Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why you should care about the meat industry


What is so wrong about the meat industry is the attempt to subject it to mass production.  So far the results have been unsatisfactory in a number of ways. This is a pretty good list.

I do think that we have to abandon the whole protocol generally and focus on establishing land and human friendly herds.  That does mean small pastured cattle herds which the land can bear.  It means free range chicken growing that also specializes in soil turning as well; as egg production.  Both methods sharply lowers the use of grains except to late fatten for slaughter.

We already know how to do this using modern  power equipment as well to assist.

The whole butchering enterprise needs to also be sharply scaled back to a size where an operator can avoid throughput thinking...

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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE MEAT INDUSTRY


September 6, 2017


Wes Annac, Contributor

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/09/06/care-meat-industry/


You don’t have to be a vegetarian or animal activist to be angry with what’s happening in the meat industry. Corruption and abuse litter an industry that provides food in inhumane ways for the sake of profit.


In this article, we’ll be discussing things I wish weren’t happening and am therefore doing my part to help stop. Some parts of this article might be tough to read, but by sharing this difficult information with you, I hope to help you see why you should care.


Vegetarians and meat eaters can work together to effect much-needed change in the industry if we can learn the facts and commit to this common goal. The cause is important for those who want to protect animals and those who want to ensure meat is produced ethically (and is thus safer for consumption).


The first reason you should be concerned is that despite recent changes in regulation, the industry remains the same.


Recent Regulation Changes Have Not Solved the Industry’s Biggest Problems


Henry Imhoff Helena wrote in 2013 that the USDA introduced a “meat inspection program” that failed miserably to stop meat contamination. Under the program, meat producers could increase their processing lines’ speed and replace safety inspectors from the USDA with people who work for them.

 

“Some of the worst health and safety violations” were discovered in factories under the program, Henry writes, including “fecal matter and partly digested food”. Unsurprisingly, the meat produced as a result may have contained E. coli and listeria. (1)


This exemplifies that changes in the industry don’t always mean it’s improving. We need genuine positive change before we can be sure the industry is safe for animals and consumers.


This brings us to our next point.


The Industry Keeps Secrets from Consumers


It might sound like a typical conspiracy theory, but the meat industry does not want people to know what goes on behind closed doors. They’re dedicated to masking the truth from an unsuspecting public and silencing anyone who tries to expose them.


As an example of the misleading nature of the meat and dairy industry in the United States, Dr. Joseph Mercola writes that eggs from caged hens in Europe are marked “battery eggs” whereas in the U.S., they’re labeled “farm fresh’ or “country fresh”. Through lobbying, he writes, companies have even pushed “gag laws” that consider the videotaping of animal cruelty or any other damning evidence a felony. (2)


If it’s at all shocking to you that the industry is keeping secrets and using the legal system to fight for its apparent right to do so, keep reading. There are plenty more reasons to be concerned.


Pink Slime Is Still Very Much a Thing


Do you remember pink slime? This additive surprised and disgusted the public when news first broke about it. Those who were already aware of the problems in the meat industry, however, were likely unsurprised.


Adam Voiland and Angela Haupt at U.S. News write that what we know as “pink slime” are scraps of butchered meat cleansed with ammonia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a while back that school districts could receive beef with or without the “trimmings”, and plenty of grocery stores and fast food restaurants have ditched or distanced themselves from the slime. It’s still USDA approved, however, with the food industry free to use it as they please. (3)


Sam P.K Collins at Think Progress writes that two years after it was exposed and food manufacturers ditched it, pink slime made a comeback. Beef prices have been “soaring”, which has led some companies to resume using the slime so they can lower their production costs. (4)


The process of creating the pink slime, Sam writes, is one of separating the fat from the meat in beef trimmings and exposing what’s left to ammonia and citric acid. Despite that the ammonia in pink slime can cause “long term damage to parts of the human digestive system, blood vessels, liver, and kidneys”, schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas have once again embraced it. (4)


According to the Huffington Post, some school systems stuck by it when the controversy erupted in 2012, apparently having never removed it at all. (5)
Industrial-Scale Farming Is Riddled with Problems


Dr. Mercola writes that some of the biggest problems with industrial-scale farming are safety and quality of food, which is reportedly deteriorating. Diseases in humans, wildlife, and livestock can be traced to poor industrial farming practices. They include antibiotic-resistant diseases, mad cow disease in cows, and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. (2)


Proteins causing mad cow and chronic wasting disease, Dr. Mercola writes, could be responsible for the development of Alzheimer’s in up to 13% of people who suffer from the disease. According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection service (FSIS), “contaminated chicken parts” are responsible for around 133,000 illnesses a year. The USDA also estimates that contaminated chicken and turkey are responsible for around 200,000 illnesses a year. FSIS wants to bring down the number of illnesses caused by tainted meat 25%. (2)


“Factory-farmed chicken”, Dr. Mercola writes, is one of the biggest causes of food poisoning. Beef is no exception to this rule: the USDA has been considering labeling beef that’s tenderized mechanically because during the process, pathogens are compressed from the surface down into the meat. Once there, the pathogens can potentially survive being cooked. This is why it’s been to blame for “at least” 5 E. coli outbreaks in 6 years (2003-2009). (2)


Here are some more fun facts about industrial farming Dr. Mercola shares:
It’s responsible for loss of water quality, as it causes phosphorous and nitrogen contamination in streams, rivers, and groundwater. This can contribute to “dramatic shifts in aquatic ecosystems and hypoxic zones” (2) 


It may be responsible for making crops less nutritious, with the focus on harvesting a high yield over crops high in nutrients (2)
It’s responsible for the emission of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and other greenhouse gases (2)
It negatively impacts soil quality (2)





With these problems that plague industrial-scale farming, it seems sensible to make the switch to more sustainable farming practices on a national level. In a society as advanced as ours, we should be able to get our meat and dairy without worrying about our groundwater being contaminated or our food being less nutritious.
Slaughterhouses Can Be Dangerous for Workers


