THE ANATOMY OF SLAVESPEAK

THE ANATOMY OF SLAVESPEAK

© Copyright 1997 By Frederick Mann, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Note
The original title of this report was “Gulliver’s Travels and Alice in Wonderland.” Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was a most advanced freethinker, centuries ahead of his time. He questioned all aspects of religion and politics, particularly in his book A Tale of a Tub. Swift’s best-known classic Gulliver’s Travels is much more than a children’s book; it’s an advanced political analysis. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was a mathematician and philosopher — and political analyst. The two ‘Alice-books’ can be regarded in part as political tracts disguised as children’s books. This report is an essential aid to understanding the “Spooner-insight” — see The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner.

“My name is Alice, so please your Majesty,” said Alice very politely; but she added to herself, “Why, they’re only a pack of cards, after all. I needn’t be afraid of them!” [emphasis added]
…The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, began screaming, “Off with her head! Off with–”

“Nonsense!” said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Introduction

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” – Joseph Stalin
“Language creates spooks that get into our heads and hypnotize us.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Introduction to The Tree of Lies (by Christopher S. Hyatt. Ph.D.)

The first thing I want you to realize is that the primary tool or WEAPON terrocrats use to subjugate, control, and dominate their victims is WORDS. By “terrocrat” I mean “coercive political agent” or “terrorist bureaucrat.” A terrocrat is always an individual human being.

Please think about this issue. How often has a terrocrat stuck a gun in your face and said, “Pay your taxes or else?” Compare this to the number of times terrocrats have sent you pieces of paper with words on them, telling you what to do or what not to do — and what penalties you may be subjected to, if you don’t obey?

Now, please stretch your imagination and imagine a world in which nobody takes the words of terrocrats seriously. They say, “We are the government,” and everyone laughs at them and asks, “Government? — what’s that?” And, whatever they reply, they are greeted with more laughter.

Then they say, “Our word is law; and you must obey.” Everyone just laughs at the terrocrats and asks, “Law? — what’s that?” Again, whatever they reply, they are greeted with more laughter.

How much power would terrocrats have in such a world?

I don’t care how much thought you have to put into this, but it’s absolutely vital that you understand that the primary means terrocrats use to subjugate, control, and dominate their victims is words.

Actually, there are three kinds of “things” terrocrats use to control their victims. The first is violence. The second is money. And the third is words. By violence, here, I mean actual physical violence. (Threats of violence are almost always expressed in words.)

How often has a terrocrat used actual violence to control you? Were you physically dragged into school, or were you coerced by words to go to school? Has any terrocrat ever used actual physical violence to make you pay taxes, or were you coerced by words to pay up?

Have you ever been arrested? If so, in what proportion did the cop use actual physical violence compared to words. Did he tell you to put your hands behind your back, or did he force your hands behind your back without saying anything? Notice that even during most arrests, cops use more words than actual physical violence to control their victims.

Have you ever been to court? To what proportion do the terrocrats and lawyers use words in court compared to actual physical violence?

Have you ever been to jail? To what proportion do the terrocrats use words in jail compared to actual physical violence?

How much power would terrocrats have in a world in which everyone says “NO!” to them and laughs at whatever they say? Can you begin to appreciate that the power of terrocrats depends largely on victims accepting terrocrat words and obeying them?

What about money? To what extent do terrocrats use money to subjugate, control, and dominate their victims? Well, they say their “law” (words) is that you must use their money; you’re not allowed to print your own. And doesn’t their money largely consist of pieces of paper with words (and a few pictures) on them? In the absence of words, could terrocrats use money to control people? And don’t their “legal tender laws” consist entirely of words?

In their book Powershift the Tofflers indicate how power has progressively shifted first from those who command violence to those who command money, and second to those who command information. And doesn’t information consist mostly of words?

What I want you to get, to grasp, to understand is that the power of terrocrats depends more on words than on anything else. Of course, their words have to be accepted, believed, and obeyed by the vast majority of victims. But what would happen if a critical mass of enlightened, emancipated former victims were to reject terrocrat words, were to stop believing them, were to attack and ridicule them whenever appropriate, and were to carefully and judiciously stop obeying them?

Some of the ideas in this report may be threatening to your current knowledge. In his classic book Nineteen-Eighty-Four, George Orwell coined terms like “thoughtcrime” and “crimestop.” If your current knowledge is “legal,” then some of the ideas presented here are “thoughtcrimes.” From the terrocrat perspective, attacking and ridiculing their words is no doubt a thoughtcrime.

