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One Man’s Powerful Experience With Standing Rock

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In an isolated rural area of a prairie along the banks of the Missouri River in the state of North Dakota, a line has been drawn in the sand (or in this case, the water). This line represents the fundamental difference between the paradigm of the industrialized and the paradigm of the caretakers of the earth. For the past months, the two mindsets have clashed on land, air, and in the water.

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Indigenous Nations Unite To Protect The Earth

Founded by LaDonna Bravebull Allard in April of 2016, what started as a small camp at a centre of cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline has become a centre point of cultural renewal for the Oceti Sakowin, commonly known as the Lakota/Dakota Nation, and many other tribal nations. Over the past several months, the camp has transformed into a gathering place for over 300 Indigenous nations from the Americas and around the world. They have come to share in their struggles against the destruction of their bio-regions by industrial fossil fuel extraction. Peace agreements and unity compacts between Indigenous nations have been formed and sealed with sacred ceremony.

Non-native allies have also been called to support the camp and to stand as partners for the protection of the natural world and future generations. Since its founding, the camp and its environmental protection resolve has grown into an international movement. To date, the camp fluctuates between 1000 and 3000 people at any time, with millions of people around the world supporting from home.

The Sacred Stone Camp was originated to be a place of spiritual renewal, a place to pray and to protect the earth and the waters. The mantra of the camp is called out to all who can hear, “Mni Wiconi,”— “Water is Life.” Indigenous people say they are not protestors, but rather, “Water Protectors.”

The Truth Behind The Police Brutality

On the other side of the line is the Dakota Access Pipeline, its security forces, and the militarized police. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest attempt at creating pipeline transportation infrastructure to pump crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Texas refineries. Then, it would be shipped out and sold on the international market. This private cooperate venture has repeatedly used unethical methods and manipulated laws to achieve its goals.

They have enacted eminent domain on private landowners, supported by local and state government, even though this project doesn’t meet the qualifications of eminent domain. They disregarded and dismissed tribal governments in the planning process before construction began. They willfully destroyed areas of cultural and historic significance without allowing full and proper assessment. They have hired contract security who used attack dogs on unarmed men, women, and children. They have collaborated with state and local law enforcement to violently attack anyone who stands against their interest. They have not once reached out to peacefully navigate this conflict, choosing instead the route of force and violence.

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Conflicts and tensions have peaked during the past weeks as the pipeline construction approached the Missouri River and the Sacred Stone Camp. Water Protectors set up a front-line protest camp directly in the path of the pipeline after President Obama’s call for the Dakota Access Pipeline to voluntarily halt construction near the river went unheeded. On October 27th, multiple police agencies in riot gear and armed with heavy military vehicles violently forced the protectors out of the front-line camp. The conflict between militarized police and Water Protectors has continued and is now located on the shores of a tributary of the Missouri River.

This ongoing struggle located in the middle of the vast and sparsely populated Great Plains has become a convergence of two alternate stories of humanity. On one side of the line, there’s the Indigenous peoples and their allies whose mindset and hearts are in intimate relationship with the nature. They believe that which supports all life to be the most sacred. Their motivation is life and for the future generations. On the other side of the line is the industrialized mindset, which includes tearing a trench in the earth to pipe liquid death across the land and through the waters. They are protected by misguided police clothed in riot gear, guarded by paid mercenaries — all in the name of profit and the continuation of a dangerous paradigm.

The actions taken by the Dakota Access Pipeline and the State of North Dakota against the Water Protectors has become the edge of the fight for the survival of the human relationship with nature.

The Oceti Sakowin call the pipeline the “Black Snake.” This title speaks to more than just the colour of the crude oil which it may transport; it speaks to tribal prophecy of a time when a black snake will come upon the land to poison and kill life. To many people, the Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest attempt of the Black Snake trying to find a foothold. Legitimate fears that the pipeline will eventually rupture and spill its venom upon the land and in the waters are at the heart of the protector camp.

The fight against the Black Snake is revealing the power of fossil fuels to corrupt. The Black Snake is not just a pipeline that will pump toxic crude oil over 1000 miles across the land and water, potentially contaminating the environment that provides food and water for millions. The pipeline is only a manifestation of a much greater poison. The true poison of the Black Snake is much more pervasive, elusive, and has seeped into almost all of humanity. This Black Snake is the insatiable energy of contention, greed, violence, and deception.

