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Mother-Of-Three, Tells How Sex Addiction Ruined Her Life

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By Iain Burns | DailyMail (MailOnline)

A mother-of-three has spoken of how sex took over her life, explaining: ‘Five times a day wasn’t enough.’

Rebecca Barker said her relentless need for sex ruined her relationship and left her living the life of an ashamed ‘hermit’.

The 37-year-old, from Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, said her boyfriend initially ‘enjoyed the attention’ but soon became suspicious about her constant desire for intimacy.

‘He accused me of having an affair – he thought I must have been feeling guilty about it and that’s why I wanted sex with him,’ she told the BBC.

Ms Barker said she became so self-conscious about her sex obsession that she struggled to be around other people, adding: ‘I stayed at home because I felt ashamed that it was all I could think about.’

She explained: ‘It was literally the first thing I thought about when I woke up, I just couldn’t get it off my mind.’

Having sex would give her an ‘instant hit’, she said, but within five minutes she would want more.

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The (Almost) Complete History of ‘Fake News’

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By Mike Wendling | BBC

 

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur. How did the term “fake news” evolve – and what’s next in the world of disinformation?

It was mid-2016, and Buzzfeed’s media editor, Craig Silverman, noticed a funny stream of completely made-up stories that seemed to originate from one small Eastern European town.

“We ended up finding a small cluster of news websites all registered in the same town in Macedonia called Veles,” Silverman recalls.

He and a colleague started to investigate, and shortly before the US election they identified at least 140 fake news websites which were pulling in huge numbers on Facebook.

The young people in Veles may or may not have had much interest in American politics, but because of the money to be made via Facebook advertising, they wanted their fiction to travel widely on social media. The US presidential election – and specifically Donald Trump – was (and of course still is) a very hot topic on social media.

And so the Macedonians and other purveyors of fakery wrote stories with headlines such as “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President” and “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide”.

They were completely false. And thus began the modern – and internet-friendly – life of the phrase “fake news”.

Nothing new here

Misinformation, spin, lies and deceit have of course been around forever. But what Silverman and others uncovered was a unique marriage between social media algorithms, advertising systems, people prepared to make stuff up to earn some easy cash and an election that gripped a nation and much of the world.

In the wake of President Trump’s victory, BBC Trending delved into the huge world of pro-Trump Facebook groups. Inside those hyper-partisan spaces there were some outright falsehoods circulating.

But most of the content was more traditional political communication: puffery, drumbeating, and opponent-slagging. There were memes showing Trump as a fearless leader, support for his pledges to deport illegal immigrants, and potted biographies describing the candidate as “the very definition of the American success story.” It was hardly balanced stuff – but nor did much of it qualify as “fake news”.

But pundits scrambling to explain the shock result (and in many cases, their own follies) turned to “fake news” as one possible explanation.

Enter politics

The phrase now evokes much more than those get-rich-quick Macedonian teenagers. President Trump even gave out “Fake News Awards” to reporters who had made errors or poor predictions – with a special nod to all reporting on the ongoing and very real investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

But to say that President Trump was the first politician to deploy the term would itself be, well, “fake news”.

On 8 December 2016, Hillary Clinton made a speech in which she mentioned “the epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year.”

“It’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” she said. “This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk… lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days, to do their jobs, contribute to their communities.”

Some journalists at the time interpreted her remarks as a reference to “Pizzagate”, a bonkers conspiracy theory which sprouted and grew to tremendous proportions online.

It started with a rumour that sex slaves were being held under a Washington pizza restaurant, and ended a couple of days before Clinton’s speech, when a man entered the busy family-friendly restaurant with a rifle. Nobody was injured, and the man was arrested and sentenced to four years in jail.

But in that speech, Clinton also asked her audience to help “protect our democracy”. Other reporters interpreted that more broadly as a reference to the election.

President-elect Trump took up the phrase the following month, in January 2017, a little over a week before taking office. In response to a question, he said “you’re fake news” to CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Around the same time he started repeating the phrase on Twitter.

“That signalled to the many people out there who were supporting Trump and running websites supportive of him, that he was saying ‘OK, we’re going to take this term and make it ours’,” Silverman says.

The fake news horse had not just bolted from the stable, it was off and running.

