Conscious Living

Wesak Blessings for Your Ascension

Wesak Blessings for Your Ascension

Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Spirituality with 0 Comments

Wesak is a celebration of the enlightened masters who walked the Earth before us, giving us the template for ascension. These beings include the Buddha, the Christ, Tapihritsa, Kuan Yin, and many more. At Wesak, too, we celebrate the Buddha’s birthday, passing, and enlightenment.

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5 Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity in This Insane World

5 Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity in This Insane World

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Conscious Living, Thrive with 1 Comment

For those who are fully consumed with bad news and feeling totally at the whims of dark and powerful forces, it is crucial to remember the value of life and the value of our precious personal time in this cauldron. As a practical matter of achieving this awareness, here are five things that people can consider and focus on to alleviate the fear, anxiety, and concern of living in these interesting times.

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7 Clever Ways to Deal with Highly Judgmental People

7 Clever Ways to Deal with Highly Judgmental People

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Relationships with 0 Comments

Whenever I come in contact with highly judgmental people I do my best to put myself in their shoes and understand why they behave the way they do and why do they feel the need to point the finger at those around them. Today I want to share with you 7 clever ways to deal with highly judgmental people in a more positive and loving way.

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Participate in Lynne McTaggart’s Historic Healing Intention Experiment on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10 AM PST

Participate in Lynne McTaggart’s Historic Healing Intention Experiment on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10 AM PST

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Activism, Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Intentions with 1 Comment

On Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10am PST, Lynne McTaggart and her team of scientists will be testing, for the first time ever, the power of intention to heal an individual with a diagnosed illness under scientifically controlled laboratory conditions. If this experiment produces a positive outcome, it will have enormous implications about the role of thought in healing and the practices of our community of healers.

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14 Choices Happy People Make

14 Choices Happy People Make

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Conscious Living, Happiness, Inspirational with 0 Comments

One of the most paramount and compelling choices people face is whether or not to let bad or unexpected things get them down and make them feel unhappy. Guess what happy people choose. They choose to be happy regardless of what is happening around them. If you want to start feeling happier, then do what happy people do, and make these 14 choices.

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Health & Wellness

French Parliament Permanently Bans All GMO Maize Effective this Year

French Parliament Permanently Bans All GMO Maize Effective this Year

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in GMOs, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments

France has never been a big fan of Monsanto, Dow, or any biotech’s GMO creations; this is evidenced by the nation’s continued rejection and voiced concerns of GMOs. Well this week, the French Parliament passed a law prohibiting genetically modified maize from being grown anywhere in the country due to concerns about its effects on the environment. The law concerns any strain of GM corn that is adopted by the European Union.

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Trust Your Gut… Bacteria

Trust Your Gut… Bacteria

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Health-Wellness, Nutrition, Pathogens, Prevention with 0 Comments

Our gut bacteria protect us from pathogens, adapt to our diet, and comprise a “second brain”, making neurotransmitters and possibly mediating mental disorders.

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18 Scientifically Validated Reasons to End Public Water Fluoridation

18 Scientifically Validated Reasons to End Public Water Fluoridation

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Fluoride, Health-Wellness with 1 Comment

A study has been published that takes a thorough look at the pros and cons of ingesting fluoride. Based upon the findings, this new research paper calls for an end to public water fluoridation. Without mincing words, this new study offers the following 18 indications that fluoride is not only of dubious benefit for dental health, but that it is also terrible for overall human health.

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5 Easy to Grow Medicinal Herbs You MUST Utilize

5 Easy to Grow Medicinal Herbs You MUST Utilize

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Health-Wellness, Spices, Seeds, Herbs with 0 Comments

Growing your own medicinal herbs is easier than you might imagine. From an indoor seedling to an outdoor plant, you need nothing fancy – just good organic soil, water, sun, and some old containers. These following herbs are not only fragrant and beautiful to look at, they offer surprising health benefits as well…

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2 Natural Solutions for Bleeding Gums, Gingivitis, and a Healthy Heart

2 Natural Solutions for Bleeding Gums, Gingivitis, and a Healthy Heart

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Healing, Health-Wellness, Prevention with 1 Comment

The health of your gums is directly related to your heart health and perhaps even your risk of developing certain types of cancer. But brushing with fluoride-filled pastes is definitely not the best way to care for your oral health. Better treatments for gum health often include oil pulling with coconut oil and brushing with fluoride-free solutions. But a new study indicates chamomile and pomegranate can also play a role in stopping bleeding gums and keeping your heart healthy.

