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CALIFORNIA RAISES LEGAL AGE TO BUY TOBACCO TO 21

CALIFORNIA RAISES LEGAL AGE TO BUY TOBACCO TO 21

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to military personnel. Brown did not say why he signed the measure along with four others restricting tobacco use in various ways, and his staff declined to comment. “The action speaks for itself,” Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said. Supporters of the law said it aims to deter adolescents from the harmful, sometimes fatal effects of nicotine addiction. The Institute of Medicine reports that 90 percent of daily smokers began using tobacco before turning 19. Lawmakers and health advocates applauded the move and expect other states to follow California’s lead. “By increasing the tobacco age to 21, the nation’s largest state provides incredible momentum to similar efforts nationwide,” Matthew Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in a statement. Representatives of tobacco organization Altria Group Inc. declined to comment Wednesday, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. did not return calls. The vaping industry has portrayed its products as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco, and one industry group, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, released a statement calling the governor’s move “a step backwards.” It penalizes smokers who are trying to quit through using vapor products, the statement said. Gregory Conley, president of American Vaping Association, an organization that champions electronic cigarettes to help people quit traditional cigarettes, opposed provisions of the new laws that classify and regulate vaping products similar to all other tobacco. “The bill is sending the deadly message to smokers that vapor products are just another form of tobacco,” Conley said. When the law goes into effect, anyone who sells or gives tobacco to people under age 21 could be found guilty of a misdemeanor crime. California joins Hawaii, which in April became the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Other jurisdictions around the country have made the change, including New York and San Francisco. Veterans organizations and Republican lawmakers in California objected to the bill, saying people old enough...

WAR, DEBT, DEFAULT AND SOCIALISM – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA

WAR, DEBT, DEFAULT AND SOCIALISM – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA

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JEFF BERWICK I’ve accepted that there are evil forces in this world that will do what they can to destroy you and your family in order to build globalism. From the Brussels bombings to the Panama Papers to the ongoing Syrian massacres and turmoil in the Middle East and the refugee crises, it is all planned out. People have a hard time with that insight. It’s very difficult to live with the idea that the top controllers of Western society are actively trying to kill you or at least destroy the society you live in. I’m not surprised for instance that troops continue to build up in the Middle East and now there are reports that China will send its military to help Syria. We’ve predicted this escalation in previous articles. And we fully expect a situation that spirals into a kind of World War III. Of course war is not the only kind of chaos psychopathic elites want to inflict. Economic jolts continue to rock the West and particularly the US. Just yesterday, US stocks plunged to a three-week low . Stock analysts had suggested that energy stocks along with commodity-oriented stocks would firm as the economy improved. The idea is that the US is fighting its way out of a recession. But it’s not a recession. It’s a depression. And it’s lasted since 2008. Europe and China both sold off again, and that’s no surprise given that Europe too, at least its southern flank, is gripped by depression and China’s economic collapse can no longer be staved off by easy money. Given Janet Yellen’s rhetoric about the coming “recovery” one might expect that the US would at least be fighting its way out of the worst of its budgetary woes. Instead, since the so-called budget deal – which was nothing more than a Republican surrender – the US has added another staggering $1 trillion in debt. The deal signed by President Obama rearranged the debt ceiling until March 15, 2017. One might think that legislators would use that time to make adjustments but the only adjustment has been upwards. On Oct. 30, 2015, the total federal debt was $18,152,981,685,747.52. As of April 28, 2016, it was $19,186,207,744,589.55...

