Are There Natural Remedies for Cognitive Aging?

BRAIN KINDNESS

by Wray Herbert

More than 30 countries now have a life expectancy of 80 or more, a dramatic increase over the last half century. This is good news, but it also brings challenges. The aging brain goes through predictable changes, and as a result, old age is usually accompanied by some cognitive decline, even dementia.

Happily, some of the risk factors for mental aging are open to intervention. Diet, exercise and mental activity all play a role in healthy aging, but there are also natural pharmaceuticals that may be of use in staving off decline. Psychological scientists Con Stough and Matthew Pase of Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia, have been studying various pharmacological interventions, and recently put together a status report on their effectiveness in preserving abilities like memory and reasoning. Here’s what’s known so far:

Ginkgo biloba. Scientists have extensively investigated this natural supplement, taken from the Ginkgo biloba tree. One extract, known as EGb 761, is of special interest, because it acts in several ways that may be relevant to mental aging. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and also improves blood flow, glucose metabolism and synapse function.

But clinical results have been mixed. One review found no consistent evidence of benefit for those with dementia or cognitive impairment, while another review did find a moderately large benefit for those with diagnosed dementia, especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

• Bacopa monniera. This is an Indian herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a cognitive tonic. In the lab, it has been shown to act in several ways that might improve mental function — reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It also affects the brain’s acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory. Stough and Pase gave subjects a daily dose of one Bacopa extract, and found a significant improvement in cognitive processing speed — with smaller effects on learning and memory. A recent review of clinical trials indicates that Bacopa may enhance memory recall.

• Vitamins. Stough and Pase’s laboratory has analyzed the effects of multivitamins on cognitive performance, and found improvements in one kind of verbal memory — but no other forms of cognitive enhancement. Another large study found moderate improvements in recall over six years, while yet another found no effect on cognitive decline over 12 years.

The B vitamins are also of clinical interest, because they are known to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to dementia. And indeed one study showed that B vitamins slowed the rate of brain atrophy by 27 percent and slowed cognitive decline in adults with mild impairment. But a large study found no such effects in adults without cognitive impairment.

• Polyphenols. These are compounds found in many foods, including onions, apples, berries, cocoa, tea and coffee. Many are considered healthy because they appear to scavenge for harmful free radicals, and to improve vascular health and reduce inflammation. One study of polyphenols extracted from pine bark found improvement in working memory and a decrease in oxidative stress. Another study, of a similar pine bark extract, showed improvements in spatial working memory and picture recognition. Some studies have also found that dark chocolate improves cognition and alters brain function, though the results have been mixed…

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The Mental Universe

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by Linda George

“The universe is indeed an enchantment placed upon us by the World-Mind. We are all enclosed within the scene set up by it but the scene itself is a thought-created one, the power which makes us feel its reality is a mental one and even the senses so bewitched are forms of consciousness. Hence the operation of the cosmic upon the individual mind is nothing short of magic!” -Paul Brunton

We are living in a mental universe. Everything we see and experience in the world, as well as everything that passes through our awareness – is mental. It is an idea. It is a thought. Generated either by the World-Mind, (or whatever name you choose to call it – the Absolute, the Cosmic Mind, the Supreme Creator – God) or by your own Mind.

Quantum physicists have been telling us for some time now that the world we see as solid matter is far from solid; rather it is a moving sea of energy. And what is this energy? It seems they don’t quite know the answer to that. The hidden teachings tell us that energy will be found to be an ‘attribute of mind’…something possessed by Mind. That is Mind with a capital – the World-Mind.

We were created in the image of the Absolute, or more accurately, we issued forth from this World-Mind and thus we too possess a spark of the attribute of mind and this alone is responsible for our consciousness, and indeed for the life force within us itself. It has been well established, as many of us are aware, that we create the world we see and experience through our consciousness. That is, the world becomes real to us when we pay attention to it. Subatomic particles are brought into manifestation, made ‘real’ by the powers of our observation. They are moulded into forms by our space-time consciousness – itself purely mental , a construct of Mind, to provide us with the experience of living in this reality system. Through our consciousness we register energetic vibrations as sensations and they are transformed into the sticks and stones that make up our world. Mind, through our consciousness and our brains, is the transformer.

