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Iceland Knows How To Stop Teen Substance Abuse But The Rest Of The World Isn’t Listening

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I think it’s safe to say that most teenagers have tried and/or abused alcohol or illegal drugs, yet teen substance abuse rarely gets the attention it needs. Drugs and alcohol have a more detrimental effect on the underdeveloped brain, particularly since teens lack the ability to adequately assess risk, making them more likely to overindulge in substances. It’s this same lack that explains why people tend to be braver and more open to trying new experiences as teens than as adults. But this courage comes at a cost, as teens cannot adequately assess the risks of the substances they are taking. And schools aren’t doing nearly enough to educate them.

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I remember seeing presentations from a program called DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, when I was in school. Although we were taught to avoid drugs, the focus was more on avoiding criminal behaviour than protecting our bodies. There wasn’t much focus on long-term effects of drug use. They always maintained that abstinence from drug use was best and that marijuana was the gateway drug, though I believe it’s become pretty obvious that alcohol better serves that description. Alcohol is readily available and easy to obtain, be it from parents’ liquor cabinets or fridges, older siblings, or underage bars.

Teens are faced with tremendous pressure, from their parents, their teachers, and especially their peers — it’s no wonder it is so easy to reach out for that escape, to keep your mind off all of the stresses, but also to just be cool and to fit in.

So How Can We Tackle This Issue?

According to an Icelandic psychologist, Gudberg Jonsson, just twenty years ago Icelandic teens were among the heaviest drinking youths in all of Europe. Apparently you couldn’t even walk downtown in Reykjavik on a Friday night without being bothered by rowdy teenagers getting wasted. He says it felt unsafe. These days, Iceland has various after school classes in facilities that include heated swimming pools and clubs for music, dance, or art.

Iceland now tops the European table for the cleanest living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-old teens who had been drunk in the previous month dropped from 42% in 1998 to 5% in 2016. The percentage of cannabis users has even dropped from 17% to 7%, and those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23% to 3%.

This country has been able to achieve such a successful turnaround thanks to what might best be described as enforced common sense. “This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in the lives of teenagers that I have ever seen,” says Milkman. “I’m just so impressed how well it’s working.”

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Milkman believes that if this model were adopted in other countries it could benefit the physical as well as psychological well-being of millions of kids worldwide.

How Does This Become a Problem?

“Any college kid could say: why do they start? Well, there’s availability, they’re risk-takers, alienation, maybe some depression,” he says. “But why do they continue? So I got to the question about the threshold for abuse and the lights went on – that’s when I had my version of the ‘aha’ experience: they could be on the threshold for abuse before they even took the drug, because it was their style of coping that they were abusing.”

Milkman helped develop the idea that people were addicted to changes in the brain chemistry, rather than the drug itself. “People can get addicted to drink, cars, money, sex, calories, cocaine – whatever. The idea of behavioural addiction became our trademark,” he says.

This is what spawned another idea: “Why not orchestrate a social movement around natural highs: around people getting high on their own brain chemistry – because it seems obvious to me that people want to change their consciousness – without the deleterious effects of drugs?”

By 1992, Milkman’s team in Denver had been granted $1.2 million from the government to fund Project Self-Discovery, which offered teenagers natural high alternatives to drugs and various crimes.

“We didn’t say to them, you’re coming in for treatment. We said, we’ll teach you anything you want to learn: music, dance, hip hop, art, martial arts.” The idea was that these different classes catering to the interests of many teenagers could get the teens excited and provide alterations in their brain chemistry. It would keep them busy for one, but also it would keep them interested and in the learning phase. Being addicted to dance is obviously a much better alternative than being addicted to drugs or alcohol.

At the same time, teens also received life-skills training, which focused on having more positive thoughts about themselves, their lives, and how they were interacting with others. “The main principle was that drug education doesn’t work because nobody pays attention to it. What is needed are the life skills to act on that information,” Milkman says.

