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· @skypal ·
$21.07
Dear loved one, the matrix has you.

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The TV was left on CNN.

I go to this person's house sometimes. I care about her.

I listen to her rant about Trump with an open heart. He's crazy. He's going to start world war 3 if he's not careful. He's a liar and a thin skinned bigot.

What I believe changes, and I reserve the right to change if new information presents itself. I'm not about to make up my mind and drop anchor in a never-ending stream of new information. When it comes to news media though, I see something. I see attempts to corrupt our minds and control what we belief.

I try my hardest to approach the subject delicately as I have so often in the past.

I suggest, Trump's playing a clever game like all the other politicians. She continues to listen to the criticisms of his character.

She mentions she reads the Washington Post. I show her a Ben Swann videoexposing the Washington Post's fake news fiasco of Russian Hacking.

Interesting. I'll have to check him out. She says, translated in my mind to, I will never watch any of his videos.

I hope I'm wrong.

At this point I fear she is deeply anchored and any attempt to sail free may be too painful to bare.

We discuss fake news and I say, There is definitely a problem of how to discern fact from fiction but censoring independent news sources can't be the answer. People in the 'alternative news' community think they have been lied to by the mainstream media, and they have been.

I try to explain why the concerns of alternative media are legitimate. Even if some independent sources are unintelligent, their reactions are understandable.

We talk about how people don't have time to vet every source, so we have to find one we trust. I suggest that allowing the open market on news would create competition and the journalistic reporters with the most integrity would rise to the top, along with some trash of course.

I don't know the answers but this has to be at least better than the proposal on the table to broadly censor independent news with google algos, or legislation, or whatever method of suppression and control is dredged up.

These methods would only increase the monopoly of (let's call it what it is) corporate media.

Let's also call alternative news what it is, independent news. Broccoli isn't an alternative to Kraft Dinner. I didn't say that to her.

When it comes down to it though, she and I agree. We think education needs to radically change and those changes are taking place.

Boredom in the routine of mandated curriculum causes physical stress. Besides, memorization of most content is obsolete in a world with infinite information at hand.

Where are the classes on critical thinking and identifying logical fallacies? A focus on the process of learning rather than the content, would raise more capable generations.

Healthier brains means less conflict, internally and externally. We both agree.

Where we disagree is my belief that deception runs deeper and there are nefarious actors at play in corporate media, government, and the military/intelligence complex.

I'm not sure she sees the depth of deception in politics or news media. I don't think she sees the dangers of the very institutions meant to protect us.

Watching CNN, even if you know it's biased, shows a lack of comprehension of the deception taking place.

Watch corporate news regularly and you are helping their ratings. You are supporting a despicable, revolting, misery generating machine.

These people are entertainers with no moral standards, manipulated into, or knowingly working for government and the intelligence community.

CNN's God is the bottom line, the profit, the views, the clicks. Shows like Anderson Cooper's are like sitcoms, cartoons masquerading as news.

Corporate media (and unfortunately some independent media) promote argument, division, and confusion. After all, if there is a sense of resolution, the viewer can turn off the TV in peace. If the intention was to bring clarity to issues and unify the people, the programs would be structured entirely differently.

But I have deep respect for her. I love her like a second mom. I probably have anchors too, but I can't un-see what I have seen. I can't ignore my screaming heart any longer.

Preaching to the choir is fun. It is a relief to know that there are many people who are in the same boat. However, the real issue is how to talk to people that have already decided on what they believe and have built a group of friends with similar beliefs. This is the dilemma.

Can this nut even be cracked without the person first experiencing some sort of crisis? I don't know. Maybe trying to convince anyone is a waste of time. Instead, I'll be the change I want to see.

I've tried for years anyway. She read my post Mind Control: three warnings from an ex-magician but it wasn't enough. She respects me, I think, and understands I'm not an idiot (silly her), yet the weight of what I am trying to communicate doesn't quite sink in.

If it had, she'd stop watching CNN!

I'm not spending hours carefully questioning and nailing down what it is I'm trying to say for payout (that's fun too though).

I do this because it burns inside me if I don't try to express it. Corruption runs rampant.

I see the death and destruction in the world and it doesn't have to be this way.

I feel sick to my stomach with sadness looking at the faces of the crowds as they mosey to work, forming neat lines on the escalators, trying to ease their dissatisfaction with a hand-held screen. In their devices and media they find a piece of solace.

A piece of peace is not peace at all though. I see their faces scarred by years of pain still lingering in the background of their minds, and it doesn't have to be this way.

