At the Heart of Global Woes, 157 of World’s 200 Richest Entities Are Now Corporations, Not Governments

An ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, Texas. (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

As corporations in the United States and around the world continue to reap record profits thanks to enormous tax cuts, widespread tax avoidance schemes, and business-friendly trade and investment policies, an analysis by Global Justice Now (GJN) published Wednesday found that the world’s most profitable companies are raking in revenue “far in excess of most governments,” giving them unprecendented power to influence policy in their favor and skirt accountability.

Measured by 2017 revenue, 69 of the top 100 economic entities in the world are corporations, GJN found in its report, which was released as part of an effort to pressure the U.K. government to advance a binding United Nations treaty that would hold transnational corporations to account for human rights violations.

“When it comes to the top 200 entities, the gap between corporations and governments gets even more pronounced: 157 are corporations,” GJN notes. “Walmart, Apple, and Shell all accrued more wealth than even fairly rich countries like Russia, Belgium, Sweden.”

In a statement accompanying the striking new figures, GJN director Nick Dearden denounced Britain’s Tory government for eagerly assisting this “rise in corporate power—through tax structures, trade deals, and even aid programs that help big business.”

“The vast wealth and power of corporations is at the heart of so many of the world’s problems—like inequality and climate change,” Dearden noted. “The drive for short-term profits today seems to trump basic human rights for millions of people on the planet. Yet there are very few ways that citizens can hold these corporations to account for their behavior. Rather, through trade and investment deals, it is corporations which are able to demand that governments do their bidding.”

Denouncing powerful governments for “routinely” opposing “the call of developing countries to hold corporations to account for their human rights impacts at the U.N.,” Dearden said his group is “joining campaigns from across the world to tell the British government not to block this international demand for justice.”

Despite continued efforts by the international business lobby to squash them, negotiations on the U.N. Binding Treaty on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations began on Monday in The Hague.

“From a coal mine in Bangladesh that threatens to destroy one of the world’s largest mangrove ecosystems to hundreds of people at risk of displacement from a mega-sugar plantation in Sri Lanka, corporations and big business are often implicated in human rights abuses across Asia” and the world, Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific noted in a blog post on Wednesday, describing the U.N. treaty as a potential “game-changer.”

“Companies are able to evade responsibility by operating between different national jurisdictions and taking advantage of corruption in local legal systems, not to mention the fact that many corporations are richer and more powerful than the states that seek to regulate them,” Friends of the Earth concluded. “We must right this wrong.”

Source: https://www.commondreams.org

Netflix Animation Pushes Pedophilia and Child Pornography

According to Vanity Fair, the child 'frequently masturbates with her favorite childhood toy, a stuffed worm.'

by Caldron Pool

In 2008 an Australian man was convicted of possessing child pornography, fined $3,000 and required to enter a two-year good behavior bond in relation to each offence.

The pornographic content in the man’s possession comprised of a series of cartoons depicting underage characters from The Simpsons engaging in sex acts.

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Top 11 Holistic Healing Practices You Should Try for Good Health

The below holistic healing practices are natural methods of achieving good mental and physical health. Have you tried any of these?

Whether we are familiar with holistic healing or not, for the most part, stable health and well-being are all we want in life. It’s what we wish for our families, and it’s the first thing we are thankful for when things don’t seem to go our way. “At least I have my health,” is something my mother still says when I complain.

The thing is, she’s right. When you have your health, you have everything. A good deal of us prefers to achieve our good health with natural methods, which includes several holistic healing practices, which means that they treat the body as a whole.

Here are 11 holistic healing practices you should try for good health.

1. Acupuncture

Most of us know acupuncture as the Chinese practice of putting needles in your body. That’s exactly what it is. Of course, those specified spikes should be inserted by an acupuncture specialist, and you should not try to insert them yourself.

This holistic practice is used to treatheadaches, relieve stress, improve immunity, ease digestive disorders, help with allergies, and reduce pain in the back, neck, and joints. Acupuncture also promotes mental clarity and increases energy.

2. Balneotherapy

This practice uses bathing in springs as a technique to bring health and wellness to your body, mind, and soul. Mostly, it has been used to treat arthritis, lower back pain, and fibromyalgia. The key thing is the patient must bath in the natural hot springs or similar mineral-rich water.

Baths like this increase circulation, detoxify your body and ease stress, which can cause a myriad of problems.

3. Ayurveda

This is the world’s oldest holistic healing practice, and it is founded on the ideology that wellness and good health come from balancing the spirit, mind, and the body. It started in India more than 3,000 years ago, the goal of this method is to restore the balance between your three doshas, or elements.

This can be done by cleansing or “panchakarma”, blood purification, massage, medical oils, herbs, and laxatives or enemas.

4. Homeopathy

The idea behind this practice is “like cures like” and the practitioners believe that the body has the power to heal itself. It has been used to treat allergies, migraines, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome.

5. Music Therapy

We have another practice that helps with all types of illnesses. Music is an international language that transcends barriers and can do a world of good for those who are suffering from mental or physical disorders.

