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Reader Emails: Stop Making Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Out To Be A Saint

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    Several readers felt that a few of my preceding articles on Venezuela cast President Nicolas Maduro in too positive a light.

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    Can we see that geopolitical situations are rarely black and white, and it is important for us to have an appreciation for both sides in order to be properly informed?

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Previous articles I have written about the self-serving involvement of Western globalists in the affairs of Venezuela, including ‘Globalists Want Venezuela As The Next Jewel In Their Crown‘ and ‘Burning Aid Trucks In Venezuela Bring Western Propaganda To Light,’ have led several readers to comment to me that I am ignorantly painting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a positive light.

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One reader, for example, argued that there are efforts on the part of the U.S., Columbia, and Brazil to dismantle this drug-cartel fueled terrorist state, which has caused untold suffering and poverty for its citizens:

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With all due respect, I just wonder where you might get all the false information you wrote on your article…Maduro’s a dictator. This is NOT a conventional dictatorship that is being dismantled In Venezuela.

An emporium of Narco-trafficking, Terrorism and International Crime is being dismantled. This emporium has used the enormous resources of an entire State of a Rich Country and with a privileged geopolitical position. The exit of three occupation armies is taking place.

Another reader felt that the first article put the credibility of CE into question:

I was recently a subscriber to CE however because of todays article regarding Venezuela I have decided that I no longer want anything to do with CE. I used to agree on most of the posts that I would see however today struck a nerve.

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I am an American. I live in Florida. I have many friends from who have migrated to our country because of the devastation of their homeland Venezuela.

I know of what has been going on in their country not through mainstream media or other forms of alternative media, such as CE. Your article can not be more incorrect on what is actually going on in that country.

All of the people that I know here who are Venezuelan (who don’t even know each other) all have told me mostly the same information of that travesty that has taken place in their country over the years because of what Chavez did and now Maduro has done.

Maduro “won” the election (that only had less than 20% of a voter turnout) because he had no opposition because the opposition was silenced. They were either put in jail or killed. The only ones who voted were the very few whom were working for Maduro’s government and were forced to vote for him.

It would be almost like if Trump decided in the next election to lock up or silence the Democrats and only allow registered Republicans to vote. The same result would happen. My friends have told me how he has abused his power in controlling the wealth of the country and basically making himself a dictator.

Throwing The Baby Out With The Bath Water

I would say that a careful read of the two articles that I wrote previously on the subject of Venezuela do not negate the information offered by these readers. What these readers appear to be objecting to is that I am speaking on a subject involving the regime of Nicolas Maduro without providing detailed, incisive information about his regime or what is going on in Venezuela.

If that is the case, then I am guilty as charged–though completely lacking the resources and trusted sources to do so. Again, the subject of the articles was not Nicolas Maduro, it was about Western interference in the affairs of a sovereign state for their own economic and strategic benefits.

One reader went so far as to suggest that Western powers tried to legitimize Juan Guaidó‘s self-appointment as the country’s de facto leader solely based on a desire to terminate a cruel dictator and bring justice and prosperity to the citizens of Venezuela. I believe this is a bit naive, as it belies the consistent pattern throughout history of a Western colonialist and imperialist mindset, which continues to this day in the form of soft coups and covert military takeovers in countries whose leaders were not aligned with Western hegemony.

Is it not possible to say that Nicolas Maduro is fighting off evil forces without implying that he is a ‘positive’ force and a protector of his people? This is the matter at hand.

Perception And Discernment

I can concede that, if I don’t include any commentary on Maduro or his regime in my articles, some readers might end up with the perception that he is necessarily the legitimate leader of the country and is not engaging in any major fraud or corruption that enriches him personally in the process at the expense of his citizens.

It is with this in mind that I bring forward a third reader email in full, because in reading it I felt it went beyond the ‘either/or’ perception and would be of benefit to readers interested in this subject.

Hi Richard,

I am aware I am a total stranger so this is weird, but I read your article in the Collective Evolution website titled “Burning Aid Truck in Venezuela Bring Western Propaganda to Light” and felt compelled to write you.

I have followed Collective Evolution for a few years now, starting when I turned 23 and had a massive spiritual awakening which has propelled me to take part in social initiatives around the world and explore consciousness as an obsessive hobby. I have lived in 5 countries, visited over 33, for now,  and have fought for Venezuela since the age of 10 against the dictatorships of Chavez and Maduro.

I am the first person to say the American government is total horse shit! Colonialism was a sham, western media is nothing worse than Mexican telenovelas and will not believe an ounce of anything ever told to me.

I am writing all of this because it is important for you to know, that what I am about to say comes from a person that agrees with your overall perspective of the world but still disagrees with certain aspect of your article.

I very much agree that CNN is the purveyor of false news, but there are certain facts about the Venezuelan issue that are being misrepresented. I would like to explain that the western media is not the point of what is happening in Venezuela, claiming Maduro is being portrayed in a bad light when he is not responsible is completely INCORRECT.

Being a Venezuelan, living through at least three coup d’etats, having my family and friends be kidnapped and killed because of the ever so growing kidnapping industry in the country is very real and horrifying. Maduro is a man that has no experience in government or international politics and he barely understands what the meaning of an economy is. He has in fact burned political polls and aid previously and this is not the first account.

The reason, very simple, he is not very smart. It is well known that he is the head of the government run drug cartel “Cartel of the Sun”, is taking millions of dollars out of the country that he has corruptly earned and has run Venezuela to the ground. This has been happening since 2001, it is just now being discussed seriously by the Western media.

I agree that Western media is false especially knowing the historical American agenda of imperialism. Venezuela has suffered greatly from American government infiltrations since the 50s and their role in meddling for oil is vastly true. However, the Socialist dictatorship, Maduro and his gremlins (please google “Diosdado Cabello drug trafficking” and “Cartel of the Sun”) are also taking advantage of the oil, the kidnapping industry, and have themselves placed hits on people around the country for no reason but because they were “against” the government.

My point is, both sides are shit and that should be acknowledged to your readers. 

It would be really appreciated by myself and Venezuelan people if this reality can also be expressed. We have suffered a regime that has made us resentful and angry, and the western intake in this struggle should not take away from the years of hardship we have endured from oppressive leaders and badly run Socialist governments.

I would like to suggest for you to write another article about the other side of the issue.

I will gladly speak with you further about this and very open to have a conversation. Hope you are having a wonderful week,

Fernanda

The Takeaway

Part of our evolution involves the development of our faculties of discernment, and a move away from the polarity and stagnation of for/against, black/white perception in favor of an examination of and appreciation for the various shades of grey in many of these situations. It is important that we give equal consideration to both sides of debates or conflicts in order to see there is inevitably some truth on both sides, and only a synthesis of the two provides us with a true understanding of the situation, as well as a means to resolve it.

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Fact Checkers & Big Tech Censorship Are Tearing Apart Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a great video of Wheeler explaining.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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