is not quite the same as terrorism. Terror is experienced by many people in many ways and at many levels of their lives. There is terror at home in the hands of an abusive husband. There is the terror experienced by sexually abused children. There is terror in the school and the church, from abusive priests and teachers.
There is terror in the streets, from the man holding a knife to your throat as he demands your wallet and there can be terror at the hands…
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report minor side effects from the MMR-V and MMR vaccines to include low-grade fever, injection site redness or rash, pain at the injection site, and facial swelling. Moderate side effects include a full body rash, temporary low platelet count, temporary stiffness and pain the joints and seizures, and seizures.  
MMR-V, however, has been noted to have a higher risk of seizures than separate administrations of MMR and varicella vaccines, especially when given as the first dose of the series.
Rare serious side effects of both MMR-V and MMR include brain damage, coma, chronic seizure disorder, lowered level of consciousness and loss of hearing. 
Serious complications reported by Merck in the ProQuad (MMR-V) product insert during vaccine post-marketing surveillance include:
- atypical measles;
- vaccine strain varicella;
- varicella-like rash;
- herpes zoster;
- herpes simplex;
- pneumonia and respiratory infection;
- skin infection;
- subacute sclerosing…
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Yes commonly referred to as the most evil corporation on the planet, recently morphed (not gone really) into Bayer & currently facing law suits about cancer-causing glyphosate found in Roundup. Then into the mix we have the Tull company that bought the patent for 1080 which is known for selling its product to NZ that has been using it to make the Class 1A ecotoxin now slathered all over its forests AND waterways with impunity, to control its pest population … more recently revealed, to expunge all non native species … for nigh on 50+ years and doesn’t appear to be working.
(There’s a further article to come from Carol Sawyer on the curious trail regarding the apparent closure of the Tull factory & subsequent sourcing of the raw product to make 1080 pellets by the two NZ factories).
By Carol Sawyer
THE LINK BETWEEN MONSANTO, TULL CHEMICAL COMPANY, AND…
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Tree-lined streets turn to rivers in the Charleston, South Carolina, of the future. Street lights hang suspended just feet from the water’s surface as a meteorologist perched on a rooftop explains that this is the view we might see in the year 2100 if climate change continues at its current pace.
The scene is from The Weather Channel’s latest mixed reality segment, which connects the flooding of tomorrow to the melting glaciers and sea level rise of today. It marks a slight deviation from its ongoing campaign to put its meteorologists in the middle ofvirtual but hyperrealisticextreme weatherevents.
Some of these have touched on climate change and its role inworsening the wildfiresthat scorch the West Coast every year orthe thinning ice coating the surface of lakes. But this is the first to focus entirely on the effects of climate change, according…
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Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people to listen to your Alexa conversations – CNN
New York (CNN Business)Not only is Alexa listening when you speak to an Echo smart speaker, an Amazon employee is potentially listening, too.
Amazon (AMZN) employs a global team that transcribes the voice commands captured after the wake word is detected and feeds them back into the software to help improve Alexa’s grasp of human speech so it can respond more efficiently in the future, Bloomberg reports.
Amazon reportedly employs thousands of full-time workers and contractors in several countries, including the United States, Costa Rica and Romania, to listen to as many as 1,000 audio clips in shifts that last up to nine hours. The audio clips they listen to were described as “mundane” and even sometimes “possibly criminal,” including listening to a potential sexual assault.
Your right to privacy no longer exists.
1984 is here today.
Wholeness on Behalf of the Universe | Heavenletters
You are on the adventure of your life no matter how many times you have been here on Earth with Me. Numbers are not of supreme importance. Important are you. Where are you going?
It is certain that you find yourself alive in this round on Earth. Anyway, the long and the short of it is Infinity, which means Oneness here and anon. Infinite am I. Infinite are you. There is nothing to make of this but that Oneness rides on a trolly. This is hard for you to wrap around what you refer to as your mind, true?
Ah, but your heart! Your heart is another story. You and love and I are One. There is no getting away from this. True love exists. One heart beats. One hearts beats as One. Your Self is the object of all you seek. There are not two. Separation is an impossibility.
There is One Name alone that can be answered to. The Same Name only be. Within, Oneness is included. It isn’t that two can be stuffed in storage, in a closet or in an attic or a cellar or garage. Not at all. Aloneness is not a consideration you are to argue or question with Me. It cannot be said that there are two of Us existing on the same strata. Supposition is off-center. You are not a match game, for you are the real thing. I say you are the real thing, and you are not to argue debates with God, and yet, I, God, say you are One with My Self.
Where does Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) find the people who he extols, hires, berates, and then fires? A family wedding planner received an important HUD position. DDT’s son-in-law Jared Kushner found economic adviser Peter Navarro while browsing Amazon and seeing the title of his book, Death by China. For the Federal Reserve, DDT is nominating Stephen Moore, a GOP pundit who co-wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that complained about the Federal Reserve keeping the economy from glorious heights. The lies in the piece caught the attention of DDT’s national adviser Larry Kudlow, who subscribes to the same falsehoods. He told DDT about Moore, and DDT tweeted that he would nominate Moore, “a very respected Economist,” to fill a vacant position “on the Fed Board.”
