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Escape The Debt Trap – Why Tiny Homes Are So Important

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The Federal Reserve Bank’s decision to keep interest rates at zero signifies that there is no real economic recovery in sight, despite the rhetoric and gas bagging by politicians, economists, and financial pundits. If the economy was ticking along and everything was going so well then why didn’t interest rates go up?  Simply because if the Fed did put interest rates up even 0.25%, then it might be just enough to prick the biggest economic bubble in history. So better to err on the side of caution and ‘kick the can’ down the road and continue the charade, hoping things will magically rectify themselves.

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In support of the weak economic conditions the latest data coming out of the Population Reference Bureau in Washington shows that around 15.1% of  25 to 34 year olds are currently living with their parents. This represents a fourth straight annual increase, the highest since at least 1960, according to demographer Mark Mather, associate vice president with PRB.(1) This data suggests that young adults are facing financial challenges, hence many are forced to do what they can to keep costs down and live with their parents for ever longer periods. As with all ‘official figures,’ this statistic is most likely understated, as high student debts, economic hardship, high unemployment, and rising living costs are adding to this disenfranchised demographic.

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Not that living with your parents is the end of the world, it can have its benefits. While hanging out with your folks can be great, it is always good to have your own space and privacy, regardless of how well you get along. Bryce Langston is one man who has taken it upon himself to break free of the debt trap and turn his passion and interest into a lifestyle. This gives him the freedom and flexibility to live his dreams. Being a creative person, Bryce, like many people these days, has never had a job which has had a guaranted regular income. After falling in love when seeing a tiny house on wheels Bryce has made it his mission to share with others his passion and enthusiasm for simple living. The more he looked, the more he found. Bryce has researched and filmed some amazing tiny homes with the transforming castle truck video going viral and receiving over 6 million views on YouTube and other sites.

The following quotes from Bryce Langston, founder and creator of Living Big in a Tiny Home, give insight into why he feels the tiny house movement is so important for everyone to become involved in.

Why are Tiny Homes So Important?

“Tiny Homes are important because they offer an alternative to the cycle of debt. They can provide people with secure housing, without the compromise of life-long mortgage debt, or on-going rent payments.”

“I believe that our current housing models, along with the government and economic policies that have created this paradigm are an affront to basic human decency. I don’t think that it should be a life-long struggle to maintain a roof over your head. “

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“We live in a society which encourages us to purchase more and more, and validate ourselves through our material possessions. Not only is this unhealthy for ourselves, it’s also unsustainable for the planet. Living in Tiny Homes helps us to moderate our consumption, and that can only be beneficial for the earth.”

What do you like about living in a Tiny Home?

“First and foremost, I love having a magical and serene space that I can call my own. Everything in my home is designed to cater to my personal needs and I was able to be uncompromising and design a space just the way that I like it. Because the space is small, it’s very easy to manage, requires next to no maintenance, and most importantly is incredibly homely and cosy.”

“Through my adventures in alternative living, I have also met many wonderful people who I am proud to call my friends.  I now live amongst a community of individuals who are searching for more sustainable and more humane ways of living on the planet and that is very exciting for me.”

 “If you ask people what is most important to them in life, a good deal of those people will say freedom. Yet, how free can we really be when we are burdened by large amounts of debt? Regardless of whether that debt is from student loans, housing, or drug debts to the mafia, we eventually become slaves to that debt and end up compromising the quality of our lives.” (2)

Check  Out Bryce’s latest in tiny living with his Five Star tent, with Swing Bridge!

Article by Andrew Martin, author of  Rethink…Your world, Your future. and One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future… 

CoverONENOVSources: excerpts from Rethink…Your world, Your future. 

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(1) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-18/here-s-evidence-that-millennials-are-still-living-with-their-parents

(2) Personal correspondence with Bryce Langston at Living Big in a Tiny Home

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Glenn Greenwald Resigns From The Intercept After They Censor His Content

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  • The Facts:

    The Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald has quit after The Intercept's editors censor one of his stories about the Biden Family.

  • Reflect On:

    If your perception is built by mainstream media, do you truly know what is going on in the world if they are often working to hide or censor stories that would dramatically change your perception?

Glenn Greenwald is the instrumental journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to put together his story and release it to the world. At the time working with the Guardian, Glenn eventually left to co-found his own media company, The Intercept, that would not be hindered in reporting on government corruption and the wrong doings of powerful people. Now, he has resigned from The Intercept because they have just censored him.

