Greece: the Model for Mental Demoralization in Neofeudal Looting Operations

In the following passages, The New Nationalist (TNN) cherry picked and abridged a lengthy article by Greek writer Michael Nevradakis to give our readers a synopsis of how Greece fits into the scheme of wildcat parasite guild globalization.

John Perkins, author of the bestselling book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” described how “economic hitmen” from institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank, as well as from the private sector, coordinate their economic takeover of an indebted nation such as Greece with a process of mental colonization:

… [T]hat’s part of the game: convince people that they’re wrong, that they’re inferior. The corporatocracy is incredibly good at that … It’s a policy of them versus us: We are good. We are right. We do everything right. You’re wrong. And in this case, all of this energy has been directed at the Greek people to say “you’re lazy; you didn’t do the right thing; you didn’t follow the right policies.”

This collective guilt has been strongly encouraged by Greece’s political class, who ironically are responsible to a significant degree for Greece’s present-day crisis. Greece is very much a victim of a planned kakistrocracy put in place by usual suspect Crime Syndicate operatives. Somehow, as if by osmosis, criminally incompetent leadership is installed that sets about utilizing the age-old bankster trap: debt, mostly spent on consumerism, waste, fluff and lining kleptocrat pockets.

Purchasing habits are shifted via brainwashing so that ordinary Greeks reveal a marked preference for foreign products, even when similar (and often higher-quality) domestic products are available.

In the early 1980s, Greece’s borders were opened up to imports from other European countries and particularly Germany, Europe’s export powerhouse. Greece’s previously successful industry, which produced everything from buses and tractors to refrigerators and stoves, was wrecked. Many industries were bought out, shuttered or operations were outsourced. Under the dictates of Greece’s so-called “bailout” agreements, many remaining industries were slated for firesale privatization to foreign corporate interests or closure.

Greece entered the EEC (European Economic Community) in 1981. EEC regulations, such as its common agricultural policies, dictates to member-states what to grow, what not to grow, what seeds and crop varieties are permitted or prohibited, where to export and at what prices, and where not to export. Greece’s agricultural base has, as a result, been battered since 1981.

During this same period, increased foreign influence and the arrival of “easy money” from “Europe” led more and more people to desire what they perceived to be a more “European” lifestyle and career. Working the land was old-fashioned and backwards; a desk job or studying to become a lawyer or doctor was the thing to do.

Greek academics at all educational levels are infamous for their love and support toward the pan-European economic alliances and values. Many are negatively selected for anti-national beliefs and are bought off via various European funding and grant programs, scholarship and mobility programs.

The cultural and mental colonization of Greece has also resulted in the phenomenon of mimicry. The behaviors and habits of the “civilized West” are increasingly being adopted and naturalized. Since the 1980s, students have been taught that they are “European first, then Greek.”

Approximately half of Greece’s population has piled into the greater Athens area. The debt binge did little to deal with infrastructure and livability issues there. There is little multi-generational place affinity to bind a community. About 600,000 Greeks have departed Greece and have no intention of ever repatriating.

Greece’s kakistrocrats seemed to work right out of the 1944 Wild Bill Donovan CIA handbook for demoralizing a nation and its population. Is this Greek Model employed elsewhere? You betcha.

List of Timeless Tips from the Simple Sabotage Field Manual

Managers and Supervisors

  1. To lower morale and production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.
  2. Demand written orders.
  3. “Misunderstand” orders. Ask endless questions or engage in long correspondence about such orders. Quibble over them when you can.
  4. Do everything possible to delay the delivery of orders. Even though parts of an order may be ready beforehand, don’t deliver it until it is completely ready.
  5. Don’t order new working’ materials until your current stocks have been virtually exhausted, so that the slightest delay in filling your order will mean a shutdown.
  6. Order high-quality materials that are hard to get. If you don’t get them, argue about it. Warn that inferior materials will mean inferior work.
  7. In making work assignments, always sign out the unimportant jobs first. See that the important jobs are assigned to inefficient workers of poor machines.
  8. Insist on perfect work on relatively unimportant products; send back for refinishing those that have the least flaws.
  9. Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try to make a small wrench do instead of a big one.
  10. Organizations and Conferences: When possible, refer all matters to committees for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large and bureaucratic as possible. Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.

The resulting divide-and-conquer hatred and disgust that many in the Greek private sector and the populace at large feel toward the public sector and its employees has helped pave the way for the acceptance of firesale privatizations of key public assets, utilities and services, such as airports, harbors and telecommunications infrastructure into the hands of private foreign investors and kleptocrats.

