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Did You Know That Your Kitchen Sponge Is A Hotbed For Bacteria? Here’s What You Can Do About It

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While many of us carefully consider which soaps, powders, or sprays we use to clean our homes, we rarely think twice about the tools we use them on or with. One particular item common to most homes (and rightfully so) is the beloved sponge, which we use to clean dishes, wipe down counters, and scrub sinks, tubs, and tiles. But recent studies have confirmed that these versatile little items are microbial hot spots that harbour a multitude of bacteria.

Our homes and other indoor environments are considered BE (built environments), and in industrialized countries, we spend up to 90% of our lifetime within them. Yet BEs harbour “a huge variety of microhabitats that are colonized by a wealth of microbial species.” and, shockingly, it has been shown that kitchen environments are dirtier than toilets.

The researchers of the study, which was published in Scientific Reports, conducted a genetic analysis of bacteria on 28 samples from 14 used sponges and found that 5 of the 10 most common bacterial groups had pathogenic potential, including Acinetobacter johnsonii, Chryseobacterium hominis, and Moraxella osloensis. This study is the most comprehensive analysis yet of the microbiome (the community of bacteria) living on kitchen sponges. The also examined unused, newly purchased sponges and found them to be bacteria-free, which is why they suggest using a new sponge every week.

NPR spoke to one of the microbiologists who led the study, Markus Egert, who says  “there’s hardly any habitat on Earth where you’ll find similar densities of bacteria, except for the human intestinal tract.”

The study suggests that you can wet the sponge a bit and nuke it if you want to clean it, but that’s not an option for those of us who know about the dangers of microwaves and accordingly don’t keep them in our homes. But even if you choose to microwave it or boil it, you’ll still only reduce about 60% of the bacteria, so they won’t be entirely sterile.

Dos & Don’ts of Sponges

Do

Replace Frequently. As the researchers suggested, it’s best you change your sponge weekly to avoid the risk of food poisoning, among other things. If your sponge develops an odour or begins to fall apart, that’s a clear sign that its useful days are long gone and it’s time for a new one.

Store in a Dry Location. Right after using your sponge, be sure to wring it dry and clear it of any food before putting it away in a dry location — not under the sink or in a closed container. If you leave it wet on the sink or countertop, it’ll take longer to dry, giving bacteria more time and opportunity to grow.

Clean First. This may sound like a weird one, but before using your sponge to clean off all the food from your dishes, clean it with your hand first. This will help your sponge to last a little longer.

Don’t

Wipe Up Meat Juices. When a spill occurs in the home, especially from beef or poultry, do not use your sponge, as this increases your chances of spreading harmful food borne pathogens. It’s far safer to use paper towel.

Cross Contaminate. Essentially, when you use one sponge for multiple tasks, you’re just building up the bacteria. If you clean dirty dishes or (please, no!) the toilet and then wipe your countertops, you are spreading those millions of germs onto all your surfaces, making it much more likely you’ll get sick.

Use Dishcloths. Again, stick to using a sponge for one thing and a dishcloth (if you choose to use it) for a separate purpose. Dishcloths can still carry enough bacteria to get you sick, so when you do choose to wash them, be sure to do so in hot water.

Sponge Alternatives

Realistically, sponges aren’t the safest or most sustainable choice when it comes to cleaning your dishes or your home, so I spent some time scouring the internet (excuse the pun) and found a pretty fantastic list of eco-friendly cleaning tools, compiled by The Spruce, that are definitely worth trying:

  1. Campeon 6-Inch Natural Corn Quality Escobeta De Raiz Tan
  2. Down to Earth Natural Coir Fiber Dish Brush
  3. Full Circle Grip Pot Scrubber
  4. Full Circle Suds Up Dish Brush
  5. Lola Eco-Clean Tampico Dish Brush
  6. Loofah-Art Natural Loofah Scrubbers
  7. Natural Value Walnut Scrubber Sponge
  8. Safix Scrub Pad
  9. Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Scrub Sponge
  10. Twist Ravioli Hemp Scrubby

If you know of any other sponge alternatives or safer ways to sanitize and clean a used sponge, let us know!

