Monday, January 27, 2020

Welfare 101


Love is More than a Feeling – It is a Choice

Want to Fall in Love With Your Partner Again? 

Ask Them These 36 Questions:

Set 1

1.Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
2.Would you like to be famous? In what way?
3.Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
4.What would constitute a "perfect" day for you?
5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Set 2

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? 
14. Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?
15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
16. What do you value most in a friendship?
17. What is your most treasured memory?
18. What is your most terrible memory?
19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
20. What does friendship mean to you?
21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?
22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.
23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people's?
24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

Set 3

25. Make three true "we" statements each. For instance, "We are both in this room feeling _____."
26. Complete this sentence: "I wish I had someone with whom I could share _____."
27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.
28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you've just met.
29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.
30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.
32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven't you told them yet?
34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?
36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner's advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

the Biggest Conspiracy of All


When people look at the world today, it can sometimes just be downright depressing. There's just no other word for it. And isn't it interesting how rapidly the world has changed and become this way over the last few years? It really has happened quite quickly. One minute we were thinking we were free and most were looking forward to a bright future, then, somehow we found ourselves in the world of today where our governments are completely out of control, our police have been militarized, Europe is falling apart, and everyone has for the most part, been duped by mainstream propaganda into spending most of their time looking over their shoulder wondering if the guy next to them on the bus is a 'terrorist'. Of course in among these questioning masses are those awakened and newly awakening individuals who know perfectly well who the real terrorists are, namely government, and who can see through the facade of the currently predominant fear campaign. Yet even most awakened people still remain perplexed and frustrated in their efforts to finding any remedy to this situation.

Upon awakening and discovering the world is not what they first thought it to be, a great many people typically begin looking into the workings of the system and are led into a rabbit hole of endless conspiracy theories, some of which are true, most of which are purposefully manufactured noise. And ultimately most end up in a state of confusion, frustration or worse, with most then becoming lost in their ongoing quest for someone to blame. As if pointing the finger at someone and shouting "You!" is actually going to change anything. But this generally seems to be the way with human nature. We look for someone else to blame for getting us into this mess, and then we demand someone else fix it.

We do this because generally, people have been very effectively programmed into accepting two very false and in fact, two diametrically opposed realities, as being true.

On one hand we view ourselves as all important, the King or Queen of one's own castle as it were, and demand we be served by others in a timely manner and to our satisfaction; we deem ourselves somewhat above the common workers we may employ for whatever particular task, or very often even in regards to how we personally rate ourselves against our peers. While on the other hand, in regards to society at large, we see ourselves as being insignificant little people who cannot really make a difference in the world and must look to others more wise. We place our faith in leaders to miraculously lead us to a better world. It is this very attitude, this bizarre combining of two completely false realities into one, that has been largely responsible for leading humankind to our current predicament.

Life is an incredible thing. It is a melting pot of expression and wondrous diversity whereby human potential is only limited by people’s belief, or lack of belief, in their own abilities and by the limits they place upon themselves. I mean sure, there may be financial barriers we all face regarding the completion of some project or other, but on a deeper level, as a species, as a society, as the expressions of creation each of us ultimately are, we place limits on our potential generally due to our beliefs of what our potential is and by our belief and understandings of what is and is not possible. In this manner, we impose our own limitations upon our own potential.

Much of the time such limitations are the result of programming, the adapting of someone else's belief that has been superimposed over our own. This is modern education in a nutshell. It is the education, or lack of it, that we have received that has ultimately led us to this point because modern education is in fact designed not to educate, but rather to separate children from their parents at as early an age as possible and to immerse them into a rigorous program of indoctrination and training. It has been this training that has led us to believe we are both, all important, and ultimately insignificant and inconsequential, at the very same time.

The catalyst that holds the programming together is the subtle use of fear throughout the entire education system. The class system, peer group pressure, fear of failure, exams, the grading system, the separation into age groups, the different grouping systems - alpha, delta etc, the relentless respect for authority that is drummed into the children. All are class based, all are designed as mechanisms of division and control, and all use fear as the catalyst in order for them to work.

This use of fear as a catalyst and the subtle subliminal programming into the combining and acceptance of two completely opposing realities, self importance and insignificance, into one mindset, quite naturally creates a huge schism in the psyche of the individual. And it's easy to make a play for more control from that point forward. The more powerless the individual feels in the face of an ever more monstrous and overbearing system, the more desperate and fanatical one becomes in their attempts to maintain a sense of power and control over their own individual space. Thus the more isolated each becomes from their families, friends and peers and thus the social divide also continually widens between individual families. And via the use of a monetary system purposely designed to place people in a never ending state of self-generating debt, no matter how successful one becomes within the parameters of the system, the fear always remains. A fear of loss, of shortage, of insecurity... It's always there like a leaking faucet, slowly dripping somewhere in the back of one's mind.

Divide and conquer is the motto, and mankind has been farmed almost to perfection... almost.

I say almost because although the ruling Kakistocracy has done a pretty good job, it hasn't been perfect - though with the advent of 5G and the Smart Grid, they are most certainly working on that. But for what fortune it may bring, now at last, albeit somewhat late in the game, the veil is lifting for a great many people. Many are beginning to realize the truth. Well at least the basics of it anyway. They are now beginning to see how they have been played and they are starting to realize that their attention to matters of state is required. But again, to what end? And as usual, they ask themselves, "But what can one little person do?"

Well, the first thing one must do, is drop the "I'm just a little person" programming. Stop selling yourself short. I simply cannot stress this point home enough to people that ALL that exists within our entire society is people. All of them "little people" just like you. Irrespective of any position or office they hold, they are just people. They are nothing more. All have equal value and all have equal potential for creative thought. And ultimately, it is thoughts that have created this mess. Thoughts turned into action. And everyone has that same potential.

The problem is that via the programming most have received, they have lost connection to their true self and are for the most part, completely unaware of their own potential. They are constrained by the limitations defined by their programming and they are further constrained by fear. And not just a fear of authority, but also a fear of ever really and truly being themselves. A fear of acknowledging their own self worth. Sure I have great worth, but I'm just a little person. When you can step back and really see it, you almost have to admire the level of programming it takes to achieve a comfortable merging of two such apposing mindsets into one.

