- The Facts:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
- Reflect On:
How does it feel to watch a journalist who helped the world understand the important secrets of powerful people have his freedom taken away by those powerful people?
A man many feel to be a hero while others claim is a traitor, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, has been arrested and dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years of his life in asylum.
At this time it is believed that Ecuador’s president Moreno withdrew asylum due to ‘pressure.’ Reading that myself, I could not help but recall the effects of ‘pressure’ on censorship efforts that have cut our reach by millions, had our finances stripped away, and that have had us blackballed as fake news simply for telling stories and facts that powerful individuals don’t want the public to know.
Edward Snowden has called this a “dark moment for press freedom” after hearing the news of Assange’s arrest.
From what we gather thus far, it appears the breaking up of Assange’s asylum deal comes as a result of the Ecuadorian government believing Assange breached his asylum conditions. This is specific to the rules of ‘not engaging in political activity.’
What you are going to watch below is a journalist who has been instrumental in helping humanity see the true nature of its governments and presidential candidates, as well as the true nature of war, being arrested and dragged away as whatever little freedom he did have, is now temporarily gone.
Interestingly this comes a day after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that an extensive spying operation was conducted against Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy. He believed that this operation was specifically being done to have Assange extradited.
Further, there are reports that have come forward from journalists on the ground in the UK claiming that plain clothed officers were staked out for days in front of the embassy, allegedly spying on the situation and waiting for the arrest to take place.
For the folks reflexively saying “there weren’t any secret police!”, here’s the reporter who was on the ground saying some of the arresting officers had been staking out the embassy in plain clothes for days. https://t.co/T6LoOfCN9H
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019
This is one of the guys who was arresting Julian. So many people tried to tell me I was crazy and that they weren’t cops. https://t.co/xBpTgap6Zw
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 11, 2019
We’ll continue to cover this story as it unfolds, but keep eye as to how multiple media outlets are going to cover this. It’s likely that another round of smearing and attacking him as a traitor will be on the docket to help shape public opinion further. Now is a good time to begin look at independent and alternative media if you don’t already.
Finally, do we want to live in a world where powerful people whose harmful secrets are exposed get to use government and taxpayer money, including government hired officers, to go after and charge journalists who are simply telling the public the truth? Does this not resemble the dystopian 1984 that we all know of as fiction yet see in our world?
‘They’re Landing & Taking Off at A Tremendous Pace’ – Sadhguru On Life From “Somewhere Else”
- The Facts:
Sadhguru has commented on 'mystical' phenomenon for a while. He has speculated about life that originated from somewhere else, not Earth. He explains how he believes 95 percent of it is simply false, but also speaks of a 5 percent reality.
- Reflect On:
What are the implications of humanity waking up to such phenomenon? How does it affect and alter human consciousness?
The last couple of years has seen the topic of UFOs and a discussion of whether or not some of these objects are from another planet, dimension or universe, infiltrate the mainstream in a way that we’ve never seen before. The topic is now being presented with extreme credibility. When President Truman went on national television in the 1950’s and was asked about the phenomenon, he stated that “yes, we discuss it at every conference that we’ve had with the military…There’s always things like that going on, flying saucers and they’ve had other things, you know,” it sparked a lot of questions and inquiry from researchers, academics, and citizens around the world.
Shortly after that, the topic went completely dark, and what we’ve seen since then, apart from the last few years, is and was a campaign of misinformation. This campaign of misinformation was deep, vast, and is still in operation today. The field is unfortunately tainted by disinformation despite the fact that we are dealing with a very real phenomenon. This specific campaign to discredit and mislead those who work in this field was admitted to on August 22nd, 1960, in a statement to congress via then CIA Director and Vice Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter.
