• AOC Exposes Dorian Destruction, Climate Trolls RAGE & I Don't Get It...They Will Have To Live On The Same planet, Are Governed By The Same Science, Are Giving Up The Future...And For What? A Miniscule Paycheck NOW?

    Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her.

    "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will.”
    #BiliousClimateTrolls #TwitterFapping #GretaISRight #DamageReport #JohnIadarola #AOCDropsTruth #GretaWarriorPrincess #TryScience
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    The Damage Report 9/4/19
    AOC Exposes Dorian Destruction, Climate Trolls RAGE & I Don't Get It...They Will Have To Live On The Same planet, Are Governed By The Same Science, Are Giving Up The Future...And For What? A Miniscule Paycheck NOW? Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her. "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will.” #BiliousClimateTrolls #TwitterFapping #GretaISRight #DamageReport #JohnIadarola #AOCDropsTruth #GretaWarriorPrincess #TryScience https://youtu.be/Pgp7PoAqhTE The Damage Report 9/4/19
    AOC Exposes Climate Deniers After Hurricane Dorian
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  • Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/attacks-greta-thunberg-say-allies-show-just-how-terrified-reactionary-forces-have
    Jon Queally, staff writer

    Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her.

    "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent and compassionate 16 year old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth." —Owen Jones"The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will."

    Following her recent arrival in the United States to attend rallies outside the United Nations and promote a week of international climate strike actions, taking place from Sept. 20 - 27, Thunberg on Saturday suggested that a fresh wave of criticism directed at her from climate science denialists and right-wingers—including those mocking her Asperger's diagnosis—exposes much more about them than her.

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!
    I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower
    View image on Twitter
    4:44 PM - Aug 31, 2019

    "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative," Thunberg added. "And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before."

    In a column on Al-Jazeera English published Monday, writer Andrew Mitrovica came to the defense of Thunberg as he referred to those attacking her as "scientifically illiterate bullies." According to Mitrovica, agreeing with Jones, it is Thunberg's attributes—including her fearlessness and abilility to speak and act so matter-of-factly—that makes hers such a potent voice. He writes:

    She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery.

    In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world."

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, Thunberg said she has nothing to say to people who refuse to believe in the scientific warnings about the climate crisis.

    Mike Hudema ✔ @MikeHudema
    16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg says she “has nothing to say” to people who don’t believe in climate change - including President Trump.

    There is no time to waste, there is no planet B. #ActOnClimate #GreenNewDeal
    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1168565400239517696
    11:44 AM - Sep 2, 2019

    Asked if there was still time to address the planetary emergency, Thunberg said, "Yes, we do. We still have time. But that time will not last for long so we need to something now and we need to do it quickly and we need to do it drastically."

    But while part of Thunberg's story lends itself to the notion that "one person can make a difference," she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency.

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    On Friday the 20th and 27th of September we will strike again for the right to a future. But we can’t do it alone. To really make a difference we need the adults to join us.
    The children in India leads the way!! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080

    Fridays For Future India
    @fridays_india
    You are our voice @GretaThunberg & we the children of #India will echo your voice LOUD & CLEAR till it is heard...Striking together on 20th September’19!