Yes, life is an incredible thing but it is fleeting gift. What is important is what one does with it. What legacy has been left behind? Has reality been improved or impaired by your time spent here? And as it is but a fleeting moment, what is there to really fear? As far as fear goes, on one hand people are generally in fear for their own personal security, while on the other, of the overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable power of the machine. They forget that the machine, the system, is a cloud, it's a fiction created by mankind, the result of thought turned into action and that we all have the ability to create something different if we choose to step back into our humanity and view things from a more human perspective.

Ultimately, the machine may look like this all pervasive, all powerful organism but the reality is that is just people. People like you or I who turn their thoughts into action. Our problem is that when we attempt to address our grievances towards it we do battle against the action, we do not confront the people within the machine who thought to put the action in motion. And again, we do this as the result of programming.

Most people have this deep seated respect for authority and the written word. This is what has made the legal system so effective. People will do the wrong thing when they know it's wrong due to the power of the written word. They will step outside of their moral compass believing they have no choice other than to do so, simply because another man or woman wrote it on paper and claimed it to be "law". In this manner and via this training we have allowed ourselves to be misled, stolen from, controlled, corralled, impoverished and enslaved. We have allowed unprecedented destruction of our habitat in the name of corporate profit for a small handful of people who control things at the top. We have allowed endless wars, human rights abuses and an endless stream of millions upon millions of beautiful human beings, each of equal value and equal potential to be discarded, murdered or simply forgotten. All due to our subservience and obedience to the written word. It is also the written word that has convinced us that the conspirators at the top of the pyramid are all powerful, that all opposition to them is impossible and controlled, when nothing could be further from the truth. The real conspiracy is that there is any such thing as "little" people.

There isn't.

There's just people.

The real truth is, that those at the top are just people too. People who had an idea and put that idea into action. Of course they are presented to the masses by the media as "celebrities". They are paraded before the people as untouchable demigods to be admired and cheered on. The masses are kept on the treadmill having to pay to be alive, always living on the edge of scarcity and finding their pleasures vicariously through the lives of others rather than their own and so never really have the time to ever realize their own potential. Yet deep inside, most people know it's there. They know they have value and they know this system is wrong, but they know not how to change things.

Change will come when people realize their own perfection and learn to respect themselves enough to see that same perfection in others. What will it take? Perhaps some kind of worldwide epiphany, who knows. Perhaps it will happen simply by those who are awakened spreading information as we have done for so long. Hopefully it will happen soon, that people will stop seeing government as this all powerful thing and see it as people. Just people. Employees who are all standing in abuse of the offices they have been appointed to. And worse than that, ultimately, they are criminals of the very worst kind.

And if you really need proof of that claim? Well, Exhibit A: The Earth
People need to stop being politically correct. Stop being "nice" (and I very much suggest you go look up the etymology of that word) and simply name things for what they are. This world is run by criminals. You know it. I know it. And those who haven't figured it out yet need to have the facts pointed out to them in no uncertain terms. Because when that realization truly really hits home for people, we will change this world in a day.

Perhaps it's simply time we all stopped believing there was ever such a thing as little people. Perhaps it's simply time we all grew up.

Written by MAX IGAN, 2017, the CrowHouse

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Socialist Roots of Modern Education


Twenty-seven years ago, in 1993, Americans were stunned to learn that nearly 90 million Americans had such poor literacy skills that they could scarcely cope with the demands of our high-tech economy. Imagine the lack of literacy today, after nearly 11 years of Common Core State Standards implemented in 48 states in 2009.

Sixty-four percent of all eighth-grade students are unable to read proficiently, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress’ (NAEP) latest report. Eighty-two percent of black students and 77 percent of Hispanic students are not reading proficiently. More than 44 million Americans cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Fifty percent of adults cannot read a book at an 8th grade level, and there is plenty of evidence to believe these statistics may be low. Even fifty percent of college grads are considered barely literate enough to read and understand this blog.

How did we get to this point and just how bad is it? Consider the case of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller who was a functional illiterate only a heartbeat away from the presidency. Every time Gerald Ford's vice president was to give a speech, he’d take written notes to the podium, then set them aside, and make some excuse for speaking from his heart. Nelson Rockefeller couldn't read a lick. Guess who read to him throughout his Vice Presidency? None other than Henry Kissinger.

Leaders in the progressive education movement were able to convince his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., that he ought to give his sons a good progressive education. They convinced him to donate three million dollars to Columbia University's Lincoln School, a new experiment in social education in accordance with John Dewey’s radical socialist ideas. So, Jr. put Nelson, Laurence, Winthrop, and David in the school, which turned them all into dyslexics, demonstrating that progressive reading programs do cause dyslexia. They were all functional illiterates as a result of the progressive socialist look-say reading programs. There wasn’t a one of them who could properly read. Barbara Bush and several of her sons were the products of the very same education with the very same results.

Dewey’s movement, beginning in the 1880's, was based on his new vision for schools. He wanted to use schools as instruments for the reconstruction of society. Dewey didn’t want to educate children to think for themselves: “Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.” His vision veered dramatically from the traditional Christian-centered approach to education.

Dewey stated that the only way to undermine the capitalist system was to get rid of the emphasis primary schools placed upon the development of high literacy and independent intelligence. According to Dewey, “It is one of the great mistakes of education to make reading and writing constitute the bulk of the school work the first two years. The plea for the predominance of learning to read in early school life because of the great importance attaching to literature seems to me a perversion.”

Dewey’s direction was based on using government schools; minimizing the role of parents (because they might teach things like religion); changing the role of teachers to facilitators; de-emphasizing Latin, the classics, the three Rs (reading, writing, and arithmetic), western history, and history in general (including the study of the Constitution and capitalism); and providing a secular environment. The end product was designed to prepare students to be good citizens in a socialist society (students who don’t read very well or think very well for themselves).

Thus we have the roots of what we find in American schools today. Making Americans illiterate is a key factor in the dumbing down of the American population. Dewey’s attack on the primary school’s emphasis on teaching children to read had its desired result. Back in those days they readily admitted they were socialists, and people ignored them; as products of Dewey's system of instruction many in Congress openly admit their socialist beliefs today.

Today’s college snowflakes cannot bear to be offended; they are totally unlike the young men who rushed the beaches of Normandy where many fell to their deaths. Learning disabilities have grown exponentially because of Dewey’s progressive education. Socialism and communitarianism have grown to be acceptable to a majority of young people, especially those who attend colleges or universities these days.