It is time for the truth to be brought out…Behind the scenes high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense…I urge immediate Congressional action to reduce the dangers from secrecy about unidentified flying objets. (source)
Multiple high ranking federal government employees, and multiple Ex federal government employees, astronauts, like Dr. Edgar Mitchell and Brian O’leary to name a few, aerospace executives like Robert Bigelow, scientists, and thousands high ranking military personnel from around the world have come forward over the years sharing their stories about UFOs and supposed ‘beings ‘ from elsewhere. But in recent years the topic has hit the radar of the masses, who are starting to wake up to the fact that “there is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations” and that “there are objects in our atmosphere which are technically miles in advance of anything that we can deploy.” (source)
Millions of pages of documents released from governments and via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) also show this quite well. These objets are commonly tracked on radar. Here’s one of thousands of examples.
The reason that this topic has gained tremendous amounts of credibility is because media outlets like the New York Times, for example, are publishing articles about it in a very serious manner. The authors? There are many, one of the writers of those pieces was Christopher Mellon, who served 30 years in the federal government and was Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Intelligence from 1997 to 2002 and in security and information operations from 1998 to 1999. From 2002 to 2004, he was Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Mellon’s Washington post article detailed a number of UFO encounters with the military with extreme credibility. Again, he is one of many that has done so with extreme credibility within the past few years. He is part of the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), a group with an impressive list of people who are creating awareness about the reality of UFOs.
What we are seeing here is an official, slow, disclosure of the phenomenon. Unfortunately, these media outlets have been very unreliable with regards to sharing truth. Geopolitical issues are a great example, sharing misinformation on topics like terrorism, for example, in order to justify and carry out a certain agenda. These mainstream media outlets have always been mouthpieces for the establishment, and this is evident by documents and award winning journalists providing testimony showing a strong link between mainstream media and governments, intelligence agencies and big corporations. They’ve always taken real events and put a perceptional “spin” on them to suit their own interests.
The topic of UFOs is most likely very much the same. What we are seeing is a controlled type of disclosure, where the narrative coming from these sources may be controlled in a way that doesn’t share the entire truth and the real vastness of this phenomenon. Personally, I believe a lot of what we are seeing in the mainstream is a “threat” type of narrative, the idea that these objects pose a great national security risk and represent a threat which, who knows, may be used to justify the weaponization of space? Who knows. Could TTSA be part of this, or at least a few people from within the organization? I don’t know. Hopefully not.
One thing is for certain, we are dealing with a very real phenomenon, one which we do not know much about. There are many interpretations out there, and having been in the field and researching the subject for a very long time, as well as having had my own experiences, I would recommend looking for sources outside of mainstream media. We are dealing with a phenomenon that in many ways, may be quite spiritual in nature, perhaps some of it is not, the point is many people have a lot of feelings towards that and perhaps the human race is not quite ready for such an experience. After all, we have our own problems to tackle here on planet Earth.
Sadhguru’s Thoughts On The Phenomenon
I know theories and theories are going around, anything that you cannot explain that’s happened on this planet you want to invent a fantastic story that somebody else must have come and done this. I’m not saying that it is not at all possible either, but I think 95 percent of it is just lose imagination. There is a five percent element of truth to it. I cannot deny it after being to Manasovar and Kailash. It’s a living confrontation, it’s a living encounter so I cannot deny it….I think it’s 95 percent conjecture, maybe there is a little bit of an element of truth in it somewhere, maybe. But, instead of going off into these fanciful thoughts and philosophies and belief systems…When they come and introduce themselves, okay, till they come and introduce themselves…till then we can ignore them, really…Because I know you’ve been watching Hollywood movies and they’re going to come and attack you and you have to prepare right now, you have to build an army to fight the aliens. Somebody is making money on building this fanciful thought in your head….You’re not able to settle your prejudices and you know, anger and hatred we’ve generated against people, if you’re not able to drop it, I thought at least with aliens we could welcome them and have a party with them (sarcasm/laughter). (source)
The words above are Sadhguru’s latest comments on the phenomenon. He then goes on to speak of the Kailash temple, in India, explaining how it took thousands of years for humans to build. He ends off explaining how these many wonders that humans have built are something we look back on with great awe, and then makes a wonderful point, is what we are doing on planet Earth right now something that future generations can be proud of? Something to think about…
It’s clear that Sadhguru believes there is a lot of false information out there regarding the UFO and extraterrestrial phenomenon, or at least so it seems in my opinion. At the same time, he is quite open and aware that there is something going on, something we cannot explain, and something very real happening. Here is a video of him where he tells a short story about Shiva, who was considered to be a God by the people in ancient India. Sadhguru explains how the story of Shiva and it’s origins, and even the Mountain where he supposedly resided, is full of evidence suggesting high intelligence possibly from another place. He makes it clear that he can’t say for sure but he believes that it is indeed possible. He provides multiple points cited in Shiva’s story that have him arrive at that hypothesis.
