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MindMatters: Suffering To Be Happy: The Fool's Paradise of Feeling Good

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Today's Western cultural landscape seems to give us all the wrong messages of what happiness is, and how one should go about attaining it; we're programmed for unhappiness and seemingly trapped in ways of thinking and being that only make for more unhappiness! On this week's MindMatters we discuss John F. Schumaker's book In Search of Happiness - Understanding An Endangered State of Mind and delve into what happiness actually is, what it isn't - and some of the perennial values which nurture the meaning in our lives that deep happiness is quite often an outgrowth of.

On this week's show we'll also be looking at what some great minds had to say on bringing happiness about. Everyone wants to 'be happy,' but how does this feeling really come about and what, if anything, is the process to be engaged that could make it available to us? Can happiness even be experienced without knowing its opposite - and how willing are we to sacrifice short term gratification for the deeper more fulfilling life that nurtures true happiness. Join us this week as we put away the happy pills, the happy meals, the happy faces, and choose to suffer through a more objective understanding of a mostly elusive state of mind.


Running Time: 01:10:42

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Cheeseburger

Mueller Report Reveals an Empire of Bullshit

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After two years of gaslighting the public while it blew smoke up America's ass, the Jacobin news media enjoyed its final feeding frenzy with the release of the 400-page Mueller report. They expected 1000 pounds of raw filet mignon, but it turned out to be tofu fried in olestra. The ensuing fugue of hyperventilating hysteria was also duly expected and William Barr stoically endured their hebephrenic peevings at the release ceremony - a press conference which itself offended the media.

The threats and raving continued all the livelong day and far into the peeper-filled night with CNN's Chris Cuomo blustering "It's time to rumble," and the lugubrious hack David Gergen muttering soulfully, "This was not fake news," and The Times' Maggie Haberman fuming that the White House had played the "Nazi anthem" Edelweiss - very fake news, it turned out, since the tune was written for Rodgers' and Hammerstein's 1959 Broadway show, The Sound of Music (and sung by the anti-Nazi hero Baron von Trapp). Meanwhile Rachel Maddow had the balls to confab in prime time with disgraced former FBI mandarin Andy McCabe, officially identified as a liar by his own colleagues at the agency. What a circus of perfidious freakery!

Understand that the Mueller Report itself was the mendacious conclusion to a deceitful investigation, the purpose of which was to conceal the criminal conduct of US government officials meddling in the 2016 election, in collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign, to derail Mr. Trump's campaign, and then disable him when he managed to win the election. Mr. Mueller was theoretically trying to save the FBI's reputation, but he may have only succeeded in injuring it more gravely.

Comment: We're highly doubtful there will be a counter-attack. That's what should happen, but it probably won't.

Besides hobbling Trump - which it did, more or less successfully - 'Russiagate', as the name suggests, was also about Russia. More specifically, about Americans' perceptions of Russia/Russians.

Most Americans have been successfully time-travelled, thanks to this farce, back to the 20th century Cold War, where Russia is The Enemy, just because it's... RUSSIA.

They are now, more or less completely, locked in to an un-reality where Russia is 'evil', whereas, in fact, it currently has a uniquely positive influence on the world.


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Objective:Health #11 - Dr. Chandler Marrs on Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) - Mitochondria's Gateway to Energy

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This week our resident health experts Elliot Overton and Doug DiPasquale interview Dr. Chandler Marrs on the essential roles of vitamin B1 (thiamine), mitochondrial bioenergetics, and how to stay healthy in our toxic modern world.

Dr. Chandler Marrs is a researcher and writer who holds a PhD in experimental psychology/neuroendocrinology, where the research focus was on female hormones and women's health. She co-authored the book "Thiamine Deficiency Disease, Dysautonomia, and High Calorie Malnutrition", and is also the founder of the health website and online journal "Hormones Matter".

In her time as a writer she has written well over 200 articles, and her research has gradually moved over to medication-adverse events, the mitochondria, and examining the roles of nutrition in mitochondrial function.

When she is not busy at work, Dr Marrs is involved in competitive powerlifting and is also a self-proclaimed long-time jock!

Here's where you can find Dr. Marrs:
Her website: http://www.hormonesmatter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chandler.marrs
Old Ladies Lift: https://oldladieslift.com/
YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCopTDVMrTYb6K3UvucQ7P_g

For other health-related news and more, you can find us on:
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Running Time: 01:08:47

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Magic Hat

Oops! NY Times Accidentally Unravels UK Government's Official Skripal Fairy Tale

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While London almost immediately blamed Moscow for being behind the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury in March 2018, Russia has strongly rejected its involvement, stressing it's been denied access both to the investigation into the incident and the Russian nationals affected.

On 16th April, the New York Times published a glowing profile of Gina Haspel, who in May 2018 became the seventh director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The article referred to Haspel - the former head of a CIA 'black site' in Thailand at which an indeterminate number of suspected terrorists were viciously tortured - as an "adept tactician" blessed with "good listening, empathy and an ability to connect", and discussed the difficulties the intelligence chief faced in ensuring "her voice is heard at the White House", due to the intransigence of President Donald Trump and a White House that allegedly treats national security professionals "with deep skepticism".

