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‘Honey Laundering: An International Scandal”

Via Mother Nature Network

Food experts have found that much of the honey sold in the U.S. is a concoction of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners and a small amount of genuine honey.

There might be something funny in your honey.

Food-safety experts have found that much of the honey sold in the United States isn’t actually honey, but a concoction of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners or “jiggery” (cheap, unrefined sugar), plus a small amount of genuine honey, according to Wired UK.

Worse, some honey — much of which is imported from Asia — has been found to contain toxins like lead and other heavy metals, as well as drugs like chloramphenicol, an antibiotic, according to a Department of Justice news release.

And because cheap honey from China was being dumped on the U.S. market at artificially low prices, Chinese honey is now subject to additional import duties. So Chinese exporters simply ship their honey to Thailand or other countries, where it is relabeled to hide its origins, according to NPR.org.

This international “honey-laundering” scandal has now resulted in a Justice Department indictment of two U.S. companies and the charging of five people with selling mislabeled honey that also contained chloramphenicol.

Honey Solutions of Baytown, Texas, and Groeb Farms of Onsted, Mich., have agreed to pay millions of dollars in fines and implement corporate compliance measures following a lengthy Justice Department investigation. [The Science of Food: 10 Odd Facts]

“This is a huge deal for the industry. This is the first admission by a U.S. packer,” of knowingly importing mislabeled honey, Eric Wenger, chairman of True Source Honey, told NPR. True Source Honey is an industry consortium with an auditing system to guarantee the actual origin of honey.

Honey isn’t the only food product subject to impurities and mislabeling. Olive oil is often cut with cheaper oils and sold at premium prices, a practice that’s expected to expand as a shortage of the oil (caused by a 2012 drought in southern Europe) hits global markets.

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Indicators to Show That We Are Living in the Craziest — But Most Extraordinary — Times in History

“Fifty years is ample time in which to change a world and its people almost beyond recognition. All that is required for the task are a sound knowledge of social engineering, a clear sight of the intended goal – and power.” – Arthur C. Clarke

With so much happening these days it is difficult to keep up with the changes. In spite of this we as a race continually give testimony to our ability to acclimatize and adapt with the changes regardless of the circumstances.

Who’d believe just 50 years ago that some of the things we have now would come true?

As we advance into the New Year there is indeed much to be concerned about. Those of us involved in campaigning need to ramp up our efforts to achieve unprecedented levels of peaceful activism during these uncertain times: Regardless of your position or take, what’s important is to realize that you can make a difference to the world as insignificance is an illusion.

Who you really are is a conscious multidimensional spiritual being: You operate on levels that transcend the confinements of matter, energy, space and time. This is the key to how you can effectively make a difference.

In reflection of this, a world undergoing exponential changes; how to adapt and deal with the obstacles we face during the uncertainty, here is an overview of just 7 indicators to show that we are indeed living in the craziest most extraordinary times in our history!

1. Net neutrality

With the FCC (Federal Communications commission) net neutrality rules taken away ISP’s are no longer stopped from preventing, restricting traffic and providers will be able to charge higher prices for faster web traffic lanes.

It’s all to do with the corporations involved making higher profits, ties to the “fake news” meme, political correctness and suppression of free speech… Net neutrality gives greater control of the “real news”

Yet another agendized ulterior motive to allow the powers that be to advance their plans for total world domination.

2. Alternative media under siege

As remarked in so many words by James Corbett, there has never been so much uncertainty for the future of the alternative media.

Google Alphabet and its chairman Eric Schmidt have been involved in reducing the spread of so-called “misinformation” by de-ranking and delisting alternative media websites through Google’s algorithms. RT (Russia Today) has recently been hit by this.

Further attempts to censor and suppress the alternative media include Twitter shadow banning, YouTube account restrictions or suspensions and Facebook “what’s trending” newsfeed manipulation.

