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Anybody Can Become Liberated

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“Anybody can become liberated, at any moment. But this is because you are already liberated. If you were not liberated, you would never be able to become liberated.
“But because you’re already liberated, all you’re really doing is taking off the stuff that makes you think you’re not liberated, dark clouds, the layers and layers of nonsense, garbage, that you covered yourself with all of these years. The thought “I am important, I am somebody”. This is what keeps you in bondage.” ~ Robert Adams

Michael Franti – Shining Light in the Gloom

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Few artists today seem able to depict contemporary events in their songs while cushioning gloom with a ray of hope. For years Michael Franti  has been on kind of a mission to decry injustice and provide palliative uplift. “It’s Good to be Alive Today,” from his latest “Soulrocker” album is a prime example of this gifted artist’s approach. Read more of this post

Carlos Santana on Loving Maui & A Prescription for Fear

santana“You have to have a supreme karma to live on Maui, or even to visit it,” says Carlos Santana. “There are people who may never even see Maui in this lifetime. It’s like I’m replenishing when I come to Maui or the islands. I feel like I’m sucking up all kinds of glorious energy. There’s something extremely divine.” Read more of this post

Could Marijuana Prevent Memory Loss

mara1Researchers in Germany, who are set to begin human trials later this year, cured elderly mice of memory loss with cannabis – and say the drug may even help delay Alzheimer’s disease. Read more of this post

The Latest Smart Meter Blunder in the UK

764_-3According to The Daily Telegraph millions of smart meters installed in British households under the Government’s flagship scheme may need to be replaced due to an IT bungle. Last night consumer experts described the smart meter roll-out as a “cock up” while sources at major energy firms admitted the cost was “spiraling” despite customers receiving “sub-par experiences”. Read more of this post

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term changes in behavior

PenicillinIn a landmark study, researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have found that providing clinical (low) doses of penicillin to pregnant mice and their offspring results in long-term behavioral changes. These changes include elevated levels of aggression and lower levels of anxiety, accompanied by characteristic neurochemical changes in the brain and an imbalance in their gut microbes. Giving these mice a lactobacillus strain of bacteria helped to prevent these effects. Read more of this post

Syria: The Propaganda War

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There’s something odd about the timing of recent events in Syria. A little over a week ago President Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the UN, reported: “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” Five days later Assad allegedly bombed civilians with sarin gas. The world reeled. On Thursday Hillary Clinton suggested the US should bomb Syria in retaliation to, “take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Hours later the missiles were launched. That’s how the sequence of events unfolded, but maybe there’s another story besides the conventional narrative being promoted? So here’s one perspective with a little history. Read more of this post

Smoking Gun Revealed: Monsanto’s Roundup & Cancer

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The agrochemical giant Monsanto has desperately tried to hide research that links Roundup, the world’s most popular pesticide with cancer. Now documents revealed through lawsuits show how a respected EPA scientist’s conclusions that Roundup caused cancer were suppressed by the government agency meant to protect our health. Read more of this post

The Maui Independent Debuts on the Web

alika-atay-Native Wisdom: Water Protector Alika Atay on the Power of We the People. Alika Atay was the lead plaintiff in the SHAKA Movement’s federal lawsuit over the invalidation of Maui’s successful GMO Moratorium initiative in 2014. This Maui Independent In Their Own Words features the barrel-chested, deep-voiced leader known to many Native Hawai’ians as “Uncle Alika.” His words are from interviews conducted during the past year by journalist Jonathan Greenberg. Read more of this post