 

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The 432 Frequency and How It Can Influence Your World

By Jill Mattson | * JIllsWingsofLight

The 432 Frequency throughout the ages, mankind has tuned music to a variety of frequencies, getting extra doses of tuning notes that massaged the sacral, solar plexus and heart chakras. Each tuning note helped mankind evolve. Of all of the chakras, the heart is the most powerful. Over eons, the other chakras were shut down to a greater degree, as people became dense and individualized … seemingly separate from everything else, (according to esoteric sources). The heart still connects us to our Higher Self, other realms and opens emotions such as compassion, forgiveness and love. When we are calm, this chakra pierces and connects to higher dimensional information. The frequency of 432 hertz (Hz) massages the heart chakra with a warm and calming tone. The tuning and the calmness it creates opens the intuition. This frequency lightens the aura, adjusts emotional states, while inducing a calming and centering impact. The best testimony of why anyone should seek out these frequency is simple to listen and relax into this heart centering tone.

The world has accepted 440 Hz as the standard frequency for the musical note A, and not 432Hz. (There can be hundreds of tiny variations in the speed of sound, in-between out smallest musical intervals.) The difference between A=440 Hz and A=432 Hz is only 8 hertz; it sounds slightly lower. However, music lovers claim that music tuned in A=432 Hz is more harmonious and induces an experience that is felt inside the body, especially at the spine and heart. Music tuned to A=440 Hz offers an outward and mental experience, and is felt on the side of the head and then projects outwards.

Each frequency creates sympathetic resonance with thoughts, emotions and items in our physical bodies and worlds. Therefore, the frequencies used in our musical scales unconsciously dictate precise experiences for listeners. How much we receive of each frequency impacts us much more than we are consciously aware of. For example, the 440 Hz frequency create outward activity. (Every frequency serves a purpose.) The A=440 is like aural caffeine.

This frequency produces an industrial spirit in people. Countries in the world become more industrious (literally) while listening to a musical scale with A = 440. Those countries who used ancient scales (accessing calming frequencies), like India, advanced in spiritual and meditative practices in contrast. With the Internet, India now has a huge diet of aural caffeine via Western music and A = 440 scales, while her industrial capacities have simultaneously expanded.

Rudolph Steiner, a famous mystic, declared music based on C=128 Hz the (C note in a scale in which A=432Hz) will support humanity on its way towards spiritual freedom. The inner ear of the human being is built on C=128 Hz. The 432 frequency is a serious awakening tool for the spiritual aspirant. Many energy healers use the 432 frequency for precise benefits. Meditating with 432 Hz music can be an extremely powerful and effortless way to reach a deep cleansing experience within your consciousness. Using a 432 tuning fork held above the head clears energy pathways, allowing finer and greater amounts of high Energy to enter the crown chakra.

It is like͞ cleansing the information and energy coming into the body and distributing it throughout all energy fields of a person.  A deep healing occurs once the fork is struck and the base of it is placed on the heart chakra and slowly moved all the way up to the base of the throat. According to Egyptologists, archaic Egyptian instruments were usually tuned to A=432 Hz. They placed great importance on hearing this frequency. Further, the 432 number is used in the design and construction of sacred places, such as the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Special number energy was incorporated into sacred spaces to create powerful and transformative experiences for people in the temples.

According to Ananda Bosman, international researcher and musician, ancient Greeks tuned their instruments predominantly to 432Hz as well. Orpheus, the Greek god of music, used music incorporating 432 hertz for transformation and harmonizing with nature. Why did many Ancient Masters value the frequency 432?

In much of the ancient world, magical sounds were numbers that resonated (exchanged energy) with frequency patterns found on Mother Earth and in the Heavens. A 432 frequency resonates and shares energy with anything close by that is also 432 Hz. Resonance or energy-exchange, also occurs to lessor degrees with harmonious musical intervals and harmonics (an after ripple pattern of sound). Musical intervals and harmonics are mathematical, and the chain of resonance can be figured out for any frequency.

The Schumann Frequency is a healing frequency that mankind has grown accustomed to throughout millennia. This frequency is usually 7.96 to 8 Hz. In fact, it has been played for astronauts to keep them healthy in space. It is used for healing purposes. Its source is a global electromagnetic resonance originating from lightening within the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere. If 8Hz is the starting point, five octaves above is 256 Hz. (Energy is shared through resonance in octaves.) When C = 256 Hz, A = 432. With this reasoning, some correlate 432 with healing resonances of the Earth.

(Keep in mind that since the Schuman Resonance varies a bit, so does its resonance mathematics.) Pythagoras said, “All is Number!” Just what does that mean? Everything is energy. Energy vibrates. Pulsations of energies can be counted and are called frequencies. Modern physicists’ String Theory is based simply on different vibrations of infinitesimal strings. With this thinking, all is number – expressed as different vibrating strings (or frequencies) and this creates our world.

Ancient man strongly believed that numbers and mathematics found in nature and the heavens tuned us – to the Earth and the Heavens, empowering our awakening, and quickening us to be closer and closer to God. The 432 frequency is reflected in ratios of the sun, Earth and moon, as well as the procession of the equinoxes, Stonehenge, and the Sri Yantra, among many other sacred sites contain this number.