Comment: Indeed, Integrity Initiative, spawn of the MI5 op Institute for Statecraft, has been running this story:


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NewsReal: Interview With The Moriartys - New Light on Benghazi, And Liberating Libya

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On this NewsReal, Joe & Niall interview James & JoAnne Moriarty, a couple who witnessed the mayhem unleashed on Libya in 2011, and who have since dedicated their lives to speaking out about what's really happening to that country.

Libya has been in the news recently because of a huge push by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army to retake Tripoli - a development that could end 8 years of hell for the Libyan people.

The Moriartys had much to tell us on that front, but they also wanted to share vital new information on the 'Battle of Benghazi', the attack on 9/11/12 at two classified US compounds that killed US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans.


Running Time: 01:32:21

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Cow Skull

Glyphosate Use is Far Worse Than We Could Imagine

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As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

In a trial in San Francisco the jury was unanimous in their verdict that Monsanto Roundup weed-killer, based on glyphosate, had been responsible for Hardeman's cancer. His attorneys stated, "It is clear from Monsanto's actions that it does not care whether Roundup causes cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about Roundup." It is the second defeat for the lawyers of Monsanto after another jury ruled in 2018 that Glyphosate-based Roundup was responsible for the cancer illness of a California school grounds-keeper who contracted the same form of cancer after daily spraying school grounds with Roundup over years, unprotected. There a jury found Monsanto guilty of "malice and oppression" in that company executives, based on internal email discovery, knew that their glyphosate products could cause cancer and suppressed this information from the public.

Comment: See also:


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Major Rise in Attacks on French Churches Ignored by Media

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The Saint-Sulpice church in Paris 'inexplicably' catches fire, 17 March 2019
Sometimes it's a cross of human excrement smeared on a church wall, with stolen Communion hosts stuck at the four corners. Other times, a statue of the Virgin Mary lies shattered on the floor.

Now and then, a fire breaks out in a house of prayer.

Roman Catholic churches have increasingly come under attack in France, a country so long identified with Christianity that it used to be called "the eldest daughter of the church."

A recent fire at St. Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris, has shed light on a trend that has become commonplace in many smaller towns.

"Who has heard of the sacking of the monastery of Saint Jean des Balmes in Aveyron? Of those teenagers who urinated into the holy water font of the church at Villeneuve de Berg in Ardèche?" the Paris daily Le Figaro asked last week in an article highlighting some of the lesser-known profanations around the country this month.

Incidents such as these get a brief mention in the press, complete with quotes from Catholics shocked at the sight of scattered hosts or beheaded statues, and sometimes a short video clip on national television.

Comment: Not to put too fine a point on it, but - and this is aside from the question of a deliberate campaign to destroy Christian sites - maybe God/the Universe/Objective Reality is nudging France (and whoever can still see and hear) back from the precipice of fully embracing nihilistic postmodernist 'values'?


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Paris' Legendary Notre Dame Cathedral Destroyed by Fire


Comment: French president Macron was due to address the nation this evening (8pm CET) via TV with conclusions from 4 months of a 'Great Debate', his government's answer to the 'yellow vest' uprising. His speech has been postponed by the shocking news that France's iconic 850-year-old Catholic Cathedral has been completely destroyed by fire...


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Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
The medieval Catholic cathedral, an irreplaceable example of ancient French Gothic architecture, went up in flames in the center of the French capital on Monday evening, with firefighters struggling to douse the flames.

Social media users near the scene of the fire engulfing Notre-Dame de Paris have posted horrifying footage of the fire.

A Sputnik France stream of the situation showed the fire continuing to burn out of control as of 7:45 pm local time.

Comment: France's Macron canceled his planned address to the nation due to 'terrible fire' at Notre Dame cathedral:
Macron was set to hold a large press conference at the Elysee Palace on Monday. The president was expected to unveil a set of measures for the country in response to the Yellow Vest protests, which have been rocking the country for the past few months.

The said measures are believed to be based on the results of the "great national debate," held by the government in an attempt to funnel protest from the streets into a discussion instead. "We have decided to transform anger into solutions," Macron wrote on Twitter, announcing the press conference. "For months, we listened. Tomorrow, I will answer."

The grand unveiling of the government's measures, however, was marred by the massive fire at the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which caught fire shortly before the president's address. Citing the "terrible fire," Macron scrapped the event.

Macron is expected to arrive at the scene shortly, according to Elysee officials. Meanwhile, the cathedral's spire and roof have partially collapsed.
Could there be anything more symbolic than the burning down of one of France's oldest icons?

UPDATES 20:45 CET

The spire and entire roof have collapsed. Everything but the stone shell has probably been lost forever.


It's the worst damage to the cathedral in all its 9 centuries. It was partially destroyed by fire (deliberately) during the 1789 revolution, though not this badly. Still, it took about 100 years to restore it...

