― Steve Maraboli
Although we’re still facing the same ongoing challenges and will be for some time to come, the pressure of the past month and especially the past two weeks has subsided.
It’s not anything like a restoration of order or return to “normal,” whatever that is or was. Circumstances that may go back three or four years haven’t reached their logical outcome just yet. We still have more growing and stretching to do. However, we’ve just come through the worst of it and can stop to get our bearings.
To me, it feels like having just sailed through a raging storm. Seas are still choppy and the boat needs some repairs, but the first order of business is sleep.
Fortunately, most of this week is mild, astrologically speaking. The Sun in Taurus favors slowing down a bit, and Tuesday’s Sun-Jupiter sextile is wonderful for appreciating the beauty of spring in full bloom or, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the autumn colors. It’s also a great time for food shared with friends and family, all the better with the Moon in festive Leo. The Sun’s sextile with Chiron on Wednesday further supports the ability to engage with loved ones on a deep level. If you’ve been holding back due to unresolved issues, the door is open for a heart-to-heart talk. If the opportunity is there, take it right away. Later in the week, work interferes, and relationship issues are more difficult to address.
Also on Wednesday, Mercury enters his home sign of Gemini, speeding up communications. Ideas are fast and plentiful, but they’ll just as quickly vanish, unless you take a minute to write them down. Business contracts are favored as well through Friday. Mercury’s square with Neptune on Sunday makes the weekend a bit iffy for putting pen to paper. Deals that look too good to be true most likely are. Communications can be fuzzy, too – almost as if Mercury were retrograde. Comments will be easily taken out of context, if not entirely misunderstood.
Communications over the weekend are all the more difficult with two powerful oppositions;
The pineal gland, a pine-cone shaped gland of the endocrine system, is a highly essential part of the brain necessary to our survival. It is often associated with the third eye or the Ajna chakra, when activated, leads one to higher realms of consciousness. The third eye gives us perception of the universe around us through the five senses. Through our five senses we have self awareness and intelligence: sentience.
As a chakra, the third eye, the pineal gland represents the point at which the body receives energy from the universe that keeps our lives sustained; the main access point between the astral body and the physical body. Its function in the brain is essential to our very consciousness. Without awareness of the universe, you have no point of reference at which you have self awareness. Without self awareness, you have neither consciousness nor logical thought.
We use our perception, our consciousness and our senses to gain awareness of energy in our world via information around us. Without the pineal gland there would be no senses, meaning we would have no way to locate food, mates, safety, warmth, and the many necessities of every day life in both man kind and the animal kingdom.
The pineal gland contains pigment similar to that found in the eyes and is connected to the optic thalami, hence it controls the action of light upon our body.The pineal gland is located beneath the cerebral cortex where the two thalamic hemispheres of the brain join, where the brain regulates consciousness, interprets the body’s motory and sensory functions, and produces melatonin. A serotonin derivative, that controls our sleep cycle.
Free Energy was developed by Nikola Tesla at the turn of the 1900’s. He could not get anyone interested in it because their was not a profit. The Russians bought up some of his patents as well as the U.S. State Department. Here is 1st hand account of this fact. If we all had access to free energy, imagine the world we would be living in. No pollution, no war and FREEDOM. IMagine.
(effectively, the Constitution was gutted with the 1871 Organic Act which created the federal government corporation called, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. When letters are in capital letters (SSN, Birth Certificate, DLN, Bank statement,etc.) you have joined a corporation and not under the rules, laws, etc. of the U.S. Constitution…small letters.)
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era. It means that extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil by our government is legal. It means that the courts, like the legislative and executive branches of government, exclusively serve corporate power—one of the core definitions of fascism. It means that the internal mechanisms of state are so corrupted and subservient to corporate power that there is no hope of reform or protection for citizens under our most basic constitutional rights. It means that the consent of the governed—a poll by OpenCongress.com showed that this provision had a 98 percent disapproval rating—is a cruel joke. And it means that if we do not rapidly build militant mass movements to overthrow corporate tyranny, including breaking the back of the two-party duopoly that is the mask of corporate power, we will lose our liberty.