For example, the sun is roughly 864,000 miles in diameter (432 X 2=864) and the diameter of the moon is 2,160 miles (432 / 2). Further, there are 864,000 seconds in a day. Many traditional schools of yoga teach that all living beings exhale and inhale 21,600 times per day. (21,600 X 2 = 43,200) There are 108 beads in a mala prayer necklace. (108 X 4 = 432). According to science, the optimal number of dimples on a golf ball is 432.

When the famous late rock star, Prince was asked thousands of questions on his website, he chose this single one to answer: “Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432 Hz sound frequencies?” to which he replied, “The Gold Standard.

Since pianos, flutes, clarinets, trumpets and most musical instruments are tuned to A = 440, musicians must have these and other instruments remanufactured to incorporate this frequency. There are free software apps available, that digitally lower your music so that A = 432. This is the easiest way to listen to a diet of this frequency. Below is a photo of cymatic images, created from the A = 440 hertz, used in today’s music versus the 432 hertz pitch. Notice the balanced and beautiful shape created by the 432 frequency.

Cymatic Image of 432Hz versius A at 432Hz in Today’s music

Also see: https://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/12/21/heres-why-you-should-convert-your-music-to-432hz/

Jill Mattson is an award winning and prolific Artist, Musician and Author, a widely recognized expert and composer in the field of Sound Healing! She has participated in many hundreds of teleseminars, radios shows, and magazines! Ms. Mattson offers an online Sound Healing School, where she presents new ways of approaching health and everyday issues using the benefits of sound! Find out more at www.jillswingsoflight.com




Why “Black Panther” Is Revolutionary, Even Though It Isn’t

T’Challa (right), the super-hero king of Wakanda, meets Eric Killmonger for the first time in the comic book blockbuster film “Black Panther”. (Image: Marvel Studios)

By Aviva Chomsky | Common Dreams

Of course a Marvel Comics, Hollywood, high-budget capitalist product isn’t going to be actually revolutionary.  Or isn’t going to meet every revolutionary purist’s standards.  But there is a lot that is revolutionary about this movie.

How many Hollywood films delve into the political economy of colonialism?  We’ve had plenty of popular films that offer color-blind multiculturalism (like “Star Trek,” or the soon-to-be-released “A Wrinkle in Time”), featuring black characters but in ways completely decontextualized from black and African history.  Some even grapple with issues of race and racism (like recently, “Get Out”).  But Hollywood does not generally take on global political economy.  Here, black and African history, and a critique of colonial political economy, are central to the plot as well as to the aesthetic of the film.

In “Black Panther” we see with crystal clarity how, as Guyanese historian Walter Rodney so brilliantly showed, Europe Underdeveloped Africa, through the counter-history of an African country that managed to evade colonization and travel its own path to development.  Director Ryan Coogler says that he was inspired to imagine Wakanda on a visit to Lesotho, but Wakanda also invokes the maroon communities of the British Caribbean or the palenques or quilombos of South America, where blacks who escaped from slavery established autonomous communities on American soil, reviving or recreating African or neo-African forms of governance and culture.  Some of these communities, like Palmares in Brazil, evaded European conquest for decades or generations.  Some, like the Jamaican Maroons, signed treaties to coexist with European colonial powers.  Contemporary author Christian Parenti, interviewing Assata Shakur in Havana, called her a “Post-Modern Maroon in the Ultimate Palenque.”

“Not only does the film take on the political economy of colonialism in Africa, it also raises the question of how colonialism shaped the African diaspora.”The palenque was revolutionary not because it was a utopia of economic, social, racial, and gender equality or collective ownership of the means of production, but because it claimed autonomy from the hegemonic colonial order and, contra Margaret Thatcher, proved that in fact “there is an alternative.”  Its very existence inspired flight or rebellion by those still enslaved.

African-born and Afro-descended peoples were not the only ones to flee or resist oppressive colonial society in the Americas.  Native peoples recreated kingdoms, established small villages, and maintained liberated spaces outside of European colonial control, from Vilcabamba in sixteenth century Peru to comanchería in the American West or the rochelas of northern Colombia in the nineteenth century to the Zapatistas in Chiapas and the Amazonian tribes resisting oil exploration of the twenty-first.  Colonial domination of the Americas has consistently and repeatedly been resisted by peoples refusing colonization and claiming self-determination and autonomy.

