News-in-Transition

10 January 2018

Alligators beat ‘bomb cyclone’ by freezing themselves in place (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) -The ‘bomb cyclone’ that froze the eastern seaboard of the US last week forced many to take extreme measures to stay warm and stay alive, including a group of rather inventive alligators in North Carolina.

Footage captured by the staff of the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina shows the somewhat surreal survival technique employed by the cold-blooded reptiles which allows them to be frozen in place in the park’s pond. Even the 'bomb cyclone,' which wrought havoc across the eastern seaboard of the US, couldn’t catch these crafty creatures off guard. 

The gators instinctively know when the water around them is about to freeze and raise their snouts at just the right time, allowing them to enter a state of brumation, a kind of hibernation that also involves slowing down an animal’s metabolism.

Videos showing the alligators “just hanging out in the water,” have garnered tens of thousands of views since they were published over the weekend.

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10 January 2018

 - The negative effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) continue to ignite conversations and controversy worldwide. The most dangerous pollution affecting you is the invisible sea of EMFs your body swims in daily. You are exposed to EMFs all day long, not only in public but inside your home, too. Most of the radiation emits from cellphones, cell towers, computers, smart meters and Wi-Fi, to name just a few of the culprits.

While it’s nearly impossible to avoid EMF exposure completely, there are practical ways to limit it. Given the number of EMFs that bombard you all day long, getting educated about the negative effects of EMFs is imperative to your well-being. Particularly if you are dealing with a serious illness, it is well worth your time to reduce your EMF exposure as much as possible. If you have been told EMFs are safe and not a danger to humans, you may want to consider:

The telecommunication industry has manipulated federal regulatory agencies, public health authorities and professionals through powerful and sophisticated lobbying efforts leaving consumers confused and unaware of the health risks associated with EMFs.

Any negative health effects from EMFs, similar to smoking, may not be immediately noticeable, but will likely develop gradually over time. Cell phones indeed are the cigarette public health threat of the 21st century.

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9 January 2018

 - At the recent Codex meeting in Berlin, there was an attempt to define genetically engineered (GE) food ingredients as ‘biofortified’ and therefore mislead consumers. This contravened the original Codex mandate for defining biofortification. That definition is based on improving the nutritional quality of food crops through conventional plant breeding (not genetic engineering) with the aim of making the nutrients bioavailable after digestion. The attempt was thwarted thanks to various interventions, not least by the National Health Federation (NHF), a prominent health-freedom international non-governmental organization and the only health-freedom INGO represented at Codex. But the battle is far from over.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission’s Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) convened in Berlin during early December and drafts provisions on nutritional aspects for all foods. It also develops international guidelines and standards for foods for special dietary uses that will be used to facilitate standardized world trade.

Based upon previous meetings, the initial intention of the Committee was to craft a definition for biofortification that could then be used uniformly around the World. Biofortification originally referred to increasing certain vitamin and mineral content of basic food crops by way of cross-breeding, not genetic engineering, for example by increasing the vitamin or iron content of sweet potatoes so that malnourished populations would receive better nutrition.

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9 January 2018

 - One of the myths perpetuated by the pro-GMO (genetically modified organisms) lobby is that critics of GMOs in agriculture are denying choice to farmers and have an ideological agenda. The narrative is that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies, including GM crops. 

Before addressing this issue, we should remind ourselves that GMOs have been illegitimately placed on the commercial market due to the bypassing of regulations. 

Steven Druker’s book Altered Genes, Twisted Truths (2015) indicates that the commercialisation of GM food in the US was based on a massive fraud. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) files revealed that GM foods first achieved commercialisation in 1992 but only because the FDA covered up the extensive warnings of its own scientists about their dangers, lied about the facts and then violated federal food safety law by permitting GM food to be marketed without having been proven safe through standard testing.

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8 January 2018

 - 1/8 ~ Sun (core Self) ~sextile~ Jupiter (optimism): This energy is sometimes considered “lucky” but the success you achieve under this influence is more likely due to a positive outlook and clear vision of who you are and what you want...

- 1/8 ~ Venus (relationships) ~sextile~ Jupiter (optimism): This energy expands your relationships, personal or professional, allowing you to gain traction in expressing the Highest vibration of this Union possible...

