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Yahoo did not publish anything at the link.  The document referenced was posted on 4chan last week.  I saw it and It is a total honey trap.  It is a well made photo package of documents and as a collection of document photos once downloaded; it would phone home a location every time it was put onto a Windows computer.  I did not download it.  It was interesting to read but had a 'chemical' smell.

That's what this is all about......

Data collection above all else.

Far Out Newz / Re: Another One Bites The Dust, and another ones gone....
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:30:10 AM »

Veteran NYPD cop commits suicide, ninth this year; Second NYPD Suicide This Week


How Did Yahoo News Scoop An FBI Document That Turns Conspiracy Theories Into Domestic Terrorism Threats?
August 13, 2019


Richard Enos

    The Facts:Yahoo News seems to have gotten exclusive access to publicize an FBI report on the dangers of fringe conspiracy theories, but nobody seems to be explaining how that happened, given the document explicitly states it was not meant for the public.
    Reflect On:Can we see more clearly how much effort is being made to control our perception of the world? Will realizing this help propel us closer to awakening to the truth?

Far Out Newz / Re: The new science of inner speech
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:24:36 AM »

Science Discovers Two Types of Intuition, How Can You Learn to Master Each for a Fulfilled Life?


(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Intuition, gut-feelings, or what some call “psychic downloads” are well acknowledged by science. Humans naturally experience what seems like automatic and magical insights, things that often guide our decisions or our conclusions about the world. But unlike what many think, intuition isn’t some unexplained magical power, it has roots in acknowledged science.

It can be argued that there are two different types of intuition, body intelligence, and heart intelligence.

These are terms I’m coining here and now for discussion purposes, based on my years of research into psychology and extra-mind phenomenon, what is known as parapsychology in academic circles.

Intuition of the body intelligence type are insights, impulses, or downloads we receive based on past experience.

For example, if you burned your hand when you were a child, as you reached for a hot pan on the stove, you’ll receive an instinct to be more cautious when you’re near hot stovetops. This form of intuition is one that is fairly well recognized by mainstream science, we might also refer to it as a reflex. This is something the body learned how to do as a result of actual experience, a kind of animalistic wisdom stored literally within your physical tissue or flesh. The benefit of this type is that you can retrain your instincts in the present by being conscious and intentional with your actions.

Body intelligence is obviously very useful, however, it’s hardly perfect. The systems that govern this type of intuition are ancient, lymphatic and reptilian neurological structures we inherited from our animal ancestors. Animals are creatures largely motivated by emotions, and as such, your body intuition also has the ability to supply you with emotional insights as well. As a matter of fact, part of your emotions are just reflecting back to you how you feel about something in your field, based on how you’ve defined it in your personal life, what I call your personal knowledge database.

PTSD, in this sense, is an extreme example of what happens when this body intelligence intuition system breaks down, triggering fight or flight responses when we don’t need to be on alert. This underscores that intuition is not perfect, it requires careful discernment and thinking to really know if what is offered is true or valuable.

Intuition not only tells us what might be happening or what exists (truth insights) it also tells us what we should do (value insights).

Value intuition encourages us to do something, which is more of a kind of instinct or impulse. It’s still a kind of body intelligence, and as such, this kind of intuition isn’t perfect because it draws from the past. Our values grow and evolve with time, but our mind can’t get stuck in the past sometimes.

For example, when you feel a strong impulse to eat your favorite sugary food, despite the fact you’re trying to lose weight, this is an example of a past value asserting itself in the present, known as cross-purposing. It’s arguable that without discernment, you might be led astray by this limited past-based intuition. Cognitive dissonance of this type is best handled by using the power of the conscious mind to examine the basis of each insight, working to attach yourself to the one that best aligns with your highest values and ideals.

The second type of intuition is less understood. I call this heart intelligence, a term coined by the Heartmath Institute.