Dewey surely wouldn’t have wanted students reading the Declaration of Independence, as it mentions the Almighty four times, nor would he have wanted the Constitution taught, which guarantees our God-given freedoms. Both are anathema to Dewey’s socialist society.

Even today, entrusting our children to most government schools guarantees they will not be able to read, do math, write properly, spell, or get a fundamental academic education. Sacrificing our children to a progressive philosophy sacrifices our future.

Friday, January 24, 2020

the Latest Climate Data


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began recording temperatures at 114 newly built temperature stations that make up the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) in 2005. These temperature stations were evenly distributed across the lower 48 states, and are located far from urban areas where exaggerated temperature readings are common.

Prior to the USCRN going online, alarmists and skeptics sparred over the accuracy of reported temperature data. With most preexisting temperature stations located in or near urban settings that are subject to false temperature signals and create their own microclimates that change over time, government officials performed many often-controversial adjustments to the raw temperature data. Skeptics of an asserted climate crisis pointed out that most of the reported warming in the United States was non-existent in the raw temperature data, but was added to the record by government officials.

The USCRN thus provides the first untainted, accurate climate data recorded in the United States since the global warming hysteria first began, and far from proving what so-called experts and media outlets have been claiming, the data shows zero warming since 2005. In fact, temperatures in the United States are now likely slightly lower than they were back then.

This is in direct opposition to the claims of climate activists who insist that specific areas of the United States have shown marked increases in temperature over that time period. Furthermore, scientists believe that it is likely there have been no temperature increases in the U.S. since at least the 1930s, since the raw temperature readings collected by the USCRN virtually match exactly what was recorded 80 years ago. And, with the rapid increases in urban development that took place during that time, temperatures are actually likely even lower than those captured by these weather stations.

One of the greatest differences in viewpoint between mainstream and independent news sources during this time has revolved around climate change. While the mainstream media has created widespread panic by publishing one article after another “proving” that man-made global warming is destroying the planet, the independent media has largely urged caution, correctly stressing that real science does not support this theory.

Mainstream media outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been quick to pounce on this exercise of journalistic caution, calling it yet another example of fake news. But these latest objective facts just do not substantiate their claims. The real fake news that the media is hustling is dangerous. Each one of us can help stop its spread by making sure of the real facts of any news story – including the true, scientifically-backed facts about global temperature fluctuation.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Cats, the Movie


Over the holidays my wife Annie and I attended a showing of the movie Cats. We were both completely entertained by the production despite its horrible reviews and criticism of tonal inconsistencies, miscasting, lack of fluidity, fabricated routines, and weak anthropomorphising by the elite snobs that, of course, know more about entertainment than those of us holding a ticket.

Annie and I enjoy theater, having both been involved with the stage in the past either with direction, acting, or support. It is something we look forward to and fully appreciate when we are treated to a good performance. We have enjoyed local theater since we met and have started to enjoy the talent on display in more professional performances at the Lucille Ball Theater in Jamestown, New York. While Broadway may be the penultimate stage upon which to perform theater, it is not something we have indulged in yet. I can see how a performance of Cats in movie theaters might be a great introduction to musical theater, however, that a lot of people may never have access to.

The elitist nature of live theater is no secret and it’s what pushes many idealists away from that arena. Since not everyone lives in a city with a big arts scene, it’s only fair that the general public should get to see a film that emulates the same entertainment as if they were watching a West End show. At the end of the day, it’s entertainment and spectacle for a fraction of the cost and it heralds back to the earliest days of cinema when films were shown for pure entertainment. No fan culture, no critics, just a fun night out. There are plenty of people who just go to the movies occasionally for a bit of fun or to relax. And if kids like the cats and there’s a bit of magic in it for them, then what right do the critics have to judge for others?

The lead cat, Victoria, (pictured above) was played by the Royal Ballet’s principal ballerina Francesca Hayward. She was captivating and you couldn't help but fall in love with her vulnerability and innocence. It has to be inspiring for kids to watch and see someone who really acts with passion, especially if they are in dance or theater. It was a delight to see seasoned Broadway and movie icon Judi Dench (M in Bond movies) cast in the production, especially since she had to pass up the opportunity of a lifetime to play Grizabella (played remarkably well by Jennifer Hudson this time) in a Broadway production nearly 40 years ago due to an injury sustained on the set, so it was sentimental to watch the grande olde dame singing the final song, acting as the superior Jellicle leader Old Deuteronomy.

Of course, Taylor Swift's cabaret routine as Bombalurina was captivating, and I never tire of watching the master Ian McKellen (Gandelf) who performed as the crusty old lyrical theater cat Gus. While I’ve certainly seen better films than Cats, any professional shortcomings may be inherently due to the eclectic nature of the musical itself, and no matter what the adaptation or interpretation, may never be completely redeemed in the critics' eyes. So what if it was a bit absurd; we're all entitled to a little magical escapism now and then.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

When the Government Comes Knocking on Your Door

Death by government is and has always been the world's leading cause of death. In the 20th century alone more than 262 million people worldwide were murdered by their own governments. The United States, as a Constitutional Republic, was designed to ensure that such a thing would never happen here. To guarantee the freedom of the people and the continuation of our Constitution, each citizen was granted the right to bear arms for the express purpose of protecting themselves from the deterioration of government into corruption.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting. It never was. The Second Amendment is about protecting our freedom and saving our own lives. To relinquish that right is to put oneself in harm's way and is purely dangerous. Should the government fall into tyranny against the people, the Second Amendment layed the foundation for the people to take back their country. Americans were essentially given the right to bear arms in order to deal with the situation we find ourselves in today.

Looking at the history of government down through the ages, it has been an all too frequent occurrence for governments to use terrorism as a means of swaying popular opinion in order to achieve their controlling objectives. It continues today quite simply because terrorism remains the single most effective way of swaying popular opinion. It gets the job done quickly with no questions asked and no paperwork to fill out. Governments resort to tyranny and terrorism quite simply because it works better than anything else. History has shown at the cost of many lives, again and again, that it works very well.

