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MindMatters: First Sight, Polyvagal Theory, and Contemplative Practices

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What does meditation or contemplation have to do with our physiology? And what is the possible connection between our autonomic nervous system and a coherent theory of psi? Today on MindMatters we bring together three topics: contemplative practice (see our interviews with Fr. Joseph Azize), first sight theory (see our interview with Dr. Jim Carpenter), and Stephen Porges's polyvagal theory, as discussed in a recent book by Stanley Rosenberg, Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve.

Porges's work on the two branches of the vagus nerve, and the states of consciousness they are involved in, has important implications for physical and mental health. But the connections may go even further than that, into areas considered spiritual or even paranormal. The states facilitated by ventral vagus nerve activation have a lot in common with the conditions most conducive to eliciting psi, both in the lab and in everyday life. And together they may explain certain features of contemplative states and practices.


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5 Ways 'The New Normal' is Getting Worse and Worse

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It's been a big few days for the New Normal narrative and, through the deliberately cultivated haze of confusion, it's not hard to see the world they want to build is taking shape.

1. Australia's Curfew

The state of Victoria, and the city of Melbourne, have declared a "state of disaster" and instituted a lockdown and curfew. The state's 6.3 million inhabitants, nearly 5 million in the city, have to follow these restrictions:
  • Workplaces and shops that are not deemed essential will close or reduce their hours from Wednesday midnight but services such as supermarkets, petrol stations and doctors will remain open.
  • "Permitted" or essential workers will have to carry a special permit to work outside the home.
  • There is a nightly curfew in force: between the hours of 8pm and 5am you cannot leave home except for work or to get or provide urgent care.
  • You must stay within five kilometres of your home to shop or exercise.
  • If you leave the house to exercise, it should be for only one hour each day.
  • While up to two people can still exercise together, people should shop on their own - groups in public, even from the same household, are no longer allowed.
  • Schools will shift to remote learning except for vulnerable students and children of permitted workers.
  • Childcare centres will close to all but vulnerable children and those of essential workers.
  • Funerals can continue with a maximum of 10 people but weddings are off except for rare, compassionate reasons.
Since March, Australia has had 247 Covid19 deaths, across the entire country. The median age of these deaths is over 80.

Attention

Lebanon Braced For High Number of Casualties as Absolutely Gargantuan Explosion Obliterates Port Area of Beirut​​​​​​​


Comment: Update 5 August 2020 - 08:30 CET

The death toll has reached 100 people, with around 4,000 people wounded.

The entire city of Beirut is reporting injuries and damage. Hospitals are barely functioning, following months of Covid-19 lockdown, mass lay-offs, hyperinflation and power blackouts. The city's population is around 2.5 million people, so it may take many days before something approximating a final death toll can be established...

beirut explosion blast radius

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A MASSIVE explosion in Beirut on 4 Aug was felt for miles around.
At least two explosions in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have occurred near the city's main port area.

Videos from around the city captured the massive explosion and subsequent shockwave Tuesday evening.


A powerful blast has just rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The cause of the massive explosion is as yet unknown.

But multiple social media videos from various angles shows it happened during daylight hours Tuesday, in the late afternoon or early evening local time.

Images show that a massive shockwave flashed over the city, followed by an immense fireball that appeared several stories high.


Comment: Fireworks? That second blast looks like it was from at least a thousand-pound bomb. The energy it released is associated with only the largest (non-nuclear) bombs and volcanic eruptions.

In the meantime, we fear a lot of people may have been killed here.


Lebanon newspaper The Daily Star suffered massive damage to their main office:


Lebanon's port area, and thus a key economic lifeline for the small Mediterranean country, is certainly wrecked:


Another apocalyptic scene: a priest giving mass is felled from falling debris as he flees a church somewhere in the city:


Here's a still from the 'second' explosion:

explosion beirut

Fireworks?
UPDATE 9:30PM CET

Turns out 'fireworks' is indeed just a rumor (one started by Lebanon's branch of the Global Fake News Factory):


That global media instantly went with that as a cause is likely a clue as to the real cause. Perhaps it was a Hezbollah munitions storage site, which 'somebody' eliminated, taking Beirut's shipping lifeline with it, along with thousands of lives & livelihoods.