Mind is behind the consciousness that takes us out of the external world and into the inner realm of our sleep and dreams. Here, the hidden teachings tell us, we are given a clue into the nature of reality and if we are sufficiently insightful, that of the World-Mind. Consciousness takes on three different modes: full consciousness, or wakefulness, semi-consciousness or the dream state and unconsciousness or deep sleep. Wakefulness we know, is where we direct our most intense attention, and therefore the ‘world’ we experiences as the most real. The dream world belongs in the semi-consciousness stage. Here, our consciousness is busy creating images, mental pictures and felt experiences – which we, the dreamer, the ‘I’, who is behind all stages of consciousness, take to be utterly ‘real’. It is only when we wake, do we realize that the dramas and adventures, the emotions we felt while we dreamt, were illusory. But they felt real at the time. Just as we feel this experience we are having in the real world is real. Both the dream world and the world we see and experience outside ourselves are products of our own ideation. The reality behind both is relative…

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http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/12/18/mental-universe/

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Are YOU addicted to the internet? Study finds 6% of people around the world – that’s a staggering 182 million – now struggle to stay offline

The highest incidents of web addiction were found in the Middle East, at 10.9%. The lowest prevalence was reports in North and West Europe on 2.6 per cent. North America had a prevalence rate of 8%, Asia had 7.1%, this was followed by South and East Europe on 6.1%, Oceania on 4.3% and no reports in South America

  • A total of 544 participants in 31 nations were surveyed about internet use
  • The study revealed that the prevalence rate of internet addiction across these nations averaged at 6% – approximately 182 million people
  • Highest incidents of web addiction were found in the Middle East, at 10.9%
  • The lowest prevalence was reported in North and West Europe on 2.6%
  • By comparison South and Eastern Europe had a rate of 6.1%

Do you stay up late into the night using the internet? Are you grumpy or anxious when you can’t log on?

Then you may be addicted to the internet – an affliction that, according to new research, now affects 6 per cent of people – roughly 182 million – around the world.

By studying previous academic papers that referenced the addiction, and comparing this to internet penetration figures for each country, they also found the Middle East is the most addicted region of the world.

HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS OF INTERNET ADDICTION

If you’re concerned you, or someone you know, may have an internet addiction ask yourself:

• Do you ignore and avoid other activities to spend more time using devices?

• Do you think about being online when you are offline?

• Do you feel criticised by others about the amount of time they spend online?

• Do you feel tense or bad if you can’t get online – a feeling which noticeably goes away when you are allowed to get back online?

Dr Richard Graham, who runs a technology addiction programme at London’s Capio Nightingale Hospital told MailOnline: ‘The internet is integral to modern life and ubiquitous, it is important that we can find the right balance between maximising the benefits of new technologies without forming an unhealthy dependence.

‘When electronic devices start to have more influence over behaviour than anyone else or anything else, that is the moment when really you need to start changing things.

‘When people feel an uncomfortable sense of withdrawal when they are not near devices that will allow access to the internet and when people clearly do not get the same buzz doing any other activity then we know that the relationship with technology is not being managed properly.’

Capio Nightingale Hospital also offers an online test that assesses the extent of your relationship with technology addiction.

Although designed for adults, parents can take this test on behalf of their children, for example, gambling, shopping social media, watching streamed or recorded videos on YouTube, and dating apps.

Researchers recently recruited seven people to go without their gadgets for a week. The participants recorded each time they had an impulse to use their phones and how they felt when they couldn't. There were 11 instances of high anxiety and 16 of high frustration when not being allowed to make calls or texts, pictured

Researchers recently recruited seven people to go without their gadgets for a week. The participants recorded each time they had an impulse to use their phones and how they felt when they couldn’t. There were 11 instances of high anxiety and 16 of high frustration when not being allowed to make calls or texts, pictured

HOW TO TREAT WEB ADDICTION

Dr Graham suggests beginning with a controlled withdrawal, which may start with a few days of complete abstinence followed by a controlled reintroduction.

After the initial 72-hour detox, the treatment varies according to the severity of the case and the level of adaption.

Initially, Dr Graham said people will show distress and signs of withdrawal, much like any addict would feel.

‘The challenge starts when we reintroduce technology back into their lives in a controlled manner, as technology is an integral part of our everyday lives it is important that a good relationship habit is established,’ he said.