The Institute conducted an experiment wherein they hooked up measuring instruments to participants brains and hearts, measuring their responses to images randomly selected on a viewing screen. Something completely unexpected happened. The data showed that the hearts of participants started to react to certain images five seconds before they were randomly selected by a generator. This proves, with empirical scientific results, that the heart has some kind of precognitive capacity—it can anticipate the future in some sense.

What’s interesting is that the reaction recorded was in agreement with the value systems of the participants. That is, the future reaction was based on how the patient presently saw the world, not how they would see it in the future. This distinction is important because it suggests the emotions we experience are more a measure of who we are now than who we could become in the future. Your emotions, unlike what some believe, might not be a “higher level” source of information, what some call a soul insight, or at least they aren’t infallible.

This latter point is controversial because it seems to go against what some people believe in various new age circles, namely that one can be led totally by their emotions and ignore reason and logic all together.

Despite the implications of this finding, the overall premise that emotions and intuition can reveal much about ourselves still holds true.

All of this is helpful insofar a self-mastery because once we realize our insights are a kind of holistic readout of who we are now, we can use them as a guide to shape a more ideal life.

In this way, what I’ve called the Ideal Self method is the quest to realize higher and higher states of fulfillment, joy, and bliss through seeking to know yourself (now) while carefully making choices so as to guide your evolution in the future.

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– Justin

(Exploring Your Mind)

Source – Exploring Your Mind

by Staff Writer, July 27th, 2019

The neurobiology of intuition and the science that studies it say that it’s more important than ever now. In a world that’s often chaotic and complex, knowing how to hear that inner voice can help you make better decisions.

The neurobiology of intuition exists and we’ve learned something very interesting about it. Most people base a lot of the decisions they make on their gut feelings. It’s basically just an inner voice in touch with your identity and everything you’ve seen, felt, and experienced. Your intuitive side can actually be an amazing tool if you make good use of it.

Let’s admit it. Intuition can often guide you to invisible universes, it can connect you to a part of yourself that inhabits the most hidden corners of your subconscious. It can feel so strange at times that you might think it isn’t a very scientific experience. It must be mystical because there’s no obvious logic to it. But that isn’t exactly true.

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Intuition is really our sixth sense, and there’s a lot of scientific literature about it. For example, there are fascinating books such as Educating Intuition by Robin M. Hogarth and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.

In these books and many others on the topic, they argue for the importance of intuition as a resource. They say that it can actually complement analytical thought.

Then there are researchers such as Jonas Salk, who became well known in his time for inventing a polio vaccine. This doctor wrote a thought-provoking article in 1983, called “The Merging of Intuition and Reason”. In it, he talked about how we should be using our sixth sense in our daily lives because it can help us make better decisions.

    “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

    -Albert Einstein-

What Does the Neurobiology of Intuition Have to Say?

First of all, the neurobiology of intuition suggests that these mental processes aren’t all in our imagination. They actually have a neurological foundation. Doctor Keiji Tanaka from the RIKEN Brain Institute led a fascinating study to try and find some answers to what happens in our brains to create this sixth sense.

To figure that out, he used some experimental study subjects: expert shogi players. The game is very similar to chess, and the most skilled players use their intuition to make some amazing moves. Dr. Tanaka also performed a series of MRIs on this group of people to see which parts of their brain they were using the most.

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The Precuneus

According to his scans, the area of their brains that lit up most was the precuneus. This is a little part of the superior parietal lobe, which also happens to be right on the line between the right and left brain hemispheres.

The precuneus plays a role in episodic memory and visual-spatial processing. But most interesting of all, it plays a role in consciousness.
The Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex

Another interesting area that lit up when they were using the intuitive parts of their brain was the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. This is a key part of our brains. Why? It’s where we store all of the information on past rewards, along with the pain of mistakes, or things we wish we hadn’t done so that we would have avoided experiencing something negative.

