Infographic: Are the Ancient Practices of Yoga and Meditation a Cure-All


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Leading World Bank Demographer: Vaccination Campaigns Part Of Population Reduction Policy

Originally posted 2012-10-05 05:04:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Jurriaan Maessen

On October 2nd a retired demographer at the World Bank admitted that vaccination campaigns are an integral part of the World Bank’s population policies. John F. May, the Bank’s leading demographer from 1992 to 2012, told the French web journal Sens Public (and in turn transcribed by the think-tank May works for) that vaccination campaigns, especially in so-called “high-fertility countries”, are means to achieve population reduction in those countries. May:

“The means used to implement population policies are “policy levers” or targeted actions such as vaccination campaigns or family planning to change certain key variables.”

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Money on the Mind

Originally posted 2013-07-14 22:24:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

In a series of startling studies, psychologists at the University of California at Berkeley have found that “upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals.” Ongoing research is trying to find out what it is about wealth — or lack of it — that makes people behave they way they do. Paul Solman reports as part of his Making Sen$e series.

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Coles fined for ‘Helping Australia Grow’ with fruit from the US and France

Originally posted 2013-07-01 19:42:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Esther Han |

Coles misled its customers into thinking certain fruits and vegetables were produced on Australian farms, when they were in fact from overseas, the ACCC has found.

The supermarket chain has paid six fines to the tune of $61,000 after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigators found imported fruits, asparagus and almonds were displayed under price boards declaring ‘Helping Australia Grow’, which also included the triangular Australian Grown symbol, between March and May this year.

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12 Reasons To Avoid GMOs

Originally posted 2012-02-01 10:53:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Huffington Post

I love talking to people about food. And these days at my restaurant, I inevitably end up talking about GMOs. Often, people ask me the reasons why I do not allow any GMO foods at GustOrganics. In fact, this happens so often that I started creating a list in my head of all the reasons I choose not to offer them to my customers. The list started to get so big that I decided to write it down and I thought I’d share it with you, dear readers.

First, a little background: GMO stands for genetically modified organisms; some people also refer to them as GE (genetically engineered). According to the FDA, GMO foods are made using recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) technology. The agency commonly refers to them as “bioengineered foods,” or foods that have undergone genetic modification, meaning they’ve been engineered and altered at the genetic level “using any technique, new or traditional.”

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The End of Poverty

Originally posted 2011-08-15 09:48:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.

Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates THE END OF POVERTY?, a feature-length documentary directed by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today’s financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries.

Consider that 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line.

Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, THE END OF POVERTY? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania. It is produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again.

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Is free will a myth or the foundation of law and order?

Originally posted 2012-03-23 21:42:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Michael Cook

Calvin was deemed a heretic by Catholics for preaching that only the predestined elect would be saved and that the predestined reprobate were all toast. That was in the 16th century, but the battle over free will continues, though written in the language of neuroscience rather than theology.

Some recent research in psychology suggests that when people disbelieve in free will, they are more inclined to act in antisocial ways. Free will is said to underpin all social morality. In one often-cited paper, Kathleen D. Vohs and Jonathan W. Schooler found that disbelief about free will was associated with lax attitudes towards cheating among the students they tested. They concluded, much as Victorian atheists did about religion, that “identifying approaches for insulating the public against this danger becomes imperative”. In other words, whether or not there is free will, people are more moral if they believe in it.

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Mental Disorders Skyrocket: Try This to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim

Originally posted 2013-06-22 02:55:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Dr. Mercola |

Two years ago, Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discussed how a shocking 46 percent of Americans fit a diagnosis for one form of mental illness or another.1

Now, a report2 released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that nearly 20 percent of American children (aged 3 to 17) suffer from some form of mental disorder, loosely defined as “serious changes in the ways children handle their emotions, learn, or behave.”

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Chinese 2,485 year tree ring study shows natural cycles control climate, temps may cool til 2068

Originally posted 2011-12-09 09:55:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: JoNova

A blockbuster Chinese study of Tibetan tree rings by Lui et al 2011 shows, with detail, that the modern era is a dog-standard normal climate when compared to the last 2,500 years. The temperature, the rate of change — it’s all been seen before. Nothing about the current period is “abnormal”, indeed the current warming period in Tibet can be produced through calculation of cycles. Lui et al do a Fourier analysis on the underlying cycles and do brave predictions as well.

In Tibet, it was about the same temperature on at least four occasions — back in late Roman times (those chariots!), then again in the dark ages (blame the collapse of industry), then in the middle ages (the Vikings?), then in modern times (blame the rise of industry).