Luke Runyon at NPR reports that Ralph Horner (also known as Ed), a worker for a beef plant in Greely, Colorado, tragically died at his job in June 2014. The plant in which he died is owned by JBS, the “world’s largest meatpacker”. (6)


Luke reports that Ed died when a piece of equipment he was working on pulled him in by catching his hair and shirt sleeve. His sleeve bunched up around his neck and mouth, suffocating him. Ed was 54 and married, with three sons and a grandkid. (6)


Meat and poultry processing plants are safer than they used to be, Luke writes, but they can still be a dangerous environment for workers. In the plants, workers disassemble chickens, hogs, and cattle with hydraulic saws, industrial blenders, marinade pumps, steel hooks, metal chains, and conveyor belts, with mats on the floor to “avoid slips on blood or water”. (6)


Luke writes that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2004 to 2013, 3,737 deaths occurred on the job at manufacturing facilities. Meat and poultry plants report higher injury rates than the rest of the manufacturing industry. Also, U.S. Department of Labor data suggests beef and pork workers are injured and become ill more than poultry workers. (6)


Fines for regulation violations are “embarrassingly low”, Luke writes; even when the violations lead to death. By the end of it all, the JBS only ended up paying $38,500 in fines for the violations that caused Ed’s death. (6)


Ed’s story gives us all a reason to care about the industry’s lax regulations, the injuries and deaths those regulations can cause, and the pathetically low penalties that result.
The FDA Makes Raising Grass-Fed Beef a Headache for American Farmers


Dr. Mercola writes that most grass-fed beef sold in the U.S. (potentially 85% of it) is imported from Australia and New Zealand. Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Brazil are a few other countries we get our beef from. (2)


Chipotle recently began receiving its beef from Australia to keep up with the demand for grass-fed, Dr. Mercola writes, as American suppliers don’t have enough and are unable to match Australia’s lower prices. Founder Steve Ells said in a Huffington Post op-ed that the cattle that become Chipotle’s meat spend their lives on pastures eating grass and roaming freely. (2)


This sounds much better than being subjected to horrific factory conditions.


He also said he hopes for Chipotle’s decision to influence American ranchers to “adopt a grass-fed program”. He would like to see grass-fed beef go mainstream. (2)


Dr. Mercola writes that the climate in Australia and New Zealand supports grazing year-round. There’s also an abundance of grassland in these countries, making it easier for 70% of all cattle in Australia to be “pasture-raised and finished”. Then there’s the fact that, according to Dr. Mercola: “Australians can sell their meat for less than American grass-fed cattle ranchers can”. (2)


One reason it’s so difficult for American ranchers to keep up with Australia and New Zealand’s rate of grass-fed beef production, Dr. Mercola writes, is that the USDA has effectively put in place a “stranglehold”. Laws in our country restrict grass-fed slaughtering to a degree; such as the restriction that a grass-fed rancher can’t stay in business if he has no access to a slaughterhouse. (2)


According to Dr. Mercola, large slaughterhouses can refuse small jobs from humble ranchers. If they are accepted, these small-time ranchers have no control over the way the animals are treated once handed over to the slaughterhouse. Citing The Carnivore’s Dilemma, Dr. Mercola explains that the grass-fed beef from these small ranchers cannot be considered humane if the animals’ deaths are inhumane. Only some slaughterhouses do their job humanely. (2)


Small U.S. slaughterhouses in business for grass-fed ranchers have had to close due to being “pushed out by larger processors”, Dr. Mercola writes. This is all because of USDA regulations that severely restrict the production of American grass-fed beef despite the clear demand for it. (2)


Why not make it easier for small farmers to produce grass-fed beef and ensure the process is humane? It seems like common sense, but apparently, the USDA disagrees.


And finally, the elephant in the room.
The Industry Subjects Animals to Horrible Conditions


Ed’s story might have been a little hard to swallow, but this section will disturb anyone with the slightest bit of empathy.


The following section details the injustice and abuse the animals who become our food are subjected to. If you don’t think you can stomach it, feel free to read on. I have, however, left out many of the most disturbing facts so I could retain some semblance of the lightheartedness this guide is usually known for.


With that said, let’s get into it.


The ASPCA reports that over 99% of U.S. farm animals are raised in factory farms. (7)


The industry, they report, makes animals suffer by subjecting them to (among other things): 


Physical alternations like teeth clipping without anesthetic (7) 


Confinement indoors with “poor air quality and unnatural light patterns” (7) 


The general inability to do things normal animals do (7) 


Breeding, either for “fast growth” or higher yields, which risks the animals’ safety (7) 


Carelessness and neglect toward animals that are suffering, which is an apparent result of the “higher ratio of animals to workers” (7) 


Improper use of antibiotics to make up for unclean and unsafe conditions (7) 


Roughness and abuse from workers (7)


We’ll focus on what one animal, the chicken, typically goes through. We won’t be learning what other animals endure here, because the subject matter is difficult enough as it is. Although I recommend educating yourself on what all animals raised on factory farms experience, I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much depressing information.



I’ll leave it up to you to learn more if you’re interested and want to help make a change.


The ASPCA reports that chickens bred for meat are raised indoors in “large sheds” that contain more than 20,000 of them. In these sheds, the chickens are “crammed together” on the floor. They live in their own excrement and are constantly irritated by high ammonia levels that burn their throat, eyes, and skin. (8)


Factory-farmed chickens, the ASPCA reports, are nothing like the wild chickens that preceded them. Selective breeding, low-dose antibiotics, too much feeding, and too little exercise cause factory chickens to “grow unnaturally quickly and disproportionately”. Their breasts grow large, meeting market demand, but their organs and skeleton don’t follow the same pattern. As a result, some of them become crippled and “unable to reach food and water”. Heart failure, trouble breathing, chronic pain, and leg weakness are also common. (8)


According to the ASPCA, factory farms keep the lights on in the sheds nearly 24-7 to restrict the chickens’ sleep patterns, which ensures they continue to eat and grow. As you can probably imagine, the space becomes crowded as they grow. Thus, they’re forced to compete for space in what are already extremely difficult living conditions. (8)


Fortunately, animal activists are inspiring some companies to change.