Famous neuroscientist Antonio Damasio figured out how important this part of our brain is in the decision-making process. The most interesting thing about this brain structure is that it responds based on emotions.

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Here’s an example. Imagine you meet someone at a party, who then invites you to go back to their place. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex will do a fast analysis based on your past experiences.

There could be something about their personality, appearance, or speech that makes you skeptical of them. This is because they remind you of someone you had a negative experience with. From there, it will send out an alarm to get your attention. That’s your intuition trying to make its way into your conscious mind.

Once you’ve heard that inner voice, you have two options. You can either listen to it or send it through the filter of analytical thought if you want to examine it more carefully.

The Caudate Nucleus

Scientific studies on the neurobiology of intuition have also emphasized the caudate nucleus. It’s a structure that’s part of the basal ganglia, which plays a role in learning, habits, and automatic behaviors.

Basically, the caudate nucleus speeds up the sixth sense to help you make quicker, almost automatic decisions based on your previous experiences or learning.

    “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

    -Steve Jobs-

As you can see from all this information, it’s hard to chalk all these processes up to accidents or a product of our imagination. Not only is there a neurological foundation to intuition but it also involves your past experiences, your personality, and your subconscious, or the place that contains the essence of who you are.

Gut feelings aren’t just pseudoscience. They’re actually a mechanism that has helped to define who we are as humans of all genders, races, and cultures. This is really worth thinking about. You should always listen to that inner voice and use your ability to think analytically about things when you need to.

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Stillness in the Storm Editor: Why did we post this?

Psychology is the study of the nature of mind. Philosophy is the use of that mind in life. Both are critically important to gain an understanding of as they are aspects of the self. All you do and experience will pass through these gateways of being. The preceding information provides an overview of this self-knowledge, offering points to consider that people often don’t take the time to contemplate. With the choice to gain self-awareness, one can begin to see how their being works. With the wisdom of self-awareness, one has the tools to master their being and life in general, bringing order to chaos through navigating the challenges with the capacity for right action.

– Justin

Cyber Security / Amazon Facial Rec. Can Now Detect FEAR....
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:17:00 AM »

08/14/2019 –

Amazon this week said that it’s Rekognition facial recognition software can now detect a person’s fear, according to CNBC.

As one of several Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services, Rekognition can be used for facial analysis or sentiment analysis by identifying different expressions and predicting emotions based on images of people’s faces. The system uses AI to ‘learn’ as it compiles data.

The tech giant revealed updates to the controversial tool on Monday that include improving the accuracy and functionality of its face analysis features such as identifying gender, emotions and age range.

“With this release, we have further improved the accuracy of gender identification,” Amazon said in a blog post. “In addition, we have improved accuracy for emotion detection (for all 7 emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and added a new emotion: ‘Fear.’” –CNBC

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: 🗡️ Suicide Epidemic
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:15:19 AM »
How come there's no photo of him hanging from a "light fixture"?  And WHY do they still have light fixtures you could tie a bed sheet to?  They have nice flush mounted fixtures available at Home Depot.


You ask to many questions.....  It's pistolero Friday  :icon_mrgreen:

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"All The Dirt That's Fit To Print"  enjoy diners....

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: 🗡️ Suicide Epidemic
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:09:20 AM »
How come there's no photo of him hanging from a "light fixture"?  And WHY do they still have light fixtures you could tie a bed sheet to?  They have nice flush mounted fixtures available at Home Depot.


You ask to many questions.....  It's pistolero Friday  :icon_mrgreen:

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Golden Oxen Newz / Re: Gold & Silver News
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:05:14 AM »

Scientists have unlocked the power of gold atoms but is this technology new or ancient?

by Corbin Black

For those who follow the stories of the ancient Sumerian tablets first discovered in the 1800s, you know that gold is central to the story. The Anunnaki, extraterrestrials from another planet, mined for precious gold in southern Africa when they arrived on Earth. The element has unique qualities that make it invaluable for many reasons; from jewelry to electrical components, to insulation used in space travel. Today, scientists have made a big leap in unlocking the potential of 2D gold, thousands of years later.

