Time for Some Wake Up Tough Talk

Normally we stay away from the political fray, but to ignore it is to ignore one of the most significant control mechanisms that keeps us as wage/debt slaves to an elite that is getting smaller in number (<1/4 of 1%) and more secure in their control on a global basis. It is time for some tough talk.

As we look at the clown circus that is unfolding in the US as a presidential political campaign, we can no longer honestly say we have anything to say about who is in control, and more importantly, it is an “in-your-face” statement that the elite are just having fun with all their control. They control the media, so a clown like Trump owns the press. Really?

Melissa Dykes at http://truthstreammedia.com/ really hits the nail on the head:

Political strategists know if they push your buttons, they can get you to keep mindlessly, pointlessly voting… even though it won’t change a damn thing. Political strategists (and the people running the show) know it works even though, deep down, most voters in this country have long ago realized somewhere inside that voting, at least in the federal elections, has all of about zero effect on actually changing anything and is basically a meaningless gesture that simply solidifies one’s willing participation in a slave system. Political strategists have figured out how to keep people mindlessly, pointlessly voting anyway.

Here’s a direct quote from one:

Pick your boogeyman: undocumented immigrants or Wall Street bankers. Let’s stick with the immigrants, she thinks. Just link the border to the national angst and tell everybody that migrants and the idiots who let them in killed the American Dream.

But it’s not that simple. This has to be about more than scaring people…

So, which will it be to keep the masses obediently voting for the country’s continued destruction at the hands of central banks and corrupt corporate interests?

Fear or anger? Anger or fear?

Because, despite Schoolhouse Rock cartoons and the propaganda taught in our public schools, patriotic duty and that little “I voted” flag sticker they hand out aren’t what keep people voting in modern America. Emotional manipulation in some of its most basic forms is what keeps people voting in modern America. This is openly admitted, it’s just that no one is paying close enough attention. Fear works a little, but ultimately, it’s a combination of fear and anger that really does the trick.

Why? Chris Weber, Associate Professor at UA’s School of Government and Public Policy, says fear is more likely to increase open-mindedness and objectivity than diminish it. Fear alone, you see, might actually be counterproductive, increasing “open-mindedness”. And they definitely don’t want that in a place like a voting booth… If there’s a swarm of angry bees headed your way, for example, you’re going to be quite open to new ideas. A long-time preference for turning right isn’t going to stop you if the best escape looks like a sharp left turn. So fear alone is not the ticket to the White House. The strategist doesn’t want people thinking. She wants them voting — for her guy.

That means getting them scared and mad. Yes, must have anger, too. Why? Because —

Anger, says Weber, is an empowering emotion. It increases voter engagement and participation. How does it do that,  you ask? It’s actually quite simple. They find a hot button topic sure to piss people off, then piss people off with it while simultaneously promising their candidate will work to solve the problem that pissed them off. Problem — Reaction — Solution.

Anger also can make people more extreme, more partisan and less likely to engage in discussions across the aisle. Especially if the anger is properly manipulated. So first they make you angry about something, then they manipulate that anger into action by telling you if you vote, it will fix the cause of your anger.

How? Well — Sullivan says people have some basic needs that are applicable. First, they need to feel like they are in control in a world that is an orderly, predictable place. We want to believe. Wow. Sounds like an episode of X-files.

But obviously we aren’t that naive. We all know the world isn’t orderly or predictable (at least, not with the information we’re given, unless we go with “predictably broken” or “run by a morally bankrupt elite”), and there are all kinds of things on a world stage the average person has no direct control over.

False flags like 9/11. The military-industrial complex’s insistence on regime change in Syria and the creation of ISIS. The over $1 trillion and growing in student loan debt or the fact that now half of 25-year-olds in this country are still living with their parents and a third of the adjunct professors who teach our college students are themselves living in poverty. Unemployment which will only steadily rise once more robots start taking over basic jobs. Manipulated refugee crises. The suppressed cure for cancer and rising cancer rates. GMO. The banker bailout. The Fed. Usury. The growing Big Brother surveillance state. Bill Gates’ and Al Gore’s b.s. carbon taxes. The list goes on and on. But…

But the strategist knows Americans would never vote for her guy if they gave it any real thought.

Yeah. Just keep watching Football and Dancing with the Stars or whatever new reality show features Kim Kardashian’s plastic ass. Don’t pay attention to the reality the people at the top are constructing around you all. That brings us to the other basic human need. People want to see themselves as morally valuable, Sullivan says. Everybody wants to be one of the good guys. We want voting to somehow make us feel like we’re a “good guy” because we’re trying to “change bad things” by voting for a “good guy”.

So what do they do? Sullivan’s research found that if you remind people of all the threats to their sense of control and then remind them of a perceived enemy, the combined experience helps restore that sense of control by defining a source of the threat. You know, a scapegoat.

