A Couple of 10-24-18 videos (x22Report / Jordan Sather) about “The Bombs” sent to deep state players…

There’s lots of “bombs” being discovered (and going off) these days. “Bombs of Light” is how I view them. Yes, these videos get into the apparent “bombs deliveries” to deep state people, but as we are now in the time of INTENSE Apocalypse (unveiling), all attempts to hide “the Truth” and cover one’s own defects of character, misdeeds, et al., are failing, and will fail.

The quote mentioned by Q post 1794 seems to be apropos here:

“Never Interfere With an Enemy While He’s in the Process of Destroying Himself.”

And although many wouild not view any of the “deep state” beings as “enemies”, in the end, each of us eventually must face “the enemy (adversary) within”. Sometimes we have to let that “enemy (adversary)” come out so it may be faced and dissolved.
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https://youtu.be/hPaxtKffiX8

We really shouldn’t be surprised, anons warned us this was coming. But the blatantly absurdist nature of the targets is what’s most shocking. It’s a who’s who of deep state criminals and the exact same names we have been demanding be indicted and tried for their sedition and in some cases, treason. And the fact that CNN continues to refer to George Soros as a “Democratic donor and businessman” is really just the cherry on top of this prop bomb fable.

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https://youtu.be/yK2UAmF7gYA

Honduras and Israel Form a New Special Relationship

By Belén Fernández | 21 October 2018

SIGNS OF THE TIMES (TELE SUR) — Just as it serviced murderous regimes in Central America in the 1980s, Israel will now be exporting forms of repression to Honduras’ abusive government.

In the aftermath of the 2009 coup in Honduras, I had the opportunity to interview deposed President Manuel Zelaya, who, having been kindly escorted in his pajamas to Costa Rica by the Honduran military, had then resurfaced in Tegucigalpa and taken refuge in the embassy of Brazil. The interview took place via an intermediary inside the embassy, who conveyed my questions to Zelaya.

One topic we touched on was a comment the left-leaning Zelaya had made concerning “Israeli mercenaries” operating in Honduras. This had unleashed a predictable hullabaloo in international media, with commentators tripping over each other to portray the besieged leader as an anti-Semite extraordinaire on some sort of permanent acid trip.

In my write-up of the interview, which was published in an insignificant publication, I happened to point out that Israeli mercenaries weren’t exactly foreign to the Central American landscape. When the piece came out, the publisher of another insignificant publication – to which I had contributed some anti-coup articles – threw a fit. How dare I bring the Israelis into it; I would alienate all of Washington!

Now that the coup has restored Honduras to its rightful position as glorious hub of right-wing extremism, it’s even easier to bring the Israelis in. And current Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández knows it.

He’s currently pushing the country’s Congress to approve a military cooperation agreement with Israel that he swears is “fundamental to the growth of the Honduran nation.” […]

Weiner Gets Early Release After 21 Months ‘Hard Time’

Anthony [‘Carlos Danger’] Weiner set to be released from prison early for good behaviour

By Reuven Blau | 8 October 2018

THE STAR — Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is set to go free from federal prison three months early due to good behaviour.

Weiner — who was sentenced to 21 months of hard time for sexting with a minor — will be let go on May 14, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Weiner is currently being held in the Federal Medical Center at Devens, a former military facility in Massachusetts. […]

How to Wean Off Opioids

Opioids, narcotic painkillers, killed 33,000 Americans in 2015,1,2,3 and nearly 42,250 in 2016 — over 1,000 more deaths than were caused by breast cancer that same year4 — and the addiction trend shows absolutely no signs of leveling off or declining.

On the contrary, recent statistics suggest the death toll is still trending upward, with more and more people abusing these powerful narcotics. According to the most recent data5 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose cases admitted into emergency rooms increased by more than 30 percent across the U.S. between July 2016 and September 2017. Overdose cases rose by:

  • 30 percent among men
  • 31 percent among 24- to 35-year-olds
  • 36 percent among 35- to 54-year-olds
  • 32 percent among those 55 and older

Considering opioid overdose is now the No. 1 cause of death of Americans under the age of 50, it’s quite clear we need safer alternatives to pain management and more effective ways to wean off these extremely addictive drugs.

Risk of Addiction Is Very High

Studies show addiction affects about 26 percent of those using opioids for chronic noncancer pain, and 1 in 550 patients on opioid therapy dies from opioid-related causes within 2.5 years of their first prescription.6

Despite the drugs’ high risk of addiction, a 2016 NPR health poll7 indicated less than one-third of people said they questioned or refused their doctor’s prescription for opioids. The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include8 methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®).

However, as noted by Dr. Deeni Bassam, board-certified anesthesiologist, pain specialist and medical director of the Virginia-based The Spine Care Center, “There’s very little difference between oxycodone, morphine and heroin. It’s just that one comes in a prescription bottle and another one comes in a plastic bag.”9

Indeed, many addicts find the transition from prescription opioids to street drugs like heroin to be a relatively easy one. When a prescription runs out, the cost to renew it becomes unmanageable or a physician refuses to renew a prescription, heroin, which is often cheaper and easier to obtain than opioids, is frequently a go-to solution.

Postsurgical Intervention Lowers Patients’ Risk of Opioid Addiction

Unfortunately, many patients are still under- or misinformed about the addictive nature of these pills, and are often not told how to get off them. Addiction can occur within weeks of use, and if a patient is prescribed a narcotic for long-term or chronic pain, addiction is extremely likely. In one 2016 Canadian study, 15 percent of complex surgical patients developed severe postoperative pain leading to extended use of opioids.10

To minimize the risk of addiction, the Transitional Pain Service at Toronto General Hospital includes follow-up meetings twice a month for the first two months following surgery, and then monthly meetings for another four months. As explained by Science Daily, the goal of these meetings is to “prevent acute pain from becoming chronic post-surgical pain and taper opioid use or wean to zero if possible.”11

To help patients with their pain, the program uses a variety of methods, including nonopioid medications, exercise, acupuncture and mindfulness training, the latter of which has been shown to help patients with pain-related stress and disability, thereby allowing them to successfully wean off higher doses of opioids.12

In the U.S., Stanford University offers a similar program, called the Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Pain Program. These kinds of programs are really crucial, as expecting patients to quit cold turkey is a recipe for disaster. Many state authorities and insurance companies are now cracking down on opioid use, restricting how much a doctor can prescribe.

