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How Millennials Fell Out Of Love With Their Possessions

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The minimalist lifestyle is on the rise. Defined by people who strip back what they own to the bare essentials, this is a way of life that actively fights against the consumerist compulsion to relentlessly buy more things. While this movement — although growing — is still small, its values are being taken on board by a generation of young people who have become alienated by societal pressure and social norms, realising that they are utterly inundated with things they don’t want or need.

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Millennials appear to be fast falling out of love with their possessions. Dubbed “Generation Rent,” the attendant ideas of transience and insecurity have seeped into other areas of their lives. As they become locked out from and ever more disinterested in ownership, the importance of experiences and authenticity grows. For many young people, the trade off between labouring the long hours that the modern workplace demands and the rewards it can bring — like finally being able to put a deposit down on a house they only half like at 40, or buying a barely improved model of the latest mobile phone — hardly seems worth it.

Soaring house prices, the stagnation of wages, and huge amounts of personal debt have all contributed to this. The traditional nine-to-five has all but disappeared, and work has become unreliable and insecure. With many people finding that they have to buy even fairly unostentatious items, like furniture, on finance, they are very aware (especially with the last financial crash sharp in their memory) that it can all be taken away from them. Also, in a generation that values travel, personal growth, and self-expression, possessions are becoming viewed as increasingly burdensome.

This is evident in the wealthiest sections of society. Even though financial considerations are certainly a factor in the rejection of ownership to the majority of people, it’s freedom from proprietorship and the responsibility it brings which has proved irresistible to the rich. The growth of super car hire, the emergence of exclusive property investment clubs where luxury properties are shared rather than owned, and the wealthy renting our their properties attest to this. It all points to an elite who are becoming increasingly disinterested in actually owning anything, and who instead want to pursue a free and unencumbered kind of existence.

By following this way of life, wealthy people can enjoy the traditional trappings of the super-rich without actually possessing any of it. The “Homeless Billionaire” Nicolas Berggruen particularly embodies this mindset. He travels the world with a small bag of clothes and his phone, staying in hotels and leading a hugely affluent, yet possession-free, lifestyle. The fact that even the very rich are falling out of love with the idea of ownership is striking, and displays that it isn’t only lack of money that is alienating people from the constant acquisition of goods. To a certain extent, it’s even possible to say that minimalism has become a symbol of luxury.

The influence of fashion cannot be overestimated when considering this trend. The hipster movement – arguably the defining trend of the millennial generation so far – valued authenticity, uniqueness, and good taste (even if, at times, this was or was interpreted as hypocritical, elitist, or insincere), turning “mindless” consumerism into a negative reflection on someone’s character. This translated to people making thoughtful choices and buying fewer goods, with a particular emphasis on handmade and non-corporate items.

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Slow fashion, the craft movement, and the unstoppable rise of “vintage” all represent this. In such an atmosphere, endlessly buying things could be seen as crass and gauche, a failure to appreciate the less tangible and more important things in life. This is combined with genuinely felt environmental concerns. People are becoming increasingly aware of the impact the constant production of throwaway items has on the world around them and are choosing to opt out of environmentally damaging practices.

Technological improvements also play a role. Millennials have been moving away from the idea of ownership because the concept in itself has become so intangible. Now, most of our consumption of music, books, games, and films involves a transaction where absolutely nothing physical is exchanged. It’s possible to own an entire library of literature and not one physical book, and as Millennials start to play out their lives on social media with as much or more intensity as their real-world life, the illusion of something can be just as valuable as its tangible counterpart.

This is can be seen everywhere on the Internet. Sharing photos of the food at a nice restaurant is fast becoming just as important to the experience as actually eating the meal. Many young people, whether consciously or not, are constantly building their “personal brand,” something ethereal that can be much more advantageous than any material possession. In this case, having the material symbols of a certain lifestyle isn’t half as important as appearing to have them.

This is where the increased value Millennials have placed on experiences really comes into focus. On Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook, beautifully posed photographs from travel destinations around the world are going to have a lot more traction with an audience than a picture of a newly-purchased state of the art TV. In this context, the TV is banal, and can even give an impression of shallow and unimaginative personality. In the (heavily edited and hugely romanticised) photos of adventures and experiences, Millennials can nail their colours to the mast, broadcasting the impression that they are an interesting and thoughtful person.

