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Header essay gettyimages 455214768Matt Clark of the Milwaukee Brewers receives high-fives after his home run, September 10. 2014. Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty

Why, in the entire history of human life, did awesomeness become the great virtue of our age (and suckiness its vice)?

by Nick Riggle

(Nick Riggle is a writer and philosopher. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and he is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.)

During halftime at a Celtics basketball game in 2009, the Bon Jovi song Living on a Prayer came blasting through the loudspeakers. As people relaxed in their seats, chatting, eating and drinking, the stadium’s ‘Fan Cam’ zeroed in on the audience, projecting their images onto the jumbo screen for everyone to see. Most of them did what fans normally do – they nudged their friends, smiled, waved, covered their faces, pointed to the giant images of themselves lording over the arena. But then the camera settled on Jeremy Fry, a skinny young man sitting next to his mother.

Fry could have just smiled at the camera, nudged his mother and laughed, waved to friends who might be watching at home. Or he could have done nothing at all. But instead he saw this as a special kind of opportunity. He bounced out of his seat and immediately assumed the role of Bon Jovi in a music video – lip-syncing, dancing and air-guitaring to the song. He roamed through an encouraging crowd. His antics said, in effect: ‘Let’s all pretend we’re in a Bon Jovi music video!’ Soon the audience was joining in, cheering him on, enacting various music-video roles.

It is hard to describe the experience of watching Fry. It is enthralling, spirit-lifting, inspiring. He’s just awesome. That word is used to describe him in YouTube comments dozens upon dozens of times: ‘This guy is awesome’; ‘This guy is nothing but awesome’; ‘There are no words to describe how awesome this guy is, salute from Finland.’ Some comments even suggest that Fry exhibits ‘pure’ or ‘unadulterated’ awesomeness. We look upon Fry with the kind of enthusiastic joy that might make us bounce out of our seat and emulate him. At least one commenter saw the makings of a society-structuring ideal: ‘This man should lead us.’

Fry had nearly his entire section of the stadium smiling, singing and dancing along, but there was one very notable exception. A few fans were predictably indifferent to Fry’s animated proposal – they were there for the game, after all. One fan, however, roundly disapproved. Rather than ignore Fry, a man in a pale blue T-shirt pushed him away. He even mimicked kicking him.

As many YouTube commenters observe, this man totally sucks.

Even if you don’t use the word ‘sucks’ yourself, you probably hear it a lot. Suckiness, for better or worse, is on our minds, and it’s not a word reserved for the youthful. In 2015, for example, Robert H Lustig, professor of clinical paediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, displayed full mastery of the term and even emphasised its special ability to articulate his thought: ‘Now, I will tell you that America doesn’t trust its politicians. And we have a good reason for that: they suck. If you don’t quote me, I will be upset. The reason they suck is because, number one, they’re interested in power, not doing the right thing, and, number two, they take money.’…





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Does Language Influence How You See The World?

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by April McCarthy, Prevent DiseaseWaking Times

The language you are introduced to affects the structure of your brain, influences how you see the world and who you are. But what if you speak two languages?

Can learning a language rewire your brain?

As our species evolved parts of our brain expanded, resulting in more computing power for language. It’s what makes us hard-wired for communication. What is perhaps more surprising is how language can shape our brains throughout our lives.

Most of the evidence for this comes from studies of people who are bilingual. Being bilingual offers widespread benefits across a range of complex cognitive tasks and it comes from distinct areas of the brain.

Brain scan studies show that switching between two languages triggers different patterns of brain activity compared with speaking in one language, particularly in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain, at the very front of our skulls, is involved in organising and acting on information, including using working memory, reasoning and planning. Other studies show that bilinguals are faster at getting to grips with a new language.

Quadrilinguist Arturo Hernandez, director of the Laboratory for the Neural Bases of Bilingualism at the University of Houston in Texas, says these differences could reflect differences in the architecture of bilingual brains. In other words, learning another language could change how your brain is wired. “It would make sense, if you have had this very different linguistic experience, to see some sort of stable, long-lasting effect,” Hernandez says.

