Cosmic Vision News - October 2, 2017
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1. MAKING VOICES HEARD: CATALAN REGION OF SPAIN VOTES FOR SEPARATION, AGAINST THE ORDERS OF SPANISH GOVERNMENT.
Elections past and present, and two referenda lead the news this week.
We start first in Spain, where on Sunday, the people of the Catalonia region of Spain, including the city of Barcelona declared that roughly 90% of their population has voted with an intention of separation from Spain.
Adam Garrie, in an article on TheDuran.com quoted a Twitter posting from the official account of the Catalan government that: “"Out of the 2,262,424 ballots that were not seized, 2,020,144 were YES votes, 176,566 were NO votes, 45,586 in blank and 20,129 null votes"
http://theduran.com/breaking-catalan-government-claims-90-voters-decided-leave-spain/ - 02OCT17 Adam Garrie, TheDuran.com : Catalan government claims 90% of voters have decided to leave Spain.
The London Guardian also followed the event with live updates throughout the day, including the violence by police officers.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/oct/01/catalan-independence-referendum-spain-catalonia-vote-live - 02OCT17 Graham Russell, Nicola Slawson and Patrick Greenfield, TheGuardian.com : Catalonia referendum: 90% voted for independence, say officials.
The referendum was not without its show of force from the commercial, cabal-controlled government however.
A CNN article, along with other sources, noted that: “Turnout would have been higher if not for suppression at the polls by Spanish national police, Turull said. Hundreds were injured Sunday as riot police raided polling stations and fired rubber bullets in a concerted attempt to block what Madrid considers an illegal referendum.
Catalonia's separatist government pushed forward with the vote despite opposition from Madrid and a ruling from the country's top court declaring it illegal.
In scenes that reverberated around Spain, riot police smashed their way into some polling locations and beat back voters attempting to take part in the referendum. Regional officials said more than 800 people were injured.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said authorities closed 92 of about 2,300 polling stations; Catalan officials said 319 stations were closed.”
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/01/europe/catalonia-spain-independence-referendum-result/index.html - 02OCT17 CNN.com : Catalans vote to split from Spain amidst violent crackdown by police.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41398627 - 27SEP17 James Badcock, BBC.com : Catalan referendum: Spain battling to halt the vote.
The government and police crackdown on voters also disrupted a football game that day in Barcelona.
News.com in Australia reported the following: “football fans were also affected after Barcelona joined the protests against the Spanish government’s attempt to halt Catalonia’s independence vote.
Fans were prevented from entering Camp Nou Stadium for the Spanish league game between Barcelona and Las Palmas.
The club made the decision to play behind closed doors after its request to postpone the game was denied by the Spanish league.
Barcelona said playing in an empty stadium was a way to show its discontent with the incidents in Catalonia.”
Barcelona ended up winning that match, 3-0 which in a symbolic way could be Barcelon’s way of shutting out the government forces while winning the game.
The article continues with the following: “Hundreds of police armed with truncheons and rubber bullets were sent in from other regions to confiscate ballots and stop the voting, and amateur video showed some officers dragging people out of polling stations by the hair, throwing some down stairs, kicking them and pushing them to the ground. Anguished, frightened screams could be heard.
“What the police are doing is simply savage,” said Jordi Turull, spokesman for the Catalan regional government, which backs independence. “It’s an international scandal.” He said Spain has become “the shame of Europe” with its iron-fist tactics.
Police were acting on a judge’s orders to stop the referendum, which the Spanish government had declared illegal - and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said going forward with the vote only served to sow divisions.”
http://www.news.com.au/world/spanish-police-react-as-scuffles-break-out-at-catalonia-referendum/news-story/45b1ff6d520206db73c8ec594d47a9af - 02OCT17 AFP, AP and staff writers via News.com.au: Spanish Police React As Scuffles Break Out At Catalonia Referendum.
RT in an article on Oct 1st, reports that Catalonia is now vowing to go to international courts, and calls on EU sanctions against Spain for referendum violence.
This article reports the following: “"We will initiate formalities to activate the mechanisms of sanctions... We think that the actions of the Spanish state that the whole world is witnessing, put the image of the EU as a guarantor of democracy and human rights at risk," Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raul Romeva told a news conference in Barcelona Sunday.
Catalan officials have initiated contact with various EU institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission, along with representatives of EU member states "in order to launch measures to penalize and control" Madrid, he added.
The minister referred to the EU's Article 7, a law that can suspend a member state’s voting rights and impose sanctions on a country believed to have fundamentally violated human rights.
Having accused Spanish authorities of such violations, another Catalan government official, Jordi Turull told reporters that Madrid should be held accountable in international courts for its actions during the poll.”
https://www.rt.com/news/405295-catalonia-referendum-courts-sanctions/ - 01OCT17 RT.com : Catalonia vows to go to intl. courts, calls on EU sanctions against Spain for referendum violence
With the increased militarization of western police forces, people living in western countries are beginning to see the outward manifestation of the society they have allowed to be created, by not becoming informed as to how they have allowed themselves to become enslaved, while not taking practical, informed, and peaceful, decisions to make changes.
What is now being witnessed in Spain is similar, although not exact of course, to what happened in Ukraine after Crimea voted overwhelmingly to separate from Ukraine, and reunite with Russia.
Just to jump to this issue for a moment, an article on the RT website on Sept 22 reported on this issue to a degree. People may recall a young female, Natalya Poklonskaya. who agreed to become the region’s Chief Prosecutor until October of 2016 when she agreed to serve in the Russian parliament. In this article, RT reported that: “Russian MP and former chief prosecutor of Crimea, Natalya Poklonskaya, has said she is ready to testify in court on the events of 2013-2014 in Ukraine, which she called “the assassination” of the country by its current leaders.
Poklonskaya was commenting in Moscow on the ruling of a Kiev court that allowed Ukrainian prosecutors to continue her trial in absentia.”
She was quoted as saying that: “In other words, they want to try me without my presence,” she told reporters at a press conference. “The investigation into my case is being conducted in upmost secrecy and silence because it is not in the interests of Ukrainian authorities and prosecutors.”
“Still, I want to testify and I want to participate in the questioning of those high-placed Ukrainian officials who are complicit in the tragic events of 2013 and 2014.” Poklonskaya then mentioned a list of officials she deemed guilty, including current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, former Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, and Mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko.
“Due to the fact that back then I was an acting chief prosecutor in the Main Process Directorate of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office, I know a lot about this coup, about the assassination of Ukraine by the current leaders of this destroyed country,” she added.