Now, researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K. have created the world’s “thinnest gold” only two atoms in thickness. It’s so thin; they consider it 2-dimensional. They say it’s a “landmark achievement” in nanomaterials with potential in the medical and electronics industries.

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<h1>NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us</h1>
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<div>Update: NASA is now clarifying its role in this study. NASA officials released this statement on the study on March 20, which seeks to distance the agency from the paper: "A soon-to-be published research paper, 'Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies' by University of Maryland researchers Safa Motesharrei and Eugenia Kalnay, and University of Minnesota's Jorge Rivas, was not solicited, directed or reviewed by NASA. It is an independent study by the university researchers utilizing research tools developed for a separate NASA activity. As is the case with all independent research, the views and conclusions in the paper are those of the authors alone. NASA does not endorse the paper or its conclusions." Read the original story below.</div>
<p>Civilization was pretty great while it lasted, wasn't it? Too bad it's not going to for much longer. According to a new study sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we only have a few decades left before everything we know and hold dear collapses.</p>
<p>The report, written by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center[/url] along with a team of natural and social scientists, explains that <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">modern civilization is doomed[/url]. And there's not just one particular group to blame, but the entire fundamental structure and nature of our society.</p>
<p>Analyzing five risk factors for societal collapse (population, climate, water, agriculture and energy), the report says that the sudden downfall of complicated societal structures can follow when these factors converge to form two important criteria. Motesharrei's report says that all societal collapses over the past 5,000 years have involved both "the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity" and "the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or "Commoners") [poor]." This "Elite" population restricts the flow of resources accessible to the "Masses", accumulating a surplus for themselves that is high enough to strain natural resources. Eventually this situation will inevitably result in the destruction of society.</p>
<p>Elite power, the report suggests, will buffer "detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners," allowing the privileged to "continue 'business as usual' despite the impending catastrophe."</p>
<p>Science will surely save us, the nay-sayers may yell. But technology, argues Motesharrei, has only damned us further:</p>
<p>In other words, the benefits of technology are outweighed by how much the gains reinforce the existing, over-burdened system — making collapse even more likely.</p>
<p>The worst-case scenarios predicted by Motesharrei are pretty dire, involving sudden collapse due to famine or a drawn-out breakdown of society due to the over-consumption of natural resources. The best-case scenario involves recognition of the looming catastrophe by Elites and a more equitable restructuring of society, but who really believes that is going to happen? Here's what the study <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">recommends[/url] in a nutshell:</p>
<p>These are great suggestions that will, unfortunately, almost certainly never be put into action, considering just how far down the wrong path our civilization has gone. As of last year, humans are using <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">more resources[/url] than the Earth can replenish and the planet's distribution of resources among its terrestrial inhabitants is <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">massively unequal[/url]. This is what happened to Rome and the Mayans, according to the report.</p>
... historical collapses were allowed to occur by elites who appear to be oblivious to the catastrophic trajectory (most clearly apparent in the Roman and Mayan cases).

<p>And that's not even counting the spectre of global climate change, which could be a looming <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">"instant planetary emergency."[/url] According to Canadian Wildlife Service biologist Neil Dawe:</p>
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Economic growth is the biggest destroyer of the ecology. Those people who think you can have a growing economy and a healthy environment are wrong. If we don't reduce our numbers, nature will do it for us ... Everything is worse and we’re still doing the same things. Because ecosystems are so resilient, they don’t exact immediate punishment on the stupid.