Colonizers insisted (and continue to insist) that the peoples of color they colonized were primitive, barbaric, and incapable of self-government or economic development—that they were peoples without history, trapped in a primitive past and obstacles to modernity.  The quest for a different kind of modernity:  non-European, non-capitalist, non-white—motivated most of the twentieth century’s revolutions.  Antiguan author Jamaica Kincaid beautifully captured the links among colonialism, capitalism, and racism, and suggests why resistance to colonial rule encompassed a liberatory imagination that necessarily imagined overturning the whole social order.  Her tome is written as an unsolicited letter to Antigua’s British colonizers:

You had always felt people like me cannot run things, people like me will never grasp the idea of Gross National Product, people like me will never be able to take command of the thing the most simpleminded among you can master, people like me will never understand the notion of rule by law, people like me cannot really think in abstractions, people like me cannot be objective, we make everything so personal.  You will forget your part in the whole setup, that bureaucracy is one of your inventions, that Gross National Product is one of your inventions, and all the laws that you know mysteriously favour you.  Do you know why people like me are shy about being capitalists?  Well, it’s because we, for as long as we have known you, were capital, like bales of cotton and sacks of sugar, and you were the commanding, cruel capitalists, and the memory of this is so strong, the experience so recent, that we can’t quite bring ourselves to embrace this idea that you think so much of. (36-37)

Wakanda asks us to imagine not just refuge from colonial domination, but an autonomous African path to modernity, technological development, and economic development.  It’s based on the conceit that Wakanda was able to escape European colonial pillage and rule, and was actually able to develop its own social, economic, and cultural forms.  Critics have been quick to complain that Wakanda is a monarchy, that it’s tribal, that it’s male-dominated, that the film asks us to glorify the wealth and power of the royal family.  “More like Kuwait than Denmark,” one of my colleagues remarked.  But that’s not the point.  Wakanda aspires to be neither Denmark with its colonial wealth, nor Kuwait with its exploitation of foreign migrant labor and economy based on the export of fossil fuels.  Rather, it harks to movements for food sovereignty, autonomy, and rejection of a colonial world system and economy.

Not only does the film take on the political economy of colonialism in Africa, it also raises the question of how colonialism shaped the African diaspora.  The film’s ideas about the long impact of colonialism on the African diaspora are perhaps even more complex and contested than those about Africa itself.

The diaspora is represented primarily through the character of Eric Killmonger, the black American pretender to the throne who on the surface appears to be the film’s villain.  In a thoughtful piece in the Boston Review, Christopher Lebron argued that the film engaged in “shocking devaluation of black American men.”  While Wakanda survives and thrives by withdrawing from the world, Killmonger argues that Wakanda’s miracle mineral should be used for a global black liberation struggle.  For Lebron, the film discards Killmonger’s revolutionary vision: “Rather than the enlightened radical, he comes across as the black thug from Oakland hell bent on killing for killing’s sake—indeed, his body is marked with a scar for every kill he has made. The abundant evidence of his efficacy does not establish Killmonger as a hero or villain so much as a receptacle for tropes of inner-city gangsterism.”  For Lebron, the main message of the movie is “the bad guy is the black American who has rightly identified white supremacy as the reigning threat to black well-being; the bad guy is the one who thinks Wakanda is being selfish in its secret liberation; the bad guy is the one who will no longer stand for patience and moderation—he thinks liberation is many, many decades overdue. And the black hero snuffs him out.”

But I think the film could be read differently.  If Killmonger is the villain, he is a decidedly complex and tragic one, and his life story could also be read as a trenchant critique of empire.  Wakandans may have taken advantage of their isolation to develop their own society, but it’s Killmonger who has lived and truly analyzed the political economy of colonialism.  He goads a (white) guide at the British Museum into explaining the provenance of the African artifacts there, then turns on her to demand “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it, like they took everything else?”

“The film asks us to think about the impact of 500 years of European colonialism on Africa and the African diaspora, and to imagine both what could have been, without colonialism, and what could be, if colonialism is overturned.”Killmonger’s vision for black liberation has been distorted, not by his advocacy of violence to overthrow white supremacy, but by the non-Wakandan, American, white supremacist world that formed him.  In particular, his military service for the U.S. empire, serving the colonial enterprise in Iraq and Afghanistan.  When Killmonger boasts that “the sun will never set on the Wakandan empire” he is clearly reflecting his imperial education.  Neither his glorification of violence – nor, by extension the violence that has plagued the black community in the heart of empire (“Everybody dies, it’s just life around here,” Killmonger says of Oakland)– nor his attraction to the colonialist mentality grow from his blackness.  Rather, they are a reflection of the empire that trained and armed him.