“The real objective of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office is the concealment of their own failures and crimes of Ukrainian leaders. They fear the disclosure of crimes committed by these leaders who are being hated and despised by every second Ukrainian citizen,” Poklonskaya concluded.”
https://www.rt.com/politics/404189-kiev-is-afraid-to-hear/ - 22SEP17 RT.com : ‘Kiev is afraid to hear truth’ – ex-Crimean prosecutor ready to testify against Ukrainian offiсials.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia_Poklonskaya - Wikipedia.org: Information about Natalya Poklonskaya.
As we are seeing in numerous places around the world at this time, corruption on various levels is being exposed by courageous souls willing to stand up and speak out.
Moving over to another referendum, this time in Kurdistan, the purpose of this vote and its meaning is a little bit less clear at this time. An article on the IraqiNews.com website on Sept 27 reported that: “Initial results have shown that 92% of Kurdistan citizens support independence from Iraq, the autonomous region’s electoral commission said Wednesday as regional pressures mount from neighbors opposed to the secession plans.
The results announced come amid opposition from the Arab-led Iraqi government in Baghdad, the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and regional powers Iran and Turkey who view the move as untimely due to Iraq’s unfinished campaign to expel Islamic State militants.”
https://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/kurdistan-92-voted-yes-independence-iraq/ - 27SEP17 Mohamed Mostafa, Iraqinews.com : Kurdistan: 92% voted ‘yes’ for independence from Iraq.
It is inconclusive at this time whether this vote is a legitimate vote of the people, or whether it is a controlled attempt to gain control of the autonomous region of Kurdistan by western and banking interests, trying to salvage some part of of oil-rich Iraq, as the global cabal loses more and more control over various parts of the world.
The reason I am less sure about this particular referendum is that it appears to be supported by Israel, and this is enough to raise a red flag for me personally. According to Adam Garrie of TheDuran on Sept 26th: “Ever since 2005, autonomous Kurdish authorities have controlled much of the transport infrastructure in parts of northern Iraq. This includes the Erbil International Airport which was renovated by Turkey in 2010.
The Kurdish authorities have exercised control in granting visas to travellers as well as acting as a large transport hub for much of Iraq. The runway at Erbil International Airport is among the largest in the world.
However, due to Turkey and Iran closing the airspace over the region in an effective no-fly zone, one which is supported by Baghdad, traffic has ground to a halt.
Today, the Iraqi government handed an ultimatum to the secessionist leaders in Erbil demanding that they transfer all airports and transport hubs back to the central government in Baghdad.
Meanwhile, President Erdogan of Turkey has issued stern warnings to the secessionists to roll back their planned drive for ‘independence’. Erdogan has also slammed Israel for being the only country in the world to come out in favour of Kurdish separatism, telling Kurds, “Israeli flags won’t save you”, from the planned Turkish embargo against the region.”
http://theduran.com/iraq-orders-kurdish-separatists-hand-airports-3-days/ - 26SEP17 Adam Garrie, TheDuran.com : Iraq orders Kurdish separatists to hand over airpors in 3 days.
The German election was also recently held, and I will not spend much time, if any on this, except to say that although Angela Merkel was again elected, her fourth term, the results also showed a growing drop in support for her. A London Express article by Jon Rogers on Sept 2 summed up the growing discontent for the German Chancellor, focusing on particular messages from the leader of the Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, who has been featured on this newscast in the past as a strong voice in calling out the US and the German governments and also the fiat currency financial system.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/849027/German-election-2017-Angela-Merkel-Die-Linke-Sahra-Wagenknecht - 02SEP17 Jon Rogers, Express.co.uk : German election 2017: 'You don't deserve to win' Merkel under fire for mocking voters.
How this will play out in the longer term remains to be seen, especially as pressure continues to build in countries such as Spain. One other possible fire to keep an eye on is in Ireland.
Joey Millar, writing for the London Express on Sept 22 reported that: “IRELAND should declare a “state of emergency” due to the “injustices” the nation is facing from the European Union (EU), a pundit has declared.
Ireland's debt and soaring homelessness problem has been blamed on the EU as a leading commentator warned he feared for his grandchildren's future.
Eamon Dunphy said the harsh measures introduced in Ireland after the 2009 EU economic bailout is causing deep and painful problems for the island.
Mr Dunphy, one of Ireland's best-known journalists and pundits, as well as a former footballer, hit out at leaders in Brussels and Dublin in an impassioned speech on TV3’s The Tonight Show.
He said: “We must address the justice or injustices of the European establishment towards us as a society.
Murphy was quoted as saying that: “We do need to recognise that the crash will never end for our grand children. There’s €200 billion of debt that we are carrying and we paid the promissory note €6.7 billion the other day. What on Earth did we fight our freedom for?”
Millar noted how Ireland’s ties to the EU came under fire as Dunphy asked why Ireland had fought so hard to be free from the UK, only to become a vassal slave to Brussels.
Dunphy stated an emergency should be declared. He was also quoted as saying that: “by admitting that a country that trains nurses but can’t keep them, that a country [which] has tonight in bed and breakfast accommodation children who have to get up around six o’clock tomorrow morning to get a bus for an hour, go to school, walk the streets, come back to the bed and breakfast... If that is not an emergency, a national emergency… The trolleys, people, 590,000 people on waiting lists for a hospital.”
Dunphy defended the Irish people as not being at fault but it is the fault of the leaders, as citizens of other European countries are now beginning to clearly see.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/857145/ireland-european-union-eu-brexit-eamon-dunphy-ireland-homeless-austerity-debt - 22SEP17 Joey Millar, Express.co.uk : EU shock warning: Ireland 'must call STATE OF EMERGENCY' over Brussels.
Shifting finally and briefly to the US, relating to the alleged Russian hacking story of their election. I’m not going to spend any time on this, because as far as I am concerned, this is a non-existent story. What is interesting to note however is an interview aired on FOX News between Tucker Carlson and John Daniel Davidson. In this interview, Carlson begins to publicly call into question the entire narrative, hinting that it has been a colossal waste of time and energy by the US. The video will appear in the show transcript for those choosing to view it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQmrFYvA8r0 - 29SEP17 FOX News : Yet another Russian conspiracy theory falls apart.
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2. ZIONIST ZINGER: INTERPOL DELIVERS YET ANOTHER BLOW TO ISRAEL, IN RECOGNIZING PALESTINE.
In other geopolitical news;
It is being reported this week that Israel has been dealt yet another blow to its Zionist agenda, including by several sources within Israel.
Interpol, the international police organization, had its recent General Assembly, in Beijing, China and this may be a subtle hint to the growing influence of Asia on Interpol as well.
According to the Interpol website: “The INTERPOL General Assembly has voted to admit the State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands as new member countries. The membership of the world policing body now totals 192.
