Category Archives: General News

Department of Peacebuilding | The Peace Alliance

There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a United States Department of Peacebuilding. This historic measure will augment our current problem-solving options, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict. The legislation will pass from bill to law under one condition: that a wave of citizen interest rise up from the American people and make itself heard in the halls of Congress. During the 20th Century, over 100 million people lost their lives to war — most of whom were non-combatants. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, the extent and current speed of nuclear proliferation makes the achievement of non-violent alternatives to war the most urgent need of the human race.

Source: Department of Peacebuilding | The Peace Alliance

Chemo kills up to 50% of cancer patients in some hospitals – Chris Beat Cancer

Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after new research published in The Lancet Oncology showed that chemo kills up to 50% of cancer patients in some hospitals.For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer.Almost 1,400 patients with either breast or lung cancer died in England in 2014 within a month of being given chemotherapy, roughly 8.4% of lung cancer patients, and 2.4% of breast cancer patients.

Source: Chemo kills up to 50% of cancer patients in some hospitals – Chris Beat Cancer

Man Loses Pulse for 45 Minutes, Wakes Up With Incredible Vision of Afterlife | Culture of Awareness

After 45 minutes, his pulse returned “out of nowhere,” Bishop said.  ”His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes, the fact that he’s up walking, talking, laughing, everything is amazing.”Glad to be back amongst the living, Miller now says there is one thing he is sure of, “There is an afterlife and people need to believe in it, big time.”

Source: Man Loses Pulse for 45 Minutes, Wakes Up With Incredible Vision of Afterlife | Culture of Awareness

The High Cost of American Hubris

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Hubris?

Yep……From the Greek word of the same spelling, the concept of overweaning pride, or expectations that far exceed the scope of one’s being.

The perfect word to describe the US policies for the Middle East.

Americans have paid a very high price for the Establishment’s imperial ambitions, a price passing a breaking point in blood and money, a problem that must be addressed with realism and humility, explains Natylie Baldwin.

Although renowned political scientist John Mearsheimer does not consider himself to be an isolationist – a term which has acquired a negative connotation since WWII – his definition is illuminating as much for clarifying what the term does not mean as for what it does.

In America Unhinged, Mearsheimer writes: “Isolationism rests on the assumption that no region of the world outside of the Western Hemisphere is of vital strategic importance to the United States. Isolationists do not…

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September 2 Energy News | geoharvey

Construction on one of India’s largest, if not the largest, solar park is expected to being soon. The Minister for Energy in the southern state of Karnataka told media outlets that construction on the proposed 5-GW Pavagada solar park will begin there soon. [CleanTechnica]

Source: September 2 Energy News | geoharvey

Toxic Cookware Chemicals Have Polluted Drinking Water for Millions | Culture of Awareness

In May 2015, more than 200 scientists from 40 countries signed the so-called Madrid Statement,22,23 which warns about the harms of all PFAS chemicals, both old and new. Documented health effects associated with the older, long-chain PFASs, including the following:24

Source: Toxic Cookware Chemicals Have Polluted Drinking Water for Millions | Culture of Awareness

Texas State Climatologist on Record Rain and Extremes

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

More coming on this. Next week’s “This is Not Cool” vid will feature more from Nielsen-Gammon, Hayhoe, Trenberth, and TV Meteorologists on the difference between “weather” and “climate change”.

Dallas Morning News:

Downpours throughout Texas this month have boosted August 2016 into the record books, tying a more than century old record for rainfall.

Preliminary totals put the rainfall average at 5.69 inches statewide, tying a rainiest August record set in 1914, according to the state climatologist’s office at Texas A&M University.

The wet month was due to an atmospheric wind pattern that pumped a lot of deep, moist tropical air into the state, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in a prepared statement.

The heaviest rain has been in East, Central and Southeast Texas, with parts of the latter getting more than 15 inches in August, he said.

But Dallas-Fort Worth saw only its 14th greatest amount of August rainfall, with 4.42…

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Former senator pledges to support vets in Fukushima lawsuit – News – Stripes

Former Sen. John Edwards has pledged to support hundreds of U.S. sailors, Marines and airmen who say they were sickened by radioactive fallout from the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.U.S. forces participated in relief efforts after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that battered swaths of northeastern Japan, including the plant.Edwards — the 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president who ran for president that year and in 2008 — has offered his “legal and personal assistance” to the plaintiffs after hearing about their lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, according to a statement from the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Source: Former senator pledges to support vets in Fukushima lawsuit – News – Stripes

To deliver sustainable development, first give up on ‘growth’ – The Ecologist

The global economy has already outgrown the Earth, writes Jason Hickel. Yet even the UN insists that we need decades of continued economic growth to end poverty. The truth is the precise reverse: we must end growth – not just to save our planet but to refocus the economy on meeting human needs.

