Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ann Coulter Amazing New Breakthrough to Reduce Mass Shootings

by Ann Coulter21 Feb 20181,693

As fun as it is to ridicule the FBI for devoting massive resources to chasing down Hillary Clinton’s oppo research while blowing off repeated, specific warnings about school shooter Nikolas Cruz, we’ve put a lot on the agency’s plate.
We’re hauling in nearly 2 million manifestly unvetted Third World immigrants every year, leading to a slew of FBI “Watch Lists” with a million names apiece. In 2015, Director James Comey said that there were ISIS investigations in all 50 states — even Idaho and Alaska! And that’s just one terrorist organization.

Maybe the FBI brass would still be a bunch of incompetent, PC nincompoops if we weren’t dumping millions of psychotic and terrorist foreigners on the country. But even the most efficient organization would have trouble keeping track of the Nikolas Cruzes when our immigration policies require approximately one-third of the country to be constantly watching another third of the country.

Thanks to our Second Amendment, the United States has fewer mass shootings per capita than many other developed countries, including Norway, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. (And 98 percent of our mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones.”)

But imagine if we could cut our mass shootings in half?

There have been about 34 mass shootings since 2000. Forty-seven percent — 16 — were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e. people who never would have been here but for Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act.

And the immigrant mass shootings have been some of the most spectacular ones, such as Fort Hood and San Bernardino. Two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, at Virginia Tech in 2007 and at the Pulse Nightclub in 2016, were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e., people who were in this country because Teddy was pouting in his room and refused to come out until he got his own legacy.

(Excluded from both lists: the Las Vegas shooting, because law enforcement has released nothing but lies about it, so that shooting remains unclassifiable; family dispute shootings; targeted assassinations of police officers; and shootings on Indian reservations.)

Here’s the list of immigrant mass shootings, defined as a shooting at the same general time and location, not during the commission of another crime, that leaves at least four people dead — i.e. no gangland shootings, no “man kills family, then self” and no drug deals gone bad.

On account of the Rule of Journalism that permits the word “immigrant” to be used only in sentences with the word “valedictorian,” you may not have heard of some of these mass shootings at all.

1) Omar Mateen, son of Afghan immigrants, killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

2) First- and second-generation Pakistani immigrants Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a community center Christmas party in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2, 2015, killing 14 people.

3) English immigrant Christopher Harper-Mercer killed 9 people at Umpqua Community College in southwest Oregon on Oct. 1, 2015.

4) Kuwaiti immigrant Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed five people in attacks on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16, 2015.

5) Second-generation Malaysian immigrant Elliot Rodger killed six people on May 23, 2014, around the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

6) Second-generation immigrant John Zawahri opened fire at his Southern California home and later at the campus of Santa Monica College on June 7, 2013, killing five in all. (The New York Times never mentioned that he was the child of Lebanese immigrants. The Times didn’t even mention that his father used to beat up his mother, despite that paper’s usual heightened interest in stories about men being mean to women.)

7) Cuban immigrant Pedro Alberto Vargas fatally shot six people in his apartment complex in Hialeah, Florida, on July 26, 2013.

8) Probable Barbadian immigrant Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people inside the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013.

9) South Korean immigrant One L. Goh opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California, killing seven people on April 2, 2012.

10) Mexican immigrant Eduardo Sencion shot up an IHOP in Carson City, Nevada, on Sept. 6, 2011, killing four people — three National Guardsmen and a 67-year-old woman.

11) Second-generation immigrant Nidal Malik Hasan, son of Palestinian immigrants, killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2009.

12) Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong shot up the Binghamton, New York, American Civic Association on April 3, 2009, killing 13.

13) Bosnian immigrant Sulejman Talovic fatally shot five people at the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City on Feb. 12, 2007.

14) Seung-Hui Cho, a South Korean immigrant, slaughtered 32 people at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.

15) Hmong immigrant Chai Soua Vang killed six hunters in northern Wisconsin on Nov. 21, 2004.