The film ends with Wakanda’s king returning to the gritty Oakland basketball court where the young Killmonger was playing when his father was murdered.  The king comes bearing technology and promises.  For Lebron, his promises of aid embody “the preferred solution of mega-rich neoliberals: educational programming.”  This is one possible interpretation:  I too felt my heart sink that such a powerful film would end on such a weak note.  But perhaps the promise to bring technology, aid, and education to the inner city could also be seen in the context of revolutionary liberation movements from the Black Panthers to the Cuban Revolution, which in some ways enacted their revolutionary vision by creating Che Guevara’s one, two, three, many Wakandas.  That is, political liberation means nothing without socioeconomic transformation, and whether it’s community breakfast programs or free health care, these are precisely the kind of rights that Third World communities at home and abroad are fighting for.  Whether programs like these come through paternalistic charity aimed at sustaining the larger, unjust social order, or through a revolutionary project to overturn it, depends on the context.  In the end, despite some ambiguity, I think the context of the film allows us to understand Wakanda’s stance as revolutionary solidarity rather than charity.

Because this film is not just about poverty and it’s not just about race: it’s about colonialism.  (“Don’t scare me like that, colonizer!” Shuri exclaims to the white CIA agent.)  The film asks us to think about the impact of 500 years of European colonialism on Africa and the African diaspora, and to imagine both what could have been, without colonialism, and what could be, if colonialism is overturned.  To me, that’s revolutionary enough.

Aviva Chomsky

Aviva Chomsky’s most recent book is Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014). She is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

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12 Cost-Saving Alternatives to Cable

By Rudy Obias | Mental Floss

By now, you’ve likely heard about how much less expensive it is to forgo your cable package and fulfill your television needs with streaming services—heck, your friend/neighbor/cousin/chatty coworker has been droning on about it for months. You’re finally ready to take the plunge; but where do you start?

First, make sure your router is up to the task: Don’t invest time and money in setting up new subscriptions and gadgets only to wind up with buffering video. Look for routers with dual-band connectivity; Netflix recommends a download speed of at least 5 Mbps (Megabits per second) for HD quality video, and over 25 Mpbs for Ultra HD. Then, substitute your cable or satellite provider for one or a combination of these 12 options.

1. THE BIG THREE

Often referred to as “The Big Three,” Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime are considered the cream of the crop in online streaming because they offer outstanding original programming in addition to large catalogs of existing shows and movies. Subscriptions to all three can be fairly reasonable, with Amazon Prime starting at $99 a year or $12.99 per month. Netflix’s standard plan goes for $10.99 a month now, while Hulu will set you back $7.99 a month with limited commercials, or an extra $4 per month with no ads.

2. FLAT ANTENNAS

Since 2009, television stations have been required to broadcast exclusively in digital, rendering old-fashioned “rabbit ears” obsolete. Now, you can watch live shows on networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, The CW, and others by installing a flat antenna in your home. Models by Mohu (starting at $17.99) and Channel Master ($19) are affordable and easy to install.

3. OVER-THE-AIR DVR

The one drawback to relying on a flat antenna is that you must watch your shows in real time, with no fast-forwarding, pausing, or rewinding. Solve this issue with an over-the-air (OTA) DVR. Services like Tablo or Plex DVR allow you to record live TV shows and then store them on an external hard drive for delayed streaming. (The catch is, some of these services require you to purchase a corresponding device—they won’t work with just any antenna.)

4. TV STREAMING SERVICES

Want more TV channels than are available through your antenna? For $20 a month, you can subscribe to Sling TV to get 28 live-streaming cable channels, such as AMC, CNN, TNT, Comedy Central, and the History Channel. A $40 monthly subscription will give you access to over 40 channels, including ESPN. There are other emerging services that might work for you, too.

PlayStation Vue has multiple plans depending on your interests, and you don’t even need a PlayStation 4 console to use it. YouTube TV has fewer channels and plans than the Vue, but at $35 a month, it has a solid selection of high-profile networks, including ESPN and FX. Hulu has also entered the game with a live TV service, touting 50+ channels at $39.99 a month (which also includes the limited commercials Hulu streaming subscription). DirectTV Now has a package that starts off at more than 60 channels for $35, and it tops off at $70 for 120-plus channels.

You’ll have to browse through each individual service to find out which one is compatible with the devices you own and if these plans are actually more cost-effective than Spectrum Cable TV. But with no equipment costs or long-term contracts, these services are worth considering if you’re ditching cable.

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42 People Own the Same Wealth as the Bottom 3.7 Billion, Says Report

Photo Credit: Oxfam America

By Amanda Froelich | The Mind Unleashed

Repeat after me: “I am free.” Now, say it again with conviction. Can you? Probably not. This is because the world we collectively share is anything but fair, and this is largely due to an imbalanced distribution of wealth. If you are doubtful, perhaps a new report by Oxfam will convince you. In their recent report, entitled “Reward Work, Not Wealth“, the non-profit organization reveals that 82 percent of the wealth created in 2017 “went to the richest one percent.”