What To Expect From Donald Trump After Winning The Nomination

What To Expect From Donald Trump After Winning The Nomination

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  In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest election results, scandals and breaking news. We go over Trump now being the unofficial nominee for the republican party, its political ramifications and the possibility of riots. Support us on Patreon http://patreon.com/wearechange so we can continue our coverage of events nationally and internationally for you. Sources https://www.google.com.br/webhp?sourc… http://digg.com/2016/ted-cruz-elbows-… http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/… http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/… http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/04/john-k… http://thinkprogress.org/politics/201… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goo… http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/b… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/b… http://www.tmz.com/2016/05/02/hillary… http://www.nytimes.com/live/new-hamps… http://www.activistpost.com/2016/04/n… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor… http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/05… http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-go… http://blackbag.gawker.com/why-that-a… —————————————-­—————————————-­—————– Support WeAreChange by Subscribing to our channel HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Visit our main site for more breaking news http://wearechange.org/ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange?a… SnapChat: LukeWeAreChange Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Instagram: http://instagram.com/lukewearechange Rep WeAreChange Merch Proudly: http://wearechange.org/store OH YEAH since we are not corporate or government WHORES help us out http://wearechange.org/donate We take BITCOIN too 12HdLgeeuA87t2JU8m4tbRo247Yj5u2TVP...

Group Seeks Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Cops Who Kill The Unarmed

Group Seeks Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Cops Who Kill The Unarmed

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Mintpressnews.com Washington, DC – After a review of options by a panel of activists, a petition has been launched on Whitehouse.gov seeking to create a mandatory minimum sentence to be imposed on officers who kill unarmed citizens. The activists hope to create an incentive for officers to think before they act. Under this legislation, officers will not be able to use the excuse they were in fear for their lives when encountering a unarmed citizen. When officers carelessly destroy the lives of the unarmed, their life will also be destroyed. Heather Lucas described it as: “The first bill that dissolves the seeming impenetrable corrupt safety net the FOP provides to murderous police.” official MintPress sponsor Sam Andrews of the Missouri-based Tactical YETIs, said: “No more free passes for Government employees committing criminal acts.” Mike Kay said: “The people have waited far too long for a positive step towards police accountability. This will expose who’s side our ‘protectors’ are on.” John Fairhurst stated: “Any police officer that shoots and kills an unarmed person should be held personally liable rather than the tax payers who end up paying for the inevitable lawsuit. That’s not justice.” The following is the statement released by the activists. “For decades the citizens have been told by the government that long mandatory sentences provide a deterrent for those bent on committing criminal acts. We demand the federal government move to curtail the epidemic of police murders by immediately instituting legislation at a federal level that imposes a twenty-year mandatory minimum sentence upon any law enforcement officer that kills an unarmed citizen under any circumstance and a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence upon any government employee that assists in the cover-up of such a crime. The constant killing of unarmed citizens has lead to an epidemic of US citizens being forcibly denied their inalienable right to due process as outlined by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The denials constitute a violation of federal, rather than state law. We demand the United States legislature introduce and immediately pass legislation aimed at restoring the rule of law in this country and that the President of the United States sign such legislation. (a) Denial of Due...

Kentucky tax payers forced to fork over $18 million for creationist’s ‘Ark Encounter’ theme park

Kentucky tax payers forced to fork over $18 million for creationist’s ‘Ark Encounter’ theme park

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  By Jerry Gallegos The taxpayers of Kentucky will be forced to put their money towards a creationist theme park built by evolution-denying Christian fundamentalist Ken Ham, who seeks to spread the seed of misinformation to the malleable minds of children. The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved the “long-pending” application of the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis for the tax breaks this Monday. “A state board restocked last week with new appointees by Gov. Matt Bevin has quietly approved the long-sought tax incentives worth up to $18 million for the controversial Noah’s Ark theme park due to open this summer in Grant County,” the Journal reported. The Lexington Herald Leader also reported that the tax break “initially was approved by the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority in 2014 under Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, but it was later canceled after tourism officials learned that the theme park would hire only Christians.” “Ark Encounter officials sued the state in federal court, saying the state’s decision to withhold the tax break violated its free speech. In January, U.S. District Judge Greg Van Tatenhove ruled that the theme park was eligible to receive the tax incentive, which has neutral requirements that can be met by religious and secular groups alike.” Read More...