Your mind may find it difficult to deal with some of these ideas. Orwell wrote:

“Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to [an “authority”], and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.”
So, please don’t let crimestop stop you!
Benefits of Understanding Slavespeak
Once you understand political Slavespeak (the language used to establish and maintain master-slave relationships), you become very aware of how those who don’t understand Slavespeak can be dominated, subjugated, and controlled by words — essentially enslaved by words. Correspondingly, you become impervious to external control through words. In other words, you enjoy more freedom — you have more options available to you.

If you’re active in promoting freedom, you’ll see that most current freedom-promoting activities, while they may yield short-term benefits, are unlikely to bring about any significant expansion of freedom in the long term. The reason for this is that the most basic way tyrants and terrocrats wield their power is a “control-via-words” mechanism. Most current freedom-promoting activities don’t attack this basic mechanism; in fact, they tend to reinforce and perpetuate it.

Understanding Slavespeak enables you to discard activities you may otherwise waste your precious time on. It enables you to focus on activities most likely to benefit you, while at the same time having the greatest potential for reducing the power of terrocrats, at least insofar as terrocrat actions infringe on your personal life and affairs.

A further benefit of understanding Slavespeak is that you’ll become more aware of how people, generally, are manipulated through words. It will become much more difficult for others to manipulate you.

Understanding and transcending Slavespeak improves your perception of the world and enables you to act or behave more effectively in relation to it. In his article Toward Understanding E-Prime, Robert Anton Wilson wrote:

“It seems likely that the principal software used in the human brain consists of words, metaphors, disguised metaphors, and linguistic structures in general. The Sapir-Whorf-Korzybski Hypothesis, in anthropology, holds that a change in language can alter our perception of the cosmos. A revision of language structure, in particular, can alter the brain as dramatically as a psychedelic. In our metaphor, if we change the software, the computer operates in a new way.”
(Other quotes:)

“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.” – Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment
“The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.” – Dresden James

“Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

What Nietzsche Said

“There are still peoples and herds somewhere, but not with us, my brothers: here there are states.
The state? What is that? Well then! Now open your ears, for now I shall speak to you of the death of peoples.

The state is the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies, too; and this lie creeps from its mouth; “I, the state, am the people.”

It is a lie! It was creators who created peoples and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life.

It is destroyers who set snares for many and call it the state: they hang a sword and a hundred desires over them.

Where a people still exists, there the people do not understand the state and hate it as the evil eye and sin against custom and law.

I offer you this sign: every people speaks its own language of good and evil: its neighbor does not understand this language. It invented this language for itself in custom and law.

But the state lies in all languages of good and evil; and whatever it says, it lies — and whatever it has, it has stolen.

Everything about it is false; it bites with stolen teeth. Even its belly is false.

Confusion of the language of good and evil; I offer you this sign of the state. Truly, this sign indicates the will to death! Truly, it beckons to the preachers of death!

Many too many are born: the state was invented for the superfluous!

Just see how it lures them, the many-too-many! How it devours them, and chews them, and re-chews them!

…It would like to range heroes and honorable men about it, this new idol! It likes to sun itself in the sunshine of good consciences — this cold monster!

It will give you everything if you worship it, this new idol: thus it buys for itself the luster of your virtues and the glance of your proud eyes.

It wants to use you to lure the many-too-many. Yes, a cunning device of Hell has here been devised, a horse of death jingling with the trappings of divine honors!

Yes, a death for many has here been devised that glorifies itself as life: truly a heart-felt service to all preachers of death!

I call it the state where everyone, good and bad, is a poison-drinker: the state where everyone, good and bad, loses himself: the state where universal slow suicide is called — life.”

What Hubbard Said

“ON CONTROL AND LYING
THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them. When you find an individual is lying to you, you know that the individual is trying to control you. One way or another this individual is trying to control you. That is the mechanism of control. This individual is lying to you because he is trying to control you — because if they give you enough misinformation they will pull you down the tone scale so that they can control you. Conversely, if you see an impulse on the part of a human being to control you, you know very well that that human being is lying to you. Not “is going to,” but “is” lying to you.

Check these facts, you will find they are always true. That person who is trying to control you is lying to you. He must tell you lies in order to continue control, because the second you start telling anybody close to the truth, you start releasing him and he gets tougher and tougher to control. So, you can’t control somebody without telling them a bunch of lies. You will find that very often Command has this as its greatest weakness. It will try to control instead of leading. The next thing you know, it is lying to the [illegible]. Lie, lie, lie, and it gets worse and worse, and all of a sudden the thing blows up.