Many imagine our world is filled with corruption, hear of it sometimes, but often don’t quite see how far it goes because media is complicit in covering it up on behalf of those in power. We are seeing this today with the Hunter Biden laptop situation. Every journalist should be trying to find out what’s going on here. After all, the evidence is pretty incriminating that ‘the big guy’ mentioned in multiple emails and letters connected to the Biden family could very well be Joe Biden, meaning he is taking illegal money from shady deals with foreign interests. Why should people not know about this? Why is the media and social media coordinating to hide all of this information and not properly investigating?

Glenn Greenwald has become increasingly upset at his colleagues in journalism lately, multiple times stating on the Joe Rogan podcast earlier this week that he is shocked at how much they are refusing to cover anything meaningful related to the Hunter Biden laptop story. This is not what journalism is about. It’s not about protecting people, it’s about telling the public the truth so they can make decisions with accurate information and understandings in mind.

Glenn decided to do the reporting himself on the laptop story, but The Intercept, a media organization he co-founded, decided to censor Greenwald in his article titled: ‘THE REAL SCANDAL: U.S. MEDIA USES FALSEHOODS TO DEFEND JOE BIDEN FROM HUNTER’S EMAILS’

In response to being censored, Glenn wrote on his new website:

“I am posting here the most recent draft of my article about Joe and Hunter Biden — the last one seen by Intercept editors before telling me that they refuse to publish it absent major structural changes involving the removal of all sections critical of Joe Biden, leaving only a narrow article critiquing media outlets.”

Glenn’s statements show a very clear intention at The Intercept to protect Joe Biden, and in essence, mislead people. A problem that has long existed in media, and has intensified with a Trump presidency. This doesn’t mean we’re saying journalists should be protecting Trump instead, it means all truth should emerge through a free press. I have often stated that most people are not voting for politicians from a place of knowing what is going on in the world, they are voting for politicians from the standpoint of believing in an illusionary world that does not exist. This goes for both sides of political spectrums based on bias media being consumed. This is why the first step in our mission here at CE is to provide information that helps people “Break The Illusion” that their perception is built on. This way, we can begin seeing something that more closely resembles the truth, and start making sense of the world.

In the article that Glenn intended to have published on the Intercept he writes:

“Publication by the New York Post two weeks ago of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, relating to Vice President Joe Biden’s work in Ukraine, and subsequent articles from other outlets concerning the Biden family’s pursuit of business opportunities in China, provoked extraordinary efforts by a de facto union of media outlets, Silicon Valley giants and the intelligence community to suppress these stories.

One outcome is that the Biden campaign concluded, rationally, that there is no need for the front-running presidential candidate to address even the most basic and relevant questions raised by these materials. Rather than condemn Biden for ignoring these questions — the natural instinct of a healthy press when it comes to a presidential election — journalists have instead led the way in concocting excuses to justify his silence.”

As stated by Greenwald, the only article The Intercept published on the recent Hunter Biden laptop story was that the information likely came from a Russian disinformation plot, likely to again pass on the idea that Russia is meddling in the US election. That, instead of just telling the American people the truth, that there is more to this story and that there is no evidence at all that it came from any Russian involvement. Simply, it’s likely that Joe Biden and his family have many skeletons – just like most other politicians.

Greenwald was appalled by the US media vastly claiming this story was a nothing burger, a distraction from Russia and stated:

“Second, the often-repeated claim from news outlets and CIA operatives that the published emails and texts were “Russian disinformation” was, from the start, obviously baseless and reckless. No evidence — literally none — has been presented to suggest involvement by any Russians in the dissemination of these materials, let alone that it was part of some official plot by Moscow. As always, anything is possible — when one does not know for certain what the provenance of materials is, nothing can be ruled out — but in journalism, evidence is required before news outlets can validly start blaming some foreign government for the release of information. And none has ever been presented. Yet the claim that this was “Russian disinformation” was published in countless news outlets, television broadcasts, and the social media accounts of journalists, typically by pointing to the evidence-free claims of ex-CIA officials.”

Greenwald has no current plans for what he will do next or where he will go with his journalism. But his new website will do for now. I imagine it will be easier to see where cards fall after the upcoming US election results are publicized.

A New Kind of Media

It almost begs the question, are we ready as a society to truly create and disseminate journalism that is honest, integral and bi-partisan? Why is it that these types of organizations fail or struggle? How did Intercept fail? Well, they are no longer staying true to their mission. They fell to the pressure of politics and fell into ideology. How many other times did ideology change what they reported or coloured their stories? Yes, it’s almost impossible to have zero bias, but how close can we get to zero?

I look at what has happened here with CE, we struggle to stay funded because we stick to a completely bi-partisan position, and ask deeper questions that explore what about us as humans right now makes the world the way it is, and what can we do to change that. We know our style is ahead of its time in many ways, but it feels right, so we do it. Fact checkers have hit us hard, not because our statements or reporting is false, but because we simply are not ‘allowed’ to say certain things. The exact type of behaviour we are seeing from the Intercept. It’s not that Glenn’s reporting was wrong, it’s that he wasn’t ‘allowed’ to say it.

