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CACOCO Revives Drinking Chocolate for the Conscious Business Era


anta Cruz company, CACOCO, opened its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on November 18th in order to implement regenerative farming methods and compostable packaging for their drinking chocolate blends. Have you ever had real drinking chocolate? Not the powdered kind with milk but the molten vitality elixir made with whole cacao beans mixed with spices and hot water? This energizing and uplifting beverage was (and still is) one of the most celebrated in the ancient Mesoamerican world and a small local business in Santa Cruz is on a mission to revive this rainforest beverage with a revolutionary and sustainable business model. “Most cacao in the world is unethically harvested. It harms the land and the communities who work the farms. Then it gets packaged in plastic, which ultimately ends up in a landfill,” says CEO Tony Portugal. “We at CACOCO don’t believe in that. We know that the success of our ethical choices in our supply and packaging could inspire

a positive shift in the entire food industry.” CACOCO makes small batch drinking chocolate they call a “molten vitality elixir,” in homage to the traditional cacao preparations of the Mayans and Aztecs. They sweeten the organic chocolate with a small amount of low-glycemic coconut sugar and then fortify it with adaptogenic herbs and spices. The finished product is a chocolate crumble that is housed inside one of the company’s most sustainable design achievements- a 100% compostable pyramid box using no plastic or glue. While the company currently uses all organic cacao, they are currently seeking community support in order to afford the purchase of beyond

organic cacao from ‘regenerative’ farms in Ecuador. “We’re interested in cacao that fits ancient food wisdom – in both preparation and cultivation,” says Liam Blackmon,

co-founder and chocolatier at CACOCO. “We’ve always used organic South American cacao, but we now want to take the next step in sustainability and move to sourcing from our fully regenerative partner farms.”

Regenerative farming builds organic growing systems that actively replenish the soil, reduce carbon footprints, and empower the local communities that work on and live around the farms. At the beginning of 2016, Portugal and Blackmon began to incorporate regenerative cacao into their recipes and tested a small run of compostable packaging. They found both changes to be valuable and viable options, but also understood that to make real change in their business and in the food system, they needed to do this at a larger scale. Introduce the Kickstarter – a community-led effort to help small companies innovate in big ways. “We’ve grown because of our community,” says Portugal.

“Everything we’ve been able to do is because of this immense support. We draw energy from the amazing spirits we interact with at all the Bay Area farmers markets. We’ve got such a grassroots following, we knew that turning to our community to ask for help in making this change was the right way to go.” The Kickstarter campaign asks for contributors to support CACOCO’s full switch to ethically-sourced, regeneratively-farmed cacao and 100% compostable packaging. Kickstarter contributors will receive CACOCO’s popular drinking chocolates and many other fun thank you gifts – just in time for the holidays! “As a community,” says Portugal, “Let’s show the market that eco-conscious food companies like ours are the future.” Find the CACOCO Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter. com/projects/2025874430/ cacoco-the-drinking-chocolaterevival?ref=5xk8x2 Link up with CACOCO here:

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The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

by Richard J. Maybury [Originally published November 20, 1999.] ach year at this time, schoolchildren all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating. It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving’s real meaning. The official story has the Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America, and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620–21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them. The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America. The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves. In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarcely eatable.” In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, “all had their hungry bellies filled,” but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first “Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men. But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, “instead of famine now God gave them plenty,” Bradford wrote, “and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God.” Thereafter, he wrote,


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“any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.” In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn. What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, “they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.” They began to question their form of economic organization. This had required that “all profits and benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means” were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel,

and all provisions out of the common stock.” A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed. This “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that “young men that were most able and fit for labor and service” complained about being forced to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.” Also, “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.” So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate. To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a markets, and that was the end of the famines. Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every ship load of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609-10, called “The Starving Time,” the population fell from five-hundred to sixty. Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a relatively free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth.

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Chiropractic is much Bigger than you Thought … by Dr. Gabriel Russo ing care of the “whole person” in Health hat Chiropractic of- care instead of the reductionist viewpoint fers is much bigger of focusing on a diseased organ like the than people have allopathic physicians practice. been lead to believe, He showed that the vertebral suband there is research that backs this up. luxation activates the sympathetic nerDr. Irvin Korr spent 5 decades on his life vous system. This causes a person to studying the spine and its direct influ- feel like they are being attacked. This is ence on the nervous system. what we know as the “fight In 1976, he published a seor flight” physiology. This is ries of papers with many refa healthy response that helps erences pointing to the fact you in a short term situation. that an alteration of spinal Over a long period of time alignment negatively affects though, it will break you nervous system function. down. It increases stress One particularly significant hormones such as adrenaarticle was titled “The spinal line, and decreases relaxing cord as the organizer of dishormones such as serotonin. ease processes”. This allows us to fight or flee The spine is a NEUROfrom a predator, but when Dr. Gabriel Russo SPINAL ORGAN (the brain it is sustained for a long and spine are one unit) that constantly duration it erodes our health. It causes sends critical input into the brain every decreased immunity, lowered fertility, milli-second that we are alive. There is digestive distress, lack of focus & attenconstant feedback between the body and tion, and lowered energy ..... this state of the brain, through the nervous system, physiology is not what any healthy huso we can function properly and adapt man should experience for any sustained to stress and respond. period of time. Our health depends on it But … and our survival depends THIS IS HAPPENS on it. Any alteration to WITH EVERY VERTEthe neuro-spinal organ BRAL SUBLUXATION will wreak havoc to our BECAUSE OF ITS INFLUhealth. ENCE ON THE CENTRAL Understanding NERVOUS SYSTEM! this helps us realize that So while Chirospinal misalignment practic adjustments often helps people that causes neurological interference relieve their pain, it is doing something (which chiropractors call a vertebral much bigger. It helps bring people back subluxation) is one of the worst condi- to a state of ease, a place of healing. tions a human can have! What also happens when the sympathetThis is why chiropractors do what ic system is activated is it accesses the they do. Chiropractors adjust peoples’ lower brain center (the limbic system). spines to restore alignment and improve Through chiropractic, the higher brain the integrity of the spine. The chiroprac- centers, also known as the pre frontal tic way focuses on raising the level of cortex can be more readily accessed. function in a person by normalizing the … more about this later. movement, positioning, and tension of “The spinal cord as organizer of disthe spinal system. This reduces inter- ease processes” Korr IM. J Am Osteoference in the neurological system, and path promotes a higher level of organization Assoc. 1976 Sep;76(1):35-45. and function in a person. From an energetic approach to a The science is clear that the spine structural approach Dr. Gabriel offers is NOT just a hard protective covering revolutionary spinal restructuring, rearound soft delicate nerve structures covery and restoration. The structural with moveable segments and discs in approach works by performing specific between that allow us to move. maneuvers that release scar tissue in the Korg’s work on understanding the spinal column. This unlocks the body relationship between the spine and ner- so the bones can then be adjusted back. vous system is profound. He attributed The result is being able to stand upright his long life (lived into his mid 90’s) and without effort. That’s how people are able prolonged intellectual activity to having to experience a more youthful, fluid, and received quality traditional osteopathic flexible body, and achieve healthier physand chiropractic spinal adjustive care. ical, mental and emotional states. Korr helped prove that the spine was Dr. Gabriel Russo, Power in Posmuch more than just a structure that ture, 140 Dubois St., Suite A, Santa Cruz. helps us stand more erect and protected 831-334-2311, the spinal cord., He stressed the importance of


