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The Entire European Union Just Voted To Ban Certain Single Use Plastics By 2021

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  • The Facts:

    The European Union voted to ban specific single use plastics By 2021, as it turns out recycling is not really effective as we've been made to believe.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is it still legal to use plastics when so many biodegradable options exist?

Update: Clarified which plastics are being banned. It’s not “All”.

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The BBC has reported that the European Parliament has voted to ban specific single-use plastics that most often ended up on beaches in an attempt to put an end to the seemingly unending stream of plastic pollution filling our oceans.

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Single-use plastic products include anything, as the name suggests, that are used just once and then thrown away. Some of these products are recyclable, however, they are rarely recycled so they end up in our oceans and landfills. They include items such as: straws, bags, take out containers, cotton swabs and cups. These items can take several hundred years to degrade in the oceans and are drastically interfering with marine life. 70% of all marine litter is made up of single use plastics, according to the European Commission.

After enough public outcry and awareness was raised over the issue — making it known that we need to act fast, a vote at the European Parliament was held and a huge majority were in favor of the ban, 571 yays to 53 nays and 34 abstentions agreeing to enforce this ban by 2021.

One MEP said if no action was taken, “by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans”.

In addition to the 2021 ban on many single use products, the use of plastics for which no alternatives currently exist, such as food packaging, will also be required to be cut down by 25 percent by 2025. 90 percent of beverage containers will also be required to be collected and recycled by 2025.

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“We have adopted the most ambitious legislation against single-use plastics,” Frédérique Ries, the MEP who proposed the bill, said in a statement. “It is essential in order to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe, estimated at 22 billion euros by 2030.”

It’s About Time

When we already have alternatives available, why wouldn’t we ban such things that are harming and polluting our environment? It is great to see this happening in the European Union, and also many cities across North America, but perhaps the rest of the world isn’t catching on so quickly. Sure it’s up to the consumers to vote with their dollars and put their money where their mouth is so to speak, but at what point will we hold our government officials accountable for what they are legally allowing to continue?

The Guise Of Recycling

Unfortunately, many of us have simply been duped, when it comes to plastic. We have been led to believe that by recycling, we are protecting the environment from plastic pollution. Hate to break it to you, but this is so far from the truth, it’s scary. Hardly anything that we put out in those blue bins actually even gets recycled at all. A large percentage of this “recycling” is shipped to other countries to be “recycled”, but is rarely actually recycled at all, and is often piled up in landfills or even burned.

Until recently China was a dumping ground for a large portion of the world’s “recyclable” plastic, but the country is no longer accepting the world’s non-industrial waste. After years and years of collecting so much waste, the Chinese government has now decided to stop collecting foreign trash.

What happens to your recycling?

The dirty truth is that thousands of tonnes of plastic recycling from British households ends up stockpiled as far away as Hong Kong. But why is our waste being dumped across the planet? #PassOnPlastic

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Time For Change

It is clear that our current “solution” to all of our plastic waste is not working, as the video says, we need to find a better solution to this epidemic. Recycling standards certainly need to become a lot more strict, and each country should be held responsible for their own recycling and potentially laws should be put in place by the UN that makes it illegal to export plastic waste and recycling, this would then force us to come up with a better option. It is not fair that there is no transparency towards what is really going on with the public. If people really knew, it is likely that they would take a stand against this.

Luckily, in developed nations we have alternatives available to us, and we can make a choice to drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste (let’s just call it what it is) we are consuming, with or without a ban on plastics.

Unfortunately, in less developed nations, where many our brothers and sisters are struggling just to stay alive, plastic consumption may be the last thing on their mind.

Celebrate The Small Steps

Congratulations to the European Parliament for agreeing that this was an issue that was worth doing something about. Having government get involved makes it much easier to create change on a mass scale, and we can hope that other nations will follow suit and hopefully in our lifetimes, there will be no more single use plastics — at all! Especially because we already have so many alternatives available to us.

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Is Wayfair Really Trafficking Humans?

