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Edited time: December 04, 2013 01:05
Pope Francis (AFP Photo / Andreas Solard)
Speculation has been raised that Pope Francis has been venturing out of the Vatican at night, disguised as a priest and meeting with the homeless in Rome.
In a recent interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who has headed up the centuries-old position of seeking out the poor handing out alms for the Catholic Church, Krajewski seemed to imply that Pope Francis has been joining him on his nightly trips into the city.
Krajewski has been instructed by the Pope of finding those in need, reforming the work into a hands-on project and an extension of the church’s charity.
“The Holy Father told me at the beginning: ‘You can sell your desk. You don’t need it. You need to get out of the Vatican. Don’t wait for people to come ringing. You need to go out and look for the poor,’” Krajewski said.
According to a source that The Huffington Post describes as knowledgeable on the matter “Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women.”
Krajewski himself avoided a direct answer to the rumor that the Pope is venturing out in disguise when pressed by reporters. “When I say to him ‘I’m going out into the city this evening’, there’s the constant risk that he will come with me,” said the Archbishop.
Archbishop Krajewski receives bundles of letters from the Pope each morning, on top of each are notes written by Francis that can read “you know what to do” or “go find them” or “go talk to them,” reports The Huffington Post.
Pope Francis (AFP Photo)
Vatican officials have so far rejected the rumors of the Pope’s escapades, saying that the story was “simply not true,” though that is unlikely to quell the story.
Having already raised eyebrows for statements ranging from dealing with homosexuality to capitalism and wealth distribution, the latest tale seems to fit into the evolving image of a grounded, populist heads of the Catholic Church.
Since taking on the Catholic Church’s top position, Pope Francis has become well known for pushing certain boundaries, broaching tough topics such as the church’s sexual abuse scandals, and presented himself as an unconventional leader. Likewise, the media has been quick to highlight some of the more colorful aspects of the Pope’s background, such as his recent admission to having worked as a bouncer at a bar in his youth.
The Pope’s recent commentary on wealth have charged a decisively populist course for an institution that is at times associated with corruption within its finances, and is itself a wealthy organization.
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” Pope Francis asked an audience at the Vatican last month.
Those comments were accompanied by an 84-page apostolic exhortation, or a “mission statement” for the church released by Pope Francis, which further outlines his views on wealth disparity.
“A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.”
“To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which has taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits.”
“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills,” the Pope’s document reads.
Vatican City (AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)
If the Pope’s marked departure from his more staid predecessors may be riling up the most conservative wings of the Catholic Church, so far they seem to be having a positive effect among his flock.
According to a recent report by Italy’s Center for the Study of New Religions (CESNUR) since Pope Francis was installed there has been a notable rise in church attendance. According to a survey conducted by researcher Massimo Introvigne of 250 Catholic priests, 51 percent reported a significant rise in churchgoing.
“It might have been attributable to the novelty of having a new pope and the emotions stirred by the resignation of pope Benedict. But after six months I got more or less the same result,” Introvigne told The Guardian newspaper.
No Polio in the Philippines Since 1993, But Mass Polio Vaccination Program Targeted for 500,000 Typhoon Victims Under Age 5
UNICEF has purchased over $2 million dollars worth of vaccines for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Western pharmaceutical companies look to make huge sales from aggressive campaign to vaccinate over 500,000 children in typhoon affected areas.
Photo by World Health Organization.
Health Impact News Editor
In the aftermath of one of the strongest storms to ever strike land, the most dangerous place for children in the Philippines to be right now could very well be the evacuation centers, or living near one.
This past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF began an aggressive program to vaccinate more than 500,000 children with the measles and polio vaccines in the typhoon affected areas of the Philippines. They have already vaccinated more than 30,000 children in Tacolban, one of the worst hit areas.
“It is virtually unprecedented that within two and a half weeks of a disaster of this scale, with this level of devastation and these logistical challenges, that a mass vaccination campaign is already rolling out,” reported Dr. Julie Hall, WHO representative in the Philippines.
The children are being vaccinated for measles and polio, in spite of the fact that measles rates are very low and declining in the Philippines, and that there has not been a single case of polio in the Philippines since 1993.
In the video below, Heather Papowitz, a senior advisor for UNICEF, states that they are vaccinating children for measles even though they have already been vaccinated for the disease, because previous vaccine campaigns were, ”not enough to protect them, so we need to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Is this a statement to the ineffectiveness of measles vaccines that they need to be vaccinated repeatedly, or that somehow typhoon disasters like this require higher doses of the vaccine? By either reasoning, it allows pharmaceutical companies a larger market for their products.