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by S.D. Wells Sure, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard of nasal vaccines, like for Polio, but have you heard of the needlefree vaccine thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sprayed down on you from the sky? Remember the mass aerial spraying over Miami during the great Zika hoax  recently? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about chemtrails and the  mosquito truck spraying poison  all over your neighborhood and your kids out playing in the yard, get ready for the most insane, involuntary, unauthorized, unconstitutional, unethical, unsafe, untested and immoral form of forced medication ever unleashed on a nation. And you thought fluoridated water was bad. Although FluMist, the first nasal spray flu vaccine, was utterly rejected as â&#x20AC;&#x153;ineffectiveâ&#x20AC;? by pediatricians as well as CDC advisors for the upcoming flu season, and even though the last round of flu shots was admitted by the CDC to be a complete failure (even though they said to get it anyway), have no fear, because evil Western medicine hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given up yet on completely incapacitating the entire populationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immune system with chemicals!

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The lies, the lies, the lies. People are so brainwashed about the flu theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to accept just about any form of â&#x20AC;&#x153;protectionâ&#x20AC;? as legitimate, even when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly experimental and most likely has ulterior motives. Flu vaccine makers simply announce that their â&#x20AC;&#x153;medicineâ&#x20AC;? works, and the government moves forward with injecting tens if not hundreds of millions of people. Wonder why the flu shot is free? Natural health enthusiasts donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. We know why. In Canada, one drug maker claims that  aerosol versions  of the flu vaccine were effective when dosed onto more than 50 colonies in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Can you imagine? Your kids are out playing in the yard and they get force-

medicated with untold amounts of live versions of the flu, and in a form where the dose amount cannot  be regulated? What a twisted, sick (pardon the pun) method for administering â&#x20AC;&#x153;medicine.â&#x20AC;? Did those  colonies of people  all sign agreements for this? Are they just medical experimental guinea pigs?

Aerial spraying over the USA of live virus â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;vaccinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Polio, Aids, Zika, H1N1, Ebola and Measles coming soon?

Western medicine is so arrogant and ill-conceived that these mad scientists actually believe somehow that aerosol live virus  vaccinations can be delivered at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;proper dosage,â&#x20AC;? and it was recently approved this way for deployment over Australia! The severely botched theory is steadily progressing and being tested via the release of chemtrails, as reported by The Liberty Beacon: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The air we breath [sic] and the vaccinations we receive are poisoned with deadly chemical cocktails linked to multiple diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, MS, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis, Autism and AIDS. Chemtrails and vaccines are silent deadly killers.â&#x20AC;? And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that any vaccines of any kind are proven safe or effective, because they are not. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not even tested for safety. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that? Fact: There was no scientific evidence ever presented that the chemical sprayed over Miami counties for fighting Zika virus was ever tested for safety or effectiveness. Ooops. The CDC simply leaped to the conclusion that somehow microcephaly (a birth defect categorized by a smaller head diameter) was linked to mosquitoes spreading Zika virus, when it all really boiled down to dangerous pesticides being dumped into the drinking water. Still, as long as CNN never publishes the truth, then a hundred million Americans will fall for it all.

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So, Americans, you refuse to get vaccinated by needle? Big Pharmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;got your back.â&#x20AC;? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to spray some deadly viruses over your neighborhood, onto your organic garden and on your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heads. Got a vaccine exemption form filled out for personal, religious or medical reasons? No worries. The aerial assault is all inclusive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allergic to anything. The question of â&#x20AC;&#x153;are we being sprayedâ&#x20AC;? with toxins is no longer being asked. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been answered with a resounding â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;? The new question is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which toxins are we being sprayed with?â&#x20AC;? Suddenly, the health risks associated with simply walking outside have completely changed.  Geoengineering is real, and whistleblowers, even from inside the U.S. military, are coming forward right and left, letting the uninformed public know the real deal. Geoengineering is no longer considered some discreet military operation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reality. In 1949, the use of manned and unmanned vehicles for aerial spraying began under the Geneva Act for Chemical and Biological Weapons. Today, â&#x20AC;&#x153;vector controlâ&#x20AC;? is justified for â&#x20AC;&#x153;terroristâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;riot controlâ&#x20AC;? by such acts as the Patriot Act (2001), the Space Preservation Act (2001) and the Weather Modification Research and Technology Act (2005). Whether for insects, viruses or humans, the U.S. government believes they have the right to mass medicate the population. In reality, however, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biological warfare, forced medication and population control. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unethical and dangerous.

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Independs a situation where I speciÀ callyDavid be on the Dr. Biles is issues acneed to thin the tooth for clearance the patient possesses along with other by opposing new teeth, porcelain teeth can cepting patients interfactors, including the willingness to fracture. Stick with the acrylic teeth. make lifestyle changes, if they have ested in a comprehensive I hope that by knowing more not also been examined and instituted dental approach about Áippers, the journey that beyonddeexalready. traction becomes less threatening, less toxifies mouths and restores Don’t you think it is time we fearful. Remember, you can have your reconnected theBiles mouth for dentistry health. a smile the dayDr. your teeth arebrings extracted. andmuch medicine? I welcome patients How better can it get,to given the unique awareness healwho are willing to trails…. invest in their circumstances? Happy ing from aBiles lifetime of when perhealth and educate themselves Dr. David is currently ac- it comesnew to understanding the particular cepting patients. He practices idesonal experience, study, and their mouths.Bioesthetic Likewise, I alstressors dentistry in a Biological work inasamany disciplines, welcome testimonials that only Dentist with the signiÀ cant background serve to validate a legitimate direction including dentistry, mediand perspective rooted in athletics, for the dental and medical professions physical education, cardiopulmonary cine, physical education, to embark. We are and herehuman to heal,reare medicine, dentistry, human research in exercise search in exercise physiology, www. we not? and (831) 423-0121. Dr. David Biles is accepting physiology, and nutrition.

