Friday, February 20, 2015

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And so this Quest continues…and my life conspires to be sure maximum understanding results.  A large and unexpected curve ball threw itself into the mix at lightning speed, whispering – “You think you can just ignore me?  They don’t call me an addiction for nothing!  Get a load of this!” 

In an unexpected moment I was looking at everything I have come to believe and faced with a decision that felt paramount.  Would I succumb to self-destructive luxuries?  Would I choose something new?

Addictions do not go away on their own.  A formidable force, they must be looked at head on and dealt with.  Once identified, they can’t help but be noticed from then on, often peeking quietly over your shoulder. 

They sneak in everywhere; you’ll have to be vigilant.  It’s sort of like having ants.  At first there is one.  You see it and want to remove it.  You may squish it or carry it out of your kitchen, but once spotted, there seems to be a non-stop parade of them. They will not be ignored.  They will not go away on their own.  Instead they will multiply and return at every opportunity.

The signature of an addiction is the emotion it elicits.  Any uncontrollable repetitive response exists to pull you away from what is true.  You will not naturally develop an addiction to unconditional self-love, but rather to some form of self-loathing.  What you must do is absorb this self-hatred and move your mind in another direction – far enough so that there’s room for new thought.  Do not hate your habits.  Lovingly place them aside and ignore them. Then do something else.  Something equally absorbing.

I work with children.  Noah, who is 5 years old, recently became addicted to home-sickness.  After 2 weeks of consoling him and trying every approach I could think of (with no change), today I sat him by himself and ignored him.  He was not ridiculed or scolded or punished for crying – he was separated lovingly and given some blocks to play with.  In less than 5 minutes he showed me this real neat thing he had built and asked to join the soccer game.  He decided the crying habit was boring and lonely. He chose something new and left the room laughing with his friends, self-empowered.

No one can love you or empower you as completely as you can.  I know it is not easy and it can feel lonely.  Yet I am also quite certain that a decision made to love you enough – changes everything.  Be generous with yourself.  Life is short and there are so many cool things to do.

You don’t have to follow anyone’s rules or ideas about happiness.  You have to love you.  It all starts there.  It all ends there.  It sounds simplistic and simple but you have not been taught how to do this or told of its importance.  You’ll just have to follow the happiness.  That is where self-love dwells.
 
Your day may include a curve ball, homesickness or some ants and that’s okay.  This is life.  This is your life.  It does not matter why you are addicted or even what you are addicted to.

It matters that you call it out.  Then place it aside with all the love you can muster, get back up and choose again.  Put yourself at the front of that choosing – create something that makes you smile.  Love yourself.

You are amazing and you know just what to do.  Like my friend Noah, when faced with a choice between joy and misery, you’ll choose love.  You know what emotions support you.  You understand what it takes to be happy and happy is where you are headed. 

Love you, addictions and all.  Do something that serves you.  When you pick your head up and look away from emotional pain – you’ll look a whole lot better.  It’s a choice you’ll be faced with again and again.  That’s okay; you knew the drill before you got here.  You have everything you need to succeed.  We are all here, waiting and ready to stand right beside  you.

Remember who you are.  You are a facet of Source, a vibration of pure love and a god being human.  It is upon you to embody the truth.  Not just in this moment, in your every moment. 

This takes empowerment.  This needs self-awareness.  This requires agape.  This is the work of a god.  This is your work.  You are the god you’ve been waiting for. Welcome home.

Thank you for taking this journey with me.  I love you. See you tomorrow.

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US Patent 8,655,899 B2 Tying DNA Sequences to Medical, Credit, Employment, Sexual History, and Income in Data Mining Databases



https://www.google.it/patents/US8655899?dq=8655899&hl=en&sa=X&ei=i43nVIuZMIqBUbm1g_AN&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAA


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Disclosed herein are methods, computer systems, databases and software for identifying combinations of attributes associated with individuals that co-occur (i.e., co-associate, co-aggregate) with attributes of interest, such as specific disorders, behaviors and traits. Disclosed herein are databases as well as database systems for creating and accessing databases describing those attributes and for performing analyses based on those attributes. The methods, computer systems and software are useful for identifying intricate combinations of attributes that predispose human beings toward having or developing specific disorders, behaviors and traits of interest, determining the level of predisposition of an individual towards such attributes, and revealing which attribute associations can be added or eliminated to effectively modify what may have been hereto believed to be destiny. The methods, computer systems and software are also applicable for tissues and non-human organisms, as well as for identifying combinations of attributes that correlate with or cause behaviors and outcomes in complex non-living systems including molecules, electrical and mechanical systems and various devices and apparatus whose functionality is dependent on a multitude of attributes.