Tor and VPN users labeled as criminals will be hacked and spied by FBI under new law

Tor and VPN users labeled as criminals will be hacked and spied by FBI under new law

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  by Vijay Prabhu Tor and VPN users will be target of government hacks under new spying rule We had reported a landmark judgement by the United States Supreme Court, which will give FBI powers to hack any computer in the world using a single warrant. The same judgement contains a innocuous para related to Tor and VPN users. The newly approved rule change by the U.S. Supreme Court will allow FBI to search and seize any computer around the world, found to be using privacy tools like VPN or Tor. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a rule change to Rule No.41, that would allow a federal magistrate judge to issue a search and seizure warrant for any target using anonymity software like Tor to browse the internet. Rule 41 will become a law in December if the U.S. Congress doesnt take any legislative action against it. As said in our previous article, the new ruling bestows enormous powers to FBI to be able to search computers remotely—even if the bureau doesn’t know where that computer is located—if a user has anonymity software installed on it. The rule changes, which the FBI said were necessary to combat cyber crime, come amid escalating tensions between the intelligence community and technology and privacy advocates, and just a day after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill that would require the government to obtain a probable cause warrant from a judge before seizing data stored with tech companies such as Facebook, Google, and Dropbox. “Whatever euphemism the FBI uses to describe it—whether they call it a ‘remote access search’ or a ‘network investigative technique’—what we’re talking about is government hacking, and this obscure rule change would authorize a lot more of it,” said Kevin Bankston, director of the policy advocacy group Open Technology Institute (OTI), which previously testified against the changes. “Congress should stop this power-grab in its tracks and instead demand answers from the FBI, which so far has been ducking Congress’ questions on this issue and fighting in court to keep its hacking tactics secret.” The new rule will affect millions of Tor and VPn users. Many Facebook users are already preferring Tor to surf FB....

Major University JUST Blamed MMR Vaccine on Mumps Outbreak….

Major University JUST Blamed MMR Vaccine on Mumps Outbreak….

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  truthkings.com Nine students at the University of Dayton have been diagnosed with Mumps. Add on that another 23 are showing typical symptoms and the University becomes one more college that has claimed an “outbreak” status. The cases of both Mumps and Measles around the country have been shared thousands of times on social media, almost always blaming “low vaccination rates.” However, the University of Dayton is proclaiming that the MMR vaccine being ineffective is the real culprit, according to wyso.org. Donna Youtz, the immunization coordinator with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, says the vaccine isn’t 100% percent effective. “It’s about 88 percent effective if they get two doses,” said Youtz. “And other than that we really don’t know why it’s not working as well as we had hoped.” With all the hoopla surrounding these campus infections focused on the unvaccinated, it is nice to see finally a health official communicate at least a little honesty. As with most all of these “outbreaks,” it is the vaccinated who are spreading them. Why are there no confirmed cases of non-vaccinated students getting Mumps? Either they aren’t on campus (as per the policy), or they somehow possess these fantastic immune systems (because they don’t’ get vaccines), or they are just incredibly lucky. The truth can’t be much more complicated than those points.   If the unvaccinated are causing a “herd immunity” issue, well then why aren’t they getting Mumps? This entire event has become rather nonsensical. The vaccinated students are the ones spreading the illnesses. Now the vaccines are suddenly “not as effective.” I thought these vaccines were supposed to be bullet-proof? The facts speak for themselves. Read More Major University JUST Blamed MMR Vaccine on Mumps...

What To Expect From Donald Trump After Winning The Nomination

What To Expect From Donald Trump After Winning The Nomination

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  In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest election results, scandals and breaking news. We go over Trump now being the unofficial nominee for the republican party, its political ramifications and the possibility of riots. Support us on Patreon http://patreon.com/wearechange so we can continue our coverage of events nationally and internationally for you. Sources https://www.google.com.br/webhp?sourc… http://digg.com/2016/ted-cruz-elbows-… http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/… http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/… http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/04/john-k… http://thinkprogress.org/politics/201… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goo… http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/b… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/b… http://www.tmz.com/2016/05/02/hillary… http://www.nytimes.com/live/new-hamps… http://www.activistpost.com/2016/04/n… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor… http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/05… http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-go… http://blackbag.gawker.com/why-that-a… —————————————-­—————————————-­—————– Support WeAreChange by Subscribing to our channel HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Visit our main site for more breaking news http://wearechange.org/ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange?a… SnapChat: LukeWeAreChange Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Instagram: http://instagram.com/lukewearechange Rep WeAreChange Merch Proudly: http://wearechange.org/store OH YEAH since we are not corporate or government WHORES help us out http://wearechange.org/donate We take BITCOIN too 12HdLgeeuA87t2JU8m4tbRo247Yj5u2TVP...