Each application was approved by a more than two-thirds majority vote at INTERPOL’s General Assembly, currently meeting in Beijing for its 86th annual session.
https://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2017/N2017-121 - 27SEP17 Interpol.int : The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands become INTERPOL member countries.
Raphael Ahren, writing for the Times of Israel on Sept 27 reported that: “In a stinging diplomatic defeat for Israel, the world’s largest international police organization on Wednesday accepted the “State of Palestine” as a full member.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-blow-to-israel-interpol-admits-palestine-as-full-member/ - 27SEP17 Raphael Ahren, TimesOfIsrael.com : In blow to Israel, Interpol admits Palestine as full member.
Herb Keinon, writing for The Jerusalem Post, noted that: “The secret ballot vote came just a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly how Israel’s stature on the world stage was steadily improving.”
Keinon also seems to hint at the influence of both Israel and the US within numerous organization. He writes that: “Secret ballots in international organizations generally work against Israel, as it prevents Israel from being able hold countries that vote against it accountable. Following the anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution in December, which was a roll-call vote, Israel took punitive measures against a number of states -- such as Senegal, New Zealand, Angola and Ukraine -- that voted against it.”
Keinon continues: “The US, however, has a degree of leverage on international organizations under the UN umbrellas -- such as the WTO -- that it doesn’t have with international organizations that are independent of the UN. According to US law, Washington must cut funding to UN organizations that accept Palestine as a state. That law does not extend, however, to international groups outside the UN system.
THE US tried to get the Palestinians to back away from this bid as well, but to no avail. It was not immediately clear whether the US did not push as hard this time as they did concerning the WTO, or whether the Palestinians simply decided to buck the American pressure.”
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Interpol-votes-to-admit-State-of-Palestine-as-new-member-state-506088 - 27SEP17 Herb Keinon, jpost.com : Interpol votes to admit ‘State of Palstine’ as new member state.
In a Haaretz article by Barak Ravid and Reutrers news service, it was reported that: “Israel had contended that Palestine is not a state and that it is ineligible for Interpol membership. Under interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deals, a Palestinian Authority was granted limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“This victory was made possible because of the principled position of the majority of Interpol members,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said in a statement.”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.814540 - 27SEP17 Barak Ravid and Reuters, Haaretz.com : Interpol votes to accept ‘State of Palestine’ as member country.
Angela Charlton, in an Associated Press article appearing in The Toronto Star reported that: “Over Israeli objections, the UN General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state in 2012. Since then, the Palestinians have sought to join various UN and international bodies to buttress their dream of gaining independence. Israel has condemned the campaign as an attempt to bypass negotiations.
In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision “seriously harms the chances to achieve peace.”
In a meeting with U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt, Netanyahu also said the “diplomatic warfare” carried out by the Palestinians will not go unanswered.”
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/09/27/interpol-approves-palestinian-membership-after-vote-in-beijing.html - 27SEP17 Angela Charlton, Associated Press via TheStar.com : Interpol approves Palestinian membership after vote in Beijing.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/interpol-votes-to-admit-palestine-as-full-member - 27SEP17 Peter Beaumont, TheGuardian.com : Interpol votes to admit Palestine as full member.
3. BITCOIN BLUFFING: JP MORGAN HEAD SLAMS BITCOIN, BUT APPEARS TO ALSO BE ATTEMPTING TO CASH IN ON IT.
In financial news;
An interesting, if not confusing game appears to be going on with cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin in particular, as the alt coin markets continue to have a major impact on how the future global economy may look. Of course, as I have mentioned previously, this also has to do with the technology behind the blockchain itself, which I tried to explain in more detail last week.
http://www.cosmicvisionnews.com/item/293 - CVN show transcript for the last broadcast, 15SEP. Scroll down to view the blockchain story.
I’m still trying to make sense of all that is happening, but it appears that in Asia, a movement is on to regulate the bitcoin exchanges. Western media seem to be interpreting this as a crackdown on Bitcoin, but this does not appear to be the case.
IF I am correct, and I am not saying I am yet, IF I am correct, the Chinese movement towards regulating ICO’s and alt-coins, MAY be similar to how China, and Russia, set up stricter borders around their countries, to prevent or to at least minimize, the infiltration into their countries by corrupted western interests.
As followers of Bitcoin have noticed recently, the price staggered during the Chinese clampdown. It is believed…again, if I am correct,.. it is believed that this pushed out the corrupted interests, forcing them to seek out exchanges in other countries that have not yet regulated.
Japan is currently one of the leading countries working on setting up a legal structure to govern the use of alt coins. China has been clamping down to weed out the groups of people who are attempting to manipulate the markets purely for profit. South Korea is also now apparently stepping on the regulation bandwagon.
In the US, we have seen some high-level efforts to criticize Bitcoin. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Bank has been critical of Bitcoin. In a Fortune.com article on Sept 13th, he claimed Bitcoin was ‘worse than tulip bulbs’, and that it was a ‘fraud’.
http://fortune.com/2017/09/12/jamie-dimon-beats-up-on-bitcoin-says-its-a-fraud/ - 13SEP17 Jeff John Roberts Fortune.com : Jaimie Dimon beats up on Bitcoin, says it’s a ‘fraud’.
How tragically ironic, this coming from the CEO of the very bank that triggered the Great Depression of 1920’s, by merely putting out the word that certain banks were insolvent, leading to a massive bank run, that led to ten years of depression in many parts of the U.S.
The questions are already being asked, however. An article on the CryptoCoinsNews.com website from Sept 21 asked if Dimon had an ulterior motive in trashing Bitcoin. The article then reports that: “Florian Schweitzer, managing partner for a bitcoin market trading firm, has filed a complaint with a Swedish regulator against JPMorgan’s chief executive for calling bitcoin a “fraud” a week ago after learning that JPMorgan began buying into a bitcoin tracker fund shortly after Dimon made his comments, according to Quartz.
Schweitzer’s firm, London, U.K.-based Blockswater, trades around $25 million per month. Schweitzer has asked the Swedish regulator to investigate Dimon.
Dimon criticized bitcoin at a banking conference in New York, telling CNBC that bitcoin is “just not a real thing, (and) eventually it will be closed.” He also claimed he would fire any JP Morgan trader engaging in bitcoin activity.
Days after Dimon made his comments, JPMorgan became one of the most active buyers of Bitcoin XBT, a bitcoin tracker fund listed on the Nasdaq Nordic in Stockholm, Sweden. The fund allows buyers to hold bitcoin without having to worry about how to securely store it.”
https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/bitcoin-trader-asks-swedish-regulator-to-investigate-dimon-for-trashing-bitcoin/ - 21SEP17 CryptoCoinNews.com : Jamie Dimon’s Bitcoin comments accused as market abuse in Sweden.
