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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Neil Young & Promise of The Real


After touring Europe with Neil Young to rave reviews and delivering an incendiary show backing the rock legend at the Desert Trip Festival concerts in October, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real bring their “Something Real Tour” to Maui this weekend. Read more of this post

US Court of Appeals Says Hawaii’s Counties Can’t Regulate GMO Crop Production


The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has  invalidated county ordinances in Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii counties that sought to enforce public health protections (such as buffer zones, pesticide use disclosure and environmental impact studies). The court ruled that under Hawaii law, counties and municipalities do not have the authority to regulate GE crops, and that Hawaii state law places such authority in the hands of the State alone. Read more of this post

Future Predictions -When Saturn Conjuncts Pluto in 2020


On January 12, 2020, Saturn will conjunct Pluto at 22° Capricorn. Many astrologers are noting that a Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn can be transformative in the extreme, even potentially very destructive. Read more of this post

High Levels of Glyphosate Pesticide in Popular Food Products


A study led by Food Democracy Now has found high levels of the pesticide glyphosate in many of America’s most popular food products. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most heavily used chemical weedkiller in food and agricultural production in human history. Read more of this post

Food Emulsifiers May Cause Cancer


A new study out of Georgia State University’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences suggests a link between emulsifiers, chemicals used to increase food’s shelf life and improve its texture, and colorectal cancer. Read more of this post

America’s Amygdala Has Been Hijacked


With the extraordinary outpouring of fear generated by Donald Trump’s election victory, it feels like America’s amygdala has been hijacked.

Coined by psychologist Daniel Goleman, an amygdala hijack is an overwhelming, intense emotional response that activates the fight, flight or freeze response. During an amygdala hijack, the amygdala shuts down the neo-cortex, stopping rational thought. With so much fear rampant now across the nation it would appear like a collective emotional brain hijacking.

Google Trump and fear and you find an onslaught of terror predictions. Slate – “Fear, Anxiety, and Depression in the Age of Trump … Victims of Trump-induced anxiety describe nightmares, insomnia, digestive problems.” The Guardian – “President Trump fills world leaders with fear.” Foreign Policy – “For Muslim Americans, Fear and Shock at a Trump Presidency.” Vox – “Fear is a totally rational reaction to a Trump presidency.”  Politico – “Journalists fear for their profession.” Variety – “Hollywood Grapples with Fear, Dismay Over Prospect of Trump Presidency.” The Economist – “Fear Trumps Hope.” New Republic – “Republic of Fear.” Huffington Post – “It’s Not Melodramatic to Fear For Our Safety.”

At least Oprah tried to reel the panic in by tweeting a photo of Trump at the White House with President Barack Obama with the caption “Everybody take a
deep breath! Hope lives.”

Of course fans fueled with righteous anger and some celebrities turned against her following her optimistic note. “Time to boycott @Oprah” one tweeted. Another responded: “Let me get this straight. Oprah tweets “everyone take a deep breath, hope lives” and gets an online backlash from Clinton supporters because she is not completely supporting the “world is falling” narrative.”

Therapists have also been stirring the pot. The Atlantic published an article on Oct. 10 with the provocative title “America’s therapists are worried about Trump’s effect on your mental health.”

Quoted in The Guardian, Joan Cook, an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University, an expert in traumatic stress, suggested that Trump’s hardcore supporters are in the grip of “traumatic bonding,” as with Stockholm syndrome – an emotional dependence forged through abuse.

Then there’s Jonathan Shedler, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado school of medicine, who suggested that Trump’s appeal relates to how in times of stress, people revert to a childhood desire for an omnipotent protector – an understandable need in young children, but dysfunctional in adulthood.

The Lions Roar website contacted a number of Buddhist teachers for their reflections. Pema Chodron, author of books like “When Things Fall Apart,” suggested:  “During difficult times like this, I’m feeling that the most important thing is our love for each other and remembering to express that and avoid the temptation to get caught in negative and aggressive thinking. Instead of polarizing, this is a chance to stay with the groundlessness. I’ve been meditating and getting in touch with a deep and profound sadness. It’s hard to stay with that much vulnerability but that’s what I’m doing. Groundlessness and tenderness and sadness have so much to teach us. I’m feeling that it’s a time to contact our hearts and to reach out and help in anyway we can.”

Forbes magazine has an opinion piece by Carlos Jose Caro, a grad student at Columbia. “I am Hispanic. And I am not at all afraid about the event that transpired on the morning of November 9. People need to give Donald J. Trump a chance. He has not even assumed office and many think its doomsday. People need to accept the dissatisfaction from millions and millions of Americans who feel like they have been cheated by the Washington D.C establishment. People need to both support and pressure Donald J. Trump to be an inclusive president. If he faults, then you protest.”

To close Slovenian-born Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek has some rather interesting observations. He suggests that while he is “horrified” by Trump, he believes a Trump presidency could result in a “big awakening” that could set into motion the formation of “new political processes.” By contrast, Žižek said he saw Clinton as “the true danger”–pointing specifically to her insincerity, her ties to the Wall Street banks, and her dedication to the “absolute inertia” of our established political system.

“Trump is a paradox: he is really a centrist liberal, and maybe even in his economic policies closer to the Democrats, and he desperately tries to mask this,” says Žižek. “So the function of all of these dirty jokes and stupidities is to cover up that he is really a pretty ordinary, centrist politician. America is still not a dictatorial state, he will not introduce fascism. But it will be a big kind of awakening. New political processes will be set in motion, will be triggered.”


Biotech Industry Seeks Tax $ to Fund GMO “Education”


The biotech industry is asking congressional leaders for $3 million in taxpayer-provided funding to “educate” the public about biotechnology and agricultural production. Fifty-six groups wrote a letter to congressional leaders Oct. 6 urging support for the proposed funding.  Read more of this post

Monkey King of Prophet’s Prediction

china-us-vote-offbeatAs this may be the most surreal election in US history, why not see what the Chinese monkey thinks about the election. The Shiyanhu Ecological Tourism Park in China’s Hunan province decided to roll out their Chinese monkey described as the “king of prophets.” His name is Geda, and local legend has pegged him as a mystical monkey with prophetic insight — one with an impressive record of correctly predicting the winners of European soccer matches. Read more of this post

Dalai Lama on the Universal Human Hunger to be Needed

dalai1394016935818The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, just collaborated with  Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, to compose an editorial in The New York Times. “In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive,” they write. “Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical regimes. And although all the world’s major faiths teach love, compassion and tolerance, unthinkable violence is being perpetrated in the name of religion. Read more of this post

Intriguing US Election Comment by an Indian Psychologist


By RL Narayan: As we enter the last 100 hours it seems to me as a neutral observer that Mr Trump will turn out to be a Bazigar (Hindi word) “Bazigar is one who faces small defeat boldly  without giving up  and wins big.” “Loosing to win is a strategy of war and business”. Read more of this post