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Posted: January 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
There is no more precious freedom we have than that of free expression. The first amendment to the constitution isnt telling you what you can do, it is telling the government what they cant do. The founding fathers believed that the rights in the first amendment were inherent or understood to be true. Those 45 words, about twice as long as a standard tweet, were written to make sure they could not be taken from you.
The first amendment guarantees five rights.
Now, there are some things you cannot do, but the list is relatively short, for example. You cannot maliciously defame someone, you cannot spread hateful talk and you cant yell, Fire in a crowded theater (unless there is one).
Free expression is not a principle common to most countries. A recent Freedom House survey found that only 16 percent of the worlds inhabitants live in countries with a free press. And many of them dont have the broad protection our first amendment offers. Many governments restrict the information their people can get by disallowing foreign news programs, the internet, publications and often even discussions. Even our friends in England, do not have the protection that Americans do. The English have no document like our First Amendment.
While there are five guarantees in the amendment, Im going to focus on just one today, the guarantee of a free press.
It is a given throughout history that Governments that do business under the watchful eye of the media are likely to go about their business more honestly than they would otherwise. The news media, also known as the fourth estate, keeps tabs on the three branches of government. Without that scrutiny or the threat of it, we would not have a clue as to what was happening with our tax dollars or what elected representatives were doing.
Even if you dont like the news media and think they are biased, unfair and inaccurate it is still in your best interests to support their continued existence because without them we become just another dictatorship where the people are kept in the dark about everything.
Almost everyone agrees that a free press is necessary but there is always a but. For example, the norm in this country is to be a Democrat or a Republican and either a Christian or Jew. Few will argue that they should be restricted. But, when we deviate from the norm and allow a communist to speak freely, the Ku Klux Klan to hold a rally, and the Islamic faith to establish itself thats when many people will make exceptions to the guarantees of the First Amendment. And thats when Congress shall make no law, comes in. You either have free expression or you dont. We must protect Congress shall make no law with all of our energy even when to do so hurts a little. One of the very special things about the first amendment is it balances itself. It says we have a right to free speech and a free press and often the free speech is critical of the free press, and thats as it should be.
Having a free press means we have to take the bad with the good, and sometimes thats hard. But even if on occasion we must suffer their criticism, we are still better off for it. Often, the media in their competitive arena will balance a story by offering several perspectives on the same issue. To be fair, if you are going to judge the news media, then it must be done on a macro basis rather than looking at one or two members and concluding they are all that way.
The first amendment is a clear, bold and loud restriction on Government power and it must be protected at all costs. Without freedom of expression, we have no freedom at all. Thomas Jefferson said, Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Journalism is an inexact business because it depends entirely on what other people, who have no obligation to be honest, tell the reporter. There is a huge difference between a journalistic inquiry and testimony in a court of law. In the courtroom there are penalties for lying, you must appear in court if ordered to do so and you are required to answer the questions. In a news interview the subject appears voluntarily, can lie if he or she wants to and can refuse to answer questions. The entire news gathering process depends on people volunteering honest information.
The late and great Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, David Broder described a newspaper this way;
a partial, hasty, incomplete, inevitably somewhat flawed and inaccurate rendering of some of the things we have heard about in the past 24 hours distorted, despite our best efforts to eliminate gross bias by the very process of compression that makes it possible for you to lift it from the doorstep and read it in about an hour. If we labeled the product accurately, then we could immediately add: But its the best we could do under the circumstances, and we will be back tomorrow, with a corrected and updated version.
If youd like to know more about the first amendment and the constitution this link offers some excellent information.https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendments/amendment-i
And from where I sit, thats the truth
Posted: at 10:44 pm
“We are extremely pleased to have Cindy join HLI as our new CEO. Her wide-ranging experience in leading and growing commercial operations for privately-held and publicly-traded life science businesses, will be invaluable to HLI,” said Dr. Venter. “2017 will be a key year for HLI with the launch and expansion of many of our products including oncology, whole genome, HLI Knowledgebase, HLI Search, and the HLI Health Nucleus. Cindy’s combination of innovative business leadership, coupled with commercialization and operations acumen in a variety of life science arenas, is the perfect skill set to bring our vision of high quality, genomic-powered products to the global marketplace.”
Collins said, “HLI represents a tremendous opportunity to change healthcare and improve patient outcomes. I cannot imagine a more perfect union of my combined experience in diagnostics, therapeutics, and life sciences and in leading organizations through multiple phases of their life cycles to create value. I believe my capabilities and experience, combined with Dr. Venter’s scientific success and vision, are highly complementary and will create a solid foundation for HLI’s future.”
Collins comes to HLI most recently from GE Healthcare where she was the CEO/ General Manager for the Cell Therapy and Purification and Analysis Businesses. Prior to that she was CEO of GE’s Clarient Diagnostics, Inc., an in vitro diagnostics business. In her three years with GE, she restructured and refocused teams and investments for multiple strategic businesses and oversaw several strategic investments in Cell Therapy, which is a strategic growth play for GE.
Prior to joining GE, Collins was recruited by the board of directors of Genvec Inc. to be president and CEO. This publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company develops therapeutics and vaccines using adenovector technologies. Under Collins’ tenure the company was able to get the first gene therapy product into clinical trial, advanced four major vaccine products for partnering and received the first approval in the US for a vaccine for Foot and Mouth Disease in cattle.
Prior to Genvec, Collins was the Group Vice President of the Cellular Analysis Business Group, a $1 billion business of Beckman Coulter, comprising 3 business units; Hematology, Flow Cytometry, and Hemostasis. Collins was recruited in to regain its market leadership positions in these businesses. In her 4 years there, prior to the acquisition of Beckman Coulter by Danaher, she was successful in growing these businesses and rebuilding the leadership team.
Collins was the President and CEO of Sequoia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. post Series B Financing. While there she recruited, and led the senior management team, developed the overall strategic plan, developed and met product development milestones and created innovative financing strategies which led to a successful Series C Financing. Under her tenure, the company succeeded in getting two new drugs through the IND process and in to clinical trials.
Before Sequoia, Collins was President of Clinical Microsensors, Inc. (now Genmark), which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola, where she directed the development and commercialization of molecular diagnostics, microarray products. While there the company completed several clinical trials, and received FDA approval their Cystic Fibrosis assay and instrument platform.
Collins also has deep experience in running large business units in multinational corporations. She spent 17 years at Baxter Healthcare Corporation having arrived there from a start-up, Pandex Laboratories, which was acquired by Baxter. Her tenure at Baxter included Vice President and General Manager level positions for the Gene and Cell Therapy, Transfusion Therapies and BioScience divisions. Her career there culminated in being named President of the Oncology business, a global pharmaceutic business she built and led which had $150 million in sales, 900 employees in more than 100 countries, and a $25 million research and development budget.
Prior to Baxter Healthcare, Collins spent six years at Abbott Laboratories in a variety of operational positions.
Collins received her MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois.
About Human Longevity, Inc.Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) is the genomics-based, heath intelligence company creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data. HLI is developing and applying large scale computing and machine learning to make novel discoveries to revolutionize the practice of medicine. HLI’s business also includes the HLI Health Nucleus, a genomic powered clinical research center which uses whole genome sequence analysis, advanced clinical imaging and innovative machine learning, along with curated personal health information, to deliver the most complete picture of individual health. For more information, please visit http://www.humanlongevity.com or http://www.healthnucleus.com.
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Posted: December 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm
Ron Paul’s group, “Campaign for Liberty,” is trying to get him a spot on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, a senior politics editor with the Huffington Post reports.
Paul, a former GOP member of Congress from Texas, earlier this week criticized the Federal Reserve, saying it was manipulating the economy.
“We do not work on a free-market principle, we do not have sound money, it’s all manipulated,” he told Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network.
“Prices are going to go up and the money’s going to be so bent according to political reasons and not because of business decisions, so we want the government out of it, we want people to save money, create capital, but capital cannot come from the Federal Reserve working with a computer, that’s the fallacy and that’s why zero rates of interest didn’t work because they weren’t realistic.”
The Board of Governors oversees the work of the Federal Reserve Banks and plays a major role in crafting U.S. monetary policy. There are seven members, all appointed by the president of the United States.
Paul established “Campaign for Liberty,” his nonprofit political organization, during his presidential run in 2008 with the purpose of spreading his idea that the government should be limited in its role.
Paul also has run for president as a Republican and as a Libertarian.
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Posted: December 17, 2016 at 12:44 am
Bitcoin, that nebulous digital currency that trades in cyberspace and is mined by code-cracking computers, emerged as a better bet this year than every major foreign-exchange trade, stock index and commodity contract.
The electronic coin that trades and is regulated like oil and gold surged 79 percent since the start of 2016 to $778, its highest level since early 2014, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. Thats four times the gains posted by Russias ruble and Brazils real, the worlds top two hard currencies.
After its 2008 creation, enthusiasts hailed bitcoin as the next big thingin foreign exchange markets and an obvious monetary evolution in an increasingly digital world. But by 2014, its value tumbled 58 percent as governments cracked down on its use and a major exchange lost account-holders funds.
There are a number of reasons the hard-to-track currency is staging a comeback now, from capital controls in places like China to isolationist rumblings in the U.K. and U.S. as well as, bitcoin supporters say, increased adoption by companies and consumers.
Bitcoin is coming into its own, says Tim Draper, a venture capitalist whos bought thousands of bitcoins over the years. There are starting to be consumer uses for bitcoin, and if people have any concerns about their own fiat currency — the rupee, for example — they flee to bitcoin as an alternate currency.
The rationale behind bitcoins booms and busts can be difficult to pinpoint, but heres what might be responsible for the cryptocurrencys stellar surge this year:
Global restrictions on sovereign currencies are playing a major role in driving increased bitcoin demand. The Chinese government, for example, made it more difficult for people to move the nations currency and spend it overseas, leading to trapped liquidity. Thats made bitcoin, which is not controlled by any government or central bank, more attractive.
Isolationist policies by some governments to restrict remittances are pushing consumers into bitcoin as well. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign that hed limit or halt remittances to Mexico until the Latin American nation agrees to pay for a border wall between the two countries.
The explosion of bitcoin supply growth is slowing, with so-called miners getting fewer electronic coins in exchange for letting the network use their computing power. The payment to owners of the computers that verify bitcoin transactions and record them in a public ledger known as the blockchain fell by half in the middle of this year.
More consumers are using bitcoins and more companies are accepting it as a means of payment. The use of bitcoins by investors and online shoppers is growing at a steady clip, with more than 1.1 million accounts known as wallets added in the third quarter, even with the second quarter and compared with 1.2 million a year earlier, CoinDesk says.
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Going into 2017, miner Marco Krohn sees more of the same. Many of the factors that drove bitcoin up this year will continue.
My personal expectation is that bitcoin will at least gain another 100 percent, said Krohn, chief financial officer of Hong Kong-based Genesis Mining, which deploys server farms to mine the currency.
Posted: December 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm
f Ed’s Guide to Alternative Therapies
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I’m a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist and operator of the largest one-person medical information site on the web. As a pathologist, it’s my job (among others) to examine tissue, tell what’s the matter, and predict the behavior of the disease and response to therapy. Like most other pathologists, I’m extremely successful at this. Like most other pathologists, I take a lot of pride in this. (Call us arrogant if you like. I am an honest physician who engages in public debates. When I catch somebody deliberately deceiving the public, they never defend their cases on the facts, but almost always call me “arrogant” or “elitist” and claim I am secretly in the pay of the wicked pharmaceutical companies.) And if I screw up even once, I’m in MAJOR trouble.
Unlike many M.D.’s, I’m open-minded about what’s known as “alternative medicine”, i.e., therapies that are not recognized by mainstream medicine. During the 1980’s, I reviewed alternative medicine and found there was little to recommend. As the alternative medical community has responded to pressure to defend its claims by the usual methods of science, some areas have improved.
This site aims to let the public know what empirical evidence is available for various alternative remedies, especially studies published in refereed journals. This will enable people who must make decisions to rely on more than anecdotes and advertising.
This site will always be under intensive construction. Only a fool pretends to know everything. I cannot buy or read a book, but I am interested in your personal experiences (“anecdotes”), and especially in real work by real scientists (i.e., people taking serious precautions against self-deception.) Unless you specify otherwise, I’ll feel free to quote you.
I would be remiss without placing links to Quackwatch . The fact that I am less likely than some members to dismiss alternative claims out-of-hand probably reflects our differing life experience. Remember there are plenty of bad doctors in both “mainstream medicine” and “alternative medicine”.
Here’s the ranking system that this site will use:
The remedy has a plausable mechanism and has been given some basic tests, and/or has solidly passed two good, clear, controlled studies
The remedy makes sense pathophysiologically, and there is at least impressive anecdotal evidence
The anecdotal evidence seemed interesting to me, but that’s all there was.
I can see why somebody might have thought of this. But if this actually works better than a placebo and a little human kindness, we are all going to have to make some major readjustments in how we think about health and disease. Don’t spend too much money, or get your hopes up.
Bold indicates the remedy has passed a controlled, reasonable-sounding study for this use. Underlining means it failed. Claims that lack substantial testing are unmarked.
Here are some things that are NOT “alternative medicine”.
People who believe their own claims will make every effort to do controlled studies. If their therapy works, it should pass some controlled study sooner or later. If positive results are obtained, some other scientist will always try to duplicate the work. If this succeeds, the claim is “reproduced”, and you can present a truthful, honest claim to the public.People who don’t believe their own claims will start complaining about “lack of funding”, “the Heisenberg uncertainty principle”, “placebos are valuable and ethical too”, “politics in science”, “social causation”, “you create your own reality”, “Thomas Kuhn”, “closed-minded medical establishment”, “persecuted geniuses”, “we will NEVER treat individual whole-persons as statistics”, etc., etc.
Another very popular claim by charlatans, who admit they have no placebo-controlled studies, is to observe that the vast majority of today’s therapies have not been placebo-controlled. These people either don’t understand or are lying about the central model of a modern medical study — clinical equipoise. The control group isn’t people receiving no treatment. It is people receiving the most popular standard treatment. To be ethical, there must also be a reason to think the treatment will be superior.
“The Beautiful Truth” / “Dying to have known”: In Max Gerson’s era, no child was ever cured of leukemia. To demand that in 2009 we randomize children with leukemia between the modern therapy that cures that vast majority, and a “treatment” group getting only a magic raw-liver-and-vegetable-based diet and coffee enemas, without even an animal model, would be a crime against humanity. Go ahead and call me an unspiritual corrupt brainwashed bigot if you want — I’ve stopped answering my crank mail.
When lives are at stake, I don’t think asking for a controlled study is asking too much. Do you?
If there are published, controlled studies, find out what they showed.
If the statistical effect is pronounced and reproducible, you can be confident we have something real. If it is not reproduced, there may have been some intentional or unintentional bias in the original lab.
CAUTION: As charlatans become more sophisticated, you occasionally find books that list refereed journal publications by the dozen. For example, somebody promoting oral superoxide dismutase to prevent aging will cite references to the substance’s activities in the body, the harmful effects of free radicals, and so forth. This is the old salesman’s technique of telling a bunch of truths, so you won’t notice the lies… (1) Superoxide dismutase isn’t going to make it from your stomach into your cells, but will be destroyed; (2) free radicals may contribute to degenerative disease, but they do not cause aging; (3) animals that produce huge amounts of superoxide dismutase age as fast as others. If you’re in doubt, feel free to phone the authors of the papers that are cited in the dubious book… I’ve done so occasionally, and they have been VERY unhappy to learn that…
Possibility 2: Everybody knows it works. I’d like to illustrate this with an example. I like working out, and in the late 1980’s, I obtained an EMS unit that I’d heard could accelerate my muscle growth. The anti-quackery literature listed this as fraudulent, but it made sense biologically, and I decided to do a pilot study, using the EMS unit only on the right side of my body. The end-point would be three people telling me (without my asking) that I was asymmetric. This took about a month. I decided to report my study in a letter to the JAMA, but first I went again to the refereed literature and I discovered an article that described EMS as generally known to be effective in accelerating muscle hypertrophy.
Possibility 3: Nobody stands to make a buck. Nowadays I really doubt it. The unpatentable alternative remedies that obviously work (melatonin, DHEA, creatine, St. John’s wort, strontium for osteoporosis) are widely marketed, presumably for just a modest profit.
Any proposed mechanism of action can be wrong. For example, I was taught totally-wrong mechanisms of action for bismuth anti-ulcer remedies, dandruff shapoos, nitroglycerine for angina, and nitroprusside for hypertension. (I congratulate myself for having been skeptical as a student.) So if a proposed mechanism for an “alternative remedy” sounds wrong or even silly, don’t dismiss the remedy out-of-hand.
Be skeptical about remedies that cannot work by any means presently known to science or religion. I’m open to the reality of the supernatural — in fact, as a Christian, I’m committed to it (though not necessarily to the effectiveness of intercessory prayer or laying-on-of-hands.) Enough of this for now.
The fruit of the acai palm tree, which like everything else contains some biologically active molecules, was presented as a multi-level marketing scheme in 2004. Claims included weight loss and “cleansing”. The shady work of the marketers is now history, as is Oprah’s successful lawsuit against them. A pilot study of acai for weight loss was a miserable and total failure (Nutr. J. 10: 45, 2011). At least the juice seems not to be toxic or carcinogenic (Toxicology 278: 46, 2010. There junk journal claims (“adding it to cigarets prevents emphysma in mice”), etc., etc.
References to follow.
Many people who have experienced acupuncture treatment believe that it caused physiologic changes beyond just suggestion and relaxation. As acupuncture moves from folk medicine into real scientific therapeutics, physicians will insist on sorting out the placebo effect and the cultural overlay.
Acupuncture appears to have effects on neurally-mediated reflexes. Because the reflexes are so subtle, studies will remain empirical for a long time to come. Positive studies will need to be replicated, especially since the strong feelings that some people have in favor of acupuncture may introduce bias. This will probably happen soon, but to date, there are no findings of effectiveness (i.e., this particular acupuncture procedure works in this particular situation) that are robust after being replicated in several different series.
Serious studies of whether traditional acupuncture is actually more effective than placebo now use sham acupuncture as the control. In “sham” acupuncture, the operator deliberately needles the wrong points. This isn’t double-blind, but it’s a start. There are positive results (i.e., real acupuncture is significantly more effective than sham acupuncture) for nausea and vomiting after gynecologic surgery (weak), epicondylitis, anxiety in the emergency pre-hospital care setting, and even parental anxiety during anesthesia induction in a child. In one study of nausea and vomiting after tonsillectomy, the control group did better and the sham group did worse than those not treated at all.
In a few instances, acupuncture has proved superior to a standard medication. One example is an electrical technique for post-operative nausea and vomiting after cosmetic surgery. In another instance, stimulation of a particular needle-point proved as effective as a standard anti-emetic for post-operative nausea and vomiting in children. Another study obtained a similar result for children undergoing anesthesia in the dentist’s office.
In the anesthetized patient, the placebo phenomenon is less likely to be operating. Electro-acupuncture is now widely used in Europe to reduce the need for anesthetic agents, and the effect was strongly significant in a US double-blind study.
There are also numerous negative studies, in which particular techniques applied to particular clinical problems showed no significant effect. This is in spite of the fact that acupuncture proponents might be reluctant to share a negative study. An electrical technique failed for low back pain. Another electrical technique failed to reduce the need for anesthetics. A major study showed no effect for asthma. Urologists were unable to obtain any benefits by needling the “kidney-ureter-bladder” meridian. “Minute sphere acupuncture” failed to help postoperative pain or morphine use. Despite an apparent effect in one study of cocaine addicts, acupuncture did not outperform relaxation or sham treatment for cocaine addiction in a second study. Unlike some other complementary therapies, acupuncture did not show an effect in a major study of chronic low back pain. Although two non-blinded studies of acupuncture for tinnitus suggested an effect, four blinded ones showed no significant effect.