Source: To deliver sustainable development, first give up on ‘growth’ – The Ecologist

Israeli satellite destroyed in SpaceX test launch explosion in Florida | The Ugly Truth

A $200 million Israeli satellite was destroyed when a SpaceX rocket exploded during a pre-launch test at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, the company confirmed.SpaceX said both it’s Falcon 9 rocket and payload, Israel’s Amos 6 satellite, were lost in the pre-launch explosion, which the company said was caused by an “anomaly” on the launch pad.

Source: Israeli satellite destroyed in SpaceX test launch explosion in Florida | The Ugly Truth

Talen pulls plug on nuclear plant – The Morning Call

Talen Energy, which in early August reported a net loss of $3 million for the second quarter, said its shortfall included an impairment charge of $122 million related to the Bell Bend project. Company officials said then they had no plans to resume licensing and permitting activities for the project, according to Martin

Source: Talen pulls plug on nuclear plant – The Morning Call

Grassroots Campaign Has Made Cluster Bombs Unprofitable – PEACE ACTION’S GROUNDSWELL

On Tuesday, Textron — the last U.S. weapons company making cluster bombs, a deadly indiscriminate weapon that’s made headlines in the past year for killing and maiming hundreds of civilians in Yemen’s civil war — announced that it will no longer manufacture them.

Source: Grassroots Campaign Has Made Cluster Bombs Unprofitable – PEACE ACTION’S GROUNDSWELL

Wednesday Trump Dump: Mexican president suggests Trump lied about their meeting

As for whether or not we will be building a wall that Mexico will be paying for, also known as the entire reason for the Donald Trump campaign, his core promise to a rabidly xenophobic fan base? Donald Trump said it didn’t come up.

Curiously, however, a spokesman for Peña Nieto told the press that Peña Nieto specifically told Trump during the meeting that Mexico would not be paying for such a wall, a statement the Mexican president himself later repeated. Who to believe?

Source: Wednesday Trump Dump: Mexican president suggests Trump lied about their meeting

Why There’s a Media Blackout on the Native American Dakota Oil Pipeline Blockade | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

As the Lakota Sioux continue their peaceful blockade of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, the story’s absence from the national media narrative is palpable. Considering the corporate media’s chronic quest for controversial stories on government versus public standoffs, you’d think this situation would garner the typical media frenzy invoked during a right-wing militia occupation of a federal building, for example, or a tense standoff between the Black Lives Matter movement and police. But it’s not.

As of late, the media has faced criticism for its selective coverage of certain events — like, say, focusing on single terror attacks in Western Europe that garner thousands of headlines while basically ignoring similar or worse attacks that occur on a constant basis in Muslim-majority countries.

But the confrontation unfolding in North Dakota, in particular, is strikingly similar to the recent standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, which involved a right-wing militia advocating land rights against the federal government. The militia was led by the controversial Bundy family, which previously drew sensationalized coverage during a similar standoff in Nevada in 2014. So why were these stories covered extensively while the other — also centered around land rights — has been mostly ignored?

Source: Why There’s a Media Blackout on the Native American Dakota Oil Pipeline Blockade | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Priceless | The Creator Writings

My darling child, I know you are tired and frustrated. I know that you wish all of the changes that are taking place right now would hurry up and be over. You are going through a very human experience; be grateful for it because it will never happen again. And, when it is over, you will be able to look back and see it for what it truly is…..a priceless gift of growth and learning. ~ Creator

Source: Priceless | The Creator Writings

Why Things That Sit Still Become Incredibly Powerful [Funny Video] – Kyle Cease | Mindvalley Academy Blog

“Have you noticed that everything that just sits still and does nothing becomes holy-cr*p powerful? Nelson Mandela sat in a prison for 22 years and became THE PRESIDENT!” – Kyle Cease

Source: Why Things That Sit Still Become Incredibly Powerful [Funny Video] – Kyle Cease | Mindvalley Academy Blog

Green Vaccines: What They Are & Whether They Can Be Trusted – Collective Evolution

