Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

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Magic mushrooms can create vivid hallucinations of strange and fantastical things, such as abstract geometric shapes. Credit: WhiteHaven/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Tia Ghose @ Live Science:

Magic mushrooms may give users trippy experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain.

The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting “brain regions that don’t normally talk together,” said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King’s College London.

The research, which was published today (Oct. 28) in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, is part of a larger effort to understand how psychedelic drugs work, in the hopes that they could one day be used by psychiatrists — in carefully controlled settings — to treat conditions such as depression, Expert said. [Trippy Tales: The History of 8 Hallucinogens]

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Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is best known for triggering vivid hallucinations. It can make colors seem oversaturated and dissolve the boundaries between objects.

But the drug also seems to have more long-lasting effects. Many people report intensely spiritual experiences while taking the drug, and some studies even suggest that one transcendent trip can alter people’s personalities on a long-term basis, making those individuals more open to new experiences and more appreciative of art, curiosity and emotion.

People who experiment with psilocybin “report it as one of the most profound experiences they’ve had in their lives, even comparing it to the birth of their children,” Expert told Live Science.

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Sarajevo Is The Fulcrum Of Modern History: The Great War And Its Terrible Aftermath

Courtesy of David Stockman @ Contra Corner Blog:

One hundred years ago today the world was shook loose of its moorings. Every school boy knows that the assassination of the archduke of Austria at Sarajevo was the trigger that incited the bloody, destructive conflagration of the world’s nations known as the Great War. But this senseless eruption of unprecedented industrial state violence did not end with the armistice four years later.

In fact, 1914 is the fulcrum of modern history. It is the year the Fed opened-up for business just as the carnage in northern France closed-down the prior magnificent half-century era of liberal internationalism and honest gold-backed money. So it was the Great War’s terrible aftermath—–a century of drift toward statism, militarism and fiat money—-that was actually triggered by the events at Sarajevo.

Unfortunately, modern historiography wants to keep the Great War sequestered in a four-year span of archival curiosities about battles, mustard gas and monuments to the fallen. But the opposite historiography is more nearly the truth. The assassins at Sarajevo triggered the very warp and woof of the hundred years which followed.

The Great War was self-evidently an epochal calamity, especially for the 20 million combatants and civilians who perished for no reason that is discernible in any fair reading of history, or even unfair one. Yet the far greater calamity is that Europe’s senseless fratricide of 1914-1918 gave birth to all the great evils of the 20th century— the Great Depression, totalitarian genocides, Keynesian economics, permanent warfare states, rampaging central banks and the exceptionalist-rooted follies of America’s global imperialism.

Indeed, in Old Testament fashion, one begat the next and the next and still the next. This chain of calamity originated in the Great War’s destruction of sound money, that is, in the post-war demise of the pound sterling which previously had not experienced a peacetime change in its gold content for nearly two hundred years.

Not unreasonably, the world’s financial system had become anchored on the London money markets where the other currencies traded at fixed exchange rates to the rock steady pound sterling—which, in turn, meant that prices and wages throughout Europe were expressed in common money and tended toward transparency and equilibrium.

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Collapse in pay lies behind Britain’s return to work: Self-employed are hidden victims of recession, report warns

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Courtesy of Andy McSmith @ The Independent:

More than a quarter of people now classed as self-employed are hidden victims of the recession struggling by on low pay, a new report reveals.

The study by the Resolution Foundation think tank reveals the dark side of the sharp growth in self-employment, which has helped the Government to maintain its boast that unemployment is falling as more and more people find work.

Since the start of the recession five years ago, the number of self-employed has risen by 650,000 to 4.5 million. They now represent 15 per cent of the active workforce.

But the new analysis reveals that the average weekly income of someone in self-employment is 20 per cent lower than in 2008. As a result, a typical self-employed worker now earns 40 per cent than a typical employee. An Ipsos-Mori survey commissioned as part of the report also found that 27 per cent of those who became self-employed in the past five year do so because they had no other choice – up from 10 per cent five years ago.

Gavin Kelly, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, said: “Self-employment is often a highly precarious existence which isn’t that well supported by public policy. High levels of self-employment seem likely to be here to stay and policy-makers have some catching up to do.”

The grim truth about pay and living standards in some the regions of the UK has also been highlighted by official EU figures showing that parts of Britain are effectively poorer that countries from former communist countries in Eastern Europe.

