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Why Living With Less Can Actually Make You Happier - Waking Times

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
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Will having more wealth actually make you happier? According to a number of studies an addition to your income isn’t only unlikely to make you happier, but it can make those around you less happy, and you for the fear of losing it.

To explain, we must first look at a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Two economists, David Blanchflower of Dartmouth and Andrew Oswald of Warwick, set out to document the relation that age has to overall happiness. What they found was that as income tends to increase steadily over time, happiness follows a U-shape pattern, dipping to its lowest point at around age 45, then quickly climbing up thereafter.

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Two Major Credit Reporting Agencies Have Been Deceiving Us - Is Your Credit Score a Scam? - Waking Times

Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
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As the world is pressed ever closer to a cashless society, individual control over one’s own wealth will become a thing of the past and our personal finances will be lorded over by government and the ‘official’ agencies contracted to manage our financial lives. The pieces are already in place, as is evidenced by the ubiquitousness of credit reporting agencies, and in this brave new world your credit score will be even more important than it is now.

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Hospitals Begin Dispensing Medical Cannabis Oil to Patients

Anna HuntStaff
Waking Times

Grand Cayman’s CTMH Doctors Hospital and Cayman Pharmacy Group has started dispensing cannabis oil to patients with a valid medical documentation. To meet expected demand, CTMH purchased nearly 13 liters of cannabis oil from Canadian-based CanniMed® Oils. Doctors at the hospital can now prescribe it to selected patients who reside in the Cayman Islands.

The hospital officials stated:

These advancements in medicinal cannabis have been proven successful in multiple case studies around the world. These case studies reveal life changing results for patients suffering with many conditions such as chronic pain, neuropathic pain and seizures. As with all medications, care and caution must be exercised to minimise risks and maximise health benefits.

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Signs of Consciousness, Sentience and Intelligence in Nature Demand Our Respect

Sofia Adamson, Staff Writer
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Part of our lot as human beings on planet earth is dominion over the plant and animal kingdoms, and as a by-product of our economic and cultural heritage, we have largely become indifferent to the suffering of animals. An indicator of the cruelest aspects of our nature.

This systemic disrespect for nature and her creatures is part of, or symptomatic of, a larger problem with modern society, the institutionalized perception that we are separate and independent of our environment. This dualism is part of the division of consciousness that is often noted in ancient texts as well as contemporary discussions of the characteristics of human consciousness.

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Sound of the Sun - The Voice of Universal Consciousness

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
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Most of us are familiar with the Sun as the main source of visible light and energy on our planet. There is another phenomenon of the Sun – it’s magnetic influence on us, and every living thing on the planet – which fewer are familiar with. The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the “heliosphere”) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. This magnetic field has profound effects on all living things on Earth and strongly affects human consciousness. You could say the sun is changing its tune, but we need to know how to listen so that we can harmonize with its music.

We can see this influence created by solar activity throughout certain periods of human history, often marked by social and psychological unrest.

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Pharma Company Threatens Shortages to Hike Up Cancer Drug Prices by 4000%

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times 

There is not lack of controversy in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly when it comes to drug prices. Unethical, profit-generating tactics used by Big Pharma have never been clearer than the recent actions taken by South African Aspen Pharmacare. This company tried to drive up the price of five different cancer drugs as much as 4,000 percent. Moreover, it threatened to stop supplying the much-needed medication if health authorities didn’t agree to the higher prices.

Foul Tactics Used to Increase Cancer Drug Prices

Aspen Pharmacare purchased the rights to five different cancer drugs from British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2009. As part of the deal, GSK became one of Aspen’s main investors. It received 16 percent stake in the company, which it sold off in 2013 and 2016.

In 2012, Aspen started to raise cancer drug prices in major European markets such as Britain, Spain and Italy. The Times reports:

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Docs Show How Monsanto Crushes Dissent with Thousands of Paid Trolls

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
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Monsanto was once blamed for having an entire department within its St. Louis headquarters for dishing out disinfo and trolling dissenters, but now there is a paper trail proving they’ve been messing with your heads.

Pre-trials for over 50 lawsuits in the US District Court in San Francisco have unearthed Monsanto’s dirty little secret – aside from the Plaintiffs’ claim that the herbicide Round Up caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Iceland's Approach to Teen Substance Abuse is Something America Needs Now

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
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As the U.S. largely ignores an epidemic opioid crisis fueled by the pharmaceutical industry and a rush of available heroin resulting from the war on drugs, Iceland is receiving international acclaim for its approaches in helping to keep teens off drugs.

Primarily addressing the issue of underage drinking and binge-drinking, a need for a new plan to confront teen substance abuse in Iceland has achieved extraordinary results, turning around the dangerous trend. Employing both a ‘radical and evidence-based’ approach, community leaders first looked at stress as a causal factor in substance abuse, then looked at why people become addicts, then offered practical solutions which have thus far worked.

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This Country Just Banned All Metals Mining to Save the Environment

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
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El Salvador just banned all metal mining to save its environment and people. It is the first country to make such a precedent-setting move.

Most mining projects greatly damage the livelihoods and lifestyle of rural people, contaminating their water, their soil, and often cutting away large swaths of earth to extract metals like aluminum, silver, gold, etc. Often the corporations who run billion-dollar mining projects are from the U.S. or U.K., and have little concern over the welfare of the local community while they are there or after they have extracted their metals and gone.

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The Art of Ruthless Non-Violence

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer
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“When you see a new trail, or a footprint you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing.” ~Sioux Proverb

Ruthless non-violence sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s not. It simply means merciless non-violence, with an edge. A much-needed edge, at that. For the idea of non-violence has a reputation as being inactive, weak, and passive. Whereas, ruthless non-violence is proactive, strong, and defensive, acting on the principles of self-defense. In a world filled with mindless violence, ruthless non-violence acts as a mindful defense against entrenched power constructs with the monopoly on force. As it stands, our culture of violence is like a cart blocking the horse of non-violence from leading the way into a progressive evolution for our species. Lest Gandhi’s prediction should come true: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” we must remain circumspect against violence of all kinds.

Our Culture of Violence

“Life is hard, brutal, punishing, narrow, and confining, a deadly business.”  ~Epictetus

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