There has never been a death from homeoprophylaxis, nor are there dangerous side effects. Large-scale observational studies have been conducted in Cuba for Leptospirosis (Bracho, G, Varela, E, Fernandez, R, et al. “Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control.” Homeopathy. 99 (2010): 156-166.), in Brazil for Meningitis in 85,000 people (Mroninski, Adriano, Mattos. Homeopathic Links, Winter 2001, Vol 14(4)), Influenza (International Journal of High Dilution Research 2011; 10(36):174-176), and for the prevention of childhood illnesses in 3,500 children (Golden, Isaac. “Homeoprophylaxis-A Fifteen Year Clinical Study: A Statistical Review of Efficacy and Safety of Long Term Homeoprophylaxis. Gisborne. Vic. 2004). Effectiveness has proven to be robust and in many cases exceeds the effectiveness of conventional vaccines. India has used HP for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis for over 20 million people as well (Srinivasulu, G. An Open Observational Study on the prevention of Japanese Encephalitis through Miasmatic Prescription, Journal of Homoeopathy, U.K. 2014)

Source: Green Vaccines: What They Are & Whether They Can Be Trusted – Collective Evolution

3 Common Health Issues Ginger Can Fix Better Than A Pill – Collective Evolution

Among the healthiest spices on the planet, ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have incredible healing benefits for the body and the brain. advertisement – learn moreHaving originated in China, this flowering plant belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is closely related to turmeric, cardamon, and galangal. The underground part of the stem, called the rhizome, is the most commonly used part of the spice, and is often referred to as either ginger root, or simply ginger.

Source: 3 Common Health Issues Ginger Can Fix Better Than A Pill – Collective Evolution

Independents Decide 42% Of The Vote. Why Your Third-Party Vote Is Not Wasted – Collective Evolution

Fast forward to Presidential Election 2016: Never has it been so self-evident that Super PAC mega-donors, six monster-sized media corporations, rigged electoral maps, and continued voter suppression are hard at work steering voters toward candidates chosen for you by the two-party political machine.Bernie Sanders was the only candidate to have come close to breaking down barriers to become a true grassroots funded and supported candidate. Whether or not Trump is an Independent candidate in disguise or a steering mechanism gone rogue won’t be fully revealed until after the election.You DecideWhat does this mean for the American people this November? It means, Independent voters, that your 42 percent has an incredible opportunity to reshape American politics — even the direction of this country if you are willing to claim the power you’ve handed yourselves.

Source: Independents Decide 42% Of The Vote. Why Your Third-Party Vote Is Not Wasted – Collective Evolution

US NRC – Radiation Protection for ISL Uranium Mining: Agenda Set by Cameco For Public Teleconference (Sept. 7th); Agenda: NONE | Mining Awareness +

the AEC and DOE [have] called—[what was] then the Department of Justice [(DOJ)]; let me call it the “Department of Injustice” [to make false claims about radiation exposure] under some of the people there. They [(the DOJ employees)] actually bragged about the fact that they set up courses to train health physicists and lawyers on how to keep injured parties, injured from radiation, from getting any benefits! One of these was even held in Washington. I didn’t attend it, but I can point to some people that attended the lecture that [Don] Jose from the Justice Department gave. Imagine: the Department of Justice—which is supposed, according to our Constitution, to provide justice to the citizen—training lawyers and health physicists how to cheat the public! How to allow people to be used as guinea pigs rather than be a hindrance to some nuclear or military program! Read more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/advice-of-father-of-health-physics-for-disposing-of-tritium-safely-rebuffed-by-us-nrc-dr-k-z-morgan-interview-dc-philadelphia-baltimore-treated-as-guinea-pigs/

Source: US NRC – Radiation Protection for ISL Uranium Mining: Agenda Set by Cameco For Public Teleconference (Sept. 7th); Agenda: NONE | Mining Awareness +

Documents Show Soros Ran US Foreign Policy on Post-Coup Ukraine

A tranche of some 2500 Internal documents, mostly Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point files, as well as pdf files, from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation (OSF) network of non-governmental organizations, which were obtained from the group «DC Leaks», shows that Soros and his advisers lorded over US policy toward Ukraine after the 2014 coup supported by Soros and the Obama administration ousted the democratically-elected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his government. The leaked Soros documents describe how the OSF and Soros’s International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), based at 46 Artema Street in Kiev, worked with the US State Department after the 2014 so-called «Euromaidan» themed revolution to ensure that a federalized Ukraine was not in the picture

Source: Documents Show Soros Ran US Foreign Policy on Post-Coup Ukraine

The Disappearance of the Word “CURE” from Modern Medicine | Wake Up World

One problem presented by modern medicine is this: cure is generally defined as a substance that cures. That’s why there is “no cure for the common cold”, even though every healthy person cures their own, and healthier people cure it faster. Cures accomplished by health, not medicine, are not recognized by the field of medicine. As a result, there are many invisible cures.