Regarding their goal to vaccinate 500,000 children with the very dangerous oral polio vaccine, she states, “As far as polio, it was already eradicated in the Philippines, so we just want to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
Watch the video for yourself:
According to statistics supplied by the WHO, measles is rare and declining in the Philippines. In a nation of over 90 million people, there were 6,554 confirmed cases of measles in 2011 (source), 1,536 confirmed cases in 2012, and through November 11, 2013 this year, only 951 confirmed cases. (Source - Page 6.)
If you are the parent of a Filipino child being told by western aid workers that you need to vaccinate your child for measles (regardless if your child was already vaccinated), you need to ask yourself why you should allow your child to be exposed to dangerous western vaccines when the disease has already been declining and affects so very few people in your country.
As for the oral polio vaccine, this particular vaccine contains the live polio virus, and is notorious for causing vaccine-induced polio and paralysis. It is no longer given in the United States, only in poorer countries like India, Pakistan (where many people are now rising up and resisting it), and now the Philippines. Many have called for a halt on the oral live attenuated vaccine, due to the fact that it can actually cause polio and non-polio acute flaccid paralysis.
In India, for example, the “polio eradication campaign” using the live oral polio vaccine caused 47,500 cases of non-polio acute flaccid paralysis in just one year! (Source.) Will we now start seeing cases of polio and paralysis arise in the Philippines, where currently there are none, as a result of this dangerous and outdated polio vaccine that is targeted for 500,000 children? We most assuredly will, as this is exactly what is happening in other places like India and Pakistan. (See: Paralysis Haunts ‘Polio Free’ India and Confirmed: India’s Polio Eradication Campaign in 2011 Caused 47,500 Cases of Vaccine-Induced Polio Paralysis)
The measles vaccine is hardly without risk either. Dr. Viera Scheibner points out in this excellent article looking at the history of the measles vaccine, that atypical measles outbreaks have occurred as a result of the vaccine, and that natural immunity is wiped out when the vaccine is introduced, which can lead to more incidents of measles, rather than less. As I pointed out above, measles is already on the decline in the Philippines and affects a minuscule portion of the population.
I am not sure if there is a single measles vaccine currently available in the market, as by far the majority of the vaccines for measles today are a 3-vaccine combo of mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR). Here is Merck’s MMR vaccine package insert for the MMR vaccine. Be sure to read the ingredients, as well as the sections: CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS before you agree to have your children vaccinated. These sections are seldom communicated or explained to parents prior to vaccination, and injuries and deaths do occur, as is evidenced by settlements in the U.S. vaccine court, and also by a court in Italy. (See: MMR Vaccine Caused Autism in Two Children According to Federal Vaccine Court and Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism: Why is this story blacked out of the US Media?)
I know that Health Impact News has a popular readership in Manila, and I encourage people to contact President Aquino and Dr. Enrique Ona (Secretary of Health) to carefully research this topic so they can be fully informed about these issues. The dangers of the live oral polio vaccine and the terrible side effects resulting in paralysis are very well documented in the scientific literature. We have also published articles from medical doctors and PhD scientists that summarize the peer-reviewed scientific studies and history of vaccines that is not popularly covered in the U.S. mainstream media, which is for the most part pro-pharmaceutical. See for example: The REAL History Behind the Polio Vaccine by Dr . Viera Scheibner (PhD), and Did Vaccines Really Eradicate Polio? by Suzanne Humphries, MD.
Why are Children Under 5 Dying in Countries Where UNICEF Works?
It would also be prudent to research UNICEF, which likes to present itself as an advocate for children’s health. Their track record does not match up to this image they like to project. In a report published in the Lancet (free registration required to read) in 2004, it was revealed that in the countries where UNICEF was working, deaths of children under the age of 5 actually increased! Is it a coincidence that this is the same age group UNICEF targets with their vaccine programs? The countries that experienced the greatest increase in deaths were all poor countries: India (2·4 million deaths), Nigeria (834 000 deaths), China (784 000 deaths), Pakistan (565 000 deaths), Democratic Republic of Congo (484 000 deaths), and Ethiopia (472 000 deaths). Will the Philippines now be added to this tragic list?