 

 

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China Announces Ban On Gas-Powered Cars. Is This The End Of Oil?

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For years, China has been scrutinized for its lenient emissions targets and regulations, and for good reason. However, Tianjin, Xin Guobin, the Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, just announced that the Chinese government is working on a timeline to completely end the production and sale of gas-powered automobiles.

The government allegedly plans to implement strict regulations and “something like a cap-and-trade program” on fuel and emissions, which is a method of controlling overall emissions in which a “cap” on emissions is enforced. If certain corporations don’t reach their allocated maximum amount, or cap, they can sell the difference to buyers who require more emissions, thus creating a new market.

Though these programs haven’t always worked well in the past because they often don’t inspire all that much change, it’s still a step in the right direction for China. But, a ban on the production and sale of all gas-powered cars? Now, that could really cause some positive change.

China represents the world’s largest new car market, selling 28.03 million units last year alone, and is responsible for approximately 30% of the world’s vehicle sales. So, it’s easy to imagine how a ban on gas-powered cars could drastically affect the gas industry.

Despite China’s poor reputation amongst environmental activists, this announcement didn’t necessarily come out of nowhere. The international community has been pressuring China to tighten its environmental regulations for years, and the government has been complying somewhat by issuing “new energy vehicle” subsidies to automakers to promote switching to electric cars. Plus, China had already vowed to cap carbon emissions by 2030.

The Chinese government is expected to carry out a “zero-emission vehicle mandate,” similar to that of California, whereby automakers will have to build a certain percentage of electric and fuel cell vehicles.

What Would This Mean for Oil and Gas?

Let’s be honest: Oil and gas are dying industries. They’re headed for the grave, as they’re being threatened by technologies that might not only be cheaper, but are renewable. What we often forget is that these are finite resources — they will run out, and the sooner we figure out a plan for when that happens, the better.

Plus, these alternatives are environmentally-friendly, as opposed to contributing to the destruction of the environment like oil and gas do, which is ultimately the most important factor here. We cannot live in a world that is polluted or destroyed; it’s our home, and we should not only be respecting it, but preserving it as well.

A recent article published in Bloomberg explained how much of an impact China’s recent decision to phase out gas cars could have on the sale of new cars as well as the oil and gas industries. New projections estimate that nearly 80% of the global auto market is anticipated to phase out gas cars and replace them with electric cars. It’s no question that if and when that time comes, demand for gasoline and diesel will plummet.

China’s auto industry plan was published in April of this year and revealed that new energy vehicles, including electric and hybrids, will make up all the future growth sales in the country. It’s expected that sales of these new energy vehicles will skyrocket to 7 million annually by 2025, and that approximately 800,000 new charging stations for electric cars will be built in this year alone.

China isn’t alone though, as many other countries have plans to phase out gas cars as well. For example, Dutch parliament motioned to end all gas and diesel car sales by 2025, India hopes to end gas and diesel car sales by 2030, Norway has agreed to do so by 2025 (though 40% of their newly registered vehicles were already hybrid, electric, or hydrogen this year), and Britain and France both plan to do so by 2040.

Final Thoughts 

Yes, oil and gas have helped us progress immensely over the past century and they’re still important elements of society and the global economy, but their time is nearing its end. Renewable energy is our future, and it’s important that we acknowledge this fact and understand how crucial it is that we start to transition toward these technologies.

It’s also important to note that there’s no telling whether electric cars will completely replace gas cars any time soon or not, especially given that they don’t even represent a significant part of the auto market yet. There were just under 700,000 electric vehicles sold last year, in comparison to the 84 million new vehicles sold worldwide. Let’s hope that these regulations and policies actually come into fruition!

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The Fascinating Link Between Beer And Witches

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With Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been watching far more spooky, horror, and occult-themed videos of late. This may come as a surprise to some, but though many of the monsters in Halloween-themed films are fictitious, others have significant history behind them. For example, contrary to popular belief, witches didn’t always have this “creepy” persona that we see in the mainstream now.

