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Ever since i’ve read Diet for a New America by John Robbins many years ago, i’ve sworn off meat and dairy just like you. I became ashamed and disgusted, knowingly eating the SAD diet means directly supporting factory farming- the barbaric, inhumane treatment of animals. When it comes to raising animals for food, ie. commercial commodities, “free range” and “organically raised/ fed” is a farce, a marketing ploy to soften the harsh reality that is a living hell for animals.
In good conscience i cannot support such an evil system of food production. Now we know that eating animals raised in such unsanitary conditions would lead to poor health and cancer. We really have no excuse aside from ignorance and/ or conditioning. Thanks for sharing this Alice, Diet for a small planet is also an excellent resource.
Think about it, there’s a reason (direct correlation) why my fellow Americans are fat, sick and tired all the time. Diet and toxicity from our environment are most certainly a factor. Wake Up!
A very nice reminder!
“The absolute truth of Buddhism is nirvana, and nirvana includes all of samsara as well.
It is said that for the absolute, one has wisdom, and for the relative, one has compassion.”
We discuss the subject of relative and absolute truth a great deal in Tibet; to understand it is really to understand the root of Buddha’s teaching. The relative is the particular and limited, the absolute is the unlimited and universal.
What is it that one sees when one looks at the world? In one sense one sees the relative — particular things happening which are changing all the time. And yet how does one perceive them altogether, as a whole? Only because of the absolute. For example, suppose you are watching a river flowing by. How do you know it is a river? There is no continuity in the particles of water; from moment to moment the water changes and we do not see the same river twice. It only becomes a river by virtue of the absolute nature of flowing water by which the particulars are joined together into…
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Amen to that! We’re all in it together for better or worse, globalism is a marriage, and like all marriages it takes work and understanding!
Solidarity4All (S4A) co-founder Christos Giovanopoulos is presently touring the US in his effort to grow the international solidarity movement supporting Greek workers. S4A is a collective that facilitates the development of grassroots solidarity structures emerging in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by Greece’s deep austerity cuts. It grew out of the Greek Indignados movement that formed alongside the Spanish Indignados* movement in July 2011. Both would serve to inspire the international Occupy movement that first formed on Wall Street in September 2011.
As of January 2015, there were self-governing 360 solidarity structures, representing 30% of the Greek population. The list includes social pharmacies, social medical clinics, social kitchens, social grocery stores, time banks,* a social collective of mental professionals, olive oil producers who share olive oil and the “potato movement,” where farmers cut out supermarkets and middlemen by trading directly with consumers.
All initiatives are non-hierarchical and hold weekly…
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Traditional Lakota Elders & Warriors: Rainbow Gathering NOT WELCOME in the Sacred Black Hills
Cante Tenza Okolakiciye, the traditional Strong Heart Warrior Society of the free and Independent Lakota Nation has heard from the traditional and grassroots elders on Pine Ridge and the message is clear: the Rainbow Gathering is NOT WELCOME in the Sacred Black Hills and this gathering is incompatible with the deep political, cultural, and spiritual significance of this area to our people.
Those standing in solidarity with Cante Tenza and the traditional Lakota People are urged to call and email the U.S. Forest Service Black Hills Supervisor Craig Bobzien, as well as US Forest Chief Tidwell in Washington DC. , Demand they uphold the sovereign rights of the Lakota People and stand with us to keep the Rainbow Gathering out of the Black Hills.
U.S. Forest Service Black Hills director Craig Bobzien phone (605) 673-9200, …
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June 17, 2015
Before leaving the house early one morning in 63 BC, an anxious Julius Caesar told his mother, “Today thou shalt see thy son either pontifex maximus… or an exile.”
Caesar was running for his first BIG elected office- pontifex maximus, the high priest of Rome. And he was a young upstart at the time.
His opponents were all older, more reputable men. And his chances were low.
But Caesar had an ace up his toga. Since he couldn’t win on merit, he planned to buy the election, blowing ridiculous sums of money to butter up the voters.
He spent lavishly on games, gifts, and feasts. And he borrowed nearly all of the funds to do it.
This was an enormous risk for him; if Caesar lost the election, he wouldn’t have been able to repay his financiers, and likely would have fled the city.
Caesar had borrowed so much money, in fact, that he single-handedly depleted cash reserves among Rome’s major lenders, causing a significant bump in interest rates.
Cicero remarks on this in a letter to a friend, writing: “Bribery’s thriving… the interest rate has doubled.”
Of course, it wasn’t technically ‘bribery’.
Ancient Rome had a very fine line between bribing voters (known as ‘ambitus’), and simply being a generous guy (‘benignitas’). Caesar insisted he was the latter.
When the votes were finally counted (or not counted), Caesar was declared the winner, thus continuing the long-standing tradition of buying your way into office and rewarding your benefactors with political favor.
He wasn’t the first to do this. And he certainly wouldn’t be the last.
In the Land of the Free today, the modern scion of the Republic, very little has changed from Ancient Rome.
One primary difference is that rather than spending campaign money on gifts and games to entertain voters, the election itself has become the entertainment.
Presidential races today are nothing more than a two-year, multi-billion dollar circus performance.
Mainstream election coverage already ranks among the most banal reality television, focusing on scandal, conflict, one-liner zingers, and hairstyle choices.
And now that Donald Trump has entered the race, the 2016 Presidential election will assuredly become the Greatest Show on Earth.
I can just imagine the media eating up his witty use of the phrase “You’re Fired” in campaign speeches that refer to his opponents.
But perhaps it’s America that’s fired.
Sure, you get to engage in the most demeaning exercise of casting a ballot so that one of these people can steal half of your money and use it to make you less free.