According to the report, 2017 “saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history.” In fact, a new billionaire was made every other day during the year. These means there are now 2,043 dollar billionaires on Earth.

Dangerous, poorly paid work for the many is supporting extreme wealth for the few. Women are in the worst work, and almost all the super-rich are men. Governments must create a more equal society by prioritizing ordinary workers and small-scale food producers instead of the rich and powerful,says the report summary.

The report shares that the billionaires’ wealth increased by a whopping $762 billion in just 12 months. How much money is that? Well, “enough to end extreme poverty seven times over,” claims Oxfam. The compelling report was published as world leaders prepare for the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos.

42 people now “own the same wealth as the bottom 3.7 billion people,” says the report. And, 61 people own the same wealth as the bottom 50 percent. The trend is nothing new, but is becoming more noticeable as “the richest one percent continue to own more wealth than the whole of the rest of humanity.”

 

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Why Did So Many Of Us Lose Our Minds About Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech?

By Joe Martino | Collective Evolution

Oprah’s Golden Globe speech after accepting the Cecil B de. Mille award on Sunday has inspired some and ruffled feathers of others. Understandably so, there were a number of important issues touched on in this speech that people feel many different things about.

Singer/songwriter Seal came out stating Oprah is a hypocrite and part of the very problem she was trying to raise awareness about.

In particular, I watched as many in the alternative media community began to become very rash and emotional about the entire speech and I believe it illustrated some serious challenges existing within the thinking and state of being we operate from. I shared my thoughts in the video below. But let’s continue on here with what challenged people about her speech.

Oprah Spoke Well of The Media

The choice to support media may challenge some of us as it has become clear, over recent years especially, that the media in general has been the source of much propaganda, lies and is responsible for misleading the public on many issues. In some cases, flat out not even informing the public on issues. So while her call for value in the media seems misplaced given the media’s recent actions, she could be referring to forms of alternative media as well who have actually been bringing out the truth the mainstream seems to want to stay away from or cover up. And there’s plenty of evidence they not only do that but are specifically instructed by 3 letter agencies to do so.

People Feel Oprah Must Have Known About & Supported Poor Behaviour

In her speech, she made it quite clear that she feels there are many unfavourable things happening to women around the world, including in Hollywood and so forth. This is of course true. Some have stated they were upset due to the fact that they believe Oprah has known about this behavior and has actually contributed to it. This may be true but how we seem to be going about proving this is where the issue lies.

Seal, for example, stated “Oh I forgot, that’s right….you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad,”  This points to the fact the it’s likely Oprah may have known, which would be a good starting point in further researching this subject.

But a meme or an image with someone does not constitute as proof. This unfortunately is the means by which so many are trying to assert that Oprah had known about all the nasty things going on in Hollywood and did nothing. And while there’s a good chance she did know, we must consider, how does going about trying to prove something in this manner actually help the cause? It doesn’t. It only detracts from the truth and pulls awareness away from some of the great things Oprah is doing in other actions. For example, bringing self-help and powerful consciousness authors to millions of people, effectively helping to shift the world. Providing soul enriching content via her network. These, no doubt, are good things.

But we detract from this, focus on the drama and also detract from the very real problem that exists in the industry involving sexual abuse and pedophilia by simply focusing on bashing a figure.

Due to a poor approach with evidence, it’s difficult for anyone to take the subject seriously because everyone is speaking emotionally, irrationally and providing no evidence.

The solution? We have to begin to take some time and dig a little further, find some solid evidence and present our case. We also have to get out of our egos more, get into the heart and determine how to talk about these subjects more effectively.

I went into deep detail and shared my take on the whole speech and the events that took place afterwards in the video below. I also touch on what I believe is a huge challenge existing in the alternative media community.

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You Are Not The Majority (Video)

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Source: AsapSCIENCE

It’s easy to feel that the way we experience life is generally the same for others. But did you realize that the majority of the people in the world don’t actually have the internet? About 3.5 Billion people or just 40% of the world has an internet connection today, meaning this digital reality we experience is done so by a minority of people in the world. AsapSCIENCE looks at a variety of things which we would consider as normal which actually puts us within the minority in the world.




A List of 19 Documentaries That Will Definitely Have an Impact on Your Life

By Collective Evolution | Collective Evolution

Documentaries hold a power unique to any other type of film.

They have the remarkable capacity to shift our understanding of the vast and complex world in which we live, most of the time presenting us with powerfully relevant information, a previously unknown perspective, and hopefully, a new choice to make a difference.