In 1991 Milkman was invited to Iceland to talk about the findings of his work. He then became a consultant to the first residential drug treatment center for teens in Iceland, in a town called Tindar. As Milkman said, “it was designed around giving kids better things to do.” Seems simple enough!

The mayor of Reykjavik was also interested in trying something new, and parents of the Icelandic children and teens felt the same. Using some survey data and insights from research that included some from Milkman, a new national plan called “Youth In Iceland” was gradually rolled out.

Part of this plan involved changing some laws. It became illegal to buy tobacco under the age of 18 and alcohol under the age of 20, and advertising for both were banned. The relationship between parents and the school councils were strengthened and parents were educated on the importance of spending a lot more time with their children. They were encouraged to talk to their children about their lives and know who their friends were. Parents were also encouraged to keep their children home in the evenings.

Iceland even issued a curfew — teens between the ages of 13 and 16 were not allowed to be outside past 10pm in the winter and midnight in the summer. This curfew is still in effect today.

Possibly the most important step to this plan was increasing state funding for organized sport, music, art, dance, and other clubs. This allowed kids more ways to be able to bond with their peers and feel good and have fun, without resorting to drugs and alcohol. Lower income families also received a bonus for each child so that they too, could participate in these activities.

What Was the Outcome?

Between 1997 and 2012, the percentage of kids aged 15 and 16 who reported always spending time with their parents nearly doubled, increasing from 23% to 43%. The percentage of teens who participated in organized sports at least four times a week increased from 23% to 42%. Use of cigarettes, cannabis, and alcohol, on the other hand, all plummeted.

“Although this cannot be shown in the form of a causal relationship – which is a good example of why primary prevention methods are sometimes hard to sell to scientists – the trend is very clear,” says Alfgeir Kristjansson, who worked on the data. “Protective factors have gone up, risk factors down, and substance use has gone down – and more consistently in Iceland than in any other European country.”

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Ex USAF Colonel & Boeing Engineer Explains What Really Happened During Apollo 13

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  • The Facts:

    Colonel Ross Dedrickson, a high ranking military man who spent a long service with the Energy Commission between 1950-1958, claims that the problems with Apollo 13 were handled with care by extraterrestrials.

  • Reflect On:

    UFOs are no longer taboo and their existence has been verified via documents, photographs and videos released by dozens of governments. To complement this, we have witness testimony. The common theme is that many crafts are extraterrestrial.

Now that mainstream UFO disclosure has taken place and more information continues to be brought to light, more and more people are opening up to the idea that some of these UFOs, which are tracked on radar, photographed and videotaped, are extraterrestrial in origin.

This belief comes as a result from multiple factors, one being credible witness testimony by hundreds of military personnel from all ranks for decades, as well as other researchers, academics, ex-intelligence agency personnel, astronauts, etc. These testimonies compliment the hard evidence that’s already been collected. The ‘UFO problem’ has been subject to the questions of who, what, why, where and when, the only problem is those questions have been asked and answered by those who work within black budget special access programs, programs that are so sensitive that they’re exempt from standard reporting requirements from Congress, as described in this document.

For the latest updates in mainstream UFO, you can refer to this article which discusses materials that have been collected from these objects, among other things, and for the latest updates regarding mainstream UFO disclosure.

So, have we been lied to for decades? Former NASA Astronaut and Princeton physics professor, Dr. Brian O’Leary (who was recruited by Carl Sagan to teach at Cornell University) have accused Sagan on being involved with covering up this information. He even accused Sagan of fudging evidence regarding the ‘Face on Mars.’ You can see what he said, and read more about that in-depth here.

The very first director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, told the world that there has been an official campaign of ridicule and secrecy to cover up for the fact that UFOs are real, and that some of them are indeed extraterrestrial. He did so to the New York Times in 1960.

With the recent admittance of the existence of UFO’s by multiple countries, lead by the To The Stars Academy in the United States, another factor having some believe they are extraterrestrial, including Louis Elizondo, who used to be a director of one of the UFO study programs within the Pentagon, is the fact that the objects are observed performing maneuvers that defy our laws of physics and aerodynamics.