They call that ‘voting,’ and we’re told it’s our civic duty. But it’s just an illusion.
Just like in Caesar’s time, the election will go to the people who spend the most money.
But I’m not talking about the candidates. They’re just puppets. Entertainers.
I’m talking about the people who bankroll them.
These financiers have learned some valuable lessons since 63 BC: you never back just one horse.
Instead, they hedge their bets by heavily funding multiple candidates and buying influence over all of them.
One only need look at Hillary Clinton’s top donors to get a sense of who they are: Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, etc.
Anyone who strays from their interests has his/her funding cut and is pronounced ‘unelectable’ and ‘unpresidential’ early in the circus by the media ringmasters.
This makes voting nothing more than a pointless, demeaning illusion of choice between candidates who have already been preselected by their financial backers.
It reminds me of what it used to be like wandering down the grocery store’s cereal aisle when I was a kid.
Sure it seemed like there were a ton of options.
But when you really looked closely, you could see that all the products were all packed full of the same unhealthy chemical ingredients and GMO grains.
And only about three companies produced all of them– Kellogg’s, Post, and General Mills. Not much of a choice after all.
Yet people fall for this scam every single election cycle. They think that their vote matters, and then they go to the polls and ‘choose’ whoever has the best jump shot, or whoever promises them the most free stuff.
(Remember, it’s not bribery if a candidate is just being generous!)
Curiously the country always ends up worse than before– less free, and more broke.
If you really want to vote in a way that counts, you have two far more powerful ballots you can cast.
They’re called your feet.
Everything is pulse of life, flowing from the singularity consciousness expanding to the infinite manifest (polarity), and contracting back within like a heartbeat. This process is god’s love.
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” Hermes Trismegistus
This principle, which pervades all things, is perfectly exemplified in the video above where world famous scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson answers the question of “what is the most astounding fact about the universe?” It is a fascinating example of Hermetic law.
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The Seven Principles taught by Hermes Trismegistus
These are the seven principles taught by Hermes Trismegistus, also known as Hermes, the Greek God of travelers/thieves/commerce and the messenger of the Gods. He was also known as the great priest Thoth to the Egyptians.
“….it is understood that these ideas where passed from Master to Initiate for generations, for the purpose of personal growth and with the intention of…
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by Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor
A police officer pulled over Floyd Dent for a routine traffic stop.
A violent altercation followed.
The officer dragged Dent out of his car, appeared to put him in a chokehold, and punched him in the head. He then used his stun gun.
A disturbing but hardly unique encounter. These kinds of things happen all the time. It seems like there’s a new police abuse video uploaded to YouTube every day. In many cases, these incidents turn deadly. Dent is lucky the officer didn’t kill him on the spot.
But what’s really remarkable about this incident is that there was any kind of accountability at all. In many cases, the government and the fawning mainstream media sweep cases of police abuse under the rug. The State is extremely reluctant to hold its enforcers to account. But sometimes it’s forced to when overwhelming video evidence comes to light that sparks public outrage.
Once a video of the Dent incident became public, the officer lost his job. He’s now on trial, facing charges of mistreatment of a prisoner.
Dent also decided to sue the city of Inkster, Michigan, where the incident occurred. Surprisingly, he won. The city of Inkster settled for $1.4 million.
The problem is, Inkster doesn’t just have an extra $1.4 million laying around. So what did the local politicians do? They decided to squeeze a little extra juice out of the taxpayers, of course. They did this by raising property taxes.
A local media source estimates the new property tax will amount to about $179 on a home valued at about $55,400.
Now that doesn’t sound like a lot. But consider that the median income in Inkster is just $26,500 and that 40% of its people live below the poverty line. They simply don’t have an extra $179 to pay for a police abuse lawsuit which had nothing to do with them. The case has outraged people there, and rightly so.
There are a lot of things that are outrageous about this story. But there’s one that I find most instructive. And that’s the very concept of property tax. It’s an insidious perversion of property rights. How can you think you really own something that the government forces you to pay an insatiable and ever-increasing amount of tax on?
If you ask me, it’s impossible to truly own something that has a property tax attached to it. You would possess such an item, but you wouldn’t own it. It’s an important distinction. Stop paying your property taxes to find out who really owns your home. In actuality, you’re merely renting the home you thought you owned from the government.
Whenever politicians want to steal more money, they can simply increase property taxes and hope nobody notices. It’s like changing the dial on a thermostat. The Floyd Dent case showed this.
Turning to property taxes to quench a thirst for money is not unique to the politicians in Inkster, Michigan. It’s a universal feature built into the DNA of almost any politician in the world. Consider the bankrupt government of Greece. Here’s an excerpt from an article in The Guardian:
The joke now doing the rounds is: if you want to punish your child, you threaten to pass on property to them… Greeks traditionally have always regarded property as a secure investment. But now it has become a huge millstone, given that the tax burden has increased sevenfold in the past two years alone.
The sad reality is that there are few countries in the world that do not have a property tax. Fewer than 20 to be exact. We cover them in detail in Going Global. The only way to skip the annual property tax harvest is to own real estate in these countries.
It’s not just a matter of minimizing or eliminating property taxes, though. Yes, that’s extremely important. But foreign real estate offers a number of other tremendous benefits, too.
It’s a hard asset outside the immediate reach of your government. They cannot confiscate it without a literal act of war.
It opens the door for you to obtain an offshore bank account, residency, and maybe even citizenship, in another country.
It diversifies your portfolio and can bring income streams in a foreign currency if you rent it out.
These are but a few of the huge benefits foreign real estate can give you.
For a more detailed discussion, you may wish to download our PDF guide to foreign real estate.