- The Facts:
Portland will launch a program in March 2019 that will begin generating energy via turbines in city water pipes beneath the streets.
- Reflect On:
This is great, but is this truly all we are capable of? Do we not already know there are much better and more efficient technologies available? Are we ready to shift our consciousness out of our current world to pave way for new technologies?
Where there is a will there is a way. This particular story is cool to me as it was an idea that crossed my mind years ago and it’s incredible seeing it being brought into being. But that idea was from 8 years ago, since then I have come to realize how primitive these ideas truly are. But more on that discussion in a moment.
Portland will be generating some electricity via water running through their city water pipes. Think about it. All the water that runs through those pipes to do the already daily tasks of washing, showering, drinking, cleaning and growing will now help to also generate electricity.
After partnering with a company called Lucid Energy, the city will begin to generate clean electricity from the water flowing under its streets. Thus far, Portland has begun replacing a section of its existing water supply network with Lucid Energy’s specially designed pipes that contain four forty-two inch turbines.
As water flows through the pipes the turbines spin and provides power to attached generators. Those generators feed energy into the city’s existing electrical grid. The project is known as the “Conduit 3 Hydroelectric Project,” and is scheduled to be fully up and running in March of this year.
The promotional video describes the technology and innovative idea of harnessing power through city water pipes:
Unlike wind and solar, this solution does not rely on the weather, making it a more stable and reliable solution for energy. How much can it output? The current project will be able to power 150 homes over the course of the year. Keep in mind this project is only being rolled out in a section of the city.
Some limitations exist as well. Turbines will only work in pipes where water flows downhill. This is so water does not have to be pumped, as the energy necessary to pump the water would negate the energy generated from the turbines. However there are pluses, the system also monitors the overall condition of a city’s water supply network as well as assess the drinking quality of the water flowing through it.
Are We Still Limited In Our Thinking?
While this idea is great and a step in the right direction, some deeper thought helps us realize how our current systems and structures do not easily allow for all-out solutions to our challenges to be implemented as everything we create has to fit within the confines of industry, creating jobs and limiting disruption. This is the result of a system, that at its core, is built on debt based banking.
We must come to terms with the fact that we will not see the advent of any real and practical solutions until we let go of this system of commerce and develop a world that truly allows humanity to thrive, and for technologies to be made available without the fear of disruption. After all, are we truly limited to the primitive forms of exchange we see being used today? Or is that simply what we have been convinced of? These are important questions to ask as they are the physical basis of how we are struggling as a whole.
At CE, we have been researching, working with, funding, and following future technology for over 8 years that could revolutionize the way we provide energy to society.
Wind, solar and even this idea are primitive jokes compared to what I have witnessed in labs with my own eyes. Why do these technologies stay hidden? Simple, not only does our infrastructure hold this back but so does our state of consciousness.
We explore this in detail in our interview with the president of the New Energy Movement Susan Manewich:
You can watch our entire 3 part interview with Susan on CETV.
As discussed, what we see projected in our world is a result of our overall state of collective consciousness, and what we decide to create and hold onto via belief in our current state of collective consciousness. It’s all an outward reflection. This is made up of our individual beliefs and actions compounded into the collective.
In looking at collective consciousness further, the very fact that we believe various things are not possible, and based on the fact that we hold onto to a system that does not truly support us so tightly, helps to keep these technologies suppressed and our world in a state of struggle.
The video below discusses collective consciousness in detail and how it relates to this issue:
We are seeing steps in the right direction if you want to call it that. But are we limited in solving our issues by playing in the very system of commerce we have before us? The system that enslaves humanity and limits us via debt based banking?
It is only when we begin to shift our consciousness enough to step out of the world that we are in today that we will see the rise of new technologies that can solve the challenges we face today. There is truly no shortage of advanced technologies that can revolutionize our world, we simply are limiting our reality based on the state of consciousness we operate from.
Are we ready to let go of the world we seem to be holding onto so deeply even though we don’t seem to be happy within it?