Some large studies have actually not included a sham-acupuncture group when it would be easy to do so. These do help make it clear that acupuncture is relatively safe. Recent studies without a sham control but with positive results compared to no-acupuncture include one for low back pain in the elderly, another for nausea and vomiting during cyclophosphamide infusion for rheumatic disease, another for wheelchair-user’s shoulder, another for childhood constipation, and another for labor pain. Two British studies found that a trip to the acupuncturist gave good results for chronic headache patients at relatively low cost to the health care system. The question was, “Is this worth the money?” rather than “Is this anything more than a placebo?” The authors characterized their own approach as “pragmatic”. In turn, there are ethical questions involved in placebo treatment, even to make people feel good.
Some studies of electroacupuncture claiming to show a benefit (i.e., for low back pain, nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, nausea and vomiting of myeloablative chemotherapy) have used as controls a non-electrical apparatus, which is not really blinding.
Physiologists are starting to characterize the reflexes involved in needle insertion. One surprising finding, awaiting confirmation, is the induction of mirror-image electrical activity when a myofascial trigger point is stimulated. Controlled studies showing no clinical benefit (for example, post-stroke leg spasticity) still showed curious reflex effects from treatment. Animals have reflexes in response to acupuncture treatment that may be abolished by certain medications.
Despite the training they receive, several acupuncturists examining the same patient are likely to recommend widely different needle placements. This was demonstrated in a test using a low-back- pain patient, and perhaps this is no different from other physicians. Practice is likely to become more standardized as the scientific work continues. Acupuncturists will need to decide how much to retain of the cultural trappings and imaginative physiology. We can expect that most will regard the “theory” as something to be treasured as a bygone age’s attempt to understand the riddles of the body. Instead, its practitioners will recognize that the effects are really mediated by subtle reflexes that are not fundamentally unlike the other processes by which the body maintains its health.
Acupuncture seems to be safe overall. One acupuncturist perforated the right ventricle of the heart causing hemopericardium, and there have been several instances of pneumothorax. I have been pleasantly surprised with how few other complications have been reported during the last few years. My friends in oriental medicine asked me to mention that it’s now standard to use single-use, presterilized, disposable needles.
Artemisinin for cancer
The anti-malarial drug artemisinin and its relatives are being promoted by the alternative-medicine community for cancer in general. There is some interest in their possible anti-cancer properties, and a few decent papers, mostly focusing on which patterns of gene expression predict that the drug will kill cells in tissue culture (Pharmacogenetics Journal 6: 269, 2006). They’re well-known to do this, because they are poisons, and the fact that they kill cancer cells (J. Med. Chem. 49: 2731, 2006, from the Hop) should come as no surprise. Especially, they may have activity as angiogenesis blockers.
The foremost proponent in the US seems to be Dr. Henry Lai, whose professional degree is in psychology and who teaches in the department of bioengineering at U. Wash. His focus on the effects of non-ionizing fields on humans seems to have led him into fringe medicine, and he has been writing papers about artemisinin as an anti-cancer agent since 1995. He notes that breast cancer cells reportedly (a few old papers in obscure journals) tend to have more surface transferrin (iron-binder) than their benign counterparts. So artemisinin (which generates toxic free radicals when exposed to iron) could induce apoptosis selectively in breast cancer. He managed to demonstrate this effect in a culture of breast cancer cells awash in iron-binder (Life Sciences 70: 49, 2001). Artemisinin alone was a dismal failure. At least he’s honest. It sounds to me as if the breast cancer cells simply were more adherent for the iron-binder; the experiment does not support the claim that they have greatly increased transferrin surface levels. However, around this time, Dr. Lai speculated about how one could saturate the allegedly-increased transferrin molecules with enough iron, not mentioning that flooding the body with iron is itself dangerous. The iron-bearing pigment that accumulates in malaria is orders-of-magnitude richer in iron than one could possibly accumulate simply from having extra surface transferrin. (At least, both are ferric.)
Readers should know that there are no reports to date (despite ten years of interest, especially by Dr. Lai) of artemisinin inducing even a partial remission of any cancer in any animal system. The claim that there are 350 papers showing an effect on cancer is just another lie. The 88 that I found were mostly cell-culture studies without benign cells as controls. Conspiracy buffs who assume that the drug companies have shunned artemisinin since it’s a naturally-occurring substance and therefore less profitable should note that taxol (a similar case) became part of mainstream breast cancer therapy as soon as it proved to work.
There just might be an effect. Dr. Lai actually got a chance to try it as a breast cancer preventative in mice in 2006 (Cancer Letters 231: 43, 2006). This was the only in vivo study I could find. He claimed an effect with p
If you want to try artermisinin for cancer prevention or treatment, it’s your decision.
UPDATE: 2011. The discussion continues. A correspondent who believes herself to have been cured of breast cancer entirely by artemisinin brought to my attention a very lively ongoing discussion as to whether the substance produces neurotoxicity (see Clin. Inf. Dis. 43: 1618, 2006.) This actually does not reference the index case. Dr. Lai continues to publish both on animals and cell culture and has findings that are interesting. There are still no reports of cancer regression in an animal system, but Cancer Letters 231: 43, 2006 (which is an elite journal) published the results of a model in which the treated animals got fewer / smaller tumors after treatment with a carcinogen (anti-cancer effect, altered carcinogen metabolism, or someting else?) I’m going to stand by my statement, “There just might be an effect”, and wait with hope for the success of Dr.Lai, an investigator who is obviously a sincere and decent person.
Beta-mannan to reverse dysplasia of the cervix
Beta-mannans are presently being promoted by one individual as able to reverse most cases of dysplasia (pre-cancer) of the cervix. The principal promoter bases his claim on anecdotal evidence, but does claim 95% success.
Mannans are found in tomatoes and may have something to do with their empirical link to a lower rate of some cancers. They may prevent some of the mutations that accumulate to cause cancers. It’s harder to see how they would reverse the mutations once they have happened. (“That’d be like reversing loss of virginity.”) The promoter claims instead that beta-mannan stimulates the immune system, which is weak in Americans because of our alleged poor diet and smoking habits.
To his credit, the principal proponent has a side-note that urges women with frank cancer to get the required surgery.
People considering this “complementary remedy” need to know the facts.
Until I see a publication, I’ll reserve final judgement. But I’m very much afraid this one won’t work out.
The principal promoter of this complementary remedy is none other than the author of the old “Phantom Notes”, which I found very helpful when I was on my surgery rotation. They were a superb resource; curiously, we had to send away for them and get them delived to us by mail. A few months later, a sheaf of “Bible Prophecy” stuff “that proved the truth of the Christian religion” was mailed to our PO boxes from “The Phantom”. My Jewish friends especially did not appreciate this. “Bible Prophecy” still appears on the “beta mannan for cervical dysplasia” site. Again, you’ll need to draw your own conclusions. In September 2003, a correspondent shared with me the court decision in a lawsuit against Dr. _______ for plagairism in connection with the Phantom notes. The judge had some very harsh things to say about him even back in the 1970’s.
Anti-Malignin Antibody Test for Cancer
See my notes. This allegedly is an extremely sensitive and specific way of determining whether cancer is present in the body, and its proponents talk about its making pap smears, mammograms, and so forth obsolete. But after more than 20 years, only the original “discoverer” has described this substance as really existing. In a short (unrefereed) letter in “Lancet” announcing that his serum stains three different kinds of cancer cells, the discoverer failed to mention any control using any benign cells. (If the fundamental idea is correct, benign cells would be unstained.) I’m ready to draw the obvious conclusion. To the lab’s credit, there is no talk of “conspiracies” or “cover-ups” or “persecution”.
Botanicals for Diabetes
There is presently an online promotion of a “secret” natural remedy for both type I and type II diabetes. You’ll have to find the site yourself, but the claims are obviously bogus.
A supposed scientific article is appended to the site. It is clear that this was not accepted for publication, even by a non-refereed junk journal. For starters, the composition of the remedy is not given. Second, the authors mention at least three previous studies but do not cite references. Third, there are no controls. There are also illiterate expressions. (“There is a remarkable phenotypic difference in Type 2 Diabetes. The connective importance of the genetic and environment causes of type 2 diabetes varies between people.”) These people claim, in their ad, to make pancreatic islands regrow, but there are no tissue studies in the article. This is a sensational claim, and if there were any reason to think it were true, some scientific journal would have grabbed up the evidence. The shabby quality of the work is shown by the ad page, which states “The clinical study further concluded, ‘… treatment with _____ partially brought about a regenerative capability for the damaged endocrine tissues as evidenced by increased islet cell numbers and resulted in restoration of near normal architecture of pancreatic islet (sic.).'” Anyone who reads the fine print will see that this is simply untrue. The study cited shows nothing of the sort, but simply makes this statement about a second, unreferenced study. Even the name of the “independent lab” that supposedly did the tests is concealed from the reader.
If you want to send these people a few hundred dollars for their secret mix, that is your business.
Right now (2005), current articles in the genuine scientific literature on the use of “natural” remedies for diabetes are conspicuous by their absence. For a review of how herbalists design complementary therapy for diabetics, see Acta. Diab. 41: 91, 2004. “The ten most frequently suggested herbal remedies were gymnema, psyllium, funagreek, bilberry, garlic, Chinese ginseng, dandelion, burdock, prickly pear cactus, and bitter melon. The ten most frequently recommended dietary supplements were biotin, vanadium, chromium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, alpha-lipoic acid, and fructo-oligosaccharides.” The reviewers felt some of these might help at least some. This is far from the grandiose claims made by the current promotion.
Bromelain / pineapple for goiter and so forth
Bromelain is an enzyme in pineapple that, as it happens, pathologists use in blood bank testing. In July 2010 I was alerted to promotion of magic pineapple juice, especially as a treatment for goiter (enlarged thyroid gland). This is very, very surprising. If enough bromelain were to get through your gut mucosa to have any effect, it would start by gravely altering your red cell antigens, like it does in lab.
Just to be sure, I ran a check of the NIH database that would find any study — even a mouse study in a bottom-class junk journal — on bromelain / pineapple and thyroid disease. Exactly nothing.
Various plants contain various chemicals that can enlarge thyroid glands. There may perhaps be something in some plant that has as as-yet-unknown effect on thyroid glands. The burden of proof is on the person trying to sell you the magic pineapple extract. It’s your money.