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  • The Facts:

    Allegations that Wayfair is trafficking humans hit the internet over the past few days as the company was selling utility cabinets, and other items, with human names for upwards of $14,000. Wayfair claims the listings were a mistake.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it our duty as citizens to not simply accept a company's denial of something? Is it important we look past the limited research of fact checkers and ask deeper questions? Where are these realizations leading us?

You have likely heard about it by now, allegations that Wayfair was selling everything from industrial cabinets, desks, pillows and shower curtains at extremely high prices, when in reality they were selling humans. It began as a Reddit thread, where a user who noticed extremely high priced utility cabinets on Wayfair asked if anyone else thought it was weird that there were female names in front of the descriptions of the items.

“Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets? (Note the names of the cabinets) this makes me sick to my stomach if it’s true,” one Redditor user named PrincessPeach1987 posted.

This sparked a string of discussion into whether or not Wayfair was selling these items as a cover for trafficking humans. Over a couple of days, it blew up into a huge collective research project on the internet, rife full of great questions and at times false information. Nonetheless, any investigative journalist would tell you there is something here that has not yet been explained, and further investigation is a must because these allegations may very well be true.

A screengrab of Wayfair’s alleged website posting cabinets with human names being sold for upwards of $12,000 each.

Oddly, Wayfair’s product names match some children found to be recently missing in the US.

 

Although Wayfair has come out denying allegations of human trafficking and claimed the products were a mistake. Wayfair removed the product images from its website and said it plans to rename the products. The products were named Neriah, Yaritza, Samiyah and Alyvia ranging in price between $12,699.99 and $14,499.99.

“Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we have temporarily removed the products from site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point,” Susan Frechette, a Wayfair spokeswoman.

It’s important to note that fact checkers have claimed this story is false, but their position is only based on Wayfair’s statement that it wasn’t true, not actual research and critical thinking. As per usual, no authentic and thorough research was done by fact checkers when it comes to this story.

Here at CE we asked some very critical questions and did a bit of deep diving of our own on this story. Our research is nowhere near done, but we have put some early parts of it into a segment of a show we have on CETV called The Takeaway. You can watch the segment below.

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81% of Clinical Trial Volunteers Suffer Reactions to CanSino Biologics’ COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines have shown severe reactions within 10 days after taking the vaccine.

  • Reflect On:

    Should we think twice about taking a rushed vaccine? Is it even necessary given the remarkably low death rate?

What Happened: COVID-19 vaccines have been in production for several months now, and clinical trials have been underway in various countries. One experimental vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics, Inc. of Tianjin, China, has completed phase 1 of human clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine (adenovirus type-5 Ad5-nCoV) and involved 108 volunteers, ranging in age from 45–60 years old.

Participants were given various levels of dosing, from low to high. 87 (or 81%) of the 108 participants experienced at least one adverse reaction within seven days after receiving the vaccination. Of the 87 who had reactions, 30 were in the low dose group, 30 were in the middle dose group, and 27 were in the high dose group. Overall, 10 of the participants (just under 10%) experienced Grade 3 adverse reactions, most were in the high dose group.

According to researchers conducting the study on the Phase 1 clinical trial for the Ad5-nCoV vaccine:

The most common injection site adverse reaction was pain, which was reported in 58 (54%) vaccine recipients. Pain was reported in 17 (47%) participants in the low dose group, 20 (56%) participants in the middle dose group, and 21 (58%) participants in the high dose group. The most commonly reported systematic adverse reactions overall were fever (50 [46%]), fatigue (47 [44%]), headache (42 [39%]), and muscle pain (18 [17%]). Fever was reported in 15 (42%) participants in the low dose group, 15 (42%) participants in the middle dose group, and 20 (56%) participants in the high dose group. Headache was reported in 14 (39%) participants in the low dose group, 11 (31%) participants in the middle dose group, and 17 (47%) participants in the high dose group. Muscle pain was reported in seven (19%) participants in the low dose group, three (8%) participants in the middle dose group, and eight (22%) participants in the high dose group.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) describes a Grade 3 adverse event as “severe or medically significant but not immediately life-threatening; hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization indicated; disabling; limiting self care” such as “bathing, dressing and undressing, feeding self, using the toilet, taking medications.”

