7 Actions Individuals Can Take To Navigate Through The Media Minefield

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“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
Edward Bernays, Propaganda

“Much of what is reported as ‘news’ is little more than the uncritical transmission of official opinions to an unsuspecting public,” wrote Parenti.  Fox news commentator Brit Hume stated, “What [the mass media] pass off as objectivity, is just a mindless kind of neutrality.” 
– Jim Marrs, Rise Of The Fourth Reich – The Secret Societies That Threaten To Take Over America

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Zy Marquiez
July 16, 2016

As of late, have had quite a few friends and acquaintances online and in person ask me how is it possible to figure out what information passes muster in our information overload reality of ours.  This got me thinking about the simple things that experience has taught me over time

Below follow some of the tenets that have helped me greatly for nigh a decade in being able to discern more and more what’s what within media.

#1: Don’t believe anything anyone says, including me.

Just because the media states something, doesn’t make it true.  As the Walter Lippman once said, “News and the truth are not the same thing…”.

If we take a cautious approach, we make sure we are not being mislead into opinions being passed off as facts, or a belief-system [i.e. the current race war propaganda nigh everywhere] at the outset that might work against us.  If in the end, the information is still true, nothing is lost.  But when news ‘happens’ to be incomplete, or if its disinformation, misinformation, or downright deception, we as individuals stand to pay a heavy price by believing news without verifying what’s being said.  Be wary.

#2: Remain open-minded, but skeptical, about everything.

Open-mindedness seems to be quite rare these days.  True open mindedness is open to all, and keen discernment will help to gravitate to what’s sensible.  But we need to remain skeptical as well, because there’s many agendas in play with certain information, and many motives behind the scenes.  These can help drive information in numerous directions, which is why it’s hard to ascertain the truth at times these days.

#3: Vet the information with relentless research.

As individuals, it is imperative that we proceed in our search for facts with a devoted approach that’s as flexible as it is trenchant.  Asking shrewd questions is practically mandatory to get to the bottom of things, or at least to follow certain leads.

What are the sources/references of the article, researcher, and people quoted there in?  Is the information presented ironclad?  Has any information been presented by others that repudiates that very information?  Have any of the data points been eviscerated?  Is there a conflict of interest [especially monetarily] involved?  Etc etc.

Only by plotting a course will we get to where we wish to get, which is the truth.  Incisive questions facilitate this task.

#4: Always remain flexible to the information presented.

For instance, when information about the Zika virus came out, at first there were several people within my life that were really concerned.  At the outset, they showed great fear at such possibilities.

However, it was suggested for them to keep an open mind and not be fearful, because it could be that the information was not being presented in a complete manner.

Soon thereafter, it was not only found out that Zika was nothing new since it had been around for decades with no issues whatsoever, but that the issues that stemmed from the Zika allegedly causing microcephaly was hogwash.

Jon Rappoport of NoMoreFakeNews.com & JonRappoport.wordpress.com covers this is at length:

The Zika-microcephaly connection is scientific nonsense. Let me run it down for you.

My analysis is beyond, “But Expert A says…” I am not dealing in appeals to authority, but instead the standards of evidence anyone can see if he opens his eyes.

First of all, the latest figures out of Brazil, the so-called epicenter of the microcephaly tragedy, reveal the following: 854 confirmed cases of microcephaly; and of those, 97 cases show the presence of the Zika virus.

Inference? Zika is not the cause of microcephaly. If it were, researchers would be able to detect it in all, or the overwhelming percentage of, microcephaly cases.“[1][Emphasis Added]

There article provides many important data points to ponder regarding this abstruse subject.

The whole point is, when initially examining an issue, don’t get married to an opinion/statement,  regardless who it’s done by.   Many times evidence surfaces that blows holes in the official story large enough to ferry the titanic through.

#5: Analyze how the information is presented.

Is the information infused with fear, or is it self-empowering? 

Within a lot of the media, be it mainstream or alternative, there is an noticeable undercurrent of fear taking place.  This causes individuals to not only live very limiting lives believing that the end is nigh [in some cases, literally] but also leaves individuals feeling powerless.  That’s unacceptable.

Information can be presented in a manner that is concerning, but still self empowering.  Be mindful of this.

#6: Always ask yourself who benefits from this.

Those who may benefit from certain events might be organizations or they might be specific people [i.e. George Soros].  However, always keep in mind almost always there are large factors at play that couple to institutions, organizations, or secretive groups who benefit from certain events taking place, or certain news being disseminated.

