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Soda is Among The Worst Beverages We Can Drink

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The popular drink of the american diet saw some interesting changes take place when New York City banned the sale of soda beverages larger than 16oz at restaurants and food stands. Mayor Bloomberg and The Board of Health teamed up with an 8 – 0 vote in favor of the ban. We have all heard growing up that soda is not good for us to drink. Some may argue that in moderation its ok, which to a degree it probably considering how you define “OK,” But I personally feel that given the qualities and ingredients of soda, as well as its acidic effect on the body, it is definitely a beverage you should not be drinking at all. And that includes diet soda!

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Targeted Individuals Need The Awakening Community To Believe Their Stories

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    The phenomena of 'Targeted Individuals' is a reality. Individuals are targeted by Deep State agencies with a variety of social, physical, and psychological attack tools including EMF weapons, and it is something that humanity can no longer ignore.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we look at the phenomena of 'Targeted Individuals' as an opportunity for us to better understand the insidious control we are all under, as well as another instigator to prompt our collective awakening?

Since I wrote about Targeted Individuals a while back, I have heard from several people who themselves are being targeted, and their common message has been one of gratitude, for speaking about this phenomena without the scorn and skepticism that so many of them have had to put up with–this in addition to the pain and disorientation caused by the targeting itself.

The impact of being targeted is often associated with attempts made to alienate friends and family from the target in subtle but powerful ways, often leaving the victim not only with varying forms of physical and psychological torture, but also without trusted friends or family members to help them come to grips with and process these insidious attacks on them. In fact, those people who the victims once considered as friends and acquaintances can often be persuaded through false information, coercion and/or bribery, to distance themselves from the victim or even participate in the targeting tactics.

As members of the Awakening Community, it is incumbent upon us to come to understand the breadth of this phenomena, so that we can become a support mechanism for all these individuals affected, and join in to super-charge the vehicle of change for those Targeted Individuals who band together to challenge the powerful forces that are behind these covert actions.

An Essential Part Of Our Awakening

In his comprehensive article entitled ‘In the Post 9/11 Era, Understanding the Targeted Individual Phenomenon is No Longer Optional,’ Thomas Fontanez McFarlan delivers a broad overview of what he labels as ‘Security-Service-Stalking’ which includes several videos, and is certainly recommended in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding on the subject. The main thrust of this article–and it hearkens to many other phenomena that we try to bring to light here at Collective Evolution–is that we will not get to where we are going, to the creation of a new world founded on freedom, love, and unity, unless together we acknowledge, inform ourselves about and challenge Deep State tactics meant to control and enslave us like the organized targeting of individuals. As McFarlan states,

In the post September 11th era, the security-service-stalking situation represents a state-of-emergency that requires people from every walk of life — including those with integrity within our intelligence agencies and all security-service organizations — to see through the very fear that arises in the face of such a grotesque problem, and leverage that seeing, to let this fear give wings to your innate evolutionary impulse to evolve to your truest, deepest, most genuine self. The self within you that knows no fear.

The Targeted Individual phenomena thus is founded not only on the ignorance of the public at large, but also with the complicity of people in the know who ‘are forced to “stand-down” while these stalking crimes occur,’ out of fear or having been compromised themselves. Hence, the engagement of the Awakening Community can also serve to push those of integrity within law enforcement and surveillance agencies to take the brave step of ending their complicity, whether by commission or omission, and accept whatever consequences a new choice to act with integrity may bring upon them.

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What Is A ‘Targeted Individual’?

A Targeted Individual is someone who has been chosen to be the target of a varied and growing list of social, physical, and psychological attack tools which include stalking, blacklisting, harassment, surveillance, just to name a few, as well as ‘Electronic Frequency Weapon Attacks’, of which there are several types outlined by McFarlan. These attacks are conducted, sometimes 24/7, for one or more purposes, including personal vendettas, attempts to impede an individual’s positive impact on society, or simply as experimentation to further an understanding of how to control and dominate a society at large. Hence this seemingly eclectic group of people that McFarlan observes as the main targets:

It is perpetrated against people who live their life with a high-level of integrity; people who have a progressive or libertarian political and cultural orientation; people who possess extraordinary atypical talents and potential that is seen by a security-services leader to be a threat to their fascist notions of how society should be run and shaped; people who are sexually attractive to a security-services leader; people who become the victims of medical, police, city or state government fraud — especially if they pursue litigation and activism; people who have an independent and genuine interest in philosophy and spirituality; people who are famous that represent and advance a cultural and/or social-political perspective that is at odds with a security-services leader’s fascist cultural and social-political orientation; people who run a business that is seen as a threat or desirable prey for intellectual property theft to a security-services leader; people who are perceived by a security-services leader as expendable for any number of arbitrary and fraudulent reasons; people who are vulnerable because of a handicap, isolation or poverty; or people who arbitrarily happen to rub-up against a security-services leader amid the course of their everyday life in a way that is perceived to be offensive by this leader.