Moore is neither an economist nor respected. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones wrote that “this is about like nominating Dr. Phil to run…
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Why Amish People Stay So Healthy As They Get Older | Time
Many people think of the Amish as living without. These devout communities, predominantly located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, go without cars, TVs, computers, phones or even the electricity needed to run so much of 21st century gadgetry. But what researchers who have studied them have found is what the Amish have a surplus of: good health in late life. The average American life expectancy is currently just under 79 years. Back in 1900, it was only 47, but for early–20th century Amish it was already greater than 70. Over the decades, most Americans have caught up in overall life expectancy, but the Amish still have a significant edge in late-life health, with lower rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. So how do they do it?
“Do We Really Need Hepatitis B on the Second Day of Life?” Vaccination Mandates and Shifting Representations of Hepatitis B
Today, most newborns in the United States are vaccinated against the hepatitis B virus, usually in the first few days of life.1 The practice of vaccinating infants against hepatitis B, a blood-borne virus that attacks the liver, is a popular target for contemporary vaccine critics, who for the last decade have argued that the virus is a sexually-transmitted infection that poses little or no risk to babies. Indeed, this is how federal health officials themselves characterized the virus back in 1981 when they first approved the vaccine.
Like many twentieth-century pharmaceutical discoveries, the development of the hepatitis B vaccine was, in part, a matter of happenstance. In 1963, research physician, Baruch Blumberg, was investigating variations in susceptibility to infections among different ethnic and racial groups when he identified a protein in the blood of Australian aborigines, which he dubbed the Australia antigen. Blumberg and colleagues initially surmised that the protein was inherited, but they soon noted a correlation between Australia antigen in the blood and hepatitis B infection, then called serum hepatitis. Gradually, the researchers came to suspect that Australia antigen, which floated freely in the blood of people infected with hepatitis B, was part of the virus that caused hepatitis. In 1967, they determined that Australia antigen was, in fact, a surface protein on the virus that caused the disease; the discovery quickly led to a test to screen blood and diagnose patients. In related research, Blumberg and colleagues found that monkeys injected with highly purified Australia antigen (later renamed hepatitis B surface antigen or HBsAg) did not progress to serum hepatitis; the discovery suggested that non-infectious material could be separated from the virus itself. In 1969, the researchers patented the process for separating and purifying the antigen. The basis for the development of a vaccine, what Blumberg called “the most significant outcome” of their work, had thus been discovered.2
Over the course of the 1970s, the diagnostic test that Blumberg’s research group had developed revealed the full extent of the hepatitis B epidemic, both in the U.S. and around the world. Two distinct forms of hepatitis, A and B (formerly infectious and serum hepatitis, respectively) had been known since the 1950s, but countless cases of the latter had gone undetected, in large part because of the vague symptomatic presentation of hepatitis B infection. Infection may or may not cause acute symptoms, including debilitating fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite, and acute symptoms may or may not be fatal. Those who do recover may or may not become chronic carriers. Carriers, in turn, may or may not become victims, decades later, of hepatitis-induced cirrhosis or liver cancer.3 Furthermore, hepatitis B’s fairly mundane acute symptoms meant that, for decades, it was routinely confused with other conditions. In the 1970s, however, armed with the newly developed diagnostic protocols, researchers identified for the first time more than 200,000 new cases in the U.S. each year, and more than 200 million carriers worldwide. Concurrent epidemiological studies also identified those at highest risk of the disease; in addition to health care workers, the list included hemophiliacs, prisoners, gay men, injection drug users, sex workers, native Alaskans, and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, China, and southeast Asia.4
The press also reported on the 1979 outbreak of hepatitis B among youth who shared needles to inject the recreational drug methylene deoxyamphetamine.8 Such stories began to illustrate the picture emerging from epidemiological studies for the public: that the disease posed a risk to specific subsets of the population including surgeons and drug users.