“In declining to hear the case Hedges v. Obama and declining to review the NDAA, the Supreme Court has turned its back on precedent dating back to the Civil War era that holds that the military cannot police the streets of America,” said attorney Carl Mayer, who along with Bruce Afran devoted countless unpaid hours to the suit. “This is a major blow to civil liberties. It gives the green light to the military to detain people without trial or counsel in military installations, including secret installations abroad. There is little left of judicial review of presidential action during wartime.”
Afran, Mayer and I brought the case to the U.S. Southern District Court of New York in January 2012. I was later joined by co-plaintiffs Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, journalist Alexa O’Brien, RevolutionTruth founder Tangerine Bolen, Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir and Occupy London activist Kai Wargalla.
Later in 2012 U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest declared Section 1021(b)(2) unconstitutional. The Obama administration not only appealed—we expected it to appeal—but demanded that the law be immediately put back into effect until the appeal was heard. Forrest, displaying the same judicial courage she showed with her ruling, refused to do this.
The government swiftly went to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. It asked, in the name of national security, that the court stay the district court’s injunction until the government’s appeal could be heard. The 2nd Circuit agreed. The law went back on the books. My lawyers and I surmised that this was because the administration was already using the law to detain U.S. citizens in black sites, most likely dual citizens with roots in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. The administration would have been in contempt of court if Forrest’s ruling was allowed to stand while the federal authorities detained U.S. citizens under the statute. Government attorneys, when asked by Judge Forrest, refused to say whether or not the government was already using the law, buttressing our suspicion that it was in use.
A federal judge who endorsed “suspicion-less” searches of laptops, cameras and cell phones at the border has set up a possible Supreme Court showdown challenging what critics call “Constitution-free zones” and the Obama administration’s dragnet approach to national security.
A decision by Judge Edward Korman upholding the federal government’s right to search travelers’ electronic devices at or near the border conflicts with a similar ruling in California. That ruling requires a “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity before agents can confiscate and examine personal photos, laptops and files. Korman’s ruling does not.
“I think Americans are justifiably becoming increasingly surprised and even outraged by the extent to which the national security state seems to be monitoring and collecting information about us all,” said ACLU Attorney Catherine Crump. “We think that having a purely suspicion-less policy is wrong, because it leaves border agents with no standards at all to follow. That opens the door that people will be [targeted] for inappropriate reasons.”
The ACLU originally challenged the administration’s policy, which can be applied anywhere within 100 miles of the border, after U.S. Customs agents stopped student Pascal Abidor on a train traveling from Canada to New York. After noticing Abidor had two passports — not uncommon for journalists and those with dual citizenship — agents asked to see his laptop. Since Abidor was a student of Middle Eastern affairs, his computer contained photos of political rallies held by Hamas and Hezbollah, known terrorist groups.
“I explained to the immigration officer that the reason I had these photos was this was my research,” said Abidor, a U.S. citizen. “I determined they looked at my personal photos and personal chats with my girlfriend. I knew I needed help.”
The ACLU sued, claiming the broad expansion of search powers under President Obama posed a danger to the lives of ordinary Americans — especially since the administration claims it has the right to inspect items not just at ports of entry, but checkpoints hundreds of miles away. The ACLU calls these “Constitution-free zones.”
Wolfgang Halbig has the perfect combination of expertise to evaluate what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School:
- Law enforcement: Florida State Trooper, US Customs Agent.
- Education: teacher, assistant principal, principal.
- Current school safety expert: trained key personnel at over 4,000 US school districts, and over 3,500 school safety officers.
His conclusion after ten months of motivated investigation:
“In my professional opinion, [Sandy Hook was] a scripted event… in planning for maybe two, two and a half years.”
Mr. Halbig’s response is demand for criminal arrests of “leaders” involved in Sandy Hook based on rational embrace of the public evidence he explains in the interview:
- law enforcement parked 1/4 mile away upon arrival. Why didn’t they rush to a heart-wrenching emergency if it really occurred?