Well, religion has done this. Organized religion tries to control, so therefore must be lying. After a while it figures out (even itself) that it is lying, and then it starts down tone scale further and further, and all of a sudden people get down along this spring-like bottom (heresy) and say, “Are we going into apathy and die, or are we going to revolt?” And they revolt, because you can only lie to people so long.

Unfortunately there is always a new cycle of lying.”

– L. Ron Hubbard, Technique 88

What Is Slavespeak?
“It is illusions and words that have influenced the mind of the crowd, and especially words — words which are as powerful as they are chimeral, and whose astonishing sway we shall shortly demonstrate,” wrote Gustave le Bon in his classic The Crowd, a century ago.

In The Second Sin Thomas Szasz wrote, “Man is the animal that speaks. Understanding language is the key to understanding man; and the control of language, to the control of man.” Alfred Korzybski, founder of General Semantics indicated that, “Those who control symbols control humanity.”

“Language creates spooks that get into our heads and hypnotize us.” – Robert Anton Wilson
The language used to subjugate, control, and dominate others I lump together as “Slavespeak.” Slavespeak is similar to the word Newspeak, invented by George Orwell and described in his book Nineteen-Eighty-Four. I use Slavespeak in essentially the same way Orwell used Newspeak, except that Slavespeak covers more words than I think Orwell would have regarded as Newspeak. Slavespeak includes words like: “state,” “government,” “law,” “king,” “constitution,” “queen,” “president,” “prime minister,” “nation,” “country,” “anthem,” etc. Slavespeak, as I use the term, has developed over many centuries. I’ve also expanded what I mean by Slavespeak beyond politics.

I specifically use political Slavespeak in the sense of Orwell’s ‘B vocabulary’:

“The ‘B vocabulary’ consisted of words which had been deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them… the ‘B’ words were a sort of verbal shorthand, often packing whole ranges of ideas into a few syllables… even in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, telescoped words and phrases had been one of the characteristic features of political language; and it had been noticed that the tendency to use abbreviations of this kind was most marked in totalitarian countries and totalitarian organizations… the intention being to make speech, and especially speech on any subject not ideologically neutral, as nearly as possible independent of consciousness… ultimately it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centers at all. This aim was frankly admitted in the Newspeak word ‘Duckspeak’ meaning ‘to quack like a duck.'” [emphasis added]
Political Slavespeak consists of terrocrat words — words that give terrocrats advantages over their victims; words that — if accepted, believed, and used — put victims at a disadvantage.

“Language creates spooks that get into our heads and hypnotize us.” – Robert Anton Wilson
If a terrocrat can persuade a victim to accept his Slavespeak words, he automatically subjugates his victim. If a victim accepts the Slavespeak words of a terrocrat, he automatically positions himself as a subject in relation to the terrocrat — and the terrocrat gains power over him.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.” [emphasis added]

– Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Slavespeak is not limited to the political domain. It includes all language that may put an individual at a disadvantage in relation to others and to the world in general. Slavespeak probably occurs in most domains of human endeavor:

Philosophical;
Psychological/Emotional;
Economic;
Religious;
Political/Legal;
Scientific;
Health; etc.
An example of philosophical Slavespeak is the notion of “absolute truth.” Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson of The School of Thought calls it the “Plato Truth Virus.” I strongly recommend that you do his “Brain Freebie” course.
“Nobody likes me,” “Women always betray me,” and “You make me angry” are examples of psychological and emotional Slavespeak.

Al Siebert’s book Peaking Out: How my Mind Broke Free from the Delusions of Psychiatry presents a trenchant description of how psychiatric Slavespeak operates and its consequences. Siebert was awarded a fellowship for post-doctoral psychiatric training at the Menninger Foundation. He dared to question “incontestable psychiatric dogma” and outlined some breakthrough ideas to his “psychiatrist teachers.”

They were not amused. They had him committed to a psychiatric hospital as a mental patient. The book includes a narrative of Siebert’s real-life experiences as an institutionalized mental patient. It also tells how Siebert saw through the delusional belief system which controls the minds of psychiatrists. A key quote:

“Then their white coats, the diplomas, their titles are cues that keep them in a hypnotic-like trance. Their perceptions of others, the special language they use, the labels they give to patients — all are programmed responses, just like with cult members.”
After Siebert left the psychiatric ward and the Menninger Foundation, he had a tremendous peak experience — the kind of peak experience described by psychologist Abraham Maslow. As Siebert was driving south out of Topeka, he suddenly had the feeling that for the first time in his life he was totally free.