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080
    12:50 PM - Sep 1, 20
    Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/attacks-greta-thunberg-say-allies-show-just-how-terrified-reactionary-forces-have Jon Queally, staff writer Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her. "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent and compassionate 16 year old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth." —Owen Jones"The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will." Following her recent arrival in the United States to attend rallies outside the United Nations and promote a week of international climate strike actions, taking place from Sept. 20 - 27, Thunberg on Saturday suggested that a fresh wave of criticism directed at her from climate science denialists and right-wingers—including those mocking her Asperger's diagnosis—exposes much more about them than her. Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower View image on Twitter 4:44 PM - Aug 31, 2019 "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative," Thunberg added. "And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before." In a column on Al-Jazeera English published Monday, writer Andrew Mitrovica came to the defense of Thunberg as he referred to those attacking her as "scientifically illiterate bullies." According to Mitrovica, agreeing with Jones, it is Thunberg's attributes—including her fearlessness and abilility to speak and act so matter-of-factly—that makes hers such a potent voice. He writes: She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery. In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world." Meanwhile, in an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, Thunberg said she has nothing to say to people who refuse to believe in the scientific warnings about the climate crisis. Mike Hudema ✔ @MikeHudema 16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg says she “has nothing to say” to people who don’t believe in climate change - including President Trump. There is no time to waste, there is no planet B. #ActOnClimate #GreenNewDeal Embedded video: https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1168565400239517696 11:44 AM - Sep 2, 2019 Asked if there was still time to address the planetary emergency, Thunberg said, "Yes, we do. We still have time. But that time will not last for long so we need to something now and we need to do it quickly and we need to do it drastically." But while part of Thunberg's story lends itself to the notion that "one person can make a difference," she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency. Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg On Friday the 20th and 27th of September we will strike again for the right to a future. But we can’t do it alone. To really make a difference we need the adults to join us. The children in India leads the way!! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080 … Fridays For Future India @fridays_india You are our voice @GretaThunberg & we the children of #India will echo your voice LOUD & CLEAR till it is heard...Striking together on 20th September’19! Embedded video: https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080 12:50 PM - Sep 1, 20
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  • https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/08/16/the-adhd-overdiagnosis-epidemic-is-a-schooling-problem-not-a-child-one/?utm_source=Waking+Times+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=26b05106dc-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_25f1e048c1-26b05106dc-54565849
    https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/08/16/the-adhd-overdiagnosis-epidemic-is-a-schooling-problem-not-a-child-one/?utm_source=Waking+Times+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=26b05106dc-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_25f1e048c1-26b05106dc-54565849
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    What To Say When Someone Gets A Devastating Diagnosis
    Oftentimes, the trauma of the diagnosis is further worsened by well-intentioned people who simply don’t know how to respond to the news.
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  • THE AUTISM CRIME EXPOSED

    (To read about Jon's mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)
    Most of my readers now know that my blog has been taken down by WordPress for no stated reason. We are working to restore the blog on to another server. You're reading this either because you're already subscribed to my email list or someone forwarded this email to you. If you're in the latter category, then the best way to get my daily articles is go to NoMoreFakeNews.com and sign up for the email list in the upper left corner. You'll get articles in your inbox. Thank you for your support.

    So, as a workaround of not having a blog link to share, if you wish to share the web version of this email, click on "Here's the link to share this email... Click here" -- located in tiny print above the nameplate.

    This is the way the experts present autism to the public:

    "It is a specific condition. We know that. It has a specific cause. We know that, too. We haven't discovered the cause yet, but we're making progress. Vaccines have nothing to do with autism. Most likely, the disease is genetic..."

    First of all, on what basis do the experts claim they know autism is a specific condition? What do they mean by "specific?"

    We can find the answer to these questions by understanding how autism is defined. And how do we do that?

    There is only one way. We read the official medical definition of autism.

    I will now ask you to make an effort and read the complete medical definition. Please. Plow your way through it, and as you do, ask yourself whether it strikes you as "specific." Ask yourself if the words add up to a well-formed tight description---or do they seem to suggest a committee of psychiatrists sitting around juggling a list of behaviors and arbitrarily clustering them under the label, AUTISM:

    [The following definition of autism is from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM IV (1994)]

    (I) A total of six (or more) items from (A), (B), and (C), with at least two from (A), and one each from (B) and (C):

    (A) qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

    1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interaction

    2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level

    3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people, (e.g., by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)

    4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity ( note: in the description, it gives the following as examples: not actively participating in simple social play or games, preferring solitary activities, or involving others in activities only as tools or "mechanical" aids )

    (B) qualitative impairments in communication as manifested by at least one of the following:

    1. delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language (not accompanied by an attempt to compensate through alternative modes of communication such as gesture or mime)

    2. in individuals with adequate speech, marked impairment in the ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others

    3. stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language

    4. lack of varied, spontaneous make-believe play or social imitative play appropriate to developmental level

    (C) restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities, as manifested by at least two of the following:

    1. encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus

    2. apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals

    3. stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)

    4. persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

    (II) Delays or abnormal functioning in at least one of the following areas, with onset prior to age 3 years:

    (A) social interaction

    (B) language as used in social communication

    (C) symbolic or imaginative play

    (III) The disturbance is not better accounted for by Rett's Disorder or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.