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t started out as a challenging situation, as most great endeavours do. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time I would stand in line for an entire day just to weigh in for an event. Irritated, hungry, edgy, we stood. In the baking Hawaiian sun or the intense Florida heat, we stood, waiting. Many lost the fight before they ever weighed in. Many more just left out of frustration before their feet ever touched the scale. Was it all part of the plan? Tire them out. Wear them down. Break them. Or was it just a lack of organization? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Themâ&#x20AC;?, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;themâ&#x20AC;?? The first Americans to compete in our beloved Brazilian jiu jitsu on our home soil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, that weighin line is moving a lot faster, but you have to speak Portuguese to be in it.â&#x20AC;? So we waited. In retrospect and, to their credit and my pleasure and dismay, I was shuttled through a small hole in the wall, at the Tijiuca tennis stadium outside of Rio, while competing at the world championships. Apparently the roles were reversed as I watched the Brasileiros have to wait , as I, an Americano , was led directly to the scale. Times have changed but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make this stuff up. Back in the states, I obviously realized that to change anything

the sole purpose of testing ones meddle. From those trying times, the Rumble in the Redwoods was manifested. Brazilian jiu jitsu has come a long way in the last two decades. Weigh-ins are much more timely. Bracketing software allows for up to the minute updates at the bigger venues. Professional referees add to the validity of the events. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just Americans and Brazilians anymore. We are now truly on the global stage. There are tournaments held almost every weekend, an unthinkable accomplishment twenty years ago. Yet still it comes down to the athlete as performer. Without them, there

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is no show. Treat them fairly, do your best to give them the best. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win/win. Of course, things can and will go wrong. There is always something that will throw a wrench into the system. All things considered however, things are much better and we are all the better for it. Fair unbiased judging is absolutely essential, so we make it a priority to get the top referees. Safe mat areas and organized competitive pools help to expedite the process. Volunteers, lots and lots of volunteers to help with everything from set up to take down. A vision of symbiosis, where the athletes, staff, and spectators emerge as one entity. All for the benefit of evolving our art. For there inevitably comes a time, in all endeavours, that the fruits of your labor ripen. The taste is bold and brilliant. The energy sings to the skies. The time when all the elements combine, if even for a split second. Athletes intensely engaged, spectators enamored with the game, staff and crew working hard behind the scenes. Listen for the roar of the crowd. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sign.

Professor Chris Smith is the tournament director of the 12th annual Rumble in the Redwoods Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition held on 2/11/17 at DeAnza college in Cupertino Ca. . He is the owner of Tiger Martial arts in Aptos Ca. and has been teaching in Santa Cruz county for close to thirty years. Professor Smith holds five black belts in different arts and is the only black belt in Santa Cruz county to be awarded his rank directly from a member of the world famous Gracie family. His website is www.tigerbjj. com and the facebook page for the competition is http://www. We would like to thank our sponsors Connection Magazine, Sandbar Solar, Walker Media Services and Hawaiian Poke Bowl for all of your support. Aloha

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Election Reflections and an I am not on “Team Trump” or any other political team, and I am not promoting that anyone else be. I am simply encouraging each of us to go to the facts as they emerge, go to the original statements and watch the actual actions, not the propaganda from the banker owned mainstream media. we shall see, and hopefully, we shall participate in our own unique ways in creating a thriving world.

moral basis of human relations, be- won, and I believe that it’s because he appreciate Trump’s cause as a species with weapons of represented this overdue checkmate stated intentions: mass destruction, we can’t afford not to the longstanding corruption. I • to make peace with Russia Like many of you, I have grave to get this clear and right, right now. feel relief that Hillary Clinton, with • to audit (and hopefully shut down) concern over the seething fear, anMost people share virtually the her decades-long documented trail the Federal Reserve ger, hatred and violence in the U.S. same values; the differences show up of blood and tears (Whitewater, Iraq right now, based on what I see as in how to achieve the better world we war, Libya, Benghazi, selling out U.S. deep misunderstandings and overly all want. Remembering this is an es- uranium to Russia, clandestine and simplistic “black or white” thinksential first step in communicating vulnerable classified emails, DNC ing. That Clinton vs. Trump was effectively and respectfully across voting manipulations, Mena drug our “choice” is huge confirmation the political divide. I will take that running, suspicious deaths of pothat we continue to participate in a step here, with a trans-political view tential scandal whistleblowers, etc.) system of grabbing for illegitimate of Trump and an open letter to him is not in a position to take us headpower that is corrupt to its core. It to address the opportunity we face long into a proxy war — potentially is chillingly reminiscent of the era of by looking through the lens of prin- nuclear — with Russia in Syria. the Spanish Civil War — that started ciples, not politics. That said, Trump’s proposed with the social awkwardness of Left It’s an interesting exercise for policies reflect a mind-boggling vs. Right arguments among family me, because I do not subscribe to the combination of repugnant mismembers, work associates and politibelief that we need rulers to keep us understanding and insightful cal groups and devolved quickly into from total breakdown. Indeed, I see leadership. His inability to civil war where brothers ended up principles, not politics, as the miss- articulate and defend polishooting at or torturing one another. ing nucleus of this entire standoff be- cies effectively didn’t help. Each side’s self-righteous certainty tween people, and from the election. But the inconsistency is what that they were the ones who should I see rules (protecting sovereign presses us to move past polihave power over others was soon takrights), not rulers, as the structure tics to principles, and to guide ing thousands of lives and sparking that will best allow for the realization Trump and his team to find the larger wars throughout Europe. of our true potential. I am a  Volun- missing moral compass. Many requests have come in taryist who looks through the lens of I object strongly to asking for my take on the U.S. electhe Non Aggression Principle(NAP), any of Trump’s protion. Because I am so deeply antiforbidding the initiation of force (ex- posals that are based political and anti-state, I have been cept in true self-defense) or fraud silent publicly on the topic since in violations, such as: and requiring universal equal rights. my blog on  DEFINING POLITICS • expanding Guantánamo I am a firm believer that 1) a small — Knowing What We Are Talking • reinstituting torture group of people having control over About Could Save Our Lives, one • condoning carpet bombing the money supply and then 2) manyear ago. But I now feel motivated to • threatening to kill the families of dating taxation — the foundations respond, given the opportunity, and those trying to defend against imof all governments — are both theft, the stakes. perialist attacks on their families, and are therefore morally reprehenThe mainstream media is feedtheir cultures and/or the theft of sible. ing our frenzied divide with one antheir country’s gold Nonetheless, we have a new other, keeping the meaningful con• supporting random “stop and “ruler” at this stage, and I believe we versations and reconciliations at bay. frisk” can all benefit from up-leveling the I see the “divide and conquer” strat• punishing women for choosing • to disband NATO, which I am conconversation to see how his policies vinced has become simply the egy in full swing, where conflicts bewhat they do with their own bodwill impact on our lives, especially emerging imperialist One World tween genders, races, classes or poies since we have an opportunity for it Army for the New World Order, litical parties are created and used by • dividing immigrant families already to be a very different ride than if we and obligates countries to commit the few at the top to keep the masses here in the U.S. simply had the next corrupt estabsoldiers, weapons and taxpayer fighting each other, weak, preoccu• expanding nuclear, fracking, coal lishment globalist taking power. money to any member country pied and in support of authoritarianand other destructive and unnecTrump’s obvious shortcomings that claims it is being threatened. ism. Our film,  THRIVE, describes essary energy technologies made it more difficult for people all this in detail. It is the essence of the I do, however, recognize I admire his informed along the political spectrum to apsystem in which we are mired. Trump’s equally powerful proposals positions against: preciate the fact that he is the only So how do we move from here for non-violation that we can cel- • mandatory vaccination general election, major party Presito an empowered relationship with ebrate — and which demonstrate, by • coercive globalization dential candidate in at least 100 years ourselves and each other? It’s criticontrast, how the principle of non- • establishment politics to be outside of, and go up against, cal that we deepen the conversation violation is missing in the proposed • the TPP — The Trans-Pacific Partthe Rockefeller/Rothschild/Clinand swim upstream into the assumppolicies above. nership and other coercive soverton/Bush globalist machine. The retions, the contradictions and the For example, I deeply eignty destroying trade deals ality we are in seems to be that Trump Page 16 ♥ Connection Magazine ♥ ♥ ♥ December 2016