It may also make the brain more resilient. Ellen Bialystok at York University in Toronto, Canada, has found that lifelong bilinguals tend to be diagnosed with dementia on average 4.5 years later than monolinguals, and have more white matter, including in their prefrontal cortex. White matter is made of nerve fibres that connect different brain regions, shuttling information back and forth between them. So boosting language skills appears to build more connected brains — although Bialystok cautions that this still needs to be confirmed.

More evidence for the benefits of second languages came last year from a study of 608 people who had had a stroke. Thomas Bak of the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that of the bilinguals among them, 40 per cent recovered full function, compared with only 20 per cent of monolinguals. Bak speculates that the mental gymnastics involved in speaking several languages could build extra connections that improve function and help cope with damage. “The idea is that if you have a lot of mental exercise, your brain is trained and can compensate better,” says Bak.

It is not certain how languages of different and similar linguistic structures are represented. Many studies have found evidence that all the languages that we acquire in the course of our life are represented in one area of the brain. However, other studies have found evidence that a second language is dissociated from the representation of a mother tongue.

Can language influence how you see the world?

Time flows from back to front for English-speakers: we “cast our minds back” to the 1990s, and “hope for good times ahead”. It’s an example of a cultural concept encoded in language, but can language in turn influence how we think?

Maria Sera is a native Spanish-speaker who grew up believing all squirrels were female. The Spanish word for squirrel, ardilla, is feminine. As a linguist at the University of Minnesota, she has found some substance for her childhood belief. Studies of French and Spanish speakers, whose languages attribute genders to objects, suggest they associate those objects with masculine or feminine properties.

The idea that the language you speak could influence how you think dates back to 1940, when linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf proposed that people whose languages lack words for a concept would not understand it. It was relegated to fringe science until the early 2000s, when a few people began probing a related but more nuanced idea: that language can influence perception.

Greek, for instance, has two words for blue — ghalazio for light blue and ble for a darker shade. A study found that Greek speakers could discriminate shades of blue faster and better than native English speakers.

“Greeks have two words for blue and are faster at telling shades of blue apart”

Language even seems to affect our sense of space and time. Some peoples, like the Guugu Yimithirr in Australia, don’t have words for relative space, like left and right, but do have terms for north, south, east and west. Studies have shown that they tend to be unusually skilled at keeping track of where they are in unfamiliar places. There is also some evidence that the direction in which your first language is written can influence your sense of time, with speakers of Mandarin more likely to think of time running from top to bottom than English speakers. And the language you speak may affect how you perceive others (see “Does your language shape your personality?”, right).

More generally, language helps us understand the world by allowing us to categorise things. Children are better at grouping objects if they have already learned the names of the categories they belong to. Conversely, after a stroke, people who have lost language skills can have trouble grouping objects. “It’s not that language just affects some high-level reasoning part of the brain,” says Gary Lupyan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s changing our basic perceptual representations.”

Does your language shape your personality?

“To have another language is to possess a second soul,” Charlemagne is rumoured to have said. He may have been on to something. In the 1960s, sociolinguist Susan Ervin-Tripp of the University of California at Berkeley asked English-Japanese bilinguals to describe what was going on in ambiguous pictures. One person, for example, told a different tale depending on their storytelling language. A picture of a woman leaning against a couch elicited a story in Japanese about a woman contemplating suicide after the loss of her fiancé. The same person, asked to respond at a separate session in English, said the woman was completing a sewing project for a class. “In general, there was more emotion in the Japanese stories,” Ervin-Tripp wrote in a description of the experiment. “The switch in language draws with it the cultural baggage associated with that language.”…





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A Take on the Illuminated Map of Synchronicity


By: Epi Arias

Synchronicities are signposts to Reality, to the multidimensionality of being. They are artifacts of the acausal, indicators that we are closer to seeing what is actually there or here or There. To the extent to which one is self-actualized, fused, or illuminated, synchronicities become more and more commonplace. They become the language of one’s trajectory, the pure and consistent manifestation of intuition cued to one’s variegated circumstance. Synchronicities are signposts signaling the way towards a higher mental intercourse with one’s deepest Genius. Those so-called “avatars” and enlightened men of yesterday, found that all acts, objects, and environments were synchronous by default as if crossing the supraconscious threshold inverted one’s default footing in the illusions of causality into the expansive “parameters” of non-linearity. 