Perhaps most pertinently, people – even those who can afford to buy into any excess of capitalism they wish – have begun to realise that constantly acquiring and discarding waves of stuff isn’t making them happy. In the developed world, humanity lives in the safest and most comfortable state it has ever achieved, yet many still feel unfulfilled and sometimes even truly miserable. The number of Americans so affected by mental health issues that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007, and this is reflected in other countries throughout the world.

In this environment, people are casting around for more meaning. Working constantly simply to buy the next best thing has proved hollow and unsatisfactory to many people, even if they are lucky enough to be able to afford to, which many people have found they aren’t. While obvious factors such as the growing popularity of the minimalist movement and people actively unburdening themselves of the things they own is the most striking example of this sentiment, it’s something that can be felt across the Millennial generation.

As technology continues to advance, conservation and ecological issues become ever more stark, and the real, material world loses favour to the one that can be found online, the concept of ownership could find itself becoming ever more irrelevant. With Millennials gradually falling out of love with their possessions, it could be the generations that follow them will pioneer a new way of life, away from the consumerist mindset that has defined the past few decades.

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Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug According To EX USAF Lieutenant Colonel

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  • The Facts:

    Retired USAF lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski writes in an article posted at Lew Rockwell’s website that Julian Assange is receiving the same treatment as suspected terrorists while in captivity at “Her Majesty’s Prison Service” at Belmarsh. 

  • Reflect On:

    Why has the mainstream media been silent regarding the treatment of Julian Assange? Why do they just slander him and not tell the truth about what's really happening, and why he was taken?

JFK warned the citizenry about “an announced need for increased security” that would be “seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” Today, this is known as “national security,” and it’s a term used to justify unethical and enormous amounts of secrecy that do not protect the public, but protect those in power and their corporate, financial and political interests. Theodor Roosevelt said that, “JFK warned the citizenry about “an announced need for increased security” that would be “seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” Today, this is known as “national security,” and it’s a term used to justify unethical and enormous amounts of secrecy that do not protect the public, but protect those in power and their corporate, financial and political interests.”

This is exactly what Julian Assange did, and many others have and are doing, like independent alternative media outlets.

Transparency is what Julian Assange was all about, and the American empire, or more so the global empire, has been desperate to keep its secrets and prosecute anyone or anything that threatens their secrecy. That’s what this is all about. And they proved that with Chelsea Manning.

It’s not just people like Assange who are being demonized and hunted, it’s alternative media as well. The war on ‘fake news’ that’s been happening for the last little while has forced alternative media outlets that are presenting credible information to be deemed as ‘fake.’ Any media outlet who even questions a controversial issue has been made out to be ‘wrong’ or ‘fake.’ Who has been hired to do this work? One example is news browser extension NewsGuard, which promises to help readers pick out fake news. However, NewsGuard is funded and run by individuals tied to the CFR, Atlantic Council, and other prominent elite figures.

Below is a tweet from Australian journalist and BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker John Pilger, who made comments last month that shed some light on how Assange is being treated.

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Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug?

I recently came across a post written a few months ago by Karen Kwiatkowski.

The FBI, Pentagon, and CIA are “interviewing” Assange. Kwiatkowski writes:

Interviewing is the wrong word.  I’d like to say doctoring him, because it would be more accurate, except that word implies some care for a positive outcome.  Chemical Gina has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being “treated” with 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, known as BZ. 

BZ is a powerful drug that produces hallucinations.

“Soldiers on BZ could remember only fragments of the experience afterward. As the drug wore off, and the subjects had trouble discerning what was real, many experienced anxiety, aggression, even terror,” the New Yorker reported. “…The drug’s effect lasted for days. At its peak, volunteers were totally cut off in their own minds, jolting from one fragmented existence to the next. They saw visions: Lilliputian baseball players competing on a tabletop diamond; animals or people or objects that materialized and vanished.”

She goes on:

It is difficult to know if the state is more sociopathic or more psychopathic.  What US government employees and/or contractors are currently doing to Julian Assange, and those who may have used Wikileaks as a journalistic avenue, may indicate it is the latter.  Torture, isolation, brutality, and the use of psychotropic drugs during interrogations and hiding this from the defendant’s own lawyers by denying them access — this is Lubyanka in the 1950s, not London and DC in 2019.

Allow me to get to the point.  The latest word I have received from England is as follows:

“[Julian Assange] is presently under close observation in prison hospital because he has suffered ‘severe transient psychotic episodes.’ My source(s) indicate these episodes occurred after two sessions of coercive interrogation at the hands of UK and US officials. The source(s) stated the HUMINT interrogators used psychotropic drugs in the course of the sessions.”

