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John Dennis Liu inspires people to save Earth’s ecosystem – CSMonitor.com

John Dennis Liu inspires people to save Earth’s ecosystem

John Dennis Liu says humans can stop destroying their planet. He’s documented ecological restoration projects around the world to prove it.

By Debra Bruno, Contributor / September 13, 2013

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Filmmaker John Dennis Liu, here in Rwanda, has documented ecological projects in diverse locations such as Haiti, Jordan, and China.

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BEIJING

John Dennis Liu doesn’t do small talk well. Even a brief telephone conversation about setting up an interview launches him into a speech about ecological restoration, Earth’s future, and the errors of humanity’s ways.

He simply can’t help himself, and he knows it. “It’s pretty much the same thing I say each time,” he says. “People ask me, ‘What are you on?’ ”

What the Beijing-based ecologist and filmmaker is “on” is the fervent belief that our planet is heading toward environmental disaster. But it is a disaster that can be averted. He argues that humans can stop the ecological destruction of the planet, and that they have a moral obligation to do so.

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Just don’t try to distract him with talk about anything less than the future of humanity. “We’re facing catastrophic outcomes from climate change,” he says.

In fact, Mr. Liu sees the destruction of Earth’s natural resources as a fight of biblical proportions, a tragic step that takes humanity away from the Garden of Eden that is biodiversity.

For the past 17 years, he’s been involved in projects such as the restoration ofChina‘s Loess Plateau, a roughly (Please click the link below to read the whole article on CSMonitor-

http://m.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2013/0913/John-Dennis-Liu-inspires-people-to-save-Earth-s-ecosystem )


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News Flash — CIA Invents “CONSPIRACY THEORY” | Thrive by Foster Gamble

It is a little-known though well-documented fact that the origin of the campaign to ridicule research into conspiracies wasinitiated by the CIA in 1967 to undermine the credibility of those who questioned the official claims of the Warren Commission regarding the so-called facts of the Kennedy assassination.

Given the challenge we and others feel when speaking out about conspiracies, I think Lance deHaven-Smith is right when, in his new bookConspiracy Theory, he suggests “the CIA’s [covert and illegal] campaign to popularize the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility must be credited…with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time…”

Of course not all proclaimed conspiracies are true. There are competent conspiracy analysts and incompetent ones, just as there are skilled and shoddy reporters, historians or practitioners of any discipline.

What Does “Conspiracy” Actually Mean?

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines “conspire”as: “to plot, to contrive, to scheme — to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act.”

It is well documented that many conspiracy theories are true. (See resources below.)

(Please click the link below to read the entire article with links and associated content on the Thrive website-
http://www.thrivemovement.com/news-flash-cia-invents-conspiracy-theory.blog )


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From ‘me’ to ‘we’: the power of connection | Positive News

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An understanding of the benefits of collaboration, is the key to solving both our personal and social problems, says Lynne McTaggart

At the end of the second world war, my father designed a revolutionary kind of heating system for all the new homes being built for returning veterans. In order to fund the start-up, he found two partners willing to invest. They would handle the sales and finance, while he would focus on the designs and shop floor.
Dad’s business rapidly took off and year after year, he and my mother enjoyed the fruits of increasing prosperity: ­­a speedboat, a second car, a second home. By 1970, one partner had died and Dad’s remaining partner was growing ill. The company began to founder badly.

After the remaining partner died and my father took over, he discovered the reason: two sets of accounting books, the official one for my father, and another revealing the truth about the other two partners’ drawings. Before the business got bought for a song, the hefty life insurance on the company’s directors was still in place. The partner’s widow landed a million dollars, while my father, by then in his mid-fifties, had to find work among his company’s rivals. When I returned home from college one summer, the second car and house were gone, and the house in Ridgewood he and my mother had built from scratch was up for sale.

Dad never stopped believing that he could do it all over again. On a trip to Florida, he saw another problem that needed a solution – the damage done to small pleasure boats continuously kept in the water. My parents moved to Florida, where my father set to work designing an ingenious boat lift that would scoop boats up and out of the water with just a push of a button.