He writes:

“It was glorious! It was a new feeling. Up until then my mind had been controlled by illusions and I hadn’t known it.
I started yelling, ‘I’m free! I’m free! My mind is totally free! I can feel it!’

I shouted as loud as I could, ‘My mind is freeeeeeee!” [Siebert’s emphasis]

Freeing your mind from illusions and delusional belief systems can be one of the most liberating things you can experience. It can also be one of the most powerful things you can experience. This report can serve as a starting point for systematically ridding your mind of the major illusions which the vast majority of humans suffer from — particularly in the political domain.

A key phrase in the Siebert quote above is “up until then my mind had been controlled by illusions and I hadn’t known it.” Becoming aware that your mind is controlled by illusions is a major step in freeing yourself from Slavespeak.

Economic Slavespeak consists of language that keeps people trapped in economic failure or poverty. At age 16, I discussed my possible future career with my father. At one point I said, “Well, I could always go into business.” He replied, “You’ll never succeed in business!” — economic Slavespeak. Had I accepted his “economic curse” as valid, it would have condemned me to failure in business.

All religious language which places the individual who accepts it at a disadvantage I regard as religious Slavespeak.

The article in question (The Anatomy Of Slavespeak) can be found here: http://www.mind-trek.com/reports/tl07a.htm

There’s more to read, just follow the link below…

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Sugar and Teeth

‘The reality is sick, overweight people with tooth decay’

*** personally, I believe the “acid” has more to do with tooth decay than the sugar, ~jmt ***

We’ve all seen images of sexy young people radiating happiness and vitality while sipping sugar-sweetened drinks with sparkly white teeth. The reality lurking behind these glossy advertisements is sick, overweight people with tooth decay.

But according to a new research paper, released today, artificial sweeteners are just as bad, if not worse, for the body.

A new study, led by Brian Hoffmann, assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, is being presented today at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego.

Described as “the largest examination to date that tracks biochemical changes in the body”, the study compared the biological effects of diets high in glucose versus aspartame or acesulfame potassium – common artificial sweeteners – in rats.

After three weeks, increased concentrations of glucose and the sweeteners adversely impacted metabolism in ways associated with diabetes and obesity.

Hoffman explains, “In our studies, both sugar and artificial sweeteners seem to exhibit negative effects linked to obesity and diabetes, albeit through very different mechanisms from each other.”

“We observed that in moderation, your body has the machinery to handle sugar; it is when the system is overloaded over a long period of time that this machinery breaks down,” Hoffmann said. “We also observed that replacing these sugars with non-caloric artificial sweeteners leads to negative changes in fat and energy metabolism.”

According to a new study, released today, artificial sweeteners are just as bad, if not worse, than sugar.

According to a new study, released today, artificial sweeteners are just as bad, if not worse, than sugar.

His team’s research is unique because of the methods they used. “Researchers now have advanced technology at their fingertips to test the biochemical changes in the body at a much greater depth than previously possible.”For decades, foods and drinks with non-caloric sweeteners have pervaded supermarket shelves to replace sugar and appease concerns about weight gain and diabetes. Yet waistlines and diabetes have grown despite these sugar surrogates. One in four Australian children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese with amplified risk of chronic disease.Addressing this health crisis, Britain’s sugar tax has just come into effect, while Australia debates taxing sugar.

His team’s research is unique because of the methods they used. “Researchers now have advanced technology at their fingertips to test the biochemical changes in the body at a much greater depth than previously possible.”For decades, foods and drinks with non-caloric sweeteners have pervaded supermarket shelves to replace sugar and appease concerns about weight gain and diabetes. Yet waistlines and diabetes have grown despite these sugar surrogates. One in four Australian children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese with amplified risk of chronic disease.Addressing this health crisis, Britain’s sugar tax has just come into effect, while Australia debates taxing sugar.

Britain gave the industry two years to reformulate their products and bring sugar below the taxable threshold. How are they reducing it? With artificial sweeteners, by and large.

The research being presented today comes hot on the heels of a human study with similar findings, released last month. Sabyasachi Sen, associate professor at George Washington University, reported that his team found increased fat-producing genes and glucose transport into cells of obese people who consumed low calorie sweeteners. The greater the dose, the greater the effect.

These studies extend other research linking artificial sweeteners with weight gain, heart disease and diabetes via various biological mechanisms.

A 2014 paper published in Nature by Professor Eran Elinav and colleagues reported that three common non-caloric artificial sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose and saccharin – caused glucose intolerance in mice and humans. In a series of experiments, raised blood sugar levels were consistently accompanied by disrupted gut bacteria (dysbiosis). The same altered gut bacteria profile has previously been observed in people with type 2 diabetes.

