A huge pool of money lies just beyond the grasp of government’s itching fingers: private pension funds. Various money-grab schemes have been floated, including a legal requirement that all private pension funds contain a set percentage of Treasury bonds. The most innovative scheme comes from California, which is attempting to do an end run around the most powerful obstacle to a government grab: namely, backlash from existing pension holders.
Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years
For six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced. This year, drought in the United States and elsewhere has put even more pressure on global food supplies than usual. As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years. Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis. At this point, the world is literally living from one year to the next. There is simply not much of a buffer left. In the western world, the first place where we are going to notice the impact of this crisis is in the price of food. It is being projected that overall food prices will rise between 5 and 20 percent by the end of this year. It is becoming increasingly clear that the world has reached a tipping point. We aren’t producing enough food for everyone anymore, and food reserves will continue to get lower and lower. Eventually they will be totally gone.
And still the US maintains its ethanol mandate, which uses up enough corn to feed 412,000,000 people for an entire year. GMO crops, touted as a way to increase productivity, have actually produced lower yields than the natural varieties, and have triggered new forms of pests immune to the GMO-produced toxins. Major environmental disasters such as Fukushima and the Gulf Oil spill have reduced the supply of healthy uncontaminated food available to the human population. It is easy to point the finger of blame at the population problem, but in reality the food shortage is a direct result of chronic mismanagement of resources coupled with corrupt business practices that cause great harm to the people in the name of higher profits.
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9 Supermarket Secrets: What Your Grocer Won’t Tell You
Selling food is a business—from the subsidized soy and corn producers to the shelf-space in the grocery stores. And like any business, the primary concern is making money. Here are just a few ways that many grocery stores put your health and your budget to the test.
You decide which of these supermarket secrets are acceptable, and which methods seem to be less than ethical practices...
U.S. SUFFERS HUGE GOLD DEFICIT AS RECORD AMOUNTS ARE EXPORTED...
...TO SWITZERLAND, LONDON & HONG KONG
In a stunning development over the first seven months of the year, the United States has run up a huge gold deficit as it has exported a record 424 metric tonnes of gold. This is indeed a significant amount when we find that the U.S. exported a total of 488 metric tonnes for the entire year in 2011.
According to the USGS July Gold Mineral Industry Survey, the U.S . only imported 188 metric tonnes of gold between Jan-Jul, but exported 424 metric tonnes leaving a huge shortfall. Some of this deficit was made up by the U.S. domestic gold mine supply.
However, if we add up all the domestic gold mine supply plus the gold imports in the first seven months of 2012, the United States still ran a large 102 metric tonne gold account deficit.
The a 15-minute feel-good photo op at an Ohio soup kitchen for Paul Ryan has turned into trouble and ill will, the charity's director claims.
Brian J Antal, the president of the Mahoning County St Vincent De Paul Society, says the Republican vice presidential candidate showed up uninvited, scrubbed pots and pans that were already clean and posed for pictures with his family on Saturday.
Mr Antal says he was never informed that Ryan was coming -- and wouldn't have granted him permission to make a campaign stop there if he had.
The Triptych Enigma: Freemasonry's Forbidden Ancient "Universal Religion" Rediscovered
By Richard Cassaro:
"An unprecedented new archaeological discovery has been made that ties the world's ancient pyramid-building civilizations together and shows they all practiced the same advanced "Universal Religion."
The discovery, on the surface, is a seemingly simple one: it is the discovery of a key architectural parallel they all shared, and which is still visible in the ruins of their temples. We can see this parallel in the photo below. Note how the ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Indonesians—ancient pyramid-building cultures that scholars claim were not connected—all built parallel-looking "Triptych" temples...
The abundant occurrence of the Triptych across the ancient world is not a random coincidence. The Triptych represents more than merely an architectural element; the Triptych is the chief symbol of an advanced Universal Religion that was once shared globally in Antiquity, mainly by the pyramid cultures. The discovery of the Triptych provides, for the first time, conclusive evidence that ancient cultures worldwide shared the same spiritual beliefs. It also indicates that these cultures did not evolve independently, but were probably descended from the same more remote parent source....
The Universal Religion shared by the ancients and hidden in these Secret Society Triptychs is a complex and detailed spiritual belief system. Its tenets have been known throughout recent history by philosophers, poets, theologians, astronomers, alchemists and occultist—all of whom have been initiated into its wisdom.
The Universal Religion teaches that:
- Deep down each one of us is an eternal spiritual "soul"
- This soul is our real true immortal "Self"
- This Self is actually a divine "god" or deity with overreaching powers
The problem is, we have amnesia of our immortal godhood Self (capital S) because it is covered up by our mortal animal bodily self (lowercase s) while we live our lives on earth.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." —C.S. Lewis
“Man is a god in the body of an animal according to the pronouncement of ancient philosophy…”  Dr. Alvin Boyd Kuhn
“A man is a god in ruins.  ” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
By following a careful set of instructions—encoded in the Triptych—we can transcend our body and see our real god Self within. This has long been the goal of alchemists, occultists, spiritualists and philosophers, and it is achieved by an age-old spiritual practice known as "Awakening Our Third Eye," with the Third Eye being a vestigial organ of spiritual illumination that lies hidden in the human forehead. Whereas the two eyes see outward at material things, the single Third Eye sees inward at the inner soul. ...