Witches were once viewed as powerful women in society; women who were in touch with their personal power and were connected to their environment. They understood how to use the elements and certain herbs to their benefit, and were often well-respected members of their communities, not fearful characters!

The term “witch” was derived from the word wicce, which means “wise,” meaning that “witchcraft” actually translates to “craft of the wise.” Witches were simply empowered women who saw the Earth and themselves as powerful entities, worshipping Mother Nature (also referred to as Mother God and eventually Mother Mary when Christianity started to rule).

However, once the Roman Empire started to use Christianity as a means of controlling the masses, people were forced to begin worshipping an external, male God, stripping them of their personal power. Patriarchy began to rise and rights were no longer equal; thus, witches were frowned upon because they were ultimately just strong women who threatened the patriarchy.

Interestingly enough, the word “virgin” never referred to celibacy/chastity prior to the church taking rule, but rather implied that a woman was simply unmarried. A virgin was a woman who was independent of men, meaning she was “one-in-herself.” Of Latin origin, the word virgin was synonymous with powerful, strong, and skillful, which is very different from the innocent and sometimes weak contexts the word “virgin” holds today.

Then the witch trials and hunts began, resulting in far too many tragic deaths of strong, dynamic women. Women were tortured and killed because of their sexuality and independence, ultimately further fuelling patriarchy and a significant divide between the sexes.

One of my favourite authors, Rebecca Campbell, goes deeper into this subject in her novel Rise Sister Rise, in which she explains the history of witches and how the witch hunts contributed to gender inequality and ultimately led to the deep-seated mistrust that still exists between many men and women today.

So, What’s the Link Between Beer and Witches?

Now that we’ve established that witches were simply powerful, independent women, let’s get into their connection to beer! Up until the 15th century, when the witch hunts started, beer brewing was actually a woman’s job, and it was a highly respected one in some parts of the world.

For example, Sumerian women brewed beer for spiritual ceremonies and were considered powerful women serving as priestesses to the beer goddess, Ninkasi. The Sumerians believed the goddess Ninkasi had gifted the Earth with beer and associated that with preserving peace and well-being.

It’s interesting to note that both wheat and barley hold strong spiritual origins, as both are highly valued in different religions (beer is made by fermenting these grains). Barley and wheat are often depicted in religions as symbolizing love and charity, similar to the symbolism behind beer.

Once the patriarchy really flooded society and women started to be punished for being in positions of power, this art was mostly handed off to males, although it was sometimes still practiced by housewives. The unmarried brewsters, otherwise known as virgins and witches, were scrutinized for being so independent and making money for themselves.

Witches started to be viewed negatively as the witch hunts began, which is where their “spooky” perception originated. Many of the modern day depictions of witches are based off the witches who brewed beer, as they would do so using cauldrons, wearing pointy hats, and encompassing many of the other “witchy” stereotypes we see today.

The History Channel actually created a video depicting the relationship between witches and beer, which you can watch below!

The Truth Behind: Beer brewing & witchcraft

Why women who made beer were turned into "evil witches" during the 16th century

Posted by HISTORY on Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Final Thoughts

It’s important that we reflect on the history of witchcraft, as these women were powerful people who had their rights stripped away from them. Witches are not the terrifying beings we view them as today — the result of centuries’ worth of propaganda — but rather empowering, kind beings who respected and praised nature as well as men and women alike.

By delving back into the history of witches, we stand to learn much about our connection to nature and the elements. We need to regain our respect for the environment and begin to preserve it rather than destroy it.

It’s especially important for women to reflect on the history of witches, as so many impressive women lost their lives because they weren’t afraid to express their personal power, sexuality, and independence. Though we have come a long way since then in regards to gender inequality, we still have a long way to go, especially when it comes to respecting ourselves as women!