The “perfect” man of vision and illumination is part of this synchronous fabric. In fact, he is the synchronous fabric- he becomes it when Recognition dawns. When he remembers -through insight, through the flashing pain of satori, through his spiritual paroxysm- what he has always been. The greatest of these men fit in a perfect nook between time and space. They existed within the cracks of all mentation and linear attempts at classification. When “transmitting” his understanding to Kasyapa, the Buddha held up a flower and smiled. Being the only one to “get” this, Kasyapa then became the “heir” to the Buddha’s vision, or so the story goes.

This is an old parable, one that is often either incomplete or misunderstood. The reason this parable matters is because when we hear this story, when we read it, the Buddha smiles directly at us, through the pages of history. Can we see why? It’s like when someone is about to take a picture of you and you look deep into the lens imagining the people who will eventually look at this moment in time. You look directly into their eyes, almost. For that split second, you can imagine everyone. Time disappears and you see all of them. On that hill, flower in hand, the Buddha recognized that he wasn’t bound by history, by time, by circumstances. He saw you seeing him and he smiled about it. His vision saw all things this way, in terms of layers and possibility without the complexity we project onto such a sight. 

Synchronicity is what happens when you follow pure thought and engage with its geography. One’s destiny, or life path, is not simply a mental designation. It is a physical mapping overlayed by a supersensible film that traverses our synapses sometimes dimly, sometimes brightly, but always- until we pull our mind energy to go back In…or to rocket Out into the Incontrovertible.




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The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy


The position of the body is the same. The figure is prone on the beach, near the water’s edge. The head is face down in the sand, and the face is just visible. One arm is close to the body, palm upward. The knees are bent, the feet together.

This is not Alan Kurdi (initially misreported as Aylan), the three-year-old Syrian child whose body washed up on shore in Turkey. It is the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who staged a photographic reenactment for the newspaper India Today. He is not dressed in toddler clothing, nor has he shaved his beard to make himself appear younger. He is not after verisimilitude. He is paying homage.

At one level, the artist is simply expressing solidarity with the refugees that are pouring out of the warzones of the Middle East.

Last month, Ai set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, which has been an entryway into Europe for many of the refugees. He has shared photos of life in the refugee camps with his many social media followers. He withdrew his art from two museums in Denmark after the Danish parliament passed a law allowing the government to seize property from asylum-seekers. He is planning a memorial to the refugees who have perished during the crossing. It’s made out of 14,000 of the poorly made lifejackets that surviving migrants discarded on arriving in Lesbos.

At another level, Ai Weiwei is making a bold statement about iconic representations.

The initial photo of Alan Kurdi shocked many people into recognizing the enormous cruelty of the refugee exodus. But after the photo was reproduced so often, it could not help but lose its initial capacity to arouse outrage. Can Ai Weiwei use his own iconic status to somehow refocus international attention on the continuing plight of the migrants?

Some of that attention has necessarily turned toward the artist himself, and not in a positive way.

“In his bizarre beach-lying ego trip, Ai also demonstrates what can happen when artists blunder too unthinkingly into big political issues,” writes Tim Teeman in The Daily Beast. “Instead of highlighting their cause, in their effort to shock, they can undermine it. Indeed, this is the biggest problem with Ai’s beach picture: it is all about him, and not about refugees, or the refugee crisis. It’s a pretty picture, whereas the picture of poor Aylan Kurdi — and all it stood for — was anything but.”

Teeman has reduced art, at least in this case, to little more than ego plus aestheticism. Ai Weiwei, he is arguing, is fundamentally irresponsible — for not thinking more and inserting himself less. It’s a strange criticism coming from Teeman. As a journalist who doesn’t generally cover politics — he writes mostly about popular culture — he is doing precisely what he faults Ai Weiwei for doing: foregrounding his own opinion (as opposed to sticking to the facts like a journalist) and wading into “big political issues” without thinking very deeply about them. Moreover, just like the Chinese artist, Teeman is aiming to provoke…





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The government is already spying on us through spying on us through our computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights, at airports and on the street, via mobile scanners and drones, through our credit cards and smart meters(update), television, doll, and in many other ways.

Spying in the U.S. is worse than under Nazi Germany, the Stasi, J. Edgar Hoover … or Orwell’s 1984.

Yesterday, U.S. Intelligence Boss James Clapper said that the government will spy on Americans through the internet of things (“IoT”):

In the future, intelligence services might use the [IoT] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.

Yves Smith has the definitive comment on Clapper’s statement:

Oh, come on. The whole point of the IoT is spying. The officialdom is just trying to persuade you that it really is a big consumer benefit to be able to tell your oven to start heating up before you get home.

Personally, I’m a tech geek, and love the latest gadgets and toys.  But I don’t want my dishwasher or refrigerator sending messages to me … let alone the intelligence agencies.  Despite all of the hype about IoT, I don’t know anyonewho does.

We’ve previously noted that the CIA wants to spy on you through your dishwasher and other “smart” appliances. As Slate notes:

Watch out: the CIA may soon be spying on you—through your beloved, intelligent household appliances, according to Wired.

In early March, at a meeting for the CIA’s venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, CIA Director David Petraeus reportedly noted that “smart appliances” connected to the Internet could someday be used by the CIA to track individuals. If your grocery-list-generating refrigerator knows when you’re home, the CIA could, too, by using geo-location data from your wired appliances, according to SmartPlanet.

“The current ‘Internet of PCs’ will move, of course, toward an ‘Internet of Things’—of devices of all types—50 to 100 billion of which will be connected to the Internet by 2020,” Petraeus said in his speech. He continued:

Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlledthrough technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters—all connected to the next-generation Internet using abundant, low cost, and high-power computing—the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.

And see these comments by John Whitehead and Michael Snyder.

The Guardian notes:

Just a few weeks ago, a security researcher found that Google’s Nest thermostats were leaking users’ zipcodes over the internet. There’s even an entire search engine for the internet of things called Shodan that allows users to easily search for unsecured webcams that are broadcasting from inside people’s houses without their knowledge.

While people voluntarily use all these devices, the chances are close to zero that they fully understand that a lot of their data is being sent back to various companies to be stored on servers that can either be accessed by governments or hackers…





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Political Correctness = Language and Thought Control

Political Correctness

by Makia Freeman, Contributor, Waking Times

Political correctness is a Rothschild invention of language control. Like Orwellian Newspeak in 1984, its ultimate aim is to reduce the scope of free thought.

Political correctness is language control. And language control is thought control. Period. The rise of modern political correctness (PC) is a great example of the cunning way in which social engineers such as the New World Order manipulators operate. Political correctness is soft censorship. It is intolerance disguised as tolerance. As George Carlin said, it is fascism pretending to be manners. It is running amok not just in Universities but now almost everywhere in society. Just as Orwell laid out so precisely in 1984, political correctness is the Newspeakwhich is threatening to limit our ability to freely speak and think, by reducing the number of available words in our vocabulary.

Political Correctness: Based on the Non-Existent “Right” to Not Be Offended

Truth is stranger than fiction. When you look at the twisted contortions the PC crowd is insisting people go through to rid their language of anything “offensive”, it has entered the theater of the absurd. Political correctness dictates what you can and can’t say, based on how “offensive” a word is. Right off the bat there are several problems with this. Firstly, who are the commissars, officials or authorities who are granting themselves massive power by getting to decide what ranks as “offensive”? Secondly, since when did “feeling offended” or “having your feelings hurt” become such an important issue that it legally justifies restricting everyone’s freedom? Last time I checked, freedom of speech was a genuine and legitimate human right (enshrined in the legal documents of many countries), whereas the “right to not feel offended” is imaginary and non-existent.

Thirdly – and most importantly – just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is “feeling offended” in the realm of the beholder. Words are words; each person is in charge of their own emotions; choose to ignore, respond or react to words how you want, but don’t blame someone else for your emotional state. You are in control of your own state of consciousness. To blame someone else because you feel angry, offended or upset shows an abandonment of responsibility and an utter lack of emotional and spiritual maturity. Since when did we humans become such crybabies that we couldn’t stand hearing or being called a word, a name, a label or a phrase? Grow up, please!

Political Correctness – Another Rothschild-Rockefeller Concoction

As always, there’s more to the story here. Political correctness has roots in marxism and communism. Wikipedia notes that “In the early-to-mid 20th century, the phrase ‘politically correct’ was associated with the dogmatic application of Stalinist doctrine, debated between Communist Party members and Socialists.” However, it goes back further to the Frankfurt School (Institute for Social Research) in Germany, which was set up in 1923. The Frankfurt school was a think tank for social engineering, aiming to spread collectivism (or its offshoots of socialism, marxism and communism) around the world. As this article from the Schiller Institute states:

“The task of the Frankfurt School, then, was first, to undermine the Judeo-Christian legacy through an ‘abolition of culture’ (Aufhebung der Kultur in Lukacs’ German); and, second, to determine new cultural forms which would increase the alienation of the population, thus creating a ‘new barbarism’.”

It goes on to point out those funding the Frankfurt School:

“although the Institute for Social Research started with Comintern [Communism International] support, over the next three decades its sources of funds included various German and American universities, the Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia Broadcasting System, the American Jewish Committee, several American intelligence services, the Office of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, the International Labour Organization, and the Hacker Institute, a posh psychiatric clinic in Beverly Hills.”

So we have reference to the Rockefellers funding the Frankfurt School, and it is well known that theRothschilds funded the rise of Marxism:

“Nathan Rothschild had given Marx two checks for several thousand pounds to finance the cause of Socialism. The checks were put on display in the British Museum, after Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, a trustee, had willed his museum and library to them.”

Both of these key New World Order families are thus implicated in marxism, the Frankfurt School and political correctness. Interestingly, many researches have pointed out that political correctness is part of a broader movement ofcultural marxism, which is the subversion of a country’s culture with collectivist ideology, as opposed to the more direct political version.

Yuri Bezmenov, a former Soviet KGB agent, said that “ideological subversion” would change the perception of reality of every American. He outlined how there was a slow brainwashing process taking place to change the individualistic culture of the West, consisting of:

1. Demoralization (covert, 15-50 years) (basically completed);

2. Destabilization (overt, 2-5 years);

3. Crisis (6 weeks);

4. Violent Change and Normalization (can take years, goes on forever).

All this was with the aim of making the West collectivist. The question is: how much has it worked?

Some Examples of the Utter Absurdity of Political Correctness

Whatever good intentions political correctness may have had in trying to stop homophobia, racism, sexism and discrimination of any kind, it is long passed the threshold of absurdity. Consider thefollowing examples of what the PC crowd is trying to make people say with their “bias-free language“:

seniors, elders, elderly => “people of advanced age”

overweight, obese => “people of size”

rich => “people of material wealth”

American => US citizen

This last one is especially interesting, given that the US Government is a corporation which lays claim to the entire United States of America, whereas American denotes a natural-born individual of the Republic. The PC police also want to eliminate the following words:

male, female, father, mother, too, hard worker, third world, crazy, insane, retarded, gay, tyranny, gypped, illegal alien, fag, ghetto, raghead

and phrases such as “I want to die” and “that test raped me”.

Donald Trump recently got heckled for using the term “anchor baby” by a PC journalist, who wanted him to say “the American born child of an undocumented immigrant”. What a mouthful. Funnily, enough that PC journalist was breaking his own inane rules, since now we’re been told that “American” is disallowed. Remember the “ban bossy” campaign? Grown adults indulging in utter stupidity. More political correctness and language control. How can you ban a word anyway?…





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Here Is Why IQ Is a Myth

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We’ve all been led to believe our intelligence can be tested by one single figure: our IQ.


However, this isn’t necessarily true as there are many different types of intelligence and our actual smarts can’t be represented by one number – but three. In a recent study carried out on thousands of participants, 12 different cognitive tests were used to test people’s reasoning, attention, lifestyles, planning and backgrounds.

But why can’t one IQ figure explain our intelligence? Well, there have been many arguments against this form of intelligence testing, one of the biggest being that IQ tests don’t take culture into account, whereas this new study which had participants from a wide range of cultures counteracts those arguments.

The three components that were found to explain intelligence are short-term memory, reasoning and verbal ability. Using brain scans, the psychologists carrying out the study found that each component can be clearly mapped out on certain areas of the brain, which is an interesting finding as previously intelligence wasn’t an identifiable area that could be easily measured by brain scans.

There were also some surprising findings about what doesn’t affect intelligence, such as regular brain training. It didn’t help cognitive function whatsoever, and unsurprisingly, age had a negative impact on both memory and reasoning ability. People who spend a great deal of time playing video games scored very highly on reasoning and short-term memory, whereas those participants who suffered from anxiety performed poorly on the short-term memory tests.