This Black Snake is as old as western history. It has infected the people as they forgot or were ripped away from their original relationship with the earth. It is like a parasite that enters the belly of humans and starts oozing the toxins of fear into its hosts; the snake feeds the deepest fears of the human psyche. Fear and a sense of lack fill its victims, strengthening the snake. Eventually, fear is not enough and violent action is called for. People begin to dominate one another. This Black Snake has been living with people for generations now.

This paradigm was once contained in the Middle East, in a land that has been ravaged by continuous wars for the past 5,000 years. The current state of the Middle East is the product of this snake reaping its harvest. Over the last thousand years, the snake’s power has grown and the infection has spread. It was brought to the Americas in the belly of the Conquistadors and the colonizers. The snake now is as big as the world and has the earth in its strangle hold. It is squeezing the life out of the earth and all of its inhabitants.

Over the past months I have vigilantly followed the unfolding events, watching the Black Snake and the Water Protectors. I have supported the Sacred Stone camp from afar with constant prayer and financial contributions. On October 28th, a fire was awakened in me and I knew that now is the time to go to the Sacred Stone Camp. Within a few hours I talked to my wife and confirmed my plane tickets.

What lit the match was seeing the violent arrest of two of the medic team while treating the patients during the events October 27th. As a healthcare professional and someone who has worked 17 years in emergency medicine, I can tell you that police violently arresting medics is beyond outrageous. People providing medical treatment in any conflict, and not engaging in combat, is considered sacred. Respect and protection of medical personnel is even written into the Geneva Convention:

Article 9 of the 1906 Geneva Convention provides:
The personnel charged exclusively with the removal, transportation, and treatment of the sick and wounded, as well as with the administration of sanitary formations and establishments … shall be respected and protected under all circumstances. If they fall into the hands of the enemy they shall not be considered as prisoners of war.

Of all people to know this, the police should know this best. Medics are not there to take sides. They are there to provide help and hope to all people in need. Perhaps it was a slip in ethics and a temporary disorientation of the moral compass of the police? Are they so truly lost in the violence of protecting the cooperate state and unreasonable laws that they can’t see their own humanity? Have they forgotten that they too will one day be injured or sick, and will call upon the help of medics?

It was while watching the violent arrest of my fellow medical professional that I knew the Black Snake was corrupting even the most sacred of our human connections. It was time to go and help.

As an ally to the Indigenous people, it was important to be in a supportive role. In my former career, I was a paramedic/EMT. I was trained in Critical Incident Stress management and Incident Command Systems. With this background in mind, I heard the call from the Water Protectors at the Standing Rock Camp. Helping the Water Protectors on the front line is something that I can do. Something that I can tell my grandchildren I did to make their lives better.

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UAF 9/11 Study Concludes “Fires in WTC Could Not Have Caused” Building 7 To Collapse

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  • The Facts:

    The final report of an extensive four-year computer modeling simulation that was followed by a robust peer review process concludes that WTC 7 could not have collapsed as a result of office fires, as the official NIST explanation claims.

  • Reflect On:

    Does it seem like full disclosure in many areas, including 9/11 truth, are being held back in order to burst into public awareness simultaneously?

The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth announced on March 25th that the final report from researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on the destruction of the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 in New York City late in the afternoon of September 11, 2001 has been completed. And as expected, it debunks the official story:

The UAF team’s findings, which were the result of a four-year computer modeling study of the tower’s collapse, contradict those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which concluded in a 2008 report that WTC 7 was the first tall building ever to collapse primarily due to fire.

“Our study found that the fires in WTC 7 could not have caused the observed collapse,” said Professor Leroy Hulsey, the study’s principal investigator. “The only way it could have fallen in the observed manner is by the near-simultaneous failure of every column.”

The final report, entitled A Structural Reevaluation of the Collapse of World Trade Center 7 – Final Report, includes clarifications and supplemental text based on public comments submitted in response to a draft report released by UAF and AE911Truth on September 3, 2019.