The Greek Philosopher Plato called the Third Eye the “Eye of the Soul”:
“…I quite admit the difficulty of believing that in every man there is an Eye of the soul which…is far more precious than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone is truth seen.”
“The Eye of the soul, which is blinded and buried by other studies, is alone naturally adapted to be resuscitated and excited by the mathematical disciplines. "
"Freemasons today—who no longer understand their Order's Third Eye secret, it having been "lost" in the mid 1800s, as we shall see—refer to this single Eye as the "All Seeing Eye" of God, which God they believe is the Hebrew Yahweh of the Bible. But a vast amount of evidence proves that the "Eye of God" is not the symbol's authentic and original meaning; instead the All Seeing Eye signifies the Third Eye hidden in the human forehead. The Tracing Board shown above, as well as the entire system of Freemasonry, was designed to teach initiates how to awaken it.
Here's how it works: Our bodies are perfectly symmetrical from side-to-side, made of two equal and opposing halves—a right-side half and a left-side half. We all have two hands, two arms, two legs, two hands, two feet, two shoulders, two eyes, two ears, and so on. According to the Universal Religion of the ancients, our right-side half is solar (and male) and our left-side half is lunar (and female). ...
"...the Sun represents the right half of the body and the Moon the left half ... 
“In ancient times men fought with their right arms and defended the vital centers with their left arms…The right half of the body was regarded…as offensive and the left half defensive…the right side of the body was considered masculine and the left side feminine.  ”
— Manly Hall
This duality of opposites present in the human body is actually a microcosm of the duality of opposites present in the entire universe. The sun and moon, for example, are perfect opposites.
The SUN stands for DAY—the MOON stands for NIGHT.
In the DAY it’s HOT and LIGHT—at NIGHT it’s COLD and DARK.
In the DAY things are DRY—at NIGHT things are MOIST.
The HOT DAY means LIFE or GOOD. The COLD NIGHT means DEATH or EVIL.
The sun and the moon are simply one of the most prominent examples, and this "pairs of opposites" wisdom forms the "lost key" to all the Mystery school teachings in history. Because man lives inside the universe and not apart from it, we too are composed of these same pairs of opposites—“as above, so below,” says the famous Emerald Tablet. The key is not just to understand this sun/moon duality of the human body. The key is to "unify" or "balance" the twin opposing sides and thus "transcend" the bodily duality. It's precisely the Third Eye's awakening. ..
Western mystics symbolized this additional concept for centuries by drawing an eye inside the Triangle, that symbol of the awakened Mind's Eye. Whereas the two eyes see outward at material things, the single Eye sees inward at the spiritual soul.
"Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens." —Carl Jung
More than a handful of authors and researchers have set forth the thesis that Freemasonry's All Seeing Eye signifies man and woman’s Third Eye, available for us to use. In his 1918 book, The Wonders of the Human Body, Dr. George Washington Carey tells us:
“…the All-seeing eye…This is the eye of freemasonry, the third eye. While I am credibly formed that few Masons understand their own symbols, the fact remains that they use them… 
Famous American Author and Freemason Mark Twain, writing in 1899, referred to the All Seeing Eye not as the Eye of some distant heavenly deity or “old man upstairs,” but as a tangible gift that any person can use:
“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the ‘all seeing eye’ pierces through, and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect. 
In her 2006 book, Eden, author of the esoteric, Dr. Joye Jeffries Pugh, explains:
“The Order of Freemasonry acknowledges the ‘All Seeing Eye’ as the Eye of Great Wisdom.’ This ‘Great Wisdom’ is said to offer those who seek the sacred mysteries an understanding of illumination, inner vision, and intuitive knowledge. Contact with this great wisdom occurs through the ‘Third Eye’ (pineal gland) located inside the forehead. 
The Founding Fathers, Freemasons themselves, were not ignorant of the meaning and symbolism of the eye inside the Triangle. They even sketched the single Eye inside a triangle (tri = three) and placed it atop a truncated pyramid—reminiscent of the ancient pyramids and pyramidal structures whose ruins lay scattered across the globe:...
Thus, according to the Universal Religion of the Triptych, we humans are inherently divine, but in some sense we have fallen from our heavenly home into a human form. The divine soul still exists within us—indeed, it is our true Self according to the Universal Religion—and through the use of the Third Eye we can reawaken our inner godhood.