Establishing a maximum daily time allowance is also a good place to start, as well as strict times of abstinence.

Techniques include leaving a phone off or on silent at meal times, and when with friends and family.

Dr Graham continued that it is especially important for sleep hygiene that iPads and iPhones are not used before bed.

This means keeping them in a different room overnight to stop both parents and children from using technology straight before, during and after sleep…

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Disturbing (But Amazing) Pictures Expose The Absurdities Of Modern Culture *Warning: Graphic Images*

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One of my first thoughts after coming across these illustrations was “how have I never seen this artist’s work before?”, because they are freaking amazing.

Few too many artists today have the courage to tackle important social commentaries with their art. But Spanish artist Luis Quiles has undoubtedly broken this mold with his series of illustrations that depict a relevant and unfortunate reality for our world today.

Through his art, Quiles challenges a wide range of controversial issues ranging from over-the-counter drug addiction, censorship and corruption to sexism, violence, child abuse, and most pertinent of all, our cultural social-media-crazed obsession.

There is something raw and hauntingly telling about the commentaries being expressed through each illustration, perhaps in part due to the apparent truth that exists in the messages. Many of them are difficult to look at, but all of them stand as an accurate representation of the conundrums which plague our world today.

Take your time with this one to enjoy these fantastic pieces of art! And lastly, viewer discretion is advised.

*Edit: Art is open to subjective interpretation, and these are just my interpretations of Quiles’s art. Feel free to share your take on the illustrations in the comment section below!

The force-feeding of cheap food to the docile and lethargic public.

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With the cost of living continuing to rise at a rapid pace, and an economy which, especially in the U.S., is pushing more and more people into the lower socio-economic bracket, many families and students are basically being force-fed fast and cheap food as their only financial option. Proper nutrition keeps us running at our optimal cognitive and energetic capacities, a lack of nutrition keeps a nation lethargic and docile.

The censorship of free-thought and the consequences which follow voicing our opinion.336

In a nation stating itself to be ‘free’, it’s interesting how many laws, regulations and fear programs exist which limit our choices and thoughts. One can get locked away simply for defying their government’s belief systems. I’m curious how long people will continue to let this censorship take place.

Religion’s ‘helping’ hand in poverty.

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It’s no secret that the predominant religious institutions are some of the wealthiest bodies in our world today. Yet even among all of the collections of gold and assets, their high-stakes morals, and their claim to be the world’s path to salvation, the religious institutions have failed to help solve the poverty pandemic worldwide. This is something they surely have the finances to, at the very least, drastically reduce.

Ironically enough, many of the developing nations of people are enveloped in the lure of organized religion, following the teachings ever so diligently without drawing a connection to the fact that these religious institutions have the means to help, but simply are not.

How female sexuality is used to divert the attention of a hormone-driven population of men.

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It’s rampant throughout all forms of media today. The hyper-sexualized image of women, used to stimulate a testosterone-driven population of men. Not only is this prevalent in the media but it is also commonly witnessed in various aspects of modern-day culture.

For example, many restaurants or lounges force girls to wear skirts, heals, even boots, all to appeal to a specific audience. Female pop stars and celebrities are also usually exploited sexually in the mainstream media. Just another example of the dominating male influences at the top of the ladder.

Generation Notification'; the social media crazed population.

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Social media has undoubtedly changed our way of connecting through the world wide web, but whether or not this was for the better is debatable by many. Today we see a high percentage of youth and adults literally addicted to their phones, iPads, or laptops. It’s almost beginning to move towards the physical merging of technology and man, where the line between social media reality and the everyday reality is continuously becoming blurred.

There are now multiple social media platforms available for people to get lost in, many of which are great at wasting our time aimlessly scrolling through a never-ending news feed. How will this relationship with social media continue to grow in the coming years? I’m somewhat nervous to find out…

The innocent casualties of unnecessary war.

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How anyone could continue to harm completely innocent civilians is something I will never understand. Children growing up around the devastation of war are often subject to the by-product of war arms, i.e., radiation and firearm-induced amputation. Whether one supports the ‘war on terror’ or not, one can’t argue the absurdity of killing innocent children in the name of defending one’s own country.

The cut-throat power money holds over the people.