If you have a goiter, the most important thing to find out is “Why?” Common nodular goiter often responds well to conventional treatment with thyroid supplementation. Medical disease of the thyroid is likely to kill if not diagnosed properly. And of course there’s plenty of thyroid cancer. It’s your life.
Follow-up: When I originally heard of the claim, I did not believe that any bromelain would make it through the gut mucosa. A correspondent brought to my attention Am. J. Phys. 273: G139, 1997. After taking 3 grams of bromelain a day, plasma levels reached as high as 5,000 picograms/mL. A picogram is one trillionth of a gram. I did the arithmetic and assuming a serum half-life of one day, one molecule of bromelain out of 600,000 will be absorbed. No drug company would issue an oral preparation with such a poor level of absorption. I stand corrected, and would invite the promoters of magic pineapple juice to take some of the stuff, or pure bromelain, intravenously and see how much good it does them. By the way, when I was in the blood bank, technicians were warned against inhaling bromolein powder because many people (maybe 50% of technicians) become allergic to it by this route and develop skin and lung problems.
Cesium Chloride for cancer
Cesium is an ion that cannot bond covalently with any other atom or molecule under any circumstances in a living body. Except for its ability to interact with electrical membranes, with potentially lethal results especially in the presence of kidney failure or if given by vein, it is as inert a substance as you can introduce into your body. However, taking a large dose is presently being touted as a cancer preventative or remedy, especially by a group representing itself as the “Life Science University Medical Center” or the “Life Science Universal Medical Center”. (One must be a misprint, which is surprising in their own publication. I’ve taught in accredited medical schools for a quarter-century and I have never heard of them.) The author claims to conduct experiments in Rockville, Maryland, suggesting to the unwary that they are affiliated with the National Institues of Health. These people report an uncontrolled series of 50 end-stage cancer patients who were given cesium chloride plus other “holistic” remedies. The reported results are hard to understand:
An overall 50% recovery from cancer by the Cs. therapy was determined in the fifty patients treated. Data from the autopsy (sic.) indicated the absence of tumors in patients dying within fourteen days of the Cs-treatment.
One wonders what killed the people who died if they had no tumors. The author is a person using the pen name “Annie Appleseed” who admits to having no medical qualifications, but apparently claiming she performed and supervised these activities in 1981-2. It is hard to understand how the three patients in coma were fed whole grains and vegetables. Even harder to understand is why, if these accounts are true, there was never a publication, not even in an unrefereed junk journal. Further, why was this not noticed by the communist nations? Cancer was rampant in Russia and China, and they had an effective spy network. The supposedly-corrupt profit-driven capitalist medical establishment would have had no way of stopping the use of an effective cancer remedy which (had it worked) would have been a masterful stroke in the propaganda war against the West.
Of course, there is no refereed-journal publication on cesium chloride’s anti-cancer effects. The explanation of how cesium chloride is supposed to work is obvious baloney. Supposedly, cesium in the extracellular milieu causes the pH of the cell to increase. Cesium chloride is cited as an alkaline salt, which raises the pH of the fluid itself. Cesium can supposedly enter a cancer cell but not a benign cell, and neutralize the acids that supposedly cause cancer. Finally, they claim that the pH in a cancer cell is “as low as 5.5”, and that cesium in the milieu raises the pH to 8.0 which results in cell death within hours.
People considering this proposed mechanism should remember their high school biology. Simply because a cell is not dividing does not cause it to die. (Consider your healthy brain, heart, muscle, and most other cells.) Cesium chloride is not an alkalinizing agent any more than is table salt. Ask a grammar-school chemistry teacher. The claim that cesium can enter cancer cells but not benign cells is referenced only to the work of Brewer, a mid-1900’s cancer charlatan with a physics background and if its own proponents believed it, they could easily test their own claim in any tissue-culture lab and publish in one of the junk journals for an honest reference. Of course they have not done so. The idea that unnamed acids cause cancer and can be neutralized is like saying the moon is made of green cheese. The claim that a cancer cell might have an internal pH of 5.5 is ridiculous. (Below 6.5 will kill any cell in a few minutes. And the dyes I use to stain cancer cells include pH indicators similar to litmus; of course no such pH change is evident.)
Of course, there are anecdotes. One patient whose cancer supposedly was observed by the author to shrivel to almost nothing within one hour after cesium administration. (Regrettably, soon afterwards she fell and broke her neck from a cancer-related hip fracture.) If this had actually happened anywhere near the National Institutes of Health, it would have been stolen by one of the research piranhas and published in a real journal. Of course there is no such publication, and “Annie Appleseed” cites a massive conspiracy.
Other sites repeat the grossly false claim that Otto Warburg’s 1931 Nobel Prize was awarded for demonstrating that anaerobiasis causes cancer. He actually distinguished between aerobic and anaerobic metabolism and figured out how the cytochromes work. You can read his Nobel Prize lecture for yourself if you still don’t realize that these people are trying to sucker you. Not surprisingly, these people also repeat the false claims that the Hunza people and reservation-dwelling Hopi people have a remarkably low incidence of cancer, attributed this time to abundant cesium in the diet.
Cesium chloride is a common chemical that costs almost nothing, though there might be a fee for administering it orally. If the proposed mechanism is accurate, then it should be sufficient therapy to provide a cancer cure. However, its proponents say it only works when given with other holistic remedies and a diet, typcially of uncooked foods, and under the supervision of a holistically-minded nutritionist.
Cesium in combination with aloe vera went to law in Maryland after a physician and two other people pretending to be physicians promised cures for cancer and AIDS. They went to prison. It used to be described at the Maryland Attorney General’s site. At his site on coral calcium, Steve Barrett claims the regimen actually killed some people, but I couldn’t find anything to support this.
Some of the cesium chloride sites accuse mainstream physicians of willful ignorance, attribute the vilest motives to them, compare them all to Hitler, etc., etc. If you still wish to become involved with the cesium chloride people, that is your business.
Citrus bergamot for dyslipidemia
The oil from the peel of an exotic orange has been used for decades by aromatherapists for various reasons. It is pungent and fragrant. The oil components also have some pharmacologic activity; it contains naringin, the bitter substance in grapefruit which is known to have a host of pharmacologic actions and especially drug-interactions.
One article from Spain in 2009 has been much-cited but I could not find it in a literature search, reports are that it has no controls, and the results seem too good to be true (which usually means they won’t be verified.)
The one article in a NIH-listed journal (the obscure Fitotherapia 82: 309, 2011, from the med school in Catanzaro, Italy) gives results of oral trial on rats and people; there was a moderate cholesterol-lowering effect and some tendency to lower blood glucose in diabetics. The effects were most marked in folks with the metabolic syndrome. The authors simply called for some real, quality studies on humans because the kind of work they were doing is prone to false-positives. They did note that the oil inhibits HMG-CoA reductase just like today’s statins.
That’s it so far. Remedies that actually work generally get snapped up by the research piranhas and become mainstream, even when nobody stands to make a lot of money.
There’s also a rat study in which the oil, injected into the blood, made the rats excited; no surprise. I eat orange peel myself sometimes, and if you want to try this out, it’s your choice.
Clay Eating / Clay Therapy
Using clay as an aid to health. Special miracle clays from exotic locations (some of which supposedly concentrate cosmic energies) are sold to the “alternative and complementary community.” There are probably some reasonable uses for clays in cosmetics, and I can’t address the use of clay as a deodorant.
The claims are extremely diverse. Common sense would suggest that clay-eating would alter the gut flora and physical properties. For many years, a kaolin clay-based formulation has been in use in mainstream medicine as a diarrhea remedy, and some obscure journals are now looking at bentonite as well. Clay is included in some animal feeds, and some species consume certain clays selectively. Pilot studies are just now starting to appear in support of some of the more reasonable health claims for humans.
A study out of U. Az. confirmed the common-sense idea that components of clay are ‘cidal for some pathogenic bacteria (J. Antimicrob. Chemo. 61: 353, 2008. Some obscure journals are looking at other clays especially for control of functional bowel syndrome, and it’s not surprising that some clays adsorb and thus protect from mycotoxins. Thanks to my correspondent Kjell K. for bringing these to my attention.
Clay eating is known medically as “geophagia”, a variant of pica. It’s seen among the mentally ill, and in some places it’s a cultural phenomenon, mostly among the poor (do we dare say “ignorant”?) See J. Roy. Soc. Med. 95: 143 and 274, 2002; South. Med. J. 95: 1228, 2002. One group in J. Exp. Bio. 207: 319, 2004 speculates how the widespread practice may have developed (trace-mineral availability, diarrhea control). Known hazards are intestinal obstruction (Archives de Pediatrie 11: 461, 2004), perforated colon (Acta Chir. Belg. 99: 130, 1999), lead poisoning (Clin. Ped. 43: 189, 2004; Amb. Ped. 3: 37, 2003), hypokalemia (a young mother-to-be’s agonizing misadventure: Ob. Gyn. 102: 1169, 2003), and toxacara roundworm infection (you can get it in the US: South. Med. J. 91: 882, 1998; massive problem in Sri Lanka: Southeast Asia Journal of Tropical Medicine 34: 7, 2003; Brazil Curr. Op. Ophth. 12: 450, 2001; in Trinidad TRS Trop Med 96:139, 2002; several others).
Given that many members of the “alternative medicine community” believe that mercury in dental fillings is a terrible health hazard, it is surprising that there was no outcry after eating certain clays was found to produce clinical mercury poisoning (Conn. Med. 61: 207, 1997) or that there are no assays for mercury levels or other poisons on the clay promotion websites. If the consumers were clear thinkers, you’d think they’d demand to know.
I was able to find single hard-science study of a health claim for clay. A clay-based product was promoted for sheep to protect from locoweed toxicosis. It failed a controlled test miserably (J. Animal Science 75: 1867, 1997). As a food additive, there are two small controlled studies showing benefits for pigs and rats respectively. There may be more such in the future, with positive results.