That second hepatitis B vaccine, widely available by the late 1980s, was a vastly different product from the first, blood-derived vaccine. Recombivax HB, the genetically-engineered hepatitis B vaccine approved in 1986, contained viral proteins not harvested from diseased patients in the clinical setting but rather manufactured by recombinant yeast in the lab. Before it was licensed, press reports hailed Recombivax B for its potential to prove that genetic engineering would revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. Scientists and the reporters who quoted them called biotech vaccines “exciting and imaginative,” and referred to the hepatitis B vaccine specifically as a “pioneering product.”25 Researchers told the New York Times that biotech shots were “cutting edge weapons” that would eliminate not only hepatitis B but also AIDS and malaria.26 The business press breathlessly reported on the race between “tiny” California biotech firms to produce the world’s first genetically-engineered vaccine, and when Chiron’s Recombivax was approved, Venture magazine crowned it one of the best entrepreneurial ideas of 1986.27 The approval of Recombivax HB—the first genetically-engineered vaccine and the fifth genetically-engineered pharmaceutical to make it to market—was heralded on the front pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere for ushering in what FDA commissioner, Frank Young, called a “new era in vaccine production.”28
That era was long awaited. In the 1960s, lawsuits over polio vaccine tainted with live virus had prompted half the nation’s vaccine manufacturers to pull out of the market altogether—a fact the business press repeated as they reported on the new vaccine.29 The genetically-engineered hepatitis B vaccine was enthusiastically received by investors, the pharmaceutical industry, and health professionals not only because it held the promise of a new generation of vaccines (and thus new markets), but also for its potential to address safety concerns that had damaged the industry and shaken consumer confidence. In the words of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, Chiron’s discovery brought an end to the days when vaccine development was “an inexact scientific art.”30 “We see no reason why our approach won’t work with virtually any infectious disease, whether it is viral, bacterial or even parasitic in nature,” one researcher told Time.31 Nodding implicitly toward past and present fears, another researcher told the magazine that genetically-engineered vaccines eliminated the “risk of actually getting herpes, hepatitis B or influenza from the injection, since the viruses themselves are not present in the formula.”32 Because the new vaccine did not contain a whole virus, it “just can’t do any damage, period,” promised FDA microbiologist Richard Daemer.33 These sentiments were echoed by FDA Commissioner Young in a press statement he made on the occasion of Recombivax’s approval. “These techniques should be…extended to any virus or parasite,” he stated. He went on to say that while the plasma-derived vaccine had never posed a risk of AIDS, the new “lab-made vaccine” should further reassure people. He also strongly urged those at high risk of hepatitis B to take advantage of this “new life-saving protection.”34
By 1999, 42 states had mandated the hepatitis B vaccine for students, and over 25,000 reports of adverse events linked to the vaccine had been reported to VAERS. Scientists asserted that the mere number of events was far from proof of causation of harm, but parents insisted the figures revealed a different truth.
In the subsequent wave of reporting on hepatitis B, media reports focused on the perspective of patients, not scientists. In 1998, the media reported on France’s decision to halt hepatitis B vaccination because of fears the shot caused neurological damage.64 Early in 1999, the television news program 20/20 aired a report on adults with impairments thought to be linked to the vaccine and an infant who died shortly after receiving the vaccine.65 In the spring of 1999, a House Committee held hearings on hepatitis B vaccine safety concerns. The hearings attempted to weigh the potential risks of the vaccine against the risks of what appeared, by this time, to be two very different diseases. To officials from the CDC and members of the American Liver Foundation and Hepatitis Foundation, hepatitis B was, primarily, a lethal disease that infected one in 20 Americans and caused 5,000 deaths each year, many of these from liver cancer. To members of Massachusetts Citizens for Vaccination Choice and Parents Requesting Open Vaccination Education, and to the doctors and parents who had witnessed blindness, deafness, seizures, and other effects in children following vaccination, hepatitis B was instead a rare, sexually-transmitted infection that threatened drug addicts and foreigners and that posed no risk to American infants from healthy families.66
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Why are Americans sicker, live less long and have the worst health outcomes of any developed nation on the planet?
Why are American children sicker and have worse health outcomes and the highest rates of disease plus death of any developed nation on the planet, despite having the highest vaccination rates?
Should anti-vaxxers be hung?
What is the difference between NATURE based immunity and vaccine induced artificial man made ‘high tech’ immunity?
The distinction between these two things is crucial to understand.
Do you know the difference between lifetime natural herd immunity and short term individual vaccine induced, artificial man made ‘immunity’? If not, why not?
Do you know about the hormesis theory and why it does not work inside of the Allopathic medical system? If not, why not?
Let’s go deeper into the myth of vaccine created herd immunity and the hormesis theory. Let’s listen to a medical doctor debunk the myth of herd immunity via vaccines.
via Dr Wakefield MD Debunks Herd Immunity Myth – If Sicker Vaccinated Patients Are No Longer A Huge Financial Incentive And Profit, Via Financial Kickbacks To Medical Doctors, What Happens Next On The Insurance Company Side Of Things? Debunking Hormesis Theory | A Green Road Journal
Antarctic krill – not just whale food – Greenpeace New Zealand
Being eaten is an ever-present threat for krill. Not only do blue whales gulp down massive mouthfuls of millions of krill, but humpback, fin and minke whales travel to the Antarctic every year to gorge on them too. Antarctic penguins like Adélies and Gentoos also eat krill directly (something that is very evident when it makes their poo pink!) and regurgitate it for their fluffy chicks, as do other seabirds. Small fish eat krill, and there’s even an Antarctic seal (confusingly called a ‘crabeater’) which has evolved krill-catching dentistry to allow it to feast on these tiny crustaceans too.
Krill is the living lifeblood of the Antarctic Ocean. Anything that doesn’t eat krill tends to eat something that just did, so the toothfish, leopard seals, albatross and orcas all depend on it too.
Providence RI – Today, Verizon – in partnership with Motorola, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated – completed the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network. This successful test was completed with a moto z3 paired with a 5G moto modtm, the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone, in Providence, RI.