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With the way the system is currently set up, it’s almost as if people are intentionally pit against one another like a giant game of survival of the fittest. Like the famous line states, ‘the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.’ Practically every industry today is fueled by financial gain. People are willing to step on whoever they need to in the name of money.

Most unfortunate of all, we see financial interests literally wiping out the planet, destroying ecosystems and wildlife at an unsustainable pace. How did a made-up value system come to be the eventual downfall of the entire planet? Will mankind wake-up to its own insanity before it’s too late?

How professional athletes are used as products.

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How pharmaceuticals are both turning a population into zombies and killing us at a not-so-slow pace.

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The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics showed:

  • For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
  • 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
  • Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69… 

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http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/12/15/disturbing-but-amazing-pictures-expose-the-absurdities-of-modern-culture-warning-graphic-images/

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You Won’t Believe Michelle Obama’s Definition of Racism

Shopping with Michelle Obama. Click to enlarge

Shopping with Michelle Obama.

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How many times have you been walking through a store when someone has mistakenly thought that you are an employee and asked you for help?

How many times have you made the mistake of confusing another shopper with an employee of the store?

Only the other week I was sorting through some Levi jeans and a woman enquired as to whether a certain size she wanted was in stock. I laughed it off, informing her that I was not a member of staff. She looked a little embarrassed but chuckled and went on her way. No big deal.

According to Michelle Obama, if this happens to a black person it’s RACIST.

In an interview with People Magazine entitled The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences, the First Lady describes how “the impact of stereotypes” effects her own family when the protective bubble of Secret Service security is removed, with particular reference to when she visited a Target store incognito as part of a lame photo-op to try and prove she was just like everyone else.

“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf,” said the First Lady. “Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”

Yes that’s right, Michelle Obama thinks that a woman in Target erroneously thought she was an employee and asked her for help because she was racist and automatically assumed Obama worked there because she was black, and that the request for help had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Obama is a tall woman who is probably good at taking things off shelves.

Indeed, when the First Lady originally told the story during an appearance on the David Letterman Show, it was obvious that the reason the woman in Target asked Obama for help was not because of her skin color but because of her height.

“No one knew that was me. Because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not. And the only thing she said — I reached up, because she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down. She said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good.”

“Clearly, she’s had time since then to think about what really happened: RACISM,” writes Jim Treacher. “Let this be a lesson to you, white racists of America (if that isn’t redundant). When you see Michelle and her assistant at Target, get your damn laundry detergent yourself.”

Characterizing the incident as racist takes on added irony given the fact that the very reason for the visit was part of a PR stunt to portray Obama as an ‘ordinary’ person – you know, one that could very well be a Target employee.

Here’s a newsflash for Michelle Obama and the race baiters who will seize upon even the most nondescript and harmless incident to cry racism – we’ve all been mistaken for “the help” no matter the color of our skin.

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=108581

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Are Paranormal Incidents Really Just in our Heads?

Are Paranormal Incidents Really Just in our Heads?

by Jenny Lewis

Have you ever felt a chill in a warm room or swear you saw a shadow move? You may believe that you’ve witnessed something paranormal but some researchers claim that all paranormal experiences are in our minds.

It is a scientific fact that some people’s experiences of seeing apparitions, hearing strange noises or items being moved without being touched can be explained by the witness suffering brain damage (1) or exhaustion, or abusing drugs or alcohol.

Out of body experiences are now an accepted neurological condition (2) and it has been proven that sufferers of epilepsy may hallucinate and see shadowy apparitions (3).

So of course, some paranormal experiences are in our minds. Just as other experiences can logically be explained by the design of certain old buildings sending echoes of people walking to where there is no one or glare on a camera lens forming a ghostly glow.

What this all proves is that the human brain is incredibly complex.

The Brain’s Perception

During brain surgery, the feeling of a presence nearby can be created by stimulating a certain part of the brain (4). This could explain those ghostly feelings when you think someone might be standing behind you, but when you look you’re alone.

Humans are also social creatures and we feed off one another. If one person is scared, those around him will pick up that fear. If that person is in a known haunted room and fearful, the people accompanying him will usually pick up on this. When we become scared, we notice things we wouldn’t normally, such as that creaky door that opens slightly in the draught, or the way someone’s footsteps echo down a corridor.