Have you seen the stars from a desert plain? There are too many to count.

Have you been healed, swept out of time, love pounding the brain, like waves crashing on a shore wiping away past impressions?

Day to day life doesn't have to be a struggle. We don't have to suffer. It doesn't have to be this way.

How do we combat the matrix that rapes the land and perpetuates misery if each individual is also responsible for its thriving growth?

Our anchors grow choral, solidifying our positions.

How do we break free without causing more disorder?

These are questions for sure. I will never stop asking them.

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· @franks ·
$7.55
Challenge30: Guns Motorcycles and Gold coins

The Bug-Out culture is growing and it's not just here on Steemit it seems.
We are getting advice right left and center.

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Now it seems the Apocalypse strain is mutating and has gone main stream.
Wall Street Hedge Fund managers are now looking for a lot of actual Hedges on a few green acres to manage.
And to hide their, Harley Davidson Motor Sickel and trove of Gold coins.

https://youtu.be/X4OKPMm-vfc

I've been here before.
Check out list at the ready:
Nearest Tesco Warehouse/Walmart Warehouse. Check!
Nearest shop that sells shotguns or any guns. Check!
What is the chance of getting guns from a Police station. Or even an Army base?

You see, like most people, the, we are the world, peace-lovin hippie, goes right out the fucking window when you start prepping for Z World 1.0

And you start looking for a Mallet to bash somebodies brains in.
All done in the nicest possible way of course.
Give me the food!
No!
Give me the fucking food!
No, get your own, I've saved this for the Apocalypse. You could've done the same. Be reasonable.
Wack.

https://youtu.be/wstIBq2H0z8

I know we should be nice to each other.
*Save the Cheerleader Save the World,*
and all that Jazz.

But when Push comes to Push.
We will look to our Family our tribe, Our Gang.
You get a Big Club and join the Biggest Club.

https://youtu.be/dh_g8J37dTo

It is a sad state of affairs, that beside the Illuminati, the only ones that will survive and do well out of a complete society meltdown.
Are:
Criminal fraternities
The usual collection of angry biker gangs.

So even if I stockpile my survival stuff.
Some asshole will try and take it away from me.
And if the assholes learn where Mr Gold-Plated Hedge Fund Survivalist is hiding his bug-out stores,
they will come and grab it. And I, will probably, be right behind them.

Follow the Fool's Gold and you will find the Fool's Rainbow.

https://youtu.be/6LSIsy6YEXQ

Read On:
DOOMSDAY PREP FOR THE SUPER-RICH
Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.

Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. “If the world ends—and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble—getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently. “Without them, I’m fucked.”

Huffman, who lives in San Francisco, has large blue eyes, thick, sandy hair, and an air of restless curiosity; at the University of Virginia, he was a competitive ballroom dancer, who hacked his roommate’s Web site as a prank. He is less focussed on a specific threat—a quake on the San Andreas, a pandemic, a dirty bomb—than he is on the aftermath, “the temporary collapse of our government and structures,” as he puts it. “I own a couple of motorcycles. I have a bunch of guns and ammo. Food. I figure that, with that, I can hole up in my house for some amount of time.”

Survivalism, the practice of preparing for a crackup of civilization, tends to evoke a certain picture: the woodsman in the tinfoil hat, the hysteric with the hoard of beans, the religious doomsayer. But in recent years survivalism has expanded to more affluent quarters, taking root in Silicon Valley and New York City, among technology executives, hedge-fund managers, and others in their economic cohort.

Last spring, as the Presidential campaign exposed increasingly toxic divisions in America, Antonio García Martínez, a forty-year-old former Facebook product manager living in San Francisco, bought five wooded acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest and brought in generators, solar panels, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. “When society loses a healthy founding myth, it descends into chaos,” he told me. The author of “Chaos Monkeys,” an acerbic Silicon Valley memoir, García Martínez wanted a refuge that would be far from cities but not entirely isolated. “All these dudes think that one guy alone could somehow withstand the roving mob,” he said. “No, you’re going to need to form a local militia. You just need so many things to actually ride out the apocalypse.” Once he started telling peers in the Bay Area about his “little island project,” they came “out of the woodwork” to describe their own preparations, he said. “I think people who are particularly attuned to the levers by which society actually works understand that we are skating on really thin cultural ice right now.”