The largest funding entity to UNICEF is the U.S. Government. People in the Philippines and other poorer countries need to understand that the U.S. Government, unlike any other government in the world, has passed laws giving 100% legal immunity to pharmaceutical companies for any harm or damage that occurs as a result of vaccine adverse effects. This gives them unlimited opportunities to rush new vaccines into the market regardless of their safety, and often the more unpopular vaccines get distributed to poorer countries as part of “humanitarian” efforts, funded by taxpayers in various countries that support the U.N. and UNICEF. There are absolutely ZERO checks and balances to assure that your country is receiving safe and effective vaccines.
I lived in the Philippines for several years, and have been through four Super Typhoons. I have also participated in relief operations after natural and man-made disasters. The amount of fraud and corruption that occurs when millions, or even billions, of dollars are being donated for “humanitarian” purposes after a tragedy like this is always a problem, and this appears to me to be a case where pharmaceutical companies are seizing upon the Philippine Typhoon Yolanda tragedy to promote their vaccine agenda.
Pharmaceutical sales are slumping in the U.S., and they are looking for new markets, particularly in the poorer countries. Measles is declining in the Philippines and already rare, and there are no cases of polio. But that may all change now, thanks to this vaccination program that can, ironically, cause the disease for which the vaccine is supposed to prevent, resulting in even more vaccination programs in the future with the claim that these diseases are now returning, thus creating a lucrative market for the western pharmaceutical companies.
What the people in the Philippines in the typhoon affected areas need right now, especially children under the age of 5, is clean drinking water and healthy food, and then help to rebuild their homes and infrastructure. The millions of dollars being spent on dangerous vaccines could better be put to use for much healthier and safer options that will truly help the people, rather than dangerous vaccines that could end up crippling and injuring children at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Government officials and citizens in the Philippines need to understand the profit motive to distribute vaccines and how Western governments fund groups like WHO and UNICEF to promote their agendas in poorer countries. In the process, they exploit the most helpless members of your society, children under the age of 5! Throw off the mantle of Western colonialism and tell the WHO and UNICEF to stop their vaccination program in the typhoon affected areas now!
- Philippine Inquirer
- World Health Organization
- The Lancet
- Clinical Infectious Diseases – Oxford Journal
- Gulf News
Are UNICEF Live Polio Vaccines Causing Polio Among Syrians? 1.7 Billion Polio Vaccines Purchased by UNICEF
by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland J.D.
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Imagine you are a denizen of the 18th century. It’s just past 8:30 P.M., you’ve got your night-cap on. You blow out your candles and fall asleep to the smell of the wax and the wick, which gently fills the air around your bed. Some hours pass. 2:30 AM. You awaken, grab your coat, and visit the neighbors because they, too, are up. Doing quiet reading, prayer, or even having sex. Well, apparently before the age of electricity, sleeping twice a night was completely ubiquitous.
Back in those times, we slept twice a night, getting up for an hour or two for recreation before heading back to bed until dawn.
The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech.
His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night. This range was about 12 hours long, and began with a sleep of three to four hours, wakefulness of two to three hours, then sleep again until morning.
References are scattered throughout literature, court documents, personal papers, and the ephemera of the past. What is surprising is not that people slept in two sessions, but that the concept was so incredibly common. Two-piece sleeping was the standard, accepted way to sleep.
“It’s not just the number of references – it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge,” Ekirch says.
An English doctor wrote, for example, that the ideal time for study and contemplation was between “first sleep” and “second sleep.” Chaucer tells of a character in the Canterbury Tales that goes to bed following her “firste sleep.” And, explaining the reason why working class conceived more children, a doctor from the 1500s reported that they typically had sex after their first sleep.
Ekirch’s book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past is replete with such examples.
But just what did people do with these extra twilight hours? Pretty much what you might expect.
Most stayed in their beds and bedrooms, sometimes reading, and often they would use the time to pray. Religious manuals included special prayers to be said in the mid-sleep hours.
Others might smoke, talk with co-sleepers, or have sex. Some were more active and would leave to visit with neighbours.
As we know, this practice eventually died out. Ekirch attributes the change to the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses. Author Craig Koslofsky offers a further theory in his book Evening’s Empire. With the rise of more street lighting, night stopped being the domain of criminals and sub-classes and became a time for work or socializing. Two sleeps were eventually considered a wasteful way to spend these hours.
The science seems to back up our history books. In a 4-week study with 15 men living with restricted daylight hours, something strange started to happen. After catching up on their “sleep debt” – a common state of affairs for most of us – the participants began to wake up in the middle of the night:
They began to have two sleeps.