Can any illnesses be cured with medicine? Of course. Illnesses caused by parasites, infections, pneumonia, etc. are cured by antibiotics. Illnesses caused by fungal infections are cured by anti-fungal medications. There are well defined tests to ensure that the cure is complete. So, why does cure not appear in most medical dictionaries.

There are many illnesses that can be cured, but not by medicines. Any illness caused by a lack of healthiness – from arthritis, to depression, to heart disease and hypertension, and even obesity – cannot be cured by medicines. They are not caused by a parasite that can be killed. They can only be cured with health. All illnesses caused by deficiencies, whether it be scurvy, caused by a nutritional deficiency, or bedsores, caused by a deficiency of movement, a deficiency of physical stress – can only be cured by addressing the cause. No medicine can cure these conditions. Any illness caused by toxicity, by toxic chemicals, or even toxic social environments, cannot be cured by medicines. These can only be cured by addressing the cause.

Source: The Disappearance of the Word “CURE” from Modern Medicine | Wake Up World

Newsweek opens a can of whoop-ass on Trump.

Which leads back to my original question, Mr. Speaker: What is the Republican Party today? What is it you’re endorsing in this campaign? If you believe the GOP stands for racism, xenophobia, protectionism, nuclear proliferation, torture, war crimes, the reckless use of military force and fanboy support for a powerful and conniving dictator who threatens America, then please proceed.

Source: Newsweek opens a can of whoop-ass on Trump.

Can Americans Overthrow The Evil That Rules Them? | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

Hillary is a warmonger, perhaps the ultimate and last one if she becomes president, as the combination of her hubris and incompetence is likely to result in World War 3. On July 3, 2015,Hillary declared: “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. . . . we would be able to totally obliterate them.” The crazed Hillary went on from this to declare the President of Russia to be “the new Hitler.” Little doubt she thinks she can obliterate Russia also.

Source: Can Americans Overthrow The Evil That Rules Them? | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

Jill Stein Should Be Part of a 4-Way Presidential Debate – In Saner Thought

It is only a matter of weeks before we have our first debate between the Mouth and The Warmonger….but to be fair there should be two other candidates in this debate…Gary Johnson and Dr, Jill Stein……If a candidate is on the state’s ballot then they should be part of the process…..polling should have nothing to do with the debates…..

Source: Jill Stein Should Be Part of a 4-Way Presidential Debate – In Saner Thought

Faces of the North Dakota pipeline protest: ‘Sacred land is who we are’ | US news | The Guardian

Native Americans and protesters await a ruling on an injunction to stop work on the $3.7bn pipeline they say threatens their water and protected land

Source: Faces of the North Dakota pipeline protest: ‘Sacred land is who we are’ | US news | The Guardian

All About The Afterlife | Culture of Awareness

• Generally, once a spirit has crossed over into heaven, it is met by loved ones, goes through a life review, and then moves to its spirit home.• Your spirit home is where you are as a form of spirit energy, living with other spirit energies of the same consciousness, the same level of energy, and of the same like mind and thought that you carry as a spirit. You are a form of energy that interacts with other energies within your spirit home, but not all the time, and often you are in your spirit home with your own spirit guides.

Source: All About The Afterlife | Culture of Awareness

Frequency Activation Into The New Earth Reality Coming Sept 2016, Instant Manifestation : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database

We are in the final count down into the number of days left before Everything Begins to Change. A while ago, our OverSoul Family placed protective seals on our DNA template until the time came when we would be truly ready to access our highest DNA potential. The reason why protective seals were placed on our DNA was because when the seals are unlocked we all have the potential to be instant manifestors of reality. It was decided that we would be ready to begin unlocking the seals on our DNA in September 2016.

The reason why we needed to wait until this time where there is more Light than darkness, is because the Guardians knew we would manifest horrible things if we were given the freedom of manifestation before this time. Something else must take place in our consciousness before we are given this divine ability. Each individual must be fully tuned into Divine Love, The removal of the Judgement Cycle is the first step.