While this is needed, it leaves long-term opioid users in a pinch. Many who are now unable to refill their prescriptions receive no guidance on how to quit or support to help them find other ways to relieve their pain.

Little Is Known About How to Safely Wean Off Opioids When You’re in Chronic Pain

As noted in Scientific American,13 “ … [T]here’s very little research on how best to taper opioids for chronic pain patients. For example, although studies show that drugs such as buprenorphine can help addicts recover, little is known about their value in the context of chronic pain.”

One scientific review,14 which included 67 studies on tapering opioids for pain patients found only three of the studies to be of high quality; 13 were found to of “fair” quality while the rest were weak. Still, the evidence available suggested that tapering off the dosage does improve both pain and quality of life.

However, the strongest evidence was for multidisciplinary care with close patient monitoring and follow-up — methods that are not widely available and rarely covered by insurance. Scientific American reports:15

“One thing seems clear from research and clinical experience: Reckless restriction is not the right response to reckless prescribing. ‘Forced tapers can destabilize patients,’ says Stefan Kertesz, an addiction expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Worried clinicians such as Kertesz report growing anecdotal evidence of patient distress and even suicide.

The brightest rays of light in this dark picture come from a burst of new research. In May a team led by Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall published the results of a pilot study16 with 68 chronic pain patients. In four months, the 51 participants who completed the study cut their opioid dosages nearly in half without increased pain.

There were no fancy clinics, just an attentive community doctor and a self-help guide written by Darnall. A key element was very slow dose reduction during the first month. ‘It allows patients to relax into the process and gain a sense of trust with their doctor and with themselves that they can do this,’ Darnall says.”

Canadian Study Shows Tapering Dosage Post Surgery Helps Many Patients Avoid Long-Term Opioid Use

A study17 evaluating the success rate of Toronto General Hospital’s Transitional Pain Service found nearly half of those who had not used opioids prior to surgery successfully weaned themselves off the drugs. Among those who had already used opioids prior to surgery, 1 in 4 was successful. As reported by Science Daily:18

“The study followed patients at high risk for developing chronic pain and problematic opioid use for six months after surgery. In patients who did not take opioids for a year before surgery, the study found that 69 percent were able to reduce their opioid consumption, with 45 percent of them being able to stop completely.

Those patients who were taking a prescription opioid before surgery reduced their opioid use by 44 percent, with 26 percent of them weaning off completely.

‘The assumption is that all patients after surgery are fine with their opioid use, but we have found that in a high-risk segment of patients, that is not the case,’ says Dr. Hance Clarke, director of the Transitional Pain Service at [Toronto General Hospital].

‘We need better ways of identifying these patients, and then helping those who are having difficulty in reducing or eliminating their opioid use. Otherwise, we run the risk of de-escalating patients too fast and having them look elsewhere for opioids or other drugs if we don’t guide them’ …

One of the strongest predictors in the study of remaining on opioids long-term after hospital discharge is the dose upon discharge: the higher the dose, the more likely the patient will remain on opioids long-term.

For patients who were on opioids before surgery, emotional distress factors such as anxiety or depression, and pain catastrophizing — excessive pain-related worry, along with an inability to deflect thoughts from pain — were important factors in how well these patients could wean off opioids.”

Guidance on Opioid Tapering

Guidance on opioid tapering published in the March/April issue of the Canadian Pharmacist Journal includes the following highlights:19

  • Adult patients with chronic noncancer pain who are on a 90-milligram (mg) morphine equivalent dose daily or greater should consider opioid tapering to the lowest effective dose and discontinue use if possible
  • Other reasons to consider tapering include lack of improvement in pain and/or function, nonadherence to the treatment plan, signs of addiction, serious opioid-related adverse effects or patient request
  • Prescribers are urged to collaborate with pharmacists to support and monitor patients during opioid tapering
  • A multidisciplinary approach is associated with success in weaning patients off opioids
  • Benefits of tapering include relief of withdrawal symptoms (e.g., pain, sweating or anxiety), reduction in opioid adverse effects and improvements in overall function and quality of life

The Guideline urges physicians to discuss tapering with their patients, and to “prepare them by optimizing nonopioid therapy as appropriate for their pain and comorbidities.” This includes the use of acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, gabapentinoids20 and cannabinoids, just to name a few. The guideline also recommends:

“… [O]ptimizing nonpharmacological therapy and psychosocial support, setting realistic functional goals, creating a schedule of dose reductions and frequent follow-up and having a plan to manage withdrawal symptoms.”

To taper opioids for chronic noncancer pain, the guideline recommends:

  • Gradually reducing 5 to 10 percent of the morphine-equivalent dose every two to four weeks, with frequent follow-up
  • Switching from immediate-release opioids to extended-release on a fixed schedule
  • Collaborating with the patient’s pharmacist to assist with scheduling of the dose reductions

Two alternative methods include doing a medically supervised rapid dose reduction at a withdrawal center, as withdrawal symptoms can be severe and/or dangerous, or switching to methadone or buprenorphine (naloxone), followed by gradual tapering of these drugs.

How Kratom Can Help With Opioid Withdrawal


Two other alternatives I want to address here are kratom and medical cannabis. It’s a toss-up as to which one is more controversial, but there’s evidence to support both. In the video above, I interview Christopher McCurdy, professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy about the use of kratom for pain relief and opioid withdrawal.

McCurdy, a former postdoctoral fellow in opioid chemistry at the University of Minnesota under a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral training fellowship, has spent nearly 15 years investigating how kratom affects opiate addiction and withdrawal, and is convinced it may be of tremendous benefit.

Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is part of the coffee family, but has a very different chemistry than coffee beans. It’s been used in traditional medicine in Thailand and Malaysia for centuries, both as an energy booster and opium substitute. The plant contains a number of alkaloids, a primary one being mitragynine, which has opioid activity.