During a particularly stifling summer’s day, while welding one of the prototypes, he fainted. The welding rod in his hand fell on his face, killing him instantly. Unlike his old partner, he died without life insurance. The new policy he’d meant to sign that evening was sitting on his bedroom chest of drawers.

The trajectory of my family’s life was defined by unfairness. Like too many other people who buy into our current set of rules, my father’s American dream turned into an American nightmare. It’s a nightmare that happens every day, with no rescue for anyone who happens to get pushed off the wagon train.

My own experience has convinced me that fixing the many problems that now beset us requires nothing less than ripping up our rulebook and starting afresh, based on something other than every man for himself.

The key to achieving this rebirth, to improving your relationships, your neighborhood, your town or city, and even to successfully tackling the many crises now facing our world, lies in reframing the core belief that underpins every aspect of our society: ‘I win, you lose.’

“This mistaken belief, that winning equals winning over someone else, accounts for every crises we face in the west.”
This mistaken belief, that winning equals winning over someone else, is the greatest cancer of our time, accounting for every single one of the crises we face in the west. Other than on the sports field, the competitive mindset is probably the greatest impediment to progress.

The latest research shows that students, employees, managers, business owners, couples, and neighbors are happier, healthier, and far more productive when they work together in collaborative ways. Schools that use cooperative learning, where A students work side by side with C students, produce better results than do those schools that group children by ability and have them compete for grades or constantly strive to improve their own personal best. Collaborative solutions at work consistently outperform those in which companies rate individual performances against each other.

As a success coach hired by Microsoft, the best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield, observed that Microsoft’s practice of creating small internal competitive ‘silos’, vying against each other for performance and rewarded, or punished for their individual success or failure, created such a climate of fear that it actually hampered innovation and lost the company market share.

This company policy stood in stark contrast to the corporate climate at Google, one of its major competitors. Individuals were encouraged to work as a team, were offered the time and space for collective brainstorming, and were rewarded for the entire group’s effort. By removing a culture of naked-claw competition, Google not only created happier employees but ultimately began to produce better results.

The change of emphasis in our relationships and our society from ‘me’ to ‘we’ will not erode individual rights, ability, achievement, freedom of expression, or ownership in any way. Nor will it require that we relinquish our hard-earned cash or possessions, repudiate our economic system, or overturn our democratic way of life. The only practice we will give up is the need to strive for individual achievement at another person’s expense. That mindset in itself is flagrantly anti-individual and undemocratic: somebody’s individual rights always get trampled in ‘I win, you lose’ scenarios.

If we are to prosper, individually and collectively, each of us must wipe clean our mental hard drives of the sense of scarcity, lack, competition, and extreme individualism with which we are now programmed. To do this we have to challenge the very assumptions and thought processes on which those concepts and assumptions are based.

A good starting place is to replace the model inspired by economist Adam Smith of ‘we do best for society by looking out for number one’ with the idea that our own best response in any situation is to choose what is best not simply for ourselves but also for the rest of the group.

The power of us

Most of the research on self-talk – the internal monologue people use to psych themselves up before a performance – has focused on internal affirmations and pep talks about “I” in order to build up personal confidence. But a group of researchers at Michigan State University decided to test what happens to individual performance when participants concentrate their self-talk on the group’s performance as a whole. They randomly assigned eighty participants in a dart-throwing contest to one of three groups. The first group used self-talk statements that focused on each individual’s own ability and performance; the second used internal conversation that emphasized the group’s capabilities and performance; and the third, the controls, simply maintained neutral thoughts.

When the Michigan researchers tallied the results, both personal confidence and performance were highest in those focusing on group affirmations. Those using group-oriented self-talk displayed more confidence in the team but also performed better as individuals.

This study has enormous implications for every aspect of our lives because it shows that focusing on the group’s efforts naturally raises everyone’s game. Just thinking “we” helps “I” do better.