Extinction Rebellion: What Can We Take From Their 3 Areas of Focus?
- The Facts:
The Extinction Rebellion may not have all their facts straight about climate change but they are an organized movement with a focus. Let's have a look at what may be going on here.
- Reflect On:
How do you feel about the ideas of having to tackle our current political system and economic system before creating any meaningful change? Are these important to address first?
Have you heard about the biggest grassroots rebellion against the broken economic system, decaying democracy and exploitative mainstream media since Occupy Wall Street?
Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an eco-activist movement founded in the UK by molecular biophysicist Dr. Gail Bradbrook, along with environmental activist Roger Hallam, who studied a PhD in civil disobedience at King’s College London.
Galvanizing supporters at the 49th Glastonbury festival, Dr Gail Bradbrook explained:
“[Extinction Rebellion] is not a protest. It is not a campaign. It is a rebellion. We are in active rebellion against our government. The social contract is broken, the governments aren’t protecting us and it’s down to us now.”
On Monday 7th October 2019, more than 50,000 environmentalists “devoted to disruptive, non-violent civil disobedience in protest against ecological collapse” descended on London to shut the city center down, and the movement is global.
XR groups in more than 60 major cities around the world released their plans to peacefully occupy key locations in their cities, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Prague, Bratislava, Dublin, Budapest, and many many more.
They are aiming for eventual critical mass in all countries, which XR points out is “the involvement of 3.5% of the population to succeed – in the UK that’s about 2 million people” based on the research by Erica Chenoweth.
The movement began on 31st October 2018 when 1,500 XR supporters assembled on Parliament Square in London to announce a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK Government.
Over the next few weeks, 6,000 converged on London to peacefully block five major bridges across the Thames, planting trees in the middle of Parliament Square, and digging a hole to bury a coffin representing humanity’s future.
On their website it continues:
“Our actions generated huge national and international publicity and, as news spread, our ideas connected with tens of thousands of people around the world.”
The Guardian reported that those arrested would be prosecuted, and linked XR’s comment “We are asking the police and legal system to concentrate on issues such as knife crime, and not non-violent protesters who are trying to save our planet” with “Stop bothering us non-violent protesters; focus instead on those frightening inner-city neighbourhoods, where black children carry knives,” attempting to plant seeds that XR are racist.
XR received much more newspaper coverage the weekend before the launch of October rebellion, with the campaign promising disruption to emergency care (Telegraph) thanks to the “eco zealots’ blueprint for mayhem” – an article the Daily Mail originally and baselessly called: “Extinction Rebellion ‘will stop the Queen’s Speech’ as it reveals its battle plan to stop London.”
The Daily Mail even gloated “At Last!” as Police took preemptive action and raided a warehouse, arresting ten people and confiscating XR equipment.
“These tactics are very questionable and are arguably infringing on our rights to peaceful protest,” Ecclestone argues, and the UK Shadow Minister of State for Policing, Louise Haigh, agrees.
The mainstream media, of course, ignores the cause of the protests (the fear of ecological collapse due to a politically corrupt system), and instead focuses on demonizing XR, but the fact that XR are receiving so much negative press, rather than being ignored, means that someone high up is concerned about what this movement could potentially mean.
What makes XR different from other climate change movements is that this movement has a clear focus on the problems and the solutions they require.
On the XR website, 3 areas are identified as the “symptoms of this toxic system”:
- A debt- and interest-based, deregulated finance sector.
- A fake and decaying democracy.
- A media captured to the interests of exploitative rich people and corporations.
XR identify 3 key areas that need to change in order “to create a world fit for the next seven generations to live in”:
- A democracy where people have real agency in decision making by devolving power to the level closest to people and communities.
- An economy designed to maximize well-being for all people and minimize harm to each other, our fellow creatures and our home planet.
- Creating a healthy, resilient and adaptable regenerative culture that can “heal and improve .. on all levels, including individuals, communities, our soil, water and air.”
The Bill For Parliament
XR working groups around the UK, in consultation with the campaign group Power for People, drafted a bill for the UK parliament (a proposal to significantly change current law).
