News-in-Transition

21 July 2017

 - When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I met were hard-working, spirited and called themselves socialists. I liked them. One evening at dinner, I asked about the silhouettes of people in the far distance, beyond our perimeter.

“Arabs”, they said, “nomads”. The words were almost spat out. Israel, they said, meaning Palestine, had been mostly wasteland and one of the great feats of the Zionist enterprise was to turn the desert green.

They gave as an example their crop of Jaffa oranges, which was exported to the rest of the world. What a triumph against the odds of nature and humanity’s neglect.

It was the first lie. Most of the orange groves and vineyards belonged to Palestinians who had been tilling the soil and exporting oranges and grapes to Europe since the eighteenth century. The former Palestinian town of Jaffa was known by its previous inhabitants as “the place of sad oranges”.

On the kibbutz, the word “Palestinian” was never used. Why, I asked. The answer was a troubled silence.

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21 July 2017

 - Contrary to the fear mongering from the champion of the prison industrial complex, legal weed actually reduces crime.

In the study, titled, “Going to pot? The impact of dispensary closures on crime,” researchers Tom Y. Chang from the USC Marshall School of Business, and Mireille Jacobson from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, looked at what happens with the government forced medical marijuana dispensaries to close. What they found was immediately following a closure of a dispensary — crime rates went up.

“Contrary to popular wisdom, we found an immediate increase in crime around dispensaries ordered to close relative to those allowed to remain open,” Jacobson told Science Daily.

The researchers noted that dispensaries actually increase the ‘walkability score’ of a neighborhood which deters criminal activity.

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20 July 2017

 - Cecil the lion’s six-year-old son, Xanda, has been killed almost exactly on the second anniversary of his own death, which caused international outcry over the cruelty of trophy hunting.

Just like Cecil, Xanda, a young father himself, was lured away from the safety of a national park in Zimbabwe. Also like Cecil, Xanda was wearing a research collar and was an important part of a long-term study on lions. Killing Cecil and Xanda shows a shocking display of disrespect for these imperiled animals and the unnecessary killing of these majestic creatures just for bragging rights and a head-hunting exercise.

The tide is turning against trophy hunting around the world as a result of Cecil’s death—and the killing of his son will only add to that momentum. Please sign our pledge to take a stand against this senseless cruelty.

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20 July 2017

 - Nature, when we’re open enough to listen to it, always provides us with the clues for living a harmonious life. A life of higher awareness where we are present and aware of everything around us. Sometimes things in nature appear seemingly unconnected, even disconnected, yet, when you look a little deeper, they are more connected than we could ever imagine. Trees are an exceptional example of this, as are birds.

The murmuration of starlings is something exceptional to witness. There’s a harmony and perfection that goes beyond the mind. As thousands of individual birds move as one being, it’s like watching a miracle. A mesmerising pattern of life that appears almost as an animated sacred geometric screensaver, but is, in fact, a massive group of little black starlings; each with their own life and consciousness. What is amazing is that these thousands of birds do not ever collide as they move as one in a connected consciousness, where their individuality is no more. They fly like one great bird.

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20 July 2017

 - With so many studies coming out on the numerous ways medical cannabis can treat health ailments, some of us may have become slightly numb to the wonders being revealed about this beneficial plant. But a new study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) might change that.

Researchers have found that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can help prevent HIV from becoming AIDS.

The results suggest something stunning. HIV patients taking cannabis have likely helped prevent their condition from turning into full-blown AIDS. This will open the door for medical cannabis to be used for the dual purpose of treating side effects and preventing disease progression.ear, the rate declined 18 percent from 2008 to 2014.

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19 July 2017

 - Nurses are taking a stand against mandatory vaccinations, at the risk of losing their jobs.

Over 22,000 nurses are a part of Nurses against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV), a movement that wishes to create awareness of the current oppressive vaccine stance the hospitals and the government are taking.

Nurses who have refused the flu vaccine are being forced to wear face masks when working on the wards, they are claiming this is an infringement of their constitutional rights.

The flu vaccine’s integrity has been called into question on numerous occasions, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) even admitting that it sometimes doesn’t work.

Some nurses feel so strongly against the vaccine stance that they are choosing tho lose their jobs to stand up for their constitutional rights.

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19 July 2017

 - A new report has shocked the UK who apparently did not know that they have just witnessed the reverse of a British invasion.

That is to say, they awoke to realize that US-style factory farms now dot the shires and any idyllic semblances of a family-run farm are now gone. Our unfortunate trend in factory farming and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) has traveled abroad and shows no signs of stopping despite protest. There is no more Babe, no more Wilbur, just a spewing, glut of bacon.