16) Mexican immigrant Salvador Tapia shot up the Windy City Core Supply warehouse in Chicago in 2003, killing six of his former co-workers.

If you missed your favorite immigrant mass shooting, please note that I excluded Jamaican immigrant Colin Ferguson (Long Island Railroad massacre in 1993); Nigerian immigrant Peter Odighizuwa (Appalachian School of Law shooting in 2002); Haitian illegal immigrant Kesler Dufrene (North Miami shooting in 2012); and Nigerian immigrant Henry Williams Obotetukudo (Bronx-Lebanon Hospital shooting in 2017). We are only counting mass shootings since 2000 that left at least four people dead.

First- and second-generation immigrants have committed more than 40 percent of all mass shootings since 2000. I know we’ve been admitting Third World immigrants at a breakneck pace, but I don’t think immigrants make up nearly half the population yet.

Once we exclude the immigrant mass shooters, a clearer pattern emerges. The typical American perpetrator is a young man with paranoid schizophrenia — or, as we’re now euphemistically calling it, “autism” — probably exacerbated by pot, a deadly combo platter.

An immigration moratorium and widespread deportations would not only cut mass shootings in half, but it would also free up the FBI’s time to focus on these delusional young men with the terrifying stare, who hear voices no one else hears.

Young men like Nikolas Cruz.


Ann, you missed one little detail. By their actions, Democrats apparently hate kids. Democrats passed the law to make the schools free-fire / helpless victim zones. (thanks Biden) Now, Democrats are resisting defending the schools. Some details:

Sadly, the US is 111 in murders per capita. Beaten by 110 heavily gun-controlled "paradise" (####hole) countries who, while turning their citizens into disarmed serfs, managed much, much higher per capita murder rates. I doubt very much that any of those "gun control paradises" have an immigration problem.

If it weren't for all these Democrat controlled murder capitals of the US (also gun-control paradises / ####holes), the US would have scored much lower in the per-capita murder rate. 
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C2C February 20, 2018 Future of Humanity / Shield Act

In the first half, theoretical physicist, author, professor of physics, and popularizer of science, Michio Kaku, discussed his latest work which explores the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. The dinosaurs didn't have a "plan B" and got wiped off the planet after an asteroid hit. Kaku recalled how Carl Sagan told him that humans need an "insurance policy" against such a catastrophe and that means getting a contingent off-world. With companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX bringing down the cost of space transport, and NASA going back to the moon in 2019, there is currently more excitement around space endeavors, he indicated.

Travel to Mars is becoming closer to reality, he reported, and the planet has specific geographic features that are suitable to set up outposts, such as lava tubes that are essentially ready-made caves. One of the first projects is to set up a mining operation for ice, which can be separated out into drinking water, oxygen for breathing, and hydrogen for rocket fuel, he detailed, adding that agriculture will follow with genetically modified algae and other plants that can thrive in the harsh Martian climate. He doesn't foresee full-fledged terraforming of the Red Planet taking place until the 22nd century. Kaku also talked about the four types of advanced civilizations, and how Type 3 may use black holes as gateways and power supplies.

In the latter half, David Adair, the "Rocket Man," spoke out about the Shield Act which would harden and protect America's electric grid. The act would create a fund with a $30 billion annual budget to install such things as diverters, switches, surge protectors, and gateways-- hardware proven to work in suppressing the damage from an EMP or CME (coronal mass ejection from the sun), which otherwise could have catastrophic consequences. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, the chairperson of the committee for the Shield Act, has killed the bill twice in a row, Adair bemoaned, and she disbanded the congressional commission to study it, even though it had bipartisan support.