Then there has also been censorship involving renewed “fake news” attacks related to new Russian propaganda allegations on certain alternative media platforms…

3. Advancing technocracy

The advancing agenda by the powers that be to have complete technological control over us couldn’t be better exemplified than by China’s social media control. If you’re an activist or speak out against authorities in China you could be in for a hard time, as found out by Liu Hu.

He had already been imprisoned for his blogs, accused of “fabricating and spreading rumours” about corrupt officials…

Refusing to apologize on social media he was then fined and has had many of his basic citizen’s rights removed, finding himself subject to bank loan denials, travel ticket and property buying bans.

As the Chinese governmental authorities continue to collect data on its citizens, it ties in with China’s recently introduced social credit system.

4. A.I system and robots rising

As part of the world control agenda, being rolled out in secrecy, the A.I system focuses on economic value rather than humanitarian value.

When the system is controlled by A.I it will not have those humanitarian qualities such as empathy, caring and compassion. In short, the system will be rooted in economics, profit and greed at the expense of so many people who will suffer as a consequence.

On the subject of robots rising, last year, a medical exam was passed by a robot for the first time ever. Then we also saw a robot being granted citizenship. The idea of granting robot citizenship ties in with the planned authoritative control of the autonomous A.I system by robots.

5. Nanobot technology

It could be said that nanobot technology is one of a number of examples where, in our transition, technological advances are turning science fiction into science fact.

While nanobot technology has been associated with causing harm it is also possible to put it to good effect. New research at Cambridge University is being developed to use nanobots as a cancer cure.

Able to manipulate the human body on a nano-scale it could revolutionize the way we approach and treat not just cancer but disease in general through the use of patrolling, diagnosing and repairing nanobots.

Time will tell whether or not this new medical approach will be highly effective. In the meantime it should be remembered that there are many cheap, natural, non-toxic, non-invasive, natural ways of effectively treating disease such as cancer while prevention is the best form of cure.

6. Genetically modified humans “cut and paste gene editing”

Gene editing technology, making deletions, insertions and alterations to genetically modify the human genome (human DNA) has come on leaps and bounds in accuracy and efficiency.

It was recently confirmed that scientists have produced the first genetically engineered embryos through using CRIPSR/Cas9 gene editing technology by researchers at the University of Sun Yat-sen, China. Genetic modification of human embryos has also been made at a health University, Oregon.

While this has been touted as the technology for having the potential to create perfect babies, disease eradication through genetic modification… it raises a number of issues/concerns such as:

*Scientists have no idea how over 75% of our genes function. With this in mind, what about the risks involved when editing and transplanting human embryonic genes by the scientists’ design?

*In spite of a lack of knowledge, approval has been given without any thoughtful consideration to the dangers in the long-term as it is passed off as “scientific advancement.”

As with genetically modified crops, with the related corporations standing to gain so much, scientists are allowed to carry on” tinkering with life…”

*If the embryos were allowed to develop who decides what the characteristics will be for designer babies? Consider the bias towards gender, race, behavioural characteristics.

*Remember, the technocrats could enforce certain behavioural traits that could end up deleting many human qualities such empathy and creativity. Consequently we could we lose these traits while harming our species or affecting natural evolution.

*We could also lose our spiritual power and connection to God/ Goddess/ All-There-Is, rendering us as powerless automatons, unable to do anything against the will of the technocrats and the new world order.

Blinded by corporate greed and self-interest, not caring about the serious potential dangers, as in the cases of nanotechnology and genetic engineering, has technology become a runaway train?

7. Cryptocurrency

Indeed, many will know that there has been a lot of debate on the subject of cryptocurrency.  For example, this video by Ryan Cristián explains to us how the banks bought Bitcoin.

From another perspective, those having made a lot of money through investing on the markets have the opportunity to use some of that wealth to campaign for liberty and change through decentralization.

In reflection

Who really knows what lies ahead? Whatever we do let’s at least spread the word with the alternative media as long as it still exists.

The idea of everything coming down in cataclysmic circumstances and then we rise up like the phoenix from the ashes is fantasy. The solution is not about demolishing the system. Ultimately, what’s really needed is truth and transparency in the system.