The Bill demands that the UK Prime Minister declare a climate and ecological emergency, and establishes a citizens assembly.
500 to 1000 people should be randomly selected from across the country, and the process must be designed to ensure that the Assembly reflects the UK “in terms of characteristics such as gender, age, ethnicity, education level and geography.”
The Spiritual Calling
The organizers of the movement also clearly have an understanding of spirituality, ideas like self-discovery and self-improvement.
XR emphasize “ongoing questioning, reflection and learning” and getting out of our comfort zones because “We have a duty to disobey this system which destroys life on earth and is deeply unjust.”
XR refer to indigenous cultures as inspiration, stating XR “is a rebellion against the heartless, loveless and lifeless delusion of seeing Earth as dead matter,” instead seeing humanity as “earth-guardians” and “nature defending itself.”
XR state they are beyond activism alone and always seeking new ways to support positive change, which may include “ceremony and prayer (in ways that are neither dogmatic nor expected) as formats to find inspiration from things bigger than ourselves.”
“We are about political change,” they continue, “not personal change (though we welcome the latter).”
This movement may not have all the facts concerning climate change covered here at CE, but it is the first globally organized movement to connect a broken economic system with the need for higher spiritual values like their vision of “a new world of love, respect and regeneration.”
It seems that XR have potential beyond that of Occupy Wall Street to raise a global movement, mainly because they have a clear focus on serious deep rooted problems and, more importantly, a clear strategy for positive change.
Furthermore, the reaction in the media demonstrates that it is causing concern among those wishing to keep GDP going and business running as usual.
Of course, those in power are never going to devolve it freely, but this shift in consciousness as people marry social activism with purpose and spirituality will only continue to evolve.
It has many names, such as The Great Turning, The Great Awakening, Conscious Evolution and Sacred Activism, and in a recent podcast with Russell Brand, XR founder Dr. Gail Bradbrook confirms this shift in consciousness in scientific terms, called Spiral Dynamics.
Whatever happens next, this latest example is just another sign that the global, solutions-focused movement and humanity’s conscious, collective evolution is most definitely underway.
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Julian Assange Writes A Letter Back To Collective Evolution
- The Facts:
Julian Assange has responded to a letter I sent to him in Belmarsh prison on behalf of Collective Evolution.
- Reflect On:
Can we see that the case of Julian Assange is a microcosm of humanity's struggle to retain and expand its inherent freedoms?
We are in a particularly important time in human history. After millennia of being told what to do by unimaginably powerful rulers as though we were young children clinging to parental authority (and we were, for the most part), the majority of humanity (i.e. those not in the highest echelons of the ruling class) are being offered a choice: take control of our destiny or continue to consent to our ever-increasing enslavement.
The signs are out there for all to see–all those, that is, who have the slightest desire to look beyond the naive and childish perception that continues to be promulgated by mainstream media. You won’t hear about it on CNN, but a global totalitarian surveillance state is being built up right in front of our eyes, and our collective response to it has been, let’s be honest, a bit tepid.
Just as one example, we see strong evidence that dearly beloved Google and Facebook are not the products of rags-to-riches stories of young geniuses, but rather were possibly long conceived and carefully implemented by those who have ruled the planet from the start, complete with cover stories of ‘fortuitous entrepreneurship’ that we fell for at first but now are unraveling because of greater public scrutiny and brave whistleblower testimony. With Facebook (formerly DARPA’s ‘Lifelog’) showing that they are in the business of harvesting rather than protecting private data, and Google buying up AI assets like DeepMind in order to facilitate the installation of a global surveillance system, it is becoming clear that they were always key cogs in a generational plan aimed at total control over the planet. Other aspects like 5G, vaccines and Big Pharma in general, GMOs, private Central Banks and fiat currency, the Vatican, Human Trafficking and Pedophilia and many other components of our current society can ultimately be seen as having a place in this complex, dark web of deceit.