The fact that Sweden is involved in this is also of interest because Sweden is currently racing towards being the first cashless society in the world.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/sweden-poised-to-become-leading-scandinavian-cashless-society-through-bitcoin - 02OCT17 Joshua Althauser, CoinTelegraph.com : Sweden Poised to Become Leading Scandinavian Cashless Society through Bitcoin
Dimon is going to have egg on his face, because it is becoming more than abundantly clear that the world is rapidly embracing blockchain technology, which is decentralized…and thus perhaps why he is against it. Bitcoin is being more actively promoted and accepted in Asia and it is growing around the world, as more countries begin to accept that the global hegemony formally controlled by the U.S. and its allies, is coming to a quick end. The fact that he is now getting exposed as buying into it just further humiliates him, erodes trust in the mainstream system, and gives greater confidence and trust to Bitcoin and possibly one or two other alt-coins as they get more established.
Even the head of the Philadelphia Fed Reserve has gone on record as saying that Bitcoin has little chance of affecting monetary policy. This was reported on Sept 30.
https://www.coindesk.com/philadelphia-fed-chief-bitcoin-yet-tested/ - 30SEP17 Michael del Castillo, Coindesk.com : Philly Fed Chief: Bitcoin has little chance of thwarting monetary policy.
The mainstream media give attention to people like them, and their words have such an impact and then they are able to lower the price of Bitcoin, and buy in at a lower price. It is all part of the western banking scam.
There was however a harsh criticism to Dimon’s comments coming from Macquarie’s head of AsiaPacific equity strategy, Vikor Shvets. According to a Zerohedge.com article on Sept 28th, Shvets said that; “When a number of financial executives recently described Bitcoin as a “fraud” akin to the tulip mania, it exhibited their apparent lack of appreciation of fundamental shifts that are altering global monetary and financial systems. If one describes Bitcoin as a fraud, how would one describe a ‘financial cloud’ that is at least 4x-5x larger than the underlying economies? It is unlikely that US$400 trillion+ of financial instruments circulating around the world would ever be repaid and most are now backed by assets that are already either worthless or are diminishing in value.”
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-28/macquarie-lashes-out-jamie-dimon-modern-finance-not-bitcoin-real-fraud - 28SEP17 ZeroHedge.com: Macquarie lashes out at Dimon: “modern finance”, not Bitcoin, is the real fraud.
The world seems to be catching on the scams however, because a ZeroHedge article on Oct 1st notes that: “Bitcoin just topped $4400 for the first time since in over 3 weeks and has now erased all of the plunge losses from Jamie Dimon's "it's a fraud" and China's shuttering of all local exchanges.
It didn't take long for the world of crypto-currencies to shrug off Jamie Dimon's self-tighteous denigration of the decentralized currency that could directly 'disrupt' his cash cow businesses; and furthermore, as The South China Morning Post reports, China's bitcoin market alive and well as traders defy crackdown.”
Marshall Swatt, founder of Coinsetter, a Bitcoin exchange acquired by Kraken in 2016, was quoted as stating that: “ The fact that Bitcoin is still being traded is an indication that China isn’t looking to eliminate them, but reposition things in a way to have better control over them.”
Even the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is giving advice to not ignore cryptocurrencies. In a Coindesk article from Sept 29, it was written that: “The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that cryptocurrencies may give traditional government-issued ones a "run for their money."
Speaking at a conference in London, IMF chief Christine Lagarde told attendees that she thinks "it may not be wise to dismiss virtual currencies."
Notably, she outlined possible scenarios in which a country – particularly those with "weak institutions and unstable national currencies" might actually embrace one more directly.
Lagarde was herself quoted as saying that: “in many ways, virtual currencies might just give existing currencies and monetary policy a run for their money. The best response by central bankers is to continue running effective monetary policy, while being open to fresh ideas and new demands, as economies evolve."
https://www.coindesk.com/imf-head-christine-lagarde-it-may-not-be-wise-to-dismiss-virtual-currencies/ - 29SEP17 Nikhilesh De, Coindesk.com : IMF’s Lagarde: Ignoring cryptocurrencies ‘may not be wise’.
Lagarde has also come out in favour of financial applications of blockchain, something that the IMF is apparently looking into itself. Perhaps a bit of irony here is that the Coindesk article from Jan of 2016 that reported the IMF as stating that ‘regulation should preserve the benefits of digital currency’, is the same thing that China appears to be doing now, ahead of western interests. Ironically also, Lagarde stated in a June 22nd article earlier this year that the ‘distributed ledger’ technology, or DLT, could help to end global terror. Observe the irony in this quote by Lagarde in the same article. She stated that: “Of course, fintech is a double-edged sword. It can be used to promote and fund terrorism, including through the anonymity of virtual currencies. But it can also be a powerful tool to strengthen our defenses against the financing of terrorism. This technology is less vulnerable to a single point of failure and could prove resilient to cyberattacks because the ledger – or record of transacations – exists in multiple copies."
Of course, we all know the criminality and terror associated with the fiat currency system.
https://www.coindesk.com/imfs-lagarde-touts-distributed-ledger-defense-cyber-terrorism/ - 22JUN17 Pete Rizzo, Coindesk.com : IMF’s Lagarde touts digital ledger as defence against terror.
https://www.coindesk.com/imf-head-christine-lagarde-it-may-not-be-wise-to-dismiss-virtual-currencies/ - 29SEP17 Coindesk.com :
4. DE-DOLLARIZATION ISSUE GROWS: MORE RECOGNITION THAT THE SUNSET ON US GLOBAL HEGEMONY IS HERE.
The US, and arguably most, if not all, of its remaining allies, are continuing to find themselves on the short end of an increasingly shorter stick. The movement towards a different global economy continues to highlight this shift, even while geopolitical events seek to distract the general public from seeing what is going on.
An article by Mac Slavo, appearing on ZeroHedge on Sept 22 has reported that: “Global strategist Marin Katusa is the New York Times best selling author of The Colder War, which details the geo-political power shift that threatens the global dominance of the United States.
His prior forecasts noted that countries around the world would soon stop trading commodities like oil in the U.S. dollar, something we’re already seeing with China, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, all of which are preparing non-dollar, gold-backed mechanisms of exchange.”