With that, I encourage you to harness your inner witch and truly embrace your femininity, understanding, as witches did, that it is a strength, not a weakness.

Related CE Articles On Alcohol & The Consequences of Drinking It. 

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The Truth About Lube: The Vagina Is Highly Absorbent – Are You Really Having Safe Sex?

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The prevalence of toxic chemicals in our daily lives is no longer in question. From the way our food is produced and manufactured to the beauty and cleaning products we use each day, it seems we have to be wary of everything. So it’s no wonder that by the time evening rolls around and we’re lying safe and secure in bed with our significant other, chemicals are the last things on our mind.

The Vagina

Recent studies have shown that the vagina is highly absorbent. One study found that vaginal application of estradiol, a synthetic estrogen, resulted in blood serum levels 10 times higher than those following oral dosing. Because the vagina is a mucous membrane — as are some of the external parts of the vulva, including the clitoris, clitoral hood, labia minora, and urethra — it can both secrete and absorb fluids at a higher rate than skin,.

“Most of the vagina is covered with multiple layers of dead and dying cells that do a lot to protect it against infection, but [this] is nowhere near the thick leathery surface of our skin,” says Richard Cone, a Johns Hopkins biophysics professor. “The vaginal epithelium … is highly water permeable in a way our skin is not.”

This physical reality makes it essential for women to be mindful of what they are putting in and on their vaginas, because it really can affect their overall health.

The problem with lube…

Charlene S. Dezzutti, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, found that hyperosmolar lubricants and spermicidal gels killed microbes commonly found in the vagina. For example, K-Y Jelly killed all three species of Lactobacillus it was applied to. “The bacterial kill off is likely caused by the ingredient chlorhexidine, an antibacterial agent,” says Dezzutti. She also adds that personal lubricants can disrupt natural flora in the vagina, potentially leading to infections such as bacterial vaginosis.

However, since these studies are done in a lab, it’s difficult to conclude how harmful these lubricants are in the real world, “This is just a model in a test tube, and it’s hard to equate that with real-life activity,” says Dezzutti.

But studies are continually being done to ensure our safety in the bedroom.  Richard A. Cone, a biophysicist at Johns Hopkins University, observed cell toxicity from hyperosmolar lubricants in his mouse model with the same glycerol monolaurate/K-Y formulation. His team saw a 10-fold increase in susceptibility to herpes with the gel.

Dezzutti explains that adding hyperosmolar lubricants — those products containing concentrations of components higher than the body’s cells — to the vagina or rectum causes the cells there to shrivel up and come off, which risks weakening the body’s defenses in these areas.

In 2007, Craig W. Hendrix, a clinical pharmacologist at Johns Hopkins, led a research team to demonstrate that ID Glide, a hyper­osmolar lubricant similar to Astro­glide and K-Y Jelly, can cause significant damage to the rectal tissue of human study participants. The scientists observed major shedding of cells from tissue samples biopsied 60 to 90 minutes after lubricant application.

The Relation With STIs & Other STDs

Other experiments have shown that personal lubricants can damage cells lining both the vagina and rectum, potentially making the body more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In one epidemiological investigation, participants who consistently used personal lubricants for rectal intercourse had a higher prevalence of STIs, such as chlamydia, than inconsistent users.

The Food & Drug Administration normally doesn’t test personal lubricants in humans. The FDA classifies lubricants as ‘medical devices,’ which means they are only tested on animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.  When it comes to rectal use? The FDA views it as “off-label” application, so basically — use at your own risk.

Despite the growing pile of evidence indicting the safety of lube, Jim Pickett, chair of the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) group, a global network pushing for safe and effective STI-preventing products, says, “We have signals that are concerning, but we don’t know what they mean yet. Just because a lubricant causes cell damage in the lab, we don’t know whether that has anything to do with disease transmission in humans in the real world.”

Nonoxynol-9 & HIV

Microbicide developers were testing whether or not Nonoxynol-9 could block HIV transmission because it can punch holes in the cell membranes of sperm. Nonoxynol-9 is a detergent found in many household cleaners and cosmetics that manufacturers had been incorporating into spermicidal lubricants for years.