- no trauma helicopters were ordered. This is unheard of for an actual emergency.
- no paramedics were allowed in the school. This is unheard of.
- officials refuse to say who declared all 26 people dead. By law, this must come from a doctor. This refusal of so much basic information indicates lies and cover-ups.
- official narrative claims emergency personnel didn’t find the school secretary and nurse after 4 hours of searching.
- this “event” included a traffic sign lit with the message, “everyone must sign in.” Officials refuse any comment on this element that would be present for a staged event/drill.
- porta potties were on site; again with no comment by officials and consistent with holding a staged event.
- no names were listed for the 26 children and chorus director at the 2013 Super Bowl event in honor of Sandy Hook. The children resemble the alleged shooting victims. It’s unimaginable to not list these names for such a huge deal.
- no lawsuits filed by parents for negligence against school district. This is unheard of.
- a shooter with Aspergers would have poor motor skills and muscle tone – how did he carry all the gear and shoot with such precision? This combination is impossible to imagine.
- 2 homicide investigators threatened Mr. Halbig for making inquiries consistent with his professional duties to learn about this event for future school safety.
- Newtown Public Schools won’t return any calls. Mr. Halbig says this non-cooperation to contribute information for other schools’ safety is unheard of.
- the FBI classified the report on Sandy Hook. This has never been done before, and indicates a cover-up of all the evidence that this was a staged event.
- radio transmissions are consistent in tone and content for a drill, not an actual emergency.
- multiple weapons reported at a limited crime scene were never found. This is not credible.
- law enforcement sent a kindergarten girl from the hall to stay at the crime scene of room 8 to be alone with dead bodies. This is a ridiculous claim that demands investigation and answers.
- no parents viewed the bodies of their children. This is also unheard of.
- no documents are being released via Freedom of Information Act requests. This is unheard of.
- trauma services were never requested. This would never occur.
- tearing down the school is consistent with destruction of evidence, given the HUGE gaps between official accounts and the evidence.
- there’s zero evidence that a bio-hazard company was contacted to clean blood, bodily fluids, and officials refuse comment. This is impossible.
- Mr. Halbig’s inquiries of who installed the school security system has been met with silence. This is unheard of to not get this information to improve other schools.
Mr. Halbig has the professional expertise to conclude the official story is impossible, and to demand arrests in order for the public to have the truth.
Activist PostFalse flag operations and assassinations are a central component of the elaborate psychological warfare campaign waged on the American public to justify the so-called “global war on terrorism,” and the events of September 11, 2001 are this project’s cornerstone.
Major US news outlets turn a blind eye to a wide array of evidence “that Western covert operators were behind” events such as “Bali, Madrid, London 7/7, mosque bombings in Iraq and elsewhere and, of course, 9/11. Because the mainstream media are integral to the Industrial Military Academic Intelligence Media complex,” journalist Barrie Zwicker observes, “the cold-blooded technicians of death face no journalistic scrutiny. Without moral, legal, technical or financial constraints, the black operators range freely, executing the orders of the global oligarchies.”
aturalNews) All across the state of New York, this year’s Common Core English tests have been featuring a host of brand-name products like Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers. In addition, for clothing giant Nike, some tests even included the shoe company’s well-known slogan, “Just Do It.”
According to Fox News and other sources, the brand names appeared on tests that more than 1 million students in grades three through eight were required to take in April, “leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.”
State education officials and the publisher of the test say the brand references were not paid product placements but just happened to be included in previously published packages selected for the tests.
But some critics aren’t sold on that explanation. They have questioned why specific brand names would have to be mentioned at all.
“It just seems so unnecessary,” Josh Golin, associate director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which monitors marketing directed at children, told the news channel. “It would be horrible if they were getting paid for it,” he said. “But even if they’re not, it’s taking something that should not be a commercial experience and commercializing it.”
‘The company that owns and is responsible for cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan is reportedly raking in at least $4.3 billion in net profits annually, according to The Economic Times. Thanks to steady rate hikes and a large government bailout following the disaster, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has done quite well for itself in recent years, despite continued blunders involving radiation cleanup and containment measures at the plant.