Unless something else happens, which it may, in some as-yet-unknown way, Katusa sees a continuing weakening of the USD, and a massive capital flight, as more money moves to the East. Katusa is quoted as saying that: “I think we’ll have a near term bounce on the U.S. dollar… then it’s going to be very weak… and then it’s going to go much, much lower… With China and Russia working together to de-dollarize the U.S. dollar starting with oil, which is the biggest market… and then all the other commodities.
You’re going to start seeing a massive unwind of these U.S. dollars in the emerging markets.
When that money comes back… which it will… and the world starts cluing in that the emerging markets need gold to convert the Yuan and the Ruble and all these different factors, you’re going to see a massive rush for gold.”
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-21/youre-going-see-rush-gold-katusa-warns-de-dollarization-accelerating - 22SEP17 ZeroHedge.com"You're Going To See A Rush For Gold" - Katusa Warns De-Dollarization Is Accelerating
At the same time however, with stories such as North Korea dominating western headlines, it is becoming easier to see the fear coming out of the west, in the form of trying to stir up another fear-porn conflict.
The US is also trying to stir up a trade war with China, which is arguably another distraction. In an RT article from Sept 18, financial commentator Jim Rogers implies that this will not be good for the US. When asked by RT if the US would go through with sanctions on China if they do not impose sanctions on North Korea, Rogers was quoted as saying that: “They could do sanctions which are not very important or don’t do much damage. And then they will have good public relations which says they have sanctions, but it is meaningless. I would suspect if anything, that is what they will start with. If they put sanctions on China in a big way, it brings the whole world economy down. And in the end, it hurts America more than it hurts China because it just forces China and Russia and other countries closer together. Russia and China and other countries are already trying to come up with a new financial system. If America puts sanctions on them, they would have to do it that much faster and in the end America will lose its monopoly on the financial system, which will hurt America more than anybody.
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/403553-us-china-north-korea/ - 16SEP17 RT.com : ‘A US trade war with China will end US monopoly on global financial system’ – Jim Rogers.
5. CHANGED MY LIFE: ONE STORY ON HOW VOLUNTEERING CAN HELP ONE FIND ONESELF, WHILE ALSO IN SERVICE TO HUMANITY AND THE PLANET.
In some general news for the week, on a perhaps more uplifting note.
While doing some research for the newscast, I came across an article that seems to summarize an experience very similar to my own, and it is reassuring that others are out there, also taking some steps to create their own change.
The article, which appeared on TheLocal.de an English-language news website in Germany, shares a story of volunteering abroad and how much of an impact it can have on someone.
The articles writes: “We all dream of going on an adventure. For Caesar Crasemann, every moment of the two months he spent in the Bornean jungle was life-changing.
“I’d always dreamed about going to Borneo, and I wanted to combine my dream with working towards a social cause,” the 19 year old says of his decision to volunteer with sustainable development charity, Raleigh International.
“A Raleigh Expedition gives you the unique chance to experience being in nature and making a difference in communities that can really benefit from it.”
Along with his fellow volunteers, Caesar set out to improve the lives of people living in local communities in meaningful and lasting ways. From start to finish the Expedition was an experience that opened his eyes to many of the issues facing people in less-developed countries.
“I’m from Germany, which is a very well-developed Western country. It was hard for me to imagine how different the standards in other countries can be. In Europe, we hear a lot about it in the media, but to actually see it is another thing altogether. It really changed my mind.”
The article continues: “Caesar was part of a small international team that he worked with daily and would often lead on tasks. It made him recognise that making change is hard, but it’s just that little bit easier when people work together.
It also gave Caesar the chance to hone his leadership skills.
“I learned a lot the days I spent as a team leader. Motivation, tolerance, and efficiency were all things I cultivated. It also helped me to understand different personalities, and how everyone has a different way of thinking and acting. These skills will help me a lot in the future.”
Teamwork was the most important lesson Caesar believes he learned. And it really came into play while working on the construction site in Danum Valley Conservation Area, a 438 sq. km tract of lowland forest in Sabah, Malaysia.
“We were helping to build a suspension bridge, and had to work really quickly. I realised how vital teamwork is in so many situations. Everyone has to do their jobs to keep the team going.”
But in hard conditions, morale can drop -- and Caesar became no stranger to lifting it back up again.
“On the adventure trek, I learned how important group motivation is. You have to take care of everyone in the group otherwise morale is lost and everyone’s demotivated. Living in a jungle for two months and being together 24/7 with a group of people I’d never met before was a new situation for me. You learn more about them than you do your friends back home! I could have had a really bad time if I hadn’t been part of such a great group.”
https://www.thelocal.de/20170919/volunteering-abroad-really-changed-my-mind-about-the-world-raleighinternational-tlccu - 19SEP17 TheLocal.de : Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world.
I have lived and volunteered in a forest in central Sweden for a year, but that location was solitude and quiet. In this current experience, I am in a city environment, and already I have been touched by the feedback of some appreciative people. It is a very different kind of uplifting experience to meet and know the people whose lives I am influencing, and to speak with them a bit. I’ll share more on this, in this week’s FINAL WORDS.
6. WHERE POLITICS IS EXEMPT: RUSSIA AND US COLLABORATE ON SPACE STATION PROJECT FOR MOON, AND ALSO POSSIBLE VENUS PROJECT.
RT has reported on Sept 27th the collaboration between Russia and the US to a new space station in the orbit of the Moon.
According to this article: “Russia and the US have agreed to build a new space station called Deep Space Gateway in the moon’s orbit, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said, adding that the first modules could be ready between 2024 and 2026.”
Although details are not being given out in a large volume, there appears to be a slow and ‘soft’ disclosure taking place with regard to the advancements being made where space travel is concerned.
The head of Russia’s Roscosmos, Igor Komarov was quoted in the article as saying that: “We [Roscosmos and NASA] have agreed to join the project to build a new international Deep Space Gateway station in [the] moon’s orbit.”
The article continues: “The official was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia on Wednesday.
The first stage of the project will involve the construction of the orbital part of the station, Komarov announced.
He added that the technologies involved can later be used on the moon’s surface and, potentially, on Mars.
The project is also open for other states to join, including China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, Komarov announced, adding that the various sides discussed their potential contributions to the project.
Russia’s part in the project could be the development of up to three modules for the station. It may also work out the standards for a docking system capable of welcoming various types of spaceships, the Roscosmos head said.
The announcement of the joint project comes at a time of crumbling relations between Moscow and Washington. The Ukrainian crisis, as well as the two countries’ approaches to handling issues surrounding Syria and North Korea, remain key stumbling blocks.”
One has to begin questioning the whole US/Russia narrative that the mainstream media has been putting out when stories such as this one come along. One may also have to begin wondering why there is such great interest in the Moon, that warrants its own space station.