According to a report by the World Health Organization, “spermicides containing nonoxynol-9 do not protect against HIV infection and may even increase the risk of HIV infection in women using these products frequently”

In a 2002 Phase II/III clinical trial conducted on sex workers living in countries such as South Africa and Thailand who used the detergent three or four times per day, doctors found that the detergent actually increased the risk of HIV infection.

Because Nonoxynol-9 is so good at punching holes in cell membranes, it not only bores into sperm but also into the cells lining the vagina and rectum. “The mucosal lining of the vagina is a good barrier to infection all by itself,” says Cone, “but if that barrier gets compromised, all bets are off.”

Osmality & Herpes

Osmolality is a parameter describing the overall concentration of molecular ingredients in a product. In 2010, Cone and his team at Johns Hopkins published work showing that the damaging effects of over-the-counter lubricants depend on a factor called osmolality. What they discovered after examining mouse vaginal cells is that, when mice were exposed to high-osmolality lubricants followed by herpes simplex virus, the rodents were more susceptible to infection.

Even more shocking, the common lubricant K-Y Warming Jelly, which has an osmolality more than 30 times the body’s own fluid, increased herpes transmission 9 times more than compared with rodents not administered lubricant.

Safer Alternatives 

Dr. Maggie Ney, co-director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center in Santa Monica, in a recent interview on Goop, recommends these alternatives:

There are plenty of brands on the market today that are conscious of the health risks conventional lubricants put on the body. Love LotionSliquid, and YES are a few that come to mind which are organic.

It’s important to be vigilant with your health and consider the risks of all aspects of your life, especially when it comes to the bedroom. Sex is meant to be fun and safe, so it’s worth going the extra mile to ensure you’re doing things right.

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Red, Green & Yellow “Flying Saucers” Spotted Hovering Over Military Bases For Two Hours In Antarctica

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The third director of the post-World War II United States Central Intelligence Group (CIG), the third director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and the very first director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, once told the world, via the New York Times in 1960,  that, “behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs,” and that, “through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.”

The key words are here are “official secrecy and ridicule,” which is why, for so many years, you were perceived as a crazy person at the slightest mention of UFOs, let alone intelligent extraterrestrial life.

Today, however, it’s a much different story. Hundreds of thousands of pages of de-classified documents show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that intelligence agencies and global militaries have an extremely high interest in the UFO phenomenon, and have had this interest for a very long time.

For example, just go to the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act electronic reading room, and type in the word “UFO,” and you’ll see for yourself. There is no shortage of interesting documents that span not only the CIA’s website, but on a global scale.

“Everything is in a process of investigation both in the United States and in Spain, as well as the rest of the world. The nations of the world are currently working together in the investigation of the UFO phenomenon. There is an international exchange of data.” – General Carlos Castro Cavero (1979).

On top of documents, their release has sparked a number of high-ranking officials from various fields, from top military brass, politicians, and credible figures from within academia, astronauts and more. Here’s one of hundreds of statements.

“There is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations. That it behooves us, in case of these people in the future or now should turn hostile, to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want. This should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.” – Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, Former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

The Document Referencing Red, Green & Yellow “Flying Saucers”

This document, straight from the CIA , relays several pieces of information, with the part about these UFOs highlighted in brackets, which suggests special attention paid to it. It goes to show just how interested, and how important this topic is within the intelligence community. They’ve been studying it for years under the guise of “national security,” a term now used to classify everything, and protect the interests of the global elite as well as allow them to basically do whatever they please, with justification.

It states as follows:

“ANTARCTIC FLYING SAUCERS” – A group of red, green, yellow has been seen flying over Deception Island for two hours by Argentine, Chilean and British bases (military) in Antarctica. The flying saucers were also seen flying in formation over the South Orkney islands in quick circles.”

It’s strange how other unrelated factors are inserted into the document, and interesting how this part is highlighted.