 - 1/8 ~ Mars (desire & action) ~sextile~ Pluto (purification & transformation): This is lower will meets Higher Will ~ within you! Mars is your inner Masculine and therefore helps you take action & make choices according to who you are and what you want. Pluto will ensure that you come from the purest place within (Soul-level), which often entails a cleansing of the non-essential and over-growth of the last cycle first...

 - 1/9 ~ Venus (relationships & resources) ~conjunct~ Sun (source & essential Self): This activates your innate creativity and gets your wheels turning about what you want to bring to life in the world, what you want to invest in and be a part of...

1/9 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~conjunct~ Pluto (purification & transformation): This energy supports a new beginning in your personal life. Some aspect of your values & priorities has shifted or run its natural course and this is a time to move in a new direction, if only moving to your own next level...

 - 1/9 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~conjunct~ Pluto (purification & transformation): This energy brings to mind a quote, “circumstances don’t make a man, they reveal him”. The Sun (ego) and Pluto (transformation) are connecting and you are often a different Being once this energy passes and the two planets separate again (they meet once a year)...

 - 1/9 ~ Venus (feminine values & priorities) ~sextile~ Mars (masculine desires & actions): This energy is good for trying new things and meeting new people, if/when possible. It creates a good vibe and balanced masculine/feminine energy that allows a nice exchange between self and other...

1/10 ~ Venus Reclamation - This is a magical, mystical time in the Venus Cycle, when she leaves the sky as Morning Star, dives deep into the Underworld (behind the Sun) to gather information, fortitude & direction for when she returns and rises as the Evening Star (around Feb 16th). We can co-create with her and tune into her rhythm in order to guide our own lives...

 - 1/10 ~ Sun (confidence) ~sextile~ Mars (action): This is an excellent time for action! You may have some good, positive energy brewing that, if it does not find an outlet, could turn negative or destructive. So DO something – get moving – take action!...

 - 1/13 ~ Mercury (thought process) ~conjunct~ Saturn (definition of reality): This energy is excellent for any important project that requires your undivided attention. If you’ve got a vision and have already outlined how to manifest it, now is the time to really fill in the blanks – flesh it out – bring it to life!...

 - 1/13 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~square~ Uranus (sudden change): This is a test to grow that you cannot plan for. Venus rules your values & priorities and an activation with Uranus signifies something sudden and seemingly out-of-the-blue...

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8 January 20018

Hair of the dog - There is an increasing body of evidence linking alcohol consumption to an increased cancer risk - and now scientists in the UK believe they have found a plausible explanation.

In a new mouse study, the team found that alcohol damages DNA in blood-forming stem cells. The culprit is a chemical compound called acetaldehyde, a byproduct of the alcohol metabolisation process. When acetaldehyde isn't broken down further - for instance, when one has consumed alcohol in amounts that the body struggles to metabolise - it builds up in the cells.

This is when it wreaks its merry havoc on DNA, according to researchers from Cambridge University's MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

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7 January 2018

- I have never really felt like I belonged here, in this place, on this planet Earth.
 
There are a lot of us who feel this way: If you pause to think about it you probably know some folks who feel this way, even though they don't speak about it.  You may even be one yourself.
 
The symptoms are wide and varied according to the individual but it always ends up with us feeling we're on the outside looking in, not in the loop and not getting the memos. There is this prevailing feeling that we simply don't belong here on this violent, greed infested dust ball on the material plane.
 
We cannot understand why the morals and issues so important to us don't seem to matter in the cold world we travel through: This place is alien to folks like us, and that makes finding our way somewhere between difficult and impossible.

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7 January 2018

Less than 8 hours sleep can let you face the situation of depression - People with anxiety and/or depression often think that they have some moral defect to cause their ruminating, intrusive thoughts. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. It is not your fault, at all. There are many factors that modern Westerners simply don’t take into account.

Sleeping less than the eight hours per night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, says new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

The researchers discovered that regular sleep disruptions are associated with difficulty in shifting one’s attention away from negative information. This may mean that inadequate sleep is part of what makes negative intrusive thoughts stick around and interfere with people’s lives.