A music therapist can visit regularly with the patient to create a warm positive atmosphere, which is always a good thing when it comes to the healing process.

6. Chiropractic

Adjusting and aligning your joints and vertebrae is at the basis of this holistic medicine. If you have ever seen a chiropractor, you remember putting your face down into a strange chair/massage table. Then you feel the doctor push and crack your back, which feels weird but good.

When the spinal column gets out of whack, the whole body can suffer.

7. Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils is what this practice deals with. When it comes to these powerful little extracts, they can solve a number of problems. There is an essential oil for stress, one for joint pain, and another to help you focus when you need it.

In fact, there is an essential oil to help with almost anything. Aromatherapypractices utilize inhalation of the scents, topical application with use of carrier oils, and the occasional ingestion to reap these benefits. Essential oils are volatile compounds and should be used correctly.

Be sure to consult a professional before starting an aromatherapy practice.

8. Massage Therapy

Our next holistic healing practice uses the manipulation of your muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments to bring good health and well-being to the patient. There are rehabilitative massage and relaxation. It increases blood flow as well as lymph circulation.

9. Naturopathy

Just as the name suggests, this practice utilizes natural remedies for everything instead of conventional medicine. Some of the devices they use have already been mentioned here. They include herbal treatments, acupuncture, exercise, and nutrition.

It is a form of holistic healing in that the idea of this practice is to treat the whole person, including their spirit and mind along with the body.

10. Reflexology

This next practice falls under massage but focuses on the feet, hands, and ears. It is built on the belief that certain places in those areas of the body, when the right pressure is applied, can relieve your internal organs of pain, illnesses, and toxins.

There are maps on the internet of the feet the reflexology points on the soles if you would like to try it yourself.

11. Reiki

Our last practice falls under the category of energy healing, but it deserves a slot all its own. Getting its start in Japan, this treatment works on the whole person and focuses primarily on the life force energy using techniques like meditation.

Conclusion

There are so many ways we can treat ourselves without relying solely on conventional medicine. These natural powers have been around much longer and have lasted centuries, which means something on our book.

Have you tried any of the above holistic healing practices? Please share your experiences with us in the comments.

 

Source: https://www.lifeadvancer.com

 

Ex USAF Colonel & Boeing Engineer Explains What Happened During Apollo 13

When it comes to astronauts, it’s amusing how a select few receive media attention, and it’s usually the ones that attempt to debunk the UFO / extraterrestrial phenomena.

On the other hand, we have a plethora of astronauts, perhaps even more than 50 percent of them in the United States, who have told the world that they know for a fact that UFOs are real, and that some of them are piloted by beings from somewhere else in the universe.

Why is it that these astronauts don’t receive much attention, why are their words not taken as credible, and why are astronauts who debunk these claims instantaneously believed? Definitely strange to say the least.

The video below, however, is not from an astronaut, but a testimony from Colonel Ross Dedrickson. His testimony, as well as obituary states:

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Abel Danger to the Rescue


By Anna Von Reitz

For all those who desperately need to know this, there really ARE heroes out there leading the fight for sanity, safety, health, accountable government, and the American Way.   Meet Field McConnell and Abel Danger. 


This is for all you guys out there who realize that America and the rest of the world have fallen into really deep Kim Chee and who are frustrated by all the legal battles and historical recaps and can’t-do-anything-about-it news.  Here is where the pedal hits the metal:

SERCO:  why is a British conglomerate acting as the Paymaster for our military?  

Senior Executive Service? — The Grand-Daddy of all the unaccountable agencies within agencies exposed at last.  
Benghazi —- you want the real poop?   Well, here it is. 
Begin with visiting the website:   http://www.abeldanger.org
Then sample the vast video archive of over 900 radio shows: Cloud Centric (C2) Crime Scene Investigation
Then kick back and listen to Field’s annual addresses straight to you from Canton, Texas, Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial:   
2013:
Then learn about the assassination of Pat Tillman and 38 others aboard Extortion 17: 
If all this evidence and reporting isn’t enough to convince you, nothing ever will be enough.  While I and my Living Law Firm have been battling on our front, Abel Danger has been whooping up on another.  And just like an Army in the field, we all need your insight, help and support to expose and combat the evils that oppress people worldwide. 

I am often criticized because I don’t get into political movements.  Though it comes as a real jolt to most people, political parties were never part of our lawful government and still aren’t.   The so-called “Democratic Party” and “Republican Party” are professional lobbying organizations no different than the Tobacco Lobby, and just as corrupt.  

So why support or get drawn into all that?   Giving it a nice label and calling it a “Party” doesn’t cover up the stench.  A pig is a pig is a pig, isn’t it? 

But there are organizations that are worthwhile— organizations that prevent nasty things from happening, organizations that help find and define solutions, organizations that seek out what is good for all Americans and all mankind.   Abel Danger is one of them.