Quite telling isn’t it? What’s even more interesting is that this document is more than five decades old, dating back to 1965.

It’s also interesting, given the lore that surrounds Antarctica,  and possible extra-dimensional/terrestrial beings.

It highlights one of the main questions that the release of these documents have raised: we now know that groups like the CIA have been putting a tremendous amount of resources into studying this topic, and it makes you wonder, what type of information do they have now, more than five decades later? What have they found out with regard to who/what are operating these things, how they work, where they come from, and what their intentions are?

This information is most likely locked up in Special Access Programs (SAPs), within the Black-Budget.com (containing unacknowledged and waived SAPs). These programs do not exist publicly, but they do indeed exist. They are better known as ‘deep black programs.’ A 1997 US Senate report described them as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.” You can read more about that here.

Judging by the fact that there is substantial evidence that the Germans were making flying saucers as far back as 1941, as well as other countries, could these particular “flying saucers” be crafted by another country? Perhaps manufactured by the Germans, soviets, China, or whoever, to conduct reconnaissance missions over other countries’ military installations?

UFOs over military installations are nothing new. For example, the picture below is a real picture taken in August of 1952. It’s a photograph of multiple UFOs taken by the Coast Guard photographer at the time above a US military installation, a common place for UFO sightings.  The photo was classified by the US government, and then later approved for release. It was witnessed by multiple ‘professional’ people.

Related CE Article:  Strong Evidence Shows Extraterrestrials Have Been Shutting Down Nuclear Missiles Worldwide For Decades, But Why? 

Related CE Article: The United States Tried To Detonate A Nuclear Weapon On The Moon & Somebody Responded When We Did

So, where does the extraterrestrial hypothesis come in? Well, a large part of it is due to the fact that multiple high ranking people from various fields, including those from within the intelligence/military community, have flat out said, on multiple occasions, that these agencies are aware of multiple races that have made contact with the human race, or certain individuals of the human race.

For example, whether it be an Apollo 14 astronaut (6th man to walk on the moon) Dr. Edgar Mitchell stating that “there have been crashed craft and bodies recovered” or that he has been “privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visiting on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real,” or academicians likes Harvard University psychologist and Pulitzer prize winner Dr. John E. Mack saying “Yes, it’s both literally and physically happening,” there is no shortage of information to suspect that the extraterrestrial hypothesis is highly plausible.

“There is another way, whether it’s wormholes or warping space, there’s got to be a way to generate energy so that you can pull it out of the vacuum, and the fact that they’re here shows us that they found a way.” 

Dr. Jack Kasher, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Nebraska.

Even well known figures like Elon Musk have been making some very interesting statements. 

I’ll leave you with this quote below, which was also given many decades ago by British Scientist, and Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University Peter A. Sturrock. Sturrock and a number of other notable scientists around the world came together during the 1990s in order to examine the physical evidence that is commonly associated with the UFO phenomenon. One example used by Sturrock in his analysis was a photo taken by two Royal Canadian Air Force pilots on August 27th, 1956, in Macleod, Alberta, Canada. (“Physical Evidence Related To UFO Reports” – The Sturrock Panel Report – Electromagnetic Effects) (source) (source)

“If it does indeed turn out that there is relevant physical evidence, if this evidence is carefully collected and analyzed, and if this analysis leads to the identification of several facts concerning the UFO phenomenon, then will be the time for scientists to step back and ask, what are these facts trying to tell us? If those facts are strong enough to lead to a firm conclusion, then will be the time to confront the more bizarre questions. If, for instance, it turns out that all physical evidence is consistent with a mundane interpretation of the causes of UFO reports, there will be little reason to continue to speculate about the role of extraterrestrial beings. If, on the other hand, the analysis of physical evidence turns up very strong evidence that objects related with UFO reports were manufactured outside the solar system, then one must obviously consider very seriously that the phenomenon involves not only extraterrestrial vehicles but probably also extraterrestrial beings.” (source)

 

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RFK Jr. Issues Report Showing Strong Evidence of Ongoing Corruption & Scientific Fraud At The CDC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18, 2017
Contact: Lyn Redwood, 202-810-1826, Email

Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines.