The article does also note however that: “Space exploration, however, including joint missions on the International Space Station (ISS), appears to be one area where Moscow and Washington have mutual understanding.”
https://www.rt.com/news/404733-russia-us-new-space-station/ - 27SEP17 RT.com : Russia and US to create new space station in moon’s orbit.
This follows another announcement, made last April, when RT reported that: “A proposed joint mission to Venus could feature a Russian rocket and orbital module alongside a US “atmospheric plane” and durable surface probes, a top Russian scientist says.
https://www.rt.com/news/384929-russia-nasa-venus-mission/ - 16APR17 RT.com : Possible joint Russia-US mission to Venus takes shape, researcher says.
7. GOING FOR HEALTH 1: THE CONTINUING BENEFITS OF CANNABIS, PARTICULARLY THCA.
Finally, in health-related news;
Before going on vacation, I was covering a number of articles related to cannabis and its value when grown and consumed in natural ways, as opposed to various other degrees of cannabis that are being legalized by governments.
It is expected that governments, Big Medicine and especially Big Pharma, will attempt to slow down the process of cannabis legalization as much as possible, due to the impact it will have on their profits. At the same time, they will also attempt to introduce variations to the uninformed public that will do very little, if anything to heal people because Big Pharma needs people to stay sick, not healthy.
THC and THCA is one compound that is gaining increased international recognition and acceptance as contributing to health and healing. THCA is tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. They both are similar, but they also both have very different properties.
Bailey Rahn, writing for Leafy.com in March of 2015 shares the following: “Unlike THC, THCA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw and live cannabis. As the plant dries, THCA slowly converts to THC. Heat expedites this conversion in a process known as decarboxylation, a fancy word that describes what happens when you smoke or vaporize flower.
Rahn notes that: “If you’ve purchased lab-tested cannabis, you may notice that the most abundant cannabinoid is either THC or THCA, either of which can stretch between 10-20% on average. While THCA is the more accurate label for flower that hasn’t been decarboxylated, they essentially mean the same thing if you assume the consumer intends on smoking, vaporizing, or heating the product in some way. But what are THCA’s properties if it isn’t converted to THC?
This particular article was written in 2015 and since then, there is a growing abundance of information and resources to support the benefits of cannabis relating to numerous health issues.
Rahn does also add however that: “Every high-THC strain that has not yet been decarboxylated contains THCA, and these cannabinoid levels are particularly high as a live or freshly harvested plant. For this reason, raw cannabis parts are popularly juiced for their THCA benefits.”
https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-is-thca-and-what-are-the-benefits-of-this-cannabinoid - 15MAR2015 Baily Rahn, Leafy.com : What is THCA and what are the benefits of this cannabinoid?
There are generally three types of cannbis plant. Indica, Sativa and also what is called a hybrid.
An article on the WiseToast.com website by Loraine Couturier offers an explanation to better understand these differences. According to this article: “There are three distinct types of marijuana leaves and they sit among three different categories; Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. The plants of Cannibis indica and Cannabis sativa have been around since the 18th century with Cannabis Hybrid as a new introduction. Hybrid indicates the mixing of seeds from different geographic locations around the world.
The article explains that: “The origin is believed to come from the Hindu “Kush” region close to Afghanistan. Anyone who knows anything about marijuana knows that Kush is really strong weed. In this area of Afghanistan, the strain developed thick coats of resin as a mean of protecting themselves due to the harsh climate. Characteristics of Indica include flowering time, yields, geography of where seeds came from and various flavors. Some of the epic names given to top flavors include; Purple Haze, Granddaddy Purple and Northern Lights.
The Indica strain is a more relaxing effect with the tendency of making you want to hang out on the couch. I sometimes wonder if the gaming companies are in cahoots with the marijuana industry as they seem to go hand in hand.
Couturier continues: “The Sativas strain alternatively has energizing effects which is why they’re often used for morning or afternoon use. This strain of marijuana is used primarily for depression and exhaustion. Its morphology is a growth of up to 20 feet high, it is narrow with loose branches.
The effects of Sativa are said to be uplifting and allow you to bring your creative side out. Medicinally, it can treat ADD and mood disorders. Some of the more popular flavors under the Sativa strain include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer and Lemon Haze.”
Indica strains are generally better for work at night, while Sativa strains appear to be better for daytime use.
Regarding hybrids, the article explains that: “There are many variables for the two ancient strains which is where Hybrid comes in. The seeds of many geographical areas are cross germinated to balance marijuana with both strains. This offers the marijuana user a balance between the two so you get the best of both worlds.
There are many variables for the two ancient strains which is where Hybrid comes in. The seeds of many geographical areas are cross germinated to balance marijuana with both strains. This offers the marijuana user a balance between the two so you get the best of both worlds.”
http://wisetoast.com/types-of-marijuana-and-effects/ - Loraine Couturier, WiseToast.com : Different Types of Marijuana and Effects on Body
For those who are wanting to grow their own, research will be necessary to better determine which strain will deliver the best combination of THC and CBD that one is seeking to achieve. As well, it is worth paying attention to what your particular plants will need, as far as nutrition goes, and when to give it to the plant, so that the plant can best serve you.
An article appearing on Leafy.com on Sept 29 offers information on a ‘feed chart’. According to the article: “Feed charts are specific recommendations and guidelines provided by nutrient companies to help farmers achieve the healthiest and best crop possible. How and when a nutrient is introduced will trigger responses from the plant, and feed charts can help you understand what products you need to use and when they should be applied. This knowledge is particularly important in hydroponic gardens where you have complete control over nutrients.
Cannabis can be fed varying amounts of nutrient concentrations depending on the strain, stage of growth, and environment; introducing too many or too few nutrients to a cannabis plant can cause great harm to your garden. This is where feed charts come in handy. They provide specific instructions indicating when and where nutrient products should be applied.”
The article offers much more in-depth information, for those who are interested in growing their own, and the the link will be in the show transcript, for those seeking to learn more.
https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/how-to-use-a-feed-chart-to-grow-better-marijuana - 29SEP17 Leafy.com : What is a feed chart and how can it improve your cannabis garden?
8. GOING FOR HEALTH 2 : THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS FOR HEALING AND RELEASE.
One other source for healing that is gaining increased attention is the use of psilobcybin mushrooms.
An article on the HowToUsePsychedelics website shares that: “Psychedelic mushrooms containing psilocybin are one of the oldest and safest traditional medicines and have been used for centuries in many countries around the world. The therapeutic and spiritual uses of mushrooms are what make it such an important tool for growth and healing.