As long as we have choice, let’s work with the idea that anything’s possible. We are the imagination of ourselves thus; the idea of turning science fiction into science fact could therefore have real humanitarian possibility.

By Paul A Philips, Guest writer

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The Pentagon has set out to conquer the “underground world”

Mankind has conquered nearly all places on the surface of the planet throughout the ages. From dangerous seas to the highest mountains, our civilization has seized control of almost every corner of Earth’s surface. Now, we may soon start doing the same thing to the underworld according to a new military project by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States. The new initiative challenges participants from all over the world to propose pioneering methods to develop systems that can help in the investigation of habitable underground networks

“One of the consequences of the increase in world population and urbanization is the need for more living spaces, which makes the search and development of underground infrastructure increasingly interesting,” says Timothy Chung, program director of the DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO) in a recently published video (see below).

According to Timothy Chung, program director of the DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO), “One of the consequences of the increase in world population and urbanization is the need for more living spaces, which makes the search and development of underground infrastructure increasingly interesting.”

In that line of thinking, the Pentagon has just launched a totally unexpected challenge to researchers.

Titled “Underground Challenge of the Advanced Defense Research Projects Agency of the USA” (DARPA Subterranean or “SubT” Challenge), it’s a call to explore new possibilities in tracking, navigation, and exploration of underground environments, as noted by Space.com.

This initiative invites participants from all over the world to propose pioneering methods to develop systems that can help in the investigation of habitable underground networks, even with unpredictable conditions that are dangerous for humans.

“One of the main limitations facing warfighters and emergency responders in subterranean environments is a lack of situational awareness; we often don’t know what lies beneath us,” Chung, said in a statement.

Image Credit: DARPA

“The DARPA Subterranean Challenge aims to provide previously unimaginable situational awareness capabilities for operations underground.”

Through the “SubT” Challenge, the Pentagon invites the scientific and engineering community, as well as the general public, to use their creativity in order to provide new technologies and ideas to make access the inaccessible, considering time as something essential.

According to the director of the TTO, Fred Kennedy, “we are now at a point where developments in robotics, autonomy and even biological systems will allow us to explore underground areas that are very dangerous for humans.”

Those who are interested in this challenge will compete in solving extreme problems as helping people navigate in the unknown, through unprecedented treacherous subterranean conditions where time is of the essence, according to the statement.

As noted by Space.com, The final competition, which will take place in 2021, will include three challenges that include operating in one of three environments: a network of man-made human-made tunnels, a subterranean municipal-transit system and a network of underground natural caves.

The final event will challenge teams to navigate through networks that include parts of all three environments. The grand-prize winners will take home $2 million. The deadline to apply is Jan. 18, 2018.

Through the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, we are inviting the scientific and engineering communities — as well as the public — to use their creativity and resourcefulness to come up with new technologies and concepts to make the inaccessible accessible,” Kennedy said in the statement.

Source: DARPA

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How Would You Feel? 20 Shocking Illustrations Reversing Animals With Humans

Truthfully, some of these are downright gut wrenching. You’ve been warned. Compiled by Bored Pandathis series of illustrations was designed to get us to think differently about the way humans treat animals by having us trade places with them, creating a horrific parallel universe where humans are caged, tortured, and slaughtered.It’s a terrifying premise, but sadly, also represents the reality for hundreds of millions of animals each day.

These images have the potential to open up so many discussion topics which perhaps people are already thinking about but have never dared explore out loud. These are the uncomfortable truths that hide just beneath the surface of world. We use animals for our entertainment, we eat them, we wear them, we experiment on them, and we use them to curb our own loneliness.

People can argue for and against animals rights ’till the cows come home, but that doesn’t change the fact that we as a species see animals as ‘less than’ or as inferior to us. There is plenty more I could say on this issue, but for now, let’s just have a look at these images and take some time to reflect on how they make us feel. If you are uncomfortable, it may because they hit closer to home than you’d like.

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