The problem is that people forget. Our televisions have lulled us into complacency and we simply believe it could never happen to us. But the reality is that nothing whatsoever has changed in the ways government usurps power from the people, and upon any real investigation there should be little doubt in anyone's mind that the recent and rapidly escalating spate of random shootings at schools and similar venues across the United States have been scripted, orchestrated and staged by agents of the state for the purpose of disarming people of their ability to be able to resist what they have planned.

Terrorism, or at least the fear of terrorism, has always been a huge factor in swaying social opinion. It has been that way since the beginning of society and nothing has changed. It is terrorism that has led the United States into its current gun debate. The war on terror is pure fabrication – made up to create an excuse for ultimately disarming the public. If gun confiscation of any kind ever does take place, such illegal action will be enforced by agents of the state with guns who will use domestic terrorism to take away our guns.

The reality of it is that guns exist. And there are a lot of them. Guns are the foundation upon which our nation was built. Given the track record of even our own government, with police as heavily armed and as brutal as those we see in the news today, if a law enforcement official comes to your door and demands to collect your firearms by ordinance, say: “No, hell no.” And you better be locked and loaded with one in the chamber. Anyone who believes that with the current climate of today's world the only one who should be armed is the government and its enforcement agents is delusional to a point that defies common sense. Always remember:

" It is only prudent never to place complete confidence
in that by which we have even once been deceived."
René Descartes

Exercising the Second Amendment


If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Federalist No. 28, 1787
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Extreme Weather False Flags


"The climate change hoax is the most complex and convoluted criminal conspiracy in world history. The global warming scam is — BY FAR — the biggest boondoggle ever. There’s not even a close second. What the globalists did, early on, was to entice everyone into some aspect of this fraudulent business venture. The International Banking Crime Syndicate made sure everyone thought they could get a piece of the action. Once they did, and it’s still going on, it was just a matter of executing of the climate ruse. Then, anyone without a conscience eagerly joined the climate change club.”
 Intelligence Analyst & Former U.S Military Officer

Extreme weather events are now routinely geo-engineered and weaponized into what are essentially false flag weather attacks. This highly destructive and deadly type of weather warfare is being used for several reasons. First and foremost, among them is the New World Order manufactured need to advertise Climate Change as a real threat to humanity. What better way to do this than to let loose a plague of violent superstorms, debilitating drought and deluges, as well as other devastating weather events around the globe.

This is how Mother Earth is being blamed for the “meteorological mayhem via false flags” that are really manufactured by the globalist-directed geo-engineers.  In this way, nations everywhere are being misled in the camp of Climate Change whose fanatics are desperate to stop weather flux, some of which are totally natural, but most of which are manufactured.

The following irrefutable and highly perceptive statement was made by Rosalie Bertell, PhD, in her ground-breaking book Planet Earth, the Latest Weapon of War: “Instead of figuring out how to stop military disruption and manipulation of the climate through 'weather wars, plasma weapons, and geo-engineering' by turning off 'ionospheric heaters' globally, the discussion is focused on fighting the consequences of this global war – precisely by employing the same measures that have actually caused them.”

It should be noted that much of the weather warfare is being aimed at locations that have been targeted by the New World Order cabal for specific reasons - political and governmental or economic and financial. For example, two of the most destructive superstorms on record to hit North America have occurred within the past couple of years – Hurricane Michael and Superstorm Dorian, both targeting Florida. Behind each of these calamitous weather attacks were hidden agendas.

Cabal geo-engineers are systematically taking control of natural storms, or fabricating them from scratch and amping them up into megastorms, just before slamming them into some targeted city, state or region of a country. In this manner, nations are compelled to either stay on the New World Order reservation, or coerced to comply with a cabal dictate that significantly advances their New World Order agenda.

To be clear about their driving agenda, the primary purpose of a One World Government will be to act as the enforcement arm of the International Banking Cartel that greedily covets all of the natural resources on the planet. The New World Order globalists know that they must completely control the weather worldwide because of its enormous impacts on the land, sea and air they wish to control. Hence, numerous geoengineering experiments have been and are now being covertly conducted on land masses and oceans and in the atmosphere as a prelude to their future objective of world domination. Their ultimate goal is to rule the world via a totalitarian and tyrannical government not unlike the European Union where citizens still think they have a voice but in reality they do not.

The current trend of Climate Change hysteria is likely to only get worse. With the recent worldwide political shift toward nationalism, the globalists have never been so desperate to foist their warped vision upon all of humankind. 2019 saw an extraordinary uptick in meticulously staged events, each designed to over-dramatize the utterly bogus yet thoroughly captivating Global Warming fiction.

What can be done to thwart the aggressive attempt to corral every inhabitant of the planet into compliance with the New world Order agenda? The greater the public's awareness of this demonic connivance, the more difficult for the cabal at the top of the food chain to succeed. As with most criminal efforts conducted in the shadows, the best way of dealing with it is by shining the light of awareness on their exceedingly misguided projects. If the light is bright and widespread enough, the rats will have no choice but to scurry.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Wake Up America!


Since World War II, the United States has become a screwed-up place where the presidents who have done the most good are the ones most demonized. Despite the ongoing effort of faux impeachment against President Donald Trump, still the most demonized of all presidents was Richard Nixon. Because of Watergate and his forced resignation, Nixon is held in disrepute and contempt by most people even today. Compared to the criminals that have occupied the oval office since Ronald Reagan, however, Nixon was quite an accomplished president and overall a pretty standup guy.

Nixon was responsible for all of our environmental protective legislation: The National Environmental Policy Act, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Clean Air Act, Earth Week, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. He was also perhaps the most knowledgeable president about foreign affairs that the U.S. has ever had. Those who worked with him would tell you how Nixon worked diligently to find solutions to improve the prospects for all of mankind. Nixon traveled widely and met and established valuable relations with leaders of many countries of the world. He understood, unlike the neo-conservatives who have dominated U.S. foreign policy since Clinton, that the conflict between the nuclear powers had to be resolved or the world was in grave danger.

Nixon initiated the arms control treaties with the Soviet Union and opened meaningful dialogue with China. Because of anti-communist neo-conservative influence in Washington, Nixon had to represent his negotiations with China as an opening of a wedge between the Soviet Union and China. The U.S. military/security complex saw these openings to be the beginning of a process that would end the very profitable Cold War. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in part because he worked to defuse rather than intensify tensions with the Soviet Union as the Joint Chiefs and CIA demanded. The coverup report by the Warren Commission had been so badly damaged by the known factual evidence that it was not possible to follow up Kennedy’s assassination with having Nixon killed, so the CIA decided to assassinate Nixon politically using its asset the Washington Post.