Over a twelve hour period, the participants would typically sleep for about four or five hours initially, then wake for several hours, then sleep again until morning. They slept not more than eight hours total.
The middle hours of the night, between two sleeps, was characterized by unusual calmness, likened to meditation. This was not the middle-of-the-night toss-and-turn that many of us experienced. The individuals did not stress about falling back asleep, but used the time to relax.
Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford, points out that even with standard sleep patterns, this night waking isn’t always cause for concern. “Many people wake up at night and panic,” he says. “I tell them that what they are experiencing is a throwback to the bi-modal sleep pattern.”
Although the article mentions there are no benefits for sleeping twice a night, it’s difficult to imagine there wouldn’t be some major effects on our daily consciousness. How much would we benefit from a few hours of “unusual calmness, likened to meditation”? Seriously. I haven’t tried “bi-modal” sleep, but I think many of us, including myself, have stumbled into it. Our maddeningly busy digital schedules prevent us from considering the possibility, and benefits, of interloping with the sidereal realms of consciousness for more than an 8-hour “sleep debt” crash.
But we can’t go back to a pre-electric lifestyle of early-to-bed, early-to-rise. Yet, maybe we can we utilize this knowledge to enhance our quality of life, and open us up to alternative modes of mind and time.
This leads me to a book I’ve been reading through lately.
Swallowing the Information Age in a Single Gulp
If you’re interested in reading more on the modern world’s impact on our mind, look no further than Douglas Rushkoff’s new book: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now:
“The point is that time is not neutral. Hours and minutes are not generic, but specific. We are better at doing some thing sin the morning and others in the evening. More incredible, those times of day change based on where we are in the twenty-eight day moon cycle. In one week, we are more productive in the early morning, while in the next week we are more effective in the early afternoon.
Technology gives us the ability to ride roughshod over all these nooks and crannies of time. We can fly through ten time zones in as many hours. We can take melatonin or Ambien to fall asleep when we’ve arrived at our destination, and later take one of our attention deficit disorder-afflicted son’s Ritalin pills to wake up the next morning…
Where our technologies may be evolving as fast as we can imagine new ones, our bodies evolved over millennia, and in concert with forces and phenomena we barely understand. It’s not simply that we need to give the body rhythms… the body is based on hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different clocks, all listening to and relating to and syncing with everyone and everything elses. Human beings just can’t evolve that quickly. Our bodies are changing on a much different timescale.”
What Rushkoff suggests, however, is not to toss aside our iPhones and “always-on” digital lifestyles, but to figure out a way for our technology to enhance our biology:
“Yes, we are in a chronobiological crisis of depression, suicides, cancers, poor productivity, and social malaise as a result of abusing and defeating the rhythms keeping us alive and in sync with nature and one another. But what we are learning gives us the ability to turn this crisis into an opportunity. Instead of attempting to retrain the body to match the artificial rhythms of our digital technologies and their artifacts, we can instead use our digital technologies to reschedule our lives in a manner consistent with our physiology.”
I’m not sure I’ll be adopting a ‘bi-modal’ sleep, but I can definitely see the benefits of recognizing, and attempting to live by, a new understanding of time. Time as quality. Duration. Flavor. One of my favorite 20th century cultural philosophers, Jean Gebser, wrote in 1949 that time was at the heart of Western civilization’s crisis. In our attempt to be “in the new,” we try to be tapped into everything happening, at once. But maybe that’s the wrong approach. The wrong attitude about time. It’s not important to quantify time like we do. Maybe what’s needed is to step back and be present, not like the “present shock” Rushkoff is critiquing the digital age for, but in presence. In swallowing the information age in a single gulp.
It could be that our contemporary crisis with being in the now is no different than the Zen koan of “swallowing the ocean in a single gulp.” You can’t do it if you literalize time into little bits, tiny ticks of the clock, emails, Facebook notifications and bleeps on the LCD screen. It’s just far too much. But our information overload may, in reality, be a limitation not of the digital age but of the mode of quantifying consciousness we bring to it. What do you think? How do we deal with the “Flood” as James Gleick calls it?
Paul Walker is dead after a horrific car crash, but some people on conspiracy websites are positing that the famed actor was murdered for “digging too deep.”
Alternative news site Before It’s News has written a story about the theories, which has gotten over 128,000 views and thousands of Facebook “likes” and shares in the past two days. And on Twitter, a number of users speculated that Walker, 40, may have been murdered. However, officials have said that speeding was likely the prevailing factor in the crash, while sources at the auto shop Walker co-owned said a steering fluid leak may have been a factor.
