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BiteBack

 

 

BiteBack

By: Nancy Hammond

 

Make no mistake about it, our country is on high alert and engaged in a bite back of this horror show of Republican policy and betrayal. Bottoms up boys because in a monumental twist of fate you will be the ones filling those new corporate prisons. The time has come when We the People lock-up the criminal white men in suits.

Throughout this madness in Washington there has been an awakening of the American spirit. There is a feverish resistance taking place including bite back marches around the world. I seek to cherish this moment in history as we are tuned-in and turned-on. We have watched, listened and learned America’s Constitution and will no longer tolerate this fake President’s gaffes. He assaults us daily but still we persist by calling and writing to our representatives. We march in the streets and attend Town Hall meetings. The lights indeed have come on and just like Lady Liberty we are shining.

 

 

In my attempt to comprehend the primitive thinking of the Republican Party I began to research the Reptilian Brain. During the 1950’s Dr. Paul MacLean published his study of the human brain and titled it the “Triune Brain Model”. In short, he believed that humans had not one brain but three: The reptilian complex, the limbic system and the neocortex. He summited the reptilian brain is the oldest and is the direct descendant of the dinosaur. Through evolution a new brain formed over the old brain until we had three brains. For purpose of a demonstration, I will explore Dr. Paul MacLean’s theory on the lowest part of our brain. The reptilian brain’s function according to Dr. Paul MacLean has no discernment other than our survival mode. It has a low frequency with characteristics that include: Dominance, rigidity, obsessiveness, compulsiveness, worship, fear, submission, and greed. This part of our brain contains the same DNA as modern day: Crocodiles, lizards, snakes and chickens. So as not to leave you in the dark, Dr. Paul MacLean explains that the middle brain or Limbic system is responsible for our emotions and the neocortex is the highest frequency used for analytical thought. Which brain we use depends on the type of “triggers” we experience and are more often triggers from our childhood. Dr. Paul MacLean thought that the reptilian brain was triggered by the need of physical survival but now more commonly by power through money, greed, aggression and compulsive behavior. With the overemployment of the reptilian brain a person becomes desensitized by horror and does not submit to fear. Road rage has been used as an example in conjunction with the reptilian brain. When a threat is perceived whether real or imagined there is a disconnect of emotions and analytical thought. Dr. Paul MacLean remarked that when triggered, the reptilian brain communicates poorly with the emotional and logical brain. Is it any wonder that the reptilian-republican denies science?

Dr. Paul MacLean concludes, that the use of our neocortex or analytical brain is where we logically and rationally make sense of our reptilian and emotional brain. It is conceivable that we are experiencing a pivotal moment in history, with a reawakening of the American spirit. Perhaps it is from the resistance to the tweeter-in-chief that our neocortex brain bites back for our freedom of democracy? If this is so, we will have gratitude for the political bird brains and dim-wits in Washington; for their Republican constituents will show no mercy for their crocodile tears.

 

Binaural Beats: Any Science to it?

Binaural Beats: Any Science to it?

By: Patrick Wilson

Both the body and the mind can take a beating in the lifestyle of an activist. If you’ve been involved with doing something to make the world a better place, you’ve undoubtedly learned to function on two hours sleep on a regular basis. You very likely have some level of PTSD in being confronted with human atrocities. Viruses like the cold or the flu seem to attack between projects. And when you finally get to a spot when you can sleep, you want to sleep for days. And yes, I think depression is a normal thing in the activist’s world.

There are three things that I like that can help both physically and mentally. Yoga, meditation, and marijuana each have positive health benefits that are proven. Marijuana has become legal to use in Massachusetts and yoga is amazing at easing some of the aches and pains that we get along the way. I think it’s interesting to learn of different ways to meditate. Some involve chanting in one of several old languages. Other methods involve bells or bowls that create audible tones that one can concentrate on.

Earlier this year I was looking for something relaxing to listen to that would help me be able to slow things to a point and then sleep. I tried the environmental ones, but I can open a window and get that. The chanting ones were good, but then I came across Binaural Beats. I’ll admit that the incredible claims made me skeptical enough to listen.

I never believed that listening to a different frequency in each ear would give me any feelings of euphoria, nor would it cure whatever ails me. My thought was just that one could experience a placebo effect with something like this, but nothing drastic. I did find it interesting and relaxing. The ones that I liked cleansed the 7 chakras with different frequencies. I live in a state that has legalized recreational and medical marijuana use. So for me the combination of an indica, the binaural beats, and some meditation led to a good nights sleep.

 

 

 

This video worked best for me, as far as being able to relax and slow down. You don’t have to really concentrate on anything, just listen. With the headphones on this allowed me to clear my mind of all that trump might have done on that day. Morning came too early as usual.