Stockholm syndrome refers to symptoms that may occur in a person who is in a hostage situation or otherwise held prisoner. Typically, these feelings can be described as sympathy toward captors or the development of a bond with the captor or captors.
This reaction can also be recognized in those who have left religious cults, abusive relationships, or other traumatic situations.
UNDERSTANDING STOCKHOLM SYNDROME
Stockholm syndrome is not a recognized psychological diagnosis, but rather, an attempt to explain the symptoms appearing in some individuals who are held captive. A person who experiences Stockholm syndrome comes to bond with the captor and may experience feelings of love, empathy, or a desire to protect the captor. The hostage may also often develop negative feelings toward the police or other parties who are attempting rescue.
In Norway Electric Vehicles Outsold Gasoline Cars for First Time in History and Other EV Success Stories
Electric cars are coming on like gangbusters, as ranges increase and prices fall dramatically. Here are 6 headlines pointing to the green car future:
1. In Norway, electric vehicles in March, 2019, outsold gasoline-driven cars for the first time.
2. Indeed, electric vehicles in Norway were responsible for 58% of all sales last month.
3. Volkswagen not only plans a new fleet of electric cars, it plans an affordable $22,000 EV by 2023.
GOP Kills Bill That Would Extend Agent Orange Benefits To US Navy Vietnam Vets – The Intellectualist
Two Republican senators killed a bill on Monday that would provide benefits to American veterans who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and now suffer the effects of Agent Orange.
The reason? Extending benefits to those veterans would constitute deficit spending.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) provided the only objection necessary to kill the bill.
But a huge and growing deficit created by huge increases in the military budget and for the Trump wall is perfectly fine.
Remember when Trump promised to eliminate the deficit and National debt?
Court Rules That Insurance Company Must Cover Medical Cannabis Treatment
A judge in New Jersey ruled that a man’s insurance company must pay for the cost of his medical cannabis treatment. This may establish an important precedent in the medical industry.
Andrew Watson, who lives in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program in 2014. He sought financial reimbursement for the purchase of medicinal cannabis over a term of three months.
via Natural Blaze Court Rules That Insurance Company Must Cover Medical Cannabis Treatment
According to the memo, by Cohen attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico, and Carly Chocron, this trove of evidence indicates “possible federal campaign finance violations by the Republican National Committee, including possibly illegal conduiting of illegal substantial donations to the RNC by foreign nationals, including from China.”
Nuclear Power Is Not a Viable Solution for Green New Deal
The Green New Deal resolution is a bold and necessary path forward to tackle the climate crisis. To be successful, it must leave nuclear power behind.
As momentum around the Green New Deal turns into concrete proposals, we must recognize why nuclear power is a discredited and dishonest distraction, not a solution.
With just a decade left to stop the worst effects of climate change, we must dramatically transform how we produce, use and pay for energy. And as momentum around the Green New Deal turns into concrete proposals, we must recognize why nuclear power is a discredited and dishonest distraction, not a solution.
To reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 60 percent by 2030, and down to zero by 2050, we need cost-effective, proven energy generation technology that can be scaled up to meet these benchmarks. Nuclear power does not and will not ever meet these criteria.
After 60 years, despite massive subsidies, the nuclear industry is dying of its own accord. Why? Because it’s too expensive, too dangerous and dirty, and takes too long to deploy. Reactors are closing across the country, and major corporations have declared bankruptcy.
via Common Dreams Nuclear Power Is Not a Viable Solution for Green New Deal
3 Florida congresswomen denied access to largest child detention center in U.S. – Axios
Florida Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell were verbally denied access into the Homestead temporary shelter for unaccompanied migrant children last Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Miami Herald reports.
The big picture: The congresswomen say HHS is in violation of a law passed last year that says members of Congress can’t be prevented from entering “any U.S. facility used for maintaining custody of or otherwise housing unaccompanied alien children” for oversight purposes. HHS said they require a two-week visit notification from visitors. The for-profit Homestead facility, owned by Comprehensive Health Services, is the largest shelter for migrant children in the country, as reported by NPR.
Homeland Security chief Nielsen is out – POLITICO
Trump said Friday that his administration sought to “go in a tougher direction“ with the ICE role, but the White House has not announced a new nominee.
A senior administration official aligned with Nielsen said the White House had summoned her to a meeting with the understanding that she would be required to explain the rising arrests on the southwest border. The official said Nielsen didn’t want to plead to maintain her role and chose to resign instead.
Nielsen’s departure, coupled with the decision to abandon Vitiello’s nomination, leaves DHS thin at the leadership level — even as Trump and other officials warn that illegal immigration has reached crisis levels. With McAleenan elevated to acting secretary, Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez of U.S. Customs and Border Protection will probably take over at that agency.
“The system’s at a breaking point,” one congressional aide said. “I’m not sure how adding more chaos and throwing more fuel to the fire is going to be helpful.”
Trump overseeing ‘near-systematic purge’ at Department of Homeland Security – CNNPolitics
“There is a near-systematic purge happening at the nation’s second-largest national security agency,” an official told CNN.