One article that really helped me understand how people adopt their “cherished beliefs” was MMWR 47(43): 928, 1998. A lady from an anti-immunization family almost killed her baby by putting “health and beauty clay” on the umbilical stump, causing a dreadful anaerobic infection and neonatal tetanus. The clay was of course laced with tetanus spores, probably from decades of horse manure. When the baby recovered, the mother refused to have the child immunized because of “concerns about potential adverse effects”.
Clay-eating is widespread and most people seem not to be harmed. Please be sure your clay comes from someone you have good reason to trust.
Colonic Irrigation for “Autointoxication”
Colonic irrigation with saline with or without phosphate is standard for a variety of diseases of the large intestine, including chronic fecal incontinence and the acute management of some mechanical and functional problems.
Presently there is a resurgence of interest in the old claim that the colon contents produce poisons that damage the rest of the body. This is actually true in liver failure, in which enemas and laxatives help appreciably with the brain malfunctions. (Octopamine and other bacterial products from the gut, if allowed to bypass the liver, act as false neutransmitters, sort-of-like “reverse prozac”). Evidence that anything like this happens when the liver is healthy hasn’t been forthcoming.
I own a popular book promoting colonic irrigation. It showcases pictures of barium enema x-ray photos, and states that the areas where the colon is narrow are sites of “toxic bowel settlement”, a substance (variously described as “slimy” and “cement-like”) that accumulates on the wall of the colon, and that colonic irrigation removes. This is just a bold lie. The pictures represent the narrowings by which the colon propels its contents (“peristalsis”). As a pathologist, I have opened hundreds of colons and never seen anything like “toxic bowel settlement”.
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The Plan and Process of Ascension Ascension
But for the presence of the Galactic Beings, you would now have been living under very restricted conditions, and imprisoned and controlled by the dark Ones. However, they were never going to be allowed to exercise such control over you, as you future had been planned to end with complete success and the opportunity to ascend.
This is normal at the end of a cycle providing the Light has reached the required level. It means that Ascension is assured for those who aspire to rise up, and have been able to do so above the challenges that have been given them. (Mike Quinsey, Sept. 9, 2016.)
The joy you will experience in Reality, at Home in the Presence of God, is WAY beyond your ability as humans to even conceive of, and it is to that that you will awaken. (Jesus through John Smallman, Aug. 1, 2016.)
This life is about ascension. This life is about the fulfillment of the Mothers Plan, the anchoring and the renewal of love upon the planet. Not in some esoteric, religious manner, but in your everyday life, in your actions, in your thoughts, in your behaviors, in your interactions, in your relationships, in your structures, in your institutions, in your societies, in your nations and in your body.
So, are there many distractions? Is there a great deal of both the pot boiling over and simmering on the back burner? Yes. Ignore it. Look at it, perhaps turn the burner down, remove the pot, and then ignore it because that is not what you are here for. You are here to surrender to your love, to the love and to your love, and you do that by being vigilant as participant and observer of yourself to start with. (“Surrender: The Next Step to Ascension with St. Germaine and Steve Beckow,” 7/23/2016 athttp://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/07/31/transcript-st-germaine-ahwaa-surrender-next-step-ascension-july-14-2016/.)
Yearn, desire because it is the precursor for creation and the coming together and bringing forth in form, anchoring upon Gaia, Nova Earth, wondrous things. (Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, July 1, 2016.)
This special occasion … will not be repeated again for a very long time. (“A Message from my Higher Self,” channelled by Mike Quinsey. April 8, 2016, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/04/08/mike-quinsey-message-higher-self-18-4/.)
Please remember that imagination is fifth dimensional thought that flows from your Multidimensional Mind. Also remember that Unconditional Love constantly flows from your High Heart.
It is the activation of your fifth dimensional imagination and your fifth dimensional Unconditional Love that is the precursor to your flashing into Lightbody. If you all knew how very close you were to this experience, you would be greatly surprised. (“Suzanne Lie: The Arcturians Remembering What You Always Knew. Part 1,” March 22, 2016, http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/03/22/suzanne-lie-arcturians-remembering-always-knew-part-1/.)
You are at a point of what has been termed ascension, shift, awakening, heart consciousness, bliss, ecstasy, it matters not. The terminology is infinite and you love to have your own expression, as do we. The realization of your divinity, the contentment with who you are in totality in your divine human self, is truly awakened. (“Transcript: Archangel Michael Returns to AHWAA: Whats It Like to be an Archangel? March 17, 2016,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/03/27/transcript-archangel-michael-returns-ahwaa-whats-like-archangel-march-17-2016/.)
The restoration of Love upon this planet is Ascension. There are many explanations of how and where and when and what Ascension is and looks like and feels like. So again, in the spirit of simplification, we tell you that Ascension, individually and collectively, is the experience, the anchoring, and the embodiment of Love, in its totality, in its divinity, in its expression, in its actions.
Now you say to me, Gabby, what on earth does that mean? And what I suggest to you, as an Archangel that is often considered quite vociferous, is that what it means is is you accepting the truth of who you are. Long ago we have, through this channel, said to you that the keys to heaven are Love, trust, forgiveness, unity, connectedness, and balance. Now you may take that as an explanation of what does the embodiment of Love look, feel, taste and smell like.
It is not simply to be kind, although kindness is a much underrated quality upon your planet and elsewhere, at times. If you are loving then you are kind, you are gentle, you are considerate, you are compassionate. It is the practice, it is the action, it is the intention, it is the stillpoint, it is putting yourself completely, consistently, eternally, infinitely, in the expression and the experience of Love. It is bliss, it is ecstasy, it is common sense, it is being grounded; it is not being a space cadet walking around and doing nothing. …
So, I come this day to plead with you, to absolutely plead with you to come and turn to us and allow us to fill you with Love. Now you say, Oh thats okay; I know that I am in the Love. Dearest hearts, you have only just begun; there is always more.
So, on behalf of the Mother in the honoring of who you are and the honoring of the divine, the Mother/Father One, can you let us do our job? Could you call on us, the entire Council of Love and let us fill you and bring you to a higher realm, to anchor your feet firmly in the 7th dimension of Love? We are not waiting. (Archangel Gabrielle: Who is the Council of Love and What is Its Purpose? Feb. 28, 2016, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/?p=273441.)
Now is a new, more evolved, never before experienced energetic time on earth. (The Arcturian Group. Channelled by Marilyn Raffaele. January 10, 2016. http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/01/11/the-arcturian-group-via-marilyn-raffaele-january-10-2016/)
Steve Beckow: Its very interesting, I notice that we just accept the words you use, but I dont know if we necessarily know what you mean. For instance, you say expand your consciousness. What does it mean to expand ones consciousness? What exactly does that refer to?
Arcturians: What it means to expand ones consciousness is to create a conscious road, pathway from your third-dimensional consciousness of your everyday life into your fourth-dimensional consciousness of your higher everyday life, and then into your fifth-dimensional consciousness. And then once you are able to create that initial portal from your physical self up to the portal into your fifth-dimensional consciousness, then you have a much easier ride into higher and higher frequencies of reality. (“Transcript ~ The Arcturians on AHWAA: Mastering What Jesus Knew, December 24, 2015,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/01/05/transcript-the-arcturians-on-ahwaa-mastering-what-jesus-knew-december-24-2015/.)
That expansion of consciousness, if maintained for a period of time, will begin to create new neurons within the physical brain and even for us in the multi-dimensional mind, which is the fifth dimensional, what we call separate hard drive.
Then, every time one of our grounded ones has that experience, it is easier to have that experience again. (“Transcript ~ The Arcturians on AHWAA: Mastering What Jesus Knew, December 24, 2015,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/01/05/transcript-the-arcturians-on-ahwaa-mastering-what-jesus-knew-december-24-2015/.)
The civilization which you are a part of has the opportunity to move and explore beyond all levels of spiritual evolution and unity with the Creator that have ever been experienced upon the Earth.
This is why you are present now and have been present within many of this planets previous civilizations. You are preparing yourself to experience the Creator beyond anything which has been explored at a physical level before. Your role and purpose in this lifetime is immense and its foundation lies with your ability to create and manifest from the core of your soul, which is where the divine plan of the Creator is embedded. (The Celestial White Beings: Creating the Future of Ascension, Channeled by Natalie Glasson, December 23, 2015, http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/12/25/the-celestial-white-beings-via-natalie-glasson-creating-the-future-of-ascension/.)
We, the members of humanity, are endeavoring to expand into our own fifth dimensional Lightbody so that we can become the population that inhabits this wonderful, revised, updated version of our beloved planet Gaia. (Suzanne Lie: Thirty Veils Of Illusion. The Arcturians Birthing New Earth Part 1 & Veil #7, The Illusion of Constancy. December 12, 2015.http://suzanneliephd.blogspot.co.uk/.)
SB: There are actually some people who interpret the fact that they may not have felt something or they have not felt very much as meaning that they are excluded from Ascension. Could you address that please?
AAM: And I address those particularly who are feeling this way for this is an age-old problem. And so I thank you for bringing this to the forefront. You are my family, each and every one of you who listens this night; you are friend, you are ally but you are also part, not only of our family but of my family. I claim you as sibling, as friend, as dearest heart.
You say to me, But Michael, Mi-ka-el, I am not an archangel. I would say to you, Do you mean to deny your angelic heritage? Do you choose to deny your magnificence? I am born of the Mother/Father One and so are you. My dearest heart, brothers and sisters all, so why, why then do some of you have these wondrous experiences and then why are some of you left feeling as if you are left behind crying in the shadows and doubting your worthiness, your very worth?
Sweet angels, let me be clear once more, and I speak on behalf of our Mother: None are excluded from this process of Ascension, for this upliftment into higher, different, inclusive realms, where you are headed, all of you, is inclusive. The Mother did not decide to banish some and favor others; be very clear about that. (“Transcript ~ Archangel Michael on AHWAA: No One Will be Excluded from Ascension, October 15, 2015,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/11/19/transcript-archangel-michael-on-ahwaa-no-one-will-be-excluded-from-ascension-october-15-2015/.)
Philipp: How are enlightenment, awakening and Ascension related?
Archangel Michael: What you are asking is to stratify, to see Ascension, enlightenment, shift, opening as different things, different events.