What chance do we really have? Well, we have truth on our side. That is more powerful than anything. But in today’s environment, we have to fight tooth and nail for its protection and proliferation.
In this regard, there is probably no single figure that is as emblematic of our current struggle as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Remember that Wikilieaks is an international non-profit organisation that has been publishing news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources since 2006, many of which directly reveal the deception, fraud, corruption and serious crimes of the ruling class. It is within this context that we must understand the threats to Assange’s safety and freedom since 2010, and the reasonable assumption that it is those whose reputations and criminal enterprises were most threatened by Wikileaks’ activities that have tried to characterize him as a criminal and have been making the push for Assange’s indictment, extradition and ultimately incarceration in order to quash the publishing of this kind of information. Here is a timeline of his battle, most of which covers the period of time he was holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (June 2012–April 2019) :
- August 2010 – The Swedish Prosecutor’s Office first issues an arrest warrant for Mr Assange. It says there are two separate allegations – one of rape and one of molestation. Mr Assange says the claims are “without basis”
- December 2010 – Mr Assange is arrested in London and bailed at the second attempt
- May 2012 – The UK’s Supreme Court rules he should be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over the allegations
- June 2012 – Mr Assange enters the Ecuadorean embassy in London
- August 2012 – Ecuador grants asylum to Mr Assange, saying there are fears his human rights might be violated if he is extradited
- August 2015 – Swedish prosecutors drop their investigation into two allegations – one of sexual molestation and one of unlawful coercion because they have run out of time to question him. But he still faces the more serious accusation of rape
- October 2015 – Metropolitan Police announces that officers will no longer be stationed outside the Ecuadorean embassy
- February 2016 – A UN panel rules that Mr Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” by UK and Swedish authorities since 2010
- May 2017 – Sweden’s director of public prosecutions announces that the rape investigation into Mr Assange is being dropped
- July 2018 – The UK and Ecuador confirm they are holding ongoing talks over the fate of Mr Assange
- October 2018 – Mr Assange is given a set of house rules by the Ecuadorean embassy
- October 2018 – It’s revealed he is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador – accusing it of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”
- December 2018 – Mr Assange’s lawyer rejects an agreement announced by Ecuador’s president to see him leave the Ecuadorean embassy
- February 2019 – Australia grants Mr Assange a new passport amid fears Ecuador may bring his asylum to an end
- April 2019 – The Metropolitan Police detain him for “failing to surrender to the court” over a warrant issued in 2012
- May 2019- Sweden reopens sexual assault investigation and US files 17 new charges against Mr Assange
If we look at what has happened since Mr. Assange was forced out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April, it becomes clear that he had every reason to suspect that powerful forces were just waiting to get their hands on him, and would use every ounce of force available to them to intimidate Assange and any others who would follow in his footsteps.
If you thought that perhaps he is being treated fairly, consider this: on the mere charges that Julian Assange did not obey the conditions of his bail in 2012 (doing so only because he legitimately feared for his safety and believed he would not be treated in a just manner), he spent most of his 50-week sentence in isolation, with no access to the internet or any news of what is happening in the outside world. He was allowed only 2 social visits per month, and according to those who have visited him, like his brother, his emaciated body and spirit are signs that he is being systematically weakened physically and emotionally in prison conditions that are worse than for terrorists. In addition to this, Assange has now been held beyond the September 22nd end of his sentence because of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s “substantial” belief that Assange could “abscond again.”
This is the state of affairs in which my letter found him.
Writing To Julian Assange
I happened to come across a website that said that it is possible to send letters to Julian Assange in prison. The website printed a few letters that people had received, and specified that the following address had to be used including his prisoner number and date of birth:
Mr Julian Assange
Prisoner #: A9379AY
Cell 23 Healthcare
London SE28 0EB
It also stipulated that your own return address has to be written on the back of the envelope. So I decided to go ahead and follow those instructions in sending him this letter:
A month later, while I was away in New Zealand conducting an important interview (which will be presented on CETV shortly), I received this reply from Julian Assange:
While I had hoped to get some information that Mr. Assange may have wanted to get out into the public, I now realize that, first of all, any information that he wrote that could be potentially damaging to the authority would probably not get out beyond the prison walls. And secondly, I came to realize what Julian Assange is trying to do with the limited means that he has at his disposal: he is attempting to galvanize a movement around freedom of speech and safety for those who attempt to exercise that freedom for the benefit of humanity.