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So far, apart from that statement given on CNN, he has emphasized how their group is purposely steering away from the extraterrestrial question for now and simply focusing on the objects because there are a lot of feelings that come up when discussing this topic.

I will tell you unequivocally that, through the observation, scientific methodologies that were applied to look at this… That these aircraft are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory… My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone, whatever that means.

Unfortunately, there always seems to be a “threat” narrative from the mainstream…

The secrecy on this subject, as you can imagine, runs very deep. Everything is compartmentalized, and everybody who has experienced or been a part of these programs is aware of that.

Sure, we are seeing mainstream disclosure, but this topic leaves no aspect of humanity untouched. If there is a secret space program, if governments have catalogued multiple species of beings, if there is new technology and new propulsion systems that “utilize the wheel work of nature,” then how does one expect those who control the secrecy around this subject to simply disclose it? We should have had mass transparency from the very beginning, but this world of secrecy has developed so much that it’s nearly impossible to get the entire truth out about multiple things within this subject. Technology, extraterrestrial intelligence, and all of the questions you can think of have been the subject of inquiry for years, and we’ve been left completely in the dark.

Disclosure will lead to corporate collapses, like the oil industry. It would lead to lawsuits from various private military contractors, the list is huge and the implications of the disclosure are just the same.

The largest benefit could most possibly be the impact on human consciousness and our awareness of metaphysical realms, non-material science would no doubt get a big boost.

Whether this was done to protect corporate/government interests or simply because it was ‘too big’ for the human mind to comprehend and accept is up in the air, but it seems to be a good mix of both.

Apollo 13

When it comes to astronauts, it’s amusing how a select few receive media attention, and it’s usually the ones that attempt to debunk the ufo/extraterrestrial phenomena. On the other hand, we have a plethora of astronauts, perhaps even more than 50 percent of them in the United States, who have told the world that they know for a fact that UFOs are real, and that some of them are piloted by beings from somewhere else in the universe. Why is it that these astronauts don’t receive much attention, why are their words not taken as credible, and why are astronauts who debunk these claims instantaneously believed? Definitely strange to say the least.

The video below, however, is not from an astronaut, but a testimony from Colonel Ross Dedrickson. His testimony, as well as obituary states:

He was assigned to the US Atomic Energy Commission. A long service with the Energy Commission between 1950-1958 included, contract administration duties at Nevada test sites, Pacific Nuclear Test Area west of Hawaii, nuclear weapon manufacturing and quality assurance in Albuquerque, and inspection of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities throughout the country. He served with the 5th Air Force in Japan and later as a ranking Colonel, Officer in Charge of the Pacific Unified Command (TM)s alternate “command and control center” in Hawaii. In 1962, he was transferred and served as Deputy for Material for the 832 Air Division at Canon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico. He retired from the USAF in 1964.

Did we go to the Moon? We’ve written a number of articles explaining why we feel that yes, we did, but the official story we’re told about the Moon doesn’t really add up. Sources for these claims come from within the industry, as well, from military personnel to former NASA employees, intelligence officers etc. Colonel Dedrickson is a great example.

Made popular by Hollywood, Apollo 13 became known as the journey to the Moon that experienced technical difficulties, making it difficult and near impossible for the craft to return home. According to Dedrickson:

A spacecraft went to the rescue of Apollo 13, and they accompanied Apollo 13 on their voyage around the Moon back to Earth. And on two occasions they thought they might have to transfer the crew to their spacecraft, but they saw them safely back to Earth.

He gives a lot more information in the interview below, so take from it what you will. I published an article prior to this one about his statements claiming extraterrestrials would not allow the detonation of nuclear weapons on the Moon for our own scientific measurements, those comments are also from this interview.