Comments on French social media indicate that people - besides being distraught about this - are highly suspicious of foul play.

12 French churches were vandalized in one week in mid-March. And that's not including the fire at ANOTHER iconic church in Paris - the Saint-Sulpice - just one month ago. Back in February, another four churches in France were vandalized, including the Notre Dame Church in Dijon. The whole thing has a 'systematic' flavor...

Who will be blamed? Russians? Muslims?

UPDATE 21:15 CET

The fire has spread to the stone towers. From an AP reporter on the scene:
The mammoth fire that destroyed the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral has spread to one of the church's landmark rectangular towers.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene of Monday's fire in Paris watched the flames blazing behind an oblong stained-glass window in the tower.

Paris police say fighters are inside the cathedral working to put the flames out while others work from the exterior. Red smoke is pouring out of the cathedral.

A Notre Dame spokesman said earlier that the church's entire wooden interior was in flames.
This thing is in the MIDDLE of the RIVER SEINE. There should be dozens of streams of water from fire engines and tugboats aimed at the inferno...

UPDATE 22:00 CET

'Blame Muslims' is definitely in the cards: 3 days ago, a man named Ines Madani, an Islamist activist, was sentenced for plotting a terror attack at Notre Dame Cathedral in 2016.

Now French fire services are reporting that they are "not sure" if the Notre Dame fire can be stopped...


UPDATE 23:00 CET

The fire is dying down. The Interior Ministry reports that the stone structure of the cathedral (including the towers) remains standing. Notre Dame can yet be rebuilt...

UPDATE 16/4/9:

Firemen have finally entered the main area of the church


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Firefighters enter the Notre Dame cathedral as flames are burning the roof in Paris, France.
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Interior Notre Dame Cathedral
The main structure of Notre Dame, as well as its rectangular bell towers, has been saved, according to the Paris fire brigade chief. Macron asked the country to commit to rebuilding Notre Dame together, announcing an international fundraising campaign to raise money for the repairs. A site taking online donations has been launched.


Evil Rays

Roger Scruton: An Apology For Thinking

I recently gave an interview to the New Statesman, on the assumption that, as the magazine's former wine critic I would be treated with respect, and that the journalist, George Eaton, was sincere in wanting to talk to me about my intellectual life. Not for the first time I am forced to acknowledge what a mistake it is to address young leftists as though they were responsible human beings. Here is my brief response to an unscrupulous collection of out of context remarks, some of them merely words designed to accuse me of thought-crimes, and to persuade the government that I am not fit to be chairman of the commission recently entrusted to me.
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George Eaton posted this picture of himself drinking champagne to celebrate the sacking of the “right-wing racist and homophobe Roger Scruton.” He has since apologised for the picture but says he stands by the interview.

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What's REALLY Happening in Libya: Popular Revolt Against UN and US-backed Terrorist Occupation

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In 2011, an evil scheme was hatched by agents of the Western Order, aka New world Order: the manufactured color revolution known as the "Arab Spring". One of the targets of this scheme was the destruction of sovereign Libya. The motives for this were manifold, but it was primarily done because Libyan leader Muammar Ghadafi had set in motion a gold-backed currency for selling Middle Eastern and African resources on the world markets called the gold dinar, a financial project which all Arab countries and most African countries had signed up to by 2011. Needless to say, the full implementation of this dinar would have heralded meant The End for the toilet-paper bankers who control most of the world with their American petrodollar.

The premise of "humanitarian intervention" used by spokesmen of the Western Order in 2011 was "the need to protect innocent Libyan civilians from an oppressive regime." It was a complete and utter lie, used to foment the invasion and destruction of Libya so that "the head of the snake" of the gold dinar was cut off and pan-African and pan-Arab economic integration would be set back a generation or more. In the meantime, "ISIS Caliphate" goons made a mockery of Gaddafi's realistic gold-backed currency plan by attempting to mass produce 'gold dinars' in the style of early Islamic coins (while really only accepting US dollars as payment).

Let's put this in perspective:

A huge invasion force professing to protect the Libyan people causes one sixth of their population of 6.5 million to become dead or missing, while another two million Libyans must live in exile to preserve their lives. Their entire infrastructure - which was highly developed, by Western standards - is destroyed, with hundreds of thousands of bombs dropped on the country. Power plants, water treatment plants, hospitals, universities, roads, agricultural areas, homes, etc. were all wiped off the face of the Earth. Financially, the destruction in Libya runs into the trillion-dollar range. The occupation force of some - by our estimates - 250,000 terrorist mercenaries that were brought into Libya in 2011 by the CIA, Mossad, MI6, and lackeys, was left behind in Libya by Western 'military specialists' to enjoy the spoils of rape and pillage, thus maintaining the destabilization of the country for a decade. These occupying forces have enjoyed the full support of weapons delivery, money and training over the past 8 years, courtesy of the US, UN, NATO, the UK, Italy, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel.