Community Articles from 2016
How to Break the Power of Money
by David Korten
Posted August 20, 2016
We can refuse to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all. Our current political chaos has a simple explanation. The economic system is driving environmental collapse, economic desperation, political corruption, and financial instability. And it isn’t working for the vast majority of people.
It serves mainly the interests of a financial oligarchy that in the United States dominates the establishment wings of both the Republican and Democratic parties. So voters are rebelling against those wings of both parties—and for good reason.
Most of us have been conditioned by corporate media and economics education—along with the basic fact that we need money to buy the things we need or want—to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all.
It rarely occurs to us to challenge these claims in our own thinking or in conversations with friends and colleagues. So they persist and allow the corporate establishment to limit the economic policy debate to options that sustain its power. More…
Empowering Wisdom to Free You From Debt Slavery
by M.J. Higby
Posted July 9, 2016
America’s vision of wealth conjures up visions of expensive cars and big houses in gated communities. Realize this: every time you see these physical manifestations of wealth, they are illusory. In reality, they are most likely manifestations of debt. The average owner of these accoutrements, in terms of net worth, could not afford to pay for the tires on the car, or the roof on the house without digging the hole of debt deeper.
Instead of focusing on the accumulation of symbols of wealth, we should focus on actually acquiring wealth. In doing so, we acquire freedom. By extension, we live our lives not governed by fear, but instead by excitement and adventure. We have the time to indulge in our truest calling and our deepest passions. We cease to be controlled, but instead, we control. Wealth equals time. The picture of life painted by the advertising industry is the grandest of illusions. More…
Quaker Oats sued over glyphosate found in its ‘all natural’ oats
by Mike Adams
Posted June 25, 2016
The truth is starting to come out about widespread glyphosate contamination of the food supply. Deadly glyphosate now being sprayed on oats, wheat, barley and other crops as a dessicant. Quaker Oats admits that its oats are sprayed with glyphosate by farmers. This fact is a total shock to most consumers who are completely unaware that glyphosate is now routinely sprayed on non-GMO crops. Quaker Oats, owned by PepsiCo, has been sued over its “all natural” oats containing high levels of glyphosate weed killer (sold as “Roundup” by Monsanto).
The New York Times, forever a defender of Monsanto and GMOs, is blatantly lying to its readers by claiming the glyphosate found in Quaker Oats is nothing more than “traces.” In reality, the glyphosate contamination of Quaker Oats was tested at alarming levels by a St. Louis laboratory using the ELISA technique. More…
Remember that PepsiCo contributed heavily to multiple state campaigns to stop GMO food labeling.
The Science that Links Depression to Your Spiritual Awakening
by Alex Pietrowski
Posted June 23, 2016
Is depression simply a disease as many psychiatrists and doctors would have us believe, or is there tremendous potential for personal growth and spiritual awakening locked up in the struggle against this common ‘disorder?’
For those who are battling, or who have already conquered depression, there is certainly no one size fits all answer, but, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on the relative study of mind and spirit, Dr. Lisa Miller, severe depression and spiritual experience are two sides of the same cognitive coin. Her idea is perhaps best presented with this metaphor: depression and spiritual awakening are two sides of the same door. More…
Doctors’ ‘Drug of Last Resort’ Is Falling Prey to Antibiotic Resistance
by Jason Best
Posted June 3, 2016
A woman in Pennsylvania has been found to be the first American to carry a new strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria—one that was only discovered last November, halfway around the world in China. The news, announced last week, has once again sent public health experts sounding the alarm in an increasingly desperate attempt to get policy makers and the public at large to, well, get one simple message through our thick skulls: This is a crisis, people!
To make matters worse, an entirely separate investigation turned up a similar strain in tissue taken from a pig slaughtered in the U.S. That discovery, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, ties the worrying new resistance directly to the routine use of antibiotics in livestock production. More…
Wake Up and Smell the Poison
by Katherine Paul
Posted May 30, 2016
If you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by The Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed. A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced yesterday (May 25, 2016).
What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for testing probably eat more organic than non-organic food. Which suggests that either your organic food has been contaminated and/or you’re being exposed to glyphosate via unknown sources. Worse yet? Children had the highest levels. More…
The Beauty—and Power—of Small Business
By Judy Wicks
Posted May 27, 2016
Envisioning a whole regional food system that incorporated the values I upheld, I began helping local stores and other restaurants, even my competitors, to buy from an expanding network of local farmers. Rather than focusing only on the short-term interests of my own business, I turned my attention to the long-term economic sustainability of my region by working to build a local economy that benefited everyone—family farmers, farm animals, local businesses, rural and urban citizens, and the quality of our soil, air and water.
At the turn of the century, my attention shifted from my local work to the need for a national localization movement. It was then I realized that the freedom I ultimately valued was being threatened by an overpowering force. It was not the communist threat I had been taught to fear as a child in the ’50s, but rather American capitalism gone amok. More…
All Eyes Are On the Control Matrix
By Phillip J. Watt
Posted May 23, 2016
No matter if you’re asleep at the wheel of life or have awoken to not just the consciousness of reality, but also the corporatocracy that has hijacked our world, most of us are paying attention to our shrinking wallets, as well as the political circus. The system is in the limelight, but not how the power structure would like it to be.
The social engineering agenda of dumbing the masses into good little minions of the system has been highly successful, however too many people are now suffering and looking for answers why. Sometimes it feels that the alternative media gives them too much credit too, because it’s also been highly successful at exposing itself and therefore waking up people to their enslavement, as well as the lies, deception, toxicity and control matrix itself. More…
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