Update 9:45PM CET

Here's video footage of the event from real close up:


Strangely (or not), the Israelis are piping up to say that the warehouse stored "munitions confiscated from Hezbollah." So possible motive begins taking shape.


Furthermore:


In fact, on July 31st, the Israeli Defense Minister specifically threatened to "bomb Lebanese infrastructure," before placing the IDF on 'high alert'.

Update 10PM CET

The closest type of explosion we've seen to this is the one that occurred on 5 August 2019, one year ago tomorrow. It happened when a major munitions facility in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia exploded:


In fact, the massive blast in Russia this time last year was part of a string of strange explosions at Russian military facilities.

Today's explosion in Beirut, however, is an order of magnitude more powerful, and thus destructive.

Update 5 Aug 2020 - 08:30 CET

US president Trump has told reporters that, after speaking with "our top generals," he (and they) seem to believe this was deliberate:


The US Geological Survey reports that the explosion "generated seismic waves equivalent of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake," with the caveat that if this had occurred underground, the seismic reading would have been significantly higher.

Lebanon was already 'on the brink' before this event. Here journalist and founder of the news site Beirut Report, Habib Battah, explains the dire state the small country is in:


Update 5 Aug 2020 - 13:30 CET

The force of the blast left an enormous crater in Beirut's port:
crater explosion beirut

Update 5 Aug 2020 - 18:30 CET

The ammonium nitrate connection

Lebanese officials have indeed acknowledged that over 2,700 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate had been stored in the warehouse in question for the last six years. The presence of the nitrate was apparently well-known, and an investigation had been launched 5 months ago with the goal of preventing any mishaps. For the story of the initial confiscation followed by bureaucratic deadlock, see here and here.

The Lebanese Supreme Defence Council has claimed that a spark from welding work at the site may have caused the initial fire - workmen were supposedly there repairing a faulty door.

But it doesn't really matter whether or not ammonium nitrate was stored there. It requires multiple chemical processes before it becomes an effective explosive. As a fertilizer in farming, it is stored in large amounts in rural areas all around the world. That wouldn't be common practice if there was a general risk of it exploding.

The most likely scenario in Beirut seems to be that a large bomb was transported and assembled there. The fire that preceded the explosion was perhaps a decoy, along with some amount of fireworks thrown in as further decoy. And then the bomb was remote-detonated.

Hezbollah arms storage?

Some have alleged that the port was used as weapons storage for Hezbollah. The head of the port claims no explosives were stored near the substances alleged to have been responsible. HRW chief Roth posted then deleted an unhinged tweet blaming Hezbollah, speculating that blowing up the port was their way of saying "don't mess with us for allegedly killing former Lebanese PM Hariri".


In either case, there is the potential for sabotage (in addition to negligence and corruption), given the relatively high profile of both the nitrate and the alleged Hezbollah weapons. (See this unverifiable report from progressive Jewish writer Richard Silberstein, for example, claiming a "confidential, highly-informed Israeli source" said Israel was responsible. They say the Israelis wanted to destroy a Hezbollah arms depot, but didn't know about the nitrate and accidentally caused a bigger explosion in the process.)


PM Diab has asked for help from the international community and promised an investigation followed by justice. Both the U.S. and Israel have pledged to offer assistance. Russia is sending a mobile hospital and rescue unit. Among the 100+ dead was top Christian party official Nizar Najarian. Hundreds are still missing - some may still be buried under the rubble. Over 4,000 were injured, and up to 300,000 Lebanese have been left homeless.

For more pictures and footage of the destruction, see here, here,




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Objective:Health - The Strange Push to Suppress Hydroxychloroquine

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Dr. Simone Gold, a board certified emergency physician who was recently fired after 20 years as an emergency room physician for participating in the America's Frontline Doctors press conference, where medical professionals from across the country were touting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, said in a recent series of tweets:
Why are social media company employees with no medical degree or clinical experience censoring the perspectives of practicing physicians? Why are journalists claiming hydroxychloroquine is ineffective when there are numerous studies showcasing its efficacy against COVID-19? Why are state governors restricting physicians from prescribing an FDA approved medication for 65 years and empowering pharmacies to over-rule your doctor? These actions are unprecedented and have never happened before in medicine.
It is indeed unprecedented. We have never witnessed a mainstream pharmaceutical medication be the victim of such widespread smearing - it's usually the opposite, with drugs having their dangerous side-effects buried while being promoted as a miracle cure. While it's unlikely that HCQ is benign (no pharmaceutical drugs are), is it really deserving of the treatment it's getting? Does it need to be banned?