The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month

The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month

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None of the allegations against Abu Zubaydeh turned out to be true. That didn’t stop the CIA from torturing him for years. By Rebecca Gordon Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in Al Qaeda. The Central Intelligence Agency informed Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee that he “served as Usama Bin Laden’s senior lieutenant. In that capacity, he has managed a network of training camps…. He also acted as al-Qaeda’s coordinator of external contacts and foreign communications.” CIA Director Michael Hayden would tell the press in 2008 that 25 percent of all the information his agency had gathered about Al Qaeda from human sources “originated” with one other detainee and him. George W. Bush would use his case to justify the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program,” claiming that “he had run a terrorist camp in Afghanistan where some of the 9/11 hijackers trained” and that “he helped smuggle al-Qaeda leaders out of Afghanistan” so they would not be captured by US military forces. None of it was true. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. And even if it had been true, what the CIA did to Abu Zubaydah—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials like Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called Global War on Terror. So who was this infamous figure, and where is he now? His name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, but he is better known by his Arabic nickname, Abu Zubaydah. And as far as we know, he is still in solitary detention in Guantánamo. A Saudi national, in the 1980s Zubaydah helped run the Khaldan camp, a mujahedeen training facility set up in Afghanistan with CIA help during the Soviet occupation of that country. In other words, Zubaydah was then an American ally in the fight against the Soviets, one of President Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters.” (But then again, so in effect was Osama bin Laden.) Zubaydah’s later fate in the hands of the CIA was of a far...

Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist Fuck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage

Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist Fuck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage

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Katharine Trendacosta I09.gizmodo.com We are currently in the 21st century. We are in the second decade of the 21st century and there are not one, not two, but three Jungle Book movies on the horizon. And that means that it’s time to remind everyone that Rudyard Kipling was a piece of racist, imperialist trash. In 1967, French literary critic Roland Barthes published “The Death of the Author,” an essay whose title has become synonymous with judging works on their own merits and ignoring any biographical details about their creators. I expect a lot of people to bring this up when talking about the modern movie incarnations of The Jungle Book. I also expect people to defend The Jungle Book from the other side. To say that it can’t be read with modern ideas in mind. It was written in 1894 by a white British man who was born in India. That’s just how they thought back then. Both arguments only work up to a point. The death of the author doesn’t excuse the inherent racism and imperialism baked into The Jungle Book. And the argument about when the book was written and by whom doesn’t excuse either Disney or Warner Bros. from making adaptations of it in the 21st century. Unless these movies are loaded with historical context, or are subversive critiques of Kipling, they’re still adapting, for entertainment, a story that has fundamental issues. It is impossible to separate The Jungle Book from Kipling’s most famous imperialist work: “The White Man’s Burden.” “The White Man’s Burden” is seven stanzas long and is a glimpse into the way Europeans justified their colonial ambitions. The poor white man, said Kipling, is doomed to the hard work of going to foreign places and raising up the local savages into civilized society. It was originally written for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and then altered to serve as a British man’s advice for how America should treat the newly acquired Philippines. It begins like this: Take up the White Man’s burden— Send forth the best ye breed— Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives’ need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild— Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil...

The Coup D’etat Of Brazil?

The Coup D’etat Of Brazil?

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In this video Luke Rudkowski does a standup in front of pro government rally in Rio De Janeiro breaking down the major arguments of a possible Coup D’etat in Brazil. We go over both sides of the argument for and against the current president Dilma Rousseff who the congress decided to impeach her and now the senate in Brazil is deciding if she will face a criminal trial. The situation in Brazil is extremely complex and this is only a small portion of information relayed to us by the locals. Stay tuned for more international news coverage as we will report everything that we see. Support WeAreChange by Subscribing to our channel HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Visit our main site for more breaking news http://wearechange.org/ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange?a… SnapChat: LukeWeAreChange Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Instagram: http://instagram.com/lukewearechange Rep WeAreChange Merch Proudly: http://wearechange.org/store OH YEAH since we are not corporate or government WHORES help us out http://wearechange.org/donate We take BITCOIN too...