The following list of documentaries showcases films that may inspire a new outlook on the world we live in. There were so many to choose from that compiling this list proved challenging, however, each one of these films stands as prudent commentaries offering valuable insight into the wonders and workings of the world at large. Enjoy!

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1)  Hungry For Change

“Hungry For Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.”

2)  Fed Up

“Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.”

3)  Tiny

“TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.”

4) Cosmos

” ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane, in a departure from the type of material he is best known for, pays homage to Carl Sagan’s award-winning and iconic ‘Cosmos’ with this docu-series. Through stories of humankind’s quest for knowledge, viewers travel across the universe. Scientific concepts are presented clearly, with both skepticism and wonder, to impart their full impact. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts, and Sagan’s original creative collaborator, Ann Druyan, serves as an executive producer.”

5) Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

“100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.”

6. Forks Over Knives

“Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.”

7) Cowspiracy

“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.”

8) In Plane Sight

“911: In Plane Site: Director’s Cut is a 2004 documentary which promotes 9/11 conspiracy theories. Photographs and video footage from the September 11 attacks are presented and the documentary claims that the public was not given all of the facts surrounding the terrorist attack.”

9) Pump

“This is the movie that will change your attitude about fuel forever. PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from Standard Oil’s illegal tactics to the monopoly oil companies enjoy today. The film explains clearly and simply how we can end this monopoly — and finally win choice at the pump.”

10) The Human Experiment

“The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers… until now.”

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Here’s the Scientific Reason Why New Year’s Often Sucks (and How You Can Avoid It)

Source: Asap SCIENCE

A lot of people look forward to New Year’s Eve but many end up disappointed and there are some interesting legitimate reasons why this happens. This may be due to too many high expectations, trying too hard to have fun on the night or optimism bias. Whatever your night brings remember to stay realistic about enjoying yourself and spend some time getting focused for 2018.

 




Apple Publicly Admits The iPhone Is Designed Not To Last

By Arjun Walia | Collective Evolution

Not long ago, a study was published suggesting that Apple deliberately sabotages its old products. The study was performed by student Laura Trucco at Harvard University. By reviewing worldwide searches for “iPhone slow,” she found that this phrase was searched more, by a significant amount, whenever a new iPhone was about to be launched.

Trucco then compared her results to the findings of other searchers for Apple’s competitors’ phones,  such as “Samsung Galaxy slow,” and found that the phrase was not searched for more around the time that a new Samsung phone model was released.

The number of Google searches for “iPhone slow” spiked every time a new phone model was launched and made available to the public.

This isn’t uncommon, as most likely you’ve heard people complain about how their iPhones or Mac laptops continue to get slower over time. The point is, it’s fishy how it always coincides with the launch of Apple’s new products.

Over the past few years, this type of sentiment has been common across social media.

Now, Apple has admitted to the correlation, but provided an explanation. Because older iPhones have aged batteries, the device slows down and doesn’t perform as well because it’s compensating for the poor battery and it spends more energy on trying to avoid forced and unexpected shutdowns, not because they want people to upgrade.

That being said, it’s quite clear that they do want people to upgrade, it’s the only way to sustain the company. They must keep releasing new products every single year, and the truth is, they probably already have a few years worth of products lined up so they can keep ahead of themselves.

 

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Little Girl With Angelic Voice Makes Grown Man Cry (and Goes Viral!)

10-year-old Daneliya Tuleshova beautifully performs the song ‘Rise up’ by Andra Day on Ukraine’s ‘The Voice Kids’, which brings her coach, Monatik, (and many in the audience) to tears.                                                                                  

Kazakh singer Daneliya Tuleshova is earning a love of the world thanks to her incredible singing talent. She is a contestant of the fourth season of the Ukrainian ‘The Voice Kids’ and she is getting more and more popular every day. Her blind audition performance of ‘Stone Cold’ has over 6.7 million views on YouTube and over 9000 comments in a little over a month. Watch it below:

See also: Watch This Young Ukrainian Girl Rock Her Throat Chakra!




7 Healthy Habits to Help You Thrive in Our Overwhelmingly Digital World

By Henrik Edberg | The Positivity Blog

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
George F. Burns

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”
Jim Rohn

Life today is quite different compared to when I was a kid in the 80’s and early 90’s. Back then I had a TV with just a few channels and later on a Nintendo videogame. That was it.

Today many of us have smartphones that we use to browse the internet, to work and to play games. We spend a many hours in front of computers and a part of our day is often spent online.

There is so much information these days. So many potential distractions and sources that seem to have made people more stressed, overwhelmed and unhappy than they were in the past.