On this episode of Objective:Health, we dive into the apparent coordinated disinformation campaign against hydroxychloroquine, trying to get to the bottom of what the heck is going on here.


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Running Time: 00:33:43

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Books

Denis Rancourt: 'The Scientific Argument Against Wearing Facemasks'

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This is a 15 minute presentation - extracted from a longer debate - by former Professor of Physics Denis Rancourt on the randomised controlled studies on masks, illustrating that masks are ineffective in preventing viral transmission.


Comment: In case YouTube nixes it, here it is on Brighteon:


Watch the full debate:


Also by Denis Rancourt:


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MindMatters: Interview with Gary Lachman: The Return of Holy Russia

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The American clairvoyant Edgar Cayce once said, "Through Russia, comes the hope of the world." He spoke those words in the era of Stalin, and it would be another 60 years or so before the end of Communism. But starting in the tumultuous 90s, the great country straddling East and West not only has made a comeback on the world stage - it is seeing a spiritual revival of sorts. Forgotten thinkers are being resurrected in the minds of Russians, new movements are cropping up, and old ones reinvigorated.

While most Westerners may be familiar with Russia's turbulent period of totalitarianism, and the works of a few of its literary giants, there are whole areas of the nation's philosophical, scientific and spiritual inquiry that are largely unknown to many observers. Until now.

This week on MindMatters we are joined by Gary Lachman, author of the new book The Return of Holy Russia: Apocalyptic History, Mystical Awakening, and the Struggle for the Soul of the World - and delve into some of the history, movements and individuals that helped shape the religious, social and cultural DNA of its people. It may come as some surprise to know that many developments in science, as well as religious questions, were being seriously addressed and worked out in Russia shortly before the scourge of revolution squelched, and in may cases destroyed, the lives of the people who dared go where few had gone previously.

Join us as we see how this resurgence of Russian thought isn't an anomaly, but is, perhaps, a kind of synthesis, and integration of its hard-won lessons learned, and part of a long tradition we can all learn from.


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Bad Guys

COVID Advances New World Order — The Empire of Billionaires

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The COVID-19 pandemic is being used to facilitate the efforts of a select few to create a one-world government with power concentrated in the hands of an elitist group of billionaires.

In March 2020, the United Nations New World Order (UNNWO) announced their annual International Day of Happiness global campaign, along with a call for solidarity and unity in the global fight against COVID-19.1 The campaign theme, according to UNNWO, was:2
... a call on all 7.8 billion members of the global human family, and all 206 nations and territories of planet earth, to unite in solidarity, and steadfast resolve, in fighting back against the COVID 19 Coronavirus ...

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Two Months Since The Riots, And Still no 'National Conversation'

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A boarded-up Vietnamese restaurant in St. Paul, MN
We are now approaching the two-month mark since the riots that erupted across the United States in late May and early June. There is a reasonable argument to be made that these riots were unprecedented in U.S. history — or at the very least, since the 1960s. Yet if one surveyed the national media today, you'd barely even know anything happened. Nor would you likely be aware that those who bore the brunt of the destruction — largely minorities whose sensibilities don't fit into any neatly-delineated ideological category — are still acutely suffering from the fallout.

Yes, civil unrest has of course occurred before. But the riots of 2020 exhibited features which belie any easy historical parallel. For one thing, consider their enormous geographic scope. While the most extreme riots in cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and particularly Minneapolis did receive considerable attention — however fleeting, incomplete, and unnecessarily inflected with knee-jerk partisanship — there were also smaller-scale riots in surprisingly far-flung places that you hardly would've known about unless you lived in the area, happened to visit, or intentionally sought out what remains of the bare-bones local media coverage. To take just a small sampling: Atlantic City, NJ, Fort Wayne, IN, Green Bay, WI, and Olympia, WA all underwent significant riots, at least per the normal expectations of life in these relatively low-key cities. Did you hear anything about them? Because I hadn't, and I'm abnormally attuned to daily media coverage. Only because I personally visited did I learn of the damage.