Petrobras: A Government-Run Corporation That Destroyed Brazil

Petrobras: A Government-Run Corporation That Destroyed Brazil

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In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Edson Chinchilla, one of the leaders behind the libertarian movement in Brazil about a public government run corporation Petrobras. Petrobras is government run oil company that a monopoly in the market and because of that is ripe with corruption and scandals that is leading to the impeachment of the Brazilian president Dilma. To find out more about Edson Chinchilla go to https://www.facebook.com/EdSchultzsky… —————————————-­—————————————-­—- Support WeAreChange by Subscribing to our channel HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Visit our main site for more breaking news http://wearechange.org/ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange?a… SnapChat: LukeWeAreChange Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Instagram: http://instagram.com/lukewearechange Rep WeAreChange Merch Proudly: http://wearechange.org/store OH YEAH since we are not corporate or government WHORES help us out http://wearechange.org/donate We take BITCOIN too...

Craig Wright reveals himself as Satoshi Nakamoto

Craig Wright reveals himself as Satoshi Nakamoto

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  Economist.com FIVE months after Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and businessman, was outed against his will as Satoshi Nakamoto, he says he is indeed the creator of bitcoin. On May 2nd he published a blog post offering cryptographic proof, backed up by other information, to make his case. Along with two other media organisations, The Economist had access to Mr Wright before the publication of his post. Our conclusion is that he could well be Mr Nakamoto, but that nagging questions remain. In fact, it may never be possible to prove beyond reasonable doubt who really created bitcoin. Whether people, particularly bitcoin cognoscenti, actually believe Mr Wright will depend greatly on what he does next, after going public. In December, after he was outed, Mr Wright stayed silent. So why has he now changed his mind? “I’m not seeking publicity, but want to set the record straight,” he explains. He says he called himself “Nakamoto” after a 17th-century Japanese philosopher and merchant, Tominaga Nakamoto, who was highly critical of the normative thought of his time and favoured free trade. (He doesn’t want to say why he picked “Satoshi”: “Some things should remain secret.”) If Mr Wright is indeed Mr Nakamoto that would not only help to illuminate the origins of bitcoin—it could also have a big impact on the future of the controversial cryptocurrency. Although the rhetoric has become less strident in recent weeks, the project has been held back by a deep split between those who want to keep bitcoin pure and those who want to modify its workings to allow it to grow rapidly—even if that means making it more like a conventional payment system. Having launched the bitcoin project with the publication of a paper in 2008, and then the first release of bitcoin software in 2009, Mr Nakamoto stepped back from active involvement in 2010. His return from obscurity would most certainly change the dynamics of the debate about bitcoin’s future direction. Having been named as Mr Nakamoto once before, unconvincingly, Mr Wright has a steep hill to climb to convince the world that he is indeed who he claims to be. Evaluating his claim involves the application of a multi-step paternity...

Venezuela hikes minimum wage 30 percent amid economic crunch

Venezuela hikes minimum wage 30 percent amid economic crunch

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  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s president is ordering a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage, the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high inflation and economic stagnation. The boost announced Saturday night by President Nicolas Maduro comes after a 25 percent increase on March 1. The new increase is effective Sunday, which is International Labor Day, and will push the minimum wage to 15,051 bolivars a month. That is about $1,500 at the official exchange rate, but is around $50 at the current black market rate, which largely sets prices of goods for Venezuelans. Venezuela’s oil export-dependent economy shrank 5.7 percent last year, shortages of basic goods multiplied and prices soared. The government has instituted rolling blackouts and state employees are working only two days a week to conserve electricity. Read More...