    Well, that's it. That's all of it. That's the official definition of autism.

    It couldn't be less specific.

    Also, notice that no single cause is listed. They don't have one. They will claim it's genetic, but they offer no proof. If they had solid proof, they would have listed a cause in the definition. They don't.

    The definition of autism is a complete mess. It's a hoax.

    To be sure, there are MANY children who are severely damaged. No one is denying that. But why call it autism, if this pretense of a definition is all they have?

    For example, for the children who are neurologically damaged by vaccines, call it what it is: VACCINE DAMAGE. That's clear. It points directly to a cause. And we know that vaccines contain highly toxic metals. Aluminum, for example. Mercury, another poison, hasn't been totally eliminated from some vaccines. There are other chemicals in vaccines, such as formaldehyde, which are toxic.

    Obviously, using the label, autism, covers up the fact that vaccines have been doing great damage to children. Using the term autism obscures the fact that vaccine manufacturers are criminally liable, and potentially on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in law suits.

    If a child has been damaged by exposure to, say, pesticides, call that what it is: PESTICIDE DAMAGE. Don't try to hide the fact under the autism label.

    Notice that in these two cases, vaccine and pesticide damage, we're not talking about a disease at all. The word disease becomes another cover story to conceal real causes and real perpetrators.

    If a child was struck on the head with a heavy object and sustained serious damage, and the doctor told his mother the child had suddenly contracted a disease called X, the insane absurdity of the "diagnosis" would be obvious to one and all. Well, that's the situation here, with autism.

    Don't try to use a term (autism) to cover up the fact that the cause of the damage was clear in MANY instances. It was a "heavy object" called a vaccine, or a pesticide, or some other direct destructive force.

    If anything is criminal, THIS is criminal. At the highest level.