The Takeaway

The takeaway message is that we are not alone and that this topic is moving outside of the debatable realm every single year. The implications of ET disclosure are huge, it really changes everything and brings up a lot of questions. Our civilization should be working in complete transparency, secrecy is only for those with selfish interests to protect. But the world is a mess, and this is and may have to be a process over many years. The methaphysical and spiritual imlications, among others like technological, are what awaits us if we can make the correct changes within, and become a more peaceful people.

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The US Military Is Now Recruiting Soldiers Who Were Born After 9/11

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  • The Facts:

    The US Military is now able to enlist soldiers who were not alive when 9/11 happened, but it only seems to be exacerbating the problems the military is having in attracting recruits, despite having increased incentives and lowering standards.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it possible that our awakening to the truth about war and the military is the main reason that recruitment is becoming so difficult for the US military?

Indeed, that title is worth repeating. The US military is now recruiting soldiers who were born after 9/11. And among other things, they are being recruited to fight in the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the first of several wars that the US government used 9/11 to justify. Still going on after almost 18 years? I guess the US government, or should I say the Deep State behind the US government, hasn’t completed their ‘business’ there. That now-famous line in the Neo-Conservative handbook ‘The Project For A New American Century’ is perhaps worth bringing back here. In speaking about a ‘transformation’ in the Middle East that needs to take place in order for the US to maintain and even enhance their supremacy in the region, the manifesto notes that,

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event–like a new Pearl Harbor.”–The Project For A New American Century

Of course creating a new Pearl Harbor was one of the major intentions of 9/11–not only to foment public opinion in favor of going to war against the bad guys in the Middle East (except Saudi Arabia, of course, the only Middle Eastern nation actually tied to 9/11), but also to build enthusiasm for more army recruits to sign up and die overseas for the global elite, err, I mean, their ‘country.’

And were they successful with this ploy? I guess it depends on who you talk to, and what would be meant by ‘successful’. The wars launched on behalf of 9/11 were resisted from the get-go by people who were already awake to what was going on underneath the cover of geopolitical rhetoric. And many more awakened when the inconsistencies in the 9/11 story and false premises like ‘weapons of mass destruction’ became part of global discourse and the subject of many documentaries.

But maybe the global elite still consider it a success. After all, they were able to kill a lot of people and make a lot of money, while gaining more of a military presence in the region from which to better bully countries. But have they now backed themselves into a corner, relying on a narrative that is no longer sustainable?

Recruitment Issues

Certainly, 18 years later, this same war in Afghanistan is not inspiring the same recruitment fervor, as this Buzzfeed article notes:

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As the war in Afghanistan enters its 18th year and the US Army falls thousands short of its recruiting goals, the Pentagon is recognizing it has to do something different to recruit an age group that does not remember 9/11 and for whom the “war on terror” has been background noise their entire lives. This includes rethinking some of its traditional military PR, which has unintentionally turned the corner from inspiring to morbid by highlighting that some of the young people enlisting today are taking over the same tasks in the very same places their parents fought almost a generation ago.

This must be disconcerting for second-generation recruits: while they are being told that their efforts to fight overseas will ‘make a difference,’ they have first-hand knowledge that in addition to all the death, dismemberment and PTSD they must have heard about, and in some cases directly witnessed, that the time their elders have spent in Afghanistan over the past 18 years has not made the situation any better. It has not improved the United States, the country that was invaded, or global security in general.

So that being the case, it might surprise you to know that, according to statistical research done for the year 2015, recruits who already had a relative in the military represented a full 83% of all recruits in that calendar year.

The Rise Of The Warrior Caste?

The army reasons that there is a rise in the ‘warrior caste,’ which comprises the groups of American families that have the ethic and patriotism to ‘bear the burden of a nation at war.’ But is this an accurate assessment? Does this notion not stem from a foregone belief that most Americans still endorse the wars that have been fought and continue to be fought since 9/11, but they are simply leaving it to other citizens to go through the rigors of ‘fighting the good fight’?

