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The Truth Perspective: You University: The Value and Art of Self-Education

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Thousands of books entered the public domain on 1 January.
It starts with a question. How does a car actually work? How can I lose weight and keep it off? What are UFOs? What could I accomplish if I really applied myself? Our curiosity is peaked and we want to know more, but we're not quite sure where to start. If there's no formal education course we can take that has a syllabus all laid out, then what do we do? How do we create a plan that will guide us toward finding answers to our questions and reaching our goals?

Today on the Truth Perspective we discuss "The Science of Self-Learning" by Peter Hollins: how his practical advice for self-learning can be applied to multiple dimensions of personal development, and why self-education is so important. The difference between the reading and regurgitation that is common in schools and real intellectual curiosity. The usefulness of self-explanation in uncovering what we don't know, and how S.M.A.R.T. goals and thoughtful planning can help us learn just about anything.

We also share some of our favorite books from 2018 to hopefully help everyone on their journey of self-education, so join us as we discover how to make learning fun again.

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China's Ambassador to Canada Exposes The White Supremacist 'Five Eyes' Surveillance State

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China's ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye
In a January 9, 2019 op-ed in Ottawa's Hill Times, China's Ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye did what no other mainstream media outlet has been willing to do since the untimely arrest of Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou occurred while she was boarding a plane in Vancouver on December 1st. Much dispute has arisen over the arrest and China's response, with its own arrest of two Canadians suspected of espionage in Beijing.

In an article entitled 'Why The Double Standard on Justice For Canadians, Chinese?', Ambassador Shaye cut through the noise being created by the media and Western political class by exposing the bloated Western surveillance state known as 'The Five Eyes', which he properly identified as the outgrowth of the unconstitutional Patriot Act, the NSA's Prism surveillance system which has annihilated all semblance of privacy among trans-Atlantic nations.

After describing the double standards applied by Canadian elites who have constructed a narrative that always paints China as the villain of the world while portraying the west as "free and democratic," Ambassador Shaye stated:
"These same people have conveniently ignored the PRISM Program, Equation Group, and Echelon-global spying networks operated by some countries that have been engaging in large-scale and organized cyber-stealing, and spying and surveillance activities on foreign governments, enterprises, and individuals. These people also took a laissez-faire attitude toward a country that infringes on its citizens' privacy rights through the Patriot Act. They shouted for a ban by the Five Eyes alliance countries... on the use of Huawei equipment by these countries' own enterprises."

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The Health & Wellness Show: Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: Interview With Linnéa Snyder and James Lovinsky

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Today on the Health and Wellness Show, we welcome back to the show Doctors of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Linnéa Snyder (L.Ac. MSTCM) and James Lovinsky (L.Ac. MSTCM).

Linnéa was first drawn to acupuncture after receiving it as a teenager and noticing its widespread effects. Most notably, she loves the way it balances one's nervous-system and can clear emotional build-up without the necessity of attaching or sharing about the feelings or pain. Linnéa is interested in women's health, psycho-emotional disorders and stress induced illnesses. James came upon acupuncture during a very stressful period in his life. After trying several modalities to treat his own stress-induced health concerns, he settled on acupuncture. Upon changing his career and beginning acupuncture school he realized that Chinese medicine offered many treatments that could give patients an alternative to drugs and surgery. James is interested in pain management, digestive disorders and psycho-emotional health.

Linnéa and James practice at their clinic, Opus Total Health, in West Greenwich, RI (Opus Total Health - Its your life... live it in health!). They treat patients from all walks of life with acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese herbal medicine and diet and nutrition therapy.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about acupuncture, Chinese medicine and somatic therapy. And stayed tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be human history from a cat's perspective.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Central and eastern China experienced one of the most intense winters so far; Beijing had to endure one of the coldest Decembers on record, and heavy rains and landslides hit the Southwest, leaving 4 dead.

After the most extensive snow cover on record for the US in November, storm Diego blanketed the Southeast leaving 400,000 without power, while unusually intense snowfalls hit the Southwest, and parts of the Northeast and West.