Professor Richard Wiseman and Tapani Riekki are two researchers who have individually investigated whether paranormal incidences might all be psychological.

Riekki, the University of Helsinki, worked with both sceptics and believers using a brain scanner to understand what happens to our minds when experiencing something paranormal (5). He discovered that the believers had greater activity in the parts of the brain that respond to understanding others motives. These were the people who were more likely to find hidden faces in images and meaning and intention where there might not consciously be any. These believers, Riekki argued, were more likely to see a shadowy figure where there was no one.

While this study does show that paranormal experiences do not have to be real to be seen, it hardly proves that all paranormal incidences are in our minds. Rather, it suggests that people who believe in the paranormal are more likely to be empathetic than the sceptics.

Edinburgh Experiments

Professor Wiseman, University of Herefordshire, conducted a paranormal investigation in the Edinburgh Castle dungeons and the Edinburgh Vaults using volunteers who recorded what they saw and felt. Surprisingly he found that individual experiences focused in certain areas rather than sporadically, and these areas correlated with the reportedly most haunted places. For example, 51% of the experiences happened in the haunted Vaults, compared to 35% in the non-haunted Vaults (6).

Wiseman, a professed skeptic, explained this phenomenon being due to the environment as well as psychological matters. The majority of experiences happened in the larger, high ceilinged Vaults where the corridor was darker than the vault…

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http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2014/12/paranormal-incidents-really-just-heads/

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Kill the Banker

Aftermath of the Wall Street bombing of 1920. Photo by New York Daily News via Getty Images

By Christopher Ketcham

A little violence can sometimes work to defend against predatory bankers. Consider the farmers of Le Mars, Iowa. The year was 1933, the height of the Great Depression.

A finance bubble on Wall Street had crashed the economy, the gears of industrial production had ground to a halt, and 13 million Americans had lost their jobs. Across the Corn Belt, farmers couldn’t get fair prices for milk and crops, their incomes plummeted, and their mortgages went unpaid. Seeing opportunity, banks foreclosed on their properties in record numbers, leaving the farmers homeless and destitute.

So they organized. Under the leadership of a boozing, fist-fighting Iowa farmer named Milo Reno, who had a gift for oratory, several thousand farmers across the Midwest struck during 1933, refusing to sell their products. “We’ll eat our wheat and ham and eggs” went the popular doggerel of the movement. “Let them”—the bankers—”eat their gold.”

Milo Reno of the Farmers’ Holiday Association speaking at Cooper Union in New York City in 1934. Photo by Bettmann/Corbis

They called it a farmers’ holiday and named their group the Farmers’ Holiday Association. In speeches across the Midwest, Reno inveighed against “the destructive program of the usurers”—by which he meant, of course, the ruinous policies of Wall Street and the banking industry. Farmers, he said, had been “robbed by a legalized system of racketeering.” He said that the “forces of special privilege” were undermining “the very foundations of justice and freedom upon which this country was founded.” He compared the farmers’ fight to that of the Founders, who had taken up arms. He warned that the farmers might have to “join hands with those who favor the overthrow of government,” a government that he considered a servant of corporations. “You have the power to take the great corporations,” he said, and “shake them into submission.” One of his deputies in Iowa, John Chalmers, ordered FHA men to use “every weapon at their command.” “When I said weapons,” Chalmers added, “I meant weapons.”

In Le Mars, the weapon of choice was the hanging rope. On April 27, 1933, in a series of incidents that would become national news, hundreds of farmers descended on a farm that was being foreclosed under the eye of the local sheriff and his deputies. They smacked the lawmen aside, stopped the foreclosure, and dragged the sheriff to a ball field in town, where they brandished their noose. Instead of hanging the sheriff, however, they went for a bigger prize: the county judge, Charles C. Bradley, who was presiding over the foreclosures.

Bradley was seized at his bench, dragged from the courtroom, driven into the countryside, dumped on a dusty road, stripped naked, “beaten, mauled, smeared with grease and jerked from the ground by a noose as [the] vengeful farmers shouted their protests against his foreclosure activities,” reported the Pittsburgh Press. According to one account, the mob “pried his clenched teeth open with a screwdriver and poured alcohol down his throat.” An oily hubcap was placed on his head, the oil running down his face as the farmers smashed Iowa dirt into his mouth. “That’s his crown,” they said.