Over 200 species of mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin are known, growing naturally in many parts of the world. Mushrooms are non-addictive and become less active with repeated short-term use. They do not have any overdose risk. Many experts consider them among the safest psychoactive compounds available (safer than tobacco, alcohol, and anti-depressants).
One of the common first questions is regarding the dosage. The article explains that: “The strength of mushrooms can vary somewhat, because you are consuming the mushrooms themselves, not just the active agents. Different strains have different strengths and potency can somewhat decline over time.
The most common variety of mushroom available is psilocybe cubensis, which is a fairly strong strain. A typical dose of recently dried psilocybe cubensis mushrooms is about 3.5 grams (1/8th of an ounce). “
The article outlines a series of nine steps for maximizing one’s experience with mushrooms. According to the article:
Step 1 – Set aside about 4-5 hours for the entire process.
Step 2 – Ensure that the correct or desired dosage is ready. This article suggests that it possible to boil the mushrooms, and drink the water to get the effects, although one can just as easily eat the mushrooms, although the taste may be a bit bitter for some.
Step 3 – Eat or drink the dosage.
Step 4 – It takes about 30-60 minutes for the effects to kick in, so prepare yourself to get comfortable, and if you want to write or record your experiences, this is beneficial for many. If one wants to address particular emotional or psychological challenges in one’s life, it is worth making a list of issues you want to think about during the experience.
Step 5 – As the effects begin, one may notice changes in one’s perception, such as rainbow halos around lights, or geometric patterns if the eyes are closed. Try to avoid being distracted by these, but continue to focus on your questions and issues.
Step 6 – “Once the mushrooms have fully taken effect (60-90 minutes after you take it), you’ll notice that your thoughts and emotions feel different. While the effects can vary widely from person to person and moment to moment, you are likely to feel some of the following: a sense of wonder and delight, openness to thoughts and feelings that you usually avoid, a sense of peace, a sense of connection to the world, clarity about relationships and people in your life, unity with the universe, excitement and joy, strong emotions. Mushrooms generally dissolves mental boundaries, making it easier to feel thoughts and emotions and letting you fully immerse yourself in an idea or feeling. This can be powerful at times, you may become very happy or very sad, very thoughtful or frustrated or engaged with an idea. Mushrooms have been shown to enhance problem solving for science and engineering professionals, given its ability to allow deep immersion in a thought with heightened creativity and openness to new ways of tackling a problem. It is important to remember two things as you being your mushroom experience: 1. stay open to your feelings and let them flow through you 2. if you feel too stuck in an idea or a sad emotion, start thinking about something positive and you will notice that your mood changes. Putting on positive music or a comforting movie can also help if you have any anxiety. But it’s always best if you can stay open to your feelings, good or bad, and let them flow.”
Step 7 – “As you experience this process, try to stay as open to your feelings and ideas as you can. If you have been depressed or stressed or anxious, you’ll find that you can still feel those feelings intensely and they can be very immersive. However you’ll also notice that there’s a certain softness present in even the most difficult feelings-- you may still feel troubled by a problem in your life, but you’ll also be able to look at the issue with more openness and the fear that you associate with that problem will be much reduced. The more you can stay open to even the most challenging feelings, the more meaningful and effective the experience will be. As you think about difficulties in your life or things that have led to anxiety and depression, try to find new ways of approaching those feelings and opportunities to come at those challenges in a new way. You’ll find that just spending time thinking about challenges in your life will help you re-store those memories and ideas without as much associated stress and fear. “
Step 8 – Remember to relax into the experience for a bit of time, without focusing on goals. It may allow some realizations to come forth that one may not have been expecting.
Step 9 – As the effects come down, take the time to reflect and to write or record something if it is meaningful to do so. Try to bring some of that openness you felt in the experience into your daily life.
Although non-addictive, it is strongly advised to not use mushrooms if one is currently on psychoactive pharmaceuticals, such as anti-depressants.
As always, it is important for one to do one’s own research, to determine what is best for oneself at any time.
http://howtousepsychedelics.org/mushrooms/ - HowToUsePsychedelics.org : How To Use Psilocbybin Mushrooms.
Just before getting into this week’s FINAL WORDS, I’d like to inform listeners that the broadcast schedule will be erratic for the next two months or so, while I am doing my volunteering and going through learning some new things that I hope will helpme in the future.
I have observed that a couple of listeners have cancelled their monthly donations to CVN since my last broadcast. It is possible that those listeners did not like what I shared.
I would like to thank them for their support of the newscast, and I fully understand that if I am no longer offering something that resonates with them, that they will want to support something else.
I feel it fair to inform the remaining five or six monthly donators that if you would like to cancel your monthly donations, since I am unable to offer a regularly-schedule program for the next little while, I will fully understand. It is important to me personally that listeners feel they are getting their money’s worth when they donate, so if you choose to put your donations on hold for awhile, or cancel them, it is understood and I thank you also!
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10. FINAL WORDS
In this week’s FINAL WORDS:
In last week’s FINAL WORDS, I realize that I may have hit many of you with a bit of a hard reality.
It was one that also hit me kind of hard. We are all going to have to step further out of this comfort zone that many of us have been sitting in for the last five years especially.
Please do not misunderstand me. The last five years have been a necessary journey – for ALL of us – in coming to terms with our respective ‘truths’ about who we are choosing to BE, and how we are choosing to serve.
This newscast has served as part of this growth – for me personally, and for those who have graciously shared their valuable time with me over the years.
I am still here to serve, although I may not be serving as regularly for the next few months at least. I’m creating some patterns and experiences in my world that I hope will not only help me, but as I share some of these with you all, perhaps you may be able to step into some kind of service that actually creates the change we want, instead of only sitting back and claiming to believe it and want it.
I’m not saying that certain desired changes will not happen. A part of me really hopes that they do – but we cannot just sit around waiting on words that come from sources that cannot offer something more physical and tangible than just words and promises of ‘some day’.
We are being called to create this ‘some day’, here… and now. Each will do so in a way that is uniquely different and equally beautiful. At the end of the day however, we are all going to have to do some uncomfortable growth to move forward. We cannot just sit back on our laurels, thinking that we are okay…even if we are okay. We cannot just make this assumption.
I mentioned that I am doing some volunteer work at a charity garden and also at a charity restaurant. Here are a few things I have begun to observe and also learn during the last few weeks.
The charity garden, located in the suburb of Preston at the Bell St. Metro station, is a wonderful, small plot of land that has been under the loving care of two beautiful souls, Taylor and Tao while getting some support from a few who pass through. This garden is a smaller project of the charity restaurant.
https://lentilasanything.com/urban-garden-collective/ - LentilAsAnything.com : Webpage for the Urban Garden Collective.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/urban-garden-collective-turns-vacant-land-into-garden-for-lentil-as-anything/story-fnglenug-1227508988741 - 02SEP2015 Harrison Tippet, HeraldSun.com.au : Urban Garden Collective Turns Vacant Land Into Garden for Lentil As Anything.