Study’s lead author Dr. Adam Hampshire said:

“Smokers performed poorly on the short-term memory and the verbal factors while people who frequently suffer from anxiety performed badly on the short-term memory factor in particular.”

However, as far as IQ and intelligence testing can be an indicator of certain aspects of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, it doesn’t define them as a person. People are multi-faceted and whilst numbers can give an insight into the areas we are better at, there are many other ways of demonstrating intelligence and the studies into this field can only expand.

Read more at: http://www.learning-mind.com/iq-is-a-myth/



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Artist Illustrates How Natural Disasters and Technology Will Change the Future Look of the World


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Russian designer and digital illustrator Evgeny Kazantsev creates mind-blowing images depicting the future look of the world in a surprisingly realistic way.

Kazantsev, who was born in 1978, currently lives in Anapa, Russia. After having worked as an industrial designer, illustrator and photographer, he began transforming his great talent into colorful artworks by creating unique digital illustrations. His astonishing series ‘Past in the Future’ and ‘Cataclysm Happens’, which are popular worldwide, present a surreal look of the future world.

In his series ‘Cataclysm Happens,’ Evgeny Kazantsev depicts the world in ruins after natural disasters, global warming and earthquakes.

His cataclysmic images represent the way the planet changes through the years and reveal a surreal world of heat waves, ice storms and droughts caused by catastrophic climate change.

This brilliant artist foresees climate change and its consequences and creates inspirational colorful artworks. Scenes of empty gondolas in ruined Venice, waterless canals, a glacier in front of sandy shores, and moistureless mountainsides are some of his numerous themes.

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future look of the world

future look of the world

future look of the world

future look of the world

What’s more, Evgeny Kazantsev has created another series called ‘Past in the Future’. In this project, the artist shows how future could become as a result of advanced technology. Kazantsev has managed to create astonishing images of technological advancements in real world locations, where life focuses on innovation, and technology becomes a precious tool in the hands of humans, allowing them to live a better life.

future look of the world

future look of the world

Evgeny Kazantsev realizes the way technology and architectural construction methods have influenced everyday life. The futuristic world is depicted as an exciting place where humanity is appreciated. Moreover, outer space and the possibility of inhabiting in it, as well as underwater cities, introduce a new world of experiences to the viewers. People travel in space by aircraft, and watercraft transport is common in the urban atmosphere of future cityscapes. The artist unfolds his unique talent and creates stunning images focusing on details.

future look of the world

future look of the world

Kazantsev envisages natural and urban landscapes in a futuristic atmosphere, yet, he manages to represent a warm and colorful world. In this series, currently popular devices such as drones, are some of the main objects. His idea was based on depicting the integration of advanced technology in the coming years as one of the greatest tools that add value to human life itself.

This gifted artist, who is so much ahead of his time, takes a surreal look on future ages, helping us imagine us how life can truly become and how the future look of the world can change.

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You can enjoy more of Evgeny Kazantsev artwork here: https://www.behance.net/ekatin

Image credit: Evgeny Kazantsev





Read more at: http://www.learning-mind.com/future-look-of-the-world/



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‘Better ways for rite of passage’: UN chief calls for end to female genital mutilation

Over 200 million girls and women had become victims of female genital mutilation globally, UNICEF has said. The staggering figure has prompted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to suggest a change in practices for the countries where the ritual marks adulthood.

Speaking on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York at a meeting to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), the UN chief said the practice should be replaced.

READ MORE: 1 female genital mutilation case reported every 96 minutes in England

“Better ways to mark the rite of passage into womanhood” should be found, Ban Ki-moon said, as quoted by Reuters. As an example, the UN chief mentioned physically non-harmful customs in Kenya and Tanzania, where young girls spend a week away from their families, learning life skills, instead of suffering the brutal procedure.

“Cutting me was telling me that I’m not good enough,” Malian survivor Inna Modja emotionally told the meeting, adding that she felt like she “would never become a woman because I had something missing.”

Despite the FGM practice being widely condemned as a serious human rights abuse, new data from the UN’s children’s UNICEF agency suggests that more than 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have been subjected to the ritual.