It’s assumed and ingrained in the national psyche that Greece must be aligned with some power, operating as a vassal state in exchange for some marginal benefits and “protection.”

The end result of this wildcat savage globalization racket, is that Greece ranks No. 4 on Bloomberg’s misery index.

Greek actress Katerina Moutsatsou produced a YouTube video titled “I Am Hellene,” a production that was meant to raise the spirits of the Greek people and to express some pride that was (and still is) sorely lacking. The video quickly went viral, soliciting a tremendous response from the media and the public – largely consisting of derision, insults and vitriol. Some accused Moutsatsos of being a “fascist,” others mocked anyone who would even consider saying anything positive about Greece.

Anything depicting the Greek flag, is a swift and certain way to be branded the ever present slur “far-right,” a “nationalist,” an “ethnocentrist,” a “racist” and a “xenophobe.”

Goldman Sach’s Bear Market Indicator Shows Crash Dead Ahead

By Tyler Durden | 5 September 2018

ZERO HEDGE — One year ago, we reported that in its attempt to calculate the likelihood, and timing, of the next bear market, Goldman Sachs created a proprietary “Bear Market Risk Indicator” which at the time had shot up to 67% – a level last seen just before the 2000 and 2007 crashes – prompting Goldman to ask, rhetorically, “should we be worried now?”

While Goldman’s answer was a muted yes, nothing dramatic happened in the months that followed – the result of Trump’s $1.5 trillion fiscal stimulus which pushed the US economy into a temporary, sugar-high overdrive – aside from the near correction in February which was promptly digested by the market on its path to new all time highs (here one has to exclude the rolling bear markets that have hit everything from emerging markets, to China, to commodities to European banks).

At the time, Goldman wrote that it examined over 40 data variables (among macro, market and technical data) and looked at their behaviour around major market turning points (bull and bear markets). Most, individually, did not work as leading indicators on a consistent basis, or they provided too many false positives to be useful predictors. So the bank developed a Bear Market Risk Indicator based on five factors, in combination, that do provide a reasonable guide to bear market risk – or at least the risk of low returns: valuation, ISM (growth momentum), unemployment, inflation and the yield curve. […]

Calm Your Body and Mind With Mandarin Orange Oil

What Is Mandarin Orange Oil?

Mandarin orange oil is derived from the fruit peel of mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata Blanco), which has been widely cultivated in many parts of Asia, including Japan, China, India, the East Indies and the Philippines. Depending on the variety, mandarin orange tree can grow up to 7 meters (about 23 feet) high. Surrounded with fragrant white blooms, mandarin orange fruit is usually slightly oblate in shape and has an orange to red-orange color when it ripens.1

Aside from the common mandarin, some of the most common varieties based are the king mandarin (Citrus nobilis), Mediterranean or willow leaf mandarin (Citrus deliciosa), and satsuma (Citrus unshiu).2

Uses of Mandarin Orange Oil

Similar to other fruits from the citrus family, mandarin has a long history of being used in many folk medicine traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine, as well as in Indian and European home remedies.3 It’s believed that the unripe fruit peel can treat a wide range of conditions, from hiccups, coughs, phlegm, chest pain4 and gastrointestinal disorders,5 to liver cirrhosis and swelling of the spleen.6

Loved for its sweet and tangy flavor and scent, mandarin orange oil is also a popular flavoring ingredient in the food and beverage industry, and as a scent in cosmetics and perfumes.

Composition of Mandarin Orange Oil

Mandarin orange oil contains a variety of chemicals that contribute to its beneficial effects. A study published in the Scientific World Journal also found that the ripening stage also has a significant effect on these chemicals. For mandarin orange oil, the predominant compounds are limonene (51.81 to 69 percent), 1,8-cineole (0.01 to 26.43 percent) and y-terpinene (2.53 to 14.06 percent).

Other beneficial components in the oil include alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, camphene, terpinolene, octanol, geranyl acetate, linalool, myrcene, nerol, sabinene and terpineol.7

Benefits of Mandarin Orange Oil

Mandarin orange oil offers an extensive array of well-documented health benefits. It may help:8

Ease muscular spasms

Alleviate digestive problems like flatulence and constipation

Promote detoxification and help relieve body congestion

Ease stress, anxiety, nervous exhaustion and overall fatigue

Curb stress-induced insomnia

Protect against cellulite formation

How to Make Mandarin Orange Oil

The time of harvesting ripe mandarin orange fruits depends on where the fruit is grown and what the cultivar is. For example, willow leaf mandarin oranges are harvested in early spring, while satsumas are ready to be picked in late fall up to early winter. Traditionally, the fruits are carefully harvested by hand, as they’re prone to bruising and damage. You can also use a good pair of hand pruners.9

The essential oil is then extracted through cold compression of the fresh peels of the fruit.10 Mandarin orange oil can either be golden yellow, green or red, and can have differing fragrance notes.11

How Does Mandarin Orange Oil Work?