It and many other alkaloids in the kratom plant were recently called out as opioids by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. “A lot of people were upset about that at first, but I think they need to understand that an opioid is any molecule that can interact with opioid receptors or those proteins in the body,” McCurdy says.

In other words, an opioid is not identical to an opiate, derived from opium poppy, such as morphine, oxycodone or oxymorphone. Opioid is a generic term that includes even endogenous endorphins that bind to opioid receptors in your body. And, while mitragynine has opioid activity, it’s very different from other opioid molecules.

McCurdy’s research shows that compared to methadone and buprenorphine (two drugs used to treat opioid addiction and opioid withdrawal), kratom had a much cleaner profile and was milder in its action. Whereas buprenorphine and methadone are full agonists or activators of opioid receptors, mitragynine appears to be only a partial agonist. McCurdy explains:

“We initially sent out purified alkaloid of mitragynine for a screen across a whole panel of central nervous system drug targets … What we found was a really remarkable profile of this molecule. Mitragynine binds with opioid receptors … but it also interacts with adrenergic receptors, serotonin receptors, dopamine receptors and adenosine receptors.

Adenosine receptors are the target for caffeine. It kind of explains why some of these alkaloids in the plant might cause this stimulant-like effect. It also interacts with alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, [which] are … used in opioid withdrawal. Agents that activate alpha-2 receptors, like clonidine, are used in opioid withdrawal treatment to stop withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating and heart racing …

In all honesty, when I got the report back from the company that screened the molecule, I thought, ‘Wow. We just found nature’s answer to opiate addiction’ because here it was interacting with many of the same targets that we would target pharmacologically on an individual basis.”

How Kratom Curbs Opiate Addiction

As explained by McCurdy, there are three traditional opioid receptors: mu, delta and kappa, all three of which are associated with numbing or dulling pain. In other words, they’re analgesic receptors. They block or slow pain signal transmissions at the spinal cord level, so your brain doesn’t process the pain signals as much.

  • The Mu receptor was named for its ability to interact with morphine. The mu receptor is responsible for the euphoric effects associated with opiates. It’s also primarily responsible for respiratory depression.
  • The delta receptor is also a target for selective analgesics, and does not appear to have as strongly addictive capabilities as the mu receptor. Unfortunately, the delta receptor is linked to convulsions, and many drug trials aimed at the delta-selective opioid receptor had to be halted due to seizures that could not be resolved. Kratom does not appear to significantly interact with delta receptors.
  • The kappa receptor, while good for killing pain, causes dysphoria or aversion, meaning when you take a compound that activates kappa, it makes you feel so awful you don’t want to take it again. For this reason, kappa-activating pain drugs have repeatedly failed in clinical trials and people don’t want to continue the drug.

Kratom appears to be a partial agonist for all of these receptors, only weakly affecting delta and kappa. And, while the mu receptor is the primary target of kratom, animal trials suggest the abuse potential of kratom is quite low. To learn more, see “Kratom as an Alternative for Opium Withdrawal” or listen to McCurdy’s interview.

Medical Cannabis — Another Effective Pain Reliever That Is Much Safer Than Narcotic Pain Killers

Medicinal cannabis is another effective pain reliever which, unlike narcotic pain killers, cannot kill you.21 The reason a cannabis overdose remains nonlethal is because there are no cannabinoid receptors in your brain stem, the region of your brain that controls your heartbeat and respiration.

Statistics bear this out as well. In states where medical marijuana is legal, overdose deaths from opioids decreased by an average of 20 percent after one year, 25 percent after two years and up to 33 percent by years five and six.

In 2010, the Center for Medical Cannabis Research released a report22 on 14 clinical studies about the use of marijuana for pain, most of which were FDA-approved, double-blind and placebo-controlled. The report revealed that marijuana not only controls pain but in many cases, it does so better than pharmaceutical alternatives.

Cannabis has also been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms in those trying to wean off opioids. CNN Health reports23 Dr. Dustin Sulak, a renowned integrative medicine physician based in Maine, has helped hundreds of patients wean off opioids using cannabis, as has Dr. Mark Wallace, a pain management specialist and head of the University of California, San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine who started studying cannabis in 1999 with a state grant.

“He looked at the literature and realized that pot had a long history of therapeutic use for many disorders including … pain. Within a decade, there were enough studies to convince him that marijuana was a real alternative to use in his practice. He estimates that hundreds of his patients … have been weaned off pills through pot,” CNN reporter Nadia Kounang writes, adding:

“According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medical use and a high potential for abuse. ‘We have enough evidence now that it should be rescheduled,’ Wallace said. Sulak wonders, ‘When will the medical community catch up with what their patient populations are doing?’”

Nonopioid Pain Relievers Work Just as Well as Opioids for Acute Pain

If a person comes to the emergency room with severe acute pain, most physicians will prescribe them an opioid to relieve pain. However, research24 published in JAMA suggests opioid-free options may work just as well. This is valuable information, considering the fact that many get hooked on opioids when prescribed an opioid for acute pain caused by a sports injury or oral surgery, for example.

The study evaluated the effects of four different combinations of pain relievers — three with different opioids and one opioid-free option composed of ibuprofen (i.e., Advil) and acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol) — on people with moderate to severe pain in an extremity due to bone fractures, shoulder dislocation and other injuries.

The patients had an average pain score of 8.7 (on a scale of zero to 10) when they arrived. Two hours later, after receiving one of the pain relief combinations, their pain levels decreased similarly, regardless of which drug-combo they received.

“For patients presenting to the ED [emergency department] with acute extremity pain, there were no statistically significant or clinically important differences in pain reduction at two hours among single-dose treatment with ibuprofen and acetaminophen or with three different opioid and acetaminophen combination analgesics,” the researchers concluded.

Speaking to Vox, the study’s lead author, Andrew Chang of the department of emergency medicine at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, said,25 “Some (not all) physicians reflexively think fractures require opioids, but this study lends evidence that opioids are not always necessary even in the presence of fractures.”