By following that rabbit hole, it will be easier to ascertain what kind of agendas these individuals might have given the discipline involved, the institutions involved, and any other poignant data that would be useful.

#7: Always remain calm.

No matter the issue at hand, a state of total awareness is vastly more beneficial than a state of panic.

When people panic, mistakes are made – big ones.  Mistakes can have great cost.  Don’t set yourself up for failure.

We are all different individuals, so what helps one person might not help another.  For me though, what’s helped me the most to remain calm is meditating, yoga, reading, working out, and mindful breathing.  These five tools help zap nigh all the stress out of my life.

One of my friends loves swimming, a lot.  This helps her stay centered.  Other friends gravitate towards writing and whatnot. Do whatever helps you best.  Either way, be proactive about remaining calm and collected.

To finalize, the basic seven tenets above will help guide individuals towards an incisive discernment in various types of information provided.

As long as we remain self aware and cognizant, we will be able to see clearly when an attempt is made to manipulate information.  Once an individual has practiced this enough, it becomes an automatic tool in one’s repertoire to that nets great results.

Ample benefits await.  All an individual has to do is be inquisitive and discerning.

Your ability to see through the veil of lies if you so choose is boundless  Don’t ever let anybody else tell you otherwise.

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Source & Reference:

[1] Jon Rappoport, NoMoreFakeNews.com, Zika: Message To Purveyors Of Medical Fraud

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How Your Thoughts & Beliefs Are Manipulated By The Media


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Zy Marquiez
July 8, 2016

We are going to see what happens to a person’s thoughts/beliefs when they are presented with a constant barrage of certain type of information by the mainstream media.

In his groundbreaking book, Thinking, Fast And Slow, Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman takes a gander at some research conducted by his colleagues Slovic, Lichtenstein, and a former student Fischhoff.

Kahneman goes on to cover the landmark research conducted by the above individuals in relation to “public perceptions of risks, including a survey that has become the standard example of an availability bias.”

Quick side bar.

For clarification purposes, in plain-speak, an availability bias is when individuals are influenced by circumstances/events/ideas that have taken place more recently due to availability – such as a report in the media being widespread and ubiquitous.  This therein skews the actual decision making process of individuals.

Continuing on, Slovic, Lichtenstein & Fischhoff “asked participants in their survey to consider pairs of causes of death: diabetes and asthma, or stroke and accidents.  For each pair, the subjects indicated the more frequent cause and estimated the ratio of the two frequencies. The judgments were compared to health statistics of the time.  Here’s a sample of their findings:

-Stroke cause almost twice as many deaths as all accidents combined, but 80% of respondents judged accidental death to be more likely.
– Tornadoes were seen as more frequent killers than asthma, although the latter cause 20 times more deaths.
-Death by lightning was judged less likely than death from botulism even though it is 52 times more frequent.
-Death by disease is 18 times as likely as accidental death, but the two were judged about equally likely.
-Death by accidents was judged to be more than 300 times more likely than death by diabetes, but the true ratio was 1:4

The lesson is clear: estimates of causes of death are warped by media coverage.  The coverage is itself biased towards novelty and poignancy.”[1][Emphasis Added]

Kahneman carries on:

Unusual events (such as botulism) attack disproportionate attention and are consequently perceived as less unusual than they really are.  The world in our heads is not a precise replica of reality; our expectations about the frequency of events are distorted by the prevalence and emotional intensity of the messages to which we are exposed.” [2][Emphasis Added]

As the cited examples above showcase, people’s reality structure can be overwhelming warped – especially when coupled with fears – by how much coverage a certain subject gets by the mainstream media.

Could that also apply to the disconcerting topic of terrorism?  Quite so.

Since 9/11, terrorism in its many shapes and forms, has become an omnipresent issue throughout society.   Has that that threat of terrorism been overstated?   Let’s find out.

In fact, years ago it was found that ” the leading cause of deaths for Americans traveling abroad is not terrorism, or murder … or even crime of any type.

It’s car crashes.

In fact:

With the exception of the Philippines, more Americans died from road crashes in all of the 160 countries surveyed than from homicides.

The U.S. Department of State reports that only 17 U.S. citizens were killed worldwide as a result of terrorism in 2011. That figure includes deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and all other theaters of war.