Clearly, these climate cycles have nothing to with human civilization. Their team finds natural cycles of many different lengths are at work: 2-3 years, 100 years, 199 years, 800 years, and 1,324 years. The cold periods are associated with sunspot cycles. What we are not used to seeing are brave scientists willing to publish exact predictions of future temperatures for 100 years that include rises and falls. Apparently, it will cool til 2068, then warm again, though not to the same warmth as 2006 levels.

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Vaccines Sold by Marketing Fear of Disease: BMJ Report

Originally posted 2013-10-09 06:04:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Heidi Stevenson |

Influenza vaccines are killers, life destroyers, and provide little or no benefit. The evidence is clear. A report published in the BMJ clarifies how these facts are ignored by health agencies. To get around them, they simply push fear of disease well past the point of absurdity. But the CDC and other health agencies have no other way to sell the unsellable.

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‘Horizontal heritage tree’ flattens house

Originally posted 2013-02-28 21:40:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Julie Power |

Warringah Council rejected an application to remove a 50-year-old Norfolk pine tree that destroyed an Allambie Height’s couple’s uninsured home, narrowly missing them when it fell during the weekend’s wild storms.

The application to remove the tree was made by the neighbours of Rock and Kendall Davis-Bogan, but the council said it should be heritage-listed.

Yesterday, Mrs Davis-Bogan said they were lucky to be alive.

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The body’s own recycling system

Originally posted 2012-10-13 07:16:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Birgit Manno

Almost everything that happens inside a cell, including autophagy, is tightly regulated on a biochemical level. Like that, the cell makes sure that processes only take place when they are needed and that they are shut off when the need has expired. “Inside the cell, there exists a network of molecules. Between them, information is constantly being exchanged,” says Schmitz, head of the research group “Systems-oriented Immunology and Inflammation Research” at HZI, who also holds a chair at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg. “In a way, it looks like a big city subway map.” However, only the starting point and the destination of a given “cellular subway line” are relatively easy to study. To explore the different stops along the way, is more difficult. But because other lines intersect and interact with each other at these points, it is very exciting for researchers to decode all molecules involved in these signal transduction processes. It also helps them better understand diseases caused by defects in these information highways.

What exactly happens on a molecular level during the later stages of autophagy was largely unknown – until now. Schmitz and his team, along with researchers from the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, the Tübingen University, and the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, USA, have decoded one part of the molecular subway map.

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Military uses of Nanotechnology: The Future of War

Originally posted 2013-10-30 06:24:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

TheNanoAge |

An all-out war between two powers possessing molecular nanotechnology would be disastrous to human life and natural resources. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) type principles may prevent many potential wars, since anything of value being fought over would most likely be destroyed in the process.

Security (or defense) of its citizens is the first duty of any government. National defense entails the protection and safety of a nation’s secrets and its citizens, and freedom from foreign dictation. Military security implies the capacity of a nation to defend itself, and is defined as, “a condition that results from the establishment and maintenance of protective measures that ensure a state of inviolability from hostile acts or influences.”

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Our Tolerance for Fashionable Deception

Originally posted 2012-02-20 07:26:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Ben Tanosborn
MWC News

Nothing appears as ugly as unmasked raw propaganda, or seems as fashionable as well-crafted deception. Yet, the catwalk for both forms of propaganda is one and the same, deception wearing the most titillating togs provided by the top fashion house, the House of Public Relations. And the deceptive PR isn’t limited to multinational firms or businesses in general; it is part and parcel of our daily existence, having infiltrated most if not all institutions, totally poisoning politics, and eroding away whatever little honesty might still be left in our elected officials.

During the past century we have seen the transformation of the raw epithet known as propaganda, and all its implied vilification, to that of an accepted social science with full academic accreditation, unashamedly sitting at the same table with all reputable and time-honored professions. We, members of society, have swallowed lock, stock and barrel the presumed need by notable individuals and institutions to receive help from specialized professionals to show us all the good things about them, their positive contribution to society. But much of what we get is tainted with deceit.

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Protein Linked to Hunger Also Implicated in Alcoholism

Originally posted 2012-09-15 09:05:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Science Daily


Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have found new links between a protein that controls our urge to eat and brain cells involved in the development of alcoholism. The discovery points to new possibilities for designing drugs to treat alcoholism and other addictions.

The new study, published online ahead of print by the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, focuses on the peptide ghrelin, which is known to stimulate eating.