Considering the steep risks involved — even when taken as directed, prescription opioids can lead to addiction as well as tolerance, along with other issues like increased sensitivity to pain, depression, low levels of testosterone and more26 — the less you expose yourself to opioids, the better. For a list of additional suggestions for how to relieve pain without resorting to opioids, see “Do We Really Need Opioids for Pain?

Please understand though that although nonopioid pain relievers are not likely to cause addiction, they are fraught with their own problems. Tylenol taken even for a few days can cause severe liver and kidney problems in susceptible people. Taking N-acetyl cysteine (glutathione precursor) can alleviate many of the problems though.

It is also important to recognize that opioids do have a legitimate purpose for those in acute pain, but the evidence is beyond overwhelming that they are being prescribed indiscriminately in many cases as a result of greedy drug companies and doctors that are paid to prescribe opioids, resulting in tens of thousands dying from addiction.

These numbers are so high that they have actually resulted in a loss of two years in the average life expectancy of the average American. So, if you know someone that is on these dangerous medications, do everything you can to warn and plead with them to get off opioids as soon as possible.

What Are the Benefits of Wheatgrass?

If you’re wondering what wheatgrass is, it’s actually a chlorophyll-rich herb1 that’s considered the “young grass” of the wheat plant (Triticum aestivum).2

Although wheatgrass rose to fame recently, its first use can be traced back 5,000 years ago to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. The Egyptians prized wheatgrass for its effects on health and vitality. Fast-forward to the 1930s, and that’s when you’ll find that agricultural chemist Charles Schnabel’s experiments with young plants paved the way for the discovery of wheatgrass’ benefits.3

Nowadays, wheatgrass is known as a nutritious ingredient that’s added to various juice blends. Learn more about what wheatgrass, especially the organic variety, has to offer, and see how you can grow it at home.

What Does Wheatgrass Do for Your Health?

Most people know that wheatgrass is good for juicing, and add high amounts of it to their juice recipes.4 However, wheatgrass is also used for medicinal purposes. When taken internally, raw wheatgrass may help alleviate peptic ulcers,5 ulcerative colitis (via ingestion of the plant leaf juice),6 constipation (when used as an enema),7 diarrhea and even in helping to fight cancer.8

Wheatgrass powder was also discovered to help address tooth decay and other dental problems, thanks to the chlorophyll in it,9 and to provide relief from joint pains.10 You can also use wheatgrass juice topically, since it may help:11,12

Exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells

Enhance your skin’s youthful glow and elasticity

Aid in clearing up poison ivy

Heal bruises, open ulcers, sores, insect bites, rashes, cuts and scrapes

Soothe sunburn, boils and athlete’s foot

Relieve dandruff and dry and scaly scalp

Repair damaged hair

Slow down the signs of aging

Other Wheatgrass Benefits You Should Not Miss Out On

If you’re keen on using wheatgrass to your advantage, you’re in luck, as the benefits of organic and raw wheatgrass, wheatgrass powder or supplements include:13,14

Helping eliminate heavy metals, toxins and pollutants from the body15

Promoting apoptosis or cell death of colon cancer cells16

Decreasing the effects of radiation, courtesy of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD)

Stimulating the thyroid gland

Lessening over-acidity in the blood17 and helping restore the body’s pH balance

Helping raise the body’s oxygen levels18

Encouraging weight loss

Helping regulate blood sugar levels19

Combating general inflammation,20 because of wheatgrass’ antioxidant abilities21

Wheatgrass’ nutrition content is very impressive; just 1 ounce of wheatgrass juice may offer the same nutritional value as 2.5 pounds of dark leafy greens.22 Wheatgrass juice also contains these nutrients:23,24

  • B vitamins25 and vitamins A, C, E and K
  • Essential minerals such as calcium, selenium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and potassium26
  • Antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients27
  • Substantial amounts of polypeptides and amino acids28

How to Grow Your Own Wheatgrass at Home

Seeing your labor come to fruition is a rewarding sight for any gardener, more so for those who grow wheatgrass. Patience is essential when growing wheatgrass because the plant requires immense care.29 Here’s what to do:

Materials

  • Organic wheatgrass seeds
  • Water
  • Good-quality soil
  • Glass jar

Procedure

  1. Pour wheatgrass seeds into a 1-quart glass jar.
  2. Add filtered room-temperature water, cover the opening with the lid and shake completely to rinse the seeds.
  3. Carefully drain the water, using a strainer or a lid with tiny holes. If you’ve removed the seeds, place them back in the jar and cover them again with fresh filtered water.
  4. Allow the seeds to soak in the water for eight to 12 hours at room temperature. Rinse and drain the sprouts afterward.
  5. If small white roots haven’t appeared yet, allow the seeds to sit inside the drained but moist jar for another eight to 12 hours. During that timeframe, consistently rinse and drain the seeds until roots grow.

Once seedlings are ready, you can cultivate wheatgrass plants in containers that are at least 2.5 to 3 inches deep. Take note that a cup of wheatgrass seeds can cover the surface of a 7- to 8-inch-wide pot. Better Homes & Gardens shares a guide on properly growing wheatgrass plants:30

Materials

  • Sprouted wheatgrass seeds
  • Soil
  • Potting mix
  • Container
  • Spray water bottle
  • Plastic wrap or shower cap

Procedure

  1. Moisten lightweight potting mix, which is considered ideal for growing wheatgrass plants, and place it in your pot. Leave around an inch of space between the soil and top portion of the container.
  2. Spread sprouted wheatgrass seeds across the soil. Make sure it forms a dense layer that’s one to two seeds deep.
  3. Gently water the soil to dampen it, but ensure that it won’t be waterlogged. A good way to achieve this objective is by using a spray water bottle.
  4. To prevent moisture from quickly evaporating, take a plastic wrap, shower cap or other similar material and loosely cover the top of the plant.
  5. Place your plant in a location that’s warm and reaches 70 to 75 degrees F, but not in direct sunlight.

