News-in-Transition

18 February 2018

horse talk

 - Norwegian researchers taught 23 horses how to express their needs using symbol boards, and the horses loved it.

It’s what we wish of all our pets: If only they could tell us what they want. Of course, we know when the dog wants to go out; and good lord do we know when the cat wants to be fed in the morning – but what about other pets and other needs? Like, what if your horse could run up to you and say, “I’m cold, may I have my blanket?”

That’s exactly what a group of researchers at Norwegian University of Life Sciences and their team of 23 steeds have accomplished in two separate stables in Norway. Anyone who has ever had a relationship with a horse knows how intelligent they are, and that they often understand what the human wants – but now we may have an entry into better understanding what it is a horse may desire.

The team trained the horses for 10 to 15 minutes a day to learn the meaning of three symbols. After just 11 days, all 23 horses were able to recognize the meanings: Blanket on, blanket off, or no change. What’s beautiful is that not only were they so easily able to learn the symbols and then they put that knowledge to work, but the whole thought process involved. “I’m hot, I want this blanket off, I’ll nudge the “blanket off” symbol to have my blanket removed" – which is what participating horse Poltergeist is indicating in the photo above.

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18 February 2018

Are You Making Bad Choices? - Have you noticed that the same problems keep coming up in your relationships or at work?

Maybe you’re someone who keeps regaining the weight that you’ve lost or whose blood sugar is managed for a while but then invariably is out of control again?

Maybe you repeatedly experience bullying by your boss or colleagues? Maybe you keep choosing friends or a partner who treats you poorly?

Have you ever wondered why the same problems keep reoccurring in your personal and professional life?

There’s a very simple and straightforward answer to this: You’re making the same bad choices, over and over again.

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17 February 2018

 - With scientific research now emerging attesting to the ability of human thoughts, emotions, and intentions to affect the physical material world, an increasing number of scientists, and quantum physicists in particular, are stressing the importance of studying factors associated with consciousness and its relation to our physical world. One of these factors is human intention.

Reiki essentially uses human intention to heal another person’s ailments. Practitioners usually place their hands on the patient in order to channel energy into them by means of touch. It can be roughly defined as using compassionate mental action and physical touch, energy healing, shamanic healing, nonlocal healing, or quantum touch.

The popularity of this practice is exemplified by the fact that, as of 2000, there were more ‘distant healers’ in the United Kingdom than therapists practicing any other form of complementary or alternative medicine, and the same goes for the United States.

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17 February 2018

 - You know those kind of nights when you just can't sleep because the brain won't shut up, or even come up for air? Used to be I'd get that a couple times a year maybe. Nowadays its more like two a week. Is it like that for you too? Sure, we have our psychic numbing which deflects much of the horror going on in our name; but some nights not even that can hold back the towering tsunami of night terrors facing us (which we're generally not acknowledging).  I'm having one of those nights again tonight, so it must be time to share.

Do you ever feel like it's all just too much for you to handle? How are we supposed to process and integrate so much soul crushing daily chaos? The kinds of night terrors that chew thru our psychic numbing won't be halted by any pop new age psycho-babble, so please don't offer us any of that.

It isn't all just the 'news' that spawns night terrors which keep us awake at night; not so long back I awoke to wildfires raging thru the area I live in, less than ten miles away. Then we have urban snipers to worry about, not to mention home invasions which are on the increase locally, keeping up with the national trend.

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16 February 2018

 - We’d all like to be a little happier.

The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. People can be unkind, and jobs can be tedious.

But we do have some control over how we spend our leisure time. That’s one reason why it’s worth asking which leisure time activities are linked to happiness, and which aren’t.

In a new analysis of 1 million U.S. teens, my co-authors and I looked at how teens were spending their free time and which activities correlated with happiness, and which didn’t.

We wanted to see if changes in the way teens spend their free time might partially explain a startling drop in teens’ happiness after 2012 – and perhaps the decline in adults’ happiness since 2000 as well.

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16 February 2018

 - Breaking news – fantastic! “The research signifies that the revival of human organs has stepped out of the lab and into clinical application.”

For the time being, research has seemingly ebbed from the use of embryonic stem cells. Not only for their controversy but also their expense, difficulty and inconsistent success rate. However, we have within ourselves regenerative stem cells that repair the body and go anywhere they are needed. So they do not have the complications of other cell or transplant therapies. Stem cell therapy is one of the more recent breakthroughs that not only may go down in history, but also has researchers holding the “M”-word on their tongues – miracle. 

For most of history, lung disease was a death knell. In an exciting and positive news twist, a man now has a regenerated set of lungs and a new lease on life thanks to stem cell therapy.

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15 February 2018

alcohol damages brain - Although alcohol (and caffeine, nicotine, opiates) seem to be the elites’ legal drug of choice for the masses, it is only recently that researchers have unveiled the true, harmful effects of booze. Regular-to-severe alcohol use is not just toxic to the liver. It holds real, measurable consequences for the brain.

A number of recent studies have also measured cannabis use on the brains of adults and adolescents. Some, like this recent study from the University of Colorado have compared alcohol and cannabis use on the brain of adults and adolescents.

More specifically, the study compares gray matter size and white matter integrity in chronic alcohol use for teen and adult brains; and gray matter size and white matter integrity in cannabis use for teen and adult brains.