But let us suggest that, yes, it is a continuum, but at this point in time it is more like the flow of an infinity sign. So you want to be in the flow. Now let us explain.
You move through your Ascension work, letting go of the core issues, of the vasanas, of that which has blocked you from the complete joy of heart, the complete love of your sweet self and everything else.
Then you are flowing through the Ascension portal, into enlightenment, looping back around, back through the Ascension portal, holding the enlightenment that you have gained, holding the abilities that you have gained as your interdimensional, expanded self, bringing it back into what you are thinking of as current reality, or physicality, anchoring it into your body, into your mental form, into who you are and how you view the world.
Except that, as you come back, your ability to see us, to perceive us, to talk with us, to expand with us, has already been anchored. So you are bringing this back into what you have thought of as the Third Dimension, the renewed Third-Dimensional reality to share with the human race. But your frequency is already higher. (Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Philipp S. through Linda Dillon, Sept. 2015, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/10/03/the-flow-of-ascension/.)
It is Gaias desire and intention that her planetary body be restored to its original health and beauty and Earths humankind flourish in abundance and live in harmony with each other and all of Nature. And so it shall be! Planetary ascensionthe world transformation process that you went to Earth to assist inis assured! Personal ascension is a choice that each person makes. (Matthew’s Message, Oct. 19, 2015.)
It is time for silence and trust. Give yourselves permission to do absolutely nothing and just be. Old concepts bind mankind to the belief that time spent doing nothing reflects laziness. The result is a world full of people racing through each day who have lost contact with and awareness of their own quiet place of rest and renewal within. Spend time in nature even if only a small park in the city. Seek out the places where you can simply be, without distractions and noise. Learn to just listen to the silence.
In the midst of busy family and working life, finding quiet time is often very difficult. However, if you make the effort, you will soon discover yourself able to center more easily and quickly and that you carry a peace with you throughout your day. There are those who get up in the middle of the night for contemplation and meditation because that is their only quiet time. (The Arcturian Group, Sept. 20, 2015.)
Where possible rest easy now and take everything in your stride, and we know it is easier said than done. Your worries will soon be a thing of the past when you will be able to fully enjoy your life. (SaLuSa, Sept. 18, 2015.)
The creation of a new realitydoesnt mean that the world around you will suddenly be transformed and new. It signifies that your consciousness, beliefs andperspectives will alter and shift, giving the impression, as well as allowing you, to recreate and recognise your reality outside ofyou in new ways. …
This can be labelled Ascension or Enlightenment and yet it issomething which has very rarely been experienced on the Earth before the merging and marriage of the physical body withthe divine essence. You are already experiencing this. You know you are a soul in a physical body. However, greater aspects ofthe soul will download into your physical body causing your body to advance, becoming its greatest potential. This means yourbody will no longer be restricted developing new abilities, skills and freedom. …
Archangel Michael is also [wishing to share] with you [about] the journey which is being taken by all to become aDivine Human upon the Earth; the marriage of the Divine Consciousness with the physical body, which is transforming into adivine physical body….
Observe your body, it is charged with light and transforming beyond your imagination. Observe your heart and mind, they areopen and clear, as the consciousness of the Creator penetrates. My energy is here always to guide you. Remember nothing onthe Earth can create an identity for you; your true identity is your soul and the Creator. You know this in your mind, now is thetime to experience it! (“Celestial White Beings and Archangel Michael: The Journey of the Divine Human, Channelled through Natalie Glasson.September 18, 2015. http://www.omna.org/Latest_Free_Weekly_Message.html.)
The collective decision has already been made by humanity to awaken! You know that, because, along with the fact that at the depths of your beingness that knowledge is eternally embedded, you have also been told by unimpeachable sources on numerous occasions that this is so. Humanity is very firmly established on the path to its awakening from which there is no turning back, no retreat. You have a phrase: the tipping point. Humanity is at that point. The dark ones, the ones you frequently refer to as the Dark Cabal, are desperately trying to prevent the balance from shifting out of their control, but they have lost their footing, they have lost their grip, and the balance has shifted irrevocably towards the Light.
The fact that so many appear to be so dumbly asleep is rather like in the well known fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty, where the whole court fell asleep at the moment that the princess did. When the prince arrives and kisses her everyone awakens, and that is the tipping point. The decision to awaken was taken when the prince began to hack his way through the jungle of undergrowth, and having finally reached the castle he will shortly find the princess, and as she responds to his kiss Divine Grace and wakes up so will everyone else. (Jesus through John Smallman, Feb. 11, 2015.)
Steve Beckow: …What about what you have described as the ignition? What is the ignition, and approximately, just approximately, when might that be occurring? Is that in the near future, or?
AAM: Yes, it is.
… Ignition is the feeling, the awareness, the understanding and many of you already have this that you are love, that you are completely in your heart consciousness, that you are in the joy even when there appears to be a morass of chaos around you, and that your focus is completely on creation, the creation of the new.
And it is the turning of a switch, of the collective. (“Archangel Michael: Ignition is the Awareness that You Are Love,” channeled by Linda Dillon, October 28, 2014, http://goo.gl/29ZGhf.)
We are in the process of shifting our reality. We say we for all dimensions, realities and worlds are shifting into a higher frequency of expression. As it is for the least, it is for the greatest.
Hence, as the third/fourth dimension releases itself from the shackles of the third dimensional reality of illusion and shifts into the fifth dimension of the light of cosmic truth, all the dimensions above the fifth also shift into their next higher dimensional expression.
As we make this transition, there is a release, a letting go, of what has been our predominant expression of self. For example, we Arcturians are expanding our baseline frequency from the eighth through tenth dimensions into the eleventh and twelfth dimensions.
In the same manner, your human baseline frequency will shift form the third/fourth dimension into the fifth dimension, which was once your higher expression of SELF. In the case of Earth, the third/fourth dimensions will gradually become less and less inhabitable.
You will find that just as it once took effort to consciously experience the fifth dimension, it will become increasingly difficult to consciously experience the third/fourth dimension. Even now, your consciousness may appear to be wandering off into what appears to be a trancelike state. This trancelike state feels so natural that you do not want to leave it.
Also, as this shift continually accelerates your consciousness, you will gain a new perspective on your physical world. This higher viewpoint will enable you to perceive your 3D reality from up above it rather than stuck within it. In other words, you will be able observe your ego from your Higher SELF.
Once your Multidimensional SELF is in charge, you will be able to make some important decisions that make YOU the creator of your life. You will also become aware of many of your higher dimensional, alternate or parallel realities.
While you are swimming in the illusion of the third dimension, you see only what surrounds you. However, as you regain a higher perspective of your life, many of your priorities will change. Your ego will no longer tell you to let go of your meditations and creative expression so that you can get back to the business of your real life.
With your Higher SELF at the helm, you will realize that what you have perceived as just your imagination is actually your real life. Then slowly, or quickly, you will want to let go of many of our your lower frequency chores, responsibilities and jobs.
In this manner, you can more easily remain in the unconditional light and love of the fifth dimension. Of course you will still take care of 3D business, but your priorities will greatly alter as your consciousness expands into the higher dimensions. (Sue Lie, “Being A Multidimensional Leader,” Aug. 2014, at http://www.multidimensions.com/multidimensional-leadership-school/.)
As you continue your Ascension process, you will move out of alignment with the third-dimensional holographic projection of Earth and into alignment with Gaias true Planetary SELF in the fifth dimension and beyond. In your other Ascension lives all of you (even those who are now lost in darkness) have had Ascension experiences.
Ascension does not make you a Saint. Ascension merely means that you have returned your consciousness to the frequencies of your Multidimensional SELF that resonate above the illusions of the third/fourth dimensional realities. What is different in your present timeline is that the third/fourth dimensional holographic projection of Earth is closing. Gaia and all Her inhabitants are returning to their true Multidimensional SELF. (“Arcturian Message Keeping the Lights ON, channelled by Suzanne Lie, August 6, 2014 at http://suzanneliephd.blogspot.co.uk/.)
Eventually some souls whose negative deeds dropped them from the light used their free will to downgrade the DNA of newer, less experienced civilizations. The changes made dense bodies with DNA containing electrons, which have much less light and vibrate at much lower frequencies than photons. The reduction in light caused corresponding reductions in those civilizations consciousness, brain functioning and life span. They lost all knowledge of their Beginnings, their weakened bodies were vulnerable to disease, and their temperaments included fear and all of its negative byproducts like cruelty, greed, anger, lust for power, unjustness, impoverishment, divisiveness and hatredhatred is not the opposite of love, it is the absence of love, or light. Those are the conditions of third density civilizations.
It is not that no bodies on Earth have photons, and an unimaginable quantity is in the atmosphere. But electrons are dominant in the vast majority of your populacethat is why they are lagging in awakening spiritually and consciouslyand throughout your worldthat is why you have electric and electronic appliances and pay to use them instead of having photons free energy. The way to ascend into planes where photons outnumber electrons is by increasing the amount of light in the collective consciousness.
Energy is neutral. It is the thought forms that get attached to energy streamers that are positivewith lightor negativewithout light. The forms are created by every beings thoughts, feelings and actions, and collectively those determine a civilizations density, or spiritual and conscious evolvement status. That is one universal definition of density; the other is mass or the location of a mass, and the two dont necessarily go together. That is why Earth, a fifth density soul spiritually and consciously, can be in the initial stages of fourth density location-wise and most of her people are at third density evolvement status. Animals and plants are absorbing more light than most of humankind; at this moment, the light in people varies from brilliant to just enough to keep bodies alive.
Now then, every person and every thing in your world emits vibrations in consonance with each forms consciousness level, and that is determined by the amount of light in each. The atoms in inanimate objectssay a pebble, football, nail and chairhave minimal consciousness; exceptions are crystals and gold, which have a high degree. The consciousness level of soil is higher than objects and so is that of slugs, worms and short-lived insects; higher on the scale are the species of insects that have a well-developed hierarchy and clearly-defined working system within it.