    Jon Rappoport
    The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.
    THE AUTISM CRIME EXPOSED (To read about Jon's mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.) Most of my readers now know that my blog has been taken down by WordPress for no stated reason. We are working to restore the blog on to another server. You're reading this either because you're already subscribed to my email list or someone forwarded this email to you. If you're in the latter category, then the best way to get my daily articles is go to NoMoreFakeNews.com and sign up for the email list in the upper left corner. You'll get articles in your inbox. Thank you for your support. So, as a workaround of not having a blog link to share, if you wish to share the web version of this email, click on "Here's the link to share this email... Click here" -- located in tiny print above the nameplate. This is the way the experts present autism to the public: "It is a specific condition. We know that. It has a specific cause. We know that, too. We haven't discovered the cause yet, but we're making progress. Vaccines have nothing to do with autism. Most likely, the disease is genetic..." First of all, on what basis do the experts claim they know autism is a specific condition? What do they mean by "specific?" We can find the answer to these questions by understanding how autism is defined. And how do we do that? There is only one way. We read the official medical definition of autism. I will now ask you to make an effort and read the complete medical definition. Please. Plow your way through it, and as you do, ask yourself whether it strikes you as "specific." Ask yourself if the words add up to a well-formed tight description---or do they seem to suggest a committee of psychiatrists sitting around juggling a list of behaviors and arbitrarily clustering them under the label, AUTISM: [The following definition of autism is from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM IV (1994)] (I) A total of six (or more) items from (A), (B), and (C), with at least two from (A), and one each from (B) and (C): (A) qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following: 1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interaction 2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level 3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people, (e.g., by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people) 4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity ( note: in the description, it gives the following as examples: not actively participating in simple social play or games, preferring solitary activities, or involving others in activities only as tools or "mechanical" aids ) (B) qualitative impairments in communication as manifested by at least one of the following: 1. delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language (not accompanied by an attempt to compensate through alternative modes of communication such as gesture or mime) 2. in individuals with adequate speech, marked impairment in the ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others 3. stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language 4. lack of varied, spontaneous make-believe play or social imitative play appropriate to developmental level (C) restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities, as manifested by at least two of the following: 1. encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus 2. apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals 3. stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements) 4. persistent preoccupation with parts of objects (II) Delays or abnormal functioning in at least one of the following areas, with onset prior to age 3 years: (A) social interaction (B) language as used in social communication (C) symbolic or imaginative play (III) The disturbance is not better accounted for by Rett's Disorder or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Well, that's it. That's all of it. That's the official definition of autism. It couldn't be less specific. Also, notice that no single cause is listed. They don't have one. They will claim it's genetic, but they offer no proof. If they had solid proof, they would have listed a cause in the definition. They don't. The definition of autism is a complete mess. It's a hoax. To be sure, there are MANY children who are severely damaged. No one is denying that. But why call it autism, if this pretense of a definition is all they have? For example, for the children who are neurologically damaged by vaccines, call it what it is: VACCINE DAMAGE. That's clear. It points directly to a cause. And we know that vaccines contain highly toxic metals. Aluminum, for example. Mercury, another poison, hasn't been totally eliminated from some vaccines. There are other chemicals in vaccines, such as formaldehyde, which are toxic. Obviously, using the label, autism, covers up the fact that vaccines have been doing great damage to children. Using the term autism obscures the fact that vaccine manufacturers are criminally liable, and potentially on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in law suits. If a child has been damaged by exposure to, say, pesticides, call that what it is: PESTICIDE DAMAGE. Don't try to hide the fact under the autism label. Notice that in these two cases, vaccine and pesticide damage, we're not talking about a disease at all. The word disease becomes another cover story to conceal real causes and real perpetrators. If a child was struck on the head with a heavy object and sustained serious damage, and the doctor told his mother the child had suddenly contracted a disease called X, the insane absurdity of the "diagnosis" would be obvious to one and all. Well, that's the situation here, with autism. Don't try to use a term (autism) to cover up the fact that the cause of the damage was clear in MANY instances. It was a "heavy object" called a vaccine, or a pesticide, or some other direct destructive force. If anything is criminal, THIS is criminal. At the highest level. Jon Rappoport The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.
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  • https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/conservative-mp-mark-warawa-dies-at-69-months-after-revealing-cancer-diagnosis-1.4474769
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/conservative-mp-mark-warawa-dies-at-69-months-after-revealing-cancer-diagnosis-1.4474769
    Conservative MP Mark Warawa dies at 69, months after revealing cancer diagnosis
    Conservative MP Mark Warawa, 69, has died after battling cancer, his family confirmed in a statement. He announced in the spring that he had pancreatic cancer that spread to his lungs, colon and lymph nodes
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  • Chapter 3
    “The Beginning”

    I stood outside of the Cost Plus World Market in Redmond, Washington. It had become one of the few places that I could escape during my lunch break. It’s not that a corporate shopping center was much of a reprieve from the corporate culture where I spent my days, but there was a riverside trail leading there that would typically bring me temporary distraction from the mundane mechanics of the office environment. On this day, the short walk did little to quell what had escalated into overwhelming despair.

    My desire to bring an end to my suffering had grown intense, and I faced a constant barrage of suicidal thoughts. My search for other solutions to my woes seemed to all dead end in more hopelessness; into outcomes that I felt I could never accept. An intentional death was not an outcome I could accept either, for I had never been one to give up. I was far too proud and lacked the courage to face the reaper (and unknown repercussions) of death at my own hands.

    I paced back-and-forth with aggravation, frustration, and tears. Thoughts of all sorts tumbled over each other in my mind. I was terrified of what I might do in reaction to the out-of-control emotional rollercoaster. I felt completely done with putting in any more wasted effort toward life. Everything seemed a trap. Everything I had ever been told was a lie. I had been used up and run dry by a society, by corporations & companies, and by people that cared nothing about me as an individual. They would all trade my life for a dollar. There was no escape.

    I pulled a card from my wallet. My manager had given it to me several days before with a brief explanation. “Microsoft has a great set of mental health benefits. My family and I use them from time-to-time and they are totally free to employees. Just call the number on this card if you ever feel the need.” My emotional state must have been so obvious to those around me, even though I thought I masked it well enough. The number on the card was an emergency helpline.