The UK refers to our CAFOs as mega farms. They define mega farms as those housing 125,000 broiler chickens, 82,000 laying hens, 2,500 pigs or 700 dairy or 1,000 beef cattle. In the UK, they need permits if they run an “intensive” farm which houses more than 40,000 chickens, 2,000 pigs or 750 breeding sows.

There are now close to 800 mega farms in the UK with every county in England hosting at least one industrial-scale livestock farm. In just six years, the UK has seen a 26% rise in intensive factory farming.

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18 July 2017

 - China is gobbling up major seed businesses to satisfy its growing appetite for food firms.

Two weeks ago, state-owned ChemChina finalized its $44 billion purchase of the Swiss pesticides and seeds giant, Syngenta. It was China’s biggest foreign takeover of all time. On Tuesday, Dow Chemical (DOW) announced that an agriculture fund backed by the Chinese government would pay $1.1 billion for its Brazilian corn seed and research business.

Chinese firms have spent $91 billion over the past decade purchasing nearly 300 foreign companies involved in agriculture, chemicals and food, according to Dealogic.

Why the massive spending spree?

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17 July 2017

karimic-tools-144 - 7/17 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~square~ Neptune (illusions & delusions): This energy is great for creative flow. If you are artistically inclined in any way, you will have access to an energy that will allow you to create something amazing...

 - 7/17 ~ Mars (action) ~square~ Uranus (freedom): This is the "Rebel" energy - what's your "cause"? If you are clear about your own authentic Truth & Purpose, then this energy is refreshing and uplifting. You acknowledge that change is necessary (and inevitable) and you co-create with this energy to transform your current life...

 - 7/18 ~ Venus (socialize) ~trine~ Jupiter (optimism & travel): This is usually a pleasant energy, although short lived. This is a good time to enjoy some kind of social activity. No pressure - just easy, laid-back fun...

 - 7/19 ~ Venus (values & priorities) ~trine~ Saturn (stability & endurance): This is a smooth, easy energy that you can work with consciously and yield incredible, even tangible, results. It's a good time to define your terms where relationships are concerned because you are clear about your values & priorities. Based on your past choices & efforts, positive benefits & rewards are forthcoming...

 - 7/20 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~square~ Uranus (awakening & radical shift): As with any Uranus activation, this one disrupts the normal flow to facilitate a 'break to realign' moment. While sometimes disruptive & challenging, the ultimate result is refreshing in some way...

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1'7 July 2017

 - Did you know that the air you breathe on a commercial airliner comes directly from the engine, complete with engine oil, lubricants and hydraulic fluid? A new study confirms the link between contaminated cabin air and aerotoxic syndrome. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

If you don’t feel well after air travel, it might be more than simple jet lag. From the parking garage to the baggage carousel, your body undergoes a fusillade of toxic assaults. You may eat toxic food, drink toxic water, and touch contaminated surfaces—and then your body is bombarded by body scanners, Wi-Fi and cosmic radiation.

On top of all that, the air in the airplane is toxic.

For six decades, the airline industry has turned a blind eye to the adverse health effects of contaminated cabin air. Since warm air is needed for both engine propulsion and human respiration, aircraft manufacturers decided decades ago to combine the two by bringing air through the engine to heat it, then bleeding it directly into the cabin—unfiltered. This air brings with it a toxic mix of engine oil, lubricants, and various hydrocarbons. As noted by US Attorney Alisa Brodkowitz, the only air filters are the lungs of passengers and crew.

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17 July 2017

 - The cause of your physical pain and disease is you...

Yes, you. Not the environment, your mother’s genes or your junk food diet. Everything in your body that you see manifested as form and phenomena comes from the vibrations within your body which then give rise to either health or disease. What we feel–our emotions coordinate our biochemical, cellular and complete physiological states our entire lives. In other words, the cause of all disease is not tangible at all. Our outlook on life and how we feel about ourselves may be the most relevant health predictor of all.

Many people are already familiar with the fact that emotional stress can lead to digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome, tension and headaches, but many may not be aware that can also cause other physical illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and even symptoms of severe chronic pain.

More subtly, one might develop psychosomatic symptoms or stress-related symptoms because of unresolved emotional issues. These are not new discoveries; researchers have studied the mind/body interrelationship for several decades because of the importance of this link.

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Group healing events for the remainder of 2017:

21 August - Total Solar Eclipse

22 September - Equinox

21 December - Solstice

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