South Korea had bitterly cold temperatures so early in the season, while heavy snowfalls hit Japan, delivering 80 inches in the district of Yamagata.

Snow also disrupted normal life in Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, forcing schools to close and causing power outages. Meanwhile, Austria got 55 inches of snow in just 7 days... And winter has just started!

A "swarm" of meteor fireballs streaked across the skies of Spain during the last couple of months, 3 of them made their passage in just 5 hours in December. Mexico, Texas and San Francisco also had their share of spectacular fireballs this month.

Saudi Arabia continues to be battered by hail, heavy rain and floods that have triggered greening of the desert in some parts. While flash floods displaced 45,000 people in Indonesia, and Sri Lanka was inundated by 14 inches of rainfall in one night.

Unseasonable tornadoes wreaked havoc in Florida, Washington and Illinois, while a twister in Java, Indonesia, destroyed 156 houses.

A strong eruption of the Krakatoa volcano caused a tsunami in Indonesia leaving 430 dead and 22,000 displaced, and another volcanic eruption in Vanuatu triggered a series of earthquakes that cracked open parts of the island of Ambrym.

Venezuela was also hit by earthshaking events, a 5.6 magnitude quake hit the region of Carabobo opening fissures in the ground and buildings.

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New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling in American Politics

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The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive "political smear unit" is infiltrating the US

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert UK state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting "Russian disinformation."

The leaked documents revealed a secret network of spies, prominent journalists and think-tanks colluding under the umbrella of a group called "Integrity Initiative" to shape domestic opinion-and to smear political opponents of the right-wing Tory government, including the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

Until now, this Integrity Initiative domestic spy scandal has been ignored in the American media, perhaps because it has mostly involved British names. But it is clear that the influence operation has already been activated in the US. Hacked documents reveal that the Integrity Initiative is cultivating powerful allies inside the State Department, top DC think tanks, the FBI and the DHS, where it has gained access to Katharine Gorka and her husband, the fascist-linked cable news pundit Sebastian Gorka.

Comment: The Integrity Initiative's tendrils sure seem to reach deep into the shady world of Western politics:


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Is Deep State Ruled From Britain? How British Intelligence-Linked Integrity Initiative Drafted US For New Cold War

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Shortly after Donald Trump's election, the UK-funded covert influence group proposed opening a new office in the US to train "younger generation of Russia watchers" and "strengthen" American role in countering Moscow, leaks show.

The latest tranche of documents, anonymously uploaded online last week, include an outline for "developing a US arm of [the] Integrity Initiative Program" and a schedule for a visit to Washington of its director, which details meetings with former senior Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka, and top diplomats and officials.

'West badly needs US leadership'

Despite the elected White House administration tentatively attempting a rapprochement with the Kremlin at the time, the group, effectively a foreign agent on US soil, suggests in the first document, dated to August 2017, that Washington needs to go in a radically different, if familiar, direction, "before it is too late."

"The West is badly in need of a reassertion of US leadership. The EU has been unable to generate any strategic thinking or to exercise convincing leadership. Russia (& China) are successfully driving wedges between EU Member States and between Allies within NATO," reads the plaintive precis.

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The Real 'Russian Trolls': Hamilton68 and The Alliance for Securing Democracy

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American deep-state dezinformatsiya
Given that most people have already taken a position on the topic, it seems a bit late in the day to be pointing this out, but there is now clear evidence to suggest that the 'Russia hacked our election' claim is not only entirely false, but the people who made the claim in the first place - members of the US intelligence, political and corporate establishment (as well as other ideologues) - were and are themselves the creators of the only "Russian troll" social media accounts that have actually been shown to have done any 'hacking'.