At least some of the sudden personnel changes come at the urging of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who played a key role in Nielsen’s ouster. The President in recent weeks empowered Miller to lead the administration’s border policies “and he’s executing his plan” with what amounts to a wholesale decapitation of the department’s leadership, an official said.
RELATED: How border hardliners nudged out Nielsen
The President has also pushed in recent weeks to reinstate the family separation policy, which Nielsen resisted, a source familiar with the discussions says. Trump rescinded that policy amid public outrage and scrutiny from the courts last summer.
Perez Hilton outs Sultan of Brunei’s son after country enacts new law that would stone gay people / LGBTQ Nation
Perez Hilton has outed the Sultan of Brunei’s son – fourth in line to the throne – as a gay man after his father enacted Shariah law in the country. The punishment for homosexuality and adultery is death from stoning.
As worldwide outrage mounts and calls to boycott the Sultan’s chain of luxury hotels and airline, Hilton alleged that Prince Azim is gay in a video he uploaded to YouTube.
Don’t spread this around.. keep it secret.. SHHHHH
15 Plants and Herbs That Can Boost Lung Health and Heal Respiratory Infections
Then again, home grown cures treat contaminations, support lung wellbeing, and repair lung harm. The accompanying 15 herbs are beneficial as can be expected in order to enhance lung wellbeing:
This herb has a reviving fragrance that mitigates throat bothering and underpins the wellbeing of the respiratory framework. It has a rich content of cineole, which is an aggravate that goes about as an expectorant, relieves a hack, battles off blockage, and mitigates chafed sinus entries.
This herb treats lung issue, lightens a sore throat and hack, and disperses sinusitis. The majority of its useful properties are because of the unpredictable oils, as salvene, terpene, thujone, and camphor. In the instance of sinusitis, utilize it as tea or breathe in its vapors.
The concentrates of Lobelia beneficially affect the multi-sedate safe tumor cells. Its fundamental fixing, lobeline, helps breathing, diminishes bodily fluid, separates blockage, and unwinds the aviation routes. It is likewise useful on account of a hack and colds, as it unwinds the muscles.
More at Tophealthlife 15 Plants and Herbs That Can Boost Lung Health and Heal Respiratory Infections
15 Medicinal Herbs That Will Help Give You Healthy Lungs Again | The Hearty Soul
A wave of viral and bacterial infections is sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere and people are taking longer to heal from an array of symptoms within the respiratory system. If you are resorting to conventional medicine to address these infections with antibiotics, you are not only adding to the problems associated with antibiotic resistance, but you’re also doing little to address the healing mechanisms within your body to address the cause.
The Medicinal Herbs for Healthy Lungs
Herbal remedies not only boost lung health, but they can heal infections and even repair lung damage. Here are 15 of the best herbs to boost lung health.
1. Licorice Root
Licorice is one of the more widely consumed herbs in the world. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it occurs in more formulas than any other single herb because it is thought to harmonize the action of all other herbs.
Licorice is very soothing and softens the mucous membranes of the throat and especially the lungs and stomach and at the same time cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs immune system support.
Billionaires May Pose the Single Greatest Threat to American Democracy
To erode that solidarity, some billionaire hedge fund owners and multinational CEOs work to divide workers. These wealthy .01 percenters separate people by cultivating hate. Some are the same billionaire sugar daddies of alt-right hate sites like Breitbart and more conventional hate media outlets like Fox News. Investigative journalist Jane Mayer wrote a book about their efforts titled Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
This hate-mongering sets workaday people against each other. That weakens them politically. And it contributes to false-fear–provoked violence.
Look, the labor movement is far from perfect. A couple of decades ago, African-American USW members had to sue steel corporations and the union to secure equal opportunity. Clearly, we haven’t always lived up to our principles. But the goal of brotherhood and sisterhood among all workers is a noble one that must be strived for. We all sweat together to support ourselves and our families. We all come to each other’s aid when a fellow worker’s home burns down or child falls ill. We stand shoulder to shoulder to demand a just portion of the profits created by our labor.
Exclusion is self-defeating, whether workers belong to a labor union or not. Because every man and woman is needed on deck, we can’t let billionaire hate purveyors like the Mercers and Murdochs split us, in our workplaces or in our communities.
White Nationalism’s Most Powerful Accelerant
All that matters is that this mass murderer, like so many who have preceded him of late, is a young man moved to violence by an international ideology of fascism—exhilarating, purpose-driven, meaningful. Ultimately, intoxicating. This ideology has entered the mainstream over the last decade to a degree unseen in my lifetime, finding adherents at the highest levels of power around the world. And the primary accelerant fueling this inferno is the internet.
Like razor-sharp boomerangs, the glories of Silicon Valley have turned in mid-air and shot backward, slicing through us and hurtling into a dark past. Violent misogyny, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, gay-bashing, anti-black racism—you name it, you can find it, in ever more plentiful amounts online. The biggest tech platforms you can name—Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit—serve up this kind of poison on an industrial scale, mushrooming and expanding at a rate that makes catching up with the spread almost impossible. Worst of all, those consuming this hatred, which has exploded into an epidemic over the past ten years, are still mostly boys.
The influencer economy recognizes that the old ways of advertising are not effective in reaching younger people. Today, affinities are based on the perceived authenticity of the speaker. And when these new, trusted internet icons preach far-right dogma, the results are predictably fatal. As put in a 2018 report by the Data & Society Research Institute, it is these “polished, well-lit microcelebrities” and the “captivating videos” they produce that radicalize viewers:
via Truthdig White Nationalism’s Most Powerful Accelerant
Guns and Liberty
The proliferation of guns in American society is not only profitable for gun manufacturers, it fools the disempowered into fetishizing weapons as a guarantor of political agency. Guns buttress the myth of a rugged individualism that atomizes Americans, disdains organization and obliterates community, compounding powerlessness. Gun ownership in the United States, largely criminalized for poor people of color, is a potent tool of oppression. It does not protect us from tyranny. It is an instrument of tyranny.
“Second Amendment cultists truly believe that guns are political power,” writes Mark Ames, the author of “Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond.” “[They believe that] guns in fact are the only source of political power. That’s why, despite loving guns, and despite being so right-wing, they betray such a paranoid fear and hatred of armed agents of the government (minus Border Guards, they all tend to love our Border Guards). If you think guns, rather than concentrated wealth, equals political power, then you’d resent government power far more than you’d resent billionaires’ power or corporations’ hyper-concentrated wealth/power, because government will always have more and bigger guns. In fact you’d see pro-gun, anti-government billionaires like the Kochs as your natural political allies in your gun-centric notion of political struggle against the concentrated gun power of government.”
American violence has always been primarily vigilante violence. It is a product of the colonial militias; the U.S. Army, which carried out campaigns of genocide against Native Americans; slave patrols; hired mercenaries and gunslingers; the Pinkerton and Baldwin-Felts detective agencies; gangs of strikebreakers; the Iron and Coal Police; company militias; the American Legion veterans of World War I who attacked union agitators; the White Citizens’ Council; the White League, the Knights of the White Camellia; and the Ku Klux Klan, which controlled some states. These vigilante groups carried out atrocities, mostly against people of color and radicals, within our borders that later characterized our savage subjugation of the Philippines, interventions in Latin America, the wars in Korea and Vietnam and our current debacles in the Middle East. Gen. Jacob H. Smith summed up American attitudes about wholesale violence in the Philippines when he ordered his troops to turn the island of Samar, defended by Filipino insurgents, into “a howling wilderness.”
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WaPo: ‘The Plot Just Thickened On William Barr and the Mueller Report’
William Barr went overboard minimizing the results of the Mueller report, so that Trump could take a victory lap and Drudge could proclaim “Trump Wins!” in a banner headline. Unfortunately, he went too far and now there’s a backlash. Both the Washington Post and New York Times ran pieces Wednesday on how inadequate the Barr summary was, and that prompted a response from the Department of Justice itself, just a few hours ago.
The message from Mueller’s team, whether deliberate, seems to be: Stay tuned, and be wary of William Barr.
So much for Barr’s credibility. Does he remember what happened to Nixon’s AG, John Mitchell? He was convicted of conspiracy, perjury, and obstruction of justice. Just another echo from Watergate.
reat things never come from existing models. Existing models only tweak things in small ways. Horses are horses. Fossil fuel cars are still fossil fuel cars, no matter how many shades of lipstick they are painted with. Old consciousness models are just like that; static and unchanging, with no chance to evolve or grow. Meanwhile, consciousness plus human awareness is breaking out of the old paradigms, old beliefs, old ways of living and thinking about things into a greater awareness plus evolution of consciousness.
What are the limits of consciousness, and where does it begin, end and reside? The Non Physical Consciousness viewpoint is that humans are not required for this type of Consciousness to exist.
via Defining Non Physical Consciousness; Unconditional Love, Metaphysics, Higher Power, Transcendentalism, Inner Light, Spirit, Enlightenment, Satori, Moving Beyond Maya And Illusions, Experiential Guided Meditation Exercise | A Green Road Journal
Nielsen out at Homeland Security | TheHill
President Trump announced Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will leave her post.
Nielsen led the sprawling department’s efforts on immigration enforcement, disaster relief, election security and cybersecurity since she joined the Cabinet in December 2017.
Nielsen took over for close ally, John Kelly, as the head of DHS after he vacated the role to serve as White House chief of staff. Kelly left the White House at the end of 2018.
“And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House.
via Republicans Have Put Our Country on a Path of Warp-Speed Decline—And They Want You to Think It’s Worth Cheering For; Trump Taking Us Down Into Ten Steps Of Genocide And US Is Now On Step Number 8 Out Of 10 | A Green Road Journal
Female US Senator votes against equal pay resolution because ‘white men have done a lot’
A US state senator has given an extraordinary speech outlining why she couldn’t vote in favour of an ‘Equal Pay Day’ bill – saying she was concerned it was ‘so focused against a white man’.
Colorado Senator Vicki Marble was one of three who voted against a resolution to encourage employers to strive for equal pay practices for women.
Who needs a woman like this, when she votes against her own?