Commenting on their findings in light of obesity and chronic disease, the authors suggested that the artificial sweeteners “may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intending to fight”. They concluded that their results “link [artificial sweetener] consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive [artificial sweetener] usage”.

But research on non-caloric sweeteners has been controversial and plagued by contradictory findings.

A meta-analysis of available studies and large population-based research reported them as safe for humans, resulting in artificial sweeteners being given the OK by government bodies in the US and Europe, and our Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Reviewing the evidence, FSANZ concluded in September 2017 that “all scientific evidence to date supports the safety of aspartame as an artificial sweetener”.

In 2016, in the same week, researchers disclosed that the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay sugar’s adverse health effects. A Sydney University study explored whether financial conflicts of interest biased outcomes of artificial sweetener research. Analysing 31 studies from 1978 to 2014, investigators found that industry-funded research was 17 times more likely to produce positive results than independent research. They concluded that “financial conflicts of interest introduced a bias at all levels of the research and publication process … affecting the outcomes of reviews and possibly undermining the quality and transparency of public health evaluations that are reliant on these reviews”.

Now more than ever, science needs to provide a clear answer, independent of invested interests, about the health effects of artificial sweeteners.

Fuelled by increasing evidence that verifies excess sugar’s ill-health effects, the Australian Medical Association recently supported a sugary drink tax. The tax is unlikely to be enacted by our government in the short term. But it may only be a matter of time. The reportedly successful drive to tax sugar has been taken up by 28 countries and seven US cities to date.

Meanwhile, Professor Susan Swithers from Purdue University proposes: “Current evidence suggests that a focus on reducing sweetener intake, whether the sweeteners are caloric or non-caloric, remains a better strategy for combating overweight and obesity than use of artificial sweeteners.”

Or perhaps, as Michael Pollan said, “If it’s a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.

His team’s research is unique because of the methods they used. “Researchers now have advanced technology at their fingertips to test the biochemical changes in the body at a much greater depth than previously possible.”For decades, foods and drinks with non-caloric sweeteners have pervaded supermarket shelves to replace sugar and appease concerns about weight gain and diabetes. Yet waistlines and diabetes have grown despite these sugar surrogates. One in four Australian children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese with amplified risk of chronic disease.Addressing this health crisis, Britain’s sugar tax has just come into effect, while Australia debates taxing sugar.

Britain gave the industry two years to reformulate their products and bring sugar below the taxable threshold. How are they reducing it? With artificial sweeteners, by and large.

The research being presented today comes hot on the heels of a human study with similar findings, released last month. Sabyasachi Sen, associate professor at George Washington University, reported that his team found increased fat-producing genes and glucose transport into cells of obese people who consumed low calorie sweeteners. The greater the dose, the greater the effect.

These studies extend other research linking artificial sweeteners with weight gain, heart disease and diabetes via various biological mechanisms.

A 2014 paper published in Nature by Professor Eran Elinav and colleagues reported that three common non-caloric artificial sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose and saccharin – caused glucose intolerance in mice and humans. In a series of experiments, raised blood sugar levels were consistently accompanied by disrupted gut bacteria (dysbiosis). The same altered gut bacteria profile has previously been observed in people with type 2 diabetes.

Commenting on their findings in light of obesity and chronic disease, the authors suggested that the artificial sweeteners “may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intending to fight”. They concluded that their results “link [artificial sweetener] consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive [artificial sweetener] usage”.

But research on non-caloric sweeteners has been controversial and plagued by contradictory findings.

A meta-analysis of available studies and large population-based research reported them as safe for humans, resulting in artificial sweeteners being given the OK by government bodies in the US and Europe, and our Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Reviewing the evidence, FSANZ concluded in September 2017 that “all scientific evidence to date supports the safety of aspartame as an artificial sweetener”.

In 2016, in the same week, researchers disclosed that the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay sugar’s adverse health effects. A Sydney University study explored whether financial conflicts of interest biased outcomes of artificial sweetener research. Analysing 31 studies from 1978 to 2014, investigators found that industry-funded research was 17 times more likely to produce positive results than independent research. They concluded that “financial conflicts of interest introduced a bias at all levels of the research and publication process … affecting the outcomes of reviews and possibly undermining the quality and transparency of public health evaluations that are reliant on these reviews”.

Now more than ever, science needs to provide a clear answer, independent of invested interests, about the health effects of artificial sweeteners.

