‘The wonderful and brilliant scientists over at the Institute of HeartMath have done some amazing work in shedding light on some very significant findings regarding the science of the heart.
The Institute of HeartMath is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. HeartMath tools, technology and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds at home, school, work and play.
A large portion of their research has investigated heart and brain interaction. Researchers at the institute have examined how the heart and brain communicate with each other and how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world.’
‘An abuse survivor has bravely broken her silence to tell her horrific childhood story. In an interview with Sky News, Esther Baker, 32, explained how she and other children were raped by politicians as uniformed police officers stood guard.
“I got the feeling very much that they were protecting somebody, that they were with one of the men,” said Baker.
“One of them (police officers) I knew from church. There were a few occasions where they would be in uniform, and I kind of knew, I learnt that when they were in uniform that it was going to be a rough night,” she explained. “On occasion they would – they would sort of join in.”
During one of the incidents, Baker recalls that she was able to run away, only to be chased down and caught by a police officer. Apparently the police officer was apologetic as he carried her back to the rapist politicians. He must have “just been doing his job.”’
‘A host of high-profile former politicians, current MPs and public figures gathered together in West London today at a memorial service for Leon Brittan.
The 75-year-old, a former Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet, died on January 21 after a long battle with cancer.
The service, at the West London Synagogue, was attended by former Chancellors Lord Lawson, Lord Lamont and Kenneth Clarke.
Nick Clegg, who resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after their bruising defeat in the General Election, and former leader of the Conservative Party William Hague – who succeeded Lord Brittan as MP for Richmond in Yorkshire – also paid their respects.’
‘China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict.
A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “grave and complex array of security threats”, justifying the change.
The People’s Liberation Army, including its navy and air force, will be allowed to “project power” further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper stated.’
‘Russia is so desperate to hide its military involvement in Ukraine that it has brought in mobile crematoriums to destroy the bodies of its war dead, say U.S. lawmakers who traveled to the war-torn country this spring.
The U.S. and NATO have long maintained that thousands of Russian troops are fighting alongside separatists inside eastern Ukraine, and that the Russian government is obscuring not only the presence but also the deaths of its soldiers there. In March, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow told a conference, “Russian leaders are less and less able to conceal the fact that Russian soldiers are fighting — and dying — in large numbers in eastern Ukraine.”
Hence the extreme measures to get rid of the evidence. “The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told me. “They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement.”’
‘“I think that [Russia is] preparing for an offensive,” Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, claimed again recently during a BBC interview. He also reiterated that he was a “president of peace” which is strange considering he authorized indiscriminate artillery shelling in Eastern Ukraine, against his own people he is supposedly serving. He used the same accusation that Russia is supplying its own troops in Ukraine, and called the separatists ‘terrorists’ backed by Russia; yet he also stated, “This is not a fighting with Russian backed separatists, this is real war with Russia.” So which one is it? This is also interesting since Russia has not declared war against Ukraine, and the Western ‘proof’ is shady at best, and a warmongering lie at worst.’
‘A month ago, the city of Idlib fell to opposition fighters, mainly al-Qaeda and its affiliates and allies. It was a major blow to the Syrian army. Last Saturday, the nearby town of Jisr al-Shughour also fell, mostly to the same groups.
Fighting against the Syrian government and army are a mixture of Syrian and foreign mercenaries from dozens of countries. They are supplied, trained, armed and paid by Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies, Israel, Turkey, NATO, and of course the United States. Their weapons are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and it appears that TOW wire-guided missiles supplied by Saudi Arabia (and indirectly the US) made a major difference in the battles for Idlib and Jisr al-Shughour.
The Syrian government is backed mainly by Russia and Iran, plus a few thousand fighters from Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is also backed by a substantial majority of the Syrian population, as determined by foreign intelligence estimates as well as a multi-candidate 2014 election with astonishing participation even by expatriate Syrians.’
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‘A video showing a car attempting to park but actually plowing into journalists might have resulted from the Volvo’s owner not paying an extra fee to have the car avoid pedestrians.
The video, taken in the Dominican Republic, shows a Volvo XC60 reversing itself, waiting, and then driving back into pedestrians at speed. The horrifying pictures went viral and were presumed to have resulted from a malfunction with the car — but the car might not have had the ability to recognise a human at all.