Trump’s disgraceful victory lap on #WorldAutismDay shows why real awareness matters
The administration wants to zero out funding for Department of Health and Human Services programs relating to autism, including a developmental disabilities surveillance and research program, autism education, early detection and intervention, and the interagency autism coordinating committee.
An editorial in the NY Times sums up how many parents of children on the spectrum feel today.
At a checkup when my son was almost 5, the developmental pediatrician was brutally honest: She said she did not expect a child like mine to ever be able to live independently. I suppressed fury and shock, and just listened. Both the social worker and the doctor were trying to prepare me for the future.
Lack of sea ice has forced hundreds of walrus to scale cliffs where they then plunge to their death.
The falling bodies of blubber and tusks can also crush walrus on the beach while possibly triggering a stampede.
All they know, Attenborough says, is that they need to join the other walruses and find food.
‘A walrus’ eyesight out of water is poor,’ Attenborough says.
‘But they can sense the others down below. As they get hungry, they need to return to the sea.
‘In their desperation to do so, hundreds fall from heights they should never have scaled.’
Republican governors offer lavish praise for nude Emperor Trump’s resplendent finery
How do you know when a mad dictator has succeeded in creating a cult so thorough-going that it’s erased the individuality of its members? When Republican governors say insane shit like this:
Gov. Kim Reynolds, also a Republican, addressed Trump’s remarks with reporters Wednesday as well and highlighted the important role wind energy plays in Iowa’s economy. However, she declined to say whether she thinks Trump is wrong that wind turbines can cause cancer.
“That’s not my place,” she said.
“You know how those things change,” she said. “One year, coffee’s good for you. The next year, coffee causes cancer.”
The emperor is wearing no clothes. DOH!
Spiritual Adults, What Are They? – Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing
In many shamanic cultures all adults journey and use various techniques to enter altered states and communicate with the spirit world. Most authors misinterpreted this fact, naively stating that all adults in these communities are shamans. However, the ability to enter altered states makes us human, not shamans. Humans are physiologically designed to enter altered states.
The adults in these shamanic cultures are different from us. The difference is that they are spiritual adults. Spiritual maturity demands that adults take responsibility to maintain an active, working relationship with spirit themselves. They do not look for an intermediary in gurus, priests, psychics, or therapists to do it for them.
Spiritual adults understand that living in balance is fundamental to maintaining a good working relationship with spirit. They notice signs that they are not seeing reality clearly. They take responsibility to do whatever it takes to return their inner state to balance. Spiritual adults live in loving appreciation of all life, including their own body. They enjoy people, community, and sex as ways that celebrate life and maintain health and well-being.
Spiritual adults take responsibility to communicate with the spirit world for assistance and inspiration. Spirit is solicited for input on all important decisions. Spiritual adults understand that a relationship with spirit is an interdependent, working relationship. They “feed” or give it energy to it to keep it strong.
Entering Your Spiritual Adulthood
Most people are in their spiritual infancy phase. They don’t know what spirituality is, and for many people, they don’t even care. It’s much the same for a child with math, tying shoe laces, or dating. They don’t much matter. Children are impulsive and work off basic programming to get what they want. “I want food now.” “I want to be warm now.” Adults in their spiritual infancy aren’t very much different. They’ve got a pile of thought structures and life patterns on top of the same immediate gratification triggers. “I want to get laid.” “I want to buy that.” And so forth. They aren’t owning their life in any way, and they can get easily manipulated by others because they have very narrow and self-involved perspectives. They may also manipulate others. They can feel like victims a lot or are always afraid of becoming the victim, which can make them very aggressive.
Fortunately, people always have doorways to open and to grow spiritually. These moments are always right here and right now if we know how to look at our lives and the many lessons we naturally attract. In the specific spiritual shift of spiritual awakening, a whole bunch of doorways and life lessons are flooding in. All these issues and old pains that we didn’t deal with kept us locked in childhood. Now the growing pains of spiritual maturation have arrived. It’s not a fun time period for many of us, although it can be immensely rewarding. Much like in our physical adolescence, everything becomes extremely awkward, and you feel really out of sorts. You kinda know where you’re going, but not really. Emotions get really activated. All in all, you don’t know who you are anymore.
via Spiritual Awakening Process Entering Your Spiritual Adulthood
You were born attached to your mothers so that you could dis-attach yourself and learn your Oneness with Me. You don’t have to go anywhere. You do not have to distance yourself. You separate to learn there is no separation. Only, you have attachment to separation.
You have been attached to your individuality, and now you will make way for Me.
You are all pure receptacles of My love.
Receptacles are containers. A receptacle receives and holds, not in order to keep, but to be emptied.
As a receptacle of My love, you pour Me out. You don’t have to do much. You only have to bend a little, tip a little, and My love will flow of Itself.
Yes, you will be a pure receptacle of My love.
Pure does not mean what you think it means. It does not mean that you are perfect in the eyes of the world, that you eat perfect foods, behave perfectly. You, of yourself, cannot behave what you call perfectly, because the individuality you are attached to knows so little and understands even less.