This is a gross oversimplification of the religion, but I cannot do it justice in such a short piece: more information and a thorough reconstruction and explanation of this religion is present in my book, Written In Stone, which also includes research related to the religion, including its origins and presences across the globe.
Remnants of the Universal Religion survive best in the East, predictably, where many of its tenets can still be seen to play a part in Eastern spiritualism. The Third Eye still exists in—and is indeed still a major part of—the Hindu religion, for example, though distorted by the passing of time. The Universal Religion, however, fared far worse in the West, where the rise of Christianity led to direct conflict with the idea of personal godhood.
This "missing history of the Triptych" in the West seems to be precisely the message that great artists like Leonardo da Vinci intended to convey esoterically in portraits like The Last Supper, which show how Jesus (i.e., the religion of Christianity) has "covered over" the Triptych religion of ages past...
Masonic author W.L. Wilmshurst said that the Twin Pillars on the Tracing Board, which are capped by the Sun and Moon:
“…stand for what is known…as the "pairs of opposites." Everything in nature is dual and can only be known in contrast with its opposite… 
In The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Freemason Manly Hall (1901 - 1990) explained:
“Jachin--the white pillar of light…Boaz--the shadowy pillar of darkness. …These two pillars respectively connote also the active and the passive…the sun and the moon…good and bad, light and darkness. 
Follow the twin towers downward. You’ll notice that each tower ends in its own doorway on the ground; these two doorways, the “doors of opposites,” form the outer two doors of the Triptych. Aesthetically, the taller and wider middle door emphasizes the higher spiritual center of man between the lower duality of his physical body—the Masonic idea of the Triangle written in architectonic form, in the very stone of the cathedral itself. A circular “rose window” sits directly above the Triptych’s center doorway, marking the middle entry. It symbolizes the true Self—the light of the soul or god within.
Like the middle doorway, the rose window strikes the balance between the two opposing towers. Michael S. Rose, the author of two books on church architecture, wrote:
“...the rose window is… a representation of perfection, balance and harmony of the purified soul"
The circle has no beginning and no end and thus esoterically symbolizes Man’s eternal soul, here depicted centered between his opposing twin towers. The rose window sits directly above the Triptych's center door to emphasize that the center door leads to your "soul within" or "god within"—who you really are. Beams of flowers, light, and life radiate from the center of rose windows, as all life radiates outward from our soul or spiritual source. British author Painton Cowen, who has dedicated his life to the study of rose windows, refers to rose windows as "the key to one's own soul."
The cathedral facades are the piece that finishes the puzzle. It fits the criteria of the Secret: a secret that was both dangerous to the Church and worth the very lives of the Masons. It also explains the Church's abrupt turnaround: the Church realized what the Masons were doing, but they couldn't very well order the destruction of these grand cathedrals. They instead issued a decree to try and stamp out the Masons, limiting the damage to their hegemony and ensuring that no one would be able to unlock the Great Secret and revive the Universal Religion.
The information here is exciting, new, and groundbreaking: it is, however, merely scratching the surface of what this discovery means and how this discovery could have extraordinary impact and importance for archaeology, history, religion, and spiritualism. The pyramid-building civilizations, and the similarities between them in their religion, art, and architecture, are not non-significant outliers that appeared through convergent evolution; they are, rather, part and parcel of an ancient mystery religion that spanned both time and space.
The evidence of this has recently been regained, and this article has presented to you a small piece of it: namely, a brief, very general idea of the religion and its expression in cultures, including the East and the West. Most notably, we touched upon the idea of the Church's attempted extermination of the Secret, and the way the Masons subsequently encoded it in the very facades of the cathedrals they built for the Church.
There are, of course, many other tie-ins and parallels that could be done with this information, some of which I have done for myself in Written In Stone. In it, I discuss everything touched upon in the article, and expand upon it—including research into the religion's philosophies, its expression in various different religions across the globe, and its potential origins and paths throughout history, enabling the dissemination of this information across the globe and into cultures as seemingly different as the Mayans and Egyptians.
This is, however, merely a drop in this new, unexplored ocean: even with all the research I have put into the subject, there is far, far more work to be done in the field. What is important about this discovery is simply that it has been discovered: for the first time ever in modern history, the lost Universal Religion of the ancients has been reconstructed and is now open to everyone who wishes to study and research it further, whether philosophically, religiously, or historically.
It is in this spirit of adventure that I would like to end this article and thank everyone for reading; go forth and learn about the Universal Religion for yourself in my book Written In Stone. I hope it enriches you and spurs you to look into this discovery more and join me in my quest to uncover the truths lost to history, the facts and evidence that have sunk deep into the mists of time!
"Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published this month. The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings.
The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner? The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.
"There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion," Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.
Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added: "Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism _ would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures."
Mr Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were "literally drenched in this potent mixture _ Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin".
Quoting the New Testament, Mr Bennett argues that Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the Gospels.
"If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil _ and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ," Mr Bennett concludes.