    I despised psychiatrists. I didn’t even like counselors so much. I had seen mental health professionals ruin so many lives with either pharmaceuticals or simply with inauthentic and shortsighted behaviors. Psychologists had betrayed me in my youth with their selfish pride, and I had vowed never to give away such power to any such person ever again. It was difficult to overcome my resistance as I typed the numbers into my phone, but there seemed nowhere else to turn. I had to make an effort to change the direction of my life.

    In hindsight, this was a major turning point for me. It’s not that whoever answered my call or those things that followed would solve my innumerable issues. It seems more important symbolically; that I took a distinct action to choose to move onto a path of healing rather than continue along the path of harming that I had unknowingly lived my entire life. It was one of a multitude of individual steps that would follow as I worked to heal my own brokenness.

    The call itself ended me up in a counselor’s office. It was a place where I could think out loud in what felt to be a safe environment. Soon after I took a short leave of absence from my job and visited my father’s home in Eastern Washington. “A change of scenery might do me some good,” I had been told.

    Indeed being away from my family for a couple of weeks was an important step. It gave me the space to gain some clarity, without my normal routine dictating my every thought, feeling and reaction.

    I was lonely without my family. My worst fear had always been that my marriage would end. I had been married to my high-school sweetheart for over a decade and she was everything to me. I felt I would be or have nothing without her, and I had worked hard to keep her “in my pocket” throughout our marriage.

    During my time away, we spoke on the phone frequently. It was during these conversations that we first considered separating from each other. I knew that she was unhappy as well and I felt selfish for binding her into a life that caused her suffering. The love in my heart offered the choice, despite my fears and selfishness. We agreed that separation may be the best solution; to free each other so that we might both be happy.

    By the following morning, the tune changed. If we loved each other so much to make such a sacrifice for each other’s success, then we certainly loved each other enough to support each other together. No separation should be necessary if we could authentically support each other with such love and devotion. We called it off, electing to make changes in our marriage and lifestyles so that we could remain together.

    By the next month, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I demanded a test from my normal doctor, based on my sister being positively diagnosed. My blood tests were surprising. My antibody counts were off the charts. My vitamin D level was measured at 3 (50 being considered low-normal). This epiphany explained a lot about the conditions I had been experiencing, from weight loss and depression, to mood swings and abdominal pains.

    The Celiac diagnosis was monumental for me. It set me on a mission to take charge of my health (physical, mental, and spiritual). I fired my traditional western doctor and created a new small and devoted team of supporters and medical professionals around myself.

    I took up photography; specifically macro photography. I would carry a camera with me during my lunchtime walks along the riverside and would pause to capture tiny moments of beauty along the way. There was something about looking through the viewfinder at a small flower. In those little universes and in those moments, there was only beauty present. Despite feeling that the entire world was ugly all around me, it was a heaven I could find hope and joy in. Photography made me feel creative, rather than destructive. It was the first time I began to acknowledge that I had any creativity within me at all.

    One day, along the well-traveled urban path, I observed the numerous people biking, jogging, and hurriedly walking along. Everyone seemed to be rushing somewhere, lacking any true presence, and completely missing the bounty of subtle beauty that surrounded them.

    Squashed slugs littered the ground, as symbolic evidence of the unconsciousness of the travelers. Most were corporate workers like myself, apparently trying to make the most of their lunch hour, while others were just lost in gossip with their walking partners, or entirely focused on their robotic exercise routines.

    “What a shame,” I thought, “that people would hold so little regard for the preciousness of life.” My heart dropped, knowing that I had for so long been equally guilty of the exact lack of presence to the miracles that surrounded me.

    I came upon a single slug that had not yet perished to the mindlessness of humanity’s mundane existence. I laid on the trail with my camera and peered at him through the viewfinder (half expecting that I might now get run over as well). He glistened and glowed in the sunlight, bringing me to a momentary point of awe. As I zoomed in for a shot, he inspected the camera lens and then seemed to begin posing for the perfect shot.

