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8 Reasons Living In A City Is Terrible For You (INFOGRAPHIC)

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After growing up in the suburbs and living there my entire life, in June of 2015 I decided to make the move to the city, renting a condo in downtown Toronto. Home to over 2.5 million people, most of which (like myself) find themselves paying a fortune to be sandwiched into a tiny box in the sky, it has an energy the suburbs will never know.

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And while living downtown undeniably has its perks — accessibility, convenience, and diversity being the big ones — it also has its clear downsides. Downsides so overwhelming to me that I once again find myself moving back out of the city and into the suburbs come September.

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It should come as no surprise that I immediately connected with this infographic put together by Samantha Lee at Business Insider outlining 8 reasons that living in a city is terrible for you.

While I do think that the term “terrible” is a bit of an exaggeration, I also know the value in a good title. These days, it’s getting harder and harder to catch the attention of people long enough for your message to be seen and heard. Check out the infographic and see how many of them you agree and disagree with:

The first one to stand out for me was number three: the constant light messes with our sleep. I’ve always been a relatively light sleeper, but it wasn’t until I moved downtown that it reached a point where I knew I had to do something about it. Within months of moving in, I invested in blackout curtains just to be able to get much needed rest in the place I call home.

I also have firsthand experience with number four: the noise is too much to handle. Much like the blackout curtains, it wasn’t until I moved downtown that I had to invest in a good set of earplugs. From the nightly street cleaning, to the emergency sirens, to the early morning traffic, the city is consistently noisier than any of the more remote surrounding areas.

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In addition to impacting my ability to sleep, the noise often hinders my ability to effectively meditate. I’ve found myself more dependent on guided or music based meditations to reach a fully relaxed state, by comparison to preferring silent unguided practices in the past.

Number five also really struck home: everyone’s always rushing. The biggest proof of this for me is the sheer number of car horn honks I hear daily — heck, even hourly! Everyone always seems to have somewhere to go and they have little to no patience for anyone or anything that is impeding them from getting there.

As a relatively busy person myself, I can certainly relate to wanting to get places quickly, but it’s even more apparent in major cities where there are more potential people and incidents to get in our way.

Adding A 9th Reason

A ninth reason that I would like to add to this list is the amount of wifi and cell towers that cities expose us to. While virtually the entire world is rapidly becoming a wifi zone, the sheer quantity of what we are exposed to in cities is flat out frightening.

From my condo alone I get wifi signals from over 10 other units and can see two mini cell towers located on the top of the retirement home across the street. While it makes for incredible internet and phone service, it also makes for a killer combination that is proving to be more and more deadly by the day.


Despite these reasons, living in a major city is undoubtedly the ideal fit for many of us in this world. If that is the case for you, let this article simply remind you of the importance of disconnecting from the hustle and bustle whenever you can.

Schedule time out in nature daily, and if possible try to not bring your Pokémon catching cell phone with you.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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