Therapeutically, mandarin orange oil is used topically or added in bath oils. To boost its effectiveness, use other essential oils with similar benefits as a carrier oil. To freshen up your home, add a couple of drops of this sweet and fruity oil in a diffuser or into a pail of water that will be used for cleaning.

Is Mandarin Orange Oil Safe?

As with any essential oil, mandarin orange oil is generally safe when used properly. However, I highly recommend seeking expert medical advice before incorporating it into your health or treatment regimen, especially if you have any existing medical condition, or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Side Effects of Mandarin Orange Oil

There is varying literature regarding mandarin orange oil’s sensitizing or phototoxic effects.12 A good tip I can give you is to dilute it with milder carrier oils to lessen its negative effects, if any, and do not expose yourself under direct sunlight after use.

To avoid any unfortunate incidents, make it a habit to perform a skin patch test before using essential oils, or any new skincare product, topically. If irritation persists, discontinue use immediately and consult your doctor.

1.2 Million-Person Study Shows How Much Exercise You Need to Benefit Mental Health

By Dr. Mercola

It’s no secret that exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental health. Less clear, however, is how much exercise it takes to achieve meaningful benefits. Increasingly, we’re seeing that less is more when it comes to exercise, provided it’s done correctly and at high enough intensity.

The latest research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, seems to confirm this, finding that exercise three to five days a week for 45 minutes is the “sweet spot” that leads to the greatest mental health gains.1 Going beyond this and exercising for more than five days a week or for more than 90 minutes per session was actually linked to worse mental health.

The Exercise ‘Sweet Spot’ to Better Mental Health

In a large study involving 1.2 million U.S. adults, participants reported their activity levels for one month along with rating their mental well-being. On average, people reported 3.5 days of “not good” mental health during the month, but among those who exercised, that number dropped to two.

All types of exercise improved mental health, including that from housework, lawn mowing, child care and fishing, but three stood out above the rest in terms of offering the greatest mental health gains: team sports, cycling and aerobic and gym activities. Team sports may have earned top ranking because they offer social connections on top of exercise, further boosting mental health and resilience.

“In a large U.S. sample, physical exercise was significantly and meaningfully associated with self-reported mental health burden in the past month. More exercise was not always better,” researchers wrote, noting again that, “The largest associations [between exercise and mental well-being] were seen for … durations of 45 min[utes] and frequencies of three to five times per week.”2

Those with existing mental health issues, namely depression, also saw greater gains from exercise. While those who did not exercise experienced 11 days of poor mental health a month, on average, those who did exercise cut that number to seven days. The researchers were also sure to point out that exercising too much could backfire.

Adam Chekroud, study author and assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University, told BBC News, “Previously, people have believed that the more exercise you do, the better your mental health, but our study suggests that this is not the case. Doing exercise more than 23 times a month, or exercising for longer than 90-minute sessions is associated with worse mental health.”3

Why Exercise Can Boost Your Mental Well-Being

Exercise makes you feel good, both in the short and long term. During and after exercise, a neurotransmitter called anandamide is produced in your brain. There’s a reason why this word is a derivative of the Sanskrit word “bliss” — it blocks feelings of pain and depression, temporarily.

A deficiency of anandamide is associated with anxiety and stress,4 and the neurotransmitter may also be involved in producing the euphoric feelings, or “runner’s high,” many people experience after exercise.5 Exercise also boosts levels of potent brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress.

Also intriguing, exercise has been found to create new neurons designed to release the GABA neurotransmitter, which inhibits excessive neuronal firing, helping to induce a natural state of calm.6 There are indirect benefits of exercise that may also improve your mood, namely:

Improved sleep

Heightened sex drive

Stress relief

Increased energy, endurance and stamina

Increased mental alertness

Reduced fatigue

Weight loss

Improved self-esteem

Better cognitive function

Lower risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer

Writing in The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers further noted:7

“[Exercise-related] improvements in mood are proposed to be caused by exercise-induced increase in blood circulation to the brain and by an influence on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and, thus, on the physiologic reactivity to stress.