In other words, there is nothing more for Julian Assange to say that will ameliorate this situation, aside from exhorting all individuals who believe that free speech needs to be fought for and preserved to become active in the struggle. This can currently center around voicing our support for his freedom from further incarceration and forced extradition. Flooding Belmarsh prison with letters is one way to send a message, and is an exercise that I would certainly recommend that would only take 10 minutes of your time. Being part of movements that are starting up online or in your communities is another way. I don’t know enough about these “FreeAssange” and “ProtectAssange” movements to endorse any particular one but I would invite those interested to seek them out online while using their proper discernment.
Is It Really Julian Assange Responding?
I’ve been asked by a couple of people as to whether this letter is really from Julian Assange. My response to that is, why wouldn’t it be? Is it reasonable to suspect that the Deep State lurking, intercepting these letters, and then responding in such a benign way?
I would imagine someone would have done some handwriting analysis/comparison by now, and that some of his family who have visited him would be dissuading people from sending letters if they were not getting through to him. I am including the front and back of the envelope here in case it helps the internet sleuths determine this letter’s authenticity for themselves.
But at the end of the day, is it essential to the cause that Julian Assange is penning these letters? Do any of you reading this not believe that freedom of speech and freedom of information have long been under attack, and that the only way that the powerful forces who would censor and destroy evidence of their own high crimes and misdemeanours will be upended is if we stand together as a collective of conscious individuals and uphold the freedoms that are our birthright?
Let’s be clear: the alleged ‘crime’ that is really at play here is the same one that was immortalized in the movie ‘The Post,’ where newspapers were vindicated by the Supreme Court after publishing the Pentagon Papers, classified documents that were embarrassing to the U. S. government regarding the 20 year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War. It’s important that we keep clear sight of the fact that, despite what the now-hypocritical mainstream press are implying about Julian Assange and the ‘sensitive’ information he has published, he has done absolutely nothing wrong, and his and anyone else’s right to publish any material that has been given to them needs to be preserved.
We did not come into this world at this important moment in history to sit on the sidelines while our fundamental rights and freedoms hang in the balance. Even though I personally had a bit of trepidation that writing this article in the transparent fashion I did is a bit risky, I feel it is my small way of standing up for the freedom of speech and information. As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’
America’s Largest Milk Producer Files For Bankruptcy – Cow’s Milk Is Inhumane & Unhealthy
- The Facts:
Dean foods, the largest milk producer in the United States has filed for bankruptcy.
- Reflect On:
Independent media and activists around the world do have the ability to make change, and this is one of many examples. The world is waking up, even in the face of massive censorship of information. We are more powerful than we know.
Dean Foods, the largest milk company in the United States has recently filed for bankruptcy. The reason? Because Americans, and people all of the world for that matter, are not drinking as much cow’s milk as they used to. Brands that seem to be growing and having success are the ones who are now offering dairy free options. Oat milk, for example, saw U.S. sales rise 636% to more than $52 million over the past year, according to Nielsen data. Sales of cow’s milk dropped 2.4% in that same time frame.
Chief Executive Officer, Eric Beringause stated: “We continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption.” He’s right, the demand for cow’s milk has dropped nearly 50 percent since 1975.
So, why are people doing this? Well, it’s happening for a number of reasons. First of all, the industry is full of animal cruelty. Cow’s are forcefully impregnated so they can produce milk, and their babies are taken from them for beef so the milk can be drained from the cow so humans can drink it. This causes tremendous heartache. Cows are living in poor conditions where they constantly suffer both emotionally and physically. Furthermore, they can often be abused by workers, but the conditions they live in on factory farms is already seen as abusive to many.