From Foster Gamble INTRODUCTION

Open Letter to Donald Trump

• the bankers’ scheme of using false premises about global warming data to authorize a one world government structure, under their control, and the mandatory global taxes to fund it. The destructive human-caused pollution of the air, soil and waterways is very real and is one of the reasons our ThriveConnect initiative is

urally and morally creating jobs and wealth at home. His tariffs, however, will be an unnatural obstacle to truly free exchange that will further strife and state control of commerce. The funds he will need for infrastructure and other projects could be easily raised by eliminating the illegitimate Federal Reserve and its debt and cutting imperialist spending rather than increasing the military budget. It is said that Trump, unlike close to 80% of American parents, has not spanked his children as they were growing up. That is a start toward a core moral policy that hopefully he can build upon. Many of the Left and even some on the Right are calling Trump “racist, bigoted, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic,” and even a neo-Nazi. I have watched very carefully, and I fully understand how tens of millions have gotten this impression, both here and abroad. He fed right into it, as did the Liberal and even the Conservative media. I still believe he and his team have the opportunity and the obligation to meticulously clear this up, if I am correct in my observation that these accusations are not actually accurate  or to be the basis of his policies.

RULE OF LAW — DISTINGUISH FROM BIGOTRY working so hard to bring forward new, clean energy technologies. But pollution is not solved by Cap and Trade, nor by a propagandized, false understanding  of what causes climate change. (See my blog on this here.) Similarly, consequences of climate change cannot be effectively addressed if we imagine that simply changing our personal habits will mitigate it all. We need to change our personal habits, our energy access approaches  and  we need to understand the other factors affecting the climate, most especially… the sun. I believe Trump’s stance for lowering corporate taxes is a step in the right direction that will increase the integrity of our system while nat-

Because Trump made sweeping statements about illegal immigrants and suggested completely inappropriate things like dividing Mexican families who are already here, he understandably got labeled “racist.” I have listened to and watched hundreds of his interviews, and what I understand is that Trump is not against immigration; he is against illegal immigration — just exactly as President Bill Clinton was in his State of the Union address in 1995. Listening to the border guards who supported him, to him and to his spokespeople, it seems he was carelessly expressing a concern about the astronomical rates of rape and other crimes during illegal border crossings and in border towns full of illegal immigrants. The careless way that he expressed this was unclear and ripe for misinterpretation, but there is a lot of evidence that what he is after is cleaning

tion is not “foreign people,” but the up unchecked illegal immigration. Our conversation on “refugees” entitlements they expect — housing, from the Middle East is confused healthcare, welfare, education — at by the lack of acknowledgment that the mandatory expense of taxpaythe majority of them are fleeing ers already struggling to make ends their home countries because of the meet. This is an excellent example of violence of U.S. attacks, intended to destroy their culture, infrastructure where the Non Aggression Principle and currencies, followed by taking would ultimately solve the problem over their gold, oil and banking sys- by allowing people to travel anytem. Stop the wars and most of the where as long as they are not violattragic and unmanageable exodus ing other’s private property or rewould stop, too. I believe this would quiring people’s financial support only have gotten worse with Hillary against their will, which is what the state-mandated entitlements are. I in charge. So a very real question emerged, perceive Trump as wanting to vet and Trump named it. What about the potentially dangerous immigrants genuine threat from some military and uphold laws against illegal image disaffected men with no desire migration. Kellyanne Conway and to integrate into western culture who others on his team do a pretty good feel they have nothing left to lose af- job of describing this, but Trump’s ter what U.S. foreign policy has done inadequate and confusing rhetoric to them? How do we protect the U.S. has millions angry and afraid — I from their retaliation and potential believe unnecessarily — although terrorism while honoring the worth understandably. I know that many of of the many wonderful, well-intend- the Hispanics who voted for Trump ed people from the Middle East who were legal immigrants who don’t are willing to go through the legal want their jobs taken by others takand limited entry process and then ing shortcuts and coming illegally — pull their own weight in this soci- demanding free services while not ety? Forced acceptance of refugees contributing to the public coffers. or simply migrants, as we are now Trump clearly has to clarify what he clearly seeing throughout European really means around all of this. It’s countries like Germany, Italy, Aus- not realistic, moral, appropriate, or tria and Sweden, can lead to grave safe to try to round up over 11 mileconomic and social destruction of lion illegal immigrants, but his focus the host countries. It doesn’t work on deporting the criminal element is to penalize one group in the course viable — while at the same time ceasof attempting to help anVideo other. I listened through all the careless talk and media propaganda, and I never heard Trump say actual anti-Muslim statements, but I did hear him acknowledge that we have a complex issue. Putting a pause on widespread immigration from countries that have most Here’s a short video that might really reason to retaliate on U.S. shock and hopefully encourage you and many others. Welcome to the bold and turf is not the same as “anti-immigration xeno- entertaining world of Diamond and Silk!!! phobia.” It requires that we stop creating the motive for such ing to allow illegal immigrants from, retaliation and stop acting like we are in effect, taking the hard earned not vulnerable to the consequences money from others in the form of of globalist terrorism of which the unearned entitlements. U.S. has been a central culprit. ECONOMICS Any accomplished athlete, sciIMMIGRATION Few on the Left or Right seem entist or artist fails many times in to truly understand that the main the process of reaching a high level problem with so-called immigra- of proficiency. The same holds true

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Election Reflections and an Open Letter to Donald Trump