Whether growing wheatgrass indoors or outdoors, remember that this plant does not need direct exposure to sunlight.31 Once it reaches 5 to 8 inches in height, begin harvesting by cutting about half an inch above the soil surface. Use clean and sharp scissors, and refrain from cutting close to the soil surface. This way, you lower the possibility of mold from the soil transferring to the scissor blades. Try not to waste any time, as cutting wheatgrass too late may leave you with bitter-tasting produce.32

A caveat of planting wheatgrass is its tendency to be easily contaminated with mold.33 To prevent mold development, ensure that growing areas remain clean, allow air to constantly circulate toward the plant, maintain humidity at 40 to 60 percent and prevent overcrowding by spreading the seeds in a thin layer without overlapping.34 Consuming moldy wheatgrass can greatly increase your risk for sickness.35

Healthy Wheatgrass Recipes You Can Easily Prepare

Raw wheatgrass can be juiced and served either on its own or combined with vegetables and fruits. Wheatgrass powder and supplements (in tablets or capsules36) are also available. If you’re wondering how to juice wheatgrass, consider using hand-crack or electronic slow-turning juicers.37 “The Wheatgrass Book” notes that an ounce of wheatgrass juice can be extracted from a bunch of wheatgrass that’s around one-half to two-thirds of an inch thick.38

Wheatgrass shots are ideal for those who aren’t used to the taste and texture of wheatgrass yet. When making wheatgrass juice or wheatgrass shots, add other green vegetables and moderate amounts of fruit for extra flavor. Take a look at these recipes for delicious wheatgrass juices or shots:39

Green Machine Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls fresh and organic parsley
  • 2- to 3-inch round wheatgrass
  • 2 ounces water

Procedure

  1. Wash greens thoroughly.
  2. Juice them and combine with water.
  3. Serve in shot glasses.

Wheatgrasshopper Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-inch wedge peeled pineapple
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 2- to 3-inch round wheatgrass

Procedure

  1. Wash wheatgrass thoroughly.
  2. Juice the pineapple and mint in a high-speed juicer. Afterward, juice the wheatgrass.
  3. Combine juiced ingredients and serve.

Because the wheatgrass juice can be volatile, consume within 12 hours.40 You can also mix wheatgrass into salad dressings. Check out this dressing recipe, for example, wherein you can combine wheatgrass with flax seed oil.41

Quick-and-Easy Wheatgrass Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon organic wheatgrass powder
  • 3 tablespoons flax seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Optional: Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl or jar.
  2. Add to salad or serve over vegetables.

People who suffer from celiac disease, gluten intolerance or wheat or grass allergies will be happy to know that wheatgrass is gluten-free. However, for it to be beneficial, wheatgrass must be in its pure form.

Exposing wheatgrass to equipment used to process gluten-containing items, or allowing grasses to begin developing seeds before harvesting can cause cross-contamination, making the finished outcome possess traces of gluten and, therefore, possibly detrimental for your health.42

Common Side Effects of Wheatgrass Consumption

Although wheatgrass is generally considered safe, some people may experience side effects such as nausea, constipation or even anorexia. Those who have a wheat or grass allergy, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should consult a physician prior to consuming wheatgrass, since this could cause complications when ingested in high amounts. An allergen patch test may also be taken to spot potential allergies.

Refrain from consuming wheatgrass every day for long periods of time, since it’s more of a detoxifying herb rather than a food you should eat in every sitting. It’s not meant to be a magic cure or solution for your health concerns.43

How to Store Wheatgrass

Once you’ve grown wheatgrass, use it immediately. You can store fresh wheatgrass in the refrigerator for about one44 to two weeks inside glass or plastic containers with lids, green eco-storage bags or sprout bags (natural hemp fiber sacks that may allow the wheatgrass to breathe and drain completely).45 Medical News Today advises that you must wash wheatgrass thoroughly prior to use to remove possible contaminants.46

A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

When’s the last time you’ve gotten, or given, a hug? If it’s been awhile, committing to more hugging is a simple way to not only feel happier but also be physically healthier. Human touch is a complex phenomenon, one that’s linked to the release of feel-good hormones and other physiological reactions in your body.

Hugging is just one example, and it’s a powerful one. Even on particularly trying days, such as when you’re embroiled in relationship problems, a hug can improve your mood by increasing positive feelings and decreasing negative ones. This isn’t just hearsay; a recent study published in PLOS One revealed this intriguing fact after a study of more than 400 adults.1

Each was interviewed nightly for two weeks and asked about mood, any relationship conflicts and whether or not they’d received a hug. As expected, relationship conflict was associated with an increase in negative feelings while the opposite held true for hugs.

However, on days when the participants were in conflict but also received a hug, they reported more positive feelings than days when they did not get a hug — and the positive effect even continued on to the next day.

Study coauthor Michael Murphy, a postdoctoral researcher in Carnegie Mellon University’s Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease, told Time, “A very simple, straightforward behavior — hugging — might be an effective way of supporting both men and women who are experiencing conflict in their relationships.”2

Hugging Reduces Stress

The reason behind hugs’ feel-good prowess isn’t entirely known, but the Carnegie Mellon researchers suggest one valuable facet is their ability to buffer against stressors. Specifically, hugs “increase perceptions of social support availability by tangibly conveying care and empathy without communicating to receivers that the receivers are ineffective.”3

In other words, wrapping your arms around somebody shows them physically that you care and are there for them, thereby reducing stress levels. Further, both the giver and the receiver of the hug may benefit. In a study of 20 romantic couples, one partner received a medical scan while the partner stood nearby receiving electric shocks.

When support giving, such as holding a partner’s arm while they’re in pain, occurred, activity increased in the brain’s ventral striatum, a reward-related region also involved in maternal behavior, as well as in the septal area, which is associated with maternal behavior and fear attenuation.4

This suggests that even the person doing the physical supporting experienced benefits akin with reduced stress. A 20-second hug, along with 10 minutes of hand-holding, also reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate. This makes sense, since hugging is known to lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol.

In fact, when such “warm partner contact” occurred prior to a stressful public speaking task, participants had lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who received no such contact.