    For a creature that so many disregarded as ugly and unimportant pests, I briefly witnessed the miraculous gift that he was, both in his surprising beauty as well as in the spirit of his personality. That little slug taught me some valuable lessons that day; that I should slow down and pace myself, that I should recognize all life for its sacredness, and that I should remain ever present to the immaculate beauty of this world.

    I strove to begin making changes in my personal and family life, home, work/life balance (or as I now called it “life/work balance”). I vowed to retire within a few years time, knowing deeply that I could not long maintain my unsustainable life serving only corporate greed and mechanical materialism. I had taken the first few steps to create an entirely new life.

    Though I thought I was making efforts to preserve the best parts of the life that I was familiar with, little did I know where my new path would ultimately lead me.

    Music: "Moment of Healed"
    https://choon.co/tracks/0c5z30se09s/moment-of-healed/

    Image: "Pace" by Cedar Branches (2010)
    Chapter 3 “The Beginning” I stood outside of the Cost Plus World Market in Redmond, Washington. It had become one of the few places that I could escape during my lunch break. It’s not that a corporate shopping center was much of a reprieve from the corporate culture where I spent my days, but there was a riverside trail leading there that would typically bring me temporary distraction from the mundane mechanics of the office environment. On this day, the short walk did little to quell what had escalated into overwhelming despair. My desire to bring an end to my suffering had grown intense, and I faced a constant barrage of suicidal thoughts. My search for other solutions to my woes seemed to all dead end in more hopelessness; into outcomes that I felt I could never accept. An intentional death was not an outcome I could accept either, for I had never been one to give up. I was far too proud and lacked the courage to face the reaper (and unknown repercussions) of death at my own hands. I paced back-and-forth with aggravation, frustration, and tears. Thoughts of all sorts tumbled over each other in my mind. I was terrified of what I might do in reaction to the out-of-control emotional rollercoaster. I felt completely done with putting in any more wasted effort toward life. Everything seemed a trap. Everything I had ever been told was a lie. I had been used up and run dry by a society, by corporations & companies, and by people that cared nothing about me as an individual. They would all trade my life for a dollar. There was no escape. I pulled a card from my wallet. My manager had given it to me several days before with a brief explanation. “Microsoft has a great set of mental health benefits. My family and I use them from time-to-time and they are totally free to employees. Just call the number on this card if you ever feel the need.” My emotional state must have been so obvious to those around me, even though I thought I masked it well enough. The number on the card was an emergency helpline. I despised psychiatrists. I didn’t even like counselors so much. I had seen mental health professionals ruin so many lives with either pharmaceuticals or simply with inauthentic and shortsighted behaviors. Psychologists had betrayed me in my youth with their selfish pride, and I had vowed never to give away such power to any such person ever again. It was difficult to overcome my resistance as I typed the numbers into my phone, but there seemed nowhere else to turn. I had to make an effort to change the direction of my life. In hindsight, this was a major turning point for me. It’s not that whoever answered my call or those things that followed would solve my innumerable issues. It seems more important symbolically; that I took a distinct action to choose to move onto a path of healing rather than continue along the path of harming that I had unknowingly lived my entire life. It was one of a multitude of individual steps that would follow as I worked to heal my own brokenness. The call itself ended me up in a counselor’s office. It was a place where I could think out loud in what felt to be a safe environment. Soon after I took a short leave of absence from my job and visited my father’s home in Eastern Washington. “A change of scenery might do me some good,” I had been told. Indeed being away from my family for a couple of weeks was an important step. It gave me the space to gain some clarity, without my normal routine dictating my every thought, feeling and reaction. I was lonely without my family. My worst fear had always been that my marriage would end. I had been married to my high-school sweetheart for over a decade and she was everything to me. I felt I would be or have nothing without her, and I had worked hard to keep her “in my pocket” throughout our marriage. During my time away, we spoke on the phone frequently. It was during these conversations that we first considered separating from each other. I knew that she was unhappy as well and I felt selfish for binding her into a life that caused her suffering. The love in my heart offered the choice, despite my fears and selfishness. We agreed