Adopting this new paradigm in your dealings with others will encourage you to overcome your internal ‘I win, you lose’ programming and become a change agent at home and at work.

Lynne McTaggart will be speaking at the Conference for Consciousness and Human Evolution in London on 23-25 August 2013. Her forthcoming book is titled The Bond: The Power of Connection, published by Hay House.

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http://positivenews.org.uk/2013/positive_perspective/13660/me-we-power-connection/ )


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Indonesian forests to be returned to indigenous peoples | Positive News

I am glad to find such an awesome new website. Positive News looks like a wonderful resource for people tired of the negative focus in mainstream news.

I would like to add a request to this article. If you pray or meditate, please add a prayer for these forests and the people there that justice and respect for all living beings will triumph and the forests will be preserved, the people safe from the corrupt, violent corporations.

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Indigenous Indonesians could soon win greater control over their traditional lands, following a court ruling revoking governmental administration of forests customarily used by aboriginal groups

The country’s constitutional court ruled in May that traditional forests should be controlled directly by rural Indonesians, rather than treated as public forests subject to industrial logging under licenses that are issued by the central government.

The ruling gives significant new land rights to a broad swathe of the Indonesian population, up to 40 million of whom are from indigenous communities.

The extent of the forests affected by the ruling has yet to be determined, but government statistics show that about 32,000 rural villages overlap with publicly controlled woodlands.

The court’s decision received the blessing of Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who in recent years has sought to rein in the rampant logging and deforestation that has helped place Indonesia in the world’s top three greatest emitters of greenhouse gases.

“This decision marks an important step towards the recognition of indigenous rights to lands, territories and resources,” he told attendees of a Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 workshop in June.

But while Yudhoyono has ordered ministers to begin registering indigenous land claims, implementing the order could prove challenging. The Indonesian logging industry is both powerful and deeply corrupt, with a Human Rights Watch report published in July estimating that the country lost more than £4.5bn to forestry-related graft between 2007 and 2011. That might make it difficult to enforce new limits on logging, said Arvind Ganesan, director of business and human rights for Human Rights Watch.

“It may be a progressive decision, but the real test is implementation — and in the forestry sector that’s been a longstanding issue,” he said.

It’s also unclear whether indigenous groups will prove responsible custodians of Indonesia’s forests. Some groups might choose to preserve their forests, perhaps to spur eco-tourism; others might be tempted to sell logging rights on their newly acquired land to the highest bidder. “It’s hard to know what the net effect would be — it could go either way,” Ganesan said.

Whatever happens next, Indonesians can be sure that the world will be watching. With populations increasing and land resources in short supply, similar clashes between indigenous groups, businesses and governmental actors will play out around the world in coming years, Ganesan explained.

“That’s a fact of life that’s here to stay, so countless people will be looking to see what lessons can be drawn,” he said.

http://positivenews.org.uk/2013/environment/13615/indonesian-forests-returned-indigenous-peoples/


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Energetic Synthesis – Bifurcation of Time Lisa Renee September 2013

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Dear Ascending Family,
Bifurcation means the splitting of a main body into two parts. In the mathematical study of change that occurs within a structure or space, bifurcation occurs when a parameter change causes the stability of an equilibrium (or fixed point in a field) to change. The comprehension of the mathematical change that is currently shifting the geometric value of frequency, which further, generates abifurcation in the structure of time and space, is very relevant to us now. This is directly related to the forthcoming split occurring between timelines which govern our continued consciousness (energy) expression on the earth plane as it is moving into future time. Thus, the planetary fields and humanity are coming to experience the next phase of the planetary Ascension cycle, which is the nature ofBifurcation of Time. For many years the sequential phase of gradually increasing the frequency sets on the earth is the byproduct of Stellar and Solar Activations transmitting frequency to the planet (and humanity) during the Ascension Cycle. The accumulation of progressively increasing frequency being integrated into the overall planetary 

(Please read the whole article on Lisa Renee’s site at the link below-
http://www.energeticsynthesis.com/index.php/resource-tools/news-shift-timelines/2273-bifurcation-of-time )