“These findings suggest that affectionate relationships with a supportive partner may contribute to lower reactivity to stressful life events and may partially mediate the benefit of marital support on better cardiovascular health,” researchers noted.5

Hugging Is Good for Your Heart

January 21 is National Hugging Day, an event created by Kevin Zaborney of Caro, Michigan, reportedly to increase public displays of emotion. Zaborney believed that hugging could help facilitate human communication,6 although it’s also known to boost heart health.

In addition to lowering heart rate, “the positive emotional experience [of hugging] gives rise to biochemical and physiological reactions, such as a higher magnitude of plasma oxytocin, norepinephrine, cortisol and changes in blood pressure.”7

Research presented at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society also found that when couples spoke privately for five minutes, watched a romantic video and hugged, women had higher levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin along with lower levels of the stress hormone norepinhephrine and blood pressure.

“It may well be … that oxytocin triggers physiologic changes that help to protect women’s hearts,” the editor of Critical Care Nurse explained.8 Indeed, still other research has revealed that, among postmenopausal women, frequent hugs between partners are associated with lower blood pressure and heart rate and higher levels of oxytocin.9

Hugging Might Boost Your Immune System, Help Prevent Colds

Hugging may increase production of feel-good endorphins in your body, which in turn strengthen your immune system.10 Further, they may also lower your risk of infection by buffering the effects of stress that, left unchecked, will increase your susceptibility to disease.

Typically, if you’re under stress (including that induced from conflicts in relationships), you’re at an increased risk of contracting illnesses like the common cold. However, when stressed participants were exposed to a cold virus, perceived social support and hugs were found to buffer the effects of stress, protecting against the expected rise in infection risk.

As revealed in one study, hugging provided 32 percent of the beneficial effect. The study’s lead researcher said:11

“This suggests that being hugged by a trusted person may act as an effective means of conveying support and that increasing the frequency of hugs might be an effective means of reducing the deleterious effects of stress …

The apparent protective effect of hugs may be attributable to the physical contact itself or to hugging being a behavioral indicator of support and intimacy … Either way, those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection.”

The pressure of a hug may also stimulate your thymus gland, which is responsible for the regulation and balance of your white blood cells,12 another way in which hugging may support your immune system.

Touching Helps Keep You Happy

Whether it be hugging, cuddling, massage therapy or even a pat on the back or a touch on the arm, human touch is an integral part of well-being. Massage, for instance, affects your nervous system through nerve endings in your skin, stimulating the release of endorphins and inducing relaxation and a sense of well-being, relieving pain and reducing levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline.

This, in turn, may slow heart rate, respiration and metabolism and lower raised blood pressure. Even less involved touching, like a pat on the back, may have benefits, helping to instill trust and spread goodwill. Among National Basketball Association (NBA) players, teams that touched more had improved performance, even after accounting for player status and early season performance.

“Tactile communication, or physical touch, promotes cooperation between people, communicates distinct emotions, soothes in times of stress, and is used to make inferences of warmth and trust,” researchers wrote in the journal Emotion. “Consistent with hypotheses, early season touch predicted greater performance for individuals as well as teams later in the season.”13

Touch is even described as a universal language that can communicate distinct emotions with startling accuracy. One study found that touch alone can reveal emotions including anger, fear, disgust, love, gratitude and sympathy, with accuracy rates of up to 83 percent.14

Are You Touch Deprived and ‘Skin Hungry’?

It’s well-known that infants raised without enough physical touch experience problems with development and are at increased risk of behavioral, emotional and social problems in adulthood. Yet, physical touch may be a need that continues throughout all life stages.

People with a deprivation of affection suffer from negative effects in areas of health, happiness, social support and relationship satisfaction. It’s also associated with loneliness, depression, stress and mood and anxiety disorders.15 Certain populations are more at risk than others, with men and the elderly at the high end of the spectrum.

Research by Kory Floyd, Ph.D. of the University of Arizona, even suggests we’re experiencing a “crisis of skin hunger.” Not only do more Americans live alone than ever before but 1 in 4 lack a close confidante with whom to talk about important issues. Further, he writes, 3 out of 4 adults agrees with the statement, “Americans suffer from skin hunger.” Floyd continues:16

“We normally associate hunger with food, of course — but we don’t feel hunger simply because we want food. We feel hunger because we need food, just as we feel thirsty because we need water, and tired because we need sleep.

Our bodies know what they require to function properly, and research suggests that affection belongs on that list, right behind food, water and rest. Just as lack of food, water and rest have their detrimental effects, so too does the lack of affection.”

In addition to the health risks noted above, people with skin hunger are also more likely to have trouble expressing and interpreting emotion, a condition known as alexithymia. They’re also less likely to form secure attachments with others.

How to Get More Hugs

Many people can secure more hugs in their life simply by making a concerted effort to be more affectionate with family members and friends. Remember, giving hugs is as beneficial as receiving them, so make a point to initiate hugs often with your partner and other loved ones. If you live alone and don’t have someone to hug on a daily basis, there are other options to get more touch in your life.

Professional cuddle centers have popped up in some cities, which let you pay for a nonsexual hug or cuddle. Getting a massage or making an appointment with a chiropractor or reiki master are other viable options.

You can also make a habit of greeting your friends with a hug. Hugs of the nonhuman variety, given to your dog or cat, for example, can also be gratifying, and if that’s not an option, even hugging a teddy bear may help.

Ultimately, the more physical affection you receive, the happier and healthier you’re likely to be. Your body needs hugs and other forms of touch just like it needs food and water, so make an effort to get more hugs daily.

If you’re wondering how many hugs is ideal, the late psychotherapist Virginia Satir famously said, “We need [four] hugs a day for survival. We need [eight] hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”17

Climate Change: Are Oil Industries and Fossil Fuel to Blame?

Global warming. Climate change. These terms are often used interchangeably. However, they have differing, distinct meanings.

Global warming is the increase of mean temperatures on the Earth. Climate change affects ecosystems, habitats, and plant and animal life.

As scientists have been searching for ways to combat both and one source of environmental change keeps coming up: the use of oil and other fossil fuels.