In contrast, the American agency which tracks health-related issues – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – rounds up the most prevalent causes of death in the United States:

Comparing the CDC numbers to terrorism deaths means (keep in mind that – from here to the end of the piece – we are consistently and substantially understating the risk of other causes of death as compared to terrorism, because we are comparing deaths from various causes within the United States against deaths from terrorism worldwide):

– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

Wikipedia notes that obesity is a a contributing factor in 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year. That makes obesity 5,882 to times 23,528 more likely to kill you than a terrorist.

The annual number of deaths in the U.S. due to avoidable medical errors is as high as 100,000. Indeed, one of the world’s leading medical journals – Lancet – reported in 2011:

A November, 2010, document from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services reported that, when in hospital, one in seven beneficiaries of Medicare (the government-sponsored health-care programme for those aged 65 years and older) have complications from medical errors, which contribute to about 180 000 deaths of patients per year.

That’s just Medicare beneficiaries, not the entire American public. Scientific American noted in 2009:

Preventable medical mistakes and infections are responsible for about 200,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to an investigation by the Hearst media corporation.

And a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety says the numbers may be up to 440,000 each year.

But let’s use the lower – 100,000 – figure. That still means that you are 5,882 times more likely to die from medical error than terrorism.”[3]

Let’s ask the question again: has the threat of terrorism been overstated?

What do you think?

Given that we have learned that that are many more greater threats to our lively hoods, not only should society not be as fearful regarding terrorism propaganda that the mainstream media exacerbates, but the real problems we should be concerned about like for instance the likelihood of dying from medical mistakesare severely underreported.

This is quite disconcerting given how many people over estimate the quality of health in the united states, even though its nowhere near the top country in health in the world.

What the above information shows is that if the individual is not careful, not only will their view of the world be quite distorted, but the information that they should be looking into will be completely overlooked.

Let this be a word of caution for those who are quick to trust the mainstream media – or any other media for that matter including this one.

Always, always, always verify the information, and make sure not to attach emotion to it.

Sift through it, cross-check, use various sources, and don’t fall for the fear porn.

Be open-minded, but skeptical.

Remember, we’re responsible for what goes in our minds.  Let make sure its quality information.

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Sources:

[1] Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast And Slow, pg. 138.
[2] Ibid., pg 138.
[3] GlobalResearch, The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs To Hear, May 19, 2014.

Is What You Know Based On Knowledge Or Belief?

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Zy Marquiez
June 30, 2016

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“Dangers lurk in all systems.  Systems incorporate the unexamined beliefs of their creators.  Ad opt a system, accept its beliefs, and you help strengthen the resistance to change.”
– Frank Herbert

Knowledge is a wonderful thing.  Knowledge allows us to apply our bests selves forth,  it allows us to glean an understanding in to situation we otherwise could not if we were ignorant, and even better, it allows us to live life to the fullest, among other things.

In its simplest form, knowledge is defined as:

acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things. 

Ultimately, how knowledge is applied is up to the individual.  Be it for righteous or nefarious purposes, knowledge itself is a tool.

Then there is the concept of belief.  Belief is interesting term.  Belief, like knowledge, can be used for countless things, positive or negative.

Belief is defined as:

something believed; an opinion or conviction

By its very nature, if something is believed it is not fact.    There is no problem with that as long as an individual can understand the tenet wholeheartedly.

The problem arises when people substitute belief for knowledge.  That can be overwhelmingly detrimental.

By way of personal example, well over a decade ago, it was my belief that vaccines were safe and effective.

What was this belief based on?   It was based on the constant repetition of this belief by doctors, media, and even parents.    Predictably, in the media, no studies were ever discussed at length if at all, nor are they now.  Some might know that as a clue.

This entire belief structure followed by doctors, nurses, teachers, parents, etc. all hinged on the honesty of the pharmaceutical representatives, which hinged on the ‘honesty’ of the scientists and corporations running the studies.  In hindsight, that’s a prodigious amount of belief stemming from one source, and nobody dared question it.

The unfortunate part is, that this is exactly how the system still operates today.  Everyone taking everyone’s word, nobody ever doing any investigation.  Except thankfully there are medical insiders that have realized the entire medical system is built on a house of cards and have spoken at length about it, such as Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot, author of [The Medical Mafia], Dr. Kelly Broggan [author of A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression], Dr. Peter Breggin [author of Toxic Psychiatry], Dr. Russell Blaylock [author of Natural Strategies For Cancer Patients], Dr. Suzanne Humphries [author of Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines & The Forgotten History], Dr .John Abramson [author of Overdo$ed America – The Broken Promise Of American Medicine] and countless others.