In many cases I actually believe that the propensity of family members continuing to join the army stems not from a generational patriotism as such, but from the greater difficulty they may have in shifting their perception about the true underlying motivations behind military aggression.  They would need to acknowledge the fact that not only they but their respected older family members have all been duped by a false narrative. I assume many must continue to cling to the threadbare notion that the military is going around the world invading countries to bring freedom, foster true democracy and make the world safer for American citizens–unless of course they were only in this killing game for the money.

And speaking of money, the military actually has been increasing its offer of financial compensation in order to reach its quotas, as well as lowering its standards for a new recruit’s history of mental illness, according to this USA Today article:

People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

‘Nuff said.

The Trust Gap

Would it be a surprise to the top brass in the military that recruitment is down simply because most people no longer trust the military or the U.S. government? Or that fewer people are willing to go overseas and kill people for no apparent reason?

People are waking up, getting smarter, despite Deep State efforts to keep people dumbed-down. There is a trust gap between citizens and the military, and it’s getting wider by the day. What would help recruitment, Military PR department? The truth. Yes, we can handle the truth. If people had real reasons to believe that they were actually fighting for individual rights and freedoms, and a better life for their children, the recruitment lineup might be a little longer. If they believed that the military was really about the defense of traditional American values, then a career in the military might make more sense to them.

But any argument about truly using the military for defensive purposes would naturally imply that there is not such a need for America to have military presence around the globe. Then the notion popularized by Ron Paul and others that we should close our bases in other countries and bring all our troops home to focus on defending our borders would become the rule of the day. And then the tremendous amount of money spent on the military, if not being outright reduced and diverted to matters of domestic importance, could be used to support great projects at home designed to improve the lives of American citizens.

Of course, none of this can happen, until the military is wrested away from the Deep State and put into the hands of ‘We the People’, to serve OUR best interests, as the Constitution meant it to be. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the goods news that a swiftly decreasing number of young people in America are willing to go overseas to disrupt and control other nations by force.

The Takeaway

The power of the Deep State is only as great as the extent to which people are willing to continue to take up arms and fight for causes that we are clearly seeing are unjust. Many in the past were brainwashed into thinking that they were fighting in wars for important values and principles, like ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy.’ As we awaken to the truth of our history, and our unwitting complicity in unnecessary conflict in the world, the way of global peace and unity will become clear to us.

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How We Can Deal With The ‘Chaos’ Of Elite Pedophilia, ET Disclosure, & Other Big Truths (QA)

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  • The Facts:

    At the moment, many truths are rising to the surface of our society that is bringing up a multitude of emotions. In this weekly Q&A, we discuss how we can effectively handle and move through learning these truths on a collective scale.

  • Reflect On:

    Are you taking the time to truly understand and process what is rising to the surface of ourselves as we learn about what is happening in our world? Are we dismissing this as negative and ignoring the opportunity to grow?

This week the question that came up was about how we deal with many of the big truths or revelations that are collectively coming to the surface in our society. Things like corruption, the cabal, elite pedophilia, ET disclosure, sexual abuse and so forth.

It also seems like each day we are learning more truths related to these topics, and they are also becoming hard for us to ignore and continue to pretend they are just ‘negative’ things to discuss. So the question of “how do we deal with the internal and collective ‘chaos’ that sometimes comes as a result of learning these truths” becomes a big one.

For some, fear arises. For others, anger, despair, worry, and confusion. In some ways, on social media we see huge wars taking place surrounding these topics, and through the mainstream media, societal divides are being fuelled. But I have also seen that for some, including myself, learning these things can create feelings of relief, understanding and freedom as we realize we were not crazy in what we thought and felt about what really goes on in our world. We may realize that life actually makes more sense when you begin to understand how our world truly works.

It’s an important discussion to explore how we can TRULY handle, individually and collectively, the truths that are coming forth and not end up at each other’s throats, but instead be able to truly process this stuff maturely – something that seems difficult at the moment, but not impossible. In the video below, we have that discussion.

Weekly Q&A For Oct 18th – 13th

03:03 How We Deal With The ‘Chaos’

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