The UAF team’s final report is the result of an extensive four-year computer modeling effort that was followed by a robust peer review process. The peer review included dozens of public comments as well as external review by two independent experts, Dr. Gregory Szuladzinski of Analytical Service Company, a leading expert in structural mechanics and finite element modeling, and Dr. Robert Korol, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at McMaster University and a fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

What’s Next?

Richard Gage, president and founder of AE911Truth, said that “It is now incumbent upon the building community, the media, and government officials to reckon with the implications of these findings and launch a new full-scale investigation.”

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Of course, asking for a new full-scale investigation has always been the mandate for AE911Truth. One would suspect that if an investigation has not been launched by now, when a majority of the public believe something is being hidden from them about 9/11, no amount of proof about the falsity of the official statement will be able to get the ball rolling.

Still, the work that continues to be done by AE911Truth and its allies among the 9/11 victims’ families keeps this issue in the spotlight, and reminds us that important facts about 9/11 have yet to be revealed, facts that question the very nature and motivations of our government and other powerful institutions. The 9/11 activists will now use the findings in the report as part of a formal “request for correction” that the group plans to submit to NIST in the coming days. Richard Gage noted,

“The indisputable errors documented in our request for correction will give NIST no way out of correcting its deeply flawed report and reversing its conclusion that fires were the cause of the collapse.”

An admission by NIST that their conclusions about the reasons for the WTC 7 collapse is tantamount to an admission that explosives had been pre-planted in this building for this event, so we shouldn’t hold our breath. It would bring down the entire house of cards that is the official 9/11 narrative.

As I mentioned in a previous article ‘The Implosion Of Building 7 Remains The Irrefutable “Smoking Gun” Of A 9/11 Inside Job,’ the presumption of a controlled demolition would dictate that WTC Building 7 must have been slated to be hit by a plane like the other 2 towers, as part of the master plan of the perpetrators. When that was part of the plan was botched, they decided to ‘pull it,’ in the recorded words of the building’s owner Larry Silverstein. The lame “offices fires” explanation, something that had never happened before in the world to a high-rise building, was the only one that was left for them to use.

The Takeaway

Truth is coming, about 9/11, about JFK, about hidden technology, ETs and about a hundred other things. It seems to me that full disclosures of all of these have been held up, or are creeping along very slowly, as if they were being loaded into a cannon for one huge explosion of truth that is set to have a profound impact on our collective consciousness. Rather than being impatient for one particular disclosure or another, I believe it’s best to try to see a pattern that relates to the readiness of the collective mind, and do our part to prepare ourselves.

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins Key Court Case In Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance

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    A key victory came yesterday for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as a Washington DC court ruled the Army Corps of Engineers must perform an Environmental Impact Statement to show the Dakota Access pipeline will not negatively affect the tribe's land.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we seeing further shifts in the old paradigm of money first and environment second? Are we seeing the power of relentlessly standing up for what you feel will make humanity and nature thrive?

This is a huge victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota. Their relentless energy towards having a full environmental impact statement (EIS) done with regards to the Dakota Access Pipeline that would run through their land and potentially impact their water supply, has finally paid off. This will bring the future of the Dakota Access pipeline into question entirely.

A Washington DC court ruled that the US army corps of engineers must conduct a full EIS given that their existing permits violated the National Environmental Policy Act (Nepa).

“After years of commitment to defending our water and earth, we welcome this news of a significant legal win,” said the tribal chairman, Mike Faith. “It’s humbling to see how actions we took to defend our ancestral homeland continue to inspire national conversations about how our choices ultimately affect this planet.”

You may recall from 2016, the Sioux Tribe rallied and inspired millions all over the world to help in getting behind the movement to raise awareness about the environmental impact of this pipeline. People travelled from all over the world to join the tribe on the ‘front lines’ as clashes sometimes became violent between water protectors and police, as well as pipeline workers.

I recall being down in North Dakota covering this story and was amazed by the sheer amount of people coming to support, as well as the efforts police were taking to silence journalists from covering the story. Cell phone jammers were used to stop those on-site from live streaming what was going on. Independent media were the only form of media in Standing Rock for months until eventually, mainstream media showed up. There appeared to be a long-standing solidarity within mainstream media to portray water protectors as violent and to avoid telling their side of the story when it came to the pipeline. This was why independent media was so important at that time.