Working and living in this age isn’t always easy.

So this week I’d like to share 7 habits that help me to keep my attention on what truly matters – both at work and in my private life – and at the same time minimize stress and overwhelm.

1. Shut off notifications.

To find focus the first simple thing to do is to shut off notifications in:

  • Your email client.
  • Messaging programs.
  • Social media and gaming apps.

Then get back to what truly matters without those pings hanging over you and distracting you.

2. Keep your smart phone far away for quality time/work.

The simplest way to not be distracted all the time by your smartphone is to put up small obstacles so you don’t have that easy and tempting access.

Here’s, for instance, what I do when I work:

  • I put the phone in silent mode.
  • I put it in another room at the other end of our home.
  • Then I check it a few times a day for calls and text messages.

We often do the same thing during the evenings and weekends to make sure that the time we spend together is quality time and not time spent being distracted.

3. Unplug or use an app to keep your focus on what matters.

When I write a new article or work on a course then I usually do that disconnected from the internet.

If that’s not possible for you then try a program or browser addon like for example StayFocusd or Cold Turkey Pro to temporarily block the sites where you know you tend to procrastinate and waste too much time.

4. Disconnect over the weekend.

Stay away from work and offline over the weekend. Leave your work phone at your job.

If that’s not possible keep things to a minimum:

  • Leave that work phone in silent mode and check it just every 24 hours over the weekend.
  • Do a quick 2 min check of email once a weekend (that’s what I do).
  • Reply only to the calls, texts and emails that are very important. Otherwise, let them wait until Monday.

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Watch This Young Ukrainian Girl Rock Her Throat Chakra!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSmWAk7TFRc

Video Source: chakraboosters

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to boost any of your chakras is to find someone who genuinely ROCKS a particular chakra (that you want to boost) and just be in their energy field.

This week, I was blown away when I opened my youtube tab and found 10-year old, Danileya Tulyeshova (above) belting out “Stone Cold” on the Voice Kids, Ukraine in a way that gave me shivers — and made me want to cheer and shake my head at the same time. It’s an unbelievable performance! And I’ve watched it numerous times already (and will watch it many times more) to help align my own throat chakra into the next level of possibility.

If you want to boost your throat chakra, or just enjoy an amazing performance, I recommend you watch it too.

In the video above, I share 3 signs you’ll see when someone has a strong voice chakra — all things that aptly Danileya demonstrates. Here they are:

3 Signs Someone Has a Strong Throat Chakra

  1. Huge Range — not just sound range, but energetic, attitudinal range. Since we are all slices of the Divine, we have everything — and everyone — inside us. We are strong and soft, loud and quiet, sweet and harsh, funny and serious and so on. A person with a strong throat chakra allows ALL of their parts to move through. At times in this video, Danileya has the fire of a dragon and others, she has the sweet energy of an angel.
  2. Body and Voice are in Harmony – Sometimes, when someone is lying, we can it. We’re not sure what it is we are detecting, but likely it’s the discordance between what someone is saying and what their body is communicating. When someone is expressing from authenticity, their body becomes an instrument that beautifully plays the melody of what they are communicating. There’s no discordance. They move naturally with the sounds they make and nothing seems awkward or superfluous.
  3. We Feel Them – Now, this one is not full proof, because good actors can make us feel too — and they aren’t necessarily telling “the truth.” And yet they are. Because good actors believe what they’re expressing. That’s what good acting is. They’re caught up in the inner world they’ve created. So, they are at least being authentic at the feeling level. So, if someone can really make us feel, then they are moving from their own authentic emotions and expressing from a strong throat chakra (even if it isn’t the literal truth).

I love the throat chakra. As the first of the Upper Chakras, it is the gateway to our own divinity. In fact, on my healing album, Chakra Love, my favorite song is the throat chakra song. It made me cry as “I” wrote it (more accurately, it channeled through me).

If you want to effortlessly boost your throat chakra by singing along, check out a sample of my Throat Chakra Healing Song here (and grab your free copy of the Heart Healing Song on that same page).

The bottom line is this: nobody in the YOU-niverse has YOUR voice and YOUR unique message, so I hope YOU share what YOU came here to share. The world needs it!

Thanks, love and blessings,

Vicki

Vicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on amazon.com. Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website chakraboosters.com,facebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.




Is This Glass Half Empty or Half Full? (Video)

 

Source: AsapSCIENCE

The optimist will say that this glass is half full while the pessimist will say that it’s half empty. Others may say that it’s completely full of the atoms that make up water and air. Others may say that atoms are made up of 99.99% empty space so the glass is therefore mostly empty. Asap SCIENCE explains how science relates people’s emotional perspective and outlook on life.