<p>In maybe the nicest way to say the end is nigh possible, Motesharrei's report concludes that "closely reflecting the reality of the world today ... we find that collapse is difficult to avoid."</p>
<p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Writes[/url] Nafeez Ahmed at The Guardian:</p>
<p>"Although the study is largely theoretical, a number of other more empirically-focused studies — by <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">KPMG[/url] and the <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">UK Government Office of Science[/url] for instance — have warned that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a 'perfect storm' within about fifteen years. But these 'business as usual' forecasts could be <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">very conservative[/url]."</p>
<p>Well, at least zombies aren't real.</p>
<p>Update: NASA has issued a <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">clarification[/url] about its role in the study, saying that while the study relies on NASA research tools developed for another project, it did not directly solicit, direct, or review Motesharrei's paper. "As is the case with all independent research, the views and conclusions in the paper are those of the authors alone. NASA does not endorse the paper or its conclusions."</p>

Great post. It will be sooner than later. Will the next decade be called the roaring twenty's ?

Geological & Cosmological Events / Re: Mud Flood
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:51:19 AM »
Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear

Fred Pearce
New Scientist
Thu, 23 Jul 2015
The first Europeans to penetrate the Amazon rainforests reported cities, roads and fertile fields along the banks of its major rivers. “There was one town that stretched for 15 miles without any space from house to house, which was a marvellous thing to behold,” wrote Gaspar de Carvajal, chronicler of explorer and conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1542. “The land is as fertile and as normal in appearance as our Spain.”

Such tales were long dismissed as fantasies, not least because teeming cities were never seen or talked about again. But it now seems the chroniclers were right all along. It is our modern vision of a pristine rainforest wilderness that turns out to be the dream.

What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity, according to a review of the evidence by Charles Clement of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, and his colleagues.

After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas. But, thanks to a combination of deforestation and remote sensing, what’s left of their civilisation is now re-emerging.

They reveal an anthropogenically modified Amazonia before the European conquest. “Few if any pristine landscapes remained in 1492,” says Clement. “Many present Amazon forests, while seemingly natural, are domesticated.”

Amazon domesticity

The evidence for this radical rethink has been stacking up for some time. Archaeologists have uncovered dense urban centres that would have been home to up to 10,000 inhabitants along riverbanks, with fields and cultivated orchards of Brazil nuts, palm and fruit trees stretching for tens of kilometres. Remote sensing has revealed extensive earthworks, including cities, causeways, canals, graveyards and huge areas of ridged fields that kept crops like manioc, maize and squash clear of floods and frosts.

Meanwhile, agriculturalists have discovered that many forest soils have been mulched and composted with waste. These fertile “dark earths”, or terra preta, may cover 150,000 square kilometres, much of it now reclaimed by rainforests. Before the arrival of Europeans, the region’s population may have reached 50 million.

The remains date back 3000 years or more, say the authors, who include geographer William Denevan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and anthropologist Michael Heckenberger of the University of Florida at Gainesville – both pioneers of the idea that the Amazon has long been modified by humans.

Not everyone agrees. Dolores Piperno of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama recently argued that “recent investigations of soils in parts of the western Amazon… found little vegetation disturbance.”
SOTT Comment: The Smithsonian is notorious for covering up true history.

Clement and his co-authors agree that “the idea of a domesticated Amazonia… contrasts strongly with reports of empty forests, which continue to captivate scientific and popular media”.

But the idea of a domesticated Amazon complements research in other rainforest regions, including the Congo basin and South-East Asia, that also suggest that much of what seems pristine is actually regrowth after dense human occupation. Erle Ellis of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, says such evidence suggests that we should be dating the start of the Anthropocene – the era of human domination of the planet – to thousands of years ago rather than in the middle of 20th century.

Journal reference: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0813
SOTT Comment: Well now, doesn’t that throw a few spanners in a few ‘settled sciences’?

If what they’re saying is hitting the mark, the Amazon is actually an overgrown graveyard, and not some conservationist cudgel to beat Latin American governments over the head with.

If they want to clear the land for development, LET THEM! It’s not as if Europeans, in their mania for ‘doing stuff’, didn’t fell almost every tree from Virginia to the Rockies.