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Government

Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet

Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments

The digital surveillance systems of today are far more advanced than most people understand. No longer are these machines simply recording the data and storing them in some historical archive to be pulled at a later date should the government ever have reason to take a closer look at your personal life. The next generation of systems are being used to actively monitor your digital interactions, surfing habits, conversations and daily sentiment in an effort to predict your future behavior. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the systems currently operating within the social media sphere.

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Ben Swann: Is Confronting Federal Power an Act of Domestic Terrorism?

Ben Swann: Is Confronting Federal Power an Act of Domestic Terrorism?

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Government, Videos with 0 Comments

Ben Swann: Senator Harry Reid calls Bundy protestors domestic terrorists. But what act of terrorism did they commit? Meanwhile, the President’s adviser on Homeland Security says that families and communities can recognize homegrown terrorism by looking out for a “confrontational child.” Is that the definition of domestic terrorism: confrontation? It turns out, if you look at what happened in Nevada, the answer may be, yes.

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Obama Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Obama Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Drones, Military with 0 Comments

The Obama administration must disclose the legal basis for targeting Americans with drones, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in overturning a lower court decision. The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claim by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the administration must disclose the legal rationale behind its claims that it may kill enemies who are Americans overseas.

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Ron Paul: Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Government Authoritarianism

Ron Paul: Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Government Authoritarianism

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments

A government that continually violates our rights of property and contract can fairly be descried as authoritarian. How else do you describe a government that forbids Americans from grazing cattle on land they have used for over a century, from buying health insurance that does not meet Obamacare’s standards, from trading with Cuba, or even from drinking raw milk!

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People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Government, Justice System with 0 Comments

Foster Gamble: From one perspective, people are trying to use the government and the court system to stand up for their rights. Ideally, from my perspective, none of this begging for rights from authoritarian rulers or frequently co-opted courts should be necessary because no person or organization should have rights that all people don’t have. I believe that any individual or corporation that is violating any person, their privacy, or their property should be prosecuted and need to provide restitution. These legislative wins that I refer to are examples of that Stage, of bringing as much integrity to our existing institutions as we can while we’re transforming our society to a free one. As we learn to move into self-ownership and self-governance, where there are defensive rules to protect against aggression and fraud, hopefully we’re going to look back at the obvious evidence showing government to be the most lethal concept in human history with over 200 million deaths just within our governments’ own so-called jurisdiction in the 20th century alone. People who want others to rule them can set up their own special colonies for self-selected coercion, but the rest of us, following the principle of the non-initiation of force, will be free to love, to prosper, and to thrive.

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Science & Tech

Asteroid Impact Risks ‘Underappreciated’; Fascinating Video Shows Impact If an Asteroid Hit Planet Earth

Asteroid Impact Risks ‘Underappreciated’; Fascinating Video Shows Impact If an Asteroid Hit Planet Earth

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Earth, Sci-Tech, Space with 0 Comments

A visualization showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation. The US-based group, which includes a number of former NASA astronauts, campaigns on the issue of space protection. It hopes the visualization will press home the idea that impacts are more common than we think.

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‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities

‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments

According to MIT physics professor Dr. Max Tegmark, the universe is constantly splitting into more and more realities.

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The Unified Field and the Illusion of Time: Understanding the Source of Creation

The Unified Field and the Illusion of Time: Understanding the Source of Creation

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 2 Comments

Time is relative. Time is not a phenomenon that arises all on its own in the universe. There is potentially no such thing as time at all, as physics equations suggest. What we call time is an arbitrary division of the cycles we are experiencing based off of the cyclical rate of change that we are experiencing on this level of reality.

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Parts of Ancient Antarctica Were Once As Hot As California, Florida

Parts of Ancient Antarctica Were Once As Hot As California, Florida

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Earth, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today’s California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure past temperatures.