The judge was hauled into the air on the hanging rope, until he fell unconscious, and was then hauled up again. When he revived, the farmers told him to pray. “Only a prayer for Divine guidance which Judge Bradley uttered as he knelt in the dust of a country road sobered the mob,” reported the Pittsburgh Press, decrying the event as a harbinger of “open revolution.”

The farmers, knowing they were about to involve themselves in murder, spared Bradley. He was bloodied, covered in filth, humiliated, and this was enough.

The threat of continued unrest fomented by Reno and the FHA had its intended effect: State legislatures across the Midwest enacted moratoriums on farm foreclosures. By 1934, the country was seething with revolt. Industrial laborers in Toledo, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota; dockworkers across the West Coast; and textile workers from Maine to the Deep South mounted strikes and protests demanding fair pay, worker protections, and union representation. They encountered brute force at the hands of local authorities and thugs in the pay of business interests. The strikers in Toledo and Minneapolis responded not by peaceably dispersing but by fighting back with clubs and rocks. According to the newspapers, a savage battle unfolded between autoworkers and the militia of the Ohio National Guard in Toledo, with the tear-gassed strikers unleashing their own gas barrage against the authorities, “matching shell for shell with the militiamen.” Truck drivers fought in bloody hand-to-hand combat against the enforcers of the pro-business Citizens’ Alliance in the streets of Minneapolis. A prominent corporate leader in the city was said to have announced, “This, this—is revolution!”

Indeed, it was in part the specter of violent revolution during the 1930s that spurred Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress to legislate the historic reform of capitalism called the New Deal. The government protected labor from the cruel abuses of big business, legalized unions, established the social security system, and put the usurers on Wall Street under the thumb of the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal watchdogs, locking them in the regulatory cage where they belonged. The people had spoken and forced the government to listen…

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Washington Seeks an Excuse to Wage a Nuclear War on Russia? “We’re Close to the Precipice. Will the Public Remain Silent?”

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by Eric Zuesse

The world is more nervous about the drift toward nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia than at any time since 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. When French President Francois Hollande urgently side-tracked his return-flight from a diplomatic mission recently, in order to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, at a private room that had been scoured ahead of time to eliminate any possible bugging devices, there was speculation as to what had caused Hollande’s sudden detour, and there were even rumors of a possible cause being an American “false-flag” event in the works to be blamed on Russia as a pretext for going to war against Russia, just as Russia had been falsely blamed for the Ukrainian military’s downing of Malaysia’s airliner MH17 onJuly 17th. All that was publicly released about the two-hour meeting were platitudes, hardly anything that would have justified side-tracking Hollande’s flight so as to surprise intelligence agencies and be able to meet the Russian leader in an untapped room.

The level of fear is certainly rising on both sides. On the U.S. side, the CBS News Poll in summer 2007 found 6% of Americans calling Russia an “enemy”; seven years later, that same figure was 22%. However, what is not rumor nor fear, but proven fact, by Obama’s own actions as will be documented here, is that he wants a war against Russia and is trying hard to get Europe (including Hollande) onboard with this goal in order to win it; and that America’s Republican Party want this at least as much as he does, though the American public do not.

The Democratic Party (in the House and Senate) are staying as quiet as possible about a ‘Democratic’ President pushing them toward World War III, which is a goal that Republicans have always been far more eager for than Democrats. (Republicans are famous for “Speak softly but carry a big stick,” and for swinging it as hard as they can, especially against Russians.) In fact, one of the reasons why Obama won the Presidency is that he criticized his 2012 Republican opponent Mitt Romney for saying of Russia, “This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

That dissent by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama appealed to the U.S. public at the time, but not to America’s aristocracy, who are a mix of people some of whom hate Russians and others of whom don’t care about Russians, but none of whom are passionate opponents of nuclear war (a diverse group that they lump contemptuously with “peaceniks”).

For example, one major mouthpiece of Democratic Party aristocrats has always been The New Republic, and on 17 September 2014 they headlined “Obama Can’t Admit That Romney Was Right: Russia Is Our ‘Top Geopolitical Threat’.” Another one is the National Journal, the aristocracy’s version of its companion propaganda-operation (owned by the same aristocrat as) The Atlantic. On 7 May 2014 (just five days after Obama’s people had massacred pro-Russians in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa and thereby started the extermination-campaign against them, or “civil war” that’s still raging), the National Journal headlined “Mitt Romney Was Right: Russia Is Our Biggest Geopolitical Foe.