Finally, newsflash to global warmists, eco-warriors, and carbon financializers: this planet has seen (and shaken off) COUNTLESS civilizations before ours…

Science, Inventions & Techology / Cell Tower Tech Sounds The Alarm on 5G
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:21:30 AM »

August 13, 2019

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Almost nothing demonstrates the hubris of government and corporations more clearly than the 5G rollout, or what President Trump calls “a race we must win.”

The dangers of 5G are vast and overwhelming as our privacy, health, and liberties are all at risk as a result of 5th generation technology. As our government touts its economic benefits, doctors, scientists, and even meteorologists around the world are sounding the alarm about the implications of the technology.

But recently, a cell tower installer, or “tower climber” as he calls himself, began speaking out about the danger that 5G poses to our health.

His video has gone relatively viral since it was posted in mid-June and he has since followed up with a few others talking about 5G. In his own words, he explains how dangerous installing 4G technology has been.

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: 🗡️ Suicide Epidemic
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:19:04 AM »
These prisons are full of lower based energies. A good smudging would clear the air  :icon_sunny:

« on: August 16, 2019, 06:15:18 AM »

August 14, 2019

Dr. M Storoni MD PhD, Uplift
Waking Times

There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus).

The emotional brain is able to initiate a ‘stress response’ via the sympathetic nervous system which culminates in adrenaline and cortisol racing through our circulation.The logical brain is always trying to ‘turn-off’ this stress response and it is also trying to restrain the emotional brain. The stronger our logical brain, the better it becomes at doing these two things. When the stress response is ‘turned off’, our parasympathetic nervous system signal is ‘turned on’. This signal ‘relaxes’ the body. So a strong logical brain goes hand in hand with relaxation.

The stress response and ‘relaxing’ signals travel through the body along a particular route and parts of this route have little ‘switches’ which we can physically manipulate to turn the signals on or off. The neck is an example of where such switches are located (by the carotid arteries).
Training the stress circuit

Yoga is training this entire stress circuit at two levels. First, every time we are ‘holding’ a posture, staying very still to concentrate or trying to balance, our logical brain is being activated. When we are bending forwards, our ‘relaxation’ signal is being turned on through the ‘switches’ in the neck. So bending forwards and concentrating at the same time is triggering both the logical brain and the relaxation signal at the same time.

Bending backwards triggers the stress response signal through the switches in our neck. Contracting a muscle also triggers the stress response signal. So, when we bend backwards and contract our muscles while still having to stay still and concentrate on balancing, our logical brain is given an extra challenge. It has to overcome the stress response signal being triggered in these two ways before we can be still and concentrate during a posture. This ‘extra’ resistance the logical brain is having to work against, ‘trains’ it like a muscle.
Rewiring the nerve connections

At the end of a series of yoga postures, the logical brain has had a ‘workout’. It is buzzing with activity. You feel mentally calm as it is keeping your emotional brain quiet. Training the logical brain in this way for a long time can result in a rewiring of the nerve connections within the logical brain. New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed. You may find it easier to channel your thoughts in the direction you want and not ‘dwell’ on negative thoughts or experiences. This is partly why yoga seems to have a positive effect on depression and anxiety, where sufferers have a tendency to dwell on negative life events. Stronger connections within the logical brain keeps the lid down on the emotional brain and the stress response. This is why yoga can be so effective at battling stress.

The key thing to do is to attempt yoga postures which are structured in a well-formulated sequence where each posture involves a long hold. Then your yoga and stress will begin to be balanced.

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Economics / “Gig Economy” - US labor shortage, explained
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:13:28 AM »

More Americans are quitting their jobs than ever.

By Alexia Fernández Campbell

The US economy doesn’t have enough workers.

For a record 16 straight months, the number of open jobs has been higher than the number of people looking for work. The US economy had 7.4 million job openings in June, but only 6 million people were looking for work, according to data released by the US Department of Labor.