You will go higher today. You will leave your past behind. You will not depend on your past so much anymore. You are making way for Me, and to do that, you (that which you imagine to be you) must get out of the way.
That is all you have to do. Move over. Then you allow Me.
Unlike President Trump’s inability to pronounce the word “origins,” his recurringanti-windbloviating isn’t a sign of mental decline. Sure, it isstupid and wrongto say the sound ofwind causes cancer(justwhois the “alarmist” by the way?) or reduces real estate values(it doesn’t.)But it’s also dangerous. This and other anti-science campaigns like the ones againstvaccinationsand evolution are not just silly ignorance. They’re weaponized stupidity.
Trump’s tirades aren’t reflective of any deeply held belief or well-informed opinion, but instead appear to be informed by, and in service of, Big Oil’s anti-wind propaganda. For decades fossil fuel companies have attacked clean and renewable competition, from working to block local wind power installations to fighting state policies promoting wind. Key to that effort is spreading myths about wind power’s potential as well as its progress, which our Fox News President predictably regurgitates.
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The US Nuclear industry is mostly a foreign enterprise from every vantage. For many of these countries bribery is a way of life. Even the only remaining US enrichment facility LES-URENCO is owned by a tripartite consortium of the UK-the Netherlands, and two German utilities (E.On./RWE). On the lengthy list below, only a few may be US firms. UG USA is actually a German subsidiary of French State owned AREVA. Advance uranium asset management is Toshiba. J. Aron and Co. is based in Singapore. Mestena appears to be American [As of June 2016 it was owned by Canadian Energy Fuels]. NUFCOR appears to be owned by Exelon, although some things say Goldman Sachs UK. MTM is the Megatons to Megawatts project where the US takes old Russian weapons uranium. USEC is defunct.
One of the strangest is Traxys, apparently US-NY based, [but until 2014 German owned and Luxembourg registered], which…
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A lot of foreign interests, including foreign governments, benefit from US nuclear power and the subsidies which keep it afloat. Below are the rarely discussed uranium dealers (aka merchants of death). Some pretend to be American, but have foreign registered offices.
Countries-companies added to original list here: https://www.eia.gov/uranium/marketing/pdf/umar2017.pdf
The countries are based on our understanding-interpretation of the currently available information. Ownership can change at any time.
Uranium companies notes:
For US uranium mining production, the only company which appears to be American is AUC. https://www.eia.gov/uranium/production/annual/pdf/dupr.pdf
Russian Govt. ARMZ
China Govt: CGN Global Uranium Limited
General Atomics and Honeywell: ConverDyn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ConverDyn
Energy USA is Japanese: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marubeni
Southern Cross https://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2015/lr23436.htm
Honeymoon Southern Cross owner became Uranium One (owner) became Rosatom (Russia Gov) now Boss Resources (apparently Australian) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeymoon_Uranium_Mine
Uranium One and related companies: http://www.wise-uranium.org/ucscr.html
UR Energy Registered Office is Ontario and they are using…
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Highlighted with flip-flops from Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), new revelations, and retribution, the past week has seen a number of stories that just won’t go away—executions, health care, the southern border, the Barr Report, and more.
Texas determined that people being legally executed will not be permitted to have the company of a spiritual adviser during their last moments after the Supreme Court ruled that Patrick Henry Murphy should be permitted the company of his spiritual adviser, a Buddhist. Murphy, however, can still have his spiritual adviser present because the supreme Court made this decision. The Texas death penalty killed half those executed last year.
Boeing finally admitted that the fault lies with the manufacturer in the problems with its 737 MAX 8 with a report that the Ethiopian Airlines crew followed Boeing recommendations but could still not save the jet from its March 10 crash that killed all 157…
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The Curious Man Behind Nordic Banking Scandals – Astute News
On March 28 Swedbank AB fired its CEO, Birgitte Bonnesen, amid allegations she was complicit in a conspiracy to launder billions of dollars in money from former Soviet Union states via Swedbank’s Estonia branch. At present Swedish SVT television reports suggest the mortgage bank laundered as much as 20 billion euros ($23 billion) in questionable funds each year, between 2010 and 2016 in Estonia, which, if true, would total some $140 billion. Swedbank allegedly also misled US authorities on its suspicious customer activities. Reportedly the Swedbank Estonia violations are tied to the even more dramatic allegations that Denmark’s largest bank, Danske Bank, laundered an eye-popping $230 billion via its Estonia operation. Bonnesen was in charge of Swedbank’s Baltic banking operations from 2011-2014.
Among those allegedly using the Baltic branch of Swedbank was former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovytch, ousted in a CIA coup in February 2014 facilitated by Obama State Department official Viktoria Nuland. Another client was reportedly the Russian industrial oligarch, Iskandar Makhmudov, who made his fortune during the Yeltsin years in the “rape of Russia” plunder of Soviet state companies.
The curious whistleblower
The person by all reports responsible for blowing the whistle on what he says is criminal money laundering of funds of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs by Swedbank, Danske Bank and allegations that Deutsche Bank and other EU banks were also involved, is an American-born British citizen named Bill Browder.