Watergate” was a burglary of an office in the Watergate complex, buildings consisting of condos, hotel, and offices by the Kennedy Center on the Potomac in DC. No one even today knows what the burglary was about. One claim is that operatives working for Nixon’s re-election thought that they would find evidence in a Democratic Party Watergate office of communist money funding the Democrats. G. Gordon Liddy, one of the Watergate burglars, claimed that they were looking for a call girl list in the Democratic office that had listed among the available prostitutes the wife of a legal adviser to President Nixon. It was purported that Nixon's legal adviser wanted the black book recovered and destroyed in order to protect his wife and his job. Various law suits erupted over Liddy’s claims, but Liddy won and survived the suits. Liddy said that the curious thing about the burglary was that some member of the team taped the locks open so that Watergate security would discover that someone was inside, but Liddy didn't know which member of the team set them up for discovery. (In 1999, I had occasion to serve legal documents at the Watergate Hotel to an upper floor office. Even twenty years after the Nixon debacle, every floor of the Watergate was still in lock down with two roving security guards per floor.)

Nixon knew nothing about the burglary. When informed of it, he thought that if he initiated an investigation the Washington Post would twist it in some contorted way to prevent his re-election. Nixon decided to ignore the incident until after his re-election, which turned out to be his big mistake.

News of the burglary got out, and Nixon’s “crime” was not the burglary but misrepresenting the date when he learned of it. The Washington Post turned this into lying to Congress and the American people. Nixon realized that someone was out to get him, but apparently did not realize at the time that it was actually the CIA. Consequently, he sought to use the CIA to stop the assault on his office when, in fact, the CIA was behind it.

Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein were fed disinformation, which they used to create in readers’ minds that something very sinister was going on, directed by Nixon. There was never anything in their reports except ominous meetings with “deep throat” in dark and deserted underground parking garages at midnight that radiated danger. The effect of their stories was to cover Nixon in a cloak of evil as someone who might do anything. Nixon had no answer to this kind of demonization. At least Trump has Twitter when the CIA and its media agents tries to bury him in their orchestrated hoax of “Russiagate.”

In the 1970s, an erased 20-minute tape became evidence of Nixon’s guilt. Today Hillary Clinton can erase multiple gigabytes of information from computers and nothing happens. It all depends on who the military/security complex wants to get and who they want to protect – the perennial double standard of Washington insiders.

Essentially, President Richard Nixon was assassinated politically because his peace and disarmament policies were a threat to the military/security complex’s massive budget and power. It always comes down to a matter of following the money. Without communist enemies, real or contrived, there was no reason for such vast sums year after year to be poured into the military/security complex.

When President Reagan undertook to end the Cold War he also experienced resistance from the military/security complex. When President Trump announced that his aim was to restore normal relations with Russia, Russiagate landed on his head.

Nixon is also still hated by the liberal/progressive/left for the Vietnam War, even though this was an unwanted war he inherited from President Lyndon Johnson. President Kennedy had intended to withdraw the small U.S. force in Vietnam after his re-election. After his death, it was President Johnson who kowtowed to the military/security complex and built up the war to keep the money flowing and prevent the dominoes from falling. Nixon wanted out of the war, but refused to be the first American president to accept defeat and walk away from a conflict. The awful engagements that occurred under his administration, including Cambodia and Laos, were desperate attempts to create conditions that would allow the U.S. an “honorable” withdrawal. Needless to say, it is anything but easy to extricate the U.S. from a war; Obama said he was going to do it and Trump has continued the effort to withdraw from the wars the Bush regime started.

It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who warned in 1961 about the dangers inherent in dealing with the U.S. military/security complex: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Democracy requires an alert citizenry. Democracy fails when citizens are insouciant. A country with an inattentive population and a media hijacked by interest groups cannot hold government or those interest groups accountable. Ignorance and indifference are the greatest enemies of liberty. Our insouciance may be costing us our country. With the Constitution being ravaged during the past twenty years by the contrived “war on terror,” the outlook for America may indeed be at its nadir. The time is ripe for a great public awakening. Wake up America! It is high time to understand that the presidents that are vilified the most by the media and the entrenched establishment of Washington are generally our greatest advocates and the ones we need to be defending against all these muddled fabricated charges.

Adapted from the writing of Paul Craig Roberts

Sunday, January 19, 2020

We Need a Better Plan


There are many people today who are now very aware that the world is not what it seems. Though the vast majority have traditionally put their faith in government to solve social issues for them, the current world situation has caused people to pause, and large numbers are now beginning to question whether that faith may have been misplaced. In fact, many are doing so quite openly as so the veil is falling away from people’s eyes and they are now beginning to realize that what they previously viewed as Government, i.e. those who manage social infrastructure on behalf of the people, is quite simply and very obviously not serving their best interests.

Many now realize that the Government that may have once served them to some degree, as contrived as it may have been, has now blatantly become a mechanism for social control run by a tightly knit and well organized group all of whom are all serving a particular agenda. And if actions can count for anything, then it would appear that agenda is not one of service to their countries or their peoples, but rather of service to corporate and financial power to the great detriment of the people.

People have attempted various ways to deal with this situation, usually by voting people in or voting people out, replacing one leader with another or one party with another. Occasionally we see protesting, street marches and sometimes on rare occasions, simple noncompliance to legislation. By using these methods sometimes the agenda is slowed a little, but no action has yet provided remedy from the corruption that is now so apparent in the world.

Via these methods the agenda sometimes can, and has been be slowed to some degree, but never has it been stopped. And political remedies are simply an exercise in futility has history clear demonstrates that regardless of which party is voted into power, the control grid continues to consolidate its power. So the question becomes: how can mankind ever attain emancipation from the economic and psychological slavery systems that now control them? And perhaps more importantly, what will become of humankind should we fail to do so?