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Artist’s Brains Are ‘Structurally Different’ Claims New Study

Artist’s Brains Are ‘Structurally Different’ Claims New Study

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments

It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally different as well. The small study, published in journal NeuroImage, looked at the brain scans of 21 art students and 23 non-artists using a scanning method known as voxel-based morphometry. Comparisons between the two groups showed that the artist has more neural matter in the parts of their brain relating to visual imagery and fine motor control. READ MORE: Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ claims new study

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Environment

Earth and Space Weather News April 24, 2014: Canada Quake, Lake Superior Persistent Ice

Earth and Space Weather News April 24, 2014: Canada Quake, Lake Superior Persistent Ice

Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Videos, Weather with 0 Comments

Earth and Space Weather News April 24, 2014: Rise in the earthquake condition index; Persistent Ice on Lake Superior; First-of-its-kind NASA space-weather project; Global weather; Space weather; Earthquake watch; Canada quake

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Family Wins Fracking Suit in Legal Blow to Industry

Family Wins Fracking Suit in Legal Blow to Industry

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Environment, Fracking with 0 Comments

n what is being called a legal blow to the fracking industry, on Tuesday a Texas family was awarded $3 million in the first ever verdict to be handed down over the negative health impacts of fracking. Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for shale gas drilling operations which their lawyers said “fouled the family’s 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life,” by sickening both them and their daughter Emma, as well as their pets and livestock.

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1930′s Home Renovated to Energy Efficiency

1930′s Home Renovated to Energy Efficiency

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Environment, Sustainability with 0 Comments

Rather than building a brand new home, it can often make more sense to renovate an existing home and bring it in line with modern standards. This 1930s property was transformed into a passively-cooled home, complete with a modern extension that both adds space and contributes to its considerable charm.

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Earth and Space Weather News April 23, 2014 – Climate Records and Anomalies, Severe Weather Watch

Earth and Space Weather News April 23, 2014 – Climate Records and Anomalies, Severe Weather Watch

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Videos, Weather with 0 Comments

Earth and Space Weather News April 23, 2014: NOAA State of the Climate; Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events March 2014; Global weather; Earthquake watch; Space weather

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Sea for Yourself: Livestream Video of the Deep Seafloor

Sea for Yourself: Livestream Video of the Deep Seafloor

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Environment, Nature, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Research ship Okeanos Explorer is roaming the Gulf of Mexico, and its remotely operated vehicle is live streaming video that any landlubber can enjoy. The need to understand the Gulf should resonate this month, because the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was Sunday, April 20.

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Globalism

Secret Societies and Science — Sixth Excerpt From The Great Pyramid’s Blessed Curse

Secret Societies and Science — Sixth Excerpt From The Great Pyramid’s Blessed Curse

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Ancient Mysteries, New World Order with 0 Comments

By Omar Cherif What I found quite interesting as well is how Freemasonry and the occults have always been rooted in Egyptian and Babylonian mysticism, and the glorious Great Pyramid of course. Free Masons hold seasonal, semi-secretive gatherings at the pyramid because they believe in its power, while the Illuminati’s symbol is the singular eye […]

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Secrets of the United States Political and Justice System Exposed

Secrets of the United States Political and Justice System Exposed

Written by on April 9, 2014 in Conspiracies, New World Order with 0 Comments

If you don’t live in the United States, you should still read this article because the same court system that has enslaved Americans is basically the same justice system that has enslaved most Western countries and some Eastern countries. Most Americans and foreigners believe that the United States is a country. In law terms, the phrase “United States” refers to a corporation. The original name of this country is called the United States of America.

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So Many Ways Corporations Kill People — GM Robbed Us and Risked Our Lives

So Many Ways Corporations Kill People — GM Robbed Us and Risked Our Lives

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Corporations, Globalism with 1 Comment

Donna Smith: This blog is about corporate greed and willful disregard for the lives of millions of people. Today I am angry about how GM put me and everyone who rode in my car in danger even as my husband remained loyal to the US car maker.

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Toronto 9/11 Ad Campaign Launched: Subway Riders Will See Footage of WTC 7 Collapse

Toronto 9/11 Ad Campaign Launched: Subway Riders Will See Footage of WTC 7 Collapse

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in 9/11, Globalism with 5 Comments

Today, March 18th, the ReThink911 group launched a new ad campaign that is showcased within the Toronto subway system (TTC.) This campaign will be running for 2 weeks and approximately 1.2 million residents of Toronto will see video footage of the collapse of World Trade Center 7 compared to a controlled demolition with the caption “ReThink911.org.”