Conservative ‘Democrats’ are just Republicans spelled with a “D”; but, when it’s an aristocrat, they know how to spell, and are just trying to deceive the ones who don’t. This is why ‘liberal’ magazines are prized possessions of the aristocracy — to deceive the ones who don’t know the difference and who think that it’s fine in a democracy for politics to be merely a choice between two conservative parties, one of which is called by a meaningless adjective ‘liberal.’

The people who fund both political Parties are virtually united in that fascist belief: they don’t even mind backing racist facists or “nazis”; many of them are precisely that themselves…

- See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/washington-seeks-an-excuse-to-wage-a-nuclear-war-on-russia-were-close-to-the-precipice-will-the-public-remain-silent_122014#sthash.CzcgdtxS.dpuf

 

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US soldiers raped Iraqi boys in front of their mothers

Abu Ghraib torture child rape

According to a number of global mainstream media sources, the Pentagon is covering up a disturbing video that was never made public with the rest of the recent torture report.

According to various well respected journalists, including Seymour Hersh, the appalling video was recorded at Abu Ghraib, the notorious US torture dungeon in Iraq that made headlines roughly a decade ago, when the inhumane tactics being used at the prison were exposed.

Sadly, it seems that the evidence released years ago was only scratching the surface.

While the video has remained under wraps thus far, Hersh says it is only a matter of time before it comes out.

Giving a speech at the ACLU last week after the senate torture report was initially released, Hersh gave some insight into what was on the Pentagon’s secret tape.

In the most revealing portion of his speech he said that:

“Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”

“It’s impossible to say to yourself how did we get there? Who are we? Who are these people that sent us there? When I did My Lai I was very troubled like anybody in his right mind would be about what happened. I ended up in something I wrote saying in the end I said that the people who did the killing were as much victims as the people they killed because of the scars they had, I can tell you some of the personal stories by some of the people who were in these units witnessed this. I can also tell you written complaints were made to the highest officers and so we’re dealing with a enormous massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there and higher, and we have to get to it and we will. We will. You know there’s enough out there, they can’t (Applause). …. So it’s going to be an interesting election year.”

Put into context with another speech that Hersh gave earlier this year, it becomes clear that the women who witnessed these young boys being raped were actually their mothers.

At a speech in Chicago this past June Hersh was quoted as saying:

“You haven’t begun to see evil… horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.”

Other stories at the London Guardian also talked of young Iraqi detainees getting violently raped by US soldiers.

Ten years ago when the initial Abu Ghraib scandal was in the news, the Guardian published the testimony of an Abu Ghraib detainee who allegedly witnessed one of these brutal attacks.

Former detainee Kasim Hilas said in their testimony that:

“I saw [name blacked out] fucking a kid, his age would be about 15-18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [blacked out], who was wearing the military uniform putting his dick in the little kid’s ass, I couldn’t see the face of the kid because his face wasn’t in front of the door. And the female soldier was taking pictures.”

Now, over a decade later the evidence of these events are beginning to surface, but the Department of Defense is still doing their best to keep it under the radar. That is why now more than ever, it is important to keep the pressure on and force the release of this evidence, while the torture report is fresh in the minds of the general population…

Photos from Abu Ghraib (GRAPHIC):…

Abu Ghraib torture

more…

http://www.hangthebankers.com/us-soldiers-raped-iraqi-boys-in-front-of-their-mothers/

 

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How to Build a Human

Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist – they’re animated GIFs.

Lutz’s addition of movement makes these images more engaging, and we get a better sense of how things actually work. In her newest design titled How to Build a Human, she demonstrates how a baby is formed via a spiraling chart that travels from conception to birth. We’re able follow along and see just how these changes develop over the course of 40 weeks. It’s a fantastic aspect that you’d lose with a static image.

Considering how detailed these animations are, it’s no surprise that they require a lot of work. Lutz writes that How to Build a Human was her most complicated piece to date, and it was made using 44 animations that are nine frames each. That’s 396 sketches total!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/eleanor-lutz-animated-infographics

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