If North Korea dropped an atomic weapon in the atmosphere over America, the EMP waves would cause transformers to detonate across the continent, he warned, which would have the effect of napalm. Shortly after that, every plane in the sky will crash down (about 500,000 people are in the air at any time), he continued, adding that all telecommunications will be out. A massive CME would be even worse, he cited, as the effects would likely be global rather than confined to a specific region. He also described what would happen at atomic plants during these events with meltdowns leading to widespread contamination. According to Adair, the Fukushima effects have been under-reported, and once when he swept a Geiger counter over a can of tuna at a grocery store, it detected radiation.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

C2C February 19, 2018 Alternative Health / Psychic Profiler

In the first half, registered pharmacist, nutritionist and cosmetic chemist, Ben Fuchs shared alternative health concepts, and offered tips on supplements and healthy changes to one's diet and lifestyle. For those already on pharmacological medications, it's even more critical to supplement with various nutrients, he suggested, such as vitamin C-- "one of the most powerful detoxifying supplements on the planet," as well as vitamin E, and selenium. Diabetes is an American epidemic, he continued, but what's missed about it is that it begins in the digestive system, and that's why fasting and reducing caloric intake can be powerful methods that help calm and restore the body.

The idea that there is one specific nutrient for every disease state is somewhat misleading, said Fuchs, who added that "nutrients are like positions on a baseball team. No matter how good your team is...if you don't have a third baseman, you've got a hole." He also talked about why he believes cholesterol is the "most important molecule in your body" and that when people get high LDL numbers, it's a measure of lipoprotein not cholesterol, and indicates someone is under a lot of stress, and eating too much sugar.
In the latter half, psychic criminal profiler Robbie Thomas discussed how he's used his psychic ability to help law enforcement and families get justice and solve mysteries related to heinous crimes, including finding kidnapping victims alive, and even saving a patient who was about to be taken off life support. One of his first cases with law enforcement involved them questioning him about a missing producer on a TV show whom they suspected was dead. Thomas correctly intuited that the producer was still alive, though in a different state, and was just upset (he had been turned down for a promotion).

Sometimes he gets visions or premonitions, like when he saw an 8-year-old girl placed into a treeline area near a Mennonite village. Two days later, a girl that matched his vision did go missing, but he didn't have enough specific information to warn anyone before it happened. He did share his sketches with law enforcement, and she was found dead in an area similar to what he described. In the case of the patient who was thought to be brain dead, his wife sought out Thomas' help, and he visited the man in the hospital just before they were going to pull the plug. He heard the voice of the man tell him that he'd been given the wrong medicine which was causing his brain to swell. This turned out to be true, and thanks to Robbie's help, he eventually recovered.

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C2C February 18, 2018 Owls & Alien Contact / Golden State Killer

The owl has held a place of reverence and mystique throughout history. And as strange as this might seem, owls are also showing up in conjunction with the UFO experience. Mike Clelland has collected a wealth of first-hand accounts in which owls manifest in moments that surround alien contact. According to Clelland, the owl connection goes beyond the UFO experience to encompass synchronicities, ancient archetypes, dreams, shamanistic experiences, spiritual transformation, and even as a symbol of death in some Native American cultures. He detailed his own encounters on a camping trip 12 years ago when he and an ex-girlfriend had odd interactions with owls on two successive trips, in which the birds repeatedly flew over them at close range.

Owls have been associated with "screen memories" that are thought to be implanted by aliens during abductions as a way of covering their tracks, and indeed Clelland had an occurrence of "missing time" when he was 12-years-old growing up in Michigan, in which he saw a bright orange flash in the night sky. One UFO-experiencer described seeing an impossibly large 4-foot tall owl along the road he was driving along, and feeling menaced by it. He later had a hypnotic regression in which he described the owl as wearing boots, and concluded whatever he saw probably wasn't an owl. Clelland shared a number of other case histories that involved owls in tandem with paranormal or mysterious phenomena such as crop circles, Shadow People, ghosts, and Sasquatch.