This is quite a preferable option Your economic advisor, Judy for business. I believe Trump’s bank- tional and local solutions. You are now in the ultimate posi- Shelton, understands the value of to the imminent collapse of the dollar ruptcies may have trained him well for dealing constructively with the $70+ tion from inside the system. You have sound money. She and others, like Ron and isolation of the western econotrillion in government and banking used your own resources and resisted Paul, can guide you on the return to mies. You must be aware that while Bush and Obama have been invadelite-created U.S. debt and unfunded the bribes from corporations, bank- asset-backed currency. David Stockman could bring liabilities that threaten to enslave our ers, lobbyists and wealthy individuals who would want to buy your obligation some integrity to the Office of Mangrandchildren. By acknowledging that millions and compromise your values. Now you agement and Budget. Trey Gowdy has of people in America are in trouble, are poised with an unprecedented and shown himself to be brave and relentTrump can engage us in finding real hard-won opportunity to make a his- less in taking on legal and financial corVideo solutions. We are now operating in a toric difference, not just for America, ruption. I am glad you have people like global environment where many coun- but for all of humanity — at a moment tries are choosing to align with China when we are at a fork in the road be- Roger Stone, Laura Ingraham and Alex and the other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, tween potential paradise and looming Jones informing you about the globalist agendas going on behind the scenes. If India and South Africa) countries and oblivion. Trump’s Vision of Uniting, Dec. 1 Clearly, most would character- you don’t know of them already, I hope the AIIB Bank — already representing over half the world’s population. These ize you as an “Alpha.” You are strong, you will have your team check out the countries are choosing to use cur- talented and athletic. You are drawn to principled guidance of folks like Stefan ing one country after another (Iraq, AfMolyneux,  Larken ghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, rencies backed by gold and other real lead. You’re capable of Rose,  Mary Ru- Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Syria etc.) and commodities, which the dollar is not. creating wealth. You wart,  Lew Rock- resisting the move to asset-backed curIn vast numbers, voters know this, and attract beautiful and well,  Doug rencies and a Global Currency Reset, it is a tribute to social media, and the capable women, and Casey,  Hans Putin and Xi Jinping have been creatmany informed, “real news” alterna- you have clearly Hoppe,  James ing win/win trade deals with many tives to mainstream media, that people enjoyed the inCorbett,  Mark countries, both large and small. Hisare flocking to them in the millions to fluence that can Corske,  Wendy tory has shown that to be the true path hear something real. With more reli- come with that. McElroy and Mi- to peace. Now is your chance to make able and independent sources of in- But there is a chael Huemer. If Gamma deals on a global scale that can formation, we can take the next step in personal transwe at the Thrive create prosperity and security for geneven greater discernment and motiva- formation that Movement can be erations to come. tion to transcend the divisive nature of awaits you to beThe backlash you will be getting of assistance in elupolitics in favor of the unifying prin- come what researchcidating that, both here for promoting the dangerous and polciple of Non-Aggression. Toward this ers are now calling a and abroad, don’t hesitate luting nuclear, fracking, coal and the end, and with hopes that this larger “Gamma.” A Gamma has to ask. We need a deep under- Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines, conversation can help to heal some of those same potentialities, but what is tearing our country and our re- has transcended the need to dominate standing of the true nature of our pre- can ALL go away if you help us set up by force, to brag, to sacrifice integrity dicament if we are going to have solu- safeguards for releasing the multiple lationships apart, I offer this for profit, and the need to react in petty tions commensurate to the problems. “free energy” devices (as described in OPEN LETTER TO DONALD and volatile ways to affronts. A Gamma Our film, THRIVE, already has over 68 THRIVE) into the world without corTRUMP is dedicated to win-win, to peaceful million views in 27 languages, spawn- porate or government suppression. I Dear President-elect Trump, It’s Foster Gamble here, co- resolution, and to the empowerment ing over 1,000 solutions groups all over was invited to the Obama White House and to Bechtel to brief them on this the world. creator of THRIVE and Thrive Move- of all those around him. Right now, as the magnitude of field, which I have been in for nearly ment. your opportunity and responsibility 20 years. I declined — because I unI am writing to congratulate you derstand the agendas of their controland to share a profound opportunity to is settling freshly on your shoulders, lers. With your help, we could liberate use your extraordinary courage and in- is the perfect moment to integrate and continue the style of your acceptance these economic and ecologic gamedependence on behalf of a whole new speech into your relationships and dechangers. kind of leadership. cisions every day. You have the talent If this makes any sense I invite I was invited to run for President and the charisma to leave the volatile, you to contact me for further and deepon the Libertarian ticket and also for er discussion of what is really going on Foster Gamble Vice President with Jill Stein for the vindictive, macho persona — which I personally have contacts among and the moral philosophy, strategies, Green Party. I appreciated the invita- could be cataclysmic on the global tions, but respectfully declined. I see scale — completely behind you… and the Dragon Families of the far-east who and tactics to truly liberate the people my role personally as more impactful begin to operate consistently from a are offering to distribute vast troves of of America and the world. Here’s a vidfrom outside of a system I don’t be- profound and respectful confidence stored, off-market gold to reboot the eo clip  describing our inclusive stratlieve in. Instead I have spent my time that your leadership can not only help global economy, erase national debts egy for peaceful transition from where and resources identifying and vetting people make America great, but that, and empower the world’s best humani- we are now to a truly free, prosperous new energy and healing technologies together, we can inspire the whole tarian projects — as long as it is not and thriving world. I wish you, your family, your team stolen by the Rothschild/Rockefeller that obsolete the destructive and dirty world. and every affected individual deep clarbanking cabal. (I understand this is YOUR TEAM technologies of coal, fracking, nuclear Now is also the critical moment risky. It is what JFK was working on ity, strength, patience and fulfillment and the like in favor of hyper-efficient and “over unity” energy technologies. I for choosing Gamma men and women with Indonesian President Soekarno in rising above elitist “divide and conand their signed  Green Hilton Agree- quer” strategies to create a condition am confident that a combination of the for your team. You already have some good ethi- ment, just weeks before he was assas- and a moral pathway whereby everyNew Energy technologies, along with the guiding principle of non-violation cal people to assist you and you can eas- sinated. But it is also the quickest route one has the opportunity to thrive. that we at Thrive are committed to, can ily attract more if you have moral prin- to global prosperity and cooperation of Very sincerely, Foster Gamble President, Thrive Movement, Int’l. which I am aware.) yield consistent win-win global, na- ciples on which to base your choices: Page 18 ♥ Connection Magazine ♥ ♥ ♥ December 2016



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radiant and vibrant complexion is desirable year round, but especially at a time of special functions, celebrations and when you are meeting new people, or those you haven’t seen in a long period of time. Unfortunately, for many, the stress of the Holiday season – additional activities, lack of rest, dietary indiscretions, alcohol intake and harsh

tributes to a clarity and more youthful glow that no amount of makeup can duplicate. Quality products also influence facial appearance. Harsh soaps can strip natural anti-wrinkling oils from the skin. Ideally, cleansers should be used that complement one’s skin type and a toner will help restore the acid mantle. Be aware that oily skin can also be dehydrated, which will make lines more prominent. One must allow, find, make time to rest. Stressful life-styles combined with hormonal fluctuations cause break-outs. Stress also shunts oxygen away from the skin, and dermal and epidermal cells depend on good blood circulation to deliver the oxygen and nutri-

ents required to sustain and replenish live cells. When making merry, remember excessive alcohol intake is something every skin type should avoid. It is irritating and drying to the skin. Temper consumption when you want to look your optimal. Adhering to a healthy regimen during the Holiday season may be a tall order, however, the more balance that can be achieved, coupled with the use of proper products, the more the benefit. Treat yourself to a holiday facial or for the new year. It also makes a wonderful and nurturing gift for those most special in your life. Donna Williams-Smith is a holistically oriented Aesthetician, licensed in California and Nevada.