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Dr. Rima: The Delusion We Are Powerless

Dr. Rima: The Delusion We Are Powerless

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Globalism with 0 Comments

Luke Rudkowski speaks with Dr. Rima Raibow about the major problems currently facing humanity. Dr. Rima shares her experiences and describes her success she has had in stopping Monsanto expand its reach into Chile. Are we truly powerless? In this video we explore the possibility that strength comes in numbers and if we join together we can become a powerful force for positive change

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Economy

On Earth Day, an Economics for People and Planet

On Earth Day, an Economics for People and Planet

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments

Over the past decades, globalization, or the continued deregulation of trade and finance, has created a world dominated by giant banks and corporations. Because governments almost everywhere have catered to their demands, we are now faced not only with global warming, extinction of species and dramatic increases in pollution, but also with financial instability, endemic unemployment, increased conflict, and epidemics of ill health and depression. We need to move in exactly the opposite direction – away from economic globalization and towards the local. This doesn’t mean eliminating all trade or adopting an isolationist attitude – it simply means shortening the distances between consumers and producers wherever possible.

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Tax Incentive Plan to Bring CEO Pay in Line with the Average Worker

Tax Incentive Plan to Bring CEO Pay in Line with the Average Worker

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments

This growing divergence between CEO pay and that of the typical American worker isn’t just wildly unfair. It’s also bad for the economy. It means most workers these days lack the purchasing power to buy what the economy is capable of producing — contributing to the slowest recovery on record. Meanwhile, CEOs and other top executives use their fortunes to fuel speculative booms followed by busts.

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Income Inequality: 90 Years Down the Drain

Income Inequality: 90 Years Down the Drain

Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments

The growing inequality problem is not just about our weekly pay. Average Americans have lost wealth from home values, pensions, savings, and total assets, and our broken economy prevents them from making up any ground. Meanwhile, the wealthy elite have seen larger and larger income gains, and they’ve stashed billions away in property, savings, and various types of low-or-no-tax investments.

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Bernie Sanders: What Happened to the American Dream?

Bernie Sanders: What Happened to the American Dream?

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments

Senator Bernie Sanders discusses wealth inequality and how America has become an oligarchy during a Senate floor speech.

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Can’t Find a Job? Join a Timebank

Can’t Find a Job? Join a Timebank

Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments

With the job participation rate in America at all-time lows, nearly 92 million able-aged adults are not working but are still able to contribute a service, even if that’s merely baking a pie. After all, people still have to eat and get services. Timebanking networks are evolving to support those needs.

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Media

How to Become the Media

How to Become the Media

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Alternative Media, Media with 0 Comments

Luke Rudkowski and Gary Franchi reminisce about their 9 years in media, discussing where they have been and where media is going. It is easier than ever to get involved; Luke and Gary offer strategies for building your presence, as well as some of the challenges facing new voices as social media begins to change their model of how people interact and share news and information. As Luke states, “Be the media you want to see in this world.”

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Seeds Of Death – Full Movie

Seeds Of Death – Full Movie

Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Films, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Videos with 1 Comment

This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our planet’s future if Big Agriculture’s new green revolution becomes our dominant food supply.

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Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Media with 0 Comments

No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. The people running them know the crucial importance of spin, and they’ll be damned if they’re going to promote media criticism that undermines their own pretenses. To reach the broad public, critics of the media establishment need amplification from . . . the media establishment. And that rarely happens unless the critique is shallow.

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Citizen Journalism Puts Itself On the Radar Of Mainstream News

Citizen Journalism Puts Itself On the Radar Of Mainstream News

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Media with 0 Comments

A groundbreaking journalism project allows local citizens around the world to bolster their communities, learn new skills and break vital news stories that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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How Washington and its Allies Use Social Media to Topple Governments & Manipulate Public Opinion

How Washington and its Allies Use Social Media to Topple Governments & Manipulate Public Opinion

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Media, Social Media with 1 Comment

On April 2nd the Associated Press released a report exposing how the U.S. government recently attempted to topple the Cuban government yet again. This time the plot hinged on the creation of a communications network called “ZunZuneo” which was essentially a primitive version of Twitter.

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Reality's Edge

CLN RADIO NEW EPISODE – Decoding Cosmic Reality through Dreams

CLN RADIO NEW EPISODE – Decoding Cosmic Reality through Dreams

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Dreams, Reality's Edge with 0 Comments

Alexis speaks with renowned dream researcher and former colleague of dream expert Dr. Montague Ullman about the cosmic reality embedded in dreams. According to the late Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, dreams are a gateway to the collective unconscious. Dream decoder, researcher and explorer Judy Gardiner knows all too well how dreams can tell a […]

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What is Chi?