The Before It’s News “report” cites several theories from the popular conspiracy forum Godlikeproductions:
1. Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were killed “shortly after they discovered a conspiracy to supply victims of Typhon Haiyan with a prototype permanent birth control drug hidden in medicinal supplies and food aid,” claimed an anonymous user on the website. The pair supposedly had “a damning recording” and “they were on their way to rendezvous with an ally who would have helped them get in touch with the right people.
“Turns out they were betrayed and someone rigged their car’s breaks to malfunction after a certain speed,” the user said. “Now that the loose end has been tied up, and the recording destroyed, the people responsible have nothing to fear as this will become another ‘conspiracy theory’ no one will take seriously.”
However, there appears no evidence to support this claim, and the origin of this theory is from Godlikeproductions. No credible, mainstream media entities have covered this.
Keep in mind that GodlikeProductions has numerous threads about the U.S. research program HAARP causing earthquakes and storms in other countries, conspiracies about Comet ISON, and various posts about the Illuminati–a purported secret society that controls the world’s governments and large corporations. Anonymous users can post–without registering–anything they want.
It’s also worth noting that after every major event–including school shootings, the Boston bombing, or a plane crash–there’s almost always a conspiracy theory about a cause, usually with users alleging there was a “false flag” involved. But there’s usually little-to-no evidence to support such claims.
Paul Walker in London in May. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
The other theory from Godlikeproductions is as follows:
2. Referring again to Walker’s work for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, the other theory on the forum is that Walker discovered “dirty money” in the Philippines disaster relief. “That would make sense because he owned a company that specialized in rapid disaster relief,” the poster said.
Several others are supporting this argument. One user on Twitter said: “I believe Paul Walker was murdered for knowing down deep the evil plans of the global elite in regards to the Philippine typhoons.”
Again, there is no evidence to support this claim, and it also appears to have originated from a poster on Godlikeproductions, which was referenced as the only sources in the Before It’s News article.
In the story “Paul Walker: Murdered for Digging Too Deep?” the author speculates that the massive damage done to the vehicle Walker and Rodas were in appears to point to a murder of some sort.
Several other theories circulating are:
-The crash was caused by an “Obama drone strike.”
-The crash was foretold in the Family Guy episode where the dog Brian dies, because Walker’s character in “Fast & Furious” was named Brian
-Walker spoke “prophetic” words in his 2000 film “The Skulls,” when he said “If you keep digging you will dig your own grave.”
Another associated theory is that the lack of skid marks helps prove a murder, as well as the fire that consumed much of the car and rendered the two bodies so far unidentifiable (officials are using dental records to confirm the bodies are Walker and Rodas).
But sources at Always Evolving, the auto shop co-owned by Walker and Rodas, told TMZ that they saw evidence of a steering fluid leak, including a burst and subsequent trail.
The lack of skid marks before the point of impact–a tree–appear to align with the steering fluid leak, the sources said. Flames would typically be expected where the engine is in the rear of the car, but the fire in the front reinforces the theory of a fluid leak.
Another theory–one put forward by some officials–is that Rodas was speeding, which may have contributed to the crash. But one source said that the idea Rodas lost control, even if he was speeding, is preposterous.
“Roger was a world class driver,” the source said.
A picture of Paul Walker among flowers at the crash site, where hundreds of friends and fans paid their respects on December 1, 2013. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Another theory is that Rodas was drag racing, because the neighborhood where the crash happened is known to attract street racers.
The crash happened on a street that forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks and is rimmed by hills and isolated from traffic, especially on weekends.
“It’s well-known out here that that’s a hot spot for street racers,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miler. “It’s a long stretch where, weekends, businesses are all closed and they feel like nobody’s going to bother them up there.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the accident but already has said speed was a factor. The posted limit was 45 mph.
Investigators are trying to determine how fast the car was traveling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tuesday, November 26th 2013 at 9:45 pm
Researchers from the University of Miami’s Schools of Medicine and Psychology have determined that compassionate love as well as a faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing time and decreases disease progression among those with HIV.
The researchers utilized the “Working Model of Compassionate Love” by Dr. Lynn Underwood to analyze and measure 177 people infected with HIV for ten years.
Over the ten year period the patients were assessed for viral load and the presence of CD4 cells: CD4 is a glycoproteins that rests on immune cells – but CD4 cells refer to a type of T-cell that activates antiviral activities. CD4 cell count is a reflection of the strength of the immune system.