The accident may have happened because owners have to pay for a special feature known as “pedestrian detection functionality”, which costs extra. The cars do have auto-braking features as standard, but only for avoiding other cars — if they are to avoid crashing into pedestrians, too, then owners must pay extra.’
‘Today’s Queen’s Speech will not include full legislation to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights in this session of parliament, it has emerged.
The address laying out the Government’s legislative programme is expected to include only a consultation on the measure, which was included in the Conservative manifesto.
But full legislation may have to wait until next year as the Government works out how best to approach the project amid opposition from senior Tories.’
‘A massive US investigation has led to an early morning raid by Swiss police on senior football officials staying at a Zurich hotel. The suspects face federal corruption charges and may be extradited to the United States.
The organization’s officials reportedly stand accused of making World Cup bid bribes, arranging broadcaster and marketing deals, as well as wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
An official statement by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said the six football officials have received millions of dollars over the years for crimes set up and organized from the US, with American banks involved in the payments. The crimes reportedly go all the way back to the early 1990s.’
‘Greece will not agree to more austerity measures as the debt-ridden country negotiates a deal with its international creditors, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Monday.
In 2011, Athens and the European Commission signed a bailout plan to help resolve the Greek government debt crisis, a move that sparked anti-austerity protests in the capital and other Greek cities.
“Our government cannot – and will not – accept a cure that has proven itself over five long years to be worse than the disease,” Varoufakis wrote in an opinion feature published by the Project Syndicate website.’
‘Israel reportedly wants the US to increase its annual defense assistance package by half, to an average $4.5 billion.
Defense News reported this weekend that Israel and US officials have in recent months begun negotiations on the next 10-year aid package.
The previous package, negotiated by the George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert governments in 2007, averaged $3 billion of assistance each year, for a total of $30 billion, from 2007-2017.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants that to increase to $42-45 billion over the 2018-2028 period, Defense News reported, adding that President Barack Obama during his March 2013 visit to Israel “endorsed in principle” that range.’
‘Legislation that the prime minister, David Cameron, boasted will protect workers on zero-hours contracts has been described as toothless by employment lawyers.
A provision in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which was passed under the Liberal-Conservative coalition government and came into force on Tuesday, intended to ban clauses that allow employers to block zero-hours employees from holding jobs elsewhere.
The new measure against so-called exclusivity clauses was much touted by Cameron in the Conservative party election campaign. He promised: “In a Britain that everyone is proud to call home, people are employed, they are not used. Those exclusive zero-hours contracts that left people unable to build decent lives for themselves – we will scrap them.”’
‘Past presidents of the United States and other high profile political leaders have repeatedly issued warnings over the last 214 years that the U.S. government is under the control of an “invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”
According to six of our former presidents, one vice-president, and a myriad of other high profile political leaders, an invisible government that is “incredibly evil in intent” has been in control of the U.S. government “ever since the days of Andrew Jackson” (since at least 1836). They “virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties… It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”’
‘Northern Ireland has rejected the Tories’ vast welfare reforms after politicians declared they would ‘attack the most vulnerable in society’.
It means the Coalition’s welfare cuts already being implemented in England and Wales may not affect those across the Irish Sea – but it’s prompted a political crisis.
By leaving the region’s Assembly with a £600million black hole, the blow to the Welfare Reform Bill has put politicians on the warpath with Number 10.’
‘Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States’ oil-rich ally in the Middle East.
Israeli officials were agitated, reportedly complaining to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region’s fragile balance of power. The deal appeared to collide with the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.
But now, in late 2011, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was formally clearing the sale, asserting that it was in the national interest. At a press conference in Washington to announce the department’s approval, an assistant secretary of state, Andrew Shapiro, declared that the deal had been “a top priority” for Clinton personally. Shapiro, a longtime aide to Clinton since her Senate days, added that the “U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army have excellent relationships in Saudi Arabia.”’
‘For months, the U.N.’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn’t follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked “strictly confidential” show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.
In a signed statement obtained by The Associated Press, the deputy high commissioner for human rights also says that her colleague who first informed French authorities last July did it because he didn’t think the recently created U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic would act on the allegations.