He's the most prolific offender the state of California has ever known, yet most people have never heard of the case, and the maniac remains unidentified and unpunished to this day. In the latter half, true crime expert and author, Keith Komos, discussed how after over one hundred burglaries, fifty rapes, possibly a dozen murders, and over a thousand clues, the "Golden State Killer" couldn't be tracked or stopped. Taking place in a time frame before DNA testing, the cases began mainly as rapes in the mid-1970s in Sacramento and towns near there and then extended down to locations in Southern California, where murders took place from 1979 to 1986. After that the trail goes cold.
Though he generally wore a ski mask when committing his brutal attacks, in some cases, he seemed to shoot people because they saw him leaving the scene and possibly might have identified him, Komos reported. There were specific patterns to the crimes that suggested he was likely ex-military, and the victims in the Sacramento area were often in the medical and educational fields, Komos pointed out, adding that the killer typically ate food found in the victim's home, and stole personal items or trinkets. While the 'Golden State Killer' certainly seemed like he was acting on a compulsion to commit the crimes, Komos continued, "modern thinking is that these serial offenders absolutely can stop if they want to," especially if he was getting older and unable to physically escape from the scene as he once did when he was more agile.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Kelly Guthrie Raley, Florida’s Teacher of the Year Bluntly Writes WHY School Violence Is Out of Control

Kelly Guthrie Raley has been teaching for 20 years and currently educates kids at Eustis Middle School in Lake County, Florida. Just last month she was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.
The day after the horrific shooting that took place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she posted a rant on Facebook that has since gone viral. In the post, she talked about parental responsibility, compassion, and respect…and more than 823,000 people have “liked” the post and agreed with it, while more than 649,000 have shared it with others.

Here’s what Mrs. Raley had to say.

Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation.

Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!

I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME. I’ll say it again. My home was filled with guns growing up. For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.

There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about gun control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!

Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?

What do you think?

I would have loved for my children to have been in Mrs. Raley’s class because not only is it obvious that she really cares, but also that she has an abundance of common sense, something that has been notably absent in our politically correct school systems.

I raised my kids in much the same way Mrs. Raley refers to having grown up: with rules, curfews, and consequences for their actions. My girls weren’t totally sheltered – they saw violence on television and in movies – but we discussed it. I taught them empathy for other human beings and all creatures. They too, have had access to guns, and know how to use them, but I’ve never once been worried that they’d use them on another human being for any other reason than self-defense in a life-or-death situation.

Like every other parent, I now worry every time my daughters walk out to door to attend their college classes. Because, honestly, it can happen anywhere.

But I sincerely agree with Mrs. Raley.

Guns aren’t the problem. The current culture is the problem.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

C2C February 17, 2018 Demonic Possession / Behind the Curtain

When exorcists need help, they call Dr. Richard Gallagher. He's not a priest, but a psychiatrist. Dr. Gallagher joined Richard Syrett to discuss how fighting Satan's minions wasn't part of his career plan while studying medicine at Yale. But, through a series of events he found himself face to face with evil and after witnessing victims suddenly speaking perfect Latin and displaying hidden knowledge, as well as sacred objects flying off shelves, he now believes demonic possession is 100% real (related article).
Followed by former Yale professor and senior business executive Ted Malloch, who is now telling all he knows, from his appointment as scholar-diplomat by the US State Department, to when he peeked behind the curtain at the Davos meeting and lost millions in the dot-com bubble. He revealed what takes place behind-the-scenes of the elite and powerful.

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C2C February 16, 2018 Strange Happenings in Puerto Rico

For the first time since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Joshua P. Warren reported live from the island, discussing a variety of weird stories surrounding the storm, the appearance of harbingers that warn of impending tragedies, and bizarre UFO sightings. "Harbingers are these manifestations that occur before some traumatic event," Warren explained, recounting the tale of the Gray Man of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, who warns residents of coming severe storms and hurricanes.
People in Puerto Rico feel hurricanes are living spirits and strange activity usually accompanies them, he continued. On the island there have been reports over the last decade of a six-foot-tall Gargola with bat wings and a Doberman Pinscher snout spotted ahead of hurricanes. "They would see the Gargola flying around the sky at night, sometimes he would just be seen walking through a field or across the road," he said. According to Warren, he has spoken to five active duty police officers who claimed to have seen the Gargola.