Previous methods have been largely unsuccessful in determining the complex combinations of attributes that predispose individuals to most disorders, behaviors and traits. The level of resolution afforded by the data typically used is too low, the number and types of attributes considered is too limited, and the sensitivity to detect low frequency, high complexity combinations is lacking. The desirability of being able to determine the complex combinations of attributes that predispose an individual to physical or behavioral disorders has clear implications for improving individualized diagnoses, choosing the most effective therapeutic regimens, making beneficial lifestyle changes that prevent disease and promote health, and reducing associated health care expenditures. It is also desirable to determine those combinations of attributes that promote certain behaviors and traits such as success in sports, music, school, leadership, career and relationships.

Advances in technology within the field of genetics now provide the ability to achieve maximum resolution of the entire genome. Discovery and characterization of epigenetic modifications—reversible chemical modifications of DNA and structural modification of chromatin that dramatically alter gene expression—has provided an additional level of information that may be altered due to environmental conditions, life experiences and aging. Along with a collection of diverse nongenetic attributes including physical, behavioral, situational and historical attributes associated with an organism, the present invention provides the ability to utilize the above information to enable prediction of the predisposition of an organism toward developing a specific attribute of interest provided in a query.

There are approximately 25,000 genes in the human genome. Of these, approximately 1,000 of these genes are involved in monogenic disorders, which are disorders whose sole cause is due to the properties of a single gene. This collection of disorders represents less than two percent of all human disorders. The remaining 98 percent of human disorders, termed complex disorders, are caused by multiple genetic influences or a combination of multiple genetic and non-genetic influences, still yet to be determined due to their resistance to current methods of discovery.

Previous methods using genetic information have suffered from either a lack of high resolution information, very limited coverage of total genomic information, or both. Genetic markers such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) do not provide a complete picture of a gene's nucleotide sequence or the total genetic variability of the individual. The SNPs typically used occur at a frequency of at least 5% in the population. However, the majority of genetic variation that exists in the population occurs at frequencies below 1%. Furthermore, SNPs are spaced hundreds of nucleotides apart and do not account for genetic variation that occurs in the genetic sequence lying between, which is vastly more sequence than the single nucleotide position represented by an SNP. SNPs are typically located within gene coding regions and do not allow consideration of 98% of the 3 billion base pairs of genetic code in the human genome that does not encode gene sequences. Other markers such as STS, gene locus markers and chromosome loci markers also provide very low resolution and incomplete coverage of the genome. Complete and partial sequencing of an individual's genome provides the ability to incorporate that detailed information into the analysis of factors contributing toward expressed attributes.

Genomic influence on traits is now known to involve more than just the DNA nucleotide sequence of the genome. Regulation of expression of the genome can be influenced significantly by epigenetic modification of the genomic DNA and chromatin (3-dimensional genomic DNA with bound proteins). Termed the epigenome, this additional level of information can make genes in an individual's genome behave as if they were absent. Epigenetic modification can dramatically affect the expression of approximately at least 6% of all genes.

Epigenetic modification silences the activity of gene regulatory regions required to permit gene expression. Genes can undergo epigenetic silencing as a result of methylation of cytosines occurring in CpG dinucleotide motifs, and to a lesser extent by deacetylation of chromatin-associated histone proteins which inhibit gene expression by creating 3-dimensional conformational changes in chromatin. Assays such as bisulfite sequencing, differential methyl hybridization using microarrays, methylation sensitive polymerase chain reaction, and mass spectrometry enable the detection of cytosine nucleotide methylation while chromosome immunoprecipitation (CHIP) can be used to detect histone acetylation states of chromatin.