“This is the first study to characterize the effects of ghrelin on neurons in a brain region called the central nucleus of the amygdala,” said team leader Scripps Research Institute Associate Professor Marisa Roberto, who was knighted last year by the Italian Republic for her work in the alcoholism field. “There is increasing evidence that the peptide systems regulating food consumption are also critical players in excessive alcohol consumption. These peptide systems have the potential to serve as targets for new therapies aimed at treating alcoholism.”

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Vilém Flusser — Television Image and Political Space in the Light of the Romanian Revolution

Originally posted 2013-04-12 08:59:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lecture, Budapest, the 7th of April, 1990.

Related: Corbett Report: Episode 223 – Revolution Impossible?

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband wins CA rail contract

Originally posted 2013-06-07 14:35:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Katie Grimes |

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum won the first-phase construction contract for California’s high-speed rail.

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

If I didn’t witness the insanity and corruption in politics every day, I wouldn’t have believed this.

“The Perini-Zachary-Parsons bid was the lowest received from the five consortia participating in the bidding process, but “low” is a relative term,” the Laer Pearce, author of Crazifornia wrote. ”The firms bid $985,142,530 to build the wildly anticipated first section of high speed rail track that will tie the megopolis of Madera to the global finance center of Fresno. Do the division, and you find that the low bid came in at a mere $35 million per mile.”

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Related: Dianne Feinstein’s Hubby Wins Another Gov. Contract to Sell-Off Closed Post Offices Across US

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Classes teach ‘first aid’ for mental health crises

Originally posted 2012-03-12 12:24:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Kim Painter
USA Today

“Are you thinking of killing yourself?”

“Have you made a plan?”

“Have you thought about how you would do it?”

Esther Amagoh had just finished asking a classmate several questions like those when she raised a hand to ask one of her own: “If they answer yes to all of the questions, what do we do next?”

Amagoh, 24, was in the right place to find out: She was among 22 physical therapy doctoral students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., who devoted a recent afternoon to an abbreviated version of a course that prepares people to respond to others in a mental health crisis.

It’s called mental health first aid. And while the classes are not yet nearly as common as traditional first aid courses — the kind you take to learn how to help a choking victim or cardiac arrest victim — they are catching on.

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Wikileaks founder Assange to host ‘Russian TV show’

Originally posted 2012-01-25 22:55:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: BBC News

Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, is to host his own TV show, reportedly on a Russian state satellite channel.

He plans to interview “key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world”, Wikileaks said in an announcement.

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Your Vision and the Emotional Imbalance

Originally posted 2011-02-23 12:12:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A holistic approach to health emphasizes the whole being and looks at how each part affects the whole. It attempts to bring harmony and balance to the entire structure via paying attention to the specific parts and any correlations between the body. Symptoms are analyzed to identify the existing problem that is affecting the parts and then treats the whole-being in mind rather than treating only the parts that exhibit the symptoms.

A healthy vision is a sign of a balanced inner state. Robert-Michael Kaplan, in his book The Power Behind Your Eyes states that:

A good vision is more than the ability to see 20/20 on an eye chart. Any vision problem is a message alerting us to an unbalanced inner state.

Eyeglasses, medications, and the latest laser surgery may correct impaired vision but the underlying inner emotional imbalance is overlooked. A holistic therapy approach should consists of identifying the causes of vision problems and developing natural, noninvasive plans for treatment.  This should consist of easy-to-follow exercises, diets, changes in mental focus and lifestyle.

According to Kaplan (1997), eye problems are manifestations of unresolved emotional issues and the lack of inclusion of your soul in your life. Nearsightedness (myopia) is related to being afraid to handle what life offers us and therefore preferring to mentally focus inwards. Farsightedness (hyperopia) is related to not being able to deal with close-up aspects of one life, unresolved anger, issues of intimacy, relationships, family and career.

Glaucoma is related to the mental build up in one’s life and macular degeneration is related to a loss of focus on the central part of life, and a loss of a loved one. Eye crossing is when life is too much for you and you feel overwhelmed.

In addition to proposing an Integrated Vision Therapy, Kaplan encourages the clarity of vision, which is only achieved by “looking through the heart” using empathy. He stipulates that we must see our life through our eyes and heart and not only the logical mind, as this will allow us to trust ourselves and give life a different perspective. This principle is very much related to the ancient Toltec wisdom.


Kaplan, R.M. (1995). The Power Behind Your Eyes: Improving Your Eyesight with Integrated Vision Therapy. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

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