Source: Frequency Activation Into The New Earth Reality : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database

Australian govt’s environment and energy committee chaired by climate sceptic

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Liberal Craig Kelly will lead backbench committee that provides advice and feedback on legislation and policies,
Guardian, Gabrielle Chan, 29 Aug 16, The climate sceptic Liberal MP Craig Kelly has been appointed chairman of the backbench environment and energy committee, with National party MP Kevin Hogan as secretary.

The committee will provide feedback on legislation and policies relating to the environment and energy, including to the minister, Josh Frydenberg.

Kelly served on the committee during the last parliament and previously invited climate sceptics to “balance” a presentation given by top climate scientists…….https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/29/climate-sceptic-mp-appointed-chair-of-environment-and-energy-committee

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Turnbull govt attacks renewable energy, plans to gut Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

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Turnbull destroys renewablesThe sun will set on solar if the Australian Renewable Energy Agency is gutted, The Age, Andrew Blakers and Richard Corkish, 30 Aug 16 

The federal government plans to strip the Australian Renewable Energy Agency of most of its funding, as well as its ability to give grants now that Parliament has resumed. Remarkably, the ALP, which established ARENA when in government, may allow this to happen. This is an existential threat to renewable energy research, innovation and education in Australia.

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The solar photovoltaic industry is big business. It now makes up a quarter of all new electricity generation capacity installed each year across the world, and it’s growing at 20 to 30 per cent a year. Together, solar and wind energy make up half of all new generation capacity installed globally and all new generation capacity installed in Australia. A renewable energy revolution is in progress, and Australia is at the forefront…

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Uranium miner ERA forced to slash its assets value

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burial.uranium-industryEnergy Resources of Australia slashes asset values, The Age, Brian Robins 30 Aug 16  Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia has been forced to slash the value of its assets by $161 million, almost equal to the company’s remaining sharemarket value.

With its controversial Ranger mine, which is surrounded by the Kakadu National Park, scheduled to close within five years, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had questioned the way ERA valued its assets in its December 31, 2015 financial report.

The miner had now conceded that the value at which it carried the Ranger mine assets in its books “exceeded fair value”, ASIC said in a statement on Tuesday.

ERA pointed to weakness in the uranium oxide price at a time when the mine had only a five-year life left, without an extension of its authority to mine, as reasons for booking the impairment.

The write-down compares with ERA’s sharemarket worth of just $173 million, which…

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Pro-TPP Democrats call Labor’s bluff – POLITICO

Just ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who Tuesday clocked an easy win in Florida over the most Bernie Sanders-identified primary challenger in the country — even after her booting as Democratic National Committee chair. She voted to give the president fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals as a precursor to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and despite all the noise in Washington, every union in her district still endorsed her.

Source: Pro-trade Democrats call Labor’s bluff – POLITICO

petition: Speak Out Against Outrageous EpiPen Price-Gouging

Mylan, maker of the most popular EpiPen in America, has raised prices on its EpiPens from around $100 for a pack of two to more than $600 per pack. Yet the cost to make EpiPens is just a few dollars, and, according to The New York Times, the company’s executives gave themselves millions of dollars in raises when implementing these unconscionable price hikes.

Source: petition: Speak Out Against Outrageous EpiPen Price-Gouging

DEA Adds Kratom to Schedule 1 List Alongside Heroin | Culture of Awareness

Fresh on the heels of the CDC labeling kratom as an emerging “public health threat,” the notoriously fascistic U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has filed a notice of intent to not only list it as a controlled substance, but the DEA is planning to add it to the most restrictive classification possible.Mitragyna speciosa, aka kratom, and its two primary constituents, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are going to be placed onto schedule 1 temporarily beginning on September 30th.This information comes from a filing from the DEA on August 30th, but the full announcement is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on August 31st.Kratom is not an opiate but functions in a similar manner, i.e. attaching to activating opioid receptors. The substance has been shown to alleviate chronic pain and anxiety as well as aid in overcoming addiction despite its own “euphoric effects.”