A year after the U.N. first heard allegations from children as young as 9 that French soldiers had sexually abused them, sometimes in exchange for food, it seems that the only person who has been punished is the U.N. staffer who told French authorities.’
‘Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc.’s main German operating unit paid just 11.9 million euros ($16 million) in tax in 2014, despite the group recording $11.9 billion in sales to German customers last year, regulatory filings show.
Germany is Amazon’s biggest market outside North America, its annual report shows, but until recently all sales and almost all profits were reported via lightly taxed Luxembourg companies.
Amazon’s main German operating unit, Amazon.de GmbH, manages the German website and oversees deliveries but is funded by payments from the Luxembourg companies.’
‘Barclays is facing explosive allegations it engineered its computer systems to rig financial markets.
The bank was fined £1.5bn last week after rogue traders were caught manipulating foreign currency rates.
But this bill could spiral amid fears raised by US regulators that the abuse was systemic rather than the result of a few corrupt staff.’
‘Days of flash flooding, tornadoes and historic rainfall across central Texas and Oklahoma swept away hundreds of homes and left at least five people dead and a dozen missing, emergency officials said Monday.
Rescuers in helicopters and pontoon boats rushed to save stranded residents across the southern Plains states over the Memorial Day weekend, as severe storms led fast-rising waters to overflow rivers and roads during flooding that the National Weather Service called “catastrophic.”
More than 1,000 people were evacuated and at least five were killed during hours of vicious winds and drenching storms, including a 14-year-old Texan whose body was found Monday in a deluged storm drain, officials said.’
‘The federal government says it isn’t possible and there is nothing to worry about, but the FBI is nevertheless attempting to punish someone for doing what they have said can’t be done: hack into the Wi-Fi of a commercial airliner in flight.
According to the Washington Free Beacon (WFB), federal law enforcement is publically downplaying a recent report that white hat hacker Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, recently managed to penetrate the wireless fidelity connection of a commercial airliner while it was in flight. Officially, however, it appears that the FBI is taking the matter seriously enough to pursue a search warrant and potential criminal charges against Roberts.’
‘Japan could turn to the globalist World Trade Organization to force Taiwan to import seafood and other products that might be tainted with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
In recent days, the government of Taiwan began imposing stricter rules on inspecting food products imported from Japan that might have originated from areas exposed to radioactive fallout from the crippled plant. That prompted the Japanese government to warn that it could call on the WTO for a trade ruling unless Taiwan eases up on its restrictions.
Reuters reports that under the new Taiwanese rules, only foods with a government place-of-origin certificate will be permitted in the country. In addition, certain items from specific regions in Japan will have to undergo radiation testing before they are given access to Taiwan’s markets.’
‘If every single person currently taking psychotropic medications or antidepressants were to be pulled off these deadly drugs and given a new, safer regimen instead, society would be much better off. This is the larger inference of a new review published in The BMJ (British Medical Journal), which found that more than half a million people in the West die every year from psych meds, which authors found have “minimal” benefits and a multitude of harmful side effects.
Researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre, an independent drug safety analysis group based out of Denmark, looked at the data on antidepressant and dementia drugs and found that, in most cases, they could cease to be administered across the board without inflicting any harm on patients. The demonstrated benefits of these widely administered drugs are lacking, researchers found, and many patients are taking them needlessly.’
‘Ray Charles Staten Sr. should have celebrated his 60th birthday this month. Instead, his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death. It all started, according to a lawsuit that settled in March 2015, when a small debt became a death sentence in the spring of 2011.
Unable to pay an outstanding debt of $409 in court fines, Mr Staten was arrested and sentenced to 16 days in Mississippi’s Harrison County Jail. Shortly after being booked at the jail, Mr Staten fell seriously ill.
Despite his obvious symptoms and his cellmates’ cries for help, the jail’s privately-contracted medical staff allowed his condition to worsen until – on the fifth day of his sentence – he collapsed in his cell and, upon being transported to a medical center, could not be revived. He had suffered acute peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal lining for which early treatment is essential.’
