Citizens United is Destroying Our Democracy — Here’s How to Defeat It

By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World

“If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The 2010 decision regarding Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is one of the most controversial Supreme Court ruling of all time. Striking down limits for corporate and union campaign expenditures, the case was decided 5-4 and has set a president for the spending of unlimited sums on ads and various other political tools by corporations, labor unions and the wealthy. Continue reading Citizens United is Destroying Our Democracy — Here’s How to Defeat It


3 Ways to Alchemize Chaos

pink-poppies-by-cherie-roe-dirksen-headerBy Cherie Roe Dirksen, Conscious Life News

This is a follow up to my previous blog: 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Care Anymore and Neither Should You (click here to read).

How to Use a Little Spiritual Alchemy

Do you sometimes feel that you are manifesting the good along with the bad? The good manifestations are fantastic but what do you do when you have created a not-so-desirable situation? Continue reading 3 Ways to Alchemize Chaos

Russia Covered Up a Nuclear Fallout Worse Than Chernobyl, Confidential Report Reveals

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Perhaps one of the most disturbing realizations of our modern era is that, despite the trappings of democracy and equality present in our society, those in power do not always have humanity in mind. Money, greed, and pressure can all lead to some devastating outcomes, like knowingly following through with immoral operations and forcing authorities to cover up their effects.

Recently, Kazbek Apsalikov, the director of Russia’s Institute of Biophysics in Moscow, revealed a top secret report regarding the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear weapons test that occurred in 1950s Kazakhstan.

The report, marked as “top secret,” exposes the corruption of the government scientists involved, who allowed a nuclear disaster four times worse than Chernobyl to affect its people.

“One reason – not at least for secrecy purposes – for the initial choice of Semipalatinsk as nuclear test site was the vastness and relative remoteness of the Kazakh steppes,” explained Apsalikov and his colleagues. “But atomic bombs do not restrict their impact to the location of their detonation, and a large population could potentially be affected.”

The Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk had more than 600 people in the hospital with radiation sickness as a result of one test in 1956 at Semipalatinsk, for example. To put that into perspective, that’s more than four times the radiation sickness cases (143) caused by the Chernobyl disaster.

Apsalikov and his colleagues said:

During Soviet times, nuclear tests and their consequences for human health were surrounded by total secrecy. In fact, until 1956 the government did not even conduct studies about the nuclear testing’s effect on the population living close to the test site. There are no clear statistics available about the acute effects of the testing. . . .

The immediate impetus for health studies came later, in connection with an emergency situation caused by a surface nuclear detonation on 16 March 1956, the radioactive cloud of which reached the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, 400 km from the explosion epicentre. The city’s population was exposed to nuclear fallout with radiation doses so high as to cause acute radiation poisoning. In response, the Soviet leadership established a special medical institution and hospitalized 638 persons suffering from radiation poisoning. No information about the fate of these people is available, however.

The newly uncovered report exposes that just a month after the alarming 1956 test, radiation levels remained up to 100 times what the report calls a “permissible rate.” Furthermore, scientists had gone to eastern Kazakhstan to tell locals they must stop eating local grain due to radioactive contamination. However, this didn’t seem happen.

The report also downplayed the severity of the situation, claiming that the various changes in people’s nervous system and blood recorded by doctors “could not be considered as the changes which arose only due to impact of ionizing radiation,” and instead shifted the blame on poor sanitation and dietiary choices, as well as diseases like brucellosis and tuberculosis.

Though atmospheric bomb tests at Semipalatinsk stopped in 1963, and much of the area is now considered safe to live in, “some areas will never return to nature,” noted Apsalikov. “The situation in others is uncertain and potentially dangerous.”

Such a revelation likely only puts more doubt in the public’s mind regarding those in power, but hopefully the release of this report will shed some light on what locals truly endured.

Building the New Way

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

Since I wrote “A Second Lightworker Pitfall,” (1) I’ve been watching videos at a friend’s behest, mostly on the political scene.

I confess that I could not last a week reporting on the behavior of our political leaders, as revealed in the videos I watched.

All of it goes on within the intellectual domain. There’s no juice in it. There are only “pleasurable” feelings like vengefulness, arrogance, self-satisfaction, self-importance, and entitlement. Continue reading Building the New Way

Russian Foreign Minister Implies NATO Collusion in Creating the Opioid Crisis

By Isaac Davis, Waking Times

As more of the blame for the world’s exacerbating opiate overdose crisis is now being rightly put on the pharmaceutical industry, the dark side of this epidemic in the fact that the production of opium containing poppies has exploded since the military occupation of Afghanistan beginning in 2001.

According to Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov, there are signs of collusion between NATO and drug producers and traffickers working to flood the world with opium. Remarking on how the mission to rid Afghanistan of terrorists quickly became distorted after the invasion, ultimately creating a never-ending supply of drugs to the West. Continue reading Russian Foreign Minister Implies NATO Collusion in Creating the Opioid Crisis

Man Grew Gardens to Save Unwanted Bees and People on Lots Abandoned After Katrina

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

Man saves bees targeted for extermination by growing food for all on lots that were abandoned after Hurricane Katrina

One man has pulled a 180 on one of the poorest, abandoned areas. The Ninth Ward of New Orleans never recovered after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago.

But David Young changed all that. He took 30 abandoned lots and turned them into a lush haven for bees – and the city’s poor – to enjoy nothing but abundance. Continue reading Man Grew Gardens to Save Unwanted Bees and People on Lots Abandoned After Katrina