Once you have a scapegoat, it’s easy for people to feel righteous, good-guy anger at that enemy. And there you have it. Behavior manipulation 101 keeps America voting every four years. If you still vote for POTUS every four years, they are playing you like a fiddle all the way into the voting booth.

So once again? Capitalize on fear, channel it into morally outraged anger. The strategist sees great opportunity: Make voting for Our Guy feel like defending Mom against the invading hordes. This kind of anger is motivating, and doesn’t encourage thinking. And that — that right there — is how the political game is played, ladies and gentlemen.

We need to change the game. How? Vote for none of the above, but vote. Our vote does count, but voting for the pre-programmed clown car does not count. Get informed, really informed, vote but write in anybody but the slate proposed. Let’s send the message that we are not fools and slaves to be manipulated. We are the elite’s worst nightmare, we are informed and we choose “none of the above”.

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A Little Wonderful Food For Thought and a Little Wave of Peace

The American writer Max Ehrmann (1872–1945) wrote this beautiful prose poem “Desiderata” in 1927.

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they also have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Silence usually is understood to be something negative, something empty, an absence of sound, of noises. This misunderstanding is prevalent because very few people have ever experienced silence. All that they have experienced in the name of silence is noiselessness. But silence is a totally different phenomenon. It is utterly positive. It is existential, it is not empty. It is overflowing with a music that you have never heard before, with a fragrance that is unfamiliar to you, with a light that can only be seen by the inner eyes. It is not something fictitious; it is a reality, and a reality which is already present in everyone — just we never look in. All our senses are extrovert. Our eyes open outside, our ears open outside, our hands move outside, our legs… all our senses are meant to explore the outside world.
But there is a sixth sense also, which is asleep because we have never used it. And no society, no culture, no educational system helps people to make the sixth sense active. That sixth sense, in the East, is called “the third eye”. It looks inwards. And just as there is a way of looking in, so there is a way of hearing in, so there is a way of smelling in. Just as there are five senses moving outward, there are five counter-senses moving inward. In all, man has ten senses, but the first sense that starts the inner journey is the third eye, and then other senses start opening up.

Are you on an awakening path for yourself in this moment of time? And have you identified yourself as an entrepreneur my friend? If so, you might feel already all your life like many of society’s rules, are just not right for you. As if the structures given are not there to help and protect, but to suffocate your life. You probably could not accept people’s usual ways of working simply for money, building relationships without meaning, and boring creations of a monotonous life. Entrepreneurs are usually quite self-driven people, they are comfortable with taking risks, and quite hard-working people.

Here are 7 signs that you are called to consciously transform Human Consciousness:
1.) Do you sense that something is out of balance and alignment in the world right now? Do you feel a burning desire to be a part of the solution? Do you receive visions of the Golden Age of Aquarius, a more beautiful, authentic and collectively happy time for all humanity? Do you feel like it is your sacred purpose or divine calling, to help bring it into being?

2.) Have you ever had an experience of life-altering impact that completely changed the direction of your life, and transformed you forever? Do you feel like this event maybe even only happened to you, so you can use that experience to help others? Do you sense already how this help possible could look like?

3.) While you feel drawn to support the human collective evolution and feel capable to do so, you can get very easily drained by too much social contact or in general by bigger groups of people. Especially to listen to superficial communication, feels like it takes the life out of you. You need regular periods of solitude to “charge up the batteries” your inner connection with “SELF”.

4.) You might also be born with the gifts of a visionary, and receive advice from your spirit guides for innovative ideas that could make the world collectively a better place. Often these innovative visions are circling around human health, the development of medical tools, social improvement, the preservation of the earth and community building.

5.) You are in a mysterious love affair with the abundant colors of life, and the way they make you feel. Especially violet, royal blue, baby pink, gold and green are attractive for you. You might even have an inner picture or an inner feeling for a violet or internal golden light, whenever you use your mind to create transformation for the world.

6.) You feel an intense connection with certain types of natural environments, such as the ocean, mountains, or forest. You have a deep love for plants and love spending time with gardening, to the point that you can feel empty or depressed without the chance to be among nature. You might even feel the urge to prevent plants from suffering and pain.

7.) Over the last years, especially since the end of the Mayan Calendar, you constantly feel that the mission you are sensing, is getting closer and closer to be unveiled. We are a very big collective in this moment of time and the transformation of us, this massive mass, is limited to a certain time-frame. That is the reason why people with such a calling, are feeling time pressuring them to evolve. It is true, the “team change” needs every member that can possible manage to awaken!! So get up!!!

Consider this beautiful commentary from Thich Nhat Hanh reflecting on a tree leaf:

“I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’

… That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf because it is not afraid-it knew nothing can be born and nothing can die.”