Other Puerto Rican residents have reportedly witnessed balls of light hovering in their bedrooms at night. "When people wake up and see this in the bedroom they are absolutely petrified," Warren said. The balls of light emit a sound that females hear as a sped-up recording and males hear as a voice announcing the coming of a major event with assurances the couple will be safe, Warren, revealed. The sightings of harbingers may involve a build up and discharge of energy associated with the forthcoming occurrence, he noted.

Increased military presence since the last hurricane has brought an uptick in sightings of strange craft, Warren reported. At an airport near Laguna Cartagena, where some believe there is an underwater UFO base, a towering object was spotted in the background of a series of photos. Locals have developed a conspiracy theory about the intelligence behind these UFOs working with military, and how the hurricane may have been influenced to create the tragedy, Warren disclosed. "A lot of these people believe that there are beings on this island that look more or less like humans but that they are not actually humans," he said.

Warren also unveiled a new system he's developed to help "hack reality" by matching your personality type with a method that works for you. "The idea is to teach everyone techniques to, sort of, beat the system and improve your luck in life—to attain what I call lucid living," he said. Warren suggested reality is a dream and individuals can take control of it using his techniques. He is offering a one-time-only teaching event for 100 people in Las Vegas. Get more info here.

The last hour of the program featured Open Lines.

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C2C February 15, 2018 True Crime Narratives / Messages from Heaven

Former weekend host , Ian Punnett, returned to graduate school after a successful decades-long career in commercial radio and television and will be a professor of multimedia journalism in the fall. In the first half, he discussed his dissertation on true crime narratives. The genre of true crime, he explained, is different than standard journalism-- it often takes a particular point of view, serves as a warning, and can be critical of law enforcement. Perhaps the first true crime story was that of Cain and Abel from the Bible, said Ian, adding that with this kind of account there's "an interest in conveying messages of morality, messages of even hope and what's going on in Florida."

Another early form of true crime story, Ian recounted, was the execution sermons dating back to colonial America. Circuit preachers would ride to different towns, meeting with the condemned and talking with them about how their story would be told before they were executed. "There was a truth that would come out of this horrible event, which they could use to teach their children," he added. With many killers today, such as in the school shootings, it isn't just a matter of mental illness, but that they seem to be chasing a kind of instant fame or infamy, and we have to figure that out in our culture, as much as we do the gun issue, Ian suggested.
A graduate of Harvard University and NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Leo Galland is a world leader in integrative medicine. In the latter half, he shared his spiritual epiphanies and evidence for the immortality of the soul which were presented to him after the death of his brain-damaged special needs child, Christopher, who drowned at the age of 22. At the time of his death, he and his wife witnessed an intense glowing light filling the room. In the center of the light, was a figure with Christopher's face, radiating a joy, bliss, and freedom, "unlike anything I'd ever experienced or imagined," Galland recalled of the astonishing supernatural event.

Later, he was awakened by Christopher's voice at 3 AM, saying "you have to tell my story. People need to know." Over the course of a year, his spirit communicated with him about experiences in the afterlife, which dovetailed with sacred ancient wisdom traditions, such that their roles were reversed with Dr. Galland the student, and Christopher, the teacher. "It's what I always wanted," Chris said about heaven. "Everyone is here, even you." There is only one moment that encompasses all of time, and heaven is not something that occurs after you die, he explained, adding that heaven and Earth exist simultaneously as unified opposites.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Another Horrific Shooting | The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 476

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C2C February 14, 2018 Extreme Economy / Ghost Investigation Tools