The plant kingdom has a very high level of consciousness. Trees have intelligence and emotions that few people would even consider possible and extend far beyond the acorn that knows how to become a mighty oak and the apple seed that knows how to bear fruit. Tiny flower seeds know their colors and whether to blossom for a season or flourish year after year. The generally unseen, therefore unknown souls in the Devic kingdom, who work hand-in-hand with all of Nature, also are highly advanced consciously and emotionally.
Humans and other high orders in the animal kingdom have the highest level of consciousnessinstinct, intuition, memory, learning and reasoning capability, and the widest range of feelingsbut only humankind also is endowed with conscience and Creators gift of free will. Although each living being and each inanimate thing serves a purpose in the evolutionary process of all, it is the human population that sets the pace.
Whereas all other life forms on Earth operate within their respective innate guidelines that work in harmony with Nature, people can choose to act in godly ways or not, to heed conscience or not; and their collective choices determine the civilizations evolvement status. As humankind evolves via the light in spiritual and conscious awareness, so do all the other forms on the planet, and the collective vibratory emissions advance the entire world. And, as a world advances, life becomes increasingly simpler and joyous! It is only in third densitys lower vibrations that a civilization creates all the complexities born of negativity. (Matthew’s Message, Aug. 3, 2014.)
What Ascension is about … is about not being stuck in your body, but having the integration of all parts of your being, and having it anchored in your body in such outrageous, miraculous joy that you want to be in body; that it isnt a struggle or an obligation, or even a responsibility, it is simply joy. (Archangel Michael: You are God Having an Experience of You, June 27, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/06/27/archangel-michael-you-are-god-having-an-experience-of-you/.)
It is the awakened human that acknowledges that they are inter-galactic or galactic; that they are part angelic or archangelic; that they are sheer energy and a spark of life; that they have been the most grievous sinner and the most beatific saint. It is that integration into the aware human being, and from that place of being able to create Nova Earth, because what we can only refer to as the old human, the human had very dim memory and was not the human that decided to take this leap of faith into Ascension. (Archangel Michael: You are God Having an Experience of You, June 27, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/06/27/archangel-michael-you-are-god-having-an-experience-of-you/.)
So you, in your consciousness, right now, are realizing that Source, that Mother/Father/God/One, however you are thinking about it, is having the experience of you in all those forms integrated into your body and more specifically your expanded field, because that is truly who you are. And at the same time you are having an experience of God no, not full reunion, but you are experiencing the love and the connection, the joy, the sweetness, the elevation. So you are returning to the original design. (Archangel Michael: You are God Having an Experience of You, June 27, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/06/27/archangel-michael-you-are-god-having-an-experience-of-you/.)
But many of you came to think that you were as powerful a creator and forgot the piece that you were of creation. Because the angelics are of creation. There is no veil or illusion of that separation.
And that is what you are all now going through remembering. That is truly what a very significant part of the renewal and the Ascension process is about. It is remembering and re-embracing the fact that you are nothing more than love, and that you have always been connected to the Mother/Father/One, however you conceive of it, whatever your culture or your background or your religious patterning has been. (“Archangel Michael: You are God Having an Experience of You,” channeled by Linda Dillon, June 26, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/06/27/archangel-michael-you-are-god-having-an-experience-of-you.)
The Arcturians: Its about the frequency of consciousness. That is the protection against the dark ones getting just as much [as lightworkers] and having the same thing happen. The players change but the light and dark still exist. This is a leg-up out of polarity.
Steve: So really we should be concentrating on our frequency. Thats how important it is.
A: Whatever anyone believes about anything, our grounded ones [ground crew] are best served by concentrating on their frequency.
Because as they expand their frequency, they contribute that to the Earth. And then the Earth expands the frequency. And as the Earth expands her frequency, those of a very dense frequency will not be able to tolerate this Earth. They will get diseased. They will die. They will not be able to live. It will be too high of a light for them to tolerate.
They [the off-planet controllers of the dark] will have to pull their members up and take them off to a darker planet. (The Arcturtians through Sue Lie, “Did the Illuminati Bring Down Both Malaysian Planes?” July 24, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/07/24/did-the-illuminati-bring-down-both-malaysian-planes/.)
Ascension occurs within your consciousness, so that your perceptions can expand far beyond your Earth vessels third dimensional reality. As you continue your Ascension process, you will move out of alignment with Earths third-dimensional holographic projection and into alignment with Gaias true Planetary SELF in the fifth dimension and beyond.
In your other Ascension lives, as all of you even those who are now lost in darkness have had Ascension experiences, Ascension does not make you a Saint. Ascension merely means that you have returned your consciousness to the frequencies of your Multidimensional SELF that resonate above the illusions of the third/fourth dimensional realities. (“Message from the Arcturians: Happy Summer Solstice Becoming Masters,” channelled by Suzanne Lie. June 21, 2014 at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/06/22/message-from-the-arcturians-via-suzanne-lie-happy-summer-solstice-becoming-masters/.)
On Earth there are challenges all of the time and whilst you learn them the hard way, it is also the quickest way to progress. Remember that you always have your helpers around you, and they are ready to assist you when help is needed. However, it is not their place to impose themselves upon you, and you need to ask for help to get a response. It may not always be exactly as you desire and remember that there is always your life plan to consider. Certainly you have freewill, but at the same time you have undertaken a certain life plan that is your path for any one incarnation. It is to ensure that you progress in a sensible manner as quickly as possible. However, you can always have further experiences if needed, and these can cover any area of your life plan that has not been successful. (SaLuSa, May 23, 2014.)
Now let us back up even a little more. Many, we would suggest thousands and thousands and thousands of people have ascended and have had the experience of the ecstasy, the bliss, and the significant shift within their very cores insofar as they do not see or experience being human or being in Gaia in the way that they had previously. Let me explain.
These souls and yes, they are everyday people; they are not those who have been vying for sainthood, but they acknowledge their mastery, and part of each of you ascending is acknowledging your mastery but they have basically gone through the Ascension portal.
They are primarily way-showers. They have anchored in the higher dimensional energy Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and so on.
They have what we have called made a U-turn and are still exhibiting on planet, in form, in everyday reality, because their promise as part of their sacred journey, and as part of the collectives commitment, decision is that they would be the way-showers for the rest of humanity.
So they have, shall we say, Ascension Lite, insofar as that they have experienced the bliss, the higher realms. They have released the sense of restriction. They have embraced the sense of their inter-dimensionality, their ability to create and co-create.
Now, each individual is having, and will have, a different experience of Ascension. Now I am going to describe, in general terms, what this Ascension looks, feels like and what that experience is like. But it does not mean, even though you come as a collective, it does not mean that each of you perceives and experiences this sacred union, the rising up through a higher-dimensional realm, in the same way…
When you ascend, it is important that you anchor with and on Gaia. Otherwise your feet, quite literally, are not on the ground. So when people can experience and go, jump, to the higher dimensions available within the human experience, it is important in the Ascension, both individual and collective, that you stay connected with Gaia.
Think of yourself as a helium balloon and Gaia is holding your string. So, as you ascend you will be at this time within the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, brushing the Eighth, brushing the Third, but not really in those dimensions. So for people to think that they are going to ascend and simply go directly to the Eleventh or Twelfth would not be fully correct.
Now, once you have done your Ascension, are you free to move about? Of course you are. But the building and the creation of Nova Earth and we are talking about the human piece of Nova Earth, the human co-creation of Nova Earth, because the kingdoms and Gaia are already creating Nova Earth, and they are already participating in the higher dimensional reality but if you have your mission and purpose to assist, or desire to assist in the anchoring of what you, my friend, and I have called the Golden Age of Gaia, then you are primarily going to anchor in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh dimension.
Now, at some future date will there be a further Ascension? Yes, she is already inching up, as it were. And that will occur. And yes, there will be some who, once they have completed their commitment, shall we say, to the Mother, of Ascension in form and the ripple effect throughout the multiverse, the anchoring, the full anchoring of the love, then they may say, Well, I think now I am going to primarily go back to my comfort zone, or my home zone of an alternate dimension. That is fine.
But the fulfillment of the promise of this phase of the Mothers plan is for the humans to accompany Gaia and all into the higher dimensional reality, and particularly into the love. (“Archangel Michael: You are About To Reach Ascension,” channeled by Linda Dillon, May 15, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/05/18/archangel-michael-you-are-about-to-reach-ascension/.)
Please do know that Ascension is not an event that is happening on a certain day or a specific date, like for example a birthday party that is taking place on a certain date and that if you are too late on this party that you cannot participate in its joy of the moment, or that if it is even possible to be too late for it.
Ascension is not an event that can be postponed or something that could not go through, for it is an ongoing process that takes place every single day, every single second of your existence. It is your cells, your being, your every now moment of change and integration, realization, growth, insights.
Ascension is taking place within you every now moment of your existence, it is in laughter, it is in joy, it is in bliss, it is in love, it is in meditation, participation in love, it is Self Love, acceptance, allowance, inner knowing, wisdom, freedom, expansion, it is all of the beauty within you reflected on the outside of the world. It is the knowing of, and the realization that you ARE GOD, that you are Divine, that you are consciousness, that you are All That Is. It is the embracing of all of your multifaceted features and the being that you are in the now and in all of your existence.
Ascension is liberty, respect, your inner temple and sun into this being. It is all that you have dreamed of and yearned for and it is YOU. So as YOU are every day, every now moment in this existence, as you ARE existence and consciousness it is YOU that you yearn for from the heart and so that makes your Ascension in its entire being. BE your Ascension by Being, and Ascension will be every now moment. It will never be too late nor will it ever be postponed nor canceled for it is always YOU as YOU are infinite and existing. If you see that Ascension is you, you are already free. (“Saint Germain: Ascension is YOU,” channeled by Mline Lafont, April 20, 2013 at http://pleiadedolphininfos.blogspot.com/.)
The dark night of the soul is the final cleansing that must occur before you can live within the NOW of Ascension. This dark night of the soul is when you go through your daily life being fully aware of what you are doing wrong, aware of your fear, aware of your anger, aware of your pain.
You move through your life knowing that YOU are the creator of your life. You have created the situations that make you unhappy and pull you from the NOW. You are the creator of the situations that take you out of the ONE and trap you into the 3D hologram.