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causes excessive wrinkling around the eyes and mouth, along with a grayish complexion. “Your skin may be able to repair itself somewhat from the damage,” says Patricia Farris, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University. Using skin care products rich in nutrients will help restore the glow and radiance to your skin. 5. Brighten Your Smile Our smiles are a beacon for impressions about age. Since enamel wears over time and darkens, a dull colored smile is connected with age. A smile that is bright white is connected with youth and good health. Many of us have lifestyle habits that affect the way our teeth appear to others – including habits which stain our teeth like drinking coffee, red wine, tea, etc. Not only do we need to cut back the habits, but a trip to the dentist to have teeth professionally cleaned is important to overall health. And don’t forget the daily brushing and flossing. Copyright © 2008-2009 About the Author: Linda Chaé is a prominent researcher, formulator, educator and consumer advocate. She’s met with Congressional Leaders and Health Committee Members in Washington D.C., fighting for ‘Your Right to Know’ legislation, and to protect the public from unsafe chemicals in products. Register for her FREE newsletter at www.

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Destined For The River I was working at a barn where

someone had dropped off a very teeny and very pregnant cat. She was super sweet but disappeared almost as quickly as she had been dropped off, so we assumed she was somewhere giving birth and hiding her kittens. For a few weeks we would see her off and on, slinking around the barn but never giving up a clue to where the kittens were. One day we noticed no one had seen her in over a week and the barn manager "scoffed" and said it was "Just as well, because if he ever found those kittens, they were going straight into a burlap sack and into the river." I was disappointed to hear this and hoped for a better outcome. A few days later, I was walking by the chicken coop when I heard these tiny meows coming from inside the wall. BINGO! The kittens! I spent over an hour trying to catch these tiny kittens that would tentatively poke their heads out only to duck back into the wall, but persistence paid off. Here were 2 teeny ~6 week old balls of fluff. Since I knew their potential fate, I whisked them away to my house where I told my husband "I dont know what I am going to do with them, but I couldn’t let them die in the river." Fast forward one year, we kept both kittens, Rhino and Daisy, brother and sister, partners in crime and my snuggle buddies. Rhino has a personality as big as his namesake and Daisy is sweet and gentle. I sometimes wonder if I had not been the one to find them that day, would they really have been tossed in the river? I'm just glad we will never know that answer. —Dessa, Pine, CO

Kittens Under The Porch Last year when I walked outside,

I heard sounds coming from the opposite side of the house. So I walked across the yard to check it out. Sitting under the downspout in a perfect row were four little blue-eyed kittens looking up at me! Their mother had kept them under our front porch. I left them where they were because I figured their mother may

come back. I went inside and called the local no-kill shelter. As I was sitting inside, I could hear something going on by my porch and came out to find my neighbor putting them in a box! She said the mother had abandoned them so she was taking them to the local shelter. I knew they’d be euthanized there because they were too young to adopt. They just don’t have the resources there to deal with kittens that young. So even though I wasn’t ready to care for them or to take them to the no-kill shelter yet, I told her I’d take care of them and brought them into my house. I had no idea what I was doing or how old they actually were, but I put them in a bathroom, bought kitten food, made up a little litter box, and put water out for them. They ate like they hadn’t been fed for days! I took them to the vet, and she kept putting them in her pockets, saying they were hers, then gave them a clean bill of health. They stayed at my house for a couple of weeks until the vet had room. Together we found homes for all of them. And together with the no-kill shelter, we trapped the mama, had her spayed, and let her go again. —Nancy, Loveland, CO



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Complementary Health

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by Joyce and Barry Vissell him. There is a steep n 1960, I was fourtrail that must be Experience the combined power of teen years old and my climbed down to get neurofeedback and somatic psychotherapy! mother was the first to the beach. It is not civil rights activist that I necessarily dangerous, Shift stuck patterns and integrate awareness knew. She did not march but one must be careful. into your relationships and daily life. the streets. She lived her When it was time for beliefs. She had Blacks, Joe to leave the beach, Joyce and Barry Vissell Muslims, Gays and other he started climbing the minorities over to our house for din- trail but slipped and fell, dislocating ner almost every Sunday. She treated his knee. Joe lay there helpless and them all with the greatest respect and in enormous pain. Very soon, one honor like they were part of her family. of these â&#x20AC;&#x153;good-for-nothing localsâ&#x20AC;? She also spoke up loudly if anyone spotted him lying there in pain and Neuroscientist Langdon Roberts, MA 831-464-1419 Aimee Pomerleau, LMFT (#80304) said anything against one of these ran to help. When this long-haired minorities. She often coached me, young man discovered the extent of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joyce, remember every person is a -RH¡VLQMXU\KHUDQWRJHWKLVIULHQGV ThetaHealing Transforms Lives! child of God. It does not matter what and together the men carried him all color their skin or their religion. Our the way to the top of the cliff, which Physical, Emotional, Relationship, and Financial Healing God loves them all the same.â&#x20AC;? This is quite a journey especially carrying Lynda Chaikin Merciful Heavens ThetaHealingÂŽ ThetaHealing Master love of humanity and human rights is someone in pain. They put Joe in a Compassionate Care, Life-Changing Results Instructor & Practitioner something that my mother has passed car and drove him all the way back on to me, one of the many gifts I have to the retreat center, helped him into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lynda has delivered tremendous support to received being her daughter. In this KLVEHGDQGWKHQQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HGWKHUHWUHDW our family.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nihal Kaur, LAc, Santa Cruz, CA way, she was one of my heroes. center that he was hurt. Fortunately During this same year, there was one of our group members was an Call for your free 20 minute phone consultation. a crisis for one of my uncles. He and emergency room physician and he his family lived close to us in Buffalo, SXOOHG-RH¡VNQHHEDFNLQWRSRVLWLRQ Phone sessions are profoundly effective. In-person sessions also available. New York, in a quiet simple middle again. Joe was deeply humbled and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lynda Chaikin has truly changed my life. As a Master level Theclass neighborhood. He learned that to our whole group he stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have taHealer, she has the intuition, wisdom and connectedness to help us heal a black family was going to move into been so wrong in judging these locals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.â&#x20AC;? - Dr. Juli Mazi, ND the neighborhood, about ten houses just because of their hair and lifestyle (831) 431-0677 or (831) 426-9453 down from his house. My uncle was choices. When I really needed Look for Merciful Heavens on Santa Cruz livid, and complained bitterly to any- roes, they stepped in and helped me.â&#x20AC;? one who would listen. He felt it would When my mother was eightyruin his neighborhood and make it seven, three years before she died, unsafe for his children, as well as she lived in a little apartment above bring down the value of his home. our garage. She believed in exercise, He spent great time and effort visiting and each day when it was not raining, every single neighbor and explaining she drove her little car to the beach the terrible result that would happen and walked along the sidewalk. At if this family moved in. He gathered that time at Rio del Mar beach, there signatures, and if a neighbor did not were a group of homeless men who want to sign his petition he repeat- would sit on the wall at the entrance edly went back to that house until to the beach. These men sat there all they did sign. day and talked together. My mother After much time and effort, he learned their names and each day was ready to go the house of this would stop and talk with them. Soon black family and give them the peti- they asked her if she would like to sit tion. He got dressed in a suit and tie on the wall with them and she gladly and, armed with pages of signatures, accepted, sitting with them for maybe CERTIFIED CLINICAL went to the house and rang the bell. a half hour each day. She liked them HYPNOTHERAPIST (A.C.H.E. #193205) A very large, powerfully-built black very much and truly enjoyed their man answered the door. My uncle company. After a few months, they quickly hid the petition behind his asked her if she would like to be an â&#x20AC;˘ PERFORMANCE â&#x20AC;˘ RELATIONSHIPS back and held out his hand to welRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDO PHPEHU RI WKH ´:DOO 6LWWHUV¡ â&#x20AC;˘ HABITS â&#x20AC;˘ GOALS â&#x20AC;˘ HEALTH â&#x20AC;˘ TRAUMA come the man. You see, this man was Club.â&#x20AC;? My mother accepted and felt it â&#x20AC;˘ INNER CHILD WORK â&#x20AC;˘ PHOBIAS P\XQFOH¡VKHURRQWKH%XIIDOR%LOOV¡ was an honor to be included in their Football team. conversations. 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techniques and paths that lead the way to “enlightenment”, to the discovery that we are all connected, that we are community, and that every thought, word or deed we do can and does affect the whole of creation. We take responsibility for who we are and what we choose to do with this precious life we are gifted when we realize our true Self­— the divine, stellar Being that birthed from Source Energy. I love meditation and prayer. These practices have served me well for many years (and lifetimes?), highly recommended if not already a daily practice. Ruminating after meditation, this poem came through: The world spirals into Chaos— All things rearrange, change perspective, reach for balance and achieving it, expand into timelessness. There in the place of no thought, we are forever. When we meet, there is no space between us.