Following the 2011 disaster, TEPCO was having a difficult time staying afloat. This prompted the Japanese government to throw 1.8 trillion yen, the equivalent of about $17.6 billion, at the company to compensate for its unprecedented losses, not to mention to cover the costs associated with ensuring that Fukushima radiation did not spoil the whole planet. TEPCO also raised electricity rates throughout Japan to gather more cash.’
NBC Right Now: Explosion at U.S. nuclear site — Kept secret from public — Happened in plant where plutonium was manufactured — “One of the most hazardous buildings” in America — Workers: “Flames shot out… big, loud bang like a shot gun
Richard Wilcox, PhD
I have four quick items to discuss before I head off for my Golden Week holiday with my family. A two-day trip to the hotsprings to take in the healing mineral salts and radioactive substances.
This week I got into a friendly debate with a writer from the Japan Times who is a True Believer in the AGW theory (Anthropogenic Global Warming) (“A journalist,” 2014). My quibble with the author was that although he completely accepts the orthodox view on global warming as being caused by human activities, he has nothing to say about geoengineering/chemtrails and its effects on weather. When I pointed this out to him he shot back that I should email the editors of the Japan Times with my wacky conspiracy theory on chemtrails. In addition, although 31,000 US scientists signed a petition that the official Al Gore view of global warming is bunk, he nevertheless ignored this and insisted that all of the important UN/Woods Hole scientists agree in AGW. I guess it comes down to “it’s my religion versus your religion.” I am willing to accept that AGW may be partial reality, but for the AGW crowd to fanatically insist on their view without taking into consideration something so devastatingly obvious as chemtrails betrays cowardice and dishonesty.
Phony Science In the Service Of Big Money
Recently a big “news” story hit the net proclaiming that “you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of” Pacific tuna fish to match annual natural background radiation levels, according to Oregon State University researchers (“Oregon State,” 2014). In other words, this was another misdirection piece from the mainstream media/science industry to shift worry and attention away from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and its effects on the Pacific Ocean and its fish and wildlife.
WE ARE EMPIRE. WE TAKE WHAT WE NEED/WANT AND MUST HAVE BECAUSE, “THE AMERICAN LIFESTYLE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE” (DICK Cheney, former VP of the U.S.)
US Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the US is interested in Africa’s natural resources. Kerry said that the US and the continent of Africa are “Natural Partners” because of its abundant resources and their “know-how for economic development”.
The Associated Press reported what Kerry said to members of the Addis Ababa diplomatic corps and the Young Africa leader network following his visit to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. He said:
Africa has the natural resources, capacity and the know-how for economic development, Kerry said, adding that the U.S. is the continent’s “natural partner.” He said that over the next three years, 37 of the 54 African nations will hold national elections with millions of voters going to the polls. And he called on Africans to combat the political corruption that the African Union says has cost the people of Africa tens of billions of dollars
Activist PostChicago dances on the edge of a fiscal cliff.
It is the third largest city in the US with a population of 2,714,856 as of mid-2012. It is the economic engine of Illinois. If Chicago falls, especially into bankruptcy, then the entire state is likely to do so as well. Illinois won’t declare bankruptcy because federal law prohibits the option. But insolvency would raise many of the same questions as bankruptcy. For example, who gets paid first, or at all? And how much on the dollar? If other cities stumble, as they would, then whether Illinois officially declares bankruptcy may be a matter of semantics.
The fiscal land mine of Chicago
In early March, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago’s credit rating from A3 to Baa1. The rating is just three rungs above “junk-bond.” With the exception of Detroit, Chicago now has the worst credit rating of any large US city. The reason cited by Moody’s: unfunded pension liabilities for city employees.
Condoleezza Rice was slated to earn $35,000 for delivering a commencement speech at Rutgers University on May 18th as well as receive an honorary law degree until sustained protests forced her to withdraw (final video below). She was also forced to withdraw from another recent invitation at the University of Minnesota.
Rice and her warmongering cohorts have encountered various problems attempting to make appearances around the world.