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U.K. Allegedly Freezes RT News’ Bank Accounts & Severs Julian Assange’s Internet Access

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A couple days ago, U.K. bank National Westminster (NatWest) servicing Russia Today (RT), a Russian news company, sent RT a letter stating that the bank will be closing RT’s accounts. The letter gave the broadcasting company a strict deadline and clearly stated that the decision was final and the matter could not be discussed any further.

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At the same time, WikiLeaks announced that Julian Assange’s internet connection at his home in London had been severed by a state party. The timing of these two scenarios poses some serious questions: Are these two acts related, how is the UK government involved, and are these strategic strikes against alternative media?

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What is Russia Today? 

Russia Today is a state-sponsored news network that has gained a loyal, global following as a result of the network’s ability to broadcast real news to English, Spanish, and Arabic audiences. The stories RT reports on are the critical events happening in our world, as well as other important subjects that aren’t discussed by mainstream media. Covering stories related to scandal, false-flag terrorism, corruption, and conspiracy — along with the true motives behind the people or institutions involved — has proven the network’s credibility. Many of the topics that RT covers are those that wouldn’t be found on mainstream media outlets because these outlets are either too afraid to report on these subjects or controlled by corporations, the elite, and/or the government.

Why Would the U.K. Close RT’s Accounts?

The bank said that the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is a part of, would refuse to service RT. The company was given no notice prior to receiving the letter, which stated that the decision was final and could not be further discussed. Though the company’s assets weren’t frozen, the notice was rather abrupt.

Here’s a copy of the letter to RT from NatWest, which clearly states that the bank is “not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it.”

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The Russian Foreign Ministry voiced its suspicions, stating it was “an action aimed at eliminating a media outlet, which was unfavorable for the British establishment but popular among the British public. . . . If so, then it is a gross violation of the basic principles of free speech and free press by… ‘the oldest democracy in the world.’ “

Sergey Zheleznyak, member of the Russian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, added: We will demand explanations from the British authorities for this situation. We will help RT staff to protect their rights. We will request that international organizations like the Council of Europe and the UN, as well as international human rights and media professionals communities state their positions on this issue.”

Even the publisher and editor of Politics First, Marcus Papadopoulos, expressed his concerns to RT:

I sincerely hope that there’s no political motive for this, because we know that the British government isn’t happy with RT in Britain. . . . RT has a lot of viewers in Britain. Many British people now tune in to RT to receive information on major topics around the world, including in Britain. And many British people believe that the alternative accounts that RT puts forward and covers are more truthful than what they’re hearing from, for example, Sky News.

These statements and the secretive nature of the abrupt closure suggest that the U.K. government may have had a hand in freezing RT’s bank accounts. When you consider the fact that the U.K. has significant shareholdings in NatWest and the worsening situations between the West and Russia in Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, it’s easy to imagine how they could be involved. This seems even more plausible when you take into account the other extremely apparent act of censorship that occurred in the U.K. around the same time.

How This Relates to Julian Assange’s Internet Allegedly Being Cut

That same weekend, WikiLeaks announced over Twitter that Julian Assange’s internet had been purposely cut by a state party in his home inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Directly before this particular tweet, WikiLeaks tweeted more information regarding their October Surprise document leaks (read our articles about it here). The tweets included cryptic codes naming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ecuador, and the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in turn creating speculation that Assange’s ‘dead man’s switch’ had been triggered.

Although WikiLeaks’ claim regarding Assange’s internet access has yet to be proven, it certainly seems likely that a state party from the U.K. or even the U.S. could be responsible for it. The documents and emails WikiLeaks recently exposed have shed some serious light on the lack of government transparency. Even though WikiLeaks probably had access to the alleged documents Assange had obtained and tweeted about, it still speaks volumes that the government may have attempted to stop them from being released to the public. That would be a direct violation of free speech — although this wouldn’t be the first time governments withheld information.

Both the cutting of Assange’s internet access and RT’s frozen bank accounts appear to be direct violations of free speech. The timing of these two scenarios seems too “coincidental,” but U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has assured the public the government had nothing to do with RT’s bank account closing. May’s spokeswoman explained that “the decision by NatWest to withdraw banking services in Britain from state-funded Russian broadcaster RT is a matter for the bank. . . .[And] it’s for them to decide who they offer services to based on their own risk appetite.”