There are no words.  Nothing can be said.  2 plus 2 does equal 5.  The FBI is our own special Cheka.  The CIA Director’s hands are wet and her organization does not serve American values.  Rather than choosing to stay secretive for national security, the modern CIA must stay secretive in order to survive, because it has become functionally illegal.  Our president, who puts America first, is putting American values last, even as he tweets his concern for freedom of speech.

The agenda is to destroy Assange as a human being, and they may well succeed.  In doing this evil deed, in all of our names, America herself – whether we put her first, last, or somewhere in the middle – will have dug her own grave.

I came across an interesting post by activist Greg Bean. In it, he brings up Johannes Gutenberg, the man who first introduced the printing press to the world.

He writes about how that single act created a free press, which gave birth to the concept of freedom of speech, and how the two are “inextricably linked; printing is a form of speech.”

The broad circulation of information, including revolutionary ideas, in many languages, undermined Latin’s dominant status and the authority previously held by those trained in Latin, it transcended borders, threatened the power of political and religious authorities, increased literacy breaking the monopoly of the literate elite on education and learning, and bolstered the emerging middle class. It increased cultural self-awareness and cultural cohesion and undermined the authority of distant rulers and high priests.

WikiLeaks’ threat to the powerful was recognised and every effort was, and is, being made to criminalise anonymous leaking, which would be akin to criminalizing Gutenberg’s printing press, but there is not much chance this criminalisation will succeed.

I suggest you read the full piece as it makes some very interesting points.

The Takeaway

What you read here is no surprise, for a long time Julian Assange was allowed no visitors, and now, it’s quite clear why. Those who have had access to visits have made it quite clear that he is in very poor health. It’s unbelievable how the powers that be can simply do as they please, illegally, with no consequence, and their power lies within the human population and in those who have been subjected to perception manipulation, believing that Julian Assange should actually be locked up and done away with.

A great quote by Edward Bernays, who was known as the father of public relations, comes to mind here:

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. (source)

The ability for this powerful group to manipulate our minds is clearly fading, but we still have a lot of work to do.

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Ex-Google Engineer Fears AI ‘Killer Robots’ Could Perpetrate Unintended Mass Atrocities

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    An ex-Google software engineer warns of the industrial development of AI in terms of the creation of 'killer robots,' which would have autonomy in deciding who to kill without the safeguard of human intervention.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we see that events such as the potential creation of 'killer robots' ultimately stem from the projection of our collective consciousness, in a way that we as awakened individuals are empowered to change course?

We have entered a time in our history in which advanced technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) may become increasingly prone to unintended actions that threaten the safety and autonomy of human beings. And those of us who believe in the safety and autonomy of human beings–trust me, most at the top of the current power pyramid don’t need to become increasingly aware and vigilant of this growing threat.

The arguments for and against the unfettered development of AI and its integration into military capabilities are as follows: those in favor of the development of AI simply point to the increased efficiency and accuracy bestowed by AI applications. However, their unrestrained zeal tends to be based on a rather naive (or feigned) trust in government, corporations and military intelligence to police themselves to ensure that AI is not unleashed into the world in any way that is harmful to human individuals. The other side of the argument grounds its fundamental mistrust in current AI development on the well-documented notion that in fact our current corporate, governmental and military leaders each operate based on their own narrow agenda that give little regard for the safety and autonomy of human beings.

Nobody is arguing against the development of Artificial Intelligence as such, for application in ways that will clearly and incontestably benefit humanity. However, as always, the big money seems to be made available in support of WAR, of one group of humans having dominance and supremacy over another, rather than for applications that will benefit all of humanity and actually help to foster peace on the planet.

Ex-Google Engineer Speaks Out

Perhaps there is no way to fully prevent militaries from doing research into AI enhancements to their applications. However there seems to be one clear line of demarcation that many feel should not be crossed: giving AI programs sole authority to determine if a given individual or group of human beings should be killed.

Software engineer Laura Nolan resigned from Google last year in protest after being sent to work in 2017 on Project Maven, a project used to dramatically enhance US military drone technology, and put much more of the onus on AI to determine who and what should be bombed or shot at. She felt that her work would push forward a dangerous capability. She could see that the ability to convert military drones, for instance into autonomous non-human guided weapons, “is just a software problem these days and one that can be relatively easily solved.”

Through the protestations and resignations of brave people like Laura Nolan, Google allowed the Project Maven contract to lapse in March this year after more than 3,000 of its employees signed a petition in protest against the company’s involvement. It should be indicative to all of us that these big corporate giants do not make ethical decisions on their own, since they are fundamentally amoral, and continue to require concerned human beings to speak up and take actions in order for humanity’s interests to be considered.