What is Chi?

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Reality's Edge with 1 Comment

Many, many, sages, scholars, researchers and laymen have attempted to answer the perplexing question of – What is Chi? The simplistic answer most often used is that Chi is “vital energy” or Chi is the “life force”, but this answer falls well short of addressing the apparent complexity of Chi.

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Egypt Underground: The Ancient 100 Ton Stone Boxes Of The Serapeum

Egypt Underground: The Ancient 100 Ton Stone Boxes Of The Serapeum

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Ancient Mysteries, Videos with 0 Comments

Inside a tunnel system carved out of the solid limestone bedrock in the desert of Egypt, more than 20 granite boxes made of precision shaped Aswan granite (the Stone Boxes of the Serapeum) are a true enigma. Said by some to have been the burial places of prized bulls, their real function is far more intriguing.

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Remarkable New Evidence of the Power of ‘Dream Telepathy’

Remarkable New Evidence of the Power of ‘Dream Telepathy’

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Dreams with 0 Comments

It appears possible that people can intentionally dream details about the personal problems of an unknown individual, simply by examining a picture of the target and then “incubating” or planning to dream about that individual’s problems.

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Proof That the Human Body is a Projection of Consciousness

Proof That the Human Body is a Projection of Consciousness

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Quantum Physics, Reality's Edge with 9 Comments

Brandon West: In this article we will explore how your body is a holographic projection of your consciousness, and how you directly influence that hologram and thus have complete control over the physical health of your body.

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World News

Day or Night? Massive Sandstorm Plunges China Into Red Mist (1MIN Video)

Day or Night? Massive Sandstorm Plunges China Into Red Mist (1MIN Video)

Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Videos, World News with 0 Comments

A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest China Wednesday afternoon. According to the provincial meteorological center, visibility has been reduced to less than 20 metres (65 feet) due to the storm. The sandstorm, strongest since 1996 according to reports, started around 13:40 in Dunhang County. The meteorological center issued red alert, the highest level alert, forecasting that visibility would be reduced to less than 50 meters throughout Jiuquan on Wednesday evening. The sandstorm, that had also suspended ten train services Wednesday, will die down Thursday, according to the meteorological center’s experts.

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Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ a Victory for Web Freedom

Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ a Victory for Web Freedom

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments

A landmark law that guarantees equal access to the nation’s internet and protects the privacy of users was signed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, in a move that is being hailed as a historic step for online freedom worldwide. The “Civil Law Marco Internet”—dubbed the Internet Bill of Rights by its supporters—was passed unanimously by Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday. Rousseff signed the bill at the launch of the two-day NETmundial conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Former Fukushima Town Mayor: Radiation is Killing Our Children, Govt Hides Truth

Former Fukushima Town Mayor: Radiation is Killing Our Children, Govt Hides Truth

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Videos, World News with 1 Comment

Three years after the Fukushima disaster are the after effects completely gone? Tokyo says yes, and is also claiming that the government is doing everything it can for those who suffered in the disaster. But, is that true? To shed a bit of light on the mystery of the Fukushima aftermath, Sophie Shevardnadze talks to the former mayor of the Fukushima Prefecture town of Futaba, Katsutaka Idogawa.

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Raw Footage 7.5 Quake Shakes Mexico City, Acapulco

Raw Footage 7.5 Quake Shakes Mexico City, Acapulco

Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Videos, World News with 2 Comments

A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. The quake was felt strongly in the resort city, as well as in Mexico’s capital, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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An Iranian Mother’s Slap Signals Mercy for Her Son’s Killer – Could Be a Turning Point for Ending Capital Punishment in Iran

An Iranian Mother’s Slap Signals Mercy for Her Son’s Killer – Could Be a Turning Point for Ending Capital Punishment in Iran

Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Videos, World News with 1 Comment

A mother’s pardon for the young man who killed her 17-year-old son, at the very moment the hangman’s noose was around his neck, has sent a ripple through Iran. Her slap before pardoning him was her personal last-minute rebuke. Pressure has been building for some time in the Islamic Republic to end capital punishment ; Iran is in the world’s top five for executing people. This act of mercy was shown in a small conservative northern town, and it has the whole nation talking about the merits of taking human life as punishment. It may represent a turning point in Iran, which has a hybrid of sharia law and western-style institutions

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