The barrier most people come up against in attempting to address these questions is very often a failure to fully comprehend the nature of the matrix that enslaves them. People also often take the view that the ultimate control system will be wielded by the hand of government and so the remedy will be found in voting. Then they look for a new person to place in office. Someone who will lead them to safety without they themselves ever having to really be involved. But rest assured, no remedy will ever be found while maintaining such a mind-set. Politics is a puppet show. It is theatre for the masses, a sleight of hand operation to give people the illusion of choice in what is already a foregone conclusion, ultimately leading towards a predetermined and well defined goal. There is no remedy to be found in Politics. Yet the system itself is a double-edged sword and if people act now while the facade is still in place, it may be quite effectively usedagainst itself – at least in some countries.

In attempting to define the matrix that controls us and clearly see where we are being led, it is important to step back and view the system holistically. Government are not the real controllers of anything, they are simply puppets who are following a script. We get to ‘elect’ the main players, but we do not get to ‘select’ those we ‘elect’. They are each selected for us by the financial interests they serve. And sure, privately issued debt based money that places people in an artificial state of scarcity thereby forcing them to compete with each other, is the catalyst that keeps the wheels turning. It is a huge part of the problem. But it is the system itself that is the real issue. Even if fiat currencies were replaced by crypto currencies and the entire economic system became completely decentralized, "the system" is still there and it is that mechanism itself that needs to be identified and dealt with. And it goes far beyond government or banking because the control system itself is, in essence, a mind-set, it is an idea. It is a meme, largely unnoticed and people simply buy into it, without even knowing they are doing so. And in doing so, they unknowingly contribute to the construction of their own prison every single day. And that is what makes it so difficult for so many to identify and precisely what makes our current situation so dangerous.

As our societies have become ever more virtual and digital, it has become extremely easy to identify potential dissenters and to track people’s movements. But it is not only people’s movements that are being tracked, it is quite literally every aspect of people’s lives. Most people have no real concept as to the extent of which this takes place. It isn't just some online information or digital calls that are monitored and collected. It's everything. And it is not even fair to describe this data collection as tracking so much as mapping. And that' why everything is collected, it has to be, otherwise you do not get a true map of the terrain.

By creating a digital, virtual world for people online, where most people now buy digitally, talk, mail, research, learn, investigate, and even view TV digitally – and most carry a GPS locator with them at all times (mobile phone) it has now provided those who control the system with a veritable wealth of information on peoples personal habits, their likes and dislikes and what society is generally focusing on. Monitoring what people are typing into search engines for example, does not just provide information on what is being searched for but vital information on what people are thinking about and provides government a mechanism to be able to effectively map the entire human terrain on a world wide scale. And as society becomes more and more digital, with each further step of an added ‘convenience’ to our lives, so the control grid further consolidates it’s power.

The digital control grid is in fact almost in place. It has been introduced under the guise of convenience and security and people have quite willingly handed control of their lives over to this system. They have been ever wary of government, but have failed to notice how controlled their lives have become due to the technology they now use. When government is able to eliminate cash and all transactions become digital, and the entire system is run by algorithms, then even they will no longer be needed. They can simply relax, step off the merry go round, and let the slave system run itself. By that time everyone’s financial assets will have become digital. And when ones wealth and security, indeed almost every aspect of their lives only exists in a virtual world it becomes a simple matter to simply switch a person off and deny them access to all they own. Such people are not likely to step out of line. Even for a moment.

Such a system will also be extremely effective in ensuring no truly functional alternate communities are possible. This can be very easily achieved via the introduction of a digital currency and social crediting system. It doesn't matter how much money you have, crypto or otherwise. If the system goes fully digital and you are simply "not qualified" for certain goods and services due to your political views and the low social credit rating you have been allotted because of those views, then your bank account and personal wealth will have zero relevance.

Smart devices, smart homes with smart appliances and smart meters when used in unison provide a very effective and comprehensive method of surveillance and monitoring of individual homes. Through these devices the controllers have now gained an access point into the home, and the ability to monitor individual energy consumption over a wide spectrum of appliances. This will eventually be coupled with digital credits against energy use and morph into a "pay as you go" arrangement whereby each use of any device will be registered and payment for use deducted in real time. Very likely the use of these devices will be governed in the manner of: what energy you get from the system is determined by what energy you contribute to the system. Under such a pay-as-you-go system, it will even be extremely easy to limit peoples access to certain services commonly available in their own homes.

This is the control grid that is now being rolled out across all western countries. It is a digital smart grid based on a social crediting system. Once rolled out it will soon to become fully automated and totally AI controlled simply because such a complex system could only ever be run that way. And if humankind simply does nothing and unwittingly allows such a system to go online, it will be an extremely difficult situation to find any escape from. Indeed in the future that will develop from the implementation of such a system, the concept of freedom will fast become little more than a fanciful memory.

Yet we still have every opportunity to prevent this from ever becoming a reality just as long as people can recognize it for what it is, inform others and refuse to comply. Indeed, as fictional and dysfunctional as our legal systems are, while the masses still sleep and the controllers must pretend their law is real to appease the masses, we can use use it to our advantage - to a degree. There are still mechanisms in place within the fiction that can be used to make noise and at worst, invoking the legal system against itself and then finding no remedy, may perhaps go some way towards demonstrating to the masses that it's all fiction anyway.

Its pointless attempting to appeal to the better character of Politicians, they simply dont have one. And perhaps people may finally realize they have been played. The Politicians simply made the whole thing up. In fact, there IS no law and perhaps we need to acknowledge that fact and work on re-establishing some NATURAL LAW in this world. And when all is said and done, all that is really required is a common focus and a united voice from the people. It is a simple thing, yet under our current environment, one of the most difficult things to attain.

For my own part, I still believe we can do this. We can have both technology and freedom. To be quite honest, in a real, and open, and open society, I would love a real smart grid, one that worked, one that served us. There is nothing wrong with technology, there is nothing wrong with a smart system and there is nothing at all wrong with digital cash. What is wrong is the simple fact that the world is run by criminals. And that is who is controlling the shift into the smart system.

That is what's wrong. Deal with that one problem, and all the other problems go away.

By Max Igan @ thecrowhouse.com

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste


Plastic pollution is getting worse, especially in the oceans. The main source is food packaging and food containers that are only used once, then tossed in the trash. Recycling only takes care of about six percent of all plastic waste and with the prices to recycle going through the roof more and more waste is being thrown away to save on cost. As a result much of the seafood we eat contains plastic; eating the flesh of fish harvested in the oceans, we consume micro amounts of plastics that end up staying in our bodies. Although plastics have yet to be shown to be really bad for our health, it is not something that I want accumulating in my sacred temple.