Look out for Pt. 2: Binaural Beats – The Science

 

This article was originally published at Occupied Nation Website. Permission granted, all rights reserved.

What could you have been thinking of, Nuclear Regulatory Commission?

What could you have been thinking of, Nuclear Regulatory Commission?

 

By Sheila Parks, Ed.D.

What could you be thinking of in transporting high level radioactive waste, the most toxic substance in the universe, across many miles in many states?

What could you be thinking of in wanting to bury this high level radioactive waste in low income communities? This is not environmental justice,in fact – just the opposite. Bury it in your own yards instead of theirs.

What could you be thinking of in wanting to bury this high level radioactive waste in communities of color? This is White Supremacy. Bury it in your own yards instead of theirs.

What could you thinking of in calling this burial “temporary”? Another lie, and we’ve got plenty [borrowing from Holly Near] from you already.

What could you be thinking of in allowing nuclear power plants anywhere at any time since radioactive waste lasts millions of years? See the film “Containment” with people you love. Will you want your children to see this film, to know this, will you tell them?

What could you be thinking of in allowing nuclear power plants anywhere at any time, since there is no way to get rid of this high level radioactive waste? Again, see the film “Containment” with people you love. Will you want your children to see this film, to know this, will you tell them?

What could you be thinking of in allowing nuclear power plants to be built in the first place?

What could you be thinking of in relicensing old nuclear power plants?

What could you be thinking of in allowing nuclear power plants to exist – causing leukemia and other cancers not only seven generations out, but into eternity – affecting fetuses, our children, grandchildren, their children – into eternity? Will you tell your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great grandchildren this?

What could you be thinking of in not caring that “Children are 10 to 20 times more vulnerable to the carcinogenic effets of radiation than adults?” [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren,nieces nephews this?

What could you be thinking of in not caring that girls are more sensitive to radiation than boys? [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews this? Read and see the film on Hulu “The Handmaid’s Tale” and watch it with the women you love in your lives.

What could you be thinking of in not caring that women are more sensitive to radiation then men? [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell this to the women in your lives? Read and see the film on Hulu “The Handmaid’s Tale” and watch it with the women you love in your lives. Margaret Atwood, the author, sends the least valued women in this cautionary tale – elders, other women who cannot bear children – to clean up the radioactive waste and they die there while they are cleaning.

What could you be thinking of in not caring that fetuses are thousands of times more sensitive, more prone to cancer than adults? [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell this to the women in your lives?”The Handmaid’s Tale” again is your required assignment and to watch with the women in your lives.

What could you be thinking of in allowing more nuclear power plants to be built when in 2014 Dr. Ian Fairlie warned us that “There’s a very close association between increased childhood leukemias and proximity to NPP’s [nuclear power plants].” Will you tell your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews this?

How are you going to answer this question when you are asked – Mommy, daddy, grandmother, nana, granny, grandpa, auntie, uncle – why did you not close all nuclear power plants when you knew how dangerous they are because people all over the country were telling you this and even some very few officials. What will you say to them?

You are on the wrong side of history and you will not be absolved.

CLOSE ALL NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS YESTERDAY

Sheila Parks, Ed.D., is a former college professor. She had a spiritual awakening many years ago and left her career to do peace and justice work full time. She is the founder of the grassroots group On Behalf of Planet Earth (found on FB). The group vigiled at the Japanese Consulate/Boston in 2014, standing in solidarity with the people of Japan about the tragic and disastrous meltdown of nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, The group now focuses on closing all nuclear power plants now. We are also focusing now on boycotting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The entire country of Japan is radiated and is not a place where we should be sending our young athletes or anyone else. Nuclear power plants are crimes against humanity, all living creatures, and our beautiful and so troubled planet Earth. They leave radioactive waste that lasts hundreds of thousands and even millions of years. They cause leukemia and other cancers. We stand in solidarity with all our sisters and brothers working to keep all fossil fuels in the ground, stop fracking, close all pipelines, halt the construction of new pipelines – that includes all the corporations that do this work for the oil and gas industries. She spent many years in the struggle against nuclear weapons with the Catholic Left. Many of those years involved lots of non-violent civil disobedience against nuclear weapons and other evils of the USA society. She spent a year in prison for a Plowshares action against first strike nuclear weapons, Trident II. Defending the abortion clinics with her body for many years was a part of her feminist activities. Parks spent 13 years working for voting rights, against all electronic voting machines and for the solution of hand-counted paper ballots. She is the author of a book, published September 6, 2012: “WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME: The Perils of Electronic Voting Machines and Democracy’s Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB)Elections” and the Founder of the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots. She lives in Watertown, MA, and is an ardent feminist, internationalist, investigative journalist and peace & justice activist/organizer.

originally published in oped news