This physiologic influence is probably mediated by the communication of the HPA axis with several regions of the brain, including the limbic system, which controls motivation and mood; the amygdala, which generates fear in response to stress; and the hippocampus, which plays an important part in memory formation as well as in mood and motivation.”

Exercise Can Slash Your Risk of Depression

Exercise, even in small amounts, acts as an antidote to depression for many people. In an 11-year study, people who engaged in regular leisure-time exercise for one hour a week were less likely to become depressed. On the flipside, those who didn’t exercise were 44 percent more likely to become depressed compared to those who did so for at least one to two hours a week.8

“The majority of this protective effect occurred at low levels of exercise and was observed regardless of intensity,” the researchers said, adding that, “assuming the relationship is causal, 12 percent of future cases of depression could have been prevented if all participants had engaged in at least one hour of physical activity each week.”9

In 2013, a meta-analysis published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews also found that exercise is moderately more effective than a control intervention, which in some cases was pharmaceuticals, for reducing symptoms of depression.10

Separate research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that aerobic exercise “at a dose consistent with public health recommendations” is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression.11

In addition to aerobic activity, mind-body exercise like yoga has also shown promise. For instance, Iyengar yoga, which focuses on detail and precise alignment of posture combined with deep breathing, reduces symptoms of depression in those who are not taking medication or who have been taking the same medication for at least three months.12

Strength training can also relieve depression. A meta-analysis of 33 trials involving nearly 2,000 people showed that strength training led to a significant reduction in depressive symptoms.13

According to the study’s lead author, Brett Gordon, a postgraduate researcher in the department of physical education and sports sciences at the University of Limerick in Ireland, the greatest improvements were seen among people with symptoms of mild to moderate depression, as opposed to those without depression, which suggests strength training may be most effective for people with greater depressive symptoms.

Gordon noted in an email to Time that it may improve depressive symptoms as well as antidepressants and behavioral therapies.14

Many different strength training programs turned out to be beneficial, so Gordon recommended strength training for two days a week, with eight to 12 repetitions of eight to 10 strength-training exercises, to boost mental health, which are the guidelines suggested by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Mental Illness May Hinder Motivation to Exercise

Beyond giving your mood a superficial boost, it’s known that exercise can improve health outcomes in people with severe mental illness. However, those in this population often have low levels of physical activity. Researchers conducted a study to determine what was motivating, or hindering, people with mental illness in regard to exercise.15

Health and well-being were noted as top motivators, especially losing weight, improving mood and reducing stress. In a catch-22, low mood and stress were the most common barriers identified that were keeping people from exercising. Lack of support was also mentioned by about half of the participants.

“Many of the desirable outcomes of exercise for people with SMI [severe mental illness], such as mood improvement, stress reduction and increased energy, are inversely related to the barriers of depression, stress and fatigue which frequently restrict their participation in exercise,” the researchers noted.16

Finding and maintaining the motivation to exercise is therefore crucial to gleaning its benefits, physical and mental alike. Dan Ariely, Ph.D., professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, has conducted research showing that most people are more motivated by the intrinsic value of what you’re creating than the extrinsic benefits you may experience.

Yet, most people anticipate how hard the workout will be, and most focus on external reasons to exercise — such as better health, toned body and slowed aging process. Ariely believes the mistake being made is that value is being placed on extrinsic incentives, like your health and fitness goals, instead of on the immediate experience of boosting your mood during exercise.17

The solution, then, may be to focus on how good exercise will make you feel in the immediacy, placing less emphasis on its longer-term benefits.

Other common sense tips to increase your motivation to exercise including working out with a buddy and making exercise into a habit that’s automatically triggered by a cue, such as hearing your morning alarm and heading for the gym first thing in the morning without even thinking about it (pack your gym bag the night before).

Try This Four-Minute Workout to Boost Your Mood Right Now

The more you exercise, the more you’ll likely want to do it, as the mental health gains will be fresh in your mind. Ideally, engage in a comprehensive exercise routine that incorporates high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with strength training, flexibility work, core work and regular walking.

You can also take an extra three to four minutes and engage in the Nitric Oxide Dump, one of the best (and quickest) workouts to stimulate your body’s release of nitric oxide (NO), improving your mitochondrial health, slowing down age-related muscle decline and boosting heart health and mental health, right now.

I typically do a modified version of the Nitric Oxide Dump workout developed by Dr. Zach Bush. There are only four movements to learn, and make sure you’re breathing through your nose and not your mouth, as your nose regulates more than 30 physical processes, including the release of NO.