Yes, this is a potentially sensitive subject, but we need to discuss it. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?

Climate change happens when a location’s usual weather is altered. This could be a change in rain levels or usual temperatures. Climate change is also a global phenomenon, including changes in global temperatures or where snow falls on the planet. Climate change takes hundreds to millions of years.

In one sense, Earth’s climate changes frequently. There have been times in history when Earth’s climate has been warmer and times when it has been cooler. These eras can last for an era or an eon.

Current climate change scientists say that the Earth’s temperature has gone up about one degree (F) during the last century. Though it doesn’t seem like a big deal, even small changes in global temperatures can cause big changes.

We are seeing evidence of the Earth’s Warming right now, with rising oceans and altered life cycles for certain plant life.

Oil Companies and Climate Change

Oil Companies and Climate Change

In a 1988 Shell report, the company reveals what it knew about climate science, as well as its own role in raising global CO2 emissions.

“The Greenhouse Effect,” was written by members of Shell’s Greenhouse Effect Working Group. The company plainly stated that fossil fuels play a dominant role in driving greenhouse gas emissions, its own products’ contribution to global CO2 emissions, a detailed analysis of potential climate impacts, and a discussion of the potential impacts to the fossil fuel sector itself.

Shell was not only aware of the potential threats posed by climate change, it admitted to its own role in creating global warming through the burning of fossil fuels – like oil. Documents by ExxonMobil, oil trade associations, and utility companies have also written and released reports acknowledging their contributions to climate change.

But the reports of the late 1980s up through the turn of the century were just the tip of a very large iceberg.

Oil Company’s Hidden Knowledge

Oil Company’s Hidden Knowledge

The oil industry’s knowledge of climate change goes back to the 1960s, with uncovered documents showing that oil producers were warned of serious worldwide environmental changes more than 55 years ago.

Stanford’s Research Institute offered a report to the American Petroleum Institute (API) in 1968 that warned the growing releases of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels into the atmosphere could result in deadly consequences for Earth.

The 1968 Stanford report, uncovered and republished by the Center for International Environmental Law, states: “If the Earth’s temperature increases significantly, a number of events might be expected to occur including the melting of the Antarctic ice cap, a rise in sea levels, warming of the oceans and an increase in photosynthesis.”

Thanks to huge increases in CO2 emissions since the late 1960s, the primary culprit of greenhouse effect, global temperatures have risen by 1C over the past century. Scientists estimate that the world’s known fossil fuel reserves, will have to remain in the ground if humans are to avoid the worst ravages of climate change, such as floods, droughts, and barrages from rising seas.

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) said “hundreds of documents show oil and gas executives met in 1946 to agree that they should fund research into air pollution issues. The subsequent findings were then covered up to protect company profits.”

Holding Them Accountable

A wave of legal challenges currently wash over the gas and oil industry, demanding accountability for climate change. It began after ExxonMobil was outed for having had long recognized the threat burning oil and gas poses to the planet.

After the release of internal Exxon documents, a spotlight on the conduct of the fossil fuel industry emerged in 2015. Investigative journalists wrote stories disclosing that the oil company understood global warming, predicted its consequences, and then spent millions of dollars on a misinformation campaign.

Such evidence was enough to birth a legal demand that included calls for a criminal investigation of Exxon at the federal level. The challenges grew when attorneys general from Massachusetts and New York subpoenaed Exxon for internal climate change-related documents.

The various court cases, strengthened by science, have the potential to alter the way the world thinks about energy production and climate change. The legal actions highlight moving away from fossil fuels and moving toward renewable, sustainable energy.

In fact, in California, where lawsuits seek billions of dollars to pay for climate change mitigation measures, such as sea walls, the gas and oil companies tried to move the cases to federal courts, where the nuisance suits were less likely to succeed. The California lawsuits have been happening since summer of 2017:

July 17, 2017: San Mateo County, Marin County and Imperial Beach file separate lawsuits in California Superior Court seeking damages from 37 fossil fuel companies

Sept. 19, 2017: San Francisco and Oakland file lawsuits in California Superior Court seeking damages from five fossil fuel companies over sea level rise

Dec. 20, 2017: Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County file lawsuits in California Superior Court against 29 fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change-related damage.

Jan. 22, 2018: City of Richmond files lawsuit in California Superior Court against 29 fossil fuel companies.

March 16, 2018: Federal judge rules some of the cases should be tried in state court, creating a conflict with another judge who ruled similar cases belong in federal court.

March 21, 2018: Federal judge overseeing the San Francisco and Oakland cases hosts a climate change tutorial for the court.

June 25, 2018: Federal judge dismisses the San Francisco and Oakland cases, saying the dangers of climate change are “very real” but that the issue should be solved by Congress.

It seems reasonable to hold oil giants like Exxon and Shell responsible for driving climate change. But, what can the world do to reverse the damage?

What Is Being Done to Reverse Climate Change?

Weather Map/What Is Being Done to Reverse Climate Change?

American scientists have been involved in a concentrated effort to determine how quickly our current technology can be deployed to slow and stop global warming.

The researchers looked deep into the specifics of converting from fossil fuels to clean energy. Numbers show that about four-tenths of one percent of America’s landmass could produce renewable, solar energy. But to make that work, we would need to build the factories necessary to churn out thousands of acres worth of solar panels, as well as wind turbines and electric cars and buses.

It’s important to remember that global mobilization to rout climate change would provide a host of economic and social benefits. Deaths from air pollution would be greatly reduced and there would be safer, better-paying employment for energy workers.

In America, a widespread campaign has stymied Arctic drilling and banned fracking in key states. Cities and counties are building more bike paths. Legislators and lobbyists are proposing several ideas, including a carbon tax, a worldwide fracking ban, mandating that federal agencies get their power from green sources, and a prohibition against mining or drilling on public lands.

Should these initiatives be implemented, major fossil fuel companies face the risk that large parts of their reserves will be worthless, leaving BHP Billiton, Anglo American, and Exxaro’s coal reserves in the ground and BP, Lukoil, ExxonMobil, Gazprom and Chevron’s huge gas and oil reserves untapped.