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BONDS MAY BE DEFYING DIRE FORECASTS (Part 2)

BUT THEY ARE NOT DEFYING LOGIC
(Part Two)
Antal E Fekete
New Austrian School of Economics

Courtesy of Professor Fekete.com:

In Part One of this two-part series I have argued that Keynes inadvertently ignored the rule asserting that the rate of interest and the price of bonds vary inversely and, as a consequence, his conclusions concerning employment, interest and money are irreparably faulty.

In this second part I shall argue that the policy of open market operations of the Fed causes deflation rather than inflation as intended. The authors of the policy have inadvertently ignored its effect on bond speculation. This was true in the 20th century; it is true in the 21st century as well. The Fed’s monetary policy is counter- productive. It is trying to foster inflation through its bond purchases, but what it in fact does is fostering deflation through capital destruction. It is responsible for the coming depression, just as bond purchases of central banks were responsible for the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

The fact is that the policy of open market purchases makes bond speculation risk-free. Speculators forestall the central bank and front-run its bond-buying program. Gradually the central bank is losing control. Bond speculators are now in charge. The central bank is trying to call off the bond-buying campaign, in vain. Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, it is desperately trying to find an ‘exit strategy’ only to realize, too late, that it hasn’t got the magic word.

The interest-rate structure goes into a free-fall, causing prices to fall, too. One can see that at the heart of the problem is the fact that the central bank (deliberately or inadvertently) ignored the rule that the rate of interest and the bond price vary inversely. Continue reading

Aspartame and SSRI’s…the truth

Aspartame is the most artificial used sweetener in the world, it was never tested on humans but was declared safe after 20 years of lobbying, somehow. That somehow is explained by Truthstream media with the full article below:

The eighties didn’t just bring us the magic of hot green biker shorts; it also gave us FDA approval of the artificial sweetener Aspartame and the antidepressant Prozac.

Three quick facts about Aspartame: it is the most widely abundant artificial sweetener on the grocery store shelves today, it took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over 20 years to finally approve it, and when it finally did get approved, it had not been tested on humans even once beforehand (although animal studies concluded the substance caused cancer, neurological issues, and literally ate holes in brain tissue).

Aspartame is 50 percent phenylalanine, 40 percent aspartic acid, and 10 percent methanol (yummy). It comes from genetically modified (GM) E. coli bacteria, and by “comes from”, I mean Aspartame is GM bacteria poop (super yummy). Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, methanol is wood alcohol used in antifreeze, and too much of the amino acid phenylalanine in the brain can decrease serotonin levels over time, leading to chemical imbalances that can cause mood disorders and depression.

Why? Because serotonin is the neurotransmitter widely believed to contribute to an overall sense of happiness and well-being. Not only can serotonin influence moods and emotions, but it can effect sleep patterns and aggression too.

The FDA first approved Aspartame for use in soda in 1983, after a two-decade-long battle that only ended when President Ronald Reagan fired the FDA commissioner holding things up and put in a new guy that would essentially rubber stamp the sweetener for then-Searle Pharmaceutical CEO Donald Rumsfeld, a key player in the shadow government power structure. Searle sold $600 million bucks worth of the stuff in just the following year, and Rumsfeld later became the U.S. Secretary of Defense after he played a major role in Monsanto’s acquisition of Searle.

But did you catch the part before that? Too much phenylalanine, a key component in Aspartame, can decrease serotonin levels and lead to depression. What would one need if they were, say, suffering low serotonin levels that contributed to depression?

Oh why, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) of course!

The global pharmaceutical company with extensive Bush family ties, Eli Lilly, got its SSRI Prozac approved in 1987, and the drug first appeared on the market in 1988. In just two years’ time, Prozac became the ‘most prescribed‘ SSRI in the United States.

A 2010 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that a fifth of the U.S. population drinks soda on any given day, and the second most popular soda is Diet Coke (with Aspartame). Four of the top ten sodas are diet and contain Aspartame. Today, one in ten Americans take SSRIs. Nevermind that a multitude of studies have linked antidepressants to everything from birth defects (causing the FDA to place a black box warning on them) to increased suicidal tendencies (causing the FDA to update the initial black box warning to include an additional suicidal tendencies warning).

Problem: Does Aspartame cause depression?
Reaction: Studies say it, in fact, can.
Solution: Antidepressants, please!

Hey, wait a minute. Is there a possible link between the best-selling artificial sweetener on the market today and the most widely-prescribed antidepressant in history?

Must be yet another coincidence, just like all of these people:

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Food for thought.