Start with four sets of 10 repetitions, moving to 20 repetitions as your fitness level increases. You can also add in weights (I use 8-pound weights) as you progress, but most people will want to start without weights initially. Do this workout three times a day, with a minimum of two hours between each workout. Form is everything, so be sure you carry out each movement correctly, even if you need to go at a slower pace at first.

Squats (10)

  • Begin by standing with your feet hip-width apart, feet parallel, toes pointing forward and the weight of your body distributed evenly between your heels and the ball of your foot.
  • Perform 10 squats in rapid sequence, keeping your quadriceps engaged. Your butt should move back as though you’re going to sit in a chair while your arms move forward for balance. You can do a shallower squat if you have knee or back pain.

Alternating Arm Raises (10)

  • Alternate swinging your arms at a 90-degree angle
  • Keep your form tight and avoid keeping your muscles controlled, avoiding swinging your arms too high or too low

This will work a number of muscles in your deltoids, which are the rounded, triangular-shaped muscles on the uppermost part of your arm and the top of your shoulder.

Non-Jumping Jacks (10)

  • Begin standing straight with your arms down, fists touching in front of your pelvis.
  • Use a broad rotation, circle your arms upward on each side to touch your fists over your head.
  • Circle back down to hit your fists at the bottom and repeat 10 times.

If you have shoulder problems with your rotator cuffs, try this variation instead:

  • Start with your hands at a prayer position in front of your chest.
  • Keep your hands pressed together lightly as you extend them above your head.
  • Circle your arms out to the sides to release before bringing them back to the prayer position. Repeat 10 times.

Shoulder Presses (10)

  • Bring fists above your shoulders on each side of your head, elbows bent.
  • Extend your arms straight above your head.
  • Return to position with fists just over your shoulders and repeat 10 times.

When you’re done, you should feel your fingertips tingling, and this is a great sign because it means nitric oxide is freely flowing through your body. For quick reference, the below infographic gives you all the details on how to perform the Nitric Oxide Dump workout. Try it now to give your mind and body an immediate pick-me-up.

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How Chronic Lack of Sleep Affects Economy, Productivity and Health

By Dr. Mercola

In the short CNN Money segment above, Christine Romans talks to Arianna Huffington about the importance of sleep for health and productivity. Huffington, chairman, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, is well-acquainted with the ramifications of sleep deprivation.

She collapsed from burnout in 2007, severely injuring herself in the process. Her path back to wellness and her renewed respect for sleep and other self-care imperatives are detailed in her book, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.”

As noted by Huffington, many still suffer under the collective delusion that “in order to succeed, you have to burn out.” Forgoing sleep is a key part of the lifestyle that leads to burnout.

Huffington is now on a mission to change the culture that glorifies sleep deprivation. In 2016, she launched a new company called Thrive Global, the goal of which is to “turn sleeping well into the corporate world’s most celebrated productivity tool,” Fortune Magazine reports.1 Last year, she also published her book, “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time.”2

Are You Sleep Deprived?

Research shows adults need anywhere from seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night in order to maintain good health, yet recent research suggests at least 37 percent of American adults aren’t getting a healthy amount of sleep.

Of the 12,755 participants in one recent sleep study,3 13 percent slept just five hours or less per night; 24 percent got six hours; 31 percent got seven hours; 26 percent slept for eight; and about 5 percent got nine or more hours of sleep each night.

These figures correlate well with data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggests 35 percent of Americans fail to get the minimum of seven hours of sleep per night.4

According to the American Sleep Association,5 up to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder, nearly 40 percent unintentionally fall asleep during the day at least once a month and nearly 5 percent have nodded off at least once while driving.

Here’s another remarkable statistic: In his book, “Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy and Sleep Well Every Night,” Dr. Satchin Panda points out that 25 percent of the U.S. nonmilitary workforce work the night shift, defined as having a job that requires you to stay awake for at least three hours between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for more than 50 days a year (basically once a week).

That’s 1 in 4 working adults — just an enormous amount of people, who are paying for work with their health.

Sleep Deprivation Costs US $411 Billion in Lost Productivity Each Year

Most people skimp on sleep because they feel they have to “get things done.” In other words, they see sleep deprivation as a means to increase productivity. However, the evidence clearly shows the folly of this approach, as what you end up with is the complete opposite.

In fact, recent research by the RAND Corporation shows sleep deprivation is costing the U.S. economy $411 billion each year in accidents and lost productivity — an amount equivalent to 2.28 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). An estimated 1.2 million working days are also lost.

The study,6 “Why Sleep Matters — The Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep,” is the first to actually quantify the economic impact of sleep deprived workers. Japan came in second place, with $138 billion in lost productivity (2.92 percent of GDP), followed by the U.K., Germany and Canada.