The ASPCA reports that companies are developing policies and committing to addressing the problem of fast growth. Some companies and consumers are also committing to certification programs requiring proper space and natural lighting cycles. You can help too. With the Change Your Chicken Challenge, you can change this grotesque system by changing the chicken you purchase to those raised humanely. (8)


Dr. Mercola cites animal welfare activist Philip Lymbery, who believes in a solution rooted not in vegetarianism, but a return to old-school farming methods over mass industrial farms. He believes that as consumers, we can make a change by choosing what we eat carefully. We can help by ensuring we eat meet and eggs from farms free of the cruelty for which the meat industry is well-known. (2)


Lymbery’s idea is simple: return animals to a natural farm setting.


“This is not, in any way, a call to vegetarianism. This is a call to put animals back on the farm. Pasture is one of the most ubiquitous habitats on the planet, covering 25 percent of the ice-free land surface.


“This is about using that ubiquitous habitat to produce great food in a way which is environmentally friendly and kinder to animals, leaving much-scarcer arable to grow crops directly for people…


“Three times a day, through our meal choices, we have an opportunity to change our lives and thereby help change the world.


“It’s as simple as buying free-range eggs, pasture-raised beef and chicken, and looking for milk that has come from cows that have been able to graze… We’ll start to support family farms, will help to support a better environment, and will help to feed the world in a more humane and efficient way.” (2)


Conclusion


If this information doesn’t convince you that you should care just a little about the meat industry, I recommend digging deeper. This is a basic introduction to the subject with the implied encouragement to learn more and ultimately do more about it.


Like any industry, the meat industry would like us to believe they’re doing nothing wrong. Otherwise, we won’t give them our money. It’s true that they’ve improved since the early 1900s when factory conditions were much more appalling, but their modern-day treatment of animals is still far from humane.


The public can directly address the problems with the meat industry by buying our meat from humbler sources that, simply put, don’t have these problems. Responsible farmers that raise animals humanely and treat them with decency from the time they’re born until the time they die.


I think we can all agree – those who love meat and those who’ve sworn off it – that these animals’ suffering is preventable and unacceptable.


Do you care now?
About the Author


Wes Annac is the author of Openhearted Rebel and Culture of Awareness, which feature daily spiritual and alternative news, as well as original articles and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material that’s spiritually inspired and/or related to the fall of the planetary elite and our entrance into a positive future.


Wes can also be found on Facebook at Wes Annac and Twitter.


Sources:


(1) Henry Imhoff Helena, “Problems with the Meat Industry”, Independent Record, September 17, 2013 – http://helenair.com/news/opinion/readers_alley/problems-with-meat-industry/article_387e394c-1f24-11e3-85b7-0019bb2963f4.html


(2) Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Shocking Facts About the Meat Industry” Mercola.com, November 25, 2014 – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/11/25/shocking-facts-meat-industry.aspx


(3) Adam Voiland and Angela Haupt, “10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”, U.S. News, March 30, 2012 – http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/03/30/things-the-food-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know


(4) Sam P.K. Collins, “Pink Slime Is Making a Comeback”, ThinkProgress, August 20 2014 – https://thinkprogress.org/pink-slime-is-making-a-major-comeback-c58aa671f639/


(5) Joe Satran, “‘Pink Slime’ Ground Beef Product Returns To School Lunches In 4 States: Report”, Huffington Post, September 10, 2013 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/pink-slime_n_3900851.html


(6) Luke Runyon, “Fines For Meat Industry’s Safety Problems Are ‘Embarrassingly Low’”, NPR, August 10, 2016 – http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/10/489468457/fines-for-meat-industrys-safety-problems-are-embarrassingly-low


(7) “Farm Animal Welfare”, ASPCA – https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/farm-animal-welfare


(8) “Chickens – Farm Animal Welfare”, ASPCA – https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/farm-animal-welfare/animals-factory-farms#Chickens

Obama's heartfelt post on DACA

  



As it should of course.  However, it is also rather clear that this is a hard ball tactic aimed at getting congress to generate a proper immigration act.  The problem is that it is even necessary at all.  

More obviously the original resolution was by executive order and that is also deemed unconstitutional no less by observers.  Thus the situation added to the behavior in simply applying the law by the administration is a tell that we have a war going on that has eliminated rational resolution without serious duress applied.

What Trump has done is put himself in position to blame his opponents for their real failures, rather than wearing it all himself.  This may work to focus their attention as well instead of dreaming up bombs to throw at Trump.

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Obama's heartfelt post on DACA is going viral.

'It’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should.'




by Parker Molloy 

http://www.upworthy.com/obamas-heartfelt-post-on-daca-is-going-viral?c=upw1

On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to wind down former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Announced in June 2012, DACA was implemented to give undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children some peace of mind while Congress worked on a longer-term solution to the country's immigration woes. After the Trump administration announced that it would be ending the program over the next six months, Obama delivered a powerful defense of his original action and the people it helped. 

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill...

Posted by Barack Obama on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
 
1. "This is about young people who grew up in America — kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag," Obama wrote.
The people benefitting from DACA didn't do anything to cause their current predicament. As young children, they were brought here, and it's the only home many have ever known. 

"These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license."

2. "Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people ... you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship"

Critics chide Obama for performing an end-run around Congress in implementing DACA, but the truth is he had pushed the legislature to take action. It was only after the bill, known as the DREAM Act, stalled again that Obama did what he could with an executive order. Inaction wasn't an option, as some 800,000 people who were brought to this country as children and never knew any other country as home floated in limbo.
The goal of the DREAM Act was to provide legal status and a path to citizenship for these young people provided they met a number of requirements (such as going to college or serving in the military).
"That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country."
3. "To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong."
Beyond that, removing those who are here because of DACA makes us a weaker country both culturally and economically.
"It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?"