Russian Fighter Barrel Rolls Over U.S. Air Force Plane

Russian Fighter Barrel Rolls Over U.S. Air Force Plane

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it had sent a fighter plane on Friday to intercept a U.S. aircraft approaching its border over the Baltic Sea because the American plane had turned off its transponder, which is needed for identification. The Pentagon said the U.S. Air Force RC-135 plane had been flying a routine route in international airspace and that the Russian SU-27 fighter had intercepted it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” way. CNN reported that the Russian jet had come within about 100 feet (30 meters) of the U.S. plane and had performed a barrel roll. “All flights of Russian planes are conducted in accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement. “The U.S. Air Force has two solutions: either not to fly near our borders or to turn the transponder on for identification.” Friday’s incident underlines rising tensions between Russia and the United States over eastern Europe. NATO has said it plans its biggest build-up in the region since the Cold War to counter what the it considers to be a more aggressive Russia. The Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which joined NATO in 2004, have requested higher and permanent presence of the alliance, fearing a threat from Russia after it annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. The Kremlin denies any intentions to attack the Baltic countries, but it has often said that they have become an aggressive “Russophobic kernel” pushing NATO towards a consistently anti-Russian course. “We are already starting to get used to the insults of the Pentagon regarding alleged ‘unprofessional’ maneuvers when our fighters intercept U.S. spy planes at the Russian border,” the defense ministry said in its statement. (Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) Read More...

Why You NEED Psychological Healing & Education

Why You NEED Psychological Healing & Education

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  “A great change of our psychological attitude is imminent, that is certain…we need more psychology, we need more understanding of human nature because the only real danger that exists is man himself, he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it, we know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil.” ~Carl G. Jung     If history has shown us anything, it’s that the human capacity for normalizing unhealthy, pathological behavior is astounding and perilous, even in well-meaning truth-seekers. We all have blind spots. It happens on every level of life more often than you’d think! For a simple, immediate example: observe your body right now. Feel what muscles are unconsciously constricted- your back, jaw, neck, legs, your stomach muscles causing you to take shallow breaths? All of these are physical responses to psychological stress. But are you in any immediate danger now? Probably not (unless you’ve been glued to Facebook for hours, letting your butt slowly pancake to your seat, causing your legs to atrophy. ;-)… In which case, take a walk and come back…) Now, feel your body and sit silently with yourself for a moment. Are you carrying any unresolved stress inside you? Probably. Even sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time causes stress on the body.   Now relax your body, take a few slow, deep breaths from your belly, drop the energy from your head in to your body, and feel the difference as your body realigns itself to be more comfortable. Feel the difference? Chances are that you weren’t even consciously aware of how uncomfortable your body was until you were encouraged to stop, observe, and let it unwind. This same “normalizing principle” applies not just to your body but also your mind. Collectively, we have been both consciously and unconsciously influenced to assimilate to unhealthy ideologies and behaviors since childhood.   The majority of our functioning stems from the unconscious & subconscious mind, be it the regulation of neurological chemicals, automatic breathing, emotional responses, how we hold our bodies, how we respond to others, etc… The list goes on and on. Despite how...

Watch What Happens When Cannabis Is Injected Into Cancer Cells. This Is Mind Blowing

Watch What Happens When Cannabis Is Injected Into Cancer Cells. This Is Mind Blowing

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Back in 1974 there was a study done from the Washington Post that stated that THC, “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36%.” Unfortunately, nothing was ever done after that study in regards to cannabis fighting cancer. In 1998, a new study, by Madrid Complutense states ” THC can cause cancer cells to die, and unlike chemotherapy, the THC kills nothing but the cancer cells, leaving the brain of course completely unharmed.” Watch the below video to show the effect of THC on cancer cells. While leaps and bounds have been made recently regarding the legalization of this substance, a lot of the research regarding cannabis fighting cancer has been halted due to legalities and major pharmaceutical companies. It is incredible to think that a drug our government has been trying to eradicate can cause cancer to die, why aren’t more doctors and hospitals prescribing cannabis to their patients? The video of cannabis fighting cancer should be enough evidence to fund more research. I’d love to know more about cannabis fighting cancer along with the research that either supports or disproves this video. Read More...

The Art of Holding Space

The Art of Holding Space

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The world can be a demanding and difficult place, and we all need someone to help us through our dark times by holding space for us to process our emotions. You don’t need to be a therapist or a genius to hold space. Holding space is something we can all do for each other, wither it’s with our partners, our children, our friends, our pets, our neighbors, and even strangers in passing. We all need it, yet relatively few of us actually know how to do it well, so let’s explore the art of holding space.