Fuelled by increasing evidence that verifies excess sugar’s ill-health effects, the Australian Medical Association recently supported a sugary drink tax. The tax is unlikely to be enacted by our government in the short term. But it may only be a matter of time. The reportedly successful drive to tax sugar has been taken up by 28 countries and seven US cities to date.

Meanwhile, Professor Susan Swithers from Purdue University proposes: “Current evidence suggests that a focus on reducing sweetener intake, whether the sweeteners are caloric or non-caloric, remains a better strategy for combating overweight and obesity than use of artificial sweeteners.”

Or perhaps, as Michael Pollan said, “If it’s a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.

But research on non-caloric sweeteners has been controversial and plagued by contradictory findings.

A meta-analysis of available studies and large population-based research reported them as safe for humans, resulting in artificial sweeteners being given the OK by government bodies in the US and Europe, and our Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Reviewing the evidence, FSANZ concluded in September 2017 that “all scientific evidence to date supports the safety of aspartame as an artificial sweetener”.

In 2016, in the same week, researchers disclosed that the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay sugar’s adverse health effects. A Sydney University study explored whether financial conflicts of interest biased outcomes of artificial sweetener research. Analysing 31 studies from 1978 to 2014, investigators found that industry-funded research was 17 times more likely to produce positive results than independent research. They concluded that “financial conflicts of interest introduced a bias at all levels of the research and publication process … affecting the outcomes of reviews and possibly undermining the quality and transparency of public health evaluations that are reliant on these reviews”.

Now more than ever, science needs to provide a clear answer, independent of invested interests, about the health effects of artificial sweeteners.

Fuelled by increasing evidence that verifies excess sugar’s ill-health effects, the Australian Medical Association recently supported a sugary drink tax. The tax is unlikely to be enacted by our government in the short term. But it may only be a matter of time. The reportedly successful drive to tax sugar has been taken up by 28 countries and seven US cities to date.

Meanwhile, Professor Susan Swithers from Purdue University proposes: “Current evidence suggests that a focus on reducing sweetener intake, whether the sweeteners are caloric or non-caloric, remains a better strategy for combating overweight and obesity than use of artificial sweeteners.”

Or perhaps, as Michael Pollan said, “If it’s a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.

Read all about it here:

https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/the-reality-is-sick-overweight-people-with-tooth-decay-20180422-p4zb2m.html

*** As always… DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH

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Artificial sweeteners and you

Artificial sweeteners in diet soda may lead to weight gain and other health problems the same way regular sugar does

Aspartame and other calorie-free sugar substitutes can change the way a body processes fat and likelyprompt diabetes and obesity, justlike real sugar does.

The way artificial sweeteners are digested inside the body is different from how real sugar is processed, but the negative outcomes may be nearly identical.

Artificial sweeteners may also make people hungrier and, in turn, eat more. Scientists think that’s because the zero-calorie treats turn on neural pathways that tell us to fuel up when we’re starving.

If you’re adding artificial sweeteners like aspartame into your coffee or tea, or sipping diet sodas to stay slim, you may not be doing your body any long-term favors.

Scientists have suspected for years that artificial sweeteners may stimulate our appetites and make us eat more. But forthcoming research suggests that’s not the only piece of bad news about fake sugar.

In a new study, rats who were fed the common sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame K — found in products like Equal, NutraSweet, Sunett, and Sweet One — changed the way their bodies processed fat and energy. In the rats, this also led to muscle breakdown. The researchers think that the rats might’ve been tapping into their muscles as an alternative energy source, since the no-calorie sweeteners don’t provide any nutrition.

The changes they saw in the rat bodies also appeared to set them up for developing chronic weight and sugar-processing problems, namely, diabetes and obesity. Those same mechanisms could be at work when humans drink fake sugar, though more research is needed to know for sure.

Brian Hoffmann, a biomedical engineer who studies high-sugar and high-sweetener diets at the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, presented his yet-to-be published research at the 2018 Experimental Biology conference in April.

“Non-caloric artificial sweeteners are foreign chemicals that your body does not have the machinery to deal with,” Hoffmann said in a Q&A with Research Features. “Even those marketed as ‘natural’ because they are from a plant are foreign and it does not mean your body has the machinery to process them,” he said.

But the International Sweeteners Association was quick to point out that this study didn’t examine people.

“The ISA would like to highlight that this study does not provide evidence that low calorie sweeteners could adversely affect obesity or diabetes in humans,” the trade organization told Business Insider in an email.