Along with these assessments, the researchers periodically interviewed each of the patients, and the patients also provided essays for the researchers to review and assess. These assessments resulted in hierarchical ratings for each of the qualifications – using a process called Hierarchical Linear Regression Analysis. These in turn provided quantitative and qualitative analysis in order to assess each patient and compare their levels of compassionate love – achieved through their receiving it and giving it to others.
The research found that those who both gave and received the most compassionate love while maintaining compassionate love towards self (related to self-worth and self-forgiveness) had substantially less disease progression, greater CD4+ and less HIV viral load over time.
The research also found that those who felt that God/Higher Power was loving and loved them had significantly slower HIV progression, while those who felt that God was punishing them and/or seen Him as harsh had faster progression of their HIV.
This vision of themselves in relation to a Higher Power also reflected upon their level of compassionate love towards self. Those who felt God/Higher Power loved them also tended to extend more compassionate love to others, and were able to receive more compassionate love from others. This combination resulted in less disease progression, a lower viral load and more CD4.
The definition used in relation to the “Openness and receptivity to spirituality” by the researchers was defined as:
“The spiritual awareness of being part of something important beyond oneself and feeling connected to a higher presence. Being open and receptive for the so-called “inspired” quality of compassionate love.”
Those who felt unloved and saw themselves as rejected, in turn gave and received less compassionate love according to the research. This combination was also accompanied by those patients having higher viral loads, less CD4 and greater disease progression.
Published time: December 01, 2013 03:14
A general view of houses in the town of Vik in southern Iceland.(Reuters/ Ingolfur Juliusson)
The measure was introduced by the country’s prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, the leader of the Progressive Party which won the late-April elections on a promise of household debt relief.
According to the government’s website the household debt will be reduced by 13 percent on average.
Citizens of Iceland have been suffering from debt since the 2008 financial crisis, which led to high borrowing costs after the collapse of the krona against other currencies.
“Currently, household debt is equivalent to 108 percent of GDP, which is high by international comparison,” highlighted a government statement, according to AFP. “The action will boost household disposable income and encourage savings.”
The government said that the debt relief will begin by mid-2014 and according to estimates the measure is set to cost $1.2 billion in total. It will be spread out over four years.
The financing plan for the program has not yet been laid out. However, Gunnlaugsson has promised that public finances will not be put at risk. It was initially proposed that the foreign creditors of Icelandic banks would pay for the measure.
International organizations have confronted the idea with criticism. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have advised against it, citing economic concerns.
Iceland has “little fiscal space for additional household debt relief” according to the IMF, while the OECD stated that Iceland should limit its mortgage relief to low-income households.
In the meantime, ratings service, Standard & Poor’s, cut back on its outlook for Iceland’s long-term credit rating to negative from stable, stating that the economic measure could affect the confidence of foreign investors if it ends up being paid for by the existing creditors of Icelandic banks.
Google files patent for robot that writes your Facebook posts, emails and tweets – but will need FULL access to scan your accounts
PUBLISHED: 16:21 GMT, 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25 GMT, 29 November 2013
However, this hasn’t stopped Google filing a patent for a system that would do just that.
According to the details of the latest patent filed by a software engineer at the firm, Google’s automated system would work like a social media bot and submit posts on a user’s behalf.
GOOGLE TO TRACK WHAT WE SEE?
In August a patent was approved that could see Google tracking, and making money from, the eye movements of its Google Glass owners.
The Gaze Tracking System patent shows the device tracking where the wearer looks, how long they look at an item, and even how much their pupils dilate.
Information about where the user is looking could then be sent to Google’s servers where an image scanning algorithm would identify what they are looking at, create a log of everything they’ve viewed, and potentially use this information to serve adverts.
It would do this by scanning that user’s previous posts and replies on sites such as Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, as well as their emails and texts messages, to learn how that person writes.
The bot would then write replies and responses to future posts in a way that mimics that person’s usual language and tone.
The more a person uses the system, the more the bot can learn the type of responses they write and this would make the suggestions sound more human and realistic.
This would also potentially involve the bot scanning posts written by friends and family too, and could have significant privacy implications.
Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, told MailOnline: ‘Technology like this must only ever be opt-in, as it has the potential to allow companies like Google to harvest even more data from your private communications to enable automatic posting to sound authentic.
‘If you regularly send a text message about a certain type of medication or email a lawyer with words like ‘divorce’ appearing, the computer can quite easily identify you to a human searching through the data looking for certain things.