‘On Sunday, a group of 30 women crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Kaesong from North Korea into South Korea to protest the “unfinished war” between the two countries. The activists included Gloria Steinhem and Nobel Peace laureates Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee.
A cease-fire was reached between the two countries 62 years ago, but the subsequent militarization has led to widespread anxiety and perpetual fear of conflict. The South Korean government did not allow the protestors to walk through Panmunjom, a village where a truce was signed in 1953, but the activists still considered the action a success.’
‘American spy agencies have intentionally weakened digital security for many decades. This breaks the functionality of our computers and of the Internet. It reduces functionality and reduces security by – for example – creating backdoors that malicious hackers can get through.
The spy agencies have treated patriotic Americans who want to use encryption to protect their privacy as extremists … or even terrorists.
As Gizmodo’s Matt Novak points out, this attack started at the very birth of the internet:’
‘Monsanto may be expanding its operations in the United States, but elsewhere, lawmakers, scientists, activists and ordinary citizens are increasingly questioning (and in many cases banning) the introduction of GM crops, along with the use of the glyphosate herbicide (Monsanto’s Roundup).
State consumer protection ministers in Germany are advocating an EU-wide ban on glyphosate herbicides in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) categorization of the chemical as “probably carcinogenic.”
On May 8, the German state ministers introduced a resolution calling for “the supply to and use by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons.” The resolution also recommends prohibiting use of the herbicide near consumers.’
‘An endless sea of money flowing into the field of military technology creates constant advancements in new and terrifying ways to die, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is on the front lines in that mission. DARPA’s latest defense system, HELLADS, is one step closer to arming aircraft and drones with an exceptionally powerful and destructive, weaponized laser beam.
Set to begin testing at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico this summer, the High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System program has been developing an electrically and optically efficient laser for output from a lighter and more compact platform through DARPA contractor, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA ASI). The Gen 3 High Energy Laser System (HEL) measures just 4.26 x 1.31 x 1.64 feet, and uses a compact lithium-ion battery to produce a beam of between 150-300 kW for“deployable tactical platforms.”’
‘The EU and Russia have begun speaking about the concept of democratic security, an idea which means absolutely different things to each side.
At the most recent meeting of the Council of Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland discussed the need for democratic security, with Russia emphasizing that this is especially relevant for Macedonia at the moment. While no further public comments were released on the matter, it’s clear that Brussels and Moscow have two completely different conceptualizations of this idea in mind.
As can be seen by the case of Macedonia, the EU views pragmatic, independently minded leaders as ‘threats’ to the unipolar (supposedly ‘democratic’) world order, but Russia sees Color Revolutions and externally plotted coups against national leaders as constituting the true danger to democracy.’
‘The United States has accused China once again of stoking tensions in the Asia-Pacific region with the construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea.
US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that the US is “carefully” monitoring China’s military developments.
“We continue to urge China to exhibit greater transparency with respect to its capabilities and to its intentions,” Rathke said.
“We encourage China to use its military capabilities in a manner that is conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.’
‘The Yemeni army, backed by Houthi Ansarullah fighters, has attacked Saudi tanks near Saudi’s border with Yemen, reports say.
The attacks, launched late on Tuesday, targeted a number of Saudi tanks in the country’s southwestern city of Najran near the border with Yemen.
Earlier, a news channel close to the Ansarullah movement released new footage showing Yemeni fighters capturing the al-Makhrouq military base in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region, in southwest of the country. Saudi forces reportedly left behind their weapons and vehicles and fled the area.’
‘Two Native American tribes have pulled out their representatives from the Maine House due to the US “paternalistic attitude”, saying they will not return until “recognized” and “valued”.
The two, the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe, abandoned seats at the Maine legislature on Tuesday amid a row with Governor Paul LePage, the Guardian reported.
The Native tribes are only allowed to vote at the committee level and not in the full House.
The Penobscots have had envoys at the Maine legislature since at least 1823 and the Passamaquoddies since 1842, apart from the 20 years they were removed in the middle of the 20th century.’
‘The Israeli air force has started carrying out attacks on the Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian resistance movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad deny launching projectiles into Israel.
Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, on Rafah in the south, and on Khan Younis early on Wednesday.
At least three raids were also carried out on the Palestinian city of Beit Lahia.’