The answer that would solve much of this problem is hemp. Viturally all food packaging and containers can be made of hemp. When it is buried in a landfill after use, it decomposes into the soil and in a lot of cases may be used as fertilizer. Hemp can be made clear for water bottles that decompose when placed in landfills. It could be a major cash crop for farmers worldwide with thousands of uses for hemp beyond food packaging. The hemp plant can be made into food, building materials, and even everyday items like a toothbrush or paper, for instance. Its greatest advantage is certainly that when an item made of hemp is used and discarded it readily decomposes back into the soil. So if you are an inventor, get to work on figuring out how to use this wonder plant to solve our problems with waste disposal.

Friday, January 17, 2020

U.S. Space Force


On the day after Christmas 2019, the President signed into law the U.S. Space Force Act. This is far more significant than just the rollout of a new branch of the United States military into space. The new United States Space Command will provide a formal structure within government whereupon disclosure of heretofore classified technologies can be officially revealed for the benefit of all.

The U.S. Navy has recently applied for open source patents on compact fusion reactors and hybrid anti-gravitic flying craft that lay the foundation for development of practical technologies for ubiquitous free energy and unimaginably efficient public transportation advances. Perhaps even more incredible are the stargates and traversible wormholes secretly developed through the clandestine secret space program and used for decades according to insiders. Disclosure of these and other mind-boggling advanced technologies will not only revolutionize the aerospace industry, but will dramatically change the everyday world for each of us.

A National Space Agency will give these hidden technologies cover for full disclosure to occur. As each advance has been unveiled at the U.S. Patent Office thus far, it has been classified as open source, meaning that anyone can take the technology and run with it without paying royalties to the federal government. This should lead to a rapid proliferation of all manner of innovations that will affect us all in a very positive way.

The name of the U.S. Navy engineer credited with these recent patents is Salvatore Pais. No one seems to know much about him, however. A fascinating translation of his name reveals that he is the “Savior of the Country”. Does Salvatore Pais even exist? Or is this just a clever way of finally disclosing alien technology that we have been using for decades without public knowledge, gifted to us at some point by off-world civilizations or reverse-engineered from crashed alien craft? Will such disclosure at this point in time launch us into an unprecedented advancement of civilization?

However these advanced technologies have come to be in our possession, their revelation at this point promises a quantum leap in technological application that we may not have anticipated. Consider a fusion reactor the size of a suitcase that generates 100 times more energy than the largest nuclear power plant – safely and at no cost. Unlimited free energy will change everything, especially when you consider that all capital is based upon energy. And think about how the world will shrink when any one of us can travel to any place on the planet in less than an hour – at no cost - and it may soon become commonplace to travel back and forth within our own solar system and beyond to the stars or we may have the opportunity to live and work and raise our families off-planet. This is not the space program of John F. Kennedy.

The Space Force opens the door to the introduction of remarkable technologies that are already operable and ready to be shared worldwide. Tomorrow may be Star Trek on steroids. Suspend your disbelief, hold onto your seat, and enjoy the ride. Thank you, Mr. President.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Living in a Simulated Realtiy


It is more likely than not that we are living in a simulated world, a virtual universe. Yet each of us has the power to interact with this universe in ways that may have heretofore seemed mysterious, reserved only for monks and shamans living mystical lifestyles. But we really don't need to live a monastic llfe in a cave or ashram half way around the world and leave behind everything familiar to us to embrace this mystical world. We can demystify the experience by marrying this ancient mysticism with the best science of the modern world to give us a new view of what is really happening in our world and beyond, so that we may better direct the events of our lives and move the events of the world in a more positive fashion.

What does it mean by saying we live in a simulation? What are the implications? The simulation we live in is a localized experience apart from somewhere outside of the simulation where we are projecting our energetic body – our spirit or our soul – into this experience so that we can learn something here that we apparently can't learn from where we come from, and apparently will need for wherever we are going.

The concept that we are really not here is powerful. It means we have a deeper true identity that begins somewhere beyond our current familiar simulation. In terms of the ancient texts, that somwhere is what was called “heaven”. When we leave our simulation at the end of it all, we shift our consciousness and go back to where it is that we came from – back to the other side of the veil – to heaven. The ancients tell us that once we get to that other side we can look back and review everything that we've done in this simulated world and hopefully laugh at some of the mistakes that we made while trying to learn about ourselves in this simulation. Heaven is the ancient word for the world that we live in that exists outside the simulation we temporarily find ourselves in now.

What does that mean in terms of death? Where do we go when we die? If the simulation works the way that ancients suggest, then death is merely the end of this representation of us in this limited simulation, what we may call our avatar. So when we die, this avatar no longer exists in the physical realm, but the essence that we have projected here continues outside this simulation in another form.

What is the purpose of the simulation? It is to learn a new way of being in a realm that is relatively safe because we need that experience in another place. When we are outside our simulation we are individually and collectively in an environment where our sole purpose is to learn new ways of being. In this life simulation we are learning the things we are learning for the benefit of our existence beyond this world.

So where does God fit into all of this? God is the architect, the primary designer of the simulation. Many of the mystical texts that have been deliberately deleted from the contemporary Christian canon tell us that God certainly created the universe, but that God did not create us specifically. Humans were created by others, by the proverbial “they”. But that is another story for another day!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Emotional Intelligence Matters More than IQ


In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea - that an ability to understand and manage emotions greatly increases our chances of success - quickly took off, and it went on to greatly influence the way people think about emotions and human behavior. But what does emotional intelligence look like, as manifested in everyday life? Here are 13 actions that illustrate how emotional intelligence appears in the real world.
by Justin Bariso in Inc.

1. You think about feelings.
Emotional intelligence begins with what is called self- and social awareness, the ability to recognize emotions (and their impact) in both yourself and others.
That awareness begins with reflection. You ask questions like:
  • What are my emotional strengths? What are my weaknesses?
  • How does my current mood affect my thoughts and decision making?
  • What's going on under the surface that influences what others say or do?
Pondering questions like these yield valuable insights that can be used to your advantage.

2. You pause.
The pause is as simple as taking a moment to stop and think before you speak or act. (Easy in theory, difficult in practice.) This can help save you from embarrassing moments or from making commitments too quickly. In other words, pausing helps you refrain from making a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion.