The newly released global figure is nearly 70 million more than the agency estimated in 2014. Half of girls and women who have been cut live in three countries – Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, UNICEF said, adding that the increase in the number is largely due to the previously unavailable data from the Asian country. The highest rate of FGM is in Somalia, according to the UN, where 98 percent of the female population aged between 15 and 49 have suffered the practice.

The UN has been seeking ways to end the ancient ritual that usually involves partial or total removal of female external genitalia. Last year, a set of anti-FGM development goals were adopted by UN member states, aiming to eliminate the practice by 2030.




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Satanic Ritual Abuse: It’s real, but it can be healed


By Makia Freeman

Satanic ritual abuse (SRA) is a stark reality for some children who are born into Illuminati bloodline families, or military families, or families with connections to mind control, or families with connections to the New World Order manipulators running the world today.

Satanic ritual abuse seems to run in families, with each generation passing it along to the next. Psychologists have known for a long time that every perpetrator is also a victim; what makes someone into a purveyor of aggression or violence is normally a deep wounding or trauma they experienced in the past. Satanic ritual abuse is also carried out against children who are kidnapped, then molded into slaves through the trauma of the abuse. As sad and horrific as this subject is, it is central to an understanding of the worldwide conspiracy and the New World Order. What binds these criminal NWO manipulators together the most is not race, religion or family ties, but an adherence to Satanism, a willingness to invoke dark forces in ritual and an allowance to let those dark forces control their thoughts and actions – which results in all the pedophilia, war, manipulation and deception we see around us.

The Late Former FBI Chief Ted Gunderson Exposed Much Satanic Ritual Abuse

Ted Gunderson, who died in 2011, had a 27-year FBI career and claims he was in charge of 14 million people at one point. He began to investigate Satanic ritual abuse after he stumbled upon it in various cases. With decades of thorough investigation, Gunderson concluded that the world was ruled by a Satanic cult forming a powerful network and operating an international child trafficking and pedophilia ring. This included selling children into slavery and flying them to Washington DC to be used in sex orgies by politicians. With upwards of 100,000 kids missing every year in the US, Gunderson stated that the FBI was fully complicit in the coverup. On many occasions Gunderson stressed that this cult was composed of people of many professions – judges, athletes, law enforcement, celebrities, politicians, lawyers and more.

In many presentations such as this one, Gunderson presents proof of Satanic ritual abuse, including animal bones and satanic symbols in the dirt, and human sacrifice. The truth is that Satanists get a dark “high” from drinking the blood of their tortured victims, which contains emotional neurochemicals released into the blood at the time of their death. Former Satanic insiders such as Zachary King have also stated that these black magicians love raping young children because they can “steal their energy” during ritual sex. Some former mind control victims like Cathy O’Brien have even bravely stepped forward to publicly show the unspeakable horror of what they went through (vaginal mutilation at the hands of Satanist, psychological warfare specialist and NSA agent Michael Aquino). This is a ghastly topic, but if we want to stop it, we need to accept the reality that it operates all over the US and the world as an organized conspiracy.

The Story of Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor Kathy Collins

(Ad) Dark Days Ahead If We Don’t Address These Issues — Find Out WhyThere are many Satanic ritual abuse and mind control survivors who have come forward to tell their story, such as Brice Taylor, Cisco Wheeler, Arizona Wilder, Svali and Cathy O’Brien, to name just a few. However, the purpose of this article is to show that, although Satanic ritual abuse is a very real phenomenon, it can be healed. For proof of this, we turn to Kathy Collins, who was interviewed by Bill Ryan (Project Avalon) a few months ago.

What makes Kathy’s story so remarkable is that she underwent horrible experiences that would cause massive trauma in almost anyone. This included being brought, as a child, into Project Monarch, a sub-project of the MK Ultra CIA mind control program. She was also brought to places like Bohemian Grove. At a young age, Kathy was carted away in potato sacks by her father, went through a Satanic initiation ritual at age 3 (being forced to drink blood), suffered sexual abuse (from both men and women), was made into child prostitute and was experimented upon with drugs, electroshock and strobe lights. She recalls being at Bohemian Grove at age 5, tied naked to a stone altar, surrounded by 3 hooded figures who were trying to steal her soul but who were saying “we can’t break her”. Kathy was forced to watch a child sacrifice at Bohemian Grove, and in the end, only got out of the mind control and abuse because her father died…





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