The charity restaurant, called Lentil-As-Anything is the brainchild of Shanaka Fernando, a native of Sri Lanka. He had a vision to offer healthy, free food and receive donations from people who ate the food at several locations around the city of Melbourne. It would operate on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ principle. He doesn’t own a house, nor does he own a car. He believes that money cannot buy happiness, but that food can help unite humanity – and healthy food can unite humanity in a healthier way.
His father did not completely agree with the vision, preferring instead that his son serve the people in his own country. His father felt that the vision would not work in a western country.
As it turned out, both were right and wrong. Shanaka Fernando was able to make the project a success, but with it came the abuses that his father warned of.
https://lentilasanything.com/ - LentilAsAnything.com: Homepage for the ‘pay as you feel’ Lential As Anything charity restaurant.
Having now done some volunteering at two different locations, I am observing how poor people, lower class people, and even middle class people are showing up to receive food, and many walk away without making any kind of contribution at all.
In the short time I have worked there, I have met some beautiful souls, some of whom are being paid salaries, and many of whom are volunteering, and in exchange can receive meals for their service. The meals are very healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes. Many are putting in very long hours over many days, just because their hearts are so full, despite not receiving payments– but their energy levels are so drained. Yet they continue to serve.
It is interesting to note that the energy levels are different in the kitchens. In the two kitchens I have observed so far, those who are preparing the meals generally have a higher energy level because their passion is food preparation. They just prepare the food, but do not necessarily see the people who are not donating, nor those who are leaving so much wasted food on their plates because they took more, knowing that it was free.
Some restaurants offer a space for groups to hold events. The two locations I have seen also welcome local performers to offer music to guests in exchange for food. It is a community-focused and heart-focused environment, even though there are many who choose to take, while not sharing something in return.
It is very saddening to see people not donating, or not even offering to do some work for their food, or they do not care to finish their food, because they never paid for it.
Over at the charity garden, there are a number of people of various ages who have been sent there as a condition for receiving their unemployment payments.
The vast majority show up, with little or no passion to contribute to the garden. There are several, to be fair, who have demonstrated a good or really good work ethic. The majority however, do very little. They are happy to sit around and talk, while getting fresh mountain water to drink, fruits and healthy meals, without contributing. To talk to them, many of them claim to want a better world, and yet none of them are willing to do anything to help create it, nor are they willing to learn any skills that may help them to support themselves in the future.
At the charity garden…the unemployed are happy to complain about everything, while doing nothing to help change it, or improve themselves. In this case, talk has been cheap. They are not willing to dream a little bit, or walk their talk or put their energies into growth and positive change.
My friend who invited me to visit has been observing all this for much longer than I have. Although he is very awake and aware, he is challenged to believe that humanity could possibly be ready for this experience that some are calling ‘Ascension’, or even some kind of evolutionary leap in human consciousness, while witnessing all that he has witnessed.
I almost have to start asking myself if humanity really is as ready as so many sources are claiming. Again, I really want to believe that we have reached some kind of magical threshold to evolve to some new and more awakened level of consciousness… but it is also a challenge to see all that I am now seeing, and this is only within one westernized city.
A beautiful vision being taken advantage of by people who lack the human compassion and kindness to give in support of others while benefitting freely from the healthy foods and the huge hearts of all who contribute to this wonderful vision.
There have been a few nights at the restaurants where it has been extremely busy, and they have run out of food. I’m told that as the southern summer approaches, the lineups will likely get longer, and without the contributions, it will be harder to buy the supplies and contribute to the wages of those who need to be employed, to keep the program running smoothly.
What type of service might you be willing to consider learning, to help others, or to prepare yourself for an off-grid type of living? Would you learn about solar power? Wind, geothermal or some other form of power generation?
Would you learn permaculture, or how to build an off-grid home? Would you wash dishes at a charity kitchen, and interact with people on various levels of social classes.
Last night, I sat on the train to go visit a Norwegian friend who is married to an Australian man. A poor immigrant came by asking for money. Although I do try to give change to many people, I chose not to offer any in this case. I observed an older man who had purchased a number of vinyl records for his music collection. He was a bit aggressive towards the poor soul, and then he complained about this soul to those sitting around him after this soul had left.
I felt ashamed that I did not say something to this man as I got off the train. Perhaps I should have said something to him, but in that moment, I did not stand up and become a voice for those who do not have a voice.
In the Asian cultures, everyone does everything at a very fast pace, much faster than people in the West. We in the West have become very complacent, and it is not necessarily by the fault of the individuals, but rather by the way the people have allowed their society to evolve, without doing something to change it. Most have resigned themselves to just existing day to day, week to week, year to year, happy to complain about what is wrong, but not willing to do anything practical to make a difference.
We so-called Lightservers, perhaps need more experience in serving those less fortunate, and learning how to see the Divine Creator in ways that we have been conditioned not to see or accept.
We see examples of it worldwide. I am being blessed with an experience of seeing how beautiful people can serve, while also witnessing others who will take advantage of the food, the services, and the kindness that is offered.
What is key about all this is that someone had a vision to start something, and he has done fund-raising that secures the salaries of those who need to be paid, while relying on donations to cover the day-to-day operations and supplies. Shanaka Fernando came to a new country; brought a vision and made it happen, and this is often what those in immigrant communities do, just to survive the cruel harshness of the western, debt-based, fiat currency system that has harmed and enslaved people worldwide.
This week, I salute those who give their all to the Lentil-As-Anything restaurants and those who bring their loving energies to the Urban Garden Collective in Melbourne! Thank you and all blessings to each of you for your commitment to humanity and our planet! I especially give a big thank you to the beautiful people in the kitchens at these restaurants for it is in the kitchens where the magic begins to happen!
In the show transcript this week for the FINAL WORDS, I will include links to a few videos that outline and describe the vision for Lentil-As-Anything, including a video by Fernando speaking at a TEDx event in Melbourne.
Create a fantastic week, until our next moment of ‘now’!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuUsJvSPRHE - 03JUL2016 via YouTube.com : Lentil As Anything.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jodpW59On7g - 18OCT2012 TEDx Talks via YouTube.com : Universal pay as you feel - Shanaka Fernando at TEDx Melbourne
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQs4VkdFHV0 - 12MAR2014 MelbourneEats via YouTube.com : Lentil As Anything, interview with founder Shanaka Fernando.
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