that separation may be the best solution; to free each other so that we might both be happy. By the following morning, the tune changed. If we loved each other so much to make such a sacrifice for each other’s success, then we certainly loved each other enough to support each other together. No separation should be necessary if we could authentically support each other with such love and devotion. We called it off, electing to make changes in our marriage and lifestyles so that we could remain together. By the next month, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I demanded a test from my normal doctor, based on my sister being positively diagnosed. My blood tests were surprising. My antibody counts were off the charts. My vitamin D level was measured at 3 (50 being considered low-normal). This epiphany explained a lot about the conditions I had been experiencing, from weight loss and depression, to mood swings and abdominal pains. The Celiac diagnosis was monumental for me. It set me on a mission to take charge of my health (physical, mental, and spiritual). I fired my traditional western doctor and created a new small and devoted team of supporters and medical professionals around myself. I took up photography; specifically macro photography. I would carry a camera with me during my lunchtime walks along the riverside and would pause to capture tiny moments of beauty along the way. There was something about looking through the viewfinder at a small flower. In those little universes and in those moments, there was only beauty present. Despite feeling that the entire world was ugly all around me, it was a heaven I could find hope and joy in. Photography made me feel creative, rather than destructive. It was the first time I began to acknowledge that I had any creativity within me at all. One day, along the well-traveled urban path, I observed the numerous people biking, jogging, and hurriedly walking along. Everyone seemed to be rushing somewhere, lacking any true presence, and completely missing the bounty of subtle beauty that surrounded them. Squashed slugs littered the ground, as symbolic evidence of the unconsciousness of the travelers. Most were corporate workers like myself, apparently trying to make the most of their lunch hour, while others were just lost in gossip with their walking partners, or entirely focused on their robotic exercise routines. “What a shame,” I thought, “that people would hold so little regard for the preciousness of life.” My heart dropped, knowing that I had for so long been equally guilty of the exact lack of presence to the miracles that surrounded me. I came upon a single slug that had not yet perished to the mindlessness of humanity’s mundane existence. I laid on the trail with my camera and peered at him through the viewfinder (half expecting that I might now get run over as well). He glistened and glowed in the sunlight, bringing me to a momentary point of awe. As I zoomed in for a shot, he inspected the camera lens and then seemed to begin posing for the perfect shot. For a creature that so many disregarded as ugly and unimportant pests, I briefly witnessed the miraculous gift that he was, both in his surprising beauty as well as in the spirit of his personality. That little slug taught me some valuable lessons that day; that I should slow down and pace myself, that I should recognize all life for its sacredness, and that I should remain ever present to the immaculate beauty of this world. I strove to begin making changes in my personal and family life, home, work/life balance (or as I now called it “life/work balance”). I vowed to retire within a few years time, knowing deeply that I could not long maintain my unsustainable life serving only corporate greed and mechanical materialism. I had taken the first few steps to create an entirely new life. Though I thought I was making efforts to preserve the best parts of the life that I was familiar with, little did I know where my new path would ultimately lead me. Music: "Moment of Healed" https://choon.co/tracks/0c5z30se09s/moment-of-healed/ Image: "Pace" by Cedar Branches (2010)
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    The Hypostasis of the Archons - trans. Bentley Layton - The Nag Hammadi Library
    The Hypostasis of the Archons, trans. Bentley Layton, from The Nag Hammadi Library. This site includes the entire Nag Hammadi Library, as well as a large collection of other primary Gnostic scriptures and documents.
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  • Dear,

    Rachel Notley, Alberta's NDP, Sarah Hoffman, Jason Kenney, Heather Sweet for Edmonton-Manning, Campaign to elect Harry Grewal - UCP Edmonton Manning, Alberta Party, ManwarKhan, Stephen Mandel, Alberta Liberal Party,

    And of course my fellow Albertan's,

    As a Resident of Edmonton-Manning for nearly my entire life and as a life long resident of Alberta I have a very serious concern regarding a TAX I just found out about that was passed by the Alberta's NDP when the Liberal Party of Canada | Parti libéral du Canada under Justin Trudeau legalised Marijuana the Liberals asked the provinces if they wanted to Tax ALL Marijuana products and the NDP in Alberta said YES. Not all Provinces did.