Buddhist Master Thích Nhất Hạnh and his spiritual quotes, teachings and reports from life experiences, are all over the internet, social media and other places where spiritual awakened ones and seekers come together. He is a Zen Master, a global spiritual leader, a poet, an international peace activist and in his tradition he is considered a Living Buddha or Living Christ. Born in 1926, he started teaching in his twenties and ever since, his life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society. His teachings on mindfulness, on peace-making, on community-building in schools, workplaces, businesses and even prisons, have inspired millions of people by now.

Here are 20 of his famous quotes you might have heard before:
1.) “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
2.) “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
3.) “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
4.) “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

5.) “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
6.)
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything like – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
7.) “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.
Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”.
8.) “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
9.) “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
10.) “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
11.) “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
12.) “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
13.) “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”
14.) “Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
15.) “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
16.) “If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”
17.) “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
18.) “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
19.) “My actions are my only true belongings.”
20.) “Our own life has to be our message.”

Wishing you a peaceful and silent day. Thanks Edith Boyer-Telmer for reminding me of these important peaceful thoughts.

Extending Our Lives is Closer Than You Think..What are you going to do with it?

Genetics, increased knowledge in nutrition, technology related to bionics, and a greater understanding of the aging process has put us on the brink of realizing dramatic advances in life extension. Some believe that we can easily live to 125 or 150 right now with what is already known.

Steven Maxwell who writes for ActivistPost.com recently reported it could be possible that medical researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine have found the secret of the “fountain of youth” while experimenting with the genetics of mice?

In an article posted on Popular Mechanics, cell biologists Darren Baker and Jan van Deursen are noted as the researchers responsible for this developing medical breakthrough. The process they took seems to be an approach that anyone could suggest without an extensive medical background: take out dead, stagnant cells that have stopped reproducing in order to make more room for the active cells to reproduce.

The seven-year study by Baker and van Deursen showed, through careful observation, that the use of the tumor-suppressing protein molecule, “p16lnk41” (or “p16” as referred to by the article), altered the genetic coding of the mice which caused them to secrete “caspase,” an agent that self-destroys when it is within a cell. By making stagnant cells secrete caspase, these cells self-exploded, resulting in the decrease of stagnant cells in the body and the increase in lifespan and quality.

By removing these stagnant cells, the lifespans of the mice in the study not only increased by 25%, but the removal of stagnant cells also showed a reverse in the signs of aging. These cells, referred to as senescent cells, are normally cycled through the immune system to be ejected from the body; but, as the body ages, this function slows and becomes less effective which in turn leads to an increase in senescent cells in the body.

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Gizmag notes a quote from Jan van Deursen that explains the negative side effects of the pile up of senescent cells as, “largely bad, do bad things to your organs and tissues, and therefore shorten your life but also the healthy phase of your life.” When organisms age, whether they be mice or humans, it is assumed that the quality of life decreases as their age increases (diseases, joint problems, and inability to perform daily tasks to name a few side effects of aging); however, this is not the case. By removing the stagnant cells in mice, results showed that their quality of life improved alongside their extended lifespan. The treated mice were noted as having lower amounts of cataracts and being overall more physically active in comparison to mice in their age range that were untreated.

By furthering their knowledge of this study and altering the genetic coding of humans over time, Baker and van Deursen are hopeful that there is a way to implement this practice in humans to improve lifespan and overall quality of life. With the positive outcome that the p16 protein molecule had on decreasing the amount of stagnant cells in mice, Baker, van Deursen, and other medical researchers outside of the study have noted this experiment as “remarkable” and have high hopes of developing a form that is safe and effective for humans in the future.

Ray Kurzweil has been saying for a decade that with the advancements in technology in bionics that many of us who are living right now will be able to extend our lives by merging bionics and biology. In other words, we will merge our bodies with implanted technology that can extend our lives, and more specifically our consciousness. Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, and gives public talks to share his optimistic outlook on life extension technologies and the future of nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology. He states that with radical life extension will come radical life enhancement. He says he is confident that within 10 years we will have the option to spend some of our time in 3D virtual environments that appear just as real as real reality, but these will not yet be made possible via direct interaction with our nervous system. “If you look at video games and how we went from pong to the virtual reality we have available today, it is highly likely that immortality in essence will be possible.” He claims to know that 20 to 25 years from now, we will have millions of blood-cell sized devices, known as nanobots, inside our bodies fighting against diseases, improving our memory, and cognitive abilities.

Given these realities and now scientific facts, the real elephant in the room is how will we spend our extended time? How will you live your extended life? These realities will force us to completely redefine “society” as we know it. From how we educate ourselves and spend our “career time” to living a different lifestyle will all be redefined and in fact is already being redefined as we speak. We are going to have to redefine how we take care of each other, how we collaborate, and more importantly how we look at our future in total.

How will our current economic systems change? Will there really be a need to “make a living”? Will money really be necessary at all? It is time we all began to ponder these realities. What do you think? Share your thoughts with us and let’s see what we will create. Welcome to the new world, for real.