In the first half, John Truman Wolfe, the editor/publisher of The Hard Truth magazine, shared his analysis of the extreme conditions in the financial markets and what to expect for the rest of 2018. While he doesn't believe the market has reached its peak yet, he predicts a crash of stocks worse than in 2008. They'll fall some 10,000 points, possibly later this year, he believes. If war and global unrest worsen, he expects that precious metals will begin to rise in value, as well as during a stock slide.
The primary purpose of the 2008 financial crisis, he argued, was to take down the US dollar as the world's reserve currency. Wolfe expressed concern over "bail-ins," a newly implemented banking process, which involves troubled banks converting depositors' money into bank stock. In his recent book, he lists around 100 banks in America, which are independent, and not subject to these bail-ins. He named the Bank for International Settlements, based in Switzerland, as "the wizard" behind the financial curtain, dictating policy for 55 central banks around the world. While Wolfe considers cryptocurrencies to be highly volatile, they're here to stay, he said, and investors might consider putting about 1% of their funds into this market.

Paranormal investigator, minister, and radio host Ted VanSon has been passionate about the unknown for over 30 years. In the latter half, he detailed the various ways ghosts and EVP are captured and how technology is changing the way investigators attempt to record various phenomena. Ted described low budget ways the average person can investigate on their own, such as using simple things you have in your home like balloons and magnets. While he retains a skeptical stance in his investigations, he's definitely seen things he can't explain.

At a long-running investigation of a house in upstate New York, he was shocked to see an opaque shadow crawl up a wall toward the ceiling, "and it kind of melted into the wall." It was the size of an 8-year old child with two legs and, strangely, four arms. Two EMF meters running in the area returned anomalous readings at the time, but later they read as normal, he reported. However, a video camera that was on did not capture the shadow, and in some cases, it seems that apparitions may have some type of ability to evade capture on camera equipment, he suggested.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

C2C February 13, 2018 Benefits of Meditation / Other Side Communications

Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. In the first half, he talked about his efforts helping average people add meditation to their daily lives, to maximize their potential and reap such benefits as lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and literally rewire parts of the brain. Harris advocates for a kind of mindfulness meditation, in which a person sits with their back straight, monitoring their breath and thought process, noticing when they are distracted by thoughts. After his first book on meditation, he discovered that many people were resistant to this practice, so he set off on a cross-country road trip to find out what the obstacles were for most Americans.

One of the main excuses he heard was that people just don't have time to meditate. "The good news is," he said, "I honestly think five to ten minutes a day" can be quite worthwhile for people, allowing them to accrue many of the benefits demonstrated in scientific studies. The other biggest obstacle to meditation is that people say they have great difficulty clearing their mind. "The goal in meditation is not to clear your mind, impossible. The to focus your mind for a few nanoseconds at a time; usually it's on the feeling of your breath going in and out, and then you will inevitably get distracted," he explained. The realization of the distraction is a victory, he continued, as this reveals how the thought process functions, and helps the meditator wake up from their "auto pilot" reality. For more, check out the 10% Happier app and podcast.

Intuitive medium, author, and educator Geoffrey Jowett is helping others on their journey of enlightenment by recognizing that each of us is an eternal and infinite part of God and that our sole purpose in life is to perpetuate divine love. In the latter half, he discussed his abilities as a medium, and what he's learned about spirits and the afterlife. His strongest connection is through clairaudience, or auditory intuition, in which he hears the voice of spirit, and gathers feelings from that. Spirits, he noted, often seek to help others (particularly those in their soul family) get past barriers or obstacles in their lives, such as those built around emotions, or beliefs. And through these progressions, the spirits learn through us and evolve, he added.

We are all part of source, and have unlimited potential beyond the physical, Jowett said, and there's an infinite aspect to ourselves. He specializes in "soul progression" readings, in which he gets a sense of a person's soul agreement, past lives and karma. "It's interesting to look at disease within a family because there's an association" beyond the physical, he remarked. For instance, if within a family they have a lot of issues with self-esteem and self-respect you can see diabetes, liver, pancreatic cancer, intestinal problems-- "they're very specific to that area of the body," he pointed out, citing the work of one medical intuitive who has stated that the 'physical body is your walking bibliography of everything you think, feel, believe and do.'

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