Just the other day, Julian Walker from the Conspirituality podcast, refused to come on our network and engage in a debate/discussion about some topics he was misrepresenting because he believes I am a ‘conspiracy theorist and ‘flat earther’ and doesn’t want to associate. Where would he get such an idea? I have only ever spoken about flat earth in that I think it’s a practical joke being played on people, so where would this come from? Did this man even do his research? Did he fall for the false fact checking that has damaged our brand? Can we trust his research on his own podcast when he has such false positions like that of what he stated about my character? I don’t know. But I can see the damage that has been done to people who have committed their lives to making the world a better place and reporting on things you’re ‘not allowed’ to talk about.

It has long been my feeling that media, especially alternative media, is going through the stages of maturing. Dropping behind as much bias as possible, dropping the emotional and manipulative tilts, the protection of government and powerful interests, and engaging the BIG questions of who we are, why we are here and where we want to go. Those trailblazing this change are having a tough time right now as the old paradigm dies out, but it’s a change that needs to happen.

I feel what Glenn has done here is inspiring and truly the takeaway here. Times are changing. As much as you might feel a bit down to hear of more censorship, truly look at how these events play as another indication that things are changing and people are making decisive choices in a direction towards freedom – inner and outer. Every even gives us something to look at, reflect upon and take new action from. This is how we learn about who we are from current events.

If you want to hear more from Glenn Greenwald regarding his decision to leave The Intercept, check out the video below.

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Vancouver Council Votes Against Mandatory Mask Mandate: They’re Not Required

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  • The Facts:

    Vancouver, Canada will not have a required mask policy in civic facilities, and instead will simply recommend that people wear them.

  • Reflect On:

    Should governments recommend what they feel we should do and present the science instead of forcing certain measures on the population that many people and health professionals clearly disagree with?

What Happened: The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will not mandate masks inside city buildings and will “strongly encourage” people to wear them instead. This is a bold move as many cities across the globe have mandatory mask measures in place.

The proposal by Counc. Sarah Kirby-Yung, which would have required masks inside city buildings, was opposed by more than a dozen speakers who pleaded with the city council to vote against it.

“Please consider our forefathers fought for our freedom, and if we release that choice, it’s the first step towards a dictatorship,” said one speaker according to City News. “Masks are used as weapons and they have certainly been used as weapons against me and others to silence and marginalize us and it’s not fair.”

According to Coun. Christine Boyle, public health experts encourage wearing masks, but a mandatory policy is not needed.

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Positive Association Found Amongst COVID Deaths & Flu Shot Rates Worldwide In Elderly

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  • The Facts:

    A recently published paper has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.

  • Reflect On:

    Why does vaccine hesitancy continue to grow worldwide? What's going on? What information/factors are contributing to this hesitancy?

What Happened: A recently published study in PeerJ  by Christian Wehenkel, a Professor at Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango in Mexico, has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.

According to the study, “The results showed a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and IVR (influenza vaccination rate) of people ≥65 years-old. There is a significant increase in COVID-19 deaths from eastern to western regions in the world. Further exploration is needed to explain these findings, and additional work on this line of research may lead to prevention of deaths associated with COVID-19.”

To determine this association, data sets from 39 countries with more than half a million people were analyzed.

The study was published on October 1st, and two weeks later a note from the publisher appeared atop the paper emphasizing that correlation does not equal causation, and that this paper “should not be taken to suggest that receiving the influenza vaccination results in an increased risk of death for an individual with COVID-19 as there may be confounding factors at play.”

The paper provides evidence from others which have recently been published that ponder if the flu shot could increase ones chance of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

For example, this study published in April of 2020, reported a negative correlation between influenza vaccination rates (IVRs) and COVID-19 related mortality and morbidity. Marín-Hernández, Schwartz & Nixon (2020) also showed epidemiological evidence of an association between higher influenza vaccine uptake by elderly people and lower percentage of COVID-19 deaths in Italy, which directly contradicts the author’s own findings and suggests that the flu shot may help prevent COVID-19 related deaths.

He goes on to mention another study:

In a study analyzing 92,664 clinically and molecularly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil, Fink et al. (2020) reported that patients who received a recent flu vaccine experienced on average 17% lower odds of death. Moreover, Pawlowski et al. (2020) analyzed the immunization records of 137,037 individuals who tested positive in a SARS-CoV-2 PCR. They found that polio, Hemophilus influenzae type-B, measles-mumps-rubella, varicella, pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13), geriatric flu, and hepatitis A/hepatitis B (HepA-HepB) vaccines, which had been administered in the past 1, 2, and 5 years, were associated with decreased SARS-CoV-2 infection rates.