Again, he has made it quite clear that he is simply speculating. But when he speaks of specific places, and specific experiences, he is speaking with little doubt, and speaking of the “five” percent that are attributed to real phenomenon.
I came across a video of him speaking near Kailash Manasarovar Lake, one of these places he references. It’s considered a sacred place in ancient Buddhism and Vedic philosophy for several reasons. In fact, he’s been quite outspoken about this region, and he’s quoted earlier in the article speaking about his experiences here, and why he himself cannot deny the phenomenon.
In another video, I came across him stating this.
It’s life, but not the way we know it. These beings, if you can call them that, they don’t belong to anything that we know as life. So for now, due to lack of words, we’ll call them beings. Their nature has nothing to do with who we are and what we are, on this level at least…Somehow, life from somewhere has chosen this, almost like an airport, they’re just landing taking off landing taking off at tremendous pace. Such energy, such beings, or whatever you want to call them, they cannot go without influencing us in so many different ways. Probably in a very fundamental way, which somehow humanity is willing to unacknowledged, for whatever reasons.
I thought his “unacknowledged” was very powerful. Because this is a worldwide phenomenon that, for years, has indeed gone unacknowledged.
He goes on to explain how he wonders if Shiva (mentioned earlier in the article as well was “one of them.” You can watch the full video below.
Final Thoughts and Takeaway
This article has provided a very brief introduction into the reality of the UFO phenomenon, as well as the extraterrestrial hypothesis as a possible explanation of it. This topic truly leaves no aspect of humanity untouched, and has huge implications for science, technology, history, consciousness, and our overall understanding about the nature of reality. It’s always interesting to listen to multiple perspectives, and Sadhguru for those who have listened to him speak on various topics, is clearly very knowledgeable and educated in many areas. I thought it would be interesting to share his perspective.
IKEA Plans To Switch From Styrofoam Packaging To A Mushroom-Based Alternative
- The Facts:
Styrofoam is harmful to our planet, which is why it's great to see IKEA switching all styrofoam packaging products to a compostable mushroom-based alternative.
- Reflect On:
If more sustainable options exist why wouldn't we implement them now? As consumers we have a say in creating the type of world we want to live in.
The cat’s out of the bag, by now the vast majority of us are aware that Styrofoam is bad for our environment as it doesn’t decompose and, in its production process, leaches toxic chemicals into our environment. Yet, despite this awareness, it is still being used on a massive scale to package anything from your new flat screen TV to your late night sushi rolls. As consumers we can choose to either support the companies that are contributing to the waste epidemic on our planet — or not.
Thankfully, as awareness grows, some large corporations like furniture giant IKEA are leading the way and choosing more sustainable and harmonious products. No doubt these sustainable options will appeal more to the conscious consumer and even though we can’t be clear as to whether or not these decisions are being made because of a general concern for our environment or because of growing consumer awareness, it doesn’t really matter because, regardless of the why, things are shifting for the better.
Ikea has announced that they will be looking to switch all of their packaging materials from Styrofoam to a new substance called MycoComposite, which is made out of mushrooms and other organic materials. This material is entirely natural and compostable; it grows within a week and will decompose within 30 days. It can also be reused if it is kept dry.
This was a product we wrote about 7 years ago! And here it is today, finally getting the attention it deserves.
The process to create this packaging material is quite simple really–from Intelligent Living:
- Agricultural byproducts such as hemp, husk, oat hulls, and cotton burrs are pressed into the desired shape that can fit around items as packaging.