All roads led to more questions, and that fueled my personal quest for truth.  A search for knowledge hasn’t stopped. 

The deeper the search done by me went, the more it was embarrassingly apparent that everyone was just repeating what everyone else was just saying:  that vaccinations were always safe and effective.  But was it really true?  Did any of these individuals questioned at the time by me ever look at studies or read books extensively on the subject?  Negative.  Not one.  Even these days in the information age it’s rare when people actually research something at more than a cursory glance.

Of course, those who have done their homework realize this pervasive belief system stems from the very apex of the Medical Industrial Complex.

My presumption at the time was that all of these people in society knew what they were talking about.  Everyone that wasn’t doctors [parents, public officials, teachers, etc.] were just regurgitating the information they were told.  Nobody every looked at the data.  And the Doctors?  They were just repeating what they were told by the pharmaceutical representatives, who were just being told what to say by the scientists.  Nobody was reading studies or seeking to learn information. 

That’s the power of knowledge belief; everyone thinks they know.

After it became apparent to me that Big Pharma was responsible – at least in part – for the inculcation of such a belief, it fueled me to no end.  Big Pharma should be helping the populace, not lacing propaganda in every direction with questionable data at best, and downright deception at the worst.

The question still remained: why was a belief in vaccines being safe and effective, at its core, a belief?  Because it can’t satisfy the parameters of knowledge.

How is that so?  If we know that knowledge is the acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation, then it had to be possible for me to show the inefficiency and lack of safety of vaccinations.

Through extensive research, this is exactly what took place.

The more the veil of deception was pierced, the easier it was to see how convoluted the whole system of Big Pharma was inherently constructed.

Instead of asking people what they believed, it became apparent that it was up to me – the individual – to seek the knowledge that was to be gleaned, to either confirm, or deny, that vaccinations were safe and effective.  Such was only prudent given that the health of a possible future child at the time could be affected forever.

At any rate, the first major blow that began deconstructing Big Pharma’s credibility was becoming familiar with the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act [NVCIA].

What did the NVCIA entail?  At its core, it’s a law that was passed to protect Big Pharma from damages arising from vaccine-related injury or death associated with vaccinationsIt essentially grants Big Pharma immunity from prosecution.  That’s called a BIG CLUE.

When querying a Doctor many years ago, she stated that the issue at the time – and this has been mentioned by many other sensible doctors/individuals – was that pharmaceutical companies were getting far too many lawsuits from vaccinations.  Had the subject not been known to me, it would seem odd, because the belief was that vaccinations are safe.  But having already dug up evidence that such was not the case, beginning with autism, it made a lot of sense that some large impetus would be the case for why the NVCIA was passed.  It was all about money.  Billions in fact.

Its ironic, because if vaccines were really safe, government protection via law would not be needed.

Delving further into the subject, another part of the system that became known to me was the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System [VAERS].  This system is run by the FDA and the CDC.

However, how many people know that this reporting system even exists?  It wasn’t known to me, nor anyone that was queried at the time, and it rarely is known today, except with people who have looked thoroughly into the subject.

What’s the problem with not knowing about VAERS?  If parents/people don’t know about this system, how can they ever make a reliable adverse reaction report about vaccinations?  If they can’t make a reliable report, how can we know the efficacy of vaccinations on the whole?  They can’t.

A salient example shared in one of Jon Rappoport’s blogs  [NoMoreFakeNews.com], which couples with the info at hand, was reported by Barbara Loe Fisher:

“But how many children have [adverse] vaccine reactions every year? Is it really only one in 110,000 or one in a million who are left permanently disabled after vaccination? Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler observed in 1993 that less than 1 percent of doctors report adverse events following prescription drug use. [See DA Kessler, ‘Introducing MEDWatch,’ JAMA, June 2, 1993: 2765-2768]

“There have been estimates that perhaps less than 5 or 10 percent of doctors report hospitalizations, injuries, deaths, or other serious health problems following vaccination. The 1986 Vaccine Injury Act contained no legal sanctions for not reporting [via VAERS]; doctors can refuse to report and suffer no consequences.