So, its important to mention that correlations between the flu vaccine have also found that it may decrease ones chance of deaths from COVID-19.

But are there studies that have shown an increased chance of death or contracting other respiratory viruses as a result of getting the flu shot? Yes.

That’s also discussed in the paper. For example, he mentions a paper published in 2018:

In a study with 6,120 subjects, Wolff (2020) reported that influenza vaccination was significantly associated with a higher risk of some other respiratory diseases, due to virus interference. In a specific examination of non-influenza viruses, the odds of coronavirus infection (but not the COVID-19 virus) in vaccinated individuals were significantly higher, when compared to unvaccinated individuals (odds ratio = 1.36).

The study above found the flu shot to increase the risk of other coronaviruses among those who had been vaccinated for influenza by 36 percent. The study was conducted prior to COVID-19, so it’s not included and only applies to pre-existing coronaviruses. The study also found an even higher chance of contracting human metapneumovirus amongst those who had received the flu shot.

Below are some more studies regarding the flu shot and viral infections that hint to the same idea.

  • 2018 CDC study (Rikin et al 2018) found that flu shots increase the risk of non-flu acute respiratory illnesses (ARIs), including coronavirus, in children.
  • A 2011 Australian study (Kelly et al 2011) found that flu shots doubled the risk for non-flu viral lung infections.
  • 2012 Hong Kong study (Cowling et al 2012) found that flu shots increase the risk for non-flu respiratory infections by 4.4 times.
  • 2017 study (Mawson et al 2017) found vaccinated children were 5.9 times more likely to suffer pneumonia than their unvaccinated peers.

Why This Is Important: We live in an age where vaccinations are heavily marketed. We’ve seen this with the flu shot time and time again and we are also living in an age where a push for more mandated vaccines seems to be growing.

Dr. Peter Doshi is an associate editor at The BMJ (British Medical Journal) and also an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He published a paper in The BMJ titled “Influenza: Marketing Vaccines By Marketing Disease.”  In it,  he points out that the CDC pledges “to base all public health decisions on the highest quality of scientific data, openly and objectively derived,” and how this isn’t the case when it comes to the flu vaccine and its marketing. He stresses that “the vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and that “the threat of influenza seems to be overstated.”

This is a touchy subject that dives into medical ethics and the connections that big pharmaceutical companies have with our federal health regulatory agencies and health associations. Vaccines are a multi billion dollar industry.

At a recent World Health Organization conference on vaccine safety, it was expressed that vaccine hesitancy is growing at quite a fast pace, especially among doctors who are now becoming hesitant to recommend certain vaccines on the schedule. You can read more about that and find links to the conference here.

We have to ask ourselves, why is this happening? Is it because people and professionals are becoming aware of certain information that warrants the freedom of choice? Should freedom of choice with regards to what we put in our body always remain? Are we really protecting the “herd” by taking these actions?

In a 2014 analysis in the Oregon Law Review by New York University (NYU) legal scholars Mary Holland and Chase E. Zachary (who also has a Princeton-conferred doctorate in chemistry), the authors show that 60 years of compulsory vaccine policies “have not attained herd immunity for any childhood disease.” It is time, they suggest, to cast aside coercion in favor of voluntary choice.

When it comes to the flu shot, I put more information and science as to why so many people seem to refuse it, in this article if interested.

The University of California is currently being sued for mandating the flu shot for all staff, faculty and students. A judge has prevented them from doing so as a result until a decision has been made. You can read more about that here.

In South Korea, 48 people have now died after receiving the flu shot this season causing a lot of controversy. You can read more about that here.

The Takeaway: There are many concerns with vaccines, and vaccine injury is one of them. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act has paid more than $4 billion to families of vaccine injured children. A 2010 HHS pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) found that 1 in every 39 vaccines causes injury, a shocking comparison to the claims from the CDC of 1 in every million.

Should these statistics alone warrant the freedom of choice? Should the government have the ability to force us into measures, or would it simply be better for them to present the science, make recommendations and urge people to follow them? When the citizenry is forced and coerced into certain actions, sometimes under the guise of good-will, there always seems to be a tremendous amount of uproar and people who disagree. Why are these people silenced? Why are they censored? Why are they ridiculed? Why don’t independent health organizations receive the same voice and reach that government and state “owned” or organizations do? What’s going on here? Do we really live in a free, open and transparent world or are we simply subjected to massive amounts of perception manipulation?

When it come to the flu shot there is plenty of information on both sides of the coin that point to its effectiveness, and on the other hand there is information that points to the complete opposite. When something is not 100 percent clear, freedom of choice in all places should always remain, in my opinion.

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