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Is Your Life Crisis Really a Spiritual Calling in Disguise?

[Spiritual]
Is Your Life Crisis Really a Spiritual Calling in Disguise?
By Mateo Sol
Posted April 26, 2019

life crisis could be spiritual callingIn our journey towards “civilization” we’ve found more and more ways to numb and disconnect ourselves from Spirit. We live and work in gated communities, shopping centers, and office buildings, with air conditioned houses and cars, fences, landscapers, animal controllers, and we spend our leisure time immersed in complex and absorbing technological worlds.

In order to deal with our soul starvation, we drown ourselves in prescription medications, alcohol, recreational drugs, consumerism and other soul-numbing forms of escapism. We even suffocate ourselves in rigid belief systems that moralize and judge others, promising to alleviate our sense of alienation from life and existential turmoil.

But our souls are wiser than all of this. There comes a moment in our lives where we grow out of the collective values and ways of living common to our societies. At a certain point in our lives, we realize that the values, attitudes, relationships and beliefs we’ve held no longer contribute to the development of who we truly are: our authentic selves. More…

The End of the Road

[Community]
The End of the Road
by Whitney Belprez
Posted April 25, 2019

small local farms threatenedLast week while on our monthly grocery trip, we were shocked to see that milk was selling for $1.50 a gallon at ALDI in Big Rapids.

$1.50. “Limit five,” the sign said.

Clearly, most shoppers’ reaction to these prices was to say “wow, $1.50!” and to then stock up. For us, our hearts sank. Those farmers, their families, their cows. How in God’s name can they survive $1.50 a gallon?

This week, Dean Foods gave notice to 140 small family dairy farms in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio that after May 31 of this year, there will be no truck to pick up their milk. Walmart, the largest buyer of Dean’s milk in the region, has vertically integrated and will now be processing their own milk. But not from those farms. Those farms are too small for Walmart to waste their time with. And now, Dean has no avenue to sell those farms’ milk. After years of low prices, it is, likely, the final nail in the coffin for those farms. More…

Censorship Tightens As Governments Lose Control

[Media]
Censorship Tightens As Governments Lose Control
by Tom Luongo
Posted April 24, 2019

censorship is growingIt begins with legitimizing de-platforming people like Alex Jones and social media companies like Gab. Because some speech is too free. These are people supposedly too fringe to be suffered.

The latest outrage is Twitter banning the account of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange’s mother, Christine.

Australian and New Zealand ISPs have gone bonkers IP blocking sites in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Sites like Zerohedge have been targeted in the past two weeks for publishing narratives orthogonal to what the governments in the West are comfortable with people consuming.

First it was Facebook, blocking and then unblocking Zerohedge with no apparent reasoning behind it. Now its ISP’s over-reacting to an emotional event ensuring that a good crisis never goes to waste. More…

The Facts:
Often those on the left cheer when the right gets censored, and those on the right cheer when the left gets censored.

Reflect On:
What will be the consequences as more and more censorship is imposed and becomes general practice? How will YOU be able to make informed decisions as long as what YOU can read is controlled by others?

Organic farms are under attack from agribusiness, weakened standards

[Community]
Organic farms are under attack from agribusiness, weakened standards
by Elizabeth Henderson
Posted April 23, 2019

organic farms help communitiesThe certified organic label has helped save many generational farms and enabled people like me, who do not come from agricultural backgrounds, to become successful farmers. Organic farming has brought environmental benefits—healthier soils, freedom from toxic pesticides and herbicides—to 6.5 million acres in the U.S.

Organic shoppers are willing to pay a little extra for food that is free from chemical residues. But the organic label is in trouble after reports of fraudulently labeled food made national news. On top of that, agribusiness pressures and National Organic Program (NOP) actions have weakened standards. Yet at a time when farms are in distress, family-scale farmers need a label with integrity. They need a label that provides public support from people who understand that small-scale farmers are an endangered species. More…

Arrest of Julian Assange is an Attack on Journalism, Liberty, Self-Government and Civilization Itself

[Social]
Arrest of Julian Assange is an Attack on Journalism, Liberty, Self-Government and Civilization Itself
by Michael Krieger
Posted April 22, 2019

Orwell's 1984 being played out with arrest of AssangeThe reason I’m writing this post and consider it one of the most important things I’ve ever written, is because we can go in two main directions from here as a country. We can accept our degraded and impotent role as meaningless subjects in a vast, corrupt and vicious empire, or we can prioritize freedom, self-government and civil liberties to build a halfway decent civilization. In other words, we can blindly march forward into another dark age, or we can create a new renaissance.

How this will turn out is anyone’s guess, I just know we’re at a crucial crossroads and can only hope these words will inspire some of you to snap out of it, find a little courage and follow your better nature. If not, we will slowly at first, and very quickly later, lose whatever freedoms we have left. More…

The Facts:
Governments always go after the least popular resistors first to condition the public to accept such persecution. They do this because they are the easiest targets without widespread support.

Reflect On:
Imagine what journalism will look like once the chilling effect of publishing information critical of the government has been established? Consider the similarities to news reporting in Orwell’s 1984 book.

America Has a “Neo-feudal” System

[Economic]
America Has a “Neo-feudal” System
By Charles Hugh Smith
Posted April 22, 2019

America has a neo-feudal systemThe conventional definition of a Bear is someone who expects stocks to decline. For those of us who are bearish on fake fixes, that definition doesn’t apply: we aren’t making guesses about future market gyrations (rip-your-face-off rallies, dizziness-inducing drops, boring melt-ups, etc.).

No, we’re focused on the impossibility of reforming or fixing a broken economic system.

Many observers confuse creative destruction with profoundly structural problems. The technocrat perspective views the creative disruption of existing business models by the digital-driven 4th Industrial Revolution as the core cause of rising income inequality, under-employment, the decline of low-skilled jobs, etc. — many of the problems that plague the current economy. More…

Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests

[Social]
Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests
by Gabriel Rockhill
Posted April 21, 2019

police violence against protestersViolence is a spectacular weapon deployed by the ruling class to discredit movements from below and justify their repression. It is spectacular in the sense of being a great and powerful political tool for governing the masses, and keeping them in their place. In order to do this, however, the weapon of violence is spectacular in a second sense: it creates a carefully orchestrated mise en scène that seeks to render ruling class violence invisible, while simultaneously transforming acts of resistance into prodigious spectacles of criminal violence.

This is how Act 18 of the Yellow Vests is currently being presented by the mass media: at the precise moment at which the government was concluding its democratic consultation of the people via Emmanuel Macron’s “Grand Débat,” the Yellow Vests have unleashed an inordinate amount of violence that now needs to be repressed in the strongest possible terms. More…

The Facts:
Governments have a monopoly on “legal” violence through the use of police forces, and have often used that to protect their power.

Reflect On:
Next time you hear about violence by protesters, consider whether it is media exaggeration, government propaganda, and also, who benefits from this violence.

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