If the nations of the world honor their pledge to fight climate change, the prospects are dreariest for coal, the mother of all polluting fossil fuels. Eighty-two percent of the global supply would have to stay underground.

For gas, 50% of global reserves would have to remain unburned. Geographical variations mean that colossal gas producers in Russia and the Middle East must leave huge quantities underground, while the US and Europe can use more than 90% of their reserves in place of coal.

And while the politicians and policy makers bicker about the solutions for the future, progress had been made in several areas: cutting ozone-damaging chemicals and increasing energy from renewable sources – but these are small steps.

Nevertheless, in the past 25 years, according to the UK’s Independent:

  • The amount of fresh water available per head of population worldwide has reduced by 26%.
  • The number of ocean “dead zones” – places where little can live because of pollution and oxygen starvation – has increased by 75%.
  • Nearly 300 million acres of forest have been lost, mostly to make way for agricultural land.
  • Global carbon emissions and average temperatures have shown continued significant increases.
  • Human population has risen by 35%.
  • Collectively the number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish in the world has fallen by 29%.

Conclusion

The evidence is overwhelming. The burning of oil and other fossil fuels have had a significant impact on the environment. And while oil and coal companies have made efforts to encourage development of cleaner, renewable energies, they still rely on their mainstay products.

The generations inhabiting the Earth in 2018 may or may not see any significant climate changes in their lifetimes. The goal is to preserve the planet for the generations yet to come.

Source: https://www.iqsdirectory.com

Police Found Dozens of Infant Corpses Hidden Inside Detroit Funeral Homes

Acting on an anonymous tip, police in Detroit made a shocking discovery of dozens of infant corpses hidden inside multiple funeral homes.

by Matt Agorist

Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, Detroit police conducted a series of raids on funeral homes and discovered a situation comprised of something out of a horror film.

Detroit police have since launched a “wide probe” into other funeral homes after finding dozens of infant corpses hidden inside at least two of them.

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‘This Is a Scam’: ExxonMobil-Backed Carbon Tax Will Not Save the Planet

“It comes as no surprise that ExxonMobil and other oil companies are calling for anything and everything short of moving off fossil fuels entirely—most notably, the unwieldy and unproven concept of carbon taxes.”

Flares are shown at the ExxonMobil refining complex in Baytown Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Several plants shut down due to Hurricane Harvey. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

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Amid warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that there’s a closing window to act to prevent a climate catastrophe—and critiques that its report released Monday was far too conservative—critics are calling out ExxonMobil for pledging a $1 million contribution to a campaign for a carbon tax as a sneaky attempt to control the debate on climate action and dodge greater financial liability.

“This is a scam: Exxon wants a super low price on carbon so they can boost their natural gas business and avoid other regulations,” 350.org co-founder Jamie Henn responded in a series of tweets.

“Read the fine print,” Henn continued. “As part of the deal for supporting a price on carbon, Exxon wants to be freed from all climate liability. They know that just like Big Tobacco they could be on the hook for billions in damages for lying about climate change.”

Progressives and climate campaigners have argued both for and against market-based solutions such as a carbon tax, but have tended to agree that fossil fuel giants back such proposals not because they support climate action, but because they want to undermine efforts such as lawsuits that have sought to hold Exxon and other oil and gas producers accountable for their decades of denialism and contributions to the global climate crisis.

“Market-based carbon pricing schemes are a false solution to climate change, and a dangerous distraction from the urgent transition to a truly clean, renewable energy future we must undertake now,” Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It comes as no surprise that ExxonMobil and other oil companies are calling for anything and everything short of moving off fossil fuels entirely—most notably, the unwieldy and unproven concept of carbon taxes,” Hauter added. “The IPCC report acknowledges that carbon taxes would have to be incredibly high to make even a dent in the crisis.”

Responding to Exxon’s latest move, Kate Aronoff, who has written extensively about the climate crisis, said, “It’s not a lot of money, but they’re not very subtly trying to stake a claim to whatever climate policy debate happens.” She also noted that the tax proposed by the Exxon campaign group, Americans For Carbon Dividends, “is way too low.”

Referencing a new analysis from Alex Kaufman at the Huffington Post on the potential impact of a carbon tax, Henn pointed out: “DC-types love carbon pricing but usually fail to mention that there’s no political way you could get the price high enough to actually solve the climate problem. It’s only one piece of the puzzle.”

Writing within the context of the IPCC report released Monday, Kaufman outlined how its warnings—however conservative, when compared to other recent climate studies—challenged but “doesn’t seem to have shaken many Republican climate hawks’ faith that market tweaks alone can deliver the unprecedented emissions cuts needed to avert disaster.”

While Josiah Neeley, a senior fellow at the right-wing climate policy think tank R Street Institute, insisted to Kaufman that “a market-based, revenue-neutral carbon tax is perfectly capable of achieving rapid decarbonization as is called for in the new IPCC report,” the actual authors of the report don’t agree. As Kaufman noted:

Asked during an IPCC press conference on Sunday night if carbon pricing could radically overhaul the global economy in the next decade, two IPCC authors started to laugh. James Skea, a co-chair of an IPCC working group, said it was “one among that portfolio of instruments that can be used” but could not serve as a panacea.

“There are some areas where carbon pricing may not be the most appropriate approach,” he said from Incheon, South Korea.

Referencing Kaufman’s article and the IPCC report on Twitter Monday, Bill McKibben, another co-founder of 350.org, also concluded: “One takeaway from today’s climate report is that we’ve waited long enough that almost no-one thinks a carbon price alone can get us where we need to go. It’s one part of a ‘portfolio of solutions.’”

Hauter, meanwhile, urged Congress to pass the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act)—unveiled by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last year—which she called “the most ambitious climate legislation ever introduced.”

“The alarming findings of the latest IPCC report,” Hauter charged, “validate an aggressive approach to deepening climate chaos that scientists, advocates, and elected officials across the country are steadily endorsing: a rapid transition off fossil fuels that would make our society almost entirely reliant on clean, renewable energy in the next ten years.

Source: https://www.commondreams.org