De-Dollarization Accelerates: Russia Launches SWIFT-Alternative Linking 91 Entities


The little inside  joke in all this is that systems like SWIFT (and the newer replacements) are merely encrypted email systems and not that big of a deal to build. The fact that all banking functions are relatively simple transactions cloaked in all kinds of mysterious procedures and arcana hides the fact they charge enormous fees for what is essentially a utility function for transferring value from one person to another. -AK

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-18/de-dollarization-accelerates-russia-launches-swift-alternative-linking-91-entities

De-Dollarization Accelerates: Russia Launches SWIFT-Alternative Linking 91 Entities


Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/19/2015 20:55 -0500

Back in 2013, The NSA was first exposed for secretly 'monitoring' the SWIFT payments flows. This appears to have been among the last straws for Russia (and others) as far as both NSA spying and dollar domination.

Last year, following threats to remove Russia from SWIFT by the UK, (which SWIFT rapidly distanced its 'independent-self' from), Russia (and China) announced plans to create its own de-dollarized version. In November, Russia detailed the SWIFT-alternative's launch date around May 2015, and just last month, Medvedev warned of "unlimited reaction" if Russia was cut off from the SWIFT payments system.

So the news this week that Russia has launched its own 'SWIFT'-alternative, linking 91 credit institutions initially, suggests de-dollarization is considerably further along than many expected (especially as Russia dumps US Treasuries at a record pace).

As Sputnik News reports,

Almost 91 domestic credit institutions have been incorporated into the new Russian financial system, the analogous of SWIFT, an international banking network.

The new service, will allow Russian banks to communicate seamlessly through the Central Bank of Russia.

It should be noted that Russia's Central Bank initiated the development of the country's own messaging system in response to repeated threats voiced by Moscow's Western partners to disconnect Russia from SWIFT.

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Joining the global interbank system in 1989, Russia has become one of the most active users of SWIFT globally, sending hundreds of thousands of messages per day. In general, SWIFT provides a secure communication network for more than ten thousands of financial institutions around the world, approving transactions of trillions of US dollars.

Earlier this month Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov expressed confidence that Russia would not be disconnected from SWIFT. In her turn, Russian Central Bank First Deputy Chair Ksenia Yudaeva called upon Russian civilians and financial institutions not to dramatize the current situation.

Russian experts point to the fact that Western businesses would face severe losses if they expelled Russia from the international SWIFT system. On the other hand, the alternative system launched by Russia might reduce the negative impacts caused by measures imposed by the West, including possible disconnection from SWIFT, and diminish Western financial dominance over Russia.

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SWIFT (The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is a Belgium-based international organization that provides services and a standardized environment for global banking communicating that allows financial institutions to send and receive messages about their transactions.

The core of SWIFT's work is a secure financial messaging service that communicates payment orders to be settled at correspondent accounts — accounts that one financial institution holds with another financial institution.

The network has become key to the functioning of Russia's financial system since the first bank began to use the service in 1989.

About 360,000 such messages are sent daily, making Russia the second most prolific user of SWIFT in the world, the head of SWIFT in Russia, Roman Chernov, told a conference last year, according to RIA Novosti. Over 600 Russian financial institutions use SWIFT, which saw a 40 percent growth in its traffic in 2014, he said.

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Meet The Bureaucrat Who Had The Courage To Tell The Truth (& Will Be Jobless Tomorrow)


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-19/meet-bureaucrat-who-had-courage-tell-truth-will-be-jobless-tomorrow

Meet The Bureaucrat Who Had The Courage To Tell The Truth (& Will Be Jobless Tomorrow)

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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,
It’s not very often that you hear a senior government official refer to their economic situation using the word ‘crisis’.

Yet with uncharacteristic bluntness of any government official anywhere, at least one senior Chinese government official is sounding the alarm bells.
And he would know.


Guan Tao oversees the foreign exchange of China’s $4 trillion stockpile of reserves, so he has an incredibly unique view of capital flows and currency movements in and out of the country.
Currency movements and capital flows are extremely interesting indicators.

They don’t necessarily tell you that there’s a problem. They tell you that people have figured out there’s a problem.

Look at Greece, for example.

The government is bankrupt, another default is looming, and the country is literally about to run out of money. It’s pretty obvious that there’s been a problem for a very long time.

But the central bank data in Greece now shows that roughly 8% of all customer deposits have vanished from the Greek banking system so far this year.

That’s an astonishing figure.