CanSino’s Ad5-n-CoV vaccine uses a chimpanzee adenovirus vector that uses the HEK293 cell lines derived from the tissue of an aborted fetus. The HEK293 human fetal cell line, which was designed, developed and is licensed by Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), is also being used to produce the AZD1222 COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute.

Why It Matters: COVID-19 vaccines are being rushed to market, and vaccines that are rushed to market never ave a good safety record. Given that even Moderna’s COVID vaccine also showed negative reactions, people should think twice about opting in for the vaccine, especially given COVID-19 is continuing to prove it is not as dangerous or life-threatening as mainstream media has been making it sound.

While the introduction of a vaccine will mean huge dollars for pharmaceutical companies, like the seasonal flu vaccine, it seems unnecessary and potentially can cause more harm than the good it could do. Vaccines for illnesses similar to COVID-19 often don’t protect high percentages of takers from the illness it attempts to prevent.

The Takeaway: There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the introduction of a vaccine, ID card and mandating medicine in one final push towards deep authoritarian control by members of the societal and financial elite. This includes people like Bill Gates. Is this the big push for total control that has long been talked about and built up to ever since 9/11? Is the promise of contact tracing and ID cards “to keep the world safe” really what this is about? Or does the track record on measures like this prove that it’s never about ‘the virus’ and more so about the control that comes as a result of the measures that stick around long after the virus is gone?

Given millions are asking these very questions, people are awakening to truths that they never would have prior to major events like this taking place. In that sense, COVID-19 and the deceit and lies that have gone along with it have been a catalyst for further collective awakening. An awakening that can push us to re-imagine our world completely, and create one where we can truly thrive.

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Official: Feds Feared Ghislaine Maxwell Might Kill Herself In Prison

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  • The Facts:

    Federal prosecutors took specific action to avoid having Jeffrey Epstein connected Ghislaine Maxwell kill herself while is custody. This comes after Epstein allegedly killed himself in prison last summer.

  • Reflect On:

    Would high profile people involved with Maxwell and Epstein, like potentially the Clinton's, Trump and Bill Gates, be motivated to want to 'get rid' of them both? This time, are we going to see more names named to encourage the masses to awaken?

What Happened: Associated Press was told in an interview that federal authorities were so worried about Ghislaine Maxwell trying to kill herself while in custody that they took her clothes and bedsheets away and provided her paper attire to wear instead. Maxwell will be locked up in federal jail in New York City pending trial for charges related to Jeffrey Epstein and their dealings with underage sex trafficking.

The Justice Department has added extra security precautions this time around and has brought in federal officials to guard the Bureau of Prisons in charge of ensuring there is adequate protection for Maxwell so other inmates cannot harm Maxwell.

The concerns come partly due to the fact that Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself in a federal jail in Manhattan last summer while in custody on sex trafficking charges Maxwell was also involved in.

No new details have emerged regarding the ongoing investigation against Maxwell.

Why It Matters:

Maxwell is heavily connected to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein who operated a sex/pedophile ring that tailored to high profile individuals, business people, entertainers and politicians.

Her arrest may be important in helping to bring light to more people connected to Epstein’s dealings which include Hillary and Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Bill gates and other high profile names.

The Takeaway:

It is more than likely that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself in prison. If this is the case, and he was killed, then the same fate may be coming to Maxwell in order to keep ‘powerful’ people protected. However, we are in a time where immense amounts of truth are coming to the surface and humanity is awakening to the reality of the world we truly live in. This is a process we call ‘Breaking The Illusion.’ This is a big step in our collective awakening that inspires change in our world we all know is truly possible.

Is it time for humanity to learn who is truly behind the mass trafficking of children including ritual? Is it time we understand we begin to step out from under the parent-child relationship wee have with politicians and government? All of it is connected, and it’s all part of a greater process of inner expansion we are going through collectively. I spoke about this in great detail here.

Looking Deeper:

Why The ‘Red Pill’ Has Gotten So Big

Explore our coverage of Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell

 

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