5 Things You Realize When You Wake Up and Question Reality

[Spiritual]
5 Things You Realize When You Wake Up and Question Reality
Dylan Charles
Posted March 16, 2018

perception is realityFew are privy to the secrets of reality, but the journey of awakening begins when one starts questioning everything. Whether it be the big global conspiracies, secret societies, the corporate control matrix, big pharma and the medical cartel, the banking establishment, the shape of the earth, or the purpose of life, the journey is at first an inquisition.

Along the way you notice ways in which approaching life with an open-mind changes you, and how it turns long-held beliefs and assumptions upside down, forever altering your perception and relation to it all.

It only takes the right scrap of information, the right quote, or the right idea at the right time to change your whole understanding of the world. Again, media organizations and propagandists already know this, which is why news is crafted the way it is, carefully framing, suggesting and omitting ideas so as to manage the perceptions of the masses. The crux of mind control is perception management. More…

Five Tools To Connect And Trade Directly With Your Neighbors

[Community]
Five Tools To Connect And Trade Directly With Your Neighbors
by Derrick Broze
Posted March 15, 2018

connections for getting off the gridPart of the goal of publishing Counter Markets is to know how to thrive without being dependent on the current rigged and unsustainable system. Our focus is on providing tools for living free while learning to be an entrepreneur and, when possible, live off-grid. To accomplish these goals it is highly likely that you will have to work with other individuals. It is possible for one to attempt to go about their off-grid lifestyle in solitude, but working with other free humans in the interest of mutual aid and growth will be of great benefit. You may end up working with current friends and acquaintances, or you might meet new allies in the push for independence. Either way, these relationships have the potential to help us achieve our goals at a quicker pace than we would alone.

I would like to highlight several apps and websites which are helpful for connecting to your neighbors or other members of your city or town with similar interests. I would like to note that I have not in any way been paid or compensated to promote the use of these tools. I am promoting them as a user who believes they truly have value. These tools can be leveraged to spread the counter-economic message and build real-world examples of such activity. More…

Stephen Hawking, explorer of the universe, dead at 76

[Community]
Stephen Hawking, explorer of the universe, dead at 76
By Nsikan Akpan
Posted March 15, 2018

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist whose theories shaped the universe as we know it, died early Wednesday morning, on the birthday of Albert Einstein. He was 76.

Hawking is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history, known especially for his study on the origins and design of the universe. His theories changed how we understand black holes and relativity and the Big Bang. But it was the way that Hawking communicated science in best-selling books and lectures, despite suffering from a debilitating disease, that introduced generations of avid fans to the cosmos. More…

Happy Aniversary, James Clapper

[Justice]
Happy Aniversary, James Clapper
by Jonathan Turley
Posted March 14, 2018

James Clapper, commits perjury and never prosecuted-- above the lawToday is an important anniversary for former intelligence chief James Clapper. No it is not his marriage anniversary or conventional milestone. Clapper can celebrate the running out of the statute of limitations on his alleged perjury before Congress — five years and Clapper is now beyond the reach of the law.

I recently wrote a column on the approaching anniversary and how it reaffirms the widely held view that powerful people in Washington are immune from laws used against the rest of society.

Clapper appeared before the Senate to discuss surveillance programs in the midst of a controversy over warrantless surveillance of the American public. He was asked directly, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?” There was no ambiguity or confusion and Clapper responded, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” That was a lie and Clapper knew it when he said it. More…

WikiLeaks Exposes How Council on Foreign Relations Controls Most All Mainstream Media

[Media]
WikiLeaks Exposes How Council on Foreign Relations Controls Most All Mainstream Media
By Matt Agorist
Posted March 14, 2018

one world governmentIt is no secret that over the last 4 decades, mainstream media has been consolidated from dozens of competing companies to only six. Hundreds of channels, websites, news outlets, newspapers, and magazines, making up ninety percent of all media is controlled by very few people—giving Americans the illusion of choice.

While six companies controlling most everything the Western world consumes in regard to media may sound like a sinister arrangement, the Swiss Propaganda Research center (SPR) has just released information that is even worse.

The research group was able to tie all these media companies to a single organization—the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). More…

Stop SESTA/FOSTA: Don’t Let Congress Censor the Internet

[Media]
Stop SESTA/FOSTA: Don’t Let Congress Censor the Internet
By Elliot Harmon
Posted March 13, 2018

we can have FOSTA or an open Internet, not bothThe U.S. Senate is about to vote on a bill that would be disastrous for online speech and communities.

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound appealing, but it would do nothing to fight sex traffickers. What it would do is silence a lot of legitimate speech online, shutting some voices out of online spaces.

This dangerous bill has already passed the House of Representatives, and it’s expected to come up for a Senate vote in the next few days. If you care about preserving the Internet as a place where everyone can gather, learn, and share ideas—even controversial ones—it’s time to call your senators. More…

Our politicians just keep coming at us with an alphabet soup of laws trying to censor and change the Internet as we know it. We sucessfully defeated CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, and now we have SESTA and FOSTA. All in the name of protecting people of course. How clever they are with their language and naming of the bill in order to obfuscate the real intent. It seems that they keep trying and trying in the hope that eventually one of them will stick. Get to know how “your” elected officials vote on these and remember them in the next election.

On Criminalizing Homelessness and Feeding the Hungry, the State Is Indeed the Bad Guy

[Social]
On Criminalizing Homelessness and Feeding the Hungry, the State Is Indeed the Bad Guy
by Claire S Bernish
Posted March 13, 2018

police acting as enablers for the stateAtlanta and other cities have added to obstacles between houseless people and those who would provide them nourishment, predicating any immediate assistance on their entrée into the impoverishment assistance complex — while simultaneously frustrating activists and advocates with a deluge of impossible red tape making the act of sharing food a laborious chore for those attempting to work within its confines.

The Nation painted a more appropriately dismal if albeit embarrassing picture on the status of feeding houseless people — nearly three years ago, in February 2015 — reporting,

“According to a survey of more than 180 cities by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, anti-homeless laws pervade urban spaces nationwide. Roughly a third of cities barred public ‘camping,’ for example, up 60 percent since 2011. Restrictions range from prohibiting sitting on sidewalks to imposing steep fees or regulations that effectively criminalize actions of charity groups, often using antiseptic ‘quality of life’ terms (a tent pitched under a bridge becomes an unauthorized ‘camp’). Palo Alto has banned sleeping in parked cars. Mobile has imposed zero-tolerance on ‘aggressive panhandling,’ which could involve just ‘request[ing] a donation from a person standing in line…no matter how mildly the request was made.’ Last year, ThinkProgress reported, Fort Lauderdale authorized police to bust people who ‘store possessions’ on public property — suggesting that homeless people don’t deserve to have what little they carry with them, let alone ‘quality of life.’” More…

There are more vacant foreclosed  homes than there are homeless. Evidence of the abject failure of capitalism.

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