This is not normal. Ever since Labor began tracking job turnover two decades ago, there have always been more people looking for work than jobs available. That changed for the first time in January 2018. Just look at the chart below.

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August 15, 2019 / 3:34 PM / Updated 6 hours ago
'Crazy inverted yield curve' vexes Fed, with no clear resolution

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid the recent financial market volatility, the interest rates on some long-dated government bonds have fallen below the level for short-term debt.
FILE PHOTO: A trader looks at screens as he works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Called a “yield curve inversion,” this has been a traditional warning sign for the economy: If smart investors see more risk two years ahead than 10 years down the road, it can’t be good for near-term growth.

In response, President Donald Trump and others have upped demands for a U.S. Federal Reserve rate cut.

So do U.S. central bankers care about what Trump called the “crazy inverted yield curve” or not?

Policymakers have been trying to get a handle on the issue for a while, with no consensus on whether a curve inversion today means the same thing it did in the past.

Here are selected comments of Fed policy makers over the last two years on the issue:

Dec. 1, 2017: “There is a material risk...if the (Federal Open Market Committee) continues on its present course” - St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard.

He was off by a few months, expecting a yield curve inversion late in 2018, but Bullard as well as Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan flagged early on what might happen if the Fed continued to hike, as it did throughout last year.
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 Aug. 20, 2018: “I pledge to you I will not vote for anything that will knowingly invert the curve and I am hopeful that as we move forward I won’t be faced with that.” - Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic.


The comment captured the Fed’s dilemma at that point. The economy was growing faster than expected and seemed robust enough to warrant rate increases. Bostic voted for two more by the end of the year. Yet through the year, bond spreads narrowed.
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 Sept. 6, 2018: “I don’t see the flat yield curve or inverted yield curve as being the deciding factor in terms of where we should go with policy.” - New York Fed President John Williams

Williams was among the most vocal in saying that in the “new normal” economy, when all rates and the spreads between them were inherently lower, a yield curve inversion may be a product of structural changes in markets, and not the scary signal it used to be.
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 Sept. 12, 2018: Lower overall rates and changing investor behavior “may temper somewhat the conclusions that we can draw from historical yield curve relationships.” - Fed Governor Lael Brainard.

Some members of the Fed board agreed that the yield curve may not be as meaningful as in the past.
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 March 24, 2019: “Some of this is structural, having to do with lower trend growth, lower real interest rates...In that environment, it’s probably more natural that yield curves are somewhat flatter.” - Chicago Fed President Charles Evans.

March 25, 2019: “I don’t take nearly as much information from the shape of the yield curve as some people do.” - Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren.

March 26, 2019: “I’m not freaked out.” - San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly.

That month, the spread between the three-month Treasury note and the 10-year bond, closely watched by some at the Fed, did invert. There remained division about what it meant and reluctance to read it as a sign of economic weakness.
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June 4, 2019: “We are early into it. It’s certainly something we’ll keep looking at.” - Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida.

The Fed by this point was preparing for rate cuts, but even its leadership was not fully ready to put the yield curve at the center of its thinking. In Clarida’s view, time matters: If the curve stayed upside down, he said he would take it “seriously.”
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June 25, 2019: “We do, of course, look at the yield curve ... it’s one financial condition among many ... There’s no one thing in the broad financial markets that we see as the dominant thing.” – Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.

The Fed did cut rates in July. The key, 10-year to two-year portion of the yield curve nevertheless inverted just two weeks later. It seemed a reaction to broader problems, including a sense that the U.S.-China trade war was becoming a bigger threat than thought, and the spread quickly moved back above zero.

But will that brief inversion be read as a warning?

The central bank next meets on Sept. 17-18.
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Reporting by Howard Schneider in Washington; Ann Saphir in San Francisco; Trevor Hunnicutt in New York; Editing by Dan Burns and Cynthia Osterman

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