Sleep-deprived consumers are also shelling out $66 billion each year on sleep aids, including sleeping pills, devices geared toward improving sleep and sleep studies. Projections suggest this expenditure will reach $85 billion by 2021.7

Recommendations for Individuals, Employers and Public Authorities

The RAND paper includes a number of recommendations for individuals, employers and public authorities alike:

  • On an individual level, the authors suggest setting a consistent wake-up time, limiting your use of electronic devices before bedtime and establishing a regular exercise routine to help you sleep
  • Employers are advised to “Recognize the importance of sleep and the employer’s role in its promotion; design and build brighter workspaces; combat workplace psychosocial risks; and discourage the extended use of electronic devices”
  • Recommendations for public authorities includes: “Support health professionals in providing sleep-related help; encourage employers to pay attention to sleep issues; and introduce later school starting times”

The Science of Sleep

The fact that the August issue of National Geographic8 was dedicated to the science of sleep is a sign Huffington’s media crusade is starting to take root. Senior editor Robert Kunzig told CBS This Morning:

“Sleep is an undiscovered country that each one of us travels to every night … It’s hugely important for our health in our daily lives — it’s as important as food …”

As explained by Kunzig, sleep is not a single state. Healthy sleep consists of several stages, and you cycle through these stages four to five times during the nightly sleep cycle. As a result, you’re progressively descending into deep sleep and ascending toward lighter states of sleep several times, and this cycling is tremendously important, both from a biological and psychological perspective.

During stages 1 and 2, your brain remains active as it begins the editing process where decisions are made about which memories to store and which to discard. During stages 3 and 4, you enter into a deeper, almost coma-like state, during which the actual physiological cleansing and detoxification processes in the brain9 take place.

Your brain cells actually shrink by about 60 percent during this deep sleep phase. This creates more space in-between the cells, giving your cerebrospinal fluid more space to flush out the debris. Lastly, in stage 5, you enter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, where dreaming takes place.

All of these stages are important, and it’s important to cycle through them enough times each night — especially the deeper stages. When stages 3 and 4 are missing, your brain gets clogged with debris associated with Alzheimer’s disease and, indeed, sleep deprivation is a risk factor for severe dementia. As Huffington told National Geographic:10

“One of the metaphors I use is that sleep is like the laundry. You’re not going to take out the laundry 10 minutes early to save time. You have to complete all the cycles in the washing machine. Our sleep cycles have to be completed too; otherwise we wake up and feel like wet and dirty laundry.”

Sleep Deprivation and Monumental Mistakes

To learn more about the different stages of sleep, and why deep sleep and dreaming is so important, see “Using Sleep as a Tool for Creativity.” One of the most immediate ramifications of sleep deprivation is poor mental functioning the next day. Indeed, some of the most harrowing accidents, monumental mistakes and miscalculations in judgment have occurred as a result of sleep deprivation.

As reported in the 1988 paper “Catastrophes, Sleep and Public Policy: Consensus Report,” published in the journal Sleep:11

“[T]he committee examined available information on the timing and nature of one of the most serious recent incidents in the commercial nuclear power industry and of the NASA space shuttle program.

The most serious United States incident in a commercial nuclear power plant occurred at 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, at the Three Mile Island plant unit 2 reactor in Pennsylvania. Between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m., shift workers failed to recognize the loss of core coolant water resulting from a stuck valve.

Although a mechanical problem precipitated the incident, it was chiefly this human error of omission and the subsequent flawed corrective action that caused the near meltdown of the reactor later that morning …

[The] report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident [also cited] the contribution of human error and poor judgment related to sleep loss and shiftwork during the early morning hours.

In describing the substantial sleep loss experienced by senior managers at Marshall Space Flight Center before the evening teleconference with Morton-Thiokol on January 27, 1986, the report stated that the decision to launch ‘should have been based on engineering judgments. However, other factors may have impeded or prevented effective communication and exchange of information.’

The effect on managers of irregular working hours and insufficient sleep ‘may have contributed significantly to the atmosphere of the teleconference at Marshall.’ Certain key managers had obtained less than 2 hours sleep the night before and had been on duty since 1:00 a.m. that morning.

The report noted that ‘time pressure, particularly that caused by launch scrubs and turnarounds, increased the potential for sleep loss and judgment errors’ and that working ‘excessive hours, while admirable, raises serious questions when it jeopardizes job performance, particularly when critical management decisions are at stake.’