Google has already been criticised for scanning the content of emails in its Gmail service for advertising purposes so it could, in theory, do the same with posts, emails and text messages.
Pickles continued: ‘That sort of data is valuable to both governments and companies, so I’m extremely concerned about any technology that purports to offer convenience while in reality exposing more of our private communications to prying eyes.’
There are already bots capable of automating responses to emails, blog posts or comments but Google’s system would make the process more personalised.
According to the patent: ‘There is no requirement for the user to set reminders or be proactive.
‘The system automatically, without user input, analyses information to which the user has access, and generates suggestions for personalised reactions to messages.’
However, the system wouldn’t be completely automated. A user would have to approve a suggestion made by the bot before it is posted in their name.
Suggestions could also be rejected, which again would help the bot learn what kinds of posts are appropriate.
Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is an absolute poison to the human metabolism. Coke is very close to the acidity level of battery acid and consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.
It’s cheaper and easier to buy Coke in some third world countries than it is to access clean water. Coke uses “public relations propaganda” to convince consumers and entire nations that it is an “environmental company” when really it is linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease.
People who consume soft drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them every day. A study published in the journal Respirology reveals that soft drink consumption is also associated with lung and breathing disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The carbonation in Coke causes calcium loss in the bones through a 3-stage process:
- The carbonation irritates the stomach.
- The stomach “cures” the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.
- The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.
But, the story doesn’t end there. Another problem with most Coke is it also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). Phosphoric acid also causes a draw-down on the body’s store of calcium.
So Coke softens your bones (actually, makes them weak and brittle) in 3 ways:
- Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.
- Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.
- The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.
Esophageal cancer was very rare two generations ago — now, it’s common. The basic mechanism works as follows:
- Mechanical damage to cells is a huge risk factor for cancer. It’s why asbestos particles, for example, cause lung cancer.
- All soft drinks cause acid reflux (stomach acid rising up past the esophageal valve). This is more pronounced when the body is horizontal (as in sleeping), but the sheer volume of Coke and soft drinks consumed in the USA means the acid reflux is well past the danger point. Any time you ingest a gassy drink, you are going to get belching–and acid into the esophagus. How much is too much? The research doesn’t say where the limit is–it only shows that most of us are far, far, far past it.
- tomach acid dissolves tissue — that’s its purpose. The stomach lining does not extend into the esophagus, so the lower esophagus gets damaged by acid far more frequently in soft drink users than in non soft drink users. This results in a radical increase in cell mutations, along with a far higher level of free radicals.
20 Practical Uses For Coke
Coke acts as an acidic cleaner. The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7.
To prove Coke does not belong in the human body, here are 20 practical ways you can use Coke as a domestic cleaner:
- Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
- Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
- Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
- Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
- Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
- Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
- Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
- Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
- Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
- Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
- Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
- Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
- Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
- Removes stains from vitreous china.
- Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
- You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
- Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
- Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
- Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
- Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.
Now can you imagine what is does to your stomach lining?
Who needs the ‘household and cleaning’ section at the hardware store when we have Coke.
Source: “20 Establish Uses For Coca Cola Proves Itt Does Not Belong In The Human Body”, from preventdisease.com by John Summerly
Every soul adds these one at a time at their own pace according to how much light they are allowing into their soul each day. These 4th dimensional chakras are spiritual chakras; they don’t have anything to do with the physical body. Each chakra has to be stable, balanced and being used by the person in order for the next higher chakra to open.
In 2007, the 5th dimensional chakras were accessible. Most people started feeling this energy in 2010. These chakras open when the person no longer receives direction from the ego. The light inside the soul guides the consciousness instead. These chakras are the pathway for your consciousness to help you remember who you really are as God. They are purely spiritual and work with you on a soul level.
The 5th Dimension is a physical place, like the 3rd Dimension so for you to be able to access the energy without even walking on that world is truly a remarkable feat! These chakras are the Christ Chakra, Hand Chakras, Foot Chakras, Earth Star Chakra and the 12th Chakra. When the last 4th dimensional chakra (Zeal Point Chakra) is stabilized, the Christ Chakra, Hand Chakras, Foot Chakras and the Earth Star Chakra will all open for a few minutes and then close again.
The Earth Star Chakra opens at the same time because at this level, you will no longer be grounding into Mother Earth. The Earth Star Chakra takes her place. And as you use more of the Christ Chakra’s high energy, you will get extra chakras under the Earth Star to stabilize you. (See list below) If you were already a 3rd dimensional healer, you may have your Hand Chakras open already. For everyone else, healer or not, you will open the Hand Chakras when you open the Christ Chakra. With this opening, everyone will be able to heal others at this level.