- Then, it is seeded with mushroom spores that sprout mycelium (a root structure) after a few days.
- The mycelium threads rapidly through the structure and binds it together to form a shock-resistant and durable packaging material.
- The last step is to heat-treat the material to kill spores in order to arrest further growth of the fungus.
Mushroom-based packaging uses only about 12% of the energy that is used in plastic production and produces 90% fewer carbon emissions than plastic/Styrofoam production. Non-petroleum-based packaging is just another step towards ending our reliance on fossil fuels; there are plenty of alternative options available, we just need to look. In some cases we simply need to put on our thinking caps, we are a creative, problem-solving species and no doubt there are much more harmonious alternatives for many of our current processes.
The SWOT Analysis below conveys the advantage that Mushroom based materials has over plastic.
- Easily grown from agricultural waste products which are plentiful
- Strong, lightweight, mouldable
- Produced using less energy
- No waste or pollution from the process itself
- No health risks
- Takes longer to produce than most plastics
- Less variability and range of products can be produced
- Not as fire resistant/good as Styrofoam
- Replace plastic products as a socially and environmentally safe alternative
- Research is ongoing to improve and create more products
- Community development through GIY initiatives
- Compete against already strongly established plastic dependence (suppliers, manufactures, buyers)
- Opposition to fungus grown product, misinformed views
One Small Step Towards Massive Change
Just think for a moment, not even just about the hundreds of IKEA stores worldwide, but consider all the big box retailers like Amazon and ALL OF THE STYROFOAM packaging that is being used and where all of that ends up. The fact that technology even exists for us to use a compostable alternative should leave the other substances completely behind. Because why would we continue using materials that are harmful for our planet if working alternatives already exist? That’s a whole other topic, and I’m sure you already know all about the why.
IKEA’s Head of Sustainability, Joanna Yarrow, said this was the retailer’s “small yet significant step towards reducing waste and conserving ecological balance.”
Another Ikea spokesperson told The Telegraph, “IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people and planet, which includes taking a lead in turning waste into resources, developing reverse material flows for waste materials and ensuring key parts of our range are easily recycled. IKEA has committed to take a lead in reducing its use of fossil-based materials while increasing its use of renewable and recycled materials.”
Yes, it may be a small step, but just think of how big this step really is, and we can only hope that other retailers will follow in the footsteps of IKEA. Maybe it goes without saying, but we do have a say in the matter. If other retailers aren’t willing to give up their use of Styrofoam, then we can choose to shop elsewhere, and if enough people do the same, then these other retailers will have no choice but to change their ways. This is why raising awareness is so important.
ABC & CBS Fire The ‘Leaker’ of Video Showing Anchor Amy Robach Commenting On Jeffrey Epstein
- The Facts:
A producer at CBS was fired after ABC said she was the person who had leaked the video detailing how ABC prevented the airing of a sensational interview with a prominent victim of Jeffrey Epstein.
- Reflect On:
Are the recent testimonies from mainstream media insiders starting to hone our discernment about what is real and what is fake in our perceptions of the world?
In the wake of a firestorm of criticism being heaped upon mainstream media companies ABC and CBS as a result of their response to a leaked video featuring ABC anchor Amy Robach, more and more people are awakening to the possibility that Mainstream Media is more in the business of hiding the critical truths humanity needs to know rather than reporting on them. Indeed, phrases like ‘the news you need to know’ is sounding more like a parent shielding children from information that would actually help them grow up.
The latest episode started about a week ago, with the surfacing of a video featuring ABC anchor Amy Robach complaining that the network had refused to air her interview with a prominent accuser of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This is some of what she had to say:
I had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told, “Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.” Then the palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.
It was unbelievable what we had, Clinton, we had everything. I tried for 3 years to get it on to no avail… There will come a day when we realize Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known.
The fact that Robach freely implies that Buckingham Palace had prevented her news organization from broadcasting an interview damaging to them is very telling. Joe Martino discusses Robach’s testimony more in-depth in this article he wrote right after it happened.