In private Facebook groups, wealthy survivalists swap tips on gas masks, bunkers, and locations safe from the effects of climate change. One member, the head of an investment firm, told me, “I keep a helicopter gassed up all the time, and I have an underground bunker with an air-filtration system.” He said that his preparations probably put him at the “extreme” end among his peers. But he added, “A lot of my friends do the guns and the motorcycles and the gold coins. That’s not too rare anymore.”

Read the whole Article:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich

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@craig-grant ·
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REAL LIFE in the flow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ2qDUCj87Q

It's less about me getting reactions, and more about me providing reflections, and it's for you to see beyond your reflection and smile.

Every person is right where he or she needs to be in my world, not lost.

Everything is SELF, so compassion is feeling sorry for my self.

If I can't accept being the ruler of my world, then my world is my ruler.

Skinny dipping in a lake is a 100% natural experience.

The Internet is a mechanical copy of my imagination.

Within is past and without is future, now is true.

It's all my reflection, and I'm experiencing it all for my self.

Fear is to lies as honesty is to being fearless

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· @craig-grant ·
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Buying 1 Bitcoin worth of STEEM

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Earth is LIGHT, and LIGHT is not flat or round, LIGHT has no shape.

Her G spot is a woman's best kept secret, I know because my name is Grant.

Being now, 'gonna' is a curse word.

It's my world, and I define everything in it as I would like them to relate to me.

A prophet is a virus, as the characters in my game work best when they don't know they're in my game.

If I live in a community, and never get involved with listening to or spreading rumors, then all the rumors become about me.

Spiral = I spy real = single eye in center.

Struggling with a cremated baby ashes addiction.

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· @craig-grant ·
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Bitcoin mining difficulty rise and GPU mining bubble pop - January 24, 2017

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A circle is an infinite loop because it keeps asking it self questions.

When guessing witch way to turn, right is light and left is death.

I see big boobs when I see the number 3 online, and it's fun 3.

Earth is light, and light has no shape, but I can define the light to be a round ball floating in space, the religion of Science.

A star to me is a light in the night sky, and nothing else beyond that.

I guess you think you almost died, but I know you did die, and now is your afterlife.

Internet = active imagination of computer.

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The Prejudice Roots of the War On Drugs are Still Abundantly Evident in the Drug War Today (Follow Up)

The longest war that America has ever launched, has been a war against its own people. 

America's War on Drugs has arguably had a greater impact on society as a whole than any other government action over the past half century. In my post yesterday I gave a bit of background on the origins of the drug war, but today I want to focus on the consequences that America's War on Drugs have had on the country. This is a difficult post to organize simply because of the abundance of consequences, but I intend to take an objective look at the impact caused by the War on Drugs. Regardless of your personal stance on drug use, when one examines facts regarding the War on Drugs it becomes clear just how dangerous this war truly is.

It is evident and undeniable that the War on Drugs and the accompanying laws have had the greatest consequences to communities of color.

Drug usage and the sale of drugs is almost equal among African Americans and whites, yet African Americans are arrested 13 times the rate at which white men are arrested for drug offenses. Not only are minorities arrested at a vastly greater rate, but the sentences they receive for their crimes are on average 20-40% longer than sentences of whites. When we take an objective look at all of the facts, it quickly becomes abundantly clear that the racial and prejudice motivations behind the start of this war are still just as active today as they were during the drug wars inception. The devastation that mass incarceration has had on urban communities in particular goes so far beyond any single arrest. What are the long term consequences of 1/3 African American men winding up in the legal system at some point in their life? 

African Americans and Latino's make up 29% of the US population, but account for 75% of drug offenders in prison. 

This statistic is truly frightening on its own, but when we consider that that the percentage of drug users and sellers is virtually equal among all demographics, then it becomes clear just how inherently biased the War on Drugs actually is. There are numerous factors as to why minorities are arrested at significantly higher rates, which include stop and frisk programs, an increased likelihood of conducting drug sales/purchases in public among minorities, and less means for defending themselves against the charges. It's not that minorities are committing drug crimes at a higher rate than anyone else, but it's simply that they are often the easiest "targets" for police to pursue. The prison population disparity is evident all over the country, but it seems much more pronounced in southern and mid-western states in particular. 

 "The Black populations in state prisons are majorly disproportionate: In Georgia, the Black population is 29 percent, the Black prison population is 54 percent; Arkansas 16 percent -52 percent; Louisiana 33 percent-76 percent; Mississippi 36 percent-75 percent; Alabama 26 percent -65 percent; Tennessee 16 percent -63 percent; Kentucky 7 percent-36 percent; South Carolina 30 percent-69 percent; North Carolina 22 percent-64 percent; and Virginia 20 percent-68 percent."