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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told Business Insider’s Henry Blodget on Tuesday that the “real threat” to the First Amendment did not come from President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, but rather from the Democratic Party.
Bewkes was speaking at Business Insider’s annual IGNITION conference, during which he was asked about Trump’s frequent campaign threats to open up libel laws.
Trump has also set his sights on Bewkes’ own media property, CNN, which he consistently ridiculed along the campaign trail and even after Election Day.
“Do you worry about that at all?” Blodget asked.
Bewkes said he didn’t “think that’s a serious thing,” adding that “we should all worry” if someone were seeking to change the First Amendment. He suggested that came from the Democratic Party, which “had a campaign plank to change the First Amendment, and they were doing it in the guise of campaign finance reform.”
“And that was worrying me more,” Bewkes said. “The press tends to miss that because they tend to lean that way, and therefore they were supporting what they were viewing I think overly charitably as something in cleaning up money in politics when in fact what it would do is restrain multiple voices.”
Democrats, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, vowed to engage in campaign finance reform following the election a cause that has been bolstered in recent years by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The 2010 ruling deemed that corporations and labor unions were people who could flex First Amendment rights in contributing to campaigns, and it led to the advent of so-called super PACs.
“So I thought the real threat to the First Amendment came from the Democrats’ side more,” Bewkes said. “There’s not going to be a serious effort on the Republican side.”
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The FBI, National Security Agency and CIA are likely to gain expanded surveillance powers under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, a prospect that has privacy advocates and some lawmakers trying to mobilize opposition.
Trumps first two choices to head law enforcement and intelligence agencies — Republican Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Republican Representative Mike Pompeo for director of the Central Intelligence Agency — are leading advocates for domestic government spying at levels not seen since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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An already over-powerful surveillance state is about to be let loose on the American people, said Daniel Schuman, policy director for Demand Progress, an internet and privacy advocacy organization.
In a reversal of curbs imposed after Edward Snowdens revelations in 2013 about mass data-gathering by the NSA, Trump and Congress may move to reinstate the collection of bulk telephone records, renew powers to collect the content of e-mails and other internet activity, ease restrictions on hacking into computers and let the FBI keep preliminary investigations open longer.
Read more: Apple, the FBI and encryption — a QuickTake
A first challenge for privacy advocates comes this week: A new rule is set to go into effect on Dec. 1 letting the FBI get permission from a judge in a single jurisdiction to hack into multiple computers whose locations arent known.
Under the proposed rules, the government would now be able to obtain a single warrant to access and search thousands or millions of computers at once; and the vast majority of the affected computers would belong to the victims, not the perpetrators, of a cybercrime, Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who serves on the Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.
Wyden is one of seven senators, including libertarian Republican Rand Paul, who have introduced a bill, S. 3475, to delay the new policy until July to give Congress time to debate its merits and consider amendments.
Sessions, Pompeo and officials with national security and law enforcement agencies have argued that expanded surveillance powers are needed, especially because of the threat of small, deadly terrorist plots that are hard to detect, like the killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June and 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last year.
The FBI had at one point opened a preliminary investigation into the Orlando killer, Omar Mateen, but didnt have the authority to keep it going for lack of evidence of wrongdoing.
Whats needed is a fundamental upgrade to Americas surveillance capabilities, Pompeo and a co-author wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary in January. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed.
Pompeo and Sessions want to repeal a 2015 law that prohibits the FBI and NSA from collecting bulk phone records — metadata such as numbers called and dates and times — on Americans who arent suspected of wrongdoing.
“Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database,” Pompeo wrote.
Press aides for Sessions and Pompeo declined to comment.
Sessions has opposed restraints on NSA surveillance and said in June that he supported legislation to expand the types of internet data the FBI can intercept without warrants.
Congress is also expected to consider legislation early next year that would renew the governments ability to collect the content of e-mail and other internet activity from companies such as Google and Facebook Inc.
Under the Prism program, investigators pursuing suspected terrorists can intercept the content of electronic communications believed to come from outside the U.S. without specific warrants even if one end of the communications is inside the country or involves an American.
Prism came under criticism when it was exposed by Snowden, the former NSA contractor who stole hundreds of thousands of documents on agency surveillance programs. Section 702 of the USA Patriot Act, under which Prism and other spy programs are conducted, is set to expire at the end of 2017 if it isnt reauthorized by Congress.
James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has said he also wants to renew a debate early next year about whether Apple and other companies can resist court warrants seeking to unlock encrypted communications. The agency went to court trying to force Apple to create new software to crack password protection on a phone used by the shooter in San Bernardino.
Boycott Apple until they give up the information, Trump said at a rally in South Carolina in February. He said Tim Cook, Apples chief executive officer, is looking to do a big number, probably to show how liberal he is. Apple should give up.
While the FBI dropped that case against Apple after buying a tool to hack into the phone, the increasing use of encryption on mobile devices and messaging services remains a challenge to national security and law enforcement agencies.
Republicans led by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina are expected to re-introduce legislation requiring companies to give investigators access to encrypted communications.
The FBI is also seeking legislation that would allow it to obtain non-content electronic communication transactional records, such as browsing histories and computer Internet Protocol addresses, without court oversight or a warrant.
Sessions and Burr supported the legislation earlier this year, while it was opposed by major technology groups as well as Google and Facebook.
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Singularity University (abbreviated SU) is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business incubator. According to its website, it focuses on scientific progress and “exponential” technologies. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil at the NASA Research Park in California, United States.
Singularity University initially offered an annual 10-week summer program and has since added conference series, classes, and a business incubator for startups and corporate teams.
Instruction is offered in eleven areas. Singularity University was created in 2009 based on Ray Kurzweil’s theory of “technological singularity.” Kurzweil believes that emerging technologies like nanotechnology and biotechnology will massively increase human intelligence over the next two decades, and fundamentally reshape the economy and society. In 2012, Singularity University the non-profit began the process for conversion to a benefit corporation, to include non-profit as well as for-profit aspects. In 2013, the new for-profit corporation incorporated as “Singularity Education Group” and acquired the descriptive “Singularity University” as its trade name.
In 2015, Singularity University and Yunus Social Business (YSB) announced a partnership at the World Economic Forum to use “accelerating technologies” and social entrepreneurship for global development in developing areas of the world where YSB is active.
Singularity University also partners with organizations to sponsor annual “Global Impact Competitions”, based on a theme and geography.
Singularity University is overseen by a Board of Trustees. Rob Nail, one of the organization’s Associate Founders, was named CEO of Singularity University in October, 2011. Director of “Global Grand Challenges” in 2013 is Nicholas Haan.
Corporate founding partners and sponsors include Google,Nokia,Autodesk,IDEO,LinkedIn,ePlanet Capital, the X Prize Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and Genentech.
Students at Singularity University’s “Global Solutions Program” (GSP, formerly the “Graduate Studies Program”) learn about new technologies, and work together over the summer to start companies. In 2012, the Global Solutions Program class had 80 students, with an average age of 30. In 2015, Google agreed to provide $1.5 million annually for two years to make the program free to participants. The 80 students are selected from over 3,000 applicants each year. A substantial portion of the GSP class comes from the winners of SU’s sponsored “Global Impact Competitions”.
The Executive Program is targeted to corporate leaders, and focuses on how rapid changes in technology will impact businesses.
In 2013, Singularity University announced a three-year partnership with Deloitte and XPRIZE called the “Innovation Partnership Program” (IPP). The program consists of a multi-year series of events where Fortune 500 executives partner with startups. The program consists of an array of workshops on crowdsourcing, the advancement of “exponential” technologies, and how to innovate through incentivized competitions. Executives from 30 large companies, including Google, Shell, Qualcomm, The Hershey Company and Sprint, met for the first four-day executive summit.
Singularity University has an “Exponential Regional Partnership” with SingularityU The Netherlands. This partnership program serves to help prepare European society and European companies for exponential technologies and give them the tools to use these technologies to meet Global Grand Challenges. The Netherlands was chosen as a starting point for international expansion because of the social, creative and innovative environment with rapid adoption rates for new technologies. Water, food, healthcare and mobility, traditional strengths of the Dutch economy, are the main focal points.
SingularityU The Netherlands has its own local faculty. This faculty consists of European scientists and domain experts who have been selected because SingularityU considers them to be at the top of their respective fields.
In 2016, SingularityU The Netherlands organized a Global Impact Competition to find the most innovative Dutch entrepreneurs with ideas that leverage exponential technologies to enhance the lives of refugees.  Danny Wagemans, a 21-year old nanophysics student, won the first prize to participate in the 10 week Global Solutions Program. He demonstrated how clean water and energy can be derived from urine by combining a microbial fuel cell and a graphene filter in a water bottle.
An Innovation Hub that allows people to experience exponential technologies has been started in Eindhoven as part of the Exponential Regional Partnership. This Innovation Hub was officially opened in Eindhoven by Queen Mxima of the Netherlands, in the presence of numerous representatives of the corporate community, government and innovators. Eindhoven was chosen for this hub as it is the heart of the Brainport region, one of Europe’s most important tech clusters.
Singularity University hosts annual conferences focused on “exponentially accelerating technologies”, and their impact on fields such as finance, medicine and manufacturing. The conferences are produced with Deloitte, as well as CNBC for the “Exponential Finance” conference.
Singularity Hub is a science and tech media website published by Singularity University. Singularity Hub was founded in 2008  with the mission of “providing news coverage of sci/tech breakthroughs that are rapidly changing human abilities, health, and society”. It was acquired by Singularity University in 2012, to make content produced by Singularity University more accessible.
SU Labs is a seed accelerator by Singularity University, targeting startups which aim to “change the lives of a billion people”
The company “Made In Space”, which has developed a 3D printer adapted to the constraints of space travel, was founded at Singularity University. The first prototype of Made in Space, the “Zero-G Printer”, was developed with NASA and sent into space in September, 2014.
In 2011, a Singularity University group launched Matternet, a startup that aims to harness drone technology to ship goods in developing countries that lack highway infrastructure. Other startups from SU are the peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround, and BioMine, which uses mining technologies to extract value from electronic waste.
In 2013, Singularity University and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced a partnership to create technologies to improve the lives of vulnerable people in developing countries.
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