One can surmise from this description that security-services leaders are the local eyes and arms of the Deep State within their particular regions of influence and responsibility. We can note that while there may be an overall mandate that dictates the types of people who will be targeted, there may be some level of arbitrariness in terms of the types of people that get attacked, based on some personal connection to the security-services leader in everyday life.

9/11 And The Increase In Surveillance Agency Spending

One of McFarlan’s main observations about Security-Service-Stalking is that after the September 11th attacks it has grown from a very serious problem that was perpetrated against hundreds of thousands of people around the world, into a wildly out-of-control and monstrous war — now carried out in an almost unimaginable high-tech extreme way against millions of people in the United States, and millions more around the world.’:

After the September 11th attacks, all intelligence agencies’ budgets and staff doubled or tripled within about a year, and have secretly merged at the highest levels, and become networked under one global organizational super-structure for most of their activities. Additionally, the passage of numerous laws that suspend citizens’ fundamental rights under the pretense of protecting citizens from terrorists, as well as, extraordinary advancements in technology, internet connectivity and applications have networked and empowered these entities in previously unimaginably powerful ways.

One could imagine that after 9/11, the Deep State garnered a vast surplus of money and human resources for their surveillance/intelligence agencies, and with this surplus they would have been able to dramatically increase their experimentation with unsuspecting individuals within society by empowering local leaders to carry out these attacks on whomever they chose. They literally must have gained the funds to pay a dozen people or more at various levels within an operation to target single individuals full-time. And these operations were not simply about surveillance or intimidation. As McFarlan notes, these coordinated attacks would often serve ‘to virtually imprison, incapacitate and ultimately drive the victim to insanity, suicide or murder.’

Likely many Targeted Individuals have been driven to suicide without even being aware that they were being attacked by someone. These attacks are often done completely covertly, in ways that many targets actually have doubts whether or not they are actually being targeted. This can be very disorienting, and it would be difficult for a victim to be truly sure if the incidents are real and intended, or figments of their imagination and paranoia. Fear of embarrassment and ridicule surely prevents many victims from even talking about it. And this is why an awareness and comprehension of these activities is widely needed.

What We Can Do

For Targeted Individuals, it may be instructive to look over the spiritual approach to self-protection that L. Grace Christian speaks about in my previous article ‘Meet A “Targeted Individual” – Woman Shares Her Experience With Directed Energy Weapons & More‘. Others have found that banding together for individual support or even collective litigation is a way to deal with it. Of course, there are currently very few champions of this cause either in government, law enforcement, the judiciary, or the mainstream press. All efforts need to align with removing the stigma associated with this phenomena and bringing credibility to it, whereby victims will be widely listened to, believed, and respected.

As for the rest of us, the main tool at the disposal of the Awakening Community is consciousness. We need to be the ones listening and paying attention. It is important for each of us to incorporate the testimony of the many credible self-identified Targeted Individuals (McFarlan lists many in his article) into our broader understanding of the kind of tyranny and enslavement we are up against, as well as spreading information and having discussions about this phenomena.

We can all use this phenomenon as a way to come together, and as another instigator to our collective awakening, which can eventually become powerful enough to dissolve all the veils of deception and put the fate of our lives and our civilization back in our hands.

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Why Women’s Health Is Fracked Up

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  • The Facts:

    Fracking is having a negative impact on our environment and our health. Specific to women, fracking can increase the risk of breast cancer, disrupt hormones and cause pregnancy problems.

  • Reflect On:

    If you live near areas where fracking is done, it is beneficial to think about how you can offset or avoid some of these potential health issues. We also can become active in asking our governments to stop this procedure.

Article was originally published on karamariaananda.com/ and is being re-published here by the author.

One of the greatest growing threats to women’s health today is the environmental and social devastation caused by fracking.
The landscape of the United States is changing irreversibly and rapidly. Over the past 20 years I have driven back and forth across this country from coast-to-coast 7 times and have seen first-hand the increasing devastation caused to our environment from the boom in gas and oil wells, and 95% of new wells are being fracked.

Hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, is on the rise in the United States in a shocking way. This is the process of injecting pressurized water, sand, and a dangerous cocktail of hundreds of industrial chemicals deep into mined gas or oil wells in the Earth to stimulate greater production.

Over 12 million people in the United States currently live under a half-mile from active gas and oil wells, facilities, and processing plants today, in the highest threat radius, including nearly 3 million children in schools and daycares.

Modern high-volume hydraulic fracturing was only developed 20 years ago, and in the past decade it’s increased at a rapid fire rate due to advanced fracking technology and horizontal fracking practices, that even run right under the homes and neighborhoods of communities around the country.

The long-term repercussions of fracking on our health are unknown and may take decades to truly reveal themselves, as diseases like cancer can take many years to develop, and the consequences of pregnant women being exposed to extreme toxins will be passed on to the future generations.

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What A Waste

A single fracking operation can use more than 9 million gallons of freshwater, and there are over 1.3 million active drilled gas and oil wells in the US today.
Over 700 chemicals are used in the drilling and fracking process and most are undisclosed due to proprietary trade secrets, yet many of the detected chemicals are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, and cause environmental pollution.

The wastewater from fracking is even more toxic and dangerous than the process itself, as it creates an enormous volume of radioactive toxic fluid that must be disposed of somewhere, and is not safe for humans, animals, or the environment.

The water is usually either trucked to treatment plants to filter it, or dumped back into the earth through deep well injection at high pressures which can lead to earthquakes and groundwater contamination, while a small amount is recycled into other fracking operations.

In addition, there can be contamination of the environment by the leaking of fracking fluids from the thousands of trucks used to transport the toxic liquid from the drilling sites to the treatment plants and disposal wells. In some cases, these trucks travel extensively between states, such as how much of Pennsylvania’s used fracking fluid is being trucked to Ohio, which has more deep injection wells. In other cases, such as in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, used drilling liquids are actually sprayed directly on public roads for de-icing.

There have been many recorded incidents of wastewater spills and explosions, as well as illegal dumping of wastewater and radioactive “filter socks”, which are used to separate solids from the post-fracking liquids.

The irreversible and immediate pollution of our water resources by fracking causes devastating environmental impacts, and effects all life and future generations, while the operations also cause significant air and noise pollution, as well as a myriad of health concerns.

We are facing a global water crisis today, and billions of gallons of water are being destroyed and removed from our water system by fracking. Yet, the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act, a federal law to protect public drinking water, does not apply to fracking operations, and fracking wastewater is exempt from federal hazardous waste regulations.

Water is the blood of the Earth that sustains all life, all plants, all people, and is recycled through our whole planet’s biosphere. Our health depends upon access to clean fresh water for drinking, food, and washing.

Hormonal Havoc

One of the biggest dangers to human health from the byproducts of fracking is reproductive and developmental toxicity, which disproportionally impacts women’s health in communities near gas and oil wells.
Due to the sensitivity of women’s reproductive organs to environmental triggers, exposure to industrial chemicals may lead to increased breast cancer, infertility, and fetal abnormalities, among other complex systemic health issues.

The toxic soup created by fracking is full of endocrine disruptors which mimic female sex hormones and disrupt hormones. This can result in not just reproductive and developmental problems, but also interfere with immune functioning and cause neurological disorders.

Fracked Up

Fracking negatively impacts women’s health on many levels from the destruction of our homes and environment, the polluting of our water, air, food, and land, to the wide-scale sex trafficking, assault, and prostitution happening in “man camps” in large oil production sites.
It’s noteworthy that the term “frack” has also become a slang word for having sex with or taking advantage of someone. This exemplifies the connection between the violent raping of the Earth’s natural resources and fossil fuels, to the abuse of women’s bodies, health, sexuality, and lives even in the name itself.

Intensive oil and gas drilling and fracking operations bring thousands of workers to the areas, who are mostly single young transitory men, and many registered sex offenders, which results in drastic increases in violence, murder, rape, prostitution, and sex trafficking in the local regions.

The male workers are housed in vast “man camps”, which are often huge areas of mobile houses, RV’s, and barracks set up by the energy corporations.

In North Dakota, over 100,000 men have flooded in recent years to set up home in the man camps of the Bakken Shale, resulting in skyrocketing violence and sexual assault, particularly targeting the indigenous women and youth from the region, many who have become victims of rape, assault, and sex trafficking.

Native women and children are being murdered and disappearing at devastating rates, due to the complacency of the oil companies, and the government is doing nothing about this.

Sex trafficking is crime upon humanity, that affects women, children, families and communities, and disproportionally effects the indigenous population. Due to the man camps proximity to reservations, and the reduced legal prosecutorial abilities of Native governments, cases are less likely to be tried, even if a sexual abuser is known and identified.

Studies have also shown increased rates of sexually transmitted infections in areas with fracking. Research at the Yale School of Public Health has shown that Ohio counties with large-scale fracking have 21% higher rates of gonorrhea and 19% higher rates of chlamydia than the same state’s counties without high shale gas activity.

Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

New research has been released showing that prenatal exposure to fracking chemicals caused abnormal mammary gland development and pre-cancerous lesions in the female offspring of mice (Endocrinology). The scientists tested various levels of chemical exposure on the mice, from the potency that would be found in drinking water in areas near fracking, to the level found in wastewater pools on sites, and every level resulted in breast abnormalities.

In Texas, there are highly elevated breast cancer rates in the counties that have active fracking sites, despite statewide reductions in the overall breast cancer rate. Yet this is considered inconclusive evidence to show direct causation, and the Texas Department of State Health Services insists there is no reason to be concerned.

Pregnancy Problems

Proximity to fracking operations has been associated with multiple challenges with fertility, menstruation, pregnancy, and infant health. Exposure to fracking chemicals, has been linked to decreased sperm count, miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth, and low birth weight.

Studies in Pennsylvania have found a 25% increase in low-birth weight and decreased infant health with babies born to mothers living near active fracking sites. In response, a spokesperson for the Marcellus Shale Coalition insisted that “It’s dangerously misleading and inflammatory to suggest that natural gas development has done anything but improve public health.” (Science)

Tragically, the health problems from exposure to these chemicals during gestational periods aren’t always evident during pregnancy, birth or infancy, as seen with the mice in the breast cancer study, whose offspring didn’t develop breast lesions from prenatal exposure to fracking chemicals until puberty and maturation.

Pass On The Gas

It’s absolutely essential that the United States government and concerned citizens work together to stop this violent destruction of our environment and health due to fracking. Otherwise, we are set to experience an increasing boom of oil and gas fracking, that will destroy our land, homes, water, air, health, and future, and spread into new states.

Women are leading the way in environmental activism to address the concerns about fracking, yet are more likely to be dismissed, belittled, and threatened.

A study in the UK showed that 58% of men supported fracking, while only 31% of women did. In response, the chair of UK Onshore Shale and Gas made the claim that the reason more women were opposed to fracking than men were because they were more likely to be uneducated and lacked understanding of the science. This kind of belittling sexism is rampant from fracking proponents.

We must stop the spread of fracking in the US and invest into renewable forms of energy, divest money from big banks that support fossil fuels, and demand that the U.S. government protects our water, air, and communities now.

It is clear that fracking disproportionally affects the health and lives of women, and women’s health is a vital marker for the health and future of a nation. If we seek to grow a thriving country, we must prioritize the wellbeing of women and protect the children who are the future of this land.

This boom has been lauded by the energy companies and lobbyists as an answer to cheap and domestic energy production, reducing our dependency on foreign oil, as well as causing less air pollution than the coal industry. But is cheap energy today worth thousands of years of radioactive waste, the destruction of our precious water resources, and the compromising of the health of our people?

Sources

2017 Map of Oil & Gas Activity in the U.S. – Fractracker Alliance

Water Use Rises as Fracking Expands – Scientific American

Fracking Fact Sheet – Honor The Earth

Don’t Frack With Our Health – Breast Cancer Action

Are Breast Cancer Rates Elevated Near Texas Fracking Sites? – EcoWatch

Prenatal Exposure to Unconventional Oil and Gas Operation Chemical Mixtures Altered Mammary Gland Development in Adult Female Mice – Endocrinology

Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcomes in Pennsylvania, USA. – Epidemiology

Hydraulic fracturing and infant health: New evidence from Pennsylvania – Science Advances

Fracking Women: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Pennsylvania – International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Extreme Extraction and Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Great Plains

Counties With Fracking Have Increased Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections – Yale School of Public Health

State Policies on Use of Hydraulic Fracturing Waste as a Road Deicer – OLR Research Report

Fracking Chemicals Linked to Serious Reproductive, Health Risks – Center for Environmental Health

Women Linked to Fall in Support for UK Shale Gas Extraction – The Guardian

Fracking? Women “Don’t Understand the Science” – The Times

This article was originally published on http://karamariaananda.com/ and is being re-published here by the author.