    I am a Canadian with a very Rare Progressive Chronic Incurable Auto Immune Disorder. Primary Central Nervous System Vasculitis...possibly the only person in Edmonton as the occurrence to best estimates is 2.4 people per 1 Million in North America...based on what limited research there is. 10 Years of Medical Chaos, 2 massive strokes, 3 weeks in the hospital with so many doctors and tests, and 1 Brain Biopsy later is what it took me to get that diagnosis.

    My question is why has the Province of Alberta added a 16% tax to my Medical Marijuana? I know the Federal Government asked...why did you accept?

    PCNS Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels of the Brain. Which can result in a list longer than my arm in symptoms with a chance of Death or Worse. Marijuana has proven very effective in treating inflammation of all types and is part of why I have been so successful in recovery from my last Flare and now I am in remission.

    Marijuana as well as the other benefits that help alleviate the side effect my Disease Modifying Medications. Everyone who has gone through or had to be there for a love one going through Chemotherapy understands.

    I am really needing to know why my province thinks something that is keeping me alive and is far better than the alternatives that would be covered under our healthcare system needs to be Taxed at all. Should it not be covered under our healthcare system?

    I am in Full Remission Now and I am Angry that due having to focus on myself and my family that I wasn't paying attention.

    I would greatly appreciate knowing why this Tax was not made more public(I had to call my provider and ask) as well as what is the Province doing with that 16.8% Tax on my medication? I already pay enough for something that is part of the reason I am alive and even able to type this. Where is MY MONEY going?

    #Abpoli #Cdnpoli #Ableg #Abvote #Abndp #abparty #Lpca #YEG #YYC #Alberta #Abvote #UCP
    Dear, Rachel Notley, Alberta's NDP, Sarah Hoffman, Jason Kenney, Heather Sweet for Edmonton-Manning, Campaign to elect Harry Grewal - UCP Edmonton Manning, Alberta Party, ManwarKhan, Stephen Mandel, Alberta Liberal Party, And of course my fellow Albertan's, As a Resident of Edmonton-Manning for nearly my entire life and as a life long resident of Alberta I have a very serious concern regarding a TAX I just found out about that was passed by the Alberta's NDP when the Liberal Party of Canada | Parti libéral du Canada under Justin Trudeau legalised Marijuana the Liberals asked the provinces if they wanted to Tax ALL Marijuana products and the NDP in Alberta said YES. Not all Provinces did. I am a Canadian with a very Rare Progressive Chronic Incurable Auto Immune Disorder. Primary Central Nervous System Vasculitis...possibly the only person in Edmonton as the occurrence to best estimates is 2.4 people per 1 Million in North America...based on what limited research there is. 10 Years of Medical Chaos, 2 massive strokes, 3 weeks in the hospital with so many doctors and tests, and 1 Brain Biopsy later is what it took me to get that diagnosis. My question is why has the Province of Alberta added a 16% tax to my Medical Marijuana? I know the Federal Government asked...why did you accept? PCNS Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels of the Brain. Which can result in a list longer than my arm in symptoms with a chance of Death or Worse. Marijuana has proven very effective in treating inflammation of all types and is part of why I have been so successful in recovery from my last Flare and now I am in remission. Marijuana as well as the other benefits that help alleviate the side effect my Disease Modifying Medications. Everyone who has gone through or had to be there for a love one going through Chemotherapy understands. I am really needing to know why my province thinks something that is keeping me alive and is far better than the alternatives that would be covered under our healthcare system needs to be Taxed at all. Should it not be covered under our healthcare system? I am in Full Remission Now and I am Angry that due having to focus on myself and my family that I wasn't paying attention. I would greatly appreciate knowing why this Tax was not made more public(I had to call my provider and ask) as well as what is the Province doing with that 16.8% Tax on my medication? I already pay enough for something that is part of the reason I am alive and even able to type this. Where is MY MONEY going? #Abpoli #Cdnpoli #Ableg #Abvote #Abndp #abparty #Lpca #YEG #YYC #Alberta #Abvote #UCP
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