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Fukushima Consciousness

March 15, 2013

Wide Awake News/Interview with Karen Quinn-Tostado (and later joined by Charlie McGrath) about navigating with your ‘Moral Compass’ through Fukushima, propaganda, lies, death, destruction, the medical field, hookers (yes, really) and sensory consciousness…and dealing with it on a daily basis. Things seem very messed up but there is a huge opportunity for something wonderful to happen…

Consciousness is the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: subjectivity, awareness, sentience, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is. As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.”

One of my favorite interviews. Thank you Karen 🙂

Karen hosts Wide Awake News every Friday Night on Rense Radio.

*Fukushima: The monster under our bed.

(excerpt)

We are up against the nightmare boogeyman monster of two generations, finally let loose like Godzilla to wreck havoc on Earth, and the best response we can manage is to still pull the covers up over our heads, hoping it just goes away. It isn’t going away, not ever, because we don’t know how to make it do that. Isn’t that the plot to every Hollywood monster movie, mankind does something just because he can…without regard for public safety, or any clear idea of what to do if it all goes horribly wrong, as it inevitably does. As it inevitably has.

So, here we are with our worst fears fully realized and both the populations and governments involved are curiously silent. The government lies to us about everything, why would we believe anything they say about Fukushima or radioactive fallout? In this case I don’t think we care about the lying, I think we prefer it that way. The nation of Japan today is a mere shadow of the powerhouse country it was just 26 months ago. Both Tepco and the government of Japan have undergone changes in leadership and key personnel, as the nightmare there continues to cascade out of control. Meanwhile the citizens of Japan have little choice but to suffer in place and fend for themselves as best they can, because their government has abandoned them, and much, much worse. We would do well to remember that when it becomes our turn to embrace the horror. Our government has already abandoned us, to think it will come running in to “save” us now is just the height of foolishness.

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(Thanks to @Clarity)

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Argentina: The Bad Seeds

March 15, 2013

The country’s soy industry is booming but what is the impact of soy production on Argentinians and the environment?

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*Argentina’s Bad Seeds

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When I explained I was in the country to cover the soya boom, which has given Argentina the fastest growth rate in South America, but also allegedly caused devastating malformations in children, there was a look of disbelief. “Here, in Argentina? Why haven’t we heard about it?”

A good question: why had not anyone heard about it? And when I ventured a little further explaining I also wanted to cover what is best described as a dirty war in the North of the country where campesinos are being driven off their land, and sometimes killed, to make way for soya plantations – the bemusement increased. “That’s historical” people would say, “it’s been going on since the time of the conquistadores.” So when I arrived with my crew at Argentina’s second city, Cordoba, 700 kilometres North West of the capital, to meet Alternative Nobel Laureate Professor Raul Montenegro, I was not quite sure what to expect.

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