A more typical early morning shiftwork error was also cited by the commission in its reporting of a previous near-catastrophic launch of the shuttle Columbia on January 6, 1986. Console operators at Kennedy Space Center inadvertently drained 18,000 pounds of liquid oxygen from the shuttle external tank within 5 minutes before scheduled launch.

The liquid oxygen loss went undetected until after the mission was canceled only 31 seconds before liftoff because of a secondary effect on the engine inlet temperature. Operator fatigue was reported ‘as one of the major factors contributing to this incident.’ The operators had been on duty for 11 hours. It was their 3rd day of working on a 12-hour night shift …

The Commission concluded, ‘An evaluation by NASA of the consequences of work schedules should be conducted as part of its effort to reform its launch and operational procedures.'”

Consequences of Insufficient Sleep

The stories above should alert you to the severe consequences of insufficient sleep. If you’re like most people, you probably didn’t know sleep deprivation was a factor in the tragic Challenger disaster, which killed seven astronauts, including the first-ever civilian in space, just 73 seconds after liftoff. Clearly, trading work for sleep did nothing for NASA’s bottom line that day, and impacted countless lives.

Please understand that getting less than six hours of sleep actually leaves you cognitively impaired and unfit for many tasks. In 2013, drowsy drivers caused 72,000 car accidents in which 800 Americans were killed and 44,000 were injured.12 This is more than died from those texting and drunk drivers combined.

Even a single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day. That said, unless you have a dangerous job, or drive to and from work, you probably won’t put other people’s lives at risk.

Your own life, however, remains at stake, especially if you get less than adequate sleep on a chronic basis. Here are several examples of health problems linked to insufficient sleep:

Reduced productivity and creativity, impaired memory and reduced ability to learn new things13 — Due to your hippocampus shutting down, you experience a 40 percent deficit in your brain with respect to its ability to make new memories when you’re sleep-deprived.

Increased risk of neurological problems, ranging from depression to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease14 — Your blood-brain barrier becomes more permeable with age, allowing more toxins to enter.15

This, in conjunction with reduced efficiency of the glymphatic system due to lack of sleep, allows for more rapid damage to occur in your brain, and this deterioration is thought to play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s.

Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes — In one study,16 “excessive daytime sleepiness” increased the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 56 percent.

Decreased immune function — Research17 suggests deep sleep strengthens immunological memories of previously encountered pathogens. In this way, your immune system is able to mount a much faster and more effective response when an antigen is encountered a second time.

Increased risk of obesity.18,19

Increased risk of cancer — Tumors grow two to three times faster20 in laboratory animals with severe sleep dysfunctions. The primary mechanism thought to be responsible for this effect is disrupted melatonin production, a hormone with both antioxidant and anticancer activity.

Melatonin both inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells and triggers cancer cell apoptosis (self-destruction). It also interferes with the new blood supply tumors required for their rapid growth (angiogenesis).

Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and cardiovascular disease — Research has demonstrated that women who get less than four hours of sleep per night double their risk of dying from heart disease.21

In another study,22 adults who slept less than five hours a night had 50 percent more coronary calcium, a sign of oncoming heart disease, than those who regularly got seven hours.

Increased risk of osteoporosis.23

Increased risk of pain and pain-related conditions such as fibromyalgia — In one study, poor or insufficient sleep was the strongest predictor for pain in adults over 50.24

Increased susceptibility to stomach ulcers.25

Impaired sexual function.26

Impaired regulation of emotions and emotional perception27 — Your amygdala, one of your brain’s centerpiece regions for generating strong emotional reactions, including negative ones, becomes about 60 percent more reactive than usual when you’ve slept poorly or insufficiently, resulting in increased emotional intensity and volatility.

Increased risk of depression and anxiety (including post-traumatic stress disorder), schizophrenia and suicide — In fact, research shows that the majority of patients with psychiatric conditions have problems with sleep or insomnia.28

Premature aging by interfering with growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep.29

Increased risk of dying from any cause30 — Compared to people without insomnia, the adjusted hazard ratio for all-cause mortality among those with chronic insomnia was 300 percent higher.

The Importance of Unplugging

According to Huffington, we’re on the cusp of a transformation, as mounting scientific evidence reveals the crucial importance of sleep. Gone are the days when the smartest people among us would proclaim sleep to be useless and the need for it a sign of laziness. Thomas Edison is perhaps the most well-known antisleep crusader, who famously declared sleep “a heritage from our cave days.”31

However, while many now want to sleep more, they find it hard to do so. Two major environmental factors that keep sleep at bay are electric lighting indoors and out, and addictive electronic devices that inhibit melatonin production due to blue light emissions.