Did You Know?
Donald Rumsfeld, former Searle CEO and Defense Secretary, sat on the board directors for Amylin Pharmaceuticals twice, and the second time was right before the company partnered with Eli Lilly. Rumsfeld ran the Pentagon under President George W. Bush, overseeing the Iraq War, while President George H. W. Bush was appointed to the Eli Lilly Board of Directors by the Quayle family after leaving his CIA Director post in the 1970s.

20 signs that the next Great Depression is here in Europe

This next article is taken from Zerohedge and states the 20 signs that the next Great Depression has already started in Europe…When will Mr Cameron admit that it’s much worse than what he claims it to be?

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#1 The unemployment rate in France has surged to 10.6 percent, and the number of jobless claims in that country recently set a new all-time record.

#2 Unemployment in the eurozone as a whole is sitting at an all-time record of 12 percent.

#3 Two years ago, Portugal’s unemployment rate was about 12 percent. Today, it is about 17 percent.

#4 The unemployment rate in Spain has set a new all-time record of 27 percent. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s the United States never had unemployment that high.

#5 The unemployment rate among those under the age of 25 in Spain is an astounding 57.2 percent.

#6 The unemployment rate in Greece has set a new all-time record of 27.2 percent. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s the United States never had unemployment that high.

#7 The unemployment rate among those under the age of 25 in Greece is a whopping 59.3 percent.

#8 French car sales in March were 16 percent lower than they were one year earlier.

#9 German car sales in March were 17 percent lower than they were one year earlier.

#10 In the Netherlands, consumer debt is now up to about 250 percent of available income.

#11 Industrial production in Italy has fallen by an astounding 25 percent over the past five years.

#12 The number of Spanish firms filing for bankruptcy is 45 percent higher than it was a year ago.

#13 Since 2007, the value of non-performing loans in Europe has increased by 150 percent.

#14 Bank withdrawals in Cyprus during the month of March were double what they were in February even though the banks were closed for half the month.

#15 Due to an absolutely crippling housing crash, there are approximately 3 million vacant homes in Spain today.

#16 Things have gotten so bad in Spain that entire apartment buildings are being overwhelmed by squatters…

A 285-unit apartment complex in Parla, less than half an hour’s drive from Madrid, should be an ideal target for investors seeking cheap property in Spain. Unfortunately, two thirds of the building generates zero revenue because it’s overrun by squatters.
“This is happening all over the country,” said Jose Maria Fraile, the town’s mayor, who estimates only 100 apartments in the block built for the council have rental contracts, and not all of those tenants are paying either. “People lost their jobs, they can’t pay mortgages or rent so they lost their homes and this has produced a tide of squatters”.

#17 As I wrote about the other day, child hunger has become so rampant in Greece that teachers are reporting that hungry children are begging their classmates for food.

#18 The debt to GDP ratio in Italy is now up to 136 percent.

#19 25 percent of all banking assets in the UK are in banks that are leveraged at least 40 to 1.

#20 German banking giant Deutsche Bank has more than 55 trillion euros (which is more than 72 trillion dollars) of exposure to derivatives. But the GDP of Germany for an entire year is only about 2.7 trillion euros.

Peter Schiff, best-selling author and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital comments on the US:

“The crisis is imminent,” Schiff said. “I don’t think Obama is going to finish his second term without the bottom dropping out. And stock market investors are oblivious to the problems.”
“We’re broke, Schiff added. “We owe trillions. Look at our budget deficit; look at the debt to GDP ratio, the unfunded liabilities. If we were in the Eurozone, they would kick us out.”
Schiff points out that the market gains experienced recently, with the Dow first topping 14,000 on its way to setting record highs, are giving investors a false sense of security.
“It’s not that the stock market is gaining value… it’s that our money is losing value. And so if you have a debased currency… a devalued currency, the price of everything goes up. Stocks are no exception,” he said.
“The Fed knows that the U.S. economy is not recovering,” he noted. “It simply is being kept from collapse by artificially low interest rates and quantitative easing. As that support goes, the economy will implode.”

I’m not putting these articles on here to scare or spread fear, I’d like people to be aware that the markets are fixed, the economic data is terrible and window dressed and we will be in for some hard times.

We need a revolution in thinking and we will all need to participate in how the next system is put in place. The people who are perpetrating this mass financial scam of a Ponzi scheme need to be held account and prosecuted accordingly.

I’ve said it before and will say again, the system is not failing its just coming to its logical conclusion.