ABC Goes Into Damage Control
Predictably, ABC News downplayed the significance of the video, saying that Robach’s Epstein story wasn’t fit to air at the time. They were quick to try to convince their counterparts at Fox News that everything is all on the up-and-up:
“At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it. That work has led to a two-hour documentary and six-part podcast that will air in the new year.”–ABC Spokesperson
Uh-huh. So it’s taken them three years to fully suss out the validity of this interview, and there’s still another year to wait before we get to hear the story? That’s some pretty tough and thorough standards.
But wait a minute: isn’t this the same news organization that recently made the lightning-fast decision to broadcast a video from a 2017 Kentucky gun exhibition showcasing the awesome power of new military weaponry and try to pass it off as the current-day slaughter of Kurds by the Turkish army?
‘Leaker’ Gets Fired
ABC’s efforts to ‘rectify’ the situation has only left them with more egg on their face. It is no surprise that they completely discount Robach’s claim that outside influence (Buckingham Palace) had any bearing on their decision not to air the interview, as well as Rorbach’s claim that this interview really ‘had everything’; but if Robach’s claims were just their anchor’s erroneous and self-inflating testimony about the integrity and value of her story, would the network really have reason to be so upset that this video came out?
In a move designed to clearly send a message to other would-be leakers of ‘sensitive’ internal information, ABC has worked hard to identify the employee suspected of leaking the Robach video to watchdog group Project Veritas.
Their investigation led them to Ashley Bianco, a former producer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” who joined “CBS This Morning” last month. After ABC executives informed their counterparts at CBS of their suspicions, she lost her job.
There’s just one problem, though. Bianco adamantly denies that she is the leaker.
Bianco Speaks Out
“I did not leak the tape,” Bianco told journalist Megyn Kelly in an interview posted on YouTube. “I’m not the whistleblower. I’m sorry to ABC, but the leaker is still inside.” She said she was fired by CBS after the network received a call from ABC informing her new boss that she once had access to the leaked video.
Bianco told Kelly that she doesn’t know who leaked the tape because “everyone” at ABC was aware it existed. She also insisted she had never heard of Project Veritas before this week. “I begged, I pleaded, I didn’t know what I had done wrong,” she told Kelly. “I wasn’t even given the professional courtesy to defend myself. It was humiliating, it was devastating.”
Compounding this was the fact that Project Veritas published a note from the alleged real “ABC insider” it claimed was behind the leak.
Using the pseudonym ‘Ignotus,’ the alleged leaker began the piece published by Project Veritas by stressing, “I did not and do not seek any personal gain from this information whether it be financial or otherwise,” and expressed their desire to make the information public out of “anger, confusion and sadness.”
“I’ve walked the halls experiencing similar feelings we are all having right now,” wrote the supposed leaker, addressing ABC employees. “All of you regardless of your own personal differences in one form or another do an outstanding job. I sincerely enjoy working with each and every one of you and will continue to do so throughout our careers.”
Ignotus then addressed “those wrongfully accused,” an apparent reference to Bianco:
It is terrible that you have been lashed out at by the company. I know some may put the burden of guilt on me, but my conscience is clear. The actions of the company towards you are the result of their own and not anyone else. The public outcry, from coast to coast, of all people, creeds, and political affiliations, is clear. I have not one doubt that there will always be support for you, and you will have prosperous careers. For neither you, nor I, have done anything wrong.
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck highlighted the hypocrisy by saying that this is ‘an example of how the liberal elites have decided that the very journalistic ethics that are extolled in journalism schools and advocacy groups are no more than empty promises.’
Indeed, more and more signs are coming out that mainstream media is breaking apart from the inside, as the many honest and hard-working employees like CNN’s Cary Poarch and this most recent whistleblower become emboldened to extol the true journalistic virtues of integrity, fairness, and neutrality, and show how the current mainstream media machine has become anything but a proponent of those values.
One of our highest aims here at CE is to examine and understand the distinctions between how the world really is, and how we are perceiving it as a result of social engineering and mass perception-building strategies that have been in place in various forms for ages. The current revelations about the hypocrisy of mainstream media provides fertile grounds for our growing discernment of this.
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