Again, a currency movement like this doesn’t tell you that there’s a problem. All the other data can tell us that.

The currency movements out of the banking system tell us that the people of Greece have figured it out… that they’ve lost confidence in the system.

This is extremely important… because the entire global financial system is only held together by a very thin layer of confidence.

Nearly every western government is bankrupt. Central banks are borderline insolvent. Banking systems are extremely illiquid.

Everything about this system is fundamentally weak. And the only reason that people aren’t panicking is because no one else is panicking.

Like a very thin piece of glass, the tiniest chip can turn into a crack… and ultimately shatter the confidence in this system. That’s exactly what happened in 2008.

Major currency movement and capital flows tell us that people are starting to panic.

It’s happening in Greece. And it’s happening in China.

Mr. Tao informed the audience that the capital flight from China in December alone amounted to $20 billion, and that was just from official channels. The true amount could be four times greater.



This is significant for a number of reasons:

a) It’s happening.
Tens of billions of dollars are fleeing China, which is arguably the largest economy in the world. This does not bode well at all for the global economy.

b) They’re admitting it.
Again, it’s ridiculously unusual for a senior government official, ESPECIALLY IN CHINA, to admit to an audience, “yeah, people are taking their money and getting the hell out of dodge.”
Moreover, Tao even told his audience that China’s financial conditions “looks more and more like the Asian financial crisis” of the 1990s, and that we can “sense the atmosphere of the Asian financial crisis is getting closer and closer to us.”
(Our Chief Investment Strategist said the exact same thing last year.)
Such brutal honesty is certainly welcome. But it’s akin to career suicide.

c) If people are taking their money out of China, with all of its growth and savings, what does that say about other bankrupt nations?
Europe is a complete basket case and will likely go from bad (Greece) to worse (Italy).
Japan is a terminal failure, currently spending over 25% of its tax revenue just to pay interest.
And, perhaps just due to process of elimination, everyone seems to be looking to the United States as the beacon of growth and stability right now.

I’m sorry but this just doesn’t compute.

The US Federal Reserve on a mark-to-market basis is borderline insolvent. The US Federal government actually IS insolvent (based on their own financial statements).

The US banking system is EXTREMELY illiquid and has once again loaded up on risky loan packages (more on this in another letter).

How exactly is this safe?

It’s not. In fact, it’s downright ugly. And not even less ugly than the others.

Bottom line, there are very few safe places out there. Each of the governments has royally screwed up, and at this point, they’re all interconnected.

Greece and Italy cannot fail without devastating much of Europe. Europe cannot suffer without causing problems in China. China cannot slow down without causing major problems in the rest of the world.

Everything is connected.

So it’s simply wishful (and foolish) thinking to simply presume that the US, with its $18 trillion debt level and nearly insolvent central bank, can somehow be ‘all good’ while other nations are hemorrhaging cash.

Be mindful of the risks in the system. Don’t hold everything in the illiquid banking systems of bankrupt countries.

These are important decisions: where you hold your savings matters. Seek out countries with low (or zero) debt that have well-capitalized, highly liquid banks.

And if you haven’t done so already, definitely consider trading in at least a portion of your paper currency for a real asset like gold and silver.

Greek Deposit Run Accelerates Ahead Of Monday's Bank Holiday


Greek Deposit Run Accelerates Ahead Of Monday's Bank Holiday


Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/19/2015 21:20 -0500

Official Greek deposit data began tumbling in December (outflows around EUR3bn), and accelerated in January in the run up to the Syriza election (proxied by JPMorgan at over EUR 12bn). During the last two weeks, however, the absence of ATM lines and visible bank runs has been curiously lacking as, at least on the surface, there appears to be no panic. However, as Dody Tsiantar reports, sources in the Greek banking sector have told Greek newspapers that as much as EUR 25bn euros have left Greek banks since the end of December with outflows surging this week. Perhaps they are getting anxious that authorities will take Cypriot advantage of the Bank Holiday that is planned in Greece on Monday.



As Dody Tsintar reports (via CNBC),

In the midst of the dramatic showdown in Brussels between the new Greek government and its European creditors, many Greek depositors—spooked by the prospect of a Greek default or, worse, an exit from the euro zone and a possible return to the drachma—have been pulling euros out of the nation's banks in record amounts over the last few days.