As noted by Huffington, shutting down all electronic devices well before bedtime and establishing a relaxing bedtime routine instead can make a huge difference.

The research32 is quite clear that people who use their computer for playing, surfing, or reading on the Web, or those who use their smartphones for the same purpose, as well as texting, are more likely to report symptoms of insomnia. Studies have also shown that:33

  • Children who use electronic media at night go to bed later, get fewer hours of sleep per week, and report more daytime sleepiness
  • Adolescents with a television in their bedroom go to bed later, have more difficulty falling asleep, and have a shorter total sleep time
  • Sending texts or emails after initially going to bed increases daytime sleepiness among teens (even if it’s done only once a week)

Additionally, when you’re connected to the internet, your phone or computer are communicating with nearby cell towers, which means they’re also emitting low levels of radiation, and research34,35 shows being exposed to cellphone radiation for three hours before bedtime inhibits your ability to fall asleep quickly and makes it harder to reach deep sleep.

The following infographic, created by,36 illustrates how your electronic gadgets wreak havoc on your sleep when used before bedtime. If you struggle with insomnia or poor sleep quality, you can find loads of additional guidance in “Sleep — Why You Need it and 50 Ways to Improve It.”

how technology affects sleep

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Merkel Calls Concerned German Citizens in Chemnitz ‘Neo-Nazis’

4 September 2018

VOICE OF EUROPE — Via her spokesman, German chancellor Angela Merkel has called the protesting citizens in Chemnitz neo-Nazis and xenophobes.

In a statement on Monday she urged her country’s citizens to stand up against hate and division as propagated by the ‘far-right’ during ‘xenophobic’ protests in Chemnitz.

Concerned Germans started protesting after a German-Cuban man was allegedly stabbed to death by Kurdish Muslim migrants[…]

Tracy Beanz 9-4-18… “HUGE! Former Intelligence Community Officials speak out about Spygate”

[Kp oops update: I had the incorrect “original video” link when I first posted this. That has been corrected.]

Tracy Beanz does some analysis and make comments on the original video (see this prior Kp blog post)

Here is a link to the original video, and there is also an articlewith some of the transcript for this.

Published on Sep 4, 2018
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US Intelligence Community officers Come Forward… “YourVoice™ Steel Truth (9/3) ‘DeepState Exposed!’” 9-3-18 (aka, “There was NO Russian Collusion)

The weaponization of the US intelligence community is exposed BIG time in this video, a radio show interview by Ann Vandersteel of two Federal Agents, Robert Corona and Joshua Macias. This is pretty big time, in my view. They outline how they are part of a group of 119 intelligence community people (from all walks of life and political stances) who are now bringing out a website where all of the information they have will be made public.

Tracy Beanz also did an analysis video which adds more depth to this, and there is also an article someone sent (thanks to MT!) that has some of the transcript for this.

A few time notes I took (times are pretty accurate, but approximate):
19:00 What happened on 11-1-16 that got this started.
21:30 Trump campaign did nothing wrong. The US government sent spies into the Trump campaign.
24:30 There is a national emergency concerning the weaponization of US federal departments.
24:55 There was no Russian collusion.
50:00 Essential to get the “bad actors” out.

[Note: I have downloaded this video in two formwats in case this gets “taken down”. Click to view and/or download: MP4 (720p) (296MB); 3GP (144p) (36MB)

Published on Sep 4, 2018
Show Host Ann Vandersteel takes a deep dive into what’s really beneath the #DeepState with two top IC insiders. This is can’t miss TV!

News for NYC

By Anna Von Reitz

There are, give or take, around 8.5 million people in New York City, right?
53 million people worldwide read my postings each week.

That’s roughly six times the population of New York City.
And unlike the captive audience of the New York Times (which is owned by foreign and distinctly unsavory interests) these people actually make the effort to seek out the information and pass it on to family, neighbors and friends.
I once heard Rudy Giuliani give a speech and afterward some guy from the audience was teasing him and Rudy shot back something like, “Seven million people (the NYC population back then) can’t be wrong!”
So, 53 million people are even less likely to be wrong.
If you want insight into what is really going on in the world—use The New York Times to line your bird cages and hamster hutches. Start thinking for yourselves again.
It will be tough at first, but after a while, you will start feeling really good about it.
Now here’s the first Practice Question addressed to 8.5 million New Yorkers:
Can anyone in NYC tell me what tax evasion by a former campaign manager has to do with Donald Trump or Russia?
Either one?
We will try to get the East Coast logic circuits fired up to full power again, and then work the Hard Cases in California.

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