High School Student Invents Cheaper Hearing Aid

High School Student Invents Cheaper Hearing Aid

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A summer with his grandfather was all it took for him to be inspired. When Mukund Venkatakrishnan was 14, he visited India and was tasked with helping his grandfather get tested and fitted for a hearing aid. He saw what a costly and difficult process it was and resolved to find an alternative. “Since audiologists are specialists, even finding and getting an appointment with one in India was really hard,” said Venkatakrishnan, who is now 16. “And then we got ripped off.” Venkatakrishnan said they spent about $400 or $500 on doctor’s appointments and about $1,900 on the hearing aid itself. He realized that hearing is a luxury many people in developing countries can’t afford. “In India, the median household income is $616 a year,” Venkatakrishnan said. “If someone in India saves all year without spending a penny, they still can’t afford a hearing aid.” Venkatakrishnan’s device is unique because it not only tests a person’s hearing with a series of beeps, but it also programs itself to become a hearing aid. It only costs about $50 to make and can be used with even the cheapest set of headphones. Unlike with traditional hearing aids, if the ear piece gets damaged it isn’t costly to replace — you just buy another set of ear buds. In its current form, the device is about two inches and looks like a computer processor. Venkatakrishnan is planning to bring it down to about one inch and encase the operating system. He envisions the device, which has a standard headphone port, fitting into someone’s pocket. Venkatakrishnan even created a way for users to calibrate the device themselves. Each device has an audio file of the sound of hands rubbing together. To calibrate it, a person just has to rub their own hands together and match the volume of the audio file with the volume of their own hands. If the user can’t hear their own hands, someone else can calibrate it for them. Venkatakrishnan, now 16, spent two years teaching himself to code, building the audio program and developing the device. He made it completely on his own but received guidance from engineers, like his father, and audiologists. Working with the doctors, he conducted...

Taking Activism to the Next Level

Taking Activism to the Next Level

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When it comes to the betterment of humanity, activism is perhaps the most important yet most controversial element in society. Activists are the free thinkers, the system busters, the loving warriors, the boat-rockers, and the truth tellers. These visionaries are the vanguard of social reform, acting as the warning system for a society out of balance. Activists are often criticized, ostracized, and even killed, yet their legacy stands among the most virtuous of contributions throughout history. Whether in the form of social media outcry, boycotts, protests, public art (Banksy), sit-ins, or armed insurrection, activists have undoubtedly been a major driving force of progressive social change. Yet despite the intensity of external focus typical in most activists, honorable and necessary though it is, internal focus for the purposes of Self-Work, tends to be lacking in the majority of activists. This explains why there are social REVOLUTIONS (revolution = revolve = circular spin = going in circles) instead of social EVOLUTION, which transcends the violent, divisive, authoritarian paradigms which has enslaved humanity for centuries. If activists integrated Self-Work as part of their transformative process, not only would they be more effective and healthier on all levels, but their impact on society would move beyond minor accommodations to a deeper paradigm shift. Due to this deficiency of Self-Work, many well-intentioned activists, swept away by their righteous anger in the “revolutionary mindset”, become just as aggressive and power-hungry as the tyrants they vehemently oppose. Violence is all too often met with violence as police brutality is met with rioting (an understandable yet self-defeating reaction), and “in-fighting” by activists against other well-intentioned activists exacerbates our challenges rather then allowing for a peaceful exchange of ideas. This hyper-aggression only serves to perpetuate violence which could otherwise be resolved with responsible self-awareness, compassion, critical thinking, and a broader perspective. This is the obstacle humanity has yet to overcome through Self-Work, and, as the saying goes, “When people do not learn their lessons, history repeats itself.” There are many people speaking out about the atrocities and injustices of the world. Oftentimes activism comes with a lot of finger-pointing and hostility. Understandable. Who wouldn’t be upset? The problems of the world often seem insurmountable and sometimes the weight of life wears down...

 

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