4. "Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question."

The immigration system is a mess, and it does need reform. People across the political spectrum agree that something needs to be done about our current set of laws and regulations, but to take that out on the Dreamers is nothing short of hard-hearted.

"And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel."

5. "Ultimately, this is about basic decency. ... It’s about who we are as a people — and who we want to be."

Obama closes out his statement with a message about the essence of what it means to be an American that's followed him from his early days in politics to his post-presidential career. With the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who are Americans for all intents and purposes on the line, it's a message that may be more important than ever before. 

"What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union."

Bionic lens can make vision three times better than 20-20







This is the beginning that essentially eliminates all forms of corrective lenses.  Add in the three fold improvement over normal vision and this becomes a profitable trade off.

Now if we can add in a few extras such an ability to sense a wide range of ultraviolet light as well it would soon be unstoppable.

It should not be too difficult to integrate this with computer tech as well to allow data gathering that is noninterfering.
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Bionic lens can make vision three times better than 20-20


brian wang | September 5, 2017 |


https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/09/bionic-lens-can-make-vision-three-times-better-than-20-20.html

The Bionic Lens is a dynamic lens that replaces the natural lens inside the eye via one of the most common and successful procedures in medicine – cataract surgery. Once there, the lens restores clear vision at all distances without any visual quality problems. It can auto-regulate within the eye by connecting to the muscles that change the curvature of our natural lenses, which allows it to focus at different ranges – potentially much wider ranges than our natural sight is capable of. In addition, because the Bionic Lens responds with less than 1/100 the amount of energy of the natural lens, you can also focus on something all day without any strain on the eyes.

The Bionic Lens could improve on the 20/20 vision threefold. Imagine that you can see a clock’s dial 10 feet away. With the lens you would be able to see the dial in the same detail when it is 30 feet away.



Future Bionic lens could also include projection systems that will give the user capabilities of projecting their phone screen, or integrating NASA technologies to allow for better focusing resolution than anything seen before, or even installing a system that allows for slow drug delivery inside the eye.

Initially the system will cost $3200 per lens without including the cost of the surgery.

Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida)




















How Precient as Irma barrels in to possibly take out Miami while i write this.

Look ladies, in terms of geologic time and not human time, coastal builds are destroyed consistently and should not be entertained unless necessary and then be built to withstand  a major tsunami at least.  Recall that the entire East Coast was depopulated 1500 years ago deep inland through what appears to be the effect of an asteroid impact in the Atlantic.


We need to anticipate a water line similar to what Houston just experienced and deep set backs from the coast itself preferably filled with healthy woodland several miles deep to break up a storm tide.

Then all builds need to insist on concrete to the top of that water line.  I am getting tired of seeing wet dry wall and moldy studs.

At the same time all subsidy needs to be dropped and a premium insurance scheme for anything built there.

I would also go as far as insisting that beach residences be simply movable as well.  Who needs piles of debris?  Of course pretty soon we can build gravity platforms and then perhaps we can elevate buildings :-).  Or perhaps we simply insist on jack up buildings on piles that climb twenty feet when needed.  Great for a beach and may well become popular..



Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida)

Written by Jim Bovard Date: 09-01-2017 

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/224737-2017-09-01-dear-texas-how-many-times-do-we-have-to-rebuild.htm

Hurricane Harvey, which battered Texas over the past week, offers the clearest lesson why Congress should not perpetuate the federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which expires at the end of September. The ravages in Houston and elsewhere would be far less if the federal government had not offered massively subsidized flood insurance in high risk, environmentally perilous locales. But this is the same folly that the feds have perpetuated for almost 50 years.

Two years before NFIP was created, the 1966 Presidential Task Force on Federal Flood Control Policy warned that a badly run program "could exacerbate the whole problem of flood losses. For the Federal Government to subsidize low premium disaster insurance ... would be to invite economic waste of great magnitude." That sage advice was ignored.

Instead, NFIP embraced a "flood-rebuild-repeat" model that has spawned an almost $25 billion debt. The National Wildlife Foundation estimated in 1998 that 2% of properties covered by federal flood insurance had multiple damage claims accounting for 40% of total flood insurance outlays, and that more than 5,000 homes had repeat claims exceeding their property value. A recent Pew Charitable Trust study revealed that 1% of the 5 million properties insured have produced almost a third of the damage claims and half the debt.

NFIP paid to rebuild one Houston home 16 times in 18 years, spending almost a million dollars to perpetually restore a house worth less than $120,000. Harris County, Texas (which includes Houston), has almost 10,000 properties which have filed repetitive flood insurance damage claims. The Washington Post recently reported that a house "outside Baton Rouge, valued at $55,921, has flooded 40 times over the years, amassing $428,379 in claims. A $90,000 property near the Mississippi River north of St. Louis has flooded 34 times, racking up claims of more than $608,000."

When NFIP was created, one of its purported goals was to deter development in fragile areas such as coastal wetlands. However, as Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense observed, "NFIP helped fuel the coastal development boom that increased the program's risk exposure and losses." The program's anti-environmental impact has been denounced by organizations ranging from the Natural Resource Defense Council, Sierra Club, American Rivers, and the Coastal Alliance.

Rather than encouraging reasonable land use policies, NFIP subsidies help level the playing field between swampland and solid ground. For instance, Houston residents outside a too narrowly-drawn floodplain can receive $350,000 in insurance coveragefor only $450 a year. But there is no reason for federal intervention to encourage building in every dubious nook and cranny across the land — or in areas such as the low-lying Texas Gulf coast repeatedly ravaged by bad storms.

Controversies over environmental havoc and "repetitive loss" sinkholes finally spurred Congress to radically reform flood insurance five years ago, ending some of its worst abuses. But prudence proved unbearable on Capitol Hill. After homeowners wailed about higher insurance rates, Congress gutted most of the reforms two years later to prevent the program from charging fees to accurately reflect perils.

