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Meditations and Molotovs – 08.09.16

Vince talks about his recent article for CounterPunch, why the U.S. lacks an antiwar movement and what antiwar activists could do in the future to be more effective. After ten years of working with antiwar movements around the globe, Vince has seen the many ways in which those movements limit their own productivity. Interestingly, antiwar movements ranging from Spain to Australia are facing similar difficulties.

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Alternative Visions – Contagion – Brexit as ‘Bear-Stearns’ Financial Instability Event – 07.01.16

As Jack Rasmus predicted last week, the initial scenario for the Brexit vote is not an immediately global financial crash. The threat is more intermediate than short term. The analogy is not Brexit as a ‘Lehman Brothers’ event, the US bank collapse that ushered in the financial crash of 2008-09, but more similar to a ‘Bear Sterns’ event, the US bank that collapsed in the US early in 2008. Brexit is a warning shot fired across the bow of the global capitalist economy, not the precipitating event for another crash. Jack explains how global investors are waiting to see what happens next before dropping the other shoe. Jack reviews the likely intermediate effects of Brexit on global markets—currencies, bond rates, stocks, real investment, deflation, productivity, bank lending, consumption, and GDP. The relative effects of Brexit on economic regions are also covered: the UK, EU, US, China, EMEs. Recession in the UK will occur first, Jack explains. Europe will stagnate further. Japan’s recession will deepen, the US will enter recession in 2017 soon after the elections. China eventually will have to devaluate its currency with severe global consequences—i.e. the effects of Brexit on financial markets and real economies is just beginning. Political instability in the UK, in both conservative and labor parties is reviewed, with splits deepening in both. What Brexit also means for growing political instability for France, Spain, Netherlands, and Italy; how Brexit is penetrating the US election campaigns, as US elites and corporate push back on both candidates. Jack warns the weak spots of global capital today are Italy’s banks and Japan, where the most likely next ‘Bear Stearns’ event will emerge. Longer term, the UK currency and London as global financial center are finished as global players.

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Clearing The Fog – We’re In The Midst Of A Political Realignment – 06.28.16

Decades of lesser evil voting and the failed policies that have been the result are creating a political realignment in the United States. Such a realignment has been going on in other countries recently such as Spain, Venezuela, Greece and Iceland. The two major parties in the US, the Democrats and Republicans, are shrinking and more people are joining third parties or switching to be unaffiliated. We’ll discuss this political realignment and what it means with Darcy Richardson and Ashley Smith.

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Heart of Mind Radio – 05.13.16

On Today’s Heart Of Mind Radio, Host Kathryn Davis shares an interview with Sergio Magaña Ocelocoyotl on the history of the Toltec tradition. He explains the true meaning of the Calendar and gives insights on the transition within humanity as a consequence of entering the time of the Sixth Sun.

He also speaks about the tools the Aztec traditions offer for healing and transformation including Lucid Dreaming and the Obsidian Mirror.

Sergio will be in New York the weekend of May 13th through 16th offering training on these two techniques. Check below for details.

In the second segment, Kathryn will offer information about her upcoming Heart Of Mind Spiritual Support group. The next meeting is Wednesday May 18th. Our new meeting space is listed below.

Today’s Guest:

Sergio Magaña Ocelocoyotl, is a well-known and respected healer in Mexico City, who has been initiated into the 5,000-year-old Toltec or Toltecayotl lineage of Mesoamerica. The tradition began with the ancient Chichimecas, who transmitted it to Teotihuacans and then Toltecs, who then taught both the Mayans and Aztecs. Sergio is also trained in the Tol shamanic lineage (nahualism) of dreaming knowledge that has been passed on in the oral tradition without interruption from master to student for 1,460 years. He is the author of 2012-2021 Dawn of the Sixth Sun and The Toltec Secret: Dreaming Practices of the Ancient Mexicans, 2014.

He travels extensively and has a community of over 50,000 students in Mexico, the USA, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Sergio was chosen by his Nahuatl speaking teachers to be the one to bring the ancient knowledge of the Toltecs and Aztecs to the world. He is a well-known and respected healer in Mexico, who has been initiated into the 5,000-year-old Tol shamanic lineage (Nahualism) of dreaming knowledge of the Toltec or Toltecayotl lineage of Mesoamerica.

He is appointed by Club UNESCO to be the representative whose job it is to preserve Mexico’s Immaterial Nahuatl Culture. He was invited to perform the Toltec ceremony for the Winter Solstice of 2012 for UNESCO along with seven other indigenous traditions from around the world. He is an active presenter at many conferences worldwide, including – Gateways of the Mind conference sponsored by the prestigious Royal Geographical Society of London; Breaking Convention, sponsored by the University of Kent; Mind, Body, Spirit UK and Open Center in New York City.

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With Impeccable Timing, ‘Economic Miracle’ in Spain Unravels

Since the granddaddy of all housing bubbles popped in Spain between 2008 and 2009, unleashing one of the deepest recessions in living memory, the nation’s public debt has more than doubled, from just over 40% of GDP to almost exactly 100% today. Last year, despite the fact that Spain grew faster than almost any other European economy, the government managed …

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Jada Thacker – How Debt Conquered America

Since its center-stage debut during the Occupy Wall Street movement, “the 99%” – a term emblematic of extreme economic inequality confronting the vast majority  – has become common place. The term was coined by sociology professor David Graeber, an Occupy leader and author of the encyclopedic Debt: The First 5,000 Years, published just as the Occupy movement captured headlines. What …

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Economic Update – Capitalism and/or Socialism – 12.27.15

Updates on Spain’s new left government, no NFL money for concussion research, Harvard runs like a business, Fresno research proves widespread hunger. Responses to questions on why corps buyback own shares and why the “new” gig economy is not new. Major topic: comparing old socialism (govt intervenes in econ) to new socialism (democratizing the enterprise).

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100 Samples of Coffee Found to Contain Carcinogenic Mycotoxins

That morning cup of coffee gives you pep, but a new study found that it might also be giving you mycotoxins, toxic metabolites produced by fungi. Since mycotoxins are carcinogenic to humans, do we now need to worry that a steaming hot pot of coffee is killing us? C’mon now. Not our coffee!  An analysis of 100 brands of commercially …

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Cooking oil industry contributes to inflammation and premature death

For thousands of years, olive oil was known to be beneficial for health. Muhammad, the ancient prophet of Islam, applied it to his head and advised his followers to use it on their bodies as it was good and life giving. It was also revered as “holy oil” and used in baptism within the Christian church for centuries. Even the …

Why the PCR Won’t Get Sucked Into a Pointless War with the United States by MIKE WHITNEY

“China is reaching deep within the world island in an attempt to thoroughly reshape the geopolitical fundamentals of global power…… Its two-step plan is designed to build a transcontinental infrastructure for the economic integration of the world island from within, while mobilizing military forces to surgically slice through Washington’s encircling containment…….If China succeeds in linking its rising industries to the …