Source: DEA Adds Kratom to Schedule 1 List Alongside Heroin | Culture of Awareness

Head choppers united: ‘Saudi forces never once targeted ISIS militants in Yemen’ | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

RT: Are you saying that ISIS is de facto a proxy army of mercenaries being used to achieve regime change?MO: Yes, of course. And that what we have been saying since the beginning of 2010 and all 2011 when Al-Qaeda was changing into ISIS based on the ideology of Wahhabism, which is diffused and brought upon us by the monarchy of Al-Saud. Where they have got their weapons from, where they were funded from? It was obvious; we had all the reports and also the statements from both Qatar and Saudi Arabia. But then Qatar last year started to back off, but Saudi Arabia is still enraged by the incapability of their forces to take any control of Yemen. By God, Yemen is taking land inside of Saudi Arabia; it is that devastating for Al-Saud now

Source: Head choppers united: ‘Saudi forces never once targeted ISIS militants in Yemen’ | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

10 Things You Notice Near An Empath | Culture of Awareness

I once called the insurance phone number to ask a question. An hour later, the woman had shared her whole life story with me and I am not sure she ever answered my question, but I made her feel better. What is an empath anyway and did I just make that up?There are probably thousands of stories like this for me, but I want you to think about times you have interacted with someone and felt all the same feelings they have…or perhaps they have told you things you just didn’t really need to know.

Source: 10 Things You Notice Near An Empath | Culture of Awareness

The Anthropocene epoch is upon us « Antinuclear

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken, Guardian, Damian Carrington, 29 Aug 16, Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday.The new epoch should begin about 1950, the experts said, and was likely to be defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete, and even the bones left by the global proliferation of the domestic chicken were now under consideration.

Source: The Anthropocene epoch is upon us « Antinuclear

Federal govt slashes safety checks at Ranger uranium mine « Antinuclear

ERA, controlled by Rio Tinto, stopped mining new ore in 2012. Since then, it has been extracting ore – totalling about 2000 tonnes a year – from tailings at a rate that leaves 999 tonnes of waste for every uranium tonne produced.Under federal statutes, the millions of tonnes of waste rock and billions of litres of water must be stored so “radiological material is separated from the environment for 10,000 years”, Mr O’Brien said.“All that contaminated matter … all the buildings, the mill, the power plant, all the machinery, all the trucks – everything – has to be put into pits.”Lone Ranger: Kakadu uranium miner faces fewer safety checks, The Age, Peter Hannam, 30 Aug 16   The controversial Ranger uranium mine in the Top End has had its independent government oversight depleted just years before its closure in a move the local Aboriginal organisation describes as “absurd”.

Source: Federal govt slashes safety checks at Ranger uranium mine « Antinuclear

Nuclear bombs set off the Anthropocene epoch

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Nuclear bombs transformed the planet and set off the Age of Humans, geologists say, WP By Sarah Kaplan August 29 16, Around 1950, as atomic bombs fell on empty deserts, crowded cities and island atolls; as highways carved concrete paths across the planet; as populations exploded; as consumption skyrocketed; and as the average global temperature began its dangerous upward creep in earnest, Earth entered the epoch of humans.

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Or at least, that’s the consensus of the Working Group on the Anthropocene, the team of 35 scientists tasked with figuring out whether humans have left enough of a mark on this planet to qualify for our own unit of geological time.

In January, the working group published a paper in the journal Science arguing that the Anthropocene is a “functionally and stratigraphically distinct” unit of geologic time. In other words, the planet has been altered so thoroughly by human presence that the changes are permanently…

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August 31 Energy News | geoharvey

¶ A biogas plant of the German manufacturer Weltec Biopower went live in Varazdin, northern Croatia. The 250-kW plant on a pig farm suits provides the farm with power, heat, and fertilizer. The slurry from a newly erected pigsty with 130 sows and 2,800 porkers forms the basis for the energy production. [Renewable Energy from Waste]

Source: August 31 Energy News | geoharvey

Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen – BillMoyers.com

Mylan manufactures and sells EpiPen, the emergency delivery system for an allergy drug, epinephrine, that can make the difference between life and sudden death. The cost for a two-pack of the devices has soared nearly 550 percent to $608.61. That’s a price far beyond the means of most families with kids threatened by possibly fatal allergic reactions.

At the same time, Bresch has seen her own compensation increase a whopping 671 percent, from $2,453,456 in 2007 (the year that Mylan bought EpiPen) to $18,931,068 in 2015.[Heather Bresch] should resign for price gouging rather than get a raise, but like so many of her fellow executives she sails serenely on as her fellow Americans drown in health care debt.

She should resign for price gouging rather than get a raise, but like so many of her fellow executives Bresch sails serenely on as her fellow Americans drown in health care debt. Her career and the success of her company epitomize everything that so enrages every voter who believes that the fix is in and that the system is weighted in favor of those with big money and serious connections.

Source: Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen – BillMoyers.com