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Killer Robots

Since resigning, Nolan has continued her activism amidst news about the development of “killer robots,” AI machines designed to operate autonomously on the battlefield with the capacity to kill large swaths of enemy combatants. She has called for all AI killing machines not operated by humans to be banned. She joined the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and has briefed UN diplomats in New York and Geneva over the dangers posed by autonomous weapons.

Unlike drones, which are controlled by military teams often thousands of miles away from where the flying weapon is being deployed, Nolan said killer robots have the potential to do “calamitous things that they were not originally programmed for”:

The likelihood of a disaster is in proportion to how many of these machines will be in a particular area at once. What you are looking at are possible atrocities and unlawful killings even under laws of warfare, especially if hundreds or thousands of these machines are deployed.

There could be large-scale accidents because these things will start to behave in unexpected ways. Which is why any advanced weapons systems should be subject to meaningful human control, otherwise they have to be banned because they are far too unpredictable and dangerous. (source)

Pledge From AI Researchers?

Certainly we see mainstream headlines like ‘Top AI researchers say they won’t make killer robots‘ where pledges have reportedly been made:

More than 2,600 AI researchers and engineers have signed a pledge to never create autonomous killer robots, published today by the Future of Life Institute. Signees include Elon Musk, Alphabet’s DeepMind co-founders Mustafa Suleyman, Demis Hassabis, and Shane Legg, as well as Google’s Jeff Dean, and the University of Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio.

However this does not mean that we can desert our posts and trust that corporations that could make billions of dollars from contracts to advance such automated applications will decline to pursue them if they thought they could get away with it. Indeed, it is the watchful eyes and powerful words of conscious people that has so far prevented this from occurring.

The Takeaway

Events in our world such as the emergence of autonomous ‘killer robots’ are ominous and foreboding, but we need not shrink away from this kind of news in a state of fear and resignation. If we can see, in the bigger picture, that it is ultimately a projection of our collective consciousness that brings these events into being, then we can take these events to be a trigger for each of us to determine exactly what kind of world we want to live in going forward, and have that determination clearly reflected in our thoughts, words, and actions. In this way, we participate in the larger awakening process and help to move humanity forward in the transition to a world of greater peace and harmony.

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US Navy Confirms UFOs Are Real Using Two Videos of Mysterious Objects

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    The US Navy has acknowledged footage showing multiple UFOs that was released a couple of years ago by the To The Stars Academy. They've recently confirmed that the videos are indeed real.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is all of this mainstream UFO disclosure happening when we've had years of secrecy? Is the mainstream establishment trying to control the narrative? Where are they going with this?

First of all, we don’t need government and military agencies to know that UFOs are real. Thousands of whistleblowers with verified credentials, as well as millions of pages of declassified documents have been released over the past several years that make one thing quite clear, UFOs are real, and there is a long history of military encounters.

We’re talking about objects that are tracked on radar, photographed, and video taped that are seen traveling at speeds and performing maneuvers that no known air-craft can mimic. These objects are constantly seen defying our known laws of aerodynamics.  I’ve written about multiple instances, there are thousands. For example, here’s an article about an incident with the Chilean Air Force, they received a radar return of a UFO equal to the size of ten or more aircraft carriers. They had visual confirmation as well.

There are objects in our atmosphere which are technically miles in advance of anything we can deploy – Lord Admiral Hill Norton, Former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee)

General Carlos Cavero told the world in 1979, “everything” has been “in a process of investigation both in the United States and in Spain, as well as the rest of the world.” On a global scale, “the nations of the world are currently working together in the investigation of the UFO phenomenon” and there is “an international exchange of data.” (source)

A lot of mainstream disclosure has happened within the past couple of years, and the topic really attracted a lot of attention from those who were previously unaware of the reality of this phenomenon when the To The Stars Academy, headed by former rock star Tom Delonge, and his team of ex high ranking government and Department of Defence personnel obtained multiple videos from the Pentagon of these objects and released them for public viewing.

One of the biggest mouthpieces for “the establishment,”  The New York Times, admitted something that the establishment, or facets of it, have been concealing for years; UFOs are real.  The Times broke the story about the secret Pentagon program to study UFOs where the videos in this article came from, but any UFO researcher knows these programs are more in-depth, expensive, and expansive than anything that’s described here.  These programs are vast, very expensive and go much deeper than a simple Pentagon program to study UFOs.