It’s unlikely that the government didn’t at least play a role in this, as the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and thus NatWest essentially acted as ‘wards of the state.‘ One would assume that a politically-significant move like this would require prior approval from the government. It’s important to note that much of this is speculation, so we may never know the truth behind RT’s bank account closure and Assange’s internet cut. Given the timing of both events, I believe this deserves some consideration and at least some reflection on the lack of transparency that exists within the government and mainstream media.

 

 

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Fact Checkers & Big Tech Censorship Are Tearing Apart Society

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Journalist Laurie Clarke published an article in the British Medical Journal examining hundreds of millions of pieces of content that Facebook has removed in an attempt to stop ‘covid misinformation.’ As a result of censorship, we are seeing a breakdown of important dialogue. Here is our deeper written analysis of her piece.

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The Quantum Eraser Experiment: What Happens In The Present Can Change The Past

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    At the quantum scale, what we do in the present can impact what happens in the past. This is shown through what's known as the quantum delayed choice choice, or quantum eraser experiment.

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    Why are factors associated with consciousness directly intertwined with physical material matter at the quantum scale? What does this mean when it comes to our physical material world in relation to our thoughts, perceptions, feelings and emotions?

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One of the founding fathers of quantum theory, Max Planck, who is often credited with originating quantum theory – a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 – once stated: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as exiting, postulates consciousness.”

Fast forward to today and there are a number of experiments in multiple fields showing that Planck was right. Consciousness is fundamental and it is directly intertwined with what we call physical material matter. You cannot explain consciousness in terms of the existing fundamentals like space, time, mass, and charge. As a result, the logical thing to do is postulate whether consciousness itself is something fundamental to the existence of reality.

A classic experiment used to examine the role of consciousness and its relationship to matter is the quantum double slit experiment. In this experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot toward a screen that has two slits in it. When there is no measuring device placed at the screen, the tiny bits of matter act as a “wave” and creates an “interference” pattern on the other side where a wall is placed to catch the pattern. Because there was no measuring or observation device used to see what slit the matter went through, we cannot know what path it took. When the pattern on the wall is examined to see what path it took, it represents a wave of possibilities, meaning the matter (particle) went through both slits, and one slit, and interfered with itself, which should be physically impossible. Welcome to the wacky world of quantum physics – anything and everything is possible.

The kicker is, when an observation device is set up to observe what slit the particles go through, the particle then only goes through one, thus collapsing the wave pattern and forming a pattern that is representative of the particle only going through one slit. In other words, the behaviour of the matter changes when we decide to measure  or observe it, the particles act as they are aware they are being watched. 50 percent of the time the particle will go through one slit, and the other 50 percent of the time it will go through the other and form a two slit pattern, just as if they were balls lobbed through one slit or the other.

Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it…We compel (the electron) to assume a definite position…We ourselves produce the results of the measurement. (M. Mermin, Boojums All the Way Through: Communicating Science ina Prosaic Age (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1990, referenced by Dr. Dean Radin, From A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explaining how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality

If this isn’t already mind-altering enough for you, one physicist, John Archibald Wheeler, pondered what would happen if we don’t interfere with the photons on their way through the slits? What would happen if we didn’t set up a measuring device to observe what slit the matter went through, and instead, what if behind the back wall there were detectors? One detector is focused on each slit, and just before the particle lands on the screen after it has passed through the slit device, the detectors are pulled away. When no one could detect which slit the photon had gone through, there was a wave pattern, but when the detectors were in place, there was no wave pattern. Similar to observing the particles before they went through the slit. No observation produced an interference pattern, and observation formed a one line, one slit pattern.

If they collapse to a state of particles from a wave at the moment of detection, after they have gone past the slit device, this means that even though they went through the slit unobserved and should produce a wave (interference) pattern, the very act of observing, still, instantly transforms them into particles and collapses the wave function.