Washington, DC – In a new report released today, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science.

Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple CDC studies exonerating the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in the development of autism.

The new evidence, recently uncovered by the World Mercury Project, shows that Thorsen and his collaborators did not obtain permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct their research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and Pediatrics in 2003. In 2011, The Department of Justice indicted Thorsen on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for stealing over $1 million in CDC grant money earmarked for autism research. The product of Thorsen’s work for CDC was a series of fraud-tainted articles on Danish autism rates that, today, form the backbone of the popular orthodoxy that vaccines don’t cause autism.

In 2009, when CDC discovered that Thorsen never applied for the IRB approvals, staff did not report the errors or retract the studies. Rather, FOIA documents show that CDC supervisors ignored the missteps and covered up the illegal activity.

This misconduct undermines the legitimacy of these studies which were used to refute vaccine injury claims in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The studies were also used in the NVICP’s “Omnibus Proceeding” to dismiss 5000 petitions by families who claimed that their children had developed autism from vaccines. These claims, if settled in the claimants’ favor, would have resulted in payouts totaling an estimated $10 billion.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, stated, “World Mercury Project calls upon Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extradite Thorsen back to the U.S. to face prosecution. We also call upon Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Tom Price to retract the Thorsen-affiliated autism research papers that are the fruit of illegally conducted research.”

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Why We’re Being Systematically Trained To Be Offended By Everything

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We are being systematically conditioned to get offended at everything these days, and there is an important reason why we must become aware of this trend and not fall into the trap.

Think about it: People become enraged every day about things they read online, hear in the news, or witness on social media, about topics ranging from the words people use to gender politics, race, sports teams, diet, perceptions, etc. It’s everywhere! It appears as though everything is offensive and everyone has something to say about it.

I woke up this morning and went into my normal routine of meditating before I start my day. I did what I often do and checked into the collective consciousness to see what’s coming to the surface and being felt by us as a whole. This helps to plan out the type of content we focus on here at CE. This morning I kept feeling the word “offended” coming up over and over again. Then something hit me — I had heard the following statements literally hundreds of times over the past month.

“That’s offensive.”

“What that person said was really offensive.”

“I would never do that because that’s offensive.”

“If you call someone this, that’s offensive.” 

And on it goes. I realized that whether it be in articles, videos, conversations, or comments online, this was becoming a HUGE collective norm. I went through the rest of my meditation and envisioning for the day and proceeded to go outside for my morning movement routine.

While outside, I couldn’t get what was coming to me in meditation out of my conscious mind so I decided to go LIVE on Facebook talking about the very basic fact that we are being systematically trained to get offended by everything, and exploring the reasons why this might be the case.

Why We’re Being Trained to Get Offended by Everything

You can watch my LIVE below or you can scroll down past the video to keep reading the points I discuss in the video if you can’t watch video right now.

There is a mass shift in consciousness taking place, and as part of that process, we are starting to wake up to many things, including who we are, how our world really works, and what is possible for humanity.

In a very practical sense, this might come up in ways where you begin to question what you do in your day — you may question your career, the way you eat, how you feel, what’s beyond your mind’s thoughts, and so forth. It spreads into having a number of different things come up in humanity’s collective consciousness, like racism, hate, anger, judgement, political arguments, environmental issues, and old patterns. We, individually and collectively, are being faced with the task of having to face these things so we can understand and then evolve beyond them — shifting ourselves and shifting our world, in essence.

But! There is also a role being played by the Deep State and the media, who want to maintain control over the population as we become more self aware. To prevent us from raising these deeper internal questions, the focus is being brought back to the external. It’s being brought to things like race, gender, our appearance, the words we use, who’s right, who’s wrong, and who we can judge and for what reason. We’re being systematically taught how NOT to change. And it’s being done through innocent memes, articles, videos, and even loving intention at times, all lacking deeper thought.