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15 February 2018

 - The purpose of modern schooling has never been to empower children. I would argue that school has quite the opposite effect and is geared more towards keeping children obedient to authority. I mean think about it. In most schools children have to wear uniforms that stifle their self-expression. They have to call their teachers by ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ as if to say that adults are somehow superior to children. They learn to memorise information, which is largely inapplicable in daily life, in order to regurgitate it later, without ever learning how to think for themselves or become self-sustainable human beings. Creativity and artisanship aren’t valued in the same way that academic intelligence is, and right-brain learners are tragically left high and dry.

But what if we flipped the system on its head? What if, instead of disempowering children and treating them as somewhat inferior to the rest of us, we empowered them in every way imaginable?

To start with, schools should focus less on theoretical studies, and more on learning real life skills. Children should learn how to grow their own food and cultivate a garden. They should learn how to build their own home using sustainable materials. They should learn how to collect their own rainwater, how to produce their own energy, and how to pull things apart, repair them and make them new again. When we teach children practical life skills, we show them that they are capable of thriving without the need for any system – we empower their independence and their right to be self-governing and self-sustainable.

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14 February 2018

 - Silence. How often do you truly get to experience this? Nowadays, silence is a very rare commodity indeed as we are constantly bombarded with noises from people, traffic, airplanes, music, advertisements, construction and the list goes on.

I’ve been thinking a lot about silence and how much I would like some as I’ve been travelling and am constantly subjected to honking cars, screaming tourists, and clanking sounds all around me. Silence, is actually not something that is very easily obtainable -silence is golden. So how important is silence and is it a detriment to the well-being of our minds if we don’t have it?

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that actually used silence as a marketing product. Their campaign aimed to entice people to visit Finland to experience the beauty of the silent land. The campaign released a series of photos of single figures in nature along with the headline, “Silence, Please.” Another tagline was added by Simon Ahnolt, an international country branding consultant that said, “No talking, but action.”

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14 February 2018

 - The new moon will take a bite out of the solar disk to stage a partial eclipse of the sun on February 15, 2018. This eclipse is visible from southern South America (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, far-southern Brazil and far-southern Paraguay), Antarctica, and the far-southern extremities of the South Pacific and South Atlantic oceans. If you’re in a position to watch this eclipse, remember to use proper eye protection.

On a worldwide scale, the partial eclipse of the sun starts at sunrise over the South Pacific Ocean, and then the moon’s penumbral shadow moves eastward across the globe, to finally end at sunset nearly four hours later over the South Atlantic Ocean.

From South America, this partial solar eclipse happens in the late afternoon on February 15, placing the sun low in the west at eclipse time. The farther south you live in South America, the deeper the partial solar eclipse.

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13 February 2018

 - In this article, we look at the “Ghost in the Machine” – the murderous forces in our health care system that harm patients instead of help them. This article will expose the deceptions that occur in almost all facets of health care today for no reason other than money. It will also expose the identities of the ghost’s “puppet masters” who perpetrate health misinformation and unethical drug marketing for profit, whether it’s Big Pharma or its helpers in academia, government and nongovernment agencies.

It should surprise no one that, in most cases, promotion of dangerous drugs and misleading health information is a direct result of conflicts of interest. For example, with the exception of CBS, every major U.S. media outlet keeps at least one person from the drug industry on its board, which clearly explains the dearth of reporting on Pharma dangers and corruption.

The drug industry also spends billions a year on TV ads — revenue from just nine prescription drugs was worth $100 million in one year — which also stifles negative news stories about Pharma.

Even so-called “public” media like PBS and NPR have accepted money from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and UnitedHealthcare.3 Similar conflicts of interest exist at medical journals, universities, medical associations, advocacy groups and government agencies, including those that are supposed to regulate the drug industry. The result is the Ghost in the Machine that we live with today — deceived patients taking expensive, often dangerous drugs and soaring health costs.

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13 February 2018

Ahed Tamimi arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison. - A teenage Palestinian protester filmed slapping and kicking two soldiers outside her home has appeared before an Israeli military court to face various charges including assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones.

Ahed Tamimi, who turned 17 in jail last month, arrived on Tuesday morning for the first day of what could be a months-long trial, in what has become a symbolic case in the battle for international public opinion.

The judge ordered a closed-door hearing and ejected a large group of journalists who had gathered at the Ofer military base, despite a request by Tamimi’s lawyer for the media to be able to observe proceedings.

Tamimi’s supporters say the incident in December occurred soon after she discovered Israeli troops had seriously wounded her 15-year-old cousin, who was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during a stone-throwing clash.

Arrested in the middle of the night and since denied bail, Tamimi could face years in prison for what prosecutors argue was a criminal offence. She faces 12 charges, some of which date back to 2016.

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12 February 2018

 - While many Americans may be circumcised, largely as a result of the prevalent Judeo-Christian tradition in the country, that isn’t the case everywhere else. And if a new law passes in Iceland, circumcisions in the country will become not just rare, but illegal.

A new proposed legislative amendment would ban the practice of childhood circumcision, making circumcision of a child illegal, and punishable by up to six years of prison time.

The bill, which is supported by members from at least five different political parties (including, among others, the Pirate Party, the Left Green, and the Progressive Party), calls for amendments to the current criminal code in the country.

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Group distant healing events planned for 2018:

20 March - Equinox

21 June - Solstice

22 September - Equinox

21 December - Solstice

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