These riots exploded with such intensity, across so many jurisdictions, and within such a contained period of time — roughly speaking, a one-week stretch beginning May 28, the day the chaos in Minneapolis/St. Paul reached a grisly apex — that no other instance of past civil unrest seems quite analogous. Complicating matters is that the riots occurred in tandem with a protest movement now believed to be the largest ever in U.S. history — one which saw demonstrations, vigils, and general rancor extend even into the most unassuming expanses of suburban and rural America.

Vader

Covid-19 Pandemic: The Ultimate Divide-and-Conquer

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It has frequently been observed that terror can rule absolutely only over people who are isolated against each other and that therefore one of the primary concerns of tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the beginning of terror; it certainly is its most fertile ground; it always is its result. This isolation is, as it were, pretotalitarian; its hallmark is impotence insofar as power always comes from people acting together, acting in concert; isolated people are powerless by definition."

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
Western civilization, led by the US government and media, has embarked upon a campaign of mass psychological terrorism designed to cover for the collapsing economy, set up a new pretext for Wall Street's ongoing plunder expedition, radically escalate the police state, deeply traumatize people into submission to total social conformity, and radically aggravate the anti-social, anti-human atomization of the people.

The pretext for this abomination is an epidemic which objectively is comparable to the seasonal flu and is caused by the same kind of Coronavirus we've endured so long without totalitarian rampages and mass insanity.

The global evidence is converging on the facts: This flu is somewhat more contagious than the norm and is especially dangerous for those who are aged and already in poor health from pre-existing maladies. It is not especially dangerous for the rest of the population.

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Dr Mercola Interviews Denis Rancourt: 'There is no Scientific Evidence That Facemasks Inhibit Viral Spread'

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Story at-a-glance
  • Not a single randomized controlled trial with verified outcome has been able to detect a statistically significant advantage of wearing a mask versus not wearing a mask, when it comes to preventing infectious viral illness
  • If there were any significant advantage to wearing a mask to reduce infection risk to either the wearer or others in the vicinity, then it would have been detected in at least one of these trials, yet there's no sign of such a benefit
  • There is no evidence that masks are of any utility for preventing infection by either stopping the aerosol particles from coming out, or from going in. You're not helping the people around you by wearing a mask, and you're not helping yourself avoid the disease by wearing a mask
  • Infectious viral respiratory diseases primarily spread via very fine aerosol particles that are in suspension in the air. Any mask that allows you to breathe therefore allows for transmission of aerosolized viruses
  • All-cause mortality data are not affected by reporting bias. A detailed study of the current data of all-cause mortality shows the all-cause mortality this past winter was no different, statistically, from previous decades. COVID-19 is not a killer disease, and this pandemic has not brought anything out of the ordinary in terms of death toll
Intro

Denis Rancourt, Ph.D., a former full professor of physics, is a researcher with the Ontario Civil Liberties Association in Canada. He's held that volunteer position since 2014, which has given him the opportunity to dig into scientific issues that impact civil rights. He also did postdoctoral work in chemistry.

Here, we discuss the controversial topic of face masks. Should you wear one? When and where? Does it protect you or not? There's a wide range of opinions on this even within the natural health community.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, I endorsed the use of face masks based on the experience of some of the Eastern European countries. The rationale of it seemed to make sense at the time. Since then, however, I've started to question their use.

Comment: Here's the paper on facemasks published by Rancourt:

The Science is Conclusive: Masks and Respirators do NOT Prevent Transmission of Viruses

And another paper in which he examines the all-cause mortality rate in Ontario, Canada during the lockdown, and concludes that it is 'likely' Canadian health authorities committed mass homicide:

Study of All-cause Mortality During Covid-19: No Plague, But Likely Mass Homicide by Government Response

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