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Being Near The Ocean Gives Many Clues About Our Well-Being

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  • The Facts:

    There are many reasons that most of us feel more relaxed, happy, even creative after spending some time near the ocean.

  • Reflect On:

    What can we learn about ourselves and what we need in our lives by examining the impact that being near the ocean, or water, usually has on us?

It is not a big stretch to say that we know ‘intuitively’ that being near the ocean can lead to improvements in our health and well-being, because so many of us have had the actual experience when we have gone to the beach. Feelings of serenity, calm, happiness and balance seem to arise in us as naturally as the waves that crawl rhythmically onto the shore and immerse our toes with refreshment.

There is some science to support this. An English study analyzed data from 48 million people ‘which indicate that good health is more prevalent the closer one lives to the coast.’

Water Is Essential To Life

To say that water is essential to life, as we know it, is not an overstatement, it is a fact. That’s why NASA’s motto in the hunt for extraterrestrial life has been “follow the water.” And here at home, water is the conduit for many of the processes essential for complex biological life. For human beings, it makes up over half of what we are physically. Up to 60% of the adult body is water, with the brain and heart at 73%, and the lungs at about 83%.

It’s no wonder that we are drawn to water, even as being fully immersed in it would cause us to drown. We have the need to be close to water at times just to feel good, to see it, to touch it, to drink it, to have it splash upon our body. If I ever get blocked or feel my thoughts getting confused while writing, my healing salve is a warm shower. It inevitably returns me to calm clarity, where my ideas become more supple, integrated, and ultimately creative.

The Ocean

Being in the presence of the ocean, then, would seem to be the quintessential place of healing and rejuvenation. It’s why people have always flocked to the beach. Yes, many like to lie on the sand and take in the sun, but far fewer people would take the trouble to go to the desert to do that. There is a feeling that sun-worshipping usually goes hand in hand with a refreshing plunge in the water, if only a brief one.

And even if one is laying down with eyes closed, there is the rhythmic sound of the waves advancing and receding, that attunes us to the in-and-out cadence of our breathing, our source of life. This immense presence is there, and we can feel it even when we don’t look at it. There is a gravity, a pull from the center of this big body, and the feeling that we are resting with this gentle pull upon us is both relaxing and energizing.

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By The Shore

Many, many go to the beach to simply walk for miles and miles along the shore, the meeting point of earth and water. This meeting point seems like home for many of us, as we experience our human lives as occurring in a meeting point between conscious and unconscious, between matter and spirit. The water inside of us is put into calm and balanced movement, and entrains itself to the rise and fall of water on the shore that we see and feel.

Just looking out at its immensity seems to give us comfort, a feeling that we are part of something much bigger, something that connects us all. It both reminds us that we ourselves are not as significant as our worries would have us believe, and yet confirms that we are much deeper and more vast than we appear.

Then of course there is the deep blueness of the ocean, which of all the colors in the spectrum is known to most evoke happiness and creativity. Ernest Hemmingway loved to look out at and be near the ocean to help foster his creativity and imagination. Marine Biologist Wallace J. Nichols also notes that looking out on the ocean,

“…the visual input is simplified. When you stand at the edge of water and look out on the horizon, it’s visually simplified relative to the room you’re sitting in right now, or a city you’re walking through, where you’re taking in millions of pieces of information every second.”

If You Can’t Reach The Ocean

Of course, not everyone has the luxury of living Oceanside or even has the means to visit the ocean on a regular basis. Still, we can take many clues from what the ocean provides us and how it makes us feel to understand what we need in our lives to live in a balanced and happy way. Lakes, rivers, even ponds have something to offer us, and we may want to take more opportunities in our busy lives to sit quietly near them and gaze upon them, in a state of openness and curiosity about what the experience has to offer us.

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