The research to date on artificial sweeteners like aspartame has been conflicting and confusing. Some studieshave suggested that zero-calorie sweeteners can help people lose weight, but even that research points out that reduced calorie beverages won’t dampen your appetite. French scientists have discovered a link between artificially sweetened beverages and higher rates of type 2 diabetes, but they’re still not positive the artificial sweeteners are actively causing the diabetes.

The potential problems with artificial sweeteners don’t stop at the digestive tract. One small study of a dozen women at the University of California San Diego found that while artificial sweeteners taste sweet, they don’t satisfy our brains in the same way as sugar.

Researchers who asked people to sip sugar water or sucralose (Splenda-sweetened) water noticed that only those who swallowed sugar activated the region of the brain associated with food rewards. That suggests zero calorie drinks may not satisfy the mind’s craving for something sweet. Otherstudies in fruit flies have suggested that when we eat or drink artificial sweeteners, we are likely tricking our bodies into thinking we’re starving. This could potentially make people eat more, too (that said, humans aren’t fruit flies, so more research is needed).

“It is not as simple as ‘stop using artificial sweeteners’ being the key to solving overall health outcomes related to diabetes and obesity,” Hoffmann said in a release. “As with other dietary components, I like to tell people moderation is the key if one finds it hard to completely cut something out of their diet,” he said.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/aspartame-sugar-artificial-sweeteners-bad-for-boy-2018-5

*** As always… DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH

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Opioids

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Echo —uh oh

So I finally took the plunge and purchased an Echo Dot.

My wife looks at it, looks at me, looks at it, and then says, “you bought a spying device?”

Well sure, it’s not like it’s the first controversial (spying) piece of technology that has been brought in this house; cellphone, iPad, xbox, to name just a few.

To be honest, we both agree that Amazon Echo and Google Home “spy” on us (many things do). Why then, did I buy such a device?

When you can’t beat technology, you might as well embrace it.

This one, it seems, will find its way into a box in the back of the closet.

*** if the wife ain’t happy… as they say.

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Telling Time…

… the British way is easy, just look at a “digital” timepiece.

Gone are the days when one looked at an analog clock and could tell the time ***well, as far as British students are concerned.

What is next, no more pen and paper?

— And cursive writing; it has become the secret code of many adults, because well… its not being taught.

I have no words ~smh

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The Fluoride Deception

The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Power And Atomic Bomb Making Industry Toxic Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation’s Drinking Water, Via The Debunked Hormesis Theory; Poisons Are Good For People

http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2014/06/the-fluoride-deception-how-nuclear.html

*** As always… DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH

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Video (otw) Bryan Adams *1991*

Everything I Do I Do It For You

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Thoughts for TODAY

Remember Remember the 5th of May

Always on the lookout for rebellious attacks against the Empire .

(May the 4th is so yesterday)

*** Enjoy your day

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Video (otw)³ Jefferson Starship

Lightning Rose

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Video (otw)² *another one from* Nuclear Furniture

Champion

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Video (otw) Nuclear Furniture

Rose Goes to Yale

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Killing Us Softly—Glyphosate Herbicide or Genocide?

Astute News

One of the more bizarre actions in terms of the health and safety of EU citizens is the saga of Monsanto and its toxic herbicide or weed-killer, Roundup, the most widely used weed-killer on the planet. On October 25, 2017 the European Union Commission again announced that it lacked the necessary member state votes to approve a ten year license extension for weed-killer glyphosate. They will try again. Behind this seeming routine announcement is one of the hottest battles over food and human health the world has seen since the 1972 USA decision to ban spraying of deadly DDT pesticides on crops. This time the stakes go far beyond the ban on glyphosate. It affects the future of human fertility or lack of it.

In June 2016 the EU Commission made a rotten compromise to allow an 18 month extension of use in EU of glyphosate-based weed killers, during which…

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10 Reasons Why You Should Never Feed Your Children

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The government is meddling too much in our private lives and bullying us around with their food pyramid scheme. What ever happened to that thing called "freedom"? Image source: momdishesitout.com The government is meddling way too much in our private lives and bullying us around with their food pyramid scheme. What ever happened to that thing called “freedom”?
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Recently, about 100 children became infected with measles in an outbreak, and everyone has been quick to blame the parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. However, I think that the vaccine skeptics’ arguments make perfect sense. I just don’t think that we should be limiting these arguments only to vaccines, and if we’re really serious about keeping our children safe, we should treat even the seemingly innocent things like food with the same amount of healthy skepticism. Here are 10 reasons why you as a parent should never give your children any food.

1)  Food has some scary side effects, and hundreds of people die of food poisoning every year.