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The effects of the War on Drugs on urban communities cannot be accurately shown through statistics.

When we look at the data and the facts regarding the effects of mass incarceration within communities, numerous short term effects become evident, but the long term effects that mass incarceration has on a community are much greater than the statistics directly allude to. The effects of a greater percentage of children and families growing up without a father or mother cannot be directly linked to the War on Drugs, but when we look at the facts it is clear that children who are raised by one parent are a greater likelihood of incarceration, dropping out of school, and living in poverty as an adult. When we refer back to the fact that 1/3 African American males will be in the legal system throughout their lives, it becomes clear just how great of an impact a high percentage of single parent families can have on communities as a whole in both the short and long term. The likelihood of living in poverty in a single mother household is over 60%, compared to 11% in a two parent household. 

In 1970 before the "War on Drugs" was officially launched the number of single-parent families with children under 18 was 3.8 million, but by 1990 (20 years after the start of the drug war) had reached 9.7 million.

The worst part of it all is that the War on Drugs has been proven to be a fundamental failure, yet has been continually intensified. 

Regardless of your personal stance on the use of drugs; If these types of programs were effective at keeping individuals off of drugs and limiting the supply of drugs, then one could understand why they have been continued and implemented in the first place. The fact of the matter is that these types of programs have been nothing but utter and complete failures. The supply, usage, and sale of drugs within the United States have all increased over 300% since the beginning of the War on Drugs! The War on Drugs has simply made the business of drug trafficking and sale a much more lucrative business, because as it is explained by nearly every scholarly economist, when there is a demand there will be a supply. The criminalization of drugs has allowed "bad actors" to gain control of the production, sale, and distribution of drugs and reap all of the profits from their distribution. 

Instead of having people of "verified good character" control the regulations regarding drug use and sale, we leave it to drug dealers to determine the requirements.

If a 17 year old walks into a reputable gas station and asks for a pack of cigarettes, then 9 times out of 10 they will be asked for an ID and then denied the sale because they do not meet the minimum age requirement. If that same 17 year old goes to purchase drugs from a "drug dealer", then there is a much smaller chance that the drug seller would be concerned with the individuals age. High school students have revealed than it is easier for them to obtain cannabis compared to alcohol every year since the 1980's. Why is that? In order to purchase alcohol a valid ID must be shown at a retailer that risks loosing its license for selling to minors, but in order to buy marijuana as a high school student there is no verification of age from the seller. 

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The Drug War as it's currently employed actually puts youth at a greater risk for drug use. 

Since the inception of the "Just Say No" campaign and later the D.A.R.E. program, young people have begun to associate all drugs into one category, rather than differentiating drugs by danger. When 10 year old students are told that marijuana is just as dangerous as heroin, many individuals begin to disregard all drug education they were given because the information is so heavily exaggerated. The usage of drugs among youth has risen relatively steadily since the beginning of the Drug War, but there is a lack of evidence that supports these types of drug education program's success. Drug education is essential to youth and adolescents, but the education through scare tactics and exaggeration have long since been proven ineffective. As a society, if we began to move towards the teaching methods of accurate and relatable information regarding drug use, then we may finally be able to see a lower amount and more responsible use of drugs among young people. 

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These are just some of the consequences of the war on drugs, I have yet to even mention the prison industrial complex which plays a vital role in the War on Drugs. I intend to do an in-depth post regarding the "unintended" global consequences of the Drug War, the economic consequences, and the prison industrial complex's role in the War on Drugs. I have made the decision to break these posts into different sections because I believe that's the best way to retain the most information, because there sure is a lot to mention. I really hope you enjoyed this post and I urge any discussion to take place in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!


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Content Sources: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/06/28/the-war-on-drugs-is-a-war-on-minorities-and-the-poor/#52f86d4734b6

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Hello friends, today, take me a hard blow, to see if my computer stopped working, my that unit, is my personal support, therefore, I find it very difficult to now buy me another I hope to count on the support of you, to solve this personal situation, which affects me very strongly.

As many of you know I am a frequent writer of this platform, where I'm writing almost every day, but because of this situation, I'm practically without economic sustenance, which gave me a resource, which allows me to live in my country, venezuela, where is this living one of the worst crisis, at this time I call through my phone , that do not have another way, so excuse me basics of this article, just wanted to know the situation I currently live, and hope to have as I said earlier its support.

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