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More Pollocks Needed


By Anna Von Reitz

Let’s start with the Polish farmer’s answer — “I have ten daughters. You can’t scare me.” 


But let’s also admit that being Grandma for the whole world — more than 200 children calling themselves “countries” — is a scary proposition.  

A carpenter views the world in terms of hammer and nails. A doctor views it in terms of disease and health.  A Grandma views it in terms of children.  

As any parent who has had to deal with more than one child at once can confirm, the first thing you notice is what? 

Oh, they are all different.  

The second thing is?  

They all have their own needs.  

The third thing is?  

I don’t have all the answers or talents or materials to fulfill all these needs. 

That pretty much sums up the parent’s dilemma worldwide and at all scales, including being Grandma to the whole world.  

Now, this may sound odd, but I view war as an attention-seeking behavior. 

When I look at history and spin the globe, I see it in terms of erring children trying to get their share.  

Let’s look at the countries that have started the most wars, shall we?  They fall into two groups:  those that are small and embattled and don’t have enough resources, and those that are large and rich in natural resources, but lacking natural borders.  

As representatives of the first group we have England, Israel, and Japan.  England and Japan are small island nations surrounded by the sea, lacking enough arable ground and other materials to sustain themselves without trade.  Israel is also small and lacking sufficient natural resources, only instead of being surrounded by the sea, it is surrounded by hostile neighbors.  Yikes! 

In the second group we have the examples of Germany and the Congo in central Africa.  These are relatively large and resource-rich nations, but they have amorphous arbitrary borders and a long history of contracting and expanding like amoebas, causing bloodshed as they do so. 

Often, the neediest children in a family are the oldest, and as a result, they are the most likely to give into attention-seeking behavior, just when the embattled parent is most depending on them.  They also become experts at quid pro quo bargaining.

“Ah, Mom, I helped you get the three younger kids on the bus, fed the dogs, raked the yard, and took Aunt Sue to her doctor’s appointment….. now, about that new saxophone…..” 

It’s the same way with countries. Dealing with the old monarchies of Europe is very much like bargaining with an oldest daughter over a Prom Dress.   

If we want to avoid war, we need to deal with these realities.  We need to make sure that Israel, England, and Japan can live comfortably without starting a war. We need to help countries like Germany and the Congo to feel safe and complete within their borders.  

In Asia and Africa, where the actual oldest countries are, it’s different because a different level of maturity has been reached.  The hard edges of need and ego have been buffed and rounded.  

These countries know who they are, know who their neighbors are, know what their challenges are, are confident in their abilities, know their limitations, and  contribute as adults.  

They are hard to provoke into a war for the same reason that a forty year-old is less volatile than a teenager, but if they go to war, they are far more dangerous because they aren’t doing it to get attention or to create a deal-making situation to get their needs met. 

They are doing it to kill or be killed.  This is why tiny Vietnam could stymie France and bring the U.S. to a standstill. 

So it is four o’clock in the morning…. somewhere in my memory, I am aware that it is time to get up and feed the cows.  My dog is hopeful, trying to convince me that he is a cow.  I am shaking my head and thinking about Poland. 

Poland, like Germany, has no natural borders to speak of.  Like Germany, Poland’s historical borders have shifted and re-shuffled many times.  Unlike Germany, Poland has an admirable record of keeping the peace.  Why? 

Like the middle child, Poland has to shoulder in between Germany and Russia  and make sense of it all, and Poland does that.  

Germany may be brilliant, but Poland is wise. 

Russia may have all the latest tech, but Poland knows the value of a good outhouse.  

At the end of the day, a little vodka and some polka music makes the world a better place.  

Me thinks we could all learn a lot from the Pollocks about what is truly valuable  and how to keep the peace.   

So, I have ten daughters, a herd of cows, and slightly more than 200 countries to feed and care for.  And yes, it is still dark every morning when I get up.  

I am looking for a few good Pollocks to help me out here.  

We need peacekeepers who are comfortable with being at peace, self-sufficient, self-respecting, and willing to nurture the rest of the world because they come from a position of inner strength.  We need to observe and learn from all the people and countries that keep the peace and who value peace, because it is not enough to enshrine peace as some airy-fairy ideal. 

The time has come to make peace a living, breathing reality, and not be distracted from the goal just because a queen or emperor has an ego-driven meltdown or a neighboring country can’t pay its gas bill.  

When the small and vulnerable countries throw tantrums, we need to recognize their needs the same way we recognize it when a baby needs changing.  When one of the larger “border-less” countries gets confused, we need to help them find workable definitions the same way we help teenagers find their identity.  

Through it all we need to act as a family and be aware that we are part of a family — the family of Mankind.  Just step back for a moment and view the world as a Grandmother. 

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FBI Admits It Used Multiple Spies To Infiltrate Trump Campaign — Timeline Thus Far

(Zero Hedge) The Department of Justice admitted in a Friday court filing that the FBI used more than one “Confidential Human Source,” (also known as informants, or spies) to infiltrate the Trump campaign through former adviser Carter Page, reports the Daily Caller. 

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