Not only are we starting to become aware that our milk-drinking habit is one of the most cruel industries that exists on Earth, we are realizing waking up to the fact that 80 percent of the Amazon rainforest destruction is the result of grazing animals for meat and dairy production. It’s one of the main sources of environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. It is destroying our Earth, and the waste is polluting our environment and waterways at an alarming rate. 90 percent of soy used, which is also creating massive amounts of deforestation, is used for animal feed, not humans. So, animal product consumption is clearly the biggest factor when it comes to deforestation and environmental degradation, yet there doesn’t seem to be enough emphasis put on it like there is for C02. Why?
When it comes to the health aspects, I remember being in shock when I came to the realization that we were the only animal on the planet who drank the milk of another animal. Furthermore, we are the only species on the planet that drinks milk after weaning.
There are multiple studies showing that drinking milk from a cow leads to an increased mortality rate and actually makes bones more prone to fracturing, not less. One example would be this giant study from researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden. How ironic is this given the fact that milk has always been marketed to humans as necessary from strong bone health? Calcium is available in high quantities in a number of planet, how come we weren’t marketed with that?
One thing milk protein does is trigger metabolic acidosis. This happens when the body produces too much acid and becomes very acidic, which can be caused by multiple things, including the absorption of casein found in animal protein. Casein makes up almost 90 percent of the protein in a cow’s milk. When the body experiences this type of acidosis, it actually forces the body to compensate by leaching calcium from the bones to help neutralize the increased acidity. This became known to me through the work of Dr. Colin Campbell, an American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Scholars like Campbell are vital to the world, because they are among the few who actually examine and study nutrition and health, something that our modern day medical industry completely ignores. You can watch a video of him explaining, here.
Dr. Campbell also discovered that animal protein (casein) can accelerate and “turn on” cancer, while plant based protein has the opposite effect. You can read more about that and which him explain in this article.
If we look at all other animals who don’t consume the milk of another animal or after weaning, it is because they do not have the enzymes to break down the sugar found in milk. We are no different, and this explains why in some ethnic populations around the world, lactose intolerance is present in 90 percent of the population. A staggering 70 percent of the world’s population has some degree of lactose intolerance.
Humans actually never had this enzyme, and to digest the sugar in cow’s milk, we had to develop the LTC gene, which was acquired by mutation. This is the lactase gene, which allows us to process lactose as adults. Clearly, we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies. I first came across this information from Katherine S. Pollard, a PhD at the University of California, San Francisco, in this lecture.
That being said, some people might have evolved and developed on cows milk just fine, which is why this information may not apply to everybody but overall, it definitely appears we are doing something unnatural.
More doctors are waking up, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) recently submitted a citizen petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change labeling on cheese to include a cancer warning.
The petition states:
High-fat dairy products, such as cheese, are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. Components in dairy such as insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and other growth hormones may be among the reasons for the increased risk for cancer.
To ensure that Americans understand the potential significant risks, and resulting long-term costs, of consuming dairy cheese products, the FDA should ensure that the notice above is prominently placed on product packaging and labeling for all dairy cheese products.
The list goes on and on, what’s presented in this article is simply a tidbit with regards to why big milk is going out of business. People are waking up.
When it comes to health and cruelty, it’s not just dairy, it’s also meat-eating as well. It’s very in-humane, not all that healthy, and is also destroying our planet.
You can read this article for more information about that: Another Study Suggests That Human Beings Are Not Designed To Eat Meat
It’s great to see the dairy industry forcing to transition, although there is still a long way to go, it’s quite clear through the efforts of various forms of activism around the world that more people are becoming more empathetic, compassionate, and caring about our treatment of animals and the planet. These are qualities our world certainly needs more of. In conjunction with the massive amount of animal cruelty that’s being exposed, awareness with regards to the health and environmental consequences of consuming dairy are also skyrocketing.
We are more powerful than we know, and at any time, if we come together, we can change the game big time.
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