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6 January 2018

 - According to a recent survey by the toy company Melissa & Doug, 70% of parents want their children to spend less time watching electronic media and 62% want them to spend less time on electronic devices. They are right. After all, studies show that screen time is associated with higher levels of obesity, shorter attention spans and more psychological problems, including higher rates of depression. The new year is as good a time as any to rethink your house rules.

A media diet is just like a regular diet. If you’re not consistent in the first few weeks and months, you will fail. You can lay out a couple of exceptions for your kids ahead of time — car rides longer than two hours, trips to the emergency room. But if you start with no screen time on school nights, and then you make an exception because you need to do some work, you should expect that your kids will ask you for screens the next night and the one after that. If you let them play on your phone in the line at the supermarket, they will take note and expect you to supply them with screens when they are forced to wait anywhere for anything. They know how to wear you down.

But keep in mind, you cannot simply remove the devices and offer nothing in return. As any nutritionist will tell you, deprivation is not sustainable, substitution is. When you take away phones and tablets, you have to give your kids other things — more time outside, more low-tech toys or more time with you.

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6 January 2018

 - What is any person’s natural defense to surveillance, and the feelings of being robbed of privacy and sanctity that accompany it? Silence, and taking measures to protect privacy.

A “poker face” may mean nothing if some new technology produced at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) actually works. A team of researchers say they created a system that can accurately read a person’s concealed emotions from a distance.

From sadness, to excitement, anger to happiness, they say its “EQ-Radio” is accurate 87% of the time at detecting people’s concealed emotions. Personally it sounds far fetched that it would successfully read a person’s emotions without being directly linked to a person’s pulse and body like a lie detector.

However, the researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are using regular WiFi signals that they bounce off a person to track their heart rates and reveal other info about the body that can apparently determine emotion. No skin touching censors, as used in lie detectors, are involved with the device.

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5 January 2018

Collectively non-doing - Before they are able to enter a new story, most people—and probably most societies as well—must first navigate the passage out of the old. In between the old and the new, there is an empty space. It is a time when the lessons and learnings of the old story are integrated. Only when that work has been done is the old story really complete. Then, there is nothing, the pregnant emptiness from which all being arises. Returning to essence, we regain the ability to act from essence. Returning to the space between stories, we can choose from freedom and not from habit.

A good time to do nothing is any time you feel stuck. I have done a lot of nothing in the writing of my book. For several days I was trying to write the conclusion, spinning my wheels, turning out tawdry rehashes of earlier material. The more I did, the worse it got. So I finally gave up the effort and just sat there on the couch, a baby strapped to my chest, mentally traveling through the book I had written, but with no agenda whatever of figuring out what to write. It was from that empty place that the conclusion arose, unbidden.

Do not be afraid of the empty place. It is the source we must return to if we are to be free of the stories and habits that entrap us.

If we are stuck and do not choose to visit the empty place, eventually we will end up there anyway. You may be familiar with this process on a personal level. The old world falls apart, but the new has not emerged. Everything that once seemed permanent and real is revealed as a kind of hallucination.

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5 January 2018

 - Bill Gates is fond of using his bully pulpit to talk about “miracles” and “magic.” Gates has featured one or both words in nearly all of his annual wrap-up letters for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most often in reference to the Gates Foundation’s outsized financial and ideological support for global vaccine programs. As Gates says, “In the same way that during my Microsoft career I talked about the magic of software, I now spend my time talking about the magic of vaccines.”

Gates’s words give us an immediate clue that he is engaging in his own brand of magical thinking—which social scientists define as “illogical causal reasoning.” How else to explain his simplistic endorsement of vaccines as a miraculous intervention with unmitigated benefits and no down side? The Gates Foundation’s global spreadsheet appears to have no room to tally the massive flood of vaccine injuries afflicting children worldwide, despite abundant evidence that this damage is standing the vaccine risk-benefit calculus on its head and turning childhood into an extended round of Russian roulette.

In a widely cited 2014 blog post on the “miracle of vaccines,” Gates expressed enthusiasm about the “inspiring” data on vaccines and the “fantastic” and “phenomenal” progress being made to expand vaccine coverage. There is one major problem with Gates’ professed reliance on “data,” which is that the philanthropist ignores fundamental historical facts governing infectious disease and vaccine timelines.

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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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