Politicians insisted that the repeal was necessary to preserve "affordable" flood insurance. But nobody was conscripted to buy a vacation home in Hurricane Alley on the Atlantic Coast. Flood insurance subsidies benefit well-off households, and payouts disproportionately go to areas with much higher than average home values. Working stiffs in Idaho and Oklahoma are taxed to underwrite mansions for the elite.

FEMA is relying on maps that are up to 40 years old to calculate flood risks in many areas. FEMA has loitered on updating in part because many members of Congress vehemently oppose accurate estimates of the risks and updated, higher insurance rates for their constituents. According to FEMA flood insurance specialist David Schein, "Grandfathering is a huge discount on the actuarial premium. We're not charging them for the actual risk of flooding; we're charging them for the risk it was before we mapped the flood zone." FEMA mapping decisions are also open to finagling by well-connected landowners. NBC News revealed in 2014 that FEMA revised its flood maps to give 95%+ discounted insurance premiums to "hundreds of oceanfront condo buildings and million-dollar homes," including properties on its "repetitive loss list."

FEMA, unlike private insurers, lacks incentives to acquire and analyze the complex data vital for setting rates for 5 million properties. The Government Accountability Office noted a few years ago that FEMA provided "direction on file cabinet sizes and the use of candles in file rooms but did not provide clear direction on electronic recordkeeping." GAO did not disclose whether the candle guidelines were derived from Charles Dickens' novels.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is pushing a bill that would curtail some subsidies and allow more competition from private insurers. A competing bill championed by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would perpetuate current perverse incentives and, as the New Jersey Star Ledger warned, would be "almost certain to encourage more building in repeatedly flooded areas such as Mystic Island in Little Egg Harbor."

Some Democrats have pushed for Congress to "forgive" NFIP's debt — the usual D.C. boondoggle "fix." But both the GAO and the Congressional Budget Office concluded that NFIP will continue to be unsustainable even if past losses are expunged. The program's third-highest ever claims payout was last year — despite the lack of a mega-disaster such as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Harvey will add billions of dollars to NFIP's debt (almost a quarter million homes in Harris County alone have flood insurance).

The financial soundness of federal flood insurance will always depend on politicians' self-restraint in buying votes. In other words, the program is actuarially doomed. There is no constitutional right to federal bailouts for flooded homes. The sooner the feds exit the flood insurance business, the safer American coasts and paychecks will be.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time

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It only gets worse.  Essentially the whole pharmaceutical industry jumped into the vaccine industry as a cash.  None of this is slightly justified and it naturally endangers consumers.  It all compares to bloodletting.

I do not know what can stop this.  The science is completely bought out and largely fabricated.  i no longer think they even err on the side of safety.

It is a very bad scene..
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Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time 


 http://realfarmacy.com/gardasil-scandal/

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine” – (source) Marica Angell. She is a physician and author, along with being the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine – regarded as one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Merck & Co.’s Gardasil vaccine in 2006, it has been surrounded by tremendous amounts of information, controversy and misinformation. This controversy has garnered much attention as people become more aware of the importance of paying attention to what goes into their bodies. It’s imperative that one examines a large body of evidence before believing what is seen on TV or stated on a radio advertisement, and people are slowly starting to wake up to this fact.

“It is a vaccine that’s been highly marketed, the benefits are over-hyped, and the dangers are underestimated.” –  (Taken from the ONE MORE GIRL DOCUMENTARY) – Dr. Chris Shaw, Professor at the University of British Columbia, in the department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Visual Sciences.

Gardasil, also known as the Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, is given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and its associated health problems. Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are said to protect against cervical cancers in women. Gardasil is also said to protect against genital warts and cancers of the anus, vagina and vulva. Both vaccines are available for females, while only Gardasil is available for males.

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) claims that the HPV vaccine offers the best protection to girls and boys who receive all three vaccine doses and have time to develop an immune response before being sexually active.  This is why it is recommended for children who have reached the age of 11 or 12.

There is a long list of educated people speaking out about this vaccine. This time around, it’s Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with Gardasil manufacturer Merck who has started to raise his voice against the HPV vaccine, along with the pharmaceutical industry as a whole. He joins a long list of experts from within the industry who have slammed the rampant manipulation and control of clinical research done by the pharmaceutical industry.

This quote is taken from an interview that happened in April of 2014, from an issue of the French magazine Principes de Santé (Health Principles):

“The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless.  Diane Harper, a major opinion leader in the United States, was one of the first to blow the whistle, pointing out the fraud and scam of it all. I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all time because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers. Gardasil is useless and costs a fortune!  In addition, decision-makers at all levels are aware of it! Cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, paralysis of the lower limbs, vaccine-induced MS and vaccine-induced encephalitis can be found, whatever the vaccine.” (source) – Dr. Bernard Dalbergue

Dr. Dalbergue has also recently released a book titled “Omerta dans les labos pharmaceutiques: Confessions d’un medicine,” which goes into more detail about corruption in the medical/pharmaceutical industry. He also recently made an appearance on a popular radio show in France, you can watch here. Althought it’s in French, it’s nice to put a face to the name so that you can see he is real.

Scandal, misinformation, and data manipulation have become part and parcel of clinical research and pharmaceutical drug development. It is important that we realize this as fact and not hearsay; apart from whistle-blowers, there are numerous documents that illustrate this reality. One of the best examples (out of many) comes from Lucija Tomljenovic, PhD, from the Neural Dynamics Research Group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia. In 2011 she obtained documents which reveal that vaccine manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and health authorities have known about the multiple dangers associated with vaccines but have chosen to withhold them from the public. The documents were obtained from the UK Department of Health (DH) and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), who advise the Secretaries of State for Health in the UK about diseases preventable through immunizations. You can read those documents here.

Here’s what she had to say about Gardasil:

Another doctor making noise regarding the HPV vaccine is Dr. Diane Harper. Dr. Harper helped design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved, and authored many of the published papers about it. She has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. It’s very unusual for a researcher to publicly criticize a medicine or vaccine she helped get approved, it is a credit to her character for doing so. It also says a lot that she agreed to participate in the ONE MORE GIRL documentary, which implies (I believe) there is a chance she resonates with the other information that’s stated in the documentary that she has not said publicly.

ONE MORE GIRL is an answer to Merck & Co’s One Less Girl marketing campaign for the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The parents who encouraged their daughters to get the HPV vaccine did so on the advice of their doctors, their government, and their belief in pharmaceutical industry. They were not “anti-vaccine,” they played by the rules, and now they are paying the price. It’s a documentary that has several experts from the industry, various doctors, and university researchers speaking out about the vaccine.

“They created a huge amount of fear in mothers, and appealed to mothers’ sense of duty to get them to get their daughters vaccinated” – Dr Diane Harper (source)

The above quote was taken from the film, and here is an excerpt of her raising some important things to consider regarding the vaccine.

Some Research

If we are talking about recent research regarding the HPV vaccine, a new review was just published  in the journal Autoimmunity Reviews titled, “On the relationship between human papilloma virus vaccine and autoimmune disease.” 

The authors of this study came to the same conclusion as Dr. Harper, a doctor that was directly involved with the clinical trials for the approval of the vaccine (mentioned earlier in the article). They concluded that:

“The decision to vaccinate with HPV vaccine is a personal decision, not one that must be made for public health. HPV is not a lethal disease in 95% of the infections; and the other 5% are detectable and treatable in the precancerous stage.” (If you are interested you can access the paper here)
They also listed several conditions in which HPV vaccination is most likely the culprit, having been linked to a variety of autoimmune diseases which include: Multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, primary ovarian failure, and more.

The 2008 FDA Closing Statement on Gardasil reports that 73.3% of the ‘healthy’ girls who participated in the clinical trials developed ‘New Medical Conditions. The list below highlights some of the ‘New Medical Conditions’ reported in the 2008 FDA Closing Statement on Gardasil. (source)
    • Blood & Lymphatic System Disorders 2.9% = 1 in 34
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders 13.4% = 1 in 7
    • General & Administration Site Conditions 3.8% = 1 in 33
    • Immune System Disorders 2.4% =1 in 50
    • Infections & Infestations 52.9% = 1 in 2
    • Injury, Poisoning, & Procedural Complications 8.0% =1 in 12
    • Investigations 11.8% =1 in 9
    • Musculoskeletal & Connective Tissue Disorders 6.8% =1 in 14
    • Nervous System Disorders 9.4% = 1 in 10
    • Pregnancy, Puerperium & Perinatal Conditions 2.0% = 1 in 50
    • Psychiatric Disorders 4.4% =1 in 22
    • Renal Disorders 2.7% =1 in 37
    • Reproductive & Brest Disorders 24.8 % = 1 in 14
    • Respiratory, Thoracic & Mediastinal Disorders 5.5% = 1 in 18
    • Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders 7.4% = 1 in 13
    • Surgical Procedures = Appendectomy 10.2% = 1 in 10
A year ago the vaccine was taken off the recommended vaccine schedule in Japan due to its adverse effects. What’s even more concerning is the fact that today’s vaccine has twice the amount of aluminum in it.

Related CE Article:


Another groundbreaking article titled “Quantifying the possible cross-reactivity  risk of an HPV16 vaccine, published in the Journal of Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology concluded that:

“The number of viral matches and their locations make the occurrence of side autoimmune cross-reactions in the human host following HPV16-based vaccination almost unavoidable.” (source)

The list is literally endless, and for the sake of not turning this article into an essay, I’ll stop here. Hopefully I’ve provided you with enough information to further your research if interested. If you want to look at more scientific data, you can check out:


I am going to end this article with another important video:

Sources:

All other sources are linked throughout the article.
 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964337/

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found normally only dwells east of the Mississippi river 

Scientists claim that warming global temperatures may have forced the bizarre organisms north of their normal habitat, but they can't be sure 



Published: 11:47 BST, 1 September 2017 | Updated: 13:31 BST, 1 September 2017 

They might look like props from a low-budget horror film, but these mysterious slimy brain-like blobs are in fact colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures.

The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada, when they were exposed by low water levels.

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for hundreds of millions of years, long before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth. 

And now, it appears, they are spreading - but scientists are unsure why.


They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

BRYOZOANS 

Bryozoan clumps are actually hundreds of creatures, each a fraction of a millimetre (0.04") long, living together in a slimy mass.

The tiny invertebrates, known as a zooid, are hermaphroditic and spread through clumps of cells on the organism known as statoblasts.

Each statoblast can reproduce asexually if it breaks off from a colony, allowing bryozoan clumps to spread in large numbers in the right conditions.

Fossil records show that ancient bryozoans date back as far as 470 million years, long before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth around 230 million years ago.pecies found in Stanley Park, known as a magnificent bryozoan or Pectinatella magnifica, normally only dwells east of the Mississippi river.

Scientists claim that warming global temperatures may have forced the bizarre organisms north of their normal habitat - but they can't be sure. 

Another theory is that they have always been there, but are simply difficult to spot. 

Experts recently studied one specimen found in a small body of water in a southern part of the park known as the 'Lost Lagoon.'

'It's kind of like three-day-old Jello — a bit firm but gelatinous,' Kathleen Stormont, from the Stanley Park Ecology Society, told the Vancouver Courier.

Bryozoan clumps are actually hundreds of creatures, each a fraction of a millimetre (0.04") long, living together in a slimy mass.

Shocking' Holocaust Study Claims Nazis Killed Up To 20 Million People

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This needed to be done.  The original estimates were hardly the result of any serious scholarship but more an exercise in proxies and back of the envelope calulations. They provided a ball park and a low one at that.  Corrected calculations were always certain to be upwards.

From this it appears that a real number will be toward  the high point of a range of 15 to 20 millions.  Say 18 million +/- 2 million.

These are awful numbers, yet similar in size to the efforts of Stalin as well.  He at least could hide behind a vastly larger population.  Within all that several millions of Jews lost their lives..

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Shocking' Holocaust Study Claims Nazis Killed Up To 20 Million People

Mar. 4, 2013, 6:23 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/shocking-new-holocaust-study-claims-nazis-killed-up-to-20-million-people-2013-3

The Nazi Holocaust may have claimed up to 20 million lives, a figure far greater than previous estimates, new research has revealed.

The millions disappeared into a Nazi imprisonment and killing machine that covered a bloody swathe of Europe and appears to have been far more deadly than has been thought.

Up until now, the Holocaust is thought to have consumed between five and six million Jews, with an estimated further six million other people also murdered by the Nazi regime.

The new figures of 15 to 20 million, which have astonished some Holocaust historians, come after thirteen years of painstaking study at Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum . Historians at the museum brought together and studied the huge amount, and often disparate, files and research on the Holocaust.

"The results of our research are shocking," Geoffrey Megargee, the director of the study, told The Independent newspaper. "We are putting together numbers that no one ever compiled before, even for camp systems that have been fairly well researched - and many of them have not been."

While Auschwitz and the Warsaw Ghetto became infamous names linked to the system of mass killing, the museum found that they were just part of a extensive network that imprisoned and obliterated millions of lives.

The research covered some 42,400 camps and ghettos across Europe, and also included forced-labour camps and Nazi "care" centres where pregnant women were forced to have an abortion or had their child killed right after giving birth. It also drew in camps, prisons and killing grounds used by Nazi puppet regimes in countries such as France and Romania.

The number of locations is almost double previous estimates made by the same institution and, all told, they may have imprisoned and killed between 15 to 20 million people.

"The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought," Hartmut Berghoff, director of the German Historical Institute in America, said in an interview after learning of the new data. "We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was but the numbers are unbelievable.

How 37 Banks Became 4 In Just 2 Decades, All In One Astonishing Chart

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This is impractical nonsense of course and needs to be seriously changed.  We need competitive banking scaled at the State level at least.  We have needed this for a long time.

This happened because the merger of banking with investment banking back in 1999 ending the most important reform out of the Great Depression.

The real problem is the economic ignorance of the political class itself who will buy any sort of nonsense and never listen to those who truly know better and are also truly independent...


How 37 Banks Became 4 In Just 2 Decades, All In One Astonishing Chart

posted by Aaron Jackson May 6, 2014

https://www.exposingtruth.com/37-banks-became-4-just-2-decades-one-astonishing-chart/

If you were wondering how banks got “too big to fail,” here’s a good place to start. This chart shows us how, over the last couple of decades, 37 banks have became just 4 mega-banks. These same 4 mega-banks have, thus far, been immune to the consequences of any and all of their terrible decisions that places the entire world economy in jeopardy.

Click the image below to view the full size image.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Goodbye Dental Implants, Dentist Grows New Teeth in Just 9 Weeks




This is starting to heat up big time. I hardly expect excessive delays in this getting rolled out.  It is just too easy and too important and also seriously safe as well when compared to everything else we now do..


Retraining dentists to use this should be also easy enough.   It may even be simple minor surgury.  All good.

Now if we can only cap out teeth with a carbon fiber mesh as well to make the surface impervious.
 

Goodbye Dental Implants, Dentist Grows New Teeth in Just 9 Weeks 

 
 http://theheartysoul.com/goodbye-dental-implants-dentist-grows-new-teeth-just-9-weeks/

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of losing a tooth, you may have considered dental implants in the past. You may also have been surprised to learn how expensive they are, and that oftentimes materials such as mercury or silver are used. 

But what if we could actually grow our teeth back? Fortunately, there is an incredible new development in oral health that could change the game entirely. 

Regrow Your Own Teeth 

Dr. Jeremy Mao and his team from Columbia University were able to regrow teeth using stem cells as a ‘scaffold’ for the new tooth to grow over. 

Dr. Mao goes on to explain, “The missing tooth is replaced with stem cells from your body, and the tooth starts merging to the surrounding tissue on its own. This boosts the regeneration process and results in regrowth of the tooth in record time.” Essentially, this could mean the end of expensive dental surgeries used to replace damaged or missing teeth in the near future. 

This would be a welcome change to the field of dental health, given the current risks that come with dental implants: 

Research show they can increase the risk of vulnerability to illnesses in the future such as heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and more [2]. 

Currently, implants are being done without any biocompatibility testing, which refers to the properties of materials being biologically compatible with the tissues in our body. This test ensures that materials that are being introduced to our bodies are safe for us [2]. 

Implants are often used in extraction sites where cavitations (inflammation) are already developing. Autoimmune diseases seem to be often aggravated or even start after receiving metal implants. Additionally, an event called oral galvanism occurs when you place two dissimilar metals in your mouth. You essentially create a battery that will serve to drive the ions of the metals out of the metal into your mouth and also generate electricity [2]. Our bodies rely on electric signals to operate biological systems, and when we introduce a new, foreign electrical signal, it can interfere with these processes and introduce imbalances that can contribute to health problems. 

Changing The Dental Game 

Currently, dentists are limited to the procedures that are available now, but Dr. Mao and his team are using new stem cell research to further their findings; this research could eventually be used to treat anything from broken bones to genetic disorders. 

Although the process to regrow teeth takes 9 weeks, which is longer than if you were to receive a conventional procedure, it is plausible to assume that people would prefer to have a new tooth made up of their own DNA, rather than a foreign substance threatening their oral and overall health. 

Dr. Mao says that the procedure is currently in the research stages and not available to the public yet, but it should be available in the near future. In the meantime, if you want to avoid conventional treatments that could be harmful, look for a good biological dentist. 

Good oral health starts with good overall health, so take care of that body and it will take care of you! 

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Here Is a Proof that You Have Hidden Senses Beyond Your 5










 What proof?  It is inferred but never proven.  Our core senses can be isolated and tested and internally traced.  Proof enough.  Other senses are inferred by apparent linkage and that is very weak.

Even visual information through meditation turns out to be impossible in terms of our science.  we see colored lights but way more impressively i have seen an egg crack open to reveal the inner sun glowing with the full power of our sun in the ultraviolet.  It may even have been our sun shielded by the mass of our body.  That is at least a scientific explanation.  Still wow!!!  and it does not really work because i saw parts of an egg shell break away and that is surely physically impossible.

We truly need to see through a wider spectrum into that ultraviolet.  Certainly we observe special eye coverings used by aliens and that is surely to accomplish just that.  We need those in order to adapt our eyes to seeing the spirit world properly.


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Here Is a Proof that You Have Hidden Senses Beyond Your 5 


http://www.riseearth.com/2017/08/here-is-proof-that-you-have-hidden.html?m=1

We gain information, perceive the world, and experience reality through our five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. 

While we use these five senses to perceive everything around us, there are other aspects beyond these senses that are inherent in us. 

Even though we don’t give them much attention, these latent senses play significant part in our survival. 

Examples of these hidden senses are: 

Humans can sense balance and acceleration, temperature, and pain due to nerve damage. We can sense hunger and thirst whenever we need to refill our bodies. We can sense energy and emotion via our empathic abilities and our mirror neurons. 

Our evolution gifted us with these senses and abilities because they helped us survive, evolve and thrive as species. 

Other animals have some really interesting abilities. For example: 

Birds and bacteria are aware of directions based on Earth’s magnetic fields. 

Some species of fishes and dolphins detect electric fields. Many types of fishes detect water pressure to maintain buoyancy. 

There are senses that go beyond our idea of reality! 

All of the above senses are based on each one’s physiological receptors. However, there is more that goes beyond our understanding of physiological-based senses. And it may be divided into a philosophical and a metaphysical aspect. 

As we said before, our senses were developed through our evolution to help us perceive parts of reality that were crucial for our survival. 

But, since we know that some animals perceive parts of reality we are completely blind to, who are we to tell that what we can perceive through our senses is the complete picture of reality? Who knows how many details of reality fly past us every moment and we don’t have a sense to perceive them just because they are not necessary for our survival? 

The “physicalists-materialists” believe that there is nothing more to reality beyond matter and energy as construed by classical physics and western science. 

This position holds that the only way to gain knowledge is through empiricism, observations, and laboratory experiments. 

Other “ways of knowing” contrast this scientistic view, such as spirituality, religiosity, preternatural, supernatural, or super sensitivity. 

Scientism denies any inner or beyond this material world aspect, such as the concepts of consciousness, that is divorced from the physical matter and energy as perceived either directly or indirectly through the five senses. 

The followers of this dogma create a sharp distinction between the objective and the subjective. 

Scientism Vs. Spiritualism 

Scientism considers consciousness as nothing more than an epiphenomenon that arises from physical-chemical processes taking place in the brain, a product of its activity. 

The alternative extreme view is that consciousness exists outside of and beyond matter, infusing the universe and making matter manifest. 

Amit Goswami, author of a standard textbook on quantum mechanics wrote: 

“I propose that the universe exists as formless potentia in myriad possible branches in the transcendent domain and becomes manifest only when observed by conscious beings.” 

Science and Spirituality need each other! 

Aside from reaching the conclusion that consciousness may be prior to matter as proposed by the quantum mechanical point of view, Erik Verlinde of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam proposed another theory of the universe. 

His new theory of gravity is based on the concept that the universe is essentially a holograph where the structure of space-time emerges from information. 

Verlinde elaborated that the most fundamental aspect of the universe is information that can be equated with thought or mind or mental constructs independent of any material everyday conception.

He further added that the universe of mass and energy and forces may have had its origin in a thought that inserted information into an otherwise blank holographic system, which expands and changes when inserted with more thoughts and more information. 

The bottom line to all of this is that consciousness can exist independent of matter and even exists prior to matter. 

This may appear as diametrically opposed to dogmatic scientism, but this greatly acknowledges that there is more to reality than can be perceived by the five senses backed by gaining knowledge of ways that go well beyond the five senses, beyond scientific method. 

That’s why we need philosophical, religious and transcendent experiences accompanied by the knowledge that those experiences bring, so we can go beyond our senses. 

When one limits their understanding only to the material physiology, they can never understand the ultimate nature and meaning of the universe. That’s why science and spirituality need each other, so both of them can advance. 

Our ancestors have already developed these hidden senses! 

Even human beings have developed senses that peak a glimpse of this hidden reality but they are being forgotten by society. 

These dormant senses helped our ancestors realize truths about reality a long time ago, that are just being discovered and proven by science today. 

We all have inherent powers that were expressed through the ages by a variety of contexts. These latent powers are highlighted in various forms of paranormal and parapsychological experiences expressed as telepathic interactions or psychokinetic interactions. 

The most fundamental way to connect directly to the universal consciousness is telepathy. It’s considered a silent prayer used in communicating with one’s God. 

Despite being dismissed by scientism, numerous techniques continued to be cultivated and elicited paranormal experiences by different religions and cultures. 

These rituals are applied by the tribal African societies, the yogis, Zen practitioners, shamanism, seances, western occult, and esoteric studies. 

Each may differ in its practice, but at their core, they elicit complementary ways to gain access to legitimate knowledge that goes well beyond the five senses. 

Maybe by going beyond our 5 senses, through our hidden senses and spirituality we will unlock the full potential of our DNA and evolve even more. Maybe that’s how we developed the 5 normal senses in the first place, by going beyond the ocean, into land. Maybe that’s how we become light beings and upgrade humanity to new heights. 

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