A December 19th 2018 NY Times article revealed that a group of "Democratic tech experts" decided to use "similarly deceptive tactics" (as those imputed to Russian trolls) in the Alabama Senate race contested by Roy Moore in December 2017. An internal report on what is called the 'Alabama effort', obtained by The Times, says explicitly that it "experimented with many of the tactics now understood to have influenced the 2016 elections." The project's operators created a Facebook page on which they posed as conservative Alabamians, using it to try to divide Republicans and even to endorse a write-in candidate to draw votes from Mr. Moore. And how was the division sown?

"We orchestrated an elaborate 'false-flag' operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet," the report says.

One participant in the Alabama project, Jonathon Morgan, is the chief executive of New Knowledge, a small cyber security firm that wrote a scathing account of Russia's social media operations in the 2016 election, and which was released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Morgan said that the Russian botnet ruse "does not ring a bell," adding that others had worked on the effort and had written the report. He said he saw the project as "a small experiment" designed to explore how certain online tactics worked, not to affect the election. This appears to be a lie on both counts, given that, as the AL Senate race was in process, Morgan tweeted that the "Russian botnet" that he and others had created was "taking an interest" in the campaign.

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New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics

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Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the US political process are displayed as Facebook executives appear before the House Intelligence Committee on November 1, 2017.
Far from being a sophisticated propaganda campaign, it was small, amateurish, and mostly unrelated to the 2016 election.

The release of two Senate-commissioned reports has sparked a new round of panic about Russia manipulating a vulnerable American public on social media. Headlines warn that Russian trolls have tried to suppress the African-American vote, promote Green Party candidate Jill Stein, recruit "assets," and "sow discord" or "hack the 2016 election" via sex-toy ads and Pokémon Go. "The studies," writes David Ignatius of The Washington Post, "describe a sophisticated, multilevel Russian effort to use every available tool of our open society to create resentment, mistrust and social disorder," demonstrating that the Russians, "thanks to the Internet...seem to be perfecting these dark arts." According to Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times, "it looks increasingly as though" Russian disinformation "changed the direction of American history" in the narrowly decided 2016 election, when "Russian trolling easily could have made the difference."

The reports, from the University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Research Project and the firm New Knowledge, do provide the most thorough look at Russian social-media activity to date. With an abundance of data, charts, graphs, and tables, coupled with extensive qualitative analysis, the authors scrutinize the output of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) the Russian clickbait firm indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in February 2018. On every significant metric, it is difficult to square the data with the dramatic conclusions that have been drawn.

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Forget The American Psychological Association - Traditional Masculinity is Part of The Cure For What Ails Modern Men

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With young men in crisis, the American Psychological Association wrongly declares war on 'traditional masculinity'

Yesterday afternoon, immediately after the Dallas Cowboys' hard-fought victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Fox's Erin Andrews interviewed Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. She asked Elliott what he thought when he saw Prescott take off for a key run that set up the winning touchdown.

"It's simple," Elliott responded, "He's a grown-ass man. That's what it is. That's how he played today, and he led us to this win."

That's a phrase you hear a lot in sports. "Grown man." There's grown-man football. There's grown-man basketball. It speaks to a certain style of play. Tough. Physical. Courageous. Overpowering. It's also fundamentally aspirational. It's quite safe to say that millions of young boys desire to become a grown man - a person who is physically and mentally tough, a person who can rise to a physical challenge and show leadership under stress. In fact, that's not just an intellectual goal, it's a deeply felt need. It's a response to their essential nature.

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NewsReal #22: France's New Year's Revolution - Trump Battles War Party

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Despite the intervention of the holiday season and cold weather, there has been no let-up from the Gilets Jaunes protesters in France. Incredible scenes from 'Acte VIII' of the protest movement this weekend confirm just how serious the French population is about fundamentally changing the country's political order.

In this episode of NewsReal, Joe & Niall bring you up to speed on the tense stand-off between people and power in France. They also discuss the false choice of believing either that Muslims are 'evil', or that Muslim migrants should be welcomed en masse with open arms.

Finally, they recap US president Trump's battles with the Neverending-War Party over the holidays, specifically his moves to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan, and the fits of rage this sent 'leftist' Never-Trumpers into...


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