The Bank of Greece and the European Central Bank won't report official cash outflows for January until the end of the month. But sources in the Greek banking sector have told Greek newspapers that as much as 25 billion euros (US $28.4 billion) have left Greek banks since the end of December. According to the same sources, an estimated 900 million euros flowed out of Greek banks on Tuesday alone, the day after the talks broke up in Brussels, sparking fears that measures will be taken to stem the outflow. On Thursday, by mid-afternoon, deposits had shrunk by about 680 million euros (US $77.3 million).

"If outflows reach 1 billion euros, capital controls might need to be imposed," said Thanasis Koukakis, a financial editor for Estia a conservative daily, and To Vima, an influential Sunday newspaper.

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Of course the surge in ELA funding needs somewhat confirms the much larger than expected deposit outflows.

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One wonders if the seeming standoff between Schaeuble and Varoufakis is making depositors anxious given the planned Bank Holiday in Greece on Monday...

Greece And The Endgame Of The Neocolonial Model Of Exploitation



Greece And The Endgame Of The Neocolonial Model Of Exploitation


Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/19/2015 19:30 -0500

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

With the bankruptcy of Greece now undeniable, we've finally reached the endgame of the Neocolonial-Financialization Model.
We all know how old-fashioned colonialism worked: the imperial power takes physical control of previously independent lands and declares its ownership of the region as a newly minted colony.

What's the benefit of controlling colonies?In the traditional colonial model, there are two primary benefits:
 
  1. The imperial power (the core) extracts valuable commodities and low-cost labor from its colony (the periphery)
     
  2. The imperial power sells its own high-margin manufactured goods to the captured-market of its colony. 

This buy low, sell high dynamic is the heart of colonialism, which can be understood as one example of the The Core-Periphery Model (June 11, 2013).

The book Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History is an excellent history of how this model worked for Great Britain.

The tensions this model generated in the colonial elites of America are brought to life in Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution.


This traditional model of colonialism was forcibly dismantled in the 1940s-1960s. Former colonies established their political independence, a process that diminished the wealth and global reach of former colonial powers.

In response, global financial powers sought financial control rather than political control. This is one dynamic of what I call the Neocolonial-Financialization Model (May 24, 2012), which substitutes the economic power of financialization (debt, leverage and speculation) for the raw power of political conquest and control.

The main strategy of financialization is: extend cheap credit to those with limited access to capital. Those with limited access to capital will swallow the bait of cheap credit whole, and willingly agree to penalties, high interest rates, etc.

Then, when the credit expansion reaches levels that cannot be supported, the lenders demand collateral and/or favorable trade and financial concessions.

These tactics have been well-documented in books such as The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Central Bankers' Worst Nightmares Are Unfolding in Greece


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-19/central-bankers-worst-nightmares-are-unfolding-greece
Central Bankers' Worst Nightmares Are Unfolding in Greece
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Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research on 02/19/2015 10:25 -0500

The situation in Greece boil down to the single most important issue for the finacial system, namely collateral.

Modern financial theory dictates that sovereign bonds are the most “risk free” assets in the financial system (equity, municipal bond, corporate bonds, and the like are all below sovereign bonds in terms of risk profile). The reason for this is because it is far more likely for a company to go belly up than a country.

Because of this, the entire Western financial system has sovereign bonds (US Treasuries, German Bunds, Japanese sovereign bonds, etc.) as the senior most asset pledged as collateral for hundreds of trillions of Dollars worth of trades.

Indeed, the global derivatives market is roughly $700 trillion in size. That’s over TEN TIMES the world’s GDP. And sovereign bonds… including even bonds from bankrupt countries such as Greece… are one of, if not the primary collateral underlying all of these trades.

Lost amidst the hub-bub about austerity measures and Debt to GDP ratios for Greece is the real issue that concerns the EU banks and the EU regulators: what happens to the trades that EU banks have made using Greek sovereign bonds as collateral?

This story has been completely ignored in the media. But if you read between the lines, you will begin to understand what really happened during the previous Greek bailouts.

Remember:

1)   Before the second Greek bailout, the ECB swapped out all of its Greek sovereign bonds for new bonds that would not take a haircut.

2)   Some 80% of the bailout money went to EU banks that were Greek bondholders, not the Greek economy.

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