This begs the question, how could these detectors interfere with something that had already happened? It would mean that what happened in the present changed the past. The very act of detecting the particles after they go through the slit determines how they went through the slit, either as a wave or as particles. How is this possible?

Like the quantum double slit experiment, the delayed choice/quantum eraser has been demonstrated and repeated multiple times. For example, physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) have conducted John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment, and the findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics.

In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something that had already happened.

“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” (source)

To make the experiment easier to understand, Wheeler used a cosmic scale explanation. Imagine a star emitting a photon billions of years ago, heading in the direction of planet Earth. In between, there is a galaxy. As a result of what’s known as “gravitational lensing,” the light will have to bend around the galaxy in order to reach Earth, so it has to take one of two paths, going left or going right. Billions of years later, if one decides to set up an apparatus to “catch” the photon, the resulting pattern would be an interference pattern, as explained above in the double slit experiment. This demonstrates that the photon took one way, and it took the other way. A “wave” of possibilities, but the way it took has not been defined.

One could also choose to “peek” at the incoming photon, setting up a telescope on each side of the galaxy to determine which side the photon passed to reach Earth. The very act of measuring or “watching” which way the photon comes in means it can only come in from one side. The pattern will no longer be an interference pattern representing multiple possibilities, but a single clump pattern showing “one” way.

What does this mean? It means how we choose to measure “now” affects what direction the photon took billions of years ago. Our choice in the present moment affected what had already happened in the past.

Below is a great video of Wheeler explaining.

My mind is blown just writing this article, I can’t stop thinking about it and what it could possibly mean, and how factors associated with consciousness are, in more ways than one, intertwined with what we perceive to be our physical reality. I recently published an article regarding consciousness and how it might be fundamental to the creation of our physical material world. You can read that here if interested.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ― Nikola Tesla

Why does all of this matter? Because it’s one of multiple experiments showing a strong connection between consciousness and physical matter. What does this mean at the classic physics scale? What does it mean with regards to the way we think, feel, perceive? What does it mean when we are talking about solutions to problems we are facing on our planet? If human consciousness could be so fundamental with regards to the ‘creation of our reality’, why aren’t we talking about it more? What impact would changing the way we look at our world have on the human experience? What would happen if we started to see things in a different light?

We tend to believe in our culture that we are beings where everything in our world is happening to us, as opposed to us being intimately connected to everything in our world. How might that knowing change the nature of our choices?

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Study Finds That Humans Would Be Quite “Upbeat” About The Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

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As the possibilities of a non-human intellect being present on Earth increase on a daily basis, one critical question must be addressed: How will we deal with it if we make contact? Will we be terrified if we feel threatened? Will we accept it? Will we be able to comprehend it? Or will we dismiss it as just another item to cope with in our increasingly fast-paced world?

Researchers from Arizona State University performed a study to try to find out the answer, and the article is titled “How Will We React to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life?”

“If we came face to face with life outside of Earth, we would actually be pretty upbeat about it,” said Arizona State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Varnum.

The pilot study’s articles focused on the 1996 discovery of possibly fossilised extraterrestrial Martian microbes, the 2015 discovery of periodic dimming around Tabby’s Star, thought to indicate the presence of an artificially constructed “Dyson sphere,” and the 2017 discovery of Earth-like exoplanets in a star’s habitable zone.

The pilot study discovered that the language used to depict these events elicited much more positive than negative feelings.

In a second study, the researchers invited over 500 people to write about their potential reactions to the discovery of alien microbial life, as well as humanity’s possible reaction. When considering their individual sentiments as well as those of mankind as a whole, participants’ replies revealed substantially more positive than negative emotions.

“I’d be a little excited about the news,” one participant remarked. “Even if it existed in a rudimentary form, it would be fascinating.”

The scientists discovered evidence of considerably happier than negative emotions in responses to the alleged finding of alien life, and this impact was larger in response to reading about extraterrestrial life than in response to human-made synthetic life.

“This discovery demonstrates that other planets can support life,” one participant stated. “It’s an intriguing and fascinating discovery that might be only the beginning.”

According to Varnum, “taken together, this implies that if we find out we’re not alone, we’ll take the news rather well”

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