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2016—A Year of Too Many Music Icons Lost hen a musician passes away, it’s always sad. As much as we like to think of our music hero’s in terms of immortality, they too, are human beings like the rest of us. The year of 2016 has been a very sad year of too many cherished pop culture figures lost. Many of these musicians were not just your average red carpet regulars; they were also responsible for giving us some of histories best cultural works. So put your headphones on, turn the volume up to 10, and remember these 2016 musicians deaths. This list is a place to collectively mourn our favorite musicians who passed away this year. The prolific David Bowie, who died on Jan. 10, two days after he released his 25th and final studio album Blackstar. Prince Rogers Nelson, known simply to fans as Prince, died on Apr.21 at the age of 57. He was one of the biggest stars of the 80s, with songs like “Purple Rain” and “Sign o’ The Times.” Soul and funk singer, Sharon Jones, passed of pancreatic


cancer on Nov. 18. Jones had a stroke on election night and another the following day. She Meghann Finn t o l d t h e people that were there Trump gave her a stroke. Leonard Cohen, music and counter culture legend passed on Nov. 10. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and well known collaborator to the stars Leon Russell passed a w a y Su n d a y, N o v. 1 3 . Legendary outlaw country music star Merle Haggard died on his birthday from pneumonia, Apr. 6. Rapper Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, cofounder o f Tr i b e C a l l e d Q u e s t , Mar. 23. Eagles cofounder Glenn Frey died at the age of 67 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, Jan. 17. As 2016 rolls on, so shall the inevitable yoke of time, pulling along more musicians to that land beyond consciousness.  Some Music Highlights in Santa Cruz: Coconut Grove Historic Ballroom: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ExBlack Crowes front man Chris


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Robinson has reinvented himself with a band more musical, soulful and downright fun than his previous brotherhood. Sun. December 11th 2016, tickets available on https://www.eventbrite. com/e/chris-robinson-brotherhood-santa-cruz-sun-dec11-21-tickets-27088050087, Please note: very limited seating in the back as this is a dance show. Catalyst Club: Beats Antique, Fri. 12/02, SUNSQUABI, Fri. 12/09, The Expendables, Sat. 12/17, The Devil Makes Three, Fri. 12/30 & Sat. 12/31, Kuumbwa Jazz: Robert Glasper Experiment, Mon. 12/12. Charlie Hunter Quartet, Mon. 12/19. Rio Theatre: Peter Murphy, Fri. 12/2, White Album Ensemble, Thurs. 12/29 & Fri. 12/30. Meg Finn is a Santa Cruz based live music enthusiast, photographer, bilingual educator, activist, Phish loving-dancing machine. She spends her weekdays teaching a full time Kindergarten class at Gault Elementary School in Santa Cruz. On her weekends she is running her small business, Show of Life Photo Booth, collecting jade in Big Sur or getting lost in the redwoods with her American Bulldog, mini cow, Bamboo. love the familiar characters and their quirky senses of humor, so obviously we couldn’t resist. “Fourth of July” fireworks is more about WMDs and kicking some serious alien butt. Bring your extra-solar flak jacket (2 hrs). Check the online version for weekly updated current movies: movie-reviews/ Check the online version for weekly updated current movies: movie-reviews/



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Sonoma County, Calif. Has Become Part Of The Largest Gmo-Free Zone in The Country Thanks to Voter Turnout

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industry fought tooth and nail trying to stop the measure from passing. Supporters of the ban, which include heirloom seed businesses, natural food coops, and organic dairy farms, raised more than half a million dollars to help push the measure through in what ended up becoming one of Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costliest ballot initiatives of all time. The results indicate a

major shift in public sentiment after a similar measure was voted down ten years ago. The Center for Food Safetyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Coast Director, Rebecca Spector, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farmers deserve the right to grow food that is not contaminated by genetic engineering, just as the public deserves the right to purchase organic or GMO-free foods that are free from GMO contamination.â&#x20AC;?

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percent noted there in 2008, it sill beats the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average turnout for this election, which currently stands at around 60 percent. Some votes are still being counted, so no official final numbers are available yet. However, the turnout in Sonoma is far greater than the national voter turnout is in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general election of around 58 percent. The fact that so many voters actually cast their ballots gives weight to the passage of the measure as it represents the opinion of such a large percentage of eligible voters. There is no doubt that organic gardening and organic food are growing in popularity as people refuse to allow themselves to be  poisoned by GMOs. The Center for Food Safety is hailing the move as an example of the democratic process at work, with concerned people succeeding in enacting changes that will benefit their community as well as the environment. Similar local efforts in other places have not been as successful.  GMO  bans were passed in a few counties in Hawaii but then overturned by federal judges, while a ban in Josephine County, Oregon, was eventually declared invalid due to a conflict with state law. However, a  ban  in Jackson County, Oregon, is still in effect after Jackson was given an exemption from the state law. Many movements begin locally, and as more and more counties pass these measures, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a matter of time before such initiatives start becoming law at the state and federal level. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews. com/056126_GMOfree_Sonoma_County_transgenic_crops. html#ixzz4Rab4WbQh Sources include: Learn more: http://www. GMO-free_Sonoma_County_transgenic_crops. html#ixzz4Raat4UD6

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Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD: What’s the Difference?