3. You strive to control your thoughts.
You don't have much control over the emotion you experience in a given moment. But you can control your reaction to those emotions--by focusing on your thoughts. (As it's been said: You can't prevent a bird from landing on your head, but you can keep it from building a nest.) By striving to control your thoughts, you resist becoming a slave to your emotions, allowing yourself to live in a way that's in harmony with your goals and values.

4. You benefit from criticism.
Nobody enjoys negative feedback. But you know that criticism is a chance to learn, even if it's not delivered in the best way. And even when it's unfounded, it gives you a window into how others think. When you receive negative feedback, you keep your emotions in check and ask yourself: How can this make me better?

5. You show authenticity.
Authenticity doesn't mean sharing everything about yourself, to everyone, all of the time. It does mean saying what you mean, meaning what you say, and sticking to your values and principles above all else. You know not everyone will appreciate your sharing your thoughts and feelings. But the ones who matter will.

6. You demonstrate empathy.
The ability to show empathy, which includes understanding others' thoughts and feelings, helps you connect with others. Instead of judging or labeling others, you work hard to see things through their eyes. Empathy doesn't necessarily mean agreeing with another person's point of view. Rather, it's about striving to understand - which allows you to build deeper, more connected relationships.

7. You praise others.
All humans crave acknowledgement and appreciation. When you commend others, you satisfy that craving and build trust in the process. This all begins when you focus on the good in others. Then, by sharing specifically what you appreciate, you inspire them to be the best version of themselves.

8. You give helpful feedback.
Negative feedback has great potential to hurt the feelings of others. Realizing this, you reframe criticism as constructive feedback, so the recipient sees it as helpful instead of harmful.

9. You apologize.
It takes strength and courage to be able to say you're sorry. But doing so demonstrates humility, a quality that will naturally draw others to you.
Emotional intelligence helps you realize that apologizing doesn't always mean you're wrong. It does mean valuing your relationship more than your ego.

10. You forgive and forget.
Hanging on to resentment is like leaving a knife inside a wound. While the offending party moves on with their life, you never give yourself the chance to heal. When you forgive and forget, you prevent others from holding your emotions hostage - allowing you to move forward.

11. You keep your commitments.
It's common nowadays for people to break an agreement or commitment when they feel like it. Of course, bailing on an evening of Netflix with a friend will cause less harm than breaking a promise to your child or missing a major business deadline. But when you make a habit of keeping your word--in things big and small - you develop a strong reputation for reliability and trustworthiness.

12. You help others.
One of the greatest ways to positively impact the emotions of others is to help them. Most people don't really care where you graduated from, or even about your previous accomplishments. But what about the hours you're willing to take out of your schedule to listen or help out? Your readiness to get down in the trenches and work alongside them? Actions like these build trust and inspire others to follow your lead when it counts.

13. You protect yourself from emotional sabotage.
You realize that emotional intelligence also has a dark side--such as when individuals attempt to manipulate others' emotions to promote a personal agenda or for some other selfish cause. And that's why you continue to sharpen your own emotional intelligence - to protect yourself when they do.

Ten Life Changing Questions


Happiness, satisfaction with life, and the habits of successful people are topics which researchers love to study. What they consistently find is that individuals who reach the end of their lives feeling fulfilled, grateful, and devoid of regrets do so by being intentional with how they handle themselves and their relationship with others. Here are a handful of simple questions which can help each of us be more honest with ourselves about the choices we are making in the world.
by Christina DesMarais in Inc.

1. How will your life be different in a year?
Think about what’s not perfect in your world, whether it’s a self-destructive habit, burdensome debt, loneliness or anything else. Considering that it takes 28 days to change an ingrained behavior, resolve now to invest one month in doing things differently.

2. What are you grateful for?
Researchers have found that gratitude correlates with better mood and sleep, higher confidence, and lower fatigue and inflammation. Don't have anything to be thankful for? Start with electricity, running water and roof over your head.

3. What nice thing can you do for someone else today?
Give someone your spot in line, buy a co-worker his favorite morning drink, or call your mother and mindfully listen to her tell you about her week. Even little things can make a big difference in someone's day. Plus, researchers have found that performing acts of kindness make people feel happier.

4. How much do you worry about what others think?
You can't be present and your best self if you’re constantly asking yourself questions such as:  Did they think that I was smart? Did they think that I was successful? Did they think what I said was stupid? In truth, you can never really know what someone else thinks of you. So, instead of worrying about it, be your most confident self and concentrate on what you want to communicate, ask good questions and look people in the eyes.

5. What are you doing to invest in your relationships?
After following the lives of 268 Harvard undergraduate males from the classes of 1938 to 1940 for decades, psychiatrist George Vaillant concluded something you probably already know: Love is the key to happiness. Even if a man succeeded in work, amassed piles of money, and experienced good health, without loving relationships he wouldn't be happy. The longitudinal study showed happiness depends on two things: "One is love," he wrote. "The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away."

6. What do you do for fun?
If you have to think about this one, your work-life balance is probably askew. On your deathbed you will never say “I wish I would have worked more.” If working too much isn’t your problem you also will never say “I wish I would have watched more TV.”

7. Are you comfortable in your own skin?
Blogging for Tiny Buddha Melissa Dinwiddie tells the great story of having a miserable time during her high school class's senior trip to the beach, all because of she forgot a T-shirt, was worried her stomach wasn't flat enough and sweated all day under a sweatshirt. Meanwhile, a friend laughingly discovered she had forgotten to shave one of her legs and announced it to the entire bus. Her friend--who had a fantastic day in spite of her one hairy leg--proved that the people who have the most fun are comfortable in their own skin.  

8. Is anxiety something that dampens most of your days?
Nearly one in five people has some kind of anxiety disorder, which is the most common mental illness in the U.S. If this is you, be honest and admit that 90 percent of what you worry about never comes to fruition. The other benefit to removing fear and anxiety from your life: You'll appear more confident, a character trait that breeds success.

9. What have been your biggest mistakes?
Chances are, your mistakes taught you valuable lessons which strengthened your character. Take some inspiration from J.K. Rowling, who said “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”

10. What will people say about you at your funeral?
Think about the people you miss the most on this planet. Chances are, they were interested in other people’s lives, generous and set a good example. Work now to be someone who makes a positive impression.  

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