“Even so, each year about 12,000 reports are made to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System [VAERS]; parents as well as doctors can make those reports. [See RT Chen, B. Hibbs, ‘Vaccine safety,’ Pediatric Annals, July 1998: 445-458]

“However, if that number represents only 10 percent of what is actually occurring, then the actual number may be 120,000 vaccine-adverse events. If doctors report vaccine reactions as infrequently as Dr. Kessler said they report prescription-drug reactions, and the number 12,000 is only 1 percent of the actual total, then the real number may be 1.2 million vaccine-adverse events annually.”
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As you can see, due to the infrequency of the reporting within the VAERS, the number of adverse reactions to vaccinations could be prodigious.

Consequently, it’s impossible to know how big the issue is.

This was yet another example which  helped me as an individual glean a modicum of truth where only beliefs stood.

Having conducted my own research, which is still ongoing to this day, it has become blatant that what was passed off as knowledge, was in fact based on belief.

The great thing is that information is becoming available every single day for those willing to search for it.

In fact, a more recent book that has added more fuel to the fire is, Thimerosal – Let The Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal Of Mercury – A Known Neurotoxin From Vaccines by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  The book has hundred of data points reflecting the ongoing issues with vaccinations containing thimerosal, which unfortunately is a neurotoxin.

Sifting methodically and relentlessly through all the information available, regardless of the topic, is the only sensible way an individual can go from believing something, to knowing it.

That makes all the difference in the world.

After all, as an inquiring individual, do you want to believe something works?   Or do you want to know?

Applications of MBT with Tom Campbell [Part 3] – Relationships & Gender

EBTV on http://evolvingbeings.com presents host Evita Ochel with returning guest Tom Campbell of http://my-big-toe.com covering practical applications of MBT – My BIG Theory of Everything.

In this part 3 of 5 topics revolve around gender, differences between the sexes, how to make a romantic partner relationship work, how to know when to separate from a partner, as well as our relationship to nature and insects, and others as they relate to MBT.

Tom is a leading researcher and authority on consciousness, reality and out of body experiences, which he has been studying for over 30 years. He is a physicist, lecturer and author of the My BIG TOE trilogy.

PART 3: Relationships & Gender

1.How does MBT explain the purpose of gender and why we have it? (0:30)
– An explanation of sexual differences with respect to the rule set
– The difference between falling in love versus falling in need
– Understanding the fundamental differences between men and women
– The challenges of male and female communication
– Tom shares a prescription for both men and women specifically on how to make relationships work (applies to both hetero and homosexual partnerships) (8:50)
– The importance of men taking the initiative, as natural leaders
– Why need-based relationships don’t work, and why we have to build relationships on love
– Letting go of the Ego, beliefs, expectations and fear to benefit the relationship
– An explanation of why men are not getting short-ended in the process of applying Tom’s prescription, but given a chance to grow up
– Why negotiations in relationships fuel need-based relationships

2. How to best know if a current partnership is the best one for further growth and evolution, versus when to remove oneself from the partnership and seek a different one? (30:50)
– The importance of examining the potential of the partner to grow on a foundation of love
– Knowing that it is not about getting stuck in a relationship that isn’t working
– An explanation that love does not take two people, but one
– An explanation of how the giving is where the reward is, and that it is not about give and take that makes good relationships work
– Understanding how it is not about staying in abusive situations

3. Understanding the challenges of relationships with nature and other beings such as bacteria and insects. We are constantly waging war on our bodies and our environment, is there a better way to live according to MBT? (41:45)
– Tom shares how it has been our way to try to control and bully external environments
– Understanding that we are one with the ecosystem and that short term gain is not the answer if it results in long term loss
– Understanding the difference between killing for pleasure or out of fear, versus for survival of some sort
– The importance of intent in guiding any of our actions
– Tom shares how not to be paralyzed by not knowing and do the best you can and learn as you go
– The importance of not justifying our actions, which only fuels the Ego

4. Tom shares closing comments about how not to get lost in the intellectualizing of MBT and focusing on the theory, but rather putting it into practice and having a personal experience. (53:00)
– The fallacy of intellectualizing ideas and forming beliefs
– The importance of acting from a state of being, rather than doing
– The importance of holding a good intent and moving towards love
– Applying love in parent-child relationships, not manipulation
– The importance of bringing up fear and dealing with it on an experiential, not thought level
– Understanding that love is the answer and that we need to focus on our personal growth and evolution, not trying to fix others