The process of opening these 5th dimensional chakras takes a while so that your soul can get used to this very different, high vibrational light energy. You will be stepping into it and stepping back out to allow your body/soul to adjust to that frequency of light. You may find yourself in that higher energy for an hour and then out of that energy for the next 8 hours or longer. Eventually, you will be walking in this energy 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
The 5th dimensional chakras open upon your intention. You can use prayer / affirmations but it is mostly how you are living your daily life. It is not something that will automatically happen since there it is not important for these chakras to open here on a 3rddimensional world. If you are trying to live your life from your higher consciousness and not your ego then your soul will respond and welcome the 5th dimensional chakras to start opening.
Many people don’t realize that there are two ascensions going on now. We have a personal soul ascension that is possible and the Collective Ascension that will definitely happen. The Collective Ascension is the one where we walk together into the 5th dimensional world in one moment. Remember, it is not necessary for souls to be 5th dimensional at the time of this Ascension to be able to ascend.
There will be a measurement in that moment before Ascension and every soul with a certain light frequency will ascend. The measurement of their soul means that it is not according to who they have been in this one life. That is why you don’t have to be concerned about family or friends not ascending. How much light they have collected in their soul from all of their lifetimes is how they are measured.
There will only be approx. 10% on Earth at the time of the Ascension who will already have personally ascended and living in that 5th dimensional energy. These people are the ones that are assisting in creating the New World and also the pathway for everyone else to get there.
Some of the signs of being 5th dimensional is not feeling like you fit in anywhere. It’s different than just being a Lightworker around non-Lightworkers. It is no longer fitting in with the Lightworkers! This is a feeling of waking up like you are in the wrong place / world. Also, looking at things from a broader perspective and not understanding why people don’t see things as clearly as you can.
The greatest benefit is shown by a feeling a deep rooted peace; even when circumstances are chaotic all around you. The peace never goes away. It is supporting you in everything you do. This doesn’t mean you won’t get upset or mad ever again. Of course you will! You have a human body in which the ego is linked so you will always have access to those lower emotions. With this higher vibrational energy flowing through you, you can make conscious clear choices of how to act and respond and chances are you won’t want to use those lower emotions.
The 3rd and 4th dimensional chakras have colors associated with them but the 5thdimensional chakras do not. The frequency they resonate with is not anything that we can see while on this Earth.
Here is a list of the Chakras in order of how they open:
~ Root Chakra
~ Sacral Chakra
~ Solar Plexus Chakra
~ Heart Chakra
~ Throat Chakra
~ Brow Chakra
~ Crown Chakra
~ Soul Star Chakra (starting of the 4th Dimension energy)
~ High Heart Chakra
~ Zeal Point Chakra
~ Christ Chakra (starting of the 5th Dimension energy)
~ Hand Chakras (except for Healers who opened them in the 3rd Dimension)
~ Feet Chakras
~ Earth Star Chakra
~ 3 Chakras under the Earth Star Chakra
~ 12th Chakra (I haven’t been given a name for this yet)
~ 4th Chakra under the Earth Star
~ There will be more chakras added under the Earth Star chakra to balance the 12th Chakra
~ And you will have the opportunity to continue to add higher chakras / with lower chakras to balance you until we collectively ascend.
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Newly restored Italian frescoes have revealed what could have been women priests in the early Christian church. The female pictured in this fresco has her arms outstretched as if holding Mass
- -The 230-240 AD frescoes were found in the Catacombs of Priscilla of Rome
- -One fresco shows a group of women celebrating banquet of the Eucharist
- -Another shows woman with outstretched arms like those of a priest
- -Vatican says assertions that these women were priests are ‘fairy tales’
Dug out from the second to fifth centuries, the Catacombs of Priscilla are a complex labyrinth of underground burial chambers stretching eight miles beneath the northern half of the city.
The area is often called the ‘Queen of the catacombs’ because it features burial chambers of popes and a tiny, delicate fresco of the Madonna nursing Jesus dating from around 230 to 240 AD – the earliest known image of the Madonna and Child.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s culture minister, opened the ‘Cubicle of Lazzaro’ which is a tiny burial chamber featuring 4th century images of biblical scenes, the Apostles Peter and Paul, and one of the early Romans buried there in bunk-bed-like stacks as was common in antiquity.