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Not long ago, A Michigan State University economist teamed up with multiple researchers, including Catherine Austin Fitts, former assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development and they found trillions of unaccounted for dollars missing from housing & D.O.D. Based on my research, these programs are going towards the study of UFOs, extraterrestrials as well as an already established secret space program. Fitts makes that point as well. Everything in this area is simply deemed “classified,” receiving absolutely no oversight from Congress. They’re referred to as deep black projects that in 2008 ex-Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer described as projects that the “Commander in Chief has no idea about.”

A 1997 US Senate report described these “special access programs” as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.” (source).

The Navy Acknowledgment

In the latest news with regards to mainstream UFO disclosure, the US Navy has acknowledged the videos of UFOs that were released by TTSA. The objects seen in the three clips of declassified military footage are “unidentified aerial phenomena,” Navy spokesperson Joe Gradisher confirmed to CNN. (source)

In the footage below from 2004, sensors lock on a target as it flies before it accelerates out of the left side of the frame, too quickly for the sensors to relocate it.

 Again, they were released from TTSA via the US Government, you can see one of the three videos below. It was the first one released, you can view the other two on their Youtube channel.

What is Mainstream UFO Disclosure All About? Can We Trust It?

TTSA has done nothing but bring awareness to the fact that these objects are real. They’ve stayed away from the extraterrestrial question, but CEO Tom Delonge has always been quite open about the fact that some of these objects are indeed extraterrestrial, and that this is known.

The chief of the disclosed program at the Pentagon, and now a member of TTSA also stated on CNN that he believes we’re not alone, and that this phenomenon is evidence of that. (source)

As former Princeton physics professor and NASA astronaut Dr. Brian O’Leary once said, “there is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been visiting us for a very long time.” (source)

A lot of people within the community are pointing towards the fact that government and mainstream media has been nothing but deceptive to us. This is very true, so why should we believe what they put out with regards to UFOs?

The truth is, it’s quite clear that there has been a long campaign of disinformation. In fact, there has been “an official campaign of ridicule and secrecy” with this subject (First director of the CIA, Roscoe Hillenkoetter, NY Times).  Many people have lost their lives and governments, or factions within the government and those who sit above them, have done their best to cover up this topic. It’s been covered up for many reasons, perhaps because of the new energy technology that’s involved with this subject, and the fact that the disclosure of the fact that some of these objects are not from this planet really leaves no aspect of humanity untouched.

It has huge implications and would change many things. But now, it’s all being disclosed, which is confusing people.

There are multiple theories out there, one of them is that the that the global elite are preparing for a supposed false flag alien invasion. They would use this the same way they use terrorism, to heighten national security, take more of our rights away, and actually have an excuse to weaponize space. To do this they would promote a “threat” narrative, and that this is what some of these objects represent.

Another theory is simply that they are not in charge, and that it’s simply time to disclose this reality to the human population, slowly but surely.

Another theory is that they want to simply control the narrative with this topic. The global elite are clever, and by disclosing what was and is becoming obvious to the population they then have the power of “what we say is the truth.” Furthermore, disclosing the reality officially could be used to continue its secrecy. By disclosing that UFOs are real and that “this is all we know and there is still much to find out” would be a truth within a lie. Having studied this topic for a number of years, what is known goes deep into extraterrestrials, extra dimensional beings, reverse engineering of craft and much more. It’s quite clear that a lot more is known than the just simple reality of UFOs, which represents the tip of the ice berg.

Are we seeing an effort by the global elite to simply control the narrative of what is and what isn’t? Do they want to take disclosure into their own hands and tell the people about it, in their own controlled way rather than having the lid blow off of everything?

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, UFO disclosure within the mainstream is a positive thing. That being said, we must always exercise caution and critical thinking as, most likely, the mainstream wants to control the narrative. There is a lot more credible information in the form of leaks, whistleblowers, books, and documents that go far beyond what the mainstream will ever tell us. The more the public wakes up to this reality, the more they must realize that just because something is presented by the mainstream, does not mean that it’s the be all and end all of what is known.

With all of this being said, I also believe there is still a lot of disinformation out there within the UFO community.

There is a massive shift in consciousness happening on our planet right now. We are curious, we are asking questions and we are starting to realize that there is a lot more to the story here on planet Earth that what we’ve been told or have been made to believe.

One of those realizations is that we are not alone, and that we never have been. Truth is inevitable, it will be discovered by us, not given to us. It’s time to think for ourselves.

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