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The manuscript of survival – part 353

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As the day of freedom approaches, much is getting into gear now. We hear you all draw a collective intake of breath at the mention of the concept ”day of freedom”, so let us just hasten to add that as usual, we do not give any details, nor will we give you any set date to focus on, but let us just say that this day is indeed fast approaching. And with it, so much is already getting into gear, as we just mentioned. You will see many examples of this on all sides, and even amongst the highest echelons of your governments, the sense that the tide has turned will in many ways become apparent now. Not neccessarily in outwardly noticeable actions, but more as a sense of impending change that will make many a heart flutter. And as you have already seen, the much prophesied armageddon in that…

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The Oracle Report Friday, September 13, 2013

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First Quarter Moon Phase: action, stepping out, expression

Moon: Capricorn

Ruling Mahavidya: Shodashi (with Matangi, The Administrator)

Today’s energy enables us to stand tall with a strong connection to our family heritage in the stars. The more we are able to keep things simple today, the better it will go. Relax into the energy, keep a slow and steady pace, and trust! Wise owl Milly’s photo reminds us of this today. You can’t see the full picture on this banner, but you can see it here. There’s a story behind the picture and it’s the story of today. Milly writes:
“The Great Blue Heron was in distress, appeared to be stuck and unable to life off. The Great Egret paced back and forth. I looked on from a higher vantage point with camera in hand, as well meaning animal loves attempted to reach it. The swamp claimed a pair of boots and a retreat was made to form a better plan. A return visit with a Wildlife Conservation Officer in possession of prized hip waders turned up no Great Blue Heron in sight. Happy ending…but one pair of boots poorer.”

(This is an example of the wonderful teaching, sharing, and helping that goes on in the Oracle Report Facebook community.)

I am struck by the light and dark contrast of the birds. The darker one is stuck; the lighter one guards, holds, and reflects space while the darker one frees itself. It’s a perfect reflection.

The reflection comes with the Moon moving into Capricorn, making a conjunction with Pluto and an opposition to the Black Moon today. This means growing/birthing/freeing pains for everyone, but most pronounced for Capricorns and Cancers or those with the Black Moon in Cancer or Capricorn. However, this round will feel different because both Pluto and the Black Moon have moved to different degrees, so the frequency of the energy has changed. It’s a bit lighter (and we will take thatanytime, but especially with the Black Moon) and it is focused toward making things real. It goes behind masks or whatever is hidden. We all wear masks to some degree. In some cases, masks enable good boundaries, which are often needed to feel safe. The problem comes in when our masks (our shadow sides) are holding us back.

The Mahavidya Shodashi, Gaia-Sophia’s persona as the Goddess of Beauty, Goddess Who Fulfills Highest Desire, and Goddess Who Destroys the Demiurge (chief Archon), uses the new frequency of the Black Moon and Pluto to move shadows (our own and global ones) out of the way. She does this because she is fulfilling the desire of our higher selves. Shadows hinder the effort so we are directed around them. You can visualize this like the feathery veins in a smooth wall of marble. These lines represent your trajectory in life (space-time). Shodashi reads the strokes and maneuvers us back on course by extending the line a certain way. People, places, things, situations, and circumstances change – some things leave and some things enter.

If you knew there was a divine power at work to bypass shadows and put you back in line with your soul’s intended course for the highest experience possible, would you trust it? Would you believe it if you couldn’t yet see the proof?

Well, the proof is already showing. We are not in a world war, which was the course we were on. If things were operating like the way they used to -same old fake story, same old horrid war – we would already be heavily embroiled with massive loss of life. This is not happening.

One other thing today: If you wrote out a wish or intention back at the New Moon phase, do it again today. If you didn’t do this back at the New Moon phase, you can do it today. We have a unique alignment of energies that enhances things that are written. I want to write a special word of thanks with a wave of love to all those who have sent donations. It is heartwarming to know that people are willing to honor the old ways and support bringing the mystery teachings back to the collective.

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