2)  There is an established link between food and autism, because 99.95%…

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The Processed Food Matrix

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Shape Shifters Fitness

Remember the scene in “The Matrix” where Neo has the choice of taking the red pill to open his eyes to the reality of what actually is, or taking the blue pill and remaining comfortable, but blind to the reality of things?

A similar choice occurs within The Processed Food Matrix we live in today.

We’re like “Neo” except instead of a one time decision, every eating decision of choosing the blue pill of processed food, or the red pill that is cleaner more whole foods eventually accumulates into getting out, or staying in, The Processed Food Matrix.

Take breakfast as an example of one of these eating choices. “Morpheus” extends two hands:

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In one hand is plain oats.  In the other “Cap’n crunch.”

It’s like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” of the eating variety that will influence later eating decisions for that day, week, month, etc.  If the oats…

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Battlefield America … and Beyond

OUR GREATER DESTINY

By John W. Whitehead
April 23, 2018

“The greatest evil is not now done … in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.

Is the U.S. government evil?

You tell me.

This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once they’ve outgrown their usefulness.

This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented…

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EGG RECALL

I eat my own eggs, from my own chickens (ducks and geese too).
When we (the wife and I) eat out, we don’t order the commercialized ones.

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Company Recalls More Than 200 Million Eggs Due to Salmonella Scare

Nearly 207 million eggs produced at a farm in Hyde County, N.C., are being voluntarily recalled because of concerns of contamination with the salmonella bacteria, the egg company announced.

In a statement, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind. said that 22 illnesses but no deaths have so far been linked to the tainted eggs.

The eggs “have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” the company said Friday.

The recall arose after illnesses were reported in East Coast states. The outbreak “led to extensive interviews and eventually a thorough FDA (Food and Drug Administration) inspection of the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day. The facility includes 3 million laying hens with…

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Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

The Oily Guru

Many people love their morning cup of joe.

Not only is this caffeine-fueled beverage a great pick-me-up, it’s also loaded with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients (1).

What’s more, some people find it can jump-start the other end of their body.

In fact, one study found that 29% of participants needed to use the bathroom within twenty minutes of drinking a cup of coffee (2).

This article helps explain why coffee can make you poop.

It was initially believed that the caffeine in coffee makes you poop.

However, studies show that decaf can also do the trick. This means there must be other factors at work (6).

Chlorogenic acids and N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamides are both compounds of interest.

Studies have found that they can stimulate the production of stomach acid. Stomach acid helps churn food and move it quickly through the gut (78).

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Deepfakes and fake media are coming for our memories

Doctored photos can easily create false memories. What happens when there’s fake video?

Seeing is believing. And because of this fact, we’re screwed.

Due to advances in artificial intelligence, it’s now possible to convincingly map anyone’s face onto the body of another person in a video. As Vox’s Aja Romano has explained, this technique is becoming more common in pornography: An actress’s head can be mapped onto a porn actress’s body. These “deepfakes” can be generated with free software,and they’re different from the photoshopping of the past. This is live action — and uncannily real.

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed published a demonstration featuring the actor and director Jordan Peele. Using FakeApp, the same tool used in the celebrity face-swapping porn, BuzzFeed took an old video of President Obama and swapped in Peele’s mouth as he performed an impression of Obama. It’s a creepily powerful PSA with a forceful message: “This is a dangerous time. Moving forward, we need to be more vigilant with what we trust from the internet.”

Combine fake audio with fake video and it’s not hard to imagine a future where forged videos are maddeningly hard to distinguish from the truth. Or a future where a fake video of a president incites a riot or fells the market. “We’re not so far from the collapse of reality,” as Franklin Foer recently summed up at the Atlantic.

But I fear it’s not just our present and future reality that could collapse; it’s also our past. Fake media could manipulate what we remember, effectively altering the past by seeding the population with false memories.

“The potential for abuse is so severe,” says Elizabeth Loftus at the University of California Irvine, who pioneered much of the research in false memory formation in the 1990s. “Once you expose people to such a powerful visual presentation, how do they get it out of their minds?”

We don’t have psychological studies directly looking at the ability of AI-faked video to implant false memories. But researchers have been studying the malleability of our memories for decades.

Here’s what they know: The human mind is incredibly susceptible to forming false memories. And that tendency can be kicked into overdrive on the internet, where false ideas spread like viruses among like-minded people. Which means the AI-enhanced forgeries on the horizon will only make planting false memories even easier.

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Video (otw) Masaru Emoto

The Secret Life Of Water

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