In December 2016, the Obama administration denied permits for the pipeline to cross the Missouri River and effectively ordered a full EIS to be done in order to determine what alternative routes could be taken as well as what impact the pipeline may have on the tribe’s treaty rights. Yet, during the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency, he signed an executive order to expedite construction of the pipeline. Construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline was completed in June 2017.

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Not long after, the tribe challenged the permits and won. The Army corps of engineers were ordered to redo its environmental analysis, but they did so without taking into consideration tribal concerns or expert analysis. This was likely to allow it’s the transport of oil to continue until they were again sued.

Finally, as this Wednesday, federal judge James Boasberg determined that the environmental analysis by both the companies behind the pipeline and the corps was severely lacking, and the track record of Sunoco when it comes to oil spills is not promising, and “does not inspire confidence”, he added.

The fresh court-mandated EIS will be more in-depth than the assessment already completed by the corps – and could take years to complete. Next, the court will decide if the pipeline will be shut down while the EIS is being completed and until the EIS is approved.

“This validates everything the tribe has been saying all along about the risk of oil spills to the people of Standing Rock,” said Jan Hasselman, an EarthJustice attorney.

The Takeaway

The news of this Standing Rock victory may fall on distracted ears and minds at the moment considering the current global focus on the Coronavirus pandemic, but this is a big victory that shows the power of collective action and moving to stand up to actions of those who do not make the entirety of human ‘thrivability’ a part of their paradigm, but who instead operate from a space of disconnection and capitalization.

This news comes as I recently released my latest film Regenerate to everyone for free. The film re-examines our current mainstream approach to climate change and instead looks at our relationship to land, life, nature, money and each other as a whole. I propose that it is here where we will find the solutions we are looking for to truly allow our environment and each other, to thrive. You can check out the trailer below, and watch the full film here.

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How We Can Regenerate Our Environment & Planet (Documentary)

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  • The Facts:

    New documentary called Regenerate: Beyond The C02 Narrative explores how we can truly regenerate our environment. The current mainstream focus on C02 is not the answer.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we viewing the earth as a mechanical machine? Are we living in a society built on disconnection? Do we value maintaining the status quo more than creating a thriving life for all?

I have a new film I want to share with you, one that I was very passionate about creating because I believe it has the power to truly change the way we think about our environment.

I’ve been researching the topic of climate change for over 10 years, and the one thing I can honestly tell you, no matter what political side you are on or what you think the science says: the topic is very dizzying. No, it’s not as simple as the oil companies are faking science to show dangers to our climate are not as bad. No, it’s not as simple as lowering CO2 emissions, in fact, that is an incredibly misleading narrative. What we have to do is much different than that.

One thing I will say is this, many of the current propositions we see from governments, companies and mainstream media are designed to work within our economy. Economy first, environment second. They are also designed not to have humanity question their relationship with things like nature, money, life, who we are and why we are even here. They are designed to maintain the status quo. For that reason, they are often linear, mechanical ideas that disregard the true nature of the earth and the environment.

Those who have really gone deeply into the subject of climate change see this very quickly: you cannot simply solve our climate woes by planting more trees or lowering CO2 emissions, as you are just looking at one TINY aspect to the puzzle, and this direction won’t actually help the planet, it will only make us think we are helping.

Coming to these realizations over the last 10 years is what inspired me to create a film that would unite people. It’s a film that doesn’t argue about who’s to blame, what the causes of climate change are and so forth, it’s instead a film that looks at the core of the issue, and how we can actually create the changes that are needed at this time.

In short, the biggest challenge we face right now is that we live in a mindset and paradigm of disconnection and linear, mechanical thinking. This has led to the creation of a world that takes only individual parts into consideration, and not the whole. This thinking provides the experience of what it looks like to create from disconnected and destructive points of view. Sifting out of this thinking and state of being, into one of connection, is the challenge before us. When we do this, it will begin to reshape policy, choices, actions and creations that influence our world, way of living and how we relate to the earth.

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Due to the Coronavirus lockdown everyone is experiencing right now at home, I’ve decided to make the film Regenerate: Beyond The CO2 Narrative, free for everyone to watch.

Below is a trailer to check out the film. If you wish to watch this film entirely, click here.

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