– the same as marijuana, grown for its fibers and seeds. Growers typically leave little space between the plants leaving the harvest to appear more like bamboo with tall skinny stalks. It can tower up to 10 or 15 feet and is considered an agricultural crop. Marijuana A high-resin, high-THC, highCBD Cannabis Sativa plant grown for its psychotropic and medicinal qualities most often found the flower of female plants. Plants are grown with more room, allowing them to spread out as opposed to spread up, and creating a fuller plant over all. It is considered a horticulture crop and is typically hand-harvested, trimmed, dried and cured. Don’t get us wrong. Hemp is an extremely useful plant, but it’s low levels of cannabinoids don’t favor medicinal qualities. Page 31

by C.M. Watts hinking about using hemp CBD oil as a substitute for marijuana CBD? Before making your purchase, it’s important to know that not all CBD varieties are created equal. The key difference lies in the sources of the medicine. While marijuana—or more clearly the THC and resin content – is still banned in many places, many companies found ways around using a legal loop hole. Industrialized Hemp. The Difference Between Marijuana & Hemp Often times, people assume that these two are exactly the same, but that the terms refer to different aspects or uses of the plant. This is true to a certain extent. However, it is more the way the plant is grown that drives the ultimate difference. Hemp A low-resin, low-THC (almost non-existent) Cannabis Sativa plant

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Emerald Cup

“The Emerald Cup is one gathering that all cannabis enthusiasts should plan to attend…It is obvious why cannabis enthusiasts return to The Emerald Cup year after year. It was an experience like no other…” – Vegas Cannabis Magazine he Emerald Cup is Northern California’s premier destination for medicinal marijuana, while advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. As a group, The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest. Rolling Stone called it “the Academy Awards of the cannabis industry,” other accolades include; “epic marijuana festival in Wine Country”  – SF Gate, Smell The Truth, “best weed fest in the West-or any other direction”  – North Bay Bohemian, “refreshing…Home To Top-shelf…Everything“ – Medical Jane. From its small beginnings in Laytonville over a decade ago, The Emerald Cup has proven itself to be “The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest.” The Emerald Cup has transformed into not only a competition



of the best-grown organic, outdoor cannabis, but just as importantly, into an international educational forum for the most up to date issues in cannabis culture. Founded by Tim Blake in 2003 at Area 101, the Emerald Cup celebrates the community and hard work

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of those that support outdoor-grown, organic cannabis. The Emerald Cup brings the values of the Emerald Triangle to California and the world. Now hosted at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the Emerald Cup has grown from a few hundred to ten thousand attendees. The Emerald Cup sets the standard for the best cannabis strains, seeds, edibles and topicles.  As a world renowned competition, the Cup sets California’s top growers head to head as our experienced judges new and old put their work to the test. The Emerald Cup has grown so much in size over the past 13 years in great part due to the exponential

amount of entries received each year. This event was started as a friendly competition to highlight the hard work of outdoor organic cannabis farmers; it has always been about celebrating the passion of California’s best cultivators, breeders, artisan hash makers, edibles creators, and topicles makers. HERE’S HOW TIM BLAKE TELLS THE STORY: In 2003, during the fall, a friend of mine and I got to talking about the fact that Mendocino had the best bud on the planet, but no form of acknowledgment or celebration about it. That was when it was still very iffy to be out front about having a public competition. We put out no press, just some last minute posters, word of mouth, and twenty-three entries into the ganja contest came forward. The crowd was small, with very few even willing to be in the house with their faces seen, much less come forward for their prizes. Still, it was a wild night, everyone had a ball, and other than the inevitable undercover agents, it was pleasantly uneventful. The next year we took the event more out front, putting up more posters, talking to more people, pushing the envelope. Slowly we crept into the light. Forty-three entries were put up, and the bud was overall much

better then the year before, because then growers had begun growing their plants in the full sun. The show was headlined by the Avalon Allstars, with Vince Welnick sitting in. Bless his heart, it turned out to be his last gig before his unfortunate demise. By the third annual Emerald Cup competition, we all had medical permits and everyone was growing in the full sun. Marijuana was blooming right into mainstream America. The fourth year we had fifty-one entries, and in 2009 there were ninety-nine, all organic, grown in the sun as God intended. In 2010, we had our banner year of over one hundred and fifty entries. The judging gets harder every year. The medicine is judged on color, smell, Trichomes, crystals, taste, vibrancy, and finally how it changes the consciousness. Entries must be in a month before the Cup so our judges can assess them all. It is joy to be a part of this unique event, and we intend to keep doing this into the next millennium. We all have a part in this. Thank you for yours. Peace, Tim Blake For more information on contest rules, regulations, and drop off locations, please visit the website:

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Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD: What’s the Difference?

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The Difference between Hemp CBD & Marijuana Hemp Hemp CBD According Medical Marijuana Inc., who was the ousted by Project CBD for what they considered misleading information, good CBD help oil comes from highCBD, low-THC hemp. “Using these uniquely potent plants, it is possible to extract cannabis oils that contains a significant level of cannabidiol, as well as essential vitamins, mineral, fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids,” their website also claims. However, while hemp can be grown to elicit higher CBD levels through cross-pollination, the chances of this happening are slim if the plant is pollinated within it’s own crop. Hemp just doesn’t contain enough CBD to have a medicinal effect on the user. Some have even claimed that hemp CBD has lead to them feeling sick from it’s use. Marijuana CBD Marijuana CBD is what the medicinal cannabis industry is referring to when they discuss the benefits of the oil. Products like Charlotte’s Web are high-CBD, low-THC (nearly nonexistent) oils proven to help treat certain conditions. CBD oil repeatedly continues to demonstrate medicinal qualities for debilitating conditions. The difference being that the cannabis plant use is grown and harvested for

medicinal use. The plant’s CBD levels line up with current research. CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid necessary to elicit the medicinal qualities of marijuana. CBD needs to perform biological process with THC and other cannabinoids. How Hemp CBD found it’s way on the market. So if Hemp CBD doesn’t have the same medicinal outcome, why are some selling it as such? There’s a long history of hemp and this is where hemp CBD comes into play. In brief, the legality of marijuana stems from the plant’s THC or the amount of resin produced by the plant. This loop hole in the Controlled Substances Act allows hemp farmers in some states to grow the plant and produce CBD. However, since hemp contains such low levels, concerns have been raised about the amount of “fillers” that could be present in the product. Perhaps this is what leads to those who have used hemp CBD as a substitute for marijuana CBD to feel ill after it’s use. For those living in a state where CBD oil is not available, hemp CBD seems like a viable option for medical treatment. But the proof just isn’t there. Calling your state congressmen and women and asking them to support medicinal cannabis legislation is you best bet for receiving the treatment you need. For more information on marijuana CBD oil, check out Project CBD. Printed with permission.

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