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22 July 2014

 - In 1974 researchers learned that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, shrank or destroyed brain tumors in test mice. But the DEA quickly shut down the study and destroyed its results, which were never replicated -- until now.

The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

The Madrid study marks only the second time that THC has been administered to tumor-bearing animals; the first was a Virginia investigation 26 years ago. In both studies, the THC shrank or destroyed tumors in a majority of the test subjects.

Most Americans don't know anything about the Madrid discovery. Virtually no major U.S. newspapers carried the story, which ran only once on the AP and UPI news wires, on Feb. 29, 2000.

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22 July 2014

 - At the moment, the world’s attention is naturally focused on the most camera-friendly elements of the Israel-Hamas conflict: the explosions and the refugees and the many civilian casualties. But simmering beneath the fighting is a longer-term problem for Gazans: They are one of the youngest, most frequently traumatized people on Earth. The psychological effects of the repeated battering they have endured in recent years could linger for decades, posing a huge challenge not just to Gazans themselves but to Israelis, Egyptians, and everyone else concerned with peace in the region.

It will be impossible to know the full extent of the problem until after the end of the fighting, but past research paints a grim picture. A 2004 study conducted during the second intifada found that 32.7 percent of Gazan children between 10 and 19 exhibited signs of severe post-traumatic stress disorder, while 49.2 percent showed signs of moderate PTSD. A full 83.2 percent of all the children sampled had witnessed shooting, while 66.9 percent had seen injured or dead victims of the violence — and that was several rounds of violence ago.

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22 July 2014

- Take action please! We can stop Israel's genocide if enough of us stand up NOW for the people of Gaza. We need to reach a critical mass, to force our governments to stop the killing spree.

The Zionist state launched its "ground invasion" into Gaza three nights ago, after cutting off electricity to 80% of the Gaza Strip.

Adopting a 'shoot at anything that moves' policy, they are targeting homes, fleeing families in the streets, rescue workers, medical personnel, ambulances, hospitals and the press.

The invading tanks are using banned weapons, including white phosphorous, sarin, flechettes and DIME, ensuring as much damage as possible to their victims, and soaring cancer rates in the future.

The ongoing massacre of Gaza is not a "war", but rather Israel's third massacre in six years against a caged and defenseless population, and one more step in the systematic and ongoing genocide of the Palestinian population.

Hundreds of protests against Israel's assault on the people of Gaza have been organized in cities around the world over the next few days.

To find out about a protest in your area, see the calendar of events below.

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22 July 2014

 - 7/22 ~ Mercury (communication) ~oppose~ Pluto (transformation): This is a good energy for getting to the bottom of any problem, especially between you and another person. This may involve a battle of wills with another person...

7/24 ~ Venus (relationships) ~trine~ Neptune (vision): This is a very supportive energy for dreaming your world into being! Allow your imagination some latitude to wander and see where it leads...

7/24 ~ Sun (identity) ~conjunct~ Jupiter (expansion): This energy expands your sense of Self, making you want to experience all that this life offers.  It indicates that it is time to go to the next level...

7/24 ~ Mercury (connection) ~square~ Uranus (intuition): This energy provokes a lot of mental stimulation! If you are naturally flexible, this energy tends to make you get bored easily; if your are NOT naturally flexible, prepare to be aggravated. Relax if you can...

7/24 ~ Mercury (your voice) ~trine~ Saturn (reality): This energy is good for deep thinking. You are sharp and your standards are high because you are in 'strategy mode'...

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20 July 2014

 - Dearest friends,

The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

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19 July 2014

 - “Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice — creating a third fire, which is the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve, and nurture every living thing.” –Andrew Harvey

In a world of unholy wars dubbed holy wars and media claptrap passed as truth, there has never been a more important time to rise above the hogwash of the status quo. We are everywhere surrounded by fraudulence. We are immersed in the pink goop of the Matrix to such an extent that we can’t even see the forest for the trees. What’s needed is a self-inflicted rude awakening. What’s needed is a wake-up call of the first order. What’s needed is a tapping of the cornerstone of the human condition itself. And the music resonating from such a tapping is a song of freedom, and sacred activism is its magnificent dance.

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18 July 2014

 - Join us to protest against the Israeli onslaught and massacre in Gaza. March to the Israeli Embassy, Saturday 19 July at 12 noon. Assemble opposite Downing Street.

An unprecedented alliance of faith organisations, civil society, peace organisations and trade unions are coming together on Saturday to call for an immediate end to the massacre in Gaza. We are appalled that the British government hasn’t taken action to end Israel’s relentless bombing of houses, hospitals and mosques, and its targeting of civilians. This is the third time in less than six years that Israel has rained bombs down on people trapped in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, with nowhere to escape to. Israel is committing yet another series of war crimes – and we will be marching, in our thousands, to end the killing, end the bombing, end the siege on Gaza, and for a Free Palestine.

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18 July 2014

Israeli goods bar code: 729 Don't buy into the Israeli occupation of Palestine!

Israeli goods bar code: 729

Boycott the companies that support Apartheid Israel...

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17 July 2014

 - South African Palestine solidarity and human rights organisations will be holding a Nelson Mandela Day protest for Gaza on Friday 18 July, with a 67 second moment of silence for the over 200 Palestinians killed in recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.
 
The Nelson Mandela Day protest for Gaza will take place at the Israeli Embassy's Trade Office in Sandton (Corner Fredman and West) starting from 13h30. The main message will be calling for the termination of all trade relations with Israel until it complies with international law.

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Updated 17 July 2014

 - An estimated 40 000 people in Cape Town marched in solidarity with Gaza yesterday, 16 July, and gathered outside Parliament's main gates, calling for the Israeli ambassador to South Africa to be expelled and for an end to trade ties between South Africa and Israel.

The huge crowd, which stretched over several city blocks, held aloft scores of banners and posters, calling for an end to the violence in Palestine's Gaza Strip.

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14 July 2014

Clif High really hits the nail on the head with this piece.
 
It's certain that the mutilation of a person's sexual organ's just days after birth by the people they trust the most must damage them for life. Clif goes into some fascinating aspects of this in his audio.

"Male circumcision alters the brain of its victim. Not only by depriving that person of the full potentials in sex (old audio here), but also (i now understand) of transforming the inherent potential within that person to experience love, contentment, or peace, here in the matterium. The reasons at a biologic level can be explained due to the deprivation of the brain of the man of certain necessary, and brain chemistry altering, key hormonal 'circuits' that include the flesh stolen from him shortly after birth.

Those of us born as 'warriors' by 'gift' of the planets will understand my message here. We 'natural warriors' are filled with compassion and could not stop ourselves from fighting against oppression in all its forms. Masa Katsu!.

Those born as warriors, but robbed of their foreskins by religions that enslave them at birth without their consent, can become entranced by the brutally of their skills and arts at war, with none of the motivation of compassion and love. Such men are not warriors as i judge the word as they are not capable of individual courage as they do not know how to love..."

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13 July 2014

 - Dogs have been used for decades to sniff out chemical vapors from bombs, find missing children, and more recently to detect malignancies, all through their powerful sense of smell. Other animals are now being tapped for similar purposes.

Fruit flies have a wide range of highly developed odorant receptors. Scientists using calcium imaging technology found that cancer compounds elicit a sensory response when placed on fruit fly antenna, even at low concentrations.

The giant African pouched rat’s keen sense of smell is now being tapped for landmine searches. Among the benefits: Rats are cheaper and easier to transport than dogs, and because they weigh less, they don’t trip the bombs upon discovery.

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