Think about it: When have you ever seen in the media, when something potentially offensive arises, the suggestion that instead of getting angry, we use that experience to understand why someone may say or do the things they do or question why that bothers us? Instead of looking at the deeper question and choosing to understand, we’re being taught simply to react and tell people they are right or wrong. Which in essence… changes nothing.

We all know, for example, that simply telling someone they are wrong will only make them defensive and in turn create more of a battle. Not to mention that when we are in the state of judging someone for their actions, we’re still in a low vibrational state. But when we choose to ask a person why they feel the way they do, we begin to get them thinking and reflecting on it without needing to first defend themselves. We can lovingly start to help that person explore themselves. In the process, we can continue to question how they arrived at the thinking they operate from and start to understand how people become the way they do.

You see, we are systematically being trained to solve nothing by teaching everyone that it’s someone else’s problem or someone else’s fault. As a result, we take no real action toward creating change. Further, by teaching people to judge others and situations, we put ourselves into the mode of not wanting to connect with other people, creating an “us versus them” mentality.

A Great Example

This same solution or approach works with ANYTHING, not just racism. Whether it’s an issue you experience with someone or other societal challenges, it will help.

Imagine you saw a white supremacist family and the mother and father were teaching their young child that people who look different from them are evil. It’s likely you would empathize with the child, feel bad for them, and want to remove them from that environment. But let’s say you now saw that child 18 years later and you didn’t recognize them from before. Now that child is an adult and a white supremacist. Suddenly you may have a judgement and dislike toward that person for who they are and their beliefs, and you may think they are terrible and should be locked up or whatever else. But what changed there? The person? No. What changed is our perception of the situation. We’re no longer choosing to understand how the person got the way they did but instead we’re simply judging.

This person was brought up in an environment of hate and we are now meeting that person’s hate with either more anger or more hate, effectively doubling up the hate, when instead we can stop and question, how did this person get like this? What questions might I be able to ask them to get them to reflect on how they formed their beliefs? What questions can I ask to get them to dig deeper into how it feels to have those beliefs?

And for those who might be thinking this cannot possibly work, I can promise you, it does, and one man proved that quite clearly. You can take a look at Daryl’s story here. He met with many members of the KKK to ask the simple question, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” He then spoke with people who had racist beliefs and, through love and understanding, effectively shifted their perspective — “by accident,” as he states. He was never trying to change their beliefs or get people to adopt his way of thinking; he simply shared and asked questions. That’s what love is and does.

So why does Daryl’s approach to racism turn heads these days? Because it’s being done in a way that contradicts what we’re being programmed to do.

And we might think at this point, “Well this doesn’t help us, we’re oversimplifying things.” But all that kind of thinking does is put us back in the same spot, refusing to see the core issue and doing something to change it rather than taking responsibility for what WE CAN ACTUALLY DO, all of us, to help shift the challenges we face. And that happens through connection, empathy, and love, not choosing to judge something we don’t understand. It’s a big responsibility and society has, for the most part, simply chosen to talk about the same issues over and over again without creating helpful dialogue on how to shift it. And I believe this is a way of thinking we are being programmed to be in so we don’t solve issues and unite, because that will harm the Deep State’s plans.

This is why I’m sharing this piece, because I truly believe that by empowering people with real tools to shift their perspective from hating and judging to having connected, loving, and intelligent conversations, we can help them question how they became the way they are and then effectively shift away from an a way of thinking that doesn’t resonate with us. Imagine if this message were brought to mainstream media; if instead of being taught to judge, we were taught to understand all of our issues and have real conversations about how we can change them. We would effectively be creating a new approach to understanding ourselves and each other, on a deep level.

I know, it may sound like this is impossible, but it’s not. We simply have to realize we have the power. We need to take responsibility for what we can do and start living this way of being. It will pass